Meeting of June 7, 2012

Attendance (16):  Jim Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Geoff Brewer, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Pat Bailey, Russ Edberg, Dick Drum, Doris Calamaras, Dean Calamaras, Bill Dowd, Julius Frankel, Charlie Foote, Phil Egan, Rommel Tolentino, Carol Orvis.

Announcements/Business:

• The induction of new District Governor Melissa Ward has been scheduled for Friday, July 13, in Saratoga Springs. Admission to the event is $45. See Jim Leyhane or Peter Brown if interested in attending.

• Maple Hill High School has notified the club that U.S. Savings Bonds no longer can be purchased for scholarships. Jim suggested checks instead,  in varying amounts.  For the future a committee of school staff could help determine the winners.

Program: “The Art of Aging

Bill Dowd’s program posed the question, “Do media images of an era create impressions or merely reflect them?”

His presentation began with slides of fashion icons of the 1920s and 1930s from various publications showing of clothing of each era, both men’s and women’s styles.  He discussed how actors of the day often set the trend and affected people’s choices.

Changes during World War II styles reflected the times, such as trousers for women in the workplace becoming popular. Bill explained that even government propaganda posters, as well as magazines and movies, affected fashion.

He also touched on post-war fashion, with the fashion industry pushing women back to being feminine. By the 1960s, fashion included slacks and miniskirts for women.

Bill spoke about advertisers pushing a product and showed slides of popular fads.  Today hip-hop fashions from the streets are the mainstream.

He also discussed how today we don’t show age as people did in the past, thanks to modern medicine, a healthier overall lifestyle,  plastic surgery and media trends.

Thanks, Bill!


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