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AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2012 Volume 28 29 NO NO 12 10 || DECEMBER DECEMBER2012 2013 941-349-0194

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DEL TURA CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS

As evidenced by decorating their golf carts for the Golf cart Parade, decorating the clubhouse and the entrance way into the community, having our annual Tree Lighting program, folks decorating their yards for all to see and enjoy, and joining in all the fun!

Merry Christmas

Happy Hanukkah

Remember your 2013 HOA Membership Dues expire on 12/31/13.

RENEW NOW!


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POOLSIDE PUB LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER! INSIDE DELTURA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB * PUBLIC ALWAYS WELCOME

LUNCH SPECIALS EVERY DAY 11-3, HAPPY HOUR EVERYDAY 3-6 WITH SOME KIND OF FUN GOING ON EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK!

STOP IN AND GRAB A CALENDAR OF EVENTS TODAY EVERY WEDNESDAY AT THE FOUNTAIN GRILLE: 5-8 “TASTE OF ITALY” ALL YOU CAN EAT FINE ITALIAN THEMED BUFFET & A FREE WINE WITH DINNER $10.99

FISH FRY FRIDAYS ARE BACK! IN THE FOUNTAIN GRILLE! 5-8PM ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH ‘N CHIPS WITH A FREE BEER! “MIKE GLEAN” PERFORMING LIVE! FRIDAY, DEC. 6TH & 20TH 5:30PM

“BRUCE NEUMAN & TIKI D” LIVE FRIDAY, DEC. 13TH 5PM “TIM & ROSANNE” LIVE AT THE PUB, SATURDAY DEC. 28TH 5PM

NEW YEARS EVE DINNER AT THE FOUNTAIN GRILLE! NEW YEARS PARTY AT THE POOLSIDE PUB! NOW TAKING NAMES FOR XMAS EVE & NEW YEARS EVE DINNER 543-1978 4/14

HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALL SPECIALS AND EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGES WITHOUT NOTICE… 12/2013


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From the President’s Desk

Welcome back to those seasonal residents who have returned in November. By the time you read this, I believe the digital sign we’ve awaited will be up and running, keeping us all apprised of services, special events, and important community messages. I’m hopeful that this joint effort between Hometown America and the HOA to replace the hodgepodge of signs and poster board announcements that now greet us will be a major improvement in the overall appearance of—as well as our ability to communicate with-the community and our guests. Over the next few Tuesday Coffee sessions, you’ll be hearing a renewed plea to get the proper resident bar code sticker for your car(s) to allow you to enter using the resident gate. This, too, is a joint effort between Hometown America and the HOA to improve community security. We can now remove the code numbers of former residents to prevent automatic re-entry and we can issue, track, and remove temporary codes for guests. If you already have such a code sticker, you need do nothing. However, if you don’t have one, or if you have a second car that does not have one, now is the time to sticker up because the Hometown will absorb half the cost and HOA will pay half of the cost for HOA members. The New Year, which is fast approaching, will bring with it a change in the location of the HOA office. We are moving into the home at 18571 Avenida Escorial, which, as you enter Del Tura, is the first left after the gatehouse, on the corner of Gran Via and Avenida Escorial. Our agreement with Hometown gives us a 10-year rent-free lease. The house itself

is very nice and Hometown has worked hard to address our concerns, including ensuring ADA compliance and providing adequate parking. We anticipate no change in HOA’s service to you, and you may find it even easier to communicate directly with Hometown when necessary, because its management team will reside in the offices in the Clubhouse now used by the HOA. As with any move, we will no doubt discover a glitch here and there, but I have every confidence that we will be happy in our new home. In the Broken Record department, I first thank those who have recently volunteered to help out in one way or another and encourage others to consider doing so. For the accidental and deliberate scofflaws: a) the speed limit is 16 mph, so, unless you want Del Tura to have to bring in outside law enforcement, you must stop thinking that you are too special to drive slowly; b) no matter how cute your grandchildren may be, if they are under the age of 18, they are not allowed in the pools, with or without supervision, after 7:00 p.m.;

c) no matter how responsible your grandchildren are, they are not allowed to drive a golf cart unless they possess a valid driver’s license; d) no matter how old they are, you are required to accompany your guests to the pool; and, e) even if your dog graduated summa cum laude from obedience school, he/she has to be on a leash, all the time, not just when you think no one is looking. Finally, this edition of The Tower will arrive just after Thanksgiving, so I hope you had your fill of turkey and pumpkin pie, and I look forward to seeing you both at the Tree Lighting and Holiday Pageant on December 2, and at the Golf Cart Parade on December 14. In this season when we are reminded of how much family and friends enrich our lives, I wish all of us peace and the desire to add to the goodwill we show toward our fellow man. Warmest holiday wishes,

Donna

EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: DORIS MEYER Co-Editor: GINNIE BENJAMINS Staff: DIANNE RODERICK SUE DUNIGAN RHETA KANEN EVELYN LAFLIN HOA Liaison: DONNA BURNS PHILLIPS

Circulation: ANNA WILSON BOB MEYER BEV KRUEGER JAY FLANAGAN PEG MCTERNAN LIZ FLANAGAN ALICE HARRIS GEORGIA ULRICH

Many thanks to all the volunteer residents who have donated their time to “The Tower�. We are looking for more volunteers. Please Help!

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2014 HOA Membership Dues

Dues collections for 2014 2013, as your 2013 dues expire How do I pay my dues? 1. A check made payable to Del have begun. on 12/31/13. Tura HOA in the amount of I will continue to collect the NO MATTER WHAT $12.00. NO CASH will be acdues at each Coffee Hour startMONTH YOUR DUES ARE cepted. ing at 8:00 a.m., both before the PAID THEY STILL EXPIRE 2. You must provide your Del meeting, and immediately fol12/31/13. Tura address and telephone lowing the meeting. number. Your dues for 2014 are due Following are a list of the ways and payable prior December 31, you may use to pay your dues:

MARK YOUR CALENDAR A Preview of Coming Attractions December 26 Boxing Day (Canada) December 11 HOA meeting December 2 Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant

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December 3 Good Timers meeting

December 14 Golf Cart Parade December 25 Christmas

December 31 New Year’s Eve Tennis Party December 31 New Year’s Eve Gala Show and Dance

What if I can’t come to Coffee Hour? You may pay your dues at my home at 246 Las Palmas Blvd. There will be a drop container near my front door if I am away when you stop by. Again, NO CASH accepted, only a check payable to Del Tura HOA in the amount of $12.00. You must provide your Del Tura address and phone number and a selfaddressed stamped envelope so your membership card/cards can be mailed to you if you choose to drop off your check. If you call me in advance to be sure I will be home when you come to pay your dues you will not need the stamped envelope to obtain your HOA membership card. (731-1937)

What if I am away from Del Tura or unable to stop at your home? If you opt to pay by mail, once again, only a check payable to Del Tura HOA in the amount of $12.00 will be accepted. You must provide your Del Tura address and a self-addressed stamped envelope in order that your membership card/cards can be mailed to you. You should mail your dues to: Doris Meyer 246 Las Palmas Blvd. North Fort Myers, FL 33903-1505 Any questions regarding delivery of “The Tower” call Anna Wilson at 731-3604. Thank you for your cooperation…Doris Meyer (Membership)


