ORACLE February 2020


ORACLE Outdoor Resort Palm Springs - the Number One RV Resort in the USA Events in the Valley for February 2020 Feb. 6 The Gathering West 6 - 27 Villagefest 7 El Paseo Cruise Nite 8 Swing ‘N Hops Street Party 8 Taste of Jalisco Festival 14 National Date Festival 13 Art Palm Springs 13 - 23 Modernism Week 13 Cirque Eloize 14 Palm Springs Modernism Show 15-16 Desert Arts Festival 16 Rock Art of Southern California 20 International Bear Convergence 22 Palm Desert Greek Festival 22 Greater Palm Springs Food & Wine Festival 23 Palm Desert Greek Festival 23 The Judy Show 28 Rouge - A Speakeasy Dinner 28 Rancho Mirage Wine & Food Festival 2 3 Meeting Calendar Finance & Planning 4 Candidates Statements 4 & 5 A&A, FMCA 6 Chapel, Bible Study 7 Resorters, Ukulele Club 7 Lifestyle & Events 8 & 9 Golf 10 Golf Operations Manager 11 Health & Fitness 11 Tennis 12 Pickleball 13 Book Club 14 Quilting, Bingo 14 Emergency Planning 15 Dog Owners & Friends 15 Recycling 19 Vendor List Back Cover We can thank the Romans for 28 days in February, because they used the lunar cycles instead of the sun, to design the months for their calendar . GM & Board Message

We are seeing the resort full with many residents enjoying all the amenities and activities that it has to offer. One of these amenities is the pools. Although it seems a little counter intuitive, one should always shower or rinse off before entering the pool. There is a very specific reason for doing so, and no, it’s not to annoy you. Pool chemistry can be a tricky thing. If you get in without showering, your perfume, sweat, make-up and what the day has proceeded to leave on you can throw off the chemicals of the pool. You might think “I haven’t been anywhere; I haven’t done anything to cause the pool chemistry to go off balance”. If everyone has that thought then the pool will never be clean. A thorough shower with soap helps remove perspiration, body oils, cosmetics and traces of other things on the body. Sending those substances down the shower drain goes a long way toward reducing the “yuck factor” for everyone who shares the pool, but there is much more to consider. The pre-swim shower helps minimize the irritating, smelly substances formed in pool water when impurities introduced on the bodies of swimmers combine with chlorine. Many people identify that smell as the smell of chlorine. Most people believe the characteristic chemical odor of some swimming pools is an indicator of a clean pool. In fact, that stringent odor is not from chlorine, but from irritants produced when chlorine reacts with impurities. A well-managed pool should have no strong chemical smell. When swimmers shower away impurities they help reduce the risk of waterborne illnesses, such as diarrhea, swimmer’s ear and skin infections. Chlorine and other swimming pool disinfectants help protect swimmers from waterborne germs, but germ destruction is not instantaneous. Additionally, if chlorine is chemically bound to high levels of impurities in the pool, it may be unavailable to carry out its intended task of destroying germs in the water. Another activity around the resort that also may have a “yuck factor” is the planning, review and adoption of the budget. Managing income and expenses while dealing with mandated minimum wage upturns and other increases makes it not so much fun to put the budget together while trying to keep our monthly HOA assessments within our owners’ expectations. The Board, Committees and Management have been working for months at this process and soon the preliminary numbers will be out for review. Per our budget calendar, the Finance Committee will be reviewing it at their meeting on February 14, followed by a joint meeting of the Board and Finance Committee meeting on February 29 and a last look by the Finance Committee on February 28. As you can see with the schedule above, February is budget intensive and all parties concerned are working hard to put forward the best budget possible. Thanks to all participants for their diligence and hard work!

Martin Luther King had a famous speech called the “I have a Dream” speech. Well, I have a dream and a vision. My vision is that “We will strive to be a premier RV resort, with excellent facilities, activities and amenities, creating a positive social culture for all”. My dream is that one day, we will have no more polarizing controversies. That is not to say we won’t have issues from time to time. It is the polarizing controversies we need to eliminate if we are to achieve the vision. The key to eliminating these difficult issues is through conversation and compromise. One element of the vision is being a Premier RV resort. That doesn’t mean that we are going to try to match Motorcoach RV resort. But it does set an expectation that we will be among the top tier RV resorts. One thing I see that is keeping us from achieving that vision is the number of RV’s we have in the resort that do not meet the standards established in our A&A Rules. Specifically, we currently have 85 or 7% of the rigs in the resort that are out of compliance. We all drive down streets in the resort and see rigs and we say to ourselves, “How is it that that rig is allowed to be in our resort?” We need your help if we are to achieve our goal. This is one area that owners have control over. So please, if you think or know that your rig is out of compliance, get it up to the standards of a premier RV resort. I am excited to announce that we have three excellent candidates running for election to the Board of Directors. Please get to know Mike Barber, Charles Hare & Bob Mosley and do your part by voting in the election. I would also like to thank the current Board members for all of the hard work they do every day. Without their selfless effort, combined with our hard working staff, our resort would not operate as well as it does. Greg Farmer Board President VISION STATEMENT Outdoor Resort Palm Springs strives to be the ultimate RV Destination, unsurpassed in facilities, activities, amenities, social atmosphere and climate. Our 5-Star community delivers a “personal paradise and escape” creating new friendships and memories that last a lifetime.



