THE INDIANAPOLIS LITERARY CLUB
9131 S. Greenridge Lane
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
7 April 2018
THE SECRETARY’S LETTER
The Indianapolis Literary Club will meet next on the evening of Monday 16 April 2018 at 8:00 pm in Clowes Commons at
Park Tudor School. The essayist for the evening will be R. Ronald Calkins who will read his essay, “Mrs. Johnson’s
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession
of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
English author Jane Austen (1775-1817), Pride and Prejudice
the last meeting, President Henry Winckler welcomed members and guests. Club members were reminded that
reservations for the Tri-Lit dinner on Wednesday 11 April are due immediately. Dinner
is $50 at Woodstock Club.
Also mark your calendar for the
Club’s 141st Annual and Inaugural Dinner, which will be Wednesday 16 May at Woodstock Club.
Details will be available in the next Secretary’s Letter.
The Secretary reminds members that
proposals for essays for next year’s Club calendar are now being accepted. New (or recent) 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 first of June 2018.
First Vice President James Lingenfelter
presented the slate of officers and committee members for the next Club year:
James E. Lingenfelter, Jr.
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President
William L. Selm
David G. Vanderstel
Richard E. Wiehe
John F. Sweeney
Marvin J. Miller
D. David Kriplen
Paul R. Halverson
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Henry L. Winckler (2018/19-2020/21)
On Nominations of Officers and Members:
Rozelle Boyd, chair
Richard D. Feldman
James A. Glass
Giles R. Hoyt
Eugene W. Lausch
Kenneth V. McGinity
On Arrangements and Exercises:
Nyle Kardatzke, chair
William F.R. Briscoe
D. Paul Thomas
On Rooms and Finance:
William L. Selm, chair
Thomas K. Krasean
Richard M. Tempero
Members will vote on the slate at the next meeting.
Following the conclusion of Club business, President Winckler introduced Frederick Farrell
who presented his essay, “Out of Many, One.” Essayist Farrell offered a perspective on the
life of 18th and 19th century whalers who worked out of the port of Nantucket. He
focused on the daily routines of the whalers and how they established well-honed teams in the pursuit of the great sea beasts
that contributed to the early American economy. A period of discussion followed.
The next meeting of the Club is Monday 16 April 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
in Clowes Commons at Park Tudor School when essayist R. Ronald Calkins will read his essay, “Mrs. Johnson’s
Husband.” Might this be an examination of LBJ and the rise of the Great Society? A
study of Eliza McCardle’s husband who was the 17th president of the US and who worked to dismantle Reconstruction?
The Secretary, however, is betting that the essay will be an examination of Mr. Samuel Johnson, essayist and lexicographer,
who is visible in the famous engraving featured at our own Literary Club meetings. The Secretary is not
sure of the topic, so you will need to attend in order to discover the focus of the essayist Calkin’s presentation.
Only two more regular meetings before the season ending annual and inaugural dinner (details will follow).
Hope to see you on the 16th!!
I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth.
I hold myself supremely blest – blest beyond what language can express;
Because I am my husband’s life as fully as he is mine.
English novelist Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), Jane Eyre