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   Charity Breakfast   Page 4
Travel & Leisure
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   Bucket List   Page 5
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Community Activities
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   The Gang is All Here - Water Aerobics   Page 6
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   In Memoriam    Page 7
Health Care Forum
   Trade Fat for Muscle   Page 8
   Craving Sweets   Page 8
Food and Wine
   Aboard the Grain Train   Page 9
   Thanksgiving Table   Page 9
Tradition Golf
   Golf Leagues   Page 10
   Tradition Golf Course   Page 11
   Spine Tilt - By Steve Dresser   Page 11

Photo by Celise McLaughlin
Background Music: "Blessed" - Unspoken 2008 - Jim Brickman

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T R A D I T I O N      P O A
P r e s i d e n t ' s C o r n e r
By Frank D'Amato

Another summer just flew by and I wish things would just slow down. My golf game continues to deteriorate and birthdays are just not much fun anymore. Anyway, here is an update on recent activities in the community.

The financial status of the Tradition POA is sound. As of August 31, 2011 we had $69,729.65 in the operating account and $516,807.90 in the Reserve Fund.

In December you will be receiving a letter from the Board of Directors indicating the 2012 Regime Fees (dues). In January you will receive a letter with a voting proxy card for two directors and the usual tax question. The annual homeowners meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 2012 at Waccamaw High School.

The pool was closed on October 2nd for a week of repairs. The work consisted of patching plaster, replacing of some tiles, and placing non-slip material on the steps. This contract cost $5,000. The contractor indicated the entire interior of the pool will require re-plaster at a future time. The cost for this type of work is $30,000. This is a repair that is in our forecast but may have to be moved up a few years depending on future inspections.

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 summer season is over and residents should be considering either completely stopping or slowing down watering. Based on your timing you should now think about cleaning any rust residual for the winter. The association will be doing the same. However, we have over-seeded the common areas and they will need some watering.

There is an area on Tradition Club Drive where there are homes on a hill. There is an association common area across the street where the sidewalk and curbing is orange with rust. We have tried multiple scenarios with that well and we continue to spray rusty water.

In the last newsletter I indicated we would tie into the county water system. When contacting Georgetown Water and Sewer they informed us that all HOA’s are considered commercial property. Therefore, they would charge us $9,200 for a hook up. We contacted our attorney and she could not find a way around their policy, therefore, we are currently looking at other options for this area.

Our second most severe rust area is by the golf driving range where golfers cross from number Hole #1 to Hole #2. The strange thing here is on the driving range side it is all rust. On the opposite side it is clean water. They use two separate wells. We have successfully run a pipe under the street to allow both sides to be watered from the clean well. We have shutdown the rusty well.

Neighborhood Watch:
The neighborhood watch program has been shelved by the board of directors due to a lack of volunteers. If you read the local papers I am sure you have read the police reports concerning break ins of vehicles parked in driveways overnight. Both gated and non-gated communities have been hit by this kind of vandalism. It appears all we can do is be observant as to what is going on in the neighborhood.

The Litchfield Beautification Committee continues to do a great job landscaping highway 17. Your personal contributions are always welcome.

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.

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 Holiday Season.

Thanks, Frank D’Amato

Pat & Frank D'Amato
The Tradition Community Newsletter is published by and for
the Homeowners of the Tradition

The 2011-2012 Fall & Winter Holiday Edition
will be delivered to your mailbox mid November

Deadline for the 2012 Spring Edition will be February 20th for a mid March Publication.
Editor: Celise McLaughlin
Advertisers: contact Bill Renault


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Tradition Newsletters 1999 through 2011 have been archived!

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Tradition Community
Board of Directors 2011

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

Board Minutes are published each month
and posted on the website

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C O M M I T T E E S    &   B O A R D S

The Covenants Booklet if now on the Tradition website: It is in PDF format and quite large, so be patient when opening the document.

[Excerpt – page vi Covenants Booklet] VIOLATIONS/FINES OR OTHER ACTIONS

The following is a list of Rules and Regulations violations, which are subject to fines or other actions:
  1. Unleashed pets, first offense.
  2. Failure to clean up after pets in common areas or outside of individual's lot.
  3. Disturbing noise, second offense.
  4. Improper vehicles, second offense
  5. Improper use of common facilities, first offense.
  6. Discharge of fireworks or firearms, first offense.
  7. No outside burning is allowed.
  8. Any fines or other actions for other infractions will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
Dollar amounts associated with each violation will be determined by the Tradition Board of Directors. Additional dollar amounts ma y be increased or deceased without further ratification by the homeowners.

The aforementioned fines or other actions may be imposed repeatedly upon failure of a resident to correct the infractions after notice by the Board of Directors, as well as any and all other obligations imposed by the association's documents. Any fine levied shall be collected in the same manner as common assessments. Any residents accused of violations and having a fine or other action imposed may ask to be heard by the Board of Directors. The decision of the Board is final.

By Bill McElroy
Projects Completed at LBTS

Your board reports that all projects that were planned for the “special assessment” enhancement have now been completed, billed, and paid. The enhancement assessments are on schedule with few exceptions. The management of the funds, including the assessment income and line of credit, has been carefully monitored by the board and the management firm. We believe we can all feel good that this project was completed in a timely manner and on budget.

A few drainage issues around the campus that have become apparent since the construction. These are being addressed as part of our ongoing maintenance.

There was a question about why the “sail shades” at the deck were removed during the period prior to the passing of Hurricane Irene. These shades are rated for 90 MPH winds and will be taken down as a precaution when the potential for such winds or gusts of that magnitude exists.

The new entrance to the deck has made it easier for vehicles to enter from the circle loading area adjacent to the beach club house. Bicycles, skateboards, and golf carts are not allowed on any portion of the deck. Bicycles can use the handicap crossover to reach the beach but should be dismounted. Golf carts and skateboards are not allowed to enter that ramp. In fact, skateboards are not allowed on any LBTS common property.

Your board is looking at ways to address a few additions and suggestions made during the enhancement as long as we can accomplish them within existing budgets. I for one am very proud of the final product and I believe that the residents are enjoying our “new seaside campus.” The fishing boardwalk, fishing dock, crabbing dock, and the observation dock with the rockers have been a great hit and we have noticed an increased use of the facilities around the lake and marsh.

We have initiated a formal Landscape Committee of the Board headed by Henry Jobe, to oversee the ongoing maintenance of all LBTS properties. The objective will be to assure that proper maintenance of the grounds is occurring and that needed improvements are recognized and addressed in the future. Henry can also provide information as to “color coordination” activities between LBTS and local POA’s in the event that POAs want to blend with color palette.

