APRIL 2014                                                                                                VOLUME: IV

PUBLISHER: Pat Spanitz pbspanitz@centurylink.net                                                     CIRCULATION: Volunteers

Riviera Golf Estates Website: www.rivieragolfestates.org

There will be NO NEWSLETTER DELIVERY for the months of May through October.


This is official: The RGE Clubhouse will be used for the Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Since election equipment will be arriving in the morning of Monday, April 21st, no activities will be held in the Clubhouse at any time on Monday or Tuesday.


Due to the Election on the 22nd, the Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 1:30 PM.

I want to thank the Board of Directors for re-electing me your President. I will continue to work to keep Riviera Golf Estates one of the finest communities in Naples.

The following is the list of the RGE Board of Directors for the 2014 Fiscal Year:

Homeowners will be starting to return to the north for the summer. Please make sure your property is in order, i.e., your lawn, trimmed, neatly, your outside light, in good repair and working, properly, your driveway and sidewalk cleaned and free from rust stains. Also, make sure that you have someone here that watches your house, while you are away and that you notify the Riviera Business Office as to whom that is and how the office can contact that person in your absence. To this end, it is strongly advised that seasonal residents update their Emergency Information form on file in the office. Occasionally, a call has to be made to your contact and we find the contact person no longer lives here.

Welcome to all our new residents. Please get involved and enjoy the community events.

Just a friendly reminder! Parking on the grass within the community is not allowed except on the Clubhouse “overflow space” during a Community function.

Bill Joyce, President

For the Board of Directors


PLEASE NOTE::ARB requests to be reviewed at the April 23rd , 2014, Board of Directors meeting should be submitted no later than Wednesday morning, April 16th, 2014.

It is best to review the covenants and obtain Board approval for your request before you spend the time and expense of a County Permit or laying out money for materials or for 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 it is not necessary, you will be notified, promptly.



Have you heard of our program? 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 at 774-2625.

Susan Larson at 774-2625


Respite is a formalized, good neighbor program which began in Riviera Golf Estates in November of 1995. It has continued until the present day. Our goals are to:

WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS. Please call me, if you have any questions about volunteering or if you need assistance.

Cathy McGourty, Respite Coordinator, 793-7374


Please note that the WiFi Network in the Clubhouse has a new name: Cisco17172. It is still an unsecured network (password not required). Please either use the tables in the kitchen, or fold back table cloths on the round tables and set your PC on the bare table top. Of course, you can always use the PC outside the clubhouse in the pool area, or use the WiFi in the annex. THERE ARE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BULLETIN BOARD IN THE ANNEX BUILDING, REGARDING ACCESSING THE WIFI THERE.


S O C I A L    A C T I V I T I E S


Spring has arrived and with that, many of our “snowbird friends” will be getting ready to head back north. It is a bittersweet time, as our full winter schedule gives way to our slower paced spring and summer schedule, as we await your return in the fall. Our social calendar will dwindle down to a few Pot Luck Dinners and much smaller gatherings. To all of our friends and neighbors who will be traveling up north in the next few weeks and months: We will miss you while you are gone. Have a safe trip and be well. We look forward to seeing you again next fall and winter.

SOCIAL COMMITTEES: As a courtesy to our Office Manager, please call the office before turning in your money for social events, to be sure she has the time to, properly, record these transactions. The Office phone number is 775-3573. Thank you.

PLEASE NOTE: The Association does not lend out card tables, long tables or upholstered chairs. The only item that we do allow the homeowners to borrow is the folding chairs. Check with the office for availability. Thank you.

Ann Wallace, Social Director-wallaceann0811@comcast.net


The April Coffee Hour will be held on Saturday, April 5th, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. Come join your neighbors for hot coffee, fresh donuts and good conversation. This is the time to sign up for this month’s activities. Remember your $l.00 donation to help cover the expenses. Have any questions, please call Shirley Sackett at 793- 3143 or Patricia Taylor 417- 8714.


(This is the last time this will be in the newsletter, this year, therefore, for your own convenience, please keep this article for future reference.)

