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Fall & Winter 2017-2018      
Photo by Celise McLaughlin

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
- Rabindranath Tagore


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 in November.
Published by Plantation Printing
Advertisers: contact Bill Renault

May & November
Deadline to submit articles for the next edition
(Spring & Summer 2018) will be April 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

The Long Bay Symphony "Masterpieces of Eastern Europe"
at Myrtle Beach High School Auditorium
Sunday, November 12 at 4:00 PM
This orchestra is made up of 70+ experienced professionals
"We are fortunate to have this group in Myrtle Beach
You will not be disappointed" -- Marty & Mary Grace Robic

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

Architecture Review Board Page 3
Bridge (Ladies) Page 14
Canasta Page 14
Christmas Cookies Page 11
Covenants Page 3
Directory Updates Page 16
From The Editor Page 17
Gold Tees Page 10
Hand, Foot & Elbow Page 14
Healthcare Forum Page 15
Ladies 18 Hole Golf League Page 9
Ladies 9 Hole Golf Page 8
Litchfield Beautification Page 6
Litchfield By the Sea Page 6
Men's Golf Club Page 7
Our Slice of Heaven Page 4
President's Corner Page 2
Summer Happenings Page 13
Tennis Page 14
Tokyo Reunion Page 15
Travel Page 17
Water Aerobics Page 14
Winter Reading Page 12
Volunteers Page 4
Water Aerobics Page 14
Winey Wednesday Page 14

License Plates Available
$10.00 Each
Contact Paul Kelly
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I would like to address important information in this President’s Corner as to issues that concern us all.

The Board of Directors:
In February, at the Annual Home Owners Meeting, we will be electing two board members. Both the seats of Vice President Bick Baughman and President Frank D’Amato will be open.

Anyone who is a property owner in The Tradition may submit a half page resume to a board member for consideration to be placed for nomination to the board. There will be a second notification coming in a letter in December concerning the board openings. Dick Baughman has agreed to run for another term.

My open seat is complicated regarding my running again. As most long term residents know I have been on the board for 15 years and president for 14 of those years. The job is a 24/7 job and I am wearing down and receiving heavy pressure at home to retire from the board. Many are requesting I continue, so I am at this point planning to place my name on the ballot again.

The community is aging and the job grows with the community needs and I have decided to leave the decision up to you going forward. Here is my proposal as it concerns me. I will place my name on the ballot once again for another 3-year term but I am making it clear, if I am re-elected, I may not complete my 3-year term.

The community is reaching a critical stage in its life. We are experiencing leaks in the pool and now looking at paving streets that are nearing 25 years of age. These are very costly items and the board is looking at options that best work for us long term.

Over the past 20 plus years the good people of the Tradition have always abided by the covenants of the community. When issues where addressed by the Covenants Committee, the ARB, or the Board of Directors, homeowners contacted by these committees to correct violations, always received positive responses 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.

Things like this are what take the fun out of being a volunteer. The Board, ARB, and Covenants members are all volunteers. I am asking these groups to review our Covenants Book and see where we might make amendments. It is unfortunate that the Covenants Book cannot cover every possible action a homeowner might do to their house or yard. Some, not many, do not see that if we allow things that we feel are not favorable to the community, it can proliferate into who knows what. Any changes to our By-Laws will be reviewed by our attorney and then, if required, voted on by all homeowners.

Some of our streets are now reaching the ripe old age of 25 years. We have been nursing them along by seal coating. We are now experiencing potholes and cracking forcing us to begin planning for actual repaving as I mentioned above.

We continue to struggle with keeping up on our landscaping as the rain is forcing our community landscaper to search for dry days to work. Our contract calls for landscaping one day a week, however Alex continues to give us extra time when available in his schedule. Occasionally we pay for Saturday maintenance.

We have spent thousands on laying new sod in critical spots in common areas as well as improving our watering systems. We will continue to improve the conditions of common areas as the years go out.

The Board Of Directors and I believe all of you are in favor of flying the U.S. Flag. However, we do have a rule stating that the flag must fly from a pole attached to your garage. We also allow small flags along curbing and driveways on holidays. They should be picked up after the holiday or holiday weekend.

Some folks have started hanging flags from trees or building wooden looking flags and attaching them to mailboxes, trees or planting them in the ground. This is not allowed. Please cooperate as we all honor our flag in a proper manner off our garages and curbside on holidays.

Regarding college flags or flags such as Halloween or Thanksgiving: Residents seem to like to fly these flags when their team is playing a football game or a special sports event. These flags should appear on game day and be removed immediately after the game or times like Halloween or Thanksgiving.

We had a great group of volunteers this year who pulled weeds, painted signs, posts, entrance lights and concrete water stations. I want to thank all these folks who where able to step up for the community.

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

There is no seal coating scheduled for 2018.

Pool House & Pool:
The pool house showers have undergone tile replacements and the ladies toilets have had the flushing mechanisms replaced. The icemaker continues to need repairs and we are trying to keep up. Please treat it gently as it is an expensive appliance. We have also purchased 4 additional square card tables.

Residents and their guests heavily used the pool this summer. Although not visible many repairs were performed behind the scenes. Leaks were repaired along under water lights; showers were repaired along with chairs. The pool deck is becoming slippery and we plan to recoat before the next swim season.

Residents need to make sure their guests have knowledge of the pool rules especially what is allowed inside the fence and in the pool itself.

A few of the renters are not cleaning the pool house 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.

2018 Annual Home Owners Meeting:
In February the annual homeowners meeting will take place most likely at Waccamaw High School, information to follow as we get closer. It is very important this year as we elect two board members and cover the 2017 finances and the 2018 budget. During the open portion of the meeting I plan to have an open discussion on the very expensive costs involving the repaving of our streets. If you choose not to attend then you will miss an opportunity to join this discussion.

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 myself 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 winter.
Frank D’Amato
Cell #843-446-6875

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COVENANTS- By Jeanette Renault

Know Your Covenants! Please take time to read through your Covenants Booklet. This will help you to make decisions in keeping with our rules & regulations. Questions? Contact your area volunteer. If we don’t have an answer, we will research it and get back to you. These covenants are not intended to be oppressive, but if followed, will keep Tradition looking its best for us all (and keep our property values UP!)

The speed limit in Tradition is 25 MPH. Residents have advised us of speeding on Tradition Club Drive, Deacon Drive and Sandfiddler Drive in excess of the speed limit. This is especially troubling to residents who have visiting grandchildren and pets. Backing out of our driveway should not be hazardous to our health! While advising you of this, we acknowledge that some (but not all) of culprits are non-residents using our streets as a cut through or those taking miss-turns.

Dog waste continues to be a problem for walkers. We love our dogs, and most owners are conscientious. If you leave the house without a clean-up bag, you may get into trouble if you are spotted empty handed!

Help keep our drains free of debris. Our tall pines are now starting to shed and deciduous trees are dropping leaves. Pine straw and leaves clog our storm drains, so if there is a storm drain at the curb in front of your house, please take time to keep the drain clear.

Lawn Problems? If you have lawn problems, contact your Covenants volunteer. We are here to help and have flyers to solve some (not all!) of your landscape problems.

A tip: Time is near to prune back your Lantana. It will come back better than ever in the spring.

Covenants Committee Suggested Vendor List
The attached listing is provided for your consideration by the covenants committee for work on and around your home. The contents is based upon recommendations given by our community residents who have experienced satisfactory services by these contractors.

