Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club Senior Games a Huge Success Again This Year

This article first appeared on April 15, 2013 in The Villages Daily Sun

SPRUCE CREEK GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

Written by: Mary Chartier

           

Spruce Creek Senior Games for Charity co-coordinators Richard Decker and Kim Osburn
2013 Spruce Creek Senior Games for Charity co-coordinators Richard Decker and Kim Osburn 

 “I understand that the games were a huge success again this year,” General Manager Sean Casey said during his opening remarks at the closing ceremonies of the 2013 Spruce Creek Senior Games for Charity.

“It is amazing the athletic ability of this community and all of the intelligence in the spelling bees, and all of the games, it is just amazing,” Sean continued.

This was the overwhelming sentiment as all those intimately involved in this year’s games – organizers, participants, and spectators.

President Bob Carter announced that there were 964 participants, 66 different games, and 56 different categories for this year’s games.

Bob went on to tell everyone about two residents who participated in what he thought was an amazingly large number of games.

“These two individuals are probably going to take a few weeks off because Jim Brush participated in 19 events, and Judy Turco 17,” Bob said with admiration.

Closing ceremonies coordinator Karen Kelley spent her time at the podium recognizing all the wonderful volunteers, participants, and spectators who played an important role in the success of the games, asking them to stand and be recognized.

“Most of the participants were just happy to be a part of the fun activity, they got to meet new friends, maybe win a medal, laugh a lot, maybe try a new game – but you were all willing to participate, and we thank you for that,” Karen said.

Karen introduced co-coordinators, resident Richard Decker and membership services director Kim Osburn to thunderous cheers and applause from the audience.

After presenting both with tokens of appreciation, Karen went on to say a few words and read a poem about Richard’s dedication to volunteerism.

“So, thank you for being a volunteer, we are privileged to work with you,” Karen continued.

“We want you to know how appreciated you are, not just today, but the whole year through,” she said.

Karen then invited Kim and Richard to say a few words.

Kim started her remarks thanking everyone who played a role in the games and at the same time playing tribute to the community as a whole.

“You made this 40 year-old something looking forward to getting a year older.  It doesn’t bother me.  It’s just a number,” Kim said.

“That number means nothing because when I see the activities and incredible smiles and the friendship that goes on here, I think, what’s a number, truly, what is in a number?” she continued.

When it was time for Richard to come to the microphone he called all the game captains, to the front of the room, to be recognized.

“These captains are the glue; I show up, they do the job,” he said.

Richard also took the opportunity to share with everyone some words that have been attributed to his co-coordinator Kim.

“Outstanding person, contributor, good overseer, good photographer, time giver, planner, great leader, tireless with long hours, positive influence, she is great to all of you, she knows all your names,” Richard said.

After an afternoon of watching a wonderful slide presentation of the games, a tasty pizza lunch, many heartfelt thank-you speeches a fun trivia game, it was time to present checks to the two charities chosen to be the beneficiaries of this year’s games.

Diane Schofield was on hand to accept a check for $5,000 for Hands of Mercy Everywhere of Belleview, a Christian home that addresses the needs of teenage mothers and their children.

“I couldn’t do without ya’lls help,” Diane said to the audience.

“All you contributions are very helpful.  Thank you so much!” Diane continued.

Habitat for Humanity’s CFO Dave Layman received a check for $2,500 on behalf of the group’s Project Patriot which focuses on the housing needs of Marion County veterans.

“We sure do appreciate this,” Dave said.

“This will go a long way to helping those who defended and protected our country, and we’re so proud of that.  So, thank you very much,” Dave continued.

At the end of ceremonies, my husband Randy, who kindly covered the event while I was traveling, caught up with Diane and Dave and asked if they would say a few additional words.

“The girls we help range in age from 13-18 years old.  We are always in need of paper goods, diapers, bottles; it never ends,” Diane said.

“I think it is absolutely awesome.  It is amazing what kind of fun retirees are having down here and the good things they do with that fun,” Dave replied.

Club activities and events are for Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club residents.

Mary Chartier is a resident of Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club. 

