News of Sun City Center November 2022

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The News of

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SUN CITY CENTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Sun City Center

November 2022

CA SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 9 Board Meeting Rollins Theater – 9 a.m. Zoom ID: 849 2393 1292 Passcode: 175397 9 Meet the Candidates Community Hall – 3 p.m. 15 Club Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 10 a.m. Zoom ID: 831 2573 8346 Passcode: 924791 24 CA Office & Library Closed All Facilities Closed 25 CA Office & Library Closed Facilities Open 29 Shredding Day CA Parking Lot 9 a.m. to Noon Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Friday 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.

Two Islands In Middle Lake Need Our Help

By Ilona Merritt, Photos by Kai Rambow “Sun City Center will be a great place to live,” said Del Webb, who planned to build this great retirement community. Quite a promise considering that at that time he was looking at a cow field full of weeds and only one water spring. But Webb kept his promise. Out of the cow field rose a lovely community of homes and golf courses, and the water spring was extended to 100 lakes complete with islands.

In time, the trees grew, and the islands became home to many beautiful birds. The residents of this community have enjoyed all this for 60 years. The residents in that area have been working for years to protect them. During nesting season, the birds are surveyed and counted for the United States Fish and Wildlife Division. The islands are designated as special nesting colonies. The Audubon Society is also interested in our nesting trees and the 100 plus birds that come here. The islands are owned by the

County and are also watched by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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An estimated 40 trees were taken down by the storm.

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

Several trees were taken out by Ian making it look like a clear cut.

A closer view of some of the damage to trees.

Halloween Gallery

Enjoy these pics of how some of your neighbors decked the halls for Halloween.

Hello Pumpkin. Photo by Paula Lickfeldt

The Wood Carvers share their creations at a previous “Hi, Neighbor!” Event. Come out, meet some friends, and get to know many different SCC clubs. (News File Photo)

“Hi, Neighbor!” It’s That Time Again The Laurel Woods welcome sign is all dressed up for Halloween. Photo by Bob Sanchez

Eek! Beware the black cat on El Rancho. Photo by Bob Sanchez

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Handmade Halloween critters. Photo by Paula Lickfeldt

By Janet Ditmore After a two-year hiatus, “Hi, Neighbor!” Is back! Due to the COVID pandemic, this annual event had to be canceled for the past two years. But “Hi, Neighbor!” now returns to the Community Hall venue. Traditionally held on the first Thursday of November, this year’s event will be on November 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Hi, Neighbor!” is a showcase of the available clubs and organizations in the community. Club members are present to discuss each club and answer any questions that residents may have. In addition to the clubs, several volunteer organizations will be present to discuss opportunities for residents to be of service to the community. This event has been a popular o c c as i on , e sp e c i a l ly for ne w

residents—and there are many ‘new’ residents in the past three years since the last “Hi, Neighbor!” The aim is to give residents a chance to check out clubs and organizations that might be of interest. There also will be representatives of clubs that have been formed in the past few years, so come and see what’s new! “Hi, Neighbor!” is sponsored by the Community Association and organized by Claudia Hinson, Club & Event Coordinator, and Janet Ditmore, Information Center Chairperson. Light refreshments will be served and all SCC Community Association residents are invited to attend. Come to the “Hi, Neighbor!” event at the Community Hall 1910 Pebble Beach Blvd., South Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


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November 2022

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CA Board Update

LRPC Update We hope everyone has seen the new landscaping

by the Administrative Offices, Information Center, library, and on the North Pebble Beach medians. This was all part of Phase I of landscaping. We’re starting to work on Phase II and the objective is for the University of Florida (UF) to develop a fresh design theme to update the look of our community. We anticipate receiving UF’s recommendations by December 1, 2022.

MEMBERSHIP NOTICE ELECTION OF DIRECTORS VOTE ON 2023 DUES

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sandpiper Room in Atrium building Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Room 3, Community Hall CA membership card or photo ID required to vote.

Absentee Ballots are available in the CA Office until 3:00 p.m., December 7 They are also available in this issue on page 7-8. Be sure to include your CA number and signature. All absentee ballots must be returned to the CA office by 5 p.m. on December 7, 2022.

MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2022 COMMUNITY HALL 3:00 p.m. Candidates for your Board of Directors for 3-year term are: Eric Porr Debbie Caneen Daniel (Dan) Osborne Jeffrey Parsons Carrie Blaylock Tony Rickert Candidates for 1 year position on the Board of Directors are: Rose Meyers Ron Matelski

Questions for the candidates must be submitted in advance and dropped in the questionnaire box located in the CA office by Monday, November 7. All questions should be submitted individually on index cards. No questions will be taken during the meeting. Vern Hendricks of Sun Radio will serve as the moderator and will read the questions to the candidates. Each candidate will be available after the program to personally answer any additional questions you may have. 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).

By Bob Sanchez At its October 12 monthly meeting, the Community Ass o c i at i on B o ard of Directors approved a 2023 budget that includes a $15 increase in dues. The measure requires approval by SCCCA residents in a ballot question on December 6 and 7. See Dave Birkett’s detailed Cheryl Didday speaks to article about the budget in the Board during open discussion time. this issue of The News. The Board also: • Changed Policy II.B Purchasing, Exhibit 2.01.A to increase purchases by the Community Manager from $5,000 to $10,000 and increase purchases approved by the President and Treasurer from $10,000 to $20,000. • Approved a contract with SSE Space Management in the amount of $65,500 for the replacement of partitions in Community Hall. • Approved the replacement of the lawn bowling shed at a cost of $10,096. • Approved a contract with Carter’s Floor and Surface Care in the amount of $18,200 to refinish the floor in dance studio #1. • Voted to review Policy 6.01.B.3.b regarding the Community Association facilities being closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve and on New Year’s Eve. Community Manager Lyn Reitz thanked residents for their patience as CA staff assessed and cleaned up after Hurricane Ian. “We did not have much damage and we were very lucky it was not worse,” she said. Total resident count as of September 30 was 11,499, and total membership dues were 11,616. Reitz also mentioned “Hi, Neighbor!” on November 3 in Community Hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Golf Cart Parade will be December 3 at 10 a.m., and the theme is “Holiday Fun.” Registration forms will be available at “suncitycenter. org” and at the CA office. Numerous projects are ongoing on the South and Central Campuses and will continue for a few months. Residents should remain aware of their surroundings and make sure to follow signs and stay clear of coned and roped off areas for their safety.

Shredding Day

Tuesday, November 29, 9 to noon CA parking lot, corner of North Course Lane and North Pebble Beach Blvd.

President’s Report

By Bob Sullivan, CA President How time flies! It’s November, and we are very busy with end-of-year activities. “Hi Neighbor!”, is being held on November 3, 6:308:30 in the Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Learn about Club activities, organizations, and opportunities to volunteer. Please don’t forget to come to Meet the Candidates. This will be held in the Community Hall on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at 3 p.m. and is your chance to meet and hear from the candidates for this year’s Board openings. Running for the three-year terms are Carrie Blaylock, Debbie Caneen, Dan Osborne, Tony Rickert, Jeff Parsons, and Eric Porr. Running for the one-year term are Rose Meyers and Ron Matelski. I would like to thank the Directors that went above and beyond this past year, Eric Porr, Jeff Parsons, Kim Roush, and the LRPC committee members for all the support and work getting many updates done around the facilities, Ron Matelski for his time working with the History Society and support as our Board Secretary this year. I thank Gary Bratt for all the efforts as Community Club Liaison and the significant efforts in getting some of our roads resurfaced. I also would like to thank Jim Collins for his support of the Fitness Center and for being the Chair of this year’s Golf Cart Parade. I thank Dave Birkett for his Treasurer support and the efforts of supporting the Budget and RFP Committees. Many committee members supported the committees; they were the keys to achieving accomplishments. Overall the board members worked hard to get many items done this year, from the Covid19 shots and the beautification of our community. If you are new to the community, stop by the Community Information Center and get many of your questions answered. Every Wednesday at 1 p.m., they have a new resident orientation. Stop by; they are located at 901 Cherry Hills Drive. The American Legion Post 246 invites you to share in our community’s patriotic observance of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11, 2022. The formal program will start at 10 a.m. in the Community Association’s Community Hall, located at 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. The Doors will open at 9 a.m. when coffee and cookies will be provided. The event is free, and the public is invited.

Newcomers

List prepared from CA staff data. Report corrections, additions to CA at 633-3500. 9/17 thru 10/17, 2022

Local Adress 2044 Berry Roberts Drive 1010 Bluewater Drive 338 Caloosa Palms Court 1710 Cloister Drive 369 Club Manor Drive 1626 Council Drive 1709 Danbury Drive

Name Hometown State/Country Phone Joseph & Nancy Medeiros Gainesville FL 623-546-9916 Mark & Brooke Seashotlz Milford PA 845-344-7437 Daniel & Maureen Cleary Boston MA 617-548-5831 John Jordan Palisades Park NJ 813-260-0153 Glenn & Barbara Harper Tinley Park IL 708-307-8838 Jerry & Susan Frith Atlanta GA 404-205-0854 Maria Bellifemine/ NJ 813-326-2180 Antonio Piergiovanni 2440 Del Webb Blvd., E. Renee Britton St. Paul MN 763-442-7220 1214 Del Webb Blvd., W. Casey & Diane Christopherson Waukesha WI 414-975-6049 2003 Del Webb Blvd., W. Daniel Gasiewski Croydon PA 215-421-0245 1102 El Rancho Drive Thomas & Nancy Nighsonger Ionia MI 941-304-9174 1820 El Rancho Drive Alexander Meyer/Julia Rice Crownsville MD 410-365-6495 1368 Emerald Dunes Drive Karon Martin Philadelphia PA 215-868-3649 2427 Emerald Lake Dr., Apt.202 Jim & Liz Brown Des Moines IA 803-920-7865 613 Fort Duquesna Drive Christopher Mair/Steven Mair Stockton UT 435-830-2066 1208 Hacienda Drive Dawn Dayringer Kansas City MO 813-435-8890 806 King Leon Way Ellwood & Brenda Gottleib Lineboro MD 443-900-9330 835 King Leon Way Reginald & Shirl Harrelson Marion IA 813-525-3101 2318 Lyndhurst Drive Jeffrey & Vickie Pommer Newport KY 859-640-5380 1324 Misty Greens Drive Dwight & Karen Secrist Fairfax VA 703-402-4201 1303 New Bedford Drive Mark & Kristine York Zanesville OH 740-319-0980 322 Northway Drive Michael & Lori Culbert Taunusstein Germany 571-497-1946 1204 Pebble Beach Blvd., N. Karen Hernandez New York NY 516-662-9902 Terry Childress/Conne McClure Winter Garden FL 813-938-4858 1723 Pebble Beach Blvd., S. 1801 Pineapple Palm Court Philip & Theresa Bailey Duluth GA 770-316-9145 334 Sienna Vista Place Mary Gorman Belmont MA 617-489-3372 Pedro Herrera/ Columbia 862-220-3966 733 Torrey Pines Avenue Carmen Gomez-David 1617 Weatherford Drive Bradley & Elizabeth Bowling Opelika AL 334-750-0113 702 Winterbrooke Way Donald & Illene Tress Horsham PA 813-774-0393


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Veterans Photo Shoot For SCCCA Members

The next photo shoot for the Veterans Wall of Honor Project as shown in the Atrium will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 10 to 12 noon in the Photo Lab located in the multipurpose building at the corner of North Course Lane and N. Pebble Beach Blvd. This is available for all Community Association members who served honorably in any branch of the U.S. Military. Please call Carol Donner in the CA office 813-633-3500 to register, along with your CA membership number, by noon on Thursday, November 17, and you will be assigned a specific time.

