The Villages - July 2021 - 2

CHECKING IN
BY RICA KEENUM
Community Clubs & Cycling Fun
Sharing the lifestyle through club socialization is one of the many rewarding
aspects of being a Villager. Residents connect, celebrate retirement, improve a skill
or hobby, gain support and make friends. With clubs for gardening, genealogy,
geocaching, holistic health, comedy, music, sports and everything under the Florida
sun, sampling the options can take a while.
As president of The Baby Boomers club, Harry Lumpkin enjoys the camaraderie
of residents born in the post-World War II era. The club boasts hundreds of members
who meet regularly at La Hacienda Recreation Center.
Members of the Asian American Club exist to promote cultural interchange
between Asia and America, says president Bob Trask. Meetings have evolved to
include more activities and educational offerings.
" At our largest turning point five years ago, the meeting changed from
general topics i.e. travel lectures, some dances, and general discussions to a more
specialized presentation, " he said. " We focused on the culture of specific countries
at each meeting. "
As for The Villages Light-Saber Club, they like to gear up and swing colorful
tubular swords at their friends. " Who among us as children has not practiced fake
sword bouts, like the things we used to see in the movies? " asked lead rep Mark
Ackerle. " This sport is a modern-day, fast, safe, realistic version, engendering the
same emotion we got as children. " With safety equipment, basic rules, referees
and a mission to enjoy their battles, the group meets to practice drills and lightbouting
exercises.
See the stunning photos of them in action, and check out the rest of
the clubs we've featured in this issue. They represent just a few of the
extraordinary groups that gather to learn, play, grow and stay active together.
What's new in recreation? You'll find out in this issue. It takes a dedicated
team to maintain the aesthetics, equipment and innovations at the 101 recreation
facilities in The Villages. " Everything from paint to carpeting, new lighting, and
a laundry list of improvements - there's no start or end to the ongoing work of
improving the equipment, technology and whatever it takes to better serve our
community, " said John Rohan, director of The Villages Recreation and Parks
Department. " Our goal is to keep things looking beautiful today, tomorrow and in the
future. " See what's coming soon, including the much-anticipated First Responders
Recreation Center, dedicated and themed in honor of first responders, including
firefighters, paramedics and EMTs.
Plus, Vince Marchello and Dick Bright recall their decades-long careers with
technology giant IBM, and Jim Davison shares his 1973 Ford Bronco - something
he has wanted all his life. The Village of Lynnhaven resident finally got to see his
dream become reality earlier this year. " It was exciting, " he said. " Just being at the
auction was on my bucket list, but to actually bid on a vehicle? I never thought I'd
ever do anything like that. "
Read his story and see how the dream model is making him new friends at area
car shows and more.
See more great community stories inside. Grab a cold beverage
and a lounge chair and enjoy!
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