The Covenants Committee
Bill Crimmins, Diane D’Attilo, Ken Dewell,
Phil Fleiss, Al Foderaro
Allan MacDonald, Bill Renault,
Jeanette Renault, Mark Stephens
By Vince Civitarese, Chairman

Hello to all!

I would guess that by the time you receive this newsletter we should be just about out of hurricane season. This year we had some scares but just a little damage from wind and rain thanks to all the preparation work completed over the past few years.

The ARB, as well as other boards, has been working on a project requested by the BOD regarding the updating of the guidelines and rules. The ARB is taking a little different approach to these changes. They will be more about adapting to product and design changes than to regulations. Some of the rules may change but they will be aimed more at accepting new products and finishes available now and in the future. The ARB would never be able to anticipate new and upcoming products for construction, protection, and finishes that are sure to come in future years. We can try to make our regulation easier to adapt to these changes.

Our ARB has always tried to work in a reasonable manner with members. We all should be proud and pleased with the workings of our association. When you compare the way our boards react to changes and problems to other association in the area, we can make decisions much more quickly because we are controlled internally rather than by outside management. This allows the ARB to review and refine our outlook on change while always maintaining the upkeep of our community at the forefront.

The ARB asks everyone to please not be afraid to ask about new and old ideas. I cannot say that everything will be approved but we will look at every idea on an as needed basis. Remember that almost everything that happens on the outside of your home is subject to ARB approval.

I hope we all have a great holiday season along with good health and happiness.

Vincent Civitarese Chairman, ARB

Print ARB Application

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A 1997 Billboard that says it all.

Our Own Slice of Heaven Here at the Tradition- By Barnie Slice

Having lived here for nearly 20 years now I have seen our community grow in many ways.

First of all, we came from cities and communities all over the United States and we built homes next to people whom we had never met. We all have moved here for the same reason: to find a home in a community that was safe, to have a nice property, savor mild temperatures without losing our seasons, and be close to the ocean.

We are a diverse people, not only in our religious beliefs, but also in our backgrounds. Each family has our own story of where we came from, how we grew up and how we live our lives now.

We each, as individuals, have something to offer to our neighborhood and many of us have shown what kind of people we are by volunteering, working on projects and caring for others. We have a wonderful Architecture Review Board and Covenants Committee that maintains our standards of living and keeps our property values at their peak. The officers of our association are fully dedicated individuals who truly care about our neighborhood.

I love driving slowly through the neighborhood each day and seeing people talking to their neighbors or walking together in the sunshine sharing their lives with each other. I love to see guys and gals waiting at the end of their driveway early in the morning with their golf clubs in hand anticipating someone to pick them up for a day of golf in one of the most beautiful places in the good old USA!

I love to see the pride we take in our homes by keeping them landscaped, lawns mowed and flowers planted in season. I love the fact that we help each other. If someone is sick or hurting or needs help people come "out of the woodwork" to do for others as they are able.

We are a vast family of people who have moved here from all walks of life who blend in and become the loving, caring community that we are! We are all Americans and I am proud to be a part of this community, our very own little slice of Heaven, called The Tradition!

May God bless us and help us to continue to make this a truly great place to live!

Barnie Slice
by John Bartha
A few years back when we instituted the first Tradition Volunteer Program, our ideal of what that program entailed was “VOLUNTEERS ARE THE BEST OF US”.

This year, our motto on the program was “VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE”. Looking back on the 2017 Volunteer Program, nothing could be more certain and truer than the two slogan sentiments expressed above. However, those words, while heartfelt, just do not begin to recognize the true impact and importance of what our volunteers and their contributions mean to the Tradition Community.

Starting with the April “Appetites and Ideas” prep luncheon and continuing through the implementation of the actual four Projects during June, July, and August, we were blessed with a very vigorous group of Volunteers. We gratefully experienced a pleasant spread of Veterans (36%) and Newbies (64%). This factor bodes well for the future Programs. We were especially fortunate to secure the services of strong Team Leaders who kept the projects progressing to completions.

Team Leaders and projects were as follows:
  1. Harry and Joanne Stewart: Refreshing the finish on our front entrance Lanterns
  2. Bob Youatt: Repainting the Blue Utilities Markers
  3. Al Foderaro: Cleaning and repainting the Street Signs and identification of Signs needing repair or replacement
  4. Monique Philips: Weeding the various Flower Beds in the community on an “Adopt a Bed” basis
On July 19th we sent out an E-Blast on project status and declared (with apologies for stealing from the USPS): “Neither oppressively hot weather nor monsoons can prevent the Tradition Volunteers from completing their appointed projects’”

Looking back on these words, the committed spirit and “stick to it “ nature of our Volunteers really stand out and is gratefully appreciated. So that we keep the spirit of Tradition volunteerism alive, we will be posting the names of our Project volunteers on our Website for all to see and appreciate.


You all make the residents of the Tradition Community look good-Real good!!!!!

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A WELL KEPT SECRET - By Randy Liposky

Did you ever notice that most people outside of South Carolina have never heard of Pawleys Island? That’s a good thing. This is our story of how we came to know and love this little chunk of the world.

Pam and I had moved to North Carolina from Michigan in 2012 to work a four year contract in the aviation business. I planned on retiring, or at least being semi-retired at the completion of the contract in 2016. We thought that North Carolina may be our retirement home but while living there we realized that the winters, albeit much warmer and pleasant than our native Michigan, had about 3 significant snow falls each year. And snow didn’t quite fit into our retirement dreams. So we decided to look further south for a place to call “home”.

We started our search for a retirement home in earnest in the spring of 2013. Our first stop being the Myrtle Beach area. Pam had rented a nice 2 bedroom condo in Barefoot landing for a 3 night stay. Our son, who also lived in North Carolina at the time, came along with us on a whim. While in Myrtle Beach we drove around checking out the local flavor and we also got in some putt-putt golf (go figure…).

On the second day of the trip, our son nonchalantly asked if we could drive a little further south to find a beach home where he had stayed while in college. We were up for it so we drove south out of Myrtle Beach through Murrells Inlet. We passed by Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State park and we noticed a significant change in the look and feel of Highway 17 and the area in general. (I now know this is due in part as a result of the fantastic effort put forth by the Litchfield Beautification Foundation.) Finally we turned into the North Litchfield neighborhood and he found the home where he had stayed.

Given that we were in the area and being inquisitive by nature, we decided to take a look around. So we continued south on Highway 17 from North Litchfield Beach toward Pawleys Island. Not knowing a thing about the area and totally by chance, we turned right onto Willbrook Boulevard. We came to the main entrance of The Tradition; it looked interesting, so we turned in there as well. After driving a bit through the neighborhood I looked at Pam and Pam looked at me. (that AHA moment) I remember saying…I could live here and she agreed.

We drove around being more and more impressed by what we saw and eventually headed back to Murrells Inlet for dinner. We randomly stopped into the Hot Fish Club where we had a fantastic meal, and met the man that would ultimately become our realtor and friend.

