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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SUN CITY CENTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Sun City Center

November 2019

...an official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association

CA SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 7 “Hi Neighbor” Community Hall - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 11 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 13 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 13 Meet the Candidates Night Community Hall – 7 p.m. 19 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 28 CA Office & Library closed All facilities closed 29 CA Office & Library closed Facilities open DECEMBER 3 Membership Vote Sandpiper Room – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4 Membership Vote Community Hall – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 Holiday Breakfast Florida Room - 7:30 am to 11:30 a.m. 7 Holiday Walk – Club Rooms Central Campus - Beginning at 9 a.m. 9 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – 9 a.m. 11 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 14 Golf Cart Parade Beginning at 10 a.m. 17 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 24 CA Office, Library & Facilities Close at 1 p.m. 25 CA Office & Library Closed All Facilities closed 31 CA Office, Library & Facilities Close at 1 p.m.

Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Residents” – Upcoming Meeting Agendas). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room in the CA office starting at 1 p.m. sharp.

Meet the CA Board Candidates

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Three new faces and one incumbent vie for a trio of three-year terms By Diane M. Loeffler Four candidates are competing for three three-year terms on the SCC Community Association Board of Directors. During the week of October 6, each was interviewed. They were asked to tell a little about themselves including their former profession, how long they have lived here, why they chose to move to Sun City Center, and their participation in clubs, community service and volunteerism. They were also asked why they would be a good director, what they would like to accomplish, how they think the board should determine priorities and responsibilities, the primary issues facing our community, and what they like best about Sun City Center. Read these interviews then attend Meet the Candidates Night, which will be held in Community Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13. Be sure to vote. Mail-in ballots available in this issue of The News! Scan the code with your smartphone to find us online. www.newsofsuncitycenter.com

The “Hi, Neighbor!” Tradition Continues Don’t miss it: November 7 at 6:30 p.m.

By Bob Sanchez “Hi, Ne i g hb or !” i s c om i ng to Community Hall on South Pebble Beach on November 7 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Whether you’re new to Sun City Center or just want to see what’s new with our clubs, this is the perfect event for you. Members of almost 100 clubs will be ready to answer your questions and pique your interest. Aston Gardens will supply cookies, coffee and iced tea that the Line Dance Club will serve. “Hi, Neighbor!” is Sun City Center’s oldest tradition, having begun as the community’s first club in 1962. John and Linda Bowker gave it new life in 1992, and since then it has evolved as a showcase for our cornucopia of clubs. Janet Ditmore has volunteered to serve as Chair for the 2019 “Hi, Neighbor!”

CA Contact Information

Administration Office 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd, SCC Phone: 813.633.3500 Hours – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., M-F sccboard@suncitycenter.org Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center: 813.633.4670

News file photo of 2018 “Hi, Neighbor!”

Meet the Candidates Wednesday, November 13th Community Hall at 7 p.m. Interviews on page CA-4

Membership Meeting:

An Opportunity to Learn and Voice Your Concerns

By Diane M. Loeffler On October 23, SCC Community Association (CA) members had the opportunity to learn about how the community is run and to voice their opinions. Three hundred members took advantage of this. Here are a few of the highlights. We have a total of nine directors. Every year, three positions are up for election. This year we have four candidates for three openings: Eric Porr, Bob Matelski, Bob Sullivan, and Mike Burnham. In addition to voting for candidates on December 3 and 4, we will be voting whether to approve a dues increase of $12. The administration office will wait until after the vote to mail our membership bills. After you pay, please wait a minimum of seven days before coming in for your new sticker since it takes several days for the bank to process payments and give the CA the information. Mail-in ballots are on pages CA-7 and CA-8 of this publication. CA President Sam Sudman meets with the team working on SR-674 on an ongoing basis. They are predicting that the work will be completed by December 30, 2020. When preparing for work on the highway, they discovered many pipes for the sewers, storm water, and drinking water needed to be replaced. This resulted in an extension of the original completion date. Treasurer Dave Birkett explained the CA budget process. First, Lyn Reitz presents a proposal. The information is reviewed by a budget committee composed of CA members who are not employees or current officers. The committee works on their proposal and meets with the board. After considering

Treasurer Dave Birkett explains the budget process and line items during the October membership meeting.

the board’s feedback, the committee returns to the board. The president of the History Society, John Bowker, asked anyone with Sun City Center memorabilia to contact him. He says, “Sun City Center is the first census-designated retirement community in Florida, and we want to preserve its history.” Among the maintenance issues brought up during the meeting were the pickleball courts and the Rollins Theater Building. The building cannot be torn down until we have a place to send all of the clubs and groups currently using the facility. The Long Range Planning Committee wants our feedback. Doug Seipelt says

the CA recently purchased a Survey Monkey software program. In midNovember, we will be asked less than 20 questions. Seipelt says, “If you know a neighbor who doesn’t use computers, let them use yours and help them with the survey. We want everyone to tell us what they think. We will have two rooms in the SCC Library set up with computers and manned with Long Range Committee Members to assist any members who would like help in accessing the survey. We will also have hard copies in both the CA office and the library.” The next SCCCA Membership Meeting will be held in January 2020. Save the date, come, and let your voice be heard.


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MEMBERSHIP NOTICE ELECTION OF DIRECTORS VOTE ON 2020 DUES

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sandpiper Room in the Atrium

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Room 3, Community Hall

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

CLUB/ORGANIZATION

CA membership card or photo ID required to vote. Absentee Ballots are available in this issue on pages 7 & 8. Please be sure to include your CA membership number & signature. Absentee Ballots are also available at the CA Office until 3 p.m., December 4, 2019. Please bring your CA membership card with you

The History of Meals on Wheels

By Uta Kuhn The SCC Meals on Wheels program was started by Carlene Bennett, who became a member of the GFWC Woman’s Club in 1973 and it is still continuing today. The Program was nothing new to Mrs. Bennett, who moved to Sun City Center from Columbus, Ohio, where she founded and volunteered for their Meals on Wheels program in 1956. “Meals on Wheels” is a signature Program of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Sun City Center, and the club loves being able to provide this great program to SCC/KP residents. Carlene Bennett, a new member of the Woman’s Club, delivered the first meal in Sun City Center to a couple who had just been released from a nursing home, with the condition that someone be able to prepare food for them. The meal was delivered to the Rooksbys, who became the first recipients of this program. The meal, which was prepared by the Kings Inn Restaurant (which is now The Sun City Center Inn) was only $1.50. Thanks to this wonderful program, the Rooksbys were able to stay together in their home until Mr. Rooksby passed away. As the community grew and more requests for meals came in, the Woman’s Club had to expand their program. The Club reached out to other service organizations and churches in SCC to help with deliveries. So, in 1982, when South Bay Hospital opened, the Woman’s Club partnered with them to prepare the meals, collect the money, and the Club organized the volunteer drivers to deliver the meals. South Bay Hospital’s Marketing Director said, “we are proud to be part of Meals on Wheels. We specialize in preparing nutritious meals for our patients, and by extension the people who need Meals on Wheels also benefit. We like being able to have an impact locally.” In 2003, The Sun City Center Meals on Wheels program became a partnership between the Woman’s Club, South Bay Hospital, and Samaritan Services. Samaritan Services assumed responsibility to provide information about the program, taking reservations for meals and scheduling driver pickups at the hospital. They also took on the responsibility of monthly billing. This program and partnership remains in place to this day! South Bay Hospital prepares the meals, gets them ready and packaged for pick up from the hospital by the drivers for delivery at 3:30 p.m. daily for 365 days a year, including holidays. The SCC Woman’s Club coordinates volunteers from the different churches and organizations who have offered to help in this worthwhile project. The organization/church etc. submit their lists of volunteer drivers, which Samaritan Services then turns over to the coordinators responsible for that particular month. The cost of the meals is now $6, and having been the recipient of this service, I can vouch for the fact that they are nutritious and filling. According to a spokesperson from Samaritan Services, up to ten meals get delivered per day. For more information about this program, or to become a driver, please call 813.634.9283.

Statement of Purpose

The Sun City Center Community Association serves the residents of Sun City Center by providing assistance for the elderly, assistance and essential services to tax exempt entities, and operates in lieu of a municipal government, thereby lessening the burdens of government (Hillsborough County, Florida).

AMOUNT

APPLIED TO

Monday Movies $124 To offset license fees Softball Club $1,500 Re-doing the infield at the Softball Field Potters Wheel Club $915 Window film for club room Audubon Club $1,000 Maintenance on the Nature Trail Grant from Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (Durward & Janet Siville Fund) $6,774 SCC Library

MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019 COMMUNITY HALL - 7:00 PM Refreshments served at 6:30 PM

Candidates for your Board of Directors are: Eric Porr, Ron Matelski, Bob Sullivan, and Mike Burnham

Questions for the candidates must be submitted in advance and dropped in the questionnaire box located in the CA office by Monday, November 11. The Elections Committee has the only key to the box. All questions should be submitted individually on index cards. No questions will be taken that evening. The questions will be pulled from the box that evening and given to our moderator, John Bowker, to read. After the meeting, you will be able to speak to each candidate individually at separate tables.

SCCCA Long Range Planning Committee Update The time for CA Members to participate in the 2019 Long Range Planning Committee Survey is close at hand. The final survey is complete and being tested. The committee anticipates distribution of the survey to CA members approximately November 12, and it will remain available/open for two weeks. The survey consists of less than 20 questions, takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and is designed to enable input of your suggested ideas as well ranking your top five selections from the survey. The survey will be accessible via a website which will be published, and therefore will require access to a computer or iPad. There will be computers and assistance available in the SCCCA Library if you do not have this access; dates for availability of this service will be forthcoming. There will also be a hard copy of the survey available at the CA Office, on the Club Kiosk in the Atrium Building, and in the library - which the committee will input on your behalf. Upon completion of the survey period, the results will be tallied. The Long Range

Planning Committee will make its recommendations and submit them to the CA Board. The results will be presented at a Town Hall to be announced, including timing, and financial implications.

Newcomers

List prepared by Linda Bowker from CA staff data. Report corrections, additions to CA at 633-3500.

Last Welch James Balsley King Groetzinger Robertson Marshall Savage Sullivan Mitchell Emigh McClain Winter Loebel Atherton Morris Seppanen Bloise Hurley Sheetz Wells Tilak Thompson Stiles Pressley Scalf Peach Lavery Webb Grill

First Thomas Christine Terrence Claire Richard Patricia Nancy Barbara Thomas & Sharon Kathy Tom & Linda Darrell & Betty Daniel & Mary Kay Gladys Guy & Debbie Dennis & Julie Ron & Sharon Randy & Carol Jim Ernest & Sara Shri & Sue Bruce & Nancy Curt & Pat Martha Melissa Anne Marie John & Geneva Ken Paul

Num Local Street Hometown St 1306 Beach Blvd Manchester NH 1805 Breth Ct Lakeland FL 1805 Breth Ct Salem OR 307 Brockfield Dr Canton OH 1808 Burlington Cir Columbus OH 712 Chipper Dr Frisco TX 1566 Council Dr Dover NH 1566 Council Dr New York City NY 1819 Danbury Dr Chicago IL 2028 Del Webb Blvd E Bentleyville PA 2028 Del Webb Blvd E Grove City PA 2238 Del Webb Blvd W Lafayette IN 2308 Del Webb Blvd W Winamac IN 912 El Rancho Dr Norfolk VA 912 El Rancho Dr Norfolk VA 1129 Emerald Dunes Dr Chicago IL 812 Fox Hills Dr Plainfield IL 211 Genet Ct Corning NY 1209 Lakehouse Ct Griffin GA 1927 New Bedford Dr Mooresville IN 448 Noble Faire Dr FL 1726 Pacific Dunes Dr Randolph NJ 1810 Pacific Dunes Dr Clearwater FL 2005 Pebble Beach Blvd S Independence KY 718 Sahara Dr Henderson KY 718 Sahara Dr Elizabeth IN 1410 Seton Hall Dr North Haven CT 1129 Villeroy Dr Bend OR 708 Ward Cir Laconia NH 710 Winterbrooke Wy Byron MI

Phone 770-616-9645 813-633-3390 813-633-3390 941-587-2954 614-570-5758 214-783-1156 813-938-4490 813-938-4490 813-285-9318 724-825-9980 724-967-4731 803-522-0542 219-363-3032 757-535-8210 757-535-8210 813-922-4503 708-846-1093 702-343-5977 678-698-5611 317-366-3157 973-975-6335 352-603-4494 859-384-8637 941-705-3570 941-705-3570 203-376-3573 541-510-4555 727-656-7922 517-488-2138


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Treasurer’s Report

President’s Report By Sam Sudman, CA President

Apologies

My remarks this month are brief. As president of the Community Association, my apologies to our club members for the way in which the Kings Point fee has been “decided” thus far. The meeting we had October 15 with the leaders’ group should have been a component of the process from the outset. Rest assured that we read your myriad emails, listened to our many conversations with you and your comments at the meeting. We took notes, and we will incorporate your input into a final decision. Pending an opinion from our attorney, we will structure the fee and its implementation accordingly. We do not delude ourselves into thinking that our final decision ultimately will appeal to 100% of club members; you did have substantial input to the final product, yet to be decided. Thank you for your continued support.

