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OCEAN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES - DECEMBER 16 & 19, 2013 The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Ocean Hills Country Club Homeowners Association Board of Directors was held on December 16 & 19, 2013, at 4701 Leisure Village Way, Oceanside, California. December 16, 2013
December 19, 2013
DIRECTORS PRESENT Angela Takemoto President Don Lopez, Vice President David Hefler, Treasurer Barry Farrell, Secretary Ira Landis, Director Shirlee Sampsel, Director Linda Strohm, Director DIRECTORS ABSENT
DIRECTORS PRESENT Angela Takemoto President Don Lopez, Vice President (arrived at 10:17 a.m.) David Hefler, Treasurer Barry Farrell, Secretary Ira Landis, Director Shirlee Sampsel, Director Linda Strohm, Director DIRECTORS ABSENT
MANAGEMENT PRESENT Becky Groenewold, General Manager Toni Clevenger, Senior Admin. Asst. First Session – December 16, 2013 I. President Takemoto called the Regular Meeting to order at 10:04 a.m. II. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vice President Lopez. III. PRESIDENT’S REPORT President Takemoto first expressed appreciation, on behalf of the Board, to all the volunteers who serve the Community for their dedication and contributions. President Takemoto also encouraged the membership to consider applying to serve on one of the seven Standing Committees, stating the application submission deadline is January 7, 2014. President Takemoto appraised the membership as to the matters to be addressed, and items completed, as well as Executive Sessions held since the last monthly Board Meeting. The Executive Session held on November 14, 2013 reviewed third party contracts; member disciplinary hearings; potential litigation; personnel; delinquency review; Executive Committee reports; and approved prior Executive Session minutes. The Executive Session held on December 12, 2013 discussed potential litigation and third party contracts.
MANAGEMENT PRESENT Becky Groenewold, General Manager Toni Clevenger, Senior Admin. Asst. suggested by the GM. • The Facilities Management Committee continues to work on a community Master Storage Plan.
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IV. MANAGEMENT REPORT In the Management Report, Becky Groenewold, General Manager, appraised the membership as to the primary projects currently underway: • The Phase 3 Tree Trimming/Removal proposal will be presented to the Board for approval. In addition, all future tree work proposals will include the associated costs, when provided by the Landscape Committee, as
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Association News • The Abravanel Hall project is underway and the acoustical Scope of Work is out for bid. • The Reserve Study draft has been received and a meeting will be scheduled with the Budget Committee. • A contract with Seagate Terrace HOA is being negotiated for joint maintenance on the Cannon Road median. • The Channel 12 equipment is expected to be operational the end of December. • Staff is meeting with a Waste Management consultant to re-examine the community disposal needs, including recycling and trash pickup frequency options. • The GM is working with Staff and Legal Counsel to draft the Annual Policy Statement and the Village Boards agreed to have a joint opinion from both attorneys on the Electronic Consent form. • The GM worked with the attorney to draft the policy for video and audio recording and it will be reviewed today. • The Committee applications submission deadline is January 7, 2014 and notices have been posted on the website, placed in the newsletter, and communicated at Villages and Committees meetings. • The Committee Appreciation Luncheon will be held on January 30, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. in Abravanel Hall. • The Committee Orientation for newly appointed Committee members will be held on February 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Abravanel Hall. • The Phone Directory advertising is finished and the HOA should net approximately $9,000 after production expenses. • The GM is investigating recommended solutions for the Clubhouse Wi-Fi capabilities. • The Oceanside Fire Department met with the GM and Chris Bessey regarding the Clubhouse fire occupancy limits and is assisting Staff in determining the room usage safety limits. • Tom Hogan and Maureen Huitt will attend a Toro Lynx irrigation training seminar in February, 2014. V. TREASURER’S REPORT Treasurer David Hefler gave the following Treasurer’s Report: At the close of November 2013, we are in strong financial condition with net reserves of $3,918,100. There
is a year-to-date operating deficit of $26,867 that reflects increase of water cost per unit and fixed service charges for Common Area and the Golf Course. Significant yearto-date below-budget variances as of November, 2013 include $46,664 Tree Service Contract. Phase 3 Tree Trim/ Removal work is scheduled to begin soon. Total assets of $4,714,233 include $3,846,551 worth of FDIC-Insured Certificates of Deposit. A copy of the Financial Statement is available for review in the HOA Office. There were no homeowner comments. VI. PRESENTATION OF ACTION ITEMS VII. MOTION CONSENT CALENDAR Motion made and seconded (I. Landis/D. Hefler) to approve the consent calendar. Motion passed unanimously. The following items were on the consent calendar: A. Regular Session Minutes - November 11 & 14, 2013 VIII. UNFNISHED BUSINESS A. CC&Rs Ad Hoc The CC&R Ad Hoc Committee met on December 11, 2013, reviewed previous meetings notes and discussed additional recommended changes. Curt LaBarre, La Barre/Oksnee Insurance, provided information relating to insurance requirements. The Committee plans to meet with “The Colony”, a similar property to OHCC that has recently rewritten their CC&Rs. There were no homeowner comments. B. 30th Anniversary Committee Ellen Bauer and Judy Harris presented an overview of the 30th Anniversary 2014 events that includes “kick-off” at Do Dues Day on January 4; the Anniversary Play on April 24-27; Bunko Night on May 16; Oceanside Freedom Parade & Lunch on June 28; Senior Olympics in August and Award Ceremony at Concert on the Green on August 30; Anniversary Open House on November 8; and Social Club sponsored events scheduled the end of the month in January through July, September and October. Sponsorships have been received by PCM and O’Connell Landscape. Homeowners were also encouraged to sign up at the Clubhouse front desk to get their “free” 8x10 photo taken for the 30th Anniversary book. There were no homeowner comments. IX. NEW BUSINESS A. Resolution - Recording of Meetings The General Manager presented a Resolution Establishing Board Policy on Maintenance and Destruction of Audio/Video Recordings to the Board, as previously directed. Legal Counsel and the General Manager recommended that homeowner input be considered, prior to implementation. Motion made and seconded (B. Farrell/D. Lopez) to ap-
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Association News prove the Resolution Establishing Board Policy on Maintenance/Destruction of Audio/Video Recordings of Board Meetings, and send it out through the Newsletter for the 30 day review and comment period. Motion passed unanimously. There were four homeowner comments. B. Red Zone – Mykonos There was discussion regarding a line of sight issue on a curve at Athos and Galicia in Mykonos. The General Manager contacted Rick’s Engineering, who provided a recommendation without charge. Staff can paint the curb at a minimum cost to the Association. Motion made and seconded (I. Landis/D. Lopez) to approve painting the curb red prohibiting parking at Athos and Galicia, as recommended by Rick’s Engineering, and to improve traffic safety. Motion passed unanimously. There was one homeowner comment. C. Shared R.V. Lot Spaces There was discussion concerning two homeowners who have requested sharing an RV space, and if Legal Counsel was necessary to create a written agreement between the two homeowners to avoid potential conflict. Motion made and seconded (B. Farrell/D. Lopez) to allow the sharing of RV lot spaces, as long as both homeowners sign an agreement, and allow the Community Patrol Services Director to handle these arrangements. Motion passed unanimously. There were no homeowner comments. D. Front Flag Replacement Based on a Marketing & Communication Committee suggestion, Staff recommends the purchase of a new front gate flag with the OHCC insignia. The new flag could be flown in time for the 2014 kick-off. Motion made and seconded (I. Landis/D. Lopez) to accept the recommendation from Staff to replace the current OHCC flag with a new flag with the new insignia – from Sunward Flags for the estimate of $480.60. Motion passed unanimously. Designated Funding: Clubhouse Supplies #5190-1001 There were five homeowner comments. E. Donation Policy - Revision There was discussion about disposal of a donated piece of equipment. The General Manager submitted a Donation Policy - Revision to the Board for consideration. After further discussion, the Board concurred that the existing policy allows for disposal of any donated item without restrictions. Staff will present a Recommendation for Disposal of a Donated Item to the Board for approval. Motion made and seconded (B. Farrell/I. Landis) to not change the existing Donation Policy. Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • February 2014 5
Association News Motion passed unanimously. There was one homeowner comment. X. RECESS The meeting was recessed at 11:27 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 19, 2013 SESSION II, Thursday, December 19, 2013 President Takemoto reconvened the Regular Board Meeting at 10:03 a.m. XI. HOMEOWNER INPUT (Non-Agenda Items) There were three (3) homeowner comments regarding the pedestrian pavement striping on Leisure Village Way, tree removals, and tree trimming vs. pruning verbiage. XII. STAFF REPORTS RECREATION – Chris Bessey, Recreation Director, reported: there were over 400 attendees at the Choral Society Holiday Program held on December 15, 2013; the Woodchucks Toy Drive ended December 16; the Ukulele
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Sing-along and Ugly Sweater Contest is December 19, 2013; the New Year’s Eve $40 event tickets are selling quickly; the Clubhouse will close at 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and is closed on Christmas Day; residents need to register for their new 2014 Golf Bag Tags and distribution will begin on January 4, 2014, Do Dues Day; clubhouse reservations for 2014 are in process; there is one part-time weekend position open; and there were 680 activities between October 26 through November 25, 2013. MAINTENANCE – Chuck Pierce, Maintenance Director, reported: the new larger capacity kitchen grease trap has been installed in the Clubhouse kitchen; the Ladies Club Room doors facing the Clubhouse parking lot have been replaced; inspections of the concrete brow ditches have been completed and related repair and maintenance requirements identified for immediate resolution; 270 street light fixtures have been painted and cleaned, 80 light poles have been replaced; the curbs throughout the Community have been repainted; the new Sewing Room window valances are being replaced under warranty; the bids are being received for asphalt seal coating and striping work scheduled for 2014; the pedestrian beacon is now working consistently; street gutter power washing is on schedule; maintenance and repairs is over budget by $3,904.66 due to increased maintenance throughout OHCC, and pool equipment maintenance and
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Association News repairs is over budget by $5,155.96 due to pool system maintenance; there were 61 work orders. LANDSCAPE – Tom Hogan, Landscape Operations Director, reported: the irrigation parts inventory is being maintained, Hydo-Scape is assisting with labeling, and the inventory report will be submitted to the Board quarterly; the Phase 3 tree trimming bids have been presented to the Master Board for approval and work is scheduled to begin before March 2014; Clubhouse over-seeding has been completed; rebuilding of the #7 and #15 tees have been completed; the Fuel Modification area work from Shadowridge to Cannon Road is 75% complete; installation of the Front 9 irrigation wire has begun; the Turf Guard sensors will be installed this month; on November 15, 2013, Glenn Foreman and Greg Steele, O’Connell Landscape Maintenance, and Maureen Huitt received initial training on the LYNX irrigation computer system; the Pesticide use report is posted at the Clubhouse, available at the HOA Office, and posted on the website; Golf Course operations were approximately $70,000 over budget; Landscape Common Area Operations were $8,536.95 under budget. There were four (4) homeowner comments.
