Social Clubs - The Heart and Soul of a Community

Dixie Cups

Once you have committed yourself to relocating, your heart might race with relocation remorse wondering how will you meet find friendship again? Take a deep breath and know you are not alone by having those thoughts. Birds of a feather flock together. Feel safe. The area and community you have chosen, will be filled with transplants just like you. The next step after you unpack your boxes, place your furniture and stock the frig, should be to pull out the local newspaper or community newsletter and find social clubs of interest to you. Put your toe in the water and attend an activity right away.

As you learn more about the master minds behind master planned communities, you will find some real estate developers are very smart! If their vision played out right, a real estate developer’s master planned community will be filled with resident organized social clubs and events. What is social club? Communities who evolve together, get to know each other and create friendship opportunities among themselves form social clubs related to common interests. Exemplary developers like Southern Land Company who developed the golf community Westhaven in Franklin Tennessee, lead the way showing residents how its done, by coordinating social activities through master association.

Friendly communities like Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee Georgia established twenty years ago, has more than 30 self – organized social clubs. Committed to a worthy cause, one social club at Reynolds Plantation is called the Dixie Cups. This pretty in pink club, is a walking team of women committed to finding cures for breast cancer through a close friendship. The Dixie Cups walk throughout the 280 streets of the Reynolds Plantation, training for events to help others while staying fit. Cultural events are world class at Reynolds Plantation called the Linger Longer Living cultural series. Lectures, art exhibits, meet the author and performances set the perfect stage for social cocktail and dinner parties.

Residents at the golf community Fairfield Glade in Cookeville Tennessee have an adventurous spirit. Each month 3-4 bus trips are scheduled to places like The Biltmore Estate, Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Fall Creek Falls State Park. Adult Pickle Ball, golf leagues, tennis leagues, dance classes, water aerobics and arts & crafts are just a few of the 50+ social clubs who hang out together at Fairfield Glade in close friendship. Members of the golf community Tennessee National in Knoxville Tennessee go global, traveling to Ireland every year to play extraordinary golf abroad.

The Landings on Skidaway Island in Savannah Georgia has over 100 social clubs related to gardening, travel, arts and crafts, car aficionado’s, cooking, dance and more. This Lowcountry coastal community has more social clubs than I have seen so far, a tribute to the community's social success established back in 1998.

Make it a point to meet the people who live at the community you are considering and observe the friendships, when you visit during a Discovery Package. Coordinate your visit around events taking place at the community, so you can sense on a larger scale the spirit of the community. Feel the heart and soul of a master planned community, before you buy.

Margie Casey Founder

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