18 October

posted Oct 18, 2016, 12:32 PM by Amherst Club
President Andrea Battle called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, at the Monkey Bar/Bistro 63, and welcomed us all.

Andrea reported that member Paul Bacon has just had bypass surgery at Bay
State, and will certainly welcome our good wishes.  A card with good wishes for Paul was passed around.

Claude Tellier announced that this year’s fundraiser for water projects in Cambodia successfully raised $10,000. Congratulations, Claude!

Note – the club will not meet on Tuesday 18th. The next meeting at the Monkey Bar will be on Tuesday, October 25th.  However, on Tuesday, October 18th, Nancy Brose invites all members to gather at her house at 36 Triangle Street, Amherst, for a brown bag lunch at 12 noon. With questions, call Nancy at 256-8425.   

Activity:
Phyllis Lehrer announced our November activity, a visit to the Valley Light Opera production of  Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore on Sunday November 13th at 2 pm at the Academy of Music. Pre-show talk by Michael Greenebaum at 1:00p. Two people have signed up, but at least 10 people are needed to get the reduced price of $18/ticket. Call Phyllis at  253-5179 for reservations..

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Announcements:
45th Annual Fall Foliage Walk/5K Run on October 15th, 2016 supporting A Better Chance - Please join us for the annual event to take place on October 15th on the Amherst Common. Registration will open at 8 a.m. There will be an auction, food, entertainment, and other events.

History Bites Lunchtime Lecture series at the Strong House, 67 Amity Street,       Amherst, at 12:15 pm. Friday October. 21st: Bring your brown bag lunch, beverages and cookies provided. Program lasts 30 minutes. Free.

Amherst Historical Society Antiques Appraisals at the Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, at 4-8 p.m. Doug Kimball of Kimball’s Auctioneers will appraise your antiques. $15/item.  

Speaker: Ellen Kosmer introduced our speaker, the newly appointed director of the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, Carmine de Senso. Newly arrived from Providence, Carmine communicated the enthusiasm he feels for the broad ranging work of the Damin Humane Society. Most of us know about their work adopting out cats and dogs, but Carmine reminded us of the truly impressive range of activities they carry out annually, at their original shelter in Leverett and their much bigger state-of-the-art facility in Springfield, where they are equipped to perform surgery and medical procedures of many kinds. Tens of thousands of animals owe their lives and health to Dakin’s work: their spay and neuter clinics have greatly reduced the number of unwanted animals in our area, and their vaccinations and other health procedures greatly contribute to the reduction of suffering among the animals we have. Human Seniors benefit too from the Dakin’s project to include pet food in Meals on Wheels deliveries, and for distribution from local food pantries – work to which the Club has contributed.   

Raffle:  Philippe Galaski won the wine. Claude Tellier won the $10.  
Your scribe,                                                                                                                                                   
Linda Honan
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