The North Shore Beach Comber
Two years of Fun and Accomplishments
The past two years have been interesting and challenging for our neighborhood. Together we have accomplished much. We have worked side-by-side and we should look back at this time at the highlights of our accomplishments.
We held our first Beach Sweep
We cleaned up the NSB entrance
We distributed eight newsletters
We held two successful fundraisers
We held a 40th anniversary party in 2000
We created the North Shore Beach Website
We Increased membership 83% in the last two years
We landscaped the Community Building yard and trees
We increased Community Building rental 50 % from 2000
We allowed our neighbors to become associate members
We renovated the interior and exterior of the Community Building
We successfully fought a challenge to the original NSB covenants
We put up a North Shore Beach entrance sign and Community Building sign
IN sum, we became a closer and stronger neighborhood.
To all those who helped with your time or your financial contributions, Thanks. You should all be proud of what you helped accomplish.
The End of the 2000 and 2001 Board of Directors Term
This is the end of the term of the current Board. It has been a great to work with my fellow board members. They have been strong when times were adverse, outspoken when we parched for ideas, united always, and we have gotten to be friends.
1St vice President Tommy Raymond has emphatically told me hundred times he doesn’t have time to do this or that, but he always found the time anyway. Even while raising his lovely daughter he finds time to make the gumbo, fry the fish, fix the building etc.
2nd Vice President Dick Pearsall is the archetypical grumpy guy with a heart of gold. Dick has been a great source of fun and helps on the board all the while still participating in innumerable other organizations. And yes he still stirs the pot.
Our Secretary Dennis Strecker is the quiet one. When he speaks people know to listen, because it usually is something very well thought out. He is an engineer and works methodically and precisely as an engineer. In addition he is our hot dog guru.
Buddy Mayfield is the "new guy" on the board who filled in after Keith Depass resigned. Buddy like Dennis is quiet and dedicated. Buddy started our website before coming to the board and has always responded to all our website requests. He has created a great resource for our community.
Dick, Tommy, Dennis, Buddy and I all wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
2001Steak Dinner & Auction Fundraiser
We held our Steak dinner and auction fundraiser and once again managed to combine mix fun and neighborhood support. We sold 75 steak dinners, auctioned off 36 items and raffled a 28 "Parade of Prizes". The auction is always interesting. Velve Carrington thought she had an item locked up in her bid when she heard the auctioneer burst out with a new bid..only Wayne Ciko (our auctioneer) was pointing the person in the seat next to Velve. Velve’s mother had jumped in the fray. Mothers bidding against daughters? So much for a family blood! Velve shouted "wait, that’s my mother! But the neither her mother or the auctioneer blinked and the bidding continued.
Sandy Heigle and her committee did a wonderful job. Sarah and Jim Petty did the decorations. Camile Schwandt made the salad. Carol managed the wine and beer bar. Camille’s daughter Lynn and son-in-law Bob ran the bar. Iris Calogero lined up all the desserts. Pearsall Appraisers provided wine and Beer bar.
The NSBA cleared $2,200, which is a great contribution for our organization. Thanks to all of the committee, all our donors and to everyone who came.
Carol Wester, Irene Thibodeaux, Sarah Petty, Wayne Ciko, Camille Schwandt, Gene and Leon Audibert, Sharon White, Velve Carrington, Iris Calogero
List of Auction Donors
True Value Hardware
Jimmy and Caroline Lauga
New Orleans Steamboat Company
LeSalle’s Beauty Parlor
Artist Sylvia Stanton
R. & Mrs. Patrick Mottram
General Mills Supplies
North Shore Beach Volunteer Fire Department
St. Joe Bricks
The Grand Casino
Joe & Jean Loyocano
Oschner Eye Clinic- Joan Sercovich
Royal Golf Course
Abita Springs Golf & Country Club
Oak Harbor Golf Course
Artist Sylvia Stanton
Outland Technology Inc.
John Lopez and Sharon White
Please consider patronizing these generous donors.
Halloween Thriller – The Attack of the Screaming Two Legged Monsters
In spite of the poor turnout last year the Board decided we would again hold Halloween party. Last year the crowd was small, but lively. This year we had nearly double the attendance and had even more fun. As usual we has lots to eat, including several big hits. Tommy Raymond made an outstanding chicken and shrimp gumbo. (Editor’s note: why is this tall, good-looking guy who can cook still single?, we may start a Beach Comber single’s column.) We had several excellent potato salads, and hotdogs, sandwiches etc. The highlights were the kid’s activities. We had several games for the kids to play. They were rewarded with candy and so they were happy to play over and over. We had the Pumpkin toss again, but also had a maze to walk through with a beanbag on their head. Sounds simple, but the kids loved it.
It was a perfect night and so we lit the bonfire. We had a pretty large pile of tree branches and in the couple months since the last fire the weeds had grown up around the woodpile. It was dark and cool night and so it was time to light it up. There was a slight north wind blowing the smoke and ashes over the lake. Everyone made a semi-circle from the upwind side and was engrossed in conversation or the sparkle of the fire. My eye caught sight of something bouncing hesitantly through the grass toward the fire. At first I thought it was leaves or something blowing in the wind or just the flickering firelight. A minute later I noticed it again and it was moving away from the fire toward the far end of the crowd around the fire. It was not long before someone else noticed the movement and their curiosity stirred they moved close up. Then there was a scream, a second and chain reaction chorus of screams. Finally someone shouted out. IT’S A MOUSE!
Of course by now the poor little mouse was far more scared than the people and ran for his cover, which happened to be the weeds around the fire. So the mouse hopped through the grass back to the weeds at the edge of the roaring fire. But his house was on fire and it wasn’t long before the mouse couldn’t take it any longer and evacuated once more. Unfortunately he was still encircled by the army of two legged monsters. Somehow the mouse nearly caught everyone off guard again and there was another chorus of screams. This time someone yelled over their shoulder as they ran. I thought this was a joke. Bonfire or People – to a mouse a terrifying choice, but the mouse once again took cover for the inferno. Finally the third time was a charm and the next evacuation put the mouse on a slightly different course and he went by the people and ran for the hills. A Halloween he will likely remember.