Thank You Terry!

Thank You Terry!

Thank you Terry!

After more than 20 years Terry Bachand has decided to step down from her role as Chairperson of the Activities Team. Over the years Terry has planned cruises, many bus trips including the always popular casino bus excursions, been part of the bocce committee, co-ordinate bowling, Hand & Foot league and so many other “hats”. And sure she has made at least a “ton” of coleslaw! We are happy she will continue to be part of our team and thank her for her many, many years of dedication and wish her much happiness going into the future. Thank you Terry!

And now, congratulations to Nan Foster, our new Chairperson. We know she will do an excellent job…..big shoes to fill Nan!!

Activities Team

Terry BachandConnie Fullerton

Jon CampeauBob Kotche

Ruth FogelAnn Morrison

Ed NormandNancy Foster

Ross McQuadeAlice VanStone

Tom Walecki

January Picnic-Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Date: Tuesday, January16th, 2018rain date Jan. 17th

Place: Recreation Area

Cost: $10.00 per person

Lunch including hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausage, salad and beans.

Please bring your own beverage of choice.

A dessert to share would be appreciated. There will be a 50/50 raffle. Lunch will be served at 1:00 p.m. Last date for ticket sales/refunds is Jan.12, 2018.

We will appreciate reserving of tickets by the deadline to help us plan the food and supplies.

Donations to St. Matthew’s would be appreciated. For reservations call:

Ann Morrison 239-455-5227

Tom Walecki 239-352-0931

Ladies Luncheons

There have been quite a few sales in our community over the last year and we welcome our new neighbors and hope that you will join us each month as we meet new friends and enjoy new restaurants in the Naples area. At times the luncheon attendance is limited so we ask that you get your paid reservation in early. If we meet our maximum number of guests prior to the “reserve by” date we will need to close the reservations. Thank you.

January Ladies Luncheon

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Place:Bonefish Grill


Cost:$ 25all inclusive – paid in advance

Reserve by: Monday, January 15, 2018

Directions: 1500 5th Ave. South

Davis Blvd to US41. Stay in the left hand lane and turn left in to the Naples Bay Resort.

Phone: 239-417-1212


Starter: Caesar Salad or House Salad

Entrée Choices:

  • Lily’s Chicken w/goat cheese & spinach
  • Salmon 6 oz. w/lemon butter
  • Sirloin 6 oz. center cut
  • All entrees served with garlic whipped potatoes and broccoli

Dessert: New York style cheesecake


Non-Alcoholic Beverages and coffee are included. At an additional cost, wine may be purchased for $5.50 per glass, tax & tip included.

The Bonefish Grill is a very popular dining spot on the beautiful Naples Bay. The restaurant is typically not open for lunch so this will be a private party just for the ladies of Sapphire Lakes. Last year’s attendees thought it was the best luncheon “ever”! Please mark your calendar and get your paid reservation in early. With our busy schedules this might get overlooked –so call now.

Your entrée must be selected when you make your reservation. To reserve, please call Sue Mears 348-3820 or Nancy Deeney 353-0598. For your convenience you can make your check payable to Connie Fullerton; however, Connie does not collect the money. US Funds only. Thank you.

Wellness Group Presentation

Any of us could be confronted by a gunman at any time in the Mall, Airport, Church, Movie Theater. Would you know what to do?

First Sergeant Neal Bohannon of the Collier County Sheriff's Office will be providing a fascinating session on three plans of action you should take if you are confronted in an active shooter incident. This will be a 90 minute presentation onJanuary 10th at 2:30 pmat Pool 3. Please RSVP to Linda Raftery at774-270-5400or or this valuable seminar to ensure adequate seating and handouts.

St. Matthew’s Donations

We appreciate your past food and monetary donations to St. Matthew’s House. They maintain a successful program of feeding less fortunate individuals and families as well as administering substance abuse programs. If you would like to donate, please bring non-perishable items to our picnics or call and we will make arrangements to pick up surplus items. Thank you!

Nan Foster (239) 331-2425

Sue Mears (239) 348-3820

Calendar of Events for 2018

Wellness Group Presentation-Jan. 10th, 2:30 p.m.

Bocce new Players Workshop – Mon., Jan. 15th 1 p.m.

Referees’ Workshop – Mon., Jan. 15th 2:00 p.m.

Picnic – Tuesday, January 16th

Captains’ Meeting –Wed., Jan. 17th Pool 3 - 2:30 p.m.

Hand and Foot League begins – Friday, Jan. 19th

Bocce League starts Mon., Jan. 22nd

January Ladies Luncheon – Tues., Jan. 23rd

Chili Fiesta – Tuesday Feb. 6th

(rain date February 7th )No sales until February 1st

Ladies Luncheon, Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bake Sale – Saturday, March 3, 2018

Bocce Semi-Finals – Wed., March 14th (rain dates March 15th or March 16th)

Ladies Luncheon – Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Super Bocce Game and Pizza Party – Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (rain dates Mar. 22nd or Mar. 23rd )

Hot Dog Day/Gender Game – Wed., Mar. 28th (rain dates March 29th or March 30th)

Spring Picnic – Tuesday, April 3rd

Ladies Luncheon – Tuesday, April 17th



I welcome back, to horseshoes, those of us who have spent the summer up north and also those who spent the summer here in Florida. The horseshoe tournament will start onJanuary 23rd. The teams will be drawn onJanuary 18th. All men who played last year will be automatically signed up for this year. If you can't play or if you know somebody not coming back to Sapphire Lakes please call me and let me know so I can adjust the roster. Men who are looking for something to do in the mornings, please come out and try horseshoes. We have a great group of guys and we have lots of laughs. I ask all men intending to play to please come out on the open days before the draw onJanuary 18thso that we can try and make the teams as even as possible. Open play will start on January 2nd at 9 am Monday to Saturday inclusive. Tournament play will be Tuesday and Thursday and run for 6 weeks. Looking forward to seeing everyone out.

Ren Job 239-455-1103


Aquabics are held Monday to Saturday at both Pool #1 and Pool #2. Pool #1 begins at 9:00 a.m. and Pool #2 at 9:15 a.m. Classes are 45 minutes and everyone is welcome.

Bocce League

First a thank you to Terry Bachand for her contributions to the Bocce League committee. We will miss having her on the team but wish her all the best! Thanks Terry!

The Bocce League will begin the season on Monday, January 22nd. All residents are welcomed and encouraged to join!

All players must be in residence at Sapphire Lakes by the week of February 5th to qualify as team participants (the third week of play). After that date, they will be considered a substitute.

The Team Captains’ meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 17th at Pool #3 at 2:30 p.m. At this meeting the two “out of the hat” team members will be drawn by the Captains. Captains are responsible for collecting the entry fees of $10 (cash only please!) per team member. Funds are used for court maintenance, the purchase of umbrellas, prizes and other miscellaneous items.

The new court surfaces have been installed and ready for play. They do have a different “feel” but the great advantage is they do not require the daily maintenance of leveling, rolling and watering to keep them in consistent condition. The court surface is a little slower than the sand so it would be a good idea to throw a few balls before season begins. A new “playing field” for all!

A “new player” workshop will take place on Monday, January 15th at 1:00 p.m. on Court 1. All new players are welcome!

Anyone interested in refereeing this season is asked to contact Tony at . A referee workshop will take place on Monday, January 15th at 2:00 p.m. at Court 1. The committee thanks all of our volunteers!

A copy of the schedule for each division will be provided to all team members. Anyone wishing a copy of the other three divisions may do so by contacting Ann Morrison at ith “bocce schedule request” in the subject matter.

The play-off day will be Wednesday, March 14th (rain date March 15th or 16th) and the Super Bocce Game will be Wednesday, March 21st (rain date March 22nd or 23rd).

Please note there will be no changes to rain dates required for play-offs.

The Annual Hot Dog Day will take place on Wednesday, March 28th(rain date 29th or 30th) followed by the Gender Game, for the enjoyment of all of Sapphire Lakes.

Please mark these dates on your calendars!

Parking during bocce league games should be in the parking spaces at the tennis courts/picnic area or the eight (8) across the street on the west side of Gabriel Circle. Please do not park in the Garnet Association residents’ parking area.

Looking forward to another great season!

Your bocce committee:

Keith Fogel, Chairperson, Chet Bussert, Jack Morrison, Bill Sparhawk , & Tony Voislow


Want to fight stress, find serenity, flexibility, strength and better posture? Join our “Gentle Yoga” class.

Thursday 8:30 a.m.

Pool 3 - Mat required-Cost $10.00 per session

“Chair” Yoga

Have trouble getting up and down off the floor or other disabilities? Then Chair Yoga could be for you.

Thursdays – 9:45 a.m.

4 person minimum - Pool 3

No equipment required-Cost $10.00 per session

“Veterans free to all classes”

For further information on any of the above, please callSue Chapin – 239-353-5006.

Book Club

The Book Club meets the second Monday ofeach month at 1:00 p.m. at Pool #3. The book for discussion on Monday, January 8th will be:

“The Kitchen House”

by Kathleen Grissom

Come and enjoy!! Any questions please call:

Edie LeShaw 239-352-8887

Pat Newcomb 239-353-4294

Upcoming Books:

February: “The Plot Against America” by Philip Roth

March: “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird” by Lisa See

April: “The Rent Collector” by Cameron Wright

May: “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate

June: “Uncommon Types” by Tom Hanks

Adventure Walkers

Beginning in January, there will be group walks not to exceed 2 miles at various Naples locations. We will meet twice a month and carpool from Sapphire to the designated location. January location is the Gordon River Greenway. For more information on dates and details please call Stephanie Roche703-447-7935or Kathleen Lickteig502-235-3892

Sapphire Lakes Tennis

A new 2017/18 season has been in full swing since early November. We presently have 15 players participating with more to join us come January. A schedule has been adopted that shows the tennis schedule as well as the pickleball schedule and should work as it did last season. A social gathering was held on December 5th at Pool 3 with 24 in attendance. We will continue to hold these socials in January, February and March. Two trips are planned to the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, one the end of January to see Chicago and one the end of March to see Mamma Mia. Most reservations have already been made. Again, we will have a team participating in the NETA tennis league with play everyTuesdaymorning starting in January. Our team took first place in their division last season.We continue to encourage new residents who feel that they would like to join our tennis playing should come on any of the following days - Tuesdays,Thursdaysand Saturdays at8:00 a.m.Hope to see some new faces.

Bill Kearney 239-348-2871


Welcome back "snowbirds" for the winter season of Pickleball. Our court schedule from January thru March is as follows:MondayWednesdayfrom8 am to 10 amon all 4 courts.On Friday, we will have 2 courts (nearest the storage shed) from8 am to 10 am.On Tuesday,Thursday, andSaturday, we will have 4 courts at10 am to noon. We will observe the "8:30rule" - any court not being utilized at8:30by either Pickleball group or tennis, the court is open for play by the other non-scheduled group. We hope everyone is back healthy and ready to enjoy the Pickleball game. Info on the picnic get-together will be announced in the February newsletter. As in the past, we will be collecting $5 from each player to cover the cost of new balls. Any questions or concerns, contact Brian North 239-331-2621 or Chris Medford239-234-6922.

Shuffle Board

If you are interested in taking part in playing shuffleboard, please call Ken Pottel at 508-280-3150.Our goal is to be able to have some tournaments and some weekly drop-ins.

Ladies Golf –Sapphire Swingers

We welcome ALL lady golfers to our Friday morning

Golf League whether you are a new golfer or a

seasonedone!! We will start golfing on January

5th at Hibiscus Golf Club, golfing the back 9 holes,

tee times starting at 7:45 am. The cost will be $39.75

including cart and tax. We are not an ‘official’ league so you don’t have to come out every week, just when you canor want to. As always, we are a fun group of girlsand go out to breakfast/lunch after (optional).Please call me if you would like to join us.


