Friday, October 26, 2012

November Membership Program Presents Abe Lincoln

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society
Membership Meeting and Program
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Citrus Heights Community Clubhouse
6921 Sylvan Road, Citrus Heights, CA

Join us for an evening about "The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln" presented by Arnold Kunst.   Has this country ever produced a more interesting humorist than Abraham Lincoln? Have we a leader to match Lincoln’s wisdom as he shepherded this country through the depths of the Civil War, a war that was all but lost on so many occasions? Arnold Kunst, the author of the recently published ‘Lincoln 365,’ gave his first talk on Abraham Lincoln in high school and has been fascinated by him ever since. The Abraham Lincoln Arnold uncovers for us in this talk gives every appearance of walking on water; Lincoln will be glad to show us, if we but care to look closely, where the rocks are! Lincoln, always comfortable inside his own skin, shows us reasons aplenty for you and me to choose him as our role model!

About the Speaker
Arnold Kunst, who holds an MA in history from Queen's University in Northern Ireland, taught both children and adults on both sides of the Atlantic for well over 30 years. Recently retired, his students range from the children of cabinet ministers to convicted felons, from the cream of the academic crop to those some would consider the dregs of society. He brings a wide range of experience to the speaker's podium – teacher, business owner, school administrator, professional musician, free-lance journalist, grants writer, house painter, hospice volunteer.

Arnold has fine-tuned his speaking skills with Toastmasters International. His Lincoln presentations, as well as his recently-published Lincoln 365, arose out of an award-winning Toastmasters speech entitled 'Lincoln Was a Loser.' You and I should lose like Lincoln!

His most recent position, as a teacher in a California state prison, is where his fascination with Abraham Lincoln turned into a flat-out passion. He was utterly astonished to find the drug dealers and wife beaters in his class were turned to putty in Lincoln’s hands!  As Arnold witnessed first-hand the astonishing effect Abraham Lincoln had on his students, he bottled that Lincoln in his recently-published book, Lincoln 365.  If Lincoln could entice a sense of direction in rudderless felons, just think what he might do for the likes of you and me!

submitted by Carolee Jones, Program Chairperson
posted by Denise H. Richmond

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