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!
Meet the the 2018 Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International’s Grand Nest officers. These individuals were elected and installed at the 112th annual Blue Goose convention held in July in Edmonton Canada (L-R): Most Loyal Grand Gander Kim Bilbrey of the Dayton Pond; Grand Supervisor of the Flock Dan Rich of the Hartford Pond; Grand Custodian of the Goslings Michael Smith of the Florida Pond; Grand Guardian of the Nest Wendy Knizek of the BC (British Columbia) Pond. We look forward to great things in the coming year!
It was pointed out at the 112th Grand Nest Convention that promoting our cardinal precept of charity is one of the best ways to attract new members to Blue Goose. We are proud to report that during the 2017/18 fiscal year, the Blue Goose International cumulatively contributed over $223,000 in financial contributions; 2000 volunteer hours; over $68,000 in collected goods; and over $10,000 in scholarships. And some of the ponds’ charity reports are still coming in! A final total will be included in the Grand Nest’s annual bulletin.
It is always inspiring and energizing to mingle with ganders across the US and Canada at the annual convention and to learn about other ponds’ charitable and social activities. Dana Cullen and Mary Kay Marchetti had the honor of representing the Virginia Pond in Edmonton this July. We look forward to sharing more information from the convention at an upcoming Pond meeting.
Thanks to the Edmonton Pond for hosting this year and for organizing such fun activities for ganders, spouses and kids! Next year’s convention will be held July 16-19 in Indianapolis, IN. Mark your calendars and watch for details!
Virginia Pond annual dues will go up to $50 effective 7/1/2018. This is the first dues increase since 2012, when dues were increased at the Grand Nest level.
Ganders who pay dues for the 2018/19 Pond year prior to the 7/1 increase may do so at the old rate of $45. Dues may be paid online via PayPal, or by check made payable to Blue Goose and mailed to: PO Box 74995, Richmond, VA 23236.
A large portion of ganders’ annual dues ($27) is passed through to the Grand Nest for operational expenses and reimbursement of travel for convention delegates. A small portion of dues goes to the Southern Region’s convention fund. The remainder is used for the local chapter’s operational expenses and welfare.
Feel free to contact an Executive Committee officer if there are any questions or about dues.
Past Most Loyal Grand Gander
Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International
The Grand Nest Officers inducted at the 2017 Convention are: (front left to right) Grand Guardian Michael Smith from the Florida Pond; Grand Supervisor Kim Bilbrey from the Dayton Pond; and Grand Custodian Dan Rich from the Hartford Pond; (on screen) Most Loyal Grand Gander Mark Robertson from the Edmonton Pond. Unfortunately, Mark was unable to be at the convention at the last minute and had to Skype in for the business meetings.
Photo by Neil Miller, Edmonton Pond
Join Blue Goose July 11-14 for its 111th annual Grand Nest Convention at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. Visit southernbluegoose.org for additional information and links to registration!