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November, 2019

In November we all think about Thanksgiving and it is truly my favorite holiday, especially since living in Florida. We can have all of the fun with a lot less of the stress. There is always wonderful food, whether we go out or we cook at home, and if we are at home and have a major kitchen disaster there is always the opportunity for burgers on the grill and a dip in a pool.   It is a wonderful time of year to get out and about; the beaches are still lovely, “downtown” is vibrant, and most of our snowbird friends have returned. 

I found some fun facts about this holiday that will get your conversations started and something to think about.

  • The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three-day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians, and lasted three days. It is believed by historians that only five women were present.
  • Turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving. Venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish were likely served, alongside pumpkins and cranberries (but not pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce!).
  • Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863. Sarah Joseph Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing letters for 17 years.
  • There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey.” They can be found in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.
  • The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500.
  • The tradition of football on Thanksgiving began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton. The first NFL games were played on Thanksgiving in 1920.

We held the first UPWC luncheon of the season in October and are looking forward to many more events over the next months. Please go to the club website to get the latest information and make your reservations for the Diamond and Crystal Ball on December 7th at our Country Club and our Holiday luncheon on December 12 at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club featuring “Pearls” – to learn, to shop, and to receive a gift for all attendees.

I have a couple of reminders and some information for everyone to ensure that no one gets left behind and can participate in all of the wonderful activities planned for the future. As the club moves forward, we have decided that we are going to an all online reservation policy starting with the next club year. This year you will still have the option of using cash/checks, but next year all reservations will be made online. If you are unsure about how to do this please contact Kathryn Lawrence or Ginny deBuys who are our web coordinators and they will be glad to help you get started. The reason for doing this is for the ease of the people running each function and our Treasurer. The software provides more accuracy, tracking reports, timely registration, and makes the many UPWC positions a lot easier to manage.

As a reminder, we welcome new residents and women who live in UPCC or are UPCC Club Members to come to only one luncheon or event as a guest; thereafter, they must join the club to attend a UPWC function. Members may bring an out of town guest to a luncheon. Likewise, our Special Interest Groups are only for current UPWC members. If you lapse your membership you lose the privilege of participation.

I would like to welcome 2 new women to the UPWC Board, Carrie Hayden has accepted the role of Raffle Coordinator and Cindy Stelter has accepted the role of Co-Treasurer.  If you are interested in taking on a Leadership or “Co” position in the club please contact Vicki DiPaolo as she will be starting the search for next year’s Board early in 2020. 

Welcome to our newest members and welcome back to our snowbirds. I look forward to seeing many of you, my UPWC friends, in November.

I hope that you have a very good November and we do have a lot to be Thankful for!

Beth Bertsch

President 2018-2020

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