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End-of-Fall 2011 WHATâ€™S INSIDE Gate for Parking Facility ................... 2 Holiday Gala ......... 3 New Yearâ€™s Day Brunch .................... 4 Lake Naomi Drama Club ........................ 5 Family New Years Eve Masquerade Ball .......................... 6 Winter RC Sailing ... 7 Tennis Socials and More ....................... 8 2011 Sailing Awards ................................ 9 Winter Ski Vouchers .............................. 11 The Second Annual Winter Festival ..... 12
Mountaintop Lodge Restoration Underway The Club continues its efforts to restore the Mountaintop Lodge to the level that our Platinum Club deserves. Being closed and completely shut down for almost three years has resulted in the formation of mold and deterioration of the plumbing systems that will cause a delay in our planned opening. The key to mold control is moisture control. Mold is present in every building, as well as outdoors. But without moisture, mold cannot grow to harmful levels. Fortunately the Club stepped in just in time and was able to limit the damage to surface mold. Once Northeastern Environmental Services of the Poconos eliminated the source of moisture in the basement, they immediately remediated the surface mold that blanketed the first floor of the Lodge. There has also been some vandalism, which, together with neglect, required us to repair significant parts of the plumbing system and the resulting damage to some floors and walls. While the Club is hoping to open earlier, the Mountaintop Lodge will definitely be ready by early May for housing the Seasonal Team Members, and the four executive cottages will be available for Club Members to house their overnight guests and for the Real Estate Agencies to house potential property owners. Member and non-member guests will be able to use the Lodge after Labor Day. After the start of the new year, the Club will begin booking private weddings and special events at the Mountaintop Lodge. Members who have held events at the Lodge prior to its closing still rave about that location as a venue for these special moments. We ask for your patience while we complete the above work and complete it in a way that represents the Lake Naomi Club. We are hoping by the Spring that we will all be able to enjoy this latest amenity. Kindly remember that while the Lodge is being rehabilitated, the Club respectfully requests that Members refrain from going there. This is an active construction site with all of the inherent risks. Stay tuned for further updates.
Lodge Task Force Established The Board of Trustees, in concert with the Board of Governors, has created a task force to guide the restoration and reopening of the Mountaintop Lodge. Retiring Trustee, Steve Harker, has agreed to be the Chair. The Lodge Task Force will help in making sure this new Club venture gets off to a proper start and that the Lodge integrates well with the rest of our Club culture. The Task Force will address: assuring the Lodge meets LN-TT platinum standards and expectations; event planning; establishing a marketing strategy; determining membership options for guests; partnering with the Real Estate Community; financial analysis and accountability, and other concerns. The Task Force will report to the membership, Board of Governors and Board of Trustees on a regular basis. Questions regarding the Task Force can be directed to General Manager Robert Jones via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (570 6469191, extension 112).
In Memoriam Alberto Padron of New York, New York and Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania September 13, 2011 Member since 2004 George Papa of Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania October 16, 2011 Member since 1990
Gate for Parking Facility Club Maintenance Team Members are in the process of installing a gate on the new parking facility that was constructed across from the Lake Naomi Clubhouse. Because of the special porous pavement used for the lot and the negative impact ice control materials could have on the porous pavement, the Club will not be utilizing the new parking facility during the winter months. Thus gating the parking facility was part of the approval process with Tobyhanna Township. The Club also agreed to the requests from adjacent property owners to keep the gate closed during the season when the parking facility is not needed for events at Club Beach and the Lake Naomi Clubhouse.
“Reflections” Published by LAKE NAOMI CLUB Route 423 Post Office Box T Pocono Pines, PA 18350 570-646-9191 www.LakeNaomiClub.com BOARD OF TRUSTEES Brian Drum Stephen J. Harker James B. Hyatt Anna C. McAleer Connell J. McGill Robert S. Mills, Jr. Brian J. Snyder Robert A. Jones, Jr. General Manager Jeffrey M. Evans, MCM, CCM, PCAM Executive Vice President Emeritus Laura M. Altemose Marketing Manager/Reflections Editor
Trustee Stephen J. Harker to Retire At the Board of Trustees meeting on November 5th, Steve Harker was honored for his nine years of service on the Board of Trustees. Steve will officially retire from the Board of Trustees effective December 31, 2011. During his time on the Board of Trustees, Steve served as Treasurer for three years and President for three years. Steve also served on the Board of Governors for four years, chairing the Finance Committee for three of those years. Rounding out Steve’s service to the Club was his five years as a member of the Lakes Committee where he enjoyed running the annual fly fishing clinic. As Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, Steve developed the financing plan for the Community Center Project. This financing plan has been adapted by a number of Large Planned Communities across the United States as the funding plan for large amenity projects undertaken by those Communities! Steve was also instrumental in the development of the Club’s Contingency Fund (used to finance cleanup of the Community after the catastrophic ice storm in 2005) as well as the Capital Enhancement Fund. Steve and his wife Linda have had a home in Lake Naomi and held Club Membership since 1994. When the Harkers aren’t spending time at Lake Naomi with their three children and nine grandchildren, they reside and are active community members in Gladwyne, PA.
Memorial Nears Completion A memorial in honor of Club Member Bruno DeCaro is nearing completion adjacent to the new Bicycle/Pedestrian Path at the Lake Naomi Spillway. After Bruno’s passing in 2009, a Memorial Fund was established in his memory. Once funds were received the Club worked to determine an appropriate memorial. Turns out Bruno was an avid bicyclist. So a number of Bruno’s friends suggested the Club create an area for “rest and reflection” adjacent to the new Bicycle/Pedestrian Path. With the further assistance of Contractors Richard Henry Construction and Mountain Landscaping, just such an area is nearing completion on the 940 side of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge. The Club is waiting on the delivery of a second bench in order to complete the memorial. In the meantime Members have been observed resting and reflecting at the memorial. A formal dedication of the Bruno DeCaro Memorial will be held in the Spring of 2012.
Check your Listing in the Membership Directory The Membership Directory will be re-printed in its entirety in 2012. Please take a moment to review your listing (especially members who have their land line phone numbers listed and no longer have land line phones). Any changes or additions can be made on the Club’s website at www.LakeNaomiClub.com under Online Sign-up in the Members Section, or contact the Administrative Office to request the form. If you are not listed in the Directory and would like to be included, you can also sign up online or by contacting the Administrative Office for the proper form. Remember, this is an optional service, so only the information you provide on the form will be published in the Directory.
Teen and Young Adult Email Addresses Needed
The Club is planning to survey the teen and young adult (16 to 23 year old) population in early 2012. The Teen/Young Adult Survey will only be available electronically. Thus the Club needs your assistance. Members that have children or grandchildren in this age range that they would like to see participate in this survey, are requested to send the Club the email addresses of their teens and young adults at the earliest possible date. The email addresses can be emailed to the Club at: admin@LakeNaomiClub.com Your assistance will be appreciated, as the more input the Club can generate, the more meaningful and beneficial the survey will be.
Social Media Milestone so Close Last year at this time the Club was excited that the Lake Naomi Club’s Facebook Fan Page reached 550 fans. Today the number of has reached an all time high of 948 fans! This is a wonderful number of LNC fans and the interaction have increased monumentally. How about that old Lake Naomi sign with the historic information from Fred Lehrer? Kelsey Lamberton had another great summer uploading hundreds of photos from the LNC events. Like last year the event photos will continue along with the fun conversations throughout the off season. Your help is needed to reach the next milestone of 1000 LNC Facebook Fans! To become a fan simply go to www. facebook.com/LakeNaomiClub and click on the “Like” button. You are now a fan!
Breakfast Buffet with Santa Please mark your calendars for a Lake Naomi Clubhouse tradition Breakfast buffet with Santa. The Club has asked Mr. Claus to take two days out of his busy schedule to join us Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th. Holiday Buffet includes: made to order omelet station, Belgium waffles and French toast station, scrambled eggs with chives, applewood smoked bacon, sausage links, biscuits and gravy, hash brown potatoes, fresh made Grandpa’s beef hash, fresh muffins, danish, bagels, breakfast cereals, granola and fresh fruit salad. During breakfast, Santa will be making his rounds to entertain children of all ages and afterwards the children can enjoy making a holiday craft. VIP Studios will be available for anyone that would like to purchase professional portraits with Santa or the entire Family by the fireplace! Reservations may be made by contacting the Clubhouse at (570) 646-2866. Cost for this great breakfast is only $14.50++ for adults, $7.95++ for children under 10 and complimentary for children 4 and under. HO, HO, HO!
Holiday Gala Come and enjoy the Lake Naomi Clubhouse’s “Winter Wonderland” on Saturday, December 10th starting at 6:00 PM for an evening of great food and fellowship with your LNC friends. The Culinary Brigade will feature a delectable evening of dining. The cocktail hour will feature a cheese, fruit and vegetable display. Along with a cash bar, two complimentary red and green apple cosmos will be served during the cocktail hour. The dinner menu includes: creole spiced shrimp cocktail served with a traditional cocktail sauce and cajun rémoulade; fall harvest salad made up of baby spinach, dried cranberries, chevre goat cheese and mushrooms, topped with a mandarin orange vinaigrette; root vegetable bisque soup with fresh sage croutons. Entrée Choices: • Carved Prime Rib of Beef with au jus and horseradish cream sauce. • Sautéed chicken and shrimp with grape tomatoes, basil and citrus butter served over angel hair pasta. • Baked Salmon with a pine nut crumb crust finished with a chardonnay pesto cream sauce.
The meal will end with a decadent holiday dessert specially created to please and tease your taste buds. Entertainment for the evening is “Desire”, the terrific acapella band from New York that will sing many Christmas songs. The price for all this great food and holiday cheer is $36.00 inclusive. This adults only celebration is sponsored by the Clubhouse Committee. Gentleman Jackets Optional. For reservations please call the Community Center at 570, 646-8585 or go online to the Members Section of www.LakeNaomiClub.com.
New Year’s Eve Gala Join us for a Spectacular New Year’s Eve Celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2011. This year’s theme is “One Night in Bangkok”. The entertainment for the evening starts wirh the Club’s favorite DJ “The Son” who will spin tunes during the cocktail hour from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Then you get to dance the night away with medleys played by the four piece, high energy band, “Fancy Dancer” a Frankie Carll Production. Chef Paul and his culinary team have designed a delectable four course menu. Start off the cocktail hour with a complimentary drink and a selection of formal Asian style hors d’oeuvers buffet including grand sushi and thai tapas. The dinner salad is tamarind grilled shrimp salad. Next you will be served your entrée from the selection of: • Roasted Peking Duck served on maitaki mushroom and lemongrass risotto finished with a sweet and sour gran marnier sauce • Pan Roasted Halibut Filet atop a wasabi infused jasmine rice served with a teriaki grilled Japanese eggplant and baby bok choy finished with a pomegranate Yuzu sauce with ginger fried leeks • Grilled Kobe Beef Tenderloin garnished with five spice grilled prawns, shitaki mushrooms, fried lotus root finished with a sake demi glace Finish the dinner with Peter’s signature Thai assorted dessert table which includes cordial coffee and tea display. After the grand dinner you are invited to dance the night away and ring in the New Year! The Club will host a champagne toast at the stroke of 12 midnight. This will be the event of the year! The cost for this event of the year is $90.00 inclusive per adult. Sign up at the Community Center or online at www.LakeNaomiClub.com (Members Section). Seating is limited so make your reservations now.
Extended Holiday Hours Due to popular demand, the Clubhouse will extend its hours of operation during Holiday periods. Please show your support for these extended hours by including the Club in your plans! December Holidays Sat & Sun, December 3rd & 4th Breakfast with Santa Pre-Registration Required Saturday, December 10th Holiday Gala Pre-Registration Required Clubhouse will be closed Saturday, December 24th and Sunday, December 25th Monday, December 26th Grille & Dining Room 5:00–9:00 PM
Bar Open 5:00 – 10:00 PM Grille Menu and Pasta and Prime Rib Buffet Tuesday, December 27th Grille Room 5:00–9:00 PM
Bar Open 5:00 – 9:00 PM Wednesday, December 28th Grille Room 5:00 – 9:00 PM Bar Open 5:00 – 9:00 PM Thursday, December 29th Grille Room 5:00 – 9:00 PM Bar Open 5:00 – 9:00 PM Friday, December 30th Grille Room 5:00 – 9:00 PM Bar Open 5:00 – 9:00 PM Saturday, December 31st New Year’s Eve Gala Party Pre-Registration Required Sunday, January 1st New Year’s Day Brunch 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM Martin Luther King Weekend Thursday, January 12th 6:00 – 9:00 PM Bar 5:00 – 9:00 PM Grille Menu & Mountain Winter Buffet Friday, January 13th Grille Room 6:00 – 10:00 PM Dining Room 6:00 – 9:00 PM Bar Open 5:00 – 11:00 PM Saturday, January 14th Grille Room 6:00 – 9:00 PM Dining Room 6:00 – 9:00 PM Bar Open 5:00 – 11:00 PM Entertainment in Grille 8:30 – 11:30 PM Sunday, January 15th Breakfast Buffet 9:00 AM – 12 Noon Continued on page 4 3
Extended Holiday Hours Continued from page 3
Winter Festival Weekend Thursday, January 26th Grille Room 6:00 – 9:00 PM Bar 5:00 – 9:00 PM Grille Menu and Chef’s Choice Dinner Buffet Friday, January 27th Grille Room 6:00 – 10:00 PM Dining Room 6:00 – 10:00 PM Bar Open 5:00 – 11:00 PM Grille Menu & Après Ski Buffet Saturday, January 28th Lunch 12 Noon to 3:00 PM Après Happy Hour 3:00 – 6:00 PM Grille Room 6:00 – 10:00 PM Dining Room 6:00 – 9:00 PM Bar Open Noon – 11:30 PM Entertainment 8:30 – 11:30 PM Grille Menu & Après Ski Buffet Sunday, January 29th Breakfast Buffet 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Valentines Weekend Thursday, February 9th 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Bar Open 5:00 – 9:00 PM Grille Menu & Culinary Winter Buffet Friday, February 10th Grille Room 6:00 – 10:00 PM Dining Room 6:00 – 9:00 PM Bar Open 5:00 – 11:00 PM Saturday, February 11th Grille & Dining Room 6:00 – 9:00 PM Valentines Dinner Specials Bar Open 5:00 – 11:30 PM Sunday February 12th Closed for a private Member function Presidents Weekend Thursday, February 16th 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Bar Open 5:00 – 9:00 PM Grille Menu & Pasta Buffet Friday, February 17th Grille Room 5:00 – 10:00 PM Dining Room 5:00 – 9:00 PM Bar Open 5:00 – 12:00 AM Traditional Dinner Seafood Buffet Entertainment 9:00 PM – Midnight Saturday, February 18th Grille Room 5:00 – 9:00 PM Dining Room 5:00 – 10:00 PM Bar Open 5:00 – 12:00 AM Traditional Dinner Seafood Buffet Entertainment 9:00 PM – Midnight Sunday February 19th Breakfast Buffet 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM 4
New Year’s Day Brunch Start the New Year’s Day celebration at the Lake Naomi Clubhouse with a special Brunch from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. The brunch will feature a “Build your own Eggs Benedict Station”. Allow your imagination to be your inspiration for this exciting new concept. Choose from smoked salmon, baby spinach, canadian bacon and Chef Paul’s hollandaise sauce to create your own eggs benedict. Also included is our traditional offerings like applewood smoked bacon, country sausage links and potatoes o’brien. Save some room to also enjoy the spectacular carving station featuring prime rib and honey ham. Wait there is more! The hot items includes fresh fish in a lemon beurre blanc, sautéed chicken francoise, creamy mushroom risotto, vegetable medley, salad station and Chef Paul’s New Year’s dessert table. Prices for this event are adults $22.50 and $9.95 for children 6-12. Children under 6 eat free with a paying adult. This event is expected to sell-out so make your reservations early by calling the Clubhouse at 570-646-2866.
Curbside Cuisine Pickup Program
Many Members are taking advantage of the Curbside Cuisine Pickup Program. Chef’s bistro menu and our new Italian style pizza menu are available for curb side delivery to your car. The fall and winter hours are 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM Thursday thru Saturday. When placing your order please have your Member number available and the server will take payment with a credit card. Our culinary team is asking for 30 minutes preparation time but the amount of time can vary due to business in the Clubhouse. So on those nights that you just don’t feel like getting the skillet out or after a long drive to the Poconos call the Clubhouse and enjoy our culinary creations in the comfort of your home. To place an order call 570-646-2866 and don’t forget to program your cell phone so we can have dinner waiting for you on your next trip to Lake Naomi-Timber Trails . You can view the Curbside Cuisine Menu online at www.LakeNaomiClub.com (remember to click on Members in the right corner) under the Clubhouse Section.
Reservations Please Dinner reservations at the Lake Naomi Clubhouse are well advised. In order to accommodate as many Members as possible on Friday and Saturday nights in the Main Dining Room, reservations are highly recommended. Reservations assist in the planning and staffing process, ultimately providing a better dining experience. The Clubhouse Team will do their very best to accommodate Members who arrive without a reservation but please understand you may have to wait for an extended period. If you arrive without a reservation and are asked to wait and see empty tables, please understand those tables have been reserved for Members who called ahead and have not yet arrived. It is the goal of the Clubhouse Management Team to have every table filled with satisfied Members each and every evening.
Temporary Memberships Are Important The total number of families that subscribed to the Club’s Temporary Membership (TM) during the 2011 season was 786. Temporary Memberships for 2011 are projected to generate $290,800 in fees towards the annual operations budget by years end. Temporary Members are described as a family living on a temporary basis in the home of a Club Member when the Home Owner/Club Member is not present. This includes those renting homes as well as Family Members and Colleagues of Club Members utilizing homes without the Club Member being present. Temporary Memberships are very important to the Club as not only do Temporary Members generate a significant amount of revenue for the Club, but Temporary Members also represent the number two source of future Club Members. The number one source of future Club Members is through referrals from existing Club Members. Remember the Membershare Referral program was expanded to include Temporary Members. When your referral purchases their Temporary Membership, you will be rewarded 25 Club Dollars for each week your referral purchases their Temporary Membership with a maximum of 100 Club Dollars per referral. You will receive a stored value card that can be utilized toward your Membership Fees or used at any amenity. To qualify the person you refer must be totally new to the Lake Naomi Club and the referral card must be turned into the Administrative Office before the temporary membership is purchased. The Membership/Marketing Committee plans to continue its marketing efforts for Temporary Members, as once families see and experience the Lake Naomi and Timber Trails Community, the chances of their becoming a Property Owner/Club Member increases dramatically.
Lake Naomi Drama Club
E-Mail Us! Please feel free to e-mail us when you have questions, comments, or concerns. Our addresses are: Lake Naomi Club email@example.com Membership firstname.lastname@example.org Architectural Review email@example.com Kelly Swingle, Community Center Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Meredith Sensenig, Operations Coordinator email@example.com Tim Brooks, Operations Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Koryttko, Clubhouse Manager email@example.com Chef Paul Guthy, Executive Chef firstname.lastname@example.org Laura Altemose, Communications Manager email@example.com Wendi Freeman, Association Manager firstname.lastname@example.org John Lamberton, Chief Ranger email@example.com Robert Jones, General Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Jeff Evans, Executive Vice President Emeritus email@example.com We’re always anxious to hear from you!
Holiday Administrative Office Closings Thursday, November 24th - Closed Saturday, December 24th - Closed Saturday, December 31st - Office Closes at 3:00 PM Sundays through February 26th - Closed
Tree of Mittens Join the Activities Committee in the giving spirit this holiday season by donating a pair of children’s mittens being collected at the Community Center. A twelve foot pine tree will stand in the Great Room of the Community Center and will be decorated with all of the mittens collected this season. This collection will run from December 1, 2011 through January 1, 2012 and then the mittens will be collected and donated to a local charity. The Activities Committee thanks you in advance for your support.
The Activities Committee News in Review
ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE CORNER
The first meeting of Lake Naomi’s recently formed Drama Club drew 20 people! Future gathering will be in the Logan Steele Community Center. All LNC members are invited to come out and join us in determining what direction the group will take. At the October 11th meeting, volunteers read parts in the melodrama, “No Opera in the Op’ry House Tonight” by Tim Kelly. Perhaps we will decide to run auditions for this or another play. Another idea is to work on a few one act plays or radio scripts and/or use monthly meetings to do readings just for our own entertainment. This group is having such fun! We hope many people will join us. Direct questions to Carol Ray (570-646-1454).
