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August 24, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 33

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fC , 1975 JfctJ There Are Changes The New Junior League The Jtuuor League it cfowgiag, becoming more imtotred in tociol action. But i f « liH tn advocate of toluntter trorfc for women, and on lAif f core tke league ditagreei iharply icilA NOW and other fem- uut organuatioiu. diplomat and former New York governor. By Giuy Pitt Attotimted Pren Writer A dozen young women, many of them dressed in blue jeans, are discussing the victimization of women. Rape. What can be done about it? Job discrimination. How can it be stopped? Prison. What are women subjected to when confined? Day care. How can a working mother provide a good environment for her children? It's not a consciousness-raising group, nor is it a meeting of the local chapter of the Radical Feminists Union. It's a task force session of the Junior League -- that elite organization of wealthy and socially prominent women. The Association of Junior Leagues of America, the headquarters organization for the individually incorporated leagues, insists that the Junior League and its members are changing. "NOW (the National Organization for Women) and other women's organizations are concerned with women's issues and so are we," says Mary D. Poole of Albuquerque, N.M., president of the association and also a member of NOW. "Our heads are very much in the same place as Mary Poole's," says Jane Kirkham, president of the Cleveland, Ohio, Junior League. Mrs. Kirkham, mother of three and wife of a real estate executive, has lived in Cleveland Heights, a wealthy suburb, almost since graduation from college. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, she said she went through a period of "disenchantment" with the league, which she had joined fresh out of college "as part of a whole life set since I was born. The league's purpose then was to promote volunteerism. And that's still important. Many leagues are debating with NOW and other groups which say that voluntarism is exploitation of women. NOW says most volunteer work is done by women and that if the same functions were performed by men there wouk be monetary compensation. NOW also says that unpaid work is demeaning and keeps women subordinated to men. The Junior League believes that contrary to keeping women subordinated to men, volunteer work has allowed women "to achieve management positions .. . that were denied them elsewhere." Mrs. Poole argues that many women prefer the flexibility of hours and the variety of work that volunteering allows. She adds that many jobs simply would not be performed if wages had to be paid. Mrs. Poole is the wife of an attorney and the mother of four. She's never held a paying job, except for a six-month period with a college placement office while her husband was teaching at the school. She married one week after graduating from the University of Minnesota. But 16 per cent of the league's 114,000 active members are working women and they have played a role in the trend toward social action. The Washington, D.C., league donated $30,000 last year to the Women's Legal Defense Fund, and 60 league members signed up for paralegal training to help women fight job and housing discrimination through the courts. ponents to most of the changes in Los Angeles. But durinf the last two or three years, as it became more evident that the organization had to change as women in general changed, opposition died down, she said. Most of the nation's league members still are expensively dressed white suburban housewives. There are blacks, Jews, divorcees and single women in various leagues, but there is no way to determine the percentage of minority members, national officials say. That percentage, they concede, is small but is growing. Some leagues, such as those in Chicago and St. Louis, are actively recruiting blacks. I fashion specialists in sizes 18 to 60 andl6'/ 1 to32 1 / J Designer's Touch It's All About Walls ; By Connie Shearer What's the largest area in your home? . It's the wall area. Therefore, if you want to make a drastic change in your decor, do something to the walls. There are things other than paper and paint to use in redoing your walls. One of these deecorative "things" is paneling. You can create almost any look you desire by paneling a wall. BRICK PANELING can give a room an out-of-doors look, a rustic look, a warm look or a cool look. It all depends on what you do with what you've got. For a year round cool room use white brick paneling and lot of sky blue and sunny yellow with touches of green. You'll create a springtime feeling even in the dead of winter. FOR THE WARM look we associate with country homes and ski lodges, use red brick with as much exposed wood as possible and shades like brown, rust, pumpkin and gold. And for the elegant look natural brick with a color as regal as scarlet will do the trick. The addition of brass accessories will help. THE SETTING pictured was created inexpensively. The designer used economical brick paneling on the fireplace wall, placed a colorful appliqued wall hanging on a stark white stucco-like paneling in the center of that wall, and installed a wood- grain paneling horizontally, on an angle, on the outside walls to accent the contours of the room's cathedral ceiling. . In this case the "wood" paneling is walnut toned and the brick is white to complement the lime-colored carpeting and the beige and cranberry-colored furniture. "I WAS REALLY on the verge of resigning," she said, "because I felt the league was risking irrelevancy. "When I was a provisional (the first phase of membership), they put me in a soda shop in a hospital as my volunteer work. What did I know or care about that?" Last year Mrs. Kirkham accepted the Cleveland league's invitation to become its president this year. "I just decided that the time had come that I was either going to resign or I was going to do something," she said. One of the projects developed by the Cleveland league under Mrs. Kirkham was an attempt to find out more about league members themselves. Questionnaries -asking such things as "Who am I?" "Who was I?" "Who will I become?" "Whatdol need now?" -- were distributed to members to try to develop a profile of the membership. As a result, seven task forces in seven areas identified as of high interest to members were established: the arts, criminal Justice, the elderly, the environment, youth, women's role in society and the city of Cleveland. "We are definitely trying to establish a balance between service-and change -- oriented projects," said Mrs. Kirkham. The service projects -- hospital and museum volunteer work -- continue. But social action programs are increasing in Cleveland and elsewhere. "We've sent representatives to Washington to support certain legislation. And we've taken very strong stands on proposed legislation within the state -- such as ... gun control," Mrs. Kirkham said. "Our members voted . . . to ban all handguns. 