ORACLE February 2020

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.


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