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OCEAN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS REGULAR MEETING MINUTES - JUNE 17 & 20, 2013 The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Ocean Hills Country Club Homeowners Association Board of Directors was held on June 17 & 20, 2013, at 4701 Leisure Village Way, Oceanside, California. June 17, 2013 June 20, 2013 DIRECTORS PRESENT Ellen Baur, President Angela Takemoto, Vice President David Hefler, Treasurer Barry Farrell, Secretary Ira Landis, Director Don Lopez, Director Shirlee Sampsel, Director DIRECTORS ABSENT None MANAGEMENT PRESENT Becky Groenewold, General Manager Dottie Ulmer, Executive Administrative Assistant
DIRECTORS PRESENT Ellen Baur, President Angela Takemoto, Vice President David Hefler, Treasurer Barry Farrell, Secretary Ira Landis, Director Don Lopez, Director Shirlee Sampsel, Director DIRECTORS ABSENT None MANAGEMENT PRESENT Becky Groenewold, General Manager Dottie Ulmer, Executive Administrative Assistant
FIRST SESSION – June 17, 2013
the Reserve Study. • The new OHCC website has been activated for residents and Maureen Huitt will be coordinating the input of information. • Staff has been directed to order and install signs for the Cannon Road pathway with language provided by Legal Counsel
I. President Baur called the Regular Meeting to order at 10:02 a.m. II. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vice President Takemoto. III. PRESIDENT’S REPORT President Baur apprised the membership as to the matters to be addressed, and items completed, as well as Executive Sessions and Special Board Meetings held since the last monthly Board Meeting. The Board held Executive Sessions on May 20, May 23, and June 3, 2013. The May 20th Executive Session reviewed third party contracts; legal opinions; potential litigation; delinquency review; personnel and approval of minutes. The May 23rd Executive Session reviewed third party contracts legal opinions; and potential litigation. The Executive Session held on June 3, 2013 reviewed third party contracts; legal opinions; potential litigation and held hearings. In addition, the City of Oceanside Water Utilities Department made a presentation on recycled water. There will be a presentation on recycled water on July 18 at 2:00 pm in Abravanel Hall. IV. MANAGEMENT REPORT In the Management Report, Becky Groenewold, General Manager, apprised the membership as to the primary projects currently underway: • The Board will discuss retaining an arborist to provide services on tree trimming and removal. • The dated copy of the Risk Management Report has been received. • The GM reviewed the work order process with Staff and informed Board of changes to improve. • The GM is working with FMC members on updates to
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Association News • Maureen Huitt is scheduled to attend a conference (Landscape Expo) on October 16. • All personnel positions are currently filled. Kathleen Hughes has been hired part-time. V. TREASURER’S REPORT Treasurer Hefler gave the following Treasurer’s Report: At the close of May 2013, we are in strong financial condition with reserves of $3,665,149. There is a yearto-date operating deficit of $11,466 that reflects water usage increase for the Common Area and the Golf Course. Significant year-to-date below-budget variances as of May 2013 include $11,666 in Tree Service Contract. Phase 3 tree trimming will begin in December 2013. Total assets of $4,651,289 include $3,477,866 worth of FDIC Insured Certificates of Deposit. A copy of the Financial Statement is available for review in the HOA Office. VI. PRESENTATION OF ACTION ITEMS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS Community Service Committee
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A.1 Artificial Turf – Dog Park A sub-committee, consisting of Dan Golembiewski, Karen Hastings, Ellen Kippel and Bill Gnass, of the Community Service Committee was formed to research the concept of artificial turf in the Dog Park. Four vendors were initially contacted and only Easy Turf submitted a bid. The area to be renovated is approximately 1,710 square feet. The Sub-Committee visited several sites and discussed concerns regarding maintenance, smell, temperature of turf on a hot day, clean-up and exposure to sun over a long period of time. Motion made and seconded (B. Farrell/D. Lopez) to accept the recommendation of the Community Service Committee for artificial turf to be installed in the Dog Park by Easy Turf for a cost NTE $20,000. Motion passed unanimously. Designated Funding: Clubhouse Reserves 2434-1003. There were four homeowner comments. UNFINISHED BUSINESS A. Priority List – The Priority List was reviewed with the Master Board. There were no homeowner comments.
Association News NEW BUSINESS A. Annual Disclosure Certification In accordance with California Civil Code and the Business & Professions Code Section 11500-11506, the Annual Disclosure was made with regard to the General Manager’s certifications. RECESS The meeting was recessed at 10:48 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2013 SESSION II, Thursday, June 20, 2013 President Baur reconvened the Regular Board Meeting at 10:05 a.m. President Baur apprised the members that an Executive Session was held on June 17, 2013 and the Board discussed potential litigation, third party contracts, legal opinion, personnel, and delinquency review. The Board approved the COX contract and is currently in negotiations with O’Connell Landscape Maintenance and PCM regarding their contracts. O’Connell and PCM have agreed to provide financial support for the repair of the Cannon Road Project.
Outlets is scheduled for June 26; a new recumbent bike for the Cardio Room has been requested; Project Heartbeat Classes are scheduled for July 25; and a Water Reclamation presentation will be held on July 18. MAINTENANCE – Chuck Pierce, Maintenance Director, reported that renovation in the HOA kitchen and bathrooms have been completed and the counter for the front reception area is on order; as of June 11th, 155 street light fixtures have been cleaned and 64 poles have been replaced due to corrosion; the Woodshop project was completed on May 28; reflective strips for the Stop Signs have been installed; the painting in the Sewing Room was completed on May 29; a Fire Inspector inspected the Woodshop and Clubhouse; and the floor maintenance contract with Restoration Hardware is due to be signed next week. LANDSCAPE – In the absence of the Landscape Director, Maureen Huitt reported the water savings on Cannon Road and “The Park”; the Village of Zante is approximately half way through changing the turf irrigation sprinklers; a 20% water cutback mandated by the City of Oceanside is being maintained; the Pesticide Use Report for the month of May is available at the HOA Office; and there were a total of 123 work orders.
VIII. HOMEOWNER INPUT (Non-Agenda Items) There were four homeowner comments regarding artificial turf for the “Dog Park”. Logo, water meters, and the Cannon Road design. IX. STAFF REPORTS RECREATION – Chris Bessey, Recreation Director, reported that a saw in the Craft Room has been replaced; new cushions have been ordered for stucco bench area on Courts 1 & 2; identifying street numbers will be placed on the Clubhouse; 200 tickets have been sold to date for the 4th of July event; “The Tokens” will be performing at the Concert on the Green; a mall trip to the Carlsbad
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Association News X. COMMUNITY PATROL SERVICE REPORT In the absence of Len Weinstein, Director of Community Patrol Service, General Manager Groenewold reported that the Emergency Monitoring System (EMS) testing program has been completed on 1,298 homes and 76 residents have chosen not to have a functional system; and modifications were made to the transponder readers at the Front Gate and horn honking has decreased significantly. XI. COMMITTEE REPORTS ARC – Vice President Takemoto reported that the Committee had dealt with 47 ARC applications last month; 40 were approved; one was denied; six were tabled pending receipt of further information; and two site visits were conducted. AV – Chairperson Ed Farley reported that the projector elevator has been installed; new risers have been built to assist with the aiming of the spotlights; and the A/V Committee is working on hooking up the HD video system to COX. COmMUNITY SERVICES – Chairperson Sue Seebach reported that the Committee approved the Racquet Club request to raise the nets on two paddle tennis courts to
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pickle ball height; and denied the request of the Water Volleyball Cub for an additional day of play. FACILITIES MANAGEMENT – Acting Chairperson Doug Wright reported that a recommendation will be presented to the Master Board in July for Abravanel Hall renovations and the Committee continues to work on the TV Hill site. GOLF COURSE – No Report. LANDSCAPE – Chairperson Linda Strohm reported that the Committee approved adding five new plants to the plant palette and there will not be a Landscape Committee meeting in July due to the holiday. MARKETING & COMMUNICATION – Chairperson Jim Kaminsky reported that 75 residents have signed up for the Freedom Parade scheduled for June 29; the Committee is considering an Open House Luncheon and a Chamber of Commerce Mixer; the New Homeowner Survey is being reviewed for possible revisions; and provided information on changing the name of Leisure Village Way. There were three homeowner comments on changing the name of Leisure Village Way.
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Association News XII. PRESENTATION OF AGENDA ITEMS A.1 Committee Recommendations a. Landscape Committee i. Tree Trimming/Removal Request Due to numerous homeowner requests for tree trimming/ removal, the Board adopted a new Tree Maintenance Policy on May 3, 2012. On May 7, 2013, the Landscape Committee performed inspections of ten trees and recommends the removal of two (2) and trimming of one (1) tree. Five trees will be reassessed by O’Connell and two required no action. Motion made and seconded (D. Lopez/I. Landis) to approve the recommendation of the Landscape Committee for the
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removal of two (2) trees and the trimming of one (1) tree. Motion passed unanimously. Designated Funding: Tree Service Contract: 5290-1008. There were no homeowner comments. b. Marketing & Communications Committee i. Oceanside Senior Fair Chairperson Kaminsky stated that for the MCC to participate in the Senior Fair it would cost $150 for a space. In addition, they would like to display the new OHCC website or video and there would be an addition $25 charge for electricity. At this point, President Baur introduced the PCM Executive Team: Donny Disbro, CEO; Valerie Strauch, COO; Chuck Holland, Sr. VP – Client Operations & Technology; Isaiah Henry, Chief Marketing Officer; Debbie Roberts, Sr. VP – Association Accounting/ Controller; and Elise Trent, Human Resources. Motion made and seconded (S. Sampsel/I. Landis) to approve the participation of the MCC in the City of Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Senior Expo Active Lifestyles to be held on October 10, 2013 and accept the financial assistance of our management company, PCM, to sponsor the cost, to be approximately $200. Motion passed
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Association News unanimously. There were two homeowner comments. Please note that PCM has also offered to sponsor the Hot Dog Luncheon immediately following the Oceanside Parade on June 29th. A.2. NEW BUSINESS a. O’Connell Contract The Master Board is in contract negotiations with O’Connell. Motion made and seconded (A. Takemoto/D. Hefler) to table this item.
