Sebring Village Association — February — 2016

From the Association
From the Corporation
Message from Maureen
Residents' Appreciation Luncheon
Sebring Village Photo Album and Directory
Trash & Treasures Sale
Thank You
Thank You
Bus Trips
Coffee Tyme
Cirrus Street Dinner
February Special Events
JULIET's Luncheon
Pedal Bike Ride
Potluck Dinner!
Quilters & Stitchers
Summer Activities Meeting
Welcome Neighbors
From the Editor

February Calendar

February 6 Dance
February 8 Johnny Rogers Band
February 14 Valentine Dance
February 22 Re-Creation

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From the Association ~ President Walt D’Alessandris

From the Association ~ President Walt D’Alessandris

The Association Board wishes everyone a Happy and Blessed New Year.

The New Year’s Party was enjoyed by all and a special thanks goes to Lainie Powers for the outstanding “Feed,” that she provided as our in-house “Chef Extraordinaire!” Also thanks to our Canada States Committee for serving the food and a superb job of clean-up after the dance.

The first show of the 2016 year, “Flashback Four” was a great hit that gave us a sold-out event.

I want to thank all the wonderful people that helped set chairs, erect the stage, and then returned early the next morning to set the Clubhouse back to standard. We had a large group of volunteers who made short order of the job. A special “Thank You” to Fred Sherwood’s lovely granddaughter, Maddie, who chipped in and did a super job of keep up with the “Guys!”

The four entertainment events for February are expected to be “sell-outs!” Get your tickets early, because if you find yourself without tickets, “it ain’t gonna be my fault!”

The poker players should be happy with the two new poker tables that have arrived. A card of thanks will be sent to Scott Rickert for granting this request, and for buying quality tables far beyond our expectations!

Glenda Gray will be acting on my behalf while I am away, and I hope everyone will give her the same cooperation that I receive.

So, until next time, don’t forget to do something nice for your neighbor.

From the Corporation ~ President John Gates

The Annual Meeting for the Corporation was held on January 19, 2016, with 35 members attending. The main item of business was the election of the 2016 Board of Directors. Elected Directors include: Sharon LaPenna: 3 years, Secretary; Bob Herwarth: 1 year, Vice President; Kay Soares: 2 years, Membership Director; Nick Paradiso: 3 years, Member-at-Large. Bob Bonner was appointed to the Board at the Meeting.

“Blitz”: A team of volunteers went door-to-door in early January to sell memberships. The blitz was a great success as we increased our membership from 79 to 159. Thanks to all who continue to support your Corporation. Thanks, as well, to the volunteers: Jim Frye, Kay Soares, Glenda Gray, Nancy Morley, Judy Gates, Nick Paradiso, Karen Locke, Walt D’Alessandris, Bob Bonner, Bob Banyard, Sharon LaPenna, Kurt Hambrecht, and John Gates. A job well done! If we missed you, no problem. Contact any member of the Board of Directors.

Board Business: The Board has discussed the 2016 budget and, given two choices by the revised Florida Statute 723, has opted to have the budget ratified by the membership at the next regular members meeting. As well, the Board continues to work on updating its By-laws to bring them in line with those revised statutes. The 2016 Nominating Committee must be appointed at the next membership meeting. Two volunteers are needed to work with one Board Member on this committee.

Meeting Notices

1. Members: Notice is hereby given that a Membership Meeting of the Sebring Village Corporation will be held at 7:30 p.m., in the Clubhouse, on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

2. Board of Directors: Notice is hereby given that the next two meetings of the Sebring Village Corporation Board of Directors will be held in the Clubhouse, at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, and at 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

A Final Word: The new Board looks forward to serving your interests over the next year. Be sure to check for updates on our website ( or the Bulletin Board in the Clubhouse near the ladies restroom. In closing, the Board wishes to thank all who served on the Board in 2015: Gary Angell, Jerry Diehkoff, Mike Hord, Amy Slane, Tolson Stockwood, and Larry Whitehead.

Message from Maureen ~ Park Manager Maureen Stephens

Hope everyone had a good holiday. It certainly was beautiful in here. Nice job everyone. Many of the people who visited commented on all the hard work our residents do. They can only imagine, right? As I am typing this, we are waiting for our new poker tables to arrive. I guess quality takes time! By now you have received the “Reminder” about our push to get this Park back in shape. For those of you who always take such pride in your place and keep it in pristine condition, I am certainly not directing my comments to you. THANK YOU.

Please read the notice and take care of cleaning your house, roof, driveway, and skirting. It was a very wet summer and is still wet. I know that some of you who just power washed your home this summer already have mold growing. Weeds and bushes also love this weather. Please trim bushes back and get them off your house and below your windowsills. There are people in the park you can hire to help you if you need it. We will gladly supply names and phone numbers if you call. Take the time to enjoy all the activities the Association and others have made available. See you around the Park.

Residents’ Appreciation Luncheon ~ Maureen

There will be a Residents’ Appreciation Luncheon at the Clubhouse on February 16th, at noon.

The luncheon will include meat, two sides, cake, and beverages, all of which will be provided absolutely free by the Sebring Village Park Owners. In order to get a count for the food, please sign up on the Sign-up Sheets provided at the Park Office, by the P.O. mailboxes, and also on the Bulletin Board in the Clubhouse.

Sebring Village Photo Album and Directory ~ Laurel Babb

A reminder to residents who have signed up for photos — Remember your date and time.

The photographers will be here from February 23-27th.

We would really like to have every resident participate in having their photo taken by this service, whether you want a photo or not, whether you want to buy additional photos or not. We are really hoping to have EVERY RESIDENT’s photo in our book.

Residents will be able to select a picture for the directory and receive a FREE 8 x 10-inch portrait for themselves, plus a copy of the Sebring Village Photo Directory, at no charge to you whatsoever.

We will need volunteers to help on the days of the photo shoots; if you can spare a couple of hours on any day of the photo sessions, it would be so appreciated.

If you have not signed up for this event, there is still time to register for your sitting.

For your convenience, you will be able to view your portraits within minutes of having them taken. There will be NO OBLIGATION to buy any pictures… however, you will have the opportunity to order portraits for your families if you like. There will be no pressure for you to make a purchase. However, please bring your credit card, cash, or checkbook if you plan to buy additional pictures.

If you have questions or may be willing to help, contact Laurel Babb, (Chairperson), 863-314-6504.

Trash & Treasures Sale ~ Cathie Kowalski

Well, it’s that time of year again… our annual “Trash & Treasures Sale” (including Crafts), will be held on Saturday, February 13th, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thirty (30) tables will be available, at a cost of $5.00 per table. The Sign-up Sheet is on the Bulletin Board in the Clubhouse. Payment and drawing for tables will be the day before, at 12 noon on Friday, February 12th. Coffee and donuts will be for sale.

For question or more information, call Cathie Kowalski (863-385-1543) or Geri Depovelo (716-289-6076).

Benevolences ~ Betty Replogle

“Get Well”cards have been sent to Mary Bonner, Bob Keifner, and Lorna Buchert; all have spent time in the hospital recently.

A “Sympathy” card has been sent to the family of Tom Kline, who recently passed away.

Thank you ~ Sue Cronin

Thank you for all the well wishes and the lovely cards and hospital visits from so many of our friends and neighbors here in Sebring Village. We appreciate you all so very much. Mom is doing much better and will probably be home when you read this. She had a serious lung infection and, thank goodness, it is all cleared up. Her main concern was that she was unable to play Bean Bag Baseball. Thank you all for taking it over for me. Stop in anytime and pay her a visit. (She just loves company.)

Thank You ~ Leslie Maschue

I wish to thank all my friends, family, and neighbors who have been so kind to me during my recent knee replacement surgery, and my ongoing recovery and rehab. It is impossible to name each of you individually. There are those who have given me rides, those who have cooked for me, those who have visited me, those who sent cards, those with well wishes and prayers. Thanks to you, my recovery is going very well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Entertainment ~ Cil D’Alessandris


“Johnny Rogers Band”
Monday, February 8
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12

Johnny Rogers and his 4-piece band will feature the music of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper, Rickie Nelson, Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, and many More!!! Please check inserts for more information on this very talented entertainer.

(Ed. Note: Folks, this is “Big-time Entertainment!” You won’t want to miss this!)

“American Ambassadors to Hospitalized Veterans”
Monday, February 22 — 7:30 p.m.

The young people in Re-Creation are not paid for their service. They give up at least a year of their lives to travel the country entertaining the men and women in our VA Medical Centers. They offer dynamic vocal blend and State-of-the Art Sound, Lavish Costumes and Stylized Staging, Contemporary Choreography, and Light Comedy. Celebrate the 40’s through the 90’s. Country, Pop, Motown, Broadway and More!

No reserved seating for shows. Front-row seating is for handicapped only. Soda will be sold before the show and during intermission for 75 cents.


Sunday – February 6
Music by “Jay Smith”
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $4.00 – Members $6.00 – Non-Members

Featuring the music of Jay Smith of Port Charlotte

Editor’s Note: This guitarist is awesome!!!