AED AFTER-ACTION MEETING On January 7, 2020, residents from

Tennis, Safety & Security, ORPS Security, and Cathedral City Fire Department had an after- action meeting. The meeting was in regard to the incident when the AED was used in October to save a tennis owner’s life. Out of this meeting came some excellent life saving information which is critical to pass on to all ORPS residents: 1. When calling 911 make sure you give the closest lot number. ( Don’t give satellite number). Fire trucks have an on-board GPS that pin-points each lot, tennis, pickleball courts, LP & ES club houses, and golf course holes. 2. Call security ( 760-770-0066 ) direct line and let them know fire is on their way. They will not escort or respond. 3. Bag Tags : That show your: ( a ) Medical history. ( b ) List of medications. ( c ) Medications you are allergic to. ( d ) Blood type. ( e ) Name, phone number, lot # and contact person with their phone number. Those attending the meeting suggested members from tennis, pickleball and golf look at developing an ORPS generic bag tag. The tags would be affixed to golf bags, athletic back packs, and lanyards for people who walk ORPS.

Important Dates February 3 1PM Candidate’s Forum, LP February 7 Election packages mailed to all owners March 11 Ballots mailed to the Inspectors of Election Post Office Box must be received by 5PM March 12 4PM – Deadline for ballots to be deposited in Ballot Box at LP March 13 10:15AM Registration of hand-delivered ballots by the Inspectors of Election, LP East Room 10:30AM Annual Meeting Call to Order. Please vote early to ensure your ballot is delivered by this deadline

Immediate recess for tabulation of ballots by the Inspectors of Election

10:30AM Tabulation of Ballots, East Room 1:00PM Annual Meeting resumes. Election Results announced.



Board Planning Meeting

Monday, Feb 10

1:00 pm

East Room, LP

Regular Board Meeting

Monday, Feb 17

1:00 pm

La Palma Ballroom







Tuesday, Feb 11

2:00 pm

Multipurpose Room, ES


Wednesday, Feb 5 & 19

1:00 pm

East Room, LP

Communications Dog Owners & Friends

Monday, Feb 10

10:30 am

East Room, LP


Thursday, Feb 6 & 20

2:00 pm

East Room, LP


Wednesday, Feb 14 & 28

2:00 pm

East Room, LP


Tuesday, Feb 4

1:00 pm

Multipurpose Room, ES

Health & Fitness

Tuesday, Feb 4

10:30 am

Multipurpose Room, ES


Wednesday, Feb 5

11:00 am

El Saguaro

Safety & Security

Friday, Feb 21

2:00 pm

East Room, LP


Saturday, Feb 1

9:00 am

La Palma Ballroom


PLANNING COMMITTEE This season, the Planning Committee’s focus is assisting the Board with the implementation of the Strategic Plan (SP) and, in collaboration with the Finance Committee, developing the Work Program that will arise from it. In January, Committee members Carolyn Candler, Michael Curley, Paul Haberman, Alice Heuple, Bob Livingston, Sheryl Nelson, Dan O’Melia & Debbie Smith met to keep apprised of the El Sagauro Kitchen renovation as well as the SP, and to continue to support the SP process. As a first step, the Committee has rewritten the Resort’s Vision, Mission and Values Statements and has presented them to the Board for their approval. Members of the Committee continue to welcome any and all Owners’ concerns and ideas. Kathy McCune

Mike Barber Candidate Statement

Being recently retired and settling into my new life as a grandfather of 2 (and counting) from our two adult children Andrew and Kara, Dawn and I were not expecting to settle into a resort lifestyle so quickly;

however, after our first tour of the property we knew ORPS fit our active lifestyle. We purchased immediately and have now been owners for one year. The resort, people, amenities and activities are over the top and ORPS has truly impacted our lives in a positive way. In general conversation around ORPS about the pending board vacancies, I was both encouraged and personally felt that, with my career history and exposure to some of the most amazing private clubs and resorts around the world, I could bring value and give back to this tremendous property. Work History: After completing technical engineering studies, the first half of my career was devoted to industry: Maintenance management, Production management, Plant management, Project management. The past 18 years of my career has been focused in the automotive industry with the last 10 years as CEO of a 500 employee multi-company corporation. From a very early age I have been offered and accepted management positions due to my energetic nature and ability to assess and implement positive results for both the company and employees. Giving Back To The Community: Being active throughout my life, I both understand and appreciate the importance of volunteer efforts. I have previously served as president of the local curling club and volunteered many years to minor hockey, soccer and baseball associations as a coach for youth teams; multiple volunteer efforts in triathlon and Ironman races. Personal Achievements & Interests: 13 time Ironman finisher & 3 time qualifier/finisher of Ironman World Championships; multiple shorter distance triathlon and marathon finishes; certified scuba diver; certified private pilot; certified Coastal Sailing Skipper; avid sportsman & fly fisherman; golfer. In summary of the above, I am happy to offer my name as a board candidate. Although I have only been an owner at ORPS for one year, I know that I could have a very positive impact. My main goal is to ensure ORPS stays fiscally responsible to the owners with a focus on ownership experience, facility maintenance & improvement and the safe guarding of our investment. Through previous board meetings I understand the number of issues and concerns tabled. I know that I can offer insightful & objective courses of action.