Tidbits From the Vault: “Hi, Neighbor!” Club Sings By Cathy Meyerhoff, Sun City Center History Society

The Annual “Hi, Neighbor!” event each November allows Sun City Center residents to enjoy an evening visiting with neighbors as they learn about the many clubs and activities available in the community. The origin of this event was actually the first club to exist here. The organization was instituted as a means of acquainting new residents with each other and providing a variety of activities for their enjoyment. According to a 1985 article written by Boyd Neuborne, the club had its own song almost from the beginning. Entitled “Hi Neighbor!” everyone sang the song at the beginning and end of meetings. According to Neuborne, it was a catchy tune if somewhat “hokey.” The lyrics to the tune are as follows: Hi, neighbor! Hi neighbor. What do you know and what do you say? Hi, Neighbor! Hi, neighbor! Throw all your worries away, Come on and shake my hand and let a grin do the rest. It makes you feel so grand to get your chin off your chest. I’m shouting Hi, neighbor! My neighbor Time to play and say “Hi”. A bit of internet research revealed that the song was originally written by Jack Owens and was featured in the 1941 movie San Antonio Rose, performed by the Merrimacs. Search the Internet if you are interested in hearing the tune. The annual States Night was also a time for song. Residents paraded to the music associated with their home states. Some dressed in costumes connected to their state of origin. According to a 1967 article this was always one of the club’s most popular meetings. If you are interested in learning more information on the history of Sun City Center consider joining the Friends of the Sun City Center History Society. For more information call the History Society at 813.633.3038.

By Dave Birkett, CA Director and Treasurer The overriding goal when establishing a budget is to maintain the living style that we all enjoy as well as to be well prepared to build our community for the future. The 2020 budget contains an annual increase of $12 (or $1.00 per person per month) in the amount of your dues. If approved by the membership, the dues will be increased to $300 per CA member starting January 1, 2020. This increase will be applied to the Operations Fund. While there are numerous reasons for this modest increase, one of the main factors is the loss of $19,000 in revenue from the discontinuance of the membership directory from the supplier. This has been a regular source of revenue for many years. Additionally, there has been a significant increase in our professional services. Specifically, new GAAP regulations have increased legal requirements of all Auditing firms and that increase is passed along to us. We have also seen a spike in our legal fees as your Board, in an effort to ensure that we are in full compliance with all necessary legal requirements, must get confirming opinions from our legal counsel when we receive challenges from

members. Another large factor was the decrease in residents that affected membership income. On the positive side, we have seen a very significant decrease in our utility expenses. This is directly attributable to the efficiencies that come with our new CA office that has now passed its one-year anniversary. We are also budgeting year to year budget decreases in our maintenance contracts, association entertainment, and our insurance obligations. It needs to be firmly noted that these reductions are because of outstanding efficiencies generated by our Community Manager and employees and not by decreasing overall programs or contractual services. Many thanks to the Budget Committee, the Community Manager and the CA’s Accountant for their assistance in preparing the 2020 budget. The details of the 2020 budget are available for your review in the SCC Library

2020 OPERATING BUDGET Projected Income Members Dues ($253.00 per member) Entertainment Interest Income Miscellaneous Surplus 2019 Total Income

$2,999,787

Replacement Reserve Fund Major Equipment: Projected Balance 1/1/20 $801,600 Funds Needed per Replacement Study: Projected Disbursements (1,048,842) Estimated Interest Income 10,000 Members Dues ($40 per person) 456,000 Projected Funds Available 12/31/20 $218,758

102,400 11,000 104,250 34,200 $3,251,637

Replacement Reserve for Furniture & Equipment Projected Balance 1/1/20 $125,200 Members Dues ($7 per person) 79,800 Projected Disbursements (133,279) Projected Balance 12/31/20 $71,721

Projected Expenses Wages, Taxes & Benefits Maintenance & Supplies Maintenance Contracts Utilities Insurance Administration Professional Services: Library Entertainment Other Expenses Total Expenses

$1,500,173 250,500 253,800 395,000 240,100 105,800 361,264 6,000 95,500 43,500 $3,251,637

Reserve for Hurricane Deductable Insurance Projected Balance 12/31/20 $300,000 CAPITAL FUND Projected Balance 1/1/20 Projected Disbursements for Projects

$0

Projected Capital Fund Fees

864,000

Projected Balance 12/31/20

$2,540,700

Board Meeting: Candidates, Events, and Member Fees

By Diane M. Loeffler During the October 10 meeting, Community Association President Sam Sudman introduced the candidates for the three director positions. They are Mike Burnham, Eric Porr, Ron Matelski and current Board incumbent, Bob Sullivan. To learn more about these individuals and what they have to offer our community, read the interviews published in this month’s News and attend Meet the Candidates Night on November 13 in Community Hall at 7 p.m. Stan Juczak presented a report to the board on behalf of the History Society. This group and The Friends of the History Society Club are working to preserve our history and to share it with the community. The report says a home at 1002 Cherry Hills Drive was purchased with the intent that it be transformed into a museum and history center. In 2015, the History Society was moved to the Information Center on North Pebble Beach Boulevard. The History Society has a vault and an office there. There is no space for ongoing displays. The Society believes our

residents would be interested in viewing photos and other memorabilia if they were available. Another Del Webb Community in Arizona has a building that has permanent displays. The Histor y Society Report reads, “It is recommended that 1002 Cherry Hills Drive be returned to its earlier use as a museum and history center. This recommendation is also based on the fact that 1002 Cherry Hills Drive was one of the original structures built by Del Webb and therefore has historical significance. It is recognized that space for the Men’s Club Lifeline and Veterans organizations will have to be found before the above can be realized.” A proposal to increase CA fees by $12 per member will be on the December ballot. The ballot will also ask members to vote for 3 of the 4 candidates for CA Director. The board approved Janet Ditmore for 2019 “Hi, Neighbor!” Chair, Susan Muise for 2020 FunFest Chair, and Robin Lemaster for Bingo Co-chair.

What’s New at the Library?

By Joanne Gilray, Library Administrator Hello from the library! We are getting some of our Snowbirds back, so it’s probably a good time to go over a few changes. Conference Room: Did you know you can reserve the conference room? As a Sun City Community resident or Kings Points SCC library member you can! You may call the library or come in and speak with a staff member to reserve the room. The room is kept locked at all times, and you must see the library staff member in circulation to sign-in and unlock the door. You must have your CA or KP card with you when you come to use the room. Please note, the conference room may not be used for recording as it pertains to self-promotion or advertising purposes. Reservations end at 3:30 p.m.

$1,676,700

Sun City Center History Society Database: The library now hosts a computer database for the SCC History Society. This computer system is the sole responsibility of the History Society, and all questions must be addressed to them. Library staff and volunteers are not trained in the system. This database includes, but is not limited to: historical information and documents on Sun City Center and the library as well as past editions of The News of Sun City Center. The computer is located in the back-right corner of the Reference Room. Donations: Yes, we accept donations and are very grateful to get them. We ask that the items donated be in good condition which means not having been stored in garages and attics. Books are very sensitive to heat and books stored in heat tend to yellow and bend. We do not accept all donations and not all donations

accepted end up in the collection. If you are looking to donate, we have some guidelines in the library you can ask to see. In addition, please make all donations during regular business hours. Putting donations in the book drop results in overcrowding and ultimately damage to ours and Hillsborough’s items. Again, thank you for our kind consideration in deciding to donate to us. Hours: We will be closed November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving. The book drop will be available to you to return items during this time. However, items due during this time are extended to the next open business day so there’s no need to rush to return items during the holidays.

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Meet the CA Board Candidates

Eric Porr

Eric Porr was raised in Rochester, New York and Tennessee. He is married to Susan who is a Navy veteran. They have two daughters and two grandchildren. The Porrs have lived in Florida since 2003 and moved to Sun City Center in 2015. They chose to move to Sun City Center because of the clubs, the amenities, and the proximity to Tampa. Eric Porr serves on the Long Range Planning Committee along with board members, CA staff and other residents. He is also President of the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club and is a volunteer with Keep America Beautiful (a national organization), Special Olympics, SE Guide Dogs, and Cancer Research. He enjoys lawn bowling, pickleball, tennis, and golf. Eric’s wife, Susan, is an artist. Porr says, “I am running for the Board to preserve and enhance the various amenities and lifestyles we have in Sun City Center, and protect the future value of our homes and the infrastructure surrounding us.” Porr holds a BSBA from Bowling Green State University where he majored in Industrial Engineering and Marketing. He also received a Traffic Manager Certificate from Davenport College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has experience in contract management, project administration, negotiating, budgeting, and finance. He says he would bring vision, leadership, and management experience to the board. Porr says, “The board is responsible for the facilities, buildings and clubs. Our 501 (c) (3) status needs to be maintained to keep our costs down. Hot topics are our future buildings and concerns about our infrastructure including roads and the drainage system. We have pipes that are falling in. We need to figure out how to influence the county to make the proper repairs.” “We need to make sure Sun City Center remains a fun place to retire and live. That’s why people come here. I would like to see more activities especially outdoor entertainment like the gazebo music nights. We should expand on that.” “I would like to improve upon communication with the residents. I think we should have more surveys. They could be online or in paper form. We need more input on what people want Sun City Center to be. Surveys, open meetings to discuss priorities, and a suggestion box could help. We need to use the internet a lot more than we currently are. The internet allows for quicker response time. We also need to reach out to those who don’t use technology. Posters, electronic board reminders, and more email blasts are all good ideas. There seems to be so much misinformation.” “I tell my family we like Sun City Center because we are around a group of like-minded people who are retired and want to have fun. There is such a diversity of clubs and activities that we are never bored.”

Ron Matelski

Wisconsin native, Ron Matelski moved here from Grays Lake, Illinois five years ago. He and his wife, Judi, have been married 55 years. They have three sons and one grandson, all of whom live in the Milwaukee area. The Matelskis researched senior communities for about 12 years, but they discovered Sun City Center only because they saw a sign on I-75 advertising our community. At the time, they were visiting a nephew in Florida. After searching coast to coast, they were sold on SCC because of the people, the atmosphere, and the activities. Matelski says, “When we first visited, we went to the Information Center for materials. The next year Joe Elam spent an hour with us.” Matelski earned a BS in Math from Dominican College and an MBA from Marquette University. His career was in information technology and consulting. He has managed groups ranging from 30 individuals to over 100 people. His career has taken him all over the country. Matelski began volunteering at the Information Center as soon as he moved here. He is active in the Tennis Club, the Security Patrol (deputy captain), the Wedgewood III H.O.A. (board member), Men’s Club, Wisconsin Club, History Society (Board), Photo Club (monitor), Computer Club, German American Club, and Polish Club. He also assists with parking and room set-up for the “Hi, Neighbor!” event. Matelski is concerned about communication, clubs and fiscal matters. He says the Kings Point fees seem to have “come out of the blue” and says “they could have involved the clubs.” He says, “We have excellent clubs and activities. It is like we have gold and don’t know it. “I am concerned that we remain debt free and keep our 501 (c) (3) status. We also need to be sure to keep up-to-date and not to let our facilities deteriorate. We looked at a Fort Myers community that is a million dollars in debt.” “We need to say to the community, ‘We are looking at possibly doing this.’ As a board member, I would talk to people in the organizations and clubs to which I belong. Priorities should be determined by the impact they have on the community. We need to make sure we are abiding by safety standards and financial factors as well as the popularity of an idea.” “I would be a good board member, because I am an open-minded person. I have been involved in churches, communities, scouts, and other organizations often serving on finance committees. If elected, I would want the community to be comfortable with our finances and what we are doing.”

Bob Sullivan

Bob Sullivan is running for re-election as a Director for the Sun City Center Community Association Board. Sullivan is married to Pat Sullivan. They have two daughters and a two-year-old grandchild. Sullivan served on the Baltimore County Police Department for 10 years and was a second level manager for Xerox for 37 years. The Sullivans have lived in Florida for 15 years, almost six of those years in Sun City Center. They chose to live here because of the amenities and the friendliness of the community. Bob Sullivan’s activities include the Oldies but Goodies Club, the Information Center (volunteer), Billiards, Men’s Club (Vice President, block captain), Lifeline (installer), and Security Patrol (past Assistant Chief, formerly captain of two teams simultaneously). He and his wife are Santa and Mrs. Claus in the golf cart parade and he also takes on the role of Santa Claus when helping with a nearby memory care unit’s holiday party. The Sullivans co-chaired the Holiday and Fourth of July breakfasts for a few years. He has worked with the golf cart parade, various health fairs and “Hi, Neighbor!” He is also currently the Club Liaison Director on the Board. “I love this community. I love to help people. There is always something that needs help. “The board has a fiduciary obligation to the community. We need to make sure the association stays solvent. The Board of Directors needs to be constantly aware of where they are financially. We need to follow the priorities determined by the community working with the board itself. When the community wants something like a new pool, we need to look at the need and the costs involved.” “One of the primary issues facing us is the Kings Point fee issue. Another is the aging of the building that houses the Rollins Theatre and several clubs and organizations.” “I believe I am a good director because I am very dedicated to the community. I am also very organized and am able to stay calm even when confronted. I have always loved helping people. Being in a volunteer position where I can help so many people makes me feel like a kid in a candy shop.” “I would like to see the Board update our amenities. We need to repair some of our buildings. We need to look into possibly putting in a second swimming pool. We need to reach closure on the Kings Point issues.” “There is nothing like Sun City Center. The Villages are too big. Other communities are too small. The people who volunteer here at Sun City Center are second to none.”

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Mike Burnham

Mike Burnham and his wife, Melissa lived in the Boston area for 45 years and were Red Sox season ticket holders. They became aware of Sun City Center when his mother lived in Kings Point. After three years of being snowbirds, Mike, Melissa, and their dog, Lily Boots, became full-time residents in November 2018. He is a director with the New England club and has worked as a volunteer for the Holiday Breakfast. He is also an avid golfer. His wife is active in pottery club and wood working. Burnham says, “My wife is the creative one. I am more analytical.” Burnham was a research leader. For several years, he worked with the U.S. Coast Guard creating databases and software on board USCG Cutters. Burnham says, “Working collaboratively with federal, civilian and USCG staff, my team and I automated and standardized the process that resulted in reducing the cost per database.” These analytic tools, “enabled USCG staff to better analyze reliability, maintainability, and operational readiness.” “L ate r i n my c are e r w it h t h e Transportation Security Administration, I supported the development of various management techniques to assess a variety of threats.” Burnham says, “In all of my endeavors, I used my ability to think outside the box to introduce and develop cost effective (and cost saving) to challenges faced by the Federal Government.” Burnham says, “My abilities to plan and analyze, negotiate and communicate and manage people, cost, schedule, and technical content provide me with the background and expertise to successfully serve the community as a board member.” Burnham says his goals would be “to provide all residents with the best value for their dues while ensuring that our community maintains its pristine character. Second, I want to ensure each and every resident is provided with responsive and respectful service from our CA staff, service contractors, our clubs, our boards, and the various committees supporting CA business.” Burnham’s goal is to communicate with as many residents as possible. He suggests survey tools, subcommittee meetings with interested parties, board members talking to neighbors, and more use of email and online tools for communicating with residents. Burnham says, “Most people in Sun City Center are friendly and open. They want to make friends and to get together in informal and formal groups. There are so many people in our age bracket that it is easy to find like-minded people. I also like that we have so much access to culture and entertainment here, in Tampa, and also at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin.”


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Save the Date: Holiday Breakfast

Mark your calendars for December 7. Plan to start your day with a delicious breakfast for only $5! The committee members have been busy planning the gathering, which will be held in Florida Room from 7:30 until 11:30. The breakfast is open to everyone in the area. Proceeds help to fund the Golf Cart Parade, free ice cream, and various other activities. After the breakfast, plan to shop locally and buy items at the clubs.

We’re “Makin’ a List” of Holiday Decorations

Veterans Photo Project

By Ilona Merritt The News of Sun City Center would like to hear from all residents, who work so hard to decorate the outside of their homes for the Holidays. It takes many hours of hard work to put up those displays, but sadly many of us do not get to see them, simply because we don’t know where they are. This year the News would like to publish a list of homes and neighborhoods where these magnificently decorated homes are located. Simply send a note to “editor@ soco.news” with the subject “Holiday Lights.” List your house number and street name, or just the street name if it’s a neighborhood effort. Deadline for publication in our December issue is November 10.

All Community Association members who served honorably in any branch of the U.S. Military are eligible to have their photos taken for the Veterans Wall of Honor Project as shown in the Atrium. There will be a photo shoot on Saturday, November 16 from 10 to noon. This will take place in the Photo Club Lab in the multi-purpose building (at the corner of North Course Lane and N. Pebble Beach Blvd. behind the bus stop). Please call Carol Donner in the CA office (813.633.3500) to register, along with your CA membership number, by 12 Noon on Thursday, November 14 and you will be assigned a specific time.

By Diane M. Loeffler S u n C i t y C e nt e r C o m mu n i t y Association (CA) and Kings Point (KP) have grown up side by side. We share more than a zip code. We are close to our KP neighbors. We volunteer and play with them. However, we receive no money from KP. Our budget is separate from theirs. During the June 12 board meeting, the board approved in an 8 to 1 vote to charge Kings Point residents an annual fee of $125. This would allow KP residents to belong to as many clubs as they wish. Currently, approximately 1,900 Kings Point residents belong to one or more CA clubs. Because some of these Kings Point residents may only participate in a few clubs, an option of a daily fee

quantify soap, paper products, wear and tear, building replacement and the salaries of the workers who maintain the property on an individual person basis.” If you go to “kpwrfra.com” and click on AC-1, Rules and Regulations, you can read the specific rules and regulations of Kings Point. On page 4 of this document, item L reads, “All Kings Point clubs, groups, organizations and classes using the clubhouse facilities should try to maintain a membership of 75% Kings Point residents. The remaining numbers may be composed of Sun City Center Community members.” Members of the CA Board have asked how many CA members are members of official KP clubs. KP says they are willing to share the information, but have been unable to access it as of this time.

To Fee or Not to Fee: That is the Question was suggested. However, as Bob Miller pointed out during the meeting, the logistics of collecting daily fees could be difficult. Board member Bob Sullivan says, “CA members are paying about 85 cents a day. Kings Point residents are paying nothing.” Those in support of the fee argue that nothing is free. Cleaning and maintenance are handled by salaried employees. While some clubs ask for money from non-CA members, this only covers the associated maintenance costs if those “extra” funds are passed on to the CA. SCC Long Range Planning Committee Chairman Doug Seipelt says, “Kings Point has been on the expense side and capital cost of our budget for years, but not on the revenue side. It is hard to

Can we continue to offer our facilities free to those who do not contribute to the CA’s operating fund and still remain debt-free? Get involved in this discussion and let your voice be heard. Attend CA meetings and contact the Board members, who want to hear from residents on this issue.

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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.

Gallery Opening and Reception November 6

Swim Dancers enjoy getting to know each other at our monthly lunches.

SCC Swim Dancers

SCC Swim Dances are beginning practice for their annual aquatic show. Practices are Monday and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 7:30 a.m. in the Atrium Lap Pool. If you are an experienced swimmer and would like to join in the fun, please contact Sue Muise at 813.633.2479.

The Art Club in Sun City Center will showcase the artwork of Marion Giblin. Originally from Connecticut, Marion earned degrees in Education while raising her family. While teaching and later working as a school administrator, Marion found little time to pursue her love of the arts. She enjoyed drawing, painting, and crafts when time permitted. After retiring, Marion was thrilled to join the Art Club in Sun City Center where she enrolled in classes and workshops offered by the Club. Later, she became a member of the Kings Point Art League and the Southshore Arts Council. She loves painting, especially in oils, but also paints in watercolors, acrylics, and is experimenting with collage. She is most inspired by nature and especially enjoys painting landscapes, although she also studied portraiture when painting each of her grandchildren. Join in this joyful art celebration at the Art Club in Sun City Center’s Gallery Exhibit on Wednesday, November 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 954 Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City Center. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Visit “www.artclubofscc.com” for more information.

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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.

Stay in The Know

Metaphysical Society Fundraiser

The SCCCA wants all its members to stay informed. Reading The News of Sun City Center is a great way to do that. Another great way to get current information is to sign up for the “WHAT’s NEW WITH THE CA” email news blast. When you sign up, your email address is added to the distribution list for important announcements. All information will remain confidential and will not be shared. If you are a CA member and have not already requested that your email address be included, you can do so by either: Go to the CA Office at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd and see the receptionist. She will provide you a form to complete, to get added to the news distribution. Or, send an email to sccboard@suncitycenter.org, subject line “Please add me to the CA News Blast.” This email must include your full name, your address, your CA badge number, and the email address you would like the email blast sent to.

10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Heritage Room. Entry fee $1 with love offering requested to benefit our Society.Show your Community ID card when checking in. Metaphysical Society information 813.398-7033. November 6 • “Between Life Planning and Past Life Journeys” presented by Mary Lou Houllis November 9 • “Metaphysical Society Fair”, Chamber of Commerce, 10 to 4, free admission November 13 • “Soul Trauma Healing” presented by Elissa Bentsen November 20 • “Using Gemstones for Health, Wellness, and Readings” with Ayla Murray November 27 • “Test Your Abilities in our Metaphysical World”

The Art Club Artist of the Month is Marsha Lucidi

Wednesday, November 6, at 7 p.m. at the Community Hall, on the South Campus. The November Meeting will be “Smartphone Fundamentals”, presented by Phil Sorrentino.

Marsha’s appreciation for art began in high School and continued into college. After graduation, she used her art education in various careers. When she retired from a full-time career, she came back to the art world as studio artist creating oil paintings. She has since developed a wide range of styles and medium including acrylic, ink, mixed medium, and watercolors. She loves a free, loose style with lots of color aspects which show emotion and create a feeling of excitement. Marsha tackles many different subjects depending on her inspiration and finds challenges in many different styles. Her art has won numerous awards in Pennsylvania and Florida and is displayed in galleries and private collections.

Annual Storewide Sale at Lapidary Club

Mark your calendars for the Annual Fall Jewelry Sale on Friday, November 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everything in the store will be 10% off. Credit cards are accepted. The Sun City Center Lapidary Club is located in the Arts & Crafts Building, 915E Cherry Hills Drive. Get your Christmas shopping done early, and reward yourself with something from our unique collection of beautiful handmade jewelry! Lapidary Club membership is only $10 and is open to SCC residents with current picture ID badges, including residents of Freedom Plaza and Aston Gardens. Kings Kathy Bittman and Vicki Johnson show off Point residents are welcome to join as their latest jewelry designs space allows. The jewelry store is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. M-W-F, and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting Computer Club Classes

Sign up for classes can be done on-line or in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Beverly Hiller, Education Director at “hillerbev@aol.com”. Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website “www.scccomputerclub.org”. Detailed information is also available in the computer lab. Buying and Using a Chromebook • Tuesday, November 5, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. iPad/iPhone for Seniors • Wednesday, November 6, from 9 – noon Introduction to File Explorer • Friday, November 8, from 9 – noon Facebook 101 • Monday, November 11, from 9 – noon Painfree Backup for Your Computer • Tuesday, November 12, from 8:30 – noon Buying a Computer • Wednesday, November 13, from 9 – 11 a.m. Windows 10 Workshop • Thursday, November 14, and Friday, November 15, from 9 – 11 a.m. Tuning Your PC Workshop • Tuesday, November 19, from 8:30 – noon Publish Your Memoir or Other Writings • Thursday, November 21, from 10:30 – noon PowerPoint Basics • Friday, November 22, from 9 – noon Beginners Semi-Private Tutoring • Wednesday, November 27, from 9-10 or 10:15-11:15 a.m.

MOVIES

at the Rollins Theater One Showing Only at 1 p.m.

Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1 p.m. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun City Center Community Association members/guests who present current cards or a Kings Point ID badge.

Please note: There will only be one movie shown in November

Sew’n Sews Make Cat Pads

Christina Brittain, a friend of Mary Kroner, a Sew’n Sews member, asked if the club could make some cat pads. Christina provided the fleece and batting and several members were willing to take on the task. They made over 25 cat pads for Raining Cats and Dogs Shelter and Sanctuary in Plant City for which Christina is a volunteer. The members of Sew’n Sews enjoy sewing and love to put their talents to use sewing for charity. Membership is open to all members of the Sun City Center Community Association. For information call 813.505.9503 or email “www.scc. sew.n.sews@gamil.com”.

November 11 • Breakthrough 1 Hour, 57 Minutes

After a 14-year-old falls into a frozen Missouri lake, his adoptive parents refuse to give up hope on their son, lying unconscious in a hospital bed. The boy’s mother prays intensely and inspires others to pray for him too, as she asks God for a miracle. Starring: Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Marcel Ruiz, Dennis Haysbert Director: Roxann Dawson Genre: Drama


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Home for the Holidays with the 2019 Golf Cart Parade

By Bob Sanchez Mark your calendars for the Home for the Holidays Golf Cart Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 14. CA Director Larry Smith, the event coordinator, says that residents from Sun City Center, Kings Point, and Freedom Plaza are all welcome to decorate their golf carts and join in the fun. Entrants may be individuals or groups, including clubs, service organizations, HOA’s and businesses. Over $1,000 in prizes will be awarded. There’s no cost to enter, and all entries have a chance to win. To participate, pick up an entry form at the front desk of the CA office and turn it in by December 9.

Veterans - Live Your Racing Dreams

By Kai Rambow Have you ever wanted to race a motorized vehicle around a race track? If you’re a veteran, then here’s a chance to make your racing dreams come true. A Veteran’s Racing League is being put together. Experience is not required; volunteers will train you. Some races will be held in the new year on both oval tracks and raceway type courses. Jonathon Tepes Sharkey, a veteran himself, has driven this new initiative. Sharkey, still races

today, although he quickly points out that he needs help getting out of the race vehicles. “We’ll help you see if this is something you’d like to do, and then help you prepare to race.” Sharkey already has enlisted help from sponsors such as Motul. They are working on keeping expenses as low as possible. If you’d like to check it out, contact Jonathon at auracing@ yahoo.com. The track is located at 14848 Speedway Drive, Wimauma, FL 33598, just off CR672 (Balm Road).

55 Years of Service: Our Amazing Emergency Squad

By Diane M. Loeffler On the afternoon of September 25, the SCC Emergency Squad held a party with cake and coffee to celebrate 55 years of helping others. What an accomplishment! Did you know that our Emergency Squad is the only volunteer squad in the entire state of Florida? Literally, around the world people have asked how Sun City Center has managed to establish and successfully run an emergency squad that provides free services to area residents. Representatives from as close as The Villages to as far away as China have toured the Squad and inquired as to how they might establish a similar service. During the September celebration, Megan Nixon, a representative of Commissioner White, presented Emergency Squad Chief Mike Bardell with a framed letter of Commendation reading in part, “on the occasion of its 55th anniversary of providing high quality emergency services to the Greater Sun City Center community, a model of Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”

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Megan Nixon read and presented a commendation to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. Nixon represents Commissioner Stacy White.

Since John Bowker has the longest tenure of anyone, he and his wife, Linda, were given the honor of joining Megan Nixon in cutting the first piece of cake. Many training items were on display. Ted Adamczyk demonstrated how to perform CPR on an adult and on a baby. The dummies he used are equipped with lights that clearly let you know if the depth or the speed of your compressions is right. Would you be interested in taking a class in CPR, fall prevention, or stopping the bleed? Contact Karen Shirley

Megan Nixion, Linda and John Bowker cutting the first piece of cake.

Bardell, Assistant Chief of Education and Medical at 6331411. Whenever there is sufficient demand, classes will be offered. You don’t have to volunteer for the squad to take them. If you have a walker, wheelchair or other mobility device you no longer need, you may donate the items to The Emergency Squad. The Squad’s maintenance people sanitize, repair and service these items. Area residents may then borrow them as needed.

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Ted Adamczyk demonstrated CPR on this dummy and one of an infant as well. The two green lights on the dummy’s shoulder indicate that he is using the right amount of pressure and doing so at the correct speed.

