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SPRING & SUMMER 2017      
Photo by Celise McLaughlin

"....Some of life's best memories are made in flip flops.”
- Kellie Elmore


Tradition Community Newsletter is published by and for
the Homeowners of the Tradition Community
Editor: Celise McLaughlin

The printed edition will be
delivered to your mailbox by April 1.
Published by Plantation Printing
Advertisers: contact Bill Renault

April & November
Deadline to submit articles for the next edition
(Fall & Winter 2017-2018) will be October 25th.

For past newsletters visit the Newsletter Archives Link at:

President Frank D'Amato 843-235-8885
Clubhouse Paul Hayes 843-237-3832
Covenants Jeanette Renault 843-235-3566
ARB Vince Civitarese 843-237-3568
Grounds Alex Herndon 843-241-3287 (Emergencies Only)
Vince Franco - Web Site Manager 843-237-9190

Board of Directors
Frank D'Amato, President 843-235-8885
Dick Baughman, Vice President 843-655-0327
John Bartha, Secretary 843-235-9998
Brian Kramer, Treasurer 843-235-0805
Debbie Moeller, Director 843-808-8181
Board Meetings Fourth Thursday
3:00 p.m. Resident's club house
(subject to change)
All board meetings are open to the community

Alligators Page 6
Architecture Review Board Page 3
Bridge (Ladies) Page 14
Canasta Page 14
Christmas Caroling Page 5
Covenants Page 3
Directory Updates Page 16
Food For Thought Page 11
From The Editor Page 13
Garage Sale Page 15
Gold Tees Page 10
Healthcare Forum Page 15
Ladies 18 Hole Golf League Page 9
Ladies 9 Hole Golf Page 7
Litchfield Beautification Page 5
Litchfield By the Sea Page 4
Men's Golf Club Page 8
Mexican Train Page 16
President's Corner Page 2
Tennis Page 14
Travel Page 12
Volunteers Page 6
Water Aerobics Page 14
Winey Wednesday Page 14

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Annual Meeting:
I want to thank all those who attended the Annual Home Owners meeting in February. Those of you who did not attend missed a great deal of information covering the high cost of maintenance during 2016 and the reasoning behind increasing the dues by $6.00.

The Board of Directors:
I want to thank Merry Cotton, who retired from the board, after serving 9 years to the community. Her service is greatly appreciated and she will be missed.

I also want to congratulate Debbie Moeller on her election to the Tradition Board. Debbie has an excellent background and she will be a great asset to the board and community.

Once again the Tradition Board of Directors has elected me as your president. Not sure if I should thank them.

Over the past 20 plus years the good people of the Tradition have always abided by the covenants of the community. When the occasional issue arose that was considered detrimental to our community, the Covenants Committee, the ARB, or the Board of Directors would contact the homeowner and the issue was always corrected with little or no resistance.

We have now come to a point in time when new residents feel that they have their own ideas as to what is acceptable and what is not. Some homeowners are challenging us and even contacting attorneys. I assure you that we will use Tradition attorneys when we feel a violation is detrimental to the community and our home values.

We are just getting started on spring landscaping. The pine straw and mulch has been completed. The berm along Willbrook Boulevard has been cleared of bushes, trees and vines and replaced with new and manageable shrubs. Additional shrubs have been placed at the front and back entrances.

The next step is to start up the irrigation systems and see where additional sprinklers might be needed. We will also replace some of the sod and improve areas where grass is impossible to grow.

If you have a Street light issue please write down the poll number and call Santee Cooper.

There is no seal coating scheduled for 2017.

Pool House:
Lately we have run into a variety of maintenance issues in the Pool House Kitchen. We have just repaired the cabinet icemaker and added a new icemaker to the refrigerator freezer.

The lower wall oven was repaired. People are placing heavy items or leaning on the bottom wall oven door. This has resulted in the need to replace the hinges. The door switch has been broken and cannot be fixed. This means there is no oven light and you cannot use the automatic oven cleaner on the bottom wall oven.

Renters are not cleaning properly after use and it appears people just do not treat the kitchen like they would their own. I remind you this is your kitchen and repairs are paid by you through your dues.

Make sure we have your e-mail addresses so that the BOD can communicate with you. Contact a board member or Vince Franco ( to add your e-mail. When I broadcast e-mails through quality kid, please do not respond to Vince, as he cannot answer your questions. Your feedback must come to me. I will add my e-mail address to the broadcast or you can find my e-mail address in our phone directory.

The board schedule and the monthly board minutes and financial summary are available on the web site. The minutes are always behind as we must approve minutes at the following month’s meeting.

Please call any board member or me if you see a problem in the community. For association emergencies you may call Alex Herndon, our buildings and grounds manager, at 843-241-3287. Please identify yourself.

Thanks, have a great spring and summer.
Frank D’Amato
Cell #843-446-6875
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Willbrook Blvd on Flag Day June 14, 2016
COVENANTS- By Jeanette Renault

It’s Spring Clean Up time

For help, we suggest using our Vendors List for your projects. We make every effort to keep our list up to date & use companies recommended by residents. If you experience any problems with the list, please let us know.

Vendor List Link here

Irrigation systems in good working order will help prevent rust and mildew problems which are ongoing during the watering season. Another item is the mailbox. Its wooden assembly paint is available at Sherwin Williams in Murrells Inlet. Formula: B1 3/32 1/64 Y3 8/32 1/64 R2 1/128.

A word about garages:
Our Covenants declare garage doors must be kept closed when not in use.

