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OCEAN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES - JANUARY 13 & 16, 2014 The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Ocean Hills Country Club Homeowners Association Board of Directors was held on January 13 & 16, 2014, at 4701 Leisure Village Way, Oceanside, California. January 13, 2014
January 16, 2014
DIRECTORS PRESENT Angela Takemoto President Don Lopez, Vice President David Hefler, Treasurer Barry Farrell, Secretary Ira Landis, Director Shirlee Sampsel, Director Linda Strohm, Director MANAGEMENT PRESENT Becky Groenewold, General Manager Toni Clevenger, Senior Admin. Asst. OTHERS PRESENT Elkie Willis, San Diego Humane Society
DIRECTORS PRESENT Angela Takemoto President Don Lopez, Vice President David Hefler, Treasurer Barry Farrell, Secretary Ira Landis, Director (arrived at 10:46 a.m.) Shirlee Sampsel, Director Linda Strohm, Director MANAGEMENT PRESENT Becky Groenewold, General Manager Toni Clevenger, Senior Admin. Asst.
FIRST SESSION — JANUARY 13, 2014
as Executive Sessions held since the last monthly Board Meeting. The Executive Session held on December 16, 2013 reviewed third party contracts; member disciplinary hearings; potential litigation; personnel; delinquency
I. President Takemoto called the Regular Meeting to order at 10:01 a.m. II. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vice President Lopez. III.
President Takemoto welcomed everyone and wished them a Happy New Year. President Takemoto remarked on some confusion regarding the letter all homeowners received related to posting of notices. In compliance with the Davis Sterling Act rewrite effective January 1, 2014, the letter was written notification to inform Homeowners Association membership as to the location where notices will be posted. The letter did not intend to indicate any change in the way we are currently operating, and we will continue to follow the current procedure of posting Board Meeting notices on the bulletin board by Abravanel Hall, delivering a copy of the regular Board meeting Agenda to each resident’s mail tube, and mailing the agenda to off-site homeowners. President Takemoto also announced that the next month’s Board meeting will be held one day only on Thursday, February 20, 2014, and Staff and Committee Reports will not be presented. The one day meeting is due to the Monday of that week is President’s Day, and is an official holiday for our Management Company. President Takemoto also shared a letter received from the Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton, thanking the Community for the generous gift of toys for Santa’s Workshop. The Woodchuck Club and all the residents who donated gifts are to be congratulated! President Takemoto apprised the membership as to the matters to be addressed, and items completed, as well Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • March 2014 3
Association News review; Executive Committee reports; legal opinion, and approved prior Executive Session minutes. IV. MANAGEMENT REPORT In the Management Report, Becky Groenewold, General Manager, apprised the membership as to the primary projects currently underway: • The CC&R Ad Hoc Committee has scheduled to meet with “The Colony” Board members on January 29, 2014, on the status of their CC&Rs project. The CC&R Ad Hoc Committee is also scheduled to meet with the Master Board on February 10, 2014 to review comments and questions to date. • The Reserve Study draft was reviewed by the Budget Committee, changes then submitted to the vendor based on their comments, and the final revisions forwarded to the Budget Committee for review on December 25, 2013. • The Channel 12 upgrade work continues after delays due to the holiday season and Thursday’s meeting will possibly be broadcast live. • Staff is maintaining a website log for tracking and establishing internal processes for keeping the website current. The list of registered residents has increased to 721, site visits declined during the holidays, and the drop down menus have been revamped to be more user
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friendly. • The GM is working with Staff and Legal Counsel to draft the Annual Policy Statement that is required by the new civil code effective January 1, 2014. The Village Boards agreed to have a joint opinion from both attorneys on the Electronic Consent form. The 2014-2015 Budget will be mailed out via First Class, in accordance to the civil code. • The Committee applications have been received and the GM thanked all of the Committee members for their contributions. • 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 has been completed and the HOA should net approximately $9,000 after production expenses. • The GM is investigating solutions for the Abravanel Hall Wi-Fi capabilities issue, working with JBL and PCM’s I.T. Department in preparation to provide a recommendation to the Master Board. • Tom Hogan and Maureen Huitt will attend a Toro Lynx irrigation training seminar in February, 2014. Toro is currently using OHCC as a Beta testing site during the irrigation system conversion process. • The GM has been elected to the C.A.I. Board of Directors San Diego Chapter for a three-year term, and apprised the Board of an upcoming local event on February 26, 2014 that they may be interested in attending.
Association News • Robyn Dawson is pursuing her C.A.I. designation this year and will be attending the M-100 Class in February, 2014. • The GM apprised the membership that the Council of Village Presidents and C.E.R.T. are working to put a system in place for emergency communications, and displayed signs that are either RED (Help) or GREEN (Okay), for placement in residents’ front windows. Funds have been set aside to provide each homeowner with the signs. OHCC has approximately 80 residents who are C.E.R.T volunteers. • There is currently one Administrative position open, as a result of Kathy Murdock’s recent resignation. V. TREASURER’S REPORT Treasurer David Hefler gave the following Treasurer’s Report: At the close of December 2013, we are in strong financial condition with net reserves of $3,958,595. There is 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 $52,501 Tree Service Contract; Phase 3 Tree Trim/Removal work is scheduled to begin early 2014: and $18,751 Fire Hazard Abatement; Project began in November, 2013. Total assets of $4,852,419 include $3,672,909 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. Lopez) to approve the consent calendar. Motion passed unanimously. The following items were on the consent calendar: A. Regular Session Minutes – December 16 & 19, 2013 VIII. UNFNISHED BUSINESS A. Budget Update The Special Board Meeting for the 2014-2015 Budget Review and Approval will be held on February 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Abravanel Hall. B. CC&R Ad Hoc The CC&R Ad Hoc Committee met on December 11, 2013, reviewed previous meetings notes and discussed additional recommended changes. The Committee will meet with “The Colony” in Murrieta at the end
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Association News of the month, who recently rewrote their CC&Rs. The Committee will then meet with the Master Board to review the revisions before submitting them to the attorney Peters & Freedman to make the changes, Peters & Friedman will prepare the restated document, and a Special Meeting will be scheduled for the membership. There were four homeowner comments. C. 30th Anniversary Committee Judy Harris reported a large amount of photography appointments were made on Do Dues Day; the Committee gathered over 70 additional volunteers to help with the year-long celebration; the first monthly event is being held on January 30th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Greenery Lounge, sponsored by the Travel Club; and Ms. Harris expressed appreciation to the HOA and Staff for their support, with special thanks to Chris Bessey and Louise Ries. There were no homeowner comments. D. Street Name Change Proposal There was discussion regarding the Street Name Change proposal that was previously approved as a concept. The Board tabled this matter in September,
2013 with the intent to revisit this subject in January, 2014, in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary. Motion made and seconded (I. Landis/S. Sampsel) to remove the Street Name Change Proposal from the Master Board Agenda Action Item and the Master Board Priority List. Favored-6 / Against-1 (Vice President Lopez – commented a homeowner survey should be taken). Motion carried. There were seven homeowner comments. IX. NEW BUSINESS A. 30th Anniversary Committee Recommendation – Pet Adoption Event Chris Bessey, Recreation Director, presented the 30th Anniversary Committee Recommendation, requesting a Pet Adoption Event be allowed on Clubhouse grounds. The Pet Lovers Club and a homeowner would sponsor and organize the event on April 30, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Ms. Bessey introduced San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) representative, Elkie Willis, Head of Community Engagements. Ms. Willis gave an overview of the day’s events, and discussed staging the feline associated venues in the Mykonos Room. After further discussion, it was recommended that all activities be held entirely outdoors. The SDHS representatives remarked they would need to reevaluate the outside venue areas and would return with their findings. This item was deferred to the 2nd Session on Thursday January 16, 2014. There was one homeowner comment. B. Staff Recommendation – Donated Item Disposal Staff recommended disposing of the organ located in the Men’s Club Room, due to a need for significant repairs. Motion made and seconded (D. Lopez/B. Farrell) to authorize Staff to get an assessed value, to dispose of the organ, and forward all proceeds of the sale to the OHCC operating income account. Motion passed unanimously. There were no homeowner comments. C. ARC Appeal Hearing The homeowners, Mr. & Mrs. Goglia at 4828 Marathon Way, requested an appeal hearing of a recent Architectural Committee denial. The homeowners requested permission to keep their river rock stones in their front planter area. Motion made and seconded (I. Landis/S. Sampsel) to grant the variance. Motion passed unanimously. There were no homeowner comments.
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Association News X.
