THE INDIANAPOLIS LITERARY CLUB
David G. Vanderstel, Secretary
8 April 2017
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.”
open and unguarded stand our gates,
of the four winds, North, South, East and West;
that lead to an enchanted land
cities, forests, fields of living gold,
prairies, lordly summits touched with snow,
rivers sweeping proudly past
Arab’s date-palm and the Norseman’s pine---
American poet and writer Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907,
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!
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
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.
Treasurer reported that the Club continues to be financially sound.
Vice President Henry Winckler then presented the slate of officers and committee members for the next Club year:
E. Lingenfelter, Jr.
Webmaster Marvin Miller
Soundmaster Paul R. Halverson
Nominations of Officers and Members:
E. Lingenfelter, Jr., Chair
Giles R. Hoyt
Arrangements and Exercises:
J. Doherty, Chair
Rooms and Finance:
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.
author Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), Crime and Punishment