Sebring Village Association — April — 2017
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From the Editor ~ Barb Gephart
Well, this is my last issue, and it isn’t easy to pass off this privilege that I have enjoyed for nearly four years. It has been great to get to know so many of you through our interactions, and I will miss those contacts. Sebring Village is filled with loving, caring people… you have made it so that we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
The new editor, Liz Edwards, and I have been working together already, and I have confidence you will be pleased with her competent ability. She has had many years of computer experience, and will very likely do a much better job than I have. I’m also sure than you all will treat her with the greatest of kindness that you have shown me over the past years. I am grateful to her for taking on this responsibility, which, though rewarding, is also quite an investment of time and effort. Liz lives at 927 Cirrus Street. She is a native Ohio, and a 34-year resident of Florida.
You may have wondered…
How much does the newspaper cost the Association?
It is good to know that the “Bits & Pieces” is completely and fully self-funded…the profits from the advertisements pay for all printing costs, and usually return a profit of about $1,000 yearly, which is used toward Association activities. Thanks to the efforts of our treasurer, Max Bonkoski, and also the help of Neil Knutson, who’ve approached local businesses, and have added another page of advertisments, which provides even more profit for activities.
Finally, in closing,
I’d also like to say, “thank you, thank you, thank you”… to the caring and thoughtful friends and neighbors who have been so supportive of my husband and I as he recovers from the motorcycle accident. It was such a surprise to find such thoughtful caring from so many of our neighbors… we are not very socially active, and to find such attentive consideration for us, was just overwhelming. We are so grateful to our neighbors of Sebring Village – you can’t imagine how much this has touched our hearts. Our deepest appreciation.
Kerm & Barb
From the Association ~ Walt D’Alessandris
Where has the time gone? It seems that all our friends and neighbors have just arrived, and now they have started heading North. I guess that “time flies when you are having fun!”
March was a great month, with a sold-out crowd at the “Jay Smith Dance”… always “everybody’s favorite!”
“Larry Musgrave Dance” was also a sell-out, and a good time was had by all.
The Pot Luck Dinner was a big hit, with many in attendance, and as usual, and outstanding feast.
The final show of the season, “Jimmy Travis,” was said by many — that it was the best show this year. After many hearty laughs, the evening ended with a standing ovation for Jimmy, a truly amazing entertainer.
A great job and very well-organized “Trash & Treasure” event. Credits go to Angie Arnsbarger and Linda Davey. Many thanks for undertaking this large responsibility
“Coffee Time” – this lady just doesn’t get tired. Thank you, Angie (Arnsbarger), for keeping the coffee hot an the donuts fresh. You could not have a better or more experienced co-chair than Helen Hutchison.
As of this writing, the “Pool Party” has not happened yet, but I’m sure that it was a success, with good food and entertainment by “Frank E.”
A special thanks to the March States Committee for doing such a super job, and to all the “good folks” who supported our events.
I can’t say enough for Barb Gephart for heading up the “Bits and Pieces” for the past four years. Thank you, Barb, you are not only a great editor, but a wonderful person.
Thank you Liz Edwards for stepping up and keeping the “Bits & Pieces” alive. You are very, very much appreciated.
Remember to do something nice for your neighbor.
Benevolences ~ Amy Slane
“Get well” wishes went to Riley Farmer and Kermit Gephart.
Thoughts of comfort were mailed to Jack Harpin, for the loss of his sister; Frank Frattzoli for the loss of his mother; and Linda Jennings, for the loss of “Murphi,” her beloved dog.
JULIET’s Luncheon ~ Becky Moore & Linda Gibson
Forty-two JULIETS enjoyed great conversation, meeting friends, and enjoying great food at “Dimitri’s” on March 9th. We had a new JULIET join us, and that was Rose Lonsberry. Welcome, Rose, and thank you for joining us!
The blessing was given by Leslie Machue, and was very much appreciated. Thank you, Leslie.
Our “door prize” drawing was won by Alice Hildebrand, and it was a $20 gift certificate from “Dimitri’s.” Thank you, “Dimitiri’s,” for a generous gift, and congratulations, Alice.
