Sebring Village Association — February — 2016

From the Association
From the Corporation
In Memoriam (Coffee Tyme)
Our Christmas Village
JULIET's Luncheon
Cirrus Street Dinner
Singles & Friends
50th Year, Golden Anniversary Celebration
Pot Luck Dinners
Ohio States Committee Meeting
Travel Information
Trash or Treasure Sale
Michigan State Committee
January Tea/Luncheon
Heartland Games for Active Adults
Pedal Bike Rides
Summer Activities
Our Christmas "Thank You!"
Next Month "Bits & Pieces" Contribuors, Please Note!
Anniversaries & Birthdays
From the Editor

February Calendar
Brian Brenner Show
Valentine & 50th Anniversary Dinner
Valentine Dance
New Odyssey Show

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From the Association ~ Walt D’Alessandris

Glad the holidays are over… Now is the time to repair the damage that all the rich food has done to our bodies!

Thanks to the Michigan Committee for the outstanding Christmas Dinner and the drive to collect stuffed animals for the local hospitals and law enforcement.

Christmas Eve chocolate and cookies with Santa Claus was a real show of holiday spirit.

Our thanks to the Dance Committee for a very successful New Year’s Eve Party.

If you missed the Tea Luncheon, you missed a well-planned affair. Good food, desserts and “dainties” with a “spot of tea.” Many thanks to the Canada Committee for doing such a great job. They also provided the “New Year’s Day Salad Luncheon,” which was very well attended.

We are still hoping that someone will come forward and Chair the “Bits & Pieces.” Barb Gephart has promised to train and help out the new editor.

Good Wishes to our new Park Managers, Gary and Angie Mooney. I’m sure the Rickert Properties had many applicants to pick from, but the decision to hire the Mooneys was very wise.

Everyone I have talked to in the Village, is very pleased with this couple, and we look forward to many good things. “Welcome,” Gary and Angie, we all look forward to working with you!”

Best wishes to our retiring manager, Maureen Stevens.

Maureen did an excellent job, very professional and very accommodating to anyone who had a problem. We will miss you and wish you good health, happiness, and good fortune. Enjoy and relax, because you surely have earned it.

I’m sure that I missed mentioning many people, but let me say “Thank You” to all the committees that made 2016 such an enjoyable year.

We need everyone’s support with the Shows and Dances. Remember quality entertainment isn’t cheap.

We are counting on all you good folks to make 2017 even better. Remember to do something nice for your neighbor.

From the Corporation  ~ John Gates, President

Welcome to February – at last, a time when all of us can relax and truly enjoy the many benefits of living in Sebring Village. All of the major meetings and membership drives are behind us, both the Association and Corporation. Hopefully, smooth sailing ahead.

Annual Meeting

The Corporation held its Annual General Meeting on January 17, with 45 members among the 65 folks in the audience. There were three nominees for the three vacancies created the By-laws’ end-of-term rules. With the re-election of Bobby Bonner, Bob Herwarth and John Gates, the full 2016 Board will return for 2017.

Table Officers for 2017

President – John Gates; Vice-president – Bobby Bonner; Secretary – Sharon LaPenna; Treasurer – Kurt Hambrecht; Membership Director – Kay Soares; Director-at-Large – Bob Herwarth; Director-at Large – Nick Paradiso. The contact information for each director is posted on the Clubhouse Bulletin Board.

Membership “Blitz

The annual membership campaign was a success again this year. The total number of members more than doubled from what we had on 1st day of January. Special thanks to the non-Board members who helped out: Jim Frye, Glenda Gray, Pete Mezza and Dennis Morley. Well done! As well, a big thank-you to Glenda Gray, who has volunteered to sell membership this summer as the Corporation’s “Greeter”!


The road re-surfacing program is a time of stress for everyone. Please be patient and perhaps share a driveway when your neighbors need a place to park. Be sure to check the schedules carefully for the dates when your street is closed to traffic.

