A quick post with only one image today. I captured this image of three friends I use to play a lot of golf with. Bob, Dennis and Dan. It was fun to see them again at the surprise party for Angela Osterkamp last Friday evening.
Unlike me they still play a lot of golf and I have to admit I miss the comrade and banter we use to enjoy.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have five images for you today. I spent one of the most enjoyable days in recent memory yesterday. It started when my good friend Mike picked me up and we drove out to the Thunder Hills Country Club for a round of golf with three other good friends.
I was a member of that club for over 20 years but as I devoted more time to my photography my enjoyment of the game began to wane and as a result I am now just a once in a while golfer. Not a very good golfer either.
Anyway many years ago a young high school girl with bright red hair began working at the club as a waitress. I remember those days well and she would always have a happy greeting and a smile for all the patrons.
Her name is Angela Osterkamp and she has dedicated the last thirty years of her life to serving the members of Thunder Hills Country Club. She has seen several managers and other staff come and go but Angela has remained dedicated to the club. For most, she is the face of Thunder Hills Country Club.
So last night the membership threw a huge surprise party for Angela to celebrate her thirty years of service. It was a real treat for me in that I was asked to be the photographer of the event and I got a double treat in that I was able to reconnect with so many of the dear friends I had made while I was a member there.
The image above only shows about one-third of the reception area and the whole room was packed with admiring and grateful current and past members. Angela was overcome with joy and I didn’t get one image of her without the ever-present tears. That is one of the things that makes her so special is that she is emotionally involved with the club and its members.
The above image is of Angela and her Mother. I was also moved to think that a large group of people would take the time and expense to show their true gratitude to someone who has given so much of herself. Made me proud to be a small part of the Thunder Hills Club.
Anyway other than my terrible golf game it was a day for the memory book. I think I did a lot of damage to the golf course but only to the rough as that is where I spent most of the day. 🙂
Enjoy this beautiful day and be careful.
This is my dear friend Dave Johnson. On Tuesday there was a surprise celebration for him at Maquoketa State Bank before the bank opened. The occasion was to mark his 50 years in banking. Dave is semi-retired and works at the bank two days a week but as he loves to say he’s 24/7 and always looking to help others with their financial needs.
So about 70 folks who work at the bank gathered in the main lobby waited for Dave to show up. He was not there at his normal time because he didn’t have a meeting that morning so he decided to have an extra cup of coffee. 🙂
I met Dave my first week on the job over 17 years ago and it was an immediate friendship. Dave truly is one of a kind and he has done so much good for the people of the communities the bank serves.
Congratulations my friend!
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy New Year’s Eve. 2014 was an interesting year for me. Several dramatic changes in my life mainly related to my health.
It was the year of drones that went up and came down in unexpected and disastrous ways. The fleet is grounded now still not airworthy but that may change in 2015. I continued to practice photography and feel like I made modest improvement. No where near where I want to be but as my friend says it a journey.
I shot 43 images of this sunset Sunday evening. I had narrowed it down to four images and this morning I cut it down to two. I just couldn’t decide which one to post so I finally decided to post them both.
I also decided to change the header for the blog because I like this sunset better than the other and it is after all the beginning of a new year.
We are going to celebrate new year’s eve with some great friends. We haven’t gone anywhere but to the movies on new year’s eve in years so this will be a change for us.
To my good friend who is under the weather right now, you are in my prayers.
I hope you have a safe and reasonably sane new year’s eve. Thanks for your support this past year and as always please be careful.