Cherrywood News 5-9-14

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Derby Day draws a crowd

By John Everlove

More than 50 residents gathered in the clubhouse at Cherrywood to share in the excitement of the 140th run for the roses. California Chrome proved why it was the favorite to win with a brilliantly run race.
Everyone brought their own refreshments which varied from miniature pizzas to Ardie’s delicious homemade cookies. Race fans were able to sample some traditional mint juleps and Kentucky bourbon as well as enjoy their own beverages.
A dozen beautifully decorated hats and bonnets were set on the tables to be judged. The contestants went all out this year and Janice McLeod and Marty Duesel had their hands full as they tallied the ballots. Newcomer to Cherrywood Carol Irwin won first place; second place went to Holly Bragdon and Sandee Spencer took third. We congratulate our winners and thank all who entered the contest.
Three winners were selected for the 50/50 drawing winning cash prizes of varied amounts. One of the winners was Jay O’Hern which was slightly suspicious as he heads the Social Committee that hosted the event.
Seriously, congratulations are in order for the outstanding job done by our Social Committee in sponsoring this event and providing a great evening of exciting entertainment for all. We will all be looking forward to next year thanks to their efforts.

Survivors honored at Appleton
Nearly 20 survivors of Veterans Club members were treated to a fantastic luncheon at the Appleton Museum thanks to the generosity of our friend and benefactor; Norman. The anonymous person we call Norman is an Army veteran himself and personally arranges for our survivors outings.
The specially catered meal was not only delicious but was presented beautifully.
During the luncheon a raffle was held and many guests received exquisite scarves direct from the museums gift shop. These brightly colored and expertly made wraps were greatly appreciated by all who won them. The gifts were just another touch of class added by Norman to the festivities.
It was my privilege to address this group of special ladies. As everyone knows the second toughest job in the world is to be in the military; the toughest is to love someone in the military. Because of their courage; their sacrifices; their nurturing; nursing; caring for and sharing the dreams of their veteran husbands they are our heroes.
Our Veterans Club and those of us who are still here will never forget them or fail to honor who they are and what they have given.
Immediately following the luncheon the ladies were given a personal guided tour of the museum and its current display of beautiful tapestries and other unique exhibits. For many of the ladies this was their first visit to the Appleton and they made it a memorable one..
The Veterans Club would like to thank our hostesses; Ruth Hurley; Ida Mahar and
Christl Giovanniello for providing the organizational skills and grace that made this outing so special.

Spring Fling dance
On Saturday, May 17 the Activities Team will host the Spring Fling dance. Doors open at 7 p.m. and that’s when Rich Becotte will fire up your favorite tunes for your dancing and listening enjoyment. Ask Rich for any song and it’s very likely he’ll have it in his vast repertoire.
Snacks and hors d’oeuvres will be available along with lemonade and iced tea but if you would like to bring your own drinks and eatables; you’re welcome to do that also.
Tickets are only $2 each and can be gotten from Geri in the office. We expect a good crowd to be there for this informal and fun time so get your tickets soon. Neat eats; great music and good friends; it doesn’t get any better than that.

Veterans Golf Tournament
June 7, is the day set for our Veterans Golf Open. It will be here quickly so all golfers are urged to contact either John Everlove at 352-509-4428 or Rich Hurley at 352-873-7208 to make reservations for this terrific day of golf and sportsmanship. The beautiful Ocala Palms Golf and Country Club is the venue for this special outing.
Players will check in at 7:15 and then go to a hearty pancake breakfast. Immediately following that meal, a Goodie Bag will be presented to each player and then the golfers will proceed to get their carts. Once on the course, the shotgun start will be given and the competition will begin.
Prizes will be awarded for different flights of players so whether you are a pro or a duffer, you will still have a chance to win. There will also be a closest to the pin contest and a huge prize for a hole in one.
All during the match, a courtesy cart will be roving the area with liquid refreshments to make sure that none of our players get dehydrated.
Once the 18 holes of golf are completed the starter and judges will tally the scores while our players dine on a catered luncheon. In between courses you will be able to stroll through the items on our silent auction and bid on a bevy of gifts.
For the small donation of just $50 each, golfers can have all this and a wonderful day on the links. If you’ve ever wanted to have a great day of golf and help a worthy cause at the same time; this is your opportunity. Call Rich or John today and reserve a place for yourself or your twosome; threesome or foursome.

Shred your documents
Friday, May 9, from 1 until 3 in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to shred those documents that have been piling up around your house. Don’t be a victim of identity theft by throwing your personal information into the trash. Dispose of it conveniently and confidentially with Enviro-shred.
Just bring your documents to the clubhouse between the appointed hours and while you watch; your documents and private information will be destroyed right before your eyes. The cost for this service is nominal so you are urged to gather your unwanted and unneeded papers together and bring them to the clubhouse.

