The Fortnightly Literary Club at the Rosenberg Library is one of those Galveston institutions you ought to know about.
Don’t be fooled by the name. The club meets monthly, rather than every two weeks. Members gather for coffee at 9:15 a.m. on the second Thursday in the McCullough Room to discuss books and ideas. The program starts at 9:30 a.m.
“It’s a gathering of men at the library to hear a speaker talk on any subject that would be of interest to the members,” said Bill Douglas, who has been a member since 2006.
Ron Rust, the new president for 2018, said the club includes some colorful characters. Two members survived plane crashes in World War II.
Douglas, who was a naval officer, was shot down while on a flight on a bomber over Kobe, Japan. He and the plane’s crew were rescued by a submarine.
Another club member, Ed Clarac, was a bomber pilot in World War II. His plane was crippled by flak and fighters over Germany and just barely made it back to Allied lines.
Because members come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences, the discussions tend to be lively.
“Everyone here is an avid reader,” Rust said. “It’s good to get different perspectives, different opinions, on things we’re reading and talking about.”
“We all contribute. The discussion can get enthusiastic and passionate.”
While the group usually talks about books, sometimes members speak on other topics, said Mel Corrolla, a longtime member. He recently gave a presentation on the early days of the electronics industry.
The club occasionally has guest speakers, including an expert on space medicine from NASA and a former logger who’d worked in the forests of Canada.
The club began in 2002. James T. McCarty was the first president.
By tradition, the club makes an annual donation to the library.
Those interested in the club may contact Douglas at 713-922-4636.