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Marion Landing news 8-16-2013

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Trio of volunteers honored

By Diane Bress

Bill Wurst, our board second vice president, presented the Marion Landing Volunteer Recognition Award at the Aug. 6 Tuesday Social. Giving us a little bit of the history about the award, Bill mentioned that Marion Landing has been recognizing its volunteers since 2001 and has always recognized an individual or couple for their outstanding contribution to the community. This time it was a little different. This time the Volunteer Recognition Award was presented to a “trifecta,” a group of three ladies who come up with ideas, plan events, and then take the lead role with the other two assisting. They also volunteer on their own for various activities, and Bill introduced them as follows:
“Our first volunteer has been a resident of our community since December 2001. She is the current secretary of the Sunshine Committee, chair of the annual yard sale, has co-chaired the Four Seasons potluck pupper and 4th of July Party, and organizes afternoon bridge. The first of the three volunteers we are recognizing today is Rhea Rouquie.
The next volunteer has been a resident since September 2009. She has organized and chaired three, going on four, craft fairs, chaired a New Year’s Eve party, co-chaired the 4th of July party and the Four Seasons potluck supper, and assisted with the yard sale. She will be chairing the annual fall sale this year. The next volunteer we are recognizing today is Merry Anne Krell.
The third volunteer has been a resident since May 2010. She is a former Finance Committee member, assists with the craft fair, worked the 4th of July party, chaired the Four Seasons potluck supper and last year’s yard sale. She also manages our Phone Tree and is the voice you hear on most messages. She MCs at Tuesday Socials and various Sunday afternoon entertainment shows, and is an entertainer at our own events as well. The third volunteer we are recognizing today is Paula Adwell.”
Rhea, Merry Anne and Paula’s engraved plaques will join the more than 158 other volunteers recognized by the community since 2001, all of which are posted in the Lifestyle Center.
Award recipients are chosen from a list of residents nominated for the award by their peers. If you would like to nominate a fellow resident for a volunteer recognition award, please forward your recommendation, in writing, to a board member, member of the Activities Support Committee, or the Activities Director.

Monthly speaker
Jan Hathaway, United Way literacy coordinator, will be at Marion Landing on Tuesday, Aug. 20, after the Social, to explain to us about ReadingPals, an early learning initiative brought about by the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, Women of Worth (WoW). ReadingPals places volunteers in schools and brings positive reinforcement to a child while enhancing their skills for success. Reading volunteers are needed for the 2013-2014 school year at the kindergarten level. After completing the short training session, the volunteer meets with a student in the school media center for one hour per week (two 30-minute sessions) on designated weeks (for a total of 25 hours over the course of the school year), reading to the student, doing a prescribed activity related to the book and, upon completion, the child will take the book home to build their own personal library. Find out more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity after the Social on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Labor Day party
Celebrate Labor Day at a community party by the pool on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. Listen and dance to some great music by Cool Breeze and spend an evening socializing with your friends and neighbors. Bring your own beverages and snacks. Tickets are $4 each and are available at the Tuesday Socials and in the Activities Office during regular ticket sale hours.

Scarf painting workshop
Back by popular demand, local artist and teacher Celeste Stadler will lead a silk scarf painting workshop on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Lifestyle Center. No experience is necessary as the workshop will include complete instructions along with a demonstration and all the supplies you will need to create a beautiful hand-painted silk scarf. A variety of brushes and colors of silk paint will be available for you to use, and you will learn the foil technique in order to accomplish intricate designs with simple paint strokes. The cost of the workshop is $10, and you may choose from a short or long 100 percent silk scarf to paint. Please sign up in advance on the sheet hanging on the Activity Wall in the Lifestyle Center.

Bowling signup
Marion Landing league bowling begins the first week of September, and leagues are now forming for the upcoming season. Signup sheets have been posted on the Bowling Center bulletin board for residents who wish to join a league. There are four leagues, one of which is a sanctioned league: Monday afternoon No Tap, Tuesday afternoon, Thursday morning, and Friday evening. The season ends in March and culminates in a Bowling Banquet and Awards Ceremony. Each league will hold a pre-season meeting the last week in August; for dates and times, please refer to the notices posted on the Bowling Center bulletin board. If you’re interested in joining a league or being available as a sub, please put your name on the signup sheet or call one of the league secretaries, Dick Blanck or Merle Gaugler.
Bowling is one of the most popular activities in the community, and is open to residents only. Regular 9 Pin No Tap continues on Wednesday mornings. Open bowling is available for residents and their guests only; for days and time the lanes are free, please refer to the Bowling Center schedule on the Activities Calendar inserted in your Communicator.

