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Crack a book at ‘Sunrise’

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

No you don’t have to get up before dawn or anything like that. However Joan Beers is looking for more people to read to the lower grades at Sunrise Elementary in Marion Oaks. The next session will be on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

You will need to be at the school by 8:30 a.m. to be signed in and given a class and book. Actual reading times are from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 to 10 a.m. You may read for one or both sessions.

This correspondent has heard how much fun it is and will be there. Call Joan at 854-7177 to volunteer and more information.

ORWGA Donation

Oak Run women golfers (who play at the executive course on Thursdays) had a special drawing at their annual holiday luncheon where $200 was raised for Hospice of Marion County. In addition to the drawing, prize money was awarded to golfers, and members of the 2009 Board of Directors were introduced.

Officers include Linda Noel, president; Bebe Hahne, vice president; Dori Sullivan, secretary; Terri Feeley and Betty Scott, co-treasurers; with Nancy Riechenbacher and Vange Bell as members-at-large.

Women residents of Oak Run who enjoy the game of golf and wish to join this sanctioned league are invited to call Betty Scott (she’s in the Oak Run directory) for membership details.

OMI Fun Club

The Fun Club had another rousing year in 2008 which concluded with a fantastic holiday party with great food, door prizes, gifts from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and entertainment and dancing. Outgoing president Jack Reilly thanked all for their support and help during his three years of leading the Fun Club.

Lori Benz and her staff wish to remind members of our kickoff program for 2009, the Mardi Gras extravaganza Feb. 5. Ticket sales are Jan. 22 and 29.

Renaissance Women

A big thanks to our party planner, Theresa Acosta, for the fantastic job she did for our Christmas party at Royal Oaks. Everyone had a wonderful time.

No Christmas gifts were exchanged this year. Instead, Renaissance Women donated $340 to Operation Iraq and Afghanistan, and $100 was spent on food, etc., for the Interfaith pantry. Nancy and Valerie did all the shopping and Interfaith sent a truck to Oak Run for pick up. Thank you to all who contributed.

Our next meeting is Sunday, Jan. 25 at Palm Grove. Mark your calendars for an April 29 trip to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. Call Valerie at 873-1633 for more information.

Art Club

The pastel class has a beautiful display of its work at Freedom Public Library for January. Outstanding Ocala artist Carole Drost will teach a new session of six pastel classes starting Feb. 3.

Members are excited about Carole’s method of teaching with a demonstration at each lesson. She also teaches the oil and acrylic class, which begins Feb. 10.

The Art Club also offers a watercolor class with Sue Primeau beginning Jan. 21, and a drawing class taught by Ellen Hines starting Jan. 28. Classes are at the Island Club from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Come at 9 a.m. to the first session to sign up. Cost is $55 and club membership is $6.

Raffle tickets for the beautiful watercolor,”Poppies,” will be on sale in the Orchid Club lobby at pancake breakfast Jan. 24, from 8 to 10 a.m. The drawing will be at our Fine Arts Show on Saturday, March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Palm Grove. For more information, call Helen Harrell.

Southern States Club

Southern States Club dues of $6 per person will be collected Jan. 19 at the Orchid Club from 9 to 11 a.m. The next dinner meeting will be Feb. 12.

Salad, pot roast, scalloped potatoes, carrots, and cherry cobbler will be the menu. “Can’t Help Singing,” with our very own Rosemary Imbriale as mistress of ceremonies, will provide the entertainment.

Tickets will be sold Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at the Orchid Club from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $12 members and $14 guests.

Italian-American Club

Tickets will be on sale Jan. 28 in the card room from 9 to 11 a.m. for the club’s Valentine’s Day party and dance Feb. 11 at the Orchid Club. Cost is $13 members and $15 guests.

The club will also be raising funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at this affair.

Do You Remember?

Tune into Len Teitler’s “Do You Remember?” show following FYI, daily from Jan.16 to 23 on channel 12. Donna Bolton’s “Showcase of Stars” with master of ceremonies Ron Manford will be featured. 

Little Theatre

You must have a set designer and a stage manager to produce a good play. Art Schmidt continues to wear many hats for our theatrical productions. They include set design, construction head as well as sound system coordinator.

Patty Waddell enjoys the reputation of being a “precision” stage manager. She is responsible for the seamless running of rehearsals and performances.

At our last meeting, Art and Patty added “actor” to their resumes as they appeared in a wacky skit about a piece of life in the big city. Their interpretation of a “woman on the street interviewer” and a “big city hustler” showed insight into the human experience. Members went home with a smile on their faces that night.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf

ROMGA special events through spring 2009 are as follows:

Jan. 16: Lunch and January Starter – shotgun. Co-chairs Wayne Feeman and Virgil Hein.

Feb. 16, 18, 20: Lunch and President’s Cup. Co-chairs Brian Arbuckle, Keith LeMasters, Jim Dunegan.

March 16, 18, 20: Lunch and Club Championship – shotgun. Co-chairs Tony Fiorentine, John Terry, Dick Rizzo, Duke Slayton.

April 8 to 10: Lunch and Senior Championship – shotgun. Chair Dick Rizzo.

ORWGA Tournament Winners

Brave souls took to the links even though it was a bit “chilly” on Thursday, Jan. 8. Winners of the Low Net Tournament were:

Flight 1: Vange Bell 30, Karen Schuelke 30, Marge Rymarcsuk 32.

Flight 2: Rose Brown 29, Bebe Hahne 32, Alice Anderson 33.

Flight 3: Norma Erickson 29, Terri Feeley 30, Linda Noel 31.

Flight 4: Ann Hurr 25, Helene Studenic 26, Ericka Radke 27.

Closest to the pin: Alice Anderson.

Royal Oaks Women’s

18-hole Golf

On Tuesday, Jan. 6, before going out to play, golfers chose either the front or back nine holes to be counted for score.

Flight A: Jan Tully 33, Joanne Ellis 33, Maureen Edwards 34, Sylvia Zappia 34.5.

Flight B: Carolyn Collins 33, Judy Klein 33.5, Pat Salberg 34.5, Arlene Klann 35.

Flight C: Ilene Simnowitz 31.5, Carol Copp 37, Ginger Drake 37.5, Kathy Kollar 37.5.

Bette Johnson was closest to pin on hole 16.

Send all items for this column to Carol Ann Wheeler at democratcarol@deccacable.com. (Note: There are no hyphens in the e-mail address.) If you do not receive my reply within a day, call me. My number is in the Oak Run directory.

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