“Island Man” Lost

By Ilona Merritt Sun City Center has many special attributes which make it a great place to live. One of its greatest attributes is its volunteers. Sadly, this past August, we lost one of the area’s most devoted and hardworking residents. Robert Sandora lived with his wife, Karen Symonds, on Blackstone Circle on Middle Lake, where two of the most important islands are located. Egret Island and Wood Duck Island make a magnificent view from their home, and both islands are carefully watched and cared for by residents of Blackstone Circle. Robert was a major supporter of these islands. He would take his boat over to the islands to remove unwanted, invasive plants such as Brazilian Pepper Tree and Melaleuca trees. He also set up trail cameras to see what wildlife would walk by or fly by. He also planted freshwater mangroves and other plants. He would put on waders and net fish when they requested tilapias. Robert Sandora was a very special person with wide interests and expertise in several diverse topics. His neighbors called him a Renaissance man. He was not only talented in many ways, but he was also generous, giving of his time and energy to help anyone who needed it. Robert was born in Kansas and grew up to be a real Kansas farm boy. He joined the U.S. Army and spent eight years in Korea. Five of these years, he was a medic. He was discharged in Homestead, Florida. He became a chef in a five-star restaurant, met Karen, and they married. Karen said he was the most fantastic chef. He would cook a five-course meal, and the kitchen was absolutely spotless when he finished. Later, Robert became a master gardener and enjoyed planting exotic plants in their garden and along the lake. In 2017, they moved to Florida as secondgeneration residents. They signed for their house, and two days later, Hurricane Irma hit our area. Irma damaged the Islands, and now Hurricane Ian did even more damage to the Islands. Robert had been replacing trees with his own money. He enjoyed his retirement and visiting with his neighbors. Robert could talk to anyone about anything. On Sunday, October 9, his family and friends gathered near the lakes and held a memorial service. Appropriately, Karen found a biodegradable urn for Robert’s ashes. She will be looking for a special tree sapling to be placed in the urn and then put in the ground to grow into another tree for the birds. Truly a special—and fitting—way to honor Robert Sandora, Renaissance and Island Man.

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CA “Sprucing Up” Continues Last month, a sod truck was spotted in front of the Samaritan building; a team was hard at work laying new sod in the median.

Unfortunately, our community islands have been damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Ian. Irma took out 12 trees, and Ian did more damage, taking down 40 trees. There are many birds who use the trees for resting during the day and they bring their babies along. There is a very active group of local residents who are working hard to get funds for restoration and reforestation. The very first thing needed is a Habitat Planning Manager who can identify exactly what has to be done and what the costs will be before they can apply for grants to fund restoration projects. If you have an interest in helping SCC preserve and protect our beautiful islands, or you have experience with grant writing, contact Micky Bohan by email at “sandhillscranes2@yahoo.com” or the SCC Audubon Club online at “www.sccaudubonclub.com/contact”.

Treasurer’s Report

By Dave Birkett On September 22, 2022, a very detailed presentation of the Community Association 2023 Budget was introduced to the residents at a meeting held in the Florida room and via zoom. A total of 27 people attended in person or via Zoom. The budget process was initiated in early June by our Community Manager, Lyn Reitz, and our accountant, Stacie Schmitt. It then proceeds to the budget committee headed by Ed Barnes. After review, it goes to the Board of Directors who approved the 2023 Budget at the October 12 meeting. On December 6 and 7, residents have an opportunity to vote for the approval of next year’s dues. There are several significant trends that we have seen throughout the year. On the positive side, we have averaged 55 transferred homes per month through September, compared to 51 during the same period in 2021. When coupled with the fact that we increased the transfer fee to $3,000 in 2021, that decision has led to a significant improvement in our Capital Fund. However, as we expected, the real estate market has recently slowed down, and we will most likely be closer to our budgeted number of 45 homes per month during the last few months of the year. As the majority of residents want Sun City Center to be debt free, the Capital Fund is reserved for new buildings/ improvements and not for day-to-day operating expenditures. For the last 18 months interest rates have been at such a low level that it has prohibited us from adding to our Capital and Replacement funds through investments. Only recently have interest rates increased to a level where it made sense to take advantage of them. We have done just that through short term CD investment instruments. By the end of the third quarter of 2023, we will be adding $100,000 of interest. All of our investments are FDIC insured and made with wellrespected domestic banking institutions. While the pandemic has subsided somewhat, we are still faced with challenges not the least of which is escalating inflation. It is vital that residents approve the 2023 dues increase for the continuation of our community’s standard of living that we all enjoy. Let me explain. The process of developing the 2022 budget that we are utilizing this year was begun in June of 2021. At that point the inflation rate was 5.9%. Today the inflation rate is 8.6%! If the proposed 2023 dues are not approved by the majority of our voting 2023 OPERATING BUDGET Projected Income Members Dues Entertainment Miscellaneous Library Other Total Income Projected Expenses Wages, Taxes & Benefits Maintenance & Supplies Maintenance Contracts Utilities Insurance Administration Professional Services: Library Entertainment Other Expenses Total Expenses

$3,274,400 86,171 106,850 22,500 2,200 $3,492,121

$1,641,054 230,100 263,470 423,450 282,200 107,800 412,348 6,300 91,790 33,609 $3,492,121

residents, then our bylaws state that we will have to use our existing 2022 budget dollars to purchase the inflated 2023 goods and services needed to run this community. How will the Community Association purchase the necessary goods and services it needs to operate this community when utilizing 2022 dollars and paying 2023 inflated prices? If the dues are not approved, there will be ramifications. Everything that occurs on campus requires staff. There may be shorter hours of operation of the pool and fitness center, outdoor activities, clubs and activity rooms. They may be closed when you want to use them. Our entertainment schedule may have to be adjusted. Even if you never use any of the wonderful amenities Sun City Center has to offer, you still need to vote yes on the new dues. You see, what makes our community unique is the efficiency with which it is run. It is the opportunity to use the pool, gym, clubs, etc. It is the number one selling point compared to other communities. If we let things slide and try to live within an insufficient budget, it will change our standard of living. The proposed 2023 budget that was approved at the October 12 meeting calls for an increase in dues of $15 per member amounting to .04 a day. Four cents. The new dues would be $324 per member. The majority of the increase will go to the Operating Fund for normal operations of Sun City Center. The remaining part of the increase will be applied to the hurricane deductible. We dodged a bullet this year with Hurricane Ian but we absolutely must be prepared. There are 11,500 residents who have the opportunity to vote for the dues approval. Last year 2481 residents voted. It’s vitally important that the 2023 dues increase receives your “yes” vote on December 6 and 7 for all of the reasons previously explained. Please look at the big picture and vote yes to keep our community strong and vibrant. Replacement Reserve Fund Major Equipment: Projected Balance 1/1/23 Increase from Dues ($40) Funds available for projectd 2023 Potential Projects Projected Balance 12/31/23

$1,571,686 459,000 2,030,686 (1,938,546) $92,140

Replacement Reserve for Furniture & Equipment Projected Balance 1/1/23 $178,677 Increase from Dues ($7) $80,325 Funds available for projects 259,002 2023 Potential Projects (158,434) Projected Balance 1/31/23 $100,568 Reserve for Hurricane Deductable Insurance Projected Balance 1/1/23 $300,000 Increase from Dues ($5) 57,375 Projected Balance 12/31/23 $357,375.00 CAPITAL FUND Projected Balance 1/1/23

$5,522,373

Projected Disbursements for Projects (1,146,311) Projected Capital Fund Fees Interest for 2023 * Projected Balance 12/31/23 *New line item for 2023

1,620,000 99,150 $6,095,212


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CLUBS

November 2022

The News of Sun City Center

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.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

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Swim Dancers Are Looking For A Few Good Men

Do you like to ham it up in front of an audience? The Swim Dancers need a few good men to do a comedy routine in their aquatic show on Saturday, March 4, 2023. It is not necessary to know how to swim. This will be done in the shallow water. Practices are weekly starting in January. This is open to men with active SCCCA membership cards. If you are interested, call Sue Muise, 813-633-2479.

SCC Audubon Club Meeting

November 5, at 9:15 a.m., Florida Room Rat poison and other rodenticides can have unintended consequences. Not only do raptors like owls and hawks become sick from preying on rodents that have eaten poisoned bait, but reducing raptor numbers allows rodent populations to rebound. Learn about the dangers of using anticoagulant rodenticides by attending the Sun City Center Audubon Club’s November 5 meeting. More info: “www.sccaudubonclub.com/meetings”

Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m. Susan Mueller, a member of the Computer Users of Erie and leader of the Genealogy SIG will present “Beginning Genealogy”, which is designed for the beginning genealogy researcher. This presentation will focus on free online resources for research. Computer Club Classes The Computer Club Lab is open from 12:30 to 4:30, every day except Sunday. Sign up for classes can be done online. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email Pauline Baker, Education Director, at “paulinebaker864@gmail. com” or visit “www.scccomputerclub.org”. iPad/iPhone for Seniors Thursday, November 10, from 9 to noon Intro to File Explorer Monday, November 14, from 9 to noon Introduction to Excel Tuesday, November 15, from 9 to noon Buying a Computer Thursday, November 17, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Art Club in SCC Events

Nov. 9 • Gallery Opening: The Beauty of Oils 1 to 3 p.m. in the Art Room Nov. 14 • Fall Luncheon in the Florida Room. Door Opens at 11 a.m., lunch at noon. Open to SCCCA members and Kings Point gold card members. Tickets are $20 per person. Check out our website “artclubinscc.org” for more information or call Lee Anne Eckert 973-714-5019

Bunka Art Stitchers Club

Monday through Thursday, from 9 to noon Arts and Crafts Building next to Stained Glass We are a club that creates pictures on cloth using needles and threads with different stitches. It is formally called the Japanese Art of Silk Embroidery, also called painting with threads. This is done with needles the size of pencils, and 1- 2- 3- and 4-ply threads including metallics. Annual dues are $10 and you buy your own kits. Beginners welcome.

Sun City Center Latin Fitness Club

Members of the Sun City Center Latin Fitness Dance Club got together on Thursday, October 6 for a luncheon party filled with good food, fun games and music to celebrate instructor Jan Ulics birthday!

Organ Keyboard Club

Thursdays, from 10 to 11 a.m. Armstrong Room We have a lesson for three weeks of the month with a certified music teacher who brings the sheet music for the song to be taught. On the fourth week we enjoy each other’s company and playing with coffee and donuts. Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. practice on one of our organs. Must be an SCCCA member, KP gold card holder, or Freedom Plaza member to join. No reservation needed. Info: “SCCOKC.org”.

Monday Movies Rollins Theater

Second and Fourth Monday, 1 p.m.

Metaphysical Society Presentations

Wednesdays, 10 to noon, Atrium Building, Heritage Room November 2 • Patricia McGivern, Past Life Regression. As a Certified Hypnotist, Patricia McGivern has specialized in past life regression since 1998. In her book “Soul Explorer: Healing through Past Life Regression,” Patricia shares over thirty past lives of her clients resulting in physical and emotional healing. November 9 • Millie Cruz Reynoso, Sound Therapy. Rev. Milagros “Millie” Reynoso is the co-owner of Milagros Wellness Sanctuary, alongside her husband Tom Reynoso. Millie is a Licensed Clinical Esthetician, intuitive energy healer/ reiki master, certified sound therapist, ordained minister in soul evolution and a psychic/medium. November 16 • Tricia Kirby, Aura of Colors. Trisha Kirby is a professional clairvoyant, bio-resonance practitioner, visionary artist, transformational life coach. She is a gifted guide for those seeking to live their best life through personal and planetary transformation. November 30 • Francisco Valentin, Near Death Experiences. Frank Valentin has been a regular speaker for our congregation since 2015. He is a true experiencer when it comes to NDE, OBE, STE, and channeling. Open to Society members and SCCCA residents joining the Club. SCCCA ID is required. Free admission, with a love offering requested. Info: Patti at 813-2634232; membership call Pennie at 404-242-7586.

