Message from the President
Our initiative to evaluate our facilities for improved and additional uses, such as a park, fitness, pickleball, parking issues and more, has passed its first hurdle, that being the preference survey. All of the surveys are in and being reviewed to be put into report form. As announced previously, we will then complete the gathering of updates from our various interest groups. That will be Phase 1. Phase 2 will be the report to the board of those findings and then the board’s preliminary assessment of a going-forward plan. It will obtain evaluations from various planners, architects and engineers about how the initial board preferences might fit within our campus, whether any should be consolidated, what permitting and other governmental considerations need to be considered and ballpark costs for the several options. Phase 3 will be the board’s review of all the accumulated information, considered together with our financial options and constraints, changes of use, if necessary, timelines and more, to end up with a going-forward plan. That plan will then be finetuned for costs. The final phase will be implementation of the plan.
The Association has been notified that it will soon undergo a sales tax audit for the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time we have been so honored. That being the case and because of the turnover in key accounting and management positions over the past few years, we have limited knowledge about the years in question or the audit process and so have engaged, or are about to engage, the services of a first-class CPA firm and a top-notch tax law firm to advise us. We are told these audits often take several months. That is all we know and, frankly, there will not be regular reports for obvious reasons.
The final group of committee reports will happen today which means that all committees will have reported to the board and membership in the past three months. We hope those reports encourage you to become involved in the very important committee process which provides community feedback to management and the board.
Coming up on the board’s to-do list, in addition to the usual busy agenda items, are the annual review of our insurance coverage and needs – probably in August – and then the beginning of the budgeting process – probably in September.
October Social Events
Check regularly, as these events are continuously being updated.
October 6 – Dinner and a Comedy Show with Cary Long. Enjoy the clean comedy of Cary Long. $35.00 includes dinner and the show. The show will be in the Oakwood Clubhouse Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at the concierge desk.
October 7 – Activities Open House. 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Oakwood Clubhouse Ballroom. If you have a club or activity you would like to share, there is a $5 registration fee. To reserve your space, contact the concierge desk or call 480-895-7275. This will be a fun-filled morning learning about all the HOA committees, organizations, classes, activities and clubs available at IronOaks.
October 9 – Medicare Made Easy. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Bradford Room. Lecia Owen will help you navigate the world of Medicare. If you have questions, now is the time to ask. The class is free, but please let us know you are coming so we save you a spot.
October 9 – Oktoberfest. Join Denny and the Polka Boys Band starting at 5:00 p.m. at Stone & Barrel. You will find good food, friends, dancing and beer! Everyone’s invited to this private party. $20 cover charge includes music and dancing, prizes for the best German-inspired clothing, party favors and a logo’d beer stein filled with your first beer. After September 15, the cover charge increases to $25. A special German menu will be available a la carte if you decide to indulge. Tickets are available at the concierge. Yodeling optional!
October 13 and 14 – Octoberfest Food and Entertainment at Stone & Barrel Taphouse
October 10 – Social Dance Class is being held in the dance studio across from Patrol. Want to learn some new moves? This beginner ballroom dance class is free, but space is limited. Please contact the concierge to let us know you are attending.
October 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Alfredo’s Wife Trunk Show in the Oakwood Ballroom. Come see and buy designs by Ava Dering. Her distinctive and elegant-casual clothing has been sold in Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom’s and her own specialty shops throughout the country.
October 11 at 7:00 p.m. – Donna Summer in the Oakwood Clubhouse Ballroom. A part of the Summer Billboard Series. Purchase tickets at oakwoodtickets.com. Tickets are only $20.00.
October 15 – Dr. Walker Walk – This is a charity walk for animal welfare. To learn more, call Elise Rathke at 480-980-3381.
October 19 at 7:00 p.m. – Jersey Boys/Frankie Valli in the Oakwood Clubhouse Ballroom. A part of the Billboard Concert Series. Purchase tickets at oakwoodtickets.com. Tickets are $20.00. Less than 50 tickets left.
Friday, October 20, from 11:10 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. – Lunch Time Theater. Ghosts & Goblins & Witches, Oh My. Featuring the premiere of The Department Store Murder Mystery and premiere work by Diane McNeal Hunt. An abridged performance of Center Dance Ensemble’s evening performance.
October 24, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. – Poolside…(Daring) Party! If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you should definitely plan to attend:
Are you brave enough to wear white after Labor Day?
Are you brave enough to drink red wine while wearing white?
Finally, what about wearing white, drinking red wine and dancing to the tunes of Thaddeus Rose?
We are calling it our Daring Party, and we want you to accept the challenge to do all of the above but, more importantly, we want you to have an amazing time. So, accept our dare and mark your calendar to attend on October 24 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.! (Wearing white and drinking red wine is optional … having fun is not!) Plan to play lawn games, eat great food, taste wine and bourbon, plus much more. Tickets are on sale at the concierge, and we’re offering “early bird” pricing. We Double Dog Dare You to not miss this event!
October 25 at 10:00 a.m. in the Bradford Room at the Oakwood Clubhouse – Free Living Trust Seminar. RSVP to 480-809-1014 or via email at [email protected]
October 30 – You Be the Judge Pumpkin Contest. Who can carve/design the best pumpkin? You tell us. All the departments will be competing for bragging rights. Pumpkins will be displayed in the Oakwood Clubhouse lobby, and you will get to select your favorite. More details to follow.
Tuesday, October 31, from 11:10 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. – Lunch Time Theater, Almost (But Not Quite) Grown Up. A musical cabaret about the ups and downs of growing up and being an adult. Written by Dorothy Gaynor, musical direction by Joe Bousard.
If you need additional details, please contact the concierge at the Oakwood Clubhouse, 480-895-7275.
Concierge hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m.)
Attention: new homeowners
Attention: IronOaks New Homeowners – You are eligible for a FREE round of golf for two, FREE week of fitness, FREE week of tennis and BOGO meal at any IronOaks restaurant. All you have to do is call the IronOaks Welcome Group, c/o Howard Lundgren, at 480-369-2015 or email him at [email protected] to receive your new homeowners canvas tote filled with useful information about our community.