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Outdoor Resort Palm Springs - the Number One RV Resort in the USA
In this issue:
page 3 Page 4 page 9 page 10
page 11 & 12 page 13 & 14
OUTDOOR RESORT PALM SPRINGS
As we move out of the holidays and into January, we find ourselves renewed with the prospects of a new year. With the start of the new year, we are also starting
CC&Rs/BYLAWS – The Board continued its dialogue over the summer with legal counsel on the Restatement of the Associations CC&Rs and Bylaws. Proposed changes are now posted on our web site for owner review. Also a Town Hall Meeting will be held on January 17, at 1:00 pm at La Palma at which time our attorney will be present to review the documents and answer your questions. COMPLIANCE/15-YEAR RULE - A rule change has been posted that will eliminate the 15-year rule and stress the requirement that owners maintain their RVs in a first class, road -worthy and well-kept condition, regardless of age . (See A&A Committee report on page 8). To ensure RVs and lots are maintained to the five-star standards we expect, the Board has committed to a more stringent approach to compliance and enforcement. Owners can expect to see a new Compliance Officer on board soon after Security is a continuing problem. We have engaged an additional Security Officer for the graveyard shift. It is recognized that such an addition will not treat the larger need of surveillance which can only be achieved by employing technology. That technology comes at a significant cost. The GM is obtaining proposals to assist the Board in coming to a meaningful cost effective, long-term solution. LONG RANGE PLANNING - The Board has concluded that there needs to be a formalized Long Term Planning activity within ORPS. Given the frequency of change in Board members, it was decided that the GM would chair such a committee with members made up of three current Directors and three Owners at large. This activity will begin in the new year and anyone who has an interest in serving and has some background in Long Term Planning is invited to contact the GM. the New Year. SECURITY -
Board of Directors President B RIAN C ANFIELD Vice President C RAIG W IRCH Secretary M ARYELLEN M UIR CFO A LLEN G AYKEN Members
to renew our compliance efforts. We have not had a compliance officer for some time. The Board has expressed the possibility of bringing someone in to fulfill this role especially with the proposed move from the 15-year rule to more of an aesthetic review of RVs in the resort, as mentioned in their board article...In the interim, we have had volunteers from ORPS Committees to help identify lots that might be out of compliance. These lots are then reported to staff for verification and staff contacts the owners. From there the compliance follows our enforcement policy. To date, many contacted owners have brought their lots into compliance. Thanks to all for your cooperation in observing and complying with our lot maintenance policies. FINANCIAL REPORT – Our 2016/2017 Budget is on track as to actuals and projections for both revenues and expenses. Recently, the Board agreed to modify our Working Capital policy as we have for some years now acquired (by policy) more cash than is necessary to meet our cash flow obligations. It was also agreed that the excess funds would be earmarked for needed Security initiatives dealing mainly with remote monitoring systems to address some of our vulnerable perimeter locations. The Finance Committee will continue to assist management with evaluations of our Reserve designations and scheduled replacements. They are working on a Point of Sale system as well that would integrate into an umbrella accounting system. There is more to come as we get into the New Year.
D E D E L OOP B OB M OORE T ED W ILSON
General Manager C LINT A THERTON
Oracle Staff Editor Emeritae E LLEN L YNCH C ATHY C HAUNCEY
Editor E VA N ORCROSS
Sports Editor L UANN W ARD
Photo Editor S HAREN W OODGRIFT
Production Staff T ANNIS H ADDRELL L OUISE K NOBF S USAN M ATTHEW J OANNE N YQUIST R OBIN P OLSON M ARY A NN P RIDDY M ARGIE S LEIGHT
Wishing you peace, joy and prosperity in 2017. The Board of Directors
BOARD OFFICE HOURS Monday thru Friday 9AM to 3PM to assist owners with Board issues
2016-2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
If you haven’t obtained a new photo-id prox card, please do so. The old prox cards will soon be de-activated and you will not be able to access Resort facilities with them. Contact S ANDRA Y ESCAS to make an appointment 760-328-3834 ext 240
Also, contact Sandra to obtain a transponder for access through the front gate.
M ARYELLEN M UIR , Secretary, D E D E L OOP , B RIAN C AN- FIELD , President, A LLEN G AYKEN CFO, C RAIG W IRCH , Vice President, T ED W ILSON , B OB M OORE
New Owner Directories will be available for Owners to purchase at the Check-In Counter in the Administration Building, in early January. Cost is $5/copy. Take a few minutes to check out our new Web Page which is now launched! Go to: www.ORPS.com . Thank you to the Marketing Committee for leading this update to our web page that truly showcases the beauty and uniqueness of this resort. See Marketing Committee on page 8 for more information. Click on the Tab “Homeowners Association” to access our Governing Documents, notices about pending rule changes and the draft pro- posed 2nd Restatement of our CC&Rs and Bylaws..
