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Southfork News “FOR THE RESIDENTS, BY THE RESIDENTS” Have a great month!

May 2018

A Mother’s Love – Whose is the heart that burst with pride each time she sees your face. Whose are the eyes that dart about, to check your world is safe. Whose are the arms that wrap you up and hold you tight and close. Whose is the love that’s always there whenever you need it most. – Whose is the smile that lights the room when you smiling too, Whose shoulder is the place to be, when only a cuddle will do. Whose chest is warm and comforting when you’re a weary soul Whose motivation only has your happiness as her goal. – Whose are the tears that cry for you as you grow old and free, Whose is the heart that aches so much, in the space where you should be. Whose is the head that knows that you must find your path alone, Whose is the voice who welcomes you each time you go back home. – Who could have so many facets that make her oh so great, Who has you on her mind each day, and today we celebrate. Whose hands hold and guide you, in a way unlike another, All these are part and parcel of the joys of being a mother.

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 @ (click on Southfork at bottom of page.) Facebook Southfork community page (you know you are from southfork when) Southfork Deceased residentd (Southfork Fl “gone but not forgotten” Must join on facebook to be able to view or add info.


Tom Geyer


Vice President

Hollis Adams



Peggy Elkins



Roger Layne


Directors: Ron White


Harry Gerrish


Craig Whitbeck


Bob Lynch


Mary Freund


Emergency CONTACT NUMBERS IN PASCO COUNTY (911) Pasco Cty Sheriff 352-521-5131

Dade City Police 352-521-1493

Hurricane Updates 800-427-8340

Sheriff non-emerg 727-847-8102

Southfork office 352-523-0022

Fax 352-523-0611

After Hours 352-206-4080

Sick/Prayer List. Marti Witham

Jerry McClellan

Carol Barnett

Bill Cline

Vern Schneider

Get Well Wishes To All! In Memoriam Gordon Green

Resident passed away

Al & Donna Canada

Brother passed away

Roy Tassinare

Resident passed away Our condolences to the family and friends! New Residents Carolyn Williams

10911 Tumbleweed Dr

Gary Ebelsheiser & Delores Grace

11109 Ewing Dr

Welcome to our Community of Southfork! Wedding May 1st

Anniversaries May 2nd Joe & Janet Lehman

John & Patricia Scheller

May 2nd Rodney & Linda Brown

May 3rd

May 5th Pedro & Angie Flores

May 6th Harry & Barb Gerrish

May 7th Pat & Phyllis Fisher

May 13th Tom & Pat Dicks

May 20th Harry & Cheryl Stilphen

May 30th

Gerald & Edna Cameron

Don & Carol Reno

______________________________________________________________________________ Riddle of the Month

I'm not clothes but I cover your body; The more I'm used, the thinner I grow. What am I?

May Birthdays Mary Lou Conaty

Mike Sierakowski

Linda Brown

Gary Rose

John Jones

Ron white

Paul Lemley

Berry Garner Sr

Linda Leaney

Bill Steding

Judy Geyer

Kay Tuttle

Berry Garner Jr

Pat Reeder

Nancy Orr

Barney Barnhart

Loretta Fay

Craig Whitbeck

Joann Lilly

Linda Welch

Lois Schell

Each month in the newsletter there will be a listing of people celebrating birthdays. I will also list in our Southfork Facebook page so please forward to me at the month/day of any birthday.

SOUTHFORK CINEMA, Tuesday May 8th - 7:00 pm!! Our next Tuesday Night Movie will be May 8th @ 7:00pm. To be announced! The “CineBistro will continue serving all you can eat popcorn for 25 cents and ice cream for $.50 a bowl . (Root Beer floats available for $1.00) You are welcome to bring your own beverages. There’s plenty of seating but feel free to bring your own comfy chair! Don’t forget, we take requests!!! Something you want to see? Just let us know

Peace and Love to All! One of the many reasons we choose to live in a community like ours is the closeness we develop with friends and neighbors. We take care of each other and become "family". The down side is when we lose someone. This happens too often and the days we have left here should bring all closer as we chose this community for peace and happiness! Cherish the time we get to spend with people we get to know because we never know when they will be gone. Remember the disagreements we have with our neighbors are insignificant in the cycle of life and communities like ours must survive.

This was an article by the, Federation of Manufactured Home Owners of Florida and thought I would pass it on.

from Tom’s desk.




Southfork Women’s Club

April 4th, 2018, meeting started at 10:30am because of the wonderful luncheon that was to follow the meeting and it was outstanding. First, the meeting was short and fast with the highlight of introducing Sue Kerschner as our co-ordinator for the annual November Bazaar. Great news for the club but she needs a lot of help, so be sure and offer. Then the fun began starting with the 50/50 draw and the winner was Patty Feringa. We had 6 more draws, a grab bag, 4 potted plants and 1 lonely box of chocolate. We then had 6 more potted flowers to give away, thanks to the great work done by the hostess – Diana Unger and her good friends. More fun was had with the Easter Bonnet parade. We had an amazing collection of different hat styles and sizes. Six (6) first place ribbons were given out in different categories to very innovative women. I believe a great time was had by all. Now is the summer break and I have to go back home for a while, but the rest of the executive board will be planning some great outings for all who are here during the summer months. Be sure to check out the sign-up sheets for all the outings at the clubhouse. We will be back in October, (I will be back in November). So have a happy, healthy and not too hot summer. Thanks for all the wonderful support I have had and see you in the fall. Nancy McCallan.

Women’s Club Easter Hat Parade 2018

Katie Bellnier

Carol albers

Women’s Club Easter Hat Parade 2018

Carol quandt

Patricia feringa

Marielle quain

Carol reno

Winner of the Horse Race (Harry Gerrish) Prize (Container of OATS for Harry and the horse)

The “Kentucky Qualifying Derby Race” There were 6 races with 6 (horse/jockies) qualifying and what a race. Qualifying winners from all races were, Bill Stricklen, Harry Gerrish, Les Myers, Norm Conaty, Ed Bellnier and Ron White. After the great steak dinner I think the jockies and horses were ready for a nap but with all the betting going on, they could not let down the betters and gave it their all. Peggy Elkins was a true player and rolling the “large dice” for each race and she sure got in her exercise for the day. Way to go Peggy! Mary Freund announced all the races…..

Steak Dinner and Qualifying Derby Race Article & Photo’s submitted by Kathy Gallick

Steak, salad, rolls, baked potato, and all the fixings, and don't forget the apple pie Yum! Great job Golden Corral and to all the gals and guys that helped make this one memorable dinner. My steak was absolutely delicious. Wait staff did a wonderful job serving and it was still hot and steamy when served. Kudos! And then the fun began. Jockeys were introduced to their mounts. We had several mounts, apparently Mesquite Maiden was "a No Show." Maybe next year. The jockeys did what they are trained to do, Ride Sally Ride. I myself won a Whopping .50 cents, very exciting. Guess they did not realize, “Don't feed Jockey, Nor horse before a race, both become lethargic. Farewell to all our residents leaving for the season. Travel safely and return in the fall. "And They're Off.".

Many lucky winners and it was “Oh” so much fun!

Easter Sunday Dinner 4/1/2018 Article submitted by Kathy Gallick Our celebration was headed by our President, Tom, with our pledge to the flag and a prayer of thanks. Then the table numbers were called, I swear Harry knows my number and hides it in the bottom of that bowl. Teehee! Everything was delicious. Thank you Lonnie for serving so nicely, and always being the last to eat. Thank you. And who would take time to put little faces on our deviled eggs, so cute, and that delicious warm pineapple casserole. Delicious. All foods were wonderful, thanks to all our cooks, helpers, and staff and residents who prepared all so Lovingly. A blessed Easter and 2018 to all.

He Is Risen, Happy Easter.

Ice Cream Sundaes Sunday , May 13th 3pm (Mother’s Day) Free for all the Mother’s in the Park

The Southfork Homeowners Association will offer a free generous portion of ice cream with all the favorite toppings for all the mother’s in our park on this special Mother’s Day.

Now of course the men in our park are also invited to this event and since this is Mother’s Day there will be a fee of $3.00 for the men.

Please sign up so we have an idea of how much ice cream we need.

Women’s Club Picnic May 2nd

Pavilion at


Well ladies…………it is the summer season and usually it is the time of year the club goes out for breakfast versus a meeting.

Surprise, surprise and we are doing something different for the first month of the season and it is a (Picnic at the Pavillion.)

