“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”
Welcome July, the dog days of summer. The days between July 3rd and August 11th are often referred to as the “dog days of summer”. This is no reference to canine friends, rather to the time period appearing to be the hottest in the Northern Hemisphere. This term has deep historical roots dating back thousands of years and is actually intertwined with the movement of the stars. The ancient Greeks and Romans are thought to have helped coin the term in reference to the star, Sirius, or Dog Star, that rose just before the sun in late July.
History and Science make July a month to celebrate!
July definitely hosts some interesting facts and holidays. For example, do you know how July got its name? July is named after the famous Roman Leader, Julius Caesar. Prior to this name change, the month was named Quintilis. Quintilis is the Latin word for five, as this was the fifth month in the Roman calendar sequence.
July is most notable for Independence Day celebrations. However, do you remember the other significant July day in America’s history? On July 16, 1969 the crew of the Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Four days later, on July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first human to set foot on the moon. The moon landing will forever be known as one of America’s greatest scientific achievements.
Some other fun July ‘hits’….
- July is National Ice Cream Month (Thank goodness this is a month-long celebration! Personally, I cannot have too much ice cream any time or month in the year).
- The third Monday in July is Global Hug Your Kids Day (Should we not hug our kids every day? Perhaps an extra-long one now. For when they are teenagers hugging results in the cry– “Mom, not in front of my friends!” So, get as many as you can and when you can).
- The 31st of July is International Lifeguard Appreciation Day (This year, this is even more meaningful! Ocean Shores Community Club members are fortunate to have 7 lifeguards to help maintain the safety of our outdoor pools. I personally am grateful to their commitment. Please remember to thank them for joining our team and their hard work)!
The summer season has truly begun and we welcome the sun and the fun we can experience in our little slice of paradise. It is so exciting to see members and guests enjoying the many parks and our facilities. Perkins Pond, located at our Cabana Park provides a wonderful .68-mile trail for our members to enjoy. For those members sharing the path with your canine friends, please be responsible dog owners and clean up after your pets. Ocean Shores Community Club provides dog bags and a disposable pot for members and their pets. Thank you for helping us keep the path clean and enjoyable for all.
With great gratitude to our lifeguards, Ken Peterson Park pool is open 7 days a week. The guards work hard to ensure all safety protocols are practiced with fairness and consistency. Respecting and adhering to their safety instructions in 2021 resulted in absolutely no saves! This is our goal and a record we all wish to repeat in the summer of 2022.
Recently Ken Peterson Park pool was forced to close due to excessive oils restricting the lifeguard pool depth view. If the lifeguards cannot see the bottom of the pool, the safety of members is at risk and the pool must temporarily be closed. To help maintain our pools, keep the filters working correctly and allow for uninterrupted openings, please shower before entering our pool. If you administer sun block, please shower before entering and re-administer the sun block when you exit the pool. Your swimming friends and lifeguards appreciate your assistance to keep our pools both open and safe.
Our parks are so enjoyable and we hope all our members have an opportunity to enjoy all that they have to offer. Sadly, however, our Bill Ellis Park has recently been vandalized. The graffiti was both horrific and offensive. It is disheartening on many levels. It took two talented staff members nearly two days to make the park room acceptable for use again. We now have installed a higher level of security so any future attempts will be rectified with the authorities and potential restitution will be sought.
Beginning in July, our Table Tennis group will be meeting at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM on Tuesdays. Get your work out in before dinner! Contact Sonny for details (352) 359-3563.
Save the Dates!
Our Annual Picnic is scheduled for August 27th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Last year’s return brought so many members together for food, connecting with old acquaintances and making new ones. My staff and I are looking forward to this year’s picnic with some new additions for members to enjoy. This year, we are excited to share that our Slow Jam group will be performing during our annual event! While you enjoy some tasty fare and catch up with friends, you, and all our members will be serenaded with some great music and song. Get those calendars out! Call to secure your place at our annual event celebrating members and friends. Members and their guests can come and chow down while reconnecting with friends and meeting our newest members.
Also, the Holiday Bazaar is planned for November 12th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM! Sally and our team are working on contacting our seasoned vendors and will have space available for several new ones to join this festive occasion and holiday shopping spree. Interested vendors are recommended to contact Sally as soon as possible. Spaces are filling.
A Step Back in Time
One of my favorite duties is to take the step back in time with our members. My staff and I truly enjoyed the story “Puppies! Trades 3 for Repair Bill”. The story was posted in our July 20, 1964 issue. Ms. Corning struggled with finding homes for her 8 puppies. Yet, with a new conundrum on a trip, she found a way! Read about Ms. Corning’s bartering success and the added benefit -a tank full of gas. Check out the article and see how ingenuity and kindness made for a great start to a bright future.
Imagine Chance a la Mer set up with a twisting slalom course for an auto rally! Or, how about a dentist who fills “18 cavities” in Ocean Shores. To find out more about the race and record making news in 1965 in Ocean Shores check out the July 1965 issue of the Observer. Copies of the 1964 and 1965 issues are available for enjoyment in our upstairs loft.
May all your ‘dog days of summer’ be meaningful and provide joyful memories for you as you step forward in time.
Be safe and stay healthy,