ORACLE MARCH 20 1 8 In this issue: Outdoor Resort Palm Springs - the Number One RV Resort in the USA Annual Meeting
Friday, March 9 La Palma Ballroom
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Welcome New Owners
Call to order and immediate recess for counting of ballots
page 9 & 10 page 11 & 13 page 12 & 13
Resume Meeting: • Special Recognitions • Committee Reports • Announcement of Election Results • Open Forum
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Refreshments will be served !
There is still time to Vote !
T ED W ILSON
S ANDY H OLGUIN J OAN C RAVEN
FACILITIES PLANNING A VA F ELT FINANCE
G REG F ARMER D ON R ENOE P AM W ALKER
HEALTH & FITNESS
LANDSCAPE MARKETING PICKLEBALL
B OB L IVINGSTON
Ballots can be dropped at the Ballot Box in the La Palma Post Office until 4PM Thursday, March 8. Additionally, the Inspectors of Election will accept your ballots on Friday, March 9. . Registration will begin at 10AM in the La Palma Auditorium and continue until 10:30AM when the polls will close and the Annual Meeting will be called to order. The Annual Meeting will immediately recess for the tabulation of the ballots, which will occur at La Palma, in the East Room. Owners may witness the counting and tabulation of the ballots. To insure anonymity of the voting, members must stand at least five feet away from the Inspectors of Elections during the tabulation process. The election results will be announced during the Annual Meeting which will be called back to order at 1PM.
B OB F OYLE
SAFETY & SECURITY
S TEVE F RIDLEY
TENNIS P AUL H ABERMAN STRATEGIC PLANNING C LINT A THERTON
T ED W ILSON
M ARYELLEN M UIR
B OB M OORE D EDE Loop C RAIG W IRCH C RAIG W IRCH C RAIG W IRCH D EDE Loop D EDE Loop J IM W ALLER
C OMMUNICATIONS F ACILITIES P LANNING
H EALTH & F ITNESS
L ANDSCAPE M ARKETING P ICKLEBALL
M ARYELLEN M UIR
S AFETY & S ECURITY
B OB M OORE B OB M OORE
M ARYELLEN M UIR B RIAN C ANFIELD C RAIG W IRCH
If you did not receive your ballot, or if it has been lost or destroyed, see Susan in the Board Room at La Palma for a replacement Ballot!
S TRATEGIC P LANNING
ORPS BOARD & COMMITTEE MEETINGS Meeting of the Board of Directors: Monday, March 5, 2018, 1:00 PM - La Palma Auditorium ANNUAL MEETING—Friday, March 9, 2018 – La Palma (Agenda starts at 1PM) Meeting of the Board of Directors: Monday, March 19, 2018, 1:00 PM - La Palma Auditorium A&A Wednesday 1:00 PM Mar 7 & 28 East Room, LP Activities Tuesday 2:00 PM Mar 13 West Room, ES Communications Monday 10:00 AM Mar 5 Owners Lounge, MPR Facilities Planning Thursday 2:00 PM Mar 1 & 15 East Room, LP Finance Wednesday 2:00 PM Mar 14 East Room, LP Golf Tuesday 1:00 PM Mar 6 Owners Lounge, MPR Health & Fitness Tuesday 10:30 AM Mar 6 West Room, ES Marketing Tuesday 1:30 PM Mar 6 Owners Lounge Pickleball Wednesday 11:00 AM Mar 7 Owners Lounge, MPR Safety & Security Friday 2:00 PM Mar 2 East Room, LP Strategic Planning Tuesday 8:00 AM Mar 6 Owners Lounge Tennis Saturday 9:00 AM Mar 3 La Palma
OUTDOOR RESORT PALM SPRINGS
Our warm winter has hit a little bit of a blustery cool patch as we reach the end of February but administratively, things are heating up. The preliminary budget is done and at the time of this publication will have been
2017-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS B OB M OORE , J IM W ALLER , V ICE P RESIDENT M ARYELLEN M UIR , T ED W ILSON , S ECRETARY D ED E L OOP , CFO C RAIG W IRCH , P RESIDENT B RIAN C ANFIELD .
Board of Directors President B RIAN C ANFIELD Vice President M ARYELLEN M UIR Secretary D EDE L OOP CFO C RAIG W IRCH Members General Manager C LINT A THERTON Oracle Staff Editor Emeritae E LLEN L YNCH C ATHY C HAUNCEY Editor E VA N ORCROSS Production Staff E VELYN E LIAS P ATRICIA G RANT L OUISE K NOBF S USAN M ATTHEW J OANNE N YQUIST M ARY A NN P RIDDY M ARGIE S LEIGHT L UANN W ARD B OB M OORE J IM W ALLER T ED W ILSON
Message from the Board
reviewed and examined in a joint meeting by the Board and Finance Committee. As written about last month, the Board will then adopt the budget as a whole (Operating, Reserve and Capital) on March 5. This is the last action of the current sitting Board as the Annual Meeting and election of new Board Members will take place on March 9 followed by the “New Board’s” first meeting on March 19. All in all, it is a very busy month! In other news, the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) held a joint meeting with the Facilities Planning Committee (FPC) to discuss items born out of the survey that may require attention of both committees. Due to this, the purpose of the joint meeting was to ensure that both committees did not duplicate the work of the other and to make sure each was working in harmony with the other. Additionally, there are short term items that the FPC deals with that may have an impact on the long term items that the SPC are working on and vice-versa. I am happy to report that it was a productive meeting and the committees came away with an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of each. As there are no clear dividing lines on some items, the committees are in agreement that the future joint meetings and open communication are needed to make sure that we are all moving forward and working toward the vision statement as adopted by the Board. Kudos to all the committee members for their efforts!
