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Around The Club January-February 2014

Untitled-1Holiday Luncheon/Annual Meeting

The 11th Annual Meeting and Christmas party was enjoyed by more than 150 members. Chairman Marty Hindsley recognized the board and committee chairpersons for their work throughout the year and gave each a token gift, along with a reusable bag donated by Hospice of St Francis. Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award went to the quiet but always there Cynthia Rippey, a
much deserved honor. The Club could not run without the endless amount of hours donated by so many members and we are grateful to each of you but some people, like Cynthia, seem to always be in the background. Not today Cynthia, it was your day to shine! Thank you for consistently helping out.

Jill Blakeway earned a place on the plaque which hangs on the wall in the DRS Center; many thanks also to Karen Smith for continuing to do a great job with the newsletter.

Winn Dixie catered the lunch and American In Home Care donated the many sinful choices at the Ice Cream Bar. The event was opened with a demonstration from our Line Dancers, then a great Irish Step Dance routine by McKenzie. Many thanks to the 3 Louises’-Tavani, Daly and Stevenson for their help also Joyce and Shirley; Barbara Hessler for the beautiful table decorations; Laverne, Courtney Springs and Victoria Landing for donating door prizes, Joan Spencer and of course Cynthia Rippey for their help in the kitchen. Satellite Beach City employees supported us all the way, thank you! As we move into 2014 we look forward to what we hope will be a great year! We’ll make new friends and enjoy being a part of the 55+ Club! Happy New Year!

Jill Blakeway

2014 Board:

The following members were voted and approved at the Dec. 12, 2013 annual meeting and holiday luncheon: President,
Marty Hindsley; Vice President, Jill Blakeway; Treasurer, Linda Burson; Recording Secretary, Joan Spencer; Corresponding Secretary, Laverne Johnson; Member at Large, Susie Dyer, Membership, Louise Stevenson.

A Fishy Story

After retiring from my RN job in an Emergency Room, I decided it would be a great idea to join a club and do some fishing. When I contacted the 55 Plus Club I was surprised they didn’t have a fishing club, WHAT!? So I decided to start one, and that was about 6 months ago.

Our club is still pretty small, with folks attending when they are in town. No matter, Snowbirds or regulars, all are welcome. Meetings are informal, and our objectives are the same as the 55 Plus Club objectives, Friendship, Education, Fun and Relaxation.

At meetings you will get a chance to talk about your fishing experiences and learn about tips and techniques; and provide an opportunity to fish in venues that may be new to some members. The club meets on the second THURSDAY of each month at the DRS Community Center at 1 PM. Hope to see Y’all there. Contact me for more information
at 321/773-4647 or

The Old Stinky Fisherman, Gene

Annual Picnic Review:

The annual picnic was a great success. HOT! but a lot of fun. Joanne Everett organized the event and it went off without a hitch. Good picnic food, hot dogs with all the trimmings; cookies and pudding for dessert. Betsy Haff ran the silent auction, people loved it, we had a lot of fun deciding which jar to put our ticket in, and what were the odds on winning that item! Thanks to Louise Stevenson, Michelle Bevacqua, Terry Mellon, Louise Tavani, Susie Dyer, Betsy Haff — and the many businesses who donated goodies: Publix, Chick fil-A, Wells Fargo, gave prizes along with other people. Everyone went home with something. Great job Joanne!


Louise & Ken StevensonThe trip to ICE at Gaylord Palms on Tues. Dec. 17th was wonderful! Two million pounds of colorful hand sculpted ice was a sight to see! We were warm wearing their lovely parka’s, but our fingers froze (even with gloves on). The trip over & back by Casey with Casino Connections was smooth sailing.

Holiday Luncheon/Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting/Holiday Luncheon -Thurs. Dec. 12th, 11:00am promptly! Scotty Culp Municipal Complex/Civic Center, 565 Cassia Blvd., Satellite Beach. Tickets are available at Bingo, Wed. Eve. Cards, Line Dance, Thurs. Greeting Table & Coupon Group. Seating is limited. Lunch will include – Turkey Croissant Sandwich, fruit, dessert and drink. We will have door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Dessert is provided by our newsletter sponsor American InHome Care. Please bring a non perishable food item for the So. Brevard Sharing Center.

2014 DUES

After 11 years the club is raising membership dues to $7.00. 2014 dues can be paid anytime at Thurs. Greeting Table; Bingo; Bunco; Wed. Night Cards; Coupon Group; Mahjongg & Line Dance; or mailed to 1089 S. Patrick Dr., SB, 32937

Around the Club November & December

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our November and December members!


SOMETHING’S FISHY When I retired from my job as a Registered Nurse in an Emergency Room, i decided it would be a great idea to join a club and do some fishing. I always liked to fish, but had trouble finding the time, and this would “get me out there”.

So, when I contacted the 55 Plus Club and asked to join their fishing club, they told me they didn’t have one. WHAT! We’re on an island surrounded by an ocean, two rivers and two inlets, in the fishing capital of the world, and we don’t have any organized fishing?? No fishing club? So. i decided to start one, and that was about 6 months ago.

