Sun Lakes Cottonwood Palo Verde at Sun Lakes

Message from the Board President

Dick Norris

The month of November begins the start of busy social activities at Cottonwood Palo Verde at Sun Lakes. There are many events planned for our community, so I will highlight just a few.

Pending Board approval of an architect to design and build the Health and Wellness Center, there will be an important homeowner workshop to update homeowners, seek your input and answer your questions. This is an opportunity for you to participate and voice what you feel is needed in our Health and Wellness Center. Look for this important announcement in The Flyer and In The Know.

Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 a.m. will be the first Cottonwood Palo Verde Fun Walk organized by the Recreation Committee. Everyone is invited – pets, children and those with special needs. There are three different distances to choose from. The event is sponsored by the Cottonwood Palo Verde Foundation. This event will begin south of the tennis courts on the lake area.

Cheer on your favorite NFL team by watching the games at the Cottonwood Bar and Grill. Each Sunday there are special football menus and drink specials.

Palo Verde will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving Dinner event. Be sure to make your reservations.

Several new pieces of Palo Verde patio furniture are now in place. They are more comfortable, durable and will provide a more pleasant experience for homeowners and guests. The upgrades also include new fire pits and heaters.

Our golf courses and the Cottonwood driving range have been reseeded and are ready for the busy golf season.

There have been several other improvements completed around the community that you’ll notice as you visit our various amenities.

Finally, be sure and check The Flyer and In The Know for important dates and detailed information on Association activities. These are important communication resources to help 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.

Board of Director meeting minutes (unapproved) from September 28, 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.

President Dick Norris dedicated today’s Pledge of Allegiance to honor the men and women who have served and currently serve in our military, including those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom. Mr. Norris then proceeded to lead the audience in The Pledge of Allegiance.

Anne Montgomery made a motion, seconded by Bud Jenssen to approve the August 31, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes.

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

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:

President Dick Norris reported the following events in October and November: October 8 – CWPV Community Day, 9:00 a.m.-noon in the San Tan Ballroom and Saguaro Room; October 19 – Committee Appreciation Event, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the San Tan Ballroom; October 26 – annual Budget Meeting, 4:00-5:00 p.m. following the Board meeting at 3:00 p.m., both will take place in the San Tan Ballroom; November 1 – Celebration of Golf, 5:00 p.m. at Palo Verde. He reminded everyone to stay informed by reading The Flyer.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

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

Roger Beagle made a motion, seconded by Mel Rasmussen, to approve the August 31, 2016 pre-audited Financial Report.

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Architectural Compliance Committee: The report was given of its meetings held on September 6 and 20. It was reported that 66 permits were approved between August 31 and September 20, with 33 requiring follow up and 18 requiring additional follow up. It was asked that homeowners remember to report when their projects are done by contacting the ACC member or the Administration Office. Next meetings are October 4 and 18 in the A-7 Paint Room.

The committee has no recommendations for the Board or for management.

Audit and Finance Committee: Ed Schauble, on behalf of Linda Grendahl, reported on the meeting held on September 14. Among the subjects discussed were monthly financials, 2017 budget activities and changes in budget processes and procedures. Next meeting is October 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Saguaro Room.

The committee has no recommendations for the Board or for management.

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

Communications Committee: The report was given of its meetings held on September 12 and 19. Among the subjects discussed were committee table at Community Day on September 8, website updates and subscribers, Ambassador Program tours and the newly installed comment card boxes. Next meeting is October 3 at 8:30 a.m. in the Ceramics Room.

The committee has no recommendations for the Board or for management.

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

Election Committee: It was reported that this committee did not meet in September due to lack of a quorum. Next meeting is October 5 at 1:30 p.m. in the Ceramics Room.

Facilities and Grounds Committee: The report was given of its meeting on September 7. Among the subjects discussed were upcoming projects, engineering study on the golf course bridges which have a satisfactory rating and status of the pools undergoing Pebble Tec replacement.

Next meeting is October 5 at 9:00 a.m. in the Saguaro Room.

The committee has no recommendations for the Board or for management.

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

Roger Beagle stated that Woody Neiman will be sitting in for him at the October Facilities and Grounds meeting.

Food and Beverage Committee: The report was given of its meeting held on September 8. Among the subjects discussed at their meeting were performance of both venues are positive with improvements of furniture and equipment. Next meeting is October 6 at 9:00 a.m. in the Saguaro Room.

The committee has no recommendations for the Board or for management.

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

Golf Committee: The report was given of its meeting on September 1. It was announced that the courses are coming into over seeding. Palo Verde will be closed this Monday and Cottonwood the following Monday. The driving range will be open when Cottonwood is shut down. Next meeting is October 6 at 1:00 p.m. in the Ceramics Room.

The committee has no recommendations for the Board. They have one recommendation for management, to install steps at the 18th tee box (west side) on the CW golf course.

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

Roger Beagle complimented the Golf Committee on the look of the driving range new sod area and thanked them for their recommendation.

Recreation Committee: The report was given of its meeting on September 12. Among the subjects discussed were the Community Fun Walk on November 5 and noise control for pickleball courts. Some of the upcoming events were announced. Next meeting is October 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Room.

