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Oak Run news 11-18-2011

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Garden Club marks 25th anniversary

By Carol Ann Wheeler

The Oak Run Garden Club will be celebrating its silver anniversary holiday luncheon at the Royal Oaks Golf Club on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 11:30 a.m. The club has been in existence for 25 years here at Oak Run. Tickets are still available at the Orchid Club on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. Please note cost is $16 per person. There will be no tickets sold at Royal Oaks. All Oak Run residents are welcome to join us. For further information please call Sally Crass, whose number can be found in the directory.
The Garden Club wishes all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Be good to your plants and give them some shelter on these cool nights.

Pancake breakfast
Due to the Thanksgiving weekend the pancake breakfast has been moved up a week to tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 19. Get your feather light pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee or tea from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club.

Do You Remember?
- Hobby Show
Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler’s presentation of the Show-Tell-and-Sell Hobby Show, narrated by Anna Boodee. It will air following “FYI” daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Nov. 18 to 25.

Neighborhoods One and
 Five Xmas Party
Do you have your tickets for the Christmas party to be held at the Orchid Club on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m.? We are waiting to hear from you. Tickets are available from your neighborhood representatives at $12 each for a ham and turkey buffet. Hope to see you there. It’s a wonderful time of year!

Tuesdays Are Bingo Nights
Come and join your friends and neighbors for a fun night of bingo at the Orchid Club. Each Tuesday night doors open at 3 p.m., card sales are from 4 to 5:45 p.m. and games begin at 6 p.m. No one under 18 years of age is allowed in the Orchid Club during games. All residents and overnight guests must wear visible name tags or pool tags. The snack bar will be open.

Renaissance Women
There will be no dining out for the remainder of November. Renaissance Women will meet on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. at Palm Grove to discuss future activities. Please be sure to bring cash or a check as we will be collecting donations for Interfaith as we have done for a number of years.
There will be early dining at Royal Oaks on Dec. 7. Call Iris at 352-873-9990 or Pat at 352-854-7549. Check channel 12 and this column for further information regarding other December plans.

Italian-American Club
Our October Columbus Day party was a great success. The meal was prepared by Royal Oaks and served by our very own Italian waiters. Excellent job by our kitchen staff and all the waiters. Kudos to all. Brand new this year was our Famous Italian Contest called “Who Am I?” It was well received and next year will be even better.
Plans are well under way for the Christmas Party to be held at the Orchid Club on Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. There will be music for your dancing pleasure, 50/50, door prizes, Santa and free photos with Santa, as well as by the Christmas tree. We are asking each attending woman to bring a wrapped $5 gift which will be placed in Santa’s grab bag. Each participating woman will receive a ticket which will be redeemed when Santa arrives and exchanges this ticket for a gift from his bag. We will be having a parade prior to Santa’s arrival. We need volunteers! Please help us make this parade memorable. Contact either Eileen Leo at 352-873-0796 or Joan Sollitto at 352-598-3832 for assistance in putting your costume together.
Christmas dinner will consist of prime rib, ham and stuffed grouper served with garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, cannoli, soda, coffee and tea. Tickets at a cost of $15 per person will be on sale Nov. 30 in the Orchid Club card room from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Due to limited tickets available, this party will be for members only, on a first come, first served basis.
Dues for 2012 will be collected during the ticket sales on Nov. 30. Please bring a $6 check for the dues separate from the check for the party ticket. Once the membership total has been established, we will be able to determine how many new members can be admitted.
Please be sure to contact our Sunshine Lady, Karen Procaccinni, at 352-237-2314 with names of club members who are ill, have birthdays/anniversaries or with death notices. In addition, should you have any news you would like to share with the club members, please contact Anne Gariboldi at 352-861-2444 or Eileen Leo at 352-873-0796. A bi-monthly newsletter will be distributed at the meetings informing all club members of any club information as well of upcoming events. Please help us make this newsletter a success.

