The 122nd State Session of Tennessee was held July 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2018; at Highland Manor Inn, Townsend, Tennessee.
Registration opened at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening, July 13th. After Registration, at the Opening Ceremony. Past State Councilor, Crystal Coatney, welcomed everyone to Townsend, on behalf of State Councilor, Logan Martin, who was not going to be able to attend, as his Mother was in hospital.
Secretary, Vickie Smith, reported that we had some others in, or just out of the hospital this year: Brother Bill Potter was just home from the hospital after being in for 2 weeks with pneumonia, Ms. Bea Waters had just got out of the hospital after a fall and a broken bone in her hip. So we will be down in numbers this year with several members and their families unable to attend this year.
Our Special Guest this year was National Vice Councilor, Rich Beppler, and his wife Mary Ann, from the state of Pennsylvania.
After the Opening, State Chaplain, Stephen Workman, conducted our Memorial Service. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a lovely catered meal, with ham, turkey and chicken salad sandwich makings, Vegetable Tray and dip, pasta salad, potato salad, fruit salad and Chocolate Brownies. Then everyone enjoyed an evening of Bingo.
Saturday, July 14, we had committee and officers meetings starting at 9:00 a.m. First business session at 11:00 a.m., followed by the second business meeting after a short recess.
Sunday, July 15, was the Tennessee State Golf Tournament. We were thankful for nice weather and everyone had a good time of fellowship. Then at 5:30 pm, the MC welcomed everyone to the Tennessee State Banquet. Again, we were served a lovely meal, catered by the Casual Gourmet. Everyone enjoyed a buffet of Tossed Salad with Vinaigrette and Ranch Dressings on the side, Baked ham with a mustard sauce and Chicken in a White Wine sauce. Southern style green beans, sweet corn, mashed red potatoes, Pasta Alfredo, Rolls and Strawberry Cake.
After the meal, the MC introduced our special guest, National Vice Councilor - Rich Beppler who had a few words, on how to build membership, for those gathered at the banquet. Frank Potter handed out the awards to the winners of the golf tournament, and Kyle Coatney played a selection of tunes on the Native American Flute.
Then everyone participated in the Chinese Auction, which is always a good time. Ms. Mary Ann Beppler, did very well and we had to find her a box to carry all her winnings in. Then names for door prizes were drawn, to finish out a very pleasant evening.
Monday morning, July 16, the Past State Councilor's gathered for their annual meeting and breakfast. Our final and third session began at 8:30 a.m., with the election and installation of officers.
Even though our numbers were small this year, we had a very good session, and a lot of good fellowship !
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