Landings Landlovers
Enriching the Community We Love
March Newsletter
President's Message
Landlovers fundraising season kicked off with Games Day on January 20th. Just over 100 people participated in a day of fun and games. Thanks to our Ways and Means Directors, Jane Golz and Laurie Etherington, and our Games Day Co-Chairs Jody Freeman and Janice Lo Sasso and their committee for organizing this event. Between ticket sales and raffles we raised just over $4,500 for the Landlovers Foundation. 

Next up is Flea Market/Auctionmania Intake Days March 4, 5, & 6. Don’t forget to donate your gently used stuff and remember that any unique and hi-value items will be saved for Auctionmania. If you haven’t been to intake before, it is a well organized bevy of activity. Volunteers off-load your car and take the donated items to the appropriate location for pricing and packing. It is amazing to see 100’s of volunteers working together to support the community. Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered. There is still time if you want to get involved. Contact to volunteer.

Flea Market Sale Day is March 11 in the Messiah Lutheran Church parking lot. The line starts early for those wanting to find the best bargains. Auctionmania follows on Tuesday, March 14 from 5–7 pm in the Palmetto Ballroom. All Residents are welcome to attend and join in the on-line bidding for unique treasures. All proceeds from these events benefit the Landlovers Foundation. Through your hard work and generosity Landlovers has given out over $1.7 million in grants, scholarships, and merit awards.

In addition to fundraising, we find time for fun. Our Winter Social transported us to Portugal for a Wine Tasting and Food Pairing event. Thanks to our Co-Chairs Laura Gebele, Holly Taylor, and Nealy Madsen who worked closely with Chef Sam to create a Portuguese menu of small plates accompanied by an eclectic assortment of wines. The food and wine were delicious and everyone had a great time at this popular event. 

It's a busy time of the year that culminates in May when we award our grants, scholarships, and merit awards. We’re looking forward to a successful fundraising season!
Flea Market Pre-Intake
A special thanks to Mark Witbeck and his team of guys with trucks and muscles who have already made over 50 trips to pick up items donated to the Flea Market and Auctionmania. It’s not just furniture items they’ve procured. Mark worked with one very generous resident who donated this Stingray car. The car was sold at auction generating several thousand dollars for the Landlovers Foundation. A special thanks to our Donor. If any of you have cars, boats, motorcycles, or campers you’d like to donate contact Mark at

Chris Lanigan
What: Flea Market Intake
When: Saturday, March 4 (9am-3:30pm), Sunday, March 5 (noon -3:30pm) and Monday, March 6 (9am-3:30pm)
Where: TLA parking lot

What Else: We need your slightly used items, in good condition! We’ll take most items from around your home: art, electronics, small appliances, collectibles, indoor and outdoor furniture, sporting goods and tools, linens, lamps, home decor items, kitchen items, toys, kid’s clothes, luggage and handbags and garden equipment. Don’t forget: unique and higher end items will be saved for Auctionmania, our silent auction held on Tuesday, March 14 in the Palmetto Ballroom. New this year: Salvation Army will have a drop box available to accept clean, usable clothing! To schedule pickup of large items during Intake days, email Mark Witbeck,

All funds raised from your donations go to the direct support of Landlovers philanthropy. Landlovers is a 501(c)3; donations are deductible. Questions about Flea Market? Email Tim Forbes at

When: Tues, March 14, 5-7pm
Where: Palmetto Ballroom
What Else: Auctionmania

All residents are invited to attend and join in to bid on hundreds of unique treasures. Stroll the room, enjoy a beverage and appetizers while participating in this fun event. Bidding is done online through a secure online bidding site.

Hundreds of unique and high value items will be sold at Auctionmania. The auction will be conducted via your Smartphone. It’s easy to bid and track bidding activity on your favorite items from anywhere. Once the auction closes, you’ll be able to view what you won on your phone. You can self-checkout on your smartphone if you have entered your credit card info in the bidding website. If you choose to self-checkout on your smartphone, you can bypass the lines and proceed to the auction table to pick up the items you won. Just show the paid receipt on your phone to the Table Monitor.
The Auction will close at 7 PM. All tables close at the same time. You must pick up the items you won the night of the auction before 7:15 PM. Payment by credit card is encouraged. We will be using bidpal which is a safe and secure site. You can also proceed to a cashier to pay by check or cash. Please bring your charged smartphone the night of the event. 

TO REGISTER: follow these step-by-step instructions to view all Auctionmania items and a brief description of each item.
  • Open smart phone
  • Open a new text message
  • In the To: field type 243725
  • In the text field type: Auctionmania
  • You’ll receive a new message. It says - Welcome to Auctionmania 2023. 
  • Please click the link-……
  • You will be redirected to the Auctionmania bidding website to enter your personal information and bid on all the items available at Auctionmania 2023!
  • Your mobile number should be already inserted. 
  • Add name and address.
  • You will then be given an option Add a Credit Card or No Thanks. The credit card can also be updated and added later.

