May 24, 2013
Alpha Study Club met Tuesday, April 23, at the home of Claire Handorf. Deb Wentzien opened the meeting with a poem “Hanging Clothes on the Clothesline.” Twenty-one members were present. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read and approved. The Social Committee reported that our Spring Fling luncheon will be held at Dysart on Tuesday, May 14. A sheet was passed for those who can attend. The Social Committee members will drive. President Deb passed out assignment sheets for the coming year. The Program and Social Committees will work together planning the 100th Year of Alpha Study Club. Rose Russell introduced Phyllis Chizek who presented “Eight Women, Two Model T’s and the American West” by Joanne Wilke. In 1924, eight young women drove across the American West in two Model T Fords. In nine weeks they traveled more than nine thousand unpaved miles on an extended car-camping trip through six national parks, without a man or gun along. It was the era of the flapper, but this book tells the story of a group of farm girls who met while attending Iowa Teachers College and who shared a ‘yen to see some thing”. A blend of oral and written history, adventure, memoir, and just plain heartfelt living, Eight Women is a story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Weaving together a granddaughter’s essay with family stories and anecdotes from the 1924 trip, the book portrays four generations of women extending from nineteenth century Norway to present day Iowa-and sets them loose across the western United States where the perils and practicalities of automotive travel reaffirm family connections while also celebrating individual freedom. Deb closed with a reading “Basic Rules for Hanging Clothes”. Claire served a delightful Fruit Cocktail Cake, nuts, candy, punch, coffee, and tea. Our next gathering will be our Spring Fling in Dysart on May 14.
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