The Emergency Squad has grown from 14 individuals trained in first aid back in 1964 to over 400 volunteers today. The growth has been amazing, but the squad still needs more

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The Editor’s Corner Saluting All Who Serve

By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of Sun City Center & South County The dogs started barking as he came up the walk. They are always excited to see him, as are his not-so-little-anymore brothers, who got to the door just seconds after the Golden Retrievers. My eldest son, Christian, was home for a visit. A year removed from finishing his first hitch in the United States Air Force, Chris had something on his mind to share with mom and dad. After a few compulsory minutes wrestling with his brothers, he sat down at the dinner table. I offered him a beer. Water’s fine, he said. Hmmm, I thought. What’s up? So, I’m thinking about reenlisting, he said. No preamble, just right into it. That’s Chris. Especially when he’s pretty close to a decision about something. Into the Army this time… he said. They have the job I want, and they’ll let me keep my rank. This was offered as tentative information, but I could tell his mind was, mostly, made up. More than mostly, it turned out. A few weeks later, I dropped Chris off at the recruiting office. He was scheduled to fly out for Basic Training early the next day. The first of many early days in his imminent future. And, now,

we wait. It will be at least five weeks before we will hear from him. He’ll miss Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then New Year’s. He graduates OSUT on Valentine’s Day. Then… well… only the Army knows. As I sit here, recalling that dinner table revelation, my mind drifts back about twelve years, to the day a 14-year-old kid sat down across from me at a different dinner table in a different house with something similar on his mind. Dad, I think I might want to go into the military. He was tentative then, just feeling out the idea. At 14, four years until graduation seems like an eternity. I told him I would be proud of him, no matter what he chose, and that his mother and I loved him, and wanted him to do what was right for him. Do some research, we said. Talk with family members and friends who served. Take what the recruiters tell you with a grain of salt. As I write this, Chris has just begun his first day of boot, along with thousands of other recruit trainees. Unlike most of them, he enters training as a sergeant and a seasoned veteran. Which, I’m sure, the Army DIs will make sure he remembers. It’s their job to prepare these brave young men and women to join the approximately 1.4 million Americans serving in the United States Armed Forces. In addition to those currently serving in either active duty or the reserves, there are, depending on your source and the year, between 18 and 22 million military veterans in the U.S. population. Nearly half of these are over 65 years of age. Many volunteered, others

Squad continued from page 1. people to volunteer and / or donate in order to continue to serve us all. If you are interested, stop by the Emergency Squad Training Center at 124 South Pebble Beach Boulevard at 6

p.m on the second Wednesday of every month or call 813 633-1411. No prior medical background is required to become a part of this amazing organization.

There are quite a few dramatic moments interspersed with humorous moments during the Hole in the Head Gang – Train Robbery.

Fun Train Robbery?

By Kai Rambow There was a lull in the shooting; both sides were out of bullets. “Keep talking while I’m reloading,” instructed the sheriff to the bad guy. This is just one of the fun moments during the Hole in the Head Gang – Train Robbery. The Florida Railroad Museum has a knack for not just taking passengers on a train ride, but creating memorable experiences. Adults were just as enthused, maybe more so, than kids to get their picture taken

with a cast of characters. The first set of dates will be at the end of this month. Events at the Railroad Museum are very popular and sell out quickly. So, if you’d like to do this, get your tickets early. Hole in the Head Gang Train Robbery November 30, December 1 Florida Railroad Museum 12210 83rd Street East Parrish, FL (941) 776-0906 www.frrm.org

were drafted. What every one of them has in common is that, when their country called, they raised their hand. This month, we come together as a nation to honor their commitment and their sacrifice. A service is planned in SCC at Community Hall. Many others will be held throughout the Tampa Bay area, across the country, and around the world. Like as not, my son will spend the day rucking through the woods with his platoon. Tens of thousands of deployed Americans will spend the day set aside to honor them aboard ships with no land in sight, or in tents far from home, or on dusty roads somewhere in the desert or in the mountains of some global hotspot. Others will spend the day in tanks stationed along the DMZ in Korea, or in administrative buildings in Kuwait, England, or Germany. Some will be on training missions in undisclosed areas or piloting aircraft to enforce no-fly zones. They live and work and play on bases set behind tall fences, a

world removed from civilian life; or they live next door, sharing the same roads, shopping at the same supermarkets, and sending their kids to the same schools as you and me. Over the past decade or so, it’s become cliché to “Thank a Veteran,” almost as reflexive as saying, “Happy Holidays.” While the impulse is good, we should be careful not to allow the wellwishes to become mundane. Honoring veterans, no matter when, where, or why they served, is the duty of every American. Whether or not we agree with the reasons or the wars, all of us who live in the Land of the Free should appreciate everyone who swore to “support and defend the Constitution, and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same…” It’s the least we can do for those who put the most on the line. NOTE: Statistics taken from Pew Research, Department of Defense, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the US Census.

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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.

Sun City Center Photo Club Open House

November 11 From 1 to 3 p.m. in the multipurpose room on N. Pebble Beach (next to lawn bowling on the CA Main Campus). All Sun City Center Photo Club members, SCC Residents, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza residents are welcome to attend. Learn more about the club as well as the latest equipment, software, and classes available for members to increase their skills. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about our club, please visit our website at “www.photoclubscc.com”.

SCC New England Club Fall Social

Tuesday, November 5 Doors open at 5 p.m., in the Florida Room. Come join your fellow New Englanders for pizza, live entertainment and prizes. Admission is $5 per member. Existing club members will receive a reservation form by email. New members welcome. No guests. Advance reservations are due October 25. Further details and reservation form are available at “www.sccnec.org” or call Mike Burnham 508240-4445. Club members must belong to SCC CA.

SCC International Forum November 8 Program

Friday, November 8 9:30-11:30 a.m. All residents of SCC, Kings Point, Freedom Plaza, and their guests are welcome. In the Florida Room in the Atrium Bldg. on the main campus of the Community Association on North Pebble Beach Blvd. The U.S--Mexican border is almost 2,000 miles long, most of which is remote with no natural border. Dr. Rachel May, University of South Florida Professor, will discuss the history and context for international human rights norms, which inform a legal and humane response to the border crisis.

SCC Security Patrol Sunset Dinner Cruise

By Ilona Merritt Tuesday, December 10, 2019, the Security Patrol invites members of the community to join them on a three-hour Sunset Cruise. The cost is $80 per person and includes transportation from SCC and return, cruise, buffet, ice tea or coffee. Live DJ. Cash bar will be available. Departure from SCC is at 5:15 p.m., return by 10:30 pm. Join the fun and start the holiday season in a special way. Tickets may be purchased at the Security Office at 1225 N. Pebble Beach Blvd., Monday through Friday from 9 to 12 noon.

Art Club Demonstration

Monday, November 18 at 1 p.m. in Rollins Theater Demonstration will feature KC Chilton demonstrating how to create clay monoprints. This unique process starts with a clay slab that is layered with hand colored slip (clay the consistency of pudding) using stencils and other techniques. After carving into the clay to add another dimension, a monoprint is taken on industrial fabric. The result is a unique multi-layered effect. The demonstration is open to all Community Association and Kings Point members. Rollins Theater is located at 970 Cherry Hill Drive in Sun City Center.

Sun City Center Photo Club Meeting

November 12 The Sun City Center Photo Club welcomes photojournalist Tom O’Neill, as our guest speaker on Tuesday, November 12, in the Caper Room, located in the Atrium of the main campus. Tom has 25 years of experience covering assignments in Pennsylvania, Florida, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Asia. Club meeting begins at 6:30, and is open to club members and their guests. Our members are dedicated to meet the interests and needs of all levels of photography. Membership Dues are $20 annually and $30 for a household couple. For more information, please visit our club website at “www. photoclubscc.com”.

Organ/Keyboard Lessons

This sale is for the snowbirds just returning to SCC. Free lessons for the month of November, new members only. This opportunity is offered by the SCC Organ/Keyboard Club. SCC and KP residents only. The club meets every Thursday in the Armstrong Room at 9 a.m. No registration or instrument needed, it is a group lesson for beginners through advanced players. The club provides music, it is yours to keep with your own notes on it. The teacher begins class at 9:30, giving you tips on how to make that EZ play or advanced music sound better on your instrument, and teaching the lesson within the song itself.

SCC Nia Club Special Event

November 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. Please join us for our last workshop of the year “Body Alignment with Nia Moves.” This special event is open to all members in good standing of SCC, KP, and FP. It will be held in Dance Room 2, 1203 N Pebble Beach Blvd, SCC (just north of the lawn bowling). The cost for club members is $7, and $10 for nonmembers. Suitable for all fitness levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. Bring a friend and share The Joy of Movement. Info: email Gail at “energygail3@ gmail.com” or call 480.220.1430.

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Flamenco Dance Troupe to Headline Men’s Club Open House

November 8 Free food, spectacular entertainment and dozens of prizes. Open to all residents of the Greater Sun City Center Community, the free event will offer attendees free ice cream, brownies, coffee, and spectacular entertainment. In addition, more than two dozen door prizes will be awarded to guests. Entertainment scheduled includes Colombia Restaurant’s Flamenco Dance Troupe; and Dixieland group, The Merry Makers. Among the two dozen door prizes to be awarded are gift certificates provided by local merchants, gift baskets, some adult beverages and more. The grand prize, a four-day, three-night cruise for two departing from Tampa, has been donated jointly by the Men’s Club and Travelworld of Sun City Center. The Men’s Club states that prize winners must be present to claim their reward. The open house will be held at Sun City Center Community Hall, 1019 South Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. For information about joining the club, contact Membership Vice President Jon Lehr at (813) 260-3058 or by email at jonlehrscc@ aol.com.

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SCC Polish Heritage Club

Tuesday, November 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The SCC Polish Heritage Club is holding their Welcome Back Snowbirds membership meeting in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, 945-D North Course Lane. Admission is free. Refreshments include light buffet. The Club warmly welcomes Sun City Center CA residents interested in learning about the traditional Polish Cultural events that the Club offers. Annual dues are $5 per person. For info, please call Lorraine at 813.677.0026 or Wanda at 813.633.0016.

The Shipwreck that Changed the World

November 20 Captain Carl Fismer will be the guest speaker at the November 20, 2019, meeting of the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter NSDAR. The Captain will also have a Power Point presentation of his 40-year career in shipwreck salvage. The program is open to chapter members and interested residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. The DAR chapter meeting is located in the Florida Room of the Atrium. Light refreshments and hospitality are from 12:30 to 1 p.m. The meeting starts promptly at 1 p.m.

Ohio Club Beat Michigan Party

Saturday, November 30 The Ohio Club is having its annual Ohio State Buckeye vs Michigan Wolverines Tailgate Party to watch the big game on in the Community Hall! The game will be shown on the huge movie screen at noon, with the doors opening at 11 a.m. As usual, this game has national championship implications as the Buckeyes fight for the Big Ten Championship and the chance to play for the National Championship! Be sure to arrive at 11 to have time to put a dollar or two on the game score, get your Share the Wealth tickets, to have an adult beverage as you prepare for the kickoff. This is a BYOB event. Water will be provided. The Tailgate Buffet will open at halftime: taco bar with chicken or beef, rice, beans, salad, and dressings, chips, salsa, and guacamole plus either a piece of chocolate cream pie or New York cheesecake. Cost: $14 per member, $16 for guests. Make your reservations now by mailing your check (to the Ohio Club) to Valerie Graves at 2218 North Creek Court. If delivered in person, place your check in the Ohio Club Drop Box on the front porch. Tables of 8 or 10 may be reserved by sending a check in full with the names of those included in the table reservation.

November 19 at 2 p.m. Enjoy the live music by the Front Porch Pickers, as well as games and barbecue. Members $15, guests $18. Call Mary Duncan to reserve, 813.260.3322.

SCC Security Patrol Benefit

By Ilona Merritt This year a 2019 Icon i40 is being raffled for the benefit of the SCC Security Patrol. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20 or 30 tickets for $100. Tickets may be purchased at the Security Office at 1225 N. Pebble Beach Blvd., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The drawing will be December 4, 2019. Please support your local Security Patrol.

SCC Men’s Club Hears About Environmental Lands Management

Ross Dickerson, head of the Environmental Lands Management Section of the Hillsborough County Conservation and Land Management Department, was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Mr. Dickerson related how the ELMS oversees the nomination process of lands and the management of lands purchased through the Environmental Lands Acquisition L to R: David Floyd, President, SCC Men’s Club, Ross Dickerson, & Protection Program (ELAPP). Hillsborough County Environmental The purpose of ELAPP is to acquire Lands Management, George and preserve environmentally Bodmer, VP Programs, SCC Men’s sensitive lands which protect Club. wildlife habitat, natural areas, drinking water sources, and water quality or rivers, lakes, and bays. The preservation of lands is of great importance in Hillsborough County, particularly the South Shore and Eastern areas, as developments of new homes continue to take up huge areas of land. The SCC Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. Call Jon Lehr, VP of Membership, 813.260.3058 for more information.

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Blossoms of Asia at Selby Gardens

The Japanese inspired landscape garden has a calming effect.

By Kai Rambow Stunningly beautiful with seemingly infinite varieties, orchids fascinate even people who don’t pay much attention to flowers. Selby Gardens does a tremendous job of creating thematic displays showcasing orchids. Blossoms of Asia showcases Asian orchids in a Japanese inspired setting in the conservatory. Note: The bamboo and many other materials were harvested on the grounds. The beauty of the flowers is intoxicating; the calming effect of the Zen-like landscape garden is relaxing. It’s a wonderful, ascetic combination.

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Mark your calendars for December 7. Plan to start your day with a delicious breakfast for only $5! The committee members have been busy planning the gathering, which will be held in Florida Room from 7:30 until 11:30. The breakfast is open to everyone in the area. Proceeds help to fund the Golf Cart Parade, free ice cream, and various other activities. After the breakfast, plan to shop locally and buy items at the clubs.

