Officers of the Wilmette Woman's Club Are Named and Work Mapped out for the Coming Year. - Plan Doing Many Things - The child and home department of the Woman's club held its first meeting of the year 1912-1913 on Wednesday of last week. It was an afternoon devoted to politics, and the object was purely educational. It was the intention of the committee who had the matter in charge to have each platform presented by people sent from the city headquarters. Mrs. John A. Ripple was chairman of this committee as well as chairman of the woman's work of the Progressive party for Wilmette, and through her efforts the following speakers were engaged to present their respective platforms. Dr. Lucy Waite spoke for the Democratic party. Mr. James Watson of Chicago represented the Republican party and Mrs. Raymond Robins spoke for the Progressive party and was the only speaker who confined her remarks to the platform without going into personalities. Both of the other speakers said suffrage was soon to come, and that whichever party was elected, reform and progress were their aim. The afternoon was instructive and profitable to all who heard the speakers, and the hall was well filled.
Meet on Second Friday. - The philanthropy and civics department of the Woman's club, of which Mrs. Mary Springer is chairman, holds all-day meetings (for work) on the second Friday of each month at the Woman's club building.
The ladies will be very glad to receive clothing which, if necessary to be mended, can be done by them, and all articles will be distributed with great care to deserving people.
The art and literature department of the Woman's club held their first meeting for the year 1912-13 on Tuesday of this week at 10 a.m.
The Young Ladies' auxiliary of the Woman's club will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
The adjourned annual meeting of the Ladies' society of the Congregational church was held in the church parlors on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The president, Mrs. Alonzo J. Coburn, presided. Reports of the different committees were heard, and all showed that good work had been accomplished. The flower committee, through its chairman, Miss Brooks, reported having supplied the pulpit on each Sunday, but one, with flowers and having distributed 200 bouquets to the sick during the year.
Gave Report - Mrs. L. O. Baird, chairman of the missionary committee, gave an interesting report and showed that Wilmette Congregational church had been favored in its speakers throughout the year. The reports of the circles of which there are seven, told of the work accomplished with little effort. Each circle had packed at least one barrel to be sent to some mission field, some three, and to the Central Avenue circle, which had packed four barrels of clothing and given the largest amount of money to the church, was conceded the banner. The Crescent circle had done the most outside charity work.
The treasurer reported that the society had raised $1,162.64 during the year. Out of this amount about $800 has been paid into the church funds. The Ladies' society voted to raise $4000 during the next five years towards the building fund, and also voted $100 toward furnishing the Sunday school room.
The following officers were elected for the next year:
President - Mrs. Alonzo J. Coburn.
First Vice-President - Mrs. Fred Day.
Second Vice-President - Mrs. Ives.
Third Vice-President - Mrs. Ford.
Fourth Vice-President - Mrs. Roy E. Bowers.
Recording Secretary - Mrs. John Iliff.
Corresponding Secretary - Mrs. Rufus Kirk.
Treasurer - Mrs. John Segsworth.
The different circles report the following officers for next year:
Neighborhood Circle - Mrs. M. H. McMillen, chairman; Mrs. J. Melville Brown, vice-chairman; Mrs. F. J. Scheidenhelm, secretary and treasurer; Mrs. A. L. Tucker, chairman of the work committee.
North End Circle - Mrs. Lester Mee, chairman; Mrs. Gordon, secretary and treasurer.
Elmwood Avenue Circle - Mrs. L. A. Bower, chairman; Mrs. B. F. Blymyer, secretary; Mrs. S. R. Mason, treasurer.
The Cozy Corner Circle - Mrs. Rufus Kirk, chairman; Mrs. Henry Moore, chairman of work committee; Mrs. Hoskins, secretary and treasurer.
Central Avenue Circle - Mrs. W. Welsh, chairman; Mrs. Kuehl. vice-chairman; Mrs. Ives, secretary; Mrs. DeWitt, treasurer.
Washington Avenue Circle - Mrs. D. K. Dickinson, chairman; Mrs. B. F. Brown, secretary and treasurer.
Crescent Circle - Mrs. B. G. Galloway, chairman; Mrs. Fowler, vice-chairman; Miss Wright, secretary; Mrs. Stevens, treasurer; Mrs. Mulvey, chairman of luncheons.
Following the meeting of the Ladies' society the annual dinner of the church was served in the dining room to about 200 people. Mrs. George Van Dyke had charge of the kitchen and Mrs. Ira Hatch of the dining room. It had been previously announced that the finances of the church were to be discussed and planned for during the evening, following the dinner, and Rev. Mr. Newell, secretary of the Congregational Church Building association, had been engaged to come out and present the matter. Mr. Newell has had much experience in raising money for churches, and in about an hour's time $16,000 was pledged, all pledges running five years and interest bearing. The church indebtedness is $15,500, and in view of the enthusiasm and the fact that the entire amount was covered by only sixty-three subscribers, the finance committee has decided to continue the canvass for a few days longer to secure an additional sum for church improvements.
The Music Study class of the Woman's club will meet at the club house on Tuesday morning, Oct. 22, at 10 o'clock. The program will be in charge of Ernau Smith and will be devoted to the study of the life and works of MacDowell. The following is the program:
paper on Life and Compositions...................Mrs. Fitz Randolph
Songs, Selected. Miss Louise Robinson
Piano, Selected...Mrs. A. Frost
Songs, Selected....Mrs. A. N. Page
Piano, Melodie, Opus 39...... Mrs. H. Curtis
Songs. Selected....Mrs. Williams
Piano Duet.....Mrs. H. Curtis and Mrs. J. J. Siddall
Piano, "To a Water Lily"...Mrs. Rathbone.