I am disappointed to report that Doug Folsom and Larry Fredella have resigned from the Finance Committee. Their contributions and participation were appreciated and we are sorry to not have their perspective and expertise as we go forward.

At the time of this report, we are still awaiting the December financial statements. Physical work to complete intended Reserves projects is about 85% complete. Completion of the capital budget plan has been delayed by the delays in the ES kitchen renovation and the Coachella Valley Water District land purchase. Compiling the budget for 2020 - 2021 is underway and will be reviewed by the Committee in late January or early February. Owners with a business operations and/or finance background who would like to contribute to the resort via this committee are invited to contact the committee members to express their interest. Gail Pollock, Chair

Mike Barber Lot 801


Charles Hare Candidate Statement

Robert ‘Bob’ Mosley Candidate Statement

My name is Robert “Bob” Mosley. I, along with my wife Janie, live permanently at ORPS. I currently chair the ORPS Safety and Security Committee. I am also co-chairing, along with our EMS team, First Aid Team, the first annual Earthquake

My name is Charles Hare and my wife, Carol, and I became ORPS owners on April 1, 2019 after renting for two seasons. We have been married for 46 years and have two married children and four grandchildren. We are both

Disaster Scenario Training, being held on March 16, 2020. Janie and I also assist in the ORPS Ambassador tour program for potential new owners. I also volunteer at the Living Desert, as a volunteer ambassador. I’m very excited about the possibility of being elected to the ORPS Board of Directors. I truly believe my hands-on experience working and serving on the HOA, and rental association boards for over the past 32 years would be an asset to the ORPS board. If elected, I will continue, as in the past 32 years, to employ sound, informed business decisions based on a broad range of economic forecasts. I will ensure my vote is formulated on careful and rational current economic factors, both affected by the United States and Canada economic trends. I will do my best to ensure we at ORPS will always remain a 5-star resort. I am committed to communicate with an open, purposeful, and respectful dialogue on all issues presented to the board and communicate with an open mind, that includes all perspectives and input from all, arriving at the best board decision possible for the betterment of our community. During my 30 years in law-enforcement and 25 years as an instructor, I have been very fortunate to have gained the positions of police captain with the Fountain Valley Police Department. For 10 years I was Academy Coordinator for the Orange County Regional Training Center at Golden West College. For 6 years I was the Assistant Department Chair/Master teacher for the University of Phoenix. If elected I will serve you with honestly, commitment and employing the highest degree of ethical standards as possible.

retired and Leduc, Alberta is our home. My background is in manufacturing where I have worked for over 40 years as an Industrial Engineer, and in Operations Management for several multi-national corporations. I have performed plant startups in Canada, US, Europe and China. I have extensive Board experience and I will list below my involvement: Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists. Membership 12,000. Headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta. Board member for 6 years serving two terms as President. Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. Membership 55,000. Headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. Board member 6 years and served as President. Wilderness Village Campground Association. Membership 750, located in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. I helped create this association from scratch. This involved implementing the software system to maintain the membership, developing policies and procedures to manage the park and personnel, hiring staff and setting up budgets. It is a year-round 5-star member-owned RV resort. I served on the Board for 4 years. Served as President and continued to help at the AGMs as Sargent of Arms until 2018. Red Deer Regional Airport Authority. Helped start up this group. Served as a Director. Leduc and District Economic Association Board Member 2 years. Maclab Center for Performing Arts. Board member 3 years. Served as President for one term. Leduc Curling Club. Board member 2 years. Served as President for one term. I enjoy swimming, golfing, pickleball, biking, dancing and playing with the ukulele group here in the park. I have experience with the many challenges and opportunities involved in operating a park such as ORPS and I look forward to helping in any way I can. I am running because I strongly believe that it is important to give back to an organization if you think you can lend a hand. I have always enjoyed association management and look forward to your support on election day. Charles E. Hare, Lot 416

Thank you for your consideration

Bob Mosley, Lot 1006


A&A COMMITTEE The A&A Committee of dedicated volunteers has been very busy since October 15 when we resumed evaluating permits. That policy of only reviewing permits by our volunteers between October 15 through April 15 is the standard. Submit your summer permits for review and approval before April 15. Although our goal is to evaluate permits within 7 business days after office processing, it is becoming more challenging with the amount of modifications by members. Shade Structures: The Board approved, that only certain metal shade structures will be allowed at ORPS, by permit only. We evaluate each shade structure request on a case-by-case basis, as there are size and construction restrictions by the City and ORPS. Please review the types allowed and consult with us BEFORE purchasing a structure. Another item the membership should be aware of is the new mandate by the City of Cathedral City . When doing lot modifications or electrical work on the lot, the electrical infrastructure on the lot must be brought into City code compliance. We see a lot of old wiring on many lots not up to code, and in many cases, dangerous. The City, and our rules, mandate a licensed electrical contractor perform all work of this nature. None of our employees are licensed electricians, nor are they are allowed to consult or perform ANY of this type of work for our owners. Please don’t jeopardize their employment by consulting with them. Our General Manager has counseled all employees on this condition regarding employee work rules. The importance of rig aesthetics is becoming more evident as our rigs age. We replaced the 15-year rule with the aesthetic rule requiring ANY rig moved or sold within the resort must have an ORPS permit and pass an inspection. That rule also requires ALL rigs to be kept to an acceptable standard. The ramifications are becoming evident in the past few years with 20 to 25 year old rigs being sold and moved WITHIN the resort. What do we want this resort to look like in 5 to 10 years? This Committee and the Board are dedicated to maintaining the aesthetics in the resort as we ALL want a beautiful winter home. My team of volunteers not only review and approve permits but also provide consultations to our members on what the rules allow as well as ideas for lot improvements. I would encourage all owners to go online and review the rules and take advantage of the services we provide. Ted Wilson, Chair

