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December 6th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

I just added a handful of pictures to the Get Togethers thread to share with everyone. What a lovely weekend it was! Still kinda floating on my high. Love you all!

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December 6th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

Indeed, the sax and the guitar added to the festive spirit! Prayers for your shoulder surgery (and your nurse), Tim.

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December 6th, 2011 - Tim-100809 said:

Found the pics, Helen. I had a fantastic time as well! Hope you all enjoyed the the music. I plan on taking the sax in for a little repair work...found a cracked rod which would explain a couple of "sour" notes! LOL

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December 5th, 2011 - Diane-45604 said:

What another incredible Christmas party! Thanks to Rob for hosting this great event and to Dawn, Chris, Mary, and anyone else who may have helped in the planning, helping, and organizing! It was wonderful seeing old friends and meeting new! What a Blessing to be with all of you! Wishing everyone a Blessed Advent, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! Hope to see everyone at the chili cookoff in February! Take care, and God Bless!

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December 5th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

That is nice, Michelle...you are very special, too (and worth the risk of cold for a hug). Agree - a very special group of people/friends!

Tim, hope you have found the photos...fixed one of you added another photo of some lovely ladies. :)

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December 5th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

I can see them on my personal page - Check back when you get a minute and tell me if they are still not there - maybe they have to be approved first???? Got a few of you and Andrew....hopefully the flash didn't damage your eyes! :)

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December 5th, 2011 - Tim-100809 said:

Ok Helen, WHERE did you upload the photos? I've looked and cannot find them on CAMA Indy, your personal page, so I'm baffled? lol

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December 5th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

I'm going to bed with a big smile and a happy sigh. It was such a wonderful weekend spending time with so many special folks. You all amaze me at how warm and loving you are in person. The laughs, songs, hugs, and yes - kisses - were truly touching. Dawn and Rob put together a fantastic party. Ray, the mistletoe obviously was a hit - Jerry brought some too - so we had some fun with it all. To all those who joined us for breakfast Sun morning - Max sends his love. Until Feb 11, dear friends - manamana. ((HUG))

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December 4th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

Okay, I have uploaded photos from the Christmas party, I left a few out because they either were fuzzy or I messed them up when trying to fix red-eye. Unfortunately not everyone that attended is in the group photo at Mass, a few folks came later....it was a great turnout though!

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December 4th, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

What a wonderful weekend, dear friends! Thank you so much for coming, for being generous in your pitch-ins, spirit, hugs, kisses and laughter. I had an absolute fabulous time! Sure do wish Ray, Meesch and all the others that wanted to come could have made it. I hope that you consider the Chili Cook-off! Our events get better and better with each one!! God bless each of you!

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December 4th, 2011 - Meesch-691047 said:

So wish I could go :(

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December 4th, 2011 - Dennis-754668 said:

It was nice to see you all again... It looks like alot of ya had to travel home on a rainy day... Rosemarie, the slide show that ya put together of the farm event was really cool. I hope that everyone got to see it last night... Merry Christmas to all of you from the Grinch...hehe...

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December 4th, 2011 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Agreed Helen and well stated. Those that plan and do, and those that arrive early and jump right in to help are amazing. Thank you to those who also made the long trip to attend and I pray you left with happy memories and a desire to join us again for other events. Bless Michelle's heart for making the long drive to and from when she was not feeling well. May you all have (had) safe trips home.

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December 4th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

Thanks to Rob for opening your home to all of us for such a fun event - you are a great host, thanks also to Dawn for helping host and organize everything, and thanks to Mary for all you did - you are always doing something to make these Indy events come off without a hitch....and 'thanks' to all of your helpers, hmmm, let's see - Michelle, Jerry, Andrew and ????? It was great to see all of you again and to meet some new folks, too. It was certainly worth the drive to celebrate this blessed season with so many wonderful people. Hope to see you all in Feb. for the Chili event!

