Cottonwood Palo Verde at Sun Lakes – October 2014

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Kathy Skrei

It is great to see our homeowners returning from their summer vacations. I hope your summer was enjoyable whether you remained here or were away.

As I write this article, our golf courses are both closed due to record rainfall. We had five inches of rain in less than 10 hours. The golf course and common area maintenance crews did an outstanding job of cleaning up after this storm. It caused a great deal of flooding, especially on the Cottonwood Course.

We are anticipating the upcoming overseeding of the golf courses and common areas. The Palo Verde Golf Course will be closed from Monday, September 29–Sunday, October 19, while the Cottonwood Golf Course will be closed from Monday, October 6–Sunday, October 26. The Driving Range will be closed from Monday, September 29-Sunday, October 12.

We welcome Bill Miller as our new Patrol Manager. Many of you already know him since Bill served as our Compliance Officer for several years. Former Patrol Manager Dick Gothier has chosen retirement and the pursuit of other interests. We thank Dick for his service and wish him well. Tom Halloran has accepted the position of Compliance Officer.

We will have an Open House in November for those who were unable to attend the dedication of the John R. Dobson Administration Center this summer. Watch The Flyer for the date and time.

Homeowner Services is now located in the new Administration Center with the former location officially our library. We are working on renovating this space in the future to provide an updated look and more book shelves for our readers.

I want to thank all of those who volunteered and served on one of our nine committees this year. Committees are vital to the Board of Directors and to our community. Our annual Committee Appreciation Dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 7 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the San Tan Ballroom to honor those for a job well done.

I encourage you to attend our Agenda Planning meetings and our Board meetings. Attendance at these meetings was very good during the summer months. This is a great way for you to be a part of the process.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for allowing us to serve this wonderful community in which we live.

Board meeting minutes

Directors present: Kathy Skrei, Richard Hawkes, Don Hicks, Bud Jenssen, Jerry Lofquist, Dick, Norris and Nancy Pannebecker.

Also present: General Manager Steve Nolan.

Board President Kathy Skrei called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. It was stated the meeting is being recorded for accuracy of the minutes.

Bud Jenssen introduced and gave a short biography of the military and civilian life of Frank Garshak. Frank Garshak then led the Pledge of Allegiance. He was thanked for his service to our country. Frank and his wife Maureen were also thanked for their service on the CWPV Ambassador Program.

Jerry Lofquist made a motion, seconded by Richard Hawkes, to approve the July 30, 2014 Board Meeting Minutes. The motion carried unanimously.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:

Kathy Skrei reported that the Board had one Executive Session in August. She thanked John Dobson for yet another generous donation of $7,000 that he requested be put toward the redecoration of the Cottonwood Bar and Grill. Approval of this project is on today’s agenda.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Nancy Pannebecker presented the July 31, 2014 Financial Summary. A detailed report will be available for viewing in Homeowner Services.

It was reported that as of the end of August, 91 percent of the new Administration Building Project budget has been spent. It is hoped that this project will close out end of September.

Bud Jenssen made a motion, seconded by Dick Norris, to approve the July 31, 2014 pre-audited financial report. The motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Architectural Compliance Committee: This committee did not meet in August.

As of August 25, 2014 53 permit applications were approved, zero denied, seven requiring follow up and 28 requiring ongoing follow up. The next meeting is September 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the Phoenix Room.

Audit and Finance Committee: The report was given of its meeting held August 15. The next meeting is September 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the Saguaro Room.

The committee has no recommendations for the Board or management.

Complete minutes of this committee’s meetings are available for viewing in Homeowner Services.

Communications Committee: This committee did not meet in August. In July, Ambassadors had six referrals, two tours and 43 tours year to date. The next meeting is September 8 at 8:30 a.m. in the Ceramics Room which is a change to normal schedule due to Labor Day.

The committee has no recommendations for the Board or management. Complete minutes of this committee’s meetings are available for viewing in Homeowner Services.

