March 23, 2012
Kathy Herink hosted the Alpha Study Club on Tuesday, March 13. President Shirley Young opened the meeting with a reading by an unknown author entitled “Daylight Savings Time”. Seventeen members answered roll call telling the group the birds they have seen thus far this spring. The secretary’s report was approved as read. Joan Raum read a thank you from the ladies at the library for their valentine gift. With no activity in the treasury, Pat Goos informed us that the balance remained the same. Representing the nominating committee, Phyllis Chizek announced the slate of officers for the coming year as being: President: Deb Wentzien, Vice President: Joan Raum, Secretary: Pat Goos, Treasurer: Avriel Koester. The social committee reported they are in the planning stages of the spring outing in May. Shirley closed the meeting with a reading called “Spring” by Marguerite Purdy. Kathy Herink from the program committee introduced Jean Livingston, who reviewed “Death Comes to Pemberly” published in 2011 and authored by P.D. James who has written many books of the British crime fiction. Written 200 years after Jane Austen’s anonymously published “Pride and Prejudice”, James emulates Austen’s language, rhythm, and tone and writes a murder mystery that takes place at Pemberly, which Austen fans will recognize as the state of Mr. Darcy, six years after Darcy and Elizabeth Have wed. What ensues is the discovery of a body in the woods, an investigation, an arrest and a trial with a shocking outcome. To appreciate James’ novel, on must be familiar with the characters and story of Austen’s book. Jean began her review with a synopsis of “Pride and Prejudice”. Kathy then served cupcakes, nuts, coffee and green punch with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. The next meeting will be March 27th at the home of Karen Handorf.
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