M ARYELLEN M UIR T ED W ILSON B OB M OORE D E D E Loop C RAIG W IRCH A LLEN G AYKEN C RAIG W IRCH M ARYELLEN M UIR A LLEN G AYKEN M ARYELLEN M UIR D E D E Loop
Communications Facilities Planning
Health & Fitness
Landscape M ARKETING Pickleball
Safety & Security
B OB M OORE B OB M OORE
ORPS BOARD & COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Meeting of the Board of Directors: Monday, 1:00 PM, January 16, 2017 – La Palma Auditorium
1:00 pm 2:00 pm 11:30 am 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 1:00 pm 10:30 am 1:30 pm 11:00 am 2:00 am 9:00 am Noon
East Room, LP Owners Lounge East Room, LP East Room, LP East Room, LP West Room, ES Ballroom, LP Owners Lounge Owners’ Lounge, ES Owners’ Lounge, MPR
Communications Facilities Planning
Jan 5 & 19
Jan 18 Jan 10
Health & Fitness
Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday
Jan 11 Jan 6
Safety & Security
East Room, LP
2017 ELECTION Directors A LLEN G AYKEN and D EDE L OOP are completing their terms of office, opening two positions on the Board of Directors. Board applications are being accepted through Friday, January 6, at 4PM. To submit your name as a candidate, pick up a form in the Board Office. MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM MONDAY, JANUARY 23 1 PM-LA PALMA Owners will have an opportunity to meet the candidates for the Board and learn their positions on various topics of interest to you at the Candidates Forum sponsored by the Communications Committee. Following a formal program with questions posed to the candidates by a moderator, there will be an informal coffee reception for owners to meet and speak directly to the candidates.
Ballots will be mailed on February 6. If you want your ballot mailed to you at ORPS and NOT to your address of record (generally your home address) you must notify S USAN M ATTHEW ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or 760-904-6643
by NO LATER THAN Monday, January 16
2017 ELECTION CALENDAR
Last day to submit application as a candidate for Board Director (by 4PM to the Board Room) Board Meeting to approve ballot and appoint Inspector of Election (1PM at La Palma)
Candidates’ Forum (1PM at La Palma)
Ballots due to the Inspector of Elections Annual Meeting to tabulate ballots and announce election results
Your election materials this year will include a ballot asking for your approval of the Second Restated CC&Rs and the Bylaws of the Association. These documents are posted on the Association’s website, along with a letter to owners from the Association’s legal counsel.
To assist in your understanding of the changes being made to these documents, a Summary of Changes is also posted for your review.
Additionally, the Board of Directors, along with the Association’s legal counsel, will be present at a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, January 17, at 1:30 pm, in the La Palma Clubhouse to address your questions and comments.
ORPS EMERGENCY AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS
RESIDENT EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RECOMMENDATIONS BACKGROUND The Coachella Valley is a relatively calm place as far as natural disasters go, since events such as hurricanes, tornadoes or serious flooding are absent or very rare. We are very susceptible to earthquakes, being near a number of large earthquake faults, and, problems that could be caused by a 50 year windstorm, heavy rainstorms, or an extended loss of electrical power are possible. ORPS Residents should be prepared for one of these events, with the objective being self sufficiency for a time period of several days to one week. ORPS Residents should: Fill and maintain full water tanks on their RV. This is a benefit that one does not have in a stick built home. Residents with motorhomes should arrive with sufficient fuel in their tanks to run the RV generator for an extended time period. Maintain your propane tanks with adequate supplies to allow cooking or heating water for a time period, don’t wait until tanks are exhausted to refill. Keep enough fuel in your passenger vehicle to drive about 100 miles or more. Maintain adequate supplies of any necessary medications. Keep a few days supply of food on hand for both you and your pets, being mindful that your propane stove and water are all that may be available to heat/cook items. Ensure that you have at least one good flashlight with extra batteries.
The ORPS Emergency Preparedness Committee is operating an amateur radio system to communicate with the Cathedral City Fire Department and the Riverside County Emergency Operation Center through the local Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) during a major disaster. RACES is the volunteer amateur radio operator organization activated by Riverside County to provide communications between county, municipal, gated communities and other Command Centers during a major incident when telephone services are not available. The ORPS RACES Communication Center’s function is to relay information, status and requests for aid to the Cathedral City and the Riverside County Emergency Operations Centers. This will most likely be the primary communications means for ORPS if a severe earthquake occurs and the telephone system is either out of service or saturated with non-essential traffic. If you are a licensed ham radio operator, join our group and learn about the many local ham activities. If you would like information on how to get a license, we can help. For more information, contact: R ICH W RIGHT , Lot 447; G ARY S HARP , Lot 454; J IM K OSKI , Lot 394; R ON G OOKIN , Lot 1153; or leave your name with S USAN in the Board Office. The RACES NET is Thursday, 1900 hours at 145.200, 131.8 pl.
NO TRASH PICK UP Tuesdays or Thursdays
S TEPHEN F RIDLEY Chairperson
Please do not put your Lot trash out on these days as it attracts animals .
ARE YOU COMING OR GOING??? Please inform the Mailroom when you arrive and when you leave . Your box will be closed if you do not wish to receive mail in the desert.
