LUNCH BUNCH, Tuesday, December 11, 2012


 We had 41 classmates and guests at our Christmas lunch bunch at the VFW on this cold winter day!  It is truly amazing the turnout we had today, and it was fantastic to see everyone.


See below for the new location for our lunch bunch meetings and please spread the word.


"Christmas gift suggestions:  To your enemy, forgiveness.  To an opponent, tolerance.  To a friend, your heart.  To a customer, service.  To all, charity.  To every child, a good example.  To yourself, respect."...Oren Arnold


Jerry Richardson very kindly gave the blessing for us.


Prayer needs today: 

Kinsey Tanner's wife, Marty, is back on major chemo for the third time for her

ovarian cancer.  She and Kinsey make a trip every week to Hilliard for her chemo.  Kinsey stopped by after we ate today and chatted with us and told us how amazing Marty continues to be.


Gerald Roberts was admiitted recently to OSU Hospital for his lung problems.  He said they made an incision in his side and took three biopsies from his lung the size of a postage stamp.  They found that he has one of the three infections of the lung that fortunately can be treated over a long period of time.  He is now on medication and they are hoping he will show some improvement in his breathing capacity and will  not have to be on oxygen full time.


Sandy Geyer Miller had a pacemaker inserted and is doing very well.


Doug Palmer announced that he talked with Jim Morgan last Tuesday and he is going to have rotator cuff surgery.  He is retired from the military.  Jim lives in Tucson, AZ.


Doug also said that he visited with Stanley Slack this last fall and he sends greetings to all his friends and classmates.  Doug said Stanley has not remarried since his wife Wanda passed, but he is seeing someone on a steady basis. 


It was reported by a classmate that Carl and Becky Factor survived 13 days without electricity or heat after Sandy struck NJ.  They were thankful for canned food, batteries for flashlights, warm clothing, and their gas stove and oven.  Thirteen large trees were down on their street.


Today we would like to give special thanks to:

Sondra Philip for making all the arrangements for us at the VFW.

Cornelia Ferguson for the poinsettia center pieces.

Bill Ferguson for playing the special Christmas carols on his trumpet.

Gwen Curry for playing the special Christmas carols on a keyboard.

Mr and Mrs Claus (Dick and Carolyn Waite) for the candy and fun stories Santa was asking each of us to tell.


Chuck and Sue Gause will be leaving for Florida in January and will return in May.  Jim and Pat Burkhart also will be leaving for Florida in January.  They will return in March.  We are wishing them a warm and happy winter.


Gerald announced that the reunion committee has decided to have the mini-reunion in the fall at the VFW.  Date to be announced later.


We sang Christmas carols with Bill Ferguson on the trumpet, and Gwen Curry at the keyboard.  Lo and behold when we sang Jingle Bells, who should arrive but jolly old Santa Waite with his belly so, so round, and it shook when he laughed with a jolly ho, ho.  He brought candy for all.  He found lots of canned goods under the tree to be taken to a church food pantry to help the hungry.


Starting with the January 8 lunch bunch, we will be meeting at the VFW on Moxahala and ordering off the menu for our lunch.  We took a vote and the huge majority ruled.  Moxahala runs parallel to Putnam Ave.  It is located on the East (river) side of Putnam.  We will be meeting at 11:30 as usual. 


Remember, if the schools are closed, there will be no lunch bunch.


Have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year until we meet again on Tuesday, January 8 at 11:30 at the VFW.  May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through. 


Martha Kay Cannon