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Southfork News “For the Residents, by the Residents” Merry Christmas

December 2010

A Sunny Christmas

Christmas Past Each Christmas I remember The ones of long ago; I see our mantelpiece adorned With stockings in a row. Each Christmas finds me dreaming Of days that used to be, When we hid presents here and there, For all the family. Each Christmas I remember The fragrance in the air Of roasting turkey and mince pies And cookies everywhere.

Every year at Christmas time there’s not a sign of snow. Instead we spend our yuletide days in the sun's warm cheery glow. We have the best of Christmas things, The lights, the gifts, the bells, (And "snowbirds" who arrive en masse To fill our beach hotels and homes.) The glorious weather fits right in With our happy Christmas mood, And we can also walk and run Without having to be snow shoe’d. So don't feel bad for your (Dade City) friends who have no snow or ice. We think our sunny Christmas here is a holiday paradise!

Each Christmas finds me longing For Christmases now past, And I am back in childhood As long as memories last. ____________________________________________

Check Activities on the bulletin board in the clubhouse for anything scheduled after this newsletter is sent to print.

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year From your editor Phyllis Grossi

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Newsletter Information Note, any information to be placed in the newsletter, must be submitted between the 1st and 15th of every month. Please contact the editor ( Phyllis Grossi) at 567-6105 or drop off the information at 11150 Mesquite Dr. All newsletters can be viewed in color on the web site at (click on Southfork at bottom of page) Please contact Phyllis Grossi for any changes, deletions or additions to the calendar by the 15th of each month. Phone number is 567-6105


Monthly Meal Potlucks are held every 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:30pm. Please bring a covered dish enough to serve at least 8 people and please, bring your own tableware, cups and beverage. Coffee usually is supplied. Watch the bulletin board for sign up sheets especially in November/December for the holiday meals when special foods are needed. (Note) During the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays the potluck is not necessarily held on the 3rd Thursday and please check the calendars for any change in dates. On a monthly basis we do ask for volunteers to host the monthly potlucks and this is the easiest thing to do. If interested in hosting, please contact any board member. In case you forget, always check the monthly calendar (last page of the newsletter) for the date. Come and enjoy your meal with all of your friends and neighbors!


Sick List Ted Stipanovich Don Reno

Ernie Van De Mark David Crawford

Get well wishes to all! __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Cathy Osborn


Our condolences to the family and friends! __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

New Residents Paula Campbell Fred & Linda Evans Ally Hutto

10936 Tumbleweed (new address) 38709 Brahman 11115 Ewing

Welcome to our community! __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Annual Association Dues The annual association dues must be paid by January 15th, 2011. In order to vote for the election of any Board member at the January membership meeting, you must be a member in good standing and the amount owed is $15.00. Please contact, Phyllis Grossi (Treasurer) at 567-6105 or deliver to 11150 Mesquite Dr and I have a mail box right by the door. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

From Norm’s desk We have had a couple of very busy months and have done some major upgrades. The new signs have been quite a project. We have repainted the Shuffleboard structures and put up new Score Boards this summer. We re-surfaced the Shuffleboard Courts and we only have a couple of minor items to do on them and they should be in excellent shape. We have finally got our hedges under control and will attempt to keep them up better. We have some difficulty lately contacting people who change phone numbers and do not report the new number to us. Please, if you change your number give it to us so that we can contact you if the need arises. Please note, all of your personal information is kept under lock & key and is not given to anyone without your consent. I hope you have had an opportunity to look at the new signs and landscaping at the front entrance. We are proud of the new look and feel that you will be also. If you haven’t come in the front lately, please do so and let us know. Norm _____________________________________________________________________________________

The Greatest Gift The greatest gift at Christmas time is one we all may give…… A friendly smile that helps to make life easier to live. A kindly thought, a helping hand ,to show someone we care, To let them know how much it means to us to have them there. The greatest gift at Christmas time costs not a cent to buy. It’s being a good neighbor as days and months go by. Its offering a shoulder when someone needs a lift And so I pray this Christmas day……. That this may be your gift! By, Grace E. Easley

from the Association President Submitted by a Board Member to be used in place of my regular letter!!!!!!! 10 Ways to Stop the Homeowner’s Association 1. Don’t come to their meetings. 2. If you do come, come in late and try to be discreet. 3. Never accept an office. It is better to stay in the background and criticize. Nevertheless, get sore if you are not appointed to a committee. 4. If you are appointed or volunteer for anything, do not attend any of the meetings. If you do attend a meeting, find fault with the work of the other members. 5. If you are ask by a board member to give your opinion on some matter, tell them you have nothing to say. After the meeting tell everyone how things should be done. (very common here) 6. Let the board members do the work, that’s why they were elected? 7. Never give the Treasurer the yearly dues in advance…..Wait until you get your money’s worth, and then wait a bit longer. 8. Never encourage the Board members for a job well done, keep mum about it. You could ruin a board member by flattery. 9. It is good to tell of your board member failings to anyone around, because they might not otherwise find out for a long time on their own and have to wait for the gossip mill. 10. If there happen to be a few zealous workers on the board, make a loud protest against the complete board being run by just a few people. ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Hanukkah Begins at Sun down Dec 2nd

At last! At last! Hanukkah is here! The whole house is bursting with holiday cheer. Pancakes are sizzling as hard as they can, Browning delectably crisp in the pan. The dreidels can scarcely wait to be spun; Presents are hidden for Hanukkah fun. And there, on the table, polished and bright, the shining menorah gleams through the night. Like the oil lamp in ancient history, that burned on and on miraculously! And each flaming candle proclaims the great story of the Maccabean heroes, their deeds and their glory.

Southfork Men’s Club

The December meeting will be held at the Golden Corral on Friday, December 3rd at 9am. We would love to see all the men in our community join us for our monthly meetings and see what we are all about. We have many interesting events in the planning for the New Year. One of the many things planned is the contest of the “Brothers of the Bush.” Come and find out more about this and the many other happenings being planned!!!! _____________________________________________________________________________________

Christmas Golf Cart Parade

The Christmas Golf Cart parade will be held on Saturday, December 18th, 2010 at 5:30pm. This is such a big event each year and the Southfork Community along with the Blue Jay/Harmony Heights communities look forward to seeing all the decorated golf carts/scooters go through the streets. If any questions, please contact Dot Cady at 567-6456. Come and enjoy and prizes will be given out.

Women’s Club On November 3rd, 46 women met in the clubhouse for their monthly meeting. All the reports were read and approved. Shirley Rouer of the Charity committee explained that she would like to have, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Socks and Underwear placed in the Box at the Clubhouse marked Toys for Tots before December 16th. It would greatly be appreciated. Mary Bolin mentioned that we will have 24 meals for 4 different schools (6 each) delivered for the holidays. The club is buying the meat and the Men’s Club offered getting the bags to put the food in along with the Bread and Margarine. The ladies are getting the other items like Rice, Macaroni & Cheese, Yams, 2Cans each of Peas & Green Beans, Jello, Cake & Frosting. Mary Bolin talked also of our Annual Bazaar on November 20th. The Quilters and the Yarn Hookers are all ready and the Ladies are also making different baskets to be raffled. We also need Baked Goods to be donated for this. Everything seems to be on schedule and we hope that this event will be a success like the other past years. We talked about our other Fundraiser, The Chili Supper on February 13th. The tickets will go on sale at our next meeting on December 8th and they will be $7.00 each. We will have the Auction first followed by the meal (all you can eat) and lastly you will be entertained by the “Oldie Newlywed Game.” Also at the meeting of December 8th, we will have our gift exchange. The Secret Pal group brings a gift with the name of the Secret Pal on the gift but without telling them from who it is from. The other group will bring a gift ($10.00 approx) with their name signed who it is from. We should have a good time and after we will be going to the Golden Corral for our Christmas meal. At our November meeting, Shirley Tiratto introduced a Beautician from “Secretly Soft” who showed the ladies how to make themselves beautiful with all of the samples brought in. It was very well received by everyone. The meeting ended with cookies and cider provided by Joann, Billie, Dee Dee and Shirley. The meeting ended around 11:30am. See you at the next meeting, Marielle _____________________________________________________________________________________

This Christmas let us celebrate a God who still delivers gifts in the most perfect and unique ways. Have a Blessed Christmas!!!!

