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Democratic Club calls to regroup

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

As many Oak Runners know, the Democratic Club’s dynamic president, Ed Corbett, died in April. All Oak Run registered Democrats are strongly urged to come to the Orchid Club on Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m.

We need to regroup, reorganize and decide what role we will play in this year’s elections. New faces and new ideas are needed to allow this club to provide a platform for Democrats.

Meeting People

Meeting People, hosted by Ev Burg, will repeat last year’s program presented by Seniors Vs. Crime, a project under the auspices of the Attorney General’s office. Tune in to Channel 12 on June 13, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

It operates in conjunction with the Marion County Sheriff out of the Southwest District office on S.R. 200. The show attempts to alert us to scams and thefts which target the unsuspecting and the elderly.

Genealogy Club

On Friday, June 20, at 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club card room we will have as our guest speaker Randy Kerlin. He will talk about the role Florida played in the War Between the States. This will be interesting to genealogists and historians who want to learn more about the Civil War.

Kerlin is former commander of Marion Light Artillery Camp No. 1396 of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. He is also curator of the Museum of Southern History in Jacksonville.

German-American

Social Club

Many members attended the Maifest (May festival) on May 21 dressed in German costume. A delicious meal was prepared by My Sons Catering and A Band Called Fred played dance music until 9:30.

Door prize sponsors were Mimi’s Caf, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Porter’s Nursery and Beall’s. Seven ticket holders shared the 50/50 drawing.

The next event is the Baron Von Steuben Ball on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Tickets available Sept. 2. Enjoy the summer.

Jewish Social Club

The JSC Program Planning Committee will meet this summer to complete plans for club meetings in 2008 and into the spring of 2009. Our Sept. 3 meeting will feature a Hebrew National “Hotdogfest” complete with coleslaw, potato salad, chips, and a fashion show by Hospice of Marion County.

Amy Danzig has agreed to serve as club secretary. The club wishes everyone a pleasant summer, and a most enjoyable Fourth of July.

For more information about the Jewish Social Club, contact Ben Muhlberg or Arnie Pinsky, both are listed in the Oak Run directory.

OMI Fun Club

The fun club had nine new members. Those who attended Night at the Movies were treated to a fine movie, fresh popcorn, and a catered dinner with all the trimmings by Lee’s Famous Chicken.

The club is going on a summer break but will be back in September to sell tickets to the October Chili Cook Off, and the Nov. 16 Show Palace Dinner Theatre trip to see “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

We will also have elections at the October meeting. Have a great and safe summer.

Christmas Cart Parade

I know, I know, it’s only July and December is a long way off. That notwithstanding, if you are going to participate in this year’s Christmas golf cart parade and warm up affair afterward and you do not yet have lights on your cart, then you need to sign up with Dorothy and Bob Swensen at 873-0531.

Call now since it takes time to order the lights and for Bob to install them on your cart. This ORHA-sponsored affair was a fantastic hit last year and we expect it to be even better this year.

So get with the program, call the Swensens and have a great summer.

Carol’s Corner

My apologies to anyone whose article and/or picture has been delayed. When I went out of town I felt so “high tech” that I could handle the column from my sister’s computer. Unfortunately, I forgot that from time to time people did put articles and pictures in my cubby and I failed to have someone retrieve them and take them to the Citizen office.

Well I’m back in my accustomed groove and hopefully things will go more smoothly. Time to stay in the air conditioning and wait for summer, hurricanes and heat to go away.

From time to time I think it might be nice to go north for a while in the summer. However, a few years ago I went to Toledo as usual in May and ran into their hottest Memorial Day in history.

That’s when I was reminded that Southern air conditioning is more consistently available and efficient than it sometimes is up north. My sister is still doing the “window-box” thing.

They find it odd that just when their summer church festivals and outdoor events are gearing up, we go into hibernation. On the other hand, they are hibernating while we enjoy our outdoor activities in Florida’s lovely fall, winter and spring.

Travel Club

We still have seats available on the 9-day trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, from Sept. 6 to 14. Cost is $835 for double occupancy. Sightseeing tours in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. plus touring the splendors of the Cape Cod region, topped off with a New England-style lobster dinner.

All breakfasts and dinners are included. For more information, call Della at 237-6474.

Royal Oaks Women’s

18-hole Golf

Tuesday, June 3, the game was “Ts and Fs.” Only the holes beginning with those letters could be counted, using half handicap.

Flight A: Joanne Ellis 37, J. T. LeMasters 38.5, Joan O’Brien 39, Carol Clark 41.

Flight B: Pat Salberg 33.5, Dianna Love 37, Gayle Feeman 37.5.

Flight C: Pat Ryman 36, Joanne Morris 39, Ginger Drake 41.

Closest to the pin J. T. LeMasters.

Executive Women’s

9-hole Golf

The winners for the Executive Women’s low net tournament June 5 were:

Flight A: Judy Gerace, Joan Klier, Dona Biggers.

Flight B: Linda Noel, Mary Golab, Bev Schasel.

Flight C: Erika Radke, Phyllis Barrett, Jean Miller.

Flight D: Pat Anderson, Mary Hart, Betty Scott.

Closest to the pin Mary Hart. Chip-in Ginny Riemer.

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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