Dont forget to take all your equipment home with you once you leave for the day! We had a few items left behind so contact Pat Reed or Sarah Jacobson if you ever want to see them again.
Our afternoon session started off with a bang when Dr. Najat Reikes, Doctor of Public Health, spoke to the Club about health and germ prevention for a few minutes. Initially, I was told that Desiree was making a rapid recovery, but now am told that she has suffered a relapse. Club 34 wishes her a speedy and total recovery. We were so happy to see Barbara Creighton stay for the entire afternoon session, the first time since her total knee replacement. We were also happy to see the return of James Cassidy after his recent illness. Club 34 members might be an aging group but we are certainly a resilient one as well.
After Dr. Reikes spoke, I again informed the Club of the new website that is up and running. Most of you have seen it by now but if you havent, go to http://www.huntingtonbeachscrabbleclub34.com. I hope all of you enjoy it as well as any new members that join our Family in the future. I discussed the new prize structure for our Club and several of us took advantage of that yesterday. I also mentioned the Club championship which will take place in the near future.
On a very sad note, I was told something very disheartening last week and reinforced last night. We may be losing one of our more valued members in the next two months. I first met Richard Stein in l996 when I started playing Scrabble. Richard was a high school student at the time and it was very apparent early on that he was very gifted. After awhile Richard disappeared from the Scrabble scene as he went away to college, then onto graduate school achieving a PHD at Stanford University. He came back to us a few years ago better than ever. Richard has informed me that he will be interviewing for a position with Microsoft in Seattle, Washington, next week. There is a good chance he will be accepted for the position and then move there. Our loss will certainly be Seattle’s gain. I certainly wish him well but will be very unhappy if he leaves us, the local Scrabble scene and the Tuesday night sessions. He has been a tremendous addition to our Family for the last several years.
David Postal came last night after a victorious week at the Wisconsin tournament. He won his division and I was told that Gretchen Cowan also did well in hers. David ran into old time friends Nancy Douglas and James Frankki. Nancy will return to us in the summer but James appears to be very happy in his current situation. We certainly miss him and wish him continued success in his life and in Scrabble.
We witnessed 22 and 13 yesterday attend our weekly session. I want to pay a special thank you to Inge Weinfeld. Inge comes to us on Tuesday nights and serves as a swing member voluntarily. If we are odd, she goes home. If we are even, she stays. She spends the entire afternoon at the Huntington Beach Senior Center where she directs the Scrabble club for the senior senior members. Club 34 owes her a great deal of gratitude for her participation.