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December 16 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting this morning for 80 of us !

Bob & Vicki Hill are back with us along with Rosemarie Shinde and Linda and Jim Barrett.  New residents Jan Silverman and son Bob McCloskey joined us at coffee for the first time.

Fran Foust introduced new residents Rose and Dave Leslie who had been renters but bought Dave and Linda Borrows home at 144 Shirley Drive.  Welcome Rose and Dave!

Happy Birthday was sung to Bill Spires and Happy Anniversary was sung to Sam and Cheryl Finley who are celebrating their 51st year together.

Charlene gave her sunshine report.

Jane Finley reminded us that there are still tickets for the New Years Eve party at Windward Isles.  The cost is $10.00.  Also, the sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board for Christmas dinner, December 25, 4:00 pm at the clubhouse.

Shirley Tatlock says that Sunday, December 20th, 5:00 pm, there will be Christmas caroling around the park.  Anyone can join in the fun and there will be hot cocoa and cookies afterward at the clubhouse.

Grace Sherry said there were 10 cheer baskets handed out this past week and she and Charlie thank all who made cookies.  Thanks also to Art and Betty Klimek for the nice big red apples and to all her helpers.  This is Charlie and Grace's last year for doing the Christmas cheer bags but she knows someone else will come forward to carry on.  Charlene will continue with the Christmas cheer bags event next year.

Caroline Turner reminded us that she has the luminary bags on her front porch, 208 Jason Drive.  They are bundled in packs of 15 and come get as many as you need.  The sand is available at the end of Shirley Drive. (also see Future Events tab)

Bob Springer strongly encourages everyone to visit the National Cemetery, located east of I-75 on Clark Rd.  It is beautiful with all the wreaths in place, quite extraordinarily moving! 

8,000 Wreaths Across America, Sarasota National Cemetery

Photo from ABC Channel 7 Sarasota News.

Bob also has tickets for the Strawberry Festival March 5, 2015,  in Plant City.  the cost is $74.00 per person and you will be enjoying the Oakridge Boys for entertainment.  If enough people sign up, the bus will pick everyone up at Orange Acres.  Call Bob at 641-330-2052.

Reg Tays spoke about FMO.  There are currently 94 Orange Acres members.  The membership is now $25.00 for one year or $65.00 for 3 years.  Reg will keep us informed with changes in our District 8, as the Vice President has resigned but a temporary VP is in place until a replacement is located. 

Charlie Parkes livened our meeting with another one of his many jokes.

Reuel Detweiler informed us that there will be a Homeowners Corporation meeting on the 3rd Tuesday in January.  The homeowners Corporation is mandated by the state of Florida to represent mobile home parks should the owners decide to sell.  There will be an election of three new members.  Notices will be handed out to each home with the candidates' names.  Other nominations may be accepted.

The Christmas party was a great success and a big thank you goes out to Jan Mazer for a fantastic job and to all those who helped her in making it such a memorable evening!

Mary Cowan is selling tickets for her quilt with proceeds going to the flea market.

Jane thanked all the coffee crew and everyone who shows up on these chilly mornings for some repast, news and definitely entertainment!

Another reminder that any information for the Orange Acres Observer (Newsletter) must be submitted to management by the 15th of the month.  It is our responsibility to get the information to them.  And for those who do not come to coffee but want to catch up on the news, there is always a calendar in the clubhouse by the 1st of every month and our website: updated at least weekly.

Reuel Detwiler  pointed out differences between the Homeowner's Corporation and the Resident's Association and that new members for the Homeowner's Corporation will be selected for a community vote the first week of January 2015.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 am.

Have a pleasant week! (Thanks Betsy!)

December 9 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting with prayer for 62 of us this morning.

The 50/50 raffle was held and the winners were Bill Spires, Ron Holsing and Faye Spinney.

We welcomed back Don and Ruth Hostetler, Bill and Shirley Dodd, Reverend Joe and Alice Stump, and Leonard and Toni Livengood.

