May 2, 2014
Alpha Study Club met Tues., April 22 at the home of Deb Wentzien. Deb opened the meeting with a Spring Quiz. Twenty members answered roll call by telling one of their favoirte Easter memories. The secretary’s report was presented and approved. There was no treasurer’s report. Karen Handorf reminded the membership of the upcoming Spring Outing. It will be held Tues., May 13, with a trip to Readlyn. Members will meet at the Methodist Church at 8:30 A.M. Shirley Swenson, a member of the memorial committee, reported on progress on purchasing a book in memory of Doc Gamble. There will be a memorial service June 17th, 6:30 P.M. at the Methodist Church in Gladbrook. Joan Gethmann handed out the assignment sheet for the coming year. Jean Livingston introduced Sue Koster who presented the book “Winning Balance” by Shawn Johnson. Shawn was a gold medal winner in Bejing’s 2008 Olympics. Shawn is from West Des Moines and trained under gymnastics coach, Chow. Despite achieving more success and celebrity in her first two decades than most people experince in a lifetime, things haven’t always been easy for Shawn. Her first coach told her family that she lacked talent. Her modest upbringing in Iowa made elite competition unlikely. Although she won four medals in Bejing, she was disappointed she did not receive the all-around gold medal. She had a terrifying experience with a stalker and would-be kidnapper. After being injured in a career-ending skiing accident, Shawn had to rethink what was truly important. Shawn reveals her journey so far; her against-the-odds quest to become a gymnastics world champion; her flirtation with Hollywood glamour in Dancing with the Stars, her growing faith, and her struggle to find herself. She learned new lessons about balance, as well as love, faith, and what winning really means. Deb served delicious lemon tarts, nuts, candy, punch and coffee.
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