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Letter from the President

October 3, 2018


Dear Members and Friends of the Classical Club of St. Louis,


As a card-carrying classicist, I can tell you (and many of you will already know) that a “president,” in the strictest sense, is someone who “sits in front” of others, often in a position of authority.  As president of the CCSTL, I am far from sure about the authority part, but I do feel as though I have taken the “sitting” part too seriously, with the result that this letter, which should have reached you a month ago, has languished while I have let myself be consumed with other matters.  However, as one who believes very much in the adage “better late than never,” I shall herewith galvanize myself into action by welcoming you to another year’s worth of presentations, and cordially inviting you to join us for any or all of our gatherings.


We have assembled an interesting slate of presentations that span the ancient world, Greek and Roman, while remaining accessible to a non-specialist but engaged audience—that is, you who read this.  You can find details elsewhere on this website. Once again this year we shall invite anyone interested to meet  at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at Schneithorst’s Restaurant (on the corner of Lindbergh and Clayton Avenues in Frontenac), prior to our usual Saturday meetings.  Our meetings will be held again this year on the campus of John Burroughs School in Ladue. I am happy to say that I have reserved for our use a lovely new conference room in the brand new Science, Technology, and Research Building; it has lots of room and all the audio/visual bells and whistles known to humankind (as of this particular moment), so we should be ready for anything!


In lieu of our usual October meeting we shall join others in the community for the annual Mylonas Lecture, which will be held in the auditorium of the St. Louis Art Museum at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday the 7th of that month; Professor Eric Cline of George Washington University will present a talk entitled 1177 B.C.: the Year Civilization Collapsed.  Accordingly, our first meeting will be held on November 10th.


At our first meeting on November 10, in addition to hearing Professor Nicola Aravecchia of Washington University of St. Louis speak on Life in a  Late Roman Village of Egypt’s Great Oasis, we shall transact some official business, namely to vote on a motion put forward by the CCSTL Board.  Pursuant to our constitution, we are, with this letter, presenting that motion to you, in advance of a vote to be taken at that meeting.  It is a simple motion—that we increase annual dues from $10.00 to $15.00 per annum.  The reasoning behind the proposal is equally simple: increasing the dues will increase the funds at the Club’s disposal for inviting out-of-town speakers to present papers at one of our meetings and for supporting worthy efforts in the area, such as the aforementioned Mylonas Lecture.  Dues have not been increased in several years, and we think that $15.00 is not an exorbitant amount; we hope that you will agree, and will vote in approval of this motion.


It remains for me now only to close with my best wishes to all as we begin another year of meetings of the CCSTL, and my hope that you will be able to attend as many as fit into your schedule.  I feel certain that you will find the talks and the company stimulating and enjoyable.

Yours sincerely,

James V. Lowe

President, the Classical Club of St. Louis