VIP September 2019

Patty Ashbrook, General Manager / COO

As I write this article we are finally

of the Championship. Everyone has been involved and we have not let this project take us away from our regular responsibilities during this busy time. The annual Board Election kicks off this Friday, September 6 so please watch your Inbox for the email with the link to our electronic voting website. We have an amazing and well-qualified slate of six candidates. Candidate Bios are available for your review on page 6. Anyone wishing a paper ballot may request one by contacting the Administrative Office at 928-525-9014. Voting concludes on Tuesday, October 15 and we strongly encourage everyone to cast a ballot! This time of year signals the start of our annual budget process and planning for next year. One very important aspect of our planning process is to reflect back on what did or didn’t work so well this past season. The Staff and Board are always interested in hearing from our Membership and shortly you will be receiving our annual Season End Department Surveys. These Surveys will be emailed to the Membership starting in late September and early October. We look forward to your constructive responses and suggestions so that we can make appropriate changes to our operation where necessary and implement new ideas and programs you would like to see for the 2020 Season. But wait, the2019Season isn’t over yet! September & October still provide many opportunities and activities for enjoying your Paradise in the Pines. The Recreation department is offering a Christmas Card Photo Opportunity on Sunday, September 22 at the Canyon Covered Bridge Park, bring a friend to the Ladies Tennis Member-Guest on Friday, September 20-Sunday, September 22, and you don’t want to miss the leaves changing colors in the Northland so plan now to attend Oktoberfest on Friday, October 4 and our Fall Festival on Saturday, October 12. There are lots of other activities planned for you, your family and friends this fall so be sure to review this issue of the Voice for all the details! Here’s to the start of a great Fall at Forest Highlands! Patty Ashbrook, MBA, CCM General Manager / COO pashbrook@fhgc.com

receiving our first real downpour in the month of August! After amonth with virtually no precipitation and above average temperatures it is delightful to see the rain falling, hear thunder booming off in the distance, and to smell the refreshed earth. One benefit of the lack of monsoon activity in August was the ability for our members and guests to get a full round of golf in without having to worry about lightning delays. This (along with really HOT weather in the Valley) resulted in one of the highest numbers of rounds for the month at 6,500. WOW! By the time you are reading this, we will have had our annual Town Hall meeting where we covered topics on the state of the Association including the status of the year-to-date financials and financial projections for year-end for both operations and the capital and reserve funds (everything is looking very positive), brief statements were heard from the Board Candidates, and Jim Robinson presented the Conceptual Master and Strategic Plan currently under consideration by the Board. As noted at the meeting, the Board is very interested in member comments and feedback on the Conceptual Master Plan for the Racquet Sports Complex at the Meadow Sports Park. All members are encouraged to review the Town Hall slideshow and submit comments prior to the next Board meeting on September 20. Comments can be sent directly to the Board at fhgcboard@fhgc.com. The Town Hall meeting also included a final update on the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. This prestigious event is now only 10 days away as players will begin arriving on Wednesday, September 11. I want to thank all of the Members who have so graciously and generously volunteered their time and leadership to make this the best U.S. Women’s Mid- Amateur Championship to date! Thank you to ALL our Members for your understanding and hospitality in providing the Meadow Golf Course and Clubhouse to these players and for your patience as the staff executes all of the details that go along with these activities. I sincerely hope that everyone has an opportunity to experience some aspect of the Event. See page 8 for the Schedule of Events and page 19 for the dining schedule for September 11-19. I want to extend a special thanks to our Staff for their extraordinary efforts with the planning and preparation

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