Bring some bright ideas to Island Club meeting

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

At this month’s meeting of the Canine Club on Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m. at the Island Club, members will be encouraged to suggest an activity for the June meeting, perhaps an outing or a picnic or something new to be enjoyed at the Island Club. Be ready with lots of bright ideas. Following this short business meeting, we will welcome Mrs. Terry Stootoff, wife of Dr. Stootoff, as our speaker. Dr. Stoothoff is unable to attend due to a prior commitment and Terry has graciously offered to fill in for him.

We expect she will share with us many of the problems and interesting experiences they encounter in their work as providers of food and care for the pets of the homeless. Refreshments and a 50/50 drawing will follow.

Italian-American Club

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, May 28, at the Orchid Club from 9 to 11 a.m. for our next meeting on June 10 which we call "Hobo Nite." We invite both members and guests to come dressed in the most outrageous hobo outfit they can create. A contest is planned and prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. Our chefs will serve Hobo Stew along with salad, wine, soda, coffee and cake. Music will be provided by the Carriers. Cost is $14 for members, $16 for guests. Come, join us ... we’ll have a blast!

Blue Fridays

Barbara Howard has a suggestion for Oak Runners. She writes that very soon, you will see a great many people wearing blue every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the ‘silent majority.’ We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record- breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing. Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday, and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home. Send a deafening message that every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something blue. By word of mouth, press, TV, let’s make the United States on every Friday a sea of blue much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the U.S.A. is covered in blue and it will let our troops know the once ‘silent’ majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on. The first thing a soldier says when asked, ‘What can we do to make things better for you?’ is: ‘We need your support and your prayers.’ Let’s get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something blue every Friday.

Carol Ann’s Corner

I’ve been up in Toledo visiting my sister, brother-in-law and nephew. The trip was planned for this particular time so we could take advantage of some truly amazing bird watching. In early May, bird watchers from all over the country come to Magee Marsh, a wildlife sanctuary on the shores of Lake Erie just east of Toledo. Migrating song birds from as far away as Central America stop off before heading across Lake Erie to their summer homes in Canada. I don’t know one beautiful bird from another, while my sister and her husband have been bird watching for many years. While they and their fellow birders discussed whether the bird in their binoculars was a this or a that, I just wandered around enjoying the beautiful cool weather, the lovely spring green foliage and the sweet songs that filled the air. From time to time, I actually caught sight of a colorful bird but since my binocular skills are nil, I only rarely was able to see the intricate details of their plumage.

I’m sad to report that while I was enjoying my visit with my family, my dear cat Davy had to be put to sleep. He developed a blocked urinary tract due to stones, which the fine vets at Brick City Cat Hospital were unable to fully remove. Rather than see him suffer more I had them send him to the Big Cat House in the Sky. So sad!

Southern States Club

Southern States Club is having its summer barbecue on June 11 in the Palm Grove Club. Sonny’s Barbecue will provide a delicious dinner of ribs, barbecue, green beans, coleslaw, and carrot cake. Chicago Toni will sing and play for our listening and dancing pleasure. Ticket sales are May 25 and June 1 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Orchid Club. Tickets are $13 for members and $15 for guests. Join us for this summer evening

Community Fair

Well the day has come and gone already, but the memories remain. The board of directors is very happy that so many of our Oak Run residents came and enjoyed the games, food, dunk tank and entertainment. We however, could not have done it on our own. There were so many volunteers that helped in making this day happen. We thank you all for your very hard work and relentless energy on that day. Special thanks to Joy Lutzie and her wonderful Junior & Senior Good Time Cloggers. They put on a fantastic show and made a great day even better. Again, a very heartful thank you to all who helped make the 2009 fair a huge success!


As summer approaches and with many of our members preparing for their trips and vacations, your Fun Club is still busy preparing for some exciting gatherings.  We will have our Sports Night Tailgate Party in June and our ever popular Chili Cook Off in October. So please have a safe and wonderful summer, stay healthy and come back ready for some homemade down home hot chili fun.


Can you believe it? Our 2008/09 season ended this past month. It was another successful year of bocce with our 250+ members having wonderful time in the Florida sunshine. We ended on our usual high note with our annual banquet. 151 members attended the banquet where we enjoyed good food, good music, and good fun. Tournament prizes were handed out and we recognized Shirley and Wayne’s 50th wedding anniversary. We had one change of officers. Richie Sollitto replaced Ralph Gragg as Vice President. The club is also considering some tournament changes which we will tell you about next month. So have a nice summer, stay healthy, and we look forward to your return for the new season which begins on Monday, September 14.

Mamma Mia

See Mamma Mia, Aug. 15, at the Ruth Eckerd Hall with Oak Run Travel. Tickets are $86.30 per person and include transportation. Call Jim and Naomi, to sign up. 291-7507.

