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   Directory Updates   Page 7
   The President's Corner   Page 2
   Suggested Vendor List   Page 5
Around Tradition
   Litchfield Corridor Beautification   Page 3
   Litchfield By The Sea   Page 5
   Celebrating Gold   Page 5
   Gator Season   Page 11
   Whiney Wednesday   Page 5
   Meals on Wheels   Page 5
   Walk & Talk   Page 5
   Water Aerobics   Page 5
Travel & Leisure
   Book Review   Page 6
   Canasta!   Page 5
   From the Editor   Page 12
   Gold Tees   Page 9
   Golf Tips - By Steve Dresser   Page 8
   Men's Golf Club   Page 11
   Nine Hole Ladies Golf   Page 10
   Tradition Golf Club   Page 11
   Tradition Ladies Golf Assn   Page 9
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The 2012 Spring Edition of this newsletter will be delivered to your mailbox mid March.
Deadline for the 2012 Summer Edition will be July 15thth for a mid August Publication date.
Editor: Celise McLaughlin Advertisers: contact Bill Renault
Tradition Newsletters 1999 through 2011 are archived Newsletter Archives Link

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By Frank D'Amato

Tom Ellison and I want to thank everyone for supporting us to another term on the Tradition BOD. We, along with the other BOD members, continue to work hard at maintaining and upgrading wherever possible the association common areas. This year we will begin to seal coat our streets and upgrade the Pool House kitchen.

For those of you who did not attend the annual meeting the association financials are in excellent condition. The Reserve Fund begins the year with $547,000. And the Operating Budget has approximately $50,000.

As you know the 2012 dues remained at $57.00 per month. I made a very important announcement at the Home Owners Meeting concerning the Reserve Fund for 2013. The 2013 Reserve portion of the dues will increase by $4.00 making the monthly dues increase to $61.00. This assumes no increase in the Operating Budget, which we will not know until we renew our yearly contracts.

The Reserve Fund actually showed the need for an increase this year but we decided to wait until the LBTS assessments end this fall.

Santee Cooper:
Santee Cooper will be working in the community from March through August. Please read the letter and review the diagrams I received from Santee Cooper which are on the next page. This is important information for every homeowner in Tradition.
  Seal Coating:
The board has requested and received bids to seal coat Phase 1, the oldest streets in the community. The area coming off of Willbrook Blvd. into our front entrance will also include some new paving. Phases 2, 3 and 4 will follow in consecutive years. If the pool needs re-plastering during this time frame, we will skip a year of seal coating for the pool repair and return back to the seal coating schedule after the pool work.

Rust Issues:
The association continues to work on common area rust issues and the BOD and Covenants Committee hopes you will do the same.

We were not totally satisfied with this winter's flower plantings. We plan to add additional flowers and Christmas lighting for the next winter season.

I want to thank the volunteers who decorated this past Christmas. They did a great job with the decorations we supplied.

Please cancel your newspapers when leaving town. They should not be left in your driveways indicating no-one is home.

Coyotes are roaming the Litchfield area and have been seen in the Reserve, Willbrook, Litchfield, River Club and the Tradition. The police will not respond to wild animal calls. We have asked the county for help. Be watchful and keep yourselves and your pets safe.
  Roof Maintenance:
Many roofs in the neighborhood are growing mold and should be cleaned before causing damage. If you need a new roof, you may be available for a grant from a program on the SC Safehome web site. I am not familiar with the site, but it may be worth a try to check it out.

Highway 17:
The Litchfield Beautification Committee continues to do a great job landscaping highway 17. Your personal contributions are always welcome. Thank you to Kathy MacSorley for her article in this newsletter.

Make sure we have your e-mail addresses so that the BOD can communicate with you. To add your email address to distribution, please contact a board member or email Vince Franco at

Please feel free to discuss and/or ask questions to any board member at any time.

The board schedule and the monthly board minutes are available on the web site. The minutes are always behind as we must approve minutes at the following months meeting.

Please call me or any board member 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.

Have a great Summer Season.

Thanks, Frank D’Amato

For a full PDF version for view and print of the Santee Cooper letter and diagram, click on the images below

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By Kathy MacSorley
Photos Courtesy of LCBC

LCBC Annual Meeting

  The Beautification Committee held their Annual Meeting at the Litchfield-By-The-Sea beach house on October 24th. There was approximately 100 people in attendance and all were in a party mood. The weather was great and everyone enjoyed getting to be inside the new beach house.

Tom Leis, committee president along with Ken Dewell, committee treasurer, reported that private donations have increased by about 20 percent, to $85,000. Stepping up the fundraising efforts with private homeowners has paid off as more and more households became members. The committee reported they will continue to speak at property owner association meetings and attempt to gain more business donors in order to sustain the annual budget of $100,000. The annual budget covers the costs of maintenance, insurance, marketing and a reserve fund. Members were thanked for their sense of stewardship that is needed to support an aggressive maintenance program of daily trash pickup and weekly mowing and pruning.

We are happy to welcome Rhea Carter and Nina Bryant as two new board members as a result of our annual meeting. The LCBC team is looking forward to their ideas and suggestions.

Logo bags containing newsletters and brochures were given to guests to help spread the word that the beautiful Litchfield medians are the result of the community pride that exists in this area. The lush gateway into town, created by crepe myrtles, palms, and other plantings on a trimmed, trash free landscape is a model for surrounding communities.