All Sun City Center Community Association members who present a current CA ID card, and their guests who bring a guest pass, are welcome. Capacity is limited to 145 attendees per the Hillsborough County Fire Code, so guests with a guest pass may attend on a space available basis. NOTE: Only one movie in November.

November 14: The Man Who Invented Christmas 1 hour, 44 minutes

In 1843 London, author Charles Dickens finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and other classic characters to life in “A Christmas Carol,” forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today. Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Morfydd Clark Director: Bharat Nalluri Genre: Holiday, History, Drama, Biography Rating: PG for thematic elements; some mild language


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The News of Sun City Center

Meet the Candidates for the SCCCA Board of Directors

Six candidates are competing for three 3-year terms and two candidates are competing for one 1-year term on the SCC Community Association Board of Directors. During the month of October, each candidate for Director of the Community Association was interviewed. They were all asked these questions: 1. Tell us about yourself: include your name and a very brief bio. 2. How long have you been a resident, and why did you select SCC as your place of residence? 3. Do you participate in any club, community service, or volunteer organizations? 4. Why do you want to serve on the Board?

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5. What is it about you, your skillset or personality, that would make you a good Director? 6. What would you like to see the Board accomplish during your tenure? 7. How should the Board of Directors determine the community priorities? Here are their answers. In addition, the CA invites all SCCCA residents to attend Meet the Candidates on Wednesday, November 9, at Community Hall at 3 p.m. Bring your questions. Be informed. Then vote on or before December 7 using the ballot in this issue of The News.

Candidates running for three 3-year terms:

Eric Porr

Eric Porr was raised in 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 SCC because of the clubs, the amenities, and the proximity to Tampa. “We wanted to stay busy and enjoy the vast array of activities with like-minded people,” Eric says. “As a Board member, I want 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.” In addition to his service on the SCC Board of Directors for the past three years, Eric is the current Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee; past president of the Lawn Bowling Club; a member of the Pickleball, Computer, and Lawn Bowling clubs; as well as a volunteer with Keep America Beautiful, Special Olympics, Southeastern Guide Dogs, and cancer research. He enjoys lawn bowling, pickleball, tennis, and golf. “I want to be involved in the community I plan to live in for the next 25 years of my life,” Eric says. “Being Chairman of the Long Range Planning committee has allowed me to get input from the residents regarding the needs of our future facilities that will protect our homes and our way of life.” A former executive in a fortune 500 company, 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. “I learned how to get results through establishing visions, collaboration, and listening in a group setting. I established the Survey Monkey process to get input from full-time and snowbird residents. I researched and raised the capital fees to competitive levels so we can afford to update our facilities without asking the current residents to foot the bill with no debt.” Porr says, “We need to develop a process to establish a master plan of our community facilities that the Board of directors can act on to make decisions based upon the whole community’s input. “And we need to make sure Sun City Center remains a fun place to retire and live. Taking surveys, having focus group sessions, and listening to community input will allow the Board to determine member priorities (and act on them) in a fiscally responsible manner.”

Debbie Caneen

Debbie Caneen was born and raised in Tampa Bay. She has been actively employed in SCC since 2004 and is currently the Director of Admissions for Sun Towers Retirement Community, a position she has held since 2010. “After working in this community for the past 18 years, I knew SCC was the perfect location to settle. I purchased my home in 2019, and now my family has several homes in Sun City Center. I am still actively volunteering with local nonprofits, and I provide weekly updates of social activities for SCC residents to help them remain active and engaged.” In addition to the Ads & Events column, Debbie is the current president of the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging; and she is the past Chair of the SCC Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Debbie created and published the annual South Shore Community Resource Guide; organized volunteers in partnership with the USF Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute to perform community-based memory screenings; and secured grant funding to provide free mental health services to those in need during Covid lockdowns. Other interests include growing organic vegetables, gardening, riding bikes, walking her dog, and reading. “I love my community, and I have the drive to push new projects forward,” Debbie says, “I am a skilled multitasker and have the ability to bring people together for common goals, and I am excited to do so in our community. “I have a good understanding of the needs of an aging population, and I would like to advocate on behalf of my neighbors and also for myself. Green space is one reason many of us chose this area... If our Board has the opportunity to make a difference in the ClubLink development, I would like to stand up for our natural surroundings and present way of life. “I would like to see the Board reduce regulations on the clubs and allow them to structure attendance based on the individual needs of their members. By reducing bureaucracy, clubs will have more opportunity for fun and social interaction. (We also need to) complete a capital improvement project to keep our facilities modern and attractive. “The Long Range Planning Committee has completed surveys to acquire feedback... It’s time to execute. In addition to surveys, a utilization review of all space to identify usage must be completed. Residents may prefer outside shaded gathering spaces, which would be less costly to maintain. This information must be acquired, and the future design and funding approved by our members.

Daniel “Dan” Osborne

Dan Osborne has been married to Julie, a Hospice nurse, for 40-plus years, and they have four children. A proud New Englander, Dan was born and raised in Massachusetts, home to, he says, “the best seafood and sports.” He and Julie were New Jersey residents for more than two decades, and they are third-generation homeowners in Sun City Center. “We moved to SCC in 2017, left for a bit, and returned in 2021. However, family members have been here since the 1970s, and my in-laws remain here. We were attracted to the many clubs, wide array of services, diverse home styles, and especially the affordability. I’m a member of the 2022 SCCCA Budget Committee, and I participate in the Men’s Club, SCC Republican Club, and frequent our gym and other services. “Julie and I love that SCC is truly a golf cart centered community with accessibility to the local business, medical/dental, and restaurants. We love our home, the conservation area behind us, and, of course, having the room for visitors.” A graduate of Carnegie Mellon SEI, Chaminade University, Dan served 25 years in the U.S. Army with the 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning). “I am a transformational IT leader with 20-plus years of experience building high-performing teams, advancing organizational strategies, and delivering innovative solutions. I’ve worked for highly recognizable companies such as Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan, Franklin Templeton, etc. as a Director/VP of Technology. The ability to influence, shape, and communicate honestly with others were key factors responsible for the success I enjoyed.” Dan says, “I love SCC and I want to work with other intelligent and committed members on the future growth and modernization of our community, serving the desires of the community members. “As a member of the Board, I would like to help us maintain an affordable place to live for those 55 and over, a community that attracts people who appreciate the many benefits we have here that are lacking in other retirement communities. (One priority) is preventing residential development of any open green spaces... Adding 600-plus homes will create tremendous stress on the community. (We could) use the undeveloped property to promote active lifestyles by our members, modernize our existing infrastructure, and bring dated facilities like the pool area into the current times. “The Board should solicit members for their input, determining what matters most. Engagement is key. We need to maintain our IRS 501(c)(3) status while representing all 11,000-plus members who call SCC home.”

Jeffrey Parsons

Jeffrey Parsons is a native of upstate New York. He worked for 20 years as a union electrician, most of that time spent in IBM, working on high voltage, fire alarm, control upgrades on chemical baths, card access systems and facility renovations. Jeffrey also spent 18 years in Facility Management at Cornell University, where he was the director of the electric shop for seven years and then three years as the director of all the trades. Jeffrey spent his last eight years as a Facility Maintenance Planner with duties like: Project review, project management, planned maintenance stewardship, capital planning and facility assessments. He is a year-round resident of SCC and a member of The Crossing Church. “I purchased my home in September 2020. I chose this area for all the amenities that Sun City Center has to offer and the areas surrounding this community,” Jeffrey says, “I’m a current Director on the SCCCA Board, a member of Renaissance Golf, the Lawn Bowling Club, the Long Range Planning Committee, the Cooking Demonstration Club, and the Do You Wanna Dance Club.” Jeffrey says he appreciates the opportunity to be part of keeping SCC a great place to live. “Being on the Board since May 2, 2022, has surely helped me understand the needs of the community and helped me grow to be a good director. I bring fresh eyes and ears to the group, and I want us to make what I believe are the right decisions for the community. “ T h is c om mu n it y ne e ds go o d leadership that will take action based on the needs of the people. Directors need to be good listeners and speak with good intent and with clear direction… I believe my past experience working at Cornell University as a director can be very useful to our community, as well as the other directors. “During this next term, the Board should continue working with the Long Range Planning Committee to see all the initiatives from the community through to the end. And I would like to see the Board become more interactive with each other and be more cohesive when we have Board meetings. “As we continue to reach out to the community through focus groups and Survey Monkey, we need to determine community priorities, review the information to see how we can budget the cost, and continue to listen to feedback and encourage open communication with the members of the community.”


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Candidates running for three 3-year terms:

Carrie Blaylock

Carrie Blaylock is originally from Michigan, where she was a Pre-K educator and assistant director of a child care center. She, her husband, Barrett, and their daughter, Erin, moved to Brandon in 2011, then to Sun City Center in 2016. “I’m a second-generation resident of SCC. My parents lived here and we visited them almost weekly. I fell in love with the community, so, as soon as we were eligible, we moved in. The pools and clubs offer so much to do and enjoy, and our dues are modest. Sun City Center is the place to be!” Carrie says she loves to volunteer. “I’ve been a soccer coach, t-ball coach, league president, Girl Scout leader, 4-H advisor, PTA officer, and classroom ‘mom’ for most of the years my daughter was in school. So, coming to a community where there are so many opportunities to volunteer was a natural fit. “I currently volunteer with Security Patrol and at the Information Center. I was pleased to help with the Holiday Cart Parade last year, and I’m working with the planning group this year. I’ve been a member of the Potter’s Wheel Club for six years, where I’m the party planner. We have such a great time! I’m also a member of the Ceramics and Water Volleyball Clubs. I’ve also enjoyed being a member of the Photo Club, the Hand and Foot Club, and Shuffleboard.” Carrie says it is “critical” for a director to “speak truthfully and transparently” with the membership. “I’m ver y outgoing, and I want every member of our beloved community to have their voice heard! “I’m concerned with the current conditions of our community. I hope to be part of the team that revitalizes our community, starting with what we own, developing our future while remaining debt free. I am an out of the box thinker, dedicated to the wellbeing of our community and all its residents. I have been actively engaged with the Board at meetings, workshops, and events for numerous years. No CA member’s concern is too small. Every voice counts and has a right to be heard and respected. “When it comes to maintaining the community facilities, safety should always be the first concern. As we upgrade our community, we should improve our safety measures. Repair or repurpose what we have. Build new when we must; and, as we’re achieving our goals, remain debt free and affordable.”

Tony Rickert

Tony Rickert has been married to his wife, Shirley, for 50 years. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Tony earned a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from DePaul University Chicago, Illinois, after which he invested 27 years as a Senior System Analyst and Project Manager for Motorola, Inc., as well as 11 years as a school bus driver. Tony also served 16 years in the Illinois Army National Guard, reaching the rank of Captain and serving four years as company commander. He also spent three years on the school board for his Parish Grade School and was vice-chairman for the Parish Bingo Committee. Tony and Shirley were introduced to Sun City Center by relatives who live here, and they moved down themselves about two-and-a-half years ago. “We liked the community here, and we knew this was where we wanted to be,” Tony says. Once they became CA members, Tony immediately started looking for ways to get involved. He’s currently the president of the Euchre Club, vice-president of the Thursday night Poker Club, a member of three pinochle clubs; he drives for the Security Patrol, and is a member of the St. Anne’s Knights of Columbus in Ruskin. “I have always tried to make a difference in my community. I want to work to improve the living experiences of all residents of Sun City Center. We need to focus on facilities improvement and help our community continue to grow while practicing fiscal responsibility and being transparent with the CA members. I’m a friendly person, and I enjoy working as part of a team to get the job done. Directors should always listen to each other and find good common ground, so that all will benefit.” Tony s ay s , w h e n it c om e s t o determining community priorities going forward, the Long Range Planning Committee is a good start. “We must look at all our needs and our wish lists, get estimates on cost and prioritize the projects. Then present the results and our recommendations to the community for their approval.”