The election of new Board members is just around the corner. There is a second ballot that needs to be addressed also. It involves the purchase of land which we need owner approval. Why are we buying this property? There are two elements to the proposed purchase. First, we are seeking to purchase a strip of land approximately eight by 150 feet through the CVWD well site for our owners to access a dog facility proposed to be built on the marijuana development property to our west. However, the bulk of the property to be purchased is land that ORPS has been using for many years that actually belongs to CVWD. It is the property north of the road into the maintenance yard, across from the main laundry used for parking, garbage dumpsters and a portion of our current dog relief area is located. This is land that was deeded to CVWD by the original developers of ORPS for a well and pump site and was a condition of approval in order to build ORPS. CVWD installed fencing, but only around the actual area used for its pump station, and not the entire deeded property. ORPS eventually encroached onto this property for the uses noted. Since discovering this situation last year, CVWD has put us on notice that we need to purchase and/or lease the property from them. Before proceeding, we will require (1) an agreement with the developers of the marijuana facility as to the construction and ongoing maintenance of the dog facility and the long term use of it by ORPS residents, and (2) approval of the project by the City of Cathedral City. Once these conditions have been met, another meeting will be held with owners before proceeding.
Be assured that there will be no incremental assessment in HOA fees to pay for this project; the Board has accrued sufficient money to cover the purchase cost through increased revenues from the Resort Fees. So you can see it is very important that the second ballot is approved. Please vote to approve this measure as well as for your favorite candidates for the open Board positions. On March 5, the Board of Directors will give their final review and approval to next year’s Budget. This process has been ongoing since December with numerous meetings held to discuss Operations, Reserves and Capital Budgets. DEDE LOOP, Board Secretary
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Cathedral City Services: We are pleased to report that Cathedral City has improved their emergency vehicle dispatch maps and training. Our lot numbers and street maps are embedded in their vehicle computer displays. ORPS’ security officers have verified that Police, Fire and Ambulance vehicles are now able to drive straight to your lot without being guided. Please be aware that Cathedral City 911 may ask you for both your lot number and your street name. Please learn your street name (for example 721 Fig Street), but rest assured they will find you with just the lot number. Earthquake Preparation: Emergency officials of Riverside County and Cathedral City made a presentation to owners and the Safety and Security Committee at La Palma on February 9. It was sobering to hear that after a major earthquake it may be several hours before ambulances and fire trucks can drive their assigned routes through the city and arrive here at the Ramon gate to ask us for a list of our most critical needs. We have been advised to organize ourselves to be self-sufficient in our medical, fire and rescue needs. Our strength is that we have a large number of owners and renters who are retired from the medical, police, and fire professions. Our priority is to recruit a core group of these trained professionals and be sure that the resort has tools and supplies on hand to support them when they come forward to assist us. In addition, individual owners and renters need to know that highway closures and interruption of water, telephone and electrical utilities could force us to rely upon our personal resources for water, food, medicines, propane and gasoline for up to a week until we can evacuate. Please google “earthquake emergency preparation” for information. Bicycle Thefts: We are continuing to have a large number of bicycle thefts. In the majority of thefts, the thieves are successfully cutting lock cables. We highly recommend that you add a hardened steel U-Lock in addition to your cables. U-Locks are about $30. Remember: Bicycle thefts occur between midnight and 5AM Use a U-Lock overnight as cables are not working. Please light up your lot until 5AM, especially along the outside walls. Lock your bikes at the front of the lot, not the rear. You, as a victim, must report thefts to both ORPS security and the Cathedral City police. The police only accept reports from the victim. Our resort is a low priority unless Cathedral City has our reports. Talk to the renters in your neighborhood and encourage them to use U-Locks. The prickly shrubs along the outside walls are a theft deterrent - do not cut these shrubs. Call maintenance for trimming. Continued to the right
Reported Crimes for January 2018 14 Stolen Bikes: 4 found & returned
7 secured with cable & Cut
