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WILD ACRES WORLD

Wild Acres Lakes Property and Homeowners Association

Vol. 27 No. 5

February 2012

Budget Passed: No Dues Increase Director of Operations Receives On December 17, 2011, the Wild Acres Board of Directors passed the 2012-2013 CAI, NBC-CAM Certifications Operating Budget proposed by the Budget and Finance Committee. The 2012-2013 Operating Budget contains no dues increase for the membership, and also was able to reallocate an additional $ 25,000 towards the Road Repair Budget for 2012-2013. The 2012-2013 Operating Budget was presented to the Budget and Finance Committee for review at their October meeting, and was met with approval. Per the By Laws, a minority report was able to be given by any who disagreed with the majority of the Committee’s decision, but there was no report given. The Board of Directors were presented the proposed budget at the October 20, 2011 Board of Directors meeting and given an opportunity to review it. Some questions were discussed at the November 19, 2011 Board of Directors meeting, and more were brought up at the December 17, 2011 Board of Directors meeting. Included in the discussion were many “behind the scenes” conversations as line items were dissected and discussed. Key Facts • Wild Acres has been able to successfully adjust expenses to offset revenue lost due to the poor economy. As an example, there has been roughly a 1 % increase per year in total expenses since 2008-2009. The Consumer Price Index, which is an estimation of the cost of goods and services, has increased over 2 % during this time, and continues to climb. • Wild Acres has only seen a slight decrease in total revenue during the same period; only about 2 % less than 2008-2009 actuals. • More money was budgeted towards the Collections Department to enable better collection of dues. As of this writing, over 95 % of budgeted dues have been collected, which is an increase of 4 % over last year at this time. A well-funded Collections Department will allow the Association to better collect dues at an even higher rate. • The 2012-2013 Operating Budget contains a 3 % reduction in total wages from the 2011-2012 Operating Budget. • $25,000 added back to the Road Repairs Budget, bringing the number back up to $100,000. The entire budget is contained in this issue of Wild Acres World on page 6.

John J. Shults, Director of Operations for Wild Acres Lakes Property and Homeowner’s Association, has received two new certifications. John is now a Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA®), and has also received designation as an Association Management Specialist (AMS). The National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBCCAM) awards the Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA®) certification. NBC-CAM is an affiliate of the Community Associations Institute (CAI). CMCA® is the only national certification program designed exclusively for managers of homeowner and condominium associations and cooperatives. The CMCA® certification is earned by individuals who have demonstrated the fundamental knowledge required to manage community associations. To obtain the CMCA® certification, a candidate must take a course and pass an exam that tests their knowledge in many areas of community management, including: • Governance and legal matters • Budgets, reserves, investments, and assessments • Risk management and insurance • Maintenance • Contracting • Meetings management • Human resource management The AMS designation from CAI demonstrates an even higher level of skill in the community association industry. An AMS designation is recommended for managers who want to expand their knowledge and expertise. To obtain the AMS designation, a candidate must; • Have at least two (2) years verified experience in financial, administrative, and facilities management of at least one association. • Successfully completed The Essentials of Community Association Management (M-100) course • Successfully completed CAI’s Financial Management (M-206) course. • Successfully passed the CMCA® exam administered by NBC-CAM. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are currently 135 individuals with CMCA certification and 84 individuals who hold both the CMCA certification and AMS designation.

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RESULTS - Annual Christmas Home Decorating Contest By Bernice Jala On behalf of the Beautification Committee I would like to thank each of you for entering your beautiful homes in our seasonal contest. There were 10 lovely homes entered this year, each with their own special flair. The winners were: First Place: Eileen & Emil Dellagioma Second Place: Donna Lewin Third Place: Ed Lins I would also like to thank our five judges: Patricia Gibson, Linda Clarke, Joe Jala and Wendy & Bob Healey (Bob was also our photographer).

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Community Corner

Attention!

Dues Raffle Tickets

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! January 17 – Kole Janda January 19 – Tom Montague January 21 – Andrew Davanzo January 28 – Jasmine Glaster February 10 – Chuck Segar February 14 – Ed Anderson February 16 – Victoria Vario February 20 – Chris Semanko February 21 – Johnny Bak February 24 – Brandon Janda February 24 – Kyle Stoughton February 25 – Kendall Glaster February 26 – Linda Fescine February 27 – Pam Riddlehoover March 1 – Mike Montague March 6 – Felicia Rey March 13 – Brianna Semanko March 23 – Kristen Gillan March 24 – Mark Silverstein March 25 – Trish Dorner March 28 – Jacqueline Marsilia March 30 – Brett Crawn March 31 – Kathy Banz

2012/2013 Annual Dues statements will be mailed in mid February. If you do not receive your bill by early March, please contact the office at 570-828-7511 to request a copy. Whether you receive your bill or not, dues are always payable on May 1. Finance charges will accrue starting on June 1 and monthly thereafter. You can pay by check, cash, money order or Visa or MasterCard, but keep in mind if paying by credit card, there will be a 2% convenience fee added to the amount being charged. Credit card payment can be made in person or over the phone. Thank you!

2012/2013 Dues Raffle Tickets are on sale now in the Administration Office. Be sure to get yours before it’s too late. The holder of the winning ticket will have the base amount of their dues paid for them on one lot (value: $850). The raffle tickets are only $10 each. You have to be in it to win it! Take a chance!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! January 8 – Jeannette & Bob Parrinello February 14 – Alina & Bob Hans (25th!)

