Oak Run news 5-4-2012

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Veterans group to hear blood center representative

By Carol Wheeler

On Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Orchid Club, the guest speaker will be will be Larry Fish from Florida’s Blood Centers. The Oak Run Veterans Association will sponsor the blood drive on July 5. We are hoping that many veterans will turn out to give blood for their fellow veterans in need. On Monday, May 28, we will have our fabulous Memorial Day Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Orchid Club. This year we will pay a special tribute to our most recent veterans returning from the present conflict in the Mid-East. Watch Channel 12 for the time of the ticket sales.

Upstate New York Club
The ticket sales dates for the Upstate New York Club Memorial day pig roast are tomorrow, May 5, and May 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Orchid Club.
Cost for members is $18, guests, $20.
For more information contact Donna Anderson or Sandy Mantel.
Oak Run Library book sale and volunteer opportunities
A mini book sale will be held May 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. during the Donut Drop In.
The library currently has several openings for volunteer librarians and substitute librarians. If you are interested, stop by the library or call Agnes Pavelko at 352-854-1376 or Helen Routte at 352-237-0502.
The Friends of Library board is in need of another board member. If you are interested, please call Helen Routte at 352-237-0502 or Bonnie Stebner at 352-732-2227.

Way Off Broadway
Way Off Broadway has chosen for its fall 2012 play “Squad Room Blues,” a musical take off on the long running television sitcom “Barney Miller,” starring Hal Linden. Directing the play will be Diane Porterfield and auditions are scheduled in the Island Club on Monday, May 14, from 12 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, May 19 from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m. The play calls for a large cast, some non-speaking and chorus singing only, so if you are interested in becoming part of the cast call Diane at 352-237-9410 to obtain a perusal script and CD of the music.
Following the auditions and casting, Marci Hutto, the musical director will have several music-only rehearsals in June with full scale rehearsals starting in early August. Our next scheduled meeting is on Monday, May 14, in the Palm Grove Club at 7 p.m. Please plan to join us; guests, as always, are welcome.

New England Club
The New England Club of Oak Run is holding the next meeting on May 17 with a pizza party. The sign-up dates are May 7 and 11 at the Orchid Club from 10 a.m. until noon. The cost is $7.50 and will include a salad and ice cream dessert, catered by your committee. Bring your own beverage. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the general meeting to start at 5:45 p.m. The entertainment will the members and their “Show and Tell.” Everyone should have a story or event to tell about (just a joke or a song will do). Please wear your name tags, and bring a friend. A survey of questions will be available. For more information call Cecilia at 352- 854-5836 or Mary at 352- 854-7941. New members are always welcome and appreciated. Please come and check us out.

Oak Run Author Published
Curtis D. Ruud of Golf View has just had his third novel published by Infinity Publishing, Inc. “A Certain Slant of Light” follows “Zero at the Bone” and “That Dreaded First Robin.” His latest novel continues the further adventures of a small-town boy during the gritty thirties and the onset of WW II.

Oak Run Travel
Oak Run Travel has received some really nice comments from residents on two of our recent trips.
On April 19 two buses filled with excited Oak Runners left for Washington, D.C., looking forward to the Smithsonian, the various memorials and beautiful buildings on the Mall. Everyone raved about the excellent hotels and their great breakfasts and even though the weather did not cooperate the tour guides were able to make some changes to accommodate the rain. The Marine Memorial was of special interest and did not disappoint. Comments ranged from beautiful to awe inspiring. It may be that we will have to schedule another trip to DC in the future.
The day trip on April 18 to the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach was sold out. Both the Peabody and the show, ‘In The Mood,’ received very high accolades. This 1940’s era musical review included a number of Glen Miller’s greatest hits like ‘String of Pearls’ and of course ‘In The Mood.’ The big band music was as popular with our travelers as it was for all of America during this time in our country’s history.
We had 79 travelers depart on April 26 for the much anticipated Northern European Passage Cruise on the Emerald Princess, hosted by our highly experienced hosts, Bob and Cindy Kocher. Everyone was really looking forward to the spring flowers in bloom, especially the azaleas in the Azores and the tulips in Holland. We expect to hear some more great reviews when these travelers return from their 18-day odyssey that also includes Ireland, England, France, Norway and Denmark.

Oak Run Horseshoe League invites all Oak Run residents to join us this summer on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 p.m. for non-league pitching of the game “21.” We began on May 2 but if you have never tried pitching shoes before, here is your chance to give it a try. There will be some horseshoes available if you do not own a pair. We are co-ed so bring your significant other (or leave them at home) and join us for an hour or two of fun. The courts are situated at the Orchid Club beyond the swimming pool and before the volley ball courts. There are lights for the courts as it darkens. Wear your bug spray just in case. Enjoy an informal evening of light exercise.

