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ORPS Election Calendar
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$4800 Collected from ORPS residents! For the 18th Annual Turkey Collection for the Salvation Army Thanksgiving meals for the needy. Thanks to the co-chairs: D ONNA F ITZPATRICK & M ADELINE F URMAN and helpers: C HARLEEN B AIN , P ENNY B RADLEY , L OIS C AMPBELL , M ARNIE E LLISON , S ANDY G OODWIN , S ANDY H OLGUIN , P ATRICK H UGGINS , CJ K INSELLA , R ON L ANGDON , L YNNE L IVINGSTON , M ARYELLEN M UIR , S HERYL N ELSON , T ERRY N OLAN , M ARILYN S ABENS , M ARGIE S LEIGHT , G ERI S OBOOL , G ALE S TEPHENSON , J UDY T HORGEIRSON , D UANE W ADE and all who donated so generously!!
OUTDOOR RESORT PALM SPRINGS
Message from the Board
well and having enjoyed a wonderful holiday season! Hard to believe that another year has come and gone. Although the calendar year is over, staff is
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
busily preparing for our upcoming fiscal year. As many of you are aware, our fiscal year begins July 1 but we adopt the budget the first week in March. This means that the projects for the summer of 2018 are being discussed and planned. Operating budgets are being reviewed and compiled and the reserve study is in the process of being updated. Per California Code, the reserve analyst needs to do a site visit and walk through every three years to review components on the reserve study and this will have been completed by the time you read this article. There will be more written about the budgets and the timeline of adoption in future Oracle articles and Out and Abouts from the GM. One item that is planned concerning budgets is another survey from the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), with input from the Facilities Planning Committee, that will be asking about opinions about some of the ORPS facilities and potential future reserve and capital expenditures. The SPC hopes to have this survey approved by the board at the January 15 board meeting and distribute shortly thereafter, so please be on the lookout for that. Another item that came to the forefront is workers compensation. Workers comp. premiums are driven by the experience modification rate (mod rate for short) which is the number that insurance companies use to assign risk based on past injuries and to gauge potential future injuries. When ORPS did our workers comp renewal for January 2014 the mod rate was $1.48 and our premium was $93,945. On our renewal quote this year, our mod rate is scheduled to $0.72 and one renewal premium quote is $32,341. What a difference! This $0.72 mod rate is about as low as you can get in the state of California. I would like to thank our Accounting department for their continual work on our Safety Program and also to each department manager for reinforcing good, safe habits. Lastly, I would like to thank all the ORPS staff for working safe and being conscientious. Please feel free to relay the same to them when you see then out on the property!
Welcome to 2018 and Happy New Year! This year there are many issues to be considered. The Board will be dealing with the recommendations from the Facilities Planning Committee. Just a couple of items are redoing the pools decks and shade structure and sprucing up the awnings and umbrellas at the ES clubhouse. The possibility of adding more Pickle Ball courts will also be considered. Our CFO, C RAIG W IRCH , reports that early indications are that Revenues remain on target while Expenses remain slightly under Budget. We have just approved the Budget Calendar and hope to approve a budget calendar template to assist future Boards going forward in the integrate process of budgeting. Be part of the process by attending Finance Committee meetings and the combined Finance/Board meeting planned for February 21, 2018 to discuss Operations, Reserves and Capital Budgets. At the last Board meeting it was voted to increase the Resort Fee from $10 to $12 effective July 1. This amount is still in line with or lower than our counterparts in the valley. With three openings on the Board, nominations must be in to the Board Office no later than 4 PM on January 5. Working on the Board is very fulfilling in being a part of a group doing what is best for our beautiful Resort. Remember, everyone is a volunteer and we need you to join us. The next regular Board meeting is January 15 at 1 PM in the La Palma clubhouse. Please plan to attend. 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 .
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
Photo Editor P OSITION V ACANT
Production Staff 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
DEDE LOOP, Board Secretary
MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM
MONDAY, JANUARY 22 1 PM — LA PALMA
Owners will have an opportunity to meet the candidates for the Board and learn their positions on various topics of interest . 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.
Directors B RIAN C ANFIELD , M ARYELLEN M UIR and T ED W ILSON are completing their terms of office, opening three positions on the Board of Directors.
Serving on the Board is a challenging and rewarding way to contribute to your Resort. For more information, see M ARYELLEN M UIR , Nominations Chair, 760-641-5714.
Board applications are being accepted through Friday, January 5, at 4PM.
The Candidates Forum is sponsored by the Communications Committee.
