The October Women's Guild Program was entitled, "RCA Global Mission: Seeing Christ in Times of Disaster." The audience was inspired by how the Reformed Church denomination is transforming catastrophies into Godly victories, and how our financial support and volunteers have a critical impact on restoring people's lives in the USA and abroad at times of natural disasters. Stephanie Soderstrom was the presenter. Elizabeth Testa, in charge of Women's Transformation for the RCA, was the photographer showcasing women who have had leadership roles and who broke new ground in different areas.
During the presentation, a question was posed asking about women in Old Paramus who were early pioneers in leadership positions in the church. Well the answer turned out to be very interesting. Alice Smyser was present in the audience and was able to share a fascinating story about her family history. Alice's parents, Pierre and Isabel Zabriskie, were 9th generation members of Old Paramus Reformed Church. Alice is the 10th generation. Pierre served on Consistory for many years and after he passed away, the church officially opened the Consistory to women for the first time. Isabel was elected as deacon in December, 1972, becoming the first women to serve on the Consistory. A picture below shows Alice standing in front of her mother's picture which is in the parlor.