Sun Lakes Cottonwood Palo Verde at Sun Lakes

Message from the Board president

Dick Norris

The month of October is upon us and there are a couple of Association activities you should be aware of.

On Saturday, October 8, we will hold our annual Cottonwood Palo Verde Community Day/Open House. Check out the various clubs, association committees and classes that will have booths open for you to visit. This event will be held in the San Tan Ballroom and the Saguaro Room from 9:00 a.m.-noon.

On Thursday, October 26, we will hold our annual Budget Meeting in the San Tan Ballroom from 4:00-5:00 p.m. This meeting will outline the association’s budget for 2017. I urge everyone to attend. Please note that this meeting follows the regular October HOA Board Meeting at 3:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, October 19, the annual Committee Appreciation Event will be held to recognize our dedicated volunteer association committee and task force members.

Speaking of committees, have you ever considered being part of our great group of volunteers? We are always looking for individuals to get involved. You may find a committee that is interesting to you or have a particular skill or background that could be helpful to a certain committee. No matter, so please get involved! Committee applications are available on our website at or at Homeowner Services.

The Board has approved several improvements this past summer. The newly upgraded Palo Verde patio furniture, fire pits and heaters will provide greater use of that area, allowing for different events and activities to be held, increasing revenue opportunities.

Palo Verde has new carpeting and a new dance floor for an enhanced appearance.

Cottonwood Bar and Grill has a new bar top and continues to serve our residents in a casual environment with excellent food and service.

Our golf courses are undergoing the annual re-seeding that will maintain their professional appearance and playing level. The Cottonwood driving range will re-open after over seeding is completed.

Cottonwood tennis court No. 1 paver/drainage project is now complete.

The Cottonwood buildings have a new coat of paint that gives a fresh appearance to our community.

There are several other improvements that have been completed, so please enjoy them as you visit our various amenities.

And finally, be sure and check The Flyer and In The Know for important dates and information on Association activities. It’s important that you stay informed and involved in our community.

The Board of Directors is looking forward to another active and productive winter season for our homeowners.

Changing the Way We Age®

The Cottonwood Palo Verde Community Day provides information for our homeowners regarding the many amenities, clubs and programs available for our homeowners. CWPV Connections (the group that researched, wrote and self-published the CWPV Fitness Facility Study) invites you to visit our table located in the Saguaro room in the northwest corner by the new storage room. We will have multiple displays regarding our new Health and Wellness Center and Changing the Way We Age®.

CWPV Connections partnership with the Internal Council on Active Aging provides us with unique access to industry professions who tailor solutions built to support our investment in health and wellness.

Health and Wellness in active living communities has never been an ‘if you build it, they will come’ proposition. Today’s homeowners and prospects for active living expect a community to have a Health and Wellness Center and group exercise classes available.

But increasingly, they’re also expecting qualified staffing support to help them learn how to exercise.

CWPV homeowners are counting on our New Health and Wellness Center to be inviting, effective and safe.

As seniors, maintaining your health becomes increasingly important. The goal of a health and wellness program is to enhance the quality and longevity of life. To accomplish this, CWPV needs a facility that is designed specifically for seniors but also offers a variety of exercise programs, health and wellness classes, and personal trainers that specialize in working with seniors. We need equipment that deals with basic health as well as with various health issues like arthritis, Parkinson’s and post orthopedic surgery.

It’s a long and challenging road to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the modern CWPV Health and Wellness Center. The complexity of this project requires the expertise and talent of professionals representing a variety of disciplines. Our current HWC Task Force is diverse in their backgrounds and experience. This is a good thing. There is, however, an area that cannot be filled with more homeowners, no matter their enthusiasm, backgrounds or life experiences. That area is utilizing fitness industry professionals who have experience managing senior fitness centers and consulting on many others.

They provide the knowledge to help communities like ours to streamline the process, selecting the right architect, knowing the right equipment for seniors and the correct allocation of equipment between strength, cardio, classrooms, etc. We need to get it right the first time. Taking on the design, equipment selection, start up, and ongoing operations for the community’s Health and Wellness Center is not a project to be taken lightly.

Visit our informative website at

Let’s talk about the Health and Wellness Center and learn from each other on October 8.

Feel free to contact Rick Ricketts at 425-356-9600.

