President’s Message: January 2015

Happy New Year 2015, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and complete Holiday Season filled with joy…as Mike and I did. It started off with a terrific Holly and Mistletoe Party we shared with the On Wisconsin and Paradise Clubs. Many thanks to V.P. Judy C., the rest of the Board, and the many helpers we had putting it together…we all loved it!


January is now upon us and we have a special Trivia meeting night scheduled for you on the 19th. This will be put on for you by our fellow members and professionals, Bill and Barb Commack, complete with many prizes and lots of excitement! Be sure to bring your thinking caps with you! Remember, this is a B.Y.O.B. and a bring-your-snacks-to-share event, also!


January is also the time to renew your membership, so be sure to bring your checkbooks, and/or cash with you to the meeting. You will need it to sign up for a couple of other things, too:


One: Something our club has not done together before–The Victory Casino Cruise! This event–a 1/2-day Cruise– will take place on February 5, 2015 out of Port Canaveral. The bus(es) will leave from Denny’s at 7:30 a.m. Donna Moore will be entertaining us on board, and we will have Bingo, Dancing, and FREE DRINKS while gaming! You don’t want to miss this.

Member Lynn Bartlett is the chairperson of this event and will be signing you up and taking your $40.00 payment at the meeting. It includes boarding, lunch, $20.00 in match play Slots & transportation!! If you cannot attend the January meeting, call her today at 301-802-6129 to let her know you have sent your check–made out to WI Club Lake Sumter–to her home at 1729 Duchess Loop, The Villages, FL 32162. Act fast, as we do not have a lot of time to take care of this, and we surely do not want to miss out on the exciting fun! I am really looking forward to this!


Two: We will be collecting money and taking reservations at our meeting for the February 9, 2015 Annual Fish Fry to be held on a non-regular meeting night! Our regular meeting will be held a week later on February 16, 2015. The Fish Fry will be held at The Links restaurant in Spruce Creek, and will consist of the most delicious Whitefish and all the other good things.

Happy Hour drinks from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. with dinner following. All this for $16.00 each paid member or 2 for $30.00, tax & tip included! Seating is limited, so act now! If you will not be attending the January meeting, please send your check–made out to WI Club Lake Sumter– and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Hal Baumann, 2003 Ridge Spring Dr., The Villages, FL 32162, no later than February 1, please. Or call him at 352-259-6552 to make arrangements to purchase them at his home. Moneys must be in his hand…. no money will be handled at the restaurant!


WI Club Game Night is on Monday, January 26, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Bacall Rec. Center on Canal St. Judy C. has acquired this game room for a full 12 months each year…. thanks, Judy. Come with a snack to share, and feel free to bring a game with you of your choice. You can coordinate a table of 4 or 6 people ahead of time to play with if you so choose, also. You can play Mahjong, Triple Play, Hand & Foot, Mexican Train Dominoes, and, of course– Sheepshead!! Mark your calendars each month on the last Monday and join the fun!

Elections! We are still looking for candidates to fill the board positions of President, Vice President, and Secretary for2015-2016. Feel free to call me at 787-914-7811, or Sharon Kuhs, at 262-522-7316, or Dinah Thies at 608-444-9610 to give the name of somebody you’d like to nominate, or to nominate yourself. That way, we can give them a call to get their consent to run for the office.


Looking forward to the February meeting–we will have our own Mardi gras night on February 16, 2015. Costumes are recommended, but optional. There will be plenty of beads there for you, too, as well as some great Mardi Gras Music for your listening and dancing pleasure! More on this next month.


Oh, goodness, I almost forgot! Football Pool Mike will have our own private Super Bowl Pool with him at the January meeting—–just in case anyone wants to get in on one!!! Shhhh!!

Speaking of NFL Football–if you are planning to join us at Cody’s Brownwood for the Packer Playoff Game vs. Dallas Cowboys on Sunday the 11th, please email your intent to Jan at, or to Helen at when you finish reading this. It is very important and a courtesy for me to get a head count to Cody’s ahead of time!

I do hope we will be able to view one more of these together…GO PACKERS! I feel very confident!!


Nice chatting with you………….Helen Feeney, your President