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October 24 2023

NEXT MEETING DAY TUESDAY  - October 31 2023  12:00 - to the End

MEETING PLACE:  Papapollino’s Mediterranean Bistro   2501 McHenry Ave  Modesto  CA   (Web-Site)

SPEAKER:   Windy the Witch

John Hertle acting President called meeting to order.

Bill Gordin led us in the Pledge.

Don Ahrens let us in Song

Jeremiah gave the invocation


Big John Hertle was presiding over the ongoing meeting when your scribe arrived so the preliminaries were missed. He said Farm-City Week will be celebrated at the meeting of November 22nd.

It was noted that the long table was completely encircled by members and guests. We were honored by the presence of Bob Haupt, father of Craig Haupt.

John said next week Wendy the Witch will be our guest speaker. Also our Christmas party is set for December 7th at 315 El Rio, Modesto.

Carole and John Thoming recently had a 15th anniversary celebrated with a 10 day trip to Mexico. High humidity indicated that a hurricane was coming. The resort shut down but a day later everything was back in its place, back to normal. Getting through Mexican immigration took 45 minutes but they were delayed an hour and 45 minutes at SFO getting through US immigration! (This hassle could be eliminated with a Global Entry pass which is good for 5 years.) John said the company his son in law works for is “spending $7 million a day” building nuclear submarine pens in Hawaii.

 Happy and Sad “Bucks”:

   Paul Hearst was sad that he had to leave early to learn more about Rental Property and Dependents. He’s an expert preparer.

   Bob Haupt said he was happy to be with us. Ditto!

   Charlie Nguyen said he took his mother and two sons to Yosemite Valley. It was beautiful despite the little water flowing in the waterfalls.

   Ron Freitas is sad about the 49ers who have trouble scoring and have lost the last two games after 5 wins. He did enjoy seeing the grandkids at their home in San Diego.

   Kevin was alarmed that a rattlesnake was found in his daughter’s back yard. Yikes!

   Modesto City Councilman Jeremiah Williams added that he was pleased to see Craig’s father in attendance. Bob has been a big help at our crab and Cioppino dinners.

   Harold Petersen said 3 of his neighbors have died within 3 months. What’s going on?

   Don Ahrens tossed in $5 due to poor performance by 49ers and something else which I missed.

   Mike Houston and his wife attended a Goth Fashion Show at Fresno State where Samantha is a student.

   Bill Gordin enjoyed a wine tasting tour in Napa Valley. Bill, his daughter and son in law traveled in safety and style a chauffeured limousine!

   Craig Haupt hosted friends from Idaho at their home in Carson City. Craig lost $100 at a casino, but his spouse won $40. His leg tendon surgery is scheduled for November 30th. No weight bearing for 6 weeks recovery.  

Several members enjoyed pillaring our politician. John says “the City pruned a dead tree across from his home. Jeremiah took it in stride. He sent texts requesting action from the department.

The drawing number selected was Charlie’s. He wasn’t able to pull the winning marble.

Our speaker was Don Moyer the rattlesnake hunter from Tracy. Very entertaining and educational.


Jerry Jackman   scribe