On Monday afternoon Dan Little, 76, of Madill, will talk about his experience earlier this year when he competed in the World Marathon Challenge, an event where runners complete seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.
The event is being hosted by the Ladies of the Leaf, an Ardmore book club that dates back more than a century. Vice President Jinny Lang Blankenship said this will be the first time their club has held a community event.
“We usually hold a guest day where members can bring a guest, but this time the entire town is going to be the guest,” Blankenship said. “We’re going to be honoring a local who’s done an amazing thing, and we’re really hoping that he has a good reception.”
Blankenship went on to describe the Ladies of the Leaf and some of their other activities.
“It’s not really a book club in that you discuss the books,” Blankenship said. “We have a book committee and members make suggestions then they pick the books for the year. You’re assigned a book, and you actually review the book then stand up and give a presentation about it.”
Blankenship said their book selections cover a wide range of topics and do not shy away from books that inspire political discussions.
“Right now, if we’re talking about a book dealing with politics, it’s nice to have people with different perspectives on politics and policies,” Blankenship said. “While everyone is very polite, there are many different views in the club. It’s also a sisterhood thing, too.”
The Ladies of the Leaf are also passionate about spreading that sisterhood to younger generations. Blankenship said their organization has sponsored a club for young women at Ardmore High School called Leaflets for over 60 years.
With their first guest speaker, they are now offering an opportunity for discussion for the entire community.
The Ladies of the Leaf will be presenting Dan Little at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7 at the Goddard Center. The event is free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to come hear Little talk about overcoming his fear of failure while enduring a week long, worldwide adventure.