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A Reflection of Life in Lake Naomi & Timber Trails

Fall 2012 WHAT’S INSIDE Community Center Maintenance ....... 2 Pastry & Cooking Demo ..................... 3 Adult Halloween Party ....................... 3 Holiday Gala ......... 4 Game Nights ........ 5 Family Halloween FestiFall .................. 6 Yoga Workshops ... 6 New Year’s Eve Family Party ........... 7 Winter Season Swim Lessons ................... 7 Tennis Tournaments 2012 ........................ 8 Breast Cancer Rally Recap .................... 9 Swing Shop .......... 10 Fall Tree Planting Tips .............................. 11 The Club’s Budget Process ................. 12

Lake Naomi Club Named as a Platinum Club of America Again!!! Every three years Club Leaders Forum conducts a nationwide survey to identify the Platinum Clubs of America, the club equivalent of the Mobil five star ratings. Selection as a Platinum Club of America, as the top 235 private clubs are designated, is an esteemed honor recognizing that there are more than 5,000 private clubs in the United States. Boards, Staff and Members view selection as a Platinum Club to be the highest recognition of excellence that a Club can achieve. Among the criteria for inclusion are a history of excellence, quality of Membership, quality of governance, tradition and heritage, condition of facilities and the caliber of professional club management and staff. The Members of the Lake Naomi Club have long realized that Lake Naomi - Timber Trails is a platinum residential community and club. The Club Leaders Forum made it official back in 2009 and has made it official again in 2012.

Wine Dinner Mark your calendars and plan to join Lake Naomi’s Culinary Team on Saturday, November 3rd. The Clubhouse is hosting a Fall Wine Dinner featuring Thomas Holton “The Wine Merchant” This event will be showcasing a brand new wine list including a four course dinner by Chef Paul and a dessert table featuring Pastry Chef Don’s famous specialties. This dinner event is $80 per person, tax and gratuity included in price. The dinner menu features a Braised Pheasant Ravioli as an appetizer paired with a bubbly Bisol Prosecco Champagne, with a Sous Vide Pork Belly topped Boston Bib salad featuring a Honig Napa Vally Sauvignon Blanc, Pan Seared Diver Scallops paired with a Montoya Monterey Pinot Noir, including a Prime Filet Mignon with a rich worldly red featuring Damiano Barolo. The Mozart Dessert table will feature a Willowglen Tawny Port wine. Reservations can be made by calling the Clubhouse at (570) 646-2866. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 PM with Cash Bar and a selection of chef’s hors d’ oeuvres, dinner at 7:00 PM. Plan to join us as this event is always popular and well received by our Members. Rob Stein

In Memoriam Joyce C. Lyons of New York, New York and Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania August 30, 2012 Member since 2001

Administrative Office Closed Sundays Starting October 14th the Administrative Office will be closed Sundays through February 26th. The Administrative Office will resume the seven day a week schedule starting Sunday, March 3rd. To better serve the skiers and snowboarders, ski vouchers will be sold at the Community Center starting early December. The ski vouchers will then be available for purchase any time the Community Center is open through the end of February. Start your ski weekend early by purchasing your ski vouchers at the Community Center Friday Nights until 10:00 PM.

Watercraft Storage Alert The Boat Rack, Canoe Rack and Floating Dock rental period extends through Monday, October 8th (Columbus Day) for the 2012 Season. If you wish to use your watercraft after Columbus Day, it must be moved off the boat rack and onto a hitching post at West Beach, Pebble Beach or Tall Timber Lake. Any watercraft left on boat racks after Columbus Day or on Club Property after November 11th will be removed and stored by the Club until they are claimed by their owners. The service fee for watercraft removal is $50.00 for the first week and if the watercraft is not claimed within seven days, an additional storage fee of $10.00 per week will be charged up to a maximum of $200.00. If the watercraft is not claimed within three months, the Club may sell or dispose of it.

Community Center Maintenance The Community Center is scheduled to be closed for major maintenance each year for two weeks prior to Thanksgiving week. The closing permits the Club’s Maintenance Team to refresh the paint in the building, service the equipment, clean and wax the floors and work on the pool as needed. Last year the Community Center needed more time due to draining the pool for a deep cleaning. This year the team has been able to stay on top of many items to be serviced and will only require five days. The 2012 scheduled closing dates are Monday, November 12th through Friday, November 16th. The Club’s Management Team will be reviewing this matter each year as the close down approaches and will reduce the close down time whenever feasible. Members will be notified via the weekly email blast in the event there is a change in the dates of the Community Center close down.

2013 Membership Directory Inclusion in the Membership Directory is an optional service available to all Club Members. The Membership Directory was re-printed in its entirety in 2012; however, we will be distributing “Changes & Additions” pages to be added to the Directory in the spring of 2013. Many of you have already submitted your changes/additions/updates. Please take a moment to review your listing in the Directory. If you would like to make any changes and/or additions, or if you are not listed in the Directory and would like to be, please complete the form found online in the Members Section of under the Online Sign-Up, or call the Administrative Office to request a form be sent to you. Only the names, email addresses and phone numbers you provide on the form will be published in the Directory. Please remember your information is not automatically included in the Membership Directory. Members must submit the form to be listed and submit changes to information already published.

Last Call for Your Photos

“Reflections” Published by LAKE NAOMI CLUB Route 423 Post Office Box T Pocono Pines, PA 18350 570-646-9191 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Brian Drum James B. Hyatt Cary S. Levinson Anna C. McAleer Connell J. McGill Robert S. Mills, Jr. Brian J. Snyder Robert A. Jones, Jr. General Manager Jeffrey M. Evans Executive Vice President Emeritus Laura M. Altemose Marketing Manager/Reflections Editor


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Don’t miss the opportunity to enter the 2013 LNC Calendar Photo contest. The deadline for the photo contest is October 15th. After the 2013 calendar is developed, Members will have the opportunity to vote for their four favorite calendar pictures online at the Club’s website. The Membership/Marketing Committee will be awarding four $50 Stored Value Cards for the calendar pictures that receive the most votes from the Members. Be part of the creative team and share your favorite Lake Naomi – Timber Trails picture. Remember – you can upload your digital pictures using the Club’s website. Visit the Members Section of and select 2013 Calendar Picture Submission from the Online Office drop down menu. Pictures can also be submitted to Laura Altemose, Communications Manager, at the Administrative Office.

Discounts On Ski Tickets Lake Naomi Club Members will again be able to purchase discounted lift tickets to the best local ski areas. Ticket “Vouchers” will be on sale at the Community Center beginning in early December if mother nature allows. Be sure to check the Winter Issue of Reflections for more details.

