Decora Study Club begins 62nd season

Oct. 11, 2012 at 5:11 a.m.

The Decora Study Club recently began their 62nd season with an opening day luncheon at the Victoria Women's Clubhouse with 55 members attending. First begun in May 1950, and as a member of the Federation of International, Regional, State and Alamo District Women's Clubs, the Decora Study Club continues to dedicate itself to the Federation Creed, which challenges women to give graciously of home, family, church and their world. In keeping with the creed, the club president, Jo Cornstubble, chose the coming year theme as "Volunteerism, the inspiration to get to the heart of the matter."

Members joined in the singing of the Federation song, led by Martha Jones, and accompanied by Verla Wilhoit. The collect was led by Barbara Skipper and pledges to the American and Texas flags were led by Sandra Pyle and Barbara Rix.

Programs for the coming year include presentations on history, art, Americanism, home life, international concerns, conservation, education and social communication, as well as special holiday programs and friendship day when sister study clubs and guests are invited to attend.

Program topics for the upcoming year were selected and speakers secured by the program committee headed by Doreta Keith and Virginia Berger, along with Melicent Bryarly, Jane Cox, Dottie Davis, Helen Grant, Ann Heinrich, Mary Virginia Jacobs, Marjorie Jeane, Carol Moore, Paula Nersisian, Carol Rhode, Sharon Smith and Jalayne Tupa.

Decora Study Club officers include Mary Ann Wright, first vice-president; Davanna West, second vice-president; Margaret Vaughn, co-chairman; Dolly Stokes, third vice-president; Valerie Parker, recording secretary; Helen Grant, corresponding secretary; Becky Miller, treasurer; Pam Fitch, historian; Mary Virginia Jacobs, parliamentarian; Pat McDonald, public relations; and Francisca Watts, federation counselor.

Luncheon tables were elaborately decorated with period hats and feathers dating back to the turn of the century from Jo Cornstubble's collection. Along with summer birthday celebrations and mention of members with special concerns, it was noted that Betty Marr, longtime Decora member and ordained Methodist minister, has moved to Cedar Park. Dee Skeet will serve in her place. Hostesses for the day included Minnette New and Sharon Smith.

Women interested in becoming members of the Decora Study Club should contact Mary Ann Wright at 361-571-0839.



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