This was a very rewarding and busy year and the Activities Committee has had a great time putting everything together for your enjoyment. Again this fall and winter there will be two art classes which will continue to run throughout the year. It is a wonderful way for the people who are in the community to spend time together learning to become artists. Most of these students continue their lessons into the spring and summer. The second ‘inhouse’ Art Show took place at the LNCH in January which showcased the hard work and talent of these new artists. The enthusiasm was outstanding and the Committee is hoping to make this an annual event. In May the Committee sponsored the return of the ‘Three Tenors’ for a great night of music enjoyed by over 100 people. The Men’s Luncheon held in June featured soldiers from the US Army Reserves. The soldiers shared their experiences in today’s war and what it means for them to keep all of us safe at home. It was enjoyed by all! The LNC Ladies enjoyed an afternoon learning about the clothing and jewelry from the retro period, followed by lots of shopping at the Ladies Luncheon in July. The second annual ‘Lake Naomi - Timber Trails Fine Arts and Crafts Show’ was held in August and raised $6,025 for The Top of the Mountain Ecumenical Food Pantry. Carol Ray started the LNC Drama Club in October. Who knew there is so much talent in this community? In November we had our yearly ‘Casino Night’. Casino Night is truly a favorite! Thank you to the men and women who stepped forward to deal. We couldn’t do it without you! Also, under the auspices of this committee fall: Square Dancing, Food Bank, Library, Book Club, Mitten Tree, Card and Leisure Games, Weekly Bowling and the ‘Social Lites’ group. Our committee is always busy and we have fun working together and getting events together for everyone to enjoy. We have a lot on our calendar for 2012 and the Committee is already working hard on pulling all these fun things together. Trying to keep the Club Members happy and involved is the most important part of what this Committee hopes to accomplish. The Committee thanks the Club Members for the continued support and is always open to hearing new ideas. Carol Kehler
Food Bank Members of LN-TT can continue to bring their food donations to the Community Center through the Winter and Spring. Drop off your canned goods or non perishable food items during regular hours.
Lake Naomi – Timber Trails Spring Garage Sale The Activities Committee has been contacted by quite a few people in the Community to put together a garage sale for spring of 2012. It has been approved by the BOG so the Committee is now in the beginning stages of moving forward. The sale will be held on a Saturday in June and as of now the tentative date is June 23rd. It will be held off of the LNC property, at a site not yet determined, and will be open to the public. Winter is a great time to start cleaning your closets at both your LN-TT home and your “other” home. It should be a fun day and we can all start out with a clean house and clean closets for the summer of 2012. It will also mean a little money in everyone’s pockets to go and buy something from the third annual “Lake Naomi-Timber Trails Fine Arts and Crafts Show”. Another great project that is run by the Activities Committee! Remember: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!” 5
Community Center Hours As winter approaches don’t forget all activities the Community Center has to offer during the winter season. Tennis, platform tennis, basketball, golf driving net and simulator, swimming, various planned activities, fitness classes and of course the fitness center, are all ways to stay active when Mother Nature turns cold. As a reminder, the winter hours of operations are listed below: November 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012 Community Center & Fitness Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Friday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM Saturday 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM Sunday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Pool Monday through Thursday 10:00 AM – 7:45 PM Friday 10:00 AM – 9:45 PM Saturday 10:00 AM – 9:45 PM Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:45 PM Multi-Purpose Room The hours will correlate with the buildings hours. However, there will be dedicated tennis and open use time; and there may be recreation activities scheduled. Please call the Community Center to check availability. Reservations are recommended for tennis play and are based on 1 ½ hour time slots and 1 hour time slots during holiday periods. Holiday Hours Thanksgiving Weekend Thursday, November 24th Closed Friday, November 25th 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM Saturday, November 26th 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM Sunday, November 27th 7:00 AM – 5:00PM Saturday, December 24th Closed Sunday, December 25th Closed Monday - Friday, Dec. 26th-30th 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM Saturday, December 31st 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM (General building use) Closed from 5:00 - 7:00 PM for party setup, The MPR will close at 3:00 PM 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM New Years Eve Family Masquerade Ball Pre-Registration required. Sunday, January 1st Noon – 8:00 PM 6
Turkey Trot Join us at the Logan Steele Community Center for a fun run/walk on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM. All ages are welcome to bundle up and run 3 laps around the leisure trail (providing it is not under a foot of snow). We will collect a $5 per person entry fee with all proceeds going to Toys for Tots. Please call the Community Center to register in advance at 570-646-8585.
Holiday Klub Day Camp Do you miss the summer Kids Klub? The recreation team members (and the Snow Yeti) sure do. Members and guests in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to join our great Summer Klub Counselors at the Logan Steel Community Center in some winter fun. Monday, December 26th through Friday, December 30th from 9:00 AM until Noon, we will spend our days with games, songs, outdoor winter activities, snacks, crafts and skits. Who could forget the great fun last winter with activities like ice bowling and ice ornaments? You can register for one day or register for all five. What a great way to get out of the house, see summer friends and meet new ones. Space is limited so make sure to register early. Cost per day for registration will be $25 for Members, $35 for guests but register before December 19th and receive a $5 per day discount. Be a part of the Holiday Klub Day Camp!
Night Recreation Activities Looking for something to do after a day of snowboarding or visiting with family over the holiday season? Third graders and up are welcome to join in nightly fun and activities at the Logan Steele Community Center. Our staff will be organizing games, crafts, competitions or just opportunities to hang out with other Members and guests that are your age from 6:00-9:00 PM December 26th through December 30th. There is no charge for these activities and no advanced registration required. Just stop in and see what is going on.
Family New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball Join us this New Year’s Eve for a spectacular new event! LNC families are invited to dress their best and dance the night away at our very first New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at the Community Center on December 31, 2011 from 7-10 PM. Bring your own special mask or create one here. This night is sure to be full of mysterious elegance. Come hungry and enjoy a fabulous assortment of traditional renaissance food and your old time family favorites. The night will be a magical celebration culminating with our New Year’s Ball Drop. Look for more details at the Community Center and register early!
Fitness News The fitness staff at the Logan Steele Community Center would like to remind you that the holiday season is not time for a break from your personal wellness routine. We ask that you respect your fellow members and refer to the guidelines in the leisure service guide as to usage of the cardio machines. Also please be aware as cold and flu season is upon us, it is common courtesy and proper gym etiquette to wipe down the machines after use. It is our recommendation that you also take a moment to wipe them before you use them to prevent the spread of germs. Your fitness staff has been working hard on keeping current with the latest trends in the industry. Please see the class schedule for holiday events and class changes. Class fees will be $5 per class or 5 classes for $20 for November 25th and 26th and December 26th to the 31st. Any member who has purchased a one month unlimited package in December will receive an additional free week as our holiday gift to you. Be sure to pick up a schedule when you visit the community center and sign up in advance as space may be limited. We challenge you to participate in our fun incentive program…The 12 Days of Fitness. This program will assign you 12 different tasks that must be completed on 12 consecutive days from December 5th to December 16th. There is no fee for this program. Look for details in the fitness center or call Kelly Swingle at 570-646-8585.
Looking for Gift Giving Ideas? The Lake Naomi Club has gift giving ideas for you this Holiday Season. Just stop by the Administrative Office or the Community Center and pick up your LNC Stored Value Card which can be designed for any monetary amount that fits your budget and can be used at any of the Club’s facilities. In addition to Stored Value Cards, the Community Center has Ski Vouchers that are offered to Club Members at reduced rates for the several downhill ski resorts in the area. To assist you in completing your shopping on time, the Office is able to take the Gift orders by telephone and mail the items to you. This method requires credit card payment.