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XIII. COMMUNITY PATROL SERVICE REPORT Len Weinstein, Director of Community Patrol Service, reported the Emergency Monitoring System (EMS) testing program is effectively complete with continuous attempts to schedule the remaining 39 residences; and the 2014 decaling project is scheduled for January 20 through February 7, 2014 between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. XIV. COMMITTEE REPORTS ARC – President Takemoto reported that the ARC Committee had dealt with 14 applications since last month’s meeting; 11 were approved; two (2) were tabled pending receipt of further information and one (1) request was denied. There was one (1) site visit. Audio/Visual – Chairperson Ed Farley reported: in 2013, the Audio/Visual volunteers provided coverage for three (3) OHSPA concerts, four (4) Committee meetings, seven (7) Recreation Dept. events, 15 Club events, 19 Theater Arts events, 26 Board meetings and performed 12 Training Sessions, and set up lights and sound for clubs including Ballroom Dance, Doo Wop and Bingo; the Board approved purchasing black polo shirts for volunteers to wear during events for identification purposes; A/V simplified the light board setup and held light board and stage audio systems training classes for Community and Staff usage; installed a new 5000 lumen projector in
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Association News Abravanel Hall; upgraded video cameras and equipment to work new LED lights and produce High Definition capabilities; and Channel 12/865 television broadcasting is expected to be live by the end of December, 2013. COmMUNITY SERVICES – Board Liaison Sampsell reported: the new Dog Park Rules have been reviewed again and will be presented to the Board in the future; the Fitness Room has been rearranged to accommodate all of the equipment; the policy of keeping the TV stations on Fox News and CNN in the Fitness Room remains unchanged; transportation ridership has increased; and the Committee is discussing the back gate sign verbiage. FACILITIES MANAGEMENT – Board Liaison Lopez remarked the FMC primary focus is on the Abravanel Hall renovations, T.V. Hill demolition, and new ideas for chairs storage. GOLF COURSE – Chairperson Moskovitz reported there are two recommendations on the Agenda; the work completion of #7 and #15 tees received high praise; shrubs were planted at #17 to deter climbing on the slope; the new 2014 bag tags are a bright Deglo orange color, and visible from a good distance; and the 30th Anniversary pin flags have been installed and look great. LANDSCAPE – Board Liaison Strohm reported: there were eight (8) locations with nine (9) trees evaluated, decision to trim four (4) and take no action on five (5).
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MARKETING & COMMUNICATION – Chairperson Jim Kaminsky reported: residents were sent an email encouraging them to register on the website; there will be one gift basket drawing held in January, February, and March 2014 for all residents who have registered; the Computer Club is forming a Focus Group to evaluate the website functionality, as well as proposed changes; the Committee recommended generic OHCC business cards be made available to traveling residents; and the 2014 budget includes $2,500 total for the July Chamber of Commerce Mixer, Senior Expo, business cards, and new brochures. XV. PRESENTATION OF AGENDA ITEMS A.1 Approval of Lien Per the OHCC Collections Procedure, the need to record liens for delinquency for non-payment of monthly assessments against property #2340209-1 is in order. All efforts have been made, without success, to collect the debt and to bring the account current. Motion made and seconded (D. Lopez/D. Hefler) to approve recordation of a lien on Separate of Interest of Account #2340209-1. Motion passed unanimously.
Association News A.2 COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS a. Landscape Committee i. Tree Trimming/Removal Requests The Landscape Committee performed inspections of trees that have been requested by homeowners to be removed or trimmed: On October 9, 2013 - A total of 9 trees were inspected at 8 different locations. The Landscape Committee determined there were 4 trees that required trimming and 5 trees that required no action. The trees that required no action did not meet the criteria for removal. On November 5, 2013 - A total of 12 trees were inspected at 7 different locations. The Landscape Committee determined there were 2 trees requiring removal due to sidewalk damage, 2 trees requiring trimming, and 5 that required no action. Two (2) trees that required no action need further examination and 7 did not meet the criteria for removal. Motion made and seconded (B. Farrell/I. Landis) as recommended by Staff and Landscape Committee, remove 2 trees, trim 6 and take no action on 10 (for November and December, 2013). Cost for trimming and removal by O’Connell Landscape is $1,115.
Favored-6 / Against-1 (Vice President Lopez – commented he sympathized with the leaf drop issue due to personal experience). Motion carried. Designated Funding: Tree Service Contract 5290-1008. There was one homeowner comment. b. Facilities Management Committee i. Lanai Storage Cabinet The Facilities Management Committee recommended replacing the existing storage cabinet located at the Lanai. The cabinet is in very poor condition and replacement has been delayed since 2008. The new structure will have a composition roof, so it will not leak, and improved doors with locking handles. Staff will paint the cabinet white, same as the existing color. Motion made and seconded (B. Farrell/D. Lopez) to approve the proposal from Joe Bauer Construction to replace the storage cabinet located at the Lanai at a cost not to exceed $5,000. Motion passed unanimously. Designated Funding: Clubhouse reserve account 2439-0000. There was one homeowner comment. ii. Resurface Shuffleboard Courts The Facilities Management Committee recommended
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Association News the three shuffleboard courts be surfaced. The surfaces are original and have never been resurfaced. Motion made and seconded (B. Farrell/D. Lopez) to authorize Staff develop specifications for resurfacing the three shuffleboard courts. Motion passed unanimously. Designated Funding: Reserve Funds #2401-1002. There were no homeowner comments. c. Golf Course Committee i. Golf Course Architect The Golf Course Committee presented the Bunker Master Plan- Phase 1 Proposal for the OHCC Golf Course, submitted by Golf Course designer, Cary Bickler of Cary Bickler, Inc. The Phase 1-Bunker Master Plan-Design plan will include the following: a bunker master plan budget, perform 4 site visits, attend three meetings, perform a hole by hole bunker evaluation, a color rendering, presentation and work with club representatives. Motion made and seconded (B. Farrell/D. Lopez) to approve the Phase 1 proposal for the Bunker Master Plan as presented by Cary Bickler, Inc., subject to execution of a contract, at a cost not to exceed $11,000. Motion passed unanimously.
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Designated Funding: Reserve Funds #2422-1000. There were no homeowner comments. ii. Golf Course Practice Cage The Golf Course Committee recommended replacing the practice cage with two metal cages, plus artificial turf. The existing practice cage is a wooden structure that has deteriorated over the years. Motion made and seconded (B. Farrell/D. Lopez) to approve the demolition and replacement of the Golf Course Practice cage at a cost not to exceed $9,300. Motion passed unanimously. Designated Funding: Reserve Funds #2422-1000. There were no homeowner comments. XVI. BOARD MEMBER INPUT Director Sampsel – Happy Holidays to everyone Director Strohm – Happy Holidays to everyone Vice-President Lopez – Merry Christmas Secretary Farrell – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone Director Landis – commented on Golf Course expenses, and Happy Holidays to all
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Association News Treasurer Hefler – commented on an article regarding an individual’s right of expression within the Community, and Merry Christmas President Takemoto – added to everyone’s holiday greetings, with special thanks and recognition to the Audio/Visual volunteers for all of their help, and remarked their new black polo shirts look very nice. XVIII. ADJOURNMENT With no further business to be discussed, President Takemoto adjourned the meeting at 12:20 p.m.
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The big news is that Channel 12 is up and running! You may locate it as 865 on your cable box. If you don’t have a box, this may require a quick reprogramming of your television to reset it to 12-1 instead. Once you figure that out, as each television is different, it is automatic and only takes a few minutes to locate the new channel. Thank you so much Ed Farley, Ron Carso and Ken DeWoody for bringing all the right pieces of the puzzle together. I also want to thank both Angela Takemoto and David Hefler who worked alongside them to facilitate what they needed to get it all done. The best part is not only does it look fabulous, but the Volunteers saved the Community approximately $3,000 on the project. The next adventure will be to fill the programming slots, so stay tuned. And speaking of staying tuned... Have you registered on the website
Association News yet??? It is just like starting the new diet or exercise program, only it is infinitely less painful! If you have registered for the website, we want to be sure we can reach you for timely notices. There are multiple ways you can designate your preference via email, text or a message on your home or cell phone. In order to do that you need to go into the website and specify that under your contact information. There will be some directions spelled out later in the newsletter. If you have any trouble contact Staff and we will be happy to assist. In addition, Jim Kaminsky has volunteered to provide a website class to help make you aware of all that the new website has to offer, www. oceanhillscountryclub.com I would like to thank the many residents who volunteered their time by serving on Committees. It was a busy year as many projects and new ideas were brought to fruition through their efforts. This month the new Committee appointees will begin their term and we look forward to supporting their efforts as they settle in. The CC&R and 30th Anniversary Committees are two newer additions with special projects under way. The decal process started on January 20th. Special thanks to the Staff of our Community Patrol Service who work to move each person quickly through the line. We have tried some new methods to make it easier, so please let me know if we improved it for you!
