December 6, 2013
Alpha Study Club met Tuesday, November 26, at the home of Shirley Swenson. Vice President Joan Raum opened with a reading “The First Thanksgiving and Now” by Pearlie Duncan Walker. Twenty members answered roll call with where they were spending Thanksgiving. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read and approved. Marcia Plett reported Karen Collins, of the Gladbrook library, is compiling a list of books she would like to have in the library. This is for Alpha’s Library Project. A committee will be going to the book fair in Urbandale to purchase the books. Martha Gamble thanked Marcia Plett for donating the new historian book. Rose Russell showed the lovely tree and angel that will be given to Westbrook Acres. Karen Handorf informed Alpha Study members that the Social Committee decorated a tree for the Festival of Trees. The club voted to have a tree decorated for this event each year. Marcia Plett introduced Avriel Koester who presented the book “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by Alan Bradley. This book is a mystery set in the English countryside in 1950. It features Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old amateur sleuth who pulls herself away from her beloved chemistry lab in order to clear her father in a murder investigation. Mysterious events begin to occur when Mrs. Mullet, Buckshaw’s housekeeper and cook, discover a dead jack snipe on the porch with a Penny Black stamp pierced through its beak. Then, Flavia discovers a red-headed stranger dead in the family cucumber patch. The book is full of political intrigue, rare Ulster Avenger stamps, sleight of hans, theft, blackmail, and murder. Joan closed with “When I Was A New Turkey”, author unknown. Shirley served scrumptious chocolate date bars, nuts, candy, hot tea and coffee. The next meeting will be the Christmas Luncheon Tuesday, December 10, at the Gladbrook City Center, starting at 11:30 a.m. Members are asked to wear vintage attire. Emma Moeller requested each member bring a tree ornament that has special meaning.
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