F EBRUARY 2019
Outdoor Resort Palm Springs - the Number One RV Resort in the USA
Board of Directors President C RAIG W IRCH Vice President Members B OB M OORE
Oracle Staff Editor E VA N ORCROSS Production Staff L OUISE K NOBF S USAN M ATTHEW K AREN P ETERSON Proof Readers J OANNE N YQUIST T OM O’F LAHERTY
Election Calendar Meeting Calendar
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J OHN B OUDIN G REG F ARMER
T ED W ILSON Secretary D EDE L OOP CFO J IM W ALLER
General Manager C LINT A THERTON
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.
MESSAGE FROM YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As I write this, we have experienced many rainy days, colder temperatures and even a heavy fog ( a first for me in my 5 years in the desert)! Many of you
We are half-way through our busy season now and the Board, as well as all fourteen advisory committees are in full swing and working hard to accomplish the work at hand. CFO J IM W ALLER reports that Management/Accounting and the Finance Committee are in the process of developing the 2019-2020 Budget. Proposed recommendations for future capital spending, as developed by the Facilities Planning Committee, are under review and will impact the level of capital spending to be included in the budget. We can expect an increase in HOA fees to address the rising cost of doing business and also due to the new “minimum wage” law in the State of California which will increase wages by $1.00/hour each year beginning January of 2019, eventually reaching $15/hour by the year 2022. A proposed draft preliminary budget will be completed soon. Owners interested in this process are encouraged to attend meetings this month of the Facilities Planning Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Board, as well as a special meeting of the Board and the Finance Committee scheduled for Wednesday, Feb 27, at 2PM in LP Auditorium to review the preliminary budget. (See the Meeting Calendar on page 6 for meeting dates and times.) The Board continues to respond to our owners by addressing owner concerns and management recommendations to streamline our processes and improve customer service and other issues. This month we will consider amendments to our Rules & Regulations for all three sports to ensure policy consistency between the sports. We will also consider establishing rules relating to political signs within the Resort. Become involved in the governance of your Association. Be informed by attending meetings of your Board and its Advisory Committees. C RAIG W IRCH , Board President
attempting to escape cold and wet climates are probably wondering what the heck is going on! Unfortunately, we can’t control the weather but I would guess these types of days won’t last too long. One thing we can control is how we provide service to our owners here at ORPS. There has been a renewed emphasis from management to staff that customer service is job #1. That is not to say that customer service was neglected in the past, but rather to highlight that we know there is always room for improvement. For example, the objective set for all staff is to return all calls and emails within 24 hours of receipt. We may not always have the answer on the return correspondence, as many items require investigation or research, but a reply is to be made to the inquiry to at least let the member know that staff is working on their request. Often times, staff will reply within the same business day but obviously if a message is left 5 minutes at the close of the work day it is unrealistic to set an expectation of a same day response, hence the 24 hours. I realize we may sometime miss opportunities to provide the expected service to our members but hopefully they are few and far between. Members who have identified areas where we may have a continual shortcoming, or have identified a potential challenge, please notify the management staff member of that department or feel free to contact me. As many of you know, staff strives to provide the best service possible and to be courteous and friendly. This will continue to be emphasized. Of course, staff members love it when this is reciprocated by our members as we are all part of the ORPS family!
DOG OWNERS & FRIENDS COMMITTEE
The Finance Committee is currently researching ORPS budget trends and information sources preparatory to the upcoming review and approval of
The Dog Owners and Friends Committee is off and running with officers in place. B RENDA K ING , Lot 1114 will serve as Chair, with S TEPHANIE W HITE , Lot 323 as Vice Chair, and J UDY V AREY , Lot 893 as Secretary. The Committee is exploring ways to make ORPS a more pet friendly resort. Meetings of the Committee are open to all ORPS owners. If interested, plan to attend the next meeting scheduled for
the budget for 2019 - 2020. A new Reserves report is due in late January and then the progress toward 70% funding will be assessed and considered as the upcoming budget moves toward approval. Documentation of new initiatives this year is being gathered for review. G AIL P OLLOCK , Chair
2PM - Feb 4 - East Room at La Palma All owners are welcome to attend the Committee meetings.
HEALTH & FITNESS COMMITTEE The reader-board in the gym has been updated with the New Year = New You with health and wellness tips to kick-start your year. Instructions and demonstrations on the proper use of the weight room and its equipment is underway on M-W-F from 9-10AM. There is a sign-up sheet on the business bulletin board where you may sign up if needing instruction. Please sign up. If we see no name on the list, we may not show up that day. February 23 - 5K Resort Walk March 9 - Health & Wellness Fair March 13 - Health Luncheon
C HERI B OUDIN , Co-Chair
Welcome to Accounting 101! Do you know what all those financial reports represent?
