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Outdoor Resort Palm Springs - the Number One RV Resort in the USA
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page 15 17 th Annual Turkey Collection page 3
OUTDOOR RESORT PALM SPRINGS
We have a new vendor that has leased our Convenience Store and is being occupied by A-1 Golf Cars. I know we are happy to have them all here so let’s demonstrate that by giving them our support! Lastly, I would like to thank the Oracle team for continuing their excellent and much valued work as we transition from a print medium to digital only.
Another summer has flown by and for those of us that were here, it proved to be one of the hottest on record with multiple weeks over 115 degrees and one day hitting 126 degrees (that’s 46 degrees and
Board of Directors President Brian Canfield Vice President Craig Wirch Secretary Maryellen Muir CFO Allen Gayken Members DeDe Loop Bob Moore Ted Wilson General Manager Clint Atherton
I look forward to another great season at ORPS!
52 degrees Celsius for our Canadian resi- dents). Despite that, the staff continued working hard to keep the grounds and fa- cilities in top shape. In addition to our normal maintenance and landscaping, there were several reserve projects that were done: the largest being the replacement of two 30+ year old lake liners in the Horseshoe lake as well as the Irrigation Lake on the back nine golf course. Not only were the liners replaced, but some pockets of rocks and some landscaping were added to Horseshoe and the decomposing wooden rail road ties were replaced with boulders at the “Irrigation” lake. I am happy to report that we did not experience any of the problematic issues we faced with the Starter Shack lake last summer and both lakes this summer came in at the contracted price and significantly under what we had budgeted for in our reserves. The rest of the projects were a bit smaller in scale but included: repainting of the exterior of ES, new freezers/refrigerator and a dishwasher for the ES kitchen, two new exercise bikes for the Fitness Center, small remodel of the laundry room, recoating some decks at satellite pools, sealing asphalt cracks throughout the resort, resurfacing of some tennis courts and the addition of seven new pickleball courts. It should be noted that the PB club paid for the conversion to make these seven pickleball courts from our two exist- ing tennis courts over at ES so the monies did not come from the ORPS reserve account. In other aspects of the resort, we have some returning vendors and something new. Papa Dan’s is back for another season, as is Margie’s Espresso Bar and Lupe’s Hair Salon.
2016-2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brian Can- field
Craig Wirch Vice President
Allen Gayken CFO
Oracle Staff Editor Emeritae Ellen Lynch Cathy Chauncey Editor
Eva Norcross Sports Editor Luann Ward Photo Editor
Maryellen Muir Secretary
Sharen Woodgrift Production Staff Louise Knobf Susan Matthew Joanne Nyquist Mary Ann Priddy Margie Sleight BOARD OFFICE HOURS Monday thru Friday 9AM to 3PM to assist owners with Board issues
Maryellen Muir Ted Wilson Bob Moore DeDe Loop Craig Wirch Allen Gayken Craig Wirch
Communications Facilities Planning
Health & Fitness
Maryellen Muir Maryellen Muir
Safety & Security
Bob Moore Bob Moore
17th Annual Turkey Collection!
While most everyone was away during the summer, your Manager and his capable team were hard at work doing routine off season maintenance, scheduled reserve projects and new work creating Pickleball courts. By the time you arrive, all will be complete and ready for your use and enjoyment. All projects came in on or under budget. Our annual audit was positive and no issues were raised. The 2015/2016 year end financial statements indicated a positive bottom line and, as expected, our current year budget is on track with projections. Thank you Clint, Brenda and staff. The ORPS Finance Committee under the leadership of Dave Mueller has done a terrific job and will be active again this season working on various topics. If you are interested in joining this committee please attend their meetings and make your wishes known. Reflection.... Some fourteen years ago I first joined the ORPS Board serving as CFO, VP and multiple times as President and will be completing my eleventh and final year this season. Particularly in the areas of accounting and finance we have advanced and improved our processes, reporting and account funding. ORPS's management, accounting, own- er services and Board office services have become very very professional today as compared to earlier times. Our checks and balances are sound and adhered to well. I am pleased to see this growth and maturity and hope that you feel the same. Onward and Upward!
Donna Fitzpatrick Lot 266 Madeline Furman Lot 1159 are coordinating this year’s effort to raise money to donate
to the Salvation Army for their Thanksgiving Outreach to needy families in the Coachella Valley. They serve hundreds of dinners to shut-ins in our community and donate just the turkey to many many more. Give your $$$ to Donna or Madeline at their lots by Sunday November 20th. Volunteers are needed from each Phase to canvas their neighbors to contribute to this worthy cause.
If you are able to help, call: Donna at 760-272-0209 or Madeline at 530-260-2058. Let’s make this year another great
OPEN CALL FOR DIRECTOR CANDIDATES
Director elections will occur in March 2017. All interested candidates are invited to submit their declaration by early January. There are two
positions open during this election cycle. Please consider entering the race or suggesting qualified Owners that you know who may be interested. Share your talents and return to your Community. See Susan in the Board Office or Board member Allen Gayken, Chairman of the Nominations Committee.
