2018 February Newsletter

Ennead’s Monthly Newsletter
February 2018 Edition
: LaMora Simpson


Marty Alberg Chairman

Early January brought snow, ice, closings and postponements – but the sun came out and the snow melted just in time for Ennead’s Coronation of Queen Sahara XXVIII Jean Oliver and King Ennead XXVIII David Kelley. Their love of music was celebrated with the theme “Life’s a Dance,” and we danced the night away to the music of David’s long-time friends the King Beez. Congratulations to Duchesses Lucy Ridley, Liza Monaghan, and Carol Wasielewski and Dukes Don Davis, Don Dodson, and Ivan Rich; to Flagman Steve Grushkin, and to Queen’s Guards Stacey Montgomery and John Flanigan. A hearty Hip Hip Hooray to all who made this magical evening possible: to Ellen Patrick for overall coordination; to Ellen and Richard Raichelson for their Master of Ceremonies skills; to Connie Spencer, Paola High, Camilla Wilson, and Karen Mora for their beautiful decorations; to John Goodyear for ensuring that the spotlight was always in the right place. Also thank you to the brave souls who manned the registration tables and guarded the doors:  Peggy Edwards, Janet Dodson, Mary Elmore, Anne Manning, Jo Vail, Sandra Shinault, Gaynette Price, Sandra Cooper, Becky Burks, Bill McMurtray, Jerry Michie, and Randy West.

The issuing of Proclamations to the King, Queen and Royal Court is a key element of each Coronation. Chief Deputy Floyd Bonner from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and John Barzizza representing the Mayor of Germantown honored us by personally presenting those Proclamations. The mayors of Collierville and Memphis/Shelby County were still digging out from the days of dealing with snow but sent their greetings in advance of Coronation, and Ginger Collier, the first woman President of Carnival called upon us all to “banish dull care” as she read the elegant language of Carnival Memphis’ Proclamation. We can be proud of our successful launch of the 2018 Carnival Season.

Monthly activities in January continued to give us opportunity to interact with our Ennead family in small group settings. We began the month with Happy Hour at Heritage Tavern and then enjoyed the NCAA Championship Game at the home of Vickie Carwell. (What a game that turned out to be!). Vickie also hosted Rummikub this month, and Poker players gathered at the home of Patti Oliver. We ate well in January as usual: Ladies solved the problems of the world over dinner at Southern Social and the Dinner Group sampled the fare at Pearl’s Oyster House. Peggy Edwards hosts Book Club each month, and that group is hoping to attract new readers to the February discussion of Origin by Dan Brown. And finally, many thanks to Joe Chamoun who opened his home for our monthly wine party after rescheduling due to the bad weather early in January.

January brought two new and very different opportunities for members: John Flanigan organized a group of thrill seekers who tried out Go-Carting at Autobahn Indoor Speedway and Bill McMurtray introduced us to the opera Italian Girl in Algiers through a live rehearsal of excerpts narrated by WKNO’s Darel Snodgras. There is talk of an Instant Pot cooking group…anyone interested??

Carnival season is here! Coronations are being held nearly every weekend and annual events raise funds to support this year’s selected children’s charities: Agape Child and Family Services, Emmanuel Center, and Memphis Athletic Ministries. Your Royal Court will be present and active but these events aren’t just for Royalty… ALL members are encouraged to participate as you can. As with all aspects of life – we benefit from Ennead in direct proportion to our involvement.

Stay well, stay warm, and stay involved!


The Ennead Board of Directors voted to accept the following proposal for changes to the By-Laws:
Delete Article 3, Section 2, Paragraph 1, the last sentence –  which currently reads “The Board may approve an application of a former member without publication or delay if so recommended by the Membership Committee”.
The net effect of this change will be that all members,  including returning members, will go through the same vetting process.


Check the Events Calendar and your weekly blasts for Small Group Activites.



Returning Member: Denise Stephens
Sponsor: Jean Oliver
Returning Member: Donna Mikeal
Sponsor: Bill McMurtray
New Prospective Member: John Nespoli
Sponsor: Vicky Carwell

New Prospective Member: Lelaine Cleaves
Sponsor: John Goodyear



2/5/2018  Added info regarding effective date of Proposed ByLaw Change
2/5/2018  Added 4 prospective members

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