The combined clubs – Century, DAR, Garden, Mothers and Shakespeare – began their club year Sept. 14 with a luncheon at the Ellis County Woman’s Building with 53 members and guests present.

Among those in attendance were honored guests: Dian Brooks, printer of the yearbooks; Paul Gauntt of the Waxahachie Daily Light; Shawnee Harding, the immediate past president of Trinity District  and the newly elected trustee of the Texas Federation Womens Clubs Historical Foundation; Grace Butler, life member of Trinity District; Sydney Barr, district secretary; and the president of the Waxahachie City Federation of Women’s Clubs, Patti Junkin.

The luncheon was completed with German chocolate pie and iced tea. Mary Lou Pike of Creative Hands Catering prepared the meal.

The piano music of Dr. Carol Farrar welcomed guests as they registered with Shawnee Harding and picked up their yearbooks from Grace Butler.

Shawnee Harding, president of Century Club, welcomed the guests and presided over the meeting.

Seated with her at the head table were Patti Junkin, president of the City Federation; Fran Johnson, president of the Shakespeare Club; Grace Tamminga, president of Mothers Club; and Ellie Abbott, regent of DAR.

Abbott led the reading of “The Collect” as  the invocation.

Tamminga led the pledges to the United States and Texas flags.

Junkin introduced the City Federation officers and club presidents.

The fall Federation meeting dates and announcements were printed by Fran Johnson.

The City Federation  Fall Meeting to welcome newcomers to Ellis County will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Ellis County Woman’s Building, 407 West Jefferson, Waxahachie.

All club women are encouraged to attend, as are all women interested in learning more about life in Ellis County.

The Trinity District Fall Workshop will be Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Ellis County Woman’s Building in Waxahachie and will be hosted by the Century Club.

The TFWC fall board meeting will be Sept. 16-18 in Austin.

The City Federation will again collect calendars for the Veteran’s Hospital. You may place your calendars in the box by the front door at the Waxahachie Daily Light through Dec. 31.

Fran Johnson introduced PJ and Alan Searsy, noted author, speaker and directors of the Waxahachie Community Theatre.

To begin and to end the presentation, “Texas, Our Home” Alan sang “Waltz Across Texas.” PJ spoke of life in Texas from the “Cowboy” aspect and of various Texas women who managed ranches during the settlement and growth of Texas and the West. Frances Smith (Dale Evans of the movies) and Sandra Day O’Conner, the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court both grew up in ranching.

Tribute was also paid to Emily West Morgan as Alan sang “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and PJ spoke of her work in the Texas Revolution and especially at San Jacinto.

To summarize the thoughts about Texas PJ stated “We are Americans first and then Texans. And don’t forget the bluebonnets!”

A special exhibit of glassware from the Texas Centennial in 1936 was presented by collector James S. Wilkins.

Among the items displayed were various dishes, a tie rack, a walking cane and a framed pair of silhouettes.

Wilkins and his wife, Ruth, answered questions and gave interesting tidbits of information about the various articles that were displayed.

The clubs made a donation to the American Heart Association in the Searsys’ honor.

In October, all clubs will resume their regular schedule of meetings.