March 22, 2013
Alpha Study Club met Tuesday, March 12, at the home of Jean Livingston. President Deb Wentzien opened with a “Daylight Savings Bank Poem”. Fifteen members answered roll call with the question, “What has the snowy season done to make your plans go awry?” The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read and approved. The Library Committee reported that flowers were given to the Gladbrook librarians close to Valentine’s Day. Discussion was held on when the book report of February 26 would be given. That meeting was cancelled due to snow. The membership decided that Renae Fagan would give her report at the Fall Tea. The Nominating Committee reported that all officers would fill their respective duties for another year, the exception being Historian. The President will appoint a new Historian. This year Alpha Study Club will celebrate their 100th year! Volunteers were requested to be on a social committee for the special occasion. The Program Committee introduced Deb Wentzien who presented “Unbroken: A WW II Story of Survival” by Laura Hildebrand. This is a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption, and details the life of Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, Louis was an incorrigible delinquent, but eventually channeled that defiance into running, discovering a talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war hit, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led him to a doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of ocean, leaping sharks, enemy aircraft, thirst and starvation, and beyond, trials even greater at POW camps. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, “Unbroken” is a testament to the resilience of a human’s mind, body, and spirit. Deb closed the meeting with a “Irish Blessing”. Jean served a wonderful cake, nuts, coffee, and tea. The next meeting will be March 26 at the home of JoAnne Sash.
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