A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking Event

By Cathy Meyerhoff, SCC History Society

Though May 10, 1961 may not ring any bells with most local residents, it is important.  On that day ground was broken for the retirement community of Sun City Center. Nothing is recorded about this event other than the date. There is no record that Del Webb, whose plan it was to develop the town, was present. Even the location of the turning over of the first shovel of sandy soil is lost in the mists of time.

Information is known about the events leading up to this date. Twelve thousand acres of scrub, swamp, and pasture in southwestern Hillsborough County were the home of 2,500 cattle before Del Webb purchased the land in 1961 to be developed into a third Sun City community for retirees, following successful developments in Arizona and California.  

When the symbolic groundbreaking took place, orders were already issued to have streets, a shopping center, post office, recreation center, motel, restaurant and model homes in place before a grand opening scheduled for January 1, 1962.  Eight months later, that plan became reality and today we reap the benefits of that May groundbreaking 60 years ago.

IN THE PHOTO: Circa 1964 – This is a photo of the groundbreaking of the Emergency Squad Building showing Del Webb, second from the right, holding a spade. Unfortunately, the History Society has no photos of the groundbreaking of Sun City Center.

JULY 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

JULY 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Mark your calendars for the SCC 4th of July Fun Day, read about an Important Update from the SCCCA Board, learn What’s New at the SCC library, cookout with the Multi-Cultural Heritage Club, Get Off The Couch with the...

“Thanks, Dad”

“Thanks, Dad”

“Thanks, Dad” By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of SCC & South County There’s a picture on canvas, hanging over the stairwell to my bedroom. When I see it, I think, man, I look tired. And then I smile. Not because I look soggy, bedraggled, and...

A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking EventBy Cathy Meyerhoff, SCC History Society Though May 10, 1961 may not ring any bells with most local residents, it is important.  On that day ground was broken for the retirement community of Sun City Center. Nothing is recorded about...

SCC Celebrates Earth Day

SCC Celebrates Earth Day

The Sun City Center Audubon Society celebrated the 51st anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 at the SCC Community Association’s West Campus Nature Trails. The weather cooperated beautifully with clear skies, a light breeze, low humidity and temperatures in...

For the Birds?

For the Birds?

For the Birds?Story by Ilona Merritt, Photography by Kai RambowSome information courtesy SCC History Society  When the greens of the North Courses were re-sodded in 1987-8, the chemicals used to fumigate the soil had been covered with plastic,...

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

Inspiring Our Future Leaders By Thomas D Hart, MOWW Sun City Center Chapter A  group of excited and curious students showed up at the Plaza Club in Sun City Center to attend a Youth Leadership Seminar.  Eight different high schools in Hillsborough...

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

By Thomas D Hart, MOWW Sun City Center Chapter

A  group of excited and curious students showed up at the Plaza Club in Sun City Center to attend a Youth Leadership Seminar. 

Eight different high schools in Hillsborough County–Newsome, Riverview, Plant City, Durant, Bloomingdale, Brandon and East Bay–delegated approximately five students to participate in this conference.  To stimulate new friendships, perspectives, and viewpoints among the students at the Seminar, we placed them into teams with students from different schools.

After a continental breakfast, COL Mike Davis, USMC, (Ret) presented “Three Facets of Leadership.” He explained how effective leaders start with the small challenges and gradually tackle the larger ones.  Then he shared several examples of how a few Presidents exhibited various leadership principles during his tenure of service as the chief pilot of the Marine One helicopter. He concluded his presentation by having students write down qualities of leaders for each letter in the word “leadership”. Then, students shared their ideas in small groups as well as with the whole group.

Next, Ms. Sherill Farell from the Medal of Honor Character Development Program stimulated students’ thinking about their own character and how others see them.  Using the models of small group and audience discussion, she helped them think about the role of character in leadership within both the military service and in civilian life. Through a variety of activities, students also began to think about important leadership characteristics and what characteristics they would like to further develop.  At the conclusion of these stimulating activities, she shared several examples of people who received the Medal of Honor in military or civilian life. 

After lunch, LTC Dr. Chris Shannon, USAF (Ret.) presented, “Tap, Tap, Are You Ready?”  His motivational style thoroughly engaged the students as he shared the importance of being ready to “be a leader” whenever or wherever the opportunity emerges.

The fourth presenter, COL DJ Reyes USA (Ret.), brought “A Soldier’s Perspective” to the study of leadership.  COL Reyes began his presentation by sharing the 10 Commandments of Leadership in a PowerPoint Presentation.

The day ended with the induction of COL Reyes into our local Chapter. He will be a great asset to our Order because of his experiences and dedication.  He will also enhance patriotic education programs throughout the state of Florida as our Chapter expands.

