Arbor Lakes women sleeping mats

Fran Searles, Danielle Newman and Janet Genova show off completed sleeping mats created by Arbor Lakes Women’s Club members.

Arbor lakes is a 55+ community in Hernando on the shores of Lake Tsala Apopka with a lot going on.

Residents have so many options to stay busy and enjoy life. A few of them are swimming and scheduled water exercise, tennis, shuffleboard, pickle ball, picnics with boccie, corn hole, cook outs, bikers club, kayaking, lake boating, breakfast clubs, a golf club and strolling.

The recently remodeled clubhouse is brimming over with activities such as line dancing, bingo, crafts, art classes, camera club, Radiant Jewels Women’s Club, balance exercise, bible study, karaoke, community socials, yoga, dances, contests, bridge and many different card groups, pool, ping pong and Living Solo (a singles group).

The Arbor Lakes Women’s Club (ALWC) meets monthly and hosts trips, luncheons and lectures. The president is Belle Rodrigues and Vice President is Marlyn Bellem.

The club has had a busy few months. ALWC members have convened in the clubhouse twice weekly for the past few months to put their hands together for an outreach project: constructing sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic bags. This was accomplished by a group of 22 women with Danielle Neuman spearheading the handiwork. They created 12 mats in total and they will be donated to the Citrus County Resource Center. This will be an ongoing project in the future months.

On Memorial Day, club officers were busy putting together a memorable celebration at Arbor Lakes with assistance from volunteers. A floral wreath was placed at the flag memorial at the front of the clubhouse. It was placed between flags and two crosses made by resident Bob Butzer.

An Honor Guard from Hernando VFW participated in the ceremony while Amazing Grace was played on the bagpipes. A gun salute and Taps closed the ceremony.

About 100 residents then entered the clubhouse to hear patriotic songs sung by Joanna Condon and Sam Reese on vocals and guitar, and a poem read by Susan Reese. Russ Gibson, a U.S. Army veteran, gave an interesting presentation on “In Flander’s Field.” Grant Haskins offered grace, after which everyone enjoyed an old-fashioned picnic lunch.

One of the highlights of the day was the missing man table, which club members put together with a poster to explain the meaning of the elements on the table. The empty chair said it all.

Arbor Lakes residents joined as a family to give honor and tribute to veterans and fallen comrades for their service and sacrifice to ensure our freedom.

Suzy Collins submits publicity for the Arbor Lakes Women’s Club.

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