The annual baseball trip is Sept. 3 to see the Red Sox and Tampa Rays. Price is $61 for transportation and excellent seats. Call Joanne, 861-1300.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners

May 7 turned out to be a great day for our season closing scramble! We had a good turnout and a good time. The winners of the scramble were:

First place:  Bette Johnson, Joyce Madill, Laura Auriemma and Carolee Riola; second place:  Patty Waddell, Ilene Simnowitz, Vicki Ellin and Ann O’Neill; third place: Margie Dunegan, Arleen Massa, Sheila Weckstein and Maureen Casner.

At the general meeting following the scramble, the awards for the 2009 season were presented. Birdie pins went to Patty Waddell, Charlotte Green, Bette Johnson, Sandy Arbuckle, Diana Schmidt, Rae Stover and Ilene Simnowitz.

Putts contest: Charlotte Green — first; Diana Schmid — second; and Rae Stover — third. Most Improved Player: Rae Stover; Low Gross Club champion: Charlotte Green; Low Gross runner-up: Sandy Arbuckle; Low Net Club champion: Eleanor Cerlenko; Low Net runner-up: Ilene Simnowitz .

Lunch followed the meeting where the tables were set with creative place cards and favors thanks to Ilene Simnowitz.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf

Only the front nine holes with half handicap counted for the game on Tuesday, May 12. Low scores in first flight were:

Judy Lavdas, and Joanne Ellis tied at 34, and J.T. LeMasters, Pat Blackburn, Sylvia Zappia, Judy Klein, and Joan O’Brien , all tied at 35.

Second flight: Barb Scozzafava 31, Jan Tennant and Pat Salberg tied at 34.

Third Flight: Carol Copp, 31, Patty Dougherty, 32, and Mary Kay Frandsen, 34.

Joan O’Brien was closest to the pin.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf

ROMGA’S annual Cross Country Event was on May 15, chaired by Sam Owens, assisted by Bob Gildea and Duke Slayton. The course became a 12-hole monster. The shortest hole was a par 4, 352 yards and the longest was a par 6, 852 yards. All holes were played from the black tees, except the senior reds played from the white tees. The two flights were divided by a new concept: Flight one was made up by members who selected their own teams; flight two team members were assigned by the chairman.

Flight one with a score of 59 and tied for first place was: Larry Collins, Ron Catapano, Ken Frandsen, Keith LeMaster, Tom Morris, Jim Lacey, Ralph Lavacca and Jim Dunegan. The third place team with a score of 62 was Bill Dougherty, Steve Kollar, Stan Weck-stein and Ron Tennant.

The Flight Two winners with a score of 57 were Sam Owens, Jack Edwards, John Cerlenko and Hubie Davis; second place with a score of 59 Virgil Hein, Steve Szabo, Steve Casner and John Maitland; tied for third place with a score of 61 were Ray Hagerman, John Terry, Jim Kennedy, Bruce Drake, Wayne Feeman, Bill Staiger, Larry Soine and Mike Madill. The luncheon was arranged by Hal Loomis.

There is a change in the events calendar.  The June event was moved to Nov. 4 and 6. The next ROMGA event will be the Flag Tournament held on July 3, chaired by Gene Topp and Hubie Davis.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf

With golfers wearing pink and golf carts sporting pink balloons, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Tournament got underway on Tuesday, May 5. The eighth an-nual tournament consisting of 16 teams of men and women was a "two best ball" scramble.

First place winners were Alex and Sheila Adams and Bill and Patty Dougherty. 

Second place went to Ken and Mary Kay Frandsen and Ron and Jan Tennant.

Third place winners were Roger and Gigi Bagg, Rich Hendrix, and Joanne Ellis.

"Closest to the Pin" on hole No. 3 was Dianna Love, and Roger Bagg was closest to the hole on No. 11.

ORWGA Tournament Winners

At the Low Net Tournament held May 14 at the Executive Course, the following win-ners were announced:

Flight A: First place, Judy Gerace; second place, Marge Rymarcsuk; third place Vange Bell.

Flight B: First place, Iona Velivis; second place, Dori Sullivan; third place, Alice Anderson.

Flight C: First place, Linda Noel; second place, Norma Rombach; third place, Evelyn Exell.

Flight D: First place a tie: Betty Scott and Mary Hart, with Nancy Campo coming in third. Closest to the pin was won by Sue Marentette.

Recently our league lost one of its long time members. Dottie Brown was not only a remarkable woman but an outstanding golfer. She played with us up until she turned 91 in spite of her illness. We’ll all miss her smiling face and "right on" swing! God bless you Dottie.


Oak Run columnist Carol Ann Wheeler’s May 15 column did not appear in the South Marion Citizen because of production complications. We apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused readers. Please submit column information to Ms. Wheeler for publica-tion consideration.

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