Sebring Village Association — March — 2016
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From the Association ~ Walt D’Alessandris, President
Where has the warm weather gone? Hopefully, when this article arrives, we will be back in “Florida Mode!”
The locks on the sound system are being replaced because they are worn, new keys will be issued “as needed.” The system is expensive and complicated, and only trained people will be given keys.
Hope everyone enjoyed the Residents’ Appreciation Luncheon provided by Rickert Properties. A “thank you” note will be sent to Scott Rickert.
The Village Photo Album was a huge success. Many thanks to the committee of Laurel Babb, Neil and Jean Knutson, and Glenda Gibson for taking on such a large undertaking.
Also, thanks to my Board for conducting the Association’s February meeting while I was away.
As always, “Do something nice for your neighbor.”
Message from Maureen ~ Park Manager Maureen Stephens
It's March already. This winter is going too fast! Thanks to all of you who have been working hard to get your houses and yards in shape. It makes a difference when everyone is on board.
Please fill out the form enclosed in the Bits and Pieces and return it to the Office. The information you provide will help us help you in the event of an emergency. You can put the form in the mail slot at the Office when the Office is not open. If you are not going to be here this summer, please let us know who is going to be taking care of your property so that we can contact them for you, if needed, in your absence. Thank you.
Thanks again to everyone involved in the planning and carrying out the activities for the past month. GREAT JOB!!!!!
By the time you receive this, the Resident Appreciation Luncheon will have occurred.
YOU ALL ARE APPRECIATED. Happy Spring!
March State Committee ~ Sherie Whitehead
The next meeting for the March Committee is Tuesday, March 8th, at 10:30 a.m., in the Clubhouse. The March Committee consists of the states of California, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and North Carolina. If you are available to help, we would really appreciate your time.
We have several events planned for March. We encourage everyone to participate and look forward to seeing each of you.
March Special Events
“St. Patrick’s Day Parade”
Parade at 10 a.m.
Line-Up at 9:30 a.m.
Donuts and coffee will be available at the Clubhouse after the parade, with entertainment by our own “Sebring Singers!” Be on the lookout for “St. Pat!”
Tickets are $5.00 for members
$7.00 for non-members
Music for the Pool Party begins at 4:30 p.m.
The Association will provide the ham and the rolls. There will be a sign-up sheet for the potatoes/starches, veggies and desserts.
We look forward to seeing everyone.
Entertainment ~ Cil D’Alessandris
Monday, March 14th
Comedian ~ Ted Holum
Ted has been a featured comedian on national television shows, and has performed with Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfield, Drew Carey, Reba McIntire, Tim Allen, Beach Boys, and Johnny Carson
Singing, Dancing, Comedy!
Bright House “Senior Idol Winner”
A complete “One-Woman Show!”
Please check poster insert for more information.
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 – March 6th
Music by “Happy Days” Show Band
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $4.00 – Members
$6.00 – Non-Members
Saturday, March 19th
Music by “California Toe Jam”
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $5.00 – Members
$6.00 – Non-Members
(Please note cost change for this dance only.)
Both bands are very popular with our residents.
Please buy your tickets early if you plan to attend.
Table reservation drawing will be held at the Clubhouse on the day of the dance at 6:00 p.m. Please place a name at each seat at your table.
Refund Policy Review – In a case of illness, tickets can be returned before 12 noon on the day of the event. No refunds will be given after the deadline.
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!
A Note From Nancy (Morley)
As the new Dance Committee Chair, I'm pleased to announce that Penny Dowden and Susan and Robert Bonner have joined me on the Committee. We are looking to add one more member to our team, and would be happy to welcome a full-time resident. Yes, it takes five of us to replace Cil and John! If you are interested, please give me a call (863-414-2057).
Mark your April calendar for a dance on the 10th. We are excited to bring to you the fabulous music of the “Klaxxics.” “Keep on dancin’, Sebring Village.”
“Princess Dianne” has bought Highlands Charter Bus. There no longer will be a pickup in Sebring Village. Anyone wishing to go to Brighton to play Bingo, can go to Wal-Mart every Wednesday, where there is a pick-up by the Mattress Store, at 9 a.m. Cost is $12.00 per person.
April “States Committee” ~ Lorraine Cornell
The April “States Committee” will meet on Tuesday, March 8th, at 3 p.m. in the Clubhouse. If you are a resident of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, or Rhode Island, please attend this meeting. The activities of the Park depend on the participation of all the residents, and new residents are encouraged to attend.
Benevolences ~ Betty Replogle
We are happy to announce that we have not received any information about residents with illnesses this month.
