Leisure World News

Congratulations to all the Holiday Lights Contest Winners for 2020! Any winners who were not present to claim their gift card can come to the RE/MAX Classic o ce and get their prize. ank you all for participating and making the season bright! Here is a complete list of our winners. District Winners • District 1: Manor 431 - Mike and Judy Fritsche • District 3: Manor 1651 - Roger and Sheryl Trebelhorn • District 4: Manor 1087- Bruce and Carol Wetzel • District 5: Manor 1648 - Bill and Mary Rhea • District 6: Manor 1454 - Terry and Linda Thornton • District 7: Manor 1345 - Dan and Sandy Callahan • District 8: Manor 2468 - Vernon and Andrea Macmillan Community Spirit Winners • District 1: Manor 322 - James Strader and Arlene Ryrie • District 1: Manor 323 - Marilyn and Valerie Lampard • District 1: Manor 427 - Ronald Veague and Sandra Demaris • District 1: Manor 431 - Mike and Judy Fritsche Honorable Mentions • District 1: Manor 322 - James Strader and Arlene Ryrie • District 3: Manor 2632 - Rodney and Ramona Jacobson • District 4: Manor 1089 - Susan Borrowdale • District 5: Manor 1879 - Laura and Tom Pelletier • District 6: Manor 1625 - George Miller • District 7: Manor 1280 - Joseph and Carol Estes • District 8: Manor 2010 - Doris Blind We look forward to your participation in next year’s contest! Happy New Year! L EISURE W ORLD N EWS The speed limit on Leisure World streets is 25 mph. No passing. January 2021 www.lwca.com Sip and Chip Page B1 Emergency Fund Safeguard Page A12 LWFoundation Lecture Series Page A7 Co ee, fellowship and fun! at’s what Wednesday Morning Co ee is all about at Leisure Word. On January 13, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday Morning Co ee will celebrate its eight-year anniversary via Zoom. “Although we wish we could take our friends in our arms for a warm hug, this is the next best thing,” says Beverly Miller, who is one of the founding members of the group with her husband John. “We want to be together in person, but we have to think of everyone’s health and safety. Zoom allows us to maintain our connection and weekly routine in a safe way.” e group will celebrate with lively discussion, a door prize drawing every 15 minutes and some musical entertainment. Residents can attend this fun virtual event and enjoy camaraderie with community members. Remembering Mary Lou Andresen An homage to long-time member Mary Lou Andresen, who passed away this year, will also take place during the meeting. Mary Lou was an active member since 2014. She was also instrumental in ensuring meetings continued virtually after COVID-19 hit. e group has purchased a memorial plaque in Mary Lou’s honor, which will be placed on a bench in District 1. Photos of the plaque will be shared during the Zoom meeting. “Mary Lou was a foundational member of the group and always made others feel welcome,” says Pat Billingsley, member of the Wednesday Morning Co ee Hospitality Committee. “Her goal was to help foster a fun group of friends. Everyone loved her! She worked tirelessly for Leisure World and is sorely missed!” Adapting to the Times Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic halted Wednesday Morning Co ee in-person meetings in March 2020. But that didn’t stop them from staying connected. anks to Zoom, the group continues to enjoy companionship virtually. “ e group is a great way to stay connected to one another when we can’t be there in person,” says resident Linda Weinstock, who participates weekly. “I miss seeing my friends, but Zoom has allowed us to check in and maintain friendships, which are more important than ever.” Unfortunately, one thing the group can’t do is drink delicious Tim Horton’s co ee — an in-person meeting staple, proudly imported from Canada thanks to natives John and Beverley. ey can grab their second favorite cup of Joe instead. A Brewing Idea So, how did this group jolt into Leisure World? It all began in December 2012, when Leisure World residents John Miller and Terry Goade discussed the prospect of District 3 sponsoring a free weekly co ee gathering. Leisure World Administration allowed them to host the event in the Lakeside Building in January 2013. And the Recreation Department generously agreed to provide the rst month’s co ee. If the event was successful, it would continue as a seasonal event thereafter on its own. All districts were invited. As the event grew, the sponsorship evolved into a Leisure World Hospitality Team, consisting of members from all districts. Beverly and John hosted the event with residents Joan Buhrmaster, Ramma Chabra, Vivian Dobbin, Carrie Flanagan, Dorothy Gri ore, Gus Grissom, Carlyn Jokinen, Eunice Ketterling, Diane Long, Bob and Jane Maas, Joanne and Doug Scott and Eileen omas. roughout the season, participants shared sweet treats and co ee, partly supported by weekly donations. And before long, they had hosted the gathering for an entire year! After their rst anniversary in January 2014, Leisure World Administration began supplementing the cost of the co ee. As residents left in the summer, Mary Lou and Eunice continued to host Wednesday Co ee. At a Manager’s Chat, Kathy Hilger and Cathi Fisk volunteered for July, August and September with help from Mary Lou, Verna Mullen, Carol Palermo, Jackie Anderson, Carrie Flanagan and Pat Watkins. e gatherings continued to gain steam, with residents loving an opportunity to come together weekly. Eight years later, they are still going strong. e Wednesday Morning Co ee thanks the 40 to 150 people weekly, who continue to support Wednesday Morning Co ee throughout the year! A Charitable Caffeine Fix anks to participants’ weekly donations and the 2013 Community Fund Auction, the Wednesday Morning Co ee has been able to give back to the community. Over the last eight years, community enhancements Wednesday Morning Coffee Celebrates 8-Year Anniversary! Manor 1454: Terry and Linda Thornton Seemore winningmanors on page A5. All photos by Jeff Bayer. Holiday Lights Contest Shines in 2020! Continues on page A20 Residents safely enjoy weekly fellowship and fun via Zoom. Photo by Jeff Bayer.