KEYS FOUND! Two sets of keys found in front section of Wild Acres, somewhere between the Administration Office and the Mailroom. If you can identify them, you can have them.

Recreation Coordinator Busy HOA seeks dependable recreation coordinator. Responsible for aquatics and recreation programs. Nights, weekends and holidays a must. Reduced hours off season. Fax resume to (570) 828-2637 or email to info@wildacreslakes.org

Fitness Room? The Game Room at the Club House is not being used as we had hoped it would. Therefore, we are looking for other ideas to use the space in the Club House. One idea that came up in discussion was the creation of a “fitness room” in the space now occupied by the Game Room. The area would most likely be fee-based, but could provide WALPOA residents with a gym right on property. When you add a sauna, showers, and a pool to the fitness room, our Club House becomes an attractive amenity that could be used more often and generate revenue to offset the costs of opening a Fitness Center as well. Before investing any of your hard earned member dollars into a project like this, we want to know what YOU think. Would you participate? Would you pay a fee to be able to use a fitness center right here on property? Tell us your thoughts! Email us at info@wildacreslakes.org; we’d love to hear from you.

Thanks For Your Donations!

Lifeguards Needed

The Wild Acres Administration Office and the Pike/Wayne Chapter of the Marine Corps. Toys for Tots would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to all who donated to the toy drive for Christmas 2011. An extra BIG THANK YOU to the McElrath family for going above and beyond with their many, many gifts. The office was overflowing with toys! Thanks to your generosity, they undoubtedly had a joy filled Christmas.

Lifeguards needed for employment in Wild Acres. Must possess current lifeguard certifications. Please stop in office for application.

Environmental Volunteers Needed Starting mid-April we will kick off our annual goose addling project. Goose egg addling controls the goose population. For more information visit www.wildacreslakes.org and click on the Environmental News tab. If interested in volunteering please email info@wildacreslakes.org or call 828-7511. The next Environmental Committee Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 22 at the Clubhouse at 7:00PM.

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Back in My Day… By John J. Shults, CMCA I have to confess, I used to roll my eyes and grind my teeth when I would hear my old man begin a story this way, “You know, when I was your age…” The older I get, though, the more his stories now make sense. When my father passed away, I was carrying boxes of his belongings into my house. One of the items I was most careful with was his prized crates of records. Not military records or court records or marriage records (although he had quite a few of those). I’m talking about music records; good old vinyl albums. They were all there in this big old box of his, from Led Zeppelin to the Beatles to Herbie Hancock to Billy Joel. It was literally like reading a history of his music tastes, chapter by chapter. When I crossed the threshold to my home, my oldest son gave me a blank stare. “What are those?” he asked. “Records,” I replied. “Records of what?” There was really no way to explain it to him, so after a while I plugged in my Dad’s record player and put a Deep Purple album on. The record player did that wonderful hiss, crackle, and pop when I put the needle down. “That sounds terrible,” my son yelled. “Why is there so much background noise?” “You don’t like that? Back when I was your age, I used to love to listen to…” and then I stopped. My oldest son was rolling his eyes. I tell you this story so that I may tell you the next story, which also involves the notion of “back in my day.” The Board of Directors recently passed our 2012-2013 Operating Budget. This year, like last year, I hear many interesting and differing opinions of the budget and the operations of Wild Acres. There are some people who give off the impression that the place hasn’t been run correctly since its’ inception, and others who think Wild Acres is great. Then there are others who expressed a wide range of sentiments: “We spend too much on (department name here).” “We waste money on (insert an item here).” “Every year, (insert department name here) gets more and more money.” These sentiments usually go along with: “Back in (Fill In Year Here), we spent only (Fill in Dollar Amount Here) on (Fill In An Item Here) and we were perfectly happy!” In general, I recognize that most of these statements are made by people only looking to keep operating costs low for the community, which in turn keeps dues low. I applaud people for looking out for their pocketbooks. But…. I can’t help but think maybe we’ve allowed some people the bully pulpit too long or for the wrong reasons. Perhaps it’s my fault for not really educating the membership on past and present finances. I believe most of the poor decisions in the world are born from people not being educated on what’s going on. Check out the Pocono Record articles about Middle Smithfield Township some time. The circus that went on at that township is a great example of people not knowing what’s going on until the very end, when it’s too late to avoid a harsh fate (in Middle Smithfield Township’s case: higher taxes!). So instead of rolling your eyes, I hope that you will take the time to read over the historical financial background of Wild Acres I have presented in the next few graphs. If you already knew the information, I applaud you. If you didn’t, you should; it’s your community!

First, let’s start with the actual budget numbers and get those out of the way, and keep in mind these were the approved budgets of the association:

*Note: In 1988-1989, WALPOA’s “Total Expense” was actually $1,012,810. Of this amount, $265,100 was spent on Capital Projects, resulting in the remainder of $747,710.


The following three graphs represent the total percentage each department spent in relation to the total expense of WALPOA.

As you can see in 1988-89, Administration and Maintenance made up 74% of the total expense! By 2006-2007, priorities shifted to include more money for Public Safety and Recreation. Amazingly, six years later, the percentages remain almost unchanged from 2006-07, indicating priorities have remained mostly unchanged and department funding remains basically the same.

The next graph represents total Department spending from 1988-89 through 2012-2013.