Coffee Tyme ~ Rachel, Betty & Helen
We hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. On the last visit with the nurses, they brought a physician specializing in macular eye diseases, who presented a very interesting program. The following week, Jim Taylor, and his barbershop quartet came to sing for us. It was AWESOME -- Worth hearing again!!! PLEASE DON'T FORGET -- Coffee starts at 8:00. The big pots take longer to perk, and the coffee is not ready BEFORE 8:00. Have a good week, and hope to see you next coffee. PLEASE remember to sign up before Wednesday morning.
JULIET's Ladies’ Valentine Luncheon ~ Judy Alger
Forty-one ladies enjoyed a Valentine's Luncheon at our own Clubhouse on February 11th.
We each brought a dish to share that a "sweetheart" might enjoy. The red-and-white theme was carried out by our “touch of red” clothes and the tables, too. Thanks to our “kitchen overseer,” Glenda Gray, for supplying us with red placemats, cups, and tablecloths.
Judy Alger asked the blessing and welcomed everyone. The “first-timers” were Doreen Stewart, Darlene McCowan, Dianne Brunner, and Bunny Flandermeyer's guest, Kathy Sheets.
After we ate our fill and even took some home for a snack later, we all joined in singing some “Sweetheart” songs. We shared some RED trivia, some Valentine's funny stories and a do-it-yourself “Valentine BINGO” game. The fun time concluded with the drawing of the door prize. Helen Southard won a ticket for the March show, donated by the Sebring Village Association.
A big circle was formed around the tables while we sang “Side by Side”.
“Thanks” go to the wonderful volunteers among us who not only set up, but cleaned up the kitchen and dining room after, moved tables and chairs back in place, and organized our group photo, taken by Gary, one of our favorite park workers. “Thanks, Gary.” March JULIET's will be at “Homer's” on Thursday, March 10th, at a NEW TIME of 11:30. See you there!
R.O.M.E.O.’s ~ John Arata
ROMEOs will be at “Island View Restaurant,” at 5223 Sun ’N Lakes Blvd., on March 16th. As before, either go to “Island View” 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 14th. Call John Arata (863-385-0885) if you need a ride.
Cirrus Street Dinner ~ Pete Mezza
This month we were at the “Island View Restaurant,” with around thirty of our finest.
On March 17th, we will dine at the “Caddy Shack.”
Blood Drive ~ Carol DeArmitt
The Blood Drive in January was very successful, thanks to all who donated. They were able to get twelve units, and this means thirty-six lives were touched by your generosity. The next Blood Drive will be March 23rd, from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. A Sign-up Sheet will be on the Bulletin Board in the Clubhouse. Please try to give.
Sebring Village Singers ~ Judy Alger
The Sebring Village Singers will have ONE REHEARSAL ON MARCH 15th, prior to our singing on St. Patrick's Day. So, anyone interested in singing Irish Songs on St. Pat's Day after the parade, come on Tuesday, March 15th, at 1 p.m. for our one and only rehearsal.
Sebring Village Photo Album and Directory ~ Laurel Babb, Jean & Neil Knutson
“THANK YOU “ to all residents who signed up for the Photo Directory.
And a special thank you to the volunteers for helping on photo days.
“Trash & Treasures Sale” ~ Cathie Kowalski & Geri Depovelo
Another great year for our annual sale, a beautiful day, and a great turnout.
I hope everybody did well and made a little jingle in their pocket.
Table drawings were held on Friday at noon, and from there, everyone got their tables set up, ready for the sale on Saturday.
Saturday, the doors opened at 7:30 a.m., with a line waiting to come in -- a great turnout.
I want to thank Steve McCain and his great crew for traffic control. Early crew was Carl Freiburger, Gene Freiburger, Robert Hoyer, and Steve McCain.
The later crew was Robert Herwarth, Eric Walton, Jim Meranski, Rich Harvey, and Steve, as alternate.
“Thank you” to everyone who helped after coffee on Friday to get the tables set up for the sale.
Again, “thank you” to everyone who stayed after to put the tables back in order. “Thank you” to Helen Hutchinson, our chief engineer. A special “thank you” to Harry and Glenda Gray, who are always there to help in any way they can; they are up early to get the hot coffee and donuts ready for everyone when they come in. I couldn’t do it without them.
“Thank you” to Geri Depovelo , you were a great help and always so much fun.
If I have forgotten anyone, “a Big Thanks To All!”