Valentine Dance
Music by “Larry Musgrave”
February 14
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $4.00 – Members — $6.00 – Non-Members

Table reservation drawing will be held at the Clubhouse on the day of the event at 6:00 p.m. on the day of the dance! Please place a name at each seat at your table.

Tickets for the dances will be sold by John Prentice (863-385-7075) and Glenda Gray (863-471-0760).

Ticket sellers for ALL EVENTS are Glenda Gray (863-471-0760 and Walt D’Alessandis (863-273-0875). Just call, and they will bring the tickets to your door!

Breaking News!

Harry Haverty of the “California Toe Jam Band” has confirmed that they will be performing at our Clubhouse for a dance on Saturday, March 19th!

I am happy to announce that Nancy Morley and Penny Dowden have joined the Dance Committee. I’m looking forward to working with the two talented ladies.

Bus Trips ~ Angie Warchak

Tampa Premium Outlet
Shopping Trip

Tuesday, February 9th
Cost: $20.
The bus is leaving Clubhouse at 8 a.m.

Sarasota Kennel Club
Thursday, February 18th
Cost: $20.
Leaving Clubhouse 9 a.m.

There will be additional cost for Buffet luncheon. The cost will be on the poster on the Clubhouse Bulletin Board.

Trip to Miccosukee Gaming Resort
Wednesday, March 2
Cost: $25
Leaving Clubhouse at 6:30 a.m., with a return at 5:30 p.m. or sooner.

Anyone with a computer can look up what the Casino has to offer as far as games.

If this will be your first time to the Miccosukee, you will receive $30 in “Free Play,” and everyone will receive a booklet with various coupons for food and extras.

There will be Sign-up Sheets on the Bulletin Board; call Angie (863-471-2150) if you have questions on the trips.

Bingo sessions are offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; 20 games costing $19.00 each session; payouts of $50 and $75. For signup and questions, call Angie Warchak (863) 471- 2150.

Coffee Tyme ~ Rachel, Betty & Helen

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and a Happy New Year. The nurses were here on the 8th, and we had a real good turnout. They spoke on assisted living, and nursing homes. They will be back on the 5th of February, at 8 a.m. Hope to see you there. PLEASE remember to sign up before Wednesday morning.

R.OM.E.O.’s ~ John Arata

On February 17th, we will be dining at “Ruby Tuesday’s” 4228 Sebring Parkway. As before, either go to “Ruby Tuesday’s” by 12 noon, or meet at the Clubhouse at 11:30, and we will ride together from there. The sign-up sheet on the Clubhouse Bulletin Board will be taken down on Monday, the 15th . Call John Arata (863-385-0885) if you need a ride.

Cirrus Street Dinner ~ Pete Mezza

This month we were at the “Olympic Restaurant,” with around thirty of our finest.

On February 18th, we will dine at the “Island View Restaurant,” and the start time will be at 4:45 p.m.

(Management asked that we must be seated at that time.) Approximately 36 residents are expected to


February Special Events

Sunday, February 7th
6 p.m.

Ohio will be hosting a “Super Bowl Party.” Please bring finger food for the Hors d'Oeuvres table. Bring your own beverages.

Free admission; no ticket or sign-up is required. Tom Pratt will have a football pool for $1.00, prior to the game. Any questions, or for more information, call Carol DeArmitt (863-385-1517).

“Karaoke Party”
February 26th
7 p.m.

Ohio will be hosting a Karaoke Party. Come show off your talents. Bring your own drinks and finger foods for the Hors d'Oeuvres table.

Free admission; no tickets or sign-up necessary. Any questions, call Carol DeArmitt (863-385-1517).

J.U.L.I.E.T.’s Luncheon ~ Judy Alger

JULIET's is trying something new for February. We are having a “VALENTINE'S Luncheon” at Sebring Village's Clubhouse. Everyone who signs up is asked to bring a dish to share that is one of their own Valentine's favorites. Coffee and tea and paper products will be provided by the kitchen. It will be on Thursday, Feb. 11th, at noon, and the sign-up sheet is on the Bulletin Board. Please wear “a bit of Red,” and be prepared for a fun time, and maybe even a surprise.

Our January Luncheon was at “Sandy's Circle Café” in the Steakhouse room. Forty-seven ladies attended, including two guests: Joyce Pool, sister-in-law of Joyce Pool, and Gwen Uncapher, mother of Jan Uncapher. Also attending for the first time were Jeannine Ricci, Tina Millman, Mary Bonner, and Marsha Doneghue. Angie Warchak asked the blessing, and the door prize was won by Kay Kelly.

The group participated in the reading of the “Garden for Daily Living” plan, which included such things as rows of peas (peas of mind), squash (squash gossip), lettuce (lettuce be kind), turnip (turnip for exercise class), thyme (time for friends), beets (beet out dirty footprints on clean floors), and corn (corn-er a positive attitude). Your garden will reward you, because you will reap all that you sow.

Repeating this information for all the activities for the benefit of our “snowbird friends.” - Barb

Bean Bag Baseball ~ Sue Cronin

Come on down to the Clubhouse to play this fun game every Sunday night at 7 p.m. We have a lot of fun and always welcome new players. Be prepared to have plenty of laughs. This game is a hoot!

Bowling ~ Glenda Grey

Bowling is on Fridays, at 9:15 a.m., at the Heartland Bowl. This is a fun league – just sign up by Thursday night. The sign-up sheet is on the Bulletin Board. Question, call 863-471-0760 or 517-214-8147.

Bridge ~ Donna Cox

If anyone is interested in playing Bridge, please call 863-382-8852.

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 ~ Glenda Gibson

Euchre is every Wednesday at 7 p.m. For additional information, please contact Glenda at 863-386-0499.

Knitting & Crocheting ~ Carol DeArmitt

Knitting and crocheting is Monday at 1:00 p.m., in the Clubhouse. Here is a chance to learn a needlecraft or two from your friends at Sebring Village. We have extra needles and hooks and scrap yarn to practice with.

Line Dancing ~ Nancy Howard-Strong

Get your dancing shoes out and join us—Line Dancing continues every Thursday morning. One hour of fun and easy line dance steps, 10 to 11 a.m.

Pinochle ~ Pete Mezza

Pinochle is played every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at the Clubhouse at 6:30 p.m.

Sebring Golf Club ~ Dick Phillips & Tom Pratt

Golf time is every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., hosted by Dick Phillips, and at 1 p.m., hosted by Tom Pratt. A sign-up sheet is on the Clubhouse Bulletin Board. For more information, contact Tom Pratt at 614-330-7612.

Shuffleboard ~ Paul Strong & Jim Frye

Come out and join us.......see what all the fun is about!!!

Regular Shuffleboard: Tuesday, Thursday – 9:30 a.m.

“Horsecollar” Shuffleboard: Sunday – 1:00 p.m.


Singles & Friends ~ Leslie Maschue

Please check the Bulletin Board in the Clubhouse.

Tennis and Pickleball ~ Laurie Reed

The following is the schedule for Tennis and Pickleball, which began in October.

TENNIS: Every morning from 8 – 9 a.m., and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, at 2 p.m.

PICKLEBALL: Every morning from 9 a.m. – 12, (except Wednesday & Friday, 9-11 a.m.) and Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, at 2 p.m.

Texas Hold ’Em ~ Tom Pratt

Poker is going well… we have a great bunch of good players and have a lot of fun, It is going to get better, now that we finally got our NEW TABLES. I would like to thank our Sebring Park Manager, Maureen, for the time and effort she put in to help me to get the new tables. They are very nice… a lot more than I expected for the time waited, but it was well worth it… Thanks Again!

Texas Hold ’Em is held in the Clubhouse every Wednesday. All are welcome to attend. No sign-up is necessary. All you need to do is show up. Starting time will be at 7 p.m. sharp. For more information, please call Tom Pratt at 614-330-7612.

Water Volley Ball ~ Sue Cronin

Water Volley Ball is still put on hold until the weather gets a little warmer.

Zumba ~ Amy Slane

Zumba sessions are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 9:30 a.m.

Pedal Bike Ride ~ Bob & Anita Banyard

PUNTA GORDA RIDE – Thursday, February 18th.

Come ride with Anita and Bob on Thursday, February 18th, on a bike ride in and out of the City of Punta Gorda, Florida. Total distance of the ride is approximately 30 miles at a ride speed of 9 miles per hour, with plenty of stops along the way. Lunch will be at Harpoon Harry's in Fisherman's Village, and the ice cream stop is at “Scoops and Bites,” rated by Expedia this year as the best homemade ice cream place in the USA. Features include the beautiful homes along the Peace River, Fisherman's Village, Ponce De Leon Park, Peace River Wildlife Center, and the yachts within the canal district of the City. The ride is flat except for four small bridges over waterway canals and all paved. Start time is 8 a.m. sharp, from the Clubhouse in order to arrange for bike and people transportation to the ride start. If coming, please let Bob know verbally, or by phone at (863) 658-2492, or email him at

Pickleball ~ Laurie Reed

Thanks to everyone who came to the meeting. As discussed, our Pickleball Tournament will be Saturday, March 26th, at 9:00 a.m. Plan on being there NO later than 8:30 a.m. We will be having a small cookout immediately after at the Pickleball courts. Spouses are invited to come cheer on your favorite player and stay for the cookout. The fee is $3.00 per person. There will be a sign-up sheet on the Bulletin Board by the Mailboxes on March 1st. Please sign up by March 10th and pay the fees to me.

