Mary Schmit, General Manager and Teresa Beally, Activity Director each write a column weekly during the season, and monthly during the off season to keep Residents abreast of "what's happening at Venture Out." Scroll down to read their current columns.
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Also you might find it enjoyable to read this magazine article that was first printed in May in the national publication ‘Common Ground’ , a magazine for Community Associations. Click
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This week’s occupancy is 1529 or 85% occupancy vs. 1505 at the last report and 1523 the year prior. There are currently 419 renters in the park.
I am so sorry that I will miss the annual meeting this year, the first time ever. Unfortunately, we had a sudden and tragic death in our family and I have been assisting my brother through it. Not that we haven’t all had these things happen, but the timing is, of course, bad. Thanks to my Board and staff for covering all the bases. At times like these you really appreciate your seasoned staff and all the help that the Board can give them.
I have tried staying on top of e-mails and events and have answered questions if I could. The annual meeting is Wednesday, February 15. At this point we have met quorum and there are only five days left to return your ballots. At this stage of the game, do not send your ballots by mail. There is a voter code on each ballot and you can vote online following the instructions included with the ballot. If you do NOT vote electronically, your ballot will be taken by the Election Committee at the Admin Office. At 4:00 pm on the 14th they will open those ballots and scan them and send them over to Vote Now, which will then add them to the tally. By using this third-party system, the Election Committee has the results the first thing in the morning of election day. We no longer have long hand tabulations as most of it is done by computer. Only Vote Now, knows what those totals are until the morning of the annual meeting.
One feature of voting electronically is that you can make comments at the end of the ballot. Most of them are not signed, so it’s sometimes difficult to respond. I did see one about “how do you audit the votes and do they keep them for a year?” The answer is yes. The Legislature recently changed this and instead of destroying the ballots in two weeks after the election they now must hold the ballots for one year. Any request for an audit would go to the Election Committee which would forward to the Vote Now contractor who would make any arrangements for an audit. We encourage everyone to get their ballot cast and make sure we have a good turnout. My last information from Vote Now was that almost everyone was voting electronically so it sounds like even those who have been getting paper ballots are largely going online and voting. Please sign up electronically next year! If you have any questions or issues, contact Pam Byfield the Corporate Secretary. She is located in the Administration Office.
A fast mail was sent out this week due to a rash of bike’s being moved around in the park (like a shell game) and some disappearing. This apparently is happening in other parks as well. Lock your bikes, and if they are expensive, store them inside at night. Make sure they are registered so they can be returned to you if found. Please watch for any suspicious parties in the park. Clearly someone is having a lot of ‘fun’ moving the bikes around and we don’t have to make it easy for them. Yes, the Board is looking seriously at locking the gates at the front using our key card system. That will be a line item for discussion during budget this year.
After the annual meeting, we go right into budget, so we are very busy until the end of season. I want to thank our outgoing Board members, for being so supportive and working the many hours that it takes to effectively manage our little city. Thanks to Marne Bogle and Loras Waters, (Loras served TWO terms) and, of course, to President Bruce Johnston who was always right there when we needed assistance strong support. I think he nailed it, when he described the office as a ‘bee hive’... its busy out in the park but as you get closer and closer to the ‘hive’ it gets intense. Every Board President learns that. Venture Out could not operate without its volunteers and the Board volunteers carry the largest load. When you see one, please say thank you!
Have a great weekend, I will be back late next week. If any issues arise, please see Karen Roman in the Administration Office.
Mary L. Schmit
Before you head to the Sewing Clubs and Fired Clay Art Studios Side Walk Sale and Open House on Saturday, February 11, stop into the Baja Bistro for one of the most popular breakfasts of the season. Strawberry topped pancakes served with sausage, juice, unlimited cups of piping hot coffee and a special performance by Venture Out’s own Sing and Strum. Tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased at the event. Remember go green and bring your own table service and coffee mug.
There’s a new Country Western Band is in town and they’re here to get you two steppin’ and toe tappin’. The February 10 Friday Night Dance features Cowboy Up, a four piece group highlighting one of Venture Out’s favorite entertainers, Chuck E Baby! Doors open at 6:30 pm with dancing from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. It’s time to put those line dance lessons to the test. Yee Ha!
There is still time to purchase tickets for the fabulous Cabaret Concert featuring the Nicole Pesce Combo on February 15. Now’s the time to take in one of the most talented pianist in the Valley. This is a “Cabaret” event which means there will be reserved table seating and you are welcome to BYOB.
The Special Performance featuring One of These Nights- A Tribute to the Eagles is sold out! Check the Ticket Re-Sale Board in the Post Office for available tickets.
