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PUBLICATION OF SAW CREEK ESTATES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

New Year Brings New Changes to Saw Creek Communications Happy New Year! 2014 should be an exciting year for Saw Creek as the Board of Directors move forward with their strategic planning initiatives. The Board recently adopted new vision and mission statements and met with committees to begin the work on further defining their roles in Saw Creek’s future. It will be an exciting journey and

H a ppy Ne w Y e a r From Saw Creek Estates

we want to make sure that all homeowners are kept informed and up to date on important information.

date information on events, important news, and community information.

Based on the results of the 2012 community wide survey, Saw Creek will increase their online presence. The results of the survey indicated an overwhelming interest in electronic means to be kept informed of community news. In that vein, the Public Information Committee recommended, and the Board has approved changes to how information is disseminated to the homeowners. To begin with, we encourage all homeowners to connect with the Community on Facebook & Twitter. Come “Like” the Saw Creek pages & Top of the World pages on Facebook at Saw Creek Estates, Saw Creek News, and Top of the World Restaurant. We can be found on Twitter @SCE_Community. Here you will find up-to-

The Saw Creek website will also be undergoing a redesign which will make it more user friendly and more relevant to current homeowners. The homepage will be replaced with timely and relevant news articles and upcoming event information. We will also be increasing the use of our email blasts, sending out scheduled blasts which will include short snippets of the information on our homepage as it is updated. We will continue to use our email blasts for important or emergency information, so if you have not joined the mailing list, please make sure to visit the Saw Creek website at www.sawcreek.org and sign up. (Continued on Page 23)

Deer Management Fact Sheet The Board of Directors approved moving forward with measures to reduce the deer population within Saw Creek Estates. The Board’s decision is supported by more than three years of study, including deer population surveys, public debate and open meetings. The Board recognizes that this remains a controversial issue in the minds of some members and has prepared the following information in support of its decision. 1. A well balanced ecosystem. The main objective is to take steps over a number of years to restore the natural state of our forest ecosystem. Decades of overbrowsing by a single species (whitetail deer) has destroyed the habitat of many other species. Literally scores of low-growing plants, shrubs, wild flowers and berries (Continued on Page 14)

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

INSIDE THIS ISSUE ADMINISTRATION President’s Message

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General Manager’s Report

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Facility Director’s Report

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Treasurer’s Report

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New Recreation Director

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B.O.D. Meeting Schedule

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2014 Annual Dues

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Did You Know...

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Appellant Hearing Procedures 8 TOW Financial Report

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Classified Column

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Electronic Voting Approved

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KIDS KORNER

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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EVENTS SCE January Calendar

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COMMITTEE REPORTS Saw Creek Men’s Club

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Safety Committee

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Building & Architectural

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Beautification News

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Saw Creek Women’s Club

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Recreation Committee

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Rules & Regulations Report

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Strategic Planning Update

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Welcome ‘2014’ As explained further in this edition, we are now coming out with 3 publications per year. This edition will cover the months of January, February, March and April, 2014. Other forms of communications, e-mail blasts, Saw Creek’s website, Facebook, and monthly newsletters will be expanded to ensure that our homeowners are kept up to date on pertinent news. 2013 is now in the books, and Saw Creek has enjoyed another year of success. We have maintained our strong financial standing thanks to the diligence of our Board of Directors, General Manager, Dave Martin and the expert advice of our Finance Committee. We have now embarked on a new partnership with our investment partner, Merrill Lynch that will increase our return of our investments as well as realizing a reduction of fees. 2014 has started off strong as regards to our community “Strategic Plan”. Every committee has worked diligently to identify their purpose, job description and goals as have the Management staff and Board of Directors and we should be well on our way to forming a single mindset and focus for our Association. This is a vital first step for the success of this plan. The Nominating Committee, along with the able assistance of our Member Services Director, Jessica VanDerVliet made a strong presentation to the Board of Directors for the implementation of Electronic voting for the 2014 elections this July. In addition to the belief that this will increase the number of homeowners who will actually vote they also highlighted benefits such as cost savings, and accuracy. The Board of Directors unanimously approved this recommendation. I want to welcome our new Recreation Director, George McCormick who comes to us with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and will certainly bring a fresh outlook to our Recreation programs. Highlights of some of the upcoming events this quarter include: Beef & Beer night on January 25, 2014 at the TOW restaurant, our annual Winter Fest & Ski races on February 15, 2014, Clothing Swap at the indoor tennis courts on March 29, 2014, a new “Welcome Event” for all homeowners on April 12, 2014 and our annual “Jane’s Celebration Walk” at the VIP on April 26, 2014. Please be advised that if you are interested in running for the Board of Directors, the deadline to receive your electronic application is Friday, April 11, 2014. The new application is available on our website, saw creek.org and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Member Services office for assistance. I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2014. Respectfully yours, Bill Montgomery

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It Mean? Ski Pass Policy

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Legislative Coffee

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Breakfast with Santa

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B.O.D. Election

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General Manager’s Report By David W. Martin In the previous issue of the Saw Creek News, I wrote to you on the subject of our core values and individual accountability. In summing up my thoughts, I wrote “If Saw Creek directors, members, volunteers and employees can come together in agreement on these new and positive core values, we will build a new values-aligned culture. A culture that is authentic and focused on positive outcomes, ready to meet any challenges the future may bring.” I’d like to follow up with some additional thoughts on our core values, how our values define our culture and why the right organizational culture is an important factor in achieving world-class performance as a business and as a community. To begin, it’s easy to understand the relationship between core values and culture if we first consider the how they are reflected in our personal lives. Family or personal values, no matter how we define them, are most often the values we have learned, practiced and accepted from our parents and others throughout the course of our life. Our values are reflected in our actions and words, how we treat others and how we view the world around us. The connection between values and culture becomes clear when we realize that our personal or family values are derived not just from our own experience, but also from the shared values and experience of generations of family members before us. A common experience and shared values are what make up our culture.

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By adopting and promoting a set of core values to guide our business and community affairs, the Board of Directors has laid the foundation for an organizational culture change – to a culture firmly rooted in our shared values and interests, despite any difference among or between us. The way forward is now made clearer. Saw Creek’s organizational culture will be defined by what we have in common - our core values - and not by what separates us. Changing an organization’s culture can be a difficult and lengthy process and we are not where

You might ask, what does all of this have to do with running our community? Well, before you dismiss the idea of organizational culture as an abstract or “feel good” issue, you should know that a study by Harvard Business School shows culture to have a significant impact on an organizations long-term economic performance. The study examined 160 organizations over ten years and found cultural issues, good and bad, can be responsible for enhancing performance or hindering performance. Another study by the Corporate Leadership Council found that cultural traits such as risk taking, transparency, communication and flexibility are some of the most important drivers of business performance.

