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David G. Vanderstel, Secretary

6679 E. Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive

Indianapolis, Indiana  46219



7 February 2020




The Indianapolis Literary Club will convene next on the evening of Tuesday 18February 2020 at 8:00 p.m. in Clowes Commons at Park Tudor School.  Please note that the date is changed from our regular Monday meeting time to Tuesday the 18th dueto the observation of the Presidents’ Day holiday when our host institution will be closed.   The evening’s essayist will be Stephen K. Smith who will present his essay, “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”


Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.

Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997)


At the last meeting of the Club, President Rozelle Boyd extended his greetings to Club members and guests.  The Club then spoke to and voted upon the nominations of one proposed member. 


David Lips, retired attorney – sponsored by Morton Marcus, Richard Wiehe, and Eugene Lausch.  


The Club voted favorably to receive Mr. Lips into the Club.  His contact information is:  8942 Briarcliff Rd, Indianapolis, IN  46256    Phone: 317-845-8794. Email:   Please note this information in your Club yearbook.


The Secretary then presented another nomination:


Jack Wickesretired lawyergraduated from Indiana University, served in the US Army in Vietnam, received his law degree (cum laude) from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, served as counsel for the US Senate Committees on Veteran Affairs and Labor and Human Resources, and then maintained a private law practice for several decades.  His membership is sponsored by James Lingenfelter, Eugene Lausch, and David Young.


The Club will speak to his nomination and vote at the next meeting. 


A reminder about reservations for the upcoming 8th joint dinner meeting of the Indianapolis Literary Club, The Fortnightly Literary Club, and the Indianapolis Woman’s Club on 1 April 2020.  The speaker will be journalist and author A’Lelia Bundles who is a descendant of Madame C. J. Walker.  The dinner will be held at Woodstock Club.  Cost is $55.00 per person.  See the enclosed/attached information.  Reservations may be sent to Club Treasurer Richard Wiehe at 317-844-1433 or

Essayist Richard Gunderman then presented his essay “Su¢¢e$$.”  The essayist examined what is meant by success and how individuals perceive and assess their level of success in contemporary society.  Essayist Gunderman used some New Testament parables as a way of exploring the ethical dimensions of being successful.  A lively period of discussion followed. 


Remember that you can check details about the activities of the Indianapolis Literary Club by visiting its website   You can read essays from past meetings, check out the history of the Club, and also connect with other literary-oriented matters.  If you want to become more connected, check out the Club’s Facebook page by going to Facebook, searching for “Indianapolis Literary Club” and asking to be linked.  

Mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Indianapolis Literary Club and remember the change of date – Tuesday 18 February 2020 at 8:00 pmThe meeting will be held at our usual venue in Clowes Commons at Park Tudor School.  Essayist Stephen K. Smith will offer his essay, “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”  What does the essayist have in mind about “being responsible”?  Taming what or whom?  The Secretary has no idea about the focus of the essay, so you will need to attend the meeting in order discover the focus of essayist Smith’s presentation.  Hope to see you there!


Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads that lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction.  If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that as well. 

American author Maya Angelou (1928-2014), “Rainbow in the Cloud” (2014)


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