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Honoring Our Veterans: Proposing a Memorial
Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA web site (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email.
By Diane M. Loeffler Did you realize that our town has two memorials to honor First Responders? One is located at South Bay Hospital and the other near the Sun City Center Fire Station. However, at this point, we do not have a memorial to honor our veterans. The idea for a memorial arose during a meeting of the Sun City Center Charitable Foundation. Committee Chairman Walt Cawein says constructing a memorial for veterans is long overdue. “My plan is to have it built while people who served can still enjoy it.” Committee members include representatives from American Legion Post 246, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Chamber of Commerce, Charitable Foundation, Inc., the Community Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAV’s Chapter 110, Leathernecks, MOAA’s Chapter 42, MOWW, the Retired Officers Corporation, SAR and an Architect in support. The goal is to raise all funds for the construction and materials through direct and online cash donations and by selling personalized bricks. The Community Association will set aside space for the memorial but will
Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room in the Modulars starting at 1 p.m. sharp. No orientation Wednesday, November 22.
Parade Theme: Holiday Movie Magic and Memories
NOVEMBER 6 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Caper Room – 9 a.m. 8 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 8 Meet the Candidates Night Community Hall – 7 p.m. 21 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 23 CA Office & Library closed, all facilities closed 24 CA Office & Library closed Facilities open DECEMBER 5 Membership Vote Sandpiper Room – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 6 Membership Vote Community Hall – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 11 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Caper Room – 9 a.m. 13 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 19 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 24 All facilities close at 1 p.m. 25 CA Office & Library closed All facilities closed 26 CA Office & Library closed Facilities open 31 All facilities close at 1 p.m.
CA Contact Information Phone: 633-3500 email@example.com Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center 813-633-4670
Yumminess Arrives at Cafe
By Kai Rambow Good news and better news. Good news: Ambreen’s healthy and very popular scones will continue to be available at the café. Better news: For those of us who like more, you can now regularly find banana nut, marble, pumpkin and other loaf slices. Flavors will not be the same all the time. Enjoy the variety!
By Diane M. Loeffler What is your favorite holiday movie? Miracle on 34th Street? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? A Christmas Story? There are so many wonderful and sometimes crazy movies about the holiday season. This year’s Golf Cart Parade Theme, “Holiday Movie Magic and Memories” can be based on whatever holiday movie you wish. Residents of Sun City Center, Kings Point, Freedom Plaza, Aston Gardens and Aston Gardens at the Courtyards are all encouraged to enter a golf cart in this year’s December 10 parade. Registration is free and forms can be picked up at any of the club offices. They are also available at the Sun City Center website. Clubs, groups and individuals are all welcome. On December 10, carts check in between 8:30 and 9 a.m. with the parade starting at 10. After the parade, there will be $2,000 in
Members of the SCC Veterans Memorial Committee meet on the second Thursday of each month. The project will be funded through donations and the sale of bricks.
not donate any money. Community Association residents Dallas and Norma Tuthill have pledged $40,000 as a donation toward the memorial. After looking at three possible locations for the memorial, the Veterans’ Memorial Committee voted to request the island of land directly in front of Community Hall as the location for the memorial. The committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. If at all possible, they would like to have it completed Veterans’ Day 2018.
front of their office at the corner of La Jolla and North Pebble Beach. Be sure to stop in the Security Patrol office to purchase your chance to win. Finally, a Winterfest Celebration will be held on the plaza. Music, food and crafts will be available. Mark December 10 on your calendar as an event for you, your friends and your family to enjoy.
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By Diane M. Loeffler Sun City Center will be kicking off the Holiday Season with a $5 breakfast served in the Florida Room on December 2, followed by shopping opportunities at the clubs. The breakfast and shopping are open to you, your friends, your family and the community at large. Consider volunteering to help out at the breakfast. You will only be asked to work for one two-hour shift. The atmosphere is festive, there are many seasoned volunteers to help you, and it is a great way to interact with lots of friendly people. Sound fun? Talk to Linda Oddo, Pat Sullivan or Bob Sullivan or write to Bob at “firstname.lastname@example.org”. You will have a good time as well as doing a good deed.
Get Into the Holiday Spirit
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prizes awarded. Prize categories include individuals, groups and businesses. Carts entered by businesses will be eligible for trophies only. All other participants will be given a raffle ticket giving them a chance for four prizes. Next, the Security Patrol will draw the winning ticket for a golf cart. You probably have noticed the cart sitting
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The News of Sun City Center
MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017 COMMUNITY HALL - 7 PM Refreshments served at 6:30 PM
CANDIDATES FOR YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE:
1-year term: Douglas Seipelt 3-year term: David Birkett, Joe W. Elam, Jerry J. Gibson, Francis X. Hickey, Bob Sanchez and Larry Smith Learn more about each candidate in this issue of the News of Sun City Center. Written questions from the audience will be collected prior to and during this meeting by the Elections Committee.
NOTICE OF MEMBERSHIP VOTE ELECTION OF DIRECTORS VOTE ON 2018 DUES Tuesday, December 5, 2017 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sandpiper Room in the Atrium Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Room 3, Community Hall
CA membership card or photo ID required to vote. Absentee Ballots are available in this issue on pages 7 & 8. Please be sure to include your CA number & signature. Absentee Ballots are also available at the CA Office until 3 p.m., December 6, 2017.
Treasurer’s Report By Jim Schwartz, CA Director and Treasurer per person per month), and will continue to provide The 2018 budget will contain a $9 increase in the amount of the yearly dues. This increase in the Operating Fund is coupled with $269,500 of surplus funds to minimize the increase in the budget. Without the application of the surplus funds 2018 dues would have to increase another $24. The expenses for 2018 budget are $173,700 more than the 2017 budget and the income is $141,600 more. This budget, although it is the first dues increase in three years, is minimal ($9 per person a year or $.75
Sun City Center residents with the high quality and quantity of amenities that the residents have come to expect. The provision of these amenities will be available to residents for years to come, and are some of the best in 55+ communities. The Budget Committee, the Community Manager, and the Community Association’s Accountant should be commended for their time and effort in preparing this budget. A detailed copy of the budget is available in the SCC Library for resident’s viewing.
OPERATING BUDGET 2018 Projected Income Members Dues $2,850,800 ($240.00 per member) Directory 27,120 Entertainment 93,500 Interest Income 3,200 Miscellaneous 94,650 Surplus 2017 269,536 Total Income $3,338,806
Replacement Reserve Fund Major Equipment: Projected Balance 1/1/18 Funds Needed per Replacement Study: Projected Disbursements Estimated Interest Income Members Dues ($32 per person) Projected Funds Available 12/31/18
2018 Projected Expenses Wages, Taxes & Benefits Maintenance & Supplies Maintenance Contracts Utilities Insurance Administration Professional Services: Legal, Audit, Computer Management Contract Library Entertainment Miscellaneous Total Expenses
Members Dues ($7 per person) Projected Disbursements Transfer from Operating fund Projected Balance 12/31/18
$1,460,873 255,800 327,850 378,000 246,900 125,100 50,900 289,824 7,000 85,000 111,559 $3,338,806
$661,236 (671,251) 10,000 364,800 $364,785
Replacement Reserve for Furniture & Equipment Projected Balance 1/1/18 $57,314 79,800 (125,300) 22,800 $34,614
Reserve for Hurricane Deductable Insurance Projected Balance 12/31/18 $300,000 CAPITAL FUND Projected Balance 1/1/18 $239,828 Projected Disbursements for Projects
Projected Capital Fund Fees
Projected Balance 12/31/18
CLUB/ORGANIZATION AMOUNT APPLIED TO Monday Movies $420 Licensing Fees Potters Wheel $1,000 Operations AAUW $25 SCC Library Fiori’s Restauranta $144 History Society - Historical Pictures
Trail Blazing By John Lampkin
American Beautyberry, Callicarpa Americana lives up to its names, both common and botanical. Callicarpa derives from the Greek “callos” meaning beautiful as in calligraphy, meaning beautiful writing. “Carpa” is from the Greek word for “fruit.” So, any way you say it this is one gorgeous plant! This Florida native in the mint family is built to withstand drought, blazing heat and torrential floods. It is also an opportunist, seizing the chance to sprout in recently burned or cleared land and as we remove invasive non-natives from the Nature Trails, Beautyberry happily fills the void. Beautyberry is deciduous, with new leaves appearing in spring. The pastel flowers soon appear and bloom throughout the summer. Since they hug the stem in the leaf axils, inattentive human eyes can easily overlook them. Butterflies, bees and beetles find them though without much trouble, bartering pollination duties for nectar and pollen. Early Floridians apparently used crushed leaves as a mosquito repellent and remarkably, a scientific study confirmed that it works. However, “Off ” spray is certainly easier to use and avoids the embarrassing green nose effect that one gets from applying crushed leaves to the face! The Seminole and other tribes used the drupes and other parts of the plant in a variety of concoctions to cure this and that. If you don’t suffer from this and that, do as I do and simply enjoy Beautyberry for what it’s named for, its beauty. The Nature Trails trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. John Lampkin leads interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. (summer hours) or by appointment.
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The News of Sun City Center
Director Elections, Dues, Office Building, and Upcoming Events The Community is Back in Full Gear
President’s Report By John Luper, CA President The holidays are quickly approaching, and it seems there is never enough hours in the day to get everything done that is on our “to do” list. One thing I hope each of you will put on your list, is voting for our candidates for the CA Board of directors and also voting to approve the dues increase to cover the expenses of the 2018 Budget. Both items are very important to satisfy the growing needs of our community. We have very worthy candidates highlighted in this month’s issue to let you know who they are. They are spending many hours of their time doing paper and radio interviews along with presenting themselves at “Meet the Candidates” night” on Wednesday November 8, at Community Hall at 7 p.m. Please attend to show your appreciation to their willingness to commit many future hours of work on behalf of our wonderful community. Details of the 2018 budget have been shared with members and a detailed copy is available in the SCC library, if someone is interested in learning more. Your Board of Directors unanimously believe a conservative but necessary budget has been approved and strongly recommend that the membership approve the dues increase. Per our bylaws, if membership votes down the dues increase, the Association would have to revert back to the 2017 budget for another year. This would challenge some of our operation expenses that have been increasing little by little. A small increase now will continue to provide quality amenities and services to our community. Please either vote now on the ballots provided in this issue and submit to the office, or mark your calendar to vote on December 5 or 6. Construction of the new Administration building progresses on schedule. A slide presentation that was shown at the membership meeting of demolition of the old and the building of the new is available on our website. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
Free Rx For Better Quality Of Life
The Fitness Center is a state-of-art, 7000 sq. ft. facility located at the Atrium Complex on North Course Lane. If you are not familiar with exercise equipment or techniques, the Fitness Center offers free training on PreCor resistance equipment. Beginning Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 and each successive Tuesday and Thursday, free training with Certified Personal Trainer, Dennis O’Brien, will be available at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Visit the Fitness Center between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. any day of the week and an attendant will supply you with the necessary registration forms. $10 deposit is required to secure a spot, and it will be returned to you when you attend the class. Class sizes are limited and appointments are made on a first come, first serve basis. Remember to bring your current C.A. identification card as this program is available to Sun City Center residents only
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 Diane M. Loeffler Sun City Center relies on volunteers to keep the community running smoothly. Since volunteers are also residents, they know how to best serve the community’s needs. Volunteerism is also one of the reasons that Sun City Center’s association dues are able to stay so affordable. Even our governing body, the Community Association (CA) Directors, are all volunteers. CA President John Luper thanked the seven people who are running for a position of CA Director and encouraged everyone to attend Meet the Candidates Night to “meet and understand their (the candidates’) interests and decide” who to vote for during the December 5 and 6 election. Dues and Fiscal Matters The Budget Committee has proposed a dues increase of $9 per year for 2018. This amounts to seventy-five cents a month. The committee presented reasons why this increase is needed. There have been no dues increases since 2014. Over this period of time, the cost of living has increased 11%. Minto will be pulling out during 2018, so the community will no longer be receiving donations from them. Also, in the last couple of years Minto has not maintained medians on South Pebble up to community standards. It is estimated that $20,000 to $25,000 of work needs to be done there.
Other expenses include increases in employee health insurance, CA liability insurance and workmen’s compensation premiums. Additional staffing is needed as we increase the footage of community owned buildings including the new office / administration building and also to maintain aging facilities. At the same time, the advertising revenue from the Membership Directory has decreased by 20%. The $9 yearly increase will allow the CA to have a solid budget and maintain the high quality of amenities we now enjoy. CA Office Building Chris Dinklage, the Project Manager for Invision Advisors, reported on the progress of the building. He reports that the project remains on schedule and on budget.
By the time you read this article, the following phases of construction should be completed: roofing work, cupola framing, lobby framing and the installation of windows and doors. Dinklage says, “Windows in the new office building will meet standard hurricane requirements and R value requirements.” The roof, window and door installation will make it possible to begin drywall. Answering questions from the audience, Community Manager, Lyn Reitz says that the generator from the old CA Administration Building will now be used for the Maintenance Building to help keep the maintenance department operating during and after an emergency.
Proposed Policy Amendment to be voted on at the December 13th Board Meeting
V. Clubs & Organizations 5.01.A Organization 1. All of the majority of the Club Officers must be members in good standing of the CA. (To be effective with the 2018 club year.)
DONATIONS TO THE SCCCA
Did you know that as a 501(c)(3) corporation, donations made to the Community Association are tax deductible? These donations are used in many ways for the betterment of our community.
The warm temperatures at the SCC archery club’s range isn’t stopping the club members from showing up for the weekly Tuesday, 3 p.m. “social shoot”. CA members are welcome to come to the Tuesday social shoot if they want to try archery for free, or just to check out the club. The heat doesn’t stop us from shooting, but rain will.
Tidbits from the Vault “Hi Neighbor - Then and Now” By Cathy Meyerhoff, Sun City Center History Society The year was 1962. The date, May 2. The residents of Sun City Center (all 29 of them plus four guests) gathered for a potluck at Town Hall. This was a first opportunity for the citizens of a brand-new community to meet their neighbors. At this first gathering Stan Clark, Del Webb’s activities coordinator suggested that the group organize itself as the Hi Neighbor Club. Even before these first residents arrived he had issued membership cards to the new homeowners In short order the club was organized with officers elected. Mary Shelton, who would later become the community’s first postmistress, was elected president. A committee was appointed to draft a charter and bylaws and these were adopted on June 7, 1962. The goals of the club focused on promotion of friendship among residents and providing opportunities for enjoyment and fellowship through active participation in community affairs. The group aimed to be a good neighbor to surrounding communities. It also pledged to document the growth and accomplishments of Sun City
Center and its organizations. A new resident was typically greeted by a Hi-Neighbor club member at their new home on the day they moved in and was provided with information about the community. All new residents were immediately members of the organization. The club enjoyed a variety of activities including potlucks, square dancing, slide presentations, and song fests with high participation by residents. Anniversaries were celebrated, special dinners and parties were sponsored. A popular meeting was States Night at which time Sun City residents showed their allegiance to their home states by parading through Town Hall dressed in costumes associated with their home state and accompanied by state songs and signs. Records of many of these activities were included in notebooks maintained by the club historians over the years. A monthly publication carried news items and pictures of parties and social events with occasional news on Del Webb’s development plans. A town hall committee within the organization served as liaison between residents and Webb officials in regard to policies and rules pertaining to the Town Hall buildings which were eventually to
be owned and operated by the residents. When the Civic Association was formed, this responsibility was relinquished and its role as the social organization of the community was strengthened According to Phil Lange, longtime Sun City Center historian, the club had lost some of its steam by the late 1970s. Newcomers were welcomed by the HiNeighbors for coffee and refreshments before the CA meeting. The club continued to exist into the 1990s. The heritage of the Hi Neighbor Club lives on today in the annual “Hi, Neighbor!” gathering held each November at Community Hall. This event introduces new residents to the many clubs and activities available in Sun City Center. We continue the tradition of helping our new friends enjoy life to the fullest as we share information on the many activities which help make Sun City Center the great place it is today.