CERT has purchased a RESIDENT STATUS CARD that is RED with HELP on one side and GREEN with OK on the other. They will be distributing these to each resident for use in the event of a major emergency. These cards can be displayed in the front window or gate of each home to determine who needs assistance, allowing resources to be directed quickly to those in need. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team and is made up of OHCC residents who have volunteered to help out. They receive training as part of a national program administered by FEMA and are managed locally by Oceanside Fire Dept. They work closely with authorities to provide communication and support from the authorities to aide our Residents. The method of delivery hasn’t been finalized, but be on the lookout for yours and find a good place you can keep it handy should you ever need to use it. Several residents asked if they will still be receiving information via the mail tubes! The answer is YES! Although the laws have changed and don’t “require” the Boards to deliver the agendas to each home, the Master Board has opted to continue to do so. It is important to keep the Residents aware and informed. Since February is the month we all think of Valentines Day, make sure to do what you LOVE every day and tell the special folks in your life how much you appreciate them!
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By Angela Takemoto President, Board of Directors Before getting to the review of Board activities in the past month, I would like make a couple of statements. First, I understand that there was some confusion related to the letter all homeowners received related to posting of notices. Please understand this is not a change from the way we are currently operating—we have, for as long as I remember, posted notices of Board Meetings in the glass case by Abravanel Hall. And this letter confirms that we will continue to do so. The letter was required because of changes in the Davis Sterling act, effective January 1, 2014. The new law requires Homeowners Associations to inform their membership, in writing, as to the location where notices will be posted. The previous law did not have this requirement. So, in order to comply with the law, we needed to inform all homeowners prior to
January 1. In future years, the notification will be included in the annual budget package. So, the letter did not intend to indicate any change in the way we are currently operating. We will still follow the current procedure of posting notices in the case, and we will also continue to deliver a copy of the agenda for the regular monthly Board meeting to each resident’s mail tube. Over time, we hope to be able to do a lot more communication with our membership in digital format, via email or through postings on our website, but for now, the paper delivery will continue. On another subject, I want to let everyone know that this month our Board meeting will be held on Thursday February 20, on one day only. This is because the Monday of that week is President’s day, and this is an official holiday for our Management Company. We plan to reduce the agenda a little, eliminating staff reports and committee reports. And one more item, I’m pleased to let you know about a very nice letter we received from the Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton, thanking the Community for the generous gift of toys for Santa’s Workshop. Our Woodchuck club and all the residents who donated gifts are to be congratulated! So, moving on to Board business: At the regular January Board meeting, the following
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Association News actions were taken: • Approved a Consent Calendar item to approve minutes • Received a report on progress of the Budget Executive Committee. The Budget for fiscal year 2014-15 will be presented in open session in Abravanel Hall on February 10 at 10am • Received reports from the CC&R Ad Hoc Committee and the 30th Anniversary Committee • After discussion of the Street Name Change proposal, passed a motion to remove this subject from the Board’s priority list and take no further action on changing the name of Leisure Village Way • Approved a proposal from the 30th Anniversary Committee for a pet adoption event, to be held April 30. The Overflow Parking lot and the Lanai and Flag Court will be used for staging this event • Approved a staff recommendation on disposal of a donated item, the organ in the Men’s Club Room • Conducted a hearing on a Homeowner appeal of an ARC decision. The homeowner appeal was granted, and the landscape changes were approved by the Board • Accepted the Landscape Committee’s recommendation on resident tree trimming and removal requests • Approved Standing Committee appointments for the term beginning on February 1. Members of the newly
appointed Committees are invited to a Committee Orientation in Abravanel Hall on February 3, at 10am Immediately following the first session on Monday, the Board met in Executive Session. Items discussed were: Third Party Contracts, Potential Litigation, Disciplinary issues, Personnel, Bad Debt, Executive Committee reports, Standing Committee Application review, Legal Opinions, and approval of prior meeting minutes.
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By David A. Hefler, Treasurer As we close the month of December, 2013, we are in strong financial condition with net reserves of $3,958,595. The statements reflect an operating surplus of $75,238, for the month of December, 2013, and a year-to-date surplus of $48,371. Significant year-to-date below-budget variances as of December, 2013 include the following: $52,501 Tree Service Contract. Phase 3 tree trimming is scheduled to begin early 2014 $18,751 Fire Hazard Abatement – Project started 11/19/13 Our total assets of $4,852,419 include $3,672,909 worth of FDIC Insured Certificates of Deposit.
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Landscape Committee By Alma Sisco-Smith, Chairperson A Year in Review
2013 began with a bustle of activity for the committee working with Van Dyke Landscape Architects (VDLA) to keep communications open with our community. Between January and June, surveys were completed and community meetings held to go over the feedback. In the end, consensus was achieved sufficient to provide direction to VDLA for a conceptual design that was well received by those present. New beginnings in June also pertain to reviewing individual village requests to experiment with drought resistant plantings in residential areas where turf problems have existed over several years. Committee members (Betty Theel and Linda Wass) worked diligently to develop an OHCC Master Plant List, which is available to all villages and homeowners, and is also on the OHCC website. Additionally a Color Atlas was developed to compliment the plant list and is available for $10.00 per copy from the HOA Office. These two documents are welcome additions after a long wait. The Tree Maintenance Policy was revised to clarify the conditions specifically for tree removal and committee approval. Of concern is the increasing number of requests to remove trees due to droppings, which standalone is not a valid criterion. In 2013 there were 45 tree removal requests; 20 were approved. Trimming also constitutes numerous requests: This year there were 52 requests and 37 were approved. It should be noted that tree trimming occurs on a rotational basis. In those cases where the Committee agrees that a trimming needs to happen off the maintenance rotation schedule, a recommendation is made to the Master Board. Water! Water! Water! Tom Hogan, our Landscape Manager, has been challenged with repeated water main breaks, which caused significant unbudgeted expenses. Current drought conditions continue to be a challenge in caring for our landscape. Water from above is our fervent hope. Obviously our obligation to keep vigilant over the growth on areas outside of OHCC’s boundaries is strictly adhered to. Three fuel modification areas must be maintained and in 2013 Area #1 (between Shadowridge and Cannon) was cleared in December, helping to keep our fire abatement program current. And so we begin anew, welcoming two new members, Sylvia Carson and Margaret Forman, and setting goals for the short and long term. I personally thank our committee members for serving as a stellar example of working collaboratively even when expressing differences. There is much to do and it is energizing to look forward. The next committee meeting is Friday, February 7 at 10 a.m. in the HOA conference room.
Safety Corner By Leonard Weinstein,
Director of Community Patrol Service (CPS) Hello residents of Ocean Hills Country Club. While there is any number of topics which might be addressed, I’ve chosen to “REPEAT” one which can never be stressed enough. The subject is Vigilance While Driving and Adherence to STOP Signs. About now, some of you are probably saying something such as “not this again.” Before you read any further, please look at the two images of vehicles (if you haven’t already) which accompany this article. The drivers of these vehicles had an unfortunate meeting because one of them didn’t come to a complete stop for the STOP Sign and didn’t see the other. The fortunate thing is that neither driver was injured. The unfortunate you can clearly see by looking at the vehicle damage. How often has a driver said something such as no one was around, I did stop, you just couldn’t see me from the cross street. If you can’t be seen from the cross street, in all likely hood, you can’t see any possible traffic in the cross street yourself. The old saying, a picture is worth a thousand words, bears repeating at this point. In this case these pictures represent thousands of $$$$. The next time any of us is running late or is distracted, please remember how fortunate these two drivers were not to have been injured. Our 2014 Decaling Project is almost complete. It ends on Friday, February 7, at 5 pm. If you haven’t had all of your vehicles decaled, there’s still time. We’re set up on Cannon Road at the intersection with Leisure Village Drive, just outside the front gate. After this, it will be necessary to schedule an appointment for your motor vehicles (cars, trucks) with HOA personnel. Golf carts and R.Vs will also need an appointment; how-
ever, you will have to come to the front gate for these decals. 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.
HOA Happenings Street Sweeping
Leisure Village Way – every Tuesday Interior streets – 1st Tuesday of every month
2014 Decal Renewal
Now through Feb. 7, 9 am to 5 pm. And at the HOA beginning Feb. 10, Tues. & Thurs. from 1 to 4 pm only.
The Phone Directories have arrived!
Your copy of the 2014-2015 OHCC Telephone Directory is available for pick-up at the front desk of the Club House. Stay in touch with your neighbors! Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • February 2014 19
The Clubhouse Front Desk has been busier than ever this last month handling the photo op appointments, registering golfers for their new bag tag and taking checks for membership in the clubs. The Front Desk is basically a big mailbox and residents can leave information in “Resident Pick-up” to be given to the addressee. The Front Desk can provide information including a weekly schedule of activities and direction to the appropriate individual(s). Interest groups are formed if a resident is looking to start a particular activity. The newest request added to the Interest List file at the desk is to provide a Zumba Exercise Class. If there is enough interest generated, then the Recreation Department will try and see that it is scheduled. Availability is always a concern. This includes the instructor’s availability and whether there is space to host the activity. Phone Directories for residents only have arrived and they are available at the Clubhouse Front Desk. If a correction to your listing is needed, please submit that in writing to the Clubhouse or the HOA Office. This last month the Solos Club disbanded and they enjoyed a wonderful dinner celebrating together. The climate of the social events has changed over time. Some of the activities that are hosted welcome single members and the Recreation Department have encouraged single people to sign-up for tables to sit together. Dancing alone is acceptable and line dancing is definitely one way to get the “dancing bug” requirement met. Nubees has been an encouragement for new residents to break the ice, whether single or partnered. Sailing, Anglers, Travel, Art Lovers, Wine Tasting, Choral, Sewing are just some of the clubs that allow the freedom to be single and meet new
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friends. If you are new or recently single, please reach out to some of these clubs and pursue a membership with them, as the friendships you cultivate will help in your adjustment. Hopefully, as this edition is published our “Impersonator Tribute” will be sold out. The staff in the Clubhouse is partial to their events as we do have a great time but much has to do with the make-up of those that attend. During the Recreation Department events neighbors get to see neighbors that they rarely see, hugs are exchanged and the sense of community is felt throughout the venue. The Recreation Department will always encourage residents to get out of their seats and express their satisfaction (clapping, dancing and singing) with the entertainment. We have also been known to shower the crowd with candy! It appears the Fitness Center is experiencing a surge in participation as the New Year progresses. Please come to the Clubhouse Front Desk and fill out a fitness waiver, if you have not done so. The Community Services Committee decided to extend the three month trial to add Las Posas Shopping Center in San Marcos to the bus schedule, so that residents can have enough time to have lunch and take in some shopping. This destination is on the Thursday route and a reservation can be made for any of the destinations by calling the Clubhouse the DAY BEFORE the desired trip at (760)758-8772. The bus schedule is also available online: www.oceanhillscountryclub.com under Recreation/recreation happenings. Happy Valentine’s Day! This is a great recipe for your “Life Cookbook!”
