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"amazing grace" - Photo by Celise McLaughlin


Tradition Community Newsletter is published by and for
the Homeowners of the Tradition Community
The printed edition will be delivered to your mailbox during the month of March.

Editor: Celise McLaughlin
Advertisers: contact Bill Renault

The 2014 Editions are published in March, July and November.
Deadline for articles for the summer edition will be June 29, 2014.
For past newsletters visit the Newsletter Archives Link at:
What's Inside
Activity Contacts Page 4
Architecture Review Board Page 3
Around Tradition Page 4
Bridge Page 4
Bucket List Page 8
Canasta Page 4
Covenants Page 3
Critters Page 6
Directory Updates Page 4
From the Editor Page 6
Gallery Page 2
Garage Sale Page 7
Gold Tees Page 11
Healthcare Forum Page 7
Heart of the Community Page 5
Ladies 18 Hole Golf League Page 10
Ladies 9 Hole Golf Page 10
Litchfield Beautification Page 7
Litchfield By the Sea Page 7
Meals on Wheels Page 4
Men's Golf Club Page 10
President's Corner Page 2
Recommended Reading Page 9
Suggested Vendor List Page 3
Tradition Golf Club Page 11
Tradition Trivia Page 4
Water Aerobics Page 4

Board Meeting Minutes:

Pool House Calendar:

Damage from winter storm PAX February 12, 2014

Speed Limits in the Community are 25 MPH, outside the community on Kings River Road and Willbrook Boulevard, the speed limits are 35 MPH.
Lead by example. SLOW DOWN!

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)

Board of Directors
Frank D'Amato, President 235-8885
Tom Ellison, Vice President 235-8071
John Bartha, Secretary 235-9998
Art Voltaire, Treasurer 655-6025
Merry Cotton, Director 235-6862
Phil McLeod - Kuester Management 839-9704

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Frank D’Amato
Cell # 446-6875
It is February 26 and I am sitting here writing this letter for the Spring Newsletter. As I sit here we just completed the major clean up from the ice storm that affected most every property and common area.

The Board of Directors (BOD) decided that the clean up was too large a scale for individuals to handle. Our maintenance manager, Alex Herndon, and myself are supervising the work. I just received the final invoicing for $9,438.00. These costs involve picking up of debris, hauling and dumping fees. After a few days of governmental delays involving the dumping location and fees, we were allowed to use the recycle dump in Pawleys Island. Unfortunately, several loads went to the dump in Georgetown early on. The county delay was due to the fact that the county wanted to apply for FEMA help with the landfill costs. We will hear later if they are successful with FEMA.

There was a great deal of correspondence to me over the storm clean up. The huge majority was favorable and thankful that the association could help. Some folks either did not agree with the association paying the clean up bill or complained that we missed their pile of debris.

All I can say is that we did our best and did not miss any pick-ups on purpose. I did indicate early on that we would only pick up once and only branches from the storm. Some folks took advantage of the association and used this crisis to trim non-storm trees and bushes on their property. It was very easy to distinguish non-storm debris but we did pick it up at a cost to us all.

I did get a little cranky with my responses to some homeowners after the many e-mails and working with contractors and county officials night and day. There is just no way to keep 405 property owners happy and again we did our best.


In the last newsletter I informed you that we lost approximately $5,000.00 worth of signage. The signs were replaced and we did collect insurance money minus our deductible.

Several months later we did recover most of the signs hidden in bushes along side of a home in the community. Some of these signs were repaired while others were discarded. Police investigated but we did not have any proof to proceed.

It is extremely important that we are all observant as to what is going on in the community.

Annual Meeting:

The Annual Homeowners meeting is being held on February 27 at the high school. I will have at that time reviewed the 2013 Audit and plans for this year. I hope you were there to hear this information.

Debris Burning:

Burning within the community is not permitted. However, the golf course has the freedom to burn and this will be a problem to us. I have no control or way to stop their burning of the debris that fell on the golf course. They do have a permit. I will request for them to monitor the smoke but I am not confident in any relief.

Holiday Lights:

I hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday Lights. Other communities have started to follow our lead.


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-mail through quality kid, please do not respond to Vince, as he cannot answer your questions. Your feedback must come to me. Hopefully, I will add my e-mail to the broadcast or you can find my e-mail in our phone directory.

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 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.

Talk to you soon!

Frank D’Amato
Cell # 446-6875

Storm PAX photos by Ernie Sementilli
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By Vince Civitarese
Hello to all,

I hope you have made it through this wild winter here in Pawleys. All this snow and ice in not why I moved here. It sure looks like we have had a rough time of it when you look at all the tree damage around the area.

I am sure glad we did not have all the problems that they had inland. I know we are all looking forward to spring and summer and our great beaches.

The ARB has been busy this winter with lots of requests for new roofing. The safe house program is still in effect so if you are thinking about a new roof, now is the time.

