Wednesday, October 18, 2017

COPE Open House in Alamogordo, New Mexico

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Center Of Protective Environment (COPE) held an Open House for the residents of Otero and Lincoln Counties in Alamogordo, New Mexico on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00PM. Delicious refreshments were provided by the COPE Board of Directors as well as tours of the new improved offices of the organization.

The Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce orchestrated a ribbon cutting ceremony with COPE Executive Director Kay Gomolak handily wielding the scissors.

Mayor Richard Boss read a proclamation issued by the city to COPE. Kay gave an interesting short history of the organization of how it started and how it arrived to this point.

Glenda Mendoza, board member
Board Members Linda Carr and Judy Pingle. Judy was the original founder of COPE
Board Member Carla Kerr
Teresa Ham, Producer and Director of the COPE annual fundraiser concert with Executive Director Kay Gomolak
President Jerold Wiley of the COPE Board of Directors
Rebecca Williams is secretary our Ruidoso Satellite office of COPE
Angela Randall, Volunteer Coordinator of Thrive in Alamogordo
COPE Board Vice President Carol Teweleit talking with current COPE Secretary/past President Sheila Harrison
An attendee talking with City Commissioner Nadia Sikes
Kim Boss makes a point to her husband, Mayor Boss, while Reverend James Forney looks on
COPE Board Member and Treasurer Reverend James Forney
The ever lovely Teresa Ham
Executive Director Kay Gomolak cutting the ribbon
Kay receives a plant and a certificate from the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce
Kay relating the history of COPE to the group
Judy Pingel, COPE founder, adds her thoughts and information on COPE
Kay's daughter from Las Cruces, NM also photographed the event
Alamogordo Mayor Richard Boss reading the Official Proclamation
Kay, receiving the Proclamation from Mayor Boss
Everyone held hands a Reverend Forney prayed for the continued success of COPE
Carla with the Alamogordo Daily News writer and photographer Tara Melton
This was a lovely event and well attended by the citizens of Alamogordo. The food was plentiful and delicious. Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photography for the event photos.

This is all I have to say for now.

Red Hatters Day Trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico

September 23, 2017

Nine members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society in Alamogordo took a day trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico. It was a rainy day and plans were to tour the Mescalero Indian Reservation Chapel, but it was raining when we got there so we continued on to the Adobe Art Museum in Ruidoso. The Adobe is a stunning museum on Sudderth Street and they show beautiful pieces by local artists and artisans.

We made a short shopping stop at Rosemary's Herb Shop where some purchases were made. We then drove across the Sudderth to the Cornerstone Bakery Cafe for lunch where the food was absolutely delicious and the service superb. While there we hummed "Happy Birthday" on our kazoos to Darla Shelley and she was gifted with a lovely red hat.

L to R: Dorothy Edwards, Margie Purcella and Alice Johnston-Evans enjoying the food
Jan Jennings and Lu Mattson
Our birthday girl, Darla Shelley and Jan
Alice and Vice Queen Donna Williams
Our waitress kindly offered to take a picture of us. L to R: Margie, Alice, VQ Donna, Queen Ladybird aka Carla Kerr, Darla, Jan, Lu and Dorothy (standing).
Darla with her gift. From the looks of that smile, we think she liked it. She is a recent widow so we were so glad to have her with us this day.
A big thanks to Dorothy Edwards and Lu Mattson for planning this event. Everyone had a grand time and the food was over the top.

This is all I have to say for now.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Red Hatters Present at Otero County Senior Citizens Health Fair

Thursday, September 21, 2017

On Thursday morning, September 21, 2017 at 9:00AM, New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter Queen Ladybird (aka Carla Kerr) and Vice Queen (aka Contessa of Sparkle and Sass) Donna Williams manned a table at the Otero County Senior Citizens Health Fair in Alamogordo, New Mexico to give out brochures and tell seniors what a healthy option they have in joining the Red Hat Society. After settling down with scrumptious scones and coffee, we had a lot of FUN as we met and talked to many people including men. One young man came by to get information for his mother. We did not sign anyone up that day, but gave out many brochures and answered questions. Several stopped to try on hats that were on our table and looked at themselves in a purple mirror. This is just another way to get information out about our wonderful Red Hat Society and have a lot of FUN in the process. It was over at noon and we were treated with salads and delicious homemade potato soup for lunch.

This is our table covered by a Red Hat quilt I made many moons ago

Vice Queen Donna Williams looking lovely as usual
One of the attendees looking smashing in one of our hats
We finally snagged someone long enough to take a picture of us together.
It was a FUN event and I love that the Senior Center recognizes the Red Hat Society as a viable and healthy option for our senior ladies to enjoy life more along with the fact that we are getting the word out about our fabulous Red Hat Society.