Security has been improved with the new gatehouse and traffic pattern. The security committee continues to work on making our entrances more secure from unauthorized entry.

The upcoming “All Regime Board Meeting” will be held November 18th for Board members of the LBTS POAs. The agenda is being currently being prepared as of this writing.

Fall and Winter are great seasons to live in the Litchfield area. We hope you will make it a practice to use the facilities often.

Bill McElroy,
LBTS Vice President

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
PlumberFrank D’Antoni, Cell 458-1805
Shawn O’Neill, 241-4765; Home 215-2082
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
For updates to this list please contact the covenants committee

Architecture Review Board
By Vince Civitarese

We have almost made it through another hurricane season with no problem or even close calls. That is a good thing.

There is not much to report this time but we are seeing lots of activity on major remodeling and even a possible new home. There have been several resales even with this slow economy. I would hope this renewed activity will mean good things for the Tradition Community.

As a reminder please note: anything you do to the outside of your home requires an ARB permit, including landscaping. Small bed and lawn changes are not included in this requirement but it might be best to check with someone on the committee before starting a project. Meetings are held at the Pool House the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7p.m.
Vince Civitarese, John McLaughlin
Dale Guzlas, Bill Cotton

I hope the winter is kind to all of us and that next spring will bring good things to us all.

Roberta & Vince Civitarese

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]]


By Jeanette Renault

Please update your Covenants Booklet for Sherwin Williams paint. The color number of Charleston Green is changed to DCR 099. When buying mailbox paint at Sherwin Williams, ask for "Tradition Mailbox". No number needed.

Because of the long dry summer, not only have lawns suffered but the low water table caused extensive iron rust in wells. Since the growing season is coming to an end, those of you who suffer from this excessive rust may find relief in turning off your sprinkler systems now. A final cleaning after the system is off will be good until spring.

Please contact the Covenants Committee with any concerns you may have.

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T R A D I T I O N     V O L U N T E E R S
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to's about learning how to dance in the rain!" - Vivian Greene
By Jeanette Renault

If you haven't visited the Tara Home for Boys, it is a heartwarming experience. The setting is rural, wooded and beautiful, located on Black Mingo Creek, a tributary of the Black River. Jim Dumm, who is with the Georgetown School Board, has devoted his life to volunteering as Director of this facility.

On Saturday, Oct. 8 an open house was held. The purpose was to highlight the extensive renovation project sponsored by Rick Barnes, coach of the Texas Longhorn basketball team, and his wife, Candy. They not only gave financial aid and did work themselves, but called upon purveyors they know who chipped in with everything from painting, furniture, beds, flooring, windows, new TVs, and much more. This is a wonderful start, but their needs continue, from daily living supplies to people in the community showing interest in these boys.

A group from the Community Church spends one Saturday morning a month at the home. They take food, have lunch and play games and socialize with the boys. Tara Hall takes in children who are neglected or have a non-functional home life to provide them with structure and boundaries and help them to adjust to life in the real world.

If you have an interest in participating please call me at 235-3566 or e-mail:

For more information and heart-warming stories about Tara Hall, visit their website at

A number of residents in the community share their time and efforts volunteering for Georgetown County organizations such as Brookgreen, Georgetown County Hospital, Hospice, Hobcaw Barony and many others. Please share your story with your neighbors.

Deni & Rita

Engaging the Community
Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. --Margaret Mead

As a volunteer leader you find that many people will make suggestions to you about how you "should" run something. But when you are looking for volunteers to be the responsible person, to be the leader .. they don't always step forward. Everyone has great ideas, but putting them into action is someone else's responsibility.

I found a quote once by Lily Tomlin, it stated: "I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody."

It's not that people are unwilling to help, they are always willing to help, but don't necessarily want to be in charge. Just tell me what you want me to do. Taking ownership of the position, running the project and assigning responsibilities is too much work. We’re seeing the affect with the Tradition committees, golf leagues and clubs. These organizations, many established 15 years ago, are struggling for leadership and membership.

Everyone says they are busy, or perceives themselves to be “busy”. I believe that it’s a matter of becoming comfortable with your existence where as taking on additional responsibility would add unnecessary stress to your life. And who wants more stress?

A large number of people in this community are retired or semi-retired. Each of us had busy careers, tons of responsibility, raised children and took care [or are taking care] of our aging spouses and/or parents. “We’re an aging community”. In short, the people who came to this community 10 to 15 years ago are not so young anymore; They are becoming less active and more sedentary. We have been blessed with some great leaders in Tradition, some still in these leadership roles. But let’s face it, there are limitations to how long or how much these few can endure in these volunteer positions. Then what happens?

There was a common bond for all the residents who came to Tradition when it was in its infancy. Everyone was new. Everyone wanted to belong. It was easy "back then" to group together and form committees, clubs and community events. There was a wait list to participate!

What about today? There are lots of new people moving in. But precedents have been set, rules have been established and friendships have been made. Tradition is no longer a new community; there's no welcome wagon, no new resident coffee klatch, and some groups have closed their doors to new members. There are still clubs and organizations, but we're not doing the very best job we can at opening our arms to welcome the new folks. That is unfortunate because we need them. They are our future.

In an established community, such as this, how do we engage the newer residents? How do we find out who they are? What their interests are? What their talents are? I'm certain we have so many talented people living in Tradition with diversified backgrounds who are more than willing to volunteer to help our community. It's likely our residents don't know we need their help, they don't know what help we need and we don't know how to go about asking for it.

We can't go back, we can only move forward. Got new neighbors? Let's start there.

We are getting to be an older community and there are some people in need.
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
If you can spare some time we appreciate the help.
You needn't be a gourmet cook, just a good neighbor.


The Gift of Giving..

Georgetown County United Way
Looking for short term volunteers
to help with making phone calls
Through the end of the 2011 campaign

Georgetown County United Way
Lynn Ford, Program Director
515 Front Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 546-6317
your help is your donation

Help make a difference in your community.

Donate your unwanted household items to the Habitat Georgetown ReStore and help build homes for people in need. Free pick-up of your items is available by calling 843-545-5868 x1 or email me Pick-ups are available Monday – Friday. Best of all, your donation is tax deductible! Donation receipts are available from our truck driver.

Have you purchased new furniture for your home? Donate your used furniture to the ReStore. The ReStore also accepts windows, doors, bathroom fixtures, counter tops, kitchen cabinets, household appliances, dishes, books, and many other odds and ends.

