Cherrywood news 5-4-2012

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Derby Day at the Clubhouse

By John Everlove


Don’t miss out on the exciting Kentucky Derby Celebration in the clubhouse of Cherrywood. The doors open at 5 p.m. for this early summer event. Ladies, wear your decorated bonnets and hats for a chance to win one of three prizes; sip Mint Juleps as you stroll around and check out the odds on your favorite horse; enjoy some snacks and free hot dog and then, at 6:30 watch the most exciting race of the year.
Following the race, Rich Becotte will crank up the tunes and everyone will enjoy dancing the night away. Rich has a large assortment of great tunes to keep everyone entertained.
No tickets are necessary as this evening is free of charge thanks to the sponsorship of Chris of Cherrywood Property Management. All you need to bring is yourself, your friends and family. Of course, additional snacks, pot luck desserts and your beverage of choice would be a good idea to bring also.
There’s nothing like the Derby to provide excitement and there’s nothing like a dance at Cherrywood to provide a good time for all who attend. Combine the two and you’ve got all the makings for one super night.

Comedy Night -
Free – No Kidding!

One great comedian, two great shows coming to Cherrywood on Friday May 18. Join your friends and neighbors for the humor and magic of noted funny man Mark Alan as he performs at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and the price – free. That’s right, Cherrywood Property Management is sponsoring these shows for our residents but you will need a ticket to get in. Seating is going fast so see Geri to make your reservations and get your tickets for the show of your choice plus, you will eligible to win a dinner for two at Outback Steak House.
Doors open at 5:30 for the 6 p.m. show and at 7:45 for the 8 o’clock performance. Mark has been seen in many venues throughout Florida and is especially popular in the Orlando Comedy Club circuit. This promises to be an unforgettable evening of entertainment and it’s right here in our own backyard; well, at least our own clubhouse.
Be sure to contact Geri and get your tickets as soon as possible. You don’t want to miss Mark Alan’s show.

Cherrywood Shutterbugs

We are proud to announce that Cherrywood now has its own camera club called the Cherrywood Shutterbugs. Chairperson Genevieve Downs conducts the informal meetings in which everyone takes part. There are no dues to pay but everyone contributes their knowledge and ideas in the informal atmosphere of a shared mutual interest.
On Wednesday, April 25, the group formally became a club, setting their meeting dates as the first and third Fridays of every month. Members plan to meet both days at 10 a.m. in the card room of the Clubhouse. On the first Friday, they will take a field trip and on the third Friday, review the photos, have guest speakers or share technical information that will help members not only take pictures but ‘make pictures’.
The members would like to thank Nancy Frost who came to Cherrywood on Friday, April 13, to give helpful hints on how to organize and go forward with our club. Nancy is a part of the Oak Run Camera Club and her assistance was greatly appreciated.
If you would like more information concerning this new club, email Gen at gdowns99@gmail.com. Everyone is welcome to come and join in the fun and educational opportunities of the club.

Ladies Luncheon
at Logan’s

Logan’s Steak House is the place to be on Wednesday May 9 as the Ladies Luncheon closes out its season with a ‘farewell’ to the snowbirds and the sharing of some special memories of luncheons past.
The ladies will be at Logan’s Steak House from noon until about 1:30 where the food is delicious and the conversation stimulating. All of our lovely ladies of Cherrywood are invited to attend this great outing so contact Geri at the office to get information on reservations; transportation and any other questions you might have.
Having been a guest at a couple of these luncheons, I can vouch for the fact that it’s a good time; with good people and of course, good food. Don’t miss out.