The fabulous food and wine served at the annual meeting was donated by local businesses and LCBC members. Our thanks to all those who made the party a success.

It is a great opportunity to see our supporters and meet new people. Two of our donors, Jim and Wendy Harrigan are new to Tradition, as well as the community, and we thank them for becoming members during the party.

The LCBC is continuing to grow and always welcomes new members. Please contact any Officer or Board member for information. Visit our web site for contact information.


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By Jeanette Renault

Please be aware of recent inquiries:
  1. Shrubs should be cut back if they present a safety hazard to walkers or if they impede drivers’ vision.
  2. Several garbage receptacles were observed in view of the street. They should be stowed inside the garage or screened with shrubs or fencing.
  3. Garage doors should remain closed unless garage is in use.
We appreciate your attention to these inquiries.

Our list of recommended vendors is for your convenience. If you have any problems or if any have discontinued service, please let us know. We advise a vendor when we get a complaint. They may remain on the list for a minor infraction, but if we receive a second complaint they are removed from the list.

The Covenants Booklet is on the Tradition Website.

Your Covenants Committee:
Jeanette Renault
Ron Brugge
Bill Crimmins
Ken Dewell
Phil Fleiss
Allan MacDonald
Don McDowell
Bill Renault


Air Conditioning/Heating
  SR Air Conditioning, Andy 237-5305
Mailbox Repair or Replace
  John K, Sign-It-Quick 843 293-9855
(complete replacement)
Mailbox Paint
(mailbox size: 10 7/8 H
8 ½ W, 20 ¼ L)
Sherwin Williams-Murrells Inlet 651-3718
Home Depot (take sample)
Ace Hardware (Tradition Moss) 235-3555
General Repair Work
(Also Mailbox Repair)
Graham Lawing, 543-2392
Dave King, 458-6352
Dick Graham, 843 241-3538
Roof RepairMitch Anderson, 546-3330 (Evenings)
Roof Cleaning Ryan Wright, 240-4830
Minton Braddy, 843 385-8500
Irrigation Systems Brett Atkins, 602-3029
Ed Gooding, 457-6155
ElectricianJim Wright, 215-4650; Cell 843 458-1574
Plumber DS Plumbing 979-9977, 357-9977
Frank D’Antoni, Cell 458-1805
Bill Roesing, 215-4624
Tree Trimming/RemovalArbortech, John McGrath, 843 450-0921
Allgreen Tree Service, Kevin Nichols, 626-7065
Lawn ServiceBrett Atkins, 843 602-3029
Mastercare Lawn Service
    843 215-3511 or 1-877 848-8733
Ronald Linnen, 843 545-1749, Cell 843 344-2868
Pritchett Lawn Service, 843 340-0126
Pressure WashingEd McDonald, Quality Pressure Cleaning, 458-4419
Al Seno, Grand Strand Pressure Cleaning 650-5078
Gas Fireplace MaintenanceMike’s Mechanical, 357-9833
Garage Door OpenersA&A Garage Repair, Richard Wilson, 455-3688
Home Remodeling, Construction, Repairs Bobby Struck Construction LLC
Cell 458-9704, Fax 843 235-8440

Tradition Community
Board of Directors 2012

Frank D'Amato 235-8885
Tom Ellison235-8071
Merry Cotton235-6862
Dave Rubin314-3712
John Bartha235-9998
Phil McLeod
Kuester Management

Pool House Scheduling

contact Tom Ellison
  Architecture Review Board
By Vince Civitarese

Hello to all. I hope winter has kind to everyone. It sure has been a mild winter and things are already growing.

The ARB has spent the winter without much going on. With spring just about here I am sure that will change, with the need for permits on the rise for the warmer months. Please keep in mind that permits are needed for just about everything other than small landscape projects and for tree trimming. When in doubt please ask a board member if a permit is needed. I always say that to be safe, get a permit.

We are looking forward to a nice easy summer with little problems and much to do.

Thank you all for keeping the Tradition one of the best communities in the area.

President POA Frank D'Amato 235-8885
Clubhouse Tom Ellison 235-8071
Covenants  Jeanette Renault 235-3566
ARB Vince Civitarese 237-3568
Grounds  Alex Heardon 843-241-3287
    [Emergencies Only]]

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Gloria Starrick, 235-2631
Claudia Krauth 237-7544

by Joanne Stewart

Please come join us. The weather certainly has been no excuse not to walk for the most part. Its not our typical February. Walking is one of the easiest way to get some exercise and move that body. You do it every day around the house or on the golf course. We meet at the Pool Clubhouse at 8:45am and walk for approximately 45 minutes. You can do it daily or pick and choose your days that work best for you. Its a great way to meet some of your neighbors and make new friends. Before you know it, the pool will be open and then it will be time for Water Aerobics. Come out and give it a try.

By Pat Shriver
Canasta originated in 1939 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and in the ‘40's spread to Argentina, Chile, Peru and Brazil. In 1948 it was introduced in the United States and was a very popular game in the “50's.

NEWS FLASH: We have revived canasta at the Tradition Club House in 2012. We are playing on the first and third Friday afternoons of the month. To date, we have 29 members and we average as many as 16 for each playtime. We all have learned or relearned this game since starting our group last October. Considering the timing of the game’s popularity, many of us played this game when we were in school. Long before video games!