ORPS Family Motor Coach Association

Our journeys in our RVs are a mirror of our dreams, hopes and joys. And it has been aptly stated that our destination is not as

important as our Journey. During these journeys we have and will meet wonderful people. Some of these people are right here, your neighbors at ORPS. The FMCA organization of volunteers will facilitate some of those friendships. Our ORPS FMCA friend

Curt Curtis made his final journey while traveling with his wife, JoAnn on the anniversary of their 55 years of marriage. He passed while swimming on Maui. Air Force Retired Col Justin (Curt) Curtis loved his family, people, golf and traveling

in their motorhome. Curt was last stationed at Vandenburg AF Base and had a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering. He is survived by his beautiful wife JoAnn, their two children, Jeryl and Justin Jr. and their grandchildren. Sir, Thank You for your Service and thank you for being a vital member and officer of this club. Curt was on the ORPS FMCA board for many, many seasons. RIP. Welcome four new Families into ORPS FMCA:

Karen Steffen - Clarkston, Washington - Lot 650 Richard Worthington - Box Elder, SD - Lot 920 Elizabeth West - Cathedral City, CA - Lot 633 Yvonne Needens - Cathedral City, CA - Lot 621 Recent Past Events:

Some of us went to the FMCA Western Rally in Indio, CA. A large group of FMCA and ORPS guests went to the Opening Day of Polo in Indio, CA. Those little Polo horses and their riders are totally awesome. We enjoyed a potluck lunch. Jan 23 was our annual food and wine pairing dinner with amazing culinary delights, all chosen by our members. Join the National Organization and then our Chapter to partake in some of the fun. Find our local club applications near each of the mail rooms. Our membership is growing every month and your family makes it all the better. Upcoming 2020 events : Feb 6 at 5PM at La Palma - Potluck dinner and meeting. Feb 8 Local day trip; groups from ORPS go to the bicycle benefit ride “Tour de Palm Springs”. Feb 22 – 23 Off site rally to Temecula California for wine tastings, food and fun. March 3 - 5 Our on-site rally with golf, pickleball, a breakfast, a welcoming happy hour, a seminar and a cocktail dinner party and business meeting. If you have questions about ORPS FMCA please direct them to Pamela Rose. Pamela Rose, President - 224-217-1869 - Lot 989 Jeff Buchman, Vice President - 202-577-6478 - Lot 835 Vicki Himler, Treasurer - 253-312-0193 - Lot 1082 Doug Hibl, ORPS FMCA Nat’l Dir. - 209-480-8971 - Lot 99 Ken Hearn, FMCA Chapter Sec . - 610-573-3747 - Lot 835



LADIES are you looking for an opportunity to meet some remarkable women?

Chapel meets every Sunday at 8:50AM in La Palma Chaplain Jim Gwinn Lot 274 847-445-0077

Do you want to meet women who Love the Lord? Join us Wednesdays at 9AM in the East Room (LP) where we are studying Psalm 23, THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, with Jennifer Rothschild. Psalm 23 is a Psalm we have all heard most of our life. It is beautiful, promising and full of hope. Please bring a friend and join us for a time of sisterhood that will enrich your lives beyond measure.

Come Join Us! All are Welcome

PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND OF GOD I said to the man who stood at the gate of life, "Give me a light that I may tread safely in the unknown." He replied, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God, that shall be better for you than a light and safer than a known way”, so I went forth. I found the hand of God and trod gladly into the night. He led me toward the hills and the breaking of day. "I walk into the future trusting God all the way." GOD SAYS "I know the plans I have for you, plans for good, says the Lord and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." These are plans found only in the Bible. He has written them for you. Easy to say we're trusting God all the way; hard to live out when tough times come, and they will. What a gift it is to have people share and lead us to the Lord and into His Word, both with spoken words or those that are sung. As we seek "the way" for life, services are designed to encourage us, stimulate us toward God and His Truth, and give us a group of friends who are also on the journey of life. Don't walk alone; come experience the power and hope that is eternal and leads to eternal life in Heaven. Larry McCarthy former lawyer who now is on staff of Moody Church in Chicago. Feb 9 Craig Hazen Professor at Biola University speaking on the "Case for God". Feb 16 Bill Butterworth motivator who speaks to NFL and NBA teams. Incredible!!!! FEBRUARY SPEAKERS/SINGERS Feb 2