The meeting was recessed at 11:46 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 16, 2014 SESSION II, Thursday, January 16, 2014 President Takemoto reconvened the Regular Board Meeting at 10:01 a.m. XI. HOMEOWNER INPUT (Non-Agenda Items) There were six (6) homeowner comments regarding pesticide spraying, Dog Park improvements, striping on Leisure Village Way, bicyclists and scooters using the pedestrian walkway, pedestrians should wear reflective apparel, and suggestion to hire a consultant to look into adding a walkway. XII. STAFF REPORTS RECREATION – Chris Bessey, Recreation Director, reported: a large wall monitor has been ordered for the Computer Club Room; there were over 200 attendees at the New Years Eve gala; Do Dues Day was well attended; the 30th Anniversary photo shoots began in January and reservations can be made at the Front Desk; there is a laptop set up at the Front Desk for registering on the website, and the winner of the Website Registration Gift Basket first drawing is Holly Radziwon; there were over 100 attendees at the Palomar Airport discussion on January 15th; tickets for The Impersonators show in February go on sale January 16th, at $20 per person; the New Resident Orientation will be held January 29th at 9:30 a.m.; the Music Room drapes have been cleaned and repaired; the 2014 Golf Bag Tags are available at the Front Desk and residents have to register for them annually; the weekend Facilities Staff position has been filled; and there were 590 activities between November 26 through December 25, 2013. MAINTENANCE – Chuck Pierce, Maintenance Director, reported: there were 20 projects completed in 2013; the Channel 12 broadcast was temporarily off line due to equipment being upgraded to digital format; the concrete brow ditch inspections and repairs will be completed within a few weeks; 276 street light fixtures have been painted and cleaned, 80 light poles have been replaced; bids are being received for the asphalt seal coating and striping work scheduled for 2014, and reflective paint options are being investigated; the schedule for power washing the street gutters is a week behind due to rain and the holidays; maintenance and repairs is over budget by $3,904.66 due to increased maintenance throughout OHCC, and pool equipment maintenance and repairs is over budget by $5,155.96 due to pool system maintenance; there were 62 work orders. LANDSCAPE – Tom Hogan, Landscape Operations Director, reported: the Phase 3 Tree Trimming contract has been signed and the scheduled work timeframe is being coordinated with O’Connell Landscape and
Atlas Tree Service; Fuel Modification area work from Shadowridge to Cannon Road will be completed by midJanuary; installation of the Front 9 irrigation wire will be completed this month; installation of the 102 total Turf Guard sensors has been completed this month; the Pesticide use report is sent to the Department of Agriculture and is posted at the Clubhouse, available at the HOA Office, and posted on the website; the irrigation parts inventory is being maintained, including a list of sprinkler, valves, or water mainlines repaired last month; Golf Course operations were approximately $55,000 over budget; Landscape Common Area Operations were approximately $44,000 under budget, not including the $22,000 Phase 3 Tree Trimming work expense forthcoming. There were two (2) homeowner comments. XIII. COMMUNITY PATROL SERVICE REPORT Len Weinstein, Director of Community Patrol Service, reported the 2014 Emergency Monitoring System (EMS) testing program begins in February; there were three vehicle accidents in the past 30 days, reminding residents to be aware of their surroundings and drive cautiously; and the 2014 decaling project is scheduled for January 20 through February 7, 2014 between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Association News XIV. COMMITTEE REPORTS The 2013 Summary Reports were provided by each Committee Chairperson or their Board Liaison: ARC – President Takemoto reported that in 2013, the Committee had 320 applications; approved Hydra Village request to install four (4) demonstration yards; approved Corfu Village request to re-landscape six (6) front yards, by a partial turf removal and shrub replacement; approved Mykonos Village requests to re-landscape median strips where the turf would not grow. Audio/Visual – Chairperson Ed Farley presented the 2013 Committee report at the December, 2013 meeting. Chairperson Farley reported in January; at Do Dues Day, Audio/Visual volunteers demonstrated new wireless video recording capabilities and showed the A/V booth, and local KWAVE reporters interviewed Club representatives for live TV; location videos were made for the Garden Club on how to trim back roses, and the Billiards Club 2-hour pool tournament; the Channel 12.1/865 high definition television station is broadcasting and adjustments are being made to correct some distortion; advised the set up process for selecting the new Channel 12.1/865, and remarked written instructions will be created; and the Billboard format and continuous playlist are being developed. COmMUNITY SERVICES – Chairperson Sue Seebach advised the 2013 Committee Summary Report was provided to the Master Board: projects completed were artificial turf installed in the Dog Park, shelves installed in the Clubhouse restrooms, and benches placed in the overflow parking lot; purchased a new Sci-Fit Rex Recumbent Bike, new billiard table, additional Chorale Society risers and an electronic piano; assisted in setting up presentations for Seniors and the Law, Fire Prevention, Reclaimed Water, and Palomar Airport Expansion; alternatives for Seniors Report; managed community projects for Shred Day, Craft Fair, Flea Market, and Flu Shots with Walgreens; and implemented Thursday Bus Schedule extension trial period. Chairperson Seebach introduced Member Frank Petronella to report on transportation. Member Petronella provided the Transportation Cost Analysis - 2013 vs. 2012, Resident Usage Analysis, Other Destination Analysis, and Destination Analysis information: the average ridership increased 67.3%; resident ridership exceeded 100 every month; top 5 destinations represents 73% of all trips; the proposed extended Thursday schedule increase would be $75 per month. FACILITIES MANAGEMENT – Vice Chairperson Tony Gillette reported that in 2013 the Committee contributions included Reserve Study review and update; renovations on the HOA building restrooms, reception and kitchen areas, storage containers, the Library, Sewing Room, Woodshop, Maintenance building and toilet; added a new CERT storage shed on TV Hill; provided plans for improved storage of the HOA, Maintenance areas, RV Lot and TV Hill areas; and researched chair and table storage options in the Clubhouse. GOLF COURSE – Board Liaison Barry Farrell reported that in 2013, the Committee hired a Golf Course Architect 8 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • March 2014
to review the bunkers; renovated the #7 Men’s and #15 tee boxes; began work on wiring and installation of the Turf Guard Sensors for the tees; initiated replacement of the Practice Cage; implemented new Golf Bag Tag system; determined that the winter Drill & Fill was not necessary; implemented closer mowing of the practice chipping green; improved drainage around the #4 and #15 greens; administered aesthetic improvements by planting shrubbery around the #7 tee, removing some yellow chains, and resurfacing the Golf Course entry path; and continues to review irrigation system renovation requirements in preparation of the future reclaimed water project. LANDSCAPE – Chairperson Alma Sisco-Smith reported that in 2013, the Committee focused on the Van Dyke Landscape Architect (VDLA) Plans, drought tolerant plant demonstration area, Water, Landscape Priority Areas, Special Maintenance Areas, Special Maintenance Responsibilities, OHCC Master Plant List and Color Atlas, Tree Requests, and Tree Maintenance Policy. MARKETING & COMMUNICATION – Chairperson Jim Kaminsky reported that in 2013, the Committee recommended and received approval to participate in the Oceanside Freedom Parade, Oceanside Senior Expo and host the July 2014 Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Mixer; recommended the concept of changing the name of Leisure Village Way; assisted in the new website launch in June, and provided input on website improvements; implemented an OHCC insignia; administers the “New Homeowner Survey” and reports feedback to the Master Board; and a member continues to attend the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce meetings. There were four homeowner comments. XV. PRESENTATION OF AGENDA ITEMS A.1 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 December 9, 2013 - A total of 10 trees were inspected at 6 different locations. The Landscape Committee determined there were 10 trees that required no action. The trees that required no action did not meet the criteria for removal. Motion made and seconded (B. Farrell/D. Lopez) as recommended by Staff and Landscape Committee, take no action on 10 trees. Motion passed unanimously. There were no homeowner comments. UNFINISHED BUSINESS A. 30th Anniversary Committee Recommendation – Pet Adoption Event This item was deferred from the 1st Session on January 16, 2014. The SDHS representatives re-evaluated the
Association News outside venue areas and determined the events could be held entirely outdoors. Motion made and seconded (D. Lopez/D. Hefler) to approve the Pet Adoption Event on April 30, 2014, and allow the events to be held on Clubhouse grounds, entirely outdoors in the Lanai, Flag Court and overflow parking areas. Motion passed unanimously. There were no homeowner comments. A.2 PRESENTATION OF AGENDA ITEMS Continued - STANDING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS President Takemoto expressed her appreciation to those who have served this year for their support to the Board and the Community. President Takemoto advised the Facilities Management Committee received fewer applications required in order to form a Committee, and therefore the FMC has been placed on hiatus. There are outstanding FMC projects, and the Master Board will consider creating an Ad Hoc Committee to complete those projects. The Board reviewed all applications in the Executive Board Meeting of January 13, 2014.
Motion made and seconded (S. Sampsel/L. Strohm) to approve appointees to the Standing Committees as discussed at the Executive Session on January 13, 2014. Motion passed unanimously. There were no homeowner comments. President Takemoto stated that the Committee Members are: Architectural Review – Norman Borne, David Fitzwilliam, Joanne Greene, Frank Haroldson, Lin Hinshaw, Bud McConnell, David Smith. Audio Visual – Ed Farley, Janice Hart, Bob Herrmann, Steve Malone, Peter Russell, Ron Stodgill, Doug Wright. Community Service – Estelle Altork, Marta Garsd, Scott Goldwasser, Gloria Hoffman, Samuel Lazar, Eileen Miller, Frank Petronella. Facilities Management – on hiatus. Golf Course – Greg Coffey, Arnold Forman, Dennis Lady, Jerry Moskovitz, Jim Mulvey. Landscape – Sylvia Carson, Margaret Forman, Debbie McCain, Norman Shute, Alma Sisco-Smith, Betty Theel, Linda Wass. Marketing & Communication – Ellen Baur, Christy Cooper, Sydelle Gale, Gene Gliozzo, Gay Hartman, Diane Rundles.
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Association News XVI. BOARD MEMBER INPUT Director Sampsel – none Director Strohm – none Vice-President Lopez – remarked he was glad Len Weinstein mentioned road safety recommendations and encourages all residents to be attentive to their surroundings, and wear bright clothing. Treasurer Hefler – is happy Channel 12 is working. Director Landis – thanked Committee members and welcomed new applicants. Secretary Farrell – none President Takemoto – thanked the Audio/Visual crew and volunteers for all of their support. President Takemoto also announced the next Board meeting is on February 20th, one day only, due to the Management Company Holiday on Monday, February 17th President’s Day. XVII. ADJOURNMENT With no further business to be discussed, President Takemoto adjourned the meeting at 12:10 p.m.
