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Volume 33 | NO 1 | JANUARY 2022 941.312.0665 | ISLAND VISITOR PUBLISHING | www.DELTURA-HOA.com

PRESIDENT’S REPORT page

PANCAKE BREAKFAST page

COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY page

FISH NEWS page

GOLFING FOR THE CURE page

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GOOD TIMERS’ page

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COMEDY SHOW page

HEALTH FAIR Friday, January 28, 2022

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CHRISTMAS PARTY PHOTOS

9AM - 1PM Starlight Ballroom The Health Fair will be held from 9 AM to 1 PM on Jan. 28th in the Clubhouse. As of Dec. 14th, 2021, we have 38 vendors’ tables. Some of the committed vendors are: Hoglund Family Hearing, Fyzical Fitness, Mary Kay, Lighthouse Wigs, Alzheimer Association, Lighthouse for the Blind, OnSpot Dermatology and a Chiropractor. There will be a raffle held every 15 minutes. You will receive a free ticket when you arrive and must be present to receive the gift. Some great raffle items have been donated and the committee thanks and appreciates all who have donated. We are requesting that you bring any expired drugs that you might have so that we can dispose of them properly. There will be a pharmacist on site who will answer questions about your medications and supplements that you are taking. Please bring a list of your drugs. It is going to be a very informative 4 hours, so be sure to save the date. Jan. 28, 2022. HOA Sponsored.

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NEW SUGGESTION BOX You can now send your suggestions to your HOA office at the following email address: DTHOASuggestionBox@gmail.com. With the current pandemic situation and everyone not readily having access to suggestion boxes in the Starlight Ballroom and the HOA Office the HOA Board created the new email address to make it easy for you to send your suggestions to us! Each Suggestion MUST have your NAME, STREET ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER on it, along with your suggestion that you would like the HOA Board to address with Hometown

America. Along with the suggestion you should write a brief solution to help us address your concerns more quickly. You will be notified upon receipt, when your suggestion is brought before the BOD, and what actions will be taken with it. Please let us know what your concerns are so we can make Del Tura our continuing Paradise! Your HOA Board of Directors

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FLORENCE HAMMOND Florence Hammond passed away December 13 after a long and wonderful life. Flo grew up and lived most of her 94 years in Maine, but after having winter homes in several other areas in Florida, she and her husband Bill bought a home in Del Tura in 1994. They had a very active social life and enjoyed the great amenities here with the many wonderful friends they made in the neighborhood. Flo and Bill both felt that the move to Del Tura was the best move they ever made. Bill passed away in 2013, but son Brad and his wife Tracy Carroll are still wintering here.


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PRESIDENT’S KORNER

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By Lisa Bellanca, President - Board of Directors

Happy New Year! May the coming year be full of grand adventures and opportunities. Life is short - dream big and make the most of 2022! May the New Year bring you happiness, peace, and prosperity!

WANT TO SERVE AS AN HOA BOARD MEMBER? By Daniel Lee Cruz Would you like to serve your Community as a Director of your Home Owners Association (HOA)? Now is your big chance! An application to serve as an HOA Director is available from the HOA office or may be downloaded from the Del Tura HOA website. To be eligible for a position on the Board you must be a homeowner of Del Tura and a member of the HOA in good standing. Once you have completed your application, please mail or deliver the application to the HOA office at 609 Sierra Madre, N. Ft. Myers, 33903. Please include with your application a brief resume and/or your platform (approximately 150 words). Applications may be provided up to the date of the regular Board of Directors meeting on January 12, 2022. Nominations will also be accepted at the regular Board of Directors meeting on January 12, 2022. At the regular Board of Directors meeting on January 12, 2022, all nominated candidates will be introduced and

each will be given 5 minutes to speak. Nominations will be closed upon the adjournment of this meeting. A Candidate Meet-and-Greet is planned for Saturday, January 15, 2022, from 6-8 p.m., below the Clubhouse entrance canopy (weather permitting). Residents are invited to attend and become acquainted with the candidates and current Board of Directors. Should an election be necessary, the list of candidates will be posted on the HOA Clubhouse Bulletin Board following the January meeting. Should the Clubhouse still be closed owing to pandemic precautionary measures, the Nominating and Election Committee will look for other means to post and publicize this list. Voting ballots will be mailed to the address provided on the membership roster during the week of January 25, 2022.Ballots must be returned by the date stipulated on the ballot in order to be considered. In order to assure security over the ballots, the ballots and ballot envelopes will be numbered. Ballots must

be returned in the numbered envelope provided. Voting ballots which are not returned in the envelope provided, or where the envelope number is unreadable, or after the deadline for submitting ballots, will be disqualified. All voting ballots will be counted and verified by the Nominating and Election Committee in strict accordance with the HOA By-Laws and the Committee will present the results at the Annual HOA Board Meeting in February. If a member knows he or she will be absent from their membership listed address prior to the ballot being provided, the member may request the HOA mail their ballot to an alternate address. Such request shall be submitted to the HOA on or before January 12, 2022. If you have any questions about the election process, feel free to contact the Nominating and Elections Committee Chair, Daniel Cruz, by phone at 239.443.7278 or email at danielleecruz@gmail.com.

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AROUND THE GROUNDS

By Dave Tomaszewski

Here are a few of the things done, repaired or added on recently in the community 1. The restrooms on the pool side of the main pool have been completely redone. New stucco, paint, partitions, sinks, and tile floor. 2. Residents asked for extra electrical at the three pools. Fred has this done before Christmas decorating took place. 3. All stained ceiling tiles in the Clubhouse have been replaced. 4. Residents asked for new plants or flowers to replace the dead ones in the main pool area. They have taken out the old and replaced new crotons which will be a perennial plant. 5. The maintenance shed that housed the Christmas display items was leaking badly, and Fred looked at and the whole roof was replaced along with some minor electrical upgrades in the shed. 6. The fountain at 3 west has now been totally repaired and FLEC came in and installed the meter. 7. Once again we ask any resident that sees an item or issue please send an email to the following: delturagrounds@yahoo.com. This will go directly to the chairperson Darlene and then will give to me to present to HTA.


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FISH NEWS

JANUARY 2022 By Ginnie Benjamins

ATTENTION ALL DEL TURA RESIDENTS...

THANK YOU FROM FISH Happy New Year to all! In November FISH put out a plea for people to step up and become drivers for our Transportation program which was close to being suspended unless we could count on more drivers. There are so many residents, full time, part time and visitors that cannot drive for various reasons. These people still need to see their doctors, dentists and go grocery shopping. They may have a friend that is willing to take them where they need to go, but sometimes that friend is unavailable so a call to FISH would assist them. After someone calls our FISH line (239-9973474) a FISH member called a “bookie” will pick up the call. She would proceed to call our drivers to see who would be available to drive. If the first driver she calls cannot drive the bookie would then call another. When the

bookie finds a driver she will give that person all the information that the resident left on the FISH line. Then that driver would call the person needing the ride to make sure he or she has all the right information and to introduce themselves and ask what time they would prefer to be picked up. The following six people have kindly stepped up in November: Janet DeCosmo, Lynn Everett, Glen Holmes, Peter Moreton, Bobbi Pitt and Tony Ragone. These wonderful drivers join Woody Cook, Laura Dritt, Rita Immoor, Kathy Jacobs, Sandy Rolando, Linda Storma, Carol Dubel, Bob Dubel, Terri Miller, Charlene Ruotolo and Stewart Williams. Thank you all so very much. Without you, one of the main reason FISH is here would disappear. Beginning in January 2022 we are going to reinstate the time forms for our members to fill in and return to Betty Scheetz by the end of the month that they have volunteered. The form can be found in The Tower or you can pick them up at the FISH table at Tuesday morning’s Coffee.