Winter RC Sailing Indoor Radio Controlled Laser sailing will begin this December and will be held on Sundays from 8:00 AM-10:00 AM. On December 4th & 18th, January 22nd, February 5th & 19th and March 4th & 18th Members will have the opportunity to practice and participate in casual sailing for fun. On Sunday, January 8th the Sailing Association will be hosting the Winter RC Open Regatta from 7:0011:00 AM for sailors looking for more competition. For those who have yet to see the indoor sailing it’s definitely worth your time to stop by and witness the strategically placed fans and marks that make our indoor sailing conditions so perfect! Spectators are always welcome and often get an opportunity to try their hand at the world recognized sport. (Please note – plan to dress for the 80 degree temperature in the pool area if you plan to stay a while.) Bob MacNeill, RC Laser Fleet Captain, and John Whipple organize the sailing and would love to hear from you if you plan to participate.
Association Assessments/Fees and Membership Packets Kindly note that a Membership change that was implemented in 2011 is being continued in 2012. In order for a Club Member to pick up their Membership packet beginning in early April, all Association assessments and fees, including 2012, must be paid in full. While this change only impacts a small number of Club Members, Members are requested to plan accordingly as there can be no exceptions.
Have We Got A Vacation Spot For You When you hear your colleagues at work, your neighbors and your friends talking about their summer vacations and the fact that they had to cut their vacation short due to beaches being closed as a result of pollution or that traffic was terrible or there was nothing for the kids to do but go to the boardwalk and spend money -- be sure to tell them that you have a great vacation spot for them in the Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. People often book their vacation rentals early and many times go back to a less than satisfying location based on force of habit. It is not too early to plant the seed in order to have your colleagues, neighbors and friends spend their 2012 summer vacation at Lake Naomi - Timber Trails, the only Five Star Platinum Club Community in the Northeast. Be sure to tell them that Lake Naomi - Timber Trails has seven debris free sandy beaches and a whole lot more. Like fast-dry, soft surface tennis courts, a wonderful golf course, two swimming pools with water slides, the Kid’s Klub Camp Program, creative teen and preteen programs, adult activities, a Clubhouse-Restaurant, three lakes and two ponds, sailing, boating, windsurfing, canoeing, mountain biking, fishing, hiking and outdoor programs as well as top-notch instructional programs in swimming, sailing, tennis and golf. Then there is the award winning 48,000 square foot Logan Steele Community Center. The Community Center features an indoor swimming pool, state of the art fitness center and aerobics studio, multi-purpose space capable of accommodating two indoor tennis courts, a covered pavilion, paddle tennis court and much, much, more. If the Club can help you in attracting others to vacation in the Community by providing you with DVD’s, Leisure Service Guides, Calendars, Newsletters, Activity Flyers and the like, just give Communications/Marketing Manager Laura Altemose a call at (570) 646-9191, ext. 104 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need Laura to speak directly with potential visitors, she will be glad to do that as well. Start now! Promote your Five Star Platinum Club Community. Planning for a great 2012 Season is underway.
Continue the Tradition During the past few years the Club has seen an increase in the number of sons and daughters of existing Club Members purchasing their own homes and joining the Club. These individuals have grown up spending quality time at Lake Naomi and Timber Trails and are now introducing the third generation, their children, to the special mountain lifestyle that has played such an important role in their lives. There is no better time to consider purchasing another property in Lake Naomi and Timber Trails. A number of smaller starter vacation homes are on the market at very affordable prices. What a grand tradition to continue with your children and grandchildren.
Community Center Guests While we are always happy to also entertain Guests here in Lake Naomi - Timber Trails, please be mindful of the Community Center guidelines this coming winter and holiday season: there is a limit of six Guests per day per Family Membership on weekdays and four Guests per day per Family Membership on weekends and holidays. Additional Guests may be approved on a case by case basis by calling Kelly Swingle, Community Center Manager (570) 646-8585.
Don’t Forget Your Skates The construction of the ice skating rink is under way for its fifth season in operation! The rink is located under the pavilion at the Community Center. The rink will be available for recreational skating for Members and Guests to use beginning on December 26, 2012 (weather permitting). The rink will be open during regular Community Center hours, with the lights turned on during the evenings. Skates will NOT be provided and please leave the hockey equipment at home. The Club wants all ages to be able to enjoy the rink during the winter season.
Calling all Teens Are you a teen (age 13-18) who likes to be active in the LN-TT Community? Do you have some ideas of things we can do that would make your visits to LN-TT more fun? Are you interested in having leadership and volunteer opportunities? Then the Club wants you! The Recreation Committee is setting up a Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) that will help to provide feedback and ideas for upcoming recreation activities. The TAC will be 8-12 teens who will meet periodically to discuss and plan teen activities. It will be some hard work with a lot of fun thrown in to keep things moving. If you are interested you can fill out the TAC application found in the Members Section of www.lakenaomiclub.com under the Online Office. This is your chance to help shape the future of teen activities at Lake Naomi Club.
Tennis Talk I thought you would enjoy reading thoughts from a former USTA President (when he was serving, our association was actually the USLTA). I have read it many times, as it was displayed in a prominent position in my Father’s club shops for all to see. Bobby McKee SHOTS Tennis, deep-rooted in the centuries, has ever taught ripe truths in the branches of life… Long history proves in Tennis, as in nearly everything else, there’s constant room for improvement, and a new place always at the top. Do the right thing in stroke, in stance, in service, and Tennis will respond to good form as does anything else in the world. A point lost is gone forever. In the final score, as every soul knows, the first point may be nearly as important as the last. Tennis is just a game, but so is nearly everything else. Every failure teaches its lesson, even a point lost may be worth its weight in gold, because a good loser can be the real winner. Never take your game too seriously. He who holds anything too close to the eye can never see with complete and improving perspective. Perfecting form is simply recognizing that sticking at it everlastingly counts. Junior Tennis development is a self-perpetuating dividend in national character and health. Can you imagine a tax supported government agency that more definitely, or so economically, invests in public welfare? There is no limit to the pleasure of honest effort. The score, when life’s courts are closed for the night, should be the sum total of one’s best and nothing else. Tennis makes better citizens and begets better businessmen. Give, then, a lift to the future of those youths who have given you pleasure, and who well served the game. No matter who you are, know the rules if you would have others respect your rights. That’s how human society lives best wherever freedom is cherished. Tennis begets self-discipline. It teaches the uncertainties of battle, overcoming obstacles, quick decisions, hardening the body under physical stress. America needs ten to every one of the millions who play the game. -Russell Barclay Kingman, President, USLTA 1951-1952
McKee Tennis Contact Info After what felt like such a short summer, we want to make sure you have contact info for Tennis Professional Bobby McKee. Although he and his team/family may be south for the winter, Bobby is only an e-mail away. Even though he is responsible for Mens & Womens Tennis at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina he’s never too busy to respond to your ideas and comments for next year’s programming. Now is the time to contact him regarding the upcoming 2012 season as we are already working on next summer’s offerings. Many ideas are being considered and your input is always valued, so please don’t hesitate to offer your suggestions. You can e-mail Bobby at email@example.com. 8
Tennis Activities for 2012 The Tennis Committee met at the end of the summer to compile quite a bit of information from Tennis Members in an effort to make changes to the 2012 season. They are paying special attention to suggestions concerning the Club Championship Tournaments. The Committee, Management and McKee Tennis are hoping to offer new and improved exciting events throughout the upcoming summer season. Although all your suggestions submitted over the summer are already being considered carefully, it is not too late to offer your input. If you have additional ideas to share please contact one of the Members of the Tennis Committee, Bobby McKee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Meredith Sensenig at email@example.com. Please don’t hesitate as final decisions will be made soon.