THANK YOU to Linda Nolder for her work on the bingo committee. Linda’s name was incorrectly reported in the October issue.
4 - CA By Diane M. Loeffler Community Association (CA) election season is here again. There are four openings for CA Directorships this fall. Six individuals are vying for 3 three year positions. They are (in alphabetical order) Dave Burkett, Joe Elam, Jerry Gibson, Frank Hickey, Bob Sanchez and Larry Smith. One person, Doug Seipelt, is running for the single opening for a one-year position. All of these individuals were asked the same questions. We hope you can get to know the candidates better by reading their answers. You will also have the opportunity to hear them speak during the Meet The Candidates Night at Community Hall at 7:00 p.m. on November 8. We asked every candidate the following questions: 1 Tell us about yourself. 2 How long have you been a resident, and why did you choose SCC as your home? 3 What was your profession before retirement? 4 Do you participate in any club, community ser vice or volunteer organizations? 5 Why do you want to serve on the Board? 6 How should the Board of Directors determine the community priorities and its responsibilities? 7. What is it about you, your skillset or personality that would make you a good Director? 8 What would you like to see the Board accomplish during your tenure? 9 What do you like best about SCC?
What’s New at the Library?
By Joanne Gilray, Library Administrator Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and we here are at the library are thankful to the patrons. From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank all those that visit each and every day, those who donate items and funds to help keep this library running, to Hillsborough County for partnering with us to help supplement our collection and to the volunteers. Without the 40+ volunteers that work here every day we could not operate as efficiently as we do. When you’re in next, please give thanks to our volunteers, everyone loves a kind word. Holiday Notice: Thanksgiving is on November 23 this year. The library will be closed on the 23rd and 24th. We ask that you please refrain from dropping off items in the book drop on these days. Please understand that the book drop is not very large and overloading can result in items being damaged. We do have a staff member who comes on the weekends to empty the book drop but would love everyone to be able to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Please take special note of your receipts as when we are closed for holidays the lending periods are extended. This means your item that may normally be due on the 23rd or 24th will be due that following Monday instead so there is no rush to return the items over the holiday. This is a winwin for everyone! We have made some small changes in and to the library over the past couple months. The limit on the seven-day DVD’s has been increased from three to four. In addition, we have added a small music CD collection. This collection relies 100% on donations so please keep us in mind when you are looking to donate your old CD’s. “Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” ~ Author Unknown Happy Reading!
The News of Sun City Center
Introducing the Director Candidates
Dave Birkett - 3 Year Term
Dave Birkett was born and raised in Boston and went to college there. He left Boston forty years ago. He and Nancy have been married for 48 years and have two adult children. One lives in Colorado and the other in Michigan. They each have two children. The Birketts have lived in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, and New Jersey. They enjoy golfing and the local professional sports teams. Birkett says, “I have been a runner for 43 years and enjoy reading. I used to visit the SouthShore Library often until I discovered what a great library we have right here in Sun City Center.” “We lived in the Tampa area for ten years, so we were familiar with the area. My mother-in-law lived here. Later my sister moved to Kings Point. We knew other people who lived here as well. We moved here because we love golf and we love the people here. We have lived in Sun City Center for 11 years." Birkett’s career was in the area of sales for medical devices and diagnostics. He worked for Johnson and Johnson for 20 years and later for Mallinckrodt Medical and Leach Technology Group before retiring from SP Industries of EVP Global Business. Birkett was the chair of the Golf Cart Parade from 2012 through 2014, chair of FunFest for about eight years, and on the election committee for eight or nine years. He is currently one of the Directors. “I want to serve on the board because I am big into volunteerism. I think this community has some challenges to keep it vibrant and growing. We need to operate at the highest level and to make sure our community is advertised and presented well to the population at large. We need to present our community in the best possible light.” “I believe that the most important thing a director can do is to listen to people. We’ve got some very intelligent people living down here. They have great ideas. We need to listen to their suggestions, cull through them [their ideas] and think them through.” “We need to take thoughts and suggestions and do what is best for the whole community.” “There is a staggering amount of growth on either side of Sun City Center. SCC has to hold its own. We need to work with the county to make sure we are positioned properly and not overlooked. Some building issues need to be addressed. We also need to make sure that the clubs and activities we have available are ones that interest existing and incoming residents.” “What I like best about Sun City Center is the people and the community spirit. The weather is great and we have so many outdoor activities. We are close to Tampa and Sarasota. I am partial to the west coast, and I think we live in a great area with wonderful people.”
Joe Elam - 3 Year Term
Joe and his wife, Rosie, have three children and three grandchildren. “I enjoy reading, traveling, biking and playing billiards.” “We have lived in SCC 18 years. We moved to Sun City Center to be closer to my wife’s mother and other family members. Before retiring, I was in sales management. When I retired, I was National Sales Manager for a construction products manufacturer.” “I am currently the vice president of the Community Association. I served four years as president of my HOA. In the past, I was Vice President of Health Care for Men’s Cub, Hospitality Chairman of SCC, managed the Information Center, and chaired ‘Hi, Neighbor!’ I am a member of the Computer Club and Billiards Club. I served on Fun Fest Committees and on SCC’s 50th Anniversary Committee.” Elam says he wants to continue to serve on the board so that he can see the completion of the new administration building we’ve worked on for the last two years. He says, “I am happy that we were chosen as the fourth best retirement community in the country. That’s great, but we need to keep working toward improving our community.” “The best way for directors to determine community priorities is to listen to people. And I don’t mean just the loud, noisy ones. The ones I listen to are the people that send me a clear and concise email or phone call expressing their concerns or asking questions.” “I am a fairly easy going person with a good sense of humor. He says, “There are times that the right word or phrase can lessen tensions between directors. We don’t always agree when we feel strongly about an issue, but we need to remember that we are working for all the people in our community. I’m a good listener too.” There are a few things Elam would like the Board to accomplish during his tenure. “I would like to see the issues with the abandoned golf courses come to some kind of satisfactory resolution that we are all comfortable with. In their current state, these courses hurt everyone’s home values.” Secondly, we need to start thinking about what kind of community we will become when our developer, Minto, moves out in the next very few months. For the first time in our 55-year history, we won’t have a developer paying for national advertising and promotion.” “We have always been known as a golf course community. Going forward, we should promote ourselves as an active conservation community with a vibrant arts scene. We now have 31 clubs that identify themselves as ‘art clubs’ and a group is trying to start a special Arts Committee. We could promote our new identity through our website and our Information Center.” "What I like best about SCC are the people. Almost all of our people are great if you take the time to get to know them.”
Jerry Gibson - 3 Year Term
Jerry Gibson is married to Karen, his high school sweetheart. He says, “We ended our relationship when I was in the Air Force. Forty years later we were both single and rekindled our relationship through classmates.com. Karen is the reason that I am smiling all of the time.” Years ago, football friends gave Gibson the nickname of “Hoot.” It referred to an old western cowboy called Hoot Gibson. He has always been involved with his communities. While his children were growing up, he served on the school board for eight years, coached Pop Warner Football and Little League Baseball. He helped with Cub and Boy Scouts and served as a volunteer fireman. “I moved to Sun City Center because Karen lived here. When we married, we bought a house here. We have enjoyed being active in the golfing community here. I served in the U.S. Air Force working as a radar intercept control technician in Saratoga Springs, New York and later in Alaska. While working full time for General Electric, I earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College. I became a project engineer and later the plant manager. I retired from GE after 38 years. I have extensive experience in supervising construction projects. I am currently a trustee with Faith Lutheran Church in Parrish, Florida. I have been a deacon for the Presbyterian Church, Security Patrol and Tillers and Toilers. My wife and I are very involved in golfing. We run golf leagues and outings and help with monthly tournaments. I have been a volunteer for the annual Fourth of July Breakfast. I have been a member of the American Legion for 42 years and of the Elks Club for 45 years. I have served as a trustee and officer in the Elks.” “As a director, my responsibilities have included assistant liaison for the Holiday Walk, assistant liaison for FunFest, Liaison for Entertainment, Member of Consumer Affairs Committee, assistant liaison for the Golf Cart Parade, member of the Hardship committee, and assistant liaison for the Pebble Beach Medians Committee… I want to help in any way I can to see our community grow and to improve the lives of our residents. That is why I am running for a seat as a Community Association Director.” “SCC needs to work on a beautification program. The landscaping needs to look nice when people come in to buy. It is also important to have a plan for what we’re going to do after MINTO leaves." “This is the best community you could ever pick. Sun City Center has great amenities, friendly people and lots of things to do. As a director, I want to help in any way I can to see our community grow and to improve the lives of our residents. There is more to do.”
Frank Hickey - 3 Year Term
Frank Hickey been married to Darlene for 50 years. They have three children, 10 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. They lived in New York, California, Texas, Georgia and Florida. Hickey says, “Darlene continues to teach special education. She is very dedicated to her students.” The Hickeys moved to Sun City Center in 2010. Up until a year ago, he worked in the maintenance department. He says, “The job gave me a good understanding of many aspects of Sun City Center. I have a fresh and unique perspective on what is involved in running Sun City Center. When we spend money, we need to do so sensibly.” “We became aware of Sun City Center because my mother-in-law and fatherin-law used to live here. We liked it so much that we decided we would like to live here too.” Hickey was an aviator, an airborne ranger, and flew helicopters in Vietnam for five years. At the time he volunteered to join, he was married and had two children. Later he worked for Johnson and Johnson as a manager, as Director of Jewelry for Avon where he spearheaded the development of a new jewelry manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico, as a capital equipment leasing regional manager for Vendor Funding, as the vice president for manufacturing and quality control for Mako Boats, and as the Capital Equipment Leasing Vice President / Regional Manager for Ameristar. “I am a member of VFW and the American Legion. I was active in the softball club and the Men’s Club. I am a 19-year survivor of esophageal cancer and I am dedicated to helping people with cancer realize it is not a death sentence.” “I want to serve as a director on the board because I think I can make a difference here. I want to do it so I can help and make a difference. I think my experience working in the maintenance department has given me an understanding of many aspects of the community facilities.” “The board needs to understand what the people want and to steer that in a way that makes sense. Directors need to encourage everyone’s input. Everyone needs to know and understand what resources are required to do things.” “I think I would make a good director because of my ability to get the job done while getting people to respect me. If I am elected, I will make sure I get to more people. I will listen to them and also help them understand things. The board can’t be top down.” “I would like to see the board be more fiscally responsible. I believe if you can identify things that make sense, people will want to participate in them.” “What I like best about Sun City Center is the leisurely lifestyle and the opportunity to get involved and make a difference. I especially enjoy karaoke nights at Bunkers.”
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Bob Sanchez - 3 Year Term
Bob Sanchez has been married to Nancy for 52 years and they have a grown son who lives in the area. Sanchez says, “I enjoy learning, exploring and writing. I write book reviews for an online publication, edit a blog and edit books. I am currently editing a thriller.” They lived in Massachusetts for about sixty years. They moved to Las Cruces New Mexico because it was warm but found that it lacked the activities and opportunities that Massachusetts offered. Sanchez says, “When we discovered Sun City Center we found that it had both the climate and the lifestyle we sought. Two and a half years ago, we moved here.” Sanchez served in the Air Force. Later he became a senior technical writer and editor. He still works in that field. “In addition to serving on the board for the last year, I am active in the New England Club, the Photography Club and Scrabble. During the holidays, I enjoy putting flags in the yards of Laurel Woods residents.” “During my year as a Community Association Director, my primary focus has been working on a website with Lyn Reitz. We are making sure the information on the website is accurate, up-to-date and easier to use. A search window and site map have been added. “ Sanchez believes both residents and prospective residents should be able to easily navigate the website. “They should be able to find what they need easily. Although changes are still in progress, I encourage CA members to go to suncitycenter.org and look at the site. You can click on the association link and find out who the directors are, how to contact them and what their responsibilities are. “ “The biggest responsibility of the board of directors is to listen to the community and to keep the lines of communication open.” “I would like to see the board purchase and install an electronic sign. I have been speaking to the local Baptist Church and other organizations who have the signs. They report that they are very effective. I have also been researching sign vendors and the best location for an electronic sign. Generally, I would like to continue optimizing communication with residents in every way possible. “I really like the spirit in this community and all of the activities. Here is one example of the community’s spirit. Our golf cart broke down. Nancy and I started walking toward our home. One person stopped and asked if we wanted a ride. We said, ‘No. We’ll be okay.’ We continued to walk when another cart stopped and asked us if we wanted a ride. By this time, we were tired, and we accepted the offer. We thanked the man and told him how impressed we were that two people volunteered to help us. He said, ‘Well, that’s just who we are in this community. That’s what we do."
Larry Smith - 3 Year Term
Larry Smith is married to Mitzi and they have a 47-year-old son who lives in Mount Holly near Charlotte. They have one grandson who has played varsity soccer beginning in his freshman year. He is a scholar athlete with a 4.7 grade point average. “My family moved from New Jersey to Tampa in 1958. My parents retired to Kings Point. My father was very socially active. Two years ago, we chose to retire to Sun City Center because it is so active down here. I represent the Verona home owners on the developer’s board.” When Smith retired, he was the president and owner of Lawrence Smith, Inc. Mobile Embroidery. Before that he was at the service manager for Pantograms Manufacturing Company, worked in Home Depot’s tool rental department, was a general contractor who built and sold seven single family homes, served as an elected Tampa City Council member, worked as President of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and was owner / president of Handyman Rent-All, Inc. “I am currently the vice president of Sawdust Engineers and the vice president of Verona at Renaissance HOA. I have organized parties at the Verona pool, golf cart dinners and a Verona Golf Cart Mystery ‘Cruise.’ I enjoy singing with Gals N Guys and have worked back stage with props and as a stage hand. I also enjoy gardening.” “As I have gotten involved with Verona and Sawdust Engineers, one thing I sense is that the majority of people really don’t know what the board does. We need to get facts and stop the rumors. I think I can bring information to a number of people. I think of myself as a communicator. I enjoy listening and trying to communicate the right facts.” “I t h i n k t h e m o s t i mp o r t a nt responsibility of the board is fiscal. I love the fact that this place is debt free. It’s such a strong, stable community.” Smith said he likes to research the facts and explain them in a clear manner. I have experience as a city council member, as the president of Hamilton Park HOA in Tampa, and as Vice President of Verona at Renaissance HOA. “I would like to see the board respond to golf cart accessibility. Traveling around in a golf cart should be smoother. The cart paths around Cypress Creek near the hospital and near Freedom Plaza have been ground down but need to be made more accessible.” “I like the attitude of Sun City Center’s board members. As a community, Sun City Center has done itself proud. I like the people. SCC has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere with people from so many states and all over the world. I enjoy that.” “I would like to be on the board. I like being involved and in the center of what’s happening.”
