The 119th Convention of the Lakeside Federation of Women’s Clubs was held July 10 at the Green Gables Lakeside Women’s Club in Lakeside. President Joyce Keaton of Attica chose “Friends and Memories” as the theme for this convention, a very appropriate topic since was the last meeting for this organization.
In 1894 women’s clubs were thriving and much needed as a means for learning and sharing, Now, many women are working and not having time or even feeling the need for women’s clubs as they once did. It was the last conference, but memories will remain and friendships made will be cherished forever.
Vice President Diane Getter of Attica introduced the programs. Raylene Hlaverty from Jeromesville presented the morning program. Raylene portrayed Fanny Crosby, the Christian composer of hundreds of beloved Christian hymns. Raylene, costumed in the clothes of the period, became the blind from birth Fanny Crosby and told how her religious beliefs influenced her life and made the writing of Christian songs her way to express those feelings. Raylene, with her beautiful voice, was able to add to her presentation by singing stanzas from several hymns that Fanny wrote.
Club reports were heard. A member from each club represented at the convention reported on favorite programs and activities of their club the past year.
A luncheon was served at the Lakeside United Methodist Church.
Frieda Krause from Lakeside presented the afternoon program. She shared some of the activities she participated in when faced with the question of “What can I do to fill in my time?” This question Frieda found answers to by going west, doing volunteer work in the Petrified Forest. In the Tucson area she drove those needing transportation for their medical appointments. She also served on the Mercy Ship in Africa where she worked as a librarian. She continues to “fill in her time” while at Lakeside by volunteering and sharing her musical talents, playing the piano and organ.
In addition to Joyce Keaton and Diane Getter, officers serving for this convention were Secretary Lou Ann Newlove-Edeburn of Bloomville, Treasurers Mary Etta Hemmerly and Jean Lanning of Bowling Green, Advisor Adelphia Martin of Bloomville, Parliamentarian Jean Lanning and Auditor Ann Whithouse of Arcadia. Music Director and pianist for the convention was Mary Oyer of Wauseon.