November 25, 2015 Wednesday Morning News


Turkey Waving animated

We went from 352 to 391
Welcome Back!


SPECIAL WELCOME:  A special welcome back to Ross and Sheryl Craft.  It is great to have them back again after their ordeal. Sheryl thanked everyone for their prayers and cards.  They meant a lot to them.


Poker Run Homes: Dick & Karen Larson, Charlie& Nora Minor, Judy Teply, Marge and John Caster, Donna and Rod McKee, Pearl White and Don Mueller. And, thanks to Mary Hazlett for getting everyone prepared and ready to go on the run.

Soup Dinner – Thank you to all who helped with the Soup Tasting: Donna McKee, Carrie Halberg, Lee Clement, Sandy DeVenny, Karen Larson, Dick Larson, Mary Jane Holmquest, Sharon Dagsguard, Patti Becker, Donna Hulsey, Barb DeGaramo, and Steve and Linda Peterson.

Photo Directory Helpers: Mary Hazlett, Marlene Miska and Connie Webb.

Thanks to all the volunteers who are registering for bus trips and selling tickets this morning: Kathy Doddridge, Shirley Birlingmeir, Carrie Halberg, Elinor Kroll, Donna Hulsey and Pat Becker.


1st Responder Red Envelopes:  Please use the new Red Envelope that is in your Welcome Packet.  It has the current phone number for our ambulance service which has changed since last year.  You also need to change to he Orange sticker on the back of your badge for the same reason.

Arnie Huether:  Cathy reported that Arnie had a bit of a setback but he is now doing better, however, he is still hospitalized.

WiFi:  Places in the park are working.  Other places are sporadic.  They are still working to determine where the dead spots are.  If you are not getting it, stop in the Business Office and let Cathy know.  She’ll give them your lot number.  Drew will be here to answer any questions that you have at one of our upcoming meetings.

Christmas Stockings:  Barb DeGaramo is the Coordinator for this event.  She hopes that we can fill 300 stockings this year.  We already have the stockings.  The Christmas Stockings will be used at the Christmas Posada at ARISE for children ages 0 to 8 years old.  The items that are needed for the stockings are:

Small Stuffed Animals
Small Toys
Bottles of Bubbles
Play Dough
Small Cars and Trucks
Play Jewelry
Warm Hats or Gloves
Tooth Brushes and Paste
Coloring Books
Activity Books
Small Books
Color Crayons
Color Pencils
Magic Markers
Ramen Noodles
Small Bags of Snacks
Wrapped Crackers
Baby Items
Basy Wash, Shamoo
Wash Cloths,
Baby Toys

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!

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.

Jams – The Jams will start on December 12th. It is coming up fast! I’ll be contacting the Jam Leaders shortly to get together and decide who wants what week and what the menus will be.

Thanksgiving Dinner: The tables have been selected and the money is now available in the office for the turkeys. The one thing that hasn’t happened is we need two volunteers from each table to make sure that the kitchen is clean and everything is put away and that the garbage in the hall and the kitchen has been taken out.  We will have our truck parked by the hall so you can put your garbage there.  Please don’t put liquids in the garbage – take them to the sink and then throw out the container.  Otherwise, the truck will be a bigger mess than it is! The signup sheet for cleaning is right next to where you signed up for a table.

Roasters:  Several of you borrowed roasters for Thanksgiving.  Please be sure to have those back in the kitchen by Friday morning as we will need several of them for the Soup Dinner on Friday.

Roundup on December 1st from 3 to 5 PM will be by the Pool. Burgers, Potato Salad, Chips and Soda for $5. We have enough food for 80! Weather permitting, Elvis will be performing for us on the outside stage. We will be passing the hat for the performance.

Also on December 1st at 7 PM Razz Ma Tazz will be performing for us in the Large Hall. Tickets are $5. They can be purchased at the back of the hall today or in the Activity Office after that.

Christmas Decorating: The large hall will be closed from 9 to 4 on December 3rd and from 9 to 11:30 AM on December 4th to decorate. It takes a lot of work and hours to get this done for the Christmas season. Nora Minor is our Decorating Coordinator and I know she and some of her elves have been hard at work for several hours already. They could use some help to get the hall done. There will be a signup sheet on the bulletin boards near the Mail Room.

Christmas Lighting Contest: We will again be having a Christmas Lighting Contest. The Judging Week if from December 17th and the ballots will be due on December 22nd so that we can announce the winners at the Christmas Party.

Housekeeping: When we started the season we did a lot of cleanup in the loft, the kitchen,and the library to make the place look nice and neat. Lately, we have had to do more cleaning up because things are not put away when they are used. We really don’t have the time to run around cleaning up messes. Chairs need to be put back in this hall after they have been moved to play cards. The same goes for the library. Chairs, tables, fans, etc. need to be put back. In there people have started leaving coffee cups for someone to clean up. In the Small Hall people are leaving pop cans on top of the container for Pull Tabs. Let’s just pull the tabs and put them in the container and ditch the container. If we want a nice neat and clean resort, we all need to do a good job of picking up. We really need to better job of keeping the resort a neat and clean place for everybody. Unfortunately, guys, your mother doesn’t live here and although we love you all, we can’t keep up with 800 messy kids.

Walgreens Vaccinations have been cancelled again for the month of December due to lack of participation.

Rio Grand Regional Medical Hospital Blood Screenings have now been set up. They are scheduled for 7 AM on December 21st, January 11th, February 15th and March 21st. This will be done in the Library. The Lab Director, David Almquist, will be speaking to us all after the meeting on Wednesday, December 9th. He’ll also be providing donuts! He will return again on January 28th from 8 to 9 AM to talk to us about understanding our blood results. This will be in the large hall, kitchen side.

Singles Group – The Singles Group has now been organized. Marcy DeSchamps is the Coordinator. The group has come up with a name. They are the Giddy Up & Go Club. This is an informal group so all singles (anyone that is not married and not in a committed relationship are free to attend any of their events). Their first outing will be a bus trip to South Padre with lunch at Noon and a Dolphin and Eco Tour after. The singles from Trophy Gardens have been invited. The tour and lunch comes to $23. You can stop in the Activity Office to sign up for this event.

The McAllen Lighted Christmas Parade on December 5th at 3 PM. This is the largest lighted holiday parade in Texas. Last year was its first year and it has grown substantially. Last year it won a world-wide 1st place award for the best new parade in the world. We went for a tour of the facilities where they were building the floats and they are like what you would see at the Rose Bowl Parade. There will be lots of large balloons also. You can drive over and see the parade on your own. The bus will be otherwise occupied on another trip to the Lighted Boat Parade. If you do drive down, you can park at the Polar Express Shuttle parking area on the north side of Pecan between 29th and Ware Road . From there you can catch a shuttle that runs every 5 minutes from there to the back side of the Municipal Park. You can sit anywhere along the park route. We posted diagrams of where the parade goes in the hallway by the restrooms. I would suggest you take chairs and a jacket. There will be activities and food available in the park while you are waiting. After the parade is over you can catch the Polar Express back to the bus. There is also Posada in the park after the Parade.

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.

The first SweetWater Dance is the next Friday, November 27th.   Tickets are available at the door for $5. The Soup Dinner tickets for $5 or Combo Dinner/Dance tickets for $9 will be available yet after the meeting and at Bingo tonight. Then sales will be closed so that we can purchase the appropriate amount of food. We will be serving Broccoli Cheese Soup, Potato with Bacon Soup and Corn Chowder. It comes with a salad, roll and cake for dessert.

For those that purchase Combination 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.

New Year’s Eve with Country Roland, Jr. – These tickets are available in the Activity Office. Tickets will go 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.

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 today at the back of the hall and later 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


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.  NO BOWLING THIS FRIDAY AS THEY CLOSED THE BOWLING ALLEY FOR THE DAY.

Bridge has started on Sundays at 630 PM 

Ceramics starts on December 1st

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.

Ceramics will start on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 PM to 4 PM on December 1st.

Couples Two-Step Waltz  will start at 11:15 AM on Wednesdays in the Large Hall, Stage End.  Judy Good is the instructor.  The cost is $3 each or $5 per couple.  Judy will start with footwork only for the first half and then move into turns, etc.

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

Line Dancing – will start right at the Wednesday Meeting.  The cost is $3 per person and it goes to charity.  The line dancing will move from beginner to intermediate and be finished by 11:15.  JoAnn Sullivan is the instructor.

In House 8 Ball Tournament – Call Shots at 9 AM in the Small Hall

Jazzercize on Mondays at 8 AM

Mah Jong – on Mondays from 1-3 PM and Fridays from 1 – 3:30 PM in the Library.

Pegs & Jokers – on Saturdays at 6:30 PM.

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

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

Shuffleboard – Start time is Monday thru Friday at 9 AM. Men and women who would like to shuffle are welcome!

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.

Volleyball has started: M-W-F 4 to 5 PM, and Tu-Thr 1-3 PM

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

Water Volleyball has started.  M-W-F 4 to 5 PM and Tu/Th 1-3 PM.


Bus Trip – The South Texas Balloon Festival trip was cancelled so if you were on it, stop in the office to get your refund.

Bus Trip – Sunset Sail Boat Cruise on November 30th at 2:30 PM with Dinner and Entertainment is full.

WR Bus: Sunset Cruise on the Laguna Madre (same trip as Nov 30th) will go out on December 6th at 2:30 PM. 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.

WR/TG Bus to the Port Isabel Lighted Boat Parade on December 5th at 4 PM. We will again watch the parade from Louie’s Back Yard and have dinner on your own. Sign up in the back of the hall after the meeting today. Since this is a popular trip, Jack is going to attempt to get a second bus so Trophy can have one and we’ll have the other. We’ll let you know for sure when this happens. Right now sign up for ½ the bus and on the standby sheet.

WR/TG Bus to see the Hidalgo Festival of Lights on Monday, December 7th at 5:30 PM. If you have never been to this festival before, make sure you see it during this season. This is the biggest award-winning Christmas light display in Texas. Over 3,000,000 bulbs throughout 9 different trails and 900 brilliant festive showcases. Enjoy the lights in guided train or trolley tours plus there is entertainment.

TG/WR New Bus Trip: The Pharr Community Theater is putting on a musical drama at Tip O Texas called “The Last Battle of the Civil War”. This bus will leave at 6 PM on December 10th. The tickets are $5 and they are on sale today at the back of the room. We have 22 seats available. Trophy has their half of the bus full.

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. We have purchased the tickets for this already, however, if there is someone that still wants to go, there are still seats available. Stop in the Activities Office.

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.


Roundup on Tuesday, December 1st: We could use a griller and two concession people for that day. Signup on the Bulletin Board across from the hall.

SweetWater Dance on November 27th. There is a signup sheet on the Bulletin Board across from the hall.

Doors for Entertainment for Razz Ma Tazz on December 1st and for Lindley Creek on December 3rd. Signups are on the Board across from the Mail Room.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing:  Dean and Patti Ellison need two more ringers to fulfill their obligation. Signup is in the hall across from the Mail Room.

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.

Craft Show Volunteers will be posted shortly – probably the day after Thanksgiving.

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