The program committee is currently busy planning for the next program year which runs from September 2020 to June 2021. That schedule will be posted in August. In the meantime, please check out past programs to get an idea of the types of varied and interesting programs we offer. And remember, there’s always lunch or tea to enjoy with good conversation.
We offer many diverse programs, which are open to all. Programs are held at the Scott Club building at 1:00 and are free of charge unless otherwise specified. Programs are typically held in the upstairs meeting room and followed by refreshments served in the lower level. For those with mobility limitations, the programs are projected onto a flat screen with audio in the lower level.
Presented by Dr. Pamela Cook Miller Storytelling is at the root of who we are, where we came from, and how we live. In the 1980s a National Storytelling Revival was begun in Jonesborough, TN with echoes which have resonated around the world. The National Storytelling Festival is in its 48th year, and Jonesborough is considered THE WORLD CAPITAL OF STORYTELLING. Dr. Miller, is a performing member of the Jonesborough Storytellers' Guild and founder of the Storytelling Resource Center, the only museum/library of storytelling in the world, which contains thousands of books, recordings, art and artifacts. Dr. Miller will present some of the many important uses of storytelling for adults in education, psychology, healing, literature, and entertainment.
Presented by Doug Peterson Doug will entertain us with Irish music to get us into the St. Paddy's Day spirit.
Presented by Connie Schaffer Connie Schaffer will describe her experiences working with her husband on construction of dormitories and other necessary buildings for rescued girls in Kajiado, Kenya. She will also share stories from the girls who attend the school and of a drilling rig that hit water. The project was organized by Maranatha Volunteers International, a group started in Michigan over 50 years ago. This will be a compelling program. Membership meeting will follow program.
By Michael McCarthy Michael McCarthy, a former reporter and editor for The Wall Street Journal, will discuss his national bestseller, Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America. The book brought to life a tragedy in which more than 800 people, mostly poor women and children, perished in a steamship capsize in 1915. It hit the New York Times bestseller list in 2015 and inspired a documentary film, forthcoming on PBS, titled Eastland: Chicago’s Deadliest Day.