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President's Message- November

Well another Cocktail party in Jacksonville that turned out completely unexpected.  What a great win for the Gators!  It’s always nice humbling the Dawg fans, especially when they win and like to rub it in-no chance of that this year. It was hard to find many of their fans after the game actually. Now we just have to keep the momentum going for the last 4 games and this season could still be a special one.  The SEC is crazy this year so who knows how it will all shake out, but as unbelievable as it sounds, the Gators still do have a chance to go to Atlanta, and it’s not that farfetched.  Win the next 2 conference games, have Georgia lose to either Kentucky or Auburn, and have Missouri lose 2 of their last 3 conference games and we’re in Atlanta.  Stranger things have happened.

I saw a preseason basketball poll that has us ranked 7th and picked to finish 2nd   in the SEC.  Billy has a great group he’s putting together for this year, so let’s get out and support the team and pack the O’Dome.  Make your plans for the Holiday Party coming up on Friday, December 19" at the Paramount. Frances and her committee are working hard to put on another great event and we’ll have the Flying Gypsies Band back once again.  We have 3 meetings left this year at the Paramount in November, and then it will be on to the Hilton in January.  We have signed a 2 year contract with them to have our meetings and Holiday parties there for 2015 and 2016. We appreciate all that the Paramount and their staff have done for our club these last 2 years.  We feel that moving to the official University of Florida hotel will give us some added exposure and create some excitement for the club going forward to increase membership.


I look forward to watching the football team develop with Treon at QB and a sudden resurgence in our running game with 2 great backs and a line that has made a huge improvement.  Come on out to the last few meetings of the year and encourage any friends or family to come join the club.  We have a lot of events on tap for 2015, and with the move to the Hilton it should be an exciting year. Go Gators!!


Erik Olson

 2014  President

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