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Have You Started Taking Your RMD’s? Throughout your career, you have been working hard to save in one or more retirement accounts. Then, once you retire, you’ll have some new decisions to make. But one choice has already been made for you: the age at which you must start taking withdrawals, or “distributions.â€? It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these distribution rules because they can have a big impact on your retirement income. And you may even want to take action before the end of the year. Here, in a nutshell, is the story: Once you reach age 70½, you must begin taking taxable withdrawals — known as “required minimum distributions,â€? or RMDS — from your traditional IRA and most other retirement plans, such as a 401(k) plan, a 403(b) plan or a 457(b) plan. A Roth IRA, however, is not subject to RMDs. If you turned 70½ in 2013, you may want to take your first RMD no later than Dec. 31. You could wait until April 1, 2014, to take your initial distribution, but you’d then have to take your next one by Dec. 31, 2014 — and two distributions in one year could have a sizable impact on your taxes. After you’ve taken your first RMD, you’ll have to take one by Dec.31 of each calendar year for the rest of your life — or until your account balance is zero. These minimum distributions are calculated annually based on your age, account balance at the end of the previous year, marital status and spouse’s age. If you do not meet the annual minimum distribution, you may be subject to a 50% penalty on your underpayment, plus ordinary income tax as the funds are withdrawn. Of course, while you have to take at least the minimum distribution from your retirement plans, you can always take more — but should you? There’s no one “right answerâ€? for everyone. Obviously, if you need the money, you may have to go beyond the minimum when taking distributions. But if you have enough income from other sources — such as investments in other accounts, Social Security and even earnings from a part-time job — you may want to stick with the minimum distributions and leave your retirement accounts as intact as possible for as long as possible, thereby allowing them to potentially continue growing on a tax-deferred basis. Whatever your decision, you’ll want to allow sufficient time to determine the size and timing of your RMDs, because if you have several retirement accounts, you may need to make some choices. For example, if you have more than one IRA, you can add the RMDS and take the combined distribution amount from any one — or more — of your IRAs. And if you have more than one 401(k), you must calculate your RMDs separately for each plan. To help ensure you’re doing things “by the book,â€? consult with your tax and financial advisors before you start taking your RMDs. You work hard to build your retirement plans. So, when it’s time to start tapping into them, you’ll want to make the right moves. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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2013 Del Tura Resident Directories

Yes, they have finally arrived! Pick up your new directory in the HOA office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon on Monday - Friday. By Rick Rudzik Note: If your name and/or telephone number is incorrect in the A reminder from our Fruit directory, advise the HOA office. Any corrections will be posted in The Tower each month. Picking Committee: As a reminder, 2013 white and yellow page directories are still Please advise either Rick Rudzik (543-3662) or Sherry available in the HOA office. Plisch (567-0538) of any fruit you would like to be picked, even DEL if we picked last year. You prob- TURA ably know best when the fruit is ready. Rehearsals For the Spring We ask you to do this each By Peggy Iacovino Concert will start on the followyear as availability changes For all our Choralaires who ing dates: based on tree health and resident Monday, January 6, 2014 from have been away. there will be no ownership. 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Christmas Concert this year. We do need your permission! Tuesday, January 7, 2014, We will start rehearsals for the Spring Concert in January 2014. from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thank you, Any questions, please call The Spring Concert will be held Rick and Sherry Peggy Iacovino at 731-8819. on Friday, March 22, 2014.

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MAILBAG TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AT DEL TURA We would like to Thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of our hearts for all the generosity, caring, prayers, cards, and visits during our most trying times after losing our son. It truly means a lot to Mike and I - very over-whelming. It is very comforting to our family to know that Jim was so well liked. He will be truly missed, but to also know that he is at peace and in Heaven with some of his family members. I, we cannot express the gratitude and the warm feeling everyone here at Del Tura has given to us at this difficult time of our lives. GOD BLESS YOU ALL Deb and Mike Overholser 1/14

THANK YOU FROM THE EDITOR A heartfelt thank you to our roving contributing photographers for supplying many of the photos used in The Tower. Gerry Benjamins, Janet Loosi, and Diane Lutz. Your time and efforts are very much appreciated.

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By Jim Marlowe, Community picking up, especially at the front gate. In an effort to increase Manager safety and keep traffic flowing, Well the holiday season is here we will be asking our residents and things are getting busier by and renters to get bar codes for the day here at Del Tura. It’s their vehicles. From now until great to see activities gearing up January 31, 2014 Del Tura will and folks taking advantage of ev- reduce the cost of $10.00 by half erything that Del Tura has to of- to $5.00 per bar code. The HOA fer. I have heard Del Tura is one has also agreed to pay $2.50 toof the most beautifully decorated wards the $5.00 making the cost communities around, both inside $2.50 for HOA members. Once again here are the costs and out. If the Halloween decorations are any indication of what for bar codes through January 31, I can expect then I can’t wait to 2014: see what you have in store for us. • HOA Members = $2.50 For our part during this holi- • Del Tura Owners = $5.00 day season, we would like you to • All Renters = $10.00 As of January 1, 2014, all new circle your calendar for December 13, 2013, as Del Tura will residents, renters and residents be hosting our Resident Holiday who need stickers will be reParty in the court yard. Come quired to get bar codes for their Our main goal and join us for the best kind of food vehicles. and drinks you’ll ever have… purpose for this change is for the the FREE kind! More details to safety of the Del Tura residents. come so keep a look out for the We have seen a change in traffic flows at the intersection coming flyers! Like I said earlier, things are into the community since Publix

has moved south and an uptick in accidents. It’s important that we keep traffic flowing through the front gate as smoothly as possible while keeping the same security levels. By utilizing the bar code system we will able to reach our safety and security goals. As we get knee deep into the holiday season I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents and the HOA board for your support and kindness. I wish each and every one of you a very special Holiday Season and a very happy and healthy New Year.

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BOOK REVIEW “Eye of the God” by Ariel Allison about the mystery surrounding the “Eye of God”, it is very satisfying. It also has an informative insight into the level of security surrounding the diamond used by the Smithsonian.

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and Wham! Suddenly we are spiraling into fall, and what was supposed to be a gradual entry into this very welcomed season becomes chaotic! Outdoor grills, patio furniture and beach umbrellas are replaced by families of Jack Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;lanterns that blink and ghouls that are downright scary! Shoulder to shoulder with thembetween the Wicked Witch of the east and Tom Turkey stands a gigantic Santa that continuously Ho! Ho! Hoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s while holding a huge neon sign that counts off the number of shopping days left untilâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś! A kind of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;HappyHallo-Thankmasâ&#x20AC;?! I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to say it. I think you know how annoying it can all become â&#x20AC;Śtoo much, too soon, too quickly!! Okay, this year weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to allow that entire external stimuli to distract us. Right??