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efforts have been made, without success, to collect the debt and to bring the account current. Motion made and seconded (I. Landis/D. Lopez) to approve recordation of lien on Separate Interest of Account #2330310-8. Motion passed unanimously. President Baur asked the Board to consider placing an additional item on the agenda. Per Civil Code 1363.05 (f) and (i), an item can be placed on the agenda if immediate action is necessary and the situation came to the attention of the Board after the meeting notice was given and could not be included on the agenda. Motion made and seconded (A. Takemoto/D. Lopez) that the Board determine there is a need to take immediate action in order to timely decide whether to place a proposition on the 2013 annual meeting ballot for membership approval of a capital improvement project to build a storage room and the need for this action came to attention of the Board after the open meeting agenda was posted and distributed, and the next open Board meeting will be too late to include this matter on the annual meeting ballot. Motion passed unanimously. Motion made and seconded (I. Landis/D. Lopez) that the
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Association News following proposition be placed on the 2013 annual meeting ballot for membership vote: BALLOT PROPOSITION “A”(Proposed Approval of Capital Improvement-Storage Room Project). The Board of Directors seeks a vote from the members of the Ocean Hills Country Club Homeowners Association on whether to authorize the Association’s Board of Directors to spend Association funds to build a storage room capable of storing new assembly chairs for the Hall and other HOA equipment.
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The base bid for the storage room project is $30,137. Allowing for contingencies, the total proposed capital improvement expenditure is not to exceed $35,904. If this capital improvement project is approved by the members, the Board of Directors has authorized the funding of the same via a special assessment of less than five percent of the budgeted gross annual expenditures for the Association; that is, a one-time only special assessment of $22 per lot. (The special assessment will be due on October 1, 2013.) The Association has 1,632 members. A 67 percent approval requirement [CC&Rs, Secs. 2.01(g), 4.01(i) and 5.08] is required which means 1,094 affirmative votes are needed to approve this capital improvement project. Motion passed unanimously. Motion made and seconded (A. Takemoto/D. Hefler) that if the membership vote to approve the storage room capital improvement project, it will be funded by a special assessment of less than five percent of the budgeted gross annual expenditures for the Association; that is, a onetime only special assessment of $22 per lot. The special assessment will be due on October 1, 2013. Management is directed to send out timely notice of the special assessment
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Association News following a favorable annual meeting vote. This special assessment shall not take effect unless the capital improvement proposition is approved by two-thirds vote of the members. Motion passed unanimously. There were two homeowner comments.
XIII. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Motion made and seconded (D. Hefler/I. Landis) to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of May 20 & 23, 2013 as written. Motion passed unanimously. XIV. BOARD MEMBER INPUT
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Member Sampsel – Thanked Jim Kaminsky for all his work. Director Lopez – Thanked Don Kent for his suggestion on the red reflector strips for the Stop signs and the Woodshop looks great. Vice President Takemoto – No additional comments. Treasurer Hefler – Thanked Bob and Carole Barnes for what they have done over the years for the Community. Director Landis – No Comment Director Farrell – No Comment. President Baur – Thanked everyone who takes part in volunteering for our Community. XIII. ADJOURNMENT With no further business to be discussed, President Baur adjourned the meeting at 12:05 p.m.
My message this month will be devoted to thanking the sitting Board for all their hard work and efforts during the past year. I have sat through all their long and frequent meetings as they carefully deliberate the pros and cons of their actions. Always at the heart of their decision process is how their actions will improve the quality of life and preserve and enhance the investment of each ownerâ€™s property. When they disagree it is amicable, allowing for each member to feel their viewpoint is not only shared but sincerely heard. Once a decision is made by the Board, they work in unity to bring it to fruition. Leading the way and setting the tone has been the dynamic presence of a Board President, committed to leave it better than she found it. It often feels like a thankless job, but I can assure each of them, that is not the case. The value of the hard work and leadership is immeasur-
able and often words cannot express adequately the gratitude for making sure every avenue was investigated so a prudent business decision could be made. The Board has made every effort to treat their fellow neighbors with respect, and to give praise and thanks to the volunteers who serve alongside them. If there is any fault to find with this group it could only be that they care so deeply and are passionate beyond measure. Although terms end, the business affairs of the Association continue and the process begins anew each year. The Board, a reflection of the Community itself shows first and foremost the very best of each resident here. These traits include caring, compassionate, committed, resourceful, knowledgeable leaders who serve at the pleasure of the members. As I have often said, it is a joy to come to work here each day, working with such a dynamic organization to achieve amazing results for all who reside within its boundaries. It is a joy to continue to serve and grow professionally not only assisting with projects, but also learning from the members of this Community. From one professional to another, thank you for a job well done, for providing clear guidance to Staff and for all the hours you invested in your task. It has been my pleasure and privilege. To the new Board, I expect great things from you and have no doubt you will rise to the occasion. I offer you my continued support to facilitate your success.
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This is my last message as President of the HOA. I shall be retiring from the Master Board after the Annual Meeting of the Members taking place on August 15. I have been pleased to serve on the Board for five years and as the presiding officer for the last four years. It has been an honor and a privilege as well as a lot of hard work and no pay!!! Believe me, I am not complaining! It has made me feel good to be of assistance to my community, do my part in keeping our Association sound, and be helpful whenever possible to our members. And it has been you, the members, who have “paid” me with your many compliments and words of encouragement. Without your support, there would really have been no reason for me to carry on. So, I am grateful to you. Very grateful! I am pleased that the fine people with whom I have worked closely, my fellow directors, Angela Takemoto, Barry Farrell, David Hefler, Don Lopez, Ira Landis and Shirlee Sampsel, will all be continuing on the Master Board. Linda Strohm will be the newest member of the Board. Linda has done a fine job as Landscape Committee Chair, and I have been able to work closely with her as Board Liaison to that committee. Being a Master Board member and, more so, the Board President is truly a time consuming job! It has been my priority for a long time and willingly so. Yes, I am looking forward to finally retiring, but I can assure you that I shall continue to care about what happens in our beautiful paradise! And now to the business that has taken place in July…. On July 2, the Master Board met in Executive Session. The purpose of the meeting was a contract personnel issue and discussion of two Architectural Review Committee member applications due to the resignations of Wayne Strunk, Jerry Wass, and Phyllis Estes from the ARC. Following that meeting, an Emergency Open Board Meeting was called to appoint David Fitzwilliam and Bud McConnell to the ARC, effective immediately. We thank the three ARC members who resigned for their efforts and the two new ARC members for their willingness to volunteer and serve. On July 12, the Master Board met in Executive Session. The agenda items were: potential litigation, personnel issues, and third party contracts. • The Board met with two law firms, having earlier received bids from five law firms, and decided to hire Peters & Freedman, L.L.P, Attorneys at Law, in Encinitas, to assist in amending and restating our governing docu14 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • August 2013
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Association News ments. Their basic restatement package fee is $4400.00. It is expected that the process is likely to take upwards of a year and will culminate in seeking the requisite membership approval by official ballot. There will be multiple meetings to keep our Membership informed and to listen to your opinions, comments, and suggestions. It is usual to restate governing documents about every 15 years, we are in our 29th year and restatement has never been done. There is a need to bring our governing documents up to date with current civil code, especially where it trumps what is in our CC&Rs. The Davis-Stirling Act, as the body of California State law which governs HOAs is called, was enacted in 1986, three years after our governing documents were adopted. The Civil Code encompasses everything from how the corporation should be managed to what fiduciary duties the board of directors has to the association. Every year the state legislature either amends existing laws or passes new laws which affect HOAs. Courts, in turn, hear new cases and make decisions on how the laws are interpreted. This all colors and changes the way we may govern our association. On January 1, 2014, the new “Davis-Stirling Act” rewrite will go into effect. There are many outdated articles in our governing documents that favor the developer, who has not been involved in the governance of OHCC for the last 22 years! In addition, our CC&Rs and Bylaws are contradictory to
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each other in many instances! As an association matures, it also transforms. To keep property values up, it must stay current with the community’s needs and industry trends. As our association’s needs have evolved, our governing documents must be updated to address those specific demands. We have the benefit of hindsight and the wish to make our governing documents clearer for better understanding and utilization • The Board approved the purchase of a used steel 40 foot x 8 foot container for the storage of irrigation parts. The badly needed storage container will be placed in the Maintenance Building lot next to the container being used for landscape maintenance equipment. The cost including necessary modifications is an amount not to exceed $14,500 • The Board met with Ron Matranga, our Registered Consulting Arborist, to discuss contracting him and his company, Atlas Environmental Services, to review our Phase 3 trees, determine any necessary therapeutic work and oversee trimming; an • The appointment of an additional member to the Architectural Review Committee was discussed. The Regular July Board meeting action items wer • the appointment of Gloria Hoffman, whom we sincerely thank, as the seventh member of the Architectural Review Committee
Association News • the approval of a recommendation of the Facilities Management Committee, presented by Chair Doug Wright on behalf of resident-commercial designer Carole Barnes, for renovation of Abravanel Hall, including replacement of the acoustical wall covering, carpet, and moldings with miscellaneous repairs for an amount not to exceed $80,000 (funded from Reserves). • a recommendation by the Marketing & Communication Committee to rename Leisure Village Way to Ocean Hills Circle and to rename Leisure Village Drive (our entry street) to Ocean Hills Way, which was approved in concept, subject to Board review of the procedures and costs, estimated to be between $13,000 to $17,000 including City of Oceanside fees and changing of the tiles on our street monuments. Only the addresses of the Clubhouse and HOA would be affected. The MCC Chair, Jim Kaminsky, quoted the chairman of the Leisure World Laguna Hills to Laguna Woods Village name-change committee as stating (in 2008): “We need to re-introduce ourselves as a progressive community that we are young-at-mind and young-atheart retirees regardless of whether we are 55 or 80.” It was suggested that the street name changes take place during our 30th Anniversary year, 2014. Two Executive Sessions were held on Monday, July 15, one prior to the Regular Board meeting and one immediately following. The purpose was • an appeals hearing • update on delinquencies • discussion of third party contracts • Executive Committee Reports • Personnel issues • approval of minutes of other Executive Sessions. You should have received your ballot for the August 15 Meeting of Members and Election. Your ballot is divided into three sections. • Section 1 is the election of five Master Board members: four of them for 2-year terms and the one with the fewest votes for a 1-year term. • Section 2 regards the Excess Income Resolution. The purpose of the resolution is prompted by IRS Revenue Ruling 70-604 which allows homeowners associations to avoid taxation on its excess membership income. Approval by a simple majority of a quorum of the membership allows for any amounts collected by or paid to the Association in excess of operating expenses for the year ended March 31, 2014, to be used to reduce the following fiscal year’s Common Assessment as addressed in §5.06 of the CC&Rs. • Section 3 is Proposition “A,” the proposed approval of the Clubhouse Storage Room Addition, a capital improvement project. Please have a look at the colored renderings located in the Clubhouse and HOA. The proposed Storage Room addition to the Clubhouse would be built, if approved, behind the Mykonos Room. The cost per home for the project is a one-time payment of $22. We urge ALL HOMEOWNERS to please VOTE! And that was the month that was….
