The East Side Literary Club

C/o Betty Brown--Secretary
PO Box 653
Oxford, NY 13830
(607) 843-8865

Meetings: The East Side Literary Club meets Mondays, twice a month from 7:00 - 9:00pm, from March through December. (No meetings during January and February due to inclement weather). Each meeting is held at a different member's home and begins with a business meeting, followed by some type of program and book review of the presenter's choosing. A yearly schedule is handed out at the September social.
Aside from the regular meetings, a Christmas Party/Dinner is held in December, and during the summer, a special "outing" is planned.

Membership: New members must be nominated first, by an active group member, and then backed by two other members of the club. This candidate then must be voted in by ballot. Membership shall be limited to twenty-five. The Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.
Annual Dues: $2.00/person. Donation: A freewill collection is taken at each meeting.

Community Projects: Throughout the year, the group participates in several projects that benefit the community. These efforts are made possible by a "freewill collection" taken at each Club meeting. One such effort is the "Books on Tape" project. This recording program, started in 1998, is geared toward preschoolers and primary aged children. A children's book is donated, along with a taped version of the story, read by one of the book club members. They are given to the Primary School for use in the Parent Resource Corner. They have also donated books to the Oxford Library to honor the memory of members that have passed away. In addition, the Club members also participate in the Community Christmas Basket Project. As part of a social outreach program, for the past two years the East Siders have also given gifts to several residents of the Valley View Nursing Home in Norwich, who do not have any family. They continue to send cards to them for their birthdays and other special occasions.
Scholarship: The book club also provides scholarships for the highest English score held by a student in grades six and eight.

East Side Literary Club Executive Officers and Committees: Dottie Hamstra - President; Judie Rucker - Vice President; Betty Brown - Secretary; Elva Hawken - Treasurer; Carol Russell & Laura Russock - Entertainment Committee; Rachael Vigus & Audrey Johnson - Social Committee; All Members - Membership Committee

Upcoming Meetings:
May 24, 2004 - Hostess: Elva Hawken
Book/Tape: Carol Russell

June 14, 2004 Special 6:00pm meeting. Bring a Dish-to-Pass. Hostess: Betty Brown
Book/Tape: Entertainment Committee

2005 Centennial: November 29th, 2005 will mark the first Centennial of the East Side Literary Club. The Club has survived many technological revolutions, two world wars, 18 Presidents, and numerous social and cultural transformations. We look forward to hearing their plans for celebrating this milestone, and we salute them for their endurance.