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This graph illustrates the spending of the Departments from 1998-2013. Note that Administration used to be the most costly department until 1995-96, when Maintenance took over. Also note the leveling off seen since 2006-2007.

The next graph represents a comparison of the 2006-2007 and 2012-2013 budgets.

The next graph represents WALPOA’s Income compared to Expense from 1988-89 through 2012-2013.

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This is a graph comparing the 2006-07 financials with the 2012-2013 Budget. Note how minor the changes are over a six year period, again showing the true leveling off of WALPOA’s finances.

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As you can see, WALPOA’s income and expense have leveled off since 2006-07. The large gap in 1988-1989 was a result of $ 265,100 in Capital Projects, which were not counted towards the total expense.

The Beautification Committee would like to thank all of our members who have volunteered and participated in the many events we held in 2011. We are looking forward to our 2012 Memorial Day Ceremony, Planting Day, Home & Garden Tour + Breakfast, and of course our annual Dog Show. Sincerely, Co-Chairs Bernice Jala and Eileen Dellagioma

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2012-2013 Operating Income Assessment Income Developed Developed Rented Undeveloped Unbuildable Adjacent Preservation + 1/2 Preservation + 1 Preservation + 2 Preservation + 3 Preservation + 8 SOS Undev Preservation + 1 Undev Preservation + 2 Undev Preservation + 3 SUB TOTAL

Amount $850 $1,215 $850 $850 $850 $900 $950 $1,050 $1,150 $1,650 $100 $950 $1,050 $1,150

Lots 1245 66 348 28 49 6 121 1 7 1 193 21 3 15 2104

Billable $1,058,250 $80,190 $295,800 $23,800 $41,650 $5,400 $114,950 $1,050 $8,050 $1,650 $19,300 $19,950 $3,150 $17,250 $1,690,440

% Pay 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85%

Total $899,512.50 $68,161.50 $251,430.00 $20,230.00 $35,402.50 $4,590.00 $97,707.50 $892.50 $6,842.50 $1,402.50 $16,405.00 $16,957.50 $2,677.50 $14,662.50 $1,436,874.00

Dam Assessment Developed Developed Rented Undeveloped Unbuildable Adjacent Preservation + 1/2 Preservation + 1 Preservation + 2 Preservation + 3 Preservation + 8 SOS Undev Preservation + 1 Undev Preservation + 2 Undev Preservation + 3 SUB TOTAL

Amount $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $0. $250 $250 $250

Lots 1245 66 348 28 49 6 121 1 7 1 193 21 3 15 2104

Billable $311,250 $16,500 $87,000 $7,000 $12,250 $1,500 $30,250 $250 $1,750 $250 $0 $5,250 $750 $3,750 $477,750

% Pay 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 85% 0% 85% 85% 85%

Total $264,562.50 $14,025.00 $73,950.00 $5,950.00 $10,412.50 $1,275.00 $25,712.50 $212.50 $1,487.50 $212.50 $0.00 $4,462.50 $637.50 $3,187.50 $406,087.50

Other Income Prior Dues Gate Card Fee EZ Pass ATV Registration Interest Income Dues Late Fees Credit Card Fee Collections Court Costs Lien Filing Fees Violations Badges / Guest Badges Beautification Miscellaneous Builder’s Packet Admin Cable TV

$5,500 $3,500 $600 $200 $25,000 $7,500 $1,200 $3,500 $1,500 $500 $0 $500 $500 $1,000 $500 $9,000

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2012-2013 Operating Expenses Public Safety Wages 240,000.00 Benefits 25,000.00 Bottled Water 300.00 Camera Maintenance 4,000.00 Computer Maint 1,000.00 Contingency 500.00 Continuing Education 1,000.00 Equipment Repair & Maint 1,300.00 Gate Supply & Repair 3,500.00 Payroll Service 500.00 Payroll Taxes 30,000.00 Repairs & Maintenance 1,500.00 Supplies 4,500.00 Telephone - Cellular 2,300.00 Telephone - Emerg Resp. Line 150.00 Telephone - Guardhouse 1,800.00 Uniforms 2,500.00 Utilities - Fawn Lake 350.00 Utilities - Guardhouse 3,800.00 Vehicle Fuel/Mileage 12,000.00 Vehicle Registration Fee 200.00 Vehicle Repair & Maint 18,000.00 Total Public Safety 354,200.00 Administration Accounting Fees Advertising Appreciation Day Badges (Membership) Bank & Finance Charges Benefits Board Meeting Costs Board Secretary Bottled Water Charitable Contributions Collection Atty Fees Collection Court Costs Collection Misc. Fees Collection Personal Service Computer Contingency Continuing Education Copier Maintenance Credit Card Bank Charges Dues & Membership Employee Screening Fees Income & Property Taxes Insurance/Commercial Insurance/Worker’s Comp Internet Access Legal Fees Miscellaneous Newsletter Newsletter Printing Payroll and Sales Taxes Payroll Service Payroll Taxes Payroll Taxes - Collections Postage Postage Equipment Rental Printing Supplies Telephone - Cellular Telephone Uniforms Utilities Wages Wages - Collection Website Service Total Administration

