Garrettsville – The Twentieth Century Club of Garrettsville met on April 24, 2014, at Cal’s II in the Sky Plaza for the annual Spring Party. This will close the club year until the Summer Outing in July or August.
Members and guests were graciously welcomed by outgoing president, Carol Torda; member Jane Bell offered grace before the meal.
The program for the evening was author Nancy Pennick, whose book series, Waiting for Dusk, includes Waiting for Dusk, Call of the Canyon and Stealing Time. She described her retired teacher situation and the origin of her foray into writing as a sort of past/present interface that set her on a course that she could hardly have imagined at one time. Her work has been self-published, working with a small publishing house (Melange Press) and catching some lucky breaks(The big companies—there are six of them—do much in the way of marketing and promotion but are super-hard to connect with). She did some marketing on her own, giving away bookmarks, magnets and copies of her book to the local district library and lucky winners in the group. It is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Her advice : Follow your dreams…but always have a back-up plan.
Outgoing officers of the club—Carol Torda, Joyce Fashing, Karen Miller, Leah Schultz– then took up candles for the installation of new officers, passing the light to Pat Amor, president; Jane Bell, vice president; Mary Furillo, secretary; Leah Schultz, treasurer. Next, longevity recognition went to members Connie Crate and Gay McCoy. Lastly, the program committee for the 2014-2015 year –Karen Miller, Bonnie Oliver, Carol Torda, Joyce Fashing—distributed questionnaires on program suggestions and entertaining options for use in setting up next year’s activities and locations. Pictures were taken, congratulations were offered. Encouragement in finding new members was offered. Goodbyes were said. New adventures are on the horizon.