Captain’s Log – November 2018

Hello Crew!

Welcome to the Holiday Season! We sure have some fun things planned in the next few months, and I hope you can join us. We've worked hard to get the word out quickly to help you with your planning.

First, join us for our fun-filled meeting day in November. In addition to our regular meeting, we'll have a yummy, fund-raising bake sale. Bring your appetite, your dollars, and your favorite recipe to sell. After the meeting we'll head over to the Bell Museum for a space-lover's dream - the new planetarium! You need to buy your own tickets for this show, and the website is: http://bellmuseum.umn.edu. Of course, no meeting day is complete without a meal, so we'll cap our day with dinner together at the nearby Stout's Pub. Don't miss the fun!

The November meeting marks the end of our regular calendar year meetings, as we choose to take December off to have fun. We are thrilled to be able to offer a wonderful holiday party at Moe's this year. More information is in this newsletter.

After the holidays are over, we'll move to 2019 with a few fun activities in January. Find information in this newsletter for those, and make sure to sign up!

Speaking of signups, we're trying to get better at getting everything online. Those who sign up at the membership meetings will find their names transferred to the online signup sheet. This is a wonderful process, as it ensures that you get a reminder and all the details. We are surely moving to the digital age!

See you around the Galaxy!

Mary

 

 

Shiny New 2018 Holiday Party Plan

We have a wonderful evening planned on December 8th and we hope you can come! The event is at Moe's in Mounds View (www.moesamericangrill.com) and it starts at 5:00 pm.

We'll begin with a social hour, complete with light appetizers and a cash bar. At 6:00 pm, we'll have dinner and more socializing. We've chosen a buffet that we're sure will please, and we'll have cake for dessert. During and after dinner we'll have the Secret Sarek gift exchange. If you'd like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift to put in the pile (suggested $10 maximum).

This event is Dress Your Best, so you can pick what that means to you! You may have noticed that the Axe Throwing, previously scheduled for this day, has been moved to February, so flannel shirts and mountain attire are not the order of the day. However, fun holiday flair is always welcome!

The best part...ready for it? The best part is that we are able to offer this event for just $19 per person. This is due to the crew's hard work on the Chuckwagon this year, which allows us to cover a large part of the meal and all of the appetizers! What a great feeling it is to reap the fruits of our labor! Great job, everybody!

Very important: if you plan to cone, you must pay by November 28th. This is necessary so that we can make the reservation accurate. You can use PayPal or send to Pam.

If you have any questions, please contact me, Pam or Roxanne. We hope you can all come!

Mary

2019 January Dinner Dance

Time to put the Dance into your calendar!

I know you've all been waiting to get the info for the USS Nokomis' formal dinner dance on Saturday, January 19, 2019.  We will once again be at the Dan Patch American Legion, 12375 Princeton Ave., Savage, MN.  Because of the great turn outs and hard work from all our members at our annual auctions, the Nokomis will be supporting more of the costs this time.  Instead of $35, the 2019 Dance will be $25 per person.  This is a big "Thank You!" for all the effort put forth and donations received to make our fundraisers a success.

IMPORTANT:  Your deadline to pay is January 12, 2019, at 2 p.m.  This deadline is firm because of commitments and contracts with the restaurant.  You may pay on line through our website by PayPal or by check or cash to our Chief Financial Officer (and fundraising queen) Pam Kline, again no later than the end of the general membership meeting, January 12, 2019.

When you sign up please note your choice of New York Strip steak with mushrooms (steak), or Chicken Kiev (chicken) at 6 p.m., dinner service at 7 p.m., and once again our favorite DJ-Rob Stafford will start the music for our dancing pleasure at 8 p.m.

For our theme this year we've decided to take (or borrow) a page from Dr. Seuss and his story The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.

How does this tie in with us? Well, we are pretty well known for our costumes at conventions, dances, parties, get togethers and movie premiers.  Well, now you can find your favorite costume and add a charming chapeau, a top hat to your tails, a sequined band and feather for your beaded flapper dress or even a helmet for your space suit.  Top your favorite dressy outfit with a derby, cowboy hat, cloche, pill box or beanie.  This is your chance to wear your favorite hat and dress up at the same time.