Cherrywood Crochet & Knitting Club
Article provided by Edna Fazio President of the Crochet and Knitting Club
It doesn’t seem possible that we are already into May with summer weather already here. Seeing neighbors’ and friends’ gardens in beautiful bloom is a friendly welcoming sight.
While listening to our pastor’s sermon on Sunday, the similarity between his message and our crafting group suddenly struck me. It was about unselfishly giving of your talent without expecting anything in return. The ladies in our group work endless hours creating items for those in need. We’ve heard stories from Scott Hackmyer; our “go-between” who distributes the baby sweaters; hats; toys; blankets; bibs; shawls; chemo hats and afghans for cancer patients; lap blankets for nursing homes etc., all hand made, to the various charities in need of these items.
Young mothers who have nothing else for their newborn baby or older children gratefully accept a donated sweater; blanket or hat with tears in their eyes. We have a picture of a sweet little girl happily holding a colorful blanket of her very own. Another sweet little girl was wearing her new sweater; she had rat bites on her forehead. Our work makes us realize the blessings that we ourselves have in being able to give.
Donations of yarn (and even money and gift cards) have made much of our work possible, and most of us also purchase supplies from our own pockets. Anything you may have that we could use would be very much appreciated. Just drop it off in Geri’s office or better yet, visit us on a Friday afternoon. A special thank you to Lolly Dobson for her generous donation of yarn.
Welcome to Ruth Bartlett; our newest very talented member. All are welcome to join us on Friday afternoons from 1 to 3 in the card/library room of the clubhouse. Any one of us would be happy to help out with your own project; or even teach someone willing to learn. The coffee pot is always on.

Ladies luncheon
Once again on Wednesday, May 14, our ladies will gather in the clubhouse for a great lunch and informal social get together. The rules for attending this good time are quite simple. First, you must be a female; second, you need to bring a favorite dish to pass around; and third, you’ll need to bring a place setting of dishes and silver for yourself. Oh, and just as importantly as these first three items; bring along your smile and sense of humor.
Our ladies meet at noon for this always fun event. Be a part of this great group as they gather to share friendship and fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere. You’ll be glad that you attended.

The sharpest minds at Cherrywood are tuning up for this month’s Trivia Night challenge. This is a gathering of brilliant individuals that come together similar to a Mensa meeting and join forces to answer a wide variety of difficult and tricky questions. Okay, so I exaggerate. In truth we are just a group of mostly average and arguably normal people having some laughs and a good time.
At 7 p.m. we get together in the clubhouse. After paying the exorbitant fee of $1 per person to enter; we divide into teams. Each team gets an answer sheet and then they try to give the best answers to questions put up on the big screen.
Our quiz master this month is Fred O’Hern who will be asking questions on subjects such as; sports; entertainment; Memorial Day; general knowledge and more. Fred is always good at coming up with some special questions to stump our players.
The winning team receives a small cash prize and more importantly; bragging rights for the entire month. All proceeds from Trivia go to the Patriot Dog Project so you’ll have a blast and support a worthy charity as well. Come join us.

Boat Trip
On May 20 the Veterans Club is sponsoring a boat trip down the Chassahowitzka River. Captain Ken’s River Wildlife Tours is our excursion provider and guide at a cost of just $20 per person. For those who will be driving to the embarkation point in Homosassa, there is an additional fee of $5 for parking.
If you are interested in going on this fascinating tour please contact John Everlove at 352-509-4428 to make your reservations. This should be an informative and interesting trip.

Memorial Day observance
While the country will celebrate Memorial Day on May 26; your Cherrywood Veterans Club will be holding its service on the traditional date of May 30. Open to the public, our ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in front of the clubhouse with the playing of the National Anthem.
Our Color Guard will present the flag; the guest speaker will make a few appropriate remarks; a wreath will be laid at our monument; taps will be sounded; our fallen comrades will be remembered and then a salute to the Armed Forces will be sounded.
With due reverence and respect for those who gave their all in defense of freedom; your Veterans Club will proudly honor their memory.
Immediately following the ceremony, a traditional all American picnic will be enjoyed. Hamburgers and hot dogs along with side dishes will be served up to all who have tickets. The meal is a ticket only event so be sure to see Geri to get your tickets for this event.
Tickets are only $7 per person with all proceeds going to the Veterans Club to carry on their work in serving the veterans of Cherrywood; Marion County and the state of Florida.
Memorial Day is more than just a holiday; it is a day of remembering the real cost of freedom.

