Where is the food?
|Again this year we were able to capture the group singing of "Five Golden Rings".|
|This prize winning rendition is about 5 minutes long.|
|You can click below to hear our performance.|
|(You will probably have to download the file.)|
|Play Five Golden Rings|
12 Days of Christmas - Origins and Religious Meaning
Courtesy of Shirley and Bob
Members Present: Bob and Shirley Metcalf, Judy Lowell, Joe and Jutta Fitzsimmons, Heather and Russ Nelson. Carolyn and Gene Kaczka, Ron and Doris Frazer, Tellie and Dave Bray, Sue and Bob Northrup, Bob and Susan Meyer, Tom and Karen Fuhr
Bob Meyer called the meeting to order and Susan read the minutes of the October 2 meeting.
Welcome to our guests, John and Cathy Kaplan.
Treasurer’s Report: The treasury has a balance of $94.89 after reimbursing Dick and JoAnne Partch for the Thanksgiving turkey.
Many thanks to our hosts Bob and Shirley Metcalf for their wonderful hospitality.
First order of business is the matter of money. The dues discussion was suspended until this meeting. At the last meeting, Dick Partch had raised the issue of meetings – how many and when. The matter is somewhat linked with the question of dues. Our distinguished president suggested a meeting schedule along the following lines:
Traditionally, the club has provided the main meal for three of these meetings (holiday, Derby Day, and summer) and the cost has been about $50 for each of these meetings. This works out to on the order of $10 per couple for dues. The treasury has $94.89, so it would appear that dues of $5 per couple ($2.50 per person) would be appropriate for this year.
Proposal to the membership: For the 2010-11 season, dues are $5.00 per couple, $2.50 person. Next year, depending on the treasury at the end of this year, it may need to be $10.00 per couple $5.00 per person. The question was asked – Everyone OK with this? Overwhelming consensus is yes.
The principal order of business is the ornament exchange. Shirley passed out numbers to people who brought ornaments to exchange. Our president led a discussion of the rules. Under the “old” rules, whoever drew number 1 got to exercise a right to choose at the end, and there was the perception that this may have led to some hard feelings. No reason for hard feelings – this is supposed to be fun!
Suggestion: Regard this as any situation in which numbers are drawn at random – it is the luck of the draw, and the first picker picks a gift without getting any special consideration later. Each subsequent person/couple has a choice: take one that has been opened or pick an unopened gift.
Exchange rules: At every round, the number of “steals” is limited to the number of gifts that has been opened so far. So, if it is round 4, there can be no more than 3 “steals”. Also, taking back the same ornament that was ”stolen” from you on the same round is not allowed.
Everyone agreed with this set of ground rules, and the ornament exchange was on:
End of the ornament exchange, and all had a great time.
Aaahh – the drawing for the fruit sent by the Beane’s. Everyone put their numbers back in the basket and John Kaplan chose a number. It’s Russ and Heather – AGAIN!! Congratulations.
One last piece of business – THE SONG. Ron Frazer leads us in our own inimitable rendition of the 12 days of Christmas. Ron parcels out numbers and we get started. (But what is this – Tom Fuhr is talking about 9 ladies swimming! Visions from where, Tom??) With some anomalies, the group had a lot of fun singing the 12 days of Christmas. It all kind of fell apart at 12 and we then regrouped and did it again starting at 12. Thanks to Ron for leading us. Our fearless leader says Thank God there are only 12 days of Christmas!!
Last order of business: Dues are due ($5 per couple, $2.50 per person). Susan is collecting.
Next meeting is January 22 for skiing at Higley followed by soup and sandwiches at the Fitzsimmons.