There will be a change in the dates of Coffee Hours for the months when the first Saturday is A LITTLE LATER IN THE MONTH. We have some months when the first Saturday is at the end of the first week of the month. For those months, we have a short time to sell tickets for some events. So, starting in May, the schedule for Coffee Hours will be as follows:



The Ladies Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 22nd, at BRAVO located in the Mercato Shopping Plaza, at the corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road and US 41. The menu is as follows (your choice of:)

$18.00 per person includes tax and gratuity. Social Hour starts at 11:00 AM with Lunch at Noon. Last day to buy tickets is Monday, April 14th, before Noon.


The April Dance will be held on Saturday, April 12th, from 7:30 PM until 10:30PM at the Clubhouse. The “Legends of Las Vegas” are back to entertain us. Please arrive by 7:15 PM, sharp . BYOB and snacks. Beer and wine will be provided. Tickets are $8.00 per person and may be purchased at the April Coffee Hour. Tables seat ten (10) people. Have a list of names and the money for all those to be seated at your table, when you come to the Coffee Hour. For tickets after that, contact: Luanne McGilliion, 774-4714 or Pat Dossantos, 774-0395.

Mark your calendar, the “Last Dance of the Season” will be held on Saturday, April 12th, with “Legend of Las Vegas” entertaining us.


Our April Dinner and entertainment will be held on Thursday, April 17th, and will be catered by ""Southern Accents". Social Hour begins at 5:00 PM with Dinner at 6:00 PM. The cost will be $18.00 per person.

The menu is:

A Tuscan Chicken Quarter and Carved Ham, scalloped potatoes, three bean medley, salad, rolls, butter and dessert. Iced tea, coffee, beer and wine will, also, be served. Please call Shirley Sackett 793- 3143 or Patricia Taylor 417- 8714 with questions.



The Art Group will display some of their art work on Saturday, April 5th, at the April Coffee Hour. We hope you will enjoy it. If you are interested in art, you are welcome to join us on Mondays, at 1:00 PM, in the Kitchen Area of the Clubhouse. We welcome new people to our informal and fun sessions using any media you prefer. There will not be a meeting on Monday, April 21st, due to the elections. If you have any questions, please contact:

Joyce Francisco, at 793-5301


Aquatic Exercises for the Riviera Women will begin at 9:00 AM every day, but Sunday. If you have any questions, please come to the pool at the times noted above and those in the class will be able to give you any information you may need, regarding this class.


Bocce will be held every Monday and Friday at 9:30 AM. Come, play bocce and have fun. If you have any questions, please call

Gareth W. Blackwell at 732-1648


Bowling will be held on Tuesdays, at Woodside Lanes on Radio Road starting at 12:45 PM every Tuesday. It is a “JUST FOR FUN,” non-sanctioned league, so, it is ok if you can’t bowl the entire 20 weeks. We are always looking for fulltime bowlers and/or subs. Anyone interested, please contact:

Tamara Weiten at 630-291-3276 or 239-331-2939



Ladies Contract Bridge will be held on Wednesday, at 1:00 PM, in the Annex. There is a signup sheet on the Bulletin Board in the Annex. If you like contract bridge and have recent experience, we would love to have you join us. If you have questions please call:

June Tinius at 398-6145


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 793-3204


The Riviera Duplicate Bridge Club meets every Friday at 11:45 AM, at the Annex, play begins at Noon. Anyone who plays contract bridge (or party) can play duplicate bridge and is welcome. There is a $5.00 one time fee and the cost is $1.00 to play. Please call for further information.

Phyllis or Larry Larkin 300-9698


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. If you have any questions please call:

Larry or Phyllis Larkin 300-9698


To all Riviera card players, we'd love to have you come join us for an evening of fun playing Pinochle! We play on Thursdays at 7:00 PM, in the Annex. If you have any questions please call me at:

Susan Larson 774-2625


Poker is being held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM, in the Annex Building. Anyone interested in playing poker at that time, please contact Jesse Gallante at 682-3296.

Jesse Gallante at 682-3296


Barbara Pelak will return to host our FINAL workshop on Wednesday, April 2nd, from 10:00 AM until Noon, in the Kitchen Area of the Clubhouse. Barbara supplies all materials and instructions to complete an average of 3 projects per session. The workshop is limited to twelve (12) people and the cost is $10.00, per person, payable to Barbara Pelak. We’ve enjoyed Barbara’s creativity in helping us to make some very unique cards and holiday items over the course of this series. The Sign-up Sheet for this workshop is on the Bulletin Board in the Kitchen area of the Clubhouse. Any questions, please call:

Ann Wallace, at 732-7808 or email her at wallaceann0811@comcast.net.