The ReStore cannot accept baby items, toys, clothes, or used mattresses.

Leftover items after a yard sale? Call the ReStore and arrange to have your unsold items picked up free of charge.

Looking for items to redecorate your home or vacation home? Not only does the ReStore accept donations but has many wonderful things available for purchase at bargain prices.

Habitat Georgetown ReStore hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
PO Box 2411 Georgetown SC 29442
Phone: 843-546-5685 x1

Sandfiddler Neighbors
Tradition Charity Breakfast
On October 29th, Tradition Community residents joined Dick Culver at the Tradition Club House to sponsor a charity breakfast to benefit Helping Hands of Georgetown. Helping Hands was established in 1989 and operates as an ecumenical ministry on behalf of local churches in Georgetown County to give assistance to people during periods of crisis and to address needs through the most effective use of community resources.
What Can You Do to Help?
Volunteer Opportunities
Food Donations
Memorials, Honorariums, Donations
Programs for Churches and Civic Organizations

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T R A V E L       &       L E I S U R E

In the Groove..
By Celise McLaughlin
Since building our home in 1999, we have taken on several home improvement initiatives including new countertops, adding a sunroom and most recently, new hard wood flooring. While there are several other large projects waiting in the wings, this year it was time to invest in redecorating.

It all began in the spring when a couple of our long time friends were coming for visit. I walked into the main guest bedroom, which has been uninhabited for a very long time. The rare visits to these spare rooms are for the periodic vacuuming and finding storage space for seasonal clothing and decorations. Someone could hide in there and not be found for weeks!

As I gazed upon faded palm tree drapes and bedspread I knew it was time for a change. Our friends, these friends, were here when I installed the décor originally and I couldn’t have them think I was remiss in updating the furnishings all these years.

Repainting wasn’t necessary, the carpet was still in good shape as was the bed and dresser, but the room needed brightening – new colors, new fabrics and new wall-hangings. But what color or colors should I choose? The adjoining guest bath was bright red-orange with bird of paradise and black accents. I wasn’t planning to redo that room but I felt it necessary to continue with a similar bold color scheme. Finally, it was decided, I was going with Lime Green and Black.

Fortunately I was able to reuse some of my existing fabrics for pillow covers and valances and I found lots of black photo frames at the community yard sales. At Low-Country Discount Fabrics in Georgetown – I love that store! - I found a perfect black and white polka dot drape fabric and heavy duty lining for sun-block. A black and white bedspread from Belk, Lime Green sheets from J.C. Penney, scissors, sewing machine and a glue stick, I was well on my way. Voila, it’s like a new room. A complete makeover without spending fortune; I was pleased.

A month later my daughter decides she’s coming in the fall with two friends, oh no, now I’ve got to do the middle bedroom too. Same process, new colors, new wall hangings, new drapes, pillows. It was another successful transformation.
I’m in a groove, next project, um… the dining room.

Bucket List ... Greece. Check!

Monique & David Philips Cruise the Greek Isles

After an uneventful flight we arrived safely in Athens, Greece on Saturday, September 10th as did our luggage. Whew! We had an easy transfer to the cruise considering the taxis were on strike. Word to the Wise: book your transfers through the cruise lines when you travel, you don't want to miss the boat! When we boarded the Azamara “Quest” we were greeted with a flute of champagne, a lovely buffet and unlimited wine, what an awesome welcome.

When we got to our cabin, there was a fresh fruit plate and fresh flowers and a veranda with a view, oh so pleasant. The attendants were wonderful, always happy and smiling and our cruise director was a BLAST! We had an invitation waiting for us for the Cruise Critic cocktail hour which was held that evening. It was a wonderful experience to meet some of the crew and meet some of the folks who participate on Cruise Critic.

Each day we ordered room service for breakfast; it arrived promptly and was always excellent. This gave us time to prepare for our land excursions. We took 6 excursions, which was one too many. That "less than perfect" excursion was to the Traditional Villages of Kos. The tour was way too long and they sent us to hang out at the beach. Beach? that wasn't mentioned on the tour description! We were NOT interested in a beach, we live by the ocean in South Carolina, after all.
But 5 out of 6 trips were excellent and we were always so happy to be welcomed back to the gangway with cold water, fresh towels and a fruit drink.

We ate in the main dining room “Discoveries Restaurant” only twice, it was marvelous food and service but we preferred the Windows Cafe buffets for most of our meals. I also visited the Mosaic Cafe three times, what a treat, wonderful "noshs" and great specialty coffees!!!

There was ALWAYS something to do on board when we were not on a land excursion exploring one of the many port cities! We visited the on-board Casino a couple of times but didn't win anything and shopped at the little boutiques which had very nice things, but was a bit too pricey. I wished they had more ship souvenirs.

We had some FUN nights of entertainment including traditional Turkish and Greek folkloric shows and a belly dancer, who I might add, got the audience involved!

The last day of our cruise, we were given instructions on debarking and how to meet our land excursion in Athens and say our "good bye" to Azamara Quest! All in all, it was a spectacular voyage and we loved our ship, crew and amenities!

checking off your bucket list items? Tell us about them.
The next newsletter comes out in early March
Just send me your notes and photos, I'll do the editing.. smooth sailing


Never too late
By Celise McLaughlin
I remember back in the early 80's my Mom and Sister went to ceramics classes. I was having kids and working two jobs so the notion of taking on a hobby was the farthest thing from my mind. I do recall in my hometown one of my friend's parents added on to their home to build a ceramics studio, it was a big deal.

Early in October this year when I was shopping at the Island Shops with my daughter and her girlfriends, who were visiting with us, I stumbled upon this pottery studio. It was opening day. She had taken over a once children's book store right behind the Island Deli. The thought of starting up this new hobby now, intrigued me, so I left my email address and got her card. I love dishes and pottery, probably as much as cookbooks, but I had no experience with painting my own. I do have some limited artistic talent, although I'd more likely call myself a wanabe artist. But, having missed out on the ceramics graze, I thought this would be my second chance.

About two weeks later I received an email from the owner, she would be having a Ladies wine and chocolate night on Thursdays after 5p.m. I always plan on wine after 5p.m. anyway, so why not paint at the same time. You bring the wine, she provides the glasses and the chocolate. Plus, any pottery purchases were 20% off. I was good with that.

