Wednesday Morning News December 16th, 2015

New items since meeting are in red!


Congratulations to Don Teply who got a Hole in One  on hole #9 par 3 with his pitching wedge. The witnesses were from left to right Dick DeGaramo, Darrell Luster, Don Teply, Joe Ironside and Wally Guyer



Congratulations to Gary Stieverson (a new resident to Winter Ranch) who got a Hole in One on Hole 3 with a 6 iron.  That’s the hole that they pick for people to win the car during 1st Responders Benefit Golf Tournament.

We Grew From   491 to 525 This Week!

Thanks to our Photo Directory Helper this past week:   Mary Hazlett  and Beth Bishop.

Thanks to all people who worked the jam this week:

Our cashiers: Elinor Kroll and Donna Hulsey
Jam Concession Team:  The In a Pinch Group: Judy and Steve Good, Sam and Janet Hobson, Tony and Pat Hyde, Ted and Sylvia Hyde, Sharon Wilson, Rosie Ewald and Brenda and David Nolte.
Cake  Bakers: Char Leach
Selling tickets: Beth Bishop
And thanks everyone who helped out on the non-meal side of the jam.   Thanks bunches!

Thanks to everyone who worked on the dance on Friday night.

Doors: Tom and Pat Whitaker , Donna Rohrschneider, Wendell Knight, Roy and Lois Hanson
50/50:  Jeff Spencer and Theresa Corwin
Concession: Don and Linda Thompson and Connie and Gary Webb
Ticket Sales: Mary Hazlett

Thanks to the ladies who helped us serve and clean up after the Staff Appreciation Luncheon:  Judy Timmer, Shirley Mills and Karen Overholzer.

Thanks to our Roundup Sock Hop helpers:

Griller:   Steve Petersen
Soda Jerks:  Mary Hazlett, Kay Wilburn, Ron and Mary Jane Jensen
Cashier:  Elinor Kroll
Activity Director Helpers:  Theresa Corwin, Jeff Spencer
Decorators:  Dick King, Roy Hanson and Ruth King and to Connie Web who made the decorations for the Sock Hop.

Thanks to all the volunteers who are registering for bus trips and selling tickets and various other things this morning:  Judy Miller, Marcy DeShamps, Della Orndorff, Kay Wilburn, Dianna Drake and Linda Sherman.

It takes a ton of volunteers every week to keep our activities going. Thank you all VERY much!


Keep Christ In Christmas Magnets for your vehicles are now available in the Business Office for $5.

The Winter Ranch/Trophy Gardens Employees Christmas Lunch will be held on December 21st at Noon in the Large Hall.  That is when we pass out the cards with the resident donations.  Thank you in advance for considering them.

Mr. Gatti’s Restaurant is having a Winter Texan Special –  $5 off your meal on the 17th and 18th of this month.

Christmas Angel Tree – Take a tag or more from the Angel Tree and buy a gift for about $10. Wrap your gift and put the tag on it. Bring it to the December 23rd meeting. The gifts will be delivered after the meeting. If anyone can help with that, see Patti Ellison.

Christmas Card Shower for Pastor Frisby: Bring your cards on December 20th to the Worship Service or you can drop them in the mail if you won’t be there.

WiFi:  Please be patient.  We know it is difficult but we do not officially have i yet.  We do not have a time line but we know Rick is work hard at getting it done.  The company is also working hard.  It must be harder to try and get 7 parks up and on with over 5800 sites.  We have waited a long time and it is coming so don’t give up.

Water Pressure – we have no answer yet. It is not under our control but the city is working on the problem.

Water Leak – The water will be shut off for some time today because we found a water leak under cement.  We will get it back on as soon as possible.

1st Responders:  Gary Schnau represented the 1st Responders today.  They need all of us to make sure that we have the new orange stickers on the back of our badges and the new red envelopes because they have the correct ambulance phone number on them.  Please make sure you read the instructions on how to use the emergency response system.  There is no one to talk to on this system.  You call the phone number for 1st Responders, then type in your lot number or the building number that you are in and then you hang up.  They will come to you.

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!

Blood Drive: We are signing up to donate blood in the back of the hall after the meeting today and the signup sheet will be transferred to the Bulletin Board across from the Mail Room after this morning.  We aren’t doing well on this Blood Drive.  Our goal is 19 units and they say we need 25 to make that goal.  They are offering free McDonalds Gift certificates to encourage you to participate.  Every two seconds someone in America gets a blood transfusion. Five million patients will need blood this year.  I know some of us have probably benefited from a blood transfusion and if not us, someone near and dear has.  It is just a really good thing to do for others especially in this Christmas season.  If you have some blood, it is time to share it!!

