L.A. TIMES Lake Ashton Community Newsletter January 2024 Resolve to be Simply Healthy in 2024! Let the Lake Ashton Lifestyle Help! see pgs. 34-37 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Lake Ashton is a 55 & Older Deed Restricted Community 863.324.6032 863.324.5457 www.lakeashtoncdd.com Simply the Best!

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NEWSLETTER STAFF Christine Wells Editor cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com 863.324.5457 Valerie LeBlanc Advertising Sales, Layout & Design valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com SUBMISSION GUIDELINES February Issue Deadline: January 15 • Articles can be submitted on behalf of Lake Ashton clubs/ groups/organizations to promote lifestyle enhancing, opportunities, and must be approved by the group leader prior to publication • Email articles to: valerie@lakeashtoncdd.com • 150 word limit. Articles will be edited for length, clarity, and to ensure compliance with districts’ media policies • Include your club contact and phone number • The writing style is third person — avoid using I, me, my, we, our, or personal pronouns Photo Specifications: • All photos must be high-res digital images in “jpeg” format and submitted via email or CD/flash drive • Space will generally allow only one photo per article • The designer and printer will make the final determination as to the print quality of photographs for publication THE LAKE ASHTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT DOES NOT ENDORSE OR SUPPORT ANY PARTICULAR POLITICAL CANDIDATE, PARTY, MEASURE OR ISSUE, OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE. COVER PHOTO BY CAROLYN BISHOP JANUARY 2024 Lake Ashton employees are at your service. We want your experiences in the Clubhouse, Golf Course and HFC to be as pleasant and memorable as possible! Do not hesitate to contact any of the below with comments, questions or concerns. Lake Ashton Clubhouse 4141 Ashton Club Drive Lake Wales, FL 33859 Phone: 863.324.5457 Fax: 863.324.5829 LACDD Community Director: Christine Wells cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Activities Assistant: Caroline Lane 863.324.6032 clane@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Office Manager: Sheila Moreland 863.324.5457 smoreland@lakeashtoncdd.com Clubhouse Operations Manager: Matt Fisher 863.956.6207 mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com LW Homeowners Association (HOA) Golf Club - Ron Lavoie, General Manager Ian Peterson, Head Golf Professional Eagle’s Nest - Sandra Goodwin, Manager RV & Storage Center Charm City Nik Minadakis, Owner In case of emergency, dial 911! Police Non-Emergency Numbers: Lake Wales: 863.678.4223 Winter Haven: 863.291.5858 Polk County Sheriff: 863.298.6200 3 Lake Ashton Health & Fitness Center (HFC) 6052 Pebble Beach Boulevard Winter Haven, FL 33884 Phone: 863.595.1562 Fax: 863.595.1567 LAIICDD Community Director: James Margeson Phone: 863.595.1562 jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com HFC Activities Office Manager: Krystle Funk 863.595.1562 kfunk@lakeashton2cdd.com Gate Houses & Security Officers: Thompson Nursery Rd. (LW): 863.324.7290 County Road 653 (WH): 863.318.0237 863.325.0065 directors@lakeashtonhoa.org lakeashtonhoa.com 863.326.1032 863.326.1032 rlavoie@lakeashtongc.com ipeterson@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1085 sgoodwin@lakeashtongc.com 863.326.1304 dholmes@lakeashtonstorage.com 863-662-3300 charmcityfl@gmail.com

MONDAY COFFEE Don't miss Monday Coffee with your friends and neighbors at 9 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Coffee & donuts are available for $2. JANUARY 1 — NO MONDAY COFFEE. HAPPY NEW YEAR! JANUARY 8 • Birthdays and Anniversaries • Bite Me Monday - Donations for Humane Society of Polk County • Woodworker's Project of the Month • Featured Speaker: Polk Senior Games and Central Florida Healthcare • Featured Vendors: Christine Graves Insurance, Edward Jones - Matt Simpson, ComForCare, The Havendale Food Pantry, Family Elder Law Central Florida Healthcare will be at Monday Coffee on January 8 offering FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS and FLU, TETANUS, and COVID VACCINES to residents free of charge with no insurance needed. Residents can also sign up for a primary care visit that will take place in their mobile unit in the Clubhouse west parking lot on January 17, meet the ARNP that will be here, and learn more about pharmacy options and other services that residents will have access to by way of golf cart! JANUARY 15 & JANUARY 22 — NO MONDAY COFFEE JANUARY 29 • Featured Speaker: Lake Wales Family Recreation Center • Featured Vendors: AdventHealth, Living Water Boat Cruises, Morgan Stanley - Matthew Grubb IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5 LA LOOKS 12 SAFETY 16 MOVIES 20 EVENTS 22 MIND & BODY 34 CLUBS 38 GOLF 44 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS LAKE ASHTON II (WH) CDD January 19, 9 am JOINT MEETING WITH LACDD TO FOLLOW AT 11 AM LAKE ASHTON (LW) CDD January 22, 9 am Clubhouse Ballroom CIT Y COMMISSION MEETINGS LW: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm, Commission Chambers, Municipal Administration Bldg., 201 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales WH: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm, John Fuller Auditorium in City Hall, 451 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven POLK COUNT Y BOCC MEETINGS 1st & 3rd Tues. , 9 am, Board Room, 330 W. Church St., Bartow

HOURS OF OPERATION CLUBHOUSE: 6 am – 10 pm daily CLUBHOUSE OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday Photo ID Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Noon to 3 pm or by appointment HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER: 5:30 am – 10 pm daily HFC OFFICES & ACTIVITIES DESK: 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION CHANGES Winter Haven residents will have their trash and recycling picked up on Tuesday, January 2 and Lake Wales residents will have their trash and recycling picked up on Saturday, January 6. MOST FESTIVE DRESSED CONTEST AT MONDAY COFFEE Pictured above left to right: Dot Walck, George Pollock, and Diane Klikas! NEXT MONTHLY MARKET: January 10 from 10 am to 2 pm Clubhouse West Parking Lot BAXTER’ S QUAL ITY MEATS Clubhouse West Parking Lot Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm BOOKMOBILE January 10 and 24, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:15), Clubhouse West Parking Lot HOLIDAY CLOS INGS The Clubhouse Offices will be closed Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2 in observance of the New Year. The HFC Offices will be closed Monday, January 1. The Clubhouse Offices will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 15. 5 ADDITIONAL SECURITY FEATURES COMING SOON Thank you to the over 1,550 residents that have completed the resident information form online. This will assist staff in creating the database that will be used to issue amenity access cards and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) barcodes for resident vehicles. There have been many questions regarding this system and Supervisors and staff are here to help during this transition. Informational sessions are being scheduled — please stay tuned to email blasts for information on dates. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to return emails and phone calls from residents with questions on this new system.

did to make sure our less fortunate Lake Wales and Winter Haven area neighbors enjoyed their holiday. We made several trips with our car loaded with more gifts than Santa's sleigh. SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY CLUBS, GROUPS, AND ORGANI ZATIONS BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR By Kathy Jusaites On behalf of Home Instead of Winter Haven, a great big thank you for your generosity and participation in our Be A Santa to a Senior program. Thanks to those who participated , we were able to provide gifts to over 50 seniors living in our local facilities. Another successful year! THANK YOU, LAKE ASHTON! By Fred Halde You did it again, Lake Ashton! When the call went out from Toys for Tots, you responded just like you always have. However, this time was different, in that you not only gave a mountain of toys, but you provided a treasure of cash, which enabled TFT to purchase special gifts which are requested. I was proud of our community to show up about every third day at the warehouse and say, “These are from Lake Ashton!” After a while, I didn’t have to say anything…they just knew. So thank you Lake Ashton for your generosity, from Toys for Tots, Rotary on the Ridge, myself and a whole lot of smiling children. You did it again!! CARING TREE By Larry & Joanne Hillock We want to give everyone at Lake Ashton a great big THANK YOU for all of your donations to the Lake Wales Caring Tree. The Care Center Is extremely happy with Lake Ashton for all we 6 Residents interested in joining a new group should visit the Clubhouse or HFC Activities Office to obtain the contact information for the facilitator of the club, group, or organization they are trying to join. All clubs, groups, and organizations are open to every resident. Staff always encourages residents to become more involved in community activities designed to benefit the body, mind, and spirit and with the support of the many club, group, and organization facilitators this will be possible for everyone. Supervisors and staff would like to extend a special thank you to all the club, group, and organization facilitators. These are all volunteers that work very hard to ensure there is a robust activities schedule for all residents to enjoy. Lake Ashton is lucky to have a large number of residents willing to volunteer their time in one way or another for everyone to live their best retired life. Be sure to thank a volunteer when you see them! Thank You The family of Ron McDonnell would like to thank all the friends and neighbors who were so kind and supportive during his illness, especially the Scalis, Pritchards, Geyers and Wagners. The visits, calls, texts and meals were very much appreciated and proved why Ron loved living in Lake Ashton so much. A celebration of his life will take place at the Eagles Nest on Sunday, February 4 at 3 pm.

