Spotlight on Lee Wyatt by Carolyn Cain

Everyone over the age of 55 looks back to a point in their lives when they picked up something new – something that stayed with them.

For Lee Wyatt, it happened while he was teaching World & European History at West Point Academy.  Lee and his wife Patsy had a friend who would DJ at the parties they attended.  One night their friend asked Lee if he would DJ – his friend’s wife wanted to dance with her husband!

Well, one thing led to another, as they say, and before long he and Patsy were traveling to parties where Lee was invited to DJ.

Lee has always been musical (played rhythm guitar in a garage band in high school) and liked dancing (his mother made him take ballroom dance at an early age).  Lee and Patsy moved to IRCC in 2003 and Lee could frequently be spotted on the dance floor.

Jump forward a bit to 2005 – Lee’s dancing led to an invitation to teach the IRCC Line Dance Class, which had been discontinued when the previous teacher left.

Not that he had ever done anything like that, but why not?  He started teaching himself dance steps and the class has been going ever since.

He uses classic steps from the 1980s days of line dance – remember the Electric Slide? – but mostly mixes it up with steps he choreographs to the music he selects.  He uses lots of different kinds of music to keep his dancers entertained, has a repertoire of more than 30 different dance steps and is always picking up new ones.

It’s not just good physical exercise, it’s also good mental exercise, since several different steps are done in sequence.  But not to worry:  if you mess up a step, Lee has everyone arranged so they don’t run into each other in case of a misstep. It happens.

The Line Dance group has almost 40 people who participate; most weeks about 20-25 join in.  But they don’t just dance for themselves:  they will go to block parties, senior living and assisted living facilities when invited.

New people are always welcome, and the group is very supportive of each other.  No partners are needed and it’s a great way to make social connections and friendships blossom, Lee says.  Join in at 3:30 Mondays in Colony Hall.

 

 

In Memory of IRCC resident, MG Homer “Huck” Long

This article was written on September 11th, Patriot Day as we have come to call it, because Huck was a great patriot.  Huck would never want IRCC to forget this horrific event, ever. In American history, September 11, 2001 lives next to Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

Private Long joined the US Army to fight in WWII and stayed on to continue to fight for the USA the remainder of his days.  He also fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and he “fought” the Cold War.  He was a life-long student of US and world events and then shared his knowledge with everyone he could.  As a patriot, he tried to teach us about the foes of the USA.

MG Long was a leader in trying to teach us about ISIS, radical terrorists and their beliefs, goals, and actions based on their interpretation of religion.  He formed VIDAL – Veterans in Defense of American Liberties.  If you have not read the documents, you should.  The VIDAL papers are well researched, well written, and objective.

He fought as an enlisted man with the 100th Infantry Division in France. Receiving an appointment to West Point, he graduated as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1949. In August 1950, Huck joined the 1st Cavalry Division on the Naktong River in the early days of the Korean War. Having fought two wars in the Infantry, he transferred to Armor branch and served two tours at the Armor School. Among his accomplishments are command of a tank battalion in Germany and command of a brigade in the 25th Infantry Division during the Vietnam War, his third combat tour with the infantry. Although he received numerous awards and medals, his proudest was the third award of the Combat Infantryman Badge.

When General Long moved to IRCC, he immediately became involved in trying to make IRCC the best place to live in retirement; he along with many other patriots have succeeded!   In 1989, Huck Long, Floyd Trogdon, Gene Walsh, and others saw the need for a 501C3 Foundation to meet needs in our military community and in the local area. The IRCC Foundation was then formed and it has continued to help our employees, local veterans, and veterans’ organizations in our area since that time.

Thank you, Huck!  We honor your memory and will not forget all your work and leadership through the years.  We will not let you “just fade away” because you were truly a soldier who never stopped serving his country.

Thank all of you who have remembered Huck’s passing by donating to his favorite charity, the IRCC Foundation.  Your Foundation Board is doing its very best to follow Huck’s example and his leadership. We shall all miss him, and we send our condolences to Dottie and the family.