JULY 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

JULY 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Mark your calendars for the SCC 4th of July Fun Day, read about an Important Update from the SCCCA Board, learn What’s New at the SCC library, cookout with the Multi-Cultural Heritage Club, Get Off The Couch with the...

“Thanks, Dad”

“Thanks, Dad”

“Thanks, Dad” By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of SCC & South County There’s a picture on canvas, hanging over the stairwell to my bedroom. When I see it, I think, man, I look tired. And then I smile. Not because I look soggy, bedraggled, and...

A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking EventBy Cathy Meyerhoff, SCC History Society Though May 10, 1961 may not ring any bells with most local residents, it is important.  On that day ground was broken for the retirement community of Sun City Center. Nothing is recorded about...

SCC Celebrates Earth Day

SCC Celebrates Earth Day

The Sun City Center Audubon Society celebrated the 51st anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 at the SCC Community Association’s West Campus Nature Trails. The weather cooperated beautifully with clear skies, a light breeze, low humidity and temperatures in...

For the Birds?

For the Birds?

For the Birds?Story by Ilona Merritt, Photography by Kai RambowSome information courtesy SCC History Society  When the greens of the North Courses were re-sodded in 1987-8, the chemicals used to fumigate the soil had been covered with plastic,...

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

Inspiring Our Future Leaders By Thomas D Hart, MOWW Sun City Center Chapter A  group of excited and curious students showed up at the Plaza Club in Sun City Center to attend a Youth Leadership Seminar.  Eight different high schools in Hillsborough...

JUNE 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

JUNE 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue…

Celebrate Earth Day, enjoy local wildlife, get updates on the upcoming Entertainment Series, learn about a benefit event for local pets, go back in time to a wacky and wonderful rendition of the Renaissance, experience turning 100 in SCC, see where your neighbors took The News, explore Ybor City and step on Cuban soil, discover how TPRO is keeping us safer from COVID, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Kings Point Garden Club, and mark your calendar for the SCCCA 4th of July Family Fun Day!

And be sure to check out the SCC Club News, Kings Point News, Military News, and Community News to help you plan your month.

Read the June 2021 Issue of The News

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Info

Florida hospitals, county health departments, and local pharmacies have received hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses. Learn how these will be distributed and get more information at the Florida Department of Health website, “floridahealth.gov.”

JULY 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

JULY 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Mark your calendars for the SCC 4th of July Fun Day, read about an Important Update from the SCCCA Board, learn What’s New at the SCC library, cookout with the Multi-Cultural Heritage Club, Get Off The Couch with the...

“Thanks, Dad”

“Thanks, Dad”

“Thanks, Dad” By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of SCC & South County There’s a picture on canvas, hanging over the stairwell to my bedroom. When I see it, I think, man, I look tired. And then I smile. Not because I look soggy, bedraggled, and...

A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking EventBy Cathy Meyerhoff, SCC History Society Though May 10, 1961 may not ring any bells with most local residents, it is important.  On that day ground was broken for the retirement community of Sun City Center. Nothing is recorded about...

SCC Celebrates Earth Day

SCC Celebrates Earth Day

The Sun City Center Audubon Society celebrated the 51st anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 at the SCC Community Association’s West Campus Nature Trails. The weather cooperated beautifully with clear skies, a light breeze, low humidity and temperatures in...

For the Birds?

For the Birds?

For the Birds?Story by Ilona Merritt, Photography by Kai RambowSome information courtesy SCC History Society  When the greens of the North Courses were re-sodded in 1987-8, the chemicals used to fumigate the soil had been covered with plastic,...

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

Inspiring Our Future Leaders By Thomas D Hart, MOWW Sun City Center Chapter A  group of excited and curious students showed up at the Plaza Club in Sun City Center to attend a Youth Leadership Seminar.  Eight different high schools in Hillsborough...

Kings Point Garden Club Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Kings Point Garden Club Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Kings Point Garden Club Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

By Paula Lickfeldt

The residents of Kings Point have had space near the back entrance, for garden plots since 1990.  The garden club has many members and boasts a lot of diversity in their membership. Kings Point residents who have a garden plot come from Uganda, Greece, Thailand, Scotland, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Cuba, Italy Germany France, Lebanon, Canada, Bahamas and of course the US.

The area is measured  for 106 garden plots and 35 orchard plots. The orchards surround the other garden plots. The number of residents who are waiting to get a garden is 33. When someone decides that they want a garden, they sign up and wait until a garden becomes available.  When a garden is available the resident pays $25 yearly dues and they have a garden. If they also want to have an orchard, they must be a club member in good standing for six months before they are able to apply to have an orchard.  Several gardens are shared by two or more individuals.