Board of Director meeting minutes (unapproved) from August 31, 2016

Directors present: Roger Beagle, Bill Greer, Bud Jenssen, Anne Montgomery, Woody Neiman, Dick Norris and Mel Rasmussen

Also present: General Manager Steve Nolan

President Dick Norris called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. He stated that the meeting is being recorded for accuracy of the minutes.

Secretary Anne Montgomery gave a short biography of the military career of Marine Col. Les Blaylock. Col. Blaylock led the Pledge of Allegiance and was then thanked for his military service and for his contributions to Cottonwood Palo Verde.

Bud Jenssen made a motion, seconded by Anne Montgomery, to approve the July 27, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes.

The floor was opened to Board and homeowner comments; no comments. Motion carried unanimously.


President Dick Norris reported he has no message for today.


Treasurer Woody Neiman presented the July 31, 2016 Financial Summary. A detailed report will be available for viewing in Homeowner Services.

Roger Beagle made a motion, seconded by Bud Jenssen, to approve the July 31, 2016 pre-audited Financial Report.

The floor was opened to Board and homeowner comments; no comments. Motion carried unanimously.


The following committees did not meet in July and will not meet in July or August: Architectural Compliance, Audit and Finance, Communications Committee; Election Committee; Facilities and Grounds Committee; Food and Beverage Committee; Golf Committee and Safety, Security and Access Committee.

Recreation Committee: The report was given of its meeting held on August 1. Among the subjects discussed were revision of the rules for tennis court and pickleball court; memorial plaque for Don Neu. Next meeting is September 12, because of Labor Day, at 1:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Room. The committee encouraged people to sign up for committees by September 15. The upcoming events were announced.

The committee has three recommendations for the Board on today’s agenda.

Under First Readings: Approve revisions to BP 7-50 tennis court regulations and approve revisions to BP 7-60 pickleball courts regulations.

Under Old Business: Approve recommendation from the Recreation Committee for a plaque for Don Neu from the Cottonwood Tennis Club for the tennis community to be erected on the north side of the hitting wall of Cottonwood tennis court No. 3.

The committee has no recommendations for management.

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

Health and Wellness Center Task Force: Anne Montgomery reported that HWCTF met on August 9. The subcommittee met to review architect submissions and rank them. On August 26 the firms were interviewed to determine the best qualified. A recommendation will be made to the Board on moving forward. The subcommittee for HWCTF communications continued their discussion on plans for informing the homeowners on the benefits of this project. Next meeting is scheduled for September 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Saguaro Room.


Pavers around tennis court No. 1: Steve Nolan reported that they are wrapping up the punch list completed by end of the week.

Pools: Steve Nolan reported that we have all the permits for Michigan pool which should be open by the weekend. Next to be done is the Cottonwood lap pool and spa, followed by the Cottonwood main pool.

Driving Range: Steve Nolan reported that Bill Todd communicated he is waiting for the sod to heal.


General Manager Steve Nolan gave the Management Report and in addition, gave special thanks to Jim Miller for his woodworking skills in making a custom wine glass rack for Palo Verde; thanked Marshall Reichert and Kieran Murphy and for their training session at PV; thanked the Fire Department for their CPR class to recertify our employees.

There was a question from the Board regarding lap and main pool dates, and Mr. Nolan stated that notice to homeowners will be made as soon as Michigan Pool is completed. One of the pools, lap pool or main will be open while the other is worked on.


Bud Jenssen: Thanked Col. Blaylock for his military service and service to CWPV and remarked on Col. Blaylock’s great singing ability at karaoke; thanked managers for their work on budget process; thanked F&B for their efforts.

Anne Montgomery: None to add.

Mel Rasmussen: Thanked Col. Blaylock for his military service and service to CWPV.

Woody Neiman: Thanked Col. Blaylock for his military service and service to CWPV; commented on healing sod; reminded everyone to be careful moving around work happening at the facilities; mentioned the upcoming budget Macro Meetings, open to homeowners and publicized in The Flyer; reminded everyone to sign up for committees.

Roger Beagle: Thanked Les Blaylock for his military service and service to CWPV; thanked Steve Nolan and management for providing and encouraging staff opportunities for training and learning.