7 stored in back of Lot All 14 were taken from Lots backing up to a wall or Golf Course. As you all know we are still experiencing a large amount of bicycle thefts. If you look at the statistics for last month you may see a pattern. Some were unsecured yes, but most were secured with a cable lock which was cut through. Most of the bikes were reported to be stored in the back of the Lot at the time of theft. The biggest pattern I see is that ALL of the thefts came from Lots backing to the outer wall or the golf course. This is where the criminals lurk at night in order to stay hidden from my staff and from you. If you store your bikes behind your RV then in essence you are giving easier access the criminals. I urge all of you to secure your bikes towards the front of your lots and secure them with a “U” Lock, preferably under a light source. Should any of you encounter suspicious activity, or people, please call the Gate House IMMEDIATELY. The longer you delay in calling us the more difficult it is to apprehend these subjects. Cathedral City Police Department has been responding to our calls promptly as of late which makes apprehension a lot easier so please remember, every second counts. Lastly, we have been noticing a lot of motorcycle riders not wearing helmets within the resort. I have to remind you all that the California Vehicle Code applies to inside the resort as well which states that helmets are required at all times while the motorcycle is in motion. With that being said, you will also start seeing my staff out with the radar gun and they will be cracking down on speeding from here on out. The speed limit is 10 MPH as soon as you turn in off of Ramon, so please slow down. C OREY S ATHER P OST C OMMANDER PostCommander@ .com Two members of our committee, Chair S TEVE F RIDLEY and T ED P ALIN are retiring after many years of devoted service. We would especially like nurses, and firemen and policemen to join our committee. Please come to our Friday, March 2, 2PM meeting, East Room, at La Palma. C HARLIE L EAHY , Vice Chair SAFETY AND SECURITY Continued Seeking Volunteers
NEW OWNERS RECEPTION We welcomed over 150 enthusiastic people to our new owners reception. After an introduction of The Board Members, Our General Manager and our Activities Director new owners from each phase introduced themselves and told us where they were from. Many said that after a few days at ORPS they were hooked and bought into our community. Wine and cheese was enjoyed by all. Thank you to our Phase Representatives who all helped out. A special thank you to M ARNIE E LLISON , Phase 6, who organized our event and her group super phase volunteers S ANDI G OODWIN , L YNNE L IVINGSTON and S HERYL N ELSON (Phase 5) who ensured the day was a success. A tremendous amount of time and energy was put into our celebration for new owners. The Picnic in the Neighborhood Each phase hosted a picnic and you will see by some of the photos they were as unique as the phases themselves. This takes a committee of phase representatives plus interested phase owners and renters to plan, set-up, plan activities and clean up. Our sincere thanks to all who helped and attended. New Phase Members Each phase is looking for new members as some of our terms of three years will be finished at the end of next season. Please consider this one opportunity to work with a tremendous energetic group of men and women. Personally I think it vitally important to think about succession planning and welcome new blood every three or four years as new members offer new ideas and new energies. We need you! Committee Meetings Did you know owners can attend any committee meeting? It is a super way to learn about what is happening within the Resort. Each committee is in an advisory role to the Board and attending the meetings helps you understand why certain decisions are made. Consider attending some meetings next season. It is the way to educate yourself.
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE This Committee is responsible for ensuring timely and accurate internal and external communications within the Resort. When I took the role on thee years ago I was excited to be given the opportunity to help. However our committee is experiencing some of the same communications issues that were identified in our first year. Our attempt to set up process improvements have hit many obstacles in dealing with some resort staff. It takes countless personal follow-ups and phone calls to make seemingly simple events occur. Other committees are experiencing similar “Communication” issues. To this end we are looking at making a submission to the Board next month with specific recommendations so this does not continue to happen. It has been frustrating and disheartening for our volunteers who spend many hours attempting to keep you informed. We have been able to hold three more Lunch and Learn Sessions on Thursdays in February at 12:30 in the Owners Lounge. The three held in November 2017 were successful. This is one area where improvements have been made. Our next meeting is Monday, March 5 at 10AM. in the Owners Lounge . If you are interested in being part of the solution to improve communications in our resort, please join us at our next meeting. All are welcome to attend.
J OAN C RAVEN , Chair Communications Committee.
Communications Committee Executive: Chair: J OAN C RAVEN
C HARLENE B AIN
J UDY F ROESE
City State/ Province
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R ONALD J OSEPH & M ARILYN A NNE
D ANIEL & C ORINNE R EIMAN
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I AN & D EBBIE S HAW
P ATRICK & M ARJORIE D UNCAN
H ARRY & M ARY B ECKNER
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S TEVEN & C YNTHIA R OSA
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B RIAN & K AREN M AYCOOK
Abbotsford, BC Peachland, BC
H ARRY & K ATHY K LIEWER
G REGORY & V IVIAN S IBBALD
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O.R.P.S. Owners at Tour de Palm Springs. Left to Right: J EFF B UCHMAN & dog “Charlie” on the bicycle, riding in the 10-Mile Bike Ride & S UE S TRAUSS , S HARON M ETZ , L YNNE L IVINGSTON ……..., R HONDA O AKER & N ANCY A DAMS walking in the 3-Mile Walk.
