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sA w ay, 25, - community News m ill ia By Vlcto m Metcalf Staff Writer Members of Soroptimist In- ternational of Quincy chose the cool evening gardens sur- rounding the Variel House at the Plumas County Museum to toast farewell to outgoing President Margaret Munoz and to begin celebrations of the organization's 60th an- niversary. It was Myrtle McCoy, a rep- resentative of a former Quin- cy plumbing business, who served as Srs first president in 1941. "Soroptimist Club of Quin- cy Gets Sea-Going Start at Charter Fete," announced a headline in the Thursday, Ju- ly 2,4, 1941, issue of the Feath- er River Bulletin. The ceremonies launching the new chapter of the inter- national organization brought out some of the orga- nization's key state officials, and some of Plumas County's own dignitaries as a Satur- day, July 19, program was held. "Lessie M. Hancock of San Jose, director, Southwest Re- gion, American Federation of Soroptimist Clubs, dashed the figurative champagne of good wishes on the prow of the new craft," according to the story. Others on hand included the region's extension chair. man, the president of the Sacramento branch, and Judge J.O. Moncur of Plumas County: Officers in that first year were McCoy, Vice President P.R. Sprague, Treasurer Ver- da Smith Roberts, and Direc- tors S.H. Hartely and Mrs. John F. Moody. In 1948, Flanigan noted that dues were $12 a year. Lun- cheons, held on Tuesdays, were 40 cents and the wait- ress was to be tipped 75 cents per week by the organization. The organization's forma- tion came during the years of World War I| when most Americans' thoughts were on the events of the war and at- tempting to make life a little better for those in uniform. With that in mind. the or- ganization's first service pro- ject in 1944 was for a canteen for servicemen, according to Valerie Flanigan, S| presi- dent for 2001-2002. "Members hostessed and served refreshments," she said. While men were joining up from around the Quincy area, more soldiers were be- ing brought into the area to serve in the war effort. Rail- roads and several of the bridges in the Feather River Canyon--particularly the Keddie Wye bridge--were considered key locations. Guards were put on 24-hour watches along the bridges, and camps such as the former Camp Wallace Alexander Boy Scout Camp were trans- formed into quarters for sol- diers who were serving in the area. Fifty years later, new mem- bers of S| Quincy found them- selves involved in another war effort, this time sending care packages to soldiers in. volved in serving United States in Saudia Arabia. In 1947-48, one of the orga- nization's projects was to purchase a juke box for the youth center. Charter mem- ber Helen Lawry headed up that effort. The following year, the 20/20 Club and members of S| were involved in a softball game. SI held the 20/30 Club to an 11 to 11 tie, despite the fact that Frank McAuliffe, head umpire, was bribed with "popcorn, soda pop and even stronger stuff." According to accounts, it must have been an interest- ing and somewhat untradi- tional game. A popcorn stand was set up between first base and home plate, sodas were sold on third, and second baseman Rose Hummel car- ried the base with her all over the diamond. Fashions and Tea were in. troduced during Lawry's presidency in 1947-48 and continued for more than 20 years. After a short break, President Ruth Broadwell, in 1978, and then, President Mary Edwards, in 1979, ' brought back fashions and champagne. In the 1980s, a fashion show with champagne and finger foods was the thing to do at the fairgrounds as the mem- bers of S| held one of its ma. Jor fund.raisers. In 1948-49, President Veda ly to find young blood in 1982 Patterson introduced the through the efforts of Presi- rummage sale. By selling off dent Gayle Anderson and odds and ends, the organiza- Past President Mary Ann tion netted $220 its first year. Math~,.~ The rummage sale continued Preside)r| Dorothy Schultz annually for the next 38 Hawkings started the Sorop- years, timiss Program in 1963-64. In 1949-50, following the And, under President Rita leadership of President Mar- Train, the Parks and Recre- garet Morris, the club char- ation program began to re- tered SI of Greenville. ceive special attention from That year, the scholarship SI of Quincy. Under Presi- fund was established. Four dent Belle Eckstein in 1965- years later, three scholar-66, the swimming pool fund ships for $250 were awarded, was assisted, a swing set for They were named "The TillieGansner Park was in place Krueger Memorial Scholar- under President Evelyn McK- ships," in memory of one ofevitt in 1971-72, and red and the club's past presidents,white swings were installed In comparison, in 1982, twounder President Marilyn $500 scholarships were Johnson's term the following awarded to Quincy High year. School seniors and one $500The Penny Pines Reforesta- scholarship was given to a tion, under President Laura QHS graduate who had corn- Magaw in 1982-83, was orga- pleted two or more years ofnized; a mobile dressing college, room was provided for the Concern for foster childrenfairgrounds in 1986-87 under was shown