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SCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Vice-President Treasurer Secretary Members

Bill Montgomery Mike Campea Bob Shrekgast Kathi Connell Bob Long Robert Palmer Ron Trimble Thomas Soden James Hidalgo

bill@sawcreek.org michael@sawcreek.org roberts@sawcreek.org kathic@sawcreek.org bob@sawcreek.org robert@sawcreek.org ron@sawcreek.org thomas@sawcreek.org james@sawcreek.org

MANAGEMENT TEAM General Manager Director of Public Safety Director of Facilities Recreation Director Director of Human Resources   and Administration Restaurant Manager Director of Member Services Director of Finance

Dave Martin Jim Andrews Jeffrey Gaal George McCormick

dave@sawcreek.org jim@sawcreek.org jeff@sawcreek.org george@sawcreek.org

Peggy Gottschau Ryan McGinniss Jessica VanDerVliet Cathy Wargo

peggy@sawcreek.org ryan@sawcreek.org jessica@sawcreek.org cathy@sawcreek.org

COMMITTEES & CHAIRPERSONS Appeals Beautification Finance Building & Architectural Nominating Public Information Recreation Rules & Regulations Safety

Norda Calder Phil Cozzi Peter Derrenbacher Dave Stagg Peter Derrenbacher Kristina Neumann Suzanne Mark Roseanne Prasse Robert Harter

hearingandappeals@sawcreek.org beautification@sawcreek.org finance@sawcreek.org maintenance@sawcreek.org nominating@sawcreek.org pic@sawcreek.org reccommittee@sawcreek.org rulesandregulations@sawcreek.org safety@sawcreek.org

Disclaimer:The comments, statements or written opinions expressed in the Saw Creek News are the sole responsibility of the signed individual/author and/or committee and are not edited. All Letters to the Editor and paid political ads do not reflect the opinions or views of the Public Information Committee.

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ADMINISTRATION Treasurer’s Report November, 2013 As of November 30, 2013, The Operating Fund had $1,716,999 in current cash assets. The balance consists of $375,588 in cash and $1,341,411 in investments Through the end of November the current year's dues collected was $3,603,847 which represents a collection rate of 85.11% This represents a 1.54% short fall of dues for 2013. Prior years dues collected was $161,617 which represents 129.00% of the amount anticipated in the 2013 budget. The Operating Fund revenue for November was $63,137. The total year to date revenue was $3,882,932 which is 98.34% of the annual revenue. The operating expenses for November were $265,059;of which $140,219 was for payroll expense. The year to date expenditures were $3,591,884 which is 90.97% of the annual budget. The Capital Reserve Assets as of November 30, was $3,229,378 of which $384,201 is cash and $2,832,840 is investments. The balance of $12,337 is accrued interest and accounts receivable.

Facilities Director’s Report By Jeffrey J. Gaal, Facilities Director 2013 was a great year for the Maintenance team, we added a second level (mezzanine) to the shop for storage. This gave us the much needed room on the shop floor to move around during the winter without climbing over and around trucks with plows and spreaders. New shelving and lighting has been added upstairs along with a storage rack for pipe and conduit. Extra material and supplies have been purchased and put into stock for the proactive work order system we have created with the CMMS. We have acquired the professional help of a company called Weather Works from Hackettstown NJ. They provide us with our own meteorologist for our specific zip code. The weather forecast is sent to the emails of the Supervisor and myself, also text message updates are sent almost daily. This company will supply us with an end of the year report with storm totals and durations, which will help significantly with the budget process in the years to come. Steve Hanna and myself have attended a seminar put on by the Pennsylvania department of Transportation, their program is called LTAP, (local technical assistance program). We will try to host a few classes here so all employees can attend. This free program was 8 hours of winter road maintenance, loaded with a ton of information and technical equations on how to better take care of roadways during winter months. We have adopted some of the calculations and applied them to our process of treating the roadways in an effort to save, money and material. Of course every storm is different and the process is ever changing. Correction and adjustments are ongoing during each storm. There is a science to winter maintenance, and we are always trying to make things better and easier every time there is a winter event. Of course there is a massive amount of clean up and storage issues that go along with trying to complete the winter season. All plows and spreaders must be cleaned and serviced any repairs must be made and put in storage for the summer season. The maintenance has been diligently working to get the ski hill covered with snow for the 13-14 season. Our goal is to be open for the Christmas holiday, as you read this skiing and snowboarding should be well underway. The ski hill will run as long as possible, then there’s the clean up and putting equipment away for the season. The third phase of the way finding project is complete with the exception of one sign that need to be reworded.

The Capital Fund income for November was $17,981. The total to sate income is $437,905 which is 107.31% of the anticipated income for the year.

Spring will be here before you know it. Our contracted landscape crew will be starting soon with spring clean up of all grass areas and the amenities. This includes pretreatment of weeds and a general cleanup in preparation for the mowing season. Road side maintenance will also start including swale cleanup and street sign adjustments

The Capital Fund expenditures for the month of November were $21,719. The Capital expenditures for the year to date were $233,999.

That will take us right into pool season. Early preparation is our goal for the summer season. There is much to be done at the amenities, including pool cleaning empting and refilling also startup, umbrellas, furniture and power washing, etc… As always we are looking forward to the warm summer days!

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The November write off for dues and other fees was a net of $82,403. Which represents $59,130 in write offs and 141,533 in added charges and fees. The year to date write offs are $525,870 and the added charges and fees are $1,372,369. The above information is based upon the closing of the November financial statements on December 12, 2013 Respectfully Submitted, Robert T. Shrekgast, Treasurer

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Saw Creek Estates Welcomes New Recreation Director! Saw Creek Estates is pleased to welcome George McCormick as the Association’s new Recreation Director. George is well qualified for this position with 10+ years of recreation experience. Prior to graduating from East Stroudsburg University with a B.S. in Recreation & Leisure Services Management, George had served nine years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. More recently, he was the Assistant Activities Director at Skytop Lodge and Recreation Program Coordinator for The Hideout Property Owners Association. George has a abundance of experience and his focus will be on bringing a wide variety of diverse activities to our community while enhancing our present programs. When asked what he hopes to accomplish during his tenure at Saw Creek McCormick replied “Saw Creek seems like a great community to raise a family, live in and to be a part of. I hope to continue to make Saw Creek a great place to live with great recreation outlets.”

