This Thursday, 14 women will be recognized for their exceptional contributions not only to their respective clubs, but the community at large.
The City Federation of Woman’s Clubs will host it’s annual spring Recognition Tea, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Ellis County Women’s Building. The building is located at 407 Jefferson St. in Waxahachie.
The event is held each year to honor the outstanding women named by each member club in the federation.
The names of the recipients will be announced at the tea, and the honorees will receive guests and club members at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m.
Below are the biographies of each of this year’s recipients:
Eileen Mitchell represents the Beta Nu Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She is married to Dan Mitchell and they have two daughters, two grandsons, four granddaughters and one great granddaughter. She has served as club president for three years. Her favorite thing about her sorority is that they really are like her sisters which she says is a blessing to her because her real sisters live two states away.
Jo Ann Ranton is this year’s outstanding club woman for the Century Club. She is the daughter of Joe C. and Effie Samuels and the widow of James Ranton. She has served as president of the club this year and as historian and first vice president in past years. She is also the chaplain for the Rebecca Boyce Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Other club and civic activities include serving as treasurer for Sardis United Methodist Women, board member of the Oak Branch Cemetery Association and an active member of the Ellis County Republican Women. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church where she also serves on the administrative board. Jo Ann’s favorite thing about her club is the fellowship with other members and the interesting programs.
Anita Prewitt represents the Rebecca Boyce Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is married to Billy Prewitt and they have four sons. She presently serves as the custodian of the flags in the DAR and also works on membership and lineage research. Other club activities include membership in the Ellis County Genealogical Society. Civic activities include work with the Ellis County Museum, the Ellis County Woman’s Building and Child Protective Services. She is a member of Park Meadows Baptist Church. Her favorite thing about DAR is honoring our military and helping those in our community.
Carrie Lowe represents Delta Kappa Gamma International, an honorary society for educators. She has been a proud member for eight years. She has held the office of vice president and president for her club. She is married to Ray Lowe and is a member of Bristol Missionary Baptist Church. Her favorite thing about Delta Kappa Gamma is that they participated in many activities this year. One of her favorite was the program about the people of Swaziland. Mission Swaziland helps build schools for the children there. Her chapter took up a love offering to support their mission.
Wendy Piepke is the outstanding club woman for the Eta Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She is married to Chris Piepke and they have two daughters and two granddaughters. She is currently the president of her club but has served as vice president, secretary and scrapbook and social chairman. Other club activities include membership in Alpha Xi Delta, Ellis County Retired Teachers Association, and the Consumer Science Teacher Association. She is a member of First Baptist Church where she has served as a Sunday School teacher and choir member. Other community and civic activities include participation in Relay for Life, serving as a hostess for Gingerbread Trail and working with Waxahachie High School family, community and career leaders. Her favorite thing about Eta Omega is the freidnships she has developed over the years and the fact that the ladies in her club are always willing to support a good cause in Waxahachie.
Elmerine Bell represents the Ellis County Genealogical Society as their outstanding club woman. She was born in Berkeley, California but her formative years were spent in Ellis County. She is a graduate of Stafford High School in Italy, Texas and North Texas State University (now UNT). She spent her last years of her teaching career in the Dallas Independent School District at Thomas Alva Edison Middle Learning Center. She has one daughter, but considers the thousands of children she taught as her children whose lives she impacted in the classroom to be an extension of herself as well. She is a lifetime member of the Texas Parent Teacher Association and the Historic Stafford School Alumni Association. She also serves on the City of Italy Economic Development Council, the Ellis County Historical Commission, the Ellis County Museum, St. Mary’s Cemetery Historical Preservation Society and Mount Gilead Baptist Church.
Joyce Block is this year’s outstanding club woman for the Ellis County Porcelain Arts Club. She is married to Henry Block and they have two grown children. She has served her club as secretary since 2011 and has assisted in club auctions and other fund raisers. She has also served as the secretary of the Porcelain Art Club of Dallas for over twenty years. She has also served as first vice president, ways and means chairman and treasurer. Her favorite thing about her club is the Christmas lunches where they all bring items they no longer want and hold a silent auction. This activity helps boost their treasury which helps them pay for guest artists to come in and teach new techniques.
