Oak Run news 11-4-2011

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Arts and crafts show to be at Palm Grove on Saturday

By Carol Ann Wheeler

With the holidays just around the corner, Oak Runners will be able to come and do their seasonal shopping at Palm Grove on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have gifts for everyone on your list including drawings, water colors, painted glass, jewelry, all kinds of quilted goods, wood art and much, much more. There will also be beautiful home decorations to give your home that holiday spirit. Snacks and light lunches will also be available.

Dale Wurzburger
does it again!
Dale Wurzburger competed at the Ormond Beach Senior Games in the basketball shooting competition. He won gold medals in all three divisions which included spot shooting, timed spot shooting and free throws. These three additions increased his total medal count to 46 in eight years at various levels of senior games activity and include two state championships. Lakeland will host the senior games finals later this year.

ORHA elections
The elections for the Oak Run Homeowners Association will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Four directors will be elected. Directors serve for two years and may run for another two years, then they must be off the board for two years before running again. Each and every Oak Run resident should give serious thought to running for one of these director positions. Anyone interested in running for the board of directors should contact Ellen Salenger at 352-861-4484. Resumes must be submitted by Nov. 8 and can be given to any board member. Nominations from the floor can be made at the general meeting on Nov. 9.
So that you know what duties and time commitments are involved, here is a rundown of what it is directors do. Directors meet with the neighborhood representatives on the first Monday of the month for about 1½ hours, followed by the directors’ workshop. Every second Wednesday of the month is the ORHA general meeting that typically lasts about 1 ½ hours. Once every 8 weeks, each director serves as the director-on-duty for a week. This means you may be asked by different clubs to open the sound room and the kitchen at the two main facilities and be sure the supplies for coffee, plastic bags, etc are available for functions. There is nothing very difficult about any of this but you have the opportunity to serve your community and learn a lot about how this place we call home works.

Do You Remember?
Tune in channel 12 for Len Teitler’s presentation of the party by Little Theatre for Peg and Arn Studer, narrated by Anna Boodee. It will air following “FYI” daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11.

New England Club
A warm welcome back to all our snowbirds. We hope you had a safe and pleasant summer. The New England Club will hold its next meeting on Nov. 17 at the Orchid Club beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner with a choice of roast pork or meat loaf will be catered by Angela and served at 6 p.m. We will be entertained by Cajun Dave. The cost is $16 per person and the sign-up dates are Monday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 11, at the Orchid Club lobby from 10 a.m. to noon. Don’t forget to bring cash if you wish to buy 50/50 tickets! Door prizes will awarded. We hope you be able to come and bring a friend as it should be a entertaining and fun evening. If you have any questions please call Cecilia at 352-854-5836.

OMI (The Fun Club)
We’re having a Christmas party on Dec. 1 in the Orchid Club from 6 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A buffet supper of prime rib, marsala chicken, roasted potatoes, vegetables, rolls, butter and dessert will be catered by Royal Oaks. Music will be provided by Diana and Mitch who have entertained us for the last 5 years with Christmas carols, live guitars, drums and female and male vocals. There will be door prizes.
Tickets go on sale on Nov. 10 and 17 in the Orchid Club lobby from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost for members is $15, guests $25. For more information call Jan Acklin at 352-873-0115.

Oak Run Veterans
November will be a busy month for the Veterans’ Association. On Friday, Nov. 11, in the Orchid Club from 1 to 5 p.m. there will be a display of veterans’ memorabilia. Please come and enjoy some very interesting exhibits.
Our regular meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 16. We will honor one of our veterans, Harry Messina, who recently passed away. The nominating committee will submit the slate of officers for next year. Our guest speaker will be Chandy Spayed who will talk about insurance for veterans.
The Fourth Honor Flight was a great success. We have a list of veterans for the next flight in October 2012 and we might need to charter two planes. Funds will still be needed. Various retailers have made contributions that can be raffled off by the clubs to raise money for the Honor Flight. Please help send these veterans to Washington now, before it is too late. For further information contact Frazer Crane 352-861-4730.

Hoofin’ It For Hospice
This year Oak Run’s annual walk to benefit Hospice of Marion County will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12 (rain or shine). The two mile walk through Eagles Point is not a timed event and each participant can finish the course in their own time. Registration at Palm Grove begins at 8 a.m., a special tribute to veterans with a flag ceremony will be at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will begin thereafter. Walkers will enjoy a continental breakfast upon their return to Palm Grove. Participants can win some great prizes. So plan to do some hoofin’ and be sure to gather lots of pledges of monetary support for your effort. Oak Run has raised enough money for one room at Legacy House and hopefully this event will put us over the top for a second room.