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December 4th, 2011 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Ann, so very true. Merry Christmas to you as well dear lady and Merry Christmas dear brothers and sisters with whom we worked on getting in the Christmas spirit with song and fellowship!

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December 4th, 2011 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Ray, big, tight, long super cyber hug for you for sending the mistletoe and your heartfelt note and wishes. You are one of the finest men on this site and I am so grateful to have "met" you here. Thank you so very much and God bless your kind, thoughtful heart!

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December 4th, 2011 - Ann-266128 said:

You were with us in spirit, Ray! Great time with wonderful people, as always. I'm always amazed at how many kind, fun, loving people there are behind this computer screen:) Merry Christmas, Everyone!

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December 4th, 2011 - Ray-566531 said:

Greetings to all of you -- The guest list was so impressive and makes not being able to attend more disappointing. It would have been a blast meeting and having fun with all of you. Best wishes for a good time for all.

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December 3rd, 2011 - Elizabeth-140578 said:

I am so sorry that I cannot make it tonight. I was hoping that I would feel better by now. I just woke up and I am still feeling poorly so it's best I keep my germs home with me. :-( So sorry!

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December 2nd, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

Yeah, Helen is joining us! And Philip is on board!

I am heading up to Indy tonight (Friday) and won't be online much, but I will try to check in. Looking forward to seeing y'all soon!

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December 2nd, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

Okay, barring any unforeseen events I will make it over to Indy this weekend for the Christmas party!

Dawn, please let me know what we are still needing for the party.

Yes to Mass, Rob's hotel :), and coffee.

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December 2nd, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

Patty, yes, Mass is 5:30. We all try to sit together in the middle section. We will keep an eye out for you at the main entrance. Yes, you can leave off the BBQ (we will have enough ham), but we could really use the dessert.

Mary, we will certainly have coffee for you!!

Can't wait to see everyone!!

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December 1st, 2011 - Patty-148888 said:

I just perused the master menu list, I was signed up for BBQ and dessert. Looks like BBQ was deleted. So, you only need the dessert now, right?

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December 1st, 2011 - Patty-148888 said:

Hey Dawn, I appreciate the emot - unfortunately I'm unable to read it :(((. I don't have a FB account. I wish I could send you my email. According to your most recent post below, it may have been much needed contact info. I guess I will have to meet everyone for Mass at OLMC. I'm assuming Mass is at 5:30. Thank you, Dawn, for all your effort in planning this party. I am excited to finally meet the Indy group.

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December 1st, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

The menu is updated, and just about complete! YEAH! Thank all y'all for being so helpful! I still need some people (actually a lot of people) to weigh in on coffee. If I don't hear a yes from you, I am assuming no.

Also, if you are unsure of how to get to Rob's or need his address make sure you contact me. I am trying to email it to everyone.

We have almost 25 confirmed attendees this year! AWESOME!! Can't wait to celebrate the season with all of you! Let me know if you need anything.

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November 30th, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

Thank you everyone for your updates. I will be updating the menu tonight.

Mary, Donna is right-- there is always room for you!!

For those of you who can't make it, like Deborah and Keith, we will miss you! Please keep in mind our famous Chili Cook-off Feb. 11. Same kind of set up, but with chili and the coveted Golden Ladel Award. Hope to see you there!

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November 29th, 2011 - Donna-83441 said:

Always room at Robs for you Mary! ;-)

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November 29th, 2011 - Diane-45604 said:

I will bring hash brown casserole. I am working again this weekend, so will not be able to join you for mass, nor staying overnite. Looking forward to seeing everyone and meeting new friends! I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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November 28th, 2011 - Diane-17478 said:

I will be there for Mass and pitch-in on Saturday. I have other plans on Sunday, so I won't be spending the night.

