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President's Corner

In the May newsletter, we mentioned how residents can be involved in the committees that help us make decisions about improving our community.  Clearly, the first order of business this month is to thank members of the Communications Team under the leadership of one of our newest Board members, Calvin Overstreet.  Calvin and his communications advisory team scheduled and hosted listening sessions so that residents could give the Board their opinions regarding various topics (e.g., Clubhouse activities and décor, landscaping, the pool, the cap fee, dues, staff, and current Board operations).  We appreciate the input and will respond to as many concerns as possible over the next couple of months.

One issue raised during the sessions was the look of the Clubhouse roof.  Dave Hunter and the staff had the roof cleaned, but unfortunately, that action did not improve the appearance as we had hoped.  Dave is meeting with vendors for options, and he plans to have a proposal for the Board to vote on at the July Board meeting.   Residents who participated in the listening sessions and had concerns about the roof are included in Dave's vendor meetings to look at available options and help decide which option goes to the Board. At the July meeting, Dave will also have a proposal regarding additional parking at the Clubhouse for Board review.

Belton Byrd has been working with members of the Landscape Committee to develop a new vision for Clubhouse landscaping after the freeze.  Thanks to Larry Dio, a resident and landscape expert, who produced a formal landscape plan to order the plants and create the new look for the front of the Clubhouse and the pool area. We executed this new plan using monies set aside for landscaping in our 2021 budget.

Mary Onxley and our new Finance Committee Chairman, Bob Kerr, have started reviewing our reserve accounts for Clubhouse, Fencing, and Painting for our 2022 budget preparation.  Finance Committee members will meet in July to look at current 2021 financial information to evaluate what funds we may need for 2022 and for the next several years. We invite all residents to attend the Finance meetings.

Carlos Wehby and his team on the Standards Committee (including Sandra Edwards, the newest member), have been very busy this month. They have been reviewing home improvement requests for roof replacements, generator additions (in preparation for hurricane season), and more tree removals after the freeze.

Judy Gordy  has been working  with the Activities  Committee and residents on new  events  for  the Clubhouse.  We  are  looking  forward to a special event  on July 2 to celebrate our independence.  Jan Speck spearheaded a section party in June; we also want to thank Rick Briley for spearheading a second section party which will occur in July.  Judy also attended all listening sessions with Calvin's Communications Committee members, so we appreciate her hard work this month.   Our Trips Committee has rescheduled the trip to Newman's Castle for Tuesday, October 19.

We look forward to July and additional summer activities in the neighborhood.  We will start opening the Clubhouse one night a week (Mondays until 8 PM) after the 4th of July holiday.