February 2019 President’s Message

Happy February Wisconsin Club Lake Sumter!!!

What’s with this crazy weather!?!?!

I have family in Appleton and they reported 14” of snow today. Blustery snow storms in the mid-west and in the northeast. From Chicago to Milwaukee they have freezing rain and north of Milwaukee they have snow from 8 – 16” with temps in the mid 20’s. My brother’s son was in Appleton, shoveling snow to clear the driveway to catch his flight to Honolulu this morning.

My goodness, we are blessed! I personally have complained about our Florida weather in recent weeks. Shame, shame, shame on me.


February 18 – Mexican Night

Next week Monday, February 18, marks our Mexican celebration. You can still get tickets 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) to reserve your seat. Just pay at the door next Monday.

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


Day Trips

Tampa Bay Downs was a super successful day trip. Thank you, Lynn Barlett, for organizing it. I hear it was a lot of fun and enjoyed by all, except the few that didn’t have such good luck at the track….. but HEY! Fun! Fun! Fun!

Sadly, our trip to Hollerbach’s Day Trip has fallen through. Not enough reservations to fill our 36 passenger bus. Please see Hal Baumann regarding refunds at our February meeting.


Wisconsin Club Golf Outing

Must Fill our Tourney minimum to make this scramble possible.

Please call Joe Keyzers 715-892-7724 or see him at our Feb meeting – this is the last chance to reserve your slot. This is the second year that Joe has put his efforts into making this successful for our group. Please sign up and make this a fantastic event for our group!

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

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

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


Wisconsin Singers

Looking for Volunteers to help with the set-up of food and drinks for the singers.

This year our club is responsible for getting the Subs, snacks and bottled water, etc… for the singers during the event this year (we will be reimbursed).

Did you get your tickets? Seats are filling up. 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.

Discount coupons available at our Feb. 2019 meeting.


March 18 – Race Night

And the horses are off! It’s race night at “Colony Downs” with an Irish twist. Save a few $1 bills to bring with you. You just may be a big winner at the track this evening. Dress in your favorite jockey silks (men) or fancy Derby hat (women). We’ll have prizes for the best dressed that evening.

The Club will provide cheese curds again; bring snacks to share at your table; BYOB

The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.


April 15 – John B & Friends

John B and Friends will entertain us with a tribute to John Denver, singer-songwriter, actor, activist, and humanitarian. Sing along to the many hits of Denver’s career. In his honor, we’ll celebrate Earth Day, too.

Bring snacks to share at your table; BYOB.


May 20 – Picnic

Our annual picnic with outdoor games. The Club will provide the meat. Bring an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to pass; BYOB. Maybe this year it won’t rain!

Note the earlier 6:00 p.m. start time for our last meeting of the year.

This year we will have icebreakers and door prize drawings at many of our meetings.


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 building an “Entertainment Committee” for next year, to work with the Vice President and have input for our upcoming meetings and events. Please sign up, with any of our Board Members.

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

We have a record number of new members in recent months. Welcome!!!! I hope to meet you all at our February 18th Mexican Night meeting!


MaryKay Childress, President

“I would say that the quality of each man’s life is the full measure of that man’s commitment of excellence and victory – whether it be football, whether it be business, whether it be politics or government or what have you.“ …Vince Lombardi