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November 28th, 2011 - Patty-148888 said:

Hi Dawn! I'm sorry, I did forget my earlier note. Thank you so much for the reminder! I can absolutely bring a yummy!! If you have enough entrees, I can skip the bbq - just let me know. Still waiting to see if I'll actually be able to make it for Mass.

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November 28th, 2011 - Keith-585743 said:

It looks like I'm not going to be able to make it. I'm a bit bummed, but I gotta do what I gotta do. Hopefully I'll get to meet all of you at a future get-together. I hope you all have a wonderful time!

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November 28th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

For travelers who will be in town during the day, here is a link to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. There is a $25 ninety minute grounds tour that is pretty cool - includes the museum (normally$5), a track lap (normally $5), a stop at the media center, gasoline alley, the yard of bricks (you can get out and kiss the bricks like the teams do!), and it is all narrated by Speedway personnel with many interesting details. Get in touch if you are interested.

Rob is not far from an outdoor shopping center, as well as Target, WalMart, and a grocery store - so if you forgot anything, not a problem.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/about/35204-Museum/

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November 27th, 2011 - Diane-17478 said:

I'll bring appetizer #4 crab dip and crackers.

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November 27th, 2011 - Lucy-41785 said:

I will not be coming this time. (You can tell it took lots of back and forth decision making as I'm down to the wire on my notice.) Hopefully, I can make it to the chili cook-off.

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November 27th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

Hey Dawn, I am still a 'maybe'...you sent me an emote message which I can't read but am guessing you are trying to get a count and details worked out (you can email me or FB message me). I probably won't know til later in the week if I am attending, hope that doesn't mess up things too much. The Legislature has been called back into session this week so that means I probably have to work over as well and I still have so much to do and not enough time to do it (like get new tires before I hit the road). If I can make it I will bring whatever we are short on and will attend Mass and stay at Rob's (and yes, I love my morning coffee!). I really want to join you guys so I will do what I can to make it to the CM Indy Christmas Party....you guys are lot's o' fun!!!

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November 27th, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

Patty, thank you for all the info and your generous contribution. For some reason I had you down as bringing dessert. Has that changed?

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November 27th, 2011 - Patty-148888 said:

Dawn - Luv your hat!! My work schedule may complicate a timely arrival for Mass. As it is now, I'm planning on a crockpot full of bbq chicken and buns for sandwiches. I won't be spending the nite and I don't drink coffee. I am also lining up a white elephant . . . I am so excited and looking forward to meeting you and all the rest of the Indy group!!!

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November 27th, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for offering us the Green Bean Casserole! Looking forward to seeing you!

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November 27th, 2011 - Elizabeth-140578 said:

Hello again! I noticed the Green Bean Casserole is not spoken for. I can bring it. Looking forward to it. Thanks.

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November 27th, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

Thank you, Lisa and Ann! Great to know that both of you lovely ladies are coming!

What an awesome group of people coming!

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November 27th, 2011 - Ann-266128 said:

Hi, Dawn. I'll bring some kind of vegetable dish and something else that I'm not sure about yet. I'll keep an eye on the list. After Mass and not staying the night:) Oh, and Eric will be coming along:)

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November 26th, 2011 - Rob-598533 said:

I will bring donuts to Rob's and will be sleeping there.

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November 25th, 2011 - Andrew-85878 said:

You can put me down for salami rollups appetizer/staying at Rob's.

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November 24th, 2011 - Lori-151923 said:

Ok, I tried to skim all the comments and didn't see the 2 liters claimed yet. So I plan to be at Mass and will bring 4 -2liters of various pop. I plan to stay the night with some friends but am really looking forward to the party.

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November 23rd, 2011 - Rob-362135 said:

Other things.... Mass, staying at Rob's (LOL). Paper goods per below will include tissues & TP too... that should cover me for Sat. dinner & Sun. breakfast. Can't wait to see everyone!!!

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November 23rd, 2011 - Rob-362135 said:

Dawn -- I have some leftover "paper goods", so please add me to the sign-up list above. Thanks!

