March 17

posted Mar 18, 2015, 11:53 PM by Amherst Club
President Roger Webb called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, and wished all those celebrating happy St. Patrick’s Day.  At our next meeting, we will discuss the successful Spring to Life Cabaret we just had. In preparation, he distributed questionnaires to each table asking the members to evaluate each aspect of the event. The evaluations will be assessed by next Tuesday.

Therese Brady Donohue reported that the Silent Auction realized approximately $2,000 for our fundraiser. The Money Tree brought in over $165. The Tree was won by Al Sprague.

Barbara Freed thanked everyone who contributed to the Cabaret’s success.


Alice Swift remembered her experience as part of the John Muir Democracy Brigade who marched in Washington DC in 2000 for campaign finance reform and environmental issues.  Despite being briefly detained by security forces  in the Capitol Rotunda, she remembers it as a wonderful group adventure, with polite police and supportive fellows.   


Five College Learning in Retirement is offering a national program called Great Decisions focused on U.S. foreign policy and global issues:

Sectarianism in the Middle East – Sohail Hashmi on March 27

Russia and the Near Abroad – Constantine Pleshakov on April 10

Privacy in the Digital Age – Martha Umphrey on April 17

India Changes Course – Kavita Khory on April 24

Human Trafficking in the 21st Century – Erin Albright on May 1

All events will take place on Friday mornings between 9:30 am and noon at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton , MA. For fee and to register call (413) 585-3756.

 On Friday, March 27th, The Amherst Senior Center is running a bus trip to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston. The bus will pick up in Amherst at 8 a.m., in Northampton at 8:45 a.m. and from Holyoke at 9:15 a.m. $120 (motor coach, concert) The concert featuring Mahler and Gandolfi will be conducted by the new BSO Conductor Andris Nelsons with Olivier Latry on the organ. For more information call Nancy Pagano at 413- 259-3114

Ellen Kosmer announced that the Fiddlers Green Contra Dancers will be performing on Saturday, March 28th at the Munson Memorial Library in South Amherst at 7:30. The group has provided some tickets for Club members to attend, because the event is supported by the Amherst Arts Council. Contact Ellen if you are interested for this or future dates.

Raffle:  Vivienne Carey won the wine. Paul Bacon won the $10, and Joan Hanson won a tall green hat decorated with shamrocks!


Our speaker, Rebecca Reed, is a nutritionist who is passionate about the importance of simple healthy organic food in preventing and reversing disease.  Ideally, she urges us all to plant our own food, so that we know it comes from healthy soil – as she notes, our valley has wonderfully rich nutritious soil.  She regards a strict vegan diet as ideal, or at least one with very little animal food included.

Your scribe,                                                                                                                                                   
Linda Honan