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David G. Vanderstel, Secretary

9131 S. Greenridge Lane

Bloomington, Indiana  47401


7 April 2018




            The Indianapolis Literary Club will meet next on the evening of Monday 16 April 2018 at 8:00 pm in Clowes Commons at Park Tudor School. The essayist for the evening will be R. Ronald Calkins who will read his essay, “Mrs. Johnson’s Husband.” 


                        It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession

                        of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

                                    English author Jane Austen (1775-1817), Pride and Prejudice





            At the last meeting, President Henry Winckler welcomed members and guests.  Club members were reminded that reservations for the Tri-Lit dinner on Wednesday 11 April are due immediately.  Dinner is $50 at Woodstock Club.    


            Also mark your calendar for the Club’s 141st Annual and Inaugural Dinner, which will be Wednesday 16 May at Woodstock Club.  Details will be available in the next Secretary’s Letter.


            The Secretary reminds members that proposals for essays for next year’s Club calendar are now being accepted.  New (or recent) Club members are strongly encouraged to present an essay within the first three years of membership.  While contributions from our regular presenters are deeply appreciated, the Club encourages members who have not read recently to consider presenting an essay before the Club.  If you are interested in reading, please send a suggested title and preferred date(s) to the Secretary by the first of June 2018.    


First Vice President James Lingenfelter presented the slate of officers and committee members for the next Club year: 


                        President                                  James E. Lingenfelter, Jr.

                        1st Vice President                     Rozelle Boyd

                        2nd Vice President                    Nyle Kardatzke

                        3rd Vice President                     William L. Selm

                        Secretary                                  David G. Vanderstel

                        Assistant Secretary                   Antwain Hunter

Treasurer                                 Richard E. Wiehe

                        Webmaster                               John F. Sweeney

                        Assistant Webmaster                Marvin J. Miller

                        Soundmaster Emeritus             D. David Kriplen

Soundmaster                            Paul R. Halverson

Assistant Soundmaster                 - open -


                        Foundation Trustee                  Henry L. Winckler (2018/19-2020/21)           



Standing Committees: 

                        On Nominations of Officers and Members:

                                    Rozelle Boyd, chair

                                                Richard D. Feldman

                                                James A. Glass

                                                Giles R. Hoyt

                                                Eugene W. Lausch

                                                Kenneth V. McGinity


                        On Arrangements and Exercises:

                                    Nyle Kardatzke, chair

                                                William F.R. Briscoe

                                                Howard Edenburg

                                                D. Paul Thomas


                        On Rooms and Finance:

                                    William L. Selm, chair

                                                Thomas Hiatt

                                                Thomas K. Krasean

                                                Richard M. Tempero

                                                Charles Williams


            Members will vote on the slate at the next meeting.


Following the conclusion of Club business, President Winckler introduced Frederick Farrell who presented his essay, “Out of Many, One.”  Essayist Farrell offered a perspective on the life of 18th and 19th century whalers who worked out of the port of Nantucket.  He focused on the daily routines of the whalers and how they established well-honed teams in the pursuit of the great sea beasts that contributed to the early American economy.  A period of discussion followed.


                The next meeting of the Club is Monday 16 April 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in Clowes Commons at Park Tudor School when essayist R. Ronald Calkins will read his essay, “Mrs. Johnson’s Husband.”  Might this be an examination of LBJ and the rise of the Great Society?  A study of Eliza McCardle’s husband who was the 17th president of the US and who worked to dismantle Reconstruction?  The Secretary, however, is betting that the essay will be an examination of Mr. Samuel Johnson, essayist and lexicographer, who is visible in the famous engraving featured at our own Literary Club meetings.  The Secretary is not sure of the topic, so you will need to attend in order to discover the focus of the essayist Calkin’s presentation.  Only two more regular meetings before the season ending annual and inaugural dinner (details will follow).  Hope to see you on the 16th!!


                        I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth.

                        I hold myself supremely blest – blest beyond what language can express;

                        Because I am my husband’s life as fully as he is mine.

                                    English novelist Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), Jane Eyre


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