BAPPLE BREAD A tasty bread featuring bananas and applesauce. 3 ripe bananas 1 cup sugar ½ cup applesauce 2 eggs 1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9” x 5” loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. 2. Place bananas in a large bowl and mash with an electric mixer. Stir in sugar and let stand 15 min. Add applesauce and eggs and beat well. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. 3. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan. Cool on a wire rack.


Little Dresses for Africa On Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 @ 8:30am the Women’s Club is sponsoring the making of Pillowcase Dresses for the little girls of Africa and other countries in need. Anyone interested in helping is welcome and “needed.” No sewing experience is needed. The cutting of thread, stringing of binding, ironing and folding are all important jobs. Show up at 8:30am for a treat, a cup of coffee and instructions. Sewing will begin at 9am until ???? A donation tub is in the library at the clubhouse for gently used Pillowcases, Sheets, 1 yd of material (cotton-cotton blend), white thread and any size bias tape. Keep in mind these dresses are for young girls. Please donate by the first of January so we will know if anything is needed to complete this project. Nancy’s Notions is a sponsor of Little Dresses for Africa. If you would like additional information, go to, www.littledressesforAfrica@org/blog/.. Mark your calendar’s and we hope to see you on January 12th. Contact Carol Albers if any questions @ 457-5768


The November22nd scheduled Association meeting was cancelled due to a few of the Officers/Directors that would not be available. At this December meeting there will be many items on the agenda and a few of the many things that will be discussed and needed are:

1. This is the Nomination month for selecting candidates to be on the Ballot for our annual meeting in January when we vote. We need a “Secretary” and “3 Directors.” If anyone is interested in any of these positions, please contact Craig Whitbeck @ 437-4123 or you can nominate at this meeting.

2. This is also the month that any by-law changes are suggested. There are a few suggestions on the table and we need for all of you to give an opinion of like or dislike so that they will be available after the 1st of the year.

3. We will also discuss any outcome of our annual meeting with the owner/manager of the Park if it is scheduled before this meeting. We sent a list of many issues and concerns that will be discussed.

So come join us and have a donut and cup of coffee on us at no charge for all members.

Christmas Magic Are we too grownup to feel a thrill As we light the Christmas tree? Are we immune to cookies, Christmas cards and Christmas glee? Are we too adult to "Ooh" and "Aah" At the Christmas candle's glow? Are we blasĂŠ about our gifts; Do we shun the mistletoe? Are we too mature for carols, For merry or for jolly? Do the decorations leave us cold, The ornaments and holly? Fat chance! We'll never grow too old To love the Christmas magic. A year without a Christmas Would be boring, even tragic. So bring it on! The candy canes, The feasting and good cheer; O Christmas, lovely Christmas, You're the highlight of the year! By Joanna Fuchs

Volunteering I got to wondering if volunteers know something that the non-volunteers don’t know. Here is a short list of what volunteers know that non-volunteers don’t know.          

Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change people’s lives, including your own. Volunteering allows you to meet people you otherwise wouldn’t meet. Volunteering expands your horizons. Volunteering helps you to understand other people who are different from you. Volunteering can give you a new perspective on your own life. Volunteering can help you change the way you view yourself. Volunteering gives you a chance to give back. Volunteering lets you share a skill that you have. Volunteering improves your physical, mental and emotional health. Volunteering allows you to support a cause you truly believe in.

So among the lists of the joys that the coming of the New Year brings, add volunteering to that list. We need you! PS Don’t sit back and complain about nothing being done and no activities during the year etc. We are looking for energetic people with new ideas and someone to organize a monthly event for each month of the year. You can always offer to help with anything planned and give us new ideas to implement and we sure would appreciate any suggestions! _____________________________________________________________________________________


Bridge has resumed playing on Wednesday‘s @ 1 pm. If you might be interested in joining with the group, please give Carol Barnett a call at 567-7605 _____________________________________________________________________________________

Kitchen Supplies Just a little reminder about the kitchen supplies. If when using any items and you see that we are low on anything, there is a clipboard hanging on the cupboard door and just list the item or items that are low. This helps when supplies are being purchased so that we have enough to cover for any event at the clubhouse.

Plans for the Best New Year’s Party in Years!!!!!!!

The Association has contracted “Rick Chapman” to entertain us on New Year’s Eve. Rick Chapman entertained us in November 2009 and after his show everyone asked that he return. He is a great entertainer and interacts with the audience and he also will have volunteers who will participate in his show. We will need Southfork people to take part in this show. Rick has been working for the past year just planning a new show especially for us this coming New Year’s Eve. There will be Music for your listening pleasure and to dance by. Rick has asked that you sign up for your favorite songs that you may want to hear. There will be a lot of food to snack on and we will have the hall set up like a nightclub atmosphere with round tables versus our long tables.

Tickets are sale @ $12.50 per person. Time of the party:

8pm to midnight

Ticket sellers are: Sherri Glatfelter, Helen Stowe and Carol Albers.



Date is Sunday, February 13, 2011 Time: 4pm

Join us for a day of fun, laughter and contentment of good food and entertainment. The auction will be held first, followed by a served dinner, and the entertainment of our Oldie Newlyweds will be last. This will be the first joint venture with the Women’s and Men’s club of Southfork. We hope you come and listen to the antics of our MC questioning our couples who will give many a surprising answer.

Tickets will be on sale in December/January ($7.00 each). Look for more information on the Bulletin Board! Tickets must be purchased prior to that evening. No tickets will be sold at the door!

Hand and Foot Tournament The Hand and Foot women who play on Monday evening’s have decided to hold the Annual “Hand and Foot” Tournament on Saturday, January 22, 2011, and starting time will be at 11AM. This event will be played in the main hall of the clubhouse. There will be an entry fee of ($5.00 per person ) All the monies received for this event will be paid out to the top 2 high scoring teams (4 people.) We will have tables of 4 people for each game and a limit of 2 games per each team. Winners of each table proceed to the next table to complete a set of 2 games. (Please, we ask only the people who know how to play the game to sign up because of the rules for the day with no game talking across the table to help.) Sign up sheet will be posted by December 1st and it will be , first come, first served to complete tables of 4. Deadline will be January 14, 2011 and all entry fee’s must be paid by the deadline. Partners will draw names before the start time of the tournament on the same day. Donations of food/snacks/refreshments will be asked for by people playing. ***NOTE*** This tournament will be opened also to the Men & Women who play Hand & Foot on Thursday mornings. This should be a great fun event of the New Year and if all goes well it will continue to be held each year as an annual tournament. If any questions on this event, please call Phyllis Grossi at 567-6105. ________________________________________________________________________

Christmas Gift Suggestions To your enemy -forgiveness, To an opponent -tolerance, To a friend -your heart, To a customer -service, To all - charity, To every child -a good example, To yourself - respect.

Restaurant of the Month ABC PIZZA 37941 Heather Plaza (next to 1st Nat’l Bank) Dade City, FL 352-567-1414 Saturday & Sunday Breakfast Buffet (includes coffee) 7am - 11am @$5.99 This is not just a pizza place, but they have a terrific Breakfast Buffet every Saturday & Sunday mornings. If you have never had a breakfast pizza with a variety of toppings, plus the buffet bar which includes Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns, Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, Fruit and much, much more, you have to try this one. You can order an Omelette with the works or fixed any way you like it. The Breakfast Pizza’s are not your usual but made with Egg toppings. They have a wonderful menu with daily lunch specials (Monday-Friday) from 10:30am to 2:30pm Also on Monday Nights they have a buffet from 4pm to 8pm @ $6.99. Come and check out the full menu starting with Appetizers, Homemade Soups, Salads, Pasta Dinners, Regular Dinners, Pizza’s, Gyros, Grinders etc. Check them out and I think you will enjoy it. Submitted by, Mary Bolin _____________________________________________________________________________________

Hand and Foot

As everyone who plays Hand and Foot on Monday evenings know, it’s always been strictly for women only. Well after much discussion and since there have been a few men playing on Thursday mornings the Monday night group is inviting any of the men from the morning group to come and play cards on Monday evenings. The annual tournament also welcomes any of those men who are interested to please consider and join us for this fun event. We would like to change the atmosphere to not being just for the one sex only at our games!

