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OCEAN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES - MARCH 17 & 20, 2014 The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Ocean Hills Country Club Homeowners Association Board of Directors was held on March 17 & 20, 2014, at 4701 Leisure Village Way, Oceanside, California. March 17, 2014
March 20, 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.
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 Toni Clevenger, Senior Admin. Asst.
First Session – March 17, 2014 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’S REPORT President Takemoto apprised the membership as to the matters to be addressed, and items completed, as well as Executive Sessions held since the last monthly Board Meeting. The Executive Session held on February 20, 2014 reviewed third party contracts; legal opinion; and member disciplinary hearing. The Board held an Executive Session and a Special Board Meeting on February 28, 2014. The Executive Session reviewed legal opinion. The Special Board Meeting was an update presentation on the Pool Deck, Palm Court and Front Entry projects.
IV. MANAGEMENT REPORT In the Management Report, Becky Groenewold, General Manager, apprised the membership as to the primary projects currently underway: • The Abravanel Hall Interior Storage suggestions being presented later in the meeting, were initially
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Association News presented to the Facilities Management Committee, and Vice President Lopez recommended the resident also make the presentation to the Master Board and membership. • The Channel 12 upgrade work was completed, however a faulty filter and computer card are in the process of being replaced. • Staff will follow up with the CSC regarding recycling within the community. • Staff is tracking and establishing internal processes for keeping the website current; the recent data migration problems are being addressed; MCC member Kaminsky is offering website training; and the current total of registered residents is 960. • Implementation of the Electronic Communication Consent Form will be further discussed at the next Village Boards and CVP meetings. • The GM received confirmation from Legal Counsel that any changes made to the Resolution Establishing Board Policy on Maintenance/Destruction of Audio/Video Recordings of Board Meetings will need to go out again for 30 day review. • The approved upgrade for expanding the Wi-Fi capabilities in Abravanel Hall will begin after April 1, 2014. • The task of mailing out the annual budget was
completed by Staff and six C.E.R.T. volunteers: special appreciation given to Jim Wright, Charlene Kenney, Craig and Nancy Power and Clint Kopper. The budget mail out included the C.E.R.T emergency signs. • There was an error in the Assessment Billing Policy statement and it will also be addressed in the Newsletter: one page referenced the incorrect amount of 10%, the correct amount is 6%. • There are approximately 237 cars and 28 golf carts that have not received their 2014 decal and Staff will be sending out a second notice. • The GM attended a C.A.I. tradeshow on February 12, 2014 and obtained a contractor referral for the pending pool project. • The GM attended the PCM On-Site Manager meeting at Laguna Woods on February 21, 2014 and acquired another contact for the pool project. • The GM and three Board members also attended another C.A.I. event on March 5, 2014 that resulted in other communities inquiring about OHCC’s water conservation efforts, and led to a call from Union Tribune. With approval of Board President Takemoto, the GM submitted OHCC’s past water conservation efforts to the Union Tribune, as several communities expressed interest in the steps taken by OHCC to reduce water usage. Board members from “Cameowood” in Escondido also visited OHCC to gain insights for doing a similar project. • The GM and several Board members will be attending a C.A.I. educational conference and tradeshow in April. • The GM apprised the membership of the Community Associations Institute (C.A.I.) Homeowner Community Faire in April and encouraged homeowners to attend the free event. • A meeting with the City of Oceanside is being scheduled in April to discuss the reclaimed water project. • There is currently one Administrative position open, and plans will be made to cover the temporary absence of a Maintenance Staff member taking a FMLA (leave of absence.) V. TREASURER’S REPORT Treasurer David Hefler gave the following Treasurer’s Report: At the close of February 2014, we are in strong financial condition with net reserves of $4,069,846. There is an operating surplus of $65,000 for the month of February, 2014 and a year-to-date surplus of $109,701. Significant year-to-date below-budget variances as of February, 2014 include: $22,917 Bad Debt; $20,395 Property Protection Services Contract; $14,412 Clubhouse Gas; and $10,816 Clubhouse Repair & Maintenance. Significant year-to-date variances of unanticipated income as of February, 2014 include: $14,003 Transfer/Tenant Fees; $20,900 Phone Directory Ads; and $7,848 Clubhouse Services (Room Rentals, Sodas, Coffee, Copies & Faxes reimbursements). Total assets of $4,958,044 include $4,047,091 worth of FDICInsured Certificates of Deposit. A copy of the Financial Statement is available for review in the HOA Office. There were no homeowner comments.
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Association News VI. PRESENTATION OF ACTION ITEMS VII MOTION CONSENT CALENDAR Motion made and seconded (D. Lopez/D. Hefler) to approve the Consent Calendar (Items A-C). Motion passed unanimously. The following items were on the Consent Calendar: A. Special Session Minutes – February 10, 2014 B. Regular Session Minutes – February 20, 2014 C. Special Session Minutes – February 28, 2014 VIII. UNFNISHED BUSINESS A. CC&R Ad Hoc The CC&R Ad Hoc Committee met with the Master Board on February 20, 2014, reviewed the proposed revisions, and received Board approval to forward the revisions to the attorney Peters & Freedman. Two meetings will be scheduled with Peters & Freedman to review the changes. After the Master Board reviews the updated revised version of the restated document, membership feedback will be arranged. There was one homeowner comment. B. 30th Anniversary Committee Ellen Baur reported approximately 300 people have had their pictures taken to date; the 30th Anniversary Play
“The Curious Savage” tickets go on sale at the Clubhouse Front Desk March 20, 2014; the Clubs are encouraged to purchase a half-or-full page in the Commemorative Book, by the deadline in early April; notecards with envelopes will be custom designed by Christy Cooper for sale as a “trinket”; and upcoming events include Bunco Night on May 16th and the Senior Olympics in August. Director Sampsel stated the CSC members remarked the pictures taken so far look great. There were no homeowner comments. C. Media Use Policy There was discussion regarding the creation of a Media Use Policy Mission Statement and Guidelines, primarily due the new OHCC website and Channel 12 broadcasting capability. Topics for consideration were general advertising guidelines for both the website and Channel 12; public service announcements; education and government access; special event announcements to the community by various organizations; establish the administration and operation providers of the website and Channel 12; and create a policy and process guidelines for evaluation of compliance with Media Use Policy Mission Statement and Guidelines once established. It was the consensus of the Board that the MCC be tasked with this item.
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Association News Motion made and seconded (B. Farrell/S. Sampsel) to task the Marketing & Communication Committee with investigating and presenting a customized OHCC Media Use Policy Mission Statement and Guidelines to the Master Board. Motion passed unanimously. There was one homeowner comment. IX. NEW BUSINESS A. Staff Recommendation – Shadowridge Gate Entrance Signs Staff recommended replacing the two weathered “Residents Only” signs at the Shadowridge gate entrance.
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Association News developed based on existing charters guidelines, with specifics related to the assigned task. Motion made and seconded (D. Lopez/D. Hefler) to approve the Ad Hoc Committee Charter for the Exterior Master Storage Plan. Motion passed unanimously. There was one homeowner comment. Motion made and seconded (D. Lopez/S. Sampsel) to appoint Tony Gillette to the Ad Hoc Committee for Exterior Master Storage Plan. Motion passed unanimously. There were no homeowner comments. C. Abravanel Hall Interior Storage Presentation Resident Helen Nielsen made a presentation on possible modifications to the Abravanel Hall interior for chairs and tables storage solutions. There was discussion about pursuing costs and analysis of Ms. Nielsen’s suggestions and it was the consensus of the Board that this be a future Board meeting agenda item. There were seven homeowner comments. X. RECESS The meeting was recessed at 11:56 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 20, 2014
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SESSION II, Thursday, March 20, 2014 President Takemoto reconvened the Regular Board Meeting at 10:01 a.m. President Takemoto apprised the members that an Executive Session was held in the afternoon of March 17, 2014. The Board discussed legal opinion, potential litigation, personnel, third party contracts, delinquencies, Executive Committee reports, personnel, and approval of Executive Session minutes. President Takemoto asked the Board to consider placing an additional item on the agenda. Per Civil Code 4920 and 4930 an item can be placed on the agenda if immediate action is necessary and the situation came to the attention of the Board after the meeting notice was given and could not be included on the agenda. Motion made and seconded (D. Lopez/S. Sampsel) to approve placing on the Agenda for March 20, 2014 a motion to add Committee Appointment - Community Service, under Agenda Items. Motion passed unanimously. XI. HOMEOWNER INPUT (Non-Agenda Items) There were no homeowner comments.