Memorial Day at Cherrywood

On Wednesday, May 30 beginning at noon, the Veterans Club will hold its Memorial Day Observance to honor the memory of America’s fallen heroes. The National Anthem will be followed by the presentation of the Armed Forces flags by our own Honor Guard.
A short speech will follow given by Major Morrey Dean, USA (Ret.)
A good old American picnic will follow the service with hot dogs; hamburgers; homemade beans; potato salad and potluck desserts. Lemonade and coffee will be available of course, but everyone is welcome to bring their own beverages.
Tickets are only $7 each and include the food and dancing to the music of Rich Becotte all afternoon. You can get your tickets from Geri or from any officer of the Veterans Club.
At 2 p.m., the drawing takes place for the Bahamas Cruise. Tickets for the Cruise are only $10 each or three for $20. The winner will get a three day cruise for two on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line including all port taxes; gratuities; and $100 spending money. Raffle Tickets will be available right up until the drawing so take advantage of this chance to win. You need not be present to be a winner and you don’t have to be a resident of Cherrywood either. Proceeds go to support the Veterans Club Charities.
Please note that non-Cherrywood residents are invited to share this service and the picnic that follows. Tickets are available at the clubhouse office between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday.
Everyone is urged to come out and pay their respects to those who gave their all for this great country.

CERT: For Emergencies
Cherrywood’s Emergency Response Team is your life line now that Hurricane Season is drawing near. In 2004 Florida was hit directly by three separate major hurricanes and this year, because of the warm temperatures and the waters of the Gulf and Atlantic being more heated, could be a repeat of that.
Many Ocala residents feel that since we live in the middle of the state away from tidal surges and the coast that we are safe from the damages and life threatening emergencies that these storms bring. In reality, the facts show that we are between two large bodies of water and these storms can come at us from any direction with life threatening fury.
Our Emergency Response Team is a vital part of our protection and preparedness. Among other duties, these volunteers stand ready to risk life and limb providing the Sheriff’s Office with damage assessments on the ground; alerting emergency personnel of injuries; providing the power company with real time outages and in many cases, providing badly needed first aid and CPR medical attention. In addition, when communications are knocked out, the licensed ‘ham’ radio operators are the necessary link to the outside world.
Our CERT Team needs volunteers and more. On May 16th at 8:30 in the morning, CERT will meet in the clubhouse card room. Everyone who would like to be a part of this life saving team is urged to attend. In addition, anyone with a ‘special need’ is especially urged to attend or have a representative attend for you.
Special needs include persons with limited mobility that need help evacuating or maneuvering in an emergency; those who are on oxygen; those who have medications that need to be kept refrigerated and any other problem that keeps an individual from securing themselves in an emergency. CERT has forms to be filled out so that their personnel can care for those persons with needs first and foremost in any given situation.
The training for our CERT team is excellent; the planning complete; and the concern for their fellow residents above and beyond the call. Support your CERT team. To be an active part of it; if you require more information on preparing for a storm; or if you have any special needs; be sure to contact Dewella Markland, the team leader or David Siegel, the Assistant Team Leader.
There is no substitute for readiness; education and training.

Garden Club
At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, the Garden Club will meet for the last time this season. The members will be touring at least three gardens in Cherrywood Estates but they will look at more if invited. If you’ve got a garden that you think would be of interest, contact Jay at cherrywoodgardenrs@gamail.com or call him at 352-897-0160. These gardens of interest tours give members of the club new ideas and a new appreciation for the hard work our residents put into their yards.
At their last meeting the Garden Club made some changes to their organization. Each month starting in October a different person will act as chairperson and provide the agenda and program for that month. For example, Sandra Brotherhood will host the October Meeting with a trip to Sugar Tree Farms. This promises to be a great outing for all.
If you have an interest in the beautiful flowers and shrubs of Florida; if you want ideas on how to make your garden more productive and beautiful or if you just want to share your love of flowers with some new ‘Buds’, (groan) the Garden Club is for you.
As a footnote, there is a Master Gardner’s Plant Sale on May 12 at the Agricultural Center on Northeast Jacksonville Road from 8 a.m. until noon. For more information, contact Jay.