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November 23rd, 2011 - Dennis-754668 said:

Hey there Dawn, first of all I will be bringin a couple of gallons of eggnog and the other stuff that gives the eggnog a little more flavor...hehe... I can also bring a snack tray with some beef stick, cheese and crackers? Does that sound OK? Oh, and I will just be hangin out Saturday eve, so I can go to mass with the hellyons on Sunday... mornin...

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November 23rd, 2011 - Tracy-57589 said:

I wanna GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why oh Why did I have to move!! LOL

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November 22nd, 2011 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

I don't drink coffee AT ALL. I won't make mass as well as I'll get there late. I'll bring sweet rolls for breakfast. I will bring an air mattress and plan to sleep at Rob's if there is room.

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November 22nd, 2011 - Tim-100809 said:

Hey Dawn! Coffee drinker BIG TIME! lol Bacon-wrapped BBQ water chestnuts for Sat. Breakfast Pizza for Sunday.

Staying at my sister's. Sax will be there for Christmas tune-age! :-)

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November 22nd, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

Also, could you please let me know if you are a coffee drinker. That would help with planning how much coffee we need.

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November 21st, 2011 - Donna-83441 said:

I'm going to try to bring one of those pumpkin gooey bar desserts. I'm staying over at Robs.. And some home baked cookies!

I call the green couch!! LOL

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November 21st, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

Hello, Everyone!! We are getting close and I wanted to get the menu up so that we can salivate over what everyone will be bringing. We always have very good food with our wonderful company at the Indy events. Just remember, we're counting on your yummy contribution. Please let me know what you are planning on bringing. And don't forget that it is BYOB. Hmmm... I wonder if anyone is planning on flambeing something. heehee

Also, I need to know if we should expect you for Mass, dinner, overnight (are you staying at Rob's, a hotel or going home), breakfast and if you have any special needs.

It's beginning to look a lot like an Indy Christmas!!!

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November 21st, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

Wish you could attend, too....if not this event, maybe you will make it to their Chili event in February. Indy people are a fun and kind bunch!

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November 19th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

Dennis, I have every confidence in you to set-up a page yourself....no excuses....sounds like Jamie has a fun weekend in store (maybe quite literally 'in store' - is it a shopping trip?), good for her! Well, if you don't have a page up by the time of the CM christmas party we might just have to sit you down at Rob's computer and make you, well, maybe not....we will be having too much fun partying but........we're not going to let up, mister! :)

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November 19th, 2011 - Dennis-754668 said:

Helen and Michelle. It looks like Jamie wont be able to help me out with a FB page this weekend...hehe... She is on one of those Chicago weekend trips; with one of her Aunts...

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November 18th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

Hey Keith, maybe you can talk them into having the training in Indy, then bring them all to the party...the more the merrier! Haha...really, that's too bad but the Indy people have their big chili cook-off in Feb., maybe you can make it to that.

Dennis, looks like you are getting pressure to join FB from another non-paying member...aahemmm - you're going to have to cave in of these days.

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November 18th, 2011 - Keith-585743 said:

Helen, Lucy (et al)... Good chance I won't be able to make it. Found out yesterday at work about a training class I need to take that the trainer is currently wanting to do on Dec 3... A Saturday?!?!?!?!?! I'd really like to come and join everyone, but it will depend on the final scheduling of my training. :'-(

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November 17th, 2011 - Dennis-754668 said:

Hi Illini Mary, and Tim AKA Pyro#2...hehe...Yep, I found that out, that the two of coulndnt recieve messages... Sorry no Facebook page yet... Jamie is still workin on me to do the Facebook thing...hehe... I imagine I will eventually cave to the pressure about the Facebook thing??? See ya in a couple of weeks.

