Potluck socials have new chairperson

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By Fiona Blair

Hello Readers: It seems impossible that another year has come and gone. May 2009 bring you special blessings, good health and prosperity. Let us also remember those who are in far- away places, with particular attention to those serving in the armed forces. Thank you seems so inadequate.

Although we reflect on the happenings of the prior year with the joys and sorrows that accompany it, it is with gladness and expectation that we must enter 2009. This writer’s pastor recently said, “The attitude with which you leave the year’s end is the attitude with which you enter the new one.” Makes sense, does it not?

New Potluck Chair

Welcome to Sally Neuberger, who takes over the reigns from Nancy Solomon as chairperson of the Potluck Socials this month. There will be a change in the date this month due to the Crystal Gage concert, which falls on the third Saturday, so the event will be Jan. 24.

The $1 dish is sausage and peppers. Bring a dish to pass which will serve 4 to 6 people, and share in the fellowship of other Palm Cay residents at 6 p.m.

Crystal Gage

Tickets for the Crystal Gage concert are available Jan. 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Oasis. Tickets are also available at the Board meetings and the Pancake Breakfast on Jan. 17. Cost is $7.

We thank Jim Powell and Nancy Brenner for finding Crystal who is from Ontario, Canada. She is an exceptional performer in the country western style.

Painting Classes

Want to try something new? Do you like to paint? Tony Carchia will be back with his “wet-on-wet” oil painting classes.

Classes begin Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. in the craft room. Call Jan at 873-9887 for more information.


Bingo on Monday and Thursday nights is a very popular event. On Mondays doors open at 5 p.m. On first and third Thursdays doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Bunco on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. for a cost of $1.

Canasta on Thursday nights at 6:30 sharp.

Mah-jongg players meet Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m. and Sharon Honey, chairperson, would love for you to try it.

Have you had a go at Mexican Train? Jewel Martin or Sharon Honey would be glad to give you more information.

There is always a game of poker to enjoy as well, and Scrabble on Sunday at 2 p.m. is a great way to test the brain in spelling and learning new words.

Weight Loss

After all the holiday faire we have consumed, might it not be a good idea to check out the Weight Loss Support Group? They meet Thursdays at 10 a.m. in the craft room. Call Jean Selent for more information. Republican Club

Next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Oasis. Speaker to be announced. Refreshments will be served. Person of the Month

Ladies and gentlemen, may we introduce you to our first Person of the Month: Roger Demary. Roger is the outgoing president of the Palm Cay Board and Homeowner’s Association.

He comes from Dalton, a small town in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. He and Janet, his wife, chose Ocala as home because of the rolling countryside and wide open farmland, not unlike some parts of western Massachusetts, the central location, State Parks, National Forest and of course, the weather.

Roger had a most interesting career in Dalton. For 42 years he worked in research and development for the Crane Paper Company, a specialty paper manufacturer. Their main product is the paper which is used for U.S. currency.

His hobbies include fishing, computer-related activities, reading, traveling, and watching his favorite sports teams, i.e. the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots, not to mention attending the sport activities of his grandchildren. He used to play a lot of golf but that has been curtailed due to a bad knee.

Roger is a member of the Palm Cay CERT group as another way of using his talents to help others. He advises that we could use a few more members. He has also spent the last four years working bingo, with three years as chairman.

As the term of president is coming to a close, Roger was asked what has been the most rewarding factor in leading the PCHA and the Board and his reply was as the Board’s primary duties are to promote social functions within the community, he feels that we have offered a large variety of activities over the past year. He very much appreciates the hard work from all the Board members and residents who have helped make the events pleasurable.

Roger was instrumental in establishing the Palm Cay Web site (thanks to Ken Kirkpatrick) and considers it to be a personal accomplishment, which is now starting to take on a life of its own. It has created another form of communication for our community.

This is the final year as he retired from this duty as of Jan. 1. He was asked what words of wisdom he would pass on to president-elect Carl Edgerton. “Keep your head down and keep moving. Just do your best, that is all anyone can do.” Carl is married to Joyce, a former PCHA president, so he has had a taste of what to expect.”

Lastly, Roger was asked what he was going to do now. “Hide!” he said, “But I will retain the job of administrator for the Web site and am returning to my former position as treasurer.”

This writer was told that Roger keeps impeccable records and when an audit is required for the county, everything is in place which makes the auditing process extremely easy.

Roger, we thank you so much for letting us get to know you a little. Thank you for serving as president of the PCHA Board and the PCHA. We wish you and Janet a very happy New Year. There is box in the library at the Oasis for residents to place their newsy tidbits, group activity information, travels, etc. Fiona Blair is listed in the Palm Cay directory or e-mail to fiona-blair@hotmail.com.