Jams – The next  jam will be this Saturday, December 19th.   Rod and Donna McKee’s team is up.  They will be followed by Bob and Kathy Doddridge’s Team.  For our first Jam of the season we did really well.  We sold out of practically everything.  The In A Pinch Group were kept hopping but they did a terrific job.  I’ve heard nothing but good things.

Soup Dinner:  A Winter Ranch Team of Ellen Hicks, Karen Hockemeier, Linda Thompson, Pat Mower, Pam Jensen and Brena Nolte will be making the soups for our dinner on December 18th at 4:30 PM.  The menu is:  Cheesy Potato Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Vegetable Beef or Bean Soup and Corn Bread.  There will also be a salad and home-made rolls.  The price is $5 for just the dinner or $9 for a combination soup/dance ticket.  Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and are being sold after the meeting today in our mall.  These ladies are trying to help the Activities Department make some money so let’s not disappoint them.    Tickets are limited to 125 for this event.

No Dance on Friday January 1st.

Dance – This week we will be dancing to SweetWater  at 7 PM on Friday night. They are always a great time! Cost is $5 at the door.  You can also purchase a combination Dinner/Dance ticket for $9.

The Agency Dance – Our first Agency Dance will be January 8th at 7 PM.  Tickets are $8.  Mary Hazlett is at the back of the Hall today reserving seats for both The Agency and New Year’s Eve if you don’t have your tickets yet.

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.


  • Lone Star Downs & BBQ – Our first Horse Race will be on December 22nd at 3 PM in the Large Hall. Butch and Pam Jensen are the Coordinators for this event that we hope will go over well enough to do monthly. There will be 8 horse races with 6 horses. The horses will move across the tiles based on dice. One will be the number of moves and the other will be the horse that moves. Each bet is 50 cents and each person is limited to $1 per race. Do bring lots of quarters or dollar bills.  There won’t be time to make change!  The house makes no money on the races, however, there will be a redistribution of wealth among the betters!  We will be selling BBQ Pork Sandwiches and potato salad after the races
  • Trophy Ranch Doggie Park Fundraiser will be on December 29th at 3 PM.  Carol Earley will be providing the music for Art Selhorn who will become Frank Sinatra and some of his other friends.  We know you’ll enjoy him.  We will be passing the hat for the entertainment.  Linda Sherman and her gang will be serving Weiner Dogs, Chihuahua Dogs, Schnauzer Dogs served with Boston Terrier Baked Beans, German Shepherd Potato Salad, Yorkshire Pudding, and Milkbone Cookies!  I’m sure you can see the doggie theme going on here!  The money will go to pay for chemicals, signage, a bench, yard toys, etc.  Tickets are on sale in the Activity Office here and at Trophy Gardens.
  • No Roundup is planned for the 5th of January.

Garage Sale:  Our one Garage Sale is coming up in January on January 8th from 8 to Noon so drag all of that unwanted and unused stuff out of your closets and sheds!

ARISE Christmas Posada will be held at 212 San Bernardino in Alamo, Texas on December 16th at 5 PM and we are all invited.

Christmas Dinner: The signups for the Christmas Dinner Tables are on the Board by the bottom of the Loft steps. The Business Office will be providing $1 per resident for turkey or ham for each table.

Christmas Lighting Contest: If you have not signed up for the Christmas Lighting Contest and have lights out, do so by Friday afternoon. We’ve seen some places that should definitely be in the contest. We need time to get those ballots in the mail. It doesn’t seem possible but the Judging starts next Thursday, the 17th and the ballots will be due on December 22n. We will announce the winners at the Christmas Party.  Signups to be in the contest are on the Bulletin Board across from the Mail Room.

Christmas Caroling: Karen Timko is the Coordinator and Choral leader for caroling here at the park. The date is set for December 21st at 4:30 PM. Meet in the Large Hall for directions and music from Karen. When you are finished, stop in the Library for Cookies and Cocoa after the event. We try to sing to those in the park who are home-bound or have lost a spouse in the last year or that are having some type of major issue. Let the Activities Office know if there is someone you want to suggest that we visit.

Christmas Party: The Christmas Party is scheduled for December 24th at 2 PM. We will be entertained by a young singer, song writer and guitarist from Razz Ma Tazz. He is Tony Longoria and he plans on going into the music business. He has been doing a lot of Christmas gigs this season. We will pass the hat for the performance. Bring an appetizer to share with your table. We think this will work better than one huge table as some people at the end, don’t get too much! Coffee, Iced Tea and Punch will be served. Instead of exchanging gifts this year, we are going to donate to a local animal shelter. Barb DeGaramo is coordinating this is a list of what kinds of items the shelter needs:

  • Dry dog food for large and small dogs (Science Diet and other brands)
  • Canned Dog Food
  • 5 Gerber Second Foods: Chicken with gravy or Turkey with Turkey gravy (for baby kittens and puppies that are not eating well)
  • Canned chicken breast
  • Peanut butter (to give pills with)
  • Pill pockets
  • Dog and cat treats for all sizes
  • Toys for dogs: rope and Kong chew, tennis balls, stuffed tos
  • Toys for cats: preferably without catnip – fuzzy mice, balls with bells, small mylar balls
  • Empty refillable cat litter containers
  • Cat litter
  • Litter boxes
  • Scoopers
  • Stainless steel bowls
  • Puppy potty pads
  • Blankets and beds
  • Large throw rugs
  • Bath mats
  • Large towels
  • Pet carriers
  • Puppy and kitty costumes (for photo shoots)
  • Newspapers
  • Detergents, bleach, dish soap, disinfectant, hand sanitizer and rubber gloves for clean up
  • Gift cards from: Pet Smart, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, local gas stations, local grocery stores.

Rio Grande 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. David Almquist 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.

Recycling: Wanda Wheeler has some storage bins by her shed on Lot 677. She takes newspaper, cans and plastic to the San Juan Recycling 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 varmints.  She and her neighbor take turns taking the recycling items to San Juan.

COMPUTER CLASSES:  Ron Doerschug has posted a Windows 10 Class on the Computer Classes Board across from the Mail Room.


Annie Lindstrom has brought in some fliers for trips that will be available. She will be posting them shortly on her Tours Board near the Loft Steps in the Large Hall.


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 January 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.

Dominos will be played in the Large Hall this Thursday.

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.

Jewelry Making and Repairing starts this Friday from 1 to 3 PM in the Large Hall East.

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

Jazzercise 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.

Park Potlucks will resume on December 28th at 5 PM.  Please remember to bring your dish – 2 serving spoons and a table service.

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 – will start in January.

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.


WR 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. There are a few open spots on this bus yet.

WR/TG Bus Trip – The 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 in the Activities Office. Lots of room left.

WR/TG Bus Trip to Hidalgo Lights on December 22nd at 5:30 PM.  Stop in the Activity Office to register.

WR Bus Trip – The original Dolphin and Eco Tour on December 27th at 10:30 AM. We didn’t get anyone signed up this morning so if you are interested, please let us know quickly. Otherwise, we’ll cancel this trip.

WR Bus – Bay Fishing Trip on December 28th a 7 AM – $15 includes bait and poles.  Lunch on your own at Pirates Landing.  You need to get a one day fishing license if you don’ t have one.  You can get them at Walmart.  If you are on this trip and want to cancel because it is a Bay Trip and not Deep Sea Fishing, stop in the office. 

WR/TG Bus TripThe Giddy Up & Go Singles Group will also have a trip to Mr. Gatties on January 5th leaving at 11:00 AM. You can sign up in the Activity Office

WR Bus Trip – The Sunset Catamaran Boat Cruise on January 13th will leave at 2:30 PM. This trip is now closed.

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.


SweetWater Dance on December 18th. There is a signup sheet on the Bulletin Board across from the hall.

BBQ Concession help will be needed for the horse races and that sheet will be put up this afternoon.  We will eat after the races are over. 

Photo Scheduling: There are some open spots on the board across from the Mail Room to sign up to help with registering people for their photo shoots.

The Winter Ranch/Trophy Gardens Employees Christmas Lunch will be held on December 21st at Noon in the Large Hall.  We will need some volunteers for this.  The signups will be on the board across from the Mail Room.

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One Response to Wednesday Morning News December 16th, 2015

  1. Karen Timko says:

    Regarding Caroling it is Dec. 21 not Jan 21st as shown in meeting notes. Also bring your smiles and bells if you have them. All the rest of information is correct. So if you know of someone who is ill or needs some cheering up. I do not choose who is included. Please be sure to sign up so that we have enough books. I might also suggest to bring a flashlight. Last year we had 24 people who rode in golf carts. If you can’t carol but would not mind loaning your cart for this activity, it would be greatly appreciated. We have fun and we spread some cheer where we can , so, we need to start on time . If you have extra bells please bring them and if you don’t have bells don’t worry . Looking forward to this and hope you are too. Thank you so much and remember to sign up so we have enough books and goodies after .what a treat


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