There are 2 important reports that are associated with the 3 separate entities at ORPS (last month I explained Operating , Reserve & Capital ). These 3 have a P&L and Balance Sheet that report the state of our finances. The P&L (Profit & Loss) reports the current month’s revenues and expenses. Revenues include the monthly assessment fee, bar revenue, activities revenue, etc. Expenses include all the bills we pay, payroll, utilities, supplies, etc. Since the resort has so many areas, we break the P&L into departments, i.e., Administration, Maintenance, Bar, Golf, etc. The P&L will state if we made a profit or a loss. The report also includes the budget amount and YTD (Year to Date) figures for comparison and analysis. The Balance Sheet reports the assets, liabilities and retained earnings. Assets are what we own, bank accounts, prepaid expenses, prepaid assessments (owners have prepaid in advance). Liabilities are what we owe, accounts payable (actual bills), federal & state taxes and any accrued amounts. The Balance Sheet also states retained earnings (cumulative net earnings). Included in the monthly reports is the Working Capital summary (a quick snapshot of our cash flow), a Forecast (stating actual amounts with a projection of what may occur) and the P&L Comments. The Comments is a quick look at the P&L with an explanation of various highs and lows. Look for next month’s article on “What we actually do in Accounting”. B RENDA M EJIA , Controller
FACILITIES PLANNING COMMITTEE
I hope you are enjoying our fabulous facilities here in the desert! Our resort looks so beautiful this year and we are pleased with our new stunning ES Pool Deck and Pickleball Center! Our committee continues to work with GM C LINT A THERTON on planning for completion of the El Saguaro kitchen. It is the committee’s highest priority for what is needed in our resort. Certain components of the ES kitchen have been completed in various phases. Some due to advanced planning and some due to necessity because of equipment failure. The last part of the ES kitchen that needs attention is the “Chef Line”, which consists of a new hood and fire suppression system that will ventilate the kitchen area properly and bring our kitchen into current codes. This will entail purchasing stove top and ovens with electronic ignition for safe and easy owner use, caterer use, etc. We will add two new stacking warming ovens that are needed to keep caterer foods warm until they are served.
These ovens must be installed under a hood system and our current hood system is not adequate. Many thanks to our committee member volunteers M ARSHA N ELSON , A LICE H EUPLE , S HERYL N ELSON , C AROLYN C ANDLER , K ATIE T ARABOCHIA for their expertise and time to ensure our facility projects are well planned and successful. We are welcoming new members D AN O’M ELIA , D OUG F OLSOM and D EBBIE S MITH who are committed to making our winter destination so enjoyable for all. Please share your facility concerns with these members so they can address your concerns for the future. We say farewell to J UDY J URACH , a valuable member who has stepped aside to focus on needs at home. Thank you Judy for sharing your common sense and facility knowledge. Our next scheduled meetings are: Thursdays, February 7 & 21, 2PM - LP East Room All interested owners are always welcome. A VA F ELT , Chair
CANDIDATE CHARLIE LEAHY
2019 ORPS ELECTION
This year, there are two openings on the Board of Directors and there are three outstanding owners who are candidates: C HARLIE L EAHY , D ON R ENOE , and C RAIG W IRCH . Their Candidate statements are printed on the following pages. Remember you have two votes for two positions and one ballot for each lot owned. Ballots in the Mail February 4 Please follow instructions carefully for casting your ballots contained in your election materials. Ballots may be delivered as follows: Mail your ballot to the Inspectors of Election in the pre-addressed envelope provided. Remember to attach postage! Or, for your convenience, ballots may be dropped in a ballot box at La Palma (near the mailroom window) and postage is not required. Lastly, you may turn your ballot in to the Inspectors of Election during a registration period from 10:00AM to 10:30AM on March 8, at La Palma when the Annual Meeting is called to order and the polls will close. Ballots will not be accepted after 10:30AM when the ballot tabulation will begin.
Carolyn and I feel very fortunate that our first winter in California after several years in Florida brought us directly to our new home at ORPS. We drive home through a golf course, see the flowers, look up through the palm trees, and see snow on the mountain.