I would like to remind everyone about the procedures for required refundable deposits and how they are handled. All deposit checks (except the $25 ones) are sent to the management company. The ARB does not hold any funds. Therefore, when you have completed your improvement and request a deposit return, we have to notify the management company so they can release those deposits back to you. This may take a while but it should happen within a reasonable time. Again, the ARB has nothing to do with when those refund checks are issued or when they are mailed to you.

Many thanks to all the ARB members for all their help and dedication.

Have a great spring.

Vincent Civitarese
ARB Chairman
Reminder: Effective 2014
the monthly ARB meetings are held
on the 3rd THURSDAY of every month.

Spring Dates are:
March 20, April 17, May 15 & June 19

ARB Applications may be printed from the Community Website
Scroll down the left side to the Documents Section or
Print ARB Application Here

By Jeanette Renault

    Get ready for Spring:
  • Check your mail box & wooden assembly for needed repairs and paint.
  • Have well chemical units adjusted for correct mixture to prevent rust build-up.
  • Refer to our Suggested Vendors List for help. Also, please help us keep the list updated by letting us know if you encounter a problem or if you have unusually good service.
    We are receiving inquiries regarding the following:
  • Garage doors remaining open for periods of time when not in use.
  • Trash receptacles put out before 5 PM the day before pick-up and not stowed in a timely after pick-up the following morning. Refer to your Covenants Booklet, pages 9 and page 14.(see excerpts below)
Covenants Booklet Page 9
  1. When possible, cars should be parked in the garage.
  2. Garage doors shall be closed except when garage is in use.
  3. Any vehicle with a gross weight of 6000 pounds or more must be stored off site or in an enclosed garage.
  4. No automobile, other vehicle, motorcycle, or other similar item shall be repaired, maintenance performed or placed “on blocks” or stands except in an enclosed garage.
  5. Any inoperative vehicle must be stored/parked in the garage.
  6. All commercial vehicles with or without lettering must be stored/parked in the garage or off site.
  7. Any vehicle without current license plate/registration must be parked/stored in the garage.
  8. On street overnight parking is not permitted. Overnight is defined as dusk ‘til dawn.
  9. Motorists are required to obey the established laws, rules and regulations of The Tradition, the state and the county, including stop signs and speed limits.
  10. Covered vehicles are not permitted in the driveway; they must be garaged.
  11. No vehicles shall be parked in driveways unless the length of the driveway is sufficient to hold the entire vehicle, and in no event shall vehicles be parked in such manner as to inhibit or block access to residences, garages, sidewalks or parking areas.
  12. Parking on lawns or common areas is not permitted.

Covenants Booklet Page 14
  1. Each homeowner shall provide trash receptacle(s) to facilitate trash removal. Receptacles must be stored indoors or screened behind the front line of the home.
  2. On garbage pick-up days all garbage and bags containing household garbage must be put inside receptacles. Yard waste may be put into large separate bags.
  3. Receptacles and yard waste bags may be put out after 5:00 PM the day before pickup and receptacles stowed after pickup the following morning.

Let us hear from you if you have concerns. Remember, all inquiries are confidential.

Link here for Vendor List
Please notify us if you have problems with any vendors on our list.

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(reference for updates)
  • Book Exchange- Veronica Bucello 237- 7334
  • Bridge (Ladies)- Suzie Albright 237- 1594
  • Canasta - Pat Shriver   237- 2678
  • Golf- 18 holes (Men)- John McLaughlin 2357- 8532
  • Golf- 9 holes (Men)- Vince Franco 237- 9190
  • Golf-18 holes(Women)- Maureen Lempert 237- 7045
  • Golf- 9 holes (Women)- Ann Carline 235-3739
  • Mah Jongg- Lynn Autorino 237- 7745
  • Meals on Wheels - Claudia Krauth 237- 7544
  • 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 (Women)- Monique Philips 237- 0494
  • Vince Franco 237- 9190
  • Trivia Night Vince Franco 237- 9190
  • Walk & Talk- Joanne Stewart 237-1305
  • Water Aerobics - Pat Shriver & 237- 2678
  • Winey Wednesdays - Monique Philips 237- 0494

Doesn't our Tradition pool look inviting???? NOT!!!!!
By Monique Philips

...come summer, you will be ready to join in our Tradition Water Aerobics classes. Dee Ely and Monique Philips will lead you Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 9AM. Come and work out with us. Great time to meet your neighbors and enjoy a little exercise at the same time. Any questions, please contact one of these ladies or Pat Shriver!

See you at the pool!

