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Published on 10/16/05 in the Fostoria Focus
Changes in store for Fostoria Day 2006
By LEONARD SKONECKI Focus Correspondent


It’s an invitation. To all Fostorians, Fostoria area residents and former Fostorians. “Fostoria Day” in Florida, the perfect post-holiday tonic, will be here soon and Fostoria Day chairman Rick Hoffman wants to invite everyone to attend.

The where is the Elks Lodge 2449 in Palmetto, Fla. The when is Saturday Feb. 4, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.
“We want everyone who can to join us in Palmetto for a real good time,” said Rick.

Rick attended Fostoria Day a few years back and said it was a good move. “My wife Karen and I went and I was really glad we did because I got to meet a lot of people and see others I hadn’t seen in a while,” he said.

This year’s Fostoria Day will be on a different schedule. Lunch is going to be served at 11 a.m. The earlier start time is so that those who are going on the JB Tours cruise can board their ship on time.
Fostoria Day attendees going on the cruise must leave by 12:30 p.m. There is still room on the tour and cruise package.

“I feel some responsibility for Fostoria Day because it’s at a point of transition,” Rick said. “The people who kept it going for 46 years are the ‘greatest generation,’ the World War II people, if you will. Now we’re just starting to see the onset of the baby boomers coming down to Florida. I hope we can get those people involved and interested and excited. I think we’ve had pretty good success so far.
” This year’s Fostoria Day will have a couple of new twists, a 50-50 raffle and a small auction.
A special highlight will be a talk by Darcy Jagodzinski, director of the Greater Fostoria Community Foundation. “I’m going to give a presentation on the Foundation,” she said. “We have some promotional items — umbrellas, post-its and other things. We want to inform former residents about the foundation and we hope they will want to support it and support their home town.

” In addition, Rick is trying to broaden Fostoria Day’s appeal. “I went back and looked at the sign-in list the last five years to see where these people are from and it’s not strictly Fostoria,” he said. “It’s a regional event.” It’s true. Last year’s attendees signed in from Kansas (Ohio), Bascom, New Riegel, Risingsun, West Millgrove, Alvada, Wayne, North Baltimore, Burgoon, Bloomdale, Bowling Green, Tiffin, Findlay, Port Clinton, Sandusky and Upper Sandusky as well as Fostoria.

The five-night cruise leaves Tampa Saturday afternoon with stops in the Grand Caymans and Cozumel before returning to Tampa. There is still room on this tour package.

WFOB will do a live broadcast from Palmetto and Greg Peiffer is donating his services as auctioneer. The JB Tours bus won’t be the only one. Francis Burns is organizing another charter bus coming up from Fort Myers. That group is going on the cruise, too.

The 2007 Fostoria Day will see a big change. “It’s going to be returning to its original home in Bradenton at a $2 million facility there,” Rick said. “We might have entertainment and I hope to have some surprises.

” Last year, 125 people attended Fostoria Day. This year, Rick is hoping for 200. “I hope that’s a conservative estimate. This promises to be a very, very successful year,” he said.

For more information on Fostoria Day, call Rick at 419-435-3368 or Brooke or Karen at 419-435-1430.

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