The Deercreek Country Club Owner's Association strives to provide information and organization for the many residents of Deercreek. Feel free to look around and find out who we are and what we do.

Make sure to take a look at our calendar and come out to meet some of your fellow residents at our community events.

News and Updates

  • Deercreek Home and Garden Club : Redesign

    Redesign - Creatively Repurposed

    Tuesday September 23, 10:00am
    By Patty Tomka

    Have you ever looked at a room in your house and thought "I have no idea how to make this look like the pictures in the magazines, I'd rather burn it all and start again?!" Well put away the matches because we have a solution that won't even involve a second mortgage. Barbara Greene, [IRIS, ADE, RESA] will show us how to rejuvenate, repurpose and redesign our homes using our own things. Her company "Redesign Today' offers many options to your decorating dilemmas. "Professional Interior Redesigners give homeowners a fresh new look without buying anything new by simply rearranging existing furniture, artwork and accessories in just a few hours." During a one-day makeover, her Interior Redesigners will 'go shopping' in your home and see a different use for many of the items you have overlooked for years. Furniture might be put on a diagonal, an old backgammon board might be hung on the wall as artwork or used as a drink tray or placed on the hearth as a background for a vase full of antique knitting needles! Walls don't need to be adorned with fine art. Do you have some crocheted doilies that your favorite Grandma made but are stuck in a closet? Frame them and make a grouping. Add some small mirrors or architectural pieces to fill out the grouping. A one day redesign will make a world of difference.

    They also do 'Home Staging' before you put your house on the market. We have all seen the fabulous looks of the staged homes on TV but they come at a price! Barbara uses things you already own to get the same effect. She also does 'Relocation Staging' as you are moving in so that the pieces from the old house can fit into the new house seamlessly. Are you having a big Holiday Party and are overwhelmed with all the details? Let Barbara's crew come and look over your stash of decorations and decide how best to use them. They have also been known to 'Switch Rooms' by using the spaces more creatively. Just because the builder said it was a dining room doesn't mean that it couldn't be better used as a library or an office. Their newest service involves 'Kitchen and Bathroom Design' where they take you from concept to completion, guiding you through the process and dealing with scheduling of supplies and sub-contractors until you have your new, beautiful space.

    And if you are so intrigued by the Redesign concept that you want to do it yourself, Barbara teaches 5 day ADE Approved Certification Courses in Interior Redesign and Home Staging. Come to our September 23 meeting and hear about all the different aspects of her creative business or check out her website: www.redesign-today.com or www.redesign-training.com Barbara has a wealth of information and you can't help but be energized by her enthusiasm. She has appeared on WJXT, The Morning Show and loves being an IRIS instructor, showing others how to 'rejuvenate, repurpose and redesign'.

    If you are interested in joining the Home and Garden Club please call Anne Klueppel at 519-5368 or Lee Ann Phillips at 519-6931. They will be glad to tell you about us. If you would like to stay and have lunch together, you can place your order before the meeting and it will be ready when we adjourn. This is a great way to meet new friends and spend time with old friends.

  • September 2014

    The Goldfinch

    Author: Donna Tartt

    Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

    The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

    Interested in joining the Literary Circle? Contact Pat Gross, pgro9@aol.com.

  • Gabriel House of Care Dinner

    On July 30, several Alliance ladies had a memorable evening as they volunteered to cook for and serve the residents of the Gabriel House of Care.

    The GHOC is affordable extended-stay hospital hospitality for caregivers and cancer and organ transplant patients receiving medical care away from home.

    For more information on the GHOC, contact Jan Malick at 519-5013.

  • Landscape Awards

    September 2014

    9907 Vineyard Lake Lane
    Jeff and Donna Bernard

    The front of the home of Jeff and Donna Bernard features impressively styled ligustrum trees standing among well trimmed foundation plantings of shillings, hollies, viiburnum, and more ligustrums. Near the front door purple lantana and yellow carolina Jessamine offer spots of color while a pygmy palm nestles in one corner. Two watermelon pink crepe myrtles frame the other corner on the right.