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By David A. Hefler, Treasurer As we close the month of June, 2013, we are in strong financial condition with reserves of $3,716,139. There is a year-to-date operating deficit of $41,721 that reflects fixed service charges and water consumption increase for the Common Area and the Golf Course. Significant year-to-date below-budget variances as of June, 2013 include $17,499 Tree Service Contract. Phase 3 tree trimming will begin in November or December 2013. Our total assets of $4,796,079 include $3,745,180 worth of FDIC Insured Certificates of Deposit.
Safety Corner By Leonard Weinstein,
Director of Community Patrol Service (CPS) Hello residents of Ocean Hills Country Club. As it’s been some time since this subject has been addressed and because we have a number of new residents in OHCC, it seems timely to remind everyone to watch for indicators that a neighbor may be in need of assistance. Are newspapers or mail accumulating without being picked up? When was the last time you saw your neighbor in the yard or coming/going from her/his home? Have you seen the family dog being walked or in the yard? These are just some activities to watch for. Should anything seem unusual, please check on your neighbor or call the front gate. CPS will send officers to check on your neighbor’s wellbeing. The beginning of our summer has certainly been a hot one and all indications are the excessive heat will continue. In this weather, “drinking” takes on a very different meaning. By another name, HYDRATION; this is very important for your health. Even if you aren’t doing anything strenuous, please ensure sufficient fluid (your choice) intake. Perspiration is a good indicator you need to consume fluids. A tip, coffee or tea are not good sources of fluid replacement; there are studies indicating that caffeine actually reduces fluid retention. On a related subject, please ensure that your family pet has access to sufficient fresh water also. Reminder: Do not place food Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • August 2013 17
Association News or water, for your pets, outside unmonitored. This is an invitation to unwanted four-legged guests. Recently, I’ve had a number of inquires regarding a medical alert type of device. There are a number of such items available and you are certainly free to choose the one you prefer. There is, however, one unit that’s compatible with your residential Emergency Monitoring System (EMS), does not involve any month fees and is monitored by officers at the front gate. This system is referred to as a M.A.R.T. (Medical Alert Radio Transmitter). By pressing the necklace or bracelet button (your choice at time of purchase) a signal is sent, via the EMS in your home, to the front gate. CPS officers will respond to this medical alert signal. Should you have an interest in this device, please contact the front gate for further information. Home Preparedness Tip: Check your carbon monoxide detector battery each time you change your clocks for daylight savings time. SHOULD YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, THE FRONT GATE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 760-758-7111. Be SAFE, Be SMART, and most of all, BE HAPPY. Once again, thanks for your time and thanks for reading The Safety Corner.
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For the month of August it appears activities have calmed down for a while. The Recreation Department will sponsor the Ice Cream Social on August 26 and the Concert (Dancing) on the Green on August 31. Both events have one similarity, in that; there is no cost to attend. The Front 9 of the Golf Course will be closed at 3 pm on the 30th because of the enthusiastic attendees who secure their spots for the next day. For those residents that are new to the Community, please be aware of the need to get here early- if you want a spot in the shade. There is only so much to go around and the shade wars begin the day before the event. Please bring lawn chairs, food, water, your grandkids and an engaging spirit. It is an event you do not want to miss. “The Tokens” will certainly provide a great show for all ages. See you on the course! With the fabulous summer weather, the pool area is bustling with swimmers and their families. Please remember the following summer schedule when using the pool • Lap Swimming Only - 6am-8:45am, Monday-Sunda • Swim Clinic - 9:30am-10:30am, summer months on Saturda • Aerobic and Water Exercise Classes - 9am-10am, Monday-Friday, only students • Children’s (ages 5-14) Swim Time - 11am-2pm, Monday-Sunday, this is an open (free all) swim time and is not just for children. Residents must accompany their guests • Spa- Children under 14 years of age are not to use the spa • Water Volleyball Hours - 3-5pm, Mondays and Fridays during summer months, 2-4pm winter months • Spa Closure for Cleaning - 12noon-4pm, Tuesdays.
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And swim with a smile! The Freedom Parade was a great success and thank you to all the residents who walked along Highway 101 dressed in patriotic attire, waving to the crowd and bringing enthusiasm, along the route. The weather actually cooperated as it was overcast and that was welcomed as the group waited to get into position. A big thank you to Jim Kaminsky who spear headed the idea and the Marketing and Communications Committee members for supporting his endeavors. Check out the pictures online: www.oceanhillscountryclub.com under the Recreation tab. Two Open Houses are on the calendar in August, one for the Billiards Room with the Billiards Club hosting a drop-in on Thursday, August 22 from 2-4 pm. Refreshments will be served and the members will give a demonstration using the new tables. The other will be for the recently renovated Dog Park and that will be held Friday, August 23 from 12-4pm. The Kennel Club will meet and greet all who stop in to see the new artificial turf installed by Easy Turf. Refreshments will be provided by the Recreation Department and there will be treats for “Fido.” The Annual Flea Market is next month and it will again be sponsored by the Woodchuck Club. The sale will take place on Saturday, September 28 at 9am in the Clubhouse. Table spaces will be $10 for those that want to participate, sign-ups beginning Thursday, August 15. A food menu is being discussed and this will be finalized by the next edition of the HOA Newsletter. The summer ends next month and many will get back to their regular activities come September. We are looking forward to the months ahead; again we ask where has the summer gone? But living in California gives us summer close to year round and there is no place like beautiful San Diego. See you somewhere in and around the Clubhouse! “Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to people. For those few months you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are. The fresh cut grass smell in the air & the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool, gives you courage you didn’t think you had. Summer just opens the door and lets you free.” — Author Unknown
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BOARD MEETINGS OHCC Session I Monday, August 12, 10 am Mykonos Room OHCC Session II Thursday, August 15, 10 am BOD ANNUAL MEETING Abravanel Hall VILLAGE MEETINGS Corfu Wednesday, August 28, 1:30 pm Ladies Club Room Cyrus Thursday, August 22, 1:30 pm Ladies Club Room Portofino Monday, August 26, 10 am Ladies Club Room Zante Friday, August 9, 9:30 am Ladies Club Room COMMITTEE MEETINGS ARC Thursday, August 8 & 22, 9:30 am Homeowners Association Audio Visual Committee Tuesday, August 27, 11 am Homeowners Association Community Service Committee Friday, August 9, 10 am Clubhouse Art Room Facilities Management Committee Tuesday, August 20, 2 pm Homeowners Association Golf Course Committee Thursday, August 29, 2 pm Clubhouse Landscape Committee Friday, August 2, 10 am Clubhouse Marketing & Communication Committee Wednesday, August 21, 10 am Homeowners Association Executive Committee Wednesday, August 29, 9:30 am Homeowners Association Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter â€˘ August 2013 31
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Audio Visual Committee
Members of the AV Committee continue to work with Cox, PCM, and private contractors to improve the Channel 12 programming and reception. The current recommendation is to remove the Channel 12 analog and replace it with a digital channel interface to provide Standard and High Definition formats. There will be no appreciable change for anyone who is receiving Cox via a Cox Box or directly with a digital TV. However, those of you who are still using an old analog TV without a Cox Box will not be able to receive the new Channel 12 signal. It will be necessary to purchase a “digital to analog” Converter box. They can be purchased on the internet for about $28. Or you can use this opportunity to go out and get that new flat screen TV you have been wanting. Notice: This refers to our in-house Broadcast only and has nothing to do with the regular Cox cable system. This will fix the channel 12 reception problem for most of our homeowners. AV volunteer Ron Carso is working with a vendor who will supply a demo unit that can be used for testing this interface. It appears we may have two channels available, one with High Definition format and the second with Standard Definition format. A new video projector has been installed in the ceiling of Abravanel Hall. The projector can be remotely controlled from the AV booth or the floor. The projector drops down about three feet and can project a full size image onto the pull down screen on the stage. It is also capable of projecting images onto the rear stage curtain. AV volunteers are currently working on options to provide audio to the house speakers or to satellite speakers. The AVC has implemented a regular AV training day each month to train new AV Volunteers. This training day is the third Wednesday of each month from 4 pm to 6 pm in Abravanel Hall and has been well attended. If you are not presently a volunteer and are interested in learning about Audio Visual, please stop by and join us for one of these training days.
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Low to no impact aerobics – NO JUMPING! MONDAYS - 10 am to 11 am (weights from 10:50 am to 11 am) Instructor: Christine Alisiani WEDNESDAYS - 10 am to 11 am (weights from 10:50 am to 11 am) Instructor: Christine Alisiani FRIDAYS – 10 am to 11:15 am (weights, tubing & exercise balls from 10:45 am to 11:15 am) Instructor: Sharon Nelson COST - $3 per class attended (You can pay for and try out two classes without joining the Club) ANNUAL DUES – $6 (Please make check payable to OH Aerobics)
President Paul Yoshida announces the August 13 Club meeting at 7 pm in the Mykonos Room at the Clubhouse. At the August meeting, we will share plans for the August 21-23 two-day tuna trip on the Pacific Voyager. All members and guests are invited to attend this, or any regular monthly meeting held the second Tuesday of the month in the Mykonos Room. Currently this final local fishing trip is fully booked, however if you have any questions call Charter Master Rollin Grider at 760-726-9594. The June 20 three-quarter day trip on the Pacific Voyager,
fished the Tijuana Flats off the Mexican Coast with calm seas and the sunny skies. It was a beautiful day on the ocean, with great bait, including live squid, great sardines, and excellent anchovies. We could not find any schools of biting fish. Twenty-one anglers caught 48 nice Sand Bass. The Jackpot was won by Andrew Wilson, who is Dennis Lady’s grandson, with about a five pound Sand Bass. Please join us on Saturday evening August 24 for the annual Lanai BBQ and Fish Fry party. If you have not purchased your tickets, deposit a check at the Front Desk, and select a table. There may be a few tickets available. The cost of the Mardi Gras BBQ is $25 per person for our annual dinner dance, with the music provided by the Bayou Brothers band. All Anglers Club members and guests of members are welcome to attend as long as space is available. Sign up and deposit your check at the Front Desk. There are a few spaces left on the September 30 to October 2, 1½ days trip of the Voyager, so sign up and deposit your check for $300, and select your bunk at the Front Desk in the Clubhouse. There are also some spaces left on the last 1½ days trip on the Pacific Voyager October 29-31. If you are interested sign up and put in your $282 dollar check at the Front Desk. If you have questions about these trips, give Rollin a call. We will also have another big raffle at our August meeting with a chance for you to win some great prizes, if your lucky ticket is drawn. Raffle tickets are six for $5, or $1 each. Come join us for fun and fish stories, and have a chance to win some good prizes at our monthly raffle.
