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The state of the Donut union

Dear members and constituents,
I did not vote on Tuesday. There, I've come clean. You see… I don't live in Denver where some interest was created by the ad campaign for the alphabet soup issues and, quite frankly, I do not know either of the candidates for mayor of Arvada. Be that as it may, this off-year election combined with the fact that next week marks the beginning of a new rotation at the Friday Donut Club has made me ponder on the state of the Donut union.

I am here today to tell you that the state of our union is strong. We started the year as a two dozen donut club. We moved in January to three dozen donuts. This rotation we start with four dozen! Despite some pretty substantial churn this year (5 members left the company and 5 members left the club), our numbers have grown. With 27 members entering 2007, we now boast 33 members (over 20% net growth!). The Friday Donut Club has remained open to all who aspire to our three simple principles: (1)Four dozen (2)boutique donuts (3)by 8:00 am. I firmly believe it is this spirit of welcoming all who would join that makes us a vibrant community. On this glorious day, it is sobering to think of our humble beginnings. We started as a ragtag band of 15 members back in June of 2004. Of the 6 original memebers who remain with the company, only three are still in the donut club. That tells me it is the infusion of new blood that keeps our beloved tradition fresh and strong.

Speaking of which, four dozen fresh donuts are here courtesy of our newest member, Jennifer Torres. So grab a strong cup of joe (or alternative hot beverage of choice) and come celebrate the final Friday of a rotation that began in March. The new rotation will be as follows:

Jim Bagnato 11/16/2007
Thanksgiving holiday 11/23/2007 (you're on your own for donuts)
Paul Savill 11/30/2007
David Panzer 12/7/2007
JP González 12/14/2007
Ed Stocker 12/21/2007
John Schoder 12/28/2007
Kim Carroll 1/4/2008
Nanette Zeile 1/11/2008
Stacy Jackson 1/18/2008
Shaun Andrews 1/25/2008
Sara Baack 2/1/2008
Christie Rygiewicz 2/8/2008
Carolyn Reuss 2/15/2008
Mack Greene 2/22/2008
Andrea Gavalas 2/29/2008
Tucker Maroney 3/7/2008
Jerri Abeyta 3/14/2008
Roger Greene 3/21/2008
Amanda Tierney 3/28/2008
Marcio Avillez 4/4/2008
Ray Wendell 4/11/2008
Bill Long 4/18/2008
Jennifer Artley 4/25/2008 (week 200 of existence for the Friday Donut Club)
Mark Herrmann 5/2/2008
Carlos Belloso 5/9/2008
Michael Remacle 5/16/2008
Glenn Russo 5/23/2008
Jay Leslie 5/30/2008
Jeff King 6/6/2008
Monisha Merchant 6/13/2008
Jeff Martin 6/20/2008
Courtnee Ulrich 6/27/2008
Jennifer Torres 7/3/2008 (Thursday)

I will send out calendar reminders to each of you soon.

Happy Friday!

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