2016-12 December Newsletter

To attend Ennead events, you must be a current member or sponsored by a current member unless otherwise indicated.

Newsletter Editor: Peggy Fitzgerald, peggy@memphis.edu

chaircommentsEvery year, there is concern from health professionals about people overeating at Thanksgiving and throughout the month of December. Some get used to it and don’t stop in December. My approach is to just wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas, and to enjoy yourself with friends at plenty of Ennead events.
The Halloween Party at Rhitt’s on Rex was well attended and thoroughly enjoyable with good food and very danceable music provided by Memphis Funk ’n Horns. After registering with Mary Vines and company, you had to walk through the spook-filled Haunted Trail to reach the main room. The trail was a tribute to the late Dan Tucker, and set-up by Connie Spencer’s decorations committee. They also splashed loads of candies and scary Halloween animals on tables, added wall and ceiling hangings, and dressed mannequins in appropriate attire. Our contest winners were: Costume Gals – first, Paola High (electric angel), second, Dot West (cop), third, Linda Bomprezzi & Bill Carwell (deer and hunter); Costume Guys – first, Sam Bismol (pink dino), second, David Kelly (stick man), third, Charles Humphreys (cowboy); Pumpkin Carving – Teresa Turman; Mask – Connie Spencer.
To round out the scary weekend, Mary Elmore, Paola High, Teresa Turman, and Randy West represented our Krewe as a bowling team for Luxor’s Boo Bowling fundraiser. On behalf of our Queen who was out of town for the event, Camilla Wilson and Peggy Fitzgerald also decorated an umbrella for the Queens’ competition.
A week later, our annual Recruitment Party was held at Aintree Farms Clubhouse. The event was quite successful with entertainment provided by Eddie Harrison and Debbie Jamison. Kudos to the Membership Committee, under the leadership of Peggy Fitzgerald, Chair, and Steve Grushkin, Vice-Chair, for this well planned and organized event. After check-in at the Registration table, prospective and current members were greeted by Queen Pat McWilliams, King Alan Barfield, Vice-Chairman Marty Alberg, Treasurer Jim Frommel, and myself. Each member and guest received a bingo card and a dance card. Instead of numbered boxes, the bingo card had characteristics of members and guests, such as a first name or where they live. The object was to find that person and get a signature on the appropriate square. Once the card was completed, it was placed in a box for a chance to win prizes. The dance card asked the contestant to have a dance partner sign the card after they had danced. Ten names completed a card which was then placed in another box for a chance to win prizes. Bottles of champagne donated by Krewe members served as Grand prizes for each contest. Announcements were made by Peggy Fitzgerald and myself who also toasted the assemblage after members received glasses of champagne. Charles Cox was in charge of photography.
This is a good time to salute two groups in Ennead who do much to help with our parties: Bar Committee and Cleanup Committee. Don Davis and Don Dodson work to haul the beverages to our parties, return them to our storage unit, and restock the supplies when low. For both the Halloween Party and the Recruitment Party, Don Davis took on the role of second bartender.
The Cleanup Committee, headed by Joey Angelo and Charles Cox, do a wonderful job in cleaning up, straightening out, and making sure everything is left in good order. They are assisted by many other members who stick around after hours and lend a hand.
Movie Night, organized by Yvonne Fournier, sprouted three highly rated films for moviegoers: The Accountant, Denial, and Arrival. Rummikub was hosted by Carol Wasielewski and Poker Night took place at LaMora Simpson’s house. Carol always cooks something special, but I couldn’t make the event this time. LaMora treated starving Poker players to two types of bean soups, a salad, bread, and dessert. Three tables filled with players enjoyed the food and the games. At Book Club hosted by Peggy Edwards, we all looked for The Ghost at the Table, but we couldn’t find him.
The dinner at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen on Brookhaven Circle was given high marks by the 14 who ate there. There was a pretty good turnout for Happy Hour at Celtic Crossing, despite the heavy rain storm. Traffic lights were out in the area, then the lights went out at Celtic Crossing. Payment was best by cash, but you had to go elsewhere if interested in dinner.
The Wine Party at Pat McWilliams’ home was fun, as always. Members overflowed the rooms and some ventured onto the back porch. We welcomed prospective member Tom Maslowski while Tayloe Nickey, substituting for ailing Steve Grushkin, was invited to read the birthdays. He did so with his usual verve. Cynthia and Bob Thomas invited everyone to their Thanksgiving lunch on the 24th. Since Cynthia and Bob were recently married, they will be leaving Ennead at the end of the year. However, they wanted us to know they will always open their house to our Krewe for special occasions.
Our annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner was hosted by Mary Vines. The food was incredibly good. Everyone wore smiles. We recognized prospective member: Tom Maslowski and welcomed new member Becky Burks. A guest book was available for signatures and comments. A list was also circulated for those who wanted name tags at $7 each.
The annual Carnival Memphis meeting was held November 1 at the Memphis Country Club. Discussion concerned the current year, what to expect for 2017, and the introduction of Children’s Charities representatives. Krewes for Kids fundraiser will be held April 22, 2017, at the new Crosstown Concourse (the old Sears building). Consider joining Carnival Memphis and receive discounts on events. Their website is www.carnivalmemphis.org.
All the best for the season,

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