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In this issue: Outdoor Resort Palm Springs - the Number One RV Resort in the USA DONATIONS NEEDED As you leave for your summer home and are cleaning out your cupboards, please bring your non-perishable food items and place them in the boxes at each clubhouse until April 30. Our Valley residents are in need of our help. ORPS Calendar page 3 page 9 Chapel Golf page 10 &11 page 12 & 13 Tennis Pickleball page 14 page 15 Activities & Movies Photos by Sharen page 16, 17 & 18
St. Theresa’s Church is part of Riverside County’s program to provide food for the needy. Every Monday their food kitchen hands out a grocery bag to each family.
Happy Trails to those heading Home! See you in the fall!
OUTDOOR RESORT PALM SPRINGS
Hard to believe that we have reached the end of another season. As many of you read this, you are likely packing and getting ready to leave, already left or have reached your summertime destination. Of course there are the brave
As your newly appointed CFO, I take this responsibility both humbly and seriously, making sure that our monthly HOA dues are being managed the best way possible. February Financials have just been approved, and I am pleased to report a few of the highlights: our Net Variance to Budget on the Revenue side shows an increase of $132,788. This compares to February 2016, a deficit of $21,778. Largest variance to Revenue was a net increase to the Resort fee of around $116,000. Bar Sales also had net variance increase of $12,600. Expenses are also down around $46,000. Our recently approved Budget has kept the increase in HOA dues to $3 for Operations and $3 for Reserves. This is a 1% increase, well under inflation. We continue to build up our Reserve Funding and are now at nearly 60%, on schedule to reach the 70% funded goal by 2020. At our recent meeting with First Foundation, our investment firm, we discussed our current financial position and are currently working with them to get a better return on our investments. They gave us the ultimate compliment that we are among the top HOA's in managing our finances. A Big Thanks goes to Clint, Brenda and her team, along with Dave Mueller and the Finance Committee. We anticipate finishing off the fiscal year well.
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
few that stay with us all summer and deal with the heat! During the spring and summer, the office will still be busy with the business of the HOA and getting projects underway. On the admin side, management will continue to work with the Board during the summer to review and rewrite rules and regulations in the wake of the newly restated CC&Rs. In addition, we will review the data collected from the golf course and look at impact of the newly implemented trials at the golf course which included the Early Morning Nine and the increase of one minute between tee times which allows for a more manageable two hour and 40 minute round of golf. In terms of physical projects, we will be replacing the liners for three lakes on the back 9 which are the only ones that have yet to be replaced. The administration and LP building will also be painted along with many, many other smaller projects. During the summer, please keep an eye out for my Out and About email blasts which will keep you updated on the happenings during the summer. If you are not on the email list and would like to receive the Out and About emails, please email your information to Jennifer Miranda at firstname.lastname@example.org . Also in May we will be mailing out our annual disclosure packets that include the new budget and reserve study summary for the 2017-2018 fiscal year along with some additional Association information. I would like to close by thanking the residents, volunteers, committee members and Board members for making it another great season. A special thank you to the Oracle Staff who continued on from our transition from a paper medium to an all-digital version making this and all the other articles available for our residents. Safe travels and we look forward to seeing you upon your return!