Election Committee: This committee did not meet in August. The next meeting is September 30 at 1:30 p.m. in the Ceramics Room.

Facilities and Grounds Committee: This committee did not meet in August. The next meeting is September 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Paint Room.

Food and Beverage Committee: This committee did not meet in August. The next meeting has been changed to September 11 at 9:00 a.m. in the Saguaro Room.

Golf Committee: This committee did not meet in August. The next meeting is September 4 at 1:00 p.m. in the Phoenix Room.

Recreation Committee: This committee did not meet in August. The next meeting is September 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Room.

Safety, Security & Access Committee: This committee did not meet in August. The next meeting is September 3 at 10:00 a.m. in the Saguaro Room.

Administration Building Task Force: Don Hicks reported that the ABTF met on August 11. He reported that the construction ended up on schedule and on budget. They are projecting the close out of the project on September 12. Final payment will be made at the completion of a few punch list items and obtaining of lien releases, warranty manuals and as-built plans. They have two recommendations for the Board under 15.B. and 15.C. under New Business. The next meeting is to be determined.

PROJECT REPORTS:

Steve Nolan Reported on the following projects:

Cottonwood Pool Restroom – This project is complete and will be removed from the agenda.

Palo Verde Golf Cart Garage – This project is complete and will be removed from the agenda.

Palo Verde Racquetball Court Repairs – All wall panels have been installed. Project is scheduled for completion mid September.

MANAGEMENT REPORT:

Steve Nolan gave the Management Report.

DIRECTORS COMMENTS:

Bud Jenssen thanked Frank Garshak for his service to our country and his and his wife Maureen’s service as CWPV Ambassadors. He thanked Don Hicks and announced that the large conference room was named after Don at the dedication ceremony.

Dick Norris thanked Frank Garshak for his service to our country and to our community. He thanked all of the crews at CWPV that keep things going.

Richard Hawkes thanked Frank Garshak for his service to our country and his and wife Maureen’s service as CWPV Ambassadors. He thanked Don Hicks.

Nancy Pannebecker thanked Frank Garshak for his service to our country.

Don Hicks thanked Frank Garshak for his service to our country and his and his wife Maureen’s service as CWPV Ambassadors.

Jerry Lofquist thanked Frank Garshak for his service to our country. He thanked Don Hicks.

CAPITAL RESERVE REPLACEMENT FUND REQUESTS:

Don Hicks made a motion, seconded by Richard Hawkes, to approve the purchase of new time clocks for Cottonwood Palo Verde from Paychex for $8,475; sole source due to Paychex being our current payroll provider. The price includes tax, installation and training. Maintenance contract covers the warranty. The motion carried unanimously.

Bud Jenssen made a motion, seconded by Dick Norris, to approve replacement of chairs in rooms A4, A7, A8 and A9 with new chairs (low bid) from StackChairs4Less for a total cost of $3,345.65. The motion carried unanimously.

PV GATE RESERVE FUND:

None

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND REQUESTS:

Dick Norris made a motion, seconded by Bud Jenssen, to approve the NTE amount of $12,000 for the re-decorating of the Cottonwood Bar and Grill. The bar will be a sports theme; $5,000 Capital Improvement funds and $7,000 donation from John Dobson for a total not to exceed $12,000. The motion carried unanimously.

VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION FUND:

None

OLD BUSINESS:

None

NEW BUSINESS:

Don Hicks made a motion, seconded by Richard Hawkes, to approve changes to BP Chapter 10-04 Golf Committee Charter. The motion carried unanimously.

Dick Norris made a motion, seconded by Bud Jenssen, to approve Administration Building Budget C.O. No. 7 to cover costs of dedication ceremony in the not to exceed sum of $5,329. The motion carried unanimously.