SCE Boa rd of Directors

Ja n-J u ly 2014 Meeting Schedu le February 8, 2014 - TOW Mountain Room March 8, 2014 - TOW Mountain Room April 12, 2014 - TOW Mountain Room May 10, 2014 - TOW Mountain Room June 14, 2014 - TOW Mountain Room July 12, 2014 - TOW Mountain Room July 19, 2014 - Annual Homeowners’ Meeting All BOD meetings begin at 10 AM SHARP Homeowner comments will begin at 10:15 AM & again at end of meeting TOW Board Meeting – 9AM

January – TOW Board Meeting April 2014 – TOW Board Meeting July 2014 – TOW Board Meeting

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Did You Know... Did You Know that your Saw Creek Board of Directors meets every second Saturday of each month at 10AM and all meeting are open to residents and homeowners? Did You Know the following Motions were approved during 2013 by the SCE Board of Directors and that all board minutes can be found on-line at www.sawcreek.org? •

Motion to authorize the General Manager to pursue long standing violations through a local Magistrate; as needed made by RT; seconded by JH; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (January 2013). Motion to approve the 2013 budget change request for the Lancaster Gate project originally $4,100 at an increase of $700, with these excess monies to be taken from the reserve fund made by ED; seconded by RP; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (January 2013). Motion to direct the General Manager to put together a cost estimate and proposal for an emergency generator to support TOW including the Creek Room, Snack Bar, showers, and bathrooms during an emergency made by MC; seconded by RP; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (March 2013). Motion to direct the General Manager to authorize thirty day notice to members to enter into a multi-year agreement with the lowest priced provider for electric energy made by ED; seconded by AH; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (March 2013).

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Motion to accept initial bid of $13,260 from Knight Athletics for installation of basketball hoops in the indoor tennis court made by MC; seconded by RP; all remaining members in favor; motion carries (March 2013).

Motion to approve budget change request for 07271-MSO Computers by $700.00 as recommended by the Finance Committee made by ED; seconded by AH; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (April 2013).

Motion to approve termination of PNC and the hire of Merrill Lynch for management of the SCE investment account as recommended by the Finance Committee, made by ED; seconded by MC; all remaining members in favor; motion carries (March 2013).

Motion to approve budget change request form in the amount of $3,977.80 plus applicable shipping charges for the purchase of outdoor tables and chairs made by BP; seconded by TS; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (May 2013).

Motion to adopt the draft strategic plan as recommended by the Strategic Plan Committee, made by RT; seconded by BP; all remaining members in favor; motion carries (April 2013).

Motion not to renew the license and sell the Bingo equipment made by BP; seconded by ED; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (June 2013).

Motion to approve the quote from Alpha not to exceed $27,500.00 for line painting made by MC; seconded by BP; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (June 2013).

Motion to award 2013 Paving & Storm water contract to Wayco Co. in the amount of $112,882.58 and increase Operating budget line #9115-000 by $27,500 to complete all planned work for 2013 made by RT; seconded by RP; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (July 2013).

Motion to allow General Manager limited discretion to promote, through normal advertising channels; services available to homeowners made by JH; seconded by RT; KC opposed; BM & RP abstained; Motion carries 4-3 (July 2013).

Motion to accept the changes to the Architectural and Aesthetic Standards Residential Lighting Section of the Guide as recommended by the Building and Architectural Committee made by BL; seconded by JH; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (August 2013).

Motion to accept the room policy as submitted by Dave Martin made by BP; seconded by KC; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (September 2013).

Motion to confirm action taken by the Board in July to waive the bid process for the purchase of a Public Safety vehicle made by BP; seconded by RT; BL and BS abstained; all remaining board members in favor motion carries (October 2013).

After some discussion, motion made by RT to allow magisterial candidates for the 2013 election to campaign at the gates and bus stops at a time period to be determined by the General Manager, seconded by JH, opposed by KC, TS, and BS; BP abstained; remaining board members in favor; motion carries 5-4 (October 2013).

Motion to approve $7,400.00 for snow gun repairs made by BP; seconded by MC; all remaining members in favor; motion carries (October 2013).

Motion to accept the recommendation that a member can only serve as a chair on two committees made by BP; seconded by RT; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (April 2013). Motion to accept the proposal from Waco Construction for completion of the Saunders Drive Storm Water Project at their bid price of $135,385 plus the cost of the performance bond made by RT; seconded by BP; all remaining board members in favor; motion carries (April 2013). Motion to authorize the purchase of a 2013 Dodge Charger SE RWD for $25,775.35 made by BP; seconded by TS; JH opposed; RT opposed; all remaining board members: AH, BM, ED and KC in favor; motion carries (April 2013).

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Appellant Hearing Procedures (as adopted on 10/14/13):

1. Opening Procedures (prior to the hearings):

a. Sign-in as the appellant on the clipboard located at the front desk at Member Services Offices b. Please be seated and wait until you are called in for your hearing. 2. The Chairperson/Vice Chairperson (in the absence of the Chairperson will welcome the appellant and/or representative to the hearing. You will be seated at this time.

a. The appellant will be asked to state their name i. Also the names of appellant’s guests or representatives should be stated at this time, along with the relationship type to the appellant (husband, dependent, landlord, attorney, etc.) b. The Committee Chairperson will provide a brief explanation of the Appeals Committee logistics: i. Committee is comprised of SCE Association members appointed by the SCE Board, to make a non-biased decision based on the facts and findings of the hearing. ii. Explain to the appellant that once the case has been heard they will be excused and the only the committee members will make a decision for the outcome of the Appeals Request. iii. Explain that there are 3 decisions that can be reached by the appeals committee (Guilty with fine and admin fee assessed; Guilty with no fine and only admin fee assessed; Not Guilty withdraw fine and the admin fee). The appeals committee cannot reduce established fines. c.

The appellant will be introduced to: i. Committee Members (as a whole – not individually) ii. SCE Association Representatives (Public Safety, Code Enforcement, and Administration iii. SCE Board Liaison

3. SCE Representatives (PS Officer, Compliance Officer or Administration) will:

a. State the citation and/or Incident Report b. Provide any documents, photos, and videos pertaining to the citation. c. Provide statements (verbal or written) on behalf of the Association. d. Provide any Appellant Citation History. 4. Chairperson/Vice Chairperson (in the absence of the Chairperson) will:

a. Ask the Appellant to give testimony and evidence pertaining to the appeal. 5. Committee Members will:

a. Ask questions to the appellant and/ or the appellant’s guests (if they gave testimony) b. Ask questions to the association representatives. 6. Appeals Chairperson/Vice Chairperson (in the absence of the Chairperson) will:

a. Ask the appellant to explain why their appeal should be granted. b. Inform the appellant that the appeals committee will discuss and vote on the Appeal c. Explain to the appellant will be notified in writing within three (3) weeks as to the Committee’s decision. d. Ask the appellant if they have the latest version of SCE Rules & Regulations. If they do not, then provide one to them. e. Thank and dismiss the appellant. 7. Committee Members will:

a. Review, discuss, and vote on the appellant’s appeal request after each individual appeal. Reminder: All property owners will be notified within 3 weeks from the hearing of the committee’s decision. If you do not receive a verdict from the hearing it is property owners’ responsibility to contact the Member Services Office at (570) 588-9329 or memberservices@sawcreek.org

