Lon Childress opened the meeting, with Harold Price giving the opener. The count was 35 this morning. A good indication that the northerners are returning.

Lynette Pickup gave the birthday wishes to Don Phelps, Barbara Burke and Claude Funk. There were no anniversaries.

Sunshine Report was given by Carol Parker. Pat Butts is out of the hospital and is hoping to come to Florida later. Ralph Centers is recuperating from surgery and Chuck Danzer is doing much better with his back problem.

Returnees this week John & Lynette Pickup, Bill & Diana Morgan, Mike & Tami Gerity, Terry & Joan McGarigle, Phil & Teresa Desautels and Bob and Ruth Helmstadter.

New residents: John Pickup reported that the Taylors have purchased Bob & Nancy Thompson home. He has not received all information yet.

Blue Grass starts this week. Wednesday at 1:00 y’all come and enjoy the music. Bingo tonight and games as usual.

October 22, at 5:00 will be our potluck. Sign up sheet is on the board.

We need volunteers for the gourmet committees for November, December and April. Won’t you please help our community have the best Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners?

The pool needs a new cover and this can not be purchased until all the board members are here to have the purchase approved. With the cooler evenings the water is getting colder and there is no heat turned on. The float value is not working properly and therefore the pool has way too much water and everything has been turned off. Apparently the pool people need authorization to fix or repair any problems with the pool.

Lon gave Sylvia Epson and Linda Price a big thank you for all the work they did this summer with all the dinners we had in the park.

A big thank you to Lon and Rachel for all the work they have done this summer.

Linda has asked for a volunteer to do the news letter for Oct 21 and 28 as she will be out of the park those days.

Thank you to Bob & Kat Hazelett for the donation for donuts this morning. Harold Price gave a closer.


Lon Childress opened the meeting and also gave the opener. There were 22 present this morning.Rachel Childress gave the birthday wishes to Bonnie Casady and Susan Hazen (RV)

Sunshine Report: I received email from Joyce Chapman she has had hernia surgery this month but is doing good. She hopes to be back in the park the end of October and looking forward to Wednesday’s music. Lee Baldwin is still having trouble with a cough that just won’t go away. Harold Price is having sinus problems that has caused a bad cough.

Returnees were Carol and Grant Parker.  Linda happily gave the sun-shine reporting back to Carol.  Welcome back.

The cleaning party went very good. Thanks to Lon and Rachel for the pizza. There are pictures on the web of the cleaning party.

Dinner out this week will be Caddy Shack at 5:00 pm Lon to call for reservations.

A carry in pot luck will be October 22, 5:00 pm. No main dish will be provided. So bring a meat hot-dish. Sign up sheet will be on the board.

Bingo tonight and games Tuesday and Friday.

Thank you to Bob and Barbara Burke for the donuts this morning.


Happy First Day of Fall!
Lon Childress opened the meeting.  Judy Fahl gave the opener to Harold Price to read. That farmer sure knew how to get even with the car salesman. Count today was 25.

Rachel Childress gave the birthday wishes for this week to Edythe MacDonald and Benny Casady.  Anniversary wishes to Al & Iva Stewart and Bob & Pat Rice.

Sunshine Report.  Judy Fahl is doing great after carpel tunnel and cyst surgery.  Gerald Steele had a stint put in last Tuesday and is doing good. Heard that Pat Buttshas been in the hospital.  Bud Pheiffer is back from a short trip up north where he took a tumble and landed right on his face.  He says he feels better than he looks. Ralph Centers is now scheduled for September 30 for his surgery. Haven’t heard from anyone one up north as to any illness or accidental falls. Stay healthy my friends!

September 25 at 10:00 am is our cleaning of the club house, don’t forget.  There will be Pizza to follow.

October 9, at 1:00 pm our Blue Grass Jam begins.

The lights have been off on the shuffle board courts at night since Friday, Lon will check into that. The park has looked really good this week, thanks to all the elves, who have helped.

Flu Shot Clinic can be held on any Monday if we can get 20 people signed up. Flu season is just around the corner and we should all be getting out shots.

Thursday night out will be Cody’s at 5:00pm.

Bingo tonight and games Tuesday and Friday.

Thank you to Sylvia for the best biscuits and sausage gravy this morning.

There was an award, made by Bob Burke, for sportsmanship, best player of Corn hole given out this morning. A picture is at the bottom of this newsletter.


Lon Childress opened the meeting with Harold Price giving the morning funny opener. The count today was 28.

Rachel Childress gave the list of six birthday kids and one anniversary. Carol Parker, Mary MacArthur, Peggy Little, Stephen Feltenberger, Lisa Bain and Al Stewart, Claude and Mary Funk.

Sunshine report: A card was signed for Sonny Emmons who fell this last week and sprained his shoulder and had other bumps and bruises. Judy Fahl had her carpel tunnel surgery she will have a to wear a brace on it for awhile. Gerald Steele has his heart cath this week. Sue Drudge is starting her knee PT and is doing much better.