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AHHHH, Spring is in the air, at least here in Southern California. We can all appreciate being immune from experiencing polar vortexes! However, our long dry spell continues to have a chilling effect on our water budget, forcing it higher than we would like. The Master Board will continue to do everything possible to keep tight controls on water usage and we encourage each of you to do likewise. Often, it is reported at Board meetings that there is water flowing in the curbs. The assumption is that this is water from the common area irrigation. You may not be aware that much of this run-off is due to the drains from individual owner’s rear yards. The design of our community is such that all the drains from the rear yards are tied together and empty in front of the homes into the curb areas along the streets. So please take a look at the irriga-
Association News tion practices within your own yards to see if you too can reduce the water. Although it has been very dry, the cooler weather has reduced the need for much irrigation. As I write this, rain is in the forecast, so be sure to turn off your system in advance and for a reasonable time period after. The HOA system will automatically shut down if a certain amount of rain falls within a specific time period. However, the Landscape Operations Director is always alert to reduce water usage when and wherever possible! The 2014-2015 budget is scheduled to arrive in your mailbox, so please keep it in a safe place. The document is somewhat changed due to new legal requirements. In addition, we added the CERT flyer for you to keep handy for use in the event of a major disaster. I want to give a special thanks to the CERT volunteers who helped us stuff all the budget envelopes and get these out to you with the budget mail-out! What a great group of folks to have volunteering in your community. I worked with Bill Harms and Jim Wills to make this distribution possible. They asked for volunteers and the following responded to the call finishing the work in less than four hours: Ed Kleeman, Jim Wright, Charlene Kenney, Craig and Nancy Powers and Clint Kopper! Please stop by the HOA Office on TUES or THURS from 1-4pm only to get your new 2014 decal if you have not done so yet! Bring your paperwork and Staff will affix
the new decal. We would love to have 100% compliance by the end of March. Please call our office if there are any circumstances that make meeting this deadline a problem and we will do our best to work with you. However, lack of follow-through can result in a hearing where your transponder may be deactivated. So please take a few minutes to address this necessary annual requirement. This is also the last month to sign up for the website and be eligible for a drawing mid-month. I am happy to report that we had 960 people registered as of the Feb. 20th Board meeting. Channel 12-1 continues to be a work in progress and a large segment of the community can receive the signal properly. I want to thank Ron Carso who continues to assist in fine tuning and troubleshooting the technology and equipment with Cox Cable to work out the kinks for those who still cannot receive the signal. Keep tuning in periodically to see if it has been resolved, but plan on attending the live meetings until all the reception issues are diagnosed and remedied! Attending the meetings is a great way to mingle with your neighbors and get out to enjoy the fabulous weather we have here!
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By Angela Takemoto President, Board of Directors Hello everyone We just finished the annual decal process, and I’m disappointed to say that we still have several hundred of you who have not yet received your 2014 decals. We had a three-week period, with several hours each day, when personnel were available to renew your decal. We spent Association money to have additional officers from our Community Patrol company on-site to complete the very simple process. Now that they are gone the burden falls back on to the HOA staff, who are already busy. If you have not yet received your new decal, please call the HOA office for an appointment. And please, next year, do get it done during the ‘official’ timeframe, if you possibly can. The decal process is an integral part of our overall access control program, since it allows us, through a
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process of elimination, to identify vehicles that belong to residents who no longer live here. During our research process, we have the ability to disable the transponders of vehicles that do not have 2014 decals. We scheduled a Special Board meeting for Friday, February 28 to review the progress on plans for the Pool deck and Palm Court, and the Front Entry. By the time you read this, the meeting will be over. I will report on it in next month’s article. So, moving on to Board business: February was a busy month!!! On Monday February 10, the Board held a Special Board meeting to review the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15. The Executive Committee –myself, David Hefler, and Don Lopez worked for several months to finalize the budget, based on expected expenses. Becky Groenewold, our General Manager, explained each line item in the budget, and after a few last-minute changes, the budget was adopted by the Board. Beginning April 1, the monthly OHCC assessment will be $344, a $10 raise. Overall, operating costs increased, but the largest contributors to the increase were water charges and an increase in our Landscape contract (the first in 6 years). Contributions to reserves stay at existing levels. You will be receiving budget summary information from the Master association as well as your individu-
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Reviewed a staff recommendation related to recycling in the clubhouse, and agreed to send the matter to the Community Services Committee for further research with Waste Management and others Approved a staff recommendation to obtain bids for automation of doors in the Clubhouse Approved a staff recommendation to resurface the shuffleboard courts Accepted a staff recommendation regarding a request for an area to practice archery, and agreed that the Board would not permit a homeowner to practice archery on Association Common Area Appointed Jim Kaminsky to the Marketing and Communications Committee Directed staff to develop a list of tasks and due dates for an ad hoc committee to complete a project for realignment of external storage facilities, which the Facilities Management Committee had been working on Discussed the general subject of Integrated Pest Management(IPM) programs, and resolved to request that the Landscape Committee form a subcommittee to do appropriate research on how instituting IPM methods could potentially benefit OHCC Approved a recommendation from the Community Services Committee on changes to the rules for the Dog Park
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Association News Did not approve a recommendation from the Community Services Committee change the signage at the Back Gate Reviewed a recommendation from the Landscape Committee for a meeting with the Master Board, but instead chose to approve their request without a formal meeting. Staff has been requested to obtain a cost proposal from Van Dyke Landscape Architects for the work involved in meeting with the Landscape Committee to develop design concepts for the HOA office and the Back Gate areas. Following the regular Board meeting, the Board met in Executive session; items discussed were: third party contracts, member disciplinary hearings and legal opinions. Wow! Quite a month.
By David A. Hefler, Treasurer As we close the month of January, 2014, we are in strong financial condition with net reserves of $4,029,090. The statements reflect an operating deficit of $3,670, for the month of January, 2014, and a year-to-date surplus of $44,702. Significant year-to-date below-budget variances as of January, 2014 include the following: $58,334 Tree Service Contract -Phase 3 tree trimming is scheduled to begin in March 2014 $20,834 Bad Debt - Write-offs are less than 1% $20,463 Property Protection Services Contract Our total assets of $4,874,952 include $4,046,909 worth of FDIC Insured Certificates of Deposit.
Landscape Committee By Alma Sisco-Smith, Chairperson The Drought and its Effect on the Landscape
By Jim Vienneau and Linda Strohm California is entering the third year of less than normal rain fall and Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on January 17. A UC Berkeley paleoclimatologist, B. Lynn Ingram noted that 2013 “could potentially be the driest water year in 500 years.” With the absence of any significant rainfall and snowpack, we can expect the local, regional and state water authorities to implement voluntary and mandated irrigation reductions as it relates to ornamental landscapes. Fortunately, Ocean Hills Country Club has a very sophisticated irrigation system that responds to daily weather changes. This system helps us manage the irrigation water more efficiently than many other communities. However, once mandated restrictions are upon us, compliance will have dramatic effects on both the health and aesthetics of the landscape. Along with the potential water restrictions brought on by drought, there are adverse elements that are in14 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • March 2014
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Association News herent to the local soils that also add to the challenge of maintaining healthy plant materials. The potable water we use for irrigation with its trace elements, slowly contributes to these conditions over time also. Therefore, we rely on average rainfall to “leach” or help cleanse the soil on an annual basis to keep the adverse elements in check. As we enter our third dry year, it is now common to see salinity levels rise to the point where they are beginning to cause noticeable damage to the landscape environment. Without any significant rainfall this winter or spring, we can expect to see the turf and plant materials stressed more than they normally are in the summer months. Although we make every effort to keep water runoff at a minimum, it is important to understand that irrigation systems are not 100% efficient. Even with today’s latest technological advancements in irrigation equipment, most new systems are only about 70% efficient. As a result, we rely on some degree of water movement on the ground to keep the landscape vibrant. The efficiency of every irrigation system will also begin to decline as the landscape matures. As plants and trees mature, especially in small confines, it is virtually impossible to avoid some degree of runoff. Then there are the varying topographies, soil variations, maturing root systems, exposures, microclimates and tree canopies that contribute to efficiency issues. As we look towards the potential for water restrictions, O’Connell and Tom Hogan will continue to strive to keep the irrigation system in its best operating condition. However, you can expect to see the turf and plant material struggle to remain vibrant as long as we are in a drought. The Master Board and the Landscape Committee continue to explore any and all opportunities that might help us reduce our water usage and therefore the costs associated with it. Please note that the next Landscape Committee meeting will be held on March 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Mykonos Room (NOT at the HOA).
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Safety Corner By Leonard Weinstein,
Director of Community Patrol Service (CPS) Hello residents of Ocean Hills Country Club. Congratulations to the 1,319 residents who completed the decaling of their vehicles. Golf carts and recreational vehicles (RVs) may now be brought to the front gate to complete the decaling process. All other vehicles should be brought to the HOA, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 1 pm and 4 pm. Undoubtedly, you remember the pictures of the two vehicles involved in an accident as one driver didn’t stop for a STOP sign, in last month’s Safety Corner. What wasn’t included is the fact that both of these vehicles belong to OHCC residents and this accident occurred on our streets in the community. Yes, it can happen to you and it is closer to home than you may think. Your Community Patrol Service (CPS) officers will be undertaking an educational campaign over the next two months regarding “doggie courtesy.” This will consist of the officers making contact with residents walking their dogs, either because contact was deemed necessary or just as an educational courtesy. Subject matter may consist of the use of extend-a-leashes, picking up after your “family member” or dogs on Clubhouse grounds as well as dogs not on a leash. “Three Feet for Safety Act,” as it is currently called by our State legislature, will become effective in September of this year. While there’s been some information already disseminated in various publications in our community, I’ll address this in more detail in an upcoming article. Our legislators, with this act, are endeavoring to protect bicyclists from motorists. In OHCC, we have somewhat the reverse concern as I’ve written about in previous articles. While I’ve tried to be both impartial and safety conscious in the past and hopefully will continue to be so, it really is necessary to be a little more pointed this month. Bicyclists, in this State, are subject to the California Vehicle Code (CVC) the same as a motor vehicle operator. Bicyclists can even be cited for DUI when applicable. Closer to home, a bicyclist must come to a complete stop at a STOP sign, must yield to pedestrians in marked or unmarked cross walks and, for those speed riders, must adhere to our 25 MPH speed limit. The number of calls we receive from residents driving their car and reporting being cut off by a bicyclist, pedestrians being involved in a near miss or actually being “clipped” by a bicyclist as well as reports of bicyclists continuously riding in the pedestrian lane, in a number of cases resulting in near misses, would probably amaze many of you. Again, your CPS officers will be reaching out to bike riders, as a courtesy. 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.
