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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF SWEETGRASS • JUNE 2022

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Beat the Heat Without Breaking the Bank. . . 4 Talkin’ Turpie: Hurricane/Storm Season.. . . . 10 Crossword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The Essential Items Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Support Local Farmers Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Much ado about mustard.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Calendar.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 Recipes.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Residents Cycle the Texas MS150. . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 The Sweet Sound of Sugarland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 CCGA's.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Neighborhood Rep Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 THE OF

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ith both temperatures and energy prices on the rice, summer in the Houston area can quickly become an expensive time of year! Being mindful of energy consumptions can help reduce your electricity bills. Take a look at the following suggestions to help beat the heat without breaking the bank! • Invest in Window Coverings - Strategic window coverings and treatments can reduce heat intake and the loss of cool air. Blinds and drapes with tightly woven fabrics can deflect sunlight to prevent heat gain. Make sure the outside face of drapes/blinds are white or beige to comply with the design guidelines. • Use Energy-Efficient Lighting - Use energy-efficient LED bulbs to cut your lighting costs. These bulbs also produce far less heat than incandescent bulbs. • Upgrade Your Insulation - High-quality insulation prevents heat from seeping indoors in the winter and forcing your air conditioner to work harder in the summer. A well-insulated and well-sealed house requires significantly less energy to remain cool. • Turn up the AC - Adjusting the temperature on your thermostat, even by a few degrees, can conserve a significant amount of electricity. Also, keep any lights or appliances away from your thermostat to avoid an inaccurate temperature reading, which can cause your air conditioning to run longer than necessary. • Consider a Programmable thermostat - Modern programmable thermostats can cut your electricity bill by carefully controlling your home’s cooling system. They can even raise the temperature when you’re not at home or at night when outside temperatures are lower.

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Don’t “crank it down” - If you come home to a warm house, don’t turn the thermostat down all the way; you won’t cool your home down faster, and you’ll most likely waste energy by overcooling your home. Minimize Airflow - Cool air can quickly escape through doors, windows, and other small gaps. Minimizing the loss of cool air and the infiltration of warm air can make a considerable difference, especially during the summer. Use caulk to seal up any gaps and install weather-stripping around windows and doors to further increase efficiency. Use a Ceiling Fan - A ceiling fan can make an air-conditioned room feel up to 4 degrees cooler. This cooling effect may allow you to turn up your thermostat and save energy. But remember, fans only affect your perceived temperature and not the actual temperature in the room. In other words, you’ll feel cooler when in the same room as the fan, but the overall temperature of your home will not change. Reduce Your Appliance Use - Minimizing your appliance use may seem like an obvious way to reduce your electricity bill, but doing so can also keep your home cooler. Appliances like computers, hair dryers, and stereos produce a moderate amount of heat; dishwashers and ovens produce even more. To keep your home cooler, consider cooking outside or using a microwave on hot days. Keep Your Central Air Well Maintained - During a long Texas summer, your central air system will run often. It’s important to maintain your system to keep it running as efficiently as possible. Simply replacing a clogged air filter can improve efficiency by as much as 15%. Regularly vacuuming dust from the registers and moving furniture away from vents, can also improve your air conditioner’s efficiency.


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hen I lived on the US Virgin Island of St. Croix, there were two important days as it relates to hurricane season, June 1st and October 25th. June 1st is a serious day. It was and still is Hurricane Supplication Day. Hurricane Supplication Day is a day of hoping & praying that the USVIs will not be the path of a major storm during hurricane season. October 25 is a joyous celebration, Hurricane Thanksgiving Day. Residents celebrate the end of Hurricane Season with a fun parade, parties, drinking and relief, feeling safe from a hurricane or tropical storm for the next seven months.