The next meetings for the Board of Directors will occur on Wednesday, February 8, and Wednesday, March 8; both at 9:30 a.m, in the “card room.” Members are welcome to attend.

The Final Word

I personally wish to thank all homeowners who have committed to support the Board through their 2017 membership purchase. And, I want to say “thank-you,” to the other six Board members for their dedication, hard work, and support over the past 12 months.

The Board looks forward to working with our new Park Managers, Gary and Angie Mooney, and with the Association, so, collectively, we can better serve you, the residents of Sebring Village.

Benevolences ~ Amy Slane

“Thoughts and Prayers” went out to Dave Clark for the passing of his mother; Nancy Howard Strong, for the loss of her brother; family of Rachel Ward (Coffee Tyme Coordinator); family of Pat Wagner (former resident); to Tom and Connie Pratt, on the loss of their daughter, Teresa, a former resident; and to Jean Harvey for the loss of her beloved husband, Rich.

“Get Well” wishes went to Ed Southard, Don Brown, Laney Powers, George Replogle, Glenda Gibson, and to Doug Underwood, who was in hospital and is home now.

In Memoriam (Coffee Tyme) ~ Helen Hutchinson, Jean Harvey

The February 27th Coffee Tyme will be dedicated to “Rachel Ward,” who recently passed away, and was a coordinator for “Coffee Tyme,” held every Friday morning. She was a lovely, caring woman, and will be greatly missed.

A change of Coffee Tyme will be meeting every Friday at 8:30 a.m., starting Feb. ____

Our Christmas Village ~ Linda Jennings

A comment was made by a couple driving by in their car. They wished they were over 55 so they could live in a place that was so festive. 

It is a beautiful thing to see so many people come together for a good cause, to celebrate Jesus. I want to thank everyone who participated in decorating their own homes and others who needed help. 

Sebring Village is a great place to live, because of the support of one another. I am grateful. 

Sincerely, Linda Jennings

JULIET’s Luncheon ~ Glenda Gibson & Becky Moore

Twenty-seven “JULIETs” enjoyed their January Luncheon at the “Olympic Restaurant” in Avon Park.

Sally Johnson brought two visitors: her mother, Gail Brewer, and her sister, Vivian Nelson. We had a first-time attendee, Diane Bruner. Thank you all for joining us. Karen Locke gave a wonderful blessing, with a word for Glenda Gibson, who could not attend because of knee surgery; but, she will be back next month!

Our Door Prize, given to us by the “Olympic Restaurant” was a generous $25 gift certificate, won by Alice Hilldebrand. Following a great lunch, Becky Moore entertained the ladies with a “Colonoscopy Journal.” Great laughs were had by all.

Our next Luncheon will be at “Ruby Tuesday’s,” on February 9th at 12. Please see the sign-up sheet on the Bulletin Board in the Clubhouse. Please make sure you are signed up by Tuesday, Feb. 7th.

Thank you, Karen Locke and Kathy Nowacki, for your help. I greatly appreciate it.

And finally, a big thank you “JULIETs” for attending and will be looking for another great time of sharing at our next luncheon in February.

ROMEO’s ~ John Arata

ROMEO’s will be meeting at “Don Jose’s Mexican Restaurant,” 4731 Lakeview Dr. at noon, on February 15th. 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

In January, we expect 34 persons to be going to the “Olympic Restaurant” in Avon Park. On February 16th, the dinner will be at the “Island View Restaurant,” at Sun ’N Lake. For more information, please call Pete, at 863-382-1280.

Singles & Friends ~ Leslie Maschue

All singles: widowed, divorced, never married, currently dating, etc., and any of our married friends, are invited to join us. Any questions, call 863-314-9485.

