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WIT Club Chapter of Excellence 1996-2016


December 2013 outing

Pictures by Nancy Miller

December 5 – 8, 2013 was the annual Christmas celebration for the Caloosa Winnies held at Oak Haven Park in Arcadia, FL. Bill & Sue Fuss, Lois & Gene Hogan, Jim & Sally Rayburn were co-hosts. Happy Hour started us off on Thursday at 4pm as everyone entered the rec hall with all the wonderful Christmas decorations. Dinner was served by the hosts, Chicken in Souper Gravy, mashed potatoes and a great assortment of dishes each member contributed! The residents of the park joined us for an Ice Cream Social, everyone had a great sundae and it was nice meeting the residents as they allow us to take over their clubhouse this weekend! We played Bingo with the combined groups and this year the “money pots” were evenly split between the Caloosa’s and the residents! THANKS to David Nobert for calling the numbers and Jerry Miller for handling the money!

Friday morning the hosts were busy at work making pancakes and cooking sausage. Everyone had a full plate and it was all fun – especially the Mickey Mouse pancakes and other various characters made by the cooks! After cleanup was done, many of us headed out for a day trip to Englewood Beach. It was a bright, warm, sunny day and the Englewood area was really gorgeous! We all met for lunch at Lock & Key Restaurant right across from the beach. The food and service was excellent. We spent the rest of the afternoon driving around the area looking at the big mansions along the beach road! Back at the park we were ready for Happy Hour at 5pm, and in place of a dinner we all contributed heavy hors d’oeuvres – which turned out to be mostly a dinner anyway! Food was great and we enjoyed the time together. Of course we had a game – teams were formed and the teams had to pass a variety of items in their pan – with one hand using chopsticks! It was a fun experiment to see who could handle those chopsticks!

Saturday morning everyone brought their favorite dish and we all enjoyed a great breakfast! The business meeting was called to order by President Corinne Wightman at 10am, and included in the meeting was the reading of the Slate of Officers by Charlie Zucker. Nominated for President was David Nobert & Janice Cummings, President; Ed & Carolyn Thomas, 1st VP; Bud & Sue Swift, 2nd VP; Jim & Sally Rayburn, Secretary; Jerry Miller, Treasurer. There were no nominations from the floor, the vote was cast, the new officers duly elected. Installation followed during the meeting making the new officers official. After the meeting the rest of the day was free time for shopping, visiting, enjoying the great weather! At 4pm it was time for Happy Hour, followed by a Ham dinner served by the hosts and all dishes donated by the members. We have the BEST cooks – everything was delicious!

At 7pm it was time for our Pound Auction! Every year we have an auction to donate the proceeds to our charity – Joshua House. They do a tremendous service for children who are abused and homeless with nothing. Our auctioneers – David Nobert and Mike Sofarelli pulled out all the tricks to get us bidding – and with 20 some packages we had a hilarious evening – and raised $1,944! Various members also matched the contributions which was a wonderful gesture of faith and kindness! This is always a fun event and we thank David & Mike for sharing their talents with us!

Sunday morning was our day for donuts and bagels and ending the weekend! The wishes for a Marry Christmas and Happy New Year were spread among the group! We thank everyone for their sharing and generosity during this Christmas season. We were soon all on our way to the next destination and we look forward to a new year of fun and games for the Caloosa Winnies!