1 Plans for Early Autumn Weddings Are Told Russe-Skiles Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Russe of 5721 Midland Dr. are announcing the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jean Ann to James Gregory Skiles, son of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Skiles of 918 Ridgeway Rd. The wedding will take place on Sept. 20 in Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral. Fight Chiggers With Repellants Miss Russe graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University and is a candidate for medical school. Her fiance has a master's degree in business administration from WVU. mass communications from Lamar University. Her fiance has a B. S. degree in health and physical education from Lamar University and is employed by the Clear Creek Independent School District. Thomas-Fisher Debby Thomas and Mike Fisher will be married in an open-church ceremony at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Calvary Nazarene Church. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herschel L. Thomas of Sissonville, and his parents are Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Fisher, of Pocatalico. They are graduates of Sissonville High School. She is employed by the Guaranty Bank and he is employed by J. D. Moore Inc. If you're an outdoor person you probably know about chiggers -- but how much do you know beyond the point that you don't like them? The young chigger is barely visible to the eye -- and it's not really an insect, it's one of the animal feeding mites. It starts out with three legs but manages to develop eight legs. They're most likely to be in deep grass and damp areas where there's quite a bit of organic matter laying on the top of the soil, the United States Department of Agriculture advises.. Check out the lawn or recreational areas by taking black felt paper and placing it on edge in the place to be checked. Chiggers will crawl up on it -- and because they are light colored you can see them. If you're in an infested area you'll probably want to use repellants on each person -- at sock level. Diazinon, chlordane and sevin are effective, and heptachlor granules, which are also still available in most garden supply stores according lo Gordon Barnes, Extension Entomologist. Be sure lo apply according to directions on the label. Gillespie-Holland VICTORIA, Tex. - Mr. and Mrs. Jack D. Gillespie of Victoria, formerly of Dunbar. W.Va.. are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Susan Kay, to Thomas Robert Holland Jr., son of Mrs. Billie C. Holland of Clear Lake City, and Thomas Robert Holland of Naperville, 111. The wedding will take place on Oct. 11 in the LaMarque Presbyterian Church. » » : - _ «i:ii__-,:,. l _ T ! J nr ,_ no ;,, miaa XJIllcapic nao a u. J. uctivt in Sheets-Lemley Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Sheets of 1516 Jackson St. are announcing the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Martha Anne, to Thomas L. Lemley, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Lemley of Madi-. son. Conn. An Oct. 4 wedding is planned. Miss Sheets attended. West Virginia University and is a former employe of Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division. Her fiance is a graduate of Ricker College, Houlton, Maine. He is president of Lemley Electric Co., Inc. of Madison. Billie Greer, president of the Los Angeles Junior League, says the feminist movement has played a major role in changing the league over the past five years. "We are seeing that there is more desire on the part of women to have an effect on things," she said. "We have begun taking stronger stands, taking projects one step beyond service to actually effect the change we are looking for." * * * THE LOS ANGELES league has established a committee that tries to place league members in various local and state government posts. "We actively seek out commission and advisory board positions," said Mrs. Greer. "We work on the preparation and passage of legislation that we think is important." Most Junior League members now "are women who really know what they want to do with their lives," added Mrs. Greer. "They're here by choice, not because their _nKthe_rs.lefore them were here or because it was expected of them." The Junior League was founded in New York City in 1901 by debutante Mary Harriman, sister of Averell Harriman, the HALFWAY HOUSES, homes for runaway children, drug centers or guidance and counseling centers have been setup by leagues in Greenville, S.C.; Chicago; Worcester, Mass.; Raleigh, N.C.; Fresno, Calif.; Minneapolis, Minn., and Bergen County, N.J. A penal seminar was conducted by league members at the Elmira, N.Y., Correctional Facility, and Oklahoma City league members held weekly sessions at the Women's Treatment Facility for inmates who wanted to discuss law, economics, careers and personal problems. The Phoenix, Ariz., league published a free directory of day care centers, and a study of the variety of prices charged for prescription drugs was conducted by the Baltimore, Md., league. Junior League members in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa, serve as present- ence investigators and probation officers for the courts, and the Rochester, N.Y., league sponsors a seminar on rape, including sessions on medical and emotional support for victims, self-defense, rape and the law, and the patterns of rapists. For these projects and others, the nation's 227 leagues raised $5,163,629 during 1974. Fancy dress balls and society horse shows have declined v as major fund-raising projects, replaced for some leagues with federal funds and foundation grants. The Law Enforcement Assistance Administration has awarded more than $500,000 for criminal justice projects, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse granted the New York City league $95,367 for a project with the inmates of Rikers Island Correctional Institution for Women. Changes in Junior League programs have not come about without some conflict within the organization. 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