For more information Donnice Koch 913-952-9285


Attention ALL ORPS residents: if you enjoy singing just for fun - please come and join us on Tuesdays 2 - 3:30PM in La Palma We would love to have you as part of the approx. 45 adult singers. We’re looking forward to another great year of singing together. Contact Pat Duncan 250-833-8498 Margot Baur

While retirement may be relaxing, you might be eager for a new hobby. Were you ever interested in playing a musical instrument? Well, it’s not too late to learn, despite the misconception that you should start taking lessons at an early age. In fact, researchers have discovered that learning an instrument shows positive effects on a senior’s health and well-being. Join the ORPS Ukulele Club Saturdays in the West Room in ES from 1-1:45PM for beginning instruction and players who want a refresher. 2-3:30PM for all players. All players are encouraged to stay for the 2PM “jam” session. For more info contact: Marilyn Sabens, Lot #363

Feb 23 Chiz Rider has been with us many times; fabulous trumpet player!

Chapel meets in La Palma at 8:50 every Sunday and concludes by 10


Lifestyle and Events

Hot Dogs & Chips $5


Menu Cobb Salad, Assorted Breads Lemon Cake for dessert!

We are Looking for Volunteers to help with the ORACLE ( gather articles, help committees meet deadlines, secure advertisers, help send out invoices & collect fees, write articles, work on edits, help in distribution, etc. ) PLEASE EMAIL THE EDITOR WITH YOUR INTEREST@

Ice Cream Social SUNDAYS 2 -3 El Saguaro NEW VENUE

Flea Market 8 - 11

February 1 El Saguaro


If you are lucky enough to score a HOLE-IN-ONE and want to share the good news, please get a form from the Starter Shack to provide the details. All forms should be provided to the


golf committee at the Tuesday or Thursday golf games or at a weekend tournament run by the committee. Bag tags are $25 each. Existing bag tags can be engraved with a subsequent Hole in One for $7. Payment must be submitted with form. First hole-in-one’s by ORPS’ owners are recognized on the large plaques in the pool room in El Saguaro. All hole-in-one scorecards are returned to the lucky golfer! All hole-in-ones reported to the golf committee will be reported in the ORACLE.

Tuesdays we have a mixed scramble. Thursdays play is men and women on separate teams. Play your own ball all the way around the course. Game formats will vary from week to week. Teams are handicapped and both high and low handicaps are welcome. Guest handicaps will be based on your home course handicap. Register at ES between 8AM and 8:45AM, play starts at 9AM. Games are generally $5/person. 50/50 draw tickets and Hole In One buy-ins are also available. Join us to meet your neighbors and make new friends!



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Helen Glennie Barry Pollock Larry Baker Mike Moore Jerry Knobf Brian S. Moore Deanna Joe Dallas Brock William Goorts Diana Welt John Mullins Deanna Joe Virginia Gayken Robert Schalhamer Walli Olive

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2019-2020 Tournaments Saturday/Sunday FEB 8 & 9 - Sweetheart Friday FEB 21 - Can-Am Saturday FEB 29 - Three Club Fri-Sat-Sun

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MAR 13-14-15 - Club Championship MAR 21 - Farewell Tournament

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The StringTournament Winners! The team of Madeline Furman



Bob Murell Nancy Dean


Deb Curle Pat O’Neill Congratulations!

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Trish Hall

Bob Randall Dave Lopez

Marsha Nelson

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Gini Moore

Christine Anderson

Mixed PUTTING CLUB Sign up Wednesday mornings 8:45AM at ES Bring your putter, a ball and 4 quarters

2019-2020 GOLF COMMITTEE Bob Moore - CHAIR Brad Curle

Hal Mortenson Brenda Goorts Michelle Moore Gail Pollock Mike Schnarr Glenda Edwardson

and have FUN!


Tournaments/Events The Sweetheart Tournament Saturday Feb. 8 and Sunday Feb. 9 Pick up registration form at starter shack and

HEALTH & FITNESS COMMITTEE EXERCISE CAN MAKE YOU FEEL HAPPIER Exercise has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress, it produces changes in the parts of the brain that regulate stress and anxiety. It can also increase brain sensitivity for the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which relieve feelings of depression. Additionally, exercise can increase the production of endorphins, which are known to help produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain. Furthermore, exercise has been shown to reduce symptoms in people suffering from anxiety. It can also help them be more aware of their mental state and practice distraction from their fears. Interestingly, it doesn't matter how intense your workout is. It seems that your mood can benefit from exercise no matter the intensity of the physical activity. Additionally, studies have shown that combining aerobic exercise with resistance training can maximize fat loss and muscle mass maintenance, which is essential for keeping the weight off. Exercise is crucial to supporting a fast metabolism and burning more calories per day. It also helps you maintain your muscle mass and weight loss. We have so many options in our park: golf, pickleball, tennis, swimming, lifting weights, walking. So no excuses. Get out and get moving. If you need help in the gym, please feel free to email me at to set an appointment. Massages are available by appointment only in Lot #1 or call 541-308-6869. Save the dates: February 15 is the 5K walk/ run. The dog committee will help sponsor this year. We will have lots of fun prizes for best dressed dog and owner, raffle tickets, 50/50 tickets and lots of surprises. February 19 - 3PM - Dr. Brossfiled, back by popular demand, will speak on Smart Choices for Brain Health in the La Palma Clubhouse. Health Fair will be on March 14. Come and learn about so many health options and collect all the freebies. We will also have the Bloodmobile available for those who want to donate blood from 9AM-12PM at La Palma. Chavalla Lopez-Bassam Chair be on the golf course. Pace of play is based on time not the group in front of you on days with tee times. During shotgun starts we ask that you maintain pace with the group in front of you as there will be groups on every hole throughout the course. Please help us maintain our pace of play this season as this creates more enjoyment and fun for all groups throughout the day!