JOINT AMENITY FACILITIES POLICY HIGHLIGHT Showcase Series By Brenda Jackson ALCOHOL: All persons must be at least twentyone (21) years of age to consume alcohol at any Amenity Facility, and must do so in a responsible manner. In regards to LACDD’s Clubhouse: When there is a liquor license holder registered with the State of Florida to serve alcoholic beverages at 4141 Ashton Club Drive, Lake Wales, Florida alcohol may not be brought into the Clubhouse, adjoining outdoor patio, or any other outdoor amenities at any time (the Pavilion is the only exemption with prior approval from the Amenity Manager) All alcoholic beverages must be purchased through the holder of the liquor license registered with the State of Florida.. Any registered holder of said liquor license shall be required to provide the Amenity Manager with an applicable certificate of insurance naming the District as an additional named insured. IF THERE ISN’T A LIQUOR LICENSE HOLDER AT THE CLUBHOUSE If there isn’t a liquor license holder registered with the State of Florida to serve alcoholic beverages at the Clubhouse, the Clubhouse Amenity Manager may approve consumption of alcohol for events held in the Clubhouse. Alcoholic beverage service, if approved, shall only be obtained through a service licensed to serve alcoholic beverages. Such service will be required to provide the Amenity Manager with a certificate of insurance, naming the District as an additional insured party. The Amenity Manager may approve alcohol to be brought in for personal consumption for community events. In regards to LA II CDD’s HFC Community Center: The HFC Community Center Amenity Manager may approve consumption of alcohol for events held at the Community Center by a vendor who is in possession of a valid liquor license and proof of insurance. See Section XI (vi) regarding the HFC Community Center herein for more specific information regarding alcohol at the HFC Community Center. 7 Meet Brittany White! Brittany lives in Lakeland with her children, Zayden (4) and Zynlee (2) who are the loves of her life. When not at Charm City you can find her at Walk On’s Sports Bar in Lakeland. What do you like most about working here in LA? “I would have to say the residents. I live in Lakeland and I wouldn’t drive this far if it weren’t for the residents and the connections I have made and continue to make. I look forward to every day to joke with the residents and making them smile.” What is the biggest challenge right now? “Getting the business to grow. Finding what works and what doesn’t to bring more residents in. The events we’ve held have been great and successful and we are happy with the resident response to them. But we still have room to grow.” What would you like the residents to know about you? “I started with Nik back in 2018 with his food truck business. While he has taught me a lot, the most crucial thing he has taught me is the importance of customer service. Customer service is what drives customers back to you every time. I strive to excel at my customer service. It is very important to me that our customers are happy not only with their food and drinks but with their service and can feel the ‘charm” of Charm City.” The full amenity facilities policy can be found online at lakeashtoncdd.com or lakeashton2cdd.com. Questions? Contact LA (LW) CDD Community Director Christine Wells (cwells@lakeashtoncdd.com) or LA II (WH) CDD Community Director James Margeson, (jmargeson@lakeashton2cdd.com).

LEARN ABOUT LAKEASHTONLIVING.COM By Iris Realmuto Discover how to navigate the features of LakeAshtonLiving.com. This website is a tool for residents to better connect with the community. Come to the Clubhouse Cinema at 10:30am on either January 15 or February 19 and learn all about the features of the website including: • Resident directory • Marketplace • Event calendar • Ticket sales & signups • CDD, HOA, club, and activity information • Resource listing of service providers and restaurants • Discussion groups Iris Realmuto will provide insight into what’s available to Lake Ashton residents and answer all your questions. Starting January 8, resident photographs that placed in the 2023 Fine Arts and Photography Show will be available to view in the Clubhouse Main Hallway. In February additional artists from the 2023 winners circle will be featured. Don't forget to save the date for the 2024 Fine Arts and Photography Show on Saturday, March 9. Each month a featured artist or group of artists will have their work displayed in this area. Stop by to see what's new! LACDD & LAIICDD WEBSITES lakeashtoncdd.com [below left QR code] lakeashton2cdd.com [below right QR code] Find board meeting dates, agendas, minutes, Supervisor contact information and more. You can also sign up to receive blast emails from the Clubhouse and HFC. 8

LACDD NEWS By Christine Wells, LA (LW) CDD Community Director Welcome to 2024! This is the perfect time to leave things in the past and take on new challenges to continue a path of selfimprovement. Mix it up in 2024 and try sitting at a new table at Monday Coffee or at one of the many social gatherings and events. The Community Social Potlucks are a great way to meet new people. Many new residents moved to Lake Ashton in 2023, so reach out to new faces and welcome new neighbors. The LACDD Board of Supervisors and staff were busy in 2023 with many projects completed including: • Pressure washing the curbing and pavers on Lake Ashton Blvd • Several pavement and curbing repairs throughout the community • Replacement of AED units • Refurbishment of the Card Room, Media Center, Bowling Alley, and Pool/Spa area • Replacement of the Restaurant Patio Awning • Installation of a handicap door opener at the Clubhouse east entrance • Installation of new gate arms and operators at the Thompson Nursery Road Entrance • Replaced the panic bar system at both sets of Lobby doors • Pressure washing and sealing of the bridges • Two new treadmills were purchased • Refurbishment of landscaping on Lake Ashton Blvd, the west parking lot, east pool entrance, and voting entrance • Lake Ashton shoreline stabilization behind the Clubhouse and pathway repairs • Bocce Ball Courts were refurbished Other smaller projects include replacement of water fountains, conversion of Shuffleboard lighting, painting, pressure washing, replacement of gutters and downspouts, and more. LACDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISO RS CONTA CT INF O Lloyd Howison, Chairman 704-302-6555, lhowison@lakeashtoncdd.com Brenda Van Sickle, Vice Chair 863-324-6191 brenda.vansickle@lakeashtoncdd.com Michael Costello, Assistant Secretary 863-875-9228 or 732-718-7431, mcostello@lakeashtoncdd.com Debby Landgrebe, Assistant Secretary 863-268-8193 dlandgrebe@lakeashtoncdd.com Steve Realmuto, Assistant Secretary 863-949-0304, steve.lacdd@gmail.com Office Hours After Monday Coffee in the Clubhouse Ballroom Other things that happened in 2023 include: •The introduction of a digital screen in the Lobby and online ticketing/ signups •The hiring of an additional maintenance employee •Charm City signed a lease agreement to operate the Clubhouse Restaurant •Facility staff took over maintenance of the outdoor pool and became CPO certified •The Clubhouse phone system was converted resulting in a savings of approximately $200 per month •The contract for landscaping was revised saving the District $472 per month Supervisors and Staff would like to thank residents for their patience during the refurbishment projects and the transition from manual to digital processes. In addition we would like to thank all the Activities Desk, Media Center, and Bowling Alley volunteers, Garden Club facilitator, and everyone else who helped with these projects. They all embraced change with grace and an open mind and we are grateful for their dedication to Lake Ashton. We wish everyone a very Happy New Year full of health, happiness, and peace! 9

LAIICDD NEWS By James Margeson, LAIICDD Community Director LA II CDD BOARD OF SUP ERVISORS CONTA CT INF O Jim Mecsics, Chairman Public Safety & District Operations/Programs Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 am to 12 pm 863.875.4554, mecsicsj@msn.com Bob Zelazny, Vice Chairman Golf Course, Pro Shop, Eagle’s Nest, Facilities and Field Operation, Transportation System (roads, bridges, paths, etc.) Office Hours: Mondays 1 to 3 pm 863.325.8098, bzelazny@lakeashton2cdd.com Mary C. Clark, Assistant Secretary Public Works & Infrastructure, Including Roadways 252-503-7087, maryclark725@gmail.com Angela Littlewood, Assistant Secretary Special Projects, Landscaping Area including Pet Play Parks Office Hours: Thursdays 9 to 10:30 am 352.250.9707, alittlewoodlakeashton2cdd@gmail.com Roy Aull, Assistant Secretary Facilities/Amenity Management Office Hours: Friday 9 to 10:30 am 973-670-2709, raull@lakeashton2cdd.com Happy New Year 2024 from the Lake Ashton II CDD Board and Staff! We are excited and ready to start the year with lots of exciting events! The Holiday Classic Cornhole Tournament of 2023 was held in December. As usual, the competition was fierce. The first place winner was Team Popcorn (Ted Harmon and Ervin Konrad, top right). Second place was secured by Team Shields X2 (Robbie and Tammy Shields, bottom right). The field of competitors was large, as this fun sport has gained much popularity here in Lake Ashton. 2023 was ushered out at the Health and Fitness Center with a gala New Year’s Eve Party featuring a 12-piece band. It was a sold-out event that was enjoyed by all! We are featuring new bands this year, starting with the Free Whiskey Band, appearing from 7 to 10 pm on January 12th. A Health Expo will be held at the HFC on January 26th, from 9 am to noon. Many vendors will be available to address your health care needs. Looking ahead to February, there will be a Sock Hop, on February 2nd, featuring the 57 Chrome Band, from 7 to 10 pm. This event will be a fundraiser for Alzheimer's Research. So dust off your saddle shoes and come on over to the HFC to support this important cause. A new entertainment offering of a Magic Show will take place on February 9 at 2 pm. Come on out and experience some magic and illusions at the HFC! The deadline for registration for the new gate access system Radio Frequency Identification tags (RFID) was December 29, 2023. However, if you did not have the opportunity to do so, you may still register at the HFC or Clubhouse. This program replaces the outdated clicker system and will enhance the security of our community. Again, we are excited to bring many more activities and programs to the HFC in 2024 that we are sure our residents will enjoy--hope to see you there! 10