I headed over the Saturday before, just because I needed to do some advance preparations for Thursday night. I couldn't just show up after all. I needed a plan. Carla, the owner, let me practice painting on a piece of broken pottery and she fired it for me, just so I could see what it looked like. So by Thursday, I was ready. I made my first piece and I'm looking forward to doing more.

Hand painted pottery is great for gifts or to keep as a remembrance of something you created. The studio is open everyday, so, if you are interested, you can join me on Thursday nights or pick a time that works for you.

She'll do Birthday Parties, Bridal and Baby Showers, Moms Clubs, Fundraisers, Field Trips for Groups and provide entertainment for the grandkids when they come to visit.

Next time you are in the Island Shops, stop in and say Hello to Carla. Tell her Celise sent you.

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C O M M U N I T Y     A C T I V I T I E S

A moving debut novel about female friendship, endurance, and hope in the South.
Catfish Alley is Lynne Bryant’s first novel. It is beautifully written and full of tales of courage and endurance. It unfolds the racial divide of both the 1930’s and current day Mississippi. If you enjoyed reading The HELP you will want to add this book to your must read list.

Rules of Civility
by Amour Towles
is a sophisticated and entertaining debut novel
Set in New York City in the late thirties the story opens on New Year’s Eve. Katey Kontent, the main character, experiences how spur of the moment decisions often determines life’s direction for decades to come.

The Art Of Fielding
You do not have to like baseball to enjoy Chad Harbach’s debut novel
It is a wise and old fashioned story about love and friendship, ambition and redemption. While baseball plays a large role in this book it does not matter as much as the emotions Harbach draws out of the reader for his characters.

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


By Pat Shriver
On Wednesday, June 1, at 8:40 a.m., the first person in the pool swimming laps was Gail Lee, who met Sandy Callahan, the first new person to join this year along with her guest, Lynn Barrett, while the second guest was Willie Conway who was invited by Beverly Clement, who lives on Deacon Drive, as does the grandmother of Veronica McKay who was brought to the pool by Ann MacDonald, who plays 9 hole golf with Mildred Culpepper, who attends the same church as Betty Farley and Merry Cotton, who lives on Patriot Lane with Juanita Moore, one of our aerobics leaders, who lives next door to Joan Wood, who is in book club with Margaret Gerrity who brought her daughter, Kathleen Genna , and another daughter came, Sheila Plesha, along with her mother’s cousin, Ellen DeKleva, and her mother, Rosemary Plesha, who lives on Revolution Court with Donna Scott who goes to ‘lunch bunch’ with Chris Wiklendt who likes to do water aerobics in the northeast corner of the pool as does Bev Newton, while the deep end of the pool is preferred by Elaine Kronski and Phyllis Confer who plays tennis with Bella Ribaudo and Linda Mitchell who plays 9 hole golf with Jeanette Renault who lives around the corner from Maxine Swontek, who is the sister of Darlene Dodson, who likes to bike to water aerobics, as does Joan Gallagher who lives next door to Kathy Clifford who lives next door to Susann Foderaro, who brought the other cousin we had this year, Mary Ellen Mason, while the only niece to come was Kerri Norton as the guest of her aunt, Irene Bossert who lives on Brookridge, as does Pat Castanera who has the same initials as Pat Cocuzza, who lives on Deacon as does Mary Graef who plays 9 hole golf with Ann Carline who lives down the street from Carol Taylor who is new this year to water aerobics as is Jan Jenning and Vicki Wythe, who swims laps like Mary Ann Keller who plays 18 hole golf with Joanne Stewart who “walks and talks” with Eileen Mayfield who plays Mexican Train dominoes with Anne Brown who lives on Sandfiddler as does Sue Guzlas and Monique Philips who brought her friend, Sue Gaston, to the pool but not to Winey Wednesday which she started and which Carol Sewell likes to attend who lives next door to Lorraine Stellman who brought her granddaughters, Ava, Jillian, and Madeline Schaefer who are from Florence as is the grandchild of Nori Thompson who lives down the street from the mother of Lori Bell, Bonnie Eaglin, who brought her granddaughter who did not get in the pool so she doesn’t count in the attendees, but Ayrian Fleming liked the pool when she came with her grandmother, Claire Fleming, who lives on Patriot with Laura Bittner who went to the same college as the husband of Pat Shriver, who went to school with Barb Kamberger who lives across the street from the gal who on July 18th went for her goggles, none other than Dee Ely and then stopped when Pat Hicswa said, “it’s only a pine needle” and then we heard a southern voice say, “I thought it was a sn–ake” which could only come from J–an Shepherd who was the suite mate at Lewisburg College with Susan Ruark who went to Alaska with Reta Schaap who plays Mexican Train dominoes with Janice Hayes who plays mah jongg with Lynne Autorino who lives behind Barb Fuller who is in ‘lunch bunch’ with Carolyn Jones and Rose Perry who walks her dog past Barbara Podosek’s house who lives next door to Janet Caufield who plays Mexican Train dominoes with Suzie Albright who is the only attendee from Shrimp Net Court and the only resident of Crab Trap Court to attend is Gloria Starrick who goes to the same church as Skippy Esposito and Theresa Vercellotti who plays mah jong with the gal who brought her friend, Sandy Ferrise, our very own Pauline Becker who lives several doors away from our visitor from the state of Colorado, Susan Buckley, whose mother is a resident.

Now the number of attendees this year was unbelievable topping out at #______, all named above.
Isn’t it interesting how our Tradition community is connected in so many ways?


Men & Women play Tennis all year long.
Women on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Men on Tuesday and Thursdays.
Come out and play.
Contact Phil Ribaudo 235-9848 (Men's Tennis)
or Nancy Malara 235-9344 (Women's Tennis)


The "Awesome Foursome" bowling team from the Tradition. They bowl at the new Frank Entertainment Complex at the Inlet Mall. Pictured are: Jan Hayes, Joanne Stewart, Polly Huish and Lucy Hajec. Team members not pictured: Maureen O'Connell and Debbie Massie.

Winter leagues will be forming right after the Holidays, if you're interested in having a team or subbing in other teams, contact the lanes at 651-9400.


By Monique Philips

Another wonderful summer of Winey Wednesdays! Thank you for all of you who came. It was a great way to meet friends and new neighbors! What a wonderful array of appetizers and desserts! I think we ALL love to entertain!

Even though we are approaching colder weather, we will try to keep it up every month!

....just watch your e-mail for updates! And remember! Please invite a new friend! The more the merrier!

Just send their name and e-mail address to and I will make sure they are on our list!
Happy Winey Wednesdays!