November 2022

Candidates running for one 1-year term:

Rose Meyers

Rose Meyers relocated to SCC from active adult communities in Phoenix and in Honolulu. Her early life and education was obtained in New England. She chose to reside in Sun City Center because it has affordable homes, many amenities, ideal weather, lovely surroundings, and a variety of birds and other wildlife. Rose spent her early career in chemical research at both Corning Glass and Philip Morris. Then her career and family life led to chemical education as a high school chemistry teacher, a supervisor of science teachers, and as Assistant Principal at a large high school in Connecticut. During the summers, she served as Director of Science Enrichment at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She found time to do volunteer work at the VA hospital for 11 years as well. In Sun City Center, Rose is active in the New England Club, Latin Fitness Dance, Multi-Cultural Heritage, Computer Club, and Scrabble group. “My reason for wanting to be a Board member is to bring different viewpoints, responsible leadership, transparency of budget and projects, and respect for the opinions of our members. My skill set includes listening to others, valuing other opinions, and analyzing all situations before reacting. My personality and global experiences allow me to interact positively with people of any background. “Community priorities should be determined by homeowners and Board members working together to determine long-range and short-term projects. The projects should be kept within the CA budget, so that we do not incur any debt. Selection of final projects should be voted on the residents. Hopefully, the Board will continue to beautify and maintain the CA property, continue to support a professional management company, and continue to provide responsible leadership

Ron Matelski

Ron Matelski and his wife, Judi, have been married for 58 years. They have three sons and one grandson, all of whom live in the Milwaukee area. Ron and Judi became full-time residents of Sun City Center more than eight years ago. The Matelskis researched senior communities for more than a decade. They were sold on SCC because of the people, the atmosphere, and the activities. “B oth our families are from Southeastern Wisconsin, and we have really enjoyed the same community spirit of neighbors helping one another here in Sun City Center. I’m running for the Board to help safeguard that sense of community and volunteerism that has made it such a great place to live. “The improvements to the appearance of our campuses and facilities need to continue. I will strive to improve the communication between the Board and the community members. I believe that the Community Association should remain debt free and continue as a 501(c)(3).” Ron earned a BS in Math from Dominican College and an MBA from Marquette University. He has 50 years of experience managing and directing information technology activities in multiple companies, including Fortune 500 companies. He is a fiscal conservative who has worked as a committee chairman for Scouting and served on finance committees for multiple churches. Ron began volunteering at the Information Center as soon as he moved here. He is active in the Tennis Club; the Security Patrol, where he is Deputy Captain; Men’s Club, Wisconsin Club, History Society, Photo Club, Computer Club, Audubon Club, German American Club, and Sheepshead Players. He also assists with “Hi, Neighbor!”, and is a member of Prince of Peace Church. “SCC has excellent clubs and activities. It is like we have gold and don’t know it. In the Villages, they have multi-purpose rooms, not dedicated club spaces. Everyone has to bring supplies with them, set up and clean up. Our residents are extremely talented. Many of them acquired those talents after they retired and moved here…” Ron says directors should be openminded and good listeners. “I want CA members to be comfortable with our finances and what the Board is doing. 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. “We ne e d to ma ke a de cision on new buildings, follow the Long Range Planning Committee recommendations… And, whatever is decided, as a community, we need to remain debt free.”


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St. Martin de Porres Helps Ft. Myers Hurricane Victims

By Ilona Merritt and Joan Raleigh Ft. Myers, Florida, was hit severely by Hurricane Ian; lives and homes were lost. All over the community, people came together to help friends, neighbors, and strangers affected by the storm’s devastating power. These groups included the team at St. Martin de Porres Outreach Mission. In 2006, Fernando and Mercedes Castillo began a venture, with their family, to serve the community by taking food and clothing to the neighborhoods most in need throughout Lee and Collier Counties. They say “God has been very good by directing so many people to help and support His mission.” Their mission is to serve people with an open heart for humanity by providing food, clothing, and educational training. Volunteers cook meals five days a week and serve, on average, 50 to 60 people daily. One of these volunteers is Barbara Durkin.

She had served as a volunteer chair of the American Heart Association Board, and, after moving to Florida she felt motivated to assist Fernando and has been working with him for eleven years. According to Castillo, the Mission receives enough food donated that they never have to turn anyone away. The volunteers also provide a food pantry, showers, English

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language education, and school homework help. More than 450 children are provided back-to-school supplies, backpacks, and shoes. While much of Fort Myers was devastated by Hurricane Ian, St. Martin was spared from the worst of the damage. As soon as it was safe, volunteers arrived to help their community. Many people with many different basic needs came to the mission day

The 2022 Holiday Golf Cart Parade will take place on Saturday, December 3 at 10 am. Residents of Sun City Center and Freedom Plaza are invited to decorate their golf carts in the “Holiday Fun’’ theme to compete for prizes. Entrants may compete for cash prizes in one of three

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categories: Individual, Group (clubs, service organizations & HOA/POAs) or Business. Winners will be announced at the bandstand following the parade; refreshments will be served. There is no cost to enter and the parade will go on rain or shine. To participate, pick up an entry form at the front of the CA office and turn it into the office by the November 29 deadline. Come on out and enjoy the fun! Many of the shops will be open for holiday shopping. Interested in entering a cart in the parade? Check out our list of Ten Reasons to enter your cart in the Holiday Parade on Page 19.

Helps continued on page 13.

After Hurricane Ian in SCC

Some more serious damage, but mostly cleaned up within a day.

Jolly ol’ Saint Nick arrived in style to the 2017 Holiday Cart Parade. (News File Photo)

after day. Soon, the volunteers, including the 95-year-old chief cook, were serving about 250 people every day. Castillo says, despite the increase in mouths to feed, no one has ever left the Mission hungry. He adds that food donations have come pouring in, so there is plenty to give. And more volunteers have come as well, people who had not served before who chose to come out and help those recovering from the storm. The food bank remains open, even when the volunteers were not able to open the building to the public. Instead of turning people away, they prepared food and distributed it

This palm was denuded, but it was already dying before the hurricane.

By Kai Rambow Driving around Sun City Center a few days after the storm showed a community nearly back to normal. Thanks to outstanding work from utility companies and our local emergency and first responders, power was on, the roads were clear, and people were out and about. We lost some trees, including a few dozen on the islands in Middle Lake (see Ilona Merritt’s story on page CA-1). However, those of us with friends or family in the Fort Myers area know we were very fortunate. For more on SCC’s response to Hurricane Ian, see our interview with Deputy Jeffrey Merry on page 14.

This alligator took advantage of the lull of activity. With few humans running around, it thought it was a perfect time to sun itself on a dock. Reminder: do NOT feed the alligators.


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Save the Dates By E. Adam Porter

Editor, News of SCC & South County Fall is here, a fabulously mild Florida winter is on the horizon, many of our snowbird neighbors have flown back down already, and the community calendar is filling up. After two years of cancelations, postponements, and rescheduling or combining annual events thanks to pandemic-related precautions, we have, for the most part, shifted back to our regularly scheduled programming. Clubs are going full swing, dance cards are full, live music is happening each and every week all across SCC and South County, and there are games of all kinds waiting for you to come play. In addition to regular weekly activities, some of the most longstanding, fun, and evocative community events will be happening over the next two months. You can read all about them in this issue, so, as you page through The News, keep your calendar handy, and get ready to save some dates. “Hi, Neighbor!” Thursday, November 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. SCC Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. One of the longest-running annual events in SCC began as one of the first clubs. Formed to cultivate the spirit of friendship, fellowship, and fun SCC was founded on, the Hi Neighbor Club quickly blossomed to include hundreds of members who, when they spotted a fellow member around town, would wave and sing out, “Hi, Neighbor!” Over time, the club grew into an annual Showcase of Clubs, held on the first Thursday in November. Today, the Showcase is simply called, “Hi, Neighbor!” and serves as an introduction to and sampling of many of the clubs and civic groups that make SCC a great place to live, learn, and play.

Several new clubs have started over the past couple of years, so be sure to come out and explore what SCC has to offer. Special thanks to Janet Ditmore for her work on “Hi, Neighbor!” this year. Veterans Day Ceremony Friday, November 11, at 10 a.m. SCC Community Hall This year, the members of American Legion Post 246 are leading this annual community salute to our veterans. Doors open at 9 a.m., and the program promises to be patriotic, evocative, grateful, and somber, as many local military organizations come together to honor our veterans, past and present. SCCCA Votes Meet the Candidates, Wednesday, November 9 at 3 p.m. Community Hall In-Person Voting Tuesday, December 6, from 8 to 3 p.m. in the Sandpiper Room Wednesday, December 7, from 9 to 5 p.m. at Community Hall The applications are in and SCCCA members are invited to get to know their candidates for CA Board of Directors, both through their interviews in this issue of The News and at Meet the Candidates on November 9. While we don’t do political editorials here at The News, we do encourage everyone to get involved in the leadership of this community. Vote, come to Board meetings, fill out surveys, and keep the lines of communication open. Let Board members and other community leaders know your perspective on the opportunities and challenges we’re facing. I love hearing from the candidates, reading their answers to our interview questions. SCC is chock full of outstanding people who have a diverse array of experience and expertise, as well as a willingness to volunteer those skills in service to our community. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to get to know many of these folks, those who served on the Board and in other areas of responsibility throughout the community, and SCC is better for their investment. Holiday Cart Parade December 3, at 10 a.m. SCCCA Central Campus

One of the most vibrant and fun events of the year is the Holiday Cart Parade. Clubs, groups, businesses, and individuals deck their carts with holiday creations ranging from creatively whimsical to mechanically marvelous. Three and four generations of family members line the streets around the Central CA Campus to enjoy the vibrantly decorated carts, and, of course, to catch a glimpse of the Big Guy himself, all decked out in a red robe and, often, matching shorts. It is Florida, after all. This year’s theme is “Holiday Fun,” which leaves folks free to unleash their creativity and wow us all as they cruise through town in their decked-out holiday rides. Be sure to check out Diane Loeffler’s “10 Reasons to Enter Your Cart” story in this issue. And, if you’re interested, pick up a registration form at the SCCCA office. Thanks to Jim Collins for herding the carts this year. Do you like to tell stories and take pictures? I’m very proud of the reporters and correspondents who make up our News team. These

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SCC Emergency Squad Receives Award

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad was recently selected by the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A) for the Outstanding Community Service Award, representing Florida. Recognized for their community service, the Emergency Squad provided through the early pandemic, (in collaboration with other local organizations) planning, organization and resources for COVID testing in the community as well as for vaccines, once they were available.

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November 3, 11 a.m. UMC’s LEC building at 1971 Haverford Ave. Enjoy lunch and bridge. Cost: $15. RSVP to Kathie at 410-879-1112 or Gina at 813-633-5324. This group is open to all Sun City Center women who are interested in bridge.

South Shore Democratic Club

Here, SE4A Board President Anne Wildman presents the award to Chief Mike Bardell and Deputy Chief Tina Drury at the SE4A Conference on September 13.

First Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. St Andrew, 1239 W. Del Webb Blvd. Concerned about clean water? Unchecked housing development? School quality issues? Road congestion? Your continued right to vote? Join the South Shore Democratic Club to hear our legislators give us the ongoing discussions on these issues. Info: “SSDmembership@gmail.com”.

Elegant Gardeners Club

November 9, at 9:30 a.m. The Elegant Gardeners Club of Sun City Center meets the second Wednesday of every month October thru May, in the Florida Room at the Atrium. Enjoy coffee and sweets followed by a plant exchange and a brief business meeting. The November meeting will feature Anita Comacho, owner of The Little Red Wagon Garden Center in South Tampa. She works to conserve butterflies and pollinators, monitoring and restoring their habitats. Residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point Gold Card members are invited to join the Elegant Gardeners Club. Info: Paula Lickfeldt at 813-480-1233 or Suzy Rathke 813-938-4845.

This 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 owned by George Okada of West Bradenton is the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club October cruiser of the month.

