From the Sports Leisure Newsroom – Over 600 Sports Leisure Travelers and their friends attended our annual Tour & Vacation Preview Day at the Marriott Hotel on Saturday, August 29th. The morning and early afternoon sessions were complete sellouts, with the late afternoon crowd coming just short of capacity at the Marriott.
Travel Club Members were entertained, first by Jessie Norman, our 2008 Chuck Evans Scholarship award winner; then by noted chef Chris Chisholm. Jessie sang a medley of Broadway show tunes, accompanied by Joe Gilman on the baby grand piano, to resounding applause. Chef Chris prepared a delicious shrimp and wilted spinach salad, right before our eyes, then two lucky guests were chosen to sample the finished product at the end of the demonstration. It marked the first time such a feat had been a part of Preview Day activities.
Rounding out the “food” portion of the program, Tour Director Ramona Goodge teamed up with guest Katherine Setness from Setness Tours of Stockton to offer treats involving the use of olive oil in one of the breakout sessions which followed the main program.
The 2009 scholarship winner was announced. She is Morgan Sommer, the granddaughter of Travel Club Members Bob and Amy Rath, and she is pursuing a variety (literally) of majors in college. She is studying in Puerto Rico this year. Morgan’s grandparents were on hand to pick up her check, as her studies have already started for the year.
Sports Leisure staff were on hand, including our newest member, Ryan Quinn, the designer or this new and improved website. Ryan is soliciting ideas and suggestions from those who use this site. You can click here to send Ryan and Sports Leisure founder Mark Hoffmann your thoughts