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Yes, another "Vacation" ...Cruising Southern Caribbean from Feb. 28 - March 10. No web updates during this time.
Chaplain Kevin Hackett
For all spiritual needs: 1-877-322-2427 Ext 4253
This morning we received word that Buster Whiterell passed away at 3am. Buster resided at 68 Loren. Buster and Beverly are from Webster MA. where they were at the time of his passing. They have been at OA for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Beverly and family. If you wish to extend your sympathies their address is: 80 Point Breeze Rd Webster, MA 01570
Mary Ryman reports
President Dave Burrows opened the meeting and morning prayer by Chaplain Kevin for 100 of us.
It was State T-shirt Day this morning and the Buckeye State won...WTG Ohio !
First speaker was Jeff Warrington, he spoke to us about several scams that are going around. Some are old and some new. There are brochures available regarding these scams of identity theft, who to call in case of an emergency, 34 reasons for having the park sell your home. At this time there are no houses for sale.
Linda Burrows spoke about the BBQ Thurs Mar 6th. The only thing you have to bring is your ticket and name tag.
Pop Quiz by Jane Betts, she told how the answers to her quiz were related to the questions and it all boils down to the very important planning meeting at 3pm on March 16th. There are 48 categories of activities in our park 12 of which do not have a chairman. If nobody volunteers the event will no longer be offered.
Bill Spires has posted a chart as to who plays with whom for the 8 ball tournament on March 7th @ 3pm.
John Pugh is looking for doughnut (coffee) chairmen for Sept., Feb., and April next season.
Ray Tays reminded all that the FMO meeting will be Monday March 10th at 1pm at Camelot Lakes East. That is close and we urge all are able to attend. The speaker is a law enforcement officer who will talk about what is going on and how to handle things.
Barb Brown spoke about a spring fashion show put on by topaz and if any ladies want to go let her know.
Barb also talked about the upcoming Coronation and of course she won't tell who the new king and queen will be. It is March 13th at 7pm. Please sign up so she knows how many to prepare for. It is free, you don't have to bring anything.
Vespers will be Sunday March 9th., Ed Sensenbrenner will be preaching and Joe Stump will preach next month.
Newsletter deadline is March 10th for the April newsletter.
Mary Ryman, Judy Marian, reporters
Schedule Change: Due to lack of interest, CRAFTS has been cancelled immediately.
President Dave Burrows opened the meeting and morning prayer by Chaplain Kevin for 108 of us, the same number as last week.
Guest speaker Bob Berman and son David from
Professional Insurance Systems of Florida, Inc., explained about
Manufactured Home Insurance and the importance of becoming a member of
the FMO. They are still fighting to keep the legislature from
taxing our rent. If you have insurance and make improvements to
your home, call to notify them. There are over 1 million
manufactured homes in Florida. You can reach them at 5700 1st
Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 with questions or insurance
quote. Their web site is
www.Proinsurance.us, or call the office
Mary Ryman introduced new resident Bill McHale who lives at 135 Shirley Drive while Caroline Turner introduced Bob and Linda Federici at 222 Jason Drive. He is Marty Federici's brother, and the two sons inherited the home from their mother, Jeanne Miller, after she passed away.
Theresa, from Suncoast Communities Blood Bank reminded everyone they will be here on March 11, Tuesday, from 9 - 12:00 pm. Sign up now! (Also posted on Future Events ). They use 150 units every day in the Sarasota County and surrounding local area. The blood you give here, stays here! Things have changed and you may qualify to give now where you did not previously. Come in and they will discuss with you.
Jane Betts gave three more answers to add to last week's Pop Quiz. (4) Count me in (5) Event (6) Oh My Yes. Stay tuned for next week, you will get the last set of answers
Bob Springer reminded everyone the Strawberry Festival bus will leave here 9:30 am from our OA parking lot Feb. 27. Bring your own snacks and beverage and be prompt. They can take 1-2 more people, $72.00 per person. Price includes admission and entertainment. Contact Bob if you are interested in attending.
Lynne Butler reminded all the ladies of the Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show by Anthony's on March 27th, at Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club. Our very own Orange Acres ladies are the models. $17.00 for residents, $22.00 for guests. Sign up now.
Bill Spires said it is not too late to sign up for the Billiards Tournament on March 7th. Two ladies have signed up, more are needed!
Bob Beauregard reminded everyone of the Whist party Feb. 27th at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited, $1.00 each, and cookie bakers are needed.
Barb Brown announced the upcoming King and Queen Coronation Thursday, March 13, 7:00 pm. Come out and support the outgoing royalty (Dave and Linda Burrows) and welcome the incoming royalty...always a surprise. Free to all!
Jim McDonald reported a successful Sunset Beach Party last evening with almost 40 people in attendance. Mark your calendar for the next Sunset Beach Party, March 31, 3:00 pm.
Rev. Joe Stump was happy to report the twin girls born prematurely 11 years ago (around one pound each) just celebrated their birthday in Alabama. Joe and Alice went so Joe could baptize them. What a special blessing!
Linda and Dave Burrows are now selling BBQ tickets,
$10.00 each, last day March 3rd. Bring your appetites and see you
March, 6, 6:00 pm .
Dave closed the meeting at 8:35 am with Questions and Answers about homeowners insurance directed to Bob and Dave, our guest speakers.
Judy Marian shares Quote of the Day from Saint Augustine: "Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe".
February 24, 2014, Monday
Kathy Estabrook photographer,
Peggy Killinger, reporter.
Approximately 40 residents attended Siesta Key Beach Party from 3:00 pm until sunset.
Everyone sculptured the large "OA Sea Turtle" out of
sand while enjoying the beautiful view of our Sarasota setting sun.
Jim McDonald was in charge of the Beach Party, and reminds everyone to come again next month, March 31st! See you there!
FEBRUARY 20, 2014 - Thursday
Fran Foust, Photographer
Linda Anderson chaired this years Ladies Tea held at our clubhouse yesterday.
Colorful masks and beads enhanced the Mardi Gras theme.
Thanks to everyone for their help in making this a fun, enjoyable afternoon.
CHANGE: Guest speaker Bob Berman from Pimsco Insurance Feb. 25th Coffee meetimg
Gary Snyder played the piano as 108 attendees gathered before President Dave began the meeting. Chaplain Kevin blessed us in prayer.
Mary Ryman introduced new resident Gunnar Neilsen, 77 Jeffrey Drive. Everyone gave him a warm OA Welcome.
Shirley Dodd was the only resident in attendance for our famous Birthday song. No anniversary celebrants present.
Charlene gave her shining Sunshine report.
Jane Betts, Vice President, offers answers to an upcoming pop quiz: (1) Village (2) Hands (3) Plan. She will have additional reminders each week. Stay tuned...
Bill Spires reminds everyone that 8 ball Billiards Tournament, March 7 is co-ed, so ladies and gentlemen, sign up now! Barb Brown gave a challenge to all the women to sign up, as she is currently the only female and would like some company. You do not have to be good, just come to have fun.
Barb Browns reminds everyone that the exercise classes Mon, Wed, Thurs. and Friday at 9:00 am, Tuesday's 10:00 am are for men and women! Yes, there is a man in attendance! Bring small hand weights if you wish, but not required.
