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Vol. 7, Issue 9


September 2019

Vol. 7 Issue 9

STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS The official publication of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association, Inc.

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Stonebridge Ranch Day Photos

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Cartoon Ranch & Curb Appeal Corner

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Community Calendar

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No Trespassing

Private golf facilities to be used for golfing only

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Giving Back

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Conquering Mountains

One resident family volunteers to help neighbors and city

Social Scene

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Save the Date October 2019 Events

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Welcome, Tenants

Tips for residents who lease homes in Stonebridge Ranch

Copyright Š 2019. All rights reserved. Published by Community Matters, Inc., this magazine is produced at no cost to the Association and is mailed monthly to all Stonebridge Ranch residences free of charge.

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Cover Photo by Erica Lee

Resident will top one of the Seven Summits of the World in 2020

Though attendance was low at last year’s Stonebridge Ranch Day due to a record-breaking heat wave, residents of all ages still managed to have a lot of fun (such as our cover photo family, who stayed cool at the Pool Party & Kid Zone).


F ROM T HE P RESIDENT In this month’s issue there are articles about helpful hints for renters, information about trespassing violations on adjacent golf courses, and recommendations on where to walk, run, and exercise. I would like to let everyone know that this year’s annual Stonebridge Ranch Day celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21. Many residents have been asking when the bridge on South Stonebridge Drive is scheduled for completion and the road reopened. The latest information I have from the city is that the construction should be completed and the road reopened by the end of October. Board Meeting The Board meeting of July 25, 2019 was called to order at 1:02 PM. All Board members were present. The meeting began with a Homeowners Open Forum. One homeowner appeared to discuss the unkempt appearance of a rental home in their neighborhood. The next item of business was to ratify the minutes of the previous Board meeting and all decisions made since the last Board meeting. We also approved adding Neelam Kacker to the Modifications Committee and Perry Owens to the Finance Committee. Director Michael Kaltenbaugh was elected as Treasurer and will be the Finance and Investment Committee liaison, a position that was being filled on an interim basis by our current Vice President, Norm Counts. Vice President Counts will now be the Amenities Committee liaison in addition to his VP duties.

New Business We updated our fining policy on incurable violations in accordance with state law. Those violations will be fined $200/day per violation per occurrence. In light of recent events, we are reviewing all of our signs where our common areas meet any body of water to insure they identify and warn about prohibited activities. We approved continuing an agreement to allow the use of the parking lot next to the YMCA for overflow parking for the Association. Executive Session The Board reviewed and approved the monthly foreclosure report and the report of the Appeals Committee. We also reviewed and accepted the Collections Committee report, the Violations report and the Project expenditures report. Our legal counsel updated us on pending legal matters. We also discussed and decided what action we are going to take on a new home built with unapproved brick. Association Reports Board Liaisons presented updates on committee activities reflected in Committee minutes available on our website. The Director of Operations updated the Board on the potential annexation of a new village to be constructed. The meeting adjourned at 5:20 PM. Jon Dell’Antonia President, Board of Directors

Old Business In its continuing review of all Board guidelines, we reviewed the Collections Committee Guidelines, the Finance Committee Charter, Investment Committee Charter, and insurance guidelines for any homes owned by the Association. 380 Project Update. There has been no new action on the 380 project. We are continuing to work on getting the Red alignment-A option changed. There are many discussions currently taking place to find an alternative solution that works better for everyone. As those options are developed, we will be requesting your support for those that are favorable for Stonebridge Ranch. I continue to monitor and work actively on this project to make sure Stonebridge interests are represented. We reviewed our status of sending out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for all of our landscaping areas. This is planned for release in August. STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS

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September 2019

Vol. 7 Issue 9

STONEBRIDGE RANCH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. 6201 Virginia Parkway, McKinney, TX 75071

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ph: (214) 733-5800 Fax: (214) 778-0595 website: www.stonebridgeranch.com Courtesy Patrol: (214) 794-4945

CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE

Jon Dell’Antonia, Erica Lee, Cheryl Unnone, Dave Wiest

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Jon Dell’Antonia

Vice President Norm Counts

Treasurer Michael Kaltenbaugh Secretary Jim Norton

Director Kristen Vartian Director Rick Chaffin Director Joe Closs

STAFF

Professional management by

RTI/Community Management Associates Inc. (CMA)

Director of Operations Greg Herbst

Maintenance Supervisor Michael Cawley

Landscape & Grounds Manager Brock Whetstone Lifestyle Director David Wiest

Executive Assistant Rony Peterson

Maintenance Assistant Eric Ortega, Jeff Torres Compliance Supervisor Kelli Koehler

Compliance Coordinators Gwen Burns, Randy Cain, Pat Liles, Jarred Mercer

Administrative Assistant Melba Siebel

Community Services Coordinator Tamra Collins Communications Specialist Erica Lee

Operations Support Representative Allison Bedgood Irrigation Specialist Christ Talbot

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or liability for statements made in the publication. The Association does not support or take responsibility for services, whether paid or volunteer,