Our rental got off to a bad start when our bikes were stolen by cutting the lock cables. Becoming owners in 2017, I attended a meeting of the Safety and Security Committee, was appointed a member, and became Vice Chair at my first meeting. Before my second meeting the Chair resigned. Surprise. I was suddenly transformed from crime victim to Committee Chair. I quickly learned that using the Committee to constantly ask hard questions can draw attention to problems, and found we have a Board of Directors that is willing to make changes. It is gratifying to see the new energy and improvements in our Security this year. Several people asked me to run for the Board, suggesting I have skills that complement the current board. I joined General Motors as an engineering student at the Corvair assembly plant, and retired as a lawyer at GM headquarters. As a mechanical engineer, I lean toward thorough analysis of problems, look for the root cause, and seek the simple, effective and economical solution. As a lawyer, I learn by deep study of the documents and facts, listening carefully to people, formulating a thoughtful position, and then being quick to change my thinking when someone has a better idea. As a Board member, I will be interested in improving our experiences as owners and renters. I believe there is a wealth of untapped talent in our owners and would like to help reinvigorate our volunteer participation. I look forward to working with the ORPS management team to improve customer service through employee training and foresee many small changes that can pay big improvements. Our HOA is financially strong, and careful oversight can keep us there. Let’s celebrate our strengths, learn from any mistakes, and work diligently toward improvements, big and small.
However, early voting is encouraged, so…
Vote… and Vote Early!
. WHERE’S MY BALLOT?
If you do not receive your ballot, it gets lost or destroyed, you may obtain a replacement ballot from S USAN in the Board Room. If you did not request to have your ballot mailed to you here at ORPS, it would have been mailed to your permanent address of record. If so, before requesting a replacement ballot, please allow enough time for your mail to get forwarded to you here at ORPS, if you have mail-forwarding service.
Charlie Leahy - Lot 721 email@example.com
P.S. If you have emergency medical experience, such as nursing, medic, ski patrol, crisis counseling or other skills, please join our earthquake preparedness team!
CANDIDATE DON RENOE
CANDIDATE CRAIG WIRCH
My wife Barbara and I have been coming to Outdoor Resort for 25 years. Our two children were young and it was a great place to experience the sunshine, warmth, friendly people and all that the desert had to offer during March. In 2009 we made the decision to become owners, giving us the opportunity to visit and enjoy ORPS
Louise and I have been owners at ORPS since 2006. We live on Okanagan Lake in south-central British Columbia and consider that a jewel. Once we found ORPS, we knew this was our winter jewel. We have been blessed with wonderful friendships that make our winters special. Education: My college days were interrupted by junior hockey. I have completed numerous courses in restaurant and business management. Work experience: I started working for McDonald’s Restaurants part-time at age 15. I moved into a full-time career when I was finished with hockey and became one of the youngest restaurant managers in Canada at the age of 21. After 16 years in restaurant management, I changed careers, and joined a company that fabricated, supplied and installed kitchen equipment packages for McDonald’s throughout Western Canada. The design of their non-standard kitchens was my speciality. While working in Vancouver, my volunteer activities included 10 years coaching minor hockey as well as serving on two HOAs. Louise and I were very fortunate to retire in 2005 and relocate from Vancouver to the beautiful Okanagan in 2009. I have been Fleet Captain of the Peachland Yacht Club for 7 years, responsible for moorage contracts, membership records and rules pertaining to boats moored in the marina. I was Construction Manager for 4 years, and aside from regular maintenance, initiated and managed all aspects of a major expansion to the marina. I also filled in as Treasurer for two years, all volunteer positions. At ORPS I have served a 3-year term on the A&A Committee, I have been involved in a number of the Saturday events, preparing meals. I have been president of the FMCA ORPS chapter for two 1-year terms. I have served two 2-year terms on the Golf Committee and introduced many fun, new features to the golf program. I have always worked at giving back to our community and believe my history, both work and volunteer positions, would be a valued assist in working on behalf of all owners. I have a strong work ethic and a drive to understand all sides of issues. Those who know me well know my interest is in continuing to improve what we already have at this wonderful resort.