Recipe for Love Ingredients: 1 Cup of Romance 1 Pinch of Humor 2 Spoonfuls of Joy 1 lb. of Compatibility 3 Tablespoons of Trust 1 Cup of Respect ½ lb. of Sharing 1 Zest of Tenderness And ¾ Cup of Patience
Art Room News Fair warning! This is your last week to enjoy the won-
derful paintings and etchings of our talented residents before a new show goes up the week of February 10. In the Art Room currently showing are Irene Collins, Larry Eaks, Sarah Kolb, Leslie Levine, Barbara Miller, Peggy Newburg, Bonnie Roth and Conne Taylor. Over the Front Desk is a three-dimensional art sculpture by Bonnie Roth. Please let our fantastic artists know that you have seen their works. If you are interested in participating in a future show, please call Lainy Vinikow or Judy Harris.
SitTheTo Be Fit title tells it all! SIT TO BE FIT is a FREE full
body exercise program carried on while comfortably seated. Open to men and women, this program permits you to do what you can and to skip any exercise too demanding. After a few lessons, you will realize a pain or two has disappeared and you will enjoy life more. The program designed by retired professional fitness instructor, June Black, consists of seven uplifting tapes played weekly in sequence. Join this interesting and non-demanding class on Wednesdays at 9 am in Abravanel Hall. *Please note on the 2nd Wednesday of the month the program meets in the Art Room at the same time.
Deadine for ads in the next issue is the 15th of the month prior. Please call Linda at 760-685-6727 for more information.
Ellen Votaw, if you’re a night owl you know Ellen. She’s the grave shift supervisor – 11 pm to 7 am - when many of us are asleep. Ellen began her career at OHCC some nine years ago, working her way through the ranks to become a supervisor. In the beginning of her tenure at OHCC she also worked for a newspaper. As she rose through the ranks and her responsibilities increased, the newspaper position became history. Besides coordinating gate activities, and you’d be surprised just how much activity there is during the grave shift hours, Ellen and her staff are responsible for nighttime patrol of the community, ensuring you don’t get uninvited garage guests, either walking, crawling, flying or slithering (open garage door notifications), R.V. lot patrol and the rather enormous task of coordinating all reports and paperwork from each day. Ellen is a native Californian having grown up in San Diego. In her spare time, and that’s a joke; Ellen has five children (wait for it) thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Seriously, although fifteen GRANDS is certainly serious, when she can find the time she attends to her collection of the King’s (Elvis’) memorabilia. She claims to have all of his movies, his records and “other items”-(?). Ellen also collects Precious Moments Dolls. If you’re experiencing insomnia and have gone for a drive, stop by the front gate and say hello to Ellen”
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2014 Schedule FEBRUARY 15 • MARCH 15 APRIL 12 • MAY 10 JUNE 21 • JULY - DARK AUGUST - DARK SEPTEMBER 20 OCTOBER 18 NOVEMBER - DARK DECEMBER - DARK CASH PRIZES - DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 P.M. GAMES START AT 7 P.M. (Must be 18 to participate)
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Residents Holly Radziwon and Jim Kaminsky, Marketing and Communications Committee Chair.
She’s A Winner!
Holly won the drawing for a basketful of goodies because she is registered on the new OHCC website, www.oceanhillscountryclub.com. Drawings will take place again in February and March.
Clubs and Activities
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)
The Ocean Hills Angler’s Club is planning for another exciting year of fishing in the Pacific Ocean. Our February 11 meeting is at 7 pm in the Mykonos Room at the Clubhouse. All anglers and village residents are invited to join us for the meeting. The program will be presented by Captain Mark Oronoz of the charter boat Pacific Voyager, and he will give us a rundown of the upcoming local and off-shore fishing season. President Len Holness invites all village residents to join the Club if you have not already done so for 2014. Dues are still only $10. The Club has plans for five limited load charter fishing trips in the ocean out of Seaforth Sportfishing in Mission Bay from April through October during 2014, on the 65 foot Pacific Voyager owned and operated by Captain Mark Oronoz. We are planning two special off-shore tuna trips during August and October. We are scheduling a two-day trip in August, a one-day trip at the beginning of October, as well as three local three-quarter day fishing trips in April, May, and June.
On Do Dues Day in January we signed up 46 members, including 16 new members. If you have not joined the Club for 2014, be sure to write your check for $10 and put it in the Angler’s check envelope at the Front Desk. This is your last opportunity to join the Club for 2014. On Thursday, February and Thursday, March 20 we will have an Angler’s member’s golf tournament on our course beginning at 9 am. The entry fee is $3, and you must have a current OHGC handicap for the individual low net event. Call or see Rollin Grider to enter the tournament. We will also have a 50/50 raffle for some cash that you can use for the 2014 season. If you have any questions concerning the fishing trips, golf tournament, or about the Club, feel free to call President Len Holness at 760941-8857.
BALLROOM DANCE CLUB
Our dances are in Abravanel Hall on the second Friday of every month dancing to a live band from 7 to 10 pm. Even if you are not a member of the Club (dues are $6 - inquire at the Front Desk), you are welcome to join us. Cost to attend the dance is $8 per person for members and $10 per person for non-members.
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Clubs and Activities Members and non-members can leave their checks (made out to the OH Ballroom Dance Club) in the Ballroom Dance Club envelope at the Front Desk not later than the Monday preceding the Dance. For more information, call Debbie Machnick at 714-726-8483. For seating assignments, come to the Clubhouse Concierge Desk at 3 pm on the day of the dance. Table selections are made by drawing; first for tables of 10, then 9, then 8, and so on. If you don’t have at least 4 people, you don’t need to come. The host/hostess will seat you at a table that has enough seats for your party. February 14 Dance: Abravanel Hall, 7 to 10 pm. To help celebrate OHCC’s 30th Anniversary, our February dance features ROLLBACK PRICING of $5 per person with a special invitation to all residents of OHCC (but limited to the first 220 people). Dance to the music of The Sundance Band that played in OHCC last year to very good reviews. We’ll have lots of dancing, dance demonstrations, and coffee and cookies. You’re also welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks. For more information, call Debbie Machnick at 714-726-8483. Wednesday Dance Lessons (free): Beginner Ballroom Dance lessons are in Abravanel Hall and open to all residents. Join us as we go over the Basic steps (patterns) in the various Ballroom dances. Our instructors will teach
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a single dance for 4 to 6 weeks and then begin another dance. Classes started with the Rumba in January and continues into February. Single persons are welcome as we encourage our regular more experienced dancers to attend and interact with participants. Our tentative schedule: February 5 - 2:30-4 pm: Rumba February 12 - 2:30-4 pm: Rumba February 19 - 2:30-4 pm: Rumba February 26 - 3:30-5 pm: Cha Cha (Please note time change.) March 5 - 2:30-4 pm: Cha Cha Monday Dance Lessons and Workshops: From 4 to 5 pm in Abravanel Hall every Monday and are available to all OHCC residents. Formal classes are taught by paid professional dance instructors so there will be a charge for attendees — $5 for Ballroom Dance Club members — and $7 for all other residents. The class will give participants a chance to learn new dances and/or advanced levels in core dances. We’ll generally alternate between professional instruction for a number of weeks and then in-house directed review workshops (no cost). We will continue workshops in February until the next dance and instructor are selected.
Clubs and Activities
The Billiards Club is off to a fast start in 2014. Forty-six new members joined our Club on Do Dues Day, along with many regulars, in large part because we are offering 75 scheduled events this year, including formal lessons, informal help sessions, tournaments and professional clinics. The first event of the year was our Open House to introduce all our new members to the room and to the Club’s officers. Over 40 people attended. After the presentation, there was much pool playing and palavering, not to mention gobbling of goodies. Coming up in February is a Basic Lesson on Stance and Grip, a game lesson on how to play Golf, pool style, and then a Golf Tournament. In addition, there are four (4) Personal Help sessions that will help you fix whatever is ailing you (in the way of pool at least), a Guided Practice Session, and a Women’s Lesson. See all the times and dates when you pick up one of our schedules from the bureau in the Billiards Room, immediately to the right as you enter. Remember, you are welcome to enjoy the Billiards Room, even if you are not a member. If you enjoy it, we hope you’ll join us and take advantage of all the members’ events.
There will not be a meeting this month, but mark your calendars for March 25 for a video presentation of Victoria Falls in South Africa. Not sure if the Birdwatchers Club is for you? Come to one of our bird walks to try us out! Experience the joy of finding an interesting or beautiful bird. We will loan you binoculars if you don’t have any. Join at any time for $8 by leaving a check at the Front Desk in the Birdwatchers envelope and include your email and phone information. The bird walk this month will be TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, to LAKE WOHLFORD in Escondido. Meet at the overflow lot by 7:45 am to receive directions and form carpools. DEPARTURE IS AT 8 am. Note that the only restroom facility at the walk site is a portable toilet. The walk is on flat ground, but wear study shoes and bring a walking stick if you use one. Also bring water, hat, optional gas money for the driver. After the walk, we will have lunch on the other side of the lake at Smokey’s Lake Wohlford Café, home of the famous “all you can eat” catfish dinner. In the event the time or place needs to be changed, you will be notified by email. Lake Wohlford was Escondido’s first reservoir with a dam that was completed in 1895. Water was brought to it
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Clubs and Activities from the Escondido Canal which diverted flow from the San Luis Rey River Basin. While the 190-acre lake was originally called the Bear Valley Reservoir, the name was changed in 1924 to honor Alvin Wohlford who died that year. Wohlford was an engineer who created the water supply system that resulted in the canal and lake. He was also the founder of the Bank of Escondido and his descendants continue to contribute to Escondido today. Rental boats are available for fishing, but private boats are currently banned due to the influx of invasive Quagga mussels. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth bass and catfish while black crappie and bluegill are also caught here. Dogs are not permitted at the lake.
