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    Board Adopts Tighter Dress Code Standards for Annual Meeting

    In a unanimous vote, the NFCA Board of Directors approved a motion to enforce strict dress code standards on attendees of the 2009 Annual Meeting, scheduled for September 17-19 in San Antonio.  The requirements include Stetsons, pearl-snapped shirts, string ties, blue jeans (boot cut, of course), and boots for both men and women.  This is commonly referred to as “a Texas Tuxedo” among the locals.  Board Chair Barbara Cheaney of Catholic Life Insurance in San Antonio, indicated that those members who fail to comply with the dress code requirements would meet the same fate as the defenders of the Alamo.  “We take fashion seriously down here,” said Cheaney.  “As long as you’re in Texas, you better look the part.”

    Finance Committee Chair to Attempt New Investment Strategy at Presidents Section Meeting

    NFCA Finance Committee Chair Jim Stoker plans on testing a new investment strategy this week when he takes the association’s long term reserves and puts them all on “Red 17” at his favorite roulette table at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, where the Secretaries and Presidents Section Meetings are being held.  “We’re earning a paltry return from our conservative investments in CDs and other insured vehicles,” said Stoker.  “If we’re going to have enough money to fight the looming battle over the tax exemption, we need to take some calculated risks.”  Asked what he’d do if he hits it big on the first spin, Stoker was quick to respond:  “Let it ride, of course.”

    NFCA Board Member to Replace Stallone in Next Rambo Sequel

    Board member Mel Rambo of Equitable Reserve Association in Neenah, Wisconsin has been selected after a month-long search to replace aging star Sylvester Stallone in the next installment of the “Rambo” movie series.  The film, which is scheduled to go into production next month is titled: “Rambo XXVII: Deader in the Land of Cheddar.”  Rambo (Mel, not Sly) is currently training for the part which calls for him to defend the dairy state against a terrorist intent on introducing Mad Cow disease to the bovine population.  Commenting on the role, Rambo said “All I gotta do is act naturally.”

    Happy April Fools Day, folks.  Please feel free to add your latest prank news flash to the list.  More next week on the developments from the NFCA Presidents and Secretaries Section meetings…

    7 Responses

    1. That was very good, Joe.

    2. Glad you enjoyed it, Kevin.
      -Joe

    3. Did I read correctly under the information concerning the annual meeting in San Antonio that due to the difficult economic times everyone attending will be required to bring a dish to pass? If so, I have a wonderful recipe called Chicken Narragansett that is very popular in New England.
      However, since moving to Wisconsin my wife and I have doctored up the recipe a bit to feature fresh cheese curds sprinkled liberally over the bread crumbs and honey dijon coating used in the original recipe.
      One final note…Barb Cheaney told me on the QT that the convention will feature only meals coming from the recipe files of board members past and present.

    4. We do take fashion seriously in Texas. I’ve decided to save money for the NFCA that I will cook for all who attend the San Antonio meeting. This will be a big event as I don’t even cook for my family. When Mike Belz heard that I was going to cook, he told me that he plans to be out of the country at that time.
      April fools!

    5. What an excellent idea, Joe. I know our friends from the Portuguese societies are bringing a supply of wine for the opening reception. Perhaps you could muster the Wisconsin delegation to bring an assortment of dairy products. Anyone else out there have some suggestions? How about our friends in Pittsburgh – some pierogi perhaps?

    6. Barbara… I suggest we build a Habitat house on Thursday, move in on Friday, and then you can cook for the whole crew on Saturday…

    7. I’ve got the pierogi’s from Pittsburgh covered!

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