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10 GENERALS


editorial@robson.com — September 2012


Message from the president—


Kathy Skrei Many of us who remain in Sun Lakes


during the summer months are looking forward to cooler weather, as well as the return of our many homeowners who were gone during the heat. The summer repairs and improvements


included many areas in Cottonwood Palo Verde. The Lapidary Room was closed for three months and is now completely remodeled. Construction fi nally began on the cell tower in August, and we look forward to the monthly income this cell tower will generate for our HOA. The lake fountains on both holes No. 16 and No. 18 at Cottonwood are scheduled to be completed by the fi rst of September. A public celebration is being planned where the fountains will be turned on for the fi rst time. Please watch The Flyer and “In the Know” for the date! It


requires much upkeep to insure


our various amenities stay in top-notch condition. A special thanks to our Building Facilities Mmanager, Jim Miller, and his crew for the work they do to maintain our home values. Bill Todd, our golf course maintenance


manager, along with his crew has done an outstanding job this summer upgrading and repairing our golf courses. Each year we have a transition period from the winter rye grass to the summer Bermuda grass. During this transition it is not uncommon to experience bare spots not only in the fairways but also on the greens. This year is the best transition period we have experienced in many years. Because of our very poor soil and irrigation water at the Cottonwood Golf Course, aggressive aerifi cation of the fairways and greens took place along with top dressing the


fairways with fairway sand. The results are certainly a big improvement. There were also some drainage problems that needed to be addressed, with the worst being on hole no. 14 at Cottonwood. A major portion of that fairway was shut down during the summer


in order that


work could be done. This area is healing very nicely and will probably reopen after overseeding in October. This in-depth upgrade/repair project should solve the drainage problem on this hole, which was the worst on the course. Both the Palo Verde and Cottonwood Golf Courses are in great shape. Bill Todd and his team are doing an outstanding job. We look forward to the construction


of the new Palo Verde restroom, which should commence around the fi rst of September.


I want to thank Board


members Don Hicks and Bob Spruiell along with Jim Miller and General Manager Steve Nolan for engineering this project with the contractor in order to bring this project to fruition. I invite you to attend our Agenda


Planning and Board meetings and also volunteer for one of our committees that are key to maintaining our beautiful community. We have several positions open for the 2012-2013 committee year that commences November 1. Applications are available in Homeowner Services and must be returned by September 30. Finally, congratulations to employee


Ray Garcia, Cottonwood Food and Beverage United


supervisor, States on citizen. On


becoming behalf


the Board of Directors and the entire HOA, we congratulate you on this great accomplishment. 


Cottonwood/Palo Verde events All tickets for Cottonwood Palo Verde


shows and events can be purchased at our Homeowner Services location. LABOR DAY PICNIC Picnics are always fun, and ours on


Monday, September 3, won’t be any different. The doors to the picnic will open at 2:00 p.m., buffet at 3:00 p.m. and Thaddeus Rose will be performing in the ballroom from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Here’s the best part, tickets for this fun-fi lled day are only $16. Get them while you can. LAS VEGAS TRIP—3 DAYS, 2 NIGHTS The dates for this fabulous trip are set


for October 23-25. Tickets are $275 pp/ double and $350 pp/single. You’ll spend two nights at the four-star Golden Nugget Resort, located in the heart of Downtown Vegas. A night tour will include the Fremont Street Experience and a drive by the neon displays lining the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. You’ll


ride in luxury to Vegas in a


beautiful mortorcoach bus. To make your reservations, call 480-926-5547. Be sure to mention that you are a Cottonwood Palo Verde homeowner. 100 YEAR – ARIZONA CENTENNIAL


CELEBRATION Saturday, October 27, has been set


aside by Cottonwood Palo Verde’s Food & Beverage and Recreation Departments to celebrate this most special 100 Year Anniversary for our Great State. Watch for our next article in the Splash for all the details. VOTING Just a reminder for Cottonwood Palo Verde homeowners


that Tuesday,


November 6, will be the presidential voting date. All precincts will vote in the San Tan Ballroom. PET ADOPTION In rooms A6 and A7 in the Cottonwood


Country Club, we’ll be hosting a Pet Adoption day on Saturday, November 10.


SUN LAKES SPLASH a of


Board of Directors meeting minutes, July 25, 2012


Bud Jenssen, Secretary The meeting was held July 25, 2012.


Directors present: Don Hicks, Bud Jenssen, Woody Neiman, Mel Rasmussen, Kathy Skrei, Bob Spruiell and George Thomas Not present: Steve Nolan, General


Manager Board President Kathy Skrei called the


meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. It was stated that the meeting was being recorded for accuracy of the minutes. Bud Jenssen gave a biography of


Don Taisey and his eight brothers and son,


all whom have served in WWII,


Korea and Desert Storm. Don served this community for eight years as a member of the Architectural Compliance Committee and 17 years on the Palo Verde Road Management, fi rst as Secretary and now as President. Don was thanked for his and his family’s military service to our country and his service to our community. Don then led the Pledge of Allegiance. Bud Jenssen made a motion, seconded


by Don Hicks, to approve the June 27, 2012 Board Meeting Minutes. The motion carried unanimously. PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE. Kathy Skrei


thanked Chef Marshall and Chuckie Balnis for their 100% score for the inspection from the Health Department. She made comments on the fi ne performance of the Sun Lakes Community Theater production, “Don’t Drink the Water.” She commented on the great performance of the Board Secretary, Bud Jenssen’s performance and Linda Caton who directed the play. She commented on the July 10th Arizona Corporate Commission’s open session regarding Pima Utility. She thanked all those who sent


letters and emails to the


Please mark this date on your calendar and tell all your friends. They’ll be adopting out both dogs and cats. More info to come in the next Splash. LADIES COFFEE Ladies Coffee in the San Tan Ballroom


will be starting again in the fall. We will have coffee, cookies, drawings and entertainment. The cost is $2 and will start at 10:30 a.m. on the fi rst Wednesday of the month: October 3, November 7, December 5, January 9, February 6, March 6 and April 3.


