April 8th
Linda Price graciously took notes today at the coffee meeting today and dropped them off to me.  I had a dentist appointment and couldn’t attend.  Thank you, Linda.

Bob Helmstadter opened the meeting today with 78 attending.  The countdown is getting to be less and less.  Ron Degraff had an opener this morning, to start off the day with a smile.  Don Madden was the mic runner.

Linda mentioned that Bill Gardner spoke about his daughter-in-law’s surgery.  She is home now and taking one day at a time.

Carol Parker reported Ralph Ousley broke his arm.  He told my husband that he had just picked up a concrete block and it broke.  I think as we get older, our bones get brittle and we need to ask for help with any heavy lifting.

Betty Lawson is in Ohio, staying with her daughter, as she will have surgery for a mass on her lung soon.  I spoke with her tonight on the phone and she is in good spirits.  She will also recuperate at her daughter’s home, as she is alone here.

Jim Morgan had a heart cath today.  I do not know the results yet.

Judy Fahl is awaiting the pathology report from her recent surgery. 

Please remember them all when you say your prayers at night.

Birthdays this week are Joe Flanagan and Dean Baumgartner.  I think they both are 29 now..give or take.

Bob and Ruth Helmstadter are celebrating 50 years of marriage.  That is quite a feat nowadays, don’t you think?

Best wishes to all. 

Bill Gardner’s grandson is here visiting our little community.  There have been quite a few visitors this year.  We also had visitors over the weekend.  Vern’s Air Force buddy and his lady friend from South Carolina and our niece and nephew from Kokomo, IN.  Seems so quiet now. LOL

Have you heard this….Jake was dying.  His wife sat by his bed.  He looked up and said weakly,  “I have something to confess.”   “There is no need.” his wife replied. “No, I want to die in peace. I slept with your sister, your best friend and her best friend and your mother.”  “I know, I know.” she replied.”Now just rest and let the poison work.

There were 66 at Blue Grass.  One more jam session this Wednesday and then closing for the summer.

Donuts was provided today by Ken and Patty Gillie, Jerry and Sylvia Epson and Phil and Carolyn Manning. 

Guessing game was won by Clyde Belton for $7.75 and the 50/50 was won by Mary Newman in the amount of $28.00.

Games winners names were provided by Martha Watson and they are:

  • Euchre: Mike Watson
  • Pinochle:  Tie/ Teresa Desautels and Martha Watson
  • Bingo:  Hot ball winner:  Virginia Krou $40.00
  • Bunco: Pat Moody and Helen Cole – Most Buncos
    • Honorable Mention: Cindy Phillips
  • Shuffle:
    • Tuesday was rained out
    • Friday: Chuck Danzer
  • Horseshoes:
    • Wednesday: Jim Munds
    • Saturday: Ron Degraaff
  • Cornhole: Ron Degraaf beat his son in a very exciting Game.

Ladies  Luncheon is April 9, at the train station in Avon Park.  Please sign up.  The cost is $15.00 prepay.

You know I never run with scissors. Those last two words are unnecessary.

Til next weekBrenda (verenda@gmail.com)


April Calendar

Oops, my mind must be really slipping, I not only showed up at the dentist a week early Monday, but the Newsletter just slipped through the cracks along with it. My apologies.

Monday was April Fool’s Day and Bob Helmstadter sure stepped up and provided us with some April Fool’s witticism.  I thought he was serious at first.  He was so funny.  Then Virginia Krou supplied another joke.  Made for a feel good day.

We had 85 members present, Dolorse Kelley won the 50/50 and Gary Brunner and Lon Childress won the Guessing Game. 

There were no anniversaries. Bob Mellenger, who is one of our new residents, had the only birthday.  So Happy Birthday Bob and welcome to our Park.

Ron Madden, as usual, was our mic runner

Judy Fraiser welcomed a visiting grandson to her home, I think she has a houseful now.  Phil Manning’s son, Randall is also here.  

The Carey’s who bought Bruce and Terrie’s home donated quite a few books to our ever growing library.  If you like to read, please check out all that is offered at the clubhouse.

