Sebring Village Association — December — 2016

From the Association
From the Corporation
January States Committee Meeting
Michigan State Committee Meeting
Christmas Eve
Christmas Dinner
Luminaries Committee Meeting
2017 Sebring Village Telephone Directory
Message from Maureen
Coffee Tyme
JULIET's Luncheon
Cirrus Street Dinner
Singles & Friends
Travel Information
Pedal Bike Rides
Florida Senior Games
Summer Activities
November States Committee
Special Thanks to a Special Gal
Welcome Neighbors!
Recyclers—Please Note!
Calendar Scheduling
From the Editor

December Calendar
Weekly Activities
Anniversaries & Birthdays

Christmas Dance
Christmas Dinner
New Year's Eve Dance

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From the Association ~ Walt D’Alessandris

Great to see so many of our friends returning to the “Big Apple of the South”— Sebring Village.

The “Welcome Back Party” was very well attended, and I want to thank everyone who joined us for this event.

A special thanks to the States Committee, who worked and gave of their time to make this happen.

Our Association meeting on December 6th will feature a guest speaker from the Highland County Sheriff’s Department. Nell Hayes, “Crime Prevention Specialist,” will give us information on how we can better protect our property.

The drive for membership dues is underway. Call Chairperson Suellen Jones if you have any questions; we are looking for 100% participation.

We need volunteers to help decorate Palm trees. Please sign up if you would like to help “light up the Village” this season. Please check the hallway Bulletin Board for information on all our upcoming events.

Don’t forget to do something nice for your neighbor.

From the Corporation ~ President John Gates

Thanksgiving is behind us; the Christmas season rapidly approaches. Soon, our palm trees will take on a magical appearance – truly something to behold; something to be proud of!

Help Needed

In early January, the Corporation will be holding its annual membership drive. We will be contacting individuals who have helped in the past, but we need more folks to help out. We try to arrange the “blitz” so each volunteer is contacting homeowners who live close to them. With a team of 20 volunteers, each person visits 20 neighbors. Two hours is all it takes!

 Contact Kay Soares at 202 Cattail St., or

Board of Director Elections

The Sebring Village Homeowners Association (Corporation) Board of Directors election for 2017 will be on January 17, 2017. Director Bobby Bonner, Director and Board President John Gates, and Director and Board Vice-President Bob Herwarth have their terms expire at the Annual General Meeting. Thus, three positions, each for a three-year term, are open for this election.

Nominations from the floor will be accepted at the Corporation Membership Meeting on Tuesday, December 13. A proposed “slate” will also be presented to the members at this meeting. No nominations will be accepted after December 13, 2016.

As well, anyone who would like to be considered for a position on the Board of Directors should contact one of the Nominating Committee members prior to the Corporation Membership Meeting. Nominating Committee members are Karen Buckwalter, Sharon Darrah, and Sharon LaPenna.

A Final Word

The Board of Directors – Sharon, Kay, Kurt, Nick, Bob, Bobby and John – would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

January States Committee Meeting

January States Committee (Canada) Meeting is Monday, December 5, at 1:00 p.m. This is a planning meeting for the month of January.

Michigan State Committee Meeting ~ Glenda Gray

The Michigan State Committee Meeting will be Friday, December 9th, at 3:00 p.m. In addition to conducting the Christmas Dinner and the Christmas Eve service, we are having a non-perishable Food Drive for the Mission. Please bring the food to the Clubhouse, from Monday, December 5th through Thursday, December 22nd, no later than 5 p.m., on the 22nd.

We are also having an unwrapped stuffed-toy drive to give to the Police Department for “Children needing Comforting.” Please bring toys only on Thursday, Dec. 22nd, from 12 to 5 p.m.

We need cookie bakers for Christmas Eve. Please bring two dozen cookies to the Clubhouse on the 24th, by 2 p.m. Sign-up sheet on the Bulletin Board.

Christmas Eve

Saturday, the 24th

At 6:30 p.m., there will be caroling in the Clubhouse. At 7 p.m., there will be cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate, plus a visit from Santa.

