September 2017 eCourier

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The Sun City Roseville Board of Director’s established three Goals for the 2017-18 year.  All three are a high priority for the Board.

  • Lounge Noise Mitigation – Analyze and implement noise mitigation solutions to moderate noise levels to more comfortable levels.

(John Raniseski, Board Workgroup Chair, will work with Executive Director, Earl Wiklund, and a resident committee to address the Goal.)

  • Strategic Planning Process Implementation – Proceed with the annual review of the Strategic Planning Work Group to review and update the project list and move forward on the planning of Board designated projects by identifying an architectural and design firm to assist with the specific review of a Lodge space utilization review and expansion of the Creative Arts Activity Room and Fitness Center Locker Rooms.

(Judy Arntson, Board Work Group Chair, will work with Executive Director, Earl Wiklund, and a resident committee to address this Goal.)

  • Volunteerism – Identify, inform and develop volunteers to utilize their life skills, time and talent to serve our community, committees, and board of directors to meet the ever changing needs of Sun City Roseville.

(Roberta Daley, Board Workgroup chair, will work with SCR Staff and interested residents to address this Goal.)

Residents are welcome to attend committee meetings.  Check Association calendar for dates and times of meetings.   Committee Chairs will also give a report at each of the Association Board Meetings.

Sun City Roseville is the safest community in Roseville and Roseville is the 21st safest community in the nation.  That doesn’t mean we are crime free.  Each resident needs to take personal responsibility for their safety.  Sharon Mowry, Activities Director and I have been meeting with the Roseville Police Department to provide a handout with the Courier each month (beginning in November) that will have safety information on one side and reports of issues in Sun City on the other side.  I encourage you to read the handout and implement its suggestions.

We have arranged to have Placer County Sheriff  Devon Bell to be our guest speaker at the Board Meeting on September 22, 2017 at 9AM in Sierra Pines.  Roseville Police Chief James Maccoun will be the guest speaker at the Board Meeting on October 27, 2017 at 9AM in the Timbers Partial Ballroom.  I encourage residents to attend.  Guest speakers are always at the beginning of the Board Meeting.

Thank you all for living here – Sun City Roseville is a wonderful place to live.  We are the premier active adult community in Northern California.

Linda Breninger | President, SCR Board of Directors |
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With the summer heat coming to an end, we should start seeing some prime golfing weather! Make sure to play golf while the temperatures are in the 80’s and 70’s because winter is right around the corner. To prepare for this fall season, new apparel items will be available in the golf shop. We have new items from Puma and Travis Mathew currently available.

On September 25th we have a Titleist Fitting Day for all members to come and demo the new 918 iron line. If you’re interested in a purchasing some new clubs, please set up an appointment with Derek Zachman, Head Golf Professional, at 916-774-3891.

Derek Zachman | Head Golf Pro |
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Update on Kyllinga and Purple Nutsedge control on the golf courses and landscapes.

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For a couple of years we have been challenged with the summer weed emergence of Kyllinga and Purple Nutsedge.  The physiology of both grassy weeds makes them difficult to control.  Unfortunately neither weed can be controlled with pre-emergent herbicides like crabgrass; control can only occur with a post emergent product usually in late May or June.  Control takes at least 2-3 applications 30 days apart.  In California the product that “was” available for our use was at best 75% effective.

In past years we have been fairly successful moderately controlling early summer emergence and then coming back in late September and attempting to gain broader control.

This year we have not been as successful in our attempts to control the Kyllinga and Purple Nutsedge. We think this has been mainly due to the hot temperatures and the need to water the turf, which probably compromised some of our applications.  Also the increased need to water with our hot temperatures appears to have increased the population of both grassy summer weeds.

A new post emergent herbicide combination for control is now available. Due to the necessity to control the Kyllinga and Purple Nutgrass it was determined to begin early applications during lawn and turf aerifications and course closures.  The spray has been effective in injuring both grassy weeds and it shows how populations had increased on both golf courses and in the landscape.  Unfortunately these areas are brown and will remain so until we are able to overseed them and get more beneficial grasses growing in those areas.

We will also be using a more aggressive program next May to control these weeds treating two times 30 days apart and then again in late September hoping to get 90-95% control.

Click here to read the Golf Course Maintenance Report by Jim Ferrin

Jim Ferrin | Director of Landscapes |



Jason Smith | SCR Food & Beverage Director |
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The closing date for the Pasadena/Rose Parade Tour scheduled for December 29-Janaury 2, 2018 as stated on the flyer was Monday, September 4.  No cancellations will be permitted at this time, but we are able to extend the registration through October.  This is a 4 night/5 day tour to the Rose Parade with top-notch seats for the parade, Bandfest and float decorating!

