March 2, 2016 Morning Meeting News

We went from 792 to 761 this week

 Leprechaun with fiddle animated

CONGRATULATIONS: Bill Siglin got a Hole-In-One on February 29th on the 10th hole with an 8 iron.


Next Season’s Rates: The rates for next season are in. The Business Office is accepting re-reservation deposits and payments for next season. Re-reserving your site for next season will go through Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Switching Sites: We will start switching on Monday March, 7th. If you haven’t been through this process before, it is the time when we know what sites will be available for next season and if you think you might want another lot, you can get in line to try to get that particular lot. Talk to the Business Office if you have any questions.

Before You Leave: It is that time again. When you get ready to leave make sure that your bikes, flower pots, grills, lawn ornaments, etc. are put away or securely fastened down. Any of these items can become missiles in a high wind and cause damage to your property or to others.

Dumpsters: Please do not put any building supplies in the dumpsters. Right now we have a full-sized door stuck in one of them and another door sitting beside the dumpsters. It is a good thing that the door was stuck because if it went to the land fill, we would have had a large fine. Now someone will have to get into the dumpster and cut the door in half to get it out. If you have building materials that need to be disposed of, talk to the Business Office or the Maintenance guys. We will be able to help you.

Resort Directories are available in the Business Office for $2.

Mail Forwarding: Make sure that our Mail Room has forwarding address labels for you before you leave. The Computer Group will make Mailing Labels at a nominal cost. You can request them in the Business Office.

City of Alamo Ambassador Program: The City of Alamo will be promoting the City at various RV Rallies in the Central Region. We believe they will have on at the Amana Colonies in Iowa and we don’t know where else yet. If you are interested in selling Alamo and Winter Ranch at a rally in your state, stop in the office and talk to Cathy.


Thanks to the volunteers who worked Bingo on Wednesday and Saturday, the Vance Greek Show on Thursday, and to those that worked the SweetWater Dance on Friday. A big thank you also to all those that helped setup and tear down for the entertainment.

Thanks much to everyone that worked the jam last week.  The Illinois Team Lunch Crew led by Barb Steenrod brought in over $800 last week and they had a lot of really good food. Next week’s jam crew will be the “Get-Er-Done” Team led by Ellen Hicks. Their menu is now posted and included her home-made rolls, meat loaf and party potatoes, pulled pork sandwiches and chips, or home-made chicken noodle soup and home-made rolls. It all sounds good to me!

Thanks also to Patti Ellison for helping out with bookkeeping; Mary Hazlett for making calls and watching the office for us; Mary Jane Jensen and Kay Wilburn for helping out with some office projects and Carrie Halberg for watching the office for us; to Jeff Spencer for helping with shopping and chair and table setup and take down. Thanks also to our team of ladies registering people for trips and photos this morning and to Nora and Charlie Minor who have faithfully manned the morning donut concession all season! By the way, this is the last week for cinnamon rolls from Cora’s Cakes.


Pictorial Directory Pictures: The last of the photo sessions is closing in on us so if you have not registered yet to have your picture taken, do so today. We have one day left that isn’t full and that is March 10th.   You can sign up at the back of the hall today and after that you can see if there are any spots open by stopping in the Activities Office. We’ve been taking pictures since November so we hope we have all of you who want to be in the new directory. If not, see Sandy DeVenny at the back of the hall before you leave because we are running out of time. By getting your picture taken, you receive a free 8 x 10 and a free picture directory.

Rumors: There is a rumor going around that the Benfields won’t be our Activity Directors next season. Lee confirmed that we would finish this season out but we would not be Activity Directors next season. We told Cathy we would give the job a try and we’ve done our best and will continue to keep things going and get things organized for the next Activity Directors. We enjoyed working with everyone and we love you all but that we are used to being retired and we look forward to more free time next season next year as we will be staying in the park. Mary has also been asked about the blog and she would still continue with the blog next season.

Golden Age Olympics Participants: Please wear your shirts, if you have them, and bring any trophies or medals from the events you participated in on Wednesday, March 16th. We’ll have all of you come forward and get a group picture and also take pictures of the Medal Winners.

The Matinee performance of “The Dirty Dredge of Cedaredge” will be held this afternoon, March 2nd, from 2 to 4 PM. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. They will also have videos of the performance for sale for $2.

Woodshop Dinner: The Woodshop Dinner is at 4:30 PM tomorrow, Thursday, March 3rd, here in the Large Hall. The menu includes a loaded baked potato, fruit and dessert.

