Rotary Hockey Night 3-14-18
Rotary changed its meeting schedule to enjoy a night at the Reading Royals.  After a great meal at the Cheers Restaurant across the street from the Santander Arena, We were the guests of the Doubletree in their suite just above center ice.  What a view! 
Dinner was held in the Boscov’s Board Room, an adjunct just for our use as part of the DoubleTree’s Cheers Restaurant.  Even though they were quite busy, we had good service and great food.  Our waiter for the evening did a good job of accommodating even late arrivals and for good measure, traded puns with Tom Kisling.  He quipped, “I’m often a boxer by the end of the meal.”  Tom, not to be out done, replied, “I used to be a pilot.  I would pile it here, and pile it there.” 
 After our meal, we crossed the street to enjoy a hockey game between our city’s Royals and the Komets from Ft. Wayne.  As an added bonus, the Philadelphia Flyers sent a once prized goalie on rehab to Reading to work the kinks out.  In his first game in almost a year, Anthony Stolarz looked a bit rusty, but made some good saves.  Also on the ice was Steven Swavely, a Muhlenberg High School graduate. Steve had a pretty assist on a Royals tally.
In the suite, we were visited by Slapshot, the Royals mascot posing for group pictures and selfies. He’s always hamming it up, helping all attendees have a great time.    
            
 
During the first intermission, Irish dancers entertained the audience; those little girls were great.  But during a third period time-out our box was entertained by President Terri doing the “Y M C A” dance.
All this built to the crescendo of OVERTIME!  Extra hockey is always exciting.  But the Royals fell in the sudden victory stanza.  Still a good time was had by Allen Moyer and daughter Lindsay, Tom Kisling and Sharon, Sean Fitzgerald, Steve Adams, Tim Bitting and friend, Garland Bear, President Terri and Greg Pfennig and Lin Seyler.
 
Next week, back to Blind Hartman’s for the usual Tuesday get-to-gether.