Pastry & Cooking Demo Please join us on Thursday, November 8th at 4:00 PM for a dinner and dessert presentation. Chef’s Paul Guthy and Don Thayer will entertain you while preparing fall inspired culinary delights as well as those delicious desserts by Chef Don. This event is always fun filled, and interactive and as usual, always filled with many laughs. This buffet will include a full salad bar, baked artisan breads and more! The buffet price per person is $14.95. For more information please contact the Clubhouse or grab a weekly special event flyer at the Clubhouse, or as always online at

Casino Night Ramble on down to the Lake Naomi Clubhouse on Saturday, November 10th to enjoy the 2012 Wild, Wild, West Casino Night. The night will begin with a delicious Western buffet – fit for any cowboy. The evening will be accented by a night of casino games including Black Jack, Texas Hold’em Poker, Craps and Roulette. We are looking for dealers to help us this evening. Contact Kelly Swingle at the Community Center 570646-8585 if you are interested in being a part of the fun. A detailed registration flyer is available at the Community Center or sign up online in the Members Section of www. under Online Sign Up. Saddle up your horse and come on down to the corral for one fun evening!

Lake Naomi Oktoberfest 2012 It’s almost Oktoberfest time again! Friday, October 19th beginning at 6 PM the Lake Naomi Clubhouse brings you the Oktoberfest tradition! Peter and his team will have plenty of food, beer and yodeling to last the entire night! Original Bavarian entertainment by the “Joe Webber Band” begins at 7:00 PM. Soup station, potato pancakes station, sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, trout fillet, bratwurst and knockwurst, sauerkraut, spaetzle and red cabbage, black forest cake and bavarian strudel, and Oktoberfest beers are sure to make this night memorable! The price for this event is $30.00 inclusive. Stay tuned for the event flyer and for reservations, call the Community Center at (570) 6468585. In Munchen steht ein Hofbrau Hause… eins zwei Suuffaa!

Annual Adult Halloween Party “A Ghostly Eve, Saturday, October 27th” It is time to dress up in your ghostly or ghastly wardrobe and enjoy an evening of fun, food and friends in a Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Lake Naomi Clubhouse from 6:00 – 11:00 PM. DJ Frankie Carll will provide the music and aid in our amusement while Chef Paul and his team will satisfy our palates with a bewitching buffet of a soup station with beef chili, manhattan clam chowder, roasted acorn squash and carrot bisque, served with house salad. The entrée line features roasted stuffed pork loin with cranberry & sausage, maple demi glaze, tilapia fillet finished with a white wine lemon sauce, slow roasted angus beef along with ancho bbq sauce, whole grain mustard & warm horseradish sauce. Also featured is roasted red skin potatoes, sweet potato soufflé, green bean & carrot medley. Begin the night with a “Bloody Mary” shot and tantalizing hors d’oeuvres of seared duck breast with a sun dried cherry cabernet compote; snow crab in ponzu sauce garnished with julienne cucumber and noi; fresh mozzarella, kalamata olive, grape tomato, pepperoni and basil on a bamboo skewer; mini chicken wellington forest mushroom duxelles. There will be a costume parade, games and prizes for the participants. All this fun, food and surprises can be yours for a mere $30.00 per person, inclusive. So put in your reservation via the flyer, online signup or call the Community Center at 570 646-8585 no later than Wednesday, October 24th. While costumes are not required, you might look better than “come as you are” for another night of fun and games at LNC.

Private Events at the LNCH and the Mountaintop Lodge

We all know how great the Clubhouse is for dinner and drinks, but did you know as a Member of the Lake Naomi Club, you can also hold and sponsor Private Events at the Clubhouse or Mountaintop Lodge? From Weddings, Anniversary Celebrations, Birthday Parties, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Holiday Parties or just about any occasion to get together with family and friends, our Clubhouse Team is on hand to customize and help make your event a special one. We have dates available for the remainder of 2012 through 2013. Please call (570-646-2866) or stop by the Clubhouse for more information.

Clubhouse Fall and Winter Season Another Summer has come and gone and what a Summer it was. Don’t miss out on the spectacular Fall sunsets and to complement those beautiful evenings, we will be offering new grill and dining room menus with a seasonal flare from Chef Paul Guthy and his artistic culinary team. The exceptional service staff will be ready to create a perfect evening for you and your family. The bartenders have a fresh autumn cocktail menu that is sure to entice. For your convenience the Fall and Winter Clubhouse schedule is listed below. The schedule is subject to change as we are receiving many requests from Members for private functions. Thursdays Bar 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays Bar 5:00 PM -10:00 PM Dinner 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM Brunch Dates Sunday, October 7th Saturday & Sunday, December 1st & 2nd (Breakfast Buffet with Santa) Clubhouse Closings Friday, October 19th - Oktoberfest* Saturday, October 27th Adult Halloween Party* Saturday, November 10th Casino Night* Thursday, November 22nd Saturday December 8th Holiday Gala* Monday, December 24th Tuesday, December 25th Monday, December 31st New Year’s Eve Party * *Member Event – advanced registration required

Square Dancing An evening of Square Dancing is scheduled for Club Members on Friday, October 26th and November 16th. Swing your partner from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM on the Lake Naomi Clubhouse Dance floor. Member John Kaltenthaler will be calling for this event.


Second New Member Orientation On Saturday, August 4th the Club conducted the second new Member Orientation for 2012. This orientation was held at the Lake Naomi Clubhouse. The eager group got to learn valuable information from speakers: General Manager Robert Jones, Communications Manager Laura Altemose, Chief Ranger John Lamberton and Association Manager Wendi Freeman. Listed below are the newest Members and their hometown. Catherine and Joe Burch Family, Ardmore, PA Candace and Joe Centeno Family, Flourtown, PA Karen and Jerry Fascenda Family, Robbinsville, NJ Helene and Gary Greenstein, Manalapan, NJ Linette and John Hunt Family, Brooklyn, NY Danielle and Preston Hupart Family, Franklin Lakes, NJ Robyn and Nathan Jameson Family, Wayne, PA Linda and Joseph Kane Family, Pocono Pines, PA Mary and Jim King Family, Wallingford, PA Julie and Eric Peterson Family, Ardmore, PA Joanna and Michael Pietrafitta Family, West Chester, PA Diane and Dallas Pulliam, King of Prussia, PA Ellen and George Rusnak Family, Yardley, PA Jane and Warren Shapiro, New York, NY Suzanne and Jim Sisk Family, East Fallowfield, PA Mary Jane Goodman and Drew VandenBrul Family, Glen Mills, PA

Holiday Gala Join us at the Clubhouse on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM for a time of great food and wonderful friends. Come and enjoy our “Winter Wonderland” Lake Naomi Clubhouse with hot apple cider and Gluewein. The Culinary Brigade will feature a variety of delectable dinner items that will surely please and tease your taste buds on this eventful Holiday Gala dinner, Entertained by “Desire”, the terrific acapella band from New York with a lot of Christmas songs. This adults only celebration is sponsored by the Clubhouse Committee. For more info, watch out for the Event Flyer or go online at or call the Community Center at 570, 646-8585.

Breakfast Buffet with Santa – Two Offerings! Due to the huge demand of the Club’s Breakfast Buffet with Santa, we are again offering two opportunities to have breakfast with Santa this year. Everyone is sure to enjoy this Lake Naomi Club tradition on Saturday, December 1st or Sunday, December 2nd. Feast on a delicious breakfast including: Carved Smoked Ham, made to order omelet station, eggs benedict, belgium waffles & french toast, fresh fruit, corned beef hash, Applewood smoked bacon, sausage, assorted fruit juice and coffee. 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 on hand for anyone that would like to purchase professional portraits with Santa or with the family by the fireplace! Reservations may be made by contacting the Clubhouse at (570) 646-2866. Cost for this great breakfast is only $14.00++ for adults, $7.95++ for children under 10 and complimentary for children 4 and under.

Farewell to Our International Staff Once again all good things must come to an end. It was another wonderful season at Lake Naomi Clubhouse and thanks to all the service staff Team Members. This season was a great run as the International Staff worked side by side with our year round staff. The variety of cultures added a bursting medley of flavors to our melting pot that we have all grown to love. We invite all the Members to join us in bidding bon voyage to our International Staff. It was certainly a great joy working with them. Their experience and expertise have been a great addition to the Clubhouse. Our most heartfelt thank you goes to Wendy Wakefield (South Africa), Chef - Trevor Dubios (South Africa), Baker - Noelia Sulia (Argentinia) Mark Treis, Jenny Beiwinkel, Janine Wiegand (Germany), Ines Martins Moco, Grill Cook - Vitor Monteiro and Garde Manger - Pedro Quintaneiro (Portugal). The Clubhouse was able to professionally serve the Members with the dedication of these exceptional young men and women! This International Work and Travel Program is an integral part of Clubhouse operations and without this type of program the Clubhouse service would not be possible. On behalf of Peter and myself, I would like to bid…….Goodbye! Adios! Auf Wierdersehen! La Revedere! It has been a pleasure working with all of the Members and Staff at the Clubhouse. After my second summer with you, I look forward to many more to come. Summer Fest, Rockin’ on Labor Day Beach Party, Independence Day Picnic and the other events have made my job exciting and rewarding. I hope the Members continue to provide ideas and feedback to improve and add to the success of the Lake Naomi Clubhouse. Thank you and stop in to see us soon! Stephen M. Kish, Food and Beverage Manager

Third Annual Winter Festival

TTCA Annual Meeting Saturday, November 17th 10:00 AM Community Social 10:30 AM Annual Meeting Held at the Timber Trails Clubhouse


Mark your calendar LNC’s Third Annual Winter Festival is scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2013 to Sunday, January 27, 2013. The Winter Festival in 2011 was picture perfect with lots of snow however last year’s Winter Festival was lots of fun even though there was no snow! Snow or no snow all the Members have enjoyed the festivities. The weekend will start off with a Kick Off Night at the Community Center. Special activities that are in the planning stages include story time, arts & crafts, games, kids competitions, building gingerbread houses, 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, snowman contest and a special Fitness Event. 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.

Book Club

Arts & Crafts Show The Arts and Crafts Show has come and gone and the results are finally in. The Activities Committee would like to thank the people of our community for the support you once again gave to this project. The generosity of the Members made this day a success. We should all be very proud of what we have done for the food bank. Not only did you give a small donation upon entry, the vendors gave 5% of the profit they made that day to the food pantry. You all bought and they returned some of your money. We are thrilled to present the Top of the Mountain Ecumenical Food Pantry with a check for $5,625.00. Thanks to each and every one of you that attended and we look forward to seeing all of you and your friends again next year. The date will be Saturday, August 3, 2013 if you want to mark the calendar today. All the vendors love our show, love our community, and love getting to meet all of you! Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Carol Kehler

Art Classes The popular Acrylic Art Classes will once again be offered this Fall at the Community Center. Steve Kagar will teach acrylic painting on Tuesdays at 9:15 AM. The fall session began September 4, 2012 and Lillian Ventrelli will be offering beginner watercolor classes on Tuesdays beginning October 9th from 1:00-4:00 PM. The cost of each seven week session is $85 per person plus the cost of supplies. Please call the Community Center to sign up.

Game Nights


The Book Club meets regularly on the second Monday of the month at 1:00 PM at the Community Center and is always open to new participants. Everyone is welcome – even if you haven’t read the book. The discussions of course talk about the book, writing style and if it was favorable to everyone’s tastes, but does not give the plot away. This is a great way to get introduced to a variety of books that you may never have looked at otherwise. Sept 10th- “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLein Oct 8th- “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West” by Dee Alexander Brown Nov 12th- “What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng” by Dave Eggers

Anyone interested in playing card games or Mah Jongg can join at the Community Center. Mah-Jong meets on Mondays and Fridays from 1:00 – 4:00 PM and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM, Bridge players meet on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 6:45 PM, Pinnocle players meet on Tuesdays at 7PM and Canasta will continue this fall on Thursdays at 2 PM. All games are played in the Adult Activity Room at the Community Center. For other questions or more information please contact Kelly Swingle at 570-646-8585.

The Socialites

The Socialites is a social group initiated in the summer of 2010 to provide a forum for single members of the Lake Naomi-Timber Trails Community to organize social activities for a previously underserved group. Many of the organized club activities in the Community are attended by couples and families. The Socialites has provided a much welcome forum for single members to socialize and plan a variety of activities. Since its inception, the group has held a number of coffee events, cocktail and dinner parties hosted by club members, luncheons and casino days at Mount Airy Lodge Casino, Texas Hold’um Poker lessons and game event and dinners at the Lake Naomi Club. The Socialites would like to expand its membership and we hope singles in the community will contact Kelly Swingle at kswingle@ if you would like your name added to our mailing list.

Ladies Luncheon Note Dress for Success, Lackawanna sent a very nice Thank You Note for all of the clothing donations collected at the LNC Annual Ladies Luncheon. We were able to deliver the clothes and accessories to their office in Scranton and they were so appreciative of the amount that had been donated. This is one way that the Lake Naomi community has helped others. Our generous donation will allow Dress for Success, Lackawanna to continue to provide the programs that respond to the needs of the economically disadvantaged women to acquire jobs, retain their new position and succeed in the mainstream workplace. On behalf of the Activities Committee we thank everyone who helped make our luncheon such a huge success and our drive for “Dress for Success” very successful. Thank you for your kindness. Sincerely, Marguerite Pizzi and Shelly Wismer

Save Your Membership Identification Cards If you plan to use your home in Lake Naomi and Timber Trails between Labor Day and May 1st of 2013, it is imperative that you save your 2012 Membership Identification Cards. These cards are required in the Fall, Winter and Spring when you or members of your family are utilizing any of the Lake Naomi Club facilities or to participate in the winter activities at the Community Center and the Lake Naomi Clubhouse.

