2/17/2020

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.

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2/10/2020

President Bob Helmstadter opened the Monthly Meeting of the Hammock Estates Homeowners Association with 80 residents present and no visitors.

Bob read a card from Megan Gardner, granddaughter of Bill and Kathy Gardner, expressing her thanks and gratitude for all the love, prayers and support extended to her family while dealing with her mothers’ illness. She very much enjoyed her recent visit.

Bob also announced discussions are already under way to select the slate of officers for 2021. Anyone seeking a position on the Board should contact him and he hopes to present some names by next month.

Kat Hazelett gave an update on the defibrillator the park is looking into. While more research is needed they have found there to be free instructional courses available and some interest in the residents in the training.

Nancy Pratt gave an update on the park directory. Hopefully the last of the pictures will be taken this coming Sunday and it should be out sometime in March.

At the close of the Board Meeting, Bob led us directly into the Monday Morning Coffee Hour.

Lynette Pickup announced the birthday wishes this week for Donald Stidham, Brenda Hollingsworth and Jim Forrest. There are two anniversaries this week: Lowell & Pat Brevoort (9 years) and Ken & Patty Gillie (55 years).

Carol Parker shared the Sunshine Report, a card going around for Betty Emmons who is not doing well. Vickie Mc Claim in the RV section went to hospital this week but, she is back l believe same day. Judy Fahl took Max to ER Saturday he has bronchitis but, Max is back home now. Terry McGarigle also has bronchitis but he home. Pat Butts is doing better she is getting out and about. Grant is doing better.  He must go back in hospital Feb 21st to have stent removed and clean up the gallstones remaining. I asked if anyone knew how Jack and Lyla where doing. Joyce Chapman said she didn’t know how Jack was doing. But Lyla seems to be doing ok.

Joe Cole reported we had 111 attend Bluegrass last week. It is every Wednesday at 1:00 PM in the clubhouse.

Ruth Helmstadter announced a Leap-Year-Dinner will be held on February 29 (of course) at 5:00 PM. Please sign up and prepay $5 each. The menu will be a taco bar.

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 AM. 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.

Martha Watson gave the gaming report. The winners this past week were: Pat Moody & Barb Greely at Bingo split the $48 hot ball; Punk won pinochle; Ted Miller won euchre; Gary Bruner won corn hole; Annette Layer, Claude Belton and Carol Danzer won shuffleboard on Tuesday with Carol & Chuck Danzer winning on Friday; and, Jim Munds won horseshoes on Monday with Russ Moody winning on Wednesday.

BUNCO is Tuesday 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!

Mary Motzinger reminded everyone the annual Fish Fry is coming up this Saturday, February 15 at 1:00 PM. The sign-up sheet will be up till Thursday and be sure to pay Judy Fraser. Desserts are welcome!

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

The monthly birthday party celebration for March will be Saturday the 6th at 2:00 PM.

Bert Centers announced the gospel group “Simple Faith” will be performing at the clubhouse tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM. There is no charge to attend but donations are accepted on behalf of the band.

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 Pat Moody for $37. The guessing game was won by Mary Funk for $13.25.

The donuts today were provided by Bill & Kathy Gardner, Max & Judy Fahl and Lowell & Pat Brevoort.

After the morning coffee, Ron DeGraaff led a Memorial Service to pay tribute to five park residents who we lost in 2019. We were remembering Rose Acker, Boyd Butts, Rod Gillis, Gail McLennar and Jack Tomasevich. The poem titled “The Dash” was read by Linda Stebleton and songs were sung by Joe Cole, “Beyond The Rain”, Bert Centers “Where The Roses Never Fade”, and Mary Newman, “Mansion Over The Hilltop.”

Dave Acker gave a moving testimony for his wife, Rose, and residents spoke of memories and times shared. Ron shared scriptures and closed with a group song and a prayer. Beautifully done Ron & team!

2/3/2020

President Bob Helmstadter opened the Monday Morning Coffee Hour with an opener by Harold Price. We had 95 residents present and no visitors.

Patty Gillie gave the birthday wishes this week to Donna Anderson, Terry McGarigle and Kat Hazelett. There is one anniversary this week, Bob & Kat Hazelett.

Carol Parker has returned to share the Sunshine Report and first thanking everyone for their cards, prayers and visitors while her husband, Grant, was down. Grant is home now and doing much better. Special thanks to Cynthia Phillips for all her help as well. Also, there are three cards going around for everyone to sign for neighbors not feeling well; Mary Little, Donna Anderson and Mick Jacobson.