Happy Birthday was sung to Ron Holsing.

Charlene gave her sunshine report.

Bob Beauregard wished to thank all the cookie makers for the whist party and looks forward to the next one.

Jan Mazer reminded us to sign up for the Christmas party this Thursday evening at 7 pm and bring two cans for the food barrel.  More cookie donations are needed and please bring all cookies to the clubhouse that morning.

Charlie Parkes regaled us with his usual weekly joke.

Bill Spires said Monday was the first practice in the pool/billiards room at 1 pm.  Anybody can call Bill and set up a time for practice.  He hopes to run a tournament in March,

Grace Sherry says this coming Saturday, the 13th, the cheer baskets will be distributed around 10:00 am.  Any cookies left over from the Christmas party will help fill the baskets!

Caroline Turner said that when the OA newsletter came out, there were 7 reports missing.  There was nothing about the Whist party, Christmas dinner, Caroling, Cheer Baskets, etc.  The whole newsletter was quite bare!  We need to do a better job of getting information into the office by the 15th deadline. 

Caroline has the white luminary bags on her porch and please come by and pick up what you need.  They are pre-packed in bundles of 15.  Sand is now available at the end of Shirley Drive.

Raffle tickets are still available for Mary Cowan's hand-made beautiful quilt, which goes to help with our flea market.

Jane thanked all the coffee crew, donut crew, Gary for music, Betsy for note taking and anyone who has donated and bought items from the Christmas table.

Jane also reiterated the importance of getting news and coming events information to the office before the 15th deadline.  She and Phil Albarano had a meeting with Jeff and he stressed that it would not be worth their time, effort and money spent, if there was not enough to fill the newsletter.  So PLEASE, for January, let's get those activities written up and handed in: i.e. Pancake Breakfast, Beach Party, Whist, Cedar Cove Dance, Ice Cream Social, Vespers, Etc.  Jane says she is always available to help with your write-up, if needed.  Thank you!

With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:40 am.

Betsy shares a little quip:  "People said to follow your dreams, so I went back to bed"!

Have a great week!  (Thanks, Betsy!)

December 2 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin led 64 of us in prayer this morning.

We Welcomed back Sam & Cheryl Finley, Reg & Pat Tays, Dave & Rose Leslie, Ed & Judy Marian, Bill & Carol Becker and Mike & Fran Foust.  Bobbi Holden and Rick & Judy Wilson will be departing for the holidays.

Happy Birthday was sung to Bob Springer, Pauline Pittman and Hugh Spinney.

There was no one present to sing Happy Anniversary.

Charlene gave her Sunshine report.

Charlie Parkes started us out with his joke of the week!

Caroline Turner, 208 Jason Drive, advised everyone that she has the luminary bags for Christmas eve.  They are in batches of 15, and take as many as you need.  Sand can be found at the end of Shirley Drive (See Future Events tab for glowing details).

Bob Beauregard reminded us that the Whist card party is this Thursday at 7 pm.  Cookies are needed but coffee and tea will be furnished.  Please wear your name tag and $1.00 to play.

Bill Spires says that beginning this month, he will be giving pool (Billiard) lessons.  Call him if interested to set up practice time.  A Billiards tournament will be coming late February or March.  Practice makes perfect!  Men and women welcome.

Shirley Tatlock wished to thank everyone who helped her at the Thanksgiving dinner.  It was a huge success with "tons" of food.

Christmas caroling throughout Orange Acres will be on December 21st and refreshments served afterwards. 

Jan Mazer thanked the 10 people who came to her fund raiser luncheon this past Saturday.  She has $2,900 so for for her missionary trip to Uganda. 

Jan Mazer and Jane Betts will be presiding over Vespers this Sunday, December 7th.  Help is needed with setting up the chairs, so any and all volunteers are needed!