Safety and Security: The committee has currently not had a quorum for their first two meetings, with the chair person resigning at the end of the first meeting. Our General Manager, Clint, has an appointment with a Security Analyses person who hopefully will suggest alternatives to what we are currently doing. Also, B RIAN C ANFIELD , President of the Board, has authorized Clint to hire an additional guard for the graveyard shift. Additionally, Clint will be contacting the Cathedral City Mayor to have an audience with him and the Police Chief, and ask that they visit ORPS to discuss our concerns about Owner and Phase Representative,T ERRI N OLAN , is heading up the Ambassador Program. The program will include a 30 minute tour, not scripted. Guests will be asked to fill out a card which can then be referred to the sales or rental offices and kept on file for future reference. If any owner is interested, please contact Terri at email@example.com or 951-206-5752. SECURITY ISSUES: We are all aware that ORPS is experiencing a rise in break-ins and thefts. The Board is working on solutions, most of which will involve a significant capital cost. As owners, it is our responsibility to ensure our lots are lighted . Make sure motion sector lights are installed at the back of rigs and coaches as well as keeping your front trees wrapped with lights. Or ensure lights are installed so the fronts of our l ots are well lit. Don’t give thieves dark places to hide. Also look at ways to lock your valuables up. Ensure cars and bikes are secured. DATES TO REMEMBER: New Candidates Forum: Monday, January 23 in La Palma at 1 p.m. the increased crime lately. Ambassador Program
COMMUNICATIONS MMI The Communications Committee is an enthusiastic, involved group who meet the first Monday of each month from November through April at 11:30 AM except January which will be the second Monday. If you live in phase 1, 2, 4, or 5 please consider joining us. You will learn lots about what is happening in ORPS. Members can be as involved as they wish. At the last meeting we discussed several relevant issues within our community. Our Board representative M ARYELLEN M UIR shared the following: Extension of Dog Relief at front of property approved for additional 90 days to February 15. The Landscaping Committee is looking for new members. The Marketing Committee is now an official committee (formerly an ad hoc Committee). The Ambassador Program is now under them. Provided clarification on how correspondence sent to the board is handled: Correspondence marked as CONFIDENTIAL will be assessed by a board member and must fit the criteria of personal information, legal or contractual. If it does not meet that criteria then it is sent back to the owner to either be withdrawn or published as non-confidential. All correspondence received is sent to the appropriate department or board member for action or response. Any owner can ask Secretary to the Board, S USAN M ATTHEW to see correspondence as she keeps records of it all. COMMITTEE LIASON REPORTS: We try to have one Communications Committee member visit each of the other monthly committee meetings so we have an understanding of what is happening throughout our resort and share pertinent information with you. The reports for last month are as follows: A&A (Architectural and Aesthetics): The first issue that comes up is the application for a permit through S ANDRA Y ESCAS in the main office. It is just the application, not the permit itself. Each lot has a plot plan which relates to square footage and setbacks. The application should reflect the dimensions in square footage of the project in relationship to the plot plan of the lot and diagram. Any electrical work requires a qualified electrician and a permit through Cathedral City, who inspect the electrical work. Pickleball: The Grand Opening for the new courts is set for January 14. There will be hot dogs and a ribbon cutting ceremony. They are expecting up to 700 people to attend. The Farewell Dance will be in late February instead of March to ensure more people are on site.
New Owners Reception: Monday, January 23 at 4 p.m. in Owners’ Lounge
Picnic in the Neighborhood: Sunday, February 19
NEXT COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING: January 9, 11:30am, La Palma East Room.
J OAN C RAVEN ..L OT 1109 Chair
FACILITIES PLANNING The Facilities Planning Committee added M ICHELLE M OORE as its new FPC secretary. Michelle will be a great asset to our committee in the upcoming years. Welcome Michelle! The Facilities Planning Committee is in the process of reviewing items and/or projects that must be funded through the association CAPITAL FUND. These are items or projects that are new to the resort (versus scheduled replacement under the RESERVE FUND) and can be improvements to our buildings, recreational facilities, equipment, and infrastructure. These items/projects will require a request for funds be approved by the board of directors. We invite the Chairs of the A&A, Activities, Communications, Golf, Health & Fitness, Landscape, Marketing, Pickleball, Safety & Security, and Tennis committees, as well as individual owners, to submit their ideas for improvements to be considered for funding. The SOONER THE BETTER - as these requests will be submitted to the board at the end of January 2017 . If funding is approved, these items will be included in the budget for 2017/2018. Now that we have clear title to the 35’ strip of easement land, the FPC will begin considering some of the highest and best uses for this land. The committee welcomes any and all ideas on how to best utilize this area. We want to take our time and put in place a well thought out plan for this space. Give your suggestions to committee members; M ARSHA N ELSON , A LICE H EUPLE , D ENNY B LOOM , M IKE M URRAY , J UDY J URACH , C HARLES S TINSON , M ICHELLE M OORE or A VA F ELT . The FPC continues to work on the El Saguaro kitchen updating and the next phase will address replacing the countertops and serving counter, and converting the prep islands to accommodate storage racks underneath. The same footprint of the islands will be preserved as recommended by the Kitchen Focus Group. Updates will take place as reserve funds are available. I would like to thank our Kitchen Volunteer team - G INI M OORE , B ARB W IRCH , L ORRAINE W IEBE , and K IMBERLY R OGERS for undertaking the KITCHEN CLEANUP PROJECT. They have given over 40 hours of their time sorting and taking inventory of our serving bowls, baskets and utensils plus reorganizing and ensuring kitchen equipment items have been properly cleaned. This will certainly make it easier for the many weekly events that take place in this high use kitchen and the best organized kitchen ever!
