Marion Landing 5-11-2012

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Volunteers recognized

By Diane Bress


At the May 1 Tuesday Social, Jan and Kaz Sekurski were honored for their years of service to the community of Marion Landing.
In his presentation, Board President Joe Raffony described our volunteers as follows: “We’re honoring a couple who moved to Marion Landing in 1999. Currently, they are both members of Patrol and Lock Up. Over the years, they have helped with many dances held in the Lifestyle Center, and she helps with decorations for many events. Both our honorees are former Sunshine Committee members, and she was a Bingo caller. Just recently, you saw them both participating in quite a few of our Senior Games. Now here are your best clues. She sings in the Landing Lites, and he is a member of our Sound Crew. It is my pleasure to introduce Jan and Kaz Sekurski as our Volunteers of the Month.”
Kaz and Jan’s engraved plaque will join the more than 145 other volunteers recognized by the community since 2001, all of which are posted in the Lifestyle Center. Award recipients are chosen from a list of residents who are nominated for the award by their peers.
If you would like to nominate a fellow resident for a volunteer recognition award, please forward your recommendation, in writing, to a Board member, member of the Activities Support Committee, or the Activities Director.

Senior Games

It was two weeks of intense competition and loads of fun as 118 residents participated in the Marion Landing Senior Games from April 9 through April 21.
There were 66 different events, and attendance in 12 or more events would earn participants a coveted Ed Morgan Fitness Award.
The 46 players who placed in that category were: Joan Buzzek, Pete Buzzek, Armando Cantele, Marg Carlquist, Jerry Conklin, Marian Curtin, Ed DeMauex, Jim Dillon, Patty Diuguid, Armand Duquette, Rachel Glenn, Richard Grube, Liz Herrick, Jesse James, Larry Keables, Pat Kennison, Sue Kiger, Jeannine Kristan, Charlie Leagra, Stephanie Leagra, Abby Litchert, Barbara Litchert, Helen Martinez, Charlie Mock, Don Norris, Lois Norris, Sandy Olmsted, Evelyn Olsen, Carol Pfeil, Jim Pohlers, Lee Reynolds, Dave Rusch, Lorraine Russo, Art Salzlein, Carolyn Salzlein, Bob Schmidt, Donna Schmidt, Jan Sekurski, Kaz Sekurski, Howard Shay, Mike Soter, Dot Toneske, Pat Verbanatz, Ken Welsh, Mary Jane Welsh and Pat Wurst. They received their awards at the April 28 Breakfast of Champions held in the Lifestyle Center.
Howard Shay, this year’s Senior Games chairperson, sent me the following note: “One hundred and eighteen neighbors from all corners of Marion Landing had the opportunity to meet each other, compete against each other, and have some good times with familiar friends and new acquaintances at our recent Senior Games.
There were 66 different events during the two-week period, and one couldn’t help but notice the flurry of people as they scurried from event to event. We are very thankful that Mother Nature provided such wonderful weather. Thanks again to the 10 new games directors who filled in this year and to the 23 returning directors who ensured the games continued as in the past. The physical and administrative support from Leland was greatly appreciated. And we can’t forget the breakfast crew who got up before the break of dawn to put on our Breakfast of Champions. Add in a committee of 14 and you can see how much of a full community planning event the Senior Games are. Now it’s time to slow down a bit and enjoy the summer. Until next year…”

A memorable show
The audience took a walk down memory lane during Little Theatre’s performance of “The Golden Age of Radio” on April 21 in the Lifestyle Center.
The show was a throwback to when one used their imagination to picture the stories broadcast on shows like Burns and Allen and listen to entertainment featured on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour. Little Theatre brought you back to that era with their skits and wonderful performances.
The set, skillfully crafted by Ed Gorsky and Bob West, was reminiscent of old time radio shows. Charlie Mock was the Announcer and Dotty Bouchet, Marilyn Darnell and Marilyn Pineau were the Commercial Singers with Ardith Thomas as the piano accompanist.
The first of the five skits, Burns & Allen, headlined Jim Pohlers as George and Shirley Martin as Gracie, with Betty Kraus as Billie, George Taragna as Mr. Jetson, Ethel Taragna as Meredith, Eddie Mock as the Drug Store Deliveryman, Mary Ann Hall as Dr. Miller and Amelia Heye as the I.R.S. Representative.
Next was Dr. I.Q., with Jim Adwell in the leading role and Carol Mock as Martha. There were plenty of “audience participants” including Mary Ebli as Prudence Plunkett, Joy Asashon as Alberta Jones, Joan Ritter as Mae West, Doris Gorsky as Garnett Stone, Harold and Amelia Heye as Junior and Juno Johnson and Bob Fink as Harold Hangover.
Fran Szutar played Blanche and Bob West was John in The Bickersons; and in Fibber McGee and Molly, Bob Fink was Fibber, Carol Mock was Molly with Frank Szutar as Old Timer, Shirley Martin as Little Girl, George Taragna as Gildersleeve and Ethel Taragna as Mrs. Wilcox.
Ted Mack Amateur Hour rounded out the evening with Bob West as Ted Mack and Jim Pohlers as his Assistant; Joan Dopler was Marlene Dietrich, Dotty Bouchet and Mary Ann Hall were the Flitter Twins and Frank Szutar was Millard Goldenwhistle. But it was Jim and Paula Adwell as the Hawaiian Musicians who brought down the house as Herman and Heidi Ho.
No show goes on without an outstanding support staff. Along with our wonderful director Donna Taylor and assistant directors Amelia Heye and Fran Szutar, Ed Gorsky and Bob West crafted the props, Art Dopler worked the Sound Booth, Don Kraus shot video, Mary Ann Hall produced the programs, Joan Dopler ran ticket sales, Walter York and his committee set up the room, and Rachel Glen and Pat Smith ran the Refreshment Committee.
Director Donna Taylor said she was really pleased with the turnout. “This was a fun show to do, and we really appreciate the support from the community.” As for Little Theatre’s next show, “round’ and ‘round she goes, and where she stops, nobody knows.”

