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Beacon Woods Civic Association Inc

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by Julie Gabell               





A cheerful burst of energy sparked through the door and introduced herself as Betty Frankel. Her ready smile and easy manner immediately filled the room with an infectious joie de vivre. “Most of us would kill to have her outlook and stamina,” claims one member of the line-dancing class that until recently she taught at Cares. "She wore us out, and, like the Energizer Bunny, still kept going!"
This perky Beacon Woods resident has show business in her blood. Born in Tampa, she began dancing at the age of seven, relocated with her family to Savannah where she studied with one of the founders of the Marilyn Youman’s School of Dance, and later moved to Dallas. While in high school, she fell in love with the theater, and the day after graduation headed for The Big Apple. She has followed the lure of the limelight ever since.
Throughout a successful career Betty travelled back and forth across the United States from New York, to Los Angeles and scattered points in between. After World War II, eager to do her part in the post-war effort, she travelled with the USO throughout Japan and Korea. She did a stint in Vegas at the Sahara, where, as line captain, she reviewed movies of other dance troupes, analyzed and memorized their routines, then taught the steps to her girls. At the Copa in Chicago she worked with such notables as Rudy Valee; in Reno and Las Vegas with Patti Page, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, and Jimmy Durante; in Baltimore with a young Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Under the stage name of "Betty DeRay," she and her partner "danced with bells on their feet" as they performed East Indian Balinese dances for passengers on cruise ships.
But Betty's life has not always been a hop, skip, and a jump down the yellow brick road of fame and fortune. When times were tough, she opened a cigar shop with a cousin in Miami; for a short period she tended bar on a dude ranch in Poughkeepsie, New York. In 1955 she worked for the American Character Doll Company demonstrating how to feed Tiny Tears for department store customers. She feels her luckiest break, however, finally came two years later when she waitressed in a New Jersey restaurant and met her late husband, George. Wherever she landed, Betty was always able to make the best of a difficult situation and come out a winner.
Since coming to Beacon Woods in 1998, Betty has danced her way into the hearts of many within our own community and in the surrounding developments of Sea Ranch, Palm Terrace, and Gulf Highlands. At the young age of eighty-four Betty, who taught two classes of line-dancing each week, raised the bar on a healthy senior lifestyle while keeping a steady grip on the gift of aging gracefully!












Beacon Woods Civic Association, Inc. 
12440 Clocktower Parkway
Bayonet Point, FL 34667
(727) 863-1267
Fax (727) 863-4857


    2015 Board of Directors

   President - Peggy Weiss
   Vice President - Jim Massey
   Secretary - Mary Moore
   Treasurer- Ken Smith
   Director - Ron Hubbs
   Director - John Gearity
   Director - Bill Bunting
   Director - Joe Kelly
   Director - Iggy Rodriguez



Upcoming Events
Architectural Review Committee
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 Civic Center 10am

Board of Directors Workshop Meeting
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 Civic Center 10am

Hurricane Disaster Supply Kit  Also see important Hurricane information on the Members Activities Page/CERT
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 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.
Clubhouse Hours
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 2015 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, 2015 thru July 31, 2016.  $10/person pays $100/emergency ambulance usage.  Click here for Ambulance Fund Application

Additional information: (please click)

2008 Long Range Planning Committee Report

Garage Sale Info