REMEMBER THE 60’S


IMPERSONATORS Direct from Las Vegas, see four legendary


singers performed by four amazingly talented tribute artists. The line-up includes Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Dionne Warwick and Paul Anka. Get your tickets now for this fantastic show, slated for Friday, March 22, 2013, in the San Tan Ballroom. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. show. All this fun is only $20. FREE CANCER SCREENING Dr. Joseph Allgeier of Radiant


Complexions Dermatology Clinic will be conducting a Free Cancer Screening in Cottonwood’s Phoenix Room (A-9) from 8:00 a.m. until noon. All Sun Lakers are invited. No appointment is needed. The doctor will see you on a fi rst come, fi rst seen basis on the following Wednesdays: September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5. 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 in the Ladies Fitness Center, currently for both men and women on the following Wednesdays: September 19, October 17, November 14 (one week earlier due to


— EVENTS cont. on page 16


commissioners and attended the session. She announced that a decision is expected this fall. She commented on the reported great gas mileage of the new Prius patrol vehicle TREASURER’S REPORT. Woody Neiman presented the June 30,


2012 pre-audited fi nancial report. It was stated that the changes were that the Palo Verde Operating Fund was added. It was stated that the fi nal fi nancial summary will be available in Homeowner Services. George Thomas made a motion,


seconded by Bob Spruiell, to approve the June 30, 2012 pre-audited fi nancial report. The motion carried unanimously. COMMITTEE REPORTS. Architectural Compliance Committee: This committee did not meet in July. The


next meeting is August 2nd at 8:30 a.m. in the Phoenix Room. There were no recommendations for the Board at this time. Audit and Finance Committee: Audit


and Finance did not have a quorum so there was no meeting and thus no minutes at their meeting held July 10th. The next meeting is August 14th at 1:00 p.m. in the Saguaro Room. There were no recommendations for the Board at this time. Communications Committee: The


report was given of their meeting held July 11th. Anne Montgomery was thanked for fi lling in for Paul Rogers while he was on vacation. The next committee meeting is August 1st at 7:00 a.m. in the Ceramics Room. There were no recommendations for the Board at this time. Complete minutes of this committee’s meetings are available for viewing at Homeowner Services. Election Committee: This committee did


not meet in July and is not scheduled to meet in August. Facilities and Grounds Committee: The


report was given of the meeting held July 3rd. They will not meet in August. The next meeting is September 4th. There were no recommendations for the Board at this time. Complete minutes of this committee’s meetings


are available for viewing at


Homeowner Services. Food and Beverage Committee: The


report was given of the meeting held July 5th. The next meeting is August 2nd. There were no recommendations for the Board at this time. Complete minutes of this committee’s meetings are available for viewing at Homeowner Services. Golf Committee: The report was


given of the meeting held July 5th. Next meeting is August 2nd at 1:00 p.m. in the Ceramics Room. This committee has one recommendation on the agenda for the Board to approve the Palo Verde Couples League as a club with bylaws and rules and regulations. Complete minutes of this committee’s meetings are available for viewing at Homeowner Services. Recreation Committee: The report was


given of the meeting held July 2nd. The next meeting is August 6th in the Phoenix Room. There were no recommendations for the Board at this time. Complete minutes of this committee’s meetings are available for viewing at Homeowner Services. Safety, Security and Access Committee:


The report was given of the meeting held July 3rd. The next meeting is August 1st at 10:00 a.m. in the Saguaro Room. There


— MINUTES cont. on page 67 Food for Thought Cheryl Gerblick, CW/PV Food and


Beverage Committee The Food and Beverage Committee


will have a number of openings as of November 2012. If you would like to fi nd out more about us, feel free to join us at the September Food and Beverage meeting. We meet in the Saguaro Room every fi rst Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m. If you are completing a fi rst term on the Committee, you must also fi ll out an application and reapply. All applications must be submitted by September 30, 2012. The Committee will interview applicants and vote for members at our October meeting. They will


then be submitted to


the Board for approval at the October Board of Directors meeting. Our Committee is now in the process


of looking at the future focus for the group. Our focus will be instrumental


in


helping the management and the Board of Directors to continue to improve our venues and provide the best possible food and beverage services to our homeowners. We all look forward to the upcoming fall and winter seasons so that we can provide all our homeowners with fun and exciting new events, exemplary service and enticing menus. On a more personal note, we would


like to congratulate Ray Garcia, a Food and Beverage supervisor at Cottonwood Bar and Grill, on his becoming a U.S. citizen. Congratulations, Ray, we are all very proud of you. Keep up the good work with many more years of service alongside our great staff here in Cottonwood Palo Verde. 


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