The State of Tennessee now meets Biannually for our State Session; but we still need to get together, as a state, every year. So this year was our first State Social and Membership Drive.
We gathered at Fall Creek Falls State Park, on July 8, 2017. We had reserved a picnic shelter, with a grill, for our cook-out. We were a little concerned about the weather when we were first getting set-up, but it turned out to be a beautiful day, all day long.
Our cooks fired up the grill for the hamburgers and hot dogs, and our members out did themselves with dishes; pasta salad, potatoe salad, cole slaw, baked beans, and Ms. Connie's chili. . . .which was great. Then there were deserts; cookies, a chocolate cake, brownies, more cakes, a banana pudding (my favorite), and then a peanutbutter banana pudding, which was delicious. After everyone had eaten, Kyle Coatney played his Native American Flute.
We had 22 in attendance, with several of those being invited guests. For our guests we had a membership packet with a Hello Neighbor, a membership application and a Jr. Order Pen.
We were very pleased to have with us National Councilor, Charles Riehs, from North Carolina. He and Ms. Roberta went hiking to see the Falls, and then later Brother Charles joined us in the Washer Tournament. Brother Charles Riehs and Vickie Smith came in 2nd place in the tournament, beat out of the top spot by Kyle Coatney and Jack Crawford. It was a hard fought tournament, with 4 teams and double elimination, and everyone had fun !
Several went hiking to the falls, and the swinging bridge; several went to the swimming pool, and we had a couple that took a kiyak out on the lake. Others visited and fellowshipped in the shade of the picnic shelter or under the trees watching the Washer Tournament.
The last of us didn't leave until dusk. It was a great day !
GO FORTH AND SPREAD THE NEWS OF OUR BELOVED ORDER'S PRINCIPLES. OUR NATION NEEDS US DURING THESE TROUBLED TIMES.