ART LOVERS CLUB
Meeting: August 20: Please note! Due to room space, we have changed the time and room for this demonstration! Please make that change on your calendar! “Linda’s Three Loves” — Fabric Art Demonstration When: Tuesday, August 20 Where: Ladies Club Room Time: 10 am Linda Wass will share how she has combined her three loves, gardening, watercolors, and fiber arts, to create unique art pieces using a variety of mediums. Contact: Linda Wass Meeting: Tuesday, September 17: “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!” When: Tuesday, September 17 Where: Mykonos Room Time: 1 pm We are so happy to feature the Ocean Hills Photography Club at our meeting on Tuesday, September 17. The featured speaker will be Ernie Pick, an experienced photographer, who has traveled throughout the world capturing artistic moments through his camera lens! Ernie has presented his photography art on different cruise lines and to a variety of clubs. His pictures are truly worth a thousand words! Contact: Lois Byrne or Lynn O’Connor Bus Trip! Save this date on your calendar! Wednesday, October 16 What? “A Tour of Liberty Station’s Art World” We will visit the San Diego Women’s Museum, the San Diego Watercolor Society, and the Visions Art Museum, plus Sophie’s Gallery and Gift Shop. A “sit down” lunch will be included at the Solare Ristorante! A menu selection will follow soon. When? Wednesday, October 16 34 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • August 2013
Clubs and Activities Times: (Meet in the overflow parking lot around 8:45 am) Departure: 9am Return: Approximately 3:30 pm Cost: $48 Signups for this trip begin on Tuesday, August 20 at the “Linda’s Three Loves” demonstration! Questions? Contact: Helen Sloan
We just finished the West Coast Swing series of classes taught by Gary and Marjorie Eiseit. All the 15 participants had a great time and learned the dance very well. Now it is only a matter of practicing to retain and improve our skills. In fact, we will do just that for the next few Mondays (at 4 pm) until we find a teacher for the next series of classes. The majority of members requested that we teach the Western Two Step also known as the Cowboy Two Step. We are looking for someone good and available to teach on Mondays at 4 pm. We would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm invitation to all OHCC residents to join us in learning this fun dance. You don’t have to be a member of the Ballroom Dance Club. Non- members pay $7 per lesson, members pay $5. With our membership dues at $6 per year you can easily see the advantage to becoming a member if you are interested in taking this as well as future series of dance lessons from professional dance teachers. Please call George at 760-941-5175 if you are interested and he will let you know when the classes start. Of course, we are continuing to offer the free ballroom dance classes on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4 pm in the Abravanel Hall. These classes are free for all OHCC residents and are taught by George and Miriam Mozes. We strongly encourage our members as well as non-members to take advantage of these free lessons. In July we taught the Rumba and in August we will teach the Cha-Cha. The patterns that we teach in rumba are the same in Cha-Cha, so if you know one dance you know the other as well. So even if you missed the Rumba, come to the Cha-Cha lessons and you will be shown how to switch between these two dances.
By now the Billiards Room should be full of new tables and happy players discovering that they can shoot much better when the balls roll straight and bounce true. Come in and try it yourself. Mark your calendars for the Billiards Club Open House on August 22 from 2 to 4 pm. Refreshments will be served. Club members, for their $7 annual dues, gain access to over 100 Billiards Club events during the year: classes on basic and advanced technique, lessons on different games, personal coaching and monthly tournaments — but any member of the community is cordially welcome to just drop in and play. On June 13 the Club presented a lesson on how to play THE classic pool game: Straight Pool. The game in which Willie Mosconi made a world record 526 consecutive shots! That was over 50 years ago. We believe that no one living here has ever done 1/10th that well – but if you have, let us know, we’d like to recognize you. Two weeks later our Straight Pool tournament was held. The “A” division was won by Ken Rose, with Earle Sherman in second place. The “B” division was won by Tom Tichenor, with
Harold Weiss in second. Then, in the highly anticipated A vs. B playoff to 50 points, Tom received a handicap of 35 points, and narrowly defeated Ken for the overall title. In addition to getting his name engraved in brass on the hallowed Billiards Club wall, Tom received the first of the new Billiards Club hats. These hats and visors cannot be purchased. They must be won at tournaments, or earned by teaching. When you see Tom and his new hat, give him a high five as the spirit moves you. Shoot. Straight!
Meeting this month is on TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 1 pm in the Ladies Club Room. Light refreshments will be served at 12:30 pm. We will have presenters from Project Wildlife bringing a LIVE crow and raven. We will be able to compare the size and characteristics between the two birds and gain insight into their behavior. Are they “friends or foe?” Here is your chance to ask questions and decipher their differences! Here is your new word for the day, “Corvid.” “Corvid” is the family name given to all the close relatives of crows, which includes ravens, nutcrackers, magpies, and jays. All are considered very intelligent birds and very adaptable. Almost all Corvid species learn that humans are strongly correlated with food supplies and aren’t shy about claiming their share. Among Corvids, however, only crows appear to be “out of control” and a problem species in some areas.
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Clubs and Activities A group of crows is called a murder. Two common explanations exist. The first involves the belief that a group of crows will pass judgment on the bad deeds of a flock member and may kill it. Another explanation is that crows are scavengers that are associated with road kill, carcasses and, therefore, death. The bird walk this month will be to Guajome Park and the grounds near the Antique Steam Engine Museum and the Adobe house. Meet at the over flow lot by 7:45 am to receive directions and form carpools. DEPARTURE IS AT 8 am. The area is flat (a bit rocky), wear sturdy shoes, bring hat, water, binos, and optional money for lunch and gas for the driver. Parking at Guajome is $3 per car unless you have a San Diego County Park Pass. Any changes in location will be emailed to you. Guajome is one of the largest remaining freshwater marshes in the county. It is rich in nutrients and supports many species of birds. This ecosystem has three of the most important habitats in San Diego County: open water, fresh water marsh, and riparian woodland. Because all three of these imperiled environments occur in one place and in substantial size at Guajome, this park is an especially valuable wildlife resource. We will expect a diversity of species because of our walk by the lake, nature trail, field and forest.
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Good morning one and all and a beautiful morning it is. I want to welcome all the Newbees who are moving into our lovely village. I have met so many lovely new residents lately and the good news is they all want to team to play Bocce. You couldn’t have come at a better time or place to learn. Everyone is willing to share our limited knowledge with you and the more the merrier. The courts have been resurfaced and although they take some getting “used to,” I for one think they are an improvement over the old ones. Also our benches were lacquered and the score boards replaced. No excuse for not doing well. By the time you are reading this our second party of the new year is over. It was a Luau and all things Hawaiian and Bocce were enjoyed. There is a new bocce tournament coming so be sure to get your names on the signup sheet when it comes around. Don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret, but I heard that it was clothing optional. Now my mind only goes in one direction and you can guess which one. On further review optional does mean you can leave your clothes on. That seems a lot better considering the average age of all our players. The tournament is in September so you have a lot of time to make up your minds... should I or shouldn’t I. The bocces for June are as follows: 5 for Julie Gischrist (wow); 2 each for Gil Allard, Gordon Bishop, Bill Curtin, Al Lipitz, Virginia Sackett. and Darrel Vincent; 1 each for Teri Amighi, Joan Comito, Marion Elman, Al Fried, Ruth Miller,
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Clubs and Activities Peggy Newburg, Eddie Ramseyer, Sue Rosenquist, Lee Salek, Don Sampsel Carol St. James, Jerry St. James, and Barbara Tresseu. For those who can’t wait, here is the Bocce count half way through the year: Bill Curtin 25, Darryl Vincent 9, Bob Mayer 8, Jack Conifry 8, Al Fried 7, Al Lipitz 6, Ken Miller 6 Julie Gilchrist 14, Virginia Saclett 9, Susoe Kopoiow 6, and Marion Ellman 6. CONGRATULATIONS to all and especially to the leaders. Keep those bocces coming and we all can get trophys.
BRIDGE FOUNDERS DUPLICATE
Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 3. We will be celebrating Labor Day, one day late this year as always. Holiday refreshments will be served at 6:15 pm. Every July 4, we opened our bridge game to your house guests. We would like to extend this invitation for the Labor Day holiday, too. Please try to join us for bridge. It is a great game, not only is it a social activity, but it increases and stimulates our mental capacity. We meet and play every Tuesday night in Abravanel Hall at 6:15 pm. Hope to see you there. High scorers for June: N/S - Mary Rita DePietro and Joan Gayer with a 66.88%; E/W - Joan and Max Blumeyer with a 67.06%. Congratulations to all of you! As a reminder, if you need a partner, please contact Mary and Hal Myers. They can be reached at 760-295-9612. They will do their very best to find you one.
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BRIDGE FRIDAY DUPLICATE
Our Friday Duplicate Bridge Game was held June 14. North/South First Place Winners were Nancy Read and Louise with 58.75%. East/West First Place Winners were Joanne Abeson and Mary Rita DePietro with 57.25%. On Friday, June 28, North/South First Place Winners were Mary Lou Buer and Marge Garland with 62.00%. East/West First Place Winners were Gina Stier and Carol Hobock with 55.00%. Congratulations Ladies! For anyone who enjoys playing a fun (not ACBL sponsored) Duplicate Bridge game, please join us to play on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in Abravanel Hall. We start play at 11:30 am but we ask that you be in the hall by 11:15 am. If a fifth Friday happens to fall on any certain month we will hold a game on that Friday too. Membership is required in order to play and it is $6 for the year. If you need a partner please, call Betty Steinman at 760-842-1321. Thank you and look forward to seeing more duplicate players there.
BRIDGE THURSDAY NIGHT PARTY
There are lots of activities around the Clubhouse in which you can be involved but if you are a bridge player we certainly hope you will choose to bring a partner and $1 and join us in Abravanel Hall.
