FEBRUARY 20 1 7
Outdoor Resort Palm Springs - the Number One RV Resort in the USA
In this issue:
Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference Schedule a visit with your doctor to talk about heart health. It's important to schedule regular check-ups even if you think you are not sick. Set goals for improving your heart health,
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Add exercise to your daily routine. Start off the month by walking 15 minutes, 3 times each week. By mid-month, increase your time to 30 minutes, 3 times each week. Increase healthy eating. Cook heart-healthy meals at home at least 3 times each week and make your favorite recipe lower sodium. Swap out salt for fresh or dried herbs and spices. Take steps to quit smoking . To cut your risk for heart disease and stroke.
OUTDOOR RESORT PALM SPRINGS
January has come and gone and has been a very wet month! Lots of rain and chilly temperatures remind us that even though we are in the desert, it is still win- ter. Although the weather
This month there were two meetings for Owners. January 16 was the monthly board meeting. The board approved hiring a compliance officer to improve the enforcement of our CC&Rs as well our Rules and Regulations. The board also approved an outside security consulting firm to evaluate our security and infrastructure and submit recommendations on what should be done short term and long term so that we can put a plan in place to address this important issue. The dog relief station in the gate area at the entrance on the west side of the security gate was approved. Plantings will be installed to block viewing for people entering the resort. The trial for the east side of the entrance has ended, making it against the rules now for owners to walk their dogs in that area. In addition, the trial for the area allowing dogs to dine with their owners outside the side entrance to Papa Dan’s restaurant within the first gated area, has been extended 6 months. Ballots will be in the mail on February 6 and we ask for your vote on the Restatement of our CC&Rs and Bylaws and to elect Directors for two open positions on the Board. Even though we had just two candidates apply for two vacant positions, we are required by State Law to hold an election to allow for the possibility of a campaign for a write-in candidate. (See page 4 for more information on the election). The next Board meeting will be Februay 13 at 1PM at the La Palma Clubhouse.
Board of Directors President B RIAN C ANFIELD Vice President C RAIG W IRCH Secretary M ARYELLEN M UIR CFO A LLEN G AYKEN Members
might be a bit different than usual, we continue to be busy as we typically are this time every year. Staff is busily finalizing the proposed budget for finance and the board to review and are also getting ready for the upcoming election and CC&R ballot measure. There is additional information on the election and CC&R rewrite in the Oracle so please review thoroughly. In addition to these items, we still have the day to day running of the resort which includes finalizing our transfer from our old prox card and transponder system. As noted in the Out and About email blasts, the headlight or windshield transponders are available in the front office and can be purchased and applied Fridays from 2 PM – 4 PM. As for the prox cards, the old ones will be deactivated as of March 1 st . If you have not had the opportunity to do so, please come to the front office between 10 AM -12 PM, Monday –Friday to receive your new card. If you are unable to make the times listed above, please schedule an appointment with S ANDRA in Owner Services. As a reminder, each new prox card has the owner’s picture on it, so please make sure to bring your best smile!
D E D E L OOP B OB M OORE T ED W ILSON
General Manager C LINT A THERTON
Oracle Staff Editor Emeritae E LLEN L YNCH C ATHY C HAUNCEY
Editor E VA N ORCROSS
Hope to see you there.
Sports Editor L UANN W ARD
FINANCIAL REPORT The December and January financial statements were evaluated and approved by the Finance Committee and the Board, each well in line with budget projections showing revenues over expenses. Barring unknowns we should be on track for a positive bottom line through year end. Budget time is approaching so please attend committee and Board meetings to provide your input and comment on spending needs. There are nearly one million dollars of reserve expenses scheduled for the coming cycle which include re-lining the remaining lakes and building paint, as well as a number of smaller projects. We continue to pay close attention to our mandate to only spend 80% of projected annual reserve receipts so that our long term goal of fulfilled funding will be met.
Photo Editor S HAREN W OODGRIFT
Production Staff L OUISE K NOBF S USAN M ATTHEW J OANNE N YQUIST M ARY A NN P RIDDY M ARGIE S LEIGHT
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.
BOARD OFFICE HOURS Monday thru Friday 9AM to 3PM assist owners with Board issues
2016-2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
If you haven’t obtained a new photo-id prox card, please do so. The old prox cards will be deactivated on March 1. Call Sandra to make an appointment—760-328-3834 ext. 240. Transponders are available Friday from 2 pm— 4pm, or by appointment with Sandra. New Owner Directories will be available for Owners to purchase at the Check-In Counter in the Administration Building, in early February. Cost is $5.00/copy. Remember that pets are no longer allowed on the common area from the guard shack to Ramon Road. A pet relief site has been established immediately outside the pedestrian access gate. Signage and landscaping improvements to this area will be installed in the near future.