Our thanks to Judy Alger, who formed our Sebring Village Chorus, enabling us to have the chorus for various activities, such as this one.

If you are interested in singing with the chorus, contact Karen Locke (740-502-3717).

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner will be Sunday, December 25th, at 4:00 p.m. The sign-up sheet will be on the Bulletin Board. Ham, rolls, butter and raisin sauce, coffee and tea will be provided. Bring your own table service, plus a “dish to pass” for 8-10 persons. Guests are welcome, just bring another dish. You may pick your table after 3 p.m.

See you then! Glenda Gray (863-471-0760 .

Luminaries Committee Meeting

There will be meetings on Thursday, December 8th, and again on Thursday, December 15th, both at 4 p.m.

The Luminaries will be on Village Drive on December 22nd and 23rd. If you choose, you can do your own street. Contact Glenda Gray (863-471-0760).

2017 Sebring Village Telephone Directory

In preparation for the 2017 Telephone Directory, a master list of all residents will be posted on the Bulletin Board in the Clubhouse.

Please verify all of your information, and if corrections are necessary, please update in the column provided in this issue, or complete an Up-date Form, which are available in the Clubhouse on the credenza, and place updated form in the Drop Box.

The Deadline is Thursday, JANUARY 19th

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Bonkoski, at 863-658-1951.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Message from Maureen ~ Park Manager Maureen Stephens

Hi everyone! Glad to see so many back. A few Christmas decorations already gets us into the mood. Please take this opportunity to sign up to help with all the holiday events. New residents are so welcome!

Just a few reminders: Please slow down, cats and dogs are not allowed to be outside without leashes, do not throw cigarette butts on the ground or put out cigarettes on the pool deck, glass containers are not allowed in the pool area, and please continue to weed and power wash. Everyone works hard to keep Sebring Village beautiful, so let’s all do our part.

Thank you! See you around the Village.

Coffee Tyme ~ Rachel, Betty & Helen

On Nov. 4th, when the nurses came, we had 31 people, and ONLY 24 had signed up. That’s why it is so important to sign the sheet as it is being passed around; otherwise, it will be on the Clubhouse Bulletin Board until the following Wednesday. We must call Wal-Mart early Thursday morning to let them know our headcount. PLEASE, HELP US WITH THIS – Thanks! P.S. Remember – THERE WILL BE NO COFFEE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING!

Benevolences ~ Amy Slane

“Get Well Wishes” have been extended to Forrest Alger and Nancy May, for a speedy recovery.

Thoughts and prayers go to Jack Marshall and the family for the loss of his wife, Emily.

JULIET’s Luncheon ~ Glenda Gibson & Becky Moore

The JULIETs had our luncheon on November 10th, at the “Jacaranda”… 32 ladies attended, of which six were “first-timers.” They were Cora Lee Mayfield, Karen Bente, Carol Colon, Carol Farmer, Sharon Elton, Mary Zahn.

“Thank you” to Leslie Maschue for asking the blessing. Alice Hildebrande won the $10 gift certificate from the “Jacaranda.” We played a game and Anita Banyard won a cute little gift.

Our next luncheon will be December 8th, at the “Hibachi Buffet.” Please read the sign-up sheet for what we are doing for Christmas.

ROMEO’s ~ John Arata

ROMEO’s will meet at “Sonny’s Restaurant,” 751 Hwy 27 South, on December 21st at noon.

The sign-up sheet will be taken down on the Monday of the lunch. If you need a ride, meet at the Clubhouse at 11:30 a.m.

Cirrus Street Dinner ~ Pete Mezza

In November, we are going to the “Country Club of Sebring,” with about 30 of our residents. The Cirrus Street gang will be at the “Caddy Shack” on December 21st; and expect about 30 to 35 of our residents there.

The sign-up sheet is on the Bulletin Board.

Singles & Friends ~ Leslie Maschue

All singles: widowed, divorced, never married, currently dating, etc., and any of our married friends, are invited to join us for our December get-together at “Chicanes,” on December 17th, at 4:30. Please sign up in the Clubhouse. And if you sign up, please, show up. Any questions, call 863-314-9485.

Travel Information ~ Angie Warchak

All bus trips are posted in the Bits & Pieces months before the event; where we are going, dates and cost. When not in Florida, you may read the Bits & Pieces online at

If you are interested and want to be included, call, text or email. (863) 214-5843 cell & texting or Your name will be included on the sign-up sheet. I will then contact you when payment is due. For more detailed information, feel free to contact me.

St. John’s Paddleboat Cruise
Wednesday, January 11th
Cost $70.00

Leaves Clubhouse at 8 a.m.
There is still availability on this cruise…
if anyone is interested.
We board the Paddleboat from downtown Sanford, FL
Bus ride is 2 hours (not 4 hours).
Sign-up sheet is still on the Bulletin Board.
Questions? Call Angie - 863-471-2150

New Orleans
Sunday, November 12th to Saturday, November 18th, 2017
7 Days, 6 Nights -- $609.00/pp
10 Meals: 6 breakfasts & 4 dinners
Guided Tour of New Orleans
& a Louisiana Plantation
Riverboat Dinner/Cruise & Party
on the Mississippi River
Visit National World War II Museum

Free time to roam the streets of New Orleans, visit shops, hear great music. Tour Battleship USS Alabama, in Mobile, AL.

If interested, call Angie, 863-471-2150, and she will give you a flyer with more information.

Shows ~ Cil D’Alessandris

First Show of the Season!
“Link Union”
Holiday Variety Show
Monday, December 12th
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10.00

This very talented family delivers a powerful performance, with world-class harmonies, featuring 18 instruments. (Please check inserted poster for more information.)

No reserved seating for shows. Front-row seating for handicapped residents. Soda will be sold at all shows (75 cents).

Please check the Entertainment Bulletin Board in the Clubhouse for the complete listing of Shows and Dances.

Tickets for all events can be purchased from Glenda Gray (863-471-0760) and Walt D’Alessandris (863-273-0875).

Dances ~ Nancy Morley, Chairperson

We have two great dances for you in December, as we celebrate the special holidays; Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The Christmas Dance is on Sunday, the 11th, with music by “Good Stuff.” From 7:30 - 10:30 pm.

We’ll ring in the New Year 2017 with the music of “TJ and the Cruisers,” from 8:30 - 12:30 a.m.. We have some fabulous door prizes this year. “Fifty-fifty” tickets are $1.00 each or an “arms length for $5.”

And, at midnight, there will be a champagne toast and light lunch to be provided. Tickets for this dance are $15 for members and $17 for non-members.

Thank you for all the support of our dances in the past, and we look forward to your continued support in the future. We’ve got a great line-up planned for 2017. Remember: For tickets, please contact Glenda Gray or Walt D’Alessandris.

“Keep on dancin’,” Sebring Village!

Bean Bag Baseball ~ Sue Cronin

Well, we are up and running again after taking a three-week break. What a blast we had last week. It is so nice to see so many of our winter friends back. Everyone is invited to join us in a hilarious game of Bean Bag Baseball. It is a game for all seasons of our lives. So, come on down to the Clubhouse every Sunday at 7 p.m., because we can guarantee you tons of laughs. This is always free to all.

Bingo Continues!

For all the new residents of the Park, please note that Bingo is played every Thursday, at 6:30 p.m.

Bridge ~ Donna Cox

If you play Bridge and would like to join our group, please call Donna Cox (863-382-8852). We are now playing on Monday evenings, at 6:30.

Bunco ~ Kathy Nowacki

Bunco is every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $2.00. If you would like any added information, please feel free to call Kathy, at 618-401-6872.

Euchre ~ Rachel Ward

IF you still are interested in playing “Euchre in the “Afternoon, COME ON DOWN to the Clubhouse, Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Fifty cents for 2 hours of fun (863-678-2795).

