News in red is information since the meeting!
We Grew From 303 to 352 This Past Week
New Residents to Winter Ranch
Bud and Carolyn Phillips from Camdenton, Missouri
The Veggie Wagon from the Weslaco Farmers Market has returned and Winter Ranchers were out getting their fresh fruit and vegetables this past week. The veggie wagon comes on Thursdays from 9 AM to 10:30 AM. It parks by Doggie Row between Trophy Gardens and Winter Ranch. Don’t miss out on the fresh fruit and vegetables!
Thank you to everyone who helped out with the Veterans Day Dinner and Celebration. The list is long so I’m just going to give the names of all these individuals. You can tell from the list that it takes a lot of volunteers to pull off a dinner. Thanks to Patti and Dean Ellison for doing some shopping for us. Thanks to Char Leach and Della Orndorff for helping the day before with meal preparation. Thanks to Bob Babler, Dennis Hecker, and Marvin Orndorff for setting up chairs. Thanks to Gary Webb and Pam Hoppe who helped with the program. Thanks to the flag bearers: Dick Toman, Jim Blatwat, Marvin Orndorff, Jesse Todd, Kent Halberg, Ed James and Bob French. Thanks to Elinor Kroll, Betty Smith, Connie Webb, Brenda Granger, Jennifer Williams, Patti Franek and Judy Teply all helped in various capacities with the dinner. A big thank you to Char Leach who baked and frosted all the cakes for the dinner. And, I have to say a special thanks to the four people who pitched in when they saw that help was needed: That is Charlie and Nora Minor, Char Leach and Lee Clement. I’m not sure you would have eaten until 2 PM if it weren’t for their stepping in to assist when they were needed. When I took this position my biggest fear was the kitchen and it still remains that way so it is good that we have some people that will pull us through the rough spots.
Thanks to Charlie Minor and John Westby who put up the last two of our LED Stage Lights. These two guys have put all of them up for us between last season and this season.
Thanks to Marlene Miska and Mary Hazlett for tearing tons of tickets for us so they will be ready for the season.
Thanks to Mary Jane Jensen who did all of the Picture Check-ins during the month of November.
Thanks to Carrie and Kent Halberg for handling the concession for the Roundup yesterday.
Nice Crowd at our Meeting this morning!
Nikki Rowe Tickets to the Musical “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”: If you are NOT on the bus and purchased tickets through us, please stop in the Activity Office and pick them up. Thanks.
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!
Singles Group – We will be having an organizational meeting for the Singles Group on this Friday from 10AM to Noon in the Library. All singles are welcome to attend. This is a group that is just out to have some fun so come and see what it is all about. You will be able to help make some decisions on what things you want to do. Please pass the word to any singles that you know aren’t here this morning.
Recycling: Wanda Wheeler has some storage bins by her shed on Lot 677. She takes newspaper, cans and plastic to the San Juan Recyling Center for us. You can drop them off and put them in the appropriate bins on her patio. Please clean and rinse the cans before you drop them off as she doesn’t want to attract any varmits. She and her neighbor take turns taking the recyling items to San Juan.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing: Dean and Patti Ellison have graciously agreed to be the Coordinators for this season. They will be posting information in the Large Hall. I’m sure we’ll see a bit more of them this season!
Roundup on November 17th: We had a really nice turnout for the Roundup yesterday. Carlos Canos did an excellent job and we all enjoyed his music. Rod Simkins, who is new to the park, won the poker run money of $50. The pictures from the event are on the blog.
No Roundup on the 24th due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.
First Dance of the Season: Diego will be performing on Friday, November 20th at 7 PM. Tickets at the door are $5.
