NATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL HELD IN ST.LOUIS.
The Citizenship Department of the National League of Women Voters celebrated ratification in a unique way last week by holding a National Training School for field workers. While the whistles and and bells of St. Louis were proclaiming the ratification of the federal suffrage amendment in a nation wide celebration women from nine states of the Union were completing a week's intensive training in organization and citizenship, preparing to leave immediately for various sections of the United States to carry the gospel of good citizenship to the new woman voter.
When the women throughout the country became convinced that, in spite of irritating delays, the thirty-sixth state would ratify in time for them to vote at the presidential elect-ion November 2nd., the citizenship department in St. Louis was swamped with requests for field directors to establish and con-duct citizenship schools through the various states.
As a result, Mrs.Geo. Gellhorn, vice-chairman of the National League of Women Voters, and chairman of the citizen-ship department, under whose active leadership many successful schools have already been held, issued a hurry up call to the state presidents to send their best qualified women to a train-ing school to be held the week of August 23rd. Because of the short time permitted between the call and the opening of the school and because of the increased cost of travel, it was ex-pected that only those states within a short distance of St. Louis would respond, but when the school opened Monday morning the distant states of Wisconsin, and Virginia answered "present" in addition to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, So. Dakota, and Missouri.
The training school was conducted by Miss Marie B. Ames of St. Louis, national field director, who for the past year has conducted most successful schools in many of the states. In addition to the lectures in civil government ample time was allowed for instructions in the organization of leagues and citizenship schools, including the consideration of league and school programs, in publicity and money raising. Under the subject of "legislation" the Gronna, Smith-Towner, Shepherd-Towner and Kenyon-Fess Bills were discussed in detail, the students taking this opportunity to deliver short addresses explaining the provisions of the bills. Instructions were given as to the most effective way in which the new woman voter may help in securing this needed legislation in the next session of Congress. Several sessions were devoted to the development and organization of political parties, to conventions and primaries and to campaign and election day methods. Friday afternoon and Saturday morning written examinations were held and following the grading of these papers certificates will be issued to those successfully passing the examinations.
On Saturday afternoon the out-of-town students were guests of the St. Louis League of Women Voters on a drive through the city followed by tea at the famous Bevo Mill. Special points of interest visited were the magnificent open-air municipal theater, St. Louis Cathedral and Shaws Gardens.
"It is very apparent from the number of requests coming to this office," said Mrs. Gellhorn, "that there is a need for Citizenship schools throughout the country, and I earnestly hope the message of good citizenship will be relayed to every nook and corner in the United States, resulting in a 100% vote of the women on Novem-ber 2nd."