Philolectians have had a busy season so far. Ten new members attended the new member tea at Anoka City Hall. They are Kay Goeser, Vicki Johnson, Jennifer Schwarzrock, Suzanne Karnitz, Mary Nelson, Louise Thomas, Judy Botts, Diane Swedal and Beth Gedde. Not listed are Dianne Bartley, Joyce Alt and Marge Hoiland.
One of our fall meetings featured Nancy Jacobson from Pine Tree Orchard as a guest speaker. Pine Tree Orchard is a family owned business. Art and Dickie Jacobson purchased Pine Tree Orchard in 1958. Today, all six adult children are actively involved in growing and marketing apples.
Another one of the fall speakers was Chris Shafer, the chief meteorologist at WCCO television. He told his amusing story of wanting to be a meteorologist but how because of his youthful appearance he was held back. He did succeed and fulfilled his childhood dream.
The outreach program was Project Bookshelf. Philolectians collected 134 books that were brought to the Rum River Library for future distribution at the four Anoka County food shelves.
December’s meeting was entertainment that was provided by its members. Program chairpersons Barb Weldon and Eleanor Gerster were able to get the trio, Bonnie Melting, Judy Bender and Joan Olson, to perform an assortment of Christmas music.
January’s meeting featured Peter Vodenka, author of “Journey for Freedom,” as the guest speaker. The story is about him and his family’s defection from Communist Czechoslovakia. Vodenka, his wife Lida and their two small children escaped in the middle of the night in the pouring rain. They left behind their families and everything they owned, risking their lives in order to have freedom.