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FEATURES

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Forest Fire Safety What you can do to help

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Fourth of July Fireworks and parade

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2012 Summer Concert Bluegrass with a twist

24 Drive into Summer Golf clubs, lessons and clincs TAKE NOTE

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DEPARTMENTS

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President’s Message A special message

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Monthly Calendar Something for everyone

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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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Bulletin Board Building season

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Where in the World is TD News? TD News travels the world

Volunteerism in Tahoe Donner Get involved

Sam Bush Concert Everything you need to know

Solar Panels An important reminder


VOL. 13, NO. 7

WELCOME

JULY 2012 EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF Amanda Birchenough Amanda Wallace

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Suzan Knisley, suzylynn@mindspring.com

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT, SUZY KNISLEY

Vice President

Tom Johns, btjtd@aol.com

Secretary

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

Treasurer

Ron Wulff, rwulff@sbcglobal.net

Director

Jay Lempinen, jjlempinenlost@sbcglobal.net

Board of Directors

board@tahoedonner.com

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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Publishing Information Tahoe Donner Association holds the exclusive service mark right to “Tahoe Donner.” Any unauthorized use of such will be regarded as an infringement of that service mark right and is prohibited. The inclusion of advertising in this publication does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Tahoe Donner Association or its board of directors of the products, services, or views contained therein. Tahoe Donner News (ISSN 1550-6061) is the official monthly publication of Tahoe Donner Association, which is located at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161. Each membership parcel receives one subscription to a domestic address. Additional subscriptions are available at the cost of $25 each. Cost to produce and distribute this publication is offset by advertising revenues. Periodicals Postage Paid at Truckee, CA, and additional mailing offices. Member letters to Tahoe Donner are published in the Members section of tahoedonner.com, where publishing guidelines are available.

Cover Sam Bush: Photo by David McClister

This year marks the end of my fifth year serving on the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors, and the privilege of serving as your President of the association for a second term. It has been very rewarding to be part of our current business model of continuous improvement and to not only help direct, but to actually observe important improvements coming to fruition. The most important message I leave to you, the members, is to not take for granted the important role members make in being engaged in the process of the business decisions that are approved for your benefit, especially the second homeowners who make up 75 percent of current Tahoe Donner properties according to an outside study done by address. Your participation is very important. You place a very high level of responsibility in your board of directors to make the best decisions for you. Although staff carries out these decisions, the board directs and makes final approval of all major improvements, including current and future building plans, land acquisitions and working with our General Manager to set each year’s goals and budget. Important to our community is the vision of Tahoe Donner in future years, part of which is the 2030 General Plan. Member utilization of all our private amenities has increased by 4 percent from 2010 to 2011, and by 18 percent from 2008 to 2011, with the largest increases attributed to Trout Creek and the Marina. Trout Creek has averaged 140,000 visits per year for the past three years! In order to provide a more professional and rewarding board of director experience, during my term in office I initiated a professional board training program, administered by outside professionals, including legal, to bring the board up to date on all state and federally mandated rules, and also professional board procedures and standards. To make it easier

for second homeowners to be on the board and contribute their ideas and direction to the association, video conferencing is now in place for a virtual presence at board meetings. This is especially important for those members that would like to run for and become a member of the board of directors, but have the challenge of commuting to meetings. To sum up major accomplishments in Tahoe Donner by this board and our staff during the past year, we purchased four significant parcels of land to increase our open space: 482 acres in the Euer Valley, 161 acres of McGlashan Springs, 240 acres with the Buckman Track and the 20 acre S&R property and buildings for our Forestry Dept.; we increased parking for our Downhill Ski area; we are in the process of installing all new upgraded signage to improve our visual image and directional waypoints; we are moving ahead with plans for the replacement of our 40 yearold Cross Country Ski Lodge to one that meets our current demand; we approved plans to increase our deck and also improve the Grotto at the Lodge; the cell phone tower contract has been signed; and this fall improvements are scheduled for the Marina, all without increasing the operations budget and without a special assessment. This was accomplished by well-planned business decisions and budgeted savings in advance. I invite you to become an important part of our association and let your voice make a difference, attend board meetings, join a committee, make new friends with your fellow members, and get involved. Most importantly be part of this great community in the mountains and enjoy what I believe Tahoe Donner will be known as in the near future, the second “jewel” of the Sierras, the first one being Lake Tahoe itself.


Photo contest reminder! Do you take great pictures? Do you want to get published? Snap away from now through September 3, and email us your best pictures. There are so many things to explore this summer; we had a difficult time setting strict guidelines for this contest, so just send us your favorites! Top picks will be published in one of our fall issues of Tahoe Donner News. Please submit only .jpeg of 300 dpi or higher for printing to comdep@tahoedonner.com. Please include a photo caption and story behind your captured moment.

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July SAVE THE DATE! EUER VALLEY MEMBER BBQ

Saturday Night BBQ Saturday, July 7 5 – 7:30 p.m. @ Equestrian Center

Family Overnight Campout A fun evening of wagon rides, games, crafts and a hearty outdoor BBQ dinner. Play a round of horseshoes or try your hand throwing a rope at the roping station.

Saturday – Sunday, July 14 – 15 5:30 p.m. – 9 a.m. @ Beach Club Marina Spend a night under the stars. A sleeping bag and warm clothes are mandatory, but if you have a tent you can bring that too! Enjoy the outdoor movie, cookout, campfire and breakfast. Space is limited.

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Sam Bush & The Dead Winter Carpenters

Dive in Movie

Saturday, July 21 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) @ Tahoe Donner Driving Range

Saturday, July 28 Sunset @ Trout Creek Rec Center

A Tahoe favorite, Dead Winter Carpenters will open for bluegrass legend Sam Bush. Inner circle tickets (closest to the stage) are available for $50 and outer circle tickets are $35. Purchase tickets at tahoedonner.com/shop or at the Member Serices office (530) 587-9400 at Northwoods Clubhouse, 11509 Northwoods Blvd. in Truckee.

Watch a movie on the big screen from the comfort of an innertube in the Trout Creek Recreation Pool or cuddle up poolside on a chaise lounge. You’ll need to come early to secure a spot in the family hot tub.

