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  • Tuesday August 27 Golden Acorn Award Luncheon

    Deercreek Home and Garden Club
    Tuesday August 27 11:30 am

    The Home and Garden Club begins its new year with a luncheon to honor this year’s Golden Acorn Award, Cary Flynn. If you are a fan of hers, you’ll want to attend to show her how much you have appreciated all her enthusiastic work for Deercreek. Please RSVP to Brenda Edwards at 629-0133 or Brenda.c.edwards@comcast.net by August 23 to reserve your spot, since we hope to fill the room!

    Over the summer the Programs Committee has been working to put together the schedule of programs and events for the coming year and we will hand them out at the luncheon so that you can put them on your calendar.

    Sharon Coleman, Catherine Wood and Julia Watkins are returning as President, Vice-President and Treasurer. Paige Yauger and Jill Cole are new additions to the Board as Co-Secretaries. Our Committee Chairs are: Appreciation Luncheon – Debi Gifford and Marcia Rose; Communications - Patty Tomka; Deercreek View - Pam Kinevan; Door Prizes – Linda Robinson; Fashion Show – Cary Flynn, Eileen Katibah, Julie Howell, Julia Watkins, Shelly Bingham, Sharon Coleman and Patty Tomka; Guard Gate Landscaping – Lorraine Clancy and Anne Kleuppel; Golden Acorn Award – Shelly Bingham; Historian – Nancy Jantz and Pam Overbay; Hospitality – Christine Middlebrook and Kathy Kleppinger; Membership – Julie Howell and Paula Soehlig; Nominations – Catherine Wood; Programs – Brenda Edwards and Natalie Jackson; Sunshine – Maryann Grauwiler.

    If you are new to the neighborhood, come and see what we are planning for the year. You may want to make suggestions or help on one of the committees. We usually stay after the programs to have lunch together to get to know our neighbors. If you have questions, contact Julie Howell, our Membership Chair, at 519-8005.

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    Cary Flynn - 2019 Golden Acorn Award Winner

    If you spend any time with Cary Flynn you will hear her say “We are SOO lucky to live here!” She has become one of Deercreek’s Ambassadors in the 10 years she’s lived here. You’ll find her with the Friday Night Dining group up at the Club or out on the golf course or hosting a committee meeting or playing Games with a group of Deercreek friends. And she is always looking for ways to make Deercreek better.

    Cary and Gregg lived on Long Island, NY for 36 years before moving here on the advice of their long-time friends Paul and Adele Kunzweiler. In 1992 Cary had joined the Smithtown Central School District working in the Department of Special Education, then eventually moving to the Assistant Superintendent’s Office and finally retiring as Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools. Gregg retired from the school district in 2000 after serving 32 years as a high school teacher and administrator. In 2002, he accepted a position as a professor at Dowling College and a year later became the chair of the Department of Secondary Education. He retired in 2012.

    They have two children: Sean, a former Assistant United States Attorney, and currently a General Counsel for a pharmaceutical firm in Boston; and Heather, a surgical nurse at the Mayo Clinic, who is currently working towards her Doctorate in Nursing Practices at UNF. And they have been blessed with six grandchildren.

    Cary and Gregg moved to Deercreek the Summer of 2009. Cary had just retired and they were very excited about starting a new chapter in their lives.

    She jumped in with enthusiasm as, at the first meeting of the Home and Garden Club that Cary attended in the Fall of 2009, she volunteered to serve on the Programs Committee! This lasted for two years until 2011 when she became Secretary of the Home and Garden Club. In 2013 Cary stepped up to become Vice President and in 2014 took on the office of President, which she held for four years. During her tenure she was a very hands-on, detail-oriented leader and worked continuously to search out ways for the Home and Garden Club to contribute to Deercreek. Cary has worked on the Special Projects Committee, recently procuring two additional deer along the drive; the Holiday Decorations Committee, and the Fashion Show Committee, which delights us every year with a beautiful Spring outing.

    Cary is also a member of the Deercreek Women’s Alliance and served on the Membership Committee when first joining the Alliance. She is an avid reader and belongs to the Deercreek Book Club as well as the Deercreek Ladies’ Nine Hole Golfers.

    Cary is an active member of Holy Family Parish where she is a Eucharistic Minister and a part of the Prayer Shawl Ministry. This ministry has provided over 400 blessed shawls, either knitted or crocheted, to those with emotional or physical needs in the Jacksonville community, in other parts of the United States, and as far away as South America and Africa.

    Cary and Gregg have always said they were very lucky to settle in the Deercreek Golf and Country Club. But we think that the Deercreek community is very lucky to have them here and we’re proud to honor her with the Golden Acorn Award this year to acknowledge her contributions to Deercreek and the Jacksonville community.

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    Deercreek Home and Garden Club

    When was the last time you walked around Deercreek and really looked at your surroundings -and not just your shoes as you tried not to trip? With the scorching heat we have had this year, did you remember to appreciate the patches of shade cast by the many trees along the way?

    Those trees didn’t just appear out of the blue and the builders/developers didn’t provide nearly enough when they put in the landscaping for the homes. So, the Home & Garden Club ladies got to work and organized the 1999 Tree Sale to “Green Up Deercreek”. They focused on Street Trees that would eventually provide a leafy canopy, attract songbirds, produce oxygen and help dry out our boggy soil. The Davy/Big Tree Experts provided the trees at a group discount and planted them for the homeowners who bought them. The ‘Honor Tree Program’ was also started where a tree would be planted in honor of a loved one.

    Those 125 trees did so well that in 2000 we bought more and the Home & Garden Club began planting a Live Oak tree to honor each of its Golden Acorn Award winners who have shown community leadership and helped Deercreek grow and mature. It was also possible to buy flowering trees to brighten up the rest of your yard. The last major Tree Sale was in 2010 and we have begun to run out of places to put our Honor Trees, but you can look around your property and see where you could put a new tree and invest in our environment.

    There are more than 230 trees in Deercreek now that give shade, beauty and oxygen to our residents and all the wildlife that shares our space. So, if you see Mary Louise Selzer, Rita Allen, Nancy Jantz, Charlotte Johnson, Sandy Montgomery, Mary Stelbrink or Cheryl Stokes, please thank them for organizing and implementing the various Tree Sale Programs over the years. The picture shows how bare Vineyard Lake Rd N. looked in the beginning. What a difference a few years make!

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