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Sharing Plain Wisdom recipes

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The Stockdale Blue Bonnet Club met May 14 in the home of hostess Bernice Person for the regular business meeting. Prior to the meeting, Amish refreshments of trail mix and chocolate coffee cake were served to the members. The cake and trail mix were made from the recipes of Miriam Flaud and they are found in Plain Wisdom.

President Sue McLelland called the meeting to order. Susan Cotter, secretary/treasurer, read the minutes of the April meeting, gave the treasurer’s report, and conducted the Roll Call.

Committee reports were called for and given. Card Committee reported sending 18 cards for April; Helen Deason, Nursing Home Visitor for May, provided an assortment of candy bars, individually wrapped cookies, and snack-size packages of chips and Fritos to the Stockdale Nursing Center to be used as prizes for their bingo games; Sharon West took candy, cookies, and chips for prizes in March. Jubilee Float Chairman Sharon West reported the theme has been chosen for the Blue Bonnet Club’s float to be entered in the Watermelon Jubilee Parade in June. A meeting of the committee will be called soon. Bernice Person reported the July Outing is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, with those attending to meet at 10 a.m. in the Baptist Church parking lot.

Hostess for the June meeting will be Judy Childress, with Pat Rutland to serve as Program Leader. Barbara Wiatrek will serve as the June Nursing Home Visitor.

Molly Rowell, program leader, reviewed the non-fiction book, Plain Wisdom, co-authored by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud. The book is a true-life account of two very close, but different friends from very different cultures and worlds. Cindy is a modern English woman and Miriam is an Old Order Amish woman. These two women share many events of each of their lives as they develop their friendship. Customs regarding courting and marriage, foods, and chores the Amish women are responsible for compared to English women are shared in the book. The desire of self-sufficiency is very important to the Amish.

Plain Wisdom was summarized by Miriam Flaud as “I am who I am” and by Cindy Woodsmall as “Everyone of us has traits we are not fond of -- we are what we are!” Truths given by both in the book are “the best way to have a friend is to be one” and “Love covers a multitude of sins.”

At the conclusion of the review, Molly Rowell presented two door prizes. Sandy Lynn received a copy of Plain Wisdom and Barbara Wiatrek received a basket containing the ingredients needed to make the trail mix recipe found in the book.

Attending the meeting were members Edith Akin, Linda Carden, Susan Cotter, Gina Deason, Helen Deason, Frances Hastings, Ginger Jackson, Sandy Lynn, Sue McLelland, Bernice Person, Molly Rowell, Pat Rutland, Sharon West, Barbara Wiatrek, and Billie Jo Wolff.

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