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JANUARY 2013


Table of Contents Feature

TAKE NOTE

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New Board Member Meet Jim Stang

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Spotlight: Sally Jones

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Good Morning Truckee 2013 economic forecast

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Snowman Building Contest A family favorite

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Capital Projects Facility improvements update

Departments

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President’s Message Get outside and play

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Monthly Calendar Something for everyone

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General Manager’s Message Employee recognition

08 Covenants

Important rules and standards

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Let’s Get Together TD events & happenings

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Taking Care of Business Board meeting minutes

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VOL. 14, No. 1

Welcome

JANUARY 2013 EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF Amanda Birchenough Alyson Stetz Brinn Talbot

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Tom Johns, btjtd@aol.com

Secretary

Jay Lempinen, jjlempinenlost@sbcglobal.net

Treasurer

Steve Miller, stephen.m.miller@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Director

Ron Wulff, rwulff@sbcglobal.net

Director

Jim Stang, jcstang@sbcglobal.net

Board of Directors

board@tahoedonner.com

President’s Message

Postmaster Send address changes to Tahoe Donner News, 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161 (530) 587-9400, Fax (530) 587-9419

Email

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The Tahoe Donner Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Jim Stang has been appointed to fulfill the term of Suzy Kinsley who resigned from the board for personal reasons. As we wish Suzy goodbye, we welcome Jim who has a wealth of experience in the private sector and at Tahoe Donner. Jim has served on and been Chairman of the Finance Committee, served as a member of the General Plan Committee and as a member of the Men’s Golf Club Board. He is an avid golfer and skier. In the private sector he worked for General Electric, Apple, various high tech start ups and even at NASA. We look forward to working with Jim to continue the great progress Tahoe Donner has made over the past few years and continuing to accomplish the critical items mapped out in the General Plan. As part of the General Plan, Tahoe Donner recently signed a contract with Dale Cox Architects for the design of our new Nordic Center. Dale has a wealth of experience in the Tahoe Basin and as far west as Montana. As plans begin to be fleshed out we will be holding numerous forums with the homeowners to discuss the plans and get their feedback for this exciting new center. It has been snowing, and when you get this our Nordic, Downhill, and Snowplay areas will be open and running at full capacity. Remem-

ber we are “the best place to begin.” Lessons for children start at age three. I can personally attest to the fact that they are the best lessons in this area as my wife Karen and I have taken our grandchildren to a number of resorts and Tahoe Donner is unmatched. They learned more in a half-day at Tahoe Donner than in a full-day elsewhere. On January 12 Tahoe Donner is hosting a Winter Trails Day at the cross country ski center. Details are still being worked out but it will include clinics, free skiing, demos, vendors, food and much more. Please watch for details in the Tahoe Donner Weekly News email updates and plan on attending this new event. Pizza on the Hill has expanded its menu and added a new sauce on their pizza. The new menu includes a number of sandwiches such as tri tip, meatball, chicken, and Italian sausage. There are also a number of new salads on the newly expanded salad bar. This is a great alternative to the menu at the Lodge, and rumor has it that Prime Rib Saturday’s are back at the Lodge starting January 5. I hope to see you on the hill soon.

TOM JOHNS | President

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Learn to Ski and Snowboard Week We will offer Learn to Ski and Snowboard packages for $29, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Packages include an all day lift ticket, rental equipment, and a two-hour group lesson for anyone ages 7 and up.

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Winter Trails Day Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center will be teaming up with REI for a day of short demos, clinics, music and fun. Trail passes will be $5 with all proceeds benefitting local ski teams. (Read more on pg. 27.)

30 JANUARY 2013 Weight Loss kick-off Party Winter Wonderland Party at Pizza on the Hill Join us for happy hour specials all night long, half-price cheese, pepperoni and veggie pizzas and a coolest winter hat contest. We will also have a bunch of fun activities planned, including Bingo from 6 - 8 p.m., so be sure to stop by!

The 2013 Trout Creek Weight Loss Challenge is a free opportunity to join others in a friendly competition to reach your weight loss goals. Trout Creek Recreation Center will host a kick-off party at 5:30 p.m. Participants can signup for the program, weigh-in and have their photo taken.

