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Martha Washington Questers

Apr 15, 2013

The Martha Washington Questers 1032 met on March 22, 2013, at the home of Marilyn Whitenack. Ione Burham served as co-hostess.

The meeting was called to order by president Vicki Ealy. The Questers Invocation was recited in unison by the 12 members present.

Minutes from the November 2012 meeting were read and approved, along with the treasurer’s report. Treasurer Janet Peterson collected dues for the coming year and reviewed how the money collected was distributed. Thank-you notes were read for donations made to the P & R Fund and the Winterthur Fellowship Fund. The book “Stories Told Under the Sycamore Tree” will be presented to the United Methodist Church library in memory of Madora Smith.

Members were asked for suggestions for the June outing. One suggestion was the Czech Museum and Village in Cedar Rapids. Plans will be finalized at the next meeting.

The program “Shell Dolls” was presented by hostess Marilyn Whitenack. Shell dolls originated in Germany and France and go back to the 18th and 19th centuries. They were thought to have been brought back from voyages by sailors as gifts for loved ones. Some of the finest were made by Capt. and Mrs. L.J. Layton, a retired Florida couple, in the 1930s. Although they are rare in antique shops these days, Marilyn has managed to find several, which she shared with the group. It was interesting to see the detail on each.

Members had been asked to bring something made by either their mother or grandmother. Items included a child’s dress, crocheted doilies, a metal necklace, afghans, a delicate hankie, and a porcelain doll head.

The meeting concluded with a smorgasbord of treats prepared by Marilyn and Ione. In Ione’s absence, Maurine Roberts filled in as co-hostess. Marilyn presented each guest with a crocheted cross bookmark in remembrance of the upcoming Easter holiday.

The next meeting will be held April 26, 2013, at the home of Maurine Roberts, who will also serve as co-hostess and present the program.

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