Asher Published by Asher Student Foundation News Fall 2005 ASHER CELEBRATES ITS 60TH YEAR! September 16, 2006 Asher alumni, current and celebration. There will also be former Local and National Board a screening of never-before-seen Members, friends, and former footage of the Asher Singing Troupe’s staff are cordially invited to Asher Romanian trip in 1972. A digitally Student Foundation’s 60 th restored CD of the Asher Singing Anniversary Celebration in East Troupe’s 1979 LP will be available. Lansing, Michigan on Saturday, September 16, 2006. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our 60th There will be an Open House Reunion Celebration. Tickets for from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. at the the dinner and dance will be $30 original Asher House, Mrs. per person. Rooms are being held Beatrice Asher’s former home at the East Lansing Marriott at a Seven of the first eight Asherites in front of the on Bailey Street in East special Asher rate of $109 plus tax per original Asher House, circa 1946. Lansing. Now Asher MSU, night. For more information, visit this is the house where eight our Website, www.asherhouse.org, Christian Science men found rooms in January and go to the 60 th for rent in 1946 when they returned Anniversary Celebration page. from World War II to finish their college education. From this A formal invitation with all the modest beginning grew Asher details of this historic event will be Student Foundation. Guests at mailed in April. Looking forward the Open House will be able to to seeing you in East Lansing on tour the house and yard, and meet September 16, 2006! current Asher MSU residents, as Five of the original eight Asher Founders. From well as Local and National Board left to right: Pearce Dressel, Paul Palmer, members. Bill Black, Ken Vallance, and Don Reid. Later in the evening, we will all gather in the ballroom at the East Lansing Marriott hotel for dinner, dancing, and the premier of a In this Issue: • House Highlights new DVD on the history of Asher. The DVD features interviews with five of the original eight Asher men. We are • Send Us Your Email Address expecting four of the original Asher men to join us at this • Asher Location Map • What Residents Say What Residents Say Asher House Locations “I cannot imagine living anywhere else so peace- ably and happily. The people I have met at Asher House have become my closest friends and I am so grateful.” “Asher House has given me the best four years of my life. Gratitude is only the beginning. I hope that some day I can do more for the organization. In the mean time, I will just herald “Anyone who has helped Asher “Asher has allowed me to live in one of its praises to any Christian Scientist in need become a living alternative for col- the most beautiful and popular areas of a place to stay while attending college or lege students has helped to provide of the city at a manageable price. I’m going through Christian Science Class me with the BEST experience I have so grateful to know Asher Houses all Instruction. Thank you again for all you’ve had at my university. What a over the country are offering Christian spectacular and loving two years!” Science students lovely, affordable done.” homes with welcoming, spiritual “To have such a wonderful house that I can rely on as a place of rest is a wonderful atmospheres, as an alternative to thing. It’s comforting to know I don’t have to go find a new place to live with some dorm, apartment, and other group new people every year, but can expect the same quality living situation in college house living arrangements." from one year to the next. ” Current National Chairman ASHER ON THE WEB Visit our Website for the most current information on Asher House Board of Trustees Terry Twichell rents, contact information for each local house and pictures of each house. You can also update your mailing address online. Vice Chairman Robert Rutishauser We want the Asher Website to be helpful and easy to navigate. Check out our Website at www.asherhouse.org and email us your Secretary comments and suggestions. Martha Dietz Treasurer Jerry Ellithorpe Board Members SPREAD THE NEWS Asher If you or someone you know would like to Warren Berckmann receive this newsletter, but are not currently on our mailing list, simply email or call us. Kit Kosakowski Please share your copy of the Asher News with Bob Lovett Christian Science high school students and David Pocklington their parents in your area. Thank you! Karla Vallance Lt. Gen. C. Norman Wood, USAF (Ret.) Asher Student Foundation Executive Director Doyle Gray Doyle Gray, Executive Director • P.O. Box 491296 • Los Angeles CA • 90049 1-800-622-7437 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.asherhouse.org House Highlights EMAIL ADDRESSES We are collecting email addresses in Austin order to put alumni in touch with each where everyone dressed up and danced other. We do not rent, share, or sell our to classic ‘80s tunes. One evening we A major renovation project was had “art night” where the residents made undertaken in