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OUTDOOR RESORT PALM SPRINGS
CFO Report Brian Canfield
Hard to believe, but another year has passed and we moved into 2016! It has proven another busy year in the Resort for reasons outlined in other Oracle articles. For the coming year, there are a couple items of note of which to be aware.
After serving ORPS for many years as Chair of the Finance Committee, B ILL D IETRICH will be stepping down as Chair at the end of 2015. Although Bill will turn over the Chair duties to D AVE M UELLER , he will remain on the Finance Committee and
January 2016 Published monthly November - April by the Owners’ Association
Board of Directors President Allen Gayken Vice President Ron Jackson Secretary Maryellen Muir CFO Brian Canfield Members Skip Pisor Barry Stilwell Ted Wilson General Manager Clint Atherton Oracle Staff Editor Emeritus Cathy Chauncey Editor Ellen Lynch Assistant Editors Eva Norcross Karen Peterson Sports Editor Sharen Woodgrift Production Staff Louise Knobf Susan Matthew Joanne Nyquist Mary Ann Priddy Margie Sleight Luann Ward Photo Editor
continue with his very thoughtful and knowledgeable focus on management of the Reserves. Now that the Board has established a Policy that only 80% of HOA Fees collected for Reserves may be spent in that fiscal year, coupled with the Policy of fixed increases in HOA fees of $3 per year for Reserves, ORPS is on track to meet our funding objective by the year 2020. This objective should be met IF we do not take on incremental upgrade projects charged to Reserves until the Reserve Funding objective is realized. A significant amount of progress has been achieved during your term as Chair. Thank you, Bill, for you insight, perseverance and guidance! Bill is replaced by D AVE M UELLER . G REG F ARMER is Vice - Chair. Bill will continue to serve on the Committee as a committee member. Bill will continue to serve as a committee member.
The Coffee, Chat and Community sessions will resume on January 15 at 2PM in the East Room. They will continue at the same time every other week at the same location and time unless otherwise posted. As a reminder the chats are hosted by the GM and a Board Member and are meant to be an informal gathering of conversation of the membership to discuss matters of the Resort. Also, last season, a Committee was convened by the Board to investigate common area trees that are in the common areas adjacent to lots but planted by owners. As lots have changed hands over the years, the new owners did not want to maintain the trees as they were in the common area. During the investigative process, it was determined that approximately 1200 trees fit into this situation. At the end of the season, it was decided that a letter be sent to all owners who had trees in the adjacent common area that are not maintained by the Association. As it was the end of the season with many owners on their way out of the Resort, management opted to wait until the start of the current season to send out the letter so there will be more owners in the Resort. The letter will give the owners the option of maintaining the tree at the owner’s expense. If the owner opts not to care for the trees, then the Board will, with the potential help of a committee, identify the one time cost of removing the tree versus the cost of ongoing maintenance. In addition to cost, other factors will be weighed in the decision to remove or maintain, such as aesthetic value, health of the tree, etc. It is anticipated the letters will be going out in the first part of January, so please be on the lookout for them. If you do not receive a letter but believe you have a tree that fits into this category, please email me at email@example.com.
GOT A GREEN THUMB? Are you interested in keeping our Resort beautiful? T HEN WE WANT YOU !
Bring your talents and ideas and join the newly appointed Landscape Committee to have a hand in the oversight management of Resort grounds, landscaping plantings, surfaces and trees. Contact Board Liaison, T ED W ILSON , at 847 226 - 9198 if you have interest. Or, just stop by the Board Office for an application to volunteer on this committee.