15,000.00 1,000.00 1,500.00 2,200.00 2,000.00 35,000.00 2,000.00 250.00 750.00 250.00 8,500.00 15,000.00 2,500.00 5,000.00 4,000.00 500.00 1,000.00 1,700.00 1,500.00 250.00 1,000.00 5,000.00 82,000.00 32,000.00 1,000.00 30,000.00 500.00 4,000.00 4,000.00 8,500.00 500.00 17,500.00 1,875.00 6,000.00 2,850.00 1,500.00 10,000.00 1,500.00 4,500.00 500.00 7,500.00 140,000.00 15,000.00 1,200.00 478,325.00

Maintenance Beautification/Memorial Park Benefits Building Repairs & Maint. Clean Up Day Contingency Continuing Education Contracted Services Dam Inspection Dam Maintenance Drainage Environmental Exterminator Fuel Grounds/Fields & Courts Prk Payroll Service Payroll Taxes Permits Road Repairs Sanitation Signs Snow Removal Telephone - Cellular Telephone Tools/Equipment Rental Uniforms Utilities Vehicle Registration Vehicle Repair & Maint Wages Total Maintenance

1,000.00 26,500.00 20,000.00 750.00 500.00 500.00 10,000.00 4,400.00 15,000.00 4,500.00 500.00 1,000.00 23,000.00 9,000.00 500.00 18,750.00 500.00 100,000.00 4,000.00 1,000.00 60,000.00 1,900.00 450.00 4,500.00 1,000.00 8,000.00 2,000.00 20,000.00 150,000.00 489,250.00

Recreation Annual Picnic Cellular Service Concession - Gameroom Concession - Purchases Contingency - Recreation Continuing Education - Rec Contracted Services Equipment Lake Treatment Lakes & Beaches R&M Payroll Service - Rec/Pool Payroll Taxes - Concession Payroll Taxes - Pool Payroll Taxes - Recreation Pool & Lake Testing Pool Chemicals Pool Maintenance Pool Utilities Recreation Function Luau Recreation Functions Supplies - Recreation Telephones Uniforms Utilities Wages - Concession Wages - Pool Wages - Recreation Water Total Recreation

2,000.00 450.00 500.00 16,000.00 500.00 250.00 1,500.00 1,000.00 7,000.00 3,000.00 500.00 1,300.00 6,500.00 3,055.00 5,000.00 3,000.00 20,000.00 36,000.00 2,000.00 6,000.00 4,000.00 1,000.00 1,500.00 23,000.00 10,000.00 50,000.00 23,500.00 250.00 228,805.00

TOTAL ALL EXPENSES

1,550,580.00


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Annual Christmas Celebration On December 3rd, Wild Acres Lakes held their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Party. The Clubhouse and game room were transformed into a Winter Wonderland which was fun for everyone. Young and old had a great time with festive holiday music, a taco bar and desserts to enjoy. Santa arrived in style at the Clubhouse!! He arrived with full sirens and lights aglow, upon a fire truck, thanks to the Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Department. Santa was greeted by all the children and then lit the Christmas tree. Then Santa retired to the fireside room with his Elves, where he talked to each person about their holiday wishes. Santa then had pictures taken, gave out candy canes, coloring books, and crayons to each child. Each child also received reindeer food and snowman poop as a treat. The Recreation Department would like to thank all those who helped decorate, cook, and The grand entrance of Santa Claus on brought food to the festivities. the fire truck!

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Board of Directors Meeting October 15, 2011 Chairman Vladimir Petrushin calls the meeting to order at 10:05am. Quorum Roll Call: Floyd Lee, Ed Banz, Bob Tracy, Nonna Yelan, Felix Rey, James Bradley, John Mascia. Absent: Linda Clarke Department Reports: John Shults, Director of Operations Treasure Report: Wild Acres Lakes Operating Wachovia Wayne Bank Preservation Wayne Bank Investment Dime Bank Operating Dime Bank Payroll Dime Bank Escrow Account Dime Bank Builders Account Dime Bank Working Capital Dime Bank Working Capital MM Dime Bank Working Capital Cedars Wild Acres Lakes Capital Dime Bank Capital Account Dime Bank Capital Money Market Dime Bank Cedars Dam Assn. Dime Capital C.D.A.R.S. Dime Bank Dam Assessment Dime Bank DEAP Account Pool Loan balance

Balance $67,637.76 $14,025.06 $25,195.01 $1,842.85 $19,287.47 $45,275.66 $7,758.67 $173,804.03 $20,028.40 $400,000.00 Balance $32,935.00 $39,499.48 $325,000.00 $20,000.00 $40,051.16 $3,706.45 $517,638.25