Menu will include with your help………..Salad Potluck provided by the club


Sandwich Wraps will be

Sign up sheet in the clubhouse if you can bring a salad and/or cookies, brownies and also that we know how many sandwich wraps that will be needed. Be prepared to share your recipes.

There will be a 50/50.

Fun and Games

Bring your place settings and favorite drink.

If there are any questions, suggestions , please contact Gail Young, 630-415-9880

FURBIES AND FEATHERED FRIENDS OF SOUTHFORK Here is a pet you won’t see out for a walk, but he’s special! BUDDY lives with his guardian, MARCIA MAYER. He is an Eclectus Parrot who is a native to the Solomon Islands. Beautiful green with red under his wings. His mother was a red beauty. These parrots live to be 80 years old! Marcia has been caring for Buddy for two years, but he may be going home to her son, Tom, soon. Marcia will be lonely. Buddy says a few words – he is pretty nosey and can be noisy too! He eats his bird seed but he also loves meat, potatoes, and veggies (neither avocado nor chocolate though). Buddy was also hand-fed at birth. “Hello” and “Pretty Bird” are his favorite repeats! He’s also house trained. Buddy sits in Marcia’s kitchen window and watches everything going on outside! What a real sweetie and a great “Feathered Friend!”

Meet OLIVER T. CRABS – “T” being for ‘Trouble.’ He is a fullblooded Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a beauty! His proud owners are MARCUS AND KATHLEEN HARMON. The Harmon’s have had Oliver since he was five months old and now at ten months, he weighs 25 pounds. Oliver loves rubber balls and according to Marcus, Oliver steals Darby (Layne’s) red rubber balls! He is well behaved, but as Marcus says, “It’s work in progress.” Oliver enjoys his Taste of Wild dog food; however, Marcus says he likes cooked human food also. As a matter of fact, he just enjoyed some prime rib before his walk! Wow! A definite favorite of humans also! Oliver is a real beauty and getting well known in the Southfork area!

A really sweetie pie, is DIXIE DOODLE – a Yorkshire Terrier and the family pride of HARRY and CHERYL STILPHEN. Little Dixie is six and a half years old (to be seven in December). Harry and Cheryl have had her since she was two months old and got her from a breeder. Dixie loves her mini-mini milk bones – and those have to be broken in smaller pieces. She is so tiny and well behaved unless she’s threated by human activity around her. Then watch out! She loves her favorite toy – a squeaky squirrel! Also, she loves socks! Wow, hope she finds the clean ones! Dixie will fetch toys and bring them back to you. You’ll see Dixie out and about with Harry and Cheryl as she loves riding on the golf cart!

Please let me know if you would like your pet featured in any future issues! Just send me an email ( or call 863-602-1535. Thank you!

Article submitted by, Kathy Gallick To all our Southfork Residents who selflessly volunteer their time, making Southfork the congenial community it is. Breakfast crew (Weekly & Monthly), Hamburger Crew, Activity Committee, Recycle Committee, Movie committee, Bingo committee, Card game organizers, Out And About Committee and Phyllis who diligently keeps us updated, thank you all. I hope I have not overlooked anyone. It is not just the few hours we the residents see hard work, your personal time, shopping, preparing, the hours that are not seen, cleaning up, and your thoughtful preparation is greatly appreciated. At this time in life, we are all blessed to enjoy such dedication. And occasionally, someone new takes the reins, and continues to keep our community united. To the past, present and future volunteers, God's speed and thank you, Life is good! Enjoy! đ&#x;?ˇđ&#x;?Ž. God Bless America Car’s Keychain Panic Button A great tip was given at the Health Seminar, Friday, April 13th. During the demonstration of our new defibilator and how to use it, some great tips were given. One of which on who and when to call for help and the example listed below was so great I had to pass it on.

