June 14, Flag Day, marked the formal dedication of our new community flagpole outside Shadows restaurant, a cooperative effort between our HOA and our Veterans Club.
Photos by Stephanie Walton
SEE THEIR ART ON THE WALL NEAR THE LIBRARY (MONTECITO CLUBHOUSE)
I was born in the mid-west. At the age of three my parents joined the State Department and we moved to what was then called Siam . . . Thailand now.
Until the age of 22, I lived and was schooled in Panama, Ecuador, Bolivia, Kenya, Germany, and Brazil. I have continued to travel internationally extensively all my adulthood.
When I retired four years ago I knew I needed a hobby and decided to try to learn to paint. We lived in Kansas City and I was able to take lessons from Mark Weber, a premier painter of the Grand Canyon, who lives and teaches in Kansas City. Mark enjoyed teaching real beginners – which I was.
My husband and I both love art and we enjoy collecting local artists on our various trips abroad. I draw inspiration from nature and look forward to painting the beautiful landscapes of this area that remind me at times of Africa.
My husband, Bob, finally retired at the end of 2016 and we moved to Shadow Hills full-time.
MARILYN BARTON, FINE ART
Marilyn Barton has recently moved from Arizona to Sun City Shadow Hills. She paints with Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil, and Charcoal.
Marilyn also teaches art classes in watercolor and pastel. In her classes, students have explored the magic of color, color mixing and artistic techniques. Marilyn began teaching in 2007 at Central Arizona Community College. Her classes are designed for beginning and intermediate students.
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit, 1887
WHAT IS THE CREATIVE ARTS CLUB?
The Creative Arts Club meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to noon in the Cambria/Mirada rooms of the Montecito clubhouse. These are “painting and creating” days.
Art classes are taught in the fall/winter and spring months. Our members experience top quality artists in media such as acrylics, watercolor, and drawing to advance their knowledge of a particular medium. The classes accept beginners as well as more experienced artists.
The group has a closet full of resource materials and a plethora of tools to help get the paint on the paper ready for the next process. Come to one of our Monday or Thursday Art Days to get a dose of art and fun!
Following the Tennis Club's 3.0 - 3.4 Tuesday morning session, the group, led by George Leroux, helped celebrate Bernie's 94th birthday today.
Photo Slideshow by Dennis Sheehan
I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Rick Halla, the President of the Bocce Buddies. They are a chartered club with over 75 members and counting! According to Halla, “it’s just a fun way to get to know your neighbors, to get outside and enjoy our beautiful weather and to get a little exercise in, no matter your age and fitness level!”
On the day we sat down, there were more than 25 club members present to play a game of Bocce Ball with their neighbors. During a typical 90-minute meeting (the club meets on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 AM and Tuesdays at 6:30 PM) they hope to be able to finish two games, however, due to the ever-increasing level of these players, they sometimes barely get in one game. Take club member George, a 92-year old resident, I observed this day, who walks slowly and even created a custom cane to pick up his balls, but he can throw the ball with a marksman’s accuracy. Halla reported, that over time, he has witnessed some residents’ health improve through their participation in the club. “We make sure we are playing as many 2 x 2 games as possible, which provides for more walking back and forth for the members, therefore, increasing their daily exercise.” There is no prerequisite for joining the Bocce Buddies, other than a desire to play! “There are new people joining all the time,” says Halla, “our members are great at teaching the rules and assisting new members with strategy. We welcome all levels to play and join our club! There are no membership dues.”
What’s turning out more and more residents, says Rick Halla, “is the awesome newly refurbished Bocce Courts at the Montecito Clubhouse just outside the HOA offices. Our courts were previously in major disrepair, making it no fun to play on. There were tears in the grass, an uneven playing surface and inconsistent and damaged side boards that needed replacement. The courts were not just an eyesore, but a misrepresentation of how we want our SCSH Community to be perceived on the outside. As a realtor, I wouldn’t show the Bocce Courts when I had a buyer, because I didn’t want them to think that this was typical of how SCSH maintained our amenities,” Halla said.
Halla and others began a campaign to educate the Board of Directors about the need for this refurbishment project. Their arguments for the need of repair and replacement funds included, how the current state of the courts prevented our residents from enjoying one of our amenities, how these courts looked to an outsider considering a purchase in SCSH, not to mention how it prevented our Bocce Buddies from ever hosting an event for our residents to participate competitively. The BOD looked at the many issues presented to them by Halla and others and they were quick to respond with the necessary funding to repair all seven of the courts – five at the Montecito Clubhouse, and two at the Santa Rosa Clubhouse; although they have run out of the replacement grass, so one court at the Santa Rosa has been out of commission for a while now . . . we need to check on that,” says Halla. “We really appreciate and would like to thank the HOA Board of Directors, especially Erica Hedlund and Barb Stocky, for their help in funding our project.”
