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Web Site Update for 2014

This web site host and domain name is currently in my name and secured for the 2014-2016 years   Photos are posted in one size only.  You may enlarge them using the keyboard or mouse with your computer, or pinch to make bigger on your tablet or smart phone.  Anyone attending an Orange Acres event is welcome to take photos and forward to me for possible Web posting.  If any Orange Acres resident is interested in helping with this web site,  positions are open!

Judy Marian

Chaplain Kevin

Chaplain Kevin Hackett
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October 21 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin opened our coffee meeting this morning for 58 of us.  The snowbirds are starting to return!  Hurray!

Back with us are Reuel and Sara Detweiler, Richard Tolman, Wilma Jordan and Dave Matthews.  Judy Chieffo has been released from rehab and is with us this morning as well.  Welcome folks!

There was no one present to sing Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary to.

Charlene gave her sunshine report.

Charlie Parkes told his usual funny joke for the week!

The November calendars are out with one revision:  Flu Shots will be on Wednesday, November 12th from 10:00 am -12:00 pm.  (NOT November 11th).  There is a sign up sheet for flu shots posted on the bulletin board.

There will be a November Observer so be sure to get any news to the office soon.

The sign-up sheets for pot luck on the 30th of October and for Veterans Day in November are on the bulletin board 

There have been no further sightings of the young man roaming our park, but please stay alert and notify the office and authorities if you do see him around here again.

Charlie Parkes reminded us that the food barrel is still pretty empty so let's try to fill it up for those less fortunate as soon as we can, especially with the holidays coming.

Judy Parkes wants everyone to know that she will be having a tag sale at 183 Jeffrey Drive this Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.  Come one, come all!

Our President Elect, Jane, thanked all the coffee crew, donut crew and residents attending the meeting.

While waiting for our guest speaker this morning, Jane told us a very captivating and emotional story about the European trip she took with her mother.  It was filled with coincidences or "God's whispers" as Jane calls them,  In the year it took to plan, Jane found an all-purpose sweater and bought one for herself and her mother.  On the day before the 40th anniversary of D-Day, Jane and Lucille were in Paris.  They had planned to go to the Eiffel Tower the next day to look out on that historic city, but in the morning, Lucille, wearing her sweater, changed her mind and they went to the Louvre.  After many hours, at Lucille's suggestion, they were going to leave but she changed her mind again and they stopped for a cup of coffee where Lucille sat across the table from a woman wearing the same sweater - and it turned out they both lived in Sarasota.  More whispers!! Jane struck up a conversation with the woman's husband and this veteran told her a heart breaking story of his and his best buddy's war experience.  They landed on the beaches on D-Day and his wife to be, who was a nurse, that very day cared for his wounded friend.  Many years later he and his wife retired to Florida and so had his friend but they had never met.  A for-sale note brought them together for a memorable evening two days before his friend died.  They then went on their trip to honor him and all those who served and put the past to rest.  All this is in Jane's heart and memory because of the "same sweater", a change of mind and "let's get a cup of coffee"!  What a memorable way to begin honoring our veterans.

More whispers and 30 years later, Jane now lives in Orange Acres, goes to bingo and Mona Owens wraps herself up in another "same sweater"!  And--both Jane's mother and Mona's dad had,  at the same time, lived on the same street, Andros Drive in Windward Isle!!  And now their children are playing bingo together.  Always listen for the whispers.

Our special speaker this morning was Victoria Findley from The Sarasota Military Academy.  The Academy is having a fund raiser until December 1st.  They are doing the "Wreaths Across America Program". Wreaths Across America makes sure every National Cemetery grave site has a wreath on it...not a Christmas wreath or even a religious wreath, jus a wreath!  The cost is $15.00 with $5.00 going back to the Academy to help students purchase uniforms, etc.  Any wreaths left over will go to other National Cemeteries.  Jane Betts has forms available for your purchase.  Victoria said she will return to Orange Acres on November 18th to speak again when more "snowbirds" are back.

Quote of the week:  "Be who you are and say what you feel because those that matter don't mind and those that mind don't matter"

Have a great week!  (Thanks, Betsy!)

October 14 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

This morning, Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting with prayer.

We had 47 in attendance this week.  Back with us were Mike and Jean Delaney, Ed and Carol Foltz, Dick and Peggy Killinger, Alan Duff and Lynne Butler, Pauline Pittman, Charlotte Butland and Lois Weaverling.  Welcome back to Orange Acres!

Phil and Elaine Albarano will be leaving us, but only for about 10 days.

We sang Happy Birthday to Mike Delaney and Happy Anniversary to Charlotte Butland.

