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Beta women hear painting story

Sorosis Beta met March 15 at 7 p.m. at Peabody Township Library with 13 members and 1 guest present. President Diane Glaser opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the club pledge.

Diane introduced Rodger Charles, librarian for Peabody Township Library. He presented a program explaining the painting by Jack Logan that has hung in the library since Jan. 1919. As far as is known, this is the only painting Logan ever did.

There is a list of seven names in gold on the painting that represent the soldiers who gave their lives fighting in World War I. Four addition columns of names represent individuals who served in the war. Charles gave a brief background of several of the men named and showed pictures of them.

The painting was painted on a board rather than on canvas and is hanging in a shaded area of the library rather in than in bright sunlight so it is very well preserved. It is, however, in need of cleaning and some restoration work to preserve it for future generations.

The library has started a fund to pay for the cleaning and restoration, the cost of which is estimated at $3,000 to $5,000.

A re-dedication ceremony is being planned for Memorial Day.

A thank-you gift was given to Rodger Charles for presenting the program.

Marquetta Eilerts then gave a devotional on the life of St. Patrick and some of the legends and facts told about him. The February minutes were read and approved and the treasurer’s report was given.

Faye Stucky reported for the community improvement committee that the tree the club donated to the Tree Replacement Project will be planted and staked in April. Club members also voted to give money to the library for the painting restoration fund and to the Peabody Senior Center.

Lou Ann Gray presented the slate of officers nominated for the coming club year. Nominee for president is Arleen Moffett, for vice president is Marilyn Cox, for secretary-reporter is Sonja Koslowsky, and for treasurer is Marquetta Eilerts.

Marquetta won the door prize — a $10 gift certificate to the Bread Basket. The meeting closed with members repeating the club collect.

Refreshments of cake, ice cream, nuts, and mints were served by hostesses Faye Stucky and Marquetta Eilerts.

The next meeting will be April 19. Members are to meet at Carolyn Rowland’s house at 6:30 p.m. to go to the Copper Shed.

Last modified March 22, 2012

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