Our club is still pretty small, with a lot of folks attending when they are in town. No matter, Snowbirds or regulars, all are welcome. Nor does it matter if you are an experienced fisherman (lady) or not. Our meetings are very informal, and our club objectives are the same as the 55 Plus Club objectives, namely Friendship, Education, Fun and Relaxation. We do not enter contests or tournaments, and most of our fishing trips are free or very low cost.

At the meetings you will get a chance to talk about your fishing experiences and learn about some of the tips and techniques that have been working for other folks. We learn from each other, both at the meetings and in the field. The club will provide an opportunity to fish in venues that may be new to some members, such as surf fishing or fishing the area’s lakes. We also offer talks on the different types of fish that live here in Florida, some of which may be unfamiliar to folks from other parts of the Country.

There is a reason why Florida is called The Fishing Capital Of The World. The ocean, rivers and inlets, bays and lakes are literally LOADED with fish. When we are out there we often see schools of them that are hard to believe. And, of course, we are only seeing the top.

Also, there are so many different kinds of species of fish available to us. Visitors to the area often remark that they are used to 2 or 3 different so-called “target species”, that is, type of fish that you’re TRYING to catch. Up North, it’s “Musky” or bass. But down here, we have LOT’S of choices on the same day, in the same place. You literally never know what you’re going to pull up.

And some of the critters that are swimming around in these waters are big, really big. I recently saw a young man pull a 4 1/2 foot spinner shark out of the surf, take a couple of pictures, and then try to put it back without loosing a hand! He made it OK. (Don’t worry, if you do catch a shark there will be plenty of folks around that will help you.)

In addition to having fun, fishing offers the added benefits of a nice, relaxing day in the beautiful Florida sunshine, fresh air, nice company and FOOD. Most of the fish we target are great to eat. What’s not to Like? (True, you may have to learn to bait your own hook, but my wife seems to even get around that!)

So, please join us. The club meets on the second THURSDAY of each month at the Schechter Center at 1 PM. Hope to see Y’all there. Contact me for more information at 321/773-4647 or

The Old Stinky Fisherman,


What is – COMMUNITIES FOR A LIFETIME? CFL is a statewide initiative to provide seniors the resources for them to stay in their home longer. CFAL encourages a healthy lifestyle, focusing on issues of concern to seniors. Occasionally the City of Satellite Beach offers informative seminars under the CFAL umbrella and at some of these, a light lunch is served.

MEDICARE – 411 (A CFAL program) Medicare enrollment choices are some of the most  important decisions you will ever have to make. Get the facts you need at this educational event designed to give you the most accurate and up-to date information available. You have so many choices to get great healthcare, be sure you’re making the right choice for you! Thursday,November 21 12:30pm at the DRS Community Center and a Light lunch is provided. RSVP 773-6458.

COUPON GROUP This group meets on the 3rd Wed. of the month at the SB Library from 2-3pm. The SB Library is also collecting manufacturer coupons to send to our overseas service men and women. They will even accept expired coupons (up to 6 months), a drop off container is also located in the lobby of the DRS Center. Read a few great “saving” stories from some members of the group:

    • Publix BOGO, plus manufacturer coupons allowed one member $8 worth of items for $1.50.
    • Before Using their CVS card, plus manufacturer coupons, plus a $5 CVS coupon from a previous purchase, this person paid $3 for $15 worth of merchandise.
    • Using manufacturer and store coupons to buy pet food resulting in a substantial savings for another person.

Coupon questions can be directed to Terry at 773-7705.

CRIBBAGE Betty Boman continued her cribbage prowess on Thursday, Oct. 17th, at cards by “skunking” both LaVerne and Jerry in the same game. Skunking is a cribbage term meaning besting your opponent(s) by more than 30 points.
We play most Wednesdays at 6PM and Thursdays at 9AM at the DRS Community Center. Come join us for a game or two. Contact me for more information at 777-3460 or ~ Gerald Nordling.

Walking Come walk in air conditioned comfort every Tues., Wed., & Thurs. at the DRS  Community Center Gym from 8:00am to 10:00am. Get exercise, make friends and have fun! 

Ellie Wehrmann

Line Dance The Tuesday afternoon line dance group had a wonderful birthday celebration with Ellie Wehrmann who turned 99 on Sept. 11, 2013…… , she grew up in  Cicero, Ill., a suburb of Chicagoher maiden Eleanor Oak.  We all love Ellie and her spunk and her desire to keep on movin’ and joining us on Tuesday afternoons for dancing and fun.

CHESS ANYONE? Weekly opportunities to brush up, improve & play chess are available for adults. Call Dick at 777-0255 to find out more information. Must be a 55+ Club member.


The 55 + Clubʼs nominating committee recommends the following members as officers for the 2014 year. Approval/Voting will take place at the annual meeting & holiday celebration on Dec. 12th, 2013.

  • President-Marty Hindsley
  • Vice President- Jill Blakeway
  • Treasurer- Linda Burson
  • Recording Secretary- Joan Spencer
  • Corresponding Secretary- Laverne Johnson
  • Member at Large- Susie Dyer
  • Membership- Louise Stevenson