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LETTERS

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PROTOCOL

Letters to the editor

Do you have questions about our

To the Editor:

community? Concerns? Looking for

Hello Residents of Saw Creek Estates,

advice? Can you share insights or

We would like to introduce ourselves, to those who may not be familiar with us. We are Bushkill Youth Association (BYA), a nonprofit youth sports league dedicated to providing low cost year round programs for children ages 4-14 in our community. Currently we are entering our 21st year of operation. Some of our former board members from Saw Creek Estates included people such as John Sivick, Ron Trimble and John Barton, just to name a few. These men saw a need in our community to get this organization on the right track.

solutions to some issues that affects you and/or your neighbors? All SCE residents in good standing may write a “Letter to the Editor.” Letters of 300 words or less, in MS Word format must include name, lot and section number. The lot and section number will be used for verification of member status only and will not be printed. The Public Information Committee makes every effort to see that facts are printed as available space permits.Your letter may be directed to: Saw Creek Public Information Committee at 5728 Decker Road, Bushkill PA 18324 or emailed to PIC@sawcreek.org

As a board, we try to get parents from different communities to join to help have an input from the whole area. We offer basketball, dodge ball, kickball and cheerleading from January through mid-March for ages 4-12. In the Spring, we have a baseball program for ages pre-K through 8th grade for boys and girls. In the Summer months, a few board members and I hold a free baseball clinic to keep kids active and give that one on one help that is hard to give during the season. In the Fall, from September to November, we start our wrestling program for both boys and girls. This can run until May. Currently we have 45 participating in wrestling with 7 of them being girls. All programs need help with coaching. Any parent willing to come forward would be appreciated, not just by us, but also by the children that you will work with. We have great community support from the Lehman township supervisors, Country Squire Deli, Double J Landscaping, E & J Pizzeria and many others. They help offset our yearly costs of insurances and equipment both of which always seem to increase. If anyone has children interested in joining our programs, you may contact us at 570-588-0646, or via our website byasports.net. You may also find us on Facebook. Sincerely, Tim Foglio, President of BYA

DEADLINE: Last date for submission of letters for the next issue of the Saw Creek News is April 1, 2014.

To All Generous Saw Creek Friends, Thank you very much for donating money to victims of Typhoon Haiyan. All checks and cash were sent to Kabisig USA—a non-profit organization based in New York whose current mission is to help indigent children and their families in the tragedy-struck areas in the Philippines. Thank you Men's Club. Thank you to the wonderful tennis group and to everyone who opened their wallets. My home country and several Filipinos living in Saw Creek very much appreciate your concern and help. Sincerely, Tish Leizens

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To the Editor: Do you remember the long lost TV show “Cheers” ? It had a hometown atmosphere creating a place “where everybody knows your name…” As I left Top of the World restaurant recently that’s exactly how I felt. Now I’m definitely not a bar person nor do I eat out all the time, but for me the ‘TOP’ represents the ultimate in a Clubhouse… a place to meet up with friends, have a drink, get a nice meal or just hang out and enjoy the spectacular view-one of the best in the Poconos. Sometimes on days like we’ve had recently just sitting out on the deck with friends watching the hawks and eagles soar in the updrafts in any season is an absolute delight. In a few months on nice sunny days the ski slopes beckon and the deck, the cozy inside dining or the snack bar downstairs offer lots of good food, friends and fun. It’s THE perfect Ski Après! Then there’s the wait staff who are just terrific- Carmen, Lacy, Jackie and the new helpers as well as Peter are friendly and really do remember your name. And don’t forget our fun Manager Ryan always with a ‘cheery’ hello or wave. But why am I writing this now? Well, ‘there’s a new sheriff in town (oops, I mean ‘chef ’!) Jeremy makes absolutely FABULOUS homemade potato chips, all nice and brown and crispyyou definitely can’t just eat one! A huge improvement from the ho-hum standard bar snacks of the past. So come on up and take full advantage of your Club House at the TOP. Contact Saw Creek Member Services to get on the emailing to be informed of special events, weekly menu specials and the fun times coming up. We’ll soon know your name too! Suzanne Mark

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HOMEOWNER’S CLASSIFIED COLUMN This free column is available to homeowners to advertise “for sale” or “give-away” household items, pets for adoption, babysitting services, etc. Ads must be 30 words or less and include homeowner name, lot/section and contact phone number or e-mail address. Only the contact name and telephone number or e-mail address will be printed in the paper. Mail to SCE: 5728 Decker Road Attention Public Information Committee or email information to PIC@sawcreek.org.

Experienced Housekeeper Call Sylvie at (570) 588-3017 Lot for Sale Lot 1835, Section 5, Brentwood Drive $1,000. Contact Cathy: Call (908) 7901656 or email - cbulger17@verizon.net Lot for Sale Lot 2414, Section 31, Southport Drive. Extra large, wooded home site. .84 acres. $19,000; Owner financing. Call 727-784-1924; email brad0001@verizon.net

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Top of the World Third Quarter 2013 Financial Report The TOW third quarter net operating results increased slightly when compared to both budget and 3rd quarter 2012. In a year to date comparison, the TOW is on track to not only meet, but exceed budget. It is important to keep in mind that weather was unfavorable this summer. Rain ruined three of our big events at the Restaurant. All that being said, it’s quite impressive that the TOW’s performance continues to exceed sales and bottom line figures in all comparisons. Performance vs. Budget - 3rd Quarter Comparison

Food & beverage sales exceeded plan by 99.00% or $611.74 in the third quarter. Combined food & alcohol sales exceeded plan by 6.32% or $6,918.75. These favorable sales results were accompanied by a .77% or $364.18 increase on Cost of Good Sales (COGS). Total income minus COGS combined to yield a gross profit of $69,232.00, which is 8.12% or $5,197.40 above plan for the quarter. Total expenses in the third quarter were under budget by 4.3% or $3,958.45, resulting in a quarterly net profit of $9,155.85 over projected profit. Year to Date Comparison

In a year to date comparison of budget vs. actual performance, results yield even better results. Food and beverage sales in 2013 exceeded budget by 15.15% or $22,243.89. Combined food and alcohol sales exceeded plan by 15.8% or $40,529.87. COGS increased a mere 6.01% or $7,353.40 over budget. Total income minus COGS combined a yield to gross profit of $170,912.87, which is 24.09% or $33,176.47 over budget for the year. Total expenses were over budget by 6.61% or $16,530.00, resulting in YTD net income of ($95,587.13),

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Food & beverage sales in Q3 2013 were down slightly when compared to the same period last year. The TOW’s food & beverage sales dropped by 3.14% or $2,020.36. Combined food and alcohol sales were up by 2.48% or $2,815.65 year over year. Cost of goods increased by 3.14% or $1,449.20. With a gross profit of $69,232.00, the TOW’s profitability has decreased by 2.97% or $2,695.99 resulting in $2,329.52 of 10.94% increase in net profit versus 2012 performance. Conclusions

Top of the World performance continues to improve. We have experienced good results, despite an inclement summer. Efforts in managing cost controls have proven effective. Unfortunately, in order to stay in compliance with PA State Law, we are no longer permitted to track liquor & beer sales with our loyalty program. However, in the long run, we will see a decrease in our “promotional line” expenses. This will result in a notable decrease in the restaurant’s expenses in the future. When you take into consideration that there wasn’t a manager employed at the TOW for nearly the first half of the quarter in 2012, one would think a year over year comparison of expenses would be akin to comparing apples to oranges. That isn’t the case at all, the TOW continues to net positive results year over year. All in all, our efforts have been successful. We will stay the course in developing our guest service, product & cost management practices into the fourth quarter.

