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Our first new event was a success. The goal of the New Event Committee (NEC), consisting of Alphonso Stewart, Ed Johannemann, and James Allen is to propose events for promoting club member participation, attract interest, and possible new members. We met most of the goals with this event. The event took place at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) in Washington DC on June 29, 2019. The facility has cared for retired veterans since the mid-1800s. In addition, the historic President’s Lincoln Cottage is located on grounds of this facility.
The NEC first proposed the idea of bringing our MGs to AFRH for the residents to see, sit, and take a ride if they wish. AFRH Lead Recreation Specialist (Linda Bailey) accepted our proposal and stated she would like to have us at the facility. We (Joe, Ed, Alphonso) later met with her to review and finalize the event plans.
We had 13 MGs with 19 club member and guests at the event. Several members arrived early to help setup tents, chairs, table, and assisted with getting the veterans to the event area. John Kelly of the Washington Post (thanks to Joe Dowley) attended to report on the event (see July 2, 2019 edition).
Several club members gave rides to a few veterans on facility grounds. We concluded the event with lunch in the mess hall with two veterans, a rare treat. Thanks to the club members who made this new event a success. Special thanks goes to the Armed Forces Retirement Home residents and Linda Bailey for working with us to plan a successful event. It was honor for us to share our MGs with our soldiers.