It is that time of year to turn your clocks forward and for us all to enjoy the longer lit evenings. Remember Sunday, March 9 is the start of daylight savings and we are looking forward to more activity in the outside recreational areas. This month the Garden Club is hosting their 30th Anniversary event on Sunday, March 30 at 1:30 pm with raffle, cupcakes and champagne punch. The 30th Anniversary Committee and the Recreation Department are working together to promote all the activities throughout the year. Please look on Page 10 for a “Save the Dates” memo listing the activities. We are looking forward to Bunco night in May with Louise Ries’ antics as our host. If you have never played and want to learn, this night is for you. The game is totally mindless, in my opinion, but it will be a night to remember with laughter, friends and prizes. The Clubhouse activities are bursting at the seams and reservations are at an all time high. The Wine Tasting Club keeps expanding, Doo Wop Club keeps growing and other clubs are seeing a surge in membership. Along with the regular meetings being held, 30th Anniversary events, theater rehearsals and HOA business meetings, the Clubhouse is feeling the strength of the organization. Often times, meetings are called and those in a reserved room are informed they have been moved to a different location. The Recreation Department will continue to make an effort to accommodate the groups as best we can- but you all know in the real world we are all a part of- stuff happens. There are only so many rooms to accommodate on average our 700 activities a month. This is all good because it certainly tells the membership the Clubhouse plays a vital role in the active lifestyle desired by
so many residents. A resident recently suggested an activity that has never been done here before and they were advised to attend the next Community Service Committee (CSC) Meeting in March on the 14th at 10 am, with their idea. The idea was a good idea but it would impact an area designated for another purpose. These type of suggestions are encouraged and considered because this is what brings a community current to today’s trends in leisure living. No suggestion is a bad suggestion. The Committee will take the first part of the meeting listening to resident concerns and new residents are always welcomed. The Front Desk at the Clubhouse has accumulated Lost and Found Items. These items include jewelry, glasses, clothing, shoes, swim goggles, golf clubs and keys. Most of these items are kept for six months and then donated. Even if the item is lost in the Village it is turned into the Front Desk. Someone left a framed photo on the top of their car; they took off through the back gate, and guess what? We have it at the Front Desk. All Clubs will need to occasionally come by the Front Desk and clean out their mail folders during the year. The Front Desk acts as a mailbox and mailboxes do get full from time to time. Club Officers can contact Jim Kaminsky, the Computer Club President to set up a page on the website. The Club needs to provide the information to Jim and he will gladly format the page for you. Check out the website at: www.oceanhillscountryclub.com and register by March 15, you may win a beautiful gift basket in the final drawing. Congratulations to Burnam Friedman, he was our February winner. Another article completed, another beautiful day in Paradise and here’s where living gets good. See you in the Clubhouse!
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Art Room News
Once again, we have assembled a wonderful assortment of paintings for your viewing pleasure! Please stop in the Art Studio to see the room ablaze with the colorful works of art by Kitty Shannon, Mimi Schroeder, Lois Byrne, Joanne Greene, Conne Taylor, Selma Pedowitz and Ann Gaw. If you would like to show your work in the Art Studio at a future presentation, please call Lainy Vinikow or Judy Harris. It’s a great opportunity to share your passion for art with other residents of OHCC.
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2014 Schedule 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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Low to no impact aerobics – NO JUMPING! MONDAYS — 10 am to 11 am (weights from 10:50 am to 11 am) Instructor: Christine Alisiani WEDNESDAYS — 10 am to 11 am (weights from 10:50 am to 11 am) Instructor: Christine Alisiani FRIDAYS – 10 am to 11:15 am (weights, tubing & exercise balls from 10:45 am to 11:15 am) Instructor: Sharon Nelson COST — $3 per class attended (You can pay for and try out two classes without joining the Club) ANNUAL DUES – $6 (Please make check payable to OH Aerobics)
President Len Holness announces the March 11 Club meeting at 7 pm in the Mykonos Room at the Clubhouse. All members and guests are invited to attend this or any regular monthly meetings that are held the second Tuesday of the month in the Mykonos Room. The first of our three monthly scheduled threequarter day fishing trips is on Thursday, April 17, on the Pacific Voyager. The boat departs Seaforth Sportfishing in Mission Bay at 6 am on Thursday, April 17 and returns about 4 pm. We meet in the overflow parking lot and depart at 4:50 am to carpool to the landing. You may sign up for trips and deposit your check for $100 in the Angler’s check envelop at the Front Desk, or at the meeting, for this or any of the monthly fishing trips during the year, including the summer and fall tuna trips. April is usually a transition month as far as fishing goes. As a result we may fish anywhere from Point Loma to north along the Del Mar coast, depending on where the fishing is best. The three-quarter day trips are limited to the first 20 anglers who sign up and pay for the trip. For the complete schedule of Anglers Club social and fishing events for 2014 check out our current newsletter on the Ocean Hills Web Page, clicking on Clubs, and clicking on Anglers Club. The cost of the three-quarter day trip is $100 for members and $105 for guests. The cost includes the charter price, the crew tip, and bag, and you must deposit your check at the time of sign up to officially be on a trip. Your California fishing license, jackpot, fuel surcharge, galley charges, Mexican Permit and Visa if needed, and fish filleting are paid in cash on the boat. Guests of members or any residents in the village are welcome to go on our monthly trips, as long as space is available.
Our final OHA golf tournament is scheduled for Thursday, March 20 at 9 am, the entry fee is $3, and call Rollin Grider to sign up if you wish to play. During the March meeting we will also have another drawing with a chance for you to win some great prizes, if your lucky ticket is drawn. Tickets are six for $5 or one dollar each. If you have any questions concerning the fishing trips or about the Club, feel free to call President Len Holness at 760-941-8857, or Charter Master Sam Cordeiro at 760-550-1817.
ART LOVERS CLUB
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Clubs and Activities Contacts: Presidents: Kaye Preston 760-295-5157 or Phyllis Ward 760-630-0773 Something Special! A Date to Save! On Tuesday, April 15 the Art Lovers’ Club will be taking a trip to Fallbrook. They will visit two wonderful art galleries and then have a special lunch at the landmark, Grand Traditions Restaurant while viewing the Grand Traditions Gardens which is a special “work of art.” Look for more information about this exciting trip or call, Kaye Preston 760-295-5157 or Phyllis Ward 760-630-0773 for information.
AUDIO VISUAL COMMITTEE
As you may be aware we are experiencing technical difficulties with our High Definition Channel 12 broadcast system. This has been an up and down situation. Many thanks to Ed Farley, Ken DeWoody, Ron Carso, and our Master Board, for their support and
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vision. We will keep the community informed of our progress and we appreciate your patience. Audio Visual has implemented a new and comprehensive training program for all AV volunteers to ensure our continued support of community needs. Our Audio Visual Volunteers come with a myriad of experience and expertise and they provided a tremendous amount of support for community events last year. Volunteers provided virtually all the labor and support for audio, video, and lighting for all of our OHSPA, Theater Arts, and Recreation Staff sponsored shows. Our volunteers have been very supportive of Village Clubs this past year and have helped them to enhance their meetings and events. A big thank you and a hearty welcome to our new volunteers who signed up at Do Dues Day. We welcome them to our “back stage” for a fun and exciting time this year.
BALLROOM DANCE CLUB
We dance to a live Band on the second Friday of every month from 7 to 10 pm. Cost is just $8 per member and $10 per non-member. (Joining the Club is just $6 per year - check at the Front Desk.) Leave your 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 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 your group is 3 people or less, you don’t need to come - the host/ hostess will seat you. For more information, call Debbie Machnick at 714-726-8483. March Dance: Our next dance is on March 14 and we’re planning the dance around a St. Patrick’s Day theme. We’ll be dancing to the music of the Pier Group and you might even hear a bagpipers serenade. Attire will be dressy (green optional). Gentlemen, if you got the kilts, wear ‘em. Wednesday Beginner/Intermediate Dance Lessons
Clubs and Activities (free): Beginner/Intermediate 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 a single dance for 4-6 weeks and then begin another dance. Single persons are welcome as we encourage our regular more experienced dancers to attend and interact with participants. We’ll continue the Cha Cha which is a fun dance. Our tentative schedule: March 5 - 2:30-4 pm: Cha Cha March 12 - 3:30-5 pm: Cha Cha (Note time change) March 19 - 2:30-4 pm: Cha Cha March 26 - 3:30-5 pm: Cha Cha (Note time change) April 2 - 2:30-4 pm: Cha Cha April 9 - 2:30-4 pm: Fox Trot Monday Intermediate Level Dance Lessons and Workshops: From 4 to 5 pm in Abravanel Hall every Monday and are available to all OHCC residents. These classes will give participants a chance to learn new dances and/or advanced levels in core dances. We’ll generally alternate between professional instruction ($5 for members and $7 for non-members) for a number of weeks and then in-house directed review workshops (no cost). At this writing, we will continue workshops until a dance and instructor are selected. Please note
that the Monday workshop on March 24 is cancelled as Abravanel Hall is not available. So come and have fun dancing.
