St. Vincent's Auxiliary History
The St. Vincent's Auxiliary was the first hospital auxiliary in Florida.
As a founding member of St. Vincents' Auxiliary and its first president from 1928 to 1932, Edith Waas was outstanding in her volunteer service and the community in general. She demonstrated her enthusiasm for things she believed important.
In the community, Waas organized the St. Paul's Guild in 1921 and was a charter member and past president of the Catholic Women's Club. She also assisted with the establishment of the All Saint's Home for the Aged Auxiliary.
During World War II, she was chairwoman of the Women's Division of war bond sales for Duval County and operated the Victory Exchange in Five Points. During the Coolidge Presidential Administration, Waas, along with women from all over the country, marched on Washington, D.C., for Women's sufferage.
Waas was versatile in her accomplishments. She was a self-taught artist and was perhaps best known for her miniatrure flower arrangements that were exhibitied in thd World's Fair in New York. She was a firm backer of an art center for Jacksonville and earned an award in 1949 from the American Artists Professional League for her "untiring, unselfish service far beyond duty for securing an Art Center for Jacksonville."
Edith Waas was once quoted as saying, "I don't give up once I start out to try to accomplish something."