Activities in the Village

Image result for thanks!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

Sue Beach

Frankie Coulter

Cheri Laney

Linda Lulkovich

Carol Wieser

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.

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Off-Site Activities

Image result for activities imagesThe 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.

Meet Frankie Coulter – Advisory and Activities Committee Member

Frankie is a third generation Arizonan and has been coming to the White Mountains since childhood.  She purchased in the Village because of the beautiful trees and because it is located in town.

Frankie’s professional background was as an operating room nurse for thirty-five years. The last fifteen years were in management.  She was also a real estate broker in the 1980’s, working in a family-owned Century 21 office in Yuma.  There she combined nursing and real estate, both part-time. She worked way too many hours.

Her interests include embroidery, reading, family history and political campaigns.  Frankie managed two campaigns for a candidate for our state legislature, being successful each time.

Frankie has been married twice, both husbands predeceasing her.  She has two daughters and one son. All are successful and dear to Frankie. She has two granddaughters and two grandsons who fill her with joy every time she thinks of them. She has eight step-grandchildren with whom she shares birthdays and holidays.

Frankie hopes everyone will consider volunteering in the Village for there is no better way to get well acquainted with your neighbors. She is leading by example by volunteering to serve on both the Advisory and Activities Committees.

BOCCE BALL COURT UPDATE

Image result for bocce ball imagesCourtesy of Ray Hedlund – Advisory Committee Chairman

There have been many questions and rumors about the Bocce Ball court. It is ready for play!

To help inform all, here are some details you may find of interest:

  1. This court was constructed by a professional experienced in building these units
  2. There is a complete drainage system installed in the under fill of the unit. It is not a water pit.
  3. It is specifically designed to handle the rain and snow and drain away as fast as possible the water that may be left from a heavy rain.
  4. The court is finished with professional grade material and its final top coat is crushed oyster shells. It’s what the pros use.
  5. Oyster shells are designed to allow drainage and provide a smooth roll of the ball. They are not designed to be layered thickly onto the rolling surface.
  6. The court is tamped down firmly and from time to time you may see black under material surface. This is not a cause to pour an additional layer of oyster shells as its increasing thickness will result in a slow and harder to throw rolling of the ball.
  7. When you see a black spot and between games, players should use the rake/brush (hanging on the pavilion wall) and drag the court to a level, flat playing surface.
  8. The proper etiquette is to NOT WALK on the playing surface during a game. Only those playing should be on the court.
  9. We have some additional bags that are still on back order for touch up purposes as time goes by. It is not intended to add a major thickness to the rolling surface. We will store these and use as required.
  10. The string rope lights have been removed. They have proven to be a questionable feature. The sticky backing has not stuck. The rake has knocked it down and in one case broke the string. Their return is questionable at this time. Lighting was a bonus feature and not originally in the plan.
  11. The surrounding rock area was designed so that golf carts could be driven close by and used for seating of spectators and possibly lighting if needed.
  12. There were originally some rocks at the near end toward the club house that was discovered after play was started and they have been dug out and removed and stacked by the trees. If you want to see just how big a rock can be, take a look at these.
  13. The existing brand new benches have been moved several times now. They are heavy and are not truly designed to be moved to shade so my suggestion is to stand in the shade of a tree when not rolling and use when they are shade covered.
  14. The Activities committee had tried to originate a BB captain and in fact had two lesson meetings. They are now looking to find a person to organize and undertake a BB plan. Anyone interested?
  15. The Bocce balls themselves are in the library. The rules are laminated inside the case for anyone to play. I suggest for now, that all interested go down and check this sport out. This is a fun senior sport that is sweeping the valley. Bring a friend or another couple with you to try this out. Early morning or late afternoon or dinner is probably the best time to play.

Meet Linda Wright Lulkovich – Activities Committee Member

Born in Ohio, Linda moved with her family to Arizona in 1956.  She attended Scottsdale High School and later graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Secondary Education.  After teaching and raising a family, Linda realized she was more suited for the business world.  She acquired a real estate license and sold real estate in Scottsdale, Arizona.  That position created a path for her thirty-five year career in mortgage lending working in many capacities and eventually opening her own business, Hacienda Lending, Inc.

In her personal life, she has been married to Tom Lulkovich for over thirty-five years.  Linda and Tom live at Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley during the winter months where they enjoy an active lifestyle.  They have four children and ten grandchildren.  Having spent fifty plus years of hot summers in the valley, Tom and Linda acquired a second home last fall in the Village and plan to spend six to seven months in the pines.  They call this home their “Lean To”.

Linda believes in giving back to her profession and community.  She has proudly served the Arizona Association of Mortgage Professionals in many capacities over the past twenty years and was named “Arizona Mortgage Professional of the Year” in 2000.  She has also been involved in Rotary International where she and Tom volunteered in many activities, service and leadership.  Linda was recognized with the Rotary District “Service Above Self” award in 2007.

Tom and Linda enjoy all sorts of cards, games, dancing and especially wine tasting. They are anxious to establish their roots in the Village community.  Building new friendships and having good times is what they look forward in this new chapter of their lives.