Updates since the 2014 directory was published in February
Changes? Contact Dave Philips at 237-0494 or
Directory Online on Tradition29585

  • Cronin, Jim & Ann at 57 Confederate Lane: add Jim at (631) 714-9121 and Ann at (631) 749-0128
  • Smith, Mikel & Annette at 59 Cobblestone Drive: change phone number to (859) 321-5614
  • Vicas, Mike & Mary at 362 Historic Lane: add phone number 237-0430 and email
  • Wegner, Dieter & Sondra at 67 Historic Lane: add listing

Ladies Bridge Looking for Bridge players!
Come join us Wednesday afternoons
12:30 to 4:00.
Play when you are available.
Call Mary Grace Robic 237-8745
or Clare Kelly 235-0446.
Four Table Couples Duplicate Group
This group meets the third Friday of the month at the Residents' Clubhouse.
We need substitutes.
If you are interested in subbing
please contact Bobbie Fleiss at 235-0990

By Pat Shriver

Canasta is going strong at the pool house every 1st and 3rd Friday.

Most appealing about our group is you may join us when it works for you. No worry about getting substitutes. No matter the number in attendance, the game is equally challenging playing with a partner or individually, and can be adjusted to fit either one.

Our plans now include meeting for lunch every other month. On Friday, January 31 we had a delightful lunch at Chive Blossom. The chef treated us to appetizers of Crab Dip & Pimento Cheese with their homemade chips. There was some take home from entrees as we did not hold back with the appetizers.

Please send your e-mail address to Pat Shriver or Jeanette Renault and we’ll send you a reminder before the next game.
Come join us! We guarantee you with not leave unless you giggle at least once!

MEALS ON WHEELS - in Tradition
anyone wishing to be part of the Tradition Meals on Wheels
should contact Claudia Krauth
Email: Phone: 237-7544

By Dot Franco
Love to test your memory? Looking for a fun night out? Come out and have a good time with your neighbors the first Tuesday of every month for Tradition Trivia. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Teams of six people compete against other teams. There are 5 sets of questions, 10 questions in each set. There is a $2 fee per person to pay for expenses. Bring your own snacks. If you would like more information go to our web site

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For the second year in a row, Heritage Interiors (Barbara Bartha)has won the Award of Excellence for her depiction of an accurate historical room decoration in Atalaya.

The room was the Servants Living Room and was designed to show the Holiday setting of that room.
 During the holidays,the Servants Room was turned into a "Place for Gathering" and displayed a typical and accurate festive meal prepared for the servants.
Major research was done to assure historical accuracy and to display the various influences that set the tone for the setting.
Three distinct themes were discovered and the confluence of those influences were depicted in the final design.

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By Barnie Slice
Dear Tradition Neighbors, As the warmer days start here in the early spring, the little crawling creatures will start to appear. Most any day that the temperature exceed 60 degrees the lizards and snakes will be out. Most of them will be coming out of hibernation and will be a little grumpy. If one is seen in your yard or in the wooded area around your house just leave it alone.

Most of us don’t like to be annoyed just after we awaken from a long sleep and neither do they. Just leave them alone! Do not try to kill them as most snake bites occur when handling or harassing a snake. Just leave them alone. Walk away. They will soon realize this space is occupied by another creature and will move on to another location.

Very few snakes in our area are actually poisonous, of those only the copperhead is fairly common and others are very rare. But all of the snakes rid our areas of rats, moles, mice and other snakes.

I am not, necessarily, a snake advocate but I realize that they are God’s creatures who happen to live around and near us at times and we must not take the attitude of “A Good Snake is a Dead Snake”! These creatures may be frightening, of course, but so are alligators. We don’t try to kill every alligator we see so why eradicate every poor little crawling creature that happens to cross our yard? They are here for a purpose so just leave them alone and they will soon disappear. Please treat them as you would the deer, raccoons, squirrels, possums, otters and birds that we share space with in our beautiful neighborhood. They are a vital part of our environment and should be viewed that way.

Thank you for your kindness to all our creatures!
Barnie Slice, Animal Advocate

By Celise McLaughlin

The end of last year when I turned 60, I made a promise to myself that I was going to start a BLOG. Thousands of people have blogs, why not me? I thought I had the technical skills to start one, it was just a matter of making it happen. I can't say it was simple; I had to jump through a few hurdles. To begin with the Google blogger was not compatible with Internet Explorer, but once I loaded Google Chrome, I was ok. So it began. My blog is called "The Back 30". I called it that because as of December, I am in the LAST 30 years of my life. Of course I don't know if I will ever make it the full 30, but it is doubtful it will be more than that. By age 90, I most likely wouldn't be blogging anymore, not only because of my age but because blogging will be obsolete in 2044.

I preface my blog with: "Turning 60 and beyond. Aging gracefully..." which is quite a joke to begin with, I am anything but graceful. Most of my posts are related to my crafting hobby, but occasionally I write about comical events that happen day to day. Those quips I often share with my Facebook friends. I have posted over 30 entries since I started in December. Today I will probably post something about writing this newsletter.

I follow a lot of other bloggers, some of them have real creative names and screen layouts. Last week for the first time, someone starting following me. Now that is special!