Golf Sebring Village ~ Dick Phillips & Tom Pratt

Shotgun” starts every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m., and at 1:00 p.m., at Sebring Golf Course (phone 863-314-5919) at 3129 Golfview Road. You must sign up before Tuesday by 11:00 a.m. A sign-up sheet is on the Clubhouse Bulletin Board. Hosted at 8:15 a.m. by Dick Phillips (863-382-7716), and 1:00 p.m. by Tom Pratt (614-531-0102).

Knitting & Crocheting ~ Carol DeArmitt

Knitting and crocheting is Monday at 1 p.m., in the Clubhouse.

Quilters & Stitchers ~ Carol DeArmitt

Heartland Village Quilters and Stitchers will start meeting January 5th, at 1 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

Line Dancing ~ Nancy Howard-Strong

Line Dancing is held every Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse. See you there!

Pepper/Bid Euchre ~ Jean & Neil Knutson

Everyone welcome!! New Times: Games every Tuesday, at 6 p.m., but 5 p.m. on Board Meeting nights. Anyone wanting to learn, please give Jean and Neil a call!! (863-658-2559).

Shuffleboard ~ Paul Strong & Jim Frye

Step by step… mile by kilometre, our northern friends are shuffling home to Sebring Village!!!

Already... even in early November... half the courts were full with our avid shufflers !

A good-time season is ahead of us. As an example… in keeping with a long-standing tradition, there will be home, and home-friendly, and competitive matches with our Tanglewood neighbors.

In addition, there is the upcoming Heartland Games for Active Adults (who can forget our wonderful participation last year!). Many more ideas in the works !

So... come on down... new “shufflers” are more than welcome!

Regular shuffleboard - Tuesday & Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Hosscollar Shuffleboard
- Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Texas Hold Em ~ Tom Pratt

Play is every Wednesday at the Clubhouse. All are welcome, come and join us! Be there by 7 p.m. sharp! There is no sign-up, just show up! Gals are welcome to play or watch!

Water Aerobics ~ Audrey Eddinger

Water Aerobics runs Monday through Saturday,

 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Please join us.

(Please keep all socializing to before and after the session, so everyone can hear the tape.) Thank you.

Questions: Co-chair Audrey Eddinger - 610-334-8547.

Water Volley Ball ~ Sue Cronin

Water Volley Ball will resume Wednesdays at 4 p.m., weather permitting. So come on down to the pool and have some laughs and also get some exercise. That’s right, you’ll get some exercise even though you don’t think you can laugh so much and at the same time be working out. Fun for all ages. See you there!

Zumba Sessions ~ Darlene Prentice

Starting November 7th, I will resume my Zumba workouts at 8 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Clubhouse. These are done to DVD’s. Mondays, I will do Zumba Toning (with or without light weights), which is a 45-minute workout, followed with a 15-minute Abs workout for a total of 1 hour. Wednesdays, I will do Zumba Cardio, which is 45 minutes, along with the 15-minute Abs workout, for a total of 1 hour. This is Zumba Gold, which is low impact. Everyone is welcome to join me. Any questions, you can call me at 863-385-7075.

Pedal Bike RidesBob & Anita Banyard

Pinellas Trail Ride
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Come ride with Anita and Bob on Thursday, January 19th , on the very popular “Pinellas Trail,” a world-class paved rail trail from Dunedin to Tarpon Springs and back. A bike tour of the highlights of Tarpon Springs will also be included, as also a bike ride out to Honeymoon Key and back. Total distance has not been confirmed as yet but will be between 30 and 40 miles at a ride speed of 9 miles per hour, with plenty of stops along the way. Lunch will be at “Mr. Souvlaki Greek Restaurant,” in Tarpon Springs (, and the ice cream stop is at “Strachan’s Ice Cream and Desserts,” in Dunedin ( Highlights include a visit to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary (, the Howard Park Causeway and beach front, an hour of shopping and sightseeing on Dodecanese Boulevard, TS, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, and beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. The ride is flat and safe, with paved trails and sidewalks involved. Ride start is at the free parking lot across the street from 500 Virginia Street, Dunedin, Florida, at 9:30 a.m. sharp. Passengers will be expected to pay the driver $20.00 each to transport their bike and themselves there and back. If coming, please let Bob know verbally, by phone at (863) 386-1133, or by email at

