Dear Montgomery Co. FCE:
I would like to thank all of you for hosting and organizing my welcome reception last Thursday -- it was absolutely fabulous! Thank you for all of the event planning/coordinating, room setup, preparation/display/serving of foods and punches; thank you for the beautiful room and table decorations, setting up of exhibits, inviting friends and community members, welcoming guests, reception cleanup, and so much more. Your time, effort, smiling faces, and positive spirits truly meant the world to me, and I just can't thank you enough.
Additionally, I appreciate all of your volunteer time, effort, and expertise with conducting the Rivers & Spires: Cultural Arts & Education events. A BIG thank you to the county council (past and present) for your leadership, all of the committee members that worked tirelessly to make the Cultural Arts and Fashion Review a success, and a BIG thank you to all of the members that submitted entries. A special thank you to all of the hands that were on deck to build/paint/transport Teddy for the "Wild Things" children's parade, thank you for your donations of books for the Books for Newborns initiative, the donated heart-shaped sucker awards, supplies, gifts, and talents.
Congratulations are definitely in order to all of the Cultural Arts & Fashion Review award winners, and to all of the members and/or clubs that received an fce award(s). I applaud you for all that you have done, and continue to do to make your club and community thrive.
In short, last week was a great time, and even though there were some challenges/hiccups along the way we cheered, cringed, laughed, supported, revised, and pulled together and made it work. I appreciate you and all that you do.
Lastly, be on the lookout for the club/member list of award recipients to share at your club meetings next month; in addition to the new leader lessons that were obtained at the cluster training in Hickman Co. last week.
Have a wonderful week!
With gratitude, Tamera Adjei
FCS Extension Agent
1030A Cumberland Heights Rd.
Clarksville, TN 37040
Fax: (931) 648-5734
Here is information from Paula Casey about an opportunity to be a part of a USA Today competition.
It started today and runs through May 12. We can cast a vote once a day every day until then
for the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail project that Jacque Hillman of Jackson. Here's the link:
Help Paula to get us on the map....
Voted for the Women's Vote Trail...I just voted and got my confirmation back very soon. When the page opens up you will hear Paula Casey and the Jackson Arts and Heritage person talking....and they share why this project is worthy. ..and to the right there is a place that says vote..or something like that I did and it was required to put my name, e-mail and zip code..they have it all set up and a direct connection...go Paula and thank you. Remember we can vote once a day and help everyone know about our trail of statues/planned statues for Tennessee. Clarksville was mentioned at the end of the video...
WE CAN VOTE EACH DAY>>>
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2020 Vision Friends and Interested Others, Here is information about the next unveiling of a statue for the Celebration of Womens Vote. I have cut and pasted the Jackson Sun's article and it is quite lengthily.
Western Region/State Meetings held near or around Memphis can take advantage of Paula Casey who worked here in Clarksville years ago. She was a great and positive speaker for the Cake Bake and the next day at the museum. Here contact information was at the end of the article.
Here are 5 notes for my highlights.
1) The unveiling will be on Sue's birthday May 25, at Jackson's City Hall Plaza and hope our 2020 Vision Committee and our public statue committee will have a great fun group to attend.
2)Public and private funding and our Paula Casey is helping
3) Sue Shelton was the only woman in the movement that spent time in prison.
4) The Arts Committee Members testimonies help share the vision and the woman that is sculpturing the statue of Sue Shelton is a local artist.
“We must remember the past, hold fast to the present and build for the future. If you stand in your accepted place today, it is because some woman had to fight yesterday. We should be ashamed to stand on ground won by women in the past without making an effort to honor them by winning a higher and wider field for the future. It is a debt we owe.” — Sue Shelton White (1887-1943)
No matter whether you voted in our most recent presidential election, or will in the future, if you’re a woman, the option is yours thanks in part to a bold West Tennessean.
Equal rights activist, suffragist and Jackson’s first female attorney, Sue Shelton White, was born in Henderson in the late 19th century.