If you get a chance check out The Back 30 at someday I may be a famous blogger and you can say you knew me when I was still in my 50s.
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Joint Pain
By J. Vance Vandergriff, M.D.

As spring is approaching, I want to take a moment to discuss the benefit of regular exercise. Many people make New Year’s Resolutions to get into better shape and lose weight. It is important to begin a new exercise program the correct way. Make sure you are healthy enough to start exercising. If you do not visit a doctor on a regular basis, take a trip to a primary care provider to make sure you are in good enough health to start this new routine.

always warm your body up with some stretches before exercise...

In some cases, a cardiac evaluation will be performed to make sure your heart is healthy enough to begin a rigorous exercise plan. You should always warm your body up with some stretches before exercise, and cool your muscles down with stretches after exercise. There are many studies that show regular exercise can even improve arthritis pain in your joints and back.

the most common cause of joint pain would be from osteoarthritis...

Speaking briefly about joint pains, there are many different types of joint pain. As we age, the most common cause of joint pain would be from osteoarthritis (OA). This is caused by the wear and tear of the cartilage in the joints as we get older. OA is most often treated with acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) - such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, and in severe cases opioid pain relievers.

Some people get joint pains from gout, which is a build up of uric acid in the joint space that leads to swelling, redness, inflammation, and pain. Gout can be treated with NSAIDs, the steroid prednisone, or cholchicine. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a debilitating form of joint pain that affect many people. RA is an autoimmune disease, where your own body attacks the joints as if it were a foreign body. Treatment of RA involves specific disease modifying agents to stop this process.

Although OA, gout, and RA are the most common causes of joint pain, they are not the only causes. Fractures, infections, and other inflammatory problems can also cause joint pains.

When starting an exercise program, strive for some level of exercise at least 5 days a week. Aerobic activity, strength training, and flexibility exercises will reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, improve depression and anxiety, and build muscle strength to reduce arthritic pain. Older adults starting a new exercise routine should start with lighter weights and lower exercise times, but aim for 45-60 minutes a day as endurance improves. You can always seek professional help from a physical therapist or trainer at your local gym.

As always, combine exercise with a good healthy diet. The Mediterranean diet has been shown to be very helpful in helping to control sugars, weight, and blood pressure.
This diet consists of
  • more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes
  • replace butter with olive oil
  • replace salt with herbs and spices for flavoring
  • eating fish and chicken, while limiting red meats
  • using low-fat dairy
  • red wine in moderation

I hope this has been helpful. If you have any questions, please talk to your primary care provider, or feel free to stop by my office at South Strand Internists on Glenns Bay Rd in Surfside Beach.

Dr. Vandergriff is a board certified family practice physician

by Kathy MacSorley

The end of 2013 has brought some changes to our entrance area at Willbrook Road and Highway 17, as new turn lanes were installed, and a new walkway to cross over to L-B-T-S. This construction affected a considerable amount of the median plantings and turf at the intersection. The beautiful old crepe myrtles on the north side will especially be missed.

Our plans to landscape the area will begin soon, weather permitting. Waccamaw Landscaping will be installing plants such as sweet grass, variegated pittosporum, and sabal minor, at a cost of $3,900. The entire intersection will be seeded by the state. We will wait to see what develops from that attempt to grow grass and address it further in the spring.

In 2014, we will be increasing the number of flags along the median to sixty. Also, an additional day has been added to display the flags. The flags will now be flown on Memorial Day, Flag Day (June 14th), Fourth of July, Patriots Day(September 11th), and Veterans Day (November 11th). Our thanks to all of those that have supported this project. It is a source of pride and commitment that enhances our unique community.

The LBF is funded by private citizens, HOA’s, local businesses, and Accommodations Tax grants. Please visit our web site, to find out more about us, including board and officer contacts, financials, supporters, the Flag Project, and ways to donate and become involved as members.