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L.A. LOOKS Central Native Plants of Florida By Lynn Davis The Native Florida ornamental shrub, wild coffee (Rubiaceae), isn’t the coffee you’d drink at WHAT IS THE "LITTORAL SHELF" AND WHAT MAKES IT SIGNIFICANT? The portion of the perimeter of a pond that slopes down is called the littoral area. It's also known as the shallow area close to Starbucks. It tastes musty. Some people have used the abundant seeds as a substitute for decaffeinated coffee. Beware! The plant is toxic to humans and pets. Approach brewing the seeds with caution. The shrub is mainly used as a specimen plant in borders, mass plantings or the main focus in your landscaping. The Wild Coffee shrub has shiny dark green leaves. It blooms a white showy cluster of flowers in Spring and Summer. The red fruits appear in late summer or early fall. Birds and other pollinators frequent this shrub. The shrub’s height is anywhere from 6-10ft. It spreads to 4 or 6 ft. Why plant wild coffee in your yard? This shrub is drought tolerant and prefers shade or partial shade. It strangely does not do well in full sun. You’ll love watching for birds, bees and other wildlife in your yard. Just don’t give up your favorite brew! Wild coffee can be found at any Native Plant Nursery. the shore. The littoral shelf looks like a small wetland when it is healthy. A lot of natural aquatic plants, like Bulrush, Pickerel Weed, and Duck Potato, do well in these places. The littoral shelf has many benefits, such as better water quality because it supports beneficial species that consume the nutrients that help algae and invasive aquatic weeds grow. The shelf also filters the water before it leaves the pond through a flow structure and helps to keep the shoreline in place, which reduces erosion. Behind Limerick Drive and behind Litchfield Loop, you can find littoral shelfs in Lake Ashton. The picture shows that Sandhill Cranes love to build their nests in the littoral shelf behind Limerick Drive. Email Matt Fisher at mfisher@lakeashtoncdd.com if you have any questions or concerns. SHORELINE RESTORATION PROJ ECT COMPLETE The shoreline restoration project on Lake Ashton, behind the Clubhouse, is complete. Here are pictures from start to finish of the project. LA (LW) CDD Supervisors approved this project in September 2023 to battle severe erosion in the area. Thank you for your patience with closures during construction. 12

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Wildlife Corner Photo & Article By Barbara Ann Comer help keep LA a premier 55+ community. Interested members should email president@lakeashtonhoa.org or admin@lakeashtonhoa.org. The Red-winged Blackbird, a Mark your calendars, the HOA Annual Meeting will be held February 25, 2024 in the Clubhouse ballroom. More information will be posted and sent out as we draw closer to the date. common year-round resident of Lake Ashton, is one of the most ubiquitous of all the birds in North America, found even in Alaska. They are a welcome sight to any who have just moved to Florida. This is one of many birds where the name is an accurate descriptor. The bright red epaulets are obvious against a glossy ebony body. These are bordered below with yellow, but are often concealed when perched. This bold gregarious species is usually found perched in a marsh, but can also be seen ushering a Red-shouldered Hawk away from its nesting area. The Red-winged Blackbird's loud and familiar song "Kong-ka-ree" rings out as the males deftly show their bright red shoulder patches hoping attract a mate in spring. The females and young (right) often confuse observers because they look more like an oversized sparrow. They can be found in immense flocks in winter. LA (LW) HOA CORNER By Brenda Jackson If you haven’t already, please register for the HOA website for Lake Wales residents at lakeashtonhoa.org or engage.goenumerate.com. This is our official HOA website. If we have your email, you should have received an invite to register. Please register to ensure you receive all communications and information to keep you in the know. Haven’t received an email? Need assistance, or didn’t receive an email? Email admin@lakeashtonhoa.org or call 863-325-0065 and leave a message indicating you need help in registering for the website and provide your name, address and email so we can reach out to you and update your user profile. Interested in putting your talents to work? Your HOA Board has 2 seats expiring in 2024. This is your opportunity to make a difference, meet neighbors, and 14 2024 assessments have been approved and remain at $60 for 2024. A statement will be mailed out in January from Enumerate and will provide instructions of how to submit your payment and the due date. Like paying electronically? Guess what you can! Once registered on the website (engage.goenumerate.com or lakeashtonhoa.com) you will see “Make a Payment” on the home page under MY ACCOUNT. LA (LW) HOA BOARD • Marti Schmidt, President & Treasurer treasurer@lakeashtonhoa.org president@lakeashtonhoa.org • David Muller, Vice President vp@lakeashtonhoa.org • John Leale, Vice President vicepresident2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Tim Doyle, Secretary secretary@lakeashtonhoa.org • Harold Jackson secretary2@lakeashtonhoa.org • Bob Prowant manager@lakeashtonhoa.org • Greg Bluemke arc@lakeashtonhoa.org LA II (WH) HOA BOARD • Dave Bishop, President presidentla2hoa@outlook.com • James Akridge, Vice President/HOA Liaison vparcla2hoa@outlook.com • Claude Browne, Secretary secretaryla2@outlook.com • Bill Martin, Vice President & Assistant Treasurer vptreasurerla2hoa@outlook.com • Connie Strassberg, Treasurer treasurerla2hoa@outlook.com


SAFETY SPECIAL RESTAURANT ADVERTISING SECTION ALL STAR GRILL 2019 SR 60 E., Lake Wales, FL 33898 (833) 679-9689, allstargrillfl.com Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11 am - 10 pm Friday & Saturday 11 am - 12 pm Happy Hour 2 - 7 pm Two time champions for best wings! Dine in or take out. Full bar with TVs, NFL Ticket, pool tables, darts, games. CHERRY POCKET STEAK N SEAFOOD SHAK 3100 Canal Rd., Lake Wales FL 33898 (863) 439-2031, cherrypocket.com Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-10 pm. We offer Indoor & Outdoor Seating, Pick-Up, & Delivery THE CROOKED BASS GRILL & TAVERN 1010 N. Scenic Hwy., Babson Park, FL 33827 (863) 589-5887, crookedbass.com Hours: Mon - Thurs 11:30 am-8 pm; Fri & Sat 11:30 am-9 pm; Sun 12-7 pm We serve delicious Seafood, Steaks (including Prime Rib), Burgers, Pizza, Salads, Chicken, Pork Chops, Pasta, Wings, AYCE Specials & a Full Liquor Bar. OVATION BISTRO & BAR Locations in Winter Haven, Lakeland & Davenport ovationbistro.com Offer 1: Free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of 2 entrees/drinks Offer 2: $10 off the purchase of $60 or more Offer 3: Lake Ashton Residents get a free glass of house wine, beer or cocktail with any purchase. Bring this coupon to redeem. 911 — remember, every second counts. There is an outdoor emergency phone near the East entrance gate of the Clubhouse, next to the large pool rules sign. This emergency phone can be used by anyone to contact 911 responders. The phone has a single push button, and an attendant will answer the call within 30 seconds to dispatch emergency responders. All dispatchers are CPR certified to assist with emergencies over the phone until help arrives. The emergency phone allows for automatic identification of the Lake Ashton Clubhouse address. There is also an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and first aid kit located next to the restrooms across from the Restaurant in the Clubhouse, in the HFC Community Center, in the Hallway near the HFC Fitness Center, as well as on both roving patrol carts. It is important to receive training on use of an AED in the event of an emergency. AED and CPR training is offered at various times throughout the year and all residents are encouraged to take advantage of this life-saving training without having to leave the community. The next training opportunity will be on February 13 at 11 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. If you need help locating these lifesaving items, please ask a Clubhouse or HFC staff member. INCIDENTS AT THE AMENITIES IN CASE OF EMERGENCY No one plans on an emergency occurring while enjoying themselves at Lake Ashton, but should one happen, there are various emergency assistance items located throughout the Clubhouse and HFC that can help. The first step should always be to call 16 Any incident that occurs at the Clubhouse, HFC, or surrounding amenities should be reported to Security AFTER calling 911, if needed. Security is available 24 hours a day (see phone numbers on page 3). If reporting the incident at time of occurrence is not possible, please contact Sheila Moreland, 863-324-5457, as soon as you are able. It is important to document any incident, whether a substantial injury or a minor bruise. The process takes only about five minutes, and the information gathered is helpful in identifying potential areas that need attention.

WILDLIFE ALERT Alligators and crocodiles are an important part of Florida's heritage and play a valuable role in the ecosystems where they live. Even though the weather might be cooling down, those who live near lakes and ponds should still expect to see alligators from time to time. Remember - never feed or approach an alligator. If you encounter an aggressive alligator, call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline: 1-866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286). Alligators under 4 feet in length are not considered a threat to humans. As long as residents have a healthy respect for wildlife, including alligators, there are opportunities to live and let live. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH By Brenda Jackson, NW PR Liaison Visit the NW table at the upcoming LAVA Auxiliary Tag Sale (Community Garage Sale) on January 20, 2024 from 9AM-2PM at the Clubhouse. Come check out the NW Super Raffle. You just might be a winner! Join us at Monday morning coffee on February 12, 2024 to hear both Lake Wales and Winter Haven police chiefs update us on what is happening in both our cities. If you have questions for our police chiefs, please submit your questions to Deputy Chief- Joan at tropicallassy@yahoo.com, no later than January 30, 2024. We are excited to announce NW is bringing back the Neighborhood Watch Night Out event on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Stay tuned for more information. February will see us continue our scam series, helping to keep you informed on the latest scams trying to separate us from our personal information and money. Your LA Neighborhood Watch Leadership wishes everyone a Happy & Healthy New Year. For questions/concerns, please contact Deputy Chief Joan Dibattista at 239.851.7899. Home Instead® Care Professionals can provide the care needed to ensure your loved one returns home safely . Call (863) 294-9141 or visit HomeInstead.com/333 FL Lic# 299994096 PERSONAL CARE | TRANSPORTATION | MEALS & NUTRITION | MEMORY CARE Each Home Instead® office is an independently owned and operated franchise of Home Instead, Inc., an Honor Company. © 2022 Home Instead, Inc. 18


MOVI ES JANUARY 3 — 4 (NO MOVIES JANUARY 2) 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM BARBIE 2023 | PG-13 | 1H 54MIN Barbie (Margot Robbie) and Ken (Ryan Gosling) are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans. JANUARY 9 — 11 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM THE FAMILY PLAN 2023 | PG | 1H 32MIN Dan Morgan (Mark Wahlberg) loves his quiet suburban life as a devoted husband, father of three and successful car salesman. But that's only half the story. Decades earlier, he was an elite government assassin tasked with eliminating the world's deadliest threats. When enemies from his past track him down, Dan packs his unsuspecting wife (Michelle Monaghan), angsty teen daughter, pro-gamer teen son and adorable 10-month-old baby into their minivan and takes off on an impromptu cross-country road trip to Las Vegas. Determined to protect his family -- while treating them to the vacation of a lifetime -- Dan must put his long-dormant skills into action, without revealing his true identity. JANUARY 16-18 (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWINGS JANUARY 18) FINESTKIND 2023 | R | 2H 6MIN Two brothers (Ben Foster & Toby Wallace), raised in different worlds, are reunited as adults over a fateful summer. Set 18 against the backdrop of commercial fishing, the story takes on primal stakes when desperate circumstances force the brothers to strike a deal with a violent Boston crime gang. Along the way a young woman (Jenna Ortega) finds herself caught perilously in the middle. Sacrifices must be made and bonds between brothers, friends, lovers, and a father (Tommy Lee Jones) and his son are put to the ultimate test. JANUARY 23 - 25 (NO 11 AM SHOWING JANUARY 24) MR. MONK'S LAST CASE 2023 | PG | 1H 37MIN Monk (Tony Shalhoub), a brilliant detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder, returns to solve one last, very personal case involving his beloved stepdaughter Molly (Caitlin McGee), a journalist preparing for her wedding. JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 1 (NO 3 OR 7 PM SHOWINGS JANUARY 30) A GOOD PERSON 2023 | R | 2H 9MIN Daniel (Morgan Freeman) is brought together with Allison (Florence Pugh), the once thriving young woman with a bright future who was involved in an unimaginable tragedy that took his daughter's life. As grief-stricken Daniel navigates raising his teenage granddaughter and Allison seeks redemption, they discover that friendship, forgiveness, and hope can flourish in unlikely places. CLOSED CAPTIONED SHOWINGS: ALL TUESDAY SHOWINGS 11 AM SHOWINGS ON WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS CINEMA CAPACITY: 55

MAY 7 FEATURE FILM FRIDAYS — 11 AM SHOWTIME IS CLOSED CAPTIONED JANUARY 5 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM THE PIGEON TUNNEL 2023 | PG-13 | 1HR 31MIN Academy A war d-winning documentarian Errol Morris pulls back the curtain on the storied life and career of former British spy David Cornwell -- better known as John le Carré, author of such classic espionage novels as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Constant Gardener. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Cold War leading into present day, the film spans six decades as le Carré delivers his final and most candid interview, punctuated with rare archival footage and dramatized vignettes. "The Pigeon Tunnel" is a deeply human and engaging exploration of le Carré's extraordinary journey and the paper-thin membrane between fact and fiction. JANUARY 12 AT 11 AM & 7 PM (NO 3 PM SHOWING) WINTER'S BONE 2010 | R | 1H 39MIN Faced with an unresponsive mother and a criminal father, Ozark teenager Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) does what she can to manage the household and take care of her two younger siblings. Informed by the sheriff that their father put their home up for bond and then disappeared, Ree sets out on a dangerous quest to find him. Her entire family's fate now in her hands, Ree challenges her outlaw kin's code of silence and risks her life to learn her father's fate. JANUARY 19 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM COLD MOUNTAIN 2003 | R | 2H 35MIN In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman (Jude Law) deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada (Nicole Kidman), who he left behind to tend their farm. As Inman makes his perilous journey home, Ada struggles to keep their home intact with the assistance of Ruby (Renée Zellweger), a mysterious drifter sent to help her by a kindly neighbor. January 19 Stop by the Ballroom Kitchen 30 minutes prior to the 11 am and 3 pm showings on this day only! JANUARY 26 AT 11 AM, 3 PM & 7 PM THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 1994 | R | 2H 22MIN Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn't commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc., all in 19 years. GET A BAG OF FREE POPCORN!

EVENTS OUTDOOR MENORAH LIGHTING The annual outdoor Menorah Lighting, presented by the Chabad Jewish Center, was held on December 12. HOLIDAY GOLF CART PARADE By Carolyn Bishop The Holiday Golf Cart Parade was a big success once again this year. Over 30 golf carts, a few police cars, 5 clubs and organizations, and even a pontoon boat participated! Santa and Mrs. Claus and their two elves closed out the parade. Thank you to CERT and CAP for keeping us all safe and to the Parade committee for a great event. And let’s not forget the cookie donators that really showed up this year! CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE WRAP-UP By Debby Landgrebe A GREAT time was had by all at the annual LA Christmas Dinner Dance December 1. The theme was A Nutcracker Christmas and the Ballroom was transformed into a beautifully decorated evening highlighted with handmade 7’3.5“ tall nutcrackers made by Lynn Shelton and Debby & Don Landgrebe. The blessing was given by Kay & Jim Weaver. Charm City Catering provided food, and B. Haven entertained with fabulous dancing music. The dance floor was full as many danced the night away. A Nutcracker Christmas Dinner Dance was a success! Many THANKS to ALL Committee Members (Marsha, Julie & Greg, Gayle & Gene, Nicole, Peggy, Al, Don, Sil, Yvonne, RoseMarie, Terry, Tammy and Bernice) as well as our LA staff. Your enthusiasm, energy, time including decorating and clean up was invaluable. We can’t say THANK YOU enough. We hope others will join the committee for next year (contact Debby or Lynn). Many were involved in helping make the evening successful. THANK YOU to those that helped sponsor this resident directed event: Weaver & Loveless Law, Waters Edge, Morgan Stanley, EmpowerMe Rehabilitation, Charm City, SouthState Bank, Christine Graves Insurance, Global LifeStyle Real Estate, ComForCare Home Care, LA Realty, Arts Golf Carts and Huston Cadillac. 22


OVERFLOW PARKING ON THE BASKETBALL COURT The Basketball Court near the west parking by the Shuffleboard Courts is used as overflow parking for golf carts during special events. Signage will be placed at the entrance to the parking lot advising residents that there is additional golf cart parking on the Basketball Court. As always, residents are encouraged to car or cartpool to high capacity events at the amenities. When parking in the circular drive please find the urge to angle in and park with both tires touching the curb. HOW TO BE A GOOD AUDIENCE MEMBER AT SHOWS TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE Somehow the most obvious rule of good show etiquette is still the most often disregarded. Be present for the moment and turn your cell phone off or on silent. DON’T SEND TEXT MESSAGES DURING THE SHOW You may think you’re being incognito, but in a dark, the light from your cell phone screen is incredibly distracting to those around you. THERE IS NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEOING ALLOWED DURING PERFORMANCES This can be very distracting to the other people who are trying to watch the performance. Beyond that, it is distracting to the performers who are prepared to give you the best performance possible. Finally, it is illegal in many instances. The majority of most performance contracts strictly forbid the recording of a performance. It is possible you may be responsible for copyright infringement by recording a live production. DON’T BE THE MANNERS POLICE While it can be irritating when someone’s cell phone goes off during a show, what’s even worse is when the brief breach of etiquette is followed by a series of overreactions from other audience members. Annoyed “Tsks,” “Hmphs,” hisses, snarls, and shouts of “Turn it off!” along with glares can be just as distracting as the original disruption. DON’T TALK DURING THE SHOW A quick whisper to your neighbor, or an audible reaction to something interesting that happened on stage is fine, but keep conversations to after the show or during intermission. DON’T SING ALONG It’s tempting sometimes, we know, but it can be disturbing to those around you. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as when the performers onstage actually prompt the audience to join in. DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO DRESS UP Although many residents usually dress up a bit, there is no dress code. TRY NOT TO FALL ASLEEP Your snoring may be taken as a protest of sorts, but generally it’s just disruptive to those around you. It’s also insulting to the hard-working performers up onstage. RESPECT THE SPACE AND COMFORT OF THOSE AROUND YOU Seating for the Entertainment Series can be tight, so sometimes a little elbow bumping can’t be helped. But you can practice good etiquette by taking care to not lean into your neighbor or intrude on other people’s already limited leg room.


SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. LAVA AUXILIARY TAG SALE By Donna Debnar TRIVIA By David Fix Join your neighbors for a fun time and a chance to win some cash on Sundays in the Clubhouse Ballroom! It’s only $1 to play, teams not required. Maximum of 8 per table. Bring your own snacks and drinks. Doors open at 6 pm and trivia begins at 7 on January 21 and January 28. KARAOKE Sing your heart out at Karaoke in the Ballroom on January 10! $5 tickets are available for purchase online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. CHILI COOK-OFF By David Harrison The LA Purple Stars will have a Chili Cook-off Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society January 12, 2024 from 4 to 6 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. There will be twenty different chilis, cornbread, water and a baked goods table. Residents can sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office to cook chili or donate baked goods, which should be individually wrapped for the dessert table. Tasting tickets must be purchased in advance at the Clubhouse Activities Office with a check payable to LA Purple Stars; 12 tickets for $10, limited to 200 strips of 12. Each ticket allows you to taste one chili. Corn bread, water, and baked goods are cash sales; $1/ item. There will be judges for the "best" chili and prizes will be awarded for first and second place. Questions? Call David Harrison 863-326-6418. The L.A. Purple Stars is also having a Raffle at the Chili Cook-off in the Clubhouse Lobby on January 12 with gift baskets and gift certificates - $1 each or 6 for $5, 12 for $10. Tickets will also be sold at Monday Coffees in January. Participants do not need to be present to win! 26 The biannual Lake Ashton version of a garage sale will take place Saturday, January 20 in the Clubhouse ballroom from 9 am to 2 pm. Clean out your closets and drawers and rent a table space and bring your wares for sale. It’s a good time to make room for all those new holiday gifts. You can also donate items for sale. All proceeds benefit veterans. To reserve your space contact Donna (863-845-5275, djdebnar@gmail.com). Only Lake Ashton residents may purchase a table space but the sale will be open to the public. LAKE ASHTON CLUB FAIR Anyone interested in learning more about Lake Ashton Clubs, Groups or Organizations should attend this Expo on January 24 in the Clubhouse Ballroom from 10 am to 1 pm. Light refreshments provided. Register via the online link sent out via email blast. This is a great time to grow membership and attract new members whether you facilitate an exercise group, public safety group, sports activity, or arts and crafts group. Exhibitor space is limited so don’t wait to sign up! VINTAGE ROADSHOW Lake Ashton’s second Vintage Roadshow will be held on January 24 at 6 pm!. Categories and time increments are as follows: Jewelry, Watches, & Clocks (no more than 3 pieces per person) – 15 minutes per person Ceramics, Pottery, Glassware, & Holiday – 10 minutes/person Toys & Sports – 10 minutes/person Books & Paper Items – 10 minutes/person Signs & Advertisement Pieces – 10 minutes/person Coins & Military (no weapons) – 15 mins/person Pictures & Paintings – 10 minutes/person Tools & Cast Iron – 10 minutes/person Electronics – 10 minutes/person Furniture – Limited to the first 9 to sign up, the vendor will come to your house to look at your item. Sign up for a time slot online, or at the Clubhouse Activities Office.

BOLLA TO SPONSOR EXCITING EVENTS IN 2024 By Diane Dillon BOLLA will sponsor an exciting event with Leigh Ann Brown presenting Portrait of a Bride, An Evolving Silhouette, on January 27 from 1 to 4 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Refreshments will be provided. Leigh Ann is a collector of wedding gowns, with over 300 in her collection. Her oldest gown is from 1872. Leigh Ann will bring 25-30 of her favorite gowns to Lake Ashton. She has different favorites every day! Not only does Leigh Ann describe the gowns, but she includes a brief history of the time-period in which they were worn, often discussing women’s issues of the day. Leigh Ann last brought her beautiful wedding gowns to Lake Ashton in 2020. Her show was a resounding success and is returning by popular demand. Tickets are $15 each and are available for purchase at the Clubhouse Activities Office and online. In February, the members of BOLLA will celebrate our 20th Anniversary! A special luncheon for members will be held in the clubhouse on February 27. Several surprises are in store, along with a mystery guest or two. This celebration is not to be missed! In the meantime, the members of BOLLA have been busy making and delivering blankets. In the last two months, over 260 blankets have been delivered to Guardian Ad Litem, Lake Wales Charter Schools Homeless, Youth for Christ, Snively Head Start, and the East Coast Migrant Project. Even more deliveries are planned for December. Several members of BOLLA can be seen preparing blankets for delivery in the picture above.

SEW DAYS FOR QUILT OF VALOR AND K9 QUILT OF HONOR There will be two Sew Days in Lake Ashton for anyone who would like to join us putting together quilt tops for Law Enforcement K9s and military veterans and active duty. We are providing thread, fabric, beginner patterns and any instruction if needed. All you need is to do, bring your excitement, sewing machine and scissors. Don’t sew? We will need people to iron for those sewing. LA Clubhouse Ballroom January 19, 2024 9:30 am to 2:30 pm Lunch will be available for $10 HFC Sports Court February 9, 2024 1:15 pm to 4:45 pm Quilt of Valor: A Quilt of Valor® is our award to Service Members and Veterans who have been touched by war. service and sacrifice in serving our nation.” There has been over 350,000 have been made over the last 20 years. K9 Quilt of Honor: A “K9 Quilt of Honor®” recognizes Law Enforcement, Military and Search/Rescue K9s, and their handlers for the willingness to serve our local communities, counties, states, country and stand in harm’s way to help keep us all safe. If you would like to join us, contact: Carolyn Bluhm, Founder/ED of CERT Ministry and K9 Quilt of Honor® 719.510.1088, CERTMinistry@gmail.com 28 COMMUNITY SOCIAL POTLUCKS The best way to meet new friends is over a good meal! Join friends and neighbors at the monthly potlucks held at the Clubhouse and HFC. Mark the dates listed below on HFC: January 18, March 21, May 16, July 18, September 19 November 21 Clubhouse: February 20, April 16, June 11, August 13, October 8 December 10 It says, “thank you for your


SAVE THE DATE By Marsha Martin We are getting closer! The Creative Quilters Quilt Show is right around the corner. Mark your calendars for February 21 from 11 am to 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom. There will be beautiful quilts, table runners, bags, totes and so much more! Everyone has been working hard to create some gorgeous pieces to show off the talent this group has. This group is the one that makes the quilts hanging in both the Clubhouse and the HFC Craft Room and some of our newer ones will also be on display at the show. There will be 2 quilts to be raffled off this year with the money raised going to the purchase of fabric for quilts for our LA Veterans. If you don't belong to the group, (and why don't you??), but would like to display a quilt in the show, please contact Marsha Martin at 406-788-8087 for a registration form. We would love to see you there! FINE ARTS & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW By Lyn Rogers Ca l l i ng a l l L a k e As h t on A r t i s t s a nd Photographers! The 16th Annual Lake Ashton Fine Arts & Photography Show will take place on Saturday, March 9 in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors there is no fee to enter your art and photography work. The show is open to all Lake Ashton residents, attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. Applications and detailed instructions will be available at the Clubhouse in early January. There will be a general informational meeting on Saturday, January 20 in the Clubhouse Card Room. The deadline for applications is Thursday, February 1. We have so many talented residents so this should be a great show! FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES! FLOORING - BLINDS - SHUTTERS - SHOWER REMODELS 29710 US Hwy 27, Dundee 863-439-7500 30 www.jimsfloordepot.com

VALENTINE’S DAY Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Clubhouse on February 14 at 6 pm! Enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Charm City then dance the night away to the live music from The Southshore Cruisers Band. Tickets go on sale for $45 on January 5 online and at the Clubhouse Activities Office. This is a night you won’t want to miss! PIRATE PARTY Avast me hearties, it’s time for another Pirate Party! Pillage, plunder, and dance your peg legs off to live music from 99 in the Shade on February 23 at 7 pm. Wear your best pirate garb and spend your doubloons at the cash bar for your grog and ale. Tickets go on sale for $20 on January 9 online and at the Clubhouse Activities Office. 2024 SHOWCASE & TICKET SALES COMING! By Karen Nelson Happy 2024 from the Lake Ashton Performing Arts Corporation! The 2024 Showcase will be performed in the Clubhouse Ballroom on Friday, March 22 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, March 23 at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Your Lake Ashton friends and neighbors are well into rehearsals for Changes in Latitude and we are excited to be presenting the 2024 Showcase. Ticket sales to residents will start on Tuesday, February 20 at 8 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. They will be sold on the TicketLeap system, so be sure you have your TicketLeap account for the LAPAC events set up to facilitate the sales process. More information coming in the February 2024 LA Times! UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CLUBHOUSE April 5 - Luau May 7 - Taco Tuesday Party May 17 - Denim & Diamonds Ladies Luncheon June 21 - Dukes of Hazard Party July 4 - Star Spangled Shindig 32

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MIND&BODY SCAN THIS QR CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE T O SIGN UP FOR EVENTS LIS TED IN THIS ISSUE. UPCOMING ELDER LAW BOOT CAMP SESSIONS January 25 at 9:30 am in the Cinema: Powers of Attorney & Healthcare Documents Everyone Needs. February 29 at 9:30 am: Wills & Trusts 101 March 28 at 9:30 am: What Else? Long-Term Care & Financial Planning EDUCATIONAL CBD LUNCHEON Lunch and learn about CBD and how you can use it in your everyday life February 2 at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse Ballroom. Please sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by January 31. THINK & DRINK: FOUNTAIN OR AERATION? Another thought-provoking discussion will be presented on February 28 at 6:30 pm as part of the Think & Drink series. Lloyd Lightsey, owner of The Pond Monster, is an incredibly captivating speaker who will have you hanging on his every word as he answers your water-related questions. His interesting presentation will discuss whether a fountain feature or water aeration is the answer for lake, pond, or home water feature needs. Lloyd's charismatic presentation ways will surely dazzle all who attend this Think & Drink! Even if this specific topic doesn't apply to you, this is one speaker you will not want to miss! Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. 34 Know Thy Health By Lynda Hadley Happy New Year My Lake Ashton Family! I am so grateful to bring in this new year with you all; and hope we can continue on this health-conscious journey together. Before you take that first step towards any lasting change you should first evaluate where you are. So ask yourself the following questions: How do you feel most days? Are you always tired? Do you sleep well? Are you happy? Are you stressed? Are you getting proper nutrition? Most of us don’t realize the stress our body is under due to our daily lifestyle choices. We don’t exercise and wonder why we lack energy. We don’t get enough sleep, and wonder why we can’t remember or focus. We have poor eating habits, and wonder why we feel sluggish or can’t lose weight. Do you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days? Do you drink enough water? Are you active? Do you limit sweets? Start this year by making a list of the good and bad aspects of your health. Then select one or more items from the bad list and decide what changes you will make to move it to the positive side. Be specific and be accountable. Start off slow, and gradually incorporate additional steps as you become comfortable with each new health initiative. Set realistic goals, and be prepared to compromise. It’s never an “all or nothing” deal. Make changes that are easier for you; like walking instead of biking or jogging. Reduce the time spent watching television; and when you do watch television, take advantage of the commercial breaks and do a few repetitions of exercise. The small steps will motivate you to do more. And the moment you realize you feel better, you look better, and you are a better representation of you – well, that’s the “Sweet Spot” we all crave!

