Judging from this picture, I would estimate that there were about 60 members of this club among us during any given school year...about 20 per class, and that it was an East Side club, since all these girls were EHHS students. The Club was first conceived by Mrs. Morris Walker who approached a group of Poly seniors proposing to form a service club (to circumvent the ISD prohibition against high school sororities) modeled after similar organizations at Paschal and Arlington Heights. To apply for membership, a girl had to do twenty hours service work before making application for membership. Twenty hours of service work was required each year by each member.
Thaelis had chaperoned parties during the year and would sponsor the Pink Cotillion Ball where the senior members made their debut. Meetings were on a Sunday afternoon meeting in a members home and our adult sponsors were at the meetings. Thaelis members were not allowed to smoke or drink at any of their functions.
It was an established entity when our 1963 class entered EHHS as Sophomores, Fall 1960. I recall the buzz in the hallways each Spring over their Pink Cotillion and I attended a couple of their formal dances, but don't recall where they were, just who I was with.
The girls were in control of this aspect of EHHS social life since they both sponsored the dances and chose their dates, Sadie Hawkins-style. According to a latter-day member, Thaelis was barred by EHHS officials about 1969.
Supporting this recollection is a notation in a 1969 CLAN page featuring the school board, stating among other things (paraphrased), "the board will take up the matter of recent controversies surrounding charity clubs." (below)
In a 1995 interview with Larry King, responding to a question about life after death, Brando replied, “I think you’ll close your eyes and wake up and say, ‘What in the hell was that all about?’”
When was the Thaelis Service Club founded? Roughly? A: It was founded at the time EHHS opened in 1959 and was modeled after similar long standing clubs at PHS and AHHS. The PHS and AHHS clubs were called Musegettes.
Did it have a sponsoring adult club? If so, its name? A: No, none known. However, it is believed that membership in Thaelis operated as a legacy nomination for college sorority pledges.
Were there any affiliations with other such clubs at other schools? A: No, none known. Possible link to college sororities.
Were new members selected from applications or nominations? A: Applications, from which 20 were accepted as Sophomores. Membership was maintained at 20 per class.
Were new inductees pledged during 9th or 10th grade? A: 10th.
Adios - Think Pink