Sebring Village Association — October 2017
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From the Association ~ Walt D'Alessandris
I wish I could report that we dodged the bullet fired from that nasty lady, “Irma,” but, no such luck. Even with all the destruction, standing water, lack of electricity, cable service, food etc., we were very fortunate that no one was injured physically.
I wish we were better serviced with gasoline and power. Cil and I received many calls from our Canadian residents and those who went North to check on their house for damage.
Sorry we could not respond to all the calls due to dead batteries on our cell phones with no way to recharge because of lack of power coming into the house.
The Village took a pretty good hit, but, with the help of the “Good Lord,” we will recover, along with some work and many prayers. We can tell “Irma” goodbye and hope we never see the likes of her kind again.
Many thanks to all who helped to turn a bad situation into something positive, too many people to mention by name.
Don’t forget to do something nice for your neighbor.
Benevolences ~ Amy Slane
“Get Well” wishes to Betty Replogle and Allen & Angie Warchak’s grandson.
Benevolences extended for the loss of many of our residents this month; John Goldsmith, Carl May, Tom Pratt, Bev Larson, as well as to Jean Knutson for the loss of her sister, and Marsha Donoghue for the loss of her mother.
Please Note… ~ Glenda Gray
Nancy May has a new phone number, which is 863-451-5271.
Speedy Recovery Wishes…
Please keep Pete Mezza in your thoughts and prayers while he is recovering from surgery.
Your Corporation ~ SebringVillage.org ~ Sharon LaPenna, Pres. SV Corp.
Wow, I think we all are glad to have September over - too many happenings!
Hurricane Irma was a terrible assault on Sebring Village. Many of our friends and neighbours homes were badly damaged and they are in our thoughts. But, the good side was that neighbour stepped up to help neighbour, checking houses for the Northerners, clearing debris and organizing cooking parties to use up food before it spoiled and to feed everyone.
Sebring Village has been without power (hydro for you Canadians) for five days and counting. Life is a challenge without air conditioning or ice.
The second major happening was a change in the Park Managers. Most of you had not yet met Sandy or Henry Haywood as they started after you departed for the North. The Haywoods have resigned. Maureen Stephens, our previous manager, has agreed to come back as interim manager and we welcome her. Maureen stepped right into her position in Hurricane Irma's aftermath directing the cleanup of the Park. A special thanks to Gary and Michael who worked very hard to keep us all safe and to restore the Park. Lastly, there has been a change in the Corporation's Board of Directors. John Gates has resigned from the Board. John and Judy have moved back to their Canadian home, but plan to visit Sebring Village during the Winters. A big “thank you” to John for his years of service on the Corporation Board. Also, a big “thank you” to Judy for her service on the Association Board. John's resignation prompted a shuffling of positions on the Board of Directors for the remainder of this year. I assumed the position of President and Kay Soares assumed the position of Secretary. Bobby Bonner remains Vice President, Kurt Hambrecht remains as Treasurer, Bob Herwarth and Nick Paradiso remain as Directors. Marc Zahn, who resides on Colby Street, has agreed to join the Board as a Director. We look forward to all our Northern and Canadian friends returning for a fun Winter (hopefully the power will be on by then). Safe travels to all.
Summer Activities Post Hurricane ~ Sue Cronin
Hurricane “Irma” began to show her ugly face on Saturday night. She really took us by surprise on Sunday when she decided to put her “eye” right over Sebring. I am sorry to say that many homes did receive damage and the streets were flooded. People with low cars were unable to get out of the park. SUV’s had some success, but I was stranded with no phone, no internet, no electric, and no escape. I rode out the hurricane right here in my home and am so lucky I received no damage except for a very little roof repair that lies ahead.
Then came the aftermath. That is when we here, who were left living in the Park, sprang into action. Gary and Mike fired up two grills and started cooking up a storm when people began bringing their food to the compact area and serving it up. Cheryl Wilson and I asked if we could move the operation to the Clubhouse, so, with the help of our interim manager, Maureen, giving us permission, Gary and Mike moved the grills up to the Clubhouse. People started bringing in their “half-frozen” food. Mr. Rickert gave us two generators and Mike and Gary ran them for seven days to keep our Clubhouse kitchen fridge and freezer going. Every day at 2 p.m. we served up some outstanding and super- delicious food. This was no easy task, but we did it.
