Montecito Outdoor Pool Restrooms and Spa Closure

The outdoor pool restrooms and spa will be closed from Friday, December 14 and reopen on Saturday, December 15 to allow