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No Trespassing: Golf Courses Are For Golfers Only Many residents of Stonebridge Ranch are devoted dog owners who love taking their pets for walks on our many sidewalks and trails. Other homeowners are avid exercisers and athletes who benefit from the many spaces where they can stretch their legs and get their heart rates pumping. Still others love taking long walks with their family members or neighbors. One great tool for exploring routes through the city’s trail and sidewalk system is the Parks & Trails Locator map. You can find it on the city’s website at www.mckinneytexas.org/615/Parks-Trails-Locator (click the link “View interactive map” at the bottom of the webpage). Another area for exercising pets is Bonnie Wenk city park, which includes a pet splash pad and two-acre off-leash dog park (www.mckinneytexas.org/1121/Dog-Park). The Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) also provides many amenities for homeowner use,

including parks and playgrounds. You can find a list of association-owned play areas at www.stonebridgeranch.com/parks-and-playgrounds/. Our villages and common areas include a lot of land and provide many places for residents to enjoy the great outdoors. Covering over 5,000 acres, Stonebridge Ranch is one of the largest residential associations in the state of Texas. When describing our community to visitors, we might note that our association’s boundaries stretch approximately from US 380 and Eldorado Parkway on the north and south to Lake Forest Drive and Custer Road on the east and west. However, the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) does not own, oversee or manage all the land between these four roadways. There are numerous private businesses and organizations—and even several other HOA’s and unaffiliated neighborhoods

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Dye Course WestRidge Virginia Parkway

Glen Oaks Drive

Hills Course

Eldorado Parkway

—nestled between the villages and common areas of Stonebridge Ranch. These entities have rights and responsibilities that deserve the recognition and respect of our homeowners, renting tenants, and visitors. In particular, the SRCA has received recent reports from the golf courses located within our community of ongoing trespassing issues. These are the Dye Course and Hills Course (owned by Stonebridge Ranch Country Club) and the WestRidge Golf Course. (See their locations on the map above.) The courses have also experienced a recent spike in vandalism incidents, including destruction of golf course greens, sand traps, and restrooms. Though many of our residents are golfers, the courses are not part of the SRCA amenity portfolio. Because they are not surrounded by security fencing, the courses face perhaps the highest rates of unauthorized trespass of any of the private businesses located within Stonebridge Ranch. We speculate that some residents may not realize that the golf courses are privately owned and are not amenities belonging to our homeowners association. Every homeowner in Stonebridge Ranch automatically becomes a member of the SRCA upon purchasing a residential property here. Members in good standing of the homeowners association do have the right to use all association-owned amenities.* However, membership in the homeowners association does not grant anyone the right to trespass on private property, even if that property abuts our own and even though Stonebridge Ranch was designed with

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residences directly facing the golf courses. The golf courses in our area play a key communal role, providing both recreation and helping to increase property values. The staff at the golf courses work to provide the best possible golf experience for those residents who choose to play. If you are not a golfer, please respect the golf courses by not entering their property without permission. This is both for your safety and the integrity of their businesses.

KEEP IN MIND • Membership in the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club and patronage of the WestRidge Golf course are separate from household membership in the Stonebridge Ranch homeowners association. • Unauthorized access of golf course property, including after-hours use of golf cart trails and bodies of water located on the golf courses, is considered trespassing by the McKinney Police Department. • Only golfers are allowed on the courses during open hours. NO ONE—including club members, golfers, and non-golfers—is allowed on the courses after hours. At the WestRidge Golf Course, all golfers must check in at the golf shop and receive a receipt for play that day. At the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club courses, all golf members must first check in at the pro shop prior to teeing off. • Golfing is the only activity permitted on the courses, and the trails are only for golf cart use while golfing. No other activities are permitted at any time (day or night), including walking, jogging, exercising pets, biking, etc. • Fishing and swimming are not allowed at any of the golf course lakes, ponds, or streams.† • Due to recent spikes in trespassing and vandalism, the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club and WestRidge Golf Course are partnering with the McKinney Police Department to more actively combat trespassing. Unauthorized users will be asked by


golf course staff or McKinney police officers to leave the property. McKinney peace officers will also be patrolling the courses at select times of day. Repeat violators will be cited for trespassing. • Parents, please advise your teenagers of this issue. Many of the instances of trespassing have been reported against unattended minors. • To report suspicious activity at either of the courses owned by the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club, contact (972) 529-5991 or stonebridgeranch@clubcorp.com. To report suspicious activity at WestRidge Golf Course, contact (972) 346-2212. After hours, report suspicious activity to the McKinney Police Department via the non-emergency line at (972) 547-2700. A FINAL NOTE If you have been using the golf course trails as a place to exercise yourself or your pets, today is the day to identify an alternate route or area. When exercising pets outdoors, whether you are on SRCA or city property, be sure to stay in accordance with McKinney Leash Law and keep your pets on leash at all times. The city leash ordinance seeks to protect the safety of your pets as well

as the safety of other residents. Finally, be aware that it’s your responsibility to pick up your pet’s waste. Let’s all work together to keep our communal areas beautiful, tidy and safe for everyone’s use! *To locate a list of our amenities, visit www.stonebridgeranch.com. Type “premier amenities” in the search bar at the top of the webpage or locate “Premier Amenities” under the homepage menu dropdown titled “Our Way of Life”. † Similarly, swimming is NOT allowed in any of the lakes or ponds owned by the SRCA. However, members and their guests may enjoy catch-and-release f ishing in a few select areas (see www.stonebridgeranch.com/lakes-ponds/). If you are interested in accessing Stonebridge Ranch Lake using your own private watercraft, f irst read the rules and regulations for access at www.stonebridgeranch.com/beach-and-tennis-club/.