BODY MIND SOUL Simply Healthy Everything is Connected Make it a goal in 2024 to focus on improving your mental health and fitness. Check out these offerings for your Mind, Body, and Soul at the Clubhouse and the HFC. CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM HFC ✴See renowned NASM certified Nutrition Coach and Personal Trainer Joel Eyres teach you how to get fit for Life. He will explain the most cost effective newest way to get fit on your own schedule. Jan. 8 at 4:30 pm: Weight Loss Jan. 22 at 4:30 pm: Transform your body for Life! Reserve now, seating is limited. Sign up online or at Clubhouse Activities Office. ✴Free Virtual Meditation Session: Mondays at 3 pm via Zoom ✴Chair Yoga: Tuesdays at 9 am. $5/class (payable at class). Sign up online or at Clubhouse Activities Office. ✴Beginning Chair & Balance: Mondays at 10 am ✴Water Aerobics: Tuesdays — Saturdays at 8:30 am ✴Classical Stretch: Mondays & Thursdays at 11 am ✴Aqua Reloaded: Mondays at 12 pm, Wednesdays & Fridays at 10 am ✴Cardio Swing & Yoga Cool: Tuesday & Thursdays at 9 AM ✴Triple B (Bat Wings, Bellies, & Bulges): Wednesdays at 9 am ✴Basic Fitness & Cardio: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10 am ✴Aqua Motion: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4 pm ✴Back To Basics: Fridays at 9 am

GENTLE YOGA WITH GINA Instructor: Gina Krall Thursdays from 11 to 11:45 am at the HFC. Everyone is welcome. No charge. Mats available or bring your own. Chairs also available if you prefer. Slow, gentle poses with long holds. Positions shown for beginners, intermediate and experienced. FREE MEDITATION CLASS According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the term “meditation” refers to a variety of practices that focus on mind and body integration and are used to calm the mind and enhance overall well-being. Yoga Haven offers FREE meditation classes for Lake Ashton residents, via Zoom, on Mondays at 3 pm. Meditation via zoom allows residents to find a place that is soothing and comfortable to them and you can even do it in your pajamas and no one will know. Sign up by emailing yogawinterhaven@gmail.com. A link will be sent out the Sunday before with the information to connect. LARGEST SELECTION OF INDOOR & OUTDOOR FANS ANYWHERE! TRADITIONAL MODERN CONTEMPORAR ANS TAP JAMMERS Instructor: Julie Bombard (jbombard73@gmail.com) Fridays at 10 am on the Clubhouse stage. All levels of tappers are welcome but this class is not designed for beginning tappers. CHERYL’S DANCE CLASS Instructor: Cheryl Winchester (cwinchester1012@gmail.com, 305-725-4946) Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 am at the HFC basketball courts. LINE DANCING WITH JOHN MOORE Tuesdays (Beginners 7-8 pm and Beginners Plus 8-9 pm) and Thursdays (Beginners 9-10 am and Beginners Plus 10-11 am) in the Clubhouse Ballroom. LINE DANCING CLASS Instructor: Lorrie Shearin Thursday, January 4 & January 11: Beginner 1 pm, Improver 2 pm at the HFC No class January 18 Friday, January 26: Combined Class 1 to 3 pm in the Clubhouse Ballroom (Note change of day & location) Tit DC Mot WiFi Enabled Damp Ra LA DANCE CLASSES - FOXTROT Instructor: Connie Wilkinson, certified DVIDA Instructor (863.875.6728) Designs For Ey Style! Mondays at 4:30-5:30 in HFC Community Room FREE! No partner needed. Design Y an Parts & Services Aailable In-Store Warranes Winer Haen 1104A Cypr d SE (Lampligh a) wancityom (863) 299-2777 36 CREATE A CARD January 16 at 10 am and 12:30 pm in the HFC Sports Court. A guest expert will provide instruction, from beginner to expert, all supplies and equipment, and three beautiful cards to take home. No experience needed. Cost is $10. Sign up at the HFC. Call Karen at 262-497-3272 with questions.

CERAMIC CHICKS Wednesdays, 8:30 am to 1 pm, HFC Craft Room Bring your ceramics or purchase in the room. A kiln is available to fire your ceramics. FUSED GLASS SNOWFLAKES Instructor: Jill Groves Friday, January 19 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Clubhouse Craft Room. Create beautifully unique 5” glass snowflakes! Make 1 for $25 or 2 for $35 from several provided designs. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office. Fees are paid at the class with cash, credit, or check. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. FUSED GLASS WIND CHIMES Monday, January 29 from 6 to 9 pm at the HFC Craft Room. Sign up at the HFC or call 863-595-1562. Create a beautiful set of wind chimes similar to pics below. Cost is $35 payable at the class with cash, credit, or check. Pre-registration is required. All materials included. No previous experience is necessary. BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING Instructor: Kay Lenherr January 13 at 1 pm Clubhouse Craft Room Morning Mist $35 (payable at class) — sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by noon on January 13 CRAFTING WITH CARMEN Join Carmen in the Clubhouse Ballroom on January 9 at 11:30 for a papier-mâché class! Learn how to make decorative papier-mâché flamingoes by using different types of paper. All supplies and instructions will be included for $10. Space is limited so sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by January 4. Join Carmen in the Ballroom on February 6 at 11:30 am as she teaches how to make 16-inch heartshaped pillows using soft fleece fabric. Supplies and instructions will be included for $10/person. Space is limited to 20 people, so don't wait to sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities office by January 30. BRUSHES AND BEVERAGES Instructor: Sheila Vertoli January 10 at 2:30 pm Clubhouse Ballroom Hand painted wine glasses $35, pay at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check made out to Sheila Vertoli by January 3. Next Class: February 7 at 2:30 pm Clubhouse Ballroom Canvas Painting - $35, pay at the Clubhouse Activities Desk with a check made out to Sheila Vertoli by February 4 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS Artist Freddie Combs will present three day-long watercolor workshops in the new year. Subject matter will be still life, florals and structures. Sessions are January 12, February 9, and March 9 from 9 am to 3 pm in the HFC with a break for a sack lunch. Students will create two watercolor paintings per session. Price per session is $50. Call 863-307-1244 to reserve a place. SEASONAL FLORAL FRAMES February 6 at 11:30 am This month’s class will be for Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day. If you participated in the last class and received a frame, be sure to bring that frame back to the class. Instructions and materials will be provided for $16. Sign up online or at the Clubhouse Activities Office by January 29. Next class: May 7

CLUBS PINEHURST LOOP HOLIDAY GATHERING By Marcia Santino delivery services available from Meals on Wheels, please call 863-299-1616. To volunteer, please email: MOWpolk.org. For a complete list of raffle winners, please email slenarz2005@yahoo.com. SEW WHAT & SO MUCH MORE By Gretchen Frantz On December 9, over 60 Pinehurst Loopers enjoyed an evening of fellowship, fun and lots of food at their Holiday Gathering. The catered event was held at the HFC and a Silly White Elephant Gift Exchange was facilitated by Santa. As the evening came to a close, we presented Santa with a $1,600 donation to Toys for Tots. MEALS ON WHEELS FUNDRAISER RESULTS By Marcia Santino The Pinehurst Loop Social Committee (“PLSC”) held a LA Community Gift Basket Raffle benefitting Meals on Wheels of Polk County. This raffle was designed to raise awareness of this amazing organization in a fun and interactive way. A total of 32 incredible gifts, pictured, were donated by Pinehurst Loop residents, local businesses and The LA Stars. People across the community participated in the raffle over a two-week selling period and drawings were held on November 7th. Over $2,500 was raised for Meal on Wheels and the proceeds were presented to their Executive Director, Susan Eldridge, pictured with some of the PLSC members, on November 8th. If you or someone you know would like information on meal 38 Members of the Sew What and So Much More group weave on looms, crochet and knit all year anticipating giving warm hugs to children on our chilly Florida days. 614 hats and 102 scarves were delivered to 10 local elementary schools and placed under The Caring Tree. Patients at Advent Health Medical Center have received over 400 "bone shaped" pillows sewn by our group and distributed by a Lake Ashton resident , a Hospital Volunteer. On Thursday afternoons, from 1 to 3, the craft room at the HFC is abuzz with a variety of crafts including card making, diamond dot art, needlework, and crocheting around blankets for BOLLA as well as completing baby blankets and shawls. New members are welcome to enjoy the fellowship of fellow crafters. SINGLES CLUB By Maureen Ziegler There is a welcoming group in Lake Ashton especially for people who find themselves alone — either newly, or for a long time. LA Singles plans activities for those of us who enjoy doing things with other single residents. The club starts each month with a meeting at 2 pm on the first Sunday in the Clubhouse. Next meeting is January 7. We also get together most other Sundays at 2 pm for cards, and the third Thursday of each month at the Pavilion from 4 to 6 p.m., bringing snacks to share and what you would like to drink. We hope you will join us, starting with Sunday cards or the Sunday meeting. You would be most welcome.