M ARYELLEN M UIR , Secretary, D E D E L OOP , B RIAN C ANFIELD , President, A LLEN G AYKEN CFO, C RAIG W IRCH , Vice President, T ED W ILSON , B OB M OORE
M ARYELLEN M UIR T ED W ILSON B OB M OORE D E D E Loop C RAIG W IRCH A LLEN G AYKEN C RAIG W IRCH M ARYELLEN M UIR A LLEN G AYKEN M ARYELLEN M UIR D E D E Loop
T ED W ILSON
S ANDY H OLGUIN J OAN C RAVEN
Communications Facilities Planning
Communications Facilities Planning
A VA F ELT
D AVE M UELLER T OM O’F LAHERTY
Health & Fitness
P AM W ALKER
Health & Fitness
Landscape M ARKETING Pickleball
Landscape M ARKETING Pickleball
W ARREN D AWSON
S TAN M ILLER -N IELSEN
Safety & Security
S TEVE F RIDLEY P AUL H ABERMAN
Safety & Security
B OB M OORE B OB M OORE
ORPS BOARD & COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Meeting of the Board of Directors: Monday, 1:00 PM, February 13, 2017 – La Palma Auditorium
Wednesday Tuesday Monday Thursday Wednesday
1:00 pm 2:00 pm 11:30 am 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 1:00 pm 10:30 am 10:30 am 11:00 am 2:00.am 9:00 am Noon
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Communications Facilities Planning
East Room, East Room, East Room,
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Health & Fitness
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If you do not receive your ballot, it gets lost or destroyed, you may obtain a replacement ballot from Susan 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, please allow enough time for your mail to get forwarded to you here at ORPS, if you have mail-forwarding service, before requesting a duplicate ballot. Since ballots will be accepted until March 8th, ballots deposited in the mail by March 1 should arrive in time to be counted.
Ballots in the Mail February 6
Your ballots must be received by the Inspector of Elections by no later than March 8 . Vote early to ensure your ballot arrives on time! Your ballot return envelope is already addressed to the Inspector of Elections and is stamped with Business Reply Mail Postage. Just drop in the US Mail—no additional postage is required!. (Remember, there is no ballot box at ORPS!)
It is Critical for Owners to Vote We need at least 50% Participation
Your ballot package will include two ballots: One to elect two Directors and One to approve the proposed restatement of the Association’s CC&Rs and Bylaws. After a Request for Proposal process, a law firm was selected to rewrite the documents working closely with the Board of Directors over the last several months. This has been a lengthy and expensive process. With the cost of processing, printing and mailing such a large ballot, the cost to restate our bylaws will exceed $20,000, including legal fees. What are the CC&Rs and Bylaws? The CC&Rs are fundamentally important as they are the highest level of our Governing Documents and are intended to protect preserve and enhance property values. They will guide the use and enjoyment of the resort for years to come. The Bylaws establish policies and procedures for the governing of the association. They set qualifications for the election of directors, their number and term of office, their powers and duties, the appointment of officers, when and how meetings are held, quorum and voting requirements, appointment of committees, etc. Neither the CC&Rs nor the Bylaws can be amended without a vote of the membership . What’s new in the Restatements? It has been over twenty years since the last update to the CC&Rs and the Bylaws and they are out of compliance with State law and need streamlining and clarification in many areas. One new provision has been added to allow the Board of Directors to establish rules that set forth the size and type of RV allowed in the resort. This will give the resort flexibility to address changes in the industry and desires of the ownership. Rules will be forthcoming separately. Remember, no rule can be adopted by the Board without owner advance notice and opportunity for comment before adoption. In addition to the change above, the provision in the old CC&Rs that prohibited permanent residency in the resort has been removed. This prohibition used to be part of a county, then city, ordinance. However, when it went from the county to the city, it was never enforced due to the problem of being able to track and enforce it and, approximately 10 years ago, the prohibition was removed. Accordingly, and on the advice of our legal counsel, since the provision had not previously been enforced, and would be extremely difficult and burdensome for staff to do so, it has been omitted from the new CC&Rs. In order for the election to be valid, a quorum of the ownership must cast their ballot. A quorum is 50% of owners that are eligible to vote . We need your participation so that a quorum is achieved and we will have a valid election. PLEASE VOTE!
