Memphis C.S. Lewis Society Minutes Nov.3, 19961. The meeting began at 7:00 P.M. in the Brockwell Room at Memphis Theological Seminary. Present were: Barry Anderson, Ken Pfohl, Larry Lacy, Bob and Judith Oliver, Bill and Ann Marty, Dennis and Cydney Beets, Knick and Sandie Knickerbocker, Rich Cook, and Randal Leslie. After a time of refreshments and socializing the formal meeting began with a collect for All Saints Day from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. 2. Knick Knickerbocker, a member of the faculty at Memphis Seminary, welcomed everyone to the meeting and suggested that each person introduce her/himself and say when and under what circumstances she/he began to read Lewis. This was done with interest and good humor on the part of all. 3. Dennis Beets, convener of the meeting, explained that this was an organizational meeting with participants invited to make decisions about whether we wanted to begin a Memphis C.S. Lewis Society and, if we did, to discuss such questions as the name of the society, the purpose of the society, when we want to meet, where we want to meet, format of the meetings, qualifications for membership, by-laws, a steering committee, officers, and dues. 4. It was immediately agreed that we would proceed with the organization of the society. With that decided, the following decisions were made:
a. The name will be the Memphis C.S. Lewis Society. Knick and Sandie Knickerbocker will check with a lawyer regarding the legal use of this name and about the non-profit status of the organization.
b. Membership will be open to anyone who has an interest in Lewis. Those at the meeting were asked to submit names of people who should receive a notice of our next meeting.
c. Barry Anderson, Larry Lacy, Knick Knickerbocker, and Dennis Beets were named as a committee to draft a statement of purpose and by-laws for the society and to make suggestions about dues.
d. Dennis Beets was elected as President and Knick Knickerbocker as Secretary, to serve through the January meeting. At the January or February meeting, officers will be elected for 1997.
e. For the present, the Society will meet at Memphis Seminary. Suggestions for other places to meet included Windsor’s Restaurant, Anderton’s Restaurant, and The Unicorn Restaurant. It was also suggested that we might meet in the homes of members.
f. The meetings will be monthly on the second Sunday night of the month. There will be a social time from 7:00 to 7:30, with the meeting beginning at 7:30 and lasting for about one hour. We will begin each meeting with a collect from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
g. There was much discussion about the format of the meeting. It seemed to be the consensus that the standard format will be the discussion of a particular writing b Lewis. However at times papers ma be presented, quest speakers may be invited, and audio-visual material may be used. Sometimes we may have “issues from the floor” raised for discussion.
5. The plans for the next two meetings are as follows:
a. Sunday evening, Dec. 8th, we will meet in the Brockwell Room at Memphis Seminary. Each person will select a favorite passage from Lewis’ writings to read and comment upon.
b. Sunday evening, Jan. 12th, we will meet in the Brockwell Room at Memphis Seminary. Larry Lacy will lead a discussion of Till We Have Faces. He suggested that we may all obtain a copy of the same edition so that page references will be the same. The edition suggested is the paperback edition published by Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich: ISBN 0-15-690436-5.
6. Other information that was shared with the members included:
a. Barry Anderson said that the periodical “VII” is published by the Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois 600187-5593, and considers the works of George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Owen Barfield.
b. Rich Cook offered to be the “Web-Master” for the Society and investigate the use of the Internet.
c. It was suggested that we might develop a bibliography of works by and about Lewis.
d. Dennis Beets will notify the New York C.S. Lewis Society of our existence. For those who might be interested in joining the New York C.S. Lewis Society, the address is: The New York C.S. Lewis Society, c/o Clara Sarrocco, 84-23 77th Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385. Subscriptions to the Bulletin of the New York Society are $10.00 per year.
7. The meeting was adjourned to the refreshment tables.Respectfully submitted, W.E. Knickerbocker, Acting Secretary
Minutes December 8, 1996T he meeting began at 7:00 P.M. in the Brockwell Room at Memphis Theological Seminary. After a period of socializing and refreshments, the formal meeting was called to order with a collect for the second Sunday of Advent from the 1789 Book of Common Prayer. The steering committee presented two items of business: 1. The Charter of the society was presented for approval by the founding members. After considerable discussion and a minor change in the wording of Paragraph 8, the Charter was ratified unanimously. 2. The By-Laws of the Executive Committee were presented to the founding members for consideration. Discussion will occur at the January meeting. Both of the documents submitted by the steering committee have been modeled on similar documents of the New York C.S. Lewis Society. One oversight from the December meeting was corrected and another such oversight avoided as the efforts of Cydney Beets, Sandie Knickerbocker and Judith Oliver to provide refreshments for our first meetings were recognized. As agreed in November, this meeting was devoted to reading some of our favorite passages from the Lewis literature, each reading followed by discussion. Selections read included sections of Letter II from The Screwtape Letters; A Grief Observed; “Meditations in a Toolshed” from God in the Dock; “Time and Beyond Time” from Mere Christianity; and a long paragraph from Chapter three of The Abolition of Man. Discussion was as lively and free ranging as the selections themselves. Of particular interest was the question of whether the parish system defended by Lewis in several of his writings is as effective in the United States as in Europe. Barry Anderson brought to our attention an internet mailing list known as merelewis, which offers excellent discussion. The meeting adjourned with the announcement that our January meeting will be held at Steak and Ale Restaurant, 6201 Poplar Avenue on Sunday, January 12 at 7:00 P.M. for 30 minutes of fellowship and visiting prior to beginning the formal meeting at 7:30. Present were: Barry Anderson, Cydney Beets, Rich Cook, Larry Lacy, Ann Marty, Bill Marty, Bob Oliver, and -Dennis Beets