Local Food Bank Needs Replenishing The Activities Committee is continuing to collect donations for the local food bank. The following non-perishable items can be dropped at the Community Center: canned fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, cake mix, juice, coffee, tea, soap, detergent and paper products. This collection will be ongoing through the winter and spring in the hopes that we can stock the food bank full of the items needed for our local community.


Fitness News The fitness department was very busy again this summer. Record numbers of participants joined the group exercise classes again this year. Thank you all for your support. We love to hear your suggestions for new classes and be sure to let us know your favorites so they can continue. Look for current class schedules at the front desk of the Community Center. The fitness committee is working closely with management to strategize options that will improve our spacing issues during the busy months. We appreciate your patience and support this past summer. This year the fitness department hosted many very successful events. In July youngsters and adults participated in the LNC Triathlon. They swam, biked and ran in Timber Trails on a beautiful Saturday morning. We are very proud of all participants who took part in this challenging event. We added a new event, The Xtreme Fitness Challenge was introduced as and obstacle course on the grounds of the community center. Twentytwo adults participated in 8 physical challenges. We are looked forward to adding more next year. In August we hosted the third annual Tour de Naomi. This was a 10 mile bike ride through the beautiful LN-TT Community. It was a perfect late Summer morning and all 51 participants finished in one hour or less. Be sure to check out Circuit Training offered by Jeff Husick. Jeff has been introducing Members to the Fitness Center with his complimentary orientation. He is offering a FREE Circuit Training Program again this Fall. Join Jeff in the Fitness Center on Thursdays anytime between 5:00-7:00 PM. Sign up in the Fitness Center. Look for details on our Fall Turkey Trot to raise funds for Toys for Tots on Thanksgiving weekend. We will use the Community Center Leisure trail for a brisk 3 mile Run/Walk. A great way to burn off the turkey dinner and pumpkin pie!


Family Halloween FestiFall Bring out the whole family to join us in celebrating the beautiful fall colors and spooky fall nights with this annual event. On Saturday, October 27th at the Logan Steele Community Center we will have an outside carnival with games, crafts, bouncy house, climbing walls, and picture station. You can bob for apples, have a cookout meal and don’t forget to jump on a tractor drawn hayride which can lead you to the Haunted Forest! There will be a Costume Contest for the kids, or the whole family can enter the car in a Trunk-orTreat decoration contest, and it wouldn’t be fall without an Apple Pie baking contest. After dark the FestiFall will continue as the Haunted Forest will transition to a place not recommended for those faint of heart. Activities will start at 4:30 PM and run to 8:00 PM. For more information, a full schedule of events, or contest guidelines call or stop by the Community Center at 570-646-8585.

Shangri-La, the Fountain of Youth and the Lake Naomi Club. . . It is easy to notice the remarkable activity level of our “senior” and “super-senior” Club members. The Lake Naomi Club 65+ set are energetically enjoying the Club’s golf course, tennis courts and pools. But as these venues close for the winter, it would be great to see more of them at our gym and attending fitness classes. Perhaps they don’t realize our Fitness Classes are designed to inspire wellness for ALL AGES. Our carefully screened and exceptionally certified instructors encourage everyone to join in. Advanced age or injury is merely a limitation not a prohibition to getting fit. Class instructors offer adaptation options for all activities making it possible for everyone to participate and develop to their full potential. Some of the benefits associated with a regular exercise routine are obvious. Such as: preventing or reducing the risks associated with osteoporosis, lowering blood pressure, improving balance and flexibility, weight control, reducing the risk of developing diabetes and increasing muscle mass. Other effects tend to just sneak up on you, such as: improved sleep patterns, happier moods and just overall Better Quality of Life all of which are reported to be a direct result of habitual exercise. But let’s take it even a step further, joining a class or two can become a recreational and a social event. As camaraderie grows, so does your accountability to continue with your program and your motivation to progress. It is a win-win proposition! Just listen to what your fellow members are saying: --“The fitness programs bring people together and gives us a sense of community.” -- “There is life here.” -- “The fitness program gives me a sense of well-being, physically, mentally and socially.” Why not give it a try? As Old Man Winter starts knocking on your door, get out of the cold and warm up with some exercise and some friends. Keep your eyes peeled for an invitation to sample a variety of fitness classes firsthand.

Yoga Workshops Shannon will host the following workshops at the Community Center. Saturday, October 27th (Fall Festival) 11AM-2:30 PM This is a “Fall-themed” workshop focusing on learning to listen to your body. Know when it needs activity, rest or support. 11 AM Invigorating Yoga Flow* 12:45 PM Reflective Nature Walk 1:15 PM Balancing Yoga Flow* *The cost is $15 for one class per participant or $25 for both classes. Wednesday, December 26th (Holiday Week) 12:30 PM- Fiery Yoga Flow Create your own heat to re-set your body from the restful or hectic holiday. This class is great for those looking for a vigorous flow. 2 PM- Restorative Flow will rejuvenate and restore just like winter encourages us to. This class is great for those with any injuries or looking for a gentler class. The cost is $15 for one class per participant or $25 for both classes. Friday December 28th, 5:30-7 PM Creative Yoga flow with playful music to move to! Class will focus on creating change. Let go of old patterns to make room for the new! We will end with and optional soak and sweat in the sauna and steam room at 7PM! The fee for this class is $15. Pre-registration will be required for all sessions. Please call the Community Center to register.

Congratulations Swim Team The 2012 summer swim season concluded with a great showing at the Summer League Championships on Saturday August 4th. Many LNC swimmers medaled making it a great ending to the program. The team had a successful season bringing in a 4-1 record thanks to the enthusiastic coaching of Nick, Tyler, Liz, Brendan and of course Head Coach Ian Walsh. They all did a fantastic job of keeping the team organized and prepared for the meets and events while having plenty of fun in the process. On Friday, August 3rd all swimmers were honored with a pizza party and awards ceremony. Five swimmers won special awards for their exceptional effort throughout the summer season. The Elizabeth Duer Award was given for being an all-around good sport to Naomi Thaler. The Most Improved Female Award was given to Evelyn Hughes. The Most improved Male was received by Christian Timberlake. The Sportsmanship Female Award went to Maggie Clarkson and the Sportsmanship Male was awarded to Peter Clark. Congratulations 2012 swimmers and award recipients! To learn about information for next season please subscribe to the Aquatics e-blasts for all your swimming news and watch the website in the spring for online registration and events sign up.

