The Village Activities Committee Chair has been vacant since the end of last season and therefore we will have no staffed Activities Committee this year. However, Mike Palma has volunteered to chair the Activities Committee for the upcoming 2018 season.
In the past, activities have been proposed and driven by our Activities Committee. We had some great times and wonderful memories. This year we are embarking on a different path. Each member of our community can come forth with their ideas/plans for this summer’s activities. These ideas will be reviewed covering content and to ensure they are targeted for our community, selecting those with the greatest chance for success. Each proposed activity must include a complete description of the activity and associated cost; and if required, the names of those who will participate in that activity. Upon acceptance by the Activities Committee Chair, a date for the activity will be set up and an announcement will be posted. Financial assistance to cover the difference between what members pay to attend the activity and the remainder will be arranged at this time as well. So, get your groups together and send your suggested ideas/plans to Mike Palma at email@example.com.
Many developments in Arizona operate under a homeowner’s association. The majority of those remain under the control of the declarant a.k.a. “developer” until one hundred percent of the lots/houses are sold. White Mountain Vacation Village is one of those developments. Continue reading
Contributed by Ray Hedlund Advisory Committee Chair
It’s a milestone that’s thought provoking in many ways. It’s almost a quarter of one hundred. It’s bigger than the age of majority. It’s also a milestone! It is the largest single year of lot sales in the history of our Village.
Think about it strongly. It’s a marker that friends, relatives, and ourselves have decided that this is the place to be. The price is right, the timing and weather have added to rapid sales of new lots. So what does this mean for our future?
2018 will probably find a lot of new development of sites. New park models, new construction, and a lot of construction traffic clogging the streets. Please be careful to give the right of way to those pieces of equipment needed to turn lots into homes. Try to keep your part of the traffic puzzle clear. Help the flow of incoming prospective lot buyers finding their dream lot, yet move safely around the Village.
I suspect that the weather will be hotter, the economy still strong if not robust. This should help our rate of sales and resales and move the date of developer handoff closer to reality. The handoff date is still elusive as the lot sales will depend on the buyer’s imagination to develop the remaining and some say challenging shaped/sloped lots. The better ones sell faster so tell your friends.
Your Advisory Committee has been working with the Board to improve some items and to solve some issues brought to us by owners. We have had two years of actual progress. We have tried to think proactively about what is needed now and in the future. The most obvious advances have been the bocce ball addition, horseshoe improvements, information center, club house blinds and tables. We have a raft of issues that we are working on now with the Board. All projects have been done within budget and with no increase in fees.
The Advisory Committee is comprised of seven members representing the different areas of the Village. It’s a nonpaying job filled with volunteers approved by the Board who love our Village. Currently we have two openings on the committee. We are looking to fill them with spirited owners who want to make our Village a better place and /or protect our investment in our summer homes. We meet about four times a season, take in remarks from our neighbors and make the best judgement calls to better our community. Our operational philosophy is that any and all thoughts can be discussed as long as they are presented in a positive way.
At the end of last season the chair of the Activities Committee resigned. This group is responsible for all of the fun events that many of us look forward to. It’s my understanding that many of the people who spearheaded weekly activities will be returning to head up their events, but as of today no one has stepped up to chair this group. I cannot imagine a season without organized activities, but it looks like that’s where we’re headed. If you have enjoyed these events in the past and have thought that you could contribute NOW IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY! WHITE MOUNTAIN VACATION VILLAGE ACTIVITIES needs you. Raise your hand by contacting me.
If you’re ready to step up and work toward making our Village a better place to be, contact me. I will be happy to discuss any questions you have and get you the application form. If you have issues to discuss but don’t want to join just yet, use the same contact info: Advisory@WMVV.Org.
The Board has received and accepted the resignations of the entire Activities Committee. We thank Jo Lindsay for chairing the committee, as well as each member for the work they did for a successful 2017 season. As a reminder, the committee consisted of the following people:
Jo Lindsay, Chair
Some of the activities provided were an arts and craft sale, Mexican potluck dinner with Armour Gomez as the entertainment and blind wine tasting. The season wrapped up with a celebratory Oktoberfest featuring music, Bavarian beer, brats and more.
In addition to providing expected activities, the committee also assumed the task of purchasing a warming oven and pans with funds collected by the past committee for that purpose. The oven was broken in this season and worked great.
Be sure to join us in thanking the committee for a job well done. Not only did their efforts help in building positive relationships through fun activities in the community, they did it all and ended the day $300 under budget! Besides the planned special activities and events, there were many activities that took place on a fairly regular basis. The board thanks the following people for organizing and taking responsibility for those activities:
Billiards – Daryl Bystrom
Book Club – Susan Jenkin
Bridge – Jackie Schafer
Bunco – Jan Koespel
Hand, Foot and Toe – Pat Palma
Line Dancing – Lila Dudley
Mahjongg – Karen Bivens
Poker – Lois Davis & Alice Sims
Walk Aerobics – Dorothea Blondfield
The 2018 budget includes an amount for the Activities Committee. If anyone is interested in organizing a committee per the Activities Committee Charter, which can be found by clicking here, please let us know. You can do so by emailing Activities@WMVV.org.
The Activities Committee has taken us off-site a number of times this year for some interesting and exciting events. Everyone attending those events has been asked to sign a “liability waiver”. This has been the recommendation of the Board’s legal counsel. Not everyone has felt that it is necessary. Some have even felt it unnecessary, if not silly. One gentleman quipped, “It only protects the Board.”
Whether it’s necessary or not, whether it’s silly or not, whether it’s over-kill, whether it’s part of a vast intergalactic conspiracy … isn’t the issue. The fact is, It Protects YOU!
If for whatever reason – justified or otherwise – the Recreational Subdivision Association is sued, the Association will incur the cost of defense. In other words, YOU will get the bill.
We’ve all heard of “frivolous lawsuits”. Imagine an example where someone accidentally stumbles into a cactus while touring a garden while texting on his phone. Take the example a step further – that person’s cousin is an unscrupulous attorney and convinces him he can pick up a big settlement by suing the garden owner, the city, the cactus grower and the R.S.A., i.e., YOU. This kind of thing happens far more often than you might imagine.
The R.S.A. attorney (YOUR attorney) has asked that attendees sign the waiver. It’s for your protection. Whether it’s a good idea or a silly idea can be debated. However, please give your neighbors the peace of mind of knowing that all attendees have come together in our mutual best interests.
Thanks to the fifty-seven people who have signed the waiver. It is appreciated.