She was the second of three children born to teachers James Shelton White and Mary Calista (Swain) White. Orphaned at age 14, “Miss Sue” graduated from the two-year George Robertson Christian College, now Freed-Hardeman University, in 1904 and from West Tennessee Business College in Dyer County in 1905.
In Jackson, she became one of the first court reporters, helped organize the Jackson Equal Suffrage League, and became state chairman of the National Woman’s Party in Tennessee.
She picketed the White House, burning President Woodrow Wilson in effigy on Feb. 9, 1919, for failing to honor his pledge to extend voting rights to women. She was sentenced to five days in the workhouse, the only Tennessee suffragist to spend time in prison for her suffrage work.
She studied law at the Washington College of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1923. She returned to Tennessee to establish a law practice in Jackson with Judge Hugh Anderson, becoming the city’s first female attorney. She served two years as president of the Jackson Area Business and Professional Women, and in 1930 returned to Washington as executive secretary of the Democratic National Committee. Six years later she became the first attorney for the Social Security Board. In 1938 she was named principal attorney to the Federal Security Agency.
Jacque Hillman, president of the Sue Shelton White Public Art Committee, stresses the importance of placing a statue in the City Hall Plaza to honor Sue Shelton White and to preserve our local history. “Heritage tourism is a major economic factor in our state, and Sue White certainly deserves to be recognized for her contributions to our city, our state and to America,” Hillman said.
This statue, which will be dedicated on May 25 (Miss Sue’s birthday), will become part of the Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail throughout the state in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. It will join the monument of five suffragists in Centennial Park in Nashville. In addition, statues in Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville are also underway.
“Mayor (Jerry) Gist and the City of Jackson are highly supportive of the efforts to honor suffragists and their influence on the course of American history,” said Tammy Buchanan, liaison for the City of Jackson. “As part of the Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment, a bronze sculpture of Sue Shelton White will be dedicated in City Hall Plaza. The statue by local sculptor Wanda Stanfill is being supported through public-private fundraising efforts. Sue Shelton White’s statue will be one of five across the state honoring suffragists and their supporters. The Tennessee Department of Tourism and Tennessee State Museum, plus other interested organizations, are working to develop the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail.”
Buchanan added that Jackson has many historical points of interest. “Including Jackson in the place-markers across the state for the suffragist movement invites the locals and visitors to appreciate our history and enjoy our hospitality. Many tour buses loaded with tourists have already visited the suffragists’ monument by Alan LeQuire in Centennial Park in Nashville.”
What committee members are saying
“Sue Shelton White is our daughter from West Tennessee, but her accomplishments as a national leader of equal rights are shared by the people of the United States. This fearless woman worked tirelessly on behalf of all women to get the 19th Amendment ratified, and advocated equality for all people. It is our hope that honoring her with this sculpture will serve as a reminder of the contributions she made for equality and that we should never forget how precious our freedoms are.” — Wanda Stanfill, Jackson sculptor of the Sue Shelton White statue currently at the Lugar Foundry in Eads.
“Sue Shelton White is important to the legal history of Tennessee,” Jackson attorney Mary Jo Middlebrooks said. “She was admitted to the bar in 1923 and returned to Tennessee in 1926 to establish a law practice in Jackson with Judge Hugh Anderson. She was one of the first women to practice law in Tennessee and was the first in Madison County. She was president of the Jackson Business and Professional Women from 1929 to 1931. In 1936, she became the first attorney for the Social Security Board in Washington, D.C. In 1938 she was named the principal attorney and assistant to the general counsel to the Federal Security Agency. Sue Shelton White was truly a trailblazer for all women.”
Madison County Historian Harbert Alexander said, “Sue Shelton White ranks high among our historical characters who have lived or passed through West Tennessee. She was the first female attorney to practice law in Jackson. During the years she lived in Washington she was the administrative assistant for Sen. Kenneth McKellar from West Tennessee, and later with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as principal counsel for the Social Security Administration. She is often remembered as a member of the National Women’s Party who was jailed for a brief period for demonstrating in front of the White House and burning President Woodrow Wilson’s picture.”
