Paradise Bay Activities Committee

Minutes of January 9, 2023 Meeting

The meeting was called to order by Jim G. at 10:00 a.m.

Prayer was said by Shana S.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Present were: Jim Gath: Co-President, Shana Simison: Vice President, Wendy Graf: Treasurer, Karen Rimatzki: Secretary, Donna Matteson: Board Assistant and 18 members


Liability Insurance & Board Approval for Activities: Randy D. introduced Kathy, our Park Manager, and Russ, our Insurance Broker. He told us that all Activities need to be approved by the Board of Directors in order to be covered under our insurance policy. Volunteers and participants are covered at Board approved activities. We have a crime policy to cover stolen funds for accounts that are managed by the Park Office. Any accounts that are kept separate from the Office are not covered under the Park’s insurance policy. Russ suggested that funds be managed by the Office.


Secretary’s Report: The minutes of the last meeting were previously emailed, posted in the Rec Hall and passed out at the meeting. There were no additions or corrections so the minutes will stand as posted.

Treasurer’s Report: Our balance is $7,822.47. Motion to accept the report was made by Chris M. It seconded by Tom. It passed unanimously.

Co-President’s Report: Jim G. told us that there will be an up to date Activities Calendar on sometime in the near future. It will include all the Activities at Paradise Bay and Sarasota Bay.

Vice President’s report: none

Old Business

  1. Bayfest: Organizational meeting will be on February 13th after the Activities Committee meeting.
  2. Monthly gathering at Marilyn Batten’s. Activities Committee will provide snacks & paper goods up to $200. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. The next one is on Friday, January 13th at 4 p.m. at 2 5th Street.

New Business

  1. Rules: Several items needed to be changed since the last approved Rules in March 2021. Karen R. reviewed those changes. However, since we just found out we need to change our bank account in order to be covered by our insurance company, we will probably need to make more changes. Therefore, a revised Rules will be presented at a future meeting for discussion and approval.  
  2. Italian Dinner on February 11th: Donna M. is monitoring the volunteers. If anyone would like to help, please contact her.
  3. Welcome Reception for new residents: Friday, January 13th at 1-3 p.m. in the Paradise Bay Rec Hall. Jim G. will send an email to everyone with information.

Committee reports/update

Kathy O. from Sarasota Bay told us the RV Park is close to full capacity. They are promoting the website and asking residents to give their email address in order to receive messages about upcoming Events/Activities. Yoga starts this Wed. at 9:20, normally it’s on Fridays. This Friday is the Pancake breakfast 7:30-9 a.m. Ice Cream Socials with entertainment are once a month; the next one is January 17th the cost is $5.

Craft Bazaar-Jean C.-It will be on Saturday, February 4th. Many vendors are accepting credit cards.

Boating and Fishing Club-Chris M.-The Frank & Bean Dinner is February 25th, the tickets are $8 each or $15 for two. Drawings will be held for Boating and Fishing Trips, tickets are $10. CPR Class is being held by the Fire Dept. on February 25th. Chris has a signup sheet with maximum of 14 people. If you’re a member, the cost is $20; if not, it’s $40. Tuesday, January 10th at 9 a.m., there will be meeting at the end of 5th St. of the Kayak committee.

Health Committee-Susan M.-The Health Fair will be on February 23th at 9-12 and One Blood will be here at 9-2. AEDs are up to date, now.

Ladies Friendship Club-Susan M.-A welcoming committee will be formed to visit new residents to give them information about all the various activities that are available.

Pinochle-Susan M. told us it’s on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Bible Study-Dan S.-He thanked Kathy Harris for the Patriotic Program at the waterfront on Sunday; very well attended.

Euchre-Mary F.-She thanked Chris for helping at the first one last Monday.

Jane H. from Sarasota Bay thanked Joyce N. for working with them to put information in the Newsletter about the activities taking place in Sarasota Bay.

Historical Committee-Brenda O.-She is still looking for people to help.

Shuffleboard-Chris M.-An Amateur Tournament is taking place on January 30th. It costs $10.

Golf Club-Jim G.-The time to meet at the Golf Course has changed to 11:30; tee time is 12.

Horseshoes-Tom F.-is going well.

Bingo-Joyce N.-We have been having increasing crowds. She presented $256 to the Activities Committee from Cash Awards.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Brenda O. and seconded by Wendy G. at 11:32 a.m.

Our next meeting is Monday, January 23, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

Respectively submitted by Karen Rimatzki