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David G. Vanderstel, Secretary
6679 E. Pleasant Run Parkway, South Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

26 April 2021


Another Club year is quickly coming to a close. The next meeting of the Indianapolis Literary Club will be Monday 3 May 2021 at 8:00 p.m. when members are invited to "bring" their ladies and guests to the spring session of Ladies' Night via Zoom. Essayist Richard D. Feldman will present his essay "A Golden Age."

The magic of autumn has seized the countryside; now that the sun isn't ripening anything it shines for the sake of the golden age; for the sake of Eden, to please the moon for all I know.
American author Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893-1986), Personal Geography: Almost an Autobiography

At the last meeting, President Joseph Hingtgen offered his welcoming remarks to the Club. Tri-Lit committee member Jim Glass reported on the success of the Tri-Lit presentation by A'Lelia Bundles on 7 April 2021, a program rescheduled from the previous year.

The Secretary then presented the slate of officers and committee members for the year 2021-2022.


President Alan T. McKenzie
First Vice President John J. Cooney
Second Vice President David A. Lips
Third Vice President Giles R. Hoyt
Secretary David G. Vanderstel
Assistant Secretary Antwain K. Hunter
Treasurer Richard E. Wiehe
Webmaster John F. Sweeney
Soundmaster Paul R. Halvorson
Assistant Soundmaster Randall Ayres

Foundation Trustees
James E. Lingenfelter, Jr. 2019/20 - 2021/22
Rozelle Boyd 2020/21 - 2022/23
Joseph N. Hingtgen 2021/22 - 2023/24

On Nominations of Offices and Members
John J. Cooney, Chair
Andrew C. Emerson
Richard D. Feldman
James A. Glass
Giles R. Hoyt
Eugene W. Lausch
Stephen E. Towne

On Arrangements and Exercises
David A. Lips, Chair
James W. Brown
Fritz R. Gordner
Daniel L. Kirklin
Jack Wickes

On Rooms and Finance
Giles R. Hoyt, Chair
James E. Harvey
J. Gerald Janzen
Dallas E. Mulvaney
Richard C. Turner

The President called for a motion to accept the slate which was offered and seconded. The Club then voted via Zoom to approve the slate. Thanks to all who have agreed to serve ..,,, and congratulations!

Essayist James Fadely then presented his essay, "Triumph and Tragedy: Casinos, Circuses, and Hotels." The essay focused on Charles Edward Ballard, a native of Dubois County, who worked from an impoverished agricultural background to eventually own the West Baden Springs Hotel and oversee a massive circus conglomerate. His life was one of managing an empire of hotels, casinos, circuses, and land. A period of lively discussion followed the intriguing essay.

The Secretary reminds all members that the Annual and Inaugural Meeting will occur on Wednesday 12 May 2021 via Zoom. Details will follow in a later message.

The Secretary also reminds members that spaces are still available to present an essay during the next Club year. Essays should be no more than 30 minutes in length and may address the topic of the essayist's choice. Please contact the Secretary by the first of June if you wish to present and provide a "properly obscure" title and preferred month(s) for the presentation. The schedule will be drafted later in June.

The next meeting of the Club is Monday 3 May 2021 at 8:00 p.m. when Richard D. Feldman will read "A Golden Age." Will the essay examine a particular historic neighborhood centered around an early 20th century industrialist's home? Will it address a period of great literary and cultural development, and if so, when? You will need to attend via Zoom in order to determine the topic. Zoom details will follow later; hope to see you there.

The Secretary
David G. Vanderstel, Ph.D.