Imagine that! the very first neighborhood we visited in Pawleys Island on our very first retirement home hunting trip would three years later become our home. Had our son had not accompanied us, we may not have ever known to look in the Pawleys Island area. Is that fate or what?
  After returning from the trip, we decided to stick to our plan and continue to look for other potential retirement areas. We used our North Carolina home as a base and ventured out typically for a week at a time to see other areas. We looked from South Carolina all the way to mid-Florida. Some of the areas we investigated included Hilton Head, SC, St. Simon’s Island in Georgia, and a number of areas in Florida including Amelia Island, Ponte Vedra, and the Palm Coast. What we found was that all of these areas were very nice but they didn’t quite stack up to Pawleys Island.

As it turns out, Pawleys Island set the standard we used to evaluate all other areas. We loved the easy access to the ocean (most other areas lacked this), the miles of bike paths, the small town feel, and the reasonable cost of living. Yep, PI had it all.

So by early 2015 we had decided that Pawleys Island was the place to be. Once we decided to pursue life in PI, we then had our next hurdle. Which neighborhood would we live in? We did not want to be closed-minded so we looked at a number of neighborhoods including Heritage Plantation, The Reserve, Willbrook Plantation, River Club and The Tradition. By late 2015 we had narrowed our search down to Tradition and River Club.

During the entire period from 2013 to 2016 I had several Internet search engines looking for available homes in the area. And during that period we made numerous trips here from North Carolina to see homes that became available. In fact, we traveled here so much that Pam thinks of the Hampton Inn on Willbrook as our “second home” in PI. I say that we stayed there so much that we paid for the new wing that was recently added to the hotel.

During the home buying process, we easily looked at 30 homes. I’m not saying we were picky…let’s just say we knew what we wanted. So by the spring of 2016 we still had not found a home and my aviation contract was soon coming to an end. At that point we started going into a semi-panic mode. Where would we live after my contract ended in July? We preferred not to remain in North Carolina but we didn’t have a home here either. How would this all work out?

Well thank the Lord; In June of 2016, two weeks before my contract came to an end, our home finally became available. We made an offer and closed on it in July, two weeks after my contract ended. On the night before the closing, we drove from North Carolina with a U-Haul Trailer packed full of just enough stuff to live on and checked into the Hampton one last time. We moved into our new house the following afternoon after the closing, July 14, 2016. A month later our remaining items arrived and we were completely moved in. Well, that is if you don’t count all of the boxes that took us months to unpack.

We were immediately welcomed by many of our neighbors. They brought us cookies, cakes, and gift cards to local restaurants. A get-acquainted party was thrown to introduce us to the neighbors shortly after we moved in. We were initially invited to so many functions that we were overwhelmed because Pam and I were not used to the pace of “activity” here; but we've adjusted.

It may have taken us three years to get here but it only took a few weeks for it to truly feel like home. Amazing! We have met so many nice people and feel very fortunate to call Pawleys Island, and specifically The Tradition, our home.

PS…don’t tell anyone else about this place. Let’s keep it our little secret.

Pam & Randy Liposky purchased Ed & Betsy Beyma's former home on Sandfiddler Drive and have become a very active and welcome addition to our community.
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Litchfield by the Sea Community Association is happy to announce the completion of all projects from the Special Assessment approved nearly 10 years ago. The final projects that were on that list included many items, but the last two have been completed in 2016 and 2017. Those were the reconstruction of the tennis courts and the construction of additional parking that did not destroy our green space areas.

There was a promise to improve Security and traffic during those “town hall” meetings. This was a much more difficult undertaking, but the board believes that we have made great progress in this area of development. The operating budget has been able to handle the operational parts of these two projects, but there was a considerable expense of Capital Items to include gate mechanisms, barcode readers and scanned pass readers as well as construction of the North Gate. We also have had a 100 year flood in 2015, Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and Hurricane Irma in 2017 which have caused considerable capital damage.

Hurricane Irma reeked havoc on our beaches on 9/11/17

Last year we focused on being sure that we were properly insured and raised the coverage sufficient to manage normal replacement costs of our facilities and major landscape. The cost was way over budget. The deductible was $320,000 for a named storm. Our damages were not to a level to submit a claim after Matthew.

This year the insurance committee re-worked the insurance coverage to eliminate a sizeable portion of landscaping and eliminated the coverage on Osprey Lake bulkheads for the foreseeable future. Lowering the maximum coverage to a level that would insure the ability to replace all structures and the major portion of landscaping. The committee presented a coverage to the board that had a maximum deductible of any or all losses of $25,000. This will save a considerable amount of Reserve costs in the future. That policy was negotiated for slightly less money that what we paid in 2016.

Also this year, we completed a Reserve Fund Study by a nationwide company. We are in a very good position because most facilities are still in the early phases of their expected life. However we spent almost one half a million dollars in the capital reserves due to the before mentioned factors.

Last year we needed a 6% raise in monthly assessments or an emergency one-time assessment of slightly more than 6%. We chose to raise the monthly assessment 3% and opted to complete the need this year for another 3%. Details will be in the year end packet, but for homes in Tradition, that will be $1.00 increase monthly to $33.00. 83% of the increase year will go to the Reserve Fund to insure our future after these large expenses the last few years. HOORAH!! The property in like new except for routine maintenance.

We presented a list of all items completed this years at the “All Regime” meeting of POA Presidents of the 30 POA’s that are LBTS members. We are now inspecting all drainage pipes that cross LBTS roads that are up to 35 years old and scheduling cleaning them and/or replacing them in the future with the most serious ones next year. We just replaced pumps and motor on our seaside campus irrigation system and are repairing the north roundabout fountain system. We are taking a “preventive action” to inspect and repair any hazards in our roads and walkways.

One last thought: The LBTS Board meetings are always open to any owner in the Association and I urge you to attend. You may also keep up to date by accessing our website: where you will not only find board minutes and financials, but also many other pieces of information such as security, rules and regulations, gate pass information, clubhouse rental procedures, and many other items of interest. Your Board manages an operating budget of over $2 million annually in addition to a capital (Reserve Fund) of currently over $300,000.

Please let us know your thoughts and come see us at one of the following board meetings in 2018: Jan. 19, Mar. 2, Aug, 17, or the Annual meeting on June 16 as well as the any Regime meeting or the annual meeting.

It is a pleasure to serve as your President. Thank You. Bill McElroy
Litchfield Beautification Foundation
celebrating 10 years of community support by Kathy MacSorley

We did our best this month to spread the word: First page coverage in both the Coastal Observer and the South Strand News, a full page ad listing our donors, and a celebration donor party at the Beach House. Ten years of community support that enabled the nonprofit LBF to groom and expand the landscaping along 3.8 miles of Highway 17 medians deserved to be recognized.

celebration cake

The homeowner associations, individual donors, accommodation tax funds and businesses in Litchfield made a commitment to maintain the beauty and welcoming appearance of our “front door.” Our collective sense of community pride came through big time!

Tradition residents Bill McElroy, Ken Dewell, Louis Bowers and Linda Warren were there at the beginning in 2007. Bill and Litchfield-by-the-Sea resident Henry Jobe began an initiative that grew and soon influenced neighboring communities to follow. Later, Tom Leis & Vince Franco put us on the map with the creation of our website, Many others made contributions and now the LBF board is 13 strong.

Ron Eaglin, our current president, summed it up.
Now we are looking forward to the next 10 years! "

We thank you all for your generosity! Since a picture is worth a thousand words here some from the celebration.