Some of the many gorgeous orchids at Blossoms of Asia.

The Payne Mansion, once again, hosts part of the exhibition. Fabulously colored pages from old botanical reference guides are displayed. Resplendent Japanese woodblock prints and paintings on vellum are

also visually entrancing. This should be of particular interest to any artists or craft enthusiasts. Tip: Recommend catching a docent led tour in the mansion to learn more about the displays here. Selby Gardens is a worthwhile destination and an especially rewarding one during their

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Apollo Beach Woman’s Club Luncheon

The next Apollo Beach Woman’s Club (ABWC) luncheon will be on Wednesday, November 13 at the Apollo’s Bistro, located at 6520 Richies Way, Apollo Beach, FL. The program speaker will be Tina McGlynn, a representative from CATE (Conquering Addiction Through Education). The luncheon will be led by ABWC President Claudia Members of ABWC at their October Gassett, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon. Pictured: Beverley Brooks, 1st VP of ABWC Programs; for socializing and lunch is served Debbie Van Ore, program speaker at noon. The luncheon is $18. from “100 Women Who Care”; Reservations must be made and Susie Cochran “100 Women paid for by Friday, November 8. Who Care” member; and ABWC For menu details and reservations, President Claudia Gassett. contact Sharon Vasquez 813.641.7856 or “sharonlvasquez@verizon. net”. All luncheons are held monthly on the second Wednesday from September to May.

Keep Them Away from Your Money

By Diane M. Loeffler Deputy Merry says, “Recently there has been an uptick in credit and debit card fraud. No one is immune. I had to change my credit card three weeks ago because someone copied it at a gas station pump while I was near Atlanta. My credit card was used immediately afterwards at a Honeybaked Ham store and a Planet Smoothie very close to where I purchased gas.” “The good news is that credit card fraud should decrease when we go completely to cards with chips.” Some of the ways the cards are “read” by the scammers are overlays that fit snugly on top of the keypad, wireless readers inside the pump that captures all of the data and can be read from far away, little cameras just above the keypads, and skimmers that are put inside of the pump. If a device isn’t installed well, your card may jam when you put it in or the keypad may look thicker. Usually, you can’t tell a device is there.” Any time you swipe your credit card or use your debit card, you are in danger of giving criminals the chance to copy and use your card. Chip reading is much safer since the code that is used is a one-time code that changes in a fraction of a second. The bad guys cannot get any information from the card. Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay and Google Pay are also safer ways to pay for goods and services because they have three levels of security built into them. If someone uses your debit card, contact your bank as soon as you know there is a problem. If someone else uses your debit card, the bank may freeze your account. You will not have access to your money until the matter is resolved. Contact your credit card company immediately if you learn it has been used. The company will let you know the steps you need to take and will usually replace your card quickly. If you are a victim, you may need to complete a fraud affidavit and you should make a report with the Federal Trade Commission at “www.FTC.gov”. If the charges were local, file a police report.

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South Bay Genealogical Society Meeting

Tuesday, November 19 The South Bay Genealogical Society will meet at the United Methodist Church in the Life Enrichment Center (LEC), 1210 W Del Webb Blvd. We begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Round Table Discussion. That will be followed by a sit-down luncheon at noon, and then the main presentation by our guest speaker at 1 p.m. This month’s speaker will be Donna Moughty. She will be talking about “Immigration.” This program will help you find the place from which your ancestors left and where they landed. Cost is $15 for lunch. For reservations and information, call Dotty Love at 813.634.2749. Mail check to SBGS PO Box 5202, Sun City Center, Fl. 33571. Your check must be received by November 7.

Lions Club Fruit Cake for Sale

The Sun City Center Lions Club annual Claxton Fruit Cake sale began October 26. The cost is still $5 for a one-pound fruitcake. For more information, call Harry and Maryanne Eberle at 609.668.5767 or 609.694.8235; or Terry and Ellen McGovern 813.633.4202. If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. The Sun City Center Lions meet the second and fourth Monday of the month at the United Methodist Church, West Del Webb Boulevard, at 11:45 a.m. Please call 609.694.8235 to make reservation and to order your choice of lunch.

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Jo Boggs, Boggs Jewelry Store, receiving appreciation plaque from Lion Terry McGovern, for her help in selling 18 cases of Claxton Fruit Cakes for the Sun City Center Lions Club.


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Democratic Club

The next meeting of the South Shore Democratic Club will be held at the (golf cart friendly) Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center on the first Thursday of the month, November 7. Meet ‘n Mingle with your Democratic neighbors at 1 p.m.; the General Meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. Join fellow Democrats, Liberals, Progressives and Independents to meet Amanda Linton, Candidate for State Senate, District 21. Candidates for the Board of Directors will be announced and introduced.

Living History Presentation

November 16, SCC Community Hall, doors open at 11:30 a.m. Maureen Patrick will present a Living History Presentation about the life of an American Red Cross Field Director in WWII Britain. In authentic uniform, this Tampa actor will take you back to a littleknown aspect of D-Day: the deployment of hundreds of American Red Cross workers to Great Britain to prepare for the invasion. Lunch by Banquet Masters, followed by presentation; raffles and prizes included. Local SCC British veteran Colin Howgill will also speak after Q and A session. Cost is $30; call Lois Toeppe at 813.633-6484 for tickets. Deadline to purchase is November 8.

Cut the Cord

December 9 Center 4LifeLearning is having a one day class that will review cable TV and phone alternatives. Cable offerings from Spectrum and Frontier, like the “triple play” (TV, Internet, and Phone) will be discussed, and alternate sources with their limitations, will be explained. Alternatives like broadcast TV, streaming services, and devices like Roku and the Amazon Fire Stick will be described. Get your entertainment, information and news, using and paying for only the Internet. Registration required; cost $7. Sign up at “4lifelearning. org/lecture” or download an order form at “4lifelearning.org/ forms”. There are also order forms in our lobby at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center at 1210 West Del Webb Blvd.

Squad Appoints New Deputy Chief

Little more than five years ago, Tina Drury volunteered to join the Emergency Squad. Little did she know that in such a short time, she’d be running the place! Well, almost. Tina joined the Squad and took her training as an EMR. Not long after that, she joined their instructors to help train other EMRs. Next up, she became an Assistant Captain for her team. Outgoing Deputy Chief Jim Ryan This was soon followed by going pinning New Deputy Chief Tina through EMT training. But she Drury. was not finished yet. When the captain retired from Team 7, Tina became its Captain. And during this time, she was appointed to the Board of Directors to finish out a term for a retiring Director. After which she was elected to that position.

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Science, Engineering and Technology Club Meeting

Liquid Natural Gas: Geopolitical Implications Monday, November 11 at 7 p.m. Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. Free for guests; any resident of the SCC CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. Our speaker, Robert Price, formerly a senior executive at the US Department of Energy and currently the founder of Risk Management Strategies LLC, will discuss the importance of LNG to the world, how the US is changing to become a leading producer, and the potential new political impacts from these exports.

Hope Fund Bingo and More Fundraiser

November 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Proceeds from this event provide the main source of income for the Hope Fund, which is a non-profit organization providing a safe and nurturing environment for the children of Wimauma in which they can learn and grow. $10 admission charge offers a packet of ten tickets plus a door prize ticket. If you want to increase your Photo by Andy LeDoux chances, extra packets of tickets are available for purchase. And if that isn’t enough, there are also Opportunity Tickets available for a $100 cash prize. More information: call 813.634.4268 or 413.335.6345 or “www.thehopefundscc.org”.

Hourigan Celebrates a Century

Henrietta Hourigan of Cypress Creek celebrated her 100th Birthday Monday October 14 at Kings Point Clubhouse with her daughter, Betty Neuwirth, and husband, Frank; son, David Hourigan, and wife Joan. As well as her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, who flew in from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas to celebrate her big day. Local friends also attended. Henrietta was born in Dover, NJ October 14, 1919. Happy 100, Henrietta!

One of the Easiest Ways

This mint-green 1951 Ford owned by Bill and Bonnie Schnatter of Parrish is the cruiser of the month for the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies car Club.

Roamin’ Oldies Honor Well-Traveled ‘51 Ford

A handsome and well-traveled 1951 Ford business coupe owned by Bill and Bonnie Schnatter of Parrish is the October cruiser of the month for the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club. Finished in glistening mint green lacquer, “Minty” is decidedly no trailer queen. She’s been driven to shows in New Jersey; Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, among other far-flung destinations. Custom touches include frenched lighting front and rear, shaved hood and deck lid, and white rolled and tucked upholstery. Comfortable highway cruising is provided by a bored-out 302 cubic-inch V8 engine coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission, power steering and brakes and a vintage air conditioning and heating system. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, with a rain date the following Thursday, at the Mira Bay Village Shopping Center on US41 in Apollo Beach. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. For information, call Chet at 813.842.1511.

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By Debbie Caneen South County Events is provided by Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions, Sun Towers from items submitted for publication. To submit events for future publications, send them by the 15th of the prior month. Debbie also publishes Ads and Events, a weekly e-mail containing information about what’s happening in 33573. Your event will also appear in the weekly Ads and Events e-mail and on the website www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com. Send all events by e-mail to sccfreeads@tampabay.rr.com. You only need to submit your Event one time each month for it to appear in both The News of Kings Point and SCC Ads and Events. SPECIAL EVENTS Please include all basic information, especially Price (or list it’s Free) and Contact Information (phone, e-mail, or website). Six lines maximum. Send to: sccfreeads@ tampabay.rr.com. As soon as space permits, we will put it in the weekly e-mail and it will run until event date passes. You do not need to submit it again. PLEASE NOTE: This area is for SPECIAL EVENTS only. WEEKLY, MONTHLY, or ONGOING EVENTS are listed on our website under WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEETINGS at www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com which is updated every weekend.

SUN. NOV 3 - SUNDAY BRUNCHES AT SOUTH BAY 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. South Bay Hospital Cafeteria 4016 Sun City Center Blvd. Brunch will include one breakfast or lunch entrée, one side, fountain drink or complimentary coffee, all for $5. The cafeteria will close a little early on Sundays at 9 a.m. in order to accommodate this special offering for the community. MON. NOV 4 - WIDOWER’S GROUP 9 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Meeting for widowers only. We invite you to attend a meeting, coffee and donuts on us. You’ll sit and listen as others share their experiences in dealing with the different stages of the tragic loss of losing your spouse. For more information call Tom Harding 813.634.1236. TUE. NOV 5, 12, 19, 26 - LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE 9:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our free line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. TUE. NOV 5 - TUE. NOV 26 - JEWELRY MAKING AT THE FIREHOUSE 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL 33570. In partnership with the Tampa Museum of Art. JEWELRY 2:

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group meeting. If you are at risk of a stroke or have had a stroke, this group is for you. Free valet service available at Sun Terrace entrance. Info: 813.892.2990. WED. NOV 13 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 10 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary and physical future? Discover options and learn information that will prepare you for a healthy future! Questions? Call 813.892.2990. WED. NOV 13 - VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR “YOUR WINDOW INTO THEIR WORLD” 10 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this experience is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and to better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients. Tours provided by Senior Helpers. Free event but RSVP is required to 813.634.3347. WED. NOV 13 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 10 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Discover options and learn information that will prepare you for a healthy future! Questions? Call 813.892.2990. MON. NOV 18 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement

Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Lisa Drumstas, Executive Neuroscience Sales Specialist with ACADIA Pharmaceuticals will be discussing Parkinson’s disease psychosis, a common non-motor symptom of Parkinson’s Disease. “Parkinson’s Disease: More than motor symptoms”. Jennipher Lenoir, COTA with Sun Towers Outpatient Therapy Department will be available to address questions and concerns. Complimentary valet parking available at the entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813.892.2990. TUE. NOV 19 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS Beginning at 10 a.m. in the Coalition office at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Suite 254 and also offered at the United Methodist Church by appointment. With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether, which is the goal of the Coalition! Make your appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813.419.4902. TUE. NOV 19 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center for this Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group. Bring your loved one for a well-

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South County from page 10. deserved break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than three days prior to 813.677.1400. WED. NOV 20 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Do you wonder how others with Low Vision advance through their day? Each need is different but if we gather to share our resources, we all benefit! Attend this support group where challenges are met with resources and where members inspire others with their successes. Learn what assistance there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. Free valet parking for cars and golf carts. If you have low vision, then this meeting is for you! For more info call Debbie Caneen 813.892.2990. THU. NOV 21 - ARE YOU AT RISK OF A FALL? 12 noon - 4 p.m. in the Kings Point Ripple Room, Main Clubhouse by appointment. Our therapists at Sun Towers Retirement Community are on a quest to reduce the risk of falls before they happen. This simple screening takes less than ten minutes. See the results before your eyes through biofeedback. = Interested in knowing more now? Call to schedule today – 813.892.2990.

interview time at 813.634.3347. SAT. NOV 23 - SUN CITY CENTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PET EXPO 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 W. Del Webb Blvd. Join us for a fun Pet Expo designed to showcase education, products and services for all creatures great and small. There will be pet contests, a pet blessing, live demonstrations, petting zoo, adoption options, pet rescues, pet-friendly products and more. Pets welcome but must be leashed or contained. By request of venue, no large reptiles please. Call 813.634.5111 for more info or call to participate

THU. NOV 21 - IDENTITY THEFT LECTURE 2:30 p.m. The Center 4LifeLearning is presenting a one session lecture on “Identity Theft.” This session will discuss the various types of Identity Theft and the adverse effect on an individual’s life. Jan Tinder will cover all aspects of the hours spent, and the difficulties to rectify this attack to individuals and families. Registration is required for this event and the cost will be $7. You can sign up with a credit card for class, on our website at “4lifelearning.org/ lecture” or download an order form at “4lifelearning.org/forms”. FRI. NOV 22 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. by appointment only. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, firsthand account of Veterans who served in any branch of the US military in any capacity, from World War I through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your

as a vendor or sponsor. MON. NOV 25 - CHRONIC PAIN, ARTHRITIS AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Members are asked to share treatments, exercises, nutrition, etc. that may have worked for them for all members to benefit. If you have had success with any treatment, please come to share and learn. Supported by Sun Towers Retirement Community Outpatient Therapy. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today. Session located in the theater. Questions? Call 813.892.2990.

