On May 13 at Boonville Baptist Church the 100th annual Woman’s Missionary Union [WMU] of the Yadkin Baptist Association was held.
Boonville Baptist hosted the inaugural session on July 12 and 13 in 1913. That year there were reported six Woman’s Missionary Societies at the following churches: Boonville, Charity, East Bend, Flat Rock, Forbush and Enon.
In 2013, there are still WMU organizations at five of the six churches.
During this service, a framed poster was presented individually to these five churches – Boonville, Charity, East Bend, Forbush and Enon. Another framed poster was presented to the Yadkin Baptist Association which will be displayed in the associational office.
Music was provided by the Boonville Baptist Ensemble and the Boonville Worship Choir directed by Sara McCall.
On the program was special recognition of the Hispanic Church by former associational WMU director, Lena Church from Richmond Hill Baptist Church.
A banner commemorating the 100th anniversary was presented by Judy Jester to Dennis Shaw, the associational missionary. The banner will be on display in the associational office across from the Yadkinville Fire Department.
Several ladies from Richmond Hill presented a skit entitled “Past, Present, Future.”Other presentations that night were copies of the history books of the associational WMU.
In the 100 year history, there have been 13 associational directors. A copy of the history book was given to a family member or to the previous director.
Previous associational directors were Della Woodhouse, Mollie Martin, Mattye Craver, Gladys Todd, Julia Brooks, Blanche Shore, Margaret Gough, Iva Byrd, Harriet Shermer, Bonnie Troutman, Eunice Robbins, Lena Church and Patty Shermer.
Members from 22 Baptist churches were in attendance. Close to 200 people attended the historic event.