Sunday, December 11, 2005

More on the Pennsylvania Society

It's remarkable what people slide under your door. If you are interested in reading more on the Pennsylvania Society, you might enjoy this article from the Post-Gazette.

In it we learn the society is based in Sellersville, Bucks County. It also has these tidbits:

"I don't know what party most of the people are in and it truly does not concern me," said the society's executive director, Carol Fitzgerald. To be a member of the society, applicants must meet one of seven criteria that prove a Pennsylvania connection -- including being a graduate of a Pennsylvania college or a descendant of a native Pennsylvanian -- and pay the $200 entrance fee and the $50 annual membership fee.

Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, a law firm where Rendell practiced, held a Saturday night event with public relations and lobbying firm Wojdak & Associates "as a nice way to honor the governor," said Wojdak senior vice president Holly Kinser.

The Daily Local News also has a story worth reading. In it we find this information:

The 1,900 members include business leaders, politicians, lawyers, doctors and housewives from all over the state, said Carol Fitzgerald, executive director of the Pennsylvania Society. They are "ordinary people who are interested in connecting with other Pennsylvanians."

Prospective members must be proposed for membership and sponsored by two people, said Oxford native Marilyn Ware, who serves as Pennsylvania Society secretary.

They also must go through an application process, said Fitzgerald, and they must be approved by the Society council. However, she added, the primary requirements for membership are to be a resident of Pennsylvania and a person of good character.

So, in theory, anyone could apply, provided they had the money and sponsorship. If it weren't so late I would look up that Mark Twain quote on organizations that would accept him as a member.

If you want to know more and have a high tolerance for political pomp, one of the Society's events will be televised on PCN this Monday. Check here for the schedule.

My thanks to the invisible Internet friends who sent this along.

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