Charlene gave us her Sunshine report.

Jan Mazer reminded us to sign up for the Oktoberfest pot luck on Thursday, October 30th and there will be dancing following the supper.

Speaking of Dancing, Paula Jacobsen says the first Orange Acres dance will be on Friday, November 7th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  She will begin selling tickets next week.  (Also see Future Events tab for details).

Phil Albarano spoke about our Veterans Day Celebration which will be on Saturday, November 8th.  The parade will start from the clubhouse at 11:00 am.  Our sister park, Cedar Cove will be participating with us in our service this year.  Jim Lamb, who is past Exalted Leader of the Elks will be our guest speaker.  Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen with serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda.  Also any "elves" who can make cookies and cakes would be greatly appreciated.  Phil will put a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to get an idea of how many people will be attending.

Charlie Parkes gave us a good laugh with his joke of the week.  As they had to be there!!!

Our soon to be President, Jane Betts, informed us that Camelot East is holding a blood drive tomorrow from 9 am until noon.

Flu shots will be given again at the club house on Wednesday, November 12th beginning at 9:00 am.

There has not been any further word on our interloper being around but still be cautious and on the alert!

Judy Marion will begin Computer classes on Tuesday, November 11th from 4:00-5:00 pm.  Questions and Answers begin the hour followed with a lesson.  No computers needed in class.  Everyone is welcome.

Our first 50/50 was today.  There were three winners who each received $10.00.  Remember, the 50/50 will run every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

There will be a November Orange Acres newsletter coming from management.  Future issues are being discussed.  In the meantime, be sure to check the bulletin board and web site for coming events.

Jane thanked the clubhouse decorators, coffee crew, donut folks and Gary, our talented music man.

With no further business, the meeting closed at 8:30 am.

Red Skelton quote:  "I don't let old age bother me.  There are three signs of old age.  Loss of memory...I forget the other two"!

Have a great week!  (Thank you, Betsy)

October 7 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting with a prayer at 8:00 am this morning.

We had 40 residents in attendance.  We welcomed back Rick and Judy Wilson and Pat Lenahan is here for 5 days while looking for someone to rent her unit.

There was no one present to sing Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary, but maybe next week.

Adele Beauregard reminded us that the Red Hats outing is at Square One Burgers on Monday, October 20th at noon.  She has coupons for free appetizer or dessert so be sure to sign up.

Hugh Spinney and Bob Springer will start the 50/50 raffle next Tuesday, October 14th and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday thereafter.  Tickets are 1 for $1.00 or 3 for $2.00.  Good luck!

Jane asked our group if we would like this month's pot luck to be an Oktoberfest theme or a costume contest.  The Oktoberfest won out with the majority of hands raised.  Jan Mazer will chair the event on October 30th at 6:00 pm and there will be music and dancing.  Put your "thinking caps" on for German food to bring to the fun night!

Jane checked with the office and there will not be an October OA Observer Newsletter.  There may be a November one, possibly, keep your fingers crossed!  Be sure to get your information to the office before November 1st.

Management would like us all to know that there has been a vagrant wandering our property.  He is young with dark curly hair, a back pack and riding a bicycle.  He has been seen inside the club house!  It is believed that he comes out from Sunrise or from the back of our neighboring hotels.  Please be diligent and notify the authorities if necessary.

Thanks were given to our September coffee helpers.

The meeting closed at 8:30 am

Have a good week! (Thanks, Betsy!)

September 30 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin led 33 of us in prayer this morning.  A special prayer for less rain was asked by all!!

Amo Kimball has returned for the season.  Bobbi Holden is back along with Mike and Fran Foust from their trip to New York and areas nearby.  Fred and Lela St. James will have lots of grandbaby pictures to share from their trip also.

Unfortunately, there was no one present to sing Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary to.

Charlie Parkes started us out with a "blonde" joke this morning. 

Sue Morey reminded everyone that BINGO starts tomorrow, Wednesday evening at 7 pm.  Also, Sarasota Baptist church will be holding their FREE clothing sale Saturday, November 8th from 8am - 1 pm.  They still need donations which can be dropped off at Sue's home or the church.

We still do not have a Chairperson for the Pot Luck Halloween party this month.  If no one comes forward, we will have to cancel the activities.

Jane reminded us that there is a Resident's Executive Board meeting on Monday, October 6th at 10:00 am

Thanks were given to Ramona Armstrong and Charlene Sherman for providing us with donuts, Gary Snyder for his organ playing and Bill Jacobsen for coffee.

The meeting was closed at 8:25 am.