Picture taken by: Randy Chartier

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A Home for a Hero in Northlake Park

488336_611226992237949_126777786_n Northlake Park, a community managed by Leland Management located in Orlando is the future location of a new home for Army Spc. Robert “BJ” Jackson.  The groundbreaking ceremony, which  took place on April 2nd was a special moment for the community of NorthLake Park.   This story, as was reported on Fox News is remarkable.

As Reported on Fox News:  

For Army Spc. Robert “BJ” Jackson, Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony wasn’t just about his future home. It was about giving back to the community.
Jackson lost his legs in Iraq in 2003 after his Humvee ran over a roadside bomb in Baghdad.

“When I woke up, all I could remember was calling out for my wife and daughters,” he said.

He never took the time to grieve. Instead, he immediately began searching for ways to help others in his position. He went on to become a motivational speaker to veterans around the country. He also joined Building Homes for Heroes and helped President Andy Pujol build home after home, year after year — and never asking for help.

“The best part for myself and my family is educating children that there are service members that are coming home different, but that’s OK,” Jackson said.

“BJ is really an exception to the rule. The first soldier I met that returned home from Iraq was BJ Jackson,” Pujol said. “He looked me in the eye and he said, ‘I’d prefer to help other soldiers.’ ”
That is, until the bills piled up, and Jackson’s health took a downturn the past couple of years.

He now uses prosthetics to get around. But the secondary effects linger, and brain injuries caused by his accident have started to interfere with his life.

“It kind of opened my eyes that this is an ongoing thing I am going to have to deal with this the rest of my life,” Jackson said.

Now, the organization he helped for years is building him a home.

But in typical Jackson stride, he said he will be helping to build it along the way. So will his wife and six kids.

Leland Management’s Rebecca Furlow – A Woman Who Means Business

Leland Management is pleased to announce that our President, Rebecca Furlow, has been selected as one of eight honorees in the Business Owner category for the Orlando Business Journal’s 15th Annual Women Who Mean Business awards.

To those who know Rebecca, it does not come as a surprise that she is being honored.  Throughout her career, Rebecca has excelled in business, starting Leland Management over 15 years ago, growing it to over 350 employees and serving more than 100,000 homeowners throughout Florida.  She is a pioneer in her profession, as well as an advocate for the Community Association Management industry.  She is actively involved in implementing and maintaining high standards of professionalism for Community Association Managers both in Leland Management and throughout the state of Florida.

Rebecca has developed an excellent reputation for Leland Management based on honesty, respect, trust, and customer service.  She takes an active role in all aspects of the company and leads by example.  Please join us in congratulating Rebecca on receiving this honor.

Leland Management is an Association Management firm serving over 350 community associations throughout Florida.  With offices located in Orlando, Rockledge, Satellite Beach,  Ocala, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Flagler/Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Clearwater and Tampa.  Leland Management is a family owned company with all of the resources of a large Association Management firm but with the focus and personal customer service of a family owned business.  For more information on Leland Management please visit them online at www.lelandmanagement.com.

 

Leland Management President Rebecca Furlow- A Woman Who Means Business

 

Leland Management is pleased to announce that our President, Rebecca Furlow, has been selected as one of eight honorees in the Business Owner category for the Orlando Business Journal’s 15th Annual Women Who Mean Business awards.

To those who know Rebecca, it does not come as a surprise that she is being honored.  Throughout her career, Rebecca has exceled in business, starting Leland Management over 15 years ago, growing it to over 350 employees and serving more than 100,000 homeowners throughout Florida.  She is a pioneer in her profession, as well as an advocate for the Community Association Management industry.  She is actively involved in implementing and maintaining high standards of professionalism for Community Association Managers both in Leland Management and throughout the state of Florida.

Rebecca has developed an excellent reputation for Leland Management based on honesty, respect, trust, and customer service.  She takes an active role in all aspects of the company and leads by example.  Please join us in congratulating Rebecca on receiving this honor.

Leland Management is an Association Management firm serving over 350 community associations throughout Florida.  With offices located in Orlando, Rockledge, Satellite Beach,  Ocala, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Flagler/Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Clearwater and Tampa.  Leland Management is a family owned company with all of the resources of a large Association Management firm but with the focus and personal customer service of a family owned business.  For more information on Leland Management please visit them online at www.lelandmanagement.com.