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Registration is Open for the Pond’s Charity Golf Tournament on June 9

The Virginia Pond will host its 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 9th.  Proceeds will benefit local charities like those listed on the Pond’s charity page.  Here are the details:

      • DATE:    Thursday, June 9, 2022
      • TIME:     1pm Shotgun Start
    • PLACE:  Brookwoods Golf Club in Quinton, VA

Use the below form to register online, or click the following link for a printable version to register by mail. 2021 Tournament Entry Form

Registrations are due by Monday, June 6.  No late registrations will be accepted!

Contact one of the following individuals for more information:

  • Keith Strohecker, Tournament Chair (kstrohecker@usfg.net/804-330-7730)
  • Mary Kay Marchetti (wielder@vapond.org)

Join the Wagon Train to Grapevine in July!

The Southern Region is rolling out a BIG Texas welcome for the Grand Nest’s 116th annual convention from July 11-14.  This is a family oriented event with lots of local flavor, including music, BBQ, and an evening at the legendary Billy Bob’s! 

Details, cost and a link to register may be found hereRegister by 5/1 and save!

Meet your 2021 Grand Nest Officers

The following Grand Nest officers were elected and installed at the 114th annual Blue Goose Int’l business meeting at the Hartford Days of Fellowship (abbreviated convention) on Sunday, July 25 2021:  (L-R) Most Loyal Grand Gander Linda Meik of the Texas Pond; Grand Supervisor of the Flock Wendy Knizek of the British Columbia (BC) Pond; Grand Custodian of the Goslings Steve Carson II from the Michigan Pond; and Grand Guardian of the Nest Wendy Hubbard of the Hartford Pond.

This was a year of many firsts!  Dan Rich, due to COVID causing the 2020 convention to be rescheduled to 2021, was the first PMLGG to serve two consecutive terms as MLGG since World War II.  Linda Meik is the first MLGG to serve two non-consecutive terms.  And for the first time in Blue Goose history, there are three women serving concurrently as Grand Nest officers.

Many thanks to PMLGG Dan Rich for extending his term through 2021 and for guiding the Grand Nest through the 2020/2021 COVID challenges!

2021 Charity Golf Success!

The Virginia Pond enjoyed a wonderful day for its 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 10th, 2021. 18 full teams participated, which is the largest turnout in years.  Spirits were high.  Weather was very comfortable.  There were two beverage carts on the course, as well as several ‘watering spots’ provided by sponsors on the course.    And unlike last year, the rain held off until all teams were finished.  Photos of the event may be viewed here.

Many thanks to the sponsors who, along with our golfers, made this year’s tournament a great success!  The proceeds will be used to support local charities through the coming year, like those listed on our charities page.

Register is Open for the Pond’s annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 10

The Virginia Pond will host its 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 10th.  Proceeds will benefit local charities like those listed on the Pond’s charity page.  Here are the details:

      • DATE:    Thursday, June 10, 2021
      • TIME:     1pm Shotgun Start
    • PLACE:  Brookwoods Golf Club in Quinton, VA

Use the below form to register online, or click the following link for a printable version to register by mail. 2021 Tournament Entry Form

Registrations are due by Monday, June 7.  No late registrations will be accepted!

Contact one of the following individuals for more information:

  • Keith Strohecker, Tournament Chair (kstrohecker@usfg.net/804-330-7730)
  • Mary Kay Marchetti (wielder@vapond.org)

New dates for the 114th Grand Nest Convention

The 114th Grand Nest Convention in Hartford, originally scheduled for July 2020, is now scheduled to take place July 23, 2021 through July 28, 2021.

Event registrations remains in place, and the price paid remains honored for next summer’s event.  The Hartford Marriott is also honoring the 2020 published room rates for July 2021.  Please know that we have added more rooms for this event as we expect a great turnout!  Convention updates will be posted here:  http://www.bluegoosehartfordpond.com/convention.html

We thank you all for your excitement to attend the Grand Nest Convention in Hartford, CT and we look forward to gathering again for fellowship and charity very soon! Stay safe until then!  

Fraternally yours,  

The Blue Goose Hartford Pond 202ONE Convention Committee!

Register for the Grooviest Grand Nest convention ever!

