Gadsden Music Club
The Gadsden Music Club recently met at The Music Center at Temple Beth Israel. President Sharron Yancy welcomed members and guests. Chaplain Evelyn Cleveland gave the invocation. Col. John Larkins led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. Cleveland led the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, Federation Hymn, Collect and the Hymn of the Month, “For the Beauty of the Earth.” Ron Higgins accompanied on the piano.
Crusade for Strings Chairman Michael Gagliardo introduced the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra String Quartet. Members are Haadi Karim and Katherine Yohe, violins; Bella Kirkland, viola; and Alessa Parnell, cello. They performed compositions by Bach, Handel, Pachelbel, Purcell and Mozart. Susan Dibiase is their ensemble coach.
The meeting was adjourned with the singing of the NFMC Benediction, “The Gift Of Song.”
The Gadsden Music Club is a member of the Alabama and National Federations of Music Clubs. The Gadsden Music Club was organized in 1915, more than a century of service to Gadsden.
— B. Hicks
President Amber Phillips opened the March 27 meeting of the Woman’s Club of Gadsden, Alabama. She welcomed new members and guests. Amber then gave the grace before the luncheon.
Gwen Ford presented Amber and Grants Chair Martha Elrod with a check from State Community Grants given to the Woman’s Club by her husband, Rep. Craig Ford. Rep. Ford had learned of major needed structural repairs and other issues related to the house. He came forward to help keep this beautiful historical home in its stately condition for the community to enjoy. The Woman’s Club is ever grateful for his support.
Donna Keeler, April luncheon chair, thanked Morgan House, caterer, and her committee: Donna Wright, Virginia Pruitt Parris, Kristi Kent, Glenell Grant, Carol Carney and Denise Floyd. The tables were beautifully decorated with Easter bunnies and baskets.
Barbara Pavey presented the Nominating Committee’s recommendations for the 2018-2019 Woman’s Club Officers: President — Kay Smith Foster; Vice President — Karen Wheeler; Second Vice President — Joy Chaffin; Recording Secretary — Debbie Leach; Corresponding Secretary — Claudia Jermyn; Treasurer — Amber Phillips; Assistant Treasurer — Tammy Couch; Auditor — Martha Elrod; Parliamentarian — Donna Wright. Since there were no nominations from the floor, on a motion duly seconded the slate of officers were elected as presented by a majority vote of the members.
Jan Chandler, chair of the Flag Committee, said, “Today we celebrate the history of the Woman’s Club and our close association with the city of Gadsden. We will bring that history forward to the present with a new city flag, which the club helped to design.
“Five members of the Woman’s Club were appointed by the mayor of Gadsden in 1936 to help design a city flag,” she said. “The flag has the city seal on yellow stripe, which pays tribute to Gadsden’s industry, agriculture and the Coosa River. There is also a depiction of Emma Sansom, a young resident who helped Confederate soldiers evade Union troops in the area.” Jan thanked the committee members — Barbara Pavey, Donna Keeler, Marie Whitaker, Claudia Jermyn, Glenell Grant and Martha Elrod — for their work. She also thanked Sherry Clayton of the Etowah Historical Society, Gadsden City Councilman Ben Reed and Iva Nelson for their help with historical records.
Councilman Reed then presented the Woman’s Club with a new city flag which will be displayed in front of the club. “When you want something done, go to the Woman’s Club,” he said. He also presented the club with a throw designed with a City of Gadsden seal.
Donna Wright presented the Woman’s Club with original documents concerning the Woman’s Club House, from Lidell Hood, descendant of the original owners of the house.
Kerri Griffin of The Willow Tree presented a Spring Fashion Show. She spoke about the brands modeled as well as trends such as metallics. The Willow Tree has four locations in Gadsden, Centre, Jacksonville and Boaz, which are open from 99 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Models were Joy Chaffin, Tammy Couch, Stephanie Birchmore, Barbara Pavey, Nancy Freeman and Marie Whitaker.
Bobbie Freeman spoke about the upcoming Southern Tea to be held from noon to 2 p.m. April 28 at the Woman’s Club. Tea and lemonade as well as various sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts will be served. Vendors with items for sale include Premiere Jewelry, Jireh’s Boutique, Southern Style Fashion, FLD Landscaping & Garden Shop, G and A Decor, Hannah’s Closet and Lula Roe.
Woman’s Club 2018 tea cups and T-shirts also will be for sale. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at H. M. Freeman Motors, Dowdy’s Office Supply, the Floyd Law Firm, from any club member or by calling the club house at 256-547-2311.
— Debbie Leach
The Alpha Xi Chapter of Alabama Alpha Delta Kappa met at the Rainbow Community Church on March 19. Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding.
Elizabeth Fell, president, Alabama ADK Council of Presidents, was the guest for the evening. Elizabeth presented a musical program on unlocking the future with music. She played several songs on her keyboard and challenged the sisters to participate by writing down the names of her tunes. Those naming the most songs correctly won prizes. It was fun and uplifting to all.
A regular business session was held with President Kathy Russell presiding. Chaplain Kimberly Clark gave the thought for the day and the blessing. Fraternity Education Co-Chair Carolyn Lee gave the fraternity education moment in the form of five questions Alpha Delta Kappa members should be able to answer.
Secretary Meg Williams reported attendance and presented the previous minutes for approval; they were approved as corrected.
Treasurer Patricia Edwards gave the financial report which included $736.17 in the scholarship fund. She also reported all dues had been collected.
Committee reports included the annual altruistic report from Chair Janice Nabors. She reported total volunteer hours, 702; monetary donations, $11,475; and non-monetary gifts, $1,702, plus other donations for a grand total of all Alpha Xi members reporting of $25,086.
The altruistic effort for March was monetary donations for ADK International Educators Fund.
The slate of officers for the upcoming biennium was announced by the nominating committee. They are:
President — Teresa Swindall; President Elect — Donna Noah; Corresponding Secretary — Carol Fulgham; Treasurer — Patricia Edwards; Chaplain —Shelia Lankford; Past President — Kathy Russell.
Other business included discussion of the upcoming district meeting, the auction meeting and meal in April, and the installation of officers meeting in May.
Thanks was expressed to the hostesses, Teresa Swindall and Kimberly Clark, for the meal. Everyone was reminded that the April meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 16 at the Etowah High School Library. Everyone should bring items for the silent auction and be prepared to spend freely to generate funds for the scholarship fund.
Announcements were made, praise and prayer requests heard, and the meeting was adjourned with the singing of “Lamp of Alpha Delta Kappa.”
— Carolyn Lee