The Risk Awareness Committee will be testing a siren as part of the Fire Safety Plan Audible Alert System today between 1PM to 4PM. This is a test. No action is required on your part.
Due to scheduling conflicts we have to move the time of this event to 1pm. The Meet the Candidates Event will be held on Saturday, June 26 from 1pm to 3pm.
Save the Date and Meet the Candidates
Seven people have qualified to be on the ballot for the election of the transition board. The nominating committee set the criteria as follows:
- Be a Member in good standing
- Complete a Board of Directors Interest Form
- Submit a resume incorporating relevant background and reason for interest in a board position
- Attend a three-hour training session covering the roles and responsibilities of RSA board members
The candidates are Roy Chamberlin, Frankie Coulter, John Kosir, James Larson, Doug Ludlum, Linda Lulkovich, and Linda Smith. The candidates would like you to know who they are and why they are running for a board position. Please come meet them on Saturday June 26 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Village Pavilion. It is important because you will be electing only five of the seven and your decision will affect how your Association functions moving forward.
Each candidate will have time to speak and a Q&A will follow. If something is important to you, this is the time to ask about it. No one is running for an officer position as the Association Bylaws require that the board make that decision among themselves after they are elected.
You can find each candidate’s resume and reason for interest in a board position elsewhere on this blog.
The Telegraph Fire is around 57,000 acres (~16,000 acres of growth yesterday), and the Mescal Fire is approximately 52,800 acres (~14,000-acre increase yesterday).
With both fires staying active overnight, smoke is seen on satellite this morning, moving toward the northeast over Gila, Navajo, and Apache Counties. Moderate to heavy smoke is also in Miami-Globe, San Carlos, and Superior this morning. Expect the heaviest impacts to lift this morning (between 9 am and 10 am).
With continued southwesterly winds today and tomorrow, smoke is expected to rise and disperse toward the northeast. Moderate impacts are likely in Globe-Miami and San Carlos throughout the day, given their proximity to the fire. Smoke is also forecast to move over/through Whiteriver and Cibecue, with moderate impacts possible, especially this afternoon when fire behavior may once again increase. Light smoke impacts are forecast in Alpine, Eagar, Show Low, and Snowflake as smoke disperses toward the northeast.
To follow the smoke forecast visit https://azdeq.gov/WildfireForecast?fire=mescalandtelegraphfires
Additional information can be obtained by going to www.311info.net.
Also, as another reminder. If you have not already done so, please sign up for the Navajo County Emergency Alerts by following the instructions below:
1. GO TO GOOGLE AND TYPE IN READY NAVAJO COUNTY
2. ON THE NEXT SCREEN, CLICK ON READY NAVAJO COUNTY
3. SCROLL DOWN TO WHERE IT SAYS SIGN IN TO YOUR ACCOUNT
4. SINCE YOU DO NOT YET HAVE AN ACCOUNT, CLICK ON SIGN UP
5. PROVIDE THE REQUIRED INFORMATION
6. ON THE NEXT SCREEN PROVIDE HOW YOU WANT TO BE CONTACTED (EMAIL AND TEXT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
7. READ THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE WEBSITE ABOUT THE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
IMPORTANT NOTE: IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT EACH PERSON AT EVERY LOT IN WMVV WITH AN
EMAIL ADDRESS AND MOBILE PHONE NUMBER SIGN UP INDIVIDUALLY SO THAT EVERYONE WILL RECEIVE
THE ALERTSWHETHER THEY ARE AT THE LOT OR AWAY. ALSO, EVERYONE WHO HAS SIGNED UP AND HAS NOT DONE SO
ALREADY, PLEASE NOTIFY THE RISK AWARENESS COMMITTEE AT
RAC.WMVV@GMAIL.COM. PLEASE PROVIDE US WITH YOUR TEXT AND EMAIL
INFORMATION SO YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL TEXT AND EMAIL INFORMATION FROM THE
RISK AWARENESS COMMITTEE.
