Vice President Lon Childress opened the Monday Morning Coffee Meeting with 91 attending. Ed Layher provided the opener.

Returnees to the park this week are Bill Little and Dan & Mary Newman. We welcomed new residents, Skip & Barbara Greeley, and temporary resident Linda Reiner. Welcome to Hammock Estates!

Lon Childress introduced visitors from his family, Shawn, Heather, Brenda, Kellie and Kenna.

Lynette Pickup gave the birthday wishes this week to Pat Rice, Jim Stebleton, Nikki Dehaven and Phil Manning. Only one anniversary is celebrated this week by Gary & Connie Bruner (52 years).

Carol Parker gave the sunshine report: Pat Butts is doing little better, as is Betty Lawson. Someone is bringing her back next month. Also, Jim Forrest isn’t doing well so please keep him & everyone in your prayers.

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 resuming this Wednesday’s at 1:00 PM. 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: The Hot Ball at Bingo worth $21 was split three ways between Nancy Mellinger, Don Guy and Martha Watson; Martha Watson won Euchre; Carol Danzer won Cornhole; and, Mike McCarville won Shuffleboard.

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 sewing circle will resume on January 6 at 1:00 PM.

Carol Danzer thanked all who helped with the luminaries on Christmas Eve and making it such a huge success! They were a beautiful sight!

Nancy Pratt announced that she has been taking pictures for the new park directory. About 1/3 of the park has had their sitting. Anyone needing to schedule a sitting are asked to do so. 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.

Annette Layher announced she will begin collecting the HOA annual dues on January 1. You may bring it to coffee next Monday as she will have her receipts available then. The dues are $15/year per person.

Mary Funk thanked her committee and all who helped with the Christmas dinner. Over 75 people were served and enjoyed a day of fellowship.

The 50/50 winner was Helen Cole $36. The guessing game had no winner so the jackpot will carry over to next week.

ROC President Rick Motzinger announced the next men’s breakfast will be on January 11. $5 paid in advance and sign up sheets are available. It is rumored “blueberry pancakes” may be on the menu! The next ROC Shareholder meeting will be January 16. Treasurer Ron Harmon reported the property at 2014 John L Street will be open for viewing on January 6 after coffee until 2:00 PM. Sealed bids will then be accepted until January 15 from park residents only. Bids will be opened January 16 with the winner announced at the shareholder meeting.

The donuts today were provided by Chuck and Carol Danzer, Bob & Ruth Helmstadter and Claude and Mary Funk.

Harold Price provided the Closer.

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