The weather outside was not frightful so we did not need a fireplace to make everything delightful at the Holiday Party; all it took was friends, presents and a good meal to make it a great time. The room at La Isla in Kendall was festively decorated thanks to Jean Hawa and all the tables had sprigs of evergreen and ornaments. It was fun to see our old friends and meet new ones who were joining the club.
It was also time to recognize the club’s Most Valuable Member, and this year it was two: Manny and Millie Garcia who work so hard to provide for us at times of social and club events: the picnic, the Progressive Dinner, monthly meetings, and of course making all the arrangements for the Holiday Party. Congratulations to you both from all of us.
The Board of Directors did their official duty of being present and sworn in for another term, even those who still have a year to go. We welcomed our new board members as well.
Then we got down to the real business of the gift exchange, done to a turn by the reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” as read by Ken Kurtz. We hope everyone ended up with something fun, useful, or tasty. But that wasn’t the only gift: Ira and Susan Shapiro were the lucky winners of the drawing for a weekend at the Costa del Este resort, generously donated by Luis and Maria Quevedo.
Thanks again to Manny and Millie, and best wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous and safe New Year.
By Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier