It’s Time to Party and to Welcome in the New Year!
And no, it’s not on New Year’s Eve, with confetti and horn blowing, but in a more relaxed and easygoing setting in the ambiance of the Patio Room. Join us at Clyde’s at Mark Center from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1700 N. Beauregard St, Alexandria, VA 22311. It is located off I-395 and the Seminary West exit. There is abundant free parking, or you can take the Blue Line Metro to the Van Dorn Street Station and grab a quick cab ride to the restaurant. You could also take an Uber or a Zip Car or carpool with friends. You don’t want to miss this great social and networking opportunity.
Splurge on our Breakfast/Brunch Buffet which features scrambled eggs, brunch potatoes, bacon, seasonal fruits, assorted breads with jam and toast, along with hot tea, cold, tea and orange juice. There will be a cash bar for those who like a Bloody Mary or Mimosa or any other alcoholic beverages such as beer or wine. Tickets will be $26 for DC SPJ Chapter members and $31 for non-members. (The price includes a 20% mandatory gratuity and a 10% sales and state tax on food.) All are welcome, so bring a guest or a potential new member. Reservations are required by January 3.
A very special feature of our Holiday Party this year is we plan to honor those who are long-time members of the DC SPJ Chapter members. We appreciate their many years of involvement as they attended our functions, paid their dues and supported the journalistic goals of our local chapter and our national SPJ. For such events, National SPJ provides a commemorative Longevity lapel pin for these years of service and support. Usually, you get that in the mail from headquarters but this year we would to personally pin it on these dedicated members, and give them a round of applause for their efforts. For these special members, the discounted rate for the Breakfast/ Brunch will be $16. If you plan to attend, we need your RSVP by Dec. 9, so national SPJ can mail the pins out in time.
Those cited for their Longevity involvement in SPJ include:
15 YEARS----Karen Bune
20 YEARS----Todd Gillman
40 YEARS----Mary Elizabeth Crowley, Christi Harlan, John Edward Leonard, Camille Bohannon and John C. Henry.
SPJ Headquarters does not provide special pins for other blocks of years for membership but our chapter still wishes to offer them our heartfelt appreciation and applause.
We extend to them also the $16 discounted rate and we hope they, too, will also join us for this celebratory event.
Those honored include:
5 YEARS----Susan Sala, Dan Bauman, and Daniel Macy
45 YEARS---Reggie Stuart
55 YEARS---Phil Currie
For questions, contact Chapter Program Chair Jonathan Make at firstname.lastname@example.org.