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When I took on the responsibility of Director, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself involved in. It took me a few months to learn how the community was run from behind the scenes and the total picture view that is required to keep this community as great as it is. As your Director, I gave up thinking about myself and attempted to do what was good for our community and all the residents living in it. I had to keep reminding myself of that every day. I am proud to say that the Board, Committees, and Staff have been industrious and diligent working through various challenges. Although it was somewhat contentious at times, it does the soul good to know we were able to work through conflicting views in the open, thereby allowing resident scrutiny.
We have completed multiple projects including: the Roof Covering for the Front Entrance Way to the Lodge, allowing Artificial Turf in our front yards as another choice in design options, Timbers Parking Lot Repairs and Resurfacing, the Timbers Restaurant/Lounge Project, upgraded Timbers & Sierra Pines Parking Lot Pole Lighting Units to LED Lighting, completed Energy Conservation Projects (HVAC Upgrade), Timbers Lodge Interior Refurbishment, Review & Updated the Reserve study, Reviewed the Purchasing Policy, improved the Resident Volunteering & Board Recruitment process, and updated the Investment Policy. The revised investment policy helped put in place professional investment advisors to manage our alternate investments in the best interest of the residents. This was an effort to secure a better return in order to help support flattening or slowing down assessment Increases. This is the first time our assessments been the same ($152.00) for two years now and I hope the new Board of Directors can try for a third year.
Two other projects are close to my heart that I am now working on and that, in my opinion, would be very beneficial to our community. The first one is the Solar Project for the Timbers, Sierra Pines and the Pump House that account for most of the electrical consumption that we are paying yearly. These three meters account for around $244,000.00 yearly. If we could cut that cost by $200,000.00, it would mean big saving towards our community assessment costs. We are in the early stages of developing a proposal to present to all residents for suggestions, opinion and discussion. The major objective is to keep our assessments stable if we can.
The second project is an 18 Hole Putting Course for the SCR Community, which would be a very attractive amenity for the entire facility. This would be an activity that is a low stress and useable by almost everyone regardless of age or physical limitations. In addition, it would comply with the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act and would provide an activity that does not duplicate any activity currently available to our residents. As our resident population ages, some current recreational activities require a degree of agility and movement that not all can perform. It is important to offer a range of activities that appeal to the broadest possible spectrum. The goal will be to design and install an amenity that blends in aesthetically and constitutes a beautifully landscaped setting that would be fun for all residents, their visitors and grandchildren, whether they are golfers or not.
In closing, I wish to say again, it has been my pleasure over the past three years to be one of your Directors and the Board President. I enjoyed being a part of the changes and improvements to this great community and look forward to future years of accomplishments, so I will still be involved and keeping my eye on what is happening. I am proud of this community and I am glad to be living here. I was glad to do my part as a volunteer. I would like to ask all of you to please step up and do your part. If I can do it, so can you. Take care and enjoy your life style here in SCR. Thanks for the Experience I have enjoyed it.
Here are a few things to look for in July:
- ANNUAL GOLF PASSES ON SALE NOW !!! Buy your 2016/2017 Golf pass in the administration office!
- The 1st Annual Bill Gould Memorial Scholarship event is July 15th. Don’t miss out on the great event benefitting the First Tee of Greater Sacramento. Bill Gould was an instrumental figure in Sacramento’s youth golf for 12 years helping to provide scholarships to so many deserving young people looking to get a college education. Help keep Bill’s great work moving forward, and participate in this important event while honoring Bill’s memory.
- Residents now receive 10% off lessons at Timber Creek.
- Looking for new Clubs? Timber Creek Golf Shop is an official Taylor Made fitting facility, Srixon Fitting facility, and Cleveland Wedge fitting facility. Call the shop for details.
- Twilight remains at 1pm at Timber Creek. Residents pay half price!
- Resident Play Card has improved – It’s now a baker’s dozen. Play twelve times and get your next round on us!
- Take advantage of the resident special weekdays between 11AM-1PM only $25.00
- Golfer Development Program. One half hour lesson every week.
$360/3 Months (12 Lessons)
$600/6 Months (24 Lessons)
$960/Annual (48 Lessons)
Follow your favorite golf course, Timber Creek, on Facebook.
If you have any questions contact the Timber Creek Golf Shop and let us know how we can better serve you.
