This Week In Review - November 18, 2004
This Week’s Reporter: Dave Miley

Song-Don Smith      Pledge - Rick Jacobus     Invocation -Bill Kohlmeier

GUESTS:  Jeff Barbee, guest of Rick Campbell

The Day In Review:  Arapahoe Sertomans celebrated a fairly mild day.  President Joe survived an attempt to fine him for advertising, but he decided to condescend in favor of political correctness.  Doug Harder awarded Pat McKim with a T-shirt befitting a thirty-seven year old bachelor.  Mike Magee sold Tony's & King Soopers' coupons.  Somebody announced that the Dry Creek Club was selling Santa Claus letters.  Today was the last day for our esteemed chaplain, Reverend Bill Kohlmeier.  Well deserved kudos were expressed by club members, both personally and corporately, acknowledging Bill's contribution to the club.  Bill presented the club with a collection of every invocation he has prayed in our behalf.  I am told that the Lord responded to Bill once, saying that this club could use all the intercession it could get.  Thanks Bill, not only for spiritual guidance, but also for club participation.  May the Lord bless you and Jackie in your new home.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  We had a good BINGO night Wednesday.  The deposit exceeded $5,000.

 Pot of Gold:  Dick Mason     

Sertoman of the Day

SOD:   Dick Mason, the Jar Head born in Quincy, Illinois gave us more information about the Mississippi River than we really wanted to know.  It seems his early days were marred by youthful independence ad disregard for authority.  The young "Rebel Without A Cause" drifted into the vices of the Marine Corps, and later the dreaded clutches of advanced education where he became a Certified Public Accountant.  Dick was eventually educated at the prestigious Denver University.  Dick has been married to JoAnn for thirty-six years.  Dick and JoAnn have three kids.  He is a past Club President and District Governor.  Dick is also a BINGO captain.  Rick Jacobus brought Dick into the club in 1988.  Thanks to one of our best, Dick Mason.

Program

PROGRAM:  Mabe Downey brought Harry K. Nier, Jr. attorney at law.  Harry is a long time advocate for Cuban Nationals in the United States.  He has visited Cuba over one-hundred times since the nineteen fifties.  He has served as attorney for the U.S. Mexican Counsel.  Harry talked about the effect of the U.S. embargo of trade and travel with Cuba.  He went on to expound on the future of China's influence on the world economy.  A question and answer period followed.

On the Calendar

November

November 24

Bingo Team E - Happy Birthday Orian Hunter

November 25

Thanksgiving Day - Arapahoe Sertoma 45th Anniversary

December

December  1   

  Bingo Team A
December  2 

Regular Meeting- SOD Bob Buckland                  

December  7  

Board Meeting - Happy Birthday Joe Greer & Lloyd Steinmann  

December  8   Bingo Team B
December  9   Regular Meeting Sod Rick Campbell
December 12    Happy Birthday Bruce Elsey  

Words to the Wise

  • If at first you don't succeed, Try not to look astonished.
  • It was all so different before everything changed.
  • Some days you're the dong, some days you're the hydrant.
  • A day without sunshine is like a day in Seattle.
  • Kids in the back seat cause accidents, accidents in the back seat cause kids
  • If all is lost, where is it?
 

In 1621 the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is now known as the first Thanksgiving. While cooking methods and table etiquette have changed as the holiday has evolved, the meal is still consumed today with the same spirit of celebration and overindulgence.
                                    What was Actually on the Menu?

What foods topped the table at the first harvest feast? Historians aren't completely certain about the full bounty, but it's safe to say the pilgrims weren't gobbling up pumpkin pie or playing with their mashed potatoes. Following is a list of the foods that were available to the colonists at the time of the 1621 feast. However, the only two items that historians know for sure were on the menu are venison and wild fowl, which are mentioned in primary sources. 

Foods that may have been on the menu

SEAFOOD: Cod, Eel, Clams, Lobster

WILD FOWL: Wild Turkey, Goose, Duck, Crane, Swan, Partridge, Eagles

MEAT: Venison, Seal

GRAIN: Wheat Flour, Indian Corn

VEGETABLES: Pumpkin, Peas, Beans, Onions, Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots

FRUIT: Plums, Grapes

NUTS: Walnuts, Chestnuts, Acorns

HERBS and SEASONINGS: Olive Oil, Liverwort, Leeks, Dried Currants, Parsnips

MYTH: The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 and the pilgrims celebrated it every year thereafter.

FACT: The first feast wasn't repeated, so it wasn't the beginning of a tradition. In fact, the colonists didn't even call the day Thanksgiving. To them, a thanksgiving was a religious holiday in which they would go to church and thank God for a specific event, such as the winning of a battle. On such a religious day, the types of recreational activities that the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians participated in during the 1621 harvest feast--dancing, singing secular songs, playing games--wouldn't have been allowed. The feast was a secular celebration, so it never would have been considered a thanksgiving in the pilgrims minds.

MYTH: The original Thanksgiving feast took place on the fourth Thursday of November.

FACT: The original feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 11. Unlike our modern holiday, it was three days long. The event was based on English harvest festivals, which traditionally occurred around the 29th of September. President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the date for Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday of November in 1939 (approved by Congress in 1941). Abraham Lincoln had previously designated it as the last Thursday in November, which may have correlated it with the November 21, 1621, anchoring of the Mayflower at Cape Cod.

MYTH: The pilgrims wore only black and white clothing. They had buckles on their hats, garments, and shoes.

FACT: Buckles did not come into fashion until later in the seventeenth century and black and white were commonly worn only on Sunday and formal occasions. Women typically dressed in red, earthy green, brown, blue, violet, and gray, while men wore clothing in white, beige, black, earthy green, and brown.

MYTH: The pilgrims brought furniture with them on the Mayflower.

FACT: The only furniture that the pilgrims brought on the Mayflower was chests and boxes. They constructed wooden furniture once they settled in Plymouth.

MYTH: The Mayflower was headed for Virginia, but due to a navigational mistake it ended up in Cape Cod Massachusetts.

FACT: The Pilgrims were in fact planning to settle in Virginia, but not the modern-day state of Virginia. They were part of the Virginia Company, which had the rights to most of the eastern seaboard of the U.S. The pilgrims had intended to go to the Hudson River region in New York State, which would have been considered "Northern Virginia," but they landed in Cape Cod instead. Treacherous seas prevented them from venturing further south.