Joe Cole reported we had 1125 attend Bluegrass last week. It is every Wednesday at 1:00 PM in the clubhouse.

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 AM. 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.

Martha Watson gave the gaming report. The winners this past week were: Brenda Hollingsworth at Bingo won the $41 hot ball; Don Guy won pinochle; Doug Myers won euchre; Jerry McLennen and George Sherry won corn hole; Pam Myers and Don Guy won shuffleboard on Tuesday with Doug Myers, Pam Myers, Pat Pierson and Ron DeGraff winning on Friday; and, Jim Wood and Jim Munds won horseshoes.

The next Ladies Luncheon is tomorrow at the Olympic.

Dan Newman announced he is still offering craft classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays for anyone wanting to make a wooden pen. He also asked anyone with a golf cart to please be available on Wednesdays for the Jam session in helping shuttle people to the clubhouse.

Sylvia Flanagan reminded everyone the annual flea market and park garage sale is this coming Saturday. Please have your tables set up on Friday and be ready to man your booth by 7:30 AM on Saturday. Anyone dropping off donations to the park table are asked to have the items priced.

Jim Stebleton announced he is planning another DJ session with music and dancing for February 15th at 6:30 PM. New flyers will be printed up.

Bud & Betty Pfeiffer announced their neighborhood mixer will be on Thursday, February 6th at 3:00 PM.

The annual Fish Fry is on February 15 at 1:00 PM. There is a sign-up sheet and be sure to pay Judy Fraser.

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

The monthly birthday party celebration for March will be Saturday the 7th at 2:00 PM.

Bob Helmstadter thanked the January Gourmet Committee for another fantastic job and Jim Morgan gave a thank you to all those assisting with the monthly birthday party last week. It was another well attended and enjoyable day!

The 50/50 winner was Larry Hagerty for $40. The guessing game had three winners, Terry Weber, Judy Fahl and Russ Moody split the $14.75 jackpot.

The donuts today were provided by JR & Donna Anderson, Bob & Kat Hazelett and Alan & Marilyn Burns.

Next Monday Morning Coffee will include the monthly meeting of the HOA and have a Memorial Service immediately after for park members who have passed away.

Ron DeGraaff provided the closer.

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1/27/2020

President Bob Helmstadter opened the Monday Morning Coffee Hour with an opener by Mary Funk. We had 90 present including returnee Rod & Delores Kelly and visitors Marla (friend of Alexis Iveson), and Barb Burke’s niece Shawna.

Patty Gillie gave birthday wishes this week to Bob Rice, Jim King, Vicki DeBardi, Penny Walters, Kathy Morgan and Charleen Taylor. There is one anniversary this week, Bob & Barb Burke (60 years).

Cindy Phillips announced that Grant Parker just returned home from the hospital yesterday. Special thanks were expressed for all who assisted Herb Moscowitz this past week when he had a fire. Neighbors were especially helpful with providing meals, shelter and support. Larry Hegarty then spoke on the importance of having our furnace, A/C units, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers checked on a regular basis.

Joe Cole reported we had 130 attend Bluegrass last week. It is every Wednesday at 1:00 PM in the clubhouse.

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 AM. 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 will be out later this week.

Martha Watson was not present to give the gaming report as they are traveling with 7 other couples from the park on a 7-day cruise. We wish them happy times and to be blessed with safe travels!

The next Ladies Luncheon is on February 4th at the Olympic.

Jim Stebleton announced 47 people came out for music and dancing this past Saturday evening. Hopefully another one will be planned in the near future. Keep those dancing shoes handy!

Bud & Betty Pfeiffer announced their neighborhood mixer will be on February 6th.

Rick Motzinger reminded everyone the annual Fish Fry is on February 15 at 1:00 PM. There is a sign-up sheet and be sure to pay Judy Fraser.

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

The monthly birthday party celebration for February will be this Saturday, the 1st, at 2:00 PM.

The 50/50 winner was Claude Belton for $38. The guessing game had two winners, Jerry Green and Ron DeGraaff split the $22.75 jackpot.

The donuts today were provided by Ken & Pat Gillie, Phil & Carolyn Manning and Ralph & Bert Centers.

Ron DeGraaff provided a very brief closer.

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1/20/2020

President Bob Helmstadter opened the Monday Morning Coffee Hour with an opener by Bud Pfeiffer. We had 93 present including returnee Dean Baumgartner and visitors Audrey and Pat (friends of Mary Newman), and Betty Pfeiffer’s daughter Lori. Additional returnees to the park this week are Don and Carol Phelps.

