As a reminder, without a Clamp Storekeeper there is no Clamp Store. If you enjoy the opportunity to purchase ECV®-themed clothing and merchandise (and help support Squibob Chapter in the process), this is your opportunity to step up and ensure that the Clamp Store doesn't go away.
Here is your opportunity. Get to know your fellow redshirt brothers and be one of the most popular redshirts at each doins. Be the first to get the latest and greatest ECV® swag. Be the center of it all.
Longtime Squibob storekeeper/hawker, Mike "Wreck’nball" Warner, has recently retired after a solid decade of faithful and enthusiastic service to the chapter. Under Mike’s care, the Squibob store has grown and prospered. More importantly, Mike has transformed the store into a turnkey operation that offers a wide variety of ECV®-themed clothing and goods and generates a significant revenue stream for our chapter.
Here are the three most important attributes that any prospective storekeeper/hawker candidate should possess:
Creativity. First and foremost, tap into the irreverent and absurd nature of our illustrious Order. If you can think it up and find a source for it, you can sell to your fellow redshirt brothers. Find out what redshirts want and sell it to them.
Inventory Management. When you look at the bigger picture, a store is a rather simple venture. Goods are ordered and purchased at cost from supplier(s), a modest mark-up added to allow for overhead and a profit and then the goods are sold to customers. Good ‘ol supply-and-demand, just as Adam Smith described.
Cash Handling. If you can tell the difference between your Georges, Abes, Andrews and Benjamins, you are a step ahead of the game. Moreover, if you can keep a simple accounting of cash on hand, cash and checks received and balance a checkbook, you have what it takes to handle the cash flow of the store.
This is an especially great opportunity for those of you that are new to our chapter and looking for a way to become involved. Mike will provide all necessary training and will continue to offer guidance. Bring along a couple of your fellow redshirts to assist you and make it a package deal.
If you have what it takes and are ready to step up, contact VNGH Joe “Bossman” Meraz (his contact information is on the chapter calendar).
The Squibob Fire Brigade rides again, to stamp out the sparks of doom of gloom, put out the morning-after fires and to spread cheer among the gathered masses.
Prayed Organator, Peter Potts, is passing along the following message to all brethren in good standing that wish to participate:
This year the Mother Goose Parade will be held on Saturday, November 21st. The members of John P. Squibob will be participating!
We are going to do things a little different this year since the parade is on Saturday. We will be prepping the truck at at 565 South Mollison, El Cajon CA, 92020 . If the gate is closed, the gate code is #9999. There will be red And black balloons marking the complex where the truck is at. The truck will be in the Back of the complex.
The parking will be approximately 100 yards to the south at Carroll's Residential Care at 655 South Mollison. Please park on the perimeter of the parking lot and watch out for the elderly. Please meet us at 565 South Mollison, El Cajon California by 9:03 am.
I need just a few redshirts to come to get the truck out of storage at the Regional Public Safety Training Center. Please call me to volunteer. The rest of you should report directly to El Cajon. I need the truck driver(s) and RC Stevens to meet me at the Fire Truck at 7:33 AM to get the truck up to El Cajon by nine.
The parade route is different than what we are used to. The staging area is on Ballantyne street, and the parade starts at Ballantyne & Main Street, heading west and turning north on Johnson Ave. The Parade will end at Madison Ave. The truck will bring us back to Mollison where we can have a drink or two before dispersing and sending the truck back to Point Loma.
For information on the Squibob Fire Brigade and other upcoming parades, click here.
As our chapter honored our namesake this past spring, here is a brief video presentation prepared by Rick Paskowitz featuring the writings and artwork of George Horatio Derby.
The May 2015 edition of The Portal -- the newsletter of the Medfield (Massachussetts) Historical Society -- features an excellent biographical article on George Horatio Derby. Written by MHS Librarian and docent, Cheryl O'Malley, the article provides new insight into the life of the distinguished U.S. Army officer and humorist.
To read the newsletter, please click here.