 

Bound to DiBrotemarklee TV film segment by Anna Flower Brotemarkle

A television film crew came to Anna Flowers Brotemarkle’s home at IRCC on June 15, 2018 to shoot her part in a new documentary, World’s Most Evil Killers, which will be shown internationally later this year. The British media production company interviewed Anna about her book Bound to Die, the case of Tampa Bay serial killer Bobby Joe Long, which chronicles one of the most heinous killing sprees in history.  This is the fifth film documentary that she has participated in since Kensington, NY first published the book in 1995.  It received multiple mass media printings and was a national book club selection in hard back.  A revised edition, published last year by Florida Historical Society, includes a new 5,000 word Afterword bringing the story up to date. 

 

Major General John Cleland Posthumously Honored

Pineda flyover bridge to be named for Indian River Colony Club resident by Joyce Wilden BuzzBizPR

(VIERA, FL) June 8, 2018 – One of the military heroes of Indian River Colony Club in Viera was posthumously honored at the May 22 meeting of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, with a Resolution naming the soon-to-be constructed bridge over the Florida East Coast railroad on the Pineda Causeway as the Major General John Cleland Memorial Bridge. General Cleland passed away in 2017 at the age of 92 and was a resident of Indian River Colony Club since 2001. Major General John R. D. Cleland retired from the United States Army in 1980, after thirty-seven years of active service. He was a Master Parachutist and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge in three wars. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Silver Star Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters and the Purple Heart Medal with oak leaf cluster. General Cleland was a member of the US Army Infantry Hall of Fame and served as the Honorary Colonel of his Korean War Regiment. His widow, Clara Cleland still resides in the 55+ neighborhood of predominantly military retirees. In part, the Resolution reads: “The Board of County Commissioners and a grateful community would like to honor and recognize him in perpetuity for his lifetime of service to our county and our country. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, does hereby name the soon-to-be-constructed bridge over the FEC railroad on Pineda Causeway the “Major General John Cleland Memorial Bridge” Let this serve as a reminder to all of the life of this great public servant.” Viera’s Indian River Colony Club is known as “The Place Patriots Call Home.”

District 4 Commissioner, Curt Smith proposed the resolution to the Board of County Commissioners. Both IRCC and the location of the flyover bridge are in District 4. But it was Melbourne City Council Member and Army veteran, Tim Thomas, who initially urged Smith to honor General Cleland.

“When I started the Army JROTC program at Viera High School, General Cleland contacted me and immediately became a supporter of our young program,” said Thomas. “Our Cadets were just in awe of General Cleland and his military accomplishments in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Once he passed, I felt strongly that because of his distinguished service to our country and community, we needed to do something to honor him.”

Construction of the flyover bridge west of U.S. Hwy 1 is expected to take 18 months, after which a memorial plaque will be installed. The long-planned flyover bridge will allow cars to traverse the Pineda Causeway without stopping for trains. The Pineda Causeway connects the barrier island to the north Melbourne mainland and is a designated hurricane evacuation route.

John Cleland among the first in Hall of Fame (FL TODAY, 2013, Norman Moody) (.pdf)

 

$2,000 Donation to Thrift Store Helps Homeless VeteransIndian River Colony Club patriotic culture centered on service to others

The Indian River Colony Club Foundation assisted homeless veterans through a $2,000 donation to Down the Road Thrift Store. The store helps the veterans with basic home furnishings at no charge. Pictured left to right:  Julie Roberts, IRCC CFO; Jerry Vaughan, General Manager; Skip Taylor, IRCC Foundation Chairman; Larry Logan, IRCC Foundation Vice-Chairman; Bobbie Warner, Director of Down the Road Thrift.  For more information, call 321-255-6000.