Lynette Pickup gave birthday wishes this week to Rick Motsinger, Joann Voight, Ted Miller, Karen Potter and Sondra West. There are no anniversaries celebrated in the park this week.

Cindy Phillips announced that we have two cards going around for Grant Parker. He went to the emergency room Saturday evening and they kept him to prepare for gall bladder surgery today. Please keep him in your prayers for a successful surgery and speedy recovery.

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, Bluegrass is this Wednesday’s at 1:00 PM, we had 111 attend last week. Cornhole is at 9:00 AM on Thursdays. Bunko is resuming on January 21 at 1:00 PM and Pinochle on Wednesdays. Line dancing is also on Wednesdays, at 10:00 AM. Horseshoes will be 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. Sewing Class is Mondays at 1:00 PM.

Martha Watson announced the game winners for last week were: Helen Cole and Claude Funk won the Hot Ball at Bingo worth $25.50 each; Mike Watson won Euchre; Jim Munds won Cornhole; Claude Funk won Pinochle; Mike McCarville and Jonnie Baldwin won Shuffleboard on Tuesday with Claude Belton winning on Friday; and, Horseshoes was won by Jim Munds on Monday and Jim Wood on Wednesday.

The next Ladies Luncheon is on February 4th at the Olympic.

Jim Stebleton announced he is providing his DJ services this Saturday evening at 6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend to enjoy the music and dancing. Please provide your own snacks and drinks.

Linda Price announced the pictures for the new park directory are winding down with just a few residents remaining to have their sitting.

The 50/50 winner was Betty Pfeiffer for $42. The guessing game had no winner, so the $10.75 collected today will carry over to next week.

Bob Helmstadter went around the room and asked everyone to share where their home state is, their state motto, bird and flower. It resulted in realizing we are from a wide variety of locations, all coming together for a few months each year to be friends and neighbors.

The donuts today were provided by Pat Pierson, Gerry McLennar and Bill & Diana Morgan.

Ed Layher provided the closer.

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1/13/2020

President Bob Helmstadter opened the Monday Morning Coffee Hour with an opener by Ruth Helmstadter. We had 109 present including returnee Myrtle Johnson.

Bob announced we have entertainment tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM by Glen Johnson. Ice Cream and cookies will be provided.

A special thank-you to Carol Danzer for painting the benches at the shuffleboard court.

Lynette Pickup gave birthday wishes this week to Tami Gerity, Mike Watson and Ed Layher. There are no anniversaries celebrated in the park this week.

Carol Parker gave the sunshine report: We received a nice note from Patti and Jim Forrest, it is posted in the clubhouse for all to read. Please keep Lisa Bain in your prayers as she had to have defibrillator. Plus her mother passed away last year. Lisa and her sister were helping with her dad. If you know someone is not feeling well please let Carol know.

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 this Wednesday’s at 1:00 PM, we had 112 attend last week. Cornhole is at 9:00 AM on Thursdays. Bunko is resuming on January 21 at 1:00 PM and Pinochle on Wednesdays. Horseshoes will be 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. Sewing Class is Mondays at 1:00 PM.

Judy Fahl announced the game winners for last week were: Judy Fraser won the Hot Ball at Bingo worth $36; Dick Thelen won Euchre; Russ Moody won Cornhole; Judy Fahl won Pinochle and, Ed Layeher and Phil Manning won Shuffleboard on Tuesday with Johnnie Baldwin winning on Friday; and Horseshoes was won by Jim Munds on Monday and on Wednesday.

The next Ladies Luncheon will be tomorrow, 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! The Ladies Luncheon in February is on the 4th at the Olympic.

Jim Morgan announced the next 50th Anniversary Party will be on February 14 at the Clubhouse.

Kat Hazelett asked for donations of books to our library to keep a fresh inventory.

Linda Price announced the pictures for the new park directory are going well. About 25 residents still need to have their sitting. Anyone needing to schedule a sitting are asked to do so. 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.

The 50/50 winner was Barbara Burke for $33. The guessing game winners were Ann Miller and Rod Potter.

ROC President Rick Motzinger thanked everyone for their help on the men’s breakfast last week and made $197 for the HOA. He reminded us the property at 2014 John L Street will be open for bids through the 15th. Bids will be opened January 16 with the winner announced at the shareholder meeting.

Sylvia Flannagan announced the annual flea market will be on February 7. Anyone wanting a table should sign up to reserve their space and all tables must be manned by 7:00 AM on the day of the sale.

Bob Helmstadter announced there will be a memorial service on February 10 immediately following morning coffee. This service is in honor of park residents we have lost in the past year.