Summer Activity Committee teamed up with our outstanding Summer residents and we just all pitched in, rolled up our sleeves and went to work. We were able to get ice and water. Cheryl Wilson and I began delivering it to people who we knew needed it the most. When we ran out, Tanya from the office took over, and managed to find us more ice on her way into work. Then, as the days went by, ice and water just seemed to show up. I tried to be at the Clubhouse as much as possible, but, whoever our “angels” were who delivered the water and ice, I didn't see them. Guess they got up a lot earlier than I did. So, a big “thanks” goes out to them, whoever they are.
Full time residents, management and our dear, dear friends, Mike and Gary, and Mr. Rickert have really shown us what “real” humans are. Many hands pitched in and let me just say, “JOB WELL DONE!!!!” I only wish that I could name each and every person who came to the needs of all, but that is impossible, because so many worked endless hours helping everyone. No one who lives here went without water, ice or food. People that had generators took older and needy people into their homes. They kept our cell phones charged while we sweated over hot grills in 95° weather to cook and serve everyone who showed up for whatever they needed. Now, this is the true meaning of love and caring. I am so proud to be part of this great community. Thank you to all those who helped. The only casualty we had was a plastic pink flamingo which was bashed in and drowned. Oh well, things happen. We are still looking for the suspects???
Now, back to what I am supposed to do and that is what lies ahead…
Shrimp Boil ~ Sue Cronin and Cheryl Wilson - Coordinators
Hold on to all your tickets, we are still putting it on, just a different date. I think we will have already had this by the time you are reading this and I will play catch-up in our next issue.
Vegas Carnival Night ~ Sue Cronin and Cheryl Wilson - Coordinators
This event was scheduled for October 7th, but now the new date is October 14th at 4 p.m. Buy your tickets at the door. This is sure to be a fun-filled and exciting night. We will have our Snack Bar open from 4 p.m. until whenever. We will be serving a variety of menu items such as a hot dog plates, Italian sausage sub plates with green peppers and onions, meatball sub plates, caramel popcorn, ice cream sundaes, root beer floats, nachos, and yes, funnel cakes. Each sub and hot dog plate will also be served with your choice of chips and sodas. Please see the menu on the Bulletin Board and let us know what you might order to help us purchase what we will need. You can purchase at the door, your “arms-length” of tickets to play various Carnival games. You can also purchase your poker chips to play Black Jack, Pokeno, and Poker. Bring your quarters and pennies and dollars and let’s “play the night away”. At 7 p.m., “Super Bingo” will begin. The winning pots will be really nice. Lannie Powers will be calling and setting up the games. So, come on down and let’s really get it on and have a fun night of laughs and winning (or at least we hope you are winners). But really, when you attend a Summer Activity, we are all winners because we always have so much fun! Check out the Bulletin Board for added information. See y’all there.
Italian Dinner and Show ~ Sue Cronin
Friday, October 27th at 5 p.m.
Tickets: $7.00 Members; $9.00 Non-members
This is our big one! You know the drill, bring your own bottle of wine or beverage of choice, sit back and get waited on. When you enter the Clubhouse, you will have a fantastic “Antipasto” awaiting you. You will then be served garlic bread, salad, and main course of spaghetti, with our own homemade meatballs. Of course, there will be a delightful dessert to follow. Hey, but that’s not all. This year, we are putting on a fun, old-time, live radio show that will make your sides hurt with laughter. You do not want to miss this!!! Check out the Bulletin Board for our poster and sign-up sheet. Tickets will be sold on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Halloween Costume Dance Party
Tuesday, October 31st, at 7 p.m. Live Music!
Tickets: $5.00 members; $7.00 non-members.