We’ve added a Holiday Reno Overnight scheduled for Dec. 5-7, 2017.  Enjoy an easy jaunt over the hill, enjoy some casino time, a great dinner buffet and tickets for the Christmas Extravaganza. Registration opens Friday, October 6 (Not October 1 as shown on the “Mark Your Calendar”-sorry!) As we look ahead to 2018, we will offer the annual Snow Train Tour scheduled for February 20-22, 2018.  We will only offer one trip, so be sure to get on board!   This has been a popular trip, but do keep in mind, this can be a tricky time of year with the weather, and plans may or may not be subject to change!

Once again we’ll host a Monterey Whale Watching Tour March 6-8, 2018. This was such an enjoyable trip this year we’ve been asked to do it again and have added an additional day.  The weather is beautiful this time of year, and we hope to ride along with the whales as we were able to do last year!  Look for flyers at Courier Days November 1 with registration set to open January 5, 2018.

New this year is the Redwood Coast Musical Festival scheduled April 5-8, 2018… more details to come by the end of the year! Planning is well underway by the fabulous Miss Trudi for our May 6-11, 2018 Mystery Tour.  Trudi always works very hard to provide new tours, new venues, new excursions, and once again, she’s outdone herself with a fabulous plan!  Look for flyers in January 2018 with registration set to open February 9, 2018.

More to come for a July 2018 Tour, and an already scheduled date for a September 2018 tour to Oregon.

ACTIVITIES_101417_GrandparentsDayRegistration is open for the Grandparent Days Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 14 at Sierra Pines from 10:00AM-3:00PM.

Be sure to check on the registration dates for the 2017/2018 Broadway Sacramento Series.

Don’t miss out on the many upcoming day tours and onsite events! Registration is open for September/October day tours with many tours nearly full!

Sharon Mowry | SCR Activities Director |
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Cynthia Murray will be teaching a four session workshop entitled Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga is a restorative form of yoga that is primarily a stretching practice that involves floor yoga poses, breathing techniques, and guided meditation to promote relaxation and stress relief. Yin yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the pose for 3-5 minutes and the time spent in the pose is much like meditation. This practice will benefit tight muscles and joints but will also help you learn to be “still” with your thoughts and build a mindfulness of your breath and your body. Participants must be able to get down to the floor. Comfortable clothes are encouraged and be prepared to have bare feet (socks ok). Thursdays, October 5-26, 1-2PM, $35. Register with payment at our front desk; space is limited.

Pilates Barre is a unique approach to exercise fusing the best of Pilates, dance, yoga, and functional fitness. In this four week series, you’ll use the barre and exercise equipment such as gliding discs, mini balls, and small hand weights. The emphasis will be on proper alignment, balance, and core engagement.  You will feel challenged and be guided to an awareness of the level that is right for your body. This 45 minute class requires that you are easily able to get up and down from the floor.

Join us on Wednesdays at 12:15PM on October4-25.
Fee: $35. Instructor: Cynthia Murray.

Please sign up at the Fitness Center front desk; space is limited.

Elaine Zilonka | SCR Fitness Director |
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Residential Security – Part Six of a Series

More on the Garage Component

I closed Part Five saying I would begin here on the Interior Component.  But, I have since learned, from a resident who keeps his antennae up, that manufacturers of garage door openers have made recent security improvements, which I should, of course, pass on to you.  We can assume improvements will be continual, but here are the features to date:

  • When you close the door, it self-locks with a sliding bolt into the track.
  • The lights on the motor are supplemented with additional lights, which have separate remote controls, enabling you to turn on the lights from, say, inside the living quarters. (This feature can replace, or supplement, my previous concept of having the garage ceiling fixtures on a motion detector).
  • You control it all features, from anywhere, with a cell phone app, such as turning on the lights before you arrive home, checking on whether the door is open, and so on.

My hope is that when you next need to replace the opener, you consider the value of such features.

The Interior Component

The Door To the Garage

Let me begin by amending what I wrote about the fire rating of this door.  I wrote that the door is likely made of PVC plastic and thus has a very low fire rating.  That may be the case if it ever was replaced, but original doors in Sun City Roseville are either solid wood, or solid wood clad with a PVC plastic, and, as such, they maintain the one-hour fire rating of and for the entire wall.

To determine if it is clad solid wood door, you can knock on the edges, then knock in the center, and try to determine if the center knocking sounds hollow.  Or, you can drill a teeny hold in the middle, inside or outside, which you can later putty over, to see whether the drill reveals wood particles.