Public Safety: 3 people arrested for burglary, no more burglaries since then. Everyone needs to remember to lock doors. Calls for Service: 68 Incident Reports: 43 Warnings for code violations Citations Given: 11 Recreation Report: Indoor pool open, clubhouse hosted family game night, month ended with candy bingo and ice cream. Management Report: thanked all volunteers of general membership meeting, putting out for bid more road repairs, attended township meeting for shutdown of Delaware Sewer/Clean Treatment. Town assured everyone they will not be able to just shutdown. Maintenance Report: Repaired drainage issues on High Ridge Road, Wild Acres Drive and Raspberry Court and Mountain Lake Drive., helped with Halloween decorations, repaired club house roof, replaced broken sump pump in club house, closed both outdoor pools, repaired spillway at south pond, repaired roadside at spring road. Administration Report: Collected toys for Tots, deadline for Wild Acres World is November 1, 2011. EZ Pass are available at office, dues raffle tickets can be purchased at office. Committee Reports: A. Public Safety – Felix Rey, had meeting September 27, 2011 Cutting tree permits are no longer in rules and regulations and should be returned and put into bylaws, and we are having issues with people smoking at bus stop, and it is not allowed, guard at bus stop should always be outside of his vehicle, front gate is being open without signing people in, and must stop. Security patrols have been relaxed and need to be picked up. B. Recreation – Nonna Yelan, had meeting September 24, 2011 Recreation Director should work on Saturdays and Pools need to be cleaned better, badges must be checked, having issues with life guards using cell phones, should have certified food handler. Rental of clubhouse should not be allowed during major holidays for private parties. Can Marquee be moved to mail box area? Can club house be open on weekends from 12pm to 6pm? Can tent at pool 1 be moved to pool 2. Can we purchase more furniture. C. Environmental – Ed Banz had meeting Oct 4, 2011 discussed not feeding bears and making things bear proof. Had meeting at town hall about fracking, it could become one of the biggest environment problems in this area, if anyone want copies of report see Ed. D. Capital Improvement and Maintenance – James Bradley, Nothing to report E. By Laws – Nonna Yelan, Nothing to report F. Communications – Bob Tracy, Nothing to report G. Beautification – Ed Banz, Bernice Jala, We are accepting Christmas donations to create a winter wonderland. Christmas decorating contest: 1st $100, 2nd $50, 3rd $25. H. Budget and Finance – James Bradley, met October 7, 2011 made adjustments to expenses, highlights include budget collections are ahead of last year. Have collected 92% of budget, and collected 72% of all dues. Must start replenishing capital funds. Already started working on 2012-2013 budget. I. Rules and Regulations – Floyd Lee, will have meeting October 20, 2011 Awarding of Contracts: None Additions Deletions and Modifications: None Unfinished Business: None New Business: None Comments by Membership: • Concern with security sleeping in vehicles. • When will we paint lines on Roads?

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Shouldn’t we have committee on Pools? Can we install reflectors in road instead of yellow lines? When will work be done at Fawn Lake?

Motion by Felix Rey to have James Bradley contact auditor Tom Owens 2nd Bob Tracy Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ........ YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ........... ABSTAIN Floyd Lee ............. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey .......... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Dmitry Kupersmidt to accept audit with amendment to roadway mileage and dues math error 2nd Felix Rey Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ........ YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley .................... YES Floyd Lee ............. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey .......... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Felix Rey to switch from Wayne Bank to Penn Star bank 2nd Bob Tracy Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ........ YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley .................... YES Floyd Lee ............. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey .......... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Dmitry Kupersmidt to reject Diane Talor write off 2nd Nonna Yelan Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ........ YES John Mascia ........... NO James Bradley ...................... NO Floyd Lee ............... NO Felix Rey ..... ABSTAIN Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey ............ NO Ed Banz .................. NO Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION FAILED Motion by Jim Bradley to write off all of Diane Talor fees except current dues if release from gate accident 2nd Bob Tracy Dmitry Kupersmidt .............. NO Nonna Yelan .......... NO John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley .................... YES Floyd Lee ............. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey .......... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Floyd Lee to write off block 1002 lot 4 section 10 2nd Felix Rey Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan .... ABSTAIN John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley .................... YES Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Nonna Yelan to accept deed back block 2205 lot 31 2nd Felix Rey Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ........ YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley .................... YES Floyd Lee ............. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey .......... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Felix Rey to close meeting 2nd James Bradley Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ........ YES James Bradley .................... YES Floyd Lee ............. YES Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey .......... YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED

John Mascia ......... YES Felix Rey .............. YES Ed Banz ................ YES

Board of Directors Meeting November 19, 2011 Chairman Vladimir Petrushin calls the meeting to order at 10:12am Quorum Roll Call: Floyd Lee, Ed Banz, Bob Tracy, John Mascia, Nonna Yelan, Felix Rey, James Bradley, Dmitry Kupersmidt, Bernice Jala. Absent: Linda Clarke Department Reports: John Shults, Director of Operations Treasure Report: Wild Acres Lakes Operating Wachovia Wayne Bank Preservation Wayne Bank Investment Dime Bank Operating Dime Bank Payroll Dime Bank Escrow Account Dime Bank Builders Account

Balance $67,637.76 $14,025.06 $25,195.01 $1,842.85 $25,579.04 $45,775.66 $7,758.67


Dime Bank Working Capital Dime Bank Working Capital MM Dime Bank Working Capital Cedars Wild Acres Lakes Capital Dime Bank Capital Account Dime Bank Capital Money Market Dime Bank Cedars Dam Assn. Dime Capital C.D.A.R.S. Dime Bank Dam Assessment Dime Bank DEAP Account Pool Loan balance

$130,678.51 $20,028.40 $400,000.00 Balance $4,445.00 $25,336.58 $325,000.00 $200,000.00 $40,051.16 $3,706.45 $515,603.29

