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Y. M. C. A.
This Normal has ever had a splendid reputation for an excellent moral and spiritual atmosphere.
Much has been said regarding location and equipment and the various factors which are conducive to a healthful student growth. The faculty, for the most part, is made up of men and women who not only inspire the students in educational work hut ever seek to better their lives spiritually. The churches have been very active and attentive to the spiritual needs of the students, hut no organization has been so close to the students in encouragement and practical benefits as has the young Men’s Christian Association.
This wonderful, world-wide organization was first made a local institution in 1886, Rev. L. A. Leger, now of Louisville, Kv., being very instrumental in its organization. . From the beginning it was a strong factor in shaping the ideals and habits of the young men of the school. From the first it received the support of the faculty and the most prominent men of the school. With this support and its most excellent principles it took precedence over all other student organizations as being a common meeting place for all young men, regardless of affiliation with other organizations.
In the years 1889 and 1890 mission study classes were organized and much effort was spent in making the association practical and helpful. The growth from that time on was steady and the present year has proven to he the best in the association’s history. One of the next movements for the benefit of the students was the publishing of the Year-Book in 1897 and 1898. In 1899, through the efforts of Miss Clarke, the well-known “noon-day prayer-meetings” were begun and have been held ever since. Other schools have tried the scheme, hut the Normal association still enjoys the pleasure of being the only association in the state maintaining regular daily prayer-meetings.
The year just closing has been one of marked success.
The cabinet has rendered excellent service and should he congratulated upon their success. Mr. C. W. Smith, who has been at the head of the association the past year, has proven himself an exceptional leader in association work, and stands among the few men of the Normal who have been exceptionally strong in building a genuine “Young Men’s Christian Association.”
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Y. M. C. A. CABINET Maxccy, Morgan, I.anj hcre. Blaikstonc Swenson
Fosnot. Berkey. Smith, Moulton, Whitfield
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N. C. A. OFFICERS Mix Lally, Margaret Davis, Ada O'Connor, C. J. Meistcr Julia H. Van Dricl. Mrs. David Jack. Anna Schmidt
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