Women's groups meet in Vegas

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By The Staff

The community has one womens club, but it had many others in town recently.

The Las Vegas Womens Club, a member of the General Federation of Womens Clubs, hosted the groups District II Convention last month at the Plaza Hotel.

The members were taken on a historic tour of the Plaza area led by Elmo Baca of the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation.

Mayor Tony Marquez gave the welcome to Las Vegas at the opening ceremony, and the Rev. George Salazar of Immaculate Conception Church gave the invocation.

During one session, presidents from the six clubs in District II gave yearly reports. Domestic violence is the national federation signature project, and Las Vegas members acknowledged Domestic Violence Awareness Month by presenting a Blanket Exercise.

Kathleen Schuster, the federations New Mexico president, was the keynote speaker, and her topic was GFWC Women in New Mexico History.

Entertainer Irene Blea, a chautauqua performer sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council, portrayed the life of Dona Tules, the Lady Gambler of Santa Fe.

In keeping with the convention theme of Cherishing the Past While Embracing the Future, members wore period and vintage outfits to the evening banquet. Several federation state officers gave reports on national, regional and state conventions, as well as on membership, leadership and communications. Arts and craft entries were judged by Sylvia Ortega and Jeannie McKinley. Dorothy Maestas, the federations New Mexico District II president, presided over the two days of activities.