From Rust Bucket to Prize-Winner

You’d never guess it, but George Okada bought his 1969 Mustang Mach 1 for $150. “I got it in 1986 in New York City, and it was a real rust bucket,” he said. But he and a few pals started bringing it back to life. How did they do that in garage-deficient NYC? In the street. With a come-along hung from a tree branch for an engine hoist. It’s come a long way over the 36 years from that scruffy start. Now it’s not just a fast Mustang with a sparkling metallic blue finish, it’s also one very handsome Mach 1, winner of the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club cruiser of the month award. Now outfitted for both street and drag strip, it’s equipped with a Ford-based Man ’O War 460-cubic-inch engine, and runs the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds, at a top speed of 124 mph. It’s been a long-term labor of love, and George did it all except for the body work. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 1 to 4 p.m. the first Sunday of every month, with a rain date the following Sunday, 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. Info: Frank at 856-373-8497.

L to R: Bruce Fraser, Past President SCC Men’s Club; Pete Blair, SCC Connects Volunteer Engagement Coordinator; Ed Barnes, VP Programs, SCC Men’s Club.

SCC Men’s Club Hears About Attracting Volunteers

By Jay Sparkman Pete Blair, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator for Sun City Center Connects, was the guest speaker at the monthly membership meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Mr. Blair spoke to the need of volunteer organizations to search for prospective volunteers, convince those prospects to become members, and to properly utilize the new members in such a manner as to keep them as members of the organization. The SCC Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. For info call Jon Lehr, VP Membership, at 813-260-3058.

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Accessories and More Fashion Show

Saturday, November 12, at 9:30 a.m. Florida Room of SCC Atrium Sponsored by AAUW SCC SouthShore located in Sun City Center but open for membership to all who reside in SouthShore, this will be a new version of a fashion show, because it involves a Banquet Masters Brunch rather than lunch or dinner food. Cost: $30. Tickets will be sold at the kiosk in the Atrium on North Campus of SCC from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on November 2 and 4. Info: Susan Nasrani, 570-4015346.

SCC Travel Club

The Sun City Center Travel Club has been providing bus trips for 50 years and is welcoming new members. Join us as we travel by modern, comfortable exclusive motor coach to Broadway productions, sporting events, dinner theaters, shopping excursions, specialty restaurants, and many other entertainment and educational venues. Stop by our office at the South Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Room 2, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 to noon and Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. Only residents of the SCC Community Association, Kings Point, Freedom Plaza, and Aston Gardens are eligible to become members. Respective resident badges will need to be shown.

Fruit Cake Fans, Rejoice

Those who have been craving for the Claxton Fruit Cakes, your wait is over. The Sun City Center Lions Club is now in possession of Claxton Fruit Cakes. It is time to treat yourselves! Please don’t wait. Last year we sold out very quickly! The cost is still $6 each for a onepound cake. You can get them at Boggs Jewelry Store, or from any Lions Club member in Sun City Center. Those who can’t get out to pick up a fruit cake will be pleased to know that a dedicated Lion will happily deliver the cakes to your front door. Info: Harry and Maryanne Eberle at 609-668-5767 or 609694-8235. The Lions are meeting the first and third Tuesday of the month at Sun Towers theater room at noon. Please call the Eberles at 609694-8235 for more information or to make a reservation. Cost of lunch is $12 which covers entree, dessert, and drinks.

Daughters of the American Revolution Meeting

November 16 at 12:30 p.m. Atrium, Florida Room, 945 D North Course Lane Enjoy light refreshments and conversation. Special speaker, Bill Adkins, Jr., Vice President of the South Shore Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, begins at 1 p.m. His presentation will be on the Revolutionary War submarine. All SCCCA and KP members, as well as anyone interested in joining DAR, are invited. Info: Kay Adkins, “mujerdragona@yahoo.com”.

CAHT Meeting

November 15, 6:30 p.m. SCC United Methodist, Room 30 Campaign Against Human Trafficking – South Shore (CAHT) will be meeting to hear education experts address multicultural issues related to students and their families. We will focus on communications, language barriers, student participation, and cultural issues our students and families experience. For more information about CAHT and human trafficking, call 847-524-9215 or go to CAHT’s web page: www.sccblueheart.org

Keep the Flags Flying

The US Flags will fly again on SR-674 during the month of November to commemorate Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. Since 2016, the Colonel Geroge Mercer Brooke Chapter NSDAR has had the responsibility to “Keep the Flags Flying.” We have 100 flags costing us over $100 each. Please help us continue this patriotic community project and donate to the Flag Project Fund. Make your check payable to: Flag Project and mail to Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter, Post Office Box 6343, Sun City Center, FL 33571-6343.

Heartland Social Club Annual Wine Party

Tuesday, November 15; Doors open at 5 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater, 1900 Clubhouse Drive Bring a glass and enjoy wine, coffee, a light dinner, along with dessert. Entertainment will be provided by Laurence Francis, a Mentalist Magician. The cost of this event is $20 for members and $24 for nonmembers (paid by 11/5/2022). To RSVP, please send payment (by check only, addressed to Heartland Club) to: Cathy Maguire (Treasurer), 2238 Vista Greens Dr., Sun City Center, FL. 33573. More info: 813.938.5433 or email “jbwohlrab@gmail.com”.

German American Club Christmas Dinner Dance

Thursday, December 8, doors open at 4:30 p.m. Community Hall, South Pebble Beach Blvd. The Eva Adams Duo will provide music and Banquet Masters will provide the food. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for guests. BYOB. Ladies, dress to impress, and guys, break out your favorite holiday ties. Please send or drop off your check, payable to “German American Club Of SCC”, to Fred Rathke, 1058 Emerald Dunes Drive, SCC (813-938-4845), Lenny Crooks, 2425 Emerald Lake Drive, Apt 209, SCC (813-493-1644), or Wolfgang Kesselring, 2042 Grantham Greens Drive, SCC (860-307-3342). RSVP by December 2. No tickets at the door.

Buckeye Wolverine Watch Party

Ringing of the Bells

On September 17, members of the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution came together to “Ring in Constitution Week”. This is a national occurrence from September 17 to September 23 each year. The Ringing of the Bells is a reenactment of the bells ringing in 1787 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution.

Saturday, November 26, at 11 a.m. Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. The SCC Ohio Club is hosting their annual Ohio State Buckeye/ Michigan Wolverine football Watch Party. The Buckeyes are the number one football team in the country and will be out to get revenge for last year’s defeat by the greatly improved Michigan Wolverines. In addition to watching the game on the large movie screen, the club will be serving fresh pizza made on site, awarding prizes for the best dressed Buckeye fans, selling 50/50 tickets. BYOB, ice water will be provided. Tickets: $ 12 members; /$14 guests. RSVP with check payable to the Ohio Club to Beverly Matthews at 1406 Emerald Dunes, or placed in the Ohio Club drop box on the stoop.

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The SCC Rotary Club hosted a monthly Chamber of Commerce coffee event held at the TD Bank, compliments of club member and bank manager, Bonnie Peacock. Attending Rotary members shared information on Rotary International’s role as the premiere international service organization, with Rotary clubs in over 200 different countries around the world. The SCC Rotary Club meets each Tuesday for lunch at Freedom Fairways Info: “facebook. com./RotarySCC” or call Connie at 813-957-6482.

Samaritan Services New Vehicle

Samaritan Services was selected to receive a grant from the Interfaith Social Action Council (ISAC). The funds come from sales at the Nearly New Shop located in the Sun City Center Shopping Plaza. The grant in the amount of $7,800 was used to assist in replacing one of Samaritan Services older vehicles. A new 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid was added to our fleet of seven vehicles. Thank you for making this purchase possible.

Kings Point Italian Club Honor our Veterans Party

Wednesday, November 9, at 4:30 p.m. KP Veterans Theater Food provided by Banquet Masters including meal selections, salad, and dessert. Club provides coffee, tea, and soda. BYOB. Dance to Ron & the Classics. Cost: $25 for members; $30 for guests. Please make checks payable to “Kings Point Italian Club”. Tickets on sale November 1 and 2, from 9 to noon, Kings Point North Clubhouse lobby. No tickets at the door. Info: Frank Oleskewicz, 813-300-4010, or online at “kpitalianclub.com”.

Nearly New 50th Anniversary Sale

Vicente Lopez (left) president of the Multicultural Club and John Mayoka (right) president, Samaritan Services.

Multicultural Club Donates to Samaritan Services

Samaritan Services, a 501(c)(3) charity, provides many support services needed by residents of Greater Sun City Center. They transport ambulatory residents to medical appointments between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Brandon, Bradenton, and Tampa, with advance notice of 10 to 14 days. SCC Ride provides transportation for intown appointments and shopping, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Samaritan Services also coordinate the Meals on Wheels program, and provide Alzheimer’s and Dementia respite care. For Samaritan Services information call 813-634-9283. For SCC Ride, call 813-633-6111.

Wednesday, November 9; doors open at 8 a.m. Each department (boutique, jewelry, holiday, shoes, linens, housewares, clothing, garage, and outlet) will have special prices. Nearly New is a 501(c)(3) organization under the direction of the Interfaith Social Action Council of Sun City Center. The shop is located at the back of Sun City Center Plaza (off of North Pebble Beach/674)in Sun City Center. The general store hours for sales are 8 a.m. until noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Info: “www. interfaithcouncilscc.com”.

South Bay Genealogical Society Meeting

Tuesday, November 15, at 10:30 a.m. UMC Life Enrichment Center (LEC), 1971 Haverford Ave. Round Table Discussion, followed by a sit-down luncheon at noon, and then the presentation by our guest speaker at 1 p.m. Our speaker will be Peggy Schelin Jude who will be presenting, “13 Things You Can Do With Your DNA.” The cost is $18 for the meal and the presentation. RSVP to Dianna at 864-607-1330. Make your check payable to SBGS, and mail it to South Bay Genealogical Society, PO Box 5202, Sun City Center, FL 33571. Your check must be received by November 3.

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PERFORMING

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.

Outdoor Free Concert

Friday, November 11, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Bunker’s Bar, 1702 S. Pebble Beach Harmonica Harold Davis’ band, Out Of The Blue, will be giving a free concert. Outdoor tables. Golf carts are welcome.

Firehouse Cultural Center

Friday, November 4 Comedy with BC Murphy & Friends Saturday, November 12 Jazz with Synia Carroll Band Saturday, November 19 Rock and Blues with Jimmy Griswold Band The Firehouse Cultural Center provides quality programming in arts and education for ages, all diversities. Serving South Shore since 2011. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. RSVP required. Tickets: $23 members, $28 future members. Doors open at 7 p.m. Info: 813-6457651 “Firehouseculturalcenter.org”, 1st Ave NE at Shell Point Road in Ruskin, FL 33570.

South Shore Concert Band Presents: The Sounds of Christmas

Monday, November 28, at 7 p.m. Redeemer Lutheran, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. The 36-member South Shore Concert Band creates an endearing and impressive performance fit for the excitement of your friends and family. The concert will feature traditional Yuletide favorites and whimsical pieces. Enjoy the works of eight different arrangers. The concert is open to the public and a free will offering will be taken. Please bring a non-perishable food item if you can.

Concert Pianist Duo “Duo Beaux Arts” to Perform

Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m. UMC of SCC, 1971 Haverford Ave. Dr. Catherine Lan and her husband, Steinway Artist Tao Lin travel the world performing classical piano concerts. They have toured in Finland, Iceland, Canada, Ireland, all over Asia, all over Europe and all across the United States. Duo Beaux Arts will be giving this concert as part of UMCSCC’s “Rasmussen Artist Series”, which is a Sunday concert series honoring the church’s late organist, and the inspiration behind the series, Keith Rasmussen. A donation of $10 will be collected at the door from each concert attendee. Info: 813-362-0956, “www.sccumc.com”.

