Our first meeting in the fall was an Asian dinner featuring food from several well-known Asian restaurants in the area. Louise Allstrom, a member who recently moved here from Australia, presented her work with Afghan refugees in Australia. Mary Lehrmen, horticulturist for the Minneapolis Park System brought a model of the sculpture representing ten thousand cranes that will be placed in the Peace Garden Project. We have voted to combine our own Peace Garden with the one at Lynndale Park and donate the remainder of our Peace Garden Fund to that program. Now our efforts will be refocused on our scholarship program. We are contributing $50 to the National Scholarship Fund. For our third meeting, Roseann Byrne led a lively discussion of the book, The Language of Blood by Jane Jeong Trenka, a Korean woman adopted by a Minnesota family.
The officers of the Minnesota chapter are Corrine Pearson, President, Pudge Chritian, Vice President, Cheryl Carlson, Sec/Treasurer, and Dixie Riley, Chapter Representative. There are currently 13 members in the Minnesota chapter.