20th Century Club holds meeting at Trinity Village


The January meeting of the 20th Century Club was held at Trinity Village.

Jeanne Cheek served as hostess for the meeting and Norma Caldwell was co-hostess.

The meeting was called to order by the president, LaQuita Wisner, with the reading of the collect. There was a perfect attendance of 15 members. Roll was called by Linda Minyard and minutes were read and approved. Peggy Koen gave the financial report.

JoAnn Gregary will host the February meeting at her home and she gave directions for getting there.

Wisner appointed Renee Mitchell, Gregory and Cheek to committee to present topics for discussion for the next two years.

Linda Eifling and Peggie Howard will plan the speaker and place for the final meeting in May.

As there was no other business, the meeting was turned over to Evelyn Glover, who presented a very informative report on Frances Perkins, who was born Fannie Coralie Perkins on April 10, 1880, at Boston, Mass. She died May 14,1965.

Perkins was the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945 and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. She held this position for 12 years, serving under Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry T. Truman. As a loyal supporter of her friend, Franklin D. Roosevelt, she helped pull the labor movement into the New Deal Coalition. During her term as secretary of labor, Perkins championed many aspects of the new deal, including the Civilian Conservation Corps, Public Works Administration, and its successor, the Federal Works Agency, as well as, the labor portion of the National Industrial Act. With the Social Security Act, she established the unemployment benefits, pensions for the many uncovered elderly Americans and welfare for the poorer Americans. Through the Fair Labor Standard Act, she established the first minimum wage and overtime laws for American workers. She married Paul Wilson in 1913, but kept her firth name, defending her right to do so in court.

After Glover’s report, the group enjoyed time for fellowship and dessert before the meeting was adjourned.