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Doug Seipelt - 1 Year Term
Doug Seipelt lived in Georgetown, Ohio for most of his younger years. He and his wife, Susan, also lived in or near the Columbus, Ohio, Boulder, Colorado and Washington D.C. They have four children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He enjoys golf and softball. Seipelt says, “We moved to Sun City Center in 2007. When I semi-retired, we had time to find someplace where it was warm. My brother rented a house here, and he said, ‘You’ve got to look at this place!’ We did, and we liked what we saw so much that we bought a home that same weekend.” Seipelt worked with Ohio state’s loan program when James Rhodes was the governor and later for the program in Colorado. He continued in this field when he worked with the U.S. Congress and regulatory agencies for twenty years. He says, “I helped write original legislation for the student credit industry under a contract with congress. I consulted and testified for student loan programs and legislation. During that time, my wife worked for President Carter. Our daughter is currently working for Greenpeace near Baltimore.” Since moving to Sun City Center, Seipelt has volunteered for the Security Patrol for eight or nine years. He has also been on the Fitness Center Board and the Softball Board. For the last three years he has been the President of the Softball Board. He oversaw the total redo of the infield and facilities. He also supports his wife in her volunteer endeavors in Samaritan outreach and at the Nearly New Shop. Seipelt says, “I want to serve on the board because I believe in this place, and I want to help keep the community successful.” “As a board member, my whole purpose will be to help the people who live here. The board has a fiduciary responsible to the community. I have a strong financial background which might be useful. Sun City Center is a successful community. We need to keep it that way. This place has lots of needs. It is self-governed. If not, it might not be so pleasant around here.” Seipelt says it is important for the Board to focus on long term goals. “I am interested in identifying additional sources of revenue for long term goals. The board needs to keep our community desirable for future residents. We need to maintain our existing revenue sources and manage our current and future fixed assets. While doing this, the board needs to consider the needs of current residents and future purchasers. Most importantly, the board needs to keep looking ahead.” “What I like best is when we came here is that people take pride in their homes and yards. “ “There is nothing anywhere like Sun City Center in terms of value and cost of living. Many health club memberships cost more than our CA dues, and we get a lot more than a health club membership.”
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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.
Interested In Woodworking?
The Sawdust Engineers of Sun City Center will once again be starting a beginner’s woodworking class starting in November. The class will be held on two successive sessions on Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Class size is limited to two students at a time to insure a comprehensive learning experience. Anyone interested must become a member of the Sawdust Engineers and go through safety and shop orientation. The annual cost of dues for new members is $40. A sign-up sheet and a new member application can be obtained in the office of the Sawdust Engineers. For questions or additional information contact Stan 813633-2755, Anne 813-642-0297 or Joan 207-651-6442. You can also learn more on our website www.sawdustengineers.org.
SCC Metaphysical Programs
SCC Open Fund Raiser. 10 a.m. - Wednesdays in the Heritage Room. Admission $1 with Love offering requested to benefit the society. Bring your community ID. For more information call Vicky at 813 398-7033. November 8 • “The Wisdom of The Dolphin Collective”, Molly Friedenfeld, dynamic presenter in the Florida area, presents how to find peace, healing, and happiness in each present moment. November 15 • “Native American Indigenous People, Mesoamerica”, Bud Hoshaw from Red Hawk Ranch offers knowledge of the Native American Indigenous People and Meso America. He will connect modern metaphysical native beliefs and scientific studies. Taking notes is advised as he has extensive knowledge to share. November 22 • “Open Metaphysical Share of Information”, Near death experiences, UFO sightings, or other unexplained phenomena come share with others in this informal setting. November 29 • “Health Benefits From the Life System”, Mary Anna Elias, licensed Life System practitioner, will cover some of the many thousands of programs to help you stay healthier with a power point presentation and question and answer session.
SCC Stained Glass Club Artist of the Month
The Stained Glass Club in Sun City Center has chosen Helen Ankrom as the Artist of the Month for October. Helen started working with stained glass when she and her family decided to remodel their home in Kentucky. They added a large recreation room and bathroom across the back of the house. She didn’t know what to do about the bathroom window. One day she was in a remodeling store in Cincinnati and saw a folder on how to do stained glass. She thought that would be the answer for the bathroom window and bought the folder She practiced on a few small pieces and then made the window for the bathroom. That was forty years ago and she’s been working with stained glass ever since. When they moved to Florida they took that window out and brought it along with them. Her son who lives in Sun City Center has that piece of stained glass that was created by Helen 40 years ago. The Stained Glass Club is delighted to have many of Helen’s window panels, photo frames, vases and sun catchers on display in the front window. Stop by and see her beautiful work. If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces, contact Connie Ray at 859-494-5337.
Yoga Teacher & Student Address SCC Men’s Club
By Jay Sparkman Lynne Sells, senior yoga instructor for the Sun City Center Yoga Club, and Utley Smith, a SCC Yoga Club student, spoke to members at the August monthly luncheon meeting held in the SCC Community Hall. Ms. Sells spoke of the history of yoga which goes back some 6,000 years, yoga in the USA, and how yoga and modern medicine can interact. Mr. Smith related Don Murphy, SCC Men’s Club President, how yoga has helped him in his recovery Lynne Sells, and Utley Smith. from life threatening illness. Both speakers related the structure and schedules for yoga classes with the SCC Yoga Club. The SCC Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. For information call Jon Lehr, VP Membership, 813-260-3058.
SCC Lapidary Club Member Wins Blue Ribbons
Linda Monahan won first prize for her beautiful wire wrapped pendant designs in the 37th annual Tampa Bay Senior Games. More than 650 people (age 50+) competed in over 40 sports and hobby events. The competitions serve as a qualifier for the Florida Senior Games in December. Linda entered pottery in the competition and also won the blue ribbon for her creations. After teaching herself to “race walk” and practicing diligently for weeks, Linda was rewarded with the blue ribbon for that event in the Senior Games, as well. To top it all off, she also won first prize for Linda Monahan displays her blue ribbon her age group in the standing long jump. for jewelry design. Her trophy wall is bursting at the seams. Linda learned her craft from classes she took at the SCC Lapidary Club during the past two years that she and Bob, her husband of 45 years, have lived in Sun City Center. She submitted several pendants that she made using the wire wrapping technique to embellish cabochon stones. Linda claims that “the caliber of teachers is top notch at the SCC Lapidary Club.” Linda is a master gardener, so she and Bob also joined the Tillers and Toilers. It was the variety and quality of the clubs and activities offered in Sun City Center that convinced them to move here permanently after traveling all over Florida in their motor home looking for a place to settle after retirement. The Sun City Center Lapidary Club is located in the Arts and Crafts Building, 915 E Cherry Hills Drive. The jewelry store hours are 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Mon-Wed-Fri, and 12 - 3 p.m. Tues-Thurs. Stop by the store for more information.
at the Rollins Theater One Showing Only at 1 p.m.
Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1 p.m. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun City Center Community Association members/guests who present current cards or a KP ID badge.
November 13 • 1 p.m. • La La Land (2 hours, 8 minutes)
Ceramics Classes Offered
The SCC Ceramics Club periodically offers classes. On September 26 Melony Grazano conducted a class in staining.
In this wondrous musical, struggling actress Mia and aspiring jazz pianist Sebastian begin a whirlwind romance as they both pursue their dreams in L.A. However, their relationship is challenged when their careers pull them in different directions. Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock Genre: Romance Rating: PG-13 for some language
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Punching out Parkinson’s: The Class
By Diane M. Loeffler Pe r h ap s t h e m o st upb e at and invigorating place to be at 1 p.m. on Thursdays is the theater room in Sun Towers. As you walk in the room for this once a week class, instructor Eric Allen, assistant instructor Sandra Riano and volunteer Larry Stanford greet you by name. The room is set up with hula hoops, punching bags, and other equipment. If you wonder if the program is helpful for individuals with Parkinson’s, just talk to the participants and their family and friends. Speaking about her husband, Jim, Sally Blakey says, “We recommend Rock Steady Boxing highly. After we have this class, he is so different when he gets home, happier and more himself.” Robert Wachterman says that his wife, Gia, “notices a difference for a few days.” Christina Cieslik says her husband, Chic, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s seventeen years ago. Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s are encouraged to begin the program as soon as they are diagnosed. However, Chic is proof that the program also helps those who have had the disease for years. Christina Cieslik says, “Chic has gained strength, ability and interest.” She enjoys
Mikel Rawlinson practices boxing moves during the warm-up session.
coming to the class with her husband because, “Everybody is very friendly. We laugh with, not at each other. It is like a Parkinson’s family.” Kings Point resident Annette Rawlinson says, “Before we moved to Sun City
Center three years ago, Mikel shuffled and fell a lot. He has really improved. Our doctor back in Indiana was amazed. Mikel wishes they had this class three to four times a week.” Christina Cieslik says her husband would gladly come three times a week too. Amy Slaney has been attending Rock Steady Boxing since June. She has Parkinson’s and says the class has really helped her, “I like it because it is challenging. It’s made for people like me and it’s challenging. It isn’t mamby pamby. I can tell I have improved. I can run now. Not very elegantly or very far, but I can run.” Each class is different. This week’s class begins with a warm up of walking, stretching, and some more walking. Some of the exercisers jog part of the time. Next, the participants practice boxing moves as they bob, weave and duck. They balance on one foot. The instructor, assistant, volunteers and the ‘corner men,’ who are usually spouses, help them with skills if needed. Eric Allen says, “Some people aren’t as strong as others. Participants are helped when they cannot do something, not when they can but it is hard.” He and his assistants move around the room, helping, encouraging, cheering. The exercisers hula hoop for a few
minutes, walk while balancing a ball on a plate, and punch while loudly counting and moving their feet. They perform jump squats. Allen, Riano and Stanford encourage them, “Do what you can!” Next, they do thirty second drills, stepping in and out of rope ladders placed on the floor, ball slams and rope exercises before stretching, and gathering in a circle for a final cheer. An hour and a half has passed. Riano says, “Rock steady boxing keeps on standing because all the participants are motivated to keep going all class long.” She is right. Now and then, one of the participants would stop for a minute or so, but then they all started exercising again. Walking out at the end of class, they are all sweating, but they are also smiling and perhaps standing a little taller. They are fighting Parkinson’s, literally, and today was a victory for them. Interested? Classes are available to anyone in t he are a w ho has Parkinson’s. Contact Eric Allen at 813-321-8755 or email@example.com for more information. You can also learn more about the program on-line at mentalhealthandaging.org. That page contains an article on the program and also a link to a video showing program participants in action.
Preserving the History of Our Veterans
By Diane M. Loeffler Like so many baby boomers, I remember watching World War II based television shows. My clearest memory is how during almost every show, Dad would stand up and say, “That’s not the way it was at all!” My father passed away in 2001, so he is no longer able to correct the Hollywood depictions of the war. However, if you are one of the men and women in Sun City Center who have served our country in the military, you can make sure that future generations have an accurate picture of what those years were like. Civilians who served in support of a U.S. war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. History is best written one story at a time. Share your story. When and Where to Share Your Story On the third Friday of each month, volunteers conduct interviews between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Sun Towers. All veterans who are not currently serving, not just those from WWII, should call 813 634-3347 to schedule a time. Interviews typically last 30-45 minutes. Interviews are recorded and you will receive a DVD a month or so later. Deborah Decker, a Red Cross Volunteer, Veteran’s History Project,
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My father, Len Safranski, his siblings Frank and Richard, and his cousin Eugene all had very different experiences in the war. I wish I had a record of what they did and saw.
says, “In probably every interview I get surprised about something or another. One thing that sort of surprised me most was the treatment of women in the military. In the 1970’s if women were under 21 or 22, they had to get permission from their fathers to sign up.” If you cannot get to Sun Towers, there are other interview sites. Decker says if necessary, “We can go to homes or to locations that are convenient to them.” Why Veterans Should Participate Decker says, “This is more for the family than it is for the veteran. It is a way for them to share their experiences
with their families. A DVD of the interview is created so that the family can hear the story without the veteran having to repeat it. Instead of bits and pieces, wouldn’t it be great to have it all on a DVD for your children and grandchildren?” Decker says, “My dad would never talk about it his experiences… I know nothing of my husband’s time in Viet Nam. For future generations, we need to understand what transpired in the past.” Kathy Williams acts as the contact person for the project scheduling interview appointments at Sun Towers
and contacting vets to pick up their DVDs. Williams says, “In the case of one World War II veteran, I called to tell him that I had a copy of the DVD for him. I learned from his wife that the veteran had passed away. His widow picked up the copy. Later, she called and thanked us. She said her husband had never talked about his war experiences. She said the family all got together and listened to what he had to say. The widow said, ‘Leaving that memory was one of the best things he could have done.’” Sun Towers hosts quarterly gettogethers for those who participate in the project. “Wine, beer and hot hors d’oeuvres are served. These gatherings are for participants in the Veterans History Project only. This is an opportunity to share stories, including funny stories.” How the Legacy Is Preserved The Red Cross submits the interviews to The Library of Congress where they are stored as a CD or DVD. A few become digitized. Forms go in a folder at the Library of Congress. Decker says, “They really do track all of this. It is a fabulous place to bank their photos and to save for posterity, for future generations. Go to “libraryofcongress. gov” to see interviews and interviewers.”
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“Build it, They Will Come”
By Sam Sudman How many recall the movie, Field of Dreams in 1989? Those memorable words - build it and they will come -- continue to pop up in conversations today. It may have worked for baseball but it has not had the same success for public transportation in our part of Hillsborough County. In Sun City Center (SCCCA) and Kings Point (KP) we used those words to describe the efforts to bring bus service to our members. Yet, the ridership never reached a level that would allow HART to continue the 53LX service. It is not because HART did not work with us. The riders just were not there. But, as soon as the announcement was made that the 53LX service would be suspended in October 2017, residents came forward proclaiming the importance of that bus route—words not supported by actions. HART could not justify continuing to spend $510,000 annually on a bus route that averaged four riders on each trip and only returned $25,000 in fares.
The balance is covered by state and federal transportation grants; under half of the budget comes from ad valorem revenue, similar to libraries, parks, police departments — other municipal services where user fees add to other funding sources. It was easy to try to lay the blame for this on HART but as an agency they had a fiduciary responsibility to use public funds efficiently. HART was eager to work with the SCC CA and KP, and it did, for many years, but the necessary demand was not forthcoming. We will continue to work with HART to try to fashion transportation options that will meet the needs of those in our community that rely on public transportation. Our efforts might have better results if more residents would use the bus, more often. We look forward, with optimism, to how many take advantage of the new schedule, which began in October. “Take the bus and leave the driving to HART”. If not, this route may not be around long.
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As a Veteran or the spouse of a Veteran, have you ever wondered where you can get financial help? Well I’m here to tell you, there is an organization right here in Sun City Center that can help you, even your grandchildren. The Military Family Support Trust sponsors a variety of programs designed to assist our United States veterans and their families. The fund supports military men/women with donations from people and corporations who care. This includes those who are currently serving in the Military in some capacity. Founded in 1992 as a nonprofit arm of the Retired Officer’s Corporation, MFST is currently a $3 million corporation in Sun City Center, Florida that operates on the interest of its’ investments. There are two people employed by the organization, President Nancy Alguire and Office Manager Lori Germain. Nancy and Lori work from 9-12 Monday-Friday. The bulk of the organization consists of 12 volunteer Trustees, many of whom are retired military who
services. Their primary focus is on scholarships for high school seniors whose parents or grandparents have served and reached a certain level. There currently 18 scholarships ranging from $12,000 to $2,000. Military families sacrifice enough and not having the opportunity to attend college should not be one of them. For over 20 years MFST has built momentum and granted over $1 million in scholarship grants. This year this group is actually celebrating their 25th Anniversary. Below is a partial list of some of the things this Fund supports: 1. Operation Warm Heart 2. Tampa Crossroads 3. Athena House 4. Paws for Patriots 5. Guardians for Honor Flights If you would like more information about this great organization you can visit them on the 4th Floor of Freedom Plaza at 1010 American Eagle Blvd. Sun City Center M-F from 9 – 12 noon. You can also access their website at MFST.US or call their office at 813-634-4675.
