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Weekly Newsletter
September 11, 2019
The team at the Victoria Gardens Clubhouse loves to bring you enjoyable events, as well as activities provided by Clubs & Groups, made up of our residents. To stay informed, please view all information provided throughout the newsletter.

To view Clubs & Groups events, see the bottom half of the newsletter.
Labor Day Party
Friday, September 13
Limited seats available.
Please contact the Resident Service Desk to check availability.
This Week at Victoria Gardens
Sept 11 - Sept 17
Thursday, September 12
6:30 PM
Magnolia Ballroom
S ave the Dates
(Click the  GREEN  titles to view the corresponding flyer)
Sept 14 Wine Dinner
Sept 18 Book Club Meeting
Sept 18 Fun with Acrylics
Sept 18 Wine Social
Sept 19 ARC Meeting
Sept 19 Trivia
Sept 23 Sub Station
Sept 23 Chavurah Dinner
Sept 25 Travel Club Meeting
Sept 26 Resident's Potluck
Sept 27 Coffee with the Managers & Advisory Committee
Sept 27 Resident Dance Night
Sept 30 Japanese Buffet
Oct 3 Trivia
Oct 4 Bingo
Oct 5 Breakfast Buffet
Oct 12 Oktoberfest
Oct Trivia
Oct 18 Entertainment Series: Diva Through the Decades
Oct 19 Breakfast Buffet
Oct 27 Nature Walk
Oct 29 Enlightened Health Talk
Nov 5 Enlightened Health Talk
by John Serrao
Click here to view the new Self Guiding Nature Trail booklet.
Preserve Trail System:  The new access point from Kolter Phase 6 development is now open. The grass is a bit high but will be mowed again in September before the monthly trail walks hosted by Margaret Goldschneider & John Serrao.
Upcoming Events

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Thursday, September 19
3-5 PM
Craft Room
Click here to view the promo video for this event!
Thursday, September 19
6:30 PM
Magnolia Ballroom
Chaverah Dinner

This year our Chaverah dinner will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 6 PM in the Magnolia Ballroom. If you would like to attend, please sign up at the Resident Services Desk at the clubhouse no later than September 17. The cost is still $18.00 per person (including tax and tips).

The menu is as follows:

Everyone gets a choice of Matzo Ball soup or salad (specify your preferences at registration)

Chicken (specify white or dark meat)
Roasted Potatoes
Green Beans

Roasted Potatoes
Green Beans 

Salmon (specify blackened or grilled)
Roast Potatoes
Green Beans 

Coffee (regular and decaf) and tea will be provided
There will also be a cash bar.

The doors will open at 5:40 for those who may need assistance and at 5:50 for everyone else.

Looking forward to seeing you all there,
Anita Freeman
Judy Wertheimer
You don’t want to miss our 5 th  Annual Cruise In Car Show!
We are currently looking for car registrations. You can pick up the form and register your car at the Resident Services Desk. Car registrations are open to Victoria Gardens residents and their guests. However, the $50 gas card raffle can only be won by a registered resident. Remember - this is not a classic car show, this is for all who love their car and want to show if off! The fun doesn’t stop at the cars on display!
There will be a Live DJ, Food Truck, (menu list coming soon), cash bar, raffles (hosted by the Men’s Club), contest and much more!

Click here to view the Registration Form.
Coming in October...
Attention all Club & Group Presidents, Leaders & Coordinators:
We will be hosting our annual Activities Fair on Tuesday, October 15 at 6 pm in the Magnolia Ballroom. This is a great opportunity to recruit new members, show off what your club does, & meet new residents! All clubs and groups are invited to participate. 
Click here to view the Registration Form. A form can also be picked up at the Resident Service Desk.

Once filled out, return your form to the Administrative Office.

Thank you for your active participation here at Victoria Gardens!

Restaurant Hours
Open for Lunch:
Monday - Friday |11 am - 2 pm
Open for Dinner:
Wednesday - Friday | 5 pm - 9 pm
Open for Breakfast:
1st & 3rd Saturday | 8 am - 11 pm

To make reservations, visit the Resident Service Desk or call 386.785.2700, Opt. 1.

Island Oasis Frozen Beverages

Enjoy a delicious frozen beverage poolside
this weekend!