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FROM THE GENERAL MANager’s Desk

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he winter season is upon us, we have plenty of snow and a wealth of activities to enjoy right in your own neighborhood of Tahoe Donner. Of course, the three primary winter amenities; Downhill, Cross Country, and Snowplay areas, are open and ready for some fun. We also have your year-round operations available as well with fitness activities and hot tubs at Trout Creek Recreation Center. There is excellent new food and beverage options at the Lodge Restaurant & Pub and Pizza on the Hill. Don’t be satisfied being stuck indoors or off the hill this month, get geared up and out for some winter fun in your backyard of Tahoe Donner. For those new to our winter wonderland, here are some winter tips for homeownership snow removal. Shoveling snow can be tedious, or a chore assigned to the kids, either way we want you to avoid injury. Lower back strain is one of the most common injuries related to shoveling snow. The following measures can help you prevent injuries and keep your back healthy while shoveling: • Before the first snowfall is predicted, make sure you have a proper shovel. The best shovel is one that is light-weight, ergonomic and has a curved handle. Your shovel should also be long enough so that you can avoid bending over while shoveling and short enough so that the load on the blade (when you lift it) is close to your body. • Make sure that you have other essential equipment like warm, waterproof and skid-proof boots, as well as gloves, a hat, a coat and sunglasses to protect against glare. • Warm up before you start shoveling by walking around for 5 or 10 minutes, then stretch your arms, legs and back. • If possible, shovel when the snow is fresh rather than after it has been packed down and is heavier. • If the area you need to clear is large, shovel in stages starting with the most critical path first. • Switch hands often, and keep your hands separated with one hand closer to the blade. • Keep the loads light, rather than piling large amounts of snow on your shovel blade. If the snow is deep, shovel in layers. • Avoid bending and twisting as you lift, and empty each shovel full of snow. When possible, push the snow to one side as you clear the path. • Avoid throwing snow off the shovel blade, especially over your shoulder. • Take a break every 15 or 20 minutes to straighten and stretch your back. • Stay hydrated. • Stretch again when you are finished shoveling. If you do experience any back strain, apply ice packs for the first 24 hours, then apply heat to loosen the muscles.

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• There are also some great local contractors who advertise in our monthly magazine who are more than willing and well equipped to assist with snow removal. This past month we recognized four great employees for their contributions to the association during 2012. Federico Zarate, our sous chef at the Lodge was recognized as the Team Member of the Year for his continued dedication and excellent skills in delivering a consistently high quality dining experience for our members. Alex Savitsky was awarded Most Valuable Player (MVP) for his increased management responsibilities as our mountain supervisor at the Downhill Ski Area, and for his hands on work and leadership role in a variety of summer construction projects around the community. Brian Yohn, our replacement reserve manager was recognized as our Rookie of the Year for his ability to quickly master the varied aspects of our associations replacement reserve program in order to immediately update and improve both the visual quality of our amenities and the behind the scenes functionality of equipment. Bill Houdyschell, our staff forester was recognized as the Manager of the Year for his great team leadership skills, in-depth defensible space program, and continued detailed performance in maintaining the health of the forest across our common and open areas. If you have the opportunity, please recognize these great team members who have set themselves apart in the work they do for our community. Mark your calendar: January 12 is national Winter Trails Day. This year we are working in cooperation with REI to bring our community an amazing opportunity to get out on the winter trails at our Cross Country Ski Center. This will include a free day on the trails, extensive demos, lessons, clinics, and more. Start fulfilling those New Year’s resolutions and get out on the trails! Happy New Year!

ROBB ETNYRE | GENERAL MANAGER

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Tahoe Donner CONTACTS Member Communications (area code 530) Member Services

587-9400

info@tahoedonner.com

General Manager

587-9431

gm@tahoedonner.com

Contact Member Services to be transferred to other administrative departments.

