January 13, 2024

The meeting of the WLE POA Recreation Committee was called to order by Tri Chair Lonnie Galovic at 10:05 a.m., Saturday, January 13, 2024, in the Adult Lodge.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Lonnie wished everyone a Happy New Year.  He thanked all the volunteers for making our events successful.


Minutes for November were sent via e-mail to all members. A motion was made by Al Cucciniello to accept the minutes as presented; seconded by Sue Mack. All were in favor; none opposed.  Minutes were accepted.

The treasurer’s reports for November and December were read by Lonnie. 

Balance forwarded on October 31, 2023 was $47,874.70.  Total revenue was $1,652.55; total expenses were $1,051.40. Ending balance of November 30 is $48,475.85.  Our account includes checking, Venmo $500.00 and CD of $10,000.00 for a grand total of $58,975.85.  Gwenn Phillips made a motion to accept November’s Treasurer’s report, second by Martin Logue.  All were in favor, no opposition, November’s Treasurer’s Report was accepted.

December’s Treasurer’s report started with a forwarding balance of $48,475.85 as of November 30, 2023.

Revenue was $6,124.67; expenses were $6.025.71 for a total of $48,574,81 in the checking account.  Venmo of $500 added, CD value of $10,000.00.  Total balance on hand of $59, 074.81 as of December 31, 2023. Eileen McGregor made a motion to accept December’s Treasurer’s report, second by John Mollahan.  All were in favor, no opposition, December’s Treasurer’s Report was accepted.

Frank Carrotozzolo reported on money spent/earned during the last quarter of 2023 Recreation events. Spooktacular earned $314.88; Holiday Gathering – $77.89; Tree Lighting  $60.92 spent for hot cocoa;  Very Merry Christmas earned $519.84; $298.30 profit from Card Bingo; $62.12 expense from Thursday breakfast; Craft Fair made $53.27; Craft Shop made $1,692.32;  a $902.70 profit from New Year’s Eve, and the Office Party cost of $500.00.

Martin thanked Frank and Diane for a great New Year’s Eve party.


Card Bingo– Casandra Galovic reported that it is going very well. Between 45 – 60 people in attendance.  Some new faces, some old faces. 

Thursday coffee– Casandra reported that it is going well.  She will adjust food order since most snow birds have left.

Pre-Holiday Event – well attended, approx. 117 participants – good time.

Christmas tree lighting– Dec-2, 5:30-6:00 pm. Tree at office.  Casandra and Lonnie reported that attendance was good; slight issue with tree lighting-taken care of.  About 100 served with cookies and hot chocolate. Some discussion of best location; needs to be outside.

Craft Fair– Kathy Navetta reported on a very successful event. There were 22 vendors using 35 tables.  Kathy supplied coffee and cookies.  Casandra reminded her that coffee is available from pantry.  There was one catch – fewer tables were available at the last moment. Some discussion followed and decision made to give each vendor a table for the entrance fee.  Kathy will chair again next year, thinking of doing another when weather is nice.       

Fire Truck Santa– did not do well – not a lot of people watching.  Terry C feels it will be better to coordinate with tree lighting as in past.

Very Merry Christmas Party  Casandra reported that event was well attended, actually sold out. Mr. and Mrs. Claus had to be replaced due to illness.  Billy Raimondi was Santa and Mrs. Claus was Dolores Murray.

Karaoke – Did not take place. 

New Years Eve Party  Frank Carrotozzolo reported that 115 people attended.  Event a success.

Chili Cookoff– Stephanie Bradford apologized for cancelling event.  Will reschedule.

Digital Board– Jerry Beskovoyne was present at meeting and spoke about digital board being considered at main entrance.  He was able to answer lots of questions. He feels completed sign and support structure will cost between $36,000 and $37,000.  Size is 6’ x 8’. The “board” will have a three year guaranty with a 10 year life expectancy. He has not had any issue with his sign. Lots of unanswered questions: exact placement of sign, who pays for what maintenance?, how sensitive is it to damage? is it insurable? who does posting – PDF files?  Lead time for board approximately six weeks, total structure two months.  