Driving through our community we see many cars parked in the driveway. The garage may be used to store miscellaneous items leaving no room for cars. When the doors are open, this presents an unsightly look for the community.

Some garages are used for work. A closed door will spare your neighbors from noise and an unsightly opened door. A word of caution: At this time of year snakes become active. Open garages invite snakes to enter. Two residents have removed a snake from inside the house.

Too many residents are ignoring the posted speed limits in the community and around.

Be courteous of your neighbors PLEASE!
Willbrook Blvd and Kings River Rd outside Tradition are 35 mph.
By Vince Civitarese, Chairman

Hello to All,

Here it is spring again. Everyone is getting started early this year. It is still just the first part of March and everything is growing. Last night we had a frost. Just hang on a little longer.

I have just a couple of things to bring up in the newsletter. The first is we have had several people ask about, and in some cases have already done it, cleaning the property in the rear of there homes. If you are on a golf course lot please remember you only own to the edge of your property. If there is an area that the golf course owns you cannot clear or clean the area. You must have permission to enter the land and to clear brush. You have to ask the golf course management to do that. We have found them to be very co-operative with home owners. Please ask first.

The second question asked of us has been about the cleaning of brush in the wetlands or preserves of The Tradition. The ARB is working with the Tradition Board of Directors to get guidance on this issue. This may take some time so please be patient and do not try to do anything until we can get some answers.

One other thing, if you have tried to call a ARB member and have not received a return call within a day or so, please try another member. There may be a chance the member you called is out of town. ARB members are: John McLaughlin, John Plesha, Bill Cotton, Francis Moeller and myself.

Thanks much for you help in these matters and please have a safe and warm spring and summer.



Tree Removal 82 Install Awning 2
Roof Replacements 18 Major Landscape Changes 2
Build Deck/Patio/Walks 5 Add LP Tank 1
Enclose Screen Porch 4 Replace Gutters 1
Replace Windows 4 Build addition (Carolina Room) 1
Install Screening 4 Replace porch railing 1
Paint Door/Shutters 3 Replace damaged siding/brick 1
Recoat/Seal Driveway 3 Replace front porch tile 1
Replace Door(s) 3 Paint Stucco 1
Replace Driveway 3 Total Permits Issued 141
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By Bill McElroy, President
(Memorial Day Weekend at LBTS 2016 - Photo By Celise McLaughlin)
This has been a very busy fall and winter at Litchfield by the Sea (LBTS). With the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and the narrow winter window for doing major projects before the start of the busy season, this is the perfect time of year to get things done! The LBTS Swimming Pool located within the River Club gate was replastered and LED lights and variable speed motors were installed for energy savings. As always, I want to remind Tradition residents that they can also use the River Club pool at any time because you are members of LBTS.

The Georgetown County Storm Water Division is completing the $1,000,000 plus improvements to the intake and out-take at Osprey Lake which is the location where a very large watershed empties into the marsh. The County has paid for this project with the exception of replacing existing pipes which LBTS owns on both the input and output sides. This helps control the lake level whereas the County’s project will handle excess water shed input without us having to lower the lake level during extreme rain events.

The second phase of the tennis courts will be complete around Easter and will make all six courts up to the standards we all want. A second court will be striped for “pickle ball.”

The second phase of “Overflow Parking” on the green space next to the tennis courts is underway as I write this article. It will be built to the same standards as the one we built last year. The funds for this work are from the settlement when The Litchfield Development Company turned over excess property to various associations. We were in the process of enhancement at the time and the agreement was that their settlement monies would be restricted to solving parking problems during Peak Season.
  The bike and walking paths are being resurfaced and that project should be completed by early March.

As you have noticed by now, the development of the old structures at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort are being demolished according to their plans seven years ago when all members of LBTS voted to approve the redevelopment of that property to include retail and 100 condo units in exchange for a total of 1½ Million dollars to the reserve fund when the project is complete.

There is no timetable on this, but we will keep you posted as soon as we are aware of their progress. To help alleviate traffic at the front gate during peak times, LBTS is working on methods to lower the demand on the main gate during the busy summer season. Realtors are using the “scanned passes” now and they are directing all traffic to initially enter the Beach Campus via the “South Gate” formerly known as the Owners gate. We will keep you posted on this and other plans to improve our traffic and security plans.

The bar code and scanned pass process is complete and is working well. However, we have a group of four young people trespassing at Litchfield by the Sea, entering the property via a golf cart at various places around the property but not at the front gate. The Georgetown County Sherriff’s office has been engaged to assist us and we intend to prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent of the law. Our own Security Staff are monitoring the situation very closely and calling the appropriate law enforcement officers when these breaches are discovered. LBTS takes these issues very seriously. We will be reviewing the various areas where we believe these young people are entering the property with their golf carts and installing fencing or other deterrents to prevent unauthorized entrance.

We also ask for your help in letting us know about any problems you are aware of and to help spread the word that LBTS will not tolerate trespassing and use of LBTS amenities by folks who are not members of Litchfield by the Sea. We need to protect and preserve the LBTS assets for those who help pay for them.

Thank you for your patience and support his fall, winter, and spring. Everything should be back to normal by Memorial Day. And thank you for allowing me to serve you as President of LBTS.
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By Kathy MacSorley
Many of you have heard my remarks at the annual meeting and know the work of Litchfield Beautification Foundation, but if you are not familiar with our organization a quick snapshot would be:

We keep Litchfield beautiful by maintaining the medians and shoulders on highway 17 through Litchfield
planted, mowed, in bloom and trash free!

