Something that played a big part in Mom’s life was Sunflower club. Here she was welcomed as another Kansas farm wife for the main purpose of just being social and good neighbors. The club met monthly in one of the ladies’ home, and as hostess she was likely going to serve a light lunch at the end of the meeting consisting of delicate sandwiches, coffee or punch, a dessert and nut cups all on a glass hostess serving tray with cup.
The meeting was called to order by the president and roll call was conducted by the secretary. During the announcements at the end of the business meeting the hostess for next month would suggest the roll call question at her house. This was something you might think about during the month so that you could have something really “good” to answer when you name was called. Where did those ideas come from? Mom clipped one of Hope Needham’s columns to help come up with ideas when it came her turn.
Dear Hope: Some one asked for roll call ideas. Here are some:
• What frightens you most?
• The biggest thrill in your life.
• Who has the last word at your house.
• Recipe for ill temper.
• Strange but true.
• A discourtesy often seen in public places.
• Verse from an old valentine.
• Give a new decorating hint.
• Describe your wedding dress.
•A home courtesy.
• A lesson my mother taught me.
• What I can see from my kitchen window.
• My first day of housekeeping.
• How to remember my neighbor,
• My first day at school experience.
•The town I like to shop in and why.
•My most embarrassing moment.
• A person I have I have always admired.
• What I do when I do what I please.
— Mrs. James L Damery, Illinois.
Aren’t these just great conversation starters anyway? I would love to hear answers to any of these questions.