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Alpha Study Club

September 22, 2016
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The first meeting of the Alpha Study Club year was hosted by the social committee; Deb Wentzien, Rose Russell, Avriel Koester, Shirley Swenson, Shirley Young and Pauline Flamme at the United Methodist Church on Tuesday September 13. President Pat Goos shared a quote by Dr. Seuss; “Fill Your House With Stacks Of Books, In All The Crannies And All The Nooks”. The 17 members present answered roll call by confirming their contact information. The Secretary’s report was read and approved. The Treasurer’s report was read and accepted with a current balance of $363.40. Members were asked to pay their yearly dues and any past fines. Old Business: Pat reminded members that the book summary given to the secretary for the secretary’s report should be a short paragraph. New Business: Marge Grove and Emma Moeller will be listed as inactive members. To fill their vacancies two new members will need to be invited. Names of possible members should be submitted at the next meeting. It was noted that Jean Livingston has agreed to serve as the parliamentarian. Jean Livingston thanked Avriel Koester for printing this year’s booklets at her own personal cost. Karen Handorf gave the Historian’s report highlighting the events of the past year. Jean Livingston of the program committee introduced Pat Clausen who in honor of the National Park Service’s Centennial Birthday reviewed  The Hour of Land  by Terry Tempest Williams and  Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears  by Heather Hansen.  Listeners learned that the term “parks” refers to many venues, such as forests, monuments, trails, seashores, memorials, sites, etc.  Williams’s text contains many stories of her National Park visits, with the author’s enthusiastic environmental comments and concerns about how all Americans can share and support our national parks and treasures.  Hansen’s book gives a thorough chronology of the National Park System’s history that involved several people, like Naturalist John Muir; U. S. Presidents Grant, Theodore Roosevelt and Wilson; Scientist/Biologist E. O. Wilson and Author Wallace Stegner. Hansen, too, is concerned about the future of America’s natural resources.The National Parks: Index 2012-2016: CENTENNIAL seamlessly supplemented the information as did travel materials that Pat shared with the club. President Pat Goos closed the meeting by sharing our next meeting of September 27 at the home of Jean Livingston. Mary Trobaugh will be the reviewer. The meeting was adjourned. The social committee “Kicking Off A “Sweet” New Year” served vanilla ice cream with a variety of toppings and finger cookies. The buffet table was cleverly decorated with a vintage suitcase filled with fall gourds and a “Book Bingo Card” for each member. Members are to try and read various types of books listed on the card. Those who Bingo with their readings will receive a special prize at the end of the year. Marcia Plett, Secretary



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