Perhaps there is hope for me after all. Recently I attended a couple of committee and board meetings in which I am one of the senior members in both experience and age. In each instance I saw the reflection of my former self in women half my age. They spoke in absolutes, certain of that which is absolutely uncertain.
We discussed ways to engage our membership since the conventional ways weren’t producing the desired results. They were quick to condemn the ways of my generation finding fault in my writing which buried the facts within an informational article. I found no fault in what they said, I asked for their input because I believed a change was in order. They were schooled differently than I. Notice I said differently not better, because I do not believe they are better schooled.
It’s true I have my own writing style but it was patterned from the writing styles in my day. It’s also true that anyone can write and publish today for which I am proof enough when only a couple of generation’s earlier writers were the well-educated within a society where few received more than a grade school education.
The advice I received in one meeting was to get to the point. Place the facts in the first paragraph. Little did these young advisers know that I worked hard to evolve into a writer that could craft 200 words out of something I could summarize in 30 words or less. Now my acquired skill has become antiquated, in part by the impatience of youth, as well as, the technological way of today.
Hopefully this does not sound like I’m defending myself or making excuses, rather it’s my means of announcing that I humbly stand in the shoes of my elders who graciously allowed me to find my place in serving the community. And I in turn respectfully listen and learn the ways of the tomorrow’s leaders still in need of learning, evolving and cultivating.
Saturday at 8 p.m. Darke County Center for the Arts will present Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” at St. Clair Memorial Hall.
The Versailles Vets Club offers an open to the public Bid Euchre Tournament downstairs at 7 p.m. every Thursday. There is a $5 entry fee. Pinochle is played daily at Eagles (members only) beginning at noon.
The Versailles Diamond Club will hold its eighth annual dinner with an auction the evening of Jan. 14. Tickets are available by contacting Ted Lyons at 937/538-1145 or Tony Rose at 937/632-3132.
There will be a free Christmas dinner at Lighthouse Christian Church in Greenville at 11:30 a.m. on Christmas Day. Reservations are requested, also church members are asking for anyone aware of a shut-in that may benefit from a Christmas meal consisting of ham, chicken, barbecue, scalloped potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw, bread, coffee and pie, to contact them at 937-548-7464. Please leave a message.
New Years Eve: You can start making your local plans for New Year’s Eve; the Versailles Vets Club (upstairs) will have open to the public “Karaoke with Orville” beginning at 9 p.m. The Versailles Eagles will have a members-only dance with live music by Karma’s Pawn. Tickets are $10 each. Stillwater Valley Golf Course will have Smithville South performing for their dance with the traditional sausage and sauerkraut midnight meal for $50.
Birthday wishes to Karen Schultz, Noah Henninger, Quinn Delancey, Traci Doubbelaere, Matthew Curtis, Toby Potter, Emily Smith, Dave Magoto, Lucy Tuente, Jett Baker, Miranda McClurg, Laura Heitkamp, Lily Brock, Macie Griffith, Jackie Keyser, Jill Nieport, Ken Kremer Andy Monnin, Jenny Rinderle, Terry Richhart, Maggie Knapke, Ryan Rose, Lisa Martin, Joe Ruschau, Ernie Clayton, Sandy Fletch, Bob Goubeaux, Rita Rindler, and Jenny Hamilton as their birthdays approach. Wedding wishes to Jacqueline and Boubacar Nomaou who marry this Saturday and anniversary wishes to Katrina and Dan Hoening (44).
Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Tabitha Sager, Joan DeMange (broken wrist), Amy Poeppelman, Julie Keihl, Joan Magoto, Jeanne Brandon, Squirt Marshal, Ruth Haft, Rosie Pearson, Virginia Smith, John Subler, Cheryl Huelskamp, Sally Monnin, Sondra Spangler, Mary Barga, Wilma Didier, Anabelle Subler, Lavern Brunswick, Jeanette Simons, Julia Billenstein, Merilyn Borchers, Lewis Didier, Alan Stammen, Lewis May, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Levadia Barga, Jack Borgerding, Dan Monnin, Linda Wilson, Lois Youngker, Sam Yagle, Barb Goubeaux, David Zumberger, Brian Voisard, Cyril Frantz, Michelle Ullom, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Barb Agne, Samantha Smith, and all those not mentioned by name who are ill, suffering, hospitalized or home-bound.
Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of David Liette (64) and Linus Monnin (84); also remembering the lives of Caitlyn and Hudson Nestor, Tina Jones, Lawrence Lloyd, Robert Richard, John Griesdorn, Coryanna Strawser, Gary Devor, Benjamin Puthoff, Eileen Mendenhall, Alfrieda Puthoff, Julia Addis, Jim Beare, John Baltes, Chris Simons, Viola Luthman, Katrina George, Martha Kremer, Don Rismiller, Nancy Yagel, Buckles Treon, Dolcie Mooneyhan, Goldie Wood, Luella Berger, Bertha Hartle, Sarah Monnier, Pauline Dapore, Elmer Wagner, Ruth Spencer and all those who are in our hearts but not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” ~Henry Ford
“Unless you try something beyond what you’ve already mastered, you will never grow.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Man’s mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes