Contents:
From the Association
New Year's Day Luncheon
From the Corporation
Notice to all Canadian Residents
Christmas Lighting 2016
Coffee Tyme
JULIET's Luncheon
ROMEO's
Cirrus Street Dinner
Singles & Friends
Sebring Village Tea & Luncheon
Pot Luck Dinners Return
Prevention Plus Correction
Shows
Dances
Travel Information
2017 Sebring Village Telephone Directory
Benevolences
"Thanks" from Lorna
Heartland Games for Active Adults
Activities
Pedal Bike Rides
Telephone Update
Welcome Neighbors
Anniversaries & Birthdays
From the Editor
January Calendar
Weekly Activities

Posters
New Year's Day Luncheon
St. Johns River Paddleboat Cruise
Todd Allen Herendeen Show
C/W Dance
Potluck

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From the Association ~ Walt D’Alessandris

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017! Hope everyone had a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The second big election of 2016 (Association) was a highly contested affair…It was thought that some folks from Pennsylvania may have voted more than once, but a massive recount proved that to be wrong… The incumbents won out quite easily (no other nominations were provided!)

The elected Board (new, but old) promised to make Sebring Village Great Again! “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage!” Forget the latter, because there aren’t any garages in the Village! All kidding aside, there probably isn’t a better place in the Country to live.

When the “canvassers” come to your home for Corporation or Association dues, please be cordial. A simple “yes” or “no” will suffice.

A special “Thank You” to Nell Hayes, from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, for a very nice, informative presentation at our joint Corporation and Association meeting in December.

Nell made it clear that the Non-Emergency phone number is 863-402-7200. For emergency, call 911.

The Village looked exceptionally terrific this year. I would bet that we are lit up as well as Disney, or maybe even better!

Max covered all the names of our workers at our last meeting, but here’s one more big “THANK YOU” for doing such a wonderful job!

Don’t forget to do something nice for your neighbor.

New Year’s Day Luncheon ~ Canadian Committee

“The New Year’s Day Luncheon” will be January 1st at 1:00 p.m. The sign-up sheet is on the Bulletin Board. Bring your own table service, plus a salad or dessert to share with 8-10 people. Guests are welcome just bring another dish to share. Happy New Year!

Nancy Howard-Strong  (863-658-1887)

From the Corporation ~ John Gates, President

It’s New Years – a time for parties, football, parades, fireworks and, sadly, the undecorating of our Park. The Corporation wants to say a big “thank-you” to all the volunteers who spent so many hours beautifying our Park for the holiday season.

Notice of Membership Meeting

The Annual Meeting for the Corporation will occur at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Membership sales, for those who were missed during our door-to-door campaign, will start at 7:00 p.m.; light refreshments will be served during the evening.

The main business item will be the election of three persons to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors.

Nominations for the three director positions were held on December 13, 2016. The following names will appear on the ballot: Bobby Bonner (Caine St.), Bob Herwarth (Dewitt St.) and John Gates (Contour St.).

Notice of Board of Directors Meetings

The Board of Directors will meet in the Clubhouse at 9:30 a.m., on the second Wednesday of January (11th), February (8th) and March (8th). Members are welcome to attend. State of Florida required amendments to our By-laws and approval of the 2017 budget will occur at the January Board Meeting. Details are posted on the Bulletin Board.

Membership Campaign

During the 1st two weeks of January, volunteers will be going door-to-door to sell 2017 memberships. The cost is $15 per house. If you can help with the campaign in any way, please contact Kay Soares, 202 Cattail St., (863-304-8345).

Cooperating with the Association

The Corporation wants to thank the Association for bringing in Nell Hayes from the Sheriff’s Department to speak on Crime Prevention. We also want to say, “thank you” for allowing us to use the sign frames on the front lawn to announce our meetings.

The Board of Directors wishes everyone a healthy and Happy New Year.

Notice to all Canadian Residents of Sebring Village

Canadian Snowbird Association Director Presentation ~ Pat Colley

My husband, Larry, and I are members of the Canadian Snowbird Association, and as such, the above noted presentation is made available free to us and our “southern community.”

I have booked the Clubhouse for January 30, 2017, at 2 p.m., and Director Bob Slack has already confirmed his attendance to provide information on the following topics:

- what is the Canadian Snowbird Association?
- lobbying government on our behalf
- trip planning
- border crossing issues
- Forms 8840 and W-8BEN
- travel medical insurance
- Canadian Retiree Visa
- Q and A period

A sign-up sheet will be placed in the Clubhouse. Please sign if you plan to attend, as we need the approximate number. Also, if any Sebring Village residents have any Canadian friends from outside the Park who wish to attend, please feel free to invite them, but ensure their name is on the list. The Canadian Snowbird Association would like at least 20 attendees, as they travel distances to provide these presentations.

Deadline for sign-up is January 27, 2017.

Any questions, please call Pat Colley (863-658-1921) after January 1, 2017.

Christmas Lighting 2016 ~ Outside Decorations Coordinator, Max Bonkoski

Well, here we are again. It’s December, and time to pay tribute to all the “Elves” who went out of their way to avoid red ant bites (except for Paul Strong and Max) and put up all of the various lighting at the Clubhouse, Front Gate, Palm Trees, and the two Islands.

Many thanks to: Team 1: Harry Gray, Jack Harpin, Paul Strong, Fred Sherwood, and Bill Curtis. Team 2: JR Jamison, Jerry Lewis, Bob Kunkle, Walt D’Alessandris, Team 3: Dennis Morley, Frank Savignac, Bob Banyard, Gary Pyrek. Team 4: John Gates, Neil Knutson, John Elton. Clubhouse, Front Gate: Kurt Hambrecht, John Gates, Harry Gray, Jack Harpin, Paul Strong.

Listed here are “Honorable Intentions”: Brian Morris, Sue Cronin, Garry Scharf, Rusty Schipper, Larry Scheibe, Ozzie Colon, Jim Frye, Terry Embelton, Randy Johnson, Ray Sanford, and Mike Davis.

Thank You to all, and to all, a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Coffee Tyme ~ Rachel Ward

Our Coffee Tyme crowds are really picking up, although, on December 9th,, we had 46 people sign up, and only 32 came. It is too bad, because we had a doctor talk to us, which was very interesting. I want to THANK Leslie, Helen, and Betty, for taking over for me after my “meeting with the sidewalk” I really appreciated it. Please do not forget we will not have Coffee Tyme until January 6th.

JULIET’s Luncheon ~ Glenda Gibson & Becky Moore

The JULIETs enjoyed their Christmas Luncheon at the “Hibachie Grill,” with 54 “JULIETs” attending. Marie Blumenstock, Linda Croyle, and Audrey Eddinger were first-time attendees, and Sharon Bledsoe was the guest of Cheryl Wilson. Thank you for joining us! “Thank You,” Leslie Maschue, for giving the blessing. You always do a lovely prayer.

Our door prizes of two gift certificates for “Hibachi” lunches were won by Lois Ouellette and Audrey Eddinger. Following our lunch, we had our gift exchange. Becky Moore read “The Night Before Christmas,” with everyone trading their gift from left to right, right to left and across the tables during the story. When the story ended, the gift you had was yours. Everyone had a great time.

Our next luncheon will be January 12th, at the “Olympic Restaurant” in Avon Park. The time has changed to 1:30 p.m. Please see the sign-up sheet in the Clubhouse.

And finally, a big “THANK YOU” to the ladies attending our luncheon and for a helping hand when needed.

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

ROMEO’s ~ John Arata

ROMEO’s will be meeting at “JR Runway Café” at the Sebring Airport, 130 Authority, on January 18th, at noon.

The sign-up sheet on the Bulletin Board. will be taken down on the Monday of the lunch. If you need a ride, meet at the Clubhouse at 11:30 a.m.

Cirrus Street Dinner ~ Pete Mezza

In December, we will be going to “Caddy Shack,” with about 30 of our residents. The Cirrus Street gang will be at the “Olympic” on January 19th; and expect to see about 30 to 35 of our residents there.

Singles & Friends ~ Leslie Maschue

All singles: widowed, divorced, never married, currently dating, etc., and any of our married friends, are invited to join us. We haven't decided where we are going in January. Please watch the Bulletin Board for the sign up sheet. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas season and look forward to another great year. Any questions, call 863-314-9485.

Sebring Village Tea & Luncheon

Tuesday, January 10th, at 1 p.m.

Enjoy a delightful afternoon luncheon Tea, Coffee, Punch, lots of sandwiches, scones, sweets, etc.

Tickets $4.00 for members
$6.00 for non-members & guests

Tickets will be available at all events, or call Jean/Neil Knutson at 863-658-2559.

P.S. Ladies “Hats” are optional, although there is a prize for best hat. Men join the ladies for an afternoon of fun and enjoyment.

Pot Luck Dinners Return ~ Angie Arnsbarger & Linda Davey

Our first “Pot Luck Dinner” of the season will be January 22, at 4:00 p.m., in the Clubhouse. Please bring your own place setting and silverware. Coffee, water, and iced tea are provided. Please bring a dish to feed 8-10 people. There will be a sign-up sheet on the Bulletin Board… We always have a great time with our friends and neighbors, so plan to attend. Any questions, or if you would like to volunteer to help, please call Angie Arnsbarger (574-292-5591) or Linda Davey (906-241-4030).

Prevention Plus Correction

As many of our residents may be planning on attending the vascular screen that is scheduled for January, PLEASE NOTE THIS CORRECTION for their poster. The day of the week is to be Thursday, January 26th, from 9 to 3, not Tuesday, as advertised.

Shows ~ Cil D’Alessandris

“Todd Allen Herendeen” Show
Monday, January 16th
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10.00

Back by popular demand, Todd Allen and his band will perform hits from Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Elvis, and many more.

He has just released a new single, “My Name is America,” which climbed to #1 on the Independent Country Charts!

This fast-paced, energetic, family-friendly show will have you wanting to sing and dance the night away.

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

Dances ~ Nancy Morley, Chairperson

“Yee-Haw Sebring Village!!”

Put on your cowboy boots, hats and western gear for our annual Country Western Dance, on January 21st, at 7:30 p.m. -- $10 per person.

Once again we've got the “Lee Allcorn Band” (formerly “Long Shot Band”), coming to the Clubhouse to provide us with a fabulous evening. If you aren't a dancer, just come and enjoy the great music of these talented musicians!

Thanks to all those folks who supported our December dances. We can't do them without you!

On behalf of Penny, Randy, Sue and Bobby, we wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017.

Don’t forget to “Ring in the  New Year 2017!”

… with the music of “TJ and The Cruisers,” from 8:30 - 12:30 a.m. We have some fabulous door prizes this year. “Fifty-fifty” tickets are $1.00 each, or “arms length for $5.” And, at midnight, there will be a champagne toast and light lunch to be provided. Tickets for this dance are $15.00 for members and $17.00 for non-members.

Table reservation drawing is at 6 p.m. Remember: For tickets, please contact Glenda Gray (863-471-0760) or Walt D'Alessandris (863-273-0875).  Nancy Morley, Chairperson

Bus Trips Travel Information ~ Angie Warchak

All bus trips are posted in the Bits & Pieces months before the event; where we are going, dates and cost. When not in Florida, you may read the Bits & Pieces online at www.sebringva.com

If you are interested and want to be included, call, text or email (863) 214-5843 cell and texting, or awarchak@tnni.net. Your name will be included on the sign-up sheet. I will then contact you when payment is due. For more detailed information, feel free to contact me.

New Orleans
Sunday, November 12th
 to Saturday, November 18th
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.

St. John’s Paddleboat Cruise
Wednesday, January 11th
Please arrive at the Clubhouse
 at 7:30 a.m. (North Side)
The bus will leave at 8:00 a.m.
You might want to bring a sweater
in case is it cold on the bus and boat.
Questions? Call Angie - 863-471-2150

2017 Sebring Village Telephone Directory

In preparation for the 2017 Telephone Directory, a master list of all residents is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Clubhouse.

Please verify all of your information, and if corrections are necessary, please update in the column provided or complete an Up-date Form, which are available in the Clubhouse on the credenza, and place updated form in the Drop Box.

The Deadline is Thursday, JANUARY 19th

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Bonkoski, at 863-658-1951.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Benevolences ~ Amy Slane

“Thoughts and Well Wishes” to Eric Walton, Ellie Richmond and Ken Near.

“Prayers and Sympathy” extended to Al Fraim for the loss of his beloved wife, Margarate, “Peg.” Jack Harpin for the loss of his sister; Terry Walker for the loss of his brother, Bill; and the families of Marguerite Myers and Duane McCurley.

“Thanks” from Lorna ~ Sue Cronin

A big “Thanks” is sent to all who took the time to send my mom, Lorna Buckert, a card. She enjoyed each and every one that I read to her and was so overjoyed to think that so many cared. She was just blown away by all the wonderful things you all wrote. It did make a big difference in her emotional state. Her step had a little bit of a jump in it and she smiled a little more. So thank you all. Mom would like to wish you all a “Very Merry Christmas,” and she sends her love to each and every one of you.

Heartland Games  For Active Adults ~ Neil Simpson, Games Ambassador

The 2017 Heartland Games for Active Adults will take place in February & March at various locales. The events are open to men & women 50 years & older.

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. This is always free to all.

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. We now 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 will start meeting January 5th, at 1 p.m., in the Clubhouse.

Line Dancing ~ Nancy Howard-Strong

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

Shuffleboard ~ Paul Strong & Jim Frye

Just a reminder on the days and times for a lot of shuffleboard fun !! No experience required.

