FROGS celebrate 103 years at Wyndham Grand

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THE NEWEST MEMBER—Clarence Curry, FROGS president, and Tony Thompson, the newest FROG.

On July 20, at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Pittsburgh, the FROGS celebrated their annual dinner dance. This was the 103rd dance and the program featured a picture of the first dance in 1910. No one was there that remembered that first dance, but everyone knew it must have been a good time.

The FROGS are known for having wonderful weeks and throwing a good party. The club came into existence May 5, 1910. Wilbur C. Douglas named the club the FROGS (friendly rivalry often generates success) and registered the name in Harrisburg. The high purpose of the newly created club was to have fun. Early meetings were held at Brandt’s Bean Shop, where FROGS dined on baked beans and Limburger cheese. The tasty white bean and sausage soup served at their most recent affair was a tribute to those days.

The FROGS welcomed a new member into the pond, Tony Thompson and they welcomed back Dale Purdue. For more than a decade Purdue and his family resided in New York and have now returned to Pittsburgh. President Clarence Curry presided over the festivities, chaplain Ted Roberts blessed the meal and the House of Soul provided the soundtrack. The ladies and gents looked fabulous. The FROGS looked extra special in their white dinner jackets.

July 21 was the annual FROGS picnic at the Westinghouse Lodge. It was a good old-fashioned throwback picnic with BYOB, that is bring your own basket. Despite the rain it was a fun time, and planning has already begun for year 104.

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WELCOME—FROGS James Wilson and Rodney Jones

 

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JUST HAVING FUN—Bob Dunson, Ken Dehonney and Russell Boston (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

 

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BEAUTIFUL COUPLE—Tom and Lillie Motley

 

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WELCOME BACK—Dale Purdue with Ted Roberts

 

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THE PARKERS—Fred and Shirley

 

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ARRIVING IN STYLE—K. Chase Patterson and Bridgette Bethea

 

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ENJOYING THE EVENING—Joan and Fred James with DeWayne and Cheryl Ketchum

 

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