Sebring Village Association — November — 2016

From the Association
Michigan State Committee Meeting
States Committee Meeting
Welcome Back Party
Photo Directories
Message from Mareen
From the Corporation
First Show of the Season
Coffee Tyme
JULIET's Luncheon
Cirrus Street Dinner
Singles & Friends
Summer Activities
Italian Dinner and Show
Halloween Bash and Dance
A Job Well Done!
Bus Trips
Welcome Neighbors!
From the Editor
Calendar Scheduling
From the Editor
Changes & Updates
Special Insert

   Birthdays & Anniversaries
   November Calendar
   November Dance

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From the Association ~ President Walt D’Alessandris

Let me start by saying that I believe prayers really work. By the grace of God, we were spared the wrath of “Hurricane Matthew.”

Looks like the winter season is creeping upon us. Our northern friends are starting to arrive, and it is certainly nice to see everyone.

It’s been a long, hot summer, but our thanks go to the summer, but our thanks go to the Summer Committee and Sue Cronin for keeping us well fed and entertained. It takes a lot of commitment, energy, and dedication to put on these events.

Again, many thanks to all who helped to make this an enjoyable summer.

All the dances for the season have been booked, and most of the shows have been under contract.

When all of these events have been finalized, new posters will be displayed on the hallway Bulletin Board.

Shortly, the drive for 2017 Association dues will be starting. We are hoping for 100% participation this year.

Your Association Funds Shows, Dances, Cards, Coffee Tyme, States Committees, Summer Committee, Bingo, Pickleball, Tennis, Shuffleboard, dinners, kitchen Supplies, water exercises, and anything that goes on in the Clubhouse.

Remember, we are not being sponsored by Coca- Cola, we are funded by the Association (YOU)! Without your support, these activities would not be possible. Please do your part.

A very warm welcome to the new members in the Village. You are invited to attend our next meeting on Tuesday, November 1st, so we can meet and greet each other.

On a sad note, we have lost friends who have passed, and some who have moved away. We will keep you in our thoughts.

Don’t forget to do something nice for your neighbors!

Michigan State Committee Meeting ~ Glenda Gray

The Michigan State Committee Meeting will be Friday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. We are doing December events. See you then! Glenda Gray 863-471-0760 or 517-214-8147

States Committee Meeting ~ Barb Gephart, Chair

If your home state is Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia…WE NEED YOU to put Thanksgiving Dinner on the table. In March, only 8 people attended the first meeting… Please come to the first official meeting on November 3rd at 1 p.m., so we can do for others, as well as they have done for us!

Heads Up!

Welcome Back Party!
Sunday, November 13th – 4 p.m.

The Village Welcome Back Party will be November 13th at 4 p.m. Sign up for this welcome for our northern residents. Hot dogs, ice cream, soda, free to Association members; $2.00 for nonmembers.

Photo Directories ~ Jean & Neil Knutson

We will be at the Clubhouse, November 3rd, from 1-3 p.m., distributing Photo Directories during the Welcome Back Party.

We understand several residents will not be back yet, but not to worry. We will set up another date in December, or just call Jean/Neil, we will accommodate you. (863 658 2559)

Have a great trip back to the Sunny South.

 Message from Maureen ~ Park Manager Maureen Stephens

“Matthew” came and left without leaving a calling card. For this we are grateful. The cooler weather is welcome; just in time to get these homes and lots in tip-top shape. Many of you will have received the lot inspection report by the time you receive this newsletter. Thank you in advance for cleaning, weeding, and/or painting.

The busy selling season is also upon us. If you know someone who may be interested in the home at 401 Chablis, that we remodeled, please let me know. The lot rent on that home will be $229/month for 2 years.

November marks the beginning of the holiday season and the mass exodus from up North. Please pay attention to all that is going on, and get involved in all the activities. See you around the Village.

From the Corporation ~ President John Gates

It’s Halloween and the northern residents have begun their return to Sebring Village. By-mid-November, the Corporate Board will have 6 of the 7 members back in the park – ready to resume their state-mandated work for you.

Secretary Sharon LaPenna and her Nomination Committee (Sharon Darrah and Karen Buckwalter) are actively seeking volunteers to serve on the Board. Elected terms of office for three Board Members (Bob Herwarth, Bobby Bonner and John Gates) expire in January. Bob H. has indicated his intention to step down, thus there will be at least one new member needed. The committee members might not know you, so if you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please contact any member of the committee ASAP.

The Board will hold three meetings this year. Everyone residing in the Park is welcome to attend.

A general “open” meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.; designed to provide you with an update on recent activities. No formal business will be conducted—you won’t need to sign in. Memberships for 2017 ($15 per home) will be sold, starting at 7:00 p.m.

The Nomination Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th, at 7:30 pm. Sign-in will be required. Memberships will be available starting at 7:00 p.m.