Betsy shares "It is good to let a little sunshine out as well as in.  Let's hope the sun shines a lot more than it has lately"!

Have a great week! (Thanks Betsy!)

September 23 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

This morning our Vice President and President Elect, Jane Betts led 26 of us in prayer since Chaplain Kevin was away.

Today is the first day of autumn!  Does this mean cooler air is on the way?

We all welcomed back Cydnee and Bob Springer.

We sang Happy Birthday to Eleanor Thoresen who will be 84 this Sunday!  Wishing you many more birthdays Eleanor!

There will be a flea market at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church on October 11th from 8 am to 2 pm.  Contact Gil Forrler for more information.

Please DO NOT put your yard and garden debris out on the street before Wednesday or Thursday.  Management will pick it up but if it is put out too early it detracts from the look of our community.

Remember the Orange Acres speed limit is 15 miles per hour!  Bicycles and golf carts should be on the right side of the road.  Walkers should face oncoming traffic!

Flu shots will be administered tomorrow in the club house from 10 am to 12 pm.  Even though there is no charge for the shot, please bring your insurance cards.

The Red Hats will meet at Der Dutchman for breakfast next Monday morning, September 29th at 9:00 am.

Bingo starts next Wednesday, October 1st.  Sue Morey says she will start calling the numbers at 7 pm.  Good luck to all!

Sue also informed everyone that the Sarasota Baptist Church will be holding a FREE clothing drive on Saturday, November 8th from 8 am to 1 pm.  Any clothing and household items (NO ELECTRONICS) can be dropped off at Sue's, 60 Jeffrey Drive or brought to the church.

If you have any news for the Orange Acres Observer, please get it to the office by October 1st and maybe we will be lucky enough to get a Newsletter this fall.

Jane was sure to thank all the coffee helpers, Gary for his organ playing and Betsy for her note taking to pass along to Judy Marian for our website information.

With no further business, the meeting ended at 8:20 am.

Have a good week! (Thanks Betsy!) 

September 16 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting with a prayer for 34 of us this week.

Kaye Gyenes has returned from her recent trip.  Mike and Fran Foust are leaving for Michigan for a week, Fred and Lela St. James are headed to Ohio to see their new grandbaby and Jan Thomas is going to North Carolina and Delaware for the next three weeks.  Safe travels!

We all sang Happy Birthday to Fran Foust whose birthday is today!

There was no one present for Anniversary tributes. 

Paula Jacobsen reminded us that the Red Hats will be going to the Der Dutchman for breakfast on Monday, September 29th.

Sue Morey had a special thank you to all who looked after her husband John while she was away.

Bingo will begin the new season on Wednesday, October 1, at 7:00 pm.

Caroline Turner will be unable to host the Halloween Party on Friday, October 31 due to her health.  We need two people.   Anyone interested in taking it over or helping out, please contact Jane Betts.

Flu shots will be given at our OA Community Center next Wednesday, September 24, from 10:00 am until noon.  If you have not signed up, please do so. 

The pool party for Monday, September 29th has been cancelled.

Our Vice President and President Elect Jane Betts wished to thank everyone on the coffee committee and Gary Snyder for his wonderful musical talent! 

The meeting closed at 8:20 am.

Remember:  Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.  Today is a gift.  That's why we call it the present!!

Have a great week!!!

September 9 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting with a prayer for 31 of us this morning.

We welcomed back Betsy Chace who was visiting her son and relatives in Rhode Island.

Happy Birthday was sung to our "sunshine lady", Charlene Sherman.

There was no one present for Anniversary tributes.

Charlie Parkes had his usual funny joke to share with all of us.

Paula Jacobsen informed us that the Red Hat Ladies will be having a breakfast outing at Der Dutchman on Monday, September 29.  Be sure to sign up.

Jane reminded us that there is a sign-up sheet for the flu shots to be given on Wednesday, September 24th between 10 am - 12 noon at the Club House.  Be sure to get yours so as not to worry come flu season.

It was a wonderful birthday party for Kay Gyenes.  Many thanks to Fran Foust for all her hard work!

Jane wants us to know that there have been scam phone calls in our area.  Be on the alert for anything suspicious and just hang up!  Feel free to contact the authorities.

Also, please do not feed the bunnies, squirrels, birds, etc.  They will make it a habit to return time and again for more and they can become a nuisance to you and your neighbor!

A big thank you to our organ player, Gary Snyder; Bill Jacobsen for coffee; Charlene and Ramona for hosting and Elaine for taking notes while Betsy was away.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 am.

Quote for the week:  I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once!

Have a good week!  I'm glad to be back!