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Chef Lew Amenity Spotlight


Birding Spring Brings New Sights & Sounds




2011 Election Procedures Special Business


Committee Vacancies Becoming an Active Member


Volunteer: Jason Wooley Off the Grid


Day Excursions A Fun Adventure Close to Home


Tahoe Tip Round-A-What?


Craft/DIY Winter Suncatcher



President’s Message General Plan Approved


Monthly Calendar A Look @ April Events


Let’s Get Together TD Events & Happenings


Important Updates 2030 General Plan


Bulletin Board Updating Your Information


Taking Care of Business Board Meeting Minutes


Where in the World is TD News? TD News Travels the World

VOL. 12, NO. 4


APRIL 2011

EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF Amanda Birchenough Matt Chappell Amanda Wallace Kirt Zimmer


Ron Wulff,

Vice President

Suzan Knisley,


Don Berryman,


John Dundas,


Tom Johns,

Board of Directors

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On the Cover Colton Peters featuring giant cheeseburger. Photo by Matt Chappell


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RON WULFF | PRESIDENT This has been one whale of a winter! Snow storms almost the entire month of March have been good for the downhill operation but hard on cross country to groom. But, the Snowplay area is loving it. Last month I covered the first five years of the General Plan. At the March board meeting, we went over the plan and the board approved the first five years and gave conditional approval of the years 2016 to 2030. This plan is a guideline for what should be done to keep Tahoe Donner facilities up to date and in a condition that is acceptable for the membership to enjoy. I encourage everyone to go to the Tahoe Donner web site and review the General Plan. Each portion of the plan is subject to review and input from the membership. We will hold town hall type meetings at various stages of the plan. Your comments and questions are welcome at 2030generalplan@ The association has been reserving funds in the Development Fund for several years just for this stated purpose. Each year in our budget we have to state what the fund may be used for, such as the expansion of parking lots or acquiring additional property. This board has been in favor and behind the acquisition of undeveloped land to be used for fire prevention, trails and maintaining open area for use by the membership. We listened to the membership on the suggested possible location for the Forestry building and changed our thought process. This board and any board of directors at Tahoe Donner are here to serve the member-

ship but we need to hear from you!!! If we do not receive comments - both pro and con - about all issues, the only natural thing to assume ( I hate to assume anything, because you know what that makes me) is that the majority of the membership is OK with the way Tahoe Donner is progressing. This association has a great group of people that work for you from the top down. Are we infallible? No, and I say that from the last 10 years that I have been involved with Tahoe Donner both on the board and in the interested audience. If you are fine with the progression that Tahoe Donner is making (or not), make your voice heard. You can e-mail us at or contact me directly. My e-mail and phone number are at the end of each of my messages. Those of you that have given me a call or sent an e-mail, I thank you for your involvement. So that’s enough of my diatribe. GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR ASSOCIATION! I am curious about how members read my message each month. Do you read the hard copy of the magazine or the online version? As an informal survey, send me an email and let me know. The annual audit was finished in March by an independent auditor, and next month will have the Annual Report on the association. The results indicate that even in a recession this association is in excellent financial health. While looking out at nine feet of snow, I wish you the best. As always, I am available for questions and comments at or give me a call at (530) 587-8720.

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! SUNDAY Wii Night 6:30 p.m. @ Pizza on the Hill

Evening Snowshoe

Downhill Dummy Contest and Rail Jam


Place: Trout Creek Time: 5:30 p.m.

Place: Downhill Ski Area Time: Rail Jam 3 p.m. , Downhill Dummy 4 p.m.

Have you ever enjoyed an adventure in the snowy woods? Participate in a snowshoe hike with your friends and a guide. Call the recreation coordinator at (530) 582-9646 for more details or to inquire about snowshoe rentals.

Come out to Tahoe Donner Downhill and enjoy our “end of season” party. This event includes: food and beverage specials, a bounce house, local ski & board shop exhibits and our second annual Boxing Match Rail Jam. The highlight of the afternoon will be the traditional Downhill Dummy event. All teams’ dummy entries will be judged in three categories: Best Design, Best Air and Best Crash. Check for rules, an application and more information.

No Corkage Tuesday Bring a bottle of wine with your meal and we’ll waive the corkage fee.

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WEDNESDAY Wild Wednesday Enjoy Happy Hour all night with food and drink specials. @ The Lodge

THURSDAY Triva Night 6:30 p.m. @ Pizza on the Hill



Family Movie Night 6:30 p.m. @ Northwoods Clubhouse

Pizza on the Hill Renovation

Easter Eggstravaganza & Brunch

Closes on April 11 and will reopen in May

Place: The Lodge Start: Brunch 10 a.m., Eggstravaganza 11 a.m.

On Sunday, April 10 Pizza on the Hill will be open for its last night until mid-May due to renovations. Check or Weekly News for more information about the project and when Pizza on the Hill will reopen.

Come join us and the Easter Bunny for an egg-citing day! There will be a magician, face painting, a bounce house and much more. The main event is an Egg Hunt starting at noon with live music. Please call (530) 587-9455 or visit to make a reservation. (Reservations are required for brunch.) |



2011 ANNUAL DIRECTOR WRITTEN BALLOT ELECTION PROCEDURES FEBRUARY 18 Proposed election procedures approved by Board of Directors for publication to members for comment. Board of Directors establishes May 2, 2011 as the Record Date for this election, appoints Inspector of Election, Accountancy (subject to ratification by Inspector), and Elections Committee Member(s). The Inspector of Election may be a member of the Association and may be currently providing other services to the Association, but may not be a member of the Board or a candidate, or related to a member of the Board or a candidate.

