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By Peggy Chandler
Royal Pines has lost a wonderful friend and neighbor, John Hines, who passed away on July 8. 2013. John was often found in his seat at Lady’s Island Country Club when he wasn’t playing golf or volunteering. John served on the Board of Directors of Royal Pines Homeowners and was active in the Beaufort community. He and his wife Kay have been married for 52 loving years. An e-mail from John was always signed…Cheers! Well, Cheers to you John Hines, you were a good guy!Col. Bob and Annette Rauenhorst will be leaving Royal Pines when they move to North Carolina to begin new phases of their lives. Bob will begin a new assignment with the Marines and they both will be “empty nesters” for the first time. The three Rauenhorst girls, Sarah, Megan and Whitney will all be away at college this fall, two at Clemson and one at USC in Columbia. Annette served on the Board of Directors of Royal Pines Homeowners and for many of those years, with John Hines. Some members of the 2009 Board of Directors for Royal Pines got together for dinner to say a farewell to Annette and Bob. They may return to Beaufort one day – they loved their time here. …..and we hope they do!
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By Peggy Chandler
Just in case you haven’t heard, we have some great news for Royal Pines residents: Lady’s Island Country Club is planning to undergo extensive renovations scheduled to begin in late June of this summer!
According to Jeff Fischer, the owner, the clubhouse will be totally “skinned” and the only thing that will remain the same is the center fireplace. The kitchen will be completely remodeled and updated, and the chic new design in the bar and dining room will hopefully attract young, new members. Outdoor dining will be added where the pool is currently located and all furnishings will be replaced with a Lowcountry design.
The golf course and pro shop will remain open during the renovations. The pro shop will also double as the snack shop and serve sandwiches and drinks while the restaurant is being renovated. The pool is being moved to a new location possibly near the existing putting green, plans are to close it for the summer.
Renovations are expected to be completed by Christmas of 2013. With new and updated facilities, the club hopes to schedule more events like weddings and business meetings. They plan to have free WiFi, a coffee station, and other amenities to attract such events and new members.
Gary Stoeffler, of Pickens Street, and a member of “The Remnants”, will be playing at Back Porch Grill, Landing Drive, Port Royal on June 7 and July 5 from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m.
Betty Fulcher, of Rivers Court, who was the subject of my article recently, has taken a fall and will be at BMH for rehab for a few weeks. We wish Betty a full and speedy recovery so she can get back to her walker-dancing!
The Bunco Babes of Royal Pines are in need of substitutes for our group. We play on the second Tuesday and the third Wednesday of each month. If you are interested in subbing and a chance to meet neighbors please call me at 322-0472 or email at email@example.com.Read More →
By Peggy Chandler
When I think of “the genteel Southern lady”, Betty Fulcher comes to mind. I visited Betty at her Rivers Court home, so that I could get to know her a little better and be able to tell you too about this Southern lady.
Betty Jo Neff and Clyde Fulcher were high school sweethearts in Roanoke, Va., where they were married — a marriage that lasted for almost 60 years until Clyde passed away five years ago. Betty told me that her husband was a very fun, loving man as she reminisced about some of their escapades with a smile.
Betty took ballet and tap lessons through high school. Then, after graduation, she was a member of the Roanoke Civic Center’s ballet troupe. To this day, she enjoys dancing — even with her walker.
Clyde was an Oral Surgeon in the Navy, with duty stations in many places along the East Coast. For a time, the Fulchers also lived in Cuba where Betty kept herself busy with her family and as well as volunteering as the “Gray Lady” at a local hospital.
When the Fulcher girls were involved in swim meets or school activities, they could count on their parents being there for them. On the day that I visited Betty, her daughter Juley was visiting, and since Betty does not like to sing her own praises, Juley was a big help. Juley told me that Betty is a painter, a wonderful cake decorator and a costume maker — to name just a few of her talents.
These days Betty spends her time enjoying daughter Mary Beth and her family, who also live in Royal Pines, as well as visits from Juley, who is a resident of Washington, D.C. Betty also enjoys reading romance novels.
Betty will be adding a member to her own household when her new kitten arrives. She is a “Ragdoll” breed that is known for its gentle behavior. She is a gentle cat for a genteel lady. When I asked Betty what she planned to name her new friend, she said “Precious” — just like Betty!Read More →
By Peggy Chandler
On January 27, John and Carol Clark of Wade Hampton Drive were proud of their granddaughter, Chelsea Berner, a senior at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, who presented her Senior Voice Recital
on campus at Roxy Grove Hall. Chelsea is a mezzo-soprano and sang several songs in German, Spanish, French and English. She was accompanied on piano by Mr. Stephen Morris. Fulfilling a class requirement, she is currently teaching music at a public school, as well as at a private school. She is also a long-time employee of Starbucks. Chelsea’s aspiration is to become a musical conductor. Carol had the pleasure of traveling to Texas to attend the recital and she said she thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
Maritza Schmidt of Rivers Court celebrated her birthday with friends at Olive Garden with an enjoyable luncheon. Maritza received many gifts for her birthday but I know her favorite was a video in which her grandson, Harrison, sings Happy Birthday to her — precious and priceless!