Amenities Alder Creek Campground 587-9462

campground@tahoedonner.com

Beach Club Marina

587-9460

marina@tahoedonner.com

Cross Country Center

587-9484

xcski@tahoedonner.com

Downhill Ski Area

587-9444

ski@tahoedonner.com

Equestrian Center

587-9470

equestrian@tahoedonner.com

Forestry 587-9432 forestry@tahoedonner.com Golf Course

587-9443

golf@tahoedonner.com

The Lodge

587-9455

lodge@tahoedonner.com

Pizza On The Hill

582-9669

pizza@tahoedonner.com

Recreation Info Hut

587-9413

troutcreek@tahoedonner.com

Tennis Center

587-9474

tennis@tahoedonner.com

Trout Creek Rec. Center

587-9437

troutcreek@tahoedonner.com

Tahoe Donner Association Committee Chairs Architectural Standards, Jason Wooley aso@tahoedonner.com Covenants, Al Noyes

anoyes@sbcglobal.net

Elections, Nan Carnal

ncarnal@sfsu.edu

Finance, Jeff Bonzon

jdbonzon@yahoo.com

General Plan, Dick Gander

rwgander@yahoo.com

Tahoe Donner Association Chartered Club Presidents Bridge, Diane Rowe

d2rowe@earthlink.net

Friends of TD Trails, B.R. Levine

tdtrails@gmail.com

Rowing Club, Dot Mace

dotmace@sbcglobal.net

Senior Alpine Ski, Michael Sullivan

iceman40@mac.com

Tahoe Donner Green, Sue Sorensen

tahoedonnergreenclub@gmail.com

Tennis, Linda Stewart

dagmaxer@yahoo.com

Nordic Ski Club, Jacky Poulsen

president@nordicskiclub.org

9-Holers, Barbara McCabe

barbmccabe@sbcglobal.net

Mens Golf, Ralph Schindler

tdmensgolf@gmail.com

Women’s Golf, Diane Kalliam

dkalliam@gmail.com

Hiking Club, Robin Reese

rbtahoe@sbcglobal.net

Quilt Club, Linda Brush

cbrush4110@gmail.com

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Good Morning Truckee 2013 Economic Forecast Slated for January 8

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iscal cliff? Economic growth? Recession? Global influences on the economy? Plan to start 2013 off with a solid economic forecast from the well-respected and always interesting Thomas R. Harris, Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno. Good Morning Truckee is open to the public – everyone is invited. It is held the second Tuesday of every month at Truckee Tahoe Airport from 7 - 8:30 a.m. Price at the door for general public is $10; Truckee Donner Chamber members $8 and includes a continental breakfast. Good Morning Truckee is presented by the Truckee Donner Cham-

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ber of Commerce in partnership with sponsors Tri Counties Bank, The Office BOSS, the Sierra Sun, 101.5FM Truckee Tahoe Radio, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, and the Town of Truckee. Additional sponsorships opportunities are available. Good Morning Truckee is a community forum presented by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce to provide timely and relevant information on a variety of topics and create a networking opportunity. For more information, contact the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at (530) 587-8808 or e-mail info@truckee.com.

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Meet New Board Member Jim Stang Tahoe Donner would like to extend a warm welcome to Jim Stang, the new director who is stepping in to fill the remaining six months of Suzy Knisley’s board position. Suzy resigned for personal reasons after serving five and a half years. Jim brings with him years of experience volunteering on committees within Tahoe Donner and is no stranger to the area. “We’ve been property owners in Tahoe Donner for 20 years - built two houses here – and have been full-time residents for the past five years.” said Jim. “We moved up from Sunnyvale and selected Tahoe Donner over a number of different areas because of the location and amenities. We just like living here!” Both Jim and his wife Lydia are very involved in activities around Tahoe Donner. They’ve been married for 39 years and have spent the past 25 years enjoying all that the area has to offer. Lydia is involved in the 18-hole golf club, senior ski club and quilting club. Together Lydia

and Jim spend a large amount of time on the golf course – close to 50 rounds this summer alone. “I’m an avid golfer,” said Jim. “Lydia and I play together, but we also play with our own groups too.” In addition to his successful career accolades and expertise on volunteer Tahoe Donner committees, (see introduction from Tom Johns on page 2) Jim is a senior volunteer with the California Highway Patrol. In his spare time he enjoys reading novels about historical events, the economy and technology. He’s currently reading “The Generals” by Thomas E. Ricks and always finds time to read his monthly subscription The Economist. Jim also recently started taking piano lessons and mentioned that it’s been a very humbling experience. With his diverse professional background, passion for golf and affinity for the area, Jim is looking forward to being a part of the board of directors.

