Ruth Suckow Memorial Association
Dear Suckow Association Members:
As Memorial Day approaches, I hope you are also remembering our annual Suckow meeting scheduled for Saturday, June 12 at 10 a.m., at the Cedar Falls Public Library. Coffee and rolls await you—not to mention new (free) Suckow bookmarks for you and for you to take back to your local library, school, or historical society.
Suckow t-shirts and more elaborate (laminated) bookmarks will also be available for you to purchase (at very modest prices) for yourselves or for gifts for your favorite readers. So bring your checkbook or a bit of cash!
Attached is a draft of the agenda for our 10 a.m. Business Meeting. Don’t hesitate to send me other items that should be added. Directions to Cedar Falls and the Public Library are also included.
Read, too, Ruth’s fifth novel, The Kramer Girls (1929), which we will discuss in our inimitable fashion at 1 p.m. following lunch. George Day will lead us as he did so expertly last year in Earlville.
In the meantime, there is only 1 more thing to do: Contact me (via e-mail, phone, postcard, letter) if you wish to reserve a lunch for June 12 We need your reservation by Sunday, June 6, so enough food can be prepared. Lunches will be $10 and you can pay for it that day. As you’ll see on the next page, 3 lunch choices are available, so let me know your choice. If you’d prefer to stretch your legs for lunch, several restaurants await you on the Cedar Falls parkade just outside the Library door.
If you are unable to come to this year’s meeting, do send your annual membership dues to our Treasurer, Joanne Laxson. A year’s membership is $15 and you should make out the check to the “Ruth Suckow Memorial Association.” Mail your check to Joanne Laxson, PO Box 129; Earlville, IA 52041. (All others can renew their memberships that day—so bring cash or your checkbooks!)
Until Saturday, June 12—happy reading!
Address: 2120 Tremont; Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Directions for those entering Cedar Falls from Highway 20 (east or west):
1) If you are driving west on Highway 20 (say from Earlville or Dubuque), take the first Cedar Falls exit. It will say “Highway 58” and “Industrial Park” and “George Wyth State Park.” This exit is to your right. Turn to your right off it, and stay on this road (Highway 58) for about 4 miles. You will go thru 3 stoplights (the first as you cross Ridgeway Ave.; the second as you cross Viking Road; and the third as you cross Greenhill Ave.). Look for the “18th Street Exit.” Exit there and at the end of the exit ramp turn left onto 18th Street. Continue on 18th Street (heading west) for about 2 blocks, and turn right on Main Street. Continue on Main Street for 12 blocks and you will see the Cedar Falls Public Library on your right (524 Main Street). You’ll see the parking lot in front. The library’s Conference Room is on the second floor. (You can take an elevator to the second floor if you wish.) Restrooms are also on the second floor.
2) If you are driving east on Highway 20 (from Des Moines, Hawarden, etc.), take the third (and last) Cedar Falls exit—saying “Highway 58,” “George Wyth State Park,” etc.—turn left at the end of the exit ramp; then follow the directions above.
(for those who wish to lunch at the Cedar Falls Library following our Business Meeting)
_____ Roast Beef Wrap, potato chips, baby carrots, chocolate chip cookie & beverage. $10
_____ Chicken Salad Sandwich on Homemade Kaiser Role, sun chips, seasonal fresh fruit,
chocolate chip cookie & beverage $10
_____ Smoked Turkey on a Pretzel Roll Sandwich, creamy potato salad, fruit cup,
chocolate chip cookie, & beverage. $10
Send Sandwich Preference to Barbara Lounsberry by Sunday, June 6 (the Caterer’s deadline). Payment can be made June 12 on site—cash or checks to “Barbara Lounsberry”.
Mail: 2120 Tremont
Cedar Falls, IA 50613-3939
Ruth Suckow Memorial Association
June 12, 2010
10:00 – Noon
Cedar Falls Public Library
Cedar Falls, Iowa
I. Call to Order & Welcome
II. Approval of Minutes from the Previous Meeting – Sara McAlprin
III. Treasurer’s Report –Joanne Laxson
IV. New Suckow Merchandise: bookmarks & t-shirts
V. Newsletter Report – Bob McCown
VI. Birthplace Report – Mary Helgevold
VII. Suckow Park at Earlville – Terry Walters
VIII. Suckow Gravesite in Cedar Falls – Cherie Dargan
IX. Suckow Website – Cherie & Mike Dargan
X. Suckow Blog – Cherie Dargan
XI. Old Business
A. Current Board of Directors
B. Need to increase membership
C. Increasing Suckow visibility
XII. New Business
A. Next year’s meeting date (and text?)
B. Election of Officers
1:00 The Kramer Girls, Ruth’s fifth novel (1929): A Discussion led by Dr. George Day
2010 Hawarden Birthplace Report - Mary Helgevold
The Suckow House received a “Sneak Preview” during Hawarden’s 2009 Labor Day weekend celebration. It was a last minute decision to open the house to the public for a peak at our work thus far. The Earlville collection of Ruth’s belongings were on display plus a book collection and household items donated by the public. The visitors were bedazzled by the magnificent wood floors and the size of the house. Much more work needs to be done on woodwork, doors, etc., so it is an ongoing project.
RUTH SUCKOW PARK REPORT FOR 2010
THE PARK IS IN GOOD SHAPE FOR IT AGE. THE CITY OF EARLVILLE IS DOING A GOOD JOB OF MOWING AND TRIMMING THE SHRUBS. THE CITY WAS LOOKING JOBS FOR THERE PEOPLE THAT HAD TO DO COMMUNITY SERVICE SO WE HAD THEM PAINT THE TABLES IN THE SHELTER. WE PURCHASED TWO BURING BUSH SHRUBS TO REPLACE THE EVERGREENS AND HAD THEM PLANTED AS WILL.
WE ARE NOT ABLE TO KEEP FLYERS IN THE DISPLAY HOLDER BECAUSE OF THE KIDS AT PLAY. OTHER THEN THAT THE PARK LOOKS GOOD.