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DECEMBER 2014

PUBLISHER: Melainie Davidson:

CIRCULATION: Residents

Riviera Golf Estates Website: www.rivieragolfestates.org



MERRY CHRISTMAS

From Your Riviera Board of Directors


NOTE FROM YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

To Our Residents

2014 has been a good year! We've worked together to make Riviera Golf Estates a great place to live, and the Board of Directors wants to have a repeat performance for 2015. So let's get ourselves ready.

There are three openings for the Board of Directors in 2015. To be included on the mail-in voting ballot, anyone interested in running for the Board of Directors must submit a Board Candidate Form and a resume' to the RGE office by Monday, January 12th. Nominations from the floor are also allowed at the Annual Meeting.

Candidates Night is scheduled for, Wednesday, February 4th, at 7:00 PM, in the Clubhouse. This evening allows residents to ask our candidates questions of concern in order to make 2015 voting decisions.

Our 2015 Annual Homeowners Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 25th, at 7:00 PM in the Clubhouse. The Compass Group, our management company, will mail all homeowners necessary information (ballot, proxy, etc.) pertaining to the Annual Meeting.

Bill Joyce, President

For the Board of Directors


RGE OFFICE CLOSED

The RGE Office will be closed for the Holidays on Thursday December 25th, Friday December 26th, Thursday January 1st, and Friday January 2nd, 2015.

WASTE MANAGEMENT HOLIDAY PICK-UP

There will be no Waste Management pick-up on Thursday, December 25th. Residential pick-up will resume on your next scheduled day.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Due to the holidays, the December Board of Directors meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 16th, 1:30 PM in the Clubhouse.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS - BUDGET COMMITTEE

The RGE Budget Committee has been diligently meeting and working on your behalf to develop the 2015/2016 RGE Budget. According to our association by-laws notice of the committee meetings were posted and meeting minutes are available to association members. The Budget Committee Members are:

The Budget Committee presented their report and recommendations at the November Board of Directors Meeting. During the December Board Meeting the Board will likely take action on the recommendation. The RGE fiscal year begins February 1st, 2015 and ends January 31st, 2016. Any changes adopted by the Board of Directors would be effective February 1st, 2015.

Key Factors in the Budget Committee recommendations were:

These items listed above were only a few of the considerations reviewed and discussed. After a thorough review and extensive discussions, the unanimous recommendation by the Budget Committee was to INCREASE DUES FROM $210 to $225 QUARTERLY. That's only a $15 quarterly increase ($60 annual increase).


FRIENDLY REMINDERS

We have foot traffic in and out of the Clubhouse all day. PLEASE KEEP YOUR SPEED TO 10 MILES PER HOUR through the parking lot area.

Please DO NOT remove cleaning supplies from the kitchen area of the Clubhouse. If you need items in the Annex, you may buy them and submit the receipt to the office for reimbursement OR ask the Social Director, Ann Wallace to put them on the shopping list.


INFORMATIONAL ALERT

BE AWARE, if you receive any written communication which is intended to appear to be something you should buy, from any company advising you to purchase an insurance policy to cover “Water Service Line Coverage,” please contact Collier County Utilities Services at 239-252-2380.? They said that this is unnecessary coverage.? Check with your own homeowners insurance to be sure any such problem would already be covered by them.


CARING AND SHARING

Riviera Golf Estates accepts used canes, crutches, and wheelchairs. We keep these items for our residents who may need them on a temporary basis. All items need to be wiped down and sanitized BEFORE donating them. We DO NOT accept any appliances that are used for personal intimate care, such as commodes, urinals, bedpans, shower stools, etc. Donated items should be dropped off at the Riviera Office 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Please contact the office to borrow any items.


ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD (ARB)

PLEASE NOTE: ARB requests to be reviewed at the December, 2014 Board of Directors meeting should be submitted no later than Wednesday morning, December 10th.

It is best to review the covenants and obtain Board approval of your request before you spend the time and expense of a County permit or laying out money for materials or a contractor. If, after reading the ARB requirements listed on the back of the ARB application, you are in doubt about whether or not you need to submit an ARB request, you are urged to submit one. If not necessary, you will be notified promptly.


OPERATION REASSURANCE

If you live alone & want someone to check-up on you, daily, Operation Reassurance could be just what you need! Our volunteers are dedicated to your safety & the program is in effect 365 days a year. If you want to be a part of our program, or need more information, come to the office or call Susan Larson.


RESPITE

Respite is a formalized, "good neighbor program."It began in Riviera Golf Estates in November of 1995 and has continued until the present day. To sign up, contact Cathy McGourty, Respite Coordinator. Respite goals are:

PLEASE NOTE: Respite is NOT a nursing program. We DO NOT administer medicine.


NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Please contact Ron Bennett, 248-8282 with any reports or questions regarding Neighborhood Watch in the Riviera Golf Estates Community, or for non-emergencies, call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300, and for EMERGENCIES ONLY, CALL 911.

Reports have been made of things being taken from carports & garages. Please LOCK UP!


WIFI IN THE CLUBHOUSE

Please note the WiFi network in the clubhouse has a new name: NETGEAR39. It is still an unsecured network (password not required). THERE ARE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BULLETIN BOARDS REGARDING ACCESSING THE WIFI. Please use the tables in the kitchen, or fold back table cloths on the round tables and set your PC on the bare table top. You can always use your PC outside the clubhouse in the pool area.


LIBRARY

We have an author, Roy Davidson, living here in RGE who has donated a copy of his book to our library. The title is "God is Real". It is a documentation of miraculous healings and other supernatural, unexplainable events. There have been many requests for this book so after reading please return it SOON to our library. Questions: contact Ginny Kehoe, Librarian.


SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

NOTES FROM OUR SOCIAL DIRECTOR

It's the end of the year already and we're wrapping things up Riviera Style! From start to finish, this December the Clubhouse is humming with holiday festivities - from food, to dance, to song, we've got it all covered. Be sure to mark your calendars so you don't miss a thing.

The December Coffee Hour starts things off on the 29th of November, where tickets will be available for all December Events. Be sure to get your tickets early, as all of the December events are very popular.

To everyone headed out of town for the Holidays, have a safe journey, enjoy the comfort and love of your families, and come home safe to us.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Ann Wallace, Riviera Social Director.


DECEMBER COFFEE HOUR

Welcome all new residents! Come join us for our monthly Coffee Hour on Saturday, NOVEMBER 29th from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the Clubhouse. Coffee and fresh donuts are available for a donation of $1.00. Conversation is free. Come, meet your neighbors and make some friends. Tickets for the December social events are available. Make checks for all our social events payable to "RGE".

DECEMBER DINNER

Our Christmas Dinner/Dance will be Friday, December 19th . The cost is $22.00 per person, the Social Hour is from 5:00 - 6:00 PM, and the buffet service starts at 6:00 PM. Southern Accents will be serving their Beef Tenderloin dinner with Whipped Potatoes, Demi-Glace, Imperial Vegetables, Bleu Cheese Salad, rolls, butter, dessert, coffee and iced tea. BYOB. There will be dancing after dinner; entertainment to be announced.

Tickets available at the December (November 29th) Coffee hour, and the last day to purchase tickets is December 8th. Questions: contact Ann Wallace.


CHRISTMAS LUMINARIES

Be a part of "lighting-up" Riviera on Christmas Eve. For those new to our community, luminaries are put out in front of your home and lit at dusk on Christmas Eve. The luminary is made by putting sand, for weight, in the bottom of a lunch size paper bag, or plastic milk jug. You will need to cut a hole in the back of the plastic milk jug for ventilation. Place a votive / tea light candle in the bag/milk jug, and light. The luminary creates and represents a unity in our community, as well as providing a beautiful holiday atmosphere as you drive through.

Candles and bags for the luminaries will be on sale in the RGE Office for ten cents each, beginning on Monday, November 24th.

RIVIERA CHRISTMAS MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA

Riviera Golf Estates is hosting a FREE Christmas Concert on Monday, December 15th, 7:00 PM in the Clubhouse. The concert will be showcasing many of our residents sharing their musical talents and voices. Performing your holiday favorites will be: The New Horizon Band, The Hitching Post Coral Group, and Riviera's own Harmony Girls with their premier performance. It will be a delightful evening filling our Community with Christmas Cheer. Come to sing along or just enjoy listening to our talented residents!

Anyone willing to help with refreshments, such as baked goodies or drinks should contact Anne McNeill. For concert questions: contact Max or Susan Russell.

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CAROLING

Everyone is invited to join us for Community Christmas Caroling. Meet at the clubhouse on Monday, December 22nd, at 6:45 PM and bring a flashlight. Take a moment to think about your neighbors. Is there someone you know who can't get out, or someone who would enjoy the Carolers stopping by their house to sing? Provide those names, addresses, and phone numbers to the Caroling Coordinator: Joan O’Donnell.