A&A MMI The A&A committee has been very busy this year with approvals for lot improvements. Current efforts include streamlining the permit
As we return to the resort for the season, a few reminders to allow us to be safe and secure during our stay: On the security front, don’t be an easy victim: Keep your door, storage compartments, and vehicles locked during the night or when you are away from your lot. Lock items like bicycles to something secure on your lot when not in use. Heavy “D” style locks have proven to foil most bicycle thefts in the resort, these are now available at the ORPS Store. They are not inexpensive, but worth the investment if you value your bike. Our security feels that your bikes are better stored in front of your rig or on your patio where they are not “hidden” in the back. and the security officers on night patrol. If you are on the wall, put a motion activated security light at the back of your lot. The ORPS Store carries solar powered security lights and LED strings for your palm trees. Keep your porch light or a small outdoor lamp illuminated during the nighttime hours Keep your passenger vehicle key fob within easy access during the nighttime hours, if you feel threatened or need assistance, activate the alarm feature, this should attract attention and/ or scare off any unwanted intruders. ON THE SAFETY FRONT: When walking at night, carry a lit flashlight or other light source and walk facing any oncoming vehicles, ensuring that you will be seen or see the car approaching. If you bike at night, make sure that your bicycle is equipped with a visible light source. Remember, state DMV rules apply inside of ORPS: all drivers of vehicles and golf carts must be licensed and helmet laws are applicable to motorcycles and scooters. Control your speed below or at our 10 MPH limit : we have many walkers, bikers, and slow moving Install rope lights on your driveway palm tree: these provide light for walkers
process to make it easier for owners, committee members and staff. The board has adopted these new rules submitted by the A&A committee: Hardscape percentage allowance for lot design increase from 75% to 85%. Replacement of the 15 year rule for aged rigs with aesthetic criteria to ensure we maintain the high standards ORPS has embraced since inception. This will apply to all rigs. It is important to note that any rig selling or changing ownership within the resort must pass inspection before sale. A change in the rule to extend the time allowed for full RV covers to remain on rigs. Covers can stay on from March 15 th through November 15 th allowing more flexibility for members. Another rule change to allow free-standing shade structures in the resort with specific model, color and size restrictions, has been approved for 30-day posting for owner comments and will be considered for adoption at the February 13 Board meeting. The full rule change is posted on the Board Bulletin Board and is posted on the owner’s web page, resources, owners library—proposed rule changes. Future projects include the consideration of a rule change to allow outdoor kitchens . Any volunteer interested in serving on the A&A committee or participating in discussions are welcome to attend the next Committee meeting on February 1st at 1:00 pm in the East Room at La Palma.
T ED W ILSON Chairperson
DO YOU RECYCLE? Do you conserve water?
vehicles combined with narrow streets and blind corners.
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?
S TEPHEN F RIDLEY Chairperson
As Phase Representatives we still hear some things that simply aren’t true. The first question we ask is “Where did you hear that?” As owners, and your communication representatives, it is our role to ensure accurate messages are circulating throughout the Resort. If you hear anything that worries you or you wonder about please go directly to a Board Member, our GM Clint or ask your phase representative. We will make sure we get the facts. Our Communications Committee meets the first Monday of each month in the East Room at La Pal- ma. Everyone is invited to attend. Stay informed about what is happening within the resort. We have representatives attending most committee meetings as well as information from our General Manager and Board Liaison. Please mark down February 6th at 11:30 in The East Room at La Palma if you would like to join our meeting or become a Phase Representative. See you then!
COMMUNICATIONS MMI Our park is filling up and there are lots of happy, active people everywhere. In fact we invited 72 new owners to our Welcome Reception in January. That’s how many lots sold this past calendar year! Circle Sunday, February 19 for the Annual Picnic in The Neighbourhood. Each phase plans an event for their phase residents. It is a time to get to know your neighbours, share stories and have fun! Talk to your Phase Rep, they can be identified by the green signs posted on their lots. Flyers will be out shortly to give you the particulars. Owners and renters are welcome. Security has been a concern in our resort and in his recent update, Clint, our General Manager said that the majority of the bikes stolen are of unsecured bikes so please ensure your bike is locked. The main point of entry for thefts appears to be the south wall as well as the corners of the orchard. There has also been a third guard hired from 10:30 pm to 6:30 am. Owners and renters are asked to ensure their lighting around their lot is bright. If your lot is dark, there are many good places to hide. The Association's CC&Rs and Bylaws were restated over twenty years ago and are in need of an update to clarify certain provisions, streamline, and bring into compliance with laws of the State of California. The Board, lawyers and members have reviewed the proposed changes and will require your vote to ensure they are approved and put into action. Please cast your ballot to ensure this hard work is not in vain. A favorite saying of mine is “Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he or she makes with others and what happens to him.” Virginia Satir, Social worker and Author. Communication is all about building relationships. Therefore it is so important to think before you speak and always try to put yourself in the others’ shoes. It just might save a lot of miscommunication. If you suspect a HEART ATTACK or STROKE Give the victim an aspirin! First call 911 Then call Security 760-770-0065
PHOTOS From new owners Page 7and Candidates Forum on Page 21
NEXT COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING: February 6, 11:30am, La Palma East Room.
J OAN C RAVEN ..L OT 1109 Chair
New Owner Reception...well attended
Outdoor Resorts welcomed fifty new owners at a reception held on January 23rd. All who attended thought it was a huge success, with “Beer and Hot dogs” being served. Owners had an opportunity to be introduced to our Board, our General Manager and the Board Committee Chairs to learn a little more about our Resort. Seventy-five lots sold in this past calendar year! The couple from the location who lives the farthest away were from England and the closest new owners were from in La Quinta. Many new owners are already involved in various activities and volunteer roles. If new owners haven’t received their new owner packages please contact Joan Craven, Chair of the Communications Committee at email@example.com or 760-699-7164.