Don’t forget that Wednesday, February 15 is your chance to grab a great meal and help your Social Club by visiting Fuddruckers for lunch or dinner…or both! Be sure to present the flyer included in this edition of the Out-Lines.
All contracted classes and club events are cancelled February 15 from 12:00 pm - until the conclusion of the Condo Association’s Annual Meeting and Election. The Activity Office will be closed the entire afternoon. The meeting begins at 1:00 pm in the Buena Vista Ballroom.
The last Taco Salad Lunch by the Tennis Club is Thursday, February 16. Get your tickets today and enjoy one of the tastiest salads for the best price in the valley.
The Woodshop Raffle Draw is so popular and so large it will be held in the Buena Vista Ballroom on Monday, February 20 beginning at 1:00 pm. Remember, if you can’t be at the draw give your tickets to someone who plans to attend.
Meet and greet the five 2017 Social Board candidates following the Grapevine on Monday, February 20. The question and answer forum will begin at approximately 9:45 -1 0:00 am in the Baja Bistro.
Have you ever taken part in a Poker Run? February 22 is the day to give this crazy poker game the old college try. Not only is it fun but you just might be the one holding the best hand. That means money!
Valentine’s Day is meant for sweets and treats and we have both for you. Come to the Ice Cream Social on February 14 for either your favorite ice cream or a warm peach compote over a biscuit served with a scoop of ice cream and enjoy a free concert by the talented Tower Point Band. The Croquet Club will also sell wrapped carnations for your sweetheart, neighbor or best friend for only $3.00. Serving of dessert begins at 1:30 pm with the concert starting at 2:00 pm. Remember to bring an extra dollar or two as we will pass the hat for the band.
If you utilize a room for a private party, which includes club socials, leave the facility as clean as possible. Wipe down the tables and chairs, wash any dishes or equipment used and reset the room. For those in the Ballroom, bag your trash and set it outside the building. Mop the Ballroom and Cabana floors immediately should there be a spill. There is a mop bucket in the backstage area and one in the closet next to the kitchen in the Cabana. Lastly, if you borrow a coffee pot please clean before it is returned to the kitchen.
February 17 brings another of our special dances with Flipside 45! If you like the music of the 60’s and 70’s you will love Flipside 45. Tickets may be purchased from the Activity Office or at the door. BYOB and get ready to rock!
The Hams at Heart present “A Night at the Oscars” this coming February 27 and 28. Our resident thespians never fail to delight their audience and this performance will not be an exception! Cabaret seating is sold out but there are still general admission tickets available.
Why not join us in and around the Community Center on Thursday, February 23 as the Recreation Department is sponsoring a Motor Expo, a car show, BBQ and Flash and Dash Sale. Vote for your favorite car, purchase a special gift or do-dad then grab a chili dog and ice cream for lunch!
The Saturday, February 18 Hamburger BBQ and Ice Cream Sale is going to be rockin! Not only will you enjoy the best of burgers grilled by the Softball Association and your favorite ice cream bars sold by the Horseshoe Club but Reign-n-Country will be on hand for some good old fashion country music and you can take your try at the Cowboy Fast Draw as well. The excitement begins at 10:30 am with the Cowboy Fast Draw and continues through lunch 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
You have until 10:00am, Wednesday, February 15 to purchase Pork Loin Dinner Tickets. This delicious dinner features pork loin, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, green beans with bacon, applesauce and beverage all for only $8.50. You won’t want to miss this meal as the Shuffleboard Club has it down to a science and it’s just like mom used to make!
I recently had a recommendation in the Activity Office Suggestion Box to make all of our dances $5.00. Please understand to do so would be cost prohibitive. In order to pay the regular Friday Night bands and still provide compensation to the Social Club (the dances are fundraisers) a minimum of $8.00 is needed.
This year’s Sewing Club’s raffle quilt is as gorgeous as ever. Be sure to pick up your raffle tickets beginning February 20 for a chance not only to win the quilt but several other beautiful items made by our talented Sewing Club members. Tickets for the Sewing Club’s Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon will be on sale soon from the Sewing Club or the Activity Office.
Wood donations will not be needed this year for the annual Weenie Roasts. The Fire Marshall has asked that we burn clean wood and we will be purchasing such.
Tickets will be flying out the door for the Shuffleboard sponsored new event entitled Ribs and Bibs Dinner Show scheduled for Sunday, March 5. Enjoy a delicious homemade dinner followed by a phenomenal stage show featuring the talented House of Steel and their band. Get your reserved seat tickets as they will soon be gone!
Did you know we have two clubs whose membership has passed the 500 mark? Bocce and Pickleball! How great is that?
See you at the Sunshine Carvers Carve Off on February 21 in the Baja Bistro!