Sunday nights in Upstate New York, you could frequently find a ton of young JWs at Reva Rollerdrome.
I once rented the facility I paid for the entire facility fee. I also paid for a ton of food, and some people brought food. Everyone who came in was required to pay a $1 rental fee. This was a rink requirement. I invited everyone that I liked. There was to be a very good representation of Elders, because I had asked 5 elders beforehand if they would chaperone the party.
As usual in JW land, no matter how much care you take, you offend someone. The Bill Brigden family made a very big deal about it because they weren't invited. I was called to the elders room by Jim Seward and Jim Smith, if memory serves correctly.
I had followed all of the WT protocol for having a 'party.' The Brigdens had gotten hold of an invitation (yes I mailed them, not gave them out at the Hall, LOL). I was questioned like I was a criminal.
At that age (I think 22 or so) I was finally starting to find my voice. The accusation the Brigdens made against me was that I was 'charging the brothers admission to attend a party.' This was against WT party rules. However, they couldn't find any difference between JW paying $1 for skate rental at my party vs. the numerous JW who paid admission PLUS skate rental to go skating on a Sunday night.
In the elder's room, I finally told the Brigdens I didn't invite them because I didn't like them. This made the elders very uncomfortable, I mean Bill Brigden was an elder and all. How dare I? In the end, they couldn't stop me from holding the party.
But out of the 200 or so people I had invited, only about 80 showed up. The reason? About two weeks after my invitations went out and all of the plans were finalized, a letter came to the congregations informing the elders that there was a "regional elders meeting" in Henrietta Assembly Hall, the very day my party was planned.
Many families would not attend because there wouldn't be any elders there. How friggin' hilarious is this?
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