FACILITIES PLANNING Welcome Owners! I hope you are using and enjoying the beautiful facilities we have here in the desert at Outdoor Resort. I think our resort looks stunning this year, thanks to the work of many owners who volunteer their time and to our outstanding management and staff. The Facilities Planning Committee will soon be narrowing down the projects and items that we believe are needed additions to our resort for the upcoming fiscal year. Other projects may take time to carefully plan for and are a longer-range time frame. Our committee continues to work with Clint on updating the El Saguaro kitchen. This is a high use kitchen and the updating has been taking place over several phases. The next phase will address the countertops and a more efficient under counter storage system for our dishes. Thanks to our committee members, M ARSHA N ELSON , A LICE H EUPLE , D ENNY B LOOM , M IKE M URRAY , J UDY J URACH , C HARLES S TINSON and M ICHELLE M OORE , who have dedicated their expertise and time to various projects to make our winter destination so enjoyable for all. We can always use new ideas and vision. If you feel you have a background or expertise in facilities, infrastructure, construction and/or kitchens and would be interested in assisting our committee, please express your interest to me or one of our FPC members. Our next scheduled meetings are Thursday, February 2 & 23, at 2 P.M. in the LP East Room. All interested owners are always welcome.
HEALTH & FITNESS COMMITTEE Pathway to Fitness: We sold one brick, for our Pathway to Fitness, at the November 19, 2016 Flea Market and will be selling them at the next two Flea Markets (February 18, and March 18). We will also be selling them at the Health & Wellness Fair on February 11. The proceeds from these purchases support the Fitness Center. Fitness Center: We have ordered a new flat bench to replace the flat bench #19 (nearest the exit door). This summer we plan to have the interior of the FC painted because we cannot match the paint when repairs are made. Health and Wellness Events: We were privileged to have D R . J OSEPH E. S CHERGER speak at our resort on January 17 th at 4PM in the La Palma Clubhouse. D R J OE spoke about the material in his revised / expanded edition of his book “Lean and Fit: A Doctor’s Journey to Health and Nutrition and Greater Wellness”. Please check out his website for information that you missed: www.leanandfitlife.com . Please plan to attend a Health & Wellness Fair that we are co-sponsoring with Desert Health, on Saturday, February 11 th from 9AM to 12PM in the La Palma Clubhouse. Committee Membership: If you are interested in health & fitness and enjoy using our Fitness Center, please consider joining our committee. We provide advice and oversight to the Board of Directors on the operation, maintenance, and management of the Fitness Center and other health & wellness activities.
A VA F ELT Chair
Feel free to share your input at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Man’s best friend was Dog’s best friend at the Pet Parade
NO Trash Pick up Tuesdays or
Thursdays Please do not put your Lot trash out on these days
Crimes Reported in December 2016 : 1 Stolen Golf Cart 3 Vehicle Break Ins 12 Stolen Bikes 3 Attempted Stolen Bikes 1 Stolen Patio Funiture
There is no shortage of ideas exchanged among marketing committee members to promote our beautiful resort. Marketing program suggestions range from clearly obvious to implement, to extremely creative, out of the box, suggestions. Many ideas are so creative they initially seem like pipe dreams to many committee members. Still every idea is thrashed out among meeting attendees until we arrive at a majority agreement; the idea is dropped or adopted but almost always refined before being adopted. The single marketing program every committee member agrees upon from moment one; there is no better return on investment marketing program than mobilizing property owner word of mouth! We can debate the value of mailings, brochure distribution, industry publication advertisement, roadside signage, attending RV industry shows, websites, etc., but we all agree our resort’s most effective marketing tool is YOU! None of these programs or tools mentioned can match the person to person enchantment and enthusiasm a property owner can emote for their home. No program is more contagious than word of mouth. It is also hard to argue that there is a more targeted marketing program than you spreading the word among your friends and acquaintances. There are 1213 lots within the resort. Assuming there are 1.5 residents per lot who have a stake in ORPS, we have a marketing army of 1800 residents. If each of us talks up the resort to just one person every two months, we will touch 10,800 high value potential guests in a single year. Hopefully your contagious enthusiasm grows within your friends’ networks. Next month we will communicate some of the tools we will put in your hands to help you evangelize the outstanding value of our Outdoor Resort. Until then, please spread the good word! W ARREN D AWSON Chair
1 Stolen Sprinkler System 2 Pair Stolen Golf Shoes
Due to the recent surge in crime at our Resort, a third Officer was added to Graveyard Shift. From the hours of 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM there are two Officers patrolling the resort and one in the gate house. I have split the Resort in half resulting in a North and South patrol route in hopes that response time will be reduced should an incident arise. I have received multiple reports from residents stating that they heard noises outside of their RV’s but they did not report it until the following day. I would like to ask all residents to call the gate house immediately upon hearing anything suspicious so that an Officer can respond to your location. As we know, these criminals hide in the shadows and dark areas in attempts to conceal their presence from us and you. There are a lot of shadows at night making it very difficult to locate intruders. A lot of residents have resorted to adding additional lighting to the back of their lots which helps us greatly. The more we can minimize places for these individuals to hide, the greater our chances of locating them. Also in regards to stolen bicycles, a good rule of thumb should be that if you can cut through your locks then so can they and will. I have been recommending the “U” Lock device which is now being sold at the convenience store. Some Residents have purchased this lock and I have received multiple reports of it stopping attempted theft. No one takes the recent increase in criminal activity more personally than my staff and I. Measures are being taken to minimize crime in our Resort but I would like to ask for your help. Please purchase the “U” Lock I mentioned earlier and keep your bikes secured in the front of your lots rather than the back. Do not leave your vehicles unlocked overnight, do not leave your keys in your golf carts, and please report anything you think is suspicious
AVOID IDENTITY THEFT Two locked PAPER SHREADERS are AVAILABLE for our use. They are located across from the L A P ALMA Mailroom. You may dispose of sensitive information, such as credit card offers. The bin is emptied once a month.
