Your Town, May 20, 2012

What’s in a name?

In our last name, you get a mouthful.

It’s a rare night that goes by that the phone doesn’t ring with a solicitor on the other end. Quite often, it’s just a recording — an automated voice asking a question prompting a yes or no answer — but on occasion someone with a pulse on the other end of the line will make the mistake of asking for Mr. or Mrs. Gemaehlich.

That’s when the fun starts.

Rarely will they ask to speak to Mr. or Mrs. “Geh-may-lic,” as it’s properly pronounced. It sounds more like a mouthful of marbles and something like “Jim-ale-ick,” “Gamm-uh-leech” or a combination of the two “Gamm-a-lic.”

No sense in correcting the person on the other end, they’re hell-bent on selling something — a product or point of view — and not too worried about whom they’re selling to.

I remember well the stranger who pronounced it without flaw —  the courtroom judge who called my name from the jury pool and instructed me to take a seat among the “12” to be considered for jury placement. With a German surname himself, he knew the proper pronunciation and its accent. And he had fun saying it out loud, over and over, as I found the empty seat and he swore me in for questioning. We weren’t strangers for very long.

I spent the next three days serving on the jury.

So, now you want to spell Gemaehlich?

That’s for the brave. When I married Allen, my mom was bound and determined to get the spelling figured out by our wedding date, so she devised her own sure-fire method, using a phonetic alphabet. Her Alpha-Bravo-Charlie spelling technique assures birthday cards, emails and other correspondence are delivered without delay.

Several times a week, I get a call at work from someone trying to send an email with information for the Weekly Planner or an item for the Out and About. They thought they typed the email address correctly, but it bounced back and they need to verify the spelling.  Sometimes a slip of the finger on the keyboard, a distractive phone call, or life in general happens, and the name ends up with missing vowels, extra consonants or questionable symbols — “G-a-m-a-e-h-l-i-c-h,” or “G-a-m-e-a-c-h-l-i-c-h” or “$-#-@-&-*-%-l-i-c-h.

It’s OK. I understand.

When in doubt, make it simple — send me an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard is seeking new members.

Honor Guard meetings take place the fourth Tuesday of each month. The Honor Guard provides military funeral honors, when requested, for veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Candidates must have an honorable discharge from military service. Positions are commander, chaplain, flag bearer, firing detail and bugler. Dues are $10 per year and training is provided.

Call Bob Henderson at 255-1352 for more information.

It’s a busy time of year for the Redlands Lions Club. Memorial Day is May 28 and the club will be putting out flags for its customers who reside in the Seasons, Tiarado, Panorama, South Broadway and Redlands Village areas.

Flags are placed in front of residences on nine holiday a year for a fee of $30. The delivery year is July 1–June 30 and fees can be prorated.

Call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222, Skip Hughes at 243-6785 or Dave McLinay at 433-7961 for information.

One of the best kept secrets in the community is the Mesa County Concert Association, celebrating its 68th season during 2012-13.

According to a note I received this week, the association offers “real artists, real entertainment, is real economic and fits the real ‘in’ crowd, offering varied entertainment to please everyone.”

Cost is $50 for adults and $25 for students for a total of six concerts.

Call 243-1979 for more information.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Underhill family of Parachute is set for 6–8 p.m. June 1 at Grand Valley Fire Protection, 124 Stone Quarry Road, in Parachute.

Cost is $15 for adults $8 for children ages 3 and older and free for ages younger than 2. There will also be live music and silent auction.

Donations for cancer patient Andrew Underhill can be deposited to the account in his name at Wells Fargo Bank in Battlement Mesa.

Call Sarah Perdue at 270-6776 for more information.

Submit your Planner and community news items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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