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A Family Tradition: Volunteering Close to Home

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Twenty-two years ago, Paul and Sandi Konrath’s daughter, Jennifer, moved with her family to the Stonebridge Ranch village of Falcon Creek. Laughs Sandi, “When we first came to visit her here, we said, ‘Jennifer, you’re in the middle of nowhere!’” At the time, many of the streets, neighborhoods and businesses surrounding Falcon Creek had not been developed. Dirt roads and open fields were just a hop-skip-anda-jump away. The closest grocery was a Tom Thumb located at the corner of Hardin and Eldorado Parkway. But over time, Paul and Sandi began to see the appeal of this community. Though they were both born and raised in California—and though they had married and raised their children there—when their youngest daughter also moved her family to McKinney, the Konraths followed. They retired and bought their home in Eagle Creek in 2010. Says Paul, “We love it here.” Adds Sandi, “It’s a rarity to see a community maintained this well for this long. We’ve watched it grow over two decades. When friends and family come to visit us here, they just love it. They love how beautiful it is and all the mature trees.” Like many who call Stonebridge Ranch home, the Konraths are devoted neighbors who support a spirit of stonebridgeranch.com

community along their street. Says Sandi, “Our closest neighbors are really important to us. There are four couples. We get together on occasion, and we all watch out for each other, especially when one of us goes out of town.” She adds, “Sometimes Paul and I talk about downsizing and moving to a smaller home. But we don’t want to do it because we don’t want to lose our neighbors. That kind of camaraderie can be hard to find.” Several years ago, Paul was able to put his experience as a civil engineer and project manager to good use in service of his neighbors. The Konrath’s fence had been damaged by wind shear, and the couple needed to replace it. This exterior home project requires a homeowner to submit a Modification Application and Neighbor Acknowledge Form to the Modifications Committee—and to receive project approval prior to construction. Says Paul, “I came up to the association office to figure out what steps I needed to take. Then, when I started looking at the neighbors affected by my fence, and all the neighbors they touch—I realized a bunch of us were interconnected. So we called a meeting at our house to discuss the process.” He laughs and adds, “That night they nominated me to be the project manager and help everyone fill out their paperwork and prepare their plot documents. In the end, I helped 18 neighbors get their fence projects approved and completed, all at one time!” Sandi smiles at the memory, too. “All the fences came down on one day. We had picked our fencing vendor together, so one day we came home and you could see into everyone’s back yards! It reminded me of a different time in society when we weren’t all separated by fences.” The tale also showcases a can-do spirit, as well as a spirit of compromise. Recalls Sandi, “Some of the neighbors wanted board-on-board fencing; some didn’t. We met several times to discuss it, and a few neighbors agreed to install board-on-board on the fence line facing the neighbors who wanted it.” She adds, “You know, people can choose to complain about the guidelines we have to follow here. But Paul and I choose to look on the bright side because standards in a neighborhood show—they really show!”


Though their dedication to neighborliness starts close to home, the Konraths are plugged into the broader McKinney community in a variety of ways. They are active members of a local church congregation. After moving to Texas, Sandi took classes via the Collin County Master Gardeners (www.ccmgatx.org/) nonprofit and became a master gardener herself. “Moving here from California,” she says, “I was in shock. Back there, everything grows. But here, I couldn’t get a tree, not a shrub, not even Bermuda grass to grow.” Through her studies and volunteering with the organization, she gained the expertise to grow her own Texas backyard oasis. She continues to give back by helping maintain the Earth-Kind Research Gardens at Myers Park in McKinney (www.ccmgatx.org/commun ity-service/research-demonstration-gardens.aspx). This giving spirit is a family trait. When asked where it began, Sandi recalls her mother. “She didn’t have any special skills,” says Sandi, “but she would help anyone. She would never turn anyone away. She was just that kind of person. She became known for helping out homeless people downtown, even if it was just giving them some loose change or a warm meal.” Now Sandi’s daughter, Megan, is carrying on the

giving tradition. Says Sandi, “She really inspires me.” Megan serves as a board member for Volunteer McKinney (volunteermckinney.org/), a local nonprofit which connects volunteers of all skill levels and ages with area organizations in need of helping hands. Looking back, Paul and Sandi are thrilled that volunteering has become a part of their family’s DNA, passed down from generation to generation. “Volunteering just makes you feel good,” says Sandi. “And we love that it’s something we can do with our kids and grandkids. We make memories when we do it together.” Adds Paul, “It also helps us meet people we would otherwise not meet. Volunteering opens us up to new people in our area.” Are you looking for new ways to keep your kids entertained? If you’d like to meet more neighbors, have you considered volunteering as a way to do it? There are countless opportunities to help others. A quick internet search using the terms “mckinney + nonprofit” or “volunteer + mckinney” yields many varied results. The Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) celebrates all of our residents who go the extra mile for others in need. Resident volunteers are just one reason Stonebridge Ranch is a great place to live. Keep up the great work, everyone! ◀

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Curb Appeal Corner Do garages matter? Yes!

