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    Mark Woods, columnist for The Florida Times Union and a recipient of the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship, will be the guest speaker for the Garden Club on Sept. 25. The program will begin at 11:00 with lunch offered afterwards. Mark will be speaking about his book, Lassoing the Sun, and copies will be available for purchase.

    For many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his family and headed to America’s national parks. His most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like the Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks.

    On the eve of turning 50 and feeling a little burned out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors. He’d spent a year visiting the national parks. He planned to take his mother to a park she’d not yet visited and re-create his childhood trips with his wife and their iPad-generation daughter.

    But then the unthinkable happened: His mother was diagnosed with cancer and given just months to live. Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of national parks, but it grew into something more: a book about family, the parks, and the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind.

  • 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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