Dec. 30, 2008

President Jacquie read a delightful essay called “On a Night of Snow” in which the cat is being encouraged to stay inside while 
apparently urging its owner to go outside in the snow!  Both sides presented convincing arguments.

Anne Macintosh brought her 3 grandchildren….Robert, Chloe and Miranda


Jacquie announced that $56 was to be sent to the Survival Center from our collection box.
Mary Broll will receive a card from the Club in sympathy for the loss of her father.
Love Notes posters, bookmarks and invitations are available.  Please put them wherever they are allowed in your part of town.
Ruth Miller announced that the ACTV tour has no one signed up.  Call Ruth for the January (8?) tour.  She will cancel if very 
few are interested.
Jim Scott has extra tickets for us to sell.  He is collecting the ticket money for Love Notes and reminded us that checks for tickets 
should be made out to “The Amherst Club”….(not Love Notes.)

It was suggested that we wear nametags or our Amherst Club name pins at Love Notes.  LN chairs will make that decision.

Worst Gifts were exchanged and prizes awarded by Ruth Miller for the following.
Funniest:  Chloe Macintosh’s men’s manicure set and Metamucil
Most Historic:  Ellen  Kosmer’s Bush and Chaney pictures.
Most Beautiful:  Claude Tellier’s moose
Most Romantic:  Jacquie Price’s heart
Most Ugly:  Lorraine DeRosiers’ clock/tape player
Most Annoying:  Lois Barber’s battery powered candle
Most Creative:  Doris Holden’s boot
Most Traditional:  Honore David’s calendar
Most Religious:  Zina Tillona’s earrings
Most Tempting:  Joan Hanson’s scented candles and candle holder. 
Thanks to judges Ellen Kosmer and Rachel Mustin! 

Anne Macintosh’s grandson won the wine for her.
Miriam Dayton won the money.

Joan Hanson took these notes.

Dec. 23, 2008

Dec. 16, 2008

President Jacquie Price’s holiday poem entitled “In Answer to Your Query” reminded us of dilemmas with orders unfulfilled and the 
consequences thereof.  It was a reminder that expectations often may be short-lived.



Jim Scott brought his wife, Nina.

Chris Blauvelt introduced his daughter, Heather


 Sara Berger reported that member Betty Kravitz  is resting in her very own Center for Extended Care after picking up a bug on her 
 trip to  Panama.

 Tina invited us all to an ACTV evening arranged for by Cynthia Brubaker: Thursday, January 8th , 1:15 until 2:30with live TV audience 

 The “ Love Notes” Party Committee will meet today. More help is needed for solicitation

Home from a hospital stay, Arthur Kinney announced the arrival of Jacob Gregory, grandson to Nancy and Harrison Gregg.  
He encouraged everyone to bring a favorite recipe to the meeting on December 23rd.  No live food, please.  (There is a rumor that there 
will be an Amherst Cookbook in our future.)



    Arthur explained the history of the Renaissance Theatre Club, the brainchild of a student who graduated two years ago. It has been 
resurrected by the current crop of thespians:  Nathan Leonard, spokesperson, Ryan Barley, (Curate or Parson), Walter Carroll,(Neighbor), 
Sean MacGregor McHugh,and (the Pardoner), and Jonathan Turbin,  (the Friar. )  This kind of theatre serves as: scholastic  resource; educational 
aide; and source of funding.  Following the success of “Macbeth”, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, and Medieval Mysteries-in-a-Wagon will be 
presented at the Renaissance Center in the spring of 2009.

        Thus followed  a “Merry Play” from material of the 1630’s, applying a critique of Catholicism by a non-Catholic.  The circumstances become both 
emotional and physical.  That is, the conflict between the Friar (authority) and the Pardoner (entrepreneurial)connections to the throne becomes combative
 until it is broken up by a neighbor  Pratt and the Curate.  Within these few moments one is exposed to tensions inherent in a body of faith as widespread as 

The dialogue in rhyme is demanding, and adapted to the moment.  Beards are the order of the day.  Theatre of this kind served large parties and social 

Irving Howards won the wine.

Arthur Kinney won the raffle.



Nancy Brose

Dec. 9, 2008

The Amherst Club met Dec. 9, 2008 at the Hickory Ridge Country Club with 40 present. President Jacqui called the meting 
to order and read The Lonelyweds Know"

The board meets at Rachel's house after the meeting. Jim Scott reported the first sale of Love Notes tickets, which were
distributed at lunch. He said to indicate the type of sale: concert, concert/party/cupid when returning ticket money. The 
names of cupids are needed to be recognized in the program book. Sell, sell, sell, he said.

Claude Tellier needs more sponsors since the total stands at half of last year. He will email a list and ask those who personally 
know the folks togive them a call. If someone should be added to the list, let him know.


 Mead Art Gallery Weds.  from 8-9, talk ,music and food. Dee said it's heavywith students.
 Master Plan Forum, Wed., 7 p.m. Bangs Center.
Pioneer Valley Symphony and Chorus,  Sat., 7:30 Greenfield High School. The Greggs sing.
Wings Chorus, Sunday, 5 p.m. Lutheran Church, Jean Miller sings.
Arthur Kinney was sent flowers and a card was being signed. He is at home. Honore is in charge of food brigade. Call her.


Honore introduced Pat Lutz, the Amherst Historical Society Director, who hasa degree from Smith College and certificate 
from Tufts in museum studies.
Everything you wanted to know about tea. 1664-British East India Companyimports it. King Charles loves it. It's high priced, 
heavily taxed and only for the rich.
After being politicized in our war of independence tea became social. Ithelped offset hunger during the long period between
lunch and dinner. Withmore leisure time, the middle class took it on to emulate the rich.It became a ritual with many regulations, 
which she read from a magazine of the period. 
At first tea was served in china pots. With silver plate, elaborate sets were created. 
There were tea rooms and tea dances. Tea reflected sobriety decency especially during Prohibition.  
The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company was founded in 1859, Domino sugar
1880, tea bags were created in 1900, iced tea in 1904 at the St. LouisWorld's Fair, flow through tea bag 1950.

Ruth Hooke won the wine. Jim Wald won the raffle.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer

Dec. 2, 2008

No Meeting--Discussion of Board Agenda

Nov. 25, 2008

Our President, Jackie, opened with a poem she dedicated to her guest, Linda Fay. The poem is called, Rumor of Moose in the Long 
Twilight of New Hampshire.

Linda Fay, a guest of Jackie Price

Jackie: agenda for next week’s meeting- on computer. Rachel Mustin: Larry Siddall has a photo exhibit at Jones Library which has been 
extended thru December.


Jonathan Hirsh, a conductor from Smith College. He is the Director of Choral and Orchestra activities at Smith College. He is a frequent guest conductor, 
clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator, Hirsh’s repertoire and activities include choral works, oratorio, symphonic music, and opera.  He made his debut in 1995 at Carnegie Hall. 

He is currently doing research on Jean Baptiste Louis who was a French composer in the 17th century. He began the genre of French Opera  even though he 
was born in Italy.  He was discovered for his musical talent at age 14, and was taken to France where he met Louis the 14th. (he danced with him at a ballet).  
He then composed ballets for the court around the 1650’s.  Ballet music was composed into 3 groups.

            -Functional music

            -Sacred music

            -Secular music

In 1661 he became a French Citizen.  In 1662, he marries and resides in the Court of Louis the XIV.  At this point he denounces Italian Music.

He wrote many comedy ballets with Mahler. He then started the early copy write law.  He became very wealthy. He developed an opera annually.  
He provided  French Opera with an emotional, dramatic approach.

On January 8, 1667, he smashed his big toe while conducting. 

Jonathan is working now with  Les Petit Anaugh(Motetsl??) .  which is a word of text any piece of sacred text is not part of mass liturgy.

Petit Motets have never been published. They are secondary sources. Jonathan is currently working with the Motet, Lord Save the King  for 3 treble voices. (
Lully composer.


Respectfully submitted,

Flo Stern

Nov. 18, 2008

Your secretariat was awash in confusion today, as Phyllis agreed to trade with me.  Problem is that Flo also agreed, and that was the one I had in my book.  
So Phyllis and Flo will have to duke it out next week when I am away and I will have to write by the seat of my pants (talk about ungainly metaphors!) about 
today's wonderful presentation, since I neither took notes nor brought the handout home with me.

Jacqui read a wonderful poem by Robert Haydon about Frederic Douglass, and Roger Webb was joined by his father, visiting from England.  Claude Tellier 
reminded members about the Cambodian Water Project event this Saturday at the Co-housing Project.  I regret that I didn't get the details, but those who want to attend can get in touch with Claude.  There is room for everyone.  Arthur did not have an announcement but wondered whether the "A" that the club purchased in 
the 250th birthday commemorative book was scarlet.

Our speaker was Bonnie Isman, our member and the town's long-serving librarian.  She offered a trivia quiz and used each question to look backwards and 
forwards at the history of public libraries.  There are 16,000 + tax-supported public libraries in this country.  The first one was established in Peterborough, NH.  
In general, younger and more affluent households use the library more than older and poorer ones.  There were more items, and I'm sure that Bonnie would be 
happy to get copies to those who were not present.

The most interesting issue she raised was the challenge to libraries in figuring out how to serve their digital-savvy, mostly younger, users and their analog-preferring, mostly older, users.  She pointed out several types of digital media that the Jones offers residents, the newest of which, the Playaway, is smaller than a credit card 
and slips into pocket or purse while one listens to one's favorite book.  And oh yes, the Jones still has books.

Michael Greenebaum

Nov. 11, 2008

            The Amherst Club meeting of November 11, 08 began with  a Billy Collins poem delivered by President Jacquie Price. 
            "One Life to Live" focuses upon the importance of every single individual and his/her "only" life.

            Claude Tellier introduced his wife, Ruth Hazzard; Ruth Black brought Meta Nesbit.

            Announcements:  Phyllis Lehrer urged members to attend the Eric Carle Museum's presentation of our member 
            Therese Donohue's "The Lonely Firefly and Rooster's Off to See the World".
            Tina Berins offered the guided tour of paintings and the "Blue Stockings" an a capella group at the Mead Art Gallery, 
            Nov. 12, 8-9 p.m.; Dec. 12, 8-9 p.m. 

            Harrison Gregg announced a 4 p.m. concert on Wednesday to be given by a former "Love Notes" participant, 
            David Schneider, at the Porter House, Amherst College ( next to the Lord Jeffery Inn.)

            Claude Tellier suggested we attend the Cambodian Water Project fund-raiser on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Pioneer 
            Valley Co-Housing Community.

            Flo Stern is looking for a buyer for her one-family house in the Pioneer Valley Co-Housing Community.


            Anurag Sharma introduced our speakers from the Isenberg School of management:   Charles Manz, Karen Manz, and 
            Robert Marx, an ongoing team of researchers calling themselves "The Solomon Group".  Professors Charles and Robert  
            share significant attention from broadcast and print media with Karen, an adjunct professor at Hartford Seminary and 
            an author in her own right.  Together, the team has produced two books, workshops, and graduate courses.  

            Their presentation to the club was from their latest book, "The Virtuous Organization:  Insights from Some of the World's 
            Leading Thinkers," "Crisis", "Ordinary Times" and "Exemplary Times"  were covered by the team members. 

            Charles explained how a lack of virtue undermines operations in organizations and consideration of others, and integrity 
            begins within each of us. Bob urged us to think of the "meltdown" that occurs when we try to prepare for crises; how many 
            CEO's are missing in action under crisis and when the welfare of all depends upon the drain on corporate profits. Karen 
            added how virtue connects and metavalues guide us.

            Each of us dealt with a list:  Faith; Courage; Compassion; Integrity; Justice; Wisdom with which we were to determine two 
            virtues, the absence of which caused the current financial breakdown.

            The second exercise was to indicate two virtues which might help us get beyond the current crisis.

            Tables were encouraged to come up with a consensus.  It appeared that integrity and wisdom won out, as did courage.  
            One table pointed out that all facets of the study were interrelated and difficult to separate.

            The session ended with a show of faith as a symbol of the ongoing process in the transition of power within our government.
            Nancy Brose, Scribe

Nov. 4, 2008

President Jacqui Price called the meeting to order with a reading of the poem, "Flight."


Larry Siddall praised the VLO production of  "Princess Ida" that continues this weekend.
Arthur Kinney: The Renaissance Banquet cleared $5,000. Go to the McInnis house Nov. 7 from 6-9 for the 
Rotary auction preview.
Bonnie Isman: Larry's photos are at the Jones Library.
 A political party will be at Hickory Ridge tonight
Ruth Miller: Free concert, Nov. 16, 4 p.m.,  Sweeney Concert Hall, SmithCollege.
Phyllis Lehrer: The Amherst Club team of  Barber, Brooks, Brubaker and Scottdid very well at the Trivia Bee.
Jacqui said the board may meet at 11 a.m. next Tuesday because the diningroom will close at 2 p.m. Check 
emails to verify time. 
The club will donate $50 and many Big Y coins to the Survival Center from our cash box donations.


