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GKCDS Installation and Holiday Party

Posted by Paul on 12/9/2013 1:11:00 PM

The holiday spirit was in full swing last Friday evening at the GKCDS Award Banquet and Officer Installation dinner. The Plaza was lit with festive lights, the weather was a wee bit chilly, and everyone donned their gay apparel as they decked the halls with fa-la-las!
Well, it was very close to that and I was privileged to join the large turnout and mingle with MDA members both familiar and new to me. Sam Silvey, the GKCDS executive director, worked with her officers to pull off a wonderful evening. The cocktail hour and meal were first class and filled with good conversation as friends and colleagues had a chance to leisurelyvisit with each other. The evening was capped off with an impressive 4-5 song set fromthe well harmonized quartet, Salty Dogs.
In between all that there was a business meeting that included honoring life members, installing new officers, and presenting outgoing President, Dr David Suchman with a plaque commemorating his service. His flair for humor sits well with me and I was honored to represent the MDA and thank Dr Suchman for his leadership. Unfortunately the photo from that monumental presentation was a bit grainy so Dr Suchman does not get the star treatment he deserves. I apologize.
Here are some other photos from the night. You will see MDA President and KC's own Dr Merle Nunemaker installing the officers: President Dr Dustin Burleson, President-elect Dr Jeremy Bowen, Vice President Dr Mac Darnall and Secretary Treasurer Dr Sam Hayes. Drs Roberson, Raman, and Bowen all brought their wives to the event. Dr Kelly Suchman enjoys a moment chatting with the dapper Dr Mac Darnall and his wife, Kara. Outgoing President Dr David Suchman does get some limelight with outgoing board members, Drs Mac Darnall,Bruce Cummings, and Steve Irwin. And finally, Dr Jeremy Bowen and wife, Christi are serenaded by the Salty Dogs.
Kudos to all the GKCDS members for a great year and best wishes for asuccessful 2014!

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