MARCH Along with their March statement of account, members with outstanding amounts due the Association are sent notice of the pending suspension of their voting rights by Board action on April 16, 2011, to become effective as of May 1, unless full payment is received by May 1. Members are also advised of their right to a hearing before the Board regarding the suspension. Such request must be received by April 15, 2011, and the hearing would be held on April 16, 2011.

APRIL 1 Candidacy Applications available in Member Services Office. As provided in Article VII, Section 2, of the Restated Bylaws, candidates for election to the Board must satisfy the following qualifications: • Be an owner of at least a twenty-five percent interest in a Separate Interest (residential property) within Tahoe Donner; • Be in good standing with the Association, which means that all assessments with respect to all Separate Interests owned have been paid current and the candidate is not subject to any suspension of membership privileges; • No candidate is eligible if a co-owner (another holding an interest in a property of the candidate) will be serving on the Board at the same time as the candidate; • No employee of the Association shall be eligible to serve on the Board; and • No owner can serve for more than two elected consecutive terms of office.

APRIL 16 Board of Directors approves the pending suspension of membership rights for failure to pay outstanding amounts due the Association (assessments/fines/etc.) or for failure to comply with a duly issued corrective-action requirement.

MAY 2 Record Date for determining members entitled to receive notice of the election and to vote therein based upon their good standing with the Association. Members whose voting rights are suspended are so advised by notice with their May statement of account. Property (membership) transfers processed by the Association after this date will not affect the membership roll for purposes of this election. Close of Nominations: Application for Candidacy, proof of ownership (copy of recorded deed), and Conflict of Interest Statement, must be received from interested members at the Member Services Office no later than 4:00 p.m. No electronically transmitted (facsimile, e-mail, etc.) applications will be accepted, except for those transmitted via e-mail in a “.pdf” format. The Elections Committee Chairperson and staff meet to document those applications received by this close of nominations. While the Association will endeavor to provide a confirmation of receipt, it is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure that their application materials are timely received.

MAY 3 Elections Committee and staff meet to verify the eligibility of those candidates whose applications were timely received, and candidates are advised as to their qualifications to run. Candidates are invited to submit a Candidate’s Statement (not to exceed both sides of a single 8-½ by 11 inch sheet), which will be mailed, as submitted, to the membership along with the election ballot. Candidate’s Statements shall only be reviewed for compliance with the size limitation—no review of content shall be performed, and the Association shall not be liable for their content. If any statement received fails to comply with the size limitation, the author is advised that such statements will not be accepted.

MAY 9 Candidate’s Statements must be received from interested members at the Member Services Office no later than 4:00 p.m. No electronically transmitted (facsimile, e-mail, etc.) statements will be accepted, except for those transmitted via e-mail in a “.pdf” format.

MAY 13 Election package submitted to printer.

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Taste. Savor. Enjoy

The Tahoe Donner Association has a number of committee vacancies: • General Plan • Covenants • Architectural Standards • Elections

3 alternate positions 1 regular & 3 alternate positions 1 regular position 1 regular position

To serve on a committee, a member must be in good standing. If you are interested in serving on a committee, send a letter of interest to Executive Assistant, Bonnie Watkins at

TAHOE DONNER CONTACTS Member Communications (area code 530) Member Services


General Manager


Contact Member Services to be transferred to other administrative departments.

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Live & Silent Auctions • • Wine and Beer Tasting Live Music • • Souvenir Wine Glass Culinary Delights Prepared by Area Restaurants and Caterers Tickets will be on sale, starting in May, at Dickson Realty, Truckee Chamber of Commerce, Truckee Physical Therapy, and on the day at the door. For more information please contact Nancy Davis 530-550-1433.

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A GREAT END TO A GREAT SEASON DOWNHILL This year brought us lots of snow and record-setting days. However, the end of the season is just around the corner, so it’s time to get the most out of spring! Come enjoy a day on the mountain with us.

Downhill Dummy Contest and Rail Jam It’s time again for a long-standing employee tradition: come build a dummy and send it off our huge kicker! Our annual event is set for Sunday, April 10, so come join us for some fun and wrap-up the season. Prizes will be awarded for various categories. Stay tuned to upcoming Weekly News emails for more details.


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Tahoe Donner Downhill offers several ways to enjoy the spring. Check out our special offers below:

Tuesday is Parent’s Day Moms and dads, bring your under 13-year-old skier or rider to Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area for a day of fun every Tuesday during nonholiday periods and receive a complimentary lift ticket for yourself. That’s right, spend a fun Tuesday with your kids and you ski for free.

Wacky Wednesday Become a fan of Tahoe Donner Downhill on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and receive deals every Wacky Wednesday during nonholiday periods.

Local Thursdays Everyone receives the “local’s discount” every Thursday during nonholiday periods. Children $12 and adults $20. Bring your group out for a day of skiing. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more that book in advance. Contact the Downhill Ski Area with your details and we will create a package that meets your needs. Check out for additional special offers. For more information call (530) 587-9444 or visit skitahoedonner. com. See you on the slopes. Thanks for a great season!


CROSS COUNTRY Wow! What a winter. Storm after storm brought us plenty of snow. The weather made for some of the best trail conditions we have seen in years. As we near the end of the season, make sure you get plenty of skiing in before our closing date of April 17. Also, make sure to come in and take advantage of our end of season sale in the retail shop. Don’t miss the great discounts on our clothing and demo skate skis, which will be going on until closing day. Thanks to everyone for a great season!