Water Aerobics
Join your friends and neighbors on Tuesday and Thursday in our welcoming swimming pool for some low impact exercise classes. Water Aerobics is a cool way to get your exercise without damaging tendons; muscles; bones or other parts of your body.
Dr. Deb is our fitness guru who has a wealth of knowledge to share and a caring style of delivery. Soon you will be in better shape that you thought possible and you’ll enjoy getting there.
Classes are at 11:30 a.m. except the first Tuesday of the month when our pool is closed. Mark you calendars and don’t miss out on some excellent instruction in our beautiful swimming pool.

Line Dancing
Join the fun of line dancing with Cher Mason every Tues. evening at 7 p.m. in the clubhouse. Learn new steps and new dances and then join this group of happy people as they enjoy our many dances and social outings.
Did you know that Line Dancing develops your mind and body? According to an expert; my wife; it is the best exercise you can do for your coordination and concentration along with your physical dexterity. The jury may still be out on that point but who am I to quibble?
You are welcome to come out and join this group of joyous devotees of line dancing as they develop their minds and bodies.

Summer Fest
Our first in the Summer Fest series is slated for June 9 at 5 p.m. While tickets are required for this event they are free to all of our residents. Chris and Mario Zacco sponsor this event that is hosted by our Social Committee thus; there is no charge.
Our theme for this dinner dance is a Hawaiian Luau. The menu will feature a menu of pulled pork and yams complimented by a tropical fruit salad. This meal will bring an authentic taste of the islands.
Entertaining that night will be the ever popular Dawn and Steve Hendrickson playing the steel drums. We’ve had these two quality talents before and they are back by popular demand.
Don your Hawaiian flowery shirt; your colorful shorts or grass skirt and join in the fun of this; the first of the years Summer Fest celebrations.

Sponsors for golf outing
Your Veterans Club encourages all of our community to support those businesses and companies that have generously sponsored a hole for our Charity Golf Open June 7. The following sponsors have stepped up to offer their support for our work: Swinson Chiropractic; Advanced Vehicle Modification; Mike Garlist of Raymond James; Cutting Edge Hair Salon; Wood’s Printing; D n R Coin Shop; ERA Big Sun Real Estate; Sammay’s Italian Restaurant; VFW Post 4781; Dr Stephen Dunn, DDS; McCullough Granite; Cherrywood Social Committee; Church of the Advent; Wise Way Auto; and Beef O’Bradys.
In addition private donations have been made by Bill Anderson; Bill Spangenberg in memory of Jo Spangenberg; the Friday Night guys in memory of Al Beuchter; and Frank an Sarah Blair in memory of Glenn W Leslie and William H. Blair.
Sponsors receive a sign on the tee; a place to distribute information about their business; publicity in the clubhouse and a Certificate of Appreciation suitable for framing. All of this and more is available for just a $100 tax deductible donation. Contact John Everlove at 352-509-4428 or Rich Hurley at 352-873-7208.

From the reporter
This past Thursday I had the honor of addressing a group of special ladies in our community. They are the survivors of members of our Veterans Club who have passed away. A generous and caring man we call Norman provided the funds and plans for our Veterans Club that allowed us to give these ladies an enjoyable social event.
At this luncheon we were served a wonderful meal; given an excellent guided tour of the Appleton Museum and shared many laughs. As we approach Memorial Day the occasion was even more significant.
Because there are many widows of service personnel in our community; I would like to share some thoughts with those of you who were not with us at the Appleton.
Loving a person in the military is no easy task. While they are accomplishing their missions; the person left behind must single handedly deal with the daily tasks of providing a home; care for children; make decisions on behalf of a family; live on military wages and usually hold down a job.
Added to these burdens are the worries about the loved one far away. There is a fear when the phone rings or the doorbell sounds; edginess watching the news on TV each night and the daily expectations of waiting for the mail.
There is a chill to loneliness that surpasses a cold wind. It is a longing that isn’t fulfilled; an itch that can’t be scratched; a feeling of emptiness in the heart. Worst of all perhaps, it is a constant companion.
When the loved one returns, he/she often brings home baggage that doesn’t fit in a duffle bag. It’s the baggage of having seen and done things that no human being should be asked to see or do. It’s a trauma that comes from having faced terror and violence; shock and loss.
These burdens are shared either consciously or unconsciously by the mate of a service person. Healing requires not only great love but patience; nurturing and nursing. Thus more sacrifice and hardship are placed on the partner who has already endured so much.
To those of us who are veterans, you are our heroes. You are the people we have loved and relied upon; you are the ones who have brought us back to the real world; who have replaced hate and violence with love and compassion. You are and have been our lovers and our healers.
Each of you should take great pride in what you have accomplished in your life. Your courage and dedication; perseverance; and patience have been not only a great service to the one you loved; but to your country.
It is not in my power to award each of you a medal or some other form of recognition. All I can do is to tell you that your efforts have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. You will always have the gratitude; devotion and affection of the Veterans whom you loved.
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