Installation Of Officers Party January 22, 2011
As the members and their guests arrived, they were greeted by music provided by the B.A.A. band under the direction of
Chris Migliore. Everybody seemed to enjoy the music, while they nibbled on the hors d’oeuvres and mingled with
At 7:00pm President Arsene VanVooren and his Officers and Board Members were escorted into the hall by Marshall
Jeff Horan and the Club Chaplain Reverend Jim Commyn. President VanVooren asked the membership to rise for a moment of
silence for our deceased members. He then thanked the Band Directors Chris Migliore and Larry Huntington for their
service. The past-Presidents in attendance, Joe Deckers, Etienne Elskens, Bob Putrycus and Norm Kay, were introduced.
President VanVooren then introduced his wife Pam, children Samantha and Arsene, and his mother Irene.
He also introduced Frank Baecke, President of the Retirees, Alberta Bauer, President of the Auxillary, Elisabeth Khan
and Margaret Roets of the Gazette, Pat DeLaere, President of the Century Club, Reverend Jim Commyn, our Chaplain,
and St. Clair Shores Mayor Bob Hison and his wife Nancy. President VanVooren then asked Father Jim to swear in his
Board members, Officers and himself.
Officers for the next two years are:
President - Arsene VanVooren
Vice-President and Membership - Dale Verhaeghe
Recording Secretary - Bob Putrycus
Treasurer - Roland Deprez
Financial Secretary - Bob Grant
Entertainment - Arsene VanVooren
Publicity and Web Master - Chuck Myny
Audit - John Roelandt
Refreshment - Butch DeSmet
Recreation - Rick Dauw
Band - Larry Mahieu
Sick & Visiting - Norm Kay
Obituary - Bernie Allemon
Kitchen - Chuck Horan and Gary Huyghe
Retirees - Frank Baecke
Scholarship - Al VanDenBergh, Jr.
Raffle - Scott Schumacher
Marshalls - Jeff Horan and Bill Meldrum
Rick Dauw was then asked to present the game winners their gift:
Bien - Roger Omeye
Euchre - Julius Voet
Pinochle - Gary Huyghe
31 - Chuck Horan
Darts - John Roelandt
Poker - Dick Geromette
Next, Bob Putrycus read a brief biography of the scholarship recipients and President Arsene VanVooren then presented
them their checks. Katherine DeWolf and Julie Mahieu were in attendance, but Matthew Warnez was away at school, so
his dad Thomas accepted on his behalf.
President VanVooren then introduced our two Men-of-the-Year: Mike Huyghe and Mel Ferdinande. Mel was unable to attend
but his son, David, accepted the award on behalf of his father.
Father Commyn then led the attendees with a prayer before the meal was brought out. Dinner was served along with a
delicious dessert table. The rest of the evening was spent socializing with friend and dancing to the music of
Eric Neubauer. During the raffle that was held, one of our members, Gabe DeKimpe had a slight medical problem but
was checked out by St. Clair Shores EMS and was found to be okay.
The party ended at midnight and was a very nice evening.