Thanks to our generous, vivacious co-rep Melody McGinnis, we have had our first social gathering - a holiday brunch at Melody's house in Woodinville. We were a small but festive group - Lisa Jenni, Mary Berdan and her sister Marilyn, Deborah Jaffe, and Melody's mom, Pat. We had oodles of great food, conversation on many subjects - a relaxing respite in the middle of the holiday season. We hope that the gathering will grow next year, and that SAQA members all over the region will also be able to connect in small local groups to get to know each other better. What a pleasure to spend a couple of relaxing hours with these warm, thoughtful people!