The donuts today were provided by Pat Pierson, Jim & Freda Munds and Ed Layher.

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1/6/2020

President Bob Helmstadter opened the Monthly Monday Morning Meeting of the Hammock Estates Home Owners Association. The slate of officers will remain on the board for 2020 as follows: President and Director Bob Helmstadter; Vice President and Director Lon Childress; Secretary and Director Carol Danzer, and; Treasurer and Director Annette Layher. Directors at Large remain as: Registered Agent Claude Belton; Social Hostess Rachel Childress, and: Welcome Host John Pickup.

Committee Chairpersons:

  • 50th Wedding Celebration       
    • Kathy Morgan
  • Auditing                            
    • Ron Harmon & Judy Fahl
  • Address                                       
    • Linda Price & Judy Fraser
  • Billiards
    • Max Fahl
  • Bingo, Bunco & Pinochle
    • Teresa Desautels
  • Blue Grass Jam Sessions
    • Joe & Helen Cole
  • Breakfasts
    • Rick Motzinger
  • Clubhouse Janitorial Service
    • Martha Watson
  • Cornhole
    • Lee Baldwin
  • Directory
    • Nancy Pratt, Mary Newman, Lynette Pickup & Linda Price
  • Entertainment
    • Lon & Rachel Childress, Dan & Mary Newman, Pat Pierson and Joyce Chapman
  • Euchre
    • Max Fahl
  • Flea Market
    • Sylvia Flanagan
  • Gourmet
    • Monthly Volunteers
  • Guessing Game
    • Doug & Pam Myers
  • Heartland Food Bank
    • Harold & Linda Price
  • Horseshoes
    • Russ Moody and Jim Munds
  • Ladies Luncheons
    • Martha Watson
  • Librarians
    • Joan Voight, Kat Hazlett and Pam Myers
  • Line Dancing
    • Freda Munds
  • Name Tags
    • Lynette Pickup
  • Newsletter
    • Bob Mellinger
  • Piano
    • Miriam Steele, Lynne Brewer and Joyce Chapman
  • 50/50 Monday Meeting
    • John Pickup
  • Sewing
    • Mary Newman and Nancy Mellinger
  • Shuffleboard
    • Doug Myers and Mike McCarville
  • Sunshine
    • Carol Parker
  • Water Aerobics
    • Joan Voight
  • Web Site Pics and Sales
    • Linda Price
  • Monthly Birthday Party
    • Lee Baldwin and Kat Hazelett

After closing the HOA Meeting, the Monday Morning Coffee Hour began with an opener by

After closing the HOA Meeting, the Monday Morning Coffee Hour began with an opener by Harold Price. We had 118 present including returnee Betty Lawson and new resident Ted Miller on Roger Street.

Lynette Pickup gave birthday wishes this week to Diana Morgan and anniversary wishes to Dan & Mary Newman (51 Years) and Sonny & Betty Emmons.

Carol Parker gave the sunshine report: A card was mailed to Jim and Patti Forrest on Friday from the park residents. We were told he wasn’t doing well. A card is going around this morning for Terry McGarigle. He had hernia surgery on Friday and is now home taking it easy.

Pat Butts is home from hospital now. I’m sure she is happy about that.

Betty Lawson is home for a while, then going back to her daughter for more treatments.

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 this Wednesday’s at 1:00 PM, we had 105 attend last week. Cornhole is at 9:00 AM on Thursdays. Bunko is on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM and Pinochle on Wednesdays. Horseshoes is starting back up today and will be every Monday at 10:00 AM (following coffee) and Wednesdays at 9:00 AM. Bible Study resumes this week as well on Mondays at 2:00 PM. Golf is every Monday and Friday.

Martha Watson announced the game winners for last week were: Ron Harmon won the Hot Ball at Bingo worth $35; Punk won Euchre; Carol Danzer won Cornhole; Dick Thelen won Pinochle and, Chuck Danzer won Shuffleboard on Tuesday with Mike McCarville, Don Guy & Carol Danzer winning on Friday.

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!

Linda Price announced the pictures for the new park directory are going well. About 25 residents still need to have their sitting. Anyone needing to schedule a sitting are asked to do so. 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 is now collecting the HOA annual dues on January 1. The dues are $15/year per person.

The 50/50 winner was Pat Moody for $42. The guessing game had a carryover from last week for a total pot of $27.75 and was won by Brenda Hollingsworth. The insulated bag winner this week was Charlene Taylor.

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. He reminded us the property at 2014 John L Street will be open for viewing today after coffee until 2:00. 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.

Sylvia Flannagan announced the annual flea market will be on February 7. Anyone wanting a table should sign up to reserve their space and all tables must be manned by 7:00 AM on the day of the sale.

Harold Price announced the Heartland Food Reservoir was very grateful for our donations from the park. Cash was raised in the amount of $330 which was used to purchase a Christmas gift for 13 children and their mother staying in the shelter. The park also donated 475# of food that was given to area families for their Christmas meal. The donations were very much appreciated and needed.

Lynette Pickup presented a traveling trophy to Bob Mellinger for “outstanding golfing performance” by having an Eagle at the Sebring Country Club on Hole #10. (You do know my wife is going to cherish having that little guy on display in our house!)

The donuts today were provided by Nikki DeHaven, Jim & Linda Stebleton and Gerald & Miriam Steele.

Bob Helmstadter provided the closer with a reminder of how great our God is and how our prayers are always answered. Keep on praying!

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12/30/19

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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12/23/19

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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12/16/19

December 16, 2019

Vice President Lon Childress opened the Monday Morning Coffee Meeting with 85 present. Ed Layher provided the opener. Lon also acknowledged Ron Harmon and Terry Webber for their improvement projects for the park; to the Men’s Group for another successful and delicious breakfast on Saturday; and, to those responsible for having the Birthday Party on Saturday afternoon for all those celebrating in December.

Returnees to the park this week are Dave Acker, Dick and Pat Thelen, Bill and Nadine French, and Bill and Kathy Gardner. We welcomed new residents Ken and Charlene Taylor to our park. They reside on Louis Street.

Lynette Pickup gave the birthday wishes this week to Miriam Steele, Marie Ellison and Frank Cary. Anniversaries celebrated this week are Gerald and Miriam Steele (54 years), and Terry and Joan McGargle (65 years).

Carol Parker gave the sunshine report: Edith Patterson has not been feeling well. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Betty Emmons fell Friday night went to ER and is now home. Don Guy fell outside the clubhouse on Saturday. Not sure but hope he is ok. Pat Butts is on dialysis now. Ralph Ousley is doing better too. Good to see him either riding his bicycle or walking. Please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.

Since we sent Christmas cards to Jack and Lyla, we thought we should also send cards to those who would not be here this year. This includes Myrtle Johnson, Connie and Bob Brown, Betty Lawson and Jim and Patty Forrest. Merry Christmas to all!

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 (we had 93 attend last week), Cornhole is at 9:00 AM on Thursdays. Bunko is on Tuesdays at 1:00 and Pinochle on Wednesdays.

Martha Watson announced the game winners for last week were: Claude Funk at Pinochle; Judy Fraiser won the Hot Ball playoff at Bingo for $23; Punk Kochensparger won Euchre; Carol Danzer won Cornhole; and, Pat Baldwin and Allen Burns won Shuffleboard on Tuesday and Friday was a washout.

The next Ladies Luncheon will be January 14, 2020 at Jacaranda in Avon Park. Be sure to sign up in advance.

Rick Motzinger thanked everyone for making the Saturday Morning Breakfast another success.

Approximately $87 was taken in for the HOA after expenses.

The new garbage disposal for the clubhouse is in the works, hopefully installed soon, and the replacement gutters should be installed within the week.

A ROC Board meeting is scheduled for this Thursday at 1:00 PM. All residents are encouraged to attend.

Mary Funk reminded us the annual Christmas parade will be on December 21, with cookies, ice cream and a gift exchange to follow. If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift of $10 value.

Carol Danzer asked for volunteers to help filling and distributing the luminaries at 1:00 on December 24. These will be placed on both sides of each driveway to be burning Christmas Eve to morning.

Nancy Pratt announced she will begin scheduling picture sittings for all residents for our new directory. Everyone is encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

Linda Price announced the food donations collected in the park will be picked up by tomorrow. A generous supply of food was donated by the residents as well as a total of $330 in cash.

Bob Mellinger reminded the residents, new & returnees, of the Small White Cross project he has brought to the park. The crosses in the clubhouse are free to anyone wanting one and feel free to take extras for anyone else you know who may want to have one.

Gerald Steele announced the “Bibles for Mozambique” was successful with a large shipment of Bibles going out on Christmas Day. Hammock Estates park was a supporter of this project.

The 50/50 winner was Ann Miller for $37. The guessing game was split with three winners; Claude Funk, Lon Childress and Carol Danzer for $4.00 each. The raffle for the insulated bags was won by Joe Cole.

The donuts today were provided by Mike and Martha Watson, Bob and Nancy Mellinger and Claude and Mary Funk.

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