Ballots will be mailed on Feb 5. If you want your ballot mailed to you at ORPS and NOT to your address of record (generally your home address) please notify: S USAN M ATTHEW BY EMAIL : ( email@example.com) or call 760- 904-6643 by no later than January 17, 2018
NEW THIS YEAR
2018 Election Calendar
Last day to submit a statement of intention to be a candidate for Board Director (by 4 PM to the Board Room) Board meeting to approve ballot and appoint Inspector of Election ( 1 PM @ La Palma)
Jan 15 Jan 22 Feb 5 Mar 10
Candidates’ Forum (1 PM @ La Palma)
At 10:30 AM the Annual Meeting is called to order at La Palma and immediately recessed for the tabulation of ballots by the Inspectors of Election. Ballots may be turned in up to 10:30 AM at La Palma. Ballots will not be accepted after 10:30 AM when the ballot tabulation will begin.
1 PM Annual Meeting resumes; Election Results Announced
T ED W ILSON
S ANDY H OLGUIN J OAN C RAVEN
COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES PLANNING
A VA F ELT
G REG F ARMER D ON R ENOE P AM W ALKER
HEALTH & FITNESS
LANDSCAPE MARKETING PICKLEBALL
B OB B OYCE B OB F OYLE
New Owner Directories will be available early January to purchase for $5.00 a copy at the front check-in counter in the Administration Building. Directories are available for owners only and may not be used for commercial purposes. With adoption of the Restated A&A Rules, the minimum length for RVs within the resort is 24 feet. For this season only , the Board will honor rental agreements already in place with guests whose RV does not meet the minimum length requirement. The Owner’s web page has been reorganized to help you find information more easily. Tabs have been added at the top of the first page for Governing Documents, Board of Directors, Committees and Financial Documents. These documents and Board and Committee agendas and minutes, will no longer be available under the tab Resources/Owners Library. If you don’t remember your password to access the Owner’s page, contact Jennifer Miranda at ext. 300.
SAFETY & SECURITY
S TEVE F RIDLEY P AUL H ABERMAN
M ARYELLEN M UIR
T ED W ILSON 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 , B OB M OORE
S TRATEGIC P LANNING
ORPS BOARD & COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Meeting of the Board of Directors: Monday, 1:00 PM, January 15, 2018– La Palma Auditorium
1:00 PM 2:00 PM 10:00 am 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 1:00 PM 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 11:00 AM 2:00 PM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Noon
Jan 10 & 24
East Room, LP West Room, ES West Room, ES East Room, LP East Room, LP
Tuesday Monday Thursday Thursday Tuesday Tuesday
Jan 9 Jan 8
Communications Facilities Planning
Jan 4 & 18
Jan 9 Jan 2
Owners Lounge, MPR
Health & Fitness
West Room, ES
Landscape Marketing Pickleball
Jan 17 Jan 9 Jan 10
Owners Lounge, MPR
Owners Lounge, MPR
Safety & Security Strategic Planning
Jan 5 Jan 9 Jan 6
East Room, LP Owners Lounge
COMMUNICATIONS MMI November was a busy month for us. We have welcomed 5 new Phase Representatives from Phase 3 and Phase 5. Last month we reported that Outdoor Resort welcomed over 100 new owners since February 2017. These new owners were hungry for information, so we developed a new program to introduce them to our resort. Our “Lunch and Learn” sessions held in November were a new event. It was a casual yet informative experience and was well received by our new members. The first Lunch and Learn was to meet the Board of Directors, B RIAN C ANFIELD our Board Chair introduced everyone on the Board and explained their responsibilities. C LINT A THERTON our General Manager and G ARY M ARSHALL our Activities Director gave an overview of their roles in the organization. The second Lunch and Learn was with Gary from the Activities Office, the Golf Committee, Tennis Committee and Pickleball Committee. The third was with Clint, our GM giving an overview of the Operations of the Resort. M IKE W ILSON , Community Standards Coordinator gave a great overview of what he has been doing this past summer regarding compliance issues, and how he is approaching his new role here at ORPS. T ED W ILSON , the Chair of the Architecture and Aesthetics (A&A) Committee gave his overview of the A&A process and how and when to obtain permits. We are looking for feedback on these information sessions, and if positive we will hold more of them and may open them up to a wider audience. Topic ideas are always welcome. Future activities for the Communications Committee in 2018 include: Photo Directory on-site registration: January 13-16 Organizing the Candidates Forum: January 22 Hosting the New Owners Reception: Feb 12 Picnic in the Neighborhood: Feb 18 If you are interested in being part of this very important Committee, join us at our next meeting on January 8 @ 10AM in the OL, Multipurpose R OOM , ES J UDY F ROESE , Lot 1057 Secretary, Communications Committee, Lot 1057
A&A Committee volunteers have been very busy this season reviewing over 100 lot modification permit applications. This activity is due, in part, to the large number of new owners this season and their desire to improve and customize their lots.