Anurag Sharma introduced Isenberg School of Management professor, author and consultant Charles Schewe, 
who presented a talk and slide show "You Are Now What You Were Then."

His theory:  people form their core values between 17-23. The values don't change and influence behavior.
He mentioned defining moments that changed social behavior:  the Depression,
World War II, the JFK assassination and the Vietnam War.

Events that create core values: economic, social (war and peace, AIDS); technology (radio, computers).
Saving for a rainy day is a core value for Depression era but not for BabyBoomers, who want it now.
He identified seven groups and their characteristics: Depression - risk averse, value companionship
WWII - most patriotic, can do mentality Post War- family oriented, conventional Leading Edge Boomer
 - challenge authority, Trailing Boomer- feel second class, Gen X-  cynical, street smart, N Gen- respect 
institutions , optimistic.

He uses the information he has gathered to consult with companies on marketing  to an aging population.
He provided handouts on the four stages of society.

Zina won the wine. Shirley Huddleston won the raffle
Your scribe
Phyllis Lehrer 

Oct. 28, 2008

Oct. 21, 2008
President Jacquie Price read a Billy Collins poem, "Sonnet."


Jean Miller - Shirley Huddleston who will become a member and is onthe sponsorship committee.


Therese Donohue's Picture Book Theater open at the Eric Carle Museum withshows every Sat. at 2 and 3 p.m. through Nov.
Two Amherst Club Trivia teams will be on the auditorium stage Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Come root for the teams.

Nancy Brose needs help calling voters.

 Arthur Kinney said the Rotary Auction Preview Party is Nov. 7, the auctionon ACTV is Nov.14,15.

Renaissance Weds. continue at 4 p.m
Big Y coins can be left in the Survival Center cash box, where $44 has been collected.


Harry Brooks introduced our speakers Amherst residents Helen Vivian and Alton Sprague, who are the interim school superintendents in 

Theyhave shared two other interim superintendent posts after working separatelyas superintendents in other districts. . Working together they are 
better than individual, she said.

They shared their backgrounds and meeting (at a superintendent's meeting) and discussed the district that includes the Amherst and Pelham elementary
school, the regional middle and highs school serving Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury resident. There are three committees, four Select
Boards, Finance Committees and Town Meetings to deal with
The school have excellent staff and students do well on tests. Schools are diverse with 48 percent children of color, 20 percent don't speak English
and 35 languages are spoken.

Budgets are a major consideration and Alton said he regrets  the schools"yelled wolf"  for years. We can't have everything and may have to cut
entire programs, he said. He is surprised students don't pay for busses,which are very expensive.

The theme of the schools is excellence, equity and  opportunity.

Alton will offer tours of the schools to get people into the buildings.

The questions dealt with discipline, AP courses, after school activities and civics courses.

Harry Brooks won the wine and Tina Berins won the raffle.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer

Oct. 14, 2008 

Reveling in the glories of the day, President Jacquie Price read us, "This is just to say" by William Carlos Williams and 
Erica-Lynn Gambino (for William Carlos Williams), two brief selections which, ever-so-simply, speak to the sweetness 
of justice.


Holly Leonard was with Chris Blauvelt, Vicki Dickerson was with Rachael Mustin; Shirley Huddleston was with 
Jean Miller.


Joan Hanson asked us to be generous on Shelter Sunday, October 19th. Flo Stern has signs for the "Vote NO 
on Question #1" upcoming election.  Cynthia Brubaker has fliers advising us to vote "No" on Question #1 regarding the 
state income tax.

 Lois Barber's "Hadley Fields" original greeting cards are being sold at Hastings Stationers.

Harry Brooks asked us to vote "Yes" on Question #3 which relates to negating greyhound races.

Harrison Gregg appealed to club members to consider joining his Trivia Bee team on October 30th.

The town wide event occurs at the middle school at 7 p. m.

Arthur Kinney reminded us that "Macbeth" will be performed October 17 and 18 at 7:30 and Sunday, 
October 19 at 2:00 p.m.  Graham Roebuck will present a talk on "Measure for Measure and St. Paul" 
on Wednesday evening at 4 p.m.  Both events are at the Renaissance Center on E. Pleasant Street


Harry Brooks introduced John Musante, Assistant Town Manager and Director of Finance for Amherst. 

John spoke of the five-year financial plan for Amherst services. He encouraged us all to read about the 
Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation on line at  There have been dramatic changes 
since 1980 with the annual allowable property tax increase of 2 1/2 percent.  Heretofore the state has 
managed a successful lottery with aid to education; however current revenues are not meeting our needs.  I
t is apparent that we cannot expect state tax dollars as a cushion, therefore major challenges are ahead.  

Since he has faith in our community process, despite our 2.4 million dollar deficit, John is expecting that we
will find creative solutions and expertise in volunteer programs.

Ann MacIntosh won the wine.

Jim Wald won the lottery.   

The Amherst ABC Walk begins at the Town Common on Saturday morning, October 18.

Scribe, Nancy Brose

 October 7 2008:

Reveling in the glories of the day, President Jacquie Price read us, "This is just to say" by William Carlos Williams and Erica-Lynn Gambino (for William Carlos Williams), two brief selections which, ever-so-simply, speak to the sweetness of justice.


Holly Leonard was with Chris Blauvelt, Vicki Dickerson was with Rachael Mustin; Shirley Huddleston was with Jean Miller.


Joan Hanson asked us to be generous on Shelter Sunday, October 19th. Flo Stern has signs for the "Vote NO on Question #1" upcoming election.  Cynthia 
Brubaker has fliers advising us to vote "No" on Question #1 regarding the state income tax.

 Lois Barber's "Hadley Fields" original greeting cards are being sold at Hastings Stationers.

Harry Brooks asked us to vote "Yes" on Question #3 which relates to negating greyhound races.

Harrison Gregg appealed to club members to consider joining his Trivia Bee team on October 30th.

The town wide event occurs at the middle school at 7 p. m.

Arthur Kinney reminded us that "Macbeth" will be performed October 17 and 18 at 7:30 and Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m.  Graham Roebuck will present a talk on "Measure for Measure and St. Paul" on Wednesday evening at 4 p.m.  Both events are at the Renaissance Center on E. Pleasant Street


Harry Brooks introduced John Musante, Assistant Town Manager and Director of Finance for Amherst. John spoke of the five-year financial plan for Amherst services. He encouraged us all to read about the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation on line at  There have been dramatic changes since 
1980 with the annual allowable property tax increase of 2 1/2 percent.  Heretofore the state has managed a successful lottery with aid to education; however current revenues are not meeting our needs.  It is apparent that we cannot expect state tax dollars as a cushion, therefore major challenges are ahead.  

Since he has faith in our community process, despite our 2.4 million dollar deficit, John is expecting that we will find creative solutions and expertise in volunteer programs.


Ann MacIntosh won the wine.

Jim Wald won the lottery.   

Postscript:  The Amherst ABC Walk begins at the Town Common on Saturday morning, October 18.

Scribe, Nancy Brose

 September 30, 2008

 President Jacquie Price  took the podium and treated us to "A Place for Everything" by Lewis Jenkins.The drift of it was that some objects disappear, like politicians at public functions,  and are forgotten.  Others survive by bluff. ('nough said)

 Guests : 

Catherine Bates, author of "Court Poetry of the 16th Century", came with Arthur Kinney.


Contact Chris Roman in about the group serving needs in Ohio by driving voters to the polls.

Harry Brooks encouraged us to vote "Yes" on Article 3 on November 4th, when we are asked about Greyhound Racing and whether to 
do away with it!

Nancy Foster invited us to join her at Amherst Books on Wednesday, October 1st at 8 p.m.  when poems from Guatonomo will be read by Bill Newman, Buz Eisenberg, and Martin Espada.

Arthur Kinney invited us to the Renaissance Center Hamlet Film Series at the Skinner Auditorium (next toMorrill Science Building on the 
UMass campus)on Thursday, October 2nd and Friday, October 3rd at 8 p.m., then again on Sunday, October 5th at 4 p.m.


Arthur Kinney introduced his friend, Harrison Gregg, who has been  Amherst Town Meeting Moderator since 1994.  He is a past president 
of the Amherst Club and the Mohawk Trail Concert Board, has guided the Emily Dickinson Walk for a number of years as a Dickinson scholar.

His topic for us was "What makes moderators worry?"

Accused of "power",, he explained that a moderator is in fact controlled by adherence to the wording of the Constitution and subject to Massachusetts laws.  In addition to the non-written traditions which are well known, he is subject to an election every year.  Yet it is this
"apparent authority" which gives him worries.

For starters, the New England Town Meeting grew out of church meetings which governed them.

An outgrowth of the District of Amherst (1759), the first official Amherst Town Meeting occurred in   1776.  Officers elected in March 19, 1759 
were of course men, the property owners.  On the books were :  the roaming of hogs, the hiring of 6 bulls, the salary for the minister, and the amount needed for schooling.  The moderator's major concerns at that time were whether to be partial to one side or the other, balancing out the complaints concerning operations of the town.

 Harrison tells us that he, having been elected for the fifteenth time, needs to be "like a good drug, safe and effective". conducting his townsfolk 
in an atmosphere free of disparagement and unmerited distress.  A tall order! (editorial comment).    He has a few conditions of his own.  
He would prefer that meetings be:  safer - that is, less riddled with unreasonable judgment of members; more effective - therefore not as long 
as they tend to be; and democratic - concerned with full participation, that is.

There is no end to the worry, he says:  before Town Meeting; during Town Meeting; and after Town Meeting.

He explained the process for obtaining warrants for the Select Board to review before they are presented before Meeting.  Pressing matters become problematic, issues become contentious, methods for toning down the process become creative.  Ultimately, Harrison assures us, this is a matter for concerned citizens to contemplate. "Those who doubt the Congregation,  find out what we're doing and join us."  Consider the challenge.

 Your scribe,

Nancy Brose

September 23, 2008

 Suddenly it was a few minutes before one, and President Jacqui Price welcomed a full house and read "Tension" by Billy 
Collins.  She noted the new cash box for donations to the Survival Center,and thanked Tina Berins for the idea. Cynthia 
Brubaker emphasized the upswing in demands for Survival Center goods and services.


Jacqui read a letter of thanks from Bill Darity for the Club's card upon the death of his brother.  Betty Kravitz added her thanks for the Club's support during 
her recent illness.

Arthur Kinney reminded us of the Hamlet film festival to be held at the new Skinner Hall auditorium, Room 12.  This Saturday, September 27th, Billybob 
Brown (who once danced at Love Notes) will present a program on Shakespeare and Dance.

Tina Berins needs ten more hosts for international students.  Hosts invite students to their homes or to events from time to time.

Betty Kravitz invited members to the 40th anniversary celebration at the Center for Extended Care on Sunday, September 28 from 1-4 pm.  RSVP to 
256-8185 or anh@cecaa.comm


Arthur Kinney introduced Matt Mitchell, a local artist engaged in an extraordinary and deeply moving journey.  He is in process of painting 100 portraits of 
men and women who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, either in the military or as civilians or as peace activists.  Matt shared many of his portraits with us, 
and several of the statements his subjects wrote to accompany their portraits.  He wanted to get closer to the real impact war has on those engaged in it; his 
stories were powerful and often difficult to listen to, as they were difficult for him to tell.

Matt's work in progress will be on exhibit at Greenfield Community College, 270 Main Street in downtown Greenfieldfrom October 15 through December 5. An opening reception on Wednesday, October 15 at 7 pm will feature the artist and several others touched by his project.  More information can be found at  This web site also provides an opportunity to support Matt's project with donations.

Suddenly it was 1:30, and we were not the same people we had been half an hour earlier.

Michael Greenebaum

Sept. 16, 2008  (Primary Day) 

34 members and guests present.

President Jacqui Price called the meeting to order with a reading of "SoyBeans" by Thomas Orr.


Kevin Hutchinson with Nancy Brose, Shirley Huddleston and Isaac BenEzra with Claude Tellier.


Carolyn Holstein is a first-time grandmother.   
ArthurKinney: "As You Like It" will be performed Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. at theRenaissance Center. 
Ellen Kosmer: Sign up for Love Notes Committees, can beon more than one. Next week meet with chairs to coordinate efforts. 
IsaacBenEzra: ACTV will run PSAs for groups. Call them.