BRIDGE FOUNDERS DUPLICATE
Love is now in the air. Cupid has returned. Our annual Clubâ€™s Valentine get-together party will be on Tuesday, February 11. Be sure to bring your favorite bridge partner. Our party will tee off at 6:15 pm, so come early for some red hot refreshments. Just a reminder, if you have not paid your 2014 dues of $6, please do so as soon as possible, so we can get the mem-
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bership list printed and passed out to you. High scorers for the month of December, 2013 are as follows: In N/S position we had Jeanne Greene and Juanita Petter with a 63.84%. In the E/W position we had Gisela and Benno Rayhrer with a 60.63%. It is really a nice way to end a year. Congratulations! If you need a partner, please contact Nancy Read at 760-945-5737. She will do her best to find you one.
BRIDGE FRIDAY DUPLICATE
Just a reminder that our newly elected Friday Duplicate Bridge Officers for 2014 are: President: Anne Caywood, Co-Vice Presidents: Gina Stier and Juanita Petter; Treasurer: Nancy Kautz, Secretary: Lillian Kirkham. Our Holiday Luncheon and Bridge Game was held Friday, December 13, 2013. A sandwich lunch was offered and our Holiday Committee, headed by Gina Stier, Juanita Petter and their little elf helpers made the tables and lunch very festive. Thank you ladies and thank you Benno for seeing that everyone had a bottle of wine or cider at their table.
Clubs and Activities North/South First Place Winners were Dan Neilson and Lillian Kirkham with 57.82%. East/West First Place Winners were Olive McCullough and Hazel Bobach with 62.81% Congratulations Ladies and Gentleman! Please join our Duplicate Bridge Club. Membership is $6. This game is open to Women and Men who enjoy playing Duplicate Bridge, and have a partner. It is not ACBL sponsored. Resident Dan Neilson directs our games every second and fourth Friday of the month in Abravanel Hall. We start play at 11:30 am but ask that you be there at 11:15 am. If there happens to be a fifth Friday on any certain month, we will play on that Friday as well.
BRIDGE FRIDAY PARTY
We had five new bridge players sign up on Do Dues Day. WELCOME! If you were out of town or otherwise missed Do Dues Day, then just come on any Friday at 11 am which is the time for our regular sign-up. We start playing at 11:30 am. We always have freshly popped corn, cookies and tea and coffee. The first Friday of every month is “sandwich day,” a treat prepared by our members.
Intermediate players are welcome. You don’t need to bring a partner; just $1. Please come join us. My apologies for the missing December winners. A month replete with holidays and a bout or two with physical challenges caused me to miss much of December bridge. Thank all of you who collected the money and paid the winners. We’ll catch up next month. Promise.
BRIDGE THURSDAY NIGHT PARTY
HAPPY NEW YEAR! If you missed Do Dues Day, then come on Thursday evening to Abravanel Hall and join our group. Bring your partner and a dollar for the evening. What we don’t give away in prize money pays for our cookies and coffee. We’re a friendly bunch and welcome all intermediate players. Cookies, coffee and chit chat start at 6 pm and bridge begins at 6:30 pm. December winners were Shirlee and Don Sampsel, Gabriela Lough and Marilyn Erickson and Minerva and Richard.
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Clubs and Activities
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Clubs and Activities
BOARD MEETINGS OHCC Session I & II Thursday, February 20, 10 am Mykonos Room VILLAGE MEETINGS Corfu Wednesday, February 26, 1:30 pm Ladies Club Room Cyrus Thursday, February 27, 1:30 pm Ladies Club Room Portofino Monday, February 24, 10 am Ladies Club Room COMMITTEE MEETINGS Architectural Review Committee Thursday, February 13 and 27, 9:30 am Homeowners Association Audio Visual Committee Tuesday, February 25, 11 am Clubhouse Community Service Committee Friday, February 14, 10 am Clubhouse Art Room Facilities Management Committee Tuesday, February 18, 2 pm Homeowners Association Golf Course Committee Thursday, February 27, 2 pm Clubhouse Ladies Club Room Landscape Committee Friday, February 7, 10 am Homeowners Association Marketing & Communication Committee Wednesday, February 19, 10 am Homeowners Association Executive Committee Wednesday, February 26, 9:30 am Homeowners Association Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter â€˘ February 2014 29
Clubs and Activities
cludes so many talented people who call this place home. Won’t you join us is making this fundraiser even larger than last year’s? We need ticket sellers, people to bake brownies and sell wine during the show, paint sets and faces, and to perform a myriad of other tasks. Again, Kate Butler will gladly accept help and honor the fact that you have a life outside of Follies. The stated philosophy of OH! Follies is to provide Maximum Joy for Minimum Effort while entertaining and raising money and it takes a village to accomplish that. We invite you to join
And we’re off! We’ve held the first meeting of all those interested in participating in OH! Follies 2014 and I can just about guarantee this will be the biggest and best Follies ever. Begun in 2010 out of necessity, the annual campuswide talent show has grown to be a ritual of spring, and the biggest annual campus fundraiser to benefit the OH! Follies: Ooh, la la! Walter Kelber, Annie Mintcommunity. This is the sec- le, accompanied by the Fabulous Rosemarie. ond year that Can-Do has sponsored the show, and we hope to raise enough money to put electric doors on the in the fun. If you missed the organizational Follies meeting and back of the Clubhouse: around $9,000. (We’re the group are interested in participating, please contact Kate Butthat raised the funds for the electrifying of our great ler, the show’s Director and Producer, and she’ll add you Clubhouse front doors.) to the show. Once it becomes the middle of February it It is the Can-Do Club’s mission to “Find a need and fill it” at OHCC, and we are pleased to host Follies, which in- will be too late to join in this year’s production as tal-
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Clubs and Activities ent, but they always welcome helpers to work backstage. Kate can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 760-295-9865. OH! Follies 2014: So Groovy Now will be performed on one night only: Saturday, March 29 at 7 pm.
We are so excited…it is time to start singing again! We had a wonderful showing on “Do Dues Day.” Thank you to all our returning members and new friends who have decided to join us. We especially thank our generous patrons. Our Holiday Concert would have been a sell-out (if we charged-LOL) and there were so many gracious comments that were appreciated by all of us. Thank you for your generosity with our annual holiday raffle. This allows us to have “uniforms,” “rhythm instruments” and really helps with the music. This time, we are going to go back to those wonderful songs of the 30’s. We thought it will be a “perfect fit” for OHCC’s 30th Anniversary. We are not really sure yet of the songs because director Donna is keeping mum…that makes it even more enticing! Our Pianist, Bill Smith will be “out of commission” for a few weeks so if there is a pianist out there that would
like to fill in for a couple of weeks, we would love to hear from you. Make sure to join us at our first rehearsal in the Ladies Club Room on Thursday, February 6 from 10 am to 12 noon. Even if you missed us on Do Dues Day, WE WANT YOU! Give us a try for a week or two and see if you like what you see! You do not want to miss the fun and “if you can hum, you can come!” If you have any questions, call Donna Russell at: 760945-5558.
CINEMATIC AND MUSICAL ART APPRECIATION
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 pm, 5 pm 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 at 760-758-1216, Ext 5. It is recommended that the MPAA ratings be carefully reviewed before attending for possible offensive content.
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Clubs and Activities Coming to Ocean Hills from approximately mid-February to mid-March are: “Blue Jasmine” (72), “Blue Caprice” (69), “Don Jon” (72), “Captain Phillips” (82), “Fruitvale Station” (75), “Short Term 12” (82), “Instructions Not Included” (61), “Last Vegas” (60), “Café de Flore” (68) (French. The shortage of quality Hollywood films being released in DVD will start diminishing in 2014 and better films should become more available by late winter/early spring. The numbers appearing after all film titles represent the combined average critical and popular ratings on a scale of 0 to 100 as published on the websites Rotten Tomatoes.com, Metacritic.com, and IMDB.com. A rating between 60 and 100 signifies the best films. Also, please check the recently updated Coming Attractions Bulletin Board posted outside the Men’s Club Room for reserved films that are in theaters but not yet available in DVD including those films earning the highest critical praise. MIDWEEK FILMS: A critically acclaimed contemporary Foreign Film from any country is shown every Wednesday at 7 pm. Seating is on a first come, first served basis and guests of residents are always welcome. This is in addition to the normally scheduled Foreign Films shown on alternating Fridays 3 times per day (sometimes shown on Saturdays). See Weekend Films above for com-
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ing titles. Other potential selections are to be found on the Coming Attractions Bulletin Board. FOREIGN FILM CLASSICS: Scheduled on Monday, January 20 at 1 pm by the Foreign Film Classic Group is the great 1947 neo-realistic Italian classic “Shoe Shine” (80), directed by Vittorio de Sica. You are invited to take advantage of a rare opportunity to revisit these golden oldies again or to see them for the first time if missed when originally released. MUSICAL FINE ARTS: The next Musical Fine Arts Group is tentatively scheduled to meet on Saturday, January 11 at 10 am. The program for 2014 has not been established yet but it will likely be either the opera “Samson and Delilah” by Saint-Saens or “Lakme” by Delibes. Watch for the counter announcement for that week. 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. Joining would entitle you to automatically receive a monthly invitation or reminder and an annual program which can also be found in the literature racks adjacent to the Clubhouse Front Desk. Frank Petronella 760 414-9070 email@example.com
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February is the month of love and flowers, so it is the perfect time for Bob Wong to demonstrate how to make Valentine’s Day flower arrangements before our next Garden Club meeting in Abravanel Hall on February 12. Social hour begins at 9:30 am, and the guest speaker begins at 10 am. The general meeting will follow the presentation by OHCC resident and longtime Garden Club member Bob Wong. Bob might donate his arrangement, so don’t miss this opportunity to win an original Bob Wong creation. Many of us know Bob as the editor of the Village Voice and author of the Crusty Curmudgeon column. Bob has designed and decorated the Clubhouse Christmas trees and made the memorial wreath for Veteran’s Day for many years here at OHCC. He has given many presentations to the OHCC Garden Club and local Garden Clubs, teaching participants how to create beautiful arrangements with whatever is at hand. Bob’s floral designing started when his wife told him that he was to do something else in his life other than working twelve hours a day, then coming home to kiss the kids goodnight. One evening, she hauled him to a ladies church function that featured a renowned floral designer whose performance he considered less than inspiring. “I could do better,” he thought and thus started his entrance into the floral industry. He attended night classes, colleges, and floral academies. Upon retiring from his regular job, he specialized in wedding work plus jobs decorating and designing altars for several churches. Although he has fully retired for the past fifteen years, he still enjoys toying with flowers and designs. Bob claims he gave up on golf when the Golf Committee refused to enlarge those holes twice the size. The big event for the Garden Club in 2014 commemorates the Thirtieth Anniversary of Ocean Hills Country Club. The Garden Club will celebrate by having a Plant and Flower Raffle on Sunday, March 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. The celebration will include fanciful flower cupcakes and the world famous Garden Club Champagne punch.
The cost is $5 per person which includes a cupcake, punch, and two raffle tickets. Event tickets will be sold at the Garden Club meetings held in February and March. Additional raffle tickets will be on sale at the event. Garden Club members are encouraged to share their talents by donating a flower arrangement, potted plant, or succulent arrangement to the raffle. We hope you all come to the Garden Club’s Cupcake, Punch and Plant raffle on March 30 and spend a lovely afternoon surrounded by beautiful plants, friends, and delicious treats.
GARDENING NEWS by Melvina Terry
After last month’s article on the use of Osmocote as a fertilizer, I received numerous calls on where to obtain it. I got mine at Rite-Aid on Mission & College. Anderson’s carries it, but it is more expensive. A friend of mine said she found it on the Internet. So, if you’re a surfer, go for it. Another question asked of me, Melvina, what do all of those silly numbers mean? A simplistic answer is, think of a way a plant grows. It starts with a seed, sends up a sprout and leaves. The first number is for nitrogen and is good for the “green” and thus good for the root system, stem and leaves. The plant then produces flowers. The second number is for phosphorus and is good for producing flowers. The last number is for potash and is good for the overall wellbeing of the plant. Our soil is alkaline and therefore would benefit from acid type fertilizers. Miracle Gro is highly alkaline so, although highly advertised, may not be the best. Our soil could do better with Mur-acid. Rules for fertilizing are: 1. Never feed a dry plant 2. Limit the amount of nitrogen applied at any one time, since it can burn roots and leaves. 3. Feed at less than the recommended rate until you learn your plants’ responses. 4. If plants have not responded in two weeks with fresh new growth, feed again. My favorite in between fertilizers is fish emulsion or chicken fertilizer.
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It’s 2014 and the new golf season has begun. It will be moving forward with Opal Martin at the helm. I would like to begin with a few words from our new president, “I deeply appreciate the words of encouragement and offers of support from members of the golf community and Golf Committee Board of Directors. For certain, I was not elected because of my golfing stats. However, I will strive to respect the desires and needs of the golf membership at large. We look forward to her leadership and her continuing sense of humor. Our first tournament will be Guys and Dolls on Saturday, February 1. Please get your team members names and $4 each into the Casa door by January 23. Our first Touring Amateur will be Monday, March 24 at Oaks North. We will have more info coming up, but I know the Demarest›s have a wonderful year planned for us. Monday and Tuesday, May 5 and May 6, we will have our first special tournament, sponsored by Fairwinds Ivey Ranch. Rita Harper has some wonderful special tournaments planned for later in the year. The 13th Annual Herb Stark Men›s Match Play
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Tournament for 2014 will begin the week of March 24. The cost to enter will be $5 per person. Sign-ups will begin on March 3 and end at noon on March 18. Place your name, money and phone number in the Casa door. Again, more info to follow. Margie Stodgill reports, that as of Do Dues Day, we have 414 members signed up, which includes 38 new members. So we have plenty of room for more new members. Come join us. We would love to have you.
Thanks to Larry Bowers for his years of volunteering to deliver medical equipment to residences of Ocean Hills Country Club. His service to the community is appreciated by many. We now have a new volunteer that wants to provide a service to the community. Welcome Dan Vervisch to Helping Hands. Our inventory of wheelchairs and walkers is at an alltime low. You can help your neighbors by donating your unused medical equipment to Helping Hands. If you need temporary use of a cane, crutches, commodes, walkers or wheelchairs, call one of the following
Clubs and Activities volunteers for a free delivery; Dan Verisch 760-724-4746 Tim Wilbur 760-639-522, Jack Collar 760-598-0580, or Dan Mathews 760-724-2744.
A big thank you to everyone who joined the Library. It is self supporting, and the more households who join, the more books we can purchase for your enjoyment. If you haven’t already joined us, please leave a check at the Front Desk or hand it to any librarian. It’s $15 per household, less than the price of one new book. A couple of reminders: We have a veterans’ section that should appeal to any veteran or anyone else interested in the military. There are books on strategies, WW11, the Korean War, Vietnam, etc. Check it out. As you walk into the Library go to the corner at the far left and you will see the American flag hanging inside the shelves. These books are open to all. Also, for those of you who have problems with vision, there is a low vision reader located near the military section. It magnifies the print of any book or document you may be having difficulty reading. If you need help with it, just ask. Again, thank you to all who are supporting us with donations, both monetary and books.
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THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! The time is getting close for the first OHSPA concert of the year! Direct from Nashville and Branson, Missouri comes the sensational and highly known trio of LARRY GATLIN AND THE GATLIN BROTHERS! They will be performing in Abravanel Hall on February 8 at 7:30 pm. We set a record on the first day of tickets sales so this is sure to be a sellout performance so please check with the Front Desk to see if there are any tickets available. If not, put your name on the waiting list. We usually have last minute tickets available due to unforeseen circumstances of our residents. Tickets are $30 each and heavily subsidized by OHSPA. This dynamic trio complete with live backup music will give you an evening you will remember for a long time. They are so personable and will be out in back to greet you after the concert. I promise that you will be smiling throughout the entire concert! It is not often that they come to the West Coast and we at OHSPA are still thinking how lucky we are to have them coming to our Abravanel Hall in Ocean Hills Country Club! We thank all of our Star Donors and Patrons for their generous donations and to all of you who purchased tickets. You are KEEPING OHSPA ALIVE! Our second show of the season is May 3 and tickets will go on sale on March 25 at 8 am in the Galleria. The
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Clubs and Activities Amazing Platters and the Supremes – Reflected will bring you to your feet with their famous songs of the times. We call it our “Doo Wop” show. This promises to be a top notch entertainment show, with magnificent music and breathtaking performances. This is another topflight show from OHSPA subsidized for only $30 a ticket. Unless you are a Star Donor (and it is not too late to become a Star Donor), get in line early on the 23rd of March to get your tickets!
PET LOVERS CLUB
We had 53 new members sign up as of Do Dues Day and the 2014 PLC board would like to welcome our new members as well as those members who rejoined. There is still time to join, please leave your dues in the PLC folder at the Clubhouse Front Desk. The PLC would like to take the time to personally thank our Community Patrol personnel in their efforts in tracking down Nancy and George Read’s cat Romeo who got out one evening. They found Romeo up the street and brought him safely home. We are proud of all the efforts and help that Community Patrol provides us in keeping out furry friends safe.
We have great news! The MB will approve our 30th anniversary event on April 30th. Pet adoptions and other informational booths will be in the Lanai and flag court area of the Clubhouse. All resident pet events (rabies shots, licensing, micro-chipping and pictures) will take place in the overflow parking lot. In Sunday’s UT there was an article about pet owners taking steps to insure that their beloved pets are properly taken care of when the owner can no longer take care of the pet. This is very important and the SDHS will have information on how to provide for your pets in the event you are no longer able to do it. One of our residents has agreed to take pictures of you and your pet in the dog park on the day of the event. Pictures will be put in the 30th anniversary book on the PLC page. More details of the event will follow. Ellen Kippel received an email from Patricia Hallworth advising her that one of our village dogs, Dudley, a handsome schnauzer, got a hold of some rodent poison that a friend had in their garage. We want to remind everyone that rodent poison should not be used because of the danger to animals, birds and, what if a child got hold of it. Dudley recovered because of his owner’s fast thinking and rushing to the Vet. We are sure the person who put out the poison didn’t realize the poison was very attrac-
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Clubs and Activities tive to pets or children. If you do want to use rodent poison, you should put it in a tamper proof container that a pet or child cannot get into, but has an opening for the rodent to get into. Also remember that it is also dangerous for a pet to kill and eat a rodent that has ingested the rodent poison. Let’s please keep our grandchildren, pets and local wildlife safe. Let’s be courtesy of the residents in our community, and clean up after our pets and dispose of the waste in a trash receptacle. It should not be left on the street or on the lawn for someone else to clean up or dispose of. In order to maintain a pet friendly community, we all must do our part to keep OHCC beautiful.
First of all, the Photography Club would like to welcome our many new members. Do Dues Day this year was a major success for our Club. Thanks to those of you who volunteered to work on Do Dues Day. Our February Meeting will be on Thursday, February 20, in the Ladies Club Room at 1 pm. The program will be presented by Joe Ashby and the topic will be “Photography as Art.” He will communicate to the Club
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how he’s been able to capture essence and substance, with his inexpensive camera providing the oils, palette and canvas. He will use a few photos to demonstrate how anyone can make their own very special art. Bud DeMaris will be in the Computer/Photo Lab after the meeting from 3 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 photo paper of several styles can be purchased at cost from Bud. If possible, please let Bud know ahead of time what area you want to address, what photo paper you desire, or if you plan to come late. Contact Bud at 760-6301739 or email@example.com.
