A blog about fashion might not be the first place one would imagine seeing photos of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) school kits, but The Coral Court isn’t your typical fashion blog. Kristi Stalter ’11, from Bloomington, Ill., started the blog about a year ago, and it has blossomed into a popular lifestyle blog with close ties to MCC. For Stalter, MCC has provided a way to connect her passion for education with her desire to give.
Though it was well known in her family, community and college that Lois Mary Gunden Clemens ’36 (Goshen College French professor 1939-41, 1944-58) had served in southern France during World War II with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), helped many children and had been a prisoner of war for a year, the extent to which she risked her own safety and played a critical role in helping to save Jewish children’s lives during the Holocaust recently came to light with the research of her niece Mary Jean Gunden ’77.
The day of March 29, 1921 found Vesta Zook (Slagel), a 1915 graduate, and Vinora Weaver (Salzman), a 1918 graduate, in the New York City harbor boarding the SS Regina d’Italia ship for a 19-day voyage to Constantinople. Three months earlier they had gotten the call to become the first “lady workers” with the fledgling relief organization Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).