As with most aspects of exterior home use, maintenance, and upgrade, regarding garages there are three governing documents Stonebridge Ranch homeowners need to review to stay in compliance. These files are all available at www.stonebridgeranch.com and include the SRCA Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs), the SRCA Modification Design Guidelines, and the subdivision guidelines specific to each homeowner’s village. What do the three types of guidelines tell us about garages? The CC&Rs provide the foundational guidelines for all of Stonebridge Ranch. They were drafted when the community was incorporated over 30 years ago and may be amended only “upon the express written consent of the Board and at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the Owners of Lots” within the HOA. Variants of the word “garage” are mentioned 21

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Variants of the word “garage” are mentioned 6 times in the Design Guidelines, the document which guides homeowners as they repair, replace, and/or upgrade their home exterior. Regarding garage color, the guidelines state: “Garage doors must complement the masonry color on the house and shall be stained or painted from one of the following color palettes: off-white, brown, beige or gray color palette and derivatives thereof or as approved by the Reviewing Body. Bright primary and secondary colors, black and white colors, and pastels are prohibited.” Importantly, note: if the village design guidelines are more restrictive, the most restrictive guideline applies.

relates to when they are in use? Per CC&R Section

Village guidelines are written by the subdivision developer

9.4, “All garage doors shall be closed at all times

and approved by the SRCA Modifications Committee when a

when not in use.” Not only does this guideline help

new village is built in Stonebridge Ranch. They typically offer

keep the appearance of a village neat and tidy, but

the most restrictive guidance regarding exterior home appearance. Just one

it is a safety measure to protect access to your

example, from the village of Aspendale: “Garage doors should be painted a

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Dear Tenant: We Aren’t Stonebridge Ranch Without You If you rent one of the single-family homes in the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA), we welcome you and affirm that you play a vital role in the health of this homeowners association and in the lives of your neighbors. With your attention to association communications and guidelines, you’ll be able to take full advantage of all that Stonebridge Ranch has to offer during your time here. And with your support and participation, the home-owning members of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) will be able to maintain a premier community with high property values for decades to come. Many renting tenants even go on to become homeowners in Stonebridge Ranch because they fall in love with our community, our amenities, or the spirit of camaraderie they find in one of our villages. If you aren’t one already, we hope you’ll become an engaged member of this community! Here’s what you need to know.

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JUST FOR YOU The Stonebridge Ranch Communications Committee understands that renting tenants need curated information to meet their needs. That is why they designed a hub on the website at www.stonebridgeranch.com to answer questions specific to renting tenants. To access this hub, visit the website homepage and scroll down to the tab titled “I’m a Tenant”. If you are a tenant, please visit the hub and click through all the sub-pages. There’s lots of valuable information there we’d love for you to read. HOW CAN I ACCESS POOLS, PARKS & EVENTS? Tenants may access the premier amenities and social events in Stonebridge Ranch only if the owner transfers such privileges. Note: • Both the tenant and the leasing owner must fill out and sign portions of the Transfer of Privileges


form, which you can find via your hub at www.stonebridgeranch.com. • The annual cost to transfer privileges is $100. The association does not mediate which party pays this fee. • A Transfer of Privileges expires April 30th before the next pool season. It can be renewed annually by turning in a new form and again paying a $100 fee. • The association does not prorate the cost of transferring privileges for any reason. For example, if a tenant moves into a property during the final weeks of pool season, the fee remains $100. • Tenants must visit the association office (6201 Virginia Parkway) during business hours to present the transfer form along with two other valid forms of ID, such as a driver’s license and billing statement showing the property address. • Tenants receive an ID card permitting their use of amenities. Please carry this card with you when using common areas and amenities. Courtesy Patrol may request to see ID when patrolling association property. This ID is required for entry to the SRCA pools. • Tenants who wish to obtain IDs for their resident children must present a birth certificate or passport for each child. • Processing of the Transfer of Privileges form takes 3-5 business days. Forms are not processed on the weekends. SIGN UP FOR E-BLASTS The official communication channels for the SRCA are the Stonebridge Ranch News magazine, e-blasts, and the website at www.stonebridgeranch.com. You are welcome to sign up to receive our bi-weekly email blasts. Particularly if you have completed a Transfer of Privileges, you may wish to receive our reminders regarding upcoming social events and issues related to amenities. To sign up for e-blasts, scroll to the bottom of any page at www.stonebridgeranch.com and submit the “Stay Connected” form. TENANT HOME UPKEEP As a renting tenant, you are just as important as resident homeowners in keeping our community a safe and attractive place to live. Below are some of the most common areas of compliance and maintenance that property owners and their tenants may negotiate in a leasing contract. Though the association doesn’t