Nancy Gregg introduced our speaker- Paul Phillips, Pioneer Valley SymphonyConductor for the past 15 years and director of orchestras and chamber musicat Brown University for 20 years. He is a composer and pianist.

Paul said the PVS, with 200 orchestra and chorus members, will celebrate its70th anniversary and is one of the oldest community orchestras in 
the country. The musicians don't get paid, but play out of love and passion. Some are paid to fill in gaps.  

The budget is $218,000. Contributions are welcome.

Make up:  53 of 55 who responded to a survey are college grads ( one is anAmherst College senior) 12 have BAs, 28 have 
MAs, 13 have PhDs, 3 JDs and 1 DVM. A total of 27 cites are represented, most are from Amherst, two haveplayed for 40 years. 
The orchestra was featured twice in "Symphony "magazine.

Paul spoke of the concert Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Music.Local musician violinist Erin Keefe will play the Brahms violin concerto.
She has won many competitions. Also on the program, the world premiere of"Six Title Themes in Search of a Movie" that has fun movement 
names.Composer William Perry is from Pittsfield. He described Perry's careerwriting scores for silent films. Beethoven's" Leonore Overture" opens theprogram.

The PVS splits its season between Greenfield and Northampton since most ofmusicians are from this area, the venues are better and more people live here.Look for the movie "Hachiko A Dog Story."  Richard Gere stars as a conductorcomposer at a major RI school. Sound familiar. Paul was hired as aconsultant for the film shot in RI and one of his pieces is played by one ofhis students.  It's based on a true (Japanese) story of an Akita's love andloyalty.

Isaac won the wine and Nancy Foster won the raffle.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer

September 9, 2008

 The meeting opened with President, Jacquie Price, sharing “Mae West” by Edward Field, a poem expressing how it is to be 
 oneself living flagrantly and flamboyantly. Thusly, we each garner what we give. 


 Onawami Moss could not be with us; she sent members of her storytelling circle.   Storyteller Tim Van Egmon’s story was  
about an African chief in Cameroon who had   invited his tribe to a feast in his compound. Each family was to bring their contribution 
of Palm wine, which would be poured into a common container. The tribesman whose wife had counseled him to take water because 
he hadn’t enough wine discovered that the wine at the feast was tasteless.  Lo and behold—it was because his fellow tribesmen had 
done just as he had, and taken water instead!  The Chief simply replied, “If you give only water, then water will be what you drink”

Tim, who lives in Montague has performed throughout New England for the past thirty years and been featured on NCR’s “Prairie Home Companion.”

 Bob Reiser represents the Western Massachusetts Storytellers, which he began.  A recent arrival in Easthampton, he has performed at festivals, libraries 
and schools across the country. He peppered his story about hair and its disappearance with selections from the musical, “Hair”.  Weaving stories about his grandfather and his father in their balding states, he recalled his heavy permanentized head of hair in the 60’s when he needed to look like Hoagie Carmichael.  
When he reached age 40 and he was devastated by the observation of his sixteen-year-old son who towered over him, he discovered that he too was balding; 
his hair “had been recalled.”  Moral of his story:  “You can’t look for what you’ve lost; you need to look at what you’re getting. It’s called bald-faced pride.”

It appears that our contributors of the day were on a “wave length”!


1)Ellen Kosmer  made a plea for the Love Notes Committees which need more members to volunteer their services.

2) Dee Waterman announced the New Salem Meeting House production “Revue of Songs” on Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:00.

3) Arthur Kinney’s Renaissance Center , will be presenting “As You Like It” on Sunday, September 21st at 2:00 p.m. and he will be on stage once again!

4) Bob Hoopes  at the Fisher Home would welcome visits and cards.

 5) Betty Kravitz  has been hospitalized, is being treated to drain unnecessary fluids.

 Scribe, Nancy Brose

August 25, 2008

 President Jacquie Price‘s poem-of-the-day proved to be “Summer Storm” which she confessed was about the
luxury of looking back.  The “might have beens” merged with memory that refused to stay buried.


Guests of the Day were:  Kevin Hutchinson (Elsie Fetterman), Nellie Gordon (Glen Gordon), Shirley Huddelston (Jean Miller), 
Claude and Meira Penchina (Bobbye Hertzbach)

 Love Notes report from Cynthia Brubaker:  The Newsheets on the tables indicate Allocations has an overload of volunteers 
who are advised to fill in vacancies.  Committees undersubscribed are: Sponsorships, Publicity and Party. Committee gatherings 
are scheduled for early fall.

 Ruth Miller urges us to join her at the UMass football game this Saturday, August 30.

Get your Amherst Club $5 ticket at the Mullins Center Box Office this week; meet at Section 2 at 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

 In connection with the Town of Amherst 250th anniversary celebration in the coming year, the Garden Club is encouraging townsfolk to 
plant daffodils in their gardens.  The three kinds which promise to bloom in early May 2009 are Camelot, Goblet, and Thalia, are available 
at the Hadley Garden Center beginning in September 2008


Glen Gordon received a rousing welcome for a talk on his memories that, given the opportunity, refused to stay buried.  The “might have beens” scurried off to Boston with Michael Greenebaum helping a lady in distress.  The history of the Valley Light Opera planned for the day became enmeshed delightfully in the history of—Glen Gordon.

 Music was inborn in Glen.  Privileged at age eight to join his sister Elaine, at her Brooklyn College light opera rehearsals, he eventually found himself in minor stage roles.  As a tenor he became an invaluable member of the stage chorus.  Elaine, eight years Glen’s senior, helped to found the G & S Society of Brooklyn, where Glen was introduced to”H.M.S. Pinafore” at age nine.  (The current movie “The Young at Heart”features Elaine as a major singer in that Northampton chorus... Editorial comment.)

 Earning his accounting degree at NYU, his Political Science degree at Chicago where he met and married Nellie, Glen moved his family to UMass/Amherst in ’64.  In ensuing years he was Chair of his department, then Dean and eventually Provost. 

But none of his distinctions in academe have given him the satisfaction of being on stage with the Valley Light Opera where he receives the acclamation of the audience. 

 Love of family (and a new grandchild), his devotion to UMass  through thirty-eight years of service, and thirty-three years of Valley Light Opera  fill out his life-sustaining list.  Freshened with an entirely new and different ending written by Glen himself, “Iolanthe” is the November G & S production he urged Amherst Clubbers to attend.

 June Gordon won the wine; Glen Gordon won the lottery (!)

Scribe-of-the-day, Nancy Brose.


August 19, 2008

First, I would like to apologize for the delay in sending this out. My modem was zapped during a storm and after getting another modem I found out 
that one was not working.
Our President, Jacquie, opened the program with a Billy Collins poem. Jacquie became familiar with Billy Collins in high school.
There were no guests present this week.  

Included a report from the Board Meeting about standing while applauding.  The Board has received e-mails about the change in policy.  Some people felt
 that there was less vigorous applause because people were getting up. Those that can not stand were singled out. The Board in re-opening the discussion 
is now at impasse.  In October, there will be an all member meeting and this topic will be opened up. In the meantime those that want to stand may and 
those that can’t may sit and have a vibrant welcome with applause. 

Ruth Miller and the Board had the following suggestions:

1.      hold up signs

2.      use noise makers

3.      play a fanfare

4.      clink your glasses

5.      don’t stand, don’t sit, just crouch    

Cynthia Brubaker asked all to sign up for committees for Love Notes

Bill gave us a sad announcement that he lost his last brother this week.


On 8/19/08 we had the pleasure of hearing about members' vacations. The question is: What did I do with my summer?

Some people had fairly exotic trips and others vacationed locally. I asked people to write out their summer vacations for me. 
      Some did and I took notes from others.

Claude Tellier began with telling us about canoeing on the Mill River from South East St. to Main St. in Hadley. It took 2 ½ hours 
       and there were 6 portages. He recommends that we all join him.

Sarah Berger told us about her trip to Israel with her daughter and her family. She went from the Negev to the GolonHeights.  
      She went to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

Susie Lowenstein and Trina Rillona are off to the Glimmerglas Opera which is a marathon of 4 operas in three days.

Nancy Gregg spoke briefly about the trip Harrison and she made. They drove 7,000 miles across the country. They visited the 
      Glacial National park, visited friends and family and spent lots of money on gas.

Ruth Hook spent the July 4th week at a cottage in Maine with children and grandchildren. She also went to a conference inBaltimore.

Larry Sidell went to a conference in upstate N.Y. on ethics in the U.S. foreign policy.

Michael Greenbaum took the Queen Mary II to England. He likes to do any transportation slowly.

Roger and Vivian told us about the week the spent in Amsterdam, and saw (maybe rode) lots of motorcycles and bicycles. Vivian was 
      walking along the canal and noticed houses with red velvet drapes in windows with scantily clad young ladies inside.

Bobbye Hertzbach spent a long weekend in San Francisco to attend a friend’s 90th birthday. Overnight in Oregon visiting son and grandson. 
      Then spent 6 days in London to attend a wedding, celebrated daughter’s for the first time in years with her husband, two sons and her husband
    . One afternoon the boys (7 & 11) showed them around London- it was great. She then spent one week at Cape May, N.J.It was perfect, 
       wonderful weather, good company, great restaurants.

Elsie Fetterman spent 2 weeks in Israel with son and family. Son was a visiting Professor at the Univ. of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Institute. 
      Visited 2 granddaughters and great granddaughter in Israel. Youngest grandchild of 1 ½ years taught her how to get Elmo on computer.


Larry won the wine and Jacquie won the money.

Any one who would like to purchase the Amherst Club mug can buy it for $10/each. The cost is $5 and $5 will go to the endowment.

 Respectfully submitted,

Flo Stern

August 12:

When I drove home from The Amherst Club this afternoon, the sky was deep blue in some places, and ominous gray in others.
Billowing white clouds trailed off into misty streaks; subtle gradations of gray created mosaics of shifting patterns.  Truly cosmic
 marbling, I thought.

That is because I was still under the enchantment of the presentation by Regina and Daniel St. John, marblers and bookbinders
 from South Amherst.  The back tables were covered with marbled papers and a variety of marbled fabrics, and the St. Johns 
introduced us to the art and the craft that produces them.  The technology is millennia old, and there are significant regional and 
cultural differences.  (Dan mentioned that the Turks call the process "cloud painting" and the Japanese say "floating ink." Surprisingly,
 the term does not come from marble or the veined appearance it sometimes has.)

For most, a book is a vehicle for containing and transmitting content, but with marbling it almost seems that content is the excuse for 
creating a beautiful object.  The St Johns passed around a volume with stunning end papers and edges.  It was an encyclopedia of 
western spurs. 

Their studio, Chena River Marblers, is at 70 Justice Drive and their email is  Once a year, they hold an 
open studio sale, and this year it will be on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14 from 10 a.m until 5 p.m.

In other business, President Jacqui Price read (beautifully) a poem by Mary Oliver, "The Poet Goes to Indiana."  She also read a
 thank-you note from Jim Wald for the Club's token of appreciation for his work as president.

Isaac Ben Ezra was Harry Brooks's guest, and the sign-up sheets for Love Notes and the August 30th UMass football game were
 circulated.  If you are interested in the football game, get in touch with Ruth Miller.


Michael Greenebaum

July 29:

A small but very lucky group attended today's luncheon.  We all noshed and schmoozed.  I don't mean to kvetch, but there
was a glitch in the sound system, so even though I schlepped my notebook I was sitting pretty far back.  Well, I have chutzpah 
and will do my best although I don't guarantee all names.

President Jacqui Price read a lovely poem called "Sometimes" by Sheena Pugh (or Pew).  It elicted a hand from the 
membership.  She then presented a gift on behalf of the membership to Jim Wald, who served us so ably as president last year.  
It was a book about garden architecture.


Cynthia Brukaber announced the exciting news that, thanks to Therese Donahue, Love Notes will actually be on Valentine's Day, 
February 14!  There must be a Yiddish word for a good omen.  Cynthia also passed out a list of committees and requested that 
members sign up for the committee of their choice before they are conscripted.

Ruth Miller is trying to assemble a group of member's to enjoy the UMass Marching Band and a football game at the UMass 
stadium on August 30th.


Larry Siddell introduced as his guest his former college roommate, David Chamberlain.  


Larry then introduced our speaker, Jane Gronau, Director of the Visitors' Center at The National Yiddish Book Center, on the 
Hampshire College campus.

Using her "mom" voice, Jane gave a wonderfully rich introduction to Yiddish history and culture.  "Yiddish" means "Jewish," in Yiddish, 
and it is the language of a people and a culture dispersed throughout Europe in the Common Era and nearly destroyed by the horrors 
of the Holocaust as well as the tendency towards assimilation by Jews in modern times.  Just as the rest of Europe experienced an 
Enlightenment, with thedevelopment of a varied secular culture, so too, in the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th, did a 
secular Yiddish culture develop.  It is thanks to former Amherst Club member Aaron Lansky and the dedication of people like our speaker, 
that the National Yiddish Book Center has been sensationally successful in assembling and preserving this culture.