B OB M OORE J IM W ALLER 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
ORPS had over one hundred guests taking tours in January and February! We now have approximately 25 ambassadors volunteering their enthusiasm to our program! We would love more!! That way no one is overburdened. Any interested Ambassador candidates should contact me at 951-206-5752. Terri Nolan Lot 870
Photo Editor S HAREN W OODGRIFT
Production Staff L OUISE K NOBF S USAN M ATTHEW J OANNE N YQUIST M ARY A NN P RIDDY M ARGIE S LEIGHT
2017-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brian Canfield, President; Maryellen Muir, Vice President ; Dede Loop, Secretary; Craig Wirch, CFO; and Members: Ted Wilson, Bob Moore,
Ted Wilson Bob Moore
Communications Facilities Planning
Craig Wirch Craig Wirch Craig Wirch Dede Loop Dede Loop Jim Waller
Sandy Holguin Joan Craven
COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES PLANNING
Health & Fitness
Landscape Marketing Pickleball
Dave Mueller Don Renoe Pam Walker Sandy Holguin Warren Dawson
HEALTH & FITNESS
Safety & Security
Bob Moore Bob Moore
LANDSCAPE MARKETING PICKLEBALL
Maryellen Muir Brian Canfield, Craig Wirch, Bob Moore
SAFETY & SECURITY
Gary Sharp/Paul Haberman
ORPS Calendar 2017-2018 SUMMER SEASON BOARD MEETINGS BY TELECONFERENCE (Dial 1-800-511-7985; Access Code 742-4450#) Wednesday, April 26, Monday, July 10 th , and Monday, September 11 th . Meetings begin at 9:00 am. BOARD REGULAR MEETINGS(1:00 pm, La Palma) Monday, October 23 Monday, November 13 BOARD OFF-SITE ADVANCE: Monday, Nov 6 (Location TBD) Monday, December 11 Monday, January 15 TOWNHALL MEETING: Friday, Nov 10, ES Ballroom, Noon Monday, February 12 Monday, March 5 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP Monday, March 19 MTG AND ELECTION : Friday, March 9, La Palma Ballroom
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A & A Continued … Pet fences/enclosures : this rule change requires further examination and consideration as we have observed a variety of sizes, colors, material, and placements that impact our maintenance contractor. This season we have experienced a proliferation of fences popping up throughout the resort. Some tastefully done for design, others simply to keep our pets contained or other pets out. The goal will be consistency, minimal landscape contractor impacts and flexibility; yet will consider owner functionality and expression of design. I invite all owners interested in participating in these initiatives or just observing the A&A Committee meetings to please attend the scheduled meeting or our working sessions. Ted Wilson Chair As the season is coming to an end, I would like to start by wishing everyone safe travels in transit to your destinations. I am also pleased to report that criminal activity here at the resort has dropped significantly. I credit this to you, the homeowners, by taking measures to secure your property properly and adding lights to your individual lots. With your efforts, my add- ed personnel and an additional strong presence from Cathedral City Police Department, we have successfully disrupted the freedom of movement for the criminal element as well as their opportunity to commit crimes in the resort. I assure you that during the off season the efforts of my staff will not decrease and we will continue to look after your property with the intent that your lots and possessions are exactly as you left them upon your return. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me. Corey Sather Post Commander PostCommander@orps.com SECURITY REPORT Reported Crimes for February 2017: 1 Stolen Bike
A&A MMI The A&A Committee is an active working committee of volunteers that devote time on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. They consult, approve, and finalize all your vegetation planting and removal, lot modifications, and much more.
Since last season they have processed over 150 permit applications and countless consultations; about 15 of those for artificial turf. We recently approved a fourth artificial turf vendor that went through a rigorous
approval process and several meetings. The rules proposed and passed include:
Change in the time duration allowed for full RV Covers (adopted)
Elimination of the 15-year rule that was replaced with an Aesthetics rule applying to all rigs in the resort (adopted). A copy of the guidelines used for the evaluation can be obtained from Admin. Application and enforcement of this new rule will be the responsibility of our new Community Standards Coordinator, Mike Wilson. Management and the A&A Committee is working with Mike to ensure consistent application, with a goal of improving and maintaining the aesthetics of some of our aging rigs. Change in the amount of hardscape allowed on owner lots from 75% to 85% (adopted). This well thought-out rule change has allowed lot owners to expand the outdoor living capabilities that we enjoy at ORPS. Proposed free standing shade structures : this rule was pulled from the last Board Meeting Agenda and will be considered at a future Board Meeting. Not only do we have additional work to do on the permit application, but this is a new direction that changes the look and feel of the resort. The Board seeks owner input and comments to make a prudent decision. Outdoor kitchens (adopted): This is not a new rule rather a re-write that addresses electrical, sewer and design requirements , permits, and city approvals necessary to enforce common practices that are exhibited today such as small outdoor refrigerators that are widely used throughout the resort. Ongoing efforts also include the evaluation of an expanded lot concept . This proposed concept would allow two adjacent lots under one ownership to be landscaped in a blended harmonious design allowing a larger space to be used for outdoor living. Continued on the next column
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.
LET THERE BE LIGHT ASSIST SECURITY WITH LIGHTING ON YOUR LOT
GOING HOME As we pack up to leave the resort for our off-season destinations, a few items should be considered to ensure the safety and security of our lots and RVs that will remain during the summer. Ensure that your RV is locked, including all compartments. Turn off your propane at the bottles and shut off the water. Check that all appliances are turned off or unplugged; this is especially important for an absorption type RV refrigerator but a good idea for other typical appliances. Check that the batteries in your smoke detectors and CO2 detectors are good (they should be changed each season) Ensure that the resort has your current contact information. Verify that the circuit breaker that powers your lot number post is on and that the light is functional. It is a requirement that your lot number be illuminated during the dark hours of the day, finding/identifying lots in the dark is very difficult if the numbers are not lit. It is also recommended that any motion activated security lights or palm tree lights be left on during the off-season. The light that these devices provide is an aid to our nighttime security patrols. Have a safe summer.
Lighted lot numbers (an HOA re-
quirement) , spotlights on palm trees, and rope lights on tree trunks and paths provide a reasonable amount of light around the Resort. They are as much for security as for decoration. Leaving these items on when you leave the Resort (even for the summer), is cheap insurance against theft and is a real asset to our Security Officers . Please do not turn off your 15-amp circuit breaker when you leave the resort, as the lot number light is connected to this breaker. It is strongly suggested that WALL LOT OWNERS install a motion-activated security light on the back of their rig. They are available under $40 at Costco or most home improvement stores, and can be an effective deterrent to an intruder. REMEMBER, “BAD GUYS” hate light! For any information or further discussion on the subject, contact a member of the Safety and Security Committee.
AVOID IDENTITY THEFT
Two locked PAPER SHREADERS are AVAILABLE for our use. They are located across from the La Palma Mailroom. You may dispose of sensitive information, such as credit card offers. The bin is emptied once a month.
Stephen Fridley Chair
Please Carry a flashlight when walking in the resort! The dark sneaks up on you.
DO YOU RECYCLE? Do you conserve water?
Do you recycle and employ energy efficient machinery and devices? Do you teach the next genera- tion and show by example the need to live a green life? Our future generations will
COMMUNICATIONS MMI The Communications Committee is responsible for ensuring that internal and external communication is accurate and readily available to owners, renters and guests. The Committee serves as an advisory Committee to the Board of Directors. This past season the focus has been on the internal communication and identifying ways to communicate effectively. We have worked with The Board and staff to ensure that information is timely and accurate. We also formalized the relationship with the ORACLE and the Marketing Committee. At this point we are looking at our role with the Emergency Preparedness Committee. There are three main events we are responsible for: the Candidate’s Forum, the New Owners Reception and the Picnic in the Neighborhood. These are excellent ways to build relationships within the ORPS Community. A focus for each of these events has been to formalize the processes, as well as evaluate what works and what does not so we can ensure their future success. We are also looking at The New Owners Packages and assessing what works and what does not. Are New Owners getting the information they need and in a timely manner? This is a summer project for the Executive and any interested committee members. Another summer project is The Resource Guide, which was last updated in 2014. As well, we continue to work with the Marketing Committee on content for the new website. Some lines of communication are still blurry so we are working with The Board of Directors and General Manager to ensure that messages are consistent and delivered in multiple ways. It is key to reaching our many audiences, while we acknowledge that external communication is just as important. Our committee of over 20 hard-working men and women have done a phenomenal job of listening and learning. One goal was for a committee member to attend each of the other 12 committee meetings and report back to our committee. This has served as a way for committee members to become informed and thus able to pass accurate information along to those in their phase. We have also focused on open communication between committee members. This past year has been one of growing, assessing processes and looking to the future. We updated our Committee Charter and continue to look for ways to better advise the Board on effective ways to communicate. Continued on the next column .
