The Woman’s Club of Harrison County met on Friday, May 9 for their monthly luncheon. Anna Ruth McLoney, club president, welcomed members and guests and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The luncheon was catered by Layne Tussey. Katherine Pettey offered the blessing. Pettey also presented spiritual values. She chose the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42) as the inspiration for her message.
Bonnie Teater introduced musical guest, Ben Clifford. Clifford was accompanied by Brad Whalen who played the guitar.
Cheryl Case introduced guest speaker Larry Drake and his wife Karen. Drake is a volunteer at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The museum is located on the banks of the Ohio River and opened to the public in August of 2004.
Thousands of slaves escaped to freedom by crossing the Ohio River and entering the city, making Cincinnati the appropriate location for the center. The museum’s principal artifact is a 21 by 30 foot, two-story log slave pen built in 1830. To date, it is the only known surviving rural slave jail, previously used to house slaves prior to their being shipped to auction. The structure was moved to the museum from a farm in Mason County, Ky. The center also honors individuals of the past, present and future who continue the struggle to end human slavery and secure freedom for all people. For more information visit www.freedomcenter.org.
Drake graduated from the Naval Academy and served on a nuclear submarine. After leaving the service, he graduated from law school and worked as a general counsel. He was also an entrepreneur and started several businesses in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee. After he retired, the Drakes moved to Cincinnati to be close to their children and grandchildren. He is an avid student of the history and politics of the American Civil War which led him to volunteer at the Freedom Center.
The monthly business meeting followed the program. Kaye McCauley read the minutes from the April meeting and Virgie Wells submitted the treasurer’s report. McLoney read a note of thanks and appreciation from Dorothy Slade. The Woman’s Club presented Slade with a gift in recognition of her contribution to the Harrison County Historical Society.
In June, 2013, the Executive Committee of the Woman’s Club agreed to establish a scholarship fund. Each year a scholarship will be awarded to a female student from Harrison County High School. The student must be enrolled at Maysville Community College, Cynthiana campus for the upcoming semester. The recipient of the scholarship will be announced during the high school awards program in early June.
In September of 2013, the Woman’s Club moved their monthly luncheon and meeting site to the community room at Hospice of the Bluegrass. As an expression of our gratitude for allowing us to meet at their facility, the Woman’s Club made a donation to Hospice of the Bluegrass. McLoney presented the check to Kathy Harris.
The Woman’s Club is adjourned for the summer. Monthly luncheons will resume in September.