The Annual Meeting, with election of Board Members, will be held on Tuesday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. Sign-in required; membership sales from 7:00-7:30; coffee, iced tea, and light snacks will be served.

The annual membership drive—door-to-door—will be held the first two weeks of January. Membership Director Kay Soares will have more details at the November general meeting and in the December issue of Bits & Pieces.

Looking forward to seeing everyone, checking out the improvements to the Park, renewing friendships, and making new acquaintances. See you soon.

Happy Halloween!

Benevolences ~ Amy Slane

“Get Well Wishes” have been sent to Glenda Gibson, Maudie Wyss, John Arata, Terry Bagetis, Rae Schimke, Pete Mezza, and Isabella Herwarth for their recent hospital stays.

“Sympathy” thoughts have been sent to the families of those that have recently passed away: Marguerite Myers (son, Ken), Suzanne Harmon (Andre;) Larry Eddinger (mother), and Judy & Forrest Alger (son, Ken).

First Show of the Season!

“Link Union”
Holiday Variety Show
Monday, December 12th
7:30 p.m.

More information will follow in the December Bits & Pieces.

Be sure to mark this date on your calendar.

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

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

Coffee Tyme ~ Rachel, Betty & Helen

We had 11 residents at our 1st “Coffee” of 2016-17 season. We welcomed back Harry & Glenda Gray, and they are going they are going to be full-timers, as they sold their home in Michigan. REMEMBER—It is just the first Friday of the month that we have the nurses.

The next “Coffee Tyme” will be October 28th…please sign up for this friendly fellowship.

JULIET’s Luncheon ~ Glenda Gibson & Becky Moore

The October 12th Juliet’s Luncheon was held at Sebring Country Club, “Nash’s 19,” with 15 Ladies present. The newcomer was Jean Harvey; Leslie Maschue asked the blessing. A free dessert, donated by Cheryl Wilson, was won by Yvette Pressman.

The November 10th Luncheon will be at “Jacaranda Restaurant” in Avon Park. Pay $14 by Tuesday, the 8th, which will include the Buffet, beverage, taxes and gratuity. Contact Glenda Gibson (863-386-0499) or Becky Moore (863-385-2247) with your money to reserve your seat. Hope to see you all there!

ROMEO’s ~ John Arata

ROMEO’s will be meeting at “Caddy Shack,” 3122 Golfview Road on November 16 at 12 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.

Cirrus Street Dinner ~ Pete Mezza

The dinner will be November 17th, at “Jalapeno Mexican Restaurant,” located at 2451 US 27 South, in Avon Park. Please contact Judy Phillips at 863-314-9469. The sign-up sheet is on the Bulletin Board.

Singles & Friends ~ Leslie Maschue

The Singles and Friends will be going to “Nash’s 19,” at 4:30 ,on November 19th, located in the Country Club of Sebring, 4800 Haw Branch Rd, Sebring. (straight back and on the left, no turns after you enter the development. I have a copy of the menu if you want to see it. They have pork, chicken, salmon, shrimp, steak, tuna, burgers, salads, sandwiches and more. Everything is made from scratch.

Please be sure to sign up, so we know how many are coming. And if you sign up, please, show up. Any questions, call 863-314-9485.

Summer Activities ~ Sue Cronin, Director

Catching Up on last month’s events...

Thank you all for supporting this year’s Shrimp Boil. We had a great time and ate and ate and ate. The turn-out was wonderful! I really want to thank all of you wonderful people who made this feast possible. Thank you so much, Jean Harvey and Judy Chidester. You two girls sure were a rock to me. Thank you also to Kim and Laurel Babb, and also to Laney Powers, who was a huge help. Also to Sandy Taylor for making that wonderful sauce, and a great big thanks to Cheryl Wilson for the fantastic decorations. As usual, thank you all for the clean-up. A special thanks to Charley Giambalvo for helping to set up. If I left anyone out, please forgive me, and due to the late hour that I am writing this.

Italian Dinner and Show ~ Sue Cronin

I am sure that there will be a lot to say in next month’s issue. Hope everyone who attended would have had a great time. I will play catch-up in the next issue.