Sanibel And Captiva Island Ride
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Come ride with Anita and Bob on Thursday, February 16th,, on the paved trails of these two islands in the Gulf of Mexico. Total distance has not been confirmed as yet, but will be between 30 and 40 miles, at a ride speed of 9 miles per hour, with plenty of stops along the way. Lunch and Ice Cream stops are still to be determined. Highlights include the Visitor’s Center, the beautiful shoreline homes of Captiva, a visit to J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, the stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, shelling at Turner Beach, the Sanibel Causeway, ocean views at Bailey’s Beach Park, and a water stop at Allison Hagerup Beach Park. The ride is flat and safe with paved trails or bike lanes involved. Ride start is 9:30 a.m. sharp. Passengers will be expected to pay the driver $20.00 each to transport their bike and themselves there and back. If coming, please let Bob know verbally, or by phone at (863) 386-1133, or by email at

Florida Senior Games

The Florida Senior Games are fast approaching. They will be held in Clearwater, from December 3rd to 11th.

All who qualified in the Heartland Games are reminded that the registration deadline for the Florida Games is mid-November.

Anyone who plans to participate in the Florida Senior Games is asked to advise Neil Simpson, Heartland Games Ambassador, at, so that he can make certain that the local media are aware that you will be competing.

Florida Games Schedule

Bowling – 3rd & 4th
Cycling – 8th &10th
Golf – 6th & 7th
Pickleball – 9th , 10th & 11th
5K Run – 10th
Shuffleboard – 3rd & 4th
Swimming – 3rd & 4th
Tennis – 3rd to 8th
Track & Field – 10th & 11th.

Editor’s Note: In the interest of some of our residents who participate in the Florida and Senior games, we have included their schedule in our newsletter.

Summer Activities ~  Sue Cronin, Director

Catching Up on last month’s events...

Let me first play catch up – Our Italian Dinner and Show was a great success. I want to thank everyone who attended and, of course, all who helped put this event on. A great big thanks goes out to all our meatball rollers. Not only do we have fun doing this, but, Hey!, the meatballs tasted great. Thanks for all our waiters and waitresses and our cooks and kitchen helpers. There were so many people involved in putting such an event as this one, that there are too many to mention, but you all know who you are, and so “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!” What a fantastic job you all did! But I must mention those of you who were there from the start to the finish. “Thank you,” Greg and Laney Powers, Judy Chidester, Jean Harvey, Cheryl Wilson, and Jack Harpin. Our actors of the play did an outstanding job and made us laugh the night away. Our main actors were Laney Powers, Leslie Maschue, Cheryl Wilson, Charlie Giamalvo, Bev and Bill Bowling, and a cast of seven more, who, as we would say, played supporting rolls, but important parts. There were a total of 19 people who helped put this play on, so please do forgive me for not mentioning you all. A fantastic job was done by all!!!

Also, I want to play “catch up” on our Halloween Dance and Bash. Now, you just have to admit it was a little different. What a blast we all had. The music was nice, and thanks for all who attended… the food was scrumptious. Thanks to Laney and Greg Powers, Sheryl Wilson, Kathy and Don Nowacki, Ozzie, and Charlie Giambalvo. We sure did go over the top on this one and from all the screams and laughter, I would say we did a GREAT JOB! So thank you all so much. Also, “thank you” to Jerry DeArmitt for taking over the leading of the parade. A “thank you” all who really got into the spirit of the holiday and came up with some outstanding, humorous, and scary costumes. I didn’t know you could all look that good. LOL

End of Summer

Well, summer is now over and another season has begun. I really want to take the time to say how much I enjoy putting together “Summer Activities.” So many of you full-time residents are willing to help out and no task ever seemed too big for you to handle. We put on TWO dances, and 12 other events. The food was fantastic, the games were fun, the shows were funny, and the decorations were unbelievable. See you in six months, when we will once again entertain you. Thank you all for your support, for without that we would have nothing. Already we are in the process of planning next season’s activities. So, keep in touch if there is anything that you would like to add. Of course, I will be posting our committee meeting on the Bulletin Board when we get closer to May.