Ron Eaglin & Eileen Belbetowski

Ron Eaglin with Jeanette & Bill Renault


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THE MEN'S CLUB - By Bill Renault
“Hole In One Happy” was the story in the seven months (April – October) for the Tradition Men. It began in April with Dave Philips at The Tradition #2 hole, his third career ace. Tom Strasser followed with his eighth (yes eighth) also on # 2. Tim Mandroc went to the Litchfield CC on #12 to record his second hole in one. Dale Guzlas had his thrill on #2. Playing since his teen years, this was his first career ace. Also getting his first and at the Tradition's #12 was Bob Thompson. Rudy Schwarz followed at the Heritage Club with his third career ace on #6 (It was 25 years between his hole in ones.)

Dick Pacella, Frank Hawkins, Bud Phillips

The Tradition Men’s version of “The Masters” was played in late April and early May in beautiful Spring weather. The format was individual Stableford points over two rounds. Frank Hawkins (37-43=80) and Bill Mitchell 41-39=80) tied for first place. Bud Phillips (37-42=79) and Dick Pacella) (39-40=79) were second. Rudy Schwarz (40-37=77) was third and Eric Muller (38-38=76) forth.

President's Cup Flight Winners: Henry Woltman & Gary Clifford

The annual “Presidents Cup” Championship in early May was flighted with net two round totals determining the winners. In Flight A, Henry Woltman took first place with 135. Craig Monaghan was second with 141. Dan Molloy third at 142 and Dick Pacella fourth at 143. The B Flight was won by Gary Clifford at 131. Frank Gambeski and Dick Culver tied for second at 137 and Frank Hawkins was fourth at 138.

Always a popular and fun event, the annual Member/Member Tournament was played in July. Using full handicaps it is a best ball of twosome format. Dan Ingram and Larry Barksdale won with a two round total of 121.5. Henry Woltman and Glen Campbell were second at 122.5, Dick Pacella and Tim Mandroc third at 125 and Bob Caufield And Frank D’Amato fourth at 126.5

The best and most coveted event is the annual Member/Guest Tournament played every August. This year was the 21st with guest players from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia. The teams included three father & sons, One father & son in law and one team of cousins. Each 2 man team played 4 matches using scaled handicaps. The matches were played within their flights with the winners of their flight advancing to the “Shootout”.

With six teams competing in the Shootout parallel holes 13 & 18 were used. Three teams were eliminated on #13 leaving the teams of Patrick Tole & Mike Szhowski, Dick & Joe Culver and Ed Sheldon & Brian Kramer. Hole 18 is a long par 4 playing at 407 yards from the white tees and 371 from the gold. Joe Culver pulled his drive left and it was lost. His father Dick was down the middle. Patrick Tole was about 130 yards from the green in the fairway sand. Brian Kramer was down the middle about 150 yards from the green. Both Tole and Kramer were on the green in two With Kramer/Sheldon getting a stroke. Tole being away putted first and came up short. Kramer then two putted for the championship. Dinner and the awards followed with over 100 in attendance. A great Day.

Member/Guest Winners: Eddie Sheldon & Brian Kramer

It took twenty holes to settle the Tradition Men’s Club Championship with it finally being decided on the par three #2 hole. First round leader and club champion Eric Muller and Neal McKellegan had both finished at a two round gross total of 149. Both had par on #1 and both were on the green on #2. McKelligan two putted for par but Muller took three puts leaving McKelligan the 2017 club champion. Bob Zuercher finished third at 153 with Vinnie Esposito at 158. The net title went to Muller winning with a total of 139. Dick Pacella was second at 140 and Al Britsch at 141.

Eric Muller and Neal McKellegan

The most recent tournament was the Black & Blue event. With the course set up at about 5000 yards It was a two round tournament using net scores. and flighted. A flight winner was Patrick Tole at 131, Bob Zuercher on a match of cards over John Walker at 134. John McLaughlin at 136 and Eric Muller 139. B Flight winner was Frank Gambeski at 132 followed by Larry Barksdale 135, Ed Sheldon 136 and Al Britsch 138

Frank Gambeski and Patrick Tole
A special thanks to John Melzer for his work in conducting a CPR/AED course and to Jim Davis our coordinator.
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Can it be that this is October soon to be November already! Where did the year go? Our calendar is just about complete for the year. Our golf year ended October 31 and soon Christmas season will be upon us. There is a lot to write about since last February’s article.

InterClub Tournaments - by: MaryLou Goodell
DeBordieu on March 21 - Four of our members were on winning teams. Donna Scott’s team came in 1st. Followed by Sandi Bunce 2nd and Janice Hayes and Kathleen McKay were on 3rd place teams. Menu consisted of: tomato bisque, turkey wraps and macerated peaches with pistachio cream and raspberry sauce. A beautiful day!

International Club on April 4 - Two weeks later, hosted by the Island Green Niners. Again, the weather was perfect. Started with lunch of delicious Italian wedding soup, cold cuts and pasta salad. After golf, we came back to ice cream Sundays. The Tradition Ladies didn’t disappoint as we had winners on teams in all places. Dee Ely 1st, Janice Hayes 2nd and Sue Guzlas 3rd. Bev Jackson won the longest drive contest.

PrimeTime Interclub at Founders Club on September 12 - With Hurricane Irma churning her way north, we wondered if we would be able to play. Their Pro held fast and it turned out to be a great day. After a delicious lunch of cold cuts and salads, we headed for the course, in good shape despite all the rain. Winners were Bev Jackson closest to the pin and Suzanne Edone closest to the line. We had three Tradition Ladies in the winning foursome – Suzanne Edone, Kathy Lenoue and Dee Ely, received a very nice bag tag. Sue Guzlas was in the 3rd place foursome and won a stroke counter

Wachesaw Interclub on October 5 - We were very fortunate to bring 11 of our members to play Step Aside on a beautiful morning. After our round we enjoyed a delicious luncheon at Kimbels, baked brie, then roast pork and ending with a white chocolate mousse. We had winners on both the front and back nine, Suzanne Edone and Ellen Spataro both won a restaurant gift card.

Coming on November 14th, we will be hosting the Interclub at Tradition. The committee has been working on this for the past few weeks.

Social Events
Ladies Night Out on April 20 - We went to Southern Comforts Restaurant. Arrived early and enjoyed drinks and fellowship. We celebrated the Birthdays for the months of April, May and June and played “The Golf Etiquette” game. Those tricky questions will get you every time! A good evening was had by all….and we certainly were not a quiet bunch!!!!!!

MaryLou Goodell, Sue Brown, Janice Hayes and Ellen Spataro

Mary Graef, Deana Smith and Pat McCarthy

Birthday Lunch at Caledonia on August 15 - We all had a great time at lunch. Always fun to meet and eat. We celebrated Birthdays again, this time for months, July, August and September. The Birthday Gals received a little gift from the group.

Birthday Luncheon at Caledonia

Birthday Breakfast at True Blue in October – A smaller group of about 20 met for Birthday Breakfast. The Special Ladies had their picture taken and were given a small gift.