Any time one incorporates change, staff is impacted. I would like to thank Clint, Susan, Jennifer and Gary who have been amazingly flexible and always ready to assist. Also to Dede and Mary Ellen, our Board Liaisons, for all their support and to president, Brian Canfield, who listens, gives thoughtful opinions and support whenever asked. We are blessed to have this team of professionals to work with. Joan Craven ..Lot 1109 Chair
The Board wants to thank all who sent in their ballots so that a quorum could be reached. The passing of the Restated CC&Rs and Bylaws brings work for the Board on changing the Rules & Regulations where necessary. This is required because the restatement removed some items so that they could be addressed more efficiently in the Rules & Regulations. A working session of the Board took place this month to address the Rules & Regulations. Another working session will be scheduled for next month. All owners are welcome to attend. Once the Rules & Regulations are crafted, they will be presented in a Board Meeting this fall and, if passed by the Board, will be posted for 30 days for owners’ comments before a decision is made to adopt them. We welcome a new Board member, Jim Waller, and a returning Board member, Dede Loop. Both bring experience and knowledge to our Board During the off season the Board will communicate via teleconference and we urge you to tune in or listen to the recorded meetings after the fact. Dial-in information will be indicated on the top of the Board Meeting Agenda. Without all of the volunteers and committees, this would not be the Resort it is, so THANK YOU all for volunteering. That is not to say that we don’t need more volunteers; there is always room for more. Next year there will be three Board vacancies. It is important to start thinking about who would be a good Board candidate so that in the fall these names can be submitted. Please contact Maryellen Muir, Nomination Committee Chair if you have any questions or would like to consider running for the Board. Have a wonderful summer and come back safely. Dede Loop Board Secretary
BOARD OFFICE HOURS Monday thru Friday 9AM to 3PM assist owners with Board issues
MARIA, A DEVOTED ORPS EMPLOYEE Can you guess who has worked at ORPS for the past 16 years? It’s Maria Salinas, Head of Housekeeping. She is only surpassed by housekeeper Angelica who has been here longer.
Marilyn Simon & Joe Lenhardt (Lot 1075) Did you know we have a Californian Grandmaster of Handball, for his age group, living right in ORPS? Joe plays three times a week in Palm Desert. How did he come to choose our resort? Well there was a woman involved.
Maria was born near Guadalajara, Mexico and came to the US with her family when she was eight. They settled in Fresno, California where Maria attended school until, at the age of 16 and a sophomore in high school, she quit to get married. At the age of 18 she studied hard and passed the test to become a citizen of the US, which she considers a major achievement. Two older daughters are married; the younger nearby, who has blessed Maria with a granddaughter who is now 5. Maria also adores her 16 year old daughter a student at Cathedral City High School. They share a home with Nick, Maria’s second husband, whom she met when he worked at ORPS. Hard to believe but this is Maria’s first (and only) job!! She was encouraged to apply by her brother Jose, who was a pool maintenance employee at ORPS for six years. Obviously, ORPS has played a significant role in Maria’s life. Maria was promoted to Head of Housekeeping in 2007. She is in charge of supervising our five lady housekeepers and is also responsible for ordering supplies necessary for their work. You can find her working alongside her staff in the mornings at LP and ES, always with a smile. According to Maria,, she “loves having only a five minute commute to work, enjoys her work and meeting people who reside here and credits Clint with being the best General Manager of all those she has worked for in her many years here at ORPS. So when you see Maria at work, give her a smile, a wave and a thank you for a long time job well done. By Mary Ann Priddy
Marilyn and her first husband had enjoyed the RV life- style for many years. After she was widowed in the 1990s, she sold their large motor home and purchased a class C motor home that she felt comfortable driving. She joined Thousand Trails singles group and enjoyed a few trips on her own as part of a caravan. Joe came on the scene through a widows and widowers group and Marilyn soon introduced him to the RV lifestyle. One of their first trips was to Palm Springs, Thousand Trails. While Joe enjoyed being with Marilyn, he found the class "C" motor home too small. In 1997 they visited some friends who had a lot in ORPS. They were impressed with the resort so decided to rent the following year. When they went to their respective homes in San Francisco, they purchased a larger coach before the return trip to ORPS . When a lot they liked became available in 1998, they bought it. They love the different activities at ORPS, especially the golf. The ORPS lifestyle suited them, along with all the friendly people and warm weather. Like many in the resort, they first started coming for a month and then rented their lot out in between. That didn’t last too long. One month soon grew to six months Marilyn organized the Ladies’ Wednesday Putting Group for 10 years and she just gave it up last season. Her favorite part is that it is for putters who are golfers and also non-golfers. Many new friendships have been made through this group. Before retiring, Marilyn worked in a bank. Joe was a teacher, mostly physical education. His passion, other than Marilyn, is handball. Their hopes for ORPS are that we continue to focus on activities that keep the owners coming back, providing a place to make new friends while maintaining their many other friendships . By Patricia Markwick
NO Trash Pick up Tuesdays or Thursdays
Please do not put your trash out Tues or Thurs as it attracts animals .