Clubs and Activities We start at 6 pm with a nice variety of cookies, coffee and a little chit chat. Bridge begins at 6:30 pm. We welcome all intermediate players. May winners were Don and Shirlee Sampsel, Dorothy Skeibel and Marianne Herkert, Dorothy Skeibel and Jean Barmassi, Betty Gordon and Barbara Mitchell, and Marilyn Erickson and Gabriella Lough. June winners were Karen and Jack Frisch, Dorothy Skeibel and Jean Barmasse, Barbara Mitchell and Betty Gordon, and Dorothy Skeibel and Lorna Goodman.
represent the combined average critical and popular rating on a scale of 0 to 100 as published by Rotten Tomatoes.com and IMDB.com. A rating between 60 and 100 signifies the highest rated films. Please also check the recently updated Coming Attractions Bulletin Board posted outside the Men’s Club Room for reserved films that are in circulation but not yet available in DVD. MIDWEEK FILMS: A critically praised contemporary Foreign Film from any country is shown every Wednesday at 7 pm only. This is in addition to the three scheduled shows on alternating Fridays. The title of the Foreign Film to be shown is available
It is almost that time again when the Chorale will be starting practice for the Holiday Show in December. The show is December 15 at 2 pm. Our first practice will be Thursday, 10 am on September 5 in the Men’s Club Room. Come join us if you like to sing and have fun. I know there are men out there just waiting to be asked to join the fun. We promise not to make you do Michael Jackson’s moonwalk unless you really cannot wait to do so! (The gentlemen who danced at the May Concert are just natural “hams” NOT!). The Holiday show is always uplifting and a great time of the year to sing and get everyone in the Holiday spirit. There are no tryouts to join “if you can hum, you can come” has been our motto for a few years! We hope to see a lot of new faces on Thursday, September 5 at 10 am!
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WEEKEND FILMS: Films are shown in the Clubhouse Ladies Club Room every Friday, Saturday and Sunday unless exempted by a priority event or holiday. Show times are at 2:30, 5 and 7:30 pm each day unless the film is over 2 hours and 20 minutes in length. When this occurs, the 5 pm show will be omitted. The week’s program is published every Thursday and is also available on the Movie Hotline 760-7581216, Ext 5. It is advisable to check the MPAA ratings for possibly offensive subject matter before attending. Coming to Ocean Hills from approximately mid-August to mid-September are: “Mud” (80), “Amour”-Oscar Winner (86), “Emperor” (60), “Olympus Has Fallen” (64), “What Maisie Knew” (72), “The Gatekeepers” (79) and “The Great Gatsby” (67). The numbers appearing after the above film titles
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Clubs and Activities every Thursday from the Clubhouse Front Desk or by calling the Movie Hotline. Some titles are not known until the last minute. Potential selections are to be found on the Coming Attractions Bulletin Board. Seating is on a first come, first served basis and guests of residents are always welcome. FOREIGN FILM CLASSICS: Scheduled on Monday, August 15 at 1 pm by the Foreign Film Classic Group is the 1966 Czech classic “Closely Watched Trains.” Take advantage of a rare opportunity to revisit these classics again or to see them for the first time if missed when originally released. MUSICAL FINE ARTS: The Musical Fine Arts Group is next scheduled to meet on Saturday, August 3 at 10 am. The program will be Beethoven’s only opera “Fidelio.” If you are interested in joining either the Foreign Film Classic or Musical Fine Arts Group or in just attending one of the programs mentioned above, please contact the writer since seating is limited. Becoming a member would entitle you to automatically receive a monthly invitation and an annual program which can also be found in the literature racks adjacent to the Clubhouse Front Desk. Frank Petronella 760-414-9070 firstname.lastname@example.org
Come in out of the heat and enjoy good company, treats, and then learn how to get your garden ready for autumn. The August meeting of the Ocean Hills Garden Club will be held Wednesday, August 14. The Social hour begins at 9:30 am and is followed by the guest
speaker and general meeting at 10 am in Abravanel Hall. Good gardeners anticipate the next season while enjoying the bounty of the present. Our guest speaker Roy Wilburn will help us anticipate fall tasks in his talk “Winding down your summer garden – Getting ready for fall.” Roy was hired as Director of Horticulture at Sunshine Care which is an assisted living and memory care community in Poway. You can usually find him in one of the five organic gardens, producing high quality organic fruits and vegetables. Roy’s other responsibilities include maintaining Sunshine Care’s beautiful greenhouse, fruit tree orchards, Memorial Rose Garden, and the landscaping of its 32-acre facility. As a Master Composter, he handles the compost and vermiculture programs. Twice a month, he is with local home-schooled children and residents, directing the Sunshine Care Garden Club’s “Seed to Table” program. In this program, the children learn all aspects of growing organic fruits and vegetables in their own “Children’s Garden.” Sunshine Care also offers a series of free garden lectures and workshops once a month. Roy and guest speakers cover a wide variety of horticultural issues pertaining to the particular time of year. Roy came to Sunshine Care with more than twenty years of experience managing and operating vegetable and berry farms. Immediately after college he became an agriculturalist in the San Quintin Valley of Baja California Norte. For the next twenty years he was a hands-on grower and eventually owner of ranches up and down the Baja Peninsula. Upon returning to San Diego, Roy worked for HerbThyme Farms
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Clubs and Activities in Oceanside, California as Grower/Manager of all sixteen herbs, both conventional and organic. Roy’s research and education have led him to many growing areas in the USA, Mexico, Spain, Israel, and the Netherlands. Other news: On July 19, members and friends toured Grand Traditions Gardens in Fallbrook organized by Outside Tours Chair Ellen Nelson. In lieu of the Garden Club’s biennial Flower Show, the Garden Club will take part in OHCC’s Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration. This one day event needs a chairperson. Are you willing to accept?
GARDEN TIPS by Melvina
August is mostly a maintenance month. Deadhead all spent perennial blooms including roses. Shearing off achillea, nepeta and other mass bloomers will encourage repeat bloom. Feed winter and early spring blooming perennials with blood and bone meal, dust lightly rake in and then water. Fertilize bearded iris by August 15 for fall bloom. My fall catalogs are arriving with many new iris selections. The perennial garden needs mulch. A two-inch layer not only conserves moisture but keeps roots cool and actively growing. Use compost or wood products (better yet, a combo of both), water first and then mulch. Bait for snails. Keep foliage clean to prevent white fly and wash off aphids. Many perennials are pest free, so don’t spray
unless there is a problem. At the first sign of mildew on roses, strip and dispose of affected leaves. Then apply a sulfur spray every fifth day for two weeks to discourage outbreak. Feed roses lightly with a balanced fertilizer, If you plant seeds of annuals, August is the time to do it so plants will be ready to set out in September. Some examples of annuals that like our climate are larkspur, calendula, sweet peas, stock, snapdragons, nigella (love in a mist), Iceland poppies and corn flowers, Larkspur is an upright plant with fern like foliage. It has thick spires of flowers and grows to about three feet. It comes in shades of blue, purple and white. The calendula has large yellow, orange, cream or apricot flowers on long stems. The sweet pea is an annual vine and has long flower stems of all colors except yellow. Stock can reach two to three feet. They have long slender gray-green leaves and come in pastel and jewel tones. Snapdragons grow upwards of twelve inches; have dark green leaves with yellow, orange, red or white flowers. Nigella has lacy foliage, star-shaped flowers with pink, blue, white, lavender or fuchsia. Iceland poppies have insignificant foliage with long stately stems with classic poppy-formed crepe-paper like petals in orange, pink, apricot, yellow and white. Corn flowers have narrowleaf foliage. The plants reach 2 feet with long stems of blue, red, pink or white buttons. My special tip of the month: mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk together to spray plants with smooth leaves. Wipe off with paper towel, this will give a nice natural looking sheen to both indoor and outdoor plants.
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It seems that every month, something new and exciting is happening in the golf world. The week of September 8 will be the beginning of the second annual Ocean Hills Open. It is a non-handicap tournament and ladies and gentlemen are welcome. Team brackets will be determined by the current handicaps of the players, if two ladies are scheduled to play, they will play from the red tees; two gentlemen from the blue tees. A lady and gentlemen will both play from the blue tees on the odd holes and the red tees on the even holes. Signup will occur until noon, September 3 and match up determined that day. Players will schedule their matches by mutual consent. The winner of the first round will schedule the second round, to be played the following week, until the OH champion is determined. Entry fee is $5 and will be collected by Joe Newmeyer, Carol Wight, Sally Palmer and Dave Roberts. Guys and Dolls will be played Sunday, August 25, $4 and 3 or 4 team members should be in the casa door by August 18. Popcorn, beer and wine will be available. Touring Amateurs this month will be at Lomas Santa Fe Executive Course on Friday August 16. The cost will be $32 with cart and $22 for walkers. Please get your money to the Demarest’s by August 8. The event sponsor is Vi at La Jolla Village. Wow, on paper the summer is almost over. So, start planning for the September special tournament, which will be held on Monday and Tuesday, September 9 and 10 and is sponsored by Action Air Conditioning and Heating. Place your $8 and team members and choice of day in the casa door by September 1. Any questions, call Darlene Kelch or Joan Kulis.
A number of residents have enquired about donating potty chairs and high rise toilet seats. We cannot take or store the chairs and seats for sanitary reasons. Charity agencies such as Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Am Vets will not take them for the same reason. You can hang onto them or put them in the trash. You need to call Waste Management to pick up any bulk items. We store wheelchairs, transporter chairs, light weight walkers, seated walkers (with four wheels), canes, and crutches. Our equipment is meant for temporary loan to
assist you while obtaining whatever equipment you might need to have on a long term basis. If you have a need to use our equipment or wish to donate, please call one of us listed below. We deliver and pick up. Thanks for your support! Larry Bowers 760-639-1989, Tim Wilbur 760-639-5221, Jack Collar 760-598-0580 or Dan Mathews 760-724-2744.
Upcoming Events: Annual Potluck Brunch, Saturday, August 3 at 10 am in Abravanel Hall. Artificial turf will be installed at Dog Park starting August 5. This will take about two weeks. Dog Park will be closed. An open house will be held on August 23 from 12 pm to 4 pm. Refreshments will be served…details to follow. “Cat Connection” mingle sometime in the fall. More information and a date will be forthcoming. TIPS FOR A PET SAFE SUMMER 1. Always provide plenty of cool clean water. When away from home, carry a thermos of water or bottled water. 2. Leave pets home as much as possible. They will be much more comfortable in your cool home than riding in a hot car. 3. Don’t leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle. Even with windows open, a parked car can become a furnace. Even if the temperature outside is 80 degrees, the temperature in your car can quickly climb to 120 degrees. 4. Don’t force your animal to exercise in hot humid weather. Asphalt and cement are extremely hot on paws. Exercise your pet in the cool of the early morning and evening. 5. Always provide plenty of shade for an animal outside the house. Bring your pet inside during the heat of the day. If you take your dog to the beach or park, make sure you can provide a shaded spot for resting. 6. Be alert for the signs of heat stress: Heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, unsteadiness, vomiting or a deep red tongue. If you believe your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, contact your veterinarian immediately.
