And a Good Time Was Had By All

It was a good day for the musicians and singers in our club. The rest of us went along for the ride.

Larry Wade organized a group of six musicians to play Christmas carols and gave us the words to sing along. The musicians were Larry on first flute; George Hogg on tuba; Bill Hogg on baritone; Dave McGlade on trumpet; Doug Sleade on fiddle; and Leo Pondelick on the violin.


They weren’t perfect, but they got the job done. My hat is off to them. I was particularly impressed at the wind of the horn blowers after all these years.

Of course George and Bill, by virtue of their careers with the Salvation Army probably had to keep in shape.

The carols were “oldies’, but “goodies” and were fairly easy to sing. They were Away in a Manger, Angels We Have Heard on High, What Child is This, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, and, everyone’s favorite, Silent Night.

Thanks a lot, Fellas. Your program and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus was all that was needed to fill folks with the Christmas Spirit.





Today we had 83 members, and 4 guests, for a total of 87. Merry Christmas to you all.




 Bob Fallstrom is reported to be back to work today.
There is also a report that former Golden K member,
Ida Brooks, has suffered a heart attack. She has been taken to a medical facility in Springfield and the prognosis is not good. Her condition has been reported as “unresponsive”.

The rest of you stay healthy, happy and good looking. Keith



50/50 winner

First place winner was Harold Dausman    and second place went to Jim Miller. Congratulations, folks.






  We have the clip boards to record your volunteer hours this morning. If you can’t do it this morning, you can email them to me and I would be glad to record them. My address is in the Directory.
  Also if you have any coupons or greeting cards, give them of me and I will take them to Dove.



 New Member Induction

None today





Bob Bauer said the Salvation Bell ringing went well this year. He is happy; the Salvation Army is happy; thank you for a great job.

Sharon Cunningham said we still need some volunteers to help at the 8th Grade Fair January 6, 7, 8, and 16 at Richland Community College. They are having their annual 8th Grade Career Fair and need volunteers on each of those days to guide students from one class room to another from 8:30am until noon. Volunteers are also asked to meet with the Career Fair Coordinator on Monday, January 5 at 10:00am in the Schrodt Health Education Center. She will show us the rooms we will cover.

Bill Hogg said all skepticism about the change in the way toys were distributed by the Salvation Army vanished after the third set of 15 parents shopped the toy store. Everything ran smoothly and the speed was great. They were able to surpass the planned schedule of 15 sets of parents every 15 minutes. Many thanks to Don Wenneker and the Golden K volunteers.

Steve Rayhill said the next food pantry collection will be January 7th, and go to Catholic Charities.

Susan Rayhill reminded us it was the third Wednesday and therefore collection day for the Backpack program. She then explained the Backpack program. She also asked the members who volunteered to ring bells, work in the toy store, pass out food, and tend the Angel Tree to stand and be honored. There weren’t very many people left to clap.

Charles said the January Board meeting would be January 10 at 1:00pm at Rock Springs.





Phyllis Martin was a guest of Jim Rector. Elva Klekamp was a guest of husband Bill and Anna Armstrong was a guest of husband Dick. Robert Robbins was a guest of father-in-law John Ally



Earl Rudolph


 The C.I.A advertised for an assassin and three applicants Craig, Eddy, and Marilyn are chosen for the final test.
Craig is given a gun and shown a door. "Inside this room you will find your wife sitting in a chair. “Kill her.” says the C.I.A agent

Craig replies, "You can’t be serious I could never shoot my wife"

"Then you are not the right man for this job", says the agent.

Eddy is given the same instructions. He goes into the room with gun in hand. After a few minutes he emerges in tears and says, "I tried, but I can't kill my wife "

The agent says, "You don't have what it takes. Take your wife and go home."

Finally, it’s Marilyn’s turn. She is given the same instructions, takes the gun and goes into the room.
Several shots are heard then lots of screaming crashing and banging. Eventually Marilyn comes out of the room wiping sweat from his brow. "That damn gun you gave me was loaded with blanks! I had to beat him to death with the chair."

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