In December, the Indian River Colony Club Foundation approved a $5,000 grant for Operation Warm Heart at Patrick Space Force Base, a fund for service men and women dealing with financial emergencies and other unforeseen situations. photo courtesy indian river colony club foundation (Left to Right) MSgt John Sheffield, Mike Feener and Brian Whalen (IRCC Foundation Board Members), and MSgt Kenny Marcheterre.

Grants Benefit Active Military and Homeless Veterans

IRCC Foundation provides $5,000 to Operation Warm Heart, $2,000 to National Veterans Homeless Support (VIERA, FL) December 25, 2023– Once more, the veterans at Indian River Colony Club (IRCC) have donated to help make life better for their brothers and sisters in arms. In early December, the IRCC Foundation approved two grants, presenting a $5,000 check […]

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Indian River Colony Club Names Employee of the Year

Michelle Adams honored for performance at patriotic Viera community (VIERA, FL) January 16, 2024 – Michelle Adams has been named the 2023 Employee of the Year for Indian River Colony Club, the Viera 55+ golf community for military veterans. An employee since 2021, Ms. Adams was recognized during the community’s December membership meeting and presented […]

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Veteran honored for his ongoing recruiting excellence

IRCC Resident, Juan Santiago BY WENDY SCHEURING – Sep 4, 2023 – Senior Life Newspaper The Army did a lot for him, he likes to tell high school students. And he has made it his life’s mission to give back. Retired Sgt. First Class Juan Santiago, a Florida Veteran Hall of Fame inductee, recently received […]

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Viera Clown Group Recognized for Service

Colony Clowns are World Clown Association’s “Alley of the Year” (VIERA, FL) August 28, 2023 – For the Colony Clowns of Indian River Colony Club, clowning is more than just wearing a red nose. Under the direction of founder Louise (LuLU) Carnesale, the group took top honors as Alley of the Year for their community […]

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Dave Hutton and Jane Hodges

Meet Jane Hodges and Dave Hutton

By Sue Dewerff Panzarino, Viera Living East Edition, June 2023Photos by Nerissa Johnson, Lady Blue Photography Indian River Colony Club residents Jane Hodges and Dave Hutton met in Nigeria in 2000. An international oil engineer for Shell Petroleum Development Corporation, Dave was working as the Head of Planning and Production for SPDC at the time […]

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Two Grants Benefit Homeless Brevard Veterans

IRCC Foundation provides $5,000 to Veterans Connections, $3,000 to National Veterans Homeless Support (VIERA, FL) June 7, 2023– No veteran should be without a place to call home. In Central Florida, two nonprofit organizations are taking aim at veteran homelessness — and the Indian River Colony Club Foundation has stepped up to help. In mid-May, the […]

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IRCC Resident Member, George Bowdren, World War II veteran earns recognition 70 years later

BY MARK MIJUSKOVIC, Senior Life Newspaper – Mar 10, 2023 He’s a little bent over these days; his vision isn’t as clear as it once was; leaning on a cane beat grabbing a hand to get out of a chair. But, 95-year-old World War II veteran George Bowdren remains sharp of mind, and he has […]

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Lorena Dugan

A woman’s place is aboard the ship for Navy veteran

BY MARIA SONNENBERG, Senior Life – Apr 5, 2023 The Navy that Lorena Dugan joined in 1979 was very different than today’s, at least in attitude toward those first women assigned to combat ships. The men didn’t know what to make of them and their own wives and sweeties didn’t trust them with their men. […]

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Meet the McNeillys

-VIERA LIVING EAST EDITION, MARCH 2023. BY SUE DEWERFF PANZARINO. PHOTOS BY NERISSA JOHNSON, LADYBLUE PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC.- Indian River Colony Club residents, Robert and Catherine McNeilly celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day last month. The couple, both career law enforcement officers, first met back in 1987. They were both promoted to the rank […]

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Indian River Colony Club Opens to Public for Garage Sale

Patriotic Viera community annual sale of military memorabilia, treasures from world travel (VIERA, FL) February 21, 2023 – Guam. Italy. Puerto Rico. Korea. Greece. Germany. The Philippines. These are just a few of the international locations where the military veteran residents of Indian River Colony Club (IRCC) in Viera were once stationed. On Saturday, March […]

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IRCC Resident Relies on Golf for Long-Term Healing from War

BY MARIA SONNENBERG | Senior Life Newspaper – Feb 14, 2023 Ken Gestring enjoys golfing with his service dog, Meli. Golf can be vexing and exhilarating. For wounded warrior Ken Gestring, it is also healing. The camaraderie and challenges of the game have helped the retired Air Force master sergeant heal from the serious physical […]

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Indian River Colony Club Names Employee of the Year

Lissette Más honored for performance at patriotic Viera community (VIERA, FL) December 19, 2022 – Lissette Más has been named the 2022 Employee of the Year for Indian River Colony Club, the Viera 55+ golf community for military veterans. An employee since 2016, Ms. Más was recognized on December 7 during the community’s annual membership […]