Golden Olympics Walk & Talk: This is scheduled for Friday, March 4th. There is still room on the bus and you can register that day. Just take 2 cans of food with you. The bus will leave here at 9 AM. The resort gets points for everyone that does this event so we’d love to win the trophy for most participants. It isn’t a long walk and you can do it at your own pace.

The Alamo Parade is Saturday, March 5th. The theme is “ALL STAR/SPORTS” so you can wear whatever goes with the sport you are interested in. The Parade Route is a walk from HEB to the El Dorado Restaurant. You can sign up today after the morning meeting.   You will also be able to sign up to take the bus to HEB returning from the El Dorado.  Flo Reed is looking for volunteers to walk with team jersey’s or sports equipment.  The Bus will leave here at 10 AM.  The Parade is at 11 AM.

Show and Share is scheduled for 1 to 4 PM on March 6th in the Large Hall. We’ll have a map of how the room is to be set up and everyone can pitch in around 11 AM to get it set up.  Bring your completed projects over so we can all enjoy the talents we have in this resort. We’ll have a Sunday Sundae following the cleanup at 5 or 5:30 PM.

Sundae Sunday will be held this Sunday after the Show and Share is cleaned up – around 5 or 5:30 PM. For those of you who are not familiar with Sunday Sundae, it happens the first Sunday of the month normally at 5 PM. You bring your own bowl and spoon and $1.25 a scoop for ice cream and all the toppings.

Wilder Parks Golfing Fun Day 2016 will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the Tierra Santa Golf Club in Weslaco. Registration is Noon to 12:45 PM with a Shotgun Start at 1 PM for 4 person scrambles (4 men or 4 women). The cost is $40 + Tax per person and includes 18 holes with a cart, range balls and a buffet dinner. Prizes will be awarded for Long Drive and Closest to the Pin in both Men’s and Women’s Divisions. Team trophies will be awarded to the winners of each division. The information is posted on the golf board. Each Scramble team needs to call in to reserve their space prior to the date – call 956-973-1811. Space is limited.

Resident’s Appreciation is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8th, from 3 to 5 PM. There will be snacks and a dance with music provided by the David Lopez Band. Mark your calendars.

The Winter Ranch Vs Trophy Gardens Golf Scramble Tournament will be held on March 12th at 9 AM. Signup will be March 4, 2016 before the regular Friday morning scramble. This is the WR signup only. There will be a $2 entry fee with the proceeds going to the 1st Responders. There will be 45 players from each resort. We will meet at the club house at 8:30 AM for check-in and will start about 9 AM. Come out for the competition between the two resorts and have a “FUN” time and support our 1st Responders. Any questions, call Dick DeGaramo: 309-838-1976.

The Ladies Luncheon will be held on Monday, March 14th, at Noon in the Large Hall.   The tickets are on sale today in the back of the hall and on Friday in the Small Hall from 10-Noon. The luncheon will be catered by Aguilar’s Meat Market and will be chopped brisket, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, iced tea and tres leeches cake.

The last Glass Jewelry class will be on March 14th at 6:30 PM. There is a signup sheet on the board across from the Mail Room.

A Winter Ranch Vs Trophy Gardens Pickleball Tournament will be held at Trophy on March 16 and at Winter Ranch on March 15th. Pickleball players signed up at the back of the hall today but I’m sure you can still do so. More information will be out later.   I’m sure many of us will want to cheer you on especially during the tournament here.

Kentucky Derby Day at Lone Star Downs will be held on March 15th at 3 PM in the Large Hall. Wear your finery as there will be prizes for the best dressed man and the best dressed woman. Bonnet are always in at the derby, ladies.   The Chuck Wagon will be serving some upscale food for the event. We’ll have some ham and Swiss sliders like the ones at the jam last week. Thanks to Barb Steenrod, we have the recipe. We’ll also be serving chicken salad on croissants. Lee is planning a drink to go with the event but we’ll see if he can get a concoction that tastes good!! If he does, we’ll be having some non-alcoholic mint julips. Please remember to bring lots of quarters as we can’t take time to make change during the races!

A Charity Golf Scramble for Alzheimer’s is tentatively proposed for March 18th. Watch the Golf Board for more information.

The Jam Appreciation Luncheon for those that helped to make our Jam so successful (those that worked on the Musical side and those that worked on a Jam Luncheon Teams) is scheduled for Noon on March 19th. The invitations went out in the mail today so if you did work and didn’t get an invitation, please stop in the office and let us know. We don’t want to miss anyone but things happen!

The Bikers Potluck is today at 4:30 PM here in the Large Hall.


The last of the Rio Grande Regional Medical Hospital Blood Screenings has been scheduled for 7 AM for March 21st. There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board across from the Mail Room. They need to know how many to expect as it is getting late in the season.


  • Thursday, March 10th at 7 PM, we will have Faith’s Journey here. They will do a Gospel Show for us. We saw them at the Entertainment Showcase and they do an awesome job. They describe themselves as “Absolutely Country and Definitely Gospel.” The tickets are $7. They stopped in here a couple of weeks ago thinking they were at Trophy Gardens and they wanted to get set up. They are on our lineup for next season but since they were here, I asked if they could perform for us on March 10th since we had an opening. We know you’ll enjoy them.
  • Sunday, March 13th at 3 PM, we will have Pat Davison’s Comedy Magic Circus.   Pat Davison has been involved with the circus for lots of years and he and his family do some acts and some comedy. It should be fun. The tickets are $8. This will be our last entertainment of the season.


  • Friday, March 4th, at 7 PM Route 66 will be our band. They do a variety of music including country and rock and roll. You can purchase tickets at the door for $5.
  • Friday, March 11th at 7 PM The Agency will be with us for our Senior Prom. You can take the Senior either way – relive your youth and dress up or come as a Senior Citizen and enjoy all the fun. We will be selecting a King and Queen and their Court from the Senior Prom participants. There will be punch and extra goodies in the Chuck Wagon and there may be some chaperons to keep the young ones on the straight and narrow. There will also be a great prize for the couple that wins a game that we’ll play during the first intermission. It promises to be a really fun night!       Tickets are $8 and you can reserve your seats in the Activities Office if you want a certain table or take your chances at the door.  This has been in the paper and the Country Club has already been over to reserve two tables so you might want to start coming to the office to get your tables.


  • WR Bus to SAS Shoes and the Freddie Fender Museum in Harlingen is scheduled for 9 AM on Thursday, March 3rd. Freddie Fender is a rock star and he wrote songs that we know you’ll remember like “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and “Before The Last Tear Drop Falls.”       You can sign up at the back of the hall today.
  • WR Bus to the Golden Olympics Walk and Talk will be on Friday, March 4th, at 10 AM. You can sign up at the back of the hall.
  • WR Bus to the Alamo Parade for participants will leave at 9:30 on March 5th. If you are going to participate in the parade and want a ride, see Flo Reed in the back as she is registering folks for both of these bus rides.
  • WR Two-Hour Catamaran Cruise on the Laguna Madre – The last catamaran cruise is scheduled for March 7th leaving at 3 PM.       The cost is $30. There are eight seats left on this cruise so see us soon if you want on this trip.       The weather looks to be perfect.
  • WR Bus to Smoky Tails, a new restaurant at South Padre – The bus will be leaving at 3 PM on March 9th. Your cost is whatever meal you decide on. The restaurant also has entertainment and one of the people we have scheduled for next season will be performing on the 9th – Mario. Mario comes to us from Branson, Missouri and Legends. We saw him at the Entertainer Showcase and were very impressed. We think you’ll enjoy the evening. The trip is being signed up at the back of the hall today and they have a menu of what is available at Smoky Tails.
  • WR Bus to Winter Texan Appreciation Day in Nuevo Progreso will leave here at 9 AM on March 21st. You can sign up at the back of the hall today and after that in the Activity Office.
  • WR/TG Bus to the Symphony “A Night at the Theater” will leave at 6:30 PM on March 22nd. These tickets are $5 and are available in the Business Office.


Just a friendly reminder of our rules regarding bus trips.  These 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. If you consistently do not show up for bus trips (miss three times), you will not be able to take any trips the rest of the season.  So, if you have missed a bus trip, please stop in the office and we’ll take your $2 and give it to the bus driver.

Volunteers Needed:

Setup Team Needed: Marcia Fabricius needs some volunteers to help set up about 200 chairs for the Theater Matinee today. If you could stop back here around 12:30 PM and help the theater people get set up that would be great.

Craft Show – the next Craft Show is next Tuesday at 8 AM. There are volunteer signup sheets on the Volunteer Bulletin Board across from the Mail Room.

Room setup will be handled like last month. Cards start 1 hour early. We ask Pickleball to quit at 8 PM (an hour early) to accommodate room setup. We need a crew to help set up. Thanks for all your cooperation with this change.

Sr. Prom Dance – The dance will be on March 11th at 7 PM.   We could use a setup team at 4 PM on the day of the dance at 4 PM and then some guys to help tear down tables after the dance. See me if you can help out.

We also need a few people to decorate for the event. Men and women are needed. See Mary in the Office if you can help out. We’ll also need someone to watch the punch bowl.






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