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Luncheon Gals: Char, Debbie, Dee & Edna


California cook and Recipe Club member, Dee Stillwell, knows how to bring people together. With her keyboard in one hand and cake-server in the other, Dee recently organized fellow Club members in and around her hometown of Sacramento, and soon their very first Just A Pinch Recipe Club Luncheon was hatched!

The Crew and I were tickled pink when we received Dee's photos of the festivities...and the food! Joined by five other Sacramento area members, Dee quickly found out that, in fact, strangers really are merely friends you've yet to meet. "I hope it will be one of many more get-togethers," says Dee of the luncheon, "and that the turnout is better each time we meet... we had a great time sharing cake and life stories."

Indeed, Dee did not come to the table empty handed; the luncheon served as a wonderful opportunity to sample some Blue Ribbon eats, namely Dee's Tiramisu Layer Cake that she whipped up especially for the event. (After all, everything is better with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, right?)

Dee and the gals hope to expand their luncheons, and encourage other members from around the country to join them in organizing meet-ups in their own hometowns! "My ultimate goal for these get-togethers," says Dee, "will be for us to get to know other local foodies and eventually get the girls on board to do something in a charitable way."

And it's that kind of giving spirit that truly binds us together. It just never seems to fail that behind each Blue Ribbon is a heart of solid gold. Good people and good food... now that's a recipe for happiness.

Do you have a story of meeting fellow Club members? We'd love to hear it!



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76 Comments
sothernladee
Linda Griffith - Aug 11, 2011
That is awsome, Dee.
LILLYDEE
Dee Stillwell - Aug 9, 2011
I should say u have Linda...I go to the Easter Seals therapy pool to work out 3 days a week and see the great things they do for the disabled ppl there..so they are a charity close to my heart..I have benefitted greatly from their pool and feel blessed to be able to go there and it only costs me $15 pm
sothernladee
Linda Griffith - Aug 9, 2011
Dee, In my many years of working, I retired from banking which they expect their officers to do charity work in the community, but I was also the District Executive for the March of Dimes, Marketing Manager of Junior Achievement and Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, so I have done just a bit of charity work..lol...
sothernladee
Linda Griffith - Aug 9, 2011
Sounds great, Dee Dee. I'll see what I can do.
0124
Jewel Hall - Aug 8, 2011
Have Fun Dee !!
LILLYDEE
Dee Stillwell - Aug 8, 2011
Awww thanx Lynn, thats so nice of u to say..I love u girl...and thanx to u too Jewel...ur so sweet.
Linda, it's alot of fun organizing these things..Augusta should have alot of member to get together..have fun with it.
Our next local meet up will be in Sept..a pot luck picnic in a park. and we will be discussing the charity thing. I'm hoping for a good turm out...guess i better get to planning. lol
sothernladee
Linda Griffith - Aug 8, 2011
It certainly is a good article, Dee Dee. I think it is a wonderful idea to meet other JAP's for a charity. We could have teams and maybe a little competition.
0124
Jewel Hall - Aug 8, 2011
I think Dee Dee is a true quality person, I am honored to have her as a friend.

There are several great folks on the website, including you Lynn,
CHEERS !! to ALL..oooxx
BakersQueen
Carole F - Aug 8, 2011
Dee Dee my friend....you so deserve to be recognized. You have a heart of gold and desire to meet and socialize with all of us as friends here on JAP. It touches my heart that they acknowledged you in such an honorable way...what a great article, one to be proud of for sure! Woot, woot...you go girly!!
janenov46
Jane Whittaker - Jul 25, 2011
That really was an interesting list.
sothernladee
Linda Griffith - Jul 25, 2011
You are so welcome.
colleenlucky7
Colleen Sowa - Jul 25, 2011
OOPS sorry Linda... I meant Thanks Linda....!!!!
colleenlucky7
Colleen Sowa - Jul 25, 2011
That's ok Sweet Bea! It was interesting! xxoo
sothernladee
Linda Griffith - Jul 25, 2011
I am sorry that it is so long..I didn't load right.
sothernladee
Linda Griffith - Jul 25, 2011
Hi Everyone, I received this chart this morning from my cousin and I thought it would be good to share....

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