The meeting this month will be on TUESDAY, MARCH 25, in the Ladies Club Room at 1 pm. Light refreshments will be available at 12:30 pm, also a time to “meet and greet” everyone before the meeting. The program will be a video presentation entitled Victoria Falls a place listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Afterword, Andy and Dora Truban will make a brief presentation of the wildlife they encountered in the same area on their recent trip to Africa. The bird walk this month will be TUESDAY, MARCH 11, to the SAN JACINTO WILDLIFE AREA in western Riverside. Meet at the overflow lot by 7:45 am to form carpools and receive directions. We DEPART at 8 am. There aren’t any eating establishments nearby, so BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH. There is a restroom and a covered picnic area where we will have lunch. We will be driving from one area to the other so walking
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Clubs and Activities is minimal. Wear sturdy shoes, use a walking stick if you use one, and also bring a hat, water, binoculars, and optional gas money for the driver. If there is a change in time or location, members will be notified by email. For questions, please call Andy Truban at 760-631-0029. The San Jacinto Wildlife Area has listed 217 species. Single-day bird counts can bring high numbers. The wetlands consist of ponds fed by reclaimed water surrounded by low vegetation and grasslands. The roads, which encircle each of the ponds, have ample parking areas, are not paved, and could be a bit muddy if there has been a previous rain. This is one of the trips where we record a high species count for the day along with multiple views of many species.
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Our annual Club’s Valentine get-together party was a huge success mainly because of the delicious mini sandwiches and the salsa and cheese dips with chips. Everyone had a nice time. Our next party will be the summer party, sometime in the month of June. Just a reminder, if you have not paid your 2014 dues of $6, please do so. You’re late!
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BOARD MEETINGS OHCC Session I Monday, March 17, 10 am Mykonos Room OHCC Session II Thursday, March 20, 10 am Mykonos Room VILLAGE MEETINGS Corfu Wednesday, March 26, 1:30 pm Ladies Club Room Hydra Friday, March 21, 10 am Ladies Club Room Majorca Wednesday, March 26, 10 am Ladies Club Room Santorini Tuesday, March 11, 11 am Ladies Club Room COMMITTEE MEETINGS Architectural Review Committee Thursday, March 13 and 27, 9:30 am Homeowners Association Audio Visual Committee Tuesday, March 25, 11 am Clubhouse Community Service Committee Friday, March 14, 10 am Clubhouse Art Room Golf Course Committee Thursday, March 27, 2 pm Clubhouse Ladies Club Room Landscape Committee Friday, March 7, 10 am Homeowners Association Marketing & Communication Committee Wednesday, March 19, 10 am Homeowners Association Executive Committee Wednesday, March 26, 9:30 am Homeowners Association Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter â€˘ March 2014 25
Clubs and Activities High scorers for the month of January are as follows: In N/S position, we had Lillian Kirkham and Nancy Read with a 61.25%. In the E/W position, we had Joanne Abeson and Juanita Petter with a 68.13%. Congratulations to all of you. If you need a partner, please contact Nancy Read at 760-945-5637 and she will do her best to fine one for you.
BRIDGE FRIDAY DUPLICATE
Our first Friday Duplicate Bridge Game for 2014 was held January 10. North/South First Place Winners were Benno and Gisella Rayhrer with 58.00%. East/West First Place Winners were Juanita Petter and Dolores Neilson with 61.00%. January 24, North/South First Place Winners were Nancy Read and Lou McNary with 56.79%. East/West First Place Winners were Gloria Overall and Donna Stark with 67.33%. January 31, North/South First Place Winners were Anne Caywood and Nancy Schummer with 60.94%. East/West First Place Winners were Gina Stier and Carol Hobock with 58.75%
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
NEW faces… NEW friends. Isn’t that exciting? So good to see you back each week. If we haven’t made you feel welcome, let us know and we’ll work on that. The more, the merrier so come and join us on Friday in Abravanel Hall 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. January 1st and 2nd winners were Shirlee Sampsel and Donna Stark, Edie Witt and Charlene Kinder, Donna Stark and Betty Gordon, Shirley Williams and Barbara Mitchell, and Verna McIntyre and Donna Stark.
BRIDGE THURSDAY NIGHT PARTY
Happy St. Patty’s Day to all you “Irishman for a Day.” Bring your partner and a dollar and join us for coffee, cookies and bridge at 6:15 pm on Thursday evening in Abravanel Hall. 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 chitchat start at 6 pm and bridge begins at 6:30 pm. January winners were Shirley Williams and Bobbie Johnson (twice), Barbara Mitchell and Betty Gordon, Kit Dameron and Jackie Cohen, and Dorothy Skibel and June Barmasse.
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It’s Time for OH! Follies! Saturday, March 29th This year’s show, Down by the Boardwalk, features many of our talented neighbors in an original musical romp tracing the steps of our beloved Thelma and Louise as they run from the mob to Venice Beach. Expect thugs, guns, nuns and ‘special brownies.’ Under our sponsorship of OH! Follies last year we raised more than $5,500 to benefit CERT and OHSPA. And we seek to do even better this year for a very worthwhile cause. All funds raised from this once-in-a-lifetimetheatrical-experience will go toward installing electronic doors on the South side of the Clubhouse so residents using walking aids may access the pool and patio areas more easily. And we welcome your support. Special Golden Tickets will be given to all those who contribute a minimum of $50 per ticket. This ticket will enable donors to choose their seats prior to the opening of the Box Office, and includes admission to the cast party following the show (complete with champagne and a mingle with the cast). Last year’s 24K Golden Tickets sold for $200. Can we
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top that this year? Call Kate Butler at 760295-9865 to get a Golden Ticket and select your seat. Regular tickets are priced at $15 and will be on sale at the Concierge Desk on March 11- Expect thugs, guns, nuns and ‘special 13, 18-20 and brownies’ at OH! Follies: Down by the 25-27. That’s Boardwalk on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10 am and 1 pm. We are happy to be the largest fund-raising Club on campus raising funds for our wonderful community, and we hope to see you at the Box Office and at the show.
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Hey everybody… we are singing again! What a joy it is to get together with old friends and new friends to sing and have lots of fun! Our upcoming concert on May 18 at 2 pm is going to be a blast from the past. In keeping with the 30th Anniversary of Ocean Hills Country Club theme, we skipped the early 80’s music and we will be doing those great tunes from the 1930’s! Well, it has “30” associated with our concert name! The songs chosen are those that are dear to our hearts and really fun to do! We know you will think so too. We have new members that we are truly enjoying and our roster is around 50 members now! Who would have ‘thunk’ when we used to have 20 members not too long ago? It is all about fun. We love to sing these songs and we cannot wait to share them with you. As always, we have some surprises with the solos, quartets, dancers and who knows what else you might see on stage! We have room for more, so if you like to sing, give us a try. It is still early enough in the rehearsals for you to join. We rehearse on Thursday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon in the Ladies Club Room. Remember our motto: If you can hum, you can come!
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WEEKEND FILMS: Films are shown in the Ladies Club Room every Friday, Saturday and Sunday unless exempted by a priority event or holiday. Show times are at 2:30, 5 and 7:30 pm each day unless the film is over 2 hours and 20 minutes in length. When this occurs, the 5 pm show will be omitted. The week’s program is published every Thursday and is also available on the Movie Hotline 760-758-1216, Ext 5. It is recommended that the MPAA ratings be carefully reviewed before attending for possible offensive content. Coming to Ocean Hills from approximately midMarch to mid-April are: “12 Years a Slave” (91); “Dallas Buyer’s Club” (82); “American Hustle” (84); “Gravity” (90); “Inside Llewyn Davis” (86); “Kill Your Darlings” (67); ”The Past” (83) (French/ Persian) and “The Great Beauty” (81) (French/Italian). The shortage of high quality films is finally over as the academy award contenders are becoming available (highlighted). 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
Clubs and Activities Tomatoes.com, Metacritic.com, and IMDB.com. A rating between 60 and 100 signifies the best films while 80-100 are outstanding. 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 and Oscar nominations. 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 some coming titles. Other potential selections are to be found on the Coming Attractions Bulletin Board. FOREIGN FILM CLASSICS: Scheduled on Monday, March 17 at 1 pm by the Foreign Film Classic Group is the great 1956 Japanese classic “The Burmese Harp” (79). 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 scheduled to meet on Saturday, March 1, at 10 am when a program of orchestral favorites will be played. 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 a 2014 annual program which can also be found in the literature racks adjacent to the Clubhouse Front Desk. Frank Petronella 760-4149070 email@example.com.
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2014 promises to be a busy year loaded with traditional and new Garden Club events. There will be a succulent design workshop, the monthly meeting, and the 30th Anniversary Celebration. The workshop is a new event being held for two reasons. First, it allows members to practice design techniques we learned from Debra Baldwin at the January meeting. Second, participants will create arrangements to donate to the Plant Raffle. The workshop will be held in the Craft Room on Thursday, March 6 from 3:30 until 5:30 pm and will cost $5. Please bring your own clippers and a unique container for each design; floral tape, wire stems, succulents, and sand will be provided. What a great way to spend an afternoon learning how to prepare unusual designs with the help of Dwight Goldblatt, and then have an unique finished product that will surely be a big hit at the March 30 Raffle. The second Garden Club event will be the monthly meeting held on Wednesday, March 12 in Abravanel Hall. Coffee and treats will be served at 9:30 am; the general meeting follows the guest speaker, Sergio Regalado, who will begin his talk at 10 am. Regalado established Plantplay Gardens
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the $5 admission price includes treats and two raffle tickets. If you are feeling lucky, additional raffle tickets (two tickets for $1) will be sold at the celebration. Plants will be raffled off at 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 pm. You must be present to win. The Garden Tour, a traditional event featuring several gardens, will be held on April 25 and is being organized by Else Offersen. A new Garden Club event, a Christmas Home Tour, is also being planned. More information will be available soon.
GARDENING NEWS by Melvina Terry
You can continue in March with the spring “tonic” or start a fertilizer program if you didn’t do so in February. Do not fertilize native plants, cacti or succulents. If you are going along with me, you should be ready for your second treatment of systemic. Feed container plants with half-strength fertilizer (half as much, twice as often). Your orchids are always hungry, so use a balanced fertilizer at least once a month from now until fall. Water when plants are becoming dry. Drip irrigation is ideal for watering plants efficiently in our dry climate. Drip systems are inexpensive and easy to install. The best time to install a drip system is now, before you start to replenish your garden. It is time to prune hibiscus, ceanothus and pinch off the tips of fuchsia. Do not prune off the leaves of bulbs as they finish flowering. They need those leaves to produce the energy for next year’s flowers. If the yellowing leaves are unsightly, braid or tie them down and over plant with lobelia or other annuals. Control snails and slugs by baiting every ten days. There are new baits on the market that will not harm people or pets. Look for products such as Sluggo or Escar-Go. You can also conduct a nightly snail patrol. Throw them into a plastic bag with a small amount of salt in the bottom. When they hit the salt, their bodies will froth up and it’s off to pest heaven. However, if you bait, remember to gather the dead snails as they will attract ants. Spray aphids and white fly with a sharp
Clubs and Activities burst of water. Over the last year or more, I have been trying to cut down on the gardening chores, so there will be no tomatoes in my yard this year. Instead, I have planted my vegetable spot with an iris bed. Irises establish a shallow rightly knit root system that keeps the weeds down. I read somewhere that irises of various types have a bloom period of over six months. Irises come in seen basic groups. As a child, the only irises I knew were called flags. However, the following are also of the iris family: small bulbous, juno, xiphium, onocyclus, herbaceous and bearded. I am testing to see if the six month theory is true. In January, a beautiful bearded iris bloomed and lasted six weeks. It is much too early for bearded iris but it must be one of the new ones I purchased that said it bloomed twice a year. In February, my xiphium bloomed. In March my Dutch iris will start to bloom. I will keep you posted. You may like to try an iris bed yourself next year.
The year has begun with several very successful Guys and Dolls Tournaments. Our next Guys and Dolls will be Sunday, April 16. Your $4 per person and team members should be in the Casa door by April 9. Our Touring Amateurs on Monday, March 24 will be held at Oaks North. The cost is $38 per person including cart. Your money and team members should be at the Demarest home by March 17. Our first Special Tournament will be sponsored by Fairwinds Ivey Ranch on Monday, May 5 and Tuesday, May 6. The cost is $8 and should be in the Casa door by April 27. Sign-ups for the 13th Annual Herb Stark Men’s Match Play Tournament will begin on March 3 and end at noon March 18. The cost is $5 and, thanks to the generosity of Renee and Wes Kelson, the prizes will remain at the same level. There will be four flights and participants will be asked to arrange their own matches. Winners should post their scores on the spread sheet
at the Casa. Winners of the first week, and subsequent weeks, will continue to arrange their own next matches, until all except one is eliminated in each flight. The 2014 Grand Champion will again be determined in a single “skin type” match. Sign up, it will be fun.
Do you need a loan of medical equipment? Helping Hands maintains an inventory of wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes and shower chairs for temporary use by people living in Ocean Hills Country Club. Call one of the volunteers listed below and we will deliver to your door at no cost to you. You can also help a neighbor in OHCC by donating unused equipment to Helping Hands. Check your storage areas for medical assistance items. Thanks for your support. Dan Vervisch 760-724-4746 Tim Wilbur 760-639-5221 Jack Collar 760-598-0580 Dan Mathews 760-724-2744
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With cool, windy weather of March still showing its face, we’ll be lighting our Library fireplace more often. So if you would like to pull up a chair to the fire to read, or just relax, we welcome you. There are plenty of books in the beautiful open glass fronted cases that are there for anyone to borrow. So find one to read and enjoy the ambience of the only space in the Clubhouse created for peace and relaxation. The Library is open whenever the Clubhouse doors are open. Remember, however, that all the books on those open shelves were originally purchased with our dues. So if you want us to keep them filled, be sure you are a library member. As a member you have the option of borrowing the recently purchased books that are kept in reserve for members only. The cost of membership is only $15 per household for the entire year. That is less than the cost of a single hard-covered book. You can leave a check at the Front Desk or with any librarian. The librarians are working on our scrapbook history for the 30th Anniversary and would appreciate any items you might have to add to it. Those of you who are
past librarians might have some articles or pictures. Please call Florence Hayos at 760-941-3364 if you can spare some additions. QUOTE OF THE MONTH: To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from all the miseries of life. — W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
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Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers turned out to be a 10+ according to the attendees. Over 500 people enjoyed the very entertaining performance for over 90 minutes and then were able to talk to the three brothers after the show as they signed each CD and Photos. They were great and we were asked by more than one person attending if we could bring them back every year! Now that is a compliment deluxe! The OHSPA Board of Directors thanks all of you who attended as well as our patrons and Star Donors. You are keeping OHSPA Alive! More great entertainment is coming soon from OHSPA! The Platters and The Supremes “Reflected” will be here on May 3 and tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 25. These two shows have received great reviews. The Supremes “Reflected” is a sparkling trip down 32 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • March 2014
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Clubs and Activities Motown’s memory lane. They sing the original familiar classic hits. It is written and directed by independent Motown producer and creative consultant George Solomon and produced by the award winning Michael Chapman who brought us “The Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Jersey Boys. This concert on May 3 is another OHSPA show not to be missed! We are so thankful that we can be in Abravanel Hall watching this first class entertainment at such a low cost AND we do not have to drive anywhere or stay up to the wee hours of the morning. It cannot get any better than this but…it does! The bargain-priced tickets are only $30 because they are subsidized by your donations to OHSPA. We can only exist with your donations and ticket sales. Ticket sales begin on March 25 so please get there early because this is sure to be another sellout. For the newcomers, people are in the parking lot as early as 5 am! For the last two shows, we had over 150 people lined up early to buy tickets. It is not too late to become a Star Donor. It is now pro-rated for the next two shows. Just give Donna Russell a call or ask any board member. Remember…best seats in the house for the remaining shows and a great tax deduction. You cannot lose!!
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PET LOVERS CLUB
The SDHS is looking for donations of items for use at their facility to keep the pets comfortable. They are in need of blankets, towels (including beach towels) or throws, brushes, beds (only new or totally washable) pet sweaters for small dogs, leashes/ harnesses/collars, unopened food, toys, cat trees and litter/litter pans. Some bargain places to purchase these items are at Anna’s Linens and the Dollar Tree. You can visit the SDHS website at www.sdhumane.org for a list of items they are in need of and/or to make a monetary donation. You may drop off your donations at Gina Dillon’s, 4942 Kalamis Way (she has a donation drop off box in her entry to her courtyard or give her a call at 769-6370360 and she will pick up your donations. Gina is at SDHS every week and can drop off the donations. If you are interested in joining the Pet Lovers Club, you can leave your check at the Clubhouse. If anyone is a new member or has change of information, please ask the Front Desk for an information form to complete. The membership cost is $6 for a single person and $10 for a family. The PLC is having its anniversary special event on
Clubs and Activities April 30 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Clubhouse. Our members are working full force on getting everything in order for this event. So mark your calendar, you don’t want to miss it. It should be a really fun event and we hope to have a large turnout. The SDHS will bring adoptable dogs and cats. The cats will be on the Lanai and the dogs in the flag court. If you, or someone you know, is looking to give a pet a forever home, please show up for this event. Our goal is to have at least several of the pets adopted that day. Remember, the adoption fee is waived for seniors adopting a pet from the SDHS. In the overflow parking lot the SDHS will also have rabies shots for $6, low cost micro-chipping and licensing for dogs and cats. They will have information on setting up a trust for the care of your pets should you no longer be able to do it yourself. The Photography Club will take free pictures of you and pets that you bring down to the event. This will be set up in the overflow parking lot as well. Also, Donna Randolph has agreed to go to resident houses to take pictures of owners and pets that cannot get down on the 30th. Please email Donna to set up an appointment. Her email address is donnarandolph@ cox.net. All digital copies of the pictures will be posted in the PLC website for residents who want to make
copies. In the Clubhouse we will have band music and free refreshments in the greenery lounge to entertain us.
Welcome again to all our New Members and, of course, we’re happy to see our Returning Members too! We hope you enjoyed the last program and learned something new from examining the pictures that were chosen to hang in our exhibit, called “Entrances.” We were very fortunate to have judges, Sing Baker and Joyce Mate and, of course, some of our OHCC experts to comment about why these pictures were chosen! In March, we won’t be having a meeting but instead something else we know you won’t want to miss! We’re going to go to a “Sunset” Photo-shoot of our beautiful Oceanside Harbor on March 20 and we hope you can make it! Plan to meet at the overflow parking lot at 4 pm that afternoon to get to the Harbor right in time to set up for the sunset! We’ll do some carpooling and get to meet people we may not have met before along the way. It should be LOTS of fun!
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Clubs and Activities For our April 17 program, we will review the wonderful pictures we’ve taken at the March Photoshoot. We’ll be telling you more about how to get your best pictures to Bud De Maris. He’ll then put them onto a DVD to show at the April meeting. He’ll even help transfer your pictures from your camera, if you are unsure. Even if you can’t make it to the Photo-shoot, please plan to come to the April meeting anyway. I’m sure we’ll all learn something by looking at one another’s pictures! And who doesn’t want to look at beautiful sunsets? More details to follow in the April Newsletter.
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This month’s meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 19–don’t miss it! Thank you Herb Livsey and Sally Palmer for teaching pickleball to eight new players and an additional seven returning players on Saturday, February 8, at the HOA courts! And on that same day, there were 17 players waiting in line to play at our three Clubhouse courts! Yes, it’s safe to say that pickleball is currently our most widely played Racquet Club sport! We are happy to report that the tennis “signup board” is working so much better! And our tennis ball machine has been repaired and is back in action! Thank you Gordon Cowie for making it happen! The trip to Indian Wells is scheduled for March 4, to see qualifying matches for the 2014 Paribus Open. Thank you Patty Coffey and Mike Michelson for coordinating the trip! Our Sixth Annual Tennis Exhibition has been scheduled for Thursday, June 12–so save the date and watch for announcements! We had our first men’s doubles table tennis tournament on February 5, with eight players competing. Each player had a different partner as we played seven rounds. First place went to Bob Whissel with 12 wins, second place went to Glen Goglia with 11 wins, and third place went to Tom Fuller with 10 wins. Congratulations to all winners and to all of the players who participated. By the way, our new offering of lessons is going very well. We have had a “full house” of players at each lesson and continue to have a waiting list for more lessons. Glen is doing a great teaching job, and Dave Mowery is terrific at coordinating all classes. Thank you both for bumping up the interest and participation in this sport! On February 11, a paddle tennis social was headed up by Scott Goldwasser. Fifteen members showed up to play on a Tuesday morning, at the most beautiful “paddle tennis courts” in San Diego County! Although competitive juices are always flowing, this was a friendly gathering of players rather than a real tournament, and a delicious potluck luncheon followed. Thanks go out to all who helped put this event together–and of course Scott and Debbie Goldwasser.
