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April 2008 Newsletter

Dear Lincoln Table Members:

The Club Table Ball was a great event for all attendees. We had three tables of fun filled members. Our younger set made the evening more memorable by enthusiastically entering into the spirit of our “Gone with the Wind” theme. Sandra Mills made a beautiful Scarlet O’Hara and Brad was a handsome Rhett Butler, a fact that the “Banner” photographer failed to note in the recent “Banner” picture caption. Mark Lupke wore the Directors costume he forgot to don for the Halloween Party. We did miss those of you who are regulars but had other commitments, with the Flower Show etc. Because of a couple missing tables, we did not take the Champagne prize for total attendance. More telling, we gave up the Lincoln Award for contributions to the Lincoln Foundation. The Benson Table took the trophy, as I warned you they might in the November Letter. Let’s get it back next year, which will definitely happen as you remember to make those contributions to the Lincoln Foundation.


1. Golf Outing: May 18th at Bala Golf Club. (Note new date) Tee times from 1:00 to 2:00. Pick your foursomes now and contact Activities but you might want to let Greg Montanaro or Ken Wortley know of your interest. Non golfers can join the players for dinner at the Country Club afterward. Golf $ 85.00 Fees and Cart. Dinner $ 55.00. Cocktails by signature at 6:00 Dinner at 7:00.

2. Ballet: June the 6th, Opening night with dinner at the Philadelphia Club before the Ballet. Cocktails by signature 5:30 dinner at 6:30. A steal at $ 100.00 per person. Ballet $ 50.00 per ticket, Dinner $ 50.00 per person. It is a new ballet to Philadelphia titled Carnival of the Animals, with John Lithgow narrating, a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is limited to 30, so sign up as soon as you can.

3. Pot Luck Party: Our usual family outing, this year at the Manthorpe’s. Bring the kids and a pot of something on a new date (by popular request), Sunday July 20, 2008 starting at 4:00PM details on what you can bring to show off your culinary skills should be worked out with Sandy at 610-942-4696. Swimming for all, but you are your own kids lifeguards. Directions will be sent to those who don’t Google them.

4. Shore Outing: Homer and Marjorie Smith have invited us to their shore house on the bay at 130A Laguna Drive Loveladies NJ 08008, LBI on Saturday September 13th 2008. Cocktails at 4:00 Dinner at 6:30. The added attraction to this invitation is that Homer and Marjorie also own a house in Brant Beach just two houses off the Ocean. Those who want to do some ocean bathing are welcome to use it. Shower and changing room are available even if you aren’t staying there. In addition there are overnight stays in the Brant Beach house available, Friday 3:00 to Monday Noon. Three bedrooms, two down and one up, with a second floor dorm with 5 beds for kids. Call Homer or Marjorie at 610-544-4568 for reservations or directions for those just bathing. In addition to all that, Suzanne Fairlie (215-646-7074) has 4 bedrooms available that Saturday also on LBI. All this is first come first served.

5. Robert Todd Lincoln’s House: October 10-12, 2008. A Lincoln Table run excursion to Hildene, Robert Todd Lincoln’s House near Bennington Vermont which will include an opportunity to stay at the Equinox Resort. We have 15 rooms reserved starting at $ 449.00 per night with a 3 day minimum. Other rooms will be available at nearby motels and B&B’s. This trip will also be offered to the Pepper Patrons, so act promptly if you want one of the reserved rooms. Reservations for the rooms must be made through the Equinox (mentioning the Union League’s Lincoln Table) or the alternative sites with registration also with the League. There will be a Saturday Dinner at the resort and a Sunday Brunch at Hildene with a private tour by the director. Hawking (hunting with hawks) will be available as a demonstration, a beginner’s lesson or an actual hunt. Golf and other less medieval sports are also available. You have had a separate letter on this event. We thank Pat Kennedy and his company Superior Woodcraft Inc. a corporate sponsor of Hildene.

To register for any or all of these events please contact Arin Kahan in the Activities Department. Her phone number is (215) 587-5565 or you can email her at [email protected]. Keep in mind if you want to sit with Lincoln Table People you must tell them that when registering.


Imagine you are at the Holiday table dinner and having cocktails. You and your wife strike up a conversation with another table member and his wife that you have not met before. Imagine you find out that you are all from Missouri. Then imagine that you both have recently celebrated your 50th wedding anniversaries. Then imagine you both were married on the same date. Don’t imagine, because it happened to Lanny Patten and his wife and Chris and Jeanne Hoechst. It is nice it happened to them then and there because we lost Chris suddenly on March 11, 2008. Our condolences to Jeanne and the family. Sandy and I have known the Hoechst’s since our kids were in Kindergarten together. That kindergarten kid, now all grown up, gave a moving remembrance of his father at the memorial ceremony.

In no certain order we note that Joyce Sando was photoed at the Frida Kahlo opening at the Museum of Art. Kristine Lisi was seen smiling in the February 13th Inquirer attending the PHS Azalea Garden party Preview. That is a great event by the way. Proceeds go to maintain the azalea garden behind the Art Museum. Rick and Bernadette Furia were pictured in the Mail Line Times at the Academy Ball as were Ed and Judi Camiel, who were shown with Jim Matthews and brother Chris, who was emcee of the event. Jim Matthews is the Montgomery Count Commissioner.

Jack P. Lieberman has been proposed for membership in the Table by Tom Moran. Jack is a 1965 grad of Villanova; he served with distinction in the navy, retiring as a Captain in 1991. Various business interests followed. He lives in Glenside with wife Carol, and is active in numerous community activities. Jeff Pettit has proposed Bill Heidig. Bill is a Financial Planner. He attended Penn State and has an MBA from Widener. Bill and his family live on the same street as Jeff and his and he knows him from the Optimist Club and through Little League baseball. Unless we hear to the contrary within 30 days, Jack and Bill will be admitted.

Directories are being printed but in the meantime you can use the one on our website. What! You didn’t know we had a website? Well get up to date and check it out at www.thelincolntable.org/index.php. Use your first initial and last name, and oldabe (one word) as your password. Pictures will be there as well as the club history. In addition, we are trying to rig it so that you can register for lunch. You should also be able to look at the site to see whether others have registered for lunch. We hope to have most of the kinks worked out by the time you receive this.

Finally, the League’s annual golf outing at Saucon Valley to support the Abraham Lincoln Foundation is just around the corner. Chris Gleeson and Joe Prim from the Table will be playing. Anyone else who wants to join in should reserve asking to be placed with other Lincoln Table members.

Joe Prim President
Mark Lupke Secretary - Treasurer                Spencer A. Manthorpe
Management Committee: Spencer Manthorpe,              Newsletter Editor
Betsy Fineburg & Greg Montanaro

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