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November 17th, 2011 - Tim-100809 said:

Hey IL Mary, just want to clear up a little misconception on the use of accelerants at the farm outing. I used LIGHTER FLUID, not gasoline to help get the bonfire going. Any professional pyro knows you wouldn't use gasoline unless you wish to have a concussive explosion! I know it was probably tongue-in-cheek, but I want anyone reading our comments to know we are not irresponsible individuals who would endanger our guests at anytime.

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November 17th, 2011 - Tim-100809 said:

Hey Dennis, I'm in the same boat as Mary-487190. After 6 yrs on here, I let my membership expire right after the Farm outing so I cannot respond to messages. However, if your daughter got you to get on fb, that's a whole nother matter! You can find me over there!! lol

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November 17th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

Rob it would be great to have a fire in the fireplace! Can I bring the s'more stuff then? Pretty please?

And we shouldn't worry about any of our CM pyros - fireplaces are so far beneath their understandably high burning standards, they won't even think of messing with anything that small. :) They'll patiently wait for next year's Farm Outing and we'll remember to stock up on lighter fluid again too. I mean, it takes a lot of flames to toast those marshmallows just right.

Can't wait to see you all and fill up on hugs!

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November 16th, 2011 - Dennis-754668 said:

Hey there Michelle, thats funny about the fake flames, how about just lettin one of them light the candle on the Advent Wreath...hehe... =)

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November 16th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

Hey Lucy,

As they say "Great minds think alike"! LOL

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November 16th, 2011 - Rob-362135 said:

Mary - I may have to rethink whether my fireplace is "operational" with those pyros coming :)

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November 15th, 2011 - Lucy-41785 said:

Too funny, Helen. I almost responded to Keith's comment exactly as you did. Mark and Cheryl from St. Louis might be other possibilities, if they are thinking of coming.

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November 15th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

Hey Keith, I am a maybe, too, but I went to the Indy Farm Outing in October and it was FUN - great bunch of people. Well, I am between Indy and K.C., might be able to meet up and I'm thinking Lucy (41785) from Peoria might want to meet up as well...I think she is a maybe at this point in time. We will all 'play it by ear' as the date approaches and maybe see at that time about meeting up to either carpool or form a caravan. :) Maybe some others will join in as well.

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November 15th, 2011 - Keith-585743 said:

I definitely want to join you all for this event. At this time, my work schedule is a bit crazy, so I'm going to have to say "maybe", but I'll try very hard to be there. Anyone between KC and Indy want to meet-up en route?

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November 15th, 2011 - Rob-598533 said:

I would definitely like to make it if I can carpool with someone from Northern KY or Cincinnati.

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November 14th, 2011 - Diane-17478 said:

I hope to make it this year. I plan on joining your for mass and dinner on Saturday.

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November 14th, 2011 - Dennis-754668 said:

Christine, it looks like the bonfire is out... hehe...

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November 14th, 2011 - Rob-362135 said:

Attention Dennis & Christina: There are 'burn laws' here... so NO FIRES in the backyard!!!

However, IF I can get my fireplace inspected before 12/3 and it's "OK", we can start a fire there and that will have to do.

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November 14th, 2011 - Allen-311949 said:

Sorry, because of time and distance, a Christmas Party so far away is not doable. I will however see you in February.

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November 14th, 2011 - Christina-50555 said:

Great idea Dennis, I know a couple of CMer's who are great at bonfire's. LOL

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November 13th, 2011 - Elizabeth-140578 said:

Hi everyone, I will be joining you for Mass and Dinner Saturday evening. I'll check back later and update on a food pitch in item. Thanks!

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November 12th, 2011 - Dennis-754668 said:

It will be good to see you all again... Maybe we can have a bonfire in Robs backyard... hehe... I can bring the eggnog and the rum... That should help get the Christmas Spirit going...

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November 12th, 2011 - Christina-50555 said:

Yeah!!! We are getting together again... Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Don't forget to bring your "White Elephant" gift for the exchange.