LADIES LUNCHEON - CHICO'S HOLIDAY FASHION SHOW

The ladies will be "wrapping up" the year with "FASHION and FOOD". Our luncheon will be at Tewksbury's in the Royal Wood Golf & Country Club on Thursday, December 11th, at 11:30 AM; the cost is $20.00 per person. The FASHION: a CHICO'S Holiday Fashion Show featuring our own Riviera Models. The FOOD: Tewsbury's special plated dish featuring a Chicken or Tuna Wrap, salad greens, fruit cup, coffee, tea, and dessert. Cash bar available.

This is always a popular event, purchase your tickets at the December (November 29th) Coffee Hour. The last day to purchase tickets is December 8th. Questions: contact Rose Mary-Bulat.

2014 – 2015 RIVIERA DANCE SCHEDULE

The committee did a great job at setting the atmosphere for the October / November dance, a fantastic time was had by all! Rumor has it; New Year's Eve will be a total "blow-out" of a PARTY! Hope to see you there. The DANCE DATES are:

If you would like to host a 2015 / 2016 dance it is never too early to sign-up. I am willing to help with anything you may need. Questions or to volunteer: contact Gloria Carpenter, Dance Chair, 607-760-3204, or naplesfla2007@yahoo.com.

DECEMBER DANCE - NEW YEARS'S EVE

Celebrate New Year's Eve with your Riviera friends and neighbors! The last dance of 2014 is Wednesday, December 31st, from 7:30 PM - 12:30 AM. Music and entertainment by Legends of Las Vegas begins promptly at 8:00 PM. Arrive early to have an individual or group photo taken. Tickets are $15.00 per person, which includes a photo, beer, wine, soda, party hats, noise makers, and a bottle of Champagne on every table. Let's "ring in the new year"... RIVIERA STYLE!

Tickets can be purchased at the December (November 29th) Coffee Hour. The last day to purchase tickets is December 22nd. To reserve your table, bring a list of your tablemates and total payment. Our round tables seat a MAXIMUM of 10 PEOPLE. Questions: contact Jeanette Manning.


RIVIERA MEN'S CLUB

The RGE Men's Club will meet Tuesday, December 9th, 11:30 AM at the clubhouse. Our guest speaker is the Reverend Keith Lingsch, Major USAF (Retired) who will speak about the Naples Honor Flight Program.

Please sign-up at the December (November 29th) Coffee Hour, as we need time to prepare name tags and get a head count to order food. REMINDER: No name tag - No Lunch ! If you miss Coffee Hour, contact Dwight Kehoe by NOON on Saturday, December 6th to get a name tag prepared.

The Men’s Club encourages all male residents of Riviera Golf Estates to become Lifetime members for the onetime fee of $10.00. Then, each month for $5.00, you are entitled to attend the meetings.

The Men's Club encourages all male residents of Riviera Golf Estates to become Lifetime Members for the one-time fee of $10.00. For $5.00 each month you are entitled to attend the luncheon meetings. The RGE Men's Club Officers are:

RIVIERA MEN'S CLUB BREAKFAST

The Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 13th, in the Clubhouse, serving starts at 8:00 AM. The "cost" of the admission will be a donation of a new, unwrapped toy (include batteries when appropriate) or a check to either the Wounded Warrior Project or the USO, Inc. For those of you who can not attend breakfast, you can still donate! Contact one of the Club Officers to arrange a drop off time.

Breakfast will be orange juice (with an optional adult "kick" to it), pancakes - of course, sausages, and coffee. Reserve your seating time at the December (November 29th) Coffee Hour.

RIVIERA MEN'S CLUB ANNUAL DAY-AT-THE-RACES

All are invited to join the Riviera Men’s Club for their annual “Day at the Races” on Wednesday, January 14th at the Naples/Fort Myers Race Track in Bonita Springs. The cost is $17.00 per ticket which includes admission, a program, the deluxe buffet including soft drinks, coffee, tea, desert, tax and tip. Doors open at 11:00 AM.

Tickets will be sold at the December and January Coffee Hours. Make checks payable to Rivera Men's Club, or sign-up on the Clubhouse Bulletin Board under Men's Club Activities. The deadline for ticket sales is Tuesday, January, 13th. Questions: contact Bill Joyce or Ron Coughlin.


CARD GROUPS

INDIVIDUAL DUPLICATE BRIDGE

Sign-up sheet is on the Bulletin Board in the Card Room at the Annex. Play begins Mondays, at 12:00 Noon, at the Annex Building. Cost to play is $1.00 each session. If you have any questions, call:

Helen Mavity

DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB

The Riviera Duplicate Bridge Club meets every Friday at the Annex. Play begins at Noon. Try to arrive a few minutes early. Anyone who plays contract bridge (or party) can play duplicate bridge and is welcome. The cost is $1.00 to play. Please call for further information.

