THE ACORN

MARCH 2021

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The next Board of Directors meeting will take place on Thursday, March 25th, at 1:00 p.m.

MANAGER’S REPORT

Greetings and Salutations!  Another month has gone by.  It is amazing how the older we get; the faster time seems to go by.  Soon we will have a system to contact everyone for important notices and events.  Please stop by the office and make sure all of your contact information is correct.  If you rent out a unit you as the owner are responsible to make sure the office has the renter’s information.  It is also your responsibility as an owner to pass on any pertinent information to them.

Soon spring break will be here and many of you may have guests come in.  Remember to follow the CDC guidelines.

The new exit gate has been installed.  Please STOP at the line to make sure it opens fully before proceeding through.  The entrance gate internal transformer went bad.  When I tried to reset it sparks flew and then it was DOA.  Now that one will need to be replaced.

By the time the next ACORN comes out some of you will already be headed back North.  Please secure all items left outside as if we were expecting a Cat 4 hurricane to hit us while you are gone.  I deeply appreciate everyone that helps to make this park a great place to live and visit.

LW Smith II, Park Manager

CARPORT SALES

The March carport sales will be held on Saturday, March 20th from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.  Masks are required and remember 6-foot social distancing.

ONEBLOOD

The big red bus will again be at the clubhouse parking lot on Thursday, March 25th.  As usual, the time will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  It is best to make an appointment.  The posters, when I get them, will have the web address and code on them to make a reservation.  OneBlood is in dire need of blood.  Do not forget your mask and driver’s license.  If you have a problem with low iron, please eat a bowl of Total.  Remember each donation may save 3 lives!! 

EXERCISES

Just a reminder, there are 3 classes of water exercises being conducted every day, weather permitting, at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30.  We also have an aerobics class from 9:40 to 11:00 every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

PICKLEBALL

There are pickleball paddles available for interested players to use if you do not have your own equipment.  This equipment is kept inside the enclosed pool area by the entrance door closest to the shuffleboard courts.  There are 2 bags hanging on the wall to the left of the door.  Please return after each use.  Thank you.

ILLINOIS, INDIANA & IOWA (III) NIGHT

Illinois, Indiana and Iowa state night (III) scheduled for January 22, 2022 is holding a planning meeting on March 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the clubhouse.  All volunteers from Illinois, Indiana and Iowa interested in helping at the January 22, 2022 event please plan on attending with your ideas.  You may contact Ron and Karen Williams at 217-691-0504.

SAC COMMITTEE

MARCH 8TH DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS

Don’t forget to put your clocks AHEAD 1 hour.   Spring ahead,  fall back.

PARTY IN THE PARK

It has been a challenging year with most of our planned social activities cancelled due to COVID rules/precautions within our park.  The SAC Committee would like to end the year on a higher note, so on Saturday, March 13th from 1-4 pm bring your lawn chairs, find a shady spot, and enjoy a fun afternoon of outside activities.  Beginning at 1 pm there will be a Corn Hole tournament with pre-registration on the Clubhouse Bulletin Board by March 12th.  There will not be a Pickleball tournament held on March 13th, however the court will be available for play, and there will be a few park-owned paddles available to use.  Golf Cart Rodeo will begin at 2 pm and once again a driving course will be set up with chalk and cones, the driver of the cart will be blindfolded, and a passenger will be “guiding” them through the course.  The event will be timed.  Participants are asked to pre-register on the bulletin board in the clubhouse prior to March 10th.  We will have a short meeting on Friday, March 12th at 1 pm to go over instructions and additions to driving rules with participants.  We will need a minimum of 8 “teams” pre-registered to run this event.  Drivers will be given a blindfold for their use only.  (No sharing due to COVID).  Putting Green will be set up using a “grass carpet” on pavement to see who can sink an 8-foot putt.  Due to COVID we will offer a limited selection of food this year including ice cold Bottled Water and Ice Cream Treats available for $1.00.  This year 52nd street will be taped off reducing it to one lane to allow golf carts to park in the street.  No golf carts will be allowed to park on the grass.  COVID has not left the park, so we ask that you wear your face mask and adhere to social distancing.  Hope you will come out and join the fun.  We have a rain date set for Sunday, March 14th in the event of bad weather.

Volunteers are needed to make this a success.  There will be a volunteer sign-up sheet in the clubhouse.  Volunteer duties may include helping with set-up, selling water/ice cream, line judges for golf cart rodeo, and clean-up crew. 

LOOKING AHEAD

Everyone of us within Ancient Oaks is hoping and praying that 2022 will be a much better year for all of us.  We have scheduled the return of state night dinners along with Texas Hold-Um, 50th Anniversary Party, and the Style Show,  These events are all on the calendar along with a few other surprises.  We have several concerts scheduled including a Bee Gees tribute group on January 17th, Jeff Gordon Country Legends on February 19th, and Fleetwood “Max” group on March 5th.

The Social Committee is researching purchasing additional bike racks for the clubhouse area so we are ready to accommodate returning owners and our Canadian friends that we have missed in 2021.  We hope the clubhouse will be surrounded with all kinds of participants in Pickleball, Shuffleboard, the pool, Corn Hole, and Petanque.

We have a great year planned and hope you will all join in on the fun in 2022.  If you have any suggestions for something that we could do, please let us know.  SAC Board members are listed below.  Don’t forget to check the www.aoaks.net site for updates during the summer months.

All of you that are leaving and all of you that are staying please be safe, maintain your 6-foot space, use hand sanitizer, and most of all, respect others around you.  Please remember that we are all in this together,  Have a GREAT summer and we hope to see you all back here next season

President:  Marlene Kreiger; Vice-Chair: Jackie Bailey; Secretary:  Virginia Chase; Treasurer:  Pat Talma; Member at Large:  Diane DeYoung; Alternate Members: JoAnn Butler, Dennis Bailey and Dave Fisher.  The next SAC meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd at 9 a.m. at 6665 SE 51st Street.

ANYONE REQUESTING DATES TO HAVE THEIR FUNCTIONS AT THE CLUBHOUSE FOR NEXT YEAR, WHETHER IT BE A SHOW NIGHT OR STATE NIGHT, PLEASE GET YOUR REQUESTS IN WRITING, TO THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.   IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR REQUEST, YOU MAY NOT GET THE DATE YOU WANT.  YOU CAN VIEW THE ACORN ON THE ANCIENT OAKS WEBSITE AT www.aoaks.net

A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

The March ACORN will be the last one for this Winter season.  The next ACORN will not be published until November 2021 and the first calendar will be published in December 2021.  Continue to check the Ancient Oaks website (aoaks.net) for next season’s calendars.  If you would like something in the ACORN that pertains to our Park, you can Email to me, Virginia Chase, at tvantenna187@gmail.com.