(VIERA, FL) May 14, 2018 –  The bonds forged by brothers and sisters in arms remain strong long after discharge from military service.  So it should come as no surprise that the debt of service is uppermost in the minds of the retired residents of Indian River Colony Club in Viera. On May 1, the charitable foundation for the patriotic neighborhood of military veterans presented a check for $2,000 to Down the Road Thrift, to assist the store with its signature mission: supporting veterans in need.  Down the Road Thrift is a 501c3 organization, benefiting veterans in need and their families by providing clothing and basic necessities at no charge. The monies donated by the IRCC Foundation will aid in the purchase of household items needed by down and out veterans, as well as for assisting homeless vets with the transition to housing.  Down the Road Thrift, Inc. is located at 4657 S. US Hwy 1 in Rockledge.

IRCC Foundation Chairman, Skip Taylor commented on Indian River Colony Club’s history of charitable giving.

“IRCC has maintained a patriotic culture centered on service to others from our very beginning in 1986,” said Taylor.  “Through the generosity of the IRCC community, our Foundation will continue to support veterans causes, to help our brothers and sisters in need.”

ABOUT DOWN THE ROAD THRIFT — Owners of Down the Road Thrift, Inc., Jerry Vaughan and Bobbie Warner always enjoyed shopping at thrift stores. Jerry is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Bobbie is the daughter of a Navy veteran, so when they decided to open their own thrift store, they knew it would be geared toward helping veterans and those living outdoors in homeless veterans’ camps.  Down the Road Thrift, Inc. is a 501c3 organization, benefiting veterans in need and their families by providing clothing and basic necessities at no charge.  It is located at 4657 S. US Hwy 1 in Rockledge, Florida, 32955. The motto for the unique non-profit endeavor is, A Veteran Helping Veterans.  To make a monetary donation, request a pickup of household goods or for more information, visit www.DowntheRoadThrift.org or call (321) 349-0134.

Army Wives Donate to the Veterans Transitional Facility

Army Wives annual drive to donate toilet paper, paper towels and laundry detergents to the Veterans Transitional Facility in Melbourne was a huge success!  IRCC resident, Cheryl’s minivan was packed to the roof with donations.

A BIG THANKS to all who contributed to our success once again this year.  Although the Army wives donate money every month, this annual drive means a lot to us and to all the residents of VTF.  With the high costs of paper products and detergents, our donations go a long way to providing the residents these necessities and allows VTF to spend their monies on all the other things they provide each of resident families.

Many thanks also to Penny Gilles and her husband Jim, who annually organize and collect all these items for us.  They give up a bedroom for several months each year just to store them. Penny, Cheryl and Cheryl’s husband Jack delivered all these products on March 23rd following our luncheon that day.  Eyes were truly popping when we opened the back of the van.

An added bonus this year was our delight in watching the Air Force Thunderbirds practicing for the Melbourne Airport Air Show the following day.  They were quite a sight as they flew over us several times while we were there and as we drove back up Route 1.

Military Wives Salute Service at Indian River Colony Club

(VIERA, FL) February 12, 2018 – Military wives are spirited and resilient by nature. They have left family behind to move halfway around the world, put careers on hold, made new friends over and over and mastered the art of self-sufficiency. On January 26 at Indian River Colony Club in Viera, the military wives clubs of five different service branches came together in celebration during the First Annual Joint Military Wives Luncheon. 180 women from the 55+ neighborhood on Murrell Road and Viera Boulevard stood at attention as an Honor Guard of active duty personnel carried their service flags and a VFW Color Guard from Rocket Post 4534 presented the colors. The Indian River Colony Club Chorus led those assembled in the singing of the national anthem as well as the service songs for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Guest speakers from the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center and the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs delivered remarks to the military wives and the Brevard Police and Fire Pipes and Drums provided Highlander-style entertainment, with the playing of traditional bagpipe music. The afternoon event concluded with the singing of “God Bless the USA” and “Taps.”