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Board of Directors Unanimously Approve Electronic Voting for Board Elections Over the last few years, the nomination committee in conjunction with management has entertained the idea of moving to electronic voting and in fact we have changed our bylaws to allow for electronic voting. In 2012, the Strategic ad-hoc committee, with board approval, engaged an outside firm (Eureka Facts) to do an electronic survey. Not only was the survey informative, but the response outstanding. There

were 665 responses of which 606 were acceptable for analysis. This represents an almost 25% increase over what we achieve with our current mailing of ballots. Clearly, our elections are different than a survey but it showed us that homeowners are not uncomfortable with the technology. The Nominating Committee sees the major reasons to switch to electronic voting ARE as follows:

1. Proposed costs associated with electronic voting and the savings is substantial reducing our costs by over 50%. 2. Participation – Given our current experience, we believe we can achieve increased participation. 3. Service – Presentations have been made by Strateja-XL, Inc. who currently services over 100 HOA’S and has much experience in the electronic voting field. We would continue to engage our accounting firm to act as the impartial judge. 4. Accuracy – Clearly, the present process is cumbersome, costly and prone to human error in various steps along the way. Direct input by homeowners should increase the accuracy of the process, speed the voting process, save significant money, and show our homeowners that SCE is constantly looking to technology to improve our services. To the extent the board approves electronic voting for 2014, we believe it is important to limit the number of proposed by-law changes in 2014 to ease the transition for our homeowners.

Electronic Voting Procedu res for Membership: 1. All properties in good-standing, as outlined in the Associations current collection policy, will receive a post card to the mailing address on file on/ about Wednesday, May 28th, 2014. If a member has not received their postcard by Wednesday, June 4th members should contact the MSO office at (570) 588-9329 or email info@sawcreek.org.

a. Each postcard will contain a unique pin number that will be used for registering online to vote.

b. Each owner that who owns multiple lots will be issued “weight voting” and will be indicated on the website once the member registers to vote.

2. Once the postcard is received the member will go online to our website at www.sawcreek.org beginning May 30th and click on the VOTE ONLINE NOW button which will redirect them to a secure voting website of VOTEHOANOW.com. Following the prompts indicated on the website, the member will register to vote using the unique pin number indicated on the postcard, their property information (e.g. Mailing address & Lot and Section) and some personal information (name, etc).

a. If a member is unable to go does not have internet access, online he/ she can come to Member Services will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm where a and will set up a private area will be available for the member to vote online. Please bring , member must bring with them the mailed postcard with the authentic pin number to Member Services. All other concerns/issues concerning electronic voting need to be addressed with MSO.

3. Once the ballot has been cast a confirmation email will be sent to the registered email address of the member on file with the Association. 4. The electronic vote will be sent to William Owens and Associates as the private third party vendor. 5. Once the voting period has ended at 4:30pm on Friday, July 11th, 2014 Owens and Associates will provide a report to the Nominating Chairperson and Administration at POC the following week.

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Deer Management Fact Sheet (Continued from Page 1 ) have vanished from our forest floor along with the many species of ground dwelling birds and animals which normally depend on those plants for food and shelter. 2. Benefits for all species. Three separate studies by professional wildlife biologists have consistently shown the deer population to be at record high levels and as a result, the overall health and welfare of the herd is among the worst in the state. Reducing the size of the herd will provide major benefits to all plant and animal species within the community, including the whitetail deer.

3. Proven results. Positive results achieved by deer management efforts in other private communities, state parks and crop lands have shown deer management to be effective at increasing the long term health, beauty, diversity and sustainability of all species. 4. Safety First. After a review of alternatives, it was determined that the only legal, safe and effective means of reducing the herd is through a controlled hunt. The hunt is conducted by just one expert shooter accompanied by a driver and spotter.

These well trained and highly qualified individuals carry out similar operations throughout the state each year in complete safety and without incident. Concern about the use of firearms within the community is unfounded. These professionals use special rounds which break apart on impact rather than pass through a target. Most importantly, they will not be operating in close proximity to houses and they simply will not take a shot unless they are 100% certain of their target and a completely safe backdrop. The Board of Directors considers safety to be the highest priority and they are confident that the hunt poses no threat to the safety of our members and guests. 5. Public benefit. All deer taken during the hunt will be professionally processed and packaged for consumption and then donated to Bushkill Outreach to help needy families in Saw Creek Estates and the surrounding area. 6. Get the full story. For all the facts, please visit our website www.sawcreek.org, send comments to wildlife@sawcreek.org or call 570-588-9336 for more information. Also see the upcoming issue of the Saw Creek News and/or bulletin boards throughout the community.

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COMMITTEES

Saw Creek Men’s Club By Peter Derrenbacher, Club President Recent events including game night at PEEC and the dinner show at Shawnee were a great success. We have already planned a number of events for 2014 including:

Safety Committee By Suzanne Mark, Vice Chair Did you know that our SCE staff are due a vote of confidence for their safety record? According to General Manager, Dave Martin in 2011 our Workers Compensation insurance premium was $122,959. That same year we had 12 on-the-job injuries, some quite serious. Compliance Officer Nicolas Hutt was tasked with forming an Employee Safety Committee in order to address workplace safety issues. He researched federal (OSHA) and state requirements and worked closely with our insurance carrier and others to identify job-related risks, training materials, safety equipment and other issues related to workplace safety. Since then, Nick has continued to serve as Chair of our Employee Safety Committee. Other committee members include staff from all departments, including the General Manager. The committee meets monthly and on an as-needed basis to provide training, perform safety inspections and investigate accidents. Fast-forward to 2013… Our Workers Compensation insurance premiums now are $84,870, with only 2 on-the-job injuries this year! The $38,000 premium reduction is due to a 5% discount for having a State-Certified Employee Safety Committee and more importantly, increased safety training, awareness and proper equipment, resulting in fewer accidents and injuries.

