The EIGSC held their latest meeting on the 19th of October at the usual time and place. The rainy, dreary weather seemed to keep a lot of people away as attendance was only 24 people. One of our most faithful members Stan was out with the flu but is feeling better and will definitely be back in November just in time for elections. Speaking of, we are still open to receiving nominations for officers for 2011.
After some mingling and catching up with old friends the meeting was called to order at 12:05pm. We started with introductions and moved right into the treasurer’s report. As of this last meeting we had $17,744 in the bank and are still financially sound. It was then mentioned that we have been donating to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.JDRF.org) for the past 6 years and a vote was taken to continue this. The vote passed with a clear majority and a check for $250 will be sent to this worthy charity. Also, Ray Miller (Ray.Miller@Draka.com) asked that anyone with any ideas or suggestions on how to better this monthly newsletter please bring them to his attention.
The next item of business for October’s meeting was compiling the list of nominations for next month’s elections. Our President Allan Lloyd is not positive he will be around this coming year to continue in his position and our Treasurer Leslie Malloy has reached her term limit. Current officers assured us that there is not an overwhelming amount of work or time commitments that come with the position so, once again, we ask you to please consider running for office if possible. So far our nominations are:
Vice President: Open
Treasurer: Andrew Ryan
Secretary: Ray Miller
Several members have mentioned and most of us have noticed that participation in the EIGSC has been weak. We have talked about possibly getting a group of members together to brainstorm on ways that we could boost attendance and reinvigorate the group. We mentioned the possibility of only meeting once a quarter which no one seemed to want but something needs to be done. Please be thinking of ways we could enhance our group and keep it going for another 63 years.We will discuss these ideas at future lunches.
Special thanks to everyone who brought a gift for our raffle: Doris Brannon (Cash gift), Ed Park (liquor), B. Tillipman (liquor), Mary Thomsic (liquor), Leslie Malloy (candy), Ray Miller (wine), Mark Keelan (liquor), Carolyn Chavez (wine) and Marilyn Look (golf gloves)
Our guest speaker this month was Jim Collett, a long time elevator mechanic who just wrote a book about his time in the field. This book, titled Elevator Man Stories:40 Years of Funny, Colorful and Serious Stories While Working in the Trade!is a collection of entertaining stories that deal mostly with the unique characters he encountered while on the job. Jim actually began writing his stories online in Elevator World’s blog but as the stories began to get more risqué they were less willing to post them on their conservative site. With the encouragement of his mother, Mr. Collett decided to write this book with his wife being the editor.The book is a very easy read that will have you laughing out loud and is highly recommended by the group.
Next month we will have Doug Witham and Frank Marchese at the lunch for their presentation titled “What’s New at GAL and Hollister Whitney”. They will bring gifts to handout along with our usual raffle. Elections will also be held at November’s lunch so we hope to see you all there!