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Ladies – while your men are busy looking at, talking about or buying tools, we offer an opportunity for you to enjoy yourself, learn new things and meet fun people.  All women are automatically members of the M-WTCA Auxiliary and we hope you will participate. During the men’s programs, the women also have a program or activity scheduled that is always informational and/or entertaining.
At our meetings, we are fortunate to be able to see interesting and educational displays that women create showcasing their collections or other items of interest. A Member’s Choice ribbon is awarded.  It is an opportunity to view fabulous and interesting collections – and to learn something new.
Our opening event at national meetings on Thursday evening is usually a Meet and Greet.  First time attendees are welcomed and members bring items they collect or craft or anything they might want to share about themselves.  We have a book club and read a variety of books. This group continues to grow in size.  Discussions are always interesting and thought provoking. We have a ladies breakfast or luncheon on Saturday.  Our meeting ends with a banquet on Saturday night. Our meals are great, the fellowship around the table is always interesting and we all look forward to the entertainment.

Our Fall meeting was held in Louisville Kentucky at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center October 5 – 8, 2016.  Our hostess was Catherine Trahin.

The theme for displays was “On the Trail”! There were 6 displays: “Handmade Christmas Gifts” by Helen Devitt; “On the Trail with Memories” by Pat Feeser; “On the Trail – We Brought Our Designs” by Karen Fulton; “On the Trail – Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay” by Sally Redinger; “Precious Memories” by Judy Williams; and “Let’s Go for a Drive” by Susan Witzel.  Winner of People’s Choice Award was Pat Feeser – “On the Trail with Memories”.

The Thursday morning tour was an opportunity to visit downtown Louisville.
Thursday afternoon there was a tour to Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort KY. It has a history beginning from 1793.  Thursday evening was our always entertaining Meet and Greet.  This is a chance for auxiliary members to share their hobbies, collections or just an interesting object they just found or have.  Everyone enjoys the fellowship!!
Our book for discussion was “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd.  This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

A Chinese auction was fun for all on Friday evening with many lucky winners!

M-WTCA member Dave Heckel presented a program on “The History of the Shakers” at the Saturday luncheon.  The Shakers are known for their high quality cabinets, furniture and other items along with their uncommon life style.  “Hands to Work – Heart to God”.   A short business meeting followed.
Saturday evening brought festivities to an end with our banquet and entertainment by “The West End Stoppers” a blues and Dixieland band!!
Our 2017 Spring meeting will be held June 14-17th at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Springfield Illinois.  Our hostess will be Julie Pangrac.
The theme for displays will be “Life’s Journey”.  Please consider bringing a display – we all love to see them and learn about your interests!
The book chosen for review is “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. “Orphan Train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past”.  Julie Kesterson will lead the discussion.
Julie Pangrac will be planning many fun things to do and interesting tours so please plan to join us in Springfield, Illinois – June 14-17, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel!!  We look forward to visiting with old friends and making new ones!! 

For more information about the Auxiliary, you may contact Rita Myers by e-mail at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     or Auxiliary President Lynne McCalla  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    
 

 
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