Tailgate Season Wrap-up From CAPT Audrey Callahan USMC '08
What a season! The team showed up to
play Notre Dame this past weekend and though the result wasn't what was hoped
for it certainly was a game for all 4 quarters! The team is 6-3 with Houston,
Army and a bowl game ahead of us! And three quarterbacks all vying for the job!
The last home football game we beat
SMU and had a great turn out at the tailgate. Apparently we're a cold weather
crew! I think we have 25-28 08's and about 20 58's plus family, friends and
guests, probably 100-120 total.
Catered BBQ for Mission BBQ was well
supported and the hot cider on the stovetop was a hit. 6 gallons were spiked and
went quickly in addition to hot chocolate... we'll plan for more next time. I
don't want to speak to soon but I think we will go for 2 catered tailgates next
season in addition to the '08 10 yr reunion but well make those decisions closer
to the season, once the schedule is published. Its good to know we have options
with both Mac (USAFA game) and Mission BBQ (SMU game).
Our party wouldn't be possible
without quite a few great eights and their supporting crew. Bob and Becky
Caldwell '58 provided their truck on Friday's and Saturday's all season to help
us move the tent and associated gear from Tom and Kay Powell 58's shed on Cedar
Park. CDR Jack Eggleston coordinated our JROTC crew who make life so much easier
and Chris and Denise Swensen are masterful at getting the tent packed back up! I
appreciate all of the local and not so local folks who came out for Friday
afternoon set ups and happy hour and Saturday game day set up (too many to
list). It takes a few hands to get the tent up every week and I appreciate all
the support I got from 08 to make it happen and the cheerleaders of 58 to
supervise! My first season as tailgater in chief was only possible with the
supervision and guidance from Rupe and Joan MacLean. 58 is really handing down a
wonderful legacy and though its a bit of work to pull together a party for 100
every other weekend I think its well worth it and am glad to lead the charge for
Financially we are in a good place to start the 2018 season! The goal is to always collect enough dues to "pay forward" the next season. It seems far away but preparations will actually start in Feb! The dues collected this year will pay for our site fee, the private potty, and JROTC tickets for next season as well as incidentals. We're also making headway on saving for a trailer to eventually move the tailgate supplies out of the shed and make them mobile! Venmo and PayPal have made dues paying easy to account for and I think the email address and distro works well. I'm sending emails to about 70 classmates from 08 and 50 from 58 but if you know someone who isn't getting them- feel free to send me their email address.
If you haven't see it on the Class FB
page, check out how good looking our class is (photo attached)!
Cheers! BEAT ARMY!
'08 At the SMU Tailgate