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Cowan O’Connell Johnston Burke
Curran Schlcgel Christensen io»»c
Niquettc Smith Bohn Sutherland Fling
First Semester Dorothy Sutherland Mildred Bohn Mildred Bohn Mary Curran
President . Secretary Treasurer Historian
Second Semester •DoROT H Y SUTH ERL A N D . Mildred Bohn . . Mildred Bohn
. Mary Curran
FACULTY ADVISER Miss Peake
Mildred Bohn Florence Burke Dorothy Niquettc Sylvia Sader Margaret Schlegel Alberta Schultheis
Dorothy Smith Elizabeth Zorn Mary Curran Erna Gosse Pearl Johnston Bessie O’Connell
Dorothy Sutherland Marian Fling Cecelia Christensen Edith Richards Virginia Cowan
• Honorary Members
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Organized in 19.26
Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you"
When Professor Happy wrote his philosophy, using the tip of a tender carrot for a pen. fruit juices for ink. and a head of fine lettuce leaves for his book, it is probable that only the elves and fairies understood his message. From this early mystery there has evolved a new code of health and a new decalog of rules on citizenship and right living. Men seek the open country for vacation periods and come back to their work mentally atid physically refreshed.
This led to the thought that rural life was the ideal life and queries arose: What is the life of those who live permanently on the farm? Are the handicaps natural or economic? An investigation was made by Roosevelt’s Country Life Commission resulting in a report which is now famous thruout the nation. Since the welfare of our nation depends on the nature ami stability of her tillers of the soil, since our entire future depends on the type of citizenry developed in the masses, since our population is largely rural, it behooves us to improve working conditions on the American farm, and to bring to the rural youth of America all of the educational advantages.
The students and faculty of the Rural Education in the Oshkosh State Normal School have been working intensively on the training of teachers for this particular field to help solve this problem. They realized that some form of social and educational organization was needed for the rural students in training. Accordingly in November, 1926 they called a meeting of all students in the division. A club was duly organized.
A review of the minutes of the society proves that the group is developing the motives for which it was organized. Several rural plays and programs have been given. The Christmas program at Nordhcim along with its memorable sleigh ride was an outstanding event of the year. The farewell party given in honor of the mid-year graduates was an expression of the friendship which exists in the society among members. At a recent meeting Mr. Hewitt gave an interesting and worthwhile discussion of his rural experiences and Miss Stewart discussed the ethics of job hunting. The students have shown musical and literary ability in the one-act play presented, "Song for Rurals" composed by two of its members.
The Ruralites are endeavoring to do their best in every way to support the Oshkosh State Teachers College in its progressive attitude toward general social activities. They sent their president as a delegate to the annual meeting of the Inter-Normal Forensic League at Eau Claire.
The question of joining the National Country Life Collegiate Club was discussed and agreed upon, and action is accordingly now under way to obtain the charter. This means for the Ruralite Society guidance from the best known and most respected rural group In the world. It means contact with the leaders in rural thought. It gives to the Oshkosh Rural Division a right to a delegate to all national meetings of this body. It brings to the local society also several subscriptions to "Rural America", which contains articles by rural leaders.
The spirit of dedication which moves all leaders in rural education to a life of service in strengthening the weakest link in our educational system has been nowhere better expressed than in the "County Study of Rural Education" by Dr. Ernest Burnham, President of the American Country Life Collegiate Club. He says in part:
"No brighter chapter has been written in the history of American Education than that which will tell of the sacrificial fidelity of many farm communities to their love of education as expressed in their desperate efforts during their hard financial years to keep up the best schools possible under the circumstances.”
"Rural education is richly endowed by generations of hard won success by some communities. and by the educational survival of an unknown percentage of the sons aud-daughters of the farms. However, the problem of better rural schools persists because the proportion of educationally successful rural communities and individuals is still far too small.”
To the service of these deserving pioneers the members of the Ruralite Society dedicate their most sincere efforts in training and in service.
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Organized in 1807 "The Best is Yet to Be”
The Browning Club was organized in the year 1897. Several students in the Type Studies Class, wishing to spend more time on Browning, received permission from President Albcc to organize a Browning Club. Permission was given for the use of a classroom for the meetings, and for the use of the gas without pay. Should its life be shorter than a semester, however, twenty-five cents for each meeting should be charged.
The first meeting of the club was held in the spring of 1897, ami since then it has held regular sessions twice a month up to the present time.
It first consisted of fifteen active members from this school and fifteen associate members, most of whom were citizens in this community. Then about 1916 it became a girls' society exclusively.
The aim of the society has been the study of Robert Browning’s work. The society has accomplished the purpose for which it set out. It has given its memliers some idea of the dramas and longer poems of Browning. Its aim is purely literary, and it is the only society of its kind in the school.
With the adoption of a four year course no student ranking lower than a sophomore will be eligible for admission.
Whether the assigned work is the monologue, the lyric or the drama the chief interest has been to discover Browning’s message, which appears to vary with the individual group. Each mcmlier is responsible for a substantial contribution to the club. Skill in organizing material and in directing and leading a group in a special study is thus acquired by the members of the club.
Meetings last one hour, from seven to eight and arc held at the home of Miss Ellen Peake. Union Street. Parliamentary drill is one feature of Browning meetings. New members of Browning must pass a "mental and physical initiation". Mental initiation consists of a parody on Browning. This year Edith Richards’ poem was unanimously chosen as the
best. Physical initiation this year was under the direction of Miss Peake, who surprised
the girls by having the ordeal take the form of eating ice cream and cake. This year the
study of the “Ring and the Book" was the major study.
The most permanent value in such study is the breadth of vision and of sympathy and the knowledge of life that comes from contact with the universal truths expressed by Browning. From time to time favorite passages are memorized. Some of the most popular selections arc:
“Ah. hut a man’s reach should exceed his grasp Or zv hat's a heaven for?”
Andrea del Sarto
"If you yet simple beauty and naught else You yet about the best thing God invents."
Fra Lippo Lippi
"Yc?w seen the world The beauty and the wonder and the power.
The shape of things, their colors, lights and shades.
Changes, surprises, and God made it all!"
Fra I.ippo Lippi
“H’hy stay we on the earth Unless to grow?"
“All sen-ice ranks the same with God,
With God. whose puppets, best and iworst,
Are zee. there is no last nor first."
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