Wednesday Morning Meeting Minutes – November 4, 2015


We Grew From 173 to 241 This Past Week

Welcome Back!


A Big Thank You to Vicki Miller, Rosie Dorsey and Betty James for taking care of the all the fun events and food at the Halloween Golf Tournament. We have heard nothing but praise for their efforts. And thanks to Nora Minor for her help setting up the tables of the Potluck and Chuck and Pat Cullett for cleaning off the tables for us.   They also helped to set up the Bean Bag Baseball tournament. Arnie and Rita Huether led the Golf Cart Parade for us. And others just popped in and helped here and there. To all of you Thanks Much!   Without you guys, the day would have never gone off as well as it did.

Thank you to Carrie Halberg and Dick and Karen Larson for taking care of the Sundae Sunday event.

Thank you much to Josie Fehring and Dick Miller for taking pictures at the events on Halloween. Josie has agreed to be our Blog Photographers so you’ll get used to seeing her smiling face. We could use another Blog Photographer as Josie can’t be everywhere. We know we had that problem ourselves. So, if any of you have an interest, please stop in the office and see us.

Another Thank you to Karen Larson for offering to watch the office for us while we are gone three days this week. She will be in our office and able to sell you tickets for the dinners and register you for bus trips. So make us happy and sign up for everything and buy all our tickets!!

Betty Luster also wanted me to express her thanks to all the people who supported her so well while she was in charge of pies for the Craft Shows.


50/50’s for the park meeting officially start next week. The listing of who has what dates is in one of the poster holders right near the coffee pot in the Large Hall. Make sure you know when your group is doing the 50/50 so you don’t miss it!

Golf Cart ID’s – The Business Office has noticed that there is some confusion about placement of the Golf Car ID Yellow decals. Please do not cut the decals to fit in other areas of the windshield. The Golf Cart ID Decal should be placed on the driver’s side of the golf cart on the lower left part of the window. It was also noticed that one resident put it on the side of the golf cart. If you have cut the decal or it is not sticking properly, please stop in the Activity Office and get another one.

Veggie Wagon – The veggie wagon will start on Thursday, November 12th from 9 AM to 10:30 AM. It will be parked by Doggie Row between Trophy Gardens and Winter Ranch. It will be here each Thursday at the same time. Don’t miss out on the fresh fruit and vegetables!

Mail Room – Bob Lauritsen is now in the Mail Room and will have all packages in there ready for pickup. The window opens after the mail is ready for delivery (the flag will go up out behind the Mail Room Entrance to the Hall) and will be open until noon for package pickup.

Activities Welcome Packet – If you are new to the resort in the 2015-2016 Season, please stop in the office to pick up your Activities Welcome Packet. It includes a lot of valuable information that we’ve put together for you. It also includes some free tickets to entice you to join in some of our activities. There is a price for the packet. We need your picture for the Blog so if you are a couple, you both need to stop in. We’ll take your picture and then hand you the packet. I can guarantee that it is worth it!

Veterans Day Celebration: We will be celebrating Veterans’ Day on November 11th, Wednesday. The program will start at 11 AM followed by a luncheon. We’ll have the menu for lunch planned out by next Wednesday and we’ll fill you in on that then. The menu for the day will be Baked Ziti, Garlic Bread, and Salad with a patriotic dessert. The price is $5 per person. Veterans eat free (but need to get a ticket so we know how many we are cooking for. Elinor Kroll will be selling tickets today after the meeting and then will be available in the Activities Office. Final day for purchase of the tickets is November 9th at Noon. We’ll need to cut it off then as we’ll get the groceries that afternoon.

Roundup on November 10th: Weather permitting, we’ll gather by the pool. We’ll serve hamburgers, potato salad and chips. The Concession will be open for drink or BYOB.

Roundup on November 17th: We’ll have a poker run before at 11AM. The winning hand will be announced at the Roundup. Carlos Canos will be entertaining us. It is a BYOB and the concession stand will be open.

First Dance of the Season: Diego will be performing on Friday, November 20th at 7 PM. Prior to his dance we’ll have a Soup Dinner for WR residents only starting at 4:30 PM. This will be a trial run for our Soup Dinners prior to the SweetWater Dances and it will also be a Soup Tasting Event.   We are going to try out some soups we haven’t tried out at the resort yet. We taste-tested a bunch at the Ben E Keith Convention we went to and we’d like to have you taste some of each and vote on your favorites.   We need to know how many will be coming so you can purchase tickets in the Activity Office. The tickets will be $4 each. When the dances start the Soup Dinners will be $5 without a Dance ticket. With a Dance Ticket they will be $4 and $5 for the dance.  Marsha Bender will be selling the Soup Tasting Dinner Tickets after the meeting today. After that they will be available in the Activity Office.

The first SweetWater Dance is the next Friday, November 20th.   We will have a Soup Dinner prior to the dance. Residents can purchase $5 soup dinner tickets. This will be limited to 50 tickets. We will sell 100 Combination Tickets for the Soup Dinner, Free Line Dancing Class and SweetWater Dance for $9. The people who purchase the Combo ticket get a $1 discount on the meal. JoAnn Sullivan will be teaching the free Line Dancing Class. The Combination Tickets will go on sale to the public shortly as the ads have been sent to the newspapers. So if you want the combination tickets get them while you can. We are trying to bring people in to the dances and that is the purpose of these Soup Dinners. Donna Hulsey will be selling tickets to these dinners. Two of the soups will be your favorites: Broccoli Cheese and Potato Bacon. We’ll also have Tomato Basil and Corn Chowder.

We plan to use the money from the Soup Dinners to do a few things that will enhance the looks of our park and our facilities. One of the first things we want to do is to put up some lights around the Pool Area and buy a few more pieces of pool furniture. After that we have a project that we’d like to do in the Large Hall. All projects will, of course, go before the Activities Board before we do them.

Our Pickleball Group has stepped forward and have agreed to fill the volunteer positions for these dinners for us to help us raise money for these projects. That is a blessing and one less thing we have to worry about so we are truly grateful for their participation.   Let’s hope this is a roaring success because we will all benefit from it. And, it will help present the park in a better light for newcomers who are deciding what park they want to make their home and those that attend any of our events.

Vaccinations – If your vaccinations are not up-to-date, then you’ll be happy to hear that Walgreens Pharmacy from here in Alamo will be giving vaccinations for the flu, pneumonia, the 2nd pneumonia shot, tetanus and/or shingles here in our Library. We have scheduled them to come in once a month on December 9th and January 13th after the park meeting. Vaccinations will be in the Library. Video Checkouts will use the back door. You will need to stop in the Activities Office with your health insurance cards. We’ll make a copy of them and give them and another form to the Pharmacist so that you will be all set to go on the day you have your vaccinations.

We had some questions regarding the flu vaccinations based on some news broadcasts in the area. The bottom line is that you really should take the flu shot. If it is a strain of the flu that is not the one you get, it will still shorten the length you have the flu and reduce the symptoms. If you are over 65, you get a higher dose which prevents more types of flu than if you are under 65 so we will need to know that also when you stop in the office.

November Calendars – You should have received your November calendars. If you didn’t receive one, the Business Office has some extras for people coming in.

Craft Sales – If you are a crafter and want to sell items at our Craft Sales, please see me in the Activities Office as soon as you can. We have three open spots and I’ve had people calling every week to get in. The price for a resident is $5 per month per space.

Photo Directory – We are doing well getting signed up for the pictures for our Directory.  We will be registering starting Monday for the photography dates on November 30th, December 1st and 2nd.    Connie Webb will be in the Small Hall registering for pictures on Monday, November 9th at from 10 AM to Noon.   The next time you can register will be on November 18th.

Out of the Office – We will be out of the Activity Office on November 5th and 6th. We’ll be at a Boot Camp for Activity Directors on the 5th and 6th. Karen Larson has graciously agreed to man our office for us. She will answer phones and will be able to register you for bus trips and for any of the dinners.

Singles Group –Shirley Smith and Marcy DeSchamp has volunteered to Co-coordinate a Singles Group for both men and women at Winter Ranch. We thought it would be fun for the singles to get out and meet all the other singles in the park. We’ve offered to let the singles use the bus a couple of times a month for an outing and those involved can come up with lots of things that they can do to have fun which might include a traveling Happy Hour and bus trips.   There is a signup sheet to show interest on the board across from the Mail Room. If there is enough to form a nice group, which I truly think there will be, then we’ll have an organizational meeting that will be announced at the next park meeting. The only requirements to belong to this group are that you are a resident at least during the winter at Winter Ranch and that you are single and not in a committed relationship.

Wendell Knight’s 85th Birthday: Wendell has invited everyone to his birthday party which will be on Sunday, November 8th from 2 to 4 PM in the Large Hall. He doesn’t want any cards or gifts. He just wants you to come and share the day with him. There will be coffee, iced tea, cake and ice cream. Also, David Lopez’s Blue Country Express will be playing for the event. Today by noon is the last time to sign up.

Lights for the Swimming Pool Area: We raised $32 this morning and that may be enough to purchase the lights along the front fence. We’ll keep working on this. We’d really like it to be bright and cheery!


Please let the office know as you start up activities so that we can announce them and post them on the blog.

These Activities have notified us that they are now in progress:

500 – Sundays at 6:30 PM in the Large Hall

Billiards Fun Night – Sundays at 6:30 PM in the Small Hall

Bridge will start Sundays at 630 PM on November 15th.

Euchre – 6:30 PM at the Large Hall west.

Mixed Scotch Doubles – Sundays at 2 PM in the Small Hall.

Beginning Billiards – Mondays at 9 AM in the Small Hall

Ladies Billiards – Tuesdays from 1 to 3 in the Small Hall

Nine Ball – No Call Shot $1 – Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Small Hall

Bridge – Tuesdays at 6:30 PM in the Library.

Cribbage – Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Library.

Gentle Yoga – Monday-Friday 8 – 8:30 AM (November-March) with Pam Hoppe

In House 8 Ball Tournament – Call Shots at 6:30 PM in the Small Hall

Jazzercize on Mondays at 8 AM

Pinochle – Mondays at 6:30 PM in the Large Hall

Pitch – On Tuesdays at 6:30 in the Large Hall.

Texas Hold Em – on Fridays at 1 PM in the Loft

Walking Exercises – Monday-Friday at 7:30 AM in the Large Hall.


WR Bus Trip to Riverside Dreamer: This is SOLD OUT. However, if you want to go on this trip, please stop in the office and sign a Standby List. If we get enough interest, the people on this list will be the first to be able to sign up for another cruise date. We’ll also use this list for cancellations.

NOTICE:  You can come out to Riverside and eat with us but only the people going on the bus can take the cruise. The boats carries about the same number as the bus!

WR BUS Trip to Birding Center in South Padre followed by lunch on your own at Dirty Al’s at Pelican Station on Monday, November 9th. The Birding Center is reduced to $3 because of the number of us going. Bus will leave at 8:30 AM from Winter Ranch.   There is still plenty of room on the bus and we may have to cancel if we don’t register a few more more people. Sign up in the Activity Office.

WR/TG Bus Trip to The McAllen Symphonic Band “An American Celebration”: We’ll leave on November 10th at 7:30 PM at the Trinity Worship Center in Pharr.   The Bus can take 22 of us to this symphony and will leave Winter Ranch at 6:30 PM. Whether you take the bus or drive on your own, the tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the Business Office.

Bus Trip to the National Butterfly Center on November 16th: We’ll leave at 8:30 AM. The butterflies are best seen early in the morning. The cost is $5 if you wear your Resort Badge. Then you will have lunch on your own at Cracker Barrel. Sandy DeVenny will register people for this immediately after the meeting this morning. After that you can register in the Activities Office. We have the whole bus for this trip.

Bus Trip to Ol’D’s Soda Shop on Thursday, November 19th leaving at 4:30 PM: We will register people for this trip after the meeting today at 11:00 AM and following that you can register in the Activities Office. We still have room on this trip.  Della Orndorff will be registering people for this trip right after the meeting. After that you can register in the Activity Office. We have the whole bus for this trip so let’s party!

WR Bus Trip to First Baptist Church of McAllen – Celebration Choir and Orchestra with Jason Crabb on December 13th   at 5:15 PM. You need to tell us if you want $5, $10 or $15 tickets. They are based on seat location.   We’ll pick them for you. We will have to pay for tickets in advance so they will not be refundable. If you can’t use the ticket, you will be responsible for finding someone else to buy it from you. Stop in the office by November 5th. If you aren’t here yet, call the office, e-mail or Facebook Mary by the end of the day, November 5th. – that is today, folks. If we don’t purchase the tickets now, we may not get the seats we want.  We are only buying the tickets for the bus.


Veterans Day Celebration: We still have a need for a couple of volunteers to take care of the Veteran’s Day Celebration. Signup sheets are in the Large Hall Across from the Mail Room. Since this celebration is for veterans, we’d really like to have people who are not veterans help us out with those tasks.  We now have all our flag bearers.

Wednesday Morning Meeting Setup: We would love it if someone who comes to all the Wednesday morning meetings could set up the Speakers Table and make sure the flags are set up correctly for the pledge, it would be much appreciated. Just stop in the office and let us know.

Also, we’d like to start doing donuts, however, we need someone to pick them up for us on Wednesday mornings.  Wednesday mornings are particularly hectic for us as we always have a lot of people coming to us with last minute announcements and we also need to get everyone set up with tickets and their packets if they are helping us register for bus trips or sell dinner tickets.

Zumba Coordinator – Pam Hoppe is looking for a person to be the Coordinator for Zumba exercises this season. Mary Sifuente is willing to come back to Winter Ranch and give classes. What the Coordinator needs to do is to advertise when and where to Winter Ranch, Trophy and the Alamo Country Club.   This person will also handle the money from the students and pay Mary. Pam cannot manage doing this again this season with all the other activities that she is involved with. You can contact her for more details.

Ticket Sales Coordinator: This season we plan on selling tickets to our entertainment and dances whenever we have an event that is open to the public such as our jams, craft sales, entertainment and dances. We figure there is no better time to sell a ticket than when we have a captive audience. To do this we’d like to have a Ticket Coordinator who would line up two people to do ticket sales at each event and show them what they need to do. When the season gets busier, it is going to be harder and harder for us to have the time to train and schedule everything and everyone. This would be a big help to us. This Coordinator could use the bulletin board as we do to get volunteers but then make sure that there are two bodies in place for each event. If you interested in getting more information about doing this and how we plan to do it, see us in the office.

Tour Director for the non-Wilder bus tours is needed. You could volunteer to do just our park or perhaps our park and Trophy Gardens. These are normally “Go With Jo” tours. You do receive a commission for tours. Just stop in the Business Office and talk to Cathy about it.

Assigning Times for Life Touch Portraits for the 2015-2016 Picture Directory: Volunteers are still needed to schedule portrait sittings for the 2015-2016 Directory. This is what Karen is doing today. It isn’t difficult so please don’t be shy about signing up to help with this. It is on the Bulletin Board across from the Mail Room.


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