Take a closer look at Jim Stang’s Director Appointment Questions and Answers Do you have a specific agenda(s) that prompted you to seek this board appointment? Yes. I wish to see to it that TDA remains a financially sound HOA and one that fulfills the residential and recreational needs of current and future members. To achieve this, the board of directors must ensure that our association’s assets are physically and functionally sound, implement well-founded amenity use policies, apply prudent oversight to the association’s operations, and implement well-advised and sensible CC&R. What experience do you have with common interests developments? Twenty years as a Tahoe Donner property owner, 15 years as an off-hill member and five years as a full time resident. What are your opinions of the 2030 General Plan? I support the project scope and schedules presented in the document and the fact that the plan undergoes periodic review for appropriateness. It is a needed document.

What is your long-range strategic vision for TDA? I want TDA to continue to exist as a viable and desirable mountain community in which to live and play. Why should the Board select you to complete this term in office? Firstly, I care greatly about where I live and I am familiar with TDA’s staff and operations. Secondly, I have built two homes in TD and as a result I became very familiar with the details and complications of construction. Thirdly, my work experience as a computer programmer and computer systems analyst for 25 plus years has served me well. I worked for General Electric, Apple Computer, Silicon Valley start-ups, State of New York, and other state agencies. I designed, programmed, and fixed large financial, manufacturing, pharmacy dispensing, law enforcement, and database computer systems. I have a BA, MS, two AA and one AS degrees, and have graduated from the General Electric Financial Management Program.

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Tahoe Donner Covenants Rules

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art of what makes Tahoe Donner special is the community norms and standards that the association’s founders and early members established in order to keep our neighborhoods looking great and relationships between our members harmonious. These standards are included in our Covenants Rules (C&R’s) that are monitored by a Covenants Committee that is comprised of Tahoe Donner property owners. The Covenants Committee has advised that many of the complaints acted upon in recent years are the result of owner or guest unfamiliarity with these rules.

The following are some of the more important norms and standards: • Fireworks are prohibited. • Open wood fires are prohibited without proper permits. • Minimize noise after 10 p.m. (If neighbors can hear it, it’s too loud.) Keep in mind that noise will travel further in the mountains than in metropolitan areas. • Turn off exterior lights after 10 p.m. • Prevent garbage spills by using approved enclosures. (Garbage pick-up is on Tuesdays.) • Clean up after your pet. • Store items such as ladders and recreational equipment out of public view.

Only with everyone’s cooperation we can maintain the integrity and value of our properties and memberships here at Tahoe Donner. If you rent your property, please be sure your guests are aware of these community norms and standards. To view our Governing Documents and Covenants Rules, refer to tahoedonner.com/covenants. Should you have questions or need for further clarification, you may contact our compliance inspector, Roy Richner at (530) 598-9406 or email compliance@tahoedonner.com .

Al Noyes | Covenants Committee Chair

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Manager of the Year

team member of the year

WILLIAM HOUDYSCHELL | Forester

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ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

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CAN YOU BEAT LAST YEAR’S SNOWMAN? Build your snowman and participate in the sixth annual Tahoe Donner Snowman Contest! A family favorite and one of our most popular contests, families and kids definitely don’t want to miss out on this fun event! To participate, simply build your own snowman or snow creature, take your photo with it and email the photo with a short story about your snow-building adventure to comdep@tahoedonner.com.

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Yoga for Skiing with Judy Dowdy This class on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m., will prepare us for our winter sports in a safe and holistic way. Drawing from years of personal training, group fitness instruction and a level 4 Yoga Fit Yoga Instructor, Judy combines vinyasa (flowing) yoga moves with core and strength exercises producing a hybrid class. Yoga Fit yoga draws from a few yogic lineages including eight-limb Asthanga, Restorative and classical Indian Asthanga. The class will focus on strengthening muscles used in winter activities, lengthening soft tissue to prevent injury and calming our minds to accept our challenges. All levels are welcome.