Registration is open for the 114th annual convention of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International, from July 18-21 in Hartford, CT.  There’ll be Plenty in 2020 – plenty of:

  • Blue Goose Tradition
  • Connections
  • Adventures
  • Laughs
  • Work to be Done
  • Amazing Meals
  • Friendly Faces
  • Giving Back
  • … and EVERYTHING!

Details and registration links may be found here.   Sign up by 4/15 and save!

CONVENTION AGENDA:

SATURDAY 7.18

  • Grand Nest Officer’s Meeting
  • Grand Nest Spouse Activity & Luncheon
  • Optional Private Dinner for 20 @ V’s Trattoria
  • Grand Nest Officers’ Reception & Dinner

SUNDAY 7.19

  • Golf Outing at Tunxis Country Club
  • Parents & Youth Meeting
  • Optional Brignole Winery Tour
  • Youth Welcome Party
  • First Timer Meeting
  • 1960’s Groovy Welcome Party

MONDAY 7.20

  • Opening Ceremony and Memorial Service
  • Model Initiation
  • Youth Tour @ USA Ninja Challenge & Nomad’s Adventure
  • Spouse/Guest Tour – Mark Twain’s Home & Capital Grille for lunch
  • All Industry Luncheon
  • Caribbean & Calypso Family Dinner Cruise
  • Hospitality

TUESDAY 7.21

  • Grand Nest Meeting & 2021 Convention Presentation
  • Youth Tour @ Connecticut Science Center
  • Spouse/Guest Ballroom Dancing & Mimosa Flights
  • Convention Luncheon
  • Youth Dinner Banquet (14 and under)
  • Grand Nest Banquet

WEDNESDAY 7.22

  • Grab & Go Muffin/Coffee & Departures
  • Grand Nest Officers Post Convention Meeting

Meet your Grand Nest Officers

The following Grand Nest officers were elected and installed at the 113th annual Blue Goose convention held in Indianapolis, IN (L-R):  Most Loyal Grand Gander Dan Rick of the Hartford Pond; Grand Supervisor of the Flock Linda Meik of the Texas Pond; Grand Custodian of the Goslings Wendy Knizek of the British Columbia (BC) Pond; and Grand Guardian of the Nest Steve Carson II from the Michigan Pond Pond.

These officers graciously agreed to extend their term through 2021 when the 114th Grand Nest Convention in Hartford had to be postponed due to COVID.

Many thanks to PMLGG Kim Bilbrey of the Dayton Pond for her service in 2018/19 and for a wonderful convention!

Rev Up for the 113th Grand Nest Convention in Indy!

Registration is open for the 113th annual convention of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International, from July 16-19 at the Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis, IN.  Lots of great activities are included in the registration fee (see agenda below).  Details and registration links may be found here.   Sign up early and save!

CONVENTION AGENDA:

TUESDAY 7.16

  • Grand Nest Officer’s Meeting
  • Grand Nest Spouse Activity & Luncheon
  • Optional Golf Outing
  • Pre-Con Water Park Activity
  • St. Louis Pond Sponsored Hospitality
  • Chef JJ’s Interactive Iron Chef Dinner Activity
  • Grand Nest Officer’s Reception & Dinner

WEDNESDAY 7.17

  • Optional Indy Motor Speedway Tour
  • Volunteer Giveback Interactive Experience
  • Parents & Youth Meeting
  • Youth Welcome Party
  • First Timer Meeting
  • Race to Indy Welcome Party

THURSDAY 7.18

  • Opening Ceremony and Memorial Service
  • Model Initiation
  • Youth Tour of Children’s Museum
  • Spouse/Guest Local Brew Bus Tour
  • All Industry Luncheon
  • Punch Bowl Dinner
  • Cincinnati Pond Sponsored Hospitality

FRIDAY 7.19

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Grand Nest Meeting & 2020 Convention Presentation
  • Youth Tour of the Zoo & Splash Pad Activity
  • Spouse/Guest Axe Throwing Experience
  • Convention Luncheon
  • Youth Dinner Banquet (14 and under)
  • Grand Nest Banquet

No Escaping Fun in the River City

Over 20 ganders and guests participated in a River City Escape Room experience on Wednesday, July 18, plus a few extra for the social next door at Nick’s Roman Terrace.  This was the first escape room experience for most participants, which made it an extra challenge.  While there were no great escapes to report (better luck next time!), everyone enjoyed the fun and fellowship.  Thanks to Keith Strohecker for making all the arrangements!