Margaret Stem, 1st Vice President introduced the speaker, Chris Hill, who was a professor of Archeology and Cultural Anthropology at JSU until his retirement. His major was North American Indians. Professor Hill now teaches archeology at Sacred Heart School, Fort McClellan. Sacred Heart School is the first school in the southeast to implement an archeology class.
Hill spoke on the development of North American Indians stating that research shows that the Indians were here in America 20,000 years ago. He discussed the various stages of development: Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian. He explained the attributes in each stage of development from hunter of game in the Paleo-Indian phase until the agricultural phase of the Mississippian.
Hill also showed the development of tools for hunting (the spear and Atl Atl, blow guns and projectiles) and tools for daily living (the hoe, drill, and pottery.)
Also, he recommended books that were good information: James Dietz “Invitation to Archeology” and “Small Things Forgotten”, and James Bennett’s “Tannehill”.
Items of interest from the business meeting were:
Constance Sims said she took exception to some of the AFWC by-law changes and requested that the Ways and Means Chairman call a meeting to discuss these objections.
President Calvert showed a thank you Certificate from the Jacksonville Arts Council and Mary White, Assistant Director, District II, presented Calvert a Certificate from AFWC showing 19 lb. And 11 ounces of pop tabs donated to the Ronald McDonald House.
Calvert stated that the Calhoun County clubs have been reassigned to District V, in accordance with the clubs requests.
Calvert presented a list of projects for the 2013-2014 club year and discussed these projects. Martha Dobson requested that empty print cartridges be brought for use by the schools to exchange for paper. Members brought box tops for education, magazines for a senior citizen program and toiletries for Second Chance.
Mary White stated that a Leadership Workshop would be held in January and the club should nominate a potential leader to attend.
A Holiday Tablescapes event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7. White circulated the flyer advertising this event.
White gave a report of the AFWC Board of Directors Meeting held August 3, 2013 at the AFWC headquarters building in Birmingham. She encouraged writers to enter the short story contests and artists to enter the art contest. She stated the 2014 convention would be held in Huntsville, April 25-27.