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Real Men’s Club holds August luncheon

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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:30 am

The Real Men’s Club had their monthly luncheon on Aug. 1 at Herald Park.

Herald Park is located off Twin Cities Road east of Highway 99. It’s a great place for a lazy afternoon barbecue.

That’s exactly what the Men’s Club provided at their monthly luncheon. The event started at 11:30 a.m. and went until 2:30 p.m. We had more than 180 men attend the event.

Lunch was served promptly at noon and included St. Louis-style ribs, chicken in barrel, bacon-wrapped meatballs, Randy’s beans, salad, rolls, and Velvet Creamery ice cream. Of course, refreshments were available all day long, and all for a $25 donation to the club.

Many of the attendees went home even happier after winning one or more of the many great raffle prizes available. Ramos Jewelers donated a watch worth $500. Thank you, Pedro Ramos. We would also like Troop No. 238 and 4077 Adventure Crew for helping out with event — you guys were awesome. Special thank you to our guest cook Jonathan Reimer.

Todd from California Custom Trailers & Powersports and Mike from Marina Boats & Powersports bought along some quads and a motorboat to exhibit at the luncheon.

With this month’s donations, the Real Men’s Club was able to donate $1,000 to Herald 4-H, $500 to the Larry Craig Memorial Fund, and $1,000 to the TinySmiles Heart Foundation.

The club has been investing in many new items to make our club stronger and our luncheons more successful. In the past month, we have bought tables, chairs, cooking utensils and a new laptop to help with registration. Our goal is to build a club that is equipped to help the community for a long time.

We are still looking for local businesses who would like to advertise on our trailer. The cost is $200 per year, and a one-time fee of $30 for the stickers. For more information on how to advertise on the trailer, contact Frank Duwel at 209-747-1524. The Real Men’s Club would like to thank our newest sponsors: Symons Accountancy, Bit & Bytes and Dees Meats.

The Real Men’s Club was founded in 2011 with the purpose of hosting monthly lunches and special events to raise money for worthy local causes. No membership is required, but you must be 21 to attend our luncheons. All profits derived from these lunches and events are given directly to the monthly recipients, as determined by the board of directors.

For more information on our upcoming events, visit our website at www.realmensclub. org or reach out to us on Facebook. Any of our board members would be happy to answer any questions you might have about our organization. You can always contact our President Frank Duwel if you have any questions.

Our next luncheon will be on Sept. 5 at Van Warmerdam Diary. Hope to see you all there.

Mukesh Patel is a local business owner and board member of Real Men’s Club.

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