The club plays year-round in foursomes and groups of six. If residents want to play Bocce at any time other than when the club meets, bocce balls are available for use at the Fitness desk.
For more information on the club, or anything to do with the Bocce Buddies, please call Rick Halla at (760) 347-9676 or just drop in anytime the club meets. The club meets on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 AM and Tuesdays evenings at 6:30 PM at the Montecito Clubhouse.
Information Advisory Committee
Below are additional photos by Bill Harjo and Dom Summa of their month-long safari in Africa. Read the full story on page 20 of February's View.
The Shadow Hills Women’s Golf Club is proud to be a participant in the Women’s Desert Team Play (WDTP). This league is designed for lower handicap players to compete against lower handicap players from other clubs in the Desert. The league is comprised of 10 Women’s Southern California Golf Association Division I member clubs throughout the Coachella Valley. We play a Four-Ball Match Play format, with seven sides from each club competing against each other. Matches are played on a Home and Home basis, clubs play each other at home and away. The playing season starts mid-November until the end of February, with playoffs in March. Last year Shadow Hills was excited to receive runnerup for Low Net in our division.
From left to right: Marg Lacroix, Marg Hawes, Sue Holm, Joan Murray, Missy Helseth, Vickie Glogow, Nancy Zimmerman, Lin Skwarski, Gloria Mossman, Goldie Kane, Jacqui Chin, Grace Hutchings, Sue Weiss, Sandy March, Edie Dodd, Donna Rawson, Ann Falk, Laurie Randall
We have 24 active players on the team: Linda Andrews, Jacqui Chin, Edie Dodd, Ann Falk, Judy Flanders, Karla Fuller, Vickie Glogow, Margaret Gouveia, Marg Hawes, Missy Helseth, Sue Holm, Grace Hutchings, Goldie Kane, Marg LaCroix, Sandy March, Gloria Mossman, Joan Murray, Laurie Randall, Donna Rawson, Linda Skwarski, Susan Toder, Esther Tredger, Sue Weiss, Nancy Zimmerman.
The purpose of Women’s Desert Team Play is to foster a challenging interest in amateur golf and encourage friendly competition conducted in a sportsmanlike manner. It is an opportunity to play other courses, and meet other players. And, of course, we have a fun time.
BY DONNA RAWSON
Last month the President of SCSH Veterans Club, Tom Hutson, was visiting the USO at the Palm Springs airport and noticed that there was not an American flag flying there. He returned to Shadow Hills and conferred with the Veterans Club Board who decided to donate a flag, pole, and mounting provisions to the USO. After several discussions with the airport authorities, the USO finally got permission to mount the flag which is now flying. A great Holliday gift.
On Friday, November 4 more than 100 residents joined Chet Sheehan our Fitness Director in our annual walk the of the South Golf Course. One of our newest residents, was Lissa Evans, who moved to Shadow Hills just three weeks ago from Idyllwild. Lissa’s special guest – her 90+ year old mother who pushed her wheelchair as she walked behind it.
Congratulations to all who participated in this event. Enjoy the photos and watch for a future podcast where Grammy Kirk (Marian Whiteman) tells her story to Bob Firring, our own Podcast guru.
Do you wonder about our accounting, our financials, our budget, our reserves, why we needed an on-site controller for our $12 million community? Do you wonder what happened to traffic safety in SCSH after our Board raised the traffic penalties? Do you wonder who watches over our common area landscape? Who advised on the proposed revisions of our governing documents?
SCSH has 10 all volunteer, all homeowner experts, who advise our SCSH HOA Board in all these areas and more. Concerned Homeowners of Shadow Hills (CHOSH) held a community forum on October 22 to which all homeowners were invited -- to attend and learn the facts from the expert homeowners doing the work on your behalf in the background.
If you would like to learn more about how our community operates, click here to watch the Advisory Committee Chairs Forum video.
The next CHOSH event will be a party, “Welcoming in a New Season.” It will be held on the Santa Rosa Lawn on November 12 and all homeowners are invited to attend!
To stay informed, visit our website at www.CHOSHscsh.com and sign up for our monthly newsletter. We also have a Facebook page! Come join us! Information is power.
What a great night last night for our community in the Montecito Ballroom!
