December 5, 2018

The 13th Gift 
  by author and journalist Jo Huist Smith

“The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle” is a memoir of healing after a devastating loss.  It brings back the spirit of Christmas.  Beavercreek Women’s League will have Joanne Huist Smith as the program speaker for the December 5, 2018, meeting at Peace Lutheran Church, 10:30 AM.  Joanne was a journalist and staff reporter for the Dayton Daily News when her husband suddenly died in 1999.  She continued her personal journaling during that next year, and eventually wrote this book.  She is now teaching creative writing and journalism at Stivers School for the Art.   The book was published in 2014 and has been translated into numerous languages, hit the New York Times’ Best Seller List and praised from several additional magazines and book review sites.  It is a great story.  The setting is right here in Greene County.  It is a great holiday season topic.

Joanne Huist Smith has a person habit of daily journaling.  There are some surprising benefits.  Journaling might be a habit you choose to implement in 2019, to increase your vocabulary, creative expression, happiness and mindfulness.  Joanne will share ideas about her journey of personal journaling. 

The Beavercreek Women’s League (BWL) meets on the first Wednesday of the month from September through May at Peace Lutheran Church with a different program each month.  The mission of the group is to expand members’ knowledge of their community and beyond, to promote community service and to provide socialization.  Women of all ages and interests are welcome.  Questions can be e-mailed to  or you may leave a message at 937-985-4BWL (4295).

If Beavercreek City Schools are canceled due to inclement weather, the meeting is also canceled; however, school delays do not alter the planned meeting.