December 6, 2013
Alpha Study Club met Tues., Nov. 12 at the home of Sue Storjohann. President Deb Wentzien opened with a Reading “A Simple Act”. Twenty members answered roll call telling someone they would like to write a thank you to, past or present. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were given. Pat Clausen gave a report on Kids Shopping Day to be held Dec. 14th. Karen Handorf passed the sign-up sheet for our Christmas Party to be held at the City Center. All were encouraged to wear vintage clothing in keeping with our celebration of the clubs 100th anniversary. Marcia Plett introduced Claire Handorf who presented the book “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel Brown. This robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from the eastern and Brithish universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936. The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is thier trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a pefect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism. Deb closed the meeting with “Gratitude” by Edgar Guest. Sue served a delicious cake, nuts, candy, tea and coffee. The next meeting will be November 26 at the home of Shirley Swenson.
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