Diabetes support group has variety of topics at meeting

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By Carol Ann Wheeler

The diabetes support group meets the second Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. in the Orchid Club card room. The next meeting will be on May 14. A number of topics are scheduled, including things that can lead to inaccurate blood sugar readings, digestive problems for diabetics, over the counter drugs for diabetic retinopathy, funeral homes and getting to know everything about your doctor.

Genealogy Club

The Oak Run Genealogy Club will meet Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the card room of the Orchid Club. Even though many of the snowbirds have gone north, our club will meet all summer long at this meeting we will discuss how to obtain military records, even though many records were destroyed in the fire at St. Louis on July 12, 1973. An alternate record that is available for the veteran is a final pay voucher. This particular document is an archival document belonging to the National Archives and is available for a small fee. At our meeting we will explain how to go about obtaining this important document for the genealogist. Any veteran who is a resident of Oak Run is invited to attend this meeting to learn about how to obtain military records. We look forward to seeing you.

Photography Club

The May 11 meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Orchid Club. A brief business meeting will be followed by a Q&A/panel session, and a review of members’ photos from April’s field trip to the gypsy horse farms. The upcoming June elections for 2009-10 officers and the year-end photo competition will also be discussed. For further details, check out the club’s Web site: www.orphotoclub.com or call Laurie Stamm.

Special Oak

Run Volunteer

Oak Run resident Micro Reiman volunteers in an unusual way. Under a program run by Joy Van Wickler, also of Oak Run, Micro participates in the After School Plus Program, a community outreach service at Ocala West United Methodist Church. Micro listens as youngsters read to him. What is a bit unusual is that Micro is a dog, owned by Steve & Lessie Reiman.

His “students” call him a Maltutor.  Why? Micro is a Maltese and also a tutor at the after-school program. Students, without fear of correction, ridicule, or humiliation, willingly read to a dog who patiently listens to them. Every once in a while, one will point to a picture and say something like “See this, Micro” and he will point his nose inside the pages of their book. 

Micro is a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs of Vermont and is comfortable while on duty in hospitals, retirement homes, libraries, and in this case, churches. After all, it is often less stressful for a child to read aloud to a dog than to a teacher or a peer.  Micro’s motto is “I promise not to judge or correct you."

Baby Boomers Dance

"Boomers" will be dancing at Palm Grove on Saturday, May 23. The theme will be the movies, so dress as your favorite movie star and enjoy movie trivia. BYOB and snacks. Ticket sales are tomorrow, Saturday May 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Orchid Club. Cost is $4 for members and $8 for guests.

Kingdom of the Sun Band/New England Club

On Thursday, May 21, the New England Club will be enjoying an "indoor picnic" at the Palm Grove Club at 6 p.m. We will be having hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad and macaroni salad with brownies for dessert.  BYOB. Tickets go on sale in the Orchid Club lobby May 11 and 15 from 9-11 a.m.  Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for guests. Our entertainment for the evening will be The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band. There are approximately 85 members of this band and they are a real treat to listen to. For us New Englanders it reminds us of the Boston Pops.  If you do not wish to have dinner, there will be "concert only" tickets available for $5 just to hear this special concert which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. All Oak Runners are welcome to this event.


Tournament Results

The following are results from recent low-net tournaments at the Executive Golf Course.

April 16

Flight A: March Richardson 27, Sue Marentette 29, Connie Bingham 32. Flight B: Dori Sullivan 29, Donna Huffman 30, Iona Velivis 31. Flight C: Linda Noel 31, Erika Radke 33, Jennie Botts 34. Flight D: Ann Hurr 24, Mary Hart 30, Pat Kwiatkowski 34. "Closest to the Pin" was won by Pat Anderson and Ann Hurr., Marge Richardson and Iona Velivis had "Chip Ins".

April 23

Flight A: Bebe Hahne 25, Vange Bell 27, Norma Erickson 31. Flight B: Donna Huffman 31, Alice Anderson 31, Kate Lott 32. Flight C: Marlena Yaich 27, Charlene Stojkic 28, Jennie Botts 30. Flight D: Mary Hart 26, Pat Tarman 26 and Pat Anderson 26 (tie breaker on No. 7). Jennie Botts was "Closest tot he Pin" and Karen Schuelke had the only "Chip In".

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf Assoc.

ROMGA has the following special events coming up:

May 15 (lunch) Cross Country — shotgun

Chair: Sam Owens

June 24, 26 (lunch) low net championship — shotgun

Co-Chairs, Virgil Hein, Tony Fiorentine

July 3 (no lunch) flag tournament — tee times

Co-Chairs: Gene Topp, Hubie Davis

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf

On Tuesday, April 28, the Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf League held their annual end-of-the season golf scramble, followed by a luncheon, presentation of awards, and handing over the gavel to a new president.

Winning first place in the scramble with a score of 70, was the team of Pat Blackburn, Jan Tennant, Bea Terry, and Donna Topp.

Second place team with a 71, was J.T. LeMasters, Arlene Klann, Cindy Kocher, and Claire Pruneau.

Third place with a 72, was Dianna Love, Barb Scozzafava, Pat Salberg, and Ginger Drake.

Maureen Edwards was closest to the pin.

Joanne Morris, outgoing ROWGO President thanked her officers, board members, and chairpersons for their services this past year. Newly elected officers for the coming year are: President, Dianna Love; Vice President, Sheila Adams; Secretary, Noreen Salo; and Treasurer, Patty Doughterty.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners

Our league championship was held on Monday, April 20, and on Thursday, April 23. Congratulations to Charlotte Green, our Low Gross Champion, and to Eleanor Cerlenko, our Low Net Champion!  Diana Schmidt made a tremendous chip-in on the 4th hole, and won a huge chip-in pot.

On Thursday, April 16, the winners of the Low Net game were Diana Schmidt - first place; Ilene Simnowitz - second place and Joyce Madill - third place.

The team game on Thursday, April 30 was "3-2-1 Best Ball". The first place team in-cluded Sandy Arbuckle, Ilene Simnowitz, Joyce Madill and Anne Albright. The team of Patty Waddell, Diana Schmidt, Eleanor Cerlenko and Sheila Weckstein was second. Third was the team of Bette Johnson, Rae Stover, Arleen Massa and Carolee Riola.  Diana Schmidt made a chip-in on the 16th hole for par; and Ilene Simnowitz made a birdie on the 17th hole.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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