The committee has no recommendations for the Board or for management.

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

Bud Jenssen congratulated them on getting the Community Fun Walk on the front page of The Splash newspaper.

Safety, Security and Access Committee: It was reported that this committee did not meet in September due to lack of a quorum. Next meeting is October 5 at 10:00 a.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 at Homeowner Services.

Health and Wellness Center Task Force: It was reported that HWCTF met September 13 although they did not have a quorum. Among the subjects discussed and activities were the process of selecting an architectural firm; the architect team, two Board members and the general manager met with the selected firm to further discuss the scope of work and the contract; the HWCTF Communications subcommittee’s plans to participate in the Community Day on October 8. It was announced that an equipment subcommittee was formed to determine equipment types and needs. Next meeting is October 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the Saguaro Room.

PROJECT REPORTS:

Pavers around Tennis Court No. 1: Steve Nolan reported that this project is complete. Painting will start next week and drainage issues have been corrected.

Pools: Steve Nolan reported that the Michigan pool is open, Pebble Tec will be installed this week at Cottonwood lap pool and spa and the Cottonwood main pool will be next. He thanked everyone for their patience.

There was discussion and it was confirmed that the paint for the courtyard would probably be a colored epoxy.

Driving Range: Steve Nolan reported that the driving range will open October 10.

MANAGEMENT REPORT:

General Manager Steve Nolan gave the Management Report.

DIRECTORS COMMENTS:

Bill Greer thanked everyone for coming to today’s meeting and mentioned that the skins game with our golf pros was a great event.

Roger Beagle thanked the Board, administration and staff for their care of Cottonwood Palo Verde and looks forward to this season.

Woody Neiman commented that the Pro Shootout was a great event. He announced the annual Budget meeting will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the San Tan Ballroom following the 3:00 p.m. regularly scheduled October 26 Board meeting. He thanked everyone who participated in the budget process. He reminded everyone that over seeding is coming up.

Mel Rasmussen had nothing to add.

Anne Montgomery thanked the managers, Audit and Finance Committee and Brian Shaw for their hard work on the budget.

Bud Jenssen thanked Dick Norris for leading the Pledge of Allegiance, thanked Food and Beverage, particularly David and Marshall and commented that the Palo Verde steak fry was great.

Dick Norris thanked Woody, Audit and Finance Committee, managers and Brian Shaw for a smooth budget process.

CAPITAL RESERVE REPLACEMENT FUND REQUESTS:

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

Bud Jenssen made a motion, seconded by Anne Montgomery, to approve replacement of a Harper Turf Vac for golf course maintenance, for the low bid of $21,656.63 from Simpson Norton.

The floor was opened to Board and homeowner comments. There was discussion to clarify that there are three vacs but this is the only one requiring replacement at this time. No further comments. Motion carried unanimously.

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

Bud Jenssen made a motion, seconded by Anne Montgomery, to approve replacement of a Club Car Carryall for common area maintenance, for the low bid of $10,784.29 from Simpson Norton.

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

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

Bud Jenssen made a motion, seconded by Anne Montgomery, to approve replacement of Palo Verde pool furniture for the bid of $24,740 from Sun Patio Furniture, plus a 5 percent contingency, for a total cost of $25,977.

The floor was opened to Board and homeowner comments. It was asked when the new Palo Verde patio furniture would be delivered. Some of the patio furniture will be next week and the rest mid-October. No further comments. Motion carried unanimously.

PV GATE RESERVE FUND:

NONE

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND REQUESTS:

NONE

VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION FUND:

NONE

OLD BUSINESS:

Dick Norris introduced Old Business item Nos. 14A and 14B.

Mel Rasmussen made a motion, seconded by Roger Beagle, to approve revisions to BP 7-50 Tennis Court Regulations.

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

Roger Beagle made a motion, seconded by Anne Montgomery, to approve revisions to BP 7-60 Pickleball Court Regulations.

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

NEW BUSINESS:

Dick Norris introduced New Business item No. 15A.

Woody Neiman made a motion, seconded by Bud Jenssen, to approve the golf rates for the 2016 – 2017 year, to be effective November 1, 2016 through October 31, 2017.

The floor was opened to Board and homeowner comments. It was confirmed that this information would be posted on our bulletin boards and other venues of communication. No further comments. Motion carried unanimously.

FIRST READINGS:

Dick Norris introduced First Readings item No. 16A.

The following, per unanimous decision by the Board, will be placed into First Readings for the month of September:

A. Approve revisions to BP 4-02 Home Purchase Fees.

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

HOMEOWNER COMMENTS:

Comments introducing an Alzheimer’s program called Oakwood Care.

The meeting adjourned at 3:42 p.m.

Upcoming events

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY

One of the most important part of this great country of ours is our military! It’s our honor to host our first Veterans Day Ceremony on Tuesday, November 15 in the San Tan Ballroom starting at 3:00 p.m. All Sun Lakers are invited, especially our brave men and women military veterans. We’re planning on making this event truly special and memorable. Please plan on joining us as we give thanks to our great veterans!