Non-alcoholic frozen drinks and
smoothies available.

Click here to view all of our flavors.

Enjoy our Weekend Poolside Menu!

Please join us every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am - 2 pm to enjoy our select poolside menu!

Cool down with a refreshing beverage from our inside bar or order at our turn window if you'd like to enjoy your beverage outside.

We hope to see you this weekend!
Banquet Rentals

Banquet rentals are a part of the Victoria Gardens Clubhouse operating income. The generated income benefits the residents by helping to offset some of the homeowners association fees. The Clubhouse team is here to accommodate resident programs and activities as scheduled. However, there may be some adjustments to the location of the activity/fitness class etc. As those changes occur, we will keep you posted via the weekly newsletter so you can prepare properly. 
Community & Clubhouse Announcements
Enjoy Your Beverages Under Our Beautiful Pergolas

Drinks should never be consumed in or around the pool. Instead, enjoy your refreshing beverages under one of our shaded pergolas or our patio area.
Keeping Our Pool Beautiful

We take great pride in our beautiful and clean swimming pool. In an effort to maintain our high standards, we ask that residents be mindful of clubhouse rules and guidelines, swimming pool item number fourteen, “Each person is required to shower before entering the pool or spa.” We have showers located in the locker-rooms. We hope you enjoy the wonderful amenities at Victoria gardens.
Pool Fast Facts

Things you need to know when planning to
enjoy the Pool and Spa at Victoria Gardens!

  • When visiting the pool with small children, please remember that the lap side of the pool is reserved for lap swimmers.

  • In accordance with Florida law, outside food and beverages (alcohol included) are prohibited on the premises. If you'd like to enjoy a refreshing beverage, please see a bartender or Resident Service Agent.

  • Diving and jumping into the pool is not allowed at any time.

  • “Saving chairs” for persons absent from the pool or spa area is not permitted.

  • Radios and other electronic devices may be used only with ear phones.

  • Large pool floats are prohibited in the pool.
Fitness Class Updates

F itness classes are occasionally relocated, changed or cancelled.
To keep you informed, we will update any fitness class changes here.

  • Patti will be substituting for Friday's Low Impact Class on the following days:
Sept 6, Sept 20, Sept 27 and Oct 4.
  • Tracy Gorman will be subbing the following classes: Boot Camp
Sept 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 and Oct 3
Low Impact: Sept 16, 23, 30
  • Patti will be substituting for Stretch and Strength on Sept. 23.
  • There will be no Stretch and Strength class on Sept. 28.
Covenants Friendly Reminders

  • When exiting the community, it is not necessary to use your key fob. Approach the gate and wait for it to open automatically.

  • Click here to view Septembers Covenants Reminders.
Advisory Committee Corner

The advisory committee would like to improve their communication with you!

Click here to view the minutes from the July Advisory Committee Meeting.
Home Rental Reminders

Please remember the governing documents have specific leasing requirements. If you are going to lease your home please review the documents prior to leasing. These requirements include but are not limited to the following:
All leases shall be in writing and shall have a term of at least seven (7) months. Homes may not be leased for short term or vacation rentals.
No more than two (2) leases may be entered into in any one year.
Within ten (10) days of a lease being signed, an Owner shall notify and supply the Community Management Office with a copy of the lease
The owner must give the tenant a copy of the governing documents
Any questions regarding leases should be directed to the Community Management Office.    
Landscape Services

The BrightView Welcome Portal is your one stop destination for submitting and tracking requests for landscape services.

To get started, visit BrightView Hoa Connect and register using the unique community code sent to your private email address.

In addition to submitting requests using the BrightView Welcome Portal, we also encourage all residents to use the BrightView kiosk located inside the Clubhouse.

For additional information click here.  
Guardhouse Procedures

Gatehouse Information Reminder

All permanent changes or updates to homeowners’ guests lists may be made by contacting Maureen Philips at the Community Management Office at (386) 738-2112
x 101 or via email, . Temporary guests or vendors may be entered by the homeowner by dialing the voice line at (386) 736-4772. 

Click here more information on the Guard House System.
Notice a Good Deed?

Spotlight a Team Member

If a staff member has given you exceptional service please visit and share your feedback.
Just click  ‘Good Deeds’  on the toolbar.