If you have unique, valuable items that you’d like to donate to Auctionmania, please bring them to the Flea Market Intake on March 4, 9-3:30, March 5, 12:00-3 or March 6, 9-3:30. If you wish to donate before this, contact Mark Witbeck, at or 574-286-9491. If you have questions about Auctionmania including the registration process, please contact Cindy Altman at or Beverley Cox at
Would you like to win a brand new, customized golf cart?
Buy your ticket now for the club Car Charity raffle which culminates prior to the Korn Ferry tournament. Be sure and click on Landlovers as the recipient of your ticket proceeds. Tickets are available to purchase for $50 ($25 to Landings Landlovers) through the website for the Club Car Championship. Please specify a Charity Donation of Landings Landlovers. 

Club Car winning raffle ticket will be drawn during the tournament, March 20-26. For help with purchasing online tickets, contact
Landlovers invites all outstanding high-school juniors and seniors to apply for our Community Service Merit Awards. This award recognizes outstanding volunteer work and contributions made by high-school juniors and seniors and those who go “above and beyond” in giving time and talent through community service. Awards range from $500 to $3,000 depending on the amount of time committed and impact of the applicants contribution to the project or organization.

Landlovers will be accepting Grant applications from local non-profits who benefit Skidaway Island and our residents until March 21, 2023.

Details about these awards and applications can be found on the Landlovers website under the Philanthropy Tab.
What: Current Trends in Landscaping Design with John Glenn
When: Wednesday, March 1,  9:30 – 11:30
Where: Fellowship Hall at Messiah Lutheran
How Much: Annual Club dues are $25 individual or $30 family. Must be a Landlovers member. Guests are welcome for $5 fee.
What Else: John Glenn has over 30 years of landscape design and installation in The Landings. He is incorporating buzz-topics such as ‘native plants’, ‘sustainability’, and ‘xeriscaping’ into designs now while many of us are still trying to figure out what this means to us. John will discuss examples of some pertinent properties and address questions. 

Coastal Georgia Living, formerly known as Green Thumb Club, focuses on gardening, wildlife, and the Georgia coastal lifestyle. Our monthly meetings begin with coffee and socializing at 9:30, followed by our featured speaker at 10:00. Please be environmentally friendly by bringing your own coffee cup.
Contact: Donna Bunn (
What: Let’s get ready for some warmer spring vibes as we learn to Salsa!
When: Monday, March 13th, 7-8:30 PM
Where: S.I. Methodist Church.
Cost: $15.00
For more information contact Jane Golz, 704-641-4467.
What: Bocce Social
When: Sunday, March 19, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm 
Where: Bocce Courts
Who: Landlovers members only - you must be a Club member to participate. 
Cost: Free
Come join Landlovers for an afternoon of Bocce and meeting with friends. No need to sign up. There are 4 courts reserved. Bring an appetizer to share and BYOB.

You need to be a Landlovers member and a Club member to participate.
Bring an appetizer to share and BYOB.
Questions - contact Judy Faraklas -
Mark your calendar for the Landlovers Year-End Celebration “Dinner in White”
Join us as Landlovers closes the year on Tuesday, May 23 It will be a special evening featuring a French-themed gourmet picnic, candlelight and live music at a secret location! Start planning your wardrobe, as all attendees are asked to wear white (great photo ops!) You won’t want to miss this one. Landlovers membership required. (More details and registration in the April newsletter.) 
What: Second Harvest Packing
When: Friday, March 3
What Else: Organized by Landlovers Community Service, volunteers gather on a Friday morning several times a year to pack boxes for needy families at our local food bank. No skill is required, just a caring heart. All are welcome but participants must be members of Landlovers. Our next packing date is Friday, March 3. If you are interested in joining the group in March, please contact Rebecca Walling at

Established in 1981 in Savannah, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is a locally inspired, volunteer driven nonprofit food bank and community partnering organization. Second Harvest serves as the food safety net for tens of thousands of children, senior citizens, low-income families, and people with disabilities who are at risk of hunger throughout Southern Georgia. 
  • Spring Golf Scramble - Sunday, May 21. Reach out to Eileen Yost at with any questions
Monthly Activities
Landlovers has a variety of recurring activities. Check out the list of activities by visiting the webpage HERE.
Gold Sponsor of Landlovers Foundation

Landlovers would like to sincerely thank Sound View Wealth Advisors for their continued support of our organization as a Gold Sponsor.

Sound View Wealth Advisors is an independent, fiduciary wealth management firm founded on one guiding principle: their clients’ interests come first. As a team, they have spent over 20 years custom tailoring solutions for individuals and families. Entrepreneurs at heart, they have continued to evolve by moving to a new, independent structure that enables them to better serve the needs and interests of their clientele. They do this by offering access to a wider universe of investment vehicles, more value-added services and more personalized attention in an open and transparent environment. 

Sound View can be reached at 912-239-4630 or online at
Landlovers is grateful for recurring and first time Individual Donors. If you have not had an opportunity to give and would like to,
Thanks to Our Generous Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsors!
Diamond - Club Car Championship at the Landings
Platinum - Michael's Roofing, Soundview Wealth Advisors, The Landings Co., Yates-Astro Pest and Termite
Gold - Dental Harbor, Gaughf Dermatology
Silver - Coastal Care Partners, JC Lewis, Jones Coastal Landscaping, SouthState Bank,
Bronze - Cody Padgett Garage Doors, Coastal Dentistry, Nicole Casino
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