Saturday, July 28 3 – 7 p.m. @ Check-in at the Equestrian Center and catch the shuttle Enjoy an afternoon of food, music, crafts and games in the beautiful Euer Valley to celebrate a wonderful summer season. Parking will be available at the Equestrian Center with shuttle buses running into the valley. Purchase your tickets at tahoedonner.com or the day of at the Equestrian Center. Cost: Members & Guests Only Adults (ages 13+) $15, Kids (ages 5 – 12) $5

NEW! Become a Tahoe Donner Trooper! Visit the Recreation Information Hut to pick up your Trooper Guide! Attend events, complete activities and earn your way to collecting your Trooper prize! For more information and rules, visit tahodonner.com.

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FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER’S DESK

A must attend event this summer is the Fourth of July Parade in your own hometown of Truckee, CA! Full-time, part-time, or guest residency, it does not matter, for you can’t help but enjoy our authentic small town American parade where local bands, floats, sports teams, service organizations and businesses alike all gather with spectators along a two mile parade route ending in downtown Truckee to celebrate our independence and the vitality of our local community. Of course, there are other great events to participate in during the month of July: themed Saturday Night BBQs at the Equestrian Center, Outdoor Movie Nights, Junior Golf School, Swim Lessons, Water Kids Club, Day Camps, Stand-up Paddleboard Race, Sam Bush Summer Concert (Saturday, July 21), and the list goes on and on. Don’t forget to check in with your Summer Fun Guide to maximize your fun this summer while at your personal resort. Misplaced your Summer Fun Guide? You can always find an electronic copy and more event details online or at the Member Services office at the Northwoods Clubhouse. Also, look for our Weekly Activity Guide available at the counter of each amenity for timely weekto-week special offerings. Does the term “Stored Value” mean anything to you while you’re at Tahoe Donner? Did you know you can put money on your Tahoe Donner Membership ID cards? It is called Stored Value. You no longer have to carry money or your credit card with you when you visit Tahoe Donner’s amenities. It’s very easy to put value (money) on your card. You can come into the Member Services office with your credit card and our staff can put the money on your card for you. If you want to do it yourself, just go to Shop TD on the Tahoe Donner web page under Members and Member Services and click on Stored Value and fill in the blanks. To redeem your stored value, simply tell the staff member that you have stored value on your Member or Guest ID card. Your receipt will display the balance left on the ID card. You can check your balance or add value to your card at any time by going into your profile on Shop TD and clicking on History profile, Stored Value. Remember to always take

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your ID card with you to use stored value at the amenities. This program was introduced last summer and received rave reviews and participation. So, don’t worry about carrying your wallet, stored value and your membership ID or Guest card is all you need this summer at your personal resort. Membership ID cards are used within Tahoe Donner and each property is entitled to as many as four member ID cards for qualified individuals. Each property may purchase up to four additional member ID cards for qualifying family members. Your member ID card identifies you as a member and affords you access to the private and public amenities at the member rate (where applicable). Each property is also entitled to a maximum of two transferable guest cards for use by property owners’ guests to gain access to the private amenities, where guest access fees will apply. Up to four guests may gain access on a single transferrable guest card. Upon payment of the Annual Recreation Fee, a member and any other eligible members associated with that membership are granted access to the Beach Club Marina, Northwoods Pool, Trout Creek Recreation Center and the Tennis Center without having to pay the daily entrance fee. The 2012-13 Recreation Fee is $225 and is valid from May 1, 2012 through April 30, 2013; it can be purchased at the Member Services office at Northwoods Clubhouse. If you have elected not to purchase the Recreation Fee, then daily entrance fees will apply to your amenity visits. The entrance fee for the private amenities, including Trout Creek Recreation Center, the Tennis Center and the Beach Club Marina, is $6 for members and $8 for guests. This fee provides access to all these amenities for the entire day. The entrance fee for Northwoods Pool is $4 for members and $6 for guests. August will quickly follow July, which includes plenty more opportunities to get out and play at Tahoe Donner. We will host our famous Cardboard Regatta on August 18, plus plenty of other camp and class offerings to round out your summer. I hope to see you all around the amenities and special programs this summer. Don’t forget to take time to enjoy a round of golf at your own championship course along with the other great local Truckee attractions, like our small town “Truckee” Thursdays in Downtown Truckee.

ROBB ETNYRE | GENERAL MANAGER


TAHOE DONNER ASSOCIATION 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION RESULTS Two Candidates ran for one available seat in this year’s election, with Mr. Tom Johns being elected to a three-year term. To follow is a “Quorum Summary” for the 2012 Director Election: QUORUM SUMMARY TYPE OF BALLOT BALLOTS CAST VOTES CAST Ballots w/Candidate Votes 1,656 1,656 Quorum Purposes Only 132 N/A Totals 1,788 1,656 Eligible Ballots 6,294 Required Quorum 25% 1,574 OTHER INFORMATION Total Ballots Received 1,888 Unsigned-Disqualified Ballots 64 Additional Disqualified Ballots 36 Total Ballots Received 1,788

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

587-9400

info@tahoedonner.com

General Manager

587-9431

gm@tahoedonner.com

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2012 Relay For Life of Truckee-Tahoe Your Truckee Hometown SEARS store, & owners, Charlie & Nancy Riley, encourage you to participate in this year’s Relay for Life Event in Truckee supporting the American Cancer Society.

JULY 14th & 15th Truckee High School Opening Ceremony 9:00 AM Survivor Lap 9:30 AM Luminaria Ceremony 9:00 PM Closing Ceremony 9:00 AM

No matter who you are there’s a place for you at Relay. For information contact event chairs: Jesse Hunter Chris Otto jtahoehunter@hotmail.com christruckee@yahoo.com 530.386.5150 530.277.2639