Bill Greer: Commented regarding his discussion with Bill Todd regarding sod and depending on the sod healing, it is hoped the driving range and No. 9 tee opens before over seeding; thanked the management staff for their efforts on the budget; encouraged application to committees; thanked Col. Blaylock for his military service and service to CWPV. He talked about other information on Col. Blaylock.


Dick Norris introduced Capital Reserve request No. 10, Item A.

Anne Montgomery made a motion, seconded by Bud Jenssen, to approve replacement of two Fitness Center recumbent bikes for the low bid of $9,512.72 from Cybex and two treadmills for the low bid of $5,210.64 from Advanced Exercise Equipment.

The floor was opened to Board and homeowner comments; no comments. Motion carried unanimously.

Dick Norris introduced Capital Reserve request No. 10, Item B.

Roger Beagle made a motion, seconded by Anne Montgomery, to approve replacement of the Palo Verde fire pits for the sole source bid of $16,800 from Home and Patio.

It was stated that after homeowner donations of $6,000 and $2,000, the total Cost from Reserve will be $8,800.

The floor was opened to Board and homeowner comments; there was discussion. Roger Beagle, along with the other Board members, thanked the anonymous homeowners for their contributions to this purchase. No comments. Motion carried unanimously.




Dick Norris introduced Capital Improvement request No. 12, Item A.

Roger Beagle made a motion, seconded by Anne Montgomery, to approve purchase of new and replacement of the current Palo Verde patio furniture, for the bid of $39,943.09 from National Restaurant, plus a five percent contingency, for a total cost of $41,940.24.

It was stated that this purchase would be split funding – 85 percent Capital Improvement Fund and 15 percent Capital Reserve.

Woody Neiman explained the funding split, the reason for commercial grade and the quantity of the furniture. Marshall Reichert further explained the type of furniture and how everything can be utilized.

The floor was opened to Board & homeowner comments; no comments. Motion carried unanimously.

Dick Norris introduced Capital Improvement request No. 12, Item B.

Woody Neiman explained the reason for commercial grade and recommended that this purchase be funded as a 50-50 split. There was discussion and the Board unanimously agreed the funding would be split funding – 50 percent Capital Improvement Fund and 50 percent Capital Reserve.

Roger Beagle made a motion, seconded by Anne Montgomery, to approve purchase of new sectional furniture, tables and heaters for the Palo Verde patio, for the bid of $39,319.26 from National Restaurant, plus a five percent contingency, for a total cost of $41,285.22.

The floor was opened to Board and homeowner comments; there was a question from the audience regarding protection of the furniture from the elements. Marshall Reichert explained the PV storage area and the warranty protection. No further comments. Motion carried unanimously.






Dick Norris introduced New Business Item Nos. 15A.

Anne Montgomery made a motion, seconded by Bud Jenssen, to approve the recommendation from the Recreation Committee for a plaque for Don Neu from the Cottonwood Tennis Club for the tennis community, to be erected on the north side of the hitting wall of Cottonwood tennis court No. 3.

The floor was opened to Board and homeowner comments; Wanda Johnson stated that this would be funded by the Cottonwood Palo Verde Foundation. Al Wagner commented on Don Neu’s 25 years of contributions to this community. Motion carried unanimously.

Dick Norris introduced New Business Item Nos. 15B

Woody Neiman made a motion, seconded by Anne Montgomery, to approve revisions to BP 6-04 Rental Policy.

The floor was opened to Board and homeowner comments; there was a comment from the Board that this was clarification No comments. Motion carried unanimously.


Dick Norris introduced First Readings Item Nos. 17A and 17B.

Mel Rasmussen added that the changes qualify what has been done all along, but getting it legally in the policy.

Roger Beagle made a motion, seconded by Bud Jenssen, to place the following items into First Readings for the month of September:

A. Approve revisions to BP 7-50 Tennis Court Regulations.

B. Approve revisions to BP 7-60 Pickleball Courts Regulations.

The floor was opened to Board and homeowner comments; no comments. Motion carried unanimously.



Bill Greer asked the status of the CW booths. It was reported that the booths will be coming in next Thursday and will be installed overnight.

The meeting adjourned at 3:44 p.m.

Upcoming events

All tickets for Cottonwood Palo Verde shows and events can be purchased at our Homeowner Services location.


