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82-Lanc3ster Fanning, Saturday, May 27, 1995
Farm Women Sing, Smile, Pray At 30th Spring Rally
LOU ANN GOOD
Lancaster Farming Staff
CARLISLE (Cumberland Co.)
About 870 Society of Farm
Women members packed the
Dickinson College dining hall fora
day-long Spring Rally on Tuesday.
Perky pink petunias at each
place setting combined with white
Miss Pennsylvania Kir- Solist Paula Kretchman
stin Border flashes a smile performs before 868 mem
after playing “Orange Bios- bers of the Pennsylvania
som Special,” on the violin. Society of Farm Women.
Past state presidents of the Pennsylvania Society of Farm Women planned the 30th
Spring Rally held at Dickinson College, Carlisle, on Tuesday. Front row, from left- Lois
Erb, Marie Baughman, and Naomi Bupp. Back row: Ruth Rickards, Luella Duoostadt
Mary Boyd, Martee Mentzer, and Arlene Witman.
State Farm Women officers enjoy socializing during the luncheon.
linen tablecloths, pink cloth napk
ins, and gaily wrapped pink pre
sents scattered across the stage
accented the pink and white color
scheme of the day. Even the
group’s organizers dressed in
shades of pink.
“Sing and Smile and Pray On a
Day in May,” was the theme of the
30lh Spring Rally.
The program was packed with
plenty of talent from Society mem
bers and a performance by Miss
Pennsylvania Kirstin Border, who
played the violin and told about her
Border, a native of Glen Rock,
said, “The key to excellence lies in
“Have a dream no matter how
S. Joan Hershey presents
seven aspects of a hurried
home to encourage women
“to focus on the mountain
mover instead of the
crazy,” she said. “But reaching and
achieving goals depends on com
mitment. Finish what you start.”
She told of her own commit
ment to win the Miss Pennsylvania
crown after entering three years. “I
was kicked down two times before
winning it on the third try,” she
said. “I treasure this year more,
having met defeat before
Border, who has two courses to
complete before receiving a mas
ter’s degree in advertising, is
proud that she is the most educated
women to become Miss Pennsyl
vania. She chose to run for the title
for the scholarship money offered
and the opportunities to hone and
practice interview skills.
Lois Erb, a former state presi
dent of the Society, addressed the
group during the morning session.
Her topic, “A Penny for Your
Thoughts,” referred to "the mind
as the biggest battleground in the
She presented a list of questions
to help women examine the battles
they need to fight in their minds.
“The weapons of warfare are not
carnal but mighty,” she said as she
quoted biblical scriptures to offer
strategies to conquer mind battles.
Afternoon speaker Joan Her
shey, also a Farm Women mem-
Martee Mentzer, left, introduces Lois Erb as the morning
speaker at the 30th Spring Rally of the Society of Farm
Women of Pennsylvania.
members, from front left, Torie Hostetter, Sandra Yocum,
Kathryn Fry, and Mary Emrick.
ber, presented “A Sure Formula
for Happiness.” She encouraged
women to consider that “every day
you’re alive is a special occasion.”
She presented seven aspects of a
hurried home to help women to
learn to focus on enjoying each
“Focus on the mountain mover
instead of the mountain,” she said.
Musical entertainment was pro
vided by Paula Kretchman during
the morning session and by a pian
ist and trio of Farm Women mem
bers during the afternoon session.
Society 5 members Mary
Emrick and Sandra Yocum said
that they sang together 30 years
ago, then gave it up while raising a
family. Recently they began per
forming together again with the
help of pianist Torie Hostetler and
Kathryn Fry of Society 27.
Martee Mentzer of Cumberland
County provided lots of laughs
with her repertoire of “chicken
jokes” while emceeing the rally.
The Society of Farm Women of
Pennsylvania was organized in
1914 to contribute to the power
and influence of the farm home, to
contribute to the community activ
ity of farm women, to develop
leadership, and to promote better
living and working conditions in
the farm homes of Pennsylvania.