Event website: www.relayforlife.org/truckeeca Email: truckeetahoerelay@gmail.com

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, Sharilyn Nelson

nelson9025@sbcglobal.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

pindagold@yahoo.com

Nordic Ski Club, Carol Ozimek

president@tdnordicskiclub.org

9-Holers, Hilary Ward

hilary2@aabol.com

Mens Golf, Ralph Schindler

tdmensgolf@gmail.com

Women’s Golf, Denise Kosak

deezak12@hotmail.com

Hiking Club, Robin Reese

rbtahoe@sbcglobal.net

Quilt Club, Linda Brush

cbrush4110@gmail.com

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FOREST FIRE SAFETY This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Angora Fire which devastated a South Lake Tahoe community by destroying 242 homes. In the same year the 80 Fire burned uphill and entered Tahoe Donner. This winter season produced approximately 50 percent of our normal precipitation. Is this going to be a bad fire season? Only time will tell. Since 1960 five large fires have entered or burned near Tahoe Donner. In 1960 the Donner Ridge Fire burned the western portion of the development as it stands today; in 1977 the Flash Fire burned up to lower Skislope Way; in 1994 the Armstrong Fire burned toward Bernese Lane; and in 2003 and 2007 the Donner Fire the 80 Fire, respectively, burned toward Glacier Way. As I visit properties within Tahoe Donner to assist owners with defensible space or tree issues I have difficulty finding trees not showing the effects of a fire by being scarred on the base of the tree. Fire on the east side of the crest of the Sierras typically travels with the prevailing winds coming out of the southwest flowing to the northeast. This weather pattern makes the southern side of Tahoe Donner the likely area a wild land fire will approach the subdivision. Carol Rice of Wild Land Resource Management completed a fire history report for Donner State Park that showed a recurrence of fire on average every 9.1 years between 1635 and 1990. The study focused on examining the annual rings of tree stumps, looking for charred wood and dating the event to a year in history. The study leads us to the idea that the natural fires occue in a given area in intervals of 8 to 15 years. This concurs with the conclusions of other work completed by scientists in the Sierra Nevadas. Under a frequent fire regime of low intensity fire, the forest would look similar to the reports of the first Europeans to the area; forested areas of large trees generally spaced some distance apart with little

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The management objectives for the forestry department here at Tahoe Donner are: • To increase the level of vegetation and fuels management to help lessen the effects of a wildfire on the property • To maintain a healthy forest • To increase the recreational opportunities within the open space of the property • To improve the wildlife and fish habitats throughout the property • To eliminate noxious weeds

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or no vegetation and debris on the ground. When a forest is managed to mimic one under a frequent fire interval, it becomes more resistant to catastrophic wildfire events. Shaded fuel breaks are a great example of this type of management work. A shaded fuel break is a forested area located at a strategic firefighting position where there are mature trees spaced apart with a small amount of material in the understory.

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So what is the forestry department doing to prepare for the summer season? Common area: There are 1,345 acres of common area located mostly in and around the private lots in the association. These properties are managed to mimic shaded fuel breaks and the forestry department has been working on their management since 1994. Currently nearly all of the common area acreage is under management and will be reviewed for needed work every 8 years to coincide with the defensible space inspections program. Fuel break system: There are 1,096 acres of fuel breaks located mostly on the west and southwest side of the developed portion of Tahoe Donner. These properties are also managed to mimic shaded fuel breaks and the forestry department has been working on their management since 1990. Defensible space and chipping programs: The defensible space program is comprised of forestry staff inspecting private properties for compliance with Public Resources Code 4291. In 2012 we implemented an 8-year program replacing the original 4-year program that started in 2008. We are concentrating on the association’s southern border for the 2012 program. There are 6,472 properties in the association and we are inspecting approximately 750 units per year. The chipping program is designed to help property owners remove vegetative material from their properties either creating defensible space or improving the forest health. The items

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listed on our inspection report, once completed, mimic the effects of what a natural low intensity fire would do to vegetation on the landscape. The property then becomes fire safe.

• Pine needle and woody debris removal – a fire would burn the needles and woody debris and clean the forest floor. • Brush removal to reduce the fire ladder – a fire would burn and remove the areas of brush with a litter layer under the vegetation. • Tree thinning – a fire would kill small diameter trees with thin bark that would then be consumed by the next fire in the area. • Lower limb removal to reduce the fire ladder– the heat and flames of a fire would kill the lower branches on the trees in the area.

Private property forest management: This includes the forest health advice, tree removal permit system and the dead tree program. The Forestry Department has a California licensed forester and a certified arborist on staff to assist property owners with tree issues on their property and issue tree removal permits. A permit is required at Tahoe Donner for the removal of any tree larger than 4 inches in diameter measured 3 feet above the surface of the ground. The department also has a dead tree program where adjacent property owners or staff report a dead or dying tree. The department then inspects the tree to see what killed the tree or if the problem is spreading and requires the removal of the tree to protect forest health.

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What you can do to help – fire safety tips from TD Forester Bill Houdyshell • Make sure your checklist of defensible space items has been completed for the season, lists can be found at tahoedonner.com/forestry/defensible-space/ • Place combustible patio or deck furniture and accessories inside when the house is not in use. • Remove the vegetative debris from between the boards of a deck. • Place propane tanks from grills or heaters away from the house when not in use. • Make sure the garage door has as tight a fit as possible. • Leave a non-combustible ladder next to the house for firefighters to use. • Close all windows when you are away. • Connect nozzles to hoses and connect them to faucets for firefighters to use. • Make sure your vents are covered with 1/8” wire mesh or install new vents designed to prevent embers from entering.


VOLUNTEERISM IN TAHOE DONNER This summer we are excited to offer a new volunteer program which connects the membership to Tahoe Donner and Truckee/ Tahoe community. We are offering volunteer opportunities through Tahoe Donner staff lead events such as the Fourth of July parade float construction and participation, Trail Day(s), and the Summer Concert featuring Sam Bush. Additionally, we will be linking members who are interested in volunteer work with Tahoe Donner club activities and events, as well as Truckee/Tahoe events. Tahoe Donner clubs like the Tennis Club, Friends of the Tahoe Donner Trails Club, Senior Ski Club, and Men’s 18 Hole Golf Club all have a multitude of activities and events which welcome volunteer aspects to make their programs successful. Our most recent Board of Directors Election is also an excellent example of volunteerism in Tahoe Donner. We have five very active volunteers who have committed their time to be on the board of directors, but they are also supported by active volunteer committees

which, provide excellent resources for the board and management alike. We thank them for their efforts and continued commitment to Tahoe Donner. Offerings of upcoming volunteer events will be communicated in the Wednesday Member News email blasts. If you are not receiving this important Tahoe Donner business related email, please visit tahoedonner.com and in the top right corner clink on subscribe. Once entering your contact information and email, you can select to subscribe to any of our email groups. If you are interested in volunteering in Tahoe Donner or would like to be connected to local volunteer efforts, please contact director of facilities and risk management Annie Rosenfeld at arosenfeld@tahoedonner.com.

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Need another copy of Summer Fun Guide or have questions about anything related to summer recreation? Stop by the Member Services office, located in the Northwoods Clubhouse.