Risk Awareness Committee
Jim Larson is volunteering his time to the Activities Committee. From the looks of his resume, he will be making sure the budget for activities is well-spent.
Jim’s non-profit experience includes Kohl’s Ranch HOA treasurer and director at large. He was on the landscape committee at West Ridge Village HOA. Jim also served as president of Risen Savior Charitable Foundation and board member of Shepherd of the Hills Charitable Foundation.
Jim worked for fifteen years as a business appraiser where he appraised closely-held equity interests. He was a university professor for eleven years and taught finance, economics, and management to business students. Jim was in investment management for seventeen years and managed fixed income portfolios for large financial institutions.
Education encompasses Accredited Senior Appraiser from the American Society of Appraisers, PhD in Finance, The Union Institute, CFA designation – Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, an MBA and BA Math earned at the University of South Dakota.
When you see Jim around the Village, stop and say hi and thanks for stepping up. He is joining John and Suellen Chiakmakis and Sharon Ellis. They will be working hard to make your summer in the Village enjoyable, providing many varied opportunities to meet your neighbors and have a great time.
Sharon Ellis is joining the Activities Committee. She is ready to hit the ground running.
She retired early from her “real” job at the Pacific Bell in 1987, where she was a Long-Distance Telephone Operator, clerk, service assistant, executive secretary, project leader, and ended up as a User Support Analyst in the IT Department. Sharon worked at seven Bell System companies which is now called AT&T. In 1994, she worked a short time for the Sparks’ Police Department as a Police Officer Assistant just outside Reno, Nevada. Her fingerprints are probably still on file in Colorado. Ha! Ask Sharon about that when you see her.
More recent, Sharon was the Treasurer for the Venture Out Foundation for three years in the condominium community in Mesa where she and Mike live during the winter. Her term ended in 2012. She was the Business Manager for The Girls Scouts of America in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for five summers from 2003 to 2008. She managed the trading post, ordered supplies and fun things for the girls, and kept track of each Girl Scout’s spending money while they were at camp.
Sharon is currently the captain of her Ladies Billiard Pool Team in Mesa. She puts together the schedule for her team members of twelve for play against other parks in Mesa and Apache Junction and makes sure they have substitute players when needed.
Sharon is technology literate and owns a laptop, desktop, and an iPhone XS. She donated her iPad to P.I.C.K. (Phoenix Intercity Kids). She has used Quicken software since 1983 when it was owned by Wells Fargo at that time.
Suellen Chiakmakis plans to help her husband John on the Activities Committee. She will be the money woman tracking expenses, maintaining receipts, collecting event deposits and planning larger Village events. Suellen will also be in charge of producing flyers and other announcements.
In 1974 Suellen graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Nutrition Food Science. The following year she became the Director of Special Dietary Restrictions for Fayette County Schools in Lexington, Kentucky. Her career led her to the University of Kentucky Internal Medicine Nutritionist, Hospital Representative for Roche Labs Pharmaceutical Company and Oncology Specialist for Roche Labs. Suellen married John in 1996 and retired in 2009.
In her job experiences she learned to communicate with many personalities and professionals. Jobs included financial budgeting, sales programs, continuing education for nurses and physicians. Patient programs such as “Look Good, Feel Better” were a significant investment for her oncology clinics, nurses and patients. “Tea for the Soul” was a break for oncology nurses and physicians to re-ignite their passion for their profession. Keeping up with the ever-changing science and clinical trials for colorectal and breast cancer was Suellen’s primary emphasis. Discussing with professionals how to apply these advances with her product line was her main focus.
Since retiring Suellen and John have ridden motorcycles, gone RVing, found the Village and now spend the winters in Mesa, Arizona but always look forward to summers in the Village. In her spare time Suellen enjoys quilting, crocheting, reading, yoga, walking, Mahjong, swimming and meeting new people.
