Saturday, June 12, 2021

Mae West Was Top Billing at Lunch with Friends

It was a hot summer day and the outside temperature sizzled at 89 degrees. But inside Marco’s Lutheran Church, over 120 Lunch with Friends guests sat comfortably enjoying the opportunity to gather with friendship and fellowship.

Lutheran Church Pastor Rev. Tom Boeck remarked to the group, “to have this many people during the summer on Marco is very impressive.” It was also a very special day for Lunch with Friends celebrating its second birthday, while Richard Kaelin celebrated his 85th!

The program featured Mae West (Bonnie Bozzo), who sauntered across the stage and in Mae West’s personality, delivery and voice, shared West’s childhood years; her career highlights and failures. West was born Mary Jane (Mae) in 1883 and was more than a sex symbol, she was an actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, producer, director and author.

West was also credited as being one of the most quoted women to appear on stage and film. West entertained the luncheon guests with deliveries of her best film lines.

West said, “Marriage is a great institution. I’m not ready for an institution yet.” She was secretly married at age 17, but only lived with her husband for a few weeks. They didn’t legally divorce until 31 years later.

West also rewrote lines in her films, which allowed her to set the tone. In her first movie, “Night After Night,” a hat-check girl says to her, “Goodness, what beautiful diamonds.” To which West replied, “Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.”

West’s historical inspiration: During World War II, Allied soldiers called their inflatable life jackets “Mae West” in honor of her famously buxom figure.

For the August 21st luncheon, a speaker from the U. S. Census Bureau will explain why it is important to fill out the 2020 Census form. Also, in August, Lely High School student Ellie Poling offered to come and speak about technology, as part of her community service credits. She will offer tutorials to those who are not of the technology generation.

July’s delicious luncheon included salad, pasta and pizza provided by Joey D’s. Many thanks to Marco Lutheran Church, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, the YMCA of South Collier and to all the dedicated volunteers.

The free Lunch with Friends over 60 takes place monthly on the third Wednesday. On the August lunch menu are soup and sandwiches provided by Subway. For the August 21st luncheon, please RSVP to Nancy Kot by phone: 706-566-8532 or email: If you need a ride, it can be provided.

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