ORPS BOARD & COMMITTEE MEETINGS Meeting of the Board of Directors: Monday, 1:00 PM, December 12, 2016 – La Palma Auditorium
Wednesday Tuesday Monday Thursday Wednesday
2:00 pm 2:00 pm 11:30 am 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 1:00 pm
Dec 7 Dec 13 Dec 5 Dec 1 Dec 14 Dec 6
East Room, LP West Room, ES East Room, LP East Room, LP East Room, LP
Communications Facilities Planning
Owners Lounge, ES
Health & Fitness
No meeting in December No meeting in December
11:00 am 2:00 am 9:00 am
Nov 30 Dec 2 Dec 3
Owners Lounge, MPR
Safety & Security
East Room, LP
HEALTH AND FITNESS COMMITTEE Welcome to the 2016 – 2017 season!!!! Please come visit our Fitness Center and make it one of the many activities you participate in this season. We sold two more bricks for our Pathway to Fitness the end of March and the back nine golf course benches were installed the middle of April. To ensure we met the required needs of all impacted by these benches, the General Manager, the Golf Committee, and Vintage Landscaping selected the locations. The Reserves Study identified two recumbent bikes (Vision Fitness) to be replaced this season so our committee requested quotes from several suppliers and selected the Life Fitness Activate recumbent bikes as our replacement bikes. They were delivered and installed October 10. Note – we have decided to continue to use the two VF bikes until we can no longer repair them (parts are unavailable). We have invited Dr. Joseph E. Scherger to come speak at our resort on Tuesday, January 17 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in the La Palma Clubhouse. Dr Scherger is a leader in transforming office practice and has special interests in nutrition and wellness. More information to follow. We are co-sponsoring a Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, February 11 from 9:00 am to 12pm in the La Palma Clubhouse. We are still in the planning stages but hope to have approximately thirty vendors. Look for more information as we get closer to this event. Our Charter states we should have a membership range of five to nine members and we currently only have three (Celeste Reynolds, Dennis Dittmer, and myself). Please consider joining our committee to support our Fitness Center and other health & wellness activities.
FINANCE COMMITTEE Welcome back to all and we’re happy to see folks we haven’t had the chance to socialize with over the summer. And to those of you who aren’t here yet or that for some reason may not make it down this year, greetings and hope to see you soon. Good news - the summer financial report completing the previous fiscal year 2015-2016 showed Outdoor Resort to be in the black by $68,113, before depreciation. This was better than planned. Note that 87% of revenues are from dues; the remainder is scattered among 10 accounts, where variances tended to offset to the positive. Largest revenue variance of $25K was from Late Fees & Miscellaneous. The recent September 2016 report for the fiscal 2016-17 year showed: September revenues were over by $4,020, or 1.1%. Expenses were under by $1,421, or 0.4%, leading to a monthly surplus of revenues over expenses of $3,132. YTD Revenues and Expenses for the month of September were projected to be just over $1M each. Our revenues were off, but only by $4K, or 0.4%. YTD expenses were under by $72K, led by less spending on Maintenance and Admin., leading to an overall excess of revenues over expenses of $17,658, which is $76,123 better than expected Our Reserve total was $1,877,583. Our Committee’s plan for this fiscal year is to follow our charter to: Ensure integrity of financial reports Provide oversight and recommendations regarding risks, cash management, IT, and internal controls Review General Manager’s plans against Reserve funds Conduct post-implementation analyses Review Facilities Planning prioritizations There will be a POS (Point-of-Sale, or credit cards and cash system, for the bar) demonstration by Gary Marshall, Activities Director, and Finance Committee members in the near future. Our Committee members are Greg Farmer, Vice Chair; Bill Dietrich, Secretary; Howard Berman; Doug Folsom; Gail Pollock; and Al Reeder.
Pam Walker , Chair
November Flower- Chrysanthemum . Chrysanthemum petals can be boiled in order to make a sweet tea. It is believed that this tea has many medicinal uses including curing influenza .
Birthstone: Topaz The traditional colors for topaz are yellow with a red tint, but they also come in a variety of colors including pinky red, red-brown, light blue, and pale green .
Birthstone, Turquoise (Success) Persons born in this month will travel
a great deal. Much of their success comes from influential friends. They have a loving and thoughtful disposition, a fondness for outdoor sports, and a wonderful insight into the outcome of an enterprise. A tendency to mind their
Zodiac signs Scorpio Oct’ 23-Nov’ 21 Strong leaders, self motivated. Sagittarius Nov’ 22-Dec’ 21 Optimistic and known for their humor and wit .
own business marks their character, also an inclination to dominate over others. They are
careful in money matters but are never penurious, being exceedingly generous. Flower, White Rose (I am worthy of you).
