Thursday, December 10, 2015

Holiday Party- 2015

2015 - Holiday Party Report

Beautiful weather greeted the fifty-six people who attended the annual Holiday Party at Parkway Banquets in Ingleside.  We were seated at tables of eight, all with great views of the "Year In Review" showing continuously. Guests received oil filters and a copy of the "Year In Review" DVD produced by Pete and Steve Kramer. The tables were decorated with festive centerpieces and along the wall was a table bearing a lovely "village" scene.  At each guest's place was a handmade Thunderbird cookie, purchased to benefit the People's Resource Center/Food Pantry to which the club members have continued to generously donate.

Following the cocktail/hors d'oeuvres hour and the bountiful and delicious buffet dinner, President Ken Smizinski made a few announcements including the winner of the Bert Eisenhour Award - Bert & Jane Eisenhour. The award plaque is filled and is being retired this year. It is fitting that the founder of the Club and his wife be the final recipients. Ken and Kathy Smizinski drew names for the door-prize raffle. Everyone went home with several gifts. In addition to lovely poinsettias donated by the Burhops, included in the raffle gifts were several large, framed reproductions of the Santa picture featured on the last page of the December Bird-News. These were donated by Madeline Zambon who found them in a local store! Good eye and thank you, Madeline!

Many thanks to Ken and Kathy Smizinski for planning the party, obtaining the oil filters and many of the door prizes - including many bottles of wine, to Pete Kramer and his son, Steve, for the Year-In Review show and DVDs, to Liz and Bill Werth for the cookies and to all those who donated items for the door prizes. It was a fun night in a beautiful new venue with good friends. Mark your calendars for next year's party - December 2 at the same banquet facility! Let's hope we have the same terrific weather!

Liz Werth