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Name changed to Y-Teens in 1946
Officially the Girl Reserves of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) began in 1918. However, like many clubs - it evolved from many informal girl gatherings under the YWCA program and from the Patriotic League of the YWCA.
The Girl Reserves sought to help girls 12-18 develop a well-balanced personality, grow physically and take on social responsibility.
By 1921 there was a Girl Reserves handbook to outlined the program. It was a uniformed group, although by the 1930 there was a great deal of discussion on the merits of uniforms
Girl Reserve Slogan: Face Life Squarely
Girl Reserves Purpose: To find and give the best.
Girl Reserves Pledge: I will do my best to honor God, my country, and my community, to help other girls and to be in in ways a loyal, true member of the Girl Reserves.
The Girl Reserve armband was for all ages;
Grade school age girls would embroider a light blue floss around the triangle.
High School age girls would embroider tan floss around the triangle and
Girls in business and industry would embroider red floss around the triangle.
The first style of membership pin was 3/4" triangle
2nd style was GR triangle in a blue enameled circle
3rd style was GR triangle in a blue enameled circle without a line under the GR
with hand-stitched red embroidered
A rare Past President Girl Reserves pin with 3 pearls and an attachment for 1942
Another solid Girl Reserves pin with 3 pearls, although in different areas of the pin. The "U" pin is unknown.
Solid Girl Reserves pin with T" & "45" guard pins
The early Girl Reserves program had earned recognition to be placed on the armband. Although the handbook notes these are cloth emblems, a later adult adviser's book notes that the emblems would be metal buttons.
1928 Girl Reserves (summer) uniform, white middy blouse, white pleated skirt, Copenhagen Blue silk tie. Winter uniform was a navy blue skirt. Camp uniform was navy bloomers.
In 1922 the Girl Reserves ring was offered as the highest achievement of a Girl Reserve - she would then be called a Special Girl Reserve Aide.
This National Archives image shows girls of Japanese ancestry who were interred at the Las Ninas Relocation Camp during World War II. They are wearing Girl Reserves armbands and the note card in front says "Las Ninas G.R. club"
Publicity slide - this photo also appeared in the handbook