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Weekly Newsletter
November 27, 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.
Happy Thanksgiving!
While the clubhouse is closed the Fitness Center, Spa, and Pool can be
accessed using your Resident Identification Badge at the Pool & Spa entrances.
Congratulations Evelyn Rosa
Evergreen Lifestyle MVP
Congratulations to our Lifestyle Director, Evelyn Rosa, for being awarded with the well-deserved Evergreen Lifestyle MVP award!

Evelyn works diligently planning amazing events and fun activities for the
residents of Victoria Gardens. She continues to bring both residents and team members together to create an enjoyable atmosphere at the clubhouse.

Help us congratulate Evelyn for her amazing achievement!

Under the Sea
New Year's Eve Celebration

Tickets on sale
Monday, December 2 at 9 am.
This Week at Victoria Gardens
Nov 27 - Dec 3
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S ave the Dates
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Dec 16 Museum Series
Dec 16 Sub Station
Dec 16 Hanukkah Dinner
Dec 19 Architectural Review Committee Meeting
Dec 22 Living Historian: Civil War Holiday Traditions
Dec 23 Stir-Fry Buffet
Dec 24 Clubhouse Closed
Dec 24 Merry Christmas!
(Clubhouse Closed)
Dec 30 Brunch Buffet
Dec 31 New Years Eve Party: Under the Sea
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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Saturday, December 14
10 AM
Front of Clubhouse
Hanukkah Dinner

The Hanukkah dinner will be held on
Monday, Dec 16 at 6 PM.
Please sign up at the Front Desk by Wednesday Dec. 11.
The cost is $18.00 per person (including tax and tip)
The menu is :
Matzo Ball Soup or Salad (Choose One)
Green Beans
Potato Latkes
Roast Chicken ( Specify White or Dark Meat)
Green Beans
Potato Latkes
Salmon ( Specify Grilled or Blackened)
Green Beans 
Potato Latkes
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.
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
Walking and Jogging in Victoria Gardens

Spending time outdoors in our beautiful community is relaxing and enjoyable. When walking or jogging in the community, it is important to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Walkers and joggers should look out for things such as wildlife, moving vehicles and bikes, and other things that can put you in danger while simply taking a walk. Be mindful of where you're walking and always use the sidewalks when available. When crossing the street, always cross at a crosswalk and be sure to make eye contact with any drivers nearby before doing so. This will ensure that the driver sees you and that it is clear to walk. Wearing reflective clothing at night can help alert drivers that a pedestrian is crossing or is near. Lastly, never walk or run alone at night. For your safety, take a friend or spouse with you. 
Fitness Center Rules & Regulations 
The team at Victoria Gardens is dedicated to keeping you safe while working out in the Fitness Center. While you're getting fit, it is important to keep in mind that safety is first. A great way to protect yourself while working out is to always wear closed-toe rubber-soled shoes such as sneakers for proper workouts. Flip flops or sandals are never a good idea when working out. Below are a few rules and regulations to remember when working out: 

  • When using gym equipment always sanitize the equipment after each use. This will control germs and other bacteria from spreading. 
  •  Sports drinks and plastic water bottles are permitted provided they are sealed or capped.
  • Casual workout attire must be worn at all times in the Fitness Center. Upper body garments are required at all times. 

To view all Fitness Center Rules, click here .
Fitness Class Updates

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

  • Gretchka Saliceti will be subbing for Yoga at 11:30 am on Wednesday, December 27.

  • Valerie will be teaching Active Adult Fitness class on Tuesday, December 3rd.

  • Frankie will be teaching Low Impact Aerobics on December 12.
Covenants Friendly Reminders

The Covenants Corner is here to bring you information on the do's and don'ts of Victoria Gardens. Reminders are posted each month to keep you informed!

  • 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.

Drop off Your Old Flag

The clubhouse will now be accepting old and tattered flags. Drop off your flag and we will give it the
proper retirement.
Victoria Gardens Clubs & Groups
Grandma's Cookies Club
The Grandma's Cookies Club is dedicated to baking cookies for service men and women who cannot make it home for the holidays.

Peggy Porter first sent cookies to her grandson, Nick, who was stationed in Italy last year during the holidays. They were so good that he shared them with his fellow air men and they were a hit! She even got letters and cards thanking her for her kind gesture.

This year she is hosting the 1st Annual Grandma's Christmas Cookie drive and needs your help!

If you're interested in joining Peggy, click here to view the flyer.
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

We wanted to again welcome all our new residents, and to thank ALL our residents for their support of our library.  We can tell by the books on the return cart, that our neighbors and friends are definitely taking advantage of having the convenience of our library. We have added some newly donated books to our shelves, and we would like to thank the donors wholeheartedly. Others will enjoy their generosity.

Just a reminder though, to please check the copyright dates in your prospective donations, as we cannot keep books with a copyright older than 2011. Magazines should be the current or no more than one month old. Our space is limited and we try and do our best to keep things looking good and having a current selection to choose from.

Again, thank you for your support and enjoyment of the library.

Victoria Gardens Library Committee
Victoria Gardens Women's Club
Warm Clothing Drive
Once again our Women’s Club is sponsoring a warm clothing drive to assist the homeless and needy in our DeLand community. And we will begin our collection on Saturday, November 16.  The items needed, for both men and women are:

Jackets, hoodies, sweatshirts, sweatpants, jeans, flannel shirts, tennis shoes, boots, gloves, stocking caps, knit/cotton scarves, new socks (calf size for men and knee-socks for women), sleep socks, regular size blankets, comforters, and large size throws.
So begin cleaning out your closets, and bring your donations to the box in the Craft Room beginning November 16.  We’ll collect for several weeks, until December 7. Your donations will be given to the Mercy Hour ministry at First United Methodist Church and will be sorted and readied for distribution to those in need before Christmas.  
If you have any questions, call Ellie Freund at 386-736-1203 or email her at .   
Thanks so very much!
Enlightened Health
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

( Weather gets better every day!)
Pickleball instruction for beginners and those who would like to review rules and play strategies will be held at the pickleball courts on Thursday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, October 30, at 9:30 a.m. Both sessions will be identical.
Paddles and balls are available at the courts, but if you have your own paddle, please bring it. Comfortable court shoes that will not leave marks on the court are very important and you may want to wear a hat, visor and/or sunglasses.
Why pickleball? A sport of all ages. Easy to learn. Great recreational sport. Fun way to exercise. Get in shape. Meet great people. 
For further information or if you have questions, contact Ed Pritchett at 386-626-3378 or
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.
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

New Schedule
Poker is held on Monday's at 2 pm and Tuesday's at 6:30 pm.
Texas Hold'em can be played on Wednesday's and Thursday's at 6 pm. There will be a table available both days to play Poker beginning at 6:30 pm.   
Victoria Park Events
Contact Lifestyle Director Justine Tucker to sign up!
Phone: 386.738.2112
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