Jennifer Nad, the winner of the Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs International House Scholarship, spoke on her experiences as at the International School in Tuscaloosa, as well as her experiences at the International House at Jacksonville State University. She explained how she came to be in the United States with her family from Germany when her father was transferred to the Mercedes Benz plant. She is majoring in Early Childhood Development and plans to use the teaching of languages to young children in her classes.
Lara Lubiensky talked about her wish to attend college in America from a very early age. She was aided in living in the International House and attending JSU by one of her high school professors that had attended JSU and lived in the International House 20 years ago. She will be here for three years and is majoring in drama with a minor in music. Lara entertained the group with a lovely rendition of the vocal, “Edelweiss”.
Also, Lara explained some of the differences between Germany and Austria, such as Austrians are more laid back, all Austrian children are required to play an instrument or sing, and the differences in the pronunciation of words and use of words in their language.
Lubiensky talked about the wonderful experiences she had in America and at the International House, as well as her love for America.
Carolyn Brooks, Chairman of the Social Committee, announced that the Christmas Luncheon would be held December 10 at 11:15 a.m. at the Classic on Noble.
Mary L. White, Chairman of Nominations and By Laws Committee, presented a proposed change to the By Laws to bring the local By Laws into line with the AFWC By Laws.
Ways and Means Committee Member and Treasurer, Constance Sims, discussed the proposed budget. She stated that all approved budgeted projects would be kept in Jacksonville. Checks had been made to the JCOC, Jacksonville Public Library, and Meal on Wheels.
President Calvert asked that members consider who they would like to nominate for the Book of Golden Deeds.
Club members brought box tops for education, magazines for a senior citizen program and toiletries for Second Chance.
Mary L. White, stated that a slate of officers would need to be developed for 2013-2015.
It was decided that the club would continue the practice of individual members purchasing bags and filling them with items for the boys and girls at the Second Chance.
It was agreed that members would purchase their own bags, fill them, tag them as to whether for a boy or girl and indicate the age of the intended recipient. Club members will bring these bags to the February Meeting for delivery to Second Chance.
The club voted that club members would donate a small amount each month to honor members having birthdays in that month, and that the money collected would be donated to Heifers International.
Members attending were: Carolyn Brooks, Kenneith Calvert, Martha Dobson, Elaine Doyle, Eloise Moersch, Sonja Parris, Linda Read, Maxine Rose, Carolyn Sasser, Constance Sims, Margaret, Margaret Valine, Sandy Walker, Carol Ann Watson, and Mary White.