Saturday, February 11, 2012
A record turnout with no space to spare was the result of the Great Plains chapter's Darwin Day Celebration on February 11th, at the Candle Club. The room was so tight our excellent speaker Dr. Alan Maccarone, with Friends University barely had room to stand and deliver!
Dr. Maccarone's PowerPoint presentation included not only great personal information about Darwin as a husband and scientist, but reminding us all how one man's quiet study and examination of the natural world propelled science into a new age of discovery in understanding the natural world and searching for the origin of species. We celebrate Darwin's birthday with great appreciation for a man whose only goal was to use the practice of science to observe the world. After Dr. Maccarone's presentation, the crowd joined in to sing a hearty Happy Birthday to Mr. Darwin and enjoy cake and cupcakes.
This year, a silent auction was set up where guests could bid throughout the evening on items for the purpose of raising money for the Essay scholarship fund the Board approved last year for area seniors in high school. Seniors submit an essay and the winner is awarded money to continue on with their education. This year, the amount is $350 for the winner. We hope to increase the amount until Great Plains AU scholarship becomes a signature prize for graduating seniors to be awarded.
Members of the board donated numerous items and worked very hard to arrange the details of the evening, especially Michael Alldaffer as program chair, Martha Pint, Nicki Sheid and Sandy Wolter for working the door to check people in, Peggy Knudtson for handling T-Shirt sales and auctions items, generous donations from Randy Elam for the silent auction and of course, Barbara Chamberlin for publicity. Good job Barbara-the turnout was GREAT.
One of the things we are discovering as a chapter is how much we are growing in the community with membership, attendance to our events and quality of programs we are bringing to the community. We must now transition with our growing pains and must no longer worry if there will be a good turnout, to KNOWING there will be a great turnout by the AU community and supporters and therefore, we must step up our efforts that may require more expense but success always has a price and this is one price we are happy to pay.
On behalf of the board, we sincerely thank everyone who attended and were so patient in such tight quarters. We have the most loyal and appreciative members and we will continue to work for you in upholding the separation of church and state.