Lorenzo Alvarez-Roos and Terry OwensAlvarez were photographed in one of the outdoor hot tubs at Trout Creek Recreation Center for the January 2013 Tahoe Donner News cover. The hot tubs, lap pool, steam room and dry sauna are always popular for unwinding and relaxing after a long workout or ski. January is the perfect time to set new fitness goals and take advantage of all the great things Trout Creek has to offer! (See article on page 28) This month’s cover models have owned a home in Tahoe Donner since 1996 and absolutely love it! They run two businesses – a local interior design firm called THID and an adventure travel company called Bio Bio Expeditions. Living in Truckee and Tahoe Donner is a natural fit given their passion for mountain biking, trail running, hiking, swimming, rafting and kayaking. For part of the year, they run a beautiful adventure camp on the Futaleufu River in Chile. Between the two of them, Lorenzo and Terry have four children – Liam, 14, AnaKenzie, 11, Sabine Alvarez-Bradford, 7, and Saskia Alvarez-Bradford, 5. The kids enjoy swimming in the pools at Trout Creek Recreation Center and at the Beach Club Marina. As a family they also attend special events at Tahoe Donner. “Our kids loved the haunted house at Halloween,” Terry said. Lorenzo and Terry spend quite a bit of time in the spas at Trout Creek Recreation Center. When in town, they can be found soaking in the hot tub, swimming laps and stretching out at least three times a week. “We found the best place to live in the middle of the Sierra Nevada playground,” said Terry. “Summer is great for enjoying the beach and BBQs, fall is nice because it’s less crowded and so beautiful, and winter is awesome because of the great cross country skiing and spending time skiing out to the huts.”

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The Lodge Restaurant & Pub Opens at 5 p.m. daily. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call (530) 587-9455. All specials at The Lodge resume Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

WildER Wednesdays | Happy Hour specials all night long in the entire restaurant! Enjoy 25 percent off small plates, soups and salads, plus drink specials.

Happy Hour at the Pub | Drink specials and 25 percent off tasty starters, soups and salads from 5 – 6:30 p.m., Sunday – Thursday.

No Corkage Tuesdays | Bring your own bottle of vino to enjoy with your meal and we’ll waive the corkage fee on Tuesdays nights. It’s the perfect time to enjoy that favorite bottle of wine you’ve been saving at home. Offer only valid during non-holiday periods.

Prime Rib Saturday Nights | Starting Saturday, January 5, enjoy prime rib dinners at The Lodge. Limited availability.

Welcome Winter Party | Join us on Friday, January 25, for Happy Hour specials from 5 – 6:30 p.m. and live music starting at 6 p.m.

Pizza on the Hill Open from 5 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday – Monday for more information please call (530) 5829669.

Happy Hour | Every Day specials from 5 – 6 p.m. Stop by after work to catch up with friends and relax with $3 Coors Light drafts.

Thursday Night Trivia | Test your trivia skills from California history to sporting events. You never know what questions are going to be on the list from week to week. Trivia is from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and the winner receives a certificate for a free pizza!

Half Price Pizza Hour | A family favorite! Order a cheese, pepperoni or veggie pizza for half price from 5 – 6 p.m. on Sundays. Offer valid for take-out only, limit 10. For more information, or to place your order, please call Pizza on the Hill at (530) 582-9669.

Winter Wonderland Party | Join us on Saturday, January 26, for happy hour specials all night long, half-price cheese, pepperoni and veggie pizzas and a coolest winter hat contest. We’ll also have a bunch of fun activities planned, including Bingo from 6 – 8 p.m., so be sure to stop by!

Winter Bingo | We’re adding winter Bingo to our fun line-up of events every Saturday night from 6 – 8 p.m. starting January 5. Win great prizes!

Football Playoff Action | The bar will be open for drinks at 1 p.m. Watch playoff games on our gigantic HD screen or on one of our large HD flat screen televisions.

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“I’m extremely excited with the direction that Tahoe Donner is taking to improve the ski area, their commitment to cross country skiing is what made me so interested in taking the job. They are 100 percent behind making the area an international destination for cross country skiing.”

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ally Jones, new Manager of Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area (TDXC), has returned to the trails that brought her to Tahoe in the first place. A native of England, Jones grew up in an environment that didn’t include snow, much less sliding over it on long boards. She received her bachelor’s degree in recreation studies from Bedford College. During college she also got her first exposure to what would define the rest of her professional and personal life. “It was in my second year at university that I took a trip to France with some friends to go alpine skiing and I had a blast. I loved it,” Jones recalls. “The highlight of the trip was a tour from the top of a mountain down to the lodge, miles away. I really loved that point-to-point aspect. I didn’t even know that there was a whole sport of skiing that was designed for this. I got the bug enough to know that, at some point, I wanted to do more skiing.”