time and not all of them will follow the same path. The Texas hurricane season is most active mid-summer through late fall. August is the most likely month for landfall hurricanes in the Lone Star State. First and foremost, don’t wait until a storm comes to get ready. Make a plan NOW. There are helpful tips and information in this article, as well as in the document included by the Safety Committee. Be sure to have a plan for both sheltering in place, and for evacuating. Planning to stay “no matter what” is NOT an acceptable plan, especially at our age. Disregarding requests for voluntary or mandatory evacuations puts other people in danger, not just those in your home. According to Led Zeppelin “When the levee breaks it is time to go”. For those of us living in Sweetgrass, it should be BEFORE the levee breaks, it’s time to go! In an emergency, First Responders will not be available to go from house to house in order to help us leave! We have to be responsible enough to be prepared and to leave when suggested or mandated. Whether you are driving yourself, or someone is picking you up, be ready with a full gas tank and “go” bags already packed. And remember, ride share apps are not reliable in these situations. Work out the details in advance. Where will you go? How will you get there? What route will you take?

As you can see from the picture above, there is nowhere to go in St. Croix in a hurricane. Everyone must evacuate into that big yellow building, Fort Christiansvaern, which has zero amenities. We are lucky here in Sweetgrass that we have places to go & several ways to get there!

How do I prepare to evacuate? Before you leave or are evacuated, you need to pack these “essentials’’. Pre-pack as much as you can, and keep it in your hurricane kit. I recommend that you use a waterproof bag or the large two (2) gallon sized ziplock bags. • Contact and medical information • Important papers & photographs • Hygiene supplies such as a toothbrush, comb, and sanitizer • Extra clothes • Prescription and necessary over the counter medications • Flashlights or lanterns along with multiple spare batteries • Bottled water (several bottles per person) • Nonperishable, easy access, ready to eat food & snacks • At least one blanket per person (it can get cold at night if you are stuck in your car) • Pets in carry cages. Shelters will not accept pets that are not in carriers. Don’t forget your pet’s medicine, food, bowls, blanket, & toy. • It has also been suggested that we bring $500.00 in small bills. ATM’s run on electricity so get your money ready early

Living on St Croix and living here on the Gulf Coast, I learned to be aware of the weather, to be prepared for the worst, and to be happy when we finished the season without a major storm. If you are new to the Gulf Coast area, and have never been in an approaching tropical storm or hurricane, you may find that storm news can be scary. I understand! Even seasoned storm veterans can get nervous from the news broadcasts. Hopefully my experience will help you remain calm, be prepared, and watch storm progress with useful knowledge. And for those of you who are old hands at storm season, I hope this serves as a fun refresher. Tracking storms is a great way to keep a knowledge based perspective. Most grocery stores have free tracking charts. You can also print one from the National Hurricane Center website, https:// www.nhc.noaa.gov/tracking_charts.shtml . I myself like to use a different color pen for each new storm that develops in the season. Sometimes there is more than one storm developing at the same

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stove and oven. They have an electric starter and will not automatically light with the power out. • Stock up on nonperishable, easy access, ready to eat food & snacks. Do not buy a lot of frozen food or refrigerated food. If the power does go out, you could lose them. • Buy a hand crank can opener! Yes, a “you power it” can opener for the canned goods you will be buying instead of frozen and refrigerated food. A power outage will make your electric can opener a great paperweight but useless for opening can goods. • Freeze 2 or 3 gallons of water when you first hear about an approaching storm. Why you ask? A gallon of frozen water in a freezer and another gallon or two in the refrigerator will help keep food cold/frozen longer if the power goes out. And once it’s thawed, you can drink it. • Fill your bathtubs with water & have a pitcher or bucket by each tub. This water can be used for drinking, washing, and flushing the toilet. Water supplies are often compromised by hurricanes and can become undrinkable or stop flowing. Don’t waste your bottled water flushing. I hope I have not frightened our Hurricane Season “newbies”! My goal is to make sure all of us are safe & to give you an opportunity to learn from someone who has learned the hard way. Being prepared in advance for a storm (especially one that didn’t’ have a big impact) is the goal, and is the best way to reduce stress and know that you and your household are safe. So, who’s hosting the October 25th “Hurricane Thanksgiving Day” party?

