October 2023 Member Letter

Dear Valued Members and Friends,

As fall approaches, there is a sense of nostalgia as warm nights turn to crisp sunny mornings and the sunset visits us earlier each day. Our summer was filled with wonderful activities and great memories; however, we suffered the loss of many talented contemporaries that touched so many of our lives. The great Actor Alan Arkin passed in June. Tony Bennett, an entertainer that brought generations of talent together passed in July. Bob Barker, a staunch advocate for animal rights who entertained us for more than 60 years passed in August. At the beginning of September, we lost an icon whose music touched generation, the Great Jimmy Buffet. Jimmy’s approach to life inspired us all, with favorites such as “Pirate Looks at 40” and “Last Mango in Paris”. Just last week, we lost one of my favorite character actors, David McCallum at the age of 90. David enjoyed success for more than 75 years starting with “The Man from Uncle” and ending with his portrayal of Dr. “Ducky” Mallard on NCIS for 20 years at the time of his passing.

I would like to share his “Good-bye” message: I’m sorry old chaps, I had to leave. My life has been filled with much joy, five wonderful children, two marvelous wives, Accomplishments and dreams of a boy. Born to musicians, my mother and dad brought light to each day of our lives. My brother was mischievous, the adventures we had, Music made sure that we thrived. Scottish roots from my clan of kin I was proud from whence I came, but music and acting were my one true love, London called my name. So many films and so many shows, Characters and co- stars, friends for life. Man from Uncle, Sapphire and Steel, just to name a few, Time away from family was a bind. But when my son appeared to me, and took me by the hand He hugged me close and walked right by my side. We walked towards tall golden gates, their stature was sublime, as I appeared they opened far and wide. So many friends and family are here to be with me. They talk, laugh, and tell me tales of old. So many years I had on the earth, the privilege was all mine, now I’ve crossed the threshold of our God.

I mention these losses only so we can smile as we remember how each has positively affected our lives. These great men lived long lives with great passion. As we all approach a new “season” let’s remember that yesterday is in the past and tomorrow is not guaranteed. Make the most of each day as we celebrate the wonderful friendship and fellowship each of you have helped create here at The Club. Let us finish 2023 by making great memories with our friends and Club Family!

We at The Club at Lake Sinclair are in the planning stages for a “Once-in-a-Lifetime” celebration for our Director of Golf & Instruction, Mr. David Franklin, PGA, to be hosted on Friday, December 15, 2023.  David has decided that after nearly 40 years of service he will retire from the golf business in January 2024 to begin the next phase of his life with his beautiful Bride Diane in Florida.

Please watch for announcements regarding Holiday Celebrations to include our Fall Festival and Halloween Carnival, Music on the Lawn, Thanksgiving Day Feast, Pontoon Tour of Lights, Complimentary Member Christmas Party and our New Year Celebration. Thank you for allowing our team to serve you and your family!

TCLS Leadership Team