Men's Club : : President's Message

Monthly Message from Men's Club President Marvin Mandel

While there will not be a Breakfast Club event in September, the next one we hope will be very soon.

Best wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year to each and every one of you and your family.

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A Life Well Lived

At her fifth birthday party, a tough old Texas cowboy takes his granddaughter aside and leads her into the parlor. In the center of the room is a beautiful shiny bicycle.

He says to her: “Happy birthday darling. I hope you have lots of fun with this bike. More importantly, I have some advice for you. The secret to a long life is to sprinkle a pinch of gun powder on your oatmeal every morning.”

The little girl nods seriously at her beloved grandfather and happily jumps on the bike.

Five years pass and grandpa hosts his granddaughter’s tenth birthday party at his sprawling ranch. He takes her outside from the festivities and presents her with a thoroughbred pony. She is delighted. Once again Grandpa says “the secret to a long life is to sprinkle a pinch of gun powder on your oatmeal every morning.” The child smiles and says “I understand.”

Ten years later, Grandpa is still looking great. He throws a magnificent twentieth year birthday party for his beloved granddaughter at his country club. As the party is coming to a close at 3:00AM he takes his granddaughter out to the parking lot and gives her a fabulous sports car. With a sparkle in his eye he whispers in her ear “the secret to a long life is to sprinkle a pinch of gun powder on your oatmeal every morning.” She smiles and shakes her head in agreement.

The granddaughter religiously followed her grandfather’s advice and lived to the age of 105.

She left behind 8 children, 20 grandchildren, 45 great- grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren, and a giant 40-foot hole where the Texas family’s mortuary and crematorium used to be.

Arnold Miller for Marvin Mandel, President