the fall of 2004. This mailing list with any other organization. oil paintings on canvas, then set the included re-caulking all the windows Use the reply device included with this finished products on the fireplace mantel and repairing many window frames that newsletter or visit our Website Update for all to enjoy for the remainder of the needed work. The project turned out to Page at www.asherhouse.org to send year. Asher residents often go for runs or be more difficult than expected because us your email address. Please update walks together, and group study nights are some of the caulking was so old and your contact information if you move. also a tradition. hard that the workers broke some of the Thank you! windows when trying to remove it. The Everyone at Asher MSU had project was completed successfully and enormously busy schedules, but found time our house is now free from drafts and moved a couple of doors down Clearway to both study and enjoy life. They found more energy efficient than before. Street (bordering the Christian Science that the Christian Science atmosphere Plaza) so that both Asher Boston was key to having enough energy to get In the spring we held our annual apartments are in the same building. everything done, keep stress levels low and potluck barbecue and picnic for The move gave the Local Board members spirits high. The house has an unwrit- neighbors, friends, and local church and residents a good workout -- mentally ten policy that when someone is down, members. Asher Austin provided the and physically -- as we tried to figure everyone else’s job is to lift that person up. main course and our visitors brought out how to move bunk beds through No one is ever down for long in such a salads, side dishes, and desserts. The narrow doorways built before America wonderfully loving house. weather was perfect and all attending had became supersized. Now the men’s and an enjoyable time. Some of our visitors women’s houses are closer neighbors, Asher MSU hosted gatherings that were not familiar with Asher so we had an and both have laundry facilities just a included other Christian Scientists in opportunity to make new friends. flight of stairs away. Sunlight streams the local community. House residents into the new apartments in the morning, participated in the CSO, and helped with all the walls are freshly painted, and a big CSO lecture on campus attended by the kitchen cabinetry is much nicer students from all over Michigan. than in the previous apartments. Many improvements were made to our Asher Boston continues to support house last year. The kitchen and pantry the spiritual progress of its residents. One remodeling, which included resident said she especially appreciated installation of new cabinets and the moral guidelines Asher residents windows, is greatly appreciated. e Principia Solar Car Team agree to live by. In the current climate stayed at Asher Austin of dating relationships, taking a stand Asher MSU has an outstanding Local for chastity can feel like a pretty lonely Board that helps the residents with any Asher Austin had the privilege of questions or concerns. If we need a tool, hosting the Principia College Solar Car -- not to mention unpopular and difficult -- fight. But Asher’s expectations, and if something breaks, or if we merely have team for the week prior to the start of a house improvement suggestion, they are their race on July 16. The 2,500-mile the spiritual substance motivating and upholding them, have been a key source there to help us. race was from Austin to Calgary, Alberta. The team included 18 students and 4 of support for her as she has gained firmer adults who stayed at our house while the footing in “the real world.” Seattle team was qualifying its car and drivers Our house activities included regular prior to the start of the race. Since we East Lansing biweekly house/metaphysical meetings and only have seven beds, most of the students Asher MSU’s activities have been our weekly Sunday dinner. slept in sleeping bags on the floor. Of the part of the joy of university life for the 27 cars that arrived in Austin, the Prinresident students. In 2005, we had Sixteen people attended our first Sun- Car was one of 21 that qualified and onenumerous movie nights, with popcorn day dinner, including a Discovery Bound that a neighbor dropped off as a friendly member and his mother. We had a of just 12 to finish the race. It finished in seventh place. gesture about once a month. We also “meet and greet” for residents’ families in had ping-pong competitions in the base- conjunction with a couple of our dinners Boston ment. One resident threw a chocolate and received very positive responses from everyone. We hope to do this at least Newly installed in sunny, recently fondue fiesta. Other students from MSU once a year as a way of building a sense of refinished apartments, Asher Boston came over, and the whole group ate an community. We successfully combined is enjoying an exciting and progressive enormous amount of chocolate on one of these events with a going-away 