Linda Anderson reminded the ladies of the Tea, February 20, 2:00 pm at the Clubhouse. Mardi gras is the theme so bring your best fancy tea cup and wear a hat if you dare.
Bob Springer announced the Strawberry Festival bus trip scheduled Feb. 27 at 9:30 am has enough people signed up so they will pick everyone up here at OA Clubhouse. There is still enough room for 6 more people. Call Bill Spires if interested at 740-386-7709 or Bob Springer, 1E Jeffrey Dr.
Jim McDonald reminds us of the Sunset Beach Party February 24 at 3:00 pm, Siesta Beach between the life guard stands. Bring your own food, drink and chairs. We hope to make a sand sea turtle. See you there!
Ramona Armstrong confirmed the Blood Mobile arrives OA Clubhouse March 11th, Tuesday, from 11:00 am until noon. Sign up soon.
Mary Ellen Federici announced the Ladies Luncheon, March 27th will be held at Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club. Anthony's will present a fashion show, cost for residents $17.00, $22.00 for guests. Sign up now.
Reg Tays gave an FMO report encouraging all residents to join. Your neighbors will begin distributing a brochure to everyone about the accomplishments of the FMO since 1970.
Phil Albarano thanked everyone for their donations and all helpers in our very successful Annual OA Flea Market. Phil and Fred St. James were like Sanford & Sons all year as they hauled and gathered our many treasures. Total profits, after all expenses paid, GRAND TOTAL $6,546.27. Now THAT is a Flea Market! Thanks to Phil and Elaine for a job well done.
Bobbi Holden (Mary Ryman) as Newsletter editor, asks everyone to submit articles or information to her no later than the 10th of March for April publication. Trips, new babies, funny events, anything that may be of interest can be submitted. Bobbi wil help compose your story if you need help.
Dave Burrows announce tickets for the March 6th BBQ dinner are now for sale on Tuesdays before and after Coffee meeting. $10.00 per person.
Windward Isle Dance is Friday and tickets may be purchased at the door.
Robert Berman, an insurance representative from St. Pete will soon be scheduled to speak at an upcoming coffee meeting. He will talk 15 minutes, then meet for questions and answers in the Library after the meeting.
Dave closed the meeting by pounding the gavel 8:45 am
Judy shares Benjamin Franklin, with President's Day yesterday: "I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody".
February 17, Monday, 2014 at Ophelia's Restaurant
Lorraine Labonte, Photographer
The Orange Acres Red Hat ladies met at Ophelia's for
lunch to celebrate February Birthday's for:
Joan Russell, Shirley Dodd and Charlotte Cappadona.
A good time was had by all!
Mary Ryman reports
Kevin gave the morning prayer after being razed by several about being there on time for a change.
110 were in attendance
Happy Birthday wishes to Rich McClowy and Anniversary wishes for Bill & Paula Jacabsen.
Joan Collins thanks all for the dance as there were 85 present. The last dance will be March 21st.
Ladies Tea will be Feb 20th with a Mardi Gras theme. Bring your fancy tea cup and wear a hat if you are so inclined.
Barb Brown thanked all who helped with the soup & salad potluck. She didn't have a committee but you all just asked if there was something to do and she gave them a job and it was done. She is also looking for "Ham" to participate in the Coronation of the new King & Queen on March 13th. Volunteers contact Barb @ 716/946-6765. Like she said, "you don't have to be good just willing".
There will be a sunset beach party Monday 24th 3pm at Siesta Key between the life guard stands. Come and leave whenever you want, bring what you want to eat and share.
Strawberry Festival needs one more couple for the bus to come to the park for pick up. We will be seeing Shaji Tabuchi. Get your check to Bob Springer @ 1E Jeffrey Drive.
Work starts Wed night after bingo to set up the tables. Thursday morning coffee and donuts for workers only at 8:30am and the hauling will start by 9am. Help is needed to unpack, sort, price and arrange. Friday is a repeat of Thursday. A very generous renter has donated a golf cart and new tricycle. The price of the cart is $2000 and the tricycle is $350. Phil Albarano will have them on display and if you are interested in either one put your bid on a paper with your name and telephone number, put in a sealed envelope and give it to Phil and nobody else. The price starts at minimum of $1700. for the cart and $300. for the tricycle. Friday from 3-5 Orange Acres Residents only will be allowed to shop, pay for and take home your treasures. Your Name Tag must be worn to get in, even if you are known you MUST have your name tag. No friends, relatives or visitors will be allowed in.
The bloodmobile will be here March 11th.
Jane Betts, Reporter
As the fog lifted, the sunshine and Gary's Melodies flowed over the 101 early birds always ready for coffee, conversation, donuts and data.
Rev. Ed Sensenbrenner touched our hearts with his words of prayer. Chaplain Kevin was delayed due to fog and traffic. We'll take safe arrival anytime !!
Today there were no returned or leaving residents and no guests. Caroline Turner introduced our newest residents, Bob & Lori Kellogg who reside at 207 Jason Drive. We wish them a warm Orange Acres Welcome !!!
Happy Birthday wishes to Alice Stump and Happy Anniversary wishes to Ron and Marion Holsing and Ken and Joan Russell. Our musical gift was lovingly noteworthy.
Charlene Sherman scored a touchdown with her sunshine report.
Linda Burrows announced that the sale of $10.00 tickets for the March 6th Bar-B-Q will start next week.
Joan Russell had MANY THANKS for the many helpers for her wonderful work on the 50th Anniversary party. It was a golden event for the honorees and the guests. Many thank you cards were read.
Bill Spires announced a Billards party/tournament to be held at the clubhouse "Parlor" on Friday March 7th.....time to be announced later. It is co-ed and cheering friends are welcomed!
Barb Brown is pleased with the large sign up for the Soup Salad Sandwich potluck this Thursday @ 6:oopm. Plates and bowls may arrive at noon. Help is needed Wed evening after Bingo for set-up......serving and clean-up help needed on Thursday and also for decorating Thursday morning @9:ooam.
Carol Foltz will bring Spring in "in style" as she chairs the ladies luncheon and fashion show on Mar. 27th at Stoneybrook Country Club. Tickets are $17.00 for residents and $22.00 for guests.
Joan Collins stepped things up with the Dance reminder for this Friday. HELP is needed Thursday evening after the potluck for table removal.
Bob and Adele Beauregard are hosting their "famous hoop-la" pre-dance party 5:pm - 6:30pm, "BYOB" and treats and dancing shoes.
Linda Anderson reminded the ladies of the Tea, Feb 20th 2pm at the clubhouse. Please wear a hat and bring your favorite tea cup.
It is Strawberry Festival time !!! Please see Bob Springer for this Plant City activity.
Phil Albarano gave a "LAST CHANCE" call for the snow bird directory data. Please call or you may come to their home at 108 Loren Dr.
Save and donate bags and newspapers for wrapping.
As of 9pm Wednesday 2/12 the club house is CLOSED...no activities, no pool, no computer use, no "browsing!" Safety, time, STUFF and workers have precedence. First work begins Wed 2/12 9pm after Bingo...next is Thursday 2/13 @ 8am and then the Flea Market on Saturday. OA residents may view and purchase items on 2/14 from 4 - 5pm and Saturday from 8am - 3pm.