IN THE MOOD FOR SNOWPLAY The Tahoe Donner Snowplay Area is your headquarters for winter sledding and tubing fun. Our groomed lanes make sledding fun and safe for kids of all ages. Entrance fee includes sled or tube rental, unlimited rides down the slope, and complimentary hot cocoa. The Snowplay Area is open from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Fridays and 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Additional days of operation at Snowplay for April include: • Monday, April 4 – Thursday, April 7, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Wednesday, April 13, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Trout Creek Recreation Center at (530) 587-9437 or visit

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Thank you to everyone that came out to cheer on and support all of our furry friends who participated in the 7th Annual Tahoe Donner I-Did-A-Run. Tara Lagree and her dog Lexus were named 2011 I-DidA-Run Champions with a blistering time of 3.97 seconds! Following the event, after much debate, local judges picked a new mascot for the annual event. Congratulations to the Margaroni family and Donner Bear, their 2-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog. Donner Bear and the Margaroni family reside in Roseville, but visit their Tahoe Donner home almost every weekend. Keep an eye out for the adorable Donner Bear and be sure to come out next year and meet her, as she demonstrates to all the participants how to race in the event.

Burger & a Beer Month Burgers are the new pizza! Sink your teeth into one of our ½ lb. Black Angus Burgers and wet your whistle with a domestic bottle of beer (Bud, Bud Light, Coor’s Light) every night during the month of April in the entire restaurant at The Lodge for only $11.50. What a steal! Bleu cheese and other special toppings are extra. Call (530) 587-9455 or visit to make a reservation.

Easter Brunch On Sunday, April 24, The Lodge is egg-cited to host Easter Brunch. Come see the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs and enjoy breakfast with your family from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Check out the special brunch menu page 15. The buffet is $39 for adults and includes one complimentary champagne or mimosa. The kids versions is $16 and includes soda, ice tea or lemonade. Reservations are required.

Mother’s Day Brunch It’s never too early to make plans for Mother’s Day. Call now to make a reservations and honor your favorite mother at The Lodge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. The menu will be the same as Easter Brunch which can be found on page 15.

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LEWIS ORLADY Since 2005, The Lodge’s chef, has kept a strong focus on quality, presentation and consistency.


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Since 2005, The Lodge’s chef, Lewis Orlady, has kept a strong focus on quality, presentation and consistency. He’s improved the menu item by item and strives to use the season’s best ingredients. This month we chose to interview Chef Lew, in order to get behind the scenes of a restaurant that has recently turned up the volume.

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But before we dig into the nitty gritty about the fantastic food specials Chef Lew has planned at The Lodge, you should know that his roots run deep in the epicurean world. He obtained a degree in nutritional science prior to attending the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Chef Lew perfected his style by delving into the multicultural Big Apple cuisine before heading west to make his imprint in San Francisco and later, Sacramento. Chef Lew eventually returned to Lake Tahoe in 1993 to lay a personal touch on various endeavors around the region including Sunsets on the Lake, Coyote Moon, Wild Goose and River Grill. If you need to know one thing about Chef Lew, you should know that he’s a high energy individual and is impossible to chase down.

Whether he’s skiing on the trails at cross country, or riding in the dirt on his mountain bike, Lew hones his skill set in and out of the kitchen. If you’re curious to know more about where and what Lew has accomplished, check out TD News, July, 2005.


We caught up with him to ask a few questions about what we have to look forward to as we head into spring.


Has your approach to creating the menu changed since first opening The Lodge six years ago? When we opened, we were more of a fine dining concept and the economy was supportive of that. As we entered an economic downturn, we needed to lower our prices so I introduced the small plates menu that we currently use in the bar and dining room. I also think by switching to one menu, it has given us more of a casual family appeal which has greatly increased our reservations.



What ingredients are you focusing on this summer, and what will they add to the menu? Brentwood corn, heirloom tomatoes and black mission figs are my favorites. You will see them used in several signature summer dishes in just a couple of months.

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The cylindrical pumpkin cheesecake has been top rated. Where did that recipe and concept come from? Years ago, before I was at The Lodge, I needed a way to create individual cheese cakes. At the time it was trendy to cut PVC pipe and make desserts in the pipe. Now you can buy stainless steel ring molds which work way better. So that is the secret trick, but as far as the recipe goes, I came across it while working in New York in the early 80s. Tahoe Donner is fortunate to have such a talented team at The Lodge, led by Chef Lew. In fact, we are featuring several specials at The Lodge this month including Easter Brunch (see the complete menu on the next page), Sunday, April 24, featuring King Crab, Smoked Salmon, Tequila Lime Tri-tip, Honey Baked Ham and much more. Another annual favorite is Burger Month. Sink your teeth into one of our ½ lb. Black Angus Burgers and wet your whistle with a domestic bottle of beer (Bud, Bud Light, Coor’s Light) every night during the month of April in the entire restaurant at The Lodge for only $11.50. Bleu cheese and toppings are extra. You can tell from the cover photo that burger night is something to talk about. If you would like to make a reservation for any of our upcoming events, call (530) 587-9455 or visit

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Spring Brings New Sights and Sounds to Tahoe Donner


any of us are still luxuriating in the bounty of an abundant winter snowpack, but the calendar doesn’t lie. Spring officially began in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20, the vernal equinox. On the equinox, day and night are equal in length and the Sun crosses the celestial equator going northward – it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. While many of the subtle changes that mark the beginning of spring are imperceptible to humans, our feathered friends are exceptionally well tuned in. Birds are equipped with photoreceptors (specialized sensors that sense or receive light) in the bases of their brains that record the length of the dark period each day. Did you know that year-round Tahoe Donner residents like the Mountain Chickadee and the Golden-Crowned Kinglet greet the arrival of spring with increased song? In fact, all birds do. Maybe this is proof that humans aren’t the only ones who get spring fever! |


