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NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The next Regular Open Session meeting of the Board of Directors will take place on August 25, 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 BOARD FORMALLY WELCOMES BACK DIRECTORS BEVERLY CURTIN AND SALLY LEONARD
The SAMLARC Board of Directors formally welcomed back Directors Beverly Curtin and Sally Leonard at the July 28, 2015 Board Meeting. The newly appointed directors, who were introduced at the meeting, each have extensive previous experience as former SAMLARC Board Members.
Director Curtin served on the Board of Directors from 1999 – 2006, and during her tenure served as Board President, Vice President and Secretary. Director Curtin also worked for the Santa Margarita Joint Venture who developed SAMLARC. Additionally, Director Curtin served on the Casafina Sub Maintenance Corporation Board of Directors in 1996, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita Planning Commission from 2000-2010 and Rancho Santa Margarita Historical Society from 2000 to the present. Director Curtin’s background brings significant experience and historical/institutional knowledge to the Board of Directors.
Director Leonard served on the Board of Directors from 2004 – 2013, and during her tenure served as Board Vice President and Secretary. In addition, Director Leonard served as a member of the Alternative Repertory Theatre and Outreach Program and Arroyo Vista Children’s Theater. Director Leonard also brings with her significant experience and historical/institutional knowledge, as well as a creative energy.
Both Directors quickly immersed themselves by volunteering to serve in vacant committee positions. Director Beverly Curtin was appointed to serve as one of three Board Members on the the Communications Committee and Director Sally Leonard was appointed to serve on the Landscape Facilities Enhancement Committee joining two other members of the Board.
SAMLARC RECOGNIZES ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND ORANGE COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICES AT STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR EVENT
SAMLARC’s recent Fourth of July Star-Spangled Spectacular was a huge success due to many factors, including tremendous efforts by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), to ensure that the event went smoothly.
The SAMLARC Board of Directors recognized Lieutenant Ron Kennedy and Sergeant Donn Mire with the OCSD for being onsite to monitor the Beach Club and Lakeshore prior to and during the fireworks show. They also provided oversight following the show, ensuring the smooth exit of SAMLARC’s thousands of guests. Their support and presence provided great comfort to ensure that guests would have a safe and positive experience.
Fire Prevention Specialist Antonio Solares with the OCFA was commended for his efforts in making the 4th of July Star-Spangled Spectacular fireworks show a safe event for our community. Mr. Solares inspected the Pyro Technicians set-up of fireworks racks, delivery of product and final set up prior to the show.
Pictured left to right: Fire Prevention Specialist Antonio Solares, OCFA; Lieutenant Ron Kennedy, OCSD; Sergeant Donn Mire, OCSD.
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITAVILLE IS SELLING QUICKLY - 50% of TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD
Rancho Santa Margaritaville returns on Saturday, August 29th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club! Bask in tropical paradise while sipping on refreshing cocktails and dining on Key West cuisine with your friends, neighbors and loved ones! Woody and the Longboards will play Margaritaville inspired music, leaving you reminiscing about "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and other Jimmy Buffet hits, while games and contests will entertain you throughout the evening!
Ticket sales began Monday, July 13th for those 21 and over at the SAMLARC business office. SAMLARC ID cards and proof of age are required. Tickets are $27.50 per SAMLARC resident and $32.50 per non-resident guest. Check or credit cards only. Limit of six (6) tickets per household. Each event ticket includes a dinner buffet, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, 2 alcoholic drinks, and entertainment by Woody and the Longboards. Additional margaritas, beer and wine can be purchased for $4 each.
For additional information, please contact Susan Ciotoli, Community Lifestyle Consultant, at 949-709-0013 or email@example.com.
SAMLARC'S 3RD ANNUAL HAUL IN THE FALL MOVES TO OCTOBER 24, 2015
Haul in the Fall has a new date! At the July 28, 2015 Board Meeting, the SAMLARC Board of Directors approved to move the event date to Saturday, October 24th, two weeks earlier than the original date, to collaborate with the City of Rancho Santa Margarita for community clean-up efforts. Haul in the Fall will feature a SAMLARC community-wide garage sale, bulky item pick-up courtesy of CR&R and designated Salvation Army drop-off areas within SAMLARC for SAMLARC Members wanting to donate unwanted items. The City of Rancho Santa Margarita will host shredding and e-waste recycling as well. Registration for the SAMLARC garage sale begins August 17th! Stay tuned for further updates regarding SAMLARC's 3rd Annual Haul in the Fall on SAMLARC.org and the upcoming issue of Rancho Living!