Resident Spotlight
Eddie Woods

Eddie  Woods served in the US Army from 1957 - 1959. Shortly after serving  Eddie  worked for the New York City Police Department for 2 0  years in 3 "A" precincts working in high crime areas, always  by himself, often on foot. H e had no radio and would have to use a Call Box, which requires foot cops to make "rings" every hour to report to the Sergeant. After working for 6 years as a Radio Motor Patrol officer,  Eddie was promoted to Sergeant  and  retired after 20 years of service.
From 1981 - 2003,  Eddie  worked for the US Post Office (USPS), which he found more stressful than working for the Police Department. After working for  23  years at the post office in Lake Mary, FL,  Eddie  moved to Victoria Gardens along with his wife Linda Woods in 2004.
He was able to enlist and serve in Military Reserve Duty in USAR and later in AFNG, for 22 years. (a week-end warrior!) Was in Intelligence and counter intelligence units. Lastly, served as Base Security Manager, Steward AF Base.
In 2002,  Eddie  joined the Northeast FL 10-13 Club. A club made up of retired NYCPD members and served in positions such as President and Vice-President. Currently, he is the editor of the 10-13 Newsletter, website and is responsible for emails to all members. For 16 years  Eddie  has been the Pension Rep for survivors of all deceased club members, assisting them with all benefits that they deserve.
With the help of Victoria Gardens Club Manager CJ Hamlin,  Eddie  is able to run the
10-13 Club website, which has come quite popular.

Visit  to view daily postings.
The team at Victoria Gardens would like to thank  Eddie  Woods for his service and congratulate him on being our Resident Spotlight of the week.

Victoria Gardens Clubs & Groups
Line Dancing

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Fun with Acrylics
"Fun with Acrylics" will start on September 18th, 2019 at 12:30 - 2:30 in the Craft Room on the third Wednesday of every month. 

Painting with acrylics today is more than a paint brush.  Join us in learning fun and creative painting techniques using acrylic paints. Bring your own paint and canvas (no larger than 9 x 11in) ... the class is FREE!  If you prefer, I'll provide canvas and paint for $10/pp per session.  No Experience required! 

There is a maximum attendance of 14 participants/ per session so sign up early!  

Craft Room
Third Wednesday of the month
12:30 - 2:30
Debra Fishpaw/ Abstracts by Debera
Sew & Sews

Attention Victoria Gardens Residents! 

Do you like to quilt/sew/knit/crochet? Then come & join the Sew & Sews any Wednesday morning (9am-12pm) in the craft room at the clubhouse. We also go out for lunch on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Pictured are some members of the group enjoying a weekend quilting retreat in the multi-purpose room.
Library Volunteer Committee

Thank you for book donations…..HOWEVER, just a reminder that with the limited size of our library we cannot take/keep books that have a copy write date before 2010. Also we cannot take religious or text books, and magazines need to be the current or previous month only. We also cannot accept collections of specific subjects or authors. These kinds of books are happily accepted by the Deland and Lk. Helen libraries. Please do not leave these items for our volunteers to deal with. Our volunteers put considerable time and effort into keeping out library current and looking good, and we would appreciate your help in observing our donation policies.

Thank you.
Mary Ellen Cechowski
Library Volunteer Committee Coordinator
Victoria Gardens Women's Club
Enlightened Health
Five and a half years ago the unthinkable happened: the Abbotts got TWO diagnoses of cancer in the same couple in the SAME week. Come hear how Victoria Gardens resident Peggy Moulton-Abbott overcame the dreaded auto-immune disease and became a cancer conqueror. Using her background in pharmaceutical marketing research and broadcast journalism, she’s invested approximately 5,000 hours of her time into learning the secret keys to health that most people will never discover. Join us to learn the 5 pillars of achieving and maintaining vibrant health. 
Our objectives will be to:
- enable the mind, body and spirit to function at their highest level
- create a fully-functioning immune system that identifies problems before disease develops and protects our bodies without turning on itself.

