The Priscilla Book Club began their 87th year Oct. 9 at the home of Nelva Goodson. After a dessert course, members shared news and events from the summer. President Kay Barefoot opened the meeting with a story from Dan Barefoot’s book, Touring North Carolina Revolutionary War Sites about the American Revolutionary War’s Battle of Kings Mountain.
Becky Burke presented the treasurer’s report including a $100 donation to Lincolnton’s Charles R. Jonas Library for the purchase of books. After minutes from the last meeting and Peggy Lafferty’s distribution of program yearbooks, Program Leader Elizabeth Leatherman reviewed Lois Lowry’s book The Giver.
When the book opens, Jonas, the main character, has just turned 12 and finds himself in a society described as an ideal world with no inequality or injustice. Jonas receives his assignment as Receiver of Memory from an elderly man, the Giver. This assignment enables Jonas to see glimpses of color not seen by others. He soon realizes he can give memories and understands the “release” for the twin baby and “release” for older people. Jonas eventually flees with baby Gabriel.
President Barefoot closed the meeting with a reading from Robert Frost’s poem “October.” In Dan Barefoot’s book Touring the Backroads of the North Carolina Upper Coastj, he describes an epiphany Robert Frost experienced while visiting the state’s Dismal Swamp. The experience inspired his poem.
Peggy Lafferty will be hostess for the club’s November meeting, and Judy Holland will be program leader.