The Carthage Music Club, an affiliate of the National and Texas Federations of Music Clubs, met on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at First United Methodist Church. Members were welcomed by President Stephen George. He led the members in the pledge of allegiance to the American flag. Song leader Annissa Jackson, accompanied by Becky Gullette, led the National Anthem, Federation Hymn and the hymn of the month, “The Band Played On.” Jackson gave background information about the hymn. Members repeated the Federation Collect.

Dwaine Hubbard introduced the program leader, Sandra Bauer. She is the choral director at Panola College. She teaches voice lessons as well as freshman theory and freshman and sophomore ear training and sight-singing.

She and her husband, Paul, have visited Estonia, which is one of the northern most Baltic countries. Using a power point with pictures and articles, she discussed the struggle Estonia has had in gaining its independence from Russia. During wars they were also governed by Germany. Singing has been used for the re-establishment of its independence. There was a singing revolution lasting from 1987-1991. The statement was made, “Without singing, there would be no Estonia!” They gained their independence from Russia in 1991. There were colorful pictures of Estonians in native costume, waving their national flag and singing beautiful songs, including their national anthem.

Following the program, which was enjoyed by all in attendance, refreshments were served by hostesses Stephen George and Jacinda Gwinn. A short business meeting was held and the meeting was adjourned.

Members attending were Sarah Baker, Bauer, MaryLou Browning, Beth Brumley, Ginger Cook, Carolyn Copeland, Judy Galetar, George, Gullette, Gwinn, Hubbard, Joyce Hughes, Elinor Humphreys, Jackson, Nancy Langford, Marcia McKillop and Claire Windham.