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If you are moving or selling a golf cart, we buy golf carts, too.

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HOURS: Please return to: Betty Scheetz, 1308 San Miguel Lane (609) 477-9147

CRAFTIN’ IN “THE HOOD” Come join us on Tuesdays, after coffee until about 3:00, in the Starlight Ballroom. We quilt, knit, crochet, spin wool, and do other various crafts. We all work on our own projects, but occasionally have a class to learn a technique. Bring your own equipment and supplies. If you bring a sewing machine, bring an extension cord as the outlets are few and far between. For more information, call Wendy Wells at 309-264-9147. I hope to see you there!

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This is How We Roll. Every Sunday evening starting Promptly at 4 PM. Very Social, Non-Committal and Tons of Fun! We have Adult Beverages & Dinner at the Pub following the game(s). Let’s see How You Roll, come join us. Please contact Janet DeCosmo 239.776.9161

HOA BOARD INFORMATION Lisa Bellanca, President – (2022) 847-833-3258, llbellanca@comcast.net

Laura Intini, Treasurer – (2023) 631-974-4876, lauraintini169@gmail.com

Art Keen, Vice President (2024) 210-279-2093, arkeen3@gmail.com

Dave Tomaszewski, Director (2023) 586-567-9290, justforfun300803@yahoo.com

Kathy Williamson, Director (2022) 239-825-5708, toocheep2call@aol.com

Marylou Buss, Secretary – (2024) 612-718-7878, bussmarylou@gmail.com

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2022

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You will have an assigned seat in the Starlight ballroom. Show dates are FEBRUARY 24th 25th & 26th Tickets will go on sale at Coffee starting February 1st (HOA members only) then February 8th and 15th. We will have a Box Office in the club house lobby on Thursdays from 1pm – 2pm. You can also obtain tickets at our box office number (603-398-8001) between the hours 10am – 4.30pm. Ticket price is $15. Come and enjoy an evening with us on a beautiful tropical island. You will love the wonderful music of Rogers and Hammerstein. This is an adaptation of the much loved film which we hope you will love too.

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18 HOLE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION By Margie Blackwell

Happy New Year!

New Officers The Association held its holiday luncheon in December and installed officers for 2022. Margie Blackwell was elected as our new President and Mary Ciezadlo will serve as Vice President. Linda Beiermann will continue in her role as Secretary and Denise Rose as Treasurer. The volunteer chairs will be announced once those positions have been confirmed. A big thank you goes to Sandy Vassallo for serving as the Association’s President for the last two years. She wore many hats and devoted countless hours to the league. Bravo for a job well done! Tournaments We are getting very busy with events and here is some information about the next few tournaments. The Club Championship was held in December; results will follow next month. In January, the Member-Member Tournament will be played on Wednesday and Thursday, January 26th and 27th. The sign-up sheet will be in the dungeon very soon.

In February, there will be two tournaments: 1. Valentines Tournament will be on Thursday, February 10th, and 2. Presidents Cup begins on Wednesday, February 16th.

On March 3rd, we will have our annual MemberGuest Tournament, which will be chaired this year by Chris Bunker. Thank you, Chris, for undertaking this themedevent and all the planning that goes into a tournament of this size. Will keep everyone posted on details as they become available. As always, please check in the dungeon to sign-up and see information about upcoming events, including times, courses, etc. New Member New member, Kim Bartleson, is from the great state of Colorado! With Kim’s addition to our group, we now have three members from Colorado. Welcome, Kim, and we all hope you are enjoying the beautiful Florida weather. And in the words of AA Milne, the Winnie the Pooh author who at one time had a handicap of 9, “Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.”

Your Hometown America Sales Office Team would like to thank all the residents for a great 2021. Our team sold more than 100 pre-owned homes here in Del Tura over the past 12 months. Check out these statistics for the 2021 year:

• Hometown America – 118 homes sold – Average selling price $90,542 • Competitors – 20 homes sold – Average selling price $76,805 • For Sale by Owner – 21 homes sold – Average selling price $54,610

This truly highlights how our sales team works hard for you by getting the best price possible for your home. Hometown’s nationwide website has proven to be a fantastic way to showcase your home and the fastest way to get it sold, as well as our heavy volume of walk-in business to our sales office. We have a wonderful referral program: we will pay a resident $100 when they refer friends or family who buy a pre-owned home. This is a great way to get your friends and family to become your new neighbor!

Call (#239-731-3330) or stop by our Sales Office and see: Cindy for Listing information; Susan and Betty for Sales


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NINE HOLE WOMEN’S GOLF By Sandy Gove

HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2022!

Our League has a new member, Cathy Sim - WELCOME! We look forward to golfing with you! Our last event for 2021 was the annual Member/Member December 15th ad 16th, where golfers pool their efforts for best scores. The first day has a tradition where golfers dress in similar ‘team colors’ or in some sort of costume adding to the fun-prizes for best costume! The games are different each day, and the partners with the best overall score win. Names of the winners will be posted in the next Tower. The second day ended with a great attendance at our holiday luncheon at the Southern Grill followed by the General Meeting. Members charitable giving was donated to ARC, Animal Rescue Center, located in North Fort Myers, for all cats and dogs homeless or needing care. Swinging into our new year, the Club Championship will be held January 12 and

13, with a luncheon at noon on the 13th in the Starlight Ballroom. Whether you are new to our league or a long-term member, you are encouraged to sign up for this event of friendly competition. Looking ahead, the Valentine Couples’ Challenge comes along on February 9, at 2:00 PM with dinner at 5:00PM in the ballroom followed by distribution of awards. Watch for posted details. Our members are now involved in the 2022 Golfing for the Cure to be held March 26th and are grateful for the participation and assistance of the 18-Hole Ladies League and the Men’s 18-Hole and 9-Hole Leagues, hoping for another successful event that benefits so many. Our league plays Thursday morning, and if you have questions about our group, feel free to contact Kathy Klein, Membership, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. She can be reached at (715-927-1163). Golf allows us many opportunities to be active in fresh air in a lovely setting, gathering with friends, making new friends, learning new skills or improving skills we have, and develops patience with ourselves and others. See you on the tee!

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GOOD TIMERS’ Life is short… if you don’t look around once in a while you might miss it! The Good Timers Women’s Club is now ready for its first full year as a women’s only club. The women in the Del Tura community have been getting together and enjoying ourselves over the past few months since we transitioned from a single’s club. We’ve had a game day, a Pot Luck Bingo, a Christmas party, we’ve gone to a play, a Christmas Lights Canal Cruise and we’ve gone to several monthly luncheons. Our meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month in the Royal Palm room. We gather at 4:00 to socialize and celebrate the months birthdays until 4:30 and then we begin our meeting which usually lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes. The club unanimously voted to keep our Officers from the past year so Liz Poniatowski will remain as President, Sandy Boykin as Vice

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By Liz Poniatowski

President, Ann Clanton as Treasurer and Laura Dritt as Secretary. Beginning this month we are accepting new members and taking the dues for 2022. Dues are $30 for the year and checks should be made out to GOOD TIMERS. Our first meeting will be on January 4th. Our first monthly luncheon is scheduled for the Captain’s Table at Fishermen’s Village on Thursday, 13 January at 12:00. Ladies, if you are tired of looking around for something to do then it’s time you joined the women’s club and start the year off with us discussing the possibilities that 2022 holds for us. From all the women in the Good Timers club we wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Fun 2022! For more info please contact Liz Poniatowski at ciociliz@gmail.com or 239-800-2935.

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Del Tura Charity Christmas Party I SERIOUSLY cannot thank EVERYONE enough! Thank you so very much to all that participated, donated, helped and OMG thank you so very much my amazing husband Tony Double for literally everything you do, the food was absolutely beyond delicious & a HUGE Thank you to Garry& Dorathy Biddinger, Debbie & Greg Rapp, Cindy Brinton, Liz Poniatowski, Sandy Mulvaney, Debbie Brown and Ron Lutz for all of your help!

We are so blessed and excited to receive all the donations and everyone that purchased and participated in the Charity Christmas party and raffle items! It will be a Merry Christmas for a lot of children! This makes our hearts so full! Thank you Del Tura Family! ~ By Sheila Doublé


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AT THE HYDRANT If Dogs Could Talk When is a DUCK a DOG (when I submit this story) I have to preface this by saying that it is illegal to feed the wildlife in Florida and there is a fine if you do so in Lee County. (Submitted by Mila Mertens) Once upon a time there was a neighbor who loved to feed the wild ducks around her place. One day one of the young female ducks made her nest in front of her house. She laid several eggs, but they began to disappear one by one. The duck remained in her nest for almost three months waiting; she barely ate. One day my neighbor appeared with two baby ducklings, and she gave them to the female duck. She was very happy to see them, thinking they were hers. One disappeared after a few days, but the other lived and grew up in her care even though he was not her own species. It turned out that the duck was a male farm duck and did not fly. My neighbor moved out that same year, but we saw the duck grow up in the lagoon accompanied by his adoptive mother. We gave him the name “Bebe.” He grew to be handsome. One day when Bebe was already big, his mother decided to leave since it was the custom in her species. Bebe was very sad and did not eat for several days.. For several days he was alone in the lagoon, especially at night. One day we saw him more animated, and he began to walk and eat. He learned to live alone, to defend himself against other wild male ducks, and even tried to fly. The seasons passed, and in the springtime the ducks were fluttering because it was the time of nest season. Bebe was able to experience watching other ducklings grow up and become friends with others. He learned to live surrounded by other species, and also show some that he was the owner of the lagoon. Other seasons passed and again the spring season returned. This time he adopted a brown duckling whose mother left him very young. He took care of him, taught him to feed, bathe and protect himself. The months passed and he grew and flew off to other places. Bebe carried on with his life in the lagoon as always. A couple of years ago a duck came that looked a lot like his adoptive mother and Bebe,

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now an adult male duck, fell in love with her. But he did not know what to do; he saw the other ducks as they wooed her, and he learned from them to do the same. But the female duck was not interested, as he was not her species. Bebe did not give up and he learned to deceitfully participate with other ducks when they were making love to her. As the female duck was submerged in the water, she did not know that Bebe took the opportunity as well. After a couple months, the female duck finally accepted him as her partner and Bebe happily stayed behind her all that time. She slept outside the lagoon at night and Bebe slept and waited for her in the same place where she left until the next morning. This year was different, she decided to stay and sleep near him and in the company of other ducks that were her species. Bebe brought us a lot of joy seeing him grow during these five years, and he taught us how to live with others and take care of others who are not of our kind. Just as he was adopted, he learned to adopt others. Today is a very sad day for us because Bebe left this world. We will miss him greatly, but he will always be in our hearts. Next month we will be looking for another DOG story. Therefore, if you have a story to tell about your dog, please email me at jfitz818@aol.com.

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TENNIS AT DEL TURA

By Jacqueline St-Jean President, Del Tura Tennis Association

WELCOME TO WINTER TENNIS The Del Tura Tennis Association hosts a number of activities throughout the winter season at our tennis courts situated by the North Pool. There is Open Tennis on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for anyone wanting to play from 8:00 to 10:00 am on Courts 1, 2 & 3. Come and join us.Just show up during these times and you will automatically be included in the group. All DTTA members are advised that the Annual General meeting is January 9, 2022 at 12:30 pm. Please tella member of the Board if you are planning to attend. Six (6) new FREE lessons each Tuesday for beginners or people who need to refresh their skills will start Tuesday, January 18 from 10:00 to 11:00 am and end on February 22. January 15 & 16 will see the first of two Friendship Tournaments. Players of all levels are invited to participate. We expect approximately 50 players from 8:00 am to mid-afternoon both

days.Winners will be declared at the end of the second day. There are still a few days left to sign-up. The winter intra-mural leagues will be starting January 10.The participants will be posted in the screened room by the tennis courts. Here is the list of our travelling teams playing at home in January:

January 5 –10:30 am 3.5 Minus team January 7– 10:30 am Nickel team January 12 – 10:30 pm Bronze team January 19 – 10:30 am Bronze team January 23 – 10:00 am SWIFT team January 21 – 10:30 am Nickel team January 26 – 12:30 pm Bronze team

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DEL TURA MEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION

By Acting Vice President- Dave Daniels

On November 10-11 and November 17-18 The Del Tura Men’s Golf Association held their annual President’s Cup competition. Golfers competed in one of five flights. The five flight winners were:

Blue - Tom Miller, Runner up- George Canney White #1 - Chuck Hokey, Runner up - Wayne Volz White#2 - John Menzies, Runner up- Marcel Bedard White#3 - Jack O’Hearn, Runner up- Don Mick Gold - Glen Tointon, Runner up- Don Williamson Congratulations to all! Registration forms for the Member/Guest are now available in the Pro shop The dates for the event are March 5 & 6 2022. We are hoping for at least 40 teams. It is a good chance to show your friends Del Tura and have lots of fun. The cost includes a 9 hole scramble for the ladies. Remember to check the Dungeon regularly for D.T.M.G.A updates and information.

What are your financial resolutions for 2022?

As you know, 2021 was full of challenges. We were still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic when supply chains shut down and inflation heated up. So, if you’re like many people, you might not be sorry to see the year come to a close. But now it’s time to look ahead to a brighter 2022. And on a personal level, you may want to set some New Year’s resolutions. You might resolve to improve your health and diet, and possibly learn some new skills, but why not make some financial resolutions, too? Here are a few ideas to consider: • Prepare for the unexpected. If you haven’t already created an emergency fund, now may be a good time to start. Ideally, you’d like to have three to six months’ worth of living expenses in this fund, with the money kept in a low-risk, liquid account. (If you’re retired, you may want your emergency fund to contain up to a year’s worth of living expenses.) Once you’ve got this fund established, you may be able to avoid dipping into long-term investments to pay for short-term needs, such as costly home or auto repairs or large medical bills. • Boost your retirement savings. The pandemic caused many us to reevaluate our ability to eventually enjoy the retirement lifestyles we’ve envisioned. In fact, 33% of those planning to retire soon said they started to contribute even more to their retirement savings during the pandemic, according to a study from Age Wave and Edward Jones. This year, if you can afford it, increase your contributions to your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. • Reduce your debt load. The less debt you carry, the more money you’ll have available to support your lifestyle today and save and invest for tomorrow. So, this year, resolve to cut down on your existing debts and avoid taking on new ones whenever possible. You can motivate yourself by measuring your progress – at the beginning of 2022, record your total debts and then compare this figure to your debt load at the start of 2023. If the numbers have dropped, you’ll know you were making the right moves. • Don’t overreact to the headlines. A lot can happen during a year. Consider inflation – it shot up in 2021, but it may well subside in 2022. If you changed your investment strategy last year to accommodate the rise in inflation, would you then have to modify it again when prices fall? And inflation is just one event. What about changes in interest rates? How about new legislation coming out of Washington? And don’t forget extreme weather events, such as wildfires and floods. Any or all of these occurrences can affect the financial markets in the short term, but it just doesn’t make sense for you to keep changing the way you invest in response to the news of the day. Instead, stick with a strategy that’s appropriate for your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. You may need to adjust this strategy over time, in response to changes in your own life, but don’t let your decisions be dictated by external events. These aren’t the only financial resolutions you can make – but following them may help you develop positive habits that can help you face the future with confidence.


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BILLIARDS Every Monday through March at 1:15 PM, we have double-elimination 8-ball tournaments. Handicaps are assigned so that all players have an opportunity to win. First, second and third place winners receive points which are accumulated to determine the overall champion at the end of March. No need to come every Monday. Come as often as you can. A sign-up

sheet is posted in the billiard room along with more details about the format of play. Del Tura also has 2 teams in the 10-team North Ft. Myers Seniors 8-Ball League. Players from nearby communities participate Tuesday evenings from November through March. For more information, call Harry Christopher at 239-997-7345.

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To Dave Adams, Just think, 11 weeks equals only 22 hours (that isn’t even a day) to put together what you saw on Saturday, December 4, 2021. It even blows my mind when I think of it. It all comes together because of probably HUNDREDS of hours that this man puts into the end result . From finding songs, learning the songs, so that he can teach us the songs!!! I am sure that I speak for all of the Choralaires when I say how much we appreciate the preparation it takes to pull it off.

YOU, with the wonderful help of Larry Walimire, bring your combined knowledge of music to make magic happen once our concerts are here. THANK YOU just doesn’t seem to be big enough to express our love and respect for you-but it’s all we have so please accept our heart-felt “THANK YOU” MR. DAVE ADAMS! ~ Betty Scheetz

To Nancy Adams, Now we know behind every great man is a side-kick who picks up the slack ! That is exactly what Dave has in Nancy. She copies, she folds, she puts in, she takes out, she figures out seating, she figures out tickets, she makes up schedules for our times to meet and SO much more that I can’t even begin to say...

So that being said THANK YOU NANCY for all that YOU do to make our concert a success. Del Tura was truly blessed when the two of you moved here and shared your gifts with us. ~ Betty Scheetz

THANK YOU from the Buss family to Dave Adams and the Choralaires for a beautiful concert. We appreciated your hours of hard work (between our tears and smiles) practicing the music, kind words, thoughts and hugs. THANK YOU to the Elves for the hundreds of hours of planning, climbing ladders and hanging lights to make the entrance the best anywhere. THANK YOU to Home Town America, Fred Taylor

and staff for your support. THANK YOU to the entire Del Tura Community for keeping Leon’s spirit and love of Christmas alive. It was an amazing weekend for Leon’s family, we were humbled and can only imagine how truly humbled he would have been by all of you and your efforts. DON’T STOP BELIEVING. ~ By Marylou Buss and and the entire Buss family

FRIDAY SHUFFLEBOARD FRIDAY SHUFFLEBOARD LEAGUE EXPANDS TO 16 TEAMS This year we have expanded from twelve teams to sixteen to accommodate the interest in shuffleboard. The league starts at 12:30 so if you are interested in watching or subbing we’d love to have you join us. We keep score, we keep standings, but most importantly we keep having fun. If you want to become part of our ever growing league please call or email me and I will get you started. If those of you who are new to Del Tura would like to learn to play I will be very happy to teach you the game (free lessons of course). You might be interested to know that we have the best courts of any of the parks in our area. We also have twenty-four beautiful county courts behind the new library which are open to the public six days a week at 12:30. Get a chance

to play against people from other parks as well as some of the best professional players in Florida. No pressure, just a fun afternoon! Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep enjoying life. For information Glenn Tointon at 920-309-1294/glenn1947@yahoo.com

PICKLEBALL FUN

By Jamie Wyman

Welcome to another Edition of “Pickleball Info” Happy New Year Let’s continue about equipment. There are many types of paddles. Pickleball paddles are made out of three main materials: wood, composite or graphite. Wood paddles are the heaviest and least expensive. New players or players who are unsure of investing in equipment may be tempted to purchase a wood paddle. However, in my opinion DON’T waste your money. You can buy an inexpensive composite or graphite paddle. This alone will give you a better feel of the ball coming off the paddle right from the start. Graphite paddles provide the lightest paddle surface while composite paddles are slightly heavier, but provide the best textured surface and are more ideal for

spinning. There are paddles with a longer surface area, longer handles, speed, and accuracy (that’s the one I want..LOL.) Deciding what paddle to buy is strictly personal, however, as you can see, there are paddles that do “different” things and you should go somewhere that will let you “test” the paddles before you buy them. Pickleball paddles are said to last approximately 1-5 years depending on how you care for them and most companies warranty them for trim around the edge coming loose as long as there isn’t obvious abuse. Now let’s talk about pickleballs. As I stated in an earlier article, there are indoor and outdoor balls. Outdoor balls are heavier, harder, and have smoother plastic compared to indoor balls. Outdoor balls come off the paddle harder and are considered harder to control than indoor balls but are easier to hit hard. And that’s for this month…

DEL TURA BOWLING LEAGUE Week 6 of the Del Tura Bowling League has the “Holy Split” Team in first place with 33 points, followed by “Pin Pals” with 31 points. Fourteen teams compete on Tuesday afternoons thru the end of March at Bowland of Cape Coral. This is a fun league and bowlers of all levels are

welcome. League officers are Cindy Baron, Sue Baron and Denise Rose. If you are interested in joining our sub list, please contact Denise Rose at 816-222-6466.


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FROM THE CREATIVE WRITERS WORKSHOP

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Our Creative Writers Workshop is doing well, as several members have returned and we’ve welcomed new ones. Just a reminder: For those of you who like to write, or who may wish to try, please consider our group. We are meeting on Mondays (usually twice a month), and will continue to meet outdoors at the banyan tree. You can call or email me. My home phone (with an answering machine) is 239-599-4631. My email address is ndavy01@gmail.com. You will need to provide me with your name, your email address, and your cell phone number. I will text everyone with a reminder before each meeting, and ask for confirmation of how many will attend. I am planning on 1/10 and 1/24 at

11:00 AM for our January dates. Here’s a challenge from a recent gathering and some responses to it:

Challenge Two: Letter to My Future Self By Cindy Swisher

But time waits for no man, or woman, and here I am on the precipice of the unknown, afraid of what lies ahead and how I will react to it. So please, future me, promise you will not let us fall into the “I’m old, I can’t do anything fun, interesting, challenging, or insert appropriate adjective here anymore” mindset. Please promise that you will keep us looking forward even as we cherish the past. Promise that we won’t talk about every ache and pain and all the things that bother us about everything every time we gather with anyone who will listen to us – which will only be other old farts if we keep it up. Make sure we go to new restaurants, keep reading new books, plan visits to places we’ve never been, and most of all, remember to enjoy every day. Instead of

lamenting all that we’ve lost, promise me that we will appreciate all that we’ve had. And please, if you can, try to give us a break. No, we weren’t perfect – perfect wives, perfect mothers, perfect friends – but for the most part we did our best with what we had to work with. Remember, we started out with a lot of baggage and obstacles to overcome. Remind us that we tried. Forgive us for where we fell short. And most of all, try to finally learn to stop, take a breath, and just be. “If I knew back then what I know now” won’t ever change our past, but maybe, what we know now can have an effect on our future. Your younger, and perhaps wiser, self.

earlier this year, when there was none available in our own country. My husband and I will be excited to cross the recently opened land border into America and drive south into Upper New York State, then through Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and finally - arrive in Florida! Florida - the Sunshine State, the home of palm trees and orange blossoms; where the mockingbird continually sings, the Florida panther roams, the Manatee floats and the alligator lurks; it’s always good to have a bit of excitement in one’s life. Florida is the greatest state to

enter because in the past, at the Welcome Center they have given us a delicious drink of orange juice. We will both be relaxed as we drive down the highway to North Fort Myers and finally arrive at Del Tura and our happy, little home in that lovely gated community. We will greet cheerful neighbors and kind friends, who have made our lives in Del Tura so pleasant for almost twenty years. We will once again be delighted to be guests in that remarkable country - The United States of America - for yet another six months.

playing and you’re thinking that this can’t be very tough. Here is some insight from “10 years of golf later me”. Yes– the geometry and physics are easy – but your eye-hand coordination isn’t what it used to be! And those knees you used to take for granted are going to give you some real pain! Remember when you used to tell the young kids to “be patient – you’re growing up – next year you’ll be even better?” Well – guess what? Enjoy what you’re doing today – because Time Marches On and your body is not growing up – it’s getting old! I’m glad you are going to try golf. The frustrations of the game are so minor compared to the friendships you are going to make. You will find yourself spending hours in a beautiful park-like setting, surrounded by amazing birds, turtles and alligators. The old sounds of cars and trucks on your long commute will be

replaced by the chatter of squirrels and the cries of the Osprey. You will become friends with women from places you have never been. They will help you find the simple fun you had when you were very young. They will teach you to be a bit more patient. They will cheer with you when you get that little ball into that ridiculously small hole. And you will support each other as health and aging become more difficult. So “Younger-Me” – pull up those big-girl panties and sign-up for the golf league. You will not become much of a golfer, but your life will be so much richer for the friends.

needed to succeed academically and socially but we also knew that you would be facing a world that was not always kind. Most importantly, we taught you to always be kind, respectful, to share, to listen, and try your very best. So, one by one, you all happily set off on your new adventure, embarking confidently on the first of many school adventures. Through the smiles and tears we managed to get through that one last hug before the teacher lined up her little ones and marched them into her classroom. We never thought that it would be so hard to let go and entrust someone else to care for you for those few hours. I remember going through those mornings emotionally drained, counting the hours and minutes until dismissal…and that was only the first chapter of letting go of our babies! As you all progressed through those school years there were many lessons to be learned, on and off the playground. Those lessons, my dear children, were two-fold. We learned that as parents, we didn’t always

have the answers and we couldn’t always be there with you. So, we relied on our faith that we had given you the foundation needed so when you were presented with difficult choices you would make the right one. When your hearts were broken, our hearts were broken, too. Life doesn’t always offer us clear cut answers to our problems. You learned that right or wrong, lessons were learned. Within those choices, you also became a little bit wiser, stronger and more cautious as you progressed into adulthood. As your parents, we knew that there were things that we couldn’t protect you from in this crazy world…but we tried! Later in life, we realize that as young parents we were looking at the world through our rose-colored glasses. We wouldn’t want to change any of that at all! Our love will always be here for you, and forever you will still be “our babies.” Love you to the Moon & Back… Mom & Dad

Dear Future Self, I never thought I’d be here, where I am now, officially “old” – well, at least in the eyes of my grandkids and the 20 somethings I work with – waiting to step through the portal into old age. I was always the youngest, 12 and 16 years behind my siblings, and with a late November birthday, the youngest in all of my classes. (That was before there were cut-off dates. I think no matter when during the year you turned five you were eligible to attend kindergarten.)

Challenge Two: A Letter to “Future Me” By Karen Brennan Dear Future Me, Right now, I am thinking that very soon I will be leaving my own home and native land, which in the near future will be covered with ice and snow. At the end of November, I will be returning with tears of gratitude in my eyes to that wonderful country that gave us two doses of life saving Covid Vaccine

Challenge Two: Letter to Pre-Golf Me By Maureen Monroy Dear 10 Year-Younger me: You moved to Del Tura 11 years ago – and it has been a challenge. You certainly didn’t anticipate that retiring would be so difficult – and boy, are you missing your friends and family from up north! I know you don’t want to spend the next years lonely and isolated. Maybe it’s time to meet some new people – put names with some of those friendly faces who always wave as they go by in their carts. Gulp – you need to JOIN a GROUP! So, you’re thinking of taking up golf? I hear what you’re thinking – a bit of geometry, a pinch of physics – how hard can this game be? And I see you checking out the “old people” (in their 60’s & 70’s!) out there Challenge Two: A Letter to My Children By Dianne J. Roderick To Our Adult Children, It sounds funny for me to actually see the word “adult” in the greeting. In my heart and in my voice, I want only to hear the words “to our babies,” because you will always be just that in our eyes. It’s difficult to believe that the era of parenting all of you as young children came, and in a flash, you were all grown up and moving in different directions. Yes, it was our dream that you would all become independent young adults but at the same time letting go was not an easy task. The four of you were our world. Our lives centered around what was most important in your world. Knowing that those days would eventually change we told ourselves that we would be ready but; if so, why did our hearts hurt so much? It was like preparing all of you for your first day of school all over again! Yes, “letting go”...so darn tough! We knew in our minds that we had taught you the things that you

Challenge Two: Taking a note from the Letter Journal We are going to begin by taking a look-back over our lives, an exercise that many of us have had ample opportunity to do over the last two years when our lifestyles were restricted due to a global pandemic. Try to quietly review every age; all of the memories – the highs, the lows, and what you most remember for good reasons or bad. Take notes for yourself of what you find most memorable, and what you feel

you’ve learned on your journey. Then, choose one of the following: • Write a letter to your nineteen-year-old self (or younger, at an age you determine) • Write a letter to your children • Write a letter to your future self You may wish to send a message of important life lessons. You might, however, have a particular event that stands out in your mind that you wish to focus on. However you choose to respond, whether with humor or solemnity, let us, the readers, feel what you are feeling and be able to trace those emotions back to where they came from.

Have a Good Round! Older-Me


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REFLECTIONS

By Dianne J. Roderick

“New Year Wishes” “Every New Year brings new hope and promise…“ How things change over the years! Sometimes our recollections of how things were then and what we considered to be most important seem to be quite different now as we journey through our golden years. As I sit reflecting on past holidays and think about the New Year, my thoughts bring me back to earlier years and I find myself thinking how the important things were always there but not always in the priority that they would later become. Remember when you were a child and your wishes were something you would live or die for? Wishing on stars, locking pinkies with your best friend saying, “I wish I may, I wish I might have the wish I wish tonight.” Thank God for not granting every wish that we asked for! Wishing in those days was usually connected to you solely. They almost never were wished for someone else’s good fortune. As children we were self-centered. The world was meant for us-for our needs. As we grew into adulthood our wishes took on a different meaning, eventually the needs of others became a priority. Life, with all of its ups and downs has a way of letting us know that our purpose in life is not all about our individual needs. Every New Year brings new hope and promise and we learn that each new day is a gift. Within that gift are many opportunities to be happy and share our happiness with others.

“When you’re lonely, I wish you Love! When you’re down, I wish you Joy! When you’re troubled, I wish you Peace! When things seem empty, I wish you Hope!” It’s not the big things in life that make us complete. It’s those “little things”, the smile, the unexpected hug, a wave, and a few words of encouragement. Those little acts of kindness will outweigh anything that money can buy! So this year, my New Year wish is for everyone to experience caring moments. I know I will be making more of an effort to do those little things that make people happy. Those things that give them hope and the promise that someone cares. Let’s all remember to make someone’s day in this New Year. One little smile, or wave can change a person’s day. Everyone needs to know someone out there truly cares.

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Coffee Hour - Tues. AM coordinator

Kathy Williamson

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Librarian

Barb Jones

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Contractor Survey Results

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Jacquie Keen

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Mary Lou Buss

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309-264-9147

Save Our Strays/ Feral Cat Information “SOS”

Sherry Plisch

239-707-5613

Outdoor Electronic Billboard

Cindy Brinton

267-642-6477

Tower - Advertising - BrionPalmer@yahoo.com

Brion Palmer

941-312-0665

Tower - Editor

Sheila Doublé

239-628-7786

Tower - Co-Editor

Cindy Swisher

727-542-9653

Tower - Circulation Coordinator

Tony Doublé

239-738-8400

Tower - Distribution Coordinator

Dorathy Biddinger

239-980-2775

Veterans Contact

David Jacobs

239-292-8834

Video Library

Elaine Schnur

239-464-0623

Welcome Committee

Janet DeCosmo Harriet Hart

239-776-9161 239-800-3752

Lighting & Sound Lighting Coordinator

Art Keen

210-279-2093

Sound Coordinator

Art Keen

210-279-2093

Please email changes to Sheila Doublé - toweredit@yahoo.com NON-EMERGENCY CALLS - SHERIFF’S DEPT. (239) 477-1000

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Editor

Circulation Coordinator

Co-Editor

Distribution Coordinators

Sheila Doublé

Tony Doublé

Dorathy Biddinger

Distribution Captains

Staff

Mark Donahue, Darlene Fincham, Sandy Rolando and Sandy Vassallo And 60+ Delivery Volunteers

HOA Liaison: LISA BELLANCA Many thanks to all the volunteer residents who have donated their time to “The Tower”. We are looking for more volunteers. Please Help!

BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTIONS FEBRUARY 2022 Eligibility to vote: HOA Dues Must be paid by January 14, 2022 NAME TAGS Any resident wishing to purchase a “Name Tag” may do so on Tuesday mornings at coffee, before the start of announcements, or call Wendy @ 309-264-9147. A name tag with magnet backing is $8.00, cash only. Tags are normally available for pickup the following week.

? 0 0 $5 WITH... O D U O Y D L WHAT WOU

Think about the possibilities! With $500, you could go on a cruise for two, use it toward a shopping spree, or buy a flat screen TV – just to name a few.

Invite your friends to live at Del Tura, and you could earn up to $500* when they purchase a new home. Call 239-731-3330 for details! *Referral reward restricted to Hometown America residents. Customer must register the resident who referred them at time of their initial visit. Residents whose referral purchases a new or special-order home will receive up to $500. Residents whose referral purchases a Hometown America-owned inventory home will receive up to $300. Residents whose referral purchases a brokered home will receive up to $100. Residents who refer will receive money after closing of escrow. Other terms and conditions may apply. Call 239-731-3330 for more details.

Cruise for two

Two laptops

Domestic flight

Outdoor Grill

Patio Set

Gazebo

Flat Screen TV

Shopping Spree


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The Daily Activity Schedule is updated on a monthly basis. Contact Sheila Doublé - toweredit@yahoo.com with any changes prior to the 9th of each month.

Contact

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Exercise Line Dancing Advanced Class

Starlight Ballroom

Jackie Hinrichs, 616-916-7796

3:00-4:00 PM

Line Dancing Beginners Class

Starlight Ballroom

Jackie Hinrichs, 616-916-7796

4:00-5:00 PM

Low Impact Dance

Starlight Ballroom

Debby Cali 239-567-2925

NEW

Tai Chi

12:30 to 1:30

Marjorie Lord, 543-9072

Tai Chi Chuan Instruction

Royal Palm

NEW

Therapeutic Yoga Instruction

NEW

Tura Zumba / Dance Fitness

Royal Palm Starlight Ballroom

8:00-9:00

8:00-9:00

8:00-9:00

8:00-9:00 AM

8:00-9:00 AM

8:00-9:00 AM

9:00-10:00 AM

9:00-10:00 AM

9:00-10:00 AM

Adele Guthreau - 973-865-8336

9:00-10:00

9:00-10:00

9:00-10:00

11:00-12:00

Dr. Charles C. Longsworth, Ph.D. 239-945-2106 Dr. Charles C. Longsworth, Ph.D. 239-945-2106

Water Aerobics (Oct-April)

North Pool

Betty Scheetz 609-477-9147

Water Noodle Aerobics

North Pool

Marylou Buss, 612-718-7878

11:00-12:00

11:00-12:00 11:00-12:00

11:00-12:00

Yoga Relaxation

Starlight Ballroom

Dea Wells 283-5603

10:45-12:15

10:45-12:15

7:00 PM

Sports Billiards, Men’s

Harry Christopher, 997-7345

Billiards, Women’s (Nov-Apr)

Ann DeGrande, 989-2206

Bocce (Nov-April)

Peggy Terrasi, 603-236-2209 peggyterrasi@gmail.com

1:00-3:00 6:30-9:30

Bocce and Burgers

Janet DeCosmo, 239-776-9161

Bowling For Fun

Bowland Cape Coral

Denise Goodell, 614-792-3024 Claire McNair, 508-344-9920

Bowling Mixed League (Oct-Mar)

Bowland Cape Coral

Denise Rose, 815-222-6466

Fun Couples Shuffleboard League

Shuffleboard Court

Darlene Brinker 586-431-0022

4:00 PM 5:00 2:00 1:20 7:00 PM

Golf, Men’s 18 Hole League

Bill Gronek 810-990-5878

8:00

Golf, Men’s 9 Hole League

Bart De Graaf 239-599-4404

8:00

Golf, Women’s 18 Hole League

Margie Blackwell

8:30

Golf, Women’s 9 Hole League

Kathy Klein 715-927-1163

8:30

Horseshoes

Horseshoe Court

NEW

Pickleball

3:00

Jim Hinrichs 616-299-4357

Ping Pong

Jacaranda Room

Shuffleboard Shuffleboard

Bob Brinker 586-431-0022 open play

open play

open play

Lois McDonnell, 505-228-1222

open play

open play

2:00-4:00

2:00-4:00

Jack Blevons, 731-0892 Shuffleboard Court

NEW

Shuffleboard, Open Shuffleboard, Traveling Team (Dec-Mar)