Upon graduating from college, she ended up in Australia for a year and then moved to New Zealand to try to find work at a ski resort. But after interviewing with the owner of a local alpine area, she somehow ended up as the point person for starting up a new cross country ski area, the first in New Zealand. This new cross country ski area was called the Snow Farm, located near the town of Wanaka on the South

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Island. It served as a sheep farm in the summer. “I was in charge of setting up a cross country ski area, but I’d never cross country skied in my life. I had a blast cruising around on the hills of the farm there.” said Jones. After a trip or two back to England in the off-season, she settled in at the Snow Farm, mastered skiing, and became a Nordic skiing instructor. Her life’s path was set. But it’s a long way from the South Island of New Zealand to the snowfilled valleys of the Sierra Nevada. Upon “My job is to listen to the recommendation of her employwhat people want, and to ers, she took a side trip to Lake Tahoe design a community-based in 1989 to check out the skiing and was program around that.” immediately hooked. During that trip she met Glenn Jobe, the original owner of Tahoe Donner’s Cross Country Ski Area. Jobe offered her a job as an instructor and Jones eventually became the ski school director. “I loved working for TDXC and I made my life sort of an endless winter. I’d work in the Sierra during our ski season and then go back to New Zealand and work their ski season.” said Jones. In 1996 the Auburn Ski Club on Donner Summit offered Jones a position as their Nordic program director. She accepted the job and has spent the past 16 years developing one of the strongest club programs in the country. Jones also then became a full-time resident of Tahoe Donner. She recalls, “I just loved being so close to the skiing, living here. What really brought me to Tahoe Donner was the access to the trails – both winter and summer – and not having to drive to play outdoors. I love the open feel here; I can’t think of a better place to live.” Jones’ role as program director at Auburn Ski Club wasn’t just paper pushing. She has been involved extensively with developing the Nordic division of the Professional Ski Instructors Association (PSIA) here in the west, and holds the highest level of certification from that organization. She has also helped to develop instructor training certification in

both New Zealand and the United States, and is currently a clinician and chief cross country ski technique examiner. Jones is also an active international cross country ski race technical delegate (referee) for the United States Ski Association and a long-time board member of the Far West Nordic Ski Education Association, which is the California/Nevada

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While garbage is a much more significant problem in the summer, we still need to dispose of it properly in the winter months. Many properties now have metal enclosures. One thing that resurfaces is that the enclosures are not being closed securely or the latches are no longer secure. Please keep in mind that homeowners are responsible for all of their guests or renters, including uninvited bears that make a trash mess or destroy a garbage can enclosure. Please make sure that you, your guests and renters close the garbage can enclosure securely. If you have any questions regarding this or any of our rules, please call us at (530) 587-9407, e-mail us at aso@tahoedonner.com, fax us at (530) 587-9427, or come in to see us at the Northwoods Clubhouse.

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Interior New Construction division of the United States Ski Association. In her spare time, Jones has studied a somatic (holistic) approach to leadership and combines that expertise and the martial art of Aikido to coach leaders in various organizations. Although not looking to leave Auburn Ski Club, Jones was enticed by friends to take a closer look at the manager position at TDXC when it opened up. “Originally, I wasn’t interested, but having been involved in trying to get the Super Tour to Tahoe (a series of national-caliber cross country ski races scheduled for April), I saw Tahoe Donner’s new commitment to growing the sport and making itself an international destination. I became much more intrigued with the possibilities of becoming a part of that growth.” she said. Hiring Jones was an easy decision for Miguel Sloane, Tahoe Donner’s Director of Operations. “Certainly her experience was appealing, but the way she conveyed her passion for the sport, and how that matched what we are trying to accomplish here at Tahoe Donner, made the decision pretty simple. She rose to the top of a very talented pool of applicants.” It wasn’t just bringing top-notch ski racing to Tahoe Donner that interested Jones in the job. She saw the plans for the new day lodge and knew that being a part of the operation would fit perfectly into her philosophy of bringing Nordic skiing to a wide variety of participants. “I’m extremely excited with the direction that Tahoe Donner is taking to improve the ski area,” said Jones. “Their commitment to cross country skiing is what made me so interested in taking the job. They are 100 percent behind making the area an international destination for cross country skiing.” She’s hit the ground running (or skiing), feverishly planning new programs, hiring the most customer service-oriented individuals she can find, adding more trails (including special ones for furry friends) and developing more programs for young skiers. Anyone who has seen Jones in operation at Auburn Ski Club knows that she’s all about getting kids excited about cross country skiing. She also has a strong commitment to the ski school, which already boasts the largest number of PSIA Level 3 instructors in the region (the highest level of certification). Jones will be bringing her technical experience to the forefront of their instruction programs with ongoing training to provide the best instruction for the beginner skier through advanced racers. “What we have is amazing, and I really want to get the word out to more people about our great facilities and programs, and build on that. My job is to listen to what people want, and to design a community-based program around that.” Jones encourages all Tahoe Donner residents to come to the cross country center and see what all the excitement is about.

