JULY 2014                                                                                                VOLUME: VII

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 JULY through OCTOBER


QUARTERLY PAYMENTS: Last month we printed a slightly incorrect address for the mailing of your quarterly assessments. This primarily pertained to those that do Auto Payments and On-line Banking. We apologize for the error. Here is the correct address;

The 3rd Quarter statements will be mailed out in early July. The payment is due on or before August 1st, 2014. Make sure payment is received on time to avoid late fees.

Our Compass Group representative and a Board member are continuing property inspections. If you receive a letter do not get upset or take offense. These letters are reminders that you need to take care of an issue or violation. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to take care of their property. If we all pitch in we will keep the community well maintained.

Please note! There will be no Board meeting in July.

Hurricane season is here. Check your property and make sure there is nothing around the house that is loose or may become loose and be threatening to you or your neighbor in the event of a storm. You may not think that these items will become airborne, but let’s not take a chance.

Bill Joyce, President

For the Board of Directors


PLEASE NOTE: The Board of Directors has not announced a meeting schedule for the remaining months of the summer. If you have a project that requires ARB review and the Board's approval, please drop the ARB form off at the office, and every attempt will be made to secure a decision as soon as possible.

It is best to review not just the covenants, but, also, the Rules and Regulations adopted by the Board of Directors available on-line at http://www.rivieragolfestates.org/rulReg.html 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 and the above referenced website, 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.


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:

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


Happy Fourth of July to All! Summer is now, officially, here. The pace in Naples has slowed and the traffic has decreased, but we’re still busy at the Riviera Golf Estates. The Men’s Club and Luncheons are continuing through the summer months, as are most of our other activities. I’ve noticed that the morning exercise group at the pool seems as large now as it was during Season, and that’s great. We’re experimenting with the possibility of dances on a smaller scale than during Season. And…if the dances are successful as a social outlet for our year-round residents, we’ll continue them throughout the Summer. Any feedback you can give me would be appreciated. Please note that the Luncheons during the summer months are open to ALL, so the men in our community are welcome to join us!


The Coffee Hour for July will be held on Saturday June 28th from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. Coffee and donuts are available for a donation of $1.00. This monthly activity is the perfect time for new members of our community to meet and mingle, for our “regulars” to catch up with friends and neighbors and for everyone to purchase tickets for the coming month’s social events. Come on in and join us.


Our Fourth of July Celebration will be held on Friday, July 4th, at the Clubhouse, Social Hour begins at 5:00 PM with dinner at 6:00 PM. The event will be a COOK-OUT catered by Southern Accents. Burgers and Hot Dogs on the grill, with Potato Salad and Coleslaw. Soft drinks, beer, wine and coffee, as well as, dessert. We also have entertainment from Jimmy Kelly. The cost is $12.00 per person. Tickets available at Coffee Hour on June 28th. Don’t wait until the last minute on this one. The count needs to be in by June 30th. The contact person is Ann Wallace, 732-7808.


Our July Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, July 15th at 11:30 AM. We’re gathering at Sam Snead’s Tavern at Lely Resort. Menu choices are:

Hot or cold beverages and dessert will be served. Tickets are $17 per person. Cut-off date for this luncheon is July 11th.

Please Note: Sam Snead’s has kept price the same as last year’s. They appreciate having us come in the quiet months.


As of the newsletter deadline I have nothing firm planned for a July dance. Check the Bulletin Board/Easel in the Clubhouse for any updates on July Social Functions.


It may seem strange to be reading about Christmas planning in the July newsletter, but.. I have a committee in place that is decorating the Clubhouse interior this year. The problem has always been having an organized group that coordinates with the outdoor lighting. If we can start now, assess what we have, plan what goes where, establish a schedule and assign duties, then the work isn’t left to the few, at the last minute. I’ll have a sign-up sheet for interested men available at the July Coffee Hour.

Ann Wallace - wallaceann0811@comcast.net



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



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


With our knitters and crocheters going back north, I hope you will continue to create the wonderful hats and booties during the summer. Thanks for all your efforts over the past months. They are greatly appreciated.

Two dozen baby hats, booties and knitted toys will be dropped off drop off each month during the summer. Now that the warm weather has arrived no baby afghans or lap robes will be distributed until the cooler months. If you wish to work on an afghan during the summer, the sizes to keep in mind are a 30 inch square for babies and a 36 inch square for a lap robe for the assisted living residents. Lion Brand yarns website has lots of free patterns for babies and afghans. If you need yarn, needles, hooks, patterns or just a refresher course on knitting or crocheting give me a call 213-1690. Completed items can be dropped off at my home 770 Charlemagne Blvd.