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The Ski and Racquet Clubs held their joint annual holiday party on Saturday, December 14, and the event was once again a total success! The first-time appearance at OHCC of Ron Broide and “The Decades” band was enjoyed by all, especially on the dance floor. A steak and seafood combo dinner was provided by the Village Kitchen and Pie Shop in Carlsbad– and as usual, the food was outstanding. The tasteful décor included lighted holiday trees on each table. All of this was made possible through the Sailing Club, who had responsibility for organizing the event this year. This memorable holiday celebration would not have been possible without committee organizers who included Allan and Sue Paloutzian, Beth Brewer and Tim Wilbur, Joan McAlister, Dannica Wood, Mel and Jan Feintuch, Patti Smith and Celeste Szot. Thanks also to Scott Goldwasser for developing a playlist and to Bob Herrmann for setting and controlling the lighting. A big thank you goes out to those who stayed and cleaned up for the 230 people who attended the event! “Do Dues Day” was successful as usual, signing up 170 former members, but also an additional 42 new residents and players. New events and sports instruction are
always being added to our program–so join up and get in on the fun! You will then receive our emails about what’s goin’ on! The Racquet Club has so very much to offer; it’s unbelievable that our membership and all that comes with it, is still only $10 per year! We currently are offering “beginning tennis” lessons, and table tennis classes are also being offered– both taught by Glen Goglia. Thank you Glen! The new Wednesday night table tennis classes are being organized by Dave Mowery, and require reservations through Dave. A paddle tennis event is scheduled for February 11, and a pickleball event is scheduled for March 6. Both will be announced in emails to members. Herb Livsey will lead a “beginning pickleball” class on February 8, and regular Saturday classes will be announced later this spring. Thank you Patty Storm for heading the class on January 18! Not only can you see a link to our very own Racquet Club website on the Ocean Hills Country Club website (oceanhillscountryclub.com), but you can go directly to our Club website at http://www.ohccracquetclub.com/ for all kinds of Club information! Here you can find information including our board members, RC calendar, drop-in schedule, Club photos, and even our sub lists for tennis, pickleball, and paddle tennis. By the way, your name can
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Trips, parties, food and fun are words which describe the RV Club. Two recent trips, both led by firsttime wagon masters, were fantastic. Glenn and Ilene Temblay planned a trip jammed with activities, included crafts, horseshoe competition, a magic show, golf and, of course, wonderful food. Another trip was led by Don and Jan Lopez. The Air Museum, the Living Desert, and the Palm Springs Follies – and, of course, food and fun – highlighted the trip. And talk about parties. Wow! The Holiday Party was a knockout. Four small groups of partygoers visited four homes and enjoyed delicious food. The clever party planner provided a schedule insuring that each celebrant would greet every other celebrant sometime during the event. Kudos to Jan Malone and her industrious elves for planning the party and opening their homes for a gala evening.
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The RV Club welcomed eighteen new members at Do Dues Day. These new members as well as all the “old” members enjoyed a light supper at the January meeting and a special program introduced the interworking’s of the Club. Information about the web page, e-mail, the RV lot, social events, trips and the W.O.W.s was presented. All members learned more about their Club. Ocean Hills Country Club license plate frames were a popular item at Do Dues Day. The frames are $5 for one or $8 for two. If you would like to purchase one or several, contact Betty Ruehle, 760-639-0374.
The Sailing Club held its first meeting of 2014 on January 7, with the installation of its officers for the coming year. Taking over as Commodore is Alan Paloutzian, while Bob Kopolow will serve as ViceCommodore. Forrest Newburg will take over as Fleet Captain. Current Secretary Bill Smith and Treasurer Evy Sanfilippo will continue in their current roles. Commodore Kopolow thanked these and past officers for volunteering to provide their services to the club. He also thanked Bill Baker for serving as Fleet Captain for 2 years, Bob Barry and George Bush for volunteering to be our sommeliers for the coming year, Wayne Strunk for his advice and counsel as past Commodore, Patty Smith for photography, Betty Klass for being our historian and, last by not least, his wife, Suzie Kopolow for being Sunshine Lady. Wayne Strunk thanked and awarded Lynn O’Connor a plaque for being our greeter extraordinaire. Commodore Kopolow then presented new Commodore Paloutzian with the Commodore’s Perpetual Trophy and the Commodore flag, welcomed him into office and turned the meeting over to him. Commodore Paloutzian then awarded now past-Commodore Kopolow a plaque thanking him for his service and the vice-commodore’s flag. Allen then welcomed the new members, re-announced the whale watching trip, the Catalina trip, and upcoming sails on January 30. He then laid out his objectives for 2014. It was a great meeting. While the pace of activities will slow down in the winter, there will still be opportunities for day sails. Check either the Club website or the Sailing Club folder at the Clubhouse Front Desk to see which captain is taking out a boat, and on which date. The Sailing Club website contains a link that informs users about future sails and allows you to sign up or add your name to the waiting list. If the boat is not full, add your name to the list and put a check for $45 in the check envelope at the Front Desk to be added to the sail. Priority goes to those who place their checks in the Sailing Club envelope earliest. Events already in the works for 2014, in addition to monthly day sails, include a whale watching trip on the Hornblower, Thursday, March 6. Cost is $20 for Club members and $25 for non-members. Signups already started at Do Dues Day. The Club is planning to return to Catalina
Clubs and Activities this year on October 22-24. Another Dana Point trip is being considered, and of course, the annual Club Regatta will take place in July or August. Join us at our next meeting in Abravanel Hall on February 4 to enjoy delicious snacks and drinks, and to sign up for upcoming sails. Refreshments are served at 7 pm and the business meeting begins at 7:30 pm.
SEWING, ETC. 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: 11-1 Card Making, 1-3 pm Quilting 2nd Saturday: 9-5 Serious Sewing I hope you took the opportunity to attend Do Dues Day in January. We had a display table with a line of cradle quilts hanging across the back and other projects arrayed along the table. It was a nice reminder of the year ac-
complishments. Two of the sweatshirt jackets were on display. They are so pretty and practical; I still want to make one. Perhaps we can have another workshop sometime during 2014. A “get acquainted” meeting was held on the last Thursday of January for all new members and returning members. The Club has a lot of resources that are not used as much as they could be and one of the purposes of the get together was to point out the available equipment. One of my goals for this year is to learn how to use a serger. I hear a lot of talk about it and know we have a machine but I don’t really understand what it does for you. Show and Tell in January was really sparse; the fewest items I have ever seen. Everyone must have given away their handwork for Christmas because there was not much on display. The preemies at Tri-City will benefit from the 5 blanket and hat sets that were shown. The blankets are knitted 18 x 18 squares in baby pastels with matching hats. They were so cute and something that is always needed. The first of the February “Show Me Your Red” items, a black and red vest, was worn to the meeting. I hope you are working on your project - the Thursday, February 6 meeting is when to show off your RED. The only criteria are the color - something wearable, something for the house, a card or a gift for someone else.
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Clubs and Activities February Sewing, Etc. projects are making a Wonder Wallet and a Cup Cozy. Samples will be on display at the February 6 business meeting. The spring Quilting project will probably be the May Flowers Table Runner. Don’t forget the Friday card making get together and the second Saturday Serious Sewing group. We have to think of a name for this group - they might be serious about sewing but the last thing they are is serious while sewing. If you have questions about the Sewing Club you can see us at work on our website, www.OHCCSewingClub. com.
The NEW Theatre Arts held its first meeting of the New Year on January 6. We were rolling in the aisles with the hilarious comedy of Karen Rontowski! Thank you to all who attended and made this perform meeting a great success. As our motto says, “LET US ENTERTAIN YOU” and we did! Our next meeting, February 3, features our own Elizabeth Haynes; “MAME”THE 1974 LUCILLE BALL MOVIE - FROM THE COSTUMER’S PERSPECTIVE. Elizabeth was responsible for Lucille Ball’s wardrobe and will show us a shortened version of the movie, with commentary about her experiences. This is a performance you don’t want to miss! This special presentation will be open to all residents of the village and is FREE. Our future presentations will include the Irish dancers from Clan Rince, back by popular demand in March. They are a dedicated group of Irish dance champions. The dancers train year round for regional, National and the World Championships. All of the dancers are trained by North American Champion, Jeannie O’Connor and Alisa Garber. They compete in Ireland, England, Scotland and Canada as well as all over the US. The show Clan Rince Irish dancers put on is a selection of traditional steps taken to a higher level, combining the Celtic music with African drums. This meeting will be on March 3. We also plan to bring back the San Diego Harmony Bell Ringers, and have other performances waiting to be confirmed. These performances give us wonderful opportunities to meet and talk to many varied, talented entertainers! Play Readers continue to meet at 1 pm on the first Wednesday of the month, led by Steve McConnell. All members are welcome. Be on the lookout for our 30th Anniversary celebration, a snack and a drink in the OHCC Clubhouse Lobby on February 28, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for a $1 each! We are also looking forward to the play presentation in April, honoring the 30th Anniversary of Ocean Hills Country Club, with which many of our members are involved. If you have not yet paid your dues, you can leave your $10 check at the Front Desk for the New Theatre Arts! We look forward to entertaining you!
Program: 2013 in Review, February 10, Abravanel Hall, 6:30 pm - We will have a DVD presentation of all our trips. This always is a popular event as we reminisce about the great places which we explored. Due to unexpected circumstances, this event was postponed from January. *****UPCOMING TRIPS***** February 20, Diamond Valley and Callaway Winery $103 - Our day trip will take us to the Diamond Valley Reservoir where we will learn the fascinating story of its inception and creation. This will be followed by a visit to the Western Center of Archeology & Paleontology and meet the prehistoric animals that once roamed Southern California. We will continue our day to Temecula for wine tasting and a buffet lunch at the Callaway Winery’s Meritage Restaurant. March 27, March Air Force Base - $70 - our annual joint trip with the Vets Club will take us to the March Air Field Museum for a docent-led tour and lunch. We also will tour the AFB’s Reserve’s 452nd Mobility Wing. We’ll board a military bus for a guided tour of the base by members of the squadron. Since the priority sign-up
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Clubs and Activities for Vets ended on January 27, sign- ups are now on a firstcome, first served basis. Be sure to pick up a flyer from the Trip Racks at the Clubhouse for detailed instructions and lunch choice - Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef or Chicken. No Refunds after March 14th. April 12, Matinee, “Mamma Mia” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts - $115 This will be a delightful afternoon enjoying the ultimate feel-good show. Prior to the show we will stop at South Coast Plaza for lunch on your own at any of the restaurants of your choice. No Refunds after February 12. 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, 760-295-8990.