If there is anyone who would like to learn about Pickleball, please come out and watch, and just jump in.We are playing with three courts and can easily accommodate new or old players.

There was a revision of the Pickleball schedule.We will only play until 11:00 on WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. Please mark this on your schedule.

Remember that we have lights at the courts, if you want to play in the evening when it is cooler. Please turn off the lights when finished.

Please email me at, or call 863-658-1051, if you have any suggestions or questions.

Potluck Dinner! ~ Eldeen Peter

The next Potluck Dinner will be held on February 21st at 4:00 p.m., at the Clubhouse.

Please bring your own place setting and silverware.

A dish to feed eight to ten people would be appreciated. There will be a Sign-up Sheet on the Bulletin Board.

We always have a fun time with our neighbors and friends, so plan on coming.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, please call me, Eldeen Peter (863-471-1078).

Quilters & Stitchers ~ Carol DeArmitt

The quilters & stitchers made 25 adult bibs and gave them to “The Oakes” nursing home before Christmas; they were very much appreciated. In December, we made 20-minute Table Runners. This class was taught by former resident, Donna Allen. Many were made as gifts. We are now working on our own projects. Come visit us on Thursdays at 1 p.m. We have an extra sewing machine, so don't let not having a machine keep you from joining us.

For more information call Carol DeArmitt at 863-385-1517, or

Summer Activities Meeting

Wednesday, February 24th, at 1 p.m.

Please contact Sue Cronin at 863-635-6164, if you are interested in being on the Summer Committee. I would like to set up our first meeting for Wednesday, the 24th of February. Anyone who is a full or part-time summer resident, is encouraged to attend. Our summer activities start May first, and run through until the end of October. So, if you are here during any of these months, please show up for the meeting. We always have so much fun, and I am looking for new and fresh ideas from you all. I would like to get our calendar of events down at this meeting, so that we can get things rolling. So, again, please make an effort to make this meeting.

Welcome Neighbors!

New Owners

Canfield, Dororthy
1117 Caine Street
Bought: Love House

Kunkle, Bob
924 Cirrus Street
Bought: Armstrong House

New Renters/Visitors:

Bruner, John & Diane
104 Carney
856-812-0395 HS: ONT
Renting: Sinex House

Celli, Redo & Hughetta
1143 Dewitt
Visiting: Klimas House

Dombrowicki, Tony & Friedman, Marcia
905 Cirrus
Renting: McCorkle-Hoy House

Hale, Doug & Rose Ann
931 Cirrus
Renting: Embleton House

Hoare, Ken & Darlene
906 Cirrus
Renting: Barber House

Hepler, Steve & Leslie
503 Caper
Visiting: Rankin’s House (Parents)

Josselyn, Clem & Ricci, Jeannine
202 Cetra
Renting: McTaggart House

Ouellette, Lois
1007 Dewitt
Renting: Ken Setchell House

Pitman, Phillip & Shirley
818 Village Drive
Renting: Whitney House

Pool, Dale & Joyce
925 Cirrus
Renting: Locke House

Ropp, Lin
627 Colby
Renting: Cage House

Ruppel, Dick & Lois
1027 Contour
Renting: Harper House

Savignac, Frank & Johanne
500 Caper
Visiting: Moir House

Sawmiller, Paul
1114 Caine
Renting: Jones House

Sproule, John & June
1123 Dewitt
Renting: Haas House

Sprenger, Wally & Carol
1102 Caine
Renting: Shearer House

Sussex, Alex & Charlene
1041 Dewitt
Renting: Eddinger House

Teter, Jerry & Pat
604 Casper
Renting: Dorsett House

Thompson, Ron & Marlene
808 Village Drive
Renting: Fiumefreddo House

Tripkovic, Dan & Joanne
626 Colby
Renting: Davis House

Phone Change:

McAdam, Dan & Elaine

Calendar ~ Glenda Gray

Any event or activity you would like to have included in the Calendar, contact (517-214-8147).

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. Please, do not leave information for “Bits & Pieces” at the Clubhouse.

Some years ago it was the custom to drop off anything for the B&P at the Clubhouse… Since the “computer age” we have instead been sending information by e-mail. If you have anything you want to insert, and don’t have access to e-mail, please call me at 863-385-0137.

E-mail, or call me at 863-385-0137.