ACTIVITIES AND SCHEDULES
We hold general meetings open to the public approximately once a month at the First Lutheran Church, 153 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042 between September and June. Each meeting features coffee and bagels followed by a speaker on varied topics. This past year we heard about contemporary art quilts from a respected collector, some NJ historical subjects, poetry survey from a noted MSU professor. Information on our meetings appears in the Chapter Newsletter, the Montclair Watercooler, Baristanet.com, Patch.com, The Jersey Tomato Press and the Montclair Times.
In addition to the general meetings, we have two special interest groups:
Dining out - evenings 1 - 2 times per year. Deana Campion (973-509-9036)
Book Group (see below for schedule) - 12:30 pm the second Wednesday of each month (bring a sandwich). Clare May (973-746-0757)
Our major fund raising activity for scholarships is our twice yearly Book Sale. Many members and non-members work on receiving, sorting and pricing the donated books all year long. Each member is obligated to contribute some time to staffing the two Book Sales.
2023 GENERAL MEETINGS
General meetings are open to the public and are held at 10:00am on the second Saturdays unless otherwise indicated below. Guests welcomed. We begin each meeting with coffee and bagels - the lecture usually starts at 10:30.
Our first Saturday meeting tis year will be Saturday, November 11 at the First Lutheran Church, at 10:00 for refreshments, and 10:30 for the speaker. Our first speaker will be Roma Torres, a former journalist who is best known for her time at cable news channel NY1, where she was a lead news presenter for over 28 years.Torre previously served as an anchor for NY1’s morning news, the station’s political news program “Inside City Hall”, and more recently "Your News Live at Noon". She has also co-anchored the inaugural ceremonies at City Hall Plaza and co-hosted the Tony Awards.
Torre and four others departed NY1 in December 2020 following a settlement in an age and gender discrimination lawsuit against Charter Communications.
First Lutheran Church (lectures on 1st floor - enter at rear)
153 Park St. (parking at the rear)
BOOK GROUP SCHEDULE 2023
For more information call Clare MAY 973-746-0757
We are meeting on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Our list of books is as follows:
October 11: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet - Clare May
November 8: Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olson - Reviewer Dot Hunt at the home of Clare May, 135 Montclair Ave., Montclair
December 13: Love, Loss and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman - Reviewer Joan Grevatt at the home of Jane Skibo, 4 Mendl Terr., Montclair
February 14: Persuasion by Jane Austen - reviewer Jane Skibo at the home of Joanne Sharkey , .#2M, 530 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair
March 13:Nightingale by Kristen Hannah - reviewer Joanne Sharkey at the home of Clare May, 135 Montclair Ave.
April 10: The Daughters of Yalta by Catherine Katz - Reviewer Clare May at the home of Maggie Kennedy, 113 Glen Ridge Ave., Glen Ridge
May 13: Any history in the "Killing" series by Bill O'Reilly - reviewers Lucy Brogle and Carylmead Eggeleston at the home of Clare May.
June 12: Planning Meeting - Bettine Avenia (her porch weather permitting)