Tuesday speaker
Our speaker this month is Dr. Hanimi R. Challa, who specializes in internal and geriatric medicine here in Ocala. Dr. Challa will speak to us about Gluten, Glucose and the Glycemic Index. Simply put, gluten is a type of protein found in most grains, cereals, and breads; glucose is sugar; and the glycemic index is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates in food on blood sugar levels. Dr. Challa will explain all this in detail and will answer any questions you may have on the topic on Tuesday, May 15, directly after the Social.

Blood Drive Wednesday
The Big Red Bus will be in the Lifestyle Center parking lot on Wednesday, May 16, to take your donation; so roll up your sleeves and do your part to help Florida’s Blood Centers, the only blood bank that serves Marion County hospitals. Residents may sign up on the Blood Drive sheet hanging on the Activity Wall, or see Pat Wurst and her volunteers in the lobby the day the bus is here. Remember, you can donate blood even if you have high blood pressure, are diabetic, and you only need be cancer-free for one year. Donating blood not only helps others, but is beneficial to yourself, as well. Pat tells us that “if you donate blood every other month, you may reduce your risk of heart attack by as much as 70%.” That fact alone should bring you to the Lifestyle Center Wednesday morning on May 16. Remember to eat breakfast and drink plenty of liquids before you come. We hope to see you there!

Travel news
If you are interested in any of the trips listed below, details are available on the flyers posted on the Travel Board in the Lifestyle Center, or you may call 237-7152 for more information. Trips are open to the general public if space allows.
Reservations are still being accepted for our seven night Eastern Caribbean cruise in January 2013. Sail aboard the brand new ship Celebrity Reflection departing from Miami on January 5 with stops in San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. Rates include all port charges, taxes, round-trip bus from Ocala, gratuities, and one-hour open bar cocktail party. A $250 deposit will hold your space.
There are only a few seats left for the trip to Ed Fletcher’s Early Bird Dinner Theater to see “Nobody’s Perfect” on July 12. Tickets are $70 each and include round-trip motor coach, hot buffet, all tax and gratuities.
Enjoy an evening of dinner and entertainment aboard the Starlight Majesty on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The trip includes round-trip motor coach departing Ocala at 4 p.m. and returning approximately midnight, 3-hour dinner cruise with various meal choices, entertainment, all taxes and gratuities for $89 per person. This is a wonderful way to spend an August evening, so reserve your seat soon.
Join your friends on Labor Day, September 3, at Tropicana Field to see the New York Yankees play the Tampa Bay Rays. Tickets are $100 each and include the bus and seats in the lower box behind the plate and gratuities. Game time is 1:10 p.m.
Get your passport ready–Marion Landing is going to Montego Bay. Join in on the all-inclusive six day/five night stay at the 4-star Sunset Beach Resort and Spa in Jamaica from Sept. 16 to 21. Rates include all meals and drinks, nightly shows, five restaurants with loads of daily activities and nightly entertainment. Don’t miss this great adventure–limited space is available.
Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia, from Oct. 22 to 25 is a trip you won’t want to miss. You’ll think you’ve stepped into an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. The trip includes three nights at the Hampton Inn in downtown Helen, breakfast daily, lunch at Unicoi State Park, two dinners, admission to Festhalle with dinner and entertainment, tour of the winery, grainery and a stop at a local pottery. You will also visit the new Babyland General Hospital, home of the Cabbage Patch Doll. A deposit will hold your space for this trip.
Diane Bress is Marion Landing’s Activities Director and an employee of Leland Management, Inc.


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