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SCC Lions Donate to Wimauma Elementary
Recently Lions Maryanne Eberle and Gloria Rodzielowicz presented Laura Robinson, Media Specialist and Librarian of Wimauma Elementary School a check for $600 from the SCC Lions Club. The check will be used for the Reading Counts Program and the Media Center.
SCC Woman’s Club Donates to Fight Human Trafficking
On behalf of the SCC Woman’s Club, Inc., Virginia Kimball, Publicity, Kathy Jones, Treasurer & Linda Raymond, Membership Secretary presented a check for $1,000 to the Campaign Against Human Trafficking Sun City Center/South Shore Hillsborough to President Joan Kramer & PresidentElect Annie Garrison. Front: Joan Kramer, Virginia Kimball & Linda Raymond. Back: Kathy Jones & Annie Garrison.
SCC Men’s Club Hears Dr. Pat Crow
By Jay Sparkman Dr. Pat Crow, MD, retired physician, Sun City Center resident, and member of the Sun City Center Men’s Club, was guest speaker at the club’s October meeting. Dr. Crow’s timely subject was health insurance and he elaborated on the history on health insurance in America and current trends in health insurance both politically and economically. As this is the time of year many are contemplating their health insurance options Dr. Crow’s presentation had full attention of the members. Pictured from left, Don Murphy, President of SCC Men’s Club, Dr. Pat Crow, and Steve Lucas, VP for Programs. The SCC Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and King’s Point. For more information call Jon Lehr at 813-260-3058.
November Trivia Fundraiser
By American Association of University Women On our regular November meeting day, November 11, we will have our first fundraising event of the year. The AAUW Fundraiser Trivia Game and Luncheon will take place in the Florida Room of the Atrium on North Pebble Beach Blvd., off of Sun City Blvd near Walgreens. As we have done before, members of each table will collaborate on answers. There will be a prize for each person at the winning table the event will be held in the Florida Room on November 11. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch will be a buffet catered by Banquet Masters. There will be 50/50 tickets and a basket raffle. Price of tickets is $25 or $200 for a table of eight. Beverly Fletchall will handle ticket sales 813-938-3215. We hope our members will buy tickets for themselves and their friends. Be prepared to buy at the October meeting. Bring your checkbook. This will be FUN. You can mail checks to Beverly at 2319 Oakley Green Drive, Kings Point, Sun City, Florida 33573. The public is invited to this exciting event. For further questions, please contact Nancy Ducharme, 813-645-1695.
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DAR Chapter Attends Forum
Members of the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter DAR attended Florida State Society DAR Fall Forum September 23 – 25 at the Florida Hotel in Orlando. Seated: Anne Rankin, Mary McIntyre, Carol Acosta. Standing: Bunny Blackstone, Jan Bassett, Judy Scheider, Maurice Musholt and Fran Eilert.
Emergency Squad Honors Dr. Ghassan Ksaibati
The SCC Emergency Squad honored Dr. Ghassan Ksaibati, Medical Director for the Squad, for ten years of Dedicated Service to the Squad. Dr. Ksaibati who is the Medical Director of Emergency Services at South Bay Hospital advises the Squad in all medical aspects involving the daily operations of the organization. Mike Bardell, Chief of the Emergency Squad as well as Dr. Ksaibati.
Nearly New Department of the Month
By Jay Sparkman Jane Trefren, President of the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council, presents a certificate proclaiming the Nearly New Shop electrical department as being selected as department of the month to Jim Okeefe, volunteer in charge of things electric. Jim, a longtime Nearly New volunteer, is available to help you find items from vacuum cleaners to light bulbs. The Nearly New Shop, located in the Sun City Center Plaza, is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Monies from the sale of donated goods allow the SCC Interfaith Council to provide grants to organizations and scholarships to graduating high school students. For info go to “www. InterfaithCouncilofSunCityCenter.com” or call 813-642-9099.
DAR to Meet November 15
The Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter DAR of Sun City Center will be meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, 945 N Course Lane, SCC 33573. Light refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 1 p.m. The program is U.S. War Dogs of the Military. Our guest speaker will be Barbara Snow-Assistant Director of the Southern Chapter of U.S. War Dogs Association Southern Chapter 2. The chapter as a partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War invites Vietnam Veterans, their spouses and friends to this meeting and program. Vietnam lapel pins will be awarded to the veterans. Please email Marilyn Campbell at “email@example.com” or 813-938-5141 by the first of November if you plan to attend. To order the lapel pins, Marilyn will need the name of the veteran to print on the certificate. Our members, members of other DAR Chapters, Vietnam Veterans, their spouses, their family and friends, and the general public are encouraged and welcome to attend this special event. To indicate your attendance please contact Barbara FlotoVice Regent at 813-938-1046 or “Barbaram.firstname.lastname@example.org”.
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Members of the Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. presented a check for $1,000 to the AMI Kids Y.E.S. program for their Landscaping and other projects on their campus.
SCC NIA Club November Event
The SCC Nia (Non Impact Aerobics) Club is offering our November Special Event on Monday, November 6 from 1 – 3 p.m. We are featuring “ An Introduction to Nia” This is a perfect opportunity to learn what sets Nia movement apart from traditional forms of fitness or exercise. Get a taste of the moves and its joy based philosophy. This special event is open to all members in good standing of SCC, KP and FP. It will be held in Dance Room 2 at 1203 Pebble Beach Blvd, SCC. The cost for club members is $7 and $10 for nonmembers. This event is designed for all new and not-so-new to Nia! Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. Bring a friend or neighbor to share the joy. Contact Debbie Carlson at email@example.com or call her @ 847- 848-7338.
Second Annual Holiday Club Thanksgiving Social
Kick off your Thanksgiving week with some socializing and entertainment! The SCC Holiday Club is holding its second annual free Thanksgiving Social on Monday, November 20, in the SCC Atrium’s Florida Room from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Coffee, tea and water will be available. Johnny T from Las Vegas will be our featured entertainer for the afternoon. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes in case you feel like boogying! The afternoon will include a prize give away of a $30 Winn Dixie gift card every half hour starting at 1 p.m. Event ticket holders will receive a free raffle ticket at the door the day of the event to enter the Gift Card giveaway. Ticket holders must be present to win. Social hour will begin at 12:30 with musical entertainment starting at 1:30. Beginning the second week of November, free tickets and information to the event will be available at the Atrium’s Ticket Desk M-W-F 10 a.m. to noon. Be sure to come and sign up early for the event. Tickets also will be available at the door the day of the event. The Holiday Club’s mission is to create social events and activities for SCC community members to meet and mix around the holidays with particular focus on those who are new to the area or may lack family in the area around the holidays.
Our Lady’s Pantry . . . “Like a Guy’s Club”
Our Lady’s Pantry attracts lots of volunteers, who come intending only to work, to help provide some food relief for their neighbors. Likely they never expected to have fun! But the easy camaraderie and bantering among these individuals is stunning. “It’s like a guys’ club,” says Fran O’Brien, who works at the Pantry with her husband Joe. “Joe would never miss it,” she says. According to Anita Bullaro, co-director of the Pantry, volunteers come three times a week to move food from Feeding America in Tampa, to the Pantry in Wimauma and, finally, to families. “While there is plenty work for everyone, the role of men is essential,” says Bullaro. “This is because they are typically lifting and lugging around 40 and 50-pound boxes of food that are simply beyond what most women can do.” Guys unpack pallets of food from the Pantry truck when it comes in from Tampa every Tuesday and Friday. They cart perishables to freezers or the Pantry’s walk-in refrigerator. They stock Pantry shelves with non-perishables. Then, on Saturdays, they load huge boxes overflowing with this food into our families’ cars. “The fact is, these guys are all kindred spirits and they enjoy themselves. With all the laughing and joking going on, time passes quickly.” If you want to join this club, just stop by any Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday morning. Our Lady’s Pantry is located in front of the classroom building on the far right-hand corner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission campus, just south of Sun City Center Blvd. on U.S. 301 South in Wimauma. To learn more about the Pantry please visit us at www.OurLadysPantry.com.
Medication Safety Seminar at The United Methodist Church
Come Thursday November 9 at 10 a.m.to a seminar geared to inform about interactions of a variety of medications you may now take. Larry Bowman, a registered pharmacist, will discuss over the counter, supplements, and generic medications. Bring all your medications for a personal review. The program is in the LEC of the United Methodist Church of SCC and sponsored by the Health Ministry. Call for reservations 813-634-2539. Light refreshments will be served.
Plaza Players Presents Celebrating the Holidays At Downton Abbey
Wednesday, Nov. 29 and Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7:15. Have you ever wondered what happened to the Crawley Family after that wonderful PBS series ended? Join Freedom Plaza’s theater troupe as they take you back in time to 1936. A worldwide recession brings changes to Downton Abbey. Their local church is presenting a Madrigal Festival, set in the court of Henry VIII and his six wives. Some family members are taking part. Can you imagine Mrs. Patmore, the cook, playing Catherine of Aragon, Henry’s first wife? And how about Lady Grantham playing the wife of William Shakespeare? The play is historical, comedic, and musical. Come to Freedom Plaza and enjoy the festivities. The set and costumes are authentic and light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 and will be available to the public beginning Monday, Nov. 20. Please call 642-1215 to purchase your tickets.
Campaign Against Human Trafficking Meeting
The Campaign Against Human Trafficking SouthShore will hold their next general meeting on November 13. The featured speaker will be Brent Woody. Mr. Woody is an attorney who founded the Justice Restoration Center. The prime purpose of the Center is to restore the civil rights of young women unjustly arrested as perpetrators of sex trafficking. All legal services provided by the center are “pro bono” or fee free. The Restoration Center also advocates on behalf of anti-human trafficking legislation and policy issues. In addition, the center features a team of volunteer professionals who provide medical, dental, accounting and therapy services at little or no cost for the victims. This meeting will be held at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 West Del Webb Blvd., 1 p.m. CAHT General meetings are open to all and there is never a charge to attend. For additional information please call 813-603-3100. Visit our website at www.SCCBlueHeart.org.
Dark Cherry ‘33 Chevy is Cruiser of the Month
Glad to help a friend, Jim Hance was all set to trailer a buddy’s car from Maryland to Florida. But one look at that 1933 Chevrolet sedan with a dazzling dark cherry finish changed that plan. A deal was struck, and the trailer went straight to the Riverview home of Jim and wife Brenda. It’s now their car, and the Roamin’ Oldies October cruiser of the month. This dark cherry red 1933 Chevrolet It’s powered by a 383 Stroker V8, with sedan owned by Jim and Brenda Hance a 350 automatic transmission, Nova rear of Riverview is Sun City Center Roamin’ differential, and Mustang II front end Oldies October cruiser of the month. components. It’s also equipped for comfort and drivability, with bucket seats, air conditioning, power brakes and windows, tilt wheel and cruise control. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, with a rain date the following Thursday. Starting November 2, the cruise-in will be at the Mira Bay Village Shopping Center on US41 in Apollo Beach, 1-1/2 miles south of the former location. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and the Florida Railroad Museum. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.
Deputy Chief Jim Ryan, Chief Jeff Ross and Captain Brian Bell both from Port Saint Lucie; and Chief Mike Bardell. Louise Kreider, Barbara Laino, Louse Michalchick, James Hiller, Shirley Bardell, Instructor; William Sabo and Mary Porterfield.
Newest Emergency Medical Responders
The Emergency Squad is pleased to announce our newest class of Emergency Medical Responders who completed their training in September. Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) are trained in first aid, certified in CPR and are essential members of our ambulance crews. While the EMT and driver are working with the patients, the EMR works with the patient’s family or caregiver to document medical history, allergies, medications and other critical patient information. All members of the ambulance crews are EMRs before addition training for other positions. For additional information, if you are interested in training, please call Marilyn Navarro, Asst. Chief of Communication and PR at 813-434-4183.
Emergency Squad Visited by Volunteers
The Sun City Center Emergency Squad played host recently to members of the Port Saint Lucie Volunteer Ambulance Service Inc. who traveled here to tour the facilities at the Squad. They were hosted by Chief Mike Bartell and Deputy Chief Jim Ryan who showed them of the facilities, equipment and vehicles as well as the Education Building. In addition, they were able to enjoy lunch at the squad served by several of the many volunteers who provide daily meals for the squad. The members from Port Saint Lucie were visiting to look over the entire operation in the hope that they might be able to institute a similar facility for the constituents in Port Saint Lucie. They currently provide non-emergency transportation as well as emergency services both have hopes to expand their services to the level of operations of the Sun City Center Emergency Squad.
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WEEKLY RECURRING EVENTS MONDAYS
8:30 a.m. - WIDOWER’S GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Meeting for WIDOWERS ONLY, women are into groups, men are NOT. We’re taught early on that when adversity hits: “suck it up-get on with it!”. However, history has consistently proven regardless of what we think, YOU can benefit greatly from the experience of others. We invite YOU to attend a meeting, coffee and donuts on us. You’ll sit and listen as others share their experiences in dealing with the different stages of the tragic loss of losing your spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813-625-5665 or jfclarke32@gmail. com. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 and 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and
The News of Sun City Center hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President (813)642-8961. 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 1 0 : 0 0 a . m . - M O N DAY “ F O R TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to change your eating behaviors and stop compulsively eating. No scales, dues or fees. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Monday morning. You can learn more about OA online at http://www. oa.org/newcomers/is-oa-for-you or call Jan at 813/633-3932. 3:30 p.m. - Qi Gong CLUB MEETS in Dance Studio 2 located at 1203 N Pebble Beach Blvd, next to Samaritans. There is no charge for the Qi Gong class just wear loose, comfortable clothing. This is a handicap friendly class open to all levels of practice.
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our new FREE line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. We can boot, scoot and boogie safely together and make exercise fun! For more information, call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. 10:00 a.m. HEALTHY LIFESTYLES MeetUp - Kings Point Sun City Center at South Clubhouse. Our Optional Walking Meetups: Your choice: walk 2 or 4 miles. Some walk faster; some walk slower. Everyone is welcome; Joanie, Suzanne and Caroline will walk with you. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MARY PETRO PROGRAM FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE at the South Shore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave. The Mary Petro Program is funded by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and provides financial assistance to residents for food and medicine. To qualify, residents must be full time residents of Sun City Center or Kings Point, must fill out an application and meet income guidelines, must present income verification documents and either a SCC or KP identification card. For more
information, please visit our office or call 813-634-8306. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. UKULELE JAM SESSION in the South Social Room in Kings Point. New players and singers are welcome. For information please call or email Paul “email@example.com” phone 765-277-0606. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl Lewis facilitates this group and is an effective psychotherapist. We meet every Tuesday in the first floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. 2:30 p.m. - “PARTY IN A CHAIR” at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. bring the joy of movement, imagination and playfulness back into your life! Christie Dyer, Certified Ageless Grace Educator facilitates. This party will exercise your brain and you will receive the benefit of joint flexibility, memory recall, creativity, imagination, laughter, breathing, balance and more! Every session is different and done seated. All are welcome to join in! For more info call Debbie Caneen at 813892-2990.