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Our Club enjoyed a wonderful year in 2013. We had several parties where we gathered, enjoyed good food and, of course, danced. We installed our officers at our holiday party in December. President: Rona Cole Vice President: Jackie Stanislawski Secretary: Phyllis Buvel Treasurer: Mona Miller We are gearing up for our big production next June. Every two years, our Club performs for our community. We laugh about it, but it takes us two years to learn dances and gather costumes. This year’s production will not disappoint you. Our teacher of tap, jazz, and theater dance - Ellie Oakley - is creating a wonderful show celebrating our calendar-the months and holidays. Marilee Garcia, our Hawaiian Dance teacher, is also planning some beautiful numbers to include in the show. There will be dancing, singing, and beautiful costumes! There will be something for everyone in this fun-packed and beautiful production. We are still looking for new dancers. New classes in jazz, tap, theater, Hawaiian, and belly dancing will be beginning in January. We invite you to come to any of our
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Clubs and Activities classes and just watch before you make a decision to join us! But, we know you will! Dancing is great exercise, and we have such a good time! If you have any questions about the classes, please give me a call 760-295-4299 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had a great Do Dues Day in January at which time we added 35 new members to the Club. By the time this comes to you, we should have added more, as our Open House was also a big success. Welcome! Here are some things you will want to know about how things work in our Club. Our Village Squares Student Program consists of one year of classes. All students are strongly urged to attend a second year to become more proficient with the calls. Students will be taught 135 Standard calls in a year’s time. Most students can attend the Wednesday night Club dance after one year, but for some it is recommended they wait until completing a second year. Student Classes are currently being taught Tuesday’s from 3 to 5 pm by Jim Randall, our Club caller, in Abravanel Hall. At each class Jim will review previous
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square dance steps he taught and introduce two or three new steps. It is understood that students may miss a few classes due to traveling or for other reasons, but since calls are all taught at least THREE TIMES, that is not a problem. Also Jim will always try to give extra attention to those who have missed. Additionally, there are other Clubs in our area that also have classes to provide additional or review experience. Verl Lobb holds a FREE class every Thursday morning from 9 to 10 am, to review the latest steps that Jim Randall taught the previous Tuesday. And, again, students are highly encouraged to attend these to gain proficiency. All new students will learn with *Angels. Square Dancing is a couple’s dance and we encourage members to join with partners. We cannot always accommodate a disproportionate number of singles. We do however; offer an opportunity for females to learn the men’s parts, to help the balance. And we have several women who already dance the part of men to help with the single women that join. *Angels are Club members who have at least one year as a student and at least one more year as either a second year student or a student partner. Angels dance with each new student at both the Tuesday and Thursday
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The Village Vets Club is off and running in 2014. February 27 will highlight a very interesting former career Naval Officer (06) who served around the world, afloat and ashore. He is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and many other campaigns BUT his topic is all about TENNIS! He is currently the President of the San Diego District Tennis Association. As the Founder and Chairperson of the San Diego District’s Military Outreach Committee, he spearheaded many programs that have benefitted military members and their families but at our February Meeting, he will present to us what one program has done for over 500 wounded, ill, and injured service members through a tennis-based rehabilitation program. This program has been recognized at the Washington level and has become a model for similar programs that are now running at major military medical centers, VA hospitals, and Warrior Transition Units across the Nation. This meeting is not to be missed as it is very informative as to how effective this program has been in the Warrior’s rehabilitation and re-integration into the community. Calling all tennis players! You may want to get involved or hear what you might be able to do to help. If you are not already a member of our Village Vets, please consider joining. You do not have to be a Veteran to be a member. We welcome spouses, relatives as well as anyone who has an interest in our Armed Forces…veterans and active duty. Just fill out the Village Vets application (found in the Vets Folder) and put a check for $10 into the Village Vets envelope at the Front Desk in the Clubhouse and you will be a member of our Club. You will then receive monthly copies of our newsletter, The Bugle. You may also join at our monthly meeting. Our meetings are always the 4th Thursday of the month at 3 pm and we meet in Abravanel Hall. Did you know that we have the best snacks and adult refreshments for our meetings? Come check them out! We look forward to having you join us and seeing you at the February 27 program in Abravanel Hall at 3 pm.
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We’ve had a great start to the hiking season and this month looks like it will continue along the same. The first order of business will be on Tuesday, February 4 when we will have our first business meeting of the year. We are a walking and hiking club, so that’s our emphasis throughout the year. But we do hold business meetings on a quarterly basis. This meeting is open to anyone in our community and will be held in the Ladies Club Room at 12 pm. A social time with refreshments will start at 11:30 am. All attendees are invited to share their favorite all time hike if they would like to do so. I will be bringing pictures of my recent climb up Mt. Whitney. The first hike this month will be on Thursday, February 13. We will be going to the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve and hike around Lake Poway. This is a beautiful area through a scenic canyon and around the lake which is the home of abundant waterfowl. After the hike we will be going to The Center City Cafe in Escondido for lunch. Our second hike of the month will be on Friday, February 28 out on Daley Ranch in the southern part of the preserve. Daley Ranch is a very large nature preserve with hills, meadows, streams and ponds. We will be hik-
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Clubs and Activities ing a loop including the Creek Crossing Trail, the East Ridge Trail, Coyote Run, Diamond Back Trail, Sage Trail the Jack Creek Meadow Loop Trail, a little more of the East Ridge Trail, the Middle Pond Trail, and finishing off on the Ranch House Trail. The full loop trail length is 4 miles long with some hills. We will be going to Charlie’s Restaurant in Escondido after the hike. As always, I will repeat my hiking mantra. If you decide to join us for either of these hikes, for personal comfort, don’t forget to bring water, good sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a hat on any of our hikes. For all hikes, even easy ones, these four items are highly recommended. All of our hikes start at the Overflow Parking Lot where we meet at 8:30 am and car pool to the trailhead. Remember to help out the driver with some gas money if you are in a car pool. 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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The next meeting will be on Thursday, February 13 in the Ladies Club Room at 3 pm. We snack at 2:30 pm. Mark your calendar. Our guest will be Altura Paint Co. from Vista. You will learn something about painting that you thought you knew but really do not. Painting is a big part of our Christmas toy project, so come and learn and ask questions. Wives welcome. All members, new and old have to see the safety video and get a shop orientation to be able to use the woodshop. This is important because mistakes are not allowed for your own benefit and others using the shop. The door code to enter will be changed on February 19. If you have seen the video and been to an orientation, you will be given a membership badge which has to be worn any time you use the shop. You will be notified of the new code automatically, There have not been any serious problems in 15 years. Let us keep it that way. Please do not forget to save your cans and plastic bottles (no tops) to help with our Christmas expenses. There are about 100 members at this time. Woodchucks are known for being nice to each other and also helping each other. Please keep your work concentrated in one
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spot and not over the whole shop. This way everybody has room to work. Thank goodness that 100 members do not all show up at one time. We will have door prizes also at the meeting. Our new officers are as follows: Murph Haugen, President; Bob Nelke, Vice President; Ron Gagnon, Treasurer; Kathy Moskovitz, Secretary; Bob Allen, Master at Arms. Let’s all start the New Year on the right foot. Support your club.
Our next meeting at 7 pm on Monday, February 17 will feature a wonderful singer and guitarist, Elisheva Edelson. Elisheva earned her BA from the Yiddish Hebrew Teachers Seminar and is an alumna of the Melton Program at the Hebrew Union College of Jerusalem. Elisheva also attended the San Diego Academy. She is a Hebrew teacher and directs the Women’s Choir at Congregation Beth Am. At the end of the meeting we will be serving delicious pastries from Katella Deli. Please call George Mozes at 760-941-5175 (leave message if not in) or email to email@example.com
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We hope that by now most of you have renewed – or signed up – for Club membership. If not, please do so at your earliest convenience. For just $8 the Yiddish Club offers you entertainment, discussions, lectures, camaraderie and even dessert at each meeting. Here is the schedule of activities for 2014. Please mark your calendar. FEBRUARY 17 - MEETING APRIL 27 - BAGEL RUN APRIL 28 - MEETING JUNE 8 - DELI LUNCHEON AUGUST 18 – MEETING OCTOBER 30 - MEETING (30th anniversary/open to all Clubs) DECEMBER 21 - CHANUKAH LUNCH As you can see, the first big event (besides meetings) will take place SUNDAY, APRIL 27, our 3rd annual BAGEL RUN! In addition to our standard bagels, we are adding mini-bagels to our order forms. You will have a choice of plain, poppy seed, garlic and everything. The small profit we make from this endeavor helps the Club defray the cost of entertainment, speakers and treats. So please fill out the order form when they show up in your tube. Not only do you get some delicious bagels, but you support the Club as well.
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Also, a day later, on Monday, April 28 we will have our regular meeting. Dr. Gloria Harris from San Diego will be our speaker. Dr. Harris will share the stories of some of the Jewish trailblazers from California that have defined our state. Each woman discussed has a story to tell that personifies her struggles to achieve a dream and in turn pave the way for generations of others. Special desserts to follow. The Yiddish Club would like to take this opportunity to show our appreciation for all the dedicated work Marcia Saltzman has done for the Club, including her two years as President. It is a person like Marcia with her dedicated work and great ideas that keeps our Club thriving. Marcia will be leaving the Village in early February and she will be greatly missed. We wish her gezunt (good health) and lots of naches (joy).
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