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All Rotonda West residents will have the opportunity to tour the new 8,000 square foot Community Center on July 22.
Photo by Wayne Mengel.

Rotonda West Ready to Showcase Its New Community Center
By Don Mahon
All is in readiness for the Grand Opening of Rotonda West's new 8,000 square foot Community Center at 646 Rotonda Circle.
        The celebration begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 22 to 4 p.m. and all residents are invited.
        Members of the American Legion Post 113 Honor Guard will post the colors and lead the crowd in "The Pledge of Allegiance." Then Johnnie Haas will offer her stirring rendition of "God Bless America." Pastor Carl Kaltreider will offer the Invocation. He is the founder and former Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, and a 44-year resident of Rotonda West.
        Russ Kulp, President of the Board of the Rotonda West Association will lead the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony. Earl Haas, chairman of the Community Relations Committee will acknowledge special gifts from several organizations.
       The setting for the new Community Center is the 160-acre Broadmoor Park that features a dozen lakes, walking trails, pine groves and other amenities.
       After the opening ceremony, visitors will be invited to tour the new Community Center and its many features. Light refreshment stations will be available in the building and musical entertainment provided. Golf cart rides will be offered for trips around hiking trails and the 2.1-mile lakes in the center of the Park. Drawings with valuable prizes will be offered throughout the afternoon.
      At 3 p.m., the "Fred Warner Memorial Meeting Room" will be dedicated with his widow Mrs. Merrilee Warner participating. The late Mr. Warner was a 2-time past President of the Association and a 25-year volunteer before his death. He was honored as the community's "Volunteer of the Year" in 2014.
      Attendees are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items and household goods from toothpaste to paper towels for Englewood Helping Hand that is experiencing a seasonal decline in donations. Drop-off containers will be available and the winners will be needy families.
     "The Grand Opening is an opportunity to showcase our new Community Center for residents on what promises to be a banner day for our community," said Russ Kulp, President of the Association. "We are confident that the new Center will become a catalyst for our community by offering a meeting center for our committees and clubs and for residents to relax, socialize and participate in a wide-range of activities."  He added that the new building is expected to increase property values throughout the community.
     Ground was broken last November and the building and its landscaping were completed in seven months. Prime contractor was Synergy Construction LLC of Englewood. The opening of the building will mark a major milestone in the community's 26-year history.



Election Committee Meeting on July 12th
There will be an Election Committee Meeting on July 12th at 2PM at 646 Rotonda Circle.  This will be a Candidate Orientation for anyone interested in running for the Board of Directors and needs any information on how to go about it.  Also, discussion on the upcoming Election.  Deadline for submission of Candidates Info Sheet will be August 11, 2017 at 12:01PM.



Citizen’s Police Academy The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will be holding its next Citizen’s Police Academy starting on Tuesday, May 16th; it will be held at the new District 1 offices on Wilmington Boulevard. Classes meet each Tuesday for seven weeks (May 16 – June 27), and the last class will meet on Thursday June 29th. Classes meet from 5:30 – 9:00 pm, and a light dinner for participants is provided. Topics include, but are not limited to, Forensics, Aviation, K-9, S.W.A.T, and Narcotics.
Registration is required; walk-ins cannot be accommodated. For more information, go to CCSO.ORG and click on the “News and Events” link, then click on “Citizen’s Police Academy”. An application form and contact information are provided.

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Recent News

Rotonda West residents enjoying the Stone Crabs game. Photo by Sue Killion.

"Stone Crabs Energize Rotonda West Crowd with Big Win"
By Don Mahon
The Stone Crabs brought home the bacon....and there were other winners, too...157 Rotonda West residents!
       Saturday, April 29 was "Rotonda West Night" at Charlotte Sports Park and the home team - the Charlotte Stone Crabs....won a competitive game, 2-1. Our fans were in Sections 216 and 217 behind third base and supported the Stone Crabs all the way.
      The Stone Crabs are an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, while the Marauders belong to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both are members of the Florida State League.
Most players are 20, 21 and 22 years old and just starting out in professional baseball. Many past Stone Crabs players have made it to the major-league level. That's one of the big perks of following Stone Crabs baseball.       Our fans epitomize that old chestnut..."baseball and hot dogs go hand-in-hand" as many of our fans put on the feed bag in the stadium's concourse before and during the game.
      Belinda Olsen echoed the sentiments of our fans. "We had a great time at the game, a perfect evening," she said. With her were her husband Don and Belinda's sister and her husband, Mary and Wayne Tipner. "The food was very good, too," Belinda added. The Olsen's live in the White Marsh subdivision, while the Tipner's live in Pinehurst.
      Stone Crabs starting pitcher Michael Santos, 21, of the Dominican Republic, got off to a shaky start in the first inning but settled down to earn the win. The Stone Crabs countered for a run in the bottom of the first inning, and added what was to be the winning run in the fourth inning.
      The announced crowd was 2,579. The low-scoring game accounted for the fast time of 2 hours and 4 minutes, a rarity in today's baseball.
      Crabs shortstop Jake Cronenworth had a hit and ran his hit streak to 23 games. He tied a Rays minor league record and was hitting a lusty 383.
      The Lemon Bay High School Marching Band played a stirring rendition of the "Nation Anthem" before the first pitch They will be heading for Washington, D.C. in July to participate in the Independence Day parade.
     "Rotonda West Night" has become a community tradition in the spring while many "snowbirds" are still here. It's a project of the RWA Community Relations Committee, chaired by Earl Haas. Earl's ticket sales committee were Russ Kulp, Hank Killion and Don Mahon.

