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    Dear Fellow Pittsburgh Club Members:

    Thanks to all who attended our November 16 meeting at Mulberry Grove Recreation Center where some 80 Pittsburgh Club members saluted our U.S. military veterans and jogged their memories in a game of Pittsburgh Trivia.

    The "Salute to Veterans" kicked off with a presentation of the colors (U.S. and service branch) by an Honor Guard from American Legion Post 347, Lady Lake, and the Pledge of Allegiance.  Thanks go out to member Harold Cole for arranging the Honor Guard and to Guard Commander Joan Suelter for a moving ceremony that put everyone in a patriotic mood.

    Other highlights of our "Salute" included a display of vets' military memorabilia and an opportunity for all of the veterans in attendance to stand, be recognized and say a few words about their military service.  Thanks go out to those members who provided memorabilia for the display, namely Harold Cole, Paul Collins, Pat Hoover, Cathy Johnson, Bob Keeney, Janet Lockhart, Steve Shumlas, Bill Smith, Sandy Thomas and Clancy Weir.  I also participated in the display.  My apologies if I missed any who participated.

    In the Pittsburgh Trivia contest, 13 members at the first- and second-place winning tables took home Pittsburgh-theme prizes, including "Yinzer" socks, Pittsburgh skyline trivets, Reymer's Blennd concentrate, and Isaly's chipped ham barbecue sauce.  All who participated received official "Heinz Pickle Pins."

    In other news, it was reported that:
    • The Christmas dinner/dance will be Thursday, December 7, at 7 p.m. in the Patriot and Spirit rooms at Mulberry Grove Recreation Center.  Interactive entertainment will be by "Ron the Music Man," with the meal by Cathy's Classy Catering.  The cost is $20 per member and $25 per guest.  If you have not already reserved your place(s), please contact Vice President Pat Keeney at 352-259-7573 or pjkkeeney@live.com.  Some 80 people already have signed up for the event.
    • Members who remain interested in the December 14 bus trip to the World Golf Hall of Fame and St. Augustine Christmas lights display, but have not signed up, should contact President Joe Walker at 352-633-1100 or walkercom2@aol.com.  
    • A black and gold Pittsburgh Club hat was left on a table at the November 16 meeting.  The owner may pick it up by contacting Joe Walker by phone or email, or I will bring it to the December 7 Christmas dinner/dance.
    • Several members who attended a recent dine-about at Guy Fieri's restaurant failed to collect their $5 deposits.  Dine-abouts coordinator Peg Henderson will have them available at the dinner/dance.
    • The January 18 meeting will feature "Mulberry Downs Horse Racing" with Jack Schaedel and his team.
    • Membership renewal will run from January through March 2018.
    • Efforts to find a suitable venue to relocate club meetings to a more central recreation center have thus fare proved fruitless.  The club leadership may revisit this issue next fall.
    Thanks to all for being Pittsburgh Club members.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing you in at the Christmas Party next month.

    Warm regards,
    Joe Walker, Pittsburgh Club President
    8441 SE 177th Bartram Loop
    The Villages, FL 32162
    (H) 352-633-1100
    (C) 703-609-3042
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