To the Editor,

With the awarding of the Frances McGregor Scholarship to Tyler Galbraith, and the Janette Loftis Scholarship to James Mismash, two 2017 high school seniors, this marks the end of an era for Waxahachie and Ellis County. After 70 years, the Waxahachie Mothers Club is disbanding.

The Waxahachie Mothers Club was organized in February 1947, with the first meeting being held March 5th. The purpose of this club was always to promote and advance the general welfare of children, youth and mothers throughout the community. The first project, begun in April 1947, at the request of Sheriff Jess Cariker, was buying playground equipment.

From that February in 1947, until the close of business on April 12, 2017, members of the club have generously shared their knowledge, time, money, and expertise on a wide variety of projects. To name a few - YMCA, Waxahachie Symphony Association, Friends of the Sims Library, Special Olympics, WISD Libraries and Bookmobile, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Waxahachie C.A.R.E., Daniel's Den, Christian Women's Job Corp, Children's Backpack Program, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR Day),Special Needs Class WJHS, Common Ground Ministries, Ellis County Child Advocacy Center (Gingerbread House), Ellis County Foster Parents Assn., Head Start, HOPE Clinic, Meals on Wheels, Oak Lawn Multi-Cultural School, Rainbow Room, Waxahachie Fire Department/Children's Fire Safety Program, First Look/ Women's Resource Center, The Francis McGregor Mothers Club Scholarship Award, and The Janette Loftis Scholarship Award.

For over 25 years, the Waxahachie Mothers Club was the go-to for many children's Christmas with Santa photos. It was very rewarding to have young mothers who had their pictures made with our Santas bring their young children to continue the tradition.

As many women's clubs flourished in Waxahachie, they organized into the City Federated Clubs in 1948 to consolidate some of their meetings. Along with this, the Mothers Club became a member of the Texas and General Federated Women's Clubs (TFWC/GFWC)in 1987. Among the many notable members of the GFWC was Eleanor Roosevelt. The GFWC is a longstanding organization which many projects include helping to establish child labor laws in the United States.

It is our hope that the legacy of the Waxahachie Mothers Club continues on in the hearts and minds of charities and individuals in Waxahachie and Ellis County. We would like to thank the many individuals and organizations that have helped us along the way. We have done our best.

Mary A. Flowers, Member, Waxahachie Mothers Club