Cherrywood Democratic Club
Open meeting, Friday, May 18. All registered voters are welcome at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse card room. Refreshments will be served.
This month Dr. Diana Stafford Greene, a candidate for the position of superintendent of schools, will be the guest. The current superintendent is Jim Yancey, who is not seeking re-election after nearly a decade at the “helm”.
Dr. Greene believes that the school system is a vital part of our community. As the largest employer in the area it is major part of Marion County’s economic lifeline. An educated workforce is essential for our future and provides students with an opportunity for a strong foundation for their dreams. It is her pledge and commitment to our community to advance and prepare our young people of this great community of Marion County for the future. To accomplish these goals in these uncertain times our school district needs a common sense approach; experienced leadership and one who is able to deliver results of success. Dr. Greene we believe is the person to do the job. She invites us all to join her on this journey.
Dr. Greene will be pleased to answer any questions you may have; so please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
We ask that you remember our young people serving our country and if you are able to make a donation towards their needs you may do so through our secretary to active service personnel in Afghanistan your donation will be gratefully appreciated.
Voter registration cards are available, so if you know of anyone that is not registered or wishes to change party affiliation, we are able to make the changes.
The Cherrywood Democratic Club meets on the third Friday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse card room. Harriet Scarpino is president; Ken Beech vice president, 352-861-8315.
(Article by Ken Beech)

Spotlight on Excellence
Each week we seek out exceptional individuals who help make Cherrywood an excellent community in which to live and play. This week the spotlight shines on Rich Hurley.
Rich Hurley is the man you will see at almost every function that takes place at Cherrywood. There are several reasons for the trust that others have in him. His quiet organizational skills and tireless work ethic make Rich an asset to any and all of the many organizations and activities in the community.
His friends have commented on Rich’s leadership skills. A keen sense of humor and ready smile; are qualities that endear him to others and his confident manner inspires and motivates those around him.
Richard is from East Windsor, New Jersey but moved many times between New York City and New Jersey during his career with a private company. He moved to Cherrywood in May of 2001 and has been a vital part of the community ever since.
As a young man, Rich worked after graduating from High School at Singer Manufacturing Corporation and Mennen Company as a computer operator. In 1961 Uncle Sam called and Richard was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served for two years.
Among his assignments was a tour at 1st Army Headquarters, Governors Island, New York. He worked in computers and made extra money ‘moonlighting’ on Wall Street a couple of days per week issuing stock certificates. That came to an end when the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred.
Following his discharge he went back to work for the Mennen Corporation. In 1969 he wandered into a lounge named Molly Browns and there he met his future bride, Ruth. In 1971 they married and 41 years later, they are still together; still happy and still in love. Ruth serves as secretary to the Veterans Club. They have a daughter, Susan, who lives in Mesa, Arizona.
For over 17 years, Rich worked as a facilitator for a private company. He and his partner would acquire small companies that had innovative ideas or a large customer base. Over a period of time, they would consolidate these smaller companies into larger ones making them more efficient and reducing overhead.
When the companies were merged, they became more attractive to investors and they would be sold or refinanced to turn a larger profit. Much of the work in this area was facilitated by Rich who enjoyed the friendship and confidence of not only his partners but his coworkers as well. He has carried these qualities over in his personal life.
After working his way up in the business world, Rich took a job with Mercer County, New Jersey, as a computer coordinator. He managed and supervised several departments and people as the county converted to high tech equipment for a more efficient operation. His experience in business and his way with people made him the ideal person to perform those duties.
Admittedly, Rich found working for the government a little bit more frustrating than working in the private sector. Inefficiency seems to be the hallmark of government operations and turning that around is not easy. After 10 years with the county, Rich retired.
Richard serves as treasurer of the Veterans Club and is active in all of their endeavors. Ritz House is just one of the projects that Richard became active in. Putting in long hours and hard work, he helped gather food for the residents and then worked with a few others on remodeling a room to house a worthy veteran.
Besides his many duties with the Veterans Club, Rich runs the men’s and co-ed pool teams; hosts Trivia night along with Fred O’Hern; the Kentucky Derby night; and is very prominent in the Fun in the Sun Games. Just about every other function that we have in Cherrywood, Rich will either be there doing something to help out others or leading the way himself.
In his spare time, which is very limited, Rich enjoys golfing, bowling and reading. He finds the people of Cherrywood fun to be around and enjoys socializing with them. If he had one wish, it would be greater participation by our residents in the vast number of opportunities that are available to everyone.
When you see Rich around the Clubhouse; at Bocce Ball; on Trivia Night or any of the many other functions we have, make sure you stop by and thank him for his service to our country and to our community.

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