Nacogdoches Business & Professional Women's Club, 1978-1995 | East Texas Research Center
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The Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., (BPW/TEXAS) was organized on July 12, 1919, in Dallas, with about 40 women in attendance, representing five areas of the state. At this meeting three delegates were elected to attend the initial National Convention, held in St. Louis, Missouri two days later. The following officers were elected at this first Texas meeting: President Minnie L. Maffett, M.D., Dallas; First Vice President, Mrs. Virginia Marr Find, Dallas; Second Vice President, Miss Bertha Ward, El Paso; Recording Secretary, Miss E. Vance Hay, Austin; Corresponding Secretary, Miss Sallie Louise Bridges, Houston; Treasurer, Miss Florence Sands, Dallas; Publicity Secretary, Mrs. B. H. Gilbeau, Dallas.
The first annual meeting was held in Fort Worth in June, 1920, with 12 voting delegates, although about 100 women were present. The minutes of this meeting show there were only four clubs in the Federation. No annual meeting was held in 1921, due to lack of interest and a meeting was held at the YWCA in Dallas to decide whether to disband. No membership figures are in the records and no convention was held in 1922. Miss Florence Sands served as president from 1921-23, and through her efforts and with the help of Dr. Maffett, some progress was made during the next two years. At the second meeting in 1920 records relate: "Representatives were from Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Hillsboro and Beaumont". "Better Business Women for a Better Business World" was adopted by the National Federation as the slogan, and National dues were 25 cents.
The National Federation organized July 16, 1919, was gradually becoming oriented and was able to furnish occasional help to the state organizations. For the first time they sent a national officer, the President, Mrs. Lena Lake Forrest to the annual meeting in Texas. From this time the number of clubs began to grow and the Federation slowly made progress.
The first executive secretary for the Texas Federation was Miss Miriam Coleman of Paris, and the state office was maintained in her home from 1936 through 1944, at which time the state office was dissolved and a part time custodian-secretary employed. The excellent records kept by Miss Coleman detail the early Federation history. In August 1948 a permanent state office headquarters was established in Fort Worth and the Federation was incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas.
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- Folder 1: Networking Directory (Nacogdoches), 1994-95
- Folder 2: Networking Directory (Texas), 1992/93-1994/95
- Folder 3: Finance Award Entry, 1989-90
- Folder 4: Finance Award Entry, 1990-91
- Folder 5: Finance Award Entry, 1991-92
- Folder 6: Finance Award Entry, 1993-94
- Folder 7: Hope E. Conroe President's Award Entry, 1989-90
- Folder 8: Hope E. Conroe President's Award Entry, 1990-91
- Folder 9: Hope E. Conroe Award Entry, 1991-92
- Folder 10: Issues Management Award Entry, 1994-95
- Folder 11: Legislation Award Entry, 1991-92
- Folder 12: Membership Award Entry, 1993-94
- Folder 13: Nike Sponsor Report, 1992
- Folder 14: Writeline, 1990
- Folder 15: Writeline, 1991
- Folder 16: Writeline state Bulletin Award, 1990-91
- Folder 17: Vision Award Entry, 1993-94
- Folder 18: Woman of the Year Award Entry, 1992-93
- Folder 19: Public Relations Award Entry, 1989-90
- Folder 20: Notebook 1, Public Relations Award Entry, 1991-92
- Folder 21: Notebook 2, Women in Government Award entry, 1991-92
- Folder 22: Notebook 3, President's Notebook (Angela Wiederhold), Board meetings, meeting agendas, rosters, committee reports, correspondence, financial materials, newspaper clipping, Visio, 1993-94
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