O.R.P.S. Owners Ride The Tour de Palm Springs. Left to Right: V ERN C HASTAIN (Navy blue jersey), B OB L IVINGSTON , R ICH S TRAUSS and R ON L ANGDON .
(Left to Right: R ICH S TRAUSS , B OB L IVINGSTON , V ERN C HASTAIN (back center) and R ON L ANGDON
HEALTH & FITNESS COMMITTEE Desert Health and our Committee co-sponsored a Health & Wellness Fair February 17 in the LP Clubhouse with 29 exhibitors, three of which included our Committee, the Safety & Security Committee, and what we called Sports Fitness (Golf, Pickleball, and Tennis). We also included LifeStream which had their Blood Mobile out in the Front Office parking area. We are creating an Injury Incident Log to capture any injuries in the Fitness Center to better understand if we have equipment safety issues or if we need to educate our equipment users. We are updating the Wall of Honor, located in the Fitness Center, to make the lettering more visible. To-date, we’ve received a bid from Best Signs, the original sign maker, and Clint has requested a bid from Sign-O-Rama, the resort’s signage company. The goal is to have this completed by season end in April. Our budget submittal, this year, included replacing the belts & decks on all five treadmills and replacing the three televisions with a larger size and high definition capability. We sold three bricks at the January 20 Flea Market. We participated in the February 24 and will again at the March 17 Flea Markets. If you would like to leave a legacy here at ORPS help us complete the Pathway to Fitness by buying a brick. A&A Committee The A&A Committee has completed a record number of permit approvals in the past month as our new owners are expanding their outdoor living space and changing or enhancing overgrown or outdated vegetation. The newest changes to or A&A rules allowing outdoor kitchens and shade structures are changing the aesthetic landscape in a positive way. We are evaluating alternative sewer connection points for kitchen sinks to minimize hardscape tear out and shorten sewer runs. City and HOA permits as well as neighbor agreements will dictate the feasibility of these alternatives. We have approved a variety of shade structures types, styles, and sizes and continue to approve on a case by case basis. Continued at top if next column …. P AM W ALKER Chair
A&A Committee Continued Our emphasis will continue to focus on functionality, overall structure height, resort aesthetics, and improving the outdoor living space of our members. Several pergolas have been approved as well as the canvas covering styles. We are evaluating some conceptual drawing as well as detailed specifications for custom built pergolas. Attend our meetings to present your ideas and learn more about these new changes.
T ED W ILSON A&A C HAIR
FACILITIES PLANNING COMMITTEE As our season here at ORPS is winding down, we on the Facilities Committee have been ramping up! We have been very busy finalizing our recommendations to the board regarding the new and improved “Pickleball Sports Complex” and the “Tennis Sports Complex”. We are also planning for the ES and LP pool upgrades which will include new pool decks, shade structures and pergolas. All of these improvements are being made to keep our beautiful resort 5 star quality while giving our owners 5 star amenities to enjoy! Many thanks for endless hours of work and research to C HARLES S TINSON and C LINT A THERTON . Without them, these projects may never have happened and certainly would not have been as well thought out or as beautiful and forward thinking. Next steps in approving our proposals lie with the finance committee for funding discussions and the board for approvals. While working hard on the sports complexes and pool upgrades, we have not lost sight of the need to upgrade the ES kitchen. We are hoping that all can be accomplished in a 3 year plan. Continued thanks to my 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 and S HERYL N ELSON . But, I would like to especially thank M ICHELLE M OORE whose term is up in March. She has played an invaluable roll as secretary to this committee and it will be sad to see her leave. On that note, I must say again that we need more volunteers! If you have an interest in seeing our resort move into the future with upgrades to structures and amenities and espe- cially if you have an engineering, contractor or design background, PLEASE speak to me or one of my committee members. We always welcome new people and new ideas to our group. A VA F ELT Chair
Wednesday February 21 was the final Ladies Bible Study for this year. What a blessing it has been, getting together weekly with other Christian women
Chapel meets every Sunday at 8:50AM in La Palma C HAPLAIN J IM G WINN Lot 274 Cell: 847 445-0077 Chapel begins each Sunday at 8:50 and ends at 10. Come Join Us! All are Welcome. BUT IT DOES MOVE!