Public Safety Calls for Service: 61 Incident Reports: 36 Warnings for code violations Citations Given: 18 Recreation Report: October we hosted Moms & Tots, also arts and crafts at club house. Game room reopened in October. Halloween part was completed despite first snow fall of year. Zumba kicked off the month of November which is offered every Tuesday and Thursday. Management Report: Long Ridge Dam permit is approved and in place. Requests for bids will be in the Pocono Record and NJ Hearld, it will run 2 times and three days each time. Pre-bid meeting on December 14 at the WALPOA Clubhouse and a site visit as well. Bids due January 20, 2012 and to be opened at January 21 Board of Directors Meeting. Public Safety vehicles have been outfitted and are in use. The vehicles came in at well under the allotted $60,000.00 Maintenance Report: Cleaned up and rerouted drainage on Mountain Lake Drive, from 164 to 176. Cleaned up and fixed drainage at corner of Fairview and HR Road. Cold pated pot holes on Mt. Lake Drive. Patched by mailboxes and school bus area around Fawn Lake side. Helped in Halloween decorations and cleanup. First snow plowed and cidered. Administration Report: Dues raffles are in office. New issue of Wild Acres World will be out. If interested in going green with next issue of Wild Acres World send email to info@wildacreslakes.org Committee Reports A) Public Safety – Felix Rey B) Recreation – Nona Yelan, nothing to report, will schedule a meeting C) Environmental – Ed Banz, nothing to report D) Capital Improvement and Maintenance – James Bradley, nothing to report E) By Laws – Nonna Yelan, will schedule meeting F) Communications – Bob Tracy, G) Beautification – Bernice Jala, New meeting scheduled for November 30, 2011 H) Budget and Finance – James Bradley, I) Rules and Regulations – Floyd Lee, nothing to report New meeting scheduled for November 30, 2011 Awarding of Contracts: None Additions Deletions and Modifications: None Unfinished Business: None New Business: None Comments by Membership: • Can we sell heater for pool 2 • When are we going to have a bylaws meeting • Can we bill none Wild Acres residents that live around the lake • When will yellow lines be painted on roads • Why is mailman still parking in handicap area Motion by Dmitry Kupersmidt to have department heads give department reports at board meetings 2nd by Nonna Yelan Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ........... NO James Bradley ...................... NO Floyd Lee .................... NO Felix Rey ................ NO Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey ................. NO Ed Banz .................. NO Bernice Jala ............... ABSTAIN Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION FAILED Motion by Felix Rey to waive 3 bidder Rule and accept the only 2 road paving bids 2nd James Bradley Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley .................... YES Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Bob Tracey to accept bid by Poconos Spray Patching 2nd Felix Rey Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley .................... YES Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Bob Tracy to accept deed back on 1904-39 2nd Felix Rey Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley .................... YES Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin

MOTION PASSED Motion by Felix Rey to accept deed back on 1902-42 2nd Nonna Yelan Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley .................... YES Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Felix Rey to close open meeting and reopen closed meeting 2nd Ed Banz Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley .................... YES Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ............... ABSENT Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED

Board of Directors Meeting December 17, 2011 Chairman Vladimir Petrushin calls the meeting to order at 10:10am Quorum Roll Call: Floyd Lee, Ed Banz, Bob Tracy, Linda Clarke, Nonna Yelan, Anthony Della Pasqua, Felix Rey, John Mascia, Dmitry Kupersmidt. Absent: James Bradley Linda Clarke voted Vice President Department Reports: John Shults, Director of Operations Treasure Report: Wild Acres Lakes Operating Wachovia Wayne Bank Preservation Wayne Bank Investment Dime Bank Operating Dime Bank Payroll Dime Bank Escrow Account Dime Bank Builders Account Dime Bank Working Capital Dime Bank Working Capital MM Wild Acres Lakes Capital Dime Bank Capital Account Dime Bank Capital Money Market Dime Capital C.D.A.R.S. Dime Bank Dam Assessment Dime Bank DEAP Account Pool Loan balance $513,641.35

Balance $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ Balance $58,830.50 $25,345.07 $135,699.07 $325,000.00 $3706.59

Editor’s note: The Wild Acres Lakes Operating Balance (left) is left blank intentionally. Due to a mix up, the numbers were not able to be approved at the meeting and therefore are left blank.

Public Safety: Kids must have child safety restraints in passenger cars Calls for Service: 57 Incident Reports: 34 Warnings for code violations Citations Given: 4 Recreation Report: On November 26 at clubhouse, Recreation hosted a Holiday Bazaar from 10am to 4pm. The Bazaar had many crafters and vendors consisting of homemade candles, jewelry, crafts, home based businesses and Curves Gym. Recreation also offered concession stand, gift wrapping and chances at winning the largest stocking, as well as a chance for the 2012-2013 dues raffle. The Beautification Committee hosted a 50/50 raffle with great prizes. Thank you to everyone who came to help, as well as those who shopped. Management Report: Comparing this year to last year. Expenses are up $20,220 versus last year. Total income is up $17,402 versus last year. Expenses are down in all departments except maintenance due to an additional $63,000 in road repairs this year versus last year. We are $29,976 under last year in total wages. Utility costs are up $4043 versus last year. We have collected 95% of our budgeted dues versus 91% at this time last year. Administration Report: Deadline for next issue of Wild Acres World is January 21st. submit all pictures, articles, etc to Newpaper@wildacreslakes.org Dues raffle tickets are on sale in Administration office, please stop by and pick one up. Toys for Tots was a complete success. Thank you to all that donated. We are looking for volunteers to be on Hearing Board. Please call the office and speak to Jamie if you are interested. Maintenance Report: Repaired Drainage issues at Lake Shore Drive, Mountain Lake Drive. Trimmed edges of roads, Line painted at bus stop and entrance area of Wild Acres. Assisted in set up and clean up from Christmas tree lighting party. Removal of branches and leaves from Sauna area. Installed spreaders on trucks. Committee Reports: A) Public Safety – Felix Rey, had meeting Dec. 2, 2011 Need to use radar more often, possible need 2nd radar gun. Officers should say name when answering phones. Need lines on roads for safety reasons. Officers should wear reflectors while directing traffic during school bus times. Electric school reflectors should be turned on while buses are loading and unloading and should be turned off when buses are gone. Need more patrols at the Fawn Lake section, Maps security gives out should be updated, accurate and clear. B) Recreation – Nona Yelan, Nothing to report


