Nearly 90 people attended, both present and past Clay Countians, gathered together for a buffet luncheon and an exciting afternoon.
The luncheon tables for the attendees were decorated in 12 different occasions and holidays. The special days used were Clay County Day, New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Earth Day, Race Day, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthday Day.
The holiday décor made for a very colorful and inquisitive beginning for a fun-filled afternoon beginning with the luncheon at noon, a truly informative and entertaining program and a bountiful group of door prizes, thanks to the many Clay County (and some Vigo County businesses) and individuals for the donations.
Chairman, BJ Hofmann, began the luncheon with a "Welcome to all," then introduced Al McKamey, who led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag, followed by Ross Emmert, who gave the blessing for the food and fellowship.
BJ then called the individual tables to the buffet by using the different holidays, beginning with Clay County Day table, followed by the other event tables as recognized.
After the lunch, BJ gave a brief summary of the program she had planned for the afternoon.
At the time, she introduced the program speaker, Brian MacNeel, Crime Prevention Practitioner from Brandon, Fla., who gave a very informative presentation in a very entertaining way, in the ways to protect yourself and your residence from future crime intrusions.
After MacNeel's demonstrative program, the group of door prize tickets were drawn and the gifts were distributed to the attendees by Dick Baker and Al McKamey.
BJ then again expressed her gratitude to the many businesses who gave the prizes and that time read the names of the businesses and individuals who had provided gifts.
She asked that the recipients of the gifts might also give their personal thanks when they see the gift provider.
After all the door prize gifts were distributed, BJ also had a "theme gift" for each table.
These "theme wrapped" gifts were then given to the person at each table whose birthday was the closest to the holiday at which he or she was sitting.
These gifts were provided by Park Place Auto, BJ Hofmann and Country Side Auto-RV, Mike Vietti.
Thanks was extended to Al and Nancy McKamey for their help in acquiring the door prize gifts from the Clay City businesses and to Joe Redenbarger for his help in collecting gifts from the Forest Park Golf Association.
Another special "thanks" was presented to Connie Hening, New Home Sales Specialist for Medallion Homes, and daughter of Sue Myers, a former Clay County Chairman, for the presentation and gift from Medallion Homes she presented to every attendee at Clay County Day.
At the conclusion, an annual meeting took place.
It was voted the present location was the place to be Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at 11:30 a.m., for the 33rd event. BJ agreed to be chairman for the 2012 event.
Letters will be sent out in November.
Watch for announcements in The Brazil Times and Clay City News regarding the details.
Those who did not get a letter and would like to be mailed one in November should call BJ at Park Place Auto, 448-9600.