I can vouch for my grandpa being a gentleman. But until this week, I didn’t know he was ever an officer of anything.
This week’s calendar entries open the door ever so slightly, but leave most questions unanswered:
My grandfather was not a big civic joiner.
Sure, he took part in church-related activities. He went bowling alongside his friends from work. And he participated in a group or two that aligned with his personal interests, like the Stamford Art Association.
But, as far as I knew, he was never a Lion, Moose, Jaycee, or member of any other community or social improvement group. Nor did he ever hold any position of official authority.
At least, that was what I thought until I uncovered the above calendar entry.
Then I went backwards through his calendars and discovered that, for portions of 1966 and early 1967, unspecified “board meetings” were regularly noted at 8 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. No other info was ever presented.
(The February 1967 meeting seems to have been the last one he attended. February is a curious time for any board to roll over its members; but, who knows?)
The notion of his serving as an officer on a board, or even attending a meeting, took my dad by surprise:
I certainly can’t picture him either seeking or enjoying such a function.
If I were to assume that he was indeed on some board, my guess as to what it would have been, in order of decreasing likelihood, would be:
1. Stamford Camera Club (although I think he was more active in that during the mid-late 1950s)
2. Springdale Methodist Church, or some sub-group thereof
3. Some Art Club / Society
4. Bowling League
5. Local branch of the Sons of the Alsace Schnitzelbenders
I can’t rule out any of those for certain; but again, in the absence of more specific info, I can only guess.
One potential clue comes from the calendar entry of March 14, 1966.
That word at the top doesn’t look like “officers,” nor does it quite look like “official,” and it’s certainly not “Schnitzelbenders.” But I can’t figure out what it is.
(It looks almost like “offernal,” which I went so far as to Google just to see if it was a church term related to the offertory. It isn’t.)
If I could sort it out, that might give me my answer. Any guesses from the peanut gallery?