Buena Vista County, IA
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The Just For Fun [J. F. F.] Club

Another group of girls who contributed to this work was the J. F. F. Club, whose name suggested the spirit of their work.  J. F. F. stands for "Just For Fun."  This group was organized May 8th at the home of Helen Banghart.  The object of the club was to do Junior Red Cross work, study a Red Cross lesson from the Red Cross magazine, and have a short social meeting each time.


The members voted Helen Banghart as president, Mary Putnam as vice president, Gertrude Beatty as secretary, and Pauline Whitney as treasurer.  Mrs. E. D. Banghart served as patroness of the club.  Meetings were held every Friday afternoon during the entire summer, and light refreshments were served at the close of each afternoon.


The club prepared and gave three songs at a community sing.  The members made fifty-four comfort cushions, which were sent to the hospitals; two dozen knitted squares for comfort quilts, unravelled [sic] contributions of knitted garments to secure the yarn for other uses, and helped make layettes for Belgian relief work.  The sum of $4.50was earned and turned into the Junior Red Cross treasury.


The membership consisted of Helen Banghart, Gertrude Beatty, Ruth Johnson, Esther Millard, Ella Manchester, Helen Mittelstadt, Erma Mittlestadt, Charlotte Schultz, Phyllis McGill, Joyce Kaufman, Virginia Morey, Louise Parkhill, Mary Putnam, Geneva Roberts, Elizabeth Skewis, Pauline Whitney, Ruth Angier, Opal Oglesby, Maurine McClure, Evelyn Carlson, and Alberta Bell.

[1]Eilers, Tom D.  Buena Vista's Part in the World War.  Storm Lake, 1920, pp. 703-04.