turn it in to the golf committee between 8AM - 9AM on Tues. and Thurs. This is a fantastic event with a modified chapman, 2 person team format. Cost is $32 per team. Deadline for sign ups is Monday, Feb 3 at 9AM. Please reserve your spot today! Reminder, the golf course will be closed to open play on Friday, February 21 until 11AM for the Cam Am tournament which is a private event. Saturday, Feb. 29 is our three club tournament with a 9AM shotgun. Check in 8AM - 8:45AM. During tournaments this season we will be offering bar service before and after golf in ES on Tuesdays and Thursdays and during weekend tournaments. We will also offer bar service on the golf course during the tournament at holes #4 and #14. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase with cash only on the golf course and cash or credit in the bar. During tournaments Marge's Espresso Bar will be open with $1.00 coffee at the ES bar available, as well as other options at Marge's Espresso Bar itself. Enjoy these excellent services during these events. Please participate and support the Golf Committee with these amazing tournaments and events. Open Play Shotguns Starts These are open to anyone and allows more people on the golf course. An open play shotgun start is a non tournament event where everyone starts at the same time on a different hole, and finishes at the same time. Following the Tuesday and Thursday tournaments we will have a 12:30PM open play shotgun start. On Fridays we have an 8AM and an 11AM open play shotgun start. Please sign up through the events tab or the appropriate tab above tee sheet. Hole assignments will be sent the day prior to golf by email and they will We are starting groups on time this season by getting groups to the #1 tee a few minutes before the scheduled tee time. You are able to cross the bridge as soon as the group ahead of your tee time is off the #1 tee box. Once the group ahead of your tee time is on the 2nd tee box your group is now welcome to tee off. We recommend for your safety that everyone stands to the left of the #2 tee box. This is helping us maintain a pace of play of 2 hours and 30 minutes or less per group throughout the day. As we go into peak season we have a large number of golfers on the tee sheet. The 2 hour and 30 minute pace allows each group approximately 8 minutes per hole with 8 minute intervals per tee time. Our marshal program will assist the golf operation in maintaining this pace throughout the season. Groups that are behind pace will be given a friendly reminder from the marshal to catch up to pace within two to three holes. Groups that are unable to catch up to pace will be kindly asked to skip to the point where they should 11 also be visible on the tee sheet at that time. Pace of Play 2 hours and 30 minutes or less

TENNIS NEWS FROM ORPS With the New Year comes plenty of tennis activities. Top Gun matches have begun for both the men and women. We have 7

On January 4 we held our first Horse Race of the year. Always a lot of fun for players of all levels. Our next Horse Race is February 1 at 8:30 - $5 fee. After we will have a Town Hall style meeting.

USTA and Desert League teams. Pick up a calendar from the Lifestyle and Events department, check the bulletin boards, or watch your emails for updated information. We ended the year with a Christmas social attended by 24 players and the potluck was attended by 34. Thank you, Robin Polson, for organizing this event.

Our first-place winners!

Second place! Third place!

Make sure you take advantage of our free clinics on Thursdays at 2PM at La Palma. They are given by Brian “Sparky” Farrell and are very informative. Another fun event we host is the first Sunday of the month potluck at 5PM at La Palma. Bring a dish to share, your own place setting and drinks.

January 18 , we had our “Thunder From Down Under” mixer hosted by the 4.0/4.5 mixed doubles team. Look for pictures in the next Oracle.

Don’t forget our Tuesday night tennis followed by dinner at Bella Roma. It is a fun event for everybody and we can support the restaurant at the same time. Just show up at 4:00 at La Palma – you don’t have to bring a partner.

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The ORPS Pickleball Club is thrilled to welcome the Monarch ball for use on the courts between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The soft ball can still be used any time the courts are open.