Glenda announced that there would be no Bingo that evening as they were working on our streets.
Our next luncheon will be at “Homer’s,” in Sebring Square. It will be on April 13th, at 12 Noon. Please see the sign-up sheet posted on the Bulletin Board.
We are trying to find new places to have our luncheons this summer. All suggestions are greatly welcome and will be discussed at our next luncheon. So JULIETS, put on your “Thinking Caps,” and bring your “thoughts” with you!
Thank you, JULIETS, for attending and hope tto see you all again at “Homer’s,” in April.
ROMEO’s ~ John Arata
ROMEO’s will be going to “Dee's Place,” 139 Ridgewood, Sebring, on April 19th at Noon.
The sign-up sheet on the Bulletin Board will be taken down on the Monday before the lunch. If you need a ride, meet at the Clubhouse at 11:30 a.m.
Cirrus Street Dinner ~ Pete Mezza
This month’s dinner was on March 16th; at “Dimitri’s” (Palm Diner) with 32 at this dinner. Sadly, some of our residents will be departing back to their summer homes. We all wish them a safe journey.
Next month on April 20th, we will dine at the “Red Lobster.” For more information, please call Pete, at 863-382-1280.
Singles & Friends ~ Leslie Maschue
“Singles and Friends” went to “Southern Hospitality,” in February. I missed it, but was told everyone enjoyed it. Next we went to “Beef O'Brady’s,” in March. It has become a tradition. Please watch the Bulletin Board for the sign-up sheet for April. I am always looking for great ideas. So let me know where you want to go.
Any questions, call 863-314-9485.
April States Committee Meeting ~ Glenda Gray
April States Committee (the states of California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina) meeting is Tuesday, April 4th, at 2:00 p.m. All residents from these states are encouraged and urged to attend this meeting and take part in the April activities.
Sunday, April 16th
We will have ham, raisin sauce, rolls, butter, coffee and tea provided. Please bring your own table service and a dish to share that feeds 8 to 10 people. There will be a sign-up sheet on the Bulletin Board in the Clubhouse. The cut-off date is Thursday, April 13th. The States of California, Illinois, Iowa, Kanas, Missouri, and North Carolina are hosting the dinner. If you are a resident of one of states, please be sure to participate in this activity. Note the date of the April States Meeting is April 4th, at 2 p.m.
Trash or Treasure Happened! ~ Angie Arnsbarger & Linda Davey
On March 11th, from 7:30 –12 Noon, in the Clubhouse, we had a great turn-out with 32 tables, all full with “treasures” offered. Many people were here to shop and a lot of items found new homes. The leftover items were promptly gathered together for pick-up by the Church of the Redeemer, in Avon Park.
A very large “THANK YOU” to the traffic control, and to all of the folks who gave their time and muscles to move tables and chairs… you all were and still are Awesome Again – Thank You! This kind of support sure helps make our “Village” special. And a special “thank you,” to Glenda & Harry, for coffee and donuts. Start planning for next year!
Pot Luck of the Season ~ Angie Arnsbarger & Linda Davey
Our last Pot Luck of this season was March 12th, at 4 p.m., with many great dishes and desserts offered. There were more than 80 folks there to enjoy the friendship and fun. Once again, we had games and prizes. Thanks to all who attended, and “thank you” to all who assisted. See you all next year!
Entertainment ~ Cil D’Alessandris
A huge “THANK YOU” to all of our wonderful volunteers who contributed their time to help in many ways to make our shows very successful this season.
A special “Thank you,” to the ticket sellers, Glenda & Walt. Their endless efforts to reach all the residents to buy tickets for all our events, is truly remarkable.
I’m in the process of booking shows for next winter season. If you have a particular show that you have seen over the years, that you really enjoyed and would like to see again, please let me know.
To our residents who attended our shows, you are greatly appreciated. With your continued support, I will do my best to bring you quality entertainment.
The “Spring Dance,” the last dance of the season, will be held April 1st, from 7:30-10:30, with music by “Rick Arnold.”
Washington DC Trip ~ Angie Warchak
To those who are going on the Washington, DC trip, from Thursday, August 17th to Wednesday, August 23rd; Please send your full payment of $675.00 to me no later than June 1st.
