Twentieth Century Club meets exchange student Mary Mocanu

Posted December 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

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Thirteen members of The Twentieth Century Club met at the home of Georgia Detwiler on Monday, Dec. 10, for their Christmas meeting. Co-hostesses were Sherry Wiseman, Doris Norval, Dorothy Jordan, Ruth Woody, Sharyl Henry, Sandi Eaves and Jean Wernel. Georgia’s home was beautifully decorated for the holidays.

President Glenda Ware presided over the meeting. She also gave The Opinion topic: Are we hearing too much trivial news these days? Examples included Duchess Kate’s morning sickness and Hollywood gossip being covered as important news.

Doris Norval read a poem on the importance of friends and family at Christmas time. She also shared a humorous poem about Rum Fruitcake. Doris related some history on the typical symbols and dates of Christmas and their origin from mythology, pagan practices and foreign countries.

Luella Phipps introduced the entertainment for the meeting: Mary Mocamu, a foreign exchange student from Moldova, and her host mother, Barb Bland. Mary, a sophomore at El Dorado Springs Christian School, gave an interesting account of Christmas customs in her homeland. She also answered questions taken from members. Members learned that Moldova gained its independence from USSR in 1991. Mary went through a rigorous application process in the FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) program to be eligible for “adoption” in the U.S. She arrived in August and will remain with Ralph and Barb Bland until the end of the school year. Mary, only 15, was an accomplished and enjoyable speaker for the group.

Members then enjoyed numerous varieties of refreshments provided by the hostess and co-hostesses.