This is all I have to say for now.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Alamogordo Red Hatters Dine at Spaghetti Western

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Twelve members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society along with three husbands in tow, gathered at the new Spaghetti Western Pizza Restaurant in the White Sands Mall in Alamogordo, New Mexico for lunch and just for FUN. Really it is to support the young man who has just opened Spaghetti Western in the Mall having moved here from High Rolls, New Mexico just a few miles up the mountain from Alamogordo. We normally get together twice a month, but after our conversation in White Oaks, New Mexico the Saturday before, we decided we needed to support this young man's establishment.

We had such a grand time visiting and talking to people as they passed by. The food was wonderful and I believe it was probably the biggest day his business has ever had. We were situated out in the Mall at tables, but the inside of the restaurant was also filled with customers so he was almost overwhelmed. At any rate everyone got served, the food was delicious and we are hopeful he will be able to solve his problem of no one wanting to work on weekends. With so many people out of work, there just has to be someone who is willing to work on weekends. We are so much in need of good restaurant food here and we want him to succeed!

When the pizza came, it was served on a large rack in the middle of the table, an absolutely lovely presentation and the pizza was huge. I took our table mates up on the offer of tasting their "Islander" pizza (pineapple on it) and it was delicious.

The delightful Karen Townsend

Karen's charming husband, Eddie, and he wore Red Hat colors he found at a resell shop.
Gail Swineford looking quite pleased with her fine self
Lu Mattson looking perky
Alice Johnston-Evans celebrating her second wedding anniversary by joining us
L to R: Eddie, the handsome sailor Evans, also celebrating second wedding anniversary with Alice, and Karen
Gail and Alice
L to R: Trudy Reese, Darla Shelley our birthday girl, Rosanna Heath and VQ Donna Williams
L to R: Carla with back to camera, Gail, Eddie, Karen and Lu
L to R: Bobbie Tanner, Margie Purcella and Jan Jennings
L to R: Gail with back to camera, Eddie, Karen, Lu and Carla
This is a friend, Jean, who stopped by. She wears hats all the time, but can't get her into Red Hatting for some reason.
Doug and I both came home and took naps. Between the breakfast and this, we were ready for a rest. It was really a lot of FUN anyway. Sorry I didn't get a picture of Doug to show here!

Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photography for taking all the great pictures.

This is all I have to say for now.

DPOC Labor Breakfast at Margo's in Alamogordo, New Mexico

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Doug and I attended the 13th Annual Labor Recognition Breakfast hosted by the Democratic Party of Otero County (DPOC) at Margo's Mexican Restaurant in Alamogordo, New Mexico. There were about 60 people in attendance.

Welcoming everyone was Stephanie DuBois, CD 2 Vice Chair, a gal who is always ready to throw her hat in the ring for just about any election. Jeff Swanson, Vice Chair of DPOC and State Central Committee Member led the Pledge of Allegiance. Nadia Sikes, Chair of DPOC, made the introductions of guest speakers.

First up was Mark Praught, former member of the CWA (Communication Workers of America Union). He gave a wonderfully informative speech on union history and how it has related to his life.

Keynote speaker was Tim Eichenberg, New Mexico State Treasurer. Among other things, Tim has said, "The State Treasurer must have the experience and integrity to be a good steward of the taxpayers' money. I pledge to be a full-time State Treasurer, adhere to a program of best management practices, maintain an accessible and transparent office, and make sound choices that benefit all New Mexicans."

Stephen Jones, CD 2 Vice Chair, was busy with his camera. Doug also took the pictures shown below.

Nadia Sikes, DPOC Chair
Stephen Jones, CD 2 Vice Chair and Photographer
L to R: Tim Eichenberg, Nadia Sikes and Jeff Swanson
Mark Praught relating the history of unions and in particular the CWA
Another shot of Nadia. Love the new haircut!

State Treasurer and Nadia Sikes
L to R: Tim Eichenberg, Nadia and Jeff
Carol Lee, DPOC Secretary
Neomi Martinez  from Deming, New Mexico
Las Cruces President Brian Brietag of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union
Shirley Baca, Campaign Manager
It was a very informative event and the history was quite interesting. So many of us are ill informed about unions since they are not nearly as prevalent as they once were. However, we are losing our middle class and no country can thrive for long without it. Perhaps unions need to be more powerful now than ever before.

Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photography for taking the great photos.

This is all I have to say for now.