Member Services Office NEW! Summer Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily

The Recreation Information Hut Swing by to sign up for your favorite summer recreation programs! Rent bocce sets, and check out horseshoes and volleyballs to use behind Northwoods Clubhouse. Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily.

Save the Date: Euer Valley Member BBQ Enjoy an afternoon of food, music, crafts and games in the beautiful Euer Valley to celebrate a wonderful summer season. Parking will be available at the Equestrian Center with shuttle buses running into the valley. Purchase your tickets at tahoedonner.com or the day of at the Equestrian Center. Date and Time: Saturday, July 28 from 3 – 7 p.m. Where: Check-in at the Equestrian Center Cost: Members & Guests Only Adults (ages 13+) $15, Kids (ages 5 – 12) $5

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Demo Day Are you looking to purchase a new kayak or paddleboard? Or maybe you just want to check out the latest kayaks and standup paddleboards available? The Sports Exchange will host a demo day featuring kayaks from Malibu, Cobra, Dagger, Perception, and paddleboards by Tahoe SUP, NSP, Wai SUP, H20. Date: Saturday, July 14 Time: 9 a.m.

Crawdad Fishing Contest Come to the annual Crawdad Fishing Contest. Prizes will be awarded for the largest and smallest crawdads, and for those who can catch the most. This is a catch-andrelease contest. Date: Saturday, July 14 Time: 9 a.m.

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Truckee Fourth of July Parade 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 4 Along Donner Pass Road, ending in historic downtown. Truckee Fireworks Dusk, Wednesday, July 4 @ West End Beach Kings Beach Fireworks 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 3 Tahoe City Fireworks 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 4 @ Commons Beach

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The popular Water Kids Club will meet Thursdays and Fridays from 4 – 6 p.m. This club will introduce participants to a variety of water-oriented activities such as swimming challenges, windsurfing, stand-up paddling, sailing, kayaking and more. Children ages 6 and older with good swimming skills are welcome to join. Program Season: Through August 17 Days: Thursdays and Fridays Time: 4 – 6 p.m. Cost: $75 for the summer or $15 for member drop-ins, $20 for guest drop-ins

9:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 4

Stand-up Paddleboard Race Bring your own board or rent one from us. Date: Sunday, July 29 Time: 3 p.m.

Truckee boasts hometown pride during Fourth of July week. From the popular Truckee parade, to fireworks celebrations around Lake Tahoe, some say Fourth of July is the best time of year to be here!

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Want to learn to windsurf? Join us on Fridays throughout the summer for special clinics. Instructors teach up to a group of eight people. We offer two clinics – a Kids Windsurfing Clinic for ages 6 – 12 years of age from 2 – 3 p.m. and an Adult Windsurfing Clinic for ages 13 and over from 3 – 4 p.m. Clinics will be held weather permitting. Please call the Beach Club Marina for reservations. Amenity entrance fees apply. Dates: July 19 and August 9 Days: Thursdays Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Cost: $10

There won’t be a dull moment when it comes to recreation fun this month. With a wide variety of events to choose from, this summer is setting up to be a blast! You don’t want to miss our signature summer events including the second annual Waterpalooza, summer concert series, family overnight campout and the Euer Valley BBQ. Due to its popularity

last year, we expanded Waterpalooza into a two-day event to kick off the Fourth of July week. Keep cool with your family and friends while you enjoy water balloons, American BBQ, games and of course the Log Jammer – a new massive 24 foot high, 2 person water slide. This event will be held on the driving range on June 30 and July 1 and is open to the public. Kick back and experience the best summer hits on July 7, with the first concert of the summer concert series at Pizza on the Hill. Parents can rock out to the band while the kids enjoy the bounce house and face painting. Bring a few dollars to get your fill of popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones. Check out the new and improved family overnight campout at the Beach Club Marina on July 14 - 15. This family experience will be an instant summer hit. Let us cook dinner and breakfast for you while your family participates in outdoor activities like horse shoes, camp crafts, s’mores, and more. Campers will enjoy a family classic movie on our giant inflatable movie screen. Spread out on the sandy shores of Donner Lake or watch from your tent – you choose. Lastly, mark your calendar for the inaugural Euer Valley Member BBQ on Saturday, July 28! Get introduced to the beauty of Tahoe Donner’s newest property. Along with the new sights, everyone will enjoy a BBQ, frontier games, pioneer style crafts, and country music. Free programs and events are held all week long at Tahoe Donner including Bingo, Wii, Trivia and outdoor movie nights. The Recreation staff is ready to make your summer memorable and exciting! Can’t wait to see you in the summer sun.

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Friday Family Movie Night and Outdoor Movie Night: The Late Show

Kids Night Out at Northwoods Clubhouse 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, July 6

Bring a pillow and blanket, kick your feet up and enjoy either a classic or new movie starting at 6:30 p.m. every Friday at Northwoods Clubhouse. Friday Family Movie Night movies are rated G and PG. Starting Friday, June 15, the outdoor movie theater opens. The Late Show movies are rated PG and PG-13. Family Movie Night and Outdoor Movie Night are free events.

Kids 4 – 9 years old are invited to join in the fun with crafts, dinner, and a movie as well as cookies and milk. This month’s featured film is Tangled. Registration must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling (530) 582-9646. Cost: $15 per child.

Movie Schedule: July 6 | Tangled Late Show: Heavyweights July 13 | Kung Fu Panda 2 Late Show: Night at the Museum July 20 | Toy Story Late Show: X-Men: First Class July 27 | Cheaper by the Dozen Late Show: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

For more information, contact the Rec Information Hut at (530) 587-9646

Archery Kids age 7 and up are invited to participate every Friday – Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., 12:30 – 2 p.m., 2:30 – 4 p.m. Meet at the Recreation Information Hut for a basic safety/ skills clinic followed by friendly competition. Cost: $5 members and $7 guests. Private archery lessons are also available this year. Call (530) 582-9646 for more information.

Monday Night Bingo Bingo on the lawn outside Northwoods Clubhouse is a family favorite. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Must show member ID card to play.

Wii Night Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8 p.m., join fellow competitors for a friendly game of Wii. Try your luck at Wii tennis, baseball, golf, bowling, Mario Kart and much more on the big screen in the Northwoods Clubhouse. Free!