If you think you would be interested in joining our group, please contact Jeanette Renault @235-3566 or Pat Shriver @237-2678.
Litchfield By The Sea News
By Bill McElroy, Vice President

The annual meeting of LBTS will be held May 9th at 9:00am. The place will be in the official notification of the meeting. We always need 50%+ to hold the official meeting and I encourage you to return your proxy as soon as you receive it. If you decide to attend and/or change your vote in any way, you may do that at check-in time. There will be reports on how we are doing financially, and how the enhancement is being accepted by the membership.

There will be three board members up for election and the results of the nominating committee will be in the official notice. Persons may be nominated from the floor if you desire.

The most important item is to approve the resolution that affects our tax status. The official notice will explain that further. These are the same two items, elections and tax that appear on the agenda annually.

The enhancement funds are flowing in as expected and your finances are in very good shape concerning the housing market and its effect on Property Owners Associations.

You will hear an update on the fireworks situation at the beach, security matters and other plans for improvement in our reports.

As always, there will be an open forum to address any concerns at the meeting.

I would like to personally thank you for your support and I will continue to serve the Association in the best interests of all owners, but particularly the full time residents who enjoy the facilities year around.


The Pool Officially opens Mid-May - but for the hearty, it's open all year round.

June is just around the corner and we will start water aerobics on Friday, June 1.
It's a fun group and we do take our water exercises seriously (most of the time).
Last year we met from June 1 to September 14 with 1048 exercises.
We had 7 sessions with 30+ attendees, 28 sessions with 20+.
Water Aerobics meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 to 10 A.M.- Come join us!

C A N A S T A !
Ann Carline went back to New Jersey and taught her friends while she was there.. Darlene Dodson, Kay Nelson and Joyce Johnson had never played before. In the 50's and 60's Joan Murren, Pat Bowen and Ann MacDonald played with kids in the neighborhood;

Susan Foderaro and Judy Gammel remember playing with their grandmothers; Joan Gallagher, Dawn Hoover and Pat Shriver played with their mothers; Mary Graef with Bill’s Mom;

Pat Crimmins, Julie Ferraro, Claudia Krauth, Carol Freed, Merry Cotton, Jeanette Renault, Mary Grace Robic, Maxine Swontek and Jan Jennings all played with friends one time or another.

Winey, Whiney, Winey, matter what you call it, please come to Winey/Whiney Wednesdays!!! We meet the second Wednesday of the month at the Tradition pool house OR the LBTS beach deck from 5 til 7pm!
It's a great way to meet your new neighbors or reconnect with old friends and neighbors! Just bring your own "beverage", an appetizer to share and always bring a friend. The more the merrier!!!

Please contact Monique Philips via e-mail( to add your e-mail address to her WW group e-mail. You will then be notified of upcoming "events".

....we will try to start going to the deck in April (maybe even March!!!) If the weather turns nasty, we then head to the poolhouse! Hope to see you at one of our Winey Wednesdays! Remember! YOU make Winey Wednesday a success!

If you are interested in supplying a meal for some of our Tradition Homeowners or if you are a neighbor in need please contact Claudia Krauth or call 237-7544
We Deliver Smiles

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Litchfield Books
Recommended Spring & Summer Reading

Catherine The Great by Robert Massie
Once upon a time, there was a minor German princess named Sophia. In 1744, at the age of 14, she was taken by her ambitious mother--removed from her family, her religion, and her country--to a foreign land with a single goal: marry a prince and bear him an heir. Once in Russia, she changed her name, learned the language, and went on to become the world's richest and most powerful woman, ruler of its then-largest empire. She is remembered as Catherine the Great.

There may be no better author than Robert K. Massie to take on the daunting task of documenting this most rare of human lives. Massie, a Pulitzer prize winner, is a seasoned biographer of the Romanov dynasty.
In his page-turning chronicle of Catherine II, Massie compiles the most complete and compelling narrative to date of this singular woman. Married to an incompetent man-child who was unwilling or unable to help her fulfill her primary role--giving birth to a son--she ultimately grew to become a trailblazer among monarchs: friend of philosophical giants, incomparable patron of the arts, prosecutor of multiple wars, pioneer of public health, maker of kings, and prodigious serial lover.

Indeed, her accomplishments and shortcomings as an autocrat and a woman make for a remarkable saga, but that's not to say that just any author could do justice to Catherine's lasting legacy. (Many have tried.) Massie situates Catherine's early life and three-decade reign as empress amidst the tumult of the European Enlightenment, enriching his own narrative with telling excerpts of her letters and rich discussions of her political environment and personal motivations.
The Time In Between by Maria Duenas
At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. At fourteen, she quietly begins her own apprenticeship. By her early twenties she has learned the ropes of the business and is engaged to a modest government clerk. But everything changes when two charismatic men burst unexpectedly into her neatly mapped-out life: an attractive salesman and the father she never knew.

With the Spanish Civil War brewing in Madrid, Sira leaves her mother and her fiancé, impetuously following her handsome lover to Morocco. However, she soon finds herself abandoned, penniless, and heartbroken in an exotic land. Among the odd collection of European expatriates trapped there by the worsening political situation back on the Continent, Sira reinvents herself by turning to the one skill that can save her: her gift for creating beautiful clothes.
As England, Germany, and the other great powers launch into the dire conflict of World War II, Sira is persuaded to return to Madrid, where she takes on a new identity to embark upon the most dangerous undertaking of her career. As the preeminent couturier for an eager clientele of Nazi officers’ wives, Sira becomes embroiled in the half-lit world of espionage and political conspiracy rife with love, intrigue, and betrayal.

