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Vickie and Debbie’s Olympic Games II
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The COTV Annual Member Picnic
May 22, 2016

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Instead of our usual May Mystery Lunch Run, the Club planned to have the Annual Picnic, and instead of the last Sunday in the month, we had it a week earlier because of Memorial Day, allowing our members to spend the holiday with family and friends. The actual number of attendees was large, but a little fluid, as there were those who paid, those who canceled, those who didn’t show up, and those who showed up without an RSVP. After some discussion with Debbie and one of her volunteer helpers, Carol Buote, we came up with somewhere in the 85 to 90 range.
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Some members drove directly to Live Oak Park and a large group met at our usual spot at Kohl’s. Then Ray McIntosh led us to the park in a caravan. He must have felt we still needed some of the Run from Mystery Lunch Run, so he took us the longer scenic route rather than the quick freeway version.

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When Vickie and Debbie get together to plan an event, you may not know exactly what you will get, but you can be pretty sure that it will include lots of games. As we entered the picnic area, we checked in with Carol and Linda Wilson, who gave us wristbands with a variety of symbols on them. We then had to find others who had the same symbols and form a team, name it and write the name on a placard.

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We then played our first game, in which we had to transfer water from one bucket to another using a small bucket with holes in it and passing it from team member to team member. The team with the most water transferred won. Another game involved a lemon in a pair of panty hose tied around our waist and then used to move a ball across a course, transfer it to another team member, etc. No hands or feet allowed. There was a “scavenger” hunt where very strange objects were to be found based on what you had on your person, so those with full pockets or large purses were at an advantage. This one required thinking way outside the box and showed some of us how literally we took everything. The winner of the Olympics was Doug Glenore’s all-woman (except himself, of course) team, the Doozies.

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Lunch was then served and the line formed for salad, hamburgers or hot dogs off the grill with all the toppings, beans, mac and cheese (voted very good by Doug and Rob Weber, who have been rating mac and cheese on all our cross country trips) and for dessert, a version of strawberry shortcake in a cup.

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But before we were allowed to eat dessert, we had one more “humiliating game” as Glenn Crowther, our illustrious president, would say. It was the Husband Calling contest. Some women entered themselves and others found themselves entered by “friends.” The women had to demonstrate how they would call their husband. There was a lot of volume involved in most of the entries. The two finalists by popular vote were Marilyn Glenore and Sandi Steed and Sandi won with her 2 word high-volume yell of “Hey A…..e!” Fill in the blanks as you choose! One thing for sure, Bill comes running.

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We had good weather, a good location, and a chance to see some folks, like Bill and Joyce Moore, who haven’t been around much. We are glad to see Joyce is recovering from major back surgery. We got to say a goodbye to Harold Penn and Donna Monsen who move to Tucson next month, although they will be back and a lot of us will see them on our COTV Coastal Cruise in October.

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As always, Vickie, Debbie and their volunteers gave us a big day of “fun in the sun” and a chance to laugh with others and at ourselves. There are too many names to list to include everyone who was there, but our newest members, Bruce and Pam McDuffy, have certainly started off their membership year running, with a breakfast on Friday and a picnic on Sunday. Welcome to COTV! We all look forward to more and more fun together with all our Corvette friends in 2016. Don’t forget Big Bear Bash, Monterey and Beyond, Mystery Lunch Runs and more.