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LA DEMOCRATIC CLUB By Paul Ritz The Lake Ashton Democratic Club is holding their monthly meeting January 4 in-person only at the HFC. Social time with snacks will be from 6 to 6:30 pm. Please bring your own beverage. The inperson General meeting will start at 6:30. Speaker will be Carol Gillespie, Candidate for Lake Wales City Commission Seat 4, to discuss her vision for Lake Wales and her ongoing campaign. Email lakeashtondemocraticclub@gmail.com for more information. LA REPUBLICAN CLUB By Linda Sandel The Lake Ashton Republican Club will Meet Wednesday, January 24 at the Clubhouse. Check-in and social time starts at 3:30 pm and the meeting begins at 4 pm. LARC will be holding the annual Board Member elections. Nominations will be open so please attend and consider serving. It's always a great team! If you have a neighbor (registered Republican) who would like to attend, please invite them. 2024 is going to be an exceptionally busy year and we look forward to you being part of it! For information contact Linda Sandel at 863-368-0699. GARDEN CLUB By Lynn Davis The Lake Ashton Garden Club meets once a month on the second Wednesday. The meeting for December was actually the second annual Garden Club Party. Members brought garden related items wrapped. The members had to pick their gift and sometimes watch it get “stolen” by another member, only to go and choose another one. Attendees had an opportunity to mingle and join in the fun watching who got what! Coffee, apple cider, donuts and muffins were served. Thanks to Deb Crosby for the holiday music. The next club meeting is Wednesday, January 10th at 10am. in the Pavilion. Come learn and 40 share ideas on growing and caring for houseplants. Bring success stories and problems! Feel free to email Lynn Davis at crladavis@aol.com in advance of this meeting with a question on the topic. The houseplant panel will try to have an answer by the January meeting. CAMERA CLUB By Larry Hillock The holidays are over and it’s time to slow down and enjoy the cooler weather. This is also a good time of the year to get the camera out and capture what our beautiful community and surroundings have to offer. At the January 8th meeting we will have the pleasure of hearing a presentation by camera club friend Reinier Munguia. Reinier is an accomplished photographer and informative speaker. If you enjoy photography and have not attended one of our meetings please join us at 10:30 am in the Clubhouse Cinema. Members are encouraged to bring a few photos to share on a USB drive. LA WOODWORKERS CLUB ANNUAL MEETING By Jim Sullivan The Lake Ashton Woodworkers will have their annual membership meeting on January 15 at 10:30 am in the front of the Ballroom. New Memberships and renewals are being offered at this meeting. Membership to the Lake Ashton Woodworkers is available to all Lakes Ashton residents. For all new residents, the woodworkers shop here at Lake Ashton is first class, with the finest equipment. With your new membership you will receive a complete training session to ensure your safety and ability to use the equipment. At times during the year, classes are offered to help you create woodworking projects. The Lake Ashton Woodworkers club is completely self-supported. The annual dues are $150 per year. That is a lot more than past years, however we had a substantial increase in the monthly rent. We are looking forward to another great year of making sawdust and enjoying the woodworking club here at Lake Ashton.

LA PICKLEBALL CLUB By Chuck Caesar This is a great opportunity to socialize and play some games. A potluck dinner will be held on January 17 from 5 to 8 pm at the HFC Community Center. Bring a drink of your choice and a dish to serve for a fun night of food and friends. Plates, napkins, and utensils will be supplied. A signup sheet will be available in the HFC. Contact Stephanie Iszak at 609-980-9505 or siszak@comcast.net or Tammy Shields at 863-632-2024 or tammy.shields1221@gmail.com with any questions. Looking forward to having many new friendly Bocce players. Happy New Year from the Lake Ashton Pickleball Association! A great year of pickleball wrapped up November 30 with an annual potluck dinner and Board elections. In 2023 we added 43 new members brining our total membership to 175. We would love to add even more in 2024. It was a fun filled year with lots of open play and several special events including Pickleball Mixers to celebrate Tax Day, the 4th of July and Halloween, as well as a Memorial Day Social. Several “Newbie Clinics” led were held by Coach Dennis Santino. These clinics are a great way to learn the game or just check it out to see if you are interested in playing. We even have paddles for you to use if you don’t have one. There will be more clinics coming in 2024 so if you are interested, watch for the email blasts and sign up. New Board members are: · Chuck Caesar – President · Mark McDuff – Vice President · Lisa Savala – Treasurer · Earl Schley – Secretary · Lary Fabian – At Large Director FRIENDLY BOCCE GROUP By Stephanie Iszak The Friendly Bocce Group would like to invite all Lake Ashton residents to come out Mondays and Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm to play some fun games of Bocce Ball. No experience is required. Anyone playing would be more than happy to teach you and go over the the rules and regulations. The group also has the Bocce courts reserved for the 1st and 3rd Fridays for the 2024 season from 4 to 6 pm for tailgate parties. Bring your drinks and an appetizer to share. LA SWIM CLUB By Sandy White The LA Swim Club wishes everyone a Happy and Healthy new year. We also want to extend a special thank you to the HFC staff for their support during the year, and to the LA Garden Club for maintaining the great looking plants in the pool area. The swim club is a group of fitness swimmers who enjoy working out together. Some even go as an LA team to senior age group swim meets and are looking forward to the annual Polk County games in March. We always welcome new members. Contact sandyw1994@aol.com for more info.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE By Liz Leigh A duplicate bridge game is held every Monday in the Clubhouse Card Room from 12:45 until approximately 3:30 pm. Players of all levels are welcome. Advance sign up is encouraged by contacting Don Fuller 863-224-5904. November 13: North-South 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Chris Verges & Howard Mayne; 3rd Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar; East-West 1st Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 2nd Judy Marine & Marge Kniat; 3rd Nelda Sedlacek & Pauline Pare November 20: North-South 1st Ralph Ritter & Karla Gengler; 2nd Graham Littlehales & Tom Fleming; 3rd Marion Nelson & Roger Nelson; East-West 1st Pauline Pare & Nelda Sedlacek; 2nd Jane Gibbons & George Rogers; 3rd Judy Marine & Marge Kniat November 27: North-South 1st Marian Oshinsky & Trish Kellar; 2nd Graham Littlehales & Liz Smith; 3rd Jim Ford & Don Fuller; East-West 1st Ralph Ritter & Judy Robertson; 2nd Janice Fleming & Tom Fleming; 3rd Nelda Sedlacek & Pauline Pare LAVA AUXILIARY By Chris Graves The next meeting of the LAVA Auxiliary will be Wednesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. At this meeting we will be finalizing the details for the Tag Sale, held January 20 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Clubhouse. The event will be open to the public. The LAVA Auxiliary is made up of residents who love our country. It is non-political and any Lake Ashton resident is invited to join. We meet once a month on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. near the stage at the Clubhouse. THANK YOU to the many members who have written sentiments on Holiday Cards that will be sent to troops overseas. This is one of several projects that the Auxiliary members do that can be done from home 42 and at no cost to an individual due to the fund raising that is done throughout the year. It has been very heartwarming to see the love and appreciation that is written on the cards. Come check us out and hear more about what we do. May you be blessed with making happy memories this holiday season. Let’s keep in prayer our military who will not be with family this season. God Bless America! LA ROCKERS By Annie Lutz LA Rockers is a wonderful group of residents that spreads acts of kindness to our LA Community. You never know how a small painted rock can change someone’s day, outlook, or even their life. We recently completed 2 service projects for the holidays. For the LA Singles group holiday project we painted rocks that matched a pair of fuzzy socks. For Water’s Edge we delivered 150 rocks to be handed out to their residents. The staff told us how much the rocks spread holiday cheer. We’ve also been busy painting and hiding rocks throughout Lake Ashton to share smiles one rock at a time! The Rockers meet in the HFC from 2 to 4 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The 1st Wednesday is for current members to learn new skills and techniques. The 3rd Wednesday is a “Free Paint” session where newcomers are welcome to join the group. Newcomers will be lent the supplies they need for their first session but must contact MJ Richards (mjmrichards517@gmail.com) at least five days before the first meeting so supplies can be provided. LA BELLES By Kathy Keding LA Belles are goin’ fishing’! Meet us at Harry’s Old Place (3751 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven) on Wednesday, January 31 at 11:30 am. Landlubbers are more than welcome to join in the fun! Reserve your space by signing up online via link in the email blast by January 26. Call Barb at 248-670-9037 with any questions. Hope to see you there!

