November 2018 President’s Message

Hello Wisconsin Club, Lake Sumter!

Welcome to our new members and welcome back to our returning snowbird members! Where has the time gone? Can you believe it’s November? Gosh. It’s almost Christmas again. The Holidays will be upon us in a matter of weeks.

Some of you may have missed our Oktoberfest. Thank you Jeannie Engle for another successful event. It was tough to compete with a night that also included a Packer game and a Brewers game. I wish the games had turned out better for us. It looked like everyone had a good time at the pig roast though. I saw several people taking selfies with the pig. That was pretty funny.

A huge Thank You to all of you that contributed to the Stanton-Weirsdale “Change a Child’s Holiday”! I am so proud to announce, our Club will make a difference this Thanksgiving for 8 very appreciative families! These families, unable to provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal ,will receive a large turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, a side dish and dessert thanks to your generosity. What a Blessing for them! Thank you again.

Mary Ann Welke has graciously agreed to take on the Hospitality responsibility for our meetings. THANK YOU SO MUCH MARY ANN!!!

For my WI Athletic enthusiasts, let’s recap our standings. Well, we all know how the Brewers ended up, but wouldn’t that have been awesome if they made it to the World Series! I hear the Bucks have their game on this season! They currently are in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. The Badgers didn’t win our conference, but hopefully, they will get an invitation to a good bowl game. As for our Packers…we just had a great win against the Dolphins. Hopefully, it’s the start of a trend. Please remember we gather at Cody’s, Lake Sumter, for the Noon – 4:30 PM games, but we don’t reserve seats for the late games. Please contact Bill Cammack ( for the details and PLEASE call or email Bill to save your seat. Every week I see folks come in and fill our reserved section, but then people who actually contacted Bill “to reserve their seats” miss out. It’s not fair, but we don’t have any other way to control it, so please contact Bill 2 days before the game if you can. Thank you for your cooperation.


November 19 Meeting, 7:00 pm

Singer, Kim Marie Manske, has been entertaining in Milwaukee, Las Vegas, and New York City. Her repertoire includes songs from the 1930s to the present. We welcome a fellow Wisconsinite (and Floridian, in the winter) to the stage in November.

Fifteen lbs. of cheese curds have been ordered from Farmer John in Dodgeville, WI! We will be serving them at that meeting too, so you won’t want to bet late! 
Make sure to bring snacks to share at your table; BYOB.

Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7:00 pm


Holiday Party 2018

December 17 – A Winter Wonderland 
Join your fellow Wisconsinites to celebrate the season while dancing the night away to Dana Kamide and Sharon Aguilar of the Buzzcatz. This year’s joint Wisconsin Clubs Holiday Party is being hosted by the On Wisconsin Club.
The date is Monday, December 17 with a start time of 6:00 p.m. Buffet dinner by Cathy’s Classic Catering (including Chicken Francese and Pork Tenderloin), door prizes, silent auction, and 50/50 promise an evening of good food, fun, and fellowship. The party is at Seabreeze Recreation Center, 2384 Buena Vista Blvd. Cost is $35 per person. Contact our treasurer Hal Baumann for tickets at or 352-259-6552. 


Day Trips

The St. Augustine Christmas Lights trip is sold out!

Lynn is arranging a trip to Tampa Bay Downs on Friday, Feb 1st. Tickets are $65.00 and will include the bus, tickets, Party Suite, lunch buffet, dedicated servers, and programs. We need a minimum of 25 people to sign up to have this event. Tickets will be available at our November meeting. To learn more about the Tampa Bay Downs trip or any upcoming trips please contact Lynn Bartlett at

Thank you Lynn for organizing these fun trips for us!


Game Nights

WI Club OPEN Game Nights are the 4th Monday, of every month at 6 PM at the Bacall Rec Center on Canal Street. We’re open to any card games! If interested, just show up by 6 PM; BYOB and snacks. These fun nights continue each month on the fourth Monday unless otherwise announced. If you have questions, you may call Mary Ann Welke at 352-223-9358.

Tuesday’s Sheepshead is at Colony at 6 PM. 
If interested, please contact Hal Baumann at 352-259-6552 by the Saturday before that Tuesday. This will let Hal know if we have enough players for a table. 
Remember this is a 25-50-75 table. 
Also, if you know of anyone else that would like to play sheepshead, please contact Hal at or 352-223-9358 and he will add them to the contact list.


Wisconsin Singers

The Wisconsin Singers will be here again on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, with performances at 5 and 8 PM.

This group of high energy college students, most of whom are not music majors, get no funding from the University of Wisconsin.

In addition to helping them fund continued performances, our purchase of tickets serves as a fundraiser for the three Wisconsin Clubs in the Villages. This year our club is responsible for getting the bottled water for the singers used at the event this year (we will be reimbursed).

Discount coupons available to us before our January 2019 meeting.


Support the Pack at our viewing Parties!

We will be supporting the Green Bay Packers at the Cody’s in Lake Sumter this season. Please, kindly RSVP to Bill Cammack at or 312-304-7757 within 2 days of the game for reserved seating. This is very important so you have your seats and you do not lose out. In other words, RSVP or you’re NOT getting a seat!


We’re looking for someone to do our communications

Do you have communications expertise or would you like to learn how to create newsletters? We are looking for someone to lead communications for the WI Club starting next September. Training is included! If interested please contact me at


Go Pack GO! 
Thanks for being a part of our Club!

MaryKay Childress, President 

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