Brunch & Hike Enjoy a guided hike with your family on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Destinations change from week to week, but the group always meets at the Beach Club Marina for continental breakfast items before heading |out to the destination. Register at the Recreation Information Hut adjacent to the Northwoods Pool or at tahoedonner.com. Cost: $10 per person. July 1 | Donner Lake July 8 | Castle Peak July 15 | Negro Canyon July 22| Donner Rim Trail July 29 | Martis Peak

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Bluegrass with a Twist: pen r a C r e Wint d a e D th e d n a h s Sam Bu

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2012 TAHOE DONNER SUMMER CONCERT SAM BUSH AND DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS Saturday, July 21, at Tahoe Donner Driving Range Purchase your tickets at tahoedonner.com/shop or (530) 587-9400 ext. 0 Gates: 5 p.m., Concert begins: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $35 and $50

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“It was a new kind of bluegrass... it was contemporary music played on traditional bluegrass instruments.”


In 1971, Bush helped start the band the New Grass Revival, which he would be a part of for 18 years. The band included bassist and singer John Cowan, Courtney Johnson on banjo and vocals, and banjo ace Béla Fleck for the last eight years. New Grass Revival, with its blend of reggae, rock ’n roll, funk, and jazz, took bluegrass in a new direction. “It was a new kind of bluegrass,” said Bush. “We wrote and did our own tunes. It was contemporary music played on traditional bluegrass instruments.”

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New Grass Revival was such a progressive form of bluegrass that Bush says, “A bluegrass band listening to my band would say it’s rock ’n roll, and a rock ‘n roll band listening would say it’s bluegrass.” In 1975, Bush performed at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colo. He would go on to play every year at the festival, and this year marks his 37th straight year at Telluride. His commitment to the festival has earned him the title “King of Telluride.” Bush explains his love affair with the area: “Maybe it was related to the wide open spaces of Telluride — the people were wide open to a different kind of music,” he said, noting that when he first started playing there in the ’70s there were no paved streets. “We found the audience we had been looking for.” After the New Grass Revival dissolved in 1989, Bush joined Emmylou Harris’ Nash Ramblers. It was while on stage with her that he got to play with his idol, Bill Monroe, who joined Nash for a mandolin duet.

“I was standing on stage, and a wave came over me that a dream was coming true,” said Bush, who went on to play with some of his other heroes such as bluegrass and folk singer and guitar player Doc Watson, and jazz musician Jean-Luc Ponty. “I feel very privileged.” Many of Bush’s honors reflect his musical diversity. He was named Mandolin Player of the Year four times by the International Bluegrass Association, and has received three Grammy Awards: Best Country Performance as part of Emmylou Harris’ band in 1992, Best Pop Instrumental Performance with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones in 1996, and Album of the Year for his work on the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack in 2001. “They are all totally different,” Bush said of his three Grammy-Award winning performances. “That is what is most interesting to me — different varieties.” Even after recording and touring for over 40 years, Bush said his goal remains the same: “To continue to improve as a player, singer and writer. The same reason I started playing music is still my goal — to become better.”

So what does Bush, one of bluegrass’ icons and pioneers, think of today’s bluegrass? “It’s never been stronger,” he said. “It’s in a great space.” Despite the loss of a few of the genre’s originators, such as Watson and Monroe, Bush said young bands like The Infamous Stringdusters and Punch Brothers are keeping bluegrass alive and kicking. “It’s in good hands,” he said, “and it’s going to keep getting better.”

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DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS One of those bands that’s helping to keep bluegrass strong is Tahoe’s own Dead Winter Carpenters. Founded only two years ago, the band has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity. In 2011, they were named Lake Tahoe Action’s Band of the Year and set two records at the Crystal Bay Club: largest turnout for a local band and largest turnout for a free show in the history of the venue. That’s pretty impressive stuff considering DWC’s five members only started playing together in 2010. Before that, the five musicians were in two different bands — Jenni Charles’ family reggae band Truckee Tribe (as well as the Rusty Strings) and Jesse Dunn’s bluegrass Montana Slim String Band. The band, which describe themselves as alt country, Americana, roots, rock ‘n roll, and bluegrass all rolled together, has been touring ever since, racking up 105 shows last year. “It’s been great,” said Dunn about the band’s life on the road, speaking via cell phone on their way to Missoula, Mont. “We have a tighter chemistry between the musicians, and we’ve gotten to know each other better personally and as musicians.” Dunn attributes the Dead Winter Carpenter’s metamorphosis from a local bar band to a national touring act to their live shows.

“People know it’s a place they can come and have a good time, hang out with old friends, have fun, and have good dance music,” said Dunn, who plays guitar and sings. It might also have something to do with the band’s rowdy, rollicking songs — all five members are songwriters — and Charles’ infectious fiddle playing. They also do unexpected covers, like M.I.A’s “Paper Planes” and Tupac’s “California Love,” giving them a bluegrass twist. The DWC’s loyal and growing fan base was illustrated by the band’s Kickstarter campaign last year to raise money for their second album, “ain’t it strange.” Their goal was $12,500, which they surpassed by $500. They rewarded their fans with two CD release parties, one in San Francisco and another at the Crystal Bay Club. “We were really flattered that our fans supported us financially,” said Dunn. Even with two years of constant touring, the Dead Winter Carpenters don’t look to be slowing down any time soon. “Our goal is to keep busy and stay on the road, and keep writing music so as not to become stale,” said Dunn. “As long as we’re having fun, according to us, we’re successful.”

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Gates open at 5 p.m. Show begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring your ticket to the show, as it must be presented in order for you to be admitted. The concert is a smoke-free environment. There is one designated smoking area. Pets, Frisbees and professional photo or video recording equipment are not allowed at the venue. DIRECTIONS AND PARKING – Directions to Tahoe Donner can be found at tahoedonner.com. The concert venue (normally the site of Tahoe Donner’s driving range at 12790 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA 96161) offers FREE parking – within a few hundred feet of the stage -beginning at 4:30 pm. Free parking and free shuttle for this event are also available down the road at the Tahoe Donner Northwoods Clubhouse - 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161 - beginning at 4:45 pm. These options are available until lots are full.

SEATING – Low-back chairs are welcome at this venue, as are blankets. In some areas closer to the stage, we may ask that guests pack up these items at show time. Please consider the ability of your neighbors to easily see the show. REFUNDS – No refunds are available for this performance. We will do our best to ensure that the performance will occur, but inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances may warrant cancellation of the event. Because of the costs associated with even a cancelled event, refunds will not be offered. COURTESY - The experience of our guests is our top priority. Please consider how your actions affect others. If the behavior of any guest imposes on that of another, a warning will be given. Security may choose to evict any guest at any time for any reason, without refund.