a little more often. During my working career, I worked in the hospitality industry of various hotels managing the front office and assistant manager. I worked in a variety of Christian Ministries, one of which was managing the ministry in Canada of Insight for Living (Chuck Swindoll). For the last 21 years of my working career I operated my own successful Merry Maids Franchise which won top awards both in Canada and North America for Excellent Customer Service, Employee Retention and Satisfaction, as well as Strong Fiscal Management. I have also been involved and served our local community church as a Deacon, Elder, Finance Officer, Board Member, and various Committee positions. During the past 3 years it has been my privilege to serve on your Board of Directors as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and currently as your Board President. I have served as Board liaison to the Golf, Finance, Pickleball, Safety/ Security, Facilities Planning, and Strategic Planning Committees. These past 3 years I have worked diligently with the board to rewrite the CC&R’s, Bylaws, a complete update of our Rules and Regulations, Policies, and A&A Rules. I have worked closely with those responsible to assure us all that our financial picture remains strong and vibrant while making the necessary improvements and upgrades to our facilities. This past year we focused on developing our Vision, Mission, and Core Values Statement. The Bible states in Proverbs 29:18 “where there is no vision, the people perish!” I believe strongly in Vision, Mission, and Core Values. Our Vision and Mission must guide us in each decision made at ORPS, and not our own ambitions. This is why we read our Vision Statement at every board meeting as our reminder. These statements are printed in the Oracle and are posted on the bulletin boards, and the board office and front office. We have not yet reached our Vision to become the “ultimate RV destination, unsurpassed in facilities, activities, amenities, social atmosphere and climate”. We are, however, making progress towards this goal. I understand the Vision, the hard work, the time commitment, and the creative thinking it takes. We need strong leadership with integrity to keep our ORPS future moving forward. It is important to note that I work well with our General Manager, his staff, and your board of directors. There is still work to do. I am asking you for your vote so that I can continue to serve all owners at Outdoor Resort Palm Springs. Please take the time to vote.
SAFETY AND SECURITY You Are On The Earthquake Team!
As owners and renters at ORPS we each have responsibilities to ourselves and our community in event of a serious earthquake. We each need to be prepared to shelter in place for a week and render some help to our neighbors until we can evacuate. Do you have enough food and bottled drinking water on hand to last a week? Do you have flashlights or a headlamp that you can find in the dark? Do you have a supply of batteries? Do you have a first aid kit that you can find without searching? Do you regularly maintain your RV batteries so that you will have a few days of lighting, refrigerator, and furnace? Do you keep your vehicles full of fuel for running your generator and for evacuation when the highways reopen? Will you assist your closest neighbors by knocking on their door and offering assistance? Will your neighbors knock on your door? Will you be self sufficient or a burden on the ORPS community? It’s up to each of us to be prepared . C HARLIE L EAHY , Vice Chair
The Security Team has started the process of issuing citations for violations of the Association’s
Governing Documents. Once a citation is issued it cannot be contested with anyone in the Administration Office or Accounting Department. Instructions for a simplified pay procedure and hearings from the Board of Directors are listed on the back of the citation. If there are any questions after reading the back of the citation contact me at 760-770-0065.
F RANK F LORES , Post Commander PostCommander@ .com
A&A Committee A&A Committee members are available for lot consultations if you are planning an improvement to your lot. Visit the front counter in the Administration Office to make an appointment! Remember, permits are required for any lot modification, including landscape changes. Detailed information is available on the Owners’ website, under the tab “Permits.” Reminders: Pet fences may not be installed on common area and, if placed on grassy areas, must be removed weekly for our landscape contractors. Also, rigs must be no closer than two feet from the property line and slides cannot extend past the sewer outlet or over natural grass. T ED W ILSON , A&A Chair
FEBRUARY MEETING CALENDAR
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors: Monday, February 11, 1PM - La Palma SPECIAL MEETING OF BOARD & FINANCE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW 2019-2020 BUDGET, WEDNESDAY February 27, 2PM - La Palma
2 nd Tues
OL - MPR
6 & 20
1 st Mon
OL - MPR
Dog Owners & Friends
1 st & 3 rd Thurs
7 & 21
13 & 28 (Thurs)
1 st Tues
1 st Tues
Health & Fitness
1 st Tues
1 st Wed
OL – MPR
1 st Fri
Safety & Security
1 st Tues
1 st Sat
LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY
Chapel meets every Sunday at 8:50AM in La Palma C HAPLAIN J IM G WINN Lot 274 847-445-0077 Come Join Us! All are Welcome
9AM East Room at La Palma .