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Association News STAFF REPORTS RECREATION – In the absence of Chris Bessey, Recreation Director, President Takemoto reported: Staff assembled an “Audio Broadcast Cart” for moving audio capability from room to room; there were over 312 attendees at the Impersonators event; the 30th Anniversary play tickets and publicity items are available at the Front Desk beginning March 20th; the third and final drawing for the Website Registration Gift Basket was held on March 15th; the Spring Eggstravaganza will be held on April 19th; Shred Day will be held on May 17th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Overflow Parking area; the Music Room drapes have been cleaned, repaired, and re-hung; the annual tile floors maintenance has been scheduled with Coit; the inoperable Hammond Organ will be placed on Craigslist; Louise’s office is being renovated; the mall trip to The Headquarters at Seaport District had 15 riders, and the mall trip to San Marcos Restaurant Row will be on March 24th; the part-time weekend Facilities Staff position has been filled; and there were 686 activities between January 26 through February 25, 2014. There were no homeowner comments. MAINTENANCE – Chuck Pierce, Maintenance Director, reported: the concrete brow ditch repairs are expected to be completed by the end of April; 300
street light fixtures have been painted and cleaned, 86 light poles have been replaced; asphalt consultant bid proposals have been received for Master Board review; the Shuffleboard Courts resurfacing work is expected to begin April 21st and will take 5-7 days; delivery of the replacement pool and spa covers is expected by the end of April; proposals for automating the clubhouse doors from the Greenery Lounge to the Palm Court will be presented to the Master Board in April; the Abravanel Hall dance floor was damaged and proposals are being obtained to refinish it in addition to the Stage and Mykonos Room wood floors; the street gutters power washing work is on schedule; maintenance and repairs is within budget, pool equipment maintenance and repairs is over budget by $1,906 due to pool system maintenance, Clubhouse repair and maintenance is under budget by $10,000, and street light repairs is over budget by $4,380 due to the proactive street light poles and fixtures maintenance; there were 82 work orders. There were two homeowner comments. LANDSCAPE – Tom Hogan, Landscape Operations Director, reported: the Phase 3 Tree Trimming work has begun and trees damaged in the recent big wind storm will be assessed separately; the debris from the few trees that fell during 75 mph wind storm has been removed; palm
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Association News trees in the Park, Cannon Road, Tennis Court, Clubhouse and HOA office areas are being cleaned; irrigation wire installation from the golf controllers to the tee valves has been completed and trenches covered; the golf warm-up cage has been replaced; four valve-in-head sprinklers were installed on the #3 fairway, valued at $550/each and provided by Toro Turf Star at no charge; the Golf Course Architect contract is in negotiation; Mr. Hogan attended a Toto Lynx Level 2 Central Controller software training class; the Pesticide use report for the month of February was sent to the Department of Agriculture and posted at the Clubhouse and on the website, and available at the HOA Office; the irrigation parts inventory is being maintained; Golf Course operations were $57,016 over budget; and Landscape Common Area Operations were $69,378 under budget. There were two homeowner comments. COMMUNITY PATROL SERVICE REPORT Len Weinstein, Director of Community Patrol Services, reported the Emergency Monitoring System (EMS) testing program has been completed on 225 homes; Staff training is continuing on set up and monitoring of the radar feedback device, patrol driving practices, and AED/ CPR/First Aid refresher training; courtesy education endeavors continue regarding resident’s use of extenda-leashes pet waste pickup; there were 17 fire alarms either kitchen smoke or system related, and 6 burglar/ panic alarms either system related or resident error. There were two homeowner comments. COMMITTEE REPORTS ARC – President Takemoto reported that the ARC Committee had dealt with 32 new applications in February; 32 were approved, including five (5) that were previously tabled; one (1) denied; and four (4) were tabled pending receipt of further information. There was one (1) site visit. Audio/Visual – Chairperson Bob Herrmann reported on the various performances and meetings in February supported by the members; attendees of the Gatlin Brothers performance remarked on the improved Abravanel Hall sound quality; two training days were held for volunteers; a sub-committee has been established to develop and document a comprehensive training curriculum for audio, video, lighting, and broadcasting; the Channel 12.1/865 equipment filter was replaced and the computer controller board is being replaced; and design and implementation work is underway for upcoming productions. There was one homeowner comment. COmMUNITY SERVICES – Director Sampsel advised the Thursday Bus Schedule hours have been extended permanently, due to popular request. GOLF COURSE – Board Liaison Barry Farrell advised that Landscape Operations Director Hogan previously covered everything in his report. LANDSCAPE – Chairperson Alma Sisco-Smith advised Landscape Operations Director Hogan addressed the 12 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • May 2014
Phase 3 Tree Trimming update in his report, and thanked the Board for approving Staff’s direction to obtain a cost proposal for the Landscape Committee to meet with Van Dyke Landscape Architects. MARKETING & COMMUNICATION – Board Director Landis reported there are 1,006 people registered on the website; the third and final website registration gift basket drawing was held and the resident will be notified; Member Kaminsky schedules classes to assist residents navigate the website; a sub-committee will be formed with the Computer Club to coordinate website usage input; a sub-committee was established to develop a Media Usage Policy as directed by the Master Board; the new OHCC promotional brochure is being developed; and a revised draft of the New Residents Survey was reviewed and the recommendation approved to present for Board review. PRESENTATION OF AGENDA ITEMS A. RESOLUTION – RECORDING OF MEETINGS The Resolution Establishing Board Policy on Maintenance/Destruction of Audio/Video Recordings of Board Meetings was sent out for the 30 day review and comment period in January, 2014. At the February 20, 2014 meeting, the Master Board reviewed the two comments received as the 2nd Reading of the ResolutionRecording of Meetings. After reviewing the comments, the following verbiage was proposed to be added: 2. Following the Board’s review and approval of the written minutes of open Board meetings, and no sooner than 10 days after publication in the Association Newsletter, any recordings of those meetings shall be erased, recorded over or otherwise disposed of by Association staff. Motion made and seconded (D. Hefler/D. Lopez) to approve the Resolution Establishing Board Policy on Maintenance/Destruction of Audio/Video Recordings of Board Meetings as amended and send out for 30 day review. Motion passed unanimously. B. APPROVAL OF LIEN – none C. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS Audio/Visual 1a. Mykonos Room Upgrade Chairperson Herrmann presented the Committee’s recommendation to accept the proposal from Acoustic Consultant Jake Henricksen, for the estimated $20,000 audio system upgrade equipment and installation, including acoustic panels, in addition to installing a third camera for an estimated cost of $3,300, and forward the recommendation to the Master Board for approval. Motion made and seconded (D. Hefler/D. Lopez) to accept the recommendation from the Audio/Visual Committee for the Mykonos Room Upgrade. Favored-5 / Abstained-1
Association News (Director Landis – commented motion should also state NTE amount). Motion carried. Designated Funding: Clubhouse reserve 2439 -0000 For the information of the members, President Takemoto advised one of items discussed and approved in Executive Session on March 17, 2014 was the formal bid proposal from Jake Henricksen to install an audio system in the Mykonos Room and install acoustic panels and one ceiling camera at a cost not to exceed $19,795.00. There were two homeowner comments. The acoustic panel fabric samples were also displayed and the Master Board selected sample name Phone Tag 2314, Safari 030. 1b. Sound Mixer Board Chairperson Herrmann presented the Committee’s recommendation to replace the existing analog Audio Mixing Board with a new Digital Audio Mixing Board, for the estimated cost of $5,800. Sale of the existing analog mixing board and effects processors is expected to be approximately $1,300. Motion made and seconded (B. Farrell/D. Hefler) to authorize Jake Henricksen to provide final bids for Digital Audio Mixing Boards for Board approval. Motion passed unanimously. Designated Funding: Clubhouse Reserve account 2439-0000 There was one homeowner comment. Landscape Committee 2a. Tree Trimming/Removal Requests The Landscape Committee performed inspections of trees that have been requested by homeowners to be removed or trimmed: on February 14, 2014 - A total of 5 trees were inspected at 4 different locations. The Landscape Committee determined there were 2 trees requiring trimming and 3 trees that required no action. The trees that required no action did not meet the criteria for removal. Motion made and seconded (D. Hefler/L. Strohm) as recommended by Staff and Landscape Committee, trim 2 trees and take no action on 3 trees. Motion passed unanimously. Designated Funding: Tree Service Contract 5290-1008 There was one homeowner comment. D. Additional Item: Committee Appointment – Community Service With the resignation of a member of the Community Service Committee, there is a need to appoint a replacement. Upon approval of the appointment, the Community Service Committee will have seven (7) members.
Motion made and seconded (L. Strohm/S. Sampsel to approve the appointment of Martha Russo to the Community Service Committee for the remainder of the term effective immediately. Motion passed unanimously. There were no homeowner comments. BOARD MEMBER INPUT Director Sampsel – none Director Strohm – none Vice-President Lopez – remarked there have been discussions regarding the Mykonos Room sound quality for several months, including A/V monthly reports. Additionally, the CC&R Ad Hoc Committee met with the restatement attorney on March 18th, everything is progressing well, and he is looking forward to getting the documents out. Secretary Farrell – reiterated that the Acoustic Consultant had been hired to advise the Board of recommended solutions. Director Landis – based on audience comments, we need to review the process of reporting RFP decisions to the Community. Treasurer Hefler – requested the A/V Committee submit the Mykonos Room Upgrade Recommendation so it would be discussed in open. President Takemoto – thanked the Audio/Visual crew and volunteers for all of their support, and will be out of town for the April meetings. ADJOURNMENT With no further business to be discussed, President Takemoto adjourned the meeting at 11:32 a.m.
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I am happy to report the Master Board had another very productive month and will be moving forward on several new projects. Vice President Don Lopez did a terrific job carrying the meeting this past month while President Takemoto enjoyed a holiday. Information on all the contracts approved in the Executive Session was provided in the Open Session on Thursday. The asphalt contract was approved and once signed by the vendor, work will begin to assess the condition and draw up specs for the bidding process. Abravanel Hall will have new acoustic panels installed, along with fresh paint and carpeting right after the first of the year. In addition, a hearing aide loop will be installed for the hearing impaired. This was previously provided in the past,
but with new technology - time for an update! The Abravanel Hall project is anticipated to take 4-6 weeks so the Hall will be unavailable for January and February. Work will begin right after Due Dues Day. The Mykonos Room will get some additional acoustic panels and a new camera, microphones and speakers to improve the sound in the room for recording purposes. It will also make managing the video possible with just one person from the A/V booth. The A/V Committee will be getting a much-needed sound mixing board for the shows. The old one has served the Community well, but has reached the end of its useful life. Yes, Channel 12/867 is up and some fine tuning is still in progress. A/V and Staff will work together to start placing some pertinent programming regarding activities in the Community. You will see a new face at the HOA Office as we recently hired Michele Such to fill an open position of Administrative Assistant. Kathy Murdock left suddenly in January due to a family situation and Martha Fernandez was promoted to Office Manager leaving her old position vacant. Michele comes to us with prior HOA experience and you may see her at the front desk when she covers Cheryl for lunch periods. Please give her a warm welcome when you have an opportunity to stop in. The Master Board has been actively attending several
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Association News educational events sponsored by the Community Association Institute (CAI). The Board members are gaining assurance that they are already following the recommended procedures for managing the affairs of the association effectively. The most recent seminar they attended was on Construction Bids and Contracts and the new Title 24 updates for pools. In addition, the attendees had an opportunity to meet new potential vendors. Recently both Don Lopez and Angela Takemoto were recognized for their volunteer efforts during the month of April. Rest assured every Board member is working hard to maintain and improve the quality of life here at OHCC! Please take a moment to say “farewell” to Barry Farrell as he leaves our community for Rancho Bernardo at the end of May!
