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Catalog Number OH 0005
Collection Oral History Collection
Title Past Presidents Club of the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs
Description Oral history interviews with members of the Past Presidents Club of the Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs, conducted by Dorothy L. Coleman on 22 June 1992 in Olympia, Washington. Includes a 22-page transcript.

Interviewees are: Elizabeth Doumet (1951-1953), who also served as Western States President and GFWC Centennial chairman; Helen Sutton (1953-1955), who also served as GFWC chairman of finance in the Home Life Department and of scholarship in the Education Department; Edna Hill (1974-1976), who was also president of the Seattle Federation of Women's Clubs, and is recognized by the Edna Hill Scholarship; Irma Grace Henderson (1976-1978), whose administration hosted the GFWC convention in Seattle in 1977; Doris Clark (1980-1982), who began work with historian Dorothy Coleman on the history of the state federation; Dorothy Coleman (1982-1984), also member of the Olympia Womens' Clubs, who discusses state club history projects; Martha Smith (1984-1986), whose administration used the theme "Concern for Children" to assist state school districts; Joy Bonnington (1986-1988), who conducted state-wide programs on reporting and membership and began the Centennial Quilt Contest; Jeanne Syverson (1988-1990), who describes the work of the Vesta Junior Women's Club in the development of Leavenworth, Washington; and Lavonne Hoivik (1990-1992), who helped plan a women's conference in Russia in 1991 and served as GFWC international hostess during the 1992-1994 administration.

Topics include development of the Community Service Contest (now Community Improvement Program), conservation, fundraising projects for Washington beautification, Breast Self-Examination program, and ways to reach younger women for club membership.



Interviewee multiple members
Interviewer Coleman, Dorothy
Interview date 1992-06-22
Interview place Olympia, WA
Transcription date 1996-10-16
Transcriptionist Shaw, Rebecca
Length of Interview 60 mins
People Syverson, Jeanne
Smith, Martha E.
Hill, Edna M.
Bonnington, Joy
Clark, Doris
Hoivik, Lavonne
Doumet, Elizabeth
Henderson, Irma
Sutton, Helen
Coleman, Dorothy
Shaw, Rebecca
Related Materials http://www.washingtonwomenshistory.org/themes/clubs/wsfwc/syversonJeanne1988-90.aspx
Search Terms (WA) State Federation of Women's Clubs
(WA) Vesta Junior Women's Club
(WA) Lakewa Junior Women's Club
(WA) Olympia Women's Club
Washington
Community Improvement Program
Sears
Washington State Federation of Women's Clubs
(WA) State President