Each month October through June the club has a membership meeting on the second Tuesday of the month. They are resuming the “happy hour social” on the Friday after the meeting. The Cinco de Mayo social had about 100 attendees who brought snacks to share.

Before the pandemic interrupted their activities, they had started getting involved with community efforts.  One example was helping some of the students at Gannon University set up raised bed gardens.  The club plans to continue this community involvement in the future.  They also have ongoing educational activities ranging from speakers at the garden to two day workshops at HCC in conjunction with the Community Extension Service and the University of Florida.

JULY 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

JULY 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Mark your calendars for the SCC 4th of July Fun Day, read about an Important Update from the SCCCA Board, learn What’s New at the SCC library, cookout with the Multi-Cultural Heritage Club, Get Off The Couch with the...

“Thanks, Dad”

“Thanks, Dad”

“Thanks, Dad” By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of SCC & South County There’s a picture on canvas, hanging over the stairwell to my bedroom. When I see it, I think, man, I look tired. And then I smile. Not because I look soggy, bedraggled, and...

A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking EventBy Cathy Meyerhoff, SCC History Society Though May 10, 1961 may not ring any bells with most local residents, it is important.  On that day ground was broken for the retirement community of Sun City Center. Nothing is recorded about...

SCC Celebrates Earth Day

SCC Celebrates Earth Day

The Sun City Center Audubon Society celebrated the 51st anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 at the SCC Community Association’s West Campus Nature Trails. The weather cooperated beautifully with clear skies, a light breeze, low humidity and temperatures in...

For the Birds?

For the Birds?

For the Birds?Story by Ilona Merritt, Photography by Kai RambowSome information courtesy SCC History Society  When the greens of the North Courses were re-sodded in 1987-8, the chemicals used to fumigate the soil had been covered with plastic,...

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

Inspiring Our Future Leaders By Thomas D Hart, MOWW Sun City Center Chapter A  group of excited and curious students showed up at the Plaza Club in Sun City Center to attend a Youth Leadership Seminar.  Eight different high schools in Hillsborough...

May 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

May 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue…

The Photo Club members wow us once again, the SCCCA announces a very important Town Hall meeting; a local Club donates thousands for lifesaving equipment; we visit the reopened Tampa Theatre; make some local Family Connections; celebrate support groups helping people in our community; catch up with a resident who hopes to introduce hockey to kids in Ukraine; our travel guide, Kai, spends a fun Weekend in Wimauma, before cruising over to Grape Hammock for an Adventure At High Speed… Did you know there are bison in Florida?? Then, we catch up with several local charities and civic organizations doing great work both here and abroad, and we learn why – this year only – the Renaissance has relocated to Dade City.

And be sure to check out the SCC Club News, Kings Point News, and Community News to help you plan your month.

Read the May 2021 Issue of The News

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Info

Florida hospitals and county health departments have received hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses. More are coming. Learn how these will be distributed and get more information at the Florida Department of Health website, “floridahealth.gov.”

JULY 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

JULY 2021 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS!

In this issue… Mark your calendars for the SCC 4th of July Fun Day, read about an Important Update from the SCCCA Board, learn What’s New at the SCC library, cookout with the Multi-Cultural Heritage Club, Get Off The Couch with the...

“Thanks, Dad”

“Thanks, Dad”

“Thanks, Dad” By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of SCC & South County There’s a picture on canvas, hanging over the stairwell to my bedroom. When I see it, I think, man, I look tired. And then I smile. Not because I look soggy, bedraggled, and...

A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking EventBy Cathy Meyerhoff, SCC History Society Though May 10, 1961 may not ring any bells with most local residents, it is important.  On that day ground was broken for the retirement community of Sun City Center. Nothing is recorded about...

SCC Celebrates Earth Day

SCC Celebrates Earth Day

The Sun City Center Audubon Society celebrated the 51st anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 at the SCC Community Association’s West Campus Nature Trails. The weather cooperated beautifully with clear skies, a light breeze, low humidity and temperatures in...

For the Birds?

For the Birds?

For the Birds?Story by Ilona Merritt, Photography by Kai RambowSome information courtesy SCC History Society  When the greens of the North Courses were re-sodded in 1987-8, the chemicals used to fumigate the soil had been covered with plastic,...

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

Inspiring Our Future Leaders

Inspiring Our Future Leaders By Thomas D Hart, MOWW Sun City Center Chapter A  group of excited and curious students showed up at the Plaza Club in Sun City Center to attend a Youth Leadership Seminar.  Eight different high schools in Hillsborough...