We are still creating snuggly hats and booties for the newborns. Deliveries will be made to North Collier Hospital when we have two dozen sets. Now that the warmer weather will be arriving, no baby afghans will be distributed until the cooler months. We will still distribute lap robes to assisted living facilities.

Thank you to all the knitters and crocheters who are helping meet our monthly need of 24 hat/bootie sets per month. Yarn supplies are declining so if you do some spring cleaning and come upon some yarn leftover from a project, consider donating it to the groups. If you need needles, hooks, patterns or just a refresher course on knitting or crocheting give me a call 213-1690. We have a large selection of donated circular needles, regular needles and crochet hooks available for any project our neighbors are working on. Forgot your needles, come borrow a set. Completed items or supply donations can be dropped off at my home 770 Charlemagne Blvd.

Irene Paliulis, Riviera Care Wear Coordinator


The "Harmony Girls", a new four (4) part singing group, meets every other Saturday morning in the Annex, at 10:30 AM. Our April meetings will be held on Saturday, April 5th, and 19th. If you have any questions, please contact either:

Pam Cannon, at 775 -7381 or Penny Dauch, at 774 -1531


The Riviera Golf Estates Computer Club (RGECC) will hold its Business Meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month, April 14th, at 3:00 PM, in the Clubhouse. After the Business meeting we will continue our Windows 8 training.

On the 4th Monday of the month, April 28th, at 3:00 PM, in the Clubhouse, RGECC will hold its Presentation meeting. The subject matter of this meeting will be Windows 8 training.

If you are not, yet, a member of the Computer Club and would like to join, you may do so at any meeting or by contacting “The Club,” at webmaster.rgecc@gmail.com. Any resident (full-time, part-time, renter or owner) can be a member; $15.00 for an individual; $20.00 for member and spouse/partner. Come to a meeting and learn something new while you are having fun.

Don D. Spanitz, President - dspanitz@hotmail.com


Exercise classes will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM, in the Annex Building. Classes consist of aerobics, strength training and floor exercises. For more information call

Rita Shaughnessy 417-9587


It is that time of year, when many of our residents return to their summer homes. Only, about half of our members remain here. Since so many Cruisers will be gone, it leaves us with too few people to make it worthwhile to find a place of interest to visit and a restaurant afterwards. Consequently, there will not be an April Cruise and Leona and I wish all of our Cruisers a safe and healthy summer and God willing, we will see you all back this coming fall. Stay well and happy. If you have any comments or suggestions for future tours, please call:

Frank or Leona at 417-3071


The Ladies Golf League meets Tuesdays, except Holidays. Golfers should be at the Pro Shop and signed in by 11:15 AM . We must know by Sunday night if you want to play on Tuesday. Please call Louise Huettel at 404-0180 or Trudy Burns at 963-6552 to schedule a tee time or for more information. When signing up, please specify if you are 9 or 18 hole golfer.

Louise Huettel at 404-0180 or Trudy Burns at 963-6552


By the time this newsletter is released, our Line Dancing Group will have ended for this season. We look forward to seeing all those interested in joining us in the fall. Have a great summer and keep dancing to stay healthy. Any questions call:

Shirlee Stoll at 250-6114


Our Pickleball days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Come on out and see the game and participate. There are always "coaches" there to assist beginners and we are interested in growing our game. Hope to see you on the courts. Any questions call:

Angela Edgerton at 585-721-3299 or Steve Egerton at 585-305-1044


The next meeting of the Riviera Men’s Club will be held on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, at the Clubhouse at 11:30 AM. Our speaker will be Dave Elliot, the morning host on WGUF, 98.9FM.

The Men’s Club encourages all male residents of Riviera Golf Estates to become members for the onetime fee of $10.00, which grants you a Lifetime Membership. For a nominal monthly fee of $5.00, you are entitled to attend an interesting program, enjoy a light lunch, keg beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, nibbles and fine socializing with friends in the neighborhood. Doors open at 11:30 AM. Please sign up at the April Coffee Hour, as we need time to prepare nametags and a head count to order food. Please contact one of the officers if you plan on coming and haven’t signed up so that we can prepare enough food. Please remember to wear your nametag during the luncheon. Please note that at the November meeting, it was voted by the membership to deny participation in lunch to those who had not signed up or notified an Officer by the Sunday before the meeting.