Vespers this Sunday @ 7pm with Rev Ed
Windward Isle Flea market is Saturday 2/8/14
FMO meeting 2/10/14. Please call Reg Tays for details. (922-9852)
Jeff Warrington will speak to us at the end of the month regarding the new road in the pasture which has caused concern. It's prime/only use is to be for emergency vehicles.
We were released by Pres. Dave back to the Sunshine at 8:55am.
Thought for the day------ "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do!"
A Beautiful Celebration for our 4 couples:
(left) Linda & Dave Burrows
Ruth & Don Hostetler
Herb & Janice Mayette
Sandra & Bill Spires
A fun time was had as many Orange Acres friends, family and neighbors celebrated 200 years of marital bliss. Reverend Stump officiated with his patented style of droll humor and religiosity. Cake was cut and served and a spirited receiving line followed. Thanks to Joan Russell and her many dedicated volunteers who made the evening a success.
Jane Betts, Reporter & Photos by Dwight Holden
Things began to perk up this morning for 98 of us as Gary's music, laughter and conversation filled the clubhouse. In Kevin's absence due to Hwy I-75, our Rev. Joe Stump stirred things up with a story and meaningful prayer for us all.
On the menu, 4 returned residents, 4 departing residents and 1 guest. There was a list read of a latte birthday and anniversary celebrants but none were in attendance. "HAPPY" anyway!
Charlene's report -as always - added Sunshine to the brew.
Jan Mazer reminded us of the Bible Study, Thursday, January 30 at 10:00 am. A tip - NO charge due to a book change!
Mary Ryman announced a need for yarn at next Tuesday's Craft meeting at 1:00 pm. She also asked for help in our effort to have a timely newsletter. Our mugs were raised to Bobbi Holden who will accept ALL news brought to her by the 20th of each month - NO LATER!
Barb Brown strongly suggested that MEN might want to join the exercise classes: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9:00 am and Tuesday's at 10:00 am. She also reminded us of the soup/salad/sandwich potluck on Thursday, February 6 at 6:00 pm. Please check with her as soups and salads are needed - - and sign up.
Joan Russell, who is chairing the anniversary Party this Friday, January 31 at 7:00 pm, asked that the four honored couples arrive at 6:30 pm in the library for photos. Also, those that have agreed to set up - - a reminder -- Thursday at 6:30 pm and decorators - Friday at 9:30 am.---see you then! The daily grind is lessened by many hands!
Phil Albarano added flavor to the day --- Flea Market storage is FULL!!! If you need a pick-up, let him know and it will be done on February 13. EVERYONE, please save and bring newspapers and bags to the clubhouse on February 13 - - needed for wrapping.
*******Last Chance for directory data this week. If you haven't already, please see Elaine to check that all your information is correct!
Dave and Linda Burrows are chief "chefs" for our March 6th potluck -- Sonny's Bar-B-Q!! Tickets for $10.00 are now on sale and a tasty time is promised. Just bring your appetite!
Shuffle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 pm is the place to be. Sure to be grounds for enjoyment!!
A brief Homeowners Corporation meeting was held and candidates Marge Phelan and Ed Marian were elected. President Reuel Detweiler presided.
Reuel Detweiler, President, (left) Marge Phelan, Ray Bergeron & Ed Marian.
It was a good-to-the-last-drop kind of morning and President Dave adjourned us at 8:45 am so we could go drink in the warm sunshine!
Jane reminds us of Emerson's words, "Serve and you shall be served"!
With a smile---here's to you!!!!!
Jane Betts, reporter & Photos by Dwight Holden
Great Gary music, great sun-rise colored skies, great friends - PLUS coffee and donuts! What a perfect way for the 85 of us to weather the early morning.
With a light tapping of the gavel and no long-winded speech, Dave opened the meeting.
Chaplain Kevin's prayer for us followed a reminder of Martin Luther King with a meaningful quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Four residents followed the sun back to us, no one is leaving for the cold and Gladys Moore's guest, Sheila Blog, was warmly welcomed.
We have two new - resident couples. Newly-weds, Dale and Dave Matthews at 75 Loren Drive (left) were presented by Caroline Turner and Alice and Dan Callahan at 62 Jeffrey Drive (right) were introduced by Mary Ryman. We forecast happy relaxed Orange Acres living!
Sunshine was all around us as Charlene gave her report -- tempered with a high degree of BRONCO love!!!
Reg Tays, our FMO representative, shared meeting news
and a plea for help in raising our membership --
-PLEASE call or see him if you can devote a few free minutes.
Jan Mazer thanked Barb Brown and all who helped with
the Christmas party while she was dealing with foot surgery. Also,
many thanks to friends, neighbors, greeters and card senders.
There is a sign up sheet for her new Bible study group which begins Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 10:00 am. A $15.00 charge will cover the book and seven week study of David.
Phil Albarano had several sign-up reminders re: the
1. baked goods needed
2. truck-loaders and un-loaders
3. setting up and pricing
4. see Mary Ryman for posters to be put in shop windows.
Snowbird Directory -- please check your information for correctness and tell non-coffee goers, friends and neighbors to see Phil or Elaine at 108 Loren Drive to check their data -- ASAP!!
Sara Detweiler gave a very informative look into what happens to our Flea market rummage -- it may have started in NY or MI or Canada and end up in our shoppers' homes or at The Attic or even Haiti!!!
TWO big don't forgets: (1) Ice-cream Social this
Thursday, January 21 at 6:00 pm with movie at 7:00 pm.
Must sign up - Now! $2.50 ticket. Movie free if you do not eat the ice cream!
(2) Next Tuesday after coffee hour is the Orange Acres Home Owner's Corporation meeting
Two directors will be elected - selected candidates are Marge Phelan and Ed Marian. Please be present.
And with an element of warmth and relief, President Dave adjourned us at 8:45 am!
Jane reminds us that as you weather life's storms, "The world always looks brighter from behind a smile"
Jane Betts, reporter
This morning, Gary's warm notes and the kitchen's wonderful aromas set the mood for an excellent pancake and sausage breakfast. All 98 of us gratefully enjoyed it!
President Dave opened the meeting and Chaplain Kevin poured words of prayer, care and praise over us all.
On the menu were three returned residents -- glad you're back, two leaving -- hurry back and seven guests--Welcome and come back!
We served up sweet musical Best Wishes to two birthday celebrants and one anniversary couple. (Our singing is always the frosting on the cake!)
Charlene's words we're savored as she laced our morning with news of friends and neighbors.
Mary Ryman reported on a successful FMO meeting held in our club house yesterday. This group is beneficial to us all. Mary needs many helpers and your membership -- see her! She thanked all who helped us be the host.
Barb Brown is pleased (read excited) to have great entertainment for our February 6 Soup Salad, Sandwich dinner party. Sign up soon.
Bob Beauregard reminded us of the Whist party this Thursday at 7:00 pm. ALL WELCOME!
Reuel Detweiler hopes all wll be at coffee hour January 28 at 8:00 am. Included will be a vote on Director candidates for our Orange Acres Home Owner's Corporation.
Joan Russell reminds all of the LOVE celebration January31 at 7:00 pm - 50th Anniversary Party!
