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Women’s Club Hosts Author JoAnne MacIntyre
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 • Posted October 18, 2013

The first meeting of the 2013-2014 Woman’s Club was a great platform for the new year! We had two guests who graced us with their presence, Mary Nabor’s friend Pat and Tish Johnson’s daughter Elizabeth. Each department presented their topics and there was some discussion about department changes in the future (please see end of article for more information). The Legislative department wanted to remind everyone about the November 5 election in which there are several proposed Constitutional Amendments. You can go to the Legislative Reference Library of Texas website to read about the amendments. The lovely refreshments for this meeting were prepared by Penny Thomas, Tanya Kasper, Liz Waller, and Marcy Westcott. Thank you ladies!

The Literature Department presented a wonderful program with Amy Mollberg’s neighbor and local guest author JoAnne MacIntyre. JoAnne is a retired business woman and teacher. She presented her first published historical fiction novel Strongest Bonds, Broken Fences to the Woman’s Club. Growing up, JoAnne discovered a passion for historical fiction with her favorite book Gone with the Wind. JoAnne’s father inspired her to read and be creative by giving her “a word a day” to learn and memorize, which he would test her on sometimes a month after introducing her to it. Her father added to her creative drive by taking the whole family on trips across the country and tasking JoAnne to keep the family’s trip journal. Her love for writing continued as her 5th grade English teacher, Mrs. Hamilton, mentored her and encouraged all forms of writing. In fact, Mrs. Hamilton is mentioned in JoAnne’s Personal Acknowledgements section of her book. Despite always writing, JoAnne only dedicated herself to writing her latest book after three events:

1) Moving to Galveston, Texas. Here she met many nice people and a friendly way of life.

2) Becoming a teacher in Texas. JoAnne has her minor in History, but much preferred the subject of English and became a living English Reference Guide for students and teachers alike.

3) Moving to her acreage in Blanco. Here, she finally experienced directly working with the land, bonding with it and the locals, as well as finding the satisfaction of hard labor and the beautiful results of her creative efforts.

JoAnne loves to explore the countryside, abandoned homes, and researching the history of an area. In her book, she combines faith, trials of being a ranch woman, and local history to craft her story. You may recognize some people and places in her book, but some of it comes directly from her dreams and imagination. Be sure to meet her main character, Katherine, in Strongest Bonds, Broken Fences by checking it out from the Blanco Library!

Other Updated news: The November meeting will not be at Red Corral Ranch; the new location will be announced at a later time.

Kathy Knudson, who applied for membership, was voted into Woman’s Club. Welcome Kathy!

Two proposals were presented that will be addressed again in January:

1) A proposal came from the floor to combine the Art, Dance & Drama, and Music departments and be called “The Living Arts” or another department title along those lines. This came up since there are not many Dance and Drama activities in Blanco and they also typically coincide with a night of music.

2) The second proposal is to add a “Health, Home, & Family” department, which was mentioned at the end of last year’s meetings. This department could cover such topics as women’s health awareness, fun family activities that are coming up, cooking, and home first aid.

    *Note, any changes to department names will need a club vote and amendments to the By-laws.
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