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The News for Sunday December 13, 2015
Jean Poquette-Seidl fell ill after consuming two grasshopper drinks after dinner
Stephonia Prevost lost track of the number of cocktails she had consumed at this point
Dozens of Fat Club members gathered for Christmas overindulging and exchanging absurd gifts
A katandmick photo
Eileen "Trixie" Sobieck rolls her eyes as she watches Jean Poquette-Hansen open her gift
A katandmick photo
or as long as anyone can remember "The Fat Club" Christmas party has been a staple of the holiday season events. For what is now a generational event, those now attending think back to when their mothers shuffled off with warm winter coats to a gathering of members a couple of weeks before Christmas for merriment a drink and a song. The children were told to stay off the phone in case "Ma" had car trouble on the way home.
Now days the song has been replaced with a white elephant gift exchange of which has become the main event of the evening for some. The exchange is held in the living room and this year was done with names drawn from a hat. Jean Poquette-Seidl came up with the idea and despite protests by some she carried out the "steal a gift" gift exchange just the same, putting names in the hat of people who refused to after objecting to the procedure. When your name was called that person could either get a gift from under the tree or steal a gift already taken and opened by a previous person whose name was called. The first person called (Eileen "Trixie" Sobieck) would have the option to steal a gift after everyone had already exhausted their turn. Everyone thinks that they received the gift they really wanted, never-the-less several people neglected to take their prizes with them at the end of the night.

The dinner was excellent as always and this years beef Wellington had marinated steaks inside of the crust making them even more tender and melted in your mouth. The Wellington were so good that after consuming her own portion in a timely manner Jean Poquette-Seidl zeroed in on the remainder of "The Kat's" Wellington seemingly abandoned on her plate, but after returning from a trip to the bathroom she found only crumbs left and Poquette-Hansen  wiping her lips before relinquishing her chair.

After dinner Happy Birthday was sung to Judy Treml who announced that her birthday had been the day before. Trixie ordered Kevin to locate some birthday candles and they were stuck in a cake I baked that afternoon for desert, the fact that it was pressed into service pleased me even more. While only Judy and I sampled the cake others consumed grasshopper drinks whipped up by Shelly Vanlanen. I abstained as did Trixie but Jean Poquette-Seidl downed all of hers and another made by mistake for Trixie. The drinks were served after the gift exchange and a short time after that Poquette-Seidl fell ill with a gastrointestinal disorder. Having had stomach surgery several years ago and knowing her limitations her sister Joanne Poquette asked her just why she went ahead and consumed the two sugary drinks knowing the consequences. Her reply: "Well you know me, I didn't want to be rude". The party went on for some time but was just about extinguished at 11PM.

As usual we will be holding a Christmas Even get together at the KAMR offices here on N6421 County Road E. Arrival time should be the usual with exact time posted next week. Ham and fresh baked bread will be available again and a showing of the Turkey Bowl will be put on, disks will be available for those who want them.
Real white elephants awarded to Jean Poquette-Seidl during the gift exchange