HEALTH & FITNESS COMMITTEE January 2017 We encourage you to come listen to D R . J OSEPH E. S CHERGER on Tuesday, January 17, from 4 PM to 5:30 PM in the La Palma Clubhouse. Dr Scherger is Vice President for Primary Care and Academic Affairs at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. We have invited him to share how he has expanded his education from a focus on medicine to include one of health and wellness. He will be discussing his new found knowledge summarized in a 97-page book he wrote called “Lean and Fit: A Doctor’s Journey to Healthy Nutrition and Greater Wellness”. Much of his book discusses the benefits of a low carbohydrate diet. We are also co-sponsoring a Health & Wellness Fair with Desert Health to be held on Saturday, February 11 from 9 AM to 12 PM in the La Palma Clubhouse. Invitations have been mailed out to the approximately 47 vendors covering a multiple of subjects: beauty, financial health, fitness, fresh cuisine, integrative health, medical, natural health, nonprofit groups, and, of course, the blood bank. Due to space constraints we will be reducing this list to approximately 30. Look for more information as we get closer to this event. Please consider joining our committee to provide advice and oversight to the ORPS Board of Directors on the operation, maintenance, and management of the Fitness Center and other health & wellness activities. P AM W ALKER Chair Our next scheduled meetings are January 5, and January 19, at 2 PM in the LP East Room. All interested owners are welcome. A VA F ELT Chair Feel free to share your input at: firstname.lastname@example.org The FPC is also undertaking creating a Master Plan for our resort facilities that will be a permanent document and will be available to future committees, boards and management. This will certainly help with continuity in overseeing our resort facilities. We can always use our owner’s expertise. If you feel you have a background or expertise in facilities, infrastructure, construction and/or kitchens and would be interested in assisting our committee, please express your interest to one of our FPC members.
A&A MMI The A&A Committee has put forth amendments to the Association’s A&A Rules on the following topics to address areas of concern that owners have expressed over the past several years. RV COVERS: One rule change deals with the length of time that full
In early 2016, the ORPS Marketing Committee was formed to investigate and create innovative approaches and programs for marketing ORPS. The goal of the committee is to integrate these fresh marketing programs so collectively they work together to “get the message out”; ORPS is the best value, warm weather,
RV Resort in the US! Our progress to date: Redesigned ORPS Website:
RV covers may be in place on a rig. The use of full RV covers is highly desirable to protect finishes from the harsh summer sun. The rules currently allow RV covers from May through October. Extending the time to from March 15 through November 15 will provide more flexibility in arranging for the installation and/or removal of the covers for many of our owners who are restricted as to the length of time they can stay in the United States. HARDSCAPE 85/15: Another rule change will increase the allowed hardscape on a lot to 85% from 75%. This will give owners the most flexibility in the use of their lots while ensuring each lot has sufficient softscape to allow access to utility infrastructure. 15 YEAR RULE : A rule change initiated by the Board of Directors, deals with the controversial rule on Age, commonly known as the “15-year rule” and the requirement added in 2015 to disallow the sale of an RV over 15 years old in the resort. Legal counsel review raised questions on the rule’s enforceability and it was concluded that the rule, though well intended, was arbitrary. Accordingly, the rule change eliminates the 15 year rule and adds language that will ensure the Resort is maintained at a high aesthetic quality, regardless of age. Additionally, an inspection will be required of any RV at the time of its sale within the Resort using established inspection criteria. If an RV fails inspection, Owners will be required to make necessary repairs, or the RV may not be sold within the Resort and may be subject to removal. The full text of these rules changes can be found on the Association’s web site under tab Resources, Owners Library, Proposed Rule Changes. Owner comment is encouraged and should be submitted to the Board before their January 16, 2017 meeting when these rules will be considered for adoption. The Committee will be considering future amendments that will allow free-standing shade structures within the resort. Many thanks to Committee members this year: D ON W OODGRIFT , M ANFRED B AUR , G RANT B URLEIGH , J ANET R EAM , D AVE D UTHIE , T IM C OLLINS , and R ICHARD G IUSTI .
Over the last six months the Marketing Committee has redesigned the ORPS website from scratch into a site that’s future proof, easily scalable and consistent with what you would expect from a 5-Star Resort such as ORPS.go to www.outdoorresortpalmsprings.com or www.orps.com . Check out the ORPS Ticket Genie J ORPS Video Tour: Please take three minutes and review the new ORPS Video Tour. You can find it on the ORPS Facebook page, or the landing page of the ORPS website and on Comcast channel 98. The video is also being used as a warm up for our guests waiting for their Ambassador to arrive for their tour. ORPS drone views dispersed through narrated footage of our striking ORPS amenities highlight the video. Ambassador Program The committee recognized the Ambassador Program as one of the most important marketing programs of the resort. Our Ambassadors are very often our guest’s first and most important impression of the resort. When you see our Ambassadors touring our Hawaiian leis wearing guests, please pass along a smiling, warm welcome. You can contact T ERRI N OLAN at email@example.com if you would you like to join in on the Ambassador fun. The next marketing meeting will be held January 4 at 1:30 PM in the Owners’ Lounge. Committee Members: J IM W ALLER , G ARY S HARP , S KIP P ISOR , R ON L ANGDON , C LINT A THERTON , G ARY M ARSHAL , E LTON S TEINLY , T OM OF LAHERTY , W ARREN D AWSON We welcome your feedback. WGD949@gmail.com W ARREN D AWSON Chair
AVOID IDENTITY THEFT
Two locked PAPER SHREADERS are AVAILABLE for our use. They are located across from the L A P ALMA Mailroom. You may dispose of sensitive information, such as credit card offers. The bin is emptied once a month.
