The Dog Days of Summer!!

That might be true of baseball but has nothing to do with Club 34..  We had one of our finest turnouts yesterday when 28 and 12 came to play our wonderful game.  Three new players came to visit us.  Billy Nakamura is a very fine player from Los Angeles who frequents Alan Stern’s club on Wednesday nights in the Fairfax area of LA.  He is an occupational therapist currently looking for employment.  We hope to see more of him in the future.

While we were playing the first game yesterday afternoon, two ladies came into the room unannounced and observed.  They then played two games and seemed to have a good time.  Paula Hembleton is a retired dentist from the UCLA dental school while Arlene Somerville is a retired medical transcriber.  Both ladies live in Huntington Beach and from my brief conversation with them, perhaps the only thing that may keep them from attending many sessions with us is grandmotherhood, a pleasant malady that has stricken other members of Club 34.  Are you listening Karen Sturm and Joanie Scafuto??

You will not believe this but Paula found Club 34 from an advertisement I ran in the Orange County Register FOUR years ago!!  It took her this long to gather the nerve to come play with us..   And this is a lady who for years practiced dentistry, one of the highest stressed jobs there is..  So I think both women can handle the mild stress that we may have to offer them!!  I hope to see alot of them in the future.

I never thought 5 years ago that I would be able to find even a few new Scrabble players so I fully anticipated that I would quit directing Club 34 after a few months.  But the opposite has occurred.  Directing Club 34 has taken on a life of its own.  It keeps getting bigger and better.

It was so good to see Desiree back after her short illness and also Bruce after his personal issues.  Over the next few weeks we should see the return of Jeff Polan, Tom Brown, Lou Block, Paul Rickhoff and Beth Byrne from their extended vacations.

I was happy to see James Cassidy return last night and also David Postal, the mailman…  David just completed a marathon 100 game tournament in New Mexico, traveled across country yesterday and came straight to the IHOP last night..  Now that is love brother!!!  Not only is Club 34 getting bigger but so many of its members truly love the Club and spending time with its family members on Tuesday and Friday.

I am always trying to promote the Club for Friday action so I happened to see Melissa de la Fuentes as she was leaving yesterday afternoon.  I asked her about Friday since she had come one other time.  She told me that she will try to make it but also let me know that she has a dogie she hates to leave alone.  Hmm, I seem to remember Kim Peterson telling me the same thing a few weeks back.  So many things Club 34 has to compete with but it will persevere….


David Poder, Director

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