FOOD AND DRINK - Food and beverage is available on site. Grilled food, summer fare, snacks, soda, wine and beer will be offered. You are also welcome to bring your own food and drinks. We ask that you please help us in keeping this beautiful location free of trash by disposing of refuse in containers located throughout the site.

PHOTOS / VIDEO - By attending this concert, you consent to being filmed and or photographed, where your image, voice, and likeness may be used by the Tahoe Donner Association for promotional purposes. Videotaping and photography of the performance is not permitted.

TICKETING – Will Call and Box Office are located at the concert entrance, at the edge of the Driving Range parking area. If you have a ticket in the outer section and decide at the event that you’d like to move up to the inner section, an upgrade ticket may be available at the Box Office for $20. Availability of this upgrade will depend on whether the inner section is sold out. Once you receive your wristband to enter the venue, you may enter and exit the event as you please. You will need to present your ticket and wristband for re-entry.

Treat your ticket as you would any other valuable or cash. Do not duplicate. The unique bar code on this Ticket allows only one entry, meaning that only the first copy of this Ticket to arrive at the Event will gain entry after scanning. Any duplicate copies of this Ticket will result in denial of admission. The redeemer of this Ticket assumes any and all risks occurring before, during, or after the Event, including loss, damage, or injury by any cause. Purchase of this ticket from or sale by a third party is not authorized and resale of this Ticket at a price greater than face value prohibited.

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STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING? Visit the Beach Club Marina and rent a stand-up paddleboard from our newly expanded fleet of rental equipment! Are you feeling like you can paddle like a pro, mark your calendar for 3 p.m., Sunday, July 29 and participate in our FREE Stand-up Paddleboard Race race. Bring your own board or rent one from us.

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Here’s a recap of the Get Golf Ready program: GET GOLF READY 5 lessons, including instruction on the course, for $99 per student. GET YOUR FAMILY READY Parent/child group instruction (me & Dad, Mom & me), 5 lessons, including instruction on course, plus two 9-hole rounds of golf with cart for both parent & child for only $199.

Dates for the Get Golf Ready programs are as follows: GET GOLF READY (Individual) Tuesday, July 10, 5 – 6 p.m. | Runs through August 7 Wednesday, July 11, 5 – 6 p.m. | Runs through August 8 GET YOUR FAMILY READY Saturday, July 14, 5 – 6 p.m. | Runs through August 11 Tahoe Donner teaching professionals Charlie Lyon and Joe Stakoe are directing the Get Golf Ready Program. An email reminder will go out to all of our ForeTees Golf Online Reservations System users on Monday, July 2. You can sign up for the program by phoning the golf shop at (530) 587-9443, or you can register online by going to playgolfamerica.com. Finally, please remember that the golf staff offers a daily golf clinic at 11 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and a beginner’s clinic (Golf 101) on Sundays at 9 a.m. Adult clinics cost $20. Junior Golf Schools begin on July 9, the Junior Golf Club is in full swing on Thursday afternoons, and there is a weekly Junior Golf Clinic on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Cost for juniors is $15.

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the end of May. June also started cold, with snow blanketing the hills early in the month. TD Couples Golf Tournaments Our superintendent Kevin Kuehne and his crew were challenged, but the grass is TDWGC arranges four couples’ tournagrowing rapidly and the course has been ments during the summer. These are open to improving quickly. all Tahoe Donner residents and their guests. 56 golfers teed it for the Icebreaker opener Friendly games are scheduled to encourage on Sunday, June 3, representing the largest fun participation of all skill levels. Entry fee turnout ever for this event. The greens were is $20 per couple beyond the regular green challenging along with the one-putting with fees. Two mulligans/couple are part of the cups creeping higher out of the grass. It’s tournament entry fee. Contact Beth Krewedl, exciting to see great enthusiasm as well as (530) 587-1172, if you have questions. new faces on the course. Winners were Allan Nousiainen, Jim Stang, Don Hamilton, and 2012 Tournament Dates: Jim Ozimek, with a 108. Tuesday, July 22 Wednesday, June 6, was the new team Monday, August 20 game. Congratulations to the foursome Tuesday, September 9 of Dave Rhodes, Paul McGoldrick, John McGregor, and Art King for being the first All tournaments have 1 p.m. shotgun starts. team game victors shooting a net 53 in the Each Couples’ Tournament is followed by a scramble format. potluck at the TD Tennis Center. Please bring Friday, June 8, senior (over 55) NCGA fouryour meat to grill, plates, utensils, and beverball net qualifier event. The top two teams ages for yourselves along with a side dish to who will represent Tahoe Donner in the share (appetizer, salad, and/or dessert). Sign sectionals are young guys David Rhodes and up on the bulletin board next to the computer Don Hamilton, who shot a net 59 to place first outside the golf shop. Participants must have in the event, and the team of Bob Moore and a verifiable handicap with a golf association or Jim Pyle, who beat Gunny Lindroth and Scott provide 5 recent scorecards. If you cannot proTaylor in a three-hole playoff after both teams vide this information, you will be playing with shot a net 60. a 0 (zero) handicap! Cancelling after 8 p.m. the Wednesday afternoons feature the new team night before, or being a no show will result in game as well as the traditional skins format. your not being able to play in future Couples’ The new team game has a signup deadline of 5 tournaments this summer. p.m. the Tuesday night before. Regular skins Tahoe Donner Men’s Golf Club game signup is Wednesday morning. 12-Man Team competitions began on June The 2012 golf season is off and running even DefSpacSol_third pg color ad_Def Space Sol 3rd pg 6/8/12 7:10 Page 1 vs. The Ridge. The first 14 with anAM away match as Mother Nature continued to bring snow at

home match wa s June 28 vs. Turkey Creek. Best of luck to our Tahoe Donner teams in 2012! We have decided to use the modified Stableford scoring system for the match play qualifying on Sunday, July 15. We will refresh everyone on the scoring but it is a point system based on being rewarded 1 point for bogey, 2 for par, 3 for birdie, etc. (0 points are awarded for double bogey or worse). We are moving forward with our concept of adopt-a-hole. Those who have their names attached to a hole (approx. 12 guys per hole) will be compassionate for their hole by doing things such as - filling all divots, raking traps, picking up broken tees, repairing ball marks, etc. We will shortly post which hole that each member will adopt. We would like to invite Men’s Golf Club members to join in on some brief rules gatherings throughout this golf season. Golf professionals will educate us on the current and ever changing landscape of the rules of golf. We will be scheduling dates and times. Did anyone catch Jay Haas in the Champions tour event recently? His ball was in the middle of a nice, large, and flat bunker; however there was a fairly large pine cone in his way. It was great to see the ultra-slow motion shot of him exploding the pine cone (an immovable object in a hazard) as he hit his bunker shot. We have established committees for our two biggest events of the year. Dave Parsons is putting his team together for the Invitational and Ralph Shindler for The Men’s Club Championship. Anyone interested in volunteering for either of these committees should please contact Dave or Ralph.

