At our Saturday Coffee and Conversation several of our FOG Military Veteran Members received free coffee from Starbucks in honor of Veterans Day. Afterwards FOG veterans and friends met in the California Pizza Kitchen and the veterans were honored with a free lunch and coupons for additional meals from the restaurant.
Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day, is always celebrated on November 11 to commemorate the signing of the treaty to end World War One. It went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
We also have several Veteran Members on the Veterans Wall of Honor in the LGBT Center. Their names are placed there because of their service and additional contributions to society.
FOG's Annual Holiday Potluck hosted by Albert and David at noon at their place on Park Boulevard. See the newsletter for details.
It was an ideal summer night for our Annual FOG Business Meeting, elections and Banquet in the open lanai room at the Bali Hai overlooking San Diego Harbor and skyline.
The evening began with drinks and socializing. Guests received a lei and a raffle ticket and joined the building crowd for conversation and laughter.
Tom Phillips and Mike Wasilewski made sure all the registrations were in order. We reached the rooms capacity in pre-paid reservations.
The Business meeting began at 6:45, chaired by President Albert Padilla. By acclamation Vice-President John Keasler was elected to the office of President. Michael Wasilewski to the office of Director At Large. Michael had already served in that role for several months. A revised By-Laws were also approved.
The buffet style dinner included pork, chicken and vegetarian entrees, seasoned mashed potatoes, sweet and sour vegetables, salad and fresh rolls. The Bali Hai chefs always serve delicious fair.
After dinner we sliced the 30th Anniversary cake.
Ted Callum moderated our program for the evening with humor and reflection. We remembered the late former President John Kozjak. Joel Nimon was recognized for his many years as newsletter editor. Joel Nimon was recognized for his many years a newsletter editor. Albert Padilla, Tom Phillips and James Hurtado were honored for their service.
Watch for your August 2023 Newsletter in email or snail mail.
We are grateful to have as our new newsletter editor Michael Bobroff. We're sure that Mike's tech backgroud will serve him well in this important position.
Highlight of the August newsletter are the information on our Annual Picnic, the call for Board Nominees, Birthdays and Anniversaries, how to find our monthly in person and online events, and minutes from the Board Meeting.
Next month we'll have information of our Annual Banquet.
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Thanks to Michael Robertson for making the FOG Behind the Scenes tour of the Old Globe a big success. We walked through the main theatre, designed after Shakespeare's original in London, under the stage, into costume and prop shops and behind the curtains on the main stage.
We visited the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, a theatre in the round and watched the installation of the sets for the latest production. Beginning in mid July you can see Crime and Punishment: A Comedy there.
The third theatre in the complex is the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, set outdoors among the trees of Balboa Park. It was built as a temporary venue (because "The Show Must Go On") when fire destroyed the main theatre in the 1980s. It's design and setting were so popular that it was kept as an addition to the complex and has features two Shakespeare offerings a year. Twelfth Night is the current production. (July 23)
Our organization began when our two founding members met through an ad one of them had placed in a local newspaper, looking for like-minded gay men over 40 who wanted to “socialize and pursue educational, entertainment and cultural interests”. The first meeting took place on September 7, 1993 with 10 people in attendance and we now number around 200 members. Learn more on our About page.
We cordially invite all gentlemen who would like to have a chance to socialize, engage in one or more of our many monthly activities and gain new friends, to join us. You would be most welcome, indeed.
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