Heading to a shelter? = Bring 2 blankets per person; bring enough clothes for a week, and bath towels. Does your plan include going to a hotel? Make sure you have hotel reservations & keep the confirmation number with you. Reserve a hotel over 200 miles away so you reduce the risk of having to move again. Major storms can travel up to 200 miles inland and turn in any direction. If you are planning to stay with family or friends, be a “nice guy or gal” and bring some of the food from your freezer & refrigerator in a cooler, in addition to everything else suggested above. If power goes out while you are gone, the food won’t be good when you get back anyways. What else can you prepare now? A LOT!! Get your action plans ready. Remember, have a plan for both sheltering in place and for evacuating (voluntary and mandatory). • Keep the gas tank of your car or cars full. DO NOT wait until the day before the storm is due. (And, yes that is the voice of experience talking ☹). • Prepare your hurricane kits. Be sure to have one for your home and a smaller one for your car. • Check to make sure you have batteries for your flashlights and lanterns • If you dont have flashlights and lanterns, BUY THEM NOW as well as spare batteries. I myself have two battery operated lanterns that also charge portable electronics. I bought mine on Amazon, but they are likely also available in local stores. • Have long matches or long barrel lighters for your gas

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ven in these trying and difficult times, Sweetgrass residents once again responded in a meaningful way to the call to help those less fortunate in our community by supporting the Men’s Club Essential Items Drive. Although SNAP (Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program) does provide food for people in poverty, it does not include non-food items that are essential to maintain a safe and healthy home. Those essential items were what the drive was targeting. Staffing drop-off tables at the Lake House for three days, the Men’s Club continued its long history of serving the needy in our

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GATHER DISASTER SUPPLIES • Store enough food, water, supplies and medications for at least three days. • Place important documents in a safe, waterproof place. • Charge all electronic devices you may need and gather batteries, portable radio and chargers. • Turn fridge to coldest temperature so that if power is lost, it will stay cooler longer. • Keep gas tank full and keep cash on hand.

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Much ado about mustard! by SUE MUERDLER

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hen many people think about Spring and Summer, they think about baseball, beer, cookouts, burgers, and hotdogs. But what helps make those burgers and hotdogs so great?? Mustard! No hot dog or corned beef sandwich is complete without mustard. In fact mustard has been used since prehistoric times. It has grown so popular that next to pepper, it is the condiment most commonly available in the world for adding sharpness and flavor to food. Mustard is loved almost everywhere! For example, the oil from the black mustard seed is widely used in India in cooking, hair tonic, and as a liniment. In Asia, mustard greens are used to add flavor to vegetables. The ancient Romans did the exact same thing! In France, Dijon mustard became the center of mustard making in the 14th century. By the mid-15th century, Louis XI was traveling with his own pot of mustard. The process and the ingredients have been regulated since that time. (Dijon mustard uses white wine and the juice of unripe grapes instead of vinegar). Across the channel in England, Jeremiah Coleman was popularizing his brand of dry mustard, using an old technique of turning seeds into powder. The powder is then mixed with water when

needed, producing a far stronger mustard than the French, and rivaled for intensity only by Chinese mustards. When the tiny mustard seeds are crushed, they release an oil that forms a paste. Once this paste makes contact with water, it results in a volatile compound that gains in strength for about ten minutes before beginning to diminish. The idea is to let the flavor develop until it reaches the desired strength, and then stop the development by adding an acid, such as vinegar. The result is mustard in a form ready for use. German, French, and American mustards are all made this way. In America, the bright yellow color is made by adding turmeric. Mustard may also offer protection against certain disease, such as: • May protect against certain types of cancer. • May lower blood sugar levels. • May protect against psoriasis. • May reduce symptoms of contact dermatitis. And, since mustard is much lower in calories and fat, it is a great alternative to mayonnaise on a sandwich or burger. With so many varieties out there, why not try “spicing” up your next sandwich with mustard!