HEALTH & FITNESS COMMITTEE Our biggest news to share this month is the increase in our membership. After the January 15 th Board of Directors meeting we will have nine members: B OB R AYMOND , C ELESTE R EYNOLDS , C HAVALLA B ASSHAM , C HERI B OUDIN , G ABE F URTADO , M ARY E ASTWOOD , S HERRI R OBSON , T ERRY H UFF , and myself. C ELESTE and my terms will be ending March 2018 and we have decided not to renew. C HAVALLA has agreed to assume my role as chair and I am pleased to share that she has been in the fitness and health industry for some time so her knowledge and experience will really enhance this committee. C HERI B OUDIN , one of our new members also has been in the fitness and health industry so she, too, will be a great contributor to this committee. I want to thank all of our committee members for volunteering to provide advice and oversight to the Board of Directors for the operation, maintenance, and management of the Fitness Center. With adoption of the Restatement of the A&A Rules and Regulations, owners are now allowed to place a shade structure on their lot. Interest is keen and several shade structure permit applications are already in the approval process. Shade structures must not exceed 120 sq. ft., must be set back from the street property line a minimum of 20 feet, and approval of shade structure placement on a lot will take into consideration lot shape, location, proximity to common areas and the golf course, and placed to minimize impacts on neighbors. The full rule on shade structures is in the Restated A&A Rules which can be accessed on the owner’s web page. A special Application for Shade Structure is required and may be obtained at the Administration Check-In Counter. It is strongly recommended that this application be completed and approved before purchasing your shade structure. T ED W ILSON A & A C HAIR
P AM W ALKER Chair
Reported Crimes for November 2017 2 Stolen Bikes 1 Trespasser caught by Security 1 Missing Picnic Table
PEAK SEASON REMINDERS Peak season in the resort is upon us, soon our roadways will be crowded with walkers, bikers, golf carts, and motor vehicles. To ensure the safety of our residents please consider the following items: SPEED LIMIT: The speed limit in the resort is 10 mph , including the driveway approaching the entrance gate. This limit applies to all vehicles, including golf carts and bicycles. California DMV rules apply in the resort, including requiring a valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle or golf cart. Practice keeping your speed down using the new warning signs around the resort. STOP SIGNS: Please, again, these signs apply to all vehicles including golf carts and bicycles. WALKERS: Persons walking should stick to the left side of the roadway so you can see approaching vehicles in your lane. Walk single file when vehicle traffic is in your immediate area. BICYCLISTS: Ride on the right side of the road, in single file when vehicles approach from either direction. BE COURTEOUS: Be aware of your surroundings, if you stop to chat with someone, move yourself, your golf cart, or your vehicle to the edge of the roadway to allow easy passage of others. BE VISIBLE: When walking or biking at night, carry a lit flashlight or ensure your bike is equipped with a light that is visible from the front and rear. Check that your golf cart lights (front and back) operate, and use them whenever out at night. LOT LIGHTING: To aid nighttime traffic and security, wrap your roadside palm trees with LED type light strings. These really provide additional lighting in our very dark resort. Remember it is a rule that your lot number be illuminated, so check that these come on after dark. Our lot numbering scheme is confusing at best; having them illuminated eases the task of emergency responders or your visitors in finding a specific lot. S TEPHEN F RIDLEY Chair
Hello everyone. As you can see the month of November has been pretty quiet in comparison to this time last year. I compared the statistics from last November and the numbers are staggering. Last November was our worst month in which we had 13 stolen bicycles, among other things. As you can see, only 2 were reported this year and they were left unsecured. I credit this to all of you because you have taken extra precautions in securing your possessions. You may also notice that we have had much more success this year in catching trespassers. I believe this is due to the fact that they have less available options when attempting to commit a crime of opportunity. You, the residents, have taken away their easy targets which makes them have to stay on property longer and search for something to steal. This gives my staff and I more opportunity to catch them, which we have been having some success in doing. Though two bicycles is a low number in comparison, it is still two too many in my eyes. My staff and I will continue to try and bring these incidents down even lower with your continued assistance. Again, I thank you for your help in providing a safe and secure environment here at Outdoor Resort. Happy Holidays. C OREY S ATHER P OST C OMMANDER PostCommander@ .com
Remove the darkness. Light up your palm trees. It helps everyone! Except the criminals .
AVOID IDENTITY THEFT
Two locked PAPER SHREADERS are AVAILABLE for our use. They are located across from the L A P ALMA Mailroom. You may dispose of sensitive information, such as credit card offers. The bin is emptied once a month.
Please Carry a flashlight when walking in the resort!