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BOARD OFFICE HOURS 9AM to 3PM to assist Owners with Board issues
SECRETARY'S REPORT On Reflection of the Recall…. Now that the votes are in and reflecting on the recent Recall Election, I wanted to share some information, generally, on recalls. First, understand that our governing documents must comply with State law that provides that, with the
Happy New Year! Our Resort looks stunning this year, thanks to the effort of many of our owners, our excellent staff and contractors. The Facility Planning Committee has been very busy the last couple of months tackling some of the updates and concerns of our fabulous facilities. Our committee has formed a successful Kitchen Focus Group of 13 owners and users who met in November to share their input, ideas and invaluable knowledge on what are the needs of various groups that use the ES kitchen. A LICE H EUPLE is heading up this focus group and will be developing a plan for any updates or changes to be made in the upcoming and subsequent years. Funds for the kitchen project are limited at this time, so a phased plan will be developed with the most critical items being addressed first. At our last committee meeting Board Director, S KIP P ISOR , shared information regarding the residential development that is in the planning process taking place to the west of our Resort. There has been discussion of relocating the dog facilities and creating a dog run area near the current facilities in exchange for emergency access to the planned development. Skip also informed the committee that as part of this residential development, which is still in the planning stages, that a parcel of land may become available to purchase sometime in the future. Our committee will consider the potential uses of this parcel and how it could benefit our Resort for such things as dog run, sports activities, storage and entertainment to name a few. Because zoning issues and lot line adjustments are necessary, this process may take time. And it will take money. The Facilities Planning Committee would like to pursue some of these possibilities. Keep in mind that these plans can be actualized if we plan ahead with fund raising and/or commitment of the owners for some of our special projects. C LINT A THERTON has also shared with the committee how other Resorts have used entities and fund raising to accomplish their goals. We will keep you informed as these plans develop. Finally, we would like to find resident art connoisseurs or owners with art dealer knowledge to assist in selling a few art items belonging to our Resort. If you have this expertise please contact A VA F ELT at firstname.lastname@example.org M ARSHA N ELSON D ICK T OMLIN Co - Chairs
submission of a valid petition signed by 5% of the eligible voting membership, an election to recall a director must be held . What is a valid petition? One that is signed by only 5% of the voting membership. In our case, that equates to only 65 signatures. There are unintended consequences of recalls. Mistrust, organizational dysfunction, loss of the pleasure and enjoyment of activities with friends and neighbors. And, there is a fiscal cost. The recent recall election cost $5,000 and with incidental direct and indirect costs that could be added, that figure could be thousands more. If the recall had been successful, another election would have been required. This would have equated to more than $1.00 per month per owner. Recall is the only recourse available to owners to remove elected directors who seriously breach any duty or recognized standard of conduct. It is a right, recognized in law, and should be respected. But it should also be used with discretion !
M ARYELLEN M UIR Board Secretary
January Flower - Carnation A pink carnation means affection, while a red carnation means ‘I love you’.. .
Birthstone: Garnet Represents faith, love and constancy. Symbolizes a light heart, loyalty and enduring affection. Zodiac signs Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 Stable trustworthy, persistent, ambitious and patient . Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 Optimistic and known for their humor and wit.
FINANCE COMMITTEE The November Financials were delayed and not available for this article. This report will focus on other financial matters this month. The Resort is under a 25% reduction mandate by the Water District. Potable water use is tracked by residential and common areas. The Resort has reduced water usage on the golf course and common areas, however residential water usage has not been significantly reduced. Water conservation is important for all owners. The Finance Committee recommended to the Board that a 5% contingency be added for major projects undertaken from Reserves to address the issue of uncertainty associated with many of the Reserve projects. The idea for the additional 5% contingency came out of the lake liner project this past year where when the old liner was removed it was discovered that additional dirt needed to be removed and the project needed to be expanded to complete the repairs. The 5% contingency would assist in retaining the integrity of the 80% limitation on Reserve Fund expenditures until we reach our 70% fully funded goal. The Audit Report from our Auditor noted that there was no minimum threshold dollar amount for capitalization of new personal property and equipment. Capitalization of personal property and equipment is associated with the depreciation of those items as part of the annual audit. After a review of options, the Finance Committee recommended to the Board that a new Capitalization Policy be adopted setting a $5,000 minimum threshold and a three year minimum life expectancy for capitalizing new personal property and equipment. Additionally, it was recommended that the Capitalization Policy be included in the ORPS accounting procedures manual. The Finance Committee is continuing to review potential cost implications associated with potential land acquisition and development. We are continuing to look at ways to minimize assessment fee increases through cost control and revenue enhancements. Additionally, we are continuing to analyze risks, identifying those risks which pose a significant threat to the resort and what actions can be taken to reduce those risks. B ILL D IETRICH , Chair
COMMUNICATIONS MMI Hard to believe but, we are starting another year. Is it just me or are these years flying by? If so, let us make the most of our time in the Resort for 2016!
