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Christmas Party 2007

Each year in December, the chapter has a Chrismas party. In 2007, it was held on December 8, at the home of Bill & Henry. It was very well attended, and it included a seemingly unlimited range of potluck dishes. Each attendee brought an unwrapped toy suitable for a young child, so that the chapter could donate them to a local charity that has taken on the task of helping to ensure that no child celebrates Christmas without receiving at least one toy. Also, in accordance with tradition, there was a White Elephant drawing: each participant drew a number at random; and when his number was drawn, he chose one wrapped gift brought by someone else for use in the drawing. After unwrapping it and showing it to everyone, he also had the option of exchanging it for the prize that any prior participant had drawn. The photos below shown some of the often amusing prizes and even more amusing results of insisting that someone else surrender what he got for what you got.
To the left, Arty examines his brand new Olympus camera box, that contained a pelican. You guessed it: someone else, later in the drawing, stole it (the pelican, not the box) from Arty.
To the right is Kevin, immediate past President of the chapter. He got (and got to keep) some easy listening of old.
To the left is Tom, chapter VP. Though clearly the box he has chosen is not big enough to contain a real elephant, he seems to be hestitating? Could it be the color -- the color of the box, not the elephant.
To the right is Keith, rapidly heading for stage left with his icon. How did that get into the White Elephant drawing, let alone do so in what certainy appears to be its original packaging no less!
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