Delphian Review Club holds monthly meetings
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 8:00 pm
The Delphian Review Club recently held its March and April meetings.
In March, members met at the home of Vicki Blanton. Jeannine Cranford gave the thought for the day, “The Miracle of Easter.”
The program was presented by Mrs. Blanton, who discussed the importance of having an emergency safety plan. Recently her home security system’s alarm went off at 5 a.m. on a Sunday. She and her husband leaped from their bed and automatically went into protection mode. They had discussed a plan in case of home invasion several months before prompted by the murder of an older couple in Paris, a little over a year ago.
They had decided not to confront any intruders(s). Dr. M.A. “Pete” Blanton does have a licensed gun that he retrieved from its secured position and Mrs. Blanton ran for the preplanned “safe room” — a bathroom that has an extremely heavy door with a deadbolt. Taking a cell phone in the event outside phone lines were cut, Mrs. Blanton called the police and stayed on the line with the dispatcher. She explained their location in the house and exterior lights to pinpoint their location for the police to find them. The monitoring company called on the other line to verify this was not a false alarm and told them a window in another part of the house had been broken.
After the police thoroughly examined the outside premises, they were let in through a secured exterior entrance and went through the whole house. There was no broken window or branch which might have set the alarm off. Everything ended well, not the least of which was knowing that their plan worked.
A discussion was held after the program and it was suggested that members keep wasp and hornet spray velcroed to the door frames of outside doors and maybe even a night side table leg. The value is to have protection while limiting exposure to a possible stranger.
After the presentation, Glenda Chrisp served a delicious cream dessert.
The April meeting was held at the home of Betty Smith. Mrs. Cranford gave the thought for day on Mother’s Day. The program was presented by Peggy Burnett. Mrs. Burnett gave a review of “Gifted Hands,” the autobiography of Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson recently made headlines at the 61st Annual National Prayer Breakfast.
Dr. Carson’s inspirational story tells how an impoverished black child became a world renowned pediatric neurosurgeon. He credits his success to his mother, who was relentless in her support, and God. His mother worked numerous jobs to support her children. She refused to let him give up on anything. He was only allowed to watch two TV shows a week, while he was required to read at least two books a week.
In 1987, Carson made medical history by being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins who had been joined at the back of the head. The 70-member surgical team, led by Carson, worked for 22 hours. At the end, the twins were successfully separated and can now survive independently.
Following the presentation, Gail Latimer served delicious caramel pies.
Published in The Messenger 5.13.13