The dark sneaks up on you
(Family Motor Coach Association) is an international association of motorhome owners with local chapters. The ORPS FMCA chapter has been active for
FACILITIES PLANNING The Facility Planning Committee welcomes S HERYL N ELSON as a new committee member! Sheryl will be a great asset to our committee with outstanding resort insight. Welcome S HERYL ! The Facility Planning Committee has submitted their recommendations for Capital Funds request to the board for their review and for finance committee review. The top priorities are: 1. Placing shade structures on our El Saguaro and La Palma pool terraces in conjunction with replacing the pool surface with new material, 2. Pickleball expansion on to the two tennis courts at El Saguaro, 3. West Wall land / potential uses and development. These proposals are available for owners to see in more detail on the ORPS website. The committee will be considering projects that will be submitted in another year for the 2018/2019 budget year funding. We invite the Chairs of the A&A, Activities, Communications, Golf, Health & Fitness, Landscape, Marketing, Pickleball, Safety & Security, and Tennis committees, as well as individual owners, to begin formulating their plans for improvements to our resort. This year we will need this information submitted to the committee no later than February 26, 2018 to be included in our upcoming projects and prior- itization. Please give your suggestions to committee members: M ARSHA N ELSON , A LICE H EUPLE , D ENNY B LOOM , M IKE M URRAY , J UDY J URACH , C HARLES S TINSON , M ICHELLE M OORE , S HERYL N ELSON or A VA F ELT . The FPC continues to work on the El Saguaro kitchen updating and the next phase will be the Chef Line. The hood and equipment need replacement to meet the current needs and future uses of this highly used kitchen. We can always use our owner’s expertise. If you feel you have a background or expertise in facilities, infrastructure, construction and/or kitchens and would be interested in assisting our committee, please express your interest to one of our FPC members. Our next scheduled meetings are January 4 and January 11 , at 2PM in the LP East Room. All interested owners are welcome to attend.
over twenty years. Although most of our activities are chapter specific, the local chapter hosts or sponsors events are of interest to all ORPS residents. The FMCA Speaker series is a series featuring prominent individuals in the RV industry. Last year, B OB L IVINGSTON , former publisher of Trailer Life and Motorhome magazines, was the first speaker in the series. Bob and his wife, Lynne, were so impressed with ORPS that they not only purchased a lot for themselves, but also have encouraged friends to buy here as well. Both Bob and Lynne have become real contributors and active ORPS residents. This year the FMCA Speaker series will feature B OB T IFFIN , President and Founder of Tiffin Motorhomes. Tiffin manufactures the very popular Phaeton and Allegro series motorhomes. The event will be held in La Palma on Sunday, January 21, from 2 PM to 4 PM and is open to everyone. Our local FMCA chapter is working with the ORPS Marketing committee to staff and market ORPS at the Western Regional Motorhome Conference in Indio. This is the first of what may be a series of multi-pronged marketing outreach events focusing on the benefits of ORPS. As a commercial member of FMCA, ORPS will maintain a booth at the convention. The booth will be staffed primarily by members of the local FMCA chapter who will talk of the benefits of the resort and arrange visits and tours for interested and potential buyers. The second prong involves ORPS owners who participate in the Ambassador program. Ambassadors will conduct tours for interested individuals who have been referred by ORPS FMCA members at the Western Regional Conference in Indio. If you would like to participate in the Ambassador Program, please contact T ERRY N OLAN at lot 870. For more information on ORPS FMCA contact: R ON L ANGDON (262), Pam Rose (989), T OM G OODWIN (660), M ICHAEL C URLEY (1195) or J USTIN C URTIS (1142). Submitted by : R ON L ANGDON
A VA F ELT Chair
If you suspect a
HEART ATTACK or STROKE Give the victim an aspirin! First call 911 Then call Security 760-770-0065
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Thursday, January 18 4 PM Owners’ Lounge HILLBILLY “ELEGY” By J.D. V ANCE
Chapel meets every Sunday at 8:50AM in La Palma C HAPLAIN J IM G WINN Lot 274 Cell: 847 445-0077 PSALM 23 NEW YEAR PROMISE FROM THE "GOOD SHEPHERD." The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. A little girl quoted it, "the Lord
2018 schedule February 15 th March 15 th For information contact: J EAN D IETRICH 760 992-8225
is my Shepherd, that’s all I need." She was right on in her insightful truth. Here are some things we need as we begin the New Year. We need balance. This is a time for moving toward Jesus and His purposes for us, most of which we don't know or possibly even anticipate. He loves the hunger of our hearts to know Him. We need to understand that pursuing is not striving. We can seek Him even when not stressed, expect without being impatient, need without feeling unhealthily needy. The key lies in our focus. Are we intent on fulfillment or self fulfillment? Receiving or seizing? We need to seek His will and plan daily. One of the best ways to stay in balance is to demand rest and peace in our daily lives. We learn of Christ most effectively when we cease striving and know that He is God, when we relax and receive. There is only one way we get; we have to wait and receive. The Lord delights in holding us, calming our hearts and leading us. Not every path He leads us on is treacherous, He guides us into meadows and beside still streams. If we seek the balance He offers He will gently and calmly lead us where we need to go. Lord help us learn how to ask without being demanding, to receive without grabbing, and seek without being obstinate. Help us to find you in Your strength not ours to meet our needs.