    On the left side of the home, stately oak trees provide shade for an expansive, perfectly manicured lawn that is sure to be the envy of any gardener struggling to maintain healthy grass in a Florida climate. Except for the addition of a large topiary of eugenia, the choices of the trees and shrubbery on this side mirror the crepe myrtles, hollies, viiburnum, and shaped ligustrums of the front. This continuity of plantings provides a well-balanced, serene, and welcoming landscape to our community.

  • Golden Acorn Winners 2014

    Mary Louise and Jim Selzer


    Thank Ma Bell for bringing them to Jacksonville.

    Mary Louise and Jim Selzer came to Deercreek in 1995 when Jim was transferred by ATT to head its innovative Universal credit card start-up headquartered in Jacksonville. They had been living in Atlanta, following several moves as Jim moved up in the company.

    They are children of the heartland. Mary Louise was born in St. Louis, and Jim in Toledo. Jim was a scholar- athlete, graduating from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, where his basketball team earned the NAIA championship in 1964. After earning his MA in Political Science from the University of Missouri, he joined the staff of St. Louis University as assistant basketball coach and lecturer in History.

    Mary Louise earned her B.S. in Nursing from St. Louis University, and they met when friends introduced them. Two years after her graduation they were married and moved to Kansas City with ATT, where their three daughters were born.

    Jim says that Mary Louise has always organized groups, from baby-sitting co-ops to book clubs wherever they have been. It is no different here. Mary Louise was a founder of Deercreek Literary Society, and remains active today. Along with Gerry Ceravolo, she worked on the original team that brought us the Tree Program, and chaired the Appreciation Lunch for 3 years. During the years when Deercreek celebrated the holidays with luminaries, she served as a Luminary Captain, and her street always participated 100%.

    For the last four years, Mary Louise has chaired the Programs Committee for Deercreek Home and Garden Club. As Program Chair, she led a highly effective committee that provided significant speakers, interesting field trips, and innovative experimental programs like Out to Lunch Bunch. No detail was left to chance. Mary Louise not only conferred with Deercreek Club staff to choose the menus for our lunches, but often supplied her own recipes, and sometimes made the salad dressings to be sure that our meals would be delicious and healthy. To keep costs down, she has been known to personally make desserts for the Deercreek Club staff to serve .

    When the Selzers moved to Jacksonville, their youngest daughter, Jennie, was still living at home. She attended Episcopal High, and Jim became involved in coaching the basketball team. He says that one way or another he has played or coached basketball for 50 years.

    In 2000, after retirement, Jim took on the responsibility of Executive Director of the Guardian Schools, a pair of inner city schools originally supported by their parishes, which could no longer survive without outside funding. The schools offer an educational opportunity to area children without regard to their religious beliefs. The graduates have an excellent record of high school graduation and further education. He continues to serve on that Board, raise funds, and work with volunteers who make breakfast for the students.

    Jim has been a Board Member and President of the Jacksonville Public Board at a crucial and difficult time for our libraries, due to funding cuts by the city. Under his watch, petitions have been gathered to form a separate tax entity for the libraries so that funds cannot be diverted by the city for other needs. He has recently joined the Leadership Council of Osher Life Long Learning at UNF.

    Mary Louise and Jim are active members of Holy Family Catholic Church, where Mary Louise organized a Nursery, Elizabeth Ministry for pregnant women, a MOMS Group, and recently G-MOMS. For 16 years she practiced Nursing at Baptist Beaches Hospital.

    Both are believers in the value of volunteering. Mary Louise cites the benefits of knowing your neighbors to bring people together for their mutual safety and help when needed. Jim feels that our communities would be wastelands without the efforts of the multitudes of unsung heroes doing work that is rarely recognized, but essential to our quality of life.

    Deercreek Home and Garden will honor Jim and Mary Louise Selzer at a luncheon at Deercreek Club on August 26. Contact Sharon Coleman at sharoncoleman268@comast.net or 253-3048 for reservations. You do not need to be a member of Deercreek Home and Garden Club or Deercreek Club to attend. Please come and be part of the celebration.

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