Standage vs. White Mountain Vacation Village Recreational Subdivision Association

Related imageThose in attendance at the Annual meeting on June 20 heard a statement prepared by the Association’s attorney. Some people who were not able to attend have asked to see the statement. It follows.

“The Board wants to make the homeowners aware of an Association insurance coverage matter. Some of you may be aware that a lawsuit has been filed against White Mountain Vacation Village Recreational Subdivision Association by Mr. Standage and Mr. Ellsworth. This lawsuit is public record and must be disclosed by the Association on every sale of property within the Association. The Board will not be making any public statements about the lawsuit while litigation is pending other than the required resale disclosures.

However, homeowners should be aware that the Association’s Directors and Officers insurance policy will no longer cover any future claims made by Mr. Standage due to the number of claims made on the Association’s policy from claims made or lawsuits filed by Mr. Standage. This means that the defense of any lawsuit filed by Mr. Standage will have to be paid for by the Association using homeowner assessments.”

Several people turned in the Annual Meeting Question Form asking varying questions regarding the number of lawsuits, the disposition and costs related to Mr. Standage. The Board will not be supplying answers to these questions. Some of this information is public record and can be found using any avenue available to the public.

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Lot Sales – How You Can Help

Aluminum Wood Welcome Letter BlockThe developer is working diligently to get the remaining twenty-one lots sold. Some have been selected for park models as a way to enhance marketability. Other lots are being purchased by people who want to be very involved in selecting just what they want on the property.

As a reminder, Unit 3 Phase I was developed to have two adjacent lots share a carport (please refer to the blog of July 19, 2018). Perhaps you would like to purchase two of these lots and develop them. The park models could be used as rentals, sold as a money-making investment or a combination of both.

If you are interested, please contact Bridget Wood at the sales office. Her number is 928-367-1717 and she has the scoop on two lots and a shared carport.

That is one way to help. Additionally, please remember that current owners are the best ambassadors for the Village. A friendly hello and a willingness to answers questions when you’re out and about will go a long way toward making potential owners feel welcome.

Recently, a couple had three lots in escrow. They had an appointment to meet someone at the lots to discuss and plan how to place their unit. A neighbor came out of his home and instead of greeting them and introducing himself, he told them they would have to find somewhere else to park. They were not blocking anyone’s driveway. They were not going to be there for the day. This story does not have a happy ending. The buyers promptly moved their vehicle to the sales office and canceled the escrow. Think about that. There are currently twenty-one lots left to sell. Those three would have reduced that amount to eighteen with most of the summer left to sell additional lots.

It would be helpful to remember that you don’t need to police potential buyers. Assuming we all have the same goal of getting the developer out of the business of selling lots and owners in the business of running the Association, cooperation is critical. Your help is greatly appreciated by both current owners and the developer.

Meet Larry Bivins – Transition Committee Member

Contributed by Larry Bivins

I was born March 17, 1944 in Anchorage, Alaska to Orland & Lucille Bivins.  My father worked for the Alaska Railroad as a Conductor and my mother was a house wife / teacher.  I have two brothers Gary (my twin) and Dean (older by 6 yrs.)  Anchorage was a great place to grow up!  I was educated in the Anchorage School District grades 1-12.

I experienced the 3 biggest events in Alaska History:  1.) Becoming the 49th State of the Union in 1958.  2.) The great Alaska Earthquake of 1964.  3.) The discovery of oil on the Kenai peninsula which led to Prudhoe Bay, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and to Alaska becoming, perhaps, the largest oil producer in the U.S

I Became an employee of the Alaska Railroad one week after Graduation from West Anchorage High School in 1962. I remained with the Alaska Railroad until my retirement in 1993.  In 1964 I embarked on a four year apprenticeship to become a Construction Equipment Mechanic. In 1989 I was promoted to the position of Construction Equipment Repair Supervisor for the Alaska Railroad system.  In 1993 at the age of 49 I was downsized into retirement from the Alaska Railroad. For the next 15 years I continued to work in the construction industry as a Construction Equipment salesman.

During my employment at the Alaska Railroad I was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for 17 years. The highest rank I held was Master Sargent / First Sargent.  I was also on the Board of Directors of Denali Federal Credit Union for 10 years.  In 2003 I was elected Statewide Grand President of the Pioneers of Alaska, an organization of some 3000 members.

I met my wife Karen in the fall of 1963. We were married in December 1964.  We have two sons.  Larry Jr. and Bill.  Larry works construction in the Phoenix area and Bill is a Locomotive engineer for the Alaska Railroad.  Karen and I have enjoyed nearly 55 years together (December 2019).

After spending 60 years in Alaska we felt it was time for a change.  The winters were becoming very long, dark & cold.  Our change was to move to Green Valley, Arizona. We moved to Green Valley on a year around basis in 2005. We enjoy all Arizona has to offer.  To get out of the heat of summer we started to travel in our motorhome every summer which eventually led us to WMVV where we bought an RV lot on Bulldog.  We enjoyed WMVV so much we decided what we really needed was a park model `in WMVV.  Well we found it on the corner of Recreation Loop & Cattle drive and purchased it last summer.  (We still have the RV lot on Bulldog).