Calling all ladies who would enjoy meeting awesome Christian women while furthering their walk with our Lord. Starting January 10th at 9AM in
the East room, we will be launching our latest study, DISCERNING the VOICE of GOD, Updated Version, By P RISCILLA S HIRER . Study books will be $15. Please place your order with the information below. Please join us; you will be blessed beyond measure! For further information & to order your study book PLEASE call, E VELYN E LIAS lot 535 Ph: 509-987-4745 firstname.lastname@example.org WALK WITH US WHERE HE LEADS! Men’s Bible Study starts Jan 10th at 8:00 AM at the owners lounge. Freedom in Christ with N EIL A NDERSON and S TEVE G OSS is the Video series we will be discussing and studying over the next 3 months. John 8:36 says “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”. As the facilitator of the course I can honestly say it’s the most important Bible Study I have ever taken and thousands of people would agree. All men would be most welcome to attend and find their freedom. Study books are available for $12 and we would like to place an order before the New Year. For more information contact J IM G WINN or E D E LIAS at 509-987-4746 J OHN G UEST , Episcopal priest from Pittsburgh. Always one of our favorites January 14 R ON C LINE , formerly with HCJB radio in Quito Ecuador. January 21 E RWIN L UTZER , former Pastor of Moody Church in Chicago January 28 KEEPERS OF THE FAITH SAMOAN SINGERS who have a new bass singer now CHAPEL SPEAKERS & Events January 7
Teach us this New Year to live diligently and persistently in a sense of peace and rest. Chapel begins each Sunday at 8:50 and ends at 10. Come Join Us! All are Welcome.
Steve Jones, 1996 US Open Champion
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
A LLEN G AYKEN
P ENNY B RADLEY
OPEN TO ALL!
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: $4.00/player. Starting January 1, 2018 fee will
S TEVE E LLISON
M ELODY O RENCHUK
H AL M ORTENSON
J UDY D AVISON
L OUISE R OSS
P ENNY B RADLEY
be $5.00. An extra fee will be charged on tournament days when lunch is included.
R ON B ROOKER
B ILL K NEBEE
D AVID J ANCOWSKI
DECEMBER 2017 String Tournament Winners D ANNY H ALL
S TEVE R OSA
C LANCY L AFRAY
D OROTHY A RMSTRONG 12/10/17
S YD L OEPPKY
T OM O’F LAHERTY S HERI P ETERSON E VIE N EAVE A LEX M AC D OUGAL G ERI S OBOOL Fun was had by all 100 participants! With lots of fun surprises. Including a Hole in One by E VIE N EAVE
R OBERT N ICHEK
M IKE M OORE
E VIE N EAVE
G EORGE H OLGUIN
U RSULA W OSKOSKI
A LICE D EHAAS
November 2017 Welcome back Tournament Winners
Congratulations! To our Latest Players Club HIO winners;
E D H YNES won $206 on Nov 30 for HOI on #10 E VIE N EAVE won $173 on Dec 9 for HOI on #13 S YD L OEPPKY won $56 on Dec 12 for HOI on #17 J OHN P FAFF won $74 on Dec 19 for HOI Sorry photo of Syd is missing
R OMAN O RENCHUK , M OLLY M C C ARTHY - S ENEBALD , G EORGE H OLGUIN , R ON L ANGDON , D AVE R OSS , L INDA W HALLEY , G EORGE R ITCHIE
LADIES’ PUTTING CLUB Sign up Wednesday mornings 8:45AM at ES. Bring your putter, a ball and 4 quarters and have FUN!
ORPS Golf Schedule 2018
Tuesday Fun Scramble Thursday Stroke Play
Tuesday Fun Scramble* (Lunch) Course closed after Scramble for Fertilizing
11 13 16 18 23
Thursday Stroke Play
Saturday Orange Ball Tournament (Lunch)
Tuesday Fun Scramble Thursday Stroke Play
Tuesday Fun scramble 25 Thursday Stroke Play (Lunch) 27
Saturday Hole In One Tournament* (Lunch) Open to those owners who have recorded a Hole In One at ORPS.
