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Name Operation Little Bells

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Image of JRM 1964-1966 - Junior Membership Records

JRM 1964-1966 - Junior Membership Records

Mary Jean Houde (Mrs. Thomas R.) of Kankakee, Illinois, served from 1964-1966 as GFWC Director of Junior Clubs. Myrtle Young (Mrs. George) served as Junior Conference Secretary. During the 1964-1966 administration, these GFWC program departments each had a Junior Chairman: Conservation, Miss Evelyn Farley of Plainville, Connecticut; Education, Barbara Wade (Mrs. Gentry) of Saratoga, California; Fine Arts, Edna Springer (Mrs. Harold) of Clarksburg, West Virginia; Home Life, Jeanenne Morrow (Mrs. James R.) of Birmingham, Alabama; International Affairs, Christine Badger (Mrs. Robert L.), 1964-1965, and Judy Harrison (Mrs. Gene C.) of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, 1965-1966; Public Affairs, Mrs. Jess

Image of PROG 1964-1966.01 - Program Photograph Collection

PROG 1964-1966.01 - Program Photograph Collection

The September 1965 GFWC Board meeting was held in San Antonio, Texas. Following the meeting, on 17 September 1965, GFWC President Margaret Hasebroock and GFWC Director of Junior Clubs Mary Jean Houde led a group of GFWC members to Mexico to witness the dedication of "The School of the Little Bells" in El Ocote in the Mexican state of Hidalgo, about 40 miles from Mexico City. The dedication took place on September 18, 1965. "Operation Little Bells" was a special CARE project adopted by GFWC's Junior membership during the 1964-1966 administration. GFWC Juniors raised more than $40,000 and built five schools in rural Mexico. Money for the school in El Ocote was raised by the GFWC Junior m