Annual meetings of the Order were held in New York City and summer “annual gatherings” were held at Ocean Grove, NJ, a Christian resort operated by the Ocean Grove Association. Ocean Grove, like the Chautauqua Institution, provided a vacation setting, offering literary events, musical entertainment, and lectures on spiritual and philanthropic topics.
At the gathering on August 13, 1890, Circles reported on their activities in the morning and Isabella Charles Davis spoke before 5000 in the afternoon about the meaning of the Order. After her speech, she invited anyone in the audience induction into the Order.
In the evening, Jacob Riis spoke about “How the Other Half Lives” and showed stereoptic views of the slums of New York City. Grace Ruggles told about the Tenement House Chapter’s plans to address the situation in the slums.
A pioneer of the Southern California Branch, Miss Helen Birdsell, knew Margaret Bottome from Ocean Grove where she had a summer home. In 1886 she moved to Los Angeles and became President of the Branch in 1889 and held the office for many years.
Sue Buck, Order Historian