Verde Sputters Host A Wonderful Thanksgiving Luncheon

We wish to note that the founder of Verde Sputters, Marj Cattrell, has passed away. She is sorely missed. For those of you who never met Marj, she began this great group of ladies and the wonderful event of “Sputting” we all enjoy. In her honor, the annual Invitational event held in the spring will now become known as the Marj Cattrell Invitational.

There were 64 Sputter members and 4 guests for the Verde Sputters Holiday Luncheon on Nov. 1 at the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse. The menu included roasted turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, potato gratin, gravy, broccoli, and for dessert, pumpkin praline bread pudding. Yum! I felt my waistline expanding with every bite, but it didn’t slow me down.

Lydia O’Connor and Barb Rempel led the business part of the meeting. We sang “Happy Birthday” to the Sputters with November birthdays. A $500 check to the Tri-Community Food Bank, which provides assistance to the families in the area, was presented to Maggie de Block. Four Sputters were awarded a star: Jeanne Ragan, 35; Jane Horrigan, 36; Carol Wilke, 38; and Dee Mahoney 38. There were 58 players for Sputters that day, and we had approximately 50 hole-in-ones. Ellane Jepson won the money hole. The drawing for the free lunch was won by Lavonne Ashwood.

Sputters visited from table to table to wish happy holidays to friends. Upon arrival at the luncheon, each person was given a sheet from which to get their turkey name from the list, using the letter of their name and the month they were born. For instance, if your name started with an “S” and you were born in December, the nametag would read “Drumstick Nappy Nap.” Sheelagh Simpson, Joni Campbell, and Donna Bujnovsky did the centerpieces and placemats for the tables and games. If the placemat had a sticker on the back, you got to take the turkey pumpkin centerpiece home with you. Carol Jones won a pair of socks with a talking turkey on it as the winner of the Turkey Scratch game.

The December Holiday Luncheon will be held on Dec. 6. The deadline to register is Nov. 29 at noon. The menu is braised beef brisket with natural au jus, three-cheese potato gratin, haricot verts, and the dessert will be lemon layer cake with raspberry drizzle. There will be a beverage station with water, iced tea, lemonade, and coffee and a no-host bar. The vegan option will be romaine salad with veggies and raspberry vinaigrette. If you get the special diet menu, and you can’t eat the regular dessert, you may substitute sorbet.

Please have your check made out to “Verde Sputters” and write “Holiday Luncheon” in the memo section. Put your check in an envelope marked with your name, “Holiday Luncheon,” and specify if you need one of the food options. Any questions may be directed to Cathy Howard at 816-716-3508.

So, don’t be naughty; be nice because Santa is coming to Verde Sputters!

See ya there!