“Halloween Bash and Dance”

Monday, October 31st
7 p.m.
$5.00 members ~ $7.00 non-members

We will start off this evening with a golf cart, bike, and motorcycle parade, which will begin at 6:15 p.m. Line up at the mailboxes. Decorate your transportation with spooky and funny themes. We will end our parade at the Clubhouse, where the dance will begin, to the music of Allen Warchak. We also will be having a costume contest, and judging will take place at 8 p.m., with a nice prize going to the winner for the best costume, and also a prize for the best-decorated vehicle. Surprises await you galore. We will be having another fun finger-food buffet, so think up some scary, spooky delights to set upon the main community table, which will be set up by the kitchen. Bring your own beverage, and let’s have a blast. Tickets are now for sale at the Clubhouse on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, from 1 to 3 p.m., or call Sue Cronin at 863-635-6164, and I will make sure you get your tickets. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

A Job Well Done! ~ Kay Kelly

As a northerner for over 20+ years, how I wish there was a column in our paper entitled “Down Memory Lane,” as there are so many nice happy ones that has happened in our village, that I could write about. Most, if not all of them, happened during our winter season when the northern residents returned to organize and participate in the activities. We would hear from the ‘permanent residents’ comments like “Glad your back, things were quiet and dull”, “Nothing goes on during the summer”. As one of these winter residents for well over 20 years, I felt for these residents. But now, thanks to Sue Cronin who jumped right in when she and her Mom joined our village, we have had summer activities that rival our winter ones.

Sue has brought dinners, dancing, new games and more for our ‘permanent’ residents and I for one want to thank her for her time and efforts on our behalf. Of course she didn’t do this alone, she’s formed committees to help her. Too many for me to name now, but a very hearty “thank you” to all of them too.

Her latest activity, “Italian Night & Show” (which at this writing, has not happened as yet) was filled with full size props which she designed, built and painted. I do believe Sandy Taylor was one who was there to help her with this project.

So, in ending I’d to say “THANK YOU” Sue, for all your efforts in providing us with a full and active summer, and we look forward to next season.

Bus Trips ~ Angie Warchak

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 Bulletin Board
Questions: Call Angie 863- 471-2150

New Orleans
Sunday, November 12th
to Saturday, November18, 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.

Bean Bag Baseball ~ Sue Cronin

We will resume playing Bean Bag Baseball on Sunday, November 6th at 7 p.m., and are looking forward to seeing all our players again and also welcome any new players. We sure do have fun and it is a game for all ages and the laughs are free of charge.

Bingo Continues!

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

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

Euchre is on Tuesdays, at 1 p.m. If any of you are interested, please call me, 863-658-2795.

Hey guys, missed you on the 7th. If you still want to play on Tuesday afternoon, let me know 863-678-2795, because if we can’t get 2 tables, or more we won’t play.

Golf Sebring Village ~ Dick Phillips & Tom Pratt

Shotgun start 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 1:00 p.m., in the Clubhouse.

Quilters & Stitchers ~ Carol DeArmitt

At the Clubhouse on Thursdays, after Line Dancing, 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. All are welcome and new ideas and projects welcome. Call Carol DeArmitt for information.

Line Dancing ~ Nancy Howard-Strong

I hope you all had a good summer and are ready to get your dancing shoes on and join us for an hour of fun and easy line dancing.

Every Thursday at 10:00 in the Clubhouse, starting November 17th. See you there!

Pepper/Bid Euchre ~ Jean & Neil Knutson

Everyone welcome!! Games every Tuesday, at 6 p.m. Anyone wanting to learn, please give Jean and Neil a call!! (863-658-2559).

Shuffleboard ~ Paul Strong & Jim Frye

Another winter season of shuffleboard will soon be here! Many, many thanks go out to Jack Harpin and Randy Johnson who co-ordinated the summer regular & hosscollar shuffleboard activities. You can always count on Jack & Randy

Without a doubt this will be an interesting season. Many newcomers have become our new neighbors. For these new “Villagers ,” we invite you to come on out for some friendly competition and wonderful friendships! No shuffleboard experience is necessary as our “seasoned” veterans are more than happy to teach you the tricks of the trade.

SO... “shuffle on down” to the Clubhouse:

Regular shuffleboard - Tuesday & Thursday at 9:30.
Hosscollar shuffleboard - Sunday at 1:00.

Texas Hold ‘Em ~ Tom Pratt

Play will start on Wednesday, October 19th 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!

Water Volley Ball ~ Sue Cronin

Water Volley Ball will resume Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

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.

Welcome Neighbors!

New Owners

McKenna, Bill & Colleen
1136 DeWitt St.
Trembly home

Edwards, Elizabeth
9227 Cirrus St.
Hunsicker Home

From the Editor ~ Barb

For several years we have not printed the birthdays and anniversaries of our residents, because no one would take on the responsibility of updating and recording them. Some have sorely missed this feature of the paper. Recently, Amy Slane offered to take on this responsibility, as well as handling the “Benevolences” for the Park, sending cards to residents who are sick or have lost loved ones. Thank you, Amy, for doing this for the residents of the Park.

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.

Changes & Updates ~ Kathy Bonkoski

Please notify Kathy Bonkoski at 863-658-1951 or with any changes to your phone number, northern address, or email, so that up-to-date information can be maintained for all Sebring Village residents. Thank you.

Special Insert

This is an offering that Helen Hutchinson received and wanted to share:

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need…I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon: before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 a.m. and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60-70s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love… I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old. I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore. I even earned the right to be wrong. I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).