to study the Word of God. We have been studying DISCERNING the VOICE of GOD, By P RISCILLA S HIRER . "God is able to speak loud enough to make a willing soul hear" - Lewis Sperry Chafer For More Info see: E VELYN E LIAS lot 535 or Ph: 509-987-4745 or email@example.com WALK WITH US WHERE HE LEADS! Men’s Bible Study is Wednesdays at 8AM in the owners lounge up to and including March 7. We are studying The Prayer of Jabez, by Bruce Wilkinson. All men are welcome. For more information contact J IM G WINN or E D E LIAS at 509-987-4746
Genuine science and the Bible are never in conflict as the same God created them both. Great damage occurs when either is misinterpreted and used to condemn the other. Galileo was an astronomer and physicist who made his first science discoveries in Pisa. He formulated laws about gravity by dropping weights from the leaning tower of Pisa. Discovered the law of the pendulum watching the lamp swing in the Cathedral. He believed God’s Word and God’s world were both valid objects for study. He was in trouble with the church leaders for contradicting traditional teachings. He used telescopes to share some of his findings. Some church leaders condemned the whole study of astronomy. In 1632 he was called before the inquisition to answer charges of what they called heresy. He was imprisoned in Rome and in 1633 he was forced to read a statement renouncing his views. The worst error he believed was that the earth moves around the sun, he had to say that was an error and heresy. Legend believes that having read his recantation he muttered "But it moves after all." He was kept under house arrest until blind and feeble in 1642. He died with his sons and pupils present. Psalm 19:1-4 perhaps one of the Bible passages Galileo understood says this; " The Heavens keep telling the wonders of God, and the skies declare what He has done. They don't speak a word, and there is never a sound of a voice, yet their message reaches all the earth, and travels around the world.” Let the reality and fact of God’s creation draw your heart and mind draw you to Him through faith and accept Him as Lord of your life. March Chapel programs: March 4 C HIZ R IDER trumpet player March 11 W AYNE P EDERSON former President of Reach Beyond ministry March 18 S ID B OSELL Pastor and fabulous story teller March 25 G REG S PECK Humorist and powerful speaker using humor
We were truly blessed to have Adult & Teen Challenge come & minister to us. We had 4 of these fine young men give testimony to what God has done in their lives since they came into the program. One of these men, E RNESTO told of his story of drug addiction and abuse
Ernesto & family
while his family, to which he has been reconciled, sat in the crowd - a true testimony of what God is doing. We were also treated to many inspirational songs sung by the male choir and led by C HRIS , a recovering addict himself.
Keepers of the Faith
HOLES-IN-ONE Hole-in-one scorecards must be dated and signed by at least one playing witness. Include phone number and indicate if this is his/her first hole-in-one. We can only record the hole in one’s here that we get completed forms for so fill out your form and hand it in. The lucky golfer may purchase a hole-in-one bag tag
H AL M ORTENSON
OPEN TO ALL!
L YNNE D EACON
Tuesday Scramble, Thursday Stroke Play & Saturday Events, Register at ES between 8:00 and 8:45 AM, play starts at 9AM Tuesday AM Fun Scramble – mixed teams of men & ladies, course open to all after 12:30PM Thursday AM Stroke Play – separate men’s & lady’s teams, balanced handicaps, course open to all after 12:30PM Fee: $5.00/player. An extra fee will be charged on tournament days when lunch is included.
M IKE M OORE
G ARY O EDEKERK
J AMES E NGLISH
F RED H YDE
L EE H ICKS
G LENDA E DWARDSEN
B ETTY M C C ULLOUGH
S YD L OEPPKY
C AROL V ANDENBRINK
The golf committee welcomes its new volunteers, B RENDA G OORTS , M ICHELLE M OORE , and G AIL P OLLACK who will serve from March of 2018 through February of 2020. We thank our retiring volunteers G ALE S TEPHENSON , G ERI G RANT and S ANDY S EAMAN for their two years of service.
K RIS M C G EE
Congratulations! To all the Hole in Ones! Some of which are pictured here.
Hole in One Tournament Winners: B ARRY P OLLOCK E VE N EAVE G ERRY V ANDEN B RINK D ICK T OMLIN
Firing Squad called for Don Renoe for his tough pin
placements for his Iron Man.
ORPS Golf Schedule 2018
MARCH Tuesday Scramble, Thursday Stroke Play & Saturday Events, Register at ES between 7:30AM and 8:15 AM , play starts at 8:30AM, course open to all after 12:15PM 1 Thursday Stroke Play 2 - 4 Friday, Saturday, Sunday Club Championship* Course will open to all each day after last championship tee time 6 Tuesday Fun scramble (Lunch) 6 Tuesday NIGHT GOLF* Open To ORPS Players Club members , Advance sign-up
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
Private event (FMCA)
open to all after 11:30AM Thursday Stroke Play Friday Spring Nine & Wine Tuesday Fun Scramble Thursday Stroke Play (Lunch)
13 15 17 20 22 27 29
Saturday Three Club Tournament (Lunch)
Tuesday Fun Scramble
Thursday Farewell Tournament (Lunch)
Tuesday Fun Scramble Thursday Stroke Play
Saturday One Club Tournament
2018 Golf Committee
D ON R ENOE : G REG R OSE :
Vice Chair, Treasurer
S ANDY S EAMAN : A LLEN G AYKEN :
Member at Large
G ALE S TEPHENSON :
G ERI G RANT : C RAIG W IRCH :
ORPS’ LADIES’ PUTTING CLUB Sign up Wednesday mornings 8:45AM at El Saguaro Bring your putter, a ball and 4 quarters and have FUN!
