|Helping Hand Club|
December 14 1922, Mrs. Vera Carding, County Agent met a group of farm women at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth
Musz to organize a farm women's club. Mrs. E. Musz, F. Brinker, L. Hollander, J. Weinmeister, H. Beisel,
A. Johanesmeyer, L. George, L. Hoffman, C. Marshik, G. Johnson, E. Webber, G. Herman, R. Ritz,
E. Brickman, L. Pfaff, J. Scott, L. Laubach signed as members. They chose
as their motto "Get all You Can and Can All You get"; color chosen was blue and
white, flower chosen was the carnation.|
To earn money to carry on their work they served pie, sandwiches and coffee at coyote hunts and public sales, making $17.45.
In club work they made dress forms for three members. Had the first pressure cooker domonstration they had seen, where navy beans were cooked in thirty minutes. Three cookers were sold. September 11, 1923 they took first prize of $20.00 in general club work and second for flour sack exhibit at Okeene Community Fair. All emmbers kept account of milk, cream, butter and eggs sold, and chickens raised and sold. That year they cured 2400 lbs. of meat.
In 1927 Miss Ola Armstrong came to us as Copunty Demonstratin Agent in answer to a petition earlier presented to the County Commissioners asking for a permanent demonstration agent.
Years passed, old members dropped out and new ones came in to take their places. Members took their share of prizes at the Okeene Community, County and State Fairs. Emergency chests were kept filled at the Okeene and Holcomb hospitals. We organized the Red Cross Unit at Okeene. We knitted and sewed for the Red Cross having 120 hours to our credit. We sent two navy bags of warm clothing for overseas relief, 69 lbs. for World Church relief, bought two bonds, sent four boxes to Bert Webber for distribution in Korea, made two wool afghans for veterans in hospitals, wrapped and sent gifts to veterans, four times during the year we have made and sent clothing to the Crippled Children's Hospital. We joined the Sunshine and Hopeful Clubs in holding health clinics and making curtains for the Okeene Community Building. One of our members served as instructor at Canning School sponsored by the government. Two of our members assisted the 4-H work. Mrs. Geo. Johnson and Mrs. Libby Pfaff were these two ladies. Mrs. Pfaff has received a reward for 15 years of service to the 4-H work. We donated $10.00 to the Library Fund. We also donated every year to the Red Cross, March of Dimes, 4-H Clubs. Our Community project was the Walking Blood Bank. We have helped the Chamber of Commerce with the Whea-esta and Community Fairs. We have given three scholarships to three of our young people of our community.
We have assisted at the achievement day meetings. Attended County and District meetings and took part in all County meetings assigned to us. We have sent flowers and cards to the sick, served dinners to bereaved members and sent floral sprays, bought two sets of silverware for the Public School Lunch Room. Each member made a tea towel for the new kitchen at the Legion Memorial Bulding. We assisted four needy families, nine members went to Enid and spent the day with our member Mrs. Chas. Elwonger, we also had the honor of having Mrs. Johanaemeyer, a charter member as our guest. Each brought a covered dish, the day was spent in remembering other meeting of the past. Three of our members have celebrated their golden weddings in which we have given gifts. Every year we have had picnics, Christmas Parties and Secret Pals. We now are having galloping breakfasts to raise our funds. We have painted, stained, papered and waxed ad polished; upholtered furniture, made new drapes, sheets, pillow cases, tea towels, quilts and spreads, and new dresses, coats and suits and made over every thing we could get our hands on until is was dangerous to take your coat or hat off in our homes. We have canned, preserved, pickled and frozen enough for Cox's army. Still we go on canning all we can get our hands on.
One of our members has served as president five years, secretary five years, vice-president two years, treasurer one year and reporter two years. She has only missed seventeen meetings since joining the club in 1928. I call that a good record don't you? Mrs. Moody has that honor.
Mrs. Libby Pfaff was a Charter member of the club and is still a member.
Through the years our membership has been 16 or 18. Young women have joined and moved away but others have joined in their places. These that have left us are now scattered over the United States but we hope that the time which they spent with us has been helpful to them in their homes wherever they are and that their motto is till to "Get all they can and can all they get".