GREETINGS SHIPMATES,

BRANCH 245 BOARD MEMBERS AND OTHER INTERESTED SHIPMATES MET YESTERDAY, 29 JULY, 2014, TO FINALIZE DETAILS OF OUR UPCOMING PICNIC.  (TED OLSON, FRANK SANCHEZ, BARNEY BARRICK, GENE SCHMIDTZ, DAVE SMITH, NEIL STAMEY AND BOB BAISDEN).  

OUR PICNIC THIS YEAR WILL BE ON SATURDAY,  9 AUGUST, STARTING AT 1300, AT THE RANCH HOME OF S/M GENE SCHMIDTZ.  WE HAVE HAD OUR PICNIC THERE ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS IN THE PAST AND ALWAYS A BIG SUCCESS.  UNFORTUNATELY, GENE WILL BE HOSTING IT WITHOUT THE HELP OF HIS RIGHT ARM AND LOVING PARTNER, MARY ANN, WHO PASSED AWAY IN DECEMBER.  GENE HAS  LOTS OF PARKING AND ALL THE FACILITIES WE NEED, EVEN A SANI-CAN. 

GENE'S HOME IS LOCATED AT 1429 HUNTLEY ROAD, (RURAL) BELLINGHAM.   (NOTE:  IF YOU HAVE A FAVORITE CHAIR, PLEASE BRING IT).    IF YOU'RE COMING FROM THE SOUTH ON I-5, TAKE THE MT. BAKER EXIT (RT. 542) AND GO EAST ABOUT 4 MILES TO THE NOON ROAD.  TAKE A LEFT ON NOON ROAD AND GO NORTH LESS THAN A MILE TO THE HUNTLEY ROAD.  TURN LEFT AGAIN AND PROCEED UP HILL TO ABOUT THE TOP (ABOUT 1/2 MILE).  GENE'S HOUSE IS ON THE LEFT (SOUTH SIDE); A YELLOW DOUBLE-WIDE WITH DETACHED GARAGE AND CIRCULAR DRIVEWAY.  PLENTY OF PARKING OUT BACK.  YOU CAN ALSO REACH GENE'S HOUSE BY GETTING OFF SUNSET DRIVE IN BELLINGHAM AND TURNING LEFT ONTO HANNIGAN ROAD AND CONTINUE NORTH TO THE KELLY ROAD, TURN RIGHT ON KELLY AND CONTINUE EAST TO HUNTLEY ROAD.  TURN RIGHT AND GO ABOUT 1/2 MILE.  GENE'S HOUSE IS ON THE RIGHT.  IF YOU'RE COMING FROM THE NORTH ON I-5, DO LIKEWISE.  IF YOU'RE COMING FROM THE FERNDALE OR LYNDEN AREA, TAKE GUIDE MERIDIAN OR HANNIGAN ROAD SOUTH TO THE KELLY ROAD.  TURN LEFT (EAST) ON KELLY AND CONTINUE TILL YOU COME TO HUNTLEY ROAD.  HANG RIGHT ONTO HUNTLEY AND PROCEED ABOUT 1/2 MILE AND LOOK FOR GENE'S HOUSE ON THE RIGHT. 

BRANCH 245 WILL PROVIDE THE BASIC MENU OF HAMBURGERS & HOTDOGS, INCLUDING BUNS FOR BOTH,  WITH ALL THE CONDIMENTS & CHIPS.  WE WILL ALSO HAVE SODA POP.  BELIEVE A COUPLE SHIPMATES WILL HAVE A BEER OR TWO FOR THOSE WHO WANT IT.  IF THERE IS A CERTAIN BRAND OF SOFT DRINK OR BEER YOU PREFER, PLEASE BRING IT.  GENE WILL HAVE HIS USUAL THURMOS OF PINK LEMONADE.   (MARY ANN WILL BE LOOKING DOWN ON  US, GOD REST HER SOUL!) 

ELSA BARRICK WILL PROVIDE THE PULLED PORK

WILNA BAISDEN THE COLD SLAW

NEIL STAMEY THE BAKED BEANS

DAVE SMITH WILL BRING THE PLATES

GENE SAID HE HAS AMPLE NAPKINS, SILVERWARE AND DRINKING CUPS AND WILL MAKE COFFEE.

LASTLY, WE'VE DECIDED TO HOLD AN AUCTION,  NOT ONLY TO HELP OFFSET THE EXPENSE OF OUR PICNIC BUT TO PROVIDE SOME LUCKY FOLKS WITH SOME VERY LOVELY HOMEMADE ITEMS AT VERY REASONABLE PRICES.

ELSA IS BRINGING A COUPLE OF HER HANDMADE WALL QUILTS

WILNA IS BRINGING A COUPLE OF HER CRAFT WORKS

NEIL IS BRINGING A COUPLE MASON BEE BOXES "FULL OF NEXT YEAR'S BEES." 

AND ANYONE ELSE THAT HAS SOMETHING THEY'D LIKE TO DONATE TO THE CAUSE, FEEL FREE TO BRING IT.

THIS IS A FAMILY AFFAIR.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE AND PRAY THE WEATHER IS NOT TOO HOT AND NOT RAINING!!

 

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