Highland News Leader

Highland area club meetings for the week of March 12

Madison County Genealogical Society

The Madison County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 in the Community Room of the Edwardsville Public Library, 111 S. Kansas St. Mary Westerhold, archival research manager of the Madison County Historical Society Archival Library, will give a talk on the abandoned and forgotten cemeteries of Madison County. Guests are always welcome.

Madison Co. Retired Teachers Unit 3

Madison County Retired Teachers Unit 3 will meet from 8:45 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 13 at the Collinsville Senior Center, 420 East Main St. in Collinsville. Lunch may be purchased for $5, if desired. The guest speaker will be Thomas Gibbons, Madison County state’s attorney. The meeting will include a discussion on identity theft and scams on senior citizens. Bill Funkhouser, IRTA area representative, will also attend the meeting. If you have any questions, contact Izetta Davis at (618) 235-2598.

Highland League of Writers

The Highland League of Writers will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 16 in meeting room No. 2 at the Korte Recreation Center in Highland. Anyone interested in writing is invited to attend. You can come just to hear member readings, or read your own word for a friendly critique. There are no dues, fees or assigned topics. Meetings are normally the first and third Monday each month. For additional information, call Chuck Schwend at (618) 887-4797 or email www.schwendcharles@yahoo.com. Visit the club at www.charlesbschwend.com/the-highland-league-of-writers/.

Silver Creek DAR

The Silver Creek Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet on March 14 at 10 a.m. in the Latzer Library Auditorium.

Did you know that George Washington was one of the founding fathers of our country and the commander and chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War but cannot be used to join the DAR? Mr. Washington did not father any children, but he did adopt his wife’s children, Martha Patsy Custis and John Custis (also known as Jackie), from Martha’s first marriage to Daniel Parke Custis. Membership in the DAR is based on lineage going back to the Revolutionary War.

Even though George Washington cannot be a DAR patriot, 16 DAR chapters use the name “Washington” in their chapter names.

For more information on DAR or the Silver Creek Chapter, contact 667-8660.

Highland Garden Club

The Highland Garden Club will meet Thursday, March 26, in the upstairs meeting room at the Korte Recreation Center beginning at 7 p.m. John Miller of St. Louis, a member of the Purple Martin Conservation Association, will review tips to attract and manage a colony of purple martins. He will also have housing samples to show and hand-out literature available. This should be an excellent program to put everyone in the mood for spring.

Club members and anyone else interested in learning more about purple martins are invited and encouraged to attend.

The Highland Garden Club meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of each month, except in November, when it meets on the third Thursday. The mission of the club is: “To plant the seeds of knowledge, cultivate friendships, grow in our appreciation of nature, harvest ideas, and preserve the beauty of our community.” Anyone interested in learning more about the Garden Club should call membership chair Chris Miller at 654-4725.