Documents concerning the organization, program, management and conferences of district and county associations of the YWCA of the U.S.A. District and county associations are organized in rural areas where due to population, finance or interest a larger area is organized to support a YWCA of the U.S.A. association. Reports, notes, pamphlets and handbooks concerning the administration, organization and development of county and district associations address the standards of rural associations, guidelines for establishing an association, leadership and volunteer development, how to assess requests for new associations and the relationship between rural associations and the national board. In addition, documents concerning the development of district and county associations assess the needs of unorganized districts through study and reports. District secretaries meet at area conferences to share ideas, unite under common purposes, discuss the problems and challenges of their districts and hear updates from other secretaries. Other documents include pamphlets and notes concerning fundraising and financing district associations, suggested bylaws and constitutions, leadership handbooks and reports on district association work.
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Rural, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Box 2: Series 2; Series 3, Reel 128