30 Tuesday Fun Scramble FEBRUARY 1 Thursday Stroke Play 6 Tuesday Fun Scramble 8 Thursday Stroke Play 10 Saturday Sweetheart Tournament*
Open to Owners Only, Advance sign-up Sunday Sweetheart Tournament* Open to Owners Only , Advance sign-up
13 15 20
Tuesday Fun Scramble (Lunch)
Thursday Stroke Play
Tuesday Fun Scramble 22 Thursday Stroke Play (Lunch) 23 Friday CanAm Tournament*
Private Event, tee times booked from 9AM to 11AM, course open to all after that . 27 Tuesday Fun Scramble 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 Friday Club Championship* Course will open to all each day after last championship tee time
3 4 6 6
Saturday Club championship* owners only Sunday Club championship* owners only
Tuesday Fun scramble (Lunch)
Tuesday NIGHT GOLF* Open To ORPS Players Club members, Advance sign-up
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 21
Saturday Three Club Tournament (Lunch)
Tuesday Fun Scramble
Wednesday Lucy Curci Tournament Course Closed, Advance Sign-Up Thursday Farewell Tournament (Lunch)
Tuesday Fun Scramble 29 Thursday Stroke Play APRIL 7
Steve Jones 1996 US Open Champion Sharing golf knowledge
Saturday One Club Tournament
NOVEMBER MIXER WINNERS
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 email@example.com JANUARY EVENING SINGLES TENNIS Sun., Tues. & Fri. at 6pm . Meet at La Palma courts. Match players as best as possible for round 1. 5 games no add, winner move west non winner moves east. Round 2, 5 games no add same movement. Round 3 both players decide on how may games or sets are to be played and whether or not to play with adds. Contact: Steve Simpson for more information. Lot#820 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 Jan. 7th at La Palma 5pm. Bring a dish to share and your own meat to BBQ if you like, beverage of your choice & place setting.
HORSE RACE - Saturday January 6th All levels of play welcome. You may be the one to take home the big bucks. General meeting following tennis - donuts, coffee and cold drinks. Bring your $5, sign up prior to 8:15am at La Palma. Teams will be made prior to departing to the courts.
DECEMBER HORSE RACE WINNERS
Submitted by Kim Krahn, Tennis Secretary
TRACK IT HUB LADDERS START IN JANUARY! For a schedule of all other play, please check the schedules posted at the courts.
PICKLEBALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR 2017/2018 Thank you to our pickleball committee members for their service this season. Chair: Bob Foyle Vice Chair: John Boudin Secretary: Diane Willkomm Members: Bob Winn
Colleen Iwanicka Kimberly Rogers Janice Wald
ORPS PICKLEBALL COURTS DEDICATED TO STAN AND MAUREEN On Dec 8, 2017, the ORPS pickleball family was delighted to honor the M ILLER -N IELSENS for their efforts in bringing their love of the game to our resort.
SUB-COMMITTEES Supporting the committee at large are the following sub-committees: Clean-up Court Maintenance Decorating Food Lessons and Clinics Public Relations Track It Hub
PICKLEBALL PADDLES FOR SALE AT THE COURTS
MANY NEW PICKLEBALLERS AT ORPS Wow! 144 people attended the free lessons offered in November and December. Exciting to see their enthusiasm!! Many thanks to S HERRY M INDEL , J OHN and C HERI B OUDIN , and D AN R EIMAN for volunteering their time teaching and inspiring! WE LOVE BEGINNERS!! If you haven’t played pickleball before, please check out the free one hour beginner lessons on Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3 PM, followed by optional beginner/novice round robins at 4-5 PM open to all. Remember, we were all starting out once and we would love to play with you!! NEXT PICKLEBALL MEETING Wednesday January 10, 2018 in the Owner’s Lounge at 11 AM GREAT TURN OUTS! Fabulous turnouts for the afternoon mixers and round-robin events! All 5 of our available courts are being used to capacity (two are reserved for open play) and this great attendance reflects everyone’s passion for the game. If you haven’t come out at night, check it out. The lights are amazing and the cooler temperatures enticing!!
Engage Encore X, $70, Guardian II, $80 Mystic, $80
PICKLEBALL AND TOM RAY SPONSORED DEC 8, 2017 HAPPY HOUR WITH MUSIC AND DANCING On December 8, 2017, the pickleball club and Tom Ray sponsored the fabulous band CHANGE REQUIRED at El Saguaro from 5-8 PM. El Saguaro was absolutely rocking to the great tunes and many had their dancing shoes on. The attendance exceeded expectations, the pot luck dishes were delicious, and a wonderful evening was had by all! ADDITIONAL PICKLEBALL COURTS PENDING ORPS BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVAL The facilities planning sub-committee has recommended to the Board that all El Saguaro courts be designated a “pickleball complex” given the rapidly increasing participation at ORPS. Pickleball is indeed the fastest growing sport in the world and here as well! The summer survey showed an increased attractiveness of the sport for RV owners and renters. A “tennis complex”, subject to future improvements, will be developed at La Palma. Pickleball players please support the expansion and tennis improvements as these proposed changes will be great for the entire resort. Let’s work together for both sports!