negotiate or mediate leasing contracts, it is important for leasing owners and tenants to discuss and/or negotiate terms regarding these areas of oversight. Note that this list is not exhaustive. • Trash Bins. Per the SRCA Modif ication Design Guidelines, trash totes and recycling bins can be placed out for pick up “no earlier than 6 p.m. on the day prior to the trash pickup day and must be properly stored by 7 a.m. the day following trash pickup.” • Bulk Trash. If you need to dispose of bulky items (extra trash bags or items which will not fit in your trash bin), call Waste Connections at 469-452-8000 at least one day before your regular trash collection day. Bulky items are defined as items that can be loaded by two people in less than 5 minutes. They will be picked up at each residence up to 12 times per year at no charge. For more information regarding yard debris pick-up and other services, visit the city of McKinney website. • Lawn Maintenance. Section 9.12 of the SRCA Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs) outlines the basics of lawn maintenance required in Stonebridge Ranch. Your leasing homeowner may discuss these issues with you or negotiate these areas of upkeep with you in your lease. They include: proper seeding and consistent watering and mowing of all lawns; pruning and cutting of all trees and shrubbery; prompt removal of all litter, trash, refuse and waste; watering of all landscape; keeping exterior lighting and mechanical facilities in working order; keeping lawn and landscaped areas alive, free of weeds, and attractive; keeping driveways in good repair and condition; promptly repairing any exterior damage; and complying with all governmental health and police requirements. • Exterior Home Improvements. For all exterior home improvement projects, Stonebridge Ranch property owners must follow the SRCA Modif ication Design Guidelines. Further, many exterior updates require the property owner to submit an application to the Modifications Committee and receive approval prior to project start. The application process can take several weeks. If you desire an exterior property modification, talk to your leasing homeowner to see if they are willing to get the modification process started. • Single-Family Lease Requirement. Property STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS

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owners in Stonebridge Ranch must rent the entire property to a single household for at least six months. Tenants may not sub-let rooms or portions of a Stonebridge Ranch home to sub-tenants. COMPLIANCE & VIOLATIONS SRCA Compliance Coordinators inspect every village in Stonebridge Ranch on a rotating schedule, once every two weeks. The most common violations they observe relate to the requirements listed above. If a coordinator spots an issue at the property you rent, they will open a violation and notify the property owner with a postcard using the address on file. Often, the mailing address on file for an SRCA account is the property address where the tenant lives. If you receive a postcard or letter from the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association regarding a compliance issue, please notify your leasing owner immediately! Within 10 days, compliance violations either needs to be rectified, or the property owner needs to contact the compliance staff at the association office (214.733.5800, M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to discuss their options. Uncorrected violations escalate through successive levels and can eventually lead to fines on the account. Not only can such a situation lead to tension between you and your leasing owner, but only members in good standing with the association can access SRCA amenities. If your leasing owner has transferred their privileges to you, you and your household members will be unable to use the amenities so long as there is a fine of $50 or more on the account. Note that legally, association staff may discuss violations and fines only with the property owner— unless the owner has granted third-party rights of notice to you. If you want to ensure that staff can discuss violations with you regarding the property you rent, please contact your leasing owner and ask them to grant you this right. If an owner so chooses, they can add you as contact on their account by

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contacting the SRCA corporate Customer Care team at 972.943.2800 or customercare@cmamanagement. com. Alternatively, the leasing owner should contact Customer Care to ensure that their own mailing address is listed on the account. Delays in correcting violations are potentially costly and are more likely to occur when a renting tenant does not understand the importance of SRCA notices sent to the property address. THANK YOU Our entire community benefits when renting tenants like you recognize the important role you play here. We hope you enjoy getting to know your neighbors and benefit from the active lifestyle that Stonebridge Ranch offers. If you have any questions about the association guidelines or your part in processes here, please don’t hesitate to call the association office at 214.733.5800 or email srca@cmamanagement.com. Sincerely, welcome and thank you! ◀


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She Climbs: Resident to Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2020