Birdwatching around TD Whether trekking along one of Tahoe Donner’s forested trails or simply out for a neighborhood stroll, the month of April not only brings a cacophony of birdsong, but a noticeable uptick in bird activity in general. Birds that have been living quietly among us all winter like Cassin’s Finches, Hermit Thrushes and Red Breasted Nuthatches are much more visible and active as the days lengthen. They’ve made it through the winter by scouring the crevices of tree bark for grubs and feasting on available seeds, but as spring sets in opportunities expand and they really begin to spread their wings. If you’re out around the Nordic center, look for the Clark’s Nutcracker – it favors the higher elevation pines. Almost anywhere you go this time of year, you’ll see American Robins, the quintessential harbingers of spring. Local birder Will Richardson, who is also the Co-Executive Director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, thinks we tend to underestimate robins because they are so ubiquitous. “These are great birds if you ever stop to watch them,” he says. Tahoe Donner Forester Bill Houdyschell likes to check in on the Blue Grouse, the third largest grouse in North America, and one of the largest in the world. “There’s quite a good population of them and they love the fir forests up off of Glacier Way. You’ll hear them making sounds. They’re great to watch,” he says. But you’ll have to listen carefully because the deep hooting sound of the courting male contains such low frequencies that the human ear can only detect a fraction of the sounds.

Birding is Big! If the thought of becoming a birder seems nerdy, mull over this surprising fact: according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, birding is the fastest growing outdoor activity in America with more than 51 million enthusiasts! Some people even participate in it as a sport. (The World Series of Birding takes place every year in Cape May, New Jersey.) With more than 800 bird species in the United States, can even the most avid birders ever spot every one? The great thing about birding is that you don’t need a pack full of expensive equipment or years of experience to enjoy the activity. There is so much to learn and enjoy, armed with only curiosity and the simple willingness to slow down, listen and observe. It’s a great family activity, too. And you might just discover that you have a budding Thoreau in your midst! “Tuning into the birds is a very direct line into all the natural processes that are going on,” says Richardson. “It’s dynamic too – no matter where you are, there are interesting birds doing interesting things, and seasonal migrations keep things turning over.”

How to Begin? If you’re serious about birding, or just want to dabble in it as a hobby, there are many more choices today than in the past. Of course, you can still go the traditional route with a pen, notebook and paper field guide, but there are also high-tech options that will keep even the savviest and impatient learners engaged. Smart phone apps and digital field guides take some of the guesswork out of birding and make viewing, capturing images and identification much easier. You can also input data on the spot, especially handy if you’re interested in keeping a “life list,”


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“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” ~ Chinese Proverb BIRDWATCHING ETIQUETTE FROM THE AMERICAN BIRDING ASSOCIATION • Don’t stress the birds with recordings or artificial lighting. • Don’t get too close to nests, nesting colonies, roosts, display areas and important feeding sites; your presence may interfere with birds’ activities. • Respect private property. • Avoid advertising the presence of a rare bird if it may result in habitat disturbance. • Don’t attract birds to areas where they are in danger (i.e. dinner for your cat).

a growing record of every species you’ve ever seen. And downloadable audio guides will help nail down bird calls in seconds. Whether you decide to go low or high-tech, however, there’s still no substitute for a good pair of binoculars. Binoculars are an essential accoutrement and also enhance the overall birding experience. Once you’ve got your gear, there are six things you need to pay attention to when you’re learning to identify birds in the field. 1) size & shape 2) color pattern 3) behavior 4) habitat 5) field marks (distinctive stripes, patterns or spots) 6) songs and calls Birds are grouped primarily based on size and shape, so once you become familiar with the silhouette, you will know instantly whether the bird is a sparrow or a waxwing. As you become more adept, the fewer items on the checklist you’ll need to make an ID. Northern Flickers and White-headed Woodpeckers are a couple of our year-round residents and fairly easy to identify because of their large size and distinct markings. According to Richardson, “flicker populations swell in the spring, unless storms knock them temporarily downhill.” Early spring mornings are a great time for birding, but at the higher altitudes wait for the temperatures to warm up a bit. That’s when birds will begin searching for food, singing profusely and making their distinctive calls. Tread lightly and refrain from loud talking and laughing if you’re with a group. When you’re quiet, you’ll hear the birds well before you see them. Let the sounds guide your eyes to help determine the bird’s location. Then zoom in with the binoculars for a perfect view.

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As the season progresses, and with a careful eye, you’ll begin to identify transient species stopping by on their way to distant habitats. And as spring gives way to early summer, enthusiasts will begin to recognize species that come to live here only for the very warmest months. Watch for Warbling Vireos, Wilson’s Warblers, Black-headed Grosbeaks and Lazuli Buntings. Another favorite is the Calliope Hummingbird, which breeds here in summer. Richardson notes that Rufous Hummingbirds, which pass through on their way south in July and August, will vastly outnumber the Calliopes during that time of year.

To Feed or Not to Feed? If you can’t get enough observation time in the field, you may be considering feeding the birds for more “up close and personal time.” Opinions differ on backyard feeding, but there aren’t any prohibitions against it in Tahoe Donner, says Houdyschell. “As long as folks are mindful of bears, birdfeeders are a great way to attract birds,” he says. Richardson prefers to take down feeders in the summer when there is an abundant natural food supply available. If people do want to have feeders, he suggests they be stocked either with thistle or sunflower seeds.

