| Chef Paul Marks recently came to visit me in my office for a quick meeting. While we were talking, my door mysteriously swung closed. He looked at me and smiled in the way a person who has classified information only can and said, “You know this office is haunted, right?”
I shook my head. No one had disclosed this information during my interview process and I had to check the employee handbook again, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t in there either. Chef Paul continued:
“This used to be my office and you’re going to start to notice things—the lights flicker, the computer shuts off, the door closes and sometimes you’ll show up in the morning and drawers will be open.”
I was going to counter cheekily that my trash was “mysteriously” missing in the morning—did the ghost happen to collect trash as well? But I held my tongue. I’m not sure how serious Chef Paul was or if he was just trying to scare the “new girl,” but it did get me to thinking. I had noticed that my computer kept shutting off (but I was recently blessed with a new computer and that hasn’t seemed to happen since), the door does like to shut on its own and, what was that noise? Wait, can I have a new office?
Ghosts or not, as Bellevue Club Social Director, I’ve got a job to do. After the initial scare, I began to think—perhaps this ghost could be useful.
After all, he (or she) has possibly been here a while and could probably come up with some great new events. Or maybe he’s good at paperwork? Alas, I suppose relying on a ghost isn’t very practical.
Instead, relying on the wealth of living social experience among the Club’s membership is probably a more fruitful path. In my role as Social Director, I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas and thoughts for events at the Bellevue Club as we move into a new era of social involvement. Feel free to bring back classics that have worked well in the past or propose totally new ones. There are dozens of wonderfully unique events out there just waiting to be planned.
This is your community—both the ghost and myself await your brilliant thoughts. In the meantime, we have a couple of great events lined up this fall.
The ever-popular Halloween Carnival is happening on Oct. 29, and it’s going to be a blast. Show off your creative costume, play games, get your photo taken in the graveyard—it’s bound to be fun for all ages.
On Oct. 21, the Family Pumpkin Carving Party is back. Awards are presented for the best-carved pumpkin, so come ready to get creative as a family. And hey, you don’t even have to clean up afterwards.
For members and guests above the age of 21, this year we are celebrating our own version of Oktoberfest by teaming up with the local Pike Brewing Company to host a paired beer dinner on Oct. 22. The brewery owner, Charles Finkel, will be on hand to talk about everything you ever wanted to know about beer. When you sit down for a dinner with Chef Paul and Charles Finkel at the helm you know it’s going to be an unforgettable evening.
Join me at our fall social events or feel free to drop by my office to talk social—if you dare.