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Workbook, program, and call to the Twentieth National Convention of the Young Women's Christian Associations of the United States of America. Prior to convention the National Board sends local associations materials to prepare delegates for planning their trip to convention. A workbook is distributed to prepare delegates for the topics of discussion by providing background information to key issues. In 1955 the YWCA is celebrating its centennial anniversary as they are faced with new issues of freedoms, technological advances, population and demographic changes, and more. The convention theme, "Our task today and tomorrow," is realized throughout the workbook. In addition to these social and political challenges, the materials also consider the relationship of the national movement to the local associations, finance, and the role of the YWCA of the U.S.A. as a Christian organization. Following the workbook is a book by J. H. Oldham titled "Life is commitment" and a discussion guide.
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Conventions, twentieth, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.