God Bless All, and have a wonderful and fun-filled winter, and remember to support all the winter activities, for they are looking to be outstanding.

November States Committee ~ Barb Gephart

My deepest appreciation to those who responded to the need and volunteered to help on the November States Committee. This is a heavy-duty month and the “Welcome Back Party” and Thanksgiving Dinner really demand a lot of work.

Because there were so many helping, it would take half a column to list you all (and then possibly miss someone). Hopefully, I expressed my appreciation sufficiently for your kindness at the Dinner (that was my intention, anyway.) You pulled it off and should be very proud of yourselves. Thank you, thank you, thank you all!

A special “thanks” to Ozzie Colon for sharing a meaningful poem at the “Welcome Back” Party in honor of Veteran’s Day and our Sebring Village veterans.

I’m writing this before T-Day, and I am hoping everything goes as well as our first occasion. As I’m expeting it will, I’d like to share why all goes so well at our activities.

It was my privilege, as chair of the Party and the Thanksgiving dinner, to follow Glenda Gray around while she made things happen! Yes, as I watched her plan and orchestrate both activities, I was awed by this woman… Woman? No, she’s a “Wonder Woman!” I felt weak beside her, she so put me to shame, as her steel-trap mind remembered all the things that must be done to make a large party, and an impressive dinner come together. She spun back and forth in the highly organized bastion that is the Clubhouse kitchen, firing off where this and that was… “Don’t forget this, and don’t forget that…” leaving me breathlessly writing notes, so that I began to believe that she had a battery down her backside. And then Harry, her unfailing hubby is right there, by her side… or sitting at their table at home, willingly chopping onions, or taking on any task that others leave undone. They are a pair… the drill sergeant and her willing soldier. They are a formidable couple and both are loved dearly for their selfless service to the residents of this park.

But I can’t mention the selfless service of Glenda and Harry, without acknowledging the impact also of their tireless cohorts, Walt and Cil D’Alessandris.

These two couples work together like a well-oiled machine… each picking up the slack for each other, complimenting the efforts and compiling their energies to the amazement of those of us weaker, worried, and less composed human beings. They are unflappable as they handle the tasks required; they are cool-headed and undisturbed when something unexpected arises. If you haven’t seen this quartet in action, you are missing something remarkable. They have, all of the four, served our residents and the Park for more than eight years together, and I believe they are irreplaceable. Some will, someday, have to step into their shoes, which are mighty big to fill… and all will discover just how deeply we are indebted to these vigorous and selfless people.

Special Thanks to a Special Gal

We all owe a debt of appreciation to someone who has been quietly making memories for all of us. Sally Johnson has tirelessly been taking photos of all of our activities that we enjoy. You’ll see her at all the functions, snapping away at all the smiling faces, and preserving all the good times, for us to view on the Village website. Thank you so much, Sally, for your selfless service. We appreciate you very so much!

Welcome Neighbors!

New Owners

Bailly, Cynthia
302 Chives St.
LeCount Home

Brown, Robert & Vargo, Linda
1037 Contour St.

Croyle, Joe & Linda
1154 DeWitt St.
Learn Home

Haggdone, Clay& Judy
1113 DeWitt St.

Zahn, Marc & Mary
614 Colby

Recyclers – Please Note!

PLEASE REMEMBER that ONLY cans go in the recycling bin… Do not put them in the bin while they are still in a bag. The bags get messy and it is a really nasty job, having to open the bags, in order to have JUST CANS – No Bags!

Calendar Scheduling ~ Glenda Gray

In order to have any meeting or activity to be scheduled in the Clubhouse, it must be approved. This is in order not to have any conflicting activities at the same time, and to have them placed on the monthly calendar. Call 863-471-0760 or 517-214-8147, or email

From the Editor ~ Barb Gephart

If you have information you would like included in the B&P, please call or e-mail, by the 15th of the month.E-mail, or call 863-385-0137.