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Activity the name of the game at Springfield

Clubs, activities, sports highlight senior community
By: Susan Belknap, Placer Herald Editor
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Whoever thought senior communities were neighborhoods of people who sit around watching the grass grow has not met the residents of Springfield in Rocklin. Springfield is an active adult community located across and down the street from Whitney Oaks Golf Course and clubhouse. The gated community of 868 single-family homes was built about 10 years ago and features a clubhouse, the Gables, which is the hub for a plethora of activities and club meeting venues. In addition, the Oaks building located adjacent to the Gables, is the site of a variety of exercise classes as well. Tara Broglio is the activities director for the 55-and-over community. She is responsible for the monthly newsletter that keeps residents in the know about organized trips and events. “We have over 30 clubs here at Springfield,” Broglio said. “There’s something for everyone. We have a wine appreciation club, knitting club, ceramics and there’s even a travel club.” Broglio said the community’s Scholarship Club conducts various events throughout the year to raise money to provide scholarships for Rocklin and Whitney high school students. Next month the club has scheduled an ice cream social fundraiser to be held April 18 and in the fall the club has plans to host a pancake breakfast, a first for the organization. The Springfield Sunshine Club helps coordinate memorial services for those residents who have lost loved ones. Sunshine Club members can also assist residents who need temporary equipment rental such as wheelchairs or walkers. When young visitors come to visit, Sunshine members arrange for high chairs or crib loans as well. Lu Ah Nee is the chairwoman of both the Scholarship and Sunshine clubs. She said over the years the Scholarship Club has raised more than $40,000 and awarded more than 39 scholarships For residents who enjoy exercising, Springfield features two outdoor pools, one designed for laps and the other for play, that are open from May 1 through Oct. 31. In addition, a complete gym with treadmills, bicycles, elliptical trainers and weights offers a complete body workout. Broglio said there’s even a “Honey Do” Club that consists of Springfield volunteers who perform a variety of requests for friends and neighbors such as changing light bulbs, smoke detectors batteries or doing light household chores. Tennis and golf enthusiasts also are covered at Springfield with several tennis courts on site and golfing at adjacent Whitney Oaks golf course. “You can be as busy or not busy as you want here at Springfield,” Broglio said. Claire Kelly has been a Springfield resident since 2001. This is her third year of participation on the Homeowner Association Board. “I love the wealth of activities that are offered here,” Kelly said. Deanna and Bob Degli-Esposti, have been Springfield residents also since 2001 having moved from San Jose. “It was time for a change for Bob and myself and we didn’t look anywhere else for our house,” Deanna said. “We wanted a smaller community so we would be able to know our neighbors and not just wave to them as we drove by their houses.” Deanna said their Springfield home is located on a street with 14 houses on it and features a mixture of couples and singles. She is a member of the ceramics group and the Social Club that puts on many of the dinner events for the community. “It’s the people who live here that put their heart and soul into the needs of the community, the social events and all the clubs that there are that the residents could join,” Deanna said. “We truly enjoy living here in Springfield.”