Our October meeting was held at the home of Rosie and Herman Michels in Cedar Rapids. Like a scene out of a grave yard, these pond members really out did themselves to make this meeting perhaps the most unusual I’ve ever been to. The Michaels have a large workshop, which was totally transformed into a Halloween scene complete with spiders and monsters and ghouls.
When the parade of members, all in costumes, finally settled down, our president, Kacy, started with a business meeting. Minutes were approved as written. I (Jackie) announced that I had handouts to share with members (compliments of Jamie Beyer) on Winterizing Water Gardens in the Midwest. Also, for those who had ordered EIPS T-shirts; the order was there for pickup. Kacy read a letter from a Dr. Kevin Novak, and from the organizers of the autumn landscape show at Brucemore.
We again talked about proposals for this year’s pond tour moneys. With much discussion, we finally voted to give the Macbride Raptor Project $750.00 and the Cedar Rapids Parks and Rec. $500.00 for the addition of a new bench along the city’s nature trail. Monica Morley will follow through with the city’s donation and look into a plaque to go along with the bench stating that it was an EIPS donation. We decided to hold some of the money hoping we could do another Expo or bring in some larger name speakers next year. More talk about that at our annual planning meeting.
November is re-election month for our officers. So as usual we’re seeking volunteers. If you are willing to help or know someone you think would make a good officer, please email me or call with your name suggestions, ASAP. (Cedarserviceja@aol.com or 934-3665) We’ll try our best to recruit some great help. New blood is always desired!
Door prizes were drawn for with Pat Beuter, Curt Moore, Robert Hollenbach, and Margie Thompson all being our lucky winners.
And speaking of NEW BLOOD! Following the meeting, Rosie had a host of games involving all members at some point. First we got to eat literally a ton of food, again. Rosie and Herman provided sandwiches, treats, and drinks for everyone and with all the extras that members brought we had a wonderful buffet!
Rosie had pictures of numerous famous murderers. We had to guess their names from the pics. Linda Nolan had the most correct. Rosie gave us a little history on each of the notorious murderers, making it an informative history lesson for all.
She also had a dead rat covered with maggots (fake of course). We had to guess how many were on it. Gill Morley was the closest, guessing 135 when there were 144.
Pam Moore knew her monster movie trivia and won that contest.
Next, 3 couples attempted to use up a complete roll of toilet paper the quickest, by wrapping up their mate mummy style. The Hunerdosses won. The guys were all dizzy from the spinning and the on lookers were laughing hysterically at them.
3 more couples were then asked to come forward and this time they tied pumpkin head pails around the guys waist. They then lined up the wives across from them (blindfolded them) and asked them to throw tootsie rolls into the buckets. The Nolans got the most in by the end of the time limit. Again, very funny!
Then, came the potato game. Rosie put a potato in the foot of panty hose which were then tied around several victims waste so that it hung down between their legs. They then were given a ball which they had to hit with the potato across the room and touch the pumpkin pails (since after several tries, they couldn’t get them in) It didn’t help that a floor drain in the middle of the floor allowed for the floor to slope away from the pails. I believe Nancy Baldwin and Robert Ward were both winners at that game.
The last game was a version of fear factor. Rosie placed a variety of food on plates. Some yucky stuff, some not so bad. Relay teams had to eat the contents of the plate as quickly as possible. (I personally chose to eat the pickled herring off the plate, I thought it was delish!) Our team didn’t win though.
Last, but not least, was the costume contest. Members were asked to vote for various classes. Rosie won the scariest category (Lady Dracula) Pat Beuter won the funniest ( she had on a long t-shirt of a bikini clad lady), Best couple were the Geers (he was dressed as a fisherman and she as a fish), I won the overall best costume( orange haired devil lady) and finally Stephanie Geers won the most creative(she was the fish).
The string algae (Hunerdosses) people didn’t win any prizes, but I thought they were perhaps the most appropriate for the organization. Maybe we need to make them our mascots! I’m thinking they would be a hit at our advertising booths.
Again, mooch thanks to the Michels for all their time and energy. It was great fun and everybody had a spooktacular time!