In addition to Keynote Speaker, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, attendees will hear from author Charity Maness talking about her new book at the Buffet Luncheon to be held at the Murphys Historic Hotel on Friday January 27, 2012, 12:00 – 2:00 PM.
From a shoebox filled with more than 75 letters dating back 44 years, Charity has introduced the world to young Jim Piper who was killed in Vietnam two days after writing a final love letter to his new bride, Michelle. “‘It’s Lonely Here in Hell’: Love Letters from Nam” is a book of tender letters artfully juxtaposed with corresponding dates and public facts of the war. Today, Jim’s widow is Micky Phillips, co-owner of the Sports Pub in Copperopolis with her husband, Larry, who also served in Vietnam. Charity led the successful effort to establish a new Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Copperopolis which opened this month and will be named in honor of U.S. Army Pfc. James D. Piper. Charity will address the audience and sign copies of her book.
Charity’s son, Marshall Maness of Mark Twain Elementary school, won the 2011 Constitution Day Essay contest sponsored by CCTA. He was recognized by Congressman Tom McClintock at a previous CCTA luncheon at the Historic Murphys Hotel.
Attendees will enjoy a trio slated to open and close the meeting with patriotic music.
CCTA Director Tonja Dausend will perform on the Cello. Joining Tonja will be vocalist Susan Cloud and on the piano, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen.
There will be an exciting fund raising raffle and prize donations are most welcome.
Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. On-line reservations are available until January 25, 2012 at the CCTA website: CalaverasTaxpayers.org. Or, call 785-1491.