The January Meeting of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club held on the 17th at the Eckert Center was supposed to have a program presented by Jane Hoerster about the history of early black settlers in the area. Ms. Hoerster was ill, so the program turned into a roundtable discussion of the changes brought about by the bravery of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Each one present related observations of conditions before equal rights were put into law. The conclusion was that we as a society still have a long way to go, but have made great progress. Also noted was the impact that one man or woman can have through determination to right a wrong.
After the usual business of pledges, reading of the Club Collect, and minutes and treasurer’s report given, a discussion of fundraisers benefitting the scholarship fund brought several suggestion. The one finally agreed upon was a 42 tournament. The date pencilled in was March 24 if it can be worked out. More details will be given as they are available.
Tanya Lamoreaux, the club's liason with The Haven announced that some improvements have been made there. Some of the rooms have been painted and new furniture was donated. Special guests were invited to an openhouse recently to see these improvements. She also relayed a sincere thank you from the staff for a number of donations sent to them from citizens of Mason. The Haven is a shelter for victims of domestic abuse serving Mason, Menard, and McCulloch Counties.
It was announced that a statewide scholarship, The Eleanor Tibbs Scholarship, is available to our Mason students and that applicants would be sought. On a related note, Ms. Lamoreaux told those assembled that the dual credit students need monetary support.
Tommie Luckenbach gave a Federation report covering the need for more new members in our club and statewide. She suggested that each member bring a guest to next month’s meeting.
Next month's meeting will be on February 21 at the Eckert Center beginning at 2:00 p.m. The speaker will be author Judith Barton of Streeter who will discuss her book entitled "Too Many Chickens." It is also adopt a book meeting, so attendees need to bring a cash donation for that purpose.
Mary Carlman served as hostess in the absence of the scheduled hostess, Maudi Bergmann. Members attending were Edna Earle Benton, Mary Hemphill, Carol Jordan, Tanya Lamoreaux, Tommie Luckenbach, Betty Meyer, Sabin Nelson, and Mary Carlman.