Litchfield By The Sea Spring is in the air. The beach is calling. I cannot wait to see the friends and neighbors on the deck and beach soon. Here are a few things to look forward to as the Season begins:
  1. Improvement is in the works to improve further security for our property.
    • It may be a minor inconvenience for a while as we learn the system, but at some point the South Gate admittance will be by bar code only, coming in and exiting.
    • The main gate will have an automatic bar on the exit gate, but will not require a bar code. This is to slow traffic and to discourage anyone who decides to take another’s property since there will be cameras on all gates at that point. This will also discourage illegal admittance.
    • People without the proper identification will be questioned and turned back.
    • Just a reminder, if you have guests and want to meet them at the beach, please call the gate (843-237-2451) to have a pass ready for them, otherwise, they will be detoured to the other side until the owner is notified and permission is granted.
  2. Beach Parking Lot Paving
    • The parking lots at the beach will be sealed and re-striped to include more golf cart parking.
    • Please park your golf carts in properly marked spaces as long as there is a slot and leave the larger spaces for autos.
  3. Safety Improvements
    • Reflector center markings will be spaced closer together to better define the lanes of travel on Retreat Beach Circle north and south.
    • Hours will be extended with security at the beach deck with the same personnel as last year. They did a great job of assisting our guests and owners with regards to our rules.
    • Remember, no glass on the beach and all animals are to be on leash on LBTS property and the beach between 9:00am and 7:00pm year around.
  4. River Club improvements
    • The River Club front gate will be remodeled and a new gate house built to replace the one damaged two years ago. It will be similar in design to the ones at the beach. This may be a slight inconvenience when visiting friends or going to the LBTS pool at River Club.
  5. Remember, Fireworks are not allowed at LBTS.
  6. THE NEW WEBSITE is available
    • Website is now very user friendly and full of current information with links to Waccamaw Management for paying for dues or club house rentals.
    • A complete set of rules and regulations and other important homeowner information is on a separate link. There are also links to many community services.
    • Our thanks to Tradition Resident, Vince Franco, who heads the communications committee.
Again, I want to thank the owners of Litchfield by the Sea for allowing me to serve on the board and as your President. Please feel free to call or email me with your needs, concern, or new ideas. The members of the board are listed on the website with their emails and phone numbers.

Bill McElroy
Garage Sale Coming Soon! - By Merry Cotton
You may have heard by now, but if you haven’t, Tradition is having our annual garage sale this year…the reason a date hasn’t been set is the Board is waiting to get a firm date from the company who will be doing some street resealing here in Tradition. While clearly garage sale traffic and freshly resealed streets will not work, we just know for certain that we will have a garage sale. In fact, our president, Frank D'Amato will undoubtedly have the latest information on the date soon after our annual community meeting.

But in the meantime, to Tradition’s newbies, the garage sale will be on a Saturday morning and run until noon. You can expect lots of customers rain or shine. Last year, we had 48 garages open for business and usually there are two or three families in each garage. As you can see, we have lots of community involvement.

But before the garage sale, you must register on a form that will be either in your newsletter but more likely delivered with your newsletter. The cost is $10 per garage and must be paid by the deadline that will be made available as soon as the date for the sale is set.

Advertising will be done in the three local newspapers as well as on Craig’s List. Also, you will be furnished with a balloon for your mailbox to direct customers to your own garage sale. On the day of the sale, signs will be positioned throughout the Tradition as further help to customers. And on one more note, the Salvation Army pickup truck will be requested to begin a curbside pickup after 1:00 so have your leftover (if you have any) placed in front of your house on the curb.

This is also a "get to know your neighbor" event and you will undoubtedly have lots of fun and, oh yes, lots of customers. Consult Merry Cotton at 235-6862 for further information. Additional information will be forthcoming as needed by our community emailing system.
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Mediterranean Cruise
Yet another item crossed off of Dale and Sue‘s Bucket List.

Our Mediterranean cruise started (Rome) and ended (Venice) in Italy. The first port was Naples. We took a ferry boat to Sorrento, passing Pompeii and Island of Capri. After lunch at a seaside café, we strolled the streets of Sorrento and stopped to buy lemonchello at a local factory. The next port was Malta, where we took the hop on hop off bus to enjoy the sights. Then on to Greece, the first port was Athens. The highlight was the Acropolis (City on the Hill).

There we are in front of the Parthenon, Dale wearing his Chicago Cubs hat.

Then on to the Greek Islands. By far our two most favorite Islands were Mykonos and Santorini.

Mykonos is known for its beaches (we think ours is much better) and windmills.

The city of Ori is on the top of the cliff in Santorini, and to get there you go by cable car or donkeys. We chose the cable car, the donkeys were too smelly. The views in Santorini were breathtaking; white buildings with blue roofs, deep pink flowers, and the stunning blue ocean surrounding the island.

Our next port we didn’t expect much from but were pleasantly surprised with Ephesus, Turkey. The ruins date back over 2000 years and the city was second only to Rome in size and grandeur.

The picture shows the two-story Library of Celsus.

We really enjoyed this Celebrity cruise and felt it was one of our top three vacations. The Mediterranean has very little tide which makes the seas quite calm. The ports we stopped at were more interesting than those we have visited in the Caribbean. We have a box of brochures and over 800 pictures just in case anyone is interested.

The Guzlas’
Keeping it Country
Ok, so we're a little behind on our bucket list, still trying to see places in the USA that we haven't been to yet. And there are plenty!

In November 2013, John & Celise traveled with the other Monarch Court McLaughlin's, Rob & Christi (the ones who haven't built yet) to northern Arizona. We spent 9 wonderful days, based in the outskirts of Sedona and traveling from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon and everywhere in between. We had always heard that the red rock formations in and around Sedona were incredible, and we definitely agree.