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Clubs and Activities Our next Club special event is a pickleball tournament scheduled for March 6. Dannica Wood will head up the tournament, with Sondra Peppe in charge of food, and many volunteer helpers on hand–all to make this a grand tournament! Sue Piper of Lenhoff Tax and Wealth Advisory Group, Inc., will be on hand to award winners with prizes donated by Tod Lenhoff’s firm. Thank you so much Tod, for sponsoring this spring pickleball tournament! Don’t forget–you can find all 2014 Racquet Club information and photos at our website: www. ohccracquetclub.com/. Also, a current drop-in schedule and Calendar listing can be seen in all three showcases near the courts and in the rack near the Clubhouse Front Desk.
Food, fun and fellowship were in great abundance when the RV Club filled the Peking Wok for a fabulous Chinese lunch. Everything was hot and delicious – and the volume of noise would indicate the fun and fellowship were also hot! As is the custom of the Club, there was no formal meeting in February since we
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all gathered for the wonderful private party. Dry dock camping at Clarks Lake in Borrego Spring will provide another adventure for members. Since RVs are self-sufficient, it is possible to camp where there are no supporting facilities. Water, generators, and, of course, complete bathrooms, make it possible to camp very comfortably for several days at places such as dry lakes. But most participants of the dry camping experience will probably enjoy long, long showers when they arrived at the Springs at Borrego RV Park. There will be quite a contrast between the dry lake and the luxuriouslyappointed RV Park. While at Borrego Springs, there will be a trip to view the wondrous sculptures by Arturo Brerceda. A special guest will help us view the stars. Everyone will come home with a better understanding of our desert environment after a tour of the State Nature Center. The usual golf and food and fun and fellowship will make this another outstanding trip. Some local day trips are being planned in and around Oceanside. Dates for a trip to the Craftsmanship Minature Museum and a visit to a local brewery (which may necessitate a little sampling) will be set soon. Excitement is growing in anticipation of the trip to
Clubs and Activities the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. A large contingent will travel to Albuquerque with fascinating stops along the way such a viewing the Grand Canyon aboard the Grand Canyon Railroad.
Commodore Allan Paloutzian started the February 4 meeting off on a sad note, informing the attendees of the passing of Margaret Thompson, a past Commodore and long-time Sailing Club member. She will be missed by the many members who knew her. Allan next recognized the service of Captain Bill Baker as Fleet Captain for the past two years and of Dr. Jack Morgan as the Clubâ€™s sommelier for the last three years. They were absent at the January meeting when the other retiring Club officers were recognized. Allan also thanked the many volunteers, in addition to the officers, who help with refreshments, organize activities, send out e-mails and prepare newsletters, and encouraged others to assist the Club when the need arises. It was announced that Mel Feintuch will serve as Events Coordinator to help ensure activities run smoothly. Bob White announced that more than 100 members
are signed up for the whale watching trip on the Hornblower, Thursday, March 6. Signups ended at the February meeting. John Misterly provided information about the sail from Dana Point on the Spirit of Dana Point, a replica of an 18th century privateer used in the American Revolution. The three hour sail will take place on Saturday, July 12, from 2 to 5 pm. Cost will be $40 per person, which will include refreshments during the sail. The Club is also planning to return to Catalina this year on October 22-24. More details will be given at future meetings where we will try to firm up commitments to this event. Bring your checkbooks to the March meeting if you are interested in either of these events, which are sure to be popular. The meeting highlight was a slide show presentation by Captain Hal Bolton, who described a two week, 550 mile sailing adventure this last summer with former classmates. They sailed from Halifax to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Captains Hal Bolton and Willem Andersen took out boats in January and three sails were planned for February. 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
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Clubs and Activities 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 Sailing Club 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. Join us at our next meeting in Abravanel Hall on March 4 to enjoy delicious snacks and drinks, and to sign up for upcoming sails. Refreshments are served at 7 am and the business meeting begins at 7:30 am.
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 If you have not yet attended a Sewing, Etc. meeting, the opportunity is at hand. There will be a Business meeting the first Thursday of the month, March 6. We will talk about the projects for the month and have Show and Tell as well as handle a few business items; it is more social than business. Nothing is ever scheduled for the second Thursday of each month because this Thursday is the Quilt Guild meeting and many of our members belong to the Guild. The Sewing Room is always open and can be used even though nothing official is scheduled for 2nd Thursdays. Then the 3rd and 4th Thursdays have scheduled projects, usually one craft and one sewing. This month the proposed projects are a “Blooming” T-shirt and wine coasters. You will have seen these if you stopped by the booth on Do Dues Day. The T-shirt is easy and pretty; it only requires sewing straight lines. The trick will be to find a really pretty fabric to put behind the t-shirt. The fabric will show through in little diamonds after you sew the lines and cut between them - much easier to show than to describe. Are you a member of the Wine Tasting Club? If so, the second project might be for you. The wine coaster is not just something to set a glass on. It fits around the foot of the glass and then functions as a coaster as well as a memory aid. If you make your coasters different colors or with different decorations, then it will be like the jeweled rings you can buy to differentiate glasses. Speaking of Do Dues Day, I heard our Treasurer, Dorothy; make a good suggestion to some of the people who stopped by the booth. A couple who could not make the first Thursday meeting asked how they could meet members and find out more about the Club. She 40 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • March 2014
suggested the Tuesday evening 6 pm informal sewing meetings and the Friday 1 pm quilting group as being particularly good times to meet members. There are usually more people in the Sewing Room at this time and it is a social as well as a sewing time. Just a thought. Hope to see you soon and, if you want to see us, check out our website www.ohccsewingclub.com for pictures and events.
THEATRE ARTS FEBRUARY - The NEW Theatre Arts was delighted to bring Elizabeth Haynes: “My Years with Lucille Ball,” to the entire village on February 3. We welcomed over 200 guests to a wonderful presentation by Elizabeth of the costumes she made for Lucy over the years, and particularly in the film “MAME.” Thank you, Elizabeth, for your years of service to Theatre Arts. February 28 will be our tribute to OHCC’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, serving pizza and soda for $1, in Abravanel Hall, from 11:30 am to 1:30pm, with the music of the Village Jammers. MARCH - Theatre Arts members will be entertained at our March 3 meeting by the Clan Rince dancers, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. 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 the Clan Rince Irish dancers put on is a selection of traditional steps taken to a higher level, combining the Celtic music with African drums. Please join us in Abravanel Hall on Monday evening, March 3, at 7 pm. APRIL - On April 7, we will be treated to performances by students from the Al Valletta Studio. Al is a professional director who has directed several of our Theatre Arts plays and has taught our Director’s Workshop that was held last summer. We are delighted that he will be sharing the talents of his students with us. We look forward with great excitement to the 30th Anniversary production of The Curious Savage by John Patrick on April 24-27. Many of our members, both new and established, are working very enthusiastically on this production, which is directed by Al Valletta. It promises to be our best yet! Stay tuned for details! Reminder: PlayReaders meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 1 pm in the Art Room. This is great fun; a safe, no stress way of pursuing your acting dreams! Let us entertain you! Join Theatre Arts for only $10 and you can come to all of our upcoming meetings and enjoy the performances!
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Monthly Meeting, March 10, Abravanel Hall, 6:30 pm Our monthly meetings begin with socializing, refreshments, trip sign-ups and piano entertainment by Frank Boynton. After the 7 pm short business meeting, we have interesting travel-related programs presented by outside speakers or community members. The Travel Club is off to a good start for 2014. We added 50 new members to our Club. With 107 members and two buses we were off to Palm Springs in January to see “The Last Hurrah” of the Palm Springs Follies. After 23 years of performances, this is their last season. For some of us it was a nostalgic afternoon, while many first-timers were very impressed and delighted they had the opportunity to see it before it was gone forever. Our February trip took us to Diamond Valley Reservoir (near Hemet) where we learned the fascinating story of its inception and creation. The next stop was the Western Center of Archeology & Paleontology to view the prehistoric animals that once roamed Southern California. This was followed by wine tasting and a buffet lunch at the Callaway Winery’s Meritage Restaurant in Temecula.
***UPCOMING TRIPS*** March 27 - March Air Force Base - $70 – This is our annual joint trip with the Vets Club taking 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. By time this article is published, most likely there will only be a Wait List. Please call Lynn Opelka, 760-726-4651 for any openings. April 12 - Matinee, “Mamma Mia” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts - $115 Call Heidi Boynton, 760-295-8990, to see if there are any tickets available. May 8 - The Whaley House and Culinary Arts Institute in San Diego - Check the monthly Travel Club Newsletter and detailed flyers in the Trip Racks at the Clubhouse for price and further information. 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.
Win a Gift Basket! All residents who are registered on the Ocean Hills Country Club website located at www.oceanhillscountryclub.com by midnight, March 15, 2014 will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket worth $100. You should register even if you don’t have a computer, because during registration you will provide an emergency phone number and text number (if you have one). Then, if necessary during an emergency, OHCC authorities will use this information to communicate with you. Members of the HOA staff are available anytime to help you register on the new Ocean Hills web site. You can also get help at a Computer Club Help Session at the Clubhouse (contact the front desk for times and dates), where a Computer Club Helper will be glad to assist you register using one of the computers in the Computer Room.
