David G. Vanderstel, Secretary
6779 E. Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive
12 April 2021
THE SECRETARY'S LETTER
The next meeting
of the Indianapolis Literary Club will be Monday 19 April 2021 at 8:00 pm via Zoom. The essayist will be James P. Fadely
who will read "Triumph and Tragedy: Casinos, Circuses, and Hotels."
It is not triumph which defines a man,
but tragedy. Triumph always brings out the best in men, but tragedy shows us what we are made of.
Jocelyn Murray, The Roman General: A Novel
At the last meeting of the Club, President Joseph Hingtgen welcomed all
to the meeting. There was no business from the Secretary. The Treasurer reported that the Club remains in sound financial
condition with some members still needing to pay their annual dues; please do so since the current Club year is nearing an
end. Jim Glass reminded members about the Tri-Lit event on the evening of 7 April.
First Vice President Alan McKenzie
then presented the slate of officers and committee members for the 2021-2022 Club year. Members will vote at the next meeting.
President Alan T. McKenzie
First Vice President John J. Cooney
Second Vice President David
Third Vice President Giles R. Hoyt
Secretary David G. Vanderstel
Assistant Secretary Antwain K.
Treasurer Richard E. Wiehe
Webmaster John F. Sweeney
Soundmaster Paul R. Halvorson
Soundmaster Randall Ayres
James E. Lingenfelter, Jr. 2019/20 - 2021/22
Rozelle Boyd 2020/21
Joseph N. Hingtgen 2021/22 - 2023/24
On Nominations of Offices and Members
John J. Cooney,
Andrew C. Emerson
Richard D. Feldman
James A. Glass
Giles R. Hoyt
Eugene W. Lausch
Stephen E. Towne
On Arrangements and Exercises
David A. Lips, Chair
James W. Brown
Daniel L. Kirklin
On Rooms and Finance
Giles R. Hoyt, Chair
J. Gerald Janzen
Dallas E. Mulvaney
Richard C. Turner
The evening's essayist Stephen Towne
presented his essay "Albion," which was an examination of the life and writings of American politician and author
Albion W. Tourgée. He became involved in Reconstruction activities in North Carolina and was active in civil rights,
founding the National Citizens' Rights Association and Bennett College for freedmen. A lively period of conversation followed.
The Secretary is pleased to issue the annual call for essays for the 2021-2022 Club year. Individuals wishing to present
for the next year are encouraged to submit a tentative title and preferred month of presentation to the Secretary by 1 June
2021. New members and those who have not presented for some time are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity
to present an essay. Essays may cover any topic of choice, are to be read, and should last approximately 30 minutes with time
allowed for questions and discussion. Proposed titles should be obscure and mask the actual topic of the essay, this being
a long-time Club tradition. The Secretary will prepare the schedule in early summer. Preference will be given to those who
have not presented recently. As of this point, we do not know the location of those meetings. Stay tuned....
calendars for Wednesday 12 May 2021 for a virtual Annual and Inaugural Meeting. Details will follow in the coming days.
to attend the next Club meeting when essayist James P. Fadely will present "Triumph and Tragedy: Casinos, Circuses, and
Hotels." What types of triumph and tragedy will the essayist address? And what do casinos, circuses, and hotels have
to do with the story? The Secretary has a good idea, but you will need to attend to discover the topic. Details to access
Zoom will follow later next weekend. Stay well and safe!