Or, my favorite method, look for wood particles when you drill to install the peep hole.  The hinge side edge may also bear a stamp, or plate, indicating it is a fire door.


For general door security considerations, please refer back to the Part Two and Part Three articles.

The Car Keys Alarm Fob

I especially like discussing this technique because it easily demonstrates

  • how various components of residential security overlap and
  • what I mean by actively and habitually thinking about security

You will quickly discern below that the Interior Component blends with the Back Yard Component and they both merge with the most important component, the Neighbor Component.

The more neighbors know about each other’s habits and safety measures, the safer each neighbor is.  For all you wordsmiths, I know I just ended a sentence with a preposition.  My former English teachers would be proud.  But, I wonder how the rule applies to “Safety is what it is.”?

What safety is is an aspect of lifestyle which you can enhance if you think about it all the time.  Most successful people will tell you:  If want success, you should have a plan, then you should work your plan, and you should think about it all the time.

Consider what happens when you create a plan and then do not work your plan, in large part because you do not think about it all the time.  Suppose you plan to save, but, month after month, you do not remember to transfer the money from checking to savings.  It may well be not until you could use that money that you realize that you already spent it.

Safety is like that.  If you forget the keys, none of this concept works for you.  If you remember the keys, you will have been thinking about your safety.  Nothing in any of the concepts in this series makes you safer if you do not actively think about the ones you decide to adopt until they become your habits.

The car keys technique is usually discussed, especially in forwarded email, in terms of placing the car keys alarm fob on your nightstand, so that you can “sound the alarm” if you discover an intruder in the middle of the night.  While that is a good idea, I want to stress that there is more to it.

Let’s take it step by step.  If you sound the alarm from your nightstand, what do you expect will happen?  The idea is that pushing the panic button—actually, not figuratively—will sound the car alarm, and cause any intruder to flee.

Well, what does your car alarm sound like?  Is it one of those hee-haw whoop-whoop types, or does the horn blare on and off continually?  Don’t you want to know, so you will get what you expect rather than a surprise?

Will it physically work?  Does the signal actually reach the car from the nightstand?  Did you conduct a test—with the door into the garage and/or your bedroom door closed?  If you cannot garage your car, will the signal reach the driveway?

How will your neighbors react?  Generally, the answer is that they will react anyway you want them to react.  The point is, you should tell them about how you will be deploying the technique and encourage them to do the same.

Wait.  “How you will be deploying the technique?”  Yes.  Consider these other applications.

If the cars keys are always in your pocket, you can alert neighbors if you fall, or if you see a suspicious person in or around your home.  And, it remains a great idea to always carry your phone—cordless or cell—for the same reasons.  And these ideas apply to when you are in the back yard, as well.

Except, if you leave the car keys in your pocket when you retire for the night, they won’t be on the nightstand, and maybe that will cost you valuable time.

I was going to try to connect the savings analogy to the thought about costing you time, but I could not figure one out.  Dang, there goes another preposition.

So, I will close for now in hopes this section gives you food for thought—all the time.

I will continue next month discussing the overlapping topics of alarms and cameras.


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)

P.J. Conradi | Director, NW/CP |
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Our goal is to keep you informed with up-to-date information on what’s happening in your community. There are several ways we accomplish this:

  • This monthly eCourier newsletter
  • Resident Website
  • Digital Signs located in Lobby, Fitness Center and Pro Shop
  • Our Website article in the every Village Courier on page 9

In addition, we offer a free Website Workshop class held quarterly to show residents how to navigate the Resident Website. We just finished our Sept class. Our next class will be December 12 – mark your calendar! We will post information in the next few months so keep an eye out for it. Sign ups are limited to 10 and classes fill up fast.

Betty Foley-Guerrero | Website Coordinator |
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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 be a part of.  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 bought into.

Following is an overview of the Financial Budget FY2017 / 2018:

Our current monthly assessment is $156 per household
Annual Homeowners Assessments = $5.8 million
Annual Operating Budget = $12.3 million
Annual Revenue = 47% Homeowner Assessments and 53% Other
Capital Improvement Savings Account = approx $136,000
Total Assets = $42 million
Year-End Total Reserve Fund Balance = $8.1 million
Percent Reserves Funded = 100%
Operating Fund Balance = $705,508
Debt = 0
FY2015 / 2016 Audit shows the Association to be fiscally strong.
FY2016 / 2017 Audit is currently in progress and scheduled to be completed by September 21, 2017.

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 at this time.

The budget process is about to begin for FY2018 / 2019 with a Long Range Planning Meeting and a Budget Objectives Meeting on November 21, 2017 at 1:00 – 4:00PM.  I hope to see you all there.

James Martin | Director of Finance |
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