President’s Message – March 2019
For the second year in a row, I want to thank Charlie Jones for running the February meeting for me while I’m working onmy golf game in Florida. I was very fortunate to be able to join an elite group of 32 golfers who play every Wednesday in the Vero Beach/Fort Pierce area. Two members of this group are members of the RMC: Louie Visco and Ernie Oliveira. It’s nice to be able to talk with someone who has the same New England accent. I heard our speaker from the Shark Conservancy put on an excellent presentation in February. I’ve also heard that we have had enough programs dedicated to oysters, sharks, and other ocean related topics.We’ll keep that in mind for future speakers. Brian O’Toole assures me that this month’s speaker will be entertaining and the topic will be geared to our senior members.
Last month’s newsletter gave a long explanation of what happens when it snows. Hopefully, we have most of the snow behind us but just remember that if schools are closed in Dennis then the Dennis Senior Center is closed and there will not be a meeting on March 14th. If school is in session the Senior Center is open and the meeting is on. This should be the last mention of snow
for this year.
Our RMC social calendar continues to add multiple events. We found out that a Sunday afternoon hockey game in Providence RI with the Providence Bruins is not something our members are interested in and it did not happen. We will scratch that from any future consideration. Our trip to Foxwoods on Wednesday, March 6th, which is being coordinated by John Fanara, went down to the wire but we were able to get more than enough to participate. Thanks to all who signed up at the end. Hopefully, we will have the same successwith our St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance at the Irish Village on March 15th, which is being coordinated by Buzz Barry. For the month of April we have a bus trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Friday, April 19th with lunch at the famous Venezia restaurant on Boston’s water-front coordinated by Dan Penni. It’s a great museum and I hope you will consider this outing. In addition, we have secured tickets for a game with the World Cham-pion Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, June 26th. These tickets are in great demand and must be purchased early. What a great opportunity thanks to Ernie Oliveira and Dan Penni.
Charlie Jones and his Golf Committee have been hard at work to put together five excellent golf courses for us to play this spring. Charlie has also been coordi-nating efforts with some of our more computer proficient members (Paul DeSisto, Jack Hudson and John Lynch) in order that our club will be better able to utilize our website at www.retiredmensclub.com. The “Golf " tab on the site will be used to communicate with our members about golf news, assignments, results and other topics. This newest use of our website will bring us to a higher level of efficiency and make it much easier to interface with all of our members in the future.
For those new members who are wondering why our monthly newsletter ends with a historical quotation, I thought it might be appropriate to re-explain how this came about. Each RMC president has left their own trademark as part of their monthly message. Some of our past presidents have been history enthusiasts or ardent antique automobile followers. I don’t have a particular endeavor such as this so I thought it might be appropriate to end my monthly message with a meaningful thought (non-political and non-controversial) and hopefully leave you with something to think about for the next month. Not necessarily humorous and not too simple.
This month it’s a quote from Dale Carnegie. He was an American writer and lecturer, and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. One of his suggestions for us to initiate and perpetuate friendships is as follows:
”If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.”
Our next meeting is Thursday, March 14th at 1:30 p.m. at the Dennis Senior Center.