Irene Paliulis, Riviera Care Wear Coordinator


The Riviera Golf Estates Computer Club (RGECC) will hold its “Help Each Other” Meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month, July 14th, 2014, at 3:00 PM, in the Clubhouse. We will answer your computer-related questions. We will be holding only one meeting, per month, through October 2014.

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


Come in and enjoy our cool selection of books and videos this hot summer!

Ginny Kehoe, 732-1520


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, July 8th, 2014, at the Clubhouse at 11:30 AM. Our guest speaker will be DEL ACKERMAN, a well-known businessman in our area and owner of “Del's 24 Hour Food Store.”

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 June 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 note, it has been 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. Please remember to wear your nametag during the luncheon.


Because NO ONE HAS COME FORWARD TO VOLUNTEER TO REPLACE OUR LAST NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH COORDINATOR, please, call Cpl. Jim Spartz, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Community Oriented Policing, East Naples District 3 Office at 252-9447 if you have questions. For other non-emergency calls, dial 252-9300. Always remember for EMERGENCIES ONLY, CALL 911.


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.


For the summer months, Ladies’ & Men’s Tennis is being held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 7:30 AM for warm-up, with play at 7:45 AM. If the ladies have questions, please contact Helen Mavity at 793-3204. The men can contact Harry Nuzum, at 775-4920 or email him at harry@lmuzum.com.


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, Carol Crislip, at 775-3668.



July 15 - Tuesday - Armed Forces Museum/dinner at Der Dutchman $79.00 per person

Includes R/T transportation, picnic lunch en-route, guided tour of museum in Largo, dinner in Sarasota. Leaves Naples 8:30 AM.

July 24th - Thursday - Isle of Capri Casino – Pompano - $49.00 per person

Includes R/T transportation, $10.00 slot voucher and $4.00 buffet voucher.

July 30th – Wednesday - Miami Vices Tour - $79.00 per person

Includes R/T transportation, Lunch, From Fugitives to Fashion, 4 hour guided tour of Miami Vices. Leaves Naples 8:00 AM.

August 5th - Tuesday - Annual Summer Shopping Trip to Sawgrass Mills & Festival Marketplace - $55.00 per person

Includes R/T transportation, coupon books, savings vouchers. Spend all day at Sawgrass Millls or 1/2day at each place. Leaves Naples at 8:30 AM.

September 18th - Thursday - Isle of Capri Casino (Non-smoking), Pompano $49.00 per person

Includes R/T transportation, $10.00 slot voucher, $4.00 off buffet (many soups, salads, entree, tremendous desserts). Great Casino! Leaves Naples 8:30 AM.

November 29th or 30th - Ft Lauderdale Christmas Pageant w/ Dinner - $129.00, per person

R/T transportation, reserved Orchestra Level Ticket to Pageant, picnic lunch enroute, delicious dinner (December dates are sold out.) Leaves Naples 11:00 AM.

Contact Carol Crislip aat 775-3668 with any questions.


August 12th-15th, (Tuesday-Friday) - 4 Day-Savannah Tour - $549.00 per person, double occupancy or $749.00 per person/single occupancy.

Includes R/T transportation, 3 nights in Holiday Inn Express in the heart of Historic district, guided tour of the Mercer-Williams Home, Broadway Variety Show at the Savannah Theater, six (6) meals and lots more. Leaves Naples 6:30 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.

Carol Crislip 775-3668


I will be conducting Yoga Classes on Monday nights at 7:00 PM in the Gym Area of the Annex Building. Those interested, please bring a mat, belt and 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


NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH 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 regarding what you need to do, call me, John Richardson at 774-4180.

RESPITE CARE VOLUNTEERS Please call Cathy McGourty, Respite Coordinator at 793-7374, if you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions about volunteering.





It has come to my attention that a few Riviera residents have knowledge of people whose names are still on our Anniversary and Birthday Lists, but are no longer living in Riviera or are deceased. Please contact, me, Pat Spanitz, at 417-3557, or by email: pbspanitz@centurylink.net, with any additions or deletions regarding Anniversaries or Birthdays for residents of Riviera Golf Estates. Thank you.


Congratulations to all who are celebrating July Anniversaries!


Happy Birthday to all Riviera Residents with birthdays in July


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