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pon recent approvals from Town of Truckee Building Department, our general contractor is now permitted to start improvements at the covered pub deck and new sun deck, with pro shop expansion, snack bar expansion, and kitchen improvements occurring in early 2013, and a permanent grotto bar in early spring as weather allows. Further detail at each improved area at the Lodge is as follows:

New sun deck With the existing deck being covered, those that appreciate more sun will have the option to utilize the sun deck, which will wrap around the exterior of the covered deck. The existing exterior staircase will be replaced with a new staircase that accesses the new pathway toward practice greens and down into the new pro shop entrance.

Pro shop expansion Covered pub deck The existing pub deck will receive a roof, windows, and fireplace for expanded dining options during cooler months. During summer months, the roof will provide desirable shade while removable windows will allow for necessary air circulation.

By expanding the pro shop outward towards the starter shack, an office, storage room, fitting room and additional retail area will be gained. This expansion also allows for a new corridor that provides golfers access to restrooms without travel through pro shop or conference room.

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Bring your little one to Kid’s Club to play in a fun, safe and stimulating environment while you enjoy Trout Creek Recreation Center’s services. Kid’s Club can be a great transition into childcare or school for children ages 3 months – 8 years. New! Kid’s Club will now be open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. In addition, members can now receive a 10 percent discount when purchasing a 10 hour pass and a 15 percent discount when purchasing a 20 hour pass. For more information, contact Trout Creek Recreation Center, (530) 587-9437, or email mkohnstam@ tahoedonner.com.

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Winter Trails Day offers children and adults across the nation who are new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free, and to discover the great fitness and social benefits with these easy-to-learn winter sports. In addition, there will be demos available for the not-so-new to snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Come one, come all on Saturday, January 12, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Assisting REI and Tahoe Donner with lessons in striding and skate skiing will be our very own Truckee High Nordic Team. A BBQ will be offered along with great music. You don’t want to miss this day at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center. Free demos and lessons are offered during this time for snowshoeing, striding and skate skiing for both adults and children. Parking will be available at the Cross Country Ski Center at 15275 Alder Creek Rd., along with at The Lodge on 12850 Northwoods Blvd. Shuttles will be provided. Participants are asked to make a $5 suggested donation which will directly benefit the Truckee High Nordic Ski Team. Pre-register on tahodonner.com

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45 DAY NOTICE PROPOSED CHANGES TO ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SCHEDULE OF FEES FOR PROJECT EXTENSIONS

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hanges to the Architectural Standards Schedule of Fees for Project Extensions will be considered for action by the board of directors. The board of directors is expected to take action to adopt these fines as they are presented here or with some modification, at its February meeting, currently scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2013. The board welcomes any input you may wish to offer regarding this process. Your comments are welcome via email: arosenfeld@tahoedonner.com, telephone: (530) 587-9630, Fax: (530) 587-9419 or US Mail: Tahoe Donner Association 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA, 96161

The current schedules of fees for project extensions are as follows: Extension Fee $50 Recommended changes to the Architectural Standards Fee Schedule are as follows: Major Projects First extension $500 Second extension $1000

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Jump into 2013 at trout creek January is always a great time to set new fitness goals and begin a brand new year with a clean slate. Trout Creek Recreation Center has two new programs that are sure to motivate and help you achieve your goals!

