Hampton Monday Club

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Hampton Union, December 1982

HAMPTON -- The Hampton Monday Club met Dec. 6 at the First Congregational Church for its regular monthly meeting. After a 12:30 p.m. coffee hour, Naomi Bishop called the meeting to order. Reports were given by each standing committee chairman concerning the activities of each group. Barbara Drew, chairman of the Art Appreciation Committee announced that the trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston had been a day well spent. Connie Vogt, chairman of the Civic Affairs Committee announced that the next meeting would be a pot luck luncheon and Christmas party at the home of Jane Walker.

The Craft Committee will do a Christmas project and will exchange gifts at the home of Shirley Singleton. Barbara MacDonald, chairman of Needlework Committee spoke of the many kinds of needle and hook work and also said the committee would make needlepoint key rings as favors for the New England conference. The Research and Study committee will have a Christmas meeting at the home of Gerda Small. And Eleanor Dawson reported on the success of the book sale from the Veterans Affairs Committee.

The Hampton Monday Club participated in the Christmas Parade; Phyllis Tucker was chairman of that project. The entry was entitled "Children of All Ages" and was a large Christmas tree from the Urban Forestry Center, Portsmouth, who offer Christmas trees free to any non-profit organization. The tree was trimmed and mounted on a snowmobile trailer and was escorted by past presidents and members of the committee. After the parade it was taken to the Seacoast Health Center for the people there to enjoy.

At the November meeting a number was drawn for the doll house that had been donated to the club by Minnie Philbrook. No one came forth with that number so another number was drawn in December and Doris Smith won the doll house.

The Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, donated by Grace Pevear was won by Leah Libera.

Barbara Navelski, the New Hampshire Federation of Women's Clubs, Portsmouth district director, was the special guest. She brought a collection of glass cruets to show and talk about.

This is the Diamond Jubilee year of the Hampton Monday Club and each month a decade of its history is related.

Clara Gale took the members through the 1930-40 period. The club celebrated its 25th anniversary during that time. In 1933 the Monday Club supported the town sewer project. During those years they gave silver spoons to babies (cost $1.09), and made contributions to the Veterans (10 cents per member). The club also had its first restaurant luncheon and fashion show. Someone wore a dress made from Hampton Union newspaper (1935) and gave a talk on the importance of publicity. Helen Hayden, Ruth Perkins and the late Olive Brooks were all presidents during that time. Olive Brooks sponsored a Boy Scout Troop and first hospital favors (for trays) was made.

Following Clara's talk, the group participated in a carol sing led by Donna Colachico with Clara at the piano. President Naomie Bishop concluded the meeting by wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.

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