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VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT
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Hello to all members. For our April Board meetings on April 14 & 17 we had our TV channels 865 & 12.1 up and running. I began the meeting by saying we were broadcasting and it “would never fail again”! When I said that, our sound went out so the TV audience missed the first 15 minutes! However, the rest of the meetings were broadcast and recorded. So much for predictions. A portion of the Board and some PCM staff went off campus for some training and refresher courses. Shirlee, Linda, Ira and I from the Board and Becky, Robyn, and Greg from PCM attended a CAI Conference in Mission Valley on April 9th. Two sessions were very appropriate, as we get closer to bidding and executing the Pool Deck and Palm Court renovation. One session was on Bids & Contracts, and one session was on Title 24 and its effect on pools and spas. We passed all that information on to Van Dyke, although they said they were going to include those requirements in the construction documents. During the vendor fair we talked to many vendors that service HOAs in California. We talked to Animal Pest Management, Payne Pest Management and another company that does Petco Park. One of our homeowners recently told us that Petco Park uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) now, and never needs to use chemical sprays anymore. However, they told Linda and Shirlee that they use chemical sprays consistently as a part of their IPM program. The other two that I spoke with said they always use chemical sprays with their IPM customers. It is part of
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the program. The key word is INTEGRATED in Integrated Pest Management; they use several processes. Don Fox, President of Animal Pest Management, told me O’Connell is one of the best and would never use anything that was inappropriate. He stated Glenn Foreman, our on-site supervisor, is a Certified Pest Manager, and we are in good hands with him. As a biologist, Don would be a good source of information for us in the future. As you know, the Landscape Committee has a sub-committee researching this subject of IPM. We will keep you informed as we learn more about this process. I also mentioned at the April 14th meeting on Monday that Director Barry Farrell is moving. Barry and Carol have sold their house and are moving to Casa de Las Campanas in Rancho Bernardo. Barry will be here for the May meetings but will be gone before the June meetings. We have enjoyed working with Barry and his wise council will be missed. The following business was conducted in April: We approved the Consent Calendar item to approve the minutes from prior Board meetings. We received reports from the CC&R Ad Hoc Committee and the 30th Anniversary Committee. We heard an appeal to reverse a denial to trim a tree. The Board decided the tree should be trimmed, and reversed the denial. We agreed to replace the rubber matting in the Golf Casa with buff colored concrete. The matting has deteriorated and has been removed. The concrete will be added for a sum not-to-exceed $8,000. We approved the recommendation from the Landscape Committee to revise their current Charter to clarify the roles and responsibilities, and improve communications and mutual understanding between the Committee and the Landscape Director. We reviewed and approved the Landscape Committee’s 2014 project list. We reviewed and approved the revised New Resident Survey from the Marketing and Communication Committee. The current survey solicits very good information but it is 3 pages long. The MCC shortened it to one page, however, it still has all the good information in it.
Association News We approved a recommendation from the MCC to join the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. The cost is $500. We reviewed and approved the MCC 2014 Project list for 2014. On Monday April 14th we met in Executive Session to discuss: potential litigation, personnel issues, delinquency review, executive committee reports, disciplinary/hearings, a legal opinion, and third party contracts. The contracts we approved were as follows: Atlas Environmental Services for tree trimming for $2,400. This is supplemental trimming above the trimming scheduled for Phase 3. Some species need trimming sooner than others. For that reason, several people are looking at a schedule more attuned to species. Aerial mapping from Coffey Engineering for $14,375. We need this for three reasons. Van Dyke needs it to complete the water audit they are doing for the whole Village. Cary Bickler, the Golf Course Architect, needs it for his analysis of our golf course, and we will need it soon for planning the delivery and distribution of reclaimed water in OHCC. Apparently, the reclaimed water will be sooner than originally thought. We approved expenditure to Van Dyke for the City of Oceanside plan check fees on the Pool Deck/Palm Court renovation for $11,477 and an additional $950 for elec-
trical engineering work to reduce our lighting expense by $100,000. It is good to have our plan check done now, so when our general contractor is selected, he can begin construction on time and not have any delays at the City of Oceanside. Acoustical Consultant, Jake Henricksen, for the digital audio mixing board for Abravenal Hall for $5,800. This is a programmable board that should be easier for our AV volunteers to accommodate all the various events we ask them to do. Canin Coatings for demolition, re-painting, drywall work, and acoustical panels for Abravenal Hall renovation for $65,000. Vortex Construction for the installation of automatic door closers off the Greenery Lounge to the Palm Court, similar to the entrance doors, for $17,798. We agreed to accept a donation of $3,500 from the Can Do Club towards the cost of the doors. Those were all the contracts we agreed to at the April 14th meeting. That is the report for April. The report for May will be written by Angela, as she has returned from her trip. I am going out on a limb again, and predicting that the May meetings will be broadcast and recorded.
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By David A. Hefler, Treasurer As we close 2013/2014 Fiscal Year, we are in strong financial condition with net reserves of $4,142,569. The statements reflect an operating surplus of $5,285, for the month of March, 2014, and a year-to-date surplus of $114,986. Significant year-to-date below-budget variances as of March, 2014 include the following: $22,751 Property Protection Services Contract $13,506 Clubhouse Gas $12,298 Bad Debt - Write-offs are less than 1% $10,816 Clubhouse Repair & Maintenance Significant year-to-date variances of unanticipated income as of March, 2014 include the following: $14,990 Transfer/Tenant Fees $20,900 Phone Directory Ads $8,686 Clubhouse Services (Room Rentals, Sodas, Coffee, Copies, and Faxes Our total assets of $5,029,533 include $3,597,274 worth of FDIC Insured Certificates of Deposit.
Landscape Committee By Alma Sisco-Smith, Chairperson
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Association News a possible design for the HOA Office and back gate. Another project area noted above for 2014 is LVW sprinkler upgrade. Committee members and the Landscaping staff have identified areas in need of possible upgrade. Current sprinkler heads use 1 to 2 gallons per minute compared to the new heads which use 0.4 to 0.6 gallons per minute, resulting in far less water loss due to run off. Villages interested in the new sprinkler heads may contact the Landscape Director, Tom Hogan, for “show and tell” demonstration. The Master Board also approved a Landscape Charter revision proposed by the Committee that essentially developed language to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the Committee and the Landscape Director/staff/ contractor, primarily focusing on mutual communication. One new tactic, for example, is at least a monthly “ride about” with the director. Staff and contractor has helped to improve an understanding of rationale in swapping out plants. This helps Committee members to respond to any Homeowner questions that may arise, helping to avoid misunderstandings, and most importantly to understand decisions that are needed. Over the next couple of months homeowners may see some areas, especially along the approach to the Back Gate, where large shrubs are being removed because some have died or are dying. Replacements may not be quite as large in new shrubs/trees, and will require time to fill out. Patience is required. And so, we move onward, with enthusiasm and interest. Committee meetings are the first Fridays of the month, at 10 a.m. in the HOA Conference Room. Homeowners are encouraged to attend.
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HOA Reminders OHCC residents: You have a one-in-576 chance to win a $50 gift card if you sign up for Auto Pay of your monthly assessments during the month of May! For your convenience, there is a form in this Newsletter for you to complete and bring in to the HOA Office to sign up. The payment is automatically taken out of your bank account between the 5th and 13th day of each month. Easy, Breezy! If, however, you decide to write a check and drop it off at the HOA Office each month, please be sure it gets to us at least one week before the end of the month. Remember, your payment is not ‘posted to your account’ until it is received at the corporate office. CLARIFICATION & REMINDER: The dumpsters in the community are for OHCC operations only. The Woodchucks commented that the bins are overflowing. Neither homeowners nor homeowners’ vendors are to use them for personal disposal. MOVING? If you are planning a move, either out of OHCC or within OHCC, please take the time to complete the Moving Form and bring it in to the HOA Office. It is mandatory and in your best interest that the HOA maintain current records of our residents. For example, vehicle information including decals and transponders, emergency guest information. Did You Know? The OHCC website has many conveniences and we will be highlighting one a month for you. WORK ORDERS ONLINE You can submit a Work Order from the OHCC website and attach a picture to it. Follow these simple steps. • First, take your picture and save it to your computer. • Log on to: www.oceanhillscountryclub.com • Hover over Services tab drop down menu • Select Submit a Work Order • Scroll down past the instructions • Click Submit a Work Order • Fill in your details as usual (Description, Village or Common Area and Work Order Type) • Upload your image by clicking Browse and select the image you saved on your computer. (Note that you are not required to attach an image submitting an on-line Work Order.) • Click Submit to electronically send your Work Order to the HOA Voila! Your Work Order arrives instantly at the HOA with your image attached. Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • May 2014 21
Safety Corner By Leonard Weinstein,
Director of Community Patrol Service (CPS) Hello residents of Ocean Hills Country Club. It’s old information, but it’s important. We still find multiple newspapers outside resident’s homes from time to time. Generally, it’s not an issue, but it only takes one. If you haven’t seen a neighbor in a while, if newspapers are piling up, if anything doesn’t seem normal, please check on your neighbor or inform an officer at the front gate. On the other end of that, please let a neighbor or CPS know if you’ll be away from home. A community that works together stays healthier and happier. The “move over law.” Haven’t mentioned this one in several years, when a resident wrote about it. In California, a driver is required to move into the far lane, if it can be safely done, when an emergency vehicle is stopped on the side of the road. Our beautiful, warmer weather is approaching and many more of us will be out walking. Be you a pedestrian or a driver there are things to consider. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way when crossing the street whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked. Wearing light colored clothing and/or reflective markings on your garments will help drivers see you. Carry a flashlight, a
cell phone and identification. Just some thoughts for everyone’s safety and wellbeing. The annual Emergency Monitoring System (EMS) testing is now some sixty days into the schedule and I’d like to thank all residents for the cooperation we’ve been receiving. This system, which is maintained by your HOA, is for your own protection. In the course of doing testing, officers have observed disconnected smoke detectors and keypads as well as cut wires. A suggestion, if you’ve had any electrical, telephone or painting work done, please call the front gate and a brief test will be conducted. Personal Preparedness Tip: Make duplicates of, and consider storing off-site: medical prescriptions, insurance papers and other important documents. SHOULD YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, THE FRONT GATE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 760-758-7111. Be SAFE, Be SMART, and most of all, BE HAPPY. Once again, thanks for your time and thanks for reading The Safety Corner.
