Amelia Earhart the subject at Ingleside Literary Society meeting

Published 12:20 am Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ingleside Literary Society met at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, at the home of hostess Glenda Givens. The program for the month, presented by Givens, was on Amelia Earhart, an American pioneer in aviation and the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for this record

Earhart also authored several best-selling books about her flying experiences. She was a member of the National Women’s Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. She served on the faculty of Purdue University and counseled women on careers and inspired others with her love for aviation. It was on a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra that Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean. Fascination with her life and career and her disappearance continues to this day.

The organization’s March meeting was on March 6 at the home of hostess Sue Carhart. The program, presented by Carhart, was on the Life and Legend of Barbara Jordan, by James Mendelsohn. Barbara Jordan attended Texas Southern University where she became a national champion debater, defeating opponents from schools such as Yale and Brown and tying Harvard University. She graduated magna cum laude in 1956 and Boston School of Law in 1959.

After teaching political science and starting her private law practice, she entered politics and won a seat in the Texas State Senate. In 1972 she was elected to the United States House of Representatives, the first woman to represent Texas. She became the first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 1976. In 1994 Jordan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Georgine Holcombe called the meeting to order. New member Peggy Huddleston was recognized and welcomed. Following the pledge, the club collect and the treasurer’s report, minutes and roll call were dispensed with. Janice Goff reported for the Program Committee. Sue Carhart reported for the courtesy committee. Mary Louise Levy reported for Citizenship on the Washington Parish Waste Disposal effort to recycle and that the Cassidy Park Museums are encouraging recycling. Club poet Donna Trooskin recited the poem and offered the devotion for the month.

Members attending were Sue Carhart, Glenda Givens, Janice Goff, Yvonne Griffith, Georgine Holcombe, Peggy Huddleston, Mary Louise Levy, Ann Martin, Donna Trooskin, Katherine Williams and Mary Beth Williams.