VIETNAM WAR 50 YEAR COMMEMORATION
ORPS EMERGENCY AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS
The ORPS Emergency Preparedness Committee is operating an amateur radio system to communicate with the Cathedral City Fire Department and the Riverside County Emergency Operation Center through the local Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) during a major disaster. RACES is the volunteer amateur radio operator organization activated by Riverside County to provide communications between county, municipal, gated communities and other Command Centers during a major incident when telephone services are not available. The ORPS RACES Communication Center’s function is to relay information, status and requests for aid to the Cathedral City and the Riverside County Emergency Operations Centers. This will most likely be the primary communications means for ORPS if a severe earthquake occurs and the telephone system is either out of service or saturated with non-essential traffic. If you are a licensed ham radio operator, join our group and learn about the many local ham activities. If you would like information on how to get a license, we can help. For more information, contact: Rich Wright, Lot 447; Gary Sharp, Lot 454; Jim Koski, Lot 394; Ron Gookin, Lot 1153; or leave your name with Susan in the Board Office. The RACES NET is Thursday, 1900 hours at 145.200, 131.8 pl.
In 2008, the Secretary of Defense was authorized to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. It has asked cities, towns and organizations across the nation to become commemorative partners to honor the Vietnam Veterans and give them the thanks they never received when they returned home 50 years ago. One of the organizations that is a Commemorative Partner is the Daughters of the American Revolution, (DAR.) I am an associate member of the Cahuilla Chapter here in the valley. They would like to put together a program next year to honor the Vietnam Veterans here in ORPS and other Vietnam Veterans in the Valley. If you served in Vietnam, or were on active duty any time from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, please contact me by the end of April with your name, branch of service, rank, phone number, lot number and email address. I will make sure you are included in the commemoration and recognized for your service. More information will follow in the fall. Thank you for your service. J OLEEN S HARP Lot 454 503 636-6018
LET THERE BE LIGHT ASSIST SECURITY WITH LIGHT- ING ON YOUR LOT
Lighted lot numbers (an HOA requirement) , spotlights on palm trees, and rope lights on tree trunks and paths, provide a reasonable amount of light around the Resort. They are as much for security as for decoration.
Leaving these items on when you leave the Resort (even for the summer), is cheap insurance against theft, and is a real asset to our security officers.
Anyone interested in serving on Volunteer Security please notify:
Tom Whetstone, lot 428, phone 530-613-7536
COMMUNICATIONS MMI I want to welcome everyone back and wish you a happy, healthful season. The communications goal is to present clear, concise information in a timely way. While we provide information, it is our resort owners and guests’ responsibility to access it. The mandate of the Communications Committee is to develop and encourage more effective ways of communication methods for all resort residents. We act as an ADVISORY committee to the board. Essentially we support the Board with Internal Communication. We meet monthly the first Monday in each month from Nov. though April. Our membership is made up of: phase representative - you will see a green sign, posted in the front of the RV lot, identifying phase representatives for each area representative from The Oracle Ambassador Coordinator at-large individuals not included in the preceding categories who have interest in supporting the Communications Committee activities We have two bulletin boards where information is posted - one in La Palma and the other in El Saguaro. Our meeting minutes are posted on our internal website. We will be posting an up-to-date list of phase representatives in mid-November. If you are a new owner, you can expect a visit from one of your phase reps. At this time you will receive an information package. We hope it answers questions you might have about activities and some of the many resources that are available in Outdoor Resort. If you need additional information please contact your phase representative. If we don’t know the answer, we will find it! Communication Tip #1 As an ORPS owner when I see or hear something that I do not understand, what should I do? Go straight to a Board member and ask the question. We essentially live in a small town where rumors can become our downfall. As owners we need to be cognizant of the fact that owners are able to submit ideas to the Board. The Board will read each submission, and then consider many factors, the most important is, what’s best for our ORPS community. Ideas are welcome. There is a process, and usually it takes a long time, before anything is formally passed by the Board. Before you react to any idea you hear, go to a Board member and ask. Many times it is only an idea. When tough decisions are made, ORPS owners must remember that these decisions are made with ALL owners best interests in mind. They wish they could please everyone. The reality is they cannot.
