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Thursday, March 27, 2014

2013-2014 Season In Review

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It is that time of year again, when we Winter Texans all head back North.  It is hard to say goodbye to everyone and we'll sure miss all the fun we have together.  This place is a playground for seniors and we are always eager to return the next season to see old friends and play!

Here's the 2013-14 Season in Review:

October
HALLOWEEN

Rosie Ewald and Donna Steward
Dale Loerch as Mrs. Doubtfire
Mike and Carol Earley
Kathy and Dale Loerch
Diana Mollerus, Carolyn and Lonnie Sommers
Bill and Nancy Knecht
Darlene Peters
Semi-Finalists in the Costume Contest:
Darlene Peters, Dale Loerch, Lee Benfield and Bill Knecht
And the Winner are:
Darlene Peters and Dale Loerch

Golf Cart Parade
Now it is time for the Halloween Golf Cart Parade

Bill Knecht
Bill "Will Trade Candy For Beer!"
Crypt Babies




Rita and Arnie Huether with Jacie and Halle
Macel and LeVere Groth
Judith Simpson
The Sommers and the Loerchs

BEANBAG TOURNAMENT
WINTER RANCH VS TROPHY GARDENS
 Winter Ranch Participants Above and Below

 Larry keeping score and Cathy chasing down Bean Bags!
 Betty Smith
 Kathy Maynard
Unfortunately, Trophy Gardens won the coveted 
Squash Trophy this season!!

HALLOWEEN DANCE
Now it is almost time for the Halloween Dance
This is Diego's family all ready for the party:  
Diego, Edith and Natasha

Judy and Steve Good
Delta and Roger Quaintance


Helen Best


We had a lot of strange visitors at the dance tonight!



NOVEMBER
BUS TRIP TO Ol' D's Soda Shop



Russ Schierholz with Ray Uselman who ordered 
the Double Decker Burger!
Double Decker on stage with Rob Carter

Elvis Reincarnated - only he's a she!!
Rob "Mustang Elvis" Carter as singing to Judy Good
Judy, Mary Benfield and Elvis singing to Terri Thurston
Wally and Mary Snead

VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION
Volunteers:  Judy Teply, Arlene Krebs, Pat Cullett, Betty Smith, 
Kathy Loerch, Della Orndorff and Diana Mollerus
Judy and Dennis Foley

Charlotee and Norm Winner

Donna and Dwain Steward
Lynn and JD Murray, our
Activity Directors

Presenting the Flags
JD and Dale Loerch holding the POW Flag at the POW Table
HB Hulsey

BUS TRIP TO THE KILLER BEES GAME


Dick and Karen Larson and Cathy and Scott Maynard
Dave and Terri Thurston
The Killer Bees Mascot
GO BEES!

THANKSGIVING


One Group of Many (Above and Below)
 at the Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration

Roy and Lois Hansen and John and Joan Seiler

Chuck and Pat Pierson
Bill and Marie Siglin
Marilyn and Gene Brown
December

DECORATING FRIENDSHIP HALL
FOR CHRISTMAS
That's Charlie Minor holding the wreath


Mary holding the ladder and Ken Stanek hanging off the ladder
Carolyn Sommers and Elinor Kroll Finishing 
the Large Christmas Tree

CRAFTING GROUP WITH THEIR
TOWEL REINDEERS

DECEMBER LADIES' LUNCHEON

Marsha Bender, Our Chairperson
Carol Stallwitz and Rose Williams
Joella Buccholz and Pat Cullett
Co-Chair, Kathy Loerch, drawing door prizes with the help of Santa
Myra Green - our Entertainment for the luncheon
Marlene Schwab and Faye Stoliker
Judith Simpson won a door prize
Carolyn Sommers made this gorgeous wreath 
and Carrie Halberg won it!
Charlotte McColl, Santa, Brenda Granger, 
Maggie Moody and Kay Schultz

BUS TRIP TO THE HIDALGO LIGHTS
Winter Ranch Group Waiting For the Tram to See the Lights
Hidalgo Square
Ramon Ayala's Home
Jack Hulsey, our bus driver, by a London Bus
Entertainment This Evening - Estudiantina Guadalupana Group

Wreath Making Class
Brenda Nolte and her finished wreath
Rita Huether, our instructor, showing us how to make a bow!
Fay Campbell

MYSTERY BUS TRIP T
HARLINGEN

The History of Mexico and Mankind Mural in Centennial Park
Jerry Ritchie next to a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS 
at Cooley's Classic Cars

Getting Ready to Leave Grimsell's Seed Store

 Back at the Ranch
 
Nothing like enjoying the pool in December!

CHRISTMAS CAROLING AT THE RANCH

Some of Our Carolers
 Barb and Bill Lester
Janet Handlos, Phyllis Lauritsen and Brenda Nolte


Marianne Stout singing along with the carolers!

Janet and Sam Hobson out caroling
Jane Drake listening to the carolers
Myra Faust listening to the Carolers!
 
Mary and Lee Benfield heading back after caroling

BINGO
Larry Chapin Calling Bingo on Wednesday Night

The Bingo Crowd

BUS TRIP TO ALFRESCO WESLACO MID-VALLEY
LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE

Jack and Donna Hulsey and Beth Bishop
Waiting For the Parade
Charlotte McColl and Lee Clement Horsing Around


CHRISTMAS PARTY
Carole and JA Carmack


Lynn Murray with the Secret Santa Gifts
Darlene Peters, Elinor Kroll and Jan Wilson
Our Manager, Larry, all festive!
KITCHEN HELP:  Nora and Charlie Minor, Donna 
and Dave Lewis, Ginni Westby, Jim Blawat, Char and Jack Leach
Entertainment:  Penny Vollrath
More Entertainment:  Karen Timko and Lee Clement 
as Santa and Mrs. Claus

More Entertainment:  Patti and Bud Becker
Karen and Pete Timko

Wendell and Fran Knight

We lost Fran Knight to breast cancer in 2014.  She was such a sweet lady and will be missed.  I thought this was a really nice picture of Wendell and Fran!

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE 
CHRISTMAS LIGHTING CONTEST
Making Spirits Bright Category - Ron and Linda Doershug
Silent Night, Holy Night Category - Larry and Dody Anenson
Charlie Browniest Category - Nora and Charlie Minor
Clark Griswold Category - Brenda Granger (Don not present)
Lynn and Cathy Chapin, our Manager, at the
Secret Santa Table
Martha Steward Would Be Proud Category 
went to Darrell and Betty Luster (not present)

CHRISTMAS DINNER
Del Elberhardt

Pat and Tony Hyde
Marlene and Lee Miska


Deb and Gary Blackbourn
Donna and Dave Lewis


CHRISTMAS DINING GROUPS



John and Ginni Westby

Arah and Dwayne Carlson
Shirley Snell
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

 David and Judie Anzivino
Pat and JoAnn Sullivan
Larry and Cathy Chapin
Lud and Connie Lerdon


Minors, Staneks and Westbys

Ralph and Shirley Ress and Don and Sylvia Short
Linda and Tommy Fort, Sue and Jim Hundley 
and Leon and Jeanette Hodge



Sandra and Robert Garcia with Patrick and Jane Snook
Richard Beall and Donna Jenkins, the Hights, 
the Benfields and the Thurstons
Darlene Peters and Jack Bass Selling 50/50 Tickets
JD and Lynn Murray

Selling The Agency Dance Tickets
The line waiting to get The Agency Dance Tickets

Darlene Peters buying a bunch of The Agency Tickets From JD

Okay, the deal is:  JD bet Lee and I that we could not sell 100 tickets to people in the park for The Agency!  I took this picture just after he sold about 120 tickets to park people!!  We don't have to buy him a case of beer but he has to help Lee put in the block for our pad for the golf cart!!!  Don't you love that face he's making!!!

JANUARY
The Agency Dance
Sue Henderson, Kathy Doddridge, and JoAnn Sullivan
 The Agency
 It's a Full House!
Marsha Bender, Kathy Loerch and Lynn Murray

BUS TRIP TO THE ELVIS FESTIVAL IN LOS FRESNOS
Della Rae Orndorff and Elvis
Jo Kinkead, Elvis and Donna Ritchie

CRAFT SHOW
Melva Bronkhorst and Deloris Lind


 Erika Stratton and Dawn Nabozny

Bob Ross Art Class With Larry Weirs
Larry Weirs and Judith Simpson
Larry Weirs and Theresa Zimmerman

Pearl White in the Bob Ross Art Class

Winter Ranch Quilt Show

Linda Doershug

Trailer Trash Party


Jack and Char Leach


 One Trashy Looking Group!

Bob and Kathy Doddridge 

Mary Benfield, Nora Minor and Lynn Murray
Judging Mary Hazlett
First Place Costume Winners
Darlene Peters (White Trash) - Princess
Mike and Martie Senkler - King and Queen
Jack Leach - Prince
We have a lot of pregnant women here for a 55+ Park!

 Dianna Drake - Winner of the Twinkie Eating Contest


The Carmacks and the Sommers
Beer Can Toss Contest - The Women Won By 1 Point
and Ruth King tossing a can

CARD MAKING CLASS

Jean Holmes, Mary Benfield, Pat Hyde and Gail McCrabb 

FEBRUARY

 Crochet Group with Scarves they made for the Special Olympics


50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Pat and Damien Kenkel
John and Donna Rosbak
 Jean and Herb Holmquist

 
The Volunteers Who Worked The 50th Wedding Anniversary

MARGARITA - 50's THEME PARTY
Bob and Phyllis Lauritsen

Lavere Groth
Winners of the Costume Contest:  Roy Darby and Dianna Drake
Jim Drake and Al Bell

That's Brenda Granger Out Front
Deb and Neil Kanne

VALENTINE'S DAY DOGGIE PARADE
Mary and Isis Lawrence
Eleanor Haddock and Kerri Ann

Carol Javis and Jim McCubbins
Cheryl Hazelton with Gypsy and Charlie
The Parade

VALENTINE'S DANCE
Kitchen Helpers:  Don and Ann Draker and Fred and Sue Wallace
Jim and Myra Luetje

Char and Jack Leach
John and Martha Anderson
Jerry Ritchie, Donna and Rich Ritchie
Josie Ferring and Tom Thinnes
Sandy and HB Hulsey
Julie and Art Abegg
Bill and Peggy Page
Pat and John Schuermann


Don and Sylvia Short

SENIOR OLYMPICS WINTER RANCH BOWLING TEAM


A Flight won 2nd place from left to right:    Steve Good, 
Judy Good, Jan Bell, Al Bell, Leon Green

C Flight won 3rd place from left to right:     Kent Halberg, Jean Henderson, Kathy Doddridge, Bob Doddridge, Bert Hughes
B Flight won 2nd place:  Team from left to right: Lud Lerdon, Connie Lerdon, Diane Kosanke, Fred Kosanke, Jim Thomas
  
VARIETY SHOW - RAZZLE DAZZLE

Jerry Rezac, Master of Ceremonies
Judy Teply, Virginia Baughman, Rita Hebl, 
Dorothy Powers and Penny Vollrath

 Carol Earley


Mary Rita

Doug Elkins singing to Sherrye

Winter Ranch Bikers
 Trip To South Padre Island

Bikers Senior Olympics Event at Bensen Rio Grande Valley 
State Park: We had 38 bikers in the Senior Olympics Biking Event.

Jean Snyder showing her latest Stained Glass Project


Bob Ross Art Class With Larry Weirs
Morning Class

CHOIR CONCERT

Thelma Dick plays the Prelude

Roger and Norma Richardson sing a duet 
arrangement of "In The Garden"
Jerry Hill, Ed Griffiths, Roger Richardson, Ron Doerschug, John Caster and Roy Hansen singing "Dry Bones"

THE ALAMO INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
Jo Kinkead

Darlene Peters and March Deschamp
Donald DeKeyrel - Ringmaster

Winter Ranch Bikers Riding Elephants Today
Penny Vollrath, Darlene Peters, Bob Babler and Nicole Kenward
Pearl White and Shirley Smith
Our Park Manager, Larry Chapin
Winter Ranchers Watching the Parade
Lois Green

Donna Ritchie Driving Martha Anderson
Martha is cracking the whip on the lion in the following cart
John Anderson, the Lion
Delora and Don DeKeyrel
Winter Ranch Float
Rex and Betty Humke
Don and Delora DeKeyer (Parade Coordinators) and
Larry and Cathy Chapin (Park Managers)  with
our two 1st Place Tropheys
One for best in the Senior Division
One for best in Parade Overall!
Yeah Winter Ranch!

SHOW AND SHARE DAY
Dave Langfield - Woodworking
Ron Jensen - Woodworking


Delores Bergstrom - Ceremics
Sharon Huether, Mary Benfield and Rita Huether
Ross Croft - Stained Glass
Beth Bishop - Knitting

Bonnie Langfield - Quilting

Some of our Artists

Jane Martin and Barb DeGaramo at the March Ladies Luncheon

LAST JAM OF THE SEASON

Pam and Don Hoppe
Jamming
 
Goodbye and Thank You Plaque
David and Jody Nunn 
Dale Loerch manning the Sound System


St. Patrick's Day Parade (Winter Ranch and Trophy Gardens)

Don and Delora DeKeyrel
Chuck and Pat Cullett
Lee and Mary Benfield
Bob and Kathy Doddridge
Martha and John Anderson
Donna and Rich Ritchie
Part of the Parade
Winter Ranch Golf Carts Lined Up Watching the 
Entertainment at our Neighbor Park, Trophy Gardens


JD Pays Off His Bet
Over the The Agency Dance

JD is giving me that face again as I take a picture of him
helping to pay off the debt!

BUS TRIP - WINTER TEXAN APPRECIATION DAY
IN NUEVO PROGRESO
Edna Odendahl (in the middle)

Bus Heading Back - A Lot of Happy Campers!

Have a great summer everyone and we'll see you next season!