The Center is not a library or a rare book collection.  Most of its volumes are for sale to individuals and institutions.

Jane Gronau's talk was too full of fascination to summarize here, so members are urged to go to the Visitors' Center at the National Yiddish 
Book Center and learn from Jane and her staff the history of Yiddish beyond "Fiddler on the Roof."

The t-shirt of the week belongs to Ellen Kosmer and says "Exactitude is not truth."

 Submittef by:

Michael Greenebaum

July 22:

The Amherst Club met July 22, 2008 with 40 present at the Hickory Ridge Country Club..
President Jacquie Price called the meeting to order and read two short


Claude Tellier brought Isaac Ben Ezra; Anurag Sharma brought Larry Zacharias.


Jacquie said Ruth Black appreciated the condolence card. 
This is the lastweekend for Mohawk Trails concerts. 
There is a jazz concert July 31. Nancy Brose has details.


Harry Brooks introduced Michael Sugarman, who is the son-in-law of membersBruce and Virginia Chilton. His wife, Elizabeth 
spoke to us last year.He is an archaeologist in the UMass anthropology department and spoke aboutMaritime Trade in the last 
Bronze Age (1550-1150 BCE) in the EasternMediterranean. 

The talk was well illustrated with slides
He has done field work in Israel, Palestine, Crete, Turkey, Cyprus. Hisfocus is how cultures connected with each others and the 
way good wereexchanged. He talked about the series of port cities along the Levant. Eachhad a network with interior towns that 
brought dates, grapes, olives, obsidian, tar to the port while other goods were brought to the interior. One such port is Ashkelon 
that was founded 5,000 years ago and is stillthere. Walls surrounded the ancient city that included palaces, temples andhomes. 
Those no longer exist, the work of the Romans who dug major holes fortheir baths and wiped out the structures. There are many 
questions to be answered about trade. Did it all come fromEgypt? Were the crew from one culture? (No, sailors came from every 
land).Where did the tin come from? (Afghanistan) Information is gleaned from studying the styles and material of the objects.
A sunken ship found 20 years ago off Uluburun, Turkey offered a wonderfulwindow in the movement of goods. Copper and tin 
ingots, in a 10-to-1 ratiomeant the minerals were used for bronze. The ship also carried Africanblackwood, ostrich eggs, stones for 
balance scales, swords, ivory hippoteeth.  Divers from Texas led the salvage effort.     His specialty is amphora, the very common 
jars used to carry goods. Each can hold 20 to 60 liters. By studying the clay's composition of one he lookedfor a site that had a mix 
of basalt, limestone and sand. With a geologist's help the mixture was found in a Northern Jordan valley. By studying treesnails found 
in resins, you could pinpoint where goods came from.There is a Museum of Underwater Archaeology in a Crusader fortress in Turkey
where he had a lab for many years. He said it is worth visiting.

Bonnie Isman  won the Chianti and Harry Brooks won the raffle.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer 

July 15:

President Jacquie Price opened the meeting with a short poem" Authorship" byJames Naylor.
She described the club tradition of standing to greet the speaker that wassuggested by Bill Hart. Now 25 years later with knee, hip 
and back troubles experienced by some members, the board voted to disband the tradition andhave members sit and applaud the 
speaker. The new tradition made its debut today.


Ruth Miller announced her daughter will be on the Morning Show between 7 and
8 a.m. on Thursday.
Ellen said the Dakin Animal Shelter needs short term cat/kitten fostering.
Tina said host families for international student are needed. This is nothome stay but share dinner, movies, games, hike etc. Let her 
know if you are interested.
A card was passed for Ruth Black whose brother died.


Harry Brooks introduced Isaac Ben Ezra who was a member of the club and president of the  Mass Senior Action Council. He 
moved to Amherst 12 yearsago to be near his daughter, Amy, as a retirement plan.

Isaac described his connection with ACTV. He wanted to become involved with the community and met many people that way.
The station has gone through some chaos but now has a good board andfull-time director.He became the host and is now 
host/producer for "Conversations" that airsweekly on Wednesday. The show was live but is now taped that makes it easier
to schedule for guests and crew.  He comes up with an idea, engages a person,  assembles a crew of volunteers, including our own 
Doris Holden, andthe show airs. When the charter was proposed, he had both sides on so
residents could hear the information and learn about the issues directly.He also interviews all candidates for office.  
The public station's goal is to be accessible and available to everyone togive access to all points of view. Anyone can join, take classes
 and produceprograms and encouraged all to do so. Non-profits could get their messageout this way. The Chamber of Commerce 
wants to do a show but needsvolunteers.  He said Town Meeting and the Select Board are aired live. Thereare documentaries, music 
programs, church services and school production onthe three channels: government, education and public. Students are involved.
He said the ACTV want to reach those who are underrepresented and have amulticultural, multi language facility.As for the future, 
ACTV would like to establish a media center and move fromtelevision with the new technology.

He suggests we watch  ACTV for two hours to see what's on. It will be an eye
opener, he said. 

Vivienne Carey won the wine. Tina Berins won the raffle.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer    

July 8:

President, Jacquie Price shared a Mary Oliver poem, "The Measure" with a message about time and how we use it. 

(1)  Ruth Hooke asked for contributors to her "Signature Ad" about the war ready for newspaper publication. 
(2) Roger Webb has copies of the new directory for all in need, is looking for checks for membership dues. 
(3) Arthur Kinney reports that Linne Mooney in "Lines of Descent" has published her commendation of Kathleen Scott's piece "Traditions and Innovations in Later Medieval English Manuscripts"  in the July 2008 issue of TLS.  
4)  Arthur explained Vivienne Carey’s new role as shepherd in "As You Like It".  
5) Jacquie reports that Ruth Black is in 
England with her family mourning the death of her brother whose wife is in frail condition.  Ruth's e-mail address will allow club members to offer Ruth the support she needs.

 On July 5th when the heavy rains cancelled out "Romeo and Juliet".  Harry Brooks saved the day by engaging Ann Garner, 
Dramaturge of "Romeo and Juliet" as our speaker for today. He liked Ann's description of Renaissance drama as "everyday life as it is with courtly manner and wit."  In Arthur Kinney’s graduate course Ann became convinced to pursue Renaissance studies at the Center.  She told us excitedly of the approaching 10th anniversary of the Center.  The 25,000 plus resources at the Center include, along with texts CD's, DVD’s, larger manuscripts as well as journals.  Their web page is informative and active.

Big excitement has accompanied the one-half million dollar gift to the University that the 
RenaissanceCenter will be sharing with the Drama Department. The Great Hall they project into the future will allow for performances of all kinds, including dance classes..

 The Year of Shakespeare is taking form, Ann confesses.  "As You Like It" begins on July 16th, with Chris Roman, Director p;aying Wed-Sun for two weeks until July27. "As You Like It" Young Company performance on Aug 1,2,3.  "Romeo and Juliet" currently playing July 10,11,12,13. In August "Youth and Shakespeare" introduces two weeks of teaching the Renaissance and two weeks of acting out Renaissance drama.  In the spring semester women of Holyoke, including teen members will be working with "The Taming of the Shrew".  Ann's enthusiasm for the Renaissance Center's commitment to community service was clear.  Such additions to their program as Bill Bob Brown of the UMass Dance Department and Vincent Dowling of the Chester Theater offer excitement.   The gift will enhance the programming they project there is the film series in the fall, along with "Hamlet", Merry Wives of Windsor", and "Macbeth".

 Ann introduced John Yargo , who is serving the Renaissance Center as editorial assistant to the internationally renowned academic journal: English Literary Renaissance.  With his creative writing background John conducts classes in Loomis Village, a retirement community, where “A Winter’s Tale” is current fare..  The center is anticipating more Loomis-type classes, patterned after the grad students reading group, now working on unappreciated plays as “The Witch of Edmonton”.

The presumed birthday of William Shakespeare—April 23/24—will be celebrated on May 2nd . Patrons contributing to a 445TH birthday dinner with the Provost will benefit the plan for the Great Hall.

Vivienne Carey won the wine; guest speaker Ann Garner capped the day by winning the raffle.

Scribe, Nancy Brose

July 1:


Arthur Kinney : Told us about the Hampshire Shakespeare Coproductions of Romeo and Juliet followed by As You Like It. 
Vivian Carey is performing in both productions. 
Volunteers are needed to be ushers forthe shows. If  interested you can contact:  <>. 
Roger Webb, said we could save stamps todayby giving him a check for this quarter. 4. Lorainne Desrosiers agreed to be
chair of the Membership Committee. 
Club member Walter Caroll is the Friar in Romeo and Juliet.

There are no guests present today. 

Jacquie Price (our new President) opened with a Billy Collins poem, titled,"Today".  The program was then turned over to our speaker,
 Sarah McKee.

Sarah has been living in Amherst since 1999, prior to coming here to playthe Harp, she was General Counsel of the U.S. Central Bureau 
of Interpol.  

She gave a spirited talk titled: What is an Interpol Notice? and the U.S. Torture Lawyers.
She began by giving an example: Friday afternoon, a man cleared out his bankaccount, left his wife a note, and picked up his children from 
school,heading for the airport in New Jersey. The note said he is taking thechildren to India and the mother will never see them again. 
Interpol was contacted, through local police. Can they return the childrento their mother?Interpol met the plane in England and took the 
children back to their motherand arrested the father.   Interpol is mostly used in investigation of crime, but can be used forhumanitarian 
purposes. Interpol may not get involved in anything that ispolitical, religious, or military. 

If this did not work, Interpol would send out "red notices", to membercountries. There are 186 member countries. Interpol also sends out
extradition requests, if needed. The General Secretariat of Interpol is in Lyon, France. Currently it isheaded by Ronald Noble from New 
Hampshire. Interpol has four (4) official languages: Arabic, English, French, and Spanish. Eighteen torture techniques were used on detainees
 at Guantanamo, thisincluded removal of clothing, deprivation of light, and stress positions.Donald Rumesfeld signed off on all the techniques. 
The anti-torture law isthe law of the land. Much increased detention and interrogation of alienssince 9/11/01.

Submitted by,
Flo Stern 

June 24:

The Amherst Club met June 24, 2008  with 38 members and guests present.

VP Jacquie Price called the meeting to order. She thanked all those who makethe lunch successful.

She read several Haiku poems that distilled novels.

Kathy Rice and Allen Davis connected to Greenfield Community College.


Ruth Miller thanked Tina and Mike Berins for the club's pot luck lunch
Roger Webb said the Directory is out.
Ruth Hooke said "A Look at Iran" will be heard June 26 at 7 p.m. at Grace Church.
Vivienne Carey said "Romeo and Juliet opens this week  at Hampshire Shakespeare in Hadley. She is in it.
Ruth Black said Mohawk Trail Concerts begin this week.


Bonnie Isman introduced Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura, who has been a teacher and administrator
for 30 years. He earned a degree at Miami Dade Community College and the University of Texas at Austin.

He said GCC with 5,000 students is the only college in Franklin County, theonly point of access for those seeking higher learning.  
The school transfer rate is 50 percent compared to 24 percent nationwide, higher than any other community college in the country. 
It transfers more students  to Smith College than any other community college. GCC is the first step to an undergrad degree. People 
are coming from out of state because of the transfer rate. Small classes and faculty and staff who are committed to thestudents are 
an advantage. 

Career programs are offered in nursing, massage, police and fire. GCC hadthe second highest pass rate on the nursing exam.
Access and cost are the keys for GCC since college costs are escalating. GCCreceives strong support from the community and the 
college is committed to serve the community. GCC offers the Early Transition program for ARHS students and now Greenfield
High students that has transformed student's lives. The Club supports theprogram. One graduate received a Fulbright.GCC is involved 
in greening initiatives on several levels. It offers classesin photo voltaics to prepare a workforce for industry that will help the are
economically. It is looking at its carbon foot print and thinking of photovoltaics and geo thermal energy. Since students drive should 
GCC switch to afour-day schedule, help students with fuel costs? Construction of the firstgreen performing arts center in the country 
is underway.

He recommends comparing the 1947 Truman Commission Report and the SpellingsReport re: higher ed.
GCC will look at student housing but for single parents not the traditionaldorm.

Vivienne Carey won he wine and we sang Happy Birthday to her.

