My vision was far reaching but the logistics proved to be difficult.I first contacted Sylvia Whitlock and the first women DG's from 1995 (Gilda Chirafisi, Reba Lovrien, Virginia Nordby, Anne Robertson, Olive Scott and Janet Holland).I had heard many presentations by RIP 1992/93 Cliff Dochterman on the History of Rotary while living in California, but little about women and Rotary.
PDG Sandra Duckworth had done a Power Point presentation back in 2008 titled the Mouse that Roared for a District 7620 Conference and got much of the information from the Rotary Global History Fellowship internet sight.
The slides and the script enabled me to expand on that history as well as update the Power Point presentation in time for the 25th Anniversary of Women and Rotary in 2012.
Thomas White began producing sewing machines in 1858 in Templeton, Mass.
White also made sewing machines for other companies, including Sears Roebuck. American manufacturers couldn't compete with Japanese companies making cheaper sewing machines, and by 1960 most of the American manufacturers were out of business.
The venue was the District 7750 Convention being held at Hilton Head in March of 2012 with an emphasis on the History of Women and Rotary for the 25th Anniversary of women in Rotary.
Sylvia was a keynote speaker and 5 of the 7 women DGs attended and made up a panel discussion.She also happens to be the youngest member of the group. I obtained information about her daughter, an active Rotarian also named Mimi Altman, and I was able to include her in my project.My plan was to meet up with Sylvia, Gilda and Janet at the RI Convention in New Orleans in May, 2012.White merged with Husqvarna Viking, a Swedish firm.The letters "FR" in your serial number indicate you have a Family Rotary machine.Could you possibly tell me anything about it and how you would recommend how I can sell it? Carolabout 30 years ago, I found an old FR White Rotary in a trash heap.