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In the merry month of May, the Clubhouse is announcing that “Shred Day” is on its way. This event will be held in the Overflow Parking Lot on Saturday, May 17, 10 am to 2 pm. Community Patrol Services (CPS) will again sponsor the event. Residents only will be able to drop off two regular sized boxes of documents for disposal. Community Patrol Services will assist and direct traffic as needed. Thank you to CPS for providing this service for the Community, again, this year. The Chorale Society is holding their annual spring concert on Sunday, May 18 at 2 pm. The array of tunes come from the ’30s in keeping with the 30th Anniversary. The concert is free and refreshments will be served immediately following. Bunco Night is on the docks for Friday, May 16, starting at 6:30 pm. This is back by popular demand and in celebration of the 30th Anniversary. Our host for the evening
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will be, Louise Ries, our Event Coordinator. She will certainly provide an evening of antics, laughs and just plain old fun. If you have never played, please buy a ticket for $6.30. It is so easy to learn and even those who consider themselves less cerebral can pick up the game in no time. Food and prizes will be provided. The game calls the players to circulate from table to table, so keep that in mind, as there is a lot of up and down motion throughout the evening. The Oceanside Parade is on Saturday, June 28 and the staff will be working on getting the Clubs organized to participate as sign-ups are be taken at the Front Desk. If there are any individuals that wish to walk down 101 as we share in this year’s theme “Share the Pride” in Oceanside, celebrating the 30th Anniversary, be sure to sign up at the Clubhouse. Everyone will meet in the Overflow Parking Lot to be bussed over to the parade line-up areas. The pool areas have been recently refreshed with paint and the staff has made sure all systems are in proper working order as we head towards summer. With Memorial Day this month, the pool activity begins to increase. Please take notice of the pool rules and remember all guests must be accompanied by a resident. Shower before entering the pool, be respectful of others and swim with a smile! The pool aids that are located in the bins are for everyone to use and return when swim time is over. A while back there was an interest group started for
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Recreation News Zumba Gold, an exercise routine for older adults. The interest group sign-ups were significant so a class was started in April. Djana Venolia, a certified instructor from Brazil, led the class with energy and Latin music favorites. The class participants let loose during this invigorating, 50-minute dance-fitness workout that helps build endurance, improve balance and increase energy, this includes a warm-up and cool down. The class is held at 9 am on Fridays, drop-ins are welcome. The Recreation Department will have survived another “Spring Eggstravaganza,” and we are grateful to Cox Communications for helping sponsor this event, again, this year. See you in the Clubhouse to share in all the activities associated with the 30th Anniversary. Have you had your pictures taken for the Anniversary Coffee Table Book? The book has been so helpful over the years to identify residents that we may not know by name. Happy Mother’s Day to All!
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Employee Spotlight Amanda Rose Severn (Majul) was just married on March 17. Congratulate Mrs. Majul when you see her. Amanda Rose has been a CPS officer in our community since the beginning of November, 2013. In the short six months she’s been here, Amanda Rose has worked all shifts and has become proficient in the testing of our Emergency Monitoring Systems (EMS). A California native and “true military brat,” Amanda Rose was born on Camp Pendleton. As with many young people today, she loves playing video games. As with many women/wives, etc., she enjoys (no gender discrimination intended) shopping also. Amanda is an accomplished singer; you should hear her voice sometime. Amanda generally works our dayshift (7 am to 3 pm) although you may see her helping out, as needed, on almost any of our shifts; she’s just that type of person. Say hello to Amanda Rose when you see her.
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Clubs and Activities for non-members and guests is $105) in the Anglers Club check envelope at the Front Desk in the Clubhouse for this trip, as long as space is available. 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. Please join us at the May 13 meeting for fun and fellowship about angling in our local waters, and the latest “Fish stories” in preparation for our May trip. On Thursday, March 20, we had our last OHA golf tournament; Len Holness won first place, second place going to Rollin Grider, and third place to Dan Okada. Congratulations guys, we all had a good time, and we are looking forward future tournaments next year. At the April Club meeting we had a knot tying seminar presented by Club members preparing those in attendance for the first three-quarter day fishing trip in April. In March new member Patti Smith won the 50/50 drawing. At the May meeting we will have another big drawing with a chance for you to win some great prizes, if you have the lucky ticket. Donations are $5 for six tickets, or $1 each.
ART LOVERS CLUB
EVERYONE IS INVITED Friday, May 30 to Abravanel Hall where sculpture artist Lynne Forbes will create a sculpture from a model chosen from the audience! Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each or $5 for six. The grand prize winner will be the model for the sculpture and will receive the sculpture. A lunch (optional) of sliders, cookies and a beverage for $5 will be served beginning at 12:30 pm; the sculpture demonstration will begin at 1:30 pm. Lunch and raffle ticket sales will begin Thursday, May 1 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Concierge Desk and then each Monday and Thursday until May 22. Raffle tickets will also be sold on May 30 from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm. THE ENTIRE OHCC COMMUNITY IS INVITED. PLEASE ENJOY AN OPTIONAL LUNCH OR COME FOR THE DEMONSTRATION ONLY AS WE ALL OBSERVE SCULPTURE ARTIST LYNN FORBES AT WORK. Visiting art museums in Fallbrook, touring the Grand Tradition award-winning gardens and enjoying a sumptuous lunch while leaving the driving to our bus driver, provided a memorable day for Art Lover Club members in April.
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BOARD MEETINGS OHCC Session I Monday, May 12, 10 am Mykonos Room OHCC Session II Thursday, May 15, 9 am Mykonos Room VILLAGE MEETINGS Corfu Monday, May 12, 1:30 pm Ladies Club Room Cyrus Thursday, May 22, 1:30 pm Ladies Club Room Hydra Friday, May 16, 10 am Ladies Club Room Majorca Wednesday, May 28, 9 am Ladies Club Room Portofino Monday, May 26, 10 am Ladies Club Room Santorini Tuesday, May 13, 11 am Ladies Club Room COMMITTEE MEETINGS Architectural Review Committee Thursday, May 8 and 22, 9:30 am Homeowners Association Audio Visual Committee Tuesday, May 27, 11 am Clubhouse Community Service Committee Friday, May 9, 10 am Clubhouse Art Room Golf Course Committee Thursday, May 29, 2 pm Clubhouse Ladies Club Room Landscape Committee Friday, May 2, 10 am Homeowners Association Marketing & Communication Committee Wednesday, May 21, 10 am Homeowners Association Executive Committee Wednesday, May 28, 10 am Homeowners Association Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter â€˘ May 2014 31
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AUDIO VISUAL COMMITTEE
Chairman Bob Herrmann presented two recommendations to the Master Board in March. One recommendation was to purchase a new sound system for the Mykonos Room as recommended by our AV Consultant Jake Hendricksen. This new sound system will enhance the sound level in the Mykonos Room and deliver improved Master Board audio for live video viewing and recording on channel 12/865. The second recommendation was to replace the old Carvin mixer board in the AV booth. This board has been out for repair three times over the past four years and has proven unreliable. Chairman Herrmann recommended it be replaced with a new 32 channel digital Sound Expression board. The Master Board approved both purchases. A number of AV Volunteers attended an AV Training Orientation class. Subsequent training on advanced levels of Audio, Video, and Lighting will be presented throughout the year. Our volunteers continue to be supportive of Village Clubs and Recreation Staff events. Volunteers have been busy and many hours have been devoted to ensuring the success of the 30th Anniversary celebrations.
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We dance to a live Band on the second Friday of every month from 7 to 10 pm. Cost is $8 per member and $10 per nonmember. (Joining the Club is $6 per year.) Leave your checks (made out to the OH Ballroom Dance Club in the Ballroom Dance Club check 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 8, and so on. If your group is 3 people or less, you don’t need to come the host/hostess will seat you at the dance. For more information, call Debbie Machnick at 714-726-8483. May Dance: Our next dance is on May 9 and we’ll be dancing to the music of Synerjaz, a band rated highly by our members. Attire will be dressy tie optional. To our beginning dancers, our monthly dances offer you a place to practice what you’ve learned in a friendly environment. Please join us! Wednesday Beginner/Intermediate Dance Lessons (free): We’ll go over the rhythm and basic patterns of the various Ballroom dances. Lessons are in Abravanel Hall and open to all residents. Our instructors will teach a single dance for 4 to 6 weeks and then begin another
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Clubs and Activities dance. Single persons are welcome as we encourage our experienced dancers to attend and interact with participants. This month, we are teaching the Fox Trot and Waltz. Our tentative schedule: May 7: 2:30 – 4 pm: Fox Trot May 14: 2:30 – 4 pm: Fox Trot (or Waltz) May 21: 2:30 – 4 pm: Fox Trot (or Waltz) May 28: 3:30 – 5 pm: Waltz (note time change) Members are notified by email of any changes to the schedule. Monday Dance Lessons and Workshops: These lessons and workshops are in Abravanel Hall every Monday and open to all OHCC residents. Classes give participants a chance to learn new dances and/or advanced levels in core dances. We’ll generally alternate between professional instruction (attendees pay a small fee per lesson) for a number of weeks and then in-house directed review workshops (no cost). Member will be notified by email of the latest schedule. June Dinner Dance: Our June dance will be on June 13 and promises to be a great evening. We are working out the final details and will give you an update shortly. Keep Dancing!
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The Billiard Club is chugging away fullsteam, with both the old members and the 60+ new members blasting their way through this year’s 75 events. The first 4 Basic Lessons have been absorbed, with two more to go: “English” and “Position.” Then comes the Advanced Lessons. The minnows are growing, looking more shark-ish every day. Most afternoons all the pool tables have been in use, with residents having to wait to play. Our most recent tournament involved a rare three-person game called Cut-Throat, in which each player tries to eliminate the other two by sinking their 5 balls. Cut-Throat is typically a very casual and social game. Most pool games require the players to be quiet while the player about to shoot studies their options, but table talk is permitted in CutThroat as each player attempts to get the shooter to sink any ball except theirs. So the Billiards Room was abuzz on March 19 as the 24 tournament players beseeched each other to “do the right thing” and sink someone else’s ball. The final was between “A” player Earl Sherman, “B” player Ralph DiTursi and Novice Angie Whissle. Angie came in just before the tournament to sign up, but she could not because she was not a Club member. So she dashed off to the Front Desk and joined. Now, one hour after becoming a member, here she was in the finals of a
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Clubs and Activities tournament. The players were handicapped, but even so no one was surprised as Earl lined up the winning shot. But everyone WAS surprised when he mis-cued, allowing Angie to make the winning shot! She is surely the newest Club member ever to win a tournament. Angie received the coveted Club Visor (which cannot be purchased – it can only be awarded to a tournament winner or an instructor), and will see her name engraved on the brass winner’s plaque on the Club’s hallowed South Wall. Congratulate her when you see her next. Speaking of next, next month as nearly every month, there will be a technique lesson, and game lesson, a tournament, and several weekly group help sessions and individual coaching sessions. Any resident is welcome to come down and play pool without being a member, but if you enjoy the game we hope you will cough up the 7 bucks to join our Club, and participate in some of the 75 yearly billiards events. In the meantime, SHOOT STRAIGHT!
The Bingo Board of Directors has discussed concerns by regular players that our refreshments have been less than satisfactory. There have been complaints about the cakes and cookies that were served, but there seems to be many compliments
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when ice cream is served. Our intent is to try to satisfy as many of our patrons as possible, but we’ve discovered a major price differential between cookies and ice cream. It became clear that an increase in our entry fee for the evening would be necessary in order to upgrade our refreshments to a higher standard. At our Bingo Night (in March), we proposed an increase in the nightly fee from $7 to $8. A show of hands by the players indicated overwhelming approval. This not only allows us to improve the choice of refreshments, but will also allow us to set aside some funds against the need for new electronic equipment for our games in the future should it become necessary. Starting at our game on May 10, the cost to play will be $8, and we will be serving ice cream of various kinds, starting with “drumsticks” and the like. We know we can’t make everyone overjoyed, but we hope this is a step in the right direction. Thank you all for your participation.