Compliance/Community Standards Officer Mike Wilson
FACILITIES PLANNING This has been an exciting but busy year for our committee. I would like to thank all FPC committee members who continue to work towards keeping our resort facilities up to date, current and beautiful! We will see our Pergola on the El Saguaro pool deck undergo some enhancements during the summer to make this area available as another venue that will become more usable with overhead heat during the cooler season and overhead fans during the hotter season. We will also see the next phase of our El Saguaro kitchen take place with new countertops and improved and more efficient under counter storage racks for our dishes. It has been a fabulous season! As many of you leave the resort in the upcoming weeks, I hope you have many happy memories of your time here at ORPS! Safe Travels!! See you in the fall at our next scheduled meeting on November 2, at 2PM. in the La Palma East Room! Owners are always welcome to attend! We love to hear your ideas! Ava Felt Chair HEALTH & FITNESS COMMITTEE We would like to welcome three new members to our committee: Gabe Furtado (lot 153), Bob Raymond (lot 960), and Sherri Robson (lot 1189). They will be joining Celeste Reynolds and myself. Dennis Dittmer’s term ended this season and unfortunately he will not be renewing it as he and his wife, Bonnie, are leaving the resort to travel. Next season, our committee plans to have a fitness walk, another fair, and invite another speaker to the resort so look for more news on those upcoming events in the ORACLE. For those of you leaving the resort we wish you a safe journey home and we will see all of you next season!!!! Pam Walker Chair
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know what I have noticed throughout my first few weeks here at ORPS. The weeds are an ongoing issue. Due
to the massive amounts of water and cold winter, the weeds sat dormant; however, now that the sun is shining, weeds have become a big issue throughout the resort. Queen Palm fronds: the queen palms are having a rough time right now. The palm fronds are yellowing with many of them beyond repair. Hedges are, for the most part, very well kept; . However, there are a few who are encroaching on the neighbor’s lot or rig. If a tree, a hedge or a bush is touching a neighbor’s rig and a letter needs to be sent out, I will request an immediate fix due to the possibility of damaging another person’s property. Year round maintenance: I want to take this time to remind everyone that it is the owners’ responsibility to maintain their lot year round, not just during the times they are here. If you receive a notice from me during the off season, it is due to the lot being out of compliance and is in need of attention for the item specified. Lot lights out of season : Power is required to go to the lot light at all times. This includes once the season is over and you have left the resort until the new season begins. I will begin the R/V inspection for all lots starting next month. Notices will be sent out with what is out of compliance regarding the specified lot and R/V. If you receive this notice and have questions or have a date specified for the items to be repaired, you can either email or call me and let me know MWILSON@ORPS.COM (extension 252) Finally I would like to advise all of you regarding lot notifications: there is a process that we must follow per our governing documents and the laws of California as set forth by the Davis Sterling Act. This process can often take up to 60 days to cure. I am also not allowed to speak or discuss with anyone but the lot owner and Management at ORPS where the lot is located in the notification process. Thank you, I hope you all have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you during the next few weeks and next season.
Observers on a walk were pleased to see the dog friendly ORPS owner sign.
W ELCOME N EW O WNERS
Chapel meets every Sunday at 8:50AM in La Palma Chaplain Jim Gwinn Lot 274 Cell: 847 445-0077
W ILLIAM & B RENDA G OORTS –Port Alberni, BC
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Thursday, November 16
Facial Expressions Tell it All Every time
4 PM Owners’ Lounge HILLBILLY ELEGY By J.D. Vance
Observe the winner or loser in the March Madness basketball tournament; the euphoria of victory or the agony of defeat is easily discerned on the face of athletes. Watch the groom’s facial expression as his bride walks down the aisle; such excitement. Look at a kid’s face after the first successful two wheel bike ride, such joy. Picture God’s face when He thinks of us, specifically you. What expression does He have? We often think of Him as serious, sometimes angry at our attitude or action, sometimes feel that He would show no emotion. Not many of us picture God as smiling for those who believe and accept His gift of salvation. C.S. Lewis said that joy is the serious business of Heaven. The Bible speaks of God’s joy and tells us that His joy is our strength. God takes pleasure in all He does and who He is. So sad that many of us do not grasp the reality and joy of Heaven. Today, spend some time in the Bible and notice the feelings of joy that are cultivated as you become aware of how He loves us, and wants only the best for us. Seek the Lord and you will find Him, delight in His gift of salvation, feel His goodness and see His smile. Lord, let us sense your presence in our heart and “see” your smile. Even in stressful anxious times, let me know your joy. May we know you as a God of joy who died and rose from the dead for our Salvation. Read Romans 12:1,2 and make it your prayer. Easter thoughts from a book: “My Mom’s Letters from Heaven” written by Gerry Klassen;
2017-2018 /schedule November 16 th December 7 th
January 18 th February 15 th March 15 th
For information contact: Jean Dietrich 760 992-8225
Ladies’ Bible Study has concluded for this season. We had a powerful study and will resume our walk with our Lord leading us, Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Donnice Koch
MEMORIAL CORNER Dedicated to those who have passed on in recent months.