Left to Right - Phyllis Confer, Sue Brown, Linda Mitchell, Elaine Little, Peg Boden, Sandi Bunce, Ellen Spataro, Mary Graef, Pat McCarthy and Joan Gallagher

Member/Member Tournament
Our Member/Member Tournament was held on June 27th. Our thanks to the Ladies who put the tournament and menu together and to the 22 members who attended.
Winners were:
1. Jeanette Renault and Betty Ruff – 28
2. Ann Carline and Sue Guzlas – 28
3. Skippy Esposito and Janice Hayes – 30
4. Mildred Culpepper and Darlene Dodson – 32
5. Phyllis Confer and Kathleen McKay – 33

Game Day Results
April 25th – Step Aside
Front – Peg Boden, Skippy Esposito and Ellen Spataro - 38
Back – Pat McCarthy, Kathleen McKay and Ann Dale - 39

May 30th – Yellow Ball
Front – MaryLou Goodell, Sandi Bunce and Ann Carline
Back – Mildred Culpepper, Ellen Spataro and Sue Guzlas

July 18th – Bingo, Bango, Bongo
Bev Jackson(11), Betty Ruff(11), Donna Scott(10) and Suzanne Edone(9)

September 5th – Skins
5/4 Ann Carline over Phyllis Confer
7/2 Suzanne Edone over Dee Ely
4/3 Janette Mitchell over Bev Jackson
5/4 Donna Scott over MaryLou Goodell
5/2 Joan Simko over Peggy Tudryn
7/2 Mildred Culpepper/Skippy Esposito
5/3 Betty Ruff over Jan Hayes
5/4 Peg Boden over Linda Mitchell
7/1 Kathleen McKay over Elaine Little
5/4 Sandi Bunce over Jeanette Renault

September 26th – Total Putts on Secret Holes – Peg Boden – 15 Sue Guzlas – 19 Bev Jackson – 17 Mildred Culpepper – 18 MaryLou Goodell – 18

Coming on December 5th our Christmas Award Banquet.

Welcome to our new members, Elaine Little and Gloria Starrick and a mighty Thank You to all who make Ladies Nine such a great golf and fun group!

Happy Christmas Season to Everyone……
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- By Suzanne Strasser
The ladies celebrated their Ringer Tournament. A two player, two day event 4/13 and 4/20. 1st place MOC Sally Russell & Pat Kemper (54/47)

2nd place MOC Judy Gambeski & Maureen Lempert (54/47) 3rd place Donna Culver & Daune Barksdale (57/52) Most improved MOC Dot Franco & Joan Sheldon (61/54) CTP s #2 Sally Russell, #5 & 15 Maureen Lempert Janet Ransom#12 Birdies were made by: Pat D’Amato #1,2,15 Joan Sheldon # 14 & 18 Debbie Massie #1, Pat Kemper #2 Maureen Lempert #7

The Member Guest tournament was held on 5/10 & 5/11. We started with a card game, word scramble cocktail party and played golf on Thursday.

Winners for overall prizes were; 1st Maureen Lempert & Cecelia Barksdale Purvis (67), 2nd Cindy Greenwald & Kathy Fadziewicz (71). The section winners were; 6 hole low net of twosome 1st Judy Gambeski & Georgia McDowell (14), 2nd Donna Culver & Donna Scott (15), 6 holes alternate shot 1st Diane Hicks & Leesa Ruscio (32moc), 2nd Joan Sheldon & Adrienne Molloy (32moc) and 6 holes captains’ choice 1st Penny Pikaart & Kathy MacSorley (23.5) 2nd Joanne Stewart & Wanda Johnson(24). Closest to the pins were; hole #2 Leesa Ruscio, Hole #5 Georgia McDowell, hole #12 Diane Brescia, hole #15 Wanda Johnson. We had beautiful weather, good golf and fun with friends.

The Member Member tournament was held on 6/22. The tournament had a fun creative motif with emojis everywhere. The winners were; 1st Nancy Higgins & Bev Keyes (58), 2nd Janet Ransom & Carolyn Pacella (59), 3rd Pat D’Amato & Maureen Lempert (60), 4th Daune Barksdale & Linda Breznicky (61), 5th Sally Russell & Pat Kemper (63moc). Closest to the pin winners were hole # 2 Daune Barksdale, hole # 12 Bernadette Wright, hole # 8 Joanne Stewart.


On 8/12 Daune Barksdale & Linda Bresnicky won 1st place in the ladies division at River Club Honors tournament.

On 9/19 and 9/21 the Tradition Ladies 18 hole League played a two day net President’s Cup tournament. This was a very close individual event. The 1st place winner was Joan Sheldon (67+67 = 134), 2nd Pat Kemper (65+70=135), 3rd Donna Culver (71 +70= 141) and 4th Penny Pikarrt (74+68=142).

Closest to the pins winners were; #2 Joan Sheldon, # 5 Penny Pikarrt, #12 Joan Sheldon , # 15 Penny Pikarrt. Closest to the line awards on hole # 11 were given to Bobbie Fleiss and Judy Gambeski. Close competition makes for a great day.

Our pro Kevin , his wife Jamie and new baby girl Savanna Marie came to a party with the TLGA ladies. We had a great day enjoying the next new women golfer. We can’t wait to see her on the putting green with Daddy.

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On March 14th Tradition Gold Tees celebrated St. Patrick's Day. 38 members enjoyed a dinner of shrimp cocktail, corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, rolls with green beer, wine and soda.

A. Carline, J. Melzer, P. Hayes & J. McLaughlin

The Gold Tees held the first summer cookout at the pool house after golf on May 24th, member chefs Al Carline, John McLaughlin, John Melzer and a support team of members prepared grilled hamburgers/hot dogs plus potato salad, mixed green salad, sauerkraut and all the “fixins” plus beer, wine and soda. Fifty Two members participated and a good time was had by all.

Servers Extraordinaire: J. Conway, M. Robic, V. Esposito, A. Carline

The first of season road trip was rained out on June 7th but the after golf party rocked on. It was held at Maxwell’s with roasted chicken wings and drinks.

The rain didn't stop the good times.

Also in June 45 Gold Tee members enjoyed an Italian Dinner at the pool house prepared by Chef Eddie Sheldon and many assistant chefs.

J. McLaughlin, E. Sheldon & D. Guzlas

The meal consisted of shrimp appetizer with John McLaughlin's famous spicy cocktail sauce, salad, chicken parmesan, penne pasta, bread and strawberry cheesecake for dessert. A prize drawing had Bob Keller the big winner.

Italian Night Dinner Enjoyed by all

Dale Guzlas "Hole in One"

Congratulations go to Dale Guzlas on July 5th! Playing in The Tradition “Gold Tees” weekly tournament he “Aced” the difficult #2 hole at The Tradition Golf Club. Using his #5 utility club, Dale played a slight draw to reach the 146 yard back left pin placement. Playing since his teen years, this was his first career “Hole In One”. Dale’s playing partners were John McLaughlin, Marion Culpepper and Tom Little. Dale hosted the clubhouse celebration following the round.

Gold Tee members met at the pool house on July 19th after golf to celebrate birthdays and have sub sandwiches and drinks. Birthday boys Eddie Rice, Tom Swanson and Martin Robic had their pictures taken, got a present of a sleeve of golf balls and a round of applause from members.

Happy Birthday Eddie Rice (not pictured), Marty Robic & Tom Swanson
  On September 20th the Gold Tees celebrated a special 80th Birthday for Roy MacSorley. All members signed a card and Dale Guzlas roasted Roy for the funny things he has done with the club. Kathy MacSorley provided, cake, snacks, and drinks for all the Gold Tee members.

Happy 80th Birthday Roy Macsorley

The "Umteenth" Gold Tee Championship Tournament was played the end of September.

A two week tournament was captioned by a hamburger cook-out with all the “fixins.” The players had a good dinner followed by an awards ceremony.