On January 18 we welcome our 2015 New Owners at a Reception just for you in the Owners’ Lounge at 4PM. There you will enjoy wine, soft drinks and a few things on which to nibble. Meet our General Manager, Board Members, some Committee Chairs as well as support staff that keeps our Resort running smoothly. Oh yes, your Phase Representatives will be there as well. January 26 is the Candidates Forum to be held at La Palma at 1PM. Come listen to the Candidates answer questions that hopefully will help you make your choice when choosing our new Board Members. Do you have a pet or two? Then join in on the Pet Parade on January 16. In the past, pet parades we have had birds and cats as well as dogs. There was even a turtle that was a participant. Even if you don’t have a pet, it is fun to watch and enjoy. Also Clint will be continuing the Meet and Greet starting on January 15 and will meet every other week at 2PM in the East Room Next month your Phase Reps have something special to offer you for Picnic in the Neighborhood, so stay tuned for that information. You don’t want to miss out on activities so make sure you pick up a calendar from the Activities Office. Another thing to remember is you are invited to attend any and all Committee meetings, these are also listed on the monthly calendar . Let us make this year a year of harmony and good will.
D E D E L OOP Chair
ORPS MEETINGS Board Planning Meeting – Monday, January 11, 1PM – La Palma Auditorium Board Regular Meeting – Monday, January 18, 1PM – La Palma Clubhouse Auditorium A &A Wednesday 9AM Jan 6 Board Room, LP Activities Tuesday 2PM Jan 12 Owners Lounge, MPR Communications Monday 11:30AM Jan 4 East Room, LP Facilities Planning Thursday 2PM Jan 14 & 21 East Room, LP Finance Wednesday 2PM Jan 6 & 20 East Room, LP Golf Tuesday 1PM Jan 5 Owners’ Lounge, ES Health & Fitness Tuesday 10:30AM Jan 5 West Room, ES Safety & Security Friday 1PM Jan 8 East Room, LP Tennis Saturday 9AM Jan 9 La Palma
BOARD POSTING PROPOSED CHANGE TO A&A RULES
Are you as active as you think you are? Do you sleep well? Are you doing everything you can to improve your overall health? One way to know if you are is to purchase a fitness tracker. It can be a valuable tool if you use it. To ensure you do, you need to choose the one that will fit your lifestyle and motivate you effectively. Do you want to just monitor your daily activities or fine tune your workouts? There are two types of fitness trackers: all day trackers and training trackers. The all day trackers can track steps, stairs climbed, exercise duration, calories burned, active minutes, and sleep time. The training trackers can do all of those plus track heart rate, breathing patterns, miles traveled, speed, pace, route, swimming pool lap times, etc. Which functions are most important to you? What is your personal preference? Do you want a bracelet, clip - on, or a watch style? What color do you want? How much do you want to spend? Please take the time to investigate all the different fitness trackers to determine which one will help you improve your overall health. Make 2016 your healthiest year. P AM W ALKER Chair
This is an official Rule Change Posting regarding a proposal to amend the Architecture & Aesthetics Rules (A&A Rules), Section 2.RV and Lot Qualifications and Restrictions, Paragraph D.5, Restrictions. The Rule change is proposed to address various covers, shades, netting and awning extensions that have appeared in recent years, and to clarify what will be allowed in order to maintain the visual aesthetics of the Resort. Note that language in strikeout will be removed from the current rule; language in underline will be added to the rule. Owners are invited to submit comments on this proposed rule change which will be considered for adoption at the Regular Board Meeting on January 18, 2016, at 1PM in the La Palma Auditorium. Comments may be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors, LP Board Room, or via email to: BoardofDirectors@orps.com . Alternatively, if you attend the Board Meeting, your comments will be considered by the Board prior to their making a decision. SECTION 2. RV AND LOT QUALIFICATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS D. Restrictions 5 Covers on RV’s are prohibited from November 1 through April 30. 5. Covers, Shades, Netting and Extensions to Awnings
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.
a. Shades that are manufactured to snap or fasten over RV windows are allowed. b. Drop - down extensions to awnings are allowed but must be fabricated from material that is similar in color to the awning and/or of a neutral color palette and may drop vertically from the extended awning by no more than two feet. c. RV covers are allowed during the months of May through October. d. Netting or other protective fabric that is draped over portions of the RV (as opposed to a full RV cover) is not allowed.