Mike Delaney gave a wonderful-to-hear on their daughter's remarkable recovery process. Doreen is now in rehab and Mike and Jean are feeling truly blessed.
Please enjoy Gil Forrler's beautiful photographic display in the library. His talent will treat your eye and may be purchased.
Ice Cream Social reminder -- January 23 at 6:00 pm. Sign up for a fun evening - a Sundae and a movie!
Thanks to our great chiefs and helpers, Audrey Young, Grace Sherry, Joan Worden, Elaine Studer, Mary Lou Lira and Dwight Holden. All happy taste buds are very grateful.
---and we are adjourned at 8:30 to the sound of promised rain.---
Food for thought from Jane: "Always do right-this will gratify some and astonish the rest!" -- and the topping---"The good you do comes back to you"!
Jane Betts reporter
On this cold Winter morning, Gary musically warmed 72 of Orange Acres' weather ignorers, coffee lovers, friend finders and fact followers!
President Dave Burrows is "under-the-weather", so his VP, Jane Betts opened the meeting and Chaplain Kevin offered warm words of praise and prayer to start our day properly.
Judy Marian presented a very informative program on the meanings of "sell by dates" and how "fresh is fresh" dates and other good facts for health and happy! All information was warmly received. Thank you!
We had a sunny WELCOME for 11 returned residents. There were no guests, no new residents and nobody leaving.
Musical birthday greetings were warmly received by Ruth Hostetler, Joan Worden and our very special VP Jane Betts.
Charlene Sherman brought hot-off-the-press news of our friends and neighbors--see Sunshine report!
Linda Burrows presented news of the March pot luck and received a positive response. She and Dave will bring us Sonny's Bar-B-Q and entertainment on March 6 at 6:00 pm for $10.00 per person.
Bob Beauregard reminded us of the Whist part on January 16, Thursday, at 7:00 pm. All welcome.
Mary Ryman wants: (1) good attendance at the FMO meeting on January 13, Monday, 1:00 pm, our clubhouse; (2) cookies for that meeting; (3) a REP helper - call her; (4) all to know that your $22.00 annual dues will give access to facts for Florida home owners!
Joan Russell is chairman of our 50th anniversary party and is grateful for all her helpers. We will honor four couples on January 31 at 7:00 pm. Please sign up for attendance and bring your cards of congratulations on that night.
Reuel Detweiler, rep for Homeowners Corporation, announced the annual meeting on January 28 (Change your calendar, originally scheduled Jan. 21) immediate following coffee. There will be a reminder of that meeting at your door soon.
Barb Brown served up warm welcome news re: Feb Pot Luck--Soup, Salad, Sandwiches! Posters are coming--sign up now!
Phil Albarano reported a successful Christmas re-sell table. Thank you, Anlee Welker. Important reminder - 9:30 am Thursday, January 9--Flea Market agenda - Everyone come! Please check your data with Phil or Elaine for upcoming new Snow Bird Directory.
Pancake Breakfast next Tuesday, January 14th at 7:30 am--be sure you are signed up and bring $2.50
Vesper Service this Sunday at 7:00 pm. Rev. Joe Stump will lead us. There will be a remembrance of residents who have passed. Help is needed Saturday at 1:00 pm to set up chairs.
A warm thought for all from Jane--"People are in greater need of our praise when they try and fail, than when they try and succeed. Praise is just letting off a little esteem!"
Jane Betts, reporter
This morning, the last notes of the year were beautifully played by Gary for the 61 of us to enjoy.
Three 50/50 winners bid the old year a happy "good-buy!"
President Dave Burrows opened the meeting and introduced Chaplain Kevin who ended our year together with a heartfelt prayer.
We had the gift of returned residents, the Gullicks and two birthday boys, Bob Wiskeman and Gill Forrler. Party time---you're all in Orange Acres!
Charlene spread her Sunshine with "resolutions"-- see report, please.
Shirley Dodd reminded The Red Hats of the 1/13/2014 luncheon at Don Pablo's. Please sign up.
Elaine Albarano gave a welcomed update on Doreen, the Delaney's daughter. There are bits of improvement in her condition and prayers are needed. Mike and Jean will return to us later this week. Please see Sunshine report for further details.
Caroline turner thanked us all for the BEAUTIFUL luminary display. A huge number were on display--6,000 to 8,000 bags used!!!
Edna Mongeau praised all her helpers for the Christmas dinner--she was our gift! Also, a NO BINGO this Wednesday reminder--restart January 8, 2014.
Phil Albarano needs our help for a successful Flea Market. On Thursday, January 9 at 9:30 am at club house -- a meeting to organize all activities and workers. EVERYONE please ATTEND!! There is no more space for large items but small "treasures" still accepted. February 12, after Bingo -- all hands needed for set up!!! That means YOU!!!
New Year's bells and whistles to Phil and Elaine for many long hours spent on the Snow Bird Directory--next Tuesday after coffee - or before - please check your data for any corrections and a greatly improved format will be available in March!!
Pancake breakfast on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 7:30 - 8:00 am--PLEASE sign up.
Second trash pick-up reminder - this THURSDAY - not Wednesday -- back to post holiday schedule January 8.
There has been a death in the Sparks/Wiskeman family. Prayers for peace always welcome.
And for the last time---this year, Dave adjourned us at 8:20 am
Jane's thought for the new year -- "Turn your can'ts into cans and your dreams into plans!" With loving wishes for a wonderful, meaningful, healthful, smile-filled 2014!!! See you next year--also known as next Tuesday!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Photo and information by Fran Foust
Queen Linda and King Dave Burrows honored the group of 47 as Gary Snyder played beautiful Christmas Carols.
The dinner included ham, provided by the Warrington family. Everything was delicious and plentiful with desserts topping it off!
Thanks to Edna Mongeau and her crew for serving us. Mike Foust was on coffee, Ray Bergeron desserts, Barb Work, Sue Morey
and Fran Foust on hams. Thanks to all for a wonderful Christmas Dinner!
The Yankee Swap
28 people attended the fun gift exchange. Thanks to Marj Dunn for organizing it again this year.
Thanks to facebook postings of photos by Dwight Holden and Sara Detweiler
Jason and Tammy Drive, location of Dwight and Sara's homes!
To be continued.....
Jane Betts, reporter
This Christmas Eve morning, Gary wrapped the music of the season around the 61 of us.
Rev. Joe Stump blessed us and warmed our hearts with his prayer and the reminder that angels are ever present - even those that fly backward!
We unwrapped two "Welcome" gifts, Elaine Studer's daughter, Earline and new residents, Dale and Dave Matthews.
Our "musical" Birthday gift went to Amo Kimball and Jan Thomas! Celebration wishes!
Charlene's Sunshine was tied up with the joy and hope of the season.
Elaine Albarano shared information about Mike and Jean Delaney's unexpected flight north due to an emergency medical situation with their 50 year old daughter, Doreen. Please see the Sunshine report for further details.
Edna Mongeau reminded us of the Christmas dinner tomorrow at 4 pm. Your plates may be put on the table anytime and food dishes on your arrival of it earlier, after 3 pm. Don't forget the $5.00 gift swap - IF you want to - no obligation - only fun!
Shirley Tatlock thanked all who gave-and-received the caroler's Christmas wishes. A great time was had, topped off by marshmallows in the BEST cocoa EVER!