immediately. Thank You,
C OREY S ATHER Post Commander PostCommander@orps.com
Chapel meets every Sunday at 8:50AM in La Palma C HAPLAIN J IM G WINN
Lot 274 Cell: 847 445-0077 HAPPY VALENTINES DAY POSSIBLE ORIGIN
February 14, 270 a man named Valentine was imprisoned, beaten and beheaded along the Flaminian Way. Sound romantic to you? How did his martyrdom become a day for lovers and flowers; candy and little romantic poems…..reading roses are red? According to legend, Valentine had spent a lot of time imprisoned. During this time he became friends with the jailer’s daughter; being deprived of books he amused himself by cutting shapes in paper and writing notes to her. His last note arrived on the morning of his death, and ended with the words “Your Valentine.” In 496 February 14 was named in his honor. A Roman festival began in which men put names of girls in a box, drew them out and celebrated love making. Is there any real truth in this story? Valentine possibly conducted underground wed- dings and indeed sent notes to the jailer’s daughter. He may have signed them “your Valentine.” Most certainly he didn’t sign them “Roses are red violets are blue.” Beyond possible fiction there is reality to love, a love greater than this legend. 1 Corinthians 13 in the New Testament describes real love, love we can each aspire to, but even better describes Jesus Christ’s love to us…read the chapter and put the word Jesus in place of the word love. You will see how real and great his love for us is…if that passage is too long for you read John 3:16 and put your name in the verse where it says world…there is no myth or legend to either of these. Want to learn more about this love? Attend Chapel at 8:50 each Sunday.
W ELCOME N EW O WNERS LOT FROM 110 M ITCHELL & K IMBERLY K ARIS Victorville,CA 125 Darcy Wade & Pamela Edwards Lethbridge, AB 686 D ENISE P ELLETIER Edmonton, AB 885 D ALE & S ANDRA W HITTAKER Cathedral City CA 493 D WIGHT & R. L YNN J ANZER Blackfoot, AB 721 C HARLES L EAHY & C AROLYN C ANDLER Harbor Springs, MI Bible Study Armor of God February 1,8,15 & 22. Every Wednesday at 9AM 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. D ONNICE K OCH NAME
MEMORIAL CORNER Dedicated to those who have passed on in recent months. Barbara Black Lot 444
If you love to sing, come join RESORTERS CHORUS
every Tuesday 2PM @ La Palma Directed by R ON J AMES
February 5 February 12 February 19 February 26
S TUART & J ILL B RISCOE
E RWIN L UTZER J ESS S UMMERS
S ID B OSELL
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.
L ONNA D AWSON
R OBERT N ICHOLS
E D H YNES
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.
G RACE L YONS
C HARLIE M ORTON
C INDY R OSA
The lucky golfer may purchase a hole-in-one bag tag
Guest averages will be based upon your home course handicap.
Orange Ball Tournament Winners
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
2017 Tournaments Sweetheart Tournament * February 11, 12 Club Championship * February 24, 25, 26 Three Club March 11 Farewell April 1 * denotes Owners Only.
R ON C AMPBELL , J ENNETTE C HUDEIGH , L UANN W ARD , J ERRY M C G EE , D ICK B ISHMAN
2016-2017 Golf Committee
T OM O’F LAHERTY
D ALE W ALD
Vice Chair, Treasurer
S ANDY S EAMAN
G ERI G RANT
Computer & Hole-in-One Course set up & Marshals
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 a $15.00 gift card for Roger Dunn golf store.
B RIAN W ATERMAN G ALE S TEPHENSON
C RAIG W IRCH
LADIES’ PUTTING CLUB Sign up Wednesday mornings 8:45AM at ES. Bring your putter, a ball and 4 quarters and have FUN!