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Stonebridge Ranch resident Juli Westbrook was born and raised in McKinney, but as a child she loved visiting Colorado on ski trips with her family. In her early twenties, she craved a bit of adventure and moved to Colorado for a ski season with a friend. “My parents were a police officer and a teacher,” says Juli with a grin, “so I needed to spread my wings a bit. But then I absolutely fell in love with it. When ski season was over, my friend came home, but I knew I wasn’t leaving.” She adds with a laugh, “I ended up staying 24 more years.” During her time in Colorado, Juli became an avid trail runner and hiker as well as a skier. One summer with several friends, she attended the annual wine festival in Telluride. That’s where she met a woman who would become one of her best friends and hiking partners. Recalls Juli, “I met Cokie by the pool at the hotel. We just really bonded.” The next year, the pair returned to the Telluride Wine Festival on a “girl’s trip” and their sisterhood was sealed. Years later, Juli moved back to McKinney and settled in Stonebridge Ranch with her two daughters. Multiple times at the grocery store and on the sidewalk, she ran into her high school sweetheart, Paul, who happened to live just down the street from Juli with his own son and daughter. Romance bloomed and soon the couple married, blending their two Stonebridge Ranch families into one. Meanwhile, Cokie was dividing her time between Colorado and South Carolina. Now that the two friends live in different states, they see each other only two or three times a year. But, says Juli, “We’re thick as thieves. I think it’s because we have the mountains in common. We both feel at peace there.” Each year they meet to hike and run ultra marathons, such as the Kendall Mountain Run in Colorado, which they ran this summer for the fifth time. The half-marathon starts from the mountain town of Silverton, Colorado, located at 9,318 feet above sea level. It concludes within 300 vertical feet of the Kendall Mountain summit, at 13,066 feet above sea level. “One thing about ultra running that I love—you just really have to trust your body,” says Juli. “On Kendall, you end stonebridgeranch.com

up in snow drifts. You navigate difficult trails and end up sliding on skreet. But you just keep putting one foot in front of the other until you make it.” There’s no one Juli trusts more on mountain trails than her friend. “Cokie is an experienced climber,” she says. “One year we were hiking in Colorado, and Cokie stopped suddenly and said, ‘Be quiet.’ We paused and heard water running. Cokie had realized we were on top of a mine shaft. We backed off slowly.” Juli pauses and takes a deep breath at the memory. “It’s no joke being on the side of a mountain,” she affirms, “but I’m extremely comfortable with Cokie. She’s like a mountain goat.” Juli also says of her friend, “I want to be her when I grow up.” This is because Cokie’s drive, energy and passion for mountain-climbing have pushed Juli to make the trip of a lifetime this coming December: the pair are traveling to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with the nonprofit She Climbs (http://she-climbs.org/). They’ll be accompanied by a group of women including a scholarship recipient sponsored by the nonprofit, another Texas mother and daughter duo, and two of Cokie’s daughters. Cokie founded She Climbs in 2014, but the seeds for the nonprofit were planted in her mind in 2003 after she attended a business seminar designed to help people define their “perfect day”. For Cokie, the eight-hour seminar and exercises were life-changing. “I’ve been in financial services for 24 years. Before that exercise, I had never climbed a mountain in my life. But when I sat down to brainstorm what my perfect day would look like, in my mind I saw myself in the sunshine on the side of a mountain. And that’s when I decided I would climb the seven summits of the world.” The memory causes her to laugh. “I came home and told my husband,” she recalls, “and he patted my hand and said, ‘That’s great!’ I don’t think he expected me to do it.” Though Cokie knew her perfect day would include helping other people conquer mountains as well, it wasn’t until 2005 that her resolve was strengthened to do so. “I got a stronger nudge when my second daughter was born,” she says. “I just had this very strong feeling: how am I going to manage raising girls


in this day and age? I was petrified about it. I wanted to be sure my daughters had their best chance to be strong and independent, not wallflowers.” For Cokie as a young mother, the new lessons she was learning by climbing her own literal mountains provided hope. “Mountains lie to you every day. When you start to climb one, you can’t believe you are going to summit. Your mind plays tricks on you and you think, ‘I can’t do that.’ But you can. And you can apply that experience to life. You can summon the mountain experience when you face something difficult and say, “I can make it through this.’” In 2014, Cokie’s dreams came true when she summited Mt. Kilimanjaro with her oldest daughter, Helen Simons (who goes by “H.S.”). At just 9 years old that year, H.S. set the record for being the youngest US female climber to top the famed mountain. (The record has since been broken by a seven-year-old from Austin, Texas.) Says Cokie, “When we made that summit, that’s when I knew it was time to start She Climbs,” an organization devoted to helping people build selfconfidence and self-esteem through climbing. Though climbers do not need to be experienced athletes to summit Kilimanjaro, the journey can take anywhere from 5 to 10 days. Climbers begin in jungle sunshine wearing shorts and t-shirts and summit in snow, wearing sub-zero gear. They sleep and eat on the mountain, carrying their supplies on their backs. Recalling that record-breaking hike with her eldest, Cokie says, “I remember on day four—it was a challenging day, and H.S. was ahead of me on the trail. And I just looked up and I cried, because that’s when I knew she was going to make it. It’s so important for women to give themselves that gift of self-care and introspection. And to do it with a sister or a daughter or friend—it’s just a beautiful time to spend with a loved one accomplishing something great.” Juli calls summiting Kilimanjaro “a spiritual thing.” It’s an experience she’s determined to give to herself and her own three daughters someday. Says Juli, “Cokie asked me to volunteer on the board of She Climbs three years ago, and I immediately said ‘Yes!’ Always before I’ve made excuses for not going myself. But this year I said, ‘I’m getting older. Now’s the time to do it.’” She’s especially excited to climb with this year’s scholarship recipient, a young woman named Sabrina who recently lost her mother to a 10-year battle with cancer. As a She Climbs board member, Juli helps sift through the scholarship applications. “We’re looking