Drone video of New RWA Clubhouse
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New RWA Clubhouse

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Christmas Boat Parade and Gazebo Lighting

"Rotonda West Holiday Helpers" Support 30 Families at Thanksgiving

By Don Mahon
Thirty area families will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional and complete Thanksgiving dinner after all, thanks to the generosity of dozens of Rotonda West residents.
The families range in size from two to ten members. At least one member in each family is a student at Vineland Elementary School in Rotonda West. Recipient families are selected by Kristen Rigney. Vineland Elementary School Counselor.
The Rotonda West group is known as "The Holiday Helpers." It was founded 9 years ago by Claudette and Joseph Romano and grows every year. Donations this year totaled $2,081.00.
More than one-half of the funding was provided by members of the Rotonda West Men's Breakfast Club and their wives.
      The staff of the East Englewood Winn-Dixie store collaborated with the Rotonda West "Holiday Helpers" to provide the turkey and all the fixings, as well as breakfast specials. They were Craig Clemens, Winn-Dixie Store Manager; Bridget Warner, Assistant Manager; and Barbara Cox, Produce Manager.
Rotonda West residents contributing were: Sam & Joyce Besase, Bob & Linda Bondeson, George & Lois Burger, Margie Carroll, Nick & Kathy Gizzi, Earl & Johnnie Haas, John & Joanne House, Dale & Rosemarie Jensen, David Kelly (on behalf of Rotonda Golf Partners, Inc,), Russell Kulp, Hank & Sue Killion, Susan Karay (GFWC Rotonda West Woman's Club), George & Donna Krabbe, Jay & Linda Lyons,  Alex & Valerie Moody, Don & Ginni Mahon, Mike Major, Glynn & Julie Perkins, , Stan & Charlotte Plizka,  David & Wanda Pulaski, Joseph & Claudette Romano, Scott & Karen Schermerhorn, Steve & Sue Superak, Andy & Linda Smith, John & Barbara Peszko (Rotonda RV Parking Association, Inc.),  and Walter & Claudette Taylor.

Rotonda West Food Collection Boosts Englewood Helping Hand

By Don Mahon
Rotonda West does it again!
A one-week community-wide effort by Rotonda West residents helped fill the shelves at Englewood Helping Hand's food pantry.
Residents answered the call in large numbers by donating 460 pounds of food and other needed items to benefit needy families in the area. Also, $225.20 in cash was donated.
Howard Goodrich of Englewood Helping Hand expressed his appreciation. "The summer months are typicality the leanest months of the year for food donations and other necessities," he said. "We are very grateful to the Rotonda West community."
Jay Lyons, RWA Manager, Scott Feldkamp, Assistant Manager, and the Association staff coordinated the collection at the new Rotonda West Association administration offices. Earl Haas, Community Relations Committee chairman, and Directors Russ Kulp and Hank Killion, as well as Jay and Scott, helped load the vehicle.
Englewood Helping Hand also is the beneficiary of food, toys and cash collections at the community's popular Christmas Parades. In the last two years, 2014 and 2015, 3,640 pounds, or more than 1 1/2 tons, of food items have been donated by spectators along the 3-mile parade route. In addition, ninety-two toys and $700.00 in cash were also donated.
These projects are the responsibility of the RWA's Community Relations Committee led by Earl Haas as Chairman. "Once again, Rotonda West proves it is a caring community, looking after our own and others," Mr. Haas commented.
The 10th Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 10.