Jerry Lofquist made a motion, seconded by Richard Hawkes, to approve Administration Building Budget C.O. No. 9 for the relocation termination of existing electrical service to the “old office trailer” in the not to exceed sum of $4,540; B&G Electric not to exceed $3,000 and $1,540 for in-house labor and material for a new island and moving the light pole. The motion carried unanimously.

FIRST READINGS:

None

HOMEOWNER COMMENTS:

Discussion of removal of the old trailer. Plans are that it will be removed sometime in September.

The meeting adjourned at 3:27 p.m.

CWPV upcoming events

Ladies Coffee

Ladies Coffees will begin on Wednesday, October 1 in the San Tan Ballroom starting at 10:30 a.m.; doors open at 10:00 a.m. For only $3 you’ll receive cookies, hot coffee or hot tea and iced tea. Each month will be a new and fun program with door prizes. October’s coffee will include a short performance from Sun Lakes Community Theatre’s October Interactive Mystery Dinner Show, Trouble at the Tropicana, a flower arrangement demonstration by a new CWPV Instructor and also a new painting class called Love Laugh Paint and more!

Dates are: October 1, November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4 and April 1

Abba Impersonators

On Friday, November 7 the Premier ABBA Experience will take the stage at the Cottonwood San Tan Ballroom. Their vocals and musicianship are second to none! This multimedia production is a tribute to some of the greatest songs of the 1970’s ‘80s including Waterloo, Fernando, Honey Honey, Dancing Queen and countless others. From the earliest hits to Mamma Mia, ABBA FAB will take you on a journey that is unmatched. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. show. Tickets are only $20.

Free annual Pet Parade – Saturday, November 22

Wow, do we have a special pet event planned for all Sun Lakers and their guests this year! There will be a number of booths presenting everything from veterinarians to groomers, special dog foods and treats, adorable outfits, toys and much more. Rover’s Rest Stop adoption organization will be there too, just in case you want to take another doggie or two home with you that day. We have made arrangements for the K9 Division to be on hand with a great training demonstration. There will also be a professional doggie show that is just the cutest thing. There will be raffles and give-a-ways. Prizes will be given to the winners of our actual Pet Parade. This year’s categories are: Best Trick, Best Pet/Owner Look-a-like, Best Dressed and Famous Person/Pet Look-a-like. Register your pets now at Homeowner Services by October 31. Festivities start at 9:00 a.m. at the greenbelt across from the Cottonwood Tennis Courts.

Mark Stone Mentalmania – Comedy and Mind Reading

Friday, January 16, 2015

The man is unbelievable. He amazed Johnny Carson, Oprah and Regis Philbin when he appeared on their TV shows and he promises to amaze you! This is one of the funniest mindreading and E.S.P. show in America. He never fails to astound audience members with his ability to read minds, make predictions and “see” with his fingertips while blindfolded. It’s a thought-provoking entertainment experience that will leave our audience shaking their heads in disbelief. The show will be in the Cottonwood San Tan Ballroom starting at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and tickets are $15.

Annual Open House

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 11 to attend this year’s annual Open House in the San Tan Ballroom from 9:00 a.m.–noon. Come see what awaits you this season here at Cottonwood and Palo Verde!

Sun Lakes Fire Department – Free Flu Shots

Thanks, once again, to our Sun Lakes Fire Department; they will be on hand to administer free flu shots to all Sun Lakes Homeowners from 8:00 a.m.-noon in Cottonwood’s A-9 Phoenix Room. Both dates are Thursdays, October 9 and November 13. Shots will be given on a first come-first serve basis. Please bring your homeowner’s card and your Medicare, Medicaid or medical card.

Hamilton High Football Games

The 2014 season for Hamilton High began on Friday, September 19. This was their homecoming game. Other dates are:

Thursday, October 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m. (this is the free senior Picnic Night)

Friday, October 31 at 6:00 p.m.

The free school bus will pick everyone up at the Cottonwood flagpole at 6:00 p.m. Please sign up at Homeowner Services if you would like to go.

