September 2016 eCourier

Board Member Report | Pro Shop | Timbers Restaurant | Activities | Fitness | NW/CP | Web News | Finance

BOARD MEMBER REPORT

BOARD GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016/2017

Listen up residents!  Have you had problems hearing or understanding what is going on during Board meetings and other functions in our Ballroom?  What about that muffled sound, drumming and echoing?  Isn’t it strange you can understand proceedings somewhat better in certain areas of the room and not in others?  Improvements are on the way!  Of the four 2016/17 “Goals and Objectives”, the Board has adopted the following:

  • Upgrade the quality of the Timbers Ballroom audio and visual system using an acoustical professional to recommend and achieve a quality uniform sound and visual experience.

Also at its Retreat in August, the Board adopted the following “G&O”:

  • Work with the Properties Committee “Energy Subgroup” to develop recommendations for adoption of additional energy efficient measures, including solar power, to help offset sharply rising expenses in both utility costs and minimum wages.

This is an important area in which to concentrate some resources as the Association is continuously faced with increasing costs beyond its control.  What we can do is to identify methods to use energy and labor more efficiently, then institute programs to accomplish this. One obvious benefit is less pressure to increase assessments.

Another Goal and Objective adopted by the Board is to:

  • Develop and organize a strategic listing of future needs, projects, programs and services to assist the Board in management and implementation in the 2017/2018 period and beyond.

Work has already been accomplished in the area.  Needed are matters dealing with priorities, funding projections, available funding and then creating a document-plan that is revisited year-over-year to meet then current requirements of the Association.  The benefit here is to assist in determining future Board goals and objectives.

And a fourth Goal and Objective adopted at the Board’s annual Retreat is to:

  • Complete all construction activity for the expansion and reconfiguration of the Timbers Restaurant and Lounge by the end of October 2016, as approved by the resident vote in 2015. 

Here’s a project that has generated lots of excitement, for results are something we can see, use and appreciate immediately upon completion.  Several residents have already been seen spying on construction progress—some of the best views are from the Timber Creek golf course side!  Construction is expected to be completed about the end of October, with a Grand Opening celebration planned for early November.  We look forward to improved seating capacity, increased reservations and greater income, all in a more congenial atmosphere.

These four Board goals and objectives resulted from a much larger group and were selected on the basis of relevance and what could be accomplished, reasonably, during this fiscal year.  Several other tasks, many improvements of what we are already doing, were also recognized to be acted upon as time and resources permit.  All our efforts will help make Sun City Roseville continue to be one of the premier active adult communities in California.  Stay tuned for an exciting and productive term.

Herb Drosdat | Vice President, SCR Board of Directors | drdrosdat@surewest.net
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PRO SHOP

We finished the eleventh year of the scholarship event benefitting the First Tee of Greater Sacramento, and it was another huge success as our residents raised over $3000. This year was very special as we renamed the event the Bill Gould Memorial Scholarship Event in honor of Bill and his tireless efforts to allow more opportunities for the youth of Sacramento. This year the Bill Gould Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Nicole Schroeder. Below you can read a thank you note from Nicole as well as three other recipients of scholarships awarded by Sun City Roseville Community Association.

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Volunteers needed for the First Tee Championship September 24th. Please contact the Golf Shop for details.

Click here for the Sept 2016 Golf Course Maintenance Report

Mark Gouger | Sun City Roseville Golf Pro | gougerm@scrca.org
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TIMBERS AT THE LODGE

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Click here to see Timbers Restaurant Schedule and Menus during expansion

Jason Smith | SCR Food & Beverage Director | smithj@scrca.org
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ACTIVITIES

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Enjoy an evening in the Timber Creek Ballroom with Tom Rigney & Flambeau on Friday, September 23 at 7:00PM. Tom is an electrifying violinist and joins forces with the finest musicians for a fun, entertaining show! Tickets are $15.00 per person; this is theater-style seating, but we’ll leave some room on the dance floor!

applehill2_2016smallRegistration is open for October day tours. There is plenty to choose from – the California Capitol Airshow on October 1, Alcatraz Island & Fisherman’s Wharf on October 4, two Apple Hill Tours (October 7 & October 21), the ever popular Fleet Week & Airshow aboard the Hornblower yacht on October 9 and more!

Sunday, October 30 opens up the 2016/2017 Broadway Sacramento Series with “Sound of Music”.  As a reminder, we have purchased tickets for all 5 of the Broadway Sacramento Series.

Be sure to pick up an updated  “Mark Your Calendar”, as we look forward to a Sacramento Kings game at the new Golden 1 Center on Tuesday, November 8, a visit to the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera for “The Pines of Rome” on Saturday, November 12…and more!  Tickets for the Sunday, January 8, 2017 Cirque du Soleil performance LUZIA under the AT & T Big Top in San Francisco will go on sale Monday, October 3.

Registration is currently open for the December 1-2, 2016 Reno Overnight with a dinner buffet and holiday performance of “Miracle on 34th Street” at the Eldorado Hotel & Casino.  Registration will open October 7 for the January 16-22, 2017 Solvang to Palm Springs, CA Tour.

If you haven’t heard, Christine Pedersen, Assistant Activities Director, will be retiring. Her last day is Friday, October 7.  Please join us on the Timber Creek Lodge patio Tuesday, October 4 from 2:00-4:00PM to wish her well. Refreshments will be served!

We have plenty to help you enjoy the Sun City Lifestyle – come along and join us!