Viera’s very first neighborhood, Indian River Colony Club was originally conceived as a retirement destination for military officers. IRCC began to take shape in 1986, its vision to create a private country club-like environment for members. Membership at “The Place Patriots Call Home” has now expanded to include up to twenty percent non-military personnel over the age of 21 who want the energetic lifestyle cultivated by three decades of members. Still predominantly a haven for military retirees, IRCC maintains a patriotic culture centered on service to others.

100% debt-free IRCC is a gated golf course community of nearly 800 homes on 453 acres in Viera, owned entirely by its membership. The community enjoys 24-hour gated security, a generous maintenance package and a full complement of newly renovated country club amenities for active adults aged 55 and over, including an 18-hole, par-72 private golf course.

IRCC Resident, John Snyder – The Second Amendment to the Constitution

John Snyder, credited by the Washington Post and the NY Times as “THE DEAN OF GUN LOBBYISTS” treated members of the The Military Society of the Blue Badge and their guests to an outstanding presentation regarding the US Constitution and the Second Amendment (The Right To Keep and Bear Arms), at the April 28th monthly meeting. Mr. Snyder, an IRCC resident, is a 50 year veteran of the DC Bureaucracy, who has waged a continuing political battle over the importance of this amendment and the need for its retention in today’s society.  John and the topic were so well received that he will once again be the featured speaker at a Blue Badge meeting early in 2018.

Below is an introduction to John Snyder and some of his life accomplishments.

For 50 years, John Snyder has defended American gun rights. He has been an NRA editor, Director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Trustee of the Second Amendment Foundation. John is founder/director of www. Gun Rights Policies.org and founder/chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society. John and his wife, Ling are founders and managers of Telum Associates, LL.C, which among other things published his book, Gun Saint.

Gun Saint is about St. Gabriel Possenti and the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc., of which John is the founder and Chairman.  In 1860, St. Gabriel Possenti rescued the villagers of Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy from a gang of 20 terrorists. With a one-shot demonstration of handgun precision, he shot a lizard that happened to be running across the road. The terrorists were so impressed by Possenti’s marksmanship, they did not challenge him when he marched them out of town. St. Gabriel Possenti then became known as the savior of Isola. He died two years later of consumption and in 1920 Pope Benedict XV canonized him.

The St. Gabriel Possenti Society promotes the historical, philosophical and theological basis for the doctrine of legitimate self-defense. It seeks official Vatican designation of St. Gabriel Possenti as Patron of Handgunners. In the autumn of 1999, the St. Gabriel Possenti Society held a conference adjacent to the Vatican.  It was attended by the great grandnephew of St. Gabriel Possenti.  At the time, Ling and John had a personal audience with Pope John Paul the Second, now St. John Paul the Great, in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.  John later presented a specially designed gold medallion, featuring a profile of St. Gabriel Possenti, to the Holy Father through the Secretary of the Papal Household.  Snyder later received an official papal letter of appreciation signed by a Vatican Assessor assuring him of “His Holiness’s appreciation of the devoted sentiments which prompted this presentation.”

John Snyder and his wife, Ling, purchased their IRCC home at 1452 Patriot Drive in August 2016. They tremendously enjoy and look forward to the various social activities with their fantastic neighbors. John especially likes the IRCC Rifle and Pistol Club.

John Snyder currently serves on the boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Council for America and the American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens. John received his AB and MA from Georgetown University.

Ronald & Nancy Reagan with John Snyder Pope John Paul II talking to John Snyder John Snyder introduces Dan Quayle at CPAC
John Snyder and Vice President Cheney John Snyder and President Bush John and his wife, Ling.

The Women of IRCC- Judy Joyce Winn

Judy is a multi-talented woman; a licensed pilot, and author, who is a pleasure to meet. Judy was born in up-state New York, and lived in Canajoharie in the Mohawk Valley area. She was an only child and the family later moved to Kissimmee, and then to Melbourne in time for her to enter sixth grade. She later graduated from Melbourne High School. Her parents divorced when she was a teen.