Winning foursome: Paul Lempert, Vinnie Esposito, Dale Guzlas and Roy MacSorley

The Member/Spouse/Partner Tournament was played on October 11th. Everyone got a little wet when the rain storms came through but still finished the round. A Hog Heaven meal of fried chicken, pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans and apple crisp was served following an enjoyable day of golf.

A Flight 1st & 2nd Place

B Flight 1st & 2nd Place

C Flight & D Flight Winners

Closest to the Pin Winners

John McLaughlin Posting the Results

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With Visions of Christmas Cookies…
By Merry Carol Cotton
Along about the middle of October probably most people are busy with the usual seasonal activities like carving pumpkins, making Halloween costumes, and possibly even raking leaves. But, not me. I’m beginning to have visions of Christmas cookies dancing in my head. So, with that said, before you think I’m “losing it” or maybe that I simply need to flip a few calendar pages, I want you to know I’m just into the early stages of my annual obsessing, then planning, and then organizing my very own Great Christmas Cookie Bake.

I pull out recipe books, old copies of special editions of holiday baking, and of course, my personal recipe file of family favorites. I sort and plan—and plan and sort--how many drop cookies, how many bar cookies, and how many cutout cookies—you know, cutout sugar cookies-- should I make? I’m sure you’re beginning to catch on: I love to bake cookies.

Peanut butter, gingerbread, chocolate chip, date drops, jam thumbprints, pecan sandies—and my famous lemon bars are all choices for my annual cookie bake. I even press out spritz cookies in shapes of yellow stars, green trees, and red wreaths. But my favorite is making and baking cutout sugar cookies that get transformed into various fanciful holiday shapes. It takes me awhile, but about the middle of November, those critical decisions on which cookie recipes to make are finalized. And, cutout cookies are always a definite shoo-in.

And so I begin list making—lists for staples like flour, the sugars—white, brown, and powdered-- and baking powder and baking soda. Once I have figured the pounds of butter I’ll need and butter is a must-- then, I decide how many eggs, how much cream and how many of the necessary flavorings, like vanilla and anise and peppermint are on hand. Then I put the needed flavoring on my appropriate shopping list. Raisins, dates, molasses, chocolate chips, coconut, and candied fruit are also critical to the success of the Great Christmas Cookie Bake. Only at this point can I begin to relax—that is to say, relax just a bit.

After making my lists and checking them twice for the major ingredients, I have to decide if I have plenty of what I call the necessary aesthetics for creating the red, green, and yellow frostings as well as a supply of colored sugars and lots of brightly colored sprinkles stock-piled. Finally, I check on one of the favorite decorations-- the dragees—you know those silver bb’s that add the finishing touch to frosted cutout sugar cookies.

Now, finally, as controlled calmness—knowing my supplies are in order—sets in…. but still feeling a mixture of excitement and really seeing those cookies dancing to a grand finale, I begin the countdown. Even my supply of cookie tins is ready for the delectable treats. Then, about the first of December when that first whiff of buttery aroma wafts through the kitchen, I know I’ve arrived—I’m in cookie-baking nirvana.
  I’ve even planned which recipes to mix up first… bar cookies like chocolaty brownies kick off the cookie bake and then tangy lemon bars, then the delicious date drop cookies...and on the baking goes until I’ve made about twelve different kinds. And as can be expected, I nibble on this one then that one but none ever seems to fail the taste test.

And a few days later, I’ve saved the best for last…time for the sugar cookie dough to be mixed, rolled, and cut. You see, I have this collection of cookie cutters that can cut the dough into nearly any shape and ready for baking.

Then, once I have several neatly piled stacks of freshly baked stars, Christmas trees, snowmen and angels and all the other seasonal shapes--it’s time to decorate and ... you know what? Did I forget to mention, time for the grandkids to arrive? You see they love to decorate as much as I love to bake cookies and decorating cutout sugar cookies is what puts the frosting on more than just the cookies but also on the season.

And so the decorating begins. Soon, some of their cookies are piled so high with frosting, sprinkles, and colored sugar and, maybe even some more frosting and the cookie is barely visible, the kids believe each cookie creation is a personal masterpiece from the palate of colored frostings, sprinkles, and sugars…and silver bb’s.

However, looking at all the frosting and imagining biting into one of their prized cookies, I have to admit, makes my teeth ache with all the sugary sweetness. But when one of them asks, “Grandma, do you think this cookie is pretty?” I reassure them it isn’t just pretty but it’s beautiful.

When the grandkids are confident they’ve created a collection of masterpieces and we’re all tired, they’re ready to head home and share their cookies with their Moms and Dads; we all agree we’ve had a fun day.

Probably by now, you’ve figured it out--it really isn’t just about baking and decorating, it’s about being with my grandchildren that is so special. Even knowing I’ll have a sticky kitchen and find smudges of frosting on the chairs and on virtually any kitchen surface weeks later, I’m certain my Great Christmas Cookie Bake has been a success and a memory maker for all of us.

Then, later—much later, when I find a “hidden” dragee--you know a silver bb—that dropped, then rolled, and now it’s lurking under the edge of my refrigerator and it’s months later, it’ll probably be about time visions of Christmas cookies start their annual dance in my head, and I begin my annual obsessing, planning, and organizing for my next Great Christmas Cookie Bake.
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  The Nest
by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

A New York Times bestseller. Meet the Plumb family: A textbook definition of the word “dysfunctional,” these four adult siblings wait for the day they can reap the benefits of their joint trust fund called, “the nest.”

Tensions reach a breaking point when the oldest brother, Leo threatens their inheritance in an ensuing car accident. What follows are the trials and triumphs of deep familial bonds.

Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter

A New York Times bestseller. In 1962, a young innkeeper looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: A tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an American starlet...and she is dying. Years later, an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  Our Little Racket
by Angelica Baker
A captivating debut about wealth, envy, and secrets: The story of five women whose lives are changed by the downfall of a financial titan. September 2008. Greenwich, Connecticut is shaken. When the investment bank Weiss & Partners is shuttered, CEO Bob D’Amico must deflect allegations of malfeasance, and the judgment and resentment of his community. Five women in his life must scramble to negotiate power and ask themselves what—if anything—is worth saving.
Don't You Cry
by Mary Kubica

Written by the New York Times-bestselling author of The Good Girl. In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther disappears without a trace. A haunting letter is found among her possessions, leaving her roommate, Quinn, to wonder where Esther is and if she's the person Quinn thought she knew. As Quinn searches for answers about Esther she soon realizes that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us.

  What She Knew
by Gilly Macmillan
A New York Times bestseller. Recently divorced Rachel is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes. Days pass and everyone becomes a suspect—especially Rachel, who soon finds dangers lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline

A New York Times bestseller. The captivating story of a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to long-buried questions. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, this powerful novel touches on upheaval, resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
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July 4th brought a hubbub of activities including neighborhood cart parades, community golf tournament, cookouts, and the annual "Salute from the Shore" which brought thousands of people out to the beaches early afternoon to view an aircraft parade. Hundreds of American Flags could be seen along Route 17, on Willbrook Blvd and throughout the neighborhood.

  On August 21st we were fortunate to be near the path of the total solar eclipse. Many of our neighbors viewed this event from the beach house deck, others traveled south and some just enjoyed the view from the comfort of their own back yards.