Photos by Sue Killion

Long-awaited Community Center Underway in Rotonda West

By Don Mahon

A traditional groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday (7/9/16) marked the beginning of construction of a new 8,000 square foot Community Meeting Center in Rotonda West.
Several hundred residents attended the event at the site of the new Rotonda West Association administrative offices and the future Center at 646 Rotonda Circle.
Participating in the shovel-turning ceremony were Association Directors, including RWA President Glynn Perkins, Russ Kulp, Scott Schermerhorn, Hank Killion, Andy Vanscyoc, and Peter Traverso. Also manning shovels were RWA Manager Jay Lyons and Assistant Manager Scott Feldkamp as did Terry Osborn representing the architect, Osborn Associates, and Paul Bigness, the builder, Synergy Construction. Charlotte County Commissioner Stephen H. Deutsch represented County government. Pastor Carl Kaltreider led the gathering in an opening prayer.
About one-half of the facility under air will house the meeting rooms. A kitchen, library, lounge, veranda and other amenities will be included. The new building will overlook two scenic lakes in the center of the 169-acre property, a former 9-hole golf course.
The footprint of the new Center will be the former golf course putting green. "Our new Meeting Center is the culmination of many months of planning and hard work by our very capable volunteers," said Glynn Perkins, RWA President. Completion of the Center is expected by the end of the year.
Ten lakes and ponds dot the landscape. Future plans for the property include many passive uses, including fishing, walking and jogging paths, bicycling, open field recreation, nature and flower gardens, and wildlife viewing.
For the past 25 years, the Association had been operating in a former bowling alley on Cape Haze Drive that outlived its usefulness several years ago.

Photos by Sue Killion

Rotonda West Fans on Hand for Stone Crabs Win

Fireworks were the order of the night, both on the field and after the game! On "Rotonda West Night," 120 residents filled Section 216 at Charlotte Sports Park as the Charlotte Stone Crabs managed only two hits but outscored the Tampa Yankees 3-1 on Saturday night.

It was a strange game. The highly-rated Yankees pitcher, James Kaprielian, took a no-hitter into the 6th inning when the Stone Crabs manufactured 3 runs on a walk, a squeeze play and Yankee misplays but with no hits. Stone Crabs starter Chris Pike matched the highly-touted Kaprielian pitch-for-pitch. Kaprielian, from Tustn, California, was the New York Yankees 2014 first round draft pick and currently the #4 prospect in the organization. Chris Pike, from Watermill, New York, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth round of the 2014 draft.

Fans were treated to a colorful and thunderous post-game fireworks display to cap off the evening.

Before the start of the game, a large cheer went up in Section 216 when Rotonda West's Charlotte Plizga let fly the ceremonial first pitch. It landed just short of home plate but drew cheers anyway. She had won the "'first pitch" contest at the ticket sales. Many Rotonda West fans were spotted wearing Stone Crabs and Tampa Bay Rays gear while a spattering wore uniform jerseys with the recognizable Yankees logo.

"Rotonda West Night" is an annual event sponsored by the Rotonda West Association's Community Relations Committee led by Earl Haas, working with Hallie Rubins of the Stone Crabs Marketing Department.

Photos by David Pulaski

Community Open House

Over 100 residents attended the Rotonda West Association's Spring Community Open House on Tuesday evening, March 29th.

Community service and social clubs were also on hand to explain their programs. The GFWC Woman's Club gained 20 new members and distributed an equal number of "Welcome to Rotonda West" books. The Fiesta Association, the community's premier social club, added 11 couples, while Neighborhood Watch gained 5 patrols. The Rotonda Elks Club signed up 8 new members, and both Englewood's Big Brothers Big Sisters and Brookdale Rotonda Senior Living reported positive results. Other exhibitors also added to their ranks.

The event is in its eighth year. The next Community Open House is scheduled for next November. The event is the responsibility of the RWA Community Relations Committee.

Photos by David Pulaski



Video Commemorates Our 25th Anniversary

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Rotonda West Association, a special in-depth video has been produced on the history of the 26,000 acres we call Rotonda West and the unique development of our community. Doing the honors are highly-qualified Rotonda West historians Jack Alexander and Pastor Carl Kaltreider. The Moderator is Jay Lyons, RWA Manager. Running time is 56 minutes. Click here to access the video

Going Green with West Ways

In line with a modern-day trend by many organizations, the Rotonda West Association has adopted its Electronic Communications Program designed to minimize printing and mailing costs for issues of West Ways and other Association documents.

Under the ECOM Program, all owners have the opportunity to read the newsletter on-line and in full color. All issues are posted on the West Ways Newsletter link on the right under thr menu. Eventually, the Association mailing list will be culled and only those owners who have not opted for the ECOM program will continue to receive printed copies of West Ways and other RWA documents.

So far, more than 1,000 members have chosen to read the newsletter on line, as well as receive billings such as the annual assessment and other documents via email.

If you have an email account and prefer to view issues on-line, send an email to Manager Jay Lyons at manager@rotondawest.org. Include your name, property address and account number and request participation in the ECOM Program. The ECOM program could eventually save the Association thousands of dollars in printing and postage costs. Sign up now!