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Sorosis begins 124th year

September 19, 2012

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Sorosis met Sept. 17 at the Heard Memorial Club House with 44 members and four guests present for the opening luncheon hosted by Jackie Fike and Peggy Brown. The Posh Potato bar was catered by Country Bumpkin. Second Vice President Elle Dugan gave the invocation.

President, Betty Sue Viterna opened the business meeting for the beginning of the 124th year of Sororis. The minutes were read and approved. Treasurer Nancy Finley reported reported on the bank balance.

Corresponding Secretary Marty Graves introduced our newest member, Toby Dorr and husband Christian Dorr. She also reported receiving thank you notes from Dorothy Eken, Lucy Conrad and Joanne Gardner. Resignation letters were received from Sally Lockett Branson and Mary Jeanette Hurt.

History and Literature Chair Becky Imhauser introduced Meg Liston for the program The Uptown Theater: Preservation Premier Party. The Uptown first opened in Sedalia in 1936 and closed in the 1960s. Meg Liston was assisted by Bob Walters and together they described how this restoration will proceed. Sedalia Downtown Development Inc has received a $5,000 grant which they will match from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Upon completion the seating capacity will be 450 to 600.

Betty Sue Viterna announced a planned bus tour of Sedalia on Monday Oct. 22. Bus trip is open to both Helen G. Steele Music Club and Sosoris. Jackie Fike then described some of the various stops which will include the Poor House, the Afro-American Museum and concluding with the Uptown Theater. Tour will be from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at a cost of $50 per person which includes lunch.

Judy Matson reported the Historic Register designation is posted in the entryway of the Heard House..

Becky Imhauser announced William Claycomb will present the program for the Oct. 1 meeting From the Big House to the Poor House describing the county’s poor farms.

Betty Sue presented the Past President Shirley Evans with a garden bouquet for her leadership.

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