RON SCHMECK’S BIG STAR NIGHT
Rehearsals will start Sunday, January 3 for this show scheduled for March 6 at El Saguaro. Would you like to be part of the fun filled event? We need band members, backup singers, stage hands, costume designers and hosts. Remember this is lip sync so you don’t need real talent! All are welcome! For more details call M ARYELLEN 702 417 - 5764
LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY with D ONNICE K OCH Wednesdays 9 - 10:15AM East Room in La Palma Contact D ONNICE Lot 81, 913 952 - 9285
Chapel meets every Sunday at 8:50AM in La Palma C HAPLAIN J IM G WINN
Lot 274 Cell: 847 445 - 0077 THE POWER OF GRANDPARENTS AS WE BEGIN A NEW YEAR
All ladies interested in meeting and sharing their love for our Lord with some amazing women are invited to join us! We will begin a series on January 13. We will be studying John I, II, and III, a study prepared by K ELLY M INTER , titled, "What Love Is."
God, in His infinite wisdom, has given every baby six adults in their lives: four grandparents and two parents. That is a rich heritage to draw on as a child and to mature as an adult. Grandparenting in our 21st Century culture has become a real challenge. Some are surrogate parents; some cannot even have visitation rights due to divorce and custody issues; often both parents are working; often Grandparents become the preferred form of daycare. It is hard to believe what is and has taken place in our world. J IMMY C ARTER declared the first Sunday in September after Labor Day as Grandparents Day in the US. Reason for the month? It is the autumn of the calendar year and reminds us of the autumn period of our lives. Today there are more grandparents than grandkids due to small birthrate among young marrieds. Grandparent power reminds us we have a huge influence in the lives of our grandkids. They believe old people are wise and often easy to talk with. Comments of 95 year olds who were asked : If you could do life over again what would you do? What was the question again? Reflect on life more. Risk more. Leave a legacy of impact. What do we choose to leave our grandkids ? Legacy is something that will last; impact is something that will change the world. Here are some of my agenda items. Pray for my grandkids and tell them I am doing so. Love them unconditionally while teaching them right and wrong which requires some one - on - one time with each grandchild. Be a role model of values and morals. Let my grandkids know of my love for Jesus Christ and pray they become His followers. Take them to or encourage my grandkids to attend church. Here is some advice for our grandkids to learn and apply: Honor grandparents. Remember us and our love for them. Contact us and let us in on their lives and how we may be of help. Include us in some activities and for sure visit us occasionally when we are old. Ours is the task of standing in the gap for our grandchildren. Loving, caring, nurturing and spending time with them. Let them see Jesus in our lives in such a manner that they are drawn to Him. Here is practical advice from Moses written in Deuteronomy 4:9: Be careful, watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen, or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
If you love to sing, come join RESORTERS CHORUS every Tuesday beginning January 12 2PM at La Palma For more information, please contact M ARGIE S LEIGHT at 571 488 - 4275
THE RESORTERS MUSIC FESTIVAL SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016 4PM AT LA PALMA
MEMORIAL CORNER Dedicated to those who passed in recent months . W ILLIAM (B ILL ) G REEN Lot 833
W ELCOME N EW O WNERS
NAME / FROM
Rolfe, Darin & Kristine Murrieta CA Fredella, Lawrence O’Melia, Daniel Bushnell, FL Hurst, James & Sharon Florence, OR
JANUARY CHAPEL SPEAKERS Jan 3 Choir from TEEN CHALLENGE of Los Angeles a real highlight and tradition for us Jan 10 JOHN GUEST Episcopal Priest from Pennsylvania Jan 17 RON CLINE Worldwide missionary radio update Jan 24 SAMOAN QUARTET former gang members with powerful story Jan 31 DAMARIS CARBAUGH singer from Harlem New York
2016 ELECTION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Directors S KIP P ISOR and B ARRY S TILWELL are completing their terms of office, opening two positions on the Board of Directors. Board applications are being accepted through Wednesday, January 6, at 4PM. To submit your name as a candidate, pick up a form in the Board Office. MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM 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. MONDAY, JANUARY 25 1PM LA PALMA 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 5. 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 ( email@example.com ) or S ANDRA Y ESCAS ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or call 760 904 - 6643 by NO LATER THAN Monday, January 18, 2016.
2016 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)
Note: The ballot for the advisory vote on pickleball will be included with the Directors Election packet and ballot.
