The Harbor Hills Ladies Charity By Nikki Hoffman

Ladies Charity

Ladies Charity

The Harbor Hills Ladies Charity has a long history of helping local causes in a big way. In 1993, a group of Harbor Hills women sponsored a golf tournament to raise funds for local charities. Since then, the desire to make a difference has grown over the years.

The charity has no overhead. President Nancy Flood explains that all money raised by the nonprofit Harbor Hills Ladies Charity goes directly to organizations in our community. The Christian Food Pantry of Lady Lake, the Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties, Fruitland Park Elementary School, Villages Elementary of Lady Lake and Lake Hills School are only a few of the local organizations receiving proceeds.

Harbor Hills residents are invited to the charity’s Ladies Brunch on October 25th. Upcoming events and volunteer opportunities will be announced. Belks coupons for $5.00 will be sold at the luncheon. The coupon can be used on specific dates and $5.00 is returned to the Harbor Hills Ladies charity. A collection of Jim Shore ornaments and figurines has been donated and will be sold at the brunch. Proceeds will be split between the Ladies Charity and the Garden and Women’s Club Veterans Memorial Project.

The December 5th Annual Holiday Golf Tournament is the Charity’s premier fundraising event. Members are busy soliciting hole sponsors and donors. Food Drives will be held January 28-30 and April 22-24. Join us in the March-April timeframe for our Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner event, or for those who prefer, Dinner With Friends fundraiser. The Unique Boutique Clothing Sale is scheduled for March 21-25 at the Lady Lake United Methodist Church. Community members who wish to participate, volunteer or donate are appreciated. The Harbor Hills Ladies Charity welcomes you!


Holy Trinity Episcopal School

On October 30th, you can make a difference in the lives of students with unique learning needs. The Men’s Group of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held at the beautiful Harbor Hills Country Club.

The Holy Trinity Episcopal School is as special as its students. The school is a ministry of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Fruitland Park. It’s interesting to note that the church was built in 1888. It is officially listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Today, the school provides a unique environment for learning-challenged students Grades 6 through 12, to foster the skills necessary to live a healthy, productive life.

The Holy Trinity Episcopal School is a Christian community, welcoming children and families of every faith, background or origin. The school provides unlimited possibilities for children with learning differences such as autism, dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Educational programs offer low student to teacher ratios. State of Florida prescribed curriculums are adapted to each student’s individual needs.

Many families cannot afford the tuition and fees needed to cover the school’s expenses. Funds from this golf tournament provide scholarships for students with financial needs, educational program improvements and facility expansion.

Blackston Financial is returning as the tournament sponsor. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin and an exciting putting contest. Registration will remain open until October 16. For questions and more information, contact Sidney Yee, Tournament Chairperson at 703-966-2615, sidney1949yee@gmail.com or register on-line at www.HTECgolf.com. The church, the school and most importantly, the students, are grateful for your support.

The Third Annual Harbor Hills Club Tennis Championship by Nikki Hoffman

John Natolly

John Natolly

The competitive spirit is alive and well on the courts of Harbor Hills Country Club! The Third Annual Harbor Hills Club Tennis Championship is sponsored by the Harbor Hills Racquet Association. Participation is open to all Harbor Hills Country Club members.

Round robin matches start on November 1 and are played in each of three divisions; Ladies, Men’s and Mixed. The matches are completed over the five-month period between November and March. In April, the top four teams will play an exciting sudden-death semifinal. Winners will then play for the club championship. The event concludes with a reception to crown the champions and award the trophies. Defending champions are Denise Collier and Janis DeCoster in the Ladies Division; Pepe Gutierrez and Gary Davison in the Men’s Division and Joanne Drzewiecki and Steve Stephens in the Mixed Division.

Now is the time for members to pick partners and get their teams set. Signup sheets are on the bulletin board at the Racquet Sports Shop or you can email the Championships Coordinator Ted Drzewiecki at ted.drzewiecki@gmail.com.

Our club is one of the few facilities offering tennis, short-court tennis and pickleball on an original Har-Tru (soft) surface. Our courts are ranked among the finest soft court facilities in Florida and beyond. Members of the Harbor Hills Racquet Association include country club members and non-residents who hold social, golf, seasonal tennis or pickleball memberships. Annual dues are $10 per person and are used for courtside amenities, facility improvements and other expenses. Contact John Natolly, USPTA Elite Professional at 352-804-8400 or jnatolly@harborhills.com for membership information. Join us courtside and let’s get back in the swing of things!


Sider Cup 2020

Sider Cup 2021

It’s Fall, y’all and thanks to the efforts of our entire golf course staff, the conditions on our course are superb. Harbor Hills Men’s Golf Association Tournament Chairman Dale Smith reminds us that our biggest event of the year, the Sider Cup, begins on October 13th.