John Chiakmakis has graciously volunteered to chair the Activities Committee. His offer is timely as the Risk Awareness Committee worked hard to recommend a safe way for residents to use their beautiful clubhouse this season. Let’s find out a little bit about John’s life before he decided to spend his summers in the Village.
John’s undergraduate work was completed at the University of Detroit and Central Michigan University. He had a biology major and a minor in chemistry and English.
In 1965 John entered the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine and received the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in 1969. He completed a surgical residency for two years and became a faculty member at this college. John also acquired an Associate’s degree as a registered nurse.
In 1972 John moved to Mesa, Arizona and entered private practice. He achieved Diplomate status and was board-certified in foot and ankle surgery. He held staff privileges at Mesa General Hospital, Mesa Lutheran Hospital and all of the Banner hospitals. John was a medical and surgical consultant at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center for twenty-two years. His last ten years in practice were spent in Sierra Vista, Arizona. He has been a member of the Board of Directors at Mesa General Hospital for sixteen years.
John served as a director on the Sierra Vista Boys and Girls Club and was on the Codama board in Phoenix which deals with drug rehabilitation. He has been very active in drug rehabilitation programs for young adults. John lives in Mesa Arizona during the winter months and in the Village for the summer.
The Activities Committee has three additional members. Stay tuned for information about each of them. Please visit the Activities Committee page on the Village People website for contact information.
Frisbee Golf 6/8/21
Anyone interested in playing Frisbee golf in our Festival Area please plan to attend an organizational meeting next Tuesday June 8 at 9am at the Clubhouse. A new resident in the Mountain Lodges, Todd Rappaport will lead the effort. No need to bring discs yet – organizing only.
Men’s Breakfast (or lunch) planning meeting 6/9/21
The WMVV activities committee is considering starting a Men’s breakfast or lunch group. This has been done at various RV parks with success. It is an opportunity to meet new friends, compete in telling outrageous lies and eating a secret high cholesterol meal, all without spousal approval.
Those of you who need to “get out of the house” please show up at the clubhouse at 7:30 am Wednesday 6/9/21. This initial meeting will determine the times and days for future meetings whether they be for breakfast or lunch.
We hope to see you there.
Ice Cream Social 6/20/21
Please help us kick-off our Activities for this summer with the always popular ice cream social. Pass the word to friends and neighbors who may not have email access. Look for an information flyer and sign-up sheet at the clubhouse. This is a great opportunity to connect with old friends as well as new neighbors who have moved into the Village over the past year or so.
Where: Clubhouse and Pavilion
When: Fathers Day June 20th 2 – 4 pm
“E” Bike Club
Those of you who have “E” bikes and are interested in “MILD TO MODERATE” club rides please meet at the PAVILION at 10:00 AM Thursday June 10TH AT10:00 AM.
Our goal is to take rides not to exceed our physical abilities but to see areas other than our local rides at WMVV.
Other Non-Electric bikers are welcome as well. This group is geared for those with ” E” bikes primarily.
Village Activities Committee
Walk Aerobics – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 8 a.m.-9:15
Sponsors – Dorothea Blondefield & Linda Lulkovich
Mah Jongg – Mondays – 9:30-11:30 Wednesdays – 10 a.m. – Noon
Sponsors – Karen Bivens & Jan Billings
Poker – Mondays – 1 – 3:30
Sponsors – Lois Davis & Alice Simms
Billards – Tuesdays & Fridays – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sponsors: John Chickmakis & Sharon Ellis
Bridge – Wednesdays – 1 p.m. – 3:30
Sponsors – Jackie Schaefer & Margaret Carrillo
Bunco – Wednesdays – 6 p.m.
Sponsors – Margie Ellsworth & Janice Schmelling (Starting June 16)
Hand, Foot, & Toe – Thursdays – 1 – 3:30 (Starting June 10)
Sponsors – Pat Palma & Cheri Laney
Pinochle – Thursdays – 9:30
Sponsor – Jim Larson
Frisbee Golf – Festival Area (Time and Day TBD)
Sponsor – Todd Rappaport