Darlene Brinker 586-431-0022

7:00-9:00PM 9:00

2:30

Glenn Tointon 920-309-1294 Punta Gorda

Tennis, Mixed, Open

open play

1:00

Glenn Tointon 920-309-1294

Softball

open play

12:30

Jim Hamilton 208-313-1321

5:30

5:30

Alice Harmon, 954 478 4033 allieoop33@gmail.com

8:00-10:00

8:00-10:00

8:00-10:00

8:00-10:00

Games Bingo, doors open at 6:00pm, sales end at 6:45pm (Oct-Mar)

Starlight Ballroom

Bingo (all year)

Starlight Ballroom

Bridge, Duplicate

Poinciana Room

Jack & Janet Blevons 731-0892

7:00-9:30 11:00-12:00 6:00-10:00

Bridge, Open

Jacaranda Room

Ken Knight, 305-746-3782

1:00-4:00

Bunco, (*All year, 1st & 3rd Wed of each month)

Poinciana Ballroom

Darcie Rockenbough, 239-938-6865

6:00-8:30

Canasta

Jacaranda Room

1:00-4:00

Dominoes

Royal Palm Room

Ruth Anten, 997-9779

Euchre

Poinciana Room

Marcella Carothers, 731-3315

5:30-9:30

Farkle

Poinciana Ballroom

Ruth Anten, 997-9779

Hand & Foot Card Game

Jacaranda Room

Hand, Knee & Foot Card Game

Poinciana Room

7:00-9:00 6:00-9:00 1:00-4:00

Donna Moore, 543-5262

1:00-4:00

Mahjong

Card Room II

Pat Steele, 863-446-2685

Mahjong

Card Room I

Dianne Bevilacqua, 567-2234

Mahjong

Card Room I

Rheta Kanen, 731-0809

Mahjong

Card Room II

Ruth Anten, 997-9779

1:00-4:00

1:00-4:00

6:00 1:00-5:00 7:00 6:00

May I Card Game

Jacaranda Room

Denise Rose, 815-222-6466

Pinochle

Jacaranda Room

Marcella Carothers, 731-3315

1:00-4:00 6:45-10:00

Rummi-kub

Jacaranda Rroom

Jean Cornwell 731-1580

1:00 - 4:00

Texas Hold ‘Em

Card room 1

4:00

4:00

3:00

Other Activities and Clubs Blood Pressure Readings (before coffee)

Starlight Ballroom

8:00-9:00

Mary Kay Tointon, 920-309-2121 Call for location Gay Dye, 614-861-0007 Ruth Ann Blevins 239-220-9381 Across from bocce court Janet Ragone 856-693-8341

Card Making (Nov-Apr) Ceramics Choralaires, (Sep-Mar)

9:00-12:00

David Adams, 508-284-6107

Coffee & Social Hour

Starlight Ballroom

Kathy Williamson 239-825-5708

Creative Writers Group

Banyan Tree

Nancy Davy, 239-599-4631

Garden Club, (*1st Friday of month)

Jacaranda Room

Rosemary Eiden, 813-220-9269

Good Timers, (*1st Tuesday of month)

Royal Palm Room

Liz Poniatowski, 800-2935

Del Tura MotorCycle Club Ride

ClubHouse Parking Lot Sheila & Tony Doublé - 239.628.7786

NEW

Quilting/Sewing Club

9:00-12:00

9:00-12:00

6:30 - 8:30 8:00 11:00 AM

(see feature article for meeting dates) 10* 4:00* 1st & 3rd Sundays, 8 AM

Barb Jones, 543-6922 Kathleen Quigley, 543-1067

Library, open every day Starlight Ballroom

Video Corner (check hours in the Library) Wood Carving (Nov-May)

9:00

Wendy Wells, 309-264-9147

12:30-4:30

Elaine Schnur, (239) 464-0623 Ceramic Room

Bernie Forsey, 239-217-6024

1:00-3:00 9:00-12:00


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Classifieds

PROFESSIONAL PAINTING WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL PRICES! INTERIOR/ EXTERIOR, OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, POWER WASHING, HOME MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS! DEL TURA RESIDENT. CALL JIM SMITH 239-247-1917 (NOV21)

WE BUY AND SELL OLD COINS, JEWELRY AND COLLECTIBLES OF ALL KINDS. DEL TURA RESIDENTS WILL & KAT ROSSMAN. 989-1757. WWW.ESTATEBUYZ.COM (DEC21)

AIRPORT? SHOPPING? ERRANDS? LINDA STORMA, RESIDENT DEPENDABLE CALL (239) 997-9066 (JUN/JUL21)

NEED A NOTARY? CALL BRENDA BLASIE A DEL TURA RESIDENT, AT 239-543-6104

LOCKSMITH: DEL TURA RESIDENT AUTO/HOME LOCKOUTS, LOCKS REPAIRED, INSTALLED OR RE-KEYED. DEL TURA RESIDENT. LOUIS RIVET 543-1434 (OCT21)

INDOOR PAINTING – RELIABLE, REASONABLE AND HONEST. NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL. DEL TURA RESIDENT. CALL KAREN 518-802-0277 (FEB21)

HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE, DEL TURA RESIDENT: RELIABLE, HONEST, & FRIENDLY SERVICE. DEL TURA RESIDENT. CALL KAREN @ 603-543-7457 (OCT21) AVON PRODUCTS SOLD BY DEL TURA RESIDENT. CALL PAT 239-800-5057(HOME) OR 631-838-4323 (CELL) (FEB21) GIRL FRIDAY – RELIABLE & TRUSTWORTHY. HOUSECLEANING, ETC. DEL RESIDENT. CALL LINDA 239-560-1948. (APR21)

LANDSCAPING RELIABLE WITH REASONABLE RATES GUTTERS, ROOF CLEANING, PALMS, MAINTENANCE AND OUTDOOR INSTALL JOBS INCLUDING SOD CALL CHARLES @ 239-440-9148 “WHO LET THE DOGS OUT” I’LL WALK YOUR DOGS OR WATCH OVER THEM WHILE YOU ARE AWAY. REFERENCES IF NEEDED. SUSAN @ 303-725-0666

GARAGE DOOR & OPENER SERVICE: CALL JIM O’BRIEN AT 239-849-1644. D.T. RESIDENT. (AUG/SEPT 21) HANDYMAN - PAINTING, LANDSCAPING, POWERWASHING & REPAIRS. EXPERIENCED RESIDENT. CALL JOHN AT 757-952-9485. (NOV21) SKP HANDYMAN SERVICE 30 YRS. CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE, QUALITY SERVICE, REASONABLE RATES, DEL TURA RESIDENT, LICENSE & INSURED 239-471-0258, 941-465-9246 (AUG/SEPT21)

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

News Items for “The Tower” – Please email article, flyer, and photos (if any) to: toweredit@yahoo.com THE HOA WEBSITE – www.deltura-hoa.com To have events listed on the HOA Website and/or the Electronic sign please email flyer, photos (if any) & text for electronic sign to: Website: dthoawebsite@delturahoa.com Electronic Board: dttechsvcs@delturahoa.com

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The Del Tura Phone Book is not compiled by “The Tower”. It is produced by Hometown America. Please contact the HT office 731-3433 for errors and omissions.

GENTLE REMINDER

Please be aware that when you hire an unlicensed/uninsured person to do work at your home, you accept the liability.