Al Cucciniello made a motion that Recreation Committee give WLE POA a one-time amount of $15,000 toward the purchase of digital board.  Motion was seconded by Rich Yack.  Vote was taken.  Ten votes for expenditure; nine votes against. Recording secretary has list of those voters. Motion was carried by a slim margin.

Upcoming Business-

Superbowl party- “Superbowl” copywrite – ?? Big Game Party – held February 11, starts at 5:30 P.M. in the Main Clubhouse.  Tickets are $15 each, cut-off date 2/5 or until 75 tickets sold, BYOB.  Food includes – 1st and 2nd quarters -snacks, sandwiches, cole slaw; halftime: Chili, Mac and Cheese, hot dogs; 3rd and 4th quarters – coffee and dessert. Participants encouraged to bring comfortable chairs.

Wacky Winter Weekend – will be Saturday, February 17 through Monday, February 19.  On the schedule is an Ice Cream Social, Saturday 2/17 in the Main Clubhouse at 5:00 – 6:30, $1 per person, sign-up in the office, deadline 2/10; Bonfire – Saturday 2/17 at Deer Beach, starts at 7:00 P.M., weather permitting, ice skating, hot cocoa, some ’mores; Cardboard Sled Building -Saturday 2/17 Beaver Lodge, Cardboard Sledding on Sunday 2/18 – hill near Rockledge pool, weather permitting.  Family Bingo – Sunday 2/18. Stephanie  Bradford made a motion to increase her budget to $500.  Item tabled until Rec’s annual budget is approved.  Terry C seconded the motion.

New Business-

St. Patrick’s Day Party planned for 3/23 in the Main Clubhouse.  Martin and Michelle L will chair.  Looking into getting bagpipers.  It will be a family party. They will furnish details at our next meeting.

Easter Egg Hunt – Cassandra will chair.  Date is Saturday, March 30, 11:00 – 1:00.  She will serve hot dogs and chips.  She will have to buy more eggs.

Designer Bag Bingo– Casandra chairing, Saturday before Mothers’ Day (May 11, 2024).  Wants to combine with a luncheon. In the Main Clubhouse from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  She made a motion to have a budget of $3,500; Michelle L seconded.  Vote tabled until Rec’s annual budget approved.

Mothers’ Day Brunch – Lonnie made a motion to chair a Mothers’ Day Brunch on May 12, 2024 in the Clubhouse.  It will cost $15 per person from and be 11:00 – 1:00.  John Mollahan seconded.

Memorial Day WeekendFamily Bingo will be held Sunday, May 26.  Stephanie advised doors will open at 6:00, games start 6:30.  Terry C will chair the Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, May 25.  Start will be at Rockledge. Bill Raimondi will chair a Corn Hole tournament – also at Rockledge on May 25.  Details forthcoming.

Cigar event- – All WLE amenities are smoke free.  Cannot be a Recreation event.

2 Bored Mamas– no report.

New Microphones– Frank ordered two mics but they were wrong.  Recreation will contact WLE Board member Kathleen Maynes for advice from POA’s Technology Committee.  List of Recreation’s needs should be included in other tech upgrades.

Venmo  has increased their fee which is attached to a phone. After Martin reviewed transactions with Lorraine, decision made to discontinue service.


Dancing Class – Fatima not present.

Terry C would like to chair an event under the heading of Music in the Park but it would be inside the MCH in April, 2024.  It would be a family event, BYOB.  Details to follow.

Inventory of Decorations Terry is compiling an inventory of decorations and supplies used during events.

Murder mystery night– Stephanie Bradford chair, proposed date and time:  October 19, 6:00 – midnight, Main Clubhouse. Theme to be determined. 50% deposit is required to hold the date. Stephanie will bring details to next meeting.

Summer Events – Frank C recommended that Terry C prepare a tentative schedule for summer events.

Independence Day Celebration – Jerry Beskovoyne volunteered to chair Golf Cart Parade.  Event will take place July 6.

Martin L advised committee that he wants to create activities for kids.  He is aware each adult will have to be vetted before they participate.

There being no further business to come before the committee a motion made by Lonnie to adjourn meeting, seconded by Sue Mack.  All members in agreement. Meeting adjourned at 12:43 P.M.

Respectfully submitted, 

Gwenn Phillips

Recording Secretary