10 Dec

2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party, 7 Dec, St Simons Island GA – Report from the Field

John and Debbie’s Roadster Outside the Wesley Cottage

John and Debbie Stanley were our hosts for the weekend and made all the magic come together seamlessly.  A monumental task!!  A big thanks from MOGSouth and all those that participated!! 

The Saturday morning trolley tour was a perfect review of the history and layout of St Simons Island.  Those that went were quite pleased with the synopsis and the weather was delightful, cool but not cold.  I heard many, many comments about the very cold and damp locations of past Holiday Parties.  It seemed like a good many prefer like the relative warmth that St Simons offers and that a Winter Wonderland is just not needed. 

Southern Georgia (Almost Florida!) in December

The Wesley Cottage, on the grounds of the King and Prince Resort, was again the location of the Hospitality Suite.  It was decorated for the season with holiday garland draped along the white picket fence with an illuminated Christmas Tree in the front yard!  The cottage itself offered a convenient and comfortable gathering spot for the club, with a full living room, a dining room, outside picnic table, a kitchen and a wet bar.  Pretty much everything we could have asked for.  Debbie and John went overboard with tasty treats, many Debbie baked or crafted herself, and a great selection of both hard and soft libations.  There were even food and drink options for the Gluten Free folks.  Wow!! 

The Hospitality Suite

banquet room was decorated for the season with a lit tree, fancy table center pieces and other festive bits.  And, the food was wonderful.  The banquet itself was far better than the normal rubber chicken and mashed potatoes.  The Nothing was cold and the staff assured us that nothing ran out.   Ham, turkey, gravy, stuffing, vegetables and on and on.  My plate was too small!   And, I didn’t even get desert!

The 2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party was great fun!! Lots of folks, coming from all over, an unexpectedly large turnout.  Larger than last year!!  We had Morgans everywhere, old and new, and some pretty ugly, but festive!!, sweaters.  I have to say my sweater, although I didn’t win any awards, was especially hideous.  Thanks Andrea!!   And, as fat as I am, just the shear expanse of ‘hideous’ magnified the effect, dare I say ‘immensely!’  I looked like something between Will Ferrell’s Elf character (what a terrible movie!) and an alligator (GatorMOG . . . get it??) with a jock strap.  But, in my defense, my sweater did have Morgan wings!!   The awards were justly given to some very, very clever sweaters.  It was obvious that a lot of time was put into their apparel.  Beautiful baskets of wonderful things!  I guess congratulations are in order, or would condolences be more appropriate? 

This year we tried to correct the failings of last year’s ‘ad hoc’ silent auction.   This year we planned it out from the start and once again Debbie and John did a masterful job of laying out the offerings with all the administrative bits necessary to make it work.  The silent auction items were arranged on tables in the banquet room, allowing everyone to circulate and bid on desired items.  Folks’ generosity was evident and the donations were truly terrific, and only a very few things were left, after the smoke cleared.   There was also a secret envelope game that surprised quite a few.

Ugly Sweater Awards. Connie Lipscomb – 1st, Mary Ann Rae – 2nd

As is the tradition, the MOGSouth Mother Courage Award was presented at the Holiday Party. This year’s award, 2019, went to Gary and Judy Heck.  Another very good choice of recipients.  We do have some wonderful people in this club!!   The large traveling award was presented following the dinner, but the smaller recipient award didn’t arrive in time.  We will mail it directly to the Hecks.  The smaller award is for them to keep however Gary and Judy’s name will be added to the large traveling award that will be passed on to future recipients. 

Mother Courage Awardees – Gary and Judy Heck

A few words of MOGSouth business and back to the Hospitality Suite for more Morgan and MOGSouth ‘comradery’ (e.g. drinking and cookies!)

A Holiday Party we will remember for a long time.  Again, thanks to everyone for coming and a special thanks to our hosts, John and Debbie Stanley, for making it so memorable!!!    

All Photos Courtesy of Allan Rae

25 Nov

2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party – 6 & 7 Dec 2019 – FINAL Reminders

We are finalizing all the arrangements for the MOGSouth Holiday Party!!

