SRHA GENERAL MEETINGS held on the 1st Saturday of each month (except June, July & August) at 10:00AM at the Clubhouse..........Board Of Directors Meetings held on 3rd Monday of each month (except June, July & August) at 7:00PM at the Activity Center

Strawberry Ridge Homeowner’s Association
February 16th, Vendor Fair

We had a total of 43 Vendors this year, and I think everyone who came got some good information. We are already starting to work on the vendor fair for 2018.
I want to thank everyone who helped with the setting up of the room on Wednesday night before the fair. Of course, all the thanks once again for those who help resetting the room after the fair. It is so true when you say “many hands make for light work”, and that’s how we get things done. I want to thank Cheryl Gaudy and Ellen Barbella for the beautiful job they did in cleaning.

I want to give a special Thank You to Fred Lumpkins. He moved all the furniture up onto the stage Wednesday morning for us. How he did it by himself is beyond me.


Strawberry Ridge Homeowner’s Association
February 18th, Pizza Party Results

We had Lonnie of Make & Bake out of St. Petersburg making our pizzas and the dessert pizzas. We also had fresh salad. Lonnie kept up with everybody’s request for the different pizzas. When it came time for the dessert pizza, again he kept up with the requests.

We sold a total of 69 tickets but only 64 people showed up. Sorry that 5 people missed out. Wasn’t a bad turnout for the first time doing this. I think everyone enjoyed themselves, and no one went away hungry.

We are thinking about having an omelet breakfast and again Lonnie will make them to order right in front of you. What do you think? Let anyone of the SRHA how you feel about this.


7 PM TO 11 PM
Rose Panella - 918-0126

Tickets are now on sale at the Strawberry Ridge Homeowner’s Association office located at the Activity Center every Monday and Wednesday starting February 20th thru March 15th. I will be there from 10 AM to 1 PM. The tickets are $10.00 each in advance or $12.00 at the door. Set-ups and snacks are provided. If you want to reserve a table, you must pay for all 8 tickets at the time of the reservation. If you can’t get to the office, please call me and I will bring the tickets to you.


The annual SRHA elections will be held at the March meeting on 3/4/17.  Here are the candidates that are running for the four positions:

Margie Hersh

My name is Margie Hersh. I moved to Strawberry Ridge in August of 2016 from Holyoke, Massachusetts.  My husband and I lived in a Condo where I was on the board of directors for nine years. I enjoyed being on the board since it gave me the opportunity to help make decisions in regard to keeping our surroundings  safe and to be accessible to home owners who had questions and concerns.  I look forward to helping Strawberry Ridge in the same way.  I graduated from Western New England College and worked for 25 years with an attorney as a personal injury operation specialist.  I was also a notary public for 19 years and performed many wedding ceremonies. I've served on a board of directors for First Whiting Farms of Holyoke for nine years, am a member of the Eastern Star and Queen Mother of Babes in Bonnets. My husband Albert and I have been married for 52 years and have three children and five grandchildren.

Mazie McMahon

My husband and I moved to the Ridge from Albany, NY, in June of 2014.  I have been on the Board for the last 8 months filling a vacancy.  I chaired last year's Nominating Committee, am on the Welcome Committee, and in November took over as Chairperson of the Resident Advisory Committee (RAC.) Additionally, my husband and I belong to the Neighborhood Watch and Patrol.  My professional background is in administration and marketing.  In 2014, after 32 years, I retired from The Bonadio Group, an accounting and financial consulting organization, as Senior Marketing Manager. My work included responsibility for the creation of several types of newsletters (client, internal, construction, industry,) developing marketing plans for the company, industry groups, and partners, putting on state-wide construction industry conferences and other types of seminars, and many other marketing related activities.  My community background includes chairing the Women's Business Council (500+ members) of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and helping various non-profit organizations with fundraising activities.  My goal as a Board member is to help improve the quality of life of residents through events and services, improve communication between the Board, the residents, and management and to help make StrawBerry Ridge a community that we can all be proud to call home.

Kathy Beck

Kathy and Bill Beck have resided in the Brandon area for 30 years.  They have two daughters and four grandchildren also in the area.  Kathy is the founder of Senior Connection and Lifestyles after 50.  This month Kathy retired after 29 years of running the papers. She was appointed to the SRHA Board of Directors to fill a vacated position.  Bill and Kathy reside at 115 Strawberry Junction Lane and enjoy pickleball, ping pong, and using the swimming pool and fitness center to keep in shape. They love helping with the StrawBerry Ridge events and the dinners.

Also running:  Paul Gardner

Calling all volunteers!
by Dee Costoso

 The year 2017 is off to a busy start. The HOA already has had two events. The New Years Eve Dance and FLOW.  We have more events planned, but we need the help of our residents.  2017 holds a new beginning for the Ridge. That is why I will be starting a Volunteer Committee.  Anyone wanting to participate, can contact me at  There will also be sign-up sheets posted at the activity center by the SRHA office and the bulletin board in the club house. Help make 2017 a successful year at the Ridge!


The SRHA is sponsoring a trip to KEY WEST leaving on Sunday, March 5, and returning Tuesday, March 7....3 days/2nights/3 meals.... The cost of the trip is $337/double or $441/single and includes transportation, hotel accommodations, and gratuities.

Miami Bayside -- enjoy shopping and the many eateries.  Embark on The Millionaire Cruise aboard the Island Queen.

Holiday Everglades -- enjoy life in the fast lane with a deluxe airboat ride as seen on tv show  with the Gator Boys.

Key West -- explore Key West on your own.  Visit the renowned Sloppy Joes.  Shop the shops of Duval Street.  Awe at the fine art of Wyland's Art Gallery.  Don't forget to try their famous key lime pie.  Experience Key West's beautiful sunset celebration.

If interested or for more details, contact Special Events Chairperson, Peggy Swaverly, at 813-651-1696.


By Rose Panella

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, 2016 to March 31st, 2017 and the cost is $6.00. If you want to join for three years, your membership will go from April 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2019 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 3/31/16. 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. Again, if you have any questions, please contact me.


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 Mazie McMahon at 655-0750 or Paula Somers at 684-8328 or Susan Mangan at 690-3482


The SRHA sponsored a bus to go to the Straz Center on 5/22/15
to see the Florida Orchestra perform LET FREEDOM RING. It was a wonderful presentation, and a great time was had by all!


On the first Saturday of every month, a different organization sponsors the Coffee Hour. The monthly Coffee Hours are sponsored by the SRHA.  If your group is interested in hosting, you may sign up on the Bulletin Board at the Clubhouse or contact any of the SRHA Directors.  See you at the Clubhouse!