Royal Pines birthdays for the month of March are: Kathy and Bill Adams of Wade Hampton Drive.
The Beaufort Women’s Republican Club members attended a lovely tea at The Beaufort Inn and hosted by Rep. Shannon Erickson. From Royal Pines, Carol Clark, Mary Cieplowski, Maritza Schmidt and I attended the event to listen to Teddy Turner who is one of 16 Republican candidates for the first congressional district seat left vacant when Tim Scott was tapped to fill Jim DeMint’s senate seat. Teddy was an interesting, focused and enthusiastic speaker — to see or hear him and others on the slate, please check Technical College of the Lowcountry schedule. Primary elections will be held March 19.
On February 22 and 23, Friends of Caroline Hospice will be host to Bands, Brews and BBQ, an event to benefit this great organization. Activities will take place on Paris Avenue in Port Royal.
Beaufort American Legion Post 9, of which there are members from Royals Pines, is sponsoring the 15th Annual Invitational Pro-Am Golf Tournament on Monday, February 25 at The Legends at Parris Island Golf Course. This event is held to raise money for the annual USCB Baseball Scholarship awarded each year by Post 9. The tournament will consist of four person teams with one professional golfer as a fifth player. If you wish to enter the tournament or would like more information, please contact George Miller at 470-0928.
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By Peggy Chandler
Thank you to the Royal Pines residents who were generous in giving this year to Festival of Trees. Our donations of cookies, breads, craft items, gift baskets and jewelry, along with monetary donations and donating time, helped to stock the Gift and Gourmet shop whose sales benefit FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice.
On Saturday, December 8, the Royal Readers held their annual Christmas luncheon at Truffles in Bluffton.
Kathy Adams sent this: The Beaufort International Film Festival is scheduled February 13-17, 2013 at the USCB Center for the Arts. Volunteers are being recruited for ushering duties, ticket sales, food servers and bartending. If interested, please call the Beaufort film office, 522-3196 or Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Adams, 524-2657.
Several volunteers met at the film office Tuesday, Dec. 4, to discuss duties by film festival officials. Royal Pines residents pictured at left are Dick and Nancy Steeves, Maritza Schmidt, Maryann Cieplowski, Pat Davidyock, Kathy Adams and Marianne Hamilton.
Maryanne Bender held her yearly Christmas luncheon on Friday, December 7. All luncheon guests happily donated a “gift card” from a variety of places to benefit a Franciscan Center family’s Christmas.
Safe travels to those of you who are traveling for the holidays’ and Merry Christmas to all.
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By Peggy Chandler
Gary Stoeffler of Pickens Place will be performing with the Marshland Band at Station 300 Bowling Alley, Bar & Restaurant (Zeppelins) in Bluffton on November 30 from 8 to 11 p.m. The Marshland Band plays a diverse selection of songs — including “Brown Eyed Girl,” “I’m all Shook Up,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”, “Under the Boardwalk,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” — for your listening and singing along pleasure. I can tell you from experience that you will enjoy the sing along.
A few of the Royal Pines “girls” celebrated the birthday of a dear friend, Carol Wenzel. Although Carol does not live in Royal Pines, she is wonderful friend to those who do. The celebration was held at Wren’s on Thursday, November 15. Included in Carol’s celebration were Maritza Schmidt and Mary Cieplowski of Rivers Court, Kathy Adams and Cathy Wilson of Wade Hampton, Maryanne Bender of James Byrne, Sherrie Suback of Christine Place, and Carol Nocilla of Jasper Lane. It was wonderful to get together and to catch up with those who have been away, and to wish bon voyage to those who are going away. Missing from the celebration was Carol Clark, also from Wade Hampton, who was needed by her daughter Charlene Bernier for a health issue. We wish Charlene a speedy recovery.
Reminder: if you have a donation for Festival of Trees, please contact me with your information.
If you are entertaining family or friends here in Beaufort, enjoy the holiday. Or, if you are traveling, safe travels, and to all, Happy Thanksgiving!
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By Peggy Chandler
It is difficult for me to believe that Halloween is here and before we know it, Thanksgiving will be too, which brings me to this: I am, again, this year the Royal Pines volunteer liaison for The Festival of Trees. This annual event raises money for FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice, a nonprofit United Way agency that provides home care for patients with a life-threatening illness.
This year the event runs from December 3 to 8 at the Charles “Lind” Brown Neighborhood Activity Center, formerly known as The Greene Street Gym. The Gift and Gourmet Shop raises funds by selling donated items at the event. If you are able to donate: time to work a two or three hour shift at the Gift and Gourmet shop; baked goods (holiday wrapped); handmade items valued less than $50; new or gently used children’s books; jams or jellies; or a tax deductible monetary donation, please contact me at email@example.com or 322-0472.
