To provide and foster social opportunities among former and current
Massachusetts residents residing in The Villages, Florida.

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April 15thMeeting
As I indicated at the March meeting, we are going to try something a little different at the April meeting. Many of you have suggested in past Club Surveys that we consider REGIONAL TABLES as a way for members to see and meet folks from "their neck of the woods", so, the room will have areas broken down in the following areas: Western MA; Central MA; Boston/Metro Boston; South Shore; North Shore; and Cape Cod. There will be time to socialize before we have the presentation by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and after the presentation. Please bring snackies to share at your table and BYOB. As always you are asked to support the Club with your 50/50 ticket purchases and for anyone wearing a Club shirt, you will receive 1 free 50/50 ticket for a special drawing. Coffee and tea will be available. This will be our last meeting until September 16th!!!!!!!

New Badges Information
The April meeting will be the last time to order your NEW Club badges. All orders must be in by April 30th. The badges are $6.00 each, cash or checks made out to Bob Martin are accepted as payment. The order forms will be available at the April meeting and any badges ordered to date will be available for pick-up at the April 15th meeting.

The 2015-2016 Club Survey:
The annual survey responses are helpful to us as we plan activities and trips for you during the Club Year. At the March meeting, each table was asked to do a joint response to the survey so we could get an idea of your thoughts for the coming year. We received some good thoughts and suggestions but realize that there are many of you who were not present at the March Meeting and your thoughts are important to us as well. We ask you to please read and respond to the survey (It's under "DOWNLOAD PAGES") and either bring it to the April meeting or mail it to me at 427 Flossmoor Ct., The Villages, FL 32162. Your suggestions are important to us and our hope is that you will give thoughtful consideration to your responses. We believe strongly that this is YOUR Club and we want to be sure to offer you the types of programs that you will enjoy and/or from which you can learn something. Everything we have planned or instituted for the Club over the past few years has come from suggestions you have provided for us from these annual surveys. We do pay attention to your suggestions.

Our President's Corner
Dear Baystaters;
Happy Easter and Passover greetings to all! I hope that any of our Seasonal members who have left us have had safe journeys back North and that your time in the North is enjoyable until you are back among us again!
A huge THANK YOU to all the Club members who volunteered at the March meeting. All went smoothly because of your efforts! Can you believe that the last meeting of the 2014-2015 Club year will be next week on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the Lincoln Room of the Laurel Manor Recreation Center??!!?? Where has this year gone??????

Please note: I need a couple of volunteers for the 50/50 table.

By way of an update: Sam our usual 50/50 person is currently in rehab after undergoing an unexpected triple by-pass and aortic valve repair. We wish him a good recovery so he is back among us next year collecting 50/50 monies!!!!!!!

Bus Trip to Clearwater Calypso Queen April 30th 2015: We will be leaving at 9:30 AM, HOWEVER, the location of the pick-up is changed. There has been a recent directive sent to all the bus companies and to resident Club leaders from District Manager Janet Tutt that pick-ups are no longer allowed at downtown areas OR at RECREATION CENTERS. After talking with other Club leaders and with the bus company, we have determined that our pick up will be at the WAL-MART on 466 at the far end of the property by the stand alone pharmacy. Please carpool to the extent possible and park your cars near that location so business is not impeded in any way. I did write to Janet Tutt asking for an exception as our pick-up location has never been an issue but District leadership is uncompromising in this position, so this is the best we could do under the circumstances.

Membership Application/Renewal:
The Club is open to Villagers who have ever called the Bay State "home". For information, call Joan Puleo at 352-259-8007. If you wish to join the Club for the 1st time, you can find the Membership Application form on this website.

Club Membership has increased dramatically over the past few years and we THANK YOU for your support of our efforts and for helping to "spread the word" about the Club. Will you continue to do so by encouraging your Massachusetts friends who are not now members to join and be a part of our Club events?

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