Jim Busek welcomed Shakespeare Club members to the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Learning Center Oct. 8 for a fascinating evening entitled "Variations on a Theme." Following a brief business meeting at which Tom McLaughlin announced the Nov. 12 meeting will be held at St. Paul Parish Center to afford an opportunity for all to see the church's beautiful new additions. Busek proceeded to present a slide show he had created from favorite vacation photographs submitted to him by club members.
Realizing, when dealing with a group of individuals who possess a multitude of leadership qualities as well as eager willingness to participate when asked, you must be careful about what you ask for because Busek was inundated with 146 pictures to sort and edit. He, as expected, proved to be up to the challenge. His presentation was professionally done and provided insight into especially happy vacation moments shared by fellow club members. When each slide popped up on the screen, the members whose picture it was were allowed two minutes in which to provide a description and reason for their choice of that particular snapshot.
The Meinkes, currently touring the West Coast, wired their photos of the Panama Canal, Muir Woods and Valdez. Joyce and Jon Ditz featured China and the Great Wall. The Jennings shared an extra-special family moment by showing a picture of their oldest grandson and his bride. Bobbie Freeman, in Boston for a family wedding, but not to be let out, sent a delightful picture of her son-in-law, Mike Myers, standing with Leona Helmsley and her $12-million dog, taken at the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel in Sarasota.
The Lendrums loved the skiing in Lake Tahoe while the Schilds remembered Maine and also Lefty Grove who used to stop in regularly to visit George at the store. More importantly, Lefty had taken Dave, when he was a little boy, to see the Baseball Hall of Fame, so, of course, there was a picture of the grown-up Dave standing beside Lefty's memorial plaque in the Hall.
Kim Gentzel laughed when she said Bob liked to tell people he "took her out of the country" for their anniversary when, in reality, he took her to Pelee Island. (Contrary to popular belief, lawyers do have a sense of humor.) However, their trip to Key West compensated.
And then there was Virginia and Carroll Poling. Virginia said she got to talk about the trip because she didn't get to go. Carroll and five of his buddies had ventured into the Northern wilderness on a fishing trip. There was a lovely shot of Carroll with a 39-inch catch. Judy Emmons sent pictures of a bike trip with the Wooster alumni through Denmark. She said it was "uphill" all the way. The McLaughlins reminisced with a picture taken on their honeymoon. The Buseks shared thoughts on their Alaskan cruise. Jim even photographed fresh proof, in living color, that blueberries are the mainstay of an Alaskan bear's diet.
The Oglesbys, world travelers, took the group to Kiev, Peru, Pisa, Africa, Venice and Paris. The Ludwigs demonstrate the antiquity to be found in a village in Old World, China where villagers drink from a stream of water flowing down their alleyways in the morning but where they wash their clothes in the afternoons. The Gardners enjoyed Brazil, scuba-diving and were proud of their son and his wife who finished the race in an Ironman Marathon. The Veiths chose Hawaii, and Bunny and Fred Walter went from Red Square, Russia, to braving the rapids down a river in West Virginia. The Virgin Islands are high on the Skinns' list and they are counting the days until they return to their time-share.
Peg and Martin Haffey renewed their vows under the branches of a famous 400 year old tree in Florida and then, totally unrelated, had a shot of a pool full of hungry-looking alligators who Martin stated were "content with one tourist a day."
Chris and Gary Wolf presented their Alaskan adventure culminating with a unique and hilarious odyssey in search of Frank's Place and a replacement for a tire on their rented Jeep which had served as their hotel as they traversed the tundra. The secretary told a simple tale of "Uncle Bud's One-Dollar Boat" and the show conclude with the Fegley's nostalgic views of the Netherlands, including bright blue skies, windmills and flowers everywhere. The Fegleys had lived in Holland for four years so they hold especially fond memories.
Dessert was served by Jane Kluding, Kathy and Carl Vaith. Steve Zigo and Judy Emmons contributed to the hosting duties in absentia.