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. 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. This class will be offered EVERY Wednesday due to increased demand. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon MAN to MAN LIFE SUPPORT GROUP meets weekly in the conference room behind the SCC MEN’S CLUB building on Cherry Hills Drive. The purpose of our group is for men to learn new coping skills, find hope in their circumstances, help answer questions about life, and support other men while they are fixing the broken things that concern them and their families. All men of SCC and nearby communities are welcome to come and try our group in complete confidence and free of charge. For more information about the Group, contact Ken Barringer at 633-8490 or Bill Spedding at 938-3126. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. 11:30 a.m. - SUN CITY CENTER SHRINE CLUB monthly luncheon on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Cost is $14.00 per person and is catered by Banquet Masters. Reservations are required and the first lunch is on us.
7 However, it’s usual and customary that first time visitors come with a member and a member will be available if contact is made thru our website, or with a current member directly. We will have either entertainment or other enlightening program that will be of interest to the group. If someone really doesn’t know anyone they can call our club person that handles the reservations, Noble Barry Meyers, call 813-260-3136 before the Friday before the event date. For more info visit “www.sccshrineclub.com”. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - FRONT PORCH PICKERS - LIVE MUSIC Rollins Theatre, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Country, bluegrass, traditional and gospel music on acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, dobro and bass fiddle. Free program. Call (813) 633-6739.
9:00 a.m. - “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to stop compulsively eating. Contact Peg S. at 516/578-5285 for meeting details. You can learn more about OA online at “www.oa.org/newcomers/is-oa-for-you”. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 and 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President (813) 642-8961. 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MARY PETRO PROGRAM FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE at the South Shore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave. The Mary Petro Program is funded by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and provides financial assistance to residents for food and medicine. To qualify, residents must be full time residents of Sun City Center or Kings Point, must fill out an application and meet income guidelines, must present income verification documents and either a SCC or KP identification card. For more information, please visit our office or call 813-634-8306.
MON. NOV 6 - 2ND ANNUAL SIP AND PAINT SESSION WITH SUN CITY CENTER LIONS CLUB 2:00 4:00 p.m. at the Sun City Center Chamber of commerce. TICKET PRICE: $20.00/ person. The Lions Club will supply the wine glass to paint, the paint, all supplies
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needed, plus wine, crackers, and cheese. For tickets, please contact Gloria Rodzielowicz: 813-419-4187 or “firstname.lastname@example.org” or MaryAnn Eberle: 609-694-8235 or “email@example.com”. MON. NOV 6 - CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Belvedere Commons Assisted Living, 758 Cortaro Drive, SCC. “You are not alone in this!” Join others to share your feelings, joys, challenges, etc. Mediated by Cheryl Lamb, LCSW. Questions and RSVP to 813642-8400. MON. NOV 6 - WIDOWER’S GROUP 8:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Meeting for WIDOWERS ONLY. We invite YOU to attend a meeting, coffee and donuts on us. You’ll sit and listen as others share their experiences in dealing with the different stages of the tragic loss of losing your spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813-625-5665 or “jfclarke32@ gmail.com”. WED. NOV 8 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary future? Discover options that will assist you! Join Lynne Howes, RN from Bayada Home Health Care as she facilitates this support group. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. MON. NOV 13 - “MALE CALL FOR PROSTATE HEALTH” 2:00 p.m. at Room 3 of Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center 33573. We invite Past, Present and the newly diagnosed Prostate Cancer Patients to come and share their experiences with each other. Some of the best information is gained by discussing these issues with others that have had or are having treatments. As Prostate Cancer is frequently a couple’s disease, it is suggested that spouses and /or partners attend as well as physicians. Refreshments will be served. For Questions contact Bob Sullivan (813) 215-7050. MON. NOV 13 - SCIENCE , ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY CLUB MEETING 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. Medical Marijuana - Because of marijuana’s recreational use and connection to criminal activity, it has historically been difficult to acquire by those who have conditions that it alleviates. Strict laws also constrain those who are trying to research the uses of cannabis-based medical products. After Florida passed Amendment 2 in 2016, better access for researchers and customers is now becoming available. Our speaker, Dr. Greg Gerdeman, will describe the current Florida dispensing rules and the future of this controversial product. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles on the pharmacology and biological actions of cannabis and is currently Chief Scientific Officer of 3 Boys Farm, a newly licensed cannabis cultivator located in Ruskin.
WED. NOV 15 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP - SPONSORED BY THE SUN CITY CENTER MEN’S CLUB 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Do you wonder how others with Low Vision advance through their day? Do they receive care from outside sources? What adaptive vision devices successfully assist them? Each need is different but if we gather to share our resources, we all benefit! Attend this support group where challenges are met with resources and where members inspire others with their successes. Rebecca Radford, Case Manager for the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind will also be on hand. Free valet parking for cars and golf carts at Terrace Entrance by blue awning. For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. MON. NOV 20 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. This month, our speaker will be Susan Jane Steen, M.D. Her topic: “Parkinson’s disease More than Motor Symptoms”. This is a presentation on Parkinson’s disease psychosis, and a new treatment option available to treat hallucinations and delusions associated with this disease. Facilitator: Jennipher Lenoir, COTA with Sun Towers Outpatient therapy. 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. TUE. NOV 21 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS AND HEARING S C R E E N I N G S Beginning at 10:00 a.m. at United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd W, Sun City Center, FL. Hearing loss is associated with poor cognitive performance and incident dementia and may contribute to cognitive decline. Make your appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-4194902 Interested in learning more about Clinical Trials? Call the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute Mobile Clinical Trial Unit (813) 455-2512. TUE . NOV 21 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Bring Your Loved One For a Well Deserved Break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than three days prior to 813-677-1400. For additional information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. TUE. NOV 28 - LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging.
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Male Call for Prostate Health
“Male Call for Prostate Health” will host its next meeting Monday. November 13, 2 p.m. at Room 3 of Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center 33573. We invite Past, Present and the newly diagnosed Prostate Cancer Patients to come and share their experiences with each other. Some of the best information is gained by discussing these issues with others that have had or are having treatments. As Prostate Cancer is frequently a couple’s disease, it is suggested that spouses and /or partners attend as well as physicians. Refreshments will be served. For Questions contact Bob Sullivan 813-215-7050.
SCC Polish Heritage Club
On Tuesday evening November 28, 2017, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the SCC Polish Heritage Club is holding their monthly membership meeting, in the Florida Room, Atrium Building. They are welcoming back their snowbirds and making plans for next month’s Wigilia Christmas Celebration Dinner. Refreshments include Kielbasa sandwiches. Admission is free. The Club warmly welcomes guests interested in learning about the traditional Polish Cultural events that the Club offers. Join in the fun and fellowship! Annual Dues are $5.00 per person. For info, please call Carmela at 813 938-1723 or Wanda at 813 633-0016.
Women’s Club Meeting
The Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. Invites you to their upcoming meeting to be held on November 16 at Community Hall located at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center. The program is Native American Heritage. Hear Brenda and Bud Hoshaw of Red Ranch in Wimauma. Check-in time and social hour is 11 a.m., the meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. Advance reservation required, call Chloe Odom at 813-938-1682 or email “firstname.lastname@example.org” by Nov.10, 2 p.m., cost is $15. We are celebrating Veterans Day, wear patriotic colors. For questions about membership call our membership secretary, Linda Raymond at 813-331-3108.
Irish Connection Movie Night
Monday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rollins Theater MOVIE: Random Harvest Starring: Ronald Colman and Greer Garson Wounded in the battlefield during WW I (shell shock) a soldier has lost all memory of life before the war; who he is and where he originated. After the war, he meets a showgirl and is happily married. Then, on a trip out of town, he is hit by a taxi and his memory reverses and the plot turns upside down. Nominated for seven Oscars. All in SCC invited, subtitles available.
Fruitcake Lovers Rejoice
Sun City Center Lions Claxton Fruit Cakes Sale The wait is over for all you fruit cake lovers! The Sun City Center Lions Club will once again be selling those delicious Claxton Fruit Cakes. The cakes should arrive in Sun City Center the end of October. Price is still $5 each for a one-pound cake. Those who would like to purchase Claxton Fruit Cakes, can pick them up at Boggs Jewelry Store in the Publix shopping center, or from your favorite Lion. For more information, please contact Ellen and Terry McGovern, 633-4202; Pete and Sylvia Colon, 634-3926, or Carol and Ben Green, 385-5590. If no answer, please leave a message and someone will call you back as soon as possible.
Lions Fundraiser - Sip and Paint
If are in for an afternoon of fun with the Sun City Center Lions Club, please join us for a Sip and Paint session at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce banquet room on Monday, November 6 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Cost of a ticket is $20 per person. The Lions will supply the wine glass to paint, the paint, instructions, all supplies needed, plus wine, cheese, and crackers. You say you can’t paint; don’t worry, not a requirement. All you need to do is come, enjoy yourself, and paint your own wine glass. For more information and tickets, please contact Lions Gloria Rodzielowicz: 813419-4187 or email@example.com., or Lion Maryanne Eberle: 609-694-8235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.
Singles Social Dances for November
Singles Social Dance Club will hold their dances on Sunday, November 5 and Sunday, November 26, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Atrium Building, Florida Room. Thor Stevens and his saxophone will provide live music for your dancing and listening pleasure. Members $3; guests $6. BYOB and snacks. Water, Ice, cups and napkins are provided for each table. Dressy/ casual attire requested. Membership forms will be available for dances beginning in January, 2018. The dues are $15 for the year. You must present a valid CA or KP badge when signing up. For further information, call Janet at 813-633-3558.
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Moonglow Dance Club
Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club will feature the Live Music of “Daniel Fugazzotto” from Sarasota at their monthly dance on Thursday November 16 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the SCC Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center. As a special treat, Daniel and his National Championship Amateur Ballroom Dance partner, Janis Merluzzo, will present an Exhibition at Intermission. The attire at Moonglow dances is dressy casual. Members are free, and visitors/guests pay $5 per person at the door. Singles table(s) are always available. Please BYOB and snacks, and the Club provides ice, water, cups and napkins. Visitors are always welcome! For more Information call 813-633-1297 or 813633-2755, or email “gail3357@gmail. com”.
Academy of Ballroom Dance
Saturday, November 4, the Academy of Ballroom Dance Club will host its next dance in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. Bernice DuBro and George Hawn will be teaching a Samba lesson starting at 6:30 p.m. included with admission. This is followed by regular dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free for members, or $6 for guests at the door. Come and dance to a fabulous selection of tunes handpicked by Bernice DuBro (our DJ for the evening). Enjoy the complimentary coffee and cookies. Try your luck with the 50/50 drawing. Open seating and singles tables are always available. Everyone is welcome; bring your friends. BYOB. As usual, dress at all dances is casual but neat (no shorts please). Mark your calendars for the final 2017 Academy dance on 12/2. For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.
SCC Square Dance Club
The Sun City Center Swingers Square Dance Club will be dancing mainstream/ plus square dances, with rounds, every Friday night in November. The club dances in the SCC Atrium Dance Studio, 945 N. Course Lane (North Complex, off N Pebble Beach Blvd.). Dance workshop is from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mainstream/plus dance with rounds are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Callers for November are Marty Van Wart and Robert Aries on alternating Fridays. For further information, call Veanna at 813-938-1038 or Teri at 813-633-0551 or see our website, “floridasquaredance. com/suncity”.
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November 18, 7 to 9:30 p.m., dance off those Thanksgiving calories that you are about to enjoy! Bring your Honey! Don’t miss out! This fabulous dance is presented by the Sun City Center Dance Club, in the South Community Hall, 1910 So. Pebble Beach Blvd., SCC, 33573. Eat, drink and be merry. Dance to our widely acclaimed and exclusive playlist spun by Gerardo. Enjoy our complimentary dessert table and coffee. Dressy casual attire. No shorts! BYOB. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. Open seating. Members Free, Guests $6 at the door. Our last dance for this calendar year is Dec. 9. See you there!
Heartland Club Opens Season
Classes are held in the Dance Studio in the Atrium. Open to all Sun City Center and Kings Point residents. Couples and singles welcome. For information call Bernice DuBro at 813-634-3205. Tuesday Nov. (7, 14, 28, & Dec. 5) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning - Waltz - 5:30 p.m. Intermediate - Waltz - 6:45 p.m. Advanced - Tango - 8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. (1, 8, 15, 29 & Dec. 6) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning - Swing - 12:45 p.m. Intermediate - Swing - 2 p.m. Advanced Silver - Fox Trot - 3:15 p.m. Taught by Bernice Dubro and George Hawn. Call 813-634-3205 or email “email@example.com”.
The Heartland Club is pleased to announce the first get-together of the 20172018 social season. The Welcome Back gathering will be held on Thursday, November 16, in the Kings Point Veterans Theater, doors opening at 5 p.m. Our traditional Pizza and Trivia party will feature a variety of tasty pizzas, baked hot and fresh on site. Salad, special dessert pizzas and coffee will also be provided. BYOB, if you prefer. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Former or current residents of Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska, or anyone else in the greater Sun City Center Area with ties to the Heartland are invited to join us for this popular season opener. However, the Welcome Mat is out for everyone who enjoys a good time. Midwest hospitality thrives in this congenial group. We look forward to greeting familiar friends and meeting new ones. The deadline for reservations is Friday, November 10. To secure your spot for this evening of food, facts, friendly people and fun, please mail checks to Doris Ferron at 2462 Kensington Greens Drive, Sun City Center, Florida, 33573, payable to Heartland Club. For more information, call John at (813) 938-5433 or e-mail “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Johnny Charro and his band will provide our dance music at the Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance on Sunday, November 12, 6:30 pm to 9:30 p.m. in Veterans Theater in the Kings Point North Clubhouse. The Veterans Theater door will open at 6 p.m.
The Art Club in Sun City Center has chosen watercolorist Carol Husinka as Artist of Month for November 2017. Prior to joining the Art Club three years ago, Carol had no art experience. Determined to learn she took her first class in acrylics with Anne Walker. In search of her personal style she branched out taking watercolor classes with Tom Haverfield and Harv Berman until she discovered watercolor as the perfect fit. Her detailed paintings depict singular objects. Never satisfied, Carol is always experimenting with different techniques. For the past three years Carol has entered the Sun City Center Annual Art Show and has won ribbons each year. In 2016, she co-chaired the Annual Art Show with Carol Culp and last year she chaired Registration and Awards. In 2018 Carol will chair the Annual Art Show. She also serves as the Art Club’s Vice-President. You can view Carol Husinka’s artwork at the SCC Library, the SCC Welcome Center, La Beautique Style Salon, SCC Samaritan Services and in the Art Club Window. Visit www.artclubofscc.org for more information.
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Oldies But Goodies Dance Club
The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of Latitudes on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket needed pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. The Latitudes, five-time TRMA National Duo of the Year, are making a very welcome return to the Oldies but Goodies dance. They have an upbeat approach to 6 decades of popular music. They will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. As always residents of Kings Point and Renaissance as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. Members are reminded that deposits for the November party will be collected at this dance. Any questions contact Club President Joanne at 813-728-1147 or email “email@example.com” You may also check out our website “sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com” or join us on Facebook “facebook.com/ OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub”.
