President Midge Casselman welcomed all and read the quote of the day.
Since the theme for the program was county history, Sandra Hausler invited a guest presenter, Kathleen Quigley from the Franklin County Historical Society, to acquaint the members about an organization called Freedom Frontier National Heritage Area, an affiliated area of the National Park Service.
The are includes 41 counties in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri, with more than 80 sites of interest. One of those sites is close to Wellsville, the Black Jack Battlefield. This is thought to be the first battle between the northern and southern sympathizers and predates Ft. Sumter by almost four years. Quigley related some of the history of the site and the work of preserving it for prosperity.
Twelve members answered roll call with their assigned topics.
Good health situations were reported for two of the club’s life members, Norma Boone and Renata Watts. President Casselman reminded all that the March meeting will be elections of officers for the 2014-15 year, and the program committee should be thinking about next year’s program books. Next meeting will be March 18 at the home of Jean Hopkins.
The meeting was adjourned for refreshments served by the hostess Edwards and co-hostess Flo Lyon.