About 45 folks stopped by the TGIF Happy Hour on November 11 – an excellent turnout, we thought, for a first-time-ever event. It was held in the party room from 5:30 to 7:30 pm so those coming from work could stop in before dinner. Light refreshments and a non-alcoholic punch were on the house, while wine and beer were BYO.
For quite a long time now, the July 4 Celebration has been the Social Committee’s only event. While it has been very popular with residents, long-time committee members needed a respite. So, since nobody stepped forward to rescue it, the July 4 Celebration was scrapped this past summer — and, in effect, the Social Committee ceased to exist.
Nevertheless, the board appointed a liaison who then came up with one activity on her own — the November 11 TGIF Happy Hour — and invited fresh ideas from other residents.
New ideas were discussed in an informal meeting attended by six residents. Among those ideas: a holiday party in early December — see the Did You Know column in this issue; a potluck, perhaps in January; a pizza and/or film evening; a majong club; a story-telling gathering; an occasional lecture; and an art exhibit.
These are promising ideas, and management and the board would support them. But each will need a leader and a supporting cast — that is, residents who’d like to participate.
Denis Timofeev is one such person. He’s a DJ with professional equipment and would like to provide music one evening in a dance or party setting. Interested in this or any of the other ideas above? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and let’s see if we can’t engage one another in some fun get-togethers between now and summer.
Jean Shamo, board liaison
Resident owner since 2010.
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