T ED W ILSON Chair
Chapel meets every Sunday at 8:50AM in La Palma C HAPLAIN J IM G WINN
Lot 274 Cell: 847 445-0077 HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM FRIENDS AT ORPS CHAPEL
Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. A terrific practice is to look back over the past year and ask: What gifts and joys are worthy of my gratitude from that year? What careless words or actions might require confession and repentance to someone? Reflect on God moments realized over the past year and thank Him for His goodness, we so often forget or neglect all He does for us. Try and see where He was in each month of the year. What signs of Gods presence did we miss over the year? He was in every moment and all circumstances, but what was He doing in or through us? What things did He do in our lives that we took for granted or maybe missed? What does His plan for our lives seemingly seem to be pointing to for this new year ahead? Looking back can be one of the best ways of looking forward. Look back even over the past few days. What did He do in our lives in time with family and friends? He was there in the times of disappointment and joy that we experienced. As we anticipate the New Year and pray for the best in each of our lives as we seek, or follow the Lord to know and do His will. How wonderful to be given a clean slate of 12 months to be blessed and be a blessing. Serving as Chaplain at ORPS is a GREAT blessing for Karen and me. We don’t take it lightly and are thrilled to be with you. Our lives have been enriched by knowing and living with you…THANKS so much for blessing us with these great joys. A Bible promise for this New Year. Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you don’t even know about!! Claim that today.
W ELCOME N EW O WNERS LOT FROM 147 C AMERON & D IANA L AZORUK Grande Prairie,AB 160 W ILLIAM C ROGHAN & S HANNON P OWERS Anchorage, AK 353 R OBERT S CHALHAMER Cathedral City,CA 676 D AVID & B RANDY M AHAN Palm Desert, CA 824 Richard & Elizabeth Gretler Powell Butte, OR 825 E VON & M ILO H AARKLAU Grand Rapids,MN 1007 M ARIAN M OHLER Cathedral City,CA 1073 T IMOTHY S HIPLEY Lake Geneva, WI 1112 R ICHARD & P ING K IETA W ALNUT , CA 1130 H AL & J UDITH M ORTENSON Leduc County, AB 1144 B RADLEY & R EECA J URACH Kings Beach, CA Bible Study … Armor of God … Begins January 11 at 9AM also in the East Room. Books are $15 but not necessary. If you have always wanted a sister but never had one, PLEASE join us!! You will be blessed with 30 to 35 sisters in Christ. We wish you all peace, joy and love. D ONNICE K OCH NAME
If you love to sing, come join RESORTERS CHORUS
every Tuesday beginning January 3 2PM at La Palma Ron James is the director
January 1 C HAPLAIN G WINN January 8 R ON C LINE January 15 J OHN G UEST January 22 M ICHAEL R YDELNIK January 29 Keepers of the Faith, musicians
HOLES-IN-ONE Hole-in-one scorecards must be dated and signed by at least two playing witnesses. Include phone number and indicate if this is his/her first hole-in-one.
F RED H YDE
J ERRY M C G EE
R ICHARD B ERNHARDT
OPEN TO ALL!
Tuesdays we have a mixed scramble. Thursdays men and women are on separate teams with each member playing his or her own ball. Formats vary from week to week. On both days teams are handicapped as evenly as possible. All low and high handicappers are encouraged to play.
L ARRY S CHROEDER
R OY D ERKSEN
T OM F ICCADENTI
D ONNA F ITZPATRICK
L UANN W ARD
Guest averages will be based upon your home course handicap.
J ERRY K NOBF
Organized play starts at 9AM Sign ups begin at 8AM in ES Sign up to play prior to 8:45AM ! Bring $4 and join us
G INI M OORE
J ULIE H OMER
The lucky golfer may purchase a hole-in-one bag tag
Orange Ball Hole-In-One *
January 28 Sweetheart Tournament * February 11, 12 Club Championship * February 24, 25, 26 Three Club March 11 Farewell April 1 * denotes Owners Only.
2016-2017 Golf Committee
T OM O’F LAHERTY
D ALE W ALD
Vice Chair, Treasurer
S ANDY S EAMAN
G ERI G RANT
Computer & Hole-in-One Course set up & Marshals
B RIAN W ATERMAN G ALE S TEPHENSON
C RAIG W IRCH
To get an official golf handicap through Southern California Golf Association at ORPS call L INDA P ARKER : 760-285-9119 . The cost is $36 including a GHIN number and a $15 gift card for Roger Dunn Golf Store.
Notes from the Golf Committee 1. Long term renters can be put into the data- base and establish a handicap. Please get the necessary paper work at the golf shack. 2. Until the 7-7 practice is officially approved by the Board it is in effect as in the past. Whoever shows up first at the golf shack seven days in advance, (if an owner), has the privilege of booking the tee-times they desire before anyone in line after them. Minutes for all Golf Committee Meetings are on line under Owners’ Library. We are looking forward to seeing you at our events in January. NOTE: Minutes for all Golf Committee Meetings on line under Owners’ Library Secretary - S ANDY S EAMAN
LADIES’ PUTTING CLUB Sign up Wednesday mornings 8:45AM at ES. Bring your putter, a ball and 4 quarters and have FUN!
BALL MACHINE USE FOR OWNERS At La Palma & Satelite “F”. No longer at E S. To ob tain key for both locations, turn in your p roxy card to the guard shack.
2017 MIXER Saturday January 21 (sponsored by 3.5 Ladies’ Desert Team) Sign up at morning draw Saturday March 25 (wooden racquet theme) 2017 HORSE RACE SOCIAL TENNIS January 7, February 4, March 4, and April 1 SUNDAY TENNIS Sunday January 8: Mixed Doubles @ 2 PM Please bring a partner of the opposite sex. All levels of play welcome! Tennis BBQ/Potluck January 8 @ 5 PM @ LP BYO Everything; something to grill,, a dish to share & place setting. 2017 Sunday Tennis Activities with
2016-2017 TENNIS COMMITTEE
Secretary:760-992-5796 Treasurer: 360-876-7971 Crt. Maint: 916-206-5982
Daily Draw: 916-801-5276 Horse Race: 360-325-2643
TENNIS UNDER THE STARS Night tennis with pizza & beverages February 12, March 5 & April 2.