“The best kept secret in winter outdoor recreation” The Platform Tennis court is available for play Monday-Thursday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM * Friday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM *Saturday 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM and *Sunday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Note: snow and ice removal time may need to be allotted. Call in advance after inclement weather. Members who do not have their own rackets and balls may use the platform equipment available for check out at the reception desk. Eye protection is highly recommended and athletic shoes are required. All Members are permitted to play with no court fees. Reservations are not necessary, courts are first come, first to play, but if you have a group who desire a certain play time, please call the Community Center to reserve the courts with the receptionist, especially after a snowfall. The reception desk keeps a highlight sheet on platform tennis as well as the official rules for the Members who wish to use them. Additional information can also be found on the APTA website at www.platformtennis.org We keep a roster at the Community Center reception desk for players who are interested in finding games. If there is enough interest staff may organize some regular play times. Please contact Meredith Sensenig at 646-8585 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. This is a great addition to the Lake Naomi Club offerings we are hoping you’ll enjoy utilizing this winter.
Tennis Socials and More The Community Center will be hosting four evening socials this upcoming winter. Mark your calendars for: Wednesday, November 16th – Fall Harvest Wednesday, December 7th – Winter Wonderland Wednesday, February 15th – Valentines Night Out Wednesday, March 14th – Saint Patrick’s Fun From 3:00-4:30 PM and 4:30-6:00 PM there will be two Mixed Doubles Round Robin Tennis opportunities for the first eight Women and eight Men who sign up. Those who miss the signup or aren’t interested in playing tennis are also invited and encouraged to join in social activities including Wii Games, platform tennis, corn hole and other CC activities. An optional dinner will follow from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Dinners will be different each social depending on the theme but will always offer a selection of three to choose from and will always cost just $9.99. Registration flyers are available at the Community Center where registration will be taken. NOTE –A Winter Doubles Tournament is being planned for both Men and Women in January. Please email Meredith Sensenig at email@example.com if you’d like to register your early interest in this event.
(LNC Bowl Winner)
2nd – Allen Rodriquez 3rd – Dean Neely Lasers 1st – Kathy Hyatt (LNC Bowl Winner)
2nd – Jim Hyatt 3rd – Chris Daggett Sunfish 1st – Jay Stevenson (LNC Bowl Winner) nd
2 – Frank Blesso 3rd – Brett Maute Labor Day Regatta Dusters 1st – Allen Rodriquez (Frank C. Miller Memorial Trophy)
2nd – John Whipple 3rd – Rich Daggett Lasers 1st – Jim Hyatt (Commodore’s Bowl Winner)
2nd – Kathy Hyatt 3rd – Chris Daggett Sunfish 1st – Jay Stevenson (Commodore’s Bowl Winner)
2nd – Rich Kremnick 3rd – Frank Blesso
Early Bird Series Dusters 1st – Allen Rodriquez Lasers st (Hannah and Joseph Geyer 1 – Kathy Hyatt nd Memorial Trophy Winner) 2 – Jim Hyatt rd nd 3 – Nick Gonzalez 2 – Dean Neely rd 3 – Sue Neely
Sunfish 1st – Tim O’Sullivan 2nd – Frank Blesso 3rd – Jay Stevenson
First Half Series Dusters Wood Fleet 1st – John Whipple 2nd – Dean Neely 3rd – Jason Neely Dusters Gold Fleet 1st – John Whipple
Second Half Dusters Glass Fleet 1st – Sue Neely 2nd – Andy Mantano Dusters Wood Fleet 1st – John Whipple
(Robin Bowl Winner)
2nd –Dean Neely 3rd – Jason Neely Dusters Gold Fleet 1st –Rich Daggett
2nd – Allen Rodriquez 3rd – Dean Neely Laser Gold Fleet 1st – Chris Daggett 2nd – Kathy Hyatt 3rd – Frank Blesso Sunfish Gold Fleet 1st – Jay Stevenson 2nd – Frank Blesso 3rd – Ryan Spencer Sunfish Silver Fleet 1st – Brett Maute 2nd – Steve Spencer 3rd – Tom Trabold
(Wooden Bowl Winner)
(E.Thomas Gilliard Memorial Bowl Winner)
2nd – Jay Stevenson 3rd – Allen Rodriquez
Series Laser Gold Fleet 1st – Ryan Spencer 2nd – Frank Blesso 3rd – Kathy Hyatt Sunfish Gold Fleet 1st – Jay Stevenson 2nd –Frank Blesso 3rd – Ryan Spencer Sunfish Silver Fleet 1st – Lynne Spencer 2nd – Nick Osmon 3rd – Tim O’Sullivan
NRPT Adult Fleet 1st – Pam Kelly NRPT Junior Fleet 1st – Erin Burt and Robbie Hyatt
Laser Beam Award (greatest improvement Lasers) – Ryan Spencer Ancient Mariner Award (best score for sailor over the age of 38) – Frank Blesso Fish Tail (greatest improvement Sunfish sailor) – Beth Tobin Women’s High Point Trophy (best score for woman Duster sailor) - Kathy Hyatt Flat Iron Award (most improved woman sailor) -Arianna May Feather Duster (greatest improved Duster sailor) – Jay Stevenson Duster Fleet Champion – John Whipple (“Bill” Person Memorial Trophy recipient) Laser Fleet Champion – Rich Daggett Sunfish Fleet Champion – Frank Blesso RC Fleet Champion – Bob MacNeill The Hoot Award (most enthusiastic RC Laser sailor) – Sue Neely
The Fleet Racing that takes place as part of the Instructional Program awards follow: A Fleet B Fleet 1st Place – Brett Maute 1st Place – Ryan Trabold 2nd Place – Nick Osman 2nd Place – Luke Cappellano 3rd Place – Tom Trabold 3rd Place – Elizabeth Parisi & Katie Stevenson Selected students were also awarded for the four Junior Sailing Awards for special honors which have been a long standing tradition at the Lake Naomi Club, they included: Brett Maute – Owaissa Cup Awarded to the Junior with the best score for the summer. Annaleis McCann – Sunfish Sportsman Trophy Awarded to the Junior deemed to be “the best sport”. Dana Stevenson – Pine Tree Camp Trophy Awarded to the Junior showing the best progress. Tom Trabold - The Thomas Cup Awarded for special efforts to help others. Congratulations to all the young sailors who joined in the fun of sailing. We look forward to having you all back in the 2012 season. Changes for next season are already underway which will include new curriculum written for both competitive and non competitive students. More details will be available as the 2012 season gets closer. Regatta 1st place – Brett Maute 2nd place – Arianna May 3rd place – Ryan Trabold
2011 SAILING AWARDS RECIPIENTS
Memorial Day Regatta Dusters 1st – Allen Rodriquez 2nd – Jason Neely 3rd – Dean Neely Lasers 1st – Kathy Hyatt 2nd – Jim Hyatt 3rd – Nick Gonzalez Sunfish 1st – Frank Blesso 2nd – Jay Stevenson 3rd – Tim O’Sullivan 4th of July Regatta Dusters 1st – Sue Neely
Annual Under 21 Laser Regatta Rain did not scare away our Junior Sailors from participating in this season’s Under 21 Laser Regatta. Ten boats sailed and by the end, everyone was soaked! Mike Trabold took three first place finishes winning the Regatta. Tom Trabold took three second place finishes and Matt Trabold came in third with two fourths and a third place finish. Great fun was had by all, here are the final standings: 1st - - Mike Trabold 2nd - - Tom Trabold 3rd - - Matt Trabold 4th - - Joe Bigelow 5th - - Conor Gallagher 6th - - Nick Gonzalez 7th - - Ryan Krawczyk 8th - - Jack Old 9th - - Tim Osmon 10th - - Ryan Trabold/ Alex McKendry Congratulations Sailors – we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Golf Notes The leaves have changed colors and autumn is in full color in the glorious Pocono Mountains. Unfortunately for many this means not touching a club until spring time. Exercise and conditioning are essential for your health and playing well the following year. Swinging a weighted golf club several hundred times a day is a wonderful way to improve muscle tone and increase flexibility. Some sports I have found that are beneficial for my golf game are tennis, racquetball, swimming, walking and basketball. Many touring Professionals have recently started weight training and intense cardio workouts, helping them with their endurance and stamina during the course of a competitive round. Playing in a 72 hole tournament is not only mentally challenging, but also very physically rigorous. For many years the thinking was that lifting weights was detrimental for your golf swing, now it has been proven it can be very helpful in improving your strength and swing speed. The correct way to lift weights is to do a lot of repetitions with a light amount of weight. One of the most common mistakes is to lift too much weight too quickly. The “core” is the part of the body the Professional golfers target in order to get the maximum amount of torque and speed out of their golf swings. Eliminating excess body weight, especially in the core area, allows for more rotation and flexibility. Staying active, when the weather turns cold, enables you to get more enjoyment out of your golf game. Lessons in the off season are also a great way to improve your golf game in the winter. Again this year I will be offering lessons at the Logan Steele Community Center. With the use of the golf simulator and instruction, you can make some important improvements in your game. You can email me directly at my personal email to set-up a lesson. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to thank my entire Pro Shop staff; Joe Mileur, Jon Schoepf, Carole Kudlick, Chris Lepore, Ron Gray, Larry Afsten, Nick Poulin, Ryan Freeman, and Connor Friel. Thanks for all your hard work, you did a great job! See you on the Links! Bob Millard, PGA Golf Professional
Golf tips, Etiquette, and Explanations by Bob Millard, Golf Professional Golf etiquette is important when playing a round of golf. Knowing how to handle yourself is just as important as the score you shoot. Fixing ball marks, replacing divots, and raking bunkers are essential for everyone that plays this great game of golf. In 2012 we are going to put emphasis on taking care of the course and displaying proper golf etiquette while playing here at the Timber Trails Golf Club. A great rule of thumb is leaving the golf course in better shape than when you started the round!
This year’s last organized day of sailboat racing for the 2011 season was held on Saturday, September 17th. The day was exactly as it’s name would suggest, as Members legs became numb while rigging in the fall weather. The “Frostbite Regatta” is traditionally the last time sailors come out to round the marks in a very casual format. The handful of sailors are typically out more for fun and comradery rather than a winning distinction. Races were run by Safety Boat volunteer Chris Daggett. Thanks Chris! Final placing for the regatta was 1st – Allen Rodriquez, 2nd – Sue Neely, 3rd – Jay Stevenson. Those of you who missed this last opportunity to round the marks this season are encouraged by the Sailing Committee to try to plan on attending next year.
Junior Sailing Program 2011 The Sailing Program participant numbers were again high in the 2011 season and as a result of the first year of online registration, some classes were even larger than we expected. To accommodate the 110 students we again added classes and instructors as needed for the large number of junior sailors. A few “A Fleet” participants also volunteered through the Club’s TMIT (Team Member in Training) Program specifically to help with the beginner classes. The two hour, twice a week sessions ran for six weeks allowing our young sailors plenty of time to increase their knowledge as well as their sailing and racing ability. Our sailors also have been finding the time to join in on the Sailing Association’s regattas and events including the separate Junior category of the Not Ready for Prime Time fleet races. This exciting trend remained consistent with the highest ever participation in the Junior Regatta. Not only is the weekend racing devoted to our Junior Sailors, but we also celebrated with a Friday evening Family Beach Tailgate Party and the End of Season Junior Sailing Celebration on Sunday. Sailors and their families gathered in the Logan Steele Community Center Pavilion to recap the summer, honor the season’s high scoring sailors, and receive their awards, stat sheets and mementos. Pizza and cake were served by the Sailing Committee Volunteers and a great time was had by all.
Winter Ski Vouchers The Lake Naomi Club is again offering Club Members reduced ski lift tickets to the top ski resorts in the area. Be sure to take advantage of this popular ski voucher program during the 2011/2012 ski season. Discount ski vouchers will be available for Big Boulder, Jack Frost and Camelback ski areas. Vouchers will be sold at the Community Center in the beginning of December and continue through the end of February. Only bona fide Club Members and Winter Temporary Members will be eligible to purchase ski vouchers from the Lake Naomi Club. For your convenience the Club will be accepting cash, check, credit card or stored value card payments. Vouchers can not be refunded and supplies are limited depending on the ability of the ski areas to fill reorders. Enjoy this great sport while saving money by using the Club’s voucher program. Please see below for the 2011/2012 price rates. Jack Frost/ Big Boulder
Adult Midweek Adult Weekend Youth Midweek Youth Weekend
$38.00 $44.00 $30.00 $37.00
$44.00 $50.00 $33.00 $40.00
$6.00 $6.00 $3.00 $3.00
Camelback Lift Tickets
Mid Week/Non Holiday Weekend/Holidays Camelback Snowtubing
Mid Week/Non Holiday
Open to Close
Weekend/Holiday 3 hours
Is the Ice Safe for You, Your Friends and Equipment? With winter on its way, the ice fishing season is upon us. To assure a safe time while ice fishing, you must remember to follow certain precautions. Carelessness is the number one enemy of ice fisherpersons and knowledge is the number one weapon against that enemy. The best equipment is of no value if you are in icy water fighting to escape. Please take the following precautions when ice fishing to assure yourself and others of a good time. Know the ice. When selecting a location, check the ice by chipping it with a sharp object. If ice chips and has a clinking sound, it is good ice. If it crumbles and has a dull sound, it is unsafe. Stickups, piers or any protruding structures cause weak ice. Areas that have or are near currents, springs and aerators are also areas that may have weak ice. Please stay clear of these areas. Two inches of clear blue ice can support one person traveling on foot, three inches can support a group traveling in single file. Four or more inches of ice is considered safe for general use – such as a group of ice fisherpersons. Ice that is four inches thick will hold up to 260 pounds, over six inches is safe for you and your equipment. Cloudy or opaque ice may support less weight, and slush ice on a lake is only one-half as strong as clear blue ice. Before venturing out onto the ice, exercise extreme caution – especially during the first ice cover and during the late winter months when rapid changes occur in ice structure. Black ice is clear and has no snow frozen in it. This can be safe but it is difficult to see water holes on a calm day when there are no ripples on the water. It is very slippery and ice creepers for your footwear are a must. It’s always a good idea to use the buddy system when ice fishing. In the event that you break through the ice, stay calm and do not panic, put your arms up and lay them on the ice, your clothing will freeze and adhere to the ice. This will keep your body at a level accessible for rescue. Another rescue method is to take two large spikes and tie a leather strap to the head of each spike. Hang this device around your shoulders and slip the spikes in your breast pockets. If you should fall through the ice, grab the spikes to claw your way out of the water. REMEMBER, it is IMPOSSIBLE to crawl out of slippery ice if the water is more than waist deep. When trying to locate fish, do not move more than 10 feet from one hole to a new hole. Fish run in schools and will be feeding on plankton within a certain area. Depth of the ice is also very critical: at the first safe ice, fishing is best in the shallow water areas, as the ice thickens, the fish move into the deeper water areas.