Presidential reminder: do NOT put your trash out until Wednesday pm or Thursday am. It's the holiday schedule (same for New Years) ---AND it would certainly ruin the beauty of the luminaries which are lighted at darkness tonight!
With a warm Merry Christmas, Dave adjourned us at 8:30!
Jane shares a wish for all, "Cherish your yesterdays, dream your tomorrows, but live your todays - fully!
A love filled MERRY CHRISTMAS to all, Jane
Thanks to Jane Betts, Mary Ryman, Dwight and Bobbi Holden and Anne Subrizi for facts and photo's.
SARASOTA HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE NEWS:
Cricket and Bob Brunelle, 74 Loren Drive, Anne Subrizi, 36 Jeffrey Drive and Marge Phelan, 93 Loren Drive, participated in the Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday aboard the "Kathleen D", a 42 foot Catamaran sail boat owned by Marge's daughter and son-in-law, Tracey and Kathleen Dell. Oh what fun and congratulations to the happy sailors.!
COFFEE MEETING NEWS:
On this chilly morning, sixty of us received a holiday note-or-two from Gary (musical, of course) to add to the warmth of friends, neighbors, coffee and donuts!
Ed Marian finally "passed the buck".
Dave opened the meeting and Chaplain Kevin again blessed us all with his prayer.
Patsy Brown, Manager of Administration and Marketing from Sarasota Memorial Hospital Nursing and Rehab Center, located next door to us on Rand Boulevard, along with Dave, presented a very informative program about many of their services.
"We are a 800 bed rehab center with skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational and speech therapy. A wound care center is fully operational and soon to be opening is a 12 bed respiratory unit with dietitians, social workers, cable TV with other comfortable surroundings. Respite care is also available."
This center is a welcome and necessary neighbor and is available for on-site tours and information. Their goal is "getting us better and getting us home!".
Following the program, three birthday honorees received our "gift of song!" Congratulations!
Please read the Sunshine report for Charlene's neighbor news.
Mary Jo from Cedar Cove brought news of their dance which will be held at Orange Acres club house on January 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm, $5.00
Dwight Holden informed us of a great holiday light tour - SRQ Trolley at 941-538-1414 or SRQ Trolley.com Pick ups at 6:30 or 8:30 pm Cattleman and Bee Ridge (Burlington Coat Factory parking lot). Light up your Christmas! Reserve at $15.00.
Edna Mongeau reported 25 Red Hat gift boxes were delivered to Resurrection House and thankfully received.
Christmas dinner reminders - sign up to HELP. Yankee Swap $5.00 gift exchange and let her know of anyone needing a dinner delivered to home.
Shirley Tatlock sang out with the Caroling reminder - December 22 at 4:45 pm at clubhouse. Spreading joy to neighbors is the notable event--y'all come!
Grace Sherry gave an Elf's view of spreading cheer! She, Charlie Parkes and Charlene Sherman delivered 12 Cheer Bags Saturday December 14. All loved the gift, the visit and the well-dressed Elf's! Grace unwrapped laughs for us all with her memories of a fun day.
Caroline Turner gave us our to-do-list---get your Luminary bags and sand!
The Windward Isle dance representative will be back at coffee next Tuesday or go across the street soonest as tickets may be limited!
FMO meeting is January 13, 2014 at 1:00---cookies wanted!
All's well that ends well and we were adjourned at 9:00 am!
Thought from Jane Betts for these busy days---and you'll sleep better---"The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention".
Orange Acres Elves (left) Grace Sherry, Charlie Parkes and Charlene Sherman.
Jenna joined in the fun, Sara and Reuel Detweiler's granddaughter.
Jane Betts and Joy Moore cheerfully made the all new elf costumes, which look great!
Cheer baskets were delivered to 12 neighbors.
Barb Brown gave the opening prayer.
The Elves, Charlene Sherman, Charlie Parkes, and Grace Sherry with Santa (Larry Stine). Ho Ho ho, Merry Christmas!!!
Our very own Orange Acres "Orange Blossoms and the Pits" share their chorus harmony.
Joan Worden (left), Adele Beauregard, Shirley Tatlock, Paula Jacobson, Bill Spires, Mary Ryman and Barb Brown voice holiday songs.
The Silver Foxes from Venice performed their dance, comedy and ......
Santa asking Mary Cowan if she has been a good girl.
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Thanks to Jane Betts, reporter
To start this Tuesday off right, three residents are busy counting their new found "wealth"- thanks to 50/50 and Gil and Dwight! Gary's musical notes were as appreciated as the bank notes!
After Dave opened the meeting, we counted our blessings as Chaplain Kevin led us in prayer. We are grateful for the miles he travels to tend to his flock.
We had no returned or new residents and no guests. Three residents are leaving for the holidays - don't freeze and hurry back! The 65 of us sang Happy Birthday to the 2 honorees and wish them happy celebrating!
Charlene Sherman keeps us up to date on neighbors concerns. Please see her Sunshine report.
Edna Mongeau reminded us of the December 25th Christmas dinner--4:00 pm, $5.00 new gift swap, sign up sheet.
Red Hat care boxes are NEEDED by December 15th. She has received very few. There will be an after Christmas meeting.
Mary Ryman reminded us of the importance of FMO. There is a meeting in Venice December 16 and at our Orange Acres club house Monday January 13, 2014.
Judy Marian offers education and helpful aids to iPad users. There will be four Tuesday classes, 3:30-4:00pm beginning Tuesday, January 7 through January 28, 2014. There is of course NO computer class December 24 or December 31. Happy Eves!
Caroline turner has the white bags to make your luminaries--ready to pick up on her doorstep at 208 Jason Dr.
Cookies for December 12 Christmas party MUST be at clubhouse by 9:00am Thursday---THANKS!
Worden has a sign up sheet for those who love to sing - hear the debut at the December 12th party! Loving to sing is - almost-as important as excellence!
Shirley Tatlock promises cocoa (hopefully cookies also) after Christmas caroling on December 22. (NOT on Dec. 15) Meet at clubhouse before 5:00 pm - bikes or golf carts welcome. A season High Note!
Bob Beauregard thanked all who helped at Whist party - next one is Thursday, January 16, 2014.
Barb Brown blessed us all as she led the Vespers Service Sunday, December 8th. Many THANKS-great job!
Our thanks to the Warringtons - one new portable microphone is now in use and other one due today!
Do not forget to remember to shop our Christmas memory/re-tale table treasures as new memories are made. Anlee says only one week to shop and please, no more donations! There are only 2 weeks remaining until Christmas!
Crafts will be recreated after Christmas-check with Mary Ryman for start date.
Paul Metzger of Windward Isle will be at coffee next week with New Year's Eve party information.
Jan Thomas reminds us blood pressure helps/readings begin January 15, 2014 and run through May---third Wednesday 10:00 am - 11:00 am each month.
Next Tuesday, December 17, at coffee come hear lots of good information from our speaker associated with Sarasota Memorial.
And we are adjourned at 8:25am to go bask in Florida Sunshine!!
-------Jane shares a thought for the day - In this time of awe and wonder and love and STRESS--"A good sense of humor is essential to deal with the world's reality!"
