The Gardner Athena GFWC met at 1:00 pm on November 18, 2015 at the home of Ruth Hermon. Members answered roll call with their favorite line from the Collect. The November program, presented by member Linda Loyd, centered on the origin and meaning of the club Collect which is recited at the beginning of each meeting. The Collect, a short prayer written by Mary Stewart in 1904, was written “because I felt that women working together…had need for a special petition and meditation of their own.”
Keep us, oh God, from pettiness; let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off self-seeking. May we put away all pretense and meet each other face to face, without self-pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous. Let us take time for all things; and to grow calm, serene, gentle. Teach us to put into action our better impulses, straight forward and unafraid. Grant that we may realize it is the little things that create differences, that in the big things of life we are at one. And may we strive to touch and to know the great, common human heart of us all. And, oh Lord God, let us forget not to be kind!
Mary Stewart
April, 1904
Committee reports were given and members who attended the second district convention in Baldwin City gave a summary of the events and outcomes. Members decided to participate in the Gardner Christmas for Children program and a collection of personal funds was taken up for the program. Members will also be collecting good used clothing for donation to Hope House which provides for persons of domestic violence. The meeting adjourned for refreshments and visiting. The next meeting is set for December 16 at 11:30 a.m. Athena welcomes all interested women of the community to join in helping with a multitude of community projects focusing on children, education, music and the arts. For more information, please contact Mary Pritchard at 913-488-7050.