Of course, there is more to it than that. Careful monitoring for diseased plants, replacing plants that get in the way of cars, and getting the grass to grow in some difficult situations without an irrigation system are everyday challenges that Waccamaw Landscaping takes on to get the results we want to maintain our unique visual identity. It is totally worth it!

I’m thankful and happy to tell you that our very popular flag project along the highway median on patriotic holidays has been financially sponsored for all of the 7 holidays in 2017. Three of those days are thanks to Tradition residents, the Winey Wednesday Ladies, Joan & Ed Sheldon and Linda and Olin Warren. There will be signs up at the Willbrook intersection acknowledging each sponsor on their day.

In addition to our flag sponsors, Tradition residents account for 6 of the 13 member board positions on the LBF. So, I am clearly preaching to the choir here.

If you’re not in the choir, check out our web site, or just Google Litchfield Beautification; that will do it!

Find out all about us and join your community in supporting a really beautiful place to live, both inside the gates and outside.

Have a great summer!
by Committee Chair, Susan Akers

On December 9, neighbors gathered at the pool house for the 2nd annual caroling party. What a festive way to spend time with our neighbors and get into the holiday spirit. While the weather outside was frightful, inside it was delightful for the eighty neighbors in attendance.

Dr. Jill Trinka, a tradition resident, took time away from her end-of-semester obligations at Coastal Carolina University to accompany and lead our singing efforts. The tradition community has some beautiful voices!

Gourmet hot dogs, grilled to perfection by John Melzer, apple cider and a few side dishes were provided to nourish all carolers. Neighbors brought many unwrapped toys that were generously donated to Toys for Tots and the leftover food was taken to the Midway Fire Department.

One couple commented, "This was our first time and we are now sorry that we missed it last year. We came from a large neighborhood where people only stayed within their friend group. This was a marvelous evening.”

Thank you to the Tradition POA for hosting this event and a big thank you to the caroling committee: Vince Franco, Greg Akers, Mary Grace Robic, Marty Robic, Mary Ellen Campbell and Patti Horak. Hope to see you next year.
Photos courtesy of Monique Philips
Atalaya 2016 Holiday Event-December 3, 2016 - CONGRATULATIONS!
For the third time, Barbara Bartha was the recipient of the Atalaya Award of Excellence for her design and presentation of an historically accurate depiction of one of the rooms in Atalaya for the Holiday Festival on December 3, 2016 event. For Barbara, this “Labor of Love” was Standing Room Only for most of the day.
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By Dan Laudone

This is the 8 foot alligator that was removed from our back yard on Monday November 28th. This alligator had young ones back in the summer and we allowed it to stay thinking that she would leave, however on Black Friday we felt it was dangerously close to the house. We had 2 young grandsons age 6 and 2 playing in the yard when we again spotted the alligator.

It was frightening for us so we contacted the authorities to help. I am sharing this story with the community so that other Tradition residents know they have recourse for eliminating an alligator who becomes a constant threat to your life, your children's lives or the lives of your pets.

Contact DNR (Department of Natural Resources) (843) 546-8119 (in Georgetown) and tell them you have a nuisance alligator on or near your property and for safety reasons you need the alligator removed. DNR will contact local resource biologists in Georgetown who will authorize a local exterminator to perform the extraction and euthanize.

A call to DNR was made on the Friday after Thanksgiving and within a very short period of time Carolina Exterminators were at our home. The 2 people in the photo (above) are Rachel Lankford-owner and James Constanza. James is a full time fireman here in Pawleys who works with Rachel part time.

They set a snare trap and on Monday the alligator was captured. The alligator, unfortunately will be euthanized because it is DNR policy not to move the problem somewhere else.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Dan Laudone.

Jefferson Award Winner
Sally Russell, Smith Medical Clinic

Reprinted from Matt Barbour article Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Jefferson Award is given to people across the country for their outstanding dedication to public service. ABC 15 News, Elliot Realty, and NBSC present our latest winner, Sally Russell.

For the past 10 years, Tradition resident, Sally Russell, has volunteered her time as a triage nurse at the Smith Medical Clinic in Pawleys Island. The center provides free care to 2,000 people every year.

"When the call comes, she doesn't run away from it, she runs for it," says Bob Sanders, who nominated Russell. "She's mad at me for nominating her. But if anybody is deserving, she certainly is deserving," said Sanders.

Bob Sanders says his girlfriend, Sally, is the most selfless person he knows. "I'm a lucky man because she cares for other people," said Sanders.

Russell helps patients get glasses through the Lions Club and spent 25 years volunteering with the American Red Cross, part of that time as a supervisor. She assisted victim's families at The Pentagon after 9/11 and helped in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

"If I can give anything to anyone that is going through a disaster one moment, or one hour, or one day where they don't have to worry, that they know that someone is out there to help them, then that's my goal," said Russell.

And in the midst of fighting for others, she is now fighting for herself. "Less than one percent of breast cancers is the type that she has," said Sanders. "They diagnosed me with breast cancer about four months ago. And that's just something I'll get through and getting through it, I'll still be helping others. There's no reason for me not to do that. As long as I can. And I guess if I needed help, they'd all be there. I know they would," said Russell.

Never slowing down. Never giving up. Putting others first. That's why Sally Russell is our Jefferson Award Winner.

"She's always been a hero to me," said Sanders.


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On November 15, Tradition Ladies Nine Hole Golf Association in combination with the Ladies 18 Hole League held a Sadie Hawkins Tournament benefiting the South Carolina ALS Chapter in Columbia. This tournament was held in honor of Faye Britsch, a member of the Ladies Nine Hole League.