The tickets ($20) are on sale now at Cottonwood’s Homeowner Services. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a no-host bar; shows will start at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12 DECEMBER ‘63 – JERSEY BOYS – 3:00 p.m. show

Wednesday, November 16 MOTOWN – 3:00 p.m. show

Wednesday, December 14 – CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE (all new show)


This fantastic show on Wednesday, October 12, will take you on a musical journey with stops at every phase of the careers of Frankie and the Boys! There are only 3:00 p.m. tickets left for this show and they’re going fast.


We only have tickets now for the 3:00 p.m. Motown show performing on Wednesday, November 16. This is a tribute to the music from Motor City including the Four Tops, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Martha Reeves and many more.


Tuesday, October 25 – San Tan Ballroom!

You won’t want to miss the opening day ticket sells for our TAD Winter Concert Series. This year, on opening day only, we will be selling tickets and series tickets in the San Tan Ballroom. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. Patrol will be on hand to pass out line numbers and check to see that you have a Sun Lakes homeowner’s card. Tables and chairs will be provided along with hot coffee, hot tea or iced tea. For your entertainment, TAD will be making an appearance on our stage with a show snippet. Single tickets are still only $20. Series tickets (seven) will be $120, which means you’ll receive one ticket free. (After opening day all tickets will be sold at Cottonwood Homeowner Services). Here are the series shows and dates:

Tuesday, January 10 – Jimmy Buffett

Tuesday, January 17 – Rolling Stones

Monday, February 6 – Piano Men: Generations (Elton John and Billy Joel)

Tuesday, February 21 – Shania Twain and Tim McGraw

Wednesday, March 1 – Whitney Houston

Tuesday, March 14 – Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)

Tuesday, March 28 – Doobie Brothers

What a line up! All shows start at 7:00 p.m.


We had a great time last year at our Halloween Party. So, we are going to do it again this year. We plan on throwing this scary party for only $25 a ticket on Saturday, October 29 since Halloween falls on a Monday night. But don’t worry, Cottonwood plans on having a special Halloween Party in the lounge on Monday night, October 31.

There will even be a costume contest with prizes. So mark your calendars and save these dates!


Get out your walking shoes, everyone! The very first Cottonwood Palo Verde Fun Walk is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5. The walk will take place around one or all of the five Cottonwood Lakes – it’s your choice. You can either do a half mile walk, a one mile walk or go for the gold with the 2.7 mile walk. Starting and ending points will be at Cottonwood’s greenbelt across from the CW tennis courts. Water will be provided at several points along the routes. For a $20 fee, participants will get a Fun Walk tee shirt, a goodie bag and admittance to the Friday Night pre-walk party (November 4). The walk is sponsored by our own Cottonwood Palo Verde Foundation who will be contributing the donations to Neighbors Who Care. Registration deadline is October 21. Please note that your $20 fee (donation) may be fully tax deductible. Forms for registration can be downloaded at or you can pick them up at Cottonwood’s Homeowner Services (the Administration Building).


Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 8 for Cottonwood Palo Verde’s annual Open House/Community Days/event in the San Tan Ballroom and the Saguaro Room. Come see all the events, clubs, organizations and classes that are available to all Sun Lakers from 9:00 a.m.-noon.


The next Ladies Coffee will be Wednesday, October 5 in the San Tan Ballroom starting at 10:30 a.m. Cost will be $3. As always, we will be serving cookies, hot coffee or tea and iced tea. There will be fashion shows, entertainers, guest speakers and more, so bring your friends and neighbors for a good time!

2016-2017 Schedule: October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5


Our $5 Saturday Night DJ Dances are back again for the summer and tickets are sold at Homeowner Services. We are glad to have DJ Jamal with us again spinning a variety of songs for everyone. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for food service (limited food menu) and a no host bar. You order your meal at the San Tan Ballroom bar giving them your table number. Your food will be delivered to you and removed when you’re finished. Dancing runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. All Sun Lakers and guests are invited; October 8.


Travel professionals from “Around the Corner to Around the World” will be at Cottonwood’s San Tan Ballroom to conduct an educational and entertaining presentation featuring travel destinations and products around Arizona and beyond. There will be free entertainment, refreshments and door prizes will be awarded. Please RSVP by calling Free Spirit Vacations and Events at 480-926-5547 or email [email protected]

The date is set for Wednesday, November 16 11:00 a.m.-noon. All Sun Lakers and guests are invited.


