2006 Report of the Pennsylvania Groundhog Club of Silicon Valley

By: Jack Mallory, President

I am very pleased to report that our 17 Th annual Silicon Valley Groundhog Party on Feb 11th was very successful again. We had another Saturday luncheon party at Hardy's Bavaria, in Sunnyvale, CA. We welcomed new members and reported on those we lost. We missed Rosemary Stasek who returned to help women in Afghanistan. Here are highlights:

Donna Dull and Karen Wichelmann welcomed an enthusiastic sell out crowd of 64 who represented many parts of Pennsylvania from Erie to Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and across the state.

Charity Fundraising
Spirited Ed Copeland sold raffle tickets and helped raise $350. The auction raised $437. After adding in funds from the event, we were able to send $500 to the USO for services to our soldiers and $500 to the Salvation Army for disaster relief. We now have donated over $30,000 for all charities over the past 17 years.

Party Theme
Our theme was celebrating Ben Franklin's birthday and Joe Paterno's great Penn State football career. A local actor, Roy Doherty came in a Ben Franklin costume and portrayed Ben quite well. Two members of the Santa Clara Accordion Society played for the reception and program. Caroll Knipe enthusiastically led the group singing of Pennsylvania songs and introduced the club's mascot, a six-foot groundhog (Fritz Knipe.) Tom Wickelmann, on the guitar, provided the musical spirit. Strong vocal support came from Sue Mallory, Karen Wickelmann, & Tina Solomon.

Raffle and Silent/Auction Donations
Again, Tina Solomon and Robert Van Horne donated several auction and raffle items. Every one received copies of the popular Pennsylvania Magazine

The club donated Pennsylvania canned foods like Chow Chow, Apple Butter, and Pickled Water Melon Rind imported from Intercourse Pennsylvania for the auction and raffle. Karen Wickelmann, Donna Dull, and Tina Solomon coordinated the raffle.

Tom Shafer, Jack Mallory, & Stew Plock, Arnie Long, and Bonnie Noehr joined in to do the famous Philadelphia mummers strut.

For appetizers we had German sausage and soft pretzels. The German lunch included three options: Sauerbraten, Smoked Pork Chops or a Meatless Pasta and we provided Hershey York mints and kisses for desert.

Tom Shafer again donated the fund to prepare and mail our invitations.

Jack Mallory, Club President
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(From Erie & Penn State)