January 2019 President’s Message

Happy New Year Wisconsin Club, Lake Sumter!

We had 42 members from our club attend the Christmas Party at Sea Breeze. Good times with good people and Holiday Cheer all around. Next year we will be hosting the Christmas Holiday party. We are considering moving it up closer to the beginning of December, hoping to catch more of our members in town. “The more the merrier!”

We have had great attendance at Cody’s Lake Sumter this year, watching our Packers rise n’ fall. But there is always next year! The Lake Sumter Cody’s has been very accommodating and we have more tables at this location than we had at Brownwood, so we are going to continue to support our PACK next year at the Cody’s in Lake Sumter. Speaking of the Packers… “This Just In” The Green Bay Packers hired Matt LaFleur to be their next head coach. LaFleur (39) spent this past season as the Tennessee Titans’ offensive coordinator and previously worked under Sean McVay for the Los Angeles Rams and Kyle Shanahan with the Atlanta Falcons. LaFleur replaced Mike McCarthy, who was 135-85-2 (including playoffs) but was fired with four games left in his 13th season as Green Bay’s coach. The Packers finished 6-9-1. Looking forward to our next Season. GO PACK GO!

January 21 – Trivia with Villager Tom Gourlay

NOTE: Our January 21 meeting will be at Lake Miona Recreation Center, 1526 Buena Vista Blvd, in the Enterprise Room

Doors open at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 PM. Non-members may attend for a $5 guest fee.

Clear your head of anything that’s not trivial.

Work with folks at your table to answer questions about TV shows, movies, celebrities, and music from the 50s thru 70s. BIG prizes will be awarded.

In addition, we will hear a presentation from Combat Veterans to Careers, one of the charities that our Club supports.

It’s a potluck appetizer meeting so bring a dessert, snack (cheese, crackers, chips & dip, cocktail meats), fruit, or veggies to share with everyone. BYOB for yourself. There will also be a Door prize Drawing. See you then!


February 18 – Mexican Night

February marks our Mexican celebration. Get your tickets now for this evening of Mexican food (fajitas and all the fixin’s) from Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant in Wildwood and music (Mariachi & Latin) from the Romantics Trio out of Sarasota.

Tickets are $12 (members) or $17 (non-members). Call or e-mail Treasurer Hal Baumann (352-259-6552 or hal.baumann2018@gmail.com) by Thursday, February 7.

Note there will be an earlier 6:00 p.m. start for our Mexican Night.

Day Trips

If you have already signed up for the Tampa Bay Downs trip please contact Lynn at bartlett8703@comcast.net or call 352-633-2496 to confirm your attendance.

If you haven’t signed up but would like to go, we have room!! Contact Lynn to sign up.

Please make checks payable to: WI Club Lake Sumter
Mail to: Lynn Bartlett
1729 Dutchess Loop
The Villages, FL 32162

Deadline for sign-up is January 15th.

Details on the Tampa Bay Downs trip: http://www.senioradventures.net/id20.html

When: February 1, 2019
Time: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm
Cost: $65. per person

Live Thoroughbred Horse Racing! This trip includes bus, admission, Party Suite with excellent views of the finish line and optional grandstand seating, buffet lunch with roasted turkey w/apple stuffing and savory roast beef, racing program, and meal gratuity.

If interested contact Lynn Bartlett at bartlett8703@comcast.net or call 352-633-2496. Departures for our Day Trips are from Recreation Plantation (609 Highway 466, Lady Lake)

March event:
March 1st – Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café German Restaurant in Sanford. This event will be bus transportation ONLY (included in price). Maximum of 40 people (we can only reserve 40 seats at the restaurant) and ordering will be from the menu only. If interested, please call Lynn 352-633-2496 or email her at Bartlett8703@comcast.net with any questions.

Deadline for this event is February 20th. Either sign up and pay at our January meeting, or checks (made out to WI Club, Lake Sumter) can be sent to Hal at: Hal Baumann, 2003 Ridge Spring Drive, The Villages, Fl 32162.

We recently received additional information regarding the bus. Lamar’s bus can hold 36 people and will cost approx. $875.00, $25 per person if we can fill the bus. More on that at our next meeting

To learn more about the Tampa Bay Downs trip, German restaurant trip or any other upcoming trips, please contact Lynn Bartlett at Bartlett8703@comcast.net or 352-633-2496.

Thank you Lynn Bartlett for organizing these trips.

Wisconsin Club Golf Outing

Joe Keyzers 715-892-7724 is managing our March Golf Tournament!

When: March 26th
Where: Harbor Hills Country Club, 6538 Lake Griffin Rd. Lady Lake
Event: Four-person scramble. Make up your own team or sign up and we will assign you to a team.
Shotgun start at 8:15 AM. Golf only $37.00 Lunch: additional $17.00 P.P.

Joe will be addressing our club with more details and to answer any questions at our Jan 21 meeting at Lake Miona.

You must sign up and pay Hal at our January or February meeting.

Make reservations by sending an email with your group names to hal.baumann2018@gmail.com

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

Become a part of our Leadership Team!!

We are looking for a Social Media person starting in June 2019. Nancy Miller, our current social media person will train you! We need to fill this position by May 2019. If you are computer savvy, WE NEED YOU!

We are also looking for a Vice President for 2019, along with a Secretary and a Treasurer. Our Board of Officers is amazing! Please help out and volunteer your time.

Game Nights

WI Club OPEN Game Nights
Each month on 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, show up by 6 PM; BYOB and snacks. If you have questions, you may call Mary Ann Welke at 352-223-9358.

Sheepshead is every Tuesday at Colony at 6 PM.
If interested, please contact Hal Baumann at hal.baumann2018@gmail.com or 352-259-6552 by the Saturday before that Tuesday. This will let Hal know if we have enough players for a table.
This is a 25-50-75 table.

Closing Thoughts

If you have ideas or suggestions and would like to volunteer to plan our meetings

please let us know. We are also considering an “Entertainment Committee” for next year, to work with the Vice President and have input for our upcoming meetings and events.

In addition to this newsletter which is sent out every month, you can find out about all the upcoming events… 24/7… on our website www.wiclublakesumter.org

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is, you’re the pilot.”

Happy New Year my friends.

MaryKay Childress, President