THE FEDERATION JOURNAL "Listen to our Clarion Watchword—We are Lifting As We Climb" VOLUME 16 SPRING ISSUE—1960 NUMBER 2 ■ ■■ MRS. GRETCHEN V. C. ABBOTT—Guest speaker at annual conven tion, N. C. Federation of Negro Women’s Clubs, Raleigh, June 3, 1960. Mrs. Abbott is the Field Consul tant for the Southern half of the United States and has been work ing in the field with these states, helping them to prepare for the White House Conference since the fall of 1958. She has served on the boards of many national organizations: Na tional Social Welfare Assembly, National Council of Social Work Annual Convention Shaw University: June 2, 3, 4. Theme: “Adult and Youth United for a Better World’’ Thurs., June 2nd: Executive Board, Banquet—Meeting in Shaw Uni versity’s Dining HaU as guests of Raleigh Host Clubs, at 7:00 o’clock Friday, June 3rd: Convention opens at 10:30 A. M. in University Chapel. President’s message, re ports of officers, etc. Message From Our President Greetings to all Club Ladies: As usual my apprecitation is boundless to God and to each of you for the many many acts of mercy and unselfish service since last we communicated. Since attention is called through out the nation to the Golden Anni versary of the White House Con ference on Children and Youth my mind naturally follows the trend in my article to you. My reading the recently publish ed “Profile of North Carolina’s Children and Youth,’’ a summary of reports from White House Con ference Committee of 100 counties issued by the North Carolina Com mittee 1960 White House Confer ence on Children and Youth and co ordinated by North Carolina for Social Service by appointment of Governor Luther H. Hodges, cer tainly revealed many interesting facts. As one would expect the report includes findings on health, social service, recreation, family life, em ployment, church related activites for youth and law enforcement. At the conclusion of each discussion for each section is given a list of unmet needs which will certainly be increased incentive for the work of club women. As members of the North Caro lina Federation of Negro Women’s Club we have not waited for the White House Conference to point cut the reeds among our children and youth but have been mindful of such as our record of the past fifty years has proven. Ever mindful of our motto, “Lift ing As We Climb” it is my hope that you whl pardon my relating a recent experience with the idea of its offering a suggestion that may be added to your list of improving conditions among the children and youth of your community. Seeing three children varying in ages from four to fourteen poorly clad and undernourished begging from door to door rather often led to an investigation at their home, rather their place of abode. A de- lapidated structure which had been without water connections for months housed the mother, three children just mentioned and two others whose ages were one month and two years. The scarcity of fuel and food and the unsanitary condition of the place gave further evidence of the need for aid. After most immediate needs were met temporarily, answers to ques tions revealed that the family had received aid from the welfare until the birth of the last child who had been born out of wedlock and been preceded by another born un der the same condition. Welfare aid could not be issued again unless the mother agreed to sterilization. Then came the job of convincing her that such was nec essary in order that her children might have bare necessities. In the mean time the husband who had disappeared several years before (Continued on Page 6) Education, National Association of School Social Workers and others. She is also known in Texas as past president of the Texas Committee on Children and Youth, of the Dal las Children’s Bureau, of the Dallas Association for the United Nations, etc. Mrs. Abbot was, at one time, instructor in psychology at South ern Methodist University. Raleigh Host Com. Planning Convention At 1:30 P. M.: Address, Mrs. Tom Grier, N. C. Conference of Social Service; Workshops 1, Working Mothers 2; Housing 3; Cultural and Recreation Activities. At 7:45 P. M.: Program of Host Group and ^uest Speaker, Mrs. Cretchen V. C. Abbot, Consult ant to State Committees for White House Conference on Chil dren and Youth. Reception for (Continued on Page 4) RALEIGH HOST COMMITTEE planning for annual convention. Seated 1. to r. Mrs. Lillian Logan, Mrs. Victoria Walters, Mrs. Hattie Toole. Standing 1. to r. Mrs. Beatric HaU, Mrs. McKenny, Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Devane, Mrs. Ida Jones.