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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
2018 WINTER/SPRING UPCOMING PICKLEBALL SPONSORED
SOCIAL EVENTS SAVE THE DATE!!
January 13, 2018 – Tennis/Pickleball FUN Tournament . 12-6 PM - teaming up together and playing both sports, followed by a potluck and music! January 20, 2018 Hawaiian Pickleball
Tournament starting at noon and followed by Music/Food at 2 PM. At WEST END of EL SAGUARO January 26 th , 2018 50s/60s Music and Food 5-8 PM! All ORPS residents welcome. More details coming soon. February 25, 2018 – Pickleball Year-End Wind-Up Party from 4-7 PM preceded by 2 day CANADA vs USA pickleball tournament. May the best country win!!!!
POOL DECK. Come and have fun!!!
Another fun activity at ORPS! Here’s our latest Artists! Check with Activities for your next opportunity to PAINT!
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Did you Know …..You can use your phone to listen to a muted TV! for example, the ORPS gym, airports, and sports bars. Tunity is a free app available in the app store of your Apple or Android smart phone. Tunity will allow you to use your earphones to listen to a silent TV. With Tunity, you aim your smart phone camera at the silent TV screen, and then scan the screen. Tunity will automatically identify the particular show or game you are watching, and connect your earphones to the sound track for your show via wi-fi or cellular data. Adjust your phone volume to your desired volume. Tunity is also a convenient way to listen to your outdoor TV without annoying your neighbors By Professor Gadget
MOVIES - Owners’ Lounge Tuesdays @ 4PM & 7PM Hot dogs & chips - $3.75 available from 5:30 to 6:30PM Jan 2 Daddy’s Home
ACTIVITIES G ARY M ARSHALL & A LYSSA T ORRES
I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday and for those of you who
are coming to the resort for the first time this year, as well of those returning from your holiday, I wish a hearty welcome. I want to thank all the volunteers that have assisted the Activities department up to now. Being a volunteer here at the resort is so important in making our events successful and can be rewarding as well as fun for those who get involved. If you have not signed up on our volunteer list be sure to do so. We believe the upcoming events will be enjoyable for everyone. They would include Jim Waller in Concert, Ladies Luncheon, Steak Fry, Dan Kelly’s Rock Around the Clock Italian Style, Elvis Presley Tribute, Five Guy’s Rib Dinner and the Valentines Dinner Dance to mention a few. Take advantage of our events and above all, have fun during your stay here at Outdoor Resort.
Brad Whitaker is a radio host trying to get his stepchildren to love him, and call him Dad. But his plans turn upside down when their biological father, Dusty Mayron, returns.
Jan 9 Dunkirk Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Stay tuned for more Upcoming events…. Feb 3 - Nashville Gold Concert Feb 5- New Owners Reception Feb 10- Valentines Dinner Dance Feb 14- Ladies Luncheon Feb 17 - Potato Bake Feb 24 - Flea Market Feb 24 - Pickleball Farewell Party Feb 28 - Big Star Night
Jan 23 Greater The story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.
Jan 23 The Book of Henry
With instructions from her genius son's carefully crafted notebook, a single mother sets out to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather.
THE 19 TH HOLE
Join us for Happy Hour 4-7PM
Jan 30 Woodlawn A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.
Monday thru Thursday Cocktails - Music Goodies EL Saguaro
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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:
Daryl Koch leads hikes for both Outdoor Resort & Desert Shadows Resort. Hikes are every Monday morning. This Hiking group meet at 7:45 AM at La Palma & leave at 8AM sharp. All levels of hiker are Welcome!
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NEEDLECRAFT We meet every Monday 1:30 to 4PM in the East Room, LP We socialize as we work. If you enjoy any kind of needlework, please join us . P HYLLIS P ASHOTE , Lot 402 925 786-4472
For Questions, Contact: Daryl Koch @
firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-879-5613
LET’S PLAY THE UKULELE! ORPS Ukulele Club meets every Saturday
MAHJONG Meets in the East Room Tuesdays at 1PM For more information call S UE D OTY 916 205-7966 or
in the Owners Lounge 1:15 - - 1:45 Beginners lessons and practice time. 2:00 - - Start playing! 3:30 - - End program Come join the fun. All levels welcome ! Instruction provided by: M ARK D ENEEN For more information, contact D ON L OVELACE T OM R AY 714-272-4973 760-831-8150
Thursdays call C HARLENE S ULLIVAN 775-771-2871
Come and play or learn to play. It’s addictive!
