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Published on: November 9, 2016

Hi Neighbor! annual get-acquainted event for newcomers

By PHYLLIS HODGES

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BILL HODGES PHOTOS Amy Branigan, new to SCC from Cincinnati, Ohio, is interested in the Security Patrol. Here she talks with Chief Karen Ryan (middle) and Asst. Chief Stevi Schermond about getting involved.

BILL HODGES PHOTOS
Amy Branigan, new to SCC from Cincinnati, Ohio, is interested in the Security Patrol. Here she talks with Chief Karen Ryan (middle) and Asst. Chief Stevi Schermond about getting involved.

In August, Sun City Center Community Association Hospitality Chairman Janet Ditmore, mailed 437 welcome letters to buyers of SCC homes this year. It was also an invitation to the Nov. 4 Hi Neighbor! event at Community Hall. The annual event gives newcomers an opportunity for up-close-and-personal contact with many of the 150+ clubs and organizations that could enhance their SCC lifestyle.

Ditmore and her team of about a dozen volunteers worked closely with the 95 participating clubs and organizations and the CA office staff to make the evening run smoothly — and it did. A crowd of 750 or so residents seeking activity options or stopping in to “just mingle” made their way to the two-hour event.

The following morning an exhausted Ditmore said she was proud of the way the clubs and organizations cooperated.

Janet Ditmore, Hi Neighbor! organizer, said about 750 people took advantage of the opportunity to talk to representatives of SCC service organizations and Community Association clubs.

Janet Ditmore, Hi Neighbor! organizer, said about 750 people took advantage of the opportunity to talk to representatives of SCC service organizations and Community Association clubs.

“We try to tweak the process each year to make it better,” she said. “This year, to relieve parking difficulty for visitors, the people who arrived early to set up and man tables were asked to park in the back parking lot. Nobody grumbled because they knew it would be better for their visitors.”

She also sends out a big thank you to Aston Gardens which donated 500 giant cookies and to the CA maintenance staff that provided valuable set-up support.

This was the 17th year for the Community Association’s Hi Neighbor! event.

 

 

Susan Muise and Dana Ellerbrock were enthusiastically telling guests about Swimdancers, the CA’s synchronized swim group.

Susan Muise and Dana Ellerbrock were enthusiastically telling guests about Swimdancers, the CA’s synchronized swim group.

Janet and Gary Mull, who moved here in August from Apollo Beach, were impressed with the event. “It is nice to meet people and discover all the fun things and activities you can get involved with,” they said.

Janet and Gary Mull, who moved here in August from Apollo Beach, were impressed with the event. “It is nice to meet people and discover all the fun things and activities you can get involved with,” they said.

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