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Alpha Study

March 24, 2017
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The Alpha Study Club met at the home of Pauline Flamme on March 14. President, Pat Goos, opened the meeting with Bookish Problem #111; Really wishing that reading books burned as many calories as exercising. Fifteen members answered roll call. President Goos thanked Pat Clausen for filling in as president at our last meeting and Phyllis Chizek for switching her review to today’s meeting. The Secretary and Treasurer’s reports were read and approved. Karen Handorf reported that she and Joan Applegate are contacting members concerning officer positions for next year and will report at our next meeting. Jean Livingston of the Program Committee introduced Phyllis Chizek who reviewed the book, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows. The zany title derives from an invented book club on the island of Guernsey during the Second World War. The club is invented by Elizabeth McKenna, who when bumping into a German patrol after curfew makes the society up on the spot. In reality, she and her tipsy party had been consuming forbidden roast pig at the home of one of the islanders. The society commemorates beautiful spirits who stay undercover through brutal times during the war. The characters step from the past with eccentricity and kindly humor. They are innocents, who have seen and suffered, without allowing evil to penetrate the decency that guards their humanity. President Goos closed the meeting with the line; When I said I’d come to bed after I finished the chapter, I meant the last chapter! In observance of St. Patrick’s Day, Pauline served Key Lime pie, shamrock shaped gumdrops, nuts, coffee, tea and green punch. Our next meeting will be hosted by JoAnne Sash at the Methodist Church. Joan Applegate will be the reviewer.


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