Sesame Club holds last meeting for 2012-2013, installs officers for upcoming year

The Sesame Club recently held its last meeting of the 2012-2013 year in the Oak Room at Pine Bluff Country Club.

President Donna Davis opened the meeting with the reading of the Collect.

New yearbooks for 2013-2014 were distributed. The theme of study will commemorate “The Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States 1861-1865” and will be a study of the impact of the war on Jefferson County.

Following the business meeting, Ann Clark presented Maya Angelou, the last of the “Poets and Poetry” programs.

Angelou, poet and author, is best known for the reading of her poem, “On the Pulse of the Morning,” at the inauguration of former president Bill Clinton. She has also written seven autobiographically based books and five books of essays.

A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and 30 honorary degrees, Angelou has also been a playwright, composer, actress, director and Civil Rights activist, working closely with Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Since 1981, she has served as professor of American studies at Wake Forest University, making her homes in Winston Salem, N.C., and Harlem.

The newly elected officers were installed: president, Bonnie McClure; vice president, Diana Millenbaugh; secretary, Julia Beckham; treasurer, Jo Ann McGeorge; corresponding secretary, Ann Smith; parliamentarian, Donna Davis; press secretary, LaNelle Roberts.

Hostesses were Susan Brown, Bonnie Green, and Diana Millenbaugh. Members were served dessert at tables centered with African violets.

The next meeting will be Sept. 24.