Winners in the two Flights were:
18 Hole Flight
First Place: Ellen Spataro, Bob Zuercher, Sandi Bunce, Bob Keller
Second Place: Cindy Greenwald, Patrick Tole, Dee Ely, Rich McKay
Third Place: Bobbie Fleiss, Dick Baughman, Janet Ransom, Rich Deruiter

9 Hole Flight
First Place: Ann Carline, Al Britsch, Faye Britsch and Al Carline
Second Place: Pat Shriver, John Melzer, Kathy Lenoue and Dave Phillips
Third Place: Dot Ellison, Ernie Heilberg, Dot Franco and Bill Kendall

Closest to Pin:
Lewis Bowers, Bob Zuercher, Amy Monaghan, Joan Sheldon
Closest to the Pin Second Shot: Rich McKay, Pat Kemper
Longest Putt: Bob Keller, Anne Brown

Faye Britsch 11/15/17

  Thank You to the tournament chairperson, Suzanne Edone, her committee, all the area businesses and the members of the Tradition Community for their support in helping to make this tournament a success.

Due to the generosity of the community with Gifts, Raffles, Hole Sponsorships and Auction, we raised $5,400 for ALS. This was sent to the SC Chapter of ALS in Faye’s name. Faye will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

December 27, 2016 “Sand Shots”: Deana Smith-4, Donna Scott-3, Jeanette Renault-2, MaryLou Goodell-1, Linda Mitchell-1 and Janette Mitchell-0.
January 17, 2017 “Four Clubs” 1st-Patti Burghardt, 2nd-Linda Mitchell,
3rd-Betty Ruff and 4th-Ellen Spataro.
February 14, 2017 “Tee to Green” 1st Front-Ellen Spataro, 2nd-Pat McCarthy
1st Back-Donna Scott, 2nd-Patti Burghardt

The Awards/Christmas Banquet was held at Kimbells at Wachesaw. A beautiful day, great food and wonderful fellowship was enjoyed by all. Golf pins were given to those who had pars, chip-ins and birdies during the year. Everyone was given a multipurpose pen and small notepad as a gift. Awards: Most Improved: MaryLou Goodell, Low Gross: Lee Wilson, Low Putts: Janette Mitchell, Ringer Board: Linda Mitchell

Birthday Breakfasts were held on November 1st, and February 28th to celebrate birthdays for October through March. Fellowship and a beautiful morning in February was experienced by all present.

WELCOME to our new members: Patti Burghardt and Marsha DeFlumeri.

Thank you to all who make our organization so great!

Happy Spring Everyone!!

Nine Hole Ladies Christmas Banquet and Awards Luncheon

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THE MEN'S CLUB - By Bill Renault, Secretary

While there was not much tournament action since our last newsletter (mid-November), there was plenty of activity. Beginning with the annual “Steve Kronski Memorial Shootout which is always played on the Sunday following Thanksgiving and is dedicated to the memory of Steve our past club president.

We once again had cool and sunny weather as 10 two man teams teed off hoping not to be the first team eliminated. That “honor” went to yours truly and partner Dan Molloy. As the field thinned out only the teams of Craig Monaghan and Ron Eaglin and Bob Zuercher and Marion Culpepper were left standing on the 9th tee.

Both teams managed to save par highlighted by Culpepper’s pitch to inches from the cup. With daylight closing fast, it was agreed to have a “Pitch Off” from a 41 yard marker to see who could come closest to the hole.

Once again, Culpepper the “senior" player in the field was the hero pitching to six feet six inches from the hole and claiming the championship. It was quite a day followed by a pizza dinner in the clubhouse for the players and spectators.

The “Ringer” Tournament a two round contest is usually played in December and closes out the tournament schedule for the year. This time because of bad weather it took almost a month to complete round two. A “Flighted tournament, it saw Dan Molloy finish with net 59 followed by Craig Monaghan with 62 and Harry Stewart in a match of cards over Dick Pacella with 63. The B flight winner was Frank Gambeski in a match of cards over Paul Lempert with a 63 followed by Phil Fleiss 64 and Jim Spataro 65.


Because of the popularity of the Ringer, Tournament Chairman Tom Strasser added a “Two Man Ringer” to the schedule which was played March 6th and 13th. Dave Philips and Al Britsch held off the field and finished with a Net 54. They were followed by Patrick Tole & Dick Baughman with 55, John McLaughlin & George Gableman 56 and Paul Hayes & Tim Mandroc 57.

December was also the date of the Men’s Club annual Christmas party and dance. Always fun with good food (catered by Inlet Affairs) and great entertainment arranged by Dale Guzlas and Ed Sheldon it also saw Dale honored for all his “Behind The Scenes” contributions to the club by club president John McLaughlin.

Craig Monaghan closed out 2016 with his 4th career “Hole In One”. It happened on December 20th on the 145 yard # 5 hole. Craig used his 4 iron to fade his ball left to right and watch it bounce on and roll in. Witnessing the shot were playing partners Jim Spataro, Jeff Sturm and Phil Fleiss.

Not to be outdone, Harry Stewart who turned 76 in January, shot his age with a 75 on February 19th. The highlight of Harry’s round was a chip in from off the green on hole # 18 to finish the round. Playing with the Sunday Morning couples group Harry was accompanied by wife Joanne, Donna Culver and Dennis Murphy.

Looking ahead, The “Memorial Masters “ tournament will be played March 27th and April 3rd followed by “The President’s Cup May 1st and 8th.