Soup Tasting: Prior to his dance we’ll have a Soup Tasting Dinner for WR residents only starting at 4:30 PM. Tickets are $4. For that each person will be served 2 or 3 ounces of five different kinds of soup: Boston Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque, Lumber Jack Vegetable, Pilgrim Corn Chowder and Chicken and Dumpling. You will also get a salad and a dinner roll. After you finish your soup, you can complete a Tasting Ballot. We’ll be choosing some of these soups to add to a couple of our other favorites for the season. You don’t need to bring anything but yourself and your ticket to the tasting event. Coffee and Iced Tea will be provided. Sandy Devenny will be selling tickets for the soup tasting after the meeting. Marlene Miska will be selling them at Bingo tonight. Then we have to halt sales so we can get the rest of the groceries and know we have enough for everyone. Diego and his family have been invited to the event. Hopefully, they will be able to come. His little girl has been in the hospital but I’m not sure for what as it was in Spanish on Facebook.
Sandy Devenny selling Soup Tasting Tickets
The Thanksgiving Table Signups are in the Large Hall and tables are ready to be claimed. Anyone new to the park that needs some explanation of how it works, stop in the Activities Office. We will again be handing out $1 per person per table for the turkeys and/or ham.
The first SweetWater Dance is the next Friday, November 27th. 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. Our Pickleball hosts for the Soup Dinner will be serving Broccoli Cheese, Potato Bacon, Tomatoe Basil and Corn Chowder for this dance.
For those that purchase Comination Soup Dinner and Dance Tickets for $9, there will be a free Line Dancing Class at 6 PM taught by JoAnn Sullivan prior to the dance.
Marlene Miska selling Soup Dinner Tickets for the Sweetwater Dance and Dinner
New Year’s Eve with Country Roland, Jr. – These tickets will go on sale in the Large Hall on November 19th at 11 AM. The tickets are $12 each. Art Abegg will be handing out numbers for your place in line starting at 9 AM on Thursday. You can get your place holder at 9AM, head on home or wherever and return at 11AM to get your tickets. We hope that you will organize your groups to purchase tickets by the table. Checks are probably the easiest method of payment. If you don’t do checks, exact change would be sincerely appreciated. Tickets will be on sale to the public as of December 1st.
Fire Safety in Manufactured Homes Seminar and Free Pizza Luncheon: Charter Safety will be giving a seminar on Fire Safety on Tuesday, December 15th at 11:30 AM. They will also serve free pizza and soda for anyone who attends. You can sign up in the Large Hall across from the Mail Room.
Vaccinations – Walgreen Pharmacy has offered to give flu, pneumonia and the 2nd pneumonia vaccinations here in the park. We have them scheduled to come in on December 9th and January 13th. However, we have only had one person pick up the forms and they didn’t give us their health cards to copy. We have to have those prior to the vaccinations. You still have time to come in and get us your cards to copy and fill out a form. Vaccinations will be in the Library. Video Checkouts will use the back door and the room will have a divider for privacy. Please see us in the office if your vaccinations are not up-to-date.
Entertainment will start on Tuesday, December 1st with the Razz Ma Tazz Christmas Show, $5 at the door. They will be followed by The Lindley Creek Family Christmas Show on Thursday at 7 PM. The tickets are $7. You can purchase tickets at the door or in advance at any of our public events starting with the dance on Friday. They can also be purchased in the Activity Office.
Mary Jane Jensen signing Ethel Schnau up for Red Head Express Tickets
Photo Directory Pictures – Mary Hazlett will be registering people on Monday, November 23rd from 10 to Noon in the Small Hall. Connie Web will be registering people also on Monday, November 23rd from 1 to 3 PM in the Small Hall. This is for taking your pictures on December 1st and 2nd.
Shirley Birlingmeir signed people up for the Photo Directory Pictures this morning. She is getting a hug from Carolyn Nieland and Karen Larson is signing up for pictures.
We were finally able to get the prize for the best decorated Golf Cart from the Halloween Parade to Bill Knecht. Congratulations Bill and Nancy!
ACTIVITIES START UP:
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
Beginning Billiards Lessons on Monday will resume in December and we’ll get word out when it resume.
Billiards Fun Night – Sundays at 6:30 PM in the Small Hall
Bingo has started on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Large Hall.
Bowling has started on Fridays at 1:00 PM at the Flamingo Bowl. Judy has a signup sheet on the Board across from the Mail Room.
Bridge has started on Sundays at 630 PM
Crochet has started on Mondays at 9 AM in the Loft.
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
Choir – has started on Fridays at 10 AM in the Large 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
Ladies Golf – has started on Thurdays at 9 AM
In House 8 Ball Tournament – Call Shots at 9 AM 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
Video Room is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 11 AM.
Walking Exercises – Monday-Friday at 7:30 AM in the Large Hall.
Bus Trip – We have a new bus trip that we just scheduled on November 21st. We’ll be heading to the South Texas Balloon Festival in Mercedes. The bus will leave at 3:30 PM. We’ll arrive at 4 PM. There will be a Balloon Glow that evening and we’ll figure out a time we are leaving based on when sunset is. There will be plenty of available food vendors there. The entrance fee is $5 for seniors but they may ask for your ID. Once there you can also take a tethered balloon ride for $20 or if you really want to splurge, you can sign up to take a regular balloon ride for $300! There are some seats available yet. can sign up in the Activities Office if you would like to go on this trip. We have the whole bus. We have arranged for the Bus to have VIP parking so it will be a lot easier to get into the grounds. It should also be less walking and waiting to park your vehicle and walk to the festival.
Bus Trip for a 2 hour Sunset Sail Boat Cruise on the Laguana Madre Bay on November 30th with Dinner and Entertainment – The bus will leave at 2:30 PM on November 30th. The cost is $30 per person. The cruise includes an all you can eat Beef and Chicken Fajita Dinner with Jumbo grilled shrimp as the appetizer. The Hostess puts out fresh cut fruit platter after dinner. You can drink all the bottled water, coke, diet coke or sprite that you wat. There is live music – he plays tropical, jazz, light country, etc. There is no sea sickness involved because you cruise the bay. This trip has been getting rave reviews so we expect that we may have to send a few bus loads of people on it. We still have some seats left so you can sign up in. We will be taking standby names for the next bus trip going out on this so don’t give up your space in line because it looks to be full. The Standby people get the first dibs on the next bus going.
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 some room on this trip.
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. We still have six seats left on the Bus to the First Baptist Church Celebration Choir. We decided to reopen tickets sales on this for a few days so stop by the Activity Office if you would like tickets. We are only buying the tickets for people who will ride the bus.
BUS ETIQUETTE RULES: Just a friendly reminder of our new rules that have been agreed upon between Winter Ranch and Trophy Gardens. The rules are on the bulletin boards in the Large and Small Halls as well as being on the Blog under the Bus Trip Information Tab. If you are going to miss a bus trip, you need to notify the Activity Office that you will not be going at least one business day before the trip. Otherwise, a $2 charge will be assessed and when paid will be given to the Bus Driver as part of his tip. So, if you have missed a bus trip, please stop in the office and we’ll take your $2 and give it to Jack.
Annie Lindstrom has a Go With Jo trip going to Eagles Pass Casino on December 24 and 25th. The cost is $80 and you get $40 back in Lucky Bucks. Contact Annie for information on any Casino trips.
Rosie Ewald needs some help in the Video Room on Fridays. Contact her if you are interested in helping.
Sock Hop Coordinator – We have two sock hops coming up. The first is December 15th from 3 to 5 PM – this is a regular Roundup time. Carlos Canos will be playing. If you like to decorate or plan a party this is a great job for you and a few of your friends. Mary has a lot of ideas she can pass on and we can assist in the planning if you like. See Mary in the office.
Ticket Sales: 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. If you would be interested in helping sell tickets at the Jams on Saturdays or the Entertainment on Sundays stop in the Activity Office.
Friday, November 20th Soup Dinner & Dance with Diego – Soup Dinner is still lacking a few volunteers. The sheet is on the bulletin board across from the hall. There is also a sheet for volunteers to help at the dance
Friday, November 20th Dance – needs volunteers – signup sheet is across from the Mail Room.
Zumba Coordinator – We are still looking for a Zumba Coordinator. If you are interested, talk to Pam Hoppe and she can tell you what you would need to do.
Craft Show Volunteers will be posted shortly. Keep your eyes out!