Oak Run news 12-2-2011

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Flu shot clinic won't be held next year

By Carol Ann Wheeler

At a recent meeting of the Oak Run Medical Team it was decided that in 2012 we will not sponsor a Flu Shot Clinic in Oak Run. This decision was based on a number of factors, most importantly because flu shots are provided by doctors, walk in clinics, pharmacies and even discount and grocery stores, all located within easy reach of Oak Run. Due to the wide distribution of flu shots, the number who have come to our clinics has declined greatly over the years. Sponsoring a Flu Shot Clinic involves a large commitment of time and effort on the part of the Medical Team volunteers and sometimes even our best efforts don’t work out as we planned. The Medical Team has decided to direct our energies to other activities that will best benefit the most people in our community.
The Medical Team says “thank you” to the many Oak Run residents who have supported us in the past. We appreciate you and hope you will continue to support the many activities the Medical Team provides in our community. Please continue to have your blood pressure checked at our monthly clinics, attend our annual health fair, come and learn from our speakers bureau presentations and join us as we work to keep Oak Run residents informed and healthy. If there are specific events or needs you’d like to see us involved with, please contact any member of the Medical Team. Have a wonderful, healthy holiday season!
Your friends from the Oak Run Medical Team.

Troubadours’ Program
at the Tree Trim
Christmas is just around the corner and the Troubadours have been working very hard on the music they will be presenting at Palm Grove on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m. for the Tree Trim.
The music will be fun and uplifting. Our first piece “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” will set the mood for the season. Other familiar arrangements on the program are Mel Torme’s “Christmas Song” and the spiritual “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.” We have a new Chanukah piece this year which features a clarinet obbligato played by C.A. Woodall, guest clarinetist. Mr. Woodall will also play a solo entitled “Winter Folly” accompanied by his wife, Deanna Woodall. The program will also contain a comical piece called “The Twelve Days After Christmas” and a very beautiful number by the popular English composer John Rutter.
We will end with an innovative medley of carols called “Rejoice” and the singing of “Silent Night.” The audience will have an opportunity to join in a sing-along of familiar Christmas songs and to enjoy a piano solo by our accompanist, Margaret Elder.

Veterans’ Association
The Oak Run Veterans’ Association will not have a formal meeting in December. However, let us not forget Dec. 7, 2011, will be the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
This surprise attack on the U. S. will be a day never to be forgotten in American history. Thousands lost their lives, and no one knew on that day what was to come in the following years of what became known as World War II.
On Dec. 7, 2010, a new memorial was dedicated to better serve the millions of visitors that come to see the grave yard of so many brave men and women who perished. Please be sure to fly your American flag on Dec. 7 in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day. We thank all the veterans of the ensuing war for what they did to save this country.
We apologize that the scheduled speaker for our November meeting did not show up and we hope you understand. Thank you.

Jewish Social Club
Chanukah Party
The Jewish Social Club will host a Member Appreciation Chanukah Party on Wednesday Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Orchid Club. This party will feature a full course dinner (stuffed chicken, latkes, challah, veggies, dessert platter, beverages, etc.) catered by TooJays. Entertainment will be provided by comedy magician Mark Allen. Festive candle lighting and songs will be led by Dale Berman.
Ticket sales will be held at the Orchid Club on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Thursday, Dec. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. Members’ cost for this event is only $7. Cost for friends is $20. Hope to see you there. For further information contact Robb Forman or Steve Lande.

Renaissance Women
The meeting on Nov, 27 produced lots of important information about upcoming activities. The early dinner at Royal Oaks will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Call Iris at 352-873-9990 or Pat at 854-7549 to make your reservation
There will be a luncheon at Stone Creek on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 11:30 a.m., with a set menu. Call Nancy at 352-237-6475 or Valerie at 352-873-1633 if you wish to attend.
On the charitable contribution front, Nancy also wants to remind Renaissance Women that she is collecting towels, bed linens, etc., that can be used by the Humane Society. Please call her to make arrangements to contribute your goods. At the recent meeting a collection was taken up for Interfaith Emergency Services.
The money collected will be added to whatever money remains in the group treasury at this time of the year to make up the yearly charitable contribution. If you were unable to attend the meeting and wish to make a contribution to Interfaith through Renaissance Women, contact Valerie.
Renaissance Women’s fearless leader, Valerie Oddo, is a host for Oak Run Travel and will be leading an evening trip to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa on Jan. 18. The bus(es) will leave the overflow parking lot at 3 to 3:15 p.m. and return before 11 p.m. Cost is $22 per person, which consists of $20 to the casino, $1 tip to the driver and $1 to ORHA. In return, the casino will give you $30 worth of play and $5 for food. Call Valerie at 352-873-1633 as soon as possible as she is filling a second bus. This trip is open to all Oak Run residents.
Nancy is planning a Renaissance Women cruise for early March. So far she has found two 10 day trips from Florida to the Panama Canal, half way through the canal, a lunch time cruise around the lake in the middle of the canal and return.
These cruises include stops in places such as Costa Rica and Colon, Panama. If you are interested in a Panama Canal cruise in March, or if you have suggestions regarding other cruises in which you are interested, get your head together with Nancy at 352-237-6475.
Please remember that the activities of Renaissance Women are available for all Oak Run women, regardless of marital status. However, if you have a spouse or significant other, sorry, they are not eligible to participate in activities which are run by the group. (As stated above, Valerie’s trips through Oak Run Travel are open to all Oak Run residents.)
The next meeting of Renaissance Women will be on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. at Palm Grove.