The study is Gideon by P RISCILLA S HIRER . This study will encourage you to recognize your weaknesses as the key the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life. Don’t ignore or try to escape your weaknesses, see them as the gifts they are, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of His strength in your life. PLEASE join us and you’ll meet some of the friendliest ladies in the resort. D ONNICE K OCH , Lot 81 firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 913-952-9285
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! GOD IS LOVE AND HE SHARES IT WITH US Thank you Lord for giving us the ability to share Your love in the days ahead as we pattern loving after your kindness and gift of love, being careful to do so with each day we tread. Give us warm and gentle hearts that are always ready to help a friend. Give us strength and courage so a shoulder we may lend. May each day be filled with joy and the happiness it brings. May all the fighting and concerns end as we build each other up even during times of disagreement. May our hearts be filled with love resulting in a peaceful happy way to live which occurs as we are enabled by Your love. You created us for Yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. I want your control in my life, yet sometimes I feel troubled about losing my control. We need your love but sometimes fear the ramifications of loving others as you have loved us. Help us to see what life could be if we loved You with all our heart and remove the self-constructed obstacles to trusting You completely. I want to open my mind to knowing Your Word which so clearly gives a clear definition and life instruction for loving You and those we come in contact with. Enable us to practice this Bible verse written by King David:
The chorus got off to a good start in November with Christmas carol
practice. We then sang three carols at Chapel in December. We had our first practice of the New Year on January 8 with over 40 singers present. In response to suggestions we have several new songs including Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Operator” arranged by Kirby Shaw. We will likely sing these at our March 17 concert .
If you like to sing please join us in LP at 2PM every Tuesday
Any questions, contact P AT D UNCAN , D IRECTOR email@example.com
You are my God, and I will praise you; You are my God, and I will praise you.
C HAPEL PROGRAMS FOR F EBRUARY come have a terrific Sunday morning with friends and the Lord.
Feb 3 S ID B OSELL , the parable teller, tells stories loved by all with a powerful meaning. Feb 10 W INFRED N EELY , from Moody Bible Institute Feb 17 R ON P IERCE , missionary statesmen giving us an overview of God’s work in the world. Feb 24 L INDA S TROM , Death Row prison chaplain bringing a former inmate with her. Don't miss.
M EMORIAL C ORNER D EDICATED TO THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED ON IN RECENT MONTHS
D AVE L EMKE L EN L OFTHUS N ANCY R OBB M ARIAN W EINS
Lot 265 Lot 481 Lot 408 Lot 973
M EREDITH P ATE
A LYSSA T ORRES
C LARISA R OBLES
Owners’ Lounge Tuesdays @ 4PM & 7PM Hot dog & chips - $4.50 (5:30 - 6:30) Margie’s Homemade Cookies Available too! February 5: The Book Shop
Come into the Activities Office, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on our email list today! What a start to 2019! We had a great January with C OMEDY N IGHT , P OTATO B AKE , L ADIES L UNCHEON , live entertainment at the bar and more! C OMEDY NIGHT was a huge success with over 300 people in attendance enjoying a night of laughter. If you missed it, make sure you sign up for the next one on March 8 . February will be another great month with B IG S TAR N IGHT , V ALENTINE ’ S D INNER D ANCE , L ADIES ’ L UNCHEON & R OCK A ROUND T HE C LOCK ! We are thankful for the volunteers giving their time to H AMBURGER N IGHT , T ACO N IGHT , setup for events, etc. We are so thankful for each one of you! Great events such as the L ADIES ’ L UNCHEON would not be possible without the help of hosts and volunteers. Speaking of Ladies’ Luncheon, I want to say a big thank you to S ANDY H OLGUIN and G ERI S OBOOL for putting on a beautiful luncheon for women to enjoy. We want to thank D AVE D AWSON for getting the gentlemen ready to serve at the Ladies’ Luncheon, it would not be the same without all of you, Thank You! Don’t forget our HAPPY HOUR food during the week. Tuesdays are hotdog nights by M ARGIE ’ S Espresso Bar, G EORGE ’ S Hamburgers on Wednesday and the P ARSONS head up Taco Night on Thursday. Check your emails regularly to find out about great live music at the bar! If you are not on our email list, email us at email@example.com to be put on the list.
England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a book shop.
February 12: First Man A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
February 19: Bohemian Rhapsody Freddie Mercury leads Queen to become one of the greatest rock bands in history. The unique band has unprecedented success despite Freddie's hectic life choices. Then Freddie becomes tragical- ly ill with a terminal disease. He gives his all at a performance for Live Aid, which will go down in history as one of the most memorable music events of all time.
February 26: The Zookeepers Wife The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion .
If you are familiar with Taoist Tai Chi and would like to practice weekly please email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org
All Valley Deck Works 760 340 9335 Country Club Carpet Cleaning 760 774 2889 Frank’s RV Washing & Wax 760 399 6320 G&A City Landscape & Design 760 391 7078 Jaime Garcia Masonry 760 668 7302 Ray Duff 760 272 1965 Romero RV Wash 760 272 1965
O R P S V E N D O R S
Thank You To All of our “Friends of the Oracle ” T HE LATEST : N ORM AND K AREN C HAFFIN F OR A FULL LIST , SEE D ECEMBER AND J ANUARY I SSUES
DUPLICATE BRIDGE Wednesday Evenings Intermediate players WELCOME Call Activities Office for info
HOLES-IN-ONE Hole-in-one scorecards must be dated and signed by at least one playing witness. Include phone number and indicate if this is his/her first hole-in-one. We can only list the hole in ones if you turn in your completed form. The lucky golfer may purchase a hole-in-one bag tag.
B OB M OORE
T RISH H ALL
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. Register at ES between 8AM and 8:45 AM. Play starts at 9AM Bring $5 and join us
L YDIA D ELANEY
D AVE M EISSEN
J ERRY M C G EE
K RIS M C G EE
R OGER C S MITH
D ALLAS B ROCK
A GNES H ALEREWICH
C HARLENE S CHNEIDER
TOURNAMENTS Sat/Sun February 9 and 10 - Sweetheart
H AL M ORTENSON
Friday, February 22 - Can-Am Saturday, March 2 - Three Club Fri-Sat-Sun March 15-16-17 - Club Championship Saturday, March 23 - Farewell Tournament
A RTIE S ALVESEN
H ELEN S HEAFF
G UY B OURLON
E DWIN L EWIS
K EVIN M OERDICK
LADIES’ PUTTING CLUB Sign up Wednesday mornings 8:45AM at ES
D UANE S CHRAM
Bring your putter, a ball and 4 quarters and have FUN!
ORPS Players Cub HIO Challenge
is sponsored by A1 Custom Golf Cars . Become a member for $25 – receive an ORPS logo golf towel and bag tag. Members pay $1 for each organized event and a chance to win the pot which carries over until won, and then starts again.
2018 - 2019 Golf Committee
D ON R ENOE :
A LLEN G AYKEN :
Vice Chair, handicaps, new owner/renters sign-ups & tournament entries Treasurer, tournament entries
G REG R OSE :
C HARLENE S CHNEIDER $ 173 - HIO Dec. 20 Two recent players who made Hole in One’s were unfortunately not signed up and missed winning a pot that currently stands over $300.
B RENDA G OORTS : G AIL P OLLACK : M ICHELLE M OORE :
Secretary, & handicaps
Hospitality, & teams, HIO tags
Hospitality, & teams & tournament entries
Jan12, 2019 String Tournament The early morning rain scared a lot of people, but 25 hearty souls braved the elements and were rewarded with a beautiful day of golf, lots of laughs and a great lunch. The winning team: B OB , M ICHELLE , R OSE , F ROSTY & G REG Ladies’ KP - V IRGINIA G AYKEN Mens’ KP – A LLEN G AYKEN KP Anyone – R OSE V AN S CHAGEN
Dec 20, 2019 Criss Cross Tournament 64 Entrants Ladies’ KP – C ANDY P ARKINSON Mens’ KP – S TEVE O RNELLAS KP Anyone – C HARLENE S CHNEIDER
ANNOUNCING SPECIAL PRICING ORPS OWNERS at CATHERDRAL CANYON GOLF CLUB
7 day advance booking call 760-328-6571 Show your owner prox card at check in
TENNIS NEWS FROM ORPS We are really rolling now. Our Top Gun teams are in full swing (so to speak!). They are utilizing all the courts on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10AM. If you would like to see some awesome tennis go out and watch. Our league matches have started also. We have leagues playing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sundays. Come out and cheer us on. Matches begin at 1PM and although sometimes we are at other clubs all the matches are posted online or check the Tennis Calendar that is posted on the main bulletin board.
NIGHT TENNIS We had our first Tuesday night tennis and there were so many attendees we had to play “double double” tennis with eight people on a court. We had 34 players participate and 39 after for dinner at Bella Roma. Many thanks to Bella Roma for accommodating a much larger crowd than they anticipated. We will be having Night Tennis starting January 22 every week.
THIS IS OUR BEAUTIFUL 3.5 DESERT LEAGUE TEAM! MIXER
Many thanks to our men’s Top Gun for hosting our January mixer on January 19. The food was delicious and it was also well attended. Our next mixer is going to be held on Saturday February 16 at 8:15AM at La Palma. It is being hosted by the USTA ladies 7.0 65 + team. Flyers are posted at all the satellites and the main information board. You don’t want to miss it! HORSE RACE The horse race and general meeting was January 5 th We had many new players and hope they will be back again. The next Horse Race and general meeting will be held on Saturday, February 2 at La Palma at 8:15AM bring $5 to play.