Activity Contacts
Book Exchange-Veronica Bucello 237-7334
Bridge (Ladies)-Suzie Albright 237-1594
Golf-18 holes(Men)-Steve Kronski 235-3711
Golf-9 holes(Men)-Vince Franco 237-9190
Golf-18 holes(Women)- S. Russell
Golf-9 holes(Women)-B. 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
Winey Wednesdays - M. Philips 237-0494

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A R O U N D      T R A D I T I O N

Maj Jongg
Mondays at 6p.m.
By Pat Cocuzza
Maj Jongg is a board game played with 3 or 4 people. Similar to rummy, mahjong is a game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a degree of chance. The game is played with a set of 136 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. Players draw and discard tiles until they complete a winning hand.

What to learn to play? Come out the Pool House on Monday nights at 6. Watch a few rounds and you will catch on in no time.
Questions? Call Lynn Autorino at 237-7745

Ladies Bridge
Wednesday Afternoons

Friday's at 10a.m.

  Updates to the
Homeowner's Directory
Since July 2011

  • Walter & Sharon Nowak at 35 Opera Court, phone 237-3268, email
  • Craig Nelson at 45 Opera Court, phone 325-9450
  • Kay Nelson at 45 Opera Court, phone 325-9451
  • Bill & Sandi Bunce at 349 Tradition Club Drive, phone 314-9042, email
  • Stephen Hege to 11 Boatmen Drive from Pickens, SC
  • David & Irene Krepps to 14 Historic Lane
  • Russ & Joan Leonard to 391 Historic Lane, phone 314-9049
  • James & Sharon Emmick to 13 Pierpont Court from Horseheads, NY
  • James & Wendy Harrigan to 29 Thrasher Court, phone (704) 578-0034, email
  • Sharon Valentine to 1386 Tradition Club Drive from Fort Thomas, KY
  • John & Joann Dyer to 27 Pierpont Court from Watkinsville, GA
  • Anthony & Anne Cerone to 139 Alexander Glennie Drive from Montgomery, NY
  • Kathryn Sharp from 139 Alexander Glennie Drive
  • Barry & Angela Valentine from 11 Boatmen Drive
  • Alan & Carol Gardner from 14 Historic Lane
  • Jim & Diane Hill from 391 Historic Lane
  • Lawrence & Kathleen Gabriel from 13 Pierpont Court
  • James Beard from 29 Thrasher Court
  • Donald & Gail Reed from 1386 Tradition Club Drive

Changes? Contact Dave Philips at 237-0494 or

In Memoriam
Of these Tradition residents and other family, friends and neighbors
who passed away in 2011

Gertrude Bopp, Robert Casse, John Hoover, Jane Reynolds,
Tom Ruane, Marty Rubin, Karen Richards, John Sharp and Jim Walsh

The Pool House Reservation calendar is posted on the Tradition Website and in the glass case outside the front doors

The Pool House can be reserved for community events and private events for a fee
contact: Tom Ellison

Men's Cards Thursdays at 7pm

Walk & Talk
By Joanne Stewart

Walk & Talk group meets at the pool house each morning at 8:45 and walks for 45 minutes. Walking is good for the body and the mind
Helps to relieve stress and shed those excess calories consumed over the Holidays!
Get out there and get that body moving!

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H E A L T H      C A R E      F O R U M
Deconstructing Cravings

With the holidays upon us, we have an added stress of sweets around every corner. Christmas cookies, cakes, pies, fudge and decadent desserts… They are in our fridge, our pantry and our freezers. How can we keep from craving all these sweets when they call out our names day and night from their lonely hiding places? The important thing is to understand why you crave what you crave.
  • Perhaps your diet is too restrictive or devoid of nutrient rich foods
  • Perhaps you are living a lifestyle that is either too boring or stressful.
  • A craving for something sweet could mean you need more protein, more exercise, more water or more love in your life.
  • The key to stopping the sugar craving is to deconstruct the craving, and to give yourself what you really need.
The next time you have a craving, treat it as a message from your body instead of a weakness. Try these tips to respond to your body:
  • Are you thirsty? Have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes.
  • Eat a healthier version of what you crave. For example, if you crave sweets, try eating a piece of fruit or drink a glass of milk.
  • What is out of balance in your life? Is there something you need to express, or is something being repressed? What happened in your life just before you had this craving?
  • When you eat the food you are craving, eat only a small portion and eat it with gratitude, enjoy it, taste it, savor it and move on.
When all else fails, get rid of the temptation, and I don’t mean share it with your friends. That is just moving the temptation from your house to theirs. It’s like sharing a cold. Throw it away in the trash can – outside! Out of sight, out of reach and out of mind.

Trade Fat for Muscle - By Frank Walsh

What could be better? A self controlled health care program that has proven results, has no cost and requires no special diets or excessive time expenditure. You will lose weight, shed fat, gain muscle and strength, look and feel better.

There are two types of muscle, “endurance” which is strengthened by aerobic exercises; walking, swimming, running and biking and "resistance" muscle which is strengthened by weight training.

Both types of muscle require energy, but these energy sources are derived from different body substances. Endurance muscle receives its energy by metabolizing fat tissue and resistance muscle gets is energy by metabolizing sugar. It can rid the body of excess sugar which if not used will convert to fat tissue.

A recent study at the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute at Boston University School of Medicine showed that working the resistance muscles lead to a remarkable level of fat loss. They found that 5 pounds of fat were lost for every pound of resistance added. Additionally the resistance muscle is a constant user of energy; the bigger the muscle mass the more energy source required and the less fat tissue is formed.

Resistance muscle is lost as we age. The muscle mass existing at age 30 will be reduced 6 pounds each decade; by age 80 more than 30 pounds could be lost. This generally does not occur with endurance muscle which explains why a 50 year old may be good at tennis and jogging, but grip strength and core body strength is reduced and the development of belly fat is evident.

In summary, it can be seen that the loss of muscle mass may contribute to development of obesity and obesity may lead to diabetes and other diseases as we age.

Maintaining well-functioning muscle is key to maintaining a high quality of life. A program consisting of both endurance and resistance training can lead to weight loss and greater core strength. Through exercise and watching your diet you can develop a trim and healthy body and feel good about it.

The Psychiatrist & The Proctologist: Medical Humor

Best friends graduated from medical school at the same time and decided that, in spite of two different specialties, they would open a practice together to share office space and personnel. Dr. Smith was the psychiatrist and Dr. Jones was the proctologist; they put up a sign reading: "Dr. Smith and Dr. Jones: Hysterias and Posteriors". The town council was livid and insisted they change it. So, the docs changed it to read: "Schizoids and Hemorrhoids". This was also not acceptable, so they again changed the sign.

"Catatonics and High Colonics" - No go.

Next, they tried "Manic Depressives and Anal Retentives" - thumbs down again..

Then came "Minds and Behinds" - still no good.

Another attempt resulted in "Lost Souls and Butt Holes" - unacceptable again!

So they tried "Analysis and Anal Cysts" - not a chance.

"Nuts and Butts" - no way.

"Freaks and Cheeks" - still no good.

"Loons and Moons" - forget it.

Almost at their wit's end, the docs finally came up with: "Dr. Smith and Dr. Jones - Specializing in Odds and Ends".

Everyone loved it.

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F O O D     &     W I N E

Vegetables on the
Thanksgiving Table

My Favorite Roots by Celise McLaughlin
The roots of any plant are its anchor and foundation; they are the essential parts that support and nourish the plant. Root vegetables lend these properties to us when we eat them, making us feel physically and mentally grounded and rooted, increasing our stability, stamina and endurance.

Roots are a rich source of nutritious complex carbohydrates, providing a steady source of necessary sugars to the body. Instead of upsetting blood sugar levels like refined sweet foods, they regulate them. Since they absorb, assimilate and supply plants with vital nutrients, roots likewise increase absorption and assimilation in our digestive tracts.

Long roots, like carrots and parsnips are excellent blood purifiers and can help improve circulation in the body and increase mental clarity. Round roots, like radishes, beets and rutabagas, are nourishing to the stomach, spleen, pancreas and reproductive organs and can help regulate blood sugar and moods, and alleviate cravings.

For me, Thanksgiving is not complete without Rutabaga and Carrots as two the traditional sides.

Mashed Rutabaga is one of those comfort foods that brings back memories of childhood. It doesn't need seasoning or butter. Just peel, cut, cook, mash and put it on my plate.

I don't have any specific memories of carrots, other than the fact they were on the table; one of the many orange colored vegetables that were passed.

A few years ago I came across a carrot recipe in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine that I have adopted as my new favorite. Although the chardonnay may counter-balance the increase in mental clarity for the root vegetable, it adds so much flavor. On this page is copy of this recipe compliments of BH&G and me. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sauvignon Blanc
Originally a varietal indigenous to South West France, Sauvignon Blanc is today cultivated worldwide. An early American favorite, the wine has been popularized as a crisp, dry white varietal wine of California — sometimes labeled under the alias "Fumé Blanc." The flavor can range from strong grassy to tropically sweet, with notes of grapefruit and occasionally bell-pepper.

But Sauvignon Blanc has a number of identities ranging from a clean, slight grassy white wine to an herbaceous, full-bodied wine backed up with oak aging. It is a very food-friendly wine and terrific for appetizers such as veggie dishes and creamy dips. However, it does its best service at the table when paired with strong, forceful, herbal flavors like goat cheese and fragrant Greek and Caesar salads, Thai food, Sushi and, of course, Poultry. Open a bottle this Thanksgiving. Toast to your health!

Climber 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
All Aboard the Grain Train
By Celise McLaughlin

On one of my excursions to Tuesday Morning looking for good decorating bargains I happened by the book aisle. Not just books, cook books. I’m a sucker when it comes to the cook books, especially the ones with big color pictures and specialty recipes. Having recently changed my eating habits to low carbohydrates and high fiber, one book drew my attention immediately. Good Housekeeping Grains! 125 Delicious Whole-Grain Recipes from Barley & Bulgur to Wild Rice & More. It was a good find at Tuesday Morning for only $5.99, Barnes & Noble was selling it for $12.
Not only has this prize find brought me good healthy recipes, but a valuable education as well; and that, like it or not, I am going to share with you.

Whole grains are the seeds from grasses. Before conventional processing they are packed with nutritional forms of proteins, fiber and vitamins. Unfortunately most of these processes remove the fiber and refine the grains in order to extend shelf life. This leaves very little of the natural nutritional value.

When shopping for whole-grain foods the book recommends looking for the bright yellow whole-grain council stamp. I didn't know there was a Whole-Grains Council, but there is and they exist solely to help consumers find whole grain foods and understand their health benefits. For more on that organization, visit their website at
All the health benefits associated with the whole grain had me convinced. Being the obsessive compulsive I am, I began stocking my pantry with so many of these wholesome little devils, with good intentions, of course. Here are a few:

Barley - Barley can be pearled, hulled, gritted, ground or flaked. Barley is higher in fiber and better at reducing cholesterol than oats, so they say. As a child, my favorite soup was Beef and Vegetable Barley. Never knew what barley was, nor did I care. It was good! Now I'm finding ways to use it for other than just soup, like a side dish or even a main course casserole with sausage.
Quinoa - I was introduced to quinoa quite some time ago. Because of its high protein value it can be used as a meat substitute. You can find it in the rice aisle at the grocery store. A box is quite expensive, but a little goes a long way and it cooks up quicker than rice. It's generally used in salads with nuts and raisins and is eaten hot or cold.
Steel Cut Oats - Oats, cut, not rolled. What was I thinking? I've only found cookie, breakfast and bread recipes so far for this grain and some BLOGs rave about it. Haven't use them yet, so the jury is still out on this one.
Wheat Berries - I searched long and hard to find these little nuggets after I saw Ann Burrell use them in a braised pork shoulder recipe on the Food Network. I finally found them with the dried fruits and nuts at Fresh Market. Wheat berries have to simmer in liquids for over 1 hour, like dried beans, and can be used in salads and sides. All wheat products, such as flour, come from wheat berries. They are high in fiber and low in calories.

I've only scratched the surface of all the grains that are out there. This winter I am looking forward to trying out lots of the new recipes in my book. John's boarded the grain train too, although he doesn't know it yet.

Traditional Foods of Hanukkah
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar. In Hebrew, the word "hanukkah" means “dedication.” The name reminds us that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.

The traditional foods consumed during the Hanukkah holiday are symbolic of the events being celebrated. Most are fried in oil, symbolic of the oil that lasted eight days. Others contain cheese to celebrate Judith's victory. Pancakes are a traditional dish, serving as a reminder of the food hurriedly prepared for the Maccabees as they went into battle, along with the oil they are fried in as a reminder of the miraculous oil.

Latkes were originally symbolic of the cheesecakes served by the widow Judith, and later evolved to the potato/vegetable fried latkes most known today. Many cheese and dairy dishes are consumed in memory of brave Judith.

