Ebell Club of Santa Paula
Santa Paula News
Published: February 08, 2013
“Esse Quam Videri” (To be rather than to seem): This was the motto of the Ebell Club of Santa Paula, as printed in their club directory for the year 1986-1987.
The Santa Paula club, organized November 10, 1913 as a chapter of the club first established by Dr. Adrian Ebell, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
The 1986-1987 Directory lists 142 members of the local club, including two Life Members, Mildred Harding and Alfrida Teague, and Honorary Member Hazel Cheek.
The directory also lists past presidents of the organization: serving the first 25 years, through 1940, were Maria Clark (1913-1915), Barbara Webster (Honorary President), Emma Mott (1915-1918), Elia Butcher (1918-1920), Martha Hogue (1920-1923), Jessie Browne (1923-1925), Alice McKevett (Honorary President), Hazel Cheek (1925-1927), Grace Thille (1927-1928), Caroline Merrill Goodyear (1928-1930), Ella Sharp (1930-1932), Grace King (1932-1934), Mary Demarest (1934-1936), Myrle Kelsey (1936-1938), and Florence Savage (1938-1941).
The club was organized into several standing committees: Audit and Budget, Good Cheer, Historian, Hospitality & Guest Book, Tea, Luncheon (October and May), Membership, Music & Pledge, President’s Table Decorations, Yearbook, Thought for the Day, Cateress, and Name Tags. Hostesses for the Tea Committee (November through April) were designated alphabetically from the membership, beginning in November with “Hildred Akin through and including Opal Curry” and ending in April with “Lynne Sullivan through and including Quida Zackry plus Annis Williams,” who was a newer member.
The directory also offered “Tea Tips” to the prospective hostesses. “Tea committee is responsible for coffee, tea, sugar, cream, napkins, decorations and refreshments. KyoKo Kaiser will make the tea and coffee and wash the dishes. You clear the tables…. The hostesses set the table before the tea. Prepare for approximately 90. Decorate the tea table, the dining tables, and the hall table. The day of the tea, committee members should come prepared to pay the chairwoman their share of the cost of the tea.”
Today’s Ebell Club of Santa Paula invites you to join them in their centennial celebration. On Saturday, March 9 they present their “Hats On – Hats Off” Fashion Show and Luncheon in Wesley Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 133 N. Mill Street.
The ladies will have gathering and socializing at 11 a.m., followed at 12 noon with the luncheon. Fashions will be provided by Old Time Fashions and Draper’s and Damon Fashions.
Donation for the event is $25 per person. Funds raised will benefit the Santa Paula High School and Isbell School Bands, the SPHS Drama Department and the FFA.