Already a runaway bestseller across Europe, The Time In Between is one of those rare, richly textured novels that enthrall down to the last page. María Dueñas reminds us how it feels to be swept away by a masterful storyteller.
The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution, the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape.. On a stormy night in small-town America, a couple, desperate and soaked to the skin, knock on a stranger's door. When Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow living a safe and conventional life, answers their knock, her world changes forever.

In a moment of despair, they reveal that Lynnie has a newborn baby. But, moments later, the police bang on the door. Homan escapes into the darkness, Lynnie is captured. But just before she is returned to The School, bound and tied, she utters two words to Martha: "Hide her."

And so begins the 40-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia - lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.

Devastatingly powerful and richly compelling, The Story of Beautiful Girl is a mesmerizing novel which will captivate readers everywhere.
The Ocean Forest by Troy D. Nooe
Frankie McKeller hates the beach. He has ever since that day on the one they called Omaha. If the guy who saved his life during the war wasn't getting married he'd never have made the trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

As a low budget gum shoe out of Baltimore, he isn't prepared for a weekend of hob-nobbing with the Southern elite. When a prominent wedding guest is found with a bullet to the brain, the six week course he took in private investigation proves lacking as well. Who knew life on the Grand Strand could be so grand?

In three days at the beach he is seduced by a sultry debutante who used to be engaged to his buddy, threatened by a controlling father and roughed up by a mysterious henchman running muscle for the rich and privileged.
Frankie is out of his element at the exclusive Ocean Forest Hotel, snooping and stumbling his way through his first ever murder case. The deeper he wades into the mystery the more things keep pointing back to his best friend and he is forced to come face to face with his own ghosts and demons.

Crooked land deals, secret alliances and forgotten family skeletons cloud the truth in the land of sun, surf, golf and gators. Set in a budding beach resort, still searching for an identity, he finds that nothing is as it seems and his experience with following cheating husbands and wives offers little in the way of aid. He's looking for answers to questions some people don't want answered and his blend of jaded sarcasm with blunt Yankee machismo is leaving a lot of ruffled feathers in his wake. Torn between seeking the truth and protecting his friend, Frankie slowly begins to uncover clues as he's dragged deeper into an under tow of deceit and corruption.

Southern tradition meets old school mystery in this twisting tale as rival families attempt to alter the course of what is destined to become one of America's top vacation destinations.
The Healing by Jonathan Odell

The pre-Civil War South comes brilliantly to life in this masterfully written novel about a mysterious and charismatic healer readers won't soon forget.

Mississippi plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield loses her daughter to cholera after her husband refuses to treat her for what he considers to be a "slave disease." Insane with grief, Amanda takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada, much to the outrage of her husband and the amusement of their white neighbors. Troubled by his wife's disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague sweeping through his slave population, Master Satterfield purchases Polly Shine, a slave reputed to be a healer.
Polly's sharp tongue and troubling predictions cause unrest across the plantation. Complicating matters further, Polly recognizes "the gift" in Granada, the mistress's pet, and a domestic battle of wills ensues.

Seventy-five years later, Granada, now known as Gran Gran, is still living on the plantation and must revive the buried memories of her past in order to heal a young girl abandoned to her care. Together they learn the power of story to heal the body, the spirit and the soul.

Rich in mood and atmosphere, The Healing is the kind of novel readers can't put down - and can't wait to recommend once they've finished.

Please stop by the store to see what the book clubs are reading
or visit our website
Register your book club to be listed on our website
and receive your book club discount.

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Welcome neighbor..
Say Hello to Carol Fosnaugh and Dee Ely who moved onto Patriot Lane from Illinois. Both Carol and Dee work for Grand Strand Homewatch CareGivers in Murrells Inlet. Carol is the Community Liaison and Dee works as a Client Care Coordinator. Carol says "one of the most rewarding things about this career is to know that our passion is dedicated to ensuring quality of life for the clients and peace of mind for their loved ones".
Dee is a member of the Ladies' Nine Hole league, she also enjoys swimming, reading and traveling. Carol is interested in Theatre, jogging and in addition to her home health care career, she volunteers with animal rescue.
Have you got a story to share?
New to the community?
Got an interesting job or hobby?
Your neighbors would love to read it!

Send your article
for the next newsletter


By Merry Cotton
The spring garage sale date is to be announced soon! For those of you new to Tradition, the community has one garage sale a year. A flier will be placed in your paper boxes with essential information, and the date will also be announced via email.

Advertisements will be placed in at least two local newspapers and signs announcing the garage sale will be placed along Willbrook Boulevard and King’s River Road the week of the sale.
The Board provides balloons for the participants to place on their mailboxes the day of the sale. All of this for a $10 registration fee. Keep watch for the announcement of the date.
Updates since Fall & Winter 2011-2012 Newsletter