for someone who is asking, ‘How am I going to get past this?’ Someone who needs to move past something in their life… That’s because conquering a mountain really is a transformation. One of body, mind and spirit.” If all goes according to plan, Juli and the rest of the women in her group will summit Mt. Kilimanjaro on January 4, 2020. When asked her biggest fear, Juli says, “My biggest fear is definitely not getting to the top. But Cokie will tell you, “The mountain lies to you. The mountain will tell you that you can’t. You have to tell yourself that you can. I’m looking forward to the elation when I do.” ◀

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September 2019

Social Scene Labor Day at the Beach Monday, Sept. 2 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beach Club 6201 Virginia Parkway

Celebrate Labor Day at the Beach with your family and neighbors! The Beach Club opens at 10 a.m. DJ Uptown Sound will spin tunes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (text 214-491-8283 to request a song). Bouncy Ball Races will be held at the sand volleyball court at 11:30 a.m., followed by Tug of War at Noon, a Hula Hoop Contest at 1:30 p.m., and Limbo at 2:30 p.m. We’ll play Sky High Launch over the pool—for prizes!—at 12: 45 p.m. and again at 3:15 p.m. Residents get in free with ID. Guests pay $5 at the Beach Club gate. (Exact change is appreciated. We do not accept credit cards or

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bills higher than $20.) No more than three guests are permitted per resident household. Feel free to bring your coolers and snacks, but no glass containers. On Labor Day, the Beach Club will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Aquatic Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Book Club

Monday, Sept. 9 7 to 8 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway Sit-ins are always welcome to Book Club, even if you haven’t read our selection. Book suggestions are also always welcome; email dwiest@cmamanagement.com. At this month’s meeting, we’ll casually discuss The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede. In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, 38 jetliners bound for the U.S. were forced to land at Gander International Airport. The unexpected story shone a spotlight on residents of this sleepy Canadian town, whose acts of kindness are inspirational examples of humanity and goodwill.

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Evening Bingo

Tuesday, Sept. 10 7 to 8:30 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway

If you’re looking to make new friends or enjoy a relaxed evening with old friends, Evening Bingo is for you! We provide snacks, sodas and water, as well as a $5 gift card prize for the winner of each round. Seating is limited to the first 40 who sign up online at https://whoozin.com/AF7-A7T-XDUM-HQ6G. This adults-only event is free for Stonebridge Ranch residents. Residents may bring up to one non-resident friend; guests pay a $5 fee.

Stonebridge Neighbors Meet & Greet Wednesday, Sept. 11 9:30 to 11 a.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway

Come and meet a neighbor or bring a neighbor. Singles, couples, children and grandchildren are welcome at this meet-and-greet! Whether you’ve lived here one month, one year, ten years or more, we’d love to see you! We’ll provide sodas, water, a fruit tray, donuts and hot coffee for free.

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AARP Smart TEK Class Thursday, Sept. 12 6:30 to 8 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway

The AARP Smart DriverTEK is a brand-new, 90-minute workshop offering an interactive way to stay up to date with the latest safety technology in your current or future car (or cars you lease or rent). Learn all about blind-spot detection systems, frontcollision warning systems, lane departure warnings and more. Best of all, the course is free! Register today and bring a friend. The instructor, Dr. Judy Converso, is a Stonebridge Ranch resident. To RSVP, contact Judy at (850) 264-7727 or DrJRC@aol.com. You’ll need to provide your name(s) and a contact phone number, and you will receive a confirmation reply.

Evening on the Veranda

band of the night, The Three Amigos, is a music trio which rocks your favorite “classic to current” songs with three-part harmony. Visit the3amigosband.com to preview their sound. Gates open at 7 p.m. The group will entertain from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. We’ll provide light snacks, sodas and water. In addition, we will have the fire pits burning where you can roast marshmallows—skewers and marshmallows provided. Be sure to pack your favorite finger foods and to BYOB in plastic or aluminum containers. (Note that glass and smoking are strictly prohibited at the Beach Club.) This is an adult only, non-swimming event. You must be 21 years to enter, and photo ID is required. Line up a babysitter if needed and come join us! Guests may attend with a resident by paying a $5 fee at the gate. (Exact bills are appreciated. We do not accept credit cards or bills higher than $20.)