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It was a busy month for librarians including our three newest—Mary Lou Buer, Gina Stier and Libby Strahs. All librarians got together for our summer lunch held at the Broken Yolk in Oceanside, and three brave souls marched in Oceanside’s 125th Anniversary Parade. The marchers, Jan Ahrens, Carol Hobock and Margie Stogdill, sported billboard signs conceived and made by Margie publicizing our beautiful Library. We still don’t know if those watching the parade were heartily cheering our lovely threesome or if they believed they were a part of the Veterans Club which marched just ahead of them. In any case it was wonderful to be appreciated. Just a reminder: in addition to the list of new books that appears here, the same list can be found on the new OHCC website as well as photos of our librarians.
New Book Purchases, July 2013
Title, Author, Category 12th OF NEVER, James Patterson, Fic AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOES, Khaled Hosseini, Fic THE APPLE ORCHARD, Susan Wiggs, Fic BUNKER HILL, Nathaniel Philbrick, Non-Fic A DELICATE TRUTH, John LeCarre, Fic INFERNO, Dan Brown, Fic KING’S DECEPTION, Steve Berry, Fic LOOKING FOR ME, Beth Hoffman, Fic THE OPHELIA CUT, John Lescroart, Fic THE OTHER TYPIST, Suzanne Rindell, Fic THE PERFUME COLLECTOR, Kathleen Tessaro, Fic ROBERT B PARKER’S WONDERLAND, Ace Atkins, Fic SECRETS FROM THE PAST, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Fic THE SILVER STAR, Jeannette Walls, Fic THE SON, Philipp Meyer, Fic A STEP OF FAITH, Richard Paul Evans, Fic THE SWINGER, Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck, Fic ZERO HOUR, Clive Cussler, Fic THE HIT, David Baldacci, LP SECRETS FROM THE PAST, Barbara Taylor Bradford, LP
Our next Ocean Hills Society for the Performing Arts show is November 9 in Abravanel Hall at 7:30 pm. Mark your calendars now so you will be in town to see ABBAMANIA. This is a musical that takes you back to the disco era of one of the best pop bands in history, ABBA. ABBAMANIA features incredible musicians and singers which are the main highlights of this musical show. ABBAMANIA perform 21 of ABBA’s hits, with all the costume changes, choreography, a live band, and big studio sound. If you are not an ABBA fan, you will be when you hear and see this concert. It is another one of those “toe-tapping and I wish we could dance in the aisle” shows! ABBAMANIA recreates ABBA in concert! This group is from Canada and they perform all over the world. We are so lucky to have them here in our Village. Tickets go on sale October 1 at 8 am and are still only $25 for this show and you do not have to leave OHCC! What a bargain!
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Thursday, August 15, is the day of the meeting of the Photography Club this month. It seems early, but it is the third Thursday of the month, our normal meeting day. The program will be President Morry Shechet discussing “Composition in Photography.” With examples from some of his excellent photos, Morry will demonstrate and discuss the main principles of how to compose your shots. Morry is a skilled photographer with years of experience. You will learn from his interesting examples how to do better in your own work, and you will enjoy his presentation. Be sure to join us at 1 pm in the Ladies Club Room. In any time remaining after the program, we will attempt to answer questions you may have on using your camera or computer, or at least point you in the right direction. After the meeting, Bud DeMaris will be in the Computer/ Photo Lab from 3 pm until 5 pm for one-on-one help with your digital camera and using it with a computer and printer. For these interested in hands-on experience using Photoshop Elements, Bud will attempt to help you with the particular area you are interested in. Guidance on using the scanner or photo printer is also available. Donated photo paper is available at no cost, or Epson paper of several styles can be purchased at cost from Bud.
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The Racquet Club’s Fifth Annual Tennis Exhibition, co-chaired by Terrel Campbell, Judy Gagnon and Joyce Malloy, was another huge success with a record breaking 85 people in attendance on June 13. Players back again this year were Joe Winkler, Hans Paino, Yoke Virliana, Eric Ecklund, Pat Williams, Micah Groom, plus Brenda Barnett, a new player added this year which enabled attendees to be able to watch a fun mixed-doubles match. The line gals, Patty Coffee, Val Davis, Karen Kinney, Cecelia Quinn, Mary Severson, Dannica Wood and Ana Yoshida, were kept busy and did a great job. Snacks, wine, beer and soda were available to attendees during the matches and then Caesar Salad, Round Table Pizza and cupcakes were served for dinner. A big thanks goes out to all the helpers, Andy Anderson, Mike Ball, Diane Bellerive, Fred Campbell, Patricia Hallworth, Mike Malloy, Joan McAlister, Karen Quimby, Patti Smith, Karin Walton, and Ana Yoshida. Joyce Malloy announced all the players and she and Terrel Campbell gave each of the players from last year a framed group picture and copy of last year’s Observer with an article and pictures from last year’s event. The players said that they were looking forward to coming back again next year and truly enjoyed themselves as much or more than the rest of us. So, see you all next year!! All plans are set for our August 7 Lanai party, “Friendship Through Sports.” This should be a great party! Each year the Racquet Club uses a different theme to make our parties
Clubs and Activities special. What better theme than to recognize and celebrate the many friendships that are made at our weekly drop-in sessions and our numerous events throughout the year! The Racquet Club covers six sports here at OHCC–tennis, pickleball, paddle tennis, badminton, table tennis, and water volleyball. The Racquet Club plays a key role in monitoring our courts and facilities, advising the OHCC Board and Recreation Department of anything needing attention. We organize and offer many activities, drop-in sessions, sub lists (online only), clinics, tournaments, lessons, and parties throughout the year. The Club holds a meeting every two months starting in January. Members are advised of changes in our events and schedules through emails. Another way to find out all things “Racquet Club,” is by checking our website at http://www.ohccracquetclub.com/ maintained by Stu Wohl–thank you Stu!
for the spring wildflowers. Another exciting trip next year will be to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. Our Club meetings are held in the Mykonos Room in the Clubhouse on the 4th Tuesday of each month. A social gathering and refreshments starts at 7 pm, the business meeting starts at 7:30 pm, and visitors are welcome. Please visit our website at http://www.ohccrvclub.info/
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There are no Club organized RV trips planned for July, August, and September. However we had a fun party on July 23. We are looking forward to October and a visit to the Paso Robles Wine Festival with Wagon Masters Dan Mathews and Bob and Judy White. Following that we move south to the annual Jazz Festival in Pismo Beach with Jerry and Nancy Gayvert planning a fun outing. We will be staying at the Pismo Coast Village RV Resort right on the beach and close to the Jazz Festival venues. Our last trip of the year will be to the Chula Vista RV Resort and Marina for a pre-Thanksgiving celebration. In 2014, we hope to visit Palm Desert in February and then to Borrego Springs in March
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Another full house attended the July meeting of the Sailing Club, and enjoyed delicious refreshments provided by Ginny O’Hara and Lillian Ashton, and libations by Jack Morgan. Following the meeting, Hal Bolton gave a presentation on a sail he had made from Nova Scotia to Bar Harbor, crossing the Bay of Fundy, with its enormous tides. Wayne Strunk will be leading the annual Coronado Cays sail on Wednesday, August 14. Five boats are scheduled to sail from Harbor Island Yacht Club, under the graceful Coronado Bridge, and then through the neighborhoods of multi-million dollar houses and yachts in the Coronado Cays. Next, the Club summer party will be on Saturday, August 17, and will have a Cajun theme, with music by My DJ. Tickets are $25 for Club members and $30 for non-members. Sign up soon, as this event will be sold out. Note that there has been a change in the way the Club handles signups for sails. The use of the “I want to go sailing” sheet has been discontinued. Now signup sheets are circulated at the monthly meetings with a firm date and commitments by Captains and Mates to organize the sails. After the meeting, the signup sheet is placed in the Sailing Club folder to continue signups. If the boat is full, you can add your name as standby and, in event of a cancellation, you will be contacted if space opens up. Priority goes to those who place their checks in the Sailing Club envelope earliest. Interested in learning more about this fun Club and its activities? The Club meets the first Tuesday of each month, with refreshments at 7 pm and the business meeting beginning at 7:30 pm. See us at the next meeting on August 6.
Meeting Times: lst Thursday: 9:30am Business Meeting 2nd Thursday: 9:30 Own Projects 3rd Thursday: 9:30 Sewing or Craft 4th Thursday: 9:30 Sewing or Craft Every Tuesday afternoon: 1-3pm Beading Tuesday Evenings: 6-8pm Informal Meetings Every Friday: 1-3 pm Quilting I hope you are having a nice summer; it seems to be going fast. Soon we will start thinking about holiday gifts and decorations. June’s sewing project was the Wave Bag; it could be made in a large tote size or a slightly smaller purse size. I found this harder to make than our other projects. It was difficult for me to conceptualize how the parts were going to fit together when they were done. I don’t think this is one of the gifts I
will want to be making for many people. Since the business meeting fell on the 4th of July we did not have a regular meeting; bring your bag to the August meeting for display. It will be interesting to see all the colors together. In July, after the rigors of June’s sewing, we did two craft projects: tassels and cards. It is useful to know how to make the tassels since they are very easy and can be made in any color. They are made out of one skein of embroidery floss. They are useful as a pull on jackets and purses, or as a key fob. The last Thursday is a card project by Barbara Roe. There may also be time for a bookmark (stocking stuffer?). I haven’t seen these yet but Barbara is a real talent and very creative. The August projects are a Kitchen Angel and the Duffel Bag sundries travel kit. We have had a hard time getting the bag on our agenda but finally I will get to make one for my sister. She requested it when she saw the bag on our website. I think she is starting to treat our Show and Tell as a catalog — “I’ll have one of these and one of these.” Sewing, Etc. members receive an email with the month’s events. For non-members there are a few copies of the schedule in the Sewing Room; it is subject to change. The most up-to- date info and a photo gallery of members, past projects and Show and Tell displays are on our website www. ohccsewingclub.com.