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LAWN BOWLING • TENNIS • GOLF • SOFTBALL• PICKLEBALL & MORE! Local Senior Athletes Honored

On Friday, October 19, the Tampa Bay Senior Games concluded with a luncheon honoring local athletes after their participation in a grueling two-week competition.

Pictured are regular members of the ALOT women’s doubles traveling teams and their SCC subs. Ages range from 52-80, and competition is mostly in the 30-50-year range among the 24 Hillsborough County teams. An end of the year award banquet is held yearly in Tampa for these 240 ladies. For information about the CTC or the TA contact Maggie Pliska at 813.633.7884. (Photo by Jeff White)

Sun City Center Competitive Tennis Teams

Linda Monahan, Sun City Center, earned gold medals in sprints 50, 100, 200 meters; standing long jump and one-mile speed-walk in her age bracket.

Vinny McCoy, Ruskin, earned gold medals 200-meter sprint and standing long jump, as well as silver medals in the 100-meter sprint and shot put.

Sun City Center has two female competitive tennis teams that travel throughout Hillsborough County. They also host other teams on the SCC Community Association courts, located in the South Sports Complex off S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Players compete with ALOT (A Lot of our own Tennis), USTA & Suncoast teams. The Competitive Tennis Club (CTC) members are also members of the SCC Tennis Association (TA). There are nearly 200 coed members of the TA and both sports and social events are held throughout the year.

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The Men's Club of SCC Offers Peace of Mind!

At Affordable Prices! Leticia Co, Riverview, earned gold medals in bunco, bowling, pickleball, darts, billiards, discus, shot put, table tennis, long jump, and sprints 50, 100, 200 in her age bracket.

Bob Monahan, Sun City Center, earned a gold medal and overall men’s one-mile run champion, as well as a bronze in standing long jump.

News Members Win at Caloosa Mixer

The Taylors, brand new snowbird golf members at Caloosa Country Club, helped their team win a recent Friday 9-hole Mixer with a score of 31.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you lived alone and there was an emergency? Or do you like to take your dog for a walk but are concerned about falling and no one being there to assist you? For Greater SCC residents who think they need a medical alert button and don't believe they can afford it, the Men's Club of Sun City Center would like for you to contact our office. Because the Men's Club is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit club, we offer the Philips Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) at a more competitive rate than what Philips charges at the national level. Our pricing is comparable to other systems in the market as well – just compare systems with similar capabilities. Installation and all service calls are completed by Men's Club volunteers at no charge to the Subscriber. The Men's Club was formed in the early 1960's. In 1991, the Men's Club decided to offer Philips Lifeline Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point with no annual contract. The PERS offering began with the purchase of four units with installation provided by Men's Club volunteers. This offering continues today with multiple systems from which to choose - including one that will work anywhere in the U.S., a dedicated office staff, and over 25 trained Men's Club volunteers who provide personable and knowledgeable service for our Subscribers. Get prompt caring assistance at the push of a button, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Call the Men’s Club Norelle Clark, Riverview, earned gold in pickleball women’s doubles and bronze in pickleball mixed doubles in her age bracket.

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SCC Archery Clubs New Tuesday Shoot

Every Tuesday, 2 p.m. By Mark Erickson, SCC Archery Club President All SCCCA Members who have an interest in archery are invited to attend the clubs weekly “Social Shoot” held at the club’s range located on the South Campus behind the dog park. The club offers free lessons to any CA Member who would like to try archery. For more club information contact club president Mark Erickson at 813.634.0796. If interested in lessons, contact club instructor Jerry Anderson at 330.206.7048. Volleyball Kings Point

Senior Volleyball is Alive and Well in SCC

By Bob Monahan, Sports Writer Have you ever watched volleyball on TV and noticed the passing, serving, dinks and fakes? It probably would discourage the average senior from trying the sport. That’s not how senior volleyball is played here locally. While these are elements seen in our local play, the passes are not quite so crisp, and the emphasis here is having fun. Our players are age 50 to late 80s with all kinds of skill levels. The club encourages newcomers and now one of our best players, JR West will be leading a free skills training for our Volleyball Sun City Center members and anyone interested. This will be held on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. starting in the beginning of November. If you are interested contact Bob Monahan at 401.527.1718. The SCC Volleyball Club plays pickup games on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m. on the volleyball courts behind the South Campus Community Hall. Our sister Club at Kings Point plays volleyball on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. Chip Hoffman, club president for Kings Point can be reached at 203.788.7145 for more details.

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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.

Singles Social Dance Club

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KP Line Dancers

Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. Give thanks, live long, and come dance with the KP Line Dancers on November 20 in the Veterans Theater. Free for KP and SCC residents; other guests must purchase $2.50 pass from Security. Casual dress, appropriate dance shoes please. BYOB. Tip for DJ is appreciated. For more info call Jan 813.634.6226.

Singles Mingle of Kings Point Dance

Wednesday, November 20, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Kings Point Banquet Room (1900 Clubhouse Dr., Sun City Center, Fl., 33573) in the North Clubhouse. The admission is $5. The dance is BYOB. Entertainment by DJ Ken Miller. If you live outside Kings Point, call Dottie Beyer at 813.812.6972 to have your name added to the gate list.

Sun City Line Dancers Club

Love to dance but don’t currently have a dancing partner? Then line dancing could be for you. “Absolute Beginner” classes are offered at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Community Hall on South Pebble Beach followed by a 7:30 p.m. class for “Beyond Beginners.” Classes also run from 2 until 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Atrium Building Dance Studio (next to the “Walking Pool”). After your introductory free hour of lessons, a modest fee of $2 per class is charged. If you decide to become a Line Dance Club member then $22 pays your annual fee.

Let’s Dance Ballroom Dance Club

Saturday, November 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. Theme this month is “A Harvest Party,” presented by the Let’s Dance Ballroom Dance Club, in the South Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Live music by Thor Stevens. Please signup to bring “harvested” foods such as fruits/veggies; call Betty Dean at 813.331.3536 to coordinate. Dressy casual attire. No shorts! BYOB; coffee will be available. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. There is open seating and a singles table. Members free, guests $6 at the door. Additional information: Bill Dean at 813.331.3536 or Tom Hart at 810.923.8446.

Rockin’ Thru The Years Dance Club

“Join us for a Rockin’ Good Time!” Sunday, November 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Veterans Theater, Kings Point North Clubhouse. Doors will open at 6:15. Admission is $6 for non-members. BYOB and snacks. The club provides cups, napkins, ice, and water. Johnny Charro and his band will provide the dance music including rock & roll, oldies, Latin music, country, soul, contemporary, easy listening, and current popular hits. Contact Sandi at “rockinthrutheyears@gmail.com” to attend. Include your full name and send it by Saturday morning, November 9, so she can put you in the security gate list.

Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, SCCCA Entertainment Director

The 2019-2020 Entertainment Series kicks off Friday November 1 with a dance featuring Private Stock. Jukebox 4 kicks off the Sunday Series on Sunday, November 10. All events take place at the SCCCA Community Hall at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. If you don’t have your tickets yet, the Atrium Kiosk located off N. Course Drive is open M-W-F 10 to noon. Both series and individual tickets are on sale Renee Bray to CA members and the public at this time. In addition to the Entertainment Series, the CA will be offering a variety of other events including a Tribute to Dick Clark on January 29, a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre on February 29, and Comedy Cabaret night on February 20. We will be adding to this list during the season. Watch The News for details on these and other events to be held this season.

November 3 and 24, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Florida Room, Atrium Building. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $4 for members and $6 for guests. Live music will be provided by Thor Stevens. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups, and napkins provided on each table. Attire requested is dressy/casual. For information call 813.633.3558.

Oldies But Goodies Dance

Sunday, November 17 The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of Gulf Coast Groove, formally RB and the Gang at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Free for members and $6 per person for guests. Pay at the door. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for members and 6:30 for guests. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups. and napkins. Residents of Kings Point and Sun City Center are welcome. Questions, contact Club President Joanne at 813.728.1147 or “jjlatenite@aol.com”. On the web at “sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com” and “facebook.com/ OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub”.

Social Ballroom Dance Classes in November

SCC Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza Open to everyone. Couples and singles welcome. Mondays, November 4, 11, 18, 25 - Social Ballroom Dance Classes Beginning Rumba - 12:45 p.m. Intermediate I Foxtrot - 1:45 p.m. Intermediate II Waltz - 2:45 p.m. Advance I Nightclub Two-Step - 3:45 p.m. COST: $30 per person for all four weeks per dance or $8 per lesson. Tuesdays, November 5, 12, 26 and Thursday, November 21 Social Ballroom Dance Classes Beginning Slow Dance - 5 p.m. Beginning Swing - 6 p.m. Intermediate I Cha-cha - 7 p.m. Beginning Silver Bolero - 8 p.m. COST: $30 per person for all four weeks per dance or $8 per lesson. Taught by Bernice Dubro and George Hawn. Contact: “dancewithbernice@gmail.com” or 813.634.3205; “georgehawnscc@yahoo.com” or 330.770.0442. www.suncoastdancecenter.com


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JukeBox 4 Opens SCCCA Sunday Show Series

The SCCCA Sunday Show series kicks off at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 10 at the SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The show features Jukebox 4, a group of national performers boasting incredible harmonies, infectious stage personas, and playful choreography in a one of a kind show that re-imagines classic jukebox hits covering all genres of music! This is a very interactive show featuring over 47 classic hits, 14 costume changes and an incredible video visual display. Jukebox 4 tickets are $16. All tickets are sold at the Atrium Kiosk, off N. Course Lane, M-W-F from 10 AM to Noon.

South Shore Symphony Returns

By Paula Lickfeldt The South Shore Symphony Orchestra 2019-2020 concert season begins on November 3, 2019 with the theme “Fall Colors” and will include the following: Sousa’s Washington Post March, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A (first movement) with guest artist, Linnea Norsworthy, Strauss’ Emperor’s Waltz, Rossini’s Overture to the Barber of Seville, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite (No. 1) and a salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein. All of these Sunday afternoon concerts will be held at 2 p.m., in the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church located at 1239 West Del Webb. The concert dates and themes are as follows: November 3, “Fall Colors,” December 15, “Christmas Ornaments,” January 26, “Winter Wonderland,” February 23, “Around the World in 80 Minutes,” and April 5, “American Classics.” Tickets for these concerts are available in the office of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Monday through Friday from 8:30 until 4:30. Tickets may also be purchased online at “www. southshoresymphonyorchestra.org”. Ticket prices are as follows: Season Pass $50 (a savings of $25 available until Dec. 15) Individual tickets: $15 tickets purchased in a group of 15 or more are $10 each.

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The Byrne Brothers Show The Byrne Brothers are a traditional irish music and dancing family band from Donegal in ireland. They are all-county champions of their traditional irish instruments. Their dad Tommy backs them on guitar and also plays uilleann pipes, fiddle whistles and bagpipes. Their show is fast paced with brilliant musicianship, exciting and dynamic arrangements as well as world class Irish dancing.

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The Everly BrothersExperience Let Colin & Geoff take you on a journey down

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Three Dog Night Experience Three Dog Night ruled the airways between 1969 and 1975, with 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, seven going gold. This is not just a tribute to the iconic band but, rather an engaging and exciting concert experience that will have audiences feeling like they are spending an evening with Three Dog Night as never before.

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Tommy Mara and The Crest Tommy Mara has a very loyal group of fans. People are drawn to his passion for the music he sings. He has a reputation for being a powerful singer and for having an incredible stage presence and truly, his dedication to his craft has earned him the respect of so many in the business. Tommy has been referred to as the Pavarotti of Doo wop, and is now known as “The Meatloaf of Doo wop”.

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long and varied career, The Nowhere Band creates an unparalleled reproduction, entirely live (no pre-recorded material) of 60’s Beatles performances blending period costumes, authentic instruments and an abundantly talented quartet to create an experience any true Beatles fan simply can’t afford to miss.

