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David G. Vanderstel, Secretary

9131 S. Greenridge Lane

Bloomington, Indiana  47401


8 April 2017




            The next meeting of the Indianapolis Literary Club is scheduled for Monday 17 April 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in Clowes Commons at Park Tudor School. The essayist for the evening will be Stephen K. Smith who will read his essay, “The Gates of It Shall Not be Shut by Day.”


                        Wide open and unguarded stand our gates,

                        Named of the four winds, North, South, East and West;

                        Portals that lead to an enchanted land

                        Of cities, forests, fields of living gold,

                        Vast prairies, lordly summits touched with snow,

                        Majestic rivers sweeping proudly past

                        The Arab’s date-palm and the Norseman’s pine---

                                    American poet and writer Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907, 

                       “Unguarded Gates”





            At the last meeting, President Stephen E. Towne welcomed members and guests.  The Secretary then presented the nomination of Richard C. Turner, retired professor of English and Philanthropic Studies at IUPUI.  His nomination is sponsored by Eugene Lausch, Stephen Towne, and Giles Hoyt.  The Club spoke to the nomination and voted to accept Mr. Turner’s application.  Welcome to the Club, Richard!


            Club members were reminded that reservations for the upcoming Tri-Lit dinner on Wednesday 19 April are due now.  Dinner is $50 at Woodstock Club.  Contact the Treasurer with your RSVP. 


            Also mark your calendar for the Club’s 140th Annual and Inaugural Dinner, which will be Wednesday 10 May at Woodstock Club.  This special event will celebrate the Club’s 140 years of literary activity in Indianapolis and will be observed with a special menu and program.  Stay tuned for more details.


            The Secretary reminds members that proposals for essays for next year’s Club calendar are now being accepted.  New 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 end of May 2017. 


            The Treasurer reported that the Club continues to be financially sound.  


 First Vice President Henry Winckler then presented the slate of officers and committee members for the next Club year:  


                        President                                  Henry L. Winckler

                        1st Vice President                     James E. Lingenfelter, Jr. 

                        2nd Vice President                    William J. Doherty

                        3rd Vice President                     Rozelle Boyd

                        Secretary                                  David G. Vanderstel

                        Assistant Secretary                   Antoine Hunter

            Treasurer                                 Richard E. Wiehe

                        Webmaster                               John F. Sweeney

                        Assistant Webmaster                Marvin Miller

                        Soundmaster                            D. David Kriplen

                        Assistant Soundmaster             Paul R. Halverson

                        Foundation Trustee                  Stephen Towne (2017/18-2019/20)


Standing Committees: 


                        On Nominations of Officers and Members:

                                    James E. Lingenfelter, Jr., Chair

                                    Richard D. Feldman

                                    James A. Glass

                        Giles R. Hoyt

                                    Eugene W. Lausch

                                    Kenneth V. McGinity


                        On Arrangements and Exercises:

                                    William J. Doherty, Chair

                                    Nyle Kardatzke

                                    Hugh Moore

                                    Christopher Smith


                        On Rooms and Finance:

                                    Rozelle Boyd, Chair

                                    Frederick W. Farrell

                                    Thomas K. Krasean

                                    Alan D. Schmetzer

                                    Richard M. Tempero


                        Foundation Trustee:

                                    Stephen E. Towne   2017/18-2019/2020


Members will vote on the slate at the next meeting.


Following the conclusion of Club business, the Club welcomed honorary member James Alexander Thom who presented his first essay, “A Word from the Unborn.”  Essayist Thom presented what he described as a “recently discovered communication” from an unknown “unborn author” who spoke on behalf of “all of the unborn.” The thought-provoking message addressed the complexities of life for the born and the unborn and posed challenging questions about one’s existence – and non-existence.  A lively period of conversation followed.              


           The next meeting of the Club is Monday 17 April 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in Clowes Commons at Park Tudor School when essayist Stephen K. Smith will read his essay, “The Gates of It Shall Not be Shut by Day.”  What gates do the essayist have in mind?  Might this be a garden or a sacred place?  Why should the gates be open only during the day?  The Secretary does not know the topic of the essay, so you will need to attend to discover the theme of the essayist’s presentation.  Hope to see you there!


                          The door was as before opened a tiny crack, and again two sharp and suspicious eyes stared at him out of the darkness.  Then Raskolnikov   lost his head and nearly made a great mistake.  Fearing the old woman would be frightened by their being alone, and not hoping that the sight of him would disarm her suspicions, he took hold of the door and drew it towards him to prevent the old woman from attempting to shut it again.

                                    Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), Crime and Punishment



                                                                                       The Secretary