Ruth Hooke won the raffle.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer

June 17:

Jacquie Price opened the meeting with a reading of  “Why I wake up in the morning” by Oliver


Nancy Gregg introduced her friend Dottie McCaffrey


Ruth Hooke: meeting about nuclear energy at Bangs Center Wednesday at 7 pm
Arthur Kinney: a major grant is allowing the gala performance of “As You Like It” on 9/21
Ruth Miller and Tina Berins: Lawn Party at Tina’s house
Phyllis Lehrer: Vivienne is in the Hampshire Shakespeare production
Rachel Mustin: was man collecting for the DNC a scam?
Claude Tellier: the 1704 production in New Salem is very good
Jacquie Price: get to know new members; let us know of ailing members
Harry Brooks: sent email to program comm.. members regarding preferred month.

Cynthis Barstow, President of See to Shop

Food nutrition labeling began in 1990. There are yellow labels which rate whole grains
There are 147 eco labels, a book, Label Reading for Dummies has been published
77% of shoppers state that labels influence purchases
Nature’s Promise is Stop and Shop’s private label
3rd party certification indicates that certain standards were met.

Organic Standardsthere are 200+ pages of rules
Basically, no pesticides, no synthetic fertilizers, no antibiotics or growth hormones, not genetically modified
Washing may not get rid of pesticides, some are systemic
Meat: certified humane, antibiotic and growth hormone free; antibiotics are used at a sub-therapeutic level and may interfere with our need for antibiotics when sick.
Cloning: not really sure if it is harmful
Mad cow—mostly in older animals
Salmon—use wild caught. Farm raised used antibiotics and pesticides
Genetically modified: the results are unknown
The President of the AMA suggets organic and freshly grown foods
The raffle: Iso Stern won the wine, Rachel Mustin won the $10.

Reproted by Sara Berger

June 10:

President Jim Wald called the meeting to order at 12:58 p.m. with greetings to membes & guests.


Barbara Francis was the guest of Carolyn Holstein  
Ivor Miller (son) and Ben Miller (grandson) were guests of Jean Miller

Avenue, Amherst, on June 22:  1:30 – 4:30 p.m.Tina Berins called members attention to the yellow sheet on the tables with details of theLawn Party at her house 272 Linclon Avenue, 
Amherst, on June 22:  1:30 – 4:30 p.m. There was also distributed a sign-up sheet for contributions of food & drink.All are encouraged to 
contact Tina and come. 

Ruth Hooke announced that the Hampshire Choral Society will give a concert this Sunday,June 15th in John M. Green Hall at Smith College at 3 p.m.

Jean Miller announce that the women’s chorus, “Wings” will perform at the Unitarian Meeting House in Amhest on Friday June 13 at 8 p.m.

Harry Brookes requested that members of the new Meetings Committee contact him about organizational matters before July 1st to plan programs for the 
next year.

Ruth Miller had 3 announcements:

Ø      Band Day at UMASS will be Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.  It’s a great show.

Ø      “Young at Heart Chorus” will perform June 24th in the evening

                Ø      There is a concert at the 1793 Meeting House in New Salem on July 12. Contact Ruth about car-pooling.

Roger Webb thanked all of those who responded to his request for Club mail pick-up.Roger Webb thanked all of those who responded to his request for Club mail pick-up.


Roger Webb thanked all of those who responded to his request for Club mail pick-up.Roger Webb thanked all of those who responded to his request for Club mail pick-up.



Jim Wald commented upon the state of technology in 19th Century Amherst, and to how the introduction of a few of these strongly changed the character and importance of the town, such as having access to both north/south and east/west railroad connections.  With that he called upon Bonnie Isman to introduce today’s speaker.


 Bonnie Isman introduced our speaker:  Kristopher Pacunas, Director of Infromational Technology for the Town of Amherst, by saying that he has worked for Amherst since 2002 and his department has changed her employment life in more ways than she wishes to think about, but mostly for the better.  She went on to list the large number of technologies in all departments of the Town of Amherst.


Kris spoke to the points of e-government.  E-government is the use of informational technology for governmental services, for engagement with citizens and institutions and business within the town, and for the management of town departments.


E-services are the use of technologies to provide services to the community of the town through internal and external websites and information access.

E-commerce is the interaction of the business aspects of the town.

E-Management is the accomplishment of the tasks of the various departments of the town government, including the school departments and the libraries.

E-democracy of the town is the affairs related to the election process and related record keeping.


Driving Force for e-government:


Demand:  The delivery of governmental services through the use of informational technologies is the expected norm of today’s population and institutions within the town.

Fiscal Impact:  The volume of governmental business of the Town of Amherst has grown enormously during the last two decades.  Information technologies have assisted in meeting these increasing demand without the need to increase human staffing.



Connect CTY:  Mass Notification Services:  
This offers the various departmentsof the town government to notify by telephone any or all 
groups within the town of critical information from a general disaster alert to a broken water main on a  single street to school snow days.  It 
uses a telephone directory data base.

CommunityWireless Network:  (Mesh Network).  Currently in the town centerCommunityWireless Network:  (Mesh Network).  
Currently in the town center north of Main Street there is free wireless internet access.  This is the result of cooperation between the town 
and the IT research at UMASS.  Research grants through UMASS provided the funding and the population of Amherst benefited.

Overhaul of Town Websites:

               General Government services

                Police Dedpartment activities

              Leasure Services activities

                        Major Requirements:

                                    ADA Compliance

                                    Improved Security

                                    Comprehensive Content Management System

                                    Equal compatability on all major platforms:  PC, Mac, etc


Kris finished his presentation with a view of the new homepage of the Amherst Town website, which will become operational as of July 1, 2008.  The current website has upward of 1500 users per day with the expectation that this number will increase with the improved site design.

 Kristopher Pacunas, Director of Information Technology for the Townof Amherst:

Telephone:  (413) 259-3222                email:



Weekly Raffle:


                        Winner of the wine:            Harrison Gregg


                        Winner of the cash:            Ruth Hooke


Submitted by your scribe of the day, as his last such contribution:


Jim Scott


June 3:

President, Jim Wald called the meeting to order at 1:58 p.m. with greetings to membes & guests.



Tina Berins presented her neighbor and guest. Bruce McInnis


Jim Wald commented that the new order of Amherst Club mugs is now here. Members may reclaim the mugs 
that they donated for recent speakers.

Nancy Frazier thanked those that came to her assistance during her absence.

Tina Berins called members attention to the yellow sheet on the tables with details of the Lawn Party at her house 
272 Linclon Avenue, Amherst, on June 22:  1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

 There was also distributed a sign-up sheet for contributions of food & drink.


 Tina Berins also announced the 5th Annual "Light up the Night", a fund-raising evening for "Family Outreach of Amherst", 
 Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the home of Bruce  & Betsy McInnis @ 76 Lincoln Ave., Amherst.  Notes on the tables.


 Bill Hart, acknowledged his infrequent presence at recent meetings, his loss, but added his family is celebrating the successful 
graduation of his second son from Carleton College in Minnesota.

 Bill also announce that South Congregational Church will sponsor its annual Spring  Supper of  Chicken Salad, Asparagus and

Strawberry Shortcake for desert this coming Sunday, June 8.

 Roger Webb announced that the new 2008 Amherst Club Directory will go to press at the end of this week.  This is the last chance 
to review and change entries of your identity.

New Members Inducted:

Bruce and Virginia (Ginny) Chilton
Jean Miller introduced the Chiltons to the Club and Jim Wald inducted them. The Chiltons come from Northport, L.I., NY, and now reside for 
several years at 10 McIntosh South Amherst.

Bonnie Isman intrduced our speaker, Nicholas Thaw, Executive Director, 1794 Meetinghouse, Inc.  New Salem, MA

 Thaw repeated several times in his talk that the 1794 Meeting House is only 25 minutes from downtown Amherst, and conceptually a 
quantum leap away.  This historic building  is the home of the North Quabbin Center for the Performing Arts, the only such facility that
sevices their 9-town mission area in the North Quabbin region.  That mission is to engage educate, and entertain the people of the North Quabbin 
Region and beyond.  They engage their membership by production of an annual musical performance, written by, directed by, acted by and witnessed 
by local people of the community.  This facility is the cultural soul of their community.  There are some 30 performance of the arts throughout the year.

As to the Eductation mission of the orgainization, 1794 Meeting House has, like many area non-profit organizations, cut back on their commitments.  
Whereas they used to sponsor many school programs for their area schools, now they only sponsor an intern to assist the Executive Director.  Also,
 they continue to sponsor 2 scholoarships to local high school graduates who express a commitment to go to college with an interest in the arts. Unfortunately, 
there is a lack of such students in the local area.  However, they do award  the "1794 Meeting House Award" to students of the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade in 
area high school levels who excel in the arts: performing, plastic, visual, written and otherwise.  Thaw commented that the 1794 Meeting House is probably 
the only civic center with no  indoor plumbing.  However, the building is a destination of archetectural historians because of the authenticity of its construction 
and style.  They come from all over to see this building.  He also commented that this is a tough time for non-profit supported organizations like his with the 
decreasing governmental fundings as well as decreasing discretionary funds available from private sources.


Thaw left us with several thoughts:


1.         Support local artists:  They are the expression of the soul of the community.


2.         Join their varied program at the 1794 Meeting House for events from June through

October as outlined in the brochures available on the tables.


Website for further informations is:


            Website:                        Tel:  (978) 544-5200



                        Weekly Raffle:


                        Winner of the wine:       Elsie Fetterman


                        Winner of the cash:       Claude Tellier


        Submitted by your scribe of the day:


        Jim Scott

May 27:

The Amherst Club met May 27 with 29 present.
Vice President Jacquie Price presided offering some humorous opening comments. 

Bette Kravetz brought her daughter Sharon Meyers. 

Tina Berins will host a  club potluck June 22 at 1:30 p.m. Croquet and badminton will be available. 
Ruth Miller said  to mention the Amherst  Club when dining at Butterflies.


Bill Darrity introduced Judith Roberts who was an Ada Comstock scholar atSmith and attended Harvard Graduate 
School of Education.She taught ESL classes and was at the Center for New Americans. She is theExecutive Director 
of the Literacy Project.

She explained that the Literacy Project offers three classes: basic literacy, pre GED and GED classes for students  17 to 
76 years old in Amherst,  Northampton, Orange, Ware and Greenfield. Two teachers are at eachsite and there are 100 
volunteers for the 600 students. The classes, which have 8-10 students,  are free, funded by state andfederal grants and 
donations. There is a small waiting list.

The program is about  learning and economic empowerment. With high schooland community college credits salaries can 
double. We give them a hand upnot a hand out. The GED is a passport and with it residents can get a driver's license,
library card, register to vote and help children with homework. 75 percentgo on to community college. 
One in seven adults in the Pioneer Valley don't have a high school diploma,she said. On the other hand, 42 percent of adults 
have advanced degrees,five times the national average.
One teacher feeds students  since they come in hungry.Child care and transportation are an issue.
She said the agency collaborates with others and referrals are made.

Elsie Fetterman won the wine and Jacquie won the raffle.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer

May 20, 2008:

At 1:00 President Jim Wald called the meeting to order and welcomed the members.


There were no guests today.


 Carolyn Holstein announced that The Emily Dickinson Society is looking for Amherst residents who would be willing to house in their homes 
attendees from around the world at a conference at the Emily Dickinson Homestead in the first week in August.  Anyone interested should contact 
Carolyn for information and the necessary forms.

 Glen Gordon announced the birth of his fourth grandson.

 Glen Gordon also announced that this coming Sunday, May 25th, at 2 p.m., at the Bangs Center, the Senior Center will have a Year-End Celebration
 at which he and his sister will offer musical entertainment of musical show tunes and songs.  She starred in a Broadway show.

 Jim Wald and Carolyn Holstein made a presentation to Hubb Smith, for his long-time service as Amherst Club Treasurer,   The gift was a Josh 
Simpson glass “world” globe on a clear plastic stand.  Hubb thanked all for their concern.

 Jim Wald made a series of summary comments of Club events over the last year.  Among the things mentioned was the success of this year’s 
Love Notes, the formalization of the bylaws and the offer by the archives at Jones Library to store the archives of the Amherst Club.

Jim Wald, in recognition of today’s primary elections as well as the ongoing Amherst Town Meeting, shared some humorous quips from campaign 
trails of the past.


Annual Amherst Club Elections:

 Carolyn Holstein presented the nominees for the 2008/2009 Officers and Committee Heads.  There was a call for a single ballot of those presented, 
which was voted unanimously.  See the minutes of the 2008 Annual Meeting for names of nominees.

 As Co-Chair of the Nominations Committee, Carolyn thanked all those who volunteered to serve in the coming year.  Jim Wald thanked all those
 who have served during the current year,

 Raffle Results at today’s meeting:  Wine Winner:  Connie Conn            Cash Winner: Jim Scott

 Meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.