WHEN When Mary poured perfume; Jesus accepted. When hammer struck nail; His love was heard. When thorns were worn; Majesty paraded. When blood flowed red; Mercy washed. When the thief believed; Jesus pardoned. When the blade plunged; the veil ripped. When He rose victorious; lives changed. When Jesus ascended; God smiled.
Long time resident Jean Stout passed away at the age of 87. Jean resided at Lot 27 with husband, Bob, in 1988 as full timers. Jean and Bob became our activity directors. After Bob passed, Jean worked in the mailroom. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out for her and to her family. Jack & Julie Van Remortel
CHAPEL SPEAKERS April 2
FYI 2017 Easter Sunday April 16
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. 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. 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
April 1 *
Carolyn Lane Funk Gary Conley
One Club Tournament * Denotes Owners Only.
2016-2017 Golf Committee
Don Renoe Greg Rose
Vice Chair, Treasurer
Sandy Seaman Allen Gayken
Member at Large
Geri Grant Craig Wirch
What a great season this year for golf at ORPS! For those still here in April there are two more tournaments! The Farewell Tournament on April 1 and the 1 Club Tournament on April 8. The Golf Committee thanks everyone for the support shown this year and encourages you to mark your calendars now for the November tournaments this fall: Opening Day Tournament is on November 11 and the Fall Nine and Wine on November 17. We wish everyone safe travels and a happy summer at home. We look forward to welcoming you all back next year!
LADIES’ PUTTING CLUB Sign up Wednesday mornings 8:45AM at ES. Bring your putter, a ball and 4 quarters and have FUN!
Secretary - S ANDY S EAMAN
Golf continued on next page ……….
Golf Continued …...
Congratulations Club Champions 2017 Phil Gibbs and Virginia Gayken
Our Centurion, Paul Harbach, enjoying a round of “golf."
TENTATIVE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE FOR 2017/18 SEASON November 11 Opening Day Tournament November 17 Fall Nine and Wine December 9 String Tournament January 13 Orange Ball Tournament January 27 Hole-In-One Tournament February 10 & 11 Sweetheart Tournament March 2, 3, 4 Club Championship March 9 Nine and Wine Tournament March 17 Three Club Tournament March 22 Farewell Tournament - To be held on Regular Thursday . Scramble Day
Low Net and Low Gross Flight Winners Men's low net A flight - Fred Hyde Men's low gross B flight - Dave Keeling Men's low net B flight - John Nuchols Men's low gross C flight - George Ritchie Men's low net C flight - Wes Michalchuk Ladies low net A flight - Eva Norcross Ladies low gross B flight.- Evelyn Neave Ladies low net B flight -Dallas Brock Ladies low gross C flight - Melody Orenchuk Ladies low net C flight - Jane Dube
To get an official golf handicap through Southern
California Golf Association at ORPS call
Linda Parker: 760-285-9119.
The cost is $36 which includes a GHIN number and a $15 gift card for Roger Dunn Golf Store. Your card is valid for 12 months from purchase date, so you can purchase it at any time.