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The meeting this month will be TUESDAY, MAY 27, 1 pm, in the Ladies Club Room. Light refreshments and socializing at 12:30 pm. Our program will be a wonderful video with Huell Howser discovering the Western Bluebird Recovery Program. Howser’s films are always interesting. Learn the need for increasing the Bluebird population, monitoring their growth, and learn how their nest boxes are situated and set up. Want to join the Club? Bring an $8 check to the meeting or leave it at the Front Desk in the Birdwatchers Club envelope. The number of Bluebird fledglings from all over California is entered into a data base at the California Bluebird Recovery Program which monitors Bluebird populations in relation to habitat destruction. Our Bird Club currently has 12 boxes located on our golf course and has been sending in our yearly data. The Club started monitoring and setting up boxes in 2009 and, to date, fledged 149 Bluebirds. Come to the meeting to meet our monitors and ask questions about our involvement with the Bluebird Recovery Program. The bird walk this month will be on TUESDAY, MAY 13, to the Buena Vista Park, Vista, not far from the back gate.
Meet at the overflow lot by 7:45 am to receive directions and form carpools. DEPARTURE IS 8 am. The trails are sandy and mostly flat with some small hills so wear sturdy shoes and bring a walking stick, if you use one. Also wear a hat and bring water. We have binoculars to borrow if you don’t yet have a pair. Buena Vista Park is reached by turning right from the back gate onto Shadowridge Drive then turning right onto Antigua Drive, before reaching Melrose Drive. There is plenty of parking across from the pond. A portable toilet is available. The Arroyo Vista Trail leads from the manicured park into a semi-wild natural area along Agua Hedionda Creek and passes through a dense riparian forest consisting of coast live oaks, arroyo willow, and sycamores, with an occasional toyon or sugar bush. The trail goes under the Melrose bridge by the Vista Firehouse and continues along the creek ending with a newly constructed bridge crossing the creek. Then another trail picks up winding through an open field and follows the creek for the return trip. The entire trail is 2.5 miles round-trip. There is a shorter circular route available without reaching Melrose Drive. Because there is some water in Hedionda Creek year round, it is a haven for birds. Over 80 species of birds both year-round residents and migratory visitors have been seen.
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Good morning boys and girls, and what a beautiful morning it is. The Bocce courts are in the best shape I have seen. So many players are joining in on the fun it looks like we will have to add more courts. That will scare “THE POWERS THAT BE” to death. Maybe it would be better to continue adding more play times instead. The Wednesday afternoon play and social time seems to be working out well for the new players, and even the oldies seem to enjoy the music and socializing. To answer the proverbial question, no, you don’t throw the ball straighter after a couple of drinks. At least I have found that it doesn’t work for me. Some discussion has been started regarding changing the playing time for Shuffleboard. Maybe a little entertainment would help that also. We are always looking for suggestions. Cinco de Mayo time is upon us and, if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you can leave a check in the Bocce Club check envelope at the Front Desk. This is always the best party of the year. Maybe it’s the unlimited margaritas that make it special. The music and margaritas and nachos in the galleria are always a great way to break the ice. Tickets are $28 for members and $32 for visitors. Music is by the MUSIC STATION, and is always great for dancing. Bocces for March are as follows: 3 for Al Fried, and Darryl Vincent; 2 for Bill Curtin and, Forrest Newburg and 1 for Priscilla Baker, Kate Butler, Jack Conifer, Betty Kaufman, Dee McGuire Harold McGuire, Mary Myers, Peggy Newburg, Bill Obermiller, Martha Russo and Judy Siwy. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL and keep those bocces rolling in.
2014 Schedule 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) 38 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • May 2014
BRIDGE FOUNDERS DUPLICATE
All was quiet on the Western Front in the month of April. High scorers for the month of March are as follows: In the N/S position we had Anne Caywood and Nancy Schummer with a 67.65%. In the E/W position we had Dan and Dolores Neilson with a 72.57%. Congratulations to all of you for such a good job. If you need a partner, please contact Nancy Read at 760-945-5637. She will do her very best to find you one.
BRIDGE FRIDAY PARTY
MAY FLOWERS; wild and nowhere are they more beautiful than in our own OHCC. Are you a new resident and play bridge? Please join us in Abravanel Hall on Friday. Regular sign-ups begin at 11 am and 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. March lst and 2nd winners were: Zita Rudvalis and Gloria Overall, Betty Gordon and Taka Kremer, Jackie Cohen and Marilyn Arnold and Annette Benchetrit and Shirlee Sampsel, respectively
BRIDGE THURSDAY NIGHT PARTY
May Flowers a’bloomen everywhere; the reward for withstanding the weary, dreary days of winter. 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. March winners were: Don and Shirlee Sampsel; Maxine Feller and Susan Cronenwett; Zita Rudvalis and Phyllis Ward and Ron and Jackie Torgerson.
Can-Do Club OH! Follies Report OH! Follies, has done it again! We raised enough money to donate approx. $3,500 toward the purchase of new, electric doors for the South side of the Clubhouse. Maximum joy for minimum effort. That is the motto of OH! Follies and we certainly were successful this year. With only two rehearsals and one show: Forty-four people in the cast, another 9 on the crew and a house full of supportive neighbors came together to create an afternoon of fun and raise some serious money. Yeah! Heartfelt thanks go out to several people whose efforts
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made this, arguably, our best outing ever. Thanks to Lyn Asaro, for penning the five year saga of Thelma and Louise. You have amused and charmed us all. Thanks to Cathy Lyness and Dennis Wilson, who conducted weekly improv acting classes. You have enhanced our performances. And to Merlee Sheridan, who bravely said she would be our accompanist without really knowing how much time and energy that would take, I say Brava! You did a splendid job and put all of our vocalists at ease. To Flo Hayos, My fellow spotlight operator (normally) in the booth, for daring to design the lighting for our little show without ever having done so before. You worked tirelessly and with great enthusiasm to bring new looks to our stage. Your work was awesome! To Tim O’Bryan, who boldly took lead on the technical side of the show by calling all cues to those in the booth. You got through some difficult situations with expertise,
grace and a sense of humor, the perfect combination to bring to live theatre, where things don’t always go as planned. The mark of a successful show is the staff who can adapt to the unexpected with ease. A very special thanks to Elizabeth Haynes, our beloved Costumer, who hand-crafted both the Sugar Plum Fairies tutus and the nuns habits used in our production. Your creative and delightful costumes have elevated the quality of OHCC shows for twenty-plus years. It has been our great pleasure to showcase your vintage costumes from the vault for the past two years. How lucky are we to have you! (I am attaching two photos of her costumes for possible inclusion in the newsletter) This list would not be complete without a bow to my husband, Al Fried, for staying the course during what has become a three month period of madness in our home. You held me through at least two nervous breakdowns this year (considerably fewer than last year, BTW), and I cherish and adore you for your selflessness. To the ticket sellers, the ushers, the Scooter Brigade and all those backstage and in the booth who supported our efforts: much thanks and congratulations. The gathering of this $3500 required the efforts of each of you. And Thanks to everyone who bought tickets for this annual frolic, and a special thanks to those who purchased Golden Tickets. You will always be special to us. Kate Butler, OH! Follies Director and Producer.
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Just a couple more weeks and we will be entertaining you at our FREE spring concert. It hardly seems possible that we have been practicing for 3+ months preparing to “wow” you but that is exactly what we have been doing! We hope you will be singing along with us as the music of the ’30s comes back to life. Although most of us do not remember this era, these songs are still being heard today! “It’s a Sin to tell a Lie” so that is what we would be doing if we told you that it is all work for us. It is not. It is fun! Where else can one get up on stage and sometimes make a fool of themselves and the audience laughs and claps? The answer is: Only at Ocean Hills Country Club! The Chorale will be all decked out in black and white in keeping with the era and we always have added surprises! The concert includes solos, duets, dancers, women’s quartet and the “Four Lads” will again be “performing.” Some of our four part renditions have been challenging but the chorale has risen to the occasion and is sounding very professional! Come spend 90 minutes with us and “Let Us Entertain You.” We promise to put a smile on your face and you will go home humming or singing some of the songs. It will be a great “Sentimental Journey” of some of the most memorable songs ever recorded.
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The Recreation Department will be providing refreshments and our Concert is FREE! Bring your friends and relatives. It would be nice to bring neighbors that do not drive. It will make their day! We hope to see you Sunday, May 18 in Abravanel Hall. Concert begins at 2 pm and doors open at 1:30 pm.
CINEMATIC AND MUSICAL ART APPRECIATION
WEEKEND FILMS: All 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 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm each day unless the film is over 2 hours and 20 minutes in length. When this occurs, the 5 pm show will be omitted. An additional Early Bird show at 11 am on Sundays has been introduced on a trial basis for only the most popular and critically acclaimed films. See the week’s movie program published every Thursday or also check 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 mid-May to mid-June are: “Her” (88); “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (86), “The Monuments Men” (58), “The Secret Life of
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Clubs and Activities Walter Mitty” (65) and “The Art of The Steal” (61). The numbers appearing after all film titles represent the combined average critical and popular ratings on a scale of 0 to 100 as published on the websites Rotten Tomatoes.com, Metacritic.com, and IMDB.com. A rating between 60 and 100 signifies the best films while 80100 are outstanding. Also, please check the Coming Attractions Bulletin Board posted outside the Men’s Clubroom for reserved films that are in theaters but not yet available in DVD. MIDWEEK FILMS: Critically acclaimed contemporary Foreign Films are 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 usually shown on alternating Fridays, 3 times per day. Potential titles are to be found on the Coming Attractions Bulletin Board. FOREIGN FILM CLASSICS: Scheduled on Monday, May 18 at 1 pm by the Foreign Film Classic Group is the great 1972 French social satire, mind bender and Oscar winner “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (82), directed by Louis Bunuel. MUSICAL FINE ARTS: The next Musical Fine Arts program is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, at 10 am when an orchestral and instrumental program will be presented featuring Frederic Chopin’s “Piano Concerto # 1” and Franz Schubert’s two sets of “Impromptus for Piano, Opus 90 and 142.” 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 2014/2015 annual program which can also be found in the literature racks adjacent to the Clubhouse Front Desk. Frank Petronella 760-414-9070, email@example.com
On Sunday, March 30, almost 200 people celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Ocean Hills Country Club at a party sponsored by the Garden Club. Guests enjoyed homemade cupcakes frosted and decorated by the very talented Elease Scarbossa and her daughter, Lucia, who are friends of the event co-chair Sondra Peppe. Members were very generous with donations of succulents and flowers for the raffle and there were many happy winners. Co-chairs Ellen Nelson and Ann Mulvey want to thank everyone who helped make this party so much fun and so successful. Club members should mark their calendars for Wednesday, December 10, for the Garden Club Holiday Tour. During this new Garden Club endeavor, four residents will open their doors for us to enjoy and marvel at their festive holiday decorations. All proceeds will go to the OHCC Beautification Fund. More details will follow. The presentation, Houseplants to Brighten Your Home, 42 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • May 2014
will be held at the next meeting on Wednesday, May 14. The guest speaker, Doris Soyland, will begin at 10 am. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 am and the general meeting will follow the presentation. Doris Soyland has been in the nursery business for thirty years and has been a Green Thumb Nursery employee for at least 25 years. Green Thumb is a full service nursery in San Marcos featuring annuals, perennials, Ornamental shrubs, and trees. It has a large selection of hanging baskets, many vegetables, including 50 types of heirloom tomatoes, ground covers, and aquatic plants and, since exotic houseplants are one of its specialties, Soyland will describe how to decorate the inside of our homes with plants. She will help us choose the right plant for each area in our homes. For example, some houseplants thrive in darker areas and some plants freshen the air in a home. She will introduce us to houseplants that are easy to care for, and she will bring many plants for us to look at and to buy. Her presentation will include time for questions. Soyland is an Advanced California Certified Nursery Professional for over twenty years and is knowledgeable about many plants. While working at Green Thumb, she has noticed the low maintenance and low water-use gardens are their biggest sellers. She has been the buyer of succulents for the past eight years, and she is amazed at the increase in their popularity and sales. Soyland began her love affair with plants in a small nursery in Vista where she learned from two co-workers whom she claims forgot more about plants than she could ever learn. During our interview Soyland exclaimed more than once that, “she loves what she does.” She claims roses are her favorite flowers, but admits she does not have any in her yard. At age 75 she has made the decision to work outside her home selling plants instead of staying home to tend plants.