We’ll explore the key components including: spiritual/emotional issues, bodily essentials, external factors, alternative health modalities, and the need for personal accountability to achieve health goals. 
This adventure will include:
- personal anecdotes
- spiritual encouragement
- scientific facts and research
- exercise you won’t hate
- toxins that cause disease and how to avoid them
- tastings of delicious
- nutritious, guilt-free foods that actually build health
-practical application of “quick fix” strategies to achieve success. 
The first session is free and open to all. At subsequent sessions we will ask a $5.00 donation (club membership fee) to cover the cost of subscriptions to research, water and food, printing of reference materials, and field trips.
Let me know what, if anything else, you need from me.
Be blessed and be well!
Victoria Gardens VeeGees

Do you enjoy singing, being part of a musical production or playing an instrument in a small group? Maybe you’d like to try and have some fun! There are several opportunities that are available right now. 


Singers are always welcome for small groups or the larger choral group which perform for special events and a holiday concert. Production help is needed in the areas of lighting (particularly spotlight), stage manager and crew. Piano accompanists are always welcome. 

Instrumental Group

A new instrumental group is being formed. Brush the dust off your instrument! There is a need for a drummer, a string bass player and trumpet player. 

If any of these opportunities spark an interest and you would like more information, please contact Deane Booth, Director of Music for the VeeGees at
Victoria Gardens RV Club

RV Club will resume in October.
Labor Day Round Robin Winners!

It was a beautiful morning for our rescheduled Labor Day Round Robin! Twenty-six players participated and a play-off game was needed to determine the medal winners. 

Congratulations to winners Jeanette Malone and Matt Dillman and to Bev Bleakley and Tim Malone, who finished second.  
Labor Day Round Robin Winners: Tim Malone, Bev Bleakley, Matt Dillman, and Jeanette Malone.
Card Games & Groups


Wednesday | 1 p.m.
Seeking new and experienced players to join us. For those new to duplicate, the same hands are played at each table and scoring is based on relative performance. In this way, every hand, whether strong or weak, is played in competition with others playing identical cards, and the element of skill is heightened while that of chance is reduced . In other words, if you get a good or bad hand, so do the other players. It is fun to compare how others played the same hand.
Stop by (usually in the multi-purpose room) any Wednesday between 1 and 4 p.m. to meet the players and sign up to be called when players are needed. You are invited to join us!
Hand, Knee & Foot Lessons

Welcome all new residents to a fun and interesting card game. Monday at 1:30 PM is the time for teaching anyone who wants to learn how to play.      
Regular game times are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1 PM in the card room. Please try to come at least 15 minutes before 1 PM so we can make certain how many players will be participating. 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all.

Attention All Hand, Knee & Foot Players:

Please attend the meeting prior to the tournament that starts on Oct. 1, 2019. The pre-tournament will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 3:30 pm.

This meeting will explain rules and a few small changes that all must comply with when the tournament starts.

Please only plan to attend if you're playing in the tournament.

The Fall Tournament for all current players will be held on Oct. 1st and will be continuing through Nov. 5th.

To sign up for the tournament, see the sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the Card Room starting on Sept. 3. First come basis. 20 Players.

Also, please note there will be an open meeting on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 3:30 pm to finalize rules to be applied in entering the tournament. Rules must be applied ( no exceptions - tournament only).

Dates to Remember:

Aug. 22 - Open Meeting for All Current Players (Card Room)

Sept. 3 - Sign Up to Play (20 Players | 5 Tables)

Oct. 1 - Tournament Begins (Every Tuesday until Nov 5th)

This tournament will be in memory of Judy Kneitel. A longtime friend and dedicated player.
Gin Rummy Players Wanted:

Tom Johnson is searching for Gin players who are looking for an afternoon or evening for fun camaraderie Gin games.

Please sign up in the Activities Binder.

Once Tom has an appropriate amount of players interested, there will be a meeting to determine the best day and time to play.

Contact Tom Johnson with questions or concerns.

Tom Johnson -
Every Friday
1 p.m. | Multipurpose Room

Interested in playing Pinochle? Stop by the Clubhouse and join in!
-All are Welcome-
Every Friday
1 p.m. | Library

For more information contact
Martha Shanahan:

& Texas Hold'em

Please join the Poker players on Mondays 2 pm to 4 pm, Tuesdays 6 pm to 8:30 pm, Wednesdays for Texas Hold ‘em from 6 pm to 8:30 pm and Poker Thursdays 6 pm to 8:30 pm.
Victoria Park Events
Contact Lifestyle Director Justine Tucker to sign up!
Phone: 386.279.7700
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