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6 x November 17 - 30, 2016 x CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 According to county records, the new owners purchased the club in July 2015 for nearly $1.3 million. At the time, it had 148 members. The new owners invested more than $500,000 in improvements, including repaving the parking lot, adding pavers and new furniture to the pool deck, resurfacing the tennis courts, and adding a new driving mat to the driving range. Membership has grown to 250 members as of this month. “We are encouraged by the progress, but we still have a ways to go,” Karr said. “We are anxious to have other people come out and enjoy this hidden gem.” Many new members have signed on for a social golf membership with four prepaid rounds of golf per month. Additional rounds can be purchased. Social members have full access to the pool, tennis and club facilities. “We’re getting a number of young families,” Karr said. “It’s allowed the younger families to come out and use the pool.” Many children are taking survival swim lessons. Other folks just relax by the pool and cool off in the water. Karr plans to extend the pool deck to accommodate all of the people who enjoy the pool. The Windermere and west Orange communities are some of the fastest growing in the county, so the population increase should bode well for the club. Membership is not limited to the immediate area, with some members living in Seminole and Lake counties. Anyone can dine at the club, but golfing on the 18-hole course is reserved for members only. The club does offer a member-for-a-day program, so prospective members can try the course and see if they like it, and it is open seven days per week. Young people are learning to play the game at the golf clinics, led by Brendon Chase, assistant golf professional, and during afternoon lessons. Even young children are taking up clubs and enjoying the sport. Youth in high school or college can join on a student membership and play the game and practice. Student memberships include golf privileges after 2 p.m. “This is the youngest group of people I have seen out here ever,” Karr said. “That’s the future of golf. If we don’t get younger folks out, I don’t know if the game will survive.” ª HOLIDAY BAZAAR HOLIDAY BAZAAR Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 9:00 am-1:00 pm Come out, shop and enjoy some delicious food!!! • Beaded Serving Pieces • Sweet Pea • Scentsy • Mary Kay • Thirty One Gifts • Jewelry • Soaps/Oils • Personalized Gifts Many More Vendors! * Food Trucks * Jamba Juice * Mannix Vanilla * Cake Pop Sweets and Treats * Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Rd., Orlando, FL 32836 For more information, call 407-239-5444 or visit on the web

QPC Games is in the business of making dreams a reality. A printer and producer of custom-designed playing cards and tabletop games, the Southwest Orlando-based company is more of a marketing business than a manufacturer. “Playing cards are a fantastic marketing and branding tool,” said Charles Levin, founder and CEO of QPC Games. “What we sell is a blank canvas. You can print whatever you want.” Back in 1999, Levin, who got his start in time-share marketing before taking a break to start a family in Southwest Orlando, saw a business opportunity in playing cards used for promotions. “People use them, and they don’t discard them like they lose a pen, hat or coffee mug,” he said. “It’s a perpetual form of marketing. Unless you lose a card in a deck, you don’t throw them away. They have a lasting value to people.” Levin knew he wasn’t stumbling across a novel idea. Playing cards have been around for centuries BUSINESS and custom-printed ones for decades. But other than business applications, he recognized that custom playing cards can have personal applications as well, including swag at weddings, parties and other special occasions. “A little less than four years ago, I was working out of my garage,” Levin said. “Now we have 8,000 square feet, 12 full-time employees, and 12 part time. We manufacture games for everyone, ranging from first-time inventors and kick-starter projects to massive industry veterans and major name brands.” Purchasing printing and manufacturing equipment transformed the business. Previously outsourcing printing, cutting and box-making to partners in China, Levin brought production in-house and can now x November 17 - 30, 2016 x 7 PROFILE Playing for Keeps Custom-Designed Playing Cards and Games Give Promotions Lasting Value handle orders from conception to delivery of anything from 10 decks of personal playing cards to 500 custom hobby games to 50,000 copies of a big-box adventure game complete with dice, miniatures and tokens. The process starts with an initial consultation, during which a QPC Games team of expert game designers works with clients to determine the exact needs of their project, including material options. Special weight paper is shipped from France for clients who desire casino-quality playing cards. Aqueous coating is used to give cards extra durability, elasticity and shine. For tarot and oversized cards that are held and displayed rather than played, harder, more rigid coating is used. The in-house graphics department offers complimentary design support at no cost to clients. “A lot of our clients know exactly what they want but don’t have the tools or skills to make it themselves,” Levin said. As part of his mission to not “nickel and dime” clients, Levin doesn’t charge printer set-up fees, hike up shipping on rush orders, or upcharge for full-color printing. QPC requires only a 10-deck minimum for playing-card orders, while many competitors require a 2,500- deck minimum. “We’re the only company based in the U.S. offering low quantities at prices competitive with international production,” Levin said. Cards are printed, cut, rounded on the edges, wrapped in cellophane and fed into a custom-designed box. Levin said QPC’s new customshape box-making machine is really a game changer. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8