Christmas Trolley Ride & Election

SBCC President-elect Bruce and First Lady Carolyn Skaggs prepare to board the trolley for the Holiday Tour of Lights.

In what is now its own holiday tradition for the club, on December 14, thirty-two members went on a trolley ride to view Christmas decorations in Sarasota. The Sarasota Trolley Company annually scopes out the best home displays and maps a tour that lasts about an hour and a half. And what a great show it has become! You just sit back, sip your BYOB, and listen to holiday music while enjoying what Sarasota’s residents have created. Our Club filled up the trolley and it was nice to have it all to ourselves.

On the Club business front, in November, 60 members were present at the Red Lobster for the election of officers for 2022. A full slate of candidates for the various positions was presented, and all were elected by acclamation. They are: President-Bruce Skaggs, Vice President and Activities Director-Jim Wilson, Secretary-Walt Mainberger and Treasurer- Debbie Wilson. The Board of Directors includes the foregoing officers, plus Jack Knuese and Woody Schaub. There were no reports of voter irregularities.

On an historical note, this was our club’s last meeting at the Red Lobster. For at least the past 15 years, this accomodating eatery has been the site of our club’s regular monthly meetings. This particular franchise has now shuttered its doors, reportedly because of a significant increase in the rent requested by the landlord, along with the negative effects of the pandemic on custom.

Thanks to Bruce Skaggs for the input and photos. RIP, Red Lobster.

Just one of dozens of the family holiday light creations seen at homes along the tour.

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