President John Chaney Announces Prize Winners
And Now the Program
In years past, a short program followed
dinner and the awards. But this year, the board voted to have no formal
program and no live music
throughout the cocktail hour and dinner. Instead, we enjoyed each
others’ company and the cacophony of many conversations going on at
once. But to finish off, we stuck with one tradition: Door prizes!
Surprise! Now for the annual drawing. The prizes awarded in the drawing
involved mostly gift certificates to various stores or tickets to the
annual gay and lesbian film festival. Here are some of the winners:
- Arnold A. won a crisp new Ben Franklin bill.
- Next, Bob K. won the crisp new President Grant bill.
- And finally Joe T. won the Seattle International Film Festival
memberships for two.
Unfortunately, nobody took pictures of the prize winners, probably
because we were all checking our ticket stubs, hoping we'd won! Well,
one picture of the audience checking their ticket stubs.
Tickets, Hoping for a Prize
Next, Bob Johnson, one of the original members of Mature Friends rose
to tell us how much our group has meant to him and others throughout
He noted that only twelve members started Mature Friends in 1989. Now
ranks have swollen to almost 250 consistently. His talk came from the
heart and it touched us all to hear from a
charter member and get a perspective of how far the group has come.
After dinner, President John called up the volunteers who were present
at the banquet. Our incoming president Bruce (back row, third from
left) also headed up the Travel Committee, coming up with tours that
span the gamut from short and inexpensive to long, exotic tours, such
as China in April 2014. As Bruce takes over the duties of president, he
will pass the leadership of the Travel Committee to another member with
the travel lust.
The Activity and
First off, our outgoing president John presented our board and officers
for the fiscal year of July 2016 through June 2017:
- President Bruce T.
- Past President John Chaney.
- Vice-President Mike P.
- Secretary Bill S., who also continues to edit our newsletter.
- Treasurer John B.
- Jeffery G., Assistant newsletter editor.
- Dean K., Membership.
- Keith "Woody" C., Creator and manager of our Facebook page.
- Scott L., Member at large.
- Scott M., Member at large.
- David T., Member at large
When you join Mature Friends or for those who are members, please
consider serving on the board or leading an activity. Our volunteers
are the heart of our organization.