The July V.I.P. meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 7, with meeting at 11 am, lunch picnic-style, and surprise entertainment. Details will be available soon. Please join us to celebrate our country’s anniversary
On Tuesday June 2, twenty-two of us, including two guests from Holy Cross, were invited to St. George Coptic Orthodox Church for a delicious light lunch of fresh vegetable soup, several varieties of fish, shrimp, rice, fruit and several desserts. We were greeted by hostess Nancy, tour guide/seminarian Tony, and priest Father Isaac. Father blessed the food and led us in The Lord’s Prayer. After lunch we met in the chapel to begin our tour then proceeded into the church. We learned a lot about our related Orthodox Church, both similarities and differences. They were very gracious and hospitable. as we were leaving one of their young men presented us with lovely wooden prayer ropes. In the future we will reciprocate in kind.
WHAT IS THE V.I.P. CLUB? It is a ministry for “senior” parishioners to generate fellowship through group activities. “V.I.P.” means “very interesting people”.
WHEN DID THE V.I.P. CLUB START? It began in 1999, and our first president was Gus Laskos.
WHO ARE THE PRESENT OFFICERS? Mary McAllister, president; Dick Ajalat, vice-president; Marie Consos, treasurer; Nancy Laskos, recording-secretary; Betty Loudaros, corresponding secretary.
HOW CAN I JOIN? You must be at least 50 years old, the same requirement for one of a married couple, and be a member of St. Demetrios Church.
WHEN CAN I JOIN? You can speak to any officer of the club at any time, or attend the next in-house meeting, and pay the annual dues of $15 due every March. You will receive a membership card from the treasurer.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN? You will be notified of in-house meetings by mail, and the club will often defray some expense of attending events. You will be spending time together with other members to enjoy the events, the meetings, the lunches, etc. If you are not a member, you can attend events as a “guest”, but you will have to pay full-price. One requirement for events is to sign up before the “cut-off” date, so the restaurant or other site will know how many of us to expect. Payment is usually made when signing up, but not necessary as long as payment is made the day of the event. It is preferable to sign up as soon as possible, even if you’re not sure of attending, but cancellation should be made by the cut-off date.
WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITIES DO YOU DO? Every other month we will have a meeting in the church hall, followed by some form of entertainment (speakers, games, musical performers, etc.), and lunch (pot-luck from our many talented cooks, or food from outside sources). Some of our events have been visits to local museums, Holy Cross Antiochian church, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse complex, and bus trips to Tarpon Springs, St. Augustine, and the Orthodox monasteries in the Ocala area. Events are always combined with lunch at nearby restaurants. We have an annual Christmas luncheon. We always welcome new ideas for events, as long as cost and location is within reason.
WHEN DOES THE CLUB MEET? The regular meeting is the first Tuesday of the month, at 11am in our community center, unless we have an outside event, then the day and time maybe different, if necessary.
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VIP PHOTO GALLERY
- VIP Club at DB Pickles
- 2012 VIP Christmas
- 2012 Christmas Toy Collection