Ladies’ Top Gun Start Date: Thursday
January 5 @ 10 AM @ LP Contact: R OBIN P OLSON : firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Novice Clinics Thursdays starting January 5 - March 30 at 2pm La Palma Courts 3 & 4. Private or Group Lessons also available.
Men’s Top Gun Start Date: Wednesday January 4 @ 10AM Contact: B UD K RAHN : email@example.com
Contact : B RIAN “S PARKY ” F ARRELL Lot# 506, Phone 707-497-9663
ORPS TENNIS MORNING DRAW FOR JANUARY 2017 NEW TIMES, DAYS, LOCATIONS, LEVELS. LADIES’, MEN, MIXED & NETS” These new times, days, locations and levels will be in use for January. The Tennis Committee values your input. This schedule will be evaluated and adjusted as needed for next month.
November Mixer “Grateful”
Ladies’ 3.0 - 3.5 Draw : 8:30am -
Mon,Tues. & Wed @ La Palma
Ladies’ 3.5 - 4.0 Draw : 8:30am
Mon, Tues. & Wed at Court F with Overflow to Court “E”.
Men’s 3.0 - 3.5 Draw :
10AM Mon & Tues at La Palma 8 AM on Wed at El Saguaro 8 AM on Thurs. at La Palma
Men’s 3.5 - 4.0 Draw:
8:00am on Mon, Tues, & Thurs. at ES
Mixed All Levels Draw :
8:30am on Fri. & Sat at La Palma
NETS (Nice & Easy Tennis) :
10:15am on Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Friday & Sat at El Saguaro. OPEN PLAY
You may sign up for courts on the sheet posted at each court 24 hours in advance for two hours of play on open courts per day. Open court means any court not scheduled for ORPS programs. Time must be on the hour : 8, 10, 12, etc. PLEASE LOCK YOUR GATE WHEN PLAY IS COMPLETED . Thank you.
D ON M C M EEKIN , M ARIAN W EINS , B UD K RAHN ,C LANCY L AFRAY , & M ARILYN S ABENS
W AYNE Z UBER , D ALE D EVRIES , J ULIE F ARMER , L ARRY O LSON (missing)
R OBIN P OLSON , G ARY S HARP , J OLEEN S HARP ,
Reporter– K IM K RAHN
GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING
Save the date on your calendar! The Pickleball Club will be holding the GRAND OPENING of our new pickleball courts with a ribbon cutting ceremony and free hot dog lunch. Plan to come out and join in the fun
pickleball demonstration, hot dogs and drink,and a chance to try the game yourself. Fried onions are back by popular demand! Mark the date on your calendar JANUARY 14 12 SHARP
OUR NEW COURTS IN OPERATION!!!!
PICKLEBALL COMMITTEE 2016-2017
LADDERS PLAY In January, LADDERS PLAY will be introduced to our club. This is an opportunity to rate your playing ability by playing games against other players at your self- rated ability level, and then moving up and down the ladder based on your game scores. This will provide the opportunity for pickleballers to play with and against players at their ability level. Ladders will be scheduled on three afternoons a month—ladies’, men’s and mixed. Check our website for information in early Jan- uary. Ladders’ play is completely voluntary and recom- mended for players looking for competition at their own ability level.
BEGINNER LESSONS We continue to provide beginner lessons three times a week- MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY at 3PM. Bring your runners or court shoes and we provide paddles, balls and instruction. Feel free to come back more than once for practice play and suggestions to improve your game. K IM R OGERS : Director; B OB F OYLE : Vice President; M IKE P AVELKA : Secretary; S TAN M ILLER -N IELSEN : President; C LIFF A SCHENBRENNER : Maintenance. Missing from picture: D IANE W ILLKOMM : Treasurer and G ARY H OLLIDAY : Director
PICKLEBALL SCHEDULE JANUARY 2017
Monday to Friday
Saturday - Sunday
7 AM -12 PM
Beginner / Novice: Courts 1 - 2 Intermediate/Advanced: Courts 3 - 7
12 NOON - 3 PM
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
All other days of the week
3 PM - 4 PM
Beginner Lessons: Courts 1 - 3 Open Play Courts 4 - 7
4 PM - 10PM
For more information, contact S TAN or M AUREEN M ILLER -N IELSEN at 760 424-8002
Red Hats for January will go to the Film Festival. We'll have breakfast or lunch, too. WATCH for POSTERS about the time and place. We are hoping to see a comedy and go to S HERMAN ' S to eat.
PICKLEBALL COMMITTEE PURCHASE Our Pickleball Committee has purchased 25 outdoor chairs to be used under our shade structure. Total cost: $2,750. Socialize while you wait to play! TOURNAMENTS IN JANUARY Our Pickleball Committee is planning tournaments in January: women’s, men’s and mixed tournament play. Check our website for updated information on dates and times for each one. ORPSpickleball@wix.com
RSVP: J EANETTE Z UBER 909 519-2028 or J EAN D IETRICH 760 992-8225
Big Star rehearsal starts January 8 at ES at 6PM If you are interested in helping or performing please come by
YEAR END PARTY Mark your calendars: Saturday, Feb. 25 , 4PM - 9PM More information to follow!
