Vice President Lon Childress opened the Monday Morning Coffee Meeting with 76 attending. Ed Layher provided the opener. Lon also acknowledged the Gourmet Committee and all who participated in the Christmas Parade on Saturday evening. In spite of the weather, we had a great turnout and a wonderful time.

Returnees to the park this week are Mike and Edyth MacDonald. We have no new residents this week however, John Pickup reported some are on their way.

Lynette Pickup gave the birthday wishes this week to J.R. Anderson, Alan Pratt and Marlene Burns. Anniversaries celebrated this week are Chuck and Laura Imboden (6 year RV’s), and Lee and Denise Smith (45 years).

Carol Parker gave the sunshine report: Lee Baldwin was in hospital but home now. Don Guy says he will get better just going to take time. As he fell last week. Pat Butts is still in hospital. Keep her in your prayers.

A Christmas card was mailed to John and Judy Weber from the Hammock Estates. His wife Judy is in nursing home.

Christmas cards were signed for Yvonne Moran, Judy Barlow, Elaine Tomlinson, Arline Dennis and a Hanukkah card signed for Herb Moscowitz.

HOA President Bob Helmstadter asked Carol to please “tell our Hammock Estates family at coffee that Ruth and I wish them a blessed Christmas, we miss you all and love you all. See you in the new year.”

Reminder that there is bingo tonight and games night on Tuesdays and Fridays. Volunteers are needed to sign up for callers and runners. Bluegrass is on Wednesday’s at 1:00 PM (we had 104 attend last week), Cornhole is at 9:00 AM on Thursdays. Bunko is on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM and Pinochle on Wednesdays.

Martha Watson announced the game winners for last week were: Punk Kochensparger at Pinochle; Claude Belton won the Hot Ball at Bingo on the first game for $31; Pam Myers won Euchre; Joann Schultz won the most games at Bunco and Freda Munds had the most Buncos; Carol Danzer won Cornhole; and, Carol Danzer and Mike McCarville won Shuffleboard on Tuesday and Friday was Carol and Chuck Danzer and Pam Myers.

The next Ladies Luncheon will be January 14, 2020 at Jaceranda in Avon Park. Be sure to sign up and pay $15 in advance. Meet at the Clubhouse by 11:00 AM. The Christmas decorations will still be up!

Nancy Mellinger reminded us the Christmas dinner will be on December 25 at 2:00 PM. Be sure to sign up and bring a covered dish and table settings.

Carol Danzer reminded us to meet at the clubhouse 1:00 PM on Tuesday, December 24, to assemble the luminaries and prepare for distribution. Volunteers are also needed at 5:00 PM to light the luminaries. These will be placed on both sides of each driveway to be burning Christmas Eve to morning.

Linda Price asked everyone to get signed up for their photo session with Nancy Pratt. The sessions are going quite smoothly. There is no cost for the sitting but, if anyone would like to purchase additional prints ($30 minimum) a viewing time will be scheduled about one week after your sitting.

Please submit all January activities to Linda by Saturday, December 28, to be included in next months’ calendar.

Annette Layher announced she will need all outstanding HOA bills by Friday, December 27, to be able to close out the year.

The 50/50 winner was George Sherry for $36. The guessing game was won by Diane Wood for $11.25. The raffle for the insulated bags was won by Sandy Sherry.

Lon Childress reminded us the trash pickup this week will be on Thursday, set it to the curb Wednesday evening. Lon also expressed his sincere wishes for a very Merry Christmas to all.

The donuts today were provided by Mike and Martha Watson, Chuck and Carol Danzer and Lon and Rachel Childress.

Harold Price provided the Closer.

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