Martha Washington Questers
Martha Washington Questers 1032 met Nov. 22, 2013, at the home of Pat Johnson. Nine members attended with two guests. Co-hostess was Janet Peterson. Secretary Jane Fehr called the roll and read the minutes. Treasurer Janet Peterson gave her report, and both minutes and treasurer’s report were approved as read.
In new business, Linda presented a bill for $30.88 for yearbooks. It was moved and seconded to pay the bill. Members were reminded that there will be no meeting in December, January and February. Linda proposed that the club give $50 for the state glass collection project. It was moved and seconded to give the gift, and Janet will send a check in January. Linda reminded members that club dues of $30 are due in March.
Jane mentioned that, since the club does not meet in December, a group of members might get together to attend the DAR Tea on Dec. 7. Six people agreed to sign up. They were Pat, Maureen, Janet, Jane, Vicki and Linda. The theme will be Downton Abbey.
Guest Sheila Gerot of the Log Cabin Questers brought some Christmas ornaments to sell, which will help finance Questers preservation and restoration projects statewide. She also mentioned having a joint meeting with the other Washington Quester groups, maybe sometime in the summer.
Pat Johnson gave the program, in which she shared her Nativity scene collection. She has more than 45 Nativity scenes made of various materials, such as ceramic, wood and china. She told some interesting facts about Nativity scenes. All must show Joseph, Mary and the baby, but some also have angels, animals and the wise men. The first manger scene was displayed by St. Francis of Assisi. His was a live scene with people and real animals. The largest Nativity scene is in Mexico. It costs $2 million, has 5,000 figures and takes 70 days to put up. Pat showed the first Nativity scene she collected. She painted it herself in 1979. Then she told stories about many others. It was a very interesting program and a good kickoff to the Christmas season.
Refreshments were served by Janet Peterson.
The next meeting will be March 28. Marilyn Whitenack will be the hostess, and Linda Newlon will be the co-hostess. Mary Statler will be in charge of the program.