Our summer programs continue with a new event, “An All American Party on the Lanai!” On Monday, August 19 at 6:30 pm, join us on the Lanai for “An All American Party!” Bobby’s Hideaway is catering the dinner then we will have some party games to play! Our dinner will be Chicken Fried Steak (yes it is steak fried like chicken) and this year we have Roasted Chicken (breast and thighs) for those who would prefer chicken. The meal will include all the trimmings, mixed green salad, mashed potatoes, country gravy, mushroom gravy, coleslaw, fruit salad and apple pie. So bring your appetite and splurge for an evening! This is a BYOB affair, bring your own wine or whatever, but please, no glass containers on the Lanai! We will have ice tea and lemonade and coffee. Get your reservations in early. Come join us for the last event on the Lanai! Cost is only $17 for members (less than last year) and $22 for guests. Deadline for signing up is Wednesday, August 14. Please remember we are starting at 6:30 pm there will be NO EARLY SEATING. The poster on the Clubhouse bulletin board and the SOLOScene also has details of our event including the full menu. Come join us for an evening of food and fun! We look forward to seeing all of you there!
Swim Club meeting this month! See you at the Lanai August 22, Thursday at 4 pm. Refreshments will be served! We will congratulate our Swim Clinic Survivors and we will ask for new Board members. President Robin Ryan and Vice President Jeff Carpenter will step down at the end of this year. The Secretary and Treasurer positions, now held by Karen and David Yoder may also be available. Think about how you would like the Swim Club to proceed. 46 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • August 2013
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Clubs and Activities Who would like to take over? Contact any of the standing Board members to express your interest and ideas or email email@example.com. Thanks to everyone who made the Splash Party a giant success! A special thanks to Jeff for making it happen, Gloria and Rita for table decorations, Scott and David for grilling, Dave, Martha, Estelle, Kathy, Karen and Dallas for set up, etc., etc. Entertainer Rickey Rivas was great! Thanks always to Sally Dounias and Patty Coffey for deliveries. Swim Clinic instructors: Frank Tanner, Sue Tanner, Robin Ryan, Anne Williams and Lindy Anderson wish to thank all of you who participated this summer. We really had fun and it is great to see you swimming. Keep up the determination. Count 1,2,3 breathe right. Count 1,2,3 breathe left. One sided breathers: count 1,2,3,4 breathe right (or left) and repeat 1,2,3,4 breathe. Breathe and glide and breathe and glide... Now is a good time to start planning The Swim Club Holiday Party! We are going to go all out this year so, bring your ideas for caterers, menu, entertainers, AV and décor to the August 22 meeting. The Swim Club Agenda for the remainder of 2013 is: August 22 - Thursday at 4 pm - meeting October 24 - Thursday at 4pm – meeting - elections December 1 - Sunday – Holiday Party – 5 to 8 pm Swim Club membership is $8. Leave your check at the Clubhouse Front Desk in the Swim Club envelope. New members are always welcome. See you at the pool rain or shine
THE SENIOR FITNESS CLUB
The Senior Fitness Club meets Tuesdays at 1 pm and Thursdays at 11 am in Abravanel Hall. The annual dues are $5 and the class fee is $3 per class. The classes consist of low-impact exercise, including balance and coordination, flexibility and range of motion, stretching and strengthening. Come on down and join us! Instructor, Carl Grubbs, is a Senior Fitness Coach who has taught Senior Fitness classes at OHCC and other locations for over 12 years. He has won numerous medals in the Senior Olympics.
THE VILLAGE DANCERS
We all remember the wonderful movie, “Oklahoma.” This special musical had great music and wonderful dancing. Well, you will have an opportunity to enjoy our shortened version of “Oklahoma” on Sunday, September 29 at 2 pm in Abravanel Hall. “A TRIBUTE TO OKLAHOMA” — The State with “Plenty of Heart and Plenty of Hope,” will be performed by our theater dancers, our jazz dancers, and, of course, our tappers. Our talented teacher, director, choreographer, and writer, Ellie Oakley, has managed to put together a delightful hour of the best music and dancing from that memorable movie. We know you will enjoy it. Tickets will go on sale the first week in September; you will receive a flyer in your tube giving you all the details. Tickets will be $10, and the profits will go to OHSPA. We hope you save the date and plan to spend that afternoon with us. In the meantime, we are practicing a lot so that we might bring you a delightful performance. If you have any questions, please call Rona Cole at 760295-4299. 48 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • August 2013
Theater Arts hosted a Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet on July 24 to acquaint all community residents to the activities and programs of Theater Arts. We hope to encourage many people to come out and join us in our plays and events! We invite all residents of Ocean Hills Country Club to our September 2 program. We will present a magical spectacular — Spellman — an “Award-Winning” premier master illusionist and entertainer with the experience and expertise to exceed all your expectations leaving you “spellbound.” With over 25 years in the entertainment industry, Spellman has been seen on HBO, Comedy Central, and The Tonight Show! With the most third party validation, Spellman is highly sought after by professional sport teams, Hollywood celebrities, and Fortune 500 Companies. From the Sultan of Brunei to the San Diego Chargers, and from Electric Light Orchestra to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Spellman’s engaging personality, fast-paced energetic style, and world class blend of comedy and magic crosses all age and cultural barriers. This event will be open to the entire community, so put it on your calendar now! Upcoming performances include the Moonlight Singers in October and a special performance of the Bell Ringers in November. We are also busy planning our October play production and a holiday party. We look forward to an exciting season ahead!
There will be no monthly meeting in August. We had 93 participants venturing to LA in July. Once a year, the Travel Club organizes a trip specifically for our Vets. We saw a fantastic IMAX movie, “The Hubble,” followed by lunch at Lawry’s and then returning to the Science Center to view the “Endeavour” Space Shuttle. After a long but fantastic day, we boarded our bus and were served wine and cheese. It definitely was a memorable outing. Detailed flyers on all trips sponsored by the Travel Club are located in the Trip racks at the Clubhouse. You may sign up for trips by leaving a check in the Travel Club envelope at the Front Desk at any time. Unless otherwise noted, all trips are coordinated by Heidi Boynton, Our two August trips are sold out. September 26 (Thursday) - We are going to Italy! Yes, indeed but you don’t need to pack. Little Italy is just a little south of Oceanside and we will feel like Italian citizens when Anthony Davi, our tour guide gives us his famous interpretation of days gone by. He is known as “Mr. Little Italy” himself. We will receive headsets so we can listen to his every word. After a leisurely stroll, we will have lunch at Zucherro’s Café. Following lunch, another great adventure awaits us when we drive to Coronado Island and enjoy a gondola experience—yes, the gondolas are straight from Italy. This will be in the Coronado Cays and with our gondolier and romantic Italian music; you will think that you really are in Italy. This is an experience you don’t want to miss. See the detailed flyer and price in the Clubhouse Trip Racks.
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VILLAGE LINE DANCERS
Plans are underway for the summer Line Dance party which will be August 26. Club members and their guests are invited to join us for “Country as a Girl Can Be” starting with Happy Hour at 5:30 pm, Dinner at 6 pm, and Dancing at 7 pm. The price will be $10 for members and $12 for non-members. To make reservations, leave your check at the Front Desk (made out to the Village Line Dancers) for the Club’s check envelope before the deadline of August 19 at 5 pm. The dinner will be catered by El Pollo Loco in Abravanel Hall and it is B.Y.O.B. We invite anyone who is interested to join our line dancing classes. Christine Alesiani teaches the Level 1 class on Mondays from 12:30 to 2 pm. Her Level 2 class continues to meet on Tuesdays from 10:30 am to 12 pm. These classes are $5 a session. Betty Heyer, who is a resident of Ocean Hills, teaches a review class on Mondays from 2 to 3:30 pm and there is no charge for this class. Francis Ainis is the Club’s Sunshine Lady, sending cards to members who are ill, hospitalized, or bereaved. Please call her at 760-945-0969 to let her know of any member who would be cheered by the receipt of good wishes from the Club. Please direct any questions you might have about Line Dancing to our president, Grace Spencer, at 760-295-2853.
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Well, our summer will almost be over by the time this comes to you. The Village Squares have had Pizza Parties, Birthday Parties, Anniversary Parties, and combined parties with other Clubs this summer. That is in addition to all the wonderful Club dances that we normally have during each month, which are very much like parties too. We are just a bunch of Party Animals here in the Village Squares at OHCC. This month we want to shine a light on our esteemed Square Dance Caller, Jim Randall. It has been our delight to have Jim as our caller for many years, but that is only one facet of his very interesting life. He has had many callings over the years. Let me tell you about just a few. Jim was born in Hawaii but shortly thereafter his family moved to San Diego. He was a navy brat so moved around a lot in his early years but settled at High School age in Escondido where he has lived and worked ever since. In 1954 he enlisted in the Air Force where he spent the next 12 years, first being an instructor in Rescue and Survival then becoming a pilot. He loved flying so that when he left the Air Force he went to work for Continental Airlines. He flew for them in Vietnam during the whole war carrying troops, supplies and munitions. Jim retired from flying in 1983 when Continental filed for chapter 11 and he has not piloted a plane since. By this time he was married with three children and calling for at least two Square Dance Clubs in the area. His next move was to own a Square Dance and Western
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Clubs and Activities Ware store in Escondido, called Petticoat Junction. Jim made all the petticoats that they sold. They had the business for 14 years, but eventually needed to sell it as square dancing was not as popular anymore. When Jim had only been teaching for about three years he was asked to call at the National Convention in Anaheim, an unheard of request, because he was not well known in the rest of the US. During that convention, he says that he was calling for a floor of 300 squares, with stadium seating all around the hall. That year they had 39,000 people attend the convention. Since then he was manager of a Bagel Company for 6 years, and worked for a Company who built Skyscrapers in San Diego, managing their sub-contractors. Now his work is Square Dance Calling and Volunteering for Inner Faith. We value his work in both endeavors, and consider ourselves blessed to have him as our Club caller. There is much more to Jim than I have written here but they limit me to 500 words so to find out more about this wonderful man you will have to go to the source.
The Village Vets went on their annual offstation trip in June and this year we visited the California Science Center to see the IMAX movie of the Hubble Telescope as well as seeing the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The Science Center is definitely worth a trip up there. We had lunch at Lawry’s House of Prime Rib in Beverly Hills and that was a treat for everyone!