By David Philips

  • Al & Faye Britsch: 314-3632; email
  • Gary & Kathryn Clifford: add email address
  • William & Maryann DiGaudio: add telephone number 237-4720
  • James & Wendy Harrigan: correct spelling of last name
  • Allan & Barbara MacDonald: change telephone number to 314-3187
  • Richard Nielson: add telephone number 455-0615
  • Catherine Nielson: add telephone number 455-3105
  • Chuck & Maureen Olnhausen: change telephone number to 251-4317
  • John Plesha: add telephone number (412) 979-7027
  • Rosemary Plesha: add telephone number (412) 596-9598, email:
  • Chuck Shanley: change telephone 446-4045, email:
  • Sonya Shanley: change telephone 458-0440, email:
  • Timothy & Diane Smith: change telephone number to 833-9553
  • John & Lee Wilson: change telephone number to 235-9150
  • Kevin & Deborah Baldessari to 71 Confederate Lane from Garden City, NY
  • Julian & Cynthia Bordes to 134 Historic Lane from Pell City, Alabama
  • Al & Faye Britsch to 12 Shrimp Net Court from Bridgewater, NJ;
  • Margaret Georgia to 29 Confederate Lane from Fairlee, VT
  • William & Catherine Michael to 116 Historic Lane
  • Jane Blais from 71 Confederate Lane
  • Joe & Ann English from 134 Historic Lane
  • Lou & Ann Fossi from 12 Shrimp Net Court
  • Keith & Danielle Otto from 29 Confederate Lane
  • Jeff & Brenda Purtell from 116 Historic Lane
Changes? Contact Dave Philips at 237-0494 or


Would recommend this company..
    by Pat and Jack Shriver

Recently we had a toilet leak that spilled over into two of our bedrooms. After mopping up the initial damage and realizing how wet some of our carpet was, we decided to seek the advice of a carpet cleaner. Having always used DURACLEAN, we decided to call them.

They came out 3 times, using professional fans and dehumidifiers to dry everything and then cleaned all the carpets. They were very courteous and understanding of our situation. They offered to help us move absolutely everything back the way it was before the leak. I would highly recommend this business, in addition to being extremely professional they were also very reasonably priced!

Would recommend this company..
    by Celise McLaughlin

In December my daughter sent me Iris for my birthday, they were beautiful buds. She said she had trouble finding my favorite spring bloom, but finally had located a florist who carried it. After a few days, the iris had not opened, in fact they had died.
I didn't have the heart to tell her.

I called the florist, Callas in Murrells Inlet , to ask if I could come and get a replacement flower arrangement because I was leaving on vacation the next day. Instead she offered to send a fresh Iris bouquet the day I returned. And they did. Customer Service at its best!

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Activity Contacts
  • Book Exchange-Veronica Bucello 237-7334
  • Bridge (Ladies)-Suzie Albright 237-1594
  • Canasta - Pat Shriver 237-2678
  • Golf-18 holes (Men)-Steve Kronski 235-3711
  • Golf-9 holes (Men)-Vince Franco 237-9190
  • Golf-18 holes (Women)- Sally Russell
  • Golf-9 holes (Women)-Bonnie Eaglin 235-9160
  • Mah Jongg-Lynn Autorino 237-7745
  • Meals on Wheels - Claudia Krauth 237-7544
  • Men's Cards (Wed) - Charlie Malara 235-9344
  • Men's Cards (Thurs) - Phil Ribaudo 235-9848
  • Mexican Train - Bonnie Eaglin 235-9160
  • Needleworkers-Loretta Espey 235-3518
  • Newsletter-Celise McLaughlin 235-8532
  • Newsletter-Advertising-Bill Renault 235-3566
  • Telephone Directory-David Philips 237-0494
  • Tennis (Men)-Phil Ribaudo 235-9848
  • Tennis (Women)-Nancy Malara 235-9344
  • Franco 237-9190
  • Walk & Talk -Joanne Stewart 237-1305
  • Water Aerobics - Pat Shriver 237-2678
  • Winey Wednesdays - M. Philips 237-0494

pro·cras·ti·nate- to postpone doing something.
Normally I am not a procrastinator by nature, quite the contrary. I make lists and look forward every day to checking items off. But when it comes time to do the newsletter every 4 months, I put it off, put it off.. knowing full well that I'll be a stressed mess when it comes near deadline. I always say I'm going to start working on the next one right away, but I never do.

Steve Dresser Golf Academy
80 Pinehurst Lane
Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Three Basic Short Game Shots
Look, Mom, No Wrists!
Make the short game your secret weapon on the course. In the following 3 series of photos I’ll explain the basics of simplified and proficient wedge play. This first series of photos shows the technique for a shot from right next to the green with a fairly good lie. Notice how the arms and club all swing as one with no wrist action. The triangle formed by the arms remains intact throughout the swing. In the short game DON’T USE YOUR WRISTS IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO! You can’t hit the ball very far this way (maybe 30 yards or so) but you can hit it solidly.

No wrist action has been used.
Handle points at belly.

Again, no wrists.
Handle points at belly.

No wrists here either.
Handle still points at belly.
2. The second shot is for a little longer shot like when you have to loft it over a bunker; up to about 50 yards. Because we need more distance we need to add a 2nd lever on the backswing. Notice how the wrists have hinged but the body hasn’t moved. There’s still no wrist action at and through the ball. On this shot I like to think “All hands, no body on backswing and all body, no hands on forward swing.”

The wrists have hinged to establish the angle required to contact the ball on the downswing.

Still no wrists here.

Or here.
3. When you have that pesky ½ to ¾ wedge you’ll need wrist action on both sides of the ball. Think “Thumbs up, elbows down” on both the backswing and follow through. Note the wrists are firm at impact.

Wrists are hinged here..

…but not here. Are you seeing a pattern?

