For 73 years, members of the Woman's Board at Westminster College have spent each spring organizing their major fund-raising event, the Silver Tea and Bazaar.
The board was founded in 1902 with five women appointed by Col. William Ferry, who helped establish the college, to supervise women's affairs at Westminster. The group has since expanded to include 60 members and 45 associate members. The focus now is on the college's scholarship programs and facilities.This year's Silver Tea and Bazaar will again help the Woman's Board make a substantial contribution to the college. Set for Saturday, April 29, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Shaw Center on campus, the bazaar will feature a luncheon snack bar, boutique, antiques, handmade crafts, a gourmet take-out delicatessen and homemade baked goods.
Adding to the traditional events will be two new features: the Kitchen Boutique and International Gifts. Available as a possible family heirloom will be hand-painted cake boards on which the cake is placed with the candles around the cake.
Gifts from India, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Kenya, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan and China will be cloisonne, semi-precious stones in pendants, bracelets, earrings and pins; cotton blouses, silk scarves and hand-carved gifts. Sale of the international gifts provides a market for the native crafts and also provides the support of the Protestant missions in those countries.
Coordinating the all-volunteer efforts for the Silver Tea is Trudi Christiansen. Chairwomen are: Cathie Meldrum, Tea Room; Perna Elliot, bakery; Nancy Nunn, luncheon; Kay Hammil, Grandma's Attic; Irene Pera, candy; Jean Moseley, delicatessen; Cynthia Fehr, kitchen boutique, and Noreen Rouillard, international gifts.
Hostesses for the Tea Room are June Shaw, wife of former college president Manford A. Shaw; and Barbara Dick, wife of the current college president.
Guest book greeters are: Dorothy Boehmer, Isabelle Arnold, Betty Michaelson, Leslie Lewis, Jane Hughes, Eleanor Hoge, B.J. Van Roosendaal, Ginny Hughes, Mary Watson and Evelyn Richards.
Those invited to pour at the tea table are: Jeanne DePaulis, Colleen Bangerter, Maurine Decker, Mattie Ross Consley, Lucille Carleson and Dorothy Cromer.
Also assisting with the tea are: Martha Fidlar, Margaret Sweitzer, Marjorie Gump Pelton, Audrey Fawley, Alice Shearer, Helen Lowen and Katherine Rouillard.
Silver bowl attendants are: Mary Lund, Jessie Wilson and Nell Partridge.