Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chapter Newsletter: Vol. 12, December 17, 2010 excerpts

60 Decker Drive, Middletown, N.Y. 10940
Vol. 12, DECEMBER 17, 2010

Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except July and August at the Methodist Church in Goshen, which is located on the corner of Main Street and Court Lane. All are welcome.

** Meeting Notice: The December meeting will be held on Friday the 17th, at 7:30 P.M. The highlight of this meeting will be a Christmas Party.

President’s Message:  

            Once again I have to start out congratulating Chuck Tudor for a job well done with the annual dinner at the Fountains. The food, atmosphere and speaker were great and several people commented on how much they enjoyed the evening. The following members received awards:

Quinguagenary Member:
Ray Decker – 50 + 1
Bill Scott

Distinguished Service:
Edward J Lenik

Certificate of Merit:
Clif Patrick
Barry Kass
Gary Keeton
Kevin Storms

Most Active Member:
Stephanie Tice

Order of the Trowel:
Gary Sipila
Glen Keeton
Priscilla Johnson
Sharon Assmus 
Christmas Party

            The December meeting will feature the Christmas Grab-bag. We tried it last year for the first time and everyone really enjoyed it. Here are the rules:

  1. You can attend the meeting and not participate in the grab-bag.
  2. Anyone who wishes to participate in the grab-bag needs to contribute a gift.
  3. Although archaeological themes are welcome other gift ideas are also acceptable such as baked items. In other words simply use your imagination.
  4. We are suggesting the value of the gift be up to $10.
  5. All gifts need to be wrapped and identified as to gender specific if needed.
  6. All participants draw a number.
  7. Number 1 goes first followed by consecutive numbers.
  8. Upon taking a gift it needs to be opened and shown to the group.
  9. Following number 1 each of the other participants can either take a gift from the table or from one of the other participants with a lower number. 
  10. If your gift is taken you can either go back to the table or take an open gift from another person.
  11. After all the numbers are completed and gifts opened the person with number one can exchange their gift with anyone they choose.
  12. All participants are encouraged to take a gift from another person if they like that gift. This is what makes it more interesting. So don’t be bashful.

*** If anyone is interested in bringing something for the Christmas refreshment table please let David and Priscilla Johnson know in advance.



January 20, 2011 - Monthly Meeting – Donald Bayne will discuss the history of Iona
            Island, which is located in the Hudson River near West Point.

February 18, 2011 - Monthly Meeting – David Johnson will discuss the importance of the
            sacred lakes and mountains of Peru’s northern Andes Mountains known as the
            Paramo. Current rituals will show how they can be used to develop a better
            understanding of the ancient cultures.

March 18, 2011 - Monthly Meeting - Barry Kass will be speaking on ancient Greek
            civilizations. He visited several sites with his students and some of our chapter
            members last spring.

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