Letter

Letter from the President

Letter from the President, by Gene Van Koevering

Summer at Sandy Pines and Lake Monterey Golf Course is in full swing! Once again, there are many activities and options for Members and Guests to enjoy. Please go to our website calendar, use your Sandy Pines calendar, pick up a weekly flyer or check our Cable channel 27.1, for Sandy Pines Events. We have an abundance of ways to be informed, so please use them!

Another annual opportunity for all Members is the upcoming election on August 17. This is the day each membership is provided an opportunity to vote for incoming Board Directors and any ballots that appear on the slate that the Board has requested your consideration for.

The 2019 election will include our votes to fill (3) three Director Seats, and (1) ballot proposal. I want to thank the outgoing Directors for their faithful service to the Park and for the wisdom and foresight that each of them brought to the 2018/19 Board of Directors.

I also want to thank those who have entered their names to be Candidates. These Members all desire our vote that would provide them with one of the open Director Seats. Please read their profiles, and come to the “Meet the Candidate” meeting and/or come to the Face to Phase meetings that they attend to get to know them as much as you can. By doing so, you can cast an informed vote on those Candidates that most closely reflect your values and positions pertaining to Governance Issues they consider each year.

There will be one bylaw ballot on the Election this year developed by our Legal Counsel to clarify our intent pertaining to Trust Memberships. Not a big change but a necessary one.

In 2016-17 a decision was made that memberships could be put into Trust. Subsequently “Trust Membership” officially became one of the ways a membership could be held. This is noted in the Handbook under “Definition of Terms” on pages 8 and 9 under Item D.

Since that time, several Members have put their memberships in Trust as a way of estate planning. The Ballot on the 2019 election proposal updates our bylaw relating to the transfer rights subsequent to the death of a Member.

This bylaw is currently located in the Handbook under, “Death of a Member” (Article II, Section 7 on page 54 of Handbook). The Board is asking the membership to approve the inclusion of the words, “trust instrument” that will provide clarity and compliance with the definition mentioned above.

The first sentence in the bylaw would then read if approved by the membership:

Section 7, Death of a Member – Transfer Rights: Subject to the qualifications established in
Article 11, Section 1, the membership of a deceased member may be transferred by testamentary disposition, trust instrument, or intestate succession.

The North Shore Center FEMA shelter project is continuing to move forward. At this time there is a review of the soil capacity load bearing being done. The building will be extremely heavy and may require soil work prior to construction. When we receive the reports and options along with the cost associated with each option, we will be making a decision based on the suggestions by our Engineering Team. We will continue to have computer generated renderings at the Board meetings and Face to Phase meetings, along with copies of the blueprint drafts that have been completed to date, so come take a look at this facility that will be a wonderful addition to the amenities here at Sandy Pines for the next 75-100 years.

We continue to work toward gaining certifications required for PA 330 compliance. As I write this article, Keith is just returning from a week of training that will also provide him certifications in FEMA related skills training, as well as required PA 330 training. This project is moving along at a pace that we are pleased with at this time as we work toward the goal of state certification request within the next 12 months.

The Golf Cart Registration Program has been unveiled, and I encourage each of our Members to take advantage of one of the many meetings and publications that are available to you, to learn the details of why we are introducing the program, and how it will be implemented. Some of my initial conversations with Members is that the Golf Cart Registration Packet has many thinking that the main reason for the program is to control the illegal carts coming in from the neighborhood.

Although this is one of the concerns we are attempting to mitigate, there are several others listed below that paragraph on page 3, so please feel free to click on the link and check out the packet, attend the information meetings, watch the recorded meetings on 27.2, our informational Sandy Pines cable channel, attend a Face to Phase meeting to learn more or ask questions. (Direct connection to the packet can be obtained online by following the link) https://www.sandypines.com/wp-content/uploads/Golf-Cart-Registration-Packet-05-20-19-Update.pdf

We congratulate our Park and Garden Store, as well as the Rental Department as they settle in to their new spaces in the west wing of the Retail Center! The Open House that was held on June 1, was a great success even though the 400 hot dogs were gone about 20-30 before the open house ended! I guess this is a classic example of the statement: if you snooze, you lose!

We want to thank all of those who came to see the new stores and we hope you come back often to patronize and support all the Vendors in the Retail Center. We know that you will enjoy the new look while there, and agree that the building is another amenity to be proud of, and one that will serve the Park for many years to come.

“This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.”-Lyndon B. Johnson, U.S. President

The words above are compelling, as well as a challenge to each of us as we celebrate the gift of freedoms we enjoy here in the United States of America on the 4th of July. Please enjoy this day of celebration, and pray that God will continue to bless you, your family, this park and this great country.

Finally, on behalf of all our staff, we want to thank you for the opportunity to serve you as a committed Team of employees. We consider our place and positions here to be a blessing, and we are grateful to be a part of Sandy Pines and Lake Monterey Golf Course.

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