Needlework Guild of America Minutes (Portsmouth, Virginia) page 87
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The Needlework Guild of America Minute Sheet March 20th 1950 The annual meeting of the Portsmouth Branch of the Needlework Guild was held March 20th 1950 at 3 o'clock in the lecture room of Monumental Church. The vice-president, Mrs. L. McK. Jack presided at this meeting, which was well attended and opened with the Lord's Prayer. A minute of silent prayer was given for the president, Mrs. Kenneth McAlpine, who had recently had a bereavement in her family. The minutes of the 1949 annual meeting were read by the secretary, Mrs. Beaton and approved. 2465 new articles of household linen and wearing apparel were collected in May 1949 from 13 sections. Miss Pauline Williams read her report showing a balance on hand of $66.12. $84.10 was received from the members. $16.00 was sent to Philadelphia as the contribution from the Portsmouth Branch and $50.00 was given Mrs. Fannie R. Lee of the Portsmouth Social Service Bureau for shoes for needy school children. The balance on hand was $66.12. The vice president, Mrs. Jack read interesting facts from the report of Mrs. Cornett, national president of the Needlework Guild. Over one million, five hundred thousand new articles of clothing and household linen were collected and distributed in the United States. The annual convention of the Needlework Guild will be in Ashville, North Carolina May 3, 1950. Mrs. Jack also read interesting facts about the Norfolk, Virginia Branch of the Needlework Guild, which is the largest in Virginia. Mrs. Jack read from the constitution of the Needlework Guild the rules governing the election of officers. She also reported interesting facts about the good work done by the Needlework Guild in Portsmouth both among the charitable institutions of the city and the Social Service Bureau. Mrs. Jack stated that flowers were sent Mrs. McAlpine, the president upon the death of her brother, Mr. Emmerson Smith. A letter was read from the custodian, Mrs. Adamson stating that all reserve articles had been distributed to various city charities.