OUR LUCKY January HORSE RACE WINNERS
OUR CRAZY MIXED 8.0/8.5 DESERT
Submitted by: K ATHY B ROWN , Tennis Communications
REMINDER: COURT CHAIRS FUNDRAISER
ORPS Pickleball is now able to receive $100 donations for the imprinting of personalized backstraps for the court chairs to raise money for the finishing of lighting at the pickleball courts. PLEASE pay cash or checks to D IANA W ELT or J ANICE W ALD before the end of January.
NEW PICKLEBALL PLAYERS
WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT THEM?
WELCOME to all the new pickleball players in ORPS! Over 132 players have attended at least one beginner lesson, with many returning for subsequent instruction! We are excited to build the club and to share our passion for the sport. A big SHOUT OUT and THANK YOU to those de- voting their time to teach and assist others: S TAN M ILLER -N IELSEN ,S HERRY M INDEL , L YNN W OLF , G INI M OORE , and K IRSTEN N IELSEN . We appreciate you! Beginner lesson times are Monday and Thursday at 3PM and free of charge! Drills are also open to everyone Wednesday and Friday at 3PM.
THANK YOU to D IANA W ELT , K IM S MITH , S HIRLEY P ICRAY , and L ANA M C C ANN for organizing our weekly Track It Hub shoot-outs. They are there behind the scenes making it all happen. You all rock!
VALENTINE’S DAY PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT
NEXT PICKLEBALL MEETING
FEBRUARY 6 at 11AM at El Saguaro Owner’s Lounge. Hope to see you all there!
Registration and further details will be sent out on Track It Hub. Potluck lunch in the pergola to follow.
Check out the PICKLEBALL INFORMATION BOARD for any changes to the schedule.
CAN AM TOURNAMENT February 27 - March 1
Feb 27 Feb 28
– Women’s doubles play
– Men’s doubles play March 1 – Mixed doubles play Registration and further details will be sent out on Track It Hub.
Annual Pickleball Dinner/Dance March 2 evening
Submitted by L YNN B ARRY
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WEDNESDAYS AT LA PALMA 6:30PM Early Bird Bingo 7PM Regular Bingo Games end around 9PM
to our organizers of the 2018 Christmas Santa Caroling! Fun was had by all! In order to repeat this FUN activity next year, we need to collect the Song Sheets and the Bells! Please drop them off at Lot 1198
Paper pack of 10 games $6 Early Bird sheets $1 each Intermission game $1 each
• Popcorn, Candy & Soda available Join the Fun
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LADIES’ LUNCHEON For The Chef In You Jan Boystun “Gadget Girl” from KMIR
February 13th 11:30 ES Ballroon
Menu: Lemon Herbed Chicken, Fresh Orange Salad, Rosemary Bread.
ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Saturday February 16 th $19 ES Ballroom Bar opens at 5 Dinner at 6 Entertainment By Running Kind 4 course 'SERVED' Italian-style dinner cooked by 'THE GREAT CANADIAN COOKING TEAM'
Lemon Bars with Orange Crème
A fun filled luncheon with friends and laughter awaits you. Hosted by...Lois Campbell & Cindy Wilson
Wednesday Nights are Burger Nights tickets at Activities Office 10 – 3 daily and Bar Wednesday 3 to 5 $7
Valentine Dinner Dance February 9 ES Bar 5 Dinner 6 Entertainment 7 Catered by...Gourmet Passions Entertainment...Sheer Pleasure featuring Rob Carter & Lola Rossi Menu/Buffet Style.. Harvest Berry Salad, choice of Fresh Pork Tenderloin served w/orange cranberry glaze or Grilled Chicken Breast served with cognac pepper sauce, Roasted Mushrooms & Onions. Roasted Baby Jeweled Potatoes, Fresh seasonal Vegetable Medley served w/savory bacon-vinaigrette. Table breads, Dinner rolls and butter. Dessert includes Chocolate Truffle, Cheese Bites, Valentine Shortbread Cookies, Chocolate-Cherry Brownies, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.
Red Hat Bunco Party & Ice Cream Social Saturday February 16, 2 - 4:30 In the Card Room.
