STRAWBERRY RIDGE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION NEWS
By: Sharon Hurley, SRHA President 315-9487
“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken” said author James Dent. And, perhaps, we also have a day off, an inviting swimming pool, ice cold drinks and delicious food liberally shared with great friends and family, and much laughter. These are the summer days of our youth, our dreams and, hopefully, our summer here at Strawberry Ridge. Let’s all share great times this summer at the Ridge. Let’s all enjoy the pool while being respectful of all others who share our great facility. Laughter, fun, and friendship are always OK (even if sometimes a bit loud), but glass, unsupervised children, and potential offensive language are not. The pool area belongs to all of us. It is okay to politely ask people you don’t recognize without armbands if they live in or are visiting in the park, and to ask people to follow the posted rules. After all, the pool is ours!
On Saturday, July15th, the Homeowners Association is sponsoring an Omelet Breakfast from 9-11AM at the Clubhouse. Lonnie’s Make and Bake will return to prepare made-to-order omelets. We’ll also have croissants, coffee, orange juice, and for those adults who wish, mimosas. Tickets for the Breakfast are $6 and available at the HOA Office in the Activity Center during posted hours or available by calling Rose Panella (918-0126). Please join us for a great Saturday morning omelet brunch.
A special shout out to Victor and the men of our Strawberry Ridge maintenance team! Everyone is taking notice of new shrubs replacing the old and tired, freshly painted street lines and markings, raked and maintained common areas, and things just looking better in general. Thanks, guys!
July & August Coffee and Donuts Hour Cancelled.
The Homeowners Association provides coffee, donuts, and bagels the first Saturday of every month from 9-10am in the Clubhouse. Attendance during the months September through May is typically good with many residents staying for the Association’s General Meeting that starts at 10. Different clubs volunteer each month for the “Hour” and get everything ready (set up, make coffee, pick up and serve donuts, etc.). They also run and benefit from the monthly 50/50. We have decided to cancel the “Coffee and Donuts” for July and August. This decision was made due to the very low attendance in June. We don’t feel it is fair that Club members donate their time and only a handful of people show up. The “Coffee and Donuts Hour” will return in September. We look forward to seeing you there and at the Association’s General meeting which will follow. Thank you for your understanding and enjoy your summer!
Ice Cream Social – Thank You
Last month’s ice cream social was a big success – thank you to everyone who attended! Over 50 residents enjoyed ice cream sundaes with hot fudge, strawberry sauce and caramel sauce – not to mention the whipped cream and cherries. Thank you to all the volunteers who gave of their time to help us. Without you, the event would not have been possible.
July and August Coffee & Donuts Canceled
Due to the lack of people attending coffee and donuts in June, the Homeowner's Association has decided to cancel the Coffee and Donuts for the above-mentioned months. We will resume having it again in September when we start up again with our General Meetings.
Strawberry Ridge Homeowners Association
General Meeting – May 6, 2017
M I N U T E S
The Meeting was called to order at 9:56 by President Sharon Hurley.
Board Members Present: Sharon Hurley, Dee Costoso, Rose Panella, Kathy Beck, Mazie McMahon and Margie Hersh
Board Members Absent: Paul Gardner
Keith Stevens, Strawberry Ridge’s new Manager, addressed the residents. He spoke on the strength of community and sense of pride of our homes and Strawberry Ridge as a whole. He advised residents of the following:
1. Prospectus and Rules – he will uphold these. He welcomes everyone to come to him with problems and suggestions; however, they should check to see if they are addressed in the Prospectus/Rules first.
2. A current project being addressed is the air conditioning in the Clubhouse. There’s a lot of work to be done and he asked for everyone’s patience.
3. There are many beautification projects that are being worked on and scheduled.
4. The Clubhouse roof is scheduled to be power washed and painted.
5. The Mulrennan gate is going to be rehabbed, probably similar to the front and Dover gates.
Additionally, Mr. Stevens spoke about the new events form that needs to be submitted to him for approval. Once approved, the event will be put on the calendar of events.
Holiday Dinners Update – Mary Phillips and Friends have volunteered to do the Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners so they can take place on the actual holidays.
Weatherization Assistance Program – President Hurley talked about this program which is being held at the Clubhouse on May 16th. Information about it have been posted on the bulletin boards, the blog and copies were made available to residents attending the meeting.