If you suspect a HEART ATTACK or STROKE Give the victim an aspirin! First call 911 Then call Security 760-770-0065
DO YOU RECYCLE? Do you conserve water?
Do you recycle and employ energy efficient machinery and devices? Do you teach the next generation and show by example the need to live a green life?
TEXAS HOLD’ EM Monday & Thursday at 6:45PM
ORPS’ DESIGNING WOMEN We meet every Tuesday through March West Room @ ES @ 1PM Join us. ALL CRAFTERS WELCOME beading, knitting, painting, glasswork, small sewing projects & miscellaneous crafts. Get new ideas, share knowledge, trade supplies. Plan to have a great experience. Coordinators:
Texas Hold’em has become a very big part of Outdoor Resort
Monday and Thursday evenings. With a limit of 50 players we often sell out so it is important to be a little early. The winners of these weekly events are invited to play in the Championship Tournament held in March. We welcome all owners and renters and look forward to the new season at El Saguaro. Come and join in the fun Monday and Thursday nights at 6:45PM for an evening of Texas Hold'em and your chance to win.
J UDY J URACH Lot 1105 & C AROL W ILHELM Lot 309
LET’S PLAY THE UKULELE!
NEEDLECRAFT We meet every Monday 1:30 to 4PM in the East Room, LP We socialize as we work. If you enjoy any kind of needlework, please join us . P HYLLIS P ASHOTE , Lot 402 925 786-4472
The newly formed ORPS Ukulele Club meets every Wednesday in the Owners’ Lounge Multipurpose Room. (Beginning January 11)
Lessons begin at 9 AM until 10:30 AM for $5/person
Come join the fun All levels welcome
MAHJONG Meets in the East Room Tuesdays at 1PM For more information call S UE D OTY 916 205-7966 or
For more information, contact
D ON L OVELACE 714-272-4973
T OM R AY
Thursdays call M ARTHA C AMPBELL 707 228-0567
ORPS QUILTERS We meet in the West Room Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9AM to 4:30PM Our group of quilters is always busy with a quilting project of some sort, we will tackle almost anything quilting related! Each person is
Come and play or learn to play. It’s addictive!
working on their own unique projects, we gather and share ideas, advice, knowledge and even a few jokes! Everyone is welcome! As usual, we have a fabulous quilt ready for raffle this year! Our group paper pieced blocks last spring, one of our ladies took it home and quilted it on her longarm, while another finished the binding. A very special quilt and it is drop dead gorgeous! Watch for our quilt to be displayed and tickets available at random functions around the park!
WEDNESDAYS AT LA PALMA 6:30PM Early Bird Bingo 7PM Regular Bingo Games end around 9PM
Free popcorn and fun
Paper pack of 10 games $6 Early Bird sheets $1 each Intermission game $1 each Candy & soda pop available See you there!
S ANDY W HITTAKER , Lot 884 - Quilting Reporter
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Thursday, January 19 4 PM Owners’ Lounge THE RENT COLLECTOR by C AMRON W RIGHT Taking place in Cambodia this
novel tells of Ki Lim and Sang Ly who scavenge from a municipal waste dump to raise funds to save their chronically ill son. When Sang Li discovers a secret about the bad-tempered rent collector, the secret sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past. Goodreads calls it a “story of hope, of one woman’s journey to save her son and another woman’s chance at redemption.” Everyone is welcome! Next meeting Thursday, February 16 Author Event Spouses and Guests Invited Immigrant Soldier: The Story of a Richie Boy K ATHRYN L ANG –S LATTERY For information contact: J EAN D IETRICH 760 992-8225
Bridge Lessons for beginners or a refresher for new players. Five Lessons Starting Monday January 2 1PM ES Owners’ Lounge
THE 19 TH HOLE
Join us for Happy Hour 4-7PM
Monday thru Thursday Cocktails - Music Goodies
Singles are welcome to join our Friday night social. We choose a restaurant in the Valley and meet there at 5PM. Just sign up in the Activities Office by Thursday and note if you want a ride. We have a great time! Join us!
JASON WEBER IN CONCERT SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 BAR OPENS 6PM CONCERT 7PM $10 Reserved Seating Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 29
Pasta and Meatballs Italian Bread And Dessert Tickets On Sale January 4 $17
Bar 5PM Dinner 6PM
JANUARY MOVIES in the Owners’ Lounge Tuesdays at 4PM & 7PM Hot dogs and chips - $3.75 available from 5:30 to 6:30PM January 3 Emma’s Chance While fulfilling her community service hours at a horse rescue ranch, Emma forms an unlikely bond with an abused show horse who won't let anyone ride him. Gaining new skills and confidence, Emma hatches a plan to redeem herself and ultimately save the ranch she's grown to love. Freedom Writers A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. Sully The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew. January 24 Florence Foster Jenkins A wealthy New York heiress (Meryl Streep) attempts to become an opera singer despite her horrible singing voice. H UGH G RANT and R EBECCA F ERGUSON co-star in this biopic directed by S TEPHEN F REARS . Mr. Right A girl falls for the "perfect" guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he's a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him. January 10 January 17 January 31
K RISTINE & G ARY
Suddenly a new year is here! It’s hard to believe that 2016 has come and gone. I hope you had a happy and healthy year that carries on throughout 2017. We ended the year with a bang with two New Year’s Eve parties. ES was hosted by M ARCIA N ELSON & A LICE H EUPLE . LP was hosted by H ERB and M ELITA S TRANDBERG . Both were well done and everyone had a great time. January looks like it will be keeping you busy with a variety of special events such as the Ladies’ Luncheon, a Jazz Jam concert with talented singers and band, Five Guys Ribs by Dan Rib Dinner, the Rock Around the Clock Dinner Dance and a Chinese New Year Dinner and Dance. We will offer some new and, we hope, enjoyable events this season. Along with our usual Saturday night events, we will be offering more concerts. We are really excited to get going. Be sure to look for our emails, flyers, channel 98, our calendar, website and, of course, the ORACLE for information on upcoming events. I hope you will enjoy the rest of the season. The Activities department is currently (if not always) looking for volunteers to get involved with our committee and or get involved with our events. Our activities are as successful as our residents make them. There is always room for you to help with simple tasks like folding napkins and setting tables to actually hosting an event. Stop by the Activities Office and let us know how you can help.
