Our first meeting of 2019 was well attended after no meeting on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, also due to the lottery for the Queen being worth $2550 and only 4 cards remaining. During the business meeting we voted in new officers for the club board of directors and for the Alexandria Day Nursery & Children’s Home (ADN&CH), noted with appreciation the efforts that led to successful and enjoyable Christmas Luncheon, Salvation Army bell ringing (brought in $6000 even in the rain), and an informative Fireside Chat. Oh, by the way, the Queen lottery for $2550 was WON by Chris Herndon. Our speaker was Mark Maloy, an historian and Revolutionary War reenactor who told us about the significance of the Battles of Trenton and Assunpink Creek in December 1776 and January 1777. At a low point in American efforts these brilliantly executed battles gave a major boost to troop and national morale while enabling the successful continuation of the American Revolution. Our speaker described the trials and tribulations of the Americans, the brilliant strategy and leadership of George Washington, and the criticality of these wins towards the later success of the American cause – described by historians as “snatching victory from the jaws of defeat”.
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