DisPatches, April 1999
A letter from the Colonel to the staff
I am determined not to let another day dawn in the New Year before I voice my sheer delight and congratulations to you and all your henchmen for that stupendous job you did to put on that wonderful Holiday party. And I speak for all your students, for we were all so pleased and thrilled to attend.
You all are to be commended for the ease with which you cleaned up after the previous users of the Community Center vacated; for the table cloths, beautiful greenery runners, and candles on each of the 16 tables; for the chefs in the kitchen who turned out the delicious hot plates; for the bottle openers who poured out the delectable wines; for the fantastic choices set out on the serving tables; for Doug Scranton's jolly rendition of Christmas favorites; for Bobby's excruciating and delicious jokes and delightful music; for the time and care devoted to choosing the marvelous presents awarded to lucky ticket holders; for the aplomb with which Jessica called out the numbers; and for the dispatch with which Diana presented the prizes. (Re. the latter, methinks we should all pitch in and donate to buy Diana a new pair of running shoes!)
All in all, this Holiday Party was the best ever, and all 160 of us doff our chapeaus to such a remarkable and loving staff. You are the tops, and we love you.
With precious memories and lots of love,
One of many grateful disabled swimmers,
Tom GillisColonel Thomas D. Gillis (West Point '35), pictured above with his lovely wife Billie, is a charter member of the Polar Bear Club, which swims year 'round, rain or shine, with the College of Marin Adaptive Physical Education Program.