Our club is growing with new members. The condition of our course and varied tournaments and weekly play is attracting better players who also appreciate the social opportunities. We welcome you and look forward to playing with you.
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The ladies celebrated a winning year by enjoying each others’ company at Caffé Piccolo.

Awards Banquet at Caffe Piccolo

The TLGA Award winners were:
Low Gross Red Tees - Joan Sheldon
Low Net Red Tees - Joan Sheldon
Low Gross Blue Tees - Maureen Lempert
Low Net Blue Tees - Suzanne Strasser
Player of the Year - Maureen Lempert
Most Improved - Judy Gambeski

Milestone Awards 2016:
Broke 100
(Blue Tees)
Linda Breznicky
Bernadette Wright
Judy Gambeski
(Red Tees)
Janet Ransom

Broke 90
(Blue Tees)
Daune Barksdale
Suzanne Strasser
(Red Tees)
Nancy Higgins
Bev Keyes

Our assistant pro Kurtis, his wife Ashley, and new baby boy, Hudson, came to party with the TLGA ladies. We had a great day enjoying the next new golfer. May his future be very bright.

Ringer Tournament for two weeks, 4/13 and 4/20
Member Guess tournament on 5/10 & 5/11
Member Member tournament on 6/22
Community event July 4th
President’s Cup 9/19 & 9/21

Tournament Winners Daune & Larry Barksdale
The Guys & Dolls tournament was held on March 2nd. It was a two person Captains’ choice event.
The tournament winners were:
1st Daune & Larry Barksdale (60)
2nd: Joan & Ed Sheldon (63)
3rd:Maureen & Paul Lempert (64) MOC
4th: Bobbie Fleiss & Dick Baughman (64) MOC
5th: Carolyn & Dick Pacella (65) MOC

Joan & Ed Sheldon

Maureen & Paul Lempert

Dick Baughman & Bobbie Fleiss

Dick & Carolyn Pacella
Winners of closest to the pins were:
Hole #2 Donna Culver
hole # 5 W. Wright
hole # 12 Dick Pacella
hole # 15 Carolyn Pacella.

Closest to the Pin Winners

As you can see the golf game was a very close match, which makes the day more fun!
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Walt Murren and Marion Culpepper were honored by their friends at the gold tees in November 2016. Both gentlemen were celebrating their 85th birthdays. After golf a cheerful round of happy birthday was extended to them with signed cards from the members. All members expressed good wishes for many more.

Gold Tee Christmas Party and Awards Banquet

The Gold Tees held the 17th Annual Christmas Party and Award Dinner at Tradition Clubhouse December 6, 2016. Fifty Six (56) members enjoyed shrimp appetizers, meatloaf/ham entrée with mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls, and chocolate cake, prepared by Chef Debbie. Special guest Kurtis Kuhn, First Assistant Pro at Tradition, was also in attendance.

John McLaughlin, 2016 Player of the Year

Henry Woltman, 2016 President’s Award

Jim Conway with Vince Franco, 2016 Outstanding Contribution Award

The Annual Award Ceremony presented “Player of the Year” to John McLaughlin, “Outstanding Contribution Award” to Jim Conway, and “President’s Award” to Henry Woltman.
A special tribute was paid to Vince Franco, the Gold Tee league's President of the past 15 years for his outstanding contributions since the League was formed 17 plus years ago. On behalf of the entire membership, Gold Tee member and resident artist Jef Sturm, presented Vince Franco a framed oil painting of the Par 4 - 3rd hole at Tradition, where Vince carded a natural eagle on the hole years earlier. Those in attendance gave Vince a well-deserved standing ovation. Election of officers for 2017 and a trivia game rounded out the evening.

Jef Sturm presents Vince Franco with a 15 Year Service Recognition Painting

Chili Bowl-February 8th: The Fifth Annual Chili Bowl was 2 Man Match Play based on similar handicaps using the Best Drive of the Twosome. There were 24 teams competing followed by Chef Debbie’s Famous Chili and noodle, bread/butter, beer and sodas.

Chili Bowl Winners

Winners were:
Front Side: John McLaughlin/Brian Kramer (3&1), Henry Woltman/Ed Sheldon (3&2), Pat Tole/Dan Goodell (1up)

Back Side: Tom Swanson/Charles Coseres (3&2) Bill Jacobs/Ron Eaglin (1up) Jerry Mithen/Phil Fleiss(3&2) Don McDowell/Jeff Sturm (2&1) Bob Keller/Bill Kendall (2&1) George Gableman/Blind (3&2) Martin Robic/Terry Tuttle (3&2)

Closest to the Pin: #2 Dick Culver #5 Al Britsch #12 George Gableman #15 Charlie Muratore

Closest to the Pin: Al Britsch, Dick Culver, Charlie Muratore, George Gableman
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT - by Merry Cotton

Credit where credit is due—at least that’s what I’ve been told so before I tell you about “the night of the exploding eggs” and “the legendary slice and serve soup” stories, I must give him fair coverage and describe the mouth-watering barbeque offerings cooked up by a master chef of outdoor cooking—my husband.

Whether it is pork, beef, chicken or even potatoes or corn, he has a flair for turning out the most appetizing, mouth-watering food—when he cooks outdoors.

Okay, now that his well-deserved kudos are out of the way, I’m free to reveal a couple of long-held secrets about his less-than-stellar indoor cooking skills—skills that will never earn him a guest appearance on the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour or even a “bam” from Emeril Lagasse.

These “incidents” have been brought up only when the two of us are together, and until now, known only to his once-trusted wife--me. But with a “sort of permission” from the outdoor chef himself, I can now tell how he exploded twenty-four hard-boiled eggs during one indoor cooking session… and how a few weeks later he created the first “slice-and-serve soup”.