Ballots due to the Inspector of Elections Annual Meeting to tabulate ballots and announce election results
RECALL ELECTION Pursuant to a petition signed by more than five percent of the membership, an election was held to remove B RIAN C ANFIELD , M ARYELLEN M UIR , B ARRY S TILWELL and T ED W ILSON from the Board of Directors. A membership meeting was held on Monday, December 14 to tabulate ballots with the following result certified by The Inspectors of Election, LLC
# Votes to Retain
# Votes to Remove
B RIAN C ANFIELD
M ARYELLEN M UIR
B ARRY S TILWELL
T ED W ILSON
. Accordingly, all four candidates will continue to serve on the Board until the end of their current terms. Barry’s term is up in March of 2016; Brian, Maryellen and Ted’s terms will end in March of 2018.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Thursday, January 21 3PM Owners’ Lounge WE NEVER ASKED FOR WINGS V ANESSA D IFFENBAUGH
16 th ANNUAL TURKEY COLLECTION for the Salvation Army Thanksgiving meals for the needy D ONNA F ITZPATRICK , Chair
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C HARLEEN B AIN P ENNY B RADLEY L OIS C AMPBELL L ANA D AWSON M ARNELL E LLISON M ADELINE F URMAN
M ARYELLEN M UIR L YNN O’C ONNOR P HYLISS P ASHOTE S HELLY P IERCE M ARILYN S ABENS G ALE S TEPHENSON J OSETTE T AYLOR
CJ K INSELLA
Everyone is welcome to join our discussion. Next meeting: February 18 DEEP WAKE
M ARGIE L EEPER M ICHELE M OORE
M ARILYN V OTH J ANICE W ALD
THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA by E RIK L ARSEN Spouses/others are invited.
collected $4,556 A huge THANK YOU to all who donated so generously!! Thank you everyone who helped make this a great success!
For information contact: J EAN D IETRICH 760 992 - 8225
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ARTIST STUDIO TIME
NEED ANSWERS? Office phone num- bers and email addresses
Mondays starting January 25
West Room @ ES
TIME: 9 - 4PM ( except the last Monday of the month 9AM - 12:30PM)
are listed on the back page of this ORACLE!
NO OIL PAINTING PLEASE Contact: Jan 760 641 - 2997
Contact the appropriate office for answers to your questions . Just dial our Resort number 760 - 328 - 3834 then dial the extension .
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?
HELPFUL REMINDERS FROM SECURITY Lock your doors, car, cart & bikes at night. If you hear anything, promptly notify Security. Contact 911 first in an emergency, then Security. There are 3 options to call the Security Gate: 1. Dial 760 328 - 3834 then enter ext 260 2. Dial 760 328 - 3834 then push the star key 3. Dial 770 - 0065 Everyone must obey stop signs, whether in a car, cart or on a bicycle. Park your vehicle so it does not protrude on the street. Resort speed is 10 MPH. Pull over immediately when you see a flashing blue or light on a Security vehicle. If you are expecting Guests, call Security for a pass prior to their arrival.
Beginner Bridge with Audrey Grant
This is a learn to play bridge starting from scratch program using an interactive audio visual teaching tool authored by Audrey Grant. Audrey is North America’s leading authority on bridge and her tutorial products are easy to understand. You will need pen, paper and a pack of ordinary playing cards less jokers. Some other supplies may also be necessary over time ($15 or less). These sessions are open to all owners and renters living at ORPS . Starts Wednesday, January 6
NEW HANG OUT AREA FOR YOUR PETS!
In December, the Board opened up the common area outside the guard shack continuing on to the Ramon Road entrance, for owners to walk their dogs.
You will no longer be required to walk your pet down the street from the guard shack to Ramon Road. Your pets can now romp through the green grasses of home. This is for a one year trial that started on November 16. Any safety or nuisance issues that may arise during this trial will be addressed by the Board if and when they result. In January, the Board will consider a rule change that will allow owners to dine with their well - behaved dogs in the patio area adjacent to Papa Dan’s Restaurant and across from the Convenience Store. Pets will not be allowed to move inside the restaurant, into the pool - side patio area, or any other common area of the Resort. This would be for a one year trial starting from the date the rule change is approved. Owners with comments regarding this new rule change should write the Board of Directors and attend the Board meeting on January 18, at 1PM, in the La Palma Auditorium. Remember, pets must always be on leash and under the supervision and restraint of the owner.
1:30 – 3:30PM East Room LP
Facilitated by Eva & Janette For more info you may email email@example.com
THE 19 TH HOLE at El Saguaro Join us for Happy Hour 4-7PM Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday Cocktails - Music - Goodies
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. Name Date Hole # B OB H EITZHAUS 11 - 23 1 B ASTIAN D EHAAS 11 - 24 7 R OGER S MITH 12 - 2 8 T OM O’F LAHERTY 12 - 2 4 C LIFF A SCHENBRENNER 12 - 4 7 G ARY E GGERSTON 12 - 11 16 L UANN W ARD 12 - 13 8 The lucky golfer may purchase a hole - in - one bag tag.