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We are going to take it one season and one holiday at a time. Are you with me? I can see that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost a few of you already! Get back here!! Starting with the official change of seasons our very first priority is to create the change of seasons. We do that very well here in Del Tura! One needs only to take a stroll, or a golf cart ride through our community to see the many doorways that are adorned with the beautiful colors of fall. Wreaths that welcomed in the summer with the various pastels of the season have now been replaced with the vibrant colors of fall. The pumpkins placed so carefully on porches seem to complete the message that fall has arrived and send a warm, welcome back message to our northern friends. On to the Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patchesâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś. Each new fall season up north brought with it the excitement of the annual Apple/Peach Festival. Oh, how we all looked forward to this outing! It was officially fall in the country when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d visit the farms along Main St. As soon as you parked your car and started up the narrow road you were welcomed by an archway of never ending maple trees all dressed up in their fall foliage-picture perfect! The smell of the apple pies, roasting chestnuts, and cider began to entice your sense of smell and somehow your pace quickened as you drew closer to the first orchard. As I recall there were two farms within walking distance of one another and we had our favorite things to try at each of them. Our first stop was to taste a sample of delicious apple cider at the Flying Cloud Orchard. I remember how excited the kids would get at this one because they always had the best candied apples! Next, diagonally across the road was Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orchard. Their apple and peach pies were the absolute best!! ...article continued on page 11


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daughter was born on Halloween. What a treat that was!! What fun we had every year! A birthday party was always planned for the Sunday afternoon prior to the holiday at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. It was another great family gathering- children dressed as their favorite storybook, super hero, or cartoon characters. Not too many scary costumes back then…thinking back, I think the scariest costumes were the ghosts and mummies. Unlike many of the goriest ones of today that drip blood and scare us half to death. They were mostly home made with lots of love, imagination, and creativity. Great times! On to the month of November, a month that truly lets us know that fall was definitely at its peak. Those brilliant colorful leaves were at the height of their vibrancy. As the month progressed, though the air became a bit cooler and those beautiful fall leaves would begin to fade and fall we tried as hard as we could to keep ahead of it all, we most often lost

that battle with Mother Nature. There was a positive side to it all though-we could definitely count all that raking towards our daily exercise. Refreshing as it felt and as much as I miss the season I have to admit that I have become a Floridian and certainly appreciate being in this climate at this time of year. Reflecting back on Thanksgiving up north I can vividly remember how much we would look forward to the long Thanksgiving recess. What a fun-filled weekend it was! There was the gigantic bonfire and rally to look forward to that evening at the park complete with hot chocolate and marshmallows! No Thanksgiving would be complete without the annual rivalry football games. We would bundle up, sort of resembling “the kid in the snowsuit”. Somehow we were never cold…well at least not until the other team started winning. Or maybe it was because we were getting older?? Then it was on to Grandma and Grandpa’s to

once again gather together with our family to give thanks for our many blessings. Following that most special weekend our thoughts and hearts were now ready for this most precious season. Now the preparation for the Christmas holidays seems right, we can prepare and create in our own special way. Past traditions will direct our actions. I have no doubt that each of us can create the sights, smells, and sounds of this holi-

day. We will decorate our homes with beautiful trees, poinsettia plants, pine wreaths, light holiday scented candles, and play our favorite Christmas CD’s. These are the things that we have in common and use to create the spirit of Christmas in our homes. The one thing that will make it unique for each of us is the special stories and memories that live within our individual minds and hearts. Merry Christmas my friends! God Bless!

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The pumpkin patches were huge at both farms! This was the most priceless part of our day and of course we could not leave without checking out each pumpkin patch. It was like a scene right out of, “It’s the Great Pumpkin. Charlie Brown”. I can still see those four little faces as they would move about the Pumpkin Patches looking for that one special pumpkin. “What about this one, Mommy? How about this one, Daddy? God where does the time go?? Later they would carefully carry their pumpkins with help from Mom and Dad to the car- always remembering not to hold them by the stems- and on our trip back home they would plan on how they would turn their pumpkins into interesting jack o’ lanterns, and that they did indeed! Next, we are ready for Halloween and in our house it was always a time for celebration. Ahhhh…Halloween! I truly need to be joyful about this holiday. My husband’s birthday falls on Halloween Eve and our first-born

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Making Strides Once More a Success

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The “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” was held Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Tanger Outlets Center in Fort Myers. The turn out was wonderful and there, front and center, was our very own “Del Tura Walkers”. We had eighty-nine registered walkers this year and most of us showed up and stepped out in support of this on going fight against breast cancer. We wore our 2013 Making Strides tee shirts, pink for survivors and white for team members. We walked to show our support of loved ones, friends and family members who have survived, and in honor of those

dear ones who have already lost their battle to this horrible disease. Our “Del Tura Walkers”, working together as the great team that we are, raised $16,000 this year. 2013 marks our eighth year fighting the fight against breast cancer. We have three team members who went over and above in raising funds: Sue Symes, $1525.00, Lisa Livingood, $733.00, and Linda Schoonmaker, $600.00. All monies raised will go into research programs such as the new vaccine that has just been released, and into programs designed to help everyone get back on track after this devastating period in their lives.

Programs such as “Look Good Feel Better”, where there are wigs available to you at no cost to you and a person to help you make the right choice for you. They have the “Cancer Prevention Study-3”. It trains volunteers today for a cancer-free tomorrow. They have people to whom you may speak that have already been where you are right now. The American Cancer society now has a mobile Mammogram bus that will come to any community if requested. This is just the tip off the iceberg, There are many more programs.


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The question was: Can we do it? The answer is: Yes, we did it!! We are proud of our Del Tura Walkers who helped us to raise $15,642.30 for this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. A very special thanks to Sandy Rolando and her talented ladies who sewed darling cupcake pot holders, to help with our fundraising and Sandy’s artistic ability to put together 28 raffle baskets for the Tuesday Morning Coffee and another 35 baskets for the raffle at the 2nd Annual Bowling Tournament. Thank you to all who donated items for the baskets. Thank you, too, to Maryann Holder who put together our bowling tournament with her many trips to the alley for meet-

ings and for the 50/50 drawing. The tournament was a HUGE success and we will do it next year! Thank you to ALL our WALKERS. What a great campaign to raise all that money. It was fun too!!!! A super thank you goes out to Linda Schoonmaker, our cocaptain. She handled all the memberships and monies. She’s a whiz at the computer! I truly want to thank you for making dreams come true. Our eighth year and we have already helped with research so close that mastectomies will be a thing of the past and the vaccine will come out soon for a vaccine against breast cancer. The Strides are making miracles happen and it’s all because of YOU!! See you October 2014!!

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Video Corner

By Elaine Schnur MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES We’ve got 800 of them. Some are funny, sexy, mysterious, action thrillers and everything in between. Guaranteed you’re going to find something you must see. All this for the unbelievable price of $1.OO PER VIDEO PER WEEK!!! Come check these treasures each Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Del Tura library. You’ll be happy that you did. Our latest additions include:

LIFE OF PI THE IMPOSSIBLE TAKING CHANCE DJANGO UNCHAINED ZERO DARK THIRTY LES MISERABLES THIS IS 40 QUARTET Les Miserables. Watch it and understand what millions have felt for years after seeing the hit musical on stage. Hugh Jackman, who gives the performance of his career as Jean Valjean, and Anne Hathaway have won Oscars for their roles in this film.