ITALIAN/AMERICAN CLUB By Susie Escoda All of you with Italian heritage are welcome to join us on Tuesday, January 23 at 6 pm at the HFC for our monthly potluck. The cost is $1 each to cover expenses. Please bring a dish to share (desserts are taken care of) and a beverage of your choice. Mark your calendars for February 15, March 21 and April 18 for future potlucks. The annual dance will be held March 1 at the HFC from 7 to 10 pm. The terrific Happy Days band will be back. Tickets are $10. This is a BYOB event and bring snacks for your table. Tickets are available from Joe D’Herin (313-407-8286), Doug Olympia (845-275-8468) or Susie Escoda. MID-ATLANTIC PARTY By David Harrison It's time to have fun again at the Mid Atlantic Party on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 5 pm in the HFC Community Center. Anyone who has ever lived or worked in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey is invited. The menu consists of fried chicken, homemade crab cake and a soft drink for $20 or you can BYOB. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 2 at the HFC Activities Desk with a check payable to Mid-Atlantic Party. Choose white or dark meat chicken when you sign up. Please bring a salad, side or dessert to serve eight and a serving utensil. Tickets will be sold until January 26 or 120 are sold. February 4 is the Sunday before Super Bowl, and there is no football. This is a great way to meet friends from your state. Contact David or Barbara Harrison at 863-326-6418 with questions. MN, ND, & SD STATE PARTY By Mark Rath Former residents of Minnesota and North and South Dakota, it is just one month before the party at the HFC. Be sure your calendar is marked for Sunday, February 18th from 5 to 8 PM for the gathering. Bring a dish to share that serves at least 8, mark your dish and don’t forget a serving utensil. Coffee and water provided, but bring your favorite beverage if you wish. Come meet new people, enjoy a great potluck dinner, and enjoy some fun the Committee is planning. For reservations email statepartyatla@gmail.com MICHIGAN POTLUCK By Nancy Sztanyo To all you Michiganders, Yoopers and Trolls! We are so excited for our upcoming Michigan Potluck on Sunday, March 3, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the HFC. Lots of people, delicious food and even a little Michigan trivia. Sign up sheets will be located at both the Clubhouse and the HFC in January. $5.00 per couple or $3.00 pp ( to help pay for the paper products needed). Please bring a dish that will feed 8-10 people and your own beverage This will be a fun filled event and we hope to see everyone from our Great Lakes State! Any questions - call or Nancy D’Herin 313.407.8283 or Diane Schrauben 517.668.0832.

GOLF LALGA By Dawn Neigh The New Year has begun with many upcoming events for the LALGA. Our Solheim Cup is planned for January 15th and 16th. The always fun pairing party will be on January 9th. Mark your calendars! Will it be Go Red! Or Go Blue!? Our East West Tournament will be held January 30th. Last year’s inaugural event was a great success with the East claiming bragging rights. Will the East do it again or will the West be victorious? Watch for more information and sign up according to your side of Lake Ashton. Our Member/Member tournament is in February with “18 Shades of Green”! Start planning with your partner for a challenging and fun two days! Our Red Hoagland challenge continues to be a tight race. Liz Leigh is in the lead by $30. However, second through fourth are only $10 apart with Dori Krogman, Dixie Kite, and Bev Hines. And speaking of Bev Hines, a huge thank you to Bev for taking on the role of the LALGA Publicity chair. Please join me in welcoming Bev to your board and thank her for agreeing to commit her time and talents to this role. See you on Tuesdays! LA NINERS By Marti Schmidt Sassy Santa showed up to the Holiday party, gave out some gifts, and a good time was had by all. If you were unable to attend our holiday luncheon, we still have your gift. Just ask a board member at your next round of Tuesday golf. And a big thanks to all of Santa’s helpers who made it an event to remember. Going into 2024, please remember to play ready golf, and keep the foursome ahead of you on the course in sight. See you all out on the course… Still have questions? Ready to join? Contact Denise at denisepops23@aol.com for more info! 44

Annuities and Market Risk: What You Need to Know • Market risk is something all investors worry about, but those close to retirement have limited time to recover from the loss. If you’re within ten years of retirement, your investments are at a critical stage to continue to gain value and avoid loss. Without thinking through the dynamics of gains and losses, investors leave themselves open to market risk that could prematurely deplete their retirement assets. One way that investors avoid loss is by including annuities in their retirement portfolio. Annuities, which are becoming more widely used in the financial services industry, are a contract with an insurance company to provide investors with a guaranteed stream of income in retirement. They offer tax-deferred growth of earnings similar to other traditional tax-deferred investments. However, many investors still don’t fully understand the different types of annuities, how they work, or the fees associated with them. The three types of annuities widely used in financial planning are fixed annuities, fixedindexed annuities, and variable annuities. Like any financial product, there are pros and cons to each type of annuity, and due diligence of investigating any annuity should take precedence before purchasing one for your retirement portfolio: Fixed Annuity Pros: • Provides a fixed rate of return the insurance company generates from investing in high-quality corporate and government bonds. • Grow on a tax-deferred basis. • • The interest rate is typically guaranteed the first ten years of the contract, and a guaranteed minimum interest rate sets after the initial guarantee period to protect against declining interest rates. Provides a guaranteed lifetime income and protection against longevity risk; annuity payments continue the rest of your life. The Cons: • When the guaranteed rate expires, the rate is adjusted based on the earnings in the insurer’s investment account. If this occurs during a lowinterest rate or unfavorable stock market environment, a lower rate of return may apply. • Can have high surrender rates from one to fifteen years and withdraws over ten percent during the surrender period incur fees. Fixed-Indexed Annuity Pros: • Your principal is protected during a down market, and you won’t lose your initial investment or accumulation. • Grow on a tax-deferred basis. Contact me today! Jim Cooper Certified Financial Fiduciary P: (863) 589-6850 E: jimcooper@newinsightfinancial.com Lake Ashton Resident 45 • The Cons: • • The return is based on an index (ex. The S&P 500), which grows the annuity’s value over time. Provides a guaranteed lifetime income and protection against longevity risk; you receive annuity payments for life. Some are complex, costly, and aren’t always necessary for the investor. Is not a growth-market product. Ask for written information from the insurer about the annuity product and don’t just accept a verbal explanation so you fully understand the product. Variable Annuity Pros: • Grow on a tax-deferred basis like fixed and fixed-indexed annuities. • Include pre-selected mutual fund subaccounts for the initial investment. • Offer unlimited contributions (some restrictions apply from the insurer). • Include both living and death benefits through contract ‘riders.’ Beneficiaries can choose between the current contract values, its highest value on the contract anniversary, or determine a value based on a guaranteed hypothetical rate of return. The Cons: • • • Are expensive and come with many fees and charges, which decreases the accumulation. Are market sensitive and may incur a loss to the investor. Both the salesperson and the investor often misunderstand this complex product. Annuities offer many benefits to investors and have their place in retirement planning, but only if suitable for the investor and a part of an investment strategy using other types of investments and accounts. Investors should fully understand the risks associated with annuities before purchasing them. If you have any questions about annuities, now is a great time to visit. Disclosure: An annuity is intended to be a long-term, tax-deferred retirement vehicle. Earnings are taxable as ordinary income when distributed, and if withdrawn before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty. If the annuity will fund an IRA or other tax qualified plan, the tax deferral feature offers no additional value. Qualified distributions from a Roth IRA are generally excluded from gross income, but taxes and penalties may apply to non-qualified distributions. Consult a tax advisor for specific information. Additional Disclosure: The newsletter and links are being provided as a service to you. 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LAMGA By David Kubissa TAKE CHARGE OF LIFE’S TRANSITIONS <#$3$* @4311"12 6"7"12 A('#$# 5 )"44# 6&12 A*(0 B3(* C*="/3"= @4311"12 D##*$ @(&$*/$"&1 @(&+3$* 63E* D#F$&1 >*#"=*1$ !"#"$ &'( )*+#"$* ,&( -./&0"12 !"($'34 5 6"7* 8*0"13(#9 :*;# 5 <='/3$"&134 >*#&'(/*#? Denise R. Tessier, Esq. 863.220.7927 Office | 863.225.2244 Direct Info@TessierLawFirm.com !!!"#$%%&$'()!*&'+",-+ 1375 Havendale Blvd. NW | Winter Haven, FL 33881 It’s a wrap. The curtain came down on the 2023 LAMGA season in December with an important year-end meeting and preparations for the 2024 season. The December 6 annual meeting and luncheon brought together members for a two-nets team game followed by the meeting where league president Rolly Geyer announced results for the three board seats up for election. The three incumbents running – Larry Wilson, Tim Wayt and Jacques Fleischmann – were re-elected to twoyear terms. The other three seats on the board will be up for a member vote in November 2024. The meeting also shined a spotlight on the four golfers who finished atop the leaderboard of the Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge: 1. John Milsom; 2. Doug Hines; 3. Paul Panone; and 4. Rolly Geyer. They received golf shop gift certificates for their scoring during the weekly LAMGA games in 2023. Looking ahead to next season, treasurer Dan Baun urged members to submit their enrollment applications and fees in by December 31 so they can take part in the Kickoff LAMGA game on January 3. The game that week – pick your partner – includes another luncheon at the Eagle’s Nest. The kickoff event also means that the annual MemberGuest tournament is not far behind. Dates for the league’s signature event of the year are March 7, 8 and 9. Registration takes place this month, and the first 54 teams to sign up and pay their entry fee will have a spot in the highly popular tournament. For more information about LAMGA and the schedule of upcoming weekly games, go to the league’s web page on LakeAshtonLiving.com. The link is in the Golf section of the Community menu. Top finishers in the 2023 Red Hoagland Hyundai Challenge were honored at the LAMGA annual meeting. From left, John Milsom, Doug Hines, Paul Panone, Rolly Geyer.

You’re Invited To Portrait of a Bride January 27, 1 to 4 pm AN EVOLVING SILHOUETTE Presented By Special Guest Leigh Ann Brown CLUBHOUSE BALLROOM Tickets: $15 at the Clubhouse Activities Office or Online Refreshments Provided! Leigh Ann will display a selection of 25-30 of her favorite gowns from her vintage collection of over 300 gowns. She will present a brief history of the time period in which each of the gowns were worn, often discussing women's issues of the day. This fundraiser, returning by popular demand, is sponsored by Blankets of Love at Lake Ashton (BOLLA)

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