Cherrywood news 6-1-2012

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Veterans Club to hold important meeting

By John Everlove

Thursday June 7, at 2 p.m., the Veterans Club will hold a very important meeting. The guest speaker will be Wendy Whitecarver from the Volunteers of America who will give the members an update on the Ritz Veterans Village. One year ago, when the project was just getting started she came to the meeting and addressed the members concerning the initial plans. We will find out on Thursday just how much has been accomplished in the past 12 months.
Also, on the agenda for discussion it Veterans Appreciation Day scheduled for July 7 and one of the final Honor Flights coming up this fall. All Cherrywood veterans and their spouses are encouraged to attend and bring their ideas and opinions to the meeting. There will be no meetings in July and August.

100 Days of Summer
June 9 begins the 100 Days of Summer fest with a “Country Under the Stars” theme party. Lee’s Chicken with all the trimmings is the menu with lemonade and iced tea available. Naturally you are welcome to bring you own beverage of choice and if possible, a pot luck dessert to pass.
Ken Jackson is the entertainer for this event so sit back and enjoy the music or dance the evening away to his up-beat sounds and rhythms; excellent variety and selections of all your favorite songs.
Thanks to Chris Zacco and Cherrywood Property Management, the evening is free to all residents of Cherrywood. Guests can also attend but the fee is $12 and guest passes are required. Tickets and passes can be obtained from Geri at the office.
Doors open at 5 p.m.; meal will be served at 5:30.
This promises to be one of the highlight events of the summer season so don’t miss out. Share a night of fun and relaxation with your neighbors and friends as we begin our celebration of 100 Days of Summer.

Garden Club Winners
A committee of Garden Club members toured the community on May 22 to select six gardens for recognition. Two in each of three categories were chosen to be recognized with a yard sign to reflect their efforts in improving and beautifying Cherrywood. The categories are: Distinguished Formal and Distinctive Informal gardens and Distinctive Lawns. After our tour we are sorry we could not recognize many more for their efforts. Many residents truly take great pride in their gardens.
In the formal category Eve/Jim Houghtaling and Al/Portia Van Duyne were chosen. For the Informal, Marty/Marti Duesel and Dan/Joan Welch were the winners. Lawn category was won by Ronald/JoAnn Sanders and Clair/Nina Ethridge.
The Club enjoyed a visit to several of the members’ gardens at the meeting on May 16. The different styles and approaches to gardening made an interesting end to the season. Thanks to Sue Dewald; Ozzie Edib; Eve Houghtaling and Suzi Everlove for hosting us.
Congratulations and thank you to all Cherrywood gardening enthusiasts for your efforts. (Hope to see you on the second Wednesday of October for the first of a series of interesting meetings)
Information for article submitted by Fred O’Hern.

Quilters Club
Tuesdays at 10 a.m., join our talented and cheerful quilters in the library as they make their colorful and imaginative works. These ladies are something special as they take an idea and make it into a beautiful work of art. Right now there are only three ladies attending regularly as the others are snow birds and have returned to their summer homes for the season. There is a lot of room and a lot of fun to be had so feel free come down to the clubhouse on Tuesday mornings. All you need to get started is an interest in quilting and a good sense of humor.

Cherrywood travels
The following are some upcoming events on the Cherrywood Travel schedule. Contact Nancy Archer or Laura Kane for reservations; information and tickets.
Mystery Day Trip: Friday June 15
Show Palace Theatre: New York Nights – Saturday June 23.
Hospice Fundraiser Cruise in memory of Frank Archer – Allure of the Seas Nov. 11.
Make Your Own Chocolate – Farris & Fosters – Thursday, July 12.
Celebrity Reflection – a brand new ship – Cruise date Jan. 5, 2013.
Watch this column for more exciting places to go; things to see and tours of interest.

CERT alert

Please check your June edition of the Cherrywood Chirp for important information concerning your safety during this 2012 Hurricane Season. The Cherrywood Emergency Response Team needs your information if you have any special needs. Should you require oxygen; need special help getting around; have medications that need constant refrigeration, or any other special need that might be disrupted during a storm, please fill out the form that you will find in the Chirp and make sure it gets to Geri in the office.
The Cherrywood Emergency Response Team is a group of highly trained civilians that are ready, willing and able to assist you in times of major events such as power outages; evacuation orders or similar emergency situations.
For those who do not have special needs, consider joining this worthwhile effort. You can get information on first aid training; damage assessment instruction; and radio operations education by attending a meeting of CERT. Members meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. in the clubhouse. You are welcome and you are needed so please, give this worthwhile opportunity to serve your fellow citizens some serious consideration.

 Democratic Club
Join the Cherrywood Democratic Club on Friday, June 15 at 2 p.m. to hear special guest speaker Joyce Blake. Joyce is a member of the Marion County Democratic Executive Committee and a long time friend of the club. She will be explaining various changes that have been made to the voting laws; options and redistricting. It is vital that we understand the ramifications of these changes which are so very important to our future as individuals and as a nation. Please bring along all of your questions and Joyce will be pleased to answer them. Refreshments will be served.
Our Club president, Harriet Scarpino, is recuperating at TimberRidge Rehabilitation and wishes to thank everyone for the get well cards and calls.
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 352-291-7061; Kenneth Beech is vice president, 352-861-8315.
Information for article submitted by Ken Beech.

Tennis Instruction
Those of you who are interested in learning to play tennis or those who want to improve their skills are invited to contact Geri at the clubhouse. We have an instructor who has made herself available to teach any of our residents how to play or assist our experienced players on how to play better tennis. If you would like to take part in this activity please contact Geri and put your name on the list. Should there be sufficient interest, then classes will be formed. This is a chance to learn a great game; increase your physical strength and get a super work out.