We’d like to thank Jeff Kirkpatrick, Chris Stevens, Bill Wethe, Rod Wenger, Tom Hutson, Ed Chavez, Jim Wieborg, Dave Bakshy, Gary Paff and Georgeana Mimms for volunteering their time to speak with homeowners about their committee roles in advising our Board, introducing the other homeowner volunteers who serve our community on these valuable committees and answering resident questions. I think we can all agree, we all came away with a far greater understanding of how our community operates and with a greater confidence in the expertise of those who are advising our Board on the issues facing our community. They all did a tremendous job and we are so grateful to all of them for their participation in not only this event, but in using their expertise to advise our Board on all issues. All of the members of these committees serve our community in the background for countless hours each month at thankless jobs — we believe they deserve our thanks and we think the more you know about what they do for all of us, you will too!
We’d also like to thank all the homeowners who took the time to come out to our community forum (even on a Saturday night WITH the Cubs playing) to learn more about how our community actually operates. Our hope is that with a greater understanding, our community will become increasingly united, increasingly neighborly. We could not have been happier with the turn out. Information is power! Information leads to unity.
We’d like to thank our volunteers — Jim Kintner, who so perfect was our master of ceremonies. Our greeters at the door, Barb & Andy Perler and Frank & Lea Kenny. Our wine servers, Jack & Gwen Heller. Our microphone rovers, Ken Foster & Fera Mostow.
We would really like to give a happy shout out to our community’s new Troon Food & Beverage team; Chef Jeff, Mario, Al and Rolland for the terrific Or d’oeuvres they served last night! Chicken Satay, Crab Cakes, Cheesecake, Stuffed Mushrooms and Cheese & Fruit Platters. The food was excellent, the service impeccable and clearly the attendees loved the new Troon Catering menu as very little was left. We were proud to be the debut event for this new Troon Food & Beverage menu — it sure looks as tho our Board chose a winner in Troon!
Last but not least, we would like to thank Jeff in audio visual and his team for ensuring the power point presentations went off without a hitch, and to Liz Gutierrez, for always being a step ahead of us in what we needed for the room set up. Thank you so much.
If you were unable to attend this event, we did have it recorded on video so it will be available soon on our CHOSH website for all to see and hear.
To read the backgrounds and qualifications of our HOA Board Advisory Committee Chairs, click here.
Our next CHOSH event will be November 12 on the Santa Rosa Lawn. Check this website and the CHOSH website at www.concernedhomeowersofshadowhills.com for further information!
The official Resident Group "Concerned Homeowners of Shadow Hills" (CHOSH) held a community forum for all residents Saturday evening, September 24 at which the Mayor of Indio, Glenn Miller gave a State of the City presentation called "Indio on the Rise." The Vice Chair of the Indio City Planning Commission, Joan Dzuro, was also on hand to present and answer resident questions about the future plans for Indio as well as volunteer opportunities.
The ballroom was nearly full, the presentation extremely informative discussing the Jefferson Interchange, the Monroe Interchange to follow, all the businesses that are coming to our city and the fact that Indio is now "The Music Capital of the World." The follow up questions from our residents from the floor were intelligent and thoughtful.
For more information on the Mayor's Presentation about what is coming to our city and where, click here. The Mayor's Presentation on the future of Indio is also available in this article as a PDF file which you can download.
The Mayor also stated that he would like to hear from all residents -- so CHOSH has provided a place at the conclusion of their website article for you to ask questions and make comments.
CHOSH would like to thank the CHOSH volunteers, Jack and Gwen Miller, Carol Wilson, Tom Hutson and Andy Perler, who helped to make this event so successful. CHOSH would also like to thank the residents who came to be informed and especially Mayor Glenn Miller and Vice Chair, Indio City Panning Commission Joan Dzuro.
Richard Markson, a long time Sun City Shadow Hills member, received the following official letter from the Indio Chief of Police, Richard P. Twiss.
Thanks Rich, for making a positive contribution to the greater Indio Community!
You will often see Rich around the Montecito Fitness Center. If you do – say Hi
DEAR MR. MARKSON,
I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS, AND GENEROUS GIFT OF DO-NUT HOLES. THE STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES SINCERELY ENJOYED YOUR DELICIOUS GIFT.
OUR GOAL IS TO ALWAYS PROVIDE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY AND YOUR SUPPORT IS WHY OUR DEPARTMENT WORKS DILIGENTLY TO EMBRACE OUR MOTTO, "OUR COMMUNITY, OUR COMMITMENT"
THANK YOU AGAIN AND PLEASE KNOW THAT WE APPRECIATE YOUR GENEROSITY AND YOUR SUPPORT OF THE "INDIO POLICE DEPARTMENT".
(HAND SIGNED BY) "RICHARD P.TWISS" CHIEF OF POLICE.
Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 Photo Contest!
