Girls Club
100 block of 28th Street, Newport News, VA 23607
 THEN - 300 block of 50th Street, Newport News, VA
THEN - Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA
THEN - merged with Boys Club
429 Thornhill Drive, Newport News, VA

http://www.bgca.org/
 

 
EARLIER: THEN: LATER:
100-Block of 28th Street December 22, 1964 1986
  “Staff members Mrs. Mildred Terrell, Mrs. Harry M. Covert, Mrs. W. H. Hood and Mrs. W. F. Durrette of the Girls Club on 50th St., earned a silver service through services to a commercial endeavor and presented it to club members for use in their home economics program. Nancy Webb and Nancy LaPrade accept the silver for the club." Mary E. Goodson Covert (June ’37) of MD

Image by Julie Sawyer

Courtesy of Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 11/15/07
Thanks, Norm!
Courtesy of Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 11/15/07
Thanks, Norm!
Courtesy of Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 11/15/07
Thanks, Norm!

After seeing  Glenn Dye's  ('60) of TX, note about the Boys Club, I clicked on the link and enjoyed the photos and memories. I was there one Saturday when the late action film star Aldo Ray dropped in.  He talked with everyone and gave out autographed pictures. I don’t remember the year (1955?), just the excitement of meeting a film star. He may have been promoting a film at the Palace and came by because Harry Shoff convinced Herbie Morewitz to bring him by.

It brought to mind the Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula. I didn’t see a link to it, probably due to lack of anything to show.  A search found (the above) photo published in The Daily Press Dec. 22, 1964.

The Girls Club relocated from the 100 block of 28th Street (directly behind the drug store) to the 300 block of 50th Street. It was located in the North End in 1960, when my baby sister,  Fayetta Covert Stansbury (Ferguson HS ’72), started going there. It was a converted house, one lot away from Warwick Boulevard. The late Mrs. Terrell was executive director, capably aided by Mrs. Hood and Mrs. Durrette, my classmate Phillip Durrette’s (’61) mom.

My mother, Mary E. Goodson Covert (June ’37) of MD, was the office assistant for 25 years. That helped make me one of the usual volunteers when extra hands were needed. Mrs. Terrell was 5-foot-2 or less, but big enough to generate funds to keep the club fiscally sound and a relevant center for the young ladies.  The club was moved to a new facility on Jefferson Avenue and a couple years later combined with the Boys Club.

(The third image above was) taken by 12-year-old Julie Sawyer in 1986 showing mother at her desk at the Jefferson Avenue site. Note the typewriter, and on the wall a photo of the 28th Street facility. I scanned the latter separately and trust the quality is good enough.

 

For the sake of full disclosure, when I went off to the U.S. Army in 1967 I had an honorary membership card in my wallet, good ‘til the year 2000; Mildred didn't think we'd actually get there. Club members regularly sent me notes and cards to remind me of home and good friends.

- Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 11/15/07
How charming! Thanks so much, Norm!


 Girls Just Want To Have Fun

(Cyndi Lauper)


I come home in the morning light
My mother says when you gonna live your life right
Oh mother dear we're not the fortunate ones
And girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun

The phone rings in the middle of the night
My father yells what you gonna do with your life
Oh daddy dear you know you're still number one
But girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have -

That's all they really want
Some fun
When the working day is done
Girls - they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun

Some boys take a beautiful girl
And hide her away from the rest of the world
I want to be the one to walk in the sun
Oh girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have

That's all they really want
Some fun
When the working day is done
Girls - they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have fun,
They want to have fun,
They want to have fun....


(This page was created on 11/16/07.)


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