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July 15, 2013

Thursday Study Club celebrates 75 years in Kokomo

Thursday Study Club celebrates 75 years in Kokomo

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These days, the club has expanded its programs to include more wide-ranging topics, including updates on Kokomo schools, obscure historical topics like Navajo code talkers working during World War II, and even math lessons.

Foreman said one of the members teaches math, so the club spent one meeting doing arithmetic problems.

“We wanted to know how our grandkids were doing math, so she taught us,” she said. “This group stays very current, despite our age. We want to know what’s going on.”

And age is somewhat of an issue with the group. President Sue McGavic clocks in as the youngest member at 60. Charlotte Young is one of the oldest members, and she’s in her 90s.

Foreman said members have talked about inviting potential club candidates to a meeting, but with one caveat — they have to be under 50 years old.

“We’d like to get younger members, because we want to keep this going,” she said. “But we’re not going to keep anybody out because they’re too old or too young.”

She said candidates have to be invited to a meeting, and if they seem like a good fit, the group votes on letting them in. They try to keep the number of women at around 21, Foreman said, so the club doesn’t get too big and remains an intimate get-together.

But don’t get the idea that the club’s meetings are stuffy, academic affairs. There is a façade of formality to the group. Woman dress up in their Sunday best, and the meetings follow a certain protocol, like doing roll call, discussing business and keeping minutes.

But there’s a sense of fun just below the surface of it all.

At this month’s meeting at Primrose Retirement Community, where the club celebrated its 75th anniversary, it didn’t take long for members to start cracking jokes and telling funny stories about themselves or past members.

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