Most cars made since the late 1990’s have a key ring that attaches to a remote entry system transmitter used to lock/unlock your car. It also has a red emergency (panic button) alarm that will sound your car’s horn to help you find where you left your car in a large parking lot or to alert neighbors in an emergency. Far more important, it can summon help in an emergency, such as during a heart attack – or during a criminal attack. Most predators fear noise, witnesses, rescuers. But remember that each car’s emergency button is unique. Some work only from a short distance; some work well from a long distance. Test yours to see how well it works in parking lots from various distances. Also test it inside your home to see if your walls block the signal to your car. If so, it might work through window glass. If your emergency button works well from your bedside, you can keep it there when you sleep. If you hear a noise outside or someone trying to get into your home, feel ill and cannot get up, just press your button. Predators likely will flee; they don’t want concerned neighbors as witnesses – plus they’ll know you’re now on your guard. By using the panic button in an emergency‌‌.you know your neighbors will be concerned if that loud noise continues and will come to your aid to make sure you are okay.

Phone Directory New phone directories have arrived and have been delivered to the park office. Hopefully you all have one by now! Any new resident who moved in after December 2017, you may not see your name listed in this book. Also, if any errors or corrections need to be made, I can make them but they will not show until the next directory in 2019 when the next book comes out. “NOTE�, I only submit information that I receive. Remember, each year the deadline for additions/corrections must be made by December 1st. Thanks, Phyllis Grossi

Jim McAdams Entertainment Chairperson

This is a big thank you to Jim McAdams who has stepped down as Entertainment chairperson here in Southfork. Not enough thanks can be given on his great job of scheduling the many great entertainment we have had.


On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon.[52] It is then raised to fullstaff for the remainder of the day.[53]

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Attention to all Walkers We were sitting out on our enclosed porch/lanai one evening recently between 7:30 and 8:30pm and it was quite dark out. We noticed that there were many female walkers who were alone and some with canes. 1. Not one of them carried any sort of light with them or had on light colored clothing. Now there are many drivers with night blindness and would not see anyone until they were almost on top of them. Please, walk close to the side of the road versus the middle of the road. This is scary!!!! 2. At night there are many strange animals roaming from one community to the other and these women, especially without the canes, would not be able to fight off some of these wild animals. There have been Fox, Raccoons and who knows what else seen roaming.... 3. Also when I see the women with the canes, a thought came to mind, what if they lost their balance and fell and who would know to help them? Most residents are in their homes at this time of night and depending on the room they are sitting in might not hear a scream or a help me voice. I hope these women either have a cell phone on them or a life alert button to call for help. 4. Walkers should be in pairs and never alone especially after dark and before light in the AM. Just another suggestion, be very careful when walking past any home whether walking for exercise or out for an evening stroll with your pet. When a resident is backing out of their driveway, they have blind spots in the car and don’t always see the “ walker “, golf cart or even another car as they pull out of their driveways, even when looking both ways before pulling out. Please be cautious of this as you walk pass their driveway especially at night!!!!! This is also note worthy when walking or driving past all corners here in Southfork . It is hard to see if another person or car is coming in any of the directions and it is amazing no one has been hurt or hit by a vehicle at any of these corners. There are some who drive over the 15 mile per hour speed limit and would not see you until it is too late. The other dangerous place is pulling out of the parking spaces in front of the clubhouse on either side of Prairie or Tumbleweed. There have been some near misses with cars, pedestrians and golf carts almost getting hit. The walkers are assuming they are seen! This happens a lot when there is something going on at the clubhouse and they get out at dark. There have been a few fender benders in the past when cars are leaving from the events. Please be cautious! The scooters/golf carts are another dangerous vehicle with sometimes no proper lighting on them. The drivers should stay on the right side of the road and follow the same rules as cars and to be extra careful around the clubhouse with cars pulling out of the clubhouse after an event.. All should have a backup mirror to see if there is any traffic behind before backing up in this area. PRACTICE SAFETY!!!!!!

