Women’s Club members enjoy a beach theme August luncheon

Ann Madigan

Colored buckets with fanciful shovels, shells on ocean colored napkins, sea creatures, and sun bathing items decorated each table for our August beach getaway lunch.

President Mary Ornberg opened the business meeting. President-elect Joyce Frye followed with new members and guests telling where they were from, how long they’ve been here and what street they live on. August birthdays were celebrated with song.

Committee reports followed including the fact that 51 members used the PayPal option for lunch registration. Greeters and table decorators were acknowledged. Special mention was made of the $992 collected for Friends of the Family as well as 100 backpacks and supplies to fill over 40 bags.

Special dates to remember were reviewed:

September 19: a social mixer for all Robson women, at the grill from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

October 13, Holiday Market, open to the public, Clubhouse, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

October 20, Halloween Pet Costume Contest, $5 registration, Clubhouse 2:00-4:00 p.m.

November 16, Holiday Extravaganza, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

November 29, Dallas Arboretum. Details will follow.

Bright fish tokens were exchanged for a lunch of chicken fajitas and cheese enchiladas with Spanish rice. The dessert was delectable Tres Leches cake squares.

Program Chair Rebecca Bafford announced that the September lunch program will feature Ginny Mac, world-renowned accordionist, vocalist and recording artist. Her vocal and instrumental styling ranges from country/western swing to hot jazz and international stylings. She’s a former member of the group Brave Combo based here in Denton.

Bafford then introduced Chef Darren McGrady, who served as chef to the royals in Buckingham Palace and Princess Diana for fifteen years, sharing chef staff photos of his earlier self, complete with mustache. Whether noting the lengthy protocol for a dish of ice cream at Buckingham Palace, or describing his first contact with American Thanksgiving’s green bean casserole, chef McGrady delighted the audience. He concluded by urging the audience to honor Princess Diana’s charity work by continuing with personal projects. Copies of his second cookbook, The Royal Chef at Home—Easy Seasonal Entertaining were available.