The Christmas party sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  It will take place Thursday, December 11th at 7 pm.  Cookie bakers are needed.  Please bring 2 food items for the food barrel.  No cat food, please!

Bob Springer says the Ship n' Shore Key West trip has been cancelled for this year but will be offered again next year!  Start planning ahead!

This March, a trip is in the works for a trip to Plant City during Strawberry Festival to hear the Oakridge Boys.  Stay tuned...more to come.

Reg Tays says there are 94 Orange Acres members of FMO.  He will speak more about it once he is settled in after his recent arrival from the north country. 

Saturday, December 6th, Faye Spinney and Shirley Tatlock will be having a sale of handmade "goodies" at 221 Jason, from 8 am to 2 pm.  Faye has many knitting items and Shirley has her painted glass, among other collectibles.  Come one, come all!

President Jane Betts thanked Shirley for a "fulfilling" Thanksgiving dinner.  Also to Sandra Spires and Paula Jacobsen for Christmas decorations, Phil Albarano for coffee and all the rest of the coffee crew.

There are tickets available for Mary Cowen's quilt raffle.  See the poster in the club house with picture and details.  The Christmas decorations table is doing well, also located in the club house.  Donations are still needed, but please place them under the table until they are priced.  The honor system bucket will gladly accept any and all donations.  

Computer class will resume this afternoon at 4 pm.  Welcome back Judy!

The clubhouse will be closed this Saturday, December 6th, from 3-9 pm for a private Warrington's event.

Jane brought up a very good point about our Orange Acres safety.  When she was out riding her bike she had the misfortune to witness a resident who had fallen and was unresponsive.  After emergency rescue arrived, the paramedics were looking for information regarding the resident and the information was obtained from the "snowbird directory".  Unfortunately, the one important item missing was the man's  complete birth year.  Phil and Elaine Albarano will again be compiling current information for our our 2015 Directory this year and anyone needing to update or complete their information should notify them.  We are all at that age where the year of our birth should be celebrated rather than left blank and people think we  are "older" than we really are!!  We should be proud of our age....we earned it!!!

With no more business, meeting adjourned 8:40 am

Betsy shares a thought for the week:  "You cannot be old and wise if you were never young and crazy!"

Have a great week!  (Thanks, Betsy!!)

November 24 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Our President, Jane Betts led 60 of us in prayer this morning.

We welcomed back Ken and Joan Russell and Kathleen and Jim McDonald.

Barb Bown and Maxine Mock will be leaving us for awhile.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Guests were Bob Beauregard's son Steve and Donald and Phyllis Mann's daughter Susan and son in law Bill.

The 50/50 raffle was held and this week's winners were Grace Sherry, Jan Thomas and John Pugh who each received $10.00.

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

Charlene gave her sunshine report.

Bob Beauregard reminded us that the whist card party will be Thursday evening December 4th at 7pm  all are welcome and bring a $1.00.

Shirley Tatlock says this is the "last call" for Thanksgiving dinner.  She has 60 people signed up.  Please do not bring your place settings down to the clubhouse before 11:00am.

Jan Mazer has 10 people going to her luncheon fund raiser and she wishes to thank everyone for their generous donations towards her missionary trip.

Charlie Parkes graced us with another one of his fabulous jokes!  Where does he get them?

Mary Cowen has begun to sell tickets for her beautiful quilt as a fund raiser for our flea market.  Tickets are 1 for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00.

There will be no computer class this afternoon.  It will start up again next week when Judy Marian returns.

Jane wished to thank Rick and Judy Wilson for their donut detail, Bob Beauregard for coffee, and Gary for his musical talent, Betsy for her note taking and Phil Albarano for the sound system.

Meeting closed at 8:20am

For all our Orange Acres Residents who have not returned to our "little bit of paradise" as yet, we wish you all a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.  Hope to see you soon!

Have a great week! 

November 18 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter, Al Duff, Photographer

This morning Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting with prayer for 57 of us.  Last week we had 70 present.  I'm pretty sure the cold this morning kept some in their warm beds instead of venturing out!