FACILITIES PLANNING A BIG WELCOME back to our lovely Resort! The FP Committee hopes you have all enjoyed a happy and healthy summer and are looking forward to enjoying our beautiful facilities here in the desert. It’s exciting to see the lake projects, pickle ball court renovations and painting of the ES Clubhouse exterior and interior now complete. The grounds look stunning with green grass, trimmed trees, sparkling ponds and grand welcoming scenery. A few changes have taken place on our committee this past year. Dick Tomlin, who has served as the Facilities Planning Chair for the past four years, retired at the end of last season. Dick put in a tremendous amount of time and effort during his tenure with the successful renovation of the Owners’ Lounge 2014. It was Dick’s vision that gave us the outdoor patio, indoor bar, multi-purpose room with kitchen and turned this beautiful renovated lounge into a high use and much appreciated facility in our resort. Dick has always been willing to share many of his ideas for a vibrant resort. A big thank you, Dick! You definitely improved our resort! Our other committee members Marsha Nielson, Denny Bloom, Alice Heuple, Michael Murray, Judy Jurache and Charles Stinson have all worked tirelessly on a number of projects last season and even over the summer. I so appreciate their contributions and expertise. We have some outstanding talent on our committee this upcoming season with the best interests of our resort facilities in mind. The FPC follows a process of evaluating, conceptualizing, screening and prioritization of various projects or improvements relating to our infrastructure, buildings, recreational facilities, equipment and systems that we believe are needed to keep our resort looking exquisite and up-to-date with current trends and markets. Some of these projects take time and are phased over a period of 1-8 years. This season some of the projects that we will be continuing to work on include the ES kitchen phase II - III, dog facilities, easement land potential uses - to name a few. Also, some of our committee member terms will be expiring soon and we invite interested owners to assist us on our committee in the upcoming seasons. If you feel that you have administrative, engineering, contractor or facilities expertise, please express your interest in volunteering to Ava Felt or one of our FPC members. Our next scheduled FPC meetings will be held Thursdays: November 10, November 17, & December 1, at 2 PM in the East Room. All owners are welcome to any of our FPC committee meetings and we invite you to bring your ideas for improving our facilities.
Ava Felt Chair
Feel free to share your input at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Craven ..Lot 1109 Chair
TIME WARNER CABLE : Basic cable TV through Time Warner (now Spectrum) is included in our HOA assessments. With the conversion to an all-digital signal, an HD Box is required. Our new contract provides for one HD Box per owner at no charge. You may purchase additional boxes at a cost of approximately $11.75 each. If you upgrade your service beyond the basic cable channel line-up, or add internet service, these costs are outside of our bulk agreement and established by Spectrum. OWNER DIRECTORY : The Owners’ Directory will be updated and reprinted mid-December and available for purchase by owners only at a cost of $5.00 each. PLEASE notify Sandra of any changes to your contact information (address, phone number, email) by no later than November 30 to insure your information is correct. Sandra’s email is: email@example.com ; telephone number: 760-328-3834, ext. 240. NO Trash Pick up Tuesdays and Thursdays Please do not put your Lot trash out on these days as it attracts animals.
CONVENIENCE STORE: We are happy to announce that a convenience store will continue to operate at ORPS under the management of A1 Custom Golf Cars. The A1 Convenience Store will offer much of the same merchandise as in the past, along with golf car parts, batteries and installation services, golf cart rentals, summer golf cart storage, and a special order program for RV and golf part items not carried in the store. To serve your needs this season, the store will be open from 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday thru Friday, and from 7 AM to12 Noon on weekends. LA PALMA RESTAURANT : The La Palma Restaurant (Papa Dan’s) is now open for business. However, note that, through the end of the year, the store will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Thursday through Sunday and will be closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Starting in the New Year, they will operate seven days a week. PHOTO ID PROX CARDS : If you have not been issued a Photo ID prox card yet, please contact Sandra Yescas at 760-328-3834 ext. 240 as soon as possible for an appointment. The cost is $10 for each card. Old prox cards will be obsolete soon. TRANSPONDERS : In order to access the resort through the automatic gate, you must purchase a new transponder. They are available for $20 each at the front desk or from Sandra. Transponders must be attached to your vehicle by staff, so bring your vehicle with you! Without a transponder, you can enter with your prox card, or by identifying yourself to the security staff at the gate.
ARE YOU COMING OR GOING??? Please inform the Mailroom when you arrive and when you leave . Your box will be closed if you do not wish to receive mail in the desert .
IF YOU CHANGE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, PLEASE INFORM SUSAN OR SANDRA RIGHT AWAY!
AVOID IDENTITY THEFT Two locked PAPER SHREADERS
are AVAILABLE for our use. They are located across from the
DO YOU RECYCLE?
La Palma Mailroom. You may dispose of sensitive information, such as credit card offers. The bin is emptied once a month.
Do you conserve water? Do you recycle and employ energy efficient machinery and devices? Do you teach the next generation and show by example the need to live a green life?