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Mustard-Maple Roasted Salmon —Recipe Courtesy of Food Network Kitchen— Level: Easy

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Prep: 5 min

Cook: 15 min

INGREDIENTS • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro • 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup • Four 5-ounce skinless center-cut salmon fillets • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese —Recipe Courtesy of French Women Don’t Get Fat - The Secret of eating for Pleasure—

INGREDIENTS • Any mixed salad greens, about a cup per person • One tomato per serving, washed and sliced • crumbled cheese: goat cheese, mozzarella, feta or blue cheese • Salt and pepper to taste

Although you can find tomatoes year-round, they just aren’t the same as when they are in season, which runs June through September. In the summer, my family used to eat tomatoes at least twice a week, but typically three or four times, in different raw preparations for full flavor. In this recipe, a bit of cheese makes for a heartier dish, which means the meat or fish portion can be smaller. We almost always had some fresh goat cheese from a local farm, but you can add mozzarella as in Italy or feta as they do in Greece.

SALAD DRESSING (you can use your favorite Italian dressing or oil & vinegar or balsamic dressing) • 2 TBLS minced shallots • 1 tsp mustard • 2 TBLS vinegar • 6 TBLS olive oil

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Cover salad plate with mixed salad greens (about 1 cup). Placed sliced tomatoes on top. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix the dressing ingredients into an emulsion Crumble the cheese of choice onto the tomato slices Pour the dressing on top. Serve with a slice a crusty bread.

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Grilled Peaches with Lemon Thyme —Recipe Courtesy of French Women Don’t Get Fat - The Secret of eating for Pleasure— Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS • 4 Peaches • 2 TBLS olive oil • 1 tsp honey • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract • 4 sprigs lemon thyme, coarsely chopped

Peaches are such a delicate fruit, it is difficult – even in season – to find specimens perfect for eating raw. For this dessert, it does not matter; even hard ones will do, as the cooking will tenderize and release juices and flavors

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Rinse the peaches, pat dry, cut in half, and remove the pits. Place the peach halves in a baking dish. Mix the olive oil, honey and vanilla extract and pour over the peaches. Sprinkle with the lemon thyme. Marinate for 20 minutes, turning over once and basting. Broil or grill the marinated peaches on the barbecue for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until the peaches are tender but not soft. Serve immediately, alone or with a scope of vanilla ice cream

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Sweetgrass Residents, Nelson Messinger and Mark Wescott cycle the Texas MS150!!

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he Texas MS150 is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s premier fund-raiser. It raises over $7.5 million annually and has more than 6,000 participating bicyclists. This year, Sweetgrass residents Nelson Messinger and Mark Wescott participated in the event. This is Nelson’s retrospect. PREPARATION: Serious preparation began January 29th with the first of ten organized training rides out in the country with Ready2Roll, a professional training outfit. I was joined by good friend and neighbor Mark Westcott. Mark is somewhat younger, larger, and much fitter than I am and I was pleased to have him undertake this challenge with me. In addition to the organized training rides, we also trained locally with 30-to-40-mile rides on weekdays. His good-natured company made the miles fly by. Two weeks before the MS 150 (Easter Saturday) Mark and I cycled the 61-mile Brazos River Bike Rally with relative ease; then

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accident was well-timed. After a hearty PB & J sandwich lunch, Mark resumed his ride while I explored Lake Somerville‘s Overlook Park. My wife Liz and I spent many happy days here camping, water skiing and sailing in the early days of our relationship. After the trip down memory lane, I then hitched ol’ Roadkill to a pack string and boarded a covered (air-conditioned) wagon bound for College Station. The wagon was chock-full of gutsy “Riders with MS” (actual Multiple Sclerosis patients and their supporters), the injured, and others who were just tuckered out. On arrival at Texas A&M‘s Kyle Field, the trail-bosses insisted we re-mount, merge with other riders, enter the stadium, and take a victory lap around the gridiron, as if I’d done it all on my own two wheels. Feeling a bit like a tinhorn at first, I soon became emotional, and then elated as the PA system blared out my name in recognition of the previous year’s fund-raising efforts. I couldn’t help but wave back at the cheering crowds. After all, the MS 150 is the MS Society‘s premier fundraiser. After loading Roadkill onto a transport, I returned to the field for the festivities (and beer) and to await Mark‘s triumphal entry. Together we picked up our duffels, showered, and, lacking time to locate our team tent, entered the Club 300 situated high in the Zone Club VIP area of Kyle Field. There I self- medicated with Cabernet and burritos while cheering the last riders taking their victory laps, followed by the “Turtle” (last to finish), and finally a phalanx of motorcycle ride-marshals. To everyone who donated, in support of Mark or myself or just wished us well: thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU !!! All in all, this has been a hugely memorable and “moving” experience and a most fulfilling way to begin my 81st year of this wonderful life.

