April 12, 2013
Fifteen members gathered on Tuesday, March 26 at the home of JoAnne Sash. President Deb Wentzien opened the meeting with a reading. Roll call was answered by members telling their middle name. Many interesting stories ensued about how they got their name. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read and approved. Renae Fagan would like to present her review this Alpha season. The May Spring Fling Luncheon was mentioned as a possibility. The Social and Program committees will work together on the 100th Year Celebration. Shirley Swenson was introduced by the program committee and presented “Carly’s Voice” by Arthur and Carly Fleischmann. At the age of 2, Carly was diagnosed with severe autism and and oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the ability of a small child. Then at the age of 10 she had a breakthrough while working with her devoted therapists Howie and Barb. Carly reached over to their laptop and typed “Help Teeth Hurt” much to everyone’s astonishment. This was the beginning of Carly’s journey toward self-realization. Although Carly still struggled with all the symptoms of autism, she now has regular, witty, and profound conversations on the computer with her family, therapists, and many thousands of people who follow her via her blog, Facebook, and Twitter. This is one of the first books to explore firsthand, the challenges of living with autism. Deb closed with a reading “Easter Lasts Forever”. JoAnne served a tasty Candy Crunch Pudding Pie, nuts, candy, tea, and coffee. Veta Hildebrand will host the April 9 meeting at the Methodist Church.
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