SRHA General Meetings Schedule – President Hurley reminded everyone that there will be no General SRHA general meeting in June, July, and August. They will resume monthly starting in September. The coffee and donuts hour will continue on the first Saturday of the month throughout the summer.
Financial Audit – President Hurley announced that a financial audit of the SRHA as of March 31, 2017 had been conducted and that it was determined to be a clean audit.
The minutes of the April meeting were posted on the Blog and the Clubhouse and Activity Center bulletin boards prior to the May meeting. Additionally, copies were made available on the tables for residents to review. Kathy Beck made a motion to accept the minutes Rose Panella seconded it.
Treasurer’s Report by Rose Panella
The checking account balance at April 1st was $18,689.25. Income for the month was $782.66 and expenses were $299.84 bringing the balance on April 30th to $19,172.07. Note: The total of the Legal Fund and Bingo is $4,252.73, making the actual available balance in the checkbook $14,919.34 as of April 30th.
Membership Report by Rose Panella
Total members as of April 30th are 120.
Bingo Report by Dee Costoso
At the May 3rd Bingo, there was a problem with the machine on one of the games. To make up for this, at the May 10th Bingo, everyone will receive 2 free games on the orange cards. Additionally, the Strawberry Jar will be free through May 31st or until someone wins it.
Welcome Report by Mazie McMahon
The Welcome Committee is up-to-date on visiting/leaving notices for new residents.
RAC Report by Mazie McMahon
RAC met on April 25th and the minutes of the meeting were posted on the AC and CH bulletin boards as well as the RAC blog. Items discussed included: no umbrella bases for the umbrellas at the outdoor pool, the need for additional tables, umbrellas and chairs at the outdoor pool, mosquito spraying, the cleaning of the outdoor pool area and the new traffic pattern across from the main entrance of SR. RAC will be meeting with Bob Young and his management team on May 16th. Items to be presented are: suggestions for the old shuffleboard courts area, solar panels at the outdoor pool, street cleaning, and the status of resurfacing/replacing the tennis and pickle ball courts.
SRHA Upcoming Events
1. Weatherization Program – May 16th
2. Diabetes/Hypertension Health Seminar – May 18th
3. FLOW – June 7th
4. Ice Cream Social – June 11th
5. Omelet Breakfast – July 15th
6. Music by the Water – August 26th
7. “Rockin at the Ridge” dance – September 23rd
8. Health Fest – October 10th
1. Neighborhood Watch Fundraiser – May 13th
2. Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Day Picnic – May 27th
3. Veterans Memorial Program – May 29th
Comments from Board Members
Rose Panella talked about the Files of Life that the SRHA received last month. She is unable to get any information about paying for them. She suggested that the Association make a donation to the Fire Department. Everyone thought this was a good idea. Marty Sullivan made a motion and Celeste DeVito seconded it to give the Fire Department a donation of $100. The motion carried.
The meeting adjourned at 11:10AM.
Calling all volunteers!
by Dee Costoso
The year 2017 is off to a busy start. The HOA already has had two events. The New Years Eve Dance and FLOW. We have more events planned, but we need the help of our residents. 2017 holds a new beginning for the Ridge. That is why I will be starting a Volunteer Committee. Anyone wanting to participate, can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be sign-up sheets posted at the activity center by the SRHA office and the bulletin board in the club house. Help make 2017 a successful year at the Ridge!
By Rose Panella
As of April 1st we have started a new year for the membership in the Homeowner’s Association. This is the time to join. A one-year membership goes from April 1st, 2017 to March 31st, 2018, and the cost is $6.00. If you want to join for three years, your membership will go from April 1st, 2017 to March 31st, 2020, and the cost is $15.00. I have posted on the indoor and outdoor bulletin boards a list of people whose membership expired as of 3/31/17. If you’re not sure, please call me and I will let you know if you do. If you do renew or want to join, at the Activity Center, there is a bulletin board just left of the SRHA Office and a folder with blank application to join. Yes, even if you are renewing your membership, a new form needs to be completed. Again, if you have any questions, please contact me.
When new people move into StrawBerry Ridge, there is nothing nicer than a visit from a friendly neighbor. If you are new to StrawBerry Ridge and didn't get a call, please contact Mazie McMahon at 655-0750 or Paula Somers at 684-8328 or Susan Mangan at 690-3482