Holiday Social/hpREM 30th Anniversary Update
The Holiday/30th Anniversary Social celebration was held on Thursday, December 7th at St. Brigid’s Hall in Lexington. There were 64 members/guests in attendance, the highest turnout in several years. It was great to see Monica Dickie, John LeBlanc and Paul Sands who were recovering from health issues.
Club President, Dave Barkman, opened the Social by welcoming all the members and guests thanking all especially those who brought toys for children’s gifts. He thanked the people who worked on organizing the celebration: Gerry Patrick, Don Erb, Laura San Juan, Linda Stone and Sylvia Cotton as well as John Dineen for providing us with an original HP Flag and for printing the tickets and signs. The anniversary cake was displayed near the entrance and the decorations included centerpieces on the tables along with festive balloons. Music on CD’s were provided by Laura San Juan and Gerry Patrick.
In his remarks Dave mentioned that this marks the 30th anniversary. The first meeting took place in mid 1987 as indicated in a memo by John Dockstader, the first hpREM President. The first Social was called the “Retiree’s Reunion Buffet” and was held September 15th 1987 in the HP Andover cafeteria. The invitation read ”Join your friends for our first get-together and reunion…Spouse and guests are welcome...relax and enjoy. We need you to make this a success!!” Dave asked the attendees “If you enjoy these get-togethers, these reunions, please tell your HP alumni friends or even better, get involved in the details of keeping the organization healthy and vigorous.”
A drawing for 3 door prizes followed. Monica Dickie picked the first winner. The winners were: Bud Elwin, Evariste Goguen and Stan Glista. The celebration continued with food, wine and happy conversations. Laura San Juan provided the attendees with name tags. Along with the usual food, we dined on scrumptious lasagna, 4 different kinds. The lasagna was a great hit and a great addition to our 30th celebration. We also enjoyed an assortment of delicious desserts provided by several attendees. Excess food, toys and grocery donations were delivered to the Middlesex Human Services at their food pantry and soup kitchen located at the Immanuel United Methodist Church basement, 545 Moody street, Waltham. The donations were happily accepted with smiles and handshakes all around.