All posts by Fifty Five Plus


The Wednesday evening group celebrated “Christmas in July” on July 23rd. Our own Mrs. Santa (aka Vernell Santa Maria) arrived early to set up the room with holiday tablecloths and Christmas decorations. Thanks to Olga Clarke for providing the Christmas tree and to all the others who brought various treats to munch on. A Merry Ole’ time was had by all. On another note, Vernell organizes a birthday celebration on the 1st Wednesday of each month to celebrate all of the birthdays that particular month. For more information on the Wednesday Evening Group call Vernell at 723-9689

Submitted by Betty Boman


New or gently used children’s books are being collected by the 55+ Club through the month of October. These books will be distributed to local elementary schools. Please place these books in the collection bin located in the DRS lobby.



It’s time to elect the 2015 Board of the 55+ Club so if you are interested in running for office please throw your hat in the ring. Board positions are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Correspondence Secretary, Membership Chair, and Member at Large. To run for one of these positions or to learn about any of the Activity Chairs please call Michele Bevacqua, Nominating Committee Chair at 783-8942 or email Mbevacqua@cfl


The Craft & Book Club returns to the DRS Center on Sept. 3. We will be working on another cork craft, so please bring your wine corks and a glue gun. Bring your lunch if you so desire. Not interested in our current craft? Please feel free to bring your knitting, crocheting or any craft you may be working on. It’s all about getting together and socializing! On Oct. 1st we will meet for a discussion on the book chosen earlier,
The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, by Fannie Flagg.

Submitted by Joyce Scafidi


Fall is approaching quickly and Terry will be planning a few day trips for all to enjoy. Jill has  a great trip planned for spring of 2015—Washington, DC. This 6 days, 5 nights tour is set for April 16-21, 2015; and includes a two full-day guided tour of our nation’s capital.


55+ Get A-Way!

A group of 55+ members and friends set out to enjoy 3 days and 2 nights in Jacksonville and surrounding Amelia Island and St. Augustine.

We lucked out with the weather as rain was all around us but we managed to avoid it and only allowed it to pour when we were safely inside the bus. Our friends at Wellcare had given everyone a “goodie bag” to sort through while we were traveling and that included a rain poncho which we did have to use to stay dry in the St Augustine drizzle on the last day.

The group enjoyed an informative narrated cruise on the St. John’s River and a trip to the Kingsley Plantation. The “road” leading the plantation had been closed as they were working on it clearing the overhead brush and smoothing out the pot holes on the dirt path that took us to the grounds. It opened that morning but as word had not yet spread we were the only people there so we could enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the setting to its fullest.

The Fountain of Youth was very interesting. I’m not sure any one of us actually left there looking younger but it was fun trying!

Our bus driver was great; he kept us entertained the entire time with useless trivia and twenty questions. He was from England and as you know I am from London, England so we joked that our passengers were safely in the hands of the British Invasion! Stay tuned for information on our next trip, we’d love to have you join us!

Submitted by Jill