Christmas Golf Cart Parade

It can’t be too early to mark your calendars for our annual Christmas Golf Cart Parade and Show. The date is Friday, December 5 starting at 5:00 p.m. at Palo Verde for some free hot turkey soup and singing. Then, after the awards are given for the top three decorated golf carts, the parade to the San Tan Ballroom begins with our Sheriff’s Posse leading the way. At 7:00 p.m. you’ll enjoy a Christmas Show and free cookies and hot coffee, cocoa and hot apple cider. Bring your friends and family members and bring a camera for a great photo shoot with Santa.

Dancing With the Stars

Tickets are really going fast! There will be two shows in 2015: Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. Both will be in the San Tan Ballroom and start at 7:00 p.m. (doors opening at 6:00 p.m.). Six lucky Sun Lakes homeowners will dance with one of the Utah Ballroom Dance Company’s professionals for first prize. All six dancers will dance each night, but the winner of the first night will be ineligible to win again on the second night. Tickets are $20 for each night.

ImpersonatorsAn American Trilogy

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the Impersonators will take the stage in the San Tan Ballroom. The performers will be doing a tribute to Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Connie Francis and Neil Diamond. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and show time is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are still only $20 and also going fast.

Fourth Avenue Street Fair

This annual Fair only happens twice a year, so you don’t want to miss the Christmas one. There will be over 350 artists and crafters. The luxury bus will be leaving the Cottonwood flagpole on Friday, December 12 at 8:00 a.m. We should be arriving back to Sun Lakes at approximately 5:00 p.m. The $20 ticket price includes the bus ride, parking and driver tip. We have already filled one bus and the second bus is almost filled. Don’t worry, if there is enough homeowners wanting to go, we’ll schedule a third bus.

Joe Bourne Motown Show

If you enjoy listening to such artists as The Four Tops, The Temptations, Smokey Robison, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and more, then this is the show for you. Joe has an extremely smooth voice and does a great Nat King Cole! We will be presenting Joe Bourne on Saturday, January 10, 2015 in the San Tan Ballroom. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a no-host bar with a show time of 7:00 p.m.

Premier Jewelers (formerly known as Amadom)

Trade in your old, broken or unwanted jewelry for cash in Cottonwood’s Phoenix Room (A9) from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. No appointment is needed. Kevin will be there the third Saturday of each month.

Free Skin Cancer Screening

Dr. Joseph Allgeier of Radiant Complexions Dermatology Clinic will be conducting a free skin cancer screening in Cottonwood’s Phoenix Room (A9) from 8:00 a.m.–noon. All Sun Lakers are invited. No appointment is needed. The doctor will see you on a first come basis.

Wednesdays, October 1, November 5 and December 3.

360 Physical Therapy

360 Physical Therapy will be conducting free monthly health talks in Cottonwood’s Phoenix Room (A9) from 11:00 a.m.–noon. All Sun Lakers are invited. No appointment is needed. On Tuesday, October 7 the presentation will be on “Shoulder Pain.”

Free Exercise Equipment Classes

Personal trainer Deryk Garmanian and his assistant/homeowner Brenda Waara will be instructing, at no cost, a weight room and equipment orientation class in the Ladies Fitness Center for both men and women (at this time) on the following Wednesdays, October 15, November 19 and December 17. Please sign up at Homeowner Services.

Upcoming Traveling Tours through Free Spirit

To book any of these trips, call Free Spirit Vacation at 480-926-5547. Please remind them that you are a Cottonwood Palo Verde Homeowner.

October 11-14 – California Dreamin’

October 15-16 – Casino Del Sol Deluxe Overnight

October 20-23 – The Secrets Behind the Building of Las Vegas

Oct. 31-Nov 7 – Beautiful Tahiti aboard Wind Spirit

November 5-7 – Sunny Money – San Diego and Viejas

November 22-29 – Thanksgiving in Hawaii aboard American Pride

December 1-4 – San Antonio Riverwalk Christmas