Wayne Voight was taken by ambulance a few days ago but is back home and will be going for further medical treatment.  Joyce Chapman is doing ok and is using a knee walker to get around, Gerald and Miriam Steele have been under the weather and Bert Centers has the flu.  Judy Fahl is having surgery, and if you remember Jim and Iolene Mossburg, who used to live here, they lost their son to ALS recently.  Bob Helmstadter read a message from Dave Acker that said Rose is on comfort measures. Rod Kelley is home from the hospital and is on antibiotics.  Prayers for them all please.

Bluegrass is still going strong with 120 present last week.  Two more sessions and it will end for the summer.

Since so many celebrate Easter at church on the 21st, it was decided to have international dinners out every week instead.  Check your calendars for date and times. Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board.

I came, I saw, I forgot what I was doing, retraced my steps, got lost on the way back, now I have no idea what is going on!!!!!!   I think senility is going to be a smooth transition for me

Nancy Pratt, who is a professional photographer, will be doing the photos for our new directory.  There is no cost to you, but if you want to do a sitting for yourself, check with Nancy for her fee. 

Game winners for the week are:

  • Euchre: Punk (Gary Kochensparger)
  • Pinochle: Punk (Gary Kochensparger)
  • Bingo Hot Ball:  Claude Belton, Jim Morgan and Dianna Green who split $49.00 – Come play and join in the fun.
  • Bunco: Come play – only $1.00
  • Bingo Hotball Winner: Judy Fraiser’s granddaughter Ava Dennis, she won $51.00.Come play, you may be the next winner.
  • Honorable Mention-Penny Walters and Pat Moody
  • Shuffle Board:
    • Tues: Virginia Krou, Marie Ellison and Ralph Ousley
    • Fri: Annette Lahyer, Johnnie Ballwin
  • Horseshoes:
    • Wed: Russ Moody
    • Sat: Russ Moody
  • Cornhole: Ron DeGraaff

I will leave you this bit of FYI….I have found if you stuff one pant leg in the top of your sock, people will expect less of you.
Oh before I forget, thank you ???? for the donuts.   I warned you!!!!!!!!!!!

Til next week,

Brenda (verenda@gmail.com)                      


March Calendar

Bob Helmstadter opened the meeting today. Ron Madden was the mic runner. There were 84 members present and there were a few guests.  Judy Frasier had 2 granddaughters with her, Kathy and Jim Morgan’s grandson and Mike Watson’s son, quite a good-looking bunch.

I received an email from Sandy Oleesky and Edith Patterson thanking the association for remembering them with the Saturday dinner.  I imagine that Sandy is still recuperating from his mishap at Walmart last week.  Remember Betty Lawson, Joe Flanagan, Bill and Kathy Gardner’s daughter-in-law and Rose Acker in your prayers.  Wishing a full recovery for all.

Bluegrass is still going strong.  There was 88 present last week.  Come out and listen, or get brave and sing your favorite song.  If you play an instrument, join in.  I suspect it will be ending for the summer soon but will start up again in the fall.

We had no anniversaries for this week, but we do have 4 birthdays, Sue Drudge, Mike MacDonald, Russ Moody, and Mary Funk.  Happy Birthday to all and I think you each deserve a night out….just saying.

There were no winners in the guessing game today so that will be carried over to next week.  The 50/50 was won by Lowell Brevoort Monday.  I was close, well across the table, it could have been me lol.

Game winners for last week are:

  • Euchre:  Dick Thelen
  • Pinochle: Doug Meyer, who had a double run which rarely happens.
  • Bingo Hot Ball:  Claude Belton, Jim Morgan and Dianna Green who split $49.00 – Come play and join in the fun.
  • Bunco:  Most Buncos-Delores Kelley
  • Most Games-Cindy Phillips
  • Honorable Mention-Penny Walters and Pat Moody
  • Shuffle Board:
    • Tues  Rained Out
    • Fri  Hattie Pierce
  • Horseshoes:
    • Wed  Jim Munds
    • Sat    Jim Munds
  • Cornhole: Carol Danzer

Last night I danced like no one was watching, but someone was watching and Vern thought I was having a seizure and called an ambulance.