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TAHOE DONNER GOLF LESSON SCHEDULE The following tournaments are on tap for the rest of the year: Match Play Qualifier | July 15 | 8 a.m. s/g Net Amateur | July 28 | 8 a.m. s/g Junior/Senior (Father/Son) | August 4 | 8 a.m. s/g Zone Championship | August 19 | 11 a.m. tt Club Championship | August 25 – 26 | 7 a.m. tt Invitational | September 14 – 16 | 9 a.m. s/g Memorial | September 30 | 11 a.m. s/g Chapman | October 7 | 11 a.m. s/g Specifics for each event can be found in the Tournament section of tdgolfclub.com Applications are now being accepted for 2012 membership in the Men’s Golf Club. We welcome any TD homeowner who may be interested in joining as a new member. Members of our club enjoy the option of participating in at least two tournaments per month during the season, an NCGA handicap index, hole-in-one insurance, men’s play day once a week, and the opportunity to meet and play with other TD golfers. Applications and more information about the club are available at tdgolfclub.com or on the Men’s Club bulletin board adjacent to the Pro Shop on the lower level of The Lodge. Should you have any questions, please contact our membership chairman, Pat Gemma at patgemma1@att.net Keep it warm so the grass grows! Smile at Kevin and his crew because they are working hard!

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For any skill level and approximately 1 hour Scheduled daily from June 11 – September 9 Cost per person: Adult $20, Junior $25

SATURDAYS Full Swing Irons Only 11 a.m. Focus on hitting irons for the proper approach shot. Meet at driving range.

MONDAYS Putting/Chipping, 11 a.m. No more three putts and learn how to chip properly. Meet on putting green. TUESDAYS Pitching/Bunker, 11 a.m. Understand the correct way to hit the ball over trouble. Then learn how to get the ball out of the bunker and onto the green. Meet next to short game green. WEDNESDAYS Full Swing Irons Only, 11 a.m. Focus on hitting irons for the proper approach shot. Meet at the driving range. THURSDAYS Hybrids, Woods and Driver, 11 a.m. Learn the proper swing fundamentals to help improve hitting the longer clubs. Meet at driving range. FRIDAYS Short Game Clinic, 11 a.m. Will cover putting, chipping, and pitching to help lower your score. Meet next to the short game green.

SUNDAYS Golf 101 Clinic 9 a.m. To help the beginning golfer to understand the correct fundamentals in the golf swing. Meet at driving range. JUNIOR. CLINIC 10:30 A.M. Ages 6 -13. Meet at driving range.

NEW! Get Golf Ready Series of 5 golf lessons for only $99 per student. See page 25 for details.

Junior Golf Schools Get your TD Jr. Golfer prepared for the course. Learn to putt, chip, pitch, full swing, etiquette, and rules of golf. Please bring own golf clubs. We have limited sets available. Please call golf shop to sign up. Ages 8 - 14 | 2 hours per day Play golf course during the third day Dates: July 9 – 11, July 16 – 18, July 23 – 25 and July 30 - August 1 Days: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Time: 8 – 10 a.m. Cost per person: $150

For more information about the clinics, lessons, or golf schools please call the golf shop (530) 587- 9443 or email James Murtagh at jmurtagh@tahoedonner.com

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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES SUMMARY MAY 19, 2012 • Consent Calendar: Approved 4-0 (Director Knisley Absent) ·· Forestry Safety Inspection Rule Revisions (45-Day Member Comment Period Expires) ·· TDA C&R’s and Architectural Standards Rules, Procedures and Restriction for Land Use Revisions (45-Day Member Comment Period Expires) ·· 2012 Annual Director election Procedures (45-Day member Comment Period Expires) ·· Member’s Request to Waive Late Fee ·· Euer Valley Special Event ·· Annual Assessment Delinquency Fee Policy ·· 2012 Budget Groomer Purchase

• Fire Safety Presentation: No Action Tahoe Donner Forester, Bill Houdyschell, provided the board with a presentation on fire safety measures.

• Director of Finance & Accounting Report: Approved 4-0 (Director Knisley Absent) | The board approved the 2012 Preliminary April Financials.

• Operating Fund Forecast and Member’s Equity Balance: Approved 4-0 (Director Knisley Absent) The board discussed possible modifications to the association’s operations to address the 2012 year-to-date deficit. Following discussion, the board approved proceeding with the 2012 deficit recovery plan as currently forecasted.

• Golf Course Task Force: Approved 4-0 (Director Knisley Absent) The board was provided with a presentation regarding the “2012 Operations and Marketing Overview” for the Golf Course. Following discussion, the board approved the formation of an Ad hoc committee for the purpose of looking into ways of increasing rounds played on the Golf Course.

• Golf Course Maintenance: No Action Discussion took place regarding the Golf Course Maintenance schedule from 2007 to 2012.

• The Lodge: Direction Given The board was provided with a report from director of capital Projects, Forrest Huisman, regarding proposed upgrades to this facility. The board toured The Lodge Grotto and other areas of the facility that will be undergoing upgrades. Following the tour, the board provided direction to staff.

• Cross Country Center Ski Lodge: No Action The board discussed a planning process for this proposed new facility.

• Authorization Levels: No Action Discussion took place regarding purchase authorization levels and related matters. • Tahoe Donner Trails Update: No Action

• Annual Membership Meeting Agenda: Direction Given The board discussed the association’s Annual Membership Meeting on June 24, 2012 and provided direction to staff.

These summaries are intended for general information purposes only. The minutes are available at tahoedonner.com, 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.

