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BUDGET WORKSHOP TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015
A Special Open Session Meeting of the Board of Directors will be held for the purpose of conducting the 2016 Budget Workshop. This Budget Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room at the Beach Club and is open to the membership.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The next Regular Open Session meeting of the Board of Directors will take place on October 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room at the SAMLARC Beach Club and Lagoon.
SAMLARC meetings are only open to SAMLARC Members. The Board Agenda and packet is typically uploaded after 8:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting. Please log in to view the packet at About Us / Board of Directors / Agendas.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE SAMLARC BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
SAMLARC is a dynamic community that operates similar to a governmental agency. In 2016, three positions on the SAMLARC Board of Directors will be up for election. The SAMLARC Board is searching for dynamic individuals who have a general understanding of the community and its needs, a willingness to commit to board and committee meetings, and attend special events. They are also seeking individuals who possess a skill set and perspective that aligns with SAMLARC's goals and mission.
If you are interested in being a part of a nonprofit leadership team and making a positive difference in the SAMLARC community, serving on the Board of Directors is an excellent way to get involved!
The next election of the SAMLARC Board of Directors will be at held on February 25, 2016. If you or someone you know is interested, you may download the Volunteer Board of Director Application for Nomination packet that includes the Election Policies and Guidelines Manual, by clicking HERE, or you can stop by the SAMLARC Business Office and pick up a Volunteer Board of Director Application for Nomination packet. For any questions, please contact Executive Assistant Tita Gervasi, at (949) 709-0025 or email@example.com
All forms must be received at the SAMLARC Business Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 19, 2015.
REGISTER FOR HAUL IN THE FALL COMMUNITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE!
Is your garage full of furniture, clothes or other items you would like to dispose of? SAMLARC’s Third Annual Haul in the Fall event will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Participate in the community-wide garage sale, shred unwanted documents, recycle e-waste for free and drop off unwanted items at designated Salvation Army drop-off areas. Start your clean-out this summer and register for the garage sale now through October 16, 2015 by clicking HERE.
For more information, please contact Jessica Smillie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (949) 709-0013. Check back for more details regarding SAMLARC’s Third Annual Haul in the Fall!
FALL IS UPON US - GARDENING TIPS
Contributed by Kathie Wickham, C.C.N. Pro (California Certified Nursery Professional)
While the weather is still warm, a change in season is upon us! It’s time to think about fall plantings and garden upkeep.
Roses are still blooming, but might need a trim to encourage new blooms. Their real “haircut” isn’t until January, so just a little off the top! Those colorful annuals (which last one season) you planted late last winter, or early spring, are probably looking a little tired. Time for some new color! Try pansies, calendula, candytuft, foxglove, snapdragons, and alyssum. Most are available in pony packs. Plant them small and watch them grow!
Time to plant bulbs now, for amazing color later. Buy tulips, hyacinths, gladiolus, Dutch iris, and daffodils. Some need to be refrigerated a few weeks before you put them in the ground (a little faux winter before you plant). The directions will be on the packaging. Daffodils go right in the ground and will return to bloom for many years.
You are probably tired of tomatoes, zucchini, and did I mention tomatoes? Time to think about cool weather planting: broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, lettuce, peas, radishes. Try seed for the last three mentioned. You may have to critter-proof your veggie garden since the local wildlife will want to share.
Watering and Fertilizing
We have been conserving water for some time now because of the drought. Reset your sprinklers to come on less often. Hand water containers and small planters.
They are predicting a wetter winter; which means we may have a greener spring, although we will wait and see. Fertilize roses and acid-loving plants now – azaleas, gardenias, camellias. Fall applications of a turf fertilizer will help your lawns stay healthy through the winter.
And last, but not least, fall brings some windy days. Have trees trimmed early in the fall to prevent the Santa Ana winds from downing one of your prized specimens.
KEEPING YOUR YARD LOOKING BEAUTIFUL THROUGH THE DROUGHT
Although the drought has affected everyone in one way or another, there are ways to keep your yard aesthetically pleasing, even as restrictions are placed on overall water usage, such as watering lawns and plants. Fellow SAMLARC homeowners Vicki and Brent Hoff got creative by simply dying their lawn green. They purchased a product called Green Thumb (at $49.99 per bottle), mixed it with water and applied with a garden sprayer. From pigment dyes to turf conversions, we want to know what innovative ideas you have implemented to keep your yard looking aesthetically pleasing through the drought. Submit your story and photos for a chance to be featured on SAMLARC.org and Facebook!
The Hoffs keep their lawn looking green by using pigment dye.SAMLARC WELCOMES TWO NEW TEAM MEMBERS
Say hello to the newest additions to the SAMLARC Team: Jessica Smillie and Joyce Lussier!
Jessica Smillie, Community Lifestyle Manager
Jessica Smillie is the new Community Lifestyle Manager and comes to SAMLARC with previous experience from YMCA of Orange County, where she was responsible for all the events and sports programs and across Orange County. She’s also worked with California State University, Fullerton, where she oversaw campus-wide recreation including Intramurals, Sports Clubs, Sports Camps, campus events and the Games and Recreation Center.