Make sure you’re ready!

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St Simons Island is our party Hotel and the site for the MOGSouth Holiday Banquet. 

Hotel Reservations – You should have reservations for, at a minimum, Friday (6 Dec) and Saturday (7 Dec) nights.  The Holiday Banquet is on Saturday night.  If you haven’t booked your room, do it now! The phone number is (800) 342-0212.   I don’t know if it is still possible to get the MOGSouth discounts, but you should try.  Tell the hotel you are with MOGSOUTH and, be sure to ask for your ‘Goodie Bag’ when you check into the hotel’s reception.

The Holiday Banquet – The banquet headcounts are now being finalized so that they can be given to the hotel restaurant.  Make sure you have notified Debbie that you will attend the banquet so she can add you to the headcount.  If there are food allergies or other dietary issues, please let us know. 

MOGSouth Membership has its Benefits! – Just like last year, MOGSouth is subsidizing the costs of the Holiday Party event.  All Hospitality Room costs will be covered and the Banquet costs will be subsidized by MOGSouth, i.e. you will pay less than it really costs!  So, you can feel good about your membership dues!  And, just a reminder, MOGSouth membership dues are due on 1 January.  Still $25 each year.  The club will kindly take your dues money at the Holiday Banquet, see Mark or Stacey.  

Trolley Tours – There are still two seats available for the trolley tour. If you want to go, contact Debbie right now and she will reserve your seat. I suggest an email (pockets5@live.com) will be the fastest way to communicate.   The tour leaves the hotel front door, promptly at 10 AM on Saturday 7 Dec.  The tour price is 20$ per person.  If you haven’t been to St Simons before or if you haven’t taken this tour, you really do need to go. 

Silent Auction – Don’t forget the Silent Auction (it’s the Holidays . . .  better to give, than to receive??)

Identify what you to donate to the Club and bring it to St Simons in December.  If you have greasy or heavy/bulky things for the auction just bring a photo.  No need to transport it now.  Winners of the bidding for the Auction will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet.  All proceeds go to MOGSouth.  Be sure to get your items to the Wesley Cottage before by 4PM on Saturday.

Ugly Sweater Contest – Yes, I do have an ugly Holiday sweater! And, I can’t blame Andrea (or can I?)  Debbie has ‘special’ name tags or other identifying items for those that are competing in the Ugly sweater contest.  You don’t want to miss out as there are some ‘wonderful’ prizes to be awarded.  Go look in your closet!  You may be surprised!  Be honest! If you decide to play, do let Debbie know via email (pockets5@live.com).  There have been some questions as to when the sweaters are to be worn. Yes, worn during the Saturday evening banquet!

If there are questions, send Debbie Stanley an email at pockets5@live.com.

29 Oct

2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party – 6 & 7 Dec 2019 – November Updates

It’s almost time for the 2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party. Are you ready??

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort will again be our party Hotel for the 2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party. And, the Wesley Cottage will be the location of the MOGSouth Hospitality Room and headquarters for the Holiday Party.

If you haven’t booked your room, do it now! The phone number is (800) 342-0212.  Be sure to tell the hotel you are with MOGSOUTH. If you are going out and about on Saturday morning, you will need to reserve a room for both Friday night (6 Dec) and Saturday night (7 Dec). The actual Holiday Banquet is on Saturday night.

And, be sure to ask for your ‘Goodie Bag’ when you check into the hotel’s reception. There is lots of Goodness in that bag you won’t want to miss!!

Trolley Tours – The trolley tours spaces are almost gone! If you want to go, contact Debbie right now! Send Debbie Stanley an email (pockets5@live.com) The tour leave the hotel front door, promptly at 10 AM on Saturday 7 Dec. The tour price is 20$ per person. 

Silent Auction – The ad hoc Silent Auction is happening again this year.  Identify what you want to donate to the Club and bring it to St Simons in December.   Auto parts can be donated by taking a few photos of the parts and printing them out. No need to haul the part to the Party.  

