On November 7th at the Lely Players Club, 71 of our members came together for a Caribbean themed Gala event which included dinner, dancing, and raffles. This New Member/Welcome Back dinner was the first major club event in almost two years. It was also the first combined event, as we welcomed 14 new members, 5 who joined us that evening. Our new members are:
Chris and Anna Hutchings
Jean and Jenny Henzel
Jan and Larry Gates
Dave and Jackie Cox
Jim Barker and Kelly Rogers
Dave Hodgkinson and Maureen Camera
Robert and Jean Taylor
We also welcome back John and Mary Moyer, as they have rejoined the club.
First Mate Margi White and her social committee, Bonnie Pilat and Nancy Taylor, worked very hard to make this a special and memorable event. Thanks to the Pilats (Stan and Bonnie) who own a home at Lely, there was no rental fee for the facility. Bonnie is a very talented artist who made all of the favors and decorations, including a spectacular tropical flower arrangement on the buffet table and pineapple beach goers arrangement on display. The centerpieces were her creation with tiki vases and flowers. The message in a bottle at each place setting would determine the winner of each centerpiece. A message with the mermaid on it designated the lucky winners. We danced to a great mix of oldies and Caribbean music played by DJ Jay. Lely staff was most accommodating and there were many compliments on the food and service.
Congratulations to Linda Sandlin, winner of the grand prize raffle.
At our Annual Business Meeting held at this event, Charlie Erker was elected as our next Rear Commodore and Stan Pilat, Paul Schneeberger, John Taylor and Dave Cox were elected to Director’s positions for 2023 and 2024