President's Message for Sept./Oct. 2016
Summer is coming to a close and we're ramping up for our October meeting. I hope you enjoyed your expanded summer edition of Touch & Go. It was another great magazine with a great variety of content. Thank you to all who contributed and worked to produce and distribute the publication!
Fall also brings us to our Canned Food Drive at the October meeting and our Holiday Toy Drive for Teens. During each of the past five years we've collected more than 200 pounds of canned food for the Second Harvest Food Bank, and that's a real success. Please bring your non-perishable food donations or checks made payable to the "Second Harvest Food Bank" to the October meeting. We'll deliver the collected bounty on the Monday after the meeting. Thank you in advance for your generosity and willingness to help those less fortunate.
New Meeting Venues?
I remember the economic crush of the early 2000s and later in 2008/2009. Corporate spending on events hit rock bottom, and it was groups like ours - that continue on through good times and bad - that were the ones these venues could rely upon to keep the kitchen fires lit. Well, times have changed and the pendulum has swung to the expensive side.
I could really use your suggestions for additional meeting venues. We'd prefer a location that has a private meeting room, good food, great service, and all at a reasonable price. Not too much to ask. Living in Silicon Valley it's easy to find good food and great service, however, a place with a private meeting room and a reasonable price is a different matter.
We've had some suggestions for new venues recently, only to find out they charge exorbitant room rental fees. This pricing model has even trickled down to local caterers who are again enjoying the opportunity to provide meals for large corporate groups and charging accordingly. Many vendors have priced themselves out of our reach. We are, however, loyal to those that support us and will continue to patronize them. But if variety is the spice of life, it would be nice to have some other venues to enjoy. The worse-case scenario is that we may have to collect more for lunch, but where else can you learn history first-hand, have a great meal with some fantastic people, and play some hateful trivia for such a reasonable price? If you have a suggestion, please let me know at an upcoming meeting or drop me an email.
- Nick Veronico
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