Summer is almost over. You may have experienced the joy of traveling to an exotic location, the birth of a new grandchild, the marriage of a grandchild, the celebration of a marriage milestone, attending a school, family or other group reunion or achieved a significant personal goal. Each of you will have new stories to tell.
Dinah and I spent a week on the Outer Banks with our daughters (Deb and Darcy), their husbands, our two grandchildren, and three of the four “family grand dogs”. We try to get them together (from Raleigh, N.C. and Scotia, N.Y.) each year at Thanksgiving or Christmas, but the periodic summertime gathering is always special. Our summer will be capped by a trip back to Wisconsin for the Wisconsin/LSU game at Lambeau Field and the two other non-conference games at Camp Randall.
I want to give special thanks to your clubs officers, Vice President MaryKay Childress, Secretary Bill Cammack, Treasurer Hal Baumann, Asst. V.P and Membership Chair Joanie Schachtner, Past President Helen Feeney, and our Webmaster, Nancy K. Miller for the hard work they have already put in to get us ready for the 2016-17 meeting year. Our phone numbers, email addresses, and soon, officer Bio’s, are on the Club website at www.wiclublakesumter.org.
September 19 WI Club Meeting Information
The BADGER & PACKER seasons will be underway as we kick off our year with “SPIRIT NIGHT” on September 19th starting at 5:30 PM. Show your support; wear your favorite team colors, your Cheesehead or Bucky hat. Do we have any St. Vince’s or Portage Plumber wan-a-bee’s in our midst? We will have prizes for the most spirited Badger and Packer fan. KC the DJ will keep you hopping from 6-9.
Please bring a dessert or snack to share: Last name starting with A thru H, please bring a dessert; I thru P, please bring a non-sweet or salty snack or appetizer (like cheese, crackers, chips and dip, cocktail meats, or salads, for example); and Q thru Z, please bring a fresh fruit or veggie type snack or appetizer. We will have a food table for your yummy contributions. Please call Hal Baumann (352-259-6552) or email him at email@example.com let us know you plan to attend. Don’t forget; 5:30 is the time to be at Colony Cottage Rec. Center on September 19th. As usual, BYOB.
2017 Dues – $5 per member
Starting at the September meeting, Joanie Schachtner will be collecting dues for 2017 and providing new magnetic name holders at no charge. If one is lost, there will be a nominal replacement fee.
October Club Meeting
We will celebrate Oktoberfest on October 17th at 5:30 with WIS Brats n’ Burgers; possibly even some Beer to taste. Plans are in the works for a Potato Salad contest. Ron the Music Man will entertain us. Tickets are $15 and will be available from Hal Baumann at the Sept. meeting, at Packer Game viewing at Cody’s, or you can send him a check (made out to WISCONSIN CLUB LAKE SUMTER) at his home at 2003 Ridge Spring Drive, The Villages, Fl 32162 and the tickets will be held for you at the door. Include a stamped, self-addressed return envelope if you want the tickets mailed to you. We hope to see many of our snowbird friends at this meeting.
November Club Meeting
November 11th is Veterans Day. We will honor our members who are Veterans for their unselfish service to our country at our meeting on November 21st. Invite a veteran you know to come as your guest.
December Holiday Party
Mark your calendars for December 6th at Colony Cottage Rec. Center for the 2016 Holiday Party hosted by The On Wisconsin Club. Tickets are $30 for members; $35 for non-members. Food catered by Lil Bits Café; Entertainment by Vinyl Recall. Doors open at 6, food at 6:30. For tickets, see Hal Baumann at the Sept. meeting, at Packer Game viewing at Cody’s, or send him a check (made out to WISCONSIN CLUB LAKE SUMTER) at his home at 2003 Ridge Spring Drive, The Villages, Fl 32162 and the tickets will be held for you at the door. Include a stamped, self-addressed return envelope if you want the tickets mailed to you. We expect a big turnout so don’t dally, get your tickets ASAP.
Badger and Packer Football Game Viewing Parties
The Badger game against LSU at Lambeau Field is Saturday, Sept. 3rd at 3:30 PM eastern time. Interested members will gather at Cody’s, Lake Sumter. The Packers first game is Sunday, September 18th at Jacksonville. Some of our members will be there in person; others can go to Cody’s, Brownwood. Call Bill Cammack (352-399-5654) for reservations.
Monday, August 22nd, and Monday, September 26th are the next two game night at Bacall Rec. Center on Canal Street at 6PM. If interested, just show up. These fun nights continue each month on the fourth Monday.
Dining Out coming soon!
Once Judy Cimbalnik is back, we will be signing up for Dining Out. This is a great way to get to know more members of your club. Three or four couples are grouped and take turns setting up a monthly Dining Out for their group. Dinah and I can attest to the good friendships we have developed and look forward to signing up again this fall.
Safe travels for those returning to the villages or heading out for special events. We hope to see you all at a meeting this fall. And GO BADGERS; GO PACKERS!!!