Englewood United Methodist Men
History of the EUMM
The history of the Englewood United Methodist Men’s Fellowship is summarized by Frank Stallard, President 1972. This summery is followed by important dates and Events in our history.
Memories of EUMM by Frank Stallard. one of the founders dated January 26, 2002:
I have been a member of EUMC. since about 1968 or 1969. Sometime around 1970, Preston Adkins and Don Browning came to see me when we lived on Manasoto Key. I was asked if I would like to join them in starting a “Methodist Men’s” organization. I thought it was a good idea, so I joined them. Our first meeting was February 1970, with six men (Preston Adkins, Don Browning, Hugh Doan, Dan McElroy, Slats Burger and I). There may have been a couple more fellows, but I can’t remember who. Dan McElroy was the first President and I was the second.
It was a struggle at first; we tried to have a program every meeting. We started out with coffee and doughnuts, but later we went to a full breakfast with a free will donation, which is about what you do today. Some time along the road we tried meeting at noon, hoping to get working men interested, but it didn’t work out and we went back to breakfast.
Pancake day was started in the old Church at Green & Magnolia streets. We started out with a couple of electric griddles from our home kitchens, but that didn’t last long Then we tried using regular home griddles over 2 burners on the stove. That didn’t last long either. By using the 2 griddles over 4 burners, we soon had a problem; a burned out electric stove.
We bought a home-style mixer and.1 pancake dispenser; our pancake mix came from the grocery store. We served less than 200 at the old church.
When we built our new church, the back part of the sanctuary was a social ball and the room that now houses our usher’s coats was the kitchen A folding door separated the sanctuary from the social hail The folding doors came from Sarasota County, they were remodeling a building and could not use them, but would loan them to us, which we accepted, thankfully. We knew they would never want them back.
The new kitchen looked so big, compared to what we had, but it was soon too small to handle the crowds that came every other Saturday.
At one time Dick Wills fried eggs on a propane grill, set up outside the kitchen door. One of our biggest days we served 2300 from our new little kitchen. The social hail was filled with tables and we setup card tables in both narthexes We only charged $1 00 for a meal, but we still made money Numerous times when the weather was cold, we would have lines of people waiting to get in; we would take pots of coffee & paper cups and treat everyone. People still remember those times.
We bought a larger hot water tank and George Albrecht built a shed to house it outside the building We didn’t have enough hot water to take care of the dishes.
One of the fun things we used to do was have a Strawberry Festival The first time we bad one, I got 35 people to pick berries It was a lot of tim doing it, but it wasn’t the best ideas, because the berries were too ripe and we had a lot of waste. The next time we bought 500 to use and sell by the flat or quart. Don Browning was always the head baker in the kitchen, so he got the men together and they baked enough biscuits for the shortcake, about a week in advance Then we had to store them with everybody who had freezer room. It all turned out fine. We made some money and everyone had a good time doing it. It was open to the public and we had a good turnout. The fellowship Hall was full and we setup tables outside.
We had great Family Night suppers in our new social hall Don Browning would cook a big beef round,
and that would be served along with covered dishes by the congregation That continued for about 10 years, until the price of beef went sky-high, and we had to discontinue the meat and go back to just covered dishes.
Another fun thing was our, “Ice Cream Socials.” These occasions were for our members only, but they were all sponsored by the “Men & Women of the United Methodist Church.”
It was a real pleasure in 1.989 to move into our new: kitchen and new Fellowship Hall. Everything was brand-new and, lots of room to move around. We had 4 new griddles plus one on the gas stove; 2 large modern coffee urns, several pancake dispensers, a new convection oven (where several cakes can be baked at one time) and is now used to bake the coffee cakes for the Men’s Breakfast.
We added “Nuts & Honey” to our list of sale items and the ladies had a great place to sell their hand-made items.
The Methodist Men were a natural place to get help for doing the lawn work For years the M M have maintained the lawn and cleared land for parking lots, maintained the Memorial Gardens and a host of other ‘odd jobs around the grounds.
I have always been proud to be a Methodist Man, and look back fondly to the days when I was able to accomplish some of the projects that came up I was always asking for help for one thing or another and I always got it. There are always many “OPPORIJNITIES” for anyone belonging to the Church.
My personal feeling, about all of activities this church has sponsored, is By working together on projects for the Church, the fellowship is magnified many times
“God bless you and I love you all.”
Important Dates and Events in the EUMM”s History
February, 1970 – Preston Adkins, Don Browning and Frank Stallard hosted the first meeting of the United Methodist Men’s group, with six men in attendance.
The first “Pancake Day” was held at the Green Street Church and initially served 200 people.
February 1971 – First Men’s Prayer Breakfast at the Green Street Church. That church was sold to the Church of the Nazarene in November of 1979.
February 25, 1979 – First worship service in the new sanctuary. 1,359 total attendance.
February 1979 – With the “new church” came a new kitchen, which once served pancakes to 2,300 people at a price of$1.00 per person.
The Strawberry Festivals and Ice Cream Socials were big successes.
April 1985 – Hugh Doan (former UMM President) and wife Gertrude donated a building and first offices (now Helping Hand).
August 1986 – $2,000,000 expansion for new Education Building, Fellowship Hall, Doan Chapel and the Lamp building addition. These were consecrated November 1, 1987.
1989 – saw the completion of the new kitchen in Fellowship Hall with more room and cooking capacity.
December 2014 – UMM donated and dedicated a new Christmas Tree to the church in Honor of Pastor Gale and Laura Williamson.
- 1971 – Dan McLeroy
- 1972 – Frank Stallard
- 1973 – David Dunkin
- 1974 – Ralph Dart
- 1975 – Paul Lasceli
- 1976 – Ed Flannigan
- 1977 – Curley Reeves
- 1978 – Harry Corson
- 1979 – Ted Kummer
- 1980 – Don Johnson
- 1981 – John Siefert
- 1982 – Earl Freeman
- 1983 – Spencer Shaw
- 1984 – Bill Cain
- 1985 – Fred Van Pelt
- 1986 – Bob Francis
- 1987 – John Field
- 1988 – Bill Clark
- 1989 – Dick Job
- 1990 – Stan Carlson
- 1991 – Art Altman
- 1992 – Bill Duerson
- 1993 – Hugh Doan
- 1994 – Charles Dye
- 1995 – Art Altman
- 1996 – Dave Schramm
- 1997 – Charles Cressy
- 1998 – Don McIntyre
- 1999 – Roger Thomas
- 2000 – Howard Fowler
- 2001 – P J Ceariock
- 2002 – Bob Hollenberg
- 2003 – Fred Cobb
- 2004 – Bob Johns
- 2005 – Jim Hallman
- 2006 – Sid Holm
- 2007 – Peter Patrick
- 2008 – Ken Guillerm,
- 2009 – Rod Bentson
- 2010 – Roy Kern
- 2011 – Steve Kennedy
- 2012 – Larry Miner
- 2013 – Ken Guillerm
- 2014 – 17 – Rick Nelson
- 2018 – 19 – Vic Berger