April 6, 2012
The Alpha Study Club met March 27, 2012 at the home of Karen Handorf. President Shirley Young started the meeting by taking a few moments to honor our long standing member, Rose Bruene who passed away March 18th. Twelve members attend her lovely memorial service. After reminiscing, Shirley opened the meeting with reading “Spring of ‘79”. Sixteen members answered roll call by telling what our favorite part of spring is. The secretary report was approved as read. The treasurer report was given. The donation to the After Prom Committee has been made. Phyllis Chizek reported that the complete information for the Spring Fling will be presented at the next meeting. Jean Livingston moved and Kathy Herink seconded to approve the slate of officers presented at the last meeting. Motion carried. The officers are as follows: President: Deb Wentzien, Vice President: Joan Raum, Secretary: Pat Goos, Treasurer: Avriel Koester. Shirley asked that we be thinking of someone to fill the vacant member slot and we will vote on this next fall. Jean then introduced JoAnne Sash who gave her review on “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls. The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeanette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed and protected one another and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered. The Glass Castle is truly astonishing – a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family. Jeanette Walls lives in Virginia and is married to writer John Taylor. Shirley closed the meeting with “Happiness adds and multiplies as we divide it with others”, author unknown. The next meeting will be at the home of Deb Wentzien on April 10th.
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