“When the goldenrod is yellow,
And leaves are turning brown –
Reluctantly the summer goes
In a cloud of thistledown.
When squirrels are harvesting
And birds in flight appear –
By these autumn signs we know
September days are here.”
– Beverly Ashour
Dear Ocean Shores Community Club Members,
Dear Ocean Shores Community Club Members,
September comes from Latin septem, “seven” or mensis. September was originally the seventh of ten months on the ancient Roman calendar that began with March (mensis Martius, “Mars‘ month”). Interestingly, September initially had only 29 days. After the reforms that resulted in a 12-month year, September became the ninth month, but retained its name.
September is the time we culminate our summer season and family vacation time. For most, Labor Day signifies the end to one part of our year and the beginning of another. In the spirit of the name and the significance of change, I have seven wonderful shares!!
“An excursion or outing with food usually provided by members of the group and eaten in the open; a pleasant or amusingly carefree experience”
Mr. Webster must have had a premonition when he defined the word ‘picnic.’ Saturday, August 28th, 2021 emerged into a most memorable and fun filled day with the return of OSCC Annual Picnic!!! The event hosted old and new members joining together to enjoy traditional and some non-traditional fare. Seeing family and friends reconnect, sharing updates from the last 18 months, all while enjoying the beautiful bay weather and view created a most memorable and festive afternoon.
The success of OSCC’s Annual Picnic can be greatly attributed to the amazing OSCC staff. The behind-the-scenes preparation as well as the front-line effort was nothing less than extraordinary. Each and every staff member, both old and new, contributed their ideas and talents. Bringing back an annual event during a pandemic, finding ways to keep members safe and providing both food and an environment to host our members was a feat many thought nearly impossible. Please take a moment to thank each and every one of our staff for their efforts and commitment to OSCC. My heartfelt appreciation goes out to the following team members:
Jamie, Chris, Austin, Sally, Ed, Tom, Joey, Jean, Terry, Renee, Donna, Rhonda, Deb, Jenny, Jared, Wade and Jacob
OSCC sense of community was ever present in nearly every aspect of our picnic. Our delicious main course was grilled and served by several of our Board of Trustees and several of our staff. We are truly appreciative of their time, efforts and grilling talents. Many compliments were shared regarding the tastiness of the burgers and hot dogs. Our co-member, Laurie Bullock, created delicious cheesecake treats for us!! Another co-member, Teri, assisted with check-ins to help feed our hungry attendees.
Thank you, Rick, Mark, Carmen and Teresa, Laurie and Terry!!
To all our picnic attendees, I am so grateful you were able to join our event. Witnessing friends, both new and old, laughing, smiling and just enjoying time with each other, brought a sense of normalcy and joy. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
IV. Damon Park Pavilion
Richards Sons Construction has nearly completed our new pavilion at Damon Park. It is looking amazing and we can soon enjoy a wonderful resting area! We are all grateful for their commitment and hard work!
V. The Loft
Previously known as “The Quiet Room” our staff has nearly finished the updates in our newly created room, “The Loft”. Members are enjoying the relaxing feel and beautiful bay view. Come check out your new hangout place, “The Loft”.
VI. Returning Groups
- Bunco is returning to OSCC in September. Feeling lucky? Come join your Community Club friends every Wednesday at 1:00 PM and roll the dice!!!
- Bible Study will resume on Mondays beginning September 13th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
- Mai Jong is also returning Mondays beginning September 13 from 4:45 PM to 7:45 PM.
VII. New Group
Can you checkmate the king? Come join our new club addition, Chess! The strategic game is being played on Thursdays, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Chess is a board game for two players. It is played in a square board, made of 64 smaller squares, with eight squares on each side. Each player starts with sixteen pieces: eight pawns, two knights, two bishops, two rooks, one queen and one king. The goal of the game is for each player to try and checkmate the king of the opponent. Checkmate is a threat (‘check’) to the opposing king which no move can stop. It ends the game.
Just a Few Reminders
Swimmers, please remember to shower before entering the pool or hot tub. This will help maintain the clarity in our water. Our talented team works hard to ensure the water’s chemical levels are safe for swimming. We appreciate your cooperation. Thank you!
Pool and Hot Tub Rules (Bayshore Clubhouse) need to be followed for member and guest safety. Please review the following with family members and guests:
No diving or jumping
Individuals 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult poolside
No one under the age of 13 may enter or use the hot tub area.
Individuals between the ages of 13-17 must use the hot tub and pool with a ‘buddy” at least 13 years or older.
Café ready? October 1, 2021 our café will be re-opened. Our café will be run by J Wright, a talented and experienced chef. J is looking forward to serving you tasty treats! Some of our members had the unique pleasure to meet J during our annual picnic. J was key in the success of our day. He worked the event from beginning to end. Thanks J!! We are so looking forward to your new café offerings!!
Save the DATE!!! On November 13, 2021, members will experience the return of our Holiday Bizarre!! We have many vendors providing unique and beautifully crafted items for your holiday gift giving, or, if you are like me, something for oneself!
I am so proud of our team and all the work and commitment they provide 362 days a year. Ocean Shores Community Club hosts so many wonderful opportunities for each and every member. The limited, caring and talented staff work hard to ensure members experiences are positive, healthy and safe. Due to regular maintenance and the age of our facilities, we consistently will have needs and wants to address. Your support, patience and understanding are so appreciated by the team. We remain committed to bring you the best we are able to bring. We will continue to listen and work to respond in a timely manner whenever possible. I believe we have the perfect team to lead us to our future. You, me and our team are Ocean Shores Community Club. With respectful sharing, positive engagement and open minds and hearts, Ocean Shores Community Club will continue to exemplify the meaning of Community.
The commencement of September is truly amazing. Just like an academic graduation, there are endings and new beginnings. I hope this summer leaves you with wonderful memories and the crisp beginning of fall brings you a harvest of even more wonderful moments with family and friends.
May your September days bring great beauty and joy to you and yours.