The list of their past guests is impressive: Frank Lloyd Wright, Robert Frost and Henry Kissinger, to name but a few. For 90 years, the Crichton Club-which includes 320 members and always has been run by a female president- has brought engaging speakers to Columbus. Members pay $100 annually to meet three times a year to drink, dine and listen to the season's chosen lecturer. Current president Laurie Hill, a 66-year-old retired teacher who lives in New Albany, has been in the group for 11 years. "I'll tell you, it's like the biggest bargain in town," she said. "You get wine, food and the chance to talk to a famous person."

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