20th Century Club hears report on national parks

The recent meeting of the 20th Century Club was held at Grace Episcopal Church with Jeanne Cheek as hostess.

The meeting was called to order by the President Beverly Warren with the reading of the collect. Roll was called by Linda Minyard and minutes from last meeting were read and approved. The treasury report was given. Warren reminded members to sign up to be hostess and co-hostess for 2014-15 at the upcoming meetings. The subject for this period would again be Islands of the World.

Warren also announced that JoAnn Gregory and Norman Caldwell would be working on the location and speaker for the May meeting.

The meeting was then turned over to Gregory, who gave a very informative and scenic report of the Isle Royale National Park (45 miles in length and 9 miles wide) located in Lake Superior’s northwest corner in the state of Michigan. The national park was established on April 3,1940, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Over 99 percent of the land on Isle is designated wilderness and is one of the most remote national parks in the United States. There are historic lighthouses, shipwrecks, ancient copper mining sites and plenty of spots to observe the moose, wolves, looms, beavers, fox and other small mammals and bird life.

Gregory also reported on the Virgin Islands which were purchased from Denmark in 1917. They received their name from Columbus in 1493. The Virgin Islands are known for their immense beauty, historical significance and outstanding beaches. The Truck Bay or Magens Bay in St. Thomas is the most beautiful beach in the world. On Aug. 2,1956, Eisenhower established the Virgin Island National Park. On Dec. 1, 1956, the Virgin Island National Park was dedicated and became the 29th national park in the United States.

After the report, the ladies enjoyed a time of fellowship and refreshments.