February promises to be a busy month for golfers. We will be playing our usual Tuesday and Thursday scrambles as described above. On the 7th and the 23rd lunch will be provided for no extra charge after golf for all players. We are looking forward to the Sweetheart Tournament scheduled for the 11th and 12th and then the Club Championship (a three day tournament) is scheduled for the 24th, 25th, and the 26th. If you don't already have one, please pick up the 2016-2017 Golf Schedule the next time you play. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Secretary - S ANDY S EAMAN
Notes from the Golf Committee Volunteer Golf Green Caretakers
2017 Hole In One Tournament
The annual tournament was held on Saturday, January 28 and attended by 61 owners who had achieved the distinction of having a least one " hole in one" on the ORPS course. The group was divided into 12
Our greens are relatively small and our course gets a lot of use. We therefore ask for volunteers to work with Vintage and the golf marshals to check the greens and fix balls marks (as not everyone fixes the ones they make). The volunteers are usually golfers who live near the various greens. They check them every few days and make repairs. The list below shows our present caretakers. We thank them! As you can see we need a few more. If you can help the list is kept at the golf committee tables by the stage at ES during the Tuesday and Thursday scrambles signups. MAIN COURSE Hole Caretaker #1 Ev Bayes #2-5 Need Caretakers #6 & 7 Norm Sears #8 Mac Felt #9 Christi Etie #10 Lani Williams #11 Kris McGee #12 Chris & Diana Welt #13 Stan Lindel #14 Phil Sharp & Fran Swnson # 15 Need Caretakers #16 & 17 Christine Anderson #18 Need Caretakers BACK NINE #1 Sandy & Gelen Glennie #2 Tom O’Flaherty Janette Chudleigh #3 Brian Waterman #4,5,6 Wayne Zuber #7 Dave & Karen Mueller #8 Kim Smith #9 Need Caretaker
teams of mixed men & women with balanced handicaps. The teams were ranked by average players net scores ( what they actually scored minus their handicap). The winning team beat the course par with a total average score of 47. The team members were B ASTIAAN D E H AAS ( captain) J ANETTE D ECKER , E D H YNES , J UNE S MITH , T ERRY F AUTEUX , AND C HARLES P RIDDY . Low gross scores for women were won by V IRGINIA G AYKEN with a 61, W ENDY V AN D EN B RINK with a 62 and E VA N ORCROSS with a 63. Low net scores for women were won by J ANE D UBE with 47, L ORRAINE B LAIN with 48 and A LICE D E H AAS with 54 ( a card off hole was used to break the ties). Low gross scores for men were won by P HIL G IBBS with 55, J OHN M OGEL with 56 and R OGER S MITH with 57. Low net scores for men were won by C LIFF A SCHENBRENNER with 51, R AY H AJDUK with 52 and G RAHAM B ROWN with 52 ( card off hole was used to determine third place). A pizza lunch was served and 15 local merchants donated 28 prizes and gift certificates which were awarded by random draw.
Hole In One - WINNING TEAM
B ASTIAAN D EHAAS , C HUCK P RIDDY , T ERRY F AUXTEAU , J UNE S MITH , J ANETTE D ECKER , E D H YNES
LADY WINNERS Virginia Gayken (1 st Low Gross) W ENDY VAN DEN B RINK (2 nd Low Gross) E VA N ORCROSS (3 rd Low Gross), J ANE D UBE (1 st Low Net), L ORRAINE B LAIS (2 nd Low Net), A LICE D EHAAS (3 rd Low Net)
(1 st Low Gross), (2 nd Low Gross), (3 rd Low Gross),
P HIL G IBBS J OHN M OGEL R OGER S MITH G RAHAM B ROWN
(3 rd Low Net),
R AY H AJDUK (2 nd Low Net), C LIFF A SCHENBRENNER (1 st Low Net)
Tennis Schedules are emailed to all members on the roster. In the event you are not receiving the emails, please email email@example.com or notify one of our committee members. Check the bulletin boards for weekly updates. To watch some great tennis, come out and support our local USTA and Desert teams here at ORPS. Schedules are emailed weekly.
FREE WEEKLY TENNIS CLINICS For New Players or players returning to the game after a layoff.
Every Thursday 2 – 4PM at the La Palma Tennis Courts Courts 3 & 4 For more information contact:
B RIAN “Sparky” F ARRELL Lot #506
Horse Race Sat Feb. 4
Bring your $5 fee to La Palma and sign in no later than 8:15AM .
ALL LEVELS WELCOME . Return to LP for refreshments and our general meeting at 10:30am.
Sunday Tennis Activities MIXED DOUBLES Meet 2pm at El Saguaro Bring a Partner & Join in the Fun All Levels are welcome!
