Parry shared one of her favorite memories about former member Marge Bassett, who at 98 years old was driving her car one day and got pulled over by a state trooper. Her response?
“Trooper, do you have a senior discount?” Parry recalled with a laugh.
At other meetings, members sometimes write communal poetry just for fun. Each woman composes a single line on a subject such as spring, and a member puts them all together into a single poem.
“It’s really fun,” said Joyce Hodges. “They’ve been really great poems.”
Although The Thursday Study Club is about education, Parry said it’s much more than that. For her, the club offers a chance to meet with good friends, share experiences and find support as she gets older.
“Everybody thinks as you get older everything is just going to be blissful and you’ll gracefully walk into the sunset,” she said. “It ain’t like that. You better have a support group to help you along.”
And with that support and encouragement, Parry said, the club continues to achieve its original goal: keeping women socially and intellectually relevant.
“I don’t think any of us burned our bras or anything like that when that kind of thing was happening,” she said. “But we’ve learned how to grow and change with the times in a gracious way.
“Our founders saw that the role of women would be changing. I think we’ve stayed up with that,” she said. “We’re current, and we’re informed.”
Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.