May 12, 2015 Meeting

5:30 p.m. at the University Club, 10th floor of the Fifth-Third Bank Building in downtown Grand Rapids. Free parking in the 5/3 underground parking area. Enter from Monroe and tell the attendant you are with the Torch club. A reservation form is at the bottom of this page.

May 12, 2015 Dinner Menu: Spinach & Romaine Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Pineapple, & Walnuts Chicken with Florentine Sauce, Roasted Yukon Potatoes, Broccoli Parmesan Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce, House-made Rolls, Coffee and Tea Service

RUTH VAN STEE, Guest Speaker - Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council member,  “Suffragist Spring: Taking Over The Grand Rapids Press in 1914”

Ruth Van SteeFor over twenty years, Ruth Van Stee worked for the Grand Rapids Public Library. During the last twelve years she worked in the Local History Department where she specialized in African American collections and the Women’s Newspaper Clipping Collection. She has given numerous presentations inspired by material preserved in these two collections. From 1999 to 2009, Ruth worked closely with the Board of the Grand Rapids Historical Society, serving as the paid administrative assistant, secretary, and editor of the society’s newsletter. Since 2012 she has served on the Board of the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council. Ruth will also share several period Suffragette songs with us while she fills the room with her piano music.

GR Press mastheadIn the decade before the 19th amendment (women’s right to vote) to the Constitution was certified in 1920, citizens fighting for equal suffrage regularly changed their tactics and methods of persuasion, using more publicity stunts, getting out onto the streets, and producing more literature for newspaper publication and distribution. So, when setting goals for 1914, the National American Woman Suffrage Association called for public rallies, parades across the country, and takeovers by local associations of their city newspapers for a day to argue the cause. The Grand Rapids Equal Suffrage Association met the national challenge by editing and producing the May 2, 1914, edition of the Grand Rapids Press. You will have an opportunity to see the actual newspaper masthead that replaced the Grand Rapids Press masthead on that day. Ruth Van Stee will report on the efforts of local women "editors," show illustrations of their work and discuss how the work of the Grand Rapids women fit into the national movement.

Please join us for drinks, dinner, great conversation and an enjoyable evening with your friends at Torch Club. See you there!

Drinks and meet and greet begins at 5:30 pm and dinner normally begin at 6:00 p.m.  Reservations can be made below.

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The meeting charge is $29 per person for members and $33 per person for non-members/guests which includes your meal, payable at the door. Cash or check only. Ticket Bar is available. The meal menu will be posted at the top of this page approximately one week prior to the meeting.

Reservations are required. Walk-ins are welcome, but cannot be guaranteed a meal. Use the form below to make your reservations. Questions or phone reservations call 616-247-3796 or 616-706-4733.

Cancellation Policy: Reservations may be cancelled up to 3 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting. If you must cancel after the deadline, you will be responsible for paying the $29  (or $33 non-member) meeting charge if we are unable to replace your reservation with another person.

Please enter your name, contact information, and the number of persons planning to attend. If your reservation is for more than one person, please include the names of the guests in the comment area. Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions (i.e. gluten or dairy intolerance). Please be prepared to pay at the door with check or cash only.

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PLEASE NOTE:  If you DO NOT receive an email confirmation after submitting your reservation please call 616-340-8782.