November 5, 2012
Martha Gamble hosted the October 23, 2012, meeting of Alpha Study Club at Gifts of Grace. In addition to the table decorations, Martha laid out a bookmark and a Halloween card at each place setting. President Deb Wentzien opened the session by sharing a delectable poem titled “Halloween Candy.” Roll call for the 20 attendees continued the theme when members explained a favorite Trick or Treat candy or Halloween memory. The treasurer’s and secretary’s reports were given and approved. Correspondence was shared. Ranae Fagan reminded members to submit soup, stew and chowder recipes by the middle of next week if not done already. The decision about a book in memory of Rose Bruene is focusing on some of her activities and/or interests. Three email addresses were corrected for membership books. Shirley Swenson of the Program Committee introduced Sue Storjohann, who presented “One Man’s War” written by Tom C. McKenney. A quiet, unassuming, and wealthy plantation owner, Jack Hinson was focused on his family and seasonal plantings when the Civil War started to permeate the isolated valleys of the Kentucky-Tennessee border where he lived. Though neutral and friendly with generals on both sides, he and his family were forever changed when Union patrols moved onto his land and captured two of his sons. The horror that followed and Jack’s responses make this book an engrossing read. During her presentation, Sue shared several visual aids, including a map of that area, to help her audience follow the story she expertly told. Deb closed the meeting with “My Forgetter” that was appropriate for all members. Halloween decorated pumpkin pie, beverages and Werther’s candies were enjoyed by all. The next meeting will be on November 13 at Joan Raum’s home.
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