Member Monday: Treasured Possessions by Darlene Keppler

Welcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to feature a piece by member Darlene Keppler.  Welcome, Darlene.

Treasured Possessions

by Darlene Keppler

In this day of instant communiques it may seem trite to suggest we’ve lost touch with our families. We can pick up the phone in a moment and hear a loved one’s voice across the miles. But a personal letter, handwritten, disclosing thoughts and feelings seems to belong to a bygone era.

If you’re a sentimental pack rat, like me, maybe you have a drawer full of ribboned letters preserved over the years, hoarded as “pearls of great price.” My missive jewels are not kept because of their grandiose verbiage or literary style. Many are simple, thoughtful jottings to say, “I care.” Yet with each reading I laugh, or cry, and reminisce as I take mini-trips into faraway past.

I prize a letter postmarked October, 1940 and handwritten by my Aunt Agnes to encourage me in my new spiritual commitment. We are told in the Bible, “to rejoice with those who rejoice and to weep with those who weep.” Aunt Agnes did just that.

APO #824, postmarked September, 1945 by my brother-in-law during World War Two, is another treasure. Just days after the birth of our daughter, he wrote, “September 14 was a day of moment in the Keppler family. Somehow-it must have been against great odds-a girl was born in our family.” (Before, all boys had been born.)

Our daughter, her husband and our three granddaughters spent six and a half years m Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea. There was no e-mail in the eighties, so we kept postal routes hot with an ongoing weekly log of activities. Diane, our daughter, always began her epistles, “Dear Ones,”-miles apart, but close in spirit. After the first year, I typed, xeroxed and bound those precious first impression letters from Ukarumpa, PNG. I entitled it “Dear Ones”, a gift to treasure of friendship, chuckles and fond memories.

When grandchildren beg, “Grams, tell us about the Olden Days,” maybe it’s time to get your pen and tablet out. Tell them about their roots. It could become one of the family’s treasured possessions.

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Happy New Year from the President

I hope that everyone not only survived the holiday period, but survived with fodder for writing. I know did. I am bursting at the seams with possibilities.

Our holiday readings at the last general meeting were awesome; great variety of writing and food! We had new members join so that they were guaranteed a reading slot.

It was mentioned the laughter at our Board Meetings could get us kicked out of the library (not really, but we do slide out of our chairs, roll on the floor and turn red). The board members have elected to roll over their terms, but if anybody is interested in joining this raucous group, they are invited to attend one (held the Thursday before the 2nd Saturday-General Meeting, the next one is January 9th). If we don’t scare you off, you are invited to contact our nominating committee chaired by Deborah Gilson to have your name added to the slate for upcoming elections in March. Below is how it is “officially” IAW our Bylaws.

5.8 Officers and Directors shall be nominated by a Nominating Committee …

At the meeting immediately preceding the March annual meeting, the Nominating Committee shall present the slate to the members. Other nominations will be received from the floor during the March annual meeting, at which time the vote shall take place.

5.9 All nominees must be members in good standing.

5.10 Officers and Directors shall be elected at the annual meeting each March by written ballot, except a written ballot is not required when only one person is nominated for an office. Only members in good standing are eligible for office. Election shall be by majority vote.
**Complete Bylaws are on our site as a PDF at Bylaws

We have some fantastic upcoming programs. Our Website now posts all upcoming programs, not just the immediate one. Please visit our new page Upcoming Attractions.

Until next month, keep your pen to the paper or your fingers on the keyboard.

Larry Watters