Chapel meets every Sunday
at 8:50AM in La Palma Chaplain Jim Gwinn
Lot 274 Cell: 847 445-0077 Life in God’s Waiting Room Waiting rooms are not generally pleasant or enjoyable, often crowded with other impatient people you don’t know and seldom do you talk to anyone. Hospital waiting rooms are often places of anxiety, nervousness for a loved one, and yes, even a place of praying for a positive report or outcome. Airport waiting rooms are generally places of joy as you anticipate a trip and fabulous reunion with friends and family, unless marked by flight delays. I don’t like waiting rooms at car dealers, waiting to complete closing details, it often takes longer than making a deal, I want to drive the car! Life can seem like one large waiting room; anticipating some expected event or dream to be realized. I am writing this sitting in my home in Illinois where it is getting cold, looking forward to a great season at ORPS and warmth. Thanksgiving decorations have been out for a few days which remind us of the wait for Christmas. Receiving 2017 calendars also reminds us that Christmas is fast upon us. Life's waiting room is universal to all of us. Longed for events remind us that life is short. Never thought I would be longing to see 80 but life keeps moving and I hope to be alive for that celebration; only four years of waiting. Psalm 90 says we have 70 years of life, or, if due to strength, 80, then we fly away. The Psalmist says, because that is true, be careful to number your days gaining a heart of understanding and wisdom. There is a great waiting room to helps us deal with truth and understanding; you can find it every Sunday at 8:50 in La Palma. Surprise it’s Chapel. Join us as we wait and learn. Need proof of a waiting room being real in each of our lives? The Bible predicts times of war, famine, drought, wicked people ruling, earthquakes and floods, Matthew 24:6..These are signs that the end is near and Christ will return to earth to reign and conquer. Don’t miss the message that the wait is soon over. Hard to believe things could get much worse. The stage is set for the end to be fast reality.. Read the signs and be sure you are ready for Jesus return. Psalm 27:4 states: “wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart; wait I say on the Lord. God is sovereign and nothing happening in the world today takes Him by surprise. Waiting is not a time of passivity but activity. Be active discerning the signs He is giving us. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Make this time in your waiting room where you act on the truth of John 3:16.
Bible study will be having a prayer time on November 9 and then again December 7, 14 and 21. All are welcome at 9AM in the East Room. Bible Study … Armor of God … Begins January 11th, 9AM also in the East room. Books are $15 but not necessary. If you have always wanted a sister but never had one, PLEASE join us!! You will be blessed with 30 to 35 sisters in Christ.
We wish you all peace, joy and love.
MEMORIAL CORNER Dedicated to those who have passed on in recent months.
Lot 267 Lot 561 Lot 1150 Lot 1166
Nov 6 Nov 13 Nov 20 Nov 27 Dec 11 Dec 18 Dec 25
Veterans Day remembrance
Chaplain Gwinn Mark Williams
Christmas celebration with the Lorain’s.
Chapel is each Sunday 8:50 to 10 AM La Palma. Come join us for a time of inspiration with special friends.
NAME / FROM
W ELCOME N EW O WNERS
NAME / FROM
Phase 2 444 Blair & Barbara Black
San Bernardino, CA
Phase 1 19
Scott & Kathleen Barnard N. Kelowna, BC
Kenneth & Darlene Ridgway Nanaimo, BC
Bernard Blasch, Michael BychowskiSeneca, IL
505 Vernon & Heather Frayer Littleton, CO
Christina Lake, BC
506 Brian & Christine Farrell Piercy, CA
Benjamin Sassoon & Yelena Orel
Troy & Donald Ellis
Los Angeles, CA
David & Linda Roper
Cathedral City, CA
Tom & Becky Ray
Cathedral City, CA
Port Townsend, WA
Edwin & Julie Lewis
Cathedral City, CA
Barbara Heller, Steven Brandt –
Mark & Susan Whichard
Cathedral City, CA
John Barr, Daniel Johnston Henderson, NV
100 Daniel & Jamie Haack
Frank & Theresa Essiambre Nanaimo, BC
104 Daniel Winters
120 Phil Hahn, John Hunter, Bob Boyce
Richard & Reneigh Rebel
Rancho Mirage, CA
Phase 4 211 Jerry McGee & Kristine Hamilton – Oroville, CA
Phase 5 755
Donald Walker, Sheryl Nelson
Big Bear Lake, CA
219 Allen & Lynne Reid, Louise McGuire –
Prestbury Cheshire, England
816 Michael & Sandra Sullivan Phoenix, AZ
228 Robert Loewen
817 Susan Giullian, Muriel Leff Denver, CO Phase 6 912 Stephen Marsh & Marguerite Chartrand – Victoria, BC Phase 7 938 Cameron & Tammy Thun Prince George, AB
244 Elaine Levin & James Anderson La Quinta, CA
Phase 3 276 Virginia Blackman, Cynthia Kellstrom –
Klamath Falls, OR
279 James Scott Bahr
943 William Winn
San Clemente, CA
281 Eric & April Fauls
947 Gregory & Christine Carter – Cathedral City, CA
287 Carol Kemp
Phase 6 1000 Emery & Dianne Jardine
343 Laurence & Carol Curran South Lake Tahoe, CA
Cathedral City, CA
Phase 7 1040 Douglas & Janet Todd –
370 Dave & LuAnne Meissen
St. Albert, AB
397 Steven & Noreen Simon
1048 Steven Vaughn, Kevin Patterson –
Rudy Jr. & Jane A. Gaba
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
1095 Kim & Raelissa Smith
Sioux Falls, SD
1126 Rudy Dostal
Sioux Falls, SD
Phase 6 1177 Greg & Sheila Hartshorne Cathedral City, CA
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.