Royal Pines neighborhood donations are scheduled for drop off on Monday- December 3 between 9 a.m. and noon. If you would like to participate in this Royal Pines Community activity, please drop off your donated items to me on Sunday, December 2 between noon and 5 p.m. at 4 John Calhoun Street or you may deliver them directly to the Activity Center on Sunday, December 3 from noon-5 p.m. Royal Pines has been well represented over the past few years and I thank you in advance for your contributions to this worthy cause.
Royal Pines residents, John Clark and Ernie Chandler, have become active members of Beaufort American Legion Post 9. Since its charter, the American Legion has been welcoming veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces. Today, they continue to welcome all military personnel serving the United States. Beaufort Post 9 supports various organizations assisting veterans, organizing a youth baseball program, and providing scholarship money to USCB students from the program. All of the monies raised are given back to the community. If you would like to join the American Legion or transfer from another post to Beaufort Post 9, contact Rich Delmore at 843-473-5534.
If you wish to help the American Legion to continue sponsoring scholarships for children or to give aid and assistance to local veterans and their families, please send donations to Beaufort American Legion Post 9, P.O. Box 2540, Beaufort, SC 29901.
By Peggy Chandler
August is a busy month for birthdays in Royal Pines. Fred Schmidt, of Rivers Court, started it off on August 3. Fred celebrated his big day with his wife, children and grandchildren in Columbia, at the home of his daughter Jessica and her husband Michael. Then Cathy Wilson, of Wade Hampton, marked the occasion on August 13 in Connecticut with her family. And last but certainly not least, Carol Clark, also of Wade Hampton, hosted the Bunco Babes on her notable birthday August 15. There was also a birthday luncheon held for the ladies (sorry, Fred).
Ryan Johnston, of Lexington, Ohio, — a rising seventh grader and grandson of John and Carol Clark — recently attended a five-day “Rising Stars in Science & Engineering Camp.” During the camp, he
attended classes in physics, robotics and wind turbines. While there, he built a “robot” and a remote-controlled robotic car that won First Place in a race while competing against the cars of the other 40 students.
The Royal Readers’ book selection for this month is “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. This is the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympian who competed in the Berlin Olympics, and who, during World War II in 1943, crashed his bomber into the Pacific Ocean. Hillenbrand tells the story of the endurance and resilience of this warrior during his incredible journey.
To the many talented crafters in Royal Pines: If you would like to be part of a craft fair and/or help with arranging one, please contact me to initiate a plan.
Welcome to new neighbors Kathleen and Charlie Bray. The Brays are temporary neighbors as they are transitioning to a new home in Port Royal. We hope they enjoy their time in Royal Pines, no matter the length of stay.
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By Peggy Chandler
Many Royal Pines residents are parents as well as grandparents and when the opportunity comes along to shine a light on one of those grandchildren, I am always happy to do so.
Alex Bernier is the grandson of Carol and John Clark, Wade Hampton. Alex is part of the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. Upon his arrival, Alex was able to meet with his Medical Education Discussion (MED) group a small group with whom he will be meeting to discuss each activity throughout the Forum. Together, they participated in icebreakers and discussions to get to know each other a bit better. The participants will visit a medical school to gain
some real insight into what it takes to be a medical student. The participants will learn what is expected of college students preparing for medical school and how students balance their workload and daily life as a med student. Throughout their stay, updates about the Forum are sent via e mail to parents so that the parents can follow along as Alex experiences life in the operating room by viewing a surgical broadcast of a total knee replacement. He will be able to communicate with surgeons and medical personnel in a real hospital operating room via live video conference. This interactivity allows the medical staff to communicate with the students and field questions while the procedure is being performed. A local surgeon will also be at the viewing site to offer a more detailed explanation of the surgery directly to the students. This surgical broadcast, produced exclusively for NYLF/MED, will provide Alex with a firsthand look at what it is truly like to perform surgery! Our best wishes go to Alex and his family.
If you are looking for a fun night with good food and great music, stop in on Friday nights at Moondoggies in Port Royal where our Royal Pines resident Gary Stoeffler plays weekly.
Our family recently hosted a McDonough Family Reunion at our house. We enjoyed the company of family members (brother) Kevin McDonough along
with his wife Kathy and daughter Katie who traveled from Kentucky; (niece) Kelly McDonough Wells with husband Matthew and children Spencer, Maggie and Evan from Oklahoma; (nephew) David McKimmey with his family Melissa and Savannah from Kentucky; our son Rob with grandson Aaron from Virginia; and our daughter, Tracy, with grandson Jared from Greer.
Some family members were unable to attend this year but maybe next year, since we had such a wonderful time enjoying Water Festival, Dockside and plenty of golf, beach, boat, and pool time, we may make this an annual event!