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, is retiring this year 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 New (River) Deal"
Noble Grand Humbug, Gerow "Monkey" Pitchford, has ordered the sounding of the hewgag to call all brethren in good standing to gather near Imperial, Imperial County, California. The purpose of this roisterous assemblage will be the John P. Squibob Chapter Fall 6020 Clampout, to be held on the weekend of October 23-25, 2015.
For information on this event and to register for it conveniently and securely online, please click here.
As our chapter honors our namesake this 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.