Flying in and out of Phoenix gave us a couple of days to explore the sunniest city in the US. On the inbound side, we spent a day touring Scottsdale. Because of the sprawl, we never knew we left the city limits of Phoenix. The weather was spectacular! Normally so hot, November was the perfect time of year to go. On the outbound side we went to Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, his winter home at the base of the McDowell Mountains. The tour was very educational, both about the man and his craft.

Mid week we took a trip to the Grand Canyon, both the south and east rim. We hadn't seen the canyon from the East side before, so we got some good shots of the Colorado River. It was very cold and windy that day, glad we did not get blown in. It was a long way down.

In addition to the basking in the natural beauty of rocks, I had two favorite days on the trip. One was a trip to the mountainside mining town of Jerome. It boasted a prolific copper business in the early 1900s and doesn't look to have changed too much since those days.

Lots of history in Jerome, AZ.
The other favorite was a 4 hour trip on the Verde Canyon railroad to Perkinsville and back.

Like nowheresville, "you can't get there from here," that's my kind of place.
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Recommended Reading By Litchfield Books
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Somerset by Leila Meacham One hundred fifty years of Roses' Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts! We begin in the antebellum South on Plantation Alley in South Carolina, where Silas Toliver, deprived of his inheritance, joins up with his best friend Jeremy Warwick to plan a wagon train expedition to the "black waxy" promise of a new territory called Texas. Slavery, westward expansion, abolition, the Civil War, love, marriage, friendship, tragedy and triumph-all the ingredients (and much more) that made so many love Roses so much-are here in abundance.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us.

This Dark Road To Mercy by Wiley Cash The critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home—hailed as "a powerfully moving debut that reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird" (Richmond Times Dispatch)—returns with a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, set in western North Carolina, involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins.

After their mother's unexpected death, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are adjusting to life in foster care when their errant father, Wade, suddenly appears. Since Wade signed away his legal rights, the only way he can get his daughters back is to steal them away in the night.
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

A remarkable novel about secrets, desire, memory, passion, and possibility.

Newlywed Grace Monroe doesn’t fit anyone’s expectations of a successful 1950s London socialite, least of all her own. When she receives an unexpected inheritance from a complete stranger, Madame Eva d’Orsey, Grace is drawn to uncover the identity of her mysterious benefactor.

Weaving through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London, the story Grace uncovers is that of an extraordinary women who inspired one of Paris’s greatest perfumers. Immortalized in three evocative perfumes, Eva d’Orsey’s history will transform Grace’s life forever, forcing her to choose between the woman she is expected to be and the person she really is.
The Perfume Collector explores the complex and obsessive love between muse and artist, and the tremendous power of memory and scent.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the “ungettable” Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn’t wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner’s, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and take the rest as it comes.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.
” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.

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By Bill Renault, Secretary
A lot has happened since our newsletter last November. The nomination and election of officers for 2014 saw a unanimous re-election of John McLaughlin-President, Ron Mokrynka & Paul Hayes Vice-Presidents-Games, Bill Renault -Secretary and Dave Philips-Treasurer. Tom Strasser volunteered to succeed John Plesha as Tournament Director.

With most of our members having moved up to the yellow tees, a committee was formed to re-rate the course to establish a degree of difficulty for both white and gold players. The changes were made in January and now reflect more balanced handicaps for both sets of tees (i.e.hole #10).

Tom Strasser and his tournament committee have put together an exciting tournament schedule for 2014 beginning with "The Masters" in late March and concluding with "The Ringer" in December. It promises to be an opportunity for all skill levels to compete.

On Sunday December 1st. "The Steve Kronski Memorial Great Turkey Shootout" was held. Always a fun day, 10 two man teams with handicaps adjusted to equalize the field brought out 100 members, neighbors, family and friends to watch and cheer for their favorites. In the end, Dick Culver and Harry Stewart and Dick Pacella and Al Carline were left standing on the 9th tee. Both teams were on the green in regulation between 15 & 20 feet from the hole. Culver and Stewart narrowly missed their birdie putts. Pacella then poured in his 15 foot birdie putt to claim the victory and cheers from the crowd. A great day and true tribute to a special friend.

The year concluded with the 2 week "Ringer Tournament" The best "net" 18 holes of the 36 played were used to determine the winners. A Flight had Eric Muller in a four man playoff at "net 62" defeat Allan MacDonald, Tom Strasser and Connie Gallagher. In B flight, Phil Fleiss with a "net 62" defeated Al Britsch, Al Carline and Marion Culpepper.

Not to be over looked in 2013 was the fine showing of The Tradition Men in the 7 match " Interclub" tournament. Tom Strasser and Craig Monaghan put together a very competitive team that placed third in the eleven club field , all from the south end of The Grand Strand. On December 23rd, Jerry Mithen recorded his first career hole in one when he "aced " the 145 yard # 2 hole at The Tradition. And, on the last day of 2013 and two days shy of his 71st birthday, Dick Culver "aced" the 132 yard #15 hole also at The Tradition his second career hole in one.