$6 for dessert and prizes. Come visit with ORPS friends while we start with ice cream sundaes. We will play Bunco. No experience needed for this fast moving
fun game. Wear your Red Hat and something purple. All women are welcome. You do not have to be a Red Hatter. RSVP J EANETTE Z UBER 909-519-2028
ORPS QUILTERS & SEWING CLUB Tuesday - Friday West Room at ES
The Communications Committee is currently working on developing a new charter and will be adding new subcommittees that redefines its roles and responsibilities. If you have a background or interest in communications, or if you would enjoy being a representative of the resort who assists with communications throughout the resort and helps to plan social activities, please consider coming to a Communications Committee meeting to be a part of the shaping the future in resort communications. If you are unable to attend the meeting but you have input regarding resort communications, please contact Chair, K RISTEN D AMAZIO , at email@example.com to share your thoughts so we can continue to improve the communications processes in the resort. The New Owner Reception on January 21 had over 150 people in attendance. New Owners were greeted by ORPS Board of Directors members, were welcomed by ORPS staff and enjoyed drink and appetizers while mingling with other new owners. Thank you to the volunteers who ensured the success of this very important event. Our next Communications Committee meeting will be February 4 at 10AM in the Owners’ Lounge Multipurpose Room.
Bring your sewing machine and your own project to work on. Everyone is welcome! Save the dates: Feb 16 – Quilt Show-ES Feb 27 – Monica’s Quilt Store Trunk Show-ES Watch for our quilt raffle display at ORPS’ events for tickets sales, tickets are also available on our quilting days at the West Room . For more info, email us at: ORPSQUILTERS&SEWINGCLUB@GMAIL.COM and request to join our facebook page, ORPS QUILTERS & SEWING CLUB.
S ANDY W HITTAKER , Lot 884 ORPS Quilter & Sewing Club Reporter
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Thursday, February 21, 2019 4PM Owners’ Lounge
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Lee Kyeonseo, a student who now lives in South Korea is best known for being a defector and activist. She escaped from North Korea and later guided her family out of North Korea through China and Laos. This is our annual meeting where spouses and guests are invited. The meeting will start at 4PM followed by a potluck dinner. If you would like to come and haven’t signed up yet, call J EAN D IETRICH to let her know what you will bring. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. For information: Jean Dietrich 760 992-8225 Next Meeting: March 21 Where the Crawdads Sing
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A NEW DAY IN CANCER TREATMENTS
Richard J. Frink, MD Retired Cardiologist, 12 year ORPS Owner
I hope everyone here at ORPS took notice of the Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded during October 2018. Two investigators were awarded the prize for a new approach to cancer treatment that harnessed the immune system to specifically target and destroy the cancer cells without damaging normal tissue. The progress is truly astounding. Cancer is one of our most dreaded diseases. We all know X-RAY and chemotherapy are often successful in helping patients, but rarely result in a cure. My nephew, a salmon fisherman in Alaska, came to Seattle about 8 years ago to get treatment for a cancer of the throat. Cancers of the head and neck are difficult because they spread early to other parts of the body. He was asked to enter a double blind study testing a new experimental drug that involved the immune system similar to the Nobel prize. In studies of this kind the patient doesn’t know whether they are getting the experimental drug or a placebo (a sugar pill). As it happened he received the experimental drug “Erbitux” and is alive and cancer free today. These drugs are known as “monoclonal antibodies” and they focus specifically on targeting the abnormal cancer cell similar to the way our body will fight off an infection with a bacteria or virus like polio vaccine. A second case is that of former President Jimmy Carter. He developed metastatic cancer, meaning his melanoma cancer had spread to both his liver and his brain. He also entered a study and received a drug called “Keytruda.” Keytruda is a drug that makes use of the immune system and is currently advertised on TV. President Carter is alive and well some 5 years after he was found to have metastatic (spread) cancer to the brain and liver. He is currently cancer free and very active. These two drugs, Erbitux and Keytruda, are not effective in everyone and some patients have serious side effects. Whoever thought this was going to be easy. The main message here is cancer treatment is undergoing a major shift as investigators work with the immune system.
Message from the Editor
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HELP! In order to keep our printed ORACLE free, we need a couple of people to help with our advertising. It may require a couple of weeks this season and perhaps a couple of weeks next season. Current and new Advertisers need to be contacted to confirm their commitment for next season. Please let me know if you are interested. If you have suggestions or comments that may improve our magazine, please email me at the address below. We also welcome photographs of our beautiful resort and activities within. Please send them to ORACLE@ORPS.COM (no more than 2 per email), with any details and date captured. The printed ORACLE issues are distributed to ORPS’ owner mailboxes that are open (so let your post office know you are here). Additional copies are available in the Activities Office, or the Board Office. This is your ORACLE ORACLE@ORPS.COM Eva Norcross, Editor
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