" Cathedral City High School Choir presented their Holiday Concert at ORPS on Friday December 10 . They are working toward raising money to compete in Hawaii in April 2017. It will take $1,800 for each student. If anyone is interested in making a contribution please contact ORPS Activities. " 18
ORPS ONGOING 2016-2017
MON - THUR WEDNESDAY
EARLY BINGO $
6:30 PM 8:50 AM
LA PALMA LA PALMA
BOOK DISCUSSION ICE CREAM SOCIAL $
THURSDAY SATURDAY TUE & THUR
7 PM 2 PM
4 & 7 PM
UNIQUES SINGLES CLUB
LADIES BIBLE STUDY
ADD. DATES NOV.9 / DEC. 7, 14 &21 BRIDGE
BEGINS JAN. 11
JANUARY 2 to 30
MON & THUR
TUE & THUR
10 & 1
9 AM 1 PM 2 PM 8 AM 1 PM
BEGINNER LINE DANCE WEDNESDAY
EL SAGUARO EL SAGUARO
EASY BEG. LINE DANCE
THURSDAY TUE & THUR
FIT FOR LIFE $
EL SAGUARO EL SAGUARO EAST ROOM EAST ROOM EAST ROOM EL SAGUARO
INTER. LINE DANCING $
TAP CLASS YOGA 1 $
TUE & THUR
9:30 AM 8:30 AM 10:00 AM
PATTI PATTI PATTI
YOGA 1 BEG. JAN $ YOGA INTERMEDIATE $
MON & FRI
MON - FRI
ART WORKSHOP $ ORPS QUILTERS NEEDLE CRAFT BEAD CRAFTING
MONDAY WED - THUR MONDAY
1 PM 9 AM
WEST ROOM EAST ROOM EAST ROOM WEST ROOM
Visit the New
The $1.7 million, 4.5 acre dog park is located on Key Largo just one block West from Diana Shore. Key Largo is one block after Bob Hope heading towards Costco. Small and large dogs have their own parks, each surrounded by decorative wrought-iron fences with double-locking gates. Inside are water fountains for dogs and humans, shaded seating areas with benches and 24 lighted parking spaces. A lighted walking trail surrounds the park with its wide open view of the mountains.
Dog Park officially opened November 30
Check out our ORPS Dog Relief Area located by the Large Laundry & Maintenance for this purpose
PET FACILITIES AT ORPS The Board of Directors is fully aware of the desire of pet owners to have better pet relief areas than existed when the Resort was developed and that were in place when they purchased their property. Our options are limited. A proposed development to our northwest that would have provided new pet facilities is now off the table. A rearrangement of our trash facility to allow an expansion of our existing pet relief area is also off the table due to complexities and frequencies of trash and recyclable pick-up. However, new opportunities have arisen: The GM is in active discussions with the new developers of property along our west wall which could give ORPS access to land for pet usage. The other is the possible development of a newly acquired strip of land on our Southwest property line for pet facilities and the Facilities Planning Committee will address this concept. Neither of these options will be realized for at least a few years. In the meantime, and to provide some immediate improvement to the current situation, the Board has agreed to proceed with a recommendation of the Facilities Planning Committee to designate the common area just outside the pedestrian gate as a pet relief site. The area will be enclosed with hedges and will be available to owners and their pets from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm daily. The trial period to allow pets in the common area that runs from the guard shack to Ramon Road (on the east side of the entrance road) will be discontinued effective February 15. Pets will no longer be allowed in this area.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:00 -1:30
Lupe’s Hair Salon Providing for your hair and nail care needs. Cuts & Design Coloring (Hi Lites & Lo Lites) Perms Facial Waxing Full Set Acrylic Nails Full Set Gel Nails Manicure Pedicure Hours: Tue - Sat 9AM to 5PM El Saguaro
Lupe 760 328-0007
Operated by A1 Custom Golf Cars
A-1 Custom Golf Cars is excited to become part of the Outdoor Resort Community. We will be offering most of the same products carried by the ORPS Convenience Store in the past, but will introduce new services as well. We will continue to carry sundry items , RV parts and equipment, and will be adding golf cart parts, batteries , and installation services . In addition, we will be offering golf cart rentals , summer golf cart storage , and a special order program for RV and golf part items not carried in the convenience store. A-1 C ONVENIENCE S TORE , and our staff, look forward to serving your needs this season from:
7:00 AM – 5 PM
Monday thru Friday ,
7:00 AM – 12 Noon
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