On Nov. 3rd, NEECA members gathered for our Annual Fall Social, held this year at the Ellinwood Country Club in Athol. This is a bittersweet event because it marks the end of our "season" for the year, but at the same time gives us the opportunity to come together for a visit with each other, and to recognize some of our members who give so much of themselves to make NEECA what it is.
NEECA President, Pete Whitmore, welcomed everyone and went on to report that a very important milestone for NEECA was reached this year. With the help of some generous donors we have finally brought electricity into NEECA! Poles and wire have been installed from the street all the way down to the main arena. The addition of electricity is a much needed addition to the Park's future plans for growth.
After a delicious meal served by Affordable Catering, we settled down to the business of recognizing the winners of our Gymkhana Series, along with calling Debbie Martin up to receive her jacket as NEECA's newest "Volunteer of the Year"! We were also excited to award Liam Ellis (arguably NEECA's youngest member) with the Youth Volunteer award. Nice to see the next generation of NEECA supporters coming along.
After the awards and recognitions, Wayne Whitmore from Quabbin Valley Auction got down to the business of auctioning off all the wonderful items that had been donated in support of NEECA. Wayne has a way of making spending your money feel like fun and, when it was all said and done, over $3,000 was raised from this year's auction, and a few people came away with some great bargains.
So, as always, we thank our members and supporters for yet another fun, educational and productive year for NEECA. We couldn't do it without you!