Welcome to WI Club Lake Sumter

october 2019 President's newsletter


Happy Fall!

The season, that is. We don't want anyone getting hurt!

We are pleased to welcome these new members who have joined the Club since last May: Tony & Dianne Caliva, Marlene Knopf, Zona Platzek, Mary Moser, Ray Reisdorf, and Carolyn Steinbeck.  

You can renew your membership now for 2020. Dues are $10/person and will be taken at our next meeting. Roxanne Evans, our treasurer and membership chair, will also be taking renewals at the  Packer viewing party.


​October 21 - Oktoberfest Celebration

 ​Colony Cottage Rec. Center, 510 Colony Blvd. (Parlor Room), 6:00 p.m.  

 Our  Oktoberfest celebration is right around the corner. It’s a night of gemütlichkeit with a catered meal of Johnsonville brats (of course), baked beans, salads (including German potato salad), dessert, and German beer. Ron the Music Man is back – lederhosen  and all – with music to celebrate in style. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for guests Get your tickets now from Roxanne Evans at or (352) 561-6079. Tickets must be purchased in advance; no sales at the door. Deadline for ticket sales is Friday, October 11. We will also continue collecting your “change” (dollars are good, too) at our meeting for Thanksgiving meals for the children of Stanton-Weirsdale School and their families. 


​October 20 – Packers vs. Raiders

 ​Our next Packer viewing party will be Sunday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. at Cody’s, Lake Sumter Landing. Please let Bill Cammack know you are coming so he can reserve your place in the bar area. E-mail him at, call or text 312-304-7757 within 2 days of the game. Wear your Wisconsin Club badge to ensure that your seat is not taken by someone else who is not in our Club. Debbie Hall will be running the pool. Take a chance; you may be lucky! 


​Program Year Off to a Good Start


Thank you to our own Bill Cammack, Trivia Master, for starting our year in September with a night of Packer trivia. Also to MaryKay Childress, his helper during the evening. Winners were the team of John Krivitz, and Jan and Rollie Symicek. We all learned the significance of  August 11, 1919 – the date the Packers were founded 100 years ago. 

​Our  special guest at the meeting was Mrs. Cynthia Brodie, principal of Stanton-Weirsdale School. She shared information about her school. More than 70% of the school’s 560+ children qualify for free or reduced lunch. All of the students receive a hot breakfast  and lunch each day. For some, those are their only hot meals. Mrs. Brodie stressed the importance of meeting the children’s basic needs before academics can be taught. Right now some children from the Bahamas, recently hit by Hurricane Dorian, are at the school.  Mrs. Brodie told us about several interesting programs at the school including a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) lab, robotics, school garden, students wearing heart rate monitors during physical education class, kids using a telescope, and 5th  graders touring the College of Central Florida in Ocala.   ​The school children give back collecting pop tops for the local Ronald McDonald House. The school has topped other schools in Marion County for 2 years with this endeavor. About one hundred volunteers  come to the school and more are always needed. Mrs. Brodie spoke about the joy volunteers can experience when they let a first grader read to them. If you are interested in volunteering, click here for a volunteer form. Last month I asked who was the principal of the school. Al Tomchek was the winner of complimentary dues for 2020. 


Golf Outing

 ​The  golf scramble on September 28 was an outing enjoyed by all. Congrats to winners! First place was won by Lou & Judy Ventura and David & Sue Dehl, second place by Pat & Jim Heinz and Roger & Sharon Andeoli, third place by Don & Marilyn Butenhof and Rita & Peter  Cepukenes. Mike & Kathy Neleson, were first time golfers from our Club. Thank you to Marilyn for making the arrangements for our Club. Watch your newsletter for the spring scramble. 


​Sign up for November and December Day Trips

 ​Join  fellow Club members on Friday, November 15 in Orlando for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, dinner, and re-enactment of that fateful night. Depart Lake Sumter Landing at 5:00 p.m., arrive back at 11:30 p.m. Cost is $94/person.
Or Saturday, December 7 for the Singing Christmas Trees – matinee and lunch buffet. Christmas classics featuring a huge choir, full orchestra, dance, drama, and a display of 250,000 lights. Depart Lake Sumter Landing at 10:00 a.m., arrive back around 5:30 p.m.  Cost is $96/person.
If you are interested in either of these trips, contact Roxanne at or  352-561-6079. We will also have a sign-up sheet at our October meeting. 


 ​November 18 – Music with Mike & Terrie
Mike and Terrie are singers/performers having more fun than the law allows! Get your dancing shoes on! Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. 