A newer tradition in the United States is the baking of butter cookies or pretzels in the shape of Hanukkah symbols while relating the stories. Children delight in helping and learn as they create, as well. The Hannakah recipe collection includes many Hanukkah favorites such as latkes, bimuelos, cheese gilt coins, kugel, soft pretzels, brisket, tongue, and more. Although these foods are particularly significant during Hanukkah, you will enjoy them year-round.

At the most recent Winey Wednesday, one of our newer neighbors brought an appetizer for us to try. Because it was huge hit, we asked for the recipe. Super easy too!

Italian Rounds

Courtesy of Sharon Nowak, Opera Court

  • 2/3 c parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c mayo
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch salt
  • pinch onion powder
  • 1 tube buttermilk biscuits
combine first 7 ingredients; separate biscuits, let stand on cookie sheet 5 minutes. flatten into 4 inch circles; spread 1 tblsp mix on top. bake 400 degrees 10-13 minutes.

Chardonnay Glazed Carrots
Courtesy of BH&G
  • 2 lb. assorted carrots
  • 1 cup Chardonnay
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced chives
  1. Peel large carrots. Slice carrots lengthwise and/or crosswise. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add wine, honey, butter, salt, cinnamon, and bay leaves. Bring to boiling, stirring to combine. Add carrots; return to boiling. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, uncovered, 25 minutes, stirring often, until carrots are tender and glaze thickens.
  2. Remove from heat. Remove and discard cinnamon stick and bay leaves. Sprinkle with chives. Makes 8 servings.

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Tradition Ladies Golf Assn
By Suzanne Strasser, Historian

The annual Sadie Hawkins Tournament at the Tradition Golf course was held on August 7th. The overall winners were:
1st Place
Joan Sheldon & Dick Pacella
2nd Place
Barbara Cardea & Dick Culver
3rd Place
Daune Barksdale & Vinny Esposito

The segment winners were:
Low Net
Pat Kemper & Marion Culpepper
Alternate Shot
Donna Culver & Tom Cardea
Sadies Choice
Jan Hayes & Craig Monaghan

Closest to the pins were made by Joan Sheldon hole # 2, Bob Caufield hole #5, Amy Monaghan hole #12 and Jim Pearson hole #15. This is one of the many tournaments that Tradition golfers enjoy during the year.

The TLGA held a two day low gross and low net tournament on September 20th & 22nd. Congratulations to the overall low gross 2011 champion, Pat Reed and the overall low net 2011 champion, Kathy MacSorley.

Divisional Winners
Low GrossLow Net
Debbie MassieDaune Barksdale
Sally RussellSuzanne Strasser
Bobbie FleissJoanne Stewart
Judy GambeskiBetty Ruff

The closest to the pin winners were Bobbie Fleiss, Debbie Massie, Maureen Lempert, Pat Reed. The golf was damp but the players enjoyed their fellow competitors and had a great day.

For additional photos and stats visit the web site.

Ladies Nine Hole League
The Ladies Nine Hole Golf Association is organized for:
  • Scheduled weekly play of golf
  • Improvement of an individual's game.
  • Observing the rules and etiquette of golf.
  • Promoting good sportsmanship

The Nine Hole League plays Tuesdays.
Women golfers of all levels are welcome.

For more information, visit the website
Men's Golf Club
By Steve Kronski

"Greetings from the TMGC as well as Waccamaw Hospital and MUSC; places that took up a great deal of my time and energy these last few months. There are a few tournaments to report on so here I go but first I must add a bit of editorial comment from the office of the "President".

Hopefully by the time you all read this we will have conducted a successful Member's Meeting on `11/21/11 and will have FILLED all of our Board positions even though, at the time of this writing, we do NOT have candidates for several key positions. Open slots are for VP Tournaments and President. We did have an opening for one of our VP of weekly games due to the resignation of Howard Krauth, but Paul Hayes has thrown his hat into the election for that important job. Special thanks to Howard for handling this tough assignment these last few years.

Since our last edition we completed our Club Championship event with the following results:

Champion Flight (Gross): Champion Eric Muller over 2nd place finisher John Reed 3 & 2. Finishing 3rd was Wayne Johnson with a 2 & 1 victory over Connie Gallagher.

White Tee Flight (Net): Champion Jim Pearson over 2nd place finisher, Paul Hayes after two extra holes. Finishing 3rd was Charlie Malara with a 4 & 3 win over Joe Pietrofere.

Gold Flight "A" (Net): Bob Champion Bob Caufield over 2nd place finisher, Frank D'Amato 5 & 4. 3rd place went to Tom Cardea by virtue of a walkover against Bill Graef who had to withdraw.

Gold Flight "B" (Net): Champion Ron Kemper up 3 & 2 over Dale Guzlasand 3rd place went to Frank Hawkins, 2 & 1 over Chuck Olnhausen.

Issues I hope we won't have to face next year: "who will run this important event in 2012???"

Following the Club Championships was our yearly Member Guest on August 18, 19 and 20 and it was another big success. Will we have a tournament VP and his committee in 2012 and "will this annual event become a relic of days gone by???"

Format, once again, was in-flight match play with flight winners advancing to the shoot-out finals on Saturday. Results were:

Augusta Flight: Bud Phillips and guest, Logan Wilton
Pinehurst Flight: Ed Sheldon and guest, Larry Ferrara
Bethpage Flight: Charlie Malara and his son, Jeff Malara
Pebble Beach Flight: Jim McKay and guest, Jack Ross
St. Andrews Flight: Howard Krauth and his son, Howie.

Our Over-All champions, after the second shoot-out hole, were Bud Phillips and Logan Wilton. Congratulations on a great tournament.

The Member Spouse tournament was held on Sunday, October 30th, it was close, but all players made it in before dark. Congratulations to Frank & Pat D'Amato, winners of the 2011 Member-Spouse Tournament.

Upcoming events:
Turkey Shoot-Out-Sunday 11/27/11
Ringer Tournament-Mondays 12/5 & 12/12.
Christmas Party at Inlet Affairs--December 6th, 2011 Our 17th affair

Steve Kronski
By Vince Franco

The Annual Oktoberfest Dinner was held at the Pool House on September 20th. The German food was catered by Gershon’s Deli. John McLaughlin and John Melzer prepared the appetizers and Eddie Sheldon provided a delicious German Black Forest cake. Dale Guzlas made sure there was plenty of good wine, beer and soft drinks. It was an outstanding meal!

