I am honored and humbled to be elected by the Board of Directors to serve as your President for 2016-17.
I extend appreciation for their years of service on the Board to Directors Don Treichler, Dan Arriola and Mary Ann Chittick. It will be a pleasure to continue serving on the Board and working with Directors Tim Hinchey, Herb Drosdat and Dave Lewis. It is with great pleasure I welcome to the Board new Directors John Raniseski and rt Taylor. A remaining vacant Director position will soon be filled by Board appointment.
Here in Sun City I’ve observed that we all are very passionate about our community as each of us made a knowing choice to live and enjoy this premier, active adult lifestyle. You can count on the Board and me to be be focused upon doing what is in the overall best interest for our Association, community and residents.
We are indeed a beautiful haven with well over 5,000 of us calling Sun City our “home”. We are a place where everyone belongs whether long-time resident to the most recent arrival. We are a place that celebrates our legacy – as we did upon our 20th anniversary. And, yet, we are not tied down by our past as we discuss and embrace change and then use it to shape and define a best path forward for our residents and community.
You can anticipate that both the Board and I will measure our success for you by how many people we are able to help and serve. We’ll attend to getting things done. We’ll focus on making forward progress on major issues of importance to residents. We’ll discuss and deliberate upon what works and little upon what doesn’t. We’ll achieve progress with results that benefits all of us.
In short, you’ll be seeing your Board working together. We’ll have clear goals and values. We’ll strive to take actions that are worthy of your trust and support in shaping and improving our community’s delivery of service and programs.
And as I assume my duties as your President, I very much welcome you contacting me. Please do so – whether via email, a phone call or simply to chat over a cup of coffee at the Timbers.
Getting to know you and to discuss your ideas and interests is important to me and my colleagues on the Board in order to know how best to sustain and improve our wonderful lifestyle and community.
The Board and I thank you for placing your trust in us.
With best regards, Linda L. Breninger, President
Here are a few things to look for in September:
- Download the Timber Creek app on your iPhone or android and get all these amazing features:
- Book a tee time
- Interactive scoring
- Food and beverage options
- Social sharing
- Much, much more…
- Timber Creek Golf Academy launches September 1st. Go to timbercreekgc.com and click on the lessons tab.
- Look for the First Tee Championship of Greater Sacramento September 24th.
- 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.
You still have time to enjoy the last of the summer activities! Seats are available for the AT & T Stadium Tour on Tuesday, August 16. Get a Behind-The-Scenes Tour of this famous San Francisco ballpark and a stop at Anheuser-Busch Brewery for a tour and tasting on the way home. Bus departs at 7:30AM; cost is $72.00 per person. We’ll catch the last of the River Cats ballgames on Thursday, August 18. It’s Thirsty Thursday night with $2.00 beers! Bus departs at 5:45PM; cost is $45.00 per person.
If you’d like to relax and just enjoy a day out, join us for a visit to Lake Tahoe as we tour the Tahoe Maritime Museum and enjoy a hosted lunch at Jake’s-on-the-Lake. Bus departs at 7:30AM; cost is $95.00 per person and includes a fabulous hosted lunch!
Registration is open for September day tours. Trips are selling out quickly so don’t wait too long.
Seats are available for a 2 hour narrated cruise aboard the Potomac Presidential Yacht (“the floating Whitehouse”) moored near Jack London Square in Oakland. Bus departs at 7:30AM; cost is $99.00 per person and includes refreshments in both directions and refreshments on the ship. Thursday, September 22 will take us to Nello Olivo Winery for wine tasting and a tour. The winery is located in Placerville and boasts boutique wines common to the regions of Italy. Cost is $73.00 per person and includes a hosted catered lunch on site with Hog Wild Barb-b-que.
Watch for a variety of October day tours in the September Courier – we’ve got some special trips that are sure to sell out quick!
Tickets are available for Tom Rigney & Flambeau, scheduled for September 23 in the Timber Creek Ballroom. Tickets are $15.00 per person.
Registration is currently open for the Eastern Sierra Tour, scheduled for October 8-13, 2016. Please register at the Activities Monitor Desk Monday through Saturday from7:30AM-9:00PM or Sundays from 10:00AM to 8:00PM.
Be sure to check the September Courier for the updated Overnight/Extended Tours dates and registration dates.
Come along and join us!
What is ransomware? The names for all the things you do not want introduced onto your computer, adware, malware, spyware, and fairly recently, ransomware, are all derived from the term for the programs which run, and run on, your computer: software.
So, just as you don’t want ads from adware, maliciousness from malware, or to be spied upon by spyware, you do not want to have to pay a ransom to get your computer returned—to its previous functionality.
How does it affect my computer? The “kidnapper” is actually a thief who sneaks a software program onto your computer. The result is that nothing will work except the ransom note displayed on your screen. Technically speaking, the thief has encrypted your files and you will need the decryption code only he can provide.
How would I pay the ransom? The note provides instructions for how to pay the thief in a form of money known as bit-coin. Think of that as a Western Union-like method, but digital, global, anonymous and untraceable.
These thieves will generally provide the decryption code after receiving the ransom, because otherwise, the word would spread that there is no reason to pay the ransom because the “victim” will not be released. The knuckleheads actually have to provide good customer service, but do so only after separating you from your money.
Once you introduce the code, your computer returns to normal, and you can then locate and delete the ransomware.
How can I prevent it? Risk avoidance is a whole other subject, but it is the same for any of the “wares” you do not want, and here are the basics:
- Maintain a high level of diligence and suspicion. The general rule is to never open/click on anything dubious. Beware that scammers can mimic and gimmick company logos and otherwise masquerade themselves and spoof correspondence and/or web sites, to make themselves appear legitimate.
- A good anti-virus program and firewall, and backing up your important files to an external device, are essential. Back-up copies allow rebuilding after any calamity, and, in the case of ransomware, allow you the option to buy a new computer rather than pay the ransom.
- Do not interact with financial institution websites which display only http on their address line. https (for “secure”) indicates the website is protecting themselves, and you, from man-in-the-middle and other forms of eavesdropping. Some also display a teeny padlock image to indicate security when depicted as locked, and unsecure when shown unlocked.
- If you get pop-up ads or offers, remember the X in their upper right corner may close that smaller window, but also introduce a “ware” you do not want. Rather, close them by holding down ALT and striking F4. (See June’s eCourier).
- Beware of email which appears to be from institutions where you have an account, but seem suspicious, or “phishy.” Many institutions maintain correspondence with you only on their web site, and send you an email saying you must login to read a message. Do not open such email, or click on links which purport to take you to their login page. Rather, separately login to that web site, and check for messages. You are safe when you initiate the contact.
- If you get an email from someone you know, but it is not on a subject he would normally raise, call or separately email him to ask if he sent it. His account and contacts may have been hacked such that everyone in his contacts may well be getting the same email. You may be the one letting him know.
- Remember the trick of holding your curser over an email address or hyperlink—without clicking—to see if a box appears displaying where you will be sent if you were to click on it. You can see if it matches what it purports to be.
And, of course, delete all suspicious emails, and then delete them from the trash file, too.
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)
The next Resident Workshop Class will be on September 13, 1:30-2:30 in the Computer Room. Register at the Monitor Desk or online. When you register, make sure you have your Username and Password so you can log on in class. If you do not have a Username or Password, please see Kimberly in the main office.