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President's letter July, 2015
July 5th was a Star Spangled Celebration with music by the outstanding Stardusters. Mark Stolte, Director and CCBBDS member, always leads a great show with help from his talented musicians. Thank you to the Board, Band, Volunteers and crowd of 130 for making this day memorable! Our 7th Whistlestop paid tribute to our Nations' Birthday with a flag salute. Member Mike Circello, Vocalist lead us in singing "God Bless America". Member Bob Allenby lead us in acknowledging the Veterans who were in attendance. This was an important reminder of the many freedoms we enjoy due to the sacrifice of our US Military, past and present.
This letter will focus special appreciation for member Bea Friis-Hansen. Known as our "Costco Cutie", Bea arranges the snacks for each dance. She serves on our Board and is willing to lend a hand whenever called upon. She has donated bottles of wine for years to support each month's raffle. In the fall, we crave the table grapes grown in her vineyard. These grapes are cut, washed and donated the day of the dance and take center place on each guest table. We owe Bea a harvest of thanks for the many ways she quietly and humbly supports CCBBDS! (Guys, she also loves to dance!)
At the July dance, I announced that changes may be coming in 2016. Your Board is in the process of reviewing alternate locations for holding our dances. Nothing is determined at this point, but in fairness to our members and guests, this announcement is timely. For many years we have enjoyed the amenities offered by our Hotel Ballrooms at Ventura and M Streets. Regardless of the Hotel name; DoubleTree by Hilton, Radisson, Holiday Inn and others from the past, we have benefitted from this beautiful facility at minimal fees. Due to the changes in DoubleTree by Hilton fee structure and anticipated booking commitments, we are considering the need to relocate. We encourage everyone to attend the dances that remain on our calendar for 2015. Don't miss a chance to enjoy the great band music in this one-of-a-kind facility. You will be kept informed regarding our future plans.
Next Stop - August 2 - DoubleTree by Hilton - Hal Magnie Band - Hawaiian Theme - 'ALL ABOARD'
Gloria Heinrichs, President
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