Well, we made to the last month of the year and I'm ready to "party"; I hope all of you are too. Have you signed up for our annual event at the Monarch next Sunday? If your plans are just now coming together, it's not too late. Just go to the form, print it and send the form and your check in the mail.
If this past year you were an attendee at our monthly meetings, thank you for attending; if you contributed in some way to the functioning of the meetings, thank for your support; if you were a presenter of the many interesting topics, a large THANK YOU for your time and energy required to do so. As you can see we need all elements of a meeting in order to be successful. In thinking of the year coming to a close we also thank each of you who perform an on-going service to our Chapter. You know who you are and we know who you are by reading the names in left vertical column of this news letter.
In enumerating some of our successes this year I want to thank Kay Henselman for her professional scheduling of each months presenters. A trait to be followed is Kay's planning ahead. She has had presenters on the calendar for at least 2-3 months in the future and I know I'm giving away one of the secrets of her success. Thanks as well to all who brought items for the Mart. Other accomplishments include, Mike Kings persistence at the Museum in Oregon City. He, Terry White and Dan Miler have been repairing clocks there in an effort to gain public awareness of Chapter 31.
This past weekend, Bill Butcher and Stoddart Smith manned an information and education table at OMSI. Traffic was steady for the 4 hours there with a range of interest. The younger attendees were able to run the hands of a mechanism and see as well as hear the strike mechanism. Adults quizzed Stoddart and Bill about a range of topics from, who can repair my pocket watch to, I have an old clock... On the display table flyers were available for the Regional in May and applications for Chapter 31. The two middle Saturdays in December are still open for others to participate at OMSI in a similar fashion. On Saturday, December 29th, Harold Baesler, George Kirkwood, and Bob English,
Finally, a new item for our chapter will be begin at this years Holiday Gathering--Your Council has identified two awards that we feel should be part of any successful thriving organization We will begin awarding a Meritorious Service Award and Meritorious Technical Award. You will have to come to the Holiday Meeting to find out the names of the first recipients. Be ready to say "me, me and you would be correct because awards could be given to a high percentage of the membership but we must begin, In fact, we will need to give awards twice a year and still not catch up.
Rest up over the Holidays so we can head into the new year energized for our chapter events and the upcoming May, Regional. For the few who are unable to attend the Holiday Gathering, Merry Christmas and the best of everything in the New Year to you and your loved ones.