Retired Men's Club of Cape Cod

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE - NOVEMBER 2018

Golf season is quickly coming to an end except for a few hearty souls with hand warmers and cold winter gear. Our October meeting had 136 members in attendance. Glad to see we continue to have a great turnout. Our speaker, Rick Sawyer, representing the Aquacultural Research Corporation near Chapin’s Beach did a great job. It’s interesting to hear about successful business ventures on Cape Cod that do a lot for all of our communities. They produce millions of shellfish seeds that turn into oysters, clams, and scallops which we all enjoy.

Our Fall golf season has now ended with two more successful events at The Cape Club with 90 golfers and our last event at Pocasset Golf Club with 69 players. I had the fortunate experience of playing with three great gentlemen at The Cape Club and we came in first….an unusual event for sure. Many thanks to Charlie Jones and his committee for planning and organizing such a successful season for all of us. Charlie promises some new and some old courses in 2019 for another exciting year.

Bowling is now in high gear and we continue to look for additional participants. There is always room for substitutes and, to the best of my knowledge, we have never turned away anyone that shows up to bowl since we always have openings. We continue to meet at 12 Noon every Tuesday. We are going to begin reporting more bowling information in our monthly newsletter to give recognition to our bowling members similar to what we do for golf.

Gary Merton planned a great trip for us this past month as a busload of members and spouses went on a river boat cruise on the Indian Princess on October 17thon Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagunamaugg otherwise known as Webster Lake. We had an excellent lunch at the Point Breeze Restaurant and our waitress, when coaxed, graciously said the name of the lake for us. Quite a mouthful. We had a great day and the weather, while a little cooler, was sunny. Many of us could stay on the exposed top deck of the Indian Princess for most of the riverboat trip. Gary had been working on the Boston Pops trip scheduled for December 7th. However, as I write this letter, I have been informed that we did not have enough people enlist for this outing and therefore the trip needs to be cancelled.

Once again, I want to thank all of you that took the time to complete the recent survey and share with us your thoughts on social activities, monthly speakers, and other club programs. Brian O’Toole and John Lynch have completed compiling the results of this survey and will be sharing them with the membership at our November meeting.

I’m pleased to report that, in response to the request in the September and October newsletters to submit Charitable Donation requests, we have received a total of thirteen donation requests. The Charitable Donations Committee will be meeting on November 1st and will present their recommendations to the Executive Committee on November 8th. We anticipate announcing the recipients of these awards at our November meeting. These funds come from our 50/50 raffle. I encourage you to buy raffle tickets each month to support these worthwhile charities. We are fortunate to have Jim Flaherty and Ron McPhee accept donations and distribute raffle tickets to our members each month. In case you missed them, they are to the right of the door when you enter the meeting hall. Another two of our volunteers who quietly do so much to make our club successful. Thanks Jim and Ron.

It is with a great degree of sadness that I wish to inform you that Jim McDermott passed away on Sunday, October 28th

Veterans Day in November is a special day for many of our members who served in the military. It is a day set aside to thank and honor ALL who served in wartime or peacetime.

My quotation for November comes from Ronald Reagan, our 40th. Jim was a dear friend that I have known for close to forty years. He was a very active member of our club and participated in all of our activities. Jim introduced me to The Retired Men’s Club of Cape Cod when I retired and moved permanently to Cape Cod. Further information will be in the Cape Cod Times.

President of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
"Freedom…is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again."

Look forward to seeing all of you at our next meeting on Thursday, November 8th!!

Dick Coughlin

 

 

NEXT MEETING
NOVEMBER  8, 2018
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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