LOAN CLOSET: PLEASE CALL

Denise Rose 815-222-6466 or Sandy Vassallo 248-755-1176 NOW LOCATED IN THE MAINTENANCE AREA COTS, “PACK n’ PLAY, HI-CHAIRS, ETC

FISH

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Anyone needing to borrow equipment from the Medical Equipment Loan Trailer contact Neil Miller 239-218-9867 or Bart DeGraaf 239-599-4404.

Tower – Advertising Publisher: Island Visitor Publishing To advertise in print, contact: Brion Palmer at 941-312-0665 or email us at BrionPalmer@yahoo.com Contributing writers are acknowledged with bylines accompanying their submissions. Attribution for photos are not included unless supplied.We sincerely thank everyone for their contributions. Your articles help showcase the strong and diverse community that makes up Del Tura. The Tower is published monthly from October through May. Summer issues are condensed: June/ July and August/September. All ads are subject to the approval of the publisher. It is the responsibility of the party placing any ad for publication in The Tower to meet all applicable legal requirements in connection with the ad such as compliance with town, county and state codes in first obtaining an occupational license for business, permitted home occupation, or residential rental property.

DISCLAIMER: Please be aware that when you hire an unlicensed/uninsured person to do work at your home, you accept the liability. Island Visitor Publishing is not responsible for claims made by advertisers.


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DEL TURA BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES JANUARY BIRTHDAYS 1/01 Rick Manuel 1/02 Jerry McDaniels 1/02 Kathleen Bell 1/03 Ron Sergeichik 1/03 Gary Biddinger 1/04 Hilda Griffin 1/04 Martha Baird 1/04 Darlene Fincham 1/04 Arleen Mancino 1/05 Jim Carroll 1/05 Jim Hinrichs 1/05 Jeff Czuchaj 1/05 Linda Zadrozny 1/06 Jeffery Berlin 1/06 John Ruttman 1/7 Carolyn Brown 1/08 Dale Simmons 1/08 Dick Wuerdeman 1/08 Deb Devlin 1/10 Bill Zabkar 1/10 Joseph Furlong 1/10 Brian Cabrera 1/10 Linda Vohs 1/11 John Harding 1/11 Dave Murray 1/11 Kathleen Boesel 1/11 Joyce Sinicropi

1/12 Charles Kenney 1/12 Brian Lippard 1/13 Bob Mazzara 1/13 Dan Mancino 1/13 Tina Thomas 1/14 John Davis 1/15 Glenn Beccue 1/15 Jerry Straw 1/16 Lou Rosamilia 1/16 Earl Welty 1/16 Ruth Wedge 1/17 Marion Mulcahey 1/17 Mary Sears 1/17 Lorraine Hernaez 1/18 Anthony Zografos 1/18 Lory Grimes 1/19 Jack O’Hearn 1/20 Arturo Cabrera 1/20 Joseph Naumchik 1/20 Peter Moreton 1/21 Wayne Peterson 1/21 Paul Nolan 1/21 David Daniels 1/21 Sharon Reisenfeld 1/21 Cheryl DeCara 1/21 Denise McGraw 1/22 Donald Toth

1/22 Tim Koppenhofer 1/22 Kim Bartleson 1/22 Donna Wren 1/23 Richard Thurlwell 1/23 Eric Ellmann 1/23 LeRoy Hall 1/23 Tom Adgate 1/24 Janet Hoffay 1/24 Mary Sandberg 1/25 Joseph Heidecker 1/25 Vito Sinicropi 1/25 Paul Forslund 1/25 Irene Anzalone 1/26 Diane Tobin 1/26 Ann DeGrande 1/26 Harold Voegeli 1/27 Mildred Hanrahan 1/27 Marla Naumchik 1/27 Maria Soper 1/28 Wayne Richmond 1/28 Cookie Feiner 1/29 Cindy Brinton 1/29 James Wilson 1/30 Dorathy Biddinger 1/30 Muriel Chancer 1/30 Paula Major 1/31 Karen Rivet

JANUARY ANNIVERSARIES 1/01/94 Bobby & Michelle Iwankow, 28 years

1/19/74 David & Trudy Wilson, 48 years

1/02/60 David & Marianne Denman, 62 years

1/19/20 Donna Daley & James Wilson, 2 years

1/04/67 Roger & Barbara Faber, 55 years

1/20/68 David & Betty Scheetz, 54 years

1/06/17 Jerry & Becca McDaniels, 5 years

1/25/86 Brian & Roseann Lippard, 46 years

1/12/74 Ken & Patty Bracher, 48 years

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1/17/69 Dino & Ann DeGrande, 53 years 1/17/70 Tom & Connie Ziegler, 52 years

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1/18/67 Henry & Dalia Shahar, 55 years 1/18/81 Bob & Teddy Reid, 41 years

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BRICKS 4 VETS New Years Greetings from the Brick4Vets team! The end of October saw the second group of bricks laid at the memorial in time for the Veterans Day ceremony. The response to the program exceeded our expectations and we are thrilled that with this last group of bricks we have a total of 255 engraved bricks installed! Thank you to all that took the time to honor their special veteran. For those who would like to purchase a brick we will continue to take orders. We’ve had questions on who a brick can be purchased for. The engraved brick can be purchased to honor veterans who meet this definition: “A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.” This includes veterans serving in time of war, conflict, and peace. Future bricks will be installed once a year in October, in time for Veterans Day. All brick orders must be received no later than the 15th of August so orders can be placed and received in time for October installation. Order forms can be picked up at the HOA office or can be printed from the HOA website: www.deltura-hoa.com/p/Bricks4Vets-Committee. Questions can be emailed to dtbricks4vets@gmail.com.

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Landscape Class Planned for Del Tura by Rosemary Eiden

I would like to thank our dedicated gardeners: Nancy Ashe, Andre Dearing, Sandy Gove, Sue Larson, Kay Nezamis, Pat Ostertag and Sue Smith for continually coming to do the work to shape the garden in its Þrst stage. We did a huge amount of work to complete the brick work, pathways, pine mulch, and shrub

Nancy Ashe & Andre Dearing

Sue Smith & Rosemary Eiden

Sue Larson & Sandy Gove

plantings. Please - no more pine needles - we we have have sufficient. a sufficient supply. This next season we look forward to some perennial plantings to complete the look of the garden.

With the garden near completion gardeners can now turn their attention to education. We plan on setting up a speaker to give a presentation on butterßy gardening on January 19th. The class will be held in the Royal Palm Room from 6-8 pm. If aren’t familiar with the Florida Butterfly Gardening in plants that grow here naturally, this is Florida? for you. There is no fee. If you wish to attend you will need to pre-register with Rosemary Eiden January 19th (rosi5632@att.net or (813)-220-9269). 6 - 8 pm (Sign-up sheet at Tuesday coffee.)

Royal Palm Room The garden club will be holding their 2nd annual plant sale on February 14th. Stop by the table at the Tuesday coffee to see the selection of plants. There will also, be a selection of decorated pots and ßoral artwork at the sale.

The grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at the garden will occur Register with: Rosemary Eiden before the plant sale on February 14th. rosi5632@att.net or (813)220-9269 Please join us for your garden preview at Del Tura. The selection of perennials including milk plant for monarchs, some small bushes, and exotic plants will be priced at: small $4, medium $5, and large $8. If you don’t know what to grow, just ask one of the gardeners. The sale will run from 9:30 to 12. Hope to see you there.