On May 14, our South golf course hosted the first annual Shadow Hills High School golf benefit to raise funds for the schools’ athletic programs. More than 80 golfers participated in the 4-person team scramble event. Teams included members of our Shadow Hills community as well as parents and teachers from the high school.
Event Chairman and Assistant Principal Gabriel Fajardo was delighted with the outcome. “We wanted to create an annual fundraising event for our parents, fans, and sponsors to help raise funds to promote and support our athletics program as we make the transition into the Desert Valley League.”
It was a rousing success. Golfers were treated to a round of golf, a BBQ lunch following the round, and prizes for all participants. As one of our residents who played in the event said, “We all had a great time; it’s been nearly 50 years since I was greeted by high school cheerleaders – nice touch!”
As for the winners, it was clearly the hundreds of student athletes who will benefit from the more than $15,000 that was raised in one afternoon of golf and camaraderie. Plans are already underway for next year’s event likely to be held in March of 2017.
This morning at 8AM around 300 residents gathered around the flagpole at the Montecito Clubhouse for this wonderful event where we have the opportunity to show our heartfelt thanks to the Veterans who have served our nation.
Tom Hutson, LT. Colonel, Retired, US Army and President of the SCSH Veterans Club here in our community welcomed our guests: invocation speaker Lt. Johnson; the Guest Speaker Sargeant Major Zapata; the Shadow Hills High School ROTC who raised the flags; and TAPS by the Shadow Hills High School Band.
A number of dignitaries, including the Indio City Council, a State Senator were also in attendance as well as all of our Board members save Joan Dzuro who had been asked to participate in a Memorial Day Event in the City of Indio.
This event is sponsored by the brave men and women of the Veterans Club.
In what has now become a moving SCSH tradition, our Veterans Club is again sponsoring a touching tribute to all past veterans and to all service members on duty today.
Date: Monday, May 30, 2016
Time: Ceremony at 8 am (refreshments available around 7 am)
Location: Montecito Clubhouse flagpole (by Fitness Center)
The Shadow Hills High School Junior ROTC Program will once more provide a flag detail to hoist the colors and then lower them to half-mast in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedoms. A bugler from the high school will also perform the haunting melody of “Taps.”
The Marine Corps base, Twentynine Palms, will provide this year’s guest speaker as well as a chaplain to deliver the invocation and benediction. Members of the Indio City Council will also attend. The ceremony will conclude about 8:30 am, and refreshments and social time will follow.
If you would like to join the Veterans Club of SCSH, click here for more information.
WRITTEN BY JANE TALBOT
PHOTOS BY ARNOLD CHOY AND JANE TALBOT
The Sun City Shadow Hills Tennis Club raised more than $700 for the Shadow Hills High School Boys and Girls Tennis Program during the Montecito Clubhouse Spring Parking Lot Sale on Saturday, April 9.
In the weeks prior to the sale, several Tennis Club members cleaned out their garages, closets, drawers, and cabinets, of items they no longer needed and donated them for the sale. Thanks to all of you who contributed the sale items or cash. Shadow Hills High School has an extremely limited budget for their tennis program. All contributions were greatly appreciated by the team’s members and the coaching staff.
Special thanks to our volunteers! Jane Talbot, Karen Tong and Arnold Choy lead the endeavor. Other volunteers included Olympia Fick, Linda and Keith Johnson, Steve Talbot, Laura Preston, Sandy Jenkins, Barb Irwin, Margaret Gouveia, Mac Parlee, Vince Chin, and Linda Aasen.
BY LINDA CURRIE
PHOTOS BY DIANE ANDERSON
The 2nd annual “No Whiners” Pickleball Tournament was held Saturday, February 6th under a glorious Sun City Shadow Hills blue and cloudless sky. Sixty-six of our club members participated in the Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced draws, making good use of our fantastic new courts! Competitors relaxed and rejuvenated in their lawn chairs between games, visiting with their friends and enjoying a delicious lunch and refreshments expertly presented by social committee volunteers Maureen and Blair Bowers.
With games that tested both skills and endurance, Sandra Jenkins and George Stevens won the Beginners draw, Janice Blackwill and Betty Dickey defeated Maggie Wonbon and Duncan Dickey in the Intermediate draw and SueAnn Bilanski and Bill Billesbach were victorious against John Anderson and Gary Korsmeier in the Advanced draw.
Club president Ray Colletti presented each of the finalists with a nice bottle of wine, leaving the rest of the competitors to lament their losses and formulate their excuses – but quietly of course – there can be “No Whiners” after all.
Thanks to all the volunteers who contributed to the success of the tournament – Ray Colletti, Bill Billesbach, Blair and Maureen Bowers, Linda Currie and all those who helped with set up and the tear down of the tent and refreshment area.