Meetings

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 Spring Meeting was in Springfield, Illinois – June 14 – 17, 2017.

The theme for displays was “Life’s Journey” – there were 6 displays:

“Buttons” – Debbie Carpenter
“Cutting through the patterns of my Life” – Denice Cox
“Our Family Heirlooms” – Pat Feaser
“House, Home, Heritage: – Susan Witzel
“What’s in Your Medicine Chest: Life Journey of Nathalie Schepers (1939-2014)” – Elsa Richmiller
“Life’s Journey through the Arts and Crafts” – Karen Fulton

Karen Fulton won the People’s Choice award.

The Wednesday evening: the Welcome Reception was enjoyed by all.

Thursday: Many tours were offered including: Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln home and neighborhood, Frank Lloyd Wright – Dana Thomas Home, also exploring Old Downtown Springfield. There were many nearby attractions!

Thursday evening: The Meet & Greet is always fun and this time was no exception! This is a time to get to know each other better and to share projects, photos, stories and such!

Friday: There was a review of the book “Orphan Train by Christina Bake Kline”. Discussions were lively and educational!

Friday evening: Kathryn Harris portrayed “Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley”, a former slave who was Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker and friend. She was very interesting!

Saturday, following our luncheon, we learned about “The Amazing Honeybee” by M-WTCA member and beekeeper Dave Pangrac. A short business meeting followed.

At our banquet on Saturday evening we were joined by “President Abraham Lincoln”, (Randy Duncan, a reenactor – he never got out of character) who told us many stories about his life.

Our Fall Meeting will be in Memphis, Tennessee – September 27 – 30,

The theme for the ladies displays is “Fabric of Our Lives”. Please consider sharing your interests with us!

The book chosen for discussion is “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” by Jennifer Chiaverini (Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion. A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared.)

Thursday tours may include The Pink Palace Museum, Gibson Guitar Museum, and/or others.

Friday evening will include presentations by auxiliary members on sewing, feed sacks, etc.

Our luncheon speaker will be Faith Beckwidth who has over 1000 toy and miniature sewing machines!!

Please join us in Memphis in September!! We look forward to visiting with old friends and making new ones!!

For more information about the Auxiliary, you may contact Auxiliary President Lynne McCalla or Susan Witzel, Auxiliary VP of Meeting Planning