By Kathy Haley

When I got my first job in the editorial department of a magazine, at age 27, I was secretary to the managing editor. I typed my boss’s letters and, once a week, wrote a 500-word column about new records hitting the charts on pop radio. At the same time, I served as the volunteer editor of the Foggy Bottom News, the monthly newspaper that served the residents of a neighborhood that sat between the White House and Georgetown in Washington, DC.

In that volunteer job, I learned how to edit stories submitted by neighborhood officials, and how to put headlines on them and send them to a printer, where, while I watched once a month, the paper was laid out, photos were added, and the paper was finalized before it went to press. I learned way more in my volunteer job than I did typing letters and writing about hit songs, and what I learned served me well during my 42-year career in business-to-business publishing. And the title of Editor, Foggy Bottom News, went onto my resume. My point: volunteering can get you terrific experience and shine up your resume in time for that next job interview. How can you volunteer at New Horizons Club? We’ve formed a new Member Advisory Board, whose members advise the Board of Directors on the future direction of the club. They’ve also launched this new member newsletter and created a Welcoming Committee to help new members at the monthly dinner which occurs every fourth Tuesday of the month at Applebee’s. They need help! Member volunteers also help with communications and bookkeeping. What would we do without Chris Calvano’s help on the New Horizons Facebook Page and Or Chuck Studzienko’s help with our organization’s accounting? We need, right now, someone to help post to the New Horizons Facebook Page. If you love Facebook and post often, let us know! We want more content on there. And how great will it look on your resume if it says: Social Media Leader, New Horizons Club? Want to serve? Contact Kathy, or Paul, or Chris,


By Katie Gallo (Knitting_nerd83 on Twitter)

It all started with the bereavement counselor wanting to put together a team to be balloon handlers for the Philadelphia 6abc/ Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving parade my first year with the hospice I volunteer with. She sent out an email to everyone at our location and when I read it, I thought it sounded like fun… It has been an absolute blast. Yeah, I gotta show up before dawn, walk something like 3 miles by the time I’m done, and literally run in circles; but I would not trade it in for the world. Some of my best, craziest and favorite stories come from the seven parades I have walked in since 2015.

There are 2 types of balloons: the “traditional” ones you see up in the air and “cold air” balloons which are basically inflatable lawn ornaments. The traditional balloons can be close to 40 feet high and need 35 to 40 people to hold them down. The cold air balloons are tied down to a float-like cart and hooked up to a generator to keep them inflated and usually have no more than 8 people assigned to them; 4 at the corners, 4 in the middle. The people at the corners control the platform stirring; the people in the middle are there to add support. My first balloon was a cold air balloon called the Snow Globe. It was fairly easy to handle until the platform got a flat tire about a half mile into the parade route. We ended up being towed by not 1 but 2 golf carts for the rest of the parade. The producers did not want us on TV with said golf carts, so we were told to speed through the performance area in front of the Art Museum. I somehow missed the memo, so that when we got there, and the golf carts sped up, I almost took a face plant into the Parkway because I couldn’t keep up. Thankfully, I let go before that happened; thankfully if for no other reason than the potential photographic evidence. Weather does play a factor in whether the balloons are used or not and also when. If it is too cold like in the case of the 2018 parade, the traditional balloons will not walk the parade route but come in right before the performance area. That is done so the balloons don’t need to be continually reinflated along the parade route. The cold air area balloons walk the route because of the generator and as the name implies, they’re designed for the cold air. Wind can also be a factor. The producers grounded all of the balloons for the 2019 parade for this reason. They made the decision the morning of, and gave everyone the option of walking, watching, or going home. I was there, I was dressed in the jumpsuit that everyone needed to wear, and it was the 100th parade… there was no way I was missing it, so I was walking. My team went out to watch the parade go by until it was our turn to enter. At some point, I noticed my Fitbit was missing, I found it in my jumpsuit under my armpit; it came undone as I was putting it on. I was able to get it out of the jumpsuit and back on my wrist. As I finish up, I see my team is out on the route approaching City Hall with a marching band between me and them. At this point, I should probably mention I’m not what you would call the athletic type. I say this because after a few not so lady-like words, I break into a full sprint to try and catch up to my team. Even in that moment I was laughing at the idea of me running full speed up JFK Blvd. So feel free to laugh at my expense, I’m okay with it. Really, I am. One thing I really enjoy happens along the route. During the parade the kids along the route will chant “Spin it, spin it.” Which means run in a circle and spin the balloon. Sometimes the cops will encourage them. One year a cop got in front of us, told us to stop, and said, “Now spin.” Which we did much to the amusement of everyone around.


By BJ Wanlund

Having just gotten home from my Bermuda trip last week, I can say it was one of the highlights of my travel so far. Bermuda is really, really different from the United States, between how expensive things are down there (even more so than things have gotten here in the United States), the road signs (for example, the Yield sign here is a Give Way sign in Bermuda, which I think is a better approach) and how the road directions of travel are reversed.

I stayed at the Pompano Beach Club and I have no complaints about the staff, who were all to a fault some of the most helpful people I have ever met in my travels, and no special requests were too small. The food was exquisite (as breakfast and dinner were included I had a lot of their food), and the views were awesome too. To address the elephant in the room, the Bermuda Triangle (also known as the Devil’s Triangle), which was a mild concern before I went on my trip to Bermuda, extends from Bermuda down to Miami, on to Puerto Rico, and then Bermuda was thrown in to make it a triangle. There was at least one local who addressed it on a glass bottom boat tour I took while I was down there who called it the Puerto Rican Triangle, and it is, in my estimation, an elaborately concocted myth… which I loved that they made some jokes about.