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
Our Bowling Banquet will be Thursday, March 24th, at 4:30 p.m. at “Homers.” Bowling is on Fridays, at 9:15 a.m., at the Heartland Bowl. Just sign up by Thursday night on the sign-up sheet on the Bulletin Board. Any questions, call 863-471-0760 or 517-214-814.
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.
Hand & Foot ~ Glenda Gray
Our “end of the season party” is Wednesday, March 2nd , at 5 p.m. This will be a potluck in the Clubhouse.
Pepper/Bid Euchre ~ Jean & Neil Knutson
Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. If anyone is interested in learning or playing Pepper/Bid Euchre, show up or call Jean/Neil at 863-658-2559.
Knitting & Crocheting ~ Carol DeArmitt
Knitting and crocheting is Monday at 1:00 p.m., in the Clubhouse.
Line Dancing ~ Nancy Howard-Strong
Thursday mornings, at 10 a.m.
We will be having donuts, tea and coffee at 9:30 before our class on Thursday, March 24th. Please note that Thursday March 31st will be our last line dance class of the season.
It has been my pleasure to dance with you this year, and I look forward to seeing you all in the fall.
Have a safe and healthy summer, and dance!
Pinochle ~ Pete Mezza
Pinochle is played every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at the Clubhouse at 6:30 p.m.
Our Enjoyable Pool ~ Carol DeArmitt Chairperson for Water Aerobics
Isn't it great to have a heated pool? If you are one of the many who enjoy our pool, please consider taking a turn at covering it at night. The pool is heated, but cools down considerably after a cold night. If left uncovered, the pool experience in the morning is quite chilly, making it less helpful to our residents who use the morning exercises to aid their arthritis. Covering at night conserves the heat and energy it takes to keep it heated. If you use the pool later in the day, please consider volunteering to cover it once a week. Thank you.
Potluck Dinner! ~ Eldeen Peter
The last Potluck Dinner of the season will be held on March 13th 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
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 email@example.com.
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
February was an exciting month for shuffleboard in Sebring Village !!
Most every day, all eight courts were fully booked, enthusiasm to play with friends and neighbors was very evident, and the level of play has improved immensely since the start of the year! What a great bunch of shufflers!!
On February 10th, we visited Tanglewood for our annual “Home & Home Shuffleboard Tournament,” which has gone on for years. Although we came home “in second place”...it was a great day !!
At the time of this writing, our home matches back at Sebring Village are scheduled for Wednesday, February 24th, at which time we WILL be... not hope to be... NUMBER 1 !!!!
Come join us for some fun...no experience required!
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 ~ Laurie Reed
TENNIS: Every morning from 8 – 9 a.m., and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, at 2 p.m.
Texas Hold ’Em ~ Tom Pratt
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.
There will be additional Zumba classes at 8 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, in addition to the regular schedule of 9:30 a.m., on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
“Helen” and the Bits & Pieces ~ Barb
Helen Hutchinson has been kindly serving our residents as a paper deliverer on Contour Street for 15 years! In addition, this dynamo of a gal decided 10 years ago, to pick up daily newspapers that were thrown at the end of driveways, and take them to the step of the resident, as an act of service to her neighbors. She didn’t call any attention to this selfless act, she just did it. When the monthly “Bits & Pieces” arrives, she delivers to each of the residents on Contour, her street. But in addition, when the deliverers for East and West Dewitt went home for the summer, I was left with no one to deliver papers to those residents. Until up steps Helen, who continues to serve residents of those streets.
As many know, this summer, Helen fell off a counter she was standing on, and broke her shoulder. This waylaid her from delivering for a month, while she learned to drive a golf cart with her left hand She called me before the next month’s delivery, concerned that I might give her “new route” away to someone else, that I might think she wouldn’t be able to continue.
I should have known better.
On one recent cold morning, about 6 a.m., when I met her out doing her route, she apologetically told me that this would be the last winter for picking up newspapers on a daily basis. However, I was so pleased to hear that she intends to continue to keep her “Bits” monthly route. Helen is a “one-of-a-kind” lady; and so many people are deeply appreciative of her many years of kindness to her neighbors. It would take three people to replace her, as she delivers about 60 papers to our residents.
Bits & Pieces Delivery
To explain to anyone who may not know this: The “Bits & Pieces” is an information piece to our residents, provided by the Association to keep our residents informed about the Association, the Corporation, the activities, entertainment, and involvements of our residents. Information for the paper must be provided by the 15th of the month, in order for the printer to produce it for distribution before the end of the month.
