Through all this, our esteemed President continues to do a brilliant job of conducting the meetings with wit, charm and fairness, against all odds. The parliamentary madness is something he's stuck with, it's part of the club rules (which I like to call the Dread Pirate Roberts' Rules of Order). The abuse of these rules by the members is fun, don't get me wrong, I just prefer some meat under my piquant sauce. Announcements, reviews and auctions are all great sources of mirth, and they're high in nutrition as well. I guess what I'm asking the membership is to please not fill up on the appetizers.
And I found myself being rude to a new member who sat next to me, who was trying to ask me questions about something which had nothing to do with the meeting (a review I wrote). As much as I wanted to talk to her about that, it wasn't the time or place. And I'd just commented last week on how annoying the side conversations are. If she's reading this, my apologies, comment here and I'll make it up to you.