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‘Can’t Help Singing’ honors Paul Reichlyn

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

The program formerly known as “Can’t Help Singing” will now be called “The Paul Reichlyn Can’t Help Singing Show” in honor of a greatly beloved performer who recently died. The next performance will be Saturday, Jan. 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Palm Grove.

Residents and friends are invited, but with one stipulation. You will be required to have a smile on your face upon entering.

It is our pleasure to make your night out a pleasant and enjoyable one. Expect the unexpected. Comments are welcome, e-mail to RalphDragotto @aol.com.

Diabetes Support Group

After a three month hiatus,  the Oak Run Diabetes Support Group is commencing meetings on a monthly basis in the Orchid Club card room on the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. For more information, call Stuart Donnelly at 690-6635.

Homestead Exemption

Staff from the Marion County Property Appraiser’s Office will be at the Orchid Club at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27. They will answer questions and assist residents who wish to file for homestead exemption on their property taxes.

Renaissance Women

Come check out this active group of Oak Run women. Find out what events are scheduled and planned, and add your own ideas. The next business meeting will be Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at Palm Grove.

Southern States Club

There will be a dinner meeting Thursday, Feb. 12. Ticket sales will be Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at the Orchid Club from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $12 members and $14 guests.

New York Club

Get out your red, white and blue. We’re starting the New Year on Jan. 28, with our “Proud to be an American” dinner dance. Music by George and Royal Oaks Catering will provide salad, roast turkey, dressing, all the fixings plus apple pie.

For tickets, call Jeanne at 854-1172. Cost is $15 members and $18 guests. BYOB and 50/50 drawing. Check your flyer for details.

Election of officers will take place. To renew your membership ($6), call Jack Foggan at 237-9489. Thanks to all the volunteers who give of their time and talent to make this club the very best there is.

Call Gini Emerick, our Sunshine Gal, at 854-5120 if you know of a member who needs a kind thought.

Oak Run Travel

Join us for a 6-day adventure to beautiful Key West from June 15 to 20. Stay overnight en route in Fort Myers at the Holiday Inn Beach Resort.

Then three nights in the heart of “old town” at the 4-star Westin Resort on Sunset Pier, within walking distance of Duval Street. The return trip will include one night in Fort Lauderdale, a cruise on the Jungle Queen to an island barbecue rib and shrimp dinner.

All inclusive; 5 dinners and 5 breakfasts for $1,185. Call George or Barbara Murphy at 873-0810.

Meet the New

ORHA Board

The next general meeting of the ORHA Board will take place Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m. in the Orchid Club. The newly-elected board members and neighborhood representatives will be installed.

Feline Fanciers

The club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Orchid Club. The speaker will be Dr. Salpeter, a feline veterinarian. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Upstate New York Club

The first 2009 affair is a Membership Drive Party on Monday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Palm Grove. We welcome new members with salad, pizza and coffee. BYOB and/or soda.

Membership is $5 per person, and it’s time to renew memberships. Make checks to Upstate New York Club.

We need to know how much pizza to order. Call Helen at 873-0236 or Laurie at 861-0296 if you plan to attend.

Tennis

Our family of avid Oak Run tennis players would like to thank some of the friends who make our hours on the courts a pleasure. Roger Johns would quietly repair the nets before they were replaced. Jorge de la Paz is the friendly man who takes his handy blower and cleans the courts every morning.

Joe Huszar personally bought 16 comfortable court chairs and gate mats for cleaning off sandy tennis shoes. DECCA added glorious new nets and rollers. We thank you from the bottom of our tennis racquets.

Carol Ann’s Corner

Do you like free stuff? Did you know that you can get free admission to Disneyworld on your birthday?

If you already have an annual or seasonal passport you will receive a gift card for $75 worth of merchandise instead, if you come to the park on your birthday. Go to disneyworld.disney.go.com and check out the blue banner marked “celebrations.”

My friend, Dee Brandt, and I just returned from celebrating her birthday at Epcot. In addition to the gift card we got the Florida resident rate at the All-Star Sports resort of only $49 per night plus tax.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf

Co-chairs Virgil Hein and Wayne Feeman announced the winners of ROMGA’S January Starter Tournament. The format was two-man teams, best ball, net score.

Flight One: Roger Bagg and Al Prachel; Al Hendrix and Mickey Klein; Ron Okonek and Ric Gee, Bob Salberg and Larry Collins (tie).

Flight Two: Hal Loomis and Ron Catapano; Bruce Stover and Bill Ellin, Steve Kollar and Wayne Feeman (tie); Bill Dougherty and Jim Dygert.

Flight Three: Ray Hagerman and Art Pruneau; Bill Staiger and Dick Rizzo; Bill Start and John O’Neil, Chuck Engel/blind (tie).

Flight Four: Mike Madill/Blind; Joe Paller and Steve Casner, Ed Latham and Duke Slayton (tie).

Feb. 16 is the starting date of the annual President’s Cup Tournament.

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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