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     Well, here we are beginning another year together. I have had a great year as your President in 2018 and look forward to yet another great year in 2019. I want to thank the Executive Committee and the membership for the confi-dence that they have put in me to lead this organization for another year.
     Although we did not have a formal meeting in Decem-ber, we did have our Holiday Luncheon at the Marshside which was attended by 115 members and spouses. I want to thank Jack Puleo for his willingness and vo-cal ability to lead us in singing many Christmas songs. This is the last special event that Gary Merton will be running for us. We owe Gary a debt of gratitude for all of his efforts in 2018. Thank you Gary. Ernie Oliveira will be Special Events Chairman for 2019 and will be assisted by Dan Penni. Ernie and Dan have put together an ambitious schedule of events for 2019 and hope to have something for us and our spouses to participate in every month. We recognize that cost is an issue and have attempted to keep the price as low as possible. On January 14th we will be having a Social Bowling event at Ryan Amusements in South Yarmouth which will be coordinated by Tom Murphy. Don’t forget to submit your registration soon. The cutoff date is January 10th. On February 24th the club has arranged for members and their guests to attend a Providence Bruins Hockey game in Providence RI which will be coordinated by Dan Penni. On March 15th Buzz Barry will be running a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance at the Irish Village. This was an old mainstay in the past which many of our members enjoyed. We hope to light the fire for it once again. Information for these events is in your bulletin. We are also working on a trip to Foxwoods in March which will be coordinated by John Fanara. Sounds like a lot of fun. Sure hope you can participate.
     Bowling is continuing and we are happy to report that new bowlers are showing up every week. It’s great to see the increased participation especially since a lot of our members are beginning to migrate south. We have a great group of individuals and a lot of camaraderie each week. I encourage you to give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
     This past year we raised enough funds through our 50/50 raffle each month at our membership meeting to donate $1,300 to worthwhile charities. It is my sincere hope that we can achieve that amount or exceed it in 2019. Thank you for your con-tinued generosity.
     I hope that you have enjoyed my ending messages as much as I have in research-ing them for our newsletter in 2018. As we begin 2019, I thought that a message of encouragement as we begin a new year might be the most appropriate. As I delved into this area, I found a multitude of messages that might be appropriate. This par-ticular one by Benjamin Franklin, a former statesman, diplomat, and one who helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, stood out in my estimation:
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man.”
I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Thursday, January 10th, 2019.

Dick Coughlin



JANUARY 10, 2019
Meetings are the second Thursday of each month (except during December, July & August) at the Dennis Senior Center, 1045 Rt. 134, East Dennis at 1:30 PM. (The Executive Committee meets at 12:00.)

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