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Needlework Guild of America Minutes (Portsmouth, Virginia) page 73

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The Needlework Guild of America Minute Sheet March 16, 1944 The annual meeting of the Portsmouth Branch of the needlework Guild was held March 16, 1944 at 3:30 o'clock at the home of the president, Mrs. Kenneth McAlpine on Hampton Place. The president presided at the meeting, which opened with a prayer for peace, followed by the Lord's Prayer. The minutes of the 1943 annual meeting were read by the secretary and approved. 2342 articles of wearing apparel and household linen were collected for 1943 from 14 sections (2158) and 184 articles from the Colored Division under Mary F. Jennings, making a total of 2342 for 1943. The treasurer, Miss Pauline Williams gave her report, which showed a balance on hand of $71.21. $17.50 was collected from money members and $13.50 from other donations. Seven dollars from the Portsmouth Branch and two dollars from the Colored Division were sent to national headquarters in Philadelphia. $13.50 was spent for garments and shoes thru out the year. The custodian of the Reserve, Mrs. N. E. Adamson was unable to be present. Her report was read by the president. Mrs. McAlpine read the report of the one day meeting of the Needlework Guild held in Philadelphia, May 4, 1943. Over a million and a half articles were collected in 1943, according to the report of the national president, Mrs. Marian Betite. A letter was also read from Mrs. Desborough, executive secretary stating that Mrs. A. S. Pfluegar of Roanoke had been appointed chairman from Virginia, succeeding Mrs. Reba Barrett Smith. Plans were discussed for the annual exhibit and May 10th (Wednesday) set as a tentative date for the yearly exhibition of garments. Mrs. McAlpine was to ask for the use of