Kathy Kingsley Lot 474 250-954-8917
PICKLEBALL CLUB NEWS Our pickleball club is working hard to earn a five star rating in our wonderful five-star resort! Our Open Pickleball play is busy from 8:00-11:00 every morning, and now has expanded to 3:00-5:00 pm in the after- noon. Our early afternoon times are also quickly filling up. We have Beginner lessons from 3:00-4:00 pm, and have introduced novice instruction and drills during this time for improved skill development. From 1:00-2:30 two days a week we have started an intermediate skill development clinic to provide instruction in advanced dinking, third shot drop and advanced play strategy. At 1:00-2:00 we will have mixer round robins Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for women’s, men’s and mixed fun play. Our ladder play is up and running— sign up at your skill level, and play a round robin with others at your skill level. See below for schedules for each event and check our website for further information: ORPSpickleball@wix.com . Working towards a five-star rating! LADDERS PLAY LADDERS PLAY has been introduced to our club. This has provided our club members the opportunity to rate their playing ability by playing games against other players at their self-rated ability level, and then moving up and down the ladder based on their game scores. Ladders play is scheduled for every Friday morning, starting at 8:00am.Ladders’ play is completely voluntary and recommended for players looking for competition at their own ability level.
BEGINNER PICKLEBALL LESSONS Beginner lessons for pickleball take place Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 -4:00 pm. All clinics are free. Please wear running shoes or court shoes. We will provide paddles for the clinic, if you don’t have one of your own. Our promise is that we will have you playing a game within 15 minutes of beginning instruction. You will learn: how to volley the ball how to serve basic rules of the game basic strategies of play why you have to stay out of the kitchen! NOVICE SKILL DEVELOPMENT We have introduced novice skill development lessons from 3:00-4:00 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. We encourage all novice players who would like to improve their skills to attend. We will provide instruction in: improved serving deep volleying dinking handling hard shots at the net basic and more advanced strategies of the game. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PADDLE WITH YOU. INTERMEDIATE SKILL DEVELOPMENT CLINIC Our club has begun an intermediate skill development clinic with 16 participants having one lesson per week for four weeks. These pickleballers are working on developing advanced skills in: dinking, using the drop shot consistently and using these skills in advanced game strategy. Many thanks to Barry Hill for volunteering to provide these clinics for our players.
PICKLEBALL SCHEDULE FEBRUARY 2017
Novice: Courts 1-2 Intermediate/ Advanced: Courts 3-7
Novice: Courts 1-2 Intermediate/ Advanced: Courts 3-7
Novice: Courts 1-2 Intermediate/ Advanced: Courts 3-7
Novice: Courts 1-2 Intermediate/ Advanced: Courts 3-7
Ladders Play starting at 8 AM.
1PM- 2:30 PM
Mixed doubles Mixer
Intermediate Skill Clinic Open Play
Intermediate Skill Clinic
3 - 4PM
Beginner Lessons Beginner Lessons
Open Play Open Play
YEAR END PICKLE- BALL CELEBRATION Our pickleball celebration and year end party will be earlier this year—set aside SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 TH at El Saguaro Clubhouse. This celebration is open to the public and will include a
great supper with a dance to follow. 5 PM: Happy Hour. 6 PM: Dinner 7:00 pm: Dance 7 PM: Dance
SPECIAL TRIBUTE The Pickleball club held our ribbon cutting ceremony on January 14. Our GM, Clint Atherton, cut the ribbon to officially open our courts. We would like at this time to acknowledge the hard work of our general manager in making our facility possible. He searched for the best price possible for our shade structure, worked hard to set up all contracts and worked through all the unexpected delays in shipping and contract co-ordination. We are very grateful for the effort to bring our facility in under budget and for the excellent facility we now have. Thank you very much Clint.
Tickets can be purchased at the Activities’ office for $26.00.
Come out and meet the great people who are part of the pickleball community!
PICKLEBALL COMMITTEE 2017
K IM R OGERS B OB F OYLE : ;
Vice President ;
M IKE P AVELKA : ;
S TAN M ILLER -N IELSEN : C LIFF A SCHENBRENNER : Missing from picture: D IANE W ILLKOMM :
G ARY H OLLIDAY :
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 held in March 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.
J UDY J URACH Lot 1105 & C AROL W ILHELM Lot 309
LET’S PLAY THE UKULELE!
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 . P HYLLIS P ASHOTE , Lot 402 925 786-4472
The newly formed ORPS Ukulele Club meets every Wednesday in the Owners Lounge Multipurpose Room.
9 AM until 10:30 AM Come join the fun. All levels welcome!
MAHJONG Meets in the East Room Tuesdays at 1PM For more information call S UE D OTY 916 205-7966 or
For more information, contact
D ON L OVELACE 714-272-4973
T OM R AY
Thursdays call M ARTHA C AMPBELL 707 228-0567
ORPS QUILTERS We meet in the West Room Wednesday, Thursday & 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
Come and play or learn to play. It’s addictive!
WEDNESDAYS AT LA PALMA 6:30PM Early Bird Bingo 7PM Regular Bingo Games end around 9PM
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! S ANDY W HITTAKER , Lot 884 - Quilting Reporter
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!
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Thursday, February 16 4 PM Owners’ Lounge AUTHOR EVENT Potluck dinner and discussion Spouses/All ORPS Residents Invited
Opportunity for Beginner Bridge players (Audrey Grant style) To practice and help each other learn Mondays 1PM-3PM ES Owners Lounge Form a foursome, or try to join one and have some FUN!