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have anything yellow and black? Then come prepared with some important fact about our friends the bees and you can earn an extra ticket. Our card twist will be CLEAN canastas of Queens. Partners will be awarded an extra ticket each for each canasta of clean Queens they are able to put together. On June 2, Canasta Club will be holding its 2nd Quarterly Meeting, Lunch, and Tournament. Our theme is "Take Me Out to the Ballgame!" Lunch will be served from 11:15 - 12:00 and will be hotdogs, chili dogs, chips, and coleslaw. We will also be serving Coke or Root Beer Floats for dessert. Lunch tickets are $5 each and will be available for sale beginning Monday, 5/23. So, start looking for your baseball gear to come dressed for the theme. Tournament prizes will be awarded and there will be 3 door prizes. If you come dressed in your best baseball gear, then you will receive a ticket for the door prizes. The card twist will be MIXED CANASTA OF DIAMONDS (eg. Diamond Queens and 3 Wild Cards).

'Thank you' to all who attended our spring production “The House of Tomorrow.” We have a lot of fun putting on these shows, along with a lot of hard work, and we appreciate your support. Here is a photo of some of the cast. We also thank our Tech and Stage Crews and the House Staff. Our fall show will be the first weekend of November, so mark your calendar and watch for details. In other Drama Club news, we have been able to restart our Reader’s Theater outreach. This innovative program, chaired by Peggy Norman, brings fine arts into nearby elementary schools. Troupe members read age-appropriate stories to students without the use of costumes, props, or staging. All of the presentations have received accolades from both students and administrators. We are always looking for new folks to join our merry band. Whether you would like to be in front or behind the curtain – we welcome you! We meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 in the Lakehouse Primrose Room.

Dialogue & Learning

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Canasta

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Quilters

Last month, on the first Saturday in May, the Sweetgrass Quilters Club held one of its most popular events, The Third Annual Airing of the Quilts. Airing quilts is a custom started during colonial times when quilts that were used during those cold winter nights needed to be “aired out” in order to be stored away when not in use during the summer. Anyone living here in Del Webb Sweetgrass who had

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Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups quilts which they had made themselves or even quilts made by others were invited to display those quilts on fences, front porches, clothes lines, or any other way that they wished so that people walking or driving through Sweetgrass could see them. This year we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day for exhibiting our quilts. All of us who exhibited our quilts were thrilled to have more people than ever stopping to admire and ask questions about the quilts. We are hoping that people who have an interest in quilting and/or are new to Del Webb Sweetgrass will be inspired to come to our meetings. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 9 to 12:30. Members use the time from 9 to 9:30 to set up their work spaces and socialize with other members. Greeters are there between 9 and 9:30 to help members sign in and to greet anyone coming for the first time. So, if you are coming to one of our meetings for the first time, we suggest that you arrive between 9 and 9:30. Both meetings begin at 9:30. The first meeting of the month is our business meeting. The second meeting of the month is our sew-in meeting for working on individual as well as group projects. Neither meeting ends until 12:30 so there is always time for members to work on whatever projects they wish. Quilters at all levels (from “I want to learn to quilt.” to “I’ve been quilting all of my life!”) are always welcome at Sweetgrass Quilters Club meetings. Our tagline is, “We don’t collect dues because we spend our money on fabric!”

