The Boone County Library was the setting Wednesday, April 5 for the Woman’s Book Club monthly meeting. Co-hostesses were Melanie Savells and Joey Roth.

The meeting was opened by Jewel Vroonland, president; she led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Jane Pinson offered a timely devotion entitled “Easter Is All About Me” in which the author made a descriptive narrative of a traditional Easter preparation and celebration through the eyes of a child, thinking Easter was all about herself. As adults, we are reminded that Easter is still all about Me. Me being Jesus Christ and his loving sacrifice for us all.

Sharon Milburn called the roll. Nineteen members were in attendance. The March minutes were read and approved.  

Gwen Gresham gave the treasurer’s report.

Committee Reports included the following:

• The club members were delighted to have Kay Maris who now resides in Little Rock in attendance. Maris joined the Woman’s Book Club in 1970, shortly after arriving in Harrison. She has been president, and served 19 years on the county Library Board. She was a founding member of the Boone County Library Foundation, serving on that board for a number of years, and helped to organize the Friends of the Library group. She was bestowed an Honorary Membership for her exceptional service to the Woman’s Book Club and the Boone County Library. Pat West and Cathy Brandt made the presentation and showed the permanent plaque on display at the library on which her name had been inscribed.  

• Cathy Brandt presented a proposed amendment to the bylaws of the club. The motion was approved. Ginger Schoenenberger graciously accepted membership.  

• Ruthie Sinor representing the Nominating Committee expressed her appreciation to Jewel for her service as president for the last two years and  proposed the following slate of officers to be voted on at the May meeting. Sherry Bishop, vice president; Melanie Savells/Sharon Milburn, secretary; Sue Curtis, treasurer; Shirley Ormand/Martha Ledbetter, scrapbook. The position for president is vacant at this time.

• Jane Adair reported that Schoenenberger and her husband had donated their time to put the flooring in the new elevator, and they had saved the club that expense.  

• Adair made a motion that excess money donated for books be given Schoenenberger to order books for DHS Christmas books. Motion carried.

•  There was no update on the Feasibility Study for the Library.

• Gresham reported receiving a “thank you” from inactive member Jane Krone for her yearbook. She says she hopes to be able to attend the May meeting.

• Ozark Arts Council report was delivered by Pat West. Thursday-Sunday, April 27-30 and Thursday and Friday, May 4-5 One Man, “Two Guvenors” will be presented at the Lyric Theater. Saturday, July 8 will see the return of The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Bishop entertained discussion as to what degree the hostesses wanted to provide food at meetings. She expressed appreciation the hostesses and reported the May meeting will be the third with Ormond and Glenna Ragan hosting at 1 p.m. on the NAC South Campus. The program will be a tour of the Nursing Simulation Lab. Savells will have the devotional.  

Schoenenberger delivered her heartfelt appreciation to the club for all the assistance it gives the library and brought the library news for the month. National Library Week will be celebrated with activities all week from Monday-Saturday, April 10-15. Some highlights will be appearances by The Cat in the Hat; giveaways daily; a scavenger hunt; popcorn; and Friends of the Library Annual Spring Sale the Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15.  The Boone County Genealogical Society holds meetings the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. There are adult coloring therapy classes, help for local veterans, and book club opportunities for all at the library. An essential oils class will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.

Schoenenberger was excited to announce the 90-day placement of a bronze sculpture in the library. It is from Sculptureworks Sculpture Exhibit.

The program, “Time Travels with the Woman’s Book Club and the Boone County Library” was given by Cathy Brandt, with the assistance of Bishop and Adair. Madame Cathy, a clairvoyant, with her crystal ball in tow, was a guest of the club. She was able to see that ‘The Book Club’ was founded in June 1900 to maintain a public library. Annual dues were $1. Books were collected at The Harrison Daily Times. A reception was held at a new location in 1903, the present day home of The Gallery on West Ridge. The library was open two days a week, and by 1905, had been enlarged four times. After another move to a larger location on North Vine, the library found a home at the former Security Bank Building in 1985, and in January 1986 moved to that location. Woman’s Book Club was the sole supporter of the Boone County Library for 40 years. The club still exists to maintain the library. There have been more than 400 members in Woman’s Book Club since its inception, with 53 of them serving as president.

President Vroonland led the members in The Club Collect and adjourned the meeting.

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