May 5

posted May 11, 2015, 12:10 PM by Amherst Club
President Roger Webb called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, and welcomed us all.  He announced a short Board Meeting after lunch – quorum permitting!

Phyllis Lehrer congratulated Arthur Kinney and the Renaissance Center for a wonderful Festival! She noted the contributions of member Ellen Kosmer fielding questions at the Garden Design Table, and Barbara Freed’s brother as a funny magician working the crowd!


Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.
Arcadia Players,  Beethoven, Sonatas for Violin and Fortepiano    
Susanna Ogata, Violin;  Ian Watson, Fortepiano. Unitarian Meetinghouse, 131 North Pleasant St., Amherst.

Saturday, May 16th, 2015, 8:30-2:30, rain or shine! Amherst Garden Club Plant Sale on the Amherst Common. Ellen Kosmer urges us to come and buy interesting plants for our gardens.



Friday, June 19th, 2015 Skinner Museum,  33 Woodbridge St.,  South Hadley2:00  PM. Tour by the museum's curator, Aaron Miller. He is on the staff  of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, which oversees the Skinner Museum. The Skinner is a fascinating place, full of a wide range of artifacts that Joseph Skinner collected in his travels. For more information, please Google the Skinner Museum.. The building itself is a former 19th century Congregational Church rescued from the Quabbin.  Please let me know if you would like to come along. It should be an enjoyable outing. (Unfortunately, the museum does not have a wheelchair ramp.) Larry Siddall for the Activities Committee, .



Jacquie Price read a poem for Cinco de Mayo 2015: Marcia F. Brown’s Piano Dreams. Ole!

Raffle:  Miriam Dayton won the wine. Elsie Fetterman won the $10.


Claude Tellier introduced our speaker, nurse Cynthia Jacelon R.N. Ph.D., a specialist on living with dignity.  Cynthia spoke movingly on the vital role played by our sense of dignity throughout our lives, as well as at the end of life. She has developed the Jacelon Attributed Dignity Scale, or JADS, to measure our sense of dignity. This is a characteristic we are born with, but can add to –or take from – based on our life’s interactions.  Dignity is related to health and well-being, a fact recognized by the United Kingdom where a law now mandates dignity in care-giving for patients. Cynthia admires the care typically given by hospice nurses, but says that hospital nurses are usually too busy to spend as much time as they need with patients.  

Your scribe,                                                                                                                                                    
Linda Honan