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Club News 3-23-12


Priscilla Book Club

The Priscilla Book Club met Feb. 8 at the home of Lynda Flowe on Miner’s Creek Drive in Lincolnton. Sarah Lantz, president, welcomed 15 members, who were served chocolate tarts accompanied by nuts, fruit and coffee.

For her literary moment, President Lantz highlighted the article from Our State magazine “The Civil War — The War of Songs” by Phillip Gerard, a professor at UNC-Wilmington. Music was the rallying cry of soldiers. Ironically, Daniel Emmett, a Union soldier, wrote “I Wish I Was in Dixie’s Land” as a satire against the South. However, the Confederate soldiers began singing it, and Emmett said he wouldn’t have written the song, which was eventually called “Dixie,” if he had known it would be used by the Confederate soldiers. As the war dragged on, the songs became sadder and mournful.

Following the business meeting, the program was presented by Hazel Andrews, who reviewed one of her favorite books, titled “Saints at the River,” by Ron Rash. The novel is based on an incident that occurred in Oconee County, S.C., where Mrs. Andrews’ family dates back to the 1700s.

The fictional story and the real story of the drowning of a child in the Tamassee River, an intense, whitewater rapid, have similarities and differences. Both accounts involve the struggle to retrieve the body of Rachel in the real story and of Ruth Kowalsky in the fictional story.

Ruth’s body is wedged between rocks, and her wealthy, political family, distraught and determined, are fighting to have a temporary dam built to retrieve her body no matter the cost.

The Tamassee River is an environmentally protected river under the Wild and Scenic River Act. Herein lies the problem causing the controversy about the recovery efforts. In both stories, a prominent senator appealed and used his authority to allow the Portadam to be built to recover the body of the drowned girl. Although Strom Thurmond’s name is not used in the novel, he is alluded to because of his involvement in the factual version. In the fictional account, he is called Senator Jenkins.

Mrs. Andrews passed around newspaper clippings illustrating the national and international attention drawn to the controversy surrounding the recovery.

Rash diverged from the factual story in the ending. He wanted to give a satisfactory outcome for the girl’s parents, who could not rest until their daughter’s body received a proper burial. In reality, Rachel’s body was not recovered.

Mrs. Andrews shared that her 18-year-old brother, Dewey Patterson, drowned in the Keowee River on Aug. 26, 1946.

In closing, as February is Presidents Month, Mrs. Lantz read “Lincoln” by James Larkin.


Delta Kappa Gamma

The Delta Sigma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met on Thursday, Feb. 9 in the Faith Building of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

President Gayle Reid brought the meeting to order. Annette Geymont welcomed everyone and thanked all members for coming. Frances Goins delivered the invocation.

During the business portion of the meeting, Gayle Reid recognized those teachers who have received awards. Phyllis Tallent read the minutes from the previous meeting, and they were approved.

Wendy Mosteller gave the treasurer’s report. After, Phyllis Tallent read the minutes from the Executive Board meeting. A new slate of officers was presented to the group for the next biennium and approved. Then, the committee reports were addressed. The annual fundraiser, which is a fashion show, will be held on March 31 at 10:30 a.m. Linda Little, the state president, will attend. It will be held in the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church. Fashions will be highlighted from Page Collectibles and Color Me Pretty. A brunch will be served of quiche, ham, fruit, dessert, juice and coffee. Tickets are $12 a person, and proceeds will go to the scholarship fund. Two scholarships are given each year to two graduates planning to go into the teaching profession. Tickets can be purchased from Wendy Mosteller at (704) 276-3168 or from any DKG member.

Elaine Jenkins introduced the speaker for the program. “Education in Lincoln County” was presented by N.C. Rep. Jason Saine. He was appointed to replace Johnathan Rhyne after Rhyne’s retirement. He spent some time talking about his experiences in his personal life and in his position as a representative. He then opened the floor for questions, and there was a variety of inquiries and remarks.

Backpack items for The Backpack Program for Hungry Children of Lincoln County Schools were collected and distributed.

The next meeting will be Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lincolnton. It will be a dinner meeting, with the installation of new officers and scholarship awards.


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