President Bob Helmstadter opened the Monday Morning Coffee Hour with 88 present. No new residents to the park, and no one is heading north. Visitors today are Larry & Judie Mellinger, Dan Newman’s’ mother Ruby, and Wendy from the Highlands County food bank. Wendy gave a brief explanation of the services she provides and her appreciation for the support of Highlands Estates.

Lynette Pickup announced the birthday wishes this week for Ralph Centers, Edgar Williams, Annette Layher, Sylvia Eason and Ralph Tomassi. There are two anniversaries this week: Mike & Martha Watson (38 years) and Jim & Kathy Morgan (51 years).

Carol Parker shared the Sunshine Report, Mary MacArthur has had bronchitis but is doing better. Max Fahl is not feeling well with Bronchitis. Dick Miller, Cynthia Phillips uncle, is at The Palms with terminal conditions. Betty Lawson went back home. She will be having treatment soon. Lee Baldwin isn’t feeling well. Mary Funk having surgery tomorrow. Please keep everyone in your prayers.

Joe Cole reported we had 128 attend Bluegrass last week. It is every Wednesday at 1:00 PM in the clubhouse.

Ruth Helmstadter announced the Leap-Year-Dinner originally planned for February 29 has been cancelled.

Reminder that there is bingo tonight and games night on Tuesdays and Fridays. Volunteers are needed to sign up for callers and runners. Sewing is at 1:00 PM today, cornhole is at 9:00 AM on Thursdays, Pinochle on Wednesdays, line dancing is also on Wednesdays, at 10:00. Horseshoes are every Monday at 10:00 AM (following coffee) and Wednesdays at 9:00 AM. Bible Study is Tuesday 2:00 PM. Golf is every Monday and Friday. The new calendar for February is now out and copies are in the clubhouse.

Judy Fahl gave the gaming report. The winners this past week were: Carolyn Manning & Carol Taylor at Bingo split the $40 hot ball; Russ Moody won pinochle; Claude Funk won euchre; Gary Bruner won corn hole; Carol Danzer won shuffleboard on Tuesday with Doug Myers, Annette Lauher and Carol Danzer winning on Friday; and, Russ Moody won horseshoes on Monday with Jim Munds winning on Wednesday.

BUNCO is tomorrow the 18th, bring your $1!

The Ladies Luncheon in March will be at the Caddy Shack.

Sylvia Flanagan thanked everyone for helping with the annual flea market and park garage sale this past Saturday. We had a great turnout!

Jim Stebleton announced he is planning another DJ session with music and dancing for February 15th at 6:30 PM. Get your dancing shoes polished up!

Carolyn Manning thanked everyone on behalf of Rick Motzinger for their assistance with the annual Fish Fry last Saturday. It was well attended and plenty of wonderful desserts were donated!

The 50th Anniversary party will be on February 22 at 5:00 PM.

Linda Price and Nancy Pratt gave an update on the new directory. If all goes well, they are looking for a March 2 delivery date. Be sure to attend coffee to pick up yours! Nancy also shared some interesting statistics about our park and found that we are comprised of residents from 18 states and two countries!

Bill Garner announced the next ROC meeting will be this Thursday at 1:00 PM. It is a general meeting and all are welcome to attend.

Lynette Brewer announced Virginia Days will be at Homers Restaurant on the 19th.

Ron Harmon shared the Highlands County Household and Electronics trash collection will be on February 29 on Twitter Road.

Carol Danzer announced the Resident Appreciation Dinner will be on March 14. Please sign up! All residents are encouraged to attend at no cost. A $5 fee is charged for any adult guests.

The 50/50 winner was Carol Danzer for $40. The winning ticket was drawn by Carol Danzer. The guessing game was won by Joe Cole for $11.50.

The donuts today were provided by Ed & Annette Layher, Claude & Mary Funk and Ruth Helmstadter.

Ruth Helmstadter also provided the closer.

If you have any additional information for the weekly newsletter, please send to Bob Mellinger at mellingerr@aol.com.