Pat Smith is the outstanding club woman for the Heirloom Club. She is this year’s president, but she has served as the vice president, secretary and treasurer in previous years. She is married to David Smith and they have a grown son and daughter and two granddaughters. Other club and civic activities include the Century Club, the Chautauqua Preservation Society Board and lifetime member of the Chautauqua, board member for the Ellis County Woman’s Building and a member of Historic Waxahachie. She has also served on the Global High School Steering Committee. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and serves on the altar society. Her favorite thing about the Heirloom Club this year was the club’s 70th anniversary when they wore hats and gloves to honor previous members who shared a love of antiques and beautiful things and lived a slower pace of life.
Frances Farley represents the Mothers Club as their outstanding club woman. She is this year’s president but has served in most all positions in the club. She has two grown sons and four grandchildren. Other club involvement includes membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Heirloom Club. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Her favorite thing about Mothers Club is that they helped pack food for backpacks for children who would not otherwise have food for the weekends.
Margaret “Peggy” Spalding Crabtree represents Parsons’ Rose as their outstanding club woman. She is married to Douglas W. Crabtree. She is a sixth generation Ellis County resident and fifth generation Waxahachian. Her parents were William A. and Margaret McKennon Spalding Jr. She has served as the club’s president for two years. Other civic activities include membership and participation on the City of Waxahachie Preservation Commission, Cemetery Board of Directors, Ellis County Board of Directors, Waxahachie Rotary Club, Precinct 114 Republican Chairman, Heirloom Club, Friday Book Club, and past president of Historic Waxahachie, Inc. She is also a member of the Disciples of Christ. Her favorite club activity this past year was that they gathered to learn, preserve and share their Southern heritage, customs and traditions by way of programs, writing informative newspaper articles and helping support the O.M Roberts Camp of the SCV.
Connie Wammack represents the Preceptor Pi Sigma chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She is married to Cliff Wammack and they have two sons and their wives and three grandchildren. She has held the position of social chairman for the last two years. Other club and civic activities include membership in the Rebecca Boyce Chapter of Daughters of American Revolution, and she serves as a board member on the WHS Ex-Student Association. Past memberships include active participation in the Waxahachie Art Association, Garden Club and the Eta Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She is a member of the Auxiliary of Baylor Scott and White Hospital and also volunteers in the cancer center. An avid cattlewoman, she is an active member of the Texas Shorthorn and American Shorthorn Associations. She is a member of First United Methodist Church. Her favorite thing about her sorority is that they are truly sisters who enjoy each other’s company and enjoy cultural experiences and finer things in life by visiting museums, art shows, music venues, theaters and fine restaurants.
Pamela Nunn is this year’s outstanding club woman for the Happy Hearts Chapter of the Red Hat Society. She is married to Larry Nunn and they have two grown sons and their wives and one grandson. She is the social princess of the Happy Hearts by helping organize and host parties and socials. She is always the first to organize meals for club members in times of sickness or other crises. She is a charter member of the Happy Hearts which was organized in 2005. She attends The Oaks Fellowship Church. Other club activities include being a past member of the Ellis County Republican Women and a former member of the Dance Divas, a senior dance team. Her favorite thing about her club is the many close friendships that she has made over the last ten years.
Autumn Yarbrough represents the Waxahachie Rebekah Club #381 as this year’s outstanding club woman. She is married to Jamon Yarbrough and they have three sons. She serves as chaplain for her club. In addition to her club work, she has been involved in helping with food and clothing drives for families and our local food bank. She has participated in Operation Christmas Child and serving meals with the Bread of Life Ministry. She has also helped with setting up angel trees at Christmas for SWAGG, a local non-profit organization in Waxahachie that services foster and homeless children. Her favorite thing about her club is that she loves all her sisters and what her club stands for which includes collecting items for Waxahachie CARE, Pennies for pads, and wounded warriors. One of her favorite activities was when her club held a cook class and an art project with some children.
Shawnee Harding is this year’s outstanding club woman for the Shakespeare Club. She is married to Robert E. Harding and they have a daughter, a son and one grandson. She is a native of Waxahachie and her roots go back to 1874 when her grandfather J.W. Griffith settled in the western part of the county. She is currently the president of the Shakespeare Club and over her 29 years of membership in the club, she has held most every office. Other club involvement includes being an active member in the Century Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Ellis County Genealogical Society. She has also served as the Trinity District president of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs. She was the First Lady of Waxahachie in 1997. She is a member of the Assemblies of God. Her favorite things about the Shakespeare Club are the programs and friendships with the other women in the club.