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PLEASE NOTE: In observance of Independence Day, the SAMLARC Business Office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015. Please contact the Beach Club Office for assistance at 949-858-1390. Have a safe and happy holiday!
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS KEEPS JUNE 30TH CANDIDATE APPLICATION DEADLINE
Open recruitment for the SAMLARC Board of Directors will close on Tuesday, June 30th at 5:00 PM. As a result of resignations tendered by two members of the Board, the Board took action at the May 26, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting to conduct an open recruitment through the membership for candidates to consider for appointment. Since then, 10 interested candidates have requested an application and four have officially submitted a Board of Director Application for Appointment packet.
The Board of Directors decided to keep the June 30th deadline and will hold a special meeting to interview all candidates who submitted an application.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The next Regular Open Session meeting of the Board of Directors will take place on July 28, 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.
SAMLARC RECEIVES SUSTAINABLUE WATER HEROES AWARD FROM THE SANTA MARGARITA WATER DISTRICT
SAMLARC’s water conservation efforts are paying off in more ways than one. On Wednesday, June 3, SAMLARC received the first SustainaBlue Water Heroes award from the Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) for its significant decrease in water usage, peaking at a 25 percent water reduction and for developing a plan to reduce turf with a SustainaBlue plant palette. SAMLARC Board President Gary Thompson was in attendance and graciously accepted the award and landscape sign proclaiming SAMLARC as “SustainaBlue Water Heroes”.
According to SMWD’s website, “SustainaBlue is SMWD’s initiative for outdoor water-use efficiency, including low water use plants, drip irrigation and keeping water on-site.” The program also recognizes individuals and organizations who are leading by example in demonstrating water-use efficiency to meet SMWD’s 24 percent reduction, as mandated by the state governor which took effect June 1, 2015.
Water conservation efforts are new for SAMLARC. From replacement of seal caps to turf removal and landscape renovation projects, incorporating water conservation with landscape projects has been a priority of SAMLARC for many years prior to the governor issued a statewide mandate for reduction in water usage and State Water Board emergency regulations were implemented. Although the drought situation continues to be serious and challenging, SAMLARC is diligent in evaluating opportunities to reduce overall water use in order to meet the mandatory water conservation regulation, while protecting and enhancing community aesthetics.
SAMLARC TO HOST ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR
Independence Day is right around the corner, which means SAMLARC’s biggest signature event, Star-Spangled Spectacular, will be taking place on Saturday, July 4th. Ticketed participants for Star-Spangled Spectacular may enter the Beach Club when the gate opens at 6:00 a.m., located at 21472 Avenida de los Fundadores, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688.
Attendees can look forward to swimming, family games and snacks available for purchase at the snack bar. Uncle Sam will also be making an appearance. All residents are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Bike and Trike Parade. Contestants are encouraged to decorate their bike or trike and even their dog in a patriotic theme. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. outside of the Beach Club. No tickets or registration are required.
Non-ticketed Beach Club entrance for SAMLARC members begins at 3:00 p.m. as space allows. The Bridge Church will present entertainment at the Lakeshore Amphitheater, which commences at 5:00 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from local vendors at the Lakeshore Amphitheater. The Lagoon will close at 7:00 p.m., which is the same time that members of the SAMLARC Board of Directors will launch t-shirts into the crowd. The “Voice” of SAMLARC runner-up Delaney Miller will be singing “God Bless America”, followed by The “Voice” of SAMLARC winner Terrie Backes, who will be singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” to kick off the fireworks show, scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. as the evening comes to an end.
In regards to the fireworks show, blankets cannot be placed on the grass prior to 7:00 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2015. Blankets or other materials used to reserve space prior to this time will be removed and may be retrieved at the Beach Club office. Plastic tarps and stakes are not allowed at any time and will be removed.
For further information about SAMLARC’s Star-Spangled Spectacular, contact Susan Ciotoli at email@example.com or click here.
FAMILIES PREPARE FOR FOURTH OF JULY AT SAMLARC'S PATRIOTIC T-SHIRT PAINTING
SAMLARC’s Patriotic T-Shirt Painting was a success, with 27 attendees participating in the complimentary activity for families held at the Beach Club on Thursday afternoon on June 25. Residents were asked to bring a solid white t-shirt while SAMLARC provided materials such as paint, tape, sponges and cookie cutters for children to use. Children from ages 2 to 14 years old enthusiastically painted their t-shirts with stars and stripes, showing off their creativity and making the flag design their own. Parents were thrilled about the T-shirt painting, inquiring about upcoming family-oriented events in the future. SAMLARC staff promoted the upcoming Fourth of July Bike and Trike Parade, reminding families to participate and show their patriotic spirit wearing their newly painted t-shirts.
