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Mrs. Florence Terry Griswold

Wrong Florence Terry Griswold?

Founder

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Trotter History of PARTT
www.partt.org, 28 July 2014 [cached]
Our Pan American Round Table Movement centers around Florence Terry Griswold, the founder. Her objectives, as found in the Texas Constitution and those of the Texas Tables, was to provide mutual knowledge, understanding, and friendship among the peoples of the Western Hemisphere, and to foster movements towards a higher civilization-especially those effecting the women and children of these countries.
What interested Mrs. Griswold in Latin American affairs during the period 1910 to 1916, when Mexico was in the throes of turbulent politics, prompted her to open her home to the refugees that fled across the Border. She came to know, to understand, and to become friends with the Mexican people.
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Mrs. Griswold felt women could, through knowledge and understanding, move toward close friendship. They could study the languages and the cultural heritage of the countries. She believed the women of the Americas could join hands from Canada to the southern tip of South America, as she often said, "To forge an unbroken chain of friendship, reaching the length of the hemisphere."
On Oct. 16, 1916, fifty years ago last year, she gathered her friends together at the Menger Hotel and the first P American Round Table was formed, modeled closely after the Pan American Union. She chose the name "Director", rather than "President", although in Latin America today these directors are called "Presidents". She arranged that each country in the hemisphere should have its representation within the Table.
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Mrs. Griswold's purpose in a state organization was to coordinate the work of the Tables and join together in projects that one Table could not do alone. She became the first State Director, or "Director General,' as she referred to herself.
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The death of Mrs. Griswold occurred in July, 1941, just three months prior to the twenty fifth anniversary of the movement.
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This was to be a permanent fund, the interest from which was to be used for scholarships for Latin American young women who wished to come to Texas to further their education, and who would return to her home country to put her education to work - a project fitting into the objectives of Mrs. Griswold.
On the dearth of Mrs. Griswold, your own Mrs. Stone J. Robinson became head of the State Tables.
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When the new bridge was built, the son of one of Mrs. Griswold's friends, Mrs. Barrera, of San Antonio, had the marker re-enameled for the State and placed back in proper position.
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Thus in fifty years, our movement has expanded and developed - developed around our founder, Florence Terry Griswold. As Texas' tribute last year appearing in the February, 1966, Pan Americana Texana: a tribute prepared by one who knew Mrs. Griswold, our archives chairman, Mrs. Claude R. Nobles, we said, and as we now say as the Texas Tables Convention comes to Dallas, "The word that best sums up her character is HEART, a heart full of sympathy, compassion and.
List of Alliance Director Generals
www.partt.org, 17 Mar 2006 [cached]
The First General Director of the Alliance of Panamerican Round Tables was Mrs. J. Stone Robinson, of the Dallas Table, born in Nashville, Tennessee, and a great friend of Florence Terry Griswold, our Founder.
Directors list
www.partt.org, 2 Aug 2008 [cached]
Florence Terry Griswold
The Meaning of PanAmericanism
www.partt.org, 14 April 2000 [cached]
In 1916, our founder, Florence Terry Griswold, drew on the philosophy and the mission of Pan Americanism to create the Pan American Round Table movement. She saw, in her own words, " a need to cement a close and everlasting friendship with the women of the Western Hemisphere."
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Mrs. Griswold explained how and why she conceived of such an organization--"Everyone asked something of Mexico; no one was ready to give. This thought came to me as I perused news accounts of international difficulties one autumn afternoon in 1916.... If the women of the two countries become closer friends, the men will have to be. Uninvolved in commercial, financial or political misunderstanding, the women can meet with mutual sympathy and liking"...."Then, Mrs. Griswold added, " I visioned a great Union of the women of the two Americas, a Union which would bring in its wake a permanent peace. Her hope, realized beyond her wildest dream, is summed up clearly and concisely in our Collect:--"...through knowledge we gain understanding; that understanding leads to friendship."
When we think of Pan Americanism we can be proud to reflect its lasting legacy through our membership in the Pan American Round Table movement.
Before I close I wish to credit my primary sources: In preparation for this presentation, I "surfed" the web and found a wealth of information at OAS.org. Log on and check it out! I am also most grateful to my San Antonio Table "sisters" Amali Perkins and Thirza Guttman who graciously provided me with valuable background information on Mrs. Griswold and Pan Americanism.
Installation Treasures
www.partt.org, 20 May 1997 [cached]
It is through our scholarships that we further the friendship and understanding that our founder Florence Terry Griswold envisioned.
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