Thirty members and four guests of Sorosis were met at the Heard Memorial Club House with the sounds of Christmas beautiful Christmas decorations for the Christmas Tea on Dec. 16, 2013. Rita Hogan, First Vice President, opened the meeting and asked for introductions of guests. Pat Kelley delivered the invocation while Mary Jo Antibus provided background Christmas music.
Following the tea, Sylvia Hopkins introduced Joe Geist, Supervisor of the Ashby-Hodge Collection of American Art of Central Methodist University, Fayette, and Denise Gebhart, newly appointed Curator of the Museum. This Museum is primarily a collection of Thomas Hart Benton art as well as students of Benton and his friends. A Powerpoint presentation gave us an overview of the over 800 pieces included in this collection. This collection includes not only Benton but the works of his students such as Pollock, Bennett, Graham, Marshall and McKim. Art pieces of some of Benton’s friends include works of Pyle, Nesbitt, Shane and Wilson.
Rita waived the reading of the minutes of the Dec. 2 meeting. She reported that Marty Graves, Corresponding Secretary, had sent a card to Dorothy Eken who was having surgery, She also stated that Fred Davis of the State Fair Community College had died.
Jean Gallagher described the program for the March 3 meeting as a presentation on the national World War I Museum in Kansas City. She urged members to bring husbands, friends and all history buffs to attend.
Rita thanked the hostess committee for their efforts to organize the tea. She also announced a two-club social for Sorosis and Music Club for Sunday, Feb. 23 at Winchester Meadows.