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RESORT UPDATE

Resort Manager Appointed:

ARCAP, LC, the management company for Williston Crossings RV Resort, proudly announces the appointment of Teresa Fuller as Resort Manager.  She brings with her extensive RV resort and property management experience.

Teresa is in full charge of all day to day operations. Hopefully you have noticed some of the enhancements already implemented. As she continues to gain an understanding of the operations and needs of the Resort you will see many more enhancements to an already great property. 

We know she will do everything in her power to make your stay with us an unforgettable experience. She is excited and already in love with the property and its guests. Please address any concerns and suggestions directly to Teresa.

We know she will do a fantastic job.  Please join us in welcoming her to the Williston Crossings RV Resort Team!

Alan Wallace and Bob Ruais

 

WOOD SHOP UPDATE

Members of the Williston Crossings Wood Shop have taken on several larger projects this summer.  These larger projects were completed in addition to many needed repairs throughout Williston Crossings RV Resort.  We also spent several days preparing for Hurricane Irma and subsequently cleaning up debris.  The Wood Shop also completed private projects within the Resort to offset the cost of replacing worn and aging tools. The projects completed include the following:

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  • Installed the finishes on the interior portion of the new Office front doors.
  • Refurbished and stained many picnic tables.
  • Installed a new cabinet in the Clubhouse to secure various audio systems.
  • Installed reflectors on the entrance and exit gates at the 5th Street and 121 entrances.
  • Installed two base cabinets in the Activity Center restrooms to support the sinks.
  • Completed interior finishes & fabricated the front steps on the Park Model located on Site 30.
  • Rebuilt sink in the Caboose to incorporate both a triple sink & a separate hand wash sink.  The Caboose has since passed inspection and should be open for the new season.
  • Two boats are being refurbished for use in the Quarry.
  • Constructed a 200-sq. ft. expansion of the Clubhouse kitchen which includes two storage rooms.  The design mimics a southern style house with a front porch.  It provides four serving bars equipped with independent electrical outlets.

There are still some repairs to complete from Hurricane Irma and new projects within Williston Crossings RV Resort.

[Author:  Bob Andrew]

ACTIVITIES

Residents enjoyed the increased number of activities in October including our Annual Pig Roast featuring the local band R Style, a very popular group with our residents. The ladies of Mid Life Crisis, a musical comedy group from Brooksville, entertained us at the Halloween Dinner Dance.  Numerous costumed residents competed for prizes. 

veterans_day_2017.jpgNovember started off with three events honoring our veterans.  The Harvest Dinner Dance on Friday, November 10, featured Fred Campbell’s Tribute to Veterans.  On Saturday morning, the City of Williston hosted the Veterans Day Parade.  Williston Crossings’ trolley was decked out in patriotic splendor.  Our veterans walked beside or rode the trolley while decorated golf carts and a vintage replica roadster followed behind.  

After the Williston parade, we travelled through the Resort displaying appreciation for our veterans.   Later that afternoon, a ceremony was held at our Memorial Garden.  Veterans from all branches of service participated.  The Raising of Colors and military flags was particularly moving.

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A beautiful Red, White & Blue Quilt donated by Bonnie McClun was raffled.  The raffle was for veterans only and Bill Johnson was our winner!

On Thanksgiving Day, the clubhouse will be filled with more than 200 residents for a traditional dinner of turkey, ham and all the sides.  Residents will bring desserts to share.  Following this annual festive feast, we will retire to our homes with the obligatory “food coma.”  And…we will repeat this again next month with our annual Christmas Dinner!     

The theme for our New Year’s Eve Party is Bring in the New Year with a Mix of Music & Magic!"  Highlights of what is planned after the holidays are:

JANUARY:
Tues, Jan 2-Potluck (held every other Tues)
Thur, Jan 4-Resort Info Meeting
Fri, Jan 5-Resort Yard Sale
Fri, Jan 5-Dance with Brett Baker
Tues, Jan 9-Rib Night & Anthem Family Concert
Wed, Jan 10-Shuffleboard Fest (held 2nd Wed & last Sun)
Fri, Jan 12- Dance with Fred Campbell
Sun, Jan 14-Ice Cream Social (held every 2nd & 4th Sun)
Wed, Jan 17-Day Trip: Tampa RV Show
Fri, Jan 19-Meet ‘n Greet with Spoon Man
Wed, Jan 24-Day Trip:  Sarasota/Ringling Bros. Museum
 
FEBRUARY:
Fri, Feb 2-Boots & Britches Concert
Sun, Feb 4-Super Bowl Party
Fri, Feb 9-Mardi Gras Party
Sat, Feb 10-Gospel Concert with Rob Mills
Sun, Feb 11-Day Trip: Valentine River Cruise
Wed, Feb 14-Valentine’s Day Dinner Show
Thur, Feb 22-Day Trip: Tarpon Springs
Fri, Feb 23-Ladies Tea
Sat, Feb 24-Dance with Shadow Ridge Band
 
MARCH:
Wed, Mar 7-Day Trip: Casino Boat Trip
Fri, Mar 9-Talent Show
Sat, Mar 10-Craft Show
Fri, Mar 16-Music & Dance with Buchholz HS Jazz Band
Sat, Mar 11-St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance with Landslide
Mar 21, 22, 23 & 24-Until We Meet Again Celebration

VETERANS DAY KEY NOTE ADDRESS - Paul Bahlin, Speaker

On Veterans Day, those attending Williston Crossings Veterans Ceremony listened as Paul Bahlin eloquently told a story of courage and bravery.  His timely, poignant message appears below. 

