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START members enjoyed their Christmas party on December 13, 2012.

The decorating theme for the party was “Silver Bells” accompanied by the color blue.

The tables were covered with blue table cloths and white placemats with blue and white stars. The centerpiece for each table consisted of a vase sitting on a silver tray. The vase was filled with small silver ornaments and long-stemmed silver branches. Strings of silver bells were placed at various places on the tables. Napkins were colored blue with a prominent sized snowman.

For the buffet tables; four tables were placed together forming a rectangle. The tables were covered with white table cloths with blue under skirting. For the tablescape, the decorators used silver wrapped boxes with blue ribbon and bows, a small silver tree, silver bells and ornaments.

A decorated mid-sized Christmas tree was the focus for the registration table.

Gretchen Donahue, Joanne Hensley, Donna Thibault and Judy Sites are responsible for the beautiful START decorations.

START president Frank Thompson called the meeting to order and asked Rev. Randy Sites to do the opening prayer. A second prayer was done solely in memory of START members who died in 2012 which included Bill and Emma Mitchell and Bernie Queen.

Afterwards, Frank acknowledged the guests; Bob and Dixie Frazier, and Delena Frye.

Then, the party began. For the party, the foods consisted of “finger foods” and many desserts. Of course, during the party, the members celebrating a December birthday were recognized. The birthday celebrants were Bertha Allen, Frank Combs, George Doczi, and Doris Zappia. The members sang the “Happy Birthday” song and START’s photographer Shirley Brown took a picture of the birthday celebrants present.

In the absence of START’s treasurer Alice Harrison, Frank presented the treasurer’s report.

Grace Elliott played the piano while Robert Perry led the group in the singing of Christmas carols.

Canned food provided by START members was donated to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry.

Santa brought many gifts from the local merchants to be used as doorprizes. The merchants providing Santa with gifts were Foodland Store, Ellis Supply, Gambell’s Grocery, Elliott’s Custom Graphics, Dairy Delight, Uncle Sam’s, Man Pharmacy, Antique Junkshun, M & J Jewelers, Advanced Auto Parts, Pic Pac, Keith’s Bar and Grill, McNeely’s, Colonial Room, Mac’s Auto Parts, Man Clothing, Gino’s, Guyan Flower, Fire Pit Restaurant, Towne Pharmacy, Scissor Palace, Hillbilly Barbershop, Wendy’s, Mac’s Service Center, and Evergreen Flowers.

The lucky recipients of the door prizes included Donna McNeely, Billie Noel, Gertie Moore, Rev. Randy Sites, W.T. Coyer, Laura Hinchman, Sherry Frye, Jean Wintz, Pauline Jeffrey, Grace Elliott, Mae Osborne, Cecilia Dingess, Peggy Mosley, Terry Cline, Peeble Vance, Dixie Frazier, Bob Frazier, JoAnne Hensley, Lee Noel, Patty Doczi, Judy Sites, Alice Ramiscal, Shirley Brown, Elizabeth Tackett, and Frank Combs.

The 53 members and guests signing the attendance register were Lessie Bailey, Alice Ramiscal, Merlin and Delores Spears, Bill and Donna McNeely, Terry Cline, Dorothy Altizer, Jane Grimmette, Lou Arnold, Barbara Spears, Elmer and Lounice Jeffrey, Helen Nelson, Jean Wintz, Norma Jean Nelson, Mae Osborne, Dr. Rallos, Bob and Dixie Frazier, Rev. Randy and Judy Sites, Angeline Bassham, Geraldine Bunch, Delena Frye, Gertie Moore, Cecilia Dingess, Elizabeth Tackett, Maxine Justice, Robert Perry, Pebble Vance, Patty Amburgey, Mayor Jim Blevins, W. T. Coyer, Pauline Jeffrey, Lee and Billie Noel, Shirley and Zettie Brown, Patricia Doczi, Sherry Frye, Paul and Donna Thibault, Frank Combs, Anna Vance, Laura Hinchman, Gretchen Donahue, JoAnne Hensley, Peggy Mosley, Jerry and Nancy Garrett, and Frank and Elaine Thompson.

START’s next meeting will be held at noon on Thursday, January 24, in the Fellowship Hall of Bruce McDonald United Methodist Church.

“’Please come’ is your invitation,” said Thompson.

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