Cherrywood news 4-6-2012

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Veterans Club breakfast was a big success

By John Everlove


The Veterans Club GI Breakfast was a resounding success. More than 100 residents filed into the Clubhouse between 9 and 10:30 a.m. to enjoy a breakfast of SOS; eggs; sausage; toast; juice and a fruit cup. The turnout represented a more than 25 percent increase in attendance from the average for these events.
Rich Becotte played favorite tunes from the forties, fifties and sixties in the background while the volunteers made sure everyone was served. Laughter rang out throughout the Clubhouse as people talked, joked; planned for the Fun in the Sun Games and enjoyed their meal.
Without the cadre of volunteers, these types of events would not be possible and compliments are due to Marty Duesel and his team. Thanks to them, no one had to wait for their food; it was served up hot and delicious; and everyone walked away well fed and satisfied. Cherrywood is very fortunate indeed to have so many committed individuals who are willing to spend their time and energy for worthwhile social and charitable events.
All of the proceeds for the GI Breakfast go to the many Veterans Club Charities so a very special “thanks” goes out to you, the residents of this great community for your support and participation.
Following the breakfast, a drawing was held and Peggy Konar took the first place prize. After all the expenses, the Veterans took in a nice profit that will go towards helping those in need. Again, “Well Done” Veterans and “Thank You” residents.

Fun in the Sun
The competition was fast and furious at the Senior Fun in the Sun Games last Saturday as eight teams vied for medals and bragging rights. Fans gathered on the sidelines cheering on their favorites and the “athletes” gave it their all to win.
Four events, Horseshoes; Bocce Ball; putting and shuffleboard made up the games involved and so the contestants had to be well versed in all of these “challenging” sports. Personally, I made some observations along the way.
At the Horseshoe pit, Dave and Holly Bragdon showed no mercy on my partner Gen Downs, and me. Repeated ringers were scored by the pair while I would have been better off throwing the “horse” instead of just its shoes. Gen kept us from getting shutout.
Shuffleboard did little to change our luck in spite of Geri’s excellent coaching. Then there was Bocce Ball, and while my team mates made a better showing; we fell just a tad short of victory. On the putting green, Richard Downs and Suzi Everlove stepped up and got us a badly needed win with some excellent shots. It was just enough to secure us last place of the eight teams.
Not everyone fared as poorly as our team did however. First place went to the team of Bill and Sandra Brotherhood paired with Marty and Marti Duesel, otherwise known as the Awesome Foursome. Second place winners were Fred O’Hern, Al Buechter, Richard Whitworth and Bill Huff. In third place, the all girls team of Renee Hamilton, Donna Moran, Pia Dean and ‘T.T.’ a.k.a. Terry Torrusio completed the winners.
Many thanks to Chris Zacco for selecting the beautiful medals and to Mario Zacco who suggested that Cherrywood Property Management also donate free hot dogs for the games. Players and spectators brought their own beverages and needless to say, had a truly enjoyable experience. The prize money was taken from entry fees paid by the teams.
Fun in the Sun is at the very least, one of the most entertaining events on the Cherrywood social calendar. The Social Committee with the help of Rich Hurley put together this event along with his team of volunteers. Jay O’Hern was in charge of the food with Marguerite Fiorenza and Joan Siegel lending their hands and expertise.
Geri was at the shuffleboard court; Rich Becotte refereed the horseshoes while David Siegel conducted the Bocce Ball matches. Gene Wachsmuth handled the putting green to round out the games.
At the ticket table were Marion O’Hern, Peggy Konar and Elaine Wachsmuth and they did a brisk business in 50/50 tickets; Dyngus Day tickets and raffles.
The turnout was excellent, the competition lighthearted and jocular and the atmosphere, just plain fun. Thanks to our volunteers for all their hard work and planning.
If you’ve never taken part or attended these games, you don’t know what you’re missing. Friendship, fellowship and sportsmanship all rolled into one beautiful day; that is what Fun in the Sun is all about.

Yard sale: Everyone welcome
Mark your calendar for April 21. Starting at 8 a.m. and going until 1 p.m., Cherrywood will be holding a mammoth yard sale. Cruise the beautiful streets of the Cherrywood properties and stop at the various homes offering treasures and bargains for sale. Talk with the friendly residents and get to know them as you shop.
This is a great day for all concerned and we look forward to welcoming the entire community into our neighborhood to save money and to see how nice Cherrywood truly is.
Residents selling items, remember, items must be put out prior to 8 a.m. on the morning of the sale. Grab an extra cup of coffee and start early; it will be worth the effort.

