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Florence Terry Griswold
Florence Terry Griswold
Pan American Round Table Founder
Trotter History of PARTT
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.
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.
Memorial Program for Mrs. Florence Terry Griswold
FOR MRS. FLORENCE TERRY GRISWOLD
On October the sixteenth, nineteen hundred and sixteen, in luncheon session at the Menger Hotel
in San Antonio, Florence Griswold
met with the women she
had invited to be charter members of the proposed Pan American Round Table and we organized.
For our guidon we selected of course, One for All, All for One.
proclaimed that our Pan American Round Table was strictly non-political and non-sectarian and that we had organized solely to help promote friendliness and understanding among the WOMEN of the Western Hemisphere.
Here we pause a moment to record the matchless initiative of Florence Griswold
Twice a month, in festive luncheon session, as Director General of our Pan American Round Table she
brought together for the first time ever in the Western Hemisphere leading women stemming from the two entirely different civilizations - the Anglo Saxon and the Latin.
Florence Terry Griswold
was a born leader.
Hers was also an enchanting friendliness.
ability to write and speak Spanish fluently was a most helpful asset.
seemed always to remember the faces and names of friends and she
had the gracious manner that charmed everybody and made acquaintances eager to meet her
twenty-five long years as Director General she
exhibited this unusual characteristic trait; i.e., Mrs. Griswold
was never known to feel envy or jealousy or selfishness!
Such an example emphasized her
strongly advocated the necessity for introducing into all the schools of the United States the study of the Pan American countries and the exhaustive study of the Spanish language.
Since all Tables will want to honor Mrs. Griswold's
memory at their October meeting, this Tribute written so many years ago would be a fitting memorial.
List of Alliance Director Generals
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.