The HOMERs
Welcome to the web site that may change your life!

We are a group of retired men in Southern New Jersey who have joined together
to bring more meaning to our retirement years. Our efforts have been successful!

We have three goals:
1) Volunteer our services to the community.
2) Help each other.
3) Have some "FUN."

We are pleased to announce the creation of the
Robert Rodney Rhoad, Jr. Fund for the Preservation and Restoration of Historic Art
at the Jamestown, Rhode Island, Historical Society.



A HOMER's memorial donation to this fund helped make it possible and we have received
a thank you letter outlining the process the Historical Society will follow
to restore a wonderful old watercolor of a stone wall in East Ferry, Rhode Island.
It may be that Bob's father and also he, as a young boy, may have
stopped at a well nearby for water on a hot summer day.

All HOMERs are invited to  visit the Jamestown, Rhode Island Historical Society at 92 Narragansett Avenue.
If individual members care to make additional donations, mail it to P.O.Box 156, Jamestown, RI 02835
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March Meeting
NEVER HAPPENED!
Sorry.
February 15, 2017
Hello, Peter!
Peter is the newest HOMER, he lives in Medford and recently retired.


January 11, 2017
The first HNO of 2017 was held at Larry W's.
A good time was had by all.
 
Rich Livingston was our guest speaker of the evening.


Attention All Members
A revision of meeting dates necessitates a revised calendar; please consult the following chart for details.

THE HOMER CALENDAR FOR 2017 HAS BE AMENDED AS FOLLOWS*
January 11 at Larry's
April 12 at Bob H.'s
July 12 at Rich's
October 11 at Radar's
February 8 at George E.'s May 24* at Fred's
August 9 at Dave's
November 8 at Bobby D.'s
March 8 at George G.'s
June 14 at Bain's
September 13 at Walt's
December 13 at Jerry's
    * As always, if your assigned date becomes an impossibility for you to host, simply find someone to trade dates with you, and inform Walt, Jerry and Ray of the change.
    ** Fred's HNO will be the fourth Wednesday of May.

Additional plans for 2017 include
HOMER TRIPS TO
the historic Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, in April led by Ray,
the Yuengling Brewery in June led by Bob "Radar" D.,
Thomas Edison's West Orange Laboratory in September led by Bobby D.
and
Cumberland County's Bayshore Center at Bivalve Village in October co-hosted by Ray and Jerry.
(This adventure will include lunch at the quaint and curious Oyster Cracker Café and possibly a small volunteer work project,)

HOMER/HOMERETTE Luncheons/Dinners
In May hosted by Jerry & Mickey,
in July hosted by George & Janice
in September hosted by Larry & Sue.

and
our annual Christmas Party in December.
November 29, 2016
What fun it is to share ... Pizza with friends... At a time of the year, when... It's cold outside, but warm within.


Fred




Mike is the Property Director for the YMCA Camp Ockanickon.


Bob H.

Our Life Story Presentations continued tonight.
We heard from Fred and Bob H.
Special guest Mike D. joined in, too.

Welcome to the First Ever Caption Writing Contest
Wait, I'll get you started.
"Once upon a time a HOMER was given three boards, two bolts, two washers,
two nuts, and one of these black, shiny things. After examining all the parts
he decided to . . ."

There is no prize for the best entry; just bragging rights!

Just a Reminder
the HOMER's November Meeting will be November 29th at Bobby D's.
But that doesn't mean the Homers have been home alone and sitting still; they've been working!
On a recent cool and crisp November morning Gene, Jerry, Bob D., Larry, Ron, Bobby D.,
and George G., AKA "The Router" were working at assembling mini-picnic benches for the children at a local camp.

Radar, ...

using his Navy training.
Only a few of us remember when we
could bend our knees like this?

Pre-school size picnic benches.


Congratulations, HOMERs!
Another job well done.


George, AKA The Router
Not only can this guy hit a 310 yard drive
straight down a fairway, he can do a quarter-turn
 rout at lightning speed, too!


October 15, 2016 is Moving Day!

The HOMERs
congratulate
our friend and member Tom
on his move to the Sunshine State.


We wish you well.
Be sure to keep in touch!


September 29, 2016
Homer Trip to the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park, NJ


On a rainy September day, ten Homers left home in search of a good time in Menlo Park, NJ, at the Thomas Edison Center - only a 75 minute ride from Medford.  Fred S. was the host for the day.

We met Russ when we arrived in Menlo Park. Russ is a retired police officer who volunteers at the Edison Center. He led us on tour of the Edison Memorial Tower and knew all the answers to our questions. We thank him for the generous gift of his time and for sharing his knowledge of Thomas Edison and Edison's inventions.

Naturally we never go anywhere without a stop for a bite to eat. Fred found a hometown favorite - the Edison Family Restaurant where we enjoyed a wonderful lunch. We had a great waitress, too.

We certainly enjoyed the trip.
Thanks, Fred,
 
Bob "Radar" D., Jerry, Tom, Bob D., Ray, Walt, Bob H., Larry, & Rich.

September 15, 2016 Homer Night Out at Walt's house-by-the-lake.
It was a stay at home night featuring subs and salads.
Lots of fun! Thanks, Walt.

Dave R. (left) & Jerry D. shared their life-stories.


Homers continue their volunteer service at Camp O. by repairing a busy footbridge.
Hey, "These guy can do anything!"

HOMERs Continue Their Volunteer Work at Camp O.
On August 29th the HOMERs, and a HOMER HELPER, assembled six Forest Service
style benches, frequently called Leopold Benches, for use at the camp.
  Our HOMER Historian-in-Residence, Jerry Duffy, tracked down  the man for whom the benches were named.
To read the bio of Ado Leopold follow this link: click here

Volunteer Workers from the left; Dave, Jerry, Bobby D., John, Bob D., George G., & Tom.
At a previous work event, HOMERs Fred, Larry and Bain also worked on these benches.
August 25th - Homer Night Out at Jerry's
  
                                                                                                                    Larry                                            Bob "Radar" D.
Two more Homers "Told Their Story"
Dinner at the Mexican Food Factory.
June 28th - Homer Night Out at Rich's.

George

Tom

Ray
At Bobby D's suggestion three Homers "Told Their Story"

Homer Night Out with Fred at Illiano Cucina  - May 25, 2016
Clockwise from the bottom left: Tom, Rich, Bob (the original), Ray, Larry, George.
Right: Jerry, Bob (the Builder), Dave, Fred, Carl, and Walt
May 18, 2016
Eleven HOMERs ventured across our state to visit the InfoAge Museum in Wall, New Jersey.
On the site of the former military base, Camp Evens, the InfoAge installation is a compound of buildings
which now house scientific and historic exhibits. The HOMERs enjoyed special presentations that covered
the history of Camp Evens and the events that surrounded the Battle of the Bulge, December 16, 1944 to January 28, 1945.
The trip was led by Jerry Duffy.
Carl O.

Sporting His Happy 80th Birthday Necktie!
Congratulations!




Standing, left to right: Dave, Bob, Larry, Rich, Jerry, Jim and Walt.
Seated, Ray



The HOMERs mourn the passing of our dear friend and member
Robert Rodney Rhoad, Jr.

1928 - 2016
Our dear "Snarly," we'll remember you always.

 

Left to Right: "Radar" Bob, Tom, Walt, Larry, Bain, "Original" Bob, a guest volunteer, Jerry & George.
Those not present include Snarley, Jim, Rich, Carl,  and our out of town members Lou, Earnie and Pete.
Our newest members are Fred, Dave &
Bob "The Builder."   The Homer 
Webmaster is Ray.