C) D) E) F) G)

Environmental – Ed Banz, Nothing to report Capital Improvement and Maintenance – James Bradley, Absent By Laws – Nonna Yelan, Communications – Bernice Jala Beautification – Bernice Jala, Elected Eileen Dellaicoma co-chairman, Red sleigh for park will not be done in time for this year’s Christmas. Beautification will donate money towards some new Christmas lights and decorations for park. Winner of Christmas decorations 1st place Eillen & Jerry Dellagioma $100 2nd Place Donna Lewin $75 3rd place Ed Ling $50 Next beautification meeting will probably not be until March. H) Budget and Finance – James Bradley, Absent I) Rules and Regulations – Floyd Lee, Elected Joe Jala Co-Chairman Articles to be changed in Rules and regulations Article III Pools, Beaches and Sauna change #14 and #17 #14 No soap or foreign substances are permitted in the pool, or sauna including any vegetation or tree limbs #17 No smoking, unless in designated areas of a. Indoor pool b. Clubhouse c. Guard house Article VIII Pets edit item #4 4. Pet owners are responsible for keeping the noise level to a minimum Article X Land and Property use Item #6 6. No contractor shall work between the hours of 6pm and 8:00am Contractor hours on Saturdays will be 8am to 4pm, No contractor shall work on Sundays “excluding emergency” Article XII Fence, Wall, Shrub, and Tree regulations edit #1 a. Fences, walls, shrubs and trees should be attractive as well as serviceable and be in keeping with the natural beauty of the community. b. They shall not interfere with the sight distance of any road of intersection. c. There shall be no clear cutting of lots. d. Any tree that needs to be removed larger than (4) four inches in diameter must have a permit from the administrative office. Article XV Traffic and Safety add item #5 5. All children under the age of 12 must wear an approved helmet. Article XXI Meetings add entire article 1. Meetings to be defined as a. Board meeting b. Committee meeting c. Hearing board 2. No electronic devices, pagers, cell phones, camcorders, or video tapes are allowed with the exception of the community owned, operated and approved device. 3. Any Person whom with intent disrupts, disturbs or interrupts a lawful meeting, procession or gathering of the association, shall be prosecuted. A person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree if, with intent to prevent or disrupts a lawful meeting, procession or gathering, he or she disturbs or interrupts it. Appeals Policy: Hearing officer changed to Hearing board Awarding of Contracts: None Additions Deletions and Modifications: None Unfinished Business: None New Business: None Comments by Membership: • Board is not giving community enough time to speak • Public safety not enforcing speed limit • Need guard rail on Winter and Spring road Motion by Felix Rey to accept minutes of October 15, 2011 meeting 2nd by Bob Tracy Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Bernice Jala ............... ABSTAIN Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Bob Tracy to accept minutes of November 19, 2012 2nd by Bernice Jala Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Dmitry Kupersmidt to repair back hoe parts cost $2593.23 2nd by Felix Rey Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Felix Rey to purchase second radar gun up to $1000.00 2nd Linda Clarke Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES

Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bernice Jala ........................ YES MOTION PASSED

Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin

Motion by Dmitry Kupersmidt to equip security vehicles with 4 cameras and DVR up to $1500.00 each 2nd Felix Rey Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ........... NO James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................... NO Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz .................. NO Bernice Jala .......................... NO Chairman Vladimir Petrushin .................... ABSTAIN MOTION FAILED Motion by Bob Tracy to accept all recommendations of changes to bylaws FIRST READING 2nd Linda Clarke Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............... NO John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ........ ABSENT Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Felix Rey to accept deed back lot 2204-01 Edward Helen Danza 2ND Bob Tracey Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia .. ABSTAIN James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey ................ YES Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz .......... ABSENT Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Felix Rey to purchase second Radar Gun 2nd by Bernice Jala; motion Rescinded. Ed Banz leaves meeting 10:50am. Motion by Floyd Lee to write off Delaware Sewer Lots 1902-05 thru lot 1902-11 and lot 2102-08 total $97,572.90 2nd Bob Tracy Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ........ ABSENT Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Bob Tracey to write off Benasa lots 0110-74, 1004-03, 1904-40, 2008-06, 2202-01, 1102-10 total $65870.93 2nd Felix Rey Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ........ ABSENT Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Dmitry Kupersmidt to write off repository lots 1802-04, 1403-03, 1403-04, 0702-03, 0603-19, 0702-01, 0801-42, 0110-41, 0502-28, 0109-57, 1305-03, 1602-01 2nd by Felix Rey Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ........ ABSENT Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Bob Tracy to write off Sheriff sales lots 1211-17, 0804-12, 1201-23, 0605-03, 0901-02, 0901-03 2nd by Felix Rey Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ........ ABSENT Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Dmitry Kupersmidt to make Linda Clarke a check signer 2nd Floyd Lee Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ........ ABSENT Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by John Mascia to accept new budget 2012-13 2nd Linda Clarke Dmitry Kupersmidt .............. NO Nonna Yelan ............... NO John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey ................ NO Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ........ ABSENT Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED Motion by Felix Rey to close meeting 2nd Bernice Jala Dmitry Kupersmidt ............ YES Nonna Yelan ............. YES John Mascia ......... YES James Bradley ............ ABSENT Floyd Lee .................. YES Felix Rey .............. YES Linda Clarke ....................... YES Bob Tracey ............... YES Ed Banz ........ ABSENT Bernice Jala ........................ YES Chairman Vladimir Petrushin MOTION PASSED