Annual tubing outing
The rain finally held off on a cloudy Wednesday morning last week so a group of Marion Landing ladies were able to go on their annual float down the Ichetucknee River. The Ichetucknee River is a beautiful, natural crystalline, spring fed river which flows six miles through hardwood canopy forests and limestone outcroppings before it joins the Santa Fe River. In 1972, the head spring of the river was declared a National Natural Landmark. From the end of May until early September, tubing down the river is a very popular activity in the area. You can take a 45-minute float, a 1.5-hour float or a 3-hour float; and in addition to tubing, you can enjoy picnicking, snorkeling, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and wildlife viewing in Ichetucknee Springs State Park. If you would like more information about the parks of Florida, visit www.floridastateparks.org.
When activities and day trips such as this one are organized in Marion Landing, a flyer is posted on the Activities Wall in the Lifestyle Center so residents may sign up and join in on the fun. Our next outing is scheduled for a visit to the Ocala Civic Theatre on Monday, Sept. 9, at 10:30 a.m. A guide will take you behind the scenes so you can see how they create the fabulous sets, costumes, and props you see at each production. The Theatre’s 2013-2014 season begins with “Les Miserables,” and you will get an up-close-and-personal look at the set, props, and costumes created for this magnificent play.

Crafters wanted
There are only a few tables left for resident crafters to reserve for the Marion Landing Craft Fair. Tables are available for $5 (large table) and $3 (card table), so if you’re interested in participating, please sign up on the sheet hanging on the Activity Wall. The Craft Fair is being held on Saturday, Oct. 19, and your reservation and fee must be in by Oct. 1. You will then be contacted by the event chairperson, Merry Anne Krell, with the dates and times of the Craft Fair meetings and any other pertinent information you will need. Tables are available to Marion Landing residents only, but admission to the Craft Fair is free and open to the public.

Shuffleboard
Don’t forget the Shuffleboard Challenge tomorrow night at 7 p.m., and, once again, it’s the ladies vs. the men. The match is open to all residents and anyone who would like to participate should put their name on the sign-up sheet hanging on the Activity Wall in the Lifestyle Center. Or just come by and cheer for your friends and neighbors. All are welcome.

Travel news
If you are interested in any of the trips listed below, details are available on the flyers posted on the Travel Board in the Lifestyle Center, or you may call 352-237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.
An all-inclusive trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica, is planned for Sept. 23 to 28 at the four star Sunset Beach Resort and Spa. All meals, drinks and nightly shows are included, and you have five restaurants from which to choose. Trip insurance is $40-$50 depending on the room. A passport is required for this trip, and the price includes a flight from Orlando Airport. Transportation is still to be determined. Full payment is due at time of booking.
Take a three-hour lunch cruise out of Sanford along the St. John’s River on Saturday, Oct. 5, aboard the ship, the “Barbara-Lee”. This is an authentic stern paddle-wheeler with modern amenities which travels across Lake Monroe and up the beautiful St. Johns River. Enjoy a lunch menu with entrees such as vegetable lasagna, prime rib, chicken cordon bleu and salmon filet, all the trimmings and their famous house-made sticky buns. Beverages are included, excluding liquor, and there will be full table service and live entertainment. All meals are prepared fresh in the galley. The cost of $67 includes bus transportation leaving the Lifestyle Center at 9 a.m., tips, tax and your choice for lunch. Please see the flyer posted on the travel board for more information and to sign up for this luncheon cruise.
Tour the Gypsy Gold Farm, a horse farm in Ocala, on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Gypsy Vanner Horses are absolutely gorgeous horses, and this two-hour tour will give you a better understanding of how this beautiful creature came to the U.S. and how the Gypsy Gold Farm began. Meet at the clubhouse at 9:15 a.m. to car pool to the farm, located near County Road 484 and I-75. The cost is $17 per person.
Enjoy three nights and four days in the Fort Myers area from Oct. 15 to 18. Visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, tour Ringling Museum, enjoy a sightseeing cruise, take in a murder mystery dinner train, go to a dinner theater, and visit The Shell Factory and Sun Harvest Citrus Center. The cost includes three nights’ hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, one lunch and three dinners and all taxes and gratuities. A $50 deposit will hold you spot for this fun and educational trip. Travel insurance is available for $79 per person.
Join your friends on Oct. 22 and 23 for Pat’s fall “Western/Halloween-themed” casino trip to Fort Lauderdale. For $130 per person, double occupancy, or $170 per person, single occupancy, this two day, one night trip features round trip motor coach from Marion Landing (driver tips included), three casino visits (Hard Rock Casino, Coconut Creek Casino, and Isle Casino Pompano Park with $10 free play) and one night at La Quinta Inn with continental breakfast. Get ready for games, refreshments, prizes and surprises on the bus, but reserve your seat early because Pat’s trips always sell out fast.
Spend Christmas in Myrtle Beach at the Caravelle Resort on a five day, four night trip from Dec. 23–27. This trip includes round trip motor coach, four nights in an ocean front room efficiency, admission to “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show” at the Alabama Theatre, a Christmas Eve casino cruise with holiday buffet and two free drinks. There is an optional meal plan for $69 per person which includes two buffet breakfasts and two dinners. For more information, please see the flyer posted on the Travel Board.
Mark your calendar for Jan. 19 to 26, 2014, for a western Caribbean cruise on Freedom of the Seas. You will visit ports in Labadee (Haiti), Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. More information is listed on the Travel Board.
Our Travel Club has made plans for a terrific European riverboat cruise on the Elbe River in March 2014. Relax and enjoy time in Berlin, Dresden, Wittenberg and Prague. The trip includes airfare, two nights in Prague, seven nights aboard the M/S River Allegro in an outside cabin, two nights in Berlin, 28 meals and 10 exclusive included tours. Call Liz for more information.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.