Verde Sputters

BK Koch

On Jan. 2 “Raindrops kept falling on our heads” and, therefore, sputting was canceled for the day. During the luncheon, we had sunshine, and after the luncheon, raindrops were coming back to fall upon our heads. In the words of Sputters President Helen Bellacqua, “I think the weather is a woman, because it is fickle!”

On to business: $400 was donated to the Tri-Community Food Bank. Happy Birthday to the January ladies: Carolyn McLean, Donna McPherson, Cheri King, Della Simm, and Sue Ryan. Two stars were earned: one by Mindy Sensiba (38) and one by Sue Delago (39). Free lunch was won by Jean Matheson who got all excited and can hardly wait for the next luncheon so she can use it. A big thank you to our Luncheon Committee (Janet Knowles, Marilyn Palatas, and Sue Ryan) for the original table designs and the delicious meal of bacon-wrapped pork loin (thin sliced) with apple and brandy demi-glace, mashed sweet potatoes, and sauteed green beans, and raspberry sorbet with gaufrette cookie for dessert. Also a shout-out to the staff at SaddleBrooke One for their hard work in taking care of this wild bunch!

The tables were beautifully decorated using diapers as the “cake,” shirts for babies, and a photo of a baby face. Marilyn Palatas’ daughter turned 50 on Jan. 2, so her baby picture was used on the table decoration of her table. Sue Ryan was the mastermind who created the table decorations. Baby donations were stacked high on an empty table and will be delivered to the Tri-Community Food Bank. This may be the first time anyone gets new clothing for their babies. If you didn’t attend and want to contribute more baby donations, contact Marilyn at [email protected] and she will see that the donations get delivered.

On Jan. 6 we had 51 smiling sputters bringing along three guests, and our intrepid Hazel Roper got the lowest score of 38! How many stars have you collected, Hazel? Very impressive was the four holes-in-one made by Virginia LaBar and Donna McPherson; three holes-in-one by Judy Loritz, Carolyn McLean, and Hazel Roper; and two holes-in-one by Mary Ellen Clark, Jan Deer, Deb Gryniewicz, Jan Haney, and Cathy Howard. And we can’t ignore the rest of the ladies getting a hole-in-one: LaVonne Ashwood, Helen Bellacqua, Laura Berkley, Nancy Bowersock, Debbie Flato, Cynthia Hauth, Diane Hoedel, Janet Knowles, Opal Larkin, Linda Lewis, Jean Matheson, Laurie Miller, Carin Nersesian, Vikki Novak, Marilyn Palatas, Pat Pilon, Barb Rempel, Sue Ryan, and Alida Wilkes.

Our next luncheon was a Fun Day on Feb. 6. The committee was Hazel Roper, Deborah Gryniewicz, and Darlene Weprich. Course set-up was done by Sue Ryan, Marilyn Palatas, and Janet Knowles.