The Villages - April 2018 - 2

CheCking in

By Rica Lewis

Behind the Scenes and Beyond
We see the garden; they till the soil.
It takes a village to keep The Villages blossoming and flourishing. Thanks to
so many clubs, volunteers and employees, the community is visually stunning
and socially engaged. This month, we're highlighting those special people
whose behind-the-scenes efforts contribute to the landscape, entertainment
and well-being of The Villages. Read all about their contributions to the
community in this exciting issue.
And speaking of contributions, our volunteer feature follows a friendly
clan of canine handlers. The Dynamic Dog Club has around 100 therapy
teams whose passion lies in comforting dementia care residents and assisting
struggling students via volunteer programs. Therapy dog handlers know that
petting a dog can release beneficial hormones such as dopamine, oxytocin
and endorphins. These hormones boost our moods and help us with mild
depression, anxiety and similar issues. Check out the full story and learn how
wagging tales are warming hearts in the area. "People trust dogs because they
don't want anything other than to love us and make us happy," club member
Peggy Lewis said.
But humans and canines don't get all the kudos this month. We're also
featuring ponies, riders and the club that supports their popular horseplay -
The Villages Polo Booster Club. If you're not a polo fan, now is the time to get to
know this ancient sport. Deemed the game of kings, polo was a royal tradition,
attracting the rich and famous to its ranks. Today it is an international sport,
with 84 countries in play and fans of all ages and classes.
"It's a fascinating, fast-paced team sport that will capture your attention and
occasionally leave you breathless," club President Bea Hester said. "There's no
sport like polo."
Aside from enriching the game for fans, the Polo Booster Club hosts
fundraisers and auctions for The Villages Polo Players Fund - a vital resource
for players, groomers and ponies.
"Our goal is to contribute as much as we can so the funds are there when
they're needed," Hester said.
This month we also had the privilege of telling Bob Frister's story. After
selling his guitar and trumpet to pay for flying lessons, Frister earned his wings
at age 17 - without his parents' knowledge. Find out how pursuing his passion
inspired the whole family.
As always, it has been a pleasure watching the community work, play and
selflessly give to various causes. Here's to another month of caring and making
connections.
Happy April!

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