Thanks to reporter Jane Betts, photographs by Dwight Holden
What a great way to start the day--SUNSHINE, lovely background music, 74 friends and neighbors to greet, coffee and donuts and Kevin's prayer. Come join us--we'll do it all again next week!
President Dave began our meeting early due to a very informative program. Brian MacNeel of the Crime Prevention Task Force gave us many amazing facts and information on staying safe. For self protection or home aids, he can be reached by phone 813-661-3700.
Brian MacNeel provided helpful information about crime prevention with many hand-out pamphlets.
We have 6 returned residents, 4 leaving for the holidays, no guests or new residents to welcome. Two birthday babies were "serenaded" with our loving musical tribute! Happy your-day!
For our neighbor's health and well being news, please read Charlene Sherman's sunshine report.
Caroline Turner, 208 Jason Drive., has the white bags to make your luminaries on her doorstep--know your amount and pick them up sooner rather than later.
Edna Mongeau asks that you sign up for our Christmas dinner--number attending, food you will bring and kitchen, table and clean-up help if able. See sheet on board for details. Remember the $5.00 swap gift. Also, please bring your Red Hat box to her by December 15th. You may also take your completed boxes to Barb Work.
Reg Tays, with time in mind, will bring us his FMO report at a later date.
Jan Mazer reminded us of the Christmas party, December 12, 7 pm. Help always welcome--call or sign sheet SOONEST!
Sara Detweiler thanked all who helped her put together a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner--our thanks went right back to her.
Joan Worden would like to bring back to life our vocal group, The Orange Blossoms. If you took note of that and love to sing, give her a call--just don't cause treble!!
Bob Beauregard reminded us of the Whist party this Thursday, December 5, 7:00 pm. Cookie and/or brownie bakers would be appreciated.
Adele Beauregard gave Red Hatters a luncheon reminder for December 16. Please sign up.
Barb Brown will bless us as she delivers her Vespers Sermon on Sunday, December 8, at 7:00 pm
Mary Ryman gifted us with talk of the Christmas sale table--easy prices for new holiday cheer! Please continue to bring in any "retired" treasures for others to enjoy.
Christmas caroling will be Sunday December 22, NOT December 15.
Remember the bazaar at Windward Isle Saturday December 7--you'll see familiar faces there behind some of the tables and shopping!
Another informative program next Tuesday.
Meeting adjourned at 9:15 am. Thanks, Dave.
Two days before Thanksgiving, all 66 of us were thankful for peaceful weather, friendships shared over coffee, our musical serenade, Dave's welcome and Kevin's beautiful prayer of thanks.
We welcomed three returned residents, waved good-bye to two departing residents and greeted Delaney's visiting daughter.
With amazing stories, Mary Ryman introduced our new residents, Marilyn and Bill Hamilton at 17 Jeffrey and Ron and Linda Dick at 63 Loren. More Orange Acres' Blessings!
Mary Ryman introduces Marilyn & Bill Hamilton and Ron Dick
There were no attending Birthday or Anniversary celebrants. Nevertheless-Congratulations!
Please see Charlene Sherman's Sunshine report as she keeps us up to date on our neighbors.
Phil Albarano reported a fine meeting with Jeff Warrington. He graciously offered to purchase the much needed microphones and more hats for our veterans. More thanks are sincerely given.
Sara Detweiler has our Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday at 4:00 pm, well organized. (See Future Events) She requests that we bring our place setting to the clubhouse after 12:00 noon. An extra treat--there will be door prizes--one being a beautiful Reuel carving.
Betsy Chace reminded the Red Hat ladies of our shoe box donations. Please wrap the top and bottom separately, fill, label (for girl, boy, man, woman) and give to Barb Work or Edna Mongeau before December 15.
Yes, Virginia, there IS a Christmas table!!!! Please bring to the clubhouse any unwanted ornaments or Christmas related items before December 5 and on into the season.
Clubhouse will be closed Saturday, December 7 for a private party.
December 3, Tuesday 8:00 am--Crime Prevention speaker
December 17, Tuesday 8:00 am--Sarasota Memorial speaker.
Meeting was adjourned---Thank you, Dave.
Jane Betts shares "Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.
Thanks to Jane Betts, reporter, photo's from Bobbi Holden
This morning the 69 of us were blessed with Gary's tunes, President Dave's welcome and Chaplain Kevin's heartfelt prayer.
Dave introduced Jeff Warrington who gave us insight into the park and community thefts. Three important actions recommended: always lock doors, golf carts, bikes, grills, etc. REPORT ASAP to 911, our sheriff's office, any and all suspicious activity and record serial numbers of possible theft items.
There was information on our ongoing animal pest problems and fencing at Memorial Park. Thank you Jeff, for you time, help and caring.
We have five residents leaving for a brief time (holidaze, ya know) and no returned or new residents, guests or birthday/anniversary celebrants present.
Please read Charlene's report for a ray of Sunshine.
Speakers: Sara Detweiler thanked all who have agreed to help with our Thanksgiving dinner and reminds us to sign up if attending so there is an accurate count. Big need for cooks (management provided turkeys).
Grace Sherry reported on a most full-filling Red Hat luncheon at Sweet Tomato's. Thanks to Adele Beauregard and Theresa Coddens for organizing.
Bob Beauregard reminds us of the December 5, 7:00 pm Whist Party. If lucky $1.00 could make you semi-wealthy!
Dave's announcements: The Christmas re-sell table is cancelled due to lack or items.
December 3 : Coffee meeting program guest speaker is from Crime Prevention Task Force.
December 17: Coffee meeting program guest speaker is from Sarasota Memorial Hospital Health Fit related services.
Christmas is coming to our meeting hall and decorators are needed. Fred St. James is offering his help. Decorations are available - come be creative - YULE be appreciated!
Meeting was adjourned and followed immediately by Dave calling the the board to the stage for the start of a brief semi-annual general meeting. The board was introduced (See Officers tab on this Web Site) and Secretary and Treasurer reports were read and accepted. There was no old or new business and this meeting was also adjourned.
On the way to coffee this morning, Bobbi Holden took this picture of a partial rainbow. Nice way to begin the day! Thanks for sharing.
"One of life's great rules is this: The more you give, the more you get."
VETERANS DAY PARADE
November 9, 2013
Veterans, we all thank you!
Many thanks to Phil Albarano for taking charge and his wonderful crew for a great memorable event.
Start your engines and let the parade begin.
Fred St. James carries the flag while Richard and Ed carry the banner.
Many participants from Orange Aces, Cedar Cove,
friends, neighbors and family.
Thank you for a wonderful Veterans Day!
GRACE SHERRY 90th BIRTHDAY PARTY
Photos provided by Al Duff
Grace celebrates her special day with a party, hosted by her family. The food was fun and delicious, the cake a real treat.
Many friends, family and neighbors attended to wish Grace Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing!
HALLOWEEN POT LUCK & PARTY
October 31, 2013
Photos by Rich Rasske and Al Duff
Our New Vice President of Orange Acres, Jane Betts (Who knew!)
No explanations necessary....your identity is safe.
Everyone was a winner this Halloween.
Thanks to Jane Betts , reporter
Jane Betts reports another good start to our day with Gary's music and three richer residents as 50/50 began a new season.