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$4,000 IRCC Donation Supports ‘Veteran Stand Down to Stand Up’

October 8 event for homeless vets provides many needed services (VIERA, FL) September 12, 2022 – The members of Indian River Colony Club are well known for supporting causes that assist their former brothers and sisters in arms. The Indian River Colony Club (IRCC) Foundation, the charitable arm of the 55+ Viera golf community of […]

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$5,000 Grant to Aid Veteran Homelessness

Veterans from Indian River Colony Club donate to make a difference (VIERA, FL) August 16, 2022 – No veteran should be without a place to call home. In Central Florida, the National Veterans Homeless Support organization is taking aim at veteran homelessness — and the Indian River Colony Club Foundation has stepped up to help. […]

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Senior cyclists ride for fun, the benefits of health, camaraderie

BY CURTIS HANZEL, Viera Voice – Jul 1, 2022 They call themselves Tour de Farce -— a group of retirees who do some serious biking and break along the way to shoot the breeze. While many local residents enjoy a regular bike ride, this group of area cyclists is out to show that cycling is […]

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Veteran garners another medal in his collection of awards

BY MARIA SONNENBERG, Senior Life/Viera Voice – Jun 2, 2022 Carmen Nizzi-Santiago smiles when she sees husband Juan Santiago walking around with the medals he has received for exemplary military service. “He sounds like he is wearing a cowbell,” Nizzi-Santiago said jokingly. Retired Army Sgt. First Class Santiago sounds even louder these days, now that […]

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At Ease Club Staff Recognized for Commitment and Support

MOAACC presents challenge coin to U.S. Navy veteran, Edward Davis The Military Officers Association of America, Cape Canaveral Chapter, Inc. (MOAACC), recently recognized the excellence of At Ease Club staff, noting the commitment and support of one individual in particular: Edward Davis. A statement of thanks on the MOAACC website reads, in part: “Every Tuesday […]

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Military Uniforms Collected for ‘Dover Detail’

Veterans from Indian River Colony Club donate clothing for military burials (VIERA, FL) May 16, 2022 – Veterans come in all heights and sizes and economic situations. The common bond they share includes pride in their military service. The Indian River Colony Club Foundation, the charitable arm of the 55+ Viera golf community of military […]

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Indian River Colony Club Preferred for Tournaments

Charities like Viera location, course conditions and amenities for their fundraisers (VIERA, FL) May 9, 2022 – An estimated one million golf tournaments are held each year in the United States, netting an average $10,000 or more in a single enjoyable day. For many charities and non-profits in sunny Florida, an annual tournament is the […]

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Modest Taylor is just third Veterans’ Hall of Fame inductee from Brevard

BY MARIA SONNENBERG – Senior Life, May 3, 2022 Lt. Col. Harry “Skip” Taylor doesn’t understand why he was unanimously singled out by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet to be part of the 2022 class of the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. “I don’t know why they thought I was such an impressive […]

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Woman of Elegance Heads Off to Beauty Pageant

by Cynthia Hall for Hometown News – Apr 21, 2022 BREVARD COUNTY — The more we look, the more we see, and such is the case for the number of local celebrities giving Brevard major bragging rights. The latest of these is Indian River Colony Club (IRCC) resident, Sybil Yocum. Ms. Yocum has been selected […]

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A Tour of the Indian River Colony Club

by James Stammer – April 21, 2022 Listen to the video clip above, from Dan Shube’s “The Golf and Travel Show” about their visit to IRCC. Calling all military! Florida is famous for “over-55” communities. In Viera, you will find one that is instead dedicated to military veterans. Indian River Colony Club (ColonyClub.com) is a […]

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Indian River Colony Club Opens to Public for Garage Sale

Patriotic Viera community annual sale of military memorabilia, treasures from world travel (VIERA, FL) April 18, 2022 – Guam. Italy. Puerto Rico. Korea. Greece. Germany. The Philippines. These are just a few of the international locations where the military veteran residents of Indian River Colony Club in Viera were once stationed. On Saturday, April 30, eager […]

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Viera’s dancing colonel keeps dance floor hopping

By Maria Sonnenberg, Senior Life – Apr 1, 2022 When career military people retire and embark on the second chapter of their working lives, they often choose jobs that connect somewhat with previous assignments. The case was different for retired Col. Lee Wyatt III, who opted for the world of a disc jockey. The Indian […]

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Veteran shares experience of police reform in ‘The Blue Continuum’

Maria Sonnenberg, Senior Life – Mar 8, 2022 During his tenure as one of longest serving metropolitan police chiefs in the nation, Robert McNeilly Jr. has pretty much seen it all when it comes to policing.  At a time when police departments nationwide are facing scrutiny, McNeilly offers answers with “The Blue Continuum,” his newly published […]

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