To begin: It would be assumed that anyone can hard boil an egg so when he told me he was furnishing deviled eggs for his office party and indicated he’d make them, this seemed within the framework of Indoor Cooking 101. So, with a reasonable degree of assurance that nothing could go wrong, being a morning person, I went to bed and left him “in charge” of boiling two dozen eggs for twenty minutes.

As I was saying goodnight, he was carefully placing the eggs in a large four quart cooking pot and covering them with water while at the same time hoping to catch the final minutes of an NCAA March Madness basketball game. Next, he claims he stretched out on the couch for this springtime rite, and as most sports fans know, the final minutes of any championship basketball game can last a looooooong time. Evidently, he fell asleep.

The next thing he knew and I knew, the smoke detector was sounding an alarm that awakened the entire household around 1:00 a.m. —family dog included--with her barking her own ear-piercing alarm. I jumped out of bed and ran downstairs to be greeted by a foul odor and bluish smoke smelling of what I imagined in my sleep-dazed condition to be sulfur or brimstone.

In hindsight, thinking of the scene with Bill standing in the kitchen flailing his arms to clear the smoke and skidding in and on all manner of egg debris is funny—then, it was not.

After the smoke cleared, the sight to behold was worse than the odor. Twenty-three eggs had exploded into smidgens of yellow and white coating the kitchen ceiling, walls, light fixtures, counter tops, stove, refrigerator, cupboards, and floor not to mention all the cookbooks, canisters—you get the idea. It was not a pretty sight. My husband kept saying, “I’ll clean it up…go back to bed…it’s okay…” . I headed back to bed with one final egg exploding to punctuate my exit.

Waking up in the morning, I looked at Bill lying next to me with bits of egg in his hair, as well as stuck to his eyebrows and a smidgen or two behind his ear. I hoped the kitchen was cleaner than his head. For the most part, the kitchen looked fine but during spring cleaning—a couple weeks after the March Madness scene, I opened the china cabinet in the dining room—not in the kitchen--to find a couple pieces of egg tidbits stuck behind the frame of the cabinet door.

He told me when he got up later that morning that he had gone to a Seven-Eleven and bought more eggs and a bottle of Mr. Clean—how appropriate-- before tackling the clean-up project. He figured he’d be working late in the kitchen and this pot of eggs wouldn’t boil dry under his now watchful eye. I must say boiling the second batch of eggs was successful and he did fix his promised plate of deviled eggs for his office party.

Fast forward a couple of weeks: The lingering odor from the “night of the exploding eggs” should have been a reminder about assigning him indoor cooking tasks. The sliced soup incident still leaves me laughing--all that was required was to add a half cup of dried barley to beef simmering in the soup pot. I had a few errands to run…Bill claims I said a half box of barley.

Anyway, when I returned from my shopping errands, the entire soup pot was filled with a wallpaper-paste-looking concoction. To further the situation, when he discovered the soup had boiled over, he had carefully removed it from the burner—didn’t want anything to burn or explode—only to have the soup solidify while cooling.

Since a slice of soup isn’t exactly what we had in mind, we ordered pizza that evening—something that really is served in slices. However, in all fairness, I should give Bill equal time as he could tell a tale or two about my outdoor cooking skills. Perhaps, it might be extremely prudent of me not to make anymore family cooking secrets public…as we know, paybacks can be just soooooo embarrassing.

Merry Cotton has published many such articles in local magazines.
We look forward to more from Merry in future editions.
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For our 40th anniversary we decided to do something special so we booked a cruise out of New Jersey to tour the New England Coast with stops in Canada's Maritime Provinces.

The Statue of Liberty

Our fall nine-night Canada/New England cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas, embarked out of Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

Our itinerary included stops in five ports, the first, was a tour of Boston. The following day we visited Portland, Maine and again toured the city. We ate a lot of lobster along the way. From Portland we sailed into Bar Harbor, Maine. We did a walking tour of the town then we cruised the harbor on a six mast schooner which was a beautiful experience.

Portland Light House

Bar Harbor Schooner

From the Editor: I want to thank Harry & Joanne for being loyal contributors to the newsletter. We love to hear tales and see photos from the exciting trips taken by our neighbors at Tradition. These stories give us insight into locations we may want to visit or in some cases, fond memories of places we have been.


Royal Caribbean "Anthem of the Seas"

After a day of cruising we docked in Halifax Nova Scotia. We toured the city and visited the Maritime Museum that displays a lot of Titanic artifacts. A beautiful, interesting city with so much history.

The city has a cemetery with many graves of people who perished on the Titanic. Many of the Titantic passengers came from poor families who could not afford to have the bodies sent back home. The Province of Nova Scotia established and still maintains this cemetery.

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

While in port in Halifax we took a bus trip to see the Bay of Fundy and to Peggy’s Cove. Peggy's Cove is inhabited by many lobster fisherman and is a lovely picturesque setting with the most beautiful light house on the East Coast; Here we learned about the lobster trapping business and how they are protected to minimize over fishing.

Our final stop before sailing back to Cape Liberty, NJ was St John, New Brunswick; Another quaint town with much to see and do.

With out a doubt, of our 22 cruises, this was the most rewarding we have ever done. We would highly recommend this cruise.

A special Anniversary Dinner

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By Celise McLaughlin

Every several years I find myself tasked with yet another technology dilemma. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could keep ourselves in a techno stronghold and not have to move with change? As a youngster, I embraced bleeding edge technology, today, I grin and bear it. I learned to live in my combo windows 2003/2007 world, why would I move to Windows 10?