Bert Van Den Brink
OPEN TO ALL!
Tuesdays we have a mixed scramble. Thursdays men and women are on separate teams with each member playing his or her own ball. Formats vary from week to week. On both days teams are handicapped as evenly as possible. All low and high handicappers are encouraged to play.
Guest averages will be based upon your home course handicap.
Organized play starts at 9AM Sign ups begin at 8AM in ES Sign up to play prior to 8:45AM! Bring $4 and join us
The lucky golfer may purchase a hole-in-one bag tag
2016-2017 Golf Committee
Vice Chair, Treasurer
Computer & Hole-in-One Course set up & Marshals
Brian Waterman Gale Stephenson
NOTE: Minutes for all Golf Committee Meetings on line under Owners’ Library
To get an official golf handicap through Southern California Golf Association at ORPS call Linda Parker: 760-285-9119 . The cost is $36.00 including a GHIN number and
Opening Day Tournament Winners! Roger Smith, Bert Van Den Brink, Bob Craven, Luann Ward, Rod Troutner. Penny Bradley
a $15.00 gift card for Roger Dunn golf store.
LADIES’ PUTTING CLUB Sign up Wednesday mornings 8:45AM at ES. Bring your putter, a ball and 4 quarters and have FUN!
Fall Nine & Wine Friday String Tournament Sat.
Nov 18 Dec 10
Secretary - S ANDY S EAMAN
All are welcome at the Morning Draw Monday thru Saturday Men and Women at LP 8:30AM Mixed Doubles Friday at LP 8:30AM TENNIS
WELCOME TO ORPS TENNIS YOU ARE ABOUT TO ENTER A UNIQUE AND VI- BRANT TENNIS COMMUNITY ! Thank you for choosing to stay with us. No matter if you are here for a few days , a week, a month, or the entire season, we have tennis opportunities for you. Novices to tournament players, all levels are welcome. We have twelve, well maintained and lighted courts for your play. Please take advantage of the tennis activi- ties and programs listed below. Men’s and Women’s Daily morning draws and mixed draws on FRIDAYS Horse Race Social tennis first Saturday of each month Tennis BBQ and Potluck First Sunday of Each Month Four Tennis mixers with prizes and lunch or Dinner Nice and Easy Tennis Daily Men’s and Women’s Top Gun Competitive Tennis USTA League Play and various Desert League Play for Both Men and Women Free Novice Clinics by Brian “ Sparky ” Farrell (You can also book a private or Group Lesson with Sparky) NEW THIS YEAR!!! Free Racquet Loaners Available at Lot 325 “TENNIS UNDER THE DESERT STARS” Night tennis with Pizza & Beverages If any of this sounds like fun to you here is how to find out dates, times and locations: Read the monthly Oracle Newsletter on ORPS website Obtain the monthly Activities Calendar available at the Activities Office located at the El Saguaro Clubhouse and on line on the ORPS website. Visit the tennis bulletin boards located at the La Palma and El Saguaro tennis courts. Call, email, or better yet, visit one of the ORPS Tennis Committee Members listed below:
NETS: Nice Easy Tennis 10AM at LP See bulletin board for overflow court assignment. Open Play You may sign up for courts on the sheet posted at each court 24 hours in advance for two hours of play on open courts per day. Open court means any court not scheduled for ORPS programs. From now until January 1 sign up for any time. After January 1 , time must be on the hour: 8, 10, 12, etc. Please lock your gate when play is completed. The ball machines are for Owners only. Obtain the key for LP at the Guard Shack or for ES at the Golf Starter Shack and leave your Prox card. SUNDAY TENNIS ACTIVITIES Mixed doubles every Sunday at 2PM Bring a partner of the opposite sex , PLEASE ! All levels of play are welcome! TENNIS POT LUCK THE FIRST SUNDAY of the Month Join us Sunday, 5PM at LP BYO everything: something to grill, a dish to share, your own beverage and table service!
ORPS Men’s Top Gun Tennis 20 1 7 Start Date: Wednesday Jan.04 Last Day of Play: Wed. Mar. 1
Pizza Party: Mar.1 3 PM. Deadline for sign Up :Friday Dec. 23 2016 Meeting : Tuesday Jan.03 2017 1:00 p.m. El Saguaro Patio next to the coffee shop. Cost: Reg Player $12.00 Subs: no charge
Clinics/Lessons 707-497-9663 firstname.lastname@example.org Lot 506
Dick Frink, Reporter
BEGINNER PICKLEBALL LESSONS Beginner pickleball lessons are scheduled for every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm. Each lesson will include: Strategies for moving safely around the court Basic pickleball strokes How to make a successful underhand serve The important two bounce rule Why it is important to stay at the line during play! OUR PLEDGE IS TO HAVE YOU PLAYING A GAME WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF BEGINNING INSTRUCTION! COME OUT AND GIVE PICKLEBALL A TRY!!!
