14 Years of Breakfast
Posted on September 26, 2018 2:00 PM by Melani Miller Harig
Every Wednesday morning for the past 14 years, a group of current and former Fallsmead residents has met up for breakfast as part of the Fallsmead Men's Breakfast group. Stan Bissey, the Breakfast founder, and a few Fallsmead neighbors started meeting for breakfast in 2005. The weekly event has since grown to about 12-16 persons. More than 40 Fallsmead men have attended the breakfast at least once since it started. Read on for a full write-up of the group's activities from group member Tom McKenna:
Early every Wednesday morning, a few walkers set out from Fallsmead, heading for Woodside Deli in Rockville’s Town Center to attend the Fallsmead Men’s Breakfast. By the time the walkers arrive at the deli, other folks have already arrived and have several conversations going simultaneously. Soon, folks begin placing custom breakfast order with the waitress, who must patiently compete with ongoing discussions, yet quickly get all breakfast orders to the kitchen. Breakfast discussion topics include current events, sports, Fallsmead news, vacation reports, or other news. Often, someone will pull out a mobile to fact-check something. No question goes unanswered! The breakfast is fun. Some say it contributes to a healthy retirement to have the regular social interaction with such an interesting group!
Stan Bissey, the Breakfast founder, and a few Fallsmead neighbors started meeting for breakfast in 2005. The weekly event has since grown to about 12-16 persons, sometimes more. More than 40 Fallsmead men have attended the breakfast at least once since it started. The breakfast venue has only changed three times over the years, always due to some restaurant change. When a venue change was needed, breakfast regulars quickly came up with a good alternative that allowed our record of never missing a week for unplanned reasons to continue intact. The group started with a mix of retired and nonretired men. However, now only a few are still in the workforce. All are current or former Fallsmead residents.
Photo Caption: Pictured here from left are Walt McKee and Erich Baumgartner (front) and Tom McKenna and Stan Bissey (rear). They are planning a future breakfast. Photo courtesy of Tom McKenna.