April 2018 President’s Newsletter

March Meeting – What an Enjoyable Evening!

An energetic group of members got the evening started with a little friendly competition to find at least six things everyone at their table had in common, excluding of course Wisconsin Club membership and a few other common themes.  With a Culver’s opening the day of our meeting, we found out most in attendance love Culvers and many had already sampled the menu items.

We danced to the music of Miller and Mark, a husband and wife duo making their first appearance at a club meeting.  The music and vocals were great; I believe they were one of the best groups we have had the pleasure of performing for us.  I hope we can get them back again.  Jeanne Engle deserves a big “THANK YOU” for the club mixer and getting us the fine entertainment.

We welcomed two new members, Steve and Sherry Atkinson of Lake Delton.  I hope they enjoyed themselves and will come back soon.


2018-19 Officer Elections

In accordance with our bylaws, we elected our officers for 2018-19.  Our officers for 2018-19 include:

President, MaryKay Childress

Vice President-Programs, Jeanne Engle

Treasurer, Hal Baumann

Membership Chair and Assistant Treasurer, Roxanne Evans

Secretary, Richard Thies

Their official duties start June 1, 2018.  Please give them your support as they work to keep our club one of the best in The Villages.


May 21, Meeting – Club Picnic 6 PM

Our May 21 meeting will be our potluck club picnic under the gazebo (weather permitting).  The club will provide ribs and chicken from the Oakwood Grill.  Plates, napkins, and utensils will be provided.  Please BYOB.  If the weather is good, we should be able to get in some spirited bocce ball, corn hole, or shuffleboard completion.  For the potluck, just bring one of your favorites.

We plan to send out an Evite for this meeting; please respond if you plan to attend.


Game Night

Our next game night is Monday, April 23rd.  Monday, May 28th and Monday, June 25th are also game nights at 6 PM at the Bacall Rec Center on Canal Street.  If interested, just show up; BYOB and snacks.  These fun nights continue each month on the fourth Monday unless otherwise announced.


Dining Out Takes a Trip to Sanford

Over 30 members, part of numerous smaller dining out groups, traveled to Hollenbach’s Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford recently for a large group dinner.  Reports are the food was great and the German-themed music outstanding.  Judy Cimbalnik deserves a big THANK YOU for her work for our club.  Based on the photos, I think it’s safe to say everyone enjoyed themselves.


Joint Golf Outings

Sign up has closed for the joint golf outing the Paradise club on May 5 at the Pimlico and Belmont courses.  If you have signed up, you should get your tee time information via the villages tee time system.  After the event, golfers will get together for food, fellowship, and prizes.  Dinah and I hope to see you there.  THANK YOU Marylyn Butenhof for your efforts in getting our members involved.


2018 Dues remain $5 per member

Joanie Schachtner will be collecting dues for 2018 at the May meeting.  New members will be issued new magnetic name holders at no charge.  If one is lost, there will be a nominal replacement fee.


Membership list to be reviewed

At the end of May, we will be eliminating from our membership roster and email list the names of members who have not paid dues since June 1, 2016.  If you are one of these members and wish to continue to receive club information, please attend the May meeting and renew your membership for $5 per member.  As an alternative, write a check to Wisconsin Club Lake Sumter and mail it to Hal Baumann, 2003 Ridge Spring Drive, The Villages, Fl 32162.


President’s Personal Message.

With the wintery weather Wisconsin has experienced this month, I continue to enjoy the comforts of our Florida weather, even though playing golf in 15-25 mph winds is challenging.  At least we don’t have to worry about slipping on the ice or shoveling that heavy wet April snow.  The Green Bay area got so much snow that a roof over a hotel pool collapsed; fortunately no one was hurt.

Even our Badgers were affected; the spring football game was cancelled.  I don’t recall that ever happening before.  But now that we are past the spring practices, I am already looking forward to the first game of the 2018 season on August 31st.  Hopefully Dinah and I will be in good health and will be ready to ride the game day bus from the Fifth Quarter in Verona.

One of my goals for the fall is to meet Farmer John, the provider of our cheese curds that have been such a success.  My understanding is he comes from Dodgeville to be at the Fitchburg Farmers Market each week.  Speaking of cheese curds, Culvers has deep fried curds on their menu. 

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

Your President
Richard Thies