Friday, Sept. 13 7 to 9:30 p.m., Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway Looking for a relaxing way to end a busy week? We have the perfect local spot where you can enjoy the sunset, listen to some great music, sip your favorite wine, and enjoy a date night or evening out with your friends. The

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Kid’s Day at the Plaza Saturday, Sept. 14 10 a.m. to Noon, Stonebridge Plaza 7501 Coronado Drive

Join us for this fun new event planned by the Social Committee! It is sure to be a blast with free snow cones and a Bubble Bus blowing bubbles all around. We’ll provide great music and yard games. Best of all, we’ll be joined by some very special visitors including Batman, Wonder Woman, Optimus Prime and a unicyclist. Glass containers and smoking are prohibited, but feel free to bring your own snacks, drinks, and lawn chairs with you.

Stonebridge Ranch Day

Saturday, Sept. 21 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway We’ll hope you’ll bring your family to celebrate our 31st Anniversary at this year’s Stonebridge Ranch Day! It will be bigger and better than ever! Schedule of events: Classic Car Show (8 to 11:30 a.m.); LED screen in the circle (3 to 9 p.m.); BBQ & Snow Cones in the Circle Drive (for purchase from 4 to 9:30 p.m.); Beach Club Pool Party (3:30 to 7:30 p.m.); Volleyball Tournament (4 to 6 p.m.); Concert on the Circle with the Big Daddy Band (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.); and fireworks over Stonebridge Lake (beginning at approximately

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9:45 p.m.). Both the Beach Club and Aquatic Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents with Stonebridge Ranch ID get in FREE. Each resident household may bring up to 3 guests to Stonebridge Ranch Day. (Guests pay $5 each at the Beach Club gate. Please bring exact change. Credit cards and bills higher than $20 are not accepted.) Note: the Stonebridge Ranch Day Volleyball Tournament will begin at 4 p.m. on the sand volleyball court at the Beach & Tennis Club. Each team must be coed and include four members. Each team is permitted up to one (1) substitute, and all team members must be age 12 or older. Registration will begin at 3 p.m. at the Beach Club veranda, and draw will be made at 3:45. The tournament will be refereed by Bearfoot lifeguards. Medals will be given for 1st and 2nd place, with rally scoring to 15 points per game.

Craft Time

Tuesday, Sept. 24 1 to 3 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway Do you have some UFO (unfinished objects) to complete, such as quilt blocks, beadwork, knitting, crocheting, darning, mending, etc.)? Or do you just want a great excuse to come visit with neighbors? Bring your own projects and supplies to work on during our community craft time. The coffee pot will be on! This activity is free to residents. Nonresident guests each pay a $5 guest fee. If you would like to bring a non-resident, please contact David Wiest at dwiest@cmamanagement.com. No advanced registration is required.

Fall Landscaping Presentation Wednesday, Sept. 25 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway

A Fall Landscaping Presentation will be held in the Community Room on Wednesday, September 25, directly after Coffee Talk. Come join us for a cup of coffee. Our

landscaping experts will answer your questions and provide timely landscaping tips to fit the season.

Morning Bingo

Thursday, Sept. 26 10 a.m. to Noon, Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway At Morning Bingo, we provide coffee, water, soft drinks and a fruit plate, as well as a $5 gift card prize for the winner of each round. This adults-only event is free for Stonebridge Ranch residents. Residents may bring up to two non-resident guests. Space is limited to the first 40 who register online at https://whoozin.com/MW4-PRJ-UXGV-FEK4. Non-resident guests each pay a $5 fee.

Fall 2019 Pickleball Lessons & Ladder League Friendly Competition Selected dates & times

Stonebridge Plaza, 7501 Coronado Drive How does your pickleball game stack up? Can you get to the top rung? Join our inaugural 3-week Ladder League and see! Four players play three games to 15 points each day. How many points will you score? Total your own individual game scores and see how far up the ladder you can go in 3 weeks. We’ll play the mornings of Sept. 13, 20, and 27 on court #3. Session 1 with 4 players will last from 8 to 9 a.m. and Session 2 for 4 players will last from 9 to 10 a.m. League space is limited to 8 players. Register now by contacting Mary Hodge via text, phone call, or email (972.896.9234 or marys.hodge@gmail.com). The registration fee is $10 for the 3-week session. Please bring cash to the first game on Sept. 13. Let’s play! STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS

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Our IPTPA Certified Pickleball Instructors, Mary Hodge and David Wilmot, also provide private and semi-private lessons. Improve your pickleball game with learner-specific instruction tailored to your goals. You can schedule an individual or small group (4 max) lesson. Contact David (972.589.5590 or pdwilmot@ sbcglobal.net) or Mary (972.896.9234 or marys. hodge@gmail.com) to arrange a convenient time. The cost is $30 per person per hour for 1 person; $25 per person per hour for 2 people; or $20 per person per hour for 3-4 people. (Pricing valid through Dec. 31.) New! We now offer Beginners Pickleball courses for all family members ages 10 and up. Kids under 10 must be joined by a parent. Schedule your weekday morning, 1-hour session by appointment between the hours of 7 and 9 a.m. The cost is $20 per person for a one-hour session. This discounted rate is good through Dec. 31. Our instructors provide paddles and balls at all lessons. Please bring your own water to drink and wear tennis shoes, comfortable clothing, and sunscreen. Payment is cash only, payable at the activity.

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