Til next week,

Brenda (verenda@gmail.com)                        


It is Monday again, seems like I just wrote the newsletter. Time is flying by and soon the Park will be a ghost town until next year. I hope no one is going to any of the flooded areas. It looks awful on TV.

Bob Helmstadter opened the meeting with his usual jolly attitude. The countdown was 90 and going down each week it seems. We do have some visitors. Carolyn Manning’s daughter and son-in-law are visiting from Indiana. Velva Taylor is also visiting friends here.

I have 2 new neighbor’s, the Potter’s who bought Pete and Marie Dean’s home. Bruce and Terrie Rouston also sold their home, I have not met the new owners but I will try to get over and invite them to events that we have. Sure gonna miss Marie and Terrie a lot and Pete and Bruce a little. lol lol

The guessing game was won by 4 people and they split about $10.10. The lucky winners were Delores Kelley, Terry Webber. Russ Moody and Sylvia Epson. Don’t spend it all in one place. The 50/50 was won by our new member, Karen Potter, who won $38.00. That is serious money lol.

A big thank you goes out to Claude and Freda Belton, Terry and Joan McGarrigle and Iva and Al Stewart for the donuts this morning. We need to recognize Betty McCarvell because she is the one that always goes to pick the donuts up each Monday. Thank you, Betty.

Lynette Pickup reported birthday wishes are to go to Joe Cole, Jerry Epson, Laura Imboden, and Bill French. The anniversaries this week are Mike and Tami Gerity, Bill and Nadene French and Jim and Freda Munds who have been married for 39 years. Best wishes to all.

We will be getting a defibrillator in the near future, hoping to never use it but if needed it is good to have.

For our Sunshine Report, Linda Price let us know that Sandy Oleesky was hit by a van in Walmart’s parking lot. He emailed me and I am including his email below:
Sandy Oleesky, 94, was knocked to the ground last Thursday, 3/14, in the Wal-Mart parking lot by a van backing out of a parking space. EMS was called. Injuries were to his left shoulder and hand. Hospital X rays show a thin fracture in the shoulder. Not too serious, but at his age, it’s a bitch, He has no idea as to how long it will take to heal. Please, NO VISITORS!!!

Strangely enough, the van was equipped with a rear view, camera! I guess you’re supposed to look at it when backing up.

Helen Cole is recovering from minor surgery. Hope it is a quick recovery for both of you and Sandy. Ralph and Bert Centers went to Kentucky for their daughter’s surgery and said both were sick when they got there. Betty Lawson is still not up to par after her bout with pneumonia and needs more tests. A speedy recovery is wished for all. Remember all of our sick in your prayers.

Joe Cole reported there were 99 at Bluegrass last week.

There is a ROC meeting at 1:00 on Thursday. Plan to attend and see the changes that are coming. Good changes I heard.

Dave Zeller, our new Park Manager said if he is not in the office, call him and make an appointment at a time convenient to both. He is usually there early in the morning.

Do you know the difference between outlaws and in-laws? Outlaws are wanted.

There are photo albums stored under the drapes in the back of the clubhouse, please feel free to browse through them.

Thank you, Martha Watson, for keeping the clubhouse so nice and clean. You do a terrific job.

Check your calendars for the activities coming up. Join the games played here at Hammock Estates.

This week games and winners are:

Euchre: Virginia Krou

Pinochle: Max Faxl

Bingo Hot Ball Winner: Nancy Mellinger

Please come play Bingo we have been having at least 40-50 players.

Bunco: March 19, $1.00 to play, come and have fun. It starts at 1:00

Tuesday: Martha Watson and Doug Meyer
Friday: Mike McCarville, Doug Meyer and Chuck and Carol Danzer

Jim Munds
Saturday: It was rained out but Jerry Green went anyway and waited patiently, hoping someone would come and play.

Ladies Luncheon is April 9, at the train station in Avon Park. Cost is $15.00 prepay which includes lunch and tour of the museum.

You know change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

Til nex week,
Brenda (verenda@gmail.com)