during Edna President Sharon Herzberg's Lee's year from 1952-53. leadership; and a $2,500 roll- Christmas gifts were given to up screen for the Town Hall the children and a tea for fos- Theatre was provided by the ter mothers was held. organization in 1987438 under "Thirty-nine years later, President CandyCaskie. we are still helping the foster As president in 1968-69, child program," Flanigan Dorothy Dunn's slogan was said. "If you need $5, $10, $15, or a In 1954-55, guided by Ruth grand, our product is always Dellinger, the club held the on demand." She was in- first Second Horizon Christ- volved in commercial bank- mas Party. In more recent ing. years, SI members have tak-Foundation awards pro- en on the task of decorating grams were of notice in the the Christmas tree at the 1970s. The Youth Citizenship Plumas County Library in Award under President Mary Quincy. Ann Mathes began; the The following term, Presi- Training Awards Program by dent Juanita Austin's slogan, President Carol McColm "We stand in back of every came along; and the tradition bed in the house," was of honoringaspecialSoropti- known. Austin and her hus- mist each year with a dona- band owned and operated thetion to a foundation in that Quincy Hotel. She was also member's name was started. the first Quincy member to In 1970-71, President attend a federation meeting. Guyrid Boss had the honor to "High on our priority list beat many honors when she has been decorating Quincy had a cow named after her. A for Christmas," Flanigan donation to the Federation said. In 195% and under theProject was made to send a direction of Elda Cotter, cow to a country in need. It lights were furnished for the was known as the "Heifer living evergreen in front of Project." the courthouse. In 1963, with In 1973-74, President Mari- President Dorothy Schultz, lyn Johnson's reign saw the the club started decoratingformation of Soroptimist In- windows in the courthouse ternationalofPortola. with Christmas themes. In A really sweet fund-raiser 1970, President Mary Ann was launched in 1977 when Mathes involved the organi- zation in the purchase of r -,- street decorations, and in i 1976, President Faye Bey had ! the club decorate a tree at the library. ] | In 1958, the Sheriff's De- partment Toyland was a fa- I vorite project. President I Elenore Redstreak began that [ phase, l Liz Bray, president in 1960- I 61, attended a meeting in | Stockton where members [ were asked to wear a hat rep- I resenting their classification. [ She wore a lamp shade wired | to flash lights whenever she [ needed something. She was | representing the electric in- [ dustry. Under President Rita Train [ in 19614 2, the club sponsored | the Venture Club for younger | women in Quincy. | Flanigan learned that "too [ many Venturists became too | old and joined Soroptimist so | the club disbanded in 1974 on- k. == President Ruth Broadwell and the organization began to sell See's Candy. It continues to be a chief fund-raiser for the organization. President Mary Edwards in 1978-79 and her club present- ed the recording resuscita- tion dummy to Plumas Dis- trict Hospital. It was named Soroptimist Sally in honor of Past President Sally Myers. In 1978, an SOS plaque was presented to the hospital. It stood for Soroptimist Out- reach Service, and with it came a continued pledge of support. That support offi- cially began in the early 1940s with the dental clinic, then with fracture pillows for the Red Cross; framed water- colors were presented in 1980, health screening became a fo- cus for senior citizens the fol- lowing year, the purchase of a breast pump was made in 1983; the donation of two life line units was made in 1984; and in 1991, special life sup- port pants were purchased for the ambulances. President Barbara Coates saw that $1,000 was donated to the Community Clinic. President Billie Bequette saw that members enter- tained visitors from the SI friendship link from Leigh, England, in 1979-80. "We've exchanged gifts and letters for over 40 years," Flanigan said. The next term under Presi- dent Velma Stockton saw member Roberta Batton win- ning the "Women Helping Women" award at the local, regional, district and federa- tion levels. In 1982, President Gayle Anderson hosted the first Youth Seminar in Quincy. The first annual golf tour- nament was held under Pres- ident Louise Young's leader- ship in 1988-89, and continues to be a major fund-raiser. "It would be hard to find a year when the club didn't participate in the Plumas- Sierra County Fair Parade or the fair with either a garden, booth, table settings, or a con- tribution of some sort," Flanigan said. :i~, ::ii!:i " Photos Gladys Gray, a lifetime member of tional of Quincy, looks over one of the albun early days of the organization. ! From left, new Soroptimist International of ident Valerie Flanigan, poses with Pest garet Munoz. e Accell all mttm tm, s cmltmmt ] Dr. Klement will be on and . . I July 28 thru Aug. 4th. The ofl]ce take an addzttonal : will be open and staff available t $ 2.00 off i L assist you on any Pizza or Calzone | any questi, I a short CALLAN 283o5619 ! k , Comer of and Lee I . I 1770 E. 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