January 13

posted Jan 15, 2015, 8:46 AM by Amherst Club
President Roger Webb called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, January 13th  2015, and welcomed us all

Roger mentioned that the Allocations and Planning Committees would meet today after lunch.

Phyllis Lehrer distributed envelopes that she and some other volunteers had stuffed with a postcard describing the Spring to Life Cabaret, and a registration form for interested patrons to fill out and return to Phyllis with their check for $75/person. There is also a space for people to indicate that they cannot attend the cabaret but wish to donate in some amount. Each member received six envelopes.

Barbara Freed explained that the seating capacity at Hadley Farms Meeting House is 242, so that is the absolute highest number that can attend – this includes two seats donated by Barbara, who said that she and her husband will not be seated unless there are extra seats available. Because of this absolute seating cap, it is particularly important this year that everyone who wants to come return their registration form promptly.  

Raffle:  Elsie Fetterman won the wine and also the $10! She generously donated the money back to the club.    


Phyllis announced that Andrea Battle’s daughter, Professor Whitney Battle Baptiste of UMass, will be the featured speaker along with her husband Dr. Trevor Baptiste, Chair of the Amherst Regional School Committee,  at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast at Amherst Regional Middle School on Saturday January 17, 2015,  9:00AM-12:00PM. Tickets available at Jones Library, Hastings and Global Cuts. Whitney will also speak in Northampton on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday 19th at an afternoon event.

Tina Berins requests that members bring in old eye-glasses, especially reading glasses, to the next meeting on January 20th, or drop them off at 272 Lincoln Avenue by January 22nd.  Tina will distribute these in Mexico.

Speaker: Elsie Fetterman introduced our speaker Chet Dube, Amherst Area Energy Consultant for Vivint Solar, a Utah company installing solar panels on homes throughout Massachusetts. Vivint Solar is the second largest residential solar electricity utility company in the U.S. If a homeowner is interested in contracting with Vivint Solar, they send someone to determine if the property is suitable for solar panels – does it get enough sunlight due to its position and whether or not it is overhung by many trees.  The panels can be put on the house itself or on a barn or other outbuilding, if the condition of the roof is sufficiently sturdy. The solar panels belong to Vivint Solar. Chet Dube expects that people choosing this system will save some money over what they are currently paying for electricity. For more information, go to www.vivintsolar.com.  

Your scribe,                                                                                                                                                    
Linda Honan