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Yes, the pancake breakfast is tomorrow

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

The Oak Run Newsletter incorrectly shows the pancake breakfast as taking place on its usual fourth Saturday of the month, Dec. 27. However, there are signs up all over the Orchid Club lobby that this month’s pancake breakfast will instead take place Saturday, Dec. 20.

And what’s that reference to champagne? Sounds interesting – pancakes and bubbly tomorrow.

Neighborhood One

Neighborhood One had a very successful Christmas party with about 55 friends and neighbors. We want to thank Sylvia Benedetti, who did a wonderful job organizing our contributions to Operation Shoebox.

Because of the neighborhood’s generous support and contributions, 22 boxes were shipped out to the troops. It was a fun night with good food from the ladies, dancing by Joy and her Good Time Cloggers, and Andy who got us up and running for the horse races.

Blanche and Barbara want to thank everyone for making it a wonderful evening, and to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Do You Remember?

Tune in channel 12, following FYI, daily from Dec. 19 to 26 to see Donna Bolton’s “Showcase of the Stars” with master of ceremonies Ron Manford.

New York Club

The Happy Holidays dinner dance was a huge success. Our thanks to Royal Oaks Catering and music by the Carriers for making the evening complete.

On Jan. 28, 2009, we will have our Proud to be an American dinner dance, with music by George. Royal Oaks Catering will provide roast turkey, dressing, all the fixings plus apple pie.

Cost is $15 members and $18 guests. BYOB and 50/50 drawing. Election of officers for 2009 will also 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. Call Gini Emerick, our sunshine gal, at 854-5120 if you know of a member who needs a kind thought. We wish each one a very happy, healthy New Year.

New Jersey Club

Nearly 200 members and guests enjoyed the holiday event and members’ appreciation night Dec. 3 at the Palm Grove Club. Holiday and dance music by Barry R. and Nancy J., coupled with the chicken dinner catered by Royal Oaks, made for a memorable evening.

President Fred Devinoff, in honoring those who continually helped during the year, handed out gifts to each. In addition, a number of door prizes were given out to lucky winners.

The entertainment for the Feb. 10 meeting will be Suzi Cruz, a vivacious vocalist with pizzazz. The club’s trip to the Mexican Riviera and Las Vegas caused the meeting date change.

Membership renewals of $6 per person are due. See Fred Fred Devinoff, he’s in the Oak Run directory.

Little Theater

This year’s Christmas celebration was truly a holiday feast. At least 50 homemade dishes were prepared by our members.

Congratulations to dinner coordinator Marci Hutto for a superb job in organizing this event. And thanks to all of Santa’s helpers who set up the holiday décor and handled the kitchen detail.

After dinner we watched a Reader’s Theatre rendition of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Bonnie Kreider doubled as master of ceremonies and Cheryl Gaines directed the poetry reading.

Members continued to volunteer for production jobs for Cocktails With Mimi, the spring play. Show dates are April 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2009.

Happy New Year to our friends in Oak Run.

Carol Ann’s Corner

Did you see the lovely things that were raffled off by Friends of the Library? Did you notice the gorgeous decorative platter woven of pine needles and wood?

I called the creator of the platter, Dick Frank, to find out more about his artwork. He told me that he cuts his own red cedar logs, soaks his the pine needles, creates his own design and sews them all together.

Dick attended an arts and crafts school in North Carolina to learn how to create these pine needle masterpieces. He then donates one of his beauties to the Friends of the Library drawing, and this year I was thrilled to be the winner. Thank you, Dick!

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf

Virgil Hein announced the winners of the “December Ender” event.

Flight 1: Tony Fiorentine/Larry Collins, Dave Dawson/Bob Albright, Bob Surian/Al Auriemma and Jim Lavdas/Bruce Stover.

Flight 2: Hal Loomis/Len Green, Wayne Feeman/Joe Tamburro, Bob Versichele/Virgil Hein, Ralph Lavacca/Larry Love and Jim Dygert/Bill Ellin.

Flight 3: Tom Morris/Ed Latham, Mike Madill/Keith Le Masters, Steve Casner/Larry Soine, Bill Start/Bruce Drake.

Following an outstanding lunch, the annual Closest to the Pin event was held on hole 3.

Flight 1: Ron Tennent, Hal Loomis.

Flight 2: Jim Kennedy, Virgil Hein.

Flight 3: Ed Latham, John Maitland.

This concludes ROMGA events until January 2009. Members are reminded, to be eligible for the January Starter, dues must be paid at the pro shop. Good golfing everyone and happy holidays.

Royal Oaks Women’s

18-hole Golf

A hole in one! That’s what Mary Kay Frandsen had on the par-3 hole 6 at Royal Oaks on Sunday, Nov. 22. This was her first one on this course, but she has managed to have two others on two different courses where she has lived previously. Congratulations, Mary Kay.

Even holes were the only holes counted for the score on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

A flight : Judie Lavdas 32, Janet Tully 33, J.T. LeMasters 35.5.

B flight: Jan Tennant, Cindy Kocher, and Gayle Feeman 34.5, Leslie Rizzo 35.5.

C flight: Joann Cohen 30.5, Pat Salberg 34, Ilene Simnowitz and Arlene Zimmerman 35.

Barb Scozzafava was closest to the pin.

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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