Briggs Cunningham has been working with the blind and visually impaired for a number of years. During that time, he has become an expert in assessing the needs of the visually impaired and improving their day-to-day lives. Briggs will be providing a presentation and introducing low vision devices at CW’s Ceramic Room A-8 on Thursday, November 10 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. He will also be demonstrating the Smart Reader which is a small camera system that reads out-loud your printed material. Catalogs will be available. There will be time to answer any questions you might have.


Once again, this fall season, Hamilton High will be sponsoring free football games to all Sun Lakers, including the school bus ride. The bus will pick you up at the Cottonwood flagpole. Please sign up at Cottonwood’s Homeowner Services Center if you’d like to join us (all games are on Fridays).

Schedule dates:

October 21 (free senior picnic) – Pickup time 4:30 p.m.

October 28 – Pickup time 6:00 p.m.


Tickets are on sale now for next year’s Impersonators Show titled Gone, But Not Forgotten. Featured impersonators will be Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson and the Everly Brothers. Tickets are still available for the 3:00 p.m. show. Date is set for Monday, March 13, 2017. There will be a no host bar.


Come see all the beautiful clothes, purses and jewelry for sale in Cottonwood’s Phoenix Room (A-9) from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on the following Thursday: October 6


Ladies and gentlemen we will be busing as many people as we can to the annual Fourth Avenue Street Fair in Tucson on Friday, December 9. Tickets are still only $20. The bus will leave the CW flagpole at 8:00 a.m. It takes approximately 1 1/2 hours to get there, so we can actually start shopping around 9:30 am. You’ll need to get back to your bus by 2:30 p.m. That gives you five hours to shop and by leaving at that time we can avoid heavy traffic. We can take as many busses as we want to!


Dr. Joseph Allgeier of Radiant Complexions Dermatology Clinic will be conducting a free skin cancer screening in Cottonwood’s Phoenix Room (A-9) from 8:00-11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays starting this fall. All Sun Lakers are invited. No appointment needed. The doctor will see you on a first come basis. Dr. Joe will be attending on these dates: October 12, November 9 and December 14.


Personal trainer Deryk Garmanian and his assistant/homeowner, Brenda Waara will be instructing, at no cost, a weight room and equipment orientation class at the Ladies Fitness Center from Noon-1:00 p.m. for both men and women (at this time) on the following Wednesdays: October 19, November 16 and December 21. Please sign up at Homeowner Services. If there are less than four students, Deryk will cancel the class and contact those who have signed up.


Healthwaves will be available for testing in Cottonwood’s Paint Room (A-7) from 8:00 a.m.-noon on Mondays: October 10, November 14 and December 12.


Mark your calendars and tell all your friends that Rover’s Rest Stop’s meet and greet will be held on Saturday, October 8 in Cottonwood’s Dance Room (A-6) from 9:00 a.m.-noon. Here’s another chance for you to bring home an adorable new family member. For more information call 480-600-2828 and remember a little dog will be there waiting desperately for a place to call home.


Starting Friday, October 14, Two-Wheel Jones Bicycle Repair will be in Cottonwood’s east parking lot, next to the tennis courts, and then every Friday after from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


To book any of these trips, call Free Spirit Vacation at 480-926-5547 or email [email protected] Please remind them that you are a Cottonwood Palo Verde Homeowner. Event information flyers can be found at Cottonwood’s Homeowner Services.


October 5-8 – Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

October 9 – Apple Annie’s in Wilcox

October 18-20 – ENCORE – Free Spirit’s 20th Birthday Bash

October 22–25 – St. Michael Indian School and Navajo Treasures

November22–25 – Thanksgiving in San Diego

December12–12/16 – Spotlight on New York City Holiday

December 22–26 – Christmas in Nashville

Choose how you age seminar

ActiveRX will be holding a seminar on Thursday, October 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the Saguaro Room at the Cottonwood Country Club to learn more about what you and your community can do to ensure a positive aging experience.

For more information about ActiveRx or the presentation on October 27, please visit, email [email protected] or call 480-304-5510.