Singles Club
Our Christmas/holiday dinner party will be held on Nov. 28, at the Stone Creek Grille. Tickets will be sold on Saturdays, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. Cost is $12 for members and $18 for guests (checks please). We always look forward to a wonderful buffet at this restaurant.
The new officers for 2012 will be putting together activities for the new year.
If you have questions about the club please call Roger Januchowski at 352-291-1004.

Genealogy Club
meeting changes
The November meeting of the Genealogy Club will be held on Friday, Nov 18. Please note that the time and location will be different for this meeting. We will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Orchid Club. Jim Waddell and Ed Church will do a live, online presentation on the use of Ancestry.Com. They will demonstrate what Ancestry can do for your research.
We encourage all Oak Run residents to visit us at this special meeting. You might be encouraged to join our club and build your own family tree.

Little Theatre
Little Theatre’s audition committee consisting of Director Patty Waddell, Assistant Director Diane Robillard and Diane Porterfield will be conducting auditions for our upcoming play, “Sex Please, We’re Sixty,” in the Orchid Club card room on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon, on the 15th from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on the 19th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you plan to audition and need a perusal script please phone Patty at 352-237-7145 who will arrange for you to get one. The cast calls for six people, two men and four women. The play will be presented in the Palm Grove Club as a dinner theatre on March 22 and regular performances on the 23rd through the 25th. Ticket sales and other particulars will be reported shortly.

What great weather for tennis! We welcome back all the snow birds and look forward to great tennis this season on the courts. We see many new faces, so please make yourself known to either Jim Harris for the men or Sandy Whyler for the ladies.
Be sure to sign up for the tennis social to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Orchid Club at 6 p.m. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board. Peo
ple have asked about “tally tennis” and details will be discussed at the social.
Rumor has it that our famous tennis facilitator has been taking tennis lessons up north.
We look forward to seeing what his new body parts have done to improve his game. Enjoy your tennis everybody.

Royal Oaks Women’s
18 Hole Golf
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, we played our “favorite” Halloween game, the dreaded “Pumpkin Ball.” Each team had a designated ball and each woman was assigned certain holes that she would play with that ball. Only the net score of that ball counted for the team score. This put a lot of pressure on the player when she had the ball!! The winning teams who best handled the pressure were: First Place - Elsa Berbig, Janet Tully and Ginger Drake; Second Place - Roseann Lavacca, Lynn Houghton, Sheila Adams and Inge Szabo. Jan Tennant was “closest to the pin” on hole #16.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners
The Lady Niners welcome back Sheila Weckstein! “Throw Out Worst Hole” was the game on Oct. 27. In Flight A, Rae Stover was the winner, and Salita Timmermeyer and B.J. Lassiter tied for second place. In Flight B, Eleanor Cerlenko was the winner, with Joan Scholl second and Joyce Madill third. Salita Timmermeyer won the closest to the pin contest on hole #3.
All ladies living in Oak Run are welcome to play with the Lady Niners on Monday mornings. The tee-times are noted on the sign-up sheet in the ladies’ locker room.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf
On Oct. 28 the men’s group held its annual Oktoberfest Tournament. The game selected for the event was two man teams, net score better ball. Sixty-eight members participated, and the competition was fierce.
The day started out cloudy with a little rain falling, but that stopped quickly, and the rest of the game was played under cloudy and cool conditions. As usual the course was in excellent shape, and the scores reflected this.
The winners with a net score of 57 were Bill Staiger and Bill Start. In a tie for second with scores of 59 were Steve Casner and Dick Berbig; Mike Madill and Jim Spran. In a tie for fourth with scores of 60 were the teams of Rich Hendrix and Mike Boedy; Dick Blackburn and Ken Frandsen. In sixth place with a score of 61 was the team of Bill Dougherty and Steve Kollar. A three way tie for seventh with scores of 62 were Don Clark and Ed Simnowitz; Sam Sample and Jack Edwards; Dave Dawson and Clint Johnson. All of the scores were close. It was a fine exhibition of good golf.
After the golf all retired to the pavilion at Royal Oaks for a true German meal of knockwurst, bratwurst, sauerkraut, hot German potato salad, and peach cobbler.
Thanks to the directors of the tourney for a fine job, Ron Tennant and Bruce Stover, ably assisted by Virgil Hein. Assisting with the scoring was our club pro, Lori Wilkes.
Don’t forget to sign up for the club championship which will be held Nov. 7, 9, and 11. This is your chance to get your name up there in bright lights.
Send all items for this column to Carol Ann Wheeler at democratcarol@deccacable.com no later than the afternoon of the Friday before publication. Note there are no hyphens in the address. If you wish to call her, the number is in the Oak Run directory. You may send pictures as jpg attachments. Typed copy or hard copy photos can be placed in Carol’s cubby across the street from her house but should be submitted earlier as they take longer to process. The names of the people in all photos must be included.