R UBY has been a shining example to all of us with her altruistic behavior at ORPS . If you didn’t see her in the kitchen serving at events, you may have seen her at Bingo helping at the table. She served on the Golf Committee and continues to help whenever needed. And then there is putting on Wednesday mornings at which she has been one of the most constant organizer helpers. R UBY you are an inspiration to us all!
Please Carry a flashlight when walking in the resort! The dark sneaks up on you
Free Tennis Clinics Thursdays 2- 4PM La Palma courts 3 & 4 @2-4PM Last Clinic: March 29. For more info contact: Brian "Sparky" Farrell 707-497-9663 Lot# 506
HOLD MY COURT
If you have not already registered for the new ORPS tennis court reservation system, please go to the Tennis page at orps.com, “Reserve A Court” tab, and register to use the “Hold My Court” Reservation System. This System will be the only way you can reserve a tennis court for the upcoming season. Please follow the instructions EXACTLY as written! Do not forget to include your lot number after your first and last name. Numbers only. Let the Tennis Committee know if you encounter any problems, or if you have any suggestions, at firstname.lastname@example.org STAY CONNECTED TO TENNIS NEWS AND EVENTS AT ORPS.COM TENNIS CALENDAR CAN ALSO BE VIEWED: SPORTS -TENNIS-SCHEDULE
TENNIS ACTIVITIES Mixed Doubles every Sunday 2PM at ES Bring a partner and join in the fun. Sat March 3 Horse Race followed by the Tennis General Meeting. Show up at La Palma before 8:15AM . Teams assigned by the tennis committee-all levels of play welcome BBQ - Sun. March 4 @5PM LP . Bring place setting, dish to share and drink of choice.
Horse race winners
Wed. March 21 @ ES 4-6PM . Joint Pickleball/Tennis. Pizza, Beer, Wine & soft drinks. 50/50 draw to take place .
MARCH EVENING SINGLES TENNIS Sun. Tues. & Fri. at 6pm Meet at La Palma courts. Contact: Steve Simpson for more information. Lot#820
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ORPS PICKLEBALL HAWAIIAN TOURNAMENT Mahalo to all the Hawaiian pickleballers who played in our tournament on January 19! Grass skirts, coconuts, and lots of laughter contributed to fun filled games, a great pot-luck meal and an all-round fabulous afternoon! Thanks to the ORPS Ukelele players!!
ORPS PICKLEBALL SCHEDULE
Pickleball playing schedules are available at the courts or at orps.com/activities-clubs/sports/pickle-ball/calendar/
OUR CLUB CONTINUES TO GROW! Thanks beginners/novices for coming out to lessons!! Since November 2017, our pickleball club has introduced the game to 268 brand new students. We are delighted to see them on the courts and developing their skills!! Our club now has 419 active members!
NEXT PICKLEBALL MEETING The next pickleball meeting will be held on Wed. March 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Owner’s Lounge at El Seguaro (ES). See you there!!
CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND ORPS WEBSITE PICKLEBALL SITE
https://www.facebook.com/OUTDOORRESORTS/ Thanks to J UDY F ROESE for updating the ORPS website pickleball page! http://orps.com/activities-clubs/sports/pickle-ball/
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR THREE ORPS PICKLEBALL CLUB WINNERS
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UPCOMING ST. PATRICK’S DAY EVENT March 16. Save the Date for a St. Patrick’s Day “GREEN” tournament. Separate men and women’s play. More information to follow!
PICKLEBALL VOLUNTEERS AT ORPS Pickleball volunteers are happy to assist at other ORPS events if help is required! Don’t hesitate to ask us to pitch right in!
50’s -60’s DANCE A GREAT SUCCESS This incredibly successful event was co-sponsored by ORPS Pickleball Club and M IKE T HOMPSON RV. Over 280 people attended and it was a full house! Congratulations to M ARGARET V AN V EEN -H ILL and B ONNIE F RIESEN on their gold medal win in the 3.5 division at the Palm Desert Senior Games tournament on Feb Also kudos to B ARRIE H ILL and his partner for their gold medal win in the 5.0 division of the tournament. Wow!
WATCH FOR ANOTHER GREAT TENNIS-PICKLEBALL EVENT!
The ORPS Tennis Club is planning on hosting another awesome tennis - pickleball on March 21, 2018, followed by a social. Stay tuned for more details. Can’t wait!
