Dorothy Baumgartner, Samples from “Bethel News”

Dorothy wrote “The Bethel News,” a weekly column for the Versailles Leader-Statesman newspaper, for many years. It has been said (whether true or not, I’ll leave you to decide!) that the number of subscriptions to the newspaper dropped by half when Dorthy stopped writing the column! Many of the items covered by her column may seem mundane (for example, a list of who had whom over for Sunday dinner), but for people connected to the Bethel church community who had moved away, the news helped them stay connected. Furthermore, by gathering the news from the members of the church, Dorothy played a vital role in keeping people connected to one another in the church. Dorothy, you are missed!

Interviews with Older Members