2005-2006 year. The men and women everything from pretzels to strawberries. celebration. We had dinner 2 parties at the house Our Halloween tradition of residents who seemed apprehensive in carols. Then we had a “Secret Santa” gift watching horror movies in our “eerily” the beginning had a great time. There exchange and everyone brought a little gift decorated home has continued. It’s a small were a few wipeouts, but we all walked to share. Our living room here in sunny gathering of residents and friends. As away laughing, ready for dinner, and California looked beautiful with a bright always, we had lots of treats to eat. In hobbled over to the Cheesecake Factory Christmas tree sitting in our bay window. February, when all of the residents had for some good grub. We kept the room returned from their holiday vacations, we entertained and full of laughter for about We finished off the school year at went ice skating as a house event. two hours, and then headed home. Six Flags Magic Mountain, which just happens to be one of the most thrilling Madison We began having dinner together roller coaster amusement parks in Southern every Monday night. When the school California. We had an awesome time! It was a We have five new residents this year year is in full swing the residents are beautiful day and we rode a couple of rides and a new House Manager. The group very busy and it is hard to get everyone more than once. has come together well -- three are together for anything, so it is really great interested in advanced for us to gather on Monday nights and Tallahassee mathematics and physics, two get to know each other better. are working on Asian languages. This year we purchased a beautiful new We had a huge Thanksgiving Dinner sign to go on the front of the house, proudly The group has also made Asher where we invited the Local Board and announcing who we are. Madison a unique place to live. On alumni. It was delicious and we had a the dining room table are containers fun-filled time. In March, the Local Board sent with three bright turquoise, tropical letters to all the Christian Science churches caterpillars, which are part of a project for In December, we brought home in Florida informing them about Asher- an entomology class. One resident has a Christmas tree and decorated it Lewis House and requesting that they given up her music performance major, while listening to Mariah Carey sing inform their members about our program. but not her daily piano practice of the works of the Romantic composers. In April, the condenser on our air conditioner failed, but we were able to Two residents are very replace it quickly. We were especially knowledgeable in computers and have grateful for this, as this past summer was worked long hours re-configuring our unusually warm. wireless Internet network after a change We would like to thank Asher from cable to DSL broadband service. National's Board of Trustees for their loving In November, we hosted a workshop support. We are proud to be a part of this on “The Value and Promise of Youth.” Asher Los Angeles House Skating Party important work. Chet Manchester of The Mother Church Youth Department and David Hohle Washington, DC of The Mother Church College and SPECIAL GIFTS Although we closed the doors on Asher University Activities Department led the DC in May, we had a very happy year. On workshop. Many of our supporters have October 3, we hosted a representative from given gifts to Asher Student the Longyear Museum. Scott McDonald We are dedicating our CSO Library Foundation on special occasions gave the approximately 35 attendees a sneak to the memory of Russell Robinson, a and as memorial gifts in honor preview of the museum’s new video, “The longtime Local Board member as well as Onward and Upward Chain.” On October an Asher National Board member. of friends or family members. In these cases, Asher sends a letter 29, we held a pumpkin carving party, which was attended by our current residents and Los Angeles of congratulations, remembrance, by several Asher DC alumni. This past year has been full of fun, or appreciation to the honoree joy, and learning. We started the year or the honoree’s family, and a We had a full house on Thanksgiving. with a wonderful house meeting and tax-deduction receipt to the gift Trish Hatfield (yes, she is from West metaphysical meeting. giver. When sending a gift of Virginia) and her family, and three Principia students from Africa, came to visit and tour remembrance or a gift to honor DC. The meal was a joyous occasion. We had several other events this year, too. The annual kitchen-cleaning party an individual, please state the came first. All the residents participated. honoree’s name clearly in your In December Leah Rothschild, an Asher It was needed and we had fun doing it. letter and let us know if you wish alum, stayed with us. She was in town to But the real fun started when we finished the gift to be anonymous. organize the Principia Christmas Hymn cleaning and went ice-skating! Even Sing.
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