They group meets twice a month on the first and third Wednesday mornings. We would sit and have coffee or beverage of choice and enjoy each other’s company. It was decided to have this week’s meeting as an American Thanksgiving party. The meeting was moved up to 2pm since a turkey meal is too heavy for breakfast time.
The venue we hold the meetings is owned by a man who is a chef and Tim, one of the members worked with the chef to come up with a meal more like an American thanksgiving. Tim also brought a relative who played guitar and sang for us before the meeting started and during our meal.
There must have been close to 40 attendees including an expat and their wife/companion. This was one of the largest attendances the organization has ever had, and it was nice seeing regular members, some who have not attended for a while and some new faces too.
I was asked to MC the meeting and I started telling about our thanks and a past Thanksgiving memory. Then Tim took over the mic and talked about Ian, what he meant to the group and all the people whose life he touched. Louis who will co-chair the next meeting spoke about what to expect and what was needed.
Then lunch was served. We received a plate with turkey, a cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli Au-gratin, an apple salad and a dinner roll. For dessert, we received a plate with some mixed fruit and a square of blueberry cheesecake. The food was well prepared and I think we all enjoyed the meal.
After the meal, Tim discussed some more about Ian’s dreams and a charitable group we have selected to help this year. This group was started by an Irish man to take older teens, whose lives had been difficult, either by drugs or crime. He started a home to have a decent environment to live and to have them attend school and teach them responsibilities at home.
With all the trials this group faces in the future, I hope it continues to survive. It is a relaxed and enjoyable group to attend and make friends and support.