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Recipe Corner If any of our members have a special recipe they would like to place in Recipe Corner, please feel free to call Bernice at 828-6686 or drop it off at the office. Parsley Soup submitted by Collette Yacka 5 cups chicken broth or stock 1 cup chopped parsley 1 medium head romaine lettuce (chopped) 4 medium potatoes (diced) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons butter Minced parsley (for garnish) Bring the broth to a boil. Add parsley, lettuce, and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, simmer, covered, over low heat for 1 hour. Blend with a submergible blender in pot or whirl a regular blender (if you use a regular blender, please cool a little first and do not fill the blender). Stir in butter, and garnish with minced parsley. Cornish Hens with Lemon and Herbs submitted by Caroline Raikakos 2 Cornish hens (room temperature, rinsed well and patted dry) 1 bunch fresh thyme – plus more for garnish 2 lemons, halved, plus wedges for serving 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper Preheat oven to 450. Place hens in a roasting pan, breast side up. Place 2 thyme sprigs and 1 lemon half in cavity of each hen. Loosen skin from breast and place remaining thyme and the parsley underneath. Squeeze remaining lemon halves over hens. Rub butter all over hens. Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast hens, rotating pan halfway through, until skin turns golden brown and an instantread thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 180, about 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut hens in half lengthwise. Garnish with thyme sprigs and serve with lemon wedges. Sweet Onion Pie submitted by Bernice Jala 1 1/2 cups crushed buttery round crackers 1/3 cup butter (melted) 2 tablespoons butter 2 cups sliced sweet onions 2 eggs 3/4 cup half-and-half 3/4 teaspoons salt 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, mix together crushed crackers and 1/3 cup melted butter. Press mixture firmly into a pie pan and set aside. Heat a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, salt and white pepper. Pour mixture over onions then sprinkle top with shredded cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, until center is set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. (If you bake this in a glass or corning pie pan, you can make it ahead and reheat in microwave). This pie also makes a great hors-doeuvre by simply cutting the pie into smaller pieces. Orange Rum Cake submitted by Bernice Jala 1 package plane yellow cake mix 1 package vanilla instant pudding mix 1 cup fresh orange juice (from about 5 oranges or from the carton, not concentrate) 8 tablespoons melted butter (1 stick) 1/4 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 4 eggs 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (about zest from a medium orange)

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Rum Glaze 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 1/4 cup fresh orange juice Preheat oven to 350. Lightly mist a 12 cup Bundt pan with vegetable oil spray, then dust with flour. Shake off the excess flour. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, orange juice, melted butter, rum, eggs and orange zest in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase mixer to medium and beat for 2 minutes more. The batter should look thick and smooth. Pour the batter into the pan, smoothing it out with the spatula. Place in oven. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until it springs back when lightly pressed with you finger and just starts to pull away from sides of pan (or until a toothpick comes out clean). Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool about 20 minutes. Remove from pan and place on serving platter. Glaze – place butter, sugar, rum and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring almost constantly until glaze becomes fairly thick and syrupy. Poke holes in the top of cake with a wooden skewer or toothpick. Spoon the hot glaze over the cake, allowing it to soak into the holes and drizzle down the sides and center of the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely before serving.

Ask The Sensei….. By Sensei Albert Casale Q. (From Bushkill) Dear Sensei, I am a single mom and I am concerned about my 17 year old daughter. She has recently become more and more sexually explicit in her ways especially how she dresses. I am concerned about her becoming a vulnerable target or having to ever face a threatening situation. How can I help her be prepared for the many risks of exploitation and victimization? A. It’s no news that our society has become far more sexually explicit. The mainstream media and magazines are filled with sexual “how to” articles on how to appear in various stages of dress and get more attention. Some parents hail this as liberation; others see it as moral decay. However you feel about it, it is part of the current reality that is being washed all over our children. The bottom line is that the more naíve and ill-informed teenagers are sexually, the more vulnerable they are. Be reminded the many physiological, psychological, and moral issues surrounding sex go far beyond the scope of just being prepared to defend oneself. Most teenage girls are unprepared to defend themselves, When young they were socialized into being “nice” thinking of others before themselves, avoiding making scenes or hurting someone’s feelings; they have never fought or hurt anyone in their lives. An attacker looks for someone who is passive, childlike and vulnerable. His choice of a female target has nothing to do with how “sexy” she is. To defend herself successfully, she must first overcome any sense vulnerability and fear of being aggressive. Jumping into a strong fighting stance, yelling loudly and appearing ready to defend herself will surprise her would-be attacker and throw him off guard. That will remind the attacker that she is not going to be what he wants her to be. I recommend your daughter study physical Self-Defense techniques that will build her self-confidence which will make her better able to defend herself. They go hand in hand. One does little good without the other.


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