A fellowship will take place at the end of the month to celebrate the dedication of the early 5th Tuesday Church Women, which has gone under the names of Ladies Association of Robstown and the Robstown Church Women, with 14 Protestant churches.
The fellowship will be held Aug. 31 at the First United Methodist Church in Robstown, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Attendees are asked to wear or bring a hat that was part of the early days of the organization.
During the summer of 1930, W.C. (Flora) Rarig was president of the group. Members included were Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists and Lutherans. Raymond Mrazek and B.D. Berryman were officers. The group used inspirational programming and singing to follow the Scripture of the Gospel.
H.E. Dare and W.R. (Alisse) Sanders served as president. The Assembly of God women joined soon after, followed by the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in 1957, then the El Redentor Methodist Church in 1960.
Thirteen members later met at St. John Catholic Church in 1971, when Lawrence (Jo Ann) Charba was elected president. During her tenure, the group began collecting items for the Home Demonstration Club for the needy.
Virginia Epps then served as president in 1975. Members then collected books for the Alpha Library and diapers for a local day care center.
Fannie Magee was president in 1980, during which the 5th Tuesday Church Women made a $50 donation to the Victory Outreach Center in Robstown. The facility offers counseling services to drug addicts and alcoholics. A $25 donation was also given to C.A.R.E.
In March 1983, a special offering was given at the World Day of Prayer service to benefit and rebuild the Star of Zion Baptist Church, which was damaged in a fire. The World Day of Prayer was observed each Friday in March. Different churches host the event annually.
In the 1990s, Estelle Emshoff, Lola Foster, Rosa Tschoerner and Emaleen Scogin served as president of the women's group. Projects included the Lutheran Social Services Bokenkamp Children's Treatment Center, Wesley Community Center and Metro Ministries.
For more information, contact Kathy Baca at (361) 387-8359 or Mona Fay Koenig at (361) 387-2383.