Presently, I deliver the newspapers to resident volunteers, who kindly provide service to the other residents of their street. IF THERE IS NO VOLUNTEER DELIVERER FOR YOUR STREET, then the “Bits” will be available to you at the Clubhouse, where you will be able to pick up your copy. That’s right, IF there is no volunteer on your street, you must get your paper for yourself at the Clubhouse! That should make you realize how much you are indebted to your kindly neighbor who chooses to serve you. I am continually saying, “Appreciate your deliverer!”
These are your Deliverers:
Jerry Martin (Winter) ~ Jan & Kerry Uncapher (Summer)
Jerry Martin (W)
Carney & Cetra
Chives & Chance
Chabilis & Clearview
Carmen & Caper
Sharon Darrah (W) ~ Lyle Hildebrand (S)
Sharon Darrah (W) ~ Linda DeRoche (S)
Sandy Taylor (1009-1144)
Glenda Poole (1118-1143)
E &W Dewitt
Helen Hutchison (1013-1039)
Randy & Sally Johnson
Don Musolf (W) ~ Don Nowacki (S) (1039-1080)
Zahn, Marc & Mary, and Mayfield, Cora Lee
614 Colby St.
40 Olde Coach Road, Queenbury, NY 12804
Bought: Dixon House
Stompo, James & Adams, Pamela
822 Village Dr.
PO Box 9232, Erie, PA 16505
Bought: Hord House
Calendar ~ Glenda Gray
In order to have any meeting or activity to be scheduled in the Clubhouse, it must be approved by the First Vice-President. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Editor ~ Barb Gephart
I would like to express gratitude to our First Vice-President, Glenda Gray. Perhaps many people do not realize how she is the glue that holds our park winter activities together. She shows up at ALL the States Committee meetings, helping and guiding each of them as they prepare their activities for the month. She makes countless trips to Lakeland to get the best prices for the many utensils, papers, decorations, and food supplies, in order to run the kitchen efficiently. She is first to be at any activity (selling tickets, running them to residents’ homes, being there at every 6 p.m. drawing for tables) and the last to leave the building!... and much more I don’t even know about! Without her careful scheduling, many activities would run into each other.
And, of course, she does it with her life love, Harry, who won’t let anything keep him down, either.
I also want to thank Harry Hunsicker for all his efforts in preparing the “Bits” Calendar inserts for nearly three years. As he will be moving in the spring, he has passed the position on to Bill Bowling, who began producing the Calendar last month. Welcome on board, Bill, and thanks for your efforts!
Your Corporation Page
“working for the interests of all village residents”
A Chat with the Park Manager
Park Manager, Maureen Stephens, sat down with the Board for a very productive 40-minute conversation on February 4th.
She explained for us the options residents have for paying their monthly lot rental:
Currently, the banking/accounting system used by management does not allow for direct debit from your bank account.
Maureen also noted that a separate check for the August Tax Invoice should be submitted, and that no rent checks should be post-dated after July, as the final amount for August 2016 will not be set until the compactor fees are calculated.
Maureen provided updates on many management plans:
And, Maureen responded to several of our concerns and questions:
Updated Park Rules
The Florida Statutes give the Board the power to appoint a “negotiation committee” to respond to a variety of legal documents produced by the Park Owner. A revision to the Park’s Rules is one of those prescribed items. Your Board of Directors will appoint this committee, review the proposed rules, seek your feedback and, if necessary, request a mandatory meeting with the Park Owner to discuss items where there is discord or dissatisfaction.
The Board has embarked on the design of a comprehensive plan to outline tasks, goals and activities for the next two years. We want to help ensure that the quality of life you enjoy in the Park improves. Whenever possible, we will work alongside the Association in reaching common goals together. And, we welcome all ideas and input from all residents as we strive to serve your best interests.
Upcoming Meetings and Agenda
The Final Word
Your 2016 Board of Directors intends to be proactive rather than reactive. We look forward to working with and on behalf of all homeowners in our Park. We need your input and ideas, we need your support through membership, and we need your participation.
On behalf of the Board and membership, thanks to Rickert Properties and the management team for the Residents Appreciation Luncheon provided to all residents on February 16th. Everyone enjoyed it; thanks again!
Your Board of Directors
President: John Gates
Vice-president: Bob Herwarth
Secretary: Sharon LaPenna
Treasurer: Kurt Hambrecht
Membership Director: Kay Soares
Directors-at-large: Bobby Bonner, Nick Paradiso
If you wish to contact the Board on any matter – ideas, suggestions, complaints, etc., please call or visit:
Bob Herwarth, 1109 Dewitt (269-986-4017)