Cherrywood news 2-10-2012

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Deakins brings good news about Fisher House

By John Everlove

Ambassador at Large for the Fisher House project, John Deakins, was the guest speaker at February’s Cherrywood Veterans Club and shared some great news. He reported that thanks to the generous donations of many individuals and organizations, including the Cherrywood Veterans Club, the new Fisher House will soon be built.
John reported that the five-acre parcel of land located on the campus of the Malcom Randall VA Hospital in Gainesville will be breaking ground in April of this year. Construction is expected to take eight months. When completed, the two story building will contain 20 suites for families; a playroom and playground for children, a common kitchen and a common laundry facility.
Fisher House is a non-profit organization that constructs facilities on or near VA hospitals so that families of wounded veterans can be close to their recovering loved one. John stated that, “…the average stay for a veteran is 13 weeks.” During that time, the family stays free of charge so that the wounded warrior and his/her family can take part in the healing process together.
In addition to his duties as Ambassador at Large, John is a life time member of the Angelo Santos Post of the VFW and a member of the Board of Directors of Veterans Helping Veterans. He is married and he and his wife Beverly just celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations to John and his wife.
“A Deakins has served in every conflict and generation since the Civil War,” John said proudly and then with a twinkle in his eye he added, “…my granddaughter is currently at the US Coast Guard Academy.” A Vietnam vet, John is a patriot, a credit to himself, his family, his country and a tireless worker for all things veteran.
Thank you for your service John, and thank you Cherrywood Veterans for your strong support and teamwork in helping to make Fisher House a reality.

And bingo is its name “O”
Just before 7 p.m., the Clubhouse at Cherrywood becomes “bingo” Central. Sixty or more residents file into the hall to find that Larry Meyers has set up the board and the machine on stage. Rich Juber greets the players just as he has for 15 years and an assortment of volunteers sell bingo cards.
Players help themselves to popcorn and coffee or bring their own refreshments and settle in for 18 games of fun and excitement.
Six dollars buys four cards with additional cards available for a small additional fee. Usually at bingo, cards are sold for every game but not at Cherrywood; the cards are reusable so four cards are good for the whole evening. That’s pretty inexpensive entertainment.
Prizes and jackpots average between $15 and $20 with a grand prize of $100 for the coverall game. There is no shortage of winners either, as Rich Juber has added to the anticipation and fun. One game is “Buddy Bingo” where the individuals seated to the left and right of the winner also get a prize. Stand up Bingo is another innovation Rich uses in that everyone at the table of the winner gets a prize.
There are many bingo configurations that while simple to understand, keep the excitement and interest of everyone. The best way to find out how many ways a person can win and how much fun bingo can be is just to show up and give it a try.
Rich Juber has worked the Cherrywood bingo ever since he moved into the estates. He proudly states he was the “eighth person to buy a house at Cherrywood.” Since then he has worked the bingo group up from a hand turned ball selector to the electronic machine that shows numbers, randomly pops the numbered balls up and records everything.
The bingo committee includes Pauline Pellerin, Connie Hale, Marty Dean, Norma Briggs, Dolly Juber, Lynn Frendo, Jeanette Hall, Monica Becotte, Carol Straub, Natalie Marcucio, Larry Meyer and of course the chairman of the bingo boards and cards, Rich Juber. Thanks to Rich and his people for making Cherrywood bingo the best.

If you’ve ever watched Ladies Billiards on TV, or seen them play in a bar and thought, “I’d like to do that,” then Cherrywood Ladies Billiards is for you. On Sundays at 2 p.m.; Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and noon on Thursdays, you’ll find our ladies in the Clubhouse pool room practicing and polishing their game.
While there are several accomplished players, there are others that are just starting out. There is no better place to get lessons and learn the game than with the supportive and friendly assistance of the Cherrywood Ladies Billiards players. So feel free to come on out.
On the day this was written, our traveling team, sporting brand new uniforms, was off to a match up with Ocala Palms. “Friendly competition” is the way the players describe their games with the emphasis on “friendly.”
Traveling Team members are Ruth Hurley, Julie Giles, Holly Bragdon, Donna Moran, Kathy Underhill, Jackie Callahan, and Pauline Pellerin. Holly and Ruth are co-captains of the team. Other Traveling Team members not pictured here are Anne Arpaia; Nan Brown; Judy Pniewski; Judy Reed; Terri Torrusio and Dolly Juber. Cindy Taberski and Eve Houghtaling are residents who enjoy the practice time. They are a fun loving group looking to bring in more members.
The billiards season runs from September until April for the ladies team. In April, when the season ends, all of the players from the various venues get together for a luncheon and a chance to mull over the past season and look forward to the next.
Of course practice runs all year long on the dates and times listed above so ladies, don’t be shy. Try something new and fun “Ladies Billiards” you won’t be disappointed.
(Note: Feb 13 at 9 a.m. is Ladies Pool Time; there will be no men’s social pool that day.)