She and her mother were like very close sisters, and enjoyed the area’s beaches. One day while at the beach they met a young weatherman named Roger Winn, who stationed at Patrick air base. Both liked this young man and Judy and Roger were married when she was eighteen and they recently celebrated 58 years of marriage.

Roger was a typhoon chaser and they lived in Guam and Japan.  While living in Japan she received an unexpected birth notice from her father that she had a half-sister and a few months later she was able to send a birth notice to him announcing the birth of the Winn’s son. The couple had a son and daughter who were both born in Japan.

Ten years after high school she went to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and earned a B. A. Degree in Political Science, with a minor in Economics. While there she was able to fulfill a dream and earned a private and commercial license, with instrument rating in single engine aircraft. Judy enjoyed her career as a civilian for the Department of Defense, primarily Air Force, in different positions in civilian personnel management before retirement.

One time while attending a Dayton air show and because she still she had her professional license she was able to fly a Ford tri-motored plane.  She said, “It was the highlight of my pilot days and being a member of the 99ers.”

Both of their adult children now live in Luxemburg and they have three grandchildren. Their adult children and grand-children are multi-linguist. Their daughter is a successful artist, and radio personality and works for the European Commission, and their son is an outstanding news-cameraman who is constantly traveling the world on assignment. Their granddaughter just started college in North Carolina and living in the U. S. for the first time.

Years after receiving the birth announcement she was able to contact thru ancestry.com, her half-sister who was living in Florida and a wonderful longstanding relationship has developed. Both families enjoy each other’s company.  Judy and her husband discovered IRCC while attending a High School reunion held at the Colony Club, hosted by her class-mate Nancy Fletcher.

The Winn’s moved to IRCC five years ago and enjoy the people that live and work here, and they particularly like the security and walking paths. Roger has had recent health issues and with help from therapy and his own determination he is progressing nicely.

Judy is involved with yoga, sewing and writing. She is presently the Continental Street reporter and in 2013 had her romantic suspense novel “The Silver Seahorse” published by a Canadian publisher. It is available at Amazon and others as an e-book. When time permits, the couple enjoy walking in our many walking paths, and Judy has plans for writing another book.

 

 

Indian River Colony Club, Inc. Club Day Proclaimed by Brevard County Commission
IRCC turns 31 and is congratulated for patriotism, community service

(VIERA, FL) March 10, 2017 – A group of seniors at a Brevard County Commission meeting is nothing new. But the well-dressed group from Indian River Colony Club in Viera weren’t there on Tuesday, March 7 to weigh in on a political matter. Rather they were there to represent the 1300 residents of the Viera 55+ neighborhood on Murrell Road and Viera Boulevard and to receive a special proclamation from the Brevard County Commission. Shortly after the meeting began, District 4 Commissioner Curt Smith acknowledged the assembly and read aloud the official government document:

RESOLUTION Whereas, the Indian River Colony Club (IRCC) was the first residential community to be built in the vast land area owned by the Duda Family; and, Whereas, the developers of IRCC had the goal of creating a community where military officers and their families could afford to enjoy the rest of their days in comfort and relaxation; and, Whereas, IRCC now consists of a sizeable community of military officers and others who have served in many of our Nation’s wars and reflect the highest possible standards of patriotism and dedication to Country; and, Whereas, the residents of IRCC are a group strong in community spirit and are volunteers that can be found in Brevard hospitals, veterans’ facilities, soup kitchens, and wherever support is needed to help their neighbors; and, Whereas, IRCC maintains and supports its own officially established Foundation that provides essential financial and educational assistance to those who need a helping hand; and, Whereas, IRCC has grown over the years to become a community of 771 homes and over 1300 outstanding citizens who in every way contribute to the viability of Brevard County.NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, does hereby recognize the 31st Anniversary of the Indian River Colony Club and proclaim February 4, 2017 as IRCC DAY In Brevard County and offers their congratulations and sincere appreciation for the outstanding asset you, the members of IRCC, have brought to Brevard County. Done, Ordered, and Adopted, in regular session, this 7th day of March, 2017.

