IRON MOUNTAIN - Monday morning, June 25 found a lot of early bird Golden K members happily singing their favorite oldies along with a few new ones. The set up crew was busy putting up tables and chairs, making coffee, and getting those fresh rolls ready for Golden K coffee time.
June chairman Dr. Paul Jacobs rang the bell and the meeting began with singing of "God Bless America" along with the pledge to the American flag.
Guests in attendance were Kristin Sommerfeld, RSVP director; Cheryl O'Neil, director of the Caring House; Larry Juul, and Jake and Darlene Neuens, great-great-grandson. It's always nice to sing the Golden K welcome song for the guests and new members.
The lucky 50/50 winner was Bob Brown.
Happy Birthday was sung for six members. Celebrating birthdays this week are Gilbert Engel, Pat Weege, Vernell Gendron, Marjorie Desmarais, Ben Detterman and Rosemarie Lundell.
Chairman Jacobs mentioned that the July chairman will be Bruce Stuart.
Happy Dollars were read by Harlan Walters. It was nice to hear from Bill Roberts that the Iron Mountain High School class of 1957 had a great weekend reunion, while Jim Verrette was glad to have Larry Juul as a new Golden K member. All the other members are happy for that too.
Bill Trudell reported on the club picnic at Cowboy Lake on Monday, July 9 beginning at 10 a.m. It is a catered picnic and members should pay their $5 to Don Pedo. Bring your own plates, plastic ware and drinks. There will be entertainment.
The Golden Throats will not be singing at a nursing home the week of July 4.
They will be singing for the Northwood's Garden Club Strawberry Social on Sunday, July 8 at the gazebo on Woodward Avenue in Kingsford.
Chairman Jacobs introduced Cheryl O'Neil, who gave a brief presentation about The Caring House, a safe home for victims of domestic abuse. She stated that unfortunately the numbers of victims per month or year go up. Her staff meets every month with local law enforcement personnel. She thanked Golden K for their donation given in support of the.
Caring House and answered several questions from the membership. Donations of shampoo, other hair products, and personal items are always needed for Caring House residents.
Chairman Jacobs introduced Golden K member Randy Weege. Randy gave an update on his life, his family and his life's work as a geologist for Calumet and Hecla. He was born and raised in Oconto, Wis. He joined the Army Air Corp during World War II. He was barely 18 years old, eligible to go into active training, and the war ended. With a grant under the GI Bill he entered college and in 1951 received a master in geology. He married his high school sweetheart Pat, who was one year ahead of him in school, in 1955. They had three daughters. Randy says, "daughters treat you better."
All of his working life was with Calumet and Hecla, a well known mining company that began in the 1880s. Calumet and Hecla has been a large producer of copper.
Randy was the director of geology for them. At one time they operated nine copper mines in the U.P. Randy worked and lived in several states, Arizona, California, southern Wisconsin, with his last stop in the Upper Peninsula. The head office for exploration was in Iron Mountain so he stayed here and is now enjoying retirement. We are glad he retired in Iron Mountain.
During question and answer it was noted that Randy enjoys golfing and talking about geology. The first car he ever drove was his uncles Packard.
It is enjoyable hearing about the life stories of Golden K members. Each of us have different stories to tell. Our thanks to Randy Weege for sharing his love of geology and family with us.
Ron Jouppi is the program chairman for the July 2 Golden K meeting. His daughter, Sarah Sleeter, along with other representatives, will be telling about the Back Pack Project being coordinated for the youth of our area.
All meetings of Golden K are at the Presbyterian Church in Kingsford from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Monday morning except holidays and picnics.
Reminder to the Golden Throats that there is no singing on Wednesday, the July 4, but they'll be singing on Sunday afternoon, July 8, for the Northwoods Garden Club Strawberry Social.
A happy and safe Fourth of July celebration to everyone from Golden K members. May God Bless America, the land that we love.