Residents who will be leaving us for a short time are Joan Warden, Marylou Lira, Ed and Carol Foltz, Mike and Fran Foust and Bill and Paula Jacobsen.

Happy Birthday was sung to Judy Wilson.

Charlene Sherman gave the sunshine report.

Peggy Killinger showed us her mother's (Mary Cowan) quilt that she made and is donating as a raffle prize to raise money for our flea market.  Tickets are 1 for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00.

Caroling Turner thanked everyone for all the cards, notes and flowers that she received while she was recuperating from her hip surgery.  It made her "down time" seem much less when she received all those wonderful wishes.

Shirley Tatlock needs one more person to cook a turkey for the Thanksgiving dinner.  If you have not already signed up to come to the dinner, please do so and mark what you will bring.

Bob Beauregard informed us that the first Whist card party will be Thursday December 4th at 7:00pm.  All are welcome.  The cost is $1.00 with all monies going to the top winners.  Donations of cookies would be greatly appreciated.

Bob Springer says there are 3-4 couple spaces left for the Key West trip in January.  Please see Bob if you are interested.

Jan Mazer is still selling tickets for a Carrabba's dinner, which is a week from Wednesday.  She also has cookie dough and pizza kits for sale.

A big thank you to Pauline Pittman and Charlotte Butland for a fabulous Red Hat luncheon at the Chocolate Cafe yesterday.  It was scrumptious!

President Jane asked if our group would like to have some programs where people come to speak about different things at the beginning of our meetings and would take about 15 or 20 minutes.  With a show of hands it was approved.


Jane thanked all for coming and a special thank you to the coffee crew, donut crew, Gary our talented musician and Betsy for her note taking.

There will be a Christmas table in the clubhouse starting today.  Bring your unwanted Christmas items to sell on the honor system.  Jane Betts and Jan Mazer are in charge.  The sale will go on until Christmas.

 Phil Albarano says that the Orange Acres residents have come through with many large items for the flea market.  What is needed now are smaller items.  Also this is his and Fred St. James last year to be in charge and as of today there is no one to take over.  It does not have to be one person, it can be a committee of both men and women.  Please, please think seriously about it.  The flea market is our biggest money maker for the park.  It would be a shame not to have one anymore.

If you need any printing done for tickets, posters, etc. for December and January see Barb Brown before Thanksgiving.  Also she will be doing Vespers the 1st Sunday in December (12-7) and needs about 7-8 people to aid her in putting on a skit.  If interested please see her.  Barb was also gracious enough to entertain us with some delightful stories about her older sister and herself while we waited for our Wreaths Across America rep to arrive.

Katherine Snowman, a representative for "Wreaths across America", came to talk to us again.  Her son attends the Sarasota Military Academy and this is their fundraiser.  For $15.00, $5.00 of which goes back to the academy for books, uniforms, etc.  You can buy a wreath to be placed on a headstone at the Sarasota National Cemetery or you can request where you would like yours to go.  Their goal is to have a wreath on every veterans headstone at all the National Cemetery's in the United States.  There will be a public ceremony on Saturday, December 13th at 11:30am to view all the wreaths and honor the fallen.   Please see Jane Betts for a purchase form.

With nothing further the meeting closed at 8:55am.

Have a great week.

November 11 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter, Al Duff, Photographer

Our new President, Jane Betts, led 70 of us in prayer this morning since Chaplain Kevin is away.


The 50/50 raffle was held this week.  Winners were Ed Marian, Kay Gyenes and Jan Thomas.

We welcomed back Lee & Caroline Turner and Marilyn Garvin and Lois Weaverling

None of the birthday or anniversary celebrants were present so no singing was attempted.

Charlene gave her sunshine report.

Barb Brown is leaving December 2nd for a month, so if anyone is in need of printing, such as tickets or posters, please see her before her departure. 

