Welcome to WI Club Lake Sumter

Welcome to WI Club Lake Sumter

Welcome to WI Club Lake SumterWelcome to WI Club Lake SumterWelcome to WI Club Lake Sumter

February 2020 President's newsletter


Love is in the air . . .

And as Ann Landers said, "Love is friendship that has caught fire." May the many friendships you have made in the Wisconsin Club catch fire.

Welcome to new members who joined our Club last month: Wally & Nancy Bauer, Cathy Faust, Michael & Geri Heppe, Jeff & Lynda Johnston, Bonnie & Jerry Pozolinski. 

Renew your membership this month. Dues are $10/person and will be taken at our February meeting. 

February - Mary Jo VItale


We welcome Mary Jo Vitale for a beautiful concert of musical numbers appropriate for Valentine's month. As a sparkling performer, Mary Jo brings beauty and feeling to her vocal interpretations as well as tremendous musical versatility and limitless positive energy to her shows. She entertains regularly at Katie Belle's in the Villages where she performs light opera and Broadway favorites. The Villages is indeed delighted to list this glamorous artist as one of its own. Starting time: 6:30 p.m. BYOB and snacks to share at your individual table.

RSVP here (there is no charge for this program but we want to make sure we have enough seats for all members who are attending)


March 16 – Casino Night - A Very Special Event - 6:00 p.m. start

Experience the thrill and excitement of Las Vegas during our March meeting. Tickets are on sale now. $25 for members/$30 for nonmembers. Get yours at the February meeting or contact Roxanne Evans, or (352) 561-6079. 

The night of the event you will exchange your ticket for a Player Card that is worth $300 in chips to use to gamble. Minimum bets are $1 to $5. You will also receive one raffle ticket for smaller prizes that will be drawn throughout the evening. Additional Player Cards worth $300 in chips will be sold for $10 each. The more you play and win, the better your chances for a grand prize.

At the end of the evening you will exchange your “chips” for another raffle ticket. $100 of chips will get you one raffle ticket. You will put those tickets in a drum and from there we will draw for the top prize winners of a $250, $150, and $100 Visa gift card (one prize only per person).

We will also have a photo booth so you can take your picture to remember the evening. A DJ will provide dancing music throughout the night. The Club will provide LIGHT snacks. BYOB. 

This will be a fun Vegas night, a “fun” raiser for our members.

Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring snacks to share at your table. BYOB.


They are back! Wisconsin Singers, Wednesday, March 18

Savannah Center, 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. shows

The Wisconsin Singers, a show choir made up of UW-Madison students (think Glee if you watched that TV show in the past), return to The Villages.

Discount coupons for $2 off up to 6 tickets per coupon will once again be available at our February meeting. Prices are $25 for Villagers or $23 with the coupon. Tickets are on sale now! Invite your friends and neighbors for an evening of Big Song, Big Dance, Big Entertainment. 
The Wisconsin Singers 52nd season show features the best of the past 40 years of pop music. This year’s show, Hold On To Your Dreams, is non-stop fun that impresses with stellar song and dance, big band sound, and classic Badger spirit featuring the top talents of UW-Madison students. 
Note: Our Club earns a portion of the proceeds from these shows so let's have a great turnout for the Wisconsin Singers!


 March 19 - Putt the Himalayas
Special Social for Club Members
Palmer Legends Golf Course
10:00 a.m. followed by lunch 

This is miniature golf (9 holes) on steroids and a real blast! Show off your “golfing” skills or lack thereof on a challenging and fun course. No obstacles but lots of hills and valleys and very few flat lies to test your skills. All you need is a putter and a golf ball. $5/person for golf. Lunch, on your own at Arnold’s, will follow. Sign up at the February meeting or contact Roxanne Evans, or (352) 561-6079. Don't miss out on the fun! 


May 31, 1:00 p.m. Brewers vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

It's another special social event for our Club. Brewer fans will want to cheer on the team at this interleague game against the Rays. This is the Brewers’ 50th anniversary season and the forecast for a winning season is good. If you are interested in attending sign up at the February meeting or contact Roxanne Evans, or (352) 561-6079. Watch for more information on ticket prices and transportation in future newsletters..


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.

Step Up and Volunteer


Step up and volunteer

Put up our Wis Put up our Wisconsin flags at our monthly meetings and store them between meetings for the coming year. It’s an easy assembly and the flags take up very little storage space. Please e-mail me ( if you can help. The first member to respond will be rewarded with tickets to the upcoming Wisconsin Singers concert on March 18. 


Packer Viewing Parties and Sneak Peak for the 2020 Season

Thank you to Bill Cammack and MaryKay Childress who coordinated the Packer viewing parties this season and to Wendy Folberg for coordinating the Badger viewing party on January 1.
Now for the sneak peak. The Packers will be playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 in Tampa. We have reserved a block of tickets at Raymond James Stadium. We will know the schedule at the end of April. At that time we will e-mail our members to let you know when the game will be played and to get your commitment to attend. A ticket will be between $60-$80 and a bus ride will cost about $20 per person. Once the schedule comes out, you will have a week to make a commitment.  

Don't miss these meetings for the remainder of the season


May 18 – Annual Picnic. Starting time 6:00 p.m.

See our website at for more details on all these programs.
And follow our Club on Facebook Wisconsin Club Lake Sumter. 

Sunshine Report

"Sunshine" Report

 No one to report this month. If you know of a member who is ill or in the hospital, let me know ( so we can send healing vibes from the Club. 


 Thinking of the winter I am not experiencing, I am reminded of the Ice Age Trail. No, not the one in Wisconsin that lasts from October to May, rather a nearly 1,200-mile footpath contained entirely within the state. The trail is one of only 11 National Scenic Trails in the country established by Congress in 1980.

The western end of the Ice Age Trail is located in Interstate State Park on the St. Croix River in Polk County and the eastern end in Potawatomi State Park on Green Bay in Door County. The Ice Age Trail extends north from Lincoln County and south to Rock County. The trail follows the edge of the last continental glacier. As the glacier melted, it left behind remnants that are now considered among the world’s finest examples of continental glaciation.  

The Ice Age Trail travels through 30 of our 72 counties on state, federal, county, and private lands, connecting dozens of communities. There are hundreds of trail heads and access points located along the route. More than 600 miles of trail are open. The completed sections of the Ice Age Trail are connected by less-traveled roadways and other temporary routes. Sixty percent of Wisconsin’s residents live within 20 miles of the trail. More than 1.25 million people use the Ice Age Trail year round. Hundreds of volunteers have given thousands of hours to the trail for decades.

A significant section of the Ice Age Trail meanders through an area in southeast Wisconsin known as the Kettle Moraine. Some 20,000 years ago, two massive lobes of a great ice sheet – up to two miles thick – met along a line extending northeast from Walworth County through the Oconomowoc Lake country to Kewaunee County. The collision caused tremendous pressure, friction, and buckling of the land surface. When the glacier began its retreat about 10,000 years later, many different land forms emerged. 

Kettles (bowl-shaped depressions) were formed by large, detached blocks of melting ice. Moraines are ridges formed by gravel, sand, and boulders carried by the glacier and deposited at its front. Drumlins are elongated, teardrop-shaped hills. Eskers (rounded, curvy ridges of sand and gravel) were a result of deposits from streams that flowed through tunnels at the base of the glacier. Many lakes, bogs, and wetlands are also a direct result of glacial activity.

The Ice Age Trail is an ideal way to explore our great state whether for a day, a week, or a month. And if you cover the entire trail route on foot, you can apply to the Ice Age Trail Alliance and be recognized as a Thousand-Miler!

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

Jeanne Engle