50th Year, Golden Anniversary Celebration

February 11th – 5 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to join in honoring the folks who were married in 1965 or 1966, at this 50th year anniversary. This will be a sit-down dinner in the Clubhouse, featuring boneless chicken breasts in mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked beans, rolls, coleslaw, and a celebration cake. The honorees (married in 1965/66), will be our non-paying guests, but should sign up in the Clubhouse, so that an accurate count may be obtained. Tickets will be available for $5 for Association members, and $8 for non-members, and may be obtained from Walt (863-273-0875) or Glenda (863-471-0760).

Any questions may be directed to Neil Knutson (863-658-2559) or Larry Scheibe (920-716-6742).

Pot Luck Dinners ~ Angie Arnsbarger & Linda Davey

There will be no “Pot Luck Dinner” for February, due to scheduling conflict. But, we will be returning to our monthly schedule in March. Any questions, or if you would like to volunteer to help, please call Angie Arnsbarger (574-292-5591) or Linda Davey (906-241-4030).

Ohio States Committee Meeting ~ Carol DeArmitt

Ohio States Committee meeting will be Tuesday, February 7th at 1:00 p.m.

Travel Information ~ Angie Warchak

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

Washington, DC
Our Nation's Capitol
Thursday, Aug. 17th - Wed. Aug. 23rd

Cost: Double - $765.00 a person
Triple - $745.00 a person
Single - $915.00 a person
6 nights’ lodging - 4 nights, same hotel
10 Meals - 6 breakfasts & 4 dinners
2 Days of Guided Tours to all Memorials:
Capitol Hill, Embassy Row,
Arlington Cemetery & Iwo Jima.

Bus will drop off and pickup for various Memorials, so there is not a lot of walking.Poster and Sign-up sheet on Bulletin Board. Flyers will be in Clubhouse.

Call Angie (863-471-2150) with any questions.

Trash or Treasure Sale

The “Trash or Treasure Sale” will be held on March 11, (7:30 a.m to 12 Noon), so mark your calendars!

Shows ~ Cil D’Alessandris

This month there are two shows scheduled for you:

Monday, February 6th at 7:30 p.m.
“The Brian Brenner Show”
Tickets: $10.00

Brian is an all-around entertainer, featuring a great variety of music, comedy, and audience participation. Visual effects are also a part of the show.

Monday, February 20th at 7:30 p.m.
“New Odyssey”

“Three Guys – Thirty Instruments”
Tickets $10

These guys performed at The Village several years ago, to rave reviews. Back by popular demand, they will perform a complete show.

Outstanding arrangements of almost every style are performed on 30 different instruments. They will present a combination of great music, audience participation, and sheer zaniness!

No reserved seating for shows. Front row seating for handicapped residents. Fred Sherwood will be selling water and soda ($1) at all shows.

If you are interested in having a Show & Dance Schedule, please see me or Glenda Gray.

Tickets are on sale now for these shows and can be purchased from Glenda Gray (863-471-0760) and Walt D’Alessandris (863-273-0875).

Dances ~ Nancy Morley, Chairperson

“Valentine’s Day Dance”

We have a fantastic “Valentines Day Dance” just for all you Sebring Village sweet-hearts!

We are pleased to announce a return engagement from the fabulous “Klaxxics.” Our dance will take place on February 14th, and will be from 7:30 - 10:30. Tickets are $4.00 for Association Members and $6.00 for Non-Members, and are available from either Glenda (863-471-0760) or Walt (863-273-0875). Reminder: table drawing at 6 p.m.

Keep on dancing,’ Sebring Village!

Michigan State Committee ~ Glenda Gray

I would like to thank the Committee on a job well done; also to our four “adopted helpers” Suellen Jones, Larry Scheibe, Jan Schrage and Jan Uncapher. Also thanks to the “cake cutter,” Walt D’alessandris.

We would like to thank everyone who donated food for the mission, and the stuffed animals for the fire station and the hospitals.

January Tea/Luncheon ~ Jean Knutson

On behalf of the Canadian Committee, thank you so very much to everyone who helped make this a HUGE success.

It was a pleasure being Chair Person for this event. Without the help of so many it would have been impossible. So thank you, thank you, thank you.