At the most recent meeting of the Saw Creek Safety Committee, we discussed your recent report on ‘employee safety’. Several Committee members have worked in corporate environments and fully realize the significance of your stellar accomplishments in employee safety. We particularly appreciate that so many of the Saw Creek team work with complicated machinery, in adverse weather conditions, and problematic procedural venues. Considering these factors it is even more impressive that our staff has continually kept the safety risks and mishaps at a minimum. Please express our deepest appreciation to each and every employee in their safety efforts. We are very proud of you and the staff on their outstanding safety record. Thank you for your dedication to the continued growth and prosperity of our Saw Creek community.

-Beef and Beer at the TOW – January 25, Dinner/ Theater at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse – May 18, and the first of two triple A “RailRider” games on May 25th. -As many of you know our club is both a Social and Civic organization. Again this year we are donating to the following charities and activities: -Bushkill Outreach - $200 -Bushkill Outreach - $100 (Angel Tree) -Bushkill Volunteer Fire- $200 -Bushkill Emergency - $200 -Pocono Health Foundation - $300 -Free Ski Lessons for SCE residents - $250 -Lehman Township Fishing Tournament - $100

Sincerely yours, Bob Harter, Chair Suzanne Mark, Vice Chair Kristina Neumann, Secretary Emeka Enyosiobi Paula Schwartzmann John Thompson Bud Richards Tom Soden, Board Liaison

Bowling is in full swing! Every Tuesday at 10 AM Our club meets the first Thursday of every month at 6 PM in the Mountain Room, followed by light food and beverages at the TOW. Why not show up at one of these meetings to check us out. For more information, please contact Peter Derrenbacher, 570-588-7522.

The PA Dept. of Labor recently audited the past 3 years of committee activities, meeting minutes and inspection and investigation records. While we are waiting on the final results of that audit, it is expected that the Dept. of Labor will confirm that our efforts have been a huge success. At the November SCE BOD meeting, the Safety Committee presented the following congratulatory letter to General Manager, Dave Martin.

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Building & Architectural Committee

Beautification News By Phil Cozzi, Chairperson

By David Stagg Chairman of the Building and Architectural Committee The Building and Architectural Committee hopes everyone had a great summer and enjoyed all of the amenities that our Community has to offer during the summer months. 2014 brings some new challenges and some carry over challenges from 2013. The old challenges are the refurbishing of the interior and exterior of the Member Services building. The refurbishing of the restrooms at the Top of the World facility is also still on the agenda to be done. The Building and Architectural Committee along with Management have identified the roads and storm water areas that will be worked on in 2014. Repairs to the Woodbridge Drive East Bridge are also planned for 2014. The line painting project will continue in 2014. All roads that were under construction during 2013 will be painted this year along with any roads that need to be repainted. For any Homeowner that would like to attend a meeting of the Building and Architectural committee, we meet at seven (7) pm in Member Services conference room on the Wednesday following the Board meeting. This year our first four meetings are scheduled for: January 15, February 12, March 12, and April 16. Please feel free to attend. With the winter months here please remember to obey our speed limits and drive with caution. We live in the mountains and road conditions can change very quickly and become dangerous. Enjoy all our Community has to offer and stay safe. The Building and Architectural Committee

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First and foremost, special thanks to my committee for working so hard to get the new holiday decorations done by the end of November. They met two days in order to discard the old decorations and assemble the new wreaths and garland. Special thanks are in order for the volunteers who helped put up the decorations before Thanksgiving, especially since Thanksgiving fell a little later this year. Our maintenance staff also helped by putting up the large wreaths throughout the community. Their help is also so much appreciated! Steve Cruz from our maintenance staff installed our beautiful new light fixtures for our Top of the World Complex. Since our maintenance staff thinned out the overgrown vegetation around the building, we can all appreciate how attractive that complex actually is after all the outside renovations have been completed. Thanks Maintenance Staff for a job well done!! We got a head start on the landscape makeover at the Member Services Building by planting three cherry trees at that site. Next year, after the Member Services outside renovations are complete, new landscaping and hardscaping will enhance that area, tying it in with the work that was done at the main gate and the VIP area if the community. The planting bed just as you approach the Top of the World Complex is also going to get a major renovation. We certainly have a lot to look forward to with the approach of next year. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Beautification Committee or serving as a volunteer to help with various projects throughout the year, call Phil Cozzi at 588-0555.

Saw Creek Women’s Club By Robyn Long, President The Saw Creek Women’s Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 12:20 pm in the Top of The World Mountain Room for a great lunch, socializing and a business meeting. Our calendar year is September through June and our dues are $25; however, anyone joining mid-year will pay a reduced rate for membership. Some of the wonderful events we have planned for this year are - a bus trip to see the Cherry Blossoms in the spring, a Holiday Luncheon at Stroudsmoor Country Inn, and our Holiday Dinner/Dance at Pub 570. Also, don’t forget about our 4th annual Motown Dinner/Dance at the Top of The World Restaurant in May. We also have very talented members who share their creativity with us - last month we learned jewelry making and design. I would like to share this wonderful poem that really sums up what the Women’s Club means to me. Start with over a dozen smiles. Add a pint of pleasant days. A heaping cup of happiness. And a tablespoon of praise. Stir in lots of sugar. But, be sure to add some spice. A handful of good humor. Always makes things extra nice. Mix it all together ‘till you get a perfect blend. And you’ll have something special … Saw Creek Women’s Club my friend!

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Recreation Committee Report By Suzanne Mark, Chair The Recreation Committee is pleased to welcome new member, Darcie Ackerman. Darcie has been a long standing resident as well as frequent volunteer. She is a welcome addition to complete our Committee of 9. Also is an exciting new face to our meetings - Recreation Director, George McCormick. He’s already brought lots of new ideas and fun things to the table. We’re looking forward to working closely with George and our most appreciated Recreation Assistant, Renee. She did a terrific job doing double duty through the busy Fall and Halloween season. We also want to wish Brittany Mongelli well in her new career as she joins the Norwegian Cruise Lines in the Bahamas. Many of us are very familiar with her efforts as lifeguard as well as leading many of the special events including planning and supervising the June 2013 Community Day, one of the best we’ve ever had. Her parents who are Saw Creek residents will miss her as will we. One agenda item of interest is that the Bushkill Youth Association (BYA) will be our 2014 fund raising project recipient. Come join the fun of the Recreation Committee meetings or send us your ideas and suggestions through reccommittee@sawcreek.org. IN A RECREATION MINUTE - Eagles, Elk, and Fish- Oh My!

