- Dorothy Webster and Diane Holt
ANOTHER GOOD CONCERT AT BERGER: Rainbow Productions provided a unique, talented trio for our entertainment last
month. Elise Witt from Atlanta, Terry Garthwaite from Marin (formerly with the Joy of
Cooking band), and Becky Reardon from Taos got together on the Berger Center stage to
harmonize in jazz tunes and folk favorites, and even made music extemporaneously — their
NEW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS: Several new Rainbow Women groups are up and running. Nine members enjoyed
dinner last month at Tips Roadside in Kenwood. This group will next invade Cattlemens in
Montgomery Village on Tuesday night, December 4.
Sixteen members of Katy Carrel’s Adventures group recently went to the Rosie the
Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, where they learned the
history and personal stories of the 30,000 women who answered the call to: “Do something to
help your country. Go to Richmond. Be a Welder.”
When America’s war effort needed 10 million workers in 1943, women found work in
thousands of careers. So did African-Americans from the South and people with disabilities.
Deaf people were put to work in extremely noisy environments. Dwarfs worked in tiny spaces
in new planes.
The war had the unexpected effect of changing deep-seated discrimination in the
country in the early 1940s. Along with women, who by 1944 were 41% of his welders, Henry
Kaiser brought 10,000 African-Americans West to work in his four shipyards in Richmond. At
first, they faced resistance from experienced workers, but Kaiser’s innovative pre-fabrication
of parts, like ships’ decks, enabled the inexperienced workers to excel at simple welding, which
the women compared to doing embroidery. Working in three, around-the-clock shifts, this
diverse workforce launched 747 ships down the Richmond ways.
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Richmond’s population grew from 23,000 to 130,000 during the war, launching 10
ships a month, sometimes one in four days, and housing workers for 55 other defense
factories in Richmond.
The next Adventure? Santa Rosa’s Charles M. Schulz Museum on December 10.
HOLIDAY PARTY DECEMBER 13: This month, our general meeting morphs into a dance party, including a line-dancing
lesson. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, in a fully decorated West Rec
Center. Since we will provide a catered dinner and dessert, please R.S.V.P. to
Karen@Techwriters.com if you will attend.