Holiday Party

 ​Monday, December 9, 6:00 p.m. at Savannah Center

Music Remembrance Trio will entertain us with sacred and popular Christmas songs, holiday trivia, name that tune contests,  and more. This will be a fun, interactive evening.  ​

Dinner (roast beef and chicken) will be catered by Lil Bits Catering. Get your tickets at the September meeting or from Roxanne Evans at  (352) 561-6079.

Cost is $35 per person for members; $40 for non-members and guests.  


​January 20 – Petrina

 ​Here's another Villages favorite who will entertain. A high energy personality with a wonderful singing voice, she makes an evening fun. You’ll be up and dancing before you know it. Starting time: 6:30 p.m 


​February 17 – Mary Jo Vitale

 ​One of The Villages own, brings beauty and feeling to her vocal interpretations. She has a tremendous musical versatility and lots of positive energy.  Starting  time: 6:30 p.m 


​March 16 – Casino Night

 ​A Very Special Event – It’s a Casino Night fundraiser for the Stanton-Weirsdale School that our Club has supported for several years. Professional dealers, authentic casino tables, and decor will  bring the thrill and excitement of Las Vegas to our Club. Plus a photo booth and DJ to keep us going throughout the evening. A limited number of tickets ($25/person) will be available in the new year.  Starting time:  6:00 p.m. 


Wisconsin Club Open Game Night

 ​Join other Club members on the 4th Monday of every month, 6:00 p.m., Bacall Rec Center on Canal Street. It’s open to any  card games. BYOB and snacks. Questions? Call Judy Cimbalnik at 262-391-9869. 

Sheepshead Card Night

Every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m., Colony Cottage Rec Center. If you are interested, please contact Hal Baumann at or 352-259-6552 by Saturday before  Tuesday night so he will know if there are enough players for a table. It’s is 25-50-75 table.

You could be a winner now. Answer this question: When were the Packers founded? E-mail Jeanne Engle at with your answer. First correct answer wins a fabulous prize. 


For Your Consideration

 Since we’re celebrating Oktoberfest, it seemed appropriate to write something about the Germans in Wisconsin. Not only were Germans the largest immigrant group to settle in Wisconsin in the 19th century, they were the largest group of European immigrants to the United  States during that time period.

Most entered in three major waves between 1845 and 1900, spurred by political, social, and economic upheavals in Europe. The earliest groups came for largely religious and political reasons. Those who migrated after mid-century  were primarily farmers, artisans, and laborers. By 1900, German-born residents constituted about ten percent of the total population and around 47 percent of the foreign-born population in Wisconsin. In 1950, persons of German heritage dominated 41 of Wisconsin's  72 counties, and they were the primary ancestry in Green Bay and Milwaukee. 

 ​​When we think of Germans, we think of beer and cannot fail to mention Captain Frederick Pabst, marketing genius, who ran what was the world’s largest brewery during his time.

Pabst Brewing Company went through a few iterations before being taken over by the Captain. In 1844 Jacob Best, Sr. created a brewery with his four sons. Two brothers left the business to start their own brewery that eventually became Miller Brewing Company  when it was purchased by Frederick Miller. By 1859 Phillip Best was the sole proprietor of the Best Brewing Company. His oldest daughter married Frederick Pabst in 1862. In 1864 Pabst purchased half interest in Best Brewing. However, it wasn’t until 1889 that  the name was officially changed to the Pabst Brewing Company. 

 Pabst Brewing achieved national recognition during the 1893 World’s Fair (Columbian Exposition) held in Chicago. Pabst had a pavilion inside the Agricultural Building showcasing the brewing company’s building atop an elaborate platform supported by gnomes.  Pabst was presented with a certificate for brewing excellence at the Exposition, not the often-thought blue ribbon.

Pabst understood  the importance of advertising and was one of the first to utilize a national campaign. To give his product and insignia exposure everywhere, he created a real estate empire stretching from coast to coast and border to border. Hundreds and hundreds of Pabst  taverns were created and leased all over the country. The red circle and hop leaf emblem was seen in every major American city by 1900. 

​You would think that given our rich brewing history, Wisconsin would rank #1 in beer consumption, but we’re only #5 at 34.3 gallons per capita. However, we can still raise a cold one to celebrate the achievement of the Germans in Wisconsin, especially the brew  meisters. Prost!

And remember, when you’ve  said Wisconsin, you’ve said it all!

Jeanne Engle