Phyllis or Larry Larkin

MIXED BRIDGE - TUESDAY NIGHT

Mixed Bridge is held on Tuesday Nights, in the Card Room at the Annex. We are playing duplicate bridge - not contract or "party bridge." If you are interested in playing, please put your name on the sign-up sheet in the Card Room at the Annex or call me at the number below. You can sign up as couples or as singles. If you are a single, we will do our best to find you a partner. Play starts at 7:00 PM. Cost is $0.50. Questions, contact:

Larry or Phyllis Larkin

PINOCHLE

Riviera Pinochle players meet every THURSDAY at 7:00 PM, in the Annex. Come join us for an evening of fun. Questions: contact

Susan Larson

POKER

Poker players meet on WEDNESDAY at 7:00 PM, in the Annex. Anyone interested in playing poker, contact

Jesse Gallante


SPORTS

AEROBIC EXERCISE

The Aerobic Exercise class meets every MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM in the gym area of the Annex. Questions: contact

Rita Shaughnessy

AQUATIC EXERCISERS

Aquatic Exercisers meet MONDAY – SATURDAY 9:00 AM – 10 AM in the pool. Questions: contact

Sue Ickes

BOCCE

Bocce meets every MONDAY and FRIDAY at 9:30AM.. Come, play bocce and have fun. Questions: contact/p>

Gareth W. Blackwell

BOWLING

The 2014-2015 winter bowling season begins TUESDAY, November 18th , 12:45 PM. We are a “JUST FOR FUN” non-sanctioned league and we bowl for 20 weeks at Woodside Lanes on Radio Road. If you are interested in bowling on a team or just want to sub please contact

Tamara Weiten

GOLF - MEN'S

The Men’s Golf group plays at the Riviera Golf Club every WEDNESDAY, 7:30 AM. Questions: contact

Ron Julian

GOLF - WOMEN'S

The 2014 Season for the Riviera Ladies Golf League begins TUESDAY, November 4th, and meets every TUESDAY, except holidays. Golfers should be at the Riviera Pro Shop and signed in by 11:15 AM. RESERVATIONS must be made by SUNDAY NIGHT if you want to play on Tuesday. Please specify if you are 9 or 18 hole golfer. Questions or Reservations: Contact

Louise Huettel or Trudy Burns

LINE DANCING

EZE STEPPIN' line dancing will resume on TUESDAY, November 11th, 7:00 PM in the Clubhouse. Remember: "motion is lotion for aging joints" (Not that yours are aging, but mine are.) Hope you will join us as we begin our 5th year of gentle exercise to music. Questions contact

Shirlee Stoll


PICKLEBALL

Pickleball meets TUESDAY,THURSDAY, and FRIDAY from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Come on out, see the game and participate. Questions: contact

Angela Edgerton or Steve Edgerton

SHUFFLEBOARD

Shuffleboard meets on TUESDAY, THURSDAY, and SATURDAY at 9:15 AM. Questions or need a lesson to learn the game: contact

Gareth Blackwell

TENNIS - LADIES

Ladies Tennis meets on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY , AND FRIDAY at 7:45 AM. Men are welcome, but we are looking for more ladies to join us. Questions: contact Helen Mavity

TENNIS - MEN'S

Men's Tennis meets on TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SATURDAY at 7:45AM for warm-up. Play begins at 8:00AM. Questions: Contact: Harry Nuzum

YOGA CLASSES

Yoga Classes meet Monday at 7:00 PM in the Gym Area of the Annex Building. Please bring a mat, a belt, a small pillow, and wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing. Avoid eating anything at least an hour before the beginning of the class. Questions: contact

Bobby Schweikert


GROUPS

ART GROUP

The Art Group meets every MONDAY, 1:00 PM, in the Kitchen Area of the Clubhouse. All are welcome to our informal and fun sessions using any media you prefer. Questions: contact

Joyce Francisco

DOMINO PLAYERS

The Domino players have two groups; one meets every WEDNESDAY at 1:00 PM, and one meets every WEDNESDAY at 7:00 PM. Questions for the 7:00 PM group contact: Dottie Hilgartner. A contact for the 1:00 PM group will be announced later.

HARMONY GIRLS

The Harmony Girls will practice EVERY SATURDAY, 10:00 - 11:30 AM in the Annex until the December Holiday Concert. Questions: contact Penny Dauch or Pam Cannon.