Eirinn Abu Coming to SCC

Friday, November 4, at 7 p.m. UMC of SCC, 1971 Haverford Avenue Eirinn Abu is an amazingly talented soprano saxophone player, much in the mold of Kenny G. He is a recording artist of the highest order, having been a part of over 30 million recordings sold over the past few years. A donation of $10 is requested the night of the concert. Info: www.sccumc.com.

KPAL Artist of the Month is Elizabeth Armstrong

Elizabeth spent her youngest years in Denver, Co. but all her adult life in the southern states of Georgia, the Carolinas, Mississippi, and then she moved to Kings Point from Arkansas. She has been painting for over 28 years and has been fortunate to have been educated in all mediums. Realism is her favorite study and faces her favorite challenge. She likes her paintings to tell a story to make your imagination roam and to celebrate life.

DANCING

SCC Line Dance Classes

Tuesdays Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Improver/Intermediate class begins at 5:15 p.m. and Beginner class starts at 6:30 p.m. The dancers also meet on Fridays in the Atrium Building Dance Studio, 1203 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. next to the walking pool. Improver class meets from 2:15-3:15 . An improver/ intermediate class meets from 3:15-4:30.

Multicultural Heritage Club Masquerade Gala

Saturday, December 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. Florida Room at 945 N. Course Lane The Multicultural Heritage Club invites everyone who loves music (provided by DJ Willie Matos) and dancing to their second event of the year: the semi-formal Masquerade Gala. Enjoy a catered dinner as well as the live entertainment. Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Buy now at the Atrium ticket kiosk M-W-F from 10 to noon. The best mask will win a prize, and there will be door prizes as well. It promises to be a very jolly evening.

Senior Social Dance Group November

RSVP only, Tuesdays, November 1 and 15 Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dancing 6-9 p.m. St. John Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd. E. These dances are always open to Sun City Center and Kings Point residents and their guests limited to a maximum of 72 guests. There will be no walk-ins. Cost is $6. Our entertainer is Thor Stevens and his sax. Dressy-casual attire, no shorts or jeans. BYOB, ice, set-ups, and snacks, nothing furnished. For reservation or more info call or text Judy Furman, 425-214-3996 or “judyannfurman@gmail.com”.

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By Tiffany Rivers, SCCCA Activities Director Happy fall Sun City Center! Our favorite time of the year has arrived, and we are so excited to kick off our series opener on Sunday, November 13, with our Sunday series with Chris Ruggiero. If you have not done so yet, please feel free to stop by the Atrium kiosk to purchase your tickets. The kiosk is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10 to noon. Also on Friday, November 18, the Friday Tiffany Rivers dance will feature MPIRE at 7 p.m. The Chris Ruggiero ticket is priced at $19, you do NOT want to miss this show. The series tickets are going fast so if you are interested in purchasing one time for the whole series you can do so at the Atrium.

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Fall in Love With Dancing

Saturday, November 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Let’s Dance Ballroom Dance Club invites all dancers to join them and dance to your favorite with musical guests DJs Mike and Peg Johnston. Casual attire, no shorts BYOB and snacks. Club provides water, coffee, and ice. Bring your friends or come and make new friends. Members free; guests $6. Benefit dance to support the American Red Cross. Info: Tom Hart at 810-923-8446.

Come Dance With Us

November 10, doors open at 6 p.m. Kings Point, Veterans Theater Dance to LB and Chloe. Enjoy waltz, foxtrot, swing, polka, rock n roll, rumba, salsa, cha-cha and more. All are welcome. Cost: $5 at the door. BYOB. Water and ice provided. ALSO: be sure to RSVP for the December 9 dinner dance! Music by LB and Chloe. Full course meal, choice of three entrees. RSVP must be made at the Nov. 10 dance. $20 per person. Info: Ken at 513-582-8449.

Do You Wanna Dance Club

Friday, November 11, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Spend the evening with the soulful sounds of Soul-R-Coaster. Admission is $5 per member and $10 per guest. Club membership is available and encouraged for $40 per year. BYOB, table snacks, and dress casual! Tickets may be purchased at the Atrium ticket kiosk Monday the 7th and Wednesday the 9th from 10 to noon. Tickets and membership may also be purchased at the door the night of the dance. You must present your valid SCC CA Member badge, KP Gold Card, Freedom Plaza Card. Info: Jfkfunnsun@ yahoo.com, shellykarg@gmail.com.

Dance Club Fundraiser

Saturday, November 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Dance to the music of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s with DJ Kevin Brooks. Come in your casual attire - no shorts. Admission is open to SCC residents and surrounding communities. Members free. Non-members pay $6 with no extra charges, no passes, and no hassle. Just pay the $6 entry fee and dance, socialize, meet old and new friends, and just have fun! Water and ice will be provided. BYOB, snacks, and refreshments. For more Info: Chuck MacDougall 813-729-3911.

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New York Club Veteran’s Day Dinner Dance

November 1, at 5 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater Music by SoulRcoaster and food by Banquet Masters. Tickets: $25 members, $28.50 guests. Info: Frank Gatto at 813 633 8942.

Swing & Country Dance Club

Free Dance Lessons for SCCCA, Freedom Plaza or KP Gold Card holders. Fridays at 6 p.m. West Coast Swing; Fridays at 6:30 p.m. individual instruction. Every second and fourth Sunday: 6 p.m., group country lesson; 6:30 p.m. social dance. Lessons are held in Dance Studio 1, next to the walking pool in the Atrium. Info: Cindy Rohr at 630-235-1277.

SCC Line Dancers

Tuesdays, two classes Community Hall, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Beginner class starts at 6:30 p.m.; Beyond Beginners begins at 7:30. The dancers also meet on Fridays in the Atrium Building Dance Studio, on North Course Lane, Sun City Center, next to the walking pool from 2:15 -3:15 followed by a class for upper beginnerimprover dancers that want to improve their knowledge and ability to dance. Residents of Sun City Center, Freedom Plaza, and gold card members from King’s Point are welcome to join.

Social Ballroom And Latin Dance Lessons

November 7, 14, 21, 28 St. John the Divine, 1015 East Del Webb Blvd. 4 p.m. • Beginning Silver Viennese Waltz 5 p.m. • Intermediate 2 Tango 6 p.m. • Intermediate 1 West Coast Swing 7 p.m. • Beginning Foxtrot Info: Bernice DuBro “dancewithbernice@gmail.com” or 813-6343205, 813-482-6784, Cost: $30/person for a four-week month or $8 per lesson. All invited. No extra fees.

Moonglow Dance Club

Thursday November 17, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Moonglow Dance Club will feature “Dan Fugazzotto” at their monthly dance. All SCC CA, FP and KP 2022 gold card or dance card holders only are welcome with ID or a photo of it. Moonglow members are free. Guests pay $6 per person at the door. Singles tables. dressy casual attire. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups available. Info: 813-633-1297 or “gail3357@gmail.com”.

Mix and Mingle Dance

Wednesday, November 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. Kings Point North Clubhouse Banquet Room Enjoy DJ Ken at the Mix and Mingle dance. Cost: $5 for KP and SCCCA members. All other guests will pay $7.50. There will be water, ice, napkins, and cups on the tables. BYOB.

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By Kai Rambow It’s relaxing; it’s different; it’s a good time. Tampa Bay Watch runs eco tours doing research. You get to go along for the ride while learning a few new things from marine biologists. Tampa Bay Watch trains and organizes volunteers to participate in environmental projects. As some of you may already know, Tampa Bay was quite polluted at one time. The last few decades there has been a dedicated effort to restore the health of the bay. For most people a boat ride out on the water is relaxing. Tampa Bay Watch’s boat is sturdy on the water and offers a smooth ride. This makes it easy to move around, which can be helpful to get a better view. A nice covering keeps the sun’s effects reduced and helps in the overall enjoyment. At some point in this excursion the biologists will scoop water and creatures to assess the water and the wildlife. A stone crab quickly escaped back into the water. It was taking no chances on becoming someone’s dinner. You’ll get to see some interesting marine life you probably haven’t seen before. This is when being able to move on the boat can be very helpful. If you aren’t comfortable moving about, the biologists were really good about making sure everyone

saw up close some of the more interesting marine life. One just never imagines there is such a variety of wildlife in our bay. The last stop was Bird Island. During nesting season it’s much more active, but there was still plenty of birdlife to see here. We had plenty of lovely views as we made our way all around the island. The whole experience was enjoyable. You’ll get to see some parts of Tampa Bay you’ve never seen before and learn more than you thought possible. If you’d like to add to your experience, you can buy a combo ticket, which gives you access to the center on the pier. The displays here are really well done, explaining all kinds of things that are important to the health and wellbeing of Tampa Bay. Depending on your eco-tour time, you may want to visit the center before or after your boat ride. Once you’ve visited everything you wanted to see, you may want to get a bite to eat at either your favorite restaurant in St. Petersburg, one of the restaurants on the pier (Google “restaurants at St Pete pier,”) or near the pier (Google “restaurants near St Pete pier.”) The restaurant scene was busy with plenty of choices on the day I visited.

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Kings Point Food Drive Pickleball Tourney

The Kings Point Pickleball Club recently held a “Fill the Pantry Tournament”. Entry to the tourney was a contribution to the SCC United Methodist Church food pantry, which aids students, their families of Beth Shield School and residents of Sun City Center in need. The van was filled twice L to R: Nicole Huard, Joanie Frantz, and the SUV was filled three times Cat Drinkard, Suzan Hill, Karin to help fill the empty pantry. Coons.

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SCC residents standing L to R: Helene Peterson, Lee Greenlee, Marti Turocy, Melody O’Sullivan, Melody Smith, Edna Carlin, Janet Hoffman, Deb Zieg and Paige Haggbloom, kneeling. Paige’s poodle Lexi is the team’s mascot.

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Sun City Center’s Competitive Tennis Team has a 6-win, 1-loss record so far in the Hillsborough County ALOT League.

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Mixed Doubles Team Wins Invitation

Congratulations to the Sun City Center USTA 55+ Mixed Doubles 7.0 Team! The Team took second place and is now going to Orlando to compete in Sectionals at the Lake Nona USTA National Tennis Center in November. This is the first year that Sun City Center has had a competitive Mixed Doubles Team.

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News of Freedom Plaza

By Peggy Burgess “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads”, from the Broadway show, Kismet, might well be the theme song of one particular group of Freedom Plaza residents for they meet weekly to work with such objects in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and materials. The group is known collectively as the Freedom Plaza Jewelry Club. Jewelry making is, assuredly, not a new craft. Alongside today’s professional artisans, there are innumerable amateur jewelry makers, folks who create their pieces merely for the artistic pleasure it affords. Such people make up the Freedom Plaza Jewelry Club, founded eight years ago by resident Irene Colvett. She lived at Kings Point prior to moving to Freedom Plaza and was very active in the Lapidary Club there as well as in the Sun City Center Jewelry Club. She now shares her experience and expertise with the Freedom Plaza group, inspiring them as she serves as their instructor. If your impression of making jewelry is simply stringing beads, and you wonder why an “instructor” is needed--think again! Not only does the craft involve a wide variety of materials, it requires different techniques for working with each of them. For instance: “kumihimo” is the oriental art of braiding with cords; “Viking” is weaving with wire; “chainmail” is the inner-connecting of metal rings. And that is only the tip of the jewelry-making iceberg! The Freedom Plaza Jewelry Club hosts two shows each

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Resident Bobbie O’Neill prepares for the Freedom Plaza Jewelry Club’s November 4 holiday gifts sale.

year, displaying their bounty of beautiful creations for sale. A portion of their profit goes to the Employee Appreciation Fund. This is a general fund of cash donated by residents, divided equitably and distributed annually to hourly employees, since gratuities are not allowed at Freedom Plaza. The remainder of jewelry sale proceeds goes for educational tools and commonly used materials. Members of the Jewelry Club— who pay annual fees of $10— buy their own supplies, but share them generously. On November 4, from 9 to 4 p.m. they will hold a special holiday gifts sale in the Freedom Plaza Atrium. The public is cordially invited to participate, with the reminder that cash and checks, but not credit cards, are accepted for purchases. Members of the Freedom Plaza Jewelry Club hope to see you there, but regardless, impart their wishes for a sparkling holiday season.

