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9 Dec 2006

Welcome to Ruth's aka Mrs Santa in Bayview

Christmas angel

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This month we made our traditional pilgrimage to Ruth Merrill's home in Bay View. Ruth has been gracious enough to host this meeting, the largest of all our gatherings, for a number of years now. As such, many have nicknamed her "Mrs Santa Clause", a title she rather enjoys considering Christmas is her favorite time of year. Despite the rather 'wintery' weather conditions we once again had a large showing for this final meeting of the year.

The Christmas gifts to be given away

Our meeting started out as most other meetings with folks arriving around noon and socializing till it was time to eat. Once again, Ruth along with her trusty "elf" Joanne Echevarria, went over board in putting the meal together. Couple the main dishes with all of the side dishes and desserts that members brought and you have yourself a feast, and we did.

Christmas setting in the main living area

Christmas decorations near the kitchen

Members getting to the food (picture by Ed Ladd)

A group of members enjoying the meal

The desserts table

The Kellers enjoying the meal  (picture by Ed Ladd)

After the meal, we had a quick meeting planned to discuss some society business and update the members on the up coming meetings. We also presented Ruth with a special gift for hosting this meeting once again. The society members then surprised John Volk, our Chairman, with a $550. donation in his name to the Botanical Gardens in San Antonio. This was presented in appreciation for his efforts to the society and it's members.

Ruth opening up her gift (picture by Ed Ladd)

After the meeting, we all gathered about to do our traditional palm related gift exchange. Once again some unique palm related gifts were given. Once the gift giving was over, sadly the meeting came to an end and we wrapped up yet another PSST year. We look forward to seeing you at future meetings and wish all the very best in 2007.

Krystal opening up her gift (picture by Ed Ladd)

Carol displaying her gift (picture by Ed Ladd)

The palms in the lanai (picture by Ed Ladd)

Suzie, Billy and John Volk (picture by Ed Ladd)

Your PSST officers (Ed L.,Jana W., John V., Rich T., Mary B., John D.)

Meeting summary by John Volk. Photos by John Volk unless otherwise stated.

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