This event is open, so you can invite family and friends, not just other Nokomis members.  This is one of our few age restricted events, however, so please remember 21 is the minimum age.  And, yes, the $25 ticket holds for our guests not just our members.

So now I must go and find that fez, tam, beret, fedora, bowler, cap, trilby, Panama hat, fascinator, bucket hat, turban, pith helmet, newsboy cap, ascot cap, pork pie hat, sun hat, toque, gambler hat, sombrero cordobes, Homburg, duck bill cap, kettle brim hat, driver cap, outback or Aussie hat or Kentucky Derby Photo Hat. Hmmmm?!

Or maybe a pilos, petasos, chupalla, church hat, Kofia, cappella Romano, busby, caubeen, deerstalker, selakot, berretina or Hardee hat....

A bonnet, a cowl, crown, tiara, mariachi sombrero...

2019 January Feed My Starving Children Signups are Open

It's time again to do good! Our annual January trip to pack food at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids is on January 22nd. We'll pack from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, and it will be over too soon as always, and then we'll go to dinner somewhere nearby. The location is 401 93rd Ave NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. Go to www.fmsc.org to sign up today under the USS Nokomis group.

Mary

Captain’s Log – October 2018

Greetings, Crew!

I hope you can join us for this month's meeting. We'll do our annual overview of the past year, give awards and year pins, and celebrate another fun and fruitful year for the USS Nokomis! Remember that this is also the very last date to renew your dues for the upcoming year and continue to receive this lovely and informative newsletter!

We're moving in to the chilly season now. It seems pretty odd not to be doing Zoo Boo after so many years, doesn't it?

We have some fun events coming up with details in this newsletter. Watch the website for details of upcoming dates so you can get in on the fun BETWEEN NEWSLETTERS.

Have a great fall, and see you around the Galaxy!

Mary

 

November Bake Sale Fundraiser

Here's another reminder about the bake sale after our November meeting. Don't forget to bring your baked goods and your cash! You can go home with lots of yummy treats and our club will raise funds for fun events. Word on the street is that there will be some lemon bars and at least eight apple pies.

2018 Holiday Party Plan

Hi everybody,

We plan to have our annual holiday get-together on December 8th this year. We'll have two fun things on that day, including a dinner at Moe's in Mounds View and an outing to - wait for it - throw axes!! Yes, it's true - we're going to Bad Axe Throwing for some fun in the afternoon before the evening meal. You can come to one or both of these events. More information will be available by the October meeting, so watch for it and put December 8th on your calendar.

2018 Super Duper Movie Night Recap

We had a great time at this year's backyard movie night. The menu was delicious, with beef and chicken tacos (hard and soft shelled), all the fixings, beans and rice, multiple heavenly desserts, and freshly popped corn. The theme for the entertainment was Star Trek Games. We watched The Gamesters of Triskelion, Take Me Out to the Holosuite, The Game, Court Martial and A Piece of the Action. Can you name the game in each episode?

Thanks to those who came early to help me and Jack with the preparations, and to those who brought equipment and goodies! Over thirty members attended and had a blast. We love our Trek!

A Special Thank You…

Thanks to those who helped with Emma and Joey's big move. Thanks to Shannon, Rich, Pam and Jim, Roxanne and Barb, we were able to complete the truck loading and unloading in just eight hours, plus get the important furniture placed! Great job and thanks for being there on a Friday!

Job Corp – Help Emma Move to the New House!

Emma and Joey have a Brand New House and they need many hands to make light work.  Meet at 2501 28th Avenue, St. Anthony (same as the Beer Tasting at St. Patrick's day) at 8AM to start moving.  Emma will have all the stuff boxed and ready to move, and it should be done in just a single trip.

The end point isn't far away, in New Brighton.

Emma's contribution will scale up with the some folks.  Come along and have fun moving!