Friday, August 8, 2014

A Wave of Changes In This New Year

2014 Presidential Address

It is with great excitement that we WAVE in this new season both at Tulane University and at the headquarters of the Gumby Social Aid & Pleasure Club. The 2014-2015 year brings in immense changes, both for Tulane and our club. Let's break it down shall we?



But first... a quick thank you for 2013:

The 2013-2014 inaugural year for the GSAPC was a great one. With a few dozen other Gumbys I enjoyed festivals, instate trips, out of state trips, tailgates, meeting new friends, and spending time with old friends. Thank you for making our first year an immense success and more fun than we could have ever imagined. 


But now, a new year for the GSAPC!:

This year plans to be busier than ever. 

2014-2015 promises to bring in a wide array of new activities and sub Gumby krewes-

Gumby Yogis Club: headed by "Brogi" fanatics Alex Bernadett, Laura Smestad and yours truly, Gumbys each week join together for some Yoga. Currently, the GSAPC has been sending a contingency to Hot Yoga at the Nola Brewery, sponsored by Lululemon. Beer & Yoga... my kind of combination! Here's a pic of some Gumbys sweatin' it out:

Namaste y'all

Gumby Running Club: headed by Hannah Walker, the Gumby Running Club is a group of running Gumbys meeting Tuesdays at 7pm every week. The only rules: wear green, run, and have fun! Here are some pics of Gumby runners and an example route we did:

Bonus pic of our #1 Gumby runner! See him at the Jazz Half running in our honor!
See this link for details: Run for the Gumbys

Starting in the fall of 2014 the GSAPC is launching two new sub Gumby krewes-

Gumby's Doing Outreach: a once a month krewe that goes out into the city to join together in a day of Outreach. Alex Bernadett will probably lead this charge. Here he is after a charity long distance event he put on to raise awareness after the Boston Marathon attack:

Gumby "Frisby": this fall, headed by Libby Creim, the GSAPC will join a New Orleans Ultimate Frisbee league and play together every Sunday night. Our discs will be green of course:

Coupled with these sub krewes is our largest group, the GSAPC Tailgate Krewe. We will continue tailgating for basketball, baseball, and most importantly football at Yulman Stadium! Members can join the tailgate for free. Non members can pay a game day $10 for unlimited access at that tailgate or else BYOB and BYOF to join. 

For more information on any of these groups or to formally join, please email us with inquiries at 

In addition to all the new happenings, the GSAPC has been enjoying a rockin' summer. Gumbys celebrated White Linen Night, Running of the Bulls, Daiquiri Fest, Strawberry Fest, Oyster Fest, etc etc etc. NOLA is a city of festivals and the GSAPC takes full advantage!

Some of our upcoming events-

August 23rd- Our 2014-15 Season Kick Off Party. 
Old members, new members, and inquiring folk are welcome to join us for Sloshball, QB challenge, BBQ, Saints watch party, and more. See this flier for details and RSVP at our Facebook event/page:

August 31st- A Labor Day Weekend Brunch
Dues paying members are invited to a brunch at the house of Melza Van Roijen. A thank you to old members renewing and a nicer formal welcome to new members.

Septermber 6th- Yulman Stadium Opener!!!
We'll have 2 tents up on the LBC quad for Yulman's opener. Wristbands for dues members will be handed out to ensure you get your drink on and $10 is asked for one time tailgaters. If you bring yo own contribution to the tailgate we waive dat. 


She's Almost done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enjoy some of these pictures!!!:

Please also join us in welcoming July and August's new members to the GSAPC:

Evan Nicoll
Tim Lindsay
Kathleen Pope
Laura Smestad 
Angelica "Pickles"
Hannah Udell
John Huppi
Hannah Walker
Asyl Nachabe
Bjorn Bernhardsen

These members will be initiated August 23rd. 


Last but not least we would like to formally welcome two new honorary Gumbys in President Michael Fitts and Coach David Pierce. 

President Fitts will be leading the Green Wave Nation, taking over for President Cowen. 

Coach Pierce will be leading the Green Wave baseball team, taking over for legendary Coach Jones.

We look forward to welcoming our new members and new family to all of the above mentioned events as well as these very important tailgate home games! (Mark em off yo schedule folks!):

  • Sept. 6th- Tulane Home Opener vs. Georgia Tech at Yulman Stadium (Honey themed tailgate)
  • Sept. 13th- Tulane Home Game vs. Southeastern LA at Yulman Stadium (theme TBA)
  • Oct 11th- Tulane Home Game vs. UCONN at Yulman Stadium (theme TBA)
  • Oct 31st- Tulane Halloween Home Game vs. Cincinnati at Yulman Stadium (costume party)
  • Nov 15th- Tulane Homecoming vs. Memphis at Yulman Stadium (theme TBA)
  • Dec 6th- Tulane Home Game vs. Temple at Yulman Stadium (theme TBA)


And with that I bid you a happy early, and hot, August. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for updates on events, tailgates, and parties. Roll Wave and let's all hope for an outstanding 2014-2015 year! Any interest in joining or further inquiries can be directed to our email with the subject "more information please" here: GSAPC Email

-Jeff Darling, Class 2011, proud president of the Gumby Social Aid & Pleasure Club

PS: Here's a sneak peak at some of our helmets for the season... a little eye candy for y'all!

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