Our Pan American Round Table Movement centers around Florence Terry Griswold, the founder.
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.
came to know, to understand, and to become friends with the Mexican people.
felt women could, through knowledge and understanding, move toward close friendship.
They could study the languages and the cultural heritage of the countries.
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
friends together at the Menger Hotel and the first P American Round Table was formed, modeled closely after the Pan American Union
chose the name "Director", rather than "President", although in Latin America today these directors are called "Presidents".
arranged that each country in the hemisphere should have its representation within the Table.
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.
The death of Mrs. Griswold
occurred in July, 1941, just three months prior to the twenty fifth anniversary of the movement.
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.
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.
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.