Welcome back Wayne and Joan Voight from their summer up north. Joan says since she is back, the aerobics at the pool will be back on M,W,F at 10:00 am.

Chicken Dinner is today at 4:00 pm. Please bring your table setting and something to drink.

September 25th at 10:00 am there will be a cleaning party at the club house. There will be pizza lunch served to all the workers. Please come and help and enjoy the company of each other.

The winter schedule is already starting in October as the Blue Grass Jams will start October 9, at 1:00 pm.

Bingo will be tonight at 7:00 pm. Corn hole to follow for all those interested. The games are still on Tuesday and Friday nights at 7:00 pm.

Thank you to Rachel for setting up the coffee and donuts that were furnished by John and Lynette Pickup who will be returning to the park in a couple of weeks.

The summer has really sped by way to quickly. The summer group of residents have really enjoyed their time together and are looking forward to the park starting to fill up with lots of people.


Lon Childress opened the meeting with Harold Price giving the opener.  The count was 22 this morning.

Rachel gave the birthday wishes to Gerald Steele and Dolores Kelly this week, with the anniversary wish to Doug and Pam Myers.

Sunshine report:  Betty Pheiffer is home and feeling much better.  Ralph Centers back surgery was a complete success. The park heard of the loss of Gail McLennan in June. Our condolences go to Gerry.

Lon thanked everyone that helped with the park, putting awnings down and picking up small yard ornaments the week that Dorian was suppose to come our way.  So glad that the storm didn’t come our way and so very sorry for the total destruction it caused the Bahamas.

It has been brought to every ones attention that our mail boxes are being watched and robbed of the out going and incoming mail.  Please try to keep an eye out for any one in the neighborhood that looks like they don’t belong here. Call the police if you suspect any thing.

Chicken dinner that was scheduled for Labor Day will be next Monday 09/16 at 4:00pm .  Refunds will be given to those who had paid and now can not make this date.

Dinner out this week will be at the new Mexican restaurant Azul Tequila Thursday 09/12/19 at 5:00 pm.

Wednesday September 25, 2019 at 10:00 am there will be a community cleaning of the clubhouse. Lon said there will be a treat. You have to show up to see what it is all about, be sure to bring your cleaning rags.

Patty Gillie mentioned that there has been a guy in the park trying to sell meat out of his truck please tell him to leave the park as there no soliciting in the park and there are signs that say this.

Bingo tonight and games as usual.

Big THANK YOU to Rachel Childress for the wonderful egg casseroles this morning, and to Lon who helped carry them or so it was said. LOL!


Happy Labor Day everyone.  The streets of Hammock Estate looks like a ghost town.  Thank you to everyone that helped with getting the awnings down on homes.  Thanks for picking up loose items through out the park.

Our Labor Day Chicken Dinner had been postponed last week in lieu of the up coming Hurricane.

Today Lon Childress opened the meeting with Harold Price giving an opener and the count was 24. We decided on Saturday night to have coffee and donuts because Dorian still has not made its path known for today.

Rachel Childress gave the birthday list and boy there are a lot of birthdays this week: Sonny Emmons, Max Fahl, John Pickup, Nadene French, Don Guy, Jenny Ousley, Donna George, Chuck Danzer, NancyBailey-Pratt and Connie Brunner. There were no anniversaries.

Sunshine Report:  Cards were sent around to be signed for Sue Drudge, as she was in hospital in Indiana, and Betty Pheiffer who is in hospital here in Sebring. Ralph Centers back surgery was successful and he is back working hard. Don Madden called and said Denise Smith is doing good and plans to be here in November and return to Michigan in Feb for further treatments.  Chuck Danzer it still having to have back surgery, says his knee is doing ok. Ralph Ousley reported that he is now half way through his treatments and October 31 will be his last one.  He thanked everyone for the thoughts and prayers. Linda read a card from Joyce Chapman.  She is doing very well with her foot now and hopes to be here in October. Lyla and Jack Fitzgerald have returned to the park. They enjoyed their summer up north. This may be the last update if we lose electricity this week.  We do not know at this point how we will be effected. Keep us all in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you to Lon and Rachel for the donuts and coffee.
Harold gave a closer.


August 29, 2019 11:30am
Special meeting was called by Park Manager Dave Zeller.
Topic: Hurricane Dorian
There are at least 50 people living in this park that will need to prepare for the upcoming storm. Dave sent a info sheet around that had people sign and explain what they will do in case the storm hits us with phone numbers and emergency contacts. Please prepare your property, awnings down, and loose objects put inside. Clear your car ports. Swimming pool will be shut down and may not open until pool has been treated.
2 Block Captains are needed for each street. Please sign up if you can do this. Duties will be to access any damage, inform people on your street of any updated information. Dave will update the web site when internet is available with information. Have plenty of cash on hand. ATM’s will be down, stores will not have electricity to run credit cards. Make sure you have all your medicines fill and with you. Take all important personal papers with you. Volunteers are needed to help put down awnings. There are 5 shut ins within the park they will need help getting to motels or shelters. Please remember to clean out your fridge and freezer.
Stay safe and keep us all informed of your where abouts.
If you have questions or problems and need help please contact Park Manager Dave Zeller at 863-382-0347.