Fourth and Fifth Grade Snowpass Program The Lake Naomi Club would like to make all Members aware of this wonderful program! The Pennsylvania Ski Area Association is offering any fourth or fifth grader the chance to ski for free this winter. There are 22 participating member resorts of the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association with a few of the participating nearby mountains being Alpine, Bear Creek, Jack Frost/Big Boulder, Camelback, Shawnee, Blue, Elk and many more! The goal of this program is to introduce fourth and fifth graders to the sport of skiing and snowboarding and create life-long participants of winter fun. Visit www.skipa.com for all of the complete details and application.
Sledding Hill The Lake Naomi Club sledding hill located outside of the Lake Naomi Clubhouse will again be available to Members this winter season. The sledding hill will be open as of Saturday, December 24, 2011, weather permitting. When the sledding hill is open the hours of operation are from dawn until dusk. It is absolutely unsafe to ride the sledding hill after dark so please refrain from doing so. The sledding hill will be posted as “Closed” when it is considered unsafe to ride. Please abide by the postings each day in order to keep your entire family safe.
Where to Snowmobile The Lake Naomi Club has a publication available at the Administrative Office and the Community Center outlining areas in the vicinity of Lake Naomi and Timber Trails where snowmobiles are permitted. Since snowmobiles are not permitted on any of the common areas in Lake Naomi and Timber Trails, the Club is happy to assist Members in finding appropriate facilities for the use of their snowmobiles. The Administrative Office and the Community Center also maintains a list of several areas nearby that offer snowmobile rentals. If you have questions regarding snowmobiles, please do not hesitate to contact the Administrative Office or the Community Center. 11
The Second Annual Winter Festival A single idea turned out to be a great success and now it is an Annual Event. The Membership/Marketing Committee was looking for a way to promote LN-TT as the perfect year round destination. This year the Winter Festival will start on Friday, January 27th through Sunday, January 29th. The Club will again invite past Temporary Members to come stay at LN-TT that weekend to show them how much fun this area can be in the winter months. Local Real Estate Offices will be providing discounted rentals; Camelback and JFBB will be offering special rates for ski/snowboard tickets and the Club will hold several special events. The weekend will start off with a Kick Off Night at the Community Center. Special activities that are in the planning stages include, skating, story time, arts & crafts, gingerbread house making, games, snowman building contest, special night for the kids at the CC, special night for the adults at the LNCH, Après Ski Happy Hour, Sunday Breakfast Buffet, Horse drawn wagon rides, cross country skiing, sledding, Zumba Cardio Party, toasting marshmallows, s’more building, ice carving demonstration and chili cook off. The Temporary Membership fee for a family will be $50 for three days and all guest fees will be waived this weekend. The guest limit will remain in effect with four guests per Family Membership per day. Members are all invited to participate in this fun filled weekend. Invite your friends and family members so they too can enjoy all the activities. Read the upcoming LNC Newsletter Weekly Updates for more information. This was a huge fun event for everyone who attended last year. Mark your calendar now and start inviting your friends.
Holiday Greetings! The arrival of the joyous Holiday Season is a vivid reminder of how quickly time passes. Was it not just yesterday when Members were sitting at the Lake Naomi Pool or Club Beach absorbing the wonderful sun rays, or playing a round of golf or calling for court times? Now the temperatures are declining, the leaves have fallen and the days are getting shorter. Let’s not forget the excitement of the first nor’easter that Mother Nature gave us this year dumping a foot of snow in time for Halloween. All these seasonal changes remind us that the Holiday Season is near. This is the time to reflect upon the childhood anticipation of the Season traditions and receive the inner warmth that family and friends give to our lives each and every year. This is the perfect time to remember our Lake Naomi – Timber Trails family and to say thank you. Thank you to all the Committee Members, Board of Governors and Board of Trustees for the countless hours and the dedication to ensuring that the Members’ Lake Naomi - Timber Trails home continues to be their favorite retreat. Also thank you to Management and Team Members who strive to ensure that all the Members’ experiences are top notch. As we say good-by to 2011 and welcome 2012, may the joy of this holiday season last throughout the year for you and your loved ones.
Vote for your favorite 2012 Calendar Picture The response to the request of sharing your favorite pictures was once again overwhelming. With the addition of online picture submission even more Members shared their favorite pictures. Over 1,000 pictures were submitted so selecting the best pictures for the 2012 calendar was a fun challenge. There are 58 pictures from 38 Club Members in the 2012 calendar. There is still a task that needs be done and the Club needs your help. As promised there are four $50 Stored Value Cards that need to be issued for the best pictures. The four pictures that receive the most votes will be awarded the SVC’s. You can place your vote by visiting the website at www. LakeNaomiClub.com. Click on the Members and then sign in, select What’s Happening from the menu bar, click on Current News from the drop down menu and there will be an article leading you to the voting form. Please take a few moments to enjoy the website and cast your vote. Each Member can choose their four favorite calendar pictures and all votes must be submitted by January 15th. 12
Lake Naomi Club Q & A Will the bicycle-pedestrian paths along Route 423, Blockhouse Road and at the entrance to the Community Center be maintained during the winter months? No. The paths are officially closed from November 15th through April 15th of each year. Members can continue to utilize the path at their own risk during this time period. Members can also utilize the path at their own risk for cross country skiing. How many days each year is the Community Center open? Three Hundred and forty – eight. The Community Center is only closed for the two week maintenance period in November, on Thanksgiving Day and on December 24th and 25th. With the exception of those seventeen days, the Community Center is open every day of the year. On days when the Community Center closes at 5:00 PM, what time does the half price ($5.00) guest fee go into effect? 1:00 PM The Club reserves the right to print and/ or respond to inquiries at its sole discretion. Selected questions, comments or suggestions may be edited to meet space constraints. Submit questions, comments and suggestions to: Laura Altemose, Reflections Editor Lake Naomi Club Route 423, PO Box T Pocono Pines, PA 18350 Fax: 570-646-5796 Email: email@example.com
Coats for Tobyhanna Elementary Kids The Pacesetters are once again raising money to buy children’s coats for elementary students. For the past few years, the drive has been extended to all Lake Naomi - Timber Trails residents who have contributed quite generously to the children. Last year the Pacesetters was able to purchase 55 Columbia coats for the students of Tobyhanna Elementary School. We hope to increase the number of coats purchased this year, so any donated amount is greatly appreciated to help us reach our goal. Please send your donations to Club Member Rusty Gravatt (PO Box R, Pocono Pines, PA 18350). Contact Rusty for any additional information (570-646-0163).
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