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By Ellie Haug To all of the American Mah Jongg League ladies who ordered their 2014 Mah Jongg Cards through Glenda Oliver in January, we are pleased to announce that the League donated $84.00 to our Del Tura Fish Organization. As you know, we get a donation from the League when we have a combined order. In other words the more cards we order,

the more the league will donate to the Charity of our choice. This year the cards are priced as follows: Standard Card - $8.00 Large Card - $9.00. Ellie (Ellen) Haug will be collecting the money this year. If you want to order cards, you or your group may contact me at my home at 800 Via Del Sol, or phone me at 239-599-2059 My e-mail address is jhaug1940@ aol.com. The deadline for getting your order and money to me

will be Friday, January 24, 2014. This is a wonderful opportunity to obtain money for our Del Tura Fish Organization while enjoying friendship and game of Mah Jongg. Thanking you in advance, Ellie


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ATTENTION NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AND SAFETY PATROL MEMBERS

As of July 2013, the Del Tura Safety Patrol Program was discontinued. Please remove your Safety Patrol sign from your golf carts, they are no longer needed. I would like to thank all of you who participated in our

Safety Patrol Program. I would not have been able to do it without your help. I want to especially thank Linda Storma who started the Neighborhood Watch and Safety Patrol program over six years ago, also Eddy High-

fill who took over for two years while I served on the Board of Directors. I then took it over after Eddy took ill and with the help of Linda Storma taking care of my computerized member rosters made it easier for me, with

is not quite what it should be, call Sheriff’s Office at 477-1000. If it is a matter of life or death, call 911. all your help, to keep Del Tura a Again, it has been an honor safe place for us to live in. and a privilege to have served as There is still a Neighborhood your Neighborhood Watch and Watch Program. It’s just a matter Safety Patrol chairperson. of all of us looking out for each other homes and neighbors. Thank you all. If you see something that Henry Moreau

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Good Timers Singles News

By Susan Savitt “The greatest gift of life is friendship.” Hubert H. Humphrey

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Good Timers even better. We are looking forward to our annual Holiday Dinner. President Peg McTernan has made arrangements for the event to once again be held at our Fountain Grille. She and Nick have planned a wonderful cocktail hour (4:00-5:00) and dinner (5:00 pm) on Tuesday, December 10th. The dinner is free of charge for all members. Those wishing to participate in a Yankee Fun Swap are encouraged to bring a $1.00 gift. The activity always results in many laughs. January is the best time of year to join the Good Timers, as you will receive all the benefits of membership for the entire year. This includes a pizza party, BBQ, Kentucky Derby Party, and Holiday Dinner, as well as additional perks. Call Peg McTernan at 543-3144 if you have any questions, or attend a meeting at the clubhouse the first Tuesday of the month at 5:00 pm. The Good Timers wish each and every reader of this column a holiday season that is filled with friendship and Good Times!

FISH: Friends in Service Here

By Dianne Conlon You wake up in the morning to a wonderful community called Del Tura Country Club and if you think you are blessed you are! If you think about how many needy families there are in our immediate area and wonder what we can do to help them and what resources are available. In our community, there is a great group of residents who volunteer their free time with FISH, which incidentally will celebrate its seventeenth year in June 2014. The group not only helps homeowners and renters within Del Tura but also help charitable organizations with our Fruit Picking Project. FISH volunteers have been gathering and delivering unwanted fruit from resident’s trees to local

soup kitchens. This is fruit that previously was left on the tree or had fallen to the ground and rotted. This is the fifth year and has been well received by residents and the needy. If you have a tree that needs to be picked please call FISH 997-3474 or Rick 543-3662 or Sherry 567-0538. Remember we pick upper branches leaving lower for your enjoyment and we clean up afterwards. Thank you for all your help. I would like to remind everyone of what services FISH provides Call the FISH 997-3474 to be directed to the service you need. The services available are: • Flu Clinic- Held in October of each year. • Medical Equipment – loaned to residents and renters as

needed. • Fruit Tree Project – In season. • Holiday Baskets three times a year – Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. • Meals – After a hospital stay especially if you are home alone. • Transportation – Doctors, Dentists, Clinics, Drug store, Physical therapy. • Cards – To cheer you up. • Birthday Calls – If your name is in the tower and your phone number is correct in the phone book. Remember, December 3,2013, is our next FISH Board meeting after coffee please come if you are interested in serving on the board and on any committee. Hope to see you there. We meet in the Jacaranda Room.

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Mary Lou Pudlow continues in her quest as chairperson of the Nominating Committee to find members willing to serve as officers of the Good Timers for the up-coming year. If you are interested, or have suggestions for members you think she should approach, please contact Mary Lou as soon as possible. The November birthday dinner was held at the Broadway Palm. Members having birthdays in November are Lillian Klopp and Peg McTernan. The show was Swingin’ Christmas, and a swinging time was had by all. We hope that Louise Dodge, who hosts this event for us annually, knows how much we appreciate her making the arrangements. We have missed the presence of Gloria Ellis and Pat Clemens at our meetings and social events. We wish them both a speedy return to good health. We are pleased to welcome Louisa Vaillancourt as a new member. Those who know her consider Louisa an interesting, fun person. We are so pleased, as she will make the

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By Susan Savitt We were recently saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend, Cathy Wallace. Those who knew Cathy know that she would not want us to grieve, but would want us rather to remember the good times we shared. Her sense of humor, ability to laugh at herself, and make us all laugh with her, certainly make her memorable. Cathy gave her all in every endeavor including chairing the Entertainment Committee for five years. She was beautiful on the inside and out and will always occupy a place in our hearts at all Del Tura shows and dances. Bravo, Cathy. Please plan to ring in the New Year with your fellow Del Turians on December 31. Our show and dance will feature internationally known singers Katt Hefner and her group of well-respected

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treated to the comedy of Maryellen Hooper and the music of Glenn Johnson. Details regarding tickets and background of these two talented performers will be included in the January edition of the Tower. The Entertainment Committee prepared a survey to help determine the direction Del Turians would like to see us take in the future regarding planning shows and dances and other related issues. The survey was inserted in the Tower and handed out at Tuesday Coffees. There were only a total of 44 responses, which truly doesn’t provide us with the direction we were hoping to receive. We can report that a majority of those responding rated the job the Entertainment Committee was doing a 4 or 5 out of 5, preferred evening performances over matinees, believed the ticket pricing was “just right,” would pay more for professional shows, and would like more dances. Variety and musical shows were slightly favored over comedy shows, and other types of shows suggested were magic, ventriloquists, Irish dancers, and dinner shows. We need feed back from the shows and dances, and suggestions for further shows in order to provide entertainment you prefer. Please share your ratings, opinions, and suggestions with the Entertainment Committee members for 2014 who are: Helene Glasson, Chairperson Dennis Cottini Dave and Ruth Ann Lugten Janet Loosli John and Priscilla Peterson Lou and Karen Rivet Susan Savitt Ed and Mary White Deb Winsor Mary Kay Romagano, HOA liaison We wish you and yours a Happy, Healthy 2014. Let us entertain you!


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We need your help!!! Last Christmas season Del Tura was lit up with beautiful Christmas lights at our front entrance all the way up to the guardhouse. This year, we are hoping to go past that point and light up the whole strip behind the guardhouse where it is so dark, but we need your help. Last Christmas, the year round residents and the HOA generously contributed quite a bit of money so we could purchase the lights that we used. We sincerely give them our heartfelt thanks. This year we are asking our winter time residents to contribute so we might expand the lighted area. Please mail your donations, what ever

you can afford, to the HOA, 18621 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, FL 33903, or drop off in the HOA office, there will be a box there. You can also give your donation to “Light Up Del Tura” to any Board Member; just say it is for the Christmas lights. My wife Barbi and I are glad to do the decorating again this year and we would welcome any suggestions that might be made. Together we can make Del Tura stand out in our second year! Please send your donations as soon as possible so we can purchase the additional lights before the stores had been deleted. Again, thank you. Jim and Barbi O’Brien

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By Mary White The holidays are here. Parties and celebrations. Rich foods and good drinks will be plentiful. We all love and look forward to this time of the year. Christmas and New Years are the two days with a history of the most heart attacks brought on by COLD, stress and diet. Good news, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the cold.

4. Remember what we are celebrating - peace and goodwill towards others. If you keep that in mind, all the other stuff doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really matter much, does it? Exercise in moderation is a must to stay healthy. Take time for long leisurely walks in our beautiful weather. Let go of the holiday stress. Breath, relax and enjoy the love and friendships you have made here at Del Tura. This is healthy living at itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best..

Our Coffee hour speakers for December are: 1. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stress too much on that â&#x20AC;&#x153; perfect gift.â&#x20AC;? Dec. 10 Dr. Christopher Dawson - Hip Bursitis Remember itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thought that counts. Dec. 17 Dr. Khan - Sleep Disorders 2. Take your medication and stick to a healthy diet Both will have booths at our Health and Welland exercise routine. 3. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ignore unusual symptoms. If you have ness Expo on January 22, 2014 Have a safe and wonderful holiday and a wonchest pain, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to call 911 until after holiderful New Year. day dinner. DEL TURA

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REMEMBER, REMEMBER, December 2, 2013. There will be a small Christmas production inThis is the night that our HOA President, Donna cluding a little taste of â&#x20AC;&#x153;THE NUTCRACKERâ&#x20AC;?, a Burns Phillips, will light the beautiful Christmas Christmas favorite. trees in Clubhouse. I am sure Santa will make an appearance too. We hope everyone will come and celebrate the See you at the party. start of the Christmas season. Jacqueline Keen

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HANDY MAN – Electrical - Plumbing - Wood rot, Carpentry, Screen repair, Ceiling Fans, etc. Del Tura Resident Chuck 731-0188 (dec13) RENTAL DEL TURA – 185 Las Palmas fully furnished w/golf cart. Call Vanessa 774-644-4434 (feb14) POWER WASHING – Decks. pairs. Big/Small. Marty 731-2670

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AIRPORT SCOOTS – to and from the airport or Doctors’ appointments. Need to go grocery shopping and can’t get out? Please call Monique Reilly 567-2292 (feb14) CERTIFIED NURSE – I’m honest & dependable. 5 yrs. experience. Will work with you in your home and take you to Dr. appt., bathing, shopping, cooking, laundry. Call Patty Sue: 239-321-3166 (jan14 )

REAL ESTATE – Interested in selling or buying, and fast friendly service. Call Del Tura resident Mary Tarrence at 239-443-8682 (jan14) NEED RIDE to airport, groceries, etc. Call Russ 239-731-2052. (dec13) Window Cleaning at call Dave 239-543-7370

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LOCKSMITH Auto/Home Lockouts, Locks Repaired, Installed or Re-keyed. Del Tura Resident. Louis Rivet 543-1434 (oct14)

KITTY SITTER – Devoted animal lover. Cat owner for 25 years. Will come twice a day - Call 239-543-8486 (jan14)

RIDES to and from the airport. Gerald J. Dyer, 231 Las Palmas Blvd. 731-1696 (feb14)

RENTALS – Looking to rent or need help renting? Call John Belpulsi (239) 313-8029. I also offer a HOME WATCH and NOTARY SERVICE. (aug/sept14)

“PRESSURE WASHING” Houses, driveways, walkways. Call Del Tura Resident. Denny at 543-8811 (aug/sept14) HOME FOR RENT 903 Via La Paz - Fully furnished w/Golf Cart. Reasonable rates. Cable & internet included. Call Wayne: (508) 728-5438 (mar14) HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE, reliable, honest, & friendly service. Del Tura resident. Call Karen @ 543-1434 (oct14) NOTARY SERVICE by appointment. Call Carolyn after 6:30pm. Del Tura resident, 239-292-6691 (aug/sept14) ARTWORK – Portraits, Murals, Lessons, Art &Wine Parties. Bill Gimbel: 941-286-1233 or billgimbel@yahoo. com Del Tura resident. (aug/sept14)

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LAMINATES, wood rot, power wash, int./ ext. painting, plumbing, gutters, roofs cleaned. Res. Ref. Call Stan 731-9756 (jan14)

HOUSE CLEANING: Have your home cleaned by an efficient and trustworthy Del Turian who is reasonable and uses her own products. Call Judie 731-1373 (dec13)

GARAGE DOOR AND OPENER TUNEUP $25.00. Oil, adjust, and reprogram. Call Jim O’Brien( resident) 239-849-1644 (may14)

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IT’S ALL ABOUT ME PET SERVICES – Call Elaine or Michelle at 239-2204479 for Pet Care in your home. (jan14) 4-SALE: 8’ wide beach or patio umbrella, curio cabinet, recliner (cloth covering), 54” ceiling fan. Call Bill 239-599-8861 (dec13)

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SPORTS PAGE 18-Hole Women’s Del Tura NineGolf Association Hole Women’s but as I write this article early in come Back ABCD for Members By Maria Soper the month I have no scores to re- only. Check in the Pro Shop for Golf Association This is the time of year that we port. Winners will be reported in details of this fun event. DEL TURA

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enjoy golfing with our “seasonal residents” and catch up on all of their news! Attendance is greatly increased in all weekly games, and it’s much easier to play team games on Thursday! We are so fortunate to have Clemson University faculty helping us with weed control – particularly with signal grass. They are trying different chemicals, which is causing the “checkerboard look” on 4 North. This can only help us with all weed control on our courses. This testing is coming with absolutely no cost! Our Club Championship was held on November 14, 20 and 21,

the next issue of The Tower. December 5 will be our Annual Meeting and Election of Officers. We are hoping for a good turnout to show our new and returning officers our support! December 6 will be our annual Awards Banquet. This is a very special event for all our members! Get all “dolled up” and celebrate as our members get their well-deserved awards! Tickets are available in the Pro Shop. December 11 and 12 will be our Member/Member Tournament. Start making your plans for this fun team tournament! December 14 will be the Wel-

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The President’s Cup was held on October 30 and 31 and November 6 and 7. A delicious cookout organized by Jean Smith was held at the Main Pool following play on October 31. A match-play format for the tournament resulted in the following three winners

from left to right Flight 2: Barbara Jones Flight 1: Mary Ann Wuerdeman Flight 3: Irma Young

At the time of this writing, the Annual Couples’ Challenge is scheduled for November 18. Results will be published in the January 2014 issue. Additionally, the fifth Annual Men and Women’s Golf Associations’ Awards Banquet is scheduled for December 6 and our annual Christmas Luncheon will be held on December 12. Please check the dungeon for detailed information. Members are reminded to regularly review scheduled events and announcements posted in the dungeon to obtain specific details. New members are always welcome to join the Nine-Hole Women’s Golf Association at any time during the year. Please contact Marlene DeGraaf at 5994404 for more information. Best Wishes to all for a Very Happy Holiday Season!

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December 19 will be our Christmas Luncheon, which is always a wonderful and festive occasion. It’s a wonderful way to “party with our peeps”!! We will not play golf on that day, and will witness the installation of officers. Our Pro Shop will be running a “Glow Ball” Tournament on December 28 this year. It should be interesting trying to whack that little glow ball around the course! Check in the Pro Shop for details of this event. Don’t forget the annual Bloody Mary Scramble on January 1, 2014, Check in the Pro Shop for details. Happy Holidays to all, and safe travels to our friends that leave us to spend time with friends and family!

The initial men’s championship competition of the season got underway on November 6 and 7, with the President’s Cup tournament. The match play format started with 62 players, who were divided into five different flights for the 18-holers and a single flight for the Nine-Holers. At the conclusion of Thursday’s (Nov. 7) play eight semi-finalists in each flight moved through the brackets and set up interesting matches for November 13. The finals, which will be played after press deadline time, will conclude on Thursday November 14. The first flight winners of two matches are Dave Denman against Randy Gottsacker

and Dennis Flynn facing Dan Haag. In flight two, Dezi Pederson meets Dave Gordon and Jack Berling tees off against Don Mick. Flight three semi-finalists are Neil Miller vs. Barry Wade and Russ Thomas against Don Vadeboncouer. Flight four will see Tom Condos up against Terry Kinsel and Roger Stavely meeting Marcel Bedard. The final flight matches have Larry Brown against Bill Kelly and Chuck Reese against Bill Tewksberry. The Nine-Holers semis have Odie Smith teeing it up with George Stolberg and Ron Winsor meeting Tom Laydon. The results of these matches will be printed in next month’s Tower. Other happenings for the Men’s Golf Association will be

the General Meeting on December 5 in which elections will take place. The nomination committee has placed the following slate before the membership: President-Jay Flanagan; Vice President-Roger Stavely; Secretary-Bill Weddleton and Treasurer- Randy Gottsaker. Nominations will be taken from the floor before the voting takes place. Also on the docket will be the Men and Women’s Awards Dinner that will take place on Friday, December 6. Schedule for the evening will be a Cocktail Hour (BYO) from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Dinner from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m., Awards from 7:15 - 9:00 p.m. Jerry the DJ will provide the evening’s music.


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SPORTS PAGE Friday Shuffleboard League

By Jack Blevons Writing this on November 11, we are two weeks into our new 2013-2014 season. We have had great weather the first two weeks and looking forward to it continuing. As of last weeks play, all our team players are here and playing so we are off to a great start. We have our full compliment of twenty teams so our roster is full once again this year. Once again we are all having fun playing. I have re-shuffled both flights to keep them competitive. We had four teams move from “A” flight to “B” flight and four from the “B” flight move up to the “A” flight and those changes were made because of win/loss records at the end of last season’s play. At the end of last week’s play the standings are as follows. The “A” flight leaders are Jack/ Janet Blevons at 6/0 followed by Ben Hargraves/Bob Crawford and Mary Pimental/Marlene Eck (subbing for Cindy Forrest) tied for 2nd at 5/1. The “B” flight leaders are Dave/Nancy Denny and Chuck/Marcella Carothers tied for first place at 5/1 and followed up by Mollie Brown/Ellen Slusarski at 4/2. As always, we are in need of

subs, so a repeat from last month, anyone interested in being a sub can contact either Janet or me at 731-0892 and we will be happy to add you to our sub list. There is hardly ever a week that goes by that we don’t need subs to fill in for regulars for one reason or another. Another reminder and I know all the regulars got their handouts; we will not be playing Friday November 29 because of Thanksgiving and also won’t be playing December 27 because of Christmas. We will play December 20 and resume playing on January 3. With that in mind, Janet and I want to wish everyone a Blessed Christmas holiday and a safe and healthy 2014. One last reminder as more people return and use the courts and also those that have families and friends come to visit, please use the courts and equipment with care as most of everything down there is provided by Hometown for everyone’s use and enjoyment and when things get broke either accidentally or by miss-use, it costs money to repair or replace them. So, treat everything down there like it belongs to you. Also importantly, no one should be walking on the courts themselves. Use the alleyways

Tuesday Night Duplicate Bridge By Deloris Nelson 10/16/13 Miller Ekas/Eric Palmgren Carol Marra/Jerry Moore 10/23/13 Betty Borgenson/Mary Toms Miller Ekas/Eric Palmgren Ann Ekas/Deloris Nelson Geri Schilling/Shirley Sullivan tie Jane Walcroft/Ron Emo

10/30/13 Miller Ekas/Jerry Moore Dee/Lou Rotolo Don Mick/Eric Palmgren Linda Lane/Dawne McHugh Betty Borgenson/Mary Toms 11/5/13 Miller Ekas/Jerry Moore Don Mick/Eric Palmgren Dee/Lou Rotolo Ann Ekas/Deloris Nelson tie Dave Harting/Richard Houtman

between the courts, as that is why they are there. Your co-operation will be greatly appreciated. At the moment, we are short on chalk but I am hoping to get some soon. Janet and I will continue to maintain and repair the push sticks as needed. Those that are just now returning will see the great job Hometown did in replacing all the benches down there that really were in need of repair and were good enough to replace all the benches with the new ones that are there now. They really dress up our courts beautifully. A big “thank you” to Hometown for this and thank you Glenn Tointon for bringing it to Hometown’s attention to replace them. See you again in next month’s Tower.

GAMES ROUNDUP Tuesday Night Euchre By Marcella Carothers l0/15/13 Janet Elliot Marcella Carothers Nancy Skorlinski 10/22/13 Donna Simmons Richard Anderson Dick Boesel Romy Lindstrom 10/29/13 Chuck Carothers Ron Boshaw Ray Dean (tie) Louisa Vaillancourt 11/5/13 Ray Dean Ron Hulett Richard Anderson (tie) Debby Taylor

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By Jay Flanagan In preparation for the upcoming season, the Del Tura softball team is readying themselves for competition in their new league, the Mark and Mary Ford League, based in Punta Gorda. Though the league and playing site is new, there will be a familiarity with the teams. The league is composed of eight teams from seven North Fort Myers communities. The teams will be composed of residents from Heritage, 2 teams from Buccaneer, Old Bridge, Herron’s Glen, Lake Fairways, Pine Lakes and Del Tura. The new fields are located at Charlotte County’s Carmelita Sport’s Park off Florida Road in Punta Gorda. All of the games will be

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played at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting January 6 through March 26, 2014. For those fans looking to follow the Amigos, there are a number of ways to get to the fields that are located just north of Edison State College on the west side of I-75. The easiest way to find the complex is to go north on 41 to Taylor Road (there is an Edison State College sign before the road) on which you turn right. Follow Taylor all the way to Airport Road (2nd stop light) where you take a right. Then follow Airport, take a left on Florida just before the overpass over I-75. The complex is off Florida on the left, approximately one mile north.

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10/30/13: Chuck Carothers Fred Fasolo Kathy Boesel

10/23/13: Fred Fasolo Ray Dean Romy Lindstrom

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NOTICE: Future Birthday & Anniversary Column

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It has been so difficult to keep the list accurate that we have decided to verify names using the HOA membership roll. Therefore if you wish to have your name included on the Birthday and Anniversary list, please pay your dues and keep them current. If the dues have already lapsed your name and dates have

probably been removed. It will be necessary to resubmit the information to me or to The Tower Box at the Clubhouse when you become an HOA member. Thank You. Rheta Kanen 731-0809 kanlig@juno.com

Remember...BINGO Thursdays in the Starlight Ballroom Sales 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Games start at 7:00 p.m. Sharp. Bring food for the less fortunate and you receive a free game ticket. DEL TURA

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MAKE ‘EM LAUGH We are having an “All Del Tura” Variety Show! It will be on Friday & Saturday, March 28 & 29, 2014 We have an open call for residents who would like to be part of this fun weekend. On Thursday, January 9, you can come to the Starlight Ballroom at 1:00 p.m. to join the cast. We have skits ready...we just need YOU. Also needed: People for props and costumes, stage managers, ticket sales, ushers, makeup, etc. All you need is a desire to make your neighbors laugh and the commitment to rehearse as needed, including the week of March 23. Please mark your calendars and join us as we “Make ‘em Laugh”. Any questions call Linda Storma 997-9066.

