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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday, December 17th, Morning Meeting News





We grew from 525  to 546  residents this week!

 Please Welcome our New Residents



 Linda and R. W. Harris
from Gladstone, Missouri

Darlene Onken
From Carroll, Iowa

 Jacqueline and Jesse Todd
from Eureka, Missouri
 
Thank yous:

A Big Thank You to Barb DeGaramo and her band of merry elves for stuffing all the Christmas stockings for the ARISE Posada and to all of you who donated to this worthy project.

 Barb DeGaramo, Coordinator of the Christmas Stocking Project
 
 
 Bonnie Langfield, Eleanor Haddock and Gail McCrabb
Stuffing Stockings



 1 of Many Boxes heading to ARISE today for the Posada


 Our Manager, Cathy, with Barb

Another Big Thank You to Patti Ellison and Sharon Wilson for coordinating the Angel Project.  Just take a look at the gifts that will be given to needy children at the Posada tonight.  Can’t you just see the laughter and the gaiety.  Pat yourselves on the back, Winter Ranchers.  You’ve made many children very happy.

 Sharon Wilson and Patti Ellison - Coordinators
 of the Angel Tree Project

Folks, we filled the stage again!  

All these gifts are heading to ARISE for their Christmas Posada tonight.  Think of all the joyous faces tonight!

 A stage full of gifts for little boys and girls!

JD thanked the Jam Crew from last weekAgain everything went smoothly and the jam was a big success.  JD now has all teams assembled except for one dishwashing position.  Please stop and see him in the Activities Office if you want to pitch in!

JD thanked the Pickleball, Dominos and the Pinochle folks for making the setup for the Craft Sale go more smoothly than it has in the past.  They got the hall set up in 40 minutes.

Cathy thanked everyone for their patience with the Small Hall renovations to the heat and air conditioning.  The only thing left now is to fix the road that had to be torn up in back of the hall.

Thanks to Gail McCrabb and Patti Ellison for taking over as Chair and Co-Chair for the Ladies' Luncheons.  The first one looked like a great success.

 Patti Ellison and Gail McCrabb

Gail is the new Chairperson for the Ladies Luncheon and Patti is the Co-Chair.  Thanks ladies, for taking over for this season!

Good group at the Ladies' Luncheon on December 15th.

Important Information:

Changes in Winter Ranch Personnel:

Cathy announced that JD and Lynn will be retiring from the Activity Directors position after this season.  They have served us very well and they got a standing ovation from the residents this morning.   She went on to say that she was happy to announce that Lee and Mary Benfield have agreed to take over as Activity Directors at the beginning of next season.  Cathy also announced that Mary and Wally Snead will be retiring at the end of this season.  No replacement has been named at this time but she was confident that she would have people in place by next season. 

Office Will Be Closed for the Season on:  


December 24th at 2 PM

December 25 all day

January 31 all day


Christmas Card Shower - Marv Campbell announced that the Church would be having a Christmas Card Shower for Paster Frisbee this Sunday.  There will be a basket for the cards and/or any monetary contributions you would like to make to him available at the church service.

Line Dancing – the last line dance lesson for the year was this morning.  They will resume again after Christmas.

Pony Tail Canasta – starts tonight at 6:30 PM in the Loft.

Golden Olympics – Marsha Fabricus will again be coordinating our participation in these events.  There is a newspaper flyer available in the Activities Office for anyone wanting to participate or see what all the categories are.  You can be a contest for baking, golfing, walking, biking, any card game you can name, jig saw puzzles, etc. etc.  Let’s get out and participate in the total Rio Grand Valley Event.  

Morning Meetings:  Home-made cinnamon rolls will be served on the meeting on the 31st and donuts will be served on the 10 and 31st of this month.

Texas Hold’em Tournament – Roy Darby wants to hold a Texas Hold-em Tournament.  He will sign people up for it.  Roy is on Lot 568.  

Keep Christ In Christmas magnetic stickers – The Business Office has the magnetic “Keep Christ In Christmas” stickers available for $5.

Dance this week is Route 66 at 7 PM on Friday, December 19th.

Christmas Lighting Contest - Judging will be from December 16 through the 21st.  Drive around, enjoy the lights and vote for your favorites!  Your ballot must be turned in to the Activity Office by noon on December 22nd.  The prizes and certificates will be awarded at the Christmas Party.

ARISE Christmas Posada – ARISE has invited any of us who want to attend to come over to their Posada on December 17th at 5 PM.  It is at 212 San Bernadino Avenue in Alamo.  

Christmas Caroling – Karen Timko will again spearhead Christmas Caroling around the park.   Meet at the Large Hall at 4:30 PM on December 22nd.  Bring bells to jingle.  Karen would love to borrow some golf carts for those that want to carol that don't have them.  Give her a call if you would be willing to let someone use yours!


Roundup with Carlos Cantos - December 23  from 3 to 5 PM - This will be an Ugly Sweater/Shirt/Vest Party with a prize for the Ugliest Sweater for a Man and one for the Ugliest Sweater for a Woman.  Also, a birthday cake will be served for Carlos!   

Christmas Party – The party will be held on December 24th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM.  Bring an appetizer to share with at least 12 people.  There will also be a Gift Exchange.  If you want to participate bring a wrapped gift with a tag stating whether the gift is for a man or woman.  If you have a child guest, wrap gifts for boy child or girl child and give them to the Gift Coordinator so they can receive a gift at the party.

Christmas Candlelight Non-Denominational Service -  December 24th at 7 PM in the Large Hall.

Christmas Potluck – December 25th at 1 PM in the Large Hall.  Money for turkey/ham is now available in the Activities Office - $1 per person at your table.  

New Year’s Eve PartyDecember 31st - Reserve your table and get your tickets in the Activity Office now.  Jealous Heart is playing.  Tickets are $8.  The Activities Office has tickets available!

1st Park Potluck of the Season – Potlucks will start on January 5th, Monday, at 5 PM.  Bring a dish to share that serves 8 to 10.

Woodshop Spaghetti Dinner will be held on January 6th at 4:30 PM.  Dinner will include Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, desserts, lemonade or tea.  Tickets are on sale now for $6.

The Agency will be performing at the Dance on January 9th.   We sold about 144 tickets on Monday for the dance on January 9th.  (The tickets went out saying it was January 16th.  That is a mistake.  Remark your tickets to January 9th).  You can still get your tickets in the office until we run out but we are reserving seats.  The tickets are now on sale to the public so come on in and reserve your table.  We’ve sold 160 tickets thus far.  We only have this group once this year so get your tickets!!

Men’s Luncheon – Rosie Ewald is the Coordinator for the Men’s Luncheon again this year.  Thanks, Rosie!  It will be held on January 16th  at noon.  Tickets will go on sale after the Wednesday morning meetings in December.  They can seat 200.  Tickets are $7. 


Hippie Party (our theme party for the season) will be held on January 20th from 3 PM to 5:30 in the Large Hall.  There will be a “Groovy” Costume Contest with prizes awarded to the most Wildly Wicked Costumed Couple, The most Righteous Dude, and the Best Hip Chick’s Costume.  A “Far Out” photo booth will be available for you and your group.  60’s Music will be provided by Mike and Carol Earley for your dancing or listening pleasure. And there will be a couple of games.  Dress up in you frayed jeans, tie dye shirts, love beads, head band, granny dresses, granny glasses, peace symbols, sandals, ankle bells or whatever else to bring out your inner Hippie.  Bring:  BYOB and appetizer to share with 12 people.  Napkins, plates and silverware will be provided.  

Bob Ross Art Class - All you artists or would-be artists will want to know that the next Bob Ross class is on January 23rd. One class of 10 from 9 to Noon and one from 1 to 4 PM. $45 per person.  Register soon in the Activities Office.  There are only 20 seats available. The instructor, Larry Weirs, provides everything you will need to complete a painting except for a roll of paper towels and wet wipes.  Specifics are on the Bulletin Board across from the Post Office. This is the painting that we will be doing!

 The Fabulous 50’s will be our dance on January 30th.  They always do sell out crowds also.  JD will start reserving tables and selling tickets to Winter Ranchers on December 29th.  Their Manager has already presold 150 seats but their seats will not be reserved until after you have had a chance to reserve your tables. 


     Bus Trips

Dec 18 – 5:00 PMWeslaco Christmas Parade WR only FULL
Dec 20 – 5:30 PMHidalgo Christmas Lights and Meal $12 WR Only 

Jan 17 – 6:30 PM – Show is at 7: 30 PM - Hello Dolly at Nikki Rowe High School – WR Only (tickets are on sale now in the Activities Office).  There are seats left at this time!
Note:  If you have an idea for a bus trip, let JD know.  He’ll see what can be arranged.  More trips will be announced after Christmas!

Trips: 

Gail Fields announced that there is still room on the New Orleans Trip.  On January 15th, it will go out of the park to fill it up.  So sign up before then if you are interested.

The Casino Trip to Kickapoo and Eagle Pass has 10 people signed up thus far.  It will go out of park by January 14th if inpark people do not sign up.

Contact Gail for more information - see Bulletin Board near the steps in Friendship Hall. 

Volunteers and/or Donations Needed:  

Jam Help –  JD still needs a dishwasher for one of the jam teams.

Lynn is also looking for a Chairperson for the Craft Sale.  It is held four times this year on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Computer Group is looking for instructors in are area of expertise including Smart Phones, Tablets, and Laptops.  Contact Ron Doerschug.



Calendar of Events:

(Unless otherwise noted the event will be held in Friendship Hall aka The Large Hall)
All additions/changes/cancellations will be in red
Dec 14-20

JUDGING FOR CHRISTMAS LIGHT CONTEST

Dec 18
5:00 PM
Bus – Weslaco Christmas Parade
Free – WR ONLY - FULL
Dec 20
5:30 PM
Bus – Hidalgo Lights and Meal 
$12 Meal & Tram - WR ONLY
Dec 22
4:30 PM
Christmas Caroling on Golf Carts – Meet in Large Hall – bring bells to jingle

Dec 23
3:00-5 PM
Ugly Christmas Sweater/Shirt/Vest Contest and Roundup with Carlos Canas (singer)
Pass the Hat
Dec 24
1:30 PM
Christmas Party Potluck/Appetizers

Dec 24
7 PM
Christmas Candlelight Service

Dec 25
1 PM
Christmas Dinner (Potluck)

Dec 26
 7 PM
Dance to Diego
$5
Dec 30
3:30-5 PM
NO ROUNDUP

Dec 31
8:15 PM
New Year’s Eve Party with Jealous Heart – Reserve your seats now!
$12
Jan 2

NO DANCE

Jan 6
4:30 PM
Woodshop Dinner – NO ROUNDUP

Jan 9
7 PM
Dance to Agency – Reserve your seats now!
$8
Jan 11
Noon-2 PM
5 State Potluck

Jan 11
2-4 PM
Gold Wing Express - Entertainment
$6
Jan 13
8 AM
Craft Show – NO ROUNDUP

Jan 14
Noon-2 PM
Kansas/Oklahoma Pot Luck

Jan 15
7 PM
American Waves Band - Entertainment
$6
Jan 16
Noon
Men’s Luncheon
$7
Jan 16
7 PM
Dance to Jealous Heart
$5
Jan 18
Noon-2 PM
Illinois Potluck

Jan 19
4:30 PM
1ST Responders’ Dinner

Jan 20
3:00-5 PM
Hippie Theme Party – Roundup
FREE
Jan 21
1 -3 PM
Beginning Card Playing Lessons

Jan 22
1 -3 PM
Beginning Card Playing Lessons

Jan 22
7 PM
Farnum Family - Entertainment
$6
Jan 23
9 – Noon
Bob Ross Art Class – Arts and Crafts Room
$45
Jan 23
9 – Noon
Swimwear Sales

Jan 23
1 – 4 PM
Bob Ross Art Class – Arts and Crafts Room
$45
Jan 23
7 PM
Dance to Hot Rodz 
$5
Jan 25
Noon-2 PM
Minnesota Pot Luck

Jan 25
3 PM
Bernie and Red - Entertainment
$6
Jan 27
8 – 1 PM
Quilt Show – NO ROUNDUP

Jan 29
7 PM
Greg Jones - Entertainment
$6
Jan 30
7 PM
Dance to Fabulous 50’s

Februrary 1
Noon–5 PM
Iowa Pot Luck

Feb 1
4 -8:30 PM
Super Bowl Party

Feb 3rd
3:30-5 PM
Margarita Party – No Roundup

Feb 5th
7 PM
Lindley Creek - Entertainment
$6
Feb 6
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Ingra Health Screening

Feb 6
Noon-2PM
Missouri Potluck

Feb 6
7 PM
Dance to Sweet Water
$5
Feb 8
Noon-2 PM
Michigan Potluck

Feb 10
8 – Noon
Craft Show

Feb 10
1-3 PM
Variety Show Rehearsal

Feb 10
3:30-5 PM
Roundup with Carlos Canas (singer)
Pass the Hat
Feb 12
7 – 9:30 PM
Auntie Kreamsaugen - Entertainment
$6
Feb 13

NO DANCE

Feb 14
10:30-Noon
Pet Parade at Doggie Row Pet Walk West

Feb 14
7-10 PM
Valentine’s Dance with Jealous Heart/No Bingo, Karaoke or Cards today

Feb 15
2-4  PM
50th Anniversary Celebration

Feb 17
4 PM
Quilters’ Dinner/No Roundup

Feb 19
1-4 PM
Dress Rehearsal for Variety Show

Feb 19
7 – 9:30 PM
The Terry Smith Band – Entertainment
$6
Feb 20
9-Noon
Bob Ross Art Class- Arts & Crafts Room
$45
Feb 20
1 -4 PM
Bob Ross Art Class- Arts & Crafts Room
$45
Feb 20
7 PM
Dance to Swing Tyme
$5
Feb 22
Noon-2PM
Canadian Potluck

Feb 22
6-9 PM
Variety Show/All other activities in Big Hall cancelled from 5 PM on

Feb 24
1:30-3 PM
Memorial Service/ No Roundup

Feb 24
7 PM
Razz Ma Tazz - Entertainment
$5
Feb 26
Noon-2 PM
Ladies Golf Luncheon

Feb 27
7 PM
Dance to Sweet Water
$5
Mar 3
4:30-6 PM
Woodshop Dinner/No activities in Large Hall until after cleanup from the Woodshop Dinner

Mar 6
7 PM
Dance to Jealous Heart
$5
Mar 9

Pinochle Cancelled

Mar 10
8 – Noon
Craft Show/No Roundup

Mar 13
7 PM
Dance to Diego
$5
Mar 17
Noon-2 PM
Lunch – St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 20
7 PM
Dance to Sweet Water
$5