Respectfully submitted by today’s scribe,

Jim Scott

May 13, 2008:

                   Recognition Day for the recipients of the 2008 Love Notes Grants 

At 12:55 President Jim Wald called the meeting to order and welcomed the members and the recipients of the 2008 Love Notes Grants.   
The room was full.


Besides the Representatives of the 16 grantee organizations there were no guests today. 


Kathleen & David Scott will be away from mid June through August this summer, and they are looking  for a house sitter. Please contact them for 
further information.

 Ruth Miller reminded members of the Chinese dinner option at Butterfly’s June 18 @ 1:30 p.m.  Contact Ruth for details.

Tina Berins announced a Club Pot-Luck luncheon at her house on Lincoln Ave. in Amherst on June 22 at 1:30 p.m.  Details later.

Carolyn Holstein and Nancy Brose, as Co-Chairs of the Nominating Committee, announced a completed slate of 2008/9 Club Officers 
and Committee Chairs, which will be distributed to members by email very soon in preparation for the election at the meeting next week.

Ruth Miller presented Craig Hollingsworth of the Gypsy Wranglers, with  a Plaque of  Recognition for their performance at the 2008 Love Notes, 

There was a loud round of applause from club members.

Recognition Ceremony:

 Jacquie Price, Vice President and Chair of the Allocations Committee, led the celebration of the recipient organizations by calling a representative
 of each to come forward to be recognized.

Amherst Senior Center:            
Lisa White with Nancy Pagano said that the grant would support the Outreach Senior Clinic which would bring services to seniors in their homes.

A Better Chance: 
Michael Hawkins described that the ABC Program has helped more than100 young men gain an education at Amherst Regional High School 
since the program’s origin in 1968.  More than 98% of these have graduated from college.

ACT NOW!:              
Nancy Fletcher described this program for girls  in which the participants write, produce, act, plus record digital movies as a means of developing 
self-confidence, teamwork and new sets of skills.  Grants support the costs of this program.  There will be a showing of last year’s movies at the 
Amherst Cinema on June 8th  at “ShineFest”.  Call 253-2547 for further information.

All Out Adventures:       
Susan Tracy with Philippe Galaski described this Easthampton organization which provides outdoor recreational activities to people with handicaps.
The grant will be used to purchase a second reclining tricycle, thus doubling the ability to provide services to people of all ages, such as rides on the
 Norwottuck Rail Trail. 

 Amherst Family Center:            
Joanne Levenson, with parent Deb Logan and her infant daughter,stated that the grant will facilitate the delivery of services especially to parents 
of infants, many of them single parents, to develop strategies for better living.

.Amherst Survival Center:           
Cheryl Zoll was unable to attend today.  The grant will be used to purchase a computer so that the Center will become a place for the distribution
 of Food Stamps.

 Ann Whalen Wellness Program:           
Juana Trujillo, Service Coordinator, with Jean Haggerty, Director, and Donna Crabtree, Nancy Shroeder, and Joan Logan described that the grant 
money will purchase first aid kits and medicines for the residents of the Ann Whalen House.

Food Bank of Western Massachusetts:         

Megan Pete, Services Coordinator, explained thatthe grant will assist in the Brown Bag Program in which senior clients receive a monthly bag with 
about 15 pounds of food stuffs, which makes a huge difference to recipients in need.

Greenfield Community College Foundation: 
Sarah Scarchilli-Janus with Dr. Allen Davis and Kathy Rice represented the cooperative program with Amherst Regional High School forabout 20 
students in which they attend GCC and complete their high school graduationrequirements in a more successful environment.  The grant underwrites 
expenses for the advising luncheon sessions.

Hampshire HealthConnect:                

Georgia Moore with Margarete McCarroll and TamaraO’Connell state that this grant supports this Cooley Dickinson Hospital program forclients with
 little or no insurance to provide medical services to 500 Amherst families who would not otherwise get them.

Jones Library ESL Center:      

Lynne Weintraub explained that this grant will make possible therewrite this summer of the study guide for the citizenship exams which are being revised
for next fall.  A goal of this Center is to train clients for this exam.

Men’s Resource Center for Change:            

Sara Elinoff Acker described that the Center is dedicated to help end domestic violence by programs to help men redirect their lives into useful, caring
 and productive behaviors.  The grant will support client expenses.

Not Bread Alone:
Hwei-Ling Greeney was unable to attend today’s meeting.  The grant willgo to support the Wednesday evening dinner program that Hwei-Ling created.

Reader To Reader:            
David Mazor said that the grant enables this program to distribute copiesof “Extraordinary Girls” to all the schools in Amherst by leveraging assistance 
in the $3,000 expense.

Safe Passage:       
LaWanza Lett-Brewington said the grant sponsors the volunteer training program to assist delivery of services to clients of this domestic violence prevention 

Youth Action Coalition:            

Erica Ann Flood stated that the grant will provide materials and snack food for this Tuesday/Thursday afternoon program for 10 girls that teaches photography 
and darkroom techniques.  There will be a group exhibit at the Food For Thought Bookstore in Amherst on June 5thwhere postcard photos of the girls’ work
 will be sold.

There was no raffle at today’s meeting.


Respectfully submitted by today’s scribe,

Jim Scott

May 6, 2008:

President Elect Jacquie Price opened the meeting at 12:55 p.m. with the reading of a poem by Mary Oliver

                 entitled "Children, It's Spring".


Guests:    Larry Siddall introduced his guest, Dorien Miller, the wife of today's speaker and long-time friend

                 of Larry's.  She is involved with fiber art in Northampton.


Announcements:    Ruth Miller announced the Butterfly's Chinese Food dining opportunity on Sunday,

                                    May 18 at 1:30 p.m.  Contact Ruth for further details and location and transport.


                                Arthur Kinney announce that last Saturday Roger Webb, Vivienne Carey and their Morris

                                    Dancing friends performed at the Renaissance Center Spring Festival.  Arthur

                                    suggested that this group could be incorporated in to this years Love Notes

                                    performance.  Whereupon Roger suggested that the group could perform for a future

                                    Club meeting.


                                Carolyn Holstein, Co-Chair of the Nominations Committee, annouonced that a full slate

                                    of candidates (except for three persons to act as Scribes for the Meeting Notes) has

                                    been assembled for next year to be voted upon at the upcoming Annual Meeting.  Any

                                    persons willing to fill this/these positions, please contact Carolyn Holstein or Nancy

                                    Brose, Co-Chairs of the Nominations Committee.


                                Ed Koczur announced that copies of the Amherst Club Directory (Summer 2007) are

                                    availalable next to the Name Tag box.


Larry Siddall introduced today's speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Zesiger, Palliative Medical Physician at Cooley

Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.  Larry described his association with Jeff and his wife, Dorien, 
going back to Oberlin, Ohio, where Dorien's mother was a classmate of Larry's.

Jeff Zesiger was educated at Dartmouth College and University of Vermont Medical School.  He had

been practicing Internal Medicine in Northampton for about 20 years when he became interested in

Hospice Care.  Over the last decade he has become certified as a Palliative Care Physician, the first
Western Massachusetts.  Now, he says, he has colleagues in other medical centers in the area.


Jeff Zesiger described his work as a palliative care physician as a manager of care-giving team for a particular patient which 
attempts to give the patient dignity, support and concern to him/her-self as well as to address the symptoms of the condition 
or conditions that may be bringing pain and discomfort to the patient.  He said that "palliative" derives from a Greek/Latin word 
pallios meaning to cover, cloak, shield or protect.  In this way he asks his patients and their family members, "What would you
 like to have happen to you?"  "How can we, the care-giving team, make you feel better about yourself?"  This team not only 
includes doctors and nurses, but also social workers, therapists, clergy and others, who will get together with Dr. Zesiger once a 
week to assess the patient's progress and condition.  He described it as "Symptom Management Care".


To Bill Darity's question about whether palliative care is now included in medical school curricula, Zesiger responded that yes, now 
medical students are being exposed to this form of physician-patient interaction.   To the question about insurance coverage for palliative 
care, he responded that in most cases it was covered by major insurance companies, at least for stated periods of time.  
The last question 
was asked by Larry Siddall dealing with physician-assisted suicide.  To this Zesiger replied that only in Oregon is such a event legal under
 very controlled conditions, and it has been his experience that patients who consider this, frequently change their minds when conditions
 of chronic pain and depression are treated effectively.  Many in the audience admitted that they are rapidly approaching the need for palliative 
care in the future.


Finally, Zesiger encourage everyone to have current health care proxies and a living will documents distributed to family members, primary 
care physicians, clergy and friends.



The wine was won by Bonnie Isman, while the cash raffle was won by Jeff Zesiger, himself, who donated it to the Club.



Respectfully submitted by


Jim Scott, Scribe for the Day

April 28, 2008

The Amherst Club met April 28 with 38 present, called to order by President Jim Wald who read about the origins of the humanities 
and liberal education.


Rotary Club President Steve Kravetz was introduced, the guest of his mother.


The Renaissance Center is having its annual sonnet fest Friday at 4 withpoet Stan Koehler. All Shakespeare all the time. Free.
The annual Renaissance Festival will be held Sunday from 11-4 with Morris Dancers, dancing by our own Roger and Vivienne at 3, theater, music,
children's events, food. Rain or shine because of a tent.  
Eat Chinese food May 16 or 18. What's your pleasure? Call Ruth Miller.


Arthur Kinney introduced Joel Martin, who is the dean of the UMass Collegeof Fine Arts and Humanities. He was dean and chair of the religious
 studiesdepartment at UC Riverside and was at Princeton. A history professor, he has written several books and is interested is Native American studies
The college has 300 full -time faculty,  2,200 majors and 5,000 studentstaught annually by distinguished faculty, who have won many awards. The
majors range from African American studies to classics, music and English,history, language and literature.

He outlined improvements in faculty, teaching and facilities. Twentytenure-track searches have been successful. An IT director has been hired
and there will be better use of technology, such as Web tutorials. The newstate-of- the-art studio arts building will have a gala opening Sept. 19 

 Martin spoke about the valley as special and beautiful and attracts manyartists, writers, illustrators and poets. This coupled with all the creative
faculty and students generates  what he calls a creative economy that he is trying to document. The creative types are called Bohemians ( by an author)
and there is a Bohemian Index that has a direct correlation with economicdevelopment. He wants to improve the college's relation in the  region and
community, to play a key role in the creative economy.The university is a major contributor to economic development, createscreative people, educates 
people, a Bohemian factory. Creative people can transform the world. "We have an impact. This is a magic place."

A total of 4,500 alums will be surveyed: what do they do and their role inthe Pioneer Valley.  

He has sponsored grants for: Center for Design Solutions;  summer writingprogram for at-risk students in Holyoke and Springfield;  Youth Shakespeare
Program with the Renaissance Center, Enchanted Circle Theater and HampshireShakespeare Company and Holyoke students.     

Dee Waterman won the wine from Spirit Haus. Sara Berger won the raffle.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer

April 22, 2008:

V.P. Jacquie Price opened the meeting with a reading about G-d and baseball. It was very funny and well appreciated.
There were no guests.
Bonnie Isman told us about the Amherst Art Walk on May 1st including a talk on watercolor techniques by Susan Tilton Pecora.
 There will be a workshop on making bird houses. Claude said their carpool is full and encouraged others to form another carpool.
Arthur told us about a Renaissance Center lecture on the wife of a draper in Tudor London. There will be performances of Measure for Measure
 at the Black Box Theater.

Arthur introduced our speaker, our own Rachel Mustin, Ph.D. The title of her talk was ‘Podunk, Tuxedo and Mugwump,’ the way American Indian
 words have entered the English language. There is a social construction in languages, e.g.:
            How = let us begin
            Ugh =  Yes

Many Indians prefer that name to “Native Americans.”

The Algonquin languages had most words adapted. They include the Cheyenne and Blackfeet to the Mic Mac and Mackinaw of Maine. They have 
a strong oral tradition with many meanings to a word. They do not have tenses or a sense of time.

By the way, podunk means swampy place, tuxedo means wolf, and mugwump is someone who is indecisive (sits on a fence with the mug on one side 
and the wump on the other).

Many of the place names are Indian. The early settlers of Amherst requested the name ‘Norwottuck,’ but were given the name ‘Amherst.’ Quabbin
 is a meeting place of waters.

Massachusetts means ‘great blue hill.’ Rivers, mountains, and lakes have Indian names, many of which were transliterated. In 1643, Roger Williams
 published a dictionary of Narragansett words.

Mohawks were viewed by some as terrible, and others as wonderful.

19th century literature such as Hiawatha were influential, 20th century slowed the introduction of Indian terms in English.
Indians are our most impoverished minority.
Kathleen Scott won the wine; Vivienne Carey won the $10.
Reported by Sara Berger who hopes she made sense of a wonderful talk.

