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On Thursday, May 8th, 2014 the Opera Society held the Installation of Officers Luncheon at the Bistro Mezzaluna in Fort Lauderdale. As guests gathered in the lounge, they were greeted to a champagne reception and the delightful sounds of Ann Rentoumis on the piano. After mingling and sharing stories of plans for the summer, guests went upstairs to the Lighthouse room for the Spring membership meeting and luncheon. As the guests’ lunch menu preferences were being taken, a brief business meeting was conducted.

Event chair, Karen Mathieson thanked the guests for attending the luncheon and introduced our President, Eric Koskoff. Eric thanked the membership, board and the chairs of the year’s events for a very successful year. He gave a brief, but positive report on the membership and financial statement. He then presented gifts of acknowledgement to the Opera Society 2013-2014 Officers.

We were then honored to have Susan Danis, General Director & CEO of Florida Grand Opera install the new Officers for 2014-2015 and to present each of the ladies with a lovely rose and for the gentlemen, a tasty chocolate rose. The new slate of Officers for 2014-2015 is:

Ruth Molina and Eric Koskoff                   Co-Presidents

Elizabeth Hopwood                                        1st Vice President, Ways & Means

Karen Mathieson                                            2nd Vice President, Membership

Betty Young                                                       3rd Vice President, Public Relations

Ted Belloise                                                       Recording Secretary

Linda Balent                                                      Corresponding Secretary

Gary Loft and Ann Clark                               Co-Treasurers

Bistro Mezzaluna served a lovely lunch consisting of lobster bisque, choice of grilled salmon or chicken breast, rosemary roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables and key lime pie for dessert. Everyone had a wonderful time. Special thanks to Ann Rentoumis our pianist and to Betty Young our photographer. Enjoy her photos!

Karen Mathieson, Installation Luncheon Chair


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