The year concluded with another great Christmas Party at Inlet Affairs. Good Music, food and entertainment. Special thanks to Dale Guzlas and Ed Sheldon for their work in planning and putting the evening together.

Sadly, in 2013 we lost two of our dear friends and members Bill Graef and Jack Shriver. Bill was an outstanding player who always had a smile. A tournament in late March is planned in his memory. Jack Shriver an early Men's Club member played until he was unable. A true fighter. We will miss them. "Gone But Not Forgotten".

By Maureen Lempert

The 18-hole ladies league held their annual Awards Luncheon on December 5th at Kimball’s in Wachesaw Plantation. Receiving awards were: Joan Sheldon (one-time overall gross of 75, overall low gross of 80.1, most birdies with 29). Joan will represent Tradition in the annual Tournament of Champions in January. Overall low net went to Pat Reed with a score of 72.3. One time low net was a tie with Diane Hicks and Betty Ruff shooting 63. Most improved (3 strokes) went to Rose Plesha. Player of the year was awarded to Suzanne Strasser. Low putts for the year went to Amy Monaghan. First birdie in League play was awarded to Donna Melzer. Amy Monaghan broke 100 for the first time and Diane Hicks broke 90 for the first time.

Congratulations to all of our recipients – well done!!!

The new League year has started and we kick off the tournament season with our annual Guys and Dolls event. We all look forward to good golf, good times and lots of fun. …but mostly better weather!!! If you’re interested in joining our friendly group, contact us – we’d love to have you!!!

By Mary Graef
On November 19, 2013, we hosted the Nine Hole South Strand Interclub. The committee planners did a great job on coordinating everything i.e., invitations, players handouts, name tags, mulligan stickers, table decor, food, all Fall related including pumpkins on 12 and 14 alerting players to closest to line and pin. Thank You to Kevin and his staff for enhancing the success of our event. A beautiful autumn day of golf was enjoyed by all.

In December we held our END OF YEAR luncheon at "Carefree Catering" which was very beautifully decorated for Christmas. A wonderful meal was enjoyed by all. The Leagues 2014 Board Members are:
Co-Chairs: Ann Carline & Faye Britsch
Co-Secretaries: Mary Graef & Donna Scott
Co-Treasurers Barbara Mithen & Darlene Dodson

December 17th during our Holiday Game "Bright, Lights, Delight" pars were enjoyed by Linda Breznicky on #1, Darlene Dodson, Dot Ellison, and Pat Shriver on #2, Dot Ellison and Sue Guzlas on #3, and Bonnie Eaglin on #6. Winners of the Game Day Event were First: Mildred Culpepper -25 Second: Pat Shriver -23 Third: Bonnie Eaglin -16. Since December we have been battling the weather with either freezing temperatures or rain.

A Birthday Breakfast was celebrated on February 4 to honor our January, February and March members special day.

February 13 Invitational at Pawleys Plantation - In spite of the cold weather, Pawleys Plantation provided a lovely hot lunch with warm blackberry cobbler and ice cream. Those in attendance enjoyed food, Valentine Trivia Game and receipt of play for a future sunny day!!
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Gold Tee Chili Bowl Tournament Winners "Da Bears", Match Play, February 5, 2014

By Jerry Mithen
About the Gold Tees: The Tradition Gold Tee Golf Association is composed of 92 great guys who play nine holes of golf from the gold tees. Players of all handicaps are welcome. Our primary purpose is to have fun, enjoy good fellowship and improve our golfing skills. Membership includes invitations to all Gold Tee Dinners, special activities and parties held during the year. The opportunity to make friends and enjoy the company of other like minded men is a great way to get involved with the golf club and members. There are opportunities to get involved with the Gold Tee committees that make up the social climate of the Association.

Gold Tee Boutique: The Gold Tee Boutique occasionally offers association members good deals on clothing and medical items.

The Golf Tees of Tradition Golf Club held their annual 2 Man Match Play Tournament followed by Chef Debbie's award winning chili with noodles and beer. There were 14 teams that comprised the Bears or Patriots teams. The Team Bears won 78 to 48 over Team Patriots. Team Captains Dale Guzlas of the Bears and John McLaughlin of the Patriots welcomed all players to the match and chili feast. The Gold Tee members had a good time on a chilly afternoon.

Gold Tee Tournament: The annual Gold Tee Golf Tournament was the final golf tournament of 2013. Winners had pictures taken and published in local newspapers. All handicaps are eligible. This makes for a fair game and a good time for all Gold Tee Members.

Winners left to right are: Roy MacSorley, Greg Monaghan, Tom Leis, and Frank Hawkins.