Well the ski hill is open and there’s lots of fun times there! But what if you don’t ski, but want to get out and enjoy our beautiful Pocono homeland. The eagles are flying all over. In fact, the Upper Delaware National Scenic River on the New York side a spectacular ride to Lackawaxen is the largest winter nesting area for the Baldies east of the Mississippi. The Eagle Institute in Lackawaxen should be your first stop on your tour. Nearby Promised Land State Park is another siting area. Even here in Saw Creek they’ve been seen soaring in the thermals over our area. Come to the outdoor deck at the TOP, get a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the view of eagles and hawks. It’s gorgeous! Did you know that Pennsylvania is home to over 900 elk, decedents of relocated animals when Yellowstone and the Tetons had an over population. The reintroduction started in the 1910s and continued for several years. Now there are wonderfully healthy animals back in Pennsylvania. Although a little bit further from home in Elk County, check out the Winslow Hill Elk Viewing Area and the Elk County Visitors Center. One last fun outdoor activity to learn and enjoy is ice fishing. Check out the special activities through the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC). A fun time and catch your dinner too!

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Rules and Regulations Report By Roseanne V. Prasse - Chairperson I would like to take a minute of your time, to introduce myself to you. My name is Roseanne V. Prasse and I am the Chairperson for Rules and Regulations. At this time, I would like to thank my predecessor Mr. Joe Meehan for showing me the way. His shoes (no offense Joe) are very big and I do hope to be able to fill them. He led this committee with the knowledge that we can help make a difference for our community. Thanks Joe. By the time this letter is to be published, the Holidays will be behind us, but I hope this will reach you with all the health and happiness we all deserve in the New Year. Now, we as a committee are working on two new objectives and while they are still in the processing mode, I do hope they will add to the benefits of all our SCE members. They will be presented to the Board at our December meeting and I will be able to give you the information in our next edition of the Saw Creek News. All are welcomed to our meetings, which are held on the third Tuesday of each month in Members Services Office.

Strategic Planning Update As part of Saw Creek’s Strategic Plan, one of the first enabling strategies for the Board’s overall strategic goal was to develop statements of its mission, vision and values which are unique to its role as the chief governing body of the Association. On October 12, 2013 the following draft mission statement was presented by the Board and is expected to be adopted in a similar form during a future Board Meeting. ARTICLE IV Board of Directors

Mission Statement

• Protect and enhance quality of life and the standard of living through effective leadership and best practices in response to the needs of the business and the membership. Vision

• To be widely recognized by members, responsible homebuyers, the real estate industry and our community association peers as progressive and innovative leaders of the best managed, most financially sound and member-focused community in the region.

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1. Exemplary Service to one & all 2. Teamwork, Transparency & Integrity 3. Guidance, Support & Respect

Section A. Mission: The Board of Directors shall oversee the management and control of the business and property of the Association, shall exercise all powers of the Association and determine all matters of policy, except for powers specifically reserved to the members in the Declaration, the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws. ********************************* A mission statement captures in a short concise paragraph the purpose of the organization’s existence and what actions it takes to fulfill this purpose. Mission statements are directly connected to vision statements but, whereas a vision statement describes the desired future state of the organization, the mission statement describes how that vision will be achieved. Ideally, mission and vision statements are crafted through a collaborative process that involves a wide array of community stakeholders and elected officials, usually as part of an overall strategic plan.

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SCE NEWS

Saw Creek To Sponsor Bushk ill Youth AssocIATION

Community – what does it mean?

The Saw Creek Recreation Committee has decided to sponsor The Bushkill Youth Association and to donate a percentage of the income from Recreation events that the Committee develops.

By Peggy Gottschau, PIC By definition a community is a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society. As I participated in our community’s annual Thanksgiving Pot Luck I reflected on what being part of a community meant, and in particular what it meant to be part of the Saw Creek Community. A hive of bees is a perfect example of a community working together in harmony and for the common good of all its members. After all, a bee living alone can barely survive, let alone prosper. But in a hive made up of hundreds of other bees, each taking responsibility for the various jobs necessary for the survival of the community, the lone bee not only survives, it contributes mightily to the success of the hive. The secret of the bee's success in living together in a close-knit community is that each bee not only understands the interrelationships that exist between it and the rest of the members of its community, but is willing to accept some of the responsibility for the hive's prosperity by expanding their role in the community whenever necessary.

The mission of the Bushkill Youth Association is to inspire the youth of the community, regardless of race, creed, or national origin.To practice the ideals of sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, physical fitness and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens.

As homeowners, we too can choose to recognize the interrelationships that exist between ourselves and our neighbors and how those interrelationships have a direct impact on our quality of life. We can also choose to take some of the responsibility upon ourselves to contribute to improving those relationships and in the process improve our community. In order for our community association to continue to protect, preserve and enhance our community assets and our property values, each member of our community has to acknowledge their role in our community and, at times, be willing to expand their role to take on some added responsibility. For example: We all must obey our governing documents, we agreed to do that when we purchased our home. By obeying community rules and regulations, we contribute to our community and accept the role of a rule abiding member. Each year we conduct an Annual Meeting at which time we elect our Board of Directors, although we don't have to participate in the election process, choosing to do so contributes to the success of our community. Our role as a rule abiding member expands to include that of a voting member. We also have the opportunity to attend our Board of Directors meetings in order to better understand the business decisions made by the Board. When we choose to attend those meetings, our role as a rule abiding, voting member now expands to include that of a participating member. And when we choose to serve on community committees or the Board of Directors, we accept another role and become a rule abiding, voting, participating and contributing member. So, let's all work at recognizing what roles we can choose to accept in our community and, like the bee, work together at making our community the best place to live that it can be!

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Their goals are to familiarize all participants with the fundamentals of baseball, soccer,field hockey, wrestling, cheerleading, gymnastics and basketball and to provide an opportunity to participate in a supervised, organized, and a safely oriented manner, as well as to keep the welfare of participants free of any adult ambitions and personal aggrandizement. The BYA was founded in 1994 and has grown into a very successful association thanks to the parents, coaches, children, volunteers and most of all the supervisors of Lehman Township, whose generosity has greatly contributed to its success. The BYA offers baseball,soccer, field hockey,gymnastics, cheerleading,wrestling, basketball, dodge ball, and kickball for children between the ages of 5-12 years of age who reside in the East Stroudsburg Area School District. Its goal is to be build upon each childs abilities and provide sport activities to keep them active. The Bushkill Youth Association hopes to instill the importance of teamwork and practice while having fun.

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Ski Pass Policy Effective November 9, 2013 A. Members in good standing can purchase up to six individual Season Passes for the use of the ski hill at a cost of $5.00 each. Member status will be checked at the time of registration. B. The Season Pass fee is a onetime charge that will cover the printing and production of the Season Pass. The fee is non-refundable and the individualized passes are not transferable. C. For members in good standing, the Season Pass will be a picture ID that may be updated every year with annual validating stickers. Worn-out, lost or illegible passes may need to be replaced every 3 to 5 years, at the discretion of the Ski Shop Staff. A $5 replacement fee will be charged for lost and/or reprinting of each season pass. D. Season Passes must be returned at the time of resale or a $50.00 per pass charge will be applied to the members account prior to the date of closing. E. The Season Pass software is specifically designed to register each pass in a database for tracking of the number of passes issued per property. Season Passes will be created at the Ski Hill during normal operating hours. F. Each Season Pass holder will be required to sign an annual waiver of liability. Once an annual disclaimer has been signed for each pass holder, Season Passes will be validated each year with a sticker. G. If the member does not purchase the season pass, the daily applicable lift ticket price will be charged. Anyone who does not have a Season Pass, including renters and guests will be charged the applicable daily lift ticket fee. Standard amenity badges will no longer be accepted for skiing.