The Labor day chicken dinner has been postponed. We will have this after the storm and everyone is back in the park.


Lon Childress opened the meeting. No one had an opener so straight to the count down with 24 present.

Rachel Childress gave the birthdays, Ike West and Teresa Desautels will celebrate this week. Anniversary wishes go to Johnnie and Lee Baldwin.

Sunshine Report: A card was sent around to be signed for Chuck Danzer. He is having back problems that have stopped him from having his other knee done. He will be having back surgery first. Mary Funk had injections in her knees and it seems to have helped. Brenda Hollingsworth had some eye surgery last week. Ron Pierce had a spot removed from his back and is doing fine. Ralph Centers will have his back surgery this Wednesday. Jim Munds is seeing blue skies and awaiting his second cataract removal. Please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.

Managers Report: Lon said that bids are being received for the landscaping.

Mariam introduced visitors at the Steele house they are two lovely ladies from Brazil.

Bingo tonight and games as usual.

Dinner out this week will be Thursday 4:30 at Jackson on the Lake. Lon will call for reservations.

Labor Day Dinner September 2 at 1:00 pm. Bring your table service and drink. We now have 45 signed up.

Sylvia Epson thanked the volunteers for thinning out the plants and weeds in front of the club house. The front of the club house is really starting to look much better.

Thank you to Patty and Ken Gillie for donuts and coffee this morning.

August 27th is the Hammock Estates Luncheon in Indiana. Hope everyone has a good time and hi from all us southerners.

Thought for the day:
Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in a democracy. You vote in elections
once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live in. – Anonymous.


Lon Childress opened the meeting with Bud Pheiffer giving a hilarious opener. Count down was 20.

Miriam Steele played piano for the 2 birthdays, Chuck Imboden and Eileen Carey and 1 anniversary John and Lynnette Pickup. Best wishes to all.

Sunshine Report: Linda received a call from Dolores Kelly. Rod is waiting to hear from the doctors if and when heart surgery can be done. He needs to have a valve replaced. She will call back as more information is received. Please keep Rod in your prayers and thoughts. Ralph Centers has been ok’d for his back surgery to be done end of this month. Jim Munds will have cataract surgery this week.

Group will go the Olympic in Avon Park Thursday at 4:30.

Labor Day: Chicken dinner at 1:00 $5.00 pre pay. Bring your table service and drink. Chicken, mac salad, potato salad, baked beans, rolls and cake will served.

Bingo and games as usual this week.

Thank you to Harold and Linda for the donuts and coffee today.

Miriam Steele announced that they had reached their goal to purchase the Bibles. Now they have to get the Bibles from Brazil to Mozambique.

Harold Price had a closer.


Good Morning. Lon Childress opened the meeting with 21 present. Harold Price gave an opener.

Rachel Childress gave the birthday and anniversary wishes. 5 birthdays wishes to Bob Burke, JoAnne Schultz, Judy Fraser, Rod Potter, and Ken Gillie. 2 anniversary wishes to Dick and Pat Thelen and Phil and Carolyn Manning.

Sunshine report. Jim Munds to have cataract surgery this week. Ralph Centers is still having back surgery the end of this month. Betty Lawson is in remission and doing good. Please keep all of the following in your thoughts and prayers as each one has something going on to get them down. Max Fahl, Claude Belton, Ralph Ousley, Harold Price, Bob Burke, Gerald Steele, Betty Pheiffer, Joe Cole and Lee Baldwin, Jerry Epson and any one else in the park feeling under the weather. We did notice that it is mostly the men on this list having troubles. It was stated that the women better stay healthy or are they the cause of the problems in the first place Hopefully all the northern men are staying healthy.

Managers Report: Lon thanked Jim Munds and Ike West for trimming the palms in front of the club house. It made a world of difference in the looks of the grounds.

We received a thank you card for the Sebring Safe House for the donations.

This week will be a luncheon out on Thursday August 15 at 12:30 at the Main Street America in Lake Placid.

Bingo and games this week as usual.

Can you believe it Labor Day is only 3 weeks away! We voted on what we wanted to do for this day and we all decided to have a pre pay $5 chicken dinner with salads and desserts. Sign up sheet will be posted. Bring your own place setting and drink.

No morning coffee on Labor Day. Meeting will be held after the dinner.

Thank you to Pat Pierson for home made coffee cake and donuts.

Help Wanted: Only the elders can apply. $0.00 per hour. Kindergarten education needed. Short hours. Computer a plus. Job description is vague. Mostly just writing up the Monday morning coffee hour newsletter. Starting November 4. 2019. Please contact retiring writer Linda.