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David G. Vanderstel, Secretary
9131 S. Greenridge Lane
Bloomington, Indiana 47401

15 September 2017


Greetings to all members of the Indianapolis Literary Club and welcome to its 142nd year! Once again, the summer months have flown by and fall is just around the corner. That signals that "the Club will become formal" in just a few weeks.

The Indianapolis Literary Club begins its new year at 8:00 p.m. on Monday 2nd October 2017 with its opening exercises and its traditional Ladies' Night. As usual, 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 Henry L. Winckler will extend his greetings and provide opening remarks and then introduce the evening's essayist William L. Selm who will read "So It Goes or So It Went."
Definition of "So it goes" -- That is the kind of thing that happens. Such is life.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs, 2002.
On Wednesday 28 June 2017 the Club's Executive Committee met at the home of Treasurer Richard Wiehe, hosted by President
Winckler, 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 Committee also discussed Club policies regarding membership. The Club constitution provides dues-free membership to those individuals who are both over 75 AND members of the Club for more than 10 years. The Committee unanimously voted to "commend and extend thanks to all members over 75 years of age who continue to pay their dues to support the operations of the Club."
• The Committee also agreed to enforce membership policies by charging the Treasurer and Secretary to remind members of their dues obligations before removing them from membership.
• The fifth 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. Indiana novelist Susan Crandall provided an interesting insight into the thoughts and motivations of a fiction writer. Planning is afoot to prepare for the sixth annual meeting. Stay tuned for details.
• Lastly, given rising costs and increased expenses for the Club, the Executive Committee voted unanimously to increase dues to $60 per year, effective for the new Club year. Please note that this is the FIRST increase in Club dues in well over 10 years.

The 2017-2018 Club Yearbook and Schedule of Exercises, which includes the updates received from members over the past summer months, has been printed and will be arriving soon. 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 and opportunities 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 Club) to:

Richard E. Wiehe, Treasurer
2435 Glenhill Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46240

You may bring your payment to the first meeting of the Club on Monday 2 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 2017-2018 year will be Monday 2 October 2017 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 essayist William L. Selm will present his essay "So It Goes or So It Went." 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!

And this is why my eyes are closed
It's just as well as for all I've seen
And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows.
American musician and composer Billy Joel (1949-), "And So It Goes"

The Secretary
David G. Vanderstel, Ph.D.
9131 S. Greenridge Lane
Bloomington, Indiana 47401