Winter Season Swim Lessons The Community Center will be offering swim lessons during the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Year Round Water Safety Instructors (certified through the American Red Cross) will offer three lessons as follows: Saturday, November 24th & Sunday, November 25th In Water Parent & Child and (child age 6 mos – 3 yrs) 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM Preschool Aged Students (Age 3-5 yrs) 10:50 AM – 11:30 AM Grade School Aged Students (Age 6-12yrs) 11:40 AM – 12:20 PM Pre-Registration for lessons is required by calling the Community Center at 570-6468585. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, November 20th at 4:00 PM. The $10 per person fee must be paid at the time of registration and covers both classes being offered for each age group. Preschool and Grade School will be a maximum of 12 participants. Classes are expected to fill quickly so please don’t wait to register if you’re interested. Private instruction is also available for all ages including adults at the rate of $20 per thirty minutes of private instruction. Please feel free to contact Meredith Sensenig at the Community Center or at with any questions regarding this program or for more information on booking Private Lessons.

LN Pool Special Events On Saturday, July 21, 2012 Lake Naomi Pool hosted its annual Big Splash Party which included many different activities the entire family could enjoy. From kayak races to water balloon toss, penny scramble and tug of war, there was something for all age groups to compete in. Pie baking contest is the new favorite followed by the traditional featured event of the day, the Big Splash competition, where Members compete in either the 12 and under division or the Adult Division to flip and trick and cannonball themselves into contention for the Big Splash trophy for the season. On Saturday, August 4th Members of all ages came in their cowboy hats and bandanas to the Lake Naomi Pool for Wet n Wild Western Day. A “Cowboy Grub” buffet and the “Saloon: were available for all to enjoy along with the country music, line dancing and plenty of games like barrel racing and the cow chip contest! Live ponies were just outside the pool for children to take pony rides and provide the perfect photo op for the summer. The chili cook off was a hit as was the final Horseracing of the Season. This is the only time of the summer Horseracing takes actual bets as this money was collected for the LN-TT Breast Cancer Rally.

New Year’s Eve Family Party Join us this year at the Logan Steele Community Center for our sixth annual Family New Year’s Eve Party. This will be an alcohol free event with entertainment to keep the whole family busy. So think of Lake Naomi and Timber Trails when you are making your New Year’s Eve plans! All of the final details are being worked out so keep watching Reflections and for more information.

Visit the Community Center Café The Community Center Café is open year-round and offers another option for those Members wanting something to eat without a long drive. If you’ve never taken a moment to look at the menu, why not make a point to stop in this season. As expected, the Café serves the usual burgers, chicken tenders and fries, but also has many healthier options. There is a selection of salads, wraps, sandwiches and flatbreads as well as protein smoothies to revive you after that long workout. They also look forward to offering a revolving menu this winter that will take advantage of different ingredients to keep the options interesting. Normal hours of operation are Friday and Saturday from 11:30 AM until 7:00 PM and Sundays from 11:30 AM until 4:45 PM. The Community Center Café also offers extended hours during all holiday weekends. Don’t have time to sit and eat? That’s okay. You can always order to take home or call 570-6468585 and they will have it ready to go when you arrive.


Tennis Tournaments 2012

2012 Ladies Team Tennis Results The 2012 Ladies Team Tennis competition had fifty-seven regular players and fifteen substitute players rounding out four teams for four great weeks of play (we unfortunately had two rain days including our last scheduled play date). Team captains Allison Umbricht, Joyce Tomaino, Colleen Mason and Donna Merola, along with Committee Member Mary Buono did a fabulous job organizing and managing their teams to a down-to-the-wire finish! The Lucky Charms were announced as the 2012 winners at the Team Tennis Luncheon held at the Lake Naomi Clubhouse. All the ladies enjoyed a variety of delicious entrees while celebrating the camaraderie and competition of a successful season. The complete listing of team scores below shows just how close the race was. By popular demand, a Final Friday Team Tennis Social Round Robin was held on August 17th and thirty-six ladies unwilling to let the season end on a rainy-day note participated. We hope all the ladies enjoyed the Team Tennis season and will return next year for another season of competitive play. July 6

July 13

July 27

Aug 3

Total Points

Lucky Charms Trix











Sugar Smacks






Sugar Pops






As the 2012 tennis season draws to a close, we would like to recognize our Club Championship Tournament players. At the Adult level, we again used the two-flight format and had many new players join the competition. The Adult Singles Tournament was held over two weekends early in the season followed by the Adult Doubles Tournament held in its entirety the following weekend. We had numerous spectators for all rounds of play and especially great attendance for stadium court finals. Our Junior Tournament saw an increase in players and we hope to keep that trend going next season. Recognition and awards for all tournaments were given on Sunday, August 12th at our End of Tournament Celebration held at the Community Center pavilion. All of the consolation winners, finalists and winners of the 2012 Adult and Junior Club Championship Tournaments are listed below: Singles



Consolation Winner

Women’s B Women’s A Men’s B Men’s A Junior Girls Junior Boys Teen Girls Teen Boys 10 & Under Girls 10 & Under Boys

Lia Martirossian Allison Umbricht Bill Demarco Steve Krieger Chelsea Reichelson Aaron Malamed Emily Lutz Jack Brinker Nikki Swensen Will Robinson

Pam Fuehrer Cindy Swensen Dave Umbricht George Wisniewski Stella Silverstein Jackson Schreyer Talene Brinker Daniel Buono Ani Martirossian Cole Fuehrer

Debbie Stuckey Naja Slipsager

Doubles Women’s B Women‘s A Men’s B Men’s A Junior Girls Junior Boys Teen Girls Teen Boys

Indoor Tennis Opportunities Tennis Round Robin Socials and Winter Men’s and Women’s Doubles Tournaments are being planned now. Please watch weekly eblasts for details in the upcoming weeks as we expect to begin socials in November. If you’d like to add your name to a group email for this purpose please email Meredith Sensenig at to be added to the distribution. Your comments and suggestions for fall winter and spring are also welcomed at that address.