Jerry Mithen, Tradition Men’s Golf Club and Gold Tee member, had his first Hole in One, on Hole 2 at the Tradition Golf Course. The 145 yard par 3 was set up short at about 135 yards with a middle pin placement. Jerry was the last in his threesome to hit and hit the ball right with a fade over the sand trap to the flag and it went into the cup on the fly. His partners were Phil Fleiss and Marion Culpepper. The guys congratulated him and he was greeted by all members in the clubhouse for free drinks which were enjoyed by all.

Member Hole In One, December 23, 2013

Join the Gold Tees and have a Great Time Contact Vince Franco, President, at Email: if you are interested in joining us. Pictures of our winning teams are taken each week and then placed on our web
Letter Dated February 12, 2014
Clayton A. DuBose, CGCS, General Manager/Golf Course Superintendent
The Tradition Golf Club

Attention Golfers and Members:
On behalf of superintendents and golf course managers everywhere, I hope you have a great round the next time you get out to play golf. There’s no better game in the world than golf and nowhere better to have fun and challenge yourself than on a golf course. However, when you’re out there, I hope you’ll notice the conditions and think about what went into maintaining the course you are lucky enough to be playing.

The Golf Course Superintendent at your facility and other facilities in the United States is a highly trained and educated professional whose job is to take care of your club’s most precious asset. No one cares more about the course conditions and maintenance than your GCS. However, in the current economic climate – and this is true wherever you’re reading this – it is very difficult to provide quality playing conditions when dealing with reduced staffing, old equipment, cost cutting, small budgets, and reduced operating revenue to justify course improvements. Add to that list one more item: Complaining from the members and golfers that we often hear.

As a club member or fee-paying guest at any golf course you decide to patronize, you are entitled to complain about poor conditions or problems on the course. However, it never fails to amaze me how people who are otherwise successful and astute in their own businesses can become so emotional and irrational about an area in which they have very little knowledge. Just because you have a backyard or a garden does not make you qualified to be a golf course superintendent or an agronomist. GCSs have spent years in school and on the job learning and honing their craft. They are experts in chemistry, biology, agronomy, turf science, entomology, tree management and much, much more. Please do not judge a golf course simply by how “pretty” you think it is or by how you played on a particular day. Making a course pretty also can make it unhealthy.

You want a course to be playable for as many different types of golfers as possible as well as attractive. The greatest cause of harm to a golf course isn’t weather or weeds or bugs. It’s golfers, particularly those who don’t do the little things – rake bunkers, fix ball marks, repair divots, drive on cart paths and obey course signage, pick up garbage (like broken tees), cigarette butts, etc. – that are all vital to the course’s health. What’s that old line from the 1960s? If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

Here are a few other things you might not know. Don’t jump to conclusions if you see an irrigation system running during or soon after a rainstorm. Some courses are required to dump effluent water periodically to meet environmental regulations. Irrigation systems need to be checked regularly to monitor sprinkler heads and throw patterns. Perhaps your superintendent is irrigating new sod or seed, or watering in new chemical or fertilizer applications to prevent burn and damage to the turf. Speaking of rain, have you ever wondered what happens to grass after a downpour? Before complaining that the rough is too long, consider the damage a two-ton piece of equipment would do to soggy soil and turfgrass.

If you spot unraked footprints in a bunker, don’t assume someone on the grounds crew put them there. Chances are it was another golfer who was too lazy to clean up after himself. And speaking of bunkers, don’t complain about their slopes breaking down if you and your buddies walk up and down them to get in and out of the sand. Walk in and out at the lowest, flattest point and the bunkers will stay in better shape longer.

Let’s not get me started on greens. Yes, they have to be aerified (otherwise they’ll decline), the older they get the more aerification they need. Someone isn’t going to like their speed, but the course has to be set up for the greatest good, not the small percentage of players who really are good – or think they are. Furthermore, green speed changes every hour based on weather, traffic, environment and the time of year. Yes, hole positions must move almost every day or else one area of the green will get too much traffic and suffer. And yes, ball marks really do damage greens and are all golfers’ responsibility to repair. Particularly the golfers who made them. As for the weather? It’s not an excuse, it’s a fact.

I’m not saying golfers sometimes don’t have the right, even the obligation, to complain about course conditions. They do. But only when they know what they’re talking about and have first made an effort to understand the situation, talk to the superintendent, and ask intelligent questions.

Because as I said above, the golfer is just as responsible for a course’s condition as the superintendent is. (Among the best things you can do is help others in your group understand their effect on the course and take better care of it.) Doing your part in following guidelines that the course has provided in terms of cart rules will have a major impact on course conditions.

Finally, please thank your superintendent every once in a while for the terrific job he or she is doing under difficult, and constantly changing, climate and economic conditions. Say hello, strike up a conversation, and you never know what you might learn. You might even get some helpful tips for that backyard garden you have at home. Enjoy your game, enjoy your course.
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last updated 6/6/2014 by Celise McLaughlin