PICKLEBALL SEASON 2016-2017 Our pickleball courts are open for play! Our General Manager has worked hard to get our courts up and running for the beginning of the season and we are there! We are pleased to announce that the court costs have come in slightly under the $25,000 that was committed by the pickleball community and we now stand at 7 designated, permanent pickleball courts, with a large shaded structure for all those waiting to play
Beginner lessons in progress.
Pictures of our new courts will be forthcoming in future Oracle magazines, and expect a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony sometime in the near future.
PICKLEBALL SCHEDULE NOVEMBER and DECEMBER
We are attempting to provide prime pickleball time for all players, early in the morning when the weather is the coolest. The schedule for November and December will be as follows. We will determine usage during this time and make adjustments as needed, to try to accommodate all pickleball players .
Monday, Wed., Friday
8 -10 AM
10 -12 NOON
12 NOON - 3 PM
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
All other days of the week
4 :00-8:00 PM
For more information, contact Stan or Maureen Miller-Nielsen at 760 424-8002
TEXAS HOLD’ EM Monday & Thursday at 6:45PM
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:
Texas Hold’em has become a very big part of Outdoor Resort
Monday and Thursday evenings. 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 that was held March 24, 2016. We had thirty six participants along with their rooting sections show up a social hour before the big game began. This was our tenth annual championship event and we were happy to have most of the previous winners in attendance along with a lot of new faces. Steve Rough was the eventual winner taking home the Championship Bracelet ( very comparable to the one you see on TV), winner’s certificate suitable for framing along with his name on the Champions Plaque that is permanently installed in the billiard room. Putting on an event like this twice a week requires lots of volunteer help and Chairman Jerry Knobf would like to thank everyone that pitches in each night, especially Janet and Rich Jensen, Julie and Greg Farmer and Tony Terlaak. Bob and Ursula Woskoski are generous enough to supply the Winner’s Bracelet each year.
Judy Jurach Lot 1105 & Carol Wilhelm Lot 309
NEEDLECRAFT We meet every Monday 1:30 to 4PM in the East Room, LP We socialize as we work. If you enjoy any kind of needlework, please join us . Phyllis Pashote, Lot 402 925 786-4472
We welcome all owners and renters and look forward to the new season at El Saguaro. Come and join in the fun Monday and Thursday nights at 6:45PM for an evening of Texas Hold'em and your chance to win your own bracelet.
MAHJONG Meets in the East Room Tuesdays at 1PM For more information call Sue Doty 916 205-7966 or
2015-2016 Champion Steve Rough
Thursdays call Martha Campbell 707 228-0567 Come and play or learn to play. It’s addictive!
ORPS QUILTERS We meet in the West Room Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9AM to 4:30PM Our group of quilters is always busy with a quilting project of some sort, we will tackle almost anything quilting related! Each person is
working on their own unique projects, we gather and share ideas, advice, knowledge and even a few jokes! Everyone is welcome! As usual, we have a fabulous quilt ready for raffle this year! Our group paper pieced blocks last spring, one of our ladies took it home and quilted it on her longarm, while another finished the binding. A very special quilt and it is drop dead gorgeous! Watch for our quilt to be displayed and tickets available at random functions around the park!
WEDNESDAYS AT LA PALMA 6:30PM Early Bird Bingo 7PM Regular Bingo Games end around 9PM
Free popcorn and fun
Paper pack of 10 games $6 Early Bird sheets $1 each Intermission game $1 each Candy & soda pop available See you there!
Sandy Whittaker, Lot 884 - Quilting Reporter
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Thursday, November 17 3:30 PM Owners’ Lounge
THE GOLDEN SON by Somaya Gowda Anil Patel’s life was planned for
him. As the eldest son of a large landowner in a small village in India, it was always expected that he would manage the farm and arbitrate disputes. When he began to develop academic talents, with his father’s encouragement Anil left his native India to study medicine in the United States. He finds himself in culture shock caught between two worlds as he begins his medical training. Gowda shines a light on women’s roles in India and the complex relationships in patriarchal societies.
Everyone is welcome! Next meeting Thursday, December 8 The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg
For information contact: Jean Dietrich 760 992-8225
Top row L to R: Joanne Nyquist Proof Reader; Mary Ann Priddy Proof Reader; Louise Knobf Activity Page; Eva Norcross Editor Middle row L to R: Luann Ward Sports Editor; Susan Matthew (Board Secretary) ; Margie Sleight Proof Reader ; Karen Peterson Proof Reader Emeritus Front row L to R: Ellen Lynch , Editor Emeritus; Sharen Woodgrift , Photo Editor
THE 19 TH HOLE
Join us for Happy Hour 4-7PM
Monday thru Thursday Cocktails - Music Goodies
A special thanks to Ellen Lynch and Karen Peterson for all their help in preparing me to be the New Editor. I would not have considered taking on the job without all their helpful training and mentorship. A BIG THANK YOU! From the heart … Eva
Sharen Woodgrift and Alice Heuple Thanks for all you do!
