At the monthly meeting this past Tuesday, we voted to have the Christmas Party at the Pierce Mansion in Sioux City again this year. Steve Martin made the arrangements. The Big Sioux Rider Christmas Party will be at 6 PM on Friday, December 15th, 2017. Mark Roth will be making brine smoked turkeys again, Randy Roos will be bringing German potato salad, and Butch Nice, who passed the pledging new member challenge shortly after the meeting Tuesday, will be bringing dirty rice which he claims to have perfected with a lot of research and testing after the Husker Rally. We will be asking everyone else to bring a side dish or desert, and if you can't decide between which we recommend a desert.
There will be a white elephant gift exchange again this year, so start shopping now. Both you and a guest(s) can participate so bring something to exchange for each. I'll be working on the rules. Gifts around $20 range are recommended.
Jim Johnson and Tom ("I have plenty of air") Fountoulakis, the esteemed 2016 winner, will be taking nominations for the highly sought 2017 Big Johnson Award (http://bigsiouxriders.blogspot.com/2014/01/big-sioux-riders-annual-big-johnson.html). We have many nominations this year.
The Christmas Party is included when you pay your 2018 membership dues at the party. Dues are $20 per individual or $25 for a couple. The dues are thriftily used to cover club expenses for the party, pizza for shelter kids, camp out cost overruns, organization dues, and other minor expenses. Steve Martin will be collecting dues and will give the Treasurer's report. New members are welcome and the new pledging member challenge will be waived if you sign up and pay at the party.