Winners of the bidding for the Auction will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet. All proceeds go to MOGSouth.   Get your items to the Wesley Cottage before by 4PM on Saturday.

Ugly Sweater Contest – Don’t forget your ugly Holiday Sweater. We want to be sure everyone knows who is playing so we will have special name tags or other identifying items to distribute so do let Debbie Stanley (pockets5@live.com) know if you are playing.  These sweaters are to be worn to the banquet!  The winners of the contest will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet.  And, there will be ‘wonderful’ prizes awarded so do participate!! 

If there are questions, send Debbie Stanley an email at pockets5@live.com.

09 Apr

2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party – 6 & 7 December 2019

Given the very positive response to the 2018 Holiday Party in St Simons Island (lots and lots of emails!) as well as the overwhelming membership desire to return to St Simons (We had a survey and 77% of the responses said to return to St Simons) – We got the message!! 

The 2019 Holiday Party will again be held at the King and Prince in St Simons Island, GA, Friday and Saturday 6/7 December.

Our hosts this year are Debbie and John StanleyThank you!   

The Hospitality Suite will again be at the Wesley Cottage.  Times that the hospitality suite will be operational will be published once we have a better handle on the overall sequence of events.

Holiday Banquet (Saturday Evening 7 Dec) – The banquet will be similar to last year’s buffet.  The price remains the same as last year, $41 per person.

Hotel Rooms – We have just been given the go ahead from the hotel.  They are ready to take your reservations.  You have to call the King and Prince hotel directly and make your own reservations.  The hotel is holding a block of rooms for us, at a discounted rate.  They have identified a group of rooms at a rate less than last year’s best rate.  That being said, they also have some premium rooms and villas in our group, with better views (ocean, etc.,) or accommodations, however these rooms come with higher rates. 

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort reservation phone number is (800) 342-0212.  Be sure to tell the hotel you are with MOGSOUTH.  Discuss the various room options with the customer service representative and then decide what works for best for you!  Upon your arrival, be sure to ask for your MOGSouth Goody Bag upon checking in at the front desk.  

Trolley Tours – Only one trolley tour will be arranged this year, on Saturday morning (Arrive at Hotel Lobby at 0945 AM, Tour Departs at 1000 AM 7 Dec) and given this, there will be a limited number of seats available.  Please send Debbie Stanley an email (pockets5@live.com) if you want to be added to the Trolley Tour list.  Get your emails to Debbie quickly or risk not getting a seat.  The tour price is 20$ per person. 

Special Morgan Parking – We believe we have negotiated special parking for the Morgans adjacent to some new construction underway at the hotel.  It should be quite nice when completed and quite convenient for us all.  Now we aren’t holding our breath, as anything can happen with construction projects, so we need to be prepared for change.  St Simon’s weather is generally nice (last year’s rain wasn’t so special, but . . . ) during early December (50° – 65° F), so think about bringing your Morgan. 

New Stuff – This year we will change it up a bit (just to keep you on your toes!) 

Silent Auction – The ad hoc Silent Auction we had last year was a disaster but now we made it an official MOGSouth Holiday Party Event!   We will have a ‘real’ Silent Auction so identify what you want to donate to the Club and bring it to St Simons in December.  All proceeds go to MOGSouth.  Items should preferably be auto related (no toaster ovens or baseball gloves!) however we cannot really deal with greasy auto parts.  Auto parts can be donated however just take a few pictures of the parts and print them out.  We will simply use the pictures for the Auction, and not the actual parts.  Winners of the bidding for the Auction will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet.

Ugly Sweater Contest – Also, this year we will have a formally judged Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest.  These sweaters are to be worn to the banquet!  We want to be sure everyone knows who is playing so we will have special name tags or other identifying items to distribute so do let Debbie Stanley (pockets5@live.com) know if you are playing.  The winners of the contest will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet.  And, there will be ‘wonderful’ prizes awarded so do participate!! 

Other Activities – All the other normal stuff will continue, e.g. Mother Courage Awards, etc.