It’s a ten day event of men’s and women’s golf, social events, skill challenges, golf cart parades and of course, lots of food and beverages. Sign-up deadline is October 3. From the Captains Dinner to the Awards Dinner, the Sider Cup and our  men’s distinctive vintage attire have become a lively tradition at Harbor Hills.

The Harbor Hills Ladies Golf Association opened their 30th season on September 16th followed by a luncheon and meeting. The Association has 54 active members. President Wanda Kurka and Vice President Ann Mahoney encourage all lady golfers who are club members to join this 18 hole group. The 9 hole group is led by Carol Bowers. For those of us who love the game for fresh air, exercise and social opportunities, these groups are ideal.

The Harbor Hills Labor Day golf tournament and All-American barbeque was a huge success. Winners of the three flight, four person scramble were as follows: Full member flight – Bill and Lynda Collier, Larry and Nancy Skoch with a score of 58, Fun flight – Don and Barbara Goolsby, Jan Wilson and Les Johnson with a score of 57, Social member/Guest flight – Steve Hinga, Don Maloney, Thomas McKernan and Terry Crabtree with a score of 56. The public is welcome to play a round of golf or stop by the Harbor Hills clubhouse. We are open every day including holidays.

The Second Annual All-German Car Show BY Nikki Hoffman

All German Car Show

The Second Annual All-German Car Show will be held at Harbor Hills Country Club on October 16th from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Mike Roth, President of the M. Benz Club of The Villages explains that the event will be an “All-German” car show. Sponsoring Villages clubs are Mercedes Benz Club of The Villages, Porsche Owners Club of The Villages and The Villages BMW Z Club.  The show is open to all German manufactured vehicles including VW, Audi and several other German marques.  There will be electric cars of the future. More than 150 vehicles will be on display.

Roth explains his affinity for German cars is due to their high level of engineering excellence and craftmanship. German auto production also excels in safety and technological advances. In 1978, while scouting for the “cheapest luxury car in California,” Roth became the proud owner of a 1979 Mercedes Benz 300 SD Turbo Diesel. He enjoyed his green-silver ride for the next thirteen years. Joining The Villages community in 2017, Roth’s love of the brand inspired him to create the M. Benz Club. Starting with only one other like-minded neighbor, the club now boasts 250 members.

In keeping with the Octoberfest theme, entertainment for the event will be provided by The Villages German Band. A fifteen-piece brass band will play lively Bavarian-style music over a superb sound system. Twelve vendors will offer products and services including Mercedes Benz of Gainesville and Gettel Automotive Group, a BMW and Porsche dealer. Trophies will be awarded for best of brand and Best of Show.  There will be vendor door prizes, at the end of the show. Lunch and beverages can be purchased at Harbor Hills Country Club.  The indoor Café will be open.

All proceeds from this unique event will support The Villages Dollars for Scholars. This scholarship assistant fund has a grassroots focus. Called “the power of community,” thousands of volunteers and donors participate to help local students in their own backyard. College and vocational scholarships are awarded to students who are residents of Lady Lake, Wildwood and the surrounding areas. The public is encouraged to make any suitable donation for a ticket.


Mabel Norris Reese

Many of us remember the 1956 volume of short biographies titled Profiles In Courage, written by then-Senator John F. Kennedy. The book profiles eight Americans who defied popular opinions to do what they felt was right. Mabel Norris Reese could easily have been included in this courageous group.

Reese was editor and owner of the “Mount Dora Topic,” a small Lake County newspaper from 1947 to 1960.  She is best remembered for her oppositional opinion pieces. Reese questioned the veracity of the local sheriff Willis McCall after the erroneous arrest of four young black men in Lake County in 1949. Once Reese realized the sheriff was lying, she bravely exposed him, his department and supporters.  In 2012, author Gilbert King wrote the book Devil in the Grove. It recounts the story of attorney Thurgood Marshall’s defense of the Groveland Boys, as the four men were now known. Mabel Norris Reese exposed the cover-up in spite of unrelenting intimidation.  She passed in 1995 at age 80 at her home in Daytona Beach.

Friend and Harbor Hills neighbor Frankie Smith is on the committee to put forth Mabel Norris Reese’s nomination into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. Reese’s statue will be unveiled in Mount Dora. The event will be attended by author Gilbert King, sculptor Jim McNalis and Mabel’s granddaughter, Cindy Chesley Erickson. “We are very pleased to see Mabel Norris Reese recognized,” Frankie explains, “She was a courageous journalist who set out to find the truth, speak the truth and write the truth.”

Join Smith at the statue unveiling in Sunset Park in Mount Dora at 10 a.m. on September 24th.  For more information on Mabel Norris Reese, visit: http//www.remembermabel.com.

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