Unfortunately, I must be realistic, laptops don’t last forever and I experienced firsthand the agony of the blue screen 5 years ago, when my faithful 2003 Dell Inspiron 8600 (weighed a ton) died.

My IPAD serves me well in most arenas except a few, like the development of this newsletter and using my electronic die-cutter (be still my heart). Besides I have to steal John’s laptop every time I need to use it.

So, in February I bit the bullet and bought my own new Dell A9 7th generation AMD laptop. Ooooh, ahhhh. What does that mean? I have no idea. All I know is that it runs Windows 10 and I was able to load (believe it or not) my very old 2003 and 2007 applications on it and they work. Bravo. I am sure there are some wonderful new bells and whistles and in time, I will not only learn how to use them but wonder how I could have ever lived without them.
By Celise McLaughlin

In 2016 John & I did a lot of traveling, more than normal. In the Fall newsletter I wrote about our marvelous trip to Ireland and Scotland and there are not many of our excursions that compare to that one. But we did take another trip in November up to the Northeast for a wedding and decided to visit one of our old stomping grounds, Newport Rhode Island.

The Newport Bridge

When we lived in Connecticut, we spent many mini vacations in this historic seaside town. Returning there this past fall, we realized it had not changed at all, but we had. 20 + years ago when we spent time at our resort on Thames, we would park the car and walk everywhere. To the grocery store, all around cliff walk, into town, everywhere.

So in 2016, we planned to do the same. With foolish optimism, we set out on a gorgeous day to do cliff walk again. We headed down Memorial drive, to the entrance. The views of the ocean were just as gorgeous as we remembered.

The Cliff Walk

Many of the affluent ocean front homes had been updated and there were improvements on some of the walkways. We strolled past familiar sights of Salve Regina, the magnificient Breakers mansion and the Chinese Tea House. Bravely we traversed the rocks and narrow walkways all the way to Gooseberry beach; Then exited onto the road and hobbled the 3 mile trek all the way back to our resort. OMG; Our feet, our butts everything hurt.

Memorial Blvd Newport

The next day we drove to the grocery store and stocked up on rations for a down day indoors (it was raining anyway). On our last day, we carefully ambled into town to visit the shops and wharfs all of which were pretty much the same as they have been for decades. It was a great trip down memory lane, despite our bruised egos, but as always it was so good to get home to Pawleys Island.
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Ladies Bridge-By Mary Grace Robic
This Group always looks forward to welcoming new members. If you are new to Tradition or a long-time resident, come have a look or call to play and join your neighbors for a great afternoon of Bridge.
Wednesdays 12:30 to 4:00
Tradition Pool House
Call either:
Karen Vander Schaaf 843-237-8150
Mary Grace Robic 843-237-8745

Canasta- By Pat Shriver & Jeanette Renault
Place: Pool house
Show Time: 12:50 PM
Days: Second & Fourth Mondays
First & Third Fridays
(Reminders are send out 2 days ahead)

If you enjoy a game that is a quick learn, fun and a bit challenging, Canasta is for you. We welcome guests & enjoyed having a player’s granddaughter with us – and she was a winner!

Pat Shriver, granddaughter Casey, Kathy Berko and Vickie Wythe

No subs to worry about, and no obligation to attend every game; show when it’s good for you. No prizes or cash, just keeping score & trying to reach 5,000 points before your opponent.

Betty Ruff, Mikey Mull and Pat Bryant

LADIES TENNIS - By Monique Philips
What a great year for tennis! Mother nature has finally cooperated these past months allowing us to play. Not too many rainy or cold days! We hope that Mother Nature will continue to be kind despite the yellow pollen. Our eight ladies play Mondays and Wednesdays at 9AM and in the summer we move to 7:30AM to avoid the heat! If you are interested in playing with these gals, we are always looking for subs. Our level of play is 3-3.5! Contact Monique Philips to get your name on the sub list at See you on the courts!

Water Aerobics, Summer 2016

  WINEY WEDNESDAY - By Monique Philips
OK, ladies! What are YOU doing the 2nd Wednesday of the month? Come join your neighbors at either the pool house or at the LBTS deck at the beach. We meet at 5PM and normally head home around 7. It's a great way to meet your neighbors. All we ask is you bring finger food to share (we take our leftovers to our local fire department for the firemen to enjoy), your own beverage and of course a neighbor.

We also support our community. We have donated canned goods for the local pantry (an average of 33 items are donated each month), assisted with items for ALL4PAWS and the past two years, we have collected $200 allowing us to sponsor the flags on 17 for Flag Day through Litchfield Beautification Foundation.

Such generous Tradition ladies....thank you!!! We also have had several special events. We try to support our local businesses. Last December we were guests of Simply Divine and in March we will be visiting Limeablue, an unique boutique at the Island shoppes, near Low Country Jewelers.

So, if you would like to be added to the email mailing list for these fun events, please contact Monique Philips at

Cauliflower Pizza Bites
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 c. shredded Parmesan
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c. marinara
  • 1/4 c. mini pepperoni
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grate cauliflower on the small side of box grater to form fine crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl.
2. Add egg, 1/3 mozzarella, Parmesan, 2 tablespoons basil, and garlic powder and season with salt and pepper. Form into small patties (they will be wet) and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake until golden, 20 minutes.
3. Top each cauli patty with a thin layer of marinara, remaining mozz, and mini pepperoni and bake until cheese melts and pepperoni crisps, 5 to 7 minutes more.
4. Garnish with remaining basil and serve.


