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

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December 17th Christmas Holiday Party
The December 2014 Meeting is our annual Christmas Holiday Party (Here is your invitation!) so there will not be a business meeting. (Before the Party starts, you may still pick up any ordered badges, shirts or other Baystater Club articles you purchased; you may also order your NEW badges and renew your membership if you have not already done so and finally, you may sign up for the January 21st, 2015 SOCK HOP if you are planning on attending). Otherwise, we will all just have the opportunity to socialize, eat and make merry!

Our meal will be catered by Red Sauce and the menu includes garden salad, eggplant parmigiano, chicken francaise, penne with marinara sauce, Italian roasted potatoes, broccoli with olive oil and garlic, Italian bread, rolls, focaccia and butter, apple crisp, iced tea, iced water, hot coffee and tea. The entertainment for this year is "Oldies but Goodies" so there will be great food and lots of good music and dancing.

Last Call to get tickets ($25.00 PP) as we are just about at capacity for this event. If you would like tickets please call me (352-259-8007) or e-mail me at jkptrixie at comcast dot net to make your reservation NOW. All reservations must be made and paid by Friday, December 12th, 2014 so the correct count may be given to the caterer at that time! Any tickets ordered through me may be picked up at the door the night of the event. Remember NO tickets will be sold at the door.
Please bring a canned or packaged non-perishable food donation for the Food Bank.

The January 21st 2015 Meeting will be a SOCK HOP and feature the wonderful talents of the Flashback Band and Dawn DiNome. The tickets for that event ($5.00) will be sold at the November and December meetings.

NEW Club Badges:
Our Club membership and participation is growing by leaps and bounds! BUT, our meeting room space is limited, so we must address this as we move forward as a Club. One way to do this is to ensure that our Membership Roster is as accurate as possible, particularly as we approach the traditional increasing numbers that occur during the "High Season" of January, February and March. This year we have initiated a JANUARY 31st, 2015 deadline for renewing your Club membership. As many of you are Seasonal and may not be in the Villages until January or after, as a RENEWING member you are welcome to send your $5.00 Renewal Dues to Joan Puleo at 427 Flossmoor Ct., The Villages, FL 32162 any time prior to January 31st.

If you are renewing, you must still pay your renewal dues; the cost of the badge is extra. Renewing members have the option of getting their new badge sometime over the course of this Club year BUT ALL members, effective with the September 2015 meeting, MUST display the NEW badges. The Order Form for new badges is Here.
ALL NEW members must buy the new badge when they join the Club.

Our President's Corner
(I will need about 6 volunteers who can help with these tables as well as greeting members at the door, if you can assist, please let me know…Thanks!)
Dress is "Holiday Casual"; BYOB; there will be iced water, iced tea, coffee and hot tea available through the caterer. We will have 50/50 and several raffles throughout the evening.

Our November Meeting was a huge success, not only for the great food and entertainment but for the spirit of generosity that Club members demonstrated with the donations to the "PJ's and Books" Drive! THANK YOU to all of you who participated in our 1st attempt to identify and contribute to a Club Charity for this Holiday Season and purchased pajamas and books for the homeless children in Lake, Sumter and Marion Counties which includes the children of the Ocala Forest and THANK YOU to all of you who so generously donated food for the Food Pantry benefitting Lake and Sumter Counties. You affirmed my belief that the Massachusetts Baystaters Club is filled with generous loving souls!

For those of you travelling during this Holiday time, you are wished "Safe travels"! Our membership reflects many faith traditions so during this Season of Peace and Good Will, to each of you, I wish hearts of peace and joyous memories to treasure with family and friends! Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!

Remember - All Club information is on our Club Website including: Meeting Minutes, Treasurer's Reports, Club apparel / Badges/ Club license plates Order Forms, Photos, Information about upcoming events and much more, so be sure to check it.

Despite efforts to find Club By-Laws, it appears that there are none for the Club so I am asking for 2 or 3 people who would be willing to work with me on a By-Law committee. I have one person who volunteered but would like a couple more so please call 352-259-8007 or email me at jkptrixie at comcast dot net if you would be interested in assisting with this project. Also if anyone has the date the Club actually came into existence, I'd appreciate it if you would pass that info on to me. Thanks!

Membership Application/Renewal:
The Club is open to Villagers who have ever called the Bay State "home". For information, call Joan Puleo at 352-259-8007. If you wish to join the Club for the 1st time, you can find the Membership Application form on this website. Effective with the October 2014 Club Meeting, all NEW Club registrations will include the purchase of the NEW Club magnetic Badge. The cost is $6.00 per person per badge. Complete the form and bring it to a Club meeting.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at jkptrixie at comcast dot net or by phone at 352-259-8007.

Club Elections:
The membership agreed!! The roster of Club Officers is: Joan Puleo, President; Roberta Patterson, Secretary and Bob Stone, Treasurer.

Club Membership has increased dramatically over the past few years and we THANK YOU for your support of our efforts and for helping to "spread the word" about the Club. Will you continue to do so by encouraging your Massachusetts friends who are not now members to join and be a part of our Club events?

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