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Alpha Study

April 11, 2019
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The January 22nd ‘make-up’ meeting was hosted by JoAnn Sash at the United Methodist Church fellowship hall on April 9th. President Pat Clausen opened the meeting with both January and April thoughts. Terri Luehring was present to introduce the possibility of publishing a cookbook commemorating the 100th year anniversary of Corn Carnival, asking if the Alpha Study Club would be willing to work with the Women’s Club to make this souvenir/fundraiser possible. Terri then left the meeting. Roll call was ‘a favorite Easter food’ and was answered by 15 members. Minutes from the March 26th meeting were read and approved, noting that we have more names for library book memorials. It was moved and seconded to purchase an additional book for the library in memory of Martha Gamble, Mary Luethje, and Veta Hildebrand. Correspondence included a note received from Jean Livingston requesting a leave of absence for the 2019/20 Alpha year. The Treasurer gave their report and bills were presented. Under Old Business, Pat reminded the members that we need Festival of Trees volunteers to finish off assignments for the upcoming year. Shirley Young updated us on the loads of donations taken to our neighbors in Nebraska. The devastation due to flooding is beyond belief and everything received is so needed and appreciated. Another trip will be made by Shirley’s granddaughter so anyone who wishes to help can take their items to Shirley’s by April 20th. The Alpha Study Club was saddened to learn of the death of long-time member, Veta Hildebrand. Visitation will take place Saturday, April 13th in Marion. Services will also be held on April 13th for former member, Martha Gamble here at the Gladbrook Methodist Church. Kathy Herink introduced Pat Goos who reviewed the book “Chesapeake Requiem” by Earl Swift. Tiny, waterlogged Tangier Island, off the coast of Virginia in Chesapeake Bay, is full of people of faith. They believe in God. Climate sciences, not so much. In recent years, they’ve garnered some media attention for the paradox of largely rejecting sea-level rise while simultaneously suffering its wrath. Author Earl Swift immersed himself for the better part of two years with the 481 inhabitants of Tangier. His new book, “Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island”, is part regional history, part crabber ride-along, part disaster narrative in slow motion. Pat closed the meeting by a quote from Anne of Green Gables. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd, and will be hosted by Marcy Knaack. Sue Storjohann will give the book review. The afternoon concluded with members enjoying a delicious pineapple dessert accompanied by chocolates and nuts.



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