With such a warm January and February, our enthusiasts are asking, “Are we ready yet?” To which, I answer “NO, NOT YET.” For all the newbies, water aerobics usually begins the last of May or the first of June.

We exercise 9-10 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday under the wonderful leadership of Monique Philips and Dee Ely. It is not necessary to sign up. Just come (when you can) at 8:50, bring your noodle and plan to exercise and have a good time.

If you want computer reminders or have any questions, please e-mail Pat Shriver at or call Pat at 843-237-2678

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By Merry Cotton

Garage Sale on Tradition Club Drive 2014

As in past years, the Tradition community is having its annual garage sale day. This year the date is May 6. Rather than placing an announcement of the upcoming garage sale with its sign-up form in your paper box, the form is available in today’s newsletter. So, if you wish to participate, fill out the form and place it with your $10 check in the paper box at the address listed on the form.

So, what do you get for your $10? The POA will advertise in the Myrtle Beach Sun News, Georgetown Times, the Coastal Observer as well as on Craig’s List. Also, you will be provided with an inflated helium balloon for your mailbox to be a quick indicator for “customers” to find your bargains. As further advertising, beginning on the Monday before the sale, garage sale signs will be posted at each of our two entrances. Other signs will be placed throughout the community on the day of the sale.

Also, arrangements for the Salvation Army to pick up any unsold articles that you do not wish to keep, then you may place these articles on the curb by 1:00 after the sale. The pick up will begin shortly after 1:00.

You will receive more reminders on our community emailing service so watch for them.

Plan now to be a seller, a shopper, or both for another fun community day at our annual garage sale.

Too Print the Form Click on the photo below

By J Vance Vandergriff, MD

This past winter has been very mild for the Carolinas. As a result, we are enjoying a very early spring. With springtime, comes the increase of allergens in the air. Millions suffer from seasonal allergies, and many of you who are reading this fall into this category. Due to the mild winter, we are seeing an earlier than usual pollen bloom by about 10-20 days. The weather forecasts are calling for a long allergy season this year.
One of the most common symptom of allergies is the nasal drainage and congestion. Officially, this is called allergic rhinitis. Patients with allergic rhinitis will have runny nose, watery eyes, nasal congestion, and sneezing. Other symptoms can include fatigue, body aches, and headaches. Those who suffer with allergies will often have asthma, eczema, and recurrent sinusitis.

It should be noted that acute symptoms lasting for several days are usually caused by viruses, but those who have these symptoms every year at the same time are more likely seasonal allergies.

Tree, grass, and weed pollens are the usual causes for seasonal allergic rhinitis. Symptoms will normally respond to over the counter antihistamines and nasal steroids. Your doctor can also give prescription medications to help symptoms when OTC meds are not working. For those patients with allergic rhinitis not controlled with these medications, it may be necessary to have allergy skin testing.

We can perform allergy skin testing in our office, or your provider can refer you to an allergist for skin testing. Allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots) can help slowly build up your body's immunity to those allergens that are causing your symptoms. Within just a few months of allergy shots, you should begin to see a major improvement in your symptoms. It can take up to 3-5 years of allergy shots to develop full results, but overall quality of life tends to be much improved.

If you are suffering during this early spring season, talk to your healthcare provider about treatment options. If you do not have a healthcare provider, we have locations in Pawleys Island, Surfside Beach, and Carolina Forest to serve your needs.

J. Vance Vandergriff is a board certified physician with South Strand Internists & Urgent Care. His Pawleys Island office is located next to the Fresh Market.
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For updates to the 2017 Directory contact Keith Hoile @

    Jason and Heather Campbell to 29 Confederate Lane from Marietta, GA
    Patrick Hawkins to 747 Tradition Club Drive from New York
    Barbara and Charles Rodgers to 217 Boatman Drive from Vienna, WV
    Ernest and Jean Melendez to 66 Basketmaker Court from Pawleys Island
    Randall and Christine Gerber to 23 Thrasher Court from Pawleys Island
    Becky Pissanos and Lori Ritchie to 41 Low Country Lane from Pawleys Island
    Guy and Roberta Jocius to 151 Patriot Lane from Pawleys Island
    Joel and Ann Friedenberg to 34 Monarch Court from Milford, CT

    Margaret Georgia from 29 Confederate Lane
    Robert and Peggie Najim from 747 Tradition Club Drive
    Claire Fleming from 151 Patriot Lane
    Linda Lehman from 34 Monarch Court
    William Miller from 217 Boatman Drive
    Dan and Cynthia Phillips from 66 Basketmaker Court
    Virgil and Joyce Johnson from 23 Thrasher Court

    Patrick Hawkins at 747 Tradition Club Drive: (631) 374-6917;
  MEXICAN TRAIN- By Vicki Wythe

Calling “All Aboard” to all women & men, couples & singles.

Mexican Train dominos is alive and well in Tradition and offers a great way to meet new friends and reconnect with our neighbors. We currently play during the months of September through June, gathering at the Pool House at 7:00 P.M. the first Wednesday of each of these months, taking a break in July and August.

The week prior to each month’s game, interested players receive an e-mail reminding them to sign up if they intend to play that month. After signing up by e-mail or by telephone, players arrive on game night by 7:00 P.M. with $1.00 and get on board for a fun evening! A conductor at each table is always ready to assist newcomers.

To be added to the e-mail notification list, call or e-mail one of the coordinators listed below. We hope to see you soon!!!

Kathy Berko

Vicki Wythe
-- End of Newsletter --
last updated 3/19/17 by Celise McLaughlin