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THE “NO STRINGS ATTACHED BOOK CLUB” SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PTOS "The Topeka School" by Ben Lerner https://meetings.uspto.gov/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=463d94041f7065d1c8afbdfd14862a5c Meeting Number: 992 315 711 Meeting Password: 233255 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 4:30-5:30 PM (ET) LYNN BRISTOL: LYNN.BRISTOL@USPTO.GOV (PTOS)
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PTOS Happy Fiscal New Year Event (FY21) This year Freshly will bring the food to you for PTOS’s Happy Fiscal New Year Event Sign-up here to reserve a meal box. Must sign up by the end of day on Tuesday September 22, 2020. Members who sign-up will receive an email with a link to a PTOS specific Freshly Website. The website will allow members to select up to four meals to be delivered to their home for the cost of $10. Payment will be made directly to Freshly on their website. Delivery is scheduled for Tuesday October 13, 2020. Questions please contact Robert Hodge, Seahvosh Nikmanesh or David Lotter No Other time is provided for this event. Participation is considered “off duty” time.
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PTOS Nationwide Pizza Night  9/28/2020

 

Celebrate all your hard work during the final push for the end of the Fiscal year with a Pizza. PTOS members can have a single topping Domino’s pizza delivered for $5.  Take a break and enjoy a pizza!

For $5, each participating PTOS member will receive a large 1 topping pizza from Domino’s delivered to their address!.

The $5 fee is all-inclusive and includes the cost of the pizza, taxes, service/delivery fees, and driver gratuity.

 

When: Monday, September 28th, delivered Approximately 5:00 pm using contactless delivery

Reservation order must be made and paid for by 9/22/2020 4:00 pm EST.  No exceptions.  One pizza per member while supplies last.

 

How: Go to https://reservations.ptos.org/product_info.php?products_id=61 then create an account or login to an existing account, and pay the $5 fee via the website. Please make sure that the address and phone number in the account information matches the address you would like the pizza to be delivered to.  Payment is required when you order and no later than Tuesday September 22nd 4:00 pm EST.

 

Please direct any questions to Seahvosh Nikmanesh and Robert Hodge

No Other time is provided for this event.  Participation is considered “off duty” time.      

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Subject: Wine Lectures & Fall Wine Selection

 

Hello,

If you love wine or are curious to learn more about it, there is no better time than now to join in the fun. Check out the info below for details on upcoming fall wine lectures offered to the PTOS.

 

Who we are

 

I’m Stephen. My first introduction to wine was at university where I was able to get credits for taking a wine education course! This opened my eyes to the world of wine. At the start, I didn’t even know that grapes have ideal climates and therefore not all wine regions produce all types of wines. In 2018, I started a wine lecture series for the PTOS where we held our meetings on the top floor of Remsen. Our lecture size quickly outgrew that wonderful top floor view. Since March of 2020, we pivoted to virtually guided tastings and lectures.

 

Since the beginning, Beth, another member of PTOS, has been there assisting me with the lectures. During this time we both studied for the WSET II, a wine certificate that verifies we know what we are talking about. We have not stopped studying for higher wine certificates and have not stopped hosting awesome, engaging lectures.   

 

The name put on all the lecture slides “Veni Vini Amici” means to me, “We gather, learn of wine, and become friends”.

It is the motto that has guided me to create and evolve the lectures to bring together good friends, good vibes, and good wines . Wine tastes better with knowledge and friends.

 

 

 

 

The Setup

 

It has been quite a journey to adapt to the virtual landscape we find ourselves in to connect with others in the time of social distancing. This picture is a behind the scenes look at how we’ve adapted to the times. Our lectures strive to have crystal clear lighting and audio so that everyone can enjoy the content as though we are in your living room.

As we have gotten more comfortable with the virtual world, we’ve realized a more permanent setup was needed. Oct 8th is the reveal of our new hosting area--I’m so very excited.

 

It has been a mission of mine to have both the WebEx and YouTube live running for these lectures so you would be able to pick the experience you want. You can choose to join us on WebEx and participate in the tastings live through our novel tasting experience; the real benefit is the ability to hang out, chat, and ask questions after the formal part of the lecture. You could also choose to form your own Zoom/WebEx call with your colleagues and tune into YouTube to follow along. Another benefit of the lectures being on YouTube is that members are able to go back and catch the information after the live recording.

 

 

Why is now the best time to join in?

Over the past few months, I’ve reached out to several online distributors to setup a wine club package that has reliable packaging, suitable inventory, and capability to ship to at least all the Mid-Atlantic states. I’m happy to report that it was a successful endeavor! ‘Wine Till Sold Out’ is going to provide the wine that we will be drinking during our lecture series. Below are the save the dates and lecture topics.

 

 

Your PTOS membership grants you a discount on the fall shipment!

To redeem, visit: https://reservations.ptos.org/product_info.php?products_id=59&osCsid=d0tmqlegmq3f3pnfs87s7reeq5

This is for a gift certificate. *NOTE* You will use the gift certificate emailed to you at www.wtso.com/ptos to complete the order

Use Promo code “VVA” to get $5 off and your balance will be $0.

Limit to the first 40 Verified active PTOS members.

Last date for purchase gift certificate: Sept 23

Last date to order package from WTSO: Sept 25

 

Don’t want to purchase the PTOS package?  No Problem!

Everyone can still go to www.WTSO.com/PTOS and use “VVA” for $5 off + Free Shipping on purchase of 4 bottles or more!

You DO NOT need to purchase these bottles in order to attend the lectures.  Feel free to pick-up any bottle that fits the theme to follow along.

Save the Dates:

[Fall Wine Order] Oct 6: Frosé PartYaY!

[Fall Wine Order] Oct 8: Rosé Lecture

[Fall Wine Order] Oct 29: Portugal Lecture

[On Your Own] Nov 19: BoJo Nouveau Day

[Fall Wine Order] Dec 10: Tour de Crémant

[Fall Wine Order] Dec 31: Vintage Champagne Toast

[Wine TBD] Jan 12: Dr. Frank Guest Lecture & Tasting

[Fall Wine Order] Feb 3: Zinfandel - Old World Vs New

For more info: https://veniviniamici.wixsite.com/home/post/fall-wine-club-wine-dates

For questions: Stephen.Yanchuk@uspto.gov (please include “Wine” in the subject)

 

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