Behind the walls on Murrell Road and Viera Boulevard, Viera’s very first neighborhood just marked its 31st anniversary. Conceived as a retirement destination for military officers, Indian River Colony Club began to take shape in 1986, its vision to create a private country club-like environment for members. Today, 100% debt-free IRCC is a gated golf course community of nearly 800 homes on 453 acres in Viera, owned entirely by its membership. The community enjoys 24-hour gated security, a generous maintenance package and a full complement of newly renovated country club amenities for active adults aged 55 and over, including an 18-hole, par-72 private golf course. Membership at “The Place Patriots Call Home” has now expanded to include up to twenty percent non-military personnel over the age of 21 who want the energetic lifestyle cultivated by three decades of members. Still predominantly a haven for military retirees, IRCC maintains a patriotic culture centered on service to others. For more information about Indian River Colony Club, call 321-255-6000 or visit their website at www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com.

Bill Corbett reflects on what the public recognition means to the residents of IRCC.

“‘The Place Patriots Call Home’ is how we describe our close-knit community,” said Corbett. “Many of our residents served our country with honor and continue to live their lives with patriotism and compassion for others. We are gratified that our County Commission recognizes the contributions that we have made as individuals and as a force for good in Brevard.”

IRCC-residents-receive-proclamationIndian River Colony Club was acknowledged for its patriotism and community spirit in a resolution by the Brevard County Commission that named February 4, 2017 as Indian River Colony Club Day in Brevard. IRCC Resident Bill Corbett holds the framed proclamation presented by District 4 Commissioner, Curt Smith, while community members and staff look on. Now celebrating its 31st Anniversary, the 55+ golf course community with country club amenities was started as a retirement destination for military officers.TOP ROW, L to R: Sally Grissom, Barbara Hoagland, Fay Walters, Skip Taylor
MIDDLE ROW, L to R: Karen Papritan, Sue Feener, Mike Feener, Frank Tantillo, Kent Davenport, Jim Papritan, John Robinson
FRONT ROW, L to R: Kay Corbett, Bill Corbett, Commissioner Curt Smith, Pete Baxter, Julie Roberts, Bob WinglassAbout Indian River Colony Club – Indian River Colony Club is truly a “town within a town” of nearly 800 individually owned homes on 453 acres in Viera, Florida. The “Place Patriots call Home” enjoys 24-hour gated security, a generous maintenance program, and a full complement of newly renovated country club amenities for active adults aged 55 and over, including an 18-hole, par-72 private golf course. Once a retirement destination exclusively for military officers, membership has now expanded to include up to twenty percent non-military personnel over the age of 21 who desire the friendly and active country club lifestyle. Only minutes from the Atlantic, IRCC is close to upscale shopping, medical facilities, Patrick Air Force Base and the local performing arts center. More information about Indian River Colony Club is available on their website at www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com or by calling 321-255-6000.

 

Project “We Give a Hoot”, the Great Horned Owl Rescue
Owl picsLouis Belize, IRCC golf course employee, discovered a baby Great Horned owl on the ground while working on Hole #7 fairway. Realizing the baby owl probably fell from the nest and was in trouble, he notified IRCC Pest Control employee, Ed Carbin, who went immediately to the spot on the 7 Hole fairway.  Randy Poppe, our IRCC Mechanic, started documenting the rescue attempt in photos and tracking the baby owl’s movement until Wednesday, when Ed contacted the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary for direction and assistance.
It was requested, by Sandy, from the Florida Wildlife Hospital, to carefully capture and deliver the baby owl to them.  Ed and Johnie, IRCC Pest Control employees, carefully captured and delivered the owl. It was at that time they were informed that a possible “sibling” was already in the hospital, perhaps from the same nest. According to the Florida Wildlife experts, the Great Horned Owls are known to build shabby nests, therefore, in high winds, do not hold up. They were then informed of how the rescue would proceed. After a few days of observation, feeding and care at the Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary, and were deemed healthy enough to return, an attempt would be made to return the baby owls to their original location, in hopes that the parent owls would continue with their care.
Once Ed received the call that the owls were ready, Ed coordinated with Green Leaf Landscaping for a hydraulic lift and operator, and together with the FL Wildlife volunteers, they successfully installed a makeshift nest, a modified laundry basket! Once they were sure it was securely fastened to the tree, the two “owlettes” were placed in the basket in hopes the parents would return.