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Where in the World is The News, Veterans Day Edition The Battle of Normandy, 75 Years Later

By Paula Lickfeldt Twenty-four hours that changed history. Beginning with air assaults shortly after midnight on June 6, 1944, the Allied forces conducted the largest seaborne invasion in history. With this campaign, codenamed Operation Overlord, the Allies established a 55-milelong continental foothold on the Normandy coastline. By day’s end, more than 160,000 Allied troops had landed in France, loosening Hitler’s once-firm grip on Western Europe and paving the way for the liberation of Paris less than three months later. “The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you,” General Dwight D. Eisenhower told his men. For months, the generals of the Allied forces had been planning the invasion of Normandy. The date was set, June 4, 1944. As the day drew closer, the weather got worse and worse. The invasion was postponed for one day. On June 5, the meteorologists warned that the storm was not going to let up and the invasion should be postponed until the end of June. General Eisenhower saw a window of opportunity beginning to close. He feared that waiting would eliminate the element of surprise, and there were troop ships being held out at sea with men on board who had no idea why they were not moving forward. He ordered the invasion to go forward on June 6, 1944. As history reports, the end of June brought one of the very worst storms to ever hit the English Channel. Many German officers did not believe the Allies would attack at this time, so some returned to Germany. General Rommel had gone home to present his wife with some slippers that he had gotten for her birthday, in Paris. On June 6, 1944, a united force including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as exiled and free forces

of Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, and Poland, crossed the Channel and invaded occupied France. The assault began in the early hours of the morning with parachutists from the 82nd and 101st US Airborne Divisions. Hampered by poor visibility, complicated terrain, and flooded fields, they eventually captured Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first town liberated in the invasion. With an amphibious assault from the US 4th Infantry Division at dawn, a beachhead was secured on Utah Beach. Fortified by German batteries, Omaha Beach proved to be a deadly objective. Wave after wave of troops from the US 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions were cut down. However, the few who managed to scale the beach’s steep slopes, breached the German defenses by midday. To the west, the strategic German defense at Pointe du Hoc was scaled quickly but taken only after significant losses by the US 2nd Ranger Battalion. At the center of the five landing zones was Gold Beach. Taken by the British 50th Infantry Division, the primary objective was to secure Arromanches, where temporary harbors called Mulberry Harbors would be set up to supply the continental liberation effort. An estimated 220,000 soldiers, 530,000 tons of supplies and 39,000 vehicles would pass through this port, which came to be known as Port Winston, over the following 100 days. Enduring rough seas and heavy losses in the first hour of the assault, the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division eventually prevailed in taking Juno Beach and advanced farther inland than any other Allied unit by the day’s end. By securing Juno Beach, Canadian forces united the British fronts of Gold Beach to the west and Sword Beach to the east. Shortly after midnight, British gliders landed near Benouville, where they secured a strategic

bridge, known as Pegasus Bridge, after a brief firefight. At the same time, parachutists from the 6th Airborne Division neutralized the German gun battery at Merville. At dawn, the British 3rd Infantry Division took Sword Beach and proceeded inland, but ultimately stopped short of Caen, the farthest objective of the day. June 6, 1944 was the day that

changed the face of the war in Europe but it was a very costly day in the lives of the troops who took part in the assault that day. In the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, 9,386 graves; British Cemetery at Bayeux, 4,868 graves; British Cemetery at Ranville, 2151 graves; Canadian Cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer, 2048 graves; German Cemetery at La Cambre, 21,160 graves.

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By Kai Rambow Key West may be the end of the road, but you can head 70 miles farther west by taking the ferry to the Dry Tortugas. People love taking this day trip. It is a national park, so that means it’s on many people’s bucket list. There are several other reasons for taking this excursion. It’s remote, so you can get away from it all. It’s historic with a ginormous fort. It’s scenic surrounded by clear, beautiful blue water. And it’s fun, with opportunities to explore the fort, swim and snorkel. Ft. Jefferson This huge fort covering 16 acres has a rich history. park rangers offer guided tours. If you love interesting history, it’s worth taking the tour so you know what you’re seeing. Snorkeling There are several spots to go swimming and snorkelling. Explanations about the different water spots are given during the ferry ride. The snorkeling is more fun than spectacular. Clear blue waters will evoke Caribbean feelings. There are places to rinse off and change clothes near the dock. Tips for a Great Trip Weather Surprisingly rough seas frequently occur during the winter; calmer waters prevail during the summer. This trip can be great, but it’s expensive. One couple took the ferry in the winter and almost everyone was seasick. They were given a voucher to purchase another trip at 50 percent off. Recommendation is to check the marine forecast first for Dry Tortugas, not Key West, then check the marine forecast between Key West and Dry Tortugas. If conditions look good, then book your ticket. What to Bring The ferry’s website provides very good information on almost all aspects of the trip. Since this is an all-day excursion consider packing the following: comfortable footwear, light jacket, towel, bathing suit, change of clothes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera and possibly something to read. Itinerary The ferry is a comfortable, fast catamaran with indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast and lunch are included. Snorkeling equipment, entrance fee for Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson is also included. Check in time is at 7 a.m. Once you check in, you’re issued a boarding pass, so if you’d like to select a really good seat it’s a good idea to arrive a little early. Boarding begins at 7:30 and the ferry departs at 8. Tip: Crew will tell you that

breakfast will be available for some time, so no need to rush. Breakfast is only available for one hour and once out of a food item, such as fresh fruit, there were no replacements. Recommend you line up and get breakfast early. The ride is a little over two hours with scenic views leaving Key West, possible dolphin sightings halfway and lovely views approaching Ft. Jefferson. The ferry arrives at approximately 10:15. Most passengers will disembark and get outfitted with snorkeling equipment. The Fort Jefferson tour starts at 11 and takes almost an hour. It is possible to tour the fort and snorkel after, but a little planning is required. Tip: Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. right in the middle of all these activities. It’s a similar situation to breakfast with the best items available until gone. You can tour the fort, and, if you eat right after, you should still have a good selection. After lunch, you will still have time to go swimming or snorkeling, as the boat leaves at 3 p.m. Passengers will start to board at 2:30, a return a little earlier will beat the crowds for showers, clothing changes and seats. It’s a full day and many passengers slept on the return trip, arriving refreshed in Key West by 5:30 p.m. Dry Tortugas National Park www.nps.gov/drto Dry Tortugas Ferry www.drytortugas.com

While the fort is impressive, beautiful waters all around make it stand out.

There are several easily accessible spots for swimming and snorkeling. There are basic facilities to shower and change after.

Satellite map showing the location of the Dry Tortugas.


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Creative Person: Jan Ring - A Woman With Many Talents

By Paula Lickfeldt Jan Ring is from Lima, Ohio. She lived all over the Midwest because of her husband’s work. Jan is an ER nurse and was always able to get a job wherever they moved. She was a part-time nurse while she was raising their two children. Jan says she has always been sewing. She was in 4H as a youngster and did a lot of sewing. She even made her wedding gown, dresses for her five bridesmaids, and her mother’s dress. Jan says that she has sewing in her genes. Her grandmother was an avid sewer, her mother did a little but Jan has always loved to sew. Her grandmother gave her first sewing machine to her. It was a treadle machine. Jan moved to Florida in 1984. She lived in Tampa and was an ER nurse at University Community

Hospital, which is now Advent Hospital. While living in Tampa, her neighbor asked her to take a quilting class with her. Jan fell in love with quilting, but says that in the “old days” there were

no tools to use for making your quilts and there was only one quilt shop in Tampa. Jan’s sister owned a home in Kings Point. When Jan decided to move to Sun City Center, where she bought a home. For the first two years that Jan lived in SCC until she retired, Jan worked in the ER at South Bay Hospital. Jan is a member of the SCC Sew N’ Sews where she organizes a project or finds someone else to teach a class every Wednesday morning. Jan was instrumental in getting the project “Cases for Ryan” started in SCC. The women of Sew’n Sews make colorful pillowcases to give to children in the hospital. This year they have made 314. They will exceed the number from the year before. She plays the bass in the Front Porch Pickers and the Sun City

Center Bluegrass Band. She is on the fellowship team at the United Methodist Church and she has a plot at the Tillers and Toilers. Jan likes gardening and does a lot around her home as well. She is also a KP quilter and belongs to the Sarasota Guild called the Friendship Knot. This last year, Jan entered six of her quilts in the Florida State Fair. Each of her entries won a ribbon. One of her entries won Best of Show. The Christmas quilt that won Best of Show had taken her three years to finish. She only worked on it at Christmas time so it took a while to finish. She just finished a University of Tennessee quilt for her grandson who is a student there. Jan Ring loves life and loves all of the activities that keep her busy. Sun City Center has many talented and creative people, and Jan is certainly one of them.

Meet Your Neighbor - Walter Dunn

By Ilona Merritt Most contemporary western bands that play rock, pop, or jazz music include a drummer for purposes including timekeeping and embellishing the musical timbre. The drummer’s equipment includes a kit or set, which includes various drums, cymbals and an assortment of accessory hardware. In larger ensembles, the drummer may be part of a rhythm section. These musicians provide the timing and rhythmic foundation which allow the players of melodic instruments, including voices, to coordinate their musical performance. Meet Walter Dunn ... an excellent wellexperienced drummer who lives here in Sun City Center. Walt, at 95, still plays regularly and presents programs here Walter Dunn in Sun City Center and all around central Florida. He has two daughters who live here in Sun City Center and take care of bookings and also act as his personal chauffeur. Walt and family lived in Miami, where he was a full-time employee at Eastern Airlines and had a 15-piece band for 43 years. He and his band

only played club dates, and Eastern Airlines kept him busy playing at corporate meetings. He also played at the famous Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach During those years, the Musicians Union controlled the music industry. Musicians who wanted to go to Florida for the winter could not take a job in the music field for three months but they were allowed to play club dates. Therefore, if Walt needed a musician to fill in, he could always find one through the Union, thus keeping his band staffed with excellent players. He spoke with pride of his band and those who played with him. Walt retired from Eastern Airlines in 1982, and his wife, who had been a school teacher, joined him. With an empty nest, they could now travel and play in many other places. In 1992, they moved to Kings Point. He has played for the Community Church and gave music lessons at their college. He has played for dances at Kings Point, the Italian Club, the Men’s Club, the Irish Connection and more. He still plays at Lakewood Ranch, where he has been a regular entertainer for many years. Playing with Walt are Liz Kerchin, long time keyboardist and former co-owner of a music store in St. Augustine, with her musician husband, Chuck;

and Gordon Moore, a former biology teacher in Indiana and professional musician. Walt hails from Pittsburgh, PA, and moved to Miami in 1940. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He is thankful for the opportunity to go on the Honor Flight to Washington DC. What makes his performances so special? At 95, he still plays very well, has a keen memory, and what his audience really

enjoys is his commentaries between songs. Over so many years in the music world all over the country, he has met a large number of famous musicians and singers. Many became his friends and his commentaries include interesting anecdotes of famous people that he and his audience remember. Walt certainly has added to the quality of life in the Sun City Center Community.

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Military News MFST Collecting Operation Warm Heart Contributions

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) Around the holidays, the Military Family Support Trust (MFST) collects funds to be donated to the 1st Sergeants Group at MacDill Air Force Base. The funds are used to purchase vouchers at the base commissary to needy base personnel for their use around the holidays. Anyone wishing to make a contribution this year may drop it off at the MFST office in Freedom Plaza, 1010 American Eagle Blvd. #400, Sun City Center, FL by November 3.

SCC Veterans Day Ceremony Features Major Robert Ura

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) The Annual Sun City Center Veteran’s Day Ceremony, sponsored by the Combined Military Veterans Organizations, will be held at the Community Hall on Monday, November 11. The ceremony Is a public tribute to all military veterans. A Musical Interlude will be presented by the Trinity Singers directed by Rev. James Feist, and a Presentation of Colors will be conducted by Major Robert Ura, the Lennard High School Army JROTC Color Guard.Commander, Major Robert Ura, Commander, District 4, HCSO,District 4, HCS will be guest speaker. Major Ura is a 22-year law enforcement veteran having begun his career at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) in 1997. He has served in the patrol and motor units, and as an undercover narcotics detective. He joined the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in 2002, as a Special Agent, and was assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Methamphetamine Task Force. He re-joined the HCSO in 2011. Major Ura is proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a graduate of Ball State University. Guests should be seated by 9:45. Formalities will begin at 10 a.m.

RADM Wallace Guthrie Presents Navy Submarine History

Wallace N. Guthrie, RADM USN (Ret) was the featured speaker at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) monthly meeting, held in the Florida Room at the Sun City Center, North Side Atrium Building on October 2. Admiral Guthrie served in the Navy for more than 38 years both on full-time active duty and in the Navy Reserve. His Navy career specialty was Submarine Warfare. He served on both conventional and nuclear-powered submarines at duty stations in San Diego, CA and Holy Loch, Scotland. His presentation traced submarine development since the Civil War and described the types and capabilities of a modern nuclear submarine Prior to the admiral’s presentation, Jane Keegan, the Executive Director of the Military Family Support Trust (MFST) was presented a certificate designating her an Honorary Member of MOAA.

MFST Presents Donation to Tampa Crossroads

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) At the October 10 Trustee meeting, held at the Freedom Plaza Club, the Military Family Support Trust (MFST) presented Melisssa Marison, head of Public Relations for the Tampa Crossroads organization, a $2,000 donation. Tampa Crossroads received a grant from the VA to assist in eradicating homelessness for veterans in the greater Tampa area. MFST is a 501(c)3 organization that supports, through their grant programs, military families past L to R: Jane Keegan, MFST and present. The beneficiaries Executive Director; Lori Germain, include, but are not limited to: MFST Manager; Melissa Marison; four year scholarships for high and Colin Howgill, MFST Chairman. school seniors; JROTC Honors Program; Homeless Women Veterans; Operation Warm Heart; Veteran Guide Dogs; South Eastern Guide Dogs’ Paws for Patriots program; My Warriors Place; Operation Helping Hand and sponsoring ‘Guardians’ for the Honor Flight Support Program. Information, call Lori Germain at 813.634.4675.

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Prior to the presentation, the national MOWW award winners were presented with their award certificates. The award winners were: (l to r) Bob Russell for patriotic education; Ferris Garrett for law and order; Jim Haney for scouting and best mid-sized chapter in America; Jim Warchol for ROTC; Bob Hart for recruiting; Charles Conover for national security; and John Glynn for homeland security (not present). Jim Haney was also presented the Outreach Service Medal for submitting the winning tagline “Serving Youth, Community and Nation.”

MOWW Luncheon Features Medal of Honor Presentation

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) Paula Meckley and Chief Master Sgt. Andrew Johnson, USAF (Ret), were the featured speakers at the September 19 Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) luncheon, held at the Freedom Plaza Club, Sun City Center. Paula is the Director of Character Education for the 2019 Medal of Honor Convention held in Tampa Bay. She received her bachelor’s degree in Retail Merchandising from Florida State University and has been president for multiple PTA’’s and was a long-time member and chaired the countywide Citizens Advisory Committee to the School Board. Chief Johnson is a JROTC Instructor at Durant High School. He served in assignments overseas in the United Kingdom, Japan, and Korea. He deployed in support of operations in Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Northern Watch Deliberate Guard and Iraqi Freedom. He has a degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Aeronautical Science. Their presentation focused on the history of the Medal of Honor (MOH) with an emphasis on the character of individuals who have earned it. The Sun City Center Chapter meets (September-June) on the third Thursday of each month starting at 11 a.m. in the Plaza Club, Freedom Fairways Golf Course, 3932 Upper Creek Rd. Call LTC Conover at 813.260-3257.

