The SRHA will be holding their annual election of officers on March 3, 2018. If you wish to vote, you must be a current member. If you wish to apply for membership or if you are up for renewal, you must contact the Membership Chairperson, Carol Pitman at 681-3293 by January 31st. The following people have submitted their bios so far. There may be more added....
Dear residents of Strawberry Ridge. My name is Prince Abayomi l. Olatunji. I would like to furnish you with a few details about me. I have served on the rent committee in the past and would now offer my service to the board as a director in the upcoming election. I am married with 4 children, and a graduate of City University of N.Y. I worked as a case manager for the department of family/child welfare for the city of New York. I retired in 2007 and moved to Florida in 2016.
Hello to all my fellow residents of Strawberry Ridge. My name is Gerard Barbella. I am currently the Vice-President of the SRHA, and chairman of the Resident Advisory Council. I am running in this year’s election seeking a 3 year term. I was President of the Board in my co-operative community when I lived in N.Y. and retired from the U.S. Postal Service after serving 45 years. I am 67yrs old and married to my wife Ellen. I have two grown boys and they have blessed us with three grandkids. I want to be able to continue to serve the residents’ needs with great events, informative health fests and seminars. I want to continue to work with the park manager and his staff to further enrich our lifestyle here at the Ridge. I hope you will place your trust in me and give me your votes on our election day.
Hello my name is Dianna Bowers. I am an appointed board member since October 2017. I have enjoyed filling the vacant seat as secretary, and wish to seek election for a full 3 year term. Being a full-time resident at Strawberry Ridge since October 2017 has offered me the opportunity to live an active retirement, meet new friends, and enjoy all the activities and entertainment this community has to offer. If elected, I will join other interested homeowners in their efforts to maintain and improve our beautiful Strawberry Ridge.
I am originally from Pennsylvania and have lived in StrawBerry Ridge the past 11 years. I currently lead the Aqua Fit One Class. I was appointed to the SRHA Board as a director and would like to continue to serve. I am currently the membership chairperson. I'm a graduate of Roosevelt Hospital School of Nursing in NYC as an RN. I was employed for 20 years util retirement by PharMerica Pharmacy Services, a national LTC service pharmacy service. I held a variety of positions in sales and marketing, IV nurse specialist (CRNI) and corporate trainer for nursing homes and pharmacies.
I moved to StrawBerry Ridge almost four years ago. Previously, I lived at Featherock where I was theVice President on their HOA Board. I am a past President of District 10 of the FMO, and am currently the FMO rep for StrawBerry Ridge. I am a retired nurse administrator. I feel that I have had experience which would be helpful as a member of the Board of Directors for the SRHA.
By: Dolores Costoso, President (813) 863-6505
I want to thank the Board of Directors and our volunteers for all of their help in this new year. We have had two very successful events so far. Our New Years Eve Party was a blast, and our Omelet Breakfast was a great success. Without all of the help, these events would not have happened. I look forward to working with this great team through 2018. We will have some upcoming events that will surprise you.
On the 3rd we will have our general meeting, and Keith Stevens will come to speak to us about the status of Strawberry Ridge. The 4th will bring a Super Bowl Sunday party in the Activity Center at 6:00 PM. On the 12th we will need volunteers to help set up for our annual Vendors Fair to be held on the 13th. This is a very big event here at Strawberry Ridge. On the 14th the Bridges will be back with a class on cookie decorating. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside the SRHA office on the 1st of February. On the 23rd we will provide a free Movie Night in the Activity Center starting 7:00 PM. It’s cold outside. The air is brisk. The sky is clear. It feels so good. Take a walk or not. You can stay inside and keep warm. Read a good book, put a puzzle together, or binge watch your favorite TV program. Better yet, bake some brownies or cookies and invite your neighbors over for a cup of tea or coffee. However you choose to spend your time, stay active and, most importantly, stay healthy. Spring is on the way!
Please take note the following services are not being offered at The Ridge. Flow is still working with hurricane victims in Orlando.
AARP Driving Course will not be offered
here at The Ridge. Instead residents can go to:
H2U - Brandon
276 S. Moon Ave.
Brandon, FL 33511
Brandon Senior Center
312 N. Parsons Avenue
Brandon, FL 33511
CARD DECORATING CLASS
January 10 was the day that the Bridges came and presented a class on Card Decorating. Look at what these artists created!
On Wednesday 11/8, the Bridges came and gave a lesson on nature art. The ladies had a great time, and it was very relaxing. We had so much fun! Candy, from the Bridges, will bring the class back in 2018.
Carol Pitman 681-3293
Carol Pitman 681-3293
As of April 1st we have started a new year for the membership in the Homeowner’s Association. This is the time to join. A one-year membership goes from April 1st, 2017 to March 31st, 2018, and the cost is $6.00. If you want to join for three years, your membership will go from April 1st, 2017 to March 31st, 2020, and the cost is $15.00. I have posted on the indoor and outdoor bulletin boards a list of people whose membership expired as of 3/31/17. If you’re not sure, please call me and I will let you know if you do. If you do renew or want to join, at the Activity Center, there is a bulletin board just left of the SRHA Office and a folder with blank application to join. Yes, even if you are renewing your membership, a new form needs to be completed.
When new people move into StrawBerry Ridge, there is nothing nicer than a visit from a friendly neighbor. If you are new to StrawBerry Ridge and didn't get a call, please contact Paula Somers at 684-8328 or Susan Mangan at 690-3482