To provide and foster social opportunities among former and current
Massachusetts residents residing in The Villages, Florida.

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2015-2016 Club Year
February 17thMeeting
As always our meeting is held in the Lincoln Room of the Laurel Manor Recreation Center at the corner of Rte. 466 and Buena Vista Blvd.
The meeting starts at 6:30 PM. After a BRIEF business meeting, we will begin the evening activities to include a fun activity to engage you all with Club members who hail from "your part of Massachusetts".

At 7:15 we will be entertained by the dynamic duo of Bob Brandoni and our own club member Shirley Martin who together comprise the group "Just The 2 Of Us"! They will be presenting a show based on the Kraft Music Hall Perry Como show which ran on TV from 1949 to 1963. Besides singing songs we all know from the golden age of music from the 40's through the 70's, they will be doing duets, solos and impersonations. Bob sings Perry's hits from 1945 to 1973 and Shirley impersonates Carol Channing, Cher, Patsy Cline and Mae West! So, be prepared for a full and entertaining evening!

BYOB and please bring snackies to share at your table. Coffee, tea and water will be available. In addition, there will be a tray of cookies at each table for your enjoyment during the evening, provided by... (I'll tell you that night!)

Please remember to bring a food donation to benefit local food pantries.

Volunteers Needed:
Volunteers are needed to assist with table set-up, badge pick-ups, 50/50 and greeters. If you are able to assist by volunteering at the February Meeting, please let me know by phone at 352-259-8007 or by e-mail at jkptrixie at comcast dot net. Thanks!

Sincere thanks to Club member Deb Fitzgerald who has assumed responsibility for the Club Shirts! All Club shirt orders will now go through Deb. When you order a Club shirt at the Meeting, Deb will place the order, and have the shirt available for you at the NEXT Club meeting. Please note that ALL shirt orders must be accompanied by payment. (Checks for shirt orders should be made payable to Custom Apparel & Gifts.)Please visit our website page to see photos of the shirt styles, the Club hats and license plates as well as pricing and ordering information for all of the merchandise. If you have any questions about the shirts, please feel free to contact Deb at debfitzgerald00 at yahoo dot com

SALEM STATE University Alumni Reunion
MA Baystaters Club member, Pauline Vass, requested that I include in my monthly missive, the following announcement about the Annual Salem State University Alumni Reunion to be held in the Villages:
Join Salem State University (Salem, MA) alumni and friends for our Annual Villages Reunion.
The reunion luncheon will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Palmer Legends Country Club.
To reserve your spot or for more information visit or call Michael Randall at (978) 542-2345.
This is a special opportunity to share your college memories and reminisce about your time at Salem State with those that live or vacation in Central Florida.

Our President's Corner
Dear Baystaters, I cannot believe we are already preparing for our February and March meetings!!!!!! In a continuing effort to keep you updated on Club activities, here is pertinent information about the February and March meetings and more.

March 16th, 2016 Annual St. Patrick Party
Our annual "St. Patrick Party" will be on Wednesday March 16th, 2016. That event is SOLD OUT and we are currently on a waiting list. NO reservations will be taken at the February meeting.

March 17th Villages Resident St. Patrick's Parade
Thank you to those of you who volunteered to walk or ride as part of the MA Baystaters Club entry into the March 17th Parade. There is still room for more!!!!!!! Please let me know ASAP if you wish to join us as the number of participants must be on the application. We will be notified by February 23rd, 2016 if we are accepted as one of the participant groups.

Does a day trip on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 that includes a bus ride to Sanford where we will board the Paddle boat the Barbara Lee to take a 3 hour narrated luncheon cruise on the St. John's River interest you at all? If so, Stay tuned for more information!!!!!!!

Please join me in offering condolences to the family of Baystaters Club members Art and Eleanore Collins. Eleanore died just a few months ago and Tuesday, Art and Eleanore's daughter, Christine Kruse notified me of Art's passing this week after a brief illness. May Art and Eleanore now rest together in peace.

The date for Club Dues renewal for the 2015-2016 Club year has now passed. THANK YOU to all of you who renewed your Club membership for the 2015-2016 Club year! Your membership is good until September 2016 and then the renewal process for the 2016-2017 Club year will start again!

A new membership list and e-mail distribution reflecting the current roster of renewed members is being developed. (I apologize to those of you who did not renew if you get this note as I am still working on updating the current distribution list. You should not receive any more notifications after this. Thank you for your understanding.) When that process is complete, a determination will be made as to whether we can re-open membership.

If you do not plan on renewing as a Club member and/or no longer wish to receive our Club communications, please, let me know by sending me an e-mail at jkptrixie at comcast dot net and I will remove you from the membership and distribution list. Thank you!

Elections for Club Leadership will take place in April, 2016. As you know I will not be serving as your President after April, 2016 so the future of the Massachusetts Baystaters Club is in your hands. Current membership stands at 600 plus! Surely among those 600 people there are folks willing to serve in leadership? In a separate correspondence, you will be receiving "Job Descriptions" for Club leadership. You are asked to review those descriptions and to thoughtfully consider volunteering! Be creative in how you think about Club leadership. There could be co-leaders for example. But - PLEASE, Please do not let this Club fold.

Peace, Joan

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