Dyngus Day dance
Dyngus Day, a Polish Holiday observed the Monday after Easter to celebrate the end of the sacrifices of the Lenten Season, is alive and well at Cherrywood. On Monday starting at 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse, residents will gather to dance, laugh and enjoy the company at this gala party.
Tickets are only $2 per person and this is what you get for that more than affordable price. Polish sausage, snacks, lemonade and coffee; the dance music of our own resident DJ Rich Becotte, the man of a thousand tunes; and the good company of your fellow Cherrywood neighbors.
This year, we’re trying something new; a chance for everyone to decorate their own table. Look up Dyngus Day on your computer to get ideas for your entry. (I might give you a hint here; consider pussy willows in water.) There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prize also, another feature of all our fun dances.
As always, you are welcome to bring your own beverages if you wish, so grab your friends and relatives and get on down to the frolicking Dyngus Day Dance. Where else can you get great entertainment; good food; excellent company and a chance to win something for just $2?

Photo Club to meet
On Friday, April 13, the Cherrywood Photo Club will hold its first meeting in the Clubhouse at 10 a.m. We have a guest speaker lined up and all residents of Cherrywood are invited and urged to come out and join us as we kick off this interesting and informative club.
Over the months to come we will be exploring the technologies (how the camera works); proper photo techniques (How not to blur your photos); and a lot more including artistic composition; subject matter and color.
For those of you who don’t have grandchildren around to teach you how to use your digital camera, this is a great opportunity for you to learn and for those who are experienced photographers, this is a great chance for your to share your knowledge.
Come on out and enjoy.

Ladies Luncheon plus
On April 11 at noon, the ladies will be holding their Spring Holiday Luncheon. Guest speaker Roy Mitchell from SECO will be on hand to remind everyone about precautions to take during severe weather situations. He is very well versed in this topic and will be able to answer a host of questions.
Prizes will be awarded for those who decorate their own table for this fun event. Spring bouquets; flower arrangements; even Easter Bunnies and chocolate eggs will work for this fun competition. So use your imagination and go for the gusto.
As always, bring a dish to pass of your favorite recipe and your own table service. Coffee and lemonade will be on hand and as a special treat, Pat Eveland is bringing an ice cream cake for dessert.
On May 9, the last luncheon of the season will be held at Logan’s Steak House so come on out on Wednesday the 11th for a great luncheon and to make your reservations for Logan’s on the 9th. All the women of Cherrywood are welcome to attend this fun and informative event.

Win a Cruise
Tickets are still available to win a three-day Bahamas cruise on the Royal Caribbean Cruise line. This trip for two includes fees; port taxes; gratuities and a hundred dollars in spending money. The Veterans Club is selling these raffle tickets for just $10 each or three for $20. That’s a great deal! Get your tickets from Geri, Rich Hurley or Bill Mahar. The drawing will be on Memorial Day and you don’t have to be present to win; in fact, you don’t even have to be a Cherrywood resident to win so get your tickets soon.

Garden Club Gathering
On April 16 at 11 a.m., our Garden Club will be meeting to discuss some very urgent and important business. Members will select a new chairperson to head up the club for the coming year. In addition, they will be discussing the Community Garden contest for next month.
Everyone who has an interest in horticulture is urged to attend this meeting as plans are being made for not only the coming season but for after the summer break. Be there with your ideas and questions; suggest field trips and guest speakers; or just be part of this growing club. Garden Club, where flowers and friendships bloom.

Every Thursday at 7 p.m., the Cherrywood Clubhouse opens its doors and the Bingo games begin. There’s fun; excitement; and money to be made on every game so be sure to come on out and enjoy an evening of challenging entertainment.

Democratic Club
The Democratic Club will meet on April 20 at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse card room. This is an open meeting and all members of the community are invited.
Refreshments will be served.
This month we are very pleased to welcome as our special guest speaker, Pat Gabriel, the current president of the 200 Coalition. She is extremely knowledgeable of what is happening in Marion County. It is very important that we are completely informed of the future plans for the county so that we are able to get involved. Please come along and ask your questions and Pat will keep us informed and up to date.
Harriet Scarpino, our club president, is recuperating at Timber Ridge Rehab and she wishes to thank all our members and friends in Cherrywood for their prayers, cards and telephone calls. She asks that we continue praying until she has fully recovered and she thanks each and everyone.
The Cherrywood Democratic Club meets on the third Friday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse card room. Ken Beech, VP, can be reached at 352-861-8315.
Article information provided by Ken Beech

Comedy Night
On May 18, Cherrywood residents are in for a special treat. It’s Comedy Night with special guest star, Mark Alan. Tickets are only $1 to watch this world class talent. Enjoy his humor and his magic tricks as he entertains starting at 6 p.m.
Immediately following Mark, our own Ricky B will crank up the tunes for a fun filled evening of dancing, with all of the usual raffles and a 50/50 drawing included with the price of your ticket. Snacks and free coffee or lemonade will be available and feel free to bring your own beverages too.
See Geri for tickets and mark you calendar. You don’t want to miss this great night of fun, surprises and entertainment. More details will follow in later editions of the Citizen.

