COMMENTS FROM YOUR PRESIDENT
Well a big welcome back to our “Snowbirds”. Our club has been busy getting an agenda together for this coming year. As always, we are looking for people to help us out, and no matter how little time you can give, we will find a spot for you to help. Of course, we will be “Bell Ringers” for the Salvation Army on November 28th, at the Publix on Cochran Blvd. There are still hours to be filled, so please help. Kathy Floyd has generously accepted the position of Nominating Committee Chairperson for our upcoming elections. Please let her know if you are able to hold any of the many offices we have to fill. Thank you to those of you who have already come forward.
We will be going to several shows this year and hope you will be joining us. Our Christmas party will be at our December meeting, with a “Twisted Gift Exchange” and a catered roast beef dinner. I would like to recognize three of the most important people in our club, Ollie Lewis, Dan and Doug Schultz. They work tirelessly at all of our regular meetings and events to coordinate the food and kitchen activity. Without their dedicated service we would not be able to have such great meals. - Thank you, Donna Lee
"Celtic History by Maurice Saunders"
Celtic New Year or Halloween: Halloween is a holy day. It has nothing to do with dressing up as Dracula or Vampires, etc. Druids made a ten month calendar and the 31st was their New Year’s Eve. It was the day to honor their ancestors. They had large sticks and banged them against a tree and called out the names of their ancestors. Hence came the saying, “Knock on wood.” All the children looked forward to the feast. The main course was called cannon, which was a potato mash. Inside was placed a ring, a piece of silver and a thimble. When it was ladled on plates, whoever got the ring would be first to get married. Whoever got the silver would get rich. And whoever got the thimble would be an old maid. For dessert they had a Barny Brack, which also contained a ring. Then the children dressed in white and marked their faces with soot from the chimney. They went from door to door asking for apples or nuts. Druids believed that honey (mead) made you fertile. Newlyweds were given gifts of honey and went away for a month. This became known as “the honeymoon”. When the Dutch King William took over the throne of England, anyone that dressed up was liable to be killed. The tradition of dressing up at Halloween died out in Britain. The Irish brought the tradition to America. Many years later Hollywood took it to the world. So, now it’s back in Britain again.
"TREASURER’S REPORT 10/14/14"
"REMINDER THAT CLUB DUES ARE NOW DUE FOR 2015"
TICKETS FOR ALL EVENTS ARE ON SALE NOW OR AT THE MEETING
Sunshine Report for May 2014
Dear members ------ Please keep the following members in your prayers -----If you know of a member who is sick, in the hospital, or homebound, please call me at 941-743-7163. Let’s keep our members with health issues, and their caregivers, in our prayers: Marty Kraus, Kathleen Curran, Rudy Wells, and Jim Dunning. Thank you, Esther
Richard Cyrgalis -– Nov 6th, Anna Marie Cyrgalis –- Nov 7th, Frank Speidell –- Nov 27th, John Murray –- Nov 27th, Pat Munson -– Nov 27th, Grace Potoski –- Nov 29th
OUR HAPPY ANNIVERSARIES FOR November
None recorded--- Nov
If you have not received a birthday or anniversary card make sure that you give your name to Susan Brown. THANK YOU.