Jessica looks forward to executing exciting, fun and classy events for the SAMLARC community. One of her biggest passions are people and seeing the smiles on their faces while enjoying themselves, family and friends.
While Jessica enjoys sports, her favorite professional sports team are the Denver Broncos! Who is her role model? “My mother. She has persevered through many things in her own life with a huge heart. She is the strongest, most caring person that I know. She would go to the ends of the earth for her children and proves that on a daily basis. She is also there to patiently listen. When someone tells me, ‘You are just like your mother,’ that is one of the best compliments I can receive.”
Joyce Lussier, Financial Coordinator
Joyce Lussier is the new Financial Coordinator. Prior to SAMLARC, she was previously employed with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) where she was a Specialist at the temporary Satellite office in Irvine, CA which was set up during the banking crisis. She looks forward to working as a team to keep RSM a beautiful and inviting community in which to live, work and play.
Born in Rhode Island, Joyce has lived in Southern California for many years and is an original SAMLARC owner/resident. She particularly likes walking the trails, at the lake, and at local parks. The fall season is her favorite time of year mostly because of the cooler weather and there are less tourist crowds when traveling! Joyce loves traveling and photography. She recently returned from a 16-day trip visiting five countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea where she captured over 600 pictures!
SAMLARC WELCOMES ADAM KENNEDY TO THE TEAM
Adam Kennedy is the newest addition to the SAMLARC Team, taking on the role of Community Lifestyle Coordinator. His previous position was at Chabot Space and Science Center as a Senior Sales and Events Coordinator, where he managed large events and worked with companies such as Facebook, Match.com, Pandora, and more. Prior to that, Adam worked for Saint Mary’s College of California for eight years, where he wore many hats including managing all youth athletic camps, college club sports home competition operations and events, and contract classes and camps.
As the new Community Lifestyle Coordinator, Adam is assisting in the management and coordination of community events and programs, with a focus on contract classes. Working in a recreation department such as Community Lifestyle has been a dream job for Adam, so he believes this is the perfect opportunity for running events large and small, assisting contract classes to succeed and bringing the community together.
Outside of work, Adam has a passion for motor sports, specifically racing cars. He also loves live shows and appreciates all forms of music.
PREPARING FOR A RAINY SEASON
According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, “the latest government El Niño forecast, issued by the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center on September 10th, said that computer models unanimously favor a strong El Niño, and that there is a 95% chance that El Niño will continue through the winter -- essential if California is to benefit from increased rainfall as the state experiences its fourth year of punishing drought.”
With the imminent rainy season upon us and signs pointing to an El Niño forecast, here are some tips to prepare your landscape for anticipated winds and heavy rains:
1. Clear all landscape drains ensuring they drain appropriately to the street through curb cores if applicable.
2. Maintain landscape swales to ensure smooth exit of water from back of lot to front
3. If you have a slope v-ditch catch basin drain behind your home, notify SAMLARC or your sub association as may be appropriate if it appears to full of leaves or debris following a storm.
4. Adjust your watering cycles to match the weather conditions.
5. Prune and trim trees. If your trees aren’t trimmed on time, they may become top-heavy and may end up going down in the rains and storms.
6. Maintain home rain gutters to divert water away from your home.
MONTE VISTA SHOWER WALL RENOVATION
The Monte Vista Showers will be OPEN but the shower wall is under renovation for quality enhancements
until Tuesday, December 2, 2015. Please call 949-709-0018 with any questions or concerns.
PARK RESERVATIONS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE BEACH CLUB
In an effort to enhance customer service, all parks and facility reservations will now be taken at the Beach Club Lagoon office.
The Beach Club Lagoon office is available for SAMLARC members to make reservations via phone or in person, seven (7) days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This includes all park picnic shelter reservations and inquiries about sports fields. For more information, please call the Beach Club office at 949-858-1390.
PROJECT UPDATES - For all current projects in progress, read about it HERE.
SAMLARC would like to remind homeowners of the correct address to which monthly assessment payments should be made. The address is:
P.O. Box 512989
Los Angeles, CA 90051-0989
Homeowners are further reminded that they are invited to pay their monthly assessments at the SAMLARC Business Office. Please be advised that only checks are accepted for payment and the SAMLARC Business Office is required to mail received checks to the address above.
For a complete list of current projects and project updates, click HERE.
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VOLUNTEERING IN SAMLARCVolunteers are key to any successful community. Residents who have a vested interest in community events and activities are the volunteers who drive SAMLARC's unique sense of community spirit. Volunteer involvement and participation includes the planning and implementation of community events, activities and recreation programs. Volunteers are becoming the key promoters in mobilizing the neighborhoods and villages of SAMLARC.
If you are interested in volunteering at any of SAMLARC's events or expanding SAMLARC's programs by providing your own unique services, time and/or resources, click here for more information.
CHANGING YOUR PASSWORD
Are you looking to change your password and don't know how? First log in using your current password and click here. Your personal information should be visible along with a "change password" button. By pressing the button, you can easily change your password. Please note: You MUST be logged on in order for your information to be visible. For further assistance email us at email@example.com.
PARK RESERVATION SYSTEM
SAMLARC has made it even easier for residents to request park reservations! Now you can reserve, view and pay for park use online. More Info
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