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Our August meeting is one not to be missed. Mark your calendars now as the meeting has changed from the 4th week of the month to the 3rd week of the month. It will be August 15 at 3 pm in Abravanel Hall. Our guest speaker is none other than Dr. Lester Tenney. He was our guest speaker at the November 11 Veterans Day Program in 2012. We all wanted him to keep on speaking but he was time-constrained. At this meeting, we are giving him all the time he would like and we want! He is one of the few people in the world who survived the Bataan Death March during World War II as well as being a Prisoner of War in Japan for over 3-1/2 years. He delivers his experiences extemporaneously plus adds levity so one never wants him to stop! All residents of OHCC are invited to attend this very special Village Vets Meeting. August 15 is a very special date for Dr. Lester Tenney. It marks his 68th year of liberation! Let us show him a very special Ocean Hills Country Club welcome as well as our heartfelt gratitude for his service.
WALKERS AND HIKERS
The days are getting warmer so our hikes this month will be down close to the water instead of the foothills. Turnout for our hikes this year continues to be excellent with enthusiastic walkers and hikers of all levels. But there is always room for more. If you are not a member but like to walk or hike, there is always room to join in the fun and fellowship. Dues are still only $8 a year. There are two Hikes scheduled for this month.
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Clubs and Activities The first is on Thursday, August 8 when we will be waking on the Boardwalk Trail near the Del Mar Racetrack. This walk is rated as easy with a distance of about 3 miles. This has always been a very popular spot and I hope to see a lot of folks come out for this one. It is a nice flat walk with some wonderful birding opportunities as we will be walking right alongside the San Dieguito Lagoon. After the hike we will go to Milton’s Deli Restaurant in for lunch. Lunch is also pretty special as Milton’s is one of my favorite places. Our second hike will be on Friday, August 23 when we head over to San Elijo Lagoon. This lagoon is one of San Diego County’s largest coastal wetlands. There are a large number of diverse habitats in the preserve, with some wonderful trails throughout. Like the earlier hike this month, this one will have an abundance of birds to observe. This one is rated as moderate with a hike of about 4 miles. After the hike we will be going to The Fish House Restaurant in Solana Beach for lunch. All of our hikes start at the Overflow Parking Lot where we meet at 8:30 am and carpool to the trailhead. Remember to help out the driver with some gas money if you are in a carpool. As always, we will be going out to lunch after hiking. There are always some who do not go out to lunch with the group, so don’t stay home because you don’t want to, or can’t lunch with the bunch. As a matter of fact, if you don’t want to hike, then join us for lunch. If you would like more details on any of our hikes or on the Club, please call Jack Shabel at 760-842-8858. See you on the trails.
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WINE TASTING CLUB
“The Wine Tasting Club” is a Club of likeminded individuals who get together once a month to learn about wines in a party atmosphere while enjoying good food and the enjoyment of others. The cost is $6 per person for a yearly membership and a $10 per person wine fee to attend the monthly wine tastings. Brochures are available in the Clubhouse that contains all the information you’ll need to get you “tasting.” If there are any questions or if you need further information please call Bruce Brady at 512-686-1453. In June, the first “combined wine tasting” party was held on the Lanai with almost 130 people partying with great food, lots of great wine and “get-down” dancing to the musical offerings of Ricky Rivas. It was a huge success and a huge hit. The combined party is for Club members only, but don’t worry if you missed this one there will be another one soon: a holiday combined party in December. You just have to be a member of the Club to be there.
Can you believe that it is already August? Time is really passing very quickly and Christmas will be here before we realize it. The majority of work to remodel the woodshop is almost completed. The final touches can be done as we get busy again with the toys for the kids at
Clubs and Activities Pendleton. All volunteers that wish to help should get in touch with Larry Bowers as soon as possible if you have not already called. We have to work a lot harder since the time of construction on the shop put the work in progress behind schedule. Kudos is in order for the following members who gave their time to help in the remodeling. Bob Allen, Rick Barnes, Dick Cook, Robert Haugen (Murph), Terri Krause, Gregory Kusiak, Dennis Lady (extra thanks), Clair Lair, Steve Malone, Bob Mellman, Robert Nelke, Frank Proscal (it’s going to be a great year), Bill Smith, Aaron Sugar, Tom Tichenor (our woodcarver), Jo Wichary and the OHCC Maintenance Department. President Larry Bowers has really gone overboard to see the project through above and beyond the call of duty. We all owe him a big thank you. He and Dennis Lady got the job done. If you are a member and have not seen the change in the shop, stop on your way out the back gate and take a look. There is a lot more room, better lighting, doors galore and even a refrigerator to keep your water cool. Parking is a little mixed up until O’Connell gets things in order, just park as close to our spots as possible. The can and plastic bottle collections are coming along very well. Keep up the good work. Until the shop gets straightened out, call Larry Bowers, Dick Cook, Bob Allan or Bob Mellman for help. One of us will be able to answer your questions or help you solve your problem. Thanks for reading.
them. Pass around a photo of yourself, your family, or even a favorite uncle and tell us why it is so special for you. What are your special remembrances? It could be a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration. Was there a favorite recipe that was passed down through the generation? What made it so special? These are just a few examples of the “stories” you could share with us. Remember Monday, August 12 7 pm in Abravanel Hall.
Dear Friends at Ocean Hills, Thank you so very much for your kind words, flowers and donations. Stanley will be missed by me and all those who knew him. — Joan Buchholz and Family and Stanley Weintraub’s Family To all of our OHCC friends, thank you for the many cards, calls and donations in honor of Ted. — Jackie Stanislawski and Family
Getting To Know You! “Getting to know you, getting to know all
about you. Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me…. Haven’t you noticed, suddenly I’m bright and breezy. Because of all the beautiful and new things I’m learning about you… Day by day.” We’ve all met at Yiddish Club meetings many times, and with a little help we sometimes even remember the name or the member sitting near us. At our meeting on August 12, at 7 pm, we truly want to learn something about you. Bring your favorite Sabbath candle sticks to the meeting and share your favorite memories about
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Classifieds / Miscellaneous LOOKING FOR the man who was in the Library on a Wednesday evening and asked if a man was my husband and I answered “No, he is a dance partner.” Please phone me 945-9745. (8-13) CAR WANTED — Low mileage mid-size car or SUV. Automatic. Must be in excellent running condition. Reasonably priced. Call Eve, 760-758-8958. (8-13) CAREGIVER: I can provide you with loving, compassionate care in- home. 15 yrs. experience in Caregiving. 7 yrs. experience Alzheimer, Dementia and Hospice cases. A wonderful companion, cook and driver. Call JOYCE 760-597-0409 CALL SANTANA’S CLEANING for all your cleaning needs big and small! Free estimates. Excellent Ocean Hills references. Call 760-994-5680. (9-13)
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EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER Hourly or live-in, light cleaning, cooking, help with medications, driving to doctor appointments. OHCC refs. Call 760-828-7094. (8-13). Affordable Pro Cleaners for biweekly, move ins/ move outs. Top to bottom. Trained for Military housing which demands perfection. Small 2 gal operation. Hire one or both of us if needed. DOD Background checked. For questions or scheduling, Call Linda at 619-847-3630 or Jill at 760-419-5849. Capture your family Legacy / Preserve your family memories digitally. Don’t let those stories go untold Special discounts for senior,groups, military. Call Kevin for free consultation 760-231-1742 firstname.lastname@example.org NOTARY PUBLIC Mary Rita De Pietro 760-726-8915 – Ocean Hills (8-14) EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER. Honest, dependable, reliable. Specializing in lifting, transferring, showering and all different kinds of physical problems, including other works as may be directed. OHCC reference at 760-945-6836. Call Marilyn at 760-576-7445. PET SITTER. I am a responsible, caring pet lover who will take care of your dog and or cat while you’re away. Daily visit or overnight stay. Affordable rates. Call Rose @ Claws ‘N Paws, 760-758-4130, email@example.com. CAREGIVER — Personal care, transportation, meal preparation, light housekeeping. 15 years in the Village. References. Call Kathee, 760-712-9534. (*) CALL TOM HENDERSON from Henderson’s Handyman Services for your home repair needs, 760-216-0180. I specialize in interior and exterior carpentry, drywall, painting, fencing, irrigation, minor plumbing and electrical repairs, etc. (12-13) CHUCKO PAINTING — Interior & Exterior 17 years in Ocean Hills. OHCC References. 760-639-0761 or 760-525-4825 (8-13) CAREGIVING — Homemaker companions. Hygiene and bathing. Meal prep. Medication reminders. Errands/ light housekeeping. OHCC refs. Maria Marquez, 760-448-0129. TWO AMIGOS — Landscaping and Gardening. Reasonable rates. Ocean Hills references. No job too big or small. Tony 760-305-8831. ALL YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS Vacations, Cruises, Airlines, Rental Cars Agent Marsha Leichner • 760-470-7368 (9-13)
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Classifieds / Miscellaneous MADELENE’S ALTERATIONS AND TAILORING 3768 Via Del Rancho, Oceanside, CA 92056 760-630-4993. Just one short block from the back gate. Please call for appt. Over 42 years experience. (11-13) UPHOLSTERER 20 years. Free estimates. Reasonable rates. Call Mario, 760-940-0681 (*) I’LL DRIVE YOU ANYWHERE Joyce Smith 760-685-0435 firstname.lastname@example.org (*) PROFESSIONAL HOUSECLEANING SERVICES Licensed and bonded. English speaking. 12 years exp. Supplies provided. Excellent refs. Free estimates. Vicky Martin, 760-807-6502(*) “Just Call BILL” Handyman Services and More Call me for all your plumbing, electrical, drywall, painting, floors, tile, fences, garage floor coatings, overhang (cleaning, repairs, painting), termite damage, appliance repairs, yard lighting and irrigation needs. Hundreds of satisfied Ocean Hills clients. Call 760-889-8269 or 760-757-8573. (7-13) LIFE QUALITY CARE In-home care hourly/daily/monthly. 15 years exp. Personal hygiene, medical assistance, Hospice patients, light housekeeping, meal prep, errands, laundry and doctor’s appts. Male and female caregivers avail. 24 hours a day. Local refs avail. Lily 760-672-3848. (6-13) I’LL DRIVE YOU ANYWHERE Joyce Smith 760-685-0435 email@example.com (*) CATHY’S HOUSECLEANING — Windows, stoves, refrigerators. No job too big or small. Also detail cleaning for rentals and realtors. Ocean Hills references. 760-994-7569. (1-14) PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANING Village References. Call for quote. Maria, (760) 470-5676, (760) 433-6330 (*)
LANDSCAPE SERVICE — Garden maintenance in detail. New valve and timer installation. Clean-up every month $70. Maintenance $60 per month. I leave the yard maintenance until you look good. Permit #BL-34163. Free estimates. 760-510-3819. Ask for Israel. (4-15)
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Published on Aug 9, 2013