Little Theatre
Those of you who remember Little Theatre’s presentations of “Who’s In Bed With The Butler?” and “Whose Wives are they Anyway?” know what great writers Michael and Susan Parker are. They are masters of farce and comedy and this year’s play “Sex Please, We’re Sixty” promises to be even more zany. Director Patty Waddell has now concluded her auditions for the play and we are pleased to announce that the following friends and neighbors have been chosen for roles: Lou Winkelman as Bud Davis, Lenny Klatt as Henry Mitchell, Arline Raguso as Mrs. Stancliffe, Bonnie Kreider as Victoria Ambrose, DiAnne Klatt as Hillary Hudson and Dee Gragg as Charmaine Beauregard. They are all well seasoned actors and will bring their “A” game to the parts they play.
The first show will be our dinner theatre presentation on March 22, 2012, with regular performances on the 23rd through the 25th. In charge of tickets again this year is Linda Noel. She’s our angel in the handling of this very time consuming job. Linda is now in the process of picking ticket sales dates which will be announced in the very near future.
Our next meeting date is on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Palm Grove Club and if you’re not a member yet, please join us and let us convince you to sign on.

Genealogy Club
The Genealogy Club will meet on Friday Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the card room of the Orchid Club We will have a round table discussion of family Christmas traditions. Our meetings are open to all Oak Run Residents and their guests. We always welcome new people who just want to visit and see what we are all about
At this meeting we will have a sign up sheet for the holiday party to be held on Jan. 20. This party is for all paid up members of the Club. If you are not able to make the meeting on Dec. 16 but plan to attend the holiday luncheon in January, please contact Mary Buerge at 352-854-7749, so we can plan just how many to expect.
Have a very Merry Christmas.

Oak Run Travel
Passengers on the Emerald Princess cruise in April will have an informational meeting on Dec. 12 in the Orchid Club Card Room. There will be an update on the cruise status (almost sold out) and information about the ports of call and shore excursions. At least one person from each cabin should plan to attend. Please call Bob or Cindy Kocher with any questions.
Paul and Emily Pike still have a few seats available for the dinner theatre show, “Lie, Cheat and Genuflect,” at Ed Fletcher’s Dinner Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 15. The bus leaves at 2 p.m. The show is about two brothers and one has a gambling problem. He has borrowed money from loan shark Pizza Face Petrillo, who now wants his money back or else! You have the recipe for a laugh packed farce of twists, turns, puns and pratfalls as Tom strives mightily to compensate for Billy’s “habitual” errors.
Fire up your sense of wonder and get ready for an amazing adventure back to the time when flight was a seat-of-the-pants, moment-to-moment adrenaline rush and join us on our trip to Fantasy of Flight on Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Polk City. Call Don and Carol Forgette for more information.
“Million Dollar Quartet” is the smash Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Call Amelia and Ron Fiore to join this Sunday, Jan. 8, trip to Straz Center in Tampa.

Join our men and women playing traditional pub games (301, Cricket, etc.) each week. All skill levels are welcome and equipment is provided. For time and place, or for more information, please call 352-586-1905.
Tennis Club
The month of December will be busy one with holiday parties and families. But this is also a great time of year to play tennis now that it is cooler. On Tuesdays and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. we have open tennis. This time is open to all Oak Run residents, and their guests staying with the residents. So if your children or grandchildren want to play, come on down if they are visiting you over the holidays. For any events coming up please watch the
announcements on the bulletin board. Have a great holiday.
Hole In One
Henry Hanscom, well known Oak Run resident, had a hole in one with a 5-iron on the par 3, 122 yard 11th hole at Spruce Creek Preserve on Nov. 21. Witnesses were Bob Lammon, Joe Woch and Carl Millard. Henry went on to shoot a great round of 79. Nice going Henry!

Royal Oaks Lady Niners
Ladies, be sure to sign up for the Dec. 15 Holiday Scramble, meeting, lunch and cookie exchange! Remember to bring your checks for 2012 dues ($20) made out to ROLN, if you haven’t given them to Patty already. At the meeting, we will elect the officers for 2012 The proposed slate is:
Co-Presidents: Eleanor Cerlenko and Cindy Kocher
Vice-President: Ilene Simnowitz
Secretary: Salita Timmermeyer
Treasurer: Patty Waddell
Diana Schmidt won the “Low Net” game played on Nov. 17. Cindy Kocher was second, and Elsa Berbig and Kerry Tims tied for third. Kerry was also the winner of the “closest to the pin” contest.
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 Friday, Nov. 25, the game saw 33 men stuffed with turkey turn out to play a game of points. The weather was once again a plus for the game, and the only thing that affected the scores was the added weight from Thanksgiving Day.
The winners with a score of 149 were Bob Albright, Londe Bracale, Paul Colatruglio, and Larry Soine. Second with a score of 143 were Dave Dawson, Jan Flickinger, and John Foutty. Third with a 139 were Emmett Dowling, Tom Ducz, John O’Neill, and Paul Valois. Closest to the pin were Dale Wurzburger, Dave Dawson, Don Aubrey, and Virgil Hein.
A reminder that the final tournament of the year will be the December Ender on Dec. 9. Sign up sheets are in the pro shop. It will be followed by the par 3 “closest to the pin” shootout. Join the other members for the last outing of the 2011.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
On Tuesday, Nov. 22, we played a team event, “Turkey in the Oven,” in honor of Thanksgiving. After the 1st hole, the team decided which player’s net score they would use. After the 2nd hole the lowest net of the remaining 3 players was used. By the 4th hole, the last player’s score had to be used, thus that player was the “turkey”. The same routine started again on holes 5 through 8, 9 through 12, etc. The winners were: First Place - Sylvia Zappia, Maureen Edwards, Arlene Klann and Barb Scozzafava. Second Place - Kerry Tims, Salita Timmermeyer, Judy Klein and Ginger Drake. Joan O’Brien was “Closest to the Pin.”
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.