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October 7, 2012

Club news 10.07.12

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Friends of the Tahlequah Library

David Gerard will be discussing his prize-winning family novel “God’s Acres” at the second monthly program sponsored by the Friends of the Tahlequah Library at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Gerard, an NSU graduate, worked as a reporter and editor for the Muskogee Phoenix for 15 years, the last five as opinion editor. From 2001 to 2010, he wrote weekly personal columns, “Sketches from Three Rivers.” The columns were popular in the Muskogee area, and a number of other papers in the state and country reprinted them. For three of those years, his columns won best personal column from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalism.

“God’s Acres” received the 2011 fiction award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. In the novel, 6-year-old Bud tells the story of his family’s relocation from St. Joseph, Mo., to a small farm just outside of town. The 12-acre homestead represents the idyllic life for Bud’s mother, the story’s central figure — a woman driven by unwavering religious beliefs and a rigid work ethic — but it turns out to be the source of much heartache. Bud speaks with an endearing earnestness and bits of laugh-out-loud humor and ultimately achieves a complex tale of family relationships.

Gerard is also the author of “Judge Not,” a murder mystery, and “Sketches from Muskogee, Oklahoma,” a collection of his Phoenix columns.

Toastmasters

T-3 Governor Lindsey Williams was the guest speaker at the meeting of World Class Speakers recently. His topic “Moments of Truth” is from the Successful Club Series from Toastmasters International headquarters. After his presentation, James Merrell conducted the Table Topics session, which is an impromptu speaking portion for the meeting.

Paulette Lorsbach will represented the club in the Division T Humorous Contest in Tulsa on Saturday, where the winner from that Division goes on to compete at the state level.

The club will be hosting a demonstrtion meeting at 11 a.m. Oct. 22 in the new party room at Hamlin’s. The area governor will be attending, along with other officers from the Tulsa area.

This meeting is open to the public and there is no fee for attendance. The World Class Speakers club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin St.

Information: Paulette Lorsbach, (918( 687-8887 or Virgil Rose, (918) 577-2873.

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