Emma Corr Marshall Lutz



Consolation Winner

Olga Metz and Laura Howe Julie Spitzer and Cindy Swensen

Lauren George and Pam Fuehrer Allison Umbricht and Carrie Denton

Mary Buono and Karen Stark Amy Katz and Margaret Kennedy

Dave Mills and Jerry Merola

Arnie Gwirtzman and Rich S’dao

Peter Veritas and Hal Young

David Raizen and Bob Kopchains Stella Silverstein and Sara Kate Zelman Aaron Zelman and Jared Beerman Chelsea Riechelson and Hailey Riechelson Jack Brinker and Talene Brinker

Jeff Purnell and Steve Segal Nikki Swensen and Julia Silberman Matthew Zillgen and Ben Denton Emma Corr and Olivia Corr Marshall Lutz and Jack Brinker

Mixed Doubles



Consolation Winners

Adult B

Karen Stark and John Kennedy

Sue Tudisco and Jim Lutz

Mary Buono and Joe Buono

Adult A

Cindy Swensen and Steve Krieger

Carrie Denton and Steve Segal

Donna Van Vlack and Andrew Valentine


Chelsea Riechelson and Jared Beerman

Stella Silverstein and Aaron Zelman

Ben Denton and Sara Kate Zelman


Jack Brinker and Talene Brinker

Marshall Lutz and Emily Lutz

Last Sailing Opportunities On Saturday, September 15th sailors came out for the last scored regatta of the season. High winds and cooler temperatures made for a fun two race series and lived up to the late season’s name “The Frostbite Regatta.” Here are the results: Laser 1st place Don Duthaler, 2nd place Rich Daggett Sunfish 1st place Jim Kelerek, 2nd place Tim O’Sullivan The last scheduled sailing opportunity for the season is on Saturday, October 6th when sailors will be gathering for an informal social sail to enjoy the lake’s fall beauty. No registration is necessary however an email sent to msensenig@lakenaomiclub. com would be appreciated, just so we know how many boats to expect. There will not be a Safety Boat scheduled for that day since there are no races. Start time is Noon at Club Beach near the sailing marina. Enjoy the late season sailing!

RC Laser Regatta

On a trying August 11, 2012 afternoon, RC Laser Fleet #9 held its Summer Regatta 2012. The winds were light and variable -- so much so that the Race Director would decide which way the start would be just prior to beginning the countdown. Ten heats were raced with one throw-out for each of 10 races. The results were: John Whipple, #84 – First Place with 27 points Sue Neely, #87 – Second Place with 37 points Dean Neely # 86 – Third Place with 38 points New sailors are welcome at all times. With Radio Control Lasers, you won’t get wet even if your sailboat capsizes and it is much more of a social event since all of the sailors are gathered together on the shore. We usually have an extra boat for those without to try sailing in a radio control environment. Watch for our winter schedule beginning at 8:00AM on Sundays in the pool at the Community Center, or next summer back on Lake Naomi sailing from the Administrative Office. For additional info on RC Sailing, including their winter Regatta please visit the Sailing Association website at

Breast Cancer Rally Recap Once again the ladies of Lake Naomi-Timber Trails who play tennis and golf hit the jackpot by raising over $55,000.00 for their charity, The Linda Creed Foundation. The foundation supports local women who are uninsured or underinsured to receive free mammograms, cancer treatment or expenses incurred during treatment. The Tennis Event was well attended. Wendy Valentine organized the team tennis format for the rally day with prizes contributed by the tennis pro, Bobby McKee. A tennis basket was raffled off. The contents of the basket was donated by the women who participate in Team Tennis 2012. Mother Nature was not so kind to the golfers as the rally day had to be postponed until Monday, July 30, due to thunder and lightning. Although not all the foursomes were intact on Monday, 72 women participated. Bob Millard did his usual great job starting the ladies off with score cards and a shotgun start. Under the guidance of Eileen Chimerine, Holly Lehrer and Marjorie Segar, a dedicated group of women and men gathered prizes and monetary gifts for both a silent and live auction, raffles and dedications in the sponsor book. This year, the Sponsor Book featured the “Pink Pages”. These “Pink Pages” which were a separate section where local merchants were encouraged to advertise. When they contribute to the cause, they are assured that we support those who support us. This year the sponsor book alone brought in over $20,000.00. Horse racing at the pool under the watchful eye of Frank Dekmar brought in over $450.00. Eileen, Holly and Marjorie have passed the baton for the 2013 rally. Laura Bacon, Nancy Mills and Debbie Lenderink have been asked to take over the reins for next year. It will be a seamless transition as the ladies will continue to work together for the cause going forward. The new team is exploring new options to keep the rally current and crisp. The addition of a 5K race is in the wings. Any and all volunteers are happily accepted. New ideas are encouraged and the team is hoping to keep up the pace set by the amazing group of women who have set a very high bar. Anyone interested in helping with the 2013 rally in any way is encouraged to contact Laura Bacon at, Nancy Mills at or Debbie Lenderink at

2012 Duster National Regatta Lake Naomi Duster Sailors held their 67th Annual National Regatta over the August 4th and 5th weekend, which for those of you paying attention was a bit earlier in the month than the traditional mid to late August date, but was still well attended. The earlier date included the group reservation in the Clubhouse for the Duster Dinner as well. The junior sailors were not in high attendance so the Committee opted to add on an opportunity for Juniors to challenge themselves in the Duster in attempt to win the Butts Cup which was a nice last minute adjustment. Final skipper placement for the two day regatta were as follows: 1st Place: Skipper Greg Maute and crew Dean Maute were awarded the Admiral Halsey Trophy for taking first place in the Regatta. 2nd Place: John Whipple 3rd Place: Tim O’Sullivan 4th Place: Sue Neely 5th Place: Jason Neely The Butts Cup was awarded separately for the following weeks races to Brett Maute for having the best skipper’s score under the age of 19. Congratulations to all who sailed and placed.

Thank You Mautes At the End of Season Sailing Celebration Greg & Amy Maute presented the Sailing Association with a framed print of the original Duster Class Yacht Racing Association’s “Duster One” Sailboat schematic drawing which was designed by Owen Merrill from Riverton NJ in 1935. The donation is hoped to be hung in the Duster Bar in the Spring and is greatly appreciated.


Letter from the Golf Committee 2012 Tournament Results


Golf tips, Etiquette, and Explanations by Bob Millard, Golf Professional Correct alignment is one of the cornerstones to playing consistent golf. Without correct aim it’s difficult to reach your full potential as a golfer. I have played this game for 40 some years and constantly work on my alignment. The first thing the player must do is aim the club squarely at the intended target. One tip I recommend to my students is to aim at a spot a few feet in front of the ball, in line with intended target. The aiming of the body is more complex then the aiming of the clubface. The aiming of the body is strongly influenced by what we see. The eye is an intricate mechanism and sight is a wonderful gift however we are not all equally gifted when it comes to perception of an object. Two people looking at the same object may perceive it in a totally different way. Therefore what the teacher sees and the student sees could be different. When aiming your body you must aim the feet, hips, eyes and shoulders parallel of your intended target. It will feel like your body is aligned a few feet left of the target for a right hander. A simple technique to accomplish this is to place a golf club at your feet and make sure its pointing slightly left of your target. If you need any help with your alignment or anything else with your golf game give me a call at the Golf Center 570-646 -9060 to schedule a lesson.

