November 2016 President’s Message
Welcome to our newest members, Kevin and Linda Arnold; Robert and Kay Krusinski; Owen and Jerry Been and Dennis and Linda Ryan. Congratulations to Joanie Schachtner (1st), Sue Asmus (2nd) and Nancy Van Rooy (3rd) for their winning Potato salads. A big THANK YOU to all of the contestants; your Potato Salads were superb! A JOB WELL DONE to MaryKay Childress and our volunteers for the food preparation and setup work. You all made my job easy.
Want to get to better know your club officers? Visit our website at wiclublakesumter.org. and read the officer bio’s.
I am a big University of Wisconsin Sports fan. The women’s hockey team is still #1 and undefeated; the volleyball ladies are #4 and just beat Penn State, a perennial contender for the national championship; the men’s hockey team (4-2) just swept St. Lawrence and Clarkston on their home ice, and men’s basketball starts this weekend. And then there is our Badger football team.
THREE WINS VS TOP 10 TEAMS; a 6-2 record with a shot at playing in the big ten championship game! You could say that the tough part of the schedule is behind them, but all four of the remaining games could wind up being a “trap” game. Defensive players are getting hurt but “the next guy up” still is working well. I do believe that our offense will get better; I think we had at least seven different line combinations against Nebraska. But WOW, what a great game to watch (I envy my friends who were able to use our tickets). By the time our November meeting occurs, only one game will remain. I hope to be a big cheerleader on November 21.
Our PACKERS (4-3) can still have a great year. However, with no real running game and a lot of defensive injuries, it will not be easy to win consistently. Next are the COLTS at Lambeau Nov. 6 (CBS) @4:25 PM; at the TITANS Nov. 13 (Fox) @1 PM; and at the REDSKINS Nov.20 (NBC) @8:30 PM.
November 21 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. starting at 7 PM. If you are a veteran, please come so we can thank you personally for your service to our country. Consider bringing service related memorabilia; wear your service medals. Invite a veteran you know to come as your guest. We plan to have a speaker from one of our Military service branches.
Attending members with last name starting A-H, please bring a dessert (sugar-free options are always appreciated); I thru P, please bring a non-sweet or salty snack or appetizer like cheese crackers, chips and dip, cocktail meats, or salad; Q thru Z please bring fresh fruit or veggie type snack or appetizer.
2017 Dues – $5 per member
Joanie Schachtner will be collecting dues for 2017 and issuing new magnetic name holders at no charge. If one is lost, there will be a nominal replacement fee.
December Holiday Party
On Tuesday, December 6th at Colony Cottage Rec. Center, the 2016 Holiday Party will be 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 Nov. 21st 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.
Monday, November 28th and Monday, December 26th are the next two game nights at Bacall Rec. Center on Canal Street at 6PM. If interested, just show up; BYOB and snacks. These fun nights continue each month on the fourth Monday.
Signing up for the January-March Dining Out will take place at the November meeting. 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 will be signing up again.
Election Day Tuesday, November 8
I urge each of you to exercise your right to be part of the process of choosing the next leader of our great country.
Safe travels for those returning to the villages or heading out for special events. We hope to see you all at a meeting soon. GO BADGERS; GO PACKERS!!!