Support our Soldiers

Cherrywood is proud to Support our Soldiers; we call it S.O.S. Thankfully, we have a tireless volunteer to over see this project and mail out packages every month. Her name is Norellen Pickell and she makes sure that our troops get what they need.
There is a box at the clubhouse for donations of shampoo; soaps; toiletries of all kinds; hard candies; beef jerky and other non-perishable treats. Since the biggest expense is postage, if you have a few extra dollars that you can drop off at the clubhouse, your donation would be greatly appreciated.
Here is an excerpt from Norellen in her own words:
“We’re creating care packages to be sent to ‘any American Hero’ at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany and Combat Support Hospitals in the Middle East. Often our injured men and women arrive for medical care without their belongings. You can help in our mission to provide honor and comfort for our troops. Everyone brings different gifts to the table…we invite you to share yours.”
Thank you Norellen for the great work you do!

The Cherrywood Camera Club will be meeting at 10 a.m. in the library of the clubhouse on Friday, June 1. We will be discussing our next field trip and also sharing some of the photos that we took on our trip to Veterans Park in Ocala. Bring you camera; your enthusiasm; and your curiosity and come join us for an educational and interesting time. The Camera Club meets the first and third Friday of each month.

Cherrywood Singles
All single residents of Cherrywood are encouraged to come to the clubhouse parking lot on Sunday, June 3, at 4 p.m. Our singles will be car pooling to Logan’s Steak House for a good meal and a great time. This is an opportunity for our singles to meet and share some quality time with people of like interests and experiences. There’s no need to dine alone when you can be surrounded by friends and neighbors in a relaxed and easy going atmosphere. We invite you to put aside any feelings of hesitation and come out and join the Cherrywood Singles.

Movie Night
Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m., the Cherrywood Movie begins. This month our feature is “We Bought a Zoo,” a fun, family oriented story starring Matt Damon. Popcorn, iced tea and lemonade are available but feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages. As always, the movie is free, so stop in and enjoy a relaxing evening of entertainment with your friends and neighbors.

Spotlight on Excellence
Each week we bring you a resident of Cherrywood who has an interesting past; a promising future or is making a contribution to the quality of life of our active community. This week the Spotlight shines on Sandra Brotherhood.
As a youngster, Sandra grew up in Harrisville, Rhode Island. Little did she know at the time, but her mother and the family of her future husband, Bill, knew each other. This would play an important factor in their future lives.
Both Bill and Sandra went to Burrillville High School and because of Bill being a few years older, the two didn’t meet. Bill left school and joined the U.S. Army where he served with the 175th Heavy Construction Engineers in Germany. At the same time as Bill was serving, a young soldier by the name of Elvis Presley was also stationed in Germany and they met.
Sandra was going on group and double dates as was the custom in those days. On one evening when Bill had returned home, he went out with his brother on a double date. Sandra was his brother’s date. Unable to find anyone to go on the rollercoaster with him, Bill asked Sandra. Having never been on one before, she agreed so he wouldn’t have to go it alone. She hasn’t been on one since.
After casual dating for a few months, Bill began to pay closer attention to Sandra and after a picnic at Crescent Park, a local beach, they started dating more steadily. Sandra freely admits to playing “hard to get” which apparently paid off. A year later, they were married and last May they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Brotherhoods have three children, two sons and a daughter. David lives in Ocala; Darlene lives in Connecticut and Douglas lives in California. They have six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
In their early years of married life, Sandra stayed home with her children until they were of school age. She then took work with the Mine Safety Administration testing the effectiveness of gas masks. She also worked taking care of a special education student. Among her other jobs, she was a quality control technician for Norelco Corp. and a plant facility technician.
Later she enrolled in Groton College and trained in dining services. She admits to not liking to cook to this day but she does it and according to all reports, she does it very well.
Bill obtained a job with a fence construction firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Commuting between Connecticut and Rhode Island was too much so the couple moved to Niantic. Bill later began his career working for General Dynamics. For the better part of his last fifteen years with the company Bill worked on a tug boat. When the company got out of the boat business, Bill retired.
Eight years ago, the two of them moved to Cherrywood. At the time, both Bill’s mother and Sandra’s mom said, “Not without us.” So shortly after they moved, both of their moms moved in with them. Since the mothers had known each other even longer than Bill and Sandra, the two got along famously.
Last year Sandra’s mom passed away but Marie, Bill’s mom, still resides with the couple. Sandra’s experience as a care giver and her compassionate heart has served her well in these times.
For their 50th wedding anniversary, Sandra and Bill’s kids gave them a surprise party. It lasted two days and was highlighted by a renewal of wedding vows ceremony at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. The following August, they took a cruise to Alaska to celebrate. .
In spite of her many obligations, Sandra is very active in the community. She serves on our CERT Team; is active in the Veterans Club; is a member of the Feathered Friends organization (formerly the Red Hat Society) and supports many of the activities here in the community. You have seen Bill and Sandra at the 100 Days of Summer events; the Fun and Sun games; Bocce Ball; Oktoberfest; the Garden Club, and many other special times.
With quick and ready smiles that belie some of the hardships that they have and are facing, with a quiet courage and loving hearts, Sandra and Bill are a joy to be around. With a cheerful outlook on life and a sincere affection for all, these two enjoy socializing with their many friends in Cherrywood and most of all, life itself.
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