Bocce Ball has new time
For all of you who enjoy the Bocce Ball evenings on Saturday please make a note that the new starting time is 8 p.m. Every Saturday a welcoming group of residents head out to the Bocce Court behind the Clubhouse and either play or socialize or both.
In the event of a rain storm, the crowd retreats to the Clubhouse to enjoy a few “adult” beverages or soft drinks and share the good times that being with friends brings. Bocce is a “blast,” so don’t pass up a chance to learn a great game and meet some great people.
If you’re a newcomer to the game or to the group, you’re cordially invited to stop on by. Remember, strangers are just people we haven’t met yet.

Spotlight on Excellence
Each week we bring you a glimpse of someone in our community who has an interesting past; a promising future or just makes Cherrywood a nicer place to live. This week the spotlight is on Tim Delaney. Tim is a native of Syracuse New York and took the long route to find Florida and Cherrywood.
After a brief career as a tailor, working needle and thread and the sales floor, Tim landed a job with U.S. Airway in customer service. From Syracuse he was moved to Denver; then to Pittsburgh, Kansas City and finally to Orlando. He requested to go where “Mickey” lives to get out of the cold weather. In Orlando he found more than just sunshine; he found the sunshine of his life, his wife, Daphne.
Daphne, a native of Nicaragua who moved to the United States when she was 4 years old, was working at the airport coffee shop. The pair began dating and fell in love. Unfortunately, shortly after, the tragedy of 9/11 struck and the airlines were hit with layoffs.
Tim and Daphne moved to Cherrywood and Tim took a job with the Ocala Hilton. The hospitality industry was hit hard by the economic problems following the tragic terrorist attack and again, Tim was laid off.
Beginning a new profession in home improvement, Tim started up his own company. That was almost nine years ago and since that time; many of the residents of Cherrywood have come to know him and his top quality work.
Daphne works at Stein Mart along with offering an airport shuttle service. The two stay busy with not only their work but with the caring for their animals and their hobbies.
Rica and Destin are the Delaney’s two dogs. Rica was rescued from a trash dump and Destin was a refugee from Hurricane Katrina. They found a loving home and loving hands to care for them and they know it. The two “puppies” are affectionate, gentle and will become lap dogs once they’ve been introduced to strangers.
Not content with just taking care of their dogs, Tim and Daphne have also been known to take care of stray cattle. Because they live adjacent to the pasture, occasionally, a cow will get loose and graze on their front or back lawn. It’s not unusual for Tim to come home and have to guide the animals back through the gate so they can rejoin the rest of the herd.
One day, Daphne and Tim found a baby calf in their yard. Apparently the mother cow had died during childbirth because the little one was alone and scared. For a few days, until they could get a hold of the owner, they took in the orphaned infant. With advice from a veterinarian, they purchased special formula and bottle fed the baby cow. Providing warmth, food, and loving care, they were able to save the wobbly legged youngster until the owner came and retrieved it.
Their love is not only limited to animals however. Two years ago they went on a Christian Mission and returned to Daphne’s native village of Puerto Cabezas. In cooperation with their Church, they brought $15,000 worth of food, clothing and other much needed supplies to the poor in that town. Especially in need of their help were the children of the village. That moment touched Daphne and Tim so much that they plan a return visit.
Parents of Tim, John and Jeanne, live in Oak Run. His sister, Kathy lives in Syracuse and another sister, Julie, resides in Coral Springs. Daphne’s folks, Roe and Carson, live in North Carolina and she has an aunt in West Palm Beach. Family get-togethers are frequent and fun.
Biking and skiing are two of Tim’s favorite hobbies. While Florida offers few opportunities for skiing, he takes part in at least two races per year. The course he rides is 48 miles long so it’s quite a workout. He used to do 100-mile races but has toned that back in recent years.
Everyone who knows Tim and Daphne say the same thing about them; “They are the nicest people you’ll ever meet.” Always a smile on his face, Tim feels richly blessed to have all that he and Daphne share here in Cherrywood; warm weather, light traffic, a good business and most of all, great people.

From Your Reporter
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To all my Christian friends, may I wish you a very Happy Easter and a very Happy and Kosher Passover to all my Jewish friends.