March is Reading Month
Every month is reading month at the Women’s City Club! We have a Literacy Committee whose mission is to promote reading within the Club and the community. The committee recently established the WCC Book Club. The book club is warm, welcoming and flexible. The club meets once a month on the 4th Tuesday at East Congregational Church. Members of WCC can join any time or come for the discussion of a certain book. Books have been chosen through June and include, Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty, A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Klein, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Lab Girl by Hope Jahre and The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict.
The committee has taken on various other projects. Their first was to collect books for children staying at East Congregational Church during the holidays. A project under consideration is to collect books for the Book Fairy at DeVos Children’s Hospital. The Book Fairy is a hospital volunteer who reads and gives books to patients, carefully choosing a specific book for each child.
Anne Hill, chairperson of the committee, has been a WCC member since 2014 and a Chair and Board member since 2016. She was a Special Education teacher in Ottawa County and then a school psychologist in Rockford Schools for 26 years. She loved the continuous opportunities for learning new ideas and found the job very interesting.
Anne has been married to her husband for 45 years. They enjoy time with family, reading, travel and playing cards and games. In the summer they live in Pentwater where they are involved with the Historical Society, a coffee group and a Euchre league. Their daughter, son-in-law and 3-year old grandson live in Rockford now after living in Minneapolis for many years. Their son and daughter-in-law live in Denver where their daughter-in-law started a PhD program in the fall. The family members are all MSU fans!
The WCC holds an informal coffee once a month on the 3rd Tuesday at 10:30 am at East Congregational Church. Members are encouraged to bring books to swap and to stay and share some good conversation. This is a great time for those interested in learning more about the Women’s City Club to come and meet some members.
Promoting literacy and reading is very important to the Women’s City Club!