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January Birthdays & Anniversaries

Happy Anniversary to... 1/1 ...............Bob & Sally Keith................................................. 54 years 1/2 ...............Dave & Marianne Denman ................................... 54 years 1/9 ...............Jay & Liz Flanagan ............................................... 26 years 1/12 .............Ken & Pat Bracher ................................................ 42 years 1/14 .............Jack & Donna Moore ............................................ 58 years 1/15 .............Bob & Betty Huyvaert .......................................... 70 years 1/17 .............Dino & Ann DeGrande ......................................... 45 years 1/18 .............Henry & Dalia Shahar ........................................... 47 years Bob & Teddy Reid ................................................ 33 years 1/19 .............Dave & Trudy Wilson ........................................... 40 years 1/25 .............Brian & Roseann Lipparad ................................... 28 years 1/26 .............James & Norrine McLaughlin .............................. 66 years

Happy Birthday To... 1/1 ........ Alice Barrett William Koch 1/2 ........ Joan Baumann Carol Essary 1/3 ........ Wilfredo Coligado Carol Hopkins Jean Thompson 1/4 ........ Ronald Hopkins William Zabkar 1/5 ........ Alice Groulx Tony Oliver 1/6 ........ John Ruttman 1/7 ........ Elizabeth Scott Louise Wilcox 1/8 ........ Dick Wuerderman 1/10 ...... Helen Wythe 1/11....... Kathleen Boesel Dawne McHugh Pat Wagner 1/12 ...... Carlo Alaqua Brian Lippard 1/13 ...... Rita Salman Helene Stell Rich Symes Estelle White 1/14 ...... Joseph Beard John Davis Charles Hoxie Isabel Passinger

1/15 ...... Sandy Pladsen Gerald Sadowski Jeanne Smith 1/17 ...... Marion Mulcahey Karen Yaeger 1/19 ...... Susan Highfill Jack O’Hearn Jim Southworth 1/21 ...... Cheryl DeCara 1/22 ...... Donald Toth 1/23 ...... Doris Thurber 1/24 ...... John Bennett Janet Loosli Mc Laughlin 1/25 ...... Edna Conner 1/25 ...... Joe Heidecker Ann DeGrande 1/26 ...... June Doyle Chuck Schnepper 1/27 ...... Mildred Hanrahan Maria Soper 1/28 ...... Victoria Clark Margaret Feiner Pete McHugh Wayne Richmond 1/29 ...... Dominick Notaro 1/31 ...... Bonnie Paser-Klos Karen Rivet


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The Daily Activity Schedule is updated on a monthly basis. Please submit corrections or additons to Dennis Cottini: 217-0592 or email – dcottini@comcast.net, prior to the 9th of each month.

Daily Activity Schedule

Activity/Contact Information

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Exercise Tai Chi , Marjorie Lord, 543-9072

8:00-9:30

8:00-9:30

8:00-9:30

9:30-10:00

9:30-10:00

9:30-10:00

Jane Fonda Aerobics, Teddy Reid

10:00-10:45

10:00-10:45

10:00-10:45

Water Aerobics, North Pool, Marilyn Miller, 731-9934

11:00-12:00

11:00-12:00

11:00-12:00

Yoga Practice, Starlight Ballroom, Dea Wells 283-5603

6:30-7:30PM

11:00-12:15

Tura Zumba, Teddy Reid, 731-7251

Sports Billiards, Men's, Harry Christopher, 997-7345

1:00-3:00

1:00-3:00

Billiards, Women's, Anna Wilson , 731-3604 Nov-Apr Bocce, Nov-April - Peggy Terrasi 603-236-2209

7:00-10:00 4:15

Bocce, Nov-April - Sheila Vona, 443-8389

3:30

Bocce, Oct-May

3:00-6:00

Bowling For Fun, All Star Lanes, Doris Meyer, 731-1937

2:00

Bowling, Mixed, All Star Lanes, Dave Csuy, 543-9746, Oct-Mar

10:15

Bowling, Mixed, All Star Lanes, Gloria Ellis, 731-5693

3:00

Golf, Men's 18 Hole League, Don Soper, 217-0879

8:00

Golf, Men's 9 Hole League, Jack Riordan, Pres., 543-3753

9:00

Golf, Women's 18 Hole League, Ruth Ann Blevins, 543-8134

8:30

Golf, Women's 9 Hole League-Judith Riordan, 543-3753

8:30

Shuffleboard, Jack Blevons, 731-0892 Shuffleboard, open

1:00 9:00

Shuffleboard, Open, Robyn Geren, 839-6674

3:00

Shuffleboard, Traveling Team, Jan-Mar, Glenn Tointon 920-309-1294 Softball-Punta Gorda, call Jay Flanagan - 543-1640 5:30

12:30 5:30

Tennis, Mixed, Open

12:30

Tennis, mxed, Open

8:00-10:00

Games Bingo - Oct-Mar, Erv & Linda Storma 997-9066 doors - open 6:15 Bingo - Starlight Ballroom - all year

6:45-9:00 11:00-12:00

Bridge, Duplicate - Deloris Nelson - 731-9503 Bridge, Duplicate-Carol Marra 731-0845

6:45-10:00 6:45-9:30

Bridge, Open - Marjorie Davis - 543-4225

1:30-4:30

Bridge, Open - Sylvia White - 731-5168

1:00-4:00

Canasta - Norrine McLaughlin , 543-1276

1:00-4:00

Dominoes - June Malonson 652-4151

5:30

Euchre- Marcella Carothers - 731-3315

7:00-9:00

Hand & Foot - Card Game, Betty Scheetz - 609-477-9147

1:00-4:00

Mahjong - Marianne Denman - Card Room II, 543-5968

7:00

Mahjong- Dianne Bevilacqua- Card Room I, 567-2234

1:00-5:00

Mahjong- Glenda Oliver - Card Room II, 834-8699 Mahjong- Rheta Kanen, 731-0809 May I - Card Game- Norrine McLaughlin -543-1276

6:30

6:30

7:00 1:00-4:00

Pinochle - Eleanor Lingeman, 543-1209

7:00-10:00

Other Activities & Clubs Computer Club-Marlene Eck-543-9249/Chris Raynor-599-4760 Every other Tuesday, Sept - May Scrapbooking & Card Making -

1:45-2:45

Blood Pressure Readings - before coffee in the Clubhouse

8:00-9:00

9:00

Coffee & Social Hour - Starlight Ballroom Bird Carving- Bernie Forsey, 217-6024 - Nov-May

8:15 9:00-12:00

Library - open every day Video Corner- check hours in the Library

1:00-3:00

Oil Painting - Gerri Robbins, 731-6390 Oct-May Choralaires-Edna Smith, 543-2467 - Nov-Mar

1:00-4:00 3:00-5:00

7:00-9:00

Investment Club, 2nd & 4th wks., Jack Ireland 543-9701

4:00-6:00

Good Timers-1st wk of Month, Peg Mc Ternan 543-3144 Writers Group - Jack Dunnigan- 599-4221 - Jacaranda Room Every Other Tues. beg. Jan. 22 Ceramics, Janet Ragone, 543-7818

10-11:30

5:00

9:00-12:00

9:00-12:00

9:00-12:00

The Daily Activity Schedule is updated on a monthly basis. Please submit any corrections or additions to Dennis Cottini 217-0592 or email - dcottini@comcast.net, prior to the 9th of each month. Thank you


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Portrait of a Bride an Evolving Silhouette

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By Esther Stolberg Portrait of a Bride an Evolving Silhouette program at 11a.m. Followed by a Ladies Tea and catered luncheon served at Noon on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in the Starlight Ballroom, with more to follow. Tickets will be $20.00 per person. This is a HOA Sponsored event. Over 35 bridal gowns will be on display, some dating back to the 1800’s. Leigh Anne, a renowned bridal historian, will tell us fascinating stories about the women who wore these gowns. Don’t miss this unique and entertaining event! There will be a 50/50 and a Chinese Auction. For more information please call Silvia Miller at 567-4151 or Sandra Dyer at 731-1696 for ticket sales. Tickets will go on sale starting January 7, 2014 at Tuesday Coffee Hour.