April 15:


Estella Olevsky was the guest of Ruth Black. Estella told us  about the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra which will perform Thursday  
evening at the Jones Library.


President Jim Wald then told us about the discussion at the Board  meeting about the price of food going up at Hickory Ridge. Even if we  
went to soup and a sandwich, the price would not change. Everyone  agreed that the location is excellent. Hickory Ridge will purchase a  
new pull-down projection screen. The dues will increase by $10/ quarter. Elsie asked if those who could not afford the increase could  
go to a Board member to be relieved of it. Hub said he would handle  the requests as Board member and Treasurer.

Arthur Kinney announced that Kathleen Scott will be signing her new  book at the Amherst Book Store on Friday evening. Harry Brooks  
announced that Democratic Party meetings are coming up.


Arthur introduced our speaker, Joe Larson, Director of the  Environmental Institute. Joe talked about his other group, Preserve  

There are 23 historic buildings on the campus in trouble. Old  Chapel and the University Club/Stockbridge House are on a Registry of  
Historic Places. Joe called the campus a living museum of  architecture from 1728 to present.

Preserve UMass wants to hold off on demolition until a survey is  done. They brought in expertise. Experts agreed a problem exists,  
with a list of 10 most endangered. The Mass Building Authority  started taking down a historic building—the old stucco cow barn. It  
had been top of the line when built, but couldn’t be converted. No- one had filed for permits. Demolition was stopped for 7 weeks. There  
were no environmental issues.

The UMass Building Authority claims not to be a part of the  university, but is the contracting arm of the Trustees. State  
operations are subject to statutes. UMass will conduct a survey of  the buildings. UMass Lowell also has some historic buidings.
Historic buildings can be on State or National Register of Historic  Sites. This designation offers no protection from demolition, but  
adaptive reuse allows the building to be used without changing the  exterior very much. Blaisdell House, the oldest on campus, was moved  
and now is office space.

The State Historical Commission will need to review the assessment of  the contractor. Some people are challenging the authority of the  
Commission. The Historical Commission requires documentation of old  building that cannot be adapted for reuse. There are people with  
expertise and imagination to adapt for reuse. The only real  protection is local historical districts.

Recorded by Sara Berger 

April 8, 2008:

The Amherst Club met April 8, 2008 with 40 present.

President Jim Wald called the meeting to order.

 Millie Marnin


Jacquie Price read the list of Love Notes recipients, our raison d'etre. They will be recognized at the May 13 lunch.
Renaissance programs Wed. and Friday.
The club will have a potluck at Tina's house some Sat. or Sun in June.
Interst in any summer group activities call Ruth Miller.
Marcia Ball will be at the Iron Horse April 16.

Connie Conn, the daughter of the late Jean Chapman, was inducted into theclub. She lived in Anchorage Alaska where she was a food and beverage
manager in hotels  for 25 years organizing many events. She lives in Hadley, helps at the First Congregational Church, Hospice and our Love Notes

Arthur Kinney introduced our speaker, Elizabeth Sharp, who has a doctoratein history from the University of Delaware, was director of education at 
the Smithsonian for 20 years, is president of the Amherst Historical Society andon the town's 250th anniversary history committee.She wrote
 "In the Shadow of the Dam" about the Mill River dam break in May1874 that left 139 dead and 70 homeless. It was the greatest dam disaster up
to that time and made the front page of the London papers.

Betty read excerpts from the book including an eyewitness account.The Mill River Reservoir Company built the dam in 1855 to harness water
power for the 74 factories along the river. The dam covered 100 acres andheld 600 million gallons.The dam had been leaking for 8 years. When the
reservoir became full, it broke. It was fast, destroying everything in a minute. In 10 minutes the water receded. 

The incident caused panic in New England with 100 dams and the possibilityof other breaks. Five parties were found guilty: mill and dam owners,
 builder, engineer andthe state. However, no one was prosecuted. The cause of the flood, badconstruction, has been suppressed. It's not in local 
history books.  She noted the outcomes of the disaster: it made engineering moreprofessional, changed concept of relief, role of press was strong, 
changedpublic safety and some laws. Everything was rebuilt. New England isresilient.

She is willing to take a group to visit the site, which is on privateproperty.

Zina won the wine and David Scott won the raffle.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer

April 1, 2008

President Jim Wald called the meeting to order April 1, 2008 with a readingof an Emily Dickinson poem since April is National Poetry month.
The Renaissance Wednesdays  continue at 4.


The board will meet next Tuesday at Roger and Vivienne's, 293 Potwine Lane. Be prepared to stay longer since there is much business.


Sara Berger's husband, Sy, did the  introduction. He said his wife majoredin biology in college but stopped in her junior year when they married.
Years later she completed her degree in zoology at the Indiana University. She has worked with roaches, fruit flies, scorpions, eagles and okapis. She
has been president of the Amherst Club, JCA, member of Town Meeting, theLeague of Women Voters and Planning Board.Besides the mystery of 
science, she like mysteries and that was the subjectof her talk.

Sara has been the editor of Mysterious Women,  a quarterly publication thatreviews books by women authors for six years. She said it was founded 
as wasSisters in Crime because women were ignored by reviewers and the best sellerlists.

Sara reads about  three books a week and does most of the 30 reviews in thenewsletter. Members Doris Holden, Phyllis Lehrer and Nancy Gregg have 
alsocontributed. She receives books from publishers and authors. The books by male writersare donated to Reader to Reader. If she doesn't like a book 
she will notread it. She doesn't have the time.

She attends conferences, one was in Alaska and meets authors and fans, mostof whom are women.  She has served on a panel.
She like the books published by Poison Pen Press. With some books she knows who done it by the first two chapters. Authors she cited: Laurie King, 
Dana Stabenow, Sue Masse, Earlene Fowler.She doesn't review Janet Evanovich. After 13 books the heroine hasn'tlearned anything and is rescued by 
two men. She likes intelligent women,humor and a little romance.
Some women authors, -Donna Leon is one, use a male protagonist.Donis Casey is a new find. Jean Keating self publishes.She spoke about
Ariana Franklin's "Mistress of Death" set in the 12thcentury, the time of Henry II, featuring a woman doctor and her Muslimbodyguard.
She defined a cozy as book where the body is never seen, it's not hardboiled and there is usually a cat.

Vivienne Carey won the wine and Miriam Dayton won the raffle.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer 

March 25, 2008

The Amherst Club met March 25 with 41 present. 
President Jim Wald called themeeting to order


Harry Brooks introduced School Committee member and candidate ChrystelRomero.


The LWV Candidates Night is being shown on ACTV. LWV Book Sale pricing andsorting center is in the South Towne Commons. Collection
 begins next week.
There is a March 30 fundraiser for the University Gallery
Renaissance Wednesdays continue at the Center. Pancake Breakfast Sat. 8 noon with syrup tapped from the trees.
Mindfulness conference April 6 9:30-4:30
Visit Mt. Holyoke Art Museum
Film UMass, 7 p.m., March 27
Hampshire  College talk Fri. at 5:30 
Jim visited a Love Notes beneficiary, the Survival Center, and received athank you  note from Not Bread Alone, another beneficiary.


Harry Brooks introduced our speaker Gerry Weiss who attend UVM, is a psychotherapist and chairman of the Select Board.

He spoke about human services, the budget and election. The good news: health insurance increase is projected at a 6 percent
increase instead of 12 percent saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Thesavings was used to fund human service agencies and keep 
War Memorial Poolopen. A half time post has been cut in health dept. and a half time postadded to the police dept. There is still a $500,000 shortfall. 
State aid is down and town doesn't have local options taxes. For municipal finance information visit  
He explained the residential and commercial tax base ratio, compared us toNorthampton figures and the need to look at economic development. 
However,he said the town is not ready to hire a ED director. It would take $5-6million in assessed value to fund the post since $1 million generates 
$16,000 in revenue. 90 percent of our tax revenue comes from residential and 10percent from commercial.
Town Manager Larry Shaffer is working on a project in North Amherst. We needto evaluate economic impact on town before bringing anything in.
He has served on the board for four years and said that was a long time. Hesaid he is ready to take unpopular positions. Independent thinking is
important on the board but not so independent that one can't work withothers.
He explained his "Sanctuary City" Town Meeting bylaw proposal for the policenot to turn in undocumented people. He said he knows undocumented 

Your scribe
Phyllis Lehrer

March 18, 2008


Bill Darity introduced Judith Roberts, Director of the  Greenfield Literacy Project.
Lois Barber introduced Ginger Burn


March 19th is the 5th Anniversary of the Iraq War; 
Dee Waterman said we need more mugs, after which a frantic search for who  has the stock of them ensued;
Larry Siddall reminded us of the  exhibits at Mt. Holyoke College; 

We all thanked the staff for the  Irish meal which included corned beef and cabbage; 
George Washington  declared March 17th Evacuation Day when he drove the British out of  Boston.


Thomas W. Cole Jr. Interim Chancellor of Umass. He is a  second generation college president. He offered some perspective on  
the university:

A student went to college and her first letters home were very  loving. Her Christmas letter said, “the dorm burned down because of a  
pot party, but she didn’t care becsue she was moving to Alaska with  Bill to have their baby.
P.S.The dorm did not burn down, but I got a ‘D’ in Chemistry, and I  wanted you to keep it in perspective.”

There will be 5 new buildings to be opened next 2 years. There are  challenges of maintenance, ‘Amherst 250’ aims to replace faculty who  
left, 150 are already on board. New faculty also need start-up money.30,000 students applied for 4000 spaces, there are 12,000 students  
living on campus. The students come from 100 states and countries. Of  the 200,000 alumni, most live in Massachusetts; there are excellent 
programs for adult students.

The university reaches all parts of the earth, the operating budget  is 800 million dollars,  there is a 1.5 billion affect on Hampshire  
County.Along with the excellent research, faculty give a lot of pro-bono  service in the Valley and Springfield. Town and Gown walls have  
broken down with the police and fire agreements.

There is an intensive search for a new chancellor, Cole will give his  advice and experience.

There is a good relationship with the international students, and an  International House is on the radar.

The state supports 20% of the university, it used to be 80%. We get a  big bang for the buck.

Health Services are struggling and need new space, the Marching Band  is raising money for a permanent house. Most of Cole’s time is spent  
in meetings.

Ginger Burn won the wine, Claude won the $10.

Reported by Sara Berger who hopes she spelled everyone’s name  
correctly this time.

March 11, 2008

The Amherst Club met March 11, 2008 with 35 members and guests present.

President Jim Walk called the  meeting to order.

Guests: Ginny and Bruce Clinton (Jean Miller) Diane and Otto Stein (Harry Brooks).


The League of Women Voters needs 2,599 square feet of space to price andsort books for its annual sale. Call Cynthia Brubaker with ideas.
Visit the Mount Holyoke Art Museum exhibits
Hear  Jim Hightower talk at Mount Holyoke Art Museum auditorium Wednesday at7:30 p.m.
Attend Renaissance Center  Wednesday  talks at 4 p.m.
Hear Irish music at the Harp Thursday.
Cards were signed for June Gordon and Bobbye Hertzbach.


Harry Brooks introduced Carol Gray, who attended Wesleyan, Middlebury,University of Havana, Western New England Law School and Georgetown.
 She isan attorney who was a public defender, lived in many states and countriesand teaches at GCC, Western New England and Hampshire College. 
She is a TownMeeting member.

She spoke about Guantanamo, Geneva Conventions and law. She reviewed thecombatant status review transcripts from the tribunals. She read from 
someof the transcripts. 

 Detainees do not have due process. They don't have access to lawyers, don'tsee the evidence and can't call witnesses. Fewer than a dozen have been
charged criminally. There were 700 detainees, now there are 200 plus. Somehave a personal representative who is not a lawyer and  not confidential.
Some detainees are juveniles which would be against the Geneva Conventions.Pakistan arrested a large percentage of the detainees. There was a $15,000
payment for each capture. enough to feed a Pakistani soldier's family foryears.

She read the legal language about torture. She showed slides of Guantanamo and some of the detainees. 

Claude won the wine and Vivienne won the raffle.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer


 March 4, 2008

Elsie Fetterman brought Stephanie O'Keefe, candidate for Select Board
Harry Brooks brought the speaker, Robin Kline

Larry Siddall auctioned off several bottles of wine and 2 lbs. of  coffee, all left over from Love Notes.


Condo for sale or rent, 
Concerts, Renaissance doings,  
Celtic music at Harp 3/13 at 7:30
Art exhibits at library include a  photo exhibit by John Roberts of Japan at the end of WWII
 Lectures and films at Hampshire College. 
Therese Donahue was given a gold star  by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for one of her programs.