Our Valentines
Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., Cherrywood will hold its Valentine’s Day Dance. Our resident disc jockey Richard Becotte will be playing all your favorite tunes to dance and sway to while finger foods will be served in the brightly decorated clubhouse. A few tickets are still available for $3 each so see Geri, get your tickets and then grab your sweetheart, a bottle of your favorite beverage and come out for an evening of fun and romance. See you there.

Win a cruise
The Cherrywood Veterans Club is raffling off a Caribbean cruise for two. Sail at your own leisure anytime within a year from the Memorial Day drawing. Enjoy three days sailing to the Bahamas. All taxes, port fees, and gratuities are included and a bonus $100 spending money goes along with the winning ticket.
Purchase your tickets from any Veterans Club member or from Geri in the office. $10 buys one ticket, $20 buys 3 tickets and more than doubles your chances for winning this exciting trip. The drawing will be held Memorial Day and you need not be present to win, and please note, you don’t have to be a Cherrywood resident to purchase tickets.

Garden Club
Cherrywood’s Garden Club meets at 11 a.m. on Wednesday the 15th. Join your friends and neighbors for this informative and interesting meeting.

Trivia at Cherrywood
Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. the residents of Cherrywood will gather at the clubhouse for another rousing game of Trivia. Rich Hurley, this month’s Question Master, will challenge our knowledge of “Presidents”, “Vice Presidents” and the “White House”.
By playing in teams, even if you have no knowledge of the subject, someone else on your squad might, so there’s always a chance to win. Try your luck and skills; improve your mind and most important, have a great evening’s entertainment. Bring snacks and beverages of your choice and join in the fun with your friends and neighbors.

Super Bowl – super blast
Those who attended this years Super Bowl Tail Gate Party and stayed for the game were treated to a fantastic afternoon and evening of everything football and fun. It began with a chili/soup/stew cook off. Several entrants put out their best recipes and relied on the taste buds of residents to decide who would win the prize. Peggy Konar won first prize with Marti Duesel taking a close second place.
Next came six games of bingo with happy winners collecting $20 each. Of course there were door prizes and raffle tickets to be had. Cherrywood Management donated the prizes and there were more than a dozen of them to be won.
Just like at the stadium only better were the hot dogs and bratwursts with all the trimmings available for a buck. Cheese nachos, chili, hot peppers and everything good were also available for even less. Suffice it to say no one left hungry.
Residents, many of whom were wearing their team’s jerseys and colors milled around the clubhouse enjoying the light hearted atmosphere and each other. As game time got closer, everyone took their seats at the decorated tables. Several people had family and friends with them as they enjoyed the snacks and drinks that they had brought.
The big screen came into focus and the National Anthem began. As one, the residents rose to their feet and joined in, singing the Anthem with pride and gusto. After a rousing cheer, they took their seats to watch the coin toss and the opening kickoff.
We proudly congratulate and announce our winners of the various contests, games and raffles. They were, for 50/50 and Trivia: Frank Blair; Ruth Hurley; Christl Giovanniello; Holly Bragdon; Jim Houghtaling; Bill and Sandra Brotherhood; Dave and Joan Siegel; Jim Heape; Carol Mayberry; Norma Cropper; Pia Dean and Rich Becotte.
Of course an event of this size does not just happen. It takes planning and hard work so we acknowledge with deep appreciation the Cherrywood Social Committee. Assisting in this year’s Super Bowl Party were; Bill and Ida Mahar; Marty and Marti Duesel; Bill Spangenberg; Genevieve Downs; JimJim Cooper; Bill and Sandra Brotherhood; Joan and Dave Siegel; Marion and Fred O’Hern; Rich Becotte; Peggy Konar; Trude Smith.
The Bingo Games were conducted by Rich and Dolly Juber; Pauline Pellerin and Monica Becotte and last but not least, Jay O’Hern, Chairman.
A special thanks to Chris Zacco, Geri, Jim, Greg and Fred. All are from the Cherrywood Property Management Team and helped make this event not only possible, but a great success.
Proceeds from Super Bowl went to the Marion County Humane Society who will receive about $200. Unused food will go to the Veterans Helping Veterans Food Bank so there are two more winners of this year’s event.
Oh, by the way, speaking of winners, the New York Giants, in a close fought game won the Super Bowl and the Cherrywood Residents in a close friends evening won big

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