Sharon Mowry | SCR Activities Director | sharonm@scrca.org
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FITNESS / WELLNESS

If you’ve been curious about tai chi, consider trying our new specialty class. Tai Chi Ch’uan for Beginners will introduce you to the ancient art of slow movements in a self-paced routine that can be practiced by anyone regardless of age or physical ability. It is often described as a moving mediation and can be practiced seated or in a wheelchair. Benefits of a tai chi practice include reduced stress and anxiety, improved balance and flexibility, reduced pain, and improved concentration. In this class you will learn to emphasize technique and develop the power of qi (energy) for healing. You will learn the Yang style in 20 movements as well as deep breathing techniques with individual attention to form.

Instructor: Jody Martin, MSN, has been studying tai chi for 30 years as well as teaching yoga. She is fascinated by the power of qi that moves in our lives every second and affects the mind, body, and our environment. She invites you to join her on the path to discovering the joy of tai chi. Thursdays, October 6-November 10, 1:15-2:15PM, Fee: $40 payable at the Fitness Center Front Desk.

Elaine Zilonka | SCR Fitness Director | elainez@scrca.org
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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH / CITIZENS PATROL

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Pedestrian? Golfer? Pedestrian Golfer? Huh?
And What About Those Bicyclists?

In an effort to answer these questions, I will inset the applicable Vehicle Code (VC) verses after the plain English.  If you are confused, do not feel alone.  I had to look up several topics and interview the cops and a traffic engineer to ensure the accuracy of this article.  I also hope this article is, well, not pedestrian.

Every intersection has crosswalks.  It is just that some are painted.  The law is the same for both.  Vehicles must stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, but pedestrians cannot just step out in front of vehicles.

  • 21949(a) VC   …pedestrian travel and access, whether by foot, wheelchair, walker or stroller…
  • 21950(a)   The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked…or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection…
  • 21950(b)   This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety.  No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.  No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
  • 21950(c)   The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.

Notice the wording in 21450 (a) “at an intersection.”  So what about the golf cart crossings between regular cross streets?  Well, think of a “T” intersection, at which, as you know, the terminating street traffic must yield to the through street traffic because the former is considered a lesser, or minor, roadway.

Here it gets tricky.  The golf cart paths (which are established by Municipal Code per 21100 VC) are considered minor roadways—and they thus constitute an intersection where ever they cross another roadway.  All intersections have crosswalks.  So, the signs recently installed by the city alerted us to the crosswalks which have always been crosswalks.

Stick with me.  So golfers in golf carts, crossing from minor roadways, must yield to the through traffic because golf carts are vehicles, BUT, golfers pushing or pulling a bag cart, or carrying their clubs, are pedestrians per 21949(a) VC, and so 21950 applies.

Whew.  You may have to go back over that as many times as I did writing it.  So, let’s switch gears.  Pun intended.

Bicycles are vehicles.  Not motor vehicles, but vehicles nonetheless, and, with some exceptions, bicyclists are bound by the rules of the road.

Can bicyclists us the sidewalks?  Yes, but they must not endanger pedestrians.

  • 21100(h) VC  Allows local governments to regulate bicycle traffic.  The city has done so in the Municipal Code:
    11.14.010:   Riding on sidewalks permitted.  Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, bicycles may be ridden on any sidewalk, provided that pedestrians shall at all times have the right-of-way and bicycles shall be ridden at such speed and with such care so as not to endanger any pedestrian.  (11.14.020 prohibits bicycles only on downtown core streets).

I hope this information shed a little light on what has been, for most of us, a shady area.  Shady like in confusing, not shady like the character of knuckleheads.  (And you thought I would write an entire article without that word).

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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)
neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
774-3817

Citizens Patrol Office – (8:00 AM – Noon)
citizenspatrol@scrca.org
774-3853

P.J. Conradi | Director, NW/CP | neighborhoodwatch@scrca.org
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WEB NEWS

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DID YOU KNOW?

The clunky referral book in the lobby is available online?
You can register for Activities events online?
Sun City Roseville has its own online Classifieds?
We have our own Photo Gallery?
You can watch the Board Meetings online?
You can read the Village Courier online right on the first on the month?

All that is true! Come to the next Resident Website Workshop and learn how to access all this information and more. Date to be determined.

Betty Foley-Guerrero | Website Coordinator | bettyf@scrca.org
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FINANCE

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With so many services, facilities, activities and amenities…

With so many services, facilities, activities and amenities it is no wonder that putting together the annual budget requires a lot of time and effort by many.  This is such a beautiful community to live in. Staff, Committees, Residents and the Board of Directors are all part of the budget process.  Here at Sun City Roseville our financial strength is the result of developing good, strong, realistic budgets that incorporate the lifestyle you desire.

Following is an overview of the Financial Budget FY2016 / 2017:
Our current monthly assessment is $152 per household

Annual Homeowners Assessments = $5.7 million
Annual Operating Budget = $11.7 million
Annual Revenue = 52% Homeowner Assessments and 48% Other
Capital Improvement Savings Account = approx $853,057
Total Assets = $43.9 million
Year-End Total Reserve Fund Balance = $7.4 million
Percent Reserves Funded = 100%
Operating Fund Balance = $1.4 million
Debt = 0
FY2014 / 2015 Audit shows the Association to be fiscally strong.
FY2015 / 2016 the Food and Beverage Department produced more revenue than any other year in its history.

Our financial strength is certainly something to be proud of and is the result of many strong Boards, Policy and Staff.  Because of our strength, we have been able to capitalize on our fortunate situation during difficult economic times and accomplish projects that we would not normally have been able to do.

The budget process is about to begin for FY2017 / 2018 with a Long Range Planning Meeting and a Budget Objectives Meeting on November 15, 2016 at 1:00 – 3:00PM.  I hope to see you all there.

James Martin | Director of Finance | jmartin@scrca.org
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