President Dave Burrows opened the meeting and Chaplain Kevin blessed the 76 in attendance.
Dave presented a gift card to Shirley Tatlock with all our thanks for her past year's presidency!
We have 7 returned residents, no one leaving and no guests.
Mary Ryman introduced new residents George Butland and Charlotte Butland-Cappadona, 87 Loren Drive; David and Pauline Pittman 204 Jason Drive. The ladies are not only neighbors, but sisters! We welcome them and loved their stories!
We are glad Rick and Judy Wilson are back and just in time for us to sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Judy!
Please see the Sunshine report for more of Charlene's good care.
By-law changes were presented by our President, were unanimously accepted and posted on the bulletin board in the Community Center. Check out the good new rules.
Beginnings: Shuffleboard starts November 18, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 pm. Crafts are created at 1:00 pm beginning Tuesday November 19th. Vespers begin this Sunday, November 17th at 7 pm led by Jan Mazer.
There was discussion regarding the recent theft crimes in our area. We hope to have a Crime Prevention Task Force program shortly. Please note the Latest News Tab, November 10.
Please plan on attending the resident's General Meeting Tuesday, November 19th, immediately after coffee. Y'ALL come!!
Meeting closed at 9:00 am
"The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts".
Bring all the good ones with you next Tuesday----see you then!
Thanks to Jane Betts , reporter
This beautiful Florida morning found 68 of us welcomed by President Dave Burrows and prayerfully greeted by Chaplain Kevin.
The official passing of the gavel from Shirley Tatlock to Dave Burrows was followed by Shirley's thanks to all for her enjoyed presidency and our applauded thanks to her!
We have 10 returned residents, 2 residents leaving-briefly, and 1 guest.
Dave Burrows, Lela St. James and Mary Lou Lira received our "musical" birthday wishes. Thanks, Gary, for your organ and piano talents and noteworthy help to us!
Charlene spread Sunshine glowligly - please see her report.
There were seven (7) speakers:
Jan Mazer reminded us of the Christmas party Thursday, December 12, 2013 - give a call for offering help and please sign up.
Phil Albarano asks that we eet at the clubhouse parking at 10:45 Saturday morning, in red, white and blue decorated bikes or golf carts - ready to parade to Memorial Park for a meaningful Veterans Day program. No luncheon to follow but hears will be warmed with gratitude and remembrance.
Jan Thomas reminded us of the Billy Graham DVD presentation, Thursday at 7:00pm - clubhouse.
Adele Beauregard has made a Red Hat luncheon reservation at Sweet Tomatoes, 2:00 pm on November 18. A tip of the hat to her.
Grace Sherry thanked us for a wonderful birthday party. She claims to be---90!!! Really!!!
Sara Detweiler, chair for our Thanksgiving Day dinner needs everyone to sign up and offer our help.
Barb Brown is back and reports exercise will be at 9:00 am Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Pool 11:00 Tuesday and Thursday.
Dave reminded us of an important lack--we need leaders for 50/50, Vespers and a Flu Shot organizer. Please see yoor calendar for upcoming meetings and events, More information on the by-law changes and a vote coming soon.
Meeting was adjourned.
As Always, so many chances to lend a hand---thought for the week---"Do not go where the path may go; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Thanks to Jane Betts for report
Dave Burrows welcomed Chaplain Kevin who opened our pre-Halloween meeting with a prayer.
Gary's music was a notable greeting to the 56 of us which included returned residents - half of the Detweilers, Reuel and Rich and Linda McClowry.
Mary Ryman beautifully welcomed the McClowrys at 70 Loren Drive and Sandy Rock (husband Walt was absent) at 1W by sharing their interviews with us. Welcome to Orange Acres.
We serenaded one birthday girl, Grace Sherry, who reminded us all to attend her 90th birthday party on Saturday, November 2nd.
Phil Albarano graciously volunteered to chair the Veteran's Day parade and program. Mike Delaney has offered to help. Grateful thanks for honoring this meaningful event.
Our very-soon-to-be-president, Dave, closed the meeting. Happy Trick or Treat!! See you all Thursday at 6:00 pm for dinner fun and surprises.
!!!!!"ATTITUDE is the master key to life's little locks"!!!!!
Thanks to Jane Betts for information, Dwight Holden photos
Thank you, Gary for serenading our arrivals this beautiful Tuesday!
Chaplain Kevin blessed the 54 of us with an opening prayer.
The meeting was opened by returning Vice President, Dave Burrows. He and Linda are back with us along with returning residents Gretta Pipe, Mike and Jean Delaney and Dwight and Bobbie (absent due to illness) Holden.
There were no guests, no new residents and no one leaving this week. Gary Snyder played the piano as we sang Happy Birthday to Mike Delaney who celebrated his birthday October 20th and Happy Anniversary to Dwight and Bobbi Holden, October 28th.
Happy Birthday and welcome back Mike Delaney.
Welcome back VP Dave Burrows and Sunshine Lady Charlene Sherman.
Charlene Sherman is back with us permanently and spreading Sunshine once again - please see her report.
Grace Sherry reported on the Red Hat luncheon held at P.F. Chang's October 21---a delicious time was had by all!! Thannk you Adele Beauregard. Watch for November event.
Sue Morey states Bingo begins Wednesday., October 23rd at 7:00 pm at the clubhouse.
Dave promised more news in November, when as President, he will present some possible by-law changes that would make it easier to elect and to participate. Information and voting to come!
Mary Ryman is able-and-willing to repair our "coffee baskets"--handles, etc. Please call.
Dwight Holden most graciously - and humorously - thanked Jane Betts for her 3 weeks fill-in during their absence. He presented her with a bear and paw decorated coffee mug from the Mountains of North Carolina! Jane could "bearly" express her thanks and feels "her cup runneth over!!"
The meeting was closed with a smile and see you next week - bring a neighbor!!
Jane Betts opened the meeting: Another early morning THANKS to Gary Snyder for our musical greeting!
Our count was up today from 32 last week to 52!! It must be Fall. Along with returning residents, we had the pleasure of new residents, Ron and Pat Morrow who are renting at 137 Shirley Drive. WELCOME!! New Hampshire will miss them.
None of the 9 birthday and 1 anniversary celebrants were present--we still wish them happy days!
As we mourn the loss of Bev Ferritto, we were both honored to have Greg Ferritto speak to us and tell how much Orange Acres meant in Bev's life, as it does to the whole family. There will be a funeral Mass at 9:30, Friday, October 18 at Church of the Incarnation on Bee Ridge and a gathering/luncheon at noon at our club house.
Happy Halloween news--Audrey Young has graciously agreed to chair our potluck dinner and festivities. Joan Worden is her right hand and many helpers would be welcomed. Don't forget your costume---there will be prizes!
Reminder of the Billy Graham TV production at the clubhouse November 7. (See Calendar and Future Events also)
At so many times in all our lives, we find--"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain".
Prayers and happy memories to all!!
Princess Jane Betts began today's meeting news: "Thank you, Gary Snyder for, once again, starting our morning off on a beautiful note!"
Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting with a prayer for the 32 present.
Jane welcomed returning residents Richard Tolman, Fred and Lela St. James and Bob and Cyndee Springer.
There were no anniversaries and none of the four birthday boys were present.
