I would like to thank our speakers as they were key to executing my theme of past, present and future. At our welcome reception, Florence Abbinanti (my grand- mother) via Brad Prendergast (my uncle) talked about our Chicago Manx Society history. My brother Tim and I posed with photos, including one of Florence as a child attending the very first Homecoming.
Recent conventions have hosted classes in Manc culture. This year, Bill Cassidy presented a wonder- ful session designed to let us learn some basic Manx phrases. This will be an ongoing mission of his and the first written class is included in this newsletter. Margie Martinson spoke about Manx fairy tales that meant something to her. The NAMA motto is “What- ever is left to us of our ancient heritage,” and it is our ambition to foster more Manx culture, here in the USA through our meetings and publications.
What can YOU do?
We print stories in this bulletin that often don’t feature our members, not because we don’t love and appreciate each; it’s simply because we don’t hear of your amazing- ness. If each of the 400+ members, sent in one story to our bulletin editor over the next two years, think of how much more we will learn about each other and our lives before we meet again 2020!
We love getting emails that your kids or grandkids have made Eagle Scout, or got a scholarship to Harvard or Kenwood Cooking College, finished a carpenter’s apprenticeship. We invite you to get involved and share the amazing things in your world.