PICKLEBALL EVENTS – SAVE THE DATES!! February 7 Studio 54 Dance Party February 13 Valentine Pickleball Tournament

THE ‘LEGAL’ SERVE The server’s arm must be moving in an upward arc at the time the ball is struck and may be made with either a forehand or backhand motion. The paddle head must be below the server’s wrist when it strikes the ball. The highest point of the paddle head cannot be above the highest part of the wrist (where the wrist joint bends). Sarah Ansboury notes that an effective strategy against “bangers” is to force them to come up to the net. When the opponent drives the ball, the receiver can loosen their grip and hit a soft volley into the kitchen. This puts the opponent at the net, where they often feel less comfortable. “Dinkers” may have an advantage in the rally. With the Monarch ball now at ORPS, players have been so much more dinking!!! A big thank you to the OPRS Board of Directors for approving its use on December 16, 2019. It is a huge step forward for pickleball in our community and everyone has huge gratitude for the support shown by the Board. The Monarch ball is USAPA approved, has a weight of 28 grams and a diameter of 74 mm. The Monarch balls will be supplied by the pickleball committee and CANNOT be used before 8AM or after 4PM. NO other balls can be brought onto the courts. BANGERS AND SMASHERS

February 26-28 Can-AM Tournament February 29, 2020 Pickleball Annual Dinner/Dance

Way to go to all the ORPS participants who played in the Southwest Regional Tournament in Phoenix Arizona January 11-12, 2020 . Congratulations to Barrie Hill & his partner Terry for their gold medal; to John Boudin & Dean Tarabochia for their silver medal; & to Katie Retherford-Tarabochia & Dean Tarabochia for their bronze medal.

Contact with the ball is made below waist level (waist is defined as the navel level).

Submitted by Lynn Barry


ORPS QUILTERS & SEWING CLUB For those of you who enjoy sewing, we would like to invite you to join us in the West Room Monday–Friday, from 8AM to 5PM. This group allows us the room and time to work on individual projects, as well as group projects. The group projects, such as the charity raffle quilts, help the club to raise money and give resources to the Cathedral City Fire Department first responders and to domestic violence victims at Shelter from the Storm. This year we have two charity raffle quilts. The first quilt pictured, is called “Pinwheels.” The second quilt, pictured, is called “Sewphistocates.” Both quilts are on

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Thursday, February 20 3:30PM Owners’ Lounge

The Silent Patient By Alex Michaelides

display in the West Room. Raffle tickets can be purchased from an- yone in the group during sewing times in the West Room or at any of our pop-up locations during ORPS events.

A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie and Greek tragedy, The Silent Patient is a shocking thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband and of the therapist obsessed with determining her motive. This is our annual potluck meeting with spouses and others included. If you are not in the group and would like to attend, call Jean Dietrich to let her know what food item you would like to bring.

The cost of the tickets are: one (1) ticket for $5.00 or five (5) tickets for $20.00

The drawing for both quilts will be held at the March Ladies’ Luncheon. Winner need not be present. Pat Keyes & Joan Sherwood visited the Shelter From The Storm facility and met with Executive Director, Angelina Coe. Angelina was delighted to receive home- made pillow cases for the residents of the shelter. She said

Everyone is welcome to our discussion.

For information: Jean Dietrich 760-992-8225

her residents, including children, are in need of socks, undergarments, and diapers. All sizes are needed. If you are interested in donating to Shelter From The Storm, please feel free to bring your donations to the West Room during sewing hours.


6:30PM Early Bird Bingo 7PM Regular Bingo

February 15 ORPS Quilters & Sewing Club Quilt Show March 11 Ladies’ Luncheon Sponsored by ORPS Quilters & Sewing Club

Games end around 9PM

Paper pack of 10 games $7 Early Bird sheets $1 each Intermission game $1 each

• Popcorn, Candy & Soda available

This club is open to everyone. Please drop in and see us or email us for more information at:

Join the Fun

Chair, Sandy - 951-236-3155

Angelina & Joan

You can join our Facebook page by searching for: orps quilters & sewing club.

Laura Moore, Lot 646 ORPS Quilters & Sewing Club Reporter




As we all know earthquakes are unpredictable and give little or no warning. It might seem frightening to think of all the possibilities that can occur when the earth starts shaking and you are totally helpless. After all, Mother Nature is in charge. After she is through shaking you realize you are OK, but you realize your family is hundreds or maybe thousands of miles away. How do you contact them? You also realize there is a high probability our local cell phone towers are damaged and your ability to contact loved ones is being greatly diminished. You then realize you are in what the experts call a major disaster DANGER ZONE, and help may not be on its way. This is why it’s so important to become familiar with and follow the ORPS Emergency Preparedness Plan found on our owners’ website. Next you need to initiate your predetermined Personal Emergency Communications Plan, before an over-burdened cell network becomes so clogged it is rendered useless. Your Personal Emergency Communication Plan is simply a prearranged contact person, just one, you have predetermined to contact in case you are involved in a major disaster, long before that disaster occurs. So, let’s go through the steps you need to take to create your Personal Emergency Communication Plan: 1. Identify your most reliable person you trust “out of the danger zone” (this is the only person you call). They become the primary source of information to your family, friends, and associates of your status and all future communications. Your designate relays the status of all persons in your immediate danger zone, as to injuries, medical needs, travel plans, and condition of your living structure. 2. Develop and distribute to your designated person the names of people you wish to be notified In case of an emergency. Your designate will need their contact information, phone numbers, emails address. Also, make sure your loved ones have your designated contact information. 3. Again, advise all loved ones to call your pre-designated person, NOT YOU! 4. Keep message (text or voice) short. It is best to text your status if possible, as it requires less bandwidth. Turn down your phone screen brightness to save battery. 5. If you are able to access Wi-Fi, use social media to post updates of your status. 6. ORPS is in the process of becoming a member of the Coachella Valley HOA Disaster net which will allow us another means of communication. (More info to follow). 7. ORPS is also joining RACES which is radio communications with the Coachella Valley Incident Command Communications Center. We will have radios at ES and LP which will be monitored throughout a major incident. (More info coming). There you have it. You have just created your own Personal Emergency Communication Plan . Let us hope none of us ever has to activate our emergency communication plan, but it is better to be prepared than wish we had been. Thanks for taking the time to read about the plan. Bob Mosley, Safety and Security Committee

