Members were welcomed to the lovely home of Kay Tignor by Kay and her co-hostess, Caroline Johnson. Regina East, also a co-hostess, was absent due to illness. Other members present were Becky Cyr, Beverly Hardin, Janice Kent, Nancy Lofton, Laurel Sewell, Carolyn Smith, Joan Swift, Ann Tucker and Ann Woods.
President Woods held the business meeting and then Caroline Johnson introduced Dwina Willis who gave the program. Dwina started the discussion by showing some of the items her father, J. Walker Whittle, had collected during his tour of duty in World War II and some of the items he had sent her mother, Louise Whittle. Dwina and her sister, Rosemary McKnight, had given most of her father’s items to the World War II Museum. Whittle was in the Cee Bees and served all over the South Pacific during the war. His job was in communications, and he kept a diary of whatever happened daily. Dwina showed yearbooks, a Japanese wallet, a handkerchief, pictures and letters sent to her mother, clippings, his ID and dog tags, and money from many different countries.
Knowing you had family serving in WWII makes reading books set in that time more interesting. Some of the books she had read and found very interesting were The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris; Clika’s Journey by Heather Morris; All the Flowers in Paris by Sandra Jio; No Woman’s Land by Ellie Milwood; Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini; The Long Flight Home by Alan Hiad; The Painted Castle by Kristi Cambron; and Christmas at the Foyles Bookshop by Elaine Roberts. Dwina gave a brief synopsis of these books.
After the program, refreshments of a Hershey cake, nuts and drinks were served. Kay Tignor presented two door prizes and a gift to the speaker wrapped in beautiful fall/Christmas reversible bags she had made.