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Aston Gardens Gets A Butterfly Garden

Kathy Thomas and Paula Lickfeldt looking at the caterpillar on the milkweed plant.

By Paula Lickfeldt Kathy Thomas, who lives at Aston Gardens wanted to have a butterfly garden on the campus. She had had one at the home she lived in before moving to Aston Gardens. She asked for permission to plant a butterfly garden and was told that if she did the planting, Aston Gardens would provide a space. Kathy called Teri Brockway from the Elegant Gardeners

Club to ask for advice and help. Teri is a Master Gardener, so she gathered a few other Master Gardeners and they went to Aston Gardens to make their plans. The Monarch Butterfly is on the Endangered Species list, so they wanted to plant Milkweed which is a host plant for the Monarch. The Monarchs found the Milkweed and there were several caterpillars “Munching away” when we went out to visit the garden. A butterfly garden is a very beautiful addition to any yard as is truly a wonderful addition to the Aston Gardens campus.

A monarch butterfly caterpillar.

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After the Storm A Conversation With Deputy Jeffery E. Merry Jr., HCSO

By News Staff Two days before Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida, as a massive Category 4 storm, many forecast models predicted a track that would send the storm into Tampa Bay. Instead, Hurricane Ian made a northerly turn sooner, coming ashore to our south, devastating barrier keys and coastal communities before spinning slowly northeast across the state. A near miss for us that, local officials say, offers some important lessons for the future. “We did pretty well,” Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Community Resource Deputy Jeff Merry says, “I’d give us a seven out of ten. A lot of that can be credited to proper planning, community volunteers, and buy-in from local leadership. Tim Broad at the Security Patrol, Mike Bardell at the Emergency Squad, Association and Federation leaders, the folks at local ALFs and ILFs, they all prepared well and acted fast.” Merry says there’s still room for improvement, steps both leadership and residents can take that will help make sure everyone is safer and the community can get back to normal faster after a storm. “This was a powerful, slowmoving storm. We saw high winds earlier than we expected, and they stayed that way for a long time. First responders had to be held off the road for nearly fifteen hours. We were back out there helping people as soon as it was safe to do so. “Unfortunately, we were not the only people out on the

roads right after the storm. We had trees down and traffic lights out all over town, the light at Cypress was just dangling over the intersection… These are not the conditions people need to be out in, and yet we had a lot of people driving around. The results were predictable. Starting Thursday through Friday afternoon, we saw a major increase in traffic crashes. Some were minor, some were pretty horrific.” Merry pauses, adding, “I want people to understand this, I really want it to register… After a storm, we have two teams of deputies. One team is dedicated to responding to calls for service. The other is working as fast as they can to clear roadways. When people go out, driving around, sightseeing, getting in crashes, that puts additional strain on already limited resources. “Every crash takes another deputy away from what they had been doing to help the community recover from the storm, and it takes us longer to respond to other calls. So, here’s the point: After a storm, if you don’t absolutely need to be out, stay home. Stay home. Give emergency responders and road crews time to put things back together. For your safety and for everyone else’s.” Proper preparation, Merry says, begins with realistic expectations. “We say it every year during our disaster planning meetings, and I know you publish it in the paper too… After a storm, people need to plan to be without water for at least three days and without

power for a week. “Our water and power companies do a great job— about 30 percent of our community lost power for only a day, another fifteen percent got it back after four days—but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t prepare for longer outages. We were fielding calls less than twenty-four hours after the storm, people angry, demanding to know when the power would be back on. At that point, crews were still out assessing damage. TECO has poles on the ground, sheared in half by the storm… The takeaway here is that people need to have realistic expectations, and they need to plan accordingly. “When people fail to plan, that’s also why you see panic buying right before and right after a storm. You see store shelves empty, gas pumps empty… People driving all over the place looking for food, water, and fuel. This is why we all have to plan ahead, build a hurricane kit over the year. Put a little bit aside each week. Food, batteries, water, medications, whatever you might need. And, if you have a critical need for power, especially for medical reasons, you need to have a plan in place, to be able to evacuate or go to a special needs shelter. Merry says this is also an opportunity for first responders and emergency services to assess and improve. “Going forward, we will have some additional meetings. We really want everyone who can to have the opportunity to attend, to learn how to be

prepared. And we’re going to improve our early response process. This storm caught us off guard a little bit with how quickly we started seeing very strong winds. Local leaders responded fast, but there were a few areas where we could do better. And, as I said before, everyone is on board with that. “Cell service throttled down early and stayed that way for a few days. The Emergency Squad has radios we use in those situations that are distributed to every community association and all the assisted living facilities; and we’re going to look at activating the SCC amateur radio club earlier as well. “Something the community can do to help, too, is volunteering to assist the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Bob Preston with CERT said they needed more help with their chainsaw teams. One of the reasons it took longer to get power back on, is that it took longer to clear trees from roadways. Bob needs people who are able-bodied enough to operate chainsaws, and he needs people who are able to direct traffic around volunteers working to clear the trees. More people helping means that vital job go faster. “Ultimately, we were spared because the storm landed further south. It could have been a whole lot worse. Having a plan, sticking to it, understanding what goes into cleanup after a storm, and giving emergency responders and crews time to do that can save lives, and it will help us all get back to normal sooner.”

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Fall Festival

Saturday, November 19, from 10 to 3 p.m. St. John Divine, 1015 Del Web Blvd E. We will have many vendors, crafters plus our famous bake sale and attic treasures. We still have a few spaces available for vendors. Questions? Call Cher Cerebe at 813-526-1646.

Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Charity Fundraiser

Saturday, December 3, before and after 4 p.m. Mass Sunday, December 4, from 8 to 1 p.m. Prince of Peace, 702 Valley Forge Blvd. Christmas Poinsettia sale including a variety of plants, baked goods and crafts. Or, preorder through November 27 and use the drive-thru pickup on Friday, December 2 at the Conessa Center, from 10:30 am to noon. Poinsettias $12, $17, and $22; Winter Rose, $10 and $23; geraniums, $4. Info or to order ahead, Karen Humphreys, 813-4443431, from 9 to 5 p.m. Or order online at “laohscc.square.site”.

St. Andrew Presbyterian November Events

1239 Del Webb West, SCC Tickets: Church office open Monday through Friday 10 to 1 p.m. Info: 813-634-1252 Adjusting To Hearing Loss Seminar Monday, November 7, at 2:30 p.m. Presented by Eloise Schwarz, who has worked extensively with hearing loss and at present time is a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America. Qigong Classes Mondays at 1 p.m. & Thursdays at 11 a.m. The classes are a combination of slow, gentle movements with deep breathing techniques. The movements can be done standing or seated. Instruction provided by Daline Dudley, M.Ed., M.S.W. certified through the National Qigong Association. A $5 donation for each class is suggested. Info: 860-605-7868. Free Hot Lunch Wednesdays, from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to a free, delicious, hot lunch along with a beverage and a homemade dessert. RSVP to 813-634-1252 to reserve your seat. Meals are prepared by Metropolitan Ministries in collaboration with Andy’s Kitchen. Lunch will be served by your SCC neighbors. Taco and Games Tuesday, November 8 Two tacos and a beverage for $5 plus games. Bring your friends and play your favorites including Mexican Train, Rummikub, Hand+Foot. Pizza and a Movie Thursday, November 10, at 5 p.m. You will receive all the pizza you can eat, homemade cake of your choice, soft drink, plus a great movie all for a $7 ticket, which you may purchase at the church office. Annual Garage and Bake Sale Friday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Household, furniture, books, jewelry, linens, electronics, antiques, collectibles, glassware, tools, and more. Delicious desserts and other goodies will be available. Traditional Thanksgiving Feast Sunday, November 20, at 11:45 a.m. Turkey, cranberries, and all the fixin’s. Tickets are $20 and available at the church office.

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BOOK REVIEW

An Interview with The Mosquito Bowl Author Buzz Bissinger

By Andrea L.T. Peterson “When I embarked on The Mosquito Bowl in 2017 with the 82-day Battle of Okinawa in World War II integral to the book, it was not because of my father, who died not long after 9-11. It was not some searchand-discovery story. I had no idea what regiment or battalion and company he had been in and had never searched for that information,” says author Buzz Bissinger in The Mosquito Bowl’s preface. His father never discussed it, leaving the room when the subject came up. “It was his private space; to ask further would have been to violate it.” But his father, who it turns out had been attached to the 1st Battalion of the 4th Regiment of the 6th Marine Division as a private, was “in the very same regiment and battalion that are so central to The Mosquito Bowl. It is likely that, as a “great sports fan,” he knew some of the Bowl athletes, so it became clear that in telling their story, he would be in part telling his father’s story, as well. And, in so doing, he hoped his father would know how proud he was of his service. But how did it feel to finally learn about the experiences his father had resisted discussing all those years? It was “mindblowing,” Bissinger told me. “I now understood why he never talked about it. I wish I could have hugged him. I had a sense of what he went through—it was shocking and harrowing. I was so proud of his willingness to serve his country,” he added. He emphasized that the book wasn’t “about his father,” but the fact remains that through his research he found a part of his father he had known so little about. Researching for the book “enabled me to understand him better,” he told me. “He was selfeffacing. He didn’t take much pride in what he did in Okinawa. He just did his job.” Bissinger senior, says his son, “Was a beautiful father, a beautiful man, funny as hell.” Somewhat wistfully he adds, “Maybe I should have probed more.

John J. McLaughry (courtesy of the estate of John J. McLaughry)

“I knew going in that 64 of the 65 young men who competed in the Mosquito Bowl were no longer with us.” The prospect of researching these men and this story must have seemed daunting but, says Bissinger, the families of two of the men, Dave Shreiner and John McLaughry [see photos], “kept everything. Not just letters home, but everything from their childhoods” as well. What a gift to a journalist trying to put his story together. “You don’t have to care about war or football,” says Bissinger. “You have to care about people. This is a story about human instinct, human impulse, humanity, and characters. That is what makes a book rise or fall.” And The Mosquito Bowl rises. When these men came home, in the words of McLaughry’s mother, they were “empty shells with empty eyes.” Her son was different, quieter, more inward. They were drafted or had enlisted as boys, college and high school football heroes, and came back changed. They came back men. With much time between completed training and actually seeing combat and with the rivalry between regiments and battalions, I suppose it was only logical that eventually the thing they all loved, that they all had in common—football— would lead to a competition on a makeshift field later known

Dave Schreiner (courtesy of Judy Corfield)

as The Mosquito Bowl. The final score of the game was 0-0, says Bissinger, was “beautifully appropriate—a perfect score really, no winners or losers. It was an intense rivalry, each [team, player] did the best it could. They were boys being boys again, doing something they loved, and bringing something of the country they loved” to a remote island thousands of miles away from home. It was a simple game, “just two hours of life that turned into death several months later when more than a dozen of the 65 who played were killed in

Okinawa.” What made these men great or special was that they “were ordinary men who rose to extraordinary circumstances time and time again. It is the true measure of greatness that many of us never achieve.” Bissinger posits the unspoken— and perhaps unanswered to the satisfaction of most--questions of World War II: “To what degree are those in command responsible for saving the lives of as many men in combat as they can versus achieving the strategic objective regardless of how many men may die? What is the line between the duty to serve and the duty to be killed?” “The book wasn’t about the game,” he clarifies. It was first and foremost, a human-interest story. Laden with military data, battles, strategies, and all the nuances of war; filled with onand off-field details of football, football heroes and their stats; it is the story of characters. Bissinger wants readers to care about—be moved by—these young men ranging in ages from 19-24 whose promising futures died with them. Mostly, he wants these largely forgotten heroes “to be remembered. These men are dead and they have been forgotten… We must remember them.”

