We had 68% of members present: 39 out of 59.  We also had many guests present, most of whom were anticipating the performance of the New Trier Swing Choir (which did not disappoint anyone). Guests present were: Scott Meyers (John Thomas guest), Terry Dason, Ann Smith,  James Bernahl, Judy Meikle (Dirk Tussing guest), Bill Krucks (Thomas guest), Nan Greenough (Louise Holland guest), Carol Fessler, Marilyn Prodromos, Kristin Ziv; and the spouses of Joe Fell, David Birkenstein; Eric Birkenstein; John Thomas, Tony Kambich, Robert Mardirossian and Sam Badger.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Barb Tubekis reminded everyone of their opportunity to make year-end gifts to the Kids Against Hunger charity. John Thomas announced that Happy Bucks would be received even though we did not have time for the explanations therefor. The food serving staff was recognized for all their good work during the year. An arrangement of poinsettias contributed by the Community House was auctioned off to the highest bidder, who was David Birkenstein.


Wes Baumann introduced the Swing Choir (all decked out in long black dresses and black tuxedos) and its director Nate Landes, who has been at New Trier for 11 years. Nate said that the 17 singers (9 girls and 8 boys) were all juniors or seniors and most of them also participate in other music groups at New Trier. They have had a busy holiday season with rehearsals and  other performances, including an appearance at the Goodman Theater. (They also had to spend some time on their  “ finals week”, which was expedited this year due to the  school’s construction project). The singers were: Elisse Albian, Emma Alter, Sacha Appel, Josh Bretthauer, Owen Cahill, Carter George, Madi Hart, Duncan Holzhall, Alex Hopkins, Phebe Kinzelman, Tori McCausland, Bea McManus, Michael Olszowka, Jonathan Organ, Jennesse Pono, Alyson Weber and Timothy Zajdela. Songs performed were: Jingle Bell Rock, Christmas Time is Here, Carol of the Bells, Smile, Feliz Navidad, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Silver Bells, Winter Wonderland, Holly Jolly Christmas, and I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.  Needless to say, the performance was very well received and a great way to start the Holiday Season.