~ By Tom Knutsen
Seven new members of Capital City Village gathered at the home of Sue and Mart Hoffman for lunch on Thursday, January 28. It was the most recent of CCV’s “New Member Luncheons” for greeting new Villagers and helping them get to know one another.
Originally planned for a location in South Austin, the party was moved with about two days’ notice owing to an unplanned medical event. The Membership Committee shifted focus to ensure that everyone invited was able to learn of the change and have transportation.
Hostess Sue Hoffman (pictured) served up mimosas, lasagna, hot bread, salad, and brownies for Susan Gelber, Antone and Jacqueline Jacobson, George and Betty Madding, and Meason and Marty Terry. Along with committee members, they filled two tables and took turns introducing themselves to the CCV group.
As with any CCV program, member volunteers pitched in to help, led by Frances Allen, salad preparer; Joanne O’Neill, able table setter, and water boy Tom Knutsen.
(Just a note: Starting last fall, the Membership Committee shifted the new member meal from dinners to lunch so attendees would not have to contend with Austin’s impenetrable rush hour traffic.)
Toward the end of the meal, Executive Director Bonnie Gilson handed out bags of Crackerjack, announcing that “Crackerjack” is the theme for the CCV Member Business Meeting. She encouraged the group to mug with their Crackerjacks for the event’s promotion photo.