PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – APRIL 2019
April is a wonderful month. Winter is behind us and spring has arrived. All of our golf courses are beginning to open and we all have the wonderful summer months on Cape Cod to look forward to. This past month was also a significant one for our club since we celebrated an anniversary. Our club was founded in March 1952 which makes us 67 years old. There is a brief history included in the back of your Membership Roster & Bylaws booklet. I encourage some of our newer members to check it out and see what a great history we have. I was pleased to hear that last month’s speaker was a success. His topic was certainly an interesting one.
Our social calendar has certainly been busy thanks to the efforts of Ernie Oliveira and Dan Penni. Our trip to Foxwoods on March 6th ended up with a full busload of members and guests coordinated by John Fanara who we thank for his assistance. Unfortunately, our trip was marked by a sorrowful incident shortly before our group was ready to depart for home. Bill McElhaney collapsed in the midst of many of our members and was subsequently air lifted to Yale Medical Center in New Haven, Connecticut where he passed away on Saturday, March 9th with his family by his side. Bill was an active participant in our club’s golf and bowling activities and will be greatly missed.
We also had a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance at the Irish Village on March 15th hosted by Buzz Barry with 56 members and guests in attendance I was so glad to hear that there was a lot of happpy members & guests dancing up a storm. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Friday, April 19th, due to a lack of participation. We have two other events on the schedule with a bus trip to Salem, Gloucester, & Rockport on May 15th, and a Boston Red Sox game vs. the Chicago White Sox on June 26th. I’m told that many of our members do not decide whether or not they wish to attend until near the drop dead date for us to pay the bus company for these functions. We do ask that all funds be submitted by April 15th for both of these future events. The earlier the better for us. We have a great relationship with our bus company and they allow us to book a trip with no money down. However, as we approach the drop dead date they expect a formal commitment from us and then we are on the hook for the bus. Accordingly we do not guarantee the bus unless we have a sufficient number of participants to cover our costs. Thanks for your attention in this matter.
Our Golf Committee, chaired by Charlie Jones has been diligently working through the winter months and has put together a great selection of five courses that you will all enjoy beginning on April 29th
at Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in Brewster. A full listing and a sign-up sheet have been sent out and are included in this newsletter. Remember that our golf program will be using our website at www.retiredmensclub.com
to communicate with our members about all golf related topics this year. Take a look at it if you haven’t had a chance yet. I know you’ll be pleasantly surprised. At the same time we are entering the last full month of bowling. Many of our bowlers will be returning from Florida and competition will be high as we finish the season.
We celebrated the first day of spring on March 20th and I’m sure that everyone is looking forward to much better and hopefully warmer weather. This month’s quote is from Mark Twain otherwise known as Samuel Longhorne Clemens. He was an Americn writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer. He is most noted for two of his novels: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. His quote is: “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want-oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so.”
Our next meeting is Thursday, April 11th at 1:30 p.m. at the Dennis Senior Center. See you there.