May 2019 President’s Message

Hello Wisconsin Club, Lake Sumter!!!!!

If April Showers Bring May Flowers, what do Mayflowers bring????…. Pilgrims!
(Grandkid humor…. LOVE It!) I’m not sure about the April showers, but I was certainly expecting to find Noah’s Ark floating down the streets earlier this week! WOW!

We had a great turn out for John B & Friends last month. I personally enjoyed the human-interest stories, trivia tidbits, he shared about John Denver. The music brought back some neat memories for me. I learned how to play the acoustic guitar to Country Roads as a young’un. When I heard him sing that song it made me smile.

I see we had 2 new members last month. A big Shout Out and Welcome to Tony and Dianne Caliva, from Franklin! Since our last meeting, I hear we will have some new-bees at our May Picnic too. I look forward to meeting you all. It’s great to see the enthusiasm for our club, even at the end of our year. Regarding our membership, we have 420 members, 286 “PAID” members to date. You may update your membership at any meeting. Your current name badge should read Jan/2019 thru Dec/2019. Thank you all for your support.

GO BUCKS! The Bucks are in the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Toronto Raptors. As for our Brewers, they lost 2 in a row to the Cubbies (BOO!) That puts the Brewers now in 2nd Place. Stay #BrewerFeverStrong!


Wisconsin/USF bus trip news!

Dick Thies reported 32 paid seats so far! YAY!
Please let Dick know (608-444-9610) to add you to the list, but know you are responsible to go through Senior Adventures to pay for your reservation.


 May 20 – Picnic

Thank you to everyone who RSVPed by May 10 for our picnic on Monday, May 20. The Club is providing chicken and ribs from Oakwood Smokehouse Grill as well as plates, napkins, and flatware. Please bring an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to share and your own drink.

After dinner, we’ll have a spirited corn hole tournament. If you want to play, sign up the day of our event. Don’t forget – we will begin at 6:00 p.m., at Colony Cottage Rec Center, in our usual Parlor Room. (We didn’t want to take any chances if it would rain, and we wanted to have enough seating for everyone who’s coming.)

This is our last meeting of the season until we begin our 2019-2010 year on September 16.

Note the earlier 6:00 p.m. start time.


Casino Night and New Meeting Start Time

At our next meeting we will be asking for a show of hands regarding a Casino night that our entertainment committee is working on for March 2020 (cost w/b approx. $25-$35/person). We’d like to see how many members would be interested in that. We are also considering changing our meeting start time from 7 PM to 6:30 (unless posted otherwise for special events) It has been requested that we start a bit earlier…. What do you think?


2019 – 2020 Officer Nominees

We will re-open the Nomination process at Monday’s meeting. Additional Nominees may be considered. We introduced and nominated the slate (below) at our April meeting and will open it to the club 2 more times on May 20th, in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.

President: Jeanne Engle
VP: NEW MEMBER Dayna Aldrich
Treasurer: Roxanne Evans
Secretary: Dick Thies
Membership Chair: Roxanne Evans (also Co-Treasurer according to our Bi-Laws)

We are still looking for a social media person. WE WILL TRAIN! Nancy is bowing out in August but will happily coach anyone that is the least bit computer savvy to take on this role.


Thank You Entertainment Committee!

KUDOS to our Entertainment Committee!!!! This group is really stepping to the Plate to make our next year amazing! Jeanne Engle got the ball rolling and handed it off to Dayna Aldrich. The support from the members is impressive. I am really looking forward to this upcoming year’s events. Thank you again to Jeanne and Dayna, and the committee members May Ann & Jerry Denor, Marilyn Butenhof, Joanie Schachter and Linda & David Mathius.


May 4 Golf Outing

Thank you, Marilyn Butenhof, for your efforts to make our golf outing a success.

Mel Warner won closest to the pin for the men. Margaret Haas won closest to the pin for the ladies.

Due to the rain out, additional funds paid for the pitchers of beer after the event. YAY!!

The next outing is scheduled for Sept. 29, 2019


Day Trips 2019/2020

Thank you to Roxanne Evans for going the extra mile and doing some recon for our Club this Fall. Roxanne presented to the Board on May 2nd a few ideas for upcoming Day Trips. They sound like FUN!

Imagine yourself in Gangland Chicago, 1931, while enjoying an Al Capone dinner show. More details to come for this Sept. 24th event. The Titanic Dinner Experience is targeted for Nov. 15th, where you are invited to attend one of the most famous dinner parties in history. On Dec. 7th, we will enjoy one of Central Florida’s most loved and spectacular traditions, The Singing Christmas Trees – Matinee & Lunch Buffet.


Game Nights

Game Nights will be held through the summer!

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 Judy Cimbalnik at 262-391-9869.

Sheepshead is every Tuesday at Colony at 6 PM.
If interested, please contact Hal Baumann at 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


Show your Wisconsin SPIRIT in The Villages

The Villages College Colors Day is coming up, Friday, August 30th, 2019. Mark your calendars! Let’s paint the town RED and WHITE!


Where can I get one of those AWESOME WI Club, Lake Sumter shirts?

Custom Apparel
3451 Wedgewood Lane
The Villages, Southern Trace Plaza
Store Hours are M-F 9-5 and Saturday 10-3


Closing Thoughts

It’s been a pleasure and an honor to be your Club President this year. The time just flew by so fast; I can’t believe it’s over. You made it fun for me and I’m hoping you all had a great year with us. With the new board and new entertainment committee, there will be more good times ahead.

I’d like to take this moment to Thank Hal Baumann for 5 years as our Club Treasurer. That’s not an easy job and he did a Yeoman’s effort for us over the years. Thank you, Hal!

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”
– Vince Lombardi

MaryKay Childress, President