GARDENING NEWS by Melvina Terry
It’s planting time. Start with good soil preparation. Spread 4” well-decomposed compost on your flower beds. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of super phosphate over each 3’ x 3’ area or use a fertilizer like Start-and Grow, 6-2020 to provide phosphorus. Our village soil will benefit from pearlite to keep the granite from compacting back together. Turn all of this over at least 12” deep. Since all danger of frost is now past, it is time to prune back your plants. Any plant that you wish thicker (i.e.: fuchsias) should be pinched off at the branch end. Two branches will grow where there was one. Plant these in the shade: begonias, caladium, coleus, forget-me-nots and impatiens. Watch for mildew. When found, spray with Funginex immediately. Plant dahlia and begonia tubers. Spray for insects only if needed. Continue to use systemic every 6 weeks. Items from your pantry can be used in place of store bought garden products. Two tablespoons of household ammonia to one quart of water can be used to douse new cuts or breaks on woody caned plants, i.e.: roses, trees and shrubs. Use 2 tablespoons of bleach and 1 tablespoon of dish soap to a half gallon of warm water and scrub flower
Clubs and Activities pots with a rough scouring pad to remove white crust and algae. As an insect preventer, mix 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap to a gallon of water and spray everything in your garden. To discourage aphids, emulsify an onion in a quart of water, strain and use 2 tablespoons of this in a gallon of water together with 1 tablespoon of dish soap and spray everything in your garden. Use fresh or dry spearmint blended with water to antagonize ants. Use coffee grounds to increase the acidity in the soil for acid loving plants. Dust red pepper around flower beds to discourage the local dog and cat population from using your area for a litter box. Use salt to kill weeds between stones, driveways or patios. Next month, I will tell you what you can use from your refrigerator.
The next special tournament on our lovely course, sponsored by Fairwinds Ivey Ranch, will be held on Monday, May 5 and Tuesday, May 6. Money should have been in April 27. If you are a late signup, call Marilyn Vetlesen at 760-940-0321. It is not too late to play. Guys and Dolls will be Saturday, May 10. Please get your team members and $4 per person into the Guys and Dolls box by May 3. The next Touring Amateurs will be held on May 19 at the Pala Mesa Golf Resort on Highway 395 in Fallbrook. The price is $41 and our sponsor is Walgreens Pharmacy. Please get your money and team members names to the Demarest’s home by May 12. A special prize of $200 was awarded to Jack Stanley for his hole-in-one on Hole #7, courtesy of the Renee and Wes Kelson’s special “Touring Amateurs” prize pool. Bigtime congratulations to Jack and a giant thanks to the Kelsons. Keep July 16 open as we will be having our general meeting in conjunction with our annual Derby Tournament organized, once again, by Jack Stanley. The tournament will be followed by an exciting Country Western Dinner Dance on the Lanai. Fun for everyone!
Do you need a temporary loan of medical equipment? Helping Hands maintains an inventory of wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes and shower chairs for 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. Please note that we can no longer accept potties for sanitary reasons. We are presently over stocked with them and charities have refused to accept them. Thanks for your support. Dan Vervisch 760-724-4746; Tim Wilbur 760-639-5221; Jack Collar 760-598-0580; Dan Mathews 760-724-2744
Our membership is inching up, but is still behind last year. Please remember that your Library is self supporting; in other words each of you determines how many books we are able to purchase each month. Only members may sign up for the new books and only
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Clubs and Activities members may check out books on the Reserve Shelf. Just imagine, you can have all that for just $15 per year per household. So, if you’re not already a member, please join now. We truly appreciate our members and all the donations we receive, including paperbacks, hardbacks and money. Thank you all so much.
NEW BOOK PURCHASES – APRIL 2014
Title, Author, Category • AFTER I’M GONE, Laura Lippman, FIC • CONCEALED IN DEATH, J.D. Robb, FIC • DEAD WATER, Ann Cleeves, FIC • DEPT. OF SPECULATION, Jenny Offill, FIC • DOING HARM, Kelly Parsons, FIC • DUTY, Robert M. Gates, BIO • FINGAL O’REILLY, IRISH DOCTOR, Patrick Taylor, FIC • THE FOREVER GIRL, Alexander McCall Smith, FIC • GLITTER AND GLUE, Kelly Corrigan, NON FIC • KILLER, Johnathan Kellerman, FIC • LOST LAKE, Sarah Addison Allen, FIC • MIRAGE, Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul, FIC • THE SECRET OF MAGIC, Deborah Johnson, FIC • SOMERSET, Leila Meacham, FIC • TATIANA, Martin Cruz Smith, FIC • UNDER FIRE, Fred Burton & Samuel M. Katz, NON FIC • UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY, Nancy Horan, FIC • WORTHY BROWN’S DAUGHTER, Phillip Margolin, FIC • ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION, Fannie Flagg, LG PRT
The time is getting close for the second OHSPA concert of the year and OHSPA is bringing you not one, but two gold star groups direct from Las Vegas! The first one is the sensational and highlysuccessful production: SUPREME REFLECTIONS! This is a tribute to the music of Diana Ross and The Supremes and Motown. Remember “Baby Love,” “Stop In The Name of Love,” and “You Can’t Hurry Love?” These are just some of the many hits you will enjoy from the dynamic songbook of the fabulous Supremes. Diana Ross left the Supremes in January 1970 and there have been several “versions of the Supremes.” This cast stays true to the original recordings and their costume changes are superb. This exhilarating musical revue has been thrilling audiences with great choreography, boundless energy, humor and, of course, instantly recognizable classic pop songs that have become timeless. But that’s not all! We are also presenting the “AMAZING PLATTERS” and with a live band. Their harmony and smooth moves are superb and they look great. The bass/baritone, Eddie Daniels has been singing for 54 years and with the Platters. Their synchronized dance steps and four-part 44 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • May 2014
harmonies are like no others. OHSPA is bringing you two Las Vegas shows for the low price of $30 a ticket and heavily subsidized by OHSPA. Stop at the Front Desk in the Clubhouse to buy your tickets now! Concert begins at 7:30 pm on May 3, and doors open at 7 pm. See you at curtain time!
PET LOVERS CLUB
Remember to keep your pets safe. Some of our pets escape their homes and get lost and some get into things that can be toxic to them. In March, a beloved female cat got out and was, unfortunately, attacked by a coyote. Someone found the collar and returned it to the owner. Remember, this is the time of year coyotes are searching for food to feed their pups. We also had two dogs that got out of their houses/yards. Neither had collars or tags, but we were able to re-unite owners and pets quickly because our fellow pet lovers recognized the dogs or they received my emails. Please, we cannot stress it enough that you need to keep a collar with current contact information on your pets at all times so it makes it easier to contact you should your pet be found in the village. You should be sure your pet is listed in your records and that the information is correct. Below is a list of things around your home that are toxic to your pet. 1. Prescription Human Medications. Heart medications, antidepressants and pain medications. Place your medications out of reach of your pet. 2. Insecticides. Insecticides are used in the yard, home and on pets. Always read the label before using any insecticide on your pet, in your home or in your yard. 3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications. Overthe-counter human products, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and herbal supplements. Many of these products are tasty to pets, and some can be life threatening if ingested. 4. Household Products. Household toxins range from fire logs to cleaning products. 5. People Food. Human foods are often appealing to pets, especially dogs. Pets can get themselves into serious trouble by ingesting onions, garlic, grapes, raisins and the sugar substitute xylitol, among other common food items. 6. Veterinary Products and Medications. Flavored tablets make it easy to give your pet pain or joint medication, but it also makes it more likely for them to ingest the entire bottle if given the chance. 7. Chocolate. Too much chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate and seizures. 8. Rodenticides. When putting out baits to kill mice and rats, never underestimate the resourcefulness of your pet. Depending on the type of rodenticide, ingestion can cause internal bleeding, kidney failure or seizures. 9. Plants. Lilies can cause kidney failure and death in cats. 10. Lawn and Garden Products. Fertilizers, which can be made of dried blood, poultry manure and bone meal, are very attractive to pets.