Where to Go “The Tahoe Donner Nature Loop behind Northwoods Clubhouse is a great place for birdwatching and nature observation in general, with meadows, riparian habitat, wetland areas and interpretive signage,” says Houdyschell. “Another great spot is behind the Equestrian Center.” Whether you’re venturing out into the wilder areas around the subdivision or just spending more time in your own backyard, the important thing is to spend time taking in the fresh sights and sounds that early spring has to offer. If we’re lucky, and if we learn anything from those birds, we’ll all catch a bit of spring fever. As the old Doug Larson saying goes, “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”


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Happy Hour

Tax Incentive

Who doesn’t enjoy Happy Hour? Unwind from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday – Thursday with 25% discounts on tasty starters, salads and soups, plus varied drink specials. Happy Hour is valid in the pub only.

During the month of April until we close, although the IRS may not, we will cut you a break. Every night in April we will slash $5 off each pizza you order.

No Corkage Tuesday

Happy Hour

Bring in your favorite bottle of vino to enjoy with your meal and we’ll waive the corkage fee on Tuesday nights. It’s the perfect time to dust off that favorite bottle you have been saving all winter to compliment your favorite entree at the Lodge. Offer only valid during nonholiday periods.

Enjoy Happy Hour at Pizza On The Hill from 5 – 6 p.m. on Thursday – Monday during non-holiday periods. Receive 25% off the entire menu plus drink specials including $2 Coors Light drafts. The only catch to this sweet deal is you have to dine-in with us.

Wild Wednesdays

Half Price Pizza Hour

Enjoy extended Happy Hour promotions all night long for Wild Wednesdays in the Pub. Special offers and promotions are not valid during holiday periods. For more information, contact The Lodge at (530) 587-9455.

Grab a pie on your way home from the mountain. Order a pizza from 5 – 6 p.m. on Sundays and receive half price on cheese, pepperoni or veggie pies. Valid on take-out only during non-holiday periods, limit 10 per person. For more information, contact Pizza On The Hill at (530) 582-9669.



Pizza On The Hill is open 5 – 8:30 p.m. We regret to announce that Pizza on the Hill is no longer open for lunch on the weekends. Starting April 10, we will be closed through mid-May for renovations. The good news is you still have 10 days in April to take advantage of super deals, including this month’s Tax Incentive (see news items).

There’s never a moment of boredom in Tahoe Donner. We offer free weekly events throughout the winter to keep you entertained.


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Wii Night Check out our new Wii game. Try your luck at a “Wipe Out” obstacle course or team up with a friend for Pictionary on the Wii uDraw it. Wii Night takes place every Sunday at Northwoods Clubhouse starting at 6:30 p.m.

Trivia Night


Put on your thinking cap, grab your friends and head over to trivia night at Pizza On The Hill every Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m. The winning team after three rounds receives a certificate for a free pizza. What a great way to challenge friends and family members to a little friendly competition.

Golf season at TD is only three months away, so get the cobwebs off your clubs. The following is our tournament schedule for 2011. For more details about each event, please visit our website at tdgolfclub. com. We look forward to seeing you at many of these events. The more events you enter, the better your chance of racking up TD Cup points.

Family Movie Night Cozy up by the fireplace, kick up your feet and enjoy a movie every Friday night at Northwoods Clubhouse. Family Movie Night starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information and a schedule of upcoming movies, visit April 1: Diary of a Wimpy Kid April 8: The Spy Next Door April 15: The Incredibles April 22: Alice in Wonderland April 29: Matilda





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Kids Night Out Kids ages 4 – 9 are invited to join in the fun from 5 – 9 p.m. the first Friday of every month for an evening of crafts, a movie and more. Dinner as well as cookies and milk will be provided. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate. Cost is $15. Register online at at least 24 hours in advance. Click on the Events tab for more information or contact the recreation coordinator at (530) 582-9646.


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Please note that Weekday passes will be accepted for five tournament days. All events will be shotgun (s/g) starts with the exception of the Club Championship. By having the shotguns we will all finish about the same time, so there will be better opportunities for socializing and less waiting for results!

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he decision was made. Jason Wooley and his wife Cristina had just visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and decided to move there from their home in the Bay Area. Returning from their trip, they chattered with excitement about the big changes ahead. They had visited Vail, Aspen and a number of other mountain resort towns, but Jackson Hole won the competition. Then they drove by Truckee, and the second thoughts began. “I just wasn’t ready to leave California,” said Jason, who grew up in Southern California. “There’s so much to see and do here.” Truckee was the new champion; the couple decided to move to the Sierra Nevada gem they’d visited a number of times before. Jason still had some concern about living in the smallest town he’d ever lived in, but decided to give it two years. “I was here a month and knew I’d never leave,” he says. “For me, it’s the people. They all help each other out and they’re just… nice to each other.” Jason put out his shingle as a one-man architectural firm, and Cristina did the same for her real estate law practice. It was 2001, and the timing was perfect for them to ride the boom of a major growth period for the area. Jason put his talents to good use, designing and building a beautiful home in Tahoe Donner.

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It wasn’t long before Jason got involved with Tahoe Donner’s Architectural Standards Committee, starting as an alternate member. “The more I participated in the meetings, the more I felt like I had something to offer,” he says. He found that the committee was a great way to meet people and serve his community. Soon he found himself serving as the chairman. At the peak of the committee’s busy period, they were meeting for eight hour days every other week, churning through applications for new construction. Now, the committee typically meets for about an hour every other week. Things have definitely slowed down, but Jason sees some signs that activity is beginning to pick up again. They’re seeing more applications for remodeling older homes. The committee takes seriously its role in ensuring that Tahoe Donner remains an aesthetically pleasing community in which to live. When a committee tells people they can’t always get what they want with their house, there is bound to be occasional friction. But the volunteers do their best to avoid that. “I think we are very accommodating,” Jason says. “We understand the economic climate and we try to work with people on a solution that’s OK for them and us. We really like working with people instead of just dictating.”