A short time later, Ed and company discovered the return of the parents and the babies have now graduated to “Branchers”. The Florida Wildlife volunteers have assisted IRCC on numerous occasions for sick or injured animals discovered on IRCC property. Each year, around 4,800 animals are admitted, cared for and returned to their place in the ecosystem. The Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary is a non-profit organization dedicated to Florida wildlife in need. They are licensed by state and federal government agencies, but receive no funding from them. They are staffed entirely by volunteers and operate on donations from memberships, local companies and grants. If you wish to find out more, call 321-254-8843.

“Owls well that ends well!”
Fl Wildlife volunteers were well educated in the habits and occurrences of blown out nests and were fairly confident the parents would return. The families of the Great Horned Owl stay together for a very long time.

 

The Women of IRCC – Jean Beschen
By Audrey Krienen

BESCHEN-JEAN-55“It was usually dinner time when we would hear the air raid sirens and my parents and I would go to our air raid shelter that my father had built off our basement. My father and I would frequently go out to the garden and watch the “Dog Fights” between the German planes and the English spitfires.”

Jean was born in London, England. Her mother was British and her father Swiss. She had two brothers who did not survive into their teen years due to illness. Jean had a typical European education and learned English, German and some French.

During her teen years, she had many girlfriends. One night six of them decided to go to an upscale restaurant for dinner, dancing music was in the background. A small group of American airmen were two tables away and one of them was Darryl Beschen who came up to the girls table and asked Jean to dance. She said “No”. Later, he came up again and she again said “No”. He came up again and it turned out to be “an enchanted evening” as the beautiful song says “You will meet your true love”. Not too long after, she became an English War Bride at eighteen and Darryl was just a few years older.

They were blessed with two children and later, a third child. The family moved around with his military assignments, but they were always able to have fun, enjoying themselves being active and especially enjoying sports. Even in their seventies, they still enjoyed snow and water skiing, square dancing and ballroom dancing.

In her early twenties, they were living in the Washington D.C. area where she was able to take bridge lessons from an outstanding teacher. She enjoyed the game so much that she later became a bridge teacher at the Alexandria, VA Recreational Department. Jean became a very committed volunteer, delivering sandwiches to the homeless through the Red Cross. She had the opportunity to volunteer at the White House. For a time, she volunteered at an agency helping callers who were depressed and thinking of self-destruction.

Singing had always given her much pleasure, and she always enjoyed taking singing lessons. It was always fun to sing in a choir and she especially liked singing solos at her church. Unfortunately, a health problem developed, making singing very difficult, if not impossible. In her early thirties she was diagnosed with Menieres disease, a disease of the inner ear. This condition can often be debilitating and she lost a considerable amount of her hearing.

Jean has many talents and during her life she has been fortunate to have the time and energy to enjoy and also help others.

Darryl learned about IRCC and with five other military couples, they moved to IRCC in1995. Life has been fun and they enjoyed all of the excitement and the residents.

In 2003, she decided to join an art class in water color painting. Her house has many examples of her lovely work. Being a part of Pat Dugan’s art class is a source of constant joy. Playing bridge remains a pleasure, and she has many friends that she enjoys.

“My dear Darryl became very ill and many treatments followed. We enjoyed his time in remission, but later modern medicine could not stop the ravishes of his disease. Darryl fought a long fight to live but passed away in 2012, surrounded by his family. “Life has been a beautiful journey, as I look back on my sixty-seven years of marriage, I would not change a thing and I truly appreciate all of my good fortune and happy memories’’.

