Contributed by Steve Oakes

A total of 91 attendees (including two new members and five guests) gathered in the Banquet Room of the Community Center for the Fishing Club meeting on November 9th. President Steve Oakes called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. and thanked the following members for their service in sharing hosting responsibilities: Shirley & Ernie Clevinger, Ruby & Bob Hood, Carol & Roy King, Helen & Bob Skapura, and Gloria Wholey. The theme for the evening was “Thanksgiving” and tables were attractively decorated with traditional Thanksgiving-related items and colorful autumn leaves. As is the case on such an occasion, the food tables were covered with an abundant array of delicious Thanksgiving fare for attendees to savor and enjoy.

Steve passed out a sign-up sheet for members to choose which meeting dates in the New Year which they desire to serve as hosts/hostesses. Steve read a brief history of Veterans Day, after which Shirley Clevinger was able to take a nice photo of the 21 veterans who attended the evening’s festivities in advance of the holiday’s official observance on November 11th and extended through November 12th.

Phyllis French reminded members that flags and maps will be distributed at 10:00 a.m. the following day (November 10th) at the Shady Grove Pavilion for placement along Heritage Drive in celebration of Veterans Day.

Bob Gough

Treasurer Bob Gough provided his monthly financial report, with a checking balance of $8973 on October 31st (of which $1749 is set aside for the Veterans and Friends Initiative) – leaving a balance of $7224 for other club expenditures. Bob’s report was accepted by the membership and he also pointed out that the Spaghetti Bingo Night turned out to be another successful fundraiser. However, there are apparently expenditures that have not yet been fully accounted for, so a final profit tally should be updated at the December meeting. Secretary Dave Moulton’s meeting minutes were included in the November issue of the LH Newsletter and accepted by members in attendance.
Pat Thorsen, Chair of the Sunshine Committee, mentioned there was no need to send get well or sympathy cards to members since the October meeting, which was refreshing to hear.
Steve mentioned that payment of club dues to Bob Gough will continue until dues of current members have all been paid.

During the October meeting, Steve announced the Nominating Committee for 2019 Club Officers proposed the following nominees: Steve Oakes, President; Craig Dresser, Vice President; Cindy & John Spinelli, Secretary; and Ernie Clevinger, Treasurer. At the November meeting, Steve asked that nominees be voted on. A member moved that all proposed nominees be accepted. The motion was seconded and approved by members in attendance.

Ila Verdirame and granddaughter, Zoey

Scotty Watt announced that he had consulted with Stan Clark, Adams County Director of Veterans Affairs, to help identify one or more veterans who deserve to receive financial help from the Veterans and Friends Initiative. Stan recommended two veterans who qualify for such assistance. A member moved that both of the recommended veterans be provided $500 each and the motion was seconded and approved by the members in attendance. On another topic, Scotty mentioned that he is offering poinsettias for sale on behalf of the Exchange Club of Gettysburg. For individuals interested in placing an order, please contact Scotty on your own (or he may even contact residents on his own initiative who have placed orders in previous years).

George Thorsen mentioned that the LH website receives 25,000+ hits per month.
Elaine Ferrara mentioned that Lorraine Edwards is putting together an order of Rada knives on behalf of the Women’s Club. Interested individuals may contact Lorraine for additional information or to place an order.

Ernie Clevinger announced two Trivia Night fundraisers are planned early in the New Year (January 20th and March 30th) to benefit the 2019 Regatta, so please mark your 2019 calendars and check out the fliers that will appear in upcoming LH Newsletters.

Two years ago the U.S. Department of Defense created the Vietnam War/Vietnam Era Veterans 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program to thank and present a lapel pin to living U.S. veterans who served on duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location. Such veterans are eligible to receive one lapel pin. Ideally the lapel pins are to be presented at a public event; however, at this time no event is scheduled in our area. If a sufficient number of veterans are interested in receiving a pin, perhaps a ceremony can be arranged here at the lake. If interested, please contact Jane Smith via email at femp759@embarqmail.com.

Steve mentioned the next club meeting is scheduled for December 14th and will be hosted by Steve Oakes & Ze Wagner, Debi Royals & Phil Layne, Gerry Royals, and Paul Schneeloch. Members are encouraged to bring with them non-perishable food items to be donated to a food pantry.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Steve Oakes, Club President

*Webmaster’s note: David Moulton, the secretary of the Fishing Club confirmed that the spelling of Tails is deliberate and that using this homophone instead of “tales” has historical roots for the Fishing Club. He explained that fish have tails and don’t tell tales so maybe there is something to this.