Saturday, January 2, 2010

Our AOII Founders

Which founder can you most identify with?

Helen St. Clair Mullan
A true scholare with a keen mind, Helen was destined to become a great lawyer. She was the organizational genius of the group and gave AOII its Constitution and Bylaws. As AOII's third National President, she installed many of the early chapters and promoted expansion. As the mother of two daughters, she was also prominent in New York education, serving on the Board of Education and as a Trustee of Barnard College. She was also a gifted musician.

Stella George Stern Perry
Stella was well-known for her literary talents. She was the first president of Alpha Chapter, the first National President of AOII and was elected historian of AOII for life. Artistic, dramatic and idealistic, she gave AOII's ritual simplicity and tolerance. Her work was well done as AOII's ritual is unchanged since 1897.

Elizabeth Heywood Wyman
Bess, as she was usually called, was outstanding in education, social welfare, and as a writer. Bess was the 13th National President of AOII. Prior to that she spent five years as AOII's first Registrar and established the Central Office. She was always helping others, her quiet confident manner came from an inner strength. She gave AOII sympathetic understanding, kindness, gentleness, and conscientious leadership.

Jessie Wallace Hughan
Jessie distinguished herself as a teacher and writer. She was a gallant crusader for any cause she felt was just. She was a true philanthropist and a dynamic leader. Jessie gave AOII depth and sincerity.

Happy Founders' Day!

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