For those taking the train to DC, or those who are driving, the cost for you is $514.00.
Any questions, please call me at (863) 471-2150.
Coffee Tyme ~ Helen Hutchison & Angie Arnsbarger
We are happy to announce that Helen Hutchison and her new co-chair, Angie Arnsbarger are behind the counter on Friday mornings at the Coffee Hour.
On Saturday, March 18th, the Coffee Tyme had a memorial for Rachel Ward, who served as chair of the hour for three years. Members of her family and friends shared together to honor this loving volunteer and resident of our Park.
New Decorator Chairperson
We are pleased to announce that Cheryl Wilson has volunteered to assume the position of Decorator for the Park activities. The position was formerly held by Chris Hambrecht, who has done a great job and served us faithfully in the past year.
Shuffleboard ~ Paul Strong, Jack Harpin, & Jim Frye
What a fantastic season of shuffling we have had this year!! For most of the whole season almost all courts were busy with the most enthusiastic and talented shufflers you could have ever come across!
In addition to our regular shuffling days, we had the pleasure of participating both in the “Heartland Games” (bringing home many medals) and the annual “Max & Ruth Tate Tournament,” against 11 other parks (what a learning experience), as well as a match against Tanglewood.
Thanks to each and everyone for your support this year...we developed our shuffleboarding skills....but even more importantly, we gained many new friends !!
Bean Bag Baseball ~ Sunday, at 7 p.m.
Bingo ~ Continues every Thursday, at 7:00 p.m.
Bridge ~ Monday evening, at 6:30.
Bunco ~ Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m.
Euchre ~ Wednesday evening, at 7:00 p.m.
Golf Sebring Village ~ Shotgun starts every Wednesday, at 8:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m., at Sebring Golf
Knitting & Crocheting ~ Monday, at 1:00 p.m.
Quilters & Stitchers ~ Thursday, at 1 p.m.
Pepper/Bid Euchre ~ Tuesday, at 6 p.m.
Pool-Shooters ~ Thursday, at 7:00 p.m.
Poker ~ Sunday, 6-8 p.m.; Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
Texas Hold ’Em ~ 7 p.m. sharp.
Water Aerobics ~ Monday -Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m.
Water Volley Ball ~ Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
If your activity is no longer continuing, please notify the Editor, Liz Edwards, at email@example.com.
Summer Activities ~ Sue Cronin
Are you all ready for a fantastic and fun-filled summer? Well, buckle your seatbelts, because you are in for an exciting ride. I am so thankful that Cheryl Wilson is on board to be my right-hand gal. She has so many wonderful ideas and is so very talented. So many wonderful people help to make every summer a special one. We are all “off and running.”
Ticket Sales will begin April 17th. We will be selling tickets in the Clubhouse for all of the summer activities every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 1 – 3 p.m. All are welcome to stop by at those times, for not only do we sell tickets, but this is the time that we make decorations for all our activities. Helpful hands are always appreciated, and we do have fun! Thank you, Bill Bowling, for printing up all the tickets needed.
Summer Activity Meeting
Tuesday, April 18th, at 1 p.m., we will be having a Summer Activity meeting at the Clubhouse to discuss our summer events. We invite all who would like to participate in helping with lunches, dinners, shows, and helping in set up and clean up. We have a great summer planned, so come on down and get involved.
Cinco De Mayo Fiesta!
May 5th, Friday, 5 p.m.
$5.00 members and $6.00 non-members
Put on your ponchos and sombreros and delight in a Mexican buffet. We will be serving cheese nachos, chicken and rice, black beans, tacos, burritos, and much, much more. There might even be Margaritas and Sangria punch ending up on your table. You will finish off your evening with Mexican fried ice cream. And don't rush off, because we have some fun things for you to do after you dine on this fantastic feast. There will be a sign-up sheet posted on the Clubhouse Bulletin Board, so make sure you sign up so we know how much we need, to be sure no one walks away hungry. Tickets will be sold every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Feel free to call Sue Cronin at 863-635-6164, or Cheryl Wilson at 863-314-6219, and tickets can be delivered to your home.
