December 2, 2015 Minutes of the Wednesday Meeting

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Welcome Back!


Thank you to Patti Ellison, Sharon Wilson, and Elinor Kroll for decorating the Small Hall for Christmas. It looks really festive!

Thanks much to all the volunteers from the Roundup yesterday (Ray and Glenda Uselman – our grillers, Dick and Karen Larson, Elinor Kroll and Carol Ritchie). We could tell that everyone had a great time!


A big Thank You to Connie Web who is the Coordinator for the Sock Hop in February. She came up with some really cute ideas and put the decorations together already so we’ll be using them for the Sock Hop this month too!

Thanks for our Photo Directory Helpers this past week: Mary Hazlett, Marlene Miska and Karen Larson.

Thanks to Mary Hazlett for running to the Post Office for us this week and Ron Doerschug for picking up our donuts this morning.

Thanks to all the people who came to the Thanksgiving Potlucks. You guys did a great job of cleanup and we really appreciate it!

Thanks to Barb DeGaramo for helping me with some prep work for the Soup Dinner last Friday night. Thanks also to the Pickleball players (Jack and Donna Hulsey, Pam Hoppe, Flo Reed, Bob and Phyllis Lauritsen and Mary Hanson) who did a great job of prepping, serving and cleaning up.

Thanks to everyone who worked on the dance on Friday night. Jean and Bill Snyder and Leon and Lois Green helped in Concession and the door were handled by Pat and Tom Whittaker, Don and Linda Thompson, and Butch and Pam Jensen. Jerry and Carolyn Nieland did the 50/50.

Thanks to all the volunteers who are registering for bus trips and selling tickets and various other things this morning:  Carolyn Nieland, Sue Walker, Marcy DeSchamps, Dianna Drake, Elinor Kroll, Sharon Dagsgard, Mary Jane Jensen, Judy Babler and Brenda Granger.


1st Responders:    Please do not test the 1st Responder pager system.  If you want to know how it works, ask one of the 1st Responders.  Any calls to the pagers without a lot number still come through.  Then they don’t whether it is a real emergency or not.  They try to find who called and it makes it very difficult for them.  If you dialed in an emergency and you didn’t put in your lot number, please call back so they can find you.

Rita Huether wants to thank everyone for all their calls and prayers for Arnie.  He is home now and doing well.

WiFi:  The WiFi is still not operational. When it is we will receive a password to protect it. Some places in the park are working but others are not. Sometimes you can get the WiFi sporadically but this is not the WiFi that you will experience once things are completed.   Drew will be here to answer any questions that you have at one of our upcoming meetings.

Stuffing the Christmas Stockings for the ARISE Posada – Last week the date and time was announced incorrectly. The stockings will be stuffed on December 16th at 1 PM. They will be delivered that same day.

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

Symphonic Band Concert “Sounds of the Season” will be presented on December 15th. Tickets are available in the Business Office for $5. You can purchase tickets and go on your own or ride the bus. Sign up in the Business Office for the bus also.

Tuba Christmas Concert – 200 to 300 tubas will put on a Christmas Concert on December 13th at 2 PM at 1201 W University in Edinberg (UTRGV Field House).

Golf Cart Stickers: We are presently out of stickers. When they come in, we’ll let you know. Apparently, our Division Manager, Rick, didn’t realize just how many golf carts were in all the parks.

Workers Christmas: You should have received an envelope for donations to our Maintenance, Greeters and Housekeepers. We hope you will consider them also at this time of the year. They work very hard year round to make all of you happy and proud to be at Winter Ranch. Your praise means more to them than ours!

Recycling: Wanda Wheeler on Lot 677 has bins for you to take your recycling to the San Juan Recycle Station. They do not take glass or Styrofoam but otherwise, they take everything else.

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!

Craft Show – Our first Craft Show is coming up on December 8th. We have the tables all full now for the rest of the season and we have three people hoping that someone cancels so that is a good start. Barb DeGaramo has the menu all planned for lunch and we are about ready to go on that. The volunteer sheets are posted on the Volunteer Board across from the Mail Room.

Jams – The Jams will start on December 12th. It is coming up fast! The “In A Pinch” Group lead by Judy and Steve Good have signed up to do the first jam. Rod and Donna McKee’s team is on second and Bob and Kathy Doddridge’s Team will complete the December Jam. Thanks much, guys!

Thanksgiving Dinner:  We still have four tables that haven’t picked up their turkey money so please stop in the Activity Office to pick it up.

Roundup on December 8th from 3 to 5 PM will be in the Large Hall.   We’ll be having a Chili Dump Potluck at around 5 PM. I put volunteer sheets up for people willing to bring chili to be dumped. We’ll have two types: Mild and Spicy and you can take your pick. The rest of us can bring salads, desserts or corn bread and butter. We’ll provide iced tea and coffee and your bowls, plates and napkins. Prior to having the potluck, JoAnn Sullivan will be helping us relive the 50’s and early 60’s. She’ll be teaching some of us and reteaching others of us to do the Hand Jive and the stroll so that we’ll be ready for the Sock Hop on the 15th. So bring your dancing shoes!


The Sock Hop will be our Roundup on December 15th. The Chuck Wagon will be transformed into a Soda Fountain. We’ll be serving hot dogs or chili dogs, cherry cokes and root beer floats. Carlos Canos will be providing the music for the sock hop. There will be a Limbo Contest, a Hula Hoop Contest, some twisting, strolling and hand jiving. If you have some clothing reminiscent of the times, wear them. We’ll have a Photo Op Booth. Come ready to relive those “Happy Days.” Think Fonzie, LaVern and Shirley, Lenny and Squiggy and stars from the 50’s like James Dean, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando, Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield, and Elizabeth Taylor.

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 more 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.  Signups to be in the Contest will be up shortly.

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

Rio Grand Regional Medical Hospital Blood Screenings have been 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.

Peter Piper Pizza is cancelled this week. There were only six signed up so there won’t be a drawing.

The Ladies Dessert and Salad Bar Luncheon is scheduled for Monday, December 14th at Noon. The cost is $2 and includes drink and table service. Odd number tickets bring a salad and even number tickets bring a dessert. For more information, contact Della Orndorff.

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.

Route 66 will be the band for our dance on Friday, December 4th. The tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.

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.

The Ralph Kuster Christer Show that was scheduled for December 17th has been cancelled. Ralph is having problems getting into the United States due to some glitch with the Visa System.

Sunday Sundae is this coming Sunday, December 6th at 5 PM.


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 resumes.

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 

Bunko has started on Mondays from 1 to 3 PM.

Ceramics has started on Tuesdays.

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

Hardanger has started. They meet on Mondays from 1 to 3 in the Arts and Crafts Room.

Ladies Golf – has started on Thursdays 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!

Swedish Weaving has started. They meet on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 in the Arts and Crafts Room.

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.

Wood Carving has started on Tuesdays from Noon to 3PM and on Fridays from 1 to 3PM in Activity Room #3.


Bus Trip – The bus will be heading to the Mercedes Mall for a shopping trip on December 10th at 9:30 AM. This is a shared trip with Trophy Gardens. You can sign up at the back of the hall today for this trip.

Bus Trip – On December 16th at 5 PM, we will be taking a new bus trip this season to visit the Waterford Gardens in Mission. The Waterford is an Assisted Living Facility with some gorgeous gardens. They will give us a tour of their gardens which have been lit for the Christmas holidays and they will feed us a Chili and Corn Bread Dinner. They, of course, want to interest people in their facilities. There is no cost for this trip. You can sign up for this trip after the meeting today.

Bus TripThe Giddy Up & Go Singles Group will be heading to South Padre on December 18th at 10:30 AM for a Dolphin Watch Trip and dinner at the Sea Ranch Restaurant. The cost is $23 and you can register for this at the back of the hall today.

Bus Trip – The Sunset Catamaran Boat Cruise didn’t go out because it was so chilly on November 30th. It has been rescheduled for January 13th at 2:30 PM. If you were on the November 30th trip then you automatically were put on the January 13th trip. Stop in the office if you cannot go on that date as other people are interested in the trip.

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. Tickets are on sale in the back of the room.

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. Signup at the back of the hall today.

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 has obtained a second bus so we do have room for more passengers for this trip. There are still some seats left on the bus. Sign up in the back of the hall.

WR Bus – Deep Sea Fishing Trip on December 28th a 7 AM – $15 includes bait and poles.  Lunch on your own at Pirates Landing.  We still have some seats left for this trip.

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.


Roundup on Tuesday, December 8th: We could use a few folks to set up and serve the Chili for the Chili Dump Potluck.   Of course, first we need a few people to make some chili to dump! We’ll need four pots of spicy chili and four pots of mild chili that can be dumped into a large pot. Since the event depends upon some volunteers making the chili, we’ll keep you posted if we don’t get the volunteers. Signups are on the Volunteer Board across from the Mail Room.

Route 66 Dance on Decemer 4th. There is a signup sheet on the Bulletin Board across from the hall.

Sock Hop – Since Connie Webb has done a lot of the work in getting ready for the Sock Hop on December 15th, Mary has just put up a volunteer sheet for the other things that other jobs that need to be done. We’ll need four people in concession to act as our soda jerks. We’ll be serving root beer floats, cherry cokes, popcorn, and hot dogs or chili dogs. Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board across from the mail room.

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. We have people already in place for the dances and the Thursday entertainment.

Craft Show Volunteers have been posted.


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