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Entertainment Corner By Lynn Manzi, Entertainment Director As we move into the fall, we look forward to the upcoming Holiday Season. We have a nice array of performances for your enjoyment. Reserved tickets have been distributed and individual ticket are now on sale. Those of you who have not yet picked your paid series tickets may do so at the Kiosk. The performances in November are Friday, November 3, Ocean Road and Sunday November 12, Entertainment Revue. We sincerely hope you enjoy all of the shows and look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please call Lynn Manzi at 813-633-7440. Thank you for your support
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Oldies But Goodies Dance Club
By Paula Lickfeldt The Oldies But Goodies Social Dance Club started in August of 2001, with its first dance at the Rollins Theater. This was before the renovations to the theatre. Members used their own stereo sound systems and brought their own music. About 80 people came to the first dance. The second dance and all subsequent dances were moved to the Community Hall. Elaine Armstrong submitted the required paperwork to the Community Association to start the club. She was the first president and worked diligently to get the club off to a good start and add new members. Tommy Chuck Menck and his friend Janet Wardlow was the second president for three Doherty who is sporting a “ROCK AND years and the club continued to grow. The ROLL FOREVER” t-shirt. third and longest serving president was Barbara Gingrich. The present president is Joanne Baskinger. The original idea for the club was to provide dances where members could dress casually and dance and listen to the music of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, the music they grew up listening to. Each month a dance is held on a Sunday evening, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Community Hall. The club has dances all year plus a dance on New Year’s Eve, which is sponsored by the OBG Club but under the umbrella of the CA, and a members only annual meeting with a dance for everyone after the meeting. The calendar year for the club is January to December. The dues to belong to the club are $40 per person the first year and $30 per person each following year. The dues are more the first year because a badge is given to the members the first year. At the present time, the club boasts a membership of 340. The club holds fourteen dances a year. The members get the two extra dances along with their dues. To be a member of the OBG Club you must be a resident of Sun City Center, Kings Point or Freedom Plaza. Nonmembers may attend the dances by paying $6 per person at the door. Each dance is BYOB and snacks. The club provides ice, water, cups and napkins. The tables all seat ten and there are always several tables for singles.
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Veteran’s Day Concert
The popular brass group, SouthShore Brass will be performing a Veteran’s Day Concert on Saturday, November 10 at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 701 Valley Forge Blvd. The concert, which starts at 3 p.m. will highlight patriotic, hymns and Americana music. The members, which include Armand Olevano, Ken Easton, Annette Stanton, Harry Stanton and David Brown will perform a varied program including U.S. Field Artillery March, Golden Gate, The Navy Hymn and American Patrol marches. There will be a love offering accepted during the concert. In addition, we are asking people to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. The local brass group has performed at many of our churches through the last five years and has a reputation for a quality and entertaining concerts. Bring a friend and enjoy honoring our veterans.
The Women’s Chorus Fall Concert
The Women’s Chorus of Sun City Center warmly invites you get into the spirit of the holiday season by attending their 54th annual fall concert, “A Classic Christmas” on Sunday, December 3, 2017, 3 p.m. at the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. What better way to spend a sunny Florida afternoon than by listening to beautiful choral and instrumental music that lifts your heart and spirit and rekindles fond memories! After performing to standing room only audiences last year, the 56-member chorus under the direction of Jeff Jordan and accompanied by Keith Rasmussen, is again prepared to entertain you with another delightful multimedia performance. The program features traditional and popular music and songs of different faiths, instrumentalists, soloists, ensembles and a few surprises that will have you smiling and tapping your toes. Immediately following the concert, the audience is invited to attend a free public reception featuring homemade treats prepared by chorus members. Each year, the chorus presents a fall and spring concert as a gift to the community and the admission is free. The chorus appreciates the wonderful support they have received through freewill donations at the concert, which help to defray operating costs. In addition to the two annual concerts, this polished group of choristers perform at other venues at request during the fall and spring seasons. To schedule a performance call Janet Warren at 634 6692. For more information, visit our website at www.facebook.com/ sccwomenschorus.
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Meet Your Neighbor - Larry Lundeen By Ilona Merritt Meet Larry Lundeen ... the music man. Larry was born into a family where music was an important part of family life. His father and his mother’s parents all emigrated from Sweden to Minnesota. Music was always a central part of their lives. Both of his parents played an accordion and his mother was proficient on the piano. At six years Larry started music lessons, as a youngster he was already playing for in-home parties and his pockets always jingled from the tips he received. When he was in school he played the clarinet, baritone and a slide trombone in addition to the accordion. However, the accordion was the love of his life, or at least until Connie came along. Larry joined the Army Signal Corps. Once he arrived at his first duty station he sent for his accordion, which stayed with him throughout the two years in the military. He can read notes, but he has the talent of playing anything he hears. He says he doesn’t understand it, but it seems like the music flows from his brain to his fingers. He met Connie and they were married 58 years. They have a son and a daughter and three grandchildren. In 1964 Honeywell sent Larry from Minneapolis to Clearwater. This was the first move in a string of promotions and moves. Next it was Pennsylvania, back to St. Petersburg Beach, then Boston, then back to St. Petersburg Beach. They lived on the water and boating was a part of their lives. In 2005, they moved to Sun City Center to a home on Simmons Lake. It wasn’t long and they had a pontoon boat in order that they could enjoy the sunsets along with accordion music. He
Larry Lundeen with his favorite instrument.
also was President and Vice President of the Simmons Lake Association. Larry and Connie traveled extensively and his music ability added extra fun to their trips. In Mongolia, they were at an outdoor party and a Mongolian native entertained the group with accordion music. It wasn’t long until Larry played that accordion and the party went into full swing until three o’clock in the morning. In Mexico, they were with a mariachi band and he learned that mariachis accordions don’t have bass notes. Life wasn’t just music and fun. Connie had diabetes and it was Larry’s computer skills that enabled him to help her manage the insulin. Even now he is passing this skill onto other caretakers of diabetic people. In 2011 Connie had stroke and Larry became a full-time care giver. They continued small trips including once a month to Sarasota and to St. Petersburg where there are well established accordion clubs. Larry was instrumental in starting the Sun City Center Accordion Club. It was a small group, but lots of fun.
Larry had lots of friends who played accordions and they wanted to join our group. Some of them were professionals and all of us learned from them. For a while the club met at the Old Castle Restaurant but that was before their new addition and we soon outgrew the space. Now the club is the Ruskin Accordion Club and they meet once a month in the Elks Lodge on Rt. 41. The last five years of Connie’s life were difficult for both of them, and Larry feels that moving to SCC was the best move they made. He said the support he and Connie received and the availability of medical professionals made life here much easier. Except for one problem, we don’t have any unisex toilet facilities. If you see someone pushing a person in a wheelchair, you know instantly that
they have the same problem. Larry and Connie could not participate in many of the SCC activities because of the lack of unisex toilets and that made it a challenge. Sadly Connie passed away in July 2016. Larry’s love for music has helped him through his loss. Larry re-joined the Scandinavian Club and has played for their functions. His newest musical endeavor is the organ. He joined the Organ and Keyboard Club in order to improve this left hand playing skills and now has his own organ. He also played for the Organ club at FunFest and the 4th of July activities. Larry is willing to play for anyone, anywhere. He truly is a music man and to this day the accordion continues to be his favorite instrument.
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Gorgeous Orchid Show at Selby Gardens
By Kai Rambow An explosion of color from over 25 varieties awaits you at The Orchid Show at Selby Gardens. Created around the theme of the four elements of nature: earth, air, fire and water, Selby Gardens once again showcases orchids in an intriguing manner. The main exhibit is in the conservatory. Concept creation began eight months ago and the conservatory was closed for almost a month to prepare the show. We get to enjoy the dedicated work. Part of the exhibit is housed at the Payne Mansion. When you enter, the three hall entry doors have been decorated with a replication of orchid hand drawings. This was created on a translucent adhesive poster. Turn right and when you enter the room the originals used to create the doors are hanging on the wall. Tip: Charles Darwin’s original notes on orchids are displayed here, so don’t rush through this room. One of the great aspects of shows at Selby Gardens is the applied creativity. New and big creative concepts for exhibits are supplemented by little touches. Special orchid cookies have been created. They are high on vanilla flavor but low on sugar and are available at the café. Appropriate trivia fact:
High on flavor, but low on sugar, these special event cookies are available at the café.
This gorgeous orchid helps explain the fascination with orchids. Take time to really look at each one to enjoy these views.
vanilla flavoring comes from the vanilla plant, which is an orchid. If you love color, flowers, plants, photography, art – life, take part of a day for an enjoyable trip. Tips for a Great Trip Clothing: Remember good walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and your camera. When to Go: Orchid show runs until November 26. Open 10 to 5 daily. Plan on arriving early to get a parking spot and walk the grounds in good temperatures.
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Amateur Radio Member Helps Puerto Rico
By Kai Rambow The aftermath of Hurricane Maria continues to affect Puerto Rico. For two to three hours a day for three weeks, one of our residents, Bob Goldberg, helped by using his amateur radio skills. “I’ve always looked for ways to help,” shared Goldberg. Long before this crisis arose, Goldberg, who’s lived in Florida almost his entire life, volunteered with the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary for 25 years, retiring as a Captain. Goldberg returned to his fascination of amateur radio in 1998. Today he administers exams for the three levels in amateur radio: technician, general and extra. “I get up out of bed and walk right into my room with my amateur radio,” remarked Goldberg. “One day I heard a call for volunteers to relay messages. The Salvation Army set up a network for emergencies years ago. This was a coordinated effort with several different groups, including the Amateur Radio organization and the Red Cross. We didn’t just cover Puerto Rico, but all of the Caribbean.” Over 200 amateur radio volunteers across the United States helped. This was a one-way message system, since most of the places were without power and phone service. “We could only take messages. Most of the messages were similar: ‘Contact Lulu in Tampa. Tell her Jose is well, but has no power and no water.’ After taking the message, I would place a call to pass the message along.”
The volunteers may be called amateur radio operators, but the execution of the operation was highly organized and structured. “I would get on the radio, give my call sign to the coordinator and let him I was available to take messages. He would then broadcast that I was on air to help.” Think Smokey and the Bandit with the general radio calls. Over 50 volunteers were sent and spread across Puerto Rico to help with communications. Volunteers deployed to key locations, including remote hospitals without any communication. Using their radios radio operators have been able to request assistance for generator repairs, fuel, water and emergency evacuations. Goldberg explained, “Good amateurs have a go kit and a long antenna wire, which does not need a lot of height. Volunteers spent several hours getting a refresher and briefed before flying down. In Puerto Rico, they would set up their wires and hook up to generator. The most efficient way to broadcast is with a set schedule. They would run the generators for an hour, send messages and then shut down until the next day. I would have loved to volunteer this way, but my wife says there is no way I could rough it.” Goldberg’s love of amateur radio showed as he enthusiastically showed cards from fellow operators all over the world. Each person creates their own postcard with call sign and other relevant information. It’s amazing that someone’s hobby from their home can help others thousands of miles away.
How To Fix It Club By Paula Lickfeldt
A group of SCC volunteers have been working for over a year to get a new club organized that will help people with “everyday” repairs. The “How To Fix It” Club will not do the fixing but rather show you how to “fix it” and help you do the fixing. The club was approved by the Community Association just this last June, so everything is very new and experimental. The plans are that the club will meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Atrium Building, starting on October 3. The intent is that the club will be an educational club teaching SCC and KP residents how to make simple everyday repairs without having to pay a repair person. There always seems to be a myriad of things around the house that need repair. Many people, when surveyed, said that they did not know how to go about hiring a contractor. What questions need to be asked? What kind of information should be obtained. The plans at the present time are to have workshops and demonstrations on fixing general things around the house. Four different workshops and demonstrations for the first year are in the planning stages. The club is looking for members and would like to survey prospective members to see where their interests lie. Many women have expressed interest in this club for a variety of reasons. A woman may have had a partner that did the repairs and now finds herself alone and having to make repairs, she may want to be able to rely upon herself to get it fixed, and she might just like learning how to do new things. Whatever the reasons, it sounds like this club is worth checking out.
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LAWN BOWLING • TENNIS • GOLF • SOFTBALL• PICKLEBALL & MORE! SCC Competitive Tennis Club
Congratulations to the Sun City Center Sunsetter’s Tennis Team on their 5-line win against the Plant City Tennis Team on Wednesday, October 18. Way to go, Champs! L to R: Caryn Troxell, Natalie Schiller Landrum, Debbie Zieg, Helene Peterson, Sheryl Doom, Betty Zeller, Lee Greenlee, Petra Stimmel, Susan Mason, Meg Reign and Edna Carlin.
The wives of SCC Archery Club Members Jerry Anderson, Joe Mealey and Paul Archibald hosted a party celebrating 240+ birthdays for their husbands. On October 22, club members and friends of the three gathered together for cake and ice cream at South Community Hall.
Athlete of the Month Steve Esenbock
By Bob Monahan I first met Steve Esenbock this June when he participated in a basketball skills clinic I was teaching for men and women who had never had the opportunity to play basketball. One of the first things I noticed was that he was fit and had a sponge like ability to learn the sport. As the four-week session ended I suggested that with his athletic ability he might want to join me in volleyball and pickleball. Later I learned that Steve and his wife Katie also joined lawn bowling and shuffleboard. He had immersed himself fully into the active SCC lifestyle that was available to him. With time and trust, Steve confided in me that four years ago he weighed four hundred pounds. It was then that I decided that Steve should be featured in my athlete of the month article for his complete change in lifestyle and his determination to become an athlete. Steve was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky the second oldest of five children. As a child, he led a normal life playing neighborhood pickup games and some tennis. He was, and still is, a big fan of the University of Kentucky basketball team as well as a fan of horse racing, specifically the Kentucky Derby. The University of Kentucky became his alma mater as he graduated with a degree in accounting. His family and his future wife’s family were friends and Steve knew his future wife Katie from the picnics that both families attended. It wasn’t until college that they started dating and married thirty-six years ago. ,A transfer of work led both Katie and Steve to relocate to Fairfax County Virginia where Steve was an auditor and Katie was a financial specialist for the fire department. During this same time, Steve started to gradually gain weight although he handled his weight well, even playing volleyball. When he married he weighed about two hundred and twenty pounds, but his weight increased to over three hundred pounds and then fourteen years ago he topped the scales at over four hundred pounds. With the weight gain he developed type two diabetes and high blood pressure. For ten years, Steve carried that four hundred pounds which is the equivalent of carrying an NFL football player on his back day and night. The rebirth of Steve came about four years ago when Steve found he couldn’t enjoy his grandchildren or fully enjoy the cruises he and his wife enjoyed. Travel on a plane was very difficult due to his size. He chose to have a gastric sleeve installed and that surgery along with a drastic change of lifestyle saved his life. In the first year after the surgery he lost 160 pounds. Now he starts every day with fruit and yogurt and has three sensible meals. Fried foods and pastries are gone from his diet replaced with non-fried meat such as chicken and a lot of vegetables. His appetite is diminished by the gastric sleeve. He no longer has diabetes or high blood pressure. Steve and his wife love SCC because of the warm climate and the sports he gets to play year round. Steve commented, “I enjoy all the sports and the friendly people I meet who take time to teach the sport by being supportive and encouraging in everything I try.” I greatly admire Steve’s determination to lead a happy healthy life here at SCC. He is one of the strongest men I have seen here.
