SCMSA HISTORY

FROM THE SUMMARY OF THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS OF SMITH COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY AUXILIARY COMPILED BY

LOUISE GOSS

We have an inspiring heritage, a rich history and are on the most active auxiliaries in Texas. Our purpose and goals remain unchanged except in magnitude (constitution and by-laws yearbook). Our activities have included a variety of themes, programs, and projects, which have been educational, inspirational and supportive of community interests. Yet at the same time, true to the ethics and ideals of the medical profession. Smith County Medical Society Auxiliary was organized October 25, 1934, in the Blackstone Hotel(N.W. corner of Broadway and Locust) with thirteen charter members.

ORGANIZING MEMBERS

Mrs. E.W. Clawater (Emily)
Mrs. C.E. Willingham (Eleanor)
Mrs. E.D. Rice (Blanche)
Mrs. Irving Brown (Adelaide)

Mrs. Orion Thompson (Marjorie)
Mrs. Clayton Shirley (Maymerel)
Mrs. V.S. Rabb
Mrs. R.L. Page (Carrie)

Mrs. L.B. Windham (Seldon)
Mrs. Irvin Pope (Annell)
Mrs. Leland Rhine (Kathryn)
Mrs. Howard Bryant (Vera)
Mrs. Thomas Jarmon (Lois)

Our first the meetings were social. No programs. Each member was assessed $.50 for stationary and stamps. In 1935-36 it was decided the local dues should be $4.00. State dues were $.50 Our bank balance was $15.90. By 1936-37 even our programs reflected broadening interests. Our first project was to assist Tyler Day Nursery.

Blanche Rice, who was a proper lady in every sense, played Santa for their Christmas party. Our present creed was adopted in 1937, and we made our first contribution to the state student loan fund. The community looked forward to the opening of Mother Frances Hospital on Friday March 19, 1937. Auxiliary members were excited about getting to have a part in the opening activities but because of the “New London disaster” the hospital opened a day early. Our doctors and nurses worked non-stop Thursday through Friday and auxiliary members assisted in the all the ways they could. Seldon Windham said the site of the Mother Frances was originally known as Dawson Hill. In 1996-97 a national movement to adopt a name change from auxiliary to alliance was made and approved. It was believed that the change would better reflect our status as viable organization; alliance having stronger connotation more aligned with our continuing vision.