Summer Activities For 2017
May 5th – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – 5 p.m.
$5.00 members and $6.00 non-members
May 12th – Mother’s Day Brunch and Skit – 11 a.m.
$5.00 members and $6.00 non-members
May 29th – Memorial Day Party – 3 p.m.
Sign-up sheet. Free event.
June 10th – Movie Night and Snack Bar – 6 p.m.
$2.00 members and $3.00 non-members.
June 18th – Father’s Day Brunch – 12 p.m.
$5.00 members and $6.00 non-members.
July 4th – 4th of July Celebration – 3 p.m.
Sign-up sheet. Free Event.
July 22nd – Hawaiian Luau – 3 p.m.
$2.00 members and $3.00 non-members.
August 5th – Roaring 20's Dance – 7 p.m. – Tickets.
Live Music. $5.00 members and $7.00 non-members.
August 26th – Soup and Sub Night – 5 p.m.
Sign-up Sheet and Tickets – $5.00 members and $6.00 non-members.
September 4th – Labor Day Party – 3 p.m.
Sign-up Sheet. – Free Event.
September 22nd – Shrimp Boil – 5 p.m.
$12.00 members and $14.00 non-members.
October 7th – Vegas Carnival Night – 5 p.m.
Tickets sold at door for games and snack bar food.
October 27th – Italian Dinner and Show – 5 p.m.
$7.00 members and $9.00 non-members.
October 31st – Halloween Dance. -– 7 p.m.
Tickets. -$5.00 members and $7.00 non-members.
Anniversaries & Birthdays ~ Amy Slane
Errors and correct information
I would like to request that everyone would update their birthday and anniversary information. Due to the void time in postings and the changes of residents, I know that I do not have all the correct and current information. You can call or text to 614-579-1269; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or please drop in the message box at my home, 1020 Contour St.
About the “Bits & Pieces”
This information from Kay Kelly (the editor before me… who had done the “Bits” for 18 years) was extremely helpful to me:
Barb, below is some of what I put in effect many years ago, after a dispute between a couple of neighbors. Edit what you want.
First of all, all letters MUST be signed. If requested your name will be withheld, but I must know who it is. It will appear “Name withheld on request.” Any article without a name will have been written by me.
Articles on parties, picnics, trips, our local activities, games, etc. are a few suggestions. NO disagreements with neighbors over barking dogs, speeding on our roads, and the like, and naming names of offenders will be printed. Generic articles will be accepted.
If an article is sent to me and I have doubts whether to print or not, I will take it up with my committee for a vote. If it is declined, I will call the writer of the article and explain the reason to them. I will also take the liberty of an “Editor” to edit the article when necessary.
I believe some of the above has been in effect for many years, with no complaints from the residents.
I pass this advice along to Liz and to everyone as a guideline for what is printed in the “Bits.”
Deadline for Printing
If you have information you would like included in the “Bits & Pieces,” please call or e-mail, by the 15th of the month. Call or email me (Liz) at 772-801-1190; email@example.com
To our new residents who might not know, this paper is printed every month and is delivered to your door. If your paper is not delivered, your deliverer may be on vacation, or you may not have a deliverer for the season. (If you would like to volunteer, please contact me.) In the event your paper is not delivered, extras are taken to the Clubhouse, and you may pick one up there. Please value your deliverer, for if there was no volunteer for your street, then you would have to pick up your issue at the Clubhouse. The “Bits” can also be read on your computer at sebringva.com. You will also find photos of Park activities on the site, which is created and maintained by resident Walter Moore.
Clubhouse Bulletin Boards ~ Glenda Gray
All “Coming Events,” Association, and Corporation information, Golf, Bowling, Coffee Tyme, Luncheon, and Dinner Sign-up Sheets and other information as it relates to activities and residents of Sebring Village, are located in the hallway of the Clubhouse. Please check these often for updates.
Outside Bulletin Boards: There are Bulletin Boards on the Mailbox Building for all “Classified Ads” such as rentals, sale items, services, etc. Ads should be on 3 X 5 cards with posting date. In addition, information for events or activities outside of Sebring Village can also be posted.