Wrists have un-hinged here.
Remember to keep your grip pressure soft and your arms feeling light and relaxed on all these shots. I’m also a big believer in hitting the lowest shot you can. “Putt if you can, chip if you wish, pitch if you must.” ~ Steve Dresser

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By Suzanne Strasser

The Tradition Ladies League celebrated their awards luncheon in December. The winners for the yearly prizes were: Low Putts-Maureen Lempert, Lowest net–Linda Lehmann, Most Improved handicap-Bobbie Fleiss, Lowest Gross, Overall Average Gross, Overall Average Net, Most Birdies and Player of the Year awards all went to Joan Sheldon.

The prestigious Rosemary Gallagher Spirit award winner for 2011 was Debbie Massie who was recognized for her assistance to the league with ideas, her creative approach to tournaments and continuous support to her fellow golfers. Thanks to all the players who came out, supported their league and enjoyed golf.

The Witches and other friends tournament was held on October 18th and 20th. As you can see from the photographs above it was two wild days of golf.
The new board for 2012 is Sally Russell -President, Joan Sheldon -1st Vice president-weekly games, Bobbie Fleiss - 2nd Vice president- tournaments, Amy Monaghan- Secretary, Pat Kemper-Treasurer and Suzanne Strasser-Historian.
Congratulations to the Tradition Ladies League member, Barbara Cardea, who got her first Hole in One on 1/6/2012 at Willbrook Plantation. She used her 3 hybrid for a 117 yard shot on hole #4. The witnesses, Amy Monaghan and Suzanne Strasser, cheered when they saw the ball drop into the hole.

What is coming up?

April Ringer tournament
May Member Member
June Member Guest & Interclub
July South Carolina State Tournament

Gold Tees
By Jerry Mithen
The Tradition Gold Tee Golf Association has eighty two members that play nine holes each Wednesday. Pairings are done for parity of handicaps so every team has a chance to win a first or second place that week. It is a good time and our motto is FUN, FELLOWSHIP, FRIENDS. Newcomers who want to play are guests of a member and welcomed to join the club. The weekly games usually are Carolina Scrambles where you play the best drive on the par fours and fives and play your own ball on the par threes.
Our primary objectives are to have fun and enjoy good fellowship. The Gold Tees provide an opportunity for friendly competition in a group environment. Players of all handicaps are welcome and can easily join even with a high handicap or index.

Each year there are formal awards for Player of the Year and Most Improved player/member at our annual Christmas Party. For 2011, the Player of the Year (POTY) was Jim Herbert and the Most Improved was Jerry Mithen.

Pictures of members from weekly tournaments are posted on the Gold Tee website weekly. The Gold Tee results are sent weekly to local newspapers and online TV stations for publishing.
Winners from weekly games are given local recognition and have bragging rights for the week. Below are some of our weekly winners.
A Gold Tee dinner was held at the resident's club house on March 6th. Ed Sheldon and Al Carline cooked up spaghetti and meatballs for our members.

On April 25 we will have our annual Gold Tee Tournament followed by Subs and Suds at the Tradition pool house. Gold Tee members pay a mere $5.00 for a great time. We are also planning our annual Gold Tees Member /Spouse/ Partner Tournament in the fall.
The Tradition Gold Tee Golf Association is composed of a great bunch of guys who play nine holes of golf from the gold tees on Wednesdays. The Gold Tee Boutique occasionally offers association members good deals on logo clothing that we wear proudly to all golf courses in the area.

Contact Vince Franco at if you are interested in joining us. Pictures of our winning teams are taken each week and then placed on our web site:

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By Claudia Krauth, Secretary

Tradition Ladies Nine Hole Golf

The Nine Hole Ladies Golf League is for the beginner golfer who is interested in pursuing the game. We try to review etiquette and good sportsmanship while playing. If you decide to join, you will receive a packet of information to help guide you through the game of golf.

We have added a Social Membership for ladies who want to join us socially. This membership is geared to the previous members of the Nine Holers who are no longer playing golf regularly but enjoy socializing with us. There is also a Guest Membership available for people who are not members of the Tradition Golf Club. The dues for guests are a little higher and players are required to pay the non-member green & cart fee which varies depending on the season we are in.

We have many fun social activities such as quarterly Birthday breakfasts or lunches to celebrate our member's birthdays. We are also planning a luncheon with a DVD and quiz to refresh the etiquette and rules of golf.

The Nine Hole Ladies have a boat load of activities planned this year to keep everyone involved.

March: Member/Member Golf Tournament followed by a luncheon.
April: Ladies Night out.
May: Birthday breakfast.
June: South Strand Invitational and luncheon.
July: there will be a Member/Spouse Golf Tournament in the AM.
August/September: Birthday Breakfast and Ladies Night out.
November: Birthday Breakfast.
December: Annual Awards Luncheon recognizing member achievements.

We would like to welcome our newer members to the Nine Hole League:
Katherine Lenoue, Barbara Mithen, Ann Carline, Dee Ely, Maryann Keller & Bernadette Wright.
If you have any questions you may contact any Nine Hole member or one of the Board Members:
Bonnie Eaglin, Chairman; Linda Mitchell, Co-Chairman; Claudia Krauth, Secretary; Joan Murren, Treasurer.
You will find their phone numbers in the Tradition Phone Book.

The Nine Hole Ladies League plays on Tuesdays at the Tradition Golf Club.
Pairings and results are posted for players each week on the Tradition Community Website Tradition Ladies Nine.

