April 18, 2014
Alpha Study Club met Tuesday, April 8, at the home of Karen Handorf. President Deb Wentzien opened with a article by Dr. Gail Gross, “The Achiever, the Peacemaker, or the Life of the Party: How Birth Order Affects Personality.” Eighteen members answered roll call by telling if they were the oldest, middle, youngest, or only child. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read and approved. Correspondence was read from the After Prom Party. Karen Handorf reported on the Spring Outing. Members will travel to Readlyn, Iowa for lunch and shopping, including the Hazelton area. A sheet was passed for those planning to attend this May 13 event. The Nominating Committee presented the ballot for the coming year. President-Joan Raum, Vice President-Pat Goos, Secretary-Jo Anne Sash, Treasurer-Marcia Plett, and Historian-Karen Handorf. A unanimous ballot was cast. Marcia Plett introduced Jean Livingston. Jean reviewed “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd, celebrated author of “The Secret Life of Bees”. This novel inspired in part by the historic figures of Sarah and Angelina Grimke. The two sisters from Charleston, South Carolina, were the first female abolition agents and among the earliest major American feminist thinkers. The book begins in 1803 on Sarah’s eleventh birthday when she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful who is to be her handmaid. The book follows their remarkable journeys over the next thirty-five years both strive for lives of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement, and the uneasy ways of love. Deb closed the meeting with “How Do You Cloth Six Boys”. Karen served a delicious strawberry dessert, candy, nuts, coffee and ice tea. The next meeting will be April 22 at the home of Deb Wentzien.
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