New Entertainment Director Bob Bravinder I would like to give the residence of the Southfork Community a heads up on the Entertainment Director position, which I have accepted and to give you a little overview of my past experience. In the past I have served for 3 years as an assistant to the Entertainment Director at the Grove Ridge R/V Resort and then I served for 3 years at Grove Ridge R/V Resort as the Entertainment Director and had so much enjoyment serving the residence and Entertainers. I am looking forward to working with everyone and I am open for any and all suggestions and will value your input in making your entertainment a fun and successful event. Myself and wife Sandy have had the pleasure of meeting so many new friends since we moved to Southfork a year ago and, I know that the only way to succeed is thru your participation in the events, so please mark your calendar's. #1 Event 07-17-18 from 7:00-8:30 pm. The Bill D. Williams Show he is a great country music singer and you can choose to dance if you wish. #2 Event 12-11-18 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Brett & Patti Baker Christmas Show, you don't want to miss this very energetic couple perform great "Christmas Classics music" which will get you into the Christmas spirit ! #3 Event 01-15-19 from 7:00-8:30 pm. "the Rich Wilson Show" (Singer & Entertainer) he has performed here before but this is a (New Show) you won't want to miss. #4 Event 02-19-19 from 7:00-10:00 pm. The Good Stuff Band (Tony,Tricia,& Jen) this is a dance but if you enjoy listing to a excellent mix of music you will enjoy and keep in mind Valentines Day is celebrated 4 days late at this event. #5 Event 03-12-19 from 7:00-8:00 pm. The Bill D. Williams Show He sings George Strait, music, Charlie Pride, and many other country music stars, you will enjoy him. Please encourage others to join in a fun time together to make your Entertainment a success ! Thank you ! Bob Bravinder 11202 Mesquite Drive Dade City, Fl. 33525 PH#717-515-3972

Just a reminder that all jobs serviced in the community is the responsibility of each resident and does not in any way reflect on the Southfork management.

Gary’s Handyman Service

House Cleaning

Painting – Plumbing Drywall – Flooring Power wash & More

“Full Force House Cleaning” (Laura)..813-297-6116

Gary Sanborn 352-206-3773

Southfork Maint. I am available for many different jobs.

Jerry’s Handyman Services

I am a master electrician offering the following services: Electrical, Pressure Washing, Gutter Cleaning, Minor Plumbing. Also, transportation to or from Orlando/Tampa airports as well as the Tampa Train/Bus stations. Jerry McClellan 11040 Maverick Drive Cell: (352) 999-2908 ___________________

Pressure Washing $65.00 North Side of House $25.00 Gutters - $25 to $40.00 Plumbing $35.00 and up Paint-Ceiling fansOutlets and so much more. Please leave a message at 813-5082805 and I will return your call ASAP. Andy Davidson _________________

Uses her own cleaning supplies but uses your vacuum cleaner. Fees vary on the size of the house and basic fee is applied per visit and extra if there are pets. …………………………… Barbara Howland, 928-243-2082 Customer supplies cleaning materials. Fees depend on size of house & pets. …………………………… Call “Carrie” 260-515-8072. Can use either your own cleaning supplies or hers.

Community Activities Sunday:


“May I” card game @6pm

Hand & Foot card game 9am Dominoes @1pm


(Fall/Winter) Men’s shuffleboard @1pm

Coffee Hour @8am

(Fall/Winter) Ladies Shuffleboard @3pm

(Fall/Winter) Men’s shuffleboard @1pm

“Alley” Board game @6pm

TOPS (take off pounds sensibly) @10am Hand & Foot card game 6pm


Euchre @6pm

Curbside Trash pickup (Fall/Winter) Men’s shuffleboard @1pm

Tuesday: Curbside Trash pickup


(Fall/Winter) Men’s shuffleboard @1pm

Community Weigh to Go Support group @9am

Sequence @1pm (Fall/Winter) Ladies Shuffleboard @3pm Knit & Crochet @2:30pm

Wednesday: st


Recyling pickup every 1 & 3 Wednesday Quilting @9am Bridge @1pm (Fall/Winter) Men’s shuffleboard @1pm Bingo @5:45pm, doors open at 3:30pm Nov to April (Hotdogs/Hamburgs) 4 to 5:30pm pool area

May 2nd (Wed)

Women’s Club (picnic @pavilion 11am)

May 4th (Fri)

Men’s Breakfast 9am (Smitty’s)

May 8th (Tue)

Movie night 7pm

May 13th (Sun)

Mother’s Day (Ice Cream social) 3pm

May 18th (Fri)

Men’s Breakfast 9am (Smitty’s)

May 28th (Mon)

Memorial Day

Answer to riddle on page 3 is (A bar of soap)

Unsung Heroes Submitted by Kathy Gallick There are good people in this world. A resident had toppled while doing yard work, on my way to help, a Bahr Aluminum driver saw the mishap and stopped his vehicle and rescued my neighbor. Thank you young man. Your kindness is appreciated. Call Bahr when you need service, I know I will.

2018 05 southfork newsletter color

2018 05 southfork newsletter color