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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.

WED. NOV 2 – NOV 23 - CENTER 4LIFE LEARNING – Chinese Brush/Sumi-E WORKSHOP Wednesdays, 9:15 – 11:30 a.m. at Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1971 Haverford Ave, Sun City Center. To register for Chinese Brush/Sumi-E Workshop led by Renee Vickery, $33, register online www.sccumc. com/4lifelearning or at the Center 4Life Learning office, 1971 Haverford Ave, SCC, with cash, check or credit card. Office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., (813) 634-8607. WED. NOV 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI FOR HEALTH 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance! You will be required to wear a mask to protect our residents. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. THU. NOV 3 - CRAFT BEER & WINE CLUB OF SCC “Fermenting Fanatics” 1:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. If you are a resident of Sun City Center or Kings Point, you are invited to join us! We will be coming together to create craft beers and wines, enjoy tastings as a club and learn about the process of fermenting along with participating in field trips to local breweries! This month our guest speaker is Artie Chestnut, who makes his own wine. He will be sharing his woes and his successes. As always, we request our members bring

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Refresh your driving skills and explore the latest traff­ic laws. RSVP REQUIRED PRIOR TO CLASS. $20 for AARP members; $25 for non-members. Call 1-888-7737160 or visit www.aarp.org/ driving36 - 813-862-8397, Course payment by check or money order made out to AARP. TUE. NOV 15 - SUN CITY CENTER HUMAN HISTORY Connecting Community Through Conversation 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Do you really know your neighbor? No, this is not the opening of a scary movie but rather the goal of our newest club. There is so much history to be shared in the varied backgrounds of our Sun City Center neighbors and we want to uncover and celebrate that history! Join us for a fun round of ‘meet your neighbor’. Our end goal is bringing our community closer together and unearthing our history will do just that! Questions? Call Debbie 813-8922990. WED. NOV 16 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment only at Sun Towers Retirement Community. In partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, we are 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 Chris Clermont at Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. THU. NOV 17 - FREE BALANCE SCREENING TO TEST YOUR BALANCE 10:00 - 12:00 noon at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Are you at risk? Our therapists from Sun Towers Retirement Community are on a quest to reduce the risk of falls before they happen. Have your fall risk screened at no cost to you! This simple screening takes less than ten minutes. See the results before your eyes through biofeedback. Interested in knowing more now? Free Screening is offered the second Thursday of each month 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Call to schedule today, (813) 331-3035. THU. NOV 17 - VETERANS CLUB 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community 191 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Are you a Veteran? Join Seniors in Service for this monthly club meeting where Veterans will receive resources and companionship. Our speaker this month is Jim Fletcher who will be covering VA basics. Jim Fletcher retired after 26 years in the US Army.

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10 Reasons To Enter Your Cart in the December 3 Holiday Parade

By Diane M. Loeffler Watching holiday parades can really put you in the spirit of the season. Being in one can be twice as nice. In no particular order, here are ten reasons you should consider being in the parade. 1. You will feel like a celebrity for the day… Maybe longer! 2. For weeks, people will say, “You look familiar. Don’t I know you from somewhere?” 3. You can get some free publicity for your club, HOA, or service! 4. You can display your holiday spirit, creativity, and sense of humor. 5. The theme this year is “Holiday Fun.” And we can all use more fun! 6. Even the most basic cart could come away as a prize winner! 7. During sign-in time (Be there before 9 a.m.) you can be one of the first people to view all the other carts. 8. The coveted Golf Cart Trophy—and a year of bragging rights—could be yours! 9. The winners’ names live forever on a prominently placed plaque in the Community Association Building. 10. You will make other people smile. When you see all those smiling faces, you will find yourself smiling too. Community Association (CA) Director Jim Collins, who is in charge of this year’s parade, is excited to see all the color and creativity representing “Holiday Fun.” To register your cart, check out the form in the SCCCA office or online at “suncitycenter.org”.

Our Lady’s Pantry Opens After Ian — Thanks To Our Heroes Hurricane Ian swept through Florida in late September, closing many pantries and supermarkets, creating a considerable burden for families who were already food insecure. This was all the more reason Our Lady’s Pantry hoped to open on Saturday, October 1. “We have never been closed in our 22-year history,” says director Tom Bullaro. “In a crisis such as this storm, however, there was no telling what would happen, because so much was out of our control. Our trucks were able to get out on the road on Friday, however. And,

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By Paula Lickfeldt Tom Mason was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 1, 1922. He was one of ten children. In high school, Tom was on the track team and he was the captain of the crosscountry team. He delivered the Chicago Tribune and earned $25 a week, which was a lot of money. His first car was a ‘38 Pontiac Coupe. When Tom graduated from high school, he was a machinist for a small engine company. When the U.S. entered WWII, Tom wanted to join the military but was told that he needed to stay at home and work to support his mother and siblings. He persisted, and, in 1941, he went to Pearl Harbor, but returned home in 1943 to take care of his family. In 1945, his mother died, and he took care of his nine siblings. Tom married Lois in 1949. Together they had four children: Kathy, Tom, Kim, and Gary. Tom has two grandchildren, Jaymie and Shannon, and three great grandchildren, Alexander, Claire, and Mason. Tom and Lois went to Panama in 1979. They spent ten years in Panama working on the Panama Canal. When the ten years were up, they came back to the United States and bought a home in, Florida. During their marriage, Tom and

Lois visited every state and every state capitol. They traveled to Asia, all over Europe, South and Central America. Alaska was the last state that they were to visit and they planned to see their 50th state on Tom’s 50th birthday but that did not work out for them, so Tom went to Alaska for his 88th birthday. While in Alaska he took a zipline ride. Tom’s son, Gary, gave him a balloon ride for one of his birthdays. We can say that Tom loves adventure. Tom was still living in Daytona and his son Tom, who lived on the west side of Florida, would go to visit his dad. The traffic got so bad that Tom Sr. decided to move to the Gulf side of the state so Tom Jr. would not have to travel so far to visit. After looking at several different communities, Tom decided to move to Aston Gardens in SCC. He is very happy living at Aston Gardens and has a lot of friends there.

South continued from page 18. His combat experience includes service in Vietnam, and during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He is a member of several veterans organizations and local charities; including serving as a Senior Mentor with the Hillsborough County Veterans Treatment Court, as the current President of the Tampa chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and as a Chapter Service Officer with the Sun City Center Disable American Veterans. FRI. NOV 18 - CENTER 4LIFE LEARNING – Autumn Charcuterie Board Workshop Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 am at Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1971 Haverford Ave, Sun City Center. To register for Autumn Charcuterie Board Workshop, $12, register online www.sccumc.com/4lifelearning or at the Center 4Life Learning office, 1971 Haverford Ave, SCC, with cash, check or credit card. Office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., (813) 634-8607. FRI. NOV 18 - CRAFT BEER & WINE CLUB OF SUN CITY CENTER FIELD TRIP! 3:00 p.m. join us at a brewery to be determined. If you are a resident of Sun City Center or Kings Point, you are invited to join us! We will be

coming together to create craft beers and wines, enjoy tastings as a club and learn about the process of fermenting along with participating in field trips to local breweries! We meet on the 1st Thursday of each month at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Where members bring in their favorite beer or wine of the month. We all share sips and discuss the fine points of brewing. Monthly on the third Friday, we visit a local brewery. Join us! For info, call Michelle Mason (954) 809-5278. MON. NOV 21 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center in the theater. Our speaker will be Doctor Oliver Flouty, is a Neurosurgeon with Tampa General/USF will present on the latest advancements in DBS Therapy (deep brain stimulation) innovation and who is a good candidate for DBS. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990.


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The next meeting of the American Legion Post 246 will be held on Friday, November 18, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 3, CA Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd., SCC. The program will include items of interest to local veterans and their spouses. Coffee and donuts will be available at 9 a.m. All veterans and spouses are welcome. For information call Paul Wheat at 813-391-7309 or email “pawheatjr@aol.com”.

MFST Appoints Colonel Samuel Taylor, USA (Ret.) as Trustee

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) recently appointed Colonel Samuel Taylor, USA (Ret.) as a new Trustee. He will fill Jim Haney’s departure. Jim was an excellent Trustee, and we are sorry to see him move out of the area. COL Taylor retired from the Army in 2007 after a 31-year career as a soldier. He began his career in 1975 as an enlisted soldier in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, traditionally known as “The Old Guard,” which is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, serving our nation since 1784. He is fully retired now with an interest in supporting Veterans organizations and the MFST is fortunate to have him as a Trustee. Sam was commissioned in the Army through the Officer Candidate Program (OCS) and served as an Infantry Officer primarily with an alternate specialty in Public Affairs. He has been a teacher, teaching college and high school ROTC/JROTC Programs. His final assignment was as a Resource Officer for Hillsborough County School District overseeing all 28 JROTC programs in the county and dual hatted as the Director of Army Instruction (DAI) for all 16 Army JROTC programs in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. MFST is a 501(c)3 organization that supports through their grant programs military families, past and present. The beneficiaries include, but are not limited to: four year scholarships for high school seniors; JROTC Honors Program; Homeless Women Veterans; MFST Fund for Veterans Scholarship at the University of South Florida; Operation Warm Heart; Veteran Guide Dog ; Southeastern Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots program; My Warriors Place; Operation Helping Hand and sponsoring ‘Guardians’ for the Honor Flight Support Program. Info: Lori Germain “germainmfst@gmail.com” or “www.militaryfamilysupporttrust.org”.

​​SCC Veterans Day Ceremony

Friday, November 11, at 10 a.m. As a public tribute to all military veterans, Sun City Center will observe Veterans Day at the SCC Community Association’s Community Hall located at 1910 South Pebble Beach Boulevard. The ceremony is sponsored by the combined Sun City Center military veterans organizations in recognition of our many community veterans; however American Legion Post 246 is taking the lead in organizing the event. It is suggested that all guests be seated by 9:45 a.m. Doors will be opened at 9. Coffee and cookies will be provided. The event is free and the public is invited. Our guest speaker will be Bob Black, United States Army Korean War Veteran. Bob is a dynamic speaker who was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge as a member of the Second Infantry Division in the Korean War. The Grand Marshal will be Ken Barringer, a World War II veteran who saw duty in the Pacific Theater. The program will also include a traditional musical interlude by the Trinity Singers, directed by Rev. Bob Walker, including those military tributes normally rendered to honor our present and deceased veterans. Immediately following the ceremony, a wreath emplacement will take place at the Veterans Memorial located at the front entrance of the hall. For further information call Paul Wheat at 813-391-7309 or email at “pawheatjr@aol.com”.

Silver Ospreys Squadron

The Silver Ospreys Squadron #64 of the Association of Naval Aviation held its October meeting on Friday, October 14. Our speaker this month was Dick Petrucci, CAPT USN (Ret.). He described the development, test and release to the fleet of the MQ-4C Triton. The MQ-4C Triton is an autonomously operated system that provides a persistent maritime ISR capability using multiple maritime sensors. The MQ-4C Triton air vehicle is based upon the United States Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk, while its sensors are based upon components of (or entire systems) already fielded in the Department of Defense inventory. Along with the P-8A manned aircraft, the MQ-4C Triton is integral to the Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Family of Systems. Dick pointed out that the Triton is an Unmanned Air System, not a drone. At 33,000 pounds it is definitely an aircraft. Flying at 60,000 feet with a field of view of some 350 square miles, it is capable of spotting items as small as a periscope. When appropriate the Triton can descend to altitudes as low as 200 ft. to examine surface objects or establish contact with a submarine. Operationally, the Triton can stay airborne for up to 36 hours. The Triton has a shore-side crew of four: mission commander, pilot, and two sensor operators. These crews operate in one of five “orbits”, with each orbit covering a large sector of the world. Dick provided much detail about the Triton, and answered many questions from those in attendance.

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