The final bocce tournament was held on April 27. Winners were: 1st place Art Kreideweis; 2nd place John Kish, 3rd place Andy Alloro, 4th place Joan Sollitto. Scorekeepers at the tournament were Cookie Mazzurelli and Pat Kreideweis. Prizes will be awarded to them and to the winners of the mid-season tournament at the bocce dinner to be held on Saturday, May 5, at the Orchid Club. Music will be provided by DJ Damian Romano.

Tennis Club
The Oak Run Tennis Club finds itself dodging the love bugs, now that for the most part the snow birds have flown north to play tennis in a cooler climate. Tally Tennis will continue on different times and days. Tally Tennis will be played on Wednesday and Sunday starting at 5 p.m. and lasting until 7 p.m. The hours should be the cooler part of the day. These new days and hours started Wednesday, May 2. We are hoping that we will have many players of all levels and invite your summer guests to come down for some fun hitting the ball around with your fellow Oak Runners. Look forward to seeing you on the courts.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf
On Tuesday, April 24 we played “Odds and Evens,” a two person team event. Before play each twosome decided which player would be responsible for the odd numbered holes and which player then had the eve holes. The total of the net scores on each hole was the final team score. The winners were: First Place - Carol Clark and Inge Szabo, Second Place tie - Bea Terry and Ginger Drake and Noreen Salo and Kathy Kollar, Fourth Place- Sylvia Zappia and Joanne Morris, Fifth Place - Elsa Berbig and Beverly Lassiter. Carol Clark was closest to the pin. The weather was much cooler than it had been but we all dressed warmly and enjoyed the day.

Royal Oaks Men’s Golf
Friday the 27th dawned cool and sunny, and stayed that way for most of the morning. Another fine day of golf in Florida, and the 39 players thoroughly enjoyed the outing. The game for the day was the usual three best net The winners with a score of 193 were Bob Albright, Bill Start, Ray Hagerman, and A.B. Crass. Second saw a tie between three teams with a score of 196. The teams were Dick Rizzo, Jim Kennedy, and Dick Berbig; Ron Catapano, Old Tom Morris, Ed Simnowitz, and Paul Valois; John DeSalvo, Tom Ducz, Steve Casner, and Paul Colatruglio. Closest to the pin on the par three’s were John DeSalvo (2), Paul Valois, and Mike Madill. Welcome back to action, Steve Casner! We missed you.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Low Net Championship scheduled for May 16 and 18. The tournament will be flighted, so all will have a chance to win. On the last day we will once again have lunch in the pavilion, served by the Royal Oaks Dining Room.

Royal Oaks Lady Niners

On Monday, April 23, we had our Nifty Fifties Invitational. There were 22 teams, 88 players and we hosted 15 clubs. We started out with a continental breakfast then played a 9 hole scramble. Winner of the front nine was the team of Brenda Raide, second, the team of Ginger Drake and Vange Bell, third, Eleanor Cerlenko’s team. On the back nine first was Kerry Tims’ team, second, Phyllis Oldfield’s team and third, Judy Okonek’s team. Afterwards we all came in and had a great lunch served by Royal Oaks. All the Lady Niners worked very hard. Sally Crass and Jeannie Konicki headed up all the teams. The theme of the decorations was of course, ”The Nifty Fifties.” The weather was superb. The men of Royal Oaks were a tremendous help as they unloaded and loaded bags and cleaned up after our breakfast.
Thursday, April 26, we played eenie-meenie and ½ handicap. Winners were: Flight A - first, Phyllis Oldfield, second, Elsa Berbig, third, BJ Lassiter and in Flight - first, Eleanor Cerlenko, second, Diana Schmidt, third, Diane Dufresne. Closest to the pin was Pat Salberg.

Royal Oaks Women’s 18 Hole Golf

Due to the brief but heavy showers on April 19 only 20 players were able to complete their rounds. The winners of the day were: Flight A – 1st, June Dickbernd, 2nd, Marge Richardson, 3rd, Gail Barclay; Flight B – 1st, - Janet Sutphen, 2nd, Norma Rombach, 3rd, Olive Adler; Flight C – 1st, Debbie Palmer, 2nd, Ruby Shepard, 3rd, Jean Travers; Flight D – 1st, Pat Tarman, 2nd, Edith Voss, 3rd, Pat Anderson. Chips ins were made by Jennie Buccella, June Dickbernd, and Edith Voss. No one was closest to the pin.
The winners for the low net tournament on April 26 were: Flight A – 1st, Marge Richardson, 2nd, JoAnn Cohen, 3rd, Gail Barclay; Flight B - 1st,- June Dickbernd, 2nd, Norma Rombach, 3rd, Sue Marentette; Flight C – 1st, Evelyn Exell, 2nd, Anita Caruso, 3rd, Mary Hart; Flight D – 1st, Edith Voss, 2nd, Ann Hurr, 3rd, Delma Miller. There were no chip ins and Marge Richardson 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.

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