Front L to R: Paul Archibald, Jerry Anderson, Joe Mealey. Back L to R: Geri, Linda, Rita.
Opening ceremonies for the Lawn Bowling US Open will take place November 11 in Sarasota.
SCC Lawn Bowling Club Cohosts US Open
By Garry Higgins Again this year, the SCCLBC will co-host lawn bowling’s US Open. Players from over fifty ‘World Bowls’ member countries have been invited to compete in this major sporting event to be played in Sun City Center and Sarasota. The tournament runs November 11-18, 2017 with pre-tournament events taking place in Sarasota, November 5-10. The format will be Men’s and Ladies’ “Fours” (up to 64 teams competing), “Pairs” (up to 112 teams) and “Singles” (102 contenders expected). Most of the world’s top players will be at 2017 Open, so this is an opportunity to see some great, competitive lawn bowling. As always, for spectators, admission is free. For schedules, players, results and more, visit www.bowlsusopen.com. For more information about lawn bowling in Sun City Center, visit www.suncitycenterlbc.com.
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All seniors (age 50 and above) that reside in Hillsborough County, both male and female, are invited to play Senior Basketball at the indoor air conditioned Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 6th St. South East. This facility has wood floors which are gentle on the aging body. The games are friendly and based on the participants level of ability. They are played half court with frequent breaks as needed or seniors can come in to the facility and just shoot hoops with balls provided by the Center. There is no cost if you live in the Hillsborough County. Times have been set aside for Senior Basketball on Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and Wednesdays 9:30 to 11 a.m. New this year is a Basketball Skills Clinic that started in June and has continued to be popular with new players both male and female, some of who have never played. This instructional clinic will continue each Monday and Wednesday morning with participants gradually worked into scrimmage games at their own level. Another new feature is our women’s division that gives women instruction and game techniques. This is a friendly encouraging atmosphere open to all women 50 and above in the Hillsborough County. For more information about the Ruskin facility contact Joy Robinson at 813672-7881. For more information about Sun City Center Basketball, contact Bob Monahan at “SCCBasketballBob@yahoo.com” or call Bob at 401-527-1718.
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SCC Bridge Dinner
The Duplicate Bridge Association of Sun City Center raised over $13,000 at its Longest Day fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research and treatment. In appreciation for the efforts of the main movers and shakers of this event, member Carol O’Connor planned and organized an appreciation dinner for them. Held at the Renaissance in Sun City Center, Nancy and Jim Heston, Mike Molanari and Rhonda O’Farrell were recognized for their outstanding efforts in making the Alzheimer’s fundraiser a success. Ms. O’Farrell chaired the committee, Mike Molanari planned and supervised the day’s meals, Jim Heston emceed and Nancy Heston was responsible for the beautiful gift baskets and raffle items that raised over $4,000. Communities that work together, as Sun City Center and its area neighbors did, make a difference in lives. Mark June 21, 2018 on your calendars for the next exciting Longest Day.
Duplicate Bridge Player Spotlight: Sam Fuller
The Duplicate Bridge Association of Sun City Center is home to hundreds of bridge players most of whom feel rather passionately about the game. Who are these people? And why - why are they so hooked on bridge? Sam Fuller arrived at college believing he knew how to play bridge. “I was quickly disabused of that notion - and a few other notions, as I recall! I’ve been playing bridge since 1941- but it was 23 years before I played my first competitive duplicate game!” Sam arrives in Sun City Center: I started playing in SCC in 1990 and shortly after that, John Foster and I traveled to Orlando to take the classes to become bridge teachers. Eventually I served as the club’s Bridge Education Chairperson which was challenging and quite rewarding. One of Sam’s memorable moments: I was playing in a side game at a Regional Tournament. It was a long narrow room and in the back two men, unquestionably New Yorkers, were literally screaming at one another every round. The Director could not control them. I chanced to be nearby when the game ended. They stood up, shook hands and said, “That was fun – let’s do it again soon.” It is said that politics makes strange bedfellows - well, trust me, so does bridge! Sam’s random bridge thoughts: Be a good partner; never criticize your partner at the table; after the game is the appropriate time for discussions. New players: study the basics then start playing. You memorize from books; you learn from playing the cards. Bridge is very good for your brain; Bill Gates says it is the “best mental exercise”! I agree with Bill! This game has kept me feeling young and alert. I owe a lot to the game of bridge.” Sam’s absolute best bit of bridge wisdom: you will not improve your game playing against players of your caliber; to learn and grow as a bridge player you must play with competitors stronger than yourself. That is not an opinion - it is a fact.
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Th e members of the Thursday Night Partners’ Bridge club invite all bridge players of Sun City Center and Kings Point to join us for a fun evening of progressive bridge. The sole purpose of the club is to enjoy a good evening of social bridge and to meet new friends. New and established residents looking for a budget-friendly night out are most welcome. There are no dues. A knowledge of the rules of bridge is expected. The only other requirements are that you bring a partner and pay fifty cents per person ($1 per partnership) each night you play. If you need a partner, you may contact Dawn Luckett at 813-633-2513, and she will try to find a partner for you. The club meets weekly on Thursday evenings in the Horizon Room at the Atrium. We play four rounds of six hands between 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. After each round, we switch partners. At the end of the evening, the club rewards the two highest scoring players at each table with a monetary prize. First place winners double their money! Each January the club throws a party and members pay a small amount to cover the food but then do not have to pay to play that evening. If you are new in town and a bridge player, come and try us out. No commitment (no dues). If you are an established resident and a bridge player, we guarantee you will enjoy yourself, especially if you are a winner--you have nothing to lose and you might even double your money!
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Local Athlete and Artist Excels in Senior Games
By Bob Monahan Sun City Center resident Ted Riley received accolades and first place in the talent division of the Tampa Bay Senior Games for his stained-glass creation. He has been a member of the SCC stained Glass Club for less than two years. On the athletic side, Ted competed in the Cycling and Swimming. He is a master swimmer and last week earned five gold medals in backstroke (50, 100 and 200 yard), freestyle (200 yard), and individual medley (100 yard). He finished second (Silver Medal) in the 100-yard breaststroke and third in cycling. Ted travels to various events, last week’s medals coming from Jacksonville, Florida. Since retirement Ted has won over 120 medals and ribbons at the Senior Games and the US Masters Swimming Events. He has competed in swimming throughout his life.
Pickleball Club Dinking Tournament at SCC
Pickleball Dinking Tournaments have become a popular contest here in Sun City Center. Saturday September 23, twenty SCC Pickleball Club members competed in a game using only the pickleball technique known as dinking. Dinking is a soft hit of the ball which drops abruptly to the ground once it’s over the net. Called the soft game, it requires players to use finesse, patience, and a gentle touch. Low scoring players were eliminated until the top five scorers played the final games. Coming in first place was Deb Zieg, second place was Steve Ackman, and third place was Cau Huynh. The three winners received gift cards to Amazon, Panera and Dunkin Donuts. Thanks go to organizers Bernadette Cole and her six helpers for their efforts in putting together another enjoyable SCC Pickleball Club event. Become a member and you too can join in the fun. First place Deb Zieg (center), second place Learn more at the SCC Pickleball Club Steve Ackman (left), and third place Cau website www.sccflpickleball.com. Huynh.
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FAITH & service Nearly New Fashion Show At Southshore UCC
By Paula Lickfeldt Thursday November 9, 1 p.m. at SouthShore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave., clothes from the Nearly New Shop will be on parade. The models have each been given $10 to spend on an outfit, or two, that they would like to wear. You will be very surprised to see the great clothing that the models are able to find. Come join the fun watching the models strut and enjoying hors d’oeuvres provided by the church. The cost of the event is $10 per ticket and can be purchased at the church office on Monday through Friday from 9 until noon. Call Paula 633-6739 for more information or to order a ticket. The Nearly New Shop will also be bringing clothing that may be purchased at the show. All are welcome and all are invited.
Community Church College Trips Update
Southern Belles Tea Room has been rescheduled and the new date is November 10, 2017. Due to the rescheduling, they added some additional features. A mini seminar on “How to brew a perfect pot of loose leaf tea” and “The History of Afternoon Tea” for the inconvenience of having to change the date. Also, there will be a drawing of a gift for a lucky guest. You still have time now to sign up. Singing Christmas Tree has been so popular a second bus was acquired and we still have availability on other trips. Come pick up a catalog at the church or purchase at www.4lifelearning.org/college-trips--fall-2017-.html. Any questions contact the college office at 813-634-8607.
Beth Israel Sisterhood Celebrates Members
On Tuesday, November 14 the Beth Israel Sisterhood will hold its annual Paidup Members Luncheon. All Sisterhood members who have paid their dues for the current year are invited to join us at no cost for lunch and a movie. Lunch will be served at noon. Reservations for this event must be made by Sunday, November 5. For more information about this event or Beth Israel Sisterhood please contact Rochelle Lafer at email@example.com.
Redeemer Lutheran Donates to Veterans
Members of Redeemer Lutheran Church recently donated gift cards and comfort items to veterans and their families at James A Haley Veterans Hospital. Here, volunteer coordinator Mel Kenney (on left) receives the items from Mike Trefren.
St. John Divine Hosts SCC Interfaith Council Meeting
By Jay Sparkman St. John Divine Episcopal Church hosted the Sun City Center Interfaith Council for the council’s initial meeting of the 2017-18 year. Guest speakers were local high school students who attended Boy’s State and Girl’s State in Tallahassee as representatives from the South Shore Community. Andrew Janis and Vanessa Vallejo represented Lennard High School and Angel Escobar represented East Bay High School. Boy’s State reps are sponsored by Sun City Center American Legion Post 246 and Girl’s State reps are sponsored by American Legion Post 246 Ladies Auxiliary. Both groups helped finance their sponsorship of these fine young people by receiving a monetary grant from the Sun City Center Interfaith Council. Funds for grants and college scholarships are from monies gained from the sale of donated goods at the Nearly New Shop in Sun City Center Plaza.
Women of the ELCA, the women’s organization of Redeemer Lutheran Church, will meet on Wednesday, November 15, beginning with refreshments at 9:30. The program will be a presentation on Hospice, a Medicare benefit that provides support and compassionate care to those with life limiting illnesses. Besides cancer, hospice also cares for people suffering from heart and lung disease, dementia, and other progressive ailments. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call the church office at 813-634-1292.
Surviving the Holidays Grief Share Event at Trinity Baptist
Thursday, November 30, 2017. The program, Surviving the Holidays, is designed to help those who are grieving the loss of someone to cope better through the holiday season. The program will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 702 W. Del Webb Blvd, at 10 a.m. There is no cost, so come and interact with others who understand and are dealing with the same struggles.
Trinity Women Learn about NAMI
The monthly meeting of the Trinity Women’s Fellowship (TWF) was a fall festival of food, fun and fellowship. Following the buffet lunch, President Pat Mather introduced the featured speaker, Karen Fredricks. Karen is the former president of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Hillsborough. She currently serves on their Advisory Board. Karen shared her personal story concerning her life with her mother’s dementia care. The Tuesday, November 14 TWF lunch and program will begin at 12 noon with Picture by Nancy Williams a Luau theme. The featured guests will be At the recent TWF lunch & meeting, the Hula Honeys dance group. Ladies in treasurer Marge Weber (left) presented the community are welcome to sign up guest speaker Karen Fredricks with a check and come join the fun and fellowship in to support National Alliance on Mental Health Hillsborough. our Church Hall. A Christmas Party pot luck lunch and program will be on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at noon. We will be collecting Christmas gifts for the Good Samaritan Christmas Store. For information about TWF, check the website at www.trinitybaptistscc. com or call 813-634-4228.
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Simchat Torah at Beth Israel Congregation
On Thursday evening October 12, 2017, congregants of Beth Israel the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center, assembled at the Temple to celebrate Simchat Torah to mark the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. The Torah was unrolled around the perimeter of the Sanctuary and the concluding section of the fifth book of the Torah, Deuteronomy, was read and immediately followed by the opening section of Genesis. This practice reminds us that the Torah is a circle that never ends.
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November’s symbolic “Horn of Plenty” overflows at Freedom Plaza; not only with Mother Nature’s bounty, which will be acknowledged on Thanksgiving Day, but also with gratitude for her sparing us—and this community--- the full fury of hurricane Irma. If any positive aspect can be connected to a hurricane, that was demonstrated at Freedom Plaza by the measure of preparedness and assistance exhibited by its staff. Many of them remained at work during the entire Irma crisis and spent some back-breaking hours helping residents move heavy furniture indoors from their lanais. (There are 346 lanais at Freedom Plaza, and all had to be cleared!) The doors of Freedom Plaza were opened to residents of two Brookdale communities to our south, as well as to employees’ families who might need refuge. Freedom Plaza’s Executive Director, Mary Brickel, received high praise from residents for her expert leadership in this emergency situation and inspired one of our resident poets, John Foster, to express his gratitude in rhyme. Quoting from his Second Wind…” The call went out for help, support to all department heads. Each rallied, Irma’s rage to thwart, providing food and beds.” November’s bounty spills onto the Freedom Plaza stage in two major productions during the month. The first, on Sunday evening, November 12 has become almost traditional Freedom Plaza fare: an autumn concert by the current year’s Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists. These are talented young singers who have reached their educational goals and are stepping into the challenging world of professional opera performance. They have been selected through nation-wide competition to sing for one season with the Sarasota Opera. While there they benefit not only from working with veteran opera professionals, but from the on-stage experience so crucial to success. Their program at Freedom Plaza will consist of familiar operatic arias, duets, and ensembles, sprinkled liberally with Broadway melodies. All proceeds from the concert go to support the Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artist Fund. The month’s second stage presentation, this by our own Plaza Players, ushers in the holiday season on November 30 and December 1 with “Celebrating the Holidays at Downton Abbey”, a play written by resident Diane Turcotte. It is set in the year 1936 at St. Michael’s Anglican Church in Downton, England and includes historical figures along with those from the popular TV series, “Downton Abbey”. The play’s premise is that St. Michael’s annual Madrigal Feast will hark back to the 16th Century, to Henry the Eighth and his six wives. The cast of that Madrigal Feast is, of course, made up of local parishioners-- which includes the Cawleys of Downton Abbey. St. Michael’s church choir will be portrayed by the Plaza Players Chorus under the direction of resident Carol Austin. They will offer traditional English Christmas music, to include a few 16th Century madrigals in keeping with the play’s theme. For information regarding tickets for both the Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists concert and “Celebrating the Holidays at Downton Abbey” please call (813) 6421215 during business hours.
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L to R: Steve Lucas Sr., Eileen Lucas, Sheri Lucas, Steve Lucas Jr., Linda Grabowski, Jim Otte and Binee Otte.