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One of the more enjoyable but difficult parts of working on the Architectural Standards Committee is that different people interpret the standards differently. What is an earth tone? What is a natural material? There is some degree of subjectivity in the issues they face. Sometimes, Jason says, folks bring in plans that require an intervention. Maybe their architect hasn’t designed for snow country before and doesn’t know about shedding snow over entries or windows, for example. A helpful tip from an architect or land planning professional can help the land owner avoid major problems in the future. Everyone on the committee brings that kind of expertise. When Jason isn’t focused on all things architectural, he’s enjoying family time with Cristina and their two kids. Their daughter Kaya is 9, and their son Tilden is 8. Asked about those neat names, Jason explains that Kaya is a native American name with many meanings and Tilden refers to Tilden Park in the East Bay area. The kids are in program at the Alpine Meadows ski area, and the family also spends lots of time outdoors boating, swimming and mountain biking. Jason plays guitar and sings in a contemporary folk band called “Off The Grid,” which you might see at places like Cottonwood or Pizza on the Hill. Cristina and Jason got to know each other in China, when they were both working on a resort project there. The romance bloomed quite naturally and they went on to visit over 30 other countries together. They’ve stayed closer to home since the kids were born, but now that the kids are bigger, that itch to travel has returned. Jason has his eye on New Zealand. No matter what exotic locales they visit, though, Tahoe Donner will always be home.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: 2030 GENERAL PLAN APPROVED At its meeting on Saturday, March 19, the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors reviewed the draft 2030 General Plan, approving the first five years of the plan and conditionally approving the remaining fifteen years. Each of the items outlined in the plan will now begin a detailed scoping process, which will include several opportunities for members to review facility designs and budgets before each individual project is approved by the board. The board and staff expect that the plan will be a living document that is adjusted every year to reflect market conditions and updated priorities. The plan, as well as frequently asked questions and other related documents, is available for viewing and download in the Members section of Stay tuned to Tahoe Donner’s email newsletter and this magazine for the latest information on each of these projects. You can look forward to more financial details, drawings of new facilities and meeting times when each item will be discussed. The next five years will be very busy as we update amenities that provide an even better experience for everyone!

MAY 16 Independent mailing firm begins preparation of election package in anticipation of a May 23 mailing. Package includes a cover letter which provides notice of the election and Annual Membership Meeting, and explains procedures for voting, and is accompanied by the Candidates’ Statements. Article IV, Section 6(d) (i), and Article V, Section 4(a) of the Restated Bylaws provide that notice of the Annual Membership Meeting must be provided not less than 10 days nor more than 90 days prior to the meeting, and that the ballots for the Director election must be sent not less than 20 days nor more than 35 days prior to the meeting. Mailing of the election package between May 22, and June 6, 2011, will satisfy these requirements.

MAY 21 The Board considers any input received from the membership regarding the proposed election procedures and officially approves procedures for the election. As provided by the amended Restated Bylaws, if two, but no more than two, eligible candidates have submitted a timely application to be elected; the Board of Directors declares those candidates elected and the Director election concluded.

MAY 23 “Target date” for mailing of the election package.

JUNE 4 Candidates’ Night: Northwoods Clubhouse Fireplace Area, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


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JUNE 24 9:00 a.m., Board convenes special Board meeting to commence tabulation of ballots; personally delivered ballots shall be accepted and replacement ballots shall be available during this meeting until its adjournment at 5:00 p.m.

JUNE 24 5:00 p.m. deadline for receipt of Director-election ballots mailed or personally delivered directly to accountancy firm.

JUNE 26 Personally delivered ballots are accepted at the Annual Membership Meeting from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m., at which time voting in the Director election shall conclude. Replacement ballots shall be available until the conclusion of voting. Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, the results of the election will be announced unless less than 25% of the voting power of the Association (quorum requirement) has submitted valid ballots. In such case, the failure to achieve a quorum will be announced (but not the vote tally), and the meeting, along with the culmination of the election, will be adjourned to the following morning.

JUNE 27 As a result of a failure to achieve the 25% quorum requirement, the Annual Membership Meeting is reconvened at 10:00 a.m., at Northwoods Clubhouse, for the purpose of concluding the annual election of directors in accordance with a reduced 15% percent quorum requirement. The results are announced and posted at Northwoods Clubhouse, and published in Tahoe Donner News, following certification by the Inspector of Election.

Contents of Election Package Article IV, Section 6(e) of the Restated Bylaws requires that the ballots used in the Director election, at a minimum, indicate the names of the candidates determined eligible by the Elections Committee, provide space to vote for other (“write-in”) candidates, and indicate the time by which the ballot must be received in order to be counted. Ballots are to be accompanied by the Candidates’ Statements. Article IV, Section 6(g) requires that, at a minimum, the election package also must indicate the number of responses needed to satisfy the quorum requirement for a valid election, the time by which the ballot must be received in order to be counted, and the address for return of the ballot in person or by mail. If the balloting period is to be extended in the event of a failure to achieve the required quorum, this must also be indicated in the balloting materials. The Restated Bylaws further provide that returning a ballot marked to be counted toward the quorum requirement only is permitted, that no cumulative or proxy voting is permitted, and that the Board may impose additional rules that are reasonably intended to ensure the secrecy of, and absence of voting irregularities in, the election. Toward this end, and while ballots shall not be marked by the Association with any identifying information, the outer return envelope provided in the election package shall be marked with the name and address of the Record Owner and the designation (unit/lot) of the Separate Interest owned. Members returning ballots in person will be required to present identification. No electronically transmitted (facsimile, e-mail, etc.) ballots will be accepted.