Date: December 4th, 2010 Time: 8a.m. to noon

Coffee and Donuts available at the Pavilion

Cleaning Help Available Need help Cleaning Your Home? Computer Help Available

Call Ruth @ 352-437-4984 or stop by @ 10976 Prairie Dr

Local area resident (father-in-law lives in Southfork) , willing to Tutor and give training, Installation of new equipment , In home service, Computer repair. Call for flat rate fee.

No job to big or to small!

Patrick Barnett @352-521-3234

Pet Sitting Will pet sit, at your house or mine. One on one attention, not a kennel. Paula Campbell

Space Available This space is available for an advertisement and if interested please contact Phyllis Grossi

Avon: Catalogs are available if interested. Please call Tanya or Bobby Hahn @ 567-7125 or email

10936 Tumbleweed Dr 352-437-4538 Handyman Available Steve Coker does inside and outside jobs, even hanging curtains or blinds, touch up painting, power washing, yard work, shuttle to the airport, seasonal maintenance, computer training etc.

@ Call Steve, 813-695-0451 For Sale 1999 Chevy S-10 pickup. V6, Automatic. Recently detailed inside and out. Runs great but AC needs repair. Almost new tires. Has 7� bed with liner. Never wrecked or abused. Just don’t need a pickup any longer. $2995.00 or best offer.

Call Ed @ 727-327-3115 evenings and you can leave a message

License # 081820


December 2010

Weekly Calendar of Events

Sunday : Church Of Your Choice …”May I” @ 6:30pm, 2nd, 4th and 5th weeks _____________________________________________________________________________________ Monday:

Coffee @ 8am…… Line Dance @ 10am…… Women’s Poker @ 12:30 Men’s Shuffleboard @ 1pm…… Hand/Foot @6pm……Euchre, 6:30pm Ladies Golf _____________________________________________________________________________________ Tuesday:

Mixed Shuffleboard 9am……Exercise @ 10am……Sequence @1pm Men’s Shuffleboard @1pm……Ladies Shuffleboard @ 3pm Men’s Poker @ 4:30pm ……Dbl Pinochle @ 6:30pm _____________________________________________________________________________________ Wednesday:

Men’s Golf……Quilting@9AM……Bridge @ 1pm.…..Horseshoe’s @1pm Men’s shuffleboard @ 1pm……Burgers and Dogs @4:00pm to 6pm Bingo @ 6:30pm TRASH PICKUP @ AM

____________________________________________________________________________________ Thursday:

Hand & Foot @ 9am……Water Aerobics @9:45am Bible Study @12:30.…..Dominoes @1pm……Men’s Shuffleboard @1pm Horseshoes @3pm……Ladies Shuffle @ 3pm……Men’s Poker @ 4:30pm Yarn Hookers @ 6:30pm……”May I” @6:30pm _____________________________________________________________________________________


Mixed Shuffleboard @ 9am……Exercise @ 10am……Women’s Poker @ 12:30 Men’s Shuffleboard @ 1pm……Bid Euchre @ 7pm _____________________________________________________________________________________ Saturday:

“65” (Card Game) @ 7pm


_____________________________________________________________________________________ Special Monthly Events December 3rd


Men’s Club 9am (At Golden Corral)

December 4th:



December 4th


Carport Sale 8am to noon (Coffee & Donuts at the pavilion)

December 5th


Bunco Night 6:30pm

December 8th


Women’s Club (Christmas exchange 9:30am followed @Golden Corral @ 11am)

December 11th


Pancake Breakfast @8am to 9am

December 13th


Rescheduled Association Meeting from Nov 22nd 9am (all are invited)

December 18th:



December 18th


Golf Cart Parade 5:30pm

December 19th


Bunco Night 6:30pm

December 20th:


Association Board Meeting@9:00am

December 25th


Christmas Potluck @ 4pm (check bulletin board for sign up & food to bring)

December 31st:


New Year’s Eve (check bulletin board for details of entertainment) Tickets on sale!!!