ORPS QUILTERS Join us in the West Room Wednesday, Thursday & Fri- day 9AM to 4:30PM Bring your own project to work
WEDNESDAYS AT LA PALMA 6:30PM Early Bird Bingo 7PM Regular Bingo Games end around 9PM
on – we are always busy with a sewing project, a raffle quilt, quilts for children and all kinds of unique projects! Lots of camaraderie, advice, knowledge and a few gig- gles and jokes! Everyone is welcome! Just in the past 6 years, this creative and energetic group has donated upwards of $6,000 cash as well as hundreds of quilts to the Linus Project – all in the name of ORPS! S ANDY W HITTAKER , Lot 884 - Quilting Reporter
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!
FIRST MEGA CONCERT THE REVOLUTION LIVE “2.0” EVENT Saturday January 6 JAMES WALLER IS BACK YOU’LL EXPERIENCE … Only #1 hits ionic songs, Hall of Fame Greats IN THE 70’S JAMES O pened for ...Earth Wind and Fire, Orleans, Bos- ton, Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap and others WHEN: 7PM until “Crash” WHERE: ES Tickets on sale now Activities office or Online $18 BE THERE OR BE SQUARE
Lady in Red January 10— 11;30 Fashion Show by … Revenge Menu: Brazilian Salad Tickets on sale now
Tickets $ 12
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Bar opens @4PM Dinner @ 5Pm Entertainment by Dave Ambrose @6 We Supply the Steak and YOU cook it on our BBQ just how YOU like it! Salad, Beans, Garlic Bread, and Dessert will be provided
Tickets available Now
Danny Vernon’s Illusion of Elvis January 28th Bar opens @ 5:30 Entertainment @ 6:30PM $15.00
Italian Style When: January 20,
Bar 5:00 PM Dinner 6:00 PM
Entertainment by.. Running Kind 7:00 PM
FIVE GUYS RIBS January 29th Bar @ 5PM Dinner @ 6PM Entertainment @ 7PM DJ Ana Maria $20 Tickets available ONLINE or Activities Office 1-4-18
Menu: Pasta & Meatballs, Italian Bread & Dessert
Danny is known for his high energy shows that focus on connecting with his audience. He enjoys performing all three decades of Elvis’ career .
Catered by: Homeowners
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. 11AM to 3PM Lasagna, Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Piccata, Fish & Chips, Sausge, Peppers & Onion Pasta, Baked Ziti 3PM to 8PM House Specialties include: Shrimp Fra Diablo, Scampi, Shrimp Sofia, Linguini with Clams, Fettuccine Alfredo, Lasagna Alforno, Roma Combo, Veal Parmigiana, Chicken Limonigio, Chicken Cacciatore, Pasta Primavera, Ravioli, a variety of Pastas Subs, Pizzas, Calzones, Salads, & Desserts Lunch : Dinner:
Operated by A1 Custom Golf Cars
A-1 Custom Golf Cars Your on-site A1 Convenience Store carries a wide range of Sundry items, RV Parts and Supplies. We offer Golf Cars, Golf Cart Repair, Batteries, Golf Cart Parts, On-Site Monthly Preventative Maintenance, Cart Rentals and Summer Storage. Special orders may be placed for RV Parts and Golf Cart Parts not carried in the A1 Convenience Store. A1 Convenience Store, operated by A1 Custom Golf Car, along with our Staff, look forward to serving all your needs this season. Hours of Operation : MON – SAT 8AM – 3PM SUNDAYS 8AM – 12 Noon Hours of Operation will be extended for the season in January.
Appetizers: Fried Cheese Sticks, Wings, Sautéed Garlic Mushrooms, Calamari, Garlic Cheese Toast & Fried Zucchini
All calls 1 760 328-3834 Admin Office Ext. GM 244 Accounting 262 Front desk 301/302 260 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 Golf Shack Attendant 280 or 760-324-8638 Maintenance Office Barbara - Dispatcher 293 Bella Roma 256 Beauty Salon 760 328-0007 Gate
Message from the Editor
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Most of the photos shown in the Oracle are provided by volunteers and captured with phones. Although we enjoy them, when enlarged they may become blurry. If we have any photographers in the resort, we’d gladly welcome some quality photos. We hope to have February’s Issue on line by January 26. All articles and photos should be submitted to the Oracle office by January 15th. I would like to put a different stunning photo of the resort on the front cover each month, so please send me your favorite photo. Drop off notes, photos, articles or suggestions at the Oracle Office, or email us at: ORACLE@ORPS.COM. Contributions are welcome. We are sttill looking for a Photo Editor - position is vacant ! This is your ORACLE Eva Norcross Editor
E-MAIL ADDRESSES Clint Atherton - General Manager email@example.com Brenda Mejia - Controller Bmejia@orps.com
Susan Matthew - Board Secretary SMatthew@orps.com
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