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Our next regular Club meeting is on Wednesday, May 14, 4 pm, in the Mykonos Room. We usually have approximately sixty people in attendance including regular members, new members and guests. It’s a great way for new residents and members to see what the “Racquet Club” is all about! President Herb Livsey presides and apprises attendees of the Racquet Club “state of affairs. “Additionally, members report on events and issues past, present, and future. Herb Livsey, Bill Walsh, and Al Harruff will head up a 30-Year Anniversary event–our own Olympics. Sports that will be represented in the competitions will be tennis, table tennis, pickleball, water volleyball, golf, bocce, and billiards. The event is planned for August 7 to 8, and awards will be given out at the August 30 Concert on the Green celebration. Many Racquet Club members will be called on to assist in these games. The entire event should be a lot of fun for everyone. The Racquet Club’s 6th Annual Tennis Exhibition Match is coming back again this year on Thursday, June 12. We have some of the best tennis players in the area coming to play plus an extra surprise this year. Space is limited! You won’t want to miss out, so turn your check in now made out to OHCC Racquet Club - $8 members and $10 non-members and, please put “Exhibition” in the memo area. Final Deadline is Friday, June 6, unless sold out! Pickleball lessons for beginners will resume sometime on May 17. These lessons are held on Saturdays at 9:15 am at the HOA courts for new players as well as those novice players wanting to improve their game. Thank you all teachers for volunteering their time and effort to teach this popular game! Jim and Cecelia Quinn have volunteered to run the second pickleball tournament of the year on Thursday, June 5. It is great to see members step up and take on running an event–not only is it fun to work with friends, taking on this challenge together, but you can come away with new relationships with other players. Thank you Jim and Cecelia! Don’t forget–you can find all 2014 Racquet Club information and photos at our website: http://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.
The trip to Borrego Springs was outstanding! For three days several rigs circled the wagons and experienced dry camping by Clarks Dry Lake. Exploring peaks and badlands, stargazing in an amazingly clear sky, building great bonfires and, of course, enjoying great food and fellowship made the three-day outing very memorable. The dry-campers joined a much larger group in Borrego Springs to continue exploring the Borrego Springs Valley. The Arturo Beceda sculptures were awesome! Being able 46 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • May 2014
to drive very close to the sculptures and see the great details made everyone fully appreciate the great work. More stargazing, searching for wild flowers, golf, food and fun made the trip fabulous. Thanks Steve and Jan Malone and Rollin and Linda Grider for a great trip. The next Club trip required very little travel. A visit to the Craftsmanship Museum, followed by pizza and craft brew tasting required only a short trip to Carlsbad. Fifty members enjoyed viewing the intricate models produced by obviously avid hobbyists which were on display at the Craftsmanship Museum. The trip for pizza and brews was very short but well worth the drive. The May activity will provide more variety. The Lot Party is planned. The Club actually does have a party at the RV Lot. There will be music, dancing, the chance to tour some RV’s, and ever-present food and fun!
The Sailing Club’s next group activity will be a visit to San Diego Harbor to see the replica of the San Salvador, Juan Cabrillo’s flagship, being constructed by the San Diego Maritime Museum in Spanish Landing Park off Harbor Drive. The trip will take place on Tuesday, May 13, and admission is a $5 donation to the Maritime Museum to support its activities. There is a signup sheet at the Clubhouse to facilitate organizing carpools, since Spanish Landing is not easily accessible from the Coaster. Sign up indicating whether you can drive or need a ride. Contact Fleet Captain, Forrest Newburg, if you have questions. On Saturday, July 12, the Club is taking a three-hour sail on the Spirit of Dana Point, a replica of an 18th century privateer used in the American Revolution. Cost is $40 per person, which includes refreshments during the sail. The event is fully booked, but there is a short waiting list, so you could still attend, if there are cancellations. Contact John Misterly or Bob Kopolow if you are interested in participating. Events coming up this summer are the Summer Party on Saturday July 19 and the Club Regatta in August. Mel Feintuch will chair the summer party and Fleet Captain, Forrest Newburg, will organize the regatta. More details to follow. The Club will be hosting an OHCC 30th Anniversary Hot Dog Sale event on Tuesday, September 30. Natalia Pedigo and Susie Kopolow are chairing this event. Carol Barry and Bonnie Gardner are chairing the Club’s planned trip to Catalina on October 22-24. A deposit of $100 per person is requested to reserve a place for this trip. As of the April Sailing Club meeting, the event is about half full. Commodore Paloutzian indicated that, if the event is not fully booked by June 1, it would be opened to non-members. More details, including the total cost, will be given at future meetings. Signups were started for two-day sails in April. Check either the Club website or the Sailing Club folder at the Clubhouse Front Desk to see which captain is taking out a boat, and on which date. The Sailing Club website contains a link that informs users about future sails and
Clubs and Activities 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 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 May 6 to enjoy delicious snacks and drinks, and to sign up for upcoming events. Refreshments are served at 7 pm and the business meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Don’t forget your nametags and your checkbooks!
SENIOR FITNESS CLUB
The Senior Fitness Club meets Tuesdays at 1 pm and Thursdays at 11 am in Abravanel Hall. The annual dues are $5 and the class fee is $3 per class. The classes consist of low-impact exercise, including balance and coordination, flexibility and range of motion, stretching and strengthening. Come on down and join us! Instructor, Carl Grubbs, is a Senior Fitness Coach who has taught Senior Fitness classes at OHCC and other locations for over 12 years. He has won numerous medals in the Senior Olympics.
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 We have two fun things coming up; the first is our potluck luncheon and the second, a bus trip to Hoffman Fabrics. If you want to attend either function you will need to sign up ASAP. The luncheon is on May 29 at 11:15 am in the Mykonos Room. It is potluck and there is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board to the left as you enter the sewing room. Put your name in the column under what you would like to bring. There will be an interesting speaker as well as a great lunch. June 19 is the field trip to Hoffman Fabrics, the company that makes Bali Pops. If you don’t know what Bali Pops are then you owe it to yourself to Google “Bali Pops” and check out the beautiful colors. They are Batik fabrics cut in strips and packaged in a coordinated color set. Absolutely gorgeous! We will be visiting their design center. Lunch, which is included, will be at the Cafe Jardin in the Sherman Gardens. Sign up by putting your check for $74 in the Sewing, Etc. envelope at the Front Desk. There are only 30 seats and after May 8 the trip will be made available to the OHCC community. The $74 per person is all inclusive - bus, lunch, tax and tip. Be at the Overflow parking lot to board the bus at 8:30 am; we leave promptly at 8:45 am. This is the first bus trip the
Sewing Club has had in the 4 years I have been a member and it should be a great day. We are not just gadding about; we also have some upcoming crafts in May. First will be a class on paper piecing. This is a technique used in making quilts and wall hangings. A sample of the project will be displayed at the business meeting, May 1. The second project is to finish working on the table decorations for the May luncheon. The luncheon committee has been hard at work but can still use some help. The May 1 meeting will also have a fashion show of “Blooming T-shirts.” If you don’t know what these are, come and see the show. See us at www.ohccsewingclub.com.
January marked the final event for the Solos Club. On January 20, at a dinner catered by Bobby’s Hideaway, the group had some fun, played some games and distributed all the decorations and left over items in our “cabinet.” It was fun to see how “happy” people were to receive this memorabilia. Earlier the membership voted to distribute any remaining funds in the treasury. Now that the caterer has been paid and the accounts balanced it was my pleasure to deliver checks for $280 to each of the following organizations; Can Do Club, C.E.R.T., Library, and OHSPA. Our membership has been extremely generous over the years, paying for the shades on the Lanai, contributing to the holiday fund each year, and hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for Clubhouse staff. So it is quite appropriate that the last act of SOLOS should be to support these four worthy groups. Thanks to all those who made SOLOS successful for so many years!
APRIL - Theatre Arts members enjoyed the talents of students from the Al Valletta Studio at our meeting on April 7. We were treated to performances by students of all ages, demonstrating both dramatic and comedic sketches. We would also like to congratulate all members of the cast and crew of the OHCC 30th Anniversary play, THE CURIOUS SAVAGE, by John Patrick, for their hard work, dedication, and skill in the performances. Thank you to everyone in the community who supported this ambitious endeavor! MAY - LET US ENTERTAIN YOU! Members only…May 5 at 7 pm in Abravanel Hall, featuring young people from STAR Kids! Show choir, consisting of 24 children ranging in age from 7 to 12. Their 2014 spring routine is called “Beach City Blast.” This high energy medley features some of the best tunes from the 60’s, including Catch a Wave, Kokomo, Little Deuce Coupe, Little Old Lady from Pasadena, Surfin USA and more. You can’t help but clap your hand to the music as they dance and sing their way into your hearts! Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • May 2014 47
Clubs and Activities Also performing is the 6 member STAR Glee Club spring routine takes on newer decades. Come along with us as they sing and dance to popular songs, such as The Climb, Light up the World, and Call me Maybe, in a musical make-over, “Glee style!” Both groups are under the direction of the STAR Theatre Company’s Resident Music Director Sandra Kopitzke and both are part of the STAR Theatre Academy of Acting Music and Dance. Join us at 6:30 pm to hear a performance by WEE 3 Helen Sloan, Renee Kelson, and Lyn Asaro. JUNE - Our June 2 party is in the planning stages, but promises to feature fabulous food and great entertainment, and is open to all. Stay tuned for details! JULY - Once again, we will have a Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet to encourage all residents to learn about the activities of Theatre Arts and come and join us! This event will be free and open to all residents of OHCC, and will be held on July 24. Watch for your invitation in your tube!
Monthly Meeting will be held on May 12, Abravanel Hall, 6:30 pm. Our monthly meetings begin
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with socializing, refreshments, and sign-up for day trips. After the short business meeting we generally enjoy a travel-related presentation by DVD or guest speakers. Available Upcoming Trips: June 17 –“The Getty Center”- $63 - We’ll spend the day exploring the many areas of the Getty Center, whether it’s the arts, architecture or gardens. Docent-led tours and a pre-ordered picnic lunch are also available. July 26 –“The Magic Castle”- $118 - It is a very rare opportunity that we were able to book this event at the Magic Castle. It’s an exclusive club for magicians, who audition to become members. Magicians will thrill us with stand-up acts, some with large-scale illusions. Others perform miracles with ropes, cards, rings, and more, and may blow you away with some amazing mind-reading. We will enjoy a champagne brunch at 12:30 pm. Detailed flyers on all trips sponsored by the Travel Club are located in the Trip racks at the Clubhouse. If you are not a Travel Club member, add an additional $5 per person to the price of the trip. All our Day Trips leave from the Overflow Parking Lot in a comfortable tour bus. 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, 760295-8990.