By Paula Lickfeldt Jim Otte and his wife Binee lived in western New York in 1989. Jim was offered an opportunity to transfer to Tampa to fly the medical helicopter for Tampa General Hospital. They lived in Brandon and then Riverview before moving to Sun City Center in 2014. Jim likes to play golf and they belong to the Caloosa Golf and Country Club. Binne likes to help with the parties at the club. She has been on the Caloosa Birthday Ball Committee for the past two years. She also plays Mah Jongg and enjoys Aquasizers. George and Phyllis Otte, who were retired and living in Carolina Shores, NC, before they moved to Summerfield, FL to be closer to their son and Daughterin-law. They were used to an active lifestyle and liked all of the amenities that SCC had to offer, so in, 1997, they moved again, this time to SCC. Both Phyllis and George are now deceased. Steve Lucas Sr. and his wife Gloria moved to the Carolina Shores, NC when they retired. They saw what SCC had to offer when their friends George and Phyllis Otte moved there, and they liked what they saw. In 2005 the Lucas’ decided to move to SCC. Gloria is now deceased and Steve lives at Aston Gardens. At 93 years of age, Steve Sr. practices Tai Chi and does calisthenics every week. Steve Lucas Sr. and George Otte worked for the same company. They arranged a blind date to a skating party for their children, Steve Jr. and Sheri. They were 14 at the time. Ten years later, after high school and college, Steve and
Sheri were married. Steve and Sheri Lucas had moved every two or three years of their married life. Steve worked for the VA. They moved from Miami, FL to SCC in 2007. Steve’s father and mother, Steve Sr. and Gloria lived in SCC. Sheri’s parents George and Phyllis Otte were also living in SCC. As retirement approached, a move to SCC was the logical move for them. Steve is a member of the SCC Men’s Club, is commodore for the North Lake Yacht Club and likes to spend time at the fitness center. Sheri is currently learning watercolor painting. They both love to travel. Eileen Lucas, the daughter of Steve Sr. and sister of Steve Jr., moved to SCC from Mississippi in 2011. Eileen had lost her husband and she wanted to be closer to family. Eileen likes to exercise and rides her bicycle everywhere. She is active in the Council of Catholic Women at Prince of Peace. Linda Otte Grabowski moved to SCC from Bingham, NY after losing her husband. She moved to be closer to family. Her brother-in-law jokes “too close” because she ended up buying a house next door to them. Linda is in the computer and the pottery clubs, she loves to play pickleball and enjoys volleyball in the pool. She is an avid gardener. Here is the tale of two families, the Ottes and the Lucases. Once again, we see how fate and family bring people to SCC. These families say it is a matter of “family bonding.” Tell us your story. We would love to hear it. Call Paula 633-6739.
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KP Line Dancers
Give thanks for our fantastic country and our wonderful lifestyle with the KP Line Dancers free social dance on Wed Nov 15, 7 p.m., Veterans Theater. Thanksgiving is the theme, casual dress, appropriate shoes - no flip-flops. Please bring nonperishable food donations, which I will give to a local food bank. Many people continue to be in need due to natural disasters this year. Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. BYOB. Call Jan 634-6226 for more info.
Eagle Audubon Society Eagle Audubon Society treasurer, Anne Whitehall, presented a grant check to Dr. Mar y Keith, board member of the Second Annual Florida Birding and Nature Festival held at the Hillsborough County Community College, SouthShore Campus, in Ruskin on October 13-15. Eagle Audubon offers grants to local and statewide programs that preserve and protect Florida’s birds and ecosystems.
Sea Glass Collecting at November Eagle Audubon Meeting
Sea Glass collecting has increased in popularity with children, adults and grandparents. These beautiful gems arrive on beaches everywhere after a long and transformational journey. Harry Ross, Founder of the Lake Michigan Sea Glass Collectors Group, will unlock the mysteries of these frosty treasures at the Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 Eagle Audubon Society (EAS) monthly meeting. Just like discovering sea glass the Eagle Audubon meetings are free, available to all, fun and fascinating. The social and refreshment time begins at 1:20 p.m. in the Banquet Room of the Kings Point Main Clubhouse, 1900 Clubhouse Drive., in Sun City Center. The program starts at 2 p.m. The meetings are free, but for those who desire a closer appreciation of natural Florida, becoming a member ($10) enables participation on various field trips. Future meetings, field trips, and events are presented in the annual EAS brochure which is available at the meeting and online at “eagleaudubonflorida.org”. Eagle Audubon is a charter chapter of National Audubon.
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KPAL’s Artist of the Month for November is Dottie Kuhn
Dottie’s first job involving artwork was drafting maps for Michigan Bell Telephone. Later, while raising her family, she was the Recreational Director for the YWCA and became interested in synchronized swimming and putting on annual swim shows. She also took classes and designed many things in stained glass. Dottie worked for a Tupperware warehouse and produced a weekly sales promotion with commercial art. She loved swimming, golf, windsurfing, sailing, and skiing. After moving to Kings Point, Dottie was a member of the Kings Point Synchronized Swim Club and the Falcon Golf Club. She also started beginning art classes. For the past 15 years, she has enjoyed participating in the Kings Point Art Club, line dancing, singles dancing, and church. Dottie is a snowbird and enjoys the lifestyle she has in both Florida and Michigan. Paid Advertisement
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Mellotones, December 14, 2017 Dan Fugazzotto, January 11, 2018 Kevin Brooks, February 15, 2018 The Island Swing Band (Dinner Dance), March 7, 2018 DJ Ken Miller, March 20, 2018 Bobby Remp, April 5, 2018 Dan Fugazzotto Kings Point Dance Club invites Kings Point and Sun City Center members and guests to monthly dances. Dances are from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Veterans Theater, located in the Kings Point North Clubhouse. Doors open at 7 p.m. for check-in. Guests are $5 per person and dancers from surrounding communities are invited to attend. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins will be provided. Proper dress is dress slacks and button down tucked in shirt for men and dress or dressy slacks for women. For guests and non-members contact Judy at 634-5364 for reservations and more information. See you on the dance floor.
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The Singles Mingles of Kings Point Dance
Saturday, November 11, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Kings Point Veterans Theater of the North Clubhouse. The admission is $5 and BYOB. Come listen to the music of DJ Ken Miller. If you live outside Kings Point, please call Dottie Beyer at 813812-6972 to add your name to the gate list.
Italian Club of Kings Point Jingle and Mingle
As the frosty winds blow and Santa’s laughter is filling the air, grab your sweetie and join us for a jolly evening of Christmas dining and dance at the Veterans Theater Kings Point Sun City Center FL. The date to save is 12/12/17. Our doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will be at 5 p.m. Dancing and frivolity will follow. Banquet Masters will present a banquet buffet of a gigantic salad bar, carved prime rib, potato encrusted cod, cheese lasagna pomodoro (no meat), loaded baked potato with cheese, and green beans almandine. Coffee, tea and soda will be served along with dessert. If you wish another type of beverage BYOB. DJ Mike Russo will be here spinning the oldies but goodies and will be entertaining us with some great songs he made famous with his group during his musical career. Ticket sales will occur at the Veterans Theater lobby Kings Point Main Clubhouse on 11/28/17 and 11/29/17 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon each of those dates. Cutoff date for ticket sales will be 12/5/17. Ticket price is $25 for members, and $28 for non-members. Sun City Center residents please remember to bring your ID badge in order to gain entry through the security visitor gate when purchasing tickets. Please contact May 813-419-4790 if you have any questions. Note we will be honoring renewal of your 2017-2018 membership on the ticket sale days listed above.
Kings Point Mixed Chorus Holiday Concert
The Kings Point Mixed Chorus proudly announces their very popular Holiday Concert will be performed on Thursday, December 7. This year’s presentation, “Cold Hands, Warm Heart, Hot Chocolate”, will be held at 4 p.m. in the Kings Point Veterans Theater, with reserved round table Cabaret style seating. We invite you to get your friends together so you can enjoy an afternoon of some wonderful seasonal music, with a little cocoa and cookies on the side. You are welcome to BYOB and BYOSnacks, as well. Tickets will be available right up until Concert time at the Kings Point North Clubhouse Box Office for $8. Considering last year’s concert was a near sell-out, don’t wait too long to reserve your spot. Director Jeff Jordan has put together an excellent variety of music, from traditional Christmas and Hanukkah songs to a little Baroque, with a bit of whimsy added to the mix. There is something for everyone and the men and women of the Chorus are pleased to help get you into the holiday mood. This, our 41st year, has been an exciting time for our Community Chorus, which has grown to over 80 voices, with singers from all over the South Shore area. We are thrilled to life our voices in song and welcome the 2017 Holiday Season. We hope to see you on December 7. If you are not a Kings Point resident, when you come into the community to buy your tickets or attend the concert, just inform the guard at the Visitors Gate that you are there regarding Chorus. For additional information, you may contact Mary Anne at (813) 634-8747 or email “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
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Military News Judge Michael Scionti Speaks to MOAA
The featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the Militar y Officers Association of America (MOAA) was the Honorable Judge Michael Scionti, Florida 13th Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Group 19 Veterans Treatment Court, Felony Division V. The luncheon was held in the Florida Room at the Sun City Center Southside Atrium on October 4. Judge Scionti, oversees the Hillsborough Veterans Court in Tampa Florida. The Veterans Court is a special court established to assist veterans that are involved in criminal activity related to their service in the military. The program is composed of veterans who are assigned Charles Conover, LTC USA (Ret) and the to work with each of the people coming Judge Michael Scionti. before the court. A coordinated attempt is made with the court, mentors, the District Attorney’s Office, and various health programs to assist the veterans in improving their lives and eliminating their criminal activity. Michael volunteered for tours of duty in Iraq from 2003 to 2008. He presided over military-commissioned war tribunals of suspected enemy prisoners of war, insurgents, and terrorists. While in Iraq he worked with then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the State Department on issues related to access to justice in the Mideast. Their primary focus was on ensuring that Sharia Law was not going to be the rule of law. Michael was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals and Presidential Citation.
MOWW Sponsors YLC Awards Ceremony
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) recently held a special Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) Recognition and Special Awards Program honoring high school students from nine area high schools. The affair was held at the Sun City Center Renaissance Club on October 19, 2017. The schools involved in the program were Brandon, East Bay, Lennard, Riverview, Spoto, Newsome, Durant, Plant City and Steinbrenner. Lt. Col. Robert Russel USA (Ret) along with Mag. James Haney USMC (Ret), Chapter Commander, coordinated and emceed the event. Each student to be recognized was selected by his/her team peers to represent their respective team before a panel of four judges for the honor of being the Outstanding Conference Student. Of the seven teams, Hillsborough County had BG Colin Howgill RM (Ret) presents five selected by their peers to compete for Cadet Tracey Payne, Plant City HS, with award check for winning Outstanding the honor. Those students were: Brandon Conference Student. Benenati, Brandon HS; Joshua Bremer, Plant City HS; Lauren Lewis, Newsome HS; Tracy Payne, Plant City HS; and Emma Custis, Newsome HS. The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) is also a participator and contributor to the YLC program and retired BG Colin Howgill, RM (Ret) presented Cadet Tracey Payne, Plant City HS with a check for $250 for winning the 2017 Outstanding Conference Student. Robert Russell, who has been managing the YLC programs for the past two years, was presented with a special award for his outstanding efforts in managing and overseeing the various YLC programs. During the annual four-day conference in Tallahassee FL, the students were given several projects and various lectures on leadership, U.S. History, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the private enterprise system. They also visited the Florida State Capitol, the Florida House of Representatives, the Florida Senate, and the Florida Supreme Court. The Color Guard, consisting of cadets John Armstrong and Aida Strogher was provided by Riverview HS.
From left, LTC Bob Russell, USA (Ret); Lt. Col. Jim Warchol, USAF (Ret); Lt. Col. Ferris Garrett, USAF (Ret); Maj. James Haney, USMC (Ret); LTC Sam Thompson, USA (Ret); and in forefront CAPT Frank Kepley, USN (Ret).
MOWW Receives National Awards
At a luncheon on Sept 21 at the Freedom Plaza Club, the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), presented Chapter Awards to the companions most responsible for winning in the various categories at the recently held National meeting. Awards bestowed included: Bob Russell, Patriotic Education; Frank Zahrobsky, National Security; Ferris Garrett, Law and Order; James Haney, Scouting, Monuments and Memorials; Sam Thompson, Chapter Activities; Frank Kepley and Nancy Alguire, Information and Publicity. In addition, a tribute to Harry Lascola, who recently died, was presented by Gordon Bassett. Harry was singularly responsible for reviving MOWW in SCC at a time when it was facing dissolution. He will be greatly missed. His wife, Mary was present for the tribute.
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Ens. Eric Riley, USCG Presents Coast Guard Operations to MOWW
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Ensign Eric J. Riley was the featured speaker at the Sept. 21 Military Officers of the World Wars (MOWW) luncheon. Ens. Riley is assigned to Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Enforcement D iv is i on w he re he s e r ve s as an Enforcement Officer, the Maritime Security and Response Officer, and Weapons Officer for the entire west coast of Florida. He is responsible for the security screening of commercial vessels involved in international trade that wish to enter the Port of Tampa as well as ensuring the port maintains an appropriate maritime security and response posture. Ensign Riley was born in Rockville, MD. He entered the Coast Guard in 2007. Ens. Riley presented all aspects of the US Jim Haney, Commander of SCC MOWW and Ens. Eric Riley, USCG. Coast Guard’s mission/function.
Sun City Center Veterans Day Ceremony
On Saturday, November 11, Sun City Center will observe Veterans Day at the Community Association’s Community Hall located at 1910 South Pebble Beach Boulevard. The ceremony is sponsored by the Sun City Center combined military veterans organizations in recognition of our many community veterans. The program will start at 9 a.m.; however it is suggested that all guests be seated by 8:45 a.m. Doors will be opened at 8 a.m. Coffee and cookies will be provided. It is free and the public is invited. Our guest speaker will be County Commissioner Stacy White. Commissioner White was elected as District 4 representative in 2014. In 2015, he was elected by the Board of County Commissioners to serve in the leadership position of Chaplain. In 2016, the Board elected him to be present Chairman of the Board. Our program includes a musical interlude presented by the Trinity Singers directed by Rev. James Feist. The Color Guard will be composed of JROTC Cadets from East Bay High School. Mrs. Lily Meyers will present a narrated musical tribute to all veterans. The Co-Grand Marshals will be Sun City Center residents Dorothy and Ray Hill, married 73 years, and both WW II Marine Corps veterans. For additional information call 634-7777.
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NAWC-TSD, Executive Officer to Speak at Silver Osprey Squadron November Luncheon
The SCC chapter of the Association of Naval Aviation will hold their November luncheon on Friday, November 10, 2017. Meet and greet will start at 11 a.m. with lunch at 12. The event is to be held at the Plaza Club at Freedom Plaza. Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity Orlando are the centerpiece of the military Modeling, Simulation, and Training industry’s epicenter in Central Florida. This dual command has long been considered the training experts for all types of naval warfighting, but recent changes have placed NAWCTSD in the center of a training revolution in the US Navy. Our speaker, CAPT Timothy Hill, earned a BS in Systems Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1992. He has many assignments including, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Chief of Naval Education and Training Staff. He was designated Naval Flight Officer in January 1996 after which he transitioned into the S-3B aircraft at VS-41 in North Island, CA prior to reporting aboard VS30 at NAS Cecil Field, FL. He deployed in NATO operations in the former-Yugoslavia and enforcing the United Nations no-fly zone in Iraq. He also served in VS-31 where he was deployed in support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and a tour with USSOM. He again returned to operational flying in F/A-18F Super Hornet at VFA-106 and assumed command of VFA-32 in 2009. CAPT Hill also served in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office from late 2011 to late 2014 as Deputy Director, F-35 Mission Systems and Deputy Program Manager for Block 2B. He currently serves as the Executive Officer of Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity Orlando. For reservations, mail your checks to Mr. Tom Harding, 309 Noble Faire Dr., Sun City Center, FL, 33573. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, Nov 7. Cost of lunch is still $14 for members and $17 for non-members. Membership in the Silver Osprey Chapter of the Silver Osprey is open to anyone who has an interest in military aviation.
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