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. Guests who wish to play must pay green fees at the Starter Shack and bring their receipt to ES. Guest averages will be based upon your home course handicap. 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. $5 when food is served. $6 when pizza is served.
STRING TOURNAMENT WINNERS
2015 - 2016 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Orange Ball Hole - in - One * Sweetheart *
Saturday, January 9 Saturday, January 30 Sat & Sun, Feb 13 - 14 Fri Sat & Sun Feb 26, 27 & 28
J ERRY F AULKNER , F RAN S WANSON , B ETTY F RITZ , L ARRY B AIN
Club Championship* 3 - Club Tournament
Saturday, March 12
LADIES’ PUTTING CLUB Sign up Wednesday mornings 8:45AM at ES. Bring your putter, a ball and 4 quarters and have FUN!
Nine and Wine Friday, March 25 Farewell Tournament * Saturday, April 2 * Indicates Owners Only
D ON W OODGRIFT is coordinating the course marshalling program. Contact Don to volunteer. Lot 230 909 831 - 3101
2015 - 2016 Golf Committee
Co - Chair
G LENDA E DWARDSEN
Co - Chair, Secretary
C AROL T HOMSON A LICE D EHAAS
There were 76 golfers who joined in the fun for our Nine and Wine in November .
D ALE W ALD
Computer & Hole - in - One Course set up & Marshalls
T OM O’F LAHERTY A LLAN M ACTIER
The winners were: Low Gross North: B ERT AND W ENDY V AN DEN B RINK - 26 Low Net North: R AY AND M ARGE L EEPER - 19 Low Gross South: F RED AND C AROLYN H YDE - 30 Low Net South: T OM O'F LAHERTY AND F LO W ARREN - 23 We had 521 golfers at our scrambles in the month of November, compared to 485 last year. It is great to see new faces and returning owners and renters. Thank you B RUCE and staff with V INTAGE as the courses are in great shape and the grounds are beautiful.
R ON J ACKSON
The Golf Committee has reinstituted the Adopt - A - Green Program
A number of owners have stepped forward to maintain a green in the Resort. There are still a number of greens waiting for volunteers. Please see a member of the Golf Committee to adopt your green.
Secretary - C AROL T HOMSON
All are welcome at the M ORNING D RAW M ONDAY THRU S ATURDAY Men at LP at 8AM Women at ES at 8:25AM Mixed Doubles Friday 8:30AM, meet at LP for the draw. NETS: Nice Easy Tennis, 10AM at LP for mixed doubles every day except Sunday. Procedure for DRAW programs : Draw a card for a doubles partner for the first set and thereafter move up or down according to results. Ladies come early for warm up. Draw closes at 8:25 and play begins at 8:30 Please LOCK YOUR GATE when play is completed. The ball machines are for owners only. Obtain the key at the Guard Shack for LP and the Golf Shack for ES and leave your Prox card. TENNIS
SUNDAY TENNIS ACTIVITIES Mixed Doubles Sunday at 2PM at ES Bring a partner and join in the fun. ALL LEVELS OF PLAY ARE WELCOME TENNIS BARBECUE Sunday, JANUARY 10 at LP Clubhouse 5PM Bring your own meat to BBQ, a dish to share, a beverage of your choice plus your place setting.
JANUARY HORSE RACE! Saturday, January 9 8:15AM @ La Palma Bring your $5 entry fee to LP and sign up no later than 8:15AM All levels of play are welcome! Return to LP for Refreshments and our General Tennis Meeting at 10:30AM
Tennis continued on page 14
PICKLEBALL CLUB of ORPS Our ORPS pickleball time trial continues at courts 7 and 8 at El Saguaro. The quiet ball has been a great success, and makes the sound of pickleball a non - issue. We play every day of the week from 8AM to 8PM, with the majority of players showing up early in the morning, to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. A second group shows up at dusk, about 4PM and plays until 6PM or so. Come out and join in the fun! It is important we keep the court surfaces in excellent condition. Please wear only court shoes or running shoes with non - scuffing soles. We are selling yearly memberships at the courts; join our club for only $20 per year. We promised the residents of our Resort that the pickleball trial would not cost owners anything, so our membership helps us to pay for our temporary nets, balls and tape for the courts. For all club members: plan to attend a general meeting on January 12 at 2PM at La Palma.
