News & Updates

You're Invited to the GGRWHC Annual Reception!

Falinda Geerling, GGRWHC President

Usually held in March, the GGRWHC"s annual gathering at the Women's City Club was moved to April 30 for only this year to more closely coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Suffrage Edition of The Grand Rapids Press on May 2, 1914.

In celebration of the Suffrage edition, copies of the first section of the May 2, 1914, The Grand Rapids Press will be on display.

Join the celebration of not only this historical event, but also the end of GGRWHC's 26th year!

A free wine ticket will be available for members whose membership is up to date.

Please register for this event: or or call 616-574-7307. . .

For more details, view full article (click on link below) or the Event Calendar.

April Fun Historical Facts

Check out our April Event Calendar for not only information about GGRWHC programs, but also other programs and events occurring locally. In the calendar you'll also find some fun historical facts about a few local historical women. If one were alive today, she might have some political interests in common with Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Another had strong ties to the local YWCA. And the third was a close associate and friend of Susan B. Anthony in the National American Woman Suffrage Association. 


A Suffragist Spring: Taking Over The Grand Rapids Press May 1914

Mary E. Remington, 1914 Suffrage Edition Sports Editor

For our annual reception, GGRWHC's secretary, Ruth Van Stee, will present the story of local Suffragists who took over The Grand Rapids Press for a day. The day was May 2, 1914. When setting goals for 1914, the National Equal Suffrage Association called for rallies and participation in parades across the country. It also suggested that Equal Suffrage Associations take over their local newspapers for a day to argue for the cause. The Grand Rapids Equal Suffrage Association met this challenge by editing and producing an edition that will celebrate its 100th anniversary on May 2, 2014. Ms. Van Stee . . .

Rosalynn Carter recalls friendship with Betty Ford

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter received a warm welcome Tuesday when she visited Grand Rapids to honor the 96th birthday of her “old friend,” the late First Lady Betty Ford.

Hundreds turned out for a luncheon at the JW Marriot Grand Rapids where Carter, 86, spoke fondly of their friendship.  The relationship was never difficult and the outspoken Betty had a way of making people feel at ease, Mrs. Carter recalled, adding that since Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty’s role as First Lady was the most influential. Mrs. Ford, wife of the late President Gerald R. Ford, died in 2011, five years after the death of her husband.

Mrs. Carter’s husband, Jimmy, a Democrat, defeated Gerald Ford, a Republican, in 1976, but . . .

Membership Drive and Renewal

For more information about our March membership drive and renewal visit our Event Calendar. You may have recently received a letter in the mail, containing our redesigned brochure, or you may download the brochure.

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