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David G. Vanderstel, Secretary

9131 S. Greenridge Lane

Bloomington, Indiana  47401



7 September 2018



      Greetings to all members of the Indianapolis Literary Club and welcome to its 143rd year! The summer has flown by and “fall is coming.”  That means that the Club will resume its regular activities within the coming weeks.    


          The Indianapolis Literary Club begins the new year at 8:00 p.m. on Monday 1st October 2018 with its opening exercises and its traditional Ladies’ Night. As tradition holds, members are encouraged to bring their ladies or friends to The Wood Room, Jane Holton Upper School, at Park Tudor School, located at 7200 North College Avenue in Indianapolis.  New Club President James E. Lingenfelter, Jr. will offer opening greetings and remarks before introducing the evening’s essayist John E. Cole, Jr. who will read “Gone with the Wind.”


I became a novelist because of “Gone with the Wind,” or more precisely, my mother raised me up to be a “Southern” novelist, with a strong emphasis on the word “Southern” because “Gone with the Wind” set my mother’s imagination ablaze when she was a young girl growing up in Atlanta.

American author Pat Conroy (1945-2016)


On Saturday 23 June 2018, the Club’s Executive Committee met at the office of President Lingenfelter to plan for the new Club year.  Among the items discussed:    


• The Club is committed to growing its membership.  The number of members has remained somewhat stable in recent years, gaining as many members as we have lost.  In order to ensure the future of the Club, the Committee reiterated its commitment to recruit new members and encourage our members to invite potential candidates to attend a Club meeting.    
• The sixth annual Tri-Lit dinner was another success in April, bringing together an interested audience from the Indianapolis Literary Club, Fortnightly Club, and the Indianapolis Woman’s Club.  Keynoter was Dr. Lawrence Sondhaus who offered remarks about the impact of World War I on the US and the world.  
• There were discussions about increasing the Club’s public exposure, possibly by getting involved in an essay contest or providing reading assistance in local schools.  
• A variety of other issues, ranging from improvement of sound equipment to the status of the ongoing essay digitization project, occupied the remaining time of the committee meeting. 


The Secretary extends his appreciation to Assistant Secretary Antwain Hunter for covering the meeting in the absence of the Secretary!!


Hopefully by now, you have received the 2018-2019 Club Yearbook and Schedule of Exercises, which includes the updates received from members over the past summer months.  Please notify the Secretary of any errors in the publication by sending an email to him.  Corrections will be noted in upcoming Secretary’s Letters. Please keep the Secretary informed of any change in your personal contact information.


The Indianapolis Literary Club is one of a few remaining all-male literary clubs in the nation.  For over 140 years, ILC has offered its members meetings of high literary quality andopportunities for fellowship and enriching conversation throughout the year. Please renew your membership now by sending your dues payment of $60 (checks are to be made out to the Indianapolis Literary Clubto:

Richard E. Wiehe, Treasurer

2435 Glenhill Drive

IndianapolisIN  46240

You may bring your payment to the first meeting of the Club on Monday 1 October at 8:00 p.m.  Prompt payment of annual dues is deeply appreciated and will save the Treasurer the time and expense of sending a reminder notice to you.  If you do not wish to renew your membership, please contact the Secretary immediately and we will remove your name from the membership roster. 


The Secretary thanks all members who offered proposals to read for the new year.  As a result, the year’s schedule promises to be yet another intellectually stimulating one.  Make sure that you mark your calendars for all of the meetings.  Consider inviting a friend or colleague to be your guest and introduce them to the Club. Also, visit the Club website – -- for past essays and membership applications.  


The first meeting of the Indianapolis Literary Club’s 2018-2019 year will be Monday 1October 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in The Wood Room of the Jane Holton Upper School at Park Tudor School.  Remember that it is Ladies’ Night so invite your lady or a friend to accompany you.  Arrive early for coffee and the opportunity to catch up with your fellow Club members.  Featured essayistJohn E. Cole, Jr. will present his essay “Gone with the Wind.”  Come early for coffee/tea and discussion with your fellow Club members to catch up on the past months since our last meeting.  Looking forward to seeing all for the launch of the new year!


There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South.

Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow.  Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind…

American screenwriter/playwright/journalist/novelist Ben Hecht (1894-1964)

The Secretary


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