League Plans a Women's History Lunch
The month of March has been designated as Women's History Month. The League of Women Voters of Moore County is planning a luncheon for Thursday, March 5, titled "Lunch with Legends: An Afternoon with Historic Women."
The luncheon will be held in the ballroom of the Belle Meade Clubhouse, 100 Waters Drive, Southern Pines. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m.; the luncheon will start at noon.
The program features three historic women -- Abigail Adams, Carrie Chapman Catt and Eleanor Roosevelt -- and their trials and triumphs though their own words. Abigail Adams had significant influence on the actions of our second president. Carrie Catt played a major role in achieving voting rights for all women. Eleanor Roosevelt was the world's leading advocate for human rights.
The theme of the program was developed by League Board member, and secretary, Mary Lou Bernett. She is a former elected county official, having served in Indiana as clerk of the courts and county auditor. The idea came from her love of history and government and witnessing more women running for public office.
After a luncheon of chicken cordon bleu, attendees will be treated to a program. A quartet, the Southern Connection, will sing patriotic songs. The Southern Connection is a part of the Sandhills Harmony Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International. The Sandhills Harmony Chorus was chartered by Sweet Adelines International in 2005; as a part of the group, they must enter contests every three years.
The singers for the luncheon include Sue Sikes, (baritone), RuthAnn Porter, (lead), Mary Scott Arnold (tenor) and Kay Cormier (bass). The Sandhills Harmony Chorus is also presenting a concert Saturday, March 7, at Sandhills Community College, based on the 1940s radio show, "In the Mood."
Then three League members, dressed in costume, will read from the actual writings, letters and speeches of American women legends. Abigail Adams will be portrayed by Mary Price.
Price moved to Seven Lakes 10 years ago, coming from Connecticut. She has held several League offices, and was the editor of its bulletin. She takes part in two book clubs, is active in her church and enjoys golf.
Eleanor Roosevelt will be depicted by Dorothy Greenwood. "Dottie" Greenwood moved to Pinehurst 12 years ago from Rochester, N.Y. She has been very active on recycling issues throughout Moore County and currently teaches English as a second language for the Literacy Council.
Carrie Chapman Catt, a suffragette and a founder of the League is being portrayed by League President, Jo Myrle Nicholas. Nicholas has lived in Seven Lakes for six years and has been a League member that long. She is a retired elementary school principal and past administrator-educator's union president. She is currently a member of the Women of Seven Lakes.
To conclude the event, musician Tom Bernett, also the emcee of the event will perform his creative rendition of "America the Beautiful." Bernett has played drums and sung professionally since 1969. His band, Swing Street, is a swing band that has provided music and entertainment throughout the region.
Both men and women are invited to reserve tickets, by calling Ginger Finney, at 673-1330 by Feb. 19. The total cost is $30 each.
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