P.S. A special thank you to my hubby, Neil.

Heartland Games for Active Adults
          ~ Neil Simpson, Ambassador/Paul Strong, Sebring Village

As mentioned in the January “Bits & Pieces,” the Heartland Games for Active Adults over 50 take place for a wide variety of sports, at various locales between February 8th and March 13th. A supply of the schedule of events and registration forms have been placed on the Bulletin Board by the mailboxes. If you have any questions regarding the Games, please feel free to contact Paul Strong, at 658-1887. Give some serious thought to joining in... there is a sport for you !

Pedal Bike Rides ~ Bob & Anita Banyard

Sanibel Island Experience Ride
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Come ride with Anita and Bob on Thursday, February 16th,, on the paved bike paths of Sanibel Island -- a barrier island sanctuary, where 67% of the land mass is protected wildlife habitat, and rated as the top shelling destination in the USA. Total distance for the ride will be 31 miles, at a ride speed of 9 miles per hour, with plenty of stops along the way. Lunch will be at “Cheeburger Cheeburger” (, and ice cream is at “Pinocchio's Italian Ice Cream,” rated one of the top 10 best ice cream places on the Gulf Coast America ( Highlights include the Sanibel Visitor's Center; ocean views and shelling at Bailey Beach Park; Lighthouse Beach, and Sanibel Beach; the shoreline mansion homes; a visit to J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center (; the stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico; the historic Sanibel Lighthouse; and lots of opportunities to see dolphins, shorebirds, and animals. The ride is very flat and safe, along paved bike paths or sparsely car -travelled roads. On the island, at bike crossing locations, the law is that the bikers have the right of way! Ride start is at the free parking lot at 19930 Sanibel Causeway, Island B at 9:30 a.m., sharp -- close to the public washroom there. Passengers will be expected to pay the driver $20.00 each to transport their bike and themselves there and back, if applicable. Leaving Sebring Village will be at 6:30 a.m. If coming, please let Bob know verbally, or by phone at 863-386-1133, or by email at PLEASE NOTE that lunch will be after 1 p.m., so bring lots of snack food to tide you over until lunch!!

West Orange Trail Ride
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Come ride with Anita and Bob on Thursday, March 9th . on the West Orange Bike Trail, a World-Class paved rail trail from Killarney Station, in North Orlando, through several old Florida farming towns, including Oakland, Winter Garden, and Ocoee, to Apopka and back. Of all of the bike trails that we have ridden on in Florida, this one is our favorite! Total distance for the ride will be 38 miles, at a ride speed of 9 miles per hour, with plenty of stops along the way. Lunch will be at the “Catfish Place Restaurant,” in Apopka (, and ice cream is at “Scoops,” in Winter Garden. Highlights include the old railroad bridge over Florida's Turnpike; the Oakland Nature Preserve; Briley's Farm, and its Watusi cattle, zebra, and ostrich; and Oakland's peacocks. This bike trail is hilly, and rated as one of the 25 of America's Best Enhancement Projects. Ride start is at the free parking lot at 17914 Florida 438, Winter Garden, Florida, at 9:30 a.m. sharp. This address is also known as “Killarney Station,” and public washrooms are available. Passengers will be expected to pay the driver $20.00 each to transport their bike and themselves there and back if applicable. Leaving Sebring Village will be at 7:30 a.m. If coming, please let Bob know verbally, or by phone at 863-386-1133, or by email at

This activities calendar is printed for our “snow birds” who have arrived and need to know “what’s going on in the Village!”

Bean Bag Baseball ~ Sue Cronin

Come on down to the Clubhouse every Sunday at 7 p.m., because we can guarantee you tons of laughs.

Bingo Continues!

For all the new residents of the Park, please note that Bingo is played every Thursday, at 7:00 p.m.

