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Dec. 6 Meeting at Everson Festival of Trees

The December program is on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6, in partnership with the Everson Museum Members’ Council. We are scheduled for a Docent tour of the Museum exhibits and Festival of Trees at 3 pm. It is exciting for WTB to have donated a tree and wreath to the Festival. The Everson also has several special exhibits, which will be included in our tour, in addition to the Festival of Trees display. The docents will be scheduled according to the number in our group. Please email Betty Lamb, bettyslz@aol.com, if you will be joining us.

The museum is at 401 Harrison St., corner of So. State St., in Syracuse. Admission is $5.00.

Our tree and wreath were decorated on Nov. 29 by Bobby Pohar, Leslie Timko, Penny Hart, Betsy Wiggins, Danya Wellmon, Kathy Fanella, Liz Spence, Barb Bova, and Betty Lamb.

January Meeting to Support WCNY Travel Auction

Our January program is on Friday, Jan. 22 at WCNY. WTB is volunteering to answer the phones for WCNY’s Travel Auction from 5:30 pm tp 8:30 pm. Training and dinner will be provided. A great time was had by everyone answering phones and relaying bids at last year’s Travel Auction. Sis Zucker is chairing this event. Email Betty Lamb, bettyslz@aol.com, if you will be joining this activity. WCNY’s offices are at 415 W. Fayette St., in Syracuse, with entrance to the parking lot on Wyoming St.

November Meeting Features the Origin of Trees in Different Religions

Gustav Klimt: “Tree of Life”

We had two guest speakers at our Sunday, Nov. 15 meeting sharing with us the significance of trees in various religions and cultures. Our own Saro Kumar Spoke about trees in the Hindu religion. Laurel Flynn, full time-seeker and Wiccan, showed a PowerPoint presentation on “The Origin of Trees in Many Cultures” including Jewish, Christian and Pagan. This was a lead-in to our December program, when we will participate in the Everson Museum Members’ Council Festival of Trees, which kicks off at the museum on Dec. 4.

After the presentations, we decorated a tree with items representing different religions and cultures and a grape vine wreath with an angel theme. Angels are found in all religions and cultures.

Book Club to Read Poetry by
Wistawa Szymborska

Maria Wisława Anna Szymborska was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent, which has since become part of Kórnik, she later resided in Kraków until the end of her life. We will share poems by Wistawa Szymborska at our meeting on Monday. Dec. 7. from 7 – 9 pm. (For the location, call Jennifer, 633-2817.) Read any of her collections and be prepared to read your favorites to the group. We will be selecting books for 2016 soon, so watch this website for the newest listing.

In Memoriam: Sabra Reichardt

Sabra ReichardtLong-time WTB member Sabra Reichardt (photo, right) died peacefully Nov. 9 at noon from liver cancer. She was surrounded by her family as she simply stopped breathing in her sleep. One of Sabra’s daughter, Deborah, told WTB co-founder Betsy Wiggins that it was quite evident that many were praying for Sabra and to thank all for their prayers, meditations, chants, and holding Sabra in the light. Many responded to email updates about Sabra’s condition with moving expressions of care and concern which were passed on to her daughters Deborah and Lisa. They were quite touched. “In seeing the extremely tender and constant care Sabra was given and gratefully received,” Betsy reported, “I believe I witnessed grace. The world has lost a loving citizen of the world that benefited from her family foundation. I will miss my dear friend, but am so grateful she has been released from her deterioration and pain. I am proud to belong to such a compassionate group of women.”

Sex Trafficking Addressed in October

Elisa Morales (left) and Kompalya Charles (right)Sex trafficking of women and children is NOT just a global problem, it is happening right here in New York, right here in Syracuse … in our shopping malls, on our streets. The targeted age group for children is between 12 and 14. Our meeting opened with the award-winning documentary film Nefarious. Then two women spoke about their experiences combatting sex trafficking: Elisa Morales (left), a New York State New Abolitionist, and Kompalya Charles (right), reporting about her work in Thailand.

Program Topics Set for the Coming Year

We have an exciting year of programs beginning in September. We’re planning another of our fabulous international dinners for April, with delicious international food. Our programs range from learning more about human trafficking to literacy. We’ll again participate in the WCNY Tel-Auc, celebrate diversity at a World Interfaith Harmony Assembly and host a garden tour as a fundraiser at Sycamore Hill Gardens in Marcellus. New this year will be participation in the Festival of Trees at the Everson Museum in December.


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