It certainly is apparent to the Activities Department summer has arrived! Ticket sales are brisk, for day trips and onsite events. Don’t wait too long if you have a trip or event you would like to attend. If trips and events are full, please do put your name on the Wait List. Often we have cancellations and would love to be able to offer space to another resident.
Registration has opened for the Great Reno Balloon Race, scheduled for September 8-10, 2016. The bus is about ¾ full – again, don’t wait too long to register. Flyers are available for the Eastern Sierra Tour, scheduled for October 8-13, 2016. This is a leisurely tour through the Eastern Sierra to enjoy the beautiful fall colors and beauty of the area. Registration will open Friday, July 8.
If you’d like to stay close to home, tickets are available for the Monday, July 11 Speaker Series. We’ll welcome Mark Lapadula, Yale University lecturer, as he presents “Eight Films that Changed America.” Tickets are $5.00. A special thanks to the Sun City Foundation, who fund these presentations to add to the Sun City active lifestyle. Tickets are available for the Friday, July 29 “Songs & Stories of Neil Diamond”, performed by Jack Wright. Tickets are $15.00 per person.
Come along and join us!
How to Close Your Windows
No, not the glass ones you shut when leaving home. This is about how techy knuckleheads can introduce trouble to your computer by deceptively programming the X (red or black) in the upper right corner of a window such that, in addition to closing the window, you actually launch their sneaky program in the background of your system.
“Trouble” refers to worms, viruses, malware and adware, and often presents as pop-up a window. Some trouble is spawned by financial greed—someone trying to separate you from your money. Some is spread by just plain mean hackers who are trying to wreak as much havoc as possible, while other hackers are just trying to see if they can build a reputation among other strange folks in their malevolent sub-culture.
Most of us know that trouble almost always finds its way in via:
Email—Some of which comes from
- people you know—who did not recognize the trouble
- email addresses of people you know—which have been infiltrated
- valid web sites you gave your address to—which get hacked
- illegitimate lists which get sold on the e-black market
Websites—As you search, research or shop on the internet, you inevitably browse from site to site, and you may thus arrive at a site knuckleheads have already digitally infested.
Through whatever means, you may find yourself looking at links, buttons or other “click here” invitations which will result in trouble.
Whether this raises your ire, or your suspicions, your first inclination should be to NOT make that mouse click. It follows, then, that your next inclination is to close that window, and therein lays the rub.
Use your computer’s built-in commands to safely close the window: As you hold down the ALT key, strike the F4 key.
Try it any time, on any web site. Poof, you are back on the desktop. Safely.
Of course, ALT F4 is not needed to close trusted sites, but it works, and with ALT F4 as your habit, you will sidestep the devious knuckleheads.
I am always available to speak at your Neighborhood Watch meetings or Club meetings.
Important Phone Numbers
Emergency – Police or Fire – 911
Roseville Emergency from Cell Phones – 916-786-6444
Roseville Non-Emergency Police – 774-5000
Sun City After Hours Emergency – 789-0808
Neighborhood Watch Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
Citizens Patrol Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
Time flies. Winter just seemed like it was yesterday. Welcome summer. Exciting times are ahead. We in Facility Maintenance have accomplished a lot since the beginning of 2016.
The Lodge refurbishment came out beautifully. The Activities Rooms were all repainted, new flooring was added prior to the lodge remodel. The Arcade bathrooms were remodeled as well and meeting ADA requirements along the way.
Logistics Maintenance and Set Ups also played a key role in the 20 year celebration of Sun City. That was truly a wonderful event that many people enjoyed. Everyone that worked on the event should be congratulated. GREAT JOB EVERYONE!
The Golf Maintenance Department just recently got new paint, flooring and lockers and no Mr. Ferrin the walls are not pink. Sierra Pines got a face lift as well. The rest rooms were completely renovated with new fixtures paint and flooring, pictures too. It looks great.
The Sierra Pines Deli was remodeled with a new layout that included new cabinets, paint, tables, chairs and flooring. This was quite an improvement that all should be proud of. The overhang at the Pines was redone as well with a coat of paint and outdoor fans that ties it into the existing BBQ area. These are just a few of the things that Facilities Maintenance, Logistics and Set Ups has been working on.
Major projects that are scheduled this summer/fall are the Timbers Restaurant remodel beginning July 5th and the Locker Rooms @ the Fitness Center remodel are scheduled to begin August 29th.
Going into my first year here at Sun City has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to working with everyone here at Sun City in future endeavors. Enjoy your summer!