Here at Litchfield Beach the tiny sliver of sun that remained at the pivotal point prevented total darkness. Truly made us aware of the power of the sun. Many of our friends who traveled south to see a more "total" eclipse experienced some severe traffic jams getting home.

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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

Karen Vander Schaaf 843-237-8150
Mary Grace Robic 843-237-8745

By Darlene Dodson

Barbara Fuller , Joanne Kendall, Teresa Loonam, Daune Barksdale

We have started a new card game called “Hand Foot and Elbow” for anyone who lives in Tradition. We will be playing on Mondays at the Pool House.
1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays at 1:00 pm
2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:00 pm

It takes about 3 to 3 1/2 hours to play the entire game.

Pat Bryant, Suzi Youatt, Ann MacDonald & Kathy Berko

If you have questions on the game or would like to play please contact
Janette Mitchell at
or Darlene

Dee Ely "Another great year with a great turnout. Not only did we all work on keeping our bodies in shape, we had lots of fun and laughter, too. What a great way to start our days this past summer and looking forward to next summer. Keep those arms in shape!!"

Monique Philips ":Where did summer go??? It seems like yesterday we started water aerobics. It was a wonderful summer full of surprises again...snakes, frogs and a pesky fox squirrel.. but lots of great exercise, too. Remember to keep up with your pilate moves!!! And maybe Dee will continue with that exercise next summer since I am retiring! I have so enjoyed "leading" y'all in water aerobics!!! have a great fall, winter and spring...see you in the pool next summer!!!"


By Monique Philips

Save the second Wednesday of the month (except in December) 5PM and you too can come and whine/wine with us! Make a date with a bunch of Tradition ladies (and Tradition wanna-bes) get together either at the beach or at the Tradition pool house. It is a wonderful time to meet your neighbors over your favorite adult beverage and appetizers.

We ask everyone to bring finger food to share; and recently if we have leftovers, we share them with our local fire department. I think they look forward to our visits! We have some awesome cooks.

Not only do we visit with our friends, but we hold special events and collect for charitable organizations.
  • Over 100 non perishable food items were donated to the local food pantry this past year alone.
  • We collected $200 to sponsor the Flag Day American flags on Route 17 for the Litchfield Beautification Foundation.
  • Occasionally the group is invited to visit local businesses for a special Winey Wednesday event at their store front.
So! Save the date and come join us for a fun filled evening with your neighbors!

For further information, contact Monique Philips at

Sunday Golf

On Sundays we play 9 holes of golf and usually start about 1:00. Each month is headed up by 2 players who get the tee times, send out the e-mails and do the pairings, and the game we play. The best part is they select the restaurant where we dine afterwards. Sounds like a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the seasonal weather and meet your neighbors. Open to singles and couples!

For more information e-mail Darlene Dodson @
or call: 843-235-8066.

By Monique Philips

What a great year for tennis! It was a bit warm this past summer, but Mother nature has finally cooperated this past month-it's been cooler. Hurricanes will NOT stop US either. 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!

Big news: We’re CO-ED now; all are welcome!
It’s the game you played years ago!
Your memory will be refreshed after one hand!
Come join us: 2nd and 4th Mondays 1st and 3rd Fridays
Play is from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the pool house
It’s a fun game, no substitutes to worry about,
no obligation to show every time.
Send your e-mail address to get a reminder of play dates.
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UTIs with Dr. Vance

Burning, tingling, or stinging sensation on urination is called dysuria. This is a very common condition that many of you may have felt at one time or another. The most common cause for dysuria is infection, especially cystitis (bladder infection). Other causes, including yeast infections and sexually transmitted diseases, are less common causes of dysuria. Sometimes there are noninfectious causes like kidney stones or dermatitis. Other symptoms of cystitis include frequency of urination, urgency, suprapubic pain, and blood in the urine.

Women between the ages of 16 and 55 with uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be treated safely with oral antibiotics without further testing. But there are several conditions that would make an infection complicated. Some of the most common risk factors for complicated UTIs include postmenopausal state, sex, pregnancy, hospitalization with or without bladder catheterization and diabetes.

So what should you do if you are having dysuria? I will check a dipstick urinalysis in the office to see if there are leukocytes or nitrites. These are commonly seen when bacteria is present. I will order a urine culture to see the type of bacteria and what antibiotics are best used to treat the infection if there are complicating risk factors.

Men do not typically suffer from UTIs, and therefore more testing may be needed, and a longer antibiotic course may be necessary to complete treatment. Consider and rule out other causes like prostatitis, interstitial cystitis, overactive bladder, neoplasm, or topical irritants. If there is a high enough suspicion for a bacterial infection, it is recommended to start antibiotics while waiting for any further needed test results like a urine culture.

There are some common antibiotics to choose from when starting treatment. Studies show bacterial resistance to ampicillin and sulfa in many cases. Cipro resistance has increased significantly over the past 10 years. It is now recommended not to use Cipro as initial antibiotic to treat an uncomplicated UTI due to the rising resistance. Nitrofurantoin may be the best and safest antibiotic currently to treat cystitis.

I want to take a moment to mention pyelonephritis. This is a serious urinary tract infection that has spread up to the kidneys. There will usually be back pain and high fever associated with this kidney infection. Treatment is up to 14 days with antibiotics, and often will require inpatient IV antibiotics. In mild to moderate pyelonephritis, outpatient oral antibiotics and proper hydration is adequate. In severe pyelonephritis though, inpatient treatment with IV antibiotics and IV hydration would be needed.

So if you are experiencing any abnormal urinary symptoms, or have concerns for bladder or kidney infections, then you need to go see your health care provider. If you are not able to see your health care provider, or may be looking for a new health care provider, consider South Strand Internists & Urgent Care. We have locations in Pawleys Island, Surfside Beach, and Carolina Forest. Thank you for allowing me to discuss urinary infections with you. Until next time, J. Vance Vandergriff, M.D.

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.

By Bill Kendall

In the summer of 1985 the IBM Corporation decided to set up a Far East Headquarters. The Corporation recruited a number of employees and their families for a 2 year assignment in Tokyo, Japan. They came from many countries, but the majority came from the USA. It was in Tokyo that these “Gijins” all met and developed a camaraderie in this foreign country; developing new friendships in the land of different customs and languages.

Since it has been over 30 years from the Tokyo experience, Tom Leis of River Club undertook the responsibility to organize a “TOKYO REUNION” in Pawleys Island. He was assisted by his Wife, Carol, and Joanne and Bill Kendall of Tradition. On the weekend of October 7th 19 people from the Tokyo experience came together in Pawleys Island.

They came from Florida, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, Texas and North Carolina. Tee shirts for this occasion were designed by Lauren Clayton, who was 8 years old when she was in Japan with her parents, Paul and Yvonne. Lauren has her own Graphics Arts business in Stamford, CT. The shirts depicted the Japanese characters for “Year Of The Rooster” (2017} plus characters representing “Tokyo” and “Friendship”.

The weekend began with the early arrivals meeting at the Deck at Webster's on Thursday night for food, drink and conversation. On Friday the remaining group arrived. Friday night everybody met at Joanne and Bill Kendalls' home in Tradition for a cocktail party. There they reminisced and enjoyed lots of Sushi and Asahi beer. Following the party the group motored to Miyabi for a Japanese style Teppanyaki meal.. The chefs were entertaining, as usual, and everybody got their fill of rice!