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Clubs and Activities
The Village Dancers are busy preparing for our big dance show on June 27 and June 28. This show will be spectacular with a variety of music, fabulous costumes, and, of course, lots of dancing. There will be tap, jazz, theater dance, belly dancing, and Hawaiian too. Our theme this year involves the months of the calendar and some of the holiday celebrations. Our working title is: “The Village Dancers Present - Road Trip through the Holidays.” We will be serving wine and snacks and seating will be cabaret style. Tickets will go on sale May 27 for $15. There will be more information coming to you in the form of flyers. We hope you can join us for one of the nights. We are also planning our annual Spring Luncheon for March 14 at Shadowridge to welcome our members. We have many new dancers this year, and we look forward to others joining our group. If you are interested in dancing, please stop by another of our classes to observe or call me or email me at: 760-295-4299 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep dancing! It’s fun and good for your health!
VILLAGE LINE DANCE
Leprechauns are not the only ones dancing in March for St. Patrick’s Day, but so are all of those who attend our Village Line Dance classes. The new introductory class on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm has been very popular with a great attendance. The Level 1 class continues on Mondays from 12:30 to 2 pm and the Level 2 class is held on Tuesdays from 10:30 am to 12 pm. These three classes are taught by Christine Alesiani and the cost is $5 a session, except for the introductory class on Thursdays which is $4. A review class, taught by our own Betty Heyer, is on Mondays from 2 to 3:30 pm and there is no charge for this class. The first party of the year for line dancers will be Monday, March 24, so save the date. Francis Ainis, the Club’s Sunshine Lady, is the one to contact if you know of a member who would benefit from a get well or sympathy card. Her number is 760945-0969. Jenny McGuire, our new president, is the person to call with any questions about Line Dancing. Her number is 760-295-6299.
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This 30th anniversary year of Ocean Hills Country Club will be full of fun and celebration, in all our Clubs. Some of our Newsletter articles will be written about our Past Presidents as the year unfolds. We hope to bring back fond memories, and show you how the Club has developed over those years. After a long absence we are welcoming back Past Presidents, Trevor and Cecilia Overett. Due to a string of health problems they have been unable to dance for a while. But, they are back now; ready to be active members again. Welcome! Trevor and Cecilia, moved here in 1988, but didn’t join Square Dancing until 2000. Cecilia was the moving force behind that decision. After only two years, the nominating committee saw their potential and asked them if they wanted to be Presidents. They accepted, and held that position for two years. As Trevor puts it, “our first year was terrible for the Club” because Abravanel Hall was not available for dancing. The buckling floor was discovered to have water under it. After months of observation, and then more time to replace the floor, the Hall was once again usable, eight months later. During this time, Trevor and Cecilia worked at their jobs fulltime to insure that the classes and the Club dances would be available for the members. The Dancers were squished into the Mykonos Room part of the time, and Frozen Ice Cubes, when dancing in the Lanai, the rest of the time, but the Overett’s made it work. During their time in office, this dedicated couple, made sure our Club was represented at many of the North County Club Dances outside of our Village. The Club made many three and four day trips to conventions and dances outside the San Diego area, as well. Noticing that the members of the other clubs had club identifying jackets, Cecilia decided to develop our Village Squares Jacket. In addition she developed our Club Flags. Trevor, and Cecilia, have very fond memories of their terms in office, and enjoy talking about all the wonderful outings, and good times they had. Trevor, “caught the bug,” and when he stepped down as President of Village Squares, moved on to Chair the Recreation Department for three years, and sit on the Master Board for four more years. We are so glad to see them back on the floor with us, and hope that they will be able to continue dancing for a long time to come. We are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a combined dance on March 19. That’s students and club level dancers. Verl Lobb, will be serving his outrageous, Margaritas, from 5 pm to 5:30 pm, Bobby’s Hideaway serves dinner from 6 pm to 6:30 pm, and the Dance will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The fee for the dinner will be $20 per person. Prepay please. Green is the color for all party animals.
February was a great meeting with Steve Kappes telling us all about his work with tennis and the Wounded Warriors. Hope you were there to see and hear what a great program this is and how it is giving many of our military service men and women a chance to have a normal life. There will be no Village Vets Meeting in March as the Vets will be going on their” Off-Station” trip. This year we are teaming up with the Travel Club and going to March AFB. This is a great opportunity to see the Predator on the flight line plus many other airplanes and tours by the active duty personnel stationed there. Check the Front Desk to see if there are any seats left or put your name on the waiting list. We look forward to our April Meeting when we will have another exciting speaker who was a Navy Diver and spent a lot of time in the Mekong River, literally, during the Vietnam War. Mark your calendars now for the 24th of April. Hope to see you all on the bus to March AFB!
WALKERS AND HIKERS
It seems a bit redundant, but, we have had another great month of walking and hiking. Maybe it is the great diversity of hiking opportunities here in San Diego County or maybe it is just the great people we have participating in our activities. Either way, it has been a blast. Our first road trip of the year will occur in March when we head out to Las Vegas to visit Hoover Dam and to hike in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. From there we will head over to Beatty, Nevada, where we will be staying as our home base to hike in Death Valley. We will leave for Las Vegas on March 4 for 2 nights and will be in Beatty on March 6 and 7. The first hike this month will be on Friday, March 14. We will be going into our own backyard when we do the Calavera Preserve water tank hike. This is a great hike and we don’t even have to drive to it as we walk right out of our front gate and into the Preserve. The Preserve is a beautiful spot and has abundant wildlife and wild flowers in season. With our lack of rain, I don’t know if there will be many flowers, but there will be plentiful birds, the occasional rare coyote and maybe a sighting of Sam, the roadrunner, that I have
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encountered numerous times. After the hike we will be going to Bobbies’ Hideaway for lunch. Yes that’s the same outfit that caters so many of our parties. Our second hike of the month will be on Thursday, March 27 at Mt. Gower Preserve near Ramona. The Preserve showcases San Diego’s backcountry as it was centuries ago. Consisting primarily of dense chaparral, the Preserve features the vegetation community that, perhaps more than any other, evokes Southern California. But there is also a variety at Mt. Gower. Peaceful oak woodlands, shaded streamside bowers, and seldom-visited meadows await visitors to the Preserve. We will be going to the San Vincente Country Club in Ramona after the hike. 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 carpool to the trailhead. Remember to help out the driver with some gas money if you are in a carpool. A listing of all of our upcoming events and hikes can be found on the Ocean Hills website under Recreation/ Clubs/Walkers Hikers/Future Activities. 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.
Welcome to all the new members. You will find that you can get a lot of pleasure from this Club plus get constructive in a way that will even give pleasure to yourself and others. All it takes is a little effort. We had good attendance for our Thursday, February13 program which featured Altura Paint from Vista. Bob Hutchinson, the owner, has been supporting us for at
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least fifteen years. We learned quite a lot on what was available on finishing wood. It was amazing. Bob will be glad to help you anytime. His cards will be on the bulletin board at the shop. By the time you read this article, the door combination will have been changed. If you have not completed seeing the safety video and the shop orientation, you will not be allowed in the shop. No one will also be allowed in the shop without an identification badge which has to match the membership list at the sign-in sheet by the door. This is for the safety of the members and has worked real well. Once again, we wish to remind you that, if you are in the shop alone, make sure you leave the door open in case of emergency. Know where the panic buttons are located and there is a phone on the wall. This was Murph Hagen’s first meeting as the new president and with the help of Bob Nelke, Vice President, plus Ron Gagnon, Treasurer; the meeting was conducted very professionally. We all thank you. There is already talk about Christmas toys for this year. A few have started making them already. This is a very worthwhile cause for the Marine kids at Camp Pendleton. A table will be set up with patterns for you to get involved with or you can choose to help another member and even paint. The times are not mandatory and you can help when you have time. The shop is still not quite put back together after the remodel, but it is getting better every week. If you cannot find something, just start looking around for what you need. You might get lucky. Last but not least, support of the Club is very important. A lot of effort goes into meetings for your pleasure. There are only eight meeting a year for a couple of hours each. Please attend, have fun and get out of the house a little. Our next meeting is Thursday, April 10. You will be notified but mark your calendar now. Thanks for listening.
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We are happy to report that we now have 142 members. Of course, we would be even happier if we would have more members. Remember, you can still renew your membership or become a member if you have not done it yet. At $8 a year we hope it won’t make you a “kaptsen” (penniless person). Here are a few things worth putting on your calendar: The Bagel and Bialy Run Fund Raiser will be held Sunday, April 27. You won’t have to leave the Village because Allan Singer will be running to I Love Bagels to pick up all the orders. Along with the regular bagels, we have added mini-bagels. Your order will be ready for pick up between 8:30 am and 10 am at the home of Lois and Allan Singer. Our well experienced assemblers will make sure that you will get exactly what you have ordered. We guarantee you will not be “ahntoisht” (disappointed). For those of you who don’t have transportation, we will deliver to your home for a slight additional charge. The Jewish Women Trailblazers of California will be held Monday, April 28 at our regular meeting. Dr. Gloria Harris from San Diego will be our speaker.
She will point out that Jewish women have played an important role in every step of history, but the historical accomplishments of many of them have been overlooked or unacknowledged. Look for next month’s email (flier) when we will provide you with the biography of Dr. Harris and make sure you mark your calendar for this “maven” (expert)’s lecture. Other Upcoming Events: • Deli Luncheon will be held June 8--Entertainment by comedian Gary Wolf. • Regular Meeting will be held August 18--Lecture by Ruth Mastron from the National Project for Volunteers for Israel. • Regular Meeting will be held October 27--Entertainment by Yale Strom • Chanukah Brunch will be held December 21--Entertainment by Generations from Irvine
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