March 17 — Social Butterfly? What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to? Sewing circle, church group, fraternal benefit society or lodge? Describe her role in the group. Thank you to Lisa over at The Accidental Genealogist for supplying a month's worth of prompts celebrating Women's History Month.
My mother, Martha Jean Stark Hughes was a 5 star organization woman. From my earliest recollections, Mom was engaged in various local organizations. She was always a member of one of the church circle groups, volunteered her time with hospital auxiliaries, was involved in her kid's organizations and "in her free time" was an actress with the local Hiland Players. She never missed any of our parent day activities. I can remember how disappointed she was that she could not attend my initiation into Rainbow Girls as only parents who were members of a fraternal group could come.
When she moved from Pittsburgh to Lakewood, Ohio she continued joining new local organizations--College Club West, Wooster College alumni club, The Women's Board of Lakewood Hospital and the Women's Committee of Great Lakes Theater Festival. Mom was always active and she felt it was her way to give back.
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