Whist Drive Musings

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Yet another Monsoon event was organized by the Matharpacady Residents’ Welfare Association at St. Isabel’s High School on Sunday, 19th July 2015.  The Managing Committee delegated the responsibility of holding this inaugural WHIST DRIVE to Mr. Gerard Viegas. Forty participants and other guests were warmly greeted by the President Mr. Percy D’Souza as they entered the decoratively lit hall.  Participants, four a table, were seated at numbered tables to enjoy this competitive card game.  The whist drive was in two sessions of six games each.  Gerard Viegas summarized the rules and regulations. Two umpires – Stan Baptista and Gilroy Henriques – monitored the games   The Whist Drive started at 5.30 P.M. and ended at 7.30 P.M.   The DJ for this evening – Rodger Gonsalves – provided soothing nostalgic music throughout this event. Andrew D’Sylva captured these moments on camera for us. Light refreshments of hot chai and biscuits were served at the break in sessions.  Highest scorers were awarded generous cash prizes.  The delighted recipients – Mrs. Dulcine Vaz, with 90 points was the first prize winner as well as the winner with highest points in the second session with 51 points. The price for the highest score in the first half was shared by Ms Carmen Fernandes and Mr Joe Rebello with 46 points. They all received the gifts to much applause.

The President, Percy D’Souza, thanked participants and guests for making this a happy nostalgic function, assuring them that their request for more Whist Drives would be kept in mind.  Vice President Dennis Baptista spoke of the Committee’s plans for the  forthcoming “FOOD FESTIVAL 2015” at St. Isabel’s on Sunday, 22nd November 2015 evening. Dennis extended an open invitation to the Associations Members and like minded folk to book table space in advance for their stall displaying  home cooked food and delicacies, which they could  sell at their own prices.  He was confident that the success of the previous two Food Festivals would attract a larger number of participants and food lovers to enjoy tasty snacks and food. The Welfare Associations purpose is to bring families closer together at these functions, fostering a spirit of friendship and co-operation so as to strengthen and build the Catholic community.

With inputs by Tyronne Concescio & Photographs – courtesy Andrew D’Sylva

Author: Stanislaus Baptista

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