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If you like singing in 4-part harmony and are looking to join a group of like-minded neighbors, please consider the Sweetgrass Singers. We meet on Tuesdays at 5 pm in the Bluebell section of the ballroom. We sing for fun, for Sweetgrass events, and for our own events. Here we are at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast. We also sang for the Memorial Day program. This summer we will start working on music for our Holiday Program on Sunday, Dec. 4. We are also making plans to return to visiting assisted-living facilities. Watch for other Singers events! Stop by on a Tuesday and check us out. For more of our history go to the HOA site mysweetgrass.net, ‘Committees, Clubs, Groups and Activities’, ‘Chartered Clubs Webpage’, and scroll down to the Singers (piano keys). Please contact President Ginny Foley at 832-363-1743 with any questions.

Technology Group Help Desk

The Technology Group Help Desk is open for business on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month between 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Learning Center at the Lakehouse. Some of your Sweetgrass neighbors volunteer their time to help answer questions regarding computers, tablets, cell phones, exercise trackers and other devices during these sessions. We don’t profess to know everything but are able to help with the majority of the problems brought to us! Come see us... The Sweetgrass Veterans Club is hosting Bingo Night on Friday June 10, 2022. Doors open at 5:30pm. $10 cash, check, or CC* includes 10 individual game cards and a free dauber! See flyer for Ticket sales dates.

Day Trippers

The Day Trippers Club will be having their quarterly meeting on June 14th. We will have two meeting times at 9:00 and 10:30. If you are not a member, you are still welcome to attend. If you decide to join, the membership fee is only $10.00. We will be announcing FIVE (5) trips, so it is in your interest to attend. Please bring your checkbook with plenty of checks as there is such a variety, you are sure to see at least one you like. We have other announcements to make as well as we will be serving some special treats. Since we combine all the checks from the two meetings and then draw for first bus, second bus, etc., there is no advantage to attending either meeting. Come to the meetings, be early and sign up at the end. Let’s go on a trip together.

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CCGA's HOA Committees Architectural Review Committee Steve Williams stevlind1@yahoo.com

Finance Committee

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Health & Wellness Committee

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Art at Sweetgrass

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Model Yacht Group

Book Club

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Needlecrafters

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Line Dance Club

Photography Club

Men’s Club

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Mary Meier-Roche mamr2119@att.net

Rich Siegel richkat723@att.net

Emerson Chester jech1957@gmail.com

Rosemary Garlock rororg@yahoo.com

Andrew Farnum andrew116@att.net

Vanessa Winters van_winters@hotmail.com

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Phil Gerber phil@pgerber.com

Safety Committee

Dialog and Learning

Paul Shkedy pshkedy@gmail.com

Jim Sheridan sherim@fastmail.com

Social Committee

Drama Club

Tere Dowd teredowd@gmail.com

Bruce Peterson. b117534209@yahoo.com

Chartered Clubs

Garden Club

Bill Foster wmfoster@mail.com

Debbie Gibson debg333@sbcglobal.net

Debra Garner debragarner520@gmail.com

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Kenji Nishioka kenji@hal-pc.org Barbara Reynolds TEXASROSE281@yahoo.com

Charlotte Smith cksmith956@gmail.com

Lorraine Rodriguez dwsweetgrasscardcrafters@ gmail.com

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Quilters

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Social Bridge

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Sweetgrass Financial Education Club Randy Johnson eleegom@gmail.com

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Sweetgrass Singers

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Connie Fletcher Powell cfletcherpowell@gmail.com

David Stayshich dstayshich@sbcglobal.net

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Frank Hayward fhayward@ralphcpa.com

Cyrus Bharucha bharuchacy@gmail.com

Frank Gonynor fdgonynor@gmail.com

Sweetgrass Republicans

Ginny Foley ginny_foley@comcast.net

Gail Chapline gchapline@yahoo.com

Beverly Whetsel beverly. heinzen@yahoo.com

Debra Garner debragarner520@gmail.com

Greg Barnes gregbarnes55@yahoo.com

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Lois Vogelsang dvlv4344@gmail.com Carol Butcher rr08cab@gmail.com Donna Noonan dknoonan327@gmail.com

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