RE JENICE Armstrong's column on the first female president of the Union League:

The Union League was Republican men only, not just men, for over a century. My dad and maternal grandfather were members, and I don't recall any female relatives feeling slighted. Republican women had their own club, the Hannah Penn (a/k/a Republican Women of Pennsylvania) on 16th Street. Hannah Penn was the oldest Republican women's club in America - Dr. Ethel Allen was one of our members. The Racquet Club owns the building now.

One of my husband's uncles, Jim Anderson, was a Union League president in the '50s, I think. He gave me the recipe for the Union League Special:

1 oz. rye, 1/2 oz. rum, 1/2 oz. triple sec, 1 oz. lemon juice, 1 oz. orange juice, 1/2 t. sugar.

Georgia Makiver, Philadelphia