To Everyone at Saw Creek, Thank you so much for choosing to support the effort of the Bushkill Outreach throughout all of 2013! The $1,650.00 check that we received during the government shutdown was an amazing blessing at quite a critical time! Through the generosity of people and organizations like you have at Saw Creek, the Outreach is currently able to offer supplementary food on a monthly basis to approximately 450 families, representing almost 1300 people. Your commitment to this community through your benevolence is appreciated by the volunteers that serve and, most importantly, by those who benefit from the mission and work of the Outreach. With gratitude, we look forward to your support of our toy program for the children that you always offer during the holiday season. Thank You again for everything! Kate Newman Director - Bushkill Outreach BushkillOutreach@yahoo.com 570-588-0660

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New Year Brings New Changes to Saw Creek Communications

General Manager’s Report

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With our push to more timely release of relevant information, the number of printed Saw Creek News editions will be decreased. This will allow the committee and management the time to focus on weekly updates via those venues described above. The monthly bulletin will continue to be released with copies available online, at the gates and at the facilities. As you can see, the PIC is working hard to ensure an increase flow of information to our homeowners. However, communication is a two way street, so we encourage everyone to get on Facebook and Twitter or get on our e-mail list! Do yourself and your community a favor and stay informed!

Saw Creek recognizes “Volunteers of the Year” On December 14, 2013 a holiday brunch was held for all of Saw Creek’s volunteers as a thank you for their time and efforts in supporting Saw Creek. During that time, two of Saw Creek’s finest volunteers were recognized by their peers. Earlier in the year a vote was taken among all volunteers, asking for names of one man and one woman whom they felt should be recognized as “Volunteer of the Year”. After the votes were tallied, the overwhelming winners were Peter Derrenbacher and Kristina Neumann. Congratulations to both winners and thank you for your hard work in helping to make Saw Creek a World Class Community!

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we should be today. I’m sure we can all agree that we want our leaders to be: Highly ethical – focused on what’s best for the community, not self-interests. Conscientious about managing finances and following established policies. Dedicated to providing exemplary service to our members and guests. Involved – doing their homework, dealing with facts and not attitudes and personalities. Our leaders must model these behaviors themselves and insist on the same from others. If we want to change our culture, we all need to walk the walk. Board members, committee members, employees and residents need to speak up when someone makes a false claim or mistakes their opinion for fact. Just as important, we need people who are capable of recognizing the difference between facts and opinions, people who come to meetings prepared with more than just their presence. Cultural change is hard and it can be disruptive to our organization. But we need to make it happen. We need to talk the talk and walk the walk if we are to ever break free from the same old patterns of behavior that impede our progress, slow our decision making and cause divisions among us. We need to actively practice and promote our values and call out those who do not. We need to ensure that our discussions are respectful of opinions and our decisions are based on facts – decisions that best support our values and the strategic goals of the community.

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It is the V eter a n (author unknown) It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the VETERAN, not the organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the VETERAN, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote. It is the VETERAN who salutes the Flag, It is the VETERAN who serves under the Flag, God, Bless all Veterans Past & Present!!! They Makes Us Proud To Be Americans!

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Bre a k fast W ith Sa nTA Young and old alike enjoyed Santa’s annual visit to Saw Creek during Breakfast with Santa held Sunday, December 22, 2013

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ELECTIONS

2014 SCE Board of Directors Election If you are interested in becoming a candidate for the Saw Creek Estates Board of Directors please complete the attached application and return electronically to nominations@sawcreek.org no later than Friday, April 11th. Every year three (3) seats are available in the Association’s Board of Directors election. Provided below is some information that will be helpful in making your decision to serve as a 2014 Director of the Board. Once the election commences each candidate will be given a packet of all information pertaining to the election and the SCE policies and procedures. In order to qualify for the election: 1. Each candidate must be named as a deeded owner of a Saw Creek property.

Timeline for 2014 Boa rd of Directors Election Friday, April 11th – Applications must be submitted electronically to the Nominating Committee at nominations@sawcreek.org no later than 5:00 PM. All applications submitted must be accompanied by an electronic photo of the candidate for biography. Applications can be found on our website at www.sawcreek.org. If you need assistance please contact Jessica VanDerVliet at (570) 588-9329 ext 2213 or jessica@sawcreek.org. Thursday, May 1st – Candidate biographies and pertinent information will appear in the Summer Edition of the SCE Newspaper which is mailed to all members. Saturday, May 10th - Nominees will be announced to the membership at the monthly Board of Directors meeting, held at the Top of the World Mountain Room at 10:00 am. All Candidates are encouraged to attend. Friday, May 30th- Electronic voting commences. For more information on electronic voting please contact Member Services at (570) 5889329 or info@sawcreek.org.

As a potential Board Member, you should be aware of the following: 1. Board Members serve without compensation, perks or special treatment. 2. Board Members must be available for regular

meetings (routine and special). 3. Board members must be fair, reasonable and community minded. 4. A Board Member and a Board Member’s spouse may not serve simultaneously. 5. All Board Members must be willing to set aside personal interests for the betterment of the community

Saw Creek Estates Community Association, Inc

2014 Board of Directors Election Board of Directors Candidate Nominee Background Information The following format must be used to complete this form: All information provided will be printed as received and distributed to members before they vote.All candidates must be “members in good standing” for nomination to be valid. Please refer to the current collection policy. Candidate information will be randomly drawn in a lottery by the Nominating/Election Committee and will be printed the Election Edition of the Saw Creek News and appear in that order on the ballot.” Completed nomination forms must be electronically submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 11th, 2014 to nominations@sawcreek.org.

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SECTION A - NOMINEE Name:

Phone Number: (______)____________ Cell:( ________)________________

E-mail: _______________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: _______________________________________________________

City: ______________________________ State: ________ Zip: _________________ Lot & Section: _________________________ SECTION B - QUALIFICATIONS

What do you think is the single most important challenge facing the community today and why? (Limit of 250 words)

_________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ How have you been involved in the community to date: (Limit of 250 words)

_________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What skills do you possess that make you a great candidate for the SCE Board of Directors? (Limit of 250 words)

_________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What is your pertinent background, education or experience as a candidate? (Limit of 250 words)

Friday, July 11th- Electronic voting ends by 4:30 pm.

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Saturday, July 19th - Annual Meeting - new board members begin their term.

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2014 Issue 1

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