Oak Run Travel
Several years ago I reluctantly went to the Paul Anka show. My reluctance was due to the fact that I thought he was too old and had lost his singing voice. Was I ever mistaken! His show was tremendous. The same thing is now true of Tony Orlando and his Christmas show. Tony is still very energetic and has an excellent voice. There are still a few seats available for the Tuesday, Dec. 13, show which starts at 1 p.m. Start your Christmas season with this holiday show. Call Rita Stotz for tickets.
Elvis has been gone for 25 years but you can hear his songs on stage with the other rock ‘n roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time they worked together. This is a true story of the famed recording session that brought them together for one time only. Call Amelia and Ron Fiore for your seats. The date for this show is Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Straz Center in Tampa.
Fire up your sense of wonder and get ready for an amazing adventure back to the time when flight was a seat-of-the-pants, moment-to-moment adrenaline rush. Let your imagination file your flight plan on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Fantasy of Flight. Call Don and Carol Forgette for tickets and more information.
A private docent tour has been arranged for us at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The museum features original artifacts, video, and photos presenting the history of the Holocaust beginning with the history of anti-semitism and life before World War II. It then follows the rise of Hitler, the Nazis and anti-Jewish legislation. The history of other victim groups, ghettos and rescue are also shown. Call Dick and Eleanor Feltenberger for this trip.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners
“Lowest Putts” was the game on Nov. 3. Vange Bell was the winner and Eleanor Cerlenko was second. There was a four-way tie for third place between Rae Stover, Joyce Madill, Maureen Casner and Charlotte Green. Rae Stover won the “closest to the pin” contest.
On Nov. 10, prior to teeing off on the first hole, each person chose 3 holes they did not want to be counted in their game score. Since we played the back nine, the 3 holes to choose seemed obvious, but wouldn’t you know that several ladies played one or more of those three very well. You should have seen the faces as they came back to the club house! Rae Stover was the winner in Flight A with Vange Bell second. Joan Scholl was the winner in Flight B and Ilene Simnowitz was second. Congratulations to Phyllis Oldfield for her birdie on #11!
All ladies living in Oak Run are welcome to play with the Lady Niners on Monday mornings. The tee-times are noted on the sign-up sheet in the ladies locker room.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
The first round of our Club Championship was held on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The results were:
First group, first place: Pat Blackburn; second: Elsa Berbig; third: Carole Dygert.
Second group, first place: Bette Johnson; Second: 4-way tie, Lynn Houghton, Patricia Dougherty, Sheila Adams and Beverly Lassiter.
Third group, first place: tie, Leslie Rizzo and Ginger Drake; third: Mary Kay Frandsen.
Closest to the pin on Hole #6: Sylvia Zappia.
The second round of our championship was held on Thursday, Nov. 10. The results were:
First group, first place: Carole Dyger; second: Pat Blackburn; third: Judie Lavdas.
Second group, first place: 3 way-tie, Maureen Edwards, Lynn Houghton and Bette Johnson.
Third group, first place: Leslie Rizzo; second: Barb Scozzafava; third: tie, Gigi Bagg and Mary Kay Frandsen.
Closest to the pin on Hole #16: BJ Lassiter.
The final round of our Club Championship will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The golfer with the lowest 3-day total will be our Club Champion. Good luck to all the contenders.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf
On Nov. 11 the final day of the three day Men’s Club Championship was held. The weather was cool (some said cold!), but the sun was bright and the winds tolerable. A total of 58 members participated.
The format was gross score, with the field being divided by tee, blue, white and red. Within each tee designation there were flights, giving the players a more equal chance of winning. The flight winners for each of the seven flights were as follows:
Flight one (blue) — first place was Bud Murray with a total of 232, second was Alan Millett with a total of 237 and third was Dave Dawson with a total of 243.
Flight two (white) — first place was Emmett Dowling with a total of 245 and second was a tie between Dick Blackburn and Ron Tennant with a total of 247.
Flight three (white) — first place was Mickey Klein with a total of 253, second was Frank Kelley with a total of 257 and third was a tie between Hal Loomis, Al Prachel, and Bob Albright with a score of 264.
Flight four (white) — first place was Jim Kennedy with a score of 274, second was a tie between Vince Connolly and Sam Sample with a score of 276.
Flight five (red) — first place was Virgil Hein with a score 251 and second was a tie between Mike Madill and John O’Neill with a score of 258.
Flight six (red) — first place was Fred West with a score of 277, second was Dom Zappia with a score of 279 and third was Larry Soine with a score of 283.
Flight seven (red) — first place was Dick Spano with a score of 297, second was Joe Paller with a score of 306 and third was Pat Schiavo with a score of 309.
The overall champions for each of the three tee designations received a plaque engraved with their name. These were Bud Murray, Emmet Dowling, and Virgil Hein. Congratulations to each of you for your stellar play. The rest of the winners and placers received prizes as well.
Our thanks go to the tourney chairman John Terry, his able assistant Dick Rizzo, and to our professional Lori Wilkes who assisted in all the preparations and the scoring. The meal of meat loaf, beans, and mashed potatoes prepared by the Royal Oaks Dining was outstanding as always.
In recognition of the fact that we were playing on Veterans Day we had a short session prior to the meal and awards. Former Marine Bob Gildea, who served in both World War II and Korea, gave a history of the Pledge of Allegiance and of Veterans Day. All present recited the pledge. Thanks Bob. It was refreshing to remember what the day and the flag stand for.
Finally, don’t forget to sign up for the December Ender Tournament to be held on Dec. 9. This will be our last 2011 event. It will be followed by the Closest To The Pin Shootout.

Carol Ann’s Corner
Mr. Cody here. I told mom I wanted the opportunity to tell all my fellow Oak Runners about something she is is involved with to help my less fortunate feline brethren. Sheltering Hands is an organization that rescues cats that need help. Their most recent project is a program to trap, neuter and release feral cats to help bring Marion County’s cat population under control. The organization has received approval for this project from the County Commission. In order to fund their work Sheltering Hands has been having sales of used books, CDs videos and crafts at locations here on the 200 Corridor. The next sale will be at Winn-Dixie, 8445 S.W. Hwy. 200, tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you would like more information call 352-291-1962. I’m so grateful that nice people, including mom, care about us poor little kitties.
Send all items for this column to Carol Ann Wheeler at democratcarol@deccacable.com no later than the afternoon of the Friday before publication. Note there are no hyphens in the address. If you wish to call her, the number is in the Oak Run directory. You may send pictures as jpg attachments. Typed copy or hard copy photos can be placed in Carol’s cubby across the street from her house but should be submitted earlier as they take longer to process. The names of the people in all photos must be included.