2018 March Newsletter

Ennead’s Monthly Newsletter
March 2018 Edition
: LaMora Simpson


Marty Alberg Chairman

What a fabulous Super Bowl Sunday! With eleven entries in the Chili Cookoff, there were crock pots on every horizontal surface in Karen Mora’s home. The tasting/judging was serious business…and the winner was Vickie Carwell! Carol McCourt came in second and John Flanigan was third. The game was pretty good too!

February has been busy with Coronations, and Ennead has been well represented by Queen Jean, King David, and the Royal Court as well as other members supporting Carnival as we celebrated with RaMet, Sphinx, and Luxor.  March brings many more activities including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and preparation for our Black Tie and Tennis Shoes Skit. Casting call for BTTS is Saturday, March 3 and we need everyone involved – come join in the camaraderie and general merrymaking!

Thanks to Janet Dodson for arranging the February Happy Hour at the Forest Hill Grill. There were 20 of us enjoying libations, good food, and good company. The Go-Cart group met for the second time, and more thrill seekers are always welcome. Mary Elmore hosted Rummiikub that ended up being Spades this month (creative!), Don Harants hosted our Poker players, and the Dinner Group met at Frank Grisanti’s Restaurant. Readers enjoyed discussion of Dan Brown’s Origin at the home of Peggy Edwards. Yvonne Fournier arranged for moviegoers to see The Greatest Showman – hoping for better weather for the next outing! Both Ladies’ Night and the February Wine Party were held at the home of LaMora Simpson and Charles Humphreys…LaMora is spoiling us and we love it!

We are beginning to see signs of spring and look forward to the gift of sunshine filled days. Now is a good time to reach out to our newest members and encourage them to join one or more of our small groups as well as participate in Carnival activities to support children’s charities. We want to know them better and we want them to appreciate how much Ennead has to offer.


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.


It is again the time of year for the talented members of ENNEAD to come together to produce our very own ENNEAD SKIT!
If you are new and have no idea what this is about (or you just want to relive some really fun times), check out some videos of past year’s skits.
2013 Queen Ellen and King John : Ding Dong Belle
2014 Queen Marion and King Bernie: Follow la vie Dansant
2017 Queen Dottie and King Charles: Fractured Fairy Tales
To find out about this year’s skit and how you might like to be involved, come to the ENNEAD Casting Call on March 3 !
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Karen Mora’s home
5117 Reynolds Road, Collierville
This is a ‘working’ meeting.  Don’t bring food or drink.  Come ready to listen to the story and decide how you would like to participate!
Carol W(our director), Anne Manning, Steve G, Queen Jean, LaMora S and the rest of the Creative Team have been working diligently to finalize a draft of the BTTS script, so now we need:
Actors, Actresses, Dancers, Scene Painters, Prop builders, Stage Hands, Prop Runners &  Spotlight Techs 
Whether you think you are talented or not, we want you, your enthusiasm, your dedication and your sense of humor to help Ennead present the Best BTTS Skit in 2018 and have a great time working and playing together to do it!

At the meeting we’ll …

  • Brief you on the details
  • Run through an outline of the skit
  • Talk about costumes and choreography
  • Sign up for your part(s)

Can’t come to the casting call, but want a role?  Please email or call: Carol W at (901)229-8062 or carol.wasielewski1@ipaper.com

Everyone is Welcomed & encouraged to come out & ride the float with us on Saturday, March 17.

Two ways to get involved —  help build and decorate the floats and participate in the parade!

Anyone wishing to help decorate for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, please notify Connie Spencer at 901- 849- 3506 to include you in with the dates, times & places..
Everyone can contribute and enjoy the teamwork and satisfaction of contributing to this Ennead Event.Please notify Connie by 3/8 if you:
* would like to drive your car/convertibles in the parade
* would like to be part of the group of walkers and riders on the float

ENNEAD provides beads to throw but if you wish to purchase some, please let Connie Spencer know & we can help arrange that.

We would also like to know if you are planning on coming down to ride, party, or help so we can have some idea of participation & plan accordingly.
Ennead has a banner & whomever has it please contact Connie. Once returned, we will need 2-3 people to carry it in the parade in front of the float.

Contact person: Connie Spencer via email cwspencer7@yahoo.com) text or call at 901-849-3506.


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



Prospective Member: Gail Merritt
Sponsor: John Flanigan
Prospective Member: Harry Day
Sponsor: Vicky Carwell
Prospective Member: Jeanne Boyd
Sponsor: Jim Frommel

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

New  Member: Lelaine Cleaves
Sponsor: John Goodyear



3/1/2018: Original

3/9/2018: Updated previous Prospective Members to New Members and Added Harry Day, Jeanne Boyd, and Gail Merritt as Prospective Members.

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