Tokyo Reunion of “Gijins”

The group met Saturday morning on the Deck at Litchfield-by-the-Sea for Mimosas, Bloody Marys, bagels and Danish. The afternoon's golf outing had to be canceled due to weather. Some of the group went shopping at the Hammock Shops, some went to Brookgreen Gardens and some stayed to watch football on TV. Saturday night dinner was Southern Style and held at Carol and Tom Leis' home in River Club; Fried Chicken, Pulled Pork and all the fix'ins was on the menu. The dinner was capped off with delicious Sweet Potato and Pecan Bourbon pies baked by Cathy Frank of Tradition.

Sunday morning was breakfast at True Blue and afterwards the group departed to return home. We all concluded that we need to get together more often. It was suggested, jokingly, that we should do this again in 10 years. As one”gaijin” exclaimed, “I checked my birth certificate......and we need to do this sooner!”
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By Keith Hoile @

Friends and Neighbors say farewell to Tom and Barbara Cardea (March 2017)
Photo courtesy of Paul Lempert
  • Thomas and Elaine Little, 29 Confederate Lane, from Branchberg, NJ.
  • Guy and Roberta Jocius, 151 Patriot Lane, from Chicago
  • Joel and Ann Friedenberg, 34 Monarch Court, from Connecticut
  • Becky Pissanos and Lori Ritchie, 41 Low Country Lane, from Pawleys Island
  • Peter and Cindi Caron, 68 Low Country Lane, from Blowing Rock, NC
  • William & Barbara Ackershoek, 30 Brookridge Lane, from New Jersey
  • Steve and Cheryl Putman, 30 Shrimp Net Court, from Atlanta
  • Despina (Diane) Jones, 54 Patriot Lane, from Fairfax, VA
  • Joseph Randza, 1525 Tradition Club Drive, from Pawleys Island
  • Patricia Perry, 113 Alexander Glennie Drive, from Pawleys Island
  • Francis and Allison Mooney, 1692 Tradition Club Drive, from Pawleys Island
  • Jan and Jane Bielecki, 706 Tradition Club Drive, from Cumberland, RI
  • Renee and Robert Hammond, 12 Revolution Court, from Pawleys Island
  • Penny and Stanley Walczyk, 77 Deacon Drive, from Baltic, CT
  • Samuel and Julia Lewis, 182 Historic Lane, from Pawleys Island
  • Stephanie Demmerle, 91 Patriot Lane, from Nanuet, NY
  • Robert Bridges, 29 Cobblestone Drive, from Dublin, OH
  • Robert and Linda Wittig, 137 Tradition Club Drive, from Pawleys Island
  • Bevinn and Glenn Hermann, 41 Boatman Drive, from New Jersey
  • Randall Mills and Florence Covington, 1642 Tradition Club Drive, from River Club
  • William and Deborah O'Brien, 1664 Tradition Club Drive, from Binghamton, NY
  • Claire Fleming from 41 Low Country Lane
  • Linda Lehman from 34 Monarch Court
  • William Page from 68 Low Country Lane
  • Stuart Boehmig from 30 Brookridge Lane
  • Tom and Barbara Cardea from 30 Shrimp Net Court
  • Dorothy Jennings from 1525 Tradition Club Drive
  • Eugene and Ann Patterson from 113 Alexander Glennie Drive
  • Helen Salemme from 1692 Tradition Club Drive
  • Andrea Kalat from 706 Tradition Club Drive
  • Lori Clark from 12 Revolution Court
  • Thomas and Finola Jacobucci from 77 Deacon Drive
  • Linda Breznicky from 182 Historic Lane
  • Clare Majorossy from 91 Patriot Lane
  • Dennis and Jamie Webb from 29 Cobblestone Drive
  • Larry and Laura Wiley from 137 Tradition Club Drive
  • John and Kathleen Donovan from 41 Boatman Drive
  • Robert and Marilynn Hagan from 1642 Tradition Club Drive
  • William and Elizabeth Walters from 1664 Tradition Club Drive
  • Norma Wolfe, 52 Discovery Lane, 843-237-9937 (Re Add to Directory)
  • Pat Shriver, 40 Patriot Lane, phone number corrected to (843) 240-3335
  • Ken and Gale Emery, 30 Boatman Drive, new phone (843) 424-4655
  • Updated email for Bob Fulton:
by Jan Shepherd
Strange things happening on Boatmen Drive, but that's nothing new. Everything from pirates to witches to Flintstones gathered on Saturday night at the home of Ken and Gale Emery for what has become an annual event at 30 Boatmen Drive. Since the Emerys do nothing in a small way, the party gets bigger and better every year. Prizes are awarded for best costumes and there were no disappointments this year. We're sure Gale is already planning next year's event.

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By Ron and Irene Bossert

On May 27th we celebrated 50 years of marriage and shared this special anniversary with family and friends over Memorial Day weekend. In June we traveled to our 49th and 50th states- Oregon and Washington. We have enjoyed many travels over the years, Ron traveling to 66 countries and Irene 44 countries.

Habitat for Humanity Global Village 2018
By Charlie & Carol Cocores

We are running an open Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip to Thailand to build homes March 2018 ($2010) and a closed (not posted on the internet) trip to Poland late June 22 to July 2, 2018. ($1852)

We'd love to have you along on one or both! Let us know if you're interested so we can save a spot.

contact us at
(860)304-2667 or (860)304-2668
for more info on Thailand click on the link below.
Asheville North Carolina Project last Summer
Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries
From the Editor

Virginia is no stranger to Wineries, during our many visits to this state we have stumbled upon (not out of) many a winery. There are over 300 fully functional wineries in Virginia now. The last time we were in Williamsburg five years ago, we added a local brewery into our tour. In September this year we visited Williamsburg once again and this time, not only did we find more wineries, but more breweries and a distillery or two. Hot dog.

It was only since my return from Scotland did I add to my bucket list “learn to drink scotch” and so I did and therefore the prospect of visiting a local distillery was high on my “to do” list. Don’t get me wrong, I am still a lightweight when it comes to alcohol. I have merely broadened my horizons.

On our 2nd day in the city, after a big lunch, we visited the Copper Fox Distillery. The Wasmund family opened a second location of their popular winery in Williamsburg just a year before our visit. The original site is in Sperryville, 2 hours west. We had a marvelous tour of the distillery which sprawls across an historic 6-acre plot that previously hosted the Lord Paget Motel.

The work that has been done to date and the plans for the future are amazing. The site will eventually support an old 1930s speak easy, a wedding venue and various suites to accommodate guests. It currently has a large area for floor malting and a lower level for a fruitwood kiln. The spirit is distilled in small batches in a custom-built copper pot still, hand labeled and sealed with wax. The entire manual process was an eye-opener. Our tasting included several ryes, single malts, sour mash (124 proof) and an herbal gin.

As we concluded our tasting, I had settled on purchasing a few bottles of this and one of that… until I saw the price. $96 for one bottle? Oops. Talk about an eye opener. I did buy ONE, a Rappahannock pot stilled non chill-filtered Single Malt. I have not yet broken the seal, I am saving it for a special occasion. Soon.

The rest of our Williamsburg trip was equally rewarding, scoring 7 bottles of wine to bring home and a flight of 8 brews (those we drank on site). As I plan my next vacation, I think..perhaps the Kentucky Bourbon trail?

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last updated 11/4/17 by Celise McLaughlin