WI Club Lake Sumter May/June 2017 Newsletter

Great Weather for the May Meeting

Sunny skies, a nice breeze, a little competition, new members, and to top it off, a great selection of food were all present Monday, May 15th at Colony Cottage as close to 50 members enjoyed our picnic. Our use of an E-Invite to confirm planned meeting attendance was a success. I expect we will use this process again in the future.

We announced that $300 donations were being made to Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary School and Combat Veterans to Careers. Late last summer, we also donated $250 to Stanton-Weirsdale. The funds for these donations came from the club’s half of the monthly 50/50 raffles. Bill Cammack volunteers at Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary as have Mike Feeney and MaryKay Childress. Helen Feeney is a regular volunteer for Combat Veterans to Careers. Bill Cammack presented the check to the school on May 22nd.

A spirited Corn Hole (some birdie said it was renamed a Badger Toss) competition took place with the final two rounds held inside after we feasted on the Publix fried chicken and a variety of great dishes brought by our members.

Welcome to our new members. Joining were Mike and Marlene Jaskaniec  (Madison), David J. and Carole Magesto  (Brookfield), Frank Rudrud and Connie Print (LaCrosse/Madison), and Skip and Connie Willis (Milwaukee/Oshkosh). Invite your friends with Wisconsin ties to join you in coming back this fall when we start our new program year.

Mike Feeney – We will miss you and your constant smile!

Mike Feeney, a longtime Wisconsin Club member, and a Past President passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017. A celebration of his life was held at the El Santiago Recreation Center on May 18th. Many of the Wisconsin Club members knew Mike much longer than Dinah and I. I will always remember Mike’s constant smile whenever we meet. He was a constant presence at Cody’s for our Packer football parties. Please keep Helen and their families in your prayers.

Game Night

Monday, June 26th, Monday, July 24th, and Monday, August 28th are the next three game nights at 6 PM at Bacall Rec. Center on Canal Street. If interested, just show up; BYOB and snacks. These fun nights continue each month on the fourth Monday.

Joint Wisconsin Club Golf Outing

Marylyn Butenhof will be at our September meeting to sign up interested members for the fall event ($2) which will be on September 30th (Hawkes Bay or Saddlebrook).  Foursomes are picked at random.  Singles are always welcomed.  Participants get a ticket for a pitcher of beer or a soft drink.  The group gathers after golf at a local restaurant for drinks and awarding of prizes.  It is a great way to get to know other people with Wisconsin connections.  Ray Haas (352-750-5142) of the Paradise Club is the event Chair.

Sept. 18, 2017 Meeting Starts our 2017-18 Program Year

Program details are still being developed but we are tentatively planning to have a Wisconsin Sports Trivia night on Monday, September 18, 2017, at 7 PM at Colony Cottage Rec. Center. More information will be forthcoming.

2017 Holiday Party

Yes, it isn’t even summer yet, but it is not too early to reserve the date for our joint Wisconsin Club Holiday Party, scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Colony Cottage Recreation Center. Our Club is hosting the event this year.  I am acting as the event chair.  If you would like to help in any way, please call (608-444-9610) or email me @ rhthies41@gmail.com.  We plan to start selling tickets by the end of August.

Program Ideas Welcomed

Have you attended another meeting that featured entertainment you would like at our club?  Do you remember a past club entertainer or subject you want to have us bring back?  What types of meetings do you like?

We want your input.  We plan to survey our members in June.  Please complete the survey.  The survey will have space for comments that might not be otherwise fully covered by the survey questions.  In addition, you can contact incoming VP Jeanne Engle (joyfulwoman@yahoo.com), past VP MaryKay Childress (MaryKay.Childress@yahoo.com), or any other board member to let us know what you like to see, hear or do.

President’s Personal Message

Dinah and I had the pleasure of joining a couple from the Paradise club and competing in the joint Wisconsin Club May 5th golf outing. Enjoying our playing partners company was great as was the quality of the food we enjoyed after golf at Hacienda Hills. Of course, it didn’t hurt that we played well on the Hawkes Bay course. Our schedule will not allow us to play in September but we strongly encourage our members to sign up, have fun, and make some new friends.

Speaking of having fun, I did just that recently when I went to the Bacall for game night. I had not played sheepshead for over 40 years, but with some friendly coaching, and occasional grimaces, Mary Ann and Hal, Joe, Bill, and Don made me feel at home. I thought I would not start playing cards again until I could not play golf. Now I think I will be a more frequent player at these fun nights.

Lynn Bartlett, your faith in the Milwaukee Brewers may be rewarded this year. As I write this message, the Brewers are in first place in their division. Only time will tell if this continues but for now, it’s great to have another sports team from Wisconsin to cheer on.

As you go about your daily activities, either here in the Villages, or while up north or traveling, be proud to say “We are from Wisconsin”.

Your President
Richard Thies