Barb will also be doing the water exercise (aerobics) every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am.  Everyone is welcome.

Shirley Tatlock has posted the Thanksgiving dinner sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.  Dinner is at 4:00 pm.  She needs volunteers to help in the kitchen and with the set up for the Thanksgiving repast.

Charlene Butland and Pauline Pittman will be hosting the November Red Hat Ladies luncheon November 17th at the Chocolate Cafe by Publix.   Please let her know if you plan to attend no later than Friday

Phil Albarano gave a heartfelt thank you to everyone for their participation in the Veterans Day Ceremonies.  It was the largest group we have ever had.  There were over a hundred people who attended and everyone enjoyed the hot dogs and baked goodies at lunch.  The huge banner on the bulletin board was made by the students of Mark Bulger's mother who teaches at one of the local schools.  What a nice job the students did!  Phil had a special thank you to Elaine, his wife "Blondie", who kept him focused and on track for making the day such a big success.

Charlie Parkes shared his joke of the week.  Nice to know we were so friendly with the Japanese.  Thanks for the laughs, Charlie!!

Paula Jacobsen said the dance last Friday night was awesome and she thanks all those who helped get the Community Center back in order for Saturday.

Judy Marian's computer class starts today at 4:00 pm

Tomorrow, November 12th,  flu shots will be given.  There are many residents who signed up so it may begin earlier than 10:00 am as was previously scheduled. 

This Saturday, November 15th, is the last day to get your news information to the office if you want it published in the Observer for December.

Charlie Parkes once again reminded us to put some goodies in the food barrel for those less fortunate, especially with Thanksgiving just around the corner.

Next Tuesday, Mary Cowan will begin selling tickets for her quilt that she made to help support the flea market.  Tickets will be $2.00 each or or 3 for $5.00 and the quilt will be on display in the clubhouse. 

Marj Dunn is looking for more jewelry to sell at the flea market.  You may drop it off at her's or Jane Betts abode.

Next Tuesday, November 18th, the representatives from Wreaths Across America will be back to explain about their program. 

Fred St. James says that Shuffleboard has begun for the season but still needs more people to play.  They play from 1:00pm to 3:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

In December, Bill Spires would like to start a group, both men and women, to play pool (billiards).  Please see or call Bill if you are interested.

Former resident, Mary Ryman, says that this Saturday, November 15th, Emeritus on Bee Ridge will be having their fall festival/yard sale from 9 am to 3 pm.  All are welcome.

Jane thanked Bob Beauregard for the coffee and Rick & Judy Wilson for donuts.

The meeting was closed at 8:30 am.

Betsy shares the definition of an older man or woman:  "Faster than a charlie horse...more powerful than the urge to "go" to park close to tall buildings with a special sticker!!"

Have a super week!  (Thanks, Betsy!) 

Veterans Day Parade & Lunch

November 8 - Saturday

Photos by Al Duff

Leading the Orange Acres Annual Veterans Day Parade, flag bearer Fred St. James. 
 Richard Rasske and Ed Marian carry the banner. 

There were many wheels in the parade.  Decorated golf carts and cycles.

Our veterans walk proudly.

Sue Morey sang America the Beautiful.  Our guest speakers from the Elks, Jim Lamb and Paul Dragone from our sister community, Cedar Cove.

Ed Foltz gave the invocation. 

Thanks to Phil Albarano, Chairman, for a fantastic job and Ms. Susie's students for the special poster. 

The lunch bunch.

November 7 - Friday


Ticket sales at the door with Elaine, Gary and Gretta.   Friends on the sidelines, taking a dance break!

Chairperson Paula Jacobsen presented many door prizes. 

Lela St. James wins a door prize on her birthday.  Mike Mongeau was another prize winner, along with other lucky dancers.

Paula Jacobsen, Joan Collins and Elaine Albarano, dancing to the Lynn Spins!
A great time was had by all!
Photos by Al Duff