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Do you have a favorite holiday? Do you have a favorite month of the year? This year’s Village Dancers’ production of “Dancing Along the Holiday Road” will be filled with your favorites! Our tap, jazz, and theater dance instructor, Ellie Oakley, has truly created a wonderful show for you. We’re sure the music and dancing will stir up memories of past holidays and seasons. Needless to say, we are practicing a lot. We have ordered most of our costumes, and they are dazzling! Like every year, our dancers are truly dedicated and spend their own money for these fabulous costumes. This year, Marilee Garcia, our Hawaiian instructor and Sharon Lair, our belly dance instructor, have each choreographed special dances for our show So, please join us for “Dancing Along the Holiday Road.” We know you will be leaving Abravanel Hall dancing and singing too. We will be having two performances both starting at 7:30 pm. The first performance will be Friday, June 27 and the second performance will be Saturday, June 28. The seating will be cabaret style, and wine will be served. Tickets are $15 and will go on sale May 27 in the Galleria at 8 am. Then tickets will be available at the
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Howdy Pardner! Our class of 2014 is moving right along very nicely. We are beginning our fifth month of learning the Mainstream steps. When that is completed, they will be half way to graduation. The best part is that everybody is having a great time. Laughter and hugs abound. As our thirtieth year moves forward, we would like to take a moment to look back at one of our couples who were presidents in 2008, Len and Clarice Holness. After a full life of raising two sons, and two very interesting careers, one in the Aerospace industry, starting with NASA and continuing on to Hughes Aircraft, and the other as an Accountant for the IRS, they decided to move to Ocean Hills Country Club in 2004. They had danced all of their lives, but never square danced at that point. As Len tells it, their next door neighbors badgered and bugged them for a couple of years. It was Clarice who finally made the decision that they should try it, and dragged Len kicking and screaming to the first dance
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Clubs and Activities January, 2005. This story may sound familiar to you, as I bet this sort of thing happens a lot around here. As with many, they found it to be great fun and continued. Now they belonged to the Square Dance Club, the Doo Wop Club, and the Ball Room Dance Club. They obviously love to dance. In 2007 they were elected as Vice Presidents, with Roy and Irma Junknath as Presidents. The Junknath’s had quite a few medical problems that year, so it became necessary for the Holness’s to do much of their work too. It is understood that when you are Vice Presidents, you will be presidents the next year, so Len and Clarice took on that responsibility in 2008. At the time, there was very little computer communication with club members. We can credit the Holness’s with moving our Club into the 21st century, and putting us on the Web. They handled much of their work with email and built a website for the Club. When Len and Clarice took the Presidency, the Square Dance Club, was floundering. They had had only two graduating students the year before, and the numbers had been dwindling for several years. The Club could not survive with so few students. Something needed to change! In an effort to encourage more people to come to the classes and become members, it was decided by the board to soften the rules for membership. The Club would now
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Clubs and Activities accept singles! It worked, the Club has survived, and we continue to give great joy to anyone in the village who wants to join and can manage the steps. Len and Clarice will be celebrating their 55 wedding anniversary this June. We want to congratulate them.
The May meeting of the Village Vets features the Captain of the USS Boxer that was involved in the rescue of the real-life “Captain Phillips.” In 2009, the cargo ship Maersk Alabama was stormed by four Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Richard Phillips was taken hostage in a small red lifeboat. Captain Mark Cedrun was given the mission to keep the lifeboat out and start negotiating with the pirates. Captain Cedrun will tell the real-life version of exactly what took place, how many task forces were there and whether “Hollywood” got it right! He will have a video “show and tell” and will take questions after he finishes with his presentation. Please mark your calendars now and plan on attending this very informative meeting. The Ocean Hills Village Vets Club feels honored to have this Navy Captain coming to our village to give us the real facts on exactly what took place in rescuing “Richard Phillips” and what has happened to the lead pirate. The Maersk Alabama was the first American ship hijacked in that area! The meeting is May 22, at 3 pm in Abravanel Hall. Not a member yet? Just put your check for $10 in the Village Vets envelope at the Front Desk. All residents of the village are invited to become members. You do not have to be a Veteran to join. We hope to honor Captain Cedrun, USN (Ret) with a “full house” at this meeting.
WALKERS AND HIKERS
We are going to be busy this month as we will have a business meeting and two hikes on our schedule in May. The business meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6 in the Ladies Club Room at noon. Before the meeting there will be a social time which will start at 11:30 am. There will be a program on the Club’s recent trip to Las Vegas to visit Hoover Dam and hike Red Rock Canyon and to Beatty Nevada to hike in Death Valley. If you would like to know more about our Club, please join us and find out what we do. The first hike this month will be on Thursday, May 8. On that day we will be going to Black Mountain near Poway to hike the Miner’s Ridge Trail. Black Mountain has any number of excellent trails and is suitable for any level of walking, hiking or ambling. The trail we will be taking is rated as a moderate hike but, as usual, there will be an easy portion for those who want to do just that much. After the hike we will be having lunch at The Elephant Bar Restaurant in Rancho Bernardo. Our second hike of the month will be on Friday, May 23 at Guajome Regional Park in Oceanside. This park is nice and close and it is an easy hike around it with a few rolling hills and a nice pond and a lake to walk around. There are a lot of birds in the area and an abundance of 52 Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • May 2014
waterfowl around the lake and pond. We will be going to Mariscos Las Palmas Restaurant in Vista after the hike. This is one of our favorite places to go for an excellent Mexican lunch. 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.
There is now a Beer Tasting Group within the Wine Club. It will act like the Wine Tasting Group. There will be a host and a presenter, a tasting fee, and will meet each month. Currently, we have Group A (known as the Ale Group) and the coordinator is Glenn Tremblay. Anyone who is a member of the Wine Club will be eligible to join the Beer Tasting Group with no additional membership fee. If you are not a member of the Wine Club and want to join the Beer Group, the membership fee is $10 per person. If you are interested, there is a sign up list in the Wine Tasting Club envelope at the Front Desk in the Clubhouse. The Wine Club is having its Summer Party for all the groups on June 12. The theme is a beach party on the Ocean Hills Clubhouse Lanai. There will be food, wine, beer and music.
Sixteen years ago after being removed from the Clubhouse, the woodshop was moved to the maintenance building in a little space behind the toilet used by fifty workers from O’Connell or anybody else who happened to come along. On top of that, the toilet leaked into the shop and we could not get it water tight for some reason or other. A life preserver was hung on the wall with the caption under it saying, “To be used in case of flood.” This did the trick and we have been dry ever since. John Manning was our speaker at the last meeting and everybody was amazed at his skill at making puzzles. We all agreed that his patience for this craft was not easy and took a lot of skill. Heads were shaking all over the room. Mike Thorton gave a presentation of the Woodchucks up and coming web site. Boy did we look good. He asks that, if there is any suggestions just give him a call and
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Clubs and Activities discuss your ideas or concerns. One-third of the year has already passed so it is time to get serious about making toys for the Camp Pendleton Marine children. All sorts of patterns have been put on display in the paint room. People who have signed up to help will be called as they are needed. If you want to give it a try and cut out some toys, just see Murph Haugen, Bob Allen, Bob Mellman at the shop. If you wish to see if anyone is at the shop, just dial 760-758-6234. Please do not go behind the table saw if it is being used. Tape has been put on the floor as a reminder. Always lift the release handle on the table saw fence when you are finished. This helps keep the fence in good working order. As always check to see if it is aligned properly before using. Remember to measure twice before cutting. The next meeting will be on June 12. The meeting should be very interesting and the snacking is always the way to go. Keep the cans and plastic bottles coming and support your Club.
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First, the Board would like to thank all members of the Club, as well as non-members, who supported the Bagel Run – our fund raiser. This was one of the rare occasions when you can have your cake (or should we say your bagel) and eat it too. Mazel Tov (congratulations) to all of us who partook in some delicious bagels while supporting the Yiddish Club. Now that the Passover is behind us, we can look forward to some new culinary delights. And what could be more geshmak (delicious) than a traditional Yiddish Luncheon! So hurry to your calendars and mark this day: Sunday, June 8, at 11:30 am in Abravanel Hall. The luncheon will be catered by “New York On Rye,” served at your tables by two local kukhers (chefs): Jay Margolin, restaurateur and Rich Huarte, who worked for 10 years as a fine dining and pastry chef. Now both operate two “N.Y. On Rye,” catering trucks on the road six to seven days a week. They will bring us, for our onbaysn (meal, lunch), straight from our kitchen, chopped liver, corn beef, pastrami, turkey on corn rye bread, knishes, coleslaw, potato salad, tomato, onion and pickles and DR Brown sodas. And if you don’t salivate yet, just think about the dessert. We will have Belgium Cherry Chocolate Brownies and Carrot Cake.
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Clubs and Activities Also, BY REQUEST ONLY, we could pre-order a number of Orzo Grilled Vegetable Salads and sugar free desserts. Entertainment will be provided by komiker (comedian) Gary Wolf. And best of all, you can have all this for just $25 for paid members or $30 for non-members. A true metsie (bargain). Tickets will go on sale at the Concierge Desk Friday, May 9, from 10 am to 1 pm. Bring the bottom of your flyer filled out with names and phone numbers along with your checks made out to O.H. Yiddish Club for a table of 10, OR drop off at the Front Desk for the Yiddish Club check envelope and we will select a table for you. Deadline will be Sunday, May 18 at 5 pm. Any questions please call: President Joyce Gerber at 760-941-2596. Then on Monday, August 18, we can tsuhern zikh (listen) to a presentation by Ruth Mastroni, a very impressive woman from Oceanside who traveled to Israel for many years as an Ambassador of SoCoCo Intercultural National Project for Volunteers for Israel. More information to follow. On Monday, September 22 at 4 pm a special movie showing: “A Yiddish World Remembered,” with diskusye (discussion) to follow. This will bring back fond memories of our younger years. Worthwhile to see! Limited seating. On Monday, October 27, the evening will be all about
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“Yiddish.” We are proud to have with us Yale Strom and wife Elizabeth Swartz, who will speak about when Yiddish started and where it is haynt (today). Elizabeth will entertain us with her beautiful voice. Lesof (finally), please prepare yourselves to finish 2014 with a big bang. Sunday, December 21, at 11:30 am, we will have our traditional Festival of Lights Luncheon. Details to follow.
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“Dennis the Computer Doctor” Mobile Computer Repair at your Home Servicing Ocean Hills for over 10 Years Hundreds of Happy Customers 760-598-6222 CAREGIVER who enjoys working with the elderly seeks FT employment. Will help with: dressing, grooming, cooking, appointments and light housekeeping. Elaine, 760-208-8922. (5-14) Housekeeper/Assistant Light to heavy cleaning. Move-ins / outs. Detail oriented. Pet friendly. English speaking. Free estimates. Local Oceanside resident. Linda, 619-847-3630
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Transportation Services TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
Also available for transportation to/from airports, train stations, cruise ships and personal appointments
Resident of OHCC for 5 Years
Creative Garden Designs by Andrea Loosen 760.213.8841 Complete Landscape Services Available • Customized Landscape Plans • Low-Maintenance Solutions • Complete Installation & Irrigation
• Garden Consultations & Makeovers • Appropriate Plant Selections • Landscape Maintenance Service
Serving Ocean Hills Clients for over 5 Years Ocean Hills Country Club Newsletter • May 2014 59
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