Off The Cuff

November 1st, 2017

With the 150 Charity Dinner, Dance and Drawdown on the horizon, our Commander-in-Chief Joel Rask had special thanks for the event committee who worked so hard to turn this year’s ticket sales, donations and sponsorships into a spectacular success.   Kudos went out at our regular Wednesday luncheon to Event Chairman and brother, Dr. Pain Brian Rask, as well as Tad Williams, The Brewmeister, Jack Krutek, Steve Izzi, Jay Petkov and Chip LaMarca. Joel is also on the committee. Before the thanks went out, Joel called on Earl Maucker to lead the pledge – which was accomplished flawlessly. The blessing was offered by Eagle-Eye Larry Chrismond who also gave special thanks to those in the XC who have worked so hard to make this year’s charity dinner successful. There were two rays of Sunshine. Tim Myette, who has been battling some ongoing health problems, was reported to be feeling better and expects to return to the weekly luncheons very soon. It was also reported Cosmo Ferretti has had some health issues but he too is doing better. One guest who was in attendance was Matt Donahue, introduced by Kyle Van Buskirk.

Continuing with introductions, Joel officially introduced two of our newest members and asked each to come up and tell the group about themselves and why they wanted to join the Exchange. First up was Chris Pyszka. Chris hails from St. Louis and ended up in the same neighborhood as Short Pants Don Hilston who suggested that Chris give the XC a try. Chris is in the mortgage business. He said he joined the club primarily to meet new folks and noted he is all about the military and “getting involved in children’s causes.” We also learned that Chris was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and lived in Los Angeles, but we didn’t get to hear much about his film background. Perhaps we’ll hear some interesting stories after he’s been here awhile. Next up was newcomer Tyler Johnson. Tyler is a CPA with a master’s degree. He was introduced to the XC by Tad Williams. Tyler said he wanted to join the club because he is eager to get involved in community service. He is an avid fisherman and a dive enthusiast. A hearty welcome went out to each of our newest members.

Other than an update on the 150 Charity Dinner and Dance we were told that there are plenty of NFL raffle tickets available. Nearly 100 are left. The winner of the raffle will get an all-expense-paid trip to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis next February. In other news, volunteers will be needed for the yearly Pompano Beach Yuletide Parade. We will be working with the boy scouts to give away hotdogs. The parade is scheduled for December 7th.

The Double Super-Secret Shaking man on Wednesday was David Vivies who picked newcomer Chris Pyszka for the free lunch.

Club anniversaries of members who joined on November 1st include Tom Ahearn, 1978; The Rocker, Robert Friedman, 2005; the good Dr. Bob Parks, 2002; Gene Petilli, 2008 and Ed Ryder, 2012. On the birthday list in early November we find David Suomela whose birthday is Nov. 5, 1977. We have a spouse birthday, Joanne Williams, November 6th. Dr. Bob Parks and better half Linda will be celebrating their anniversary at the 150 Dinner and Dance on Nov. 4. They were married in 2000. We all know Bob married “up” as they say.

In the spirit of the season, we heard there was a man who always wanted a parrot since he was a boy. His family knowing this decided to surprise him on Thanksgiving Day. The parrot was an ornery fella and it was mocking, insulting and threatening the man. That Thanksgiving Day, the man got so angry he put the parrot in the freezer. After a few minutes, he let the parrot out. The parrot says, “I take it by your attitude and behavior, I somehow offended you.” The man says, “You did!” The parrot says, I’d like to ask you one more question?” “Sure,” said the man. “What did the turkey do?”