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news VOL.1, ISSUE 21 | DECEMBER 2013

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Grand Hampton Board of Directors President - Jeff Knowles Vice President - Dominic Kouffman Secretary - Paul V. Suppicich Treasurer - Walter Stroud Director – at – large: - Carol Bellomy

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President’s Message Dear neighbors and friends,

The election has happened, ballots have been counted, and after all the dust has settled, I’m happy and honored to have been named President of the Grand Hampton HOA. As 2014 approaches, I look forward to working with the board on improving community participation and communication. We’ll work with a new onsite manager to teach them the values and personality we want as the every-day contact with our residents. We’ll continue to look at our current contracts and make changes if possible and when needed. It’ll be a fun, educational, and interesting year,and thanks to the foundation set last year, we should be off and running quickly. On a personal note, the holidays are approaching. It's easy to get tied down in the everyday grind of life, but it's important that we take time out to enjoy the company of neighbors, friends, and family. Please have a safe and prosperous holiday season. I look forward to meeting you. Sincerely, Jeff Knowles

Clubs Poker Club: Call for details Tennis Clubs: Ladies meets on Wednesday mornings Mens’ is starting up soon, call for details

Swim Club: Any adult polar bears who want to swim in the a.m. through winter, call for details

Book Club: Starting soon….

Seeking Volunteers!

Under 3 Playgroup: Meets every Wednesday at 10 am in the aerobics room

If you are interested in volunteering your time for your community at fun events, delivering welcome baskets, helping with decorations, etc. please let Kim at the clubhouse know and we will let you know how you can help.

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From the desk of the Lifestyle Director

Happy Holidays! I hope you enjoy this special time of year with your families. Please consider stopping by the tree in the clubhouse to help give a senior citizen a happy holiday. We are always looking for volunteers from the community. Please check in with Kim if you are interested in getting more involved in the fun activities that happens at GH. This December, Santa will be back for your families to get your photo taken and we will be having a Holiday Happy Hour party on Friday the thirteenth. Please keep an eye out for emails with more details coming your way. If you don’t currently get our event emails, please contact Kim at Kcagle@ hamptongolfclubs.com to get on the email list. Have a safe and healthy New Year! Kim Cagle Lifestyle Director kcagle@hamptongolfclubs.com 813-777-5590 3


Grand Hampt n Grand Hampton Lifestyle DECEMBER EVENTS Dec. 1st Chanukah party 7 pm

Dec. 5th

Dec. 15th

Networking 9 am

Cookies with Santa 2 pm

Dec. 13th

Dec. 23rd

Holiday Happy Hour 7 pm @ Ciao

Kids movie and hot chocolate 11 am

Halloween Party

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6:30p - 9:30p HOA BOARD MEETING

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9a - 10a Networking 6:30p - 8p Girl Scouts Aerobics room

9a - 11a Walking Club

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6:30p - 8p Girl Scouts 6p - 7p Kids Game club 6p - 8p Building, Aerobics room Grounds and 7p - 9p Crime Watch Recreational Property Comm.

11 10a - 11:30a Under 3 playgroup weekly meeting 6:30p - 7:30p CRC

12 2p - 3p CDD Meeting

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9a - 11a Walking Club 7p - 9p Holiday Happy Hour 2p - 4p Cookies 15 with Santa

16 17 18 19 20 21 7p - 8p Social club

10a - 11:30a Under 3 playgroup weekly meeting 6:30p - 8:30p Weston Manor 7p - 8p LNO

6p - 8p Lake Hampton Mtg. 6:30p - 8p Girl Scouts Aerobics room

9a - 11a Walking Club 4:30p - 9:30p Private event Grand Room

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5p - 7p Club Manor East mtg. 6p - 8p Compliance Committee

10a - 12p Finance comm. 10a - 11:30a Under 3 playgroup weekly meeting

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Coming in January‌ Adult trivia on January 10th Health Fair on January 18th Polar Bear plunge on January 18th 6

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Grand Hampt n Ten Reasons to Volunteer for the Association 1. Protect your self-interests. Protect your property values and maintain the quality of life in your community. 2. Correct a problem. Has your car been towed, or do you think maybe maintenance has been neglected? 3. Be sociable. Meet your neighbors, make friends, and exchange opinions. 4. Give back. Repay a little of what’s been done for you. 5. Advance your career. Build your personal resume by including your community volunteer service. 6. Have some fun. Association work isn’t drudgery. It’s fun accomplishing good things with your neighbors. 7. Get educated. Learn how it’s done—we’ll train you. 8. Express yourself. Help with creative projects like community beautification. 9. Earn recognition. If you would like a little attention or validation, your contributions will be recognized and celebrated. 10. Try some altruism. Improve society by helping others. Source: Community Associations Institute

Why Scoop the Poop? Besides being a nuisance, uncollected dog waste is a serious problem for our association. Next time you’re tempted to leave your dog’s droppings on the lawn, please remember these facts: 1. The Environmental Protection Agency is becoming aggressive about enforcing the Clean Water Act. Our association could be fined if dog waste goes uncollected. 2. Uncollected dog waste may lead to a special assessment. If fined by the EPA, the association could face a potential special assessment that would be levied against all members—not just dog owners. 3. The appearance and quality of the common areas are known to affect home sales—not just whether and for how much they sell, but how quickly. 4. The more residents complain about dog waste, the more time the manager must spend on enforcement rather than serving the association. 5. Uncollected dog waste spreads disease and attracts rodents who feed on pet waste. Source: Community Associations Institute

Why Do We Need Reserves? Equipment and major components (like the roofs) must be replaced from time to time, regardless of whether we plan for the expense. We prefer to plan and set the funds aside now. Reserve funds aren’t an extra expense—they just spread out expenses more evenly. There are other important reasons we put association monies into reserves every month:

“Whether or not” to me is like “over” to you (and me). 1. Reserve funds meet legal, fiduciary, and professional requirements. A replacement fund may be required by: • Any secondary mortgage market in which the association participates (e.g., Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA). • State statutes, regulations, or court decisions. • The community’s governing documents. 2. Reserve funds provide for major repairs and replacements that we know will be necessary at some point in time. Although a roof may be replaced when it is 25 years old, every owner who lives under or around it should share its replacement costs. 3. Reserve funds minimize the need for special assessments or borrowing. For most association members, this is the most important reason. 4. Reserve funds enhance resale values. Lenders and real estate agents are aware of the ramifications for new buyers if the reserves are inadequate. Many states require associations to disclose the amounts in their reserve funds to prospective purchasers. 5. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) requires the community association to disclose its reserve funds in its financial statements. • Source: Community Associations Institute 8

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