Regular shuffleboardTuesday & Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Hosscollar ShuffleboardSunday at 1:00 p.m.

WE TEACH — YOU HAVE FUN !!!

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

Zumba Sessions ~ Darlene Prentice

Zumba workouts at 8 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays will discontinue on December 28th

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.

Pedal Bike RidesBob & Anita Banyard

Pinellas Trail Ride
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Come ride with Anita and Bob on Thursday, January 19th, on the very popular “Pinellas Trail,” a world-class paved rail trail from Dunedin to Tarpon Springs and back. Total distance is approximately 35.5 miles at a ride speed of 9 miles per hour, with plenty of stops along the way. The ride is very flat, except for a road overpass both ways, and minor elevations in Tarpon Springs. The ride is very safe ,with all of it on paved trails, bike lanes, and rarely travelled city streets. Lunch will be at “Mr. Souvlaki Greek Restaurant,” in Tarpon Springs (www.mrsouvlaki.net), and the ice cream stop is at “Strachan's Ice Cream and Desserts,” in Dunedin (www.strachansdesserts.com). Highlights include the Fred Howard Park Causeway and beach front (www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh35krHRJoE); an hour of shopping and sightseeing on Dodecanese Boulevard, TS; Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays; up-close encounters of the manatees at Spring Bayou (www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ-7OOAOGic); Wall Springs Park (www.pinellascounty.org/park/21_Wall_Springs.htm); deBine Brewing Company; the beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, and the mansions that surround it; and a sunset to marvel at. Ride start is at the free parking lot across the street from 500 Virginia Street, Dunedin, at 9:30 a.m. sharp, and there are public restrooms nearby. Passengers will be expected to pay the driver $20 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 robertbanyard@rogers.com.

Sanibel And Captiva Island Ride
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Come ride with Anita and Bob on Thursday, February 16th, on the paved trails of these two islands in the Gulf of Mexico. Total distance has not been confirmed as yet, but will be between 30 and 40 miles, at a ride speed of 9 miles per hour, with plenty of stops along the way. Lunch and Ice Cream stops are still to be determined. Highlights include the Visitor's Center, the beautiful shoreline homes of Captiva, a visit to JN Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, the stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, shelling at Turner Beach, the Sanibel Causeway, ocean views at Bailey's Beach Park, and a water stop at Allison Hagerup Beach Park. The ride is flat and safe, with paved trails or bike lanes involved. Ride start is at 9:30 a.m. sharp, and the location to park is still to be determined. Passengers will be expected to pay the driver $20 each to transport their bike and themselves there and back, if applicable. If coming, please let Bob know verbally, or by phone at (863) 386-1133, or by email at robertbanyard@rogers.com.

Telephone Update

Kent & Angie Arnsbarger
574-292-5591

Welcome Neighbors

New Owners

Larsen, Beverly
1067 Dewitt St.
863-385-7792

Meister/Zoss, Doug & Judi, Carolyn
1129 Dewitt St.
HS: IN
863-451-5974

Zahn, Marc, Mary & Lee
614 Colby St.
HS: NY

Anniversaries & Birthdays ~ Amy Slane

From the Editor ~ Barb Gephart

I am sorry to announce that I will no longer be serving as Editor of the Association Newsletter, Bits & Pieces, as of May, this year. 

I have truly enjoyed serving as editor for nearly four years, but I have thought long and hard about this decision, and feel it is time to pass the privilege along to another.* 

It has been a great experience to get to know many of our residents through the contributions to our paper. It will be a very pleasant memory, and I hope to build on those relationships through the coming years.

I will be happy to assist the person who takes my place by teaching and supporting them as they take on this interesting task. The four months between now and my last issue of the paper will allow me to let those persons who might be interested to understand fully what is required to put this newsletter into the hands of the residents. 

Basic requirements for someone who is interested in the position should be:

Another requirement would be agreement to not printing any biased, inflammatory, or derogatory statements. We have so much good in our Village, that there is more than enough information to print to make an interesting and informative newsletter. I hope that the tone of my successor will be to praise the good and enjoy each other and the programs here.

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. 

If you are interested in offering to take on this position, please e-mail me at barbkerm@centurylink.net. The decision for who will replace me will possibly be made in the two months… allowing time for those who might be interested to inquire more about the work entailed.

*Why now? In order to dispel any incorrect information, I will say that I have some minor health issues, and want to make sure they stay minor. I also have a CAREPortal ministry opportunity, and it will be possible for me to take on this ministry now, as I will have time available when I hand over the “Bits.” I take retirement seriously, and don’t want to miss out on anything the Lord lays before me.