Saturday November 19
Sellers sign up for a table @ Activities Office $1.00
Flea Market 8 to 10 AM El Saguaro
THANKSGIVING DINNER Doors open @ 4 Dinner @ 4:30 El Saguaro
Thursday November 24
Reserve a table @ activities office
Homeowners $30 Non-owners $33
Saturday November 26
Join us in front of La Palma One blood donation can save up to 3 lives.
SIGN UP @ Activities Office NOW
ICE CREAM SOCIAL 2 TO 3 PM La Palma Check the web site for details of up coming events… New Years Parties and much much more!!
$1.50 1 scoop $2.00 2 scoops $3.00 Root beer float $3.00 Banana split Several toppings to choose from
NOVEMBER MOVIES in the Owners’ Lounge Tuesdays at 4PM & 7PM Hot dogs and chips - $3.75 available from 5:30 to 6:30PM
JOY Jennifer Lawrence
Joy is the story of Joy Mangano , a self-made millionaire who created her own business empire. The film is a semi-fictional and inspirational portrayal of how Mangano overcame personal and professional obstacles to rise to the top.
Welcome Back!! These are the most used words in the month of November. Everyone returning for the season and seeing old friends and neighbors, greet in this manner. The staff here at the resort have been preparing for the season to begin and the Activities department is no exception. We have been working on the schedule and it looks like there should be something for everyone. Some of our old favorites will be returning, such as the potato bakes, with some new and fresh events we are sure you will enjoy. There will be more con- certs and non-dinner events this year such as a Jazz Jam session with many of the Coachella Val- ley entertainers and “Summer 63’” which is a tribute to the Four Seasons, “Gone But Not Forgotten”, impersonators of entertainers we have lost such as Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson and the Everly Brothers. Of course, let’s not forget about our Big Star Night which will return again this season. Bus trips available and Happy Hours with food are also being been planned. So the only thing left to say is WELCOME BACK!!
CONCUSSION Will Smith
Concussion is a 2015 American biographical sports drama thriller film. Set in 2002, the film stars Will as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who fights against the National Football League trying to suppress his research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy brain degeneration suffered by professional football players.
RACE Stephan James as Jesse Owens
A 2016 biographical sports drama film about African American athlete Jesse Owens, who won a record- breaking four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
Dec 6 EDDIE THE EAGLE A biographical sports comedy-drama. Stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, a British skier who in 1988 became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN A 2016 American Christian drama recounting the true story of Christy Beam’s daughter who had a near-death experience and was later cured of an incurable disease. MY ALL AMERICAN My All-American pays respectful tribute to U. of Texas football legend Freddie Steinmark (1949-71) with the sort of on-the-nose sincerity that transforms biography into hagiography. Dec 13 Dec 20
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
DOLPHIN TALE 2 Morgan Freeman
The team of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital.
ORPS ONGOING 2016-2017
MON - THUR WEDNESDAY
EARLY BINGO $
6:30 PM 8:50 AM
LA PALMA LA PALMA
BOOK DISCUSSION ICE CREAM SOCIAL $
THURSDAY SATURDAY TUE & THUR
7 PM 2 PM
4 & 7 PM
UNIQUES SINGLES CLUB
LADIES BIBLE STUDY
ADD. DATES NOV.9 / DEC. 7, 14 &21 BRIDGE
BEGINS JAN. 11
MON & THUR
TUE & THUR
10 & 1
9 AM 1 PM
BEGINNER LINE DANCE WEDNESDAY
EASY BEG. LINE DANCE FIT FOR LIFE $
THURSDAY TUE & THUR
2 PM 8 AM 1 PM 2 PM
EL SAGUARO EL SAGUARO EAST ROOM EAST ROOM EAST ROOM EL SAGUARO
INTER. LINE DANCING $
TAP CLASS YOGA 1 $
TUE & THUR
9:30 AM 8:30 AM 10:00 AM 9:45 AM
PATTI PATTI PATTI
YOGA 1 BEG. JAN $ YOGA INTERMEDIATE $
MON & FRI
MON - FRI
ART WORKSHOP $ ORPS QUILTERS NEEDLE CRAFT BEAD CRAFTING
MONDAY WED - THUR MONDAY
1 PM 9 AM
WEST ROOM EAST ROOM EAST ROOM WEST ROOM
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
Lupe 760 328-3155
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A-1 Custom Golf Cars is excited to become part of the Outdoor Resort Community. We will be offering most of the same products carried by the ORPS Convenience Store in the past, but will introduce new services as well. We will continue to carry sundry items , RV parts and equipment, and will be adding golf cart parts, batteries , and installation services . In addition, we will be offering golf cart rentals , summer golf cart storage , and a special order program for RV and golf part items not carried in the convenience store. A-1 Convenience Store , and our staff, look forward to serving your needs this season from:
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7:00 AM – 5 PM
Monday thru Friday ,
7:00 AM – 12 Noon
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