Minutes of Tahoe Donner Board of Directors meetings are available to members at tahoedonner.com. They can be found on the Board of Directors page in the Members section. Alternatively, members may request that a hard copy be sent to them via the postal service. To make the request, contact Bonnie Watkins at (530) 587-9431.

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BULLETIN BOARD

Congratulations on a successful Truckee Day in Tahoe Donner! Thank you to all who participated, especially SnowTech. Statistics are not yet available, so we will update you in the August issue. Since this is the beginning of the building season, I would like to take this opportunity to remind our members and contractors of some of the requirements for building in Tahoe Donner. • Construction start and stop times: Please don’t start too early or work too late. Remember that the rules were changed 4 years ago regarding start and stop times. Construction hours are 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The upcoming holidays, recognized by this provision, are the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. • Do not park on other people’s property or block the street. • Deliveries should be made only to the property under construction. • Be considerate of neighbors and reduce loud noises as much as possible. • Always keep your dog(s) leashed or at home. • Please play your music at a reasonable level, not loud enough to be heard over the noise of your tools. • Keep your construction site tidy. • Keep all materials and scrap stored neatly on your property. • Make sure the required sanitary facilities are on site prior to construction and that your employees use them.

If you have concerns about a construction site, please address it directly to the contractor or the owner causing the problem. Most are more than happy to take care of any problems quickly and simply. If your concern is not resolved with this approach, please report concerns to the proper authorities. Loose dogs should be reported to the Town of Truckee Animal Control Department at (530)582-7830. All other issues i.e., garbage, litter, loud radios, etc. should be referred to the Architectural Standards Office Compliance Officer at (530) 587-9406. If the issue is something we cannot address, we will direct you to the appropriate agency. Additionally, if you have any questions about whom to call or have any other questions please contact us at (530) 587-9407 or send an email to aso@tahoedonner.com. If everyone complies with these guidelines, we should all have a happy summer.

SOLAR PANEL REMINDER With summer upon us, we would like to remind all home owners who are looking into adding solar panels about the rules. The solar panels we are seeing come in two forms: flat against the roof (picture A) or siding and solar panels placed on high mounted steel racking systems and metal pans (picture B). If the solar panels you are looking to purchase have the high mounted racking system please remember that the racking steel/metal system must be painted to match the adjacent material (roof or siding). Shiny metal is not allowed. Also, you must have a permit through the Architectural Standards Office. Paperwork can be filled out over the counter Monday through Friday. The applications will be reviewed by one member of the Architectural Standards Committee every Wednesday. This type of permit is good for six months. You can find the Change to Existing Structure Application at tahoedonner.com/ architectural-standards.

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Forest Fire Safety What you can do to help

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2012 Summer Concert Bluegrass with a twist

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President’s Message A special message

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Monthly Calendar Something for everyone

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Taking Care of Business Board meeting minutes

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Where in the World is TD News? TD News travels the world

Volunteerism in Tahoe Donner Get involved

Sam Bush Concert Everything you need to know

Solar Panels An important reminder

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JULY 2012 EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF Amanda Birchenough Amanda Wallace

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

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Publishing Information Tahoe Donner Association holds the exclusive service mark right to “Tahoe Donner.” Any unauthorized use of such will be regarded as an infringement of that service mark right and is prohibited. The inclusion of advertising in this publication does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Tahoe Donner Association or its board of directors of the products, services, or views contained therein. Tahoe Donner News (ISSN 1550-6061) is the official monthly publication of Tahoe Donner Association, which is located at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161. Each membership parcel receives one subscription to a domestic address. Additional subscriptions are available at the cost of $25 each. Cost to produce and distribute this publication is offset by advertising revenues. Periodicals Postage Paid at Truckee, CA, and additional mailing offices. Member letters to Tahoe Donner are published in the Members section of tahoedonner.com, where publishing guidelines are available.

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This year marks the end of my fifth year serving on the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors, and the privilege of serving as your President of the association for a second term. It has been very rewarding to be part of our current business model of continuous improvement and to not only help direct, but to actually observe important improvements coming to fruition. The most important message I leave to you, the members, is to not take for granted the important role members make in being engaged in the process of the business decisions that are approved for your benefit, especially the second homeowners who make up 75 percent of current Tahoe Donner properties according to an outside study done by address. Your participation is very important. You place a very high level of responsibility in your board of directors to make the best decisions for you. Although staff carries out these decisions, the board directs and makes final approval of all major improvements, including current and future building plans, land acquisitions and working with our General Manager to set each year’s goals and budget. Important to our community is the vision of Tahoe Donner in future years, part of which is the 2030 General Plan. Member utilization of all our private amenities has increased by 4 percent from 2010 to 2011, and by 18 percent from 2008 to 2011, with the largest increases attributed to Trout Creek and the Marina. Trout Creek has averaged 140,000 visits per year for the past three years! In order to provide a more professional and rewarding board of director experience, during my term in office I initiated a professional board training program, administered by outside professionals, including legal, to bring the board up to date on all state and federally mandated rules, and also professional board procedures and standards. To make it easier

for second homeowners to be on the board and contribute their ideas and direction to the association, video conferencing is now in place for a virtual presence at board meetings. This is especially important for those members that would like to run for and become a member of the board of directors, but have the challenge of commuting to meetings. To sum up major accomplishments in Tahoe Donner by this board and our staff during the past year, we purchased four significant parcels of land to increase our open space: 482 acres in the Euer Valley, 161 acres of McGlashan Springs, 240 acres with the Buckman Track and the 20 acre S&R property and buildings for our Forestry Dept.; we increased parking for our Downhill Ski area; we are in the process of installing all new upgraded signage to improve our visual image and directional waypoints; we are moving ahead with plans for the replacement of our 40 yearold Cross Country Ski Lodge to one that meets our current demand; we approved plans to increase our deck and also improve the Grotto at the Lodge; the cell phone tower contract has been signed; and this fall improvements are scheduled for the Marina, all without increasing the operations budget and without a special assessment. This was accomplished by well-planned business decisions and budgeted savings in advance. I invite you to become an important part of our association and let your voice make a difference, attend board meetings, join a committee, make new friends with your fellow members, and get involved. Most importantly be part of this great community in the mountains and enjoy what I believe Tahoe Donner will be known as in the near future, the second “jewel” of the Sierras, the first one being Lake Tahoe itself.

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