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True Story #1. Last year in the Spring a friend of mine was playing golf at Willbrook. His ball rolled into the water on the 5th hole and he was just about to reach in to grab his ball when his wife hollered "didn't you read about that guy in Florida who lost his arm doing that?" He stopped, walked back to his cart and got his ball retriever. Fishing around in the pond, wouldn't you know? An alligator jumped out from the muck and grabbed his ball retriever! He never saw it, but it was there, hiding. He got his retriever back, but not the ball. Could have been his arm he lost. True Story.

True Story #2. Also last season another friend of mine took her grandchildren riding in their golf cart near the 15th hole at Tradition. They stopped to look at a gator laying near the tee box. Do you know that alligator got up from his sunny perch and starting charging toward the golf cart? They hit the pedal to the metal and no one was injured, could have been a lot worse. True Story.

True Story #3. This is a sad story. My neighbor whose house butts up to a retention pond let her little Jack Russell terrier out the front door one night to pee. The dog ran around the back of the house. She heard a shriek, a chomp and a splash. The dog was gone. True Story.

It's mating season and the gators are hungry. Use common sense, keep your hands out of the ponds and your pets and children safe.


The 2012 Winter Season - So Far, Not Too Bad!
By Clay DuBose
Tradition Golf Club General Manager/Golf Course Superintendent

The winter golf season in the Southeast is now in full swing. Unlike 2010 and 2011, enjoyable mild to warm temperatures have kept golfers on the course. However, rounds continue to be down and some clubs are still struggling to achieve desired membership levels and rounds of golf played.

Until the second week in January when a cold front came through and frost was experienced, bermudagrass remained green and continued to grow a little as well as the overseeded grasses, we experienced quite some difficulty in getting consistent greens speed with the two grasses competing against one another. This growth also helped mitigate the impact of winter season traffic and wear. Now, at all courses, roughs have gone off-color, and, especially in locations where concentrated cart traffic occurs, the turf has literally been beaten down, this can also happen during overseeding when carts are allowed back on the fairways too quickly. Take a look at the entry point to # 3 fairway as a good example where excessive cart traffic has damaged the underlying bermudagrass and the overseeded ryegrass. It will be ten to twelve weeks before sustained, active bermudagrass growth resumes in the Carolinas, so it will be essential to intensively manage cart traffic to limit the damage as much as possible.

The winter and spring is the normal dry season, but already rainfall is 30% less than last year’s dry season, which broke records going back for quite some time. The current National Weather Service three month outlook is predicting below normal rainfall as a result of the Pacific Equatorial La Nina effect. This could result in being back in an official drought condition as early as mid to late February.

If we do go through a period of very limited or no rainfall, an initial concern will be a progressive buildup of salt in the upper rootzone of putting greens. This is true even at courses with good quality irrigation water sources. We will begin checking for salt buildup with an EC (Electrical Conductivity) meter to determine if and when initiation of flushing irrigation cycles and other measures such as adding Calcium based products need to be undertaken to counter act salt damage. Salt build up can also be detected through soil reports.

In fairway and rough areas, limited rainfall, in combination with low humidity and windy conditions, has resulted in localized dry spots at many courses. Where firm and dry playing conditions are desired, some golfers are starting to accept a little bit more off-color turf, however in another month or two when temperatures begin to increase, the rapid onset of drought stress will be much more of a management concern, and spot watering of large areas a less practical option. We will begin applying wetting agents to certain playing areas of the golf course to help with the management of excessive wet and dry spots.

Until next time, I hope each and every one of you are able to get out this spring and enjoy some nice golfing and course conditions without having to worry about the stresses and management of the golf course. We will handle that for you in the golf maintenance department so you can concentrate on your game!

Even though this has been a mild winter, I’m ready for spring! Are you?

For assistance with any course management issues, you can contact Clay DuBose, CGCS @ (843) 237-4660 or via email at:
The Men's Club
The Great Turkey Shootout was held on Nov 27, 2011
Winners were Bob Caufield & Frank D'Amato with Connie Gallagher & Frank Gambeski coming in second.

The annual Ringer Tournament was played on Dec 5 & 12, 2011
Flight A winner was Bob Caufield Flight B winner was Jim Conway.
    Coming up:
  • April: Memorial Masters
  • May: President's Cup
  • June: Member/Member
  • July: Club Championship
  • August: Member Guest

Golf Humor

A man got up early and quietly changed his clothes so not to wake his sleeping wife. He went to the garage, put his golf clubs in his trunk and opened the garage door. It was pouring down rain.

Disgusted, he crept back into the house, quietly removed his clothes, climbed back into bed and snuggled against the back of his sleeping wife. He whispered in her ear "It's raining very hard outside" She replied "yes, and my husband is playing golf in this!"

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The recipe below was inspired by a cooking demonstration I attended on my most recent cruise on board the Celebrity Solstice. Having already over-indulged on high calorie desserts and cookies during the holidays I decided why not keep up my eating spree through January? I was cruising after all and the meals were already paid for.

Starting with breakfast, the buffet left nothing to be desired. Initially I’d start small with coffee and a little fruit, then move on to some toast and muesli with extra raisins and walnuts; finally I’d make one more trip coming back to the table with some scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes and hash browns. You name it, I ate it. I was always looking forward to the next meal.

The cooking demonstration was the chef’s take on “cook this, not that” through which he provided some key tips on how not to cook the way they do onboard ship.

Upon returning to my normal life, (all seven pounds more of me), I used these tips along with some of my own ideas to create the Pork Tenderloin in a balsamic honey glaze. Served with wild rice and steamed asparagus, it is a healthy meal with little effort.