Our members enjoyed Subs and Suds on October 19th at the pool house. There were great submarine sandwiches, specially prepared by Diane of Gershon’s Deli, and good beer, wine and soft drinks to wash them down.

The 12th Annual Gold Tee Christmas Party will be at the Tradition Golf Club on Tuesday, December 13th. This is always a night filled with good friends, good food and good cheer. The Player of the Year, Most Improved and the President’s Annual Award will presented at the dinner. Larry Barksdale will be selling the 50/50 tickets again this year.

We play every Wednesday at the Tradition golf course. Below are a couple pictures of our weekly winners.

The 9th Annual Gold Tee Member/Spouse/Partner Tournament was held on October 26th. A beautiful autumn day and a great turn out of players and spouses for fun and food. The overall winning team was Phil & Bobbie Fleiss with John & Judy Migas.

It was a huge success. Thanks go to John McLaughlin and Dale Guzlas, tournament chairs.

The Tradition Gold Tee Golf Association is composed of a great bunch of 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. The Gold Tee Boutique occasionally offers association members good deals on clothing and medical items.

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

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O N     T H E     L I N K S

By Clay Dubose

Before you know it, it will be that time of year when the dreaded words of “FROST DELAY” will be heard throughout the golfing community. We are coming off two of the coldest winters that I can remember and the cold continues to wreak havoc on certain areas of the course with some kind of winter damage beyond our control.

I’m sure some of you have read this before as it is sometimes posted in the golf shop and numerous areas throughout the club, but I thought it was time for a refresher course so the next time you are sitting around and one of your golfing buddies complains about the frost delay, you can really enlighten them with a factual explanation!

It’s hard to believe that simply walking across a golf green covered with frost can cause so much damage, but the proof will be there in a few days as the turfgrass dies and leaves a trail of black footprints. That’s why most courses will delay starting times until the frost has melted. It’s also why golfers who appreciate a quality putting surface will be patient during frost delays.

Greens are fragile.
The putting surface, or green, is an extremely fragile environment that must be managed carefully and professionally. Remember that every green is a collection of millions of individual grass plants, each of which is a delicate living thing. Obviously, Mother Nature never meant for these plants to be maintained at 3/16 or even 1/8 of an inch for prolonged periods. This stress makes greens constantly vulnerable to attacks from insects, disease, heat, drought, cold, and frost.

Frost is essentially frozen dew. It can form when the temperature (or wind chill) is near or below the freezing point. The ice crystals that form on the outside of the plant can also harden or even freeze the cell structure of the plant. When frosted, the normally resilient plant cells become brittle and are easily crushed. When the cell membranes are damaged, the plant loses its ability to function normally. It’s not much different than cracking an egg. Once the shell is broken, you can’t put it back together.

Although you won’t see any immediate damage if you walk on frosted turf, the proof will emerge within 48 to 72 hours as the leaves die and turn brown. And since just one foursome can leave several hundred footprints on each green, the damage can be very extensive.

Thanks for understanding. The damage isn’t just unsightly, putting quality will be reduced until repairs are made. Those repairs are expensive, and in some cases the green may have to be kept out of play for days or weeks until the new turfgrass is established. A short delay while the frost melts can preserve the quality of the greens, prevent needless repairs and may even save you a few strokes the next time you play.

Spine Tilt, the key to consistency BY Steve Dresser, PGA

A common swing flaw among players at all levels is to not maintain spine tilt during the swing resulting in many errors such as swaying, over swinging, coming over the top, sliding ahead of the ball and hitting both fat and thin shots, Wow, that’s pretty much everything isn’t it? Take a look at the pictures for a detailed explanation.
◄ It all starts with the setup. My spine is slightly tilted to my right allowing my upper body to be farther from the target than my lower body. A good position for a full swing.

Here on my takeaway my hips have slid over or swayed and my spine is already reverse – tilting.►
◄By the time I get to the top I’m in a reverse pivot with me head over my left leg.

In this photo note how I still have the same spine tilt as at address and my head is over my right leg. That’s a more compact but powerful position.►
▲ Here I still have the same spine tilt allowing me to drop the club inside and keep my head behind the ball  ▲ opposed to sliding forward and creating an “Over the Top” downswing.
◄ At impact I’ve maintained my spine tilt. If I were holding the club out at waist level, I’d look like a baseball batter; head back, hips clearing and the club (or bat) in line with my left arm. This leads the way to a good follow through and finish too.

Your swing will feel restricted as you practice this but you’ll be able to create a simpler, more compact and power - packed golf swing with minimal effort.

Hint: Feel like your right hip is “mashed inward” at set up and during the backswing.

Tradition Golf Club
Property Damage Control:

In the past few years we have had very minimal disturbance on the golf course property from neighboring homeowners and/or other vandalism with one or two exceptions. Recently we have had some trimming along the perimeters of holes # 4 and # 8 where homeowners cutting back plant material have encroached onto golf course property. If you are unsure of where your property line ends and the golf course begins, please contact me before you perform any cutting or removal of plants or vegetation to prevent any further problems with trespassing or property damage.

There have been a few select situations where law enforcement and attorneys have had to get involved and we really don’t wish to go down that route to prevent violations. A short consultation with me could help prevent a lot of headaches and unnecessary expenses for both parties. I would like to especially thank some of our Tradition club members and homeowners for helping us out when we do experience some vandalism to golf course property. It is folks like you that help make Tradition a special place!

As always, if you have any questions regarding the golf club or maintenance operations please do not hesitate to contact me.

Clayton A. DuBose, CGCS
General Manager/Golf Course Superintendent

by Kevin Williamson

November 28th, 2011 – February 15th, 2012
During the winter months members have the opportunity to play any of the courses listed below for a special price. These tee times can be booked 7 days in advance (based upon availability) during this time frame.

We do ask that at the time of reservation to please mention that you are a club member and then we will arrange your tee times for this special fee.
$20 King’s North
Pawleys Plantation
Wild Wing Plantation
Long Bay Club
Tradition Club
River Club
Litchfield C.C.
Wachesaw Plantation East
Aberdeen C.C.
Waterway Hills
SouthCreek at Myrtle Beach National
West Course at Myrtle Beach National
$45 TPC of Myrtle Beach

You may also bring three guests for the course's Member Guest fee during this fall and winter periods. Member Guest fees do vary by course, so please be sure to confirm the guest rate when booking your tee time.

-- End of Newsletter --
last updated November 1, 2011 by Celise McLaughlin