If you have a dog, then chances are you also have brown spots on the grass around your lot or you may have noticed brown spots in the new dog friendly areas here at the resort. This happens because dog urine is rich in nitrogen, which is known to kill grass when concentrated amounts collect over time. The effects of dog urine on the grass are similar that of a nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer. A small amount of fertilizer makes grass healthy, but too much will kill the grass. To prevent burns, you need to reduce the amount of nitrogen that comes into contact with the grass. Follow these tips to greener and healthier grass: Spray areas where your dog urinates with water. Spraying water on the area after your dog urinates will help to dilute the urine and lessen the effects of the nitrogen on the grass. If you are -taking your pet to one of the dog friendly relief areas around the resort that have grass, you can help. Please carry a water bottle and pour the water on the grass immediately after your pet urinates. This will really help keep our resort looking beautiful. Train your dog to eliminate in one area. Designating an area for your dog to eliminate on your lot will save the remainder of your grass. one-spot-1118212 Consider installing an area of desert gravel or artificial turf at your lot which can be your designated relief area. Some products, such as the Simple Solution Pee Post , are impregnated with pheromones to encourage your dog to urinate on or near the area where it is applied. Encourage your dog to drink more water. The more your dog drinks, the less nitrogen will be concentrated in the urine and the less damaging it will be to the grass. It will be healthier for your dog as well. Feed your dog a dietary supplement. Certain dietary supplements, such as Green-UM and Drs. Fosters and Smith “Lawn Guard ” bind with the nitrogen in the urine, making it less harmful to the grass. Apply a lawn repair treatment. Some treatments, such as Dogonit Lawn Repair Treatment, contain organic enzymes with soil cleansers to flush the salts from the root zone. Brenda King Chair 15

Please Support OUR ORPS Vendors!

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 - Right here in ORPS


Lupe 760-328-0007

Breakfast: 7AM to11AM Eggs, Pancakes, Country Fried

A1 Convenience Store Operated by A1 Custom Golf Cars Your On-Site Store carries a wide range of Sundry items, RV Parts and Supplies. We offer Golf Carts, Golf Cart Repair, RV Batteries, Golf Cart Parts, Cart Rentals and Summer Storage. Special orders may be placed for RV Parts and Golf Cart Parts not carried on site. NOW SELLING CART BATTERIES We look forward to serving all your needs. Hours of Operation : MON – SAT 8AM – 3PM SUNDAYS 8AM – 12 Noon A-1 Convenience Store

Steak, Omelets and more Daily Lunch Specials $9.95

Lunch : 11AM to 3PM Lasagna, Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Piccata, Fish & Chips, Sausage, 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, Pasta Primavera, Ravioli, a variety of Pastas Subs, Pizzas, Calzones, Salads, & Desserts Fried Cheese Sticks, Wings, Sautéed Garlic Mushrooms, Calamari, Garlic Cheese Toast & Fried Zucchini Appetizers: Dinner:

35 Years of Experience


We welcome you to come join us again this year. We are excited for you to taste and enjoy our wonderful Italian Cuisine . We can provide custom catering for any occasion. LET US HELP YOU IN YOUR FUTURE EVENTS 760-328-3834 Ext. 256 Open 7 days a week 7AM-8PM

Now Serving Beer & Wine


Elias Mobile Golf Cart Repair

RUDY ELIAS 760-898-1440

We Repair All Makes & Models CLUB CAR YAMAHA EZGO WESTERN PLANET FORD THINK GEM Pick–up and Delivery Service Available for online ordering use ' ORPS ' for a 15% discount off of the regular menu price for all orders, cannot be combined with other discounts/promotions. Round Table Pizza #0858

31775 Date Palm Drive Cathedral City, CA 92234 760-321-1756









MONDAY—FRIDAY 9:30AM - 5:30 PM Saturday 10AM - 2PM


Men’s Cut: Reg 15/Coupon $13 Women’s Cut: Reg $18/Coupon $15 Shampoo & Blow dry: Reg $25/Coupon $20 Color: Reg $55/Coupon $45

Don’t forget to bring your COUPON

NEW SERVICES Eyelash Extensions: $85 Eyebrow & Lip Wax: Reg $19/Coupon $15

Highlights: Reg $70/Coupon $60 Balayage: Reg $70/Coupon $60 Permanent: Reg $65/Coupon $60


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6850 Ramon Rd Cathedral City CA 92234 PH: 760-770-5800


760 7709133 Emergency Calls Accepted We Care For People, Not Just Injuries Ask about our Decompression Therapy

Grooming With Love 34116 Date Palm Dr 7, Cathedral City Phone: (760) 328- 4523 Ask us about our new dental Service

31855 Date Palm Drive Suite 3 Cathedral City, CA 92234

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February is Doggie dental month


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