I would like to, strongly, encourage you, to remember to LOCK YOUR CARS, BICYCLES, DOORS AND WINDOWS IN YOUR HOMES WHEN YOU ARE AWAY FOR ANY REASON. Remember it is better to be safe, than sorry! In addition to this warning, we have received the following from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office: Recently, we have had a number of vehicles in the Davis/Radio Road Area that have had items taken from them. So far, ALL of these vehicles were left unlocked. There has been no forced entry and/or damage to the vehicles reported. Small things have been taken, like money/change, paper and other things that can easily be carried away. The incidents are occurring during the week and not on the weekends, when children are out of school. They are hitting both OPEN and GATED COMMUNITIES. FOR EMERGENCIES, call 911 or for NON-EMERGENCIES, the number is 252-9300, if you see or hear anything suspicious. Just so you know, we have stepped up marked and unmarked patrols in residential areas from MN-6:00 AM, which is when these incidents seem to be occurring. Some of you may have already had incidents in your community and have spoken with me. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me, Cpl. Jim Spartz, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Community Oriented Policing, East Naples District 3 Office: 239-252-9447 or Non-emergency: 252-9300.

PLEASE NOTE HELP WANTED: I am still looking for a replacement to take over the Neighborhood Watch Program, as I can no longer do this. If you have any questions or suggestions, call me, John Richardson at 774-4180.


Riviera Readers will be meeting on Wednesday, April 16th, at the Annex at 10:30 AM. The book we will be discussing is “Caleb's Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks. All are welcome. Any Questions call:

Janet Dixon at 331-8803.


Shuffleboard will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Please be at the Shuffleboard Courts by 9:15 AM so that we may be ready to start playing at 9:30 AM. If you have any questions, or if you need a lesson to learn the game, please contact Gareth Blackwell at 732-1648.


Ladies’ Tennis is being held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 AM. If you have any questions, please contact Helen Mavity at 793-3204.


Men’s Tennis is being held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Meeting time is still at 7:30 AM for warm-up, with play at 7:45 AM. The men can contact Harry Nuzum, at 775-4920 or email him at harry@lmuzum.com, for answers to your questions.


All checks for these trips must be addressed to “Trendy Tours.”  If you are interested in one of the Day trips, please get in touch with me at 775-3668 as the trips, during season, have filled up fast.



April 8 - Tuesday - Lunch Cruise on Sarasota Bay PLUS St. Armand's Circle - $89.00 per person - Includes R/T transportation. sightseeing cruise, buffet lunch on board, "Let me know immediately, needs few more people to go. Leaves Naples at 8:30 AM.

April 11 - Friday - Starlite Sapphire Yacht Cruise with lunch, St Petersburg - $89.00 per person - Includes R/T transportation, delicious lunch, with special swing era music and entertainment. Leaves Naples 7:00AM.

April 24 – Thursday – End of Season Shopping Spree at Bal Harbor (North Miami) - $29.00 per personIncludes R/T Transportation and fun, with lunch on your own. Suzanne’s fun shopping day at exclusinve Bal Harbor Shopping Area, leaves Naples at 8:30 AM.

Contact Carol Crislip, at 775-3668 for more information or to reserve your trip selections. Day Trip pick-up is at Crossroads Market located at 599 Pine Ridge Road.

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.


I will be conducting Yoga Classes on Monday nights at 7:00 PM, starting on March 24th, in the , Gym Area of the Annex Building. Those interested, please bring a mat, belt & a small pillow. Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing. Avoid eating anything at least an hour before the beginning of the class. For further information, or if you have any questions, you can contact me:

Bobby Schweikert at 732-8531





Please contact Pat Spanitz, at 417-3557, or by email: pbspanitz@centurylink.net with any additions or deletions regarding Anniversaries or Birthdays for residents of the Riviera Golf Estates. Thank you.

Congratulations to all who are celebrating April Anniversaries!

 9Don & Linda Anderson24Truman & Janet McClain (55)
20Roy & Melainie Davidson26Richard & Marlys Anderson
22Pat & Bridget Kane (53) Robert & Sandra Villani
Russ & Jeanne Kolish28Dex & Pat Spanitz (58)
23Arnold & Joan Hendricks (65)


Happy Birthday to all Riviera Residents with birthdays in April


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