August President's Column

23 Jul 2021 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

We had an excellent lake party this year, especially after having to cancel it last year.  The weather cooperated, we had good food, and great company.  We are indebted to Bobbi and Chris Witt for preparing the chicken, fish, and fixins.  Be sure to thank them for their hard work.  I also want to thank everyone that brought salads, desserts, etc. 

Barb Wise: Chicken Whisperer.  How else do you explain Barb winning the Chicken Poop Bingo game at the Lake Party?  If you don’t know how the game is played, use your imagination.  Anyway, we raised $214 for the American Legion Post 95 Honor Guard’s Funeral Fund; and I can’t think of a more deserving person to also win than Barb.  She spends a lot of time organizing special event for us to enjoy, like the SUP party on August 1st (which is for everyone whether you want to kayak/SUP or not).  Congratulations Barb!

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the August Membership meeting (August 3rd).  Thanks to the hospitality of Beverly and John (JJ) Jerman, we will be meeting indoors at the Office Furniture Warehouse, 1900 Stuart Street, Chattanooga, TN 37406.  We are also fortunate to have as our guest speaker Olivier LeMaitre, VP with Sandler Training, President Elect of Chattanooga Chamber's International Business Council and member of Tennessee French American Chamber of Commerce. If you are considering our March 2022 trip to Chamonix, Lyon, and Paris France, you won’t want to miss this meeting.  Due to reported increase in COVID cases and low vaccination participation in GA and TN, we will not offer food or drinks at this meeting.  Please bring your own food and drink.  We will have some water bottles available.  Mask will be required for those not vaccinated.

Where is our second ski trip this year, are we going to Breckinridge or Breckenridge?  The story I have heard for years was that the town was initially named for the 1857 to 1861 Vice President John C. Breckinridge, but was later changed due to his siding with the Confederacy.  However, an article from the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance tells a slightly different story.  It says that a member of John C. Fremont’s 1844 expedition, named Thomas Breckenridge lost a pack mule in the area.  The expedition made camp while Breckenridge searched for his mule.  After two days Kit Carson was sent to look for both of them.  Eventually all three returned, and Fremont named the area “Breckenridge Pass”.  In 1859, George Spencer (“Spencer’s” Restaurant, in the resort where we are staying, is named for him) laid out the town of Breckenridge.  But two months later he mailed an application for a post office to Washington DC, changing the name to Breckinridge, hoping to improve his chances for approval.  In January 1860, the application was granted and Breckinridge had the first post office on the Western Slope.  That name didn’t last long.  In late 1861, the former VP and runner-up to Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 Presidential election, now US Senator from Kentucky, John C. Breckinridge went south and was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate Army (fighting at both Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge).  Because of this, in 1863, the people of Breckinridge changed the town’s name back to Breckenridge, as it is today.  Historic Myth-Busting in Breckenridge, CO: Is it BreckInridge or BreckEnridge? (

We have several new members to report, Thomas Bumgardner; Katherine, Elizabeth, & Paolo Davini; Tom & Carol Hackney; and David & Nancy Rice.  Let’s all welcome them.

Stay safe everyone,


Event Listing  

Standup Paddleboard (SUP) party – August 1  

Monthly Membership Meeting, 1900 Stuart Street, Chattanooga, TN 37406 – August 3

Hiawassee River Raft/Duckie float trip – August 29   Webb Brother's Rafting on the Hiwassee River (

Bardstown Bourbon Trail – October 1-3 
Kentucky Bourbon Trail - Things To Do in Bardstown, KY | Visit Bardstown

Crescent Ski Council Fall Convention, Glenstone Lodge, Gatlinburg, TN - October 22-24   Crescent Ski Council

Len Foote Hike Inn – November 5-6 (note the revised date)   The Hike Inn (

Crescent Ski Council’s Steamboat Ski Trip – December 4-11, 2021

Christmas Party – TBD

Snowmass Ski Trip – January 8-15, 2022 

Breckenridge Ski Trip – February 5-12, 2022

Mt. Bachelor Ski Trip – February 19-26, 2022

Chamonix/Lyon/Paris Skiing & Touring Trip- March 5-18, 2022