Swing Shop

Putting Tournamet Doug Klem and Marge Brennan Memorial Day Tournament Bob Rigby and Gina Timmermans Timber Trails Memorial Wayne King and Barbara Borretsky Parent (Grandparent) Child Tourn 6 to 10 Year olds - Dean Altemose, Joey Altemose 11 to 13 year olds - Dave Kovalchik, Charlie Kovalchik 14 to 17 year olds - Bob Rigby, Bobby Rigby Breast Cancer Rally Barbie Levine, Meryl Schertzer, Jaron Sartorius, Suzan Dockswell Member Member Terry Bies & Louise Donadio Mark McNally & Tim McAleer Member Guest Mike Zilligen & Bill Monahan Club Championship Men’s Club Champion - Mike Zilligen Men’s Championship Flight Net - Mark McNally Ladies Club Champion - Mike Zilligen Ladies Championship Flight Net - Mark McNally Men’s First Flight - Bill Donsfio Men’s First Flight Net - Rich Demarsico Ladies First Flight - Joanne Zanin Ladies First Flight Net - Kathy Dixon Men’s Senior Flight - Brian Dixon Men’s Senior Flight Net - Rick Bodenscatz Ladies Senior Flight - Eileen Chimerine Ladies Senior Flight Net - Penny Antrim Men’s Super Senior Flight - Bob Kane Men’s Super Senior Flight Net - Lou Schaab Junior Club Championship 8-13 Year Old Champion Scott Van Sant 8-13 Year Old Runner Up BenVan Sant 14-17 Year Old Divison Champion Chris Drysdale 14-17 Year Old Divison Runner Up Matt Zeng 2012 Hole In Ones Gary Lenderink hole number 2 Mike Mullin hole number 2 George Schreader hole number 4 Ray Mealia hole number 2 Kathy Hyatt hole number 7

As the Golf Committee prepares for a change in leadership, we have reflected on some of our accomplishments over the last four years to improve the course conditions at the Timber Trails Golf Course. The list was so impressive we wanted to share it with the Membership. Here are some of our highlights: • New restroom facilities by the 5th tee. • Completed installation of the irrigation system. • Rain shelter by 6th tee. • Extended practice putting green. • Added benches on holes 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9. • Placed hand rails on holes 2 and 9 tee areas • Improved tee box on the 7th hole. • Added new yardage markers and hole signs with yardage for each color tee. The outstanding staff in both Golf Maintenance and the Pro Shop, under the leadership of Todd Moyer and Bob Millard, continues to add to the quality of play. We have accomplished a great deal and hope that in the process Club Members have reaped the benefits.

Platform Tennis Season is Coming! Did you know Platform Tennis was created to replace tennis play so greatly missed during the months of inclement weather? With cooler temperatures coming our way outdoor play is not over! Lake Naomi Club Members should be gearing up to play Platform Tennis at the Logan Steele Community Center. The Platform Tennis court is designed to be skid-resistant with a heating system underneath to melt the snow and ice. The court is one fourth the size of a tennis court and is enclosed by a twelve foot high taut wire screen which is an enclosure as well as play area. Yes, the Platform rules state you’re permitted to play the ball off the fencing walls which is a not only a major difference from traditional tennis, it is also very fun! This sport is easy to learn and suitable for men and women of all ages and abilities. The APTA (American Platform Tennis Association) offers both Junior and Adult League and Tournament play in all populated areas including Philadelphia, New York and throughout New Jersey. Racquets and balls are available for check out at the Reception Desk. Athletic shoes are the only other item required to play, however, eye protection is highly recommended. All Members are permitted to play and there are no court fees associated with Platform Tennis. Generally speaking the courts are available for walk on play, but reservations can be made in advance by contacting the Community Center receptionist at 570-646-8585. The Reception Desk also keeps a Platform Highlights sheet as well as the Official Rules for Members who wish to use them. Additional information can be found on the APTA website at or by contacting tennis professional, Bobby McKee, who would be happy to share his knowledge with any Members who have questions about the game. He is most easily contacted at

Fall Tree Planting Tips

From the Environmental Protection Committee With the fall season approaching, many Lake Naomi & Timber Trails home owners will be making landscaping plans. And whether you’re planning a major planting initiative or just a modest fall clean-up, the Club’s Environmental Protection Committee has a few suggestions to make regarding tree planting and maintenance. First, if you’re planning to add new trees to your property, give high priority to the use of native species, i.e., trees that naturally grow in this area. A number of local nurseries can help you select appropriate species that are compatible with your landscaping goals. Native trees typically don’t require fertilizers or insecticides to thrive; they have evolved to occupy a healthy niche in the Pocono environment, they are non-invasive, and they blend attractively into the natural environment. Ask your nursery for some recommendations. (River birch are my favorite.) To help newly planted and even established trees get enough water, use bark or chip mulch to a depth of just two to three inches up to the base of the tree. Don’t pile the mulch around the lowest several inches of trunk; that only attracts fungal and other undesirable pests. And use only “natural” mulch, not mulch that has been dyed; the dye releases undesirable chemicals into the soil. For trees you’re going to plant, dig your hole wider, rather than deeper. Native species know we have little soil, and their roots tend to grow “out,” rather than “down.” Finally, if you have to prune your trees, avoid pruning the tops unless absolutely necessary (such as for power lines). HAPPY GARDENING!

TENNIS TALK We blinked, took a deep breath, and the summer season was over! From all of us associated with the Mckee Tennis organization, we want to thank all of you who participated in ALL tennis events at the Lake Naomi Tennis Center, as well as the McKee Tennis offerings. Your participation in the junior clinics was fantastic, the clinics presented by Richard were very well received, the assistant pros lesson books were full, and for that they are very grateful! The Cardio Tennis class participation was “heartwarming”. We ventured into the untried and offered some new programs/events and learned much. We will evaluate our programs and events and determine our 2013 program, which will coincide with the club’s 50th anniversary. We will have a “golden” season! As always, we seek your input. Please let us know what you would like to see in our program offerings, and offer any suggestions relative to current programs. The McKee Tennis staff always seeks member input, and understands that we are here to serve the membership. Thank you again for a great 2012 season! Bobby McKee 828 514-1808

Tennis Fall Season Operating Hours The Timber Trails Tennis Complex is closed for the season. The Recreation Tennis Courts will continue to be unlocked from 8:00 AM until dusk until weather conditions no longer permit. The Lake Naomi Tennis Center Pro Shop will be staffed from 8:30AM – 1:30PM on Saturdays and Sundays through Columbus Day. Court reservations for weekend play may be left on the Pro Shop answering machine at 570-646-7580 on the Friday preceding play beginning at 10:00AM. Please leave your name, all the Members on your court and a number where you can be reached if there is an issue with your request. When the Pro Shop is not open, courts may not be reserved for use but will be available for “walk on” play. A listing of available courts will be posted on the Pro Shop door for Members and their eligible Guests to “walk on.” Members are reminded to bring their Membership ID and to abide by Club Policies regarding Dress Code, Court Usage Guidelines and Court Etiquette. Members are also asked to sign-in at the podium by the Pro Shop door to show accurate court usage. After Columbus Day some of the Har-Tru courts may be left for Members to continue with “walk on and self maintain play”, depending on the freeze-thaw cycle. Please note restrooms will be unlocked during “walk on” play. We hope you enjoy your Fall tennis play.