Oh, I love our Halloween Costume Dance Parties! Now, you know, your Summer Committee always has some really cool surprises for you. Let’s “haunt” the night away and dance and dance. Bring some fun finger foods to set out on our buffet table and bring your own beverage. Wear a costume, if possible, but it is not required, but, it sure is fun! I just love seeing what you all come up with! Last year’s party was so much fun and I, for one, am looking forward to this year’s. Tickets will be sold on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the Clubhouse, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., or, you can purchase your tickets at the door. This is the last Summer Activities event of the year, so, let’s make this the best party ever! Of course, we will be around next Summer with more fun-filled and different events.
September’s Labor Day Party Update:
Our Labor Day Party was a blast. The scavenger picture hunt was so much fun! Our winning team took home some great prizes as did our inside scavenger hunters. The food was outstanding. The laughs were non-stop. We actually had to have a run-off between Randy Johnson’s team and Leslie Maschue's team with Randy's team being awarded the winner. What FUN!
Thanks to all who pitched in to help with the cooking, cleaning up and setting up. Cheryl Wilson and I had a blast putting out all the clues and markers around the park in the pouring down rain, (yeah right.) Thanks to all who allowed us to use their property to do so. Also, thanks to Walt Moore for helping us with all the setting up of the picture clues. Cheryl, you cooked some really good dogs, and, as usual, Sebring Village has the best cooks in the land. Our tables overflowed with some great dishes. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!
R.O.M.E.O.’s ~ John Arata
In October, we will be going to the “Blue Lagoon” at 4120 U.S. Hwy 27 No., Wednesday, October 18th at Noon. If you have any questions, please call John Arata at 863-385-0885.
J.U.L.I.E.T.’s Luncheon ~ Glenda Gibson & Becky Moore
Please check the Bulletin Board for the sign-up sheet to find out where we are going in the month of October.
Bean Bag Baseball ~ Sue Cronin
Every Sunday night at 7 p.m., let's get it on! Come on down and let's play a game for all ages. Be prepared for tons of laughs. We sure do welcome new players who are sure to have a blast.
Coffee Tyme ~ Helen Hutchison
Coffee Tyme will only be on the first Friday of the month in September, and going until November, when it will resume weekly. The nurses will still be coming every month, and the time will remain 8:30 a.m.
Singles & Friends ~ Leslie Maschue
We look forward to seeing you soon. Please check the Bulletin Board for the sign-up sheet to find out where we are going. And remember to bring your friends.
Cirrus Street Dinner ~ Pete Mezza
The Cirrus St. dinner will not be meeting the month of October. See you soon.
Pinochle ~ Pete Mezza
Pinochle is played on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 p.m. All level of players welcome. Call Pete for information at 863-414-2110.
Water Aerobics ~ Audrey Eddinger
Water Aerobics will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday thru Friday. Any questions, please contact Audrey Eddinger at 610-334-8547.
Knitting & Crocheting ~ Carol DeArmitt
The Knitting and Crocheting group will continue meeting on Mondays, at 1 p.m.
Water Volleyball every Wednesday at 4 p.m.
We play for one hour, with very few rules and lots of laughs.
Bingo ~ Continues every Thursday, at 7:00 p.m.
Bridge ~ Monday evening, at 6:30 p.m.
Bunco ~ Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m.
Euchre ~ Will resume at a future date.
Hand and Foot ~ every evening at 7:00 p.m. (provided there is no conflict.)
Golf Sebring Village ~ Shotgun starts every Wednesday, at 8:15 a.m., and at 1:00 p.m., at Sebring Golf.
Knitting & Crocheting ~ Monday, at 1:00 p.m.
Pepper/Bid Euchre ~ Tuesday, at 6 p.m.
Pinochle ~ Sunday, Wednesday, Friday at 6:30 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 - Friday, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Water Volleyball ~ Wednesday, at 4 p.m.
Anniversaries and Birthdays ~ Amy Slane
October Calendar ~ Bill Bowling
From Your Editor ~ Liz Edwards
Just a reminder for information to be included in the Bits & Pieces, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, call 772-801-1190 or stop by at 927 Cirrus St. Thank you.