Robin Kline, Director of Volunteers at Cooley-Dickinson  Hospital. 
She talked about the roles of volunteers at the hospital.  
Cooley-Dick is a medium-size community hospital—135 beds, not a  teaching institution. There are surgical robots available, despite  
the size.
The ER sees 37,000 patients/year.
There are many programs, utilizing 1800 staff and 300 volunteers/year/
Volunteers go through a rigorous screening and training, with  emphasis put on avoiding infections, and maintaining confidentiality.  
The hospital Auxiliary is an organization of volunteers and is 150  years old. It runs the gift and coffee shops, and contributes the  
profits to the hospital.
Therapy dogs are used where possible, and they go through lots of  screening and hurdles.
Pre-med college students help with various tasks. The youngest  volunteer is 15, the oldest is in her 90s. Volunteers gave 32,000  
hours in 2007. They can do some things that staff cannot do.

Raffle: Joan Hanson won the wine, Flo Stern won the $10.

Reported by Sara Berger

February 26, 2008

The Amherst Club met Feb. 26 with 33 present on a snowy afternoon.President Jim Wald called the meeting to order with reading aboutmanuscripts.


Larry Siddall auctioned off wine, gift certificates and a purse, leftoversfrom our Love Notes.
Talk on C.S. Lewis Feb. 29 at 4 p.m. at the Renaissance Center.
Founders Night is March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jones Library
Talk in ID Shakespeare March 8 at the Renaissance Center.
Celtic music at the Harp March 13. 
Vivienne Carey said the notes from the debriefing are on line.
Thanks extended for the up coming speaker list.
Reminder: Put guest's name next to member's name  for billing purposes.


Bonnie Isman  introduced Tevis Kimball, special collections curator at theJones Library since 2001. Tevis worked at the R.I. Historical Society and
for Fleet Bank.
Tevis said special collections began with Library Director Charles Green in 1921 when he purchased the Lucius Boltwood papers of local history.  It's a
very valuable collection because much of what he copied is no longer extant. Green also collected Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost material and the
library holdings are among the best in the nation for those two. Scholars come form all over the world to view the material that includes four
original poems and 11 letters by Dickinson.

George Cutler, a trustee, donated photographs. There are 37,000 in the collection and some are on line.The department has the papers of author Julius 
Lester, David Grayson (RayStanard Baker)  and Clifton Johnson of Hadley. The Specila Collections focus is Amherst history, Amherst authors, Amherst
genealogy, Pioneer Valley history, state and New England history.

There are always items to be found in the archives. For example, there is an aluminum record of Robert Frost but there is no equipment to play it.
Special collections includes family papers, maps, town records, newspapers.
Special collections is open Tuesday-Friday 10-5; Monday/Saturday 2-5.  Allare invited.
She read newspaper accounts (1891, 1955) of the original Amherst Club thatthrough its efforts improved the civic and social life of the community.   

Ruth Hooke won the wine and Ellen Kosmer won the raffle. 

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer

February 19, 2008


Guests:  Harry brooks brought Wei Ling Greeney, candidate for re- election to the Select Board; 
Honoré David brought Catherine  Sanderson, candidate for School Committee


Love Notes Thank you luncheon; 
Eclipse of the moon  Wednesday night, starting around 7:34 pm, total at 10:26 pm;  
Activities Comm. announces Celtic music at The Harp restaurant on  March 13th; 
Love Notes—310 tickets sold, approx. $16,000 to give away.

Jim read funny definitions


Michael Hanke designer of museum exhibits. 
He illustrated  his talk with slides of his work. Hanke worked on the Mashantucket  Pequot museum at Foxwoods in Connecticut. 
He works with the curator  for what they want to say, then the designer fills out the space,  starting with drawings, scale models, and the real thing. 
The diorama  there is 35 feet tall. The village is 200 ft. long and 100 ft. wide.
He worked at a coal mine exhibit in Blue Heron, Kentucky, using old  photos and oral history.
We saw some of the exhibits at Ellis Island, and further north, Fort  Trumbull in New London, CT. There has been a fort on the site since  
Revolutionary War days.
Hanke worked on the FDR museum and archives, also at various factory  sites in Brooklyn, NY. He went to Machu Pichu, the summer home for  
Incan Emperors, and, closer to home, the Emily Dickinson museum. 
All  in all, it was a fascinating look at the exhibits and what went into  producing them.

Reported by Sara Berger

February 12, 2008

The Amherst Club met Feb. 12, 2008 with 46 members and guests present on asnowy afternoon.

President Jim Wald called the meeting to order with a reading from CharlesDarwin on emotions in animals and people since it was 
International DarwinDay.


Nancy Brose, Connie Conn; Elise Fetterman, Kevin Hutchinson; JudyEiseman, Eileen Simonson.

Prevent War in Iran: Feb. 20,  7 p.m. American Legion Hall, Hadley withseveral speakers 
Historical Society Founder's Night Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. Jones Library followedby champagne reception at the Strong House, Doug Wilson and 
Steve Puffer tobe honored,  Polly Longsworth speaks


Bring food -bite size- and beverages to Nancy Brose, Triangle Street home bynoon on Saturday
We have a good collection of wine but could use more.
Need some volunteers to clean up when the party is over.
Give ticket money to Jim Scott next week, not at the concert. Or drop it offat his home in the next few days
Pot luck debriefing Feb. 23, noon, at Roger and Vivienne's, Potwine Lane. Sign up sheet next Tues. 
Give receipts to Hub to be reimbursed for expenses. Keep selling tickets.


Arthur Kinney introduced free lance editor John Bollard who taught at UConn,UMass, Yale, Smith, Mount Holyoke and is an executive director 
of an AfricanAmerican biography project.He is president of the Hampshire ShakespeareCompany.
His theme was Valentine's Day and how it all got started. There is littleconnection with the day and the saints (there were several St. Valentines
and for two, their feast days were in Feb. and May.) Bollard read severalpoems and showed slides of poets, illuminated manuscripts.
It was poetry that led the way to Valentine's Day and Chaucer was the start.He read from Chaucer's  poem about the parliament of birds, (birds pick
their mates that day) in Middle and modern day English. From that we nowhave love, poetry and flowers. 
He read other poems and from other poets. Christine de Pisan was theprofessional women writer who wrote many poems after she was widowed as a
young woman. She wrote a 100 ballad piece that alternated between a Lord anda Lady, two are set on Valentine's Day.

 Kathleen Scott won the wine. Bette Kravetz won the raffle.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer

February 5, 2008


After a flurry of Love Notes announcements, our speaker, Ruth Hooke  was introduced.

Ruth spoke of her trip to Bolivia with eight other women, including a  translator.  Conquistadors had ruled the land, but the indigenous  
people organized and changed the constitution. They had marched from  the lowlands up to La Paz at 1200 ft. The new president is  
indigenous, from two tribes.

The president’s motto is “Coca is not cocaine”. Coca is popularly  chewed, drunk as tea, eaten as candy. It is part of the culture. The  
green leaf is used a form of tranquilizer for hunger and for pain.  The president allows each family to grow a coca field of about 1/3  
the size of a football field. If land lies fallow for seven years, the indigenous can take it over  and plant crops. The government 
(and the US) was trying to stop coca  in the 80s and 90s with much damage and harm to families.

Ruth had a slide show to go along with her talk, and brought samples  of some of the local products.

Reported belatedly by Sara Berger

January 29, 2008

The Amherst Club met Jan. 29 at the Hickory Ridge Country Club with 55members and guests present.


President Jim Wald said that the club was receiving a free lunch because wedidn't meet last week to accommodate Linda. Jim said it reflects the warm
and trusting relationship we have. Elise Fetterman arranged a free ad forLinda in the Love Notes program.


Claude Tellier brought Ginger Burns and Bill Hart brought Vicki Hart
Arthur Kinney noted the Renaissance Center newsletter on the table.
 RuthHooke mentioned a program that was held Tuesday at the high school. LoisBarber could be heard on the  "Living on Earth" program on NPR. 
Tina and Larrry spoke of the party. Sign up to bring sweet/savory food orwine, soda. The food should be easy to serve and cut into bite size pieces.
Beverages can be bought to the club next week.
Roger said to sell tickets. 

New Members:

Bette Kravetz- nurse, ran the Amherst Nursing Home solowhen her husband died and  is now president of the Center for Extended Care.
 She bakes bread, is member of the Association of Retarded Citizens and JCA.
Aaron Hayden - project manager at Amherst College,  Planning Board chair, on Hitchcock Center board, Morris Dancer, an early instrument player
Phyllis Lehrer did her annual misperformance (using Music Man theme ) to
inspire ticket sales.


Bonnie Isman introduced  Emmy-nominated,  HBO film writer and teacher  Dan Giat, who has an MFA from the American Film Institute. 
He lives in Pelham.

Giat gave a marvelous talk about storywritng, how one has to be engaged tocare. If one feels indifferent after a  play or movie, the mechanics failed.
If you leave and feel moved and not manipulated, fully experience ordeal ofprotagonist,  you get a catharsis. The resolution of stress offers beauty
and harmony, you find contentment,  this is what drama does.

He provided two examples: Walter O'Malley of the Brooklyn Dodgers and HenryHill of the Music Man. O'Malley didn't make a great story since there 
was noresolution. He had no insight after he moved the Dodgers to LA. Hill while aswindler had an unconscious objective - he needed love in his life. 
He foundit so the ending is satisfying. The play still resonates after 50 years. 

Giat spoke of Community Theater and the camaraderie it offers. The AmherstLSSE group is a miracle,  top notch, attracting great talent, resources  and
dedicated volunteers. He is in charge of providing free tickets to those whocan't afford them. Donations are welcome.

Larry Siddall won the raffle and donated his winnings to the Club. Phyllis Lehrer won the wine, which she donated to the party.

Your scribe,
Phyllis Lehrer  

January 15, 2008

Vice President Jacquie Price led the meeting in place of the absent  Jim Wald. 
We got off to a slow start as the computer monitor did not  agree to come on as requested. It finally did.


Our speakers were Janet Chevan and Martha Hanna of the Amherst League of Women Voters. 
They explained the Town’s finance structure and how  the percentages of aid have been lowered while expenses have  increased. 
With the help of numerous colored graphs, it made sense,  but I cannot give the details here. 
Needless to say, our finance  picture is getting worse. The Town is looking into alternative health  insurance plans, but these must be 
agreed to by the employee unions.

There will be no meeting next week (January 22nd) as the Hickory  Ridge Club needs the space for a reception following the death of one  
of their employees. We send our condolences.

Reported from memory by Sara Berger

January 8, 2008

The Amherst Club met Jan. 8 at Hickory Ridge Country Club with 46 memberspresent on a balmy day with temperature in the 50s.
President Jim Wald called the meeting to order with his three goals: 
increase food donations to the Survival Center we have reached 400 pounds; increase Love Notes donations; and new members.

Ed Kozcior son Matt, California fire fighter
Nancy Brose: Connie Conn
Elsie Fetterman: Bette Kravitz

 Vivienne Cary said its five weeks to Love Notes. Put posters around town Phyllis Lehrer has more tickets if you need them) 
Claire Hopley will feature Love Notes in Bulletin article. Roger Webb wantsto know if anyone has the small Amherst Club banner about 12 feet long.
Nancy Foster: Thursday, 7 p.m., Jones library  program "What Has Our CountryBecome" 
Dee Waterman: Doris Abramson, Amherst native, UMass theater prof, died. She read her poetry to us recently.
.Program of readings in New Salem begin Jan.16 
Harrison Gregg: Dee will read Doris' poetry at Love Notes
Bonnie Isman: Food for Fines (goes to Survival Center) until Jan 19. 
Photo op: Jones Library has stuffed life size bear. Program on bears Saturday at 3

Ruth Miller with great head gear presided over the annual worst giftexchange which had nice prizes. 
Trudy Darrity's musical dancing flowers brought great delight to members. She received the Cultural prize.
Lois Barber's correct statue of David won the Romantic Cruise prize
Ugliest gift prize went to Nancy Frazier for her ceramic what not or what is it 
Most historic prize: Harrison Gregg's wooden carved Doves (eagle) 
Environmental: Nancy Brose power breather
Shakespeare: Lorraine Desrosiers Chia head
Child in all of us: Flo Stern's hand puppet
Beautiful: Connie Conn's red decoration with tassel
Useless: Jacquie Price's drawer divider
Historic: Roger Webb's steamboat whistle
Romantic  Suzy Lowenstein's fly swatter
Best crafted: Larry Siddall's ceramic salt and pepper shakers
Smell Ed, Hub and Therese next week - they got scented bath soaps and salts.

Ellen Hosmer won the wine, Lorraine Desrosiers won the raffle.