THE ACORN

DECEMBER  2021

MANAGERS REPORT:

First off I would like to welcome back all those that have returned from up North.  I have not heard of anyone having trouble on their journey here so we can be thankful for that.

We have accomplished many improvements over the Summer and Fall.  Some big and some that might be barely noticeable.  The new backup generator for the water and sewer plant is here and waiting to be hooked up.  The Clubhouse bathrooms were renovated.  All the faded traffic signs have been replaced.  We are still working on replacing all the block signs.

We are asking everyone to help with the trash situation.  Put all the trash into the compactor and any cardboard that you don’t put into the recycle bin.  No cardboard or bagged trash into the open dumpster.  Any item that takes up a lot of volume, leave on the ground next to the open dumpster so the guys can crush it with the tractor.  No cardboard on the ground in front of the recycle bin.

In our last fiscal year, we ended up very well and it looks like this year will be below budget also.  My thanks to Tami for helping me keep tabs on that and also to the Board for helping me make cost saving changes and for making the best use of your money.  With the uncertainty in the economic situation and with out-of-control Government spending inflation could affect us negatively.  My main concern is that the Clubhouse needs some expensive modifications.  The windows are very inefficient and should be replaced with slightly smaller impact resistant windows.  The siding next to the ground level is deteriorating and that needs to be cut out and replaced with water resistant material.

We are working with all of the residents to keep all units looking good the entire year long not just during “Season”.  We have several full-time residents that seem to need extra motivation to bring their units up to recognizable norms.

I have started a Friday Q and A Session with the Manager that is live-streamed on the Parks Facebook page and our YouTube channel which I recently created.  It has gone over well with keeping people informed of what is going on in the park.  The DialMyCalls systems works well to get notifications out.  If you are not on it, please fill out the form to be added.

Over the summer and so far, this fall we have managed to keep relatively free from COVID-19 in the park.  We have had a few cases with a couple that required hospitalization but thankfully no more deaths.

I sincerely hope everyone has a great season here and stays safe and healthy.

LW Smith II, Park Manager, CAM #54173

FROM THE FRONT OFFICE:

Welcome back.  Good to see all of those who have returned.  Please remember to let us know here in the office that you have arrived so we can send out any mailings to the correct address.  If you are interested in logging into your Ancient Oaks property account and are having trouble doing this please call and speak with Tami.  *NOTE:  This requires you to have an email address.

Thank you and enjoy your winter.

Kathy and Tami

LADIES LUNCHEON:

13 ladies enjoyed lunch at Miller’s Ale House in Jensen Beach on November 17th.  I think we all enjoyed our lunch but most of us got too much food!  Ladies Lunch is always on the 3rdWednesday of the month.  In December it will be on the 15th.  Please watch the bulletin boards for the posters as to where we will go next month.  Joe Creech

CHRISTMAS EVE LUMINARIES:

Once again, we are planning on luminaries lighting up our beautiful park on Christmas Eve.  SAC will coordinate the luminaries on the Main Street and the islands, and if anyone would like to volunteer to coordinate their own streets, that would be great. If you are able, you may place your own luminaries in front of your homes.  Candles will be available in the clubhouse from 2-4pm the afternoon of Dec 24th and milk jugs will be in the storage area.   We are asking everyone to start saving (and rinse out) your empty jugs and place them in the container in the storage area.  The Park Enhancement Group has planned the Golf Cart parade combined with caroling on this magical evening that will include luminaries lining our streets.

LADIES GOLF NEWS:

The Golf League will play at Indianwood Golf Club this year.  Our start date is Tuesday, January 4, 2022.  They have asked that we tee off between 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.  The cost is $20 plus tax (that includes the cart).  The restaurant should be open on Tuesdays so we can have lunch at the club!!  If you do not have a partner, please come anyway.  We will be playing in groups of 3 or 4.  We are a relaxed group of golfers and our aim is to have fun and get to know one another.  If you have any questions, please text Suzanne Henry at (231)-690-1386.  Thank you.

Dixie Trinkle, Barb Snyder and Suzanne Henry

GOSPEL, 2nd SUNDAY SINGS

The group will meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month beginning December 12, 2021 at 4 p.m. in the Clubhouse.  Contact Richard McLaughlin for additional information.

CORN HOLE RETURNS

Corn Hole resumes play on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. and meets on a weekly basis each Wednesday.  Newcomers are welcome regardless of skill level.  Corn Hole is played behind the pool hall building.  Richard McLaughlin is the contact person.

HAND AND FOOT

Hand and foot is played every Monday in the Clubhouse.  The game starts at 6:00 p.m. but please show up by 5:30 to sign up.  This activity is looking for someone new to be in charge so if you are interested in running this activity, please contact Diane DeYoung at 616-799-1855.

A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR OUR MAINTENANCE CREW AND OFFICE STAFF:

A huge thank you goes out to our maintenance crew and office staff that goes above and beyond the call of any job duties to keep our park safe and beautiful.   There is a Christmas donation jar in the office prior to Christmas, the money is divided among the workers.  If you wish to donate and are not in the park prior to the holidays you can mail a check to the following:  Ancient Oaks, 6407 SE Hwy 441, Okeechobee FL 34974.  Make checks payable to Ancient Oaks and be sure that you make a note on the check that it is a Christmas donation. Checks should be in the mail by December 15th.  Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season.

S.A.C. REPORT

Another winter season in the Florida sunshine is upon us.  The S.A.C. hopes everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving wherever you were.  We would also like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah.  We are excited to welcome everyone back for our 2021-2022 season.  We are hoping that our Canadian friends are able to join us this season.  Reports are that there is a “sucking sound” at the Canadian borders as our Northern friend make their way South again.

Last year the S.A.C. committee had several changes in personnel who had been an important part of the committee for years.  As most of you know, Marlene Kreiger, our President, was unable to be in the park due to health issues.  Dan Durinick, former Secretary, and Pat Gerard, former Treasurer, turned in letters of resignation after many, many years of hard work and service on the S.A.C. committee.  May Borchert had resigned as Vice-President at the end of 2020.  May and Marlene, being the backbone of the Clubhouse lunches and breakfasts, and many other events have given up endless hours of service to our park.  At this time, I would like to introduce you to the current member of the S.A.C. committee.  Marlene remains as our President and not much introduction is needed.  Marlene is everything “Social” in AO and has plans to return to us in January.  Jackie Bailey was elected to replace May as Vice-President in March of 2020 and has been focused on bringing in entertainment acts for several years.  Virginia Chase is our new Secretary and is responsible for creating the ACORN in addition to keeping meeting minutes of the S.A.C. meetings.  Pat Talma is our Treasurer.  Pat tracks monies raised working closely with Tami in the office.  Diane DeYoung has been part of the committee for years and provided essential information and support to the new crew last season.  JoAnn Butler is also a seasoned member and maintains the Activity Calendar, tracking and scheduling clubhouse activities.  Dennis Bailey has been responsible for the AO website for the past 5 years.  Dave Fisher joined the group in April 2020 and is a great resource when it comes to research in buying items for the association.  The S.A.C. committee is looking forward to a season focused on fun and social gatherings.  Please check the bulletin boards around the park, in the Clubhouse and in the mail rooms.  In addition, visit the web site www.aoaks.net for updates on the activities that are occurring and are not listed in the ACORN.  If you would like something in the upcoming ACORN that pertains to the park, please send it to Virginia Chase at tvantenna187@gmail.com by the 20th of the month.

BLUES IN THE PARK – JANUARY 8, 2022

On Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. the S.A.C. Committee invites you to a “Kick off the Season” concert on us.  Richard Pryor, who is a professional entertainer and a resident of our park, has been hired to entertain us with some great blues music.  The S.A.C. Committee will be covering the cost and making this free concert available to all in the park.  We will make “free” tickets available through our traditional process.  Phyllis Knight and Carolyn Gibson will have tickets for you to pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Clubhouse starting on December 28, 2021.  The ticket process will allow us to know how many to expect on January 8th.  To be eligible to attend you must reside in the park (as owners or renters) or if you are a visitor in the park you must be spending an overnight as someone’s guest in the park.  Fill your traveling mug with your favorite beverage and come enjoy the music of Richard Pryor without leaving our beautiful park.

SAVE THE DATES FOR THE 2022 SEASON

Monday, January 17, 2022, the Classic Tribute Band will perform a Bee Gees Concert.  You may have seen this group several years ago at the KOA performance center.  They are a huge crowd pleaser.  This will be our most expensive concert of the year as we work hard to keep our costs low while bringing great entertainment into our own park.  Tickets go on sale January 4, 2022 in the Clubhouse with a cost of $18.

Saturday, January 22, 2022, III State Dinner.  Saturday, January 29, 2022, The Sky Family will perform Celtic Revival featuring Irish Dance and Blazing Fiddles.  Tickets go on sale beginning January 18, 2022Saturday, February 12, 2022, Tennessee and North Carolina State Dinner.  Sunday, February 13, 2022, 50th Anniversary Party.  Saturday, February 19, 2022, Jeff Gordon Shows presents “Legends of Country, featuring the music of Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, George Strait and many other country greats.  Monday, February 21, 2022 is the Ladies Style Show Luncheon with Neesie’s Boutique providing “shopping opportunities” and lots of fun.  Saturday, February 26, 2022, Michigan and Ohio State Night Party.  Saturday, March 5, 2022, Maximum Bands Entertainment presents a Fleetwood Max Tribute.  Sunday, March 6, 2022, Artisan Market.  Saturday, March 12, 2022, Party In The Park.

BREAKFAST AND THURSDAY LUNCHES

We hope to bring back the Saturday breakfasts and Thursday hamburger lunches starting in January 2022.  We are looking for people who are willing to be part of the weekly process of preparing for these events.  Ordering/buying supplies, maintaining the volunteer servers’ lists monthly and generally assisting in making these events possible are the types of things we need help with.  Please contact Jackie Bailey at dennis.jackie@sbcglobal.net if you are able to help us fill these areas.

THE PARK ENHANCEMENT GROUP (PEG)

The Park Enhancement Group (PEG) was started by residents of Ancient Oaks (AO) as a way to have events to enjoy all year round.  They are also working together to raise monies to fund improvements in the Park.  They work in conjunction with The Social Committee.  Any owner or renter can attend the meetings that are every other Thursday at 4:00 p.m.  Join and follow on Facebook at AO PARK ENHANCEMENT GROUP.

Christmas Events Planned by the Park Enhancement Group (PEG)

Golf Cart Parade and Caroling.  PEG is planning Christmas events that include a golf cart parade and caroling throughout the Park.  We will be combing the parade with the caroling this year.  The parade will line up in the storage area of the park at 6 pm on December 24th.  The choir will lead the parade along the route in their golf carts.  The route will be up the main street of the park then down the outer streets returning back to the main street and ending at the Clubhouse.  The golf carts participating in the parade will be entered into a contest for the best decorated golf cart!  Come and join the fun, bring your lawn chairs or carts and enjoy the parade.

New Year’s Eve Party.  A New Year’s Eve event is being planned for December 31st, 8 pm – 12:30 am by PEG.  Appetizers will be available throughout the night for the attendees’ enjoyment.  Bring your own beverage (BYOB) and enjoy the night with a DJ and games of chance.  Cost will be $10 per person.  There will be a limited number of tickets so get yours early!  Ticket sales will be held in the Clubhouse starting Monday, December 13th from 2 pm – 4 pm and Wednesday, December 15th from 3 pm – 5 pm.  If tickets are left after these dates reach out to Dee Dee Mattingly or Joyce Weaver.

Cookbooks.   After we all enjoyed the great food at the Block Party, the group realized what good cooks we have here in AO.  It was suggested we look into making a cookbook of recipes given to us from our residents.  We are looking into the feasibility of making a cookbook for everyone to purchase and enjoy.  More information on this event will be coming soon.

All monies raised at these events will go toward improvements in the Park that the members vote to fund.  One such improvement is to redecorate the pool area to make it more “Florida”.  Suggestions for improvements can be given to any PEG member or Joyce Weaver.

 

FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

WELCOME BACK TO ALL OWNERS AND FRIENDS FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 Virus has not disappeared and we will follow the CDC Guidance here at Ancient Oaks.  While it is highly encouraged to be vaccinated, please wear a mask if you are uncomfortable around others.  As of now all activities for the Park are open and we look forward to getting back to together for the season and our Social Committee has some exciting plans for the park. With the hard work from our new Park Enhancement Group and volunteers we had some great activities here during the summer.  There has been an increase of full time residents so this Group is vital to ensure there are year round activities for all residents and we know they are anxious to work hand in hand with our Social Committee.  In the future, look for all the great enhancements to our Park at NO cost to our annual budget.

Just a few of the summer activities we enjoyed.

We celebrated Ezra “Moo” Cochran’s 92nd birthday and named the Shuffleboard courts in his honor for his years of dedication.  There was a 4th of July party, a chili cook-off, a Halloween/Trick-or-Treat golf cart parade and a Block party.

Friday Night Bingo in the Club House:  Bingo card sales start at 4:30 p.m. and end promptly at 5:45 p.m.  Bingo starts at 6:00 p.m.  Tuesday Night Bingo will be evaluated as the season progresses.  The Bingo Committee looks forward to seeing all of you Bingo fans that are returning.

DECEMBER 2021 BINGO DATES

December 3rd – Friday, December 10th – Friday, December 17th – Friday, December 21st – Tuesday, December 28th – Tuesday.  Mark your calendars

Please remember, our “one” person cleaning staff can only clean/sanitize so much in one day, please be kind and considerate to her.  Use the public restrooms at your own risk.

Thank you, —-The Board of Directors.

 

MEMORIAL LISTING

NAME BLOCK AND LOT NUMBER DATE PASSED
Burleson Blk 19 – Lot 14 11/13/2019
Willoughby, David Blk 25 – Lot 05 10/22/2020
Kernich, Ann Blk 01 – Lot 05 10/25/2020
Napier, Gary Blk 11 – Lot 24 11/23/2020
Weaver, Helen Blk 05 – Lot 20 11/30/2020
Fisher, Jack Blk 31 – Lot 3 12/01/2020
Allbritton, Dave Blk 10 – Lot 05 01/02/2021
Lewis, Sr., James Blk 10 – Lot 6 01/03/2021
Lassen, Earl Blk 3 – Lot 11 01/09/2021
Fleegle, Kathleen Blk 30 – Lot 14 01/11/2021
May, Thirley (Jean) Blk 30 – Lot 01 01/20/2021
Ritter, George Blk 24 – Lot 27 02/01/2021
Tucker, Tommy Blk 30 – Lot 25 02/06/2021
Memealar, Whity Blk 18 – Lot 05 02/08/2021
Dillavou, Jeanene Blk 2 – Lot 24 03/03/2021
Allen, Lawrence Blk 23 – Lot 01 03/05/2021
Gosney, William Blk 10 – Lot 09 03/20/2021
Akin, Arla Blk 18 – Lot 40 03/21/2021
Langdale, Mary Blk 12 – Lot 15 07/29/2021
McDermott, Dorothy Blk 15 – Lot 14 08/12/2021
Bostrom, Betty Blk 18 – Lot 20 08/19/2021
Fisher, Teddy Blk 18 – Lot 34 08/25/2021
Amditis, Mike Past Owner 08/31/2021
Esterline, Shirley Blk 24 – Lot 33 09/18/2021
Pearson, Mary Blk 15 – Lot 05 09/21/2021
Barefoot, Shelton Blk 23 – Lots 09 & 16 10/01/2021
Pitsch, Arlene Blk 21 – Lot 18 10/02/2021
Morgia, Suzanne Blk 12 – Lot 08 10/04/2021
Stewart, Roger Blk 23 – Lot 02 10/05/2021
Wendt, Charles Blk 23 – Lot 06 10/06/2021
Clark, Bruce Blk 17 – Lot 10 10/20/2021
Carpenter, Debbie Past Owner 11/05/2021