THE INDIANAPOLIS LITERARY CLUB
David G. Vanderstel, Secretary
6679 E. Pleasant Run Parkway, South Drive
26 April 2021
THE SECRETARY'S LETTER
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
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.
First Vice President John J. Cooney
Second Vice President David A. Lips
Third Vice President Giles R. Hoyt
Secretary David G. Vanderstel
Secretary Antwain K. Hunter
Treasurer Richard E. Wiehe
John F. Sweeney
Soundmaster Paul R. Halvorson
Assistant Soundmaster Randall
James E. Lingenfelter, Jr. 2019/20 - 2021/22
2020/21 - 2022/23
Joseph N. Hingtgen 2021/22 - 2023/24
On Nominations of Offices and
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
On Rooms and Finance
Giles R. Hoyt,
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
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.
David G. Vanderstel, Ph.D.