2013 Weight Loss Challenge The 2013 Trout Creek Weight Loss Challenge is a free opportunity to join others in a friendly competition to reach your weight loss goals. You still have a little bit of time to think about joining the program, which begins on Friday, February 1, and lasts for 12 weeks. Trout Creek Recreation Center will host a kick-off party at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30. Participants can sign-up for the program, weigh-in and have their photo taken. There will also be a guest lecture on the 12-Steps of Weight Loss Success and a brief introduction about how services at Trout Creek Recreation Center can help contribute to your success. Don’t worry, if you can’t make the kick-off party you can still join the challenge by signing up at the front desk any time before February 1. Throughout the 12 weeks, we will provide special educational opportunities (nominal fees will apply) for challengers to gain knowledge, motivation, and resources to overcome plateaus and maintain their weight loss. Weekly weigh-ins will be available to track progress. At the culmination of the 12 week challenge, prizes will be awarded to the participant who has lost the greatest number of pounds and the partici-

pant who has lost the greatest percentage of body weight. Every participant that loses 10 percent of their body weight will receive a Trout Creek Weight Loss Challenge t-shirt.

Century Club Challenge If you’re a frequent user of Trout Creek Recreation Center, you should consider joining the Century Club Challenge. Visit Trout Creek 100 times by September 30, 2013, and you will become an honorary member of the Trout Creek Century Club and receive a Trout Creek Century Club t-shirt. We will celebrate our Centurions with a Century Club Celebration in October and unveil the

Century Club Hall of Fame. We will also reward our Super Centurions (150 visits), Mega Centurions (200 visits), and of course, the Centurion who has the greatest number of visits to Trout Creek. Throughout the period we will be offering mini-challenges to keep our Centurions motivated and committed. How many laps can you swim in a month? How many miles can you log on a treadmill? How many fitness classes can you attend? Mini-challenge winners will also be recognized at our Century Club Celebration. To join the challenge, you may sign up at the front desk anytime or email us at troutcreek@tahoedonner.com

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Taking Care of Business Regular Board Meeting Minutes Summary November 17, 2012 age Corkage Fee Policy”. • Consent Calendar: Approved 4-0 (Director Lempinen Absent) ·· Tahoe Donner Nordic Ski Club ·· Downhill Ski Area Parking Lot • Committee Rosters for 2013: No Action The board discussed committee appointments for 2013 in anticipation of acting upon them at the December 15, 2012 board meeting. • Euer Valley Resolution: No Action Discussion took place regarding the development of a formal resolution regarding the Euer Valley. The board placed this item on the December 15, 2012 regular board meeting agenda for further consideration. • Capital Projects Report: No Action The board was provided with a report on the status of various association projects. General Manager Robb Etnyre provided the board with a review of the updated “Capital Projects” portion of the Tahoe Donner web site.

• Development Fund/Building Fund Policy: Approved 4-0 (Director Lempinen Absent) The board approved reporting out the Building Replacement Fund portion of the Development Fund Policy as a separate line item in the monthly financial reports. • Director of Finance & Accounting Report: Approved 4-0 (Director Lempinen Absent) The board approved the Preliminary October 2012 Financials. • Replacement Reserve Fund Policy Resolution: No Action The board discussed revisions to this association policy. • Trails Master Plan: Direction Provided Alta Planning & Design presented their draft findings and recommendations for a Trails Master Plan. The board provided direction to staff and requested that this item be placed on a future board meeting agenda for further consideration.

• Resolution Updates: Approved 4-0 (Director Lempinen Absent) The board approved revisions to the “Banquet Events Discount Policy and the rescission of Resolution 2004-1 - “Alcoholic Bever-

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Bulgaria

David and Bria n Da nis at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedra l in Sofia, Bulgaria while on a mission with their church.

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Kai and Nancy Amundsen met fellow Tahoe Donner residents Eric and Elaine Ring while cruising to Alaska. The scenery was spectacula r and the cruising experience was luxurious and relaxing.

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Chicago

Ka ry n and Kenji Watanabe at Willis Tower (S ea rs Tower) in Chicago , Illinois.

Prague

Tahoe Donner Homeowners, Tom Dowd (left), and Frank Canova (second from left) playing golf on the Danube River in Prague in July.

Spain

Rose and Dennis Richa rdson at the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Taken mid-August 2012, while visiting family in Northern and Southern Spain.

Nicaragua

and Jack Mulligan Jay, Ella, Nata lie an and sun in Sa n Ju enjoying the surf . 12 a in July, 20 del Sur, Nica ragu

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