Sippy Cup Corp

The Maryland JCI Senate Sippy Cup Corps honors those individuals who don’t possess the skill to get their drink completely into their mouth, rather than over other parts of their person or other persons.

The Corps’ roots go back to the US JCI Senate Winter Board Meeting in Daytona Beach in January 2004.  It was at that meeting that one poor Calvin Baerveldt had the misfortune of spilling his drink on the First Lady of the US JCI Senate, Deb Price.  That afternoon, some of the ladies from Maryland went shopping and, upon returning, presented Calvin with a sippy cup filled with his drink of choice.  This was purely for the safety of others at the meeting.  It was at this same meeting the next morning that Calvin placed his cup of coffee on top of the TV in his room, not noticing that it was not level, but slanted toward the front.  Of course, the cup came down, unfortunately, into the open dresser drawer containing his wife Diane’s clothes below. That night at the banquet, the Maryland delegation donned ponchos to protect themselves against Calvin’s clumsiness of the weekend.  This scene was immortalized in outgoing US JCI Senate President John Price’s slide show at the annual banquet in Charleston, SC in June.

In May 2004, during a Maryland Jaycee reception, incoming MD JCI Senate President Sam Young was absent for a toast given in his honor — he was in his hotel room changing pants after spilling his drink, on himself, while trying to balance it and two plates of food on his lap. When notified of the mishap, and that he was no longer alone, Calvin uttered the fateful words “Sippy Cup Corps”.  And thus, the Corps was born.

Certificates were created, complete with a Maryland JCI Senate Troubadour decked out in a poncho designed by Michele Kountz.  These were presented to Calvin and Sam at the August 2004 meeting, along with a sippy cup.  Members are known as SIPPs (Senator Imbibing in Protective Plastic).  We remain ever vigilant for actions by others which will qualify them for this prestigious group.

Members come from many states – notables include five former US JCI Senate First Ladies, ten US JCI Senate Presidents, and a Past Canada JCI Senate President.

If you are at a JCI Senate function where Maryland Senators are in attendance, be careful. You may be the next person to be inducted into this elite group.


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1          Calvin Baerveldt, Maryland

2          Sam Young, Maryland

3          Letha Grimes, Maryland

4          Charles Harding, Maryland

5          Sue Pasquale, Connecticut

6          Larry Richmond, Maryland

7          Tom Rohr, Maryland

8          Sue Woelpper, Maryland

9          Pam Cotter, Maryland

10        John Woelpper, Maryland

11        John Cotter, Maryland

12        Sandy Kolodner, Maryland

13        Jimmy  Harris, Maryland

14        Judy Nuessle, Maryland

15        Ronnie Bohn, Maryland

16        Mary Ann Rohr, Maryland

17        Nick Martin, Maryland

18        Bernie Gilbank, Canada

19        Barbara Ransom, Maryland

20        Patsy Edmondson, Florida

21        Sue Kellum, Maryland

22        Larry Bohn, Maryland

23        Doug Meyers, California

24        Diane Baerveldt, Maryland

25        Charley Dick, Rhode Island

26        Deb Price, West Virginia

27        Larry White, Maryland

28        Gary Williams, Maryland

29        Heidi White, Maryland

30        Bruce Geddes, Ohio

31        Jean Geddes, Ohio

32        Mike O’Connell, Michigan

33        Pat Hoelker, Iowa

34        Patrick Mahaney, Delaware

35        Danny Nuessle, Maryland

36        Steve Sutherland, Florida

37        Rob Ray, Maryland

38        Jim France, Maryland

39        Randy Young, Minnesota

40        Cia Marshall, Maryland

41        Kay Faries, Virginia

42        Ariel Jones, Virginia

43        Jennifer Ray, Maryland

44        Lawrence Pittman, North Carolina