Marietta Reading Club
The first meeting of the 155th session of the Marietta Reading Club was held Oct. 2 at the Betsey Mills Club. After a social gathering and dinner hosted by John and Amy Bays, the meeting commenced, chaired by president Richard Murdock. The topic of the evening was “Leadership In Turbulent Times.” The first reader was Bruce Flack, who read from John Meacham’s Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, published in 2018. The passage looked at presidents, especially Lincoln. The greatest leaders seek unity of direction, and appeal to the better instincts within factions, Meacham contends. Carly Flack read from and Doris Kearns Goodwin\’s Leadership in Troubled Times, also published in 2018. It focuses on Lincoln, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson, and their presidencies–especially dealing with civil rights. Bruce Flack served as critic, discussing the qualities of a successful leader during turbulent times: gravitas, honesty, integrity, self-awareness, self-discipline, humility, generosity of spirit, consistency, patience, prudence, empathy, emotional intelligence, and substantive mettle. He (or she) must seek good advice.
The Marietta Junior Reading Club met at the Betsey Mills Club on Oct.11, 2018 with 23 members present. A social hour preceded the catered dinner which was hosted by Chuck & Joyce Ditchendorf. The business meeting was led by President Gail Popp. For the evening’s program, Judy Harkness talked about two books: “Brave Companions: Portraits in History” and “The American Spirit: Who We Are & What We Stand For” by David McCullough. The next meeting will be on Nov.14, 2018 with hosts Bartuneks & the reader Judy Calvert.
The Honeysuckle Hills 4-H Club held their meeting at BAM in Belpre on Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President, Sierra Sinclair. Vera Greenwalt led the American pledge and Abby Jaeger led the 4-H pledge. Roll call was taken by Secretary, Elizabeth Burdiss, by your favorite candy. The secretary’s report was read and the minutes were approved by the club. The devotion was given by Christopher Burdiss. The treasurer’s report was given by Allison Florence.
Old Business: Members gave reports on the Barlow Fair. The club received thank you cards for their donations to the Camp Hervida Building Fund and Barlow Junior Fair Animal Beauty Contest. Club awards from the fair booth were handed out to members.
New Business: The club decided to continue meeting the second Sunday of each month at BAM in Belpre at 2 p.m. On Nov. 10 the Hervida Building Fund drawing will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Churchtown K of C Hall. On November 15 the end of year celebration and recognition event will take place at WCCC at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 Junior Fair Board Applications are due at Extension.
Morgan McCartney led a health program called Rethink Your Drink and made members more aware of what is in their drinks. The club had a costume parade and played Halloween games after the meeting and refreshments followed. The program was member recognition with certificates and pin presentations. The next meeting will be after the New Year.