P ICKLEBALL HOT DOG LUNCH & DEMONSTRATION
FREE HOT DOG LUNCH THE CAN AM PICKLEBALL CLUB is pleased to sponsor our second free hot dog lunch - complete with fried onions, a pickle and all the fixins’. Okay, there is a catch - we want you to
PICKLEBALL FUN TOURNAMENT We are rapidly approaching the third anniversary of our Pickleball Club. To celebrate, we are planning an in - house tournament for club members only. We will be playing a round robin of pickleball games, followed by a member dinner where we will recognize members for various pickleball skills. Fun for everyone, no matter your skill level. Mark the date on your calendar: WHO: Club members WHEN: Sunday, January 31 WHERE : Pickleball courts behind ES take the time to wander over to the pickleball courts and watch a little ball being played. The way to make the best decision is to see it for yourself! DATE: MONDAY, JANUARY 25 TIME: 11AM - 1PM PLACE: patio behind ES Remember...lots of fried onions!
BEGINNER PICKLEBALL CLINICS
Beginner clinics for pickleball will be held from Monday to Friday every week from 11AM - 1PM starting January 3 . All clinics are free. More and more ORPS residents are giving pickleball a try, and finding the fun and exercise of this great new sport. Please wear running shoes or court shoes. We will provide paddles for the clinic, if you don’t have one of your own. Our promise is that we will have you playing a game within 15 minutes of beginning instruction. You will learn: how to volley the ball how to serve basic rules of the game basic strategies of play why you have to stay out of the kitchen! We have players of all ages on our courts; our oldest players to date have been 84 years old. You are never too old to play pickleball! For more information, contact S TAN or M AUREEN M ILLER - N IELSEN at 760 424 - 8002
POTATO BAKE Sat. January 9 @ ES Bar 5 Dinner 6 Dance 7 Entertainment by… D ENISE M OTTO
T.G.I.F. Friday, January 8 5PM @ LP Menu...Garden Salad, Garlic Bread, Chicken Picatta T.G.I.F. Friday, January 22 5PM @ LP Menu...Cole Slaw, BBQ Chicken, Beans Entertainment by Anna Marie Tickets @ Activities Office Owners $12 Non owners $14 JASON WEBER at the Piano Saturday, January 16 6PM ES Don’t miss this opportunity !! Jason is an accomplished entertainer with a large Palm Springs following Tickets @ Activities Office Owners $12 on January 4 Non owners $13 on January 5
Tickets @ Activities Office Owners $12/Non owners $14
Ladies’ Luncheon Fashions by Barnum’s Wednesday, January 13 @ ES…….11:30
Catered by P APA D AN ’ S … Waldorf Salad Carrot Cake Tickets @ Activities Office Owners $18 Non owners $20
Entertainment … Saddleback Doo Whopper's MENU: Pasta, Meatballs, Italian bread & Dessert
Saturday, January 23 @ ES Happy Hour 5 Dinner 6
Rock Around the Clock Tickets @ Activities Office January 8 Owners $16 Non owners $18
Dan’s Rib Dinner Monday, January 25 @ ES Happy Hour 5 Dinner 6
Pre - Super Bowl Party
ICE CREAM SOCIAL Saturdays 2 - 3PM L A P ALMA
Menu: Ribs, Corn Bread Casserole & Dessert
Catered by Dan Sabol and friends
COFFEE & DONUTS Saturdays 7:30 - 9AM @ ES E L S AGUARO
Tickets @ Activities Owners: Jan 11.. $18 Non owners: Jan 12.. $20
Saturday, January 30 See details on web site
Tennis continued ..
100 people at ORPS’ Thanksgiving get-together
SUPER BOWL TENNIS TOURNAMENT When : Saturday, January 23 Where : Meet at La Palma at 8:30AM Horse Race January 9 Ladies’ Draw ES 8:30AM Men’s Draw LP 8:00AM Nets Tennis LP 10:00AM Tournament and lunch $12 Lunch only $10 Sponsored b y Men’s Top Gun
IMPORTANT REMINDER You must have a driver’s license to drive a golf cart in our Resort.
ORPS QUILTERS We meet in the West Room Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9AM to 4:30PM
ORPS’ DESIGNING WOMEN
We meet every Tuesday through March
West Room @ ES @ 1PM Join us to express yourself by beading, knitting, painting, glasswork, small sewing projects & miscellaneous crafts. All are welcome! Get new ideas, share knowledge, trade supplies. Plan to have a great experience. Coordinators: J UDY J URACH Lot 1105 C AROL W ILHELM Lot 309
The holidays are over, the quilters have started returning to the Resort and the quilting room will be a buzz with lots of exciting creations being made. A decision was made to raffle a quilt each month at the Ladies’ Luncheon and Fashion Show. This will allow more women to participate in this activity since not all are here in March when all the quilts were usually raffled. It will be exciting to see the quilt for this month and we expect you will want to buy some raffle tickets. This month will also be when the Road to California 2016 returns to Ontario, with lots of classes, vendors and the latest in everything to do with quilting. Many quilters have signed up for classes and others will go for a day or two days and shop until they drop. Do drop by the West Room and visit and see what interesting things are being created, or better yet, join us! S ANDY B RIDGES Quilting Reporter Lot 784
We meet every Monday 1:30 to 4PM in the East Room We socialize as we work. If you enjoy any kind of needlework, please join us. P HYLLIS P ASHOTE , Lot 402 925 786 - 4472
Texas Hold’em continues to grow with events held Monday and Thursday at 6:45PM. With a maximum of 50 players, we have experienced sellouts, so show up EARLY.
MAHJONG Meets in the East Room Tuesdays at 1PM
For more information call S UE D OTY 916 205 - 7966 or Thursdays call M ARTHA C AMPBELL 707 228 - 0567
Come and play or learn to play. It’s addictive!
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.
WEDNESDAYS AT LA PALMA 6:30PM Early Bird Bingo 7PM Regular Bingo Games end around 9PM
Free popcorn, coffee and fun Paper pack of 10 games $6 Early Bird sheets $1 each Intermission game $1 each Candy & soda pop available See you there!
RSVP: J EANETTE Z UBER 909 519 - 2028 or J EAN D IETRICH 760 992 - 8225
JANUARY MOVIES in the Owners’ Lounge Tuesdays at 4PM & 7PM Hot dogs and chips - $3.75 available from 5:30 to 6:30PM
January 5 Meru Documentary Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing January 12 The Age of Adeline PG - 13 A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into. January 19 Ricki and Flash PG - 13 A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock - and - roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family January 26 Mall Cop 2 After six years of keeping our malls safe, P AUL B LART has earned a well - deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers.
It is hard to believe that 2015 has come and gone. I hope your family and friends had a healthy and prosperous year. This past month we had a new visitor with Cowboy Jack entertaining with music to listen and dance to with vintage country tunes. M ARYELLEN M UIR and company hosted the party and did a great job. We ended the year with a bang with two New Year’s Eve parties. ES was hosted by M ARCIA N ELSON and 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, Potato Bake, Jason Weber Concert, Dan’s Rib Dinner, the Rock Around the Clock Dinner Dance and many other events that should interest everyone. 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.
ORPS’ singles group finds a new restaurant each Friday evening for their get-together. JOIN US - sign up in ACTIVITIES by Friday noon .
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E - MAIL ADDRESSES Clint Atherton - General Manager email@example.com Brenda Mejia - Controller Bmejia@orps.com Sandra Yescas - Admin Assistant Sandra@orps.com Susan Matthew - Board Secretary SMatthew@orps.com Gary Marshall - Activities Director
F ROM YOUR B OARD P RESIDENT A LLEN G AYKEN
My how fast the time flies! Already a month is behind us and so much has happened. So many have said the property and facilities are in such good shape and we agree. Our Manager, contractors and staff have been working hard to stay on top of the ever - changing needs of our aging property. We really shouldn't
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say aging as we have renewed, replaced or updated most every building and component of our physical plant with our healthy Reserve Fund. There is always more to do but we are staying caught up and on top of the scheduled needs. As always, the many activities, events and committees are ramping up to speed but we always need new volunteers, so step up and join the fun and be part of a great community. See S USAN in the Board Office for your questions or needs. If she can't handle it she'll direct you to management or the proper resource. Your Board continues to deal with routine matters as well as take up new issues as they are brought forward for evaluation and consideration. Owners can bring matters of concern or interest to the Board any time for review and consideration. Our planning meetings are always open to owners where they can participate in the discussion while the Board informally evaluates measures and items brought forward. Above all else, have fun, relax and enjoy your time at ORPS!
All calls 1 760 328 - 3834 Admin Office Ext. GM 244 Sandra 240 Accounting 262 Front desk
260 or 760 328 - 3834 * or 760 770 - 0065
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El Saguaro Clubhouse Activities Gary
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