Methods of Voting To be acceptable, the Director-election ballot shall be marked to indicate no more than two votes being cast for two different candidates. Ballots solely marked to indicate that it is to be counted toward the quorum requirement only are also acceptable. Further, the outer envelope in which ballots are returned must, at the very least, indicate the Owner’s name and the Tahoe Donner property which the ballot represents, and must be signed by the Owner in order for the ballot to be acceptable. Once marked and folded, the ballots must be inserted into an envelope that is then sealed; this envelope is then inserted into a second envelope that is then sealed and upon which is indicated the Owner’s name and the Tahoe Donner property being voted, and includes the Owner’s signature. Director-election ballots may then be mailed to the accountancy firm, but must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., June 24, 2011, in order to be counted. Such ballots may also be personally delivered to the accountancy firm, but must meet the same deadline for receipt. Ballots may also be delivered to the special Board meeting on June 24, 2011, between 9:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m., or to the Annual Membership Meeting; in either case, the ballot must be personally delivered by an owner of the property represented by the ballot. At the Annual Membership Meeting, on June 26, 2011, ballots will be accepted between 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. Replacement ballots will be available until the conclusion of voting at 1:30 p.m.

Ballot Counting All ballots will be verified, opened and tallied by the accountancy firm under the supervision of the Inspector of Election, whose decision as to the validity of any ballot will control. The content of each individual ballot will be kept confidential and all ballots will be retained, with the approval of the Inspector, by the accountancy firm for nine months following the election, at which time they shall be transferred to the Association and retained in a secure place for no less than one year from the date of the election. The tally of ballots counted will be kept confidential until the final election results are announced.

Recount Procedures A Director-election recount may only be initiated by a candidate whose name appeared on the election ballot as distributed, or by the Board of Directors. A recount will only be performed if the difference between the number of votes cast for a successful candidate and the number cast for an unsuccessful one is less than twenty. A candidate initiating a recount must post a $500 deposit with the Association at the time of the request. Should the results of the recount fail to alter the ultimate outcome of the election (the same candidates win), the initiator of the recount will be responsible for all costs associated with the recount, and the deposit will be applied toward those costs. If the recount results alter the election outcome, no such responsibility applies and the deposit will be refunded. |



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Right now, as we write the fourth Day Excursion column for our April issue, snow is cascading from the sky in epic proportions. Just this morning, while walking into Northwoods Clubhouse, you could hear the slight, yet strong, sound of bursting dynamite from one of the area’s ski resorts performing avalanche safety – making this coveted mountain playground as safe as possible. This column, although chomping at the bit, is dedicated to taking a softer ride this year so you’re not going to get tales of ripping powder slashes and charging down chutes. Although, if you have some stories, photos, or video to share, please do so by sending them to us on Facebook. If you’re on your way up here now, thinking of what adventure may lie ahead, consider stopping off Interstate 80 in the


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Historic Town of Auburn where you can visit Ikedas Market to pick up some great food, including homemade pies, sauces, salsa, humus, a tasty burger from the grill, homemade fruit shakes and more. Did I mention the Razzleberry Cobbler or the Apple Pie? Ikedas Market, located off the Auburn Ravine exit of I 80, is worth its weight in gold and is a local, gold country splendor. Stop off on your way to Tahoe Donner and grab a pie, taste salsa from the salsa bar and write down your favorite. Our favorite can be deciphered from the photos below. Have a great trip. This is the fourth part of 2011’s Day Excursion column. Stay tuned to upcoming issues for more great excursions.

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ROUND-A-WHAT? By definition, a roundabout is a type of circular junction in which road traffic must travel in one direction around a central island. Sounds simple enough, don’t you think? Wikipedia also states that roundabouts are safer than traditional traffic junctions with 40% fewer vehicle collisions, 80% fewer injuries, and 90% fewer serious injuries and fatalities (according to a study of a sampling of roundabouts in the US when compared with the junctions they replaced). So, why do so many drivers freeze up and panic once they see the oncoming circles of dread? Studies show most serious accidents are right-angle, left-turn or head-on collisions. There is a method to the madness. Roundabouts virtually eliminate those types of crashes because everyone is supposedly traveling in the same direction at low speeds. Whether you are heading out of Tahoe Donner for a quick trip to Save Mart or out for a day of skiing and riding at Squaw or Alpine Meadows, you will run smack dab into the famous Truckee roundabout double-header. Most residents can relate to the roundabout headache and despite the safety factors above, agree they seem to be a hassle more than anything – especially in the winter months. The snow banks tower over key directional signage, coupled with a high percentage of drivers that may not be familiar with rules of the roundabouts. Here are a few basic pointers that can help you navigate with ease and hopefully put a damper on potential hang-ups and traffic snafus. 1.

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First and foremost: all moving traffic in the circle has the right of way! When approaching the roundabout, realize that it is customary to reduce your speed, and yield to all moving traffic. Practice patience. It might take a minute or two or six, but waiting your turn to enter the circle once traffic has cleared is undoubtedly the second most important key factor. In the winter months, it is especially difficult to see the different lane markings and in heavy snow periods often times only one lane is clear. So, when you pull out into the circle, know that you have the right of way to yielding traffic. If possible, try to signal when exiting. Don‘t be afraid to circle around a couple times if you don’t catch your exit the first time. We have all been there before. It’s better to slow down and take your time to circle through and make a clean exit than to rush and end up headed in the opposite direction.