EVENT RECAP: FISHING DERBY WAS A REEL SUCCESS
Approximately 500 participants gathered around the Lakeshore on Saturday, June 13, in hopes of catching the smallest, biggest, or most fish at SAMLARC’s Annual Fishing Derby. In fact, there were many familiar faces from past Fishing Derby events who returned this year, eager to compete in the fishing contest for a prize.
One of the returning participants included Chris De Leon, who proudly displayed his first catch of the day, saying “I always go for the most fish category because I’m good at it”. Sure enough he caught 59 more that day, winning the prize for most fish caught.
Another participant who returned was James Lopez, who caught a big catfish measuring 20 inches! With the help of his brother and father, James was able to reel in the big catch!
In addition to the fishing contest, Fishing Derby included games, painting, music and prizes. Congratulations to all the winners of the Fishing Derby contest, which are listed below:
Smallest Fish Winners:
14 and under – Taylor Clements
Adults – tie – Rusty Haase and Karina Del Rio
Biggest Fish Winners:
14 and under – James Lopez
Adult – John Figulu
Most Fish Winners:
14 and under – Chris De Leon
Adults – Reece Morrison
SAMLARC SELECTS THE "VOICE" OF SAMLARC WINNER FOR FOURTH OF JULY STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR
SAMLARC resident Terrie Backes was selected by a panel of judges to be the 2015 “Voice” of SAMLARC! Auditions were held on June 4th as contestants competed for the coveted title and the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people at the annual Star-Spangled Spectacular. The singing competition was judged by musicians from The Bridge Church including Jack Charmers and Felicia Birney, along with SAMLARC associates Dennis Moss and Susan Ciotoli. After careful consideration, the judges selected Terrie Backes as The “Voice” of SAMLARC, who will perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” and runner-up Delaney Miller, who will sing “God Bless America” just prior to the fireworks show at SAMLARC’s Star-Spangled Spectacular on Saturday, July 4th. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all of the talented singers who auditioned!
SAMLARC HOLDS A SUCCESSFUL SPRING DELEGATE WORKSHOP
The theme of the evening was all about being water-wise at SAMLARC’s annual Spring Delegate Workshop. Nate Adams, Water Efficiency Administrator from Santa Margarita Water District, set the tone by introducing the District’s Turf Removal Rebate Program and SustainaBlue Landscapes, a website which features an interactive garden gallery and plant database to help homeowner associations and residents determine how best to implement a sustainable landscape for their associations and individual residences.
Continuing on the topic of turf removal, Devin Sanders, CEO for Mosaic Consulting shared SAMLARC’s Turf Conversion Plan, going into detail about the mapped areas for turf removal, plant palettes and a rough timeline for the major project, which was recently approved by the Board of Directors.
The third presenter was Zach Barker, a Community Services Representative for SAMLARC who discussed the proposed revisions to the SAMLARC Architectural Standards related to Sub Maintenance Corporations. The proposed revisions address hardscape and landscape improvements including the review process for turf/landscape and hardscape improvements on Sub Maintenance Corporation property. The purpose of the revisions are to insure aesthetic continuity throughout SAMLARC, as SAMLARC, including the Sub Maintenance Corporations, was developed to appear as one large community.
Lastly, Board President Richard Finkel from Vista La Cuesta Sub-Maintenance Corporation presented Vista La Cuesta’s very successful Turf Conversion Plan, which he initiated three years ago prior to the statewide mandate. With a background in architecture, Finkel developed a Turf Conversion Plan and brought it to SAMLARC for approval, looking ahead and taking initiative. Vista La Cuesta’s Turf Conversion Plan was fully funded at no cost to the Sub Maintenance Corporation, while improving landscape and saving water long term.
SAMLARC’s Spring Delegate Workshop was well attended with 50 Delegates, guests and SAMLARC Board Members, including CFO Vicki Hoff, Secretary Ted Robertson and Director Don Chadd present. The next Delegate Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Tijeras Creek Golf Club. If you are a Board Member for a SAMLARC Sub Maintenance Corporation and would like to receive copies of the materials provided at the June 3, 2015 SAMLARC Delegate Workshop, and/or attend future SAMLARC Delegate Workshops, please contact Executive Assistant Tita Gervasi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presenters at the Spring Delegate Workshop: Nate Adams (left) and Devin Sanders. Presenters at the Spring Delegate Workshop: Zach Barker (left) and Richard Finkel.
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.
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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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