Thought for Today
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Notice the grapefruit tree just off the alley, hurricane Dolly cut down the yield in most groves this year, but things are still growing and ripening in Leisure World.
There have been Kids, Grandkids, Greatgrands, and other holiday visitors in the park for the last week or so. More activity that we see most of the year! I hope some of our blog authors will be supplying photos of the Christmas party, New Years Eve Dance, and visitors soon. Jewett Powers, her son Niel, daughter-in-law Carol, and grandpuppy Maggie, were enjoying a typical beautiful South Texas afternoon when I took this snapshot at Niel & Carol's motorhome site about 3:15 p.m. Lots of folks arriving daily now...I'm still looking for more authors for the blog. Just email me at Slaterdave@aol.com if you'd like to become a contributor.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
With the Big Three auto makers facing bankruptcy, with the news filled with reports of job cuts, its no wonder the soup lines are forming again, as they did during the "Great Depression" of the 30s. Leisure World residents are no exception when it comes to food! Roger Gallea is back at it, producing Wednesday evening soup suppers! Vikki Tabor used her seductive voice to take the crowd's minds off their rumbling stomachs while they waited for the serving lines to form. Roger has enlisted some of the "younger" residents to assist with the serving of the hungry masses.
You've heard about the joys of visiting the lights in Hidalgo during the Christmas season in the Valley, and there are many more special events taking place around the area. With over 400 participants, ranging from Middle School students to retired winter Texans, and including many, many band directors and other musicians, the annual Tuba Christmas Concert at McAllen High School Auditorium is an annual draw. This year was no exception ...there are many "Tuba Christmas Concerts" around the nation, giving opportunity for that oompa instrument to belt out a melody...the one held at McAllen High annually is the second largest anywhere!
Other activities that have been attracting Leisure World residents have been the Tower Theatre production of "Seussical", a holiday concert by the McAllen Symphonic Band, and of course school concerts and church programs. We don't need snow to get into the Christmas spirit, there's a lot of it floating around here in the Valley.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Bob Clark welcomed guest Mamie and Charlie Fleming who are also from Illinois and residence of Victoria Palms. The flemings are related to Jim and Et Hendrick.
Our next meeting date is to be announced. If you don't hear from Bob, watch for the sign up sheet which will be displayed in the rec. hall.
This program originally started in a small room at the Christian Church approximately sixteen years ago, but the small room soon became too small.
Throughout the week food is delivered and the stocking and organizing of shelves take place. Some of the products are purchased from the food bank in McAllen, while other goods are donated by many local citizens. Dottie and Ken Hack and Bruce Limes play a huge part in this program during the week heading up volunteers and organizing the goods.
On Saturday morning these goods are delivered to twenty plus families. Interviews take place before hand to learn how many members are in each family and this will determine the amount of goods to be given. They also collect toys for children to be given at Christmas time. Dottie also collects clothing for battered women.
If you would care to donate any goods or money, you may contact Dottie and Ken Hack here in the park, or Bruce Limes who is from Weslaco. In the picture with Dottie are some of the gifts that have been donated for children to receive at Christmas time. Dottie also mentioned they sometimes purchase What-a-burger gift cards for teenagers. These volunteers are to be honored for their time and donations given to such a good cause.
Welcome back to Leisure World and a special welcome to that green and red patch of concrete to the east of your recreation building.
I’ll be writing this issue of the ‘Shuffle News’ on behalf of Jack Fisher who is your new chairperson. Jack was down here early but will be back north until around Christmas.
This year our TSSA sanctioned Leisure World Don Johnk Memorial Tournament was held November 11, 12 and 14. We had a cool, rainy day on the 13th and so delayed the final round until Friday. We were concerned about the number of entries at the first tournament of the year and with the number of volunteers available to help. Well our concerns were for not. As usual Leisure Worlders came through eagerly to volunteer and we had 130 teams (260 people) entered. Although this number was down from the 352 people last year, this was much easier to handle and the money raised for our association was only a couple hundred dollars less than last year. A total net income $2375 was added to our coffers. I want to thank all of the volunteers both in the kitchen and outside and all the pie makers as well. And we also want to thank Marie Johnk for providing the Expert Trophies and Foremost Insurance and agent Jamie Munal for sponsoring the Amateur Trophies and providing cool, cool water. And we actually had two teams from our park in the trophies this year too!!!! Here are the winners:
1) Hester & Hester (Seista Village)
2) Vanderkroon & Vanderkroon (Ranchero Village)
3) Fortner & Vaudrin (Pine to Palm)
4) Bakke & Boots (Pine to Palm)
1) Allen & Broker (Ranchero Village)
2) Cowling & Cowling (Ranchero Village)
3) Coffin & Coffin (Llano Grande)
4) Shaw & Shaw (Pine to Palm)
1) Howard & Burke (Snow to Sun)
2) Neustaeder & Neustaeder (Weslaco Trailer Park)
3) Wortham & Wortham (Pine to Palm)
4) Bentt & Fisher (Leisure World)
1) Dougherty & Oie (Texas Trails)
2) Kramble & Kramble (Magic Valley)
3) Bell & Foxhoven (Leisure World)
4) Erickson & Erickson (Casa De Sol)
The number of ‘in-the-park’ and ‘tournament shufflers’ is down this year because several of our regular shufflers have not returned or are unable to play anymore. Now shuffleboard is an addictive game . . . . just ask any player. It is a game that is very challenging but isn’t too hard on our old bodies. And so we will be running Shuffleboard School every Tuesday evening at 7pm, weather permitting. All you need to bring is your body (fully clothed we hope) and your happy face. And you don’t have to be a newbie to attend. Intermediates and experts who wish to brush up on their skills are also welcome. Classes typically run around two hours. I want to thank all the volunteers who come up and help out with the lessons.
We have friendly shuffle every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am and either Hoss Collar or Turkey Shoot every Saturday at 9:30am. We ask that you participate in our 50-50 ($1.00) draw every morning as that is where the money comes from to buy shuffle supplies and for beverages and hot dogs on Saturdays.
We had our first Turkey Shoot on Saturday December 13th. Lady winners were Marj Herbig, Shirley Harreld and Marilyn Farmer while the men were Tony Ziska, Ralph Klenke, Wally Bentt and Jim McKibben.
A very special thanks goes out to Bob DeHaven and Lorn Cook. These two guys deserve a big pat on the back for all they do to get our game going every morning!
Straight shooting and no KP duty!
Wally Bentt Assistant Shuffleboard Chairperson
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Sad news to share...longtime resident Lola Moxley (242 King Palm) passed away yesterday morning.
Bob Lane tells us they are going home for Christmas. He will be letting his new sod at the front of his unit fend for itself for a week or so. Join me in telling Bob how nice it looks, much better than the weedy rock patch that was there.
See, lots of things are happening at Leisure World...we just need blog authors to get busy telling us about them. Dave
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
You won't want to miss out on a fun evening planned. The Iowa Country Opry is one of the best in the valley for the music and the dancing. Food will be served at 12:00 Midnight with a few snacks before, and there will be door prizes during the evening.
Some of us can't dance but we'll be there to enjoy your friendship. Please come and join us.