FEBRUArY MIXER dinner ROMEO & jULIET
2017 ORPS LEAGUES
Enter the HORSE RACE Saturday April 1st 8:30AM at LP. All Levels of play welcome. You may be the one to take home the big bucks. Bring your $5 & sign up prior to 8:15AM First HORSE RACE Next season Saturday, November 4
MARCH HORSE RACE WINNERS
LADIES & MEN’S 2017 TOP GUN
2017-2018 TENNIS COMMITTEE
Paul Haberman Chairman Gary Sharp
Acting Chair (until Nov./17)
Kim Krahn Bob Doty
Chris Farrell Mixers Manfred Sohni Horse Race Sandy Glennie Daily Draw Gary SharpTreasurer Greg Farmer
Treasurer (until Nov./17)
SUNDAY TENNIS ACIVITIES
Mixed Doubles every Sunday 2pm at ES Bring a partner and join in the fun. ALL LEVELS OF PLAY WELCOME TENNIS BARBEQUE Sunday April 2nd at LP 5pm. Bring a dish to share and your own meat to BBQ if you like, beverage of your choice & place setting .
SEE YOU NEXT SEASON.
Secretary, Kim Krahn
PICKLEBALL CLUB NEWS We continue to encourage as much Open Play time as possible on our pickleball courts. With the ending of beginner lessons, intermediate clinics, ladders’ play and mixers, these times will be replaced with Open Play time for all. Gates are open, balls and beginner paddles are available on the courts if you don’t have one of your own. Welcome to our new courts! .
Afternoon of women’s mixer—with an unexpected guest lounging in the front! PICKLEBALL MIXERS We have held pickleball mixers three times a week for the season: men’s mixer on Monday, women’s on Wednesday and couples’ mixer on Saturday. A great opportunity to play with your own gender, get extra practice with your partner, and meet new people. A big THANK YOU to Alisia Foyle for organizing and run- ning the mixers every week. We will begin our mixers again as soon as the new season begins.
MORE THAN PICKLEBALL - AMBASSADORS FOR A SAFE ORPS WE PLEDGE TO REDUCE SPEEDING IN ORPS
For the safety of everyone, our Pickleball Club campaigns to reduce speeding in ORPS. Our committee is reaching out to all club members in a pledge to combat the prevalence of speeding. With Spring Break upon us, more children will be present. In interest of supporting our GM, our Security Personnel, and our Security Committee, the ORPS Pickleball Club will spread the word through Trackithub, at club meetings, gatherings, and day to day communication. With in excess of 300 club members travelling to and from our courts, and throughout our resort, we can start by policing ourselves and encouraging others to follow suit. Cliff Aschenbrenner, Secretary ORPS Pickleball Committee LADDERS COMPETITIVE PLAY Our Ladders’ competitive play has finished for the year, but will return in the fall. Held once a week, it afforded players to match their skills with others of their ability level, with players moving up and down the Ladders according to their play at each competition. Although voluntary, Ladders’ play was very popular, and was divided into 2.0/2.5 play and 3.0 and above. Expect Ladders to start up again in November.
DEMUTH COMMUNITY PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT :
BEGINNER PICKLEBALL LESSONS Our beginner lessons, held three times a week for the entire season, have been very successful. We have had anywhere from 2 to 22 new participants and taught over 200 new players. Our beginner lessons morphed into skills clinics for novice players, where we taught volleying skills, dinking, the deep serve and return and pickleball strategy at the net. We will continue beginner lessons in the new season, and include the novice skill development as part of our program. The above players were successful in representing our resort by winning first, second or third in their respective brackets. From left to right: Stan Miller- Nielsen, Barrie Hill, Maureen Miller-Nielsen, Les Sawyer, Alisia Foyle, Bob Foyle, Bonnie Friesen, Gerry Friesen, Geri Miltenberg, Margaret Hill. Missing from photo: Tim Collins, Greg Carter
APRIL 2017 PICKLEBALL SCHEDULE
7AM –10PM Monday through Sunday OPEN PLAY
APR I L MOVIES -
Tuesdays @ 4PM & 7PM
Hot dogs and chips - $3.75 available from 5:30 to 6:30PM
Kristine & Gary
April 4 THE FINEST HOURS A Drama Thriller based on a true story of one of the most heroic Coast Guard rescues ever. JACKIE Biographical Drama: The film follows Jackie Kennedy in the days she was First Lady and the days following the assisanition of her husband. April 18 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE After he reconnects with an awkward pal from high school through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage. April 11
Well, we have come to the end of another season and it seemed to be a busy one. I hope you enjoyed the schedule of events and had a chance to attend as many as you could. I would like to thank the many volunteers that help put everything together, from folding napkins to cooking our meals. I cannot find the words to thank them enough. I would also thank all the committee members that work equally as hard with little recognition. It takes many to make this resort what it is, from golf marshals to the Board of Directors ; these are volunteers that complete their tasks on their own time. Sometimes I think we forget that. Completing my twelfth year this season, I think of the literally hundreds and perhaps thousands of people that have lifted a hand to help. I am so grateful to all of them and I wish I could once again thank those that have moved on from the resort. Sometime during the 2017-2018 season I will be leaving my position as your Activities Director and handing the baton to another. No goodbye is necessary yet because I will be back in the fall to work with my replacement. And once again I will share with you this wonderful resort which we all refer to as paradise.
