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by Julie Gabell
. A musical passage in “The King and I” proclaims, “If you become a teacher, by your students you'll be taught.” Carol Kraft would be the first to agree.
…Born in South Bend, Indiana she was a tried and true “Hoosier” from day #1. Even though this word’s definition has never been fully developed, many alleged Hoosier characteristics apply to Carol: self-reliant, independent, confident, resourceful. Carol, a woman who knows her own mind, personifies all these qualities
At eighteen, while still a freshman at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, one phone call changed her life. “How’d you like to honeymoon in Florida?” came the long-distance proposal. “My battalion has been transferred to Orlando.” Jim Kraft, an army draftee during the Korean War, tossed his proposition over the phone. Carol, quick on the pick-up, jumped at the chance to marry her high school sweetheart. Her practical mother, however, wasted no time in reminding her daughter that her parents couldn’t possibly afford both college and a wedding. “No problem” said Carol, and she promptly dropped out of college, planned the marriage particulars, and set the pattern for the rest of her life.
Jim and Carol honeymooned while driving down to Florida. They settled in Orlando where Jim was stationed with the Corps of Army Engineers. Once the couple was situated, Carol found a job working for a title company.
After Jim was discharged from the army and the couple returned to Indiana, Debbie, the first of the couple’s two daughters was born. Carol’s mother, in the meantime, continued to encourage her daughter to complete the bachelor’s degree she had abandoned to marry Jim. This she did at Bethel College. During this time, another daughter, Sharon was born. Through it all, Carol continued to juggle marriage, motherhood, and college courses until she finally received her undergraduate degree in 1960.
After graduation, Carol herself returned to the classroom. This time her role shifted from student to teacher and she was hired by the South Bend Community School Corporation to teach fourth grade, a perfect fit for this enthusiastic and innovative go-getter.
Because the state of Indiana required that teachers further their education, Carol enrolled in the University of Notre Dame where three years later she earned a Master’s degree in counselling. This milestone was the beginning of an impressive thirty-one year career in education. Carol retired in 1991.
Since Jim and Carol had never fully gotten the sand out of their shoes, their thoughts turned once again to Florida. They bought a home in Beacon Woods, becoming “snowbirds” who shared good times with their growing family that now included seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Carol has always loved to travel and following her retirement, she and her husband continued to tour the United States. “Over the years we did 49 of the 50 states before Jim died in 2002,” said Carol. “Nine years later, I completed the U.S. circuit with a trip to Hawaii.” Carol and Jim also enjoyed other destinations traveling to Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Neighbors know Carol for her thoughtfulness and generosity, while her holiday celebrations have become legendary throughout the years. Her willingness to pitch in and help was evidenced recently when she accepted a position as secretary of the Homeowner’s Association for the Mediterranean Villas.
Residents like Carol Kraft bring to Beacon Woods that special “something” which makes our community a topnotch place to live.
Beacon Woods Civic Association, Inc.
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2016 Board of Directors
President - Peggy Weiss
Vice President - Jim Massey
Secretary - Iggy Rodriguez
Treasurer- Ken Smith
Director - Ron Hubbs
Director - John Gearity
Director - Bill Bunting
Director - Bill Wiser
Director - Toni Koba
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WE NOW COLLECT BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Clip “Box Tops for Education” labels & earn cash for the area schools.
This program provides equipment for classrooms and playgrounds. They are found on the following products: Campbells, General Mills, Pillsbury, Nestle, Yoplait, Ziploc, Hefty, Scott, Cottonelle, Kleenex, Hanes, Betty Crocker, Land O’Lakes, Green Giant and more. Over 200 brands participate. You can shop through btfe.com at Barnes & Noble, jcpenney and Target to earn eBox Tops. Enter bonus box tops sweepstakes online for offers in our area, too. Please drop off your Box Tops at the Civic Center.
Can Tab Program
Please bring your can tabs to the Civic Center. We are collecting the tabs to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. Although they may be small, the can tabs quickly add up and eventually bring a substantial amount of money each year to support the Shriner's mission to provide expert medical care to children at no cost. Monies are also used to purchase items for the patients such as arts and crafts.
In addition to the normal business hours Mon.-Fri. 9AM-5PM, the Clubhouse is also open on Saturdays from 1-4PM. It is available for dropping off payments, obtaining new homeowner packets, card playing or enjoy a leisure day reading in the free Beacon Woods Lending Library.
Assessments Now Due
The Beacon Woods Maintenance fees are $280.00 per year, $140.00 per 6 months or $70.00 per quarter for each home.
The 3rd Quarter assessments for 2016 are due for July, August and September. Please check with the Civic Center for your correct balance.
The Administrative Late Fee of $25.00 will automatically be applied to delinquent accounts on the tenth day of the second month of the quarter (for this quarter that date is August 10th). To avoid this Administrative late fee your payment must be received no later then August 9th. Please bring or send your ID cards with your payments so they can be updated, as they are necessary for access to the facilities and the Board meetings.
Ambulance Fund Applications
Renewals and New memberships for August 1, 2016 thru July 31, 2017. $10/person pays $100/emergency ambulance usage. Click here for Ambulance Fund Application
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