SUMMERTIME AND SURREY BIKES
Although summer is halfway through, there is plenty of sunshine left to enjoy outdoor activities such as riding a surrey bike around the Lakeshore! Take friends and loved ones for a scenic tour on our single and double surrey bikes, which are available for rental at the Beach Club!
The rental rates and times are as follows:
Single Surrey Bike: $5 for 30 minutes / $10 for one hour
Double Surrey Bike: $7.50 for 30 minutes/ $15 for one hour
Rental hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last rental at 5:00 p.m.)
See flyer for more information. For questions and complete rules, please contact the Beach Club at (949) 858-1390.
SAMLARC TO HOLD 2016 BUDGET WORKSHOP ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6TH
At the July 28, 2015 Board Meeting, the SAMLARC Board of Directors approved a Special Open Session Meeting of the Board of Directors for the purpose of conducting the 2016 Budget Workshop. This Budget Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th beginning at 6:00 PM in the Fiesta Room at the Beach Club is open to the membership.
SAMLARC S.M.A.R.T. (SAVING MONEY AND RESOURCES TODAY)
SAMLARC will be removing dead trees on Melinda, Santa Margarita Parkway and a few on Antonio in August. To get the most out of your assessment dollar, SAMLARC schedules bulk removals two-three times per year to gain efficiency in the process of tree removal, stump grinding and turf repair. Additionally, many of the trees that have declined this year were anticipated to. In 2008, SAMLARC applied for and was awarded a Tree Grant that resulted in the 2009 planting of over 1,000 new Alder Trees that were placed anticipating the gradual decline of the older Alders. This means most of the tree removals will not require replacement trees as most are in locations in proximity to trees that have established themselves over the past six years. In areas that are more open, SAMLARC will supplement with new trees as appropriate.
PROGRESS UPDATE ON CAÑADA VISTA PLANO LIFT STATION FORCE MAIN PROJECT
The Cañada Vista Plano Lift Station Force Main Project continues to stay on schedule. With the bridge now in place, crews are continuing to construct waste line and make critical connections. The project continues to be on schedule and Management anticipates project completion by September 2015.
CLOSURE AT LOWER FIELD OF SOLANA PARK DUE TO TURF CONVERSION
The lower field at Solana Park is undergoing a turf conversion from the current Fescue blade grass to hybrid Bermuda grass. The hybrid Bermuda is better turf for sports fields, as it provides a more uniform surface than the current Fescue. It also requires less water. This is a SAMLARC Capital Improvement project, along with Santa Margarita Pop Warner Football and American Youth Soccer Organization Region 630.
In April 2015, the field was sprayed with an herbicide to kill the grass and a temporary fence was installed around the Lower Solana Field during this process, which is ongoing until September. Upon completion, the lower field at Solana Park will be scheduled to re-open in September 2015.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping us maintain SAMLARC facilities.
GREAT RANCHO CAMPOUT TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT
Tickets for Great Rancho Campout were sold out as of Thursday, July 23, 2015!
All attendees can look forward to panning for gold and playing games on the "Buckaroo Trail", visiting the Wild West photo booth for a souvenir family photo and planting seeds at a garden workshop designed specifically for kids! Watermelon eating contests, a trick roping show and campfire sing-along add to the fun!
We look forward to seeing you at the 10th Annual Great Rancho Campout!
REMAINDER OF PARK MONUMENT SIGNS TO BE RENOVATED
SAMLARC strives to maintain the preservation of the community's well-established design and aesthetic integrity. Recently, the Board of Directors approved the renovation for the remainder of park monument signs at the following locations: Cielo Vista Park, Mesa Linda Park, Monte Vista Park and Trabuco Mesa Park. The approved project is a continuation of the design and renovation of park entry monuments that commenced last fall at Altisima Park, Arroyo Vista Park and Solana Park. Renovating the remainder of park monument signs at the four parks will ensure all signs are aesthetically consistent and will improve the value of the parks and the community as a whole. Renovation will commence this summer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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