PAPER CRAFTING - POSTPONED

Barbara Pelak will be returning this year to do paper and card crafting. The classes will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00 AM to Noon. Each class costs $10.00 payable to Barbara and can accommodate up to 12 participants. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the Clubhouse bulletin board. The Paper Crafting Class has been POSTPONED until January 2015. The new schedule has not yet been determined. Questions: contact

Ann Wallace

RIVIERA READERS

The Riviera Readers meet on the 2nd Wednesday, 10:30 AM in the Annex. The book for December is “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry“, written by Gabrielle Zevin. Everyone is welcome. Questions: contact Penny Dauce.

RIVIERA CARE WEAR

Our Riviera volunteers make knitted or crocheted baby hats, booties, and lap robes which are donated to local assisted living facilities, shelters and hospitals. This Christmas, every resident in the Memory Care Unit at Barrington Terrace will receive a Lap Robe from our volunteers. What a Christmas Blessing it will be for them!

All completed items should be dropped of at my house. Questions: contact:

Irene Paliulis, Care Wear Project Coordinator

RIVIERA GOLF ESTATES COMPUTER CLUB

The Riviera Golf Estates Computer Club meets the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th MONDAY of the month (November-April), at 3:00 PM in the Clubhouse. Scheduled activities for December:

All residents full-time, part-time, renter or owner are welcomed to join the Computer Club. Membership is $15.00 for an individual; $20.00 for a couple. To join, attend a meeting or contact the Club at webmaster.rgecc@gmail.com.

Come to a meeting and learn something new while you are having fun. Questions: contact

Don Spanitz, RGECC, President at dspanitz@hotmail.com.

RIVIERA CAR CRUISERS

Welcome back to all our faithful car cruisers. Every month from JANUARY thru APRIL we meet on the 3rd THURSDAY for a day of sightseeing and lunch. Our cruises are open to anyone who wishes to go and we welcome suggestions for future trips.

PLEASE NOTE: For 2015 a new COORDINATOR is NEEDED, as Frank McQuade and Leona Hensel are unable to continue doing this. However, they will be available to help make the transition to a new coordinator "easy". In the past there has been great participation in this group and a good time is had by all. If you would like to volunteer for this position or have questions, contact: Frank or Leona at 239-417-3071.


TRAVEL NEWS

If you are interested or want to reserve your trip selections, please contact, Carol Crislip. She will also be available at the December Coffee Hour.

Day trip Cancellation Policy – refund is issued for cancellations at least 21 days before departure date. For tours without meals included or tickets issued, refunds will be given until 10 days before departure.  

DAY TRIPS 2014

DAY TRIPS 2015

CRUISES

UPCOMING EVENTS

SAVE THE DATES

JANUARY THEME

"MEMORIES and DREAMS" will be the theme the whole month of January 2015. We hope to display pictures and items of days gone by. You can help by bringing pictures and memorabilia to share - of course this is optional. Questions: contact Betty Gosselin or Marion Reive, the hostesses for January.

RIVIERA MEN'S CLUB ANNUAL BASEBALL GAME (MEN ONLY)

The Riviera Men's Club is going to the Red Sox vs Minnesota Twins game on Monday, April 1st, 1:05 PM at Hammond Field in Fort Myers. Tickets cost $55.00 per person. The ticket includes: round trip bus transportation, admission ticket in the Reserved Seating Section, and a sandwich of your choice.

To reserve a ticket, a sign-up sheet is posted on the Clubhouse bulletin board under Rivera Men's Club Activities. Questions: contact Homer Smith.

RIVIERA MEN'S CLUB LADIES NIGHT OUT

The Riviera Men's Club annual "LADIES NIGHT OUT" we be held Wednesday, February 11th. Mark your calendars; details for the event coming soon.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

NEW NEIGHBORS

OBITUARIES

HELP NEEDED

REGARDING ANNIVERSARY & BIRTHDAY LISTS

The Anniversary and Birthday lists need to be updated. If you have knowledge of people who appear on the lists, but are no longer living in Riviera or are deceased, please contact Melainie Davidson.


DECEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

Congratulations to all who are celebrating December Anniversaries!

11Richard & Patricia Barz22Bill & Ann Adair
14Roger & Sherry Reynolds22Brian & Christy Collins
15Thomas & Linda Stewart23Ken & Janet Dixon
17Dan & Barb Lyons23Cliff & Debbie Small
21Steve & Carol Hyde26Charles & Barbara-Ann McKinney
30Allen & Dotty Jost
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DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to all Riviera Residents with birthdays in December.

Because birthdates are unique and a part of your identity, they will not appear here.



DEADLINE FOR THE JANUARY NEWSLETTER WILL BE DECEMBER 19


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