 

MG Ed Browne’s Trip Back In Time

Our IRCC neighbor MG Edward Browne, USA (Ret), took a trip back in time recently to fly the Y0-3A “Quiet Aircraft” at Buchanan Field in Concord, California.

During his 33 year Army career, Ed was the project manager of five engineering aircraft development programs. During that time, he became renown throughout Army Program Management for rescubrowne-2ing failing programs, fixing them, and bringing them to fruition. One such program known to all was the famous Army Apache helicopter. However, long before Ed gave America the Apache, he managed a super-secret program known as the “Quiet Aircraft” to support our war efforts in Vietnam.

The requirements for the Quiet Aircraft were “simple”: develop a manned aircraft that could fly at night 500-to-1,000 feet above the ground, be undetectable by the human ear at that altitude, interdict men and materiel coming down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the water ways, and coastal regions to resupply the Viet Cong, and illuminate them with infrared and laser designators to guide smart bombs and other munitions to their targets.

Eleven Quiet Aircraft were built, and nine were deployed to Vietnam. Four aircraft crashed, and after the war, the remaining seven were taken over by various government agencies and museums. One of those aircraft was eventually procured by The Vietnam Helicopters Museum in Concord, California. Sometime after the Vietnam War, a group of those who flew and maintained the Quiet Aircraft banded together and formed The Quiet Aircraft Association which meets annually to have fun and share old memories. It was at this year’s reunion held at The Vietnam Helicopters Museum that Ed Browne got to once again fly his beloved Quiet Aircraft. Ed returned to IRCC with lots of pictures of his Quiet Aircraft, two of which are shown here, and many stories that he’s sure to share, if you only ask.

 

The Colony Scolony-singers-1ingers

The Colony Singers continues to be IRCC’s “Musical Ambassadors” with important and prestigious engagements both on and off the campus.

Early last month, they performed for a large crowd at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club at the special invitation of the Brevard Symphony Society.  Having been booked for this performance for almost a year, they were most appreciative of a program of music from “The Great American Songbook.”

They have become the perennial favorite of the Goldrush residents and they count on the Singers to perform at virtually all of their functions.

In November they opened the program and set the stage for the most important ceremony honoring our dear friend and national hero, Tom Jones. Colonel Jones was awarded the “The Congressional Gold Medal” by a member of Congress and it was truly an emotional and inspirational moment for all of us in the IRCC community.

Over the past decade the Colony Singers have become one of the most popular performing groups at IRCC, and is by far the most active performing organization with its many concerts throughout the year.  The Colony Singers performed often with large bands and orchestras and is widely noted for the special arrangements written just for the group that have become the hallmark of its unique and enduring sound.

Harry O. “Skip” Taylor

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Courage, valor, bravery, heroism, dedication, leadership, duty, honor, and country, these terms, and more, are still inadequate in describing Lt. Col. Harry O. “Skip” Taylor, MA, Infantry, Airborne Ranger,officer in the U. S. Army. “Skip” served his country in many ways beginning with Vietnam where, while completing several tours of duty in combat leadership roles, he demonstrated extraordinary gallantry and valor while under intense, combat conditions. As a result of his heroic actions, Col. Taylor was awarded 16 medals, including the Silver Star for gallantry in action, 3 Bronze Stars for heroism in combat, 2 Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat action, the Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star, the Gallantry Cross with Gold Star, the Armed Forces Honor Medal First Class, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement Aerial Flight, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit Medal as the Defense Attaché in Belize. Col. Taylor consistently received high praise from his superior officers, including such comments as “combines …extensive professional knowledge with courage to get the very toughest jobs done in a superb manner.” Following his exceptional Army career, he has become a Master Naturalist Instructor focusing on the Biscayne Bay and an Adjunct Professor at NOVA, and he remains a community leader.