August 31, 2022
As you know, August is typically a quiet month for the group, since we take a short break from the usual weekly meetings. However, we had some annual events, so why not share some of the activities we had on our “quiet month”?
August 11th, 2022 “A New Potluck”
Great job everyone coming out to the potlock, bringing some food, and just as importantly, your appetite! A good time was had by all, but the generosity was overflowing, and we couldn’t tackle the mountain of meals. See for yourself:
It was a remarkably balanced potluck, given the variety of dishes!
The turnout was fantastic as usual. Here are some extra pictures (sorry if we missed you – next time!)
Organizations are going through tough times all over, and we greatly appreciate Bob and the Fish and Games’ support! We need each other.
August 19th, 2022 “The Garden Strikes Back”
Thank you Nancy W for hosting this especially fun Garden Party! The turnout was as warm and comfortable as the weather! The treasure chest game was a pleasant surprise, and everyone enjoyed picking something out from it!
Special Thank you to Wayne Duke(husband of stroke survivor Linda Duke) for donating a very beautiful mounted and framed picture that he took on the San Juan Islands of a red fox. Wayne is a talented Wildlife Photographer, who travels the world to photograph various wildlife.
Below is a picture of Wayne holding the amazing donation (Taken at the AGM):
August 25th, 2022 “Return of the Executive”
The AGM went smoothly as usual. Bill W has graciously decided to take a step back from his executive role, to let another member step up! Last I heard, the spot’s available, *wink wink nudge nudge*. All of the other past executive members are continuing on! We thank you.
The weather was amazing… almost as good as the company!
Here are some Pictures from the event:
Thank you MJ for the amazing Pictures!
It was a fun August. Hopefully the rest of the year is as pleasant.
Special thanks to Karen, Mike, and of course Doug for being good sports during these fun duets!
The first duet occurred on our Valentine’s Day themed meeting (Feb 11th), when Karen surprised us in costume as Cher! Dougie and Cher:
They did a great job singing “I Got You Babe”:
The following week (Feb 18th), Doug brought a special guest to help him with the songs:
I forget his name, but we all appreciate his contributions! However…
When the group saw the 7th song on the list: “Jackson” by Johnny Cash, the audience knew Doug would need some extra help. Fortunately, Mike was willing to ‘make a big fool of himself’ and took on the impossible task of singing June’s portion(s) of the song:
Mistakes were made, but it was all in lighthearted silly fun! Thanks again for being good sports!
Will we have another surprise duet this upcoming Friday (Feb 25th)? Who’s stepping up? Pat? Pippa? Rick? 😀
Friday’s Christmas meeting theme was a great success! The turnout was phenomenal, the sessions were excellent (as always), and the treats were dangerously delicious!
Another year is in the books. 2021 was uniquely challenging for us all, but we moved forward/progressed in ways many were hesitant to think possible! It was tough. We are tougher!
2022 will have it’s own share of surprising challenges, which we will turn into unsurprising opportunities! It’s what we do.
The Friday Sweater Competition was fun! In case you missed it, here were the top 3:
And first place goes too…. Doug!
Congratulations again Doug, Mike, and Rick, for getting into the top 3!
But there were so many great outfits and smiles worn by everyone, we all won. See for yourself!
Sorry I couldn’t get a caption in every picture. Over the holidays I will add some that may or may not be especially clever, but they’ll give me a chuckle 🙂 .
Below is a fun poem I hope y’all enjoy, and share with family/friends over the holidays:
Twas the night before Christmas, but Covid was here,
So we all had to stay extra cautious this year.
Our masks were all hung by the chimney with care
In case Santa forgot his and needed a spare.
With Covid, we couldn’t leave cookies or cake
So we left Santa hand sanitizer to take.
The children were sleeping, the brave little tots.
The ones over 5 had just had their first shots,
And mom in her kerchief and me in my cap
Had just settled in for a long winter’s nap.
But we tossed and we turned all night in our beds
As visions of variants danced in our heads.
Gamma and Delta and now Omicron:
These Covid mutations that go on and on.
I thought to myself, “If this doesn’t get better,
I’ll soon be familiar with every Greek letter.”
Then just as I started to drift off and doze,
A clatter of noise from the front lawn arose.
I leapt from my bed and ran straight down the stair
I opened the door, and an old gent stood there.
His N 95 made him look pretty weird,
But I knew who he was by his red suit and beard.
I kept six feet away but blurted out quick
“What are you doing here, jolly Saint Nick?”
Then I said, “Where’s your presents, your reindeer and sleigh?
Don’t you know that tomorrow will be Christmas Day?”
And Santa stood there looking sad in the snow
As he started to tell me a long tale of woe.
He said he’d been stuck at the North Pole alone.
All his white collar elves had been working from home,
And most of the others said “Santa, don’t hire us!
We can live off the CERB now, thanks to the virus.”
Those left in the toyshop had little to do,
With supply chain disruptions, they could make nothing new.
And as for the reindeer, they’d all gone away;
None of them left to pull on his sleigh.
He said Dasher and Dancer were in quarantine,
Prancer and Vixen refused the vaccine,
Comet and Cupid were in ICU,
So were Donner and Blitzen, they may not pull through.
And Rudolph’s career can’t be resurrected.
With his shiny red nose, they all think he’s infected.
Even with his old sleigh, Santa couldn’t go far.
Every border to cross needs a new PCR.
Santa sighed as he told me how nice it would be
If children could once again sit on his knee.
He couldn’t care less if they’re naughty or nice
But they’d have to show proof that they’d had their shot twice.
But then the old twinkle returned to his eyes,
And he said that he’d brought me a Christmas surprise.
When I unwrapped the box and opened it wide,
Starlight and rainbows streamed out from inside.
Some letters whirled round and flew up to the sky
And they spelled out a word that was 40 feet high.
There first was an H, then an O, then a P,
Then I saw it spelled HOPE when it added the E.
“Christmas magic” said Santa as he smiled through his beard.
Then suddenly all of the reindeer appeared.
He jumped into his sleigh and he waved me good-bye,
Then he soared o’er the rooftops and into the sky.
I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
“Get your vaccines my friends, Merry Christmas, good-night.”
Then I went back to bed and a sweet Christmas dream
Of a world when we’d finished with COVID 19.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and have a Happy New Year!
Wow, this year went by fast! It’s true what they say, “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” 😀
Thursday’s AGM was a strong turnout (thanks everyone for attending on a wet and windy day). Special thanks to the executive for steadfastly steering us through this challenging year of uncertainty! We’re not out of the woods yet!
Speaking of woods, Nancy hosted an outdoor Garden Party in her beautiful backyard earlier this month! Thank you MJ for sharing with us many of the pictures you took. Good times were had by all. See for yourself!