“I am honored to be a member of this committee recognizing a smart, strong woman who had the courage to fight the establishment of ‘good old boys’ and win the right for women to vote,” said Glenda Baker, fundraising co-chair from Jackson. “My hope is that women will look at this beautiful sculpture and be grateful for the sacrifices made for the freedom of opportunities, and never take it for granted, knowing that Sue Shelton White did everything possible for women’s rights during her lifetime. Hopefully, it will encourage everyone to stand up for equality in our society.”
And Lendon Noe, an events chair and prominent artist whose studio is in Jackson, had this to say about the Sue Shelton White monument: “It’s wonderful that this sculpture will honor Sue Shelton White, one of Tennessee’s hardest working suffragists ... She changed America through her work getting the 19th Amendment passed. We need more art that recognizes women for their accomplishments. I’m also excited about the performance of ‘Tea for Three’ coming to Jackson from New York with the award-winning Elaine Bromka playing three first ladies.”
Paula Casey, a Memphian and former president of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument board, was primarily responsible for getting the money raised and placement for the Nashville monument in Centennial Park, which was unveiled Aug. 26. “All American women vote today thanks to Tennessee,” Casey said. “There is a dearth of statuary honoring women across the country. We are committed to adding more statues about Tennessee’s greatest gift to our country — the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted all American women the right to vote ... The sculpture at Jackson City Plaza in front of Jackson City Hall will tell the story for future generations about this important Tennessean.”
Sue Shelton Memorial Fund
Casey is the fiscal agent for the Sue Shelton Memorial Fund. Donations range from $500 to $5,000, and up, and are tax deductible. Any amount is appreciated. However, for your name to be placed on the bronze plaque by the sculpture, the donation must be $500 or more. Those who prefer online donations may go to www.gofundme.com/SueSheltonWhite. More information on donation levels and mailing information is available on the Sue Shelton White Facebook page.
Checks should be made payable to the Sue Shelton White Memorial. Finance Committee member Paula Casey will acknowledge your support with a letter noting your tax deductible donation. The letter will provide the tax-free exempt number of the Sue Shelton White Committee. Please mail your donation to: Paula Casey, 99 North Main St., No. 901/Memphis, TN 38103.
Two or three folks have already told me that they have seen this segment on TN Crossroad and the 100th Celebration of Womens Vote.Since I had missed it I was sure glad that Paula Casey sent the e-mail below to me. If you have not see it you can just click the site below. The segment shows the artist working on the project, the finished project, the Mayor of Nashville's dedication speech and features our friend Paula Casey. Paula worked for The Leaf Chronicle many years ago and honored us as the key not speaker Sweetheart Cake Bake and the next day presented at the museum. This would be a great introduction or closing at any speaking opportunity, small or large group and family meetings. We might even be able to get/buy a coppy that we can loop for an ongoing exhibit or special event. It is done so well!
Remembering the unveiling of the statue in Jackson recognizing Sue Shelton White is coming up soon and I hope they have a large delegation at this event as well. I know we sure had a wondrous time in Nashville. If you are interested in attending and want to go as a team, just let us know.
Our local effort is called 2020 Vision to Celebrate Womens Vote. We have been working as a county wide committee for now over 2 years. We want everyone to know about Tennessee being the perfect 36. That is our goal and mission. We have a team working on flower gardens, we have the 2020 Vision Players for good group presentations and the list goes on and on. If you are interested in creating your own 2020 Team for your community, county, project or team we share everything that we have and will have someone come share with you.
Also new in Montgomery County is the vision to create a statue that will be here in another 100 years and beyond. The 2020 Vision Public Art Steering Committee is planning an organizing meeting for 4 p.m., Monday, March 27, at the Smith-Trahern Mansion. If you have an interest in serving on this project contact Ellen Kanervo or Brenda Harper. If you do not have their contact information I will let Ellen or Brenda know for sure. Please let us know if you feel this might be up your alley to serving on the steering committee.
The producers have been working on this for 2 years. This is on our
state PBS stations this week. It's 7 mins. and a few seconds at the
beginning of the show: http://www.pbs.org/video/2365977400/.