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Dedication Ceremony

November 03, 1927

PORTIA'S NEW CLUB HOUSE DEDICATED TUESDAY

Beautiful New Home of Payette's Woman's Organization Opened to Use With Fitting Ceremony Program Interesting and Attendance Large

Tuesday, November the 1st, was perhaps the biggest day in all the thirty-two years of the Portia Club's life, for that day saw the culmination of years of work and effort on the part of the women who comprise the club, that day saw the dedication of the club house that has been the dream of a long succession of Portia women.

The club room was in gala attire of flowers and light and crackling fire in the fireplace. In the receiving line were the members of the Building Committee, who welcomed the club members and their friends as they entered the auditorium. The stage was banked with autumn flowers and besides the footlights was illuminated with floor lamps. The program was in charge of the Past Presidents of the club, who were assembled on the stage. The opening number consisted of two beautiful piano selections by Mrs. Clarence Yensen. "The Last Smile" and "The Butterfly," after which the audience led by Mrs. Bernard Eastman, sand the Doxology and Mrs. D. C. Chase delivered the invocation.

Mrs. F. H. Hogue then gave an account of the building, from its first inception, which dates back to 1919, when Mrs. E. B. Holems was president of the club, to the present time, when the completed building stands, a dream realized. Mrs. Hogue told of how, Mrs. James Swank, at that time chairman of the Membership Committee, turned in the sum of sixty dollars which was the sum netted from a dance given by her committee, and in handing over the money Mrs. Swank suggested that it be the nucleus of a building fund. Since that time, eight years ago, the fund has grown slowly but surely until there was enough to pay for the long planned for club house, which Mrs. Hogue stated cost $4,366 and is all paid for. Mrs. Hogue suggested in closing, that anyone criticizing the building, or comparing it with club houses elsewhere, should bear in mind its moderate cost and should compare it only with buildings of approximately the same cost. She then in the name of the Building Committee turned the club house over to Mrs. Ainey for the use of the club.

In accepting the club house Mrs. Ainey praised the work of the building committee which has helped to make the dream come true. She then proceeded to make specific mention of the gifts already received for the club's new home. These include a beautiful front door, which was given by Mrs. Josephine Erwin, the gavel which Mrs. Ainey was that day using for the first time, and which was the gift of the White Pine Lumber Co. This gavel was one of those presented to the delegation at the Lewiston State meeting in September, and was given to the Club's representative, Mrs. J. R. McKinney who in turn presented it to the Portia Club. The beautiful president's table from which Mrs. Ainey conducted the meeting was the gift and the handwork of Archie Prindle owner and manager of the Payette Box Mill and Lumber Company. This is a most useful gift and one which is much appreciated by the club. Another and companion gift was the President's chair presented by Mrs. Celia Moss. Two handsome silver candle sticks were presented by Mrs. William Hollenbeck of Fruitland. The Club pantry was not forgotten either its share being six biscuit pans and a can of baking powder from the Calumet Baking Powder Co., a 3 pound can of freshly ground coffee from the Seckel Fritchman Co. of Boise, and a large caddy of wafers from the Tru-Blu Biscuit Co.

In the course of her talk Mrs. Ainey made a remark which might well be adopted as a slogan for Portia. Mrs. Ainey said, "We have built a club house, it is all paid for and now we want the women of Payette to join and help us . our new home."

The new building is a cozy artistic and attractive club house adapted for dances, plays and social gatherings, and is going to be a source of great pleasure to those who have so long worked and planned for it. The first entertainment of a public nature to be given will be the concert by the Rain Bow Sextette of Chicago which will be on November 9th, and which it is hoped will be followed by many more of a like nature.

Space alone prevents a detailed description of the pretty interior. Many people of Payette have already seen it, and those who have not are advised to take the first opportunity offered of doing so.

 
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