Please see the Sunshine report to appreciate Fran Foust's wonderful job! Since she and Mike are on donut detail this month, she went the extra mile and dressed the food table in pink and placed pink flowers on the tables to remind us all of the breast cancer battle.
Jan Thomas brought news of a November 7th Billy Graham program to be shown on our club house TV. As he celebrates his 95th birthday, this may be one of his last public appearances. There was interest and a positive show of hands, so time and reminders to follow.
Adele Beauregard reminded us of the Red Hats Luncheon on October 21st. Please see menu and the Sign Up Sheet on the board.
We still need a chairman for our Veterans Day parade and program. November 11th is around the corner. SOS!!
Due to the unplanned late arrival of the Turners and Harold Ryman's hospital and now rehab stay, neither Caroline or Mary are able to chair the Halloween Potluck October 31st. This is an "it takes a village"-----HELP!!!!
Jane ends with a "call me" and reminds us all that "Wrinkles only go where smiles have been".
Sooooo---keep on smiling!
Princess Jane Betts, our President for the next 2 or 3 weeks, while Dwight Holden is on vacation, began with a prayer for 29 people in attendance. Chaplain Kevin arrived soon afterwards due to many construction delays and a frustrated drive. It took over 1 1/2 hours to get here, and we were all happy with his prayer and safe travels.
Thanks to Charlie Parkes and Grace Sherry for their September donut detail for Tuesday morning coffee meetings. Fran and Mike Foust have volunteered to take over for the month of October due to Delaney's delayed arrival.
Returned residents were Jane Finley, Kathy Estabrook and Jim McDonald. Permanent returning resident is Sally Goebel, now at 176 Jeffrey Drive. Welcome Home!
Our thanks to Gary Snyder for greeting us with beautiful music both on organ and piano for our Happy Birthday song to Jim McDonald, our only celebratory attendee who will be 70!!
Fran Foust gave the Sunshine report, posted under Sunshine tab.
Please sign up now for Thursday, October 31 Halloween Party and Pot Luck at 6:00 pm. Hoping for a big costumed turn-out. Goblins of prizes!!!
Jane shares "A chuckle a day may not keep the doctor away, but it does make those times in "Life's Waiting Room" a little more bearable".
After a short prayer by Dwight Holden, he recognized returned residents: Phil and Elaine Albarano, Joan Collins and Cheryl Hahnenberg. Leaving this week for two weeks are Dwight and Bobbi Holden.
The Halloween party and potluck dinner will be Thursday, October 31, 6:00 pm. Sign up sheets are posted so sign up now.
Please remember Golf will begin October 8, so be sure to sign up. The league plays at Gulf Gate Golf Course on Tuesday's. See Gil Forrler if you have any questions.
Dwight asked for volunteers to take over the October donut duty for the weekly coffee meetings. Due to Mike Delaney's illness, he and Jean are postponing their return to Orange Acres. Fran and Mike Foust graciously volunteered. What would we do without them! Thank you!
Judy Marian sends thanks to Karen Rasske, 131 Jeffrey Circle, for taking over the Website last week while she and Ed were in California. Karen did a super job. They are planning their Orange Acres arrival in a few weeks. We hope to arrive by Halloween. Boooo!
Paula Jacobson hosted the Red Hats lunch at Ruby Tuesday's Monday, September 23rd. Seventeen ladies braved the downpour of rain with the reward of a lovely get-together with great food. Those celebrating a birthday this month were Judy Chieffo, Fran Foust and Kay Gyenes.
Chaplin Kevin arrived at 8:00am, just in time to deliver a prayer to 27 OA residents.
Dwight opened the meeting by explaining his hat of the morning was due to the daily rains messing his "do".
We welcomed Sue Morey, Mary & Harold Ryman back.
Dwight reminded us of the Red Hats lunch at Ruby Tuesday next week. Flu shots will take place in the library following this morning's meeting. Mary Ryman asked everyone to start thinking about Halloween costumes to wear to the Halloween Pot Luck.
Gil Forrler announced golf starts October 8th, tee time is at noon. Please sign up.
Fred & Lela St James will be leaving tomorrow morning for Michigan to attend their God child's wedding and will be gone about two weeks.
Just as the meeting was ending the nurse arrived to set up equipment for giving flu shots. The shots will be available again in November.
Thanks to Bobbi Holden for photographs and information
Kevin gave the prayer of thanksgiving to the 28 residents present.
Phil and Elaine Albarano will be leaving for one week, September 12 to celebrate Phil's mothers birthday. Safe travels!
Flu shots are available September 17, after coffee meeting on Tuesday. Please sign up. Flu shots will be available again in November.
Paula Jacobson reminded the ladies of the Red Hats Luncheon on September 23rd at Ruby Tuesday's. Please sign up soon.
Dwight received information that Caroline Turner and Mary Ryman are chairing the October Halloween Pot Luck. Wear a fun costume, and prizes will be awarded. A sign up sheet will be posted early October. Specific date coming, but gather your costume ideas now!
Fran Foust was the only person present to celebrate a birthday this coming week. Everyone was happy to sing the famous Orange Acres Birthday song.
Happy Birthday dear neighbor Fran Foust!
Judy Marian, Orange Acres Webmaster, will be going to California this Friday, September 13 for a week. They will attend the Americas Cup, the first time in 18 years for USA to host the sailing event. San Francisco is the place, and of course Napa Valley is included. Please be aware that Tuesday's OA News and Sunshine report on September 17 may be delayed until Saturday, September 21, for posting. No laptops on vacation!
Thanks to Bobbi Holden for photographs and information
Chaplain Kevin arrived just in time to say a prayer for the 30 residents in attendance for today's meeting.
Dwight Holden announced that many people questioned why he had not been wearing a hat to conduct the summer coffee meetings. Today he said he always wished to be a pilot, but the hat he was wearing this morning is as close as he'd ever get.
Dwight Holden, Pilot of OA coffee meeting.
Dwight shared that since he and Bobbi will be North Carolina for 2 weeks in October, he would like for Jane Betts to be Temporary Conductor of Fun and Frivolity during his absence. He asked for a vote, with a unanimous "yes"! Thanks and welcome, Princess Jane!
Happy Birthday was sung to Judy Chieffo and Art Klimek.
Thanks to Fran Foust and Joan Worden for hosting last evening's annual Labor Day Pot Luck, and Jane Betts for entertainment. Fun times by all!
Dwight concluded the meeting with: "Worry is a total waste of time. It doesn't change anything. All it does is steal your joy and keeps you very busy doing nothing".
Joan Worden and Fran Foust were hostesses to 34 residents at the Orange Acres Annual Labor Day Pot Luck Monday evening.
The ladies did a fantastic job and the food was delicious and plentiful.
Jane Betts entertained everyone by telling how and when Labor Day first came into being, followed by a humorous tale of her work history. She ended with this: "May we strengthen the weak, give light to the blind, clothe the needy and be friends to mankind...and may we never forget the blessing of being a part of Orange Acres with our friends and neighbors who give us strength and a reason to keep on keeping on"! Well said, Jane!
As we were all gathering our dishes at the completion of the evening, down came the rain. Afterwards we were blessed with one of Florida's beautiful sunsets.
Happy Labor Day!