October 20, 2011
The new season for the Alpha Study Club started with a Fall Tea at the United Methodist Church with 22 members present. The Social Committee consisting of Maxine Schoel, Emma Moeller, Pauline Flamme and Sue Storjohann served as hostesses. The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Young with the poem “In October” by Helen Short. The minutes of the April meeting and a report of the May Spring Fling were approved as read. The Treasurer’s report was read The program committee passed out the lovely program booklets for the coming year. Everyone was eager to see the upcoming book reviews. The committee consists of Veta Hildebrand, Jean Livingston, Kathy Herink, and JoAnne Sash. Karen Handorf gave the Historian Report for the 2010-2011 year. Sue Koster then reviewed the book “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson. The time is 1933 and the place is Berlin, when William Dodd becomes America’s ambassador to Hitler’s Germany. Dodd took his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and the handsome men of the Third Reich. As evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, her father relays his concerns to an indifferent State Department back home. As their first year unfolds, Jews are attacked, and frightening new laws circulate. The Dodds’ excitement, intrigue and romance turn to horror when Hitler’s violence and murder show his true character. The book speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin was filled with blood and terror. The hostesses then served sandwiches and beverage on a fall table setting. The next meeting will be October 25 at 1:30 at the home of Rose Russell.
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