Bridge ~ Donna Cox

If you play Bridge and would like to join our group, please give me a call: Donna Cox 863-382-8852. As of now we play 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 ~ Glenda Gibson

Euchre is Wednesday evening, at 7:00 p.m. Questions, call 863-386-0499

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

Quilters & Stitchers ~ Carol DeArmitt

Heartland Village Quilters and Stitchers meets Thursday, at 1 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

Line Dancing ~ Nancy Howard-Strong

Line Dancing is held every Thursday at 10:00 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).

Pool-Shooters ~ Ozzie Colon

A group has formed to bring back “Thursday Night Pool Shooters.” Start time will be 7:00 p.m. Every Thursday. Contact person will be Ozzie Colon (717-253-8583) or Kim Babb (863-471-6534)

Poker ~ Rich Cox

Poker in the Clubhouse on Mondays, 6-8 p.m., and Thursdays, 6-8 pm.

Shuffleboard ~ Paul Strong, Jack Harpin, & Jim Frye

Just a reminder – Don’t miss out on the fun!

Regular ShuffleboardTuesday & 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, 10 to 11 a.m. Please join us.

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

Water Volley Ball ~ Sue Cronin

Water Volley Ball is Wednesdays at 4 p.m. We will be playing every week, weather permitting. Fun for all ages. See you there!

Zumba Sessions ~ Darlene Prentice

The 9:30 a.m. Zumba class will discontinue from January 16th to February 28th.

Class will start Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.

Everyone is welcome to join me. Any questions, you can call me at 863-385-7075.

Summer Activities ~ Sue Cronin

Well, I am at it again! Planning ahead, and I need old sheets to make some costumes. If any of you great people have any, please drop them off at my house at 1007 Contour Street, or call 863-635-6164. We need all colors but no patterns. Thank you.

Bean Bag Baseball and Hand and Foot Christmas Party

What a wonderful time we had! Thank you all for the wonderful food, and a special thanks is sent out to Cheryl and Marcia for helping with all the very beautiful decorations and their help in setting up. It was such a beautiful party and the tables and surrounding areas looked gorgeous.

Our Christmas “Thank You!”

A big “Thank You” to all who helped in any way to make our Park a “2016 Christmas Wonderland.” The statement is true that many hands make work light. From making, distri-buting, lighting and picking up of luminaries to the traffic controller and Elves who helped keep us safe, Also thank you to the Chorus and the many Santas and Mrs. Clauses who lifted our spirits and all who came to visit. Let’s not forget the “behind the scenes” seamstress who mended our Santa suits and our person who wrote the newspaper ad. Add to this… beautifully decorated houses and volunteers to make our Park very beautiful. Thanks again to all who gave generously of their time.

The Committee Chairs for Luminaries, traffic controllers, Elves and Chorus. Leon and Karen Locke, Fred Sherwood

Next Month “Bits & Pieces” Contributors, Please note!

Next month has only 28 days… So the deadline for the “Bits” is solid… if you do not have your information you want printed to me by February 15th, it will not appear in the paper. I must have the paper to the printer by the 17th, or we will not get it until the beginning of February.

Anniversaries & Birthdays ~ Amy Slane

**Errors and correct information**** I would like to request that everyone would update their birthdays and anniversary information. Due to the void in 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, or please drop in message box at my home, 1020 Contour St.

From the Editor ~ Barb Gephart

As I announced last month, I’ll be resigning as editor as of May. Being editor has been a most enjoyable opportunity: I’ve met or been in touch with so many of you, and that has been a real pleasure.

The “Bits” links all our residents together; the one common bond between all of us. I am hopeful that someone will step up and experience an opportunity to make a valuable contribution to our Village. 

I will be happy to assist the person who takes my place by teaching and supporting them as they take on this interesting task. I will also gladly be a “proofreader,” and will deliver to our “Deliverers.” The three months between now and my last issue of the paper will allow me to let those interested to understand fully what is required to put this newsletter into the hands of the residents.

Those interested in the position should be:

If you are interested, or have any questions, please call me (863-385-0137).