WHEREAS, the advancement of religious ideals and spiritual values is vital if good will, justice, truth and freedom are to prevail in a world beset by conflicting moral and ethical standards; and

WHEREAS, it is toward this end the YWCA of the U. S. A. has striven ever since the world founding of the Young Women's Christian Association in 1855, seeking to make happier the lives of young women and girls, and to strengthen home and community life by developing their full potentialties as individuals and as citizens; and

WHEREAS, this great women's organization starting this second week in January will celebrate a notable first century of service, today being carried on through more than 1,300 local units in this nation and associations in 65 other countries of the world ; and

WHEREAS, for 60 of those 100 years, Delaware has been fortunate to have a unit in Wilmington, which has contributed greatly to the well-being of young women of the state ;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, in behalf of our people, do hereby congratulate the membership of the YWCA of the U. S. A. and particularly those in Delaware, now 3,000,000 strong, and wish for them unbounded success in continuing to fortify freedom with faith and fellowship.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this

(Great Seal) Thirteenth day of January in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one-hundred and seventy-ninth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. MCDOWELL, Secretary of State