Our Past | 1960: A gathering of homemakers

Selected by Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

In this article from the June 30, 1960 edition of the Waterville Empire Press the author neglected to specify what club was holding the meeting described. It looks like it was the “Homemakers Club.”

Successful Homemaking is Acquired Science

“Successful homemaking is an acquired and learned science, charged with the idea of making life possible and living pleasant,” emphasized Mrs. Herbert Meyers, East Wenatchee home economics instructor and graduate of the John Robert Powers School of Charm, as she addressed the annual (Homemakers Club) meeting held June 22 at the Sims Corner Grange Hall.

Mrs. Meyers pointed out that homemaking is easily one of the most important jobs in today’s society. Being a successful housewife, mother, hostess and community worker requires judgment, patience, self-reliance, ingenuity, generosity, technical knowledge, human understanding and an inordinate amount of tact.

Mrs. Walter Caille, parliamentarian, presided during the installation of Mrs. Jack Palmer as new vice president, and Mrs. Walter Schnell as new treasurer. Corsages were presented to the new officers and Mrs. Don Ogle, past vice president, and Mrs. Harry Ludeman, acting treasurer.

On Oct. 4, the Washington State Homemakers Council will hold their convention at the Winthrop Hotel in Tacoma. All Homemakers Club members are urged to attend the three-day convention. An interesting and educational program is planned.

Mrs. Elton Gordon reported on the year’s work to further international relationship through IFYE (an international cultural exchange program). Other committee chairmen giving annual reports were: Civil Defense, Mrs. Walter Schnell; Pennies for Friendship, Mrs. William Smith; and Health and Safety, Mrs. Earl Breiler.

All club presidents are reminded that the Standards of Achievement are due by July 15 and are to be turned into Miss Betty Jean Sundling, Douglas County agent.

A beautiful tea table was presided over by the Triangle Homemakers following the afternoon session. The Bridgeport Home Extension Club provided cookies for the morning coffee session and noon luncheon where a fruit salad and sandwiches were served.