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MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR

By Sue Dunigan “My neighbors and my friends are very dear to me, They are always there whenever there is a need, We talk to each other and we borrow and lend, Such treasures they are, my neighbors and friends” EDWARD (Buzz) and BARBARA (Barb) ROUILLARD 245 Las Palms Blvd The Rouillards (pronounced “roo lard”) are one of the most recent couples to join our Del Tura Community family. Buzz and Barb are a warm hearted-friendly couple whose enthusiasm for life and family is contagious. It was a charming experience to hear them tell “their story” and I will endeavor to briefly share it with you here in this article for “The Tower”. Barb was born in Astoria, NY and grew up in Bayshore, Long Island, NY with her three brothers and one sister. She tells of how she moved to Boston when

she was nineteen years old and with a soft laugh she shares that it is where she met and fell in love with Buzz. Barb has continued her education through the years taking many classes at the university and colleges and certificate programs on line. Barb has been the Director of Activities for two different Independent living centers for seniors. And most recently enjoyed working in the front office of a Dental Office. Barb has always volunteered at church, and was the Parish Historian for her church in Massachusetts. She shared with twinkling eyes how she thoroughly enjoys working with all age groups. Buzz almost dances as he tells of growing up Winthrop, MA, on the harbor across from Boston. His eyes shine and the excitement in his voice is palpable as he tells about his childhood in a small town. It was a boom town with big Irish, Italian, Polish and Jewish families and children everywhere. Buzz says,”The kids ruled the place with fun and joy.”

Sports were king. Buzz went on to gradate from Northeastern University with a BS in Business Administration. He threw himself into multiple careers in the field of Computer Operations and Administration. Oracle

and Ceridian Corp are two of the 18 companies he worked with through the years. He was also a Product Manager for a bank holding company designing and producing new products. Most of his experience has been in sales, including being a realtor. Buzz was on Marco Island at a conference in 1997. The conference organizers had rented him a car and gave him a day off. He had



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heard about Del Tura so he came over to take a look. He was impressed with the rural feeling of Southwest Florida and especially liked the ponds, golf courses and the small community feel of Del Tura. Thus, a dream of retiring in this area took root in his heart and grew through the years. Buzz and Barb were married in 1974 on Long Island, among Barb’s family and friends and Buzz’s gang from Boston. They raised their daughter (Katie) and son (Matt) in Massachusetts. Katie was born on Thanksgiving Day 1978 and Matt arrived on the scene on May 21, 1980. Katie married her special guy, Jon, after a nine year romance on June 22, 2013. They met in Hampton Beach and are happily living in central Massachusetts, both pursuing careers. Matt met his wife, Amanda, while both were teaching English as a second language in Seoul, Korea. They are now living on her parent’s farm in Missouri while they both are teaching and pursuing post graduate degrees. Barb proudly points out recent pictures of their children and their mates hanging on the wall of their dining room. Buzz rewarded me with a huge smile and nod when I commented on what a beauty Katie is and how very handsome Matt is. They joined together, at the very same moment in our conversation, laughingly but emphatically saying, ” WE ARE WAITING FOR GRAND-KIDS!!!” Buzz related how Del Tura reminds him of his childhood hometown of Winthrop. The little neighborhoods within our community, the golf courses and even the sidewalks and ponds bring back fond memories and scenes from his childhood. He rushes on to tell about his buddies and their families and how they have remained close throughout the years and the wonderful reunions they have enjoyed together. Barb unreservedly shares how she didn’t want to leave her daughter and was not sure of moving to Florida and being so far away from her life time friends and family. Buzz’s dreams prevailed and they came in June, 2013 to “look around”

and she discovered the beauty of this area and especially liked the Del Tura community. The treelined streets and the lakes caught her eye and then she found “her house” a spot that captured her heart. After things had settled down from their daughter’s wedding they called to find that “her house” was still available, they made an offer, and moved in on September 23, 2013. It was a four day trip with Buzz driving the UHAUL truck and Barb driving the car with their two lovely Labs. They moved in amidst the great rain storms of that week and were so pleased to be welcomed by neighbors and one special guy appeared at their door on the second day with a homemade pie. Barb, within this first month, is a volunteer at the Library, which is a natural fit being she is an avid reader and writer. She plans to join the DEL TURA WRITER’S CLUB and is a distribution volunteer for THE TOWER. They enjoy meeting people at TUESDAY MORNING COFFEE. She was thrilled to have met someone from her home town, Bayshore on Long Island. She enjoys all the flat surfaces for riding her bike with her new friend and neighbor. BUZZ states “he is addicted to golfing, always ready for another round”, and spends time at the North and South Pool. He mentioned a chat while in the spa with a neighbor who just happens to know their daughter. It’s a small world after all. He says,” he is going to lose the beard”, it is just there now for his RED SOX!!! They do what Buzz calls, “the town checks” the “TC” from his teen years., when they cruised the town to see what was going on. Look for them, as they do the nightly “TC” around the neighborhood in their golf cart. (I wonder if their convertible which is being shipped will replace the golf cart?) After talking with them for a few minutes you will discover how delightful they are and how much they enjoy the weather, love getting to know people; our dog friendly community, and everything about living in the “ Truman Show Bubble” of Del Tura”, as Buzz says with an oh so mischievous grin!


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Del Tura Save Our Strays Committee (SOS)

Fall is here and with that we can expect to see 15-20 week old ( 5-6 months) kittens coming out of the den to explore their world. The female kittens can be spayed around 6-8 months old. The males must be a little older before they are developed enough to neutered around 8-9 months. Over the summer we have continued to trap, neuter/spay and return feral cats. Since we started the Del Tura SOS Program we have taken in many cats preventing 100’s of kittens per year from being born. We have caught two domesticated cats in our TNR Program, both were successfully adopted. Thank you to Dot Brown who trapped over the summer. Russ and Robin Geren are giving Dot and I break for a month or two. Two factors have made this success possible. Firstly, the dedicated volunteers will work with the Del Tura residents to

trap, drive the cats to the Clinic, bring them back to their home and foster them until they can be released back into the Cat Community. And secondly, the generous donations from the Del Tura community that the SOS Program has received since we started. In order to continue our work of creating a healthy feral cat community, the SOS Committee is planning a fundraising event for January 15, 2014 – The Cat’s Pajamas. More details will follow. Tickets will go on sale December 24, 2013. Remember if you see or catch a cat with a tipped ear – they have been spayed and or neutered – please release them back into the Community. Cats like any other animal or person for that matter are not perfect and for those of you who are struggling with some of the nuisance aspects of cats here are

some suggestions. The following are common outdoor cat nuisance problems with quick solutions for resolution. However, with spaying and neutering of a feral cat colony many of these nuisance behaviors will be eliminated. Cats Sleeping Under a Porch or Shed The cats are looking for dry, warm shelter away from the elements. Quick Solution: 1. Physically block or seal the location the cats are entering with chicken wire or lattice once you are certain the cats are not inside. Be sure to search for kittens before confirming that the cats have left especially during kitten season (April through October). 2. Provide a shelter (similar to a dog house) or ask the caregiver of the cat colony to provide a shelter for the cats. Shelters

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