February 2016 President’s Message

Helen 1It is February already…Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you are all surviving the cold temperatures we have this week and bet many of you are giving the Movie Theater managers a lot to celebrate after their Super Bowl Sunday rash of open seats!

As you all may know, it is time for me to present a full slate of candidates running for offices for the 2016/2017 fiscal year. I would love to do that at this upcoming meeting, but, it seems, I won’t be able to do so! This magnificent club of ours still needs one of you to step up and tell us you will run for the office of Treasurer. If you are interested, please contact Bill Cammack, the Nominations Committee chair at billcammack@hotmail.com, or at 352-399-5754. You can also call Dinah Theis, 608-444-9610thiesdinah@gmail.com, or Judy Cimbalnik, 262-391-9869,jcjudycim@gmail.com.

I am very confident one of you will step up before the February meeting Monday night. I feel this great club may disband if this does not happen.

By the way, you do not have to live here full-time to hold this position. We have an assistant Treasurer who will take over when you are up north for the summer. Please consider stepping up!

February Meeting

The next meeting will be February 15 starting at 6:45 PM. We will have an important update from Bryan Lifsey from Senior’s vs. Crime. If you have never heard this presentation, or haven’t heard it lately, you won’t want to miss this. It is critical information for anyone living in The Villages. Bryan’s presentation will be followed by a fun trivia contest which we will do while eating some wonderful Ollie’s ice cream–no charge to you!

Upcoming Events

Tri County Jr. Golf

Junior golfTri County Jr. Golf, a charity of ours, is looking for volunteers for their Golf Fest on March 11-12. Contact David Izzo, Director atdavidizzo@comcast.net352-615-1957, or their website www.tcjg.org to sign up. They are counting on us, so tell him you are from our WI Club.



Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay DownsWe still have some open seats on the bus for the March 12 Tampa Bay Downs event. Feel free to ask your friends and neighbors and houseguests to join us for this fun-filled day of horse racing and food. Get in touch with Hal Baumann, hal.baumann59@gmail.com or 352-259-6552… time is running out to get this 2nd bus filled! Don’t miss out on this fun day together, and the hat judging contest!


Wisconsin Singers

WI Club singersIt’s not too late to get your tickets to see the wonderful performance of the WI Singers on March 23 at the Savannah Center. Remember that our club gets the benefit of a portion of the proceeds from the incredibly entertaining show so come out and support your state and your club.



Dora Canal Cruise

The trip to Mt. Dora for the Dora Canal Cruise still has some openings. This is scheduled for April 6. Call or email John Krivitz, 352-239-1988,jwkrivitz@gmail.com today!

Ladies Lunch-Out with Helen

Whispering OaksThose of you chosen for this event – remember it is on February 23. Meeting time is 11:00 at the Whispering Oaks Winery. Their address is 10934 County Road 475, Oxford, FL 34484. That is straight out Hwy.44 west of Wildwood. See you there!




WI Club & Friends Panama Canal & SW Carribean 2016 Cruise… still interested? Dates are Nov. 26 – Dec. 6, 2016.  Cruise on the MSC Divina.  There are spots still available!  For more information or to reserve your passage call Barb Sphar at 352-259-1372.

Game Night is always the 4th Monday of the month–Feb. 22, this month, at Bacall Rec Center, 6:00 starting time.



We are now a very strong and fun group of 360 members! Most of you have renewed your dues for 2016, but for those of you who have not yet renewed, they were due by January 31st! Please send your dues of $5 per person to Joanie Schachtner, 1297 Tambourine Terrace, TV 32163 or pay at the February 15th meeting. Joanie will be at Colony by 6:30 to accept new members and renewals. On an additional note, all members, please email your Villages mailing address to Joanie at oldblonde@me.com so that we have it to send you tickets and additional information. Your address, as well as your email, will always be kept private by your Board.


We are introducing a new segment this month – Members of the Month. We will highlight members every month that helps make the WI Club Lake Sumter great. This month’s members are Sheldon and Penny Larsen.

Sheldon and Penny Larsen

Image previewShel and Penny have been visiting The Villages since 2004 and bought here in the Village of Summerhill in 2012. They hail from Green Bay, WI where Shel worked for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Highways Division and Penny worked for five neurosurgeons. This is their 4th year in the WIClub and they have enjoyed the various events including the cruise last year.

They like to play golf, shuffleboard, pickleball and belong to the Motor Racing Club. They have a son who lives in Cedarburg and a daughter who lives in Green Bay and have six grandchildren.


VillagesHometownBand (1)I would also like to alert you to a fine performance of The Villages Hometown Band, performing at Savannah Center on February 17, at 7:00 pm. Our fellow member of the club, and in the same Dine-Out group with Mike and I, Bob Smidt, plays in this band and gave me the flyer for it. Let’s see if a few of us can attend this together.. this Band plays terrific Pops music…not to be missed!

See you at the meeting….and remember to BYOB and a snack for your table to share!

Helen Feeney