2017 - 12/2017 Meeting

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Holiday Party / Pot Luck Dinner

A minimum of four volunteers will be needed at the Methodist Church at 6:00 PM to assist with the set up for the pot luck dinner.  For those of you who are new to the group and unfamiliar with pot luck dinners, the affair operates in this manner:  everyone prepares a dish and everyone shares from the common pot.  We hope to have dinner ready for 7:15 PM.  The Methodist Church has a refrigerator and facilities to keep warm / reheat food.

We will need main dishes (stews, roasts, pastas, casseroles) appetizers, side dishes, desserts, beverages, condiments, paper products, serving utensils and so on.  To avoid duplications, please notify Philip De Parto about your planned contribution in advance of the event.

Anyone bringing food is asked to include an index card to display with their dish.  The card should include the following information:  the name of the contributor, the name of the dish, and a list of ingredients used in the preparation of the food.  This will all people with dietetic restrictions of a medical or religious nature to be sure that they can enjoy the food without difficulty.

Although we much prefer that everyone bring a dish, we know that there will always be someone who decides to attend at the last minute or who will be unable to prepare something for the meal.  These people may donate $ 7.00 in lieu of food.  This is to cover the cost of food and is separate from the Attendance or Annual Membership Fees that may be due.  Note:  everyone is expected to contribute food or equivalent.  This includes first time attendees.


This is a standard meeting of the Association with the usual membership, etc. fee structure in place.  We require these fees in addition to the food or money we charge for dinner because the Methodist Church and the Post Office charge us rent, postage, and so on.  Call ahead of time if you need to discuss anything.


Meeting Date:  December 9, 2017.
Meeting Site:  Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church.  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
Attendance:  23.
Meeting Program:  Holiday Party / Pot Luck Dinner.

Newsletter Account:

The following account is reprinted with permission from  THE STARSHIP EXPRESS  Copyright 2018  Philip J De Parto:

There is another universe in which nearly 40 people showed up for the club's annual Pot Luck Dinner.  But in this reality, falling snow resulted in a dozen or so members canceling their plans to attend the Saturday, December 9, 2017 meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County at the Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.  At one point we came close to canceling the gathering, but in the end things worked out astonishingly well.

One treat was that we had a lot of new faces.  One third of the room were attending either their first or second General Meeting.  It was great to be able to spend some time with them.

While there were some really yummy-sounding dishes which did not make it to the Church, no one complained about the food we did have.

There was a good selection of appetizers with Black Olives (Phil De Parto), a Cheese and Cold Cut Platter (Carol Gyzander), a Fruit Platter (Angela Mallon), Sour Cream Dip with Chips and Carrots (Jeni Spiewak) Vegetable Pizzazz (Kathryn Coughlin) and a Vegetable Platter (Moshe Yuda).

Main dishers were Beef Stew and Rolls (Pamela Webber), Fried Chicken (Bobbi Bauer), Rotisserie Chicken (John Jurich) and Samosas (Sitav Nabi and friends).

We had a strong showing of vegetables and side dishes.  There was Rice with Garlic Roasted Tomatoes (Phil), Jambalaya (Christopher Miller), Penne Pasta with Vegetables (Roy Greenberg), Rosemary Roasted Potatoes (Nicole Ackerman), Stuffing (Phil), Tossed Salad (Tom Bauer), Pastrami Turkey and Cole Slaw (Stephen Herbst) and Waldorf Salad (Steve Herr).

The cancellations hit us hardest in the area of beverages.  However, we did have Apple Juice (Phil), Coffee (Phil), Iced Tea (Phil), Milk (Phil), Brewed Tea (Roy), and Bottled Water (Phil) to keep us hydrated.

Desserts included Cheese Cake (Arnold Kim), Chocolate Cake (Joseph Kennedy), Donuts (Jacqueline Moroz), and Pastries (Jacqueline) and Candy from the club stock.

Between Tom Coughlin, Pamela Webber, church stock and club stock we had enough cups, napkins, utensils, etc.

Things I especially enjoyed were Kathryn's Pizzazz and Chris' Jambalaya.  Others in the group would doubtless have their own favorites.

We kept it simple this year and did not run any videos, but there were lots of good conversations about books, movies, television and more.  Moshe, Chris and others talked about THE EXPANSE.  Arnold, Jacqueline and Pam discussed THE ORVILLE.  Tom, Jacqueline and Pam Reminisced about Steve Martin Movies.  Angela and Stephen Herbst went over work matters.  Jeni discussed books read and the workings of book groups with several people.

Phil made announcements about the new club activities:  The Across the Mulitverse online teleconference group via Google Hangouts, the Fantastic Worlds Book Group, and the Double Star Movie Discussion Group.

Despite the mirth and merriment, things broke up earlier than usual as people wanted to allow extra time to travel home.

The set up crew consisted of Phil, Chuck and Pam.  The clean up crew as Phil, Steve Herr, Pam and Moshe.  Our thanks to all who assisted and apologies to anyone who was overlooked.