20181201 Presidents Letter

As I write my last President Letter for 2018, I realized that the year has in some ways just flown by and here we are, ready to bring in another year, 2019.  WOW!! Where did it go?  As I look back on this past year I want to reflect, as many of us do, at this magical time of the year, on what 2018 meant to me and what this shag club has meant to me as well. 

I hope you will, as I, look through all the wonderful photos of all the events that we have had this year on our website captured by our fantastic and dedicated Photographer and Webmaster, Lou Martino.  Having a Yearbook with all the members photos has been SO helpful for me to put a “face I recognize” with a name that I cannot remember as it is ALWAYS on the tip of my tongue. Lol! 

I hope you will think about ALL the magnificent meals that our Food Co-Chairs, Donnie and Wendy Schultz and Faye Chowning and their committee have dedicated so many hours planning and preparing for us this past year.  Please take a moment at the next party and thank them as well. 

I was so proud of all the Golf Cart Fundraiser Co-Chairs, Monica and Jim Palmieri, and their incredible team for selling out ALL 3000 tickets and CONGRATULATIONS to one of our own Carolyn Stuckey, as the winner!  GREAT JOB!

Don’t forget to say thank you to Karen Young and the Hospitality Committee and the smiles and sweet “meet and greets” that they gave to each of us, ole (not old) and new members at each event.

A great big HUG and THANK YOU to Tina and Sonny Tomberlin for keeping our beautiful and wonderful dance going by taking time out of their busy schedules to teach Beginner I and II Classes.  Look for me in your classes in 2019, and hope those of you who have put off learning, to make 2019, the year of “I WILL”!

Monty Bonnett, your Advertising Chair has done a phenomenal job getting Sponsors for YOUR club and they are on the website, so check it out and let him know what a great job he as done!  He is quite the salesman.

Communication has been perfect with all the emails that are being sent throughout the year and Monica Powell does the best job and I couldn’t have done my job with out her!  Thank you, Monica.

Barbara Hopper, our Remembrance Chair may have sent you a card, maybe cheered your heart when you were sick or lost a loved one, but knowing someone cared and thought of you means so much to us all. Thank you, Barbara, each of us were touched by this thoughtfulness.

I cannot say enough about our Golf Tourney Chairs, Glenn and Donna Strange, Terry McCoy, Bob Miller, Ken Meyer, Karen Young. Wow!  Excellent Job and I was so excited to be able to give back to our community with our generous donations.

Parade Chair and your new upcoming Vice-President Billy Powell does a super job of getting our membership excited about the parades and what about taking the TOP Prize in the SOS Parade.  If you have never participated in a parade you are MISSING OUT ON FUN, FUN, FUN!!

Entertainment Co-Chairs Gail Roberson and Lori Setzer scheduled the BEST DJs on the beach to play your favorite tunes for the year and kept the dance floors crowded.  Speaking of dancing, as a Co-Chair with Lou Martino, of the Dance Team, we have had a BUSY year but a fulfilling one with lots of events to be able to showcase our dance and share it with others who want to know and learn more about this beloved dance, SHAG.

Membership has grown and we have well over 800+ members and counting and Diane Bauer did an excellent job with keeping up with this and all the information that goes with that.  Sandy Cummings also sent out the Newsletter, as she has done for many years to all the members who do not have communication through email.  Thank you, ladies,!

I should have mentioned “Means and Ways” back at the beginning because we tend to leave them to last, however, they are far from that.  Sharon Simpson and Pat Cohee-Hayes have kept you in OD Shag Club Logo and kept us “Stylin and profiling” beautifully in 2018.  Awesome job ladies and team!

We have two committees with the word “FUN” in them:

Fun Monday Chair and for the last several years, Lou Garrenton has done a superb job selling ALL the tickets and she will now be your up-coming Treasurer.  This lady knows how to handle MONEY and TICKETS! 

Of course, FUN is the middle name of the Charity FUN Run and it was so successful due to the hard work of Wendy Shultz and Monica Powell.  So much FUN was had by all and hope that each of you can participate next year!

Our year ALWAYs ends with us going to entertain, however, it is WE who walk away BLESSED when we participate in our Annual Christmas Program at the Myrtle Beach Manor and Joe Ferlauto works so hard to plan, purchase and participate in this wonderful event.  These residents so look forward to it.  December 3rdis the date this year so put it on your calendar to come and share the joy and magic of Christmas with these residents. Thank you, Joe, for helping us ALL remember the TRUE meaning of Christmas!

Don’t forget our last party of the year is December 15, our Christmas party.  Come share in the joy of the Christmas season with those who have become a family to us all.

Lastly, I want to thank the 2018 Board and for ALL their support, encouragement, suggestions throughout this year.  You are the best and I want to wish you each and all the members of this club, which I truly love and enjoy so much being a part of and have felt honored to have been your President for 2018, a BLESSED and MERRY CHRISTMAS!