Kathryn Lang-Slattery is a published writer of fiction and nonfiction for youth. Fascinated by her uncle’s World War II stories, she began interviewing him in 1996. Doing the research necessary to make the story historically accurate and interviewing other men who
attended Camp Ritchie became a labor of love and self- discovery. She now travels around the country to give presentations on The Ritchie Boys and her writing journey. Besides writing and speaking, Kathryn enjoys, art, cooking and travel Immigrant Soldier: The Story of a Ritchie Boy By K ATHRYN L ANG –S LATTERY
Over 15,000 servicemen, many of whom had fled the Nazis, were trained in secret at Camp Ritchie, Maryland for US Army intelligence during WWII.
After the US declared war on Nazi Germany, the Ritchie Boys became an important weapon for the Allies. This historical novel is based in part on the experiences of the author’s uncle, Herman Lang. Come meet Kathryn Lang-Slattery, hear how she came to write the book, and learn about these heroic intelligence forces. Everyone is welcome for the discussion. If you plan to stay for dinner, call Jean Dietrich 760 992-8225 to let her know what dish you will bring to share. For information contact: J EAN D IETRICH 760 992-8225
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
ACTIVITIES Happy Valentine’s Day
Saturday February11 @ El Saguaro
Menu: Passed Hors D'oeuvres Chicken Florentine , Potatoes Au Gratin Lemon Garlic Asparagus
Entertainment by S HARON S ILLS
Bar 5PM Dinner 6PM Dance 7PM
POTATO BAKE Saturday February 18 @ES
You are in for a fun filled luncheon with Jan Boystun, the “gadget girl” from KMIR and Chef Gavin. Menu: Oriental Chicken Salad, Lemon Chiffon Cake
Catered by Homeowners
Bar 5P Dinner 6P Dance 7P
Entertainment by Dave Ambrose
If you wish please bring a recipe to share with your table
T ickets on sale 2/7
Friday February 24th @ES
Bar 6 Show 7
FEBRUARY MOVIES in the Owners’ Lounge Tuesdays at 4PM & 7PM Hot dogs and chips - $3.75 available from 5:30 to 6:30PM
K RISTINE & G ARY
February 7 DEEP WATER HORIZONS Mark Wahlberg stars in a story of real-life heroes. 126 people aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, experience one of the greatest man-made disasters in U.S. history. Witness brave acts of the men and women who risked everything to lead others to safety. WILD OATS When a retired high school teacher Eva (Shirley McLaine) loses her husband, she accidentally receives a life insurance check for $5,000,000 instead of $50,000. Her friend Maggie (Jessica Lange), whose husband has just left her for a younger woman, convinces her to keep the money and they both depart to have a good time in a resort in the Canary Islands . THE SHALLOWS While surfing, Nancy (Blake Lively) finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Survival becomes the ultimate test of wills. DADDY’S HOME The film is about a mild-mannered step-father ( Will Ferrell ) who vies for the attention of the children of his wife ( Linda Cardellini ) when their real father ( Mark Wahlberg ) comes back into the picture. February 14 February 21 February 28
Exciting things have been happening within our Activities. Our new online ticket purchasing
is catching on and we are getting many positive reactions from our residents and its use. Tickets can be purchased directly from my emails, our Facebook page, or newly revamped web site. www.orps.com or you can always purchase your tickets at our office. Online is an easy and fast way to purchase tickets. Tickets can be purchased by Master Card or Visa ,confirmation of the purchase can be printed at that time. On your confirmation your table will be referred to as row. During our events we will have a check off list with your name and table number if you need assistance. If you have your confirmation or you know your table number just go to your assigned table. We are having more concerts this season with our latest January 15, the Celebrity Jam which was well received for the lucky people that attended. Next will be our California Cabaret on February 4 th with talented dancers and singers, followed by Gone But Not Forgotten concert held February 24 th honoring the Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, Ricky Nelson and Roy Orbison, then of course the popular Big Star Night event with our very own residents. I would like to thank our hosts for our January events, S ANDY H OLGUIN for the Ladies Luncheon, D AN K ELLY for Rock Around the Clock and S HAREN W OODGRIFT for the Chinese New Year, and as always the many volunteers that help make our events enjoyable and successful.
THE 19 TH HOLE
Bunco Party in
the Card room of the Owners Lounge. Bring an Hors d’oerve dish and your own drink
Join us for Happy Hour 4-7PM
Monday thru Thursday Cocktails - Music Goodies
Date: Time: RSVP:
J EANETTE Z UBER 909 519-2028 or J EAN D IETRICH 760 992-8225
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
ES Owners Lounge
MON & THUR
TUE & THUR
10 & 1
9 AM 1 PM 2 PM 8 AM 1 PM
BEGINNER LINE DANCE WEDNESDAY
EL SAGUARO EL SAGUARO
EASY BEG. LINE DANCE
THURSDAY TUE & THUR
FIT FOR LIFE $
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
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
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