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GOLF CART PARADE AND SHOW

All Sun Lakes homeowners and guests need to mark your calendars for Friday, December 2 for our annual Christmas Golf Cart Parade and Show. As always, we’ll start off at Palo Verde at 5:00 p.m. for some free hot turkey soup and drinks. Santa and the whole gang will be on hand for that special Christmas picture and loaded down with candy and toys for the children. Maddy and Friend will be there singing all your favorite Christmas songs and we will be judging all the beautiful decorated golf carts for prize money. About 6:00 p.m. everyone will be escorted by our wonderful Sun Lakes Sheriff’s Posse over to the Cottonwood San Tan Ballroom for our annual Christmas Show. Hot coffee, cocoa, apple cider and cookies will be served. The free show will start at 7:00 p.m.

MOTOWN TAD CONCERT

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.

TAD WINTER CONCERT

Tickets are on sale for our winter TAD series experience. Single tickets are still only $20. Series tickets (seven) will be $120, which means you’ll receive one ticket free!

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.

COTTONWOOD PALO VERDE FUN WALK IS COMING NOVEMBER 5

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 and is sponsored by the Cottonwood Palo Verde Foundation. 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. You can even bring your grandchildren and/or pets. Water will be provided at several points along the different routes. If you are a registered walker, you are invited to the Friday Night Kick Off Party (November 4) in the Saguaro Room starting at 5:30 p.m. Our Saturday walk will include entertainment and activities. Registration forms can be picked up at Cottonwood’s Homeowner Services.

For more information contact the Recreation Department at 480-384-4065 or 480-384-4066.

I’VE GOT THE MUSIC IN ME – CINDY MILLER SHOW

Show date is Friday, January 20, 2017 in the San Tan Ballroom starting at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.). Tickets are $15. I’ve Got the Music in Me is a musical/comedy. The audience is treated to songs that cover the full spectrum: country, ballads, show tunes, jazz, pop and light rock. There are no throw away songs or slow moments, it moves at an enjoyable pace and brings forth memories for all and will leave the audience feeling truly entertained. The show features Celine Dion, Madonna, Cher, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston and many more. Verbally and musically, the show is sprinkled with witticisms and comical parodies. And it’s all done in good taste. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, November 8.

DANCING WITH THE SUN LAKES ALL-STARS

Yes folks, we are now presenting the Dancing with the Sun Lakes All-Star Show on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12, 2017. The $20 tickets go on sale Tuesday, November 15. You will see the first place winners from past years competing against each other: Neda Mead, Joyce Recupido, Pat Koepp, Meena Harris, Wanda Johnson and Bill Jablonski. This will be spectacular. And as always, the unbelievable, talented Utah Ballroom Dance Company will also be performing each night. All the dancers will perform Saturday and Sunday and there will be a winner selected both nights.

LADIES COFFEE

The next Ladies Coffee will be Wednesday, November 2in 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. This month we have a Bon Worth fashion show, Sun Lakes Community Theatre will present a snippet from their upcoming play Dearly Departed, interesting speakers and more, so bring your friends and neighbors for a good time!

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

TRAVEL DESTINATIONS AND PRODUCTS AROUND ARIZONA AND BEYOND

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 from 11:00 a.m.-noon. All Sun Lakers and guests are invited.

ARIZONA LOW VISION PRESENTATION

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 Cottonwood’s Ceramic Room A8 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.

IMPERSONATORS 2017 SHOW

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.

FOURTH AVE STREET FAIR IN TUCSON

Ladies and gentlemen we will be busing as many people as we can to the annual Fourth Ave Street Fair in Tucson on Friday, December 9. Tickets are still only $20. The bus will leave the Cottonwood flagpole at 8:00 a.m. It takes approximately one and a half hours to get there, so we can actually start shopping around 9:30 a.m. 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!

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 8:00–11:00 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: November 9 and December 14.

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 at the Ladies Fitness Center from Noon-1:00 p.m. for both men and women (at this time) on the following Wednesdays: 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 LAB SCREENINGS AND TESTING

Healthwaves will be available for testing in Cottonwood’s Paint Room (A7) from 8:00 a.m.-noon on Monday, November 14 and December 12.

ROVER’S REST STOP

Mark your calendars and tell all your friends that Rover’s Rest Stop’s Meet and Greet will be held on Saturday, November 12 in Cottonwood’s Dance Room (A6) 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.

BICYCLE REPAIR IN COTTONWOOD

On Wednesdays, Two-Wheel Jones Bicycle Repair will be in Cottonwood’s east parking lot, next to the tennis courts from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

UPCOMING TRAVELING TOURS THROUGH FREE SPIRIT

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.

2016:

11/22–11/25 – Thanksgiving in San Diego

12/2 – Desert Botanical Gardens and Mill Ave Fair

12/3 – Prescott Christmas Parade and Lunch

12/6-12/8 – Dickens Festival and It’s a Wonderful Life

12/9 – Zoo Lights, Dinner, Mormon Temple

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

12/22–12/26 – Christmas in Nashville