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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.

Kings Point Food Truck Rally

Monday, November 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. Music by Sunset Social Club. Come enjoy Monsta Lobsta, Surly Mermaid, Whichpress, and Chief’s Chill Out Ice Cream! Food trucks under Portico Entertainment in the Veterans Theater.

Kings Point Dance Club “Salute to Veterans” Dance

Friday, November 22 Kings Point Veteran’s Theater, 1900 Clubhouse Drive. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. Ballroom Music by DJs Mike & Peg. All KP and SCC singles and guests welcome. Dress code, dressy casual, no shorts. BYOB. Members free, Guests $5. Questions call Eileen 203.907.6111.

Friends of History November Meeting

Monday, November 11 Banquet Room in Kings Point at 9:30 for a social gathering and starts at 10. All residents of Kings Point and Sun City Center are welcome. SCC residents just need to tell the Security Guard you are here for this meeting. The topic of discussion will be the History and Creation of Ybor City and the Contribution to Today’s Tampa presented by Dr. Wallace Reyes. RSVP to Ron Browning at “friendsofhistorygroup27.com”

Kings Point Mixed Chorus Holiday Concert

By Stephanie Casey The Kings Point Mixed Chorus is pleased to announce their 2019 Yuletide Concert, “Holiday Magic,” which will be performed on Tuesday, December 10, at 5 p.m., in the KP Veterans Theater. Tickets are on sale at the Kings Point Box Office for $8. Join us for a delightful variety of seasonal songs presented for your listening pleasure, ranging from traditional to whimsical. We proudly represent a true Community Chorus, with members coming not only from Sun City Center, but also from Brandon, Apollo Beach and Wimauma. We hope to see you on December 10. Tickets will be sold at the door, but we can’t guarantee availability since this concert has sold out in past years. Buy your seats early so you don’t miss out. For more information, please call Mary Anne, at 813.634.8747, or email “triplelady@aol.com”. You may also go to the Chorus website, “kpchorus.org”.

Kings Point Krafters’ Club Arts & Craft Fair

Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. North Club House Banquet Room Big sale! All proceeds are donated to Sun City Center charities as we are dedicated to giving back to our community. There will also be a raffle.

Winter Wonderland Dinner Dance

December 19 Join the Italian Club of Kings Point at 4:30 p.m. when the doors open to great music provided by talented Dan Fuggazzato, who plays your favorite '50s, '60s and '70s hits. Dinner at 5 p.m. Buffet by Banquet Masters: prime rib potato crusted cod, meatless lasagna, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, and salad with rolls and butter. Dessert: cheesecake and cannoli. Coffee, tea, and soda provided by the club. BYOB. Cost: members $25, guests $28. Checks payable to the The Italian Club. Tickets on sale December 3 and 4 from 9 to noon in the North Clubhouse lobby. Ticket cutoff is December 11. Questions: May Fleming 813.419.4790 or Terry Devoti 813. 260.3220.

Feline Folks November Meow Mixer

Also, board meeting Thursday, November 7 The Board meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Kings Point 2020 Culinary Room. All are invited to learn about the important actives this group performs in caring for the community cats in Kings Point and the surrounding areas. The Meow Mixer begins at 4:30 p.m. Light snacks and great conversation are available. The Meow Mixer is a wonderful way to learn about volunteer opportunities. No pressure, just information. The cats are fed every day with a special mixture of cat food. This is provided by the group as is training and support. Learn about some of their upcoming events and activities, such as making cat toys. People who sew are always encouraged to help. Contact us at “Info@FelineFolks.us or better yet, stop by the Meow Mixer or information table.

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Heartland Club Party

Saturday, November 23 Wine & Hors D’oeuvres party to kick-off the 2019-2020 Social Season in the KP Veterans Theater. Check-in starts at 5 p.m. Cost for members is $10, guests $15. The Club will provide a variety of wines, soft drinks, coffee, and dessert. BYOB if you prefer something else. Guests are asked to furnish a “heavy” appetizer or finger food to share. The group will be entertained by a professional comedian/musician. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, November 14. Send checks payable to “Heartland Club” in care of Donna Letts, 2067 Inverness Greens, Sun City Center, FL, 33570. You may also drop payment off at 2127 Sifield Greens Way, Kings Point, SCC. Please call 813.938.5433 to make sure someone is home. Former or current residents of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska, or anyone in the Greater Sun City Center Area with ties to the Heartland are invited to join us for this season opener. However, the welcome mat is also out for people who just like to have a good time. Midwest hospitality and friendliness make of the foundation of this congenial club. Further info, contact Bev or John at 813.9385433 or “jbwohlrab@ gmail.com”.

News of Freedom Plaza

By Peggy Burgess Freedom Plaza, now in its 27th year, has acquired several “traditions,” special events that residents have looked forward to every year for a decade or more. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Anniversary Gala are, of course, among them but they also include one singular musical event: the annual fall concert by Sarasota Opera’s “Rising Stars.” This year that tradition will be celebrated on Sunday evening, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Freedom Plaza Auditorium.

to share the excitement and enjoyment of this Freedom Plaza tradition. Tickets for “Rising Stars” are $10 each. For more information and to reserve tickets call 813.634.8046 during business hours. For prompt response, please state the nature of your call when leaving a message.

Friday, December 6, at KP Veterans Theatre Prime rib buffet, chicken marsala, veggies, dessert. Cost $26. Music by Danny Fugazzotto, catering by Laura Schuyler. A few tables remaining, couples and singles welcome. Drawing for prizes. Info, call Rose at 813.633.1540.

Brown Pelican “kindergarten” just 50 feet off the long fishing pier at Ft. Desoto Park. Photo Courtesy Bonnie Shiller

Brown Pelicans Featured at Eagle Audubon

Thursday, November 21 at 2 p.m. Mark Rachal, Sanctuary Manager for the Coastal Island Sanctuaries, will present the plight of the bird. Doors open 1:20. Refreshments. Brief meeting at 2, followed by the speaker. A $10 membership is required to participate in outings and field trips. Complete information is available on the website at “eagleaudubonflorida.org”.

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Get Off the Couch Get in a Kayak

By Paula Lickfeldt The Kayak Club of SCC started around 2000 with the purpose of providing recreational kayaking opportunities for senior citizens with lots of socializing on the river. The club has 35 to 40 members. The dues are $5 per year, with the money being spent on the two annual parties. Weather permitting, the club puts their kayaks in the river every Thursday morning. They try to paddle on different rivers and go out on the bay when the weather and the winds are conducive. Different rivers and different trips are sought. The Hillsborough River has launching

ramps every two miles. When they go on a trip, the trip usually starts where the kayaks are launched. They paddle out and paddle back. Most trips are 4 to 8 miles. If someone gets tired, they can turn back as long as they have someone who wants to turn back with them. They always use the buddy system. They like to go to a restaurant for lunch and then paddle back to where they launched. They love the Linger Lodge. On rare occasions, they go on longer trips. They have even gone on overnight trips. For example, they went to Silver Springs, spent the night in a motel and kayaked

on the Silver River the next day. Pat Masterson, the club president stresses that people who think they might like to try kayaking, not buy a kayak until they try it out. He has an extra kayak that he will loan to anyone interested in finding out if they

enjoy the sport. He asks people to talk with him about different kinds of kayaks and the different kinds of trips. Be sure that you are interested in kayaking before you spend the money to buy one. He says “Come try it out, stay and paddle with us every week.”

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Thanksgiving Food Drive for Our Lady’s Pantry

“We in Our Lady’s Pantry hope to provide the makings of a feast for our clients to share with their family and friends,” says director Tom Bullaro. “Can you help to make this happen?” Bullaro hopes to purchase a turkey for our registered clients for about $10-15. The estimated cost for a family of four would be about $20-$25. If you would like to contribute toward this feast, send a check to Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry, at 16650 U.S. Highway 301 South, Wimauma, FL 33598. Donations of nonperishable food items such as nourishing canned and boxed foods are also welcome. Please bring food donations only when the Pantry is open — on Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday mornings.

Interfaith Council Awards Grant to Mary & Martha House

Mary & Martha House would like to thank the Interfaith Social Action Council of Sun City Center for their generous Grant of $10,000. This funding allowed the agency to purchase new bedding, furniture, and appliances for our Emergency Shelter and two residential facilities. With this grant we were able to replace old beds, dressers and nightstands and update to energy efficient appliances. Mary & Martha House a 501(c)(3) non-profit residential shelter that provides emergency and transitional housing and support services to victims of domestic violence, homeless women and their children throughout Hillsborough County through its Bridge to Permanent Housing Program. For more information, call Mary & Martha House at 813.645.7874.

Craftsmen Share Program at Trinity Baptist

Trinity Women’s Fellowship (TWF) enjoyed a lasagna luncheon recently in their Fellowship Hall. Following lunch, the program theme was “Getting Artsy with Our Craftsmen.” Six men displayed their craft and told some interesting history about how they became involved in woodworking, photography, murals and paintings, stained glass, sculpture, and radio control planes. The TWF November 19 lunch and program will feature speakers from Our Lady’s Pantry. Donations of can goods will be collected for this community service opportunity. For information about TWF, check the website at “www. trinitybaptistscc.com” or call the church office at 813.634.4228.

Medicare Presentation

Wednesday, November 13 at 11:30 a.m. Do you know what is new in Medicare for next year? Come to a presentation at Redeemer Lutheran Church and learn about Medicare changes for 2020, annual enrollment period, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans, and more. Lunch will be provided. The church is located at 701 Valley Forge Blvd. For more information or to register, call the church office at 813.634.1292. Free.

Free Health Fair

Monday, November 4, from 9 to noon At Redeemer Lutheran Church, corner of Valley Forge and SR-674 in Sun City Center. Twenty-seven different agencies will be present and provide a variety of health information and screenings. These will include blood glucose, A1C (if indicated), BMI, memory, vision, balance, and vein. Representatives from elder law, dermatology, local hospitals, a pharmacy, acupuncture, senior and assisted livings, podiatry, physical therapy, grief counseling, mastectomy products, and senior services will be present. In addition, flu and pneumonia vaccines will be available, the Bloodmobile will be present, there will be chair massage, and an amplified phone demo. Door prizes. For more information, call 813.634.1292.

Trinity Baptist Shoebox Ministry

Trinity Baptist Church has started dispersing Christmas boxes to fill for Samaritan’s Purse. Christmas boxes are filled, postage checks are collected, and boxes are sent to children in need around the world. Pictured are Howard and Doris Decker receiving boxes from Sandy Hooks and sister Kay Turner. (Photo by Nancy Williams)

SouthShore Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon and Fashion Show

Thursday, November 7 from 11:30-1:30 p.m. Treat yourself to our delicious luncheon and fashion show to be held at the Life Enrichment Center of the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West. Seating begins at 11 a.m. Speaker will be cardiac nurse Ruth Warnick. Fashion Show will be provided by Nearly New Shop. Luncheon program is $17 inclusive. Menu: chicken parmesan, vegetable, salad, bread, and dessert. Iced tea, lemonade, and coffee are included. Special meal requests must be made at the time of reservation. Reservations by email to “TheSouthShoreCWC@gmail.com” or by calling Kay Newsom at 813.296.1168 or Stephanie Shaw at 770.313.5303. Our group is not affiliated with any church or denomination, and no membership is required.

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The Paid-up Membership luncheon will take place on Tuesday, November 12 at noon in the Henry Gibson social hall. Bonnie Sobel will give a presentation about her Russian grandfather born in 1898. “Up the Ladder” is his memoir about starting out living in a cold water flat in New York City to becoming an expert in the automotive field. Lunch will be served. There is no cost for this program except for Sisterhood dues. For reservations and more information, please call Barbara Grossman at 813.938.3531.

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By Andrea L.T. Peterson Prior to 1941, women had been barred from combat in the Soviet Union, but things had gone from bad to worse for Joseph Stalin, so in October of that year he issued an order deploying three women’s air force units made up exclusively of female volunteers—young women in their early twenties, some in their teens. One such unit, the 588th Regiment (later known as the 46th “Taman” Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment of the Soviet Army), flew in wood and canvas Polikarpov U-2 biplanes, a 1928 design intended for training and crop dusting. A special version of this craft, which held a pilot and a navigator, was used by these young women, nicknamed by the Germans Night Witches, to fly harassment bombing and precision bombing missions against the German military from their earliest use in 1941 until the end of the war. The 588th was the most highly decorated female unit in the Soviet Air Force. Many of these pilots flew nearly 1000 missions, dozens a night, with more than 20 being awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. More than three dozen of these lesser-known heroes died during the war. The obsolete, slow Soviet aircraft made it possible for pilots to maintain a stall speed lower than either of the German fighters, the Messerschmitt

Bf109 or the Focke-Wulf-Fw 190, so the Germans were rarely able to shoot them down while the Russian pilots had the advantage of stalling below the enemy and shooting them out of the sky. The faint sound of the stalled engines reminiscent of broomsticks led the Germans to the nickname Night Witches. Russians, however, who were thankful for the supplies that the Night Witches dropped on their own people between missions against the Germans believed they were Night Angels! Kathryn Lasky’s novel Night Witches, perhaps intended for a young adult readership, is a well-written, enjoyable fictionalized version of one young woman who wants more than anything to fly against the Germans. She yearns to follow in her older sister’s footsteps, but at 12, her mother insists she is too young. Although the younger sister is the better pilot—both girls having been trained by their pilot father who is now missing in action—she is, literally, grounded. When circumstances change, she, and the novel take off. Lasky offers insight into an aspect of the Second World War previously unknown to this reader and hopefully it will be of interest to others. There is much information about the Night Witches online. The 588th is one of several such units including the 586th and the 587th.

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