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• Director Appointment: Consensus By unanimous consent, the board appointed Tom Johns to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Robert Burks on the board of directors.


• Director Appointment: Consensus Finance Committee Appointment (King) • 2030 General Plan 2011 – 2015: Approved 4-0 (Dundas Absent) The board received a report back from staff and the GPC regarding member feedback on the proposed 2030 General Plan. The board approved the first five-year segment of the 2030 General Plan 2011 – 2015 as presented. • Member Vote on 2030 General Plan 2011-2015: Disapproved 4-0 (Dundas Absent) The board discussed a property owner’s request to consider a vote of the membership on funding the first five years of the proposed 2030 General Plan. Following discussion, the board voted to disapprove this request. • 2030 General Plan 2016 – 2030: Approved 3-1 (Knisley No, Dundas Absent) The board conditionally approved this segment of the 2030 General Plan. • February Financial Statements: Approved 5-0 The board approved the unaudited Preliminary February 2011 financials as presented. • Presentation & Consideration ofAuditors Report – Fiscal Year 2010: Approved 5-0 Following a presentation by David E. Ljung, of Gilbert Associates, Incorporated, the board approved the 2010 audit as presented. • 2011 Golf Rates: Approved 4-0 (Knisley Absent) The board approved Golf Course rates for the 2011 season. • Request to Waive Late Fee: Disapproved 4-0 (Knisley Absent) The board denied members’ requests to waive late fees for the 2011 Annual Assessment. • Update Resolution 2002-7 Policies &Procedures Regarding Delinquent Assessment Accounts: Approved 4-0 (Knisley Absent) The board approved revisions to this association policy. • Board Training Date: No Action The board discussed possible dates for board training and took no action.

These summaries are intended for general information purposes only. The minutes are available at, upon request in the general manager’s office or by calling (530) 587-9431. A copy of the minutes and current agenda are posted outside the Member Services Office in Northwoods Clubhouse.


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very year in early spring, homeowners who want to start building in the summer contact us to set up a meeting to submit their plans. Oftentimes, we receive a plan designed for an area other than the High Sierra. If you are considering building and are still in the design process, please consider the unique conditions we experience in Tahoe Donner. As you know, we get quite a lot of snow here and that snow “load” has a definite impact on how houses, decks, and any other exterior structure should be built. A local roofer took a core sample of snow in his backyard and did a test for moisture content. He then did a mathematical equation to figure out what the pounds per square foot loading were for the core sample. The depth of the snow was 6.5 feet and the pounds per square foot of that depth of snow came out to be 105 pounds per square foot. Therefore, if you are wondering as to the weight on your roof and, for example, there is 3 feet of snow it, the snow load per square foot is about 50 pounds. At 9 feet, it would equate to abut 160 pounds per square foot and so on. He said that he doubted any roofs are currently in danger of too much snow loading. If your doors or windows begin to stick, or if drywall cracks start to appear, that may be an indicator that some snow shoveling should take place. We have had a high number of reports of leaks due to ice dams, especially on composition roofs, and in roof valleys this winter. This has to do with warm days and cold nights creating ice dams and is not necessarily due to snow loading. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss any issues, please call (530)587-9407 or send an email to


WINTER SUNCATCHER Spring is here, but in Tahoe Donner we are still surrounded by snow! It’s not quite time to get out and hang the bird feeder, but we have something to brighten the day. With some basic household items, you can create a winter sun catcher and bring some color to your yard. This isn’t your average suncatcher, because it will melt as the warmer weather comes around, but the best part is that it’s simply made of ice. When your suncatcher is hit at the right angle by the sun, it will disperse the light and create a flood of color all around. Hopefully, this will help remind you and your neighbors of spring. We can all use rays of colored light as we wait for the snow to melt, birds to come back and flowers to bloom. Enjoy making this simple and quick craft on your own or with family.

Step 1: Fill an ice cube tray with water; in each section of the tray add a few drops of food coloring. (Roughly 3-4 drops will do the trick.) You can use as many colors as you like, but consider what will look best together, because the colors may mix together later.

Step 2 Place the ice cub tray in the freezer and wait until completely frozen. In the meantime work on the next step.

Step 3 Fill the round cake pan about half full of water. To create the hole that allows you to hang your sun catcher, place a plastic up full of water in the pan. Next, put the cake pan with cup in place into the freezer for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Supplies List: Ice Cube Tray

Round Cake Pan

Food Coloring

String or Ribbon

Plastic Cup

Once the ice cubes are completely frozen and the water in cake pan is very cold, remove both from the freezer. Then add the colored ice cubes to the water in the cake pan, leaving the plastic cup in place. Once you are done, return the cake pan to the freezer until the liquid is frozen solid.

Step 5 Now that you have one mega ice cube, remove the plastic cup, flip the sun catcher out of the pan and tie on the ribbon. Now you are ready to hang your suncatcher outdoors. |


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On the forth day of their trip, Merle and Michael Fajans at the top of the Pourdoi lift with the Marmolada and its glaciers in the dista nce.

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The Tahoe D onner Hikin g Club, on the club’s 1st offi cial backpacking trip in late A ug ust through the Emig rant W ilderess


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Email your “Where in the World” photos to: Please submit only .jpeg of 300 dpi or higher for printing. Please include the names of everyone in the picture, where and when it was taken, and a short description of your captured experience.

It’s Time to Spring into Action! Inventory in Tahoe Donner is at a three-year low… If you are thinking of selling, we are now taking listings for spring. If you would like a free market valuation, we can help. Call Coldwell Banker today.

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