Holiday Luncheon in December Marked Return to In-Person Gatherings for the TCC Charter Chapter

Noel Jones receives his Diamond (300 Country) certificate and pin from President Tim Skeet and Secretary JoAnn Schwartz. (See more photos below.)

After a two-year coronavirus-related hiatus from in-person meetings, the Charter Chapter (Los Angeles/Orange County) gathered for its Annual International Holiday Luncheon at Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, California, on Dec. 11, 2021.

More than 60 TCC members and their guests met amidst festive holiday decorations to celebrate this reunion of friends and world travelers to share stories and belatedly honor Past President JoAnn Schwartz for her service as our club leader in 2018-2019. President Tim Skeet presented her with a solar-powered globe and bestowed the club’s thanks for her leadership during those two years.

Our newest director, Jeff Houle of McLean, Virginia, was introduced to the audience for the first time. Houle, who joined the board in August 2020, also serves as the coordinator of our Washington, DC Chapter.

We honored veteran member Noel Jones upon his accomplishment of having visited 300 of our countries/territories, an achievement he reached upon visiting Seychelles last October. We also recognized a new Full Member, Krista Allen, who reached her 100th destination when visiting Cyprus, also last October.

Charter Chapter Coordinator Michael Sholer was pleased to acknowledge 17 guests, then introduced TCC Secretary JoAnn Schwartz who presented a fascinating program on her visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo last June.

Krista Allen is excited to become a Full (100 Country) TCC Member.
JoAnn Schwartz is honored and recognized for her service as TCC President in 2018-19.
Board Member Jeff Houle is introduced as he attends his first Charter Chapter meeting.
Colleen and Rodney Lineweber celebrate the Charter Chapter’s return to in-person meetings.
Mary and Doug Schreier and their guest Lori Seyer (left) enjoy lunch together.
Jackie and Richard Swanberg share traveler tales with Jonathan Holburt (right).
Stanley and Johanna Corbett (left) “break bread” with Karen and John Stern.
Rhonda and Eric Ingelman (center) share a holiday meal with sons Brent (left), Lars and Ruolin Li (right).
Noel Jones celebrates his 300 Country achievement with Linda Vandom and his sons Lenny and Evan.
Linda and Peter Schlesinger relax at the Annual International Holiday Luncheon.
Sunny Vazquez McMullen and her guest Orion Ramos enjoy a delicious prime rib lunch.
Charter Chapter Coordinator Michael Sholer welcomes back members and guests after a nearly two-year hiatus.
Part of the festive crowd of more than 60 members and guests at Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills.