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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Bob Mellon, 55+ Club member has lived an exciting life. Bob served in the US Air Force from 1954 to 1974. He trained as a Flight Engineer performing aircraft inspections such as non-scheduled aircraft maintenance and preflight, through-flight, and post-flight inspections of aircraft away from home station.

Three hundred soldiers applied to be the Flight Engineer for Air Force One, and Bob was chosen. Qualifications were strict! Applicants who applied could not ever have gotten as much as a parking ticket or would be automatically denied. Bob flew Air
Force One from 1969 to 1974. During this time he served under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon. Along with their families, Lady Bird Johnson and the Nixon daughters, Julie & Pat were often passengers. Many celebrities also flew on Air Force One such as Jimmie Stewart, Jill St. John, Sammy Davis Jr., and royalty such as the King of Norway and Queen Elizabeth of England. Bob will tell you that at any given time, while on assignment on Air Force One, it was not unusual to sleep in as many as 35 different states overnight.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1974, Bob’s high level of security clearance enabled him to get a job at NASA and work and study under Dr. Wernher Magnus Von Brahn. Dr. Von Brahn (March 23, 1912-June 16, 1977) was a German, later American, an aerospace engineer and space architect. Following the war, Von Braun was secretly moved to the United States. Bob
was a quality Insurance Inspector for the Titan and Atlas rockets under the direction of Von Braun.

Bob finally retired from the Space Center in 2007. Not wanting to be idle, Bob began a job at The King Center, where his wife Terry was volunteering at the time, in a security position and remained there for ten years. Both Bob & Terry Mellon have been active volunteers in our community and remain active members of The 55+ Club. Thank you for your service, Bob!

Submitted by, Louise Stevenson

IRISH FOR A DAY!

Members of the 55+ Club celebrated St Patrick’s Day with Zon Beachside on March 15th, how lucky was that! Approximately 78 members came out wearing their green to enjoy corned beef and cabbage with Janet and Chef Liz from our Beachside Luxury Assisted Living facility.

Janet enlightened us as to the amazing state-of-the–art services offered by Zon, how much fun it can be to live there and how secure residents feel in their care. Chef Liz whisked up a delightful meal, although she made it look easy, Be sure to stop by Zon when you are in the neighborhood; they would love to see you.

Many thanks to our friends at Zon and to all the 55+ volunteers who pitched in to help.

Submitted by, Jill Blakeway

BEWARE OF SCAMS!

Just in the past month I’ve received three bogus scam emails. One such email first line began like this:

Good Day! “Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and
may offend your personality for contacting you without your prior consent and writing
through this channel. I’m (Miss. Sandra) from Benghazi Libya…”

On it goes saying life is unbearable after her family has been shot to death and asks for a reply. The next week I
received one supposedly from my Mail Administrator as a

“Last Warning that my account will be closed. They’ve received instructions to empty all my inbox & sent folders and to click on this link to verify”.

The third one was from UPS (looked official). It read,

“I have a parcel coming. To manage my download and delivery information click here”

– NO to all!

I went up to the actual UPS site and entered the tracking number. No number was found & warned me of a possible scam. I marked them all as junk and deleted them.

In the July/August 2016 issue of our newsletter SB Police Chief, Jeff Pearson wrote an article on scams. I quote “While most of us know that something too good to be true is most likely some type of scam, many people in the U.S. and right here in Brevard county are still getting scammed out of hundreds of thousands of dollars every day”.

He goes on to give some examples. Callers claiming they are a grandchild and in some type of financial trouble. Callers sounding official saying they are from the IRS telling you owe back taxes. Fake precious metal companies sending fancy reading material/pamphlets though the mail.

NEVER wire money! NEVER send cash! NEVER click or download from a suspicious email! ALWAYS stay informed of most recent scams!

Web Resources: www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/seniors; www.aarp.org/money/scamsfraud; and www.cops.usdoj.gov//Default.asp?Item=2560; OR call your local police departments non-emergency phone number.

Submitted by, Louise Stevenson

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!

Elections for the 2019 Executive Board will be held in December 2018. Board Positions include: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Member-at-Large.

To run or learn about one of these positions please call: Betsy Haff 321/960-0956, Nomination Chairperson or a member of the Nomination Committee. Susie Dyer, 321/777-1398; Sandy Kent 321/773-2357; Lorraine Kuriger 321/773-6882; Evelyn Sepanik
321/725-1015 or Joyce Welch 321/254-3856.

All persons interested in submitting their name must fill out an application in order to be considered. Pick up applications at the DRS Community Center, 1089 So. Patrick Dr., Satellite Beach – M-F 8:30am-5:00pm and at the SB Civic Center, 565 Cassia
Blvd., Satellite Beach on Mondays only between 9:00-11:00am (at the BINGO table). If requested they can be mailed or emailed to you.

DEADLINE for returning these applications is September 1, 2018 and can be dropped off at the DRS Community Center or given to any Nomination Committee member listed above.

DAY TRAVEL

Isle of Capri Casino –
May 22, 2018 – $40 per person, payable by May 16th. Receive $15 free play (with card) and $5 off buffet lunch. Pick up at the DRS Community Center 8:30am & return approx. 6:30pm.

Checks payable to: Casino Connection. Be prepared to supply your date of birth and address at payment drop off to obtain your “freeplay” card once at the casino.

Questions:
Contact Ellen at 321/432-1511 or Norma at 321/243-5708

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards Summerfest Grape Stomp
June 9, 2018 – $25 per person, payable by June 1st; plus $10 cash admission at the gate (portion of proceeds go to the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation) Pick up at the DRS Community Center 9:30am & return approx. 4:00pm.

Checks payable to: Casino Connection. Payment drop off for trips at the DRS Community Center or give to Norma.

Questions:
Contact Ellen at 321/432-1511 or Norma at 321/243-5708.

Summer Schedule Changes:

Time changes or cancellations of some monthly activities will take place this summer. So please note & save:

Bingo – Canceled/Memorial Day, May 28
Basic Line Dance – changing to 1:00pm May 3 (no class June 7)
Adv. Line Dance – no class June 5
Book Club – Canceled/June, July & August
Mahjongg – Canceled/June 13 & July 4th
Thurs. Cards & Games meets in Game Room May 31, July 12, Aug. 2
Walking – time changes 7:30-8:30 May 29 and resume 8:00-9:00am Aug 14