South Bay Community Association Update

by Gil Skinner, President, SBCA Board of Directors

Big month and more exciting things on the way.

The SBCA and the LMC have formed a small subset group of members from both organizations to meet and hopefully help build our sense of community. In that regard, the SBCA invited LMC members to our Friday night social on October 14. We had approximately 100 people attend and about 30 were from LMC. Great fun for all and we are looking to increase these kinds of activities.

Moving to October 28 we had a GREAT Oktoberfest event which was just for SBCA members, and we had over 100 members join in the fun. Great decorating by Rachael and Mike Boock, Bill Schaffer and his grandson, Susan Shadrick, Gary Caven (who also helped on the food), and Peggy and Jeff Welker. During the event Rachael and Susan staffed the fun picture station. Cheri Gerstenberger helped at the beverage station and Christine Spagle and Peggy Thuotte kept food supplied and helped on clean up. Great work by the many volunteers led to a great party. You know people are having fun when you have to shoo them out the door to clean up!

The November Pancake Breakfast was smaller in attendance but one incident really stood out. One of our members came to me as she left and profusely thanked me for getting events going again at the Club. She had lost her husband at the beginning of the pandemic, and this type of social event really was helping as she struggled with her loss. As a widower myself it was so gratifying to confirm the power these social events have in making our community what it is, caring about others!

I mentioned numerous volunteers above and want to note that starting in November the SBCA will have at least one eblast coming out each month thanking our many volunteers. We may highlight volunteers from a specific event, or we may be highlighting volunteers on various committees. In addition, the Activities Committee is working on an end-of-year party for those who work selflessly to make the South Bay a great place to live. Please watch for these eblasts and add your “thank you” to folks out there doing the heavy lifting. Better yet, watch for announcements for events and ask if you can help.

Holiday Gala — December 10th

Speaking of upcoming events in December the SBCA is having our Holiday Gala on Saturday, December 10. We are trying something new by going to catered nice hors d’oeuvres, sparkling wine, regular wine, and live music for listening and dancing. The Club will be decorated for the holidays, and we will be using the auditorium for music and dancing and the Great Room for conversation and relaxing with friends. Some have suggested we dress up for this affair and yours truly will force himself into renting a tux. However, more important than dressing up is showing up. The holiday season is filled with joy but also reminds so many of us of lost loves. Our community helps us through. Hope to see you there. Watch your email for the announcement.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and as always keep smiling; you live in a great community