Cherrywood news 06-12-2015

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Lee turns 80

Larry Lee celebrated his 80th birthday at a celebration at the Cherrywood Clubhouse held by his family on May 24. Many of his friends from Cherrywood Estates and Ocala attended. His daughters and granddaughters Ruti, Mary, Brandy and Brittney did the decorations and his son Joe and friends handled the bar. Richard Becotte, Cherrywood’s resident DJ, provided the music for the party.
Lee’s Chicken was served (not Mrs Lee’s): shrimp platters, macaroni salad and baked beans were prepared by the family and relish, fruit platters and cake were done by Publix. The food must have been great because there were not many leftovers. Larry and Pat would like to thank all who attended and those who helped with the tables when it was finished.


Cherrywood Veterans Club
On Thursday, June 4, the Vet’s club held its last meeting for the summer. The guest speaker was Rob Thomas of Ritz House for Homeless Veterans in Ocala. Rob was accompanied by his service dog, Dinah; a beautiful black Labrador.
Mr. Thomas spoke of some changes in policy that have been handed down from the Veterans Administration to the Ritz House. Among these changes is the time limitations placed on residents. For the past several years, each qualifying vet was allowed two years to stay at Ritz. This has been reduced to six months.
While there is some benefit to this shortened time limit such as expediting and motivating those being served to find a permanent home; six months seems a short time to become clean and sober; get signed up for benefits and educational programs; find a place of employment and a home too. This is the opinion of yours truly, not Mr. Thomas’.
Rob expressed the needs of the clients. While some are on food stamps; laundry detergent; paper towels and toilet paper; personal hygiene items and snacks are not included in those benefits. Donations of these types as well as clothing are always appreciated and can be dropped off at Ritz House between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Additionally, Rob stated that many of the rooms are in need of small refrigerators and microwaves. Some have never had these appliances while others have had them and they are worn out. Again, if anyone has contact with a store that would be willing to cut a price break for these items; please contact either Mr. Thomas or President Bill Mahar of the Vet’s Club.
Following the guest speaker, President Mahar stated that the annual golf outing will be held on May 7 of next year at Ocala Palms Golf and Country Club. Veterans Appreciation day will be held on Veterans Day Nov. 11. Our next meeting will be on Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. in the clubhouse. All are welcome to attend.
President Mahar expressed his appreciation to all those who made Memorial Day such a special event and wished everyone a safe and happy summer.

Cherrywood Trivia
Don’t miss out on the fun of Trivia Night at Cherrywood. Wednesday evening June 17 at 7 p.m., join your friends and neighbors for some friendly competition. Teams are formed of three or four people and they try to answer the questions put forth by the quiz master.
This month John Everlove is the question slinger on the subject of “The birds and bees.” For just a dollar you can sign up and join in the challenge and the laughter of answering his “interesting” and often humorous queries. All proceeds from Trivia Night go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
You’ll never have more fun for a dollar than being a part of Trivia Night; come out and see for yourself.

Biloxi Casino getaway
Get away from the summer heat by joining us on Sept. 13-16 at the IP Casino Resort and Spa, four days/three nights with Deluxe Motor Coach with professional escort. $24 food credits, $25 rewards play, palace $15 slot play and Golden Nugget $15 slot play. Please Contact Natalie at 352-854-4561 for more information.