WHY WE HONOR VETERANS

50 years ago I was stationed on the USCGC Basswood, a not very glamorous, 180 ft. buoy tender; basically a big crane with a boat under it. We were working in a very primitive area of the Mekong river in South Vietnam. It was mostly muddy, reed infested, islands with a few villages and we stopped at one for a day to wait for supplies.

The people in this village made their living selling firewood downstream. Every day the men would paddle upstream to harvest drifting debris. The women and children stayed behind to knock the wet bark from the previous days harvest.

This went on every day of the year; 12, 13, 14 hour days in 100 degree heat with stifling humidity. I’ve never forgotten that little village, with everybody from naked 2-year-old babies to the oldest woman, squatting in a circle in the mud, knocking sticks together for their next meal.

I was standing on the bridge looking down on this scene that could have been from the bronze age and, I remember thinking, who does this? Who sends their treasure and the blood of their young to these alien places? We do! Americans do it, mostly our military, and we have never asked for anything in return, but the few acres of land it took to bury our dead.  We don’t do it for conquest, or colonization, or subjugation, or to enslave the people there. We do it to help! You can argue whether or not we should have been in some of those places but you can never argue that we’ve been there for ignoble or immoral reasons. The evidence for this is the 24 foreign cemeteries, holding a quarter million of our young people, that we have left behind. It is all we ever asked for from the countries we have fought in and it’s all that we have ever left behind.

I didn't want to talk in generalities about honor, and sacrifice, and heroism today. These are all relevant and important things of course, but using these terms dresses up what lies beneath. They disguise the horror, the stench, the terror, the blood and the death that are the sea these things float upon.

So instead of generalities, I thought it would be good to see what honor, sacrifice and heroism actually look like and I came across a powerful story that sort of rips off those fancy clothes. It was told in a 2008 speech by General John Kelly when he was commander of all the U.S. and Iraqi troops in Iraq.

It’s a story about 22-year-old Corporal Jonathan Yale, a dirt poor mixed race kid from rural Virginia and Lance Corporal Jordan Hearter, a 20-year-old middle class white kid from Long Island. The story tells us about the last six seconds of their lives.  Here's their story in General Kelly's words....

SIX SECONDS TO LIVE

When I read the situation report about the incident a few hours after it happened I called the regimental commander for details as something about this struck me as different. Marines dying or being seriously wounded is commonplace in combat. We expect Marines regardless of rank or MOS to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different.

The regimental commander had just returned from the site and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event—just Iraqi police. I figured if there was any chance of finding out what actually happened and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I’d have to do it as a combat award that requires two eye-witnesses and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washington would never buy Iraqi statements.  If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer.

I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.” The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion.

All survived. Many were injured…some seriously. One of 10 the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.” “What I didn’t know until then,” he said, “and what I learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal.” Choking past the emotion he said, “Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did. No sane man. They saved us all.”

What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.

You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” The two Marines had about five seconds left to live.

It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was halfway through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were—some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live.

For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing nonstop, the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the son-of-a-bitch who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers—American and Iraqi—bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe, because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.

The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty—into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight—for you. 

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I saw a sidewalk interview the other day, where a college girl was asked if she would like to see America great again. She looked confused by the question and said, “What? America was never great.” It broke my heart. I would like for her to spend a few days on that mud island in the Mekong delta, banging the bark off sticks so she could eat a bowl of rice the next day; half dressed, no iPhone, no shoes, no air conditioning, no medicine, and no cocoa before stretching out in the mud for a fitful night slapping at giant mosquitoes. 

America has always been great. It’s never been perfect, but always great and good, with unbelievable patriots that step forward into danger. That girl won’t likely ever be tested like those marines in the alley because young warriors are standing out in front of her, giving up their lives, leaning into danger so that she can live in luxurious ignorance.  

We stand here today for them!

BREAKING NEWS!

On November 13, the City of Williston’s Woman’s Club

awarded Barbara and Buddy Dossey “YARD OF THE MONTH”

for the City of Williston! 

When you are out and about in the Resort,

check it out on Jasmine Street!  

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DEADLINES APPROACHING!

Open registration begins for all Day Trips Friday, November 23, 2017.  Come to the 121 Building at the North Gate from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Betty Young will assist you with your registration Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday.  Payments must be either cash or check.

Betty is now taking payment for the St. Augustine Trip scheduled for December 13, 2017.  Deadline to pay is December 1, 2017.

All remaining trips must be paid for at the time of registration.  Seating is limited so don't delay!  Our trips are as follows:

  • January 17 - Tampa RV Show
  • January 24 - Sarasota: Ringling Museum 
  • February 11 - Valentine River Cruise 
  • February 22 - Tarpon Springs 
  • March 7 - Victory Casino Cruise