Indoor Tennis Play The Multi-Purpose Room in the Logan Steele Community Center has the following times and spaces available for indoor tennis reservations this fall: Monday through Friday: Bay 1 (with the windows to the back of the CC) is available for play from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Court times are for 1½ hours and begin as follows: 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, Noon, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:30 PM, and 6:00 PM. Bay 2 (with basketball) is available for reservation and play from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM as follows: 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM. At 2:00 PM that room is turned over to Multipurpose use. The same schedule applies on Saturday except Bay 1 has extended time due to the longer facility hours and closing at 10:00 PM. That means there is a 7:30 PM time also available. On Sunday there is no 6:00 PM time because the building closes at 5:00 PM. *PLEASE NOTE, on Holiday Weekends the overall Multi-Purpose Room Schedule will be subject to modification based on Club functions and court times will be reduced to 1 hour to accommodate as many Members as possible. Tennis reservations can be made by calling the Community Center at 570-646-8585. Please refer to page 29 of your 2012 Leisure Service Guide for a full listing of reservation policies and general indoor tennis guidelines including proper tennis etiquette.

Please Don’t Feed the Ducks Although one of the wonders of Lake Naomi and Timber Trails is living in nature, we have to report there can be down sides to this harmony… The Mallard Ducks on the beaches have become very accustomed to living among humans – mainly because our humans are feeding them. The problem with this situation is the feces that follows the feeding. PLEASE don’t contribute to the ducks reducing our swim area’s water quality! Thank you! 11

The Club’s Budget Process Not many Club Members understand the long and arduous process involved in developing the Club’s annual budget and we thought a brief summary would be useful and enlightening. The goal of each year’s budget is to match revenues with the total of operating expenses and capital expenditures, resulting in a zero bottom line. Capital expenditures include: 1) capital enhancements that are additional property and equipment or improvements to existing property and equipment and 2) capital reserves or replacements which replace existing property and equipment. The process begins in August. The Committees are asked what they believe is desirable in the way of capital enhancements for the following year. Management also puts together its proposed list of capital enhancements in areas not covered by a committee, such as maintenance, administration and security. Capital replacement items are also listed at this time. These come from the Club’s Capital Reserve Study, as updated by Management each year. Since 2003, capital reserves have primarily been funded through a partnership with the PPCA and the TTCA. Any deficiency between the total reserves needed and this funding is the responsibility of the Club. This list of capital items is priced by Management and presented to the Finance Committee in September. Finance reviews the need for each item, questions alternative solutions and modifies the list accordingly. The revised list is then presented to the Board of Governors for further review and modification. As this process is proceeding, Management is preparing a preliminary budget of revenues and operating expenses. Finance provides the Business Manager with some assumptions such as the estimated number of new members and continuing membership numbers. Any estimated shortfall from the current year is included as an operating expense in the next year. A dues structure is created which will ensure that projected revenues equals the total of operating expenses and capital items. This budget draft is presented to Finance in early October for a detailed review and modification. Finance is greatly concerned about maintaining the proper balance between dues increases and services to our Members and cuts are usually made at this time. In late October a joint meeting is held between the Finance Committee, the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees, at which time Finance presents the Budget for discussion and approval. Once approved, modifications may be made based on actual results during the months of September through December. Any estimating process is extremely difficult and subject to error beyond the control of the estimators. As you can see by the above process, many involved and experienced people participate in development of the budget in an attempt to limit and mitigate any errors.

Former LNC Swim Team Member Alex Meyer, who competed in Men’s 10K Open Water Marathon in London is seen here with his Olympic Coach, Tim Murphy, (at right) who, as a youngster, was a regular at the Lake Naomi Pool. He has many happy memories of racing for LNC. Tim Murphy has led the Harvard University men’s swimming and diving team to six Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League (EISL) championships and a 107-9 record in his 13 seasons as its head coach. As the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard, Murphy is also the personal coach of American Olympian and world open water swimming champion Alex Meyer and was named the open water swimming coach for the 2012 USA Olympic Swim Team at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Hunting In Lake Naomi and Timber Trails Hunting is not permitted in Lake Naomi or Timber Trails. Members entering the State Game Lands via Lake Naomi and Timber Trails property must wear a 2012 Membership ID. Do not park on roads in Lake Naomi or Timber Trails to enter the State Game Lands. Park at Lake Naomi or Timber Trails facility parking lots only. Remember when hunting in the State Game Lands stay a minimum of 150 yards from any home. Do not trespass on private property. Enter the State Game Lands via Greenbelt Areas only. Please, for your safety and the safety of others, observe the above rules. Respect private property and the views of others. 12

Lake Naomi Club Q & A Is it true the Club plans to make the Timber Trails Pool an adults only facility? The Club has never even had any discussions about making the Timber Trails Pool an adults only facility. The Club’s Long Range Facilities Master Plan recommends making the Timber Trails Pool more “adult friendly” by installing paver paths to improve access, a lift for the pool and a small pavilion to promote other adult activities at that location. Improvements in the facilities that support the Timber Trails Pool operation (Clubhouse, Café and Parking) are also recommended. There are no recommendations to restrict a particular age group from utilizing this or any other Club facility. How has Club Membership fared with the continued economic downturn? Regular Membership as of September 7, 2012 is 1606. Last year at this time we were bragging about hitting a record number at 1604 and 2011 finished at 1613. For a similar period in 2010, the number was 1573. With the downturn in the economy, are properties still selling in Lake Naomi and Timber Trails? Yes. Through September 7, 2012 the Timber Trials and Pocono Pines Community Associations have issued fifty-one total resale certificates (required by Pennsylvania law in order to transfer property in a Planned Community). Thirteen of these are for houses in Timber Trails, twenty-nine are for houses in Lake Naomi, eight are for unimproved lots in Lake Naomi and one unimproved lots in Timber Trails. These numbers are very strong when compared to other areas of Monroe County. Does the stored value on my 2012 Membership ID Card automatically transfer to my 2013 ID Card? No. The value added to your 2012 Membership ID card will NOT automatically transfer to your 2013 ID card. Therefore, we recommend that you spend any value you have on your 2012 ID card prior to getting your 2013 ID card. If a member still has value on their 2012 ID card, it can be transferred to their 2013 card but only if the card in still in their possession.

Reflections - Fall 2012  

Newsletter for the Lake Naomi Club

Reflections - Fall 2012  

Newsletter for the Lake Naomi Club