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Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Christmas Party Celebration

The annual Mt. Baker Chapter Christmas party was held at the Bellingham Country Club on Friday December 19th, 2008 and we all had a rockin’ good time.

We were to begin arriving at 7:00 PM, but people began showing up early because we always enjoy the social mingling with friends before the festivities begin, and the Ladies needed time to show off their dresses and shoes. The weather was freezing at around twenty-two degrees outside while we were a toasty at seventy-four or so degrees inside. Good thing because some of the Ladies had short dresses and some had spaghetti straps. There was satin, lace, cashmere, and silk in red, black, blue, green, purple, silver, with sparkles, glitter, rhinestones, and bling from top to bottom. What were the guys wearing--tuxes, suits, sport coats, jeans, casual shirts, and that was okay because the Ladies wanted them to be comfortable and happy.

Ron Johnson probably had the most unusual gift, a video of Broke Back Mountain and two cowboy hats—a his and his. He had a good laugh and wore his hat for pictures.

We had a Charlie Brown tree that members could attach money to and for every dollar hung on the tree you received a ticket for a drawing to win a $100.00 gift certificate for H-D Bellingham. Guess who the luckiest guy in the chapter is? Dave McNeill. That’s okay because Dave also was the recipient of a special award--“Hutch’s bitch”. You see, it all started back in the spring when the Ladies had a garage sale as a fundraiser and Mike Gilbert put up $100.00 if Dave would put on a dress that was for sale. Wrong person to dare. Not only did Dave put on the dress and model it, but just as this was taking place, Glenn Hutchings rode in on his bike and Dave climbed up behind Glenn and unexpectedly cuddled up for pictures that made the group roar with laugher. Then being the gentleman Dave is he donated the $100.00 to the Ladies fundraiser. A pretty classy guy, our Dave McNeill.

A couple of months ago, Mike Gilbert brought a special bottle of Jack Daniels Bourbon to the chapter meeting to auction off with the proceeds going to our chapter scholarship fund. Larry Marrs bought the bottle for $250 and brought it to the Christmas party, unopened, to share with the rest of the members—at $20 a shot with these proceeds also going to the scholarship fund. The bottle raised another $280 at the party. So Mike’s bottle will pay for over ½ the cost of one of our $1,000 scholarships. Thanks a lot to all of you drinking guys!

Dave Lahr and Mark Williams were inducted into the Bun Man Club for flipping hotdogs at a Ladies of Harley fundraiser to earn tip money for our charities. They each received a gift bag with…what else? Hotdog buns. Dave Wright was also inducted into this group but was not in attendance to receive his award.

Dinner was a magnificent feast of prime rib and barbequed chicken with several different green salads, orzo salad, wild rice, grilled vegetables, roasted potatoes, green beans and rolls; it not only looked great it tasted wonderful. Rita provided a wonderful array of desserts including a five layer chocolate cake, pumpkin cheesecake, Boston cream pie, apple pie, cookies, and more. At the end of the evening the dessert table looked deserted.

A few drinks to be merry, a filling dinner to make us content, and and the "ladies" paraded across the dance floor in their shoes, twirling, dancing, and flirting with the judges as they checked out the “killer heels”. There was a lot riding on this contest, a gift certificate to the Chrysalis Inn Spa for a pedicure. Those who had already paraded before the judges, gave back rubs to the judges hoping to influence their vote. When it came down to the end it was a tie between Shelia and Lisa. They had one last chance to prance and dance for the judges and still it was a tie. Again, our big hearted guy Dave McNeill stepped up and threw in a second gift certificate and both Lisa and Shelia are this year’s co-winners of the “killer heels” contest.

Jeannie Gilbert gathered a basket full of wine, coffee, Harley mugs, chocolates, and too many more goodies to name that was raffled off to members who brought a $5.00 gift to donate to WomenCare Shelter or donated $5.00 cash. Of course most people donated more to get receive extra tickets for a chance at the basket. My own hubby Larry was the winner of this heavy basket and I am sure we will be enjoying the goodies for some time.

So after all the shoes, the gifts, the raffles, the special awards, all we had left to do was “get down”. It was party time and the music was rockin’. Some of the guys just don’t enjoy dancing unless their arms are twisted but the Ladies don’t mind. We’ll dance with each other or join in with another couple. Pretty soon we were one big happy group moving to the beat and working off the desserts.

It was an evening to remember.

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