Pork Tenderloin
with Balsamic-honey glaze – Serves 2
  • One half Pork Tenderloin, trimmed, silver skin removed
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ Tbsp butter (cut into pieces)
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Cut the tenderloin into four 2 inch medallions, generously salt and pepper both sides. In an oven proof sauté pan, warm the oil over med high heat until very hot. Brown the medallions on each side for 2 – 3 minutes. Remove the tenderloins to a plate, keep warm.

Deglaze the pan with the balsamic vinegar and broth until reduced by half scraping up browned bits from the pan with a whisk or wooden spoon. Stir in the mustard, honey & rosemary; then add butter, one piece at a time until melted and smooth.

Return the tenderloin medallions to the pan, turning to glaze all sides. Place in the oven for 7 to 8 minutes to finish. Let rest for 5 minutes. Serve two medallions on each plate and spoon glaze over the top.

I had a dinner party just after Christmas and one of my guests surprised me with a little package of spice mixes. These weren't just any spices they were from Penzey's which is a national chain that started in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1957. I was intrigued by the mixture of spices and the recommended uses for them. A few days later my friend presented me with the catalog for Penzey's mail order business.
I had no idea the spice world was that enormous. They listed spices I'd never heard of, all of their physical properties, usage, storage requirements and recipes! Where do you begin?

The attraction of spices is undeniable, the sweet aroma of pumpkin pie, the warmth of paella and peppery fire of barbecued ribs.. cooking with spices is an adventure. Spices can transform familiar dishes and capture the essence of exotic cuisine.

Spices are most commonly derived from seeds, roots, barks and fruits that have been dried and have been an essential ingredient in cooking for centuries dating back to the Middle Ages and beyond.
Spices can be used whole, ground, toasted, steeped or smoked. They normally fall into 3 categories: sweet, hot or pungent.
SWEET: Allspice, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg
HOT: Cayenne, Curry, Ginger, Mustard
PUNGENT: Cardamom, Coriander, Star Anise
Since most of us are familiar with sweet and hot, I'm going to focus on some of the pungent spices uses and health benefits.
Cardamom is a highly aromatic spice with a slightly sweet and savory flavor. It is used in seafood, sauces, meats, poultry, vegetables and most commonly in desserts and breads. Cardamom is good for digestion. reduces flatulence and heartburn and is soothing to nasal congestion.
Coriander is made from the dry fruit of the cilantro plant it has a light, lemony flavor. Use it to season meats that have a long cooking time such as roasts or as a rub or marinate for grilling. The health benefits of coriander include treatment of swelling, high cholesterol, indigestion, anemia and skin disorders.
Star Anise is a woody star shape pod with a licorice taste from an evergreen tree grown in southwestern China and Japan. It is used in the slow cooked dishes characteristic of Eastern Chinese cuisine and is one of the spices in Chinese five-spice powder (along with cinnamon, fennel, cloves and Szechuan pepper). Use it in slow cooked or simmered dishes (whole) and discard before serving. Star anise is known as a digestive aid to help cure colic.
Penzey's guideline for freshness of spices is four years for whole spice and two years for ground. Really? At 1/4 tsp a pop, it takes a long time to get the bottom! But of course, they are in the business of selling spices. When in doubt about the freshness of your spice, smell it, if it smells strong and spicy, use it, if not, trash it.

Spices should be stored properly to maintain a strong fresh flavor. Heat light and moisture contribute to loss of flavor and color. Do not store your spices near a heat source, near the sink or a heating vent. Keep them in a cupboard or drawer, if you must use an open spice rack, keep it away from direct sunlight.
For more on spices and sample recipes, check out the website:

Beans the Magical Fruit
Beans, or legumes, including peas and lentils, are an excellent source of plant-based protein. Beans are found in most traditional cultures as a staple food, offering grounding and strengthening properties that enhance endurance. They offer a highly usable, highly absorbable source of calcium for the body. A very inexpensive source of high nutrition, beans can be rich, delicious and satisfying, Lack of energy is often due to overtaxed adrenal glands and kidneys. Beans are known for strengthening these organs and can help restore vital energy as well as romantic energy. Beans have a reputation for causing digestive distress, but this is usually because they have been undercooked or improperly prepared. To help reduce gas-forming properties, soak beans overnight prior to cooking, increase cooking time, add spices like bay leaf, oregano or cumin.
-- Penny Smyth, Board Certified RN Holistic Health Coach
It moves so fast, I can't keep up, nor do I want to. My 2003 Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop crashed last month. It was state-of-the-art when I bought it, there were no Smart Phones, I-Pads or Kindles. It served me well for 8 years. Luckily I had the forethought to purchase a new laptop two years ago (for John) and started off-loading key applications and data in preparation for this day. My reasons were two-fold, one as a backup of course, but the other to keep him off mine! Whenever he experienced any problems with my laptop, it was my fault! so I got him his own, but that didn't work, when some thing went wrong on his laptop, it was still my fault. Always the tech support never operator error. In my field, I'm used to it.

A number of people are moving to MACs, they are a good purchase for most, but when I tried to FTP on daughter's MAC in California last year - it just played DUMB!

Until I figure out what techno direction I want to head next. We have to share again. On the positive side, I'm learning Windows 7 and all its nuances. So next time it's my fault something doesn't work, I'll know how to teach him to fix it.

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last updated 3/3/2012 by Celise McLaughlin