Save The Last Dance Saturday, April 1, 2017 El Saguaro
Bar opens at 6:00 P.M.
Dance starts at 7:00 P.M.
THE 19 TH HOLE
Entertainment: Dave Ambrose
Join us for Happy Hour 4-7PM
Monday thru Thursday Cocktails - Music Goodies
Monday & Thursday at 6:45PM Texas Hold’em has become a very big part of Outdoor Resort . 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 for an evening of Texas Hold'em and your chance to win.
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:
Presentation of the Winner's "Poker Stars" bracelet to
Judy Jurach Lot 1105 Carol Wilhelm Lot 309
Brian Haley by
Ursula and Bob Woskoski
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 . Phyllis Pashote, Lot 402 925 786-4472
MAHJONG Meets in the East Room Tuesdays at 1PM For more information call Sue Doty 916 205-7966 or
LET’S PLAY THE UKULELE! The newly formed ORPS Ukulele Club meets every Wednesday in the Owners’ Lounge Multipurpose Room. 9 until 10:30AM
Thursdays call Martha Campbell 707 228-0567 Come and play or learn to play. It’s addictive!
Come join the fun. All levels welcome! For more information, contact
Don Lovelace 714-272-4973
ORPS QUILTERS We meet in the West Room Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9AM to 4:30PM Our group of quilters is always busy with
WEDNESDAYS AT LA PALMA 6:30PM Early Bird Bingo 7PM Regular Bingo Games end around 9PM
a quilting project of some sort; we will tackle almost anything quilting related! Each person is working on their own unique projects. We gather and share ideas, advice, knowledge and even a few jokes! Everyone is welcome! We have begun work on a fabulous new quilt for next year’s raffle! Look forward to another very special quilt.
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!
Sandy Whittaker, Lot 884 - Quilting Reporter
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) www.Outdoorresort.com
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 offer most of the same products carried by the ORPS Convenience Store in the past, but will introduce new services as well. We continue to carry sundry items , RV parts and equipment, and will be adding golf cart parts, batteries , and installation services . In addition, we offer 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 Convenience Store , and our staff, look forward to serving your needs this season from: 7 AM – 5 PM Monday thru Friday , 7 AM – 12 Noon WEEKENDS.
All calls 1 760 328-3834 Admin Office Ext. GM 244 Accounting 262 Front desk 301/302 Gate 260 or 760 328-3834 or 760 770-0065 La Palma Clubhouse Board Office/ Susan 250 Store 254 Mailroom 255 El Saguaro Clubhouse Activities Gary 270 Activities Assistant 271 Mailroom 272
69411 RAMON ROAD CATHEDRAL CITY, CA 92234-3350
all grown up
Photo by Allen
Message from the Editor
E-MAIL ADDRESSES Clint Atherton - General Manager email@example.com
It’s been a pleasure to be part of ORPS this season! I’ve had so much support for the Oracle, and I’m very proud of what we have achieved. It’s taken a team of fabulous volunteers but we got it done. Thank you to all of the Oracle Staff, ORPS Administration, the Board, Board Secretary, Committee Members and interested owners and renters who have contributed photos, articles, and their time to make the Oracle something to be proud of. Ellen has pitched in once again to help with the final editing this season and I am truly GRATEFUL, but we are still looking for help for next season. We continue to welcome any recommendations, photos or comments. Drop off a note at the Oracle Office, or email us at ORACLE@ORPS.COM . This is your ORACLE. Editor Eva Norcross
Brenda Mejia - Controller Bmejia@orps.com
Susan Matthew - Board Secretary SMatthew@orps.com
Golf Shack Attendant
Maintenance Office Barbara - Dispatcher 293 Papa Dan’s Café 256 Beauty Salon 760 328-0007
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