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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL The regular meeting of the Executive Council was held at the Headquarters of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, Monday evening, November 12th, 1917, the President, Mrs. B.B..Valentine, in the Chair. Present Mrs J.H.Lewis, Mrs W.T.Yancey, Mrs. C.E.Townsend, Mrs. J.H. Whitner, Mrs. Faith W. Morgan, Mrs. E. G. Kidd, Mrs. Edith C. Cowles Miss Roberta Wellford, Miss Ellen Robinson; Miss Adele Clark, Mrs Robert Barton, Miss Fannie Walcott, Mrs. John M.Miles. The Minutes of the last State Board meeting were read by the Secretary. The Chair called for the report of the State Treasurer, Mrs. E. G.Kidd, which was read and was accepted. Discussion of finances followed. The President stated that the leagues in the State had paid their pledges made at the last Convention; but that their failure to make proper reports of their expenditures had made it impossible for the State League to know how much had been spent on work in the state; and had prevented it from making its full report. The State League had made effort to carry out the plan of the National Association. Of its $500. -10 percent of its $5.000 pledge -$375 had been sent; leaving $125 still due to the National Association. The President announced that the Virginia League was entitled to send 39 delegates to the National Conventionto be held at Washington December 12th, and read a list of names which had been sent from the local leagues from which delegates were to be appointed. On motion of Mrs. Lewis, duly seconded, it was voted :that the list of names be left open until the last meeting". The President then spoke on the changed and changing political conditions; and said that at the last meeting of the State Board it had been decided that the psychological moment had arrived for the Federal Amendment 'even in Virginia'. Called on the Chairman of the State Congressional Committee for a report. Mrs. Lewis reported Chairmen for all the Congressional Districts in Virginia except the Ninth; the Chairman of that District having gone to France, and a substitute now acting in her place. District and County Chairmen are working on petitions for the Federal Amendment, and a general increase of favourable sentiment is evident. She urged a short, hard, drive between then and the opening of Congress. The Chair called for free expression of opinion on this subject. The Federal Amendment, a State Referendum, other Suffrage measures, Bills to come before the State Legislature.- especially those concerning women; propaganda and methods, were discussed. (It was agreed that the Executive Council was unanimously in favour of immediate and strong work for the Federal Amendment, of furthering and sustaining all bills which give larger opportunity to women, and that it

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