Unit 12 Pizza Party
In February Unit 12 had a pizza party with 55 members attending. This is the evening where we discuss the activities for the winter as well as enjoying a casual meal. In addition to this we have had a planning meeting each month to put our projects into action. To date we have had luncheons at Vivace’s and Torino’s restaurants, a happy hour each month, a successful progressive dinner planned by Karen Lippe and our famous or infamous Kentucky Derby party. And the winners were—American Pharaoh, Firing Line and Dortmund in that order. Thanks go to Elaine Ackerman and Donna Gruninger for hosting the party. The food was great and we all had good fun gambling on the winner. The last event on our bucket list for this spring was the brunch hosted by Mike and Chris Havnaer on behalf of the Tri-Community Food Bank. They have been hosting this event for 14 years and do a great job. We were able to collect $1,805.00 for the food bank. Thanks to all the members who participated and made this a great success.
Our members have kept busy this winter with their favorite activities. One of the members is in the Hiking Club and has discovered the natural wonders of southern Arizona including Oracle State Park, Catalina State Park, Sweetwater Park and many others too numerous to mention. Others belong to the Putters Club, play tennis, softball and, of course, golf. Some of the members (shown in the accompanying photo) attend the weekly Trivial Pursuit game to test their memory and keep their brain active. Lee Smitley, our eldest member at 92 years and his wife B.J. were regular attendees at the trivia games. I am sorry to say that Lee passed away on March 21. He is missed by all who knew him.
Approximately 60 residents enjoyed a delightful summer evening. Beautiful weather made the fun get-together a perfect evening for neighborly conversation and a wonderful buffet. People walked and came in golf carts carrying chairs and lots of goodies for the buffet tables. Everyone was enthusiastic and excited to see each other, meet new neighbors and, of course, to sample all the food!
On May 5, seventy-three Unit 21 neighbors gathered in the back yard of Al and Midge Mollenkopf to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Dede Crowder cleverly planned the event, arranging a delicious catered Mexican dinner, a piñata bashing and a blow-up saguaro ring toss game. She and her husband Doug (shown) also set up a photo opportunity so all the señors and señoras in attendance could have their pictures taken for posterity. Cervesas and margaritas flowed freely and everyone had un tiempo muy feliz!