Banquet Info

"what-to-bring" Assignment Log

Previous Flyers:

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Here's what who brought, & when.

2012 A S D S
2013 S A S D
2014 S A S D
2015 A S D S
2016 S D S A
2017 D S A S

A=appetizer; D=dessert; S=side/salad;

Attendees are divided into four groups, according to the first letter of the last name. It is thought that the choice of letter ranges achieves roughly equal size groups. For any year, two groups bring "S", another brings "A", and the other brings "D". To balance the load, combinations of "who-brings-what" should change from year to year.

Unfortunately, identical assignments were made in both 2013 and 2014; and, by 2016, both A-D and H-M had each brought "S" 3 out of the last 4 years. The 2017 assignments have balanced the load, so the assignment sequence for 2014 thru 2017 may be repeated ( in order ) for subsequent years. Ergo, assignments for any year henceforth should be the same as year-number minus 4, e.g.: 2018 the same as 2014.

For the 2018 flyer, I recommend:

E-G: Appetizer / A-D,H-M: Side or Salad / N-Z: Dessert

Previous Mail regarding Assignments:

From:Don Major <>
Date:Sat, 20 Oct 2018 17:15:32 -0400
Subject:(DCEC Grotto) Input for flyer "what-to-bring" data
To whomever is prepping this year's banquet Flyer:

Last year (2017),  the 1st draft of the banquet flyer had deserts
being brought by Half! of the attendees!  So, this led me to look,
at that time, into what was assigned in previous years.

The result was the message to Doug (below), which attempted some
load-balancing for the 4 groups of attendees.  Hopefully, the
preparation of this year's flyer will take this info into account.

Flyers for previous years are still online, at:

( Just change that last digit in the address bar. )


----- Forwarded message from Don Major <> -----

Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:41:24 -0500
From: Don Major <>
To: Doug Duncan <>
Subject: recommended what-to-bring data
In-Reply-To: <>
User-Agent: Mutt/


In order to be fair to banquet attendees, I've looked at the four
previous flyers, to see how the what-to-bring was assigned.

For: A=appetizer S=side D=dessert

A-D brought S 3-years, and A once.

E-G brought A 2-years, D once, and S once.

H-M brought S 3-years, and D once.

N-Z brought D 2-years, A once, and S once.


So, this year (2017), it should be:

    H-M Appetizer

E-G,N-Z Side

    A-D Dessert


I hope this makes sense.

| Don Major  <>  Lat: N38.8838,  Lng: W77.2549

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