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November 11th, 2011 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

You gotta know I'll give it my best shot...cannot miss my company dinner Saturday evening. Please Lord, allow us to have clear roads for safe travels.

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November 11th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

We've got 3 Mary's signed up to attend - I think that PROVES this is a legitimate Catholic event, LOL!! :)

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November 11th, 2011 - Alanna-721183 said:

HI, my name is Alanna. I''m new and interested in attending.

Is anyone coming from the Dayton or Cincinnait area? Would love to carpool since I'm not sure of where I'm going:)

thanks

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November 10th, 2011 - Patty-148888 said:

Rob, thank you for hosting our Christmas party! Dawn, thank you for coordinating everything. I am truly looking forward to FINALLY meeting you all. I'm offering up a prayer for good weather (or at least clear roads!) I would adore being able to share Mass with all of you. I won't be staying overnight. . . . and since I see the fruit tray is taken . . . dessert is always an option! Dawn whatever you need, please let me know.

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November 10th, 2011 - Rob-362135 said:

Well, your host has finally signed up! Thanks for posting this event Dawn. I'm readying my place for the festivities. I love opening my home for fun and fellowship. So glad so many are getting excited for the Christmas party. It will be here before we know it.

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November 9th, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

This is a great beginning to this awesome party!!! And you know what makes if awesome?? The mistletoe head band wearing ladies and the puckering up gentlemen!! WHOOO HOOO!!!

Seriously... You never know who you might meet when. I mean, Santa's watching... and he might just decide you've been good enough to meet the love your life at this year's Christmas Party. And if not this event, maybe another. But you can't lose with this one... so many great people already are definite attendees.

I'm working on a master attendee list and will be posting a pitch-in list soon. Jerry, I've got you down on that fruit tray!

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November 9th, 2011 - Jerry-645007 said:

Sounds like a good time! I'm bringing the fruit tray for Sat eve.

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November 9th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

Rosie - Sat night is good enough, we'll take any time with you that you can spare!

Helen - hope you can make it - we didn't get nearly enough time to chat with you 'down on the farm.'

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November 8th, 2011 - Helen-407474 said:

I'm going to try to make it over...the Indy Group is a fun bunch!

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November 8th, 2011 - Rosie-449237 said:

Planning to be there, depends on getting a babysitter! But will only be there for the evening on Saturday!

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November 8th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

Sir Tim - looking forward to your sax playing! "White Christmas," please.

Michelle - yippee - I'd hoped we'd see your smiling face here with us.! You know we always have fun when we get together. I'm so glad you're GOING TO CHANGE YOUR PLANS. (power of pos thinking)

Ann - Sorry you'll miss this one. Get a carload to head over for the Feb Chili Cook Off, and then we'll get a carload to head your way in March. And so on, and so on, and so on.....

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November 8th, 2011 - Ann-69118 said:

Won't make this one but hope you all have fun. Also remember us here in St. Louis come next March :-) CM ST. Louis

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November 8th, 2011 - Tim-100809 said:

I really look forward to our annual Christmas Party! Last year's was sooo much fun, especially the white elephant gift exchange! The jokes, comments, and posturing was absolutely hilarious!! You regulars know what my pitch-in appetizer will be for Saturday. I'm open to suggestions for breakfast. The saxman will be there for a limited engagement. lol Thanks Rob for hosting and having the party before my surgery. See you all there!

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November 8th, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

Woo Hooo Miss Dawn - I'll be there! Thanks for posting this, now we just have to draw EVERYONE to the Event pages, lol. BTW I believe we ladies need a craft party before this Christmas shindig, so we can make our Mistletoe Headbands!

Reminder - NON paying members CAN rsvp and post comments on EVENT PAGES - so even if you aren't a full member right now - let us know HERE if you'll be attending. Then keep checking back to stay in the loop.

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November 7th, 2011 - Christina-50555 said:

Mistletoe Head Bands.... I'm, in.

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