I recently attended the prayer breakfast sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights where the guest speaker, the Rev. Joseph Breighner, said that in our individual lives as well as in community groups, "generosity makes us our best selves."
Because March is Women's History Month, the occasion was used to honor local women veterans and to make note of the 75th anniversary of women's suffrage.
Celest Riddle, past president of the club, presented a history of the suffrage movement and the many years of struggle before the 19th Amendment was signed into law in August 1920.
She also introduced local women from the various branches of the armed services. "The year 1995 marks the 50-year anniversary of the end of World War II, so this seemed a particularly fitting time to recognize these women veterans," she said.
Eight women were introduced, several of them members of the club:
Natalie Leach, 101 years old, marched in suffrage parades and served as an Army nurse during World War I. A life member of the club, Leach has always been politically active and is credited with starting the Anne Arundel County chapter of the League of Women Voters in June 1944.
Lee Crippen enlisted in the Navy as a WAVE during World War II. She coded and decoded top secret war documents. She was on active duty for four years, leaving the Navy as a lieutenant. She is a member of the Southern District General Federation of Women's Clubs, of which the Linthicum club is a member.
Hester Richardson is a member of the Linthicum Heights Woman's Club. She joined the Navy in 1943. After basic training at the Naval Training Center in New York, she attended Yeoman School in Georgia. She was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Arlington, Va., and the Bureau of Naval Ordinance in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Betty Tillman, Richardson's sister, joined the Coast Guard in 1943. Her basic training was in Palm Beach, Fla. She was assigned to a Coast Guard station in Boston and later to the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington.
Patricia Borsuk, also a member of the woman's club, joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in the latter part of 1944. After completing basic training at Fort Lewis, Wash., she was assigned to DeWitt General Army Hospital in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California.
Rita Booker, a Linthicum resident, enlisted in the Navy in 1945. After training, she worked with disabled veterans and released prisoners of war at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia.
Another member of the club, Katherine Chadwick Smith, worked as a cadet nurse in 1945. The Cadet Nurse Corps supplemented nurses at military hospitals.
After spending seven years as a civilian nurse, she joined the Navy Nurse Corps and served at Navy hospitals in the United States, Cuba and Trinidad. She resigned her commission as a lieutenant commander after 10 years as a Navy nurse.
Darcy Good graduated from West Point in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering (aerospace systems). She was commissioned a second lieutenant and became a military intelligence officer. She left the Army in 1992 as a captain.
After the introductions, Riddle asked other veterans, men and women, to stand for recognition. I was surprised to see that one of them was Fay Deli, whom I've known for some years, but never knew of her military service.
I found out after the breakfast that she joined the Army in 1949 and took her training at Fort Lee, Va. She was then stationed right down the road at Fort Meade, working with the Signal Corps. It was there she met her husband, Andrew. They were married in the post chapel in 1952. She left the service in 1953, and the couple settled in Ferndale.
Ferndale Garden Club members will have their annual Mystery Auction at the 8 p.m. meeting tomorrow at the Ferndale Senior Center.
Auctioneer Lou Wolfe will sell the mystery article.
For information on the club, call 761-8045 or 859-1676.
Women who belong to the Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Lodge 3413 invite their friends and neighbors in Linthicum and Ferndale to a luncheon and fashion show at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway.
The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10. The Fashion Bug and Shrum's Bridal will present the fashions.
For tickets, call 766-2572 or 766-5212.
The Roadrunners Seniors will have a covered dish luncheon and social time at 11 a.m. Thursday at the senior center, 7205 Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd.