Greetings From The President

Ellen Dewey

Dear Members,

Well, March’s Lion certainly roared loudly and frequently, but it thankfully made way for April’s Lamb.

And fortunately, the weather cooperated on the evening of March 20! FOSFTL dared to try something new! We organized carpools for members wishing to attend an evening event in Newton.

This year, we participated in a collaborative effort of the Catawba County Library and
Catawba Valley Community College’s Interdisciplinary Read, focusing on Bryan Stevenson’s non-fiction book, Just Mercy, about issues of justice, equality, and poverty. As CCL Director Suzanne White stated, “This community read challenges us to consider ourselves as part of a larger community and society.”

We hosted two related events at our SFT Branch Library, and then a number of our carpools brought members to Newton for the Read’s capstone event on March 20: Speaker Anthony Ray Hinton, who was recently exonerated by Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative after more than three decades on death row. You may have seen him on “60 Minutes.” Following Hinton’s powerful presentation, we had an opportunity to chat with others at the reception and book signing. See p. 4-5 for photos.

Our next event is coming up quickly!! A few spots are still open for our Attentive Listening Skills Workshop on Tuesday, April 3, 6PM. See p. 3. On Monday, April 9, 5:30-7:30PM, we can Meet the Candidates for the GOP Primary! Chat with them at their individual tables, and feel free to ask questions. Please share the information! See page 2 and the emailed attachments for details.

Next on our calendar is a Business Meeting on Tuesday, April 17, 6:30PM, and a Program on Tuesday, May 15, 6:30PM: The History of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Area, a panel discussion featuring long-time residents and moderated by Robert Eades.

Happy Spring! Ellen