Sue Mears 239-348-3820

Men’s Golf

Our Golf League starts on January 5th at Arrowhead. This year’s price for golf will be $78.44 including tax. Currently we have 10 teams, the maximum Arrowhead will allow us. We have a Captain’s meeting scheduled for January 4th. We will be discussing dollars to collect to cover prizes and whether we want to move the year-end picnic to a hall along with some other issues. You will be advised of the results of that meeting on January 5th the first day of league play along with this year’s fee to cover prizes and two outings. The fee will need to be collected by your Captain and given to our treasurer Dennis McEvoy by January 13th.

Welcome back to Bob Venning who had to miss last year due to health issues. He will be taking the spot left open by the passing of our good friend and Sapphire lakes resident Glen Kolmorgen. Please keep Glen and his wife Barb in your prayers.

Currently we have seven people on the waiting list. If you want to sub or want to be added to the waiting list contact me at 348-3820.

Mike Mears 239-348-3820

Hand & Foot Card League

Hand and Foot is held every Friday at 1:00 p.m. at pool #3. Those who will miss a day of league play are asked to call Edie LeShaw at 352-8887so tables can be set accordingly. League play will begin on Friday, January 19th.

Hand, Foot & Elbow

We are going to start Hand, Foot and Elbow onTuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Pool 3. The first 2 weeks will be practice for anyone who wants to learn. It should be fun! If there are any questions, please call Debbie Pinto @508-930-7130or Toni Nicastro @724-681-2789.

Poor Man’s Poker

All are welcome to join us to play poker on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Pool #4.

Don Schroer 312-404-8620


Pinochle is played at 1:00 p.m. at Pool # 1 each day depending on availability of participants.

Mah Jongg

Let's welcome in another great year of fun and friendship and the only thing difficult is “the name of the game”. Perhaps it is your New Year's resolution to learn something new and here is the opportunity!

Newcomers (both women and men) are most welcome and become enthusiastic players on the first day! It is best to start with Cantonese Mah Jongg on Mondays, which is similar to Gin Rummy. It is played with Chinese tiles and is a great introduction to learning American Mah Jongg.

You can join at anytime and not to worry as there is no weekly commitment.

Cantonese Mah Jongg: Mondays, Pool 3 from 1-3pm (except on Jan 8th we will play from 2:30-4:30pm after Book Club).

American Mah Jongg: Weds., Pool 3 from 1-3pm (except on Jan 10th17th, we will play from noon-2pm due to other functions)

December-April Contact: Beth Richards 239-280-0243


Every Thursday 12:30 p.m. at Pool #3 beginning on January 5th. For more information call-

Paula Culligan 239-304-0744


Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Pool 3, all are welcome to join. There will be no class on Ladies Luncheon dates. For further information, please call –

Marilyn Nelson 239-234-6107


Sympathy is extended to:

Barb Kolmorgan, 218 Gabriel Circle #2, on the passing of her husband, Glen

to the family of Carol Heeter, 356 Belina Drive #7

Reba Gurley, 379 Gabriel Circle, #9 on the passing of her son Randy

Our New Flag

Thank you to Debbie & John Blackwell for donating the new flag at the front entrance. And also a thank you to both Mike Mears and Lambert Lang for raising and lowering the flag daily until the light was replaced. Another example of the caring in our community!

Comcast Update

With just two weeks remaining for our residents to get a free appointment for the installation of their bulk contracted Video and Internet equipment, I can report to you that the vast majority of our 590 units have been converted over to the new Fiber Optics and are extremely pleased with the X-1 Video platform and high speed Internet in their homes. Per our contract with Comcast, January 15th will be the last day that our residents will be able to receive a free appointment. After that date there may be a $60 service charge imposed by Comcast.