This brings us to the reason for this short Bio.  I look forward to serving the homeowners of WMVV as a member of the Transition team.  My goal is to make the transition as open and transparent as possible and geared to the benefit of the home owners of WMVV.  Remember “We are all in this boat together.”

Meet Donna Holick – Advisory Committee Chair

The Advisory Committee was formed in 2015. Ray Hedlund volunteered to chair the committee for one year. Over three years later, he was still at it. The Board recently appointed Donna Holick as chair and wishes to thank Ray for his leadership and willingness to remain a part of the committee.

Donna was born and raised in Southern California where she started her career in the pet industry during high school. Owning her own pet shop since the age of twenty-one, she has navigated the world of business creating lifelong relationships along the way.

Being self-employed helped Donna understand and learn finances, contracts, hard work and being a leader. Donna and partner Charlotte moved to Arizona when Charlotte retired. They opened and operate Whiskers Barkery in Downtown Prescott.

In planning for Donna’s retirement, they built their summer home in the Village. Donna has been a member of the Advisory Committee since its beginning and hopes to build on the foundation that Ray Hedlund and others have established. “My goal of leading the Advisory Committee is to give homeowners a voice for positive changes needed and to work with the Transition Committee as we move toward full ownership of White Mountain Vacation Village”.

You can spot Donna and Charlotte walking their fur kids (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) in and around the festival area or playing pickleball in the cul-de-sac. 

Meet Bob McFadden – Advisory Committee Member

The Board of Directors recently approved Bob McFadden to represent the Rancheros area of the Village. Bob is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan and attended high school and college in Phoenix, Arizona. He received an A.A.S. Criminology and an A.A. Liberal Arts from Glendale Community College. He also earned a B.S., Criminology/Training & Development from Grand Canyon University.

Bob began his Bureau of Prisons career as a Correctional Officer at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Phoenix, Arizona.  He went on to hold positions of increasing responsibilities at the Community Corrections Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Baltimore, Maryland, the Federal Medical Center, Rochester, Minnesota, FCI Tucson, Arizona and the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego, California. Bob was Warden at the Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, South Dakota and then served as Senior Deputy Regional Director of the Southeast Region. He also served as Warden at FCI in Jesup, Georgia and at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. Bob eventually became the Regional Director of the Western Region.

Bob and his wife Barbara have two adult children. They love RVing and have traveled to all fifty states. They have traveled to Europe and Asia as well.

Meet Roy Chamberlin – Transition Committee Member

Contributed by Linda Lulkovich – Transition Committee Chair

Image result for transition imagesThe Transition Committee welcomes Roy Chamberlin.  Roy and wife, Leslie, have owned property at the Village for several years and spend nine months here and the other three in the Mesa area.

Roy was an educator for thirty-seven years teaching middle school math and counseling high schoolers.  He served in many leadership positions as math department chair, counseling department chair, district math coordinator, Career Ladder Executive Board and as the head negotiator for the district which included the finance committee for over 15 years.

Roy believes in giving back to his community and has volunteered in the Jaycees organization, coached volleyball for middle school through varsity levels for thirty seasons, middle school basketball (boy’s and girl’s) and sponsored student council, Lion’s Quest and Link Crew.  He also enjoys pickleball, golf, Bunco and billiards.  We look forward to utilizing his skills in the tasks we will perform in representing the community in our transition process.

Meet Jay Clem – Newest Addition to the Transition Committee

Image result for transition imagesContributed by Linda Lulkovich – Transition Committee Chair

Ellis Jay Clem, known as “Jay”, has owned a Life and Disability and Health Insurance agency for the past 30 years.  His major market was professional disability for doctors and attorneys, and small group medical.  More recently his agency is providing Medicare counseling for seniors.

Prior to insurance, Jay was a protestant minister, serving as pastor.  He has a BA in Bible Literature and Theology along with post graduate studies that include Seminary, Social Work, Addiction and Recovery.  His background in Christian Ministry includes directing a juvenile delinquent diversion program and administration.  He also developed medical and non-medical alcohol treatment programs for Community Hospital in Fresno, California which required working with various governmental agencies to secure funding from state and federal sources.

This project required forming a Non-profit Corporation to open an extended stay treatment program for addicts.

Later Jay went into sales and became Branch Manager for Dictaphone.  As Dictation sales declined due to changing technology, his knowledge of the medical industry created the perfect transition into Insurance sales.  He opened his own Independent Agency in 1995 and now has enjoyed the rewards of that industry.  He and wife, Karen, are now semi-retired and split their time between Peoria, Fresno and here in our White Mountain Vacation Village.

We welcome Jay to the Committee and look forward to utilizing his strengths in program management and administration to fulfill our due diligence requirements to the community.  The Committee is now “official” with the minimum three members and can begin our work.  We still have room for up to five members.  If any residents have skills and interest that would be an asset to the tasks we will be performing, please contact Linda Lulkovich at lendwright@cox.net or 602-809-7007.