Submitted by: Kim Krahn, Tennis Secretary
ACTIVITIES G ARY M ARSHALL & A LYSSA T ORRES
I would like to thank all our hosts for our successful February events
starting with A LICE H UEPLE and M ARSHA N ELSON Valentine’s Dinner Dance, using a new caterer and an outstanding band making IT a special affair; C INDI W ILSON and L OIS C AMPBELL having a Ladies’ Luncheon different than most, a guest speaker on the subject of L UCILLE B ALL ; B OB and M ICHELLE M OOR E hosting our ever popular Potato Bake doing the usual outstanding job. We ended the month with the annual Pickleball farewell dinner dance hosted by A LICIA and B OB F OYLE with everyone having a great time. This most likely will be my last article for the Oracle since I will be leaving my position as Activities Director at the end of this season. After thirteen of them, I have many fond memories to take with me. Working with different management, board and committee members as well as volunteers, I had an opportunity to work with many different ideas and personalities all wishing to make the resort a little better. I remember, as many of us do, my first impression as I rolled into the resort. I remember thinking this is a place I would like to be a part of and after meeting the residents I felt even stronger that I had found the place for me. I have met and made many friends over the years, some remain here and some have moved on. I hope my relationships with them continue and I may be a small part of their busy lives in the future. I am happy that I will have more time with my family who have been saints allowing me to spend so much time here my second home during the season. It is difficult for me to leave something that has been such a big part of my life for my time here. I think when we all leave here for the last time there is a sadness that comes over us. I wish you all the best and I will miss you all. G ARY M ARSHALL
Owners’ Lounge Tuesdays @ 4PM & 7PM Hot dogs & chips - $4.50 available from 5:30 to 6:30PM March 6 Only the Brave
All men are created equal... then, a few become firefighters. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities. As most
of us run from danger, they run toward it--they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire. March 13 Darkest Hour
Biography · During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
March 20 Just Getting Started
Action · A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run (1988), about an ex-F.B.I. Agent (T OMMY L EE J ONES ) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) having to put aside their March 27 The Stray Drama · A young father takes his nine year old son, the family dog, and two of his son's friends backpacking in the mountains of Colorado only for all five of them to be struck by lightning.
Join us for Happy Hour 4-7PM
Monday thru Thursday Cocktails - Music Goodies EL Saguaro
petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.
THE 19 TH HOLE
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Thursday, March 22, 2018 3:30 pm Owners’ Lounge
A Gentleman in Moscow By Amor Towles
Sentenced to house arrest in 1922 in the Metropole Hotel for writing a poem deemed to encourage revolt, Count Alexander
Ilyich Rostov finds himself ensconced in a tiny room. Although he can move around in the luxury hotel, Rostov lives in the circumstances of a “former person”. Spread across four decades it is in all ways a great novel brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophical insight.This is a book in which the cruelties of this age can’t begin to erase the glories of real human connection and the memories it leaves behind. Kirkus Review For information contact: J EAN D IETRICH 760 992-8225
Red Hat Luncheon Monday March 19 Meet at La Palma to carpool @ 11:30
Lunch @ 12 NOON Prices vary: $10-20 Don’t forget your red & purple
J EANETTE Z UBER 909 519-2028
Sunday March 4 7 PM @ El Saguaro Tickets $13
All you can eat CRAB FEST Saturday March 3rd
Reserved Seating ON SALE now online or Activities Office
Bar 5 Dinner 6 Entertainment 7 by Matt Jenkins
Come and See over 30 of Your Favorite Performers Marge’s Hotdogs & Smoothies on sale at 5:30 Bar Open and Seating begins at 5:30
MENU Fresh Shelled Crab Large Prawns, Pasta, Salad
Western March 10 Bar 5 Dinner 6 Entertainment by Dave Ambrose
Catered by Silver Spur Baby Back Ribs, BBQ Baked Beans, Coleslaw & Cornbread, Roll & Butter
CONCERT UNDER THE PALMS
HAPPY TRAILS DANCE
$28 Tickets on Sale Now
You find the most interesting things while out for your morning walk. Although it is tough and not edible it certainly is a good conversation piece. J EANNETTE A FFLECK
T ED & R UBY have been a major part of ORPS throughout the 23 years they were here. Ted played a major role in the design of topping of our roads here while he was a board member. They volunteered in many, many other areas, such as ladies’ luncheons, organizer of waiters, ticket sales at bingo, co-ordinator of volunteers, coffee & donut servers, decorating of clubhouses at Christmas, posting all the posters throughout the resort. They kept themselves very busy and they will be missed greatly.
February’s Ladies’ Luncheon was a tribute to Lucille Ball. Well attended and enjoyed by all. To your right, you will see the lucky winner of the Quilt raffled off by our own ORPS Quilters!
Phase 3: We initially thought we raised $745.00 for the band, but later received an additional $600.00, one individual wrote a check for $500.00. Grand total $1345.00 to help them fund a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A. and Carnegie Hall in New York Spring 2019. Great day, about 80 people attended and listened to this great young students of Cathedral City High School Jazz Band conducted by Matt Howe for about 1 1/2 hours. Everyone brought something to share in the way of food.
D ARYL K OCH leads hikes for both Outdoor Resort & Desert Shadows Resort. Hikes are every Monday morning. This Hiking group meets at 7:45 AM at La Palma & leaves at 8AM sharp. All levels of hikers are welcome!
For Questions, Contact:
D ARYL K OCH @ email@example.com or 509-879-5613
Monday & Thursday at 6:45PM ORPS Texas Hold’em has a limit of 50 players so often sells out. Be a little early if you want a seat. The winners of these weekly events are invited to play in the
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:
Championship Tournament held in March. We welcome all owners and renters at El Saguaro. Come and join in the fun for an evening of Texas Hold'em and your chance to win.
LET’S PLAY THE UKULE- LE! We meet every Saturday at El Saguaro in the Owners Lounge or West Room 1:15 - - 1:45 Beginners lessons and practice time. 2PM - - Start playing! 3:30 - - End program Come join the fun. All levels welcome ! Instruction provided by: M ARK D ENEEN For more information, contact M ARK D ENEEN T OM R AY 760-668-7819 760-831-8150
J UDY J URACH Lot 1105 C AROL W ILHELM Lot 309
NEEDLECRAFT We meet every Monday 1:30 to 4PM in the East Room, La Palma We socialize as we work. If you enjoy any kind of needlework, please join us . P HYLLIS P ASHOTE , Lot 402 925 786-4472
ORPS QUILTERS Join us in the West Room at ES 9 am to 4:30 pm Wednesday, Thursday & Friday EVERYONE WELCOME! The West Room has been a bee hive of activity! WOW! Lots of wonderful new members - quilt- ers & sewers creating! So far this month we've taught each other
MAHJONG Meets in the East Room Tuesdays at 1PM For more information call S UE D OTY 916 205-7966 or
Thursdays call C HARLENE S ULLIVAN 775-771-2871
Come and play or learn to play. It’s addictive!
machine embroider, crazy quilt blocks in the hoop, paper piecing blocks & bionic bags! Of course members are creat- ing dozens of unique projects - so many ideas . . . so little time! The 2nd of this years two raffle quilts - “Wonky Houses” will be drawn at the March Ladies Luncheon. Tickets are available on our quilting days at the West Room. We've also been working very hard on next years king size raffle quilt - come for a visit and have a sneak peek! Our very first 'ORPS's Quilt Show,' was a great success held on Feb 3 in the Owners Lounge! Thank you ORPS for all the support! February 8th, we hosted a 'Trunk Show' with Monica's Quilt Store, it was fabulous! Monica spent several hours with us, showing us all the new techniques, fabrics and other goodies she had just received! S ANDY W HITTAKER , Lot 884 - Quilting Reporter
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!
Try our Monthly Coffee Specials
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
Serving Outdoor Resort Palm Springs Sales: 760-424-8455 Rentals: 760-347-ORPS (6777)
Lupe 760 328-0007
Breakfast: 7AM to11AM Eggs, Pancakes, French Toast, Country Fried Steak, Omelettes. Daily Lunch Specials $8.99 Lunch : 11AM to 3PM Lasagna, Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Piccata, Fish & Chips, Sausge, Peppers & Onion Pasta, Baked Ziti Dinner: 3PM to 8PM House Specialties include: Shrimp Fra Diablo, Scampi, Shrimp Sofia, Linguini with Clams, Fettuccine Alfredo, Lasagna Alforno, Roma Combo, Veal Parmigiana, Chick- en Limonigio, Chicken Cacciato- re, Pasta Primavera, Ravioli, a variety of Pastas Subs, Pizzas, Calzones, Salads, & Desserts
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March Events in the Valley
BNP PARIBAS OPEN A two week combined ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Tour Indian Wells Tennis Garden / Home to the BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament (800) 999-1585. March 5, 2018 - March 18, 2018
COACHELLA VALLEY WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL Saturday, March 3, 9AM to 4PM
The 11th annual Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival! This FREE event celebrates wellness, recreation, and the outdoors. Featuring local artists and conservation partners, a kids' zone, wildflower hikes, beer & wine garden, food & other beverages, and more! We’ll also have a sand play area for the kids. Come celebrate spring in our desert! NO ONSITE PARKING: Free parking and shuttles start at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. For more information call 760-862-9984.Sponsored by Friends of the Desert Mountains. Visit our website at www.DesertMountains.org PALM SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM Canadian Military Tribute Day. SAT, March 3. 11AM: Pride of the Bush Pilots: the de Havilland Beaver 1PM: Western Air Command and the Aleutian Campaign, at 745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, Phone:760-778-6262 ART WALK & WINE TASTING Presented by The Art Place, Palm Desert Design District, March 7th, 4PM - 7PM, The Art Place 41801 Corporate Way , Palm Desert.
All calls 1 760 328-3834 Admin Office Ext. GM 244 Accounting 262 Front desk 301/302
69411 RAMON ROAD CATHEDRAL CITY, CA 92234-3350
Message from the Editor
E-MAIL ADDRESSES Clint Atherton - General Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Brenda Mejia - Controller Bmejia@orps.com
260 or 760 328-3834 or 760 770-0065
Thank You to all who are trying to get the Oracle back to a printed Magazine. We continue to welcome contributions. Drop off notes, photos, articles or suggestions at the Oracle Office, or email us at: ORACLE@ORPS.COM. This is your ORACLE Eva Norcross Editor
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Susan Matthew - Board Secretary SMatthew@orps.com
Gary Marshall- Activities Director Gary@orps.com ORACLE ORACLE@ORPS.COM
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