November 30, 2012
The Alpha Study Club met at the home of Joan Raum on November 13, 2012. President Deb Wentzien opened with a blog by Joshanna Robinson, “Being Grateful: A Daily Dose of Thanks”. Twenty members answered roll call, telling something they were thankful for. The minutes were recorded as read. A thank you note for the gift in memory of Rose Bruene was read from Karen Collins, Director of the Gladbrook Public Library. The book chosen is “The Journey” by Billy Graham. The treasurer’s report was given and approved. Recipe books were passed out with all the great soups members submitted. A thanks to the Program Director for this project. Veta reported that she and Claire had exchanged dates for hosting. Veta will be hosting the April 9, 2013 meeting and Claire, April 23, 2013. Pat Clausen introduced Rose Russell, who presented “Mrs. Kennedy and Me” by Clint Hill. For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in November 1960 until after the election of Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and intensely private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and in many ways her closet friend. Now, looking back fifty years, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender, enthralling, and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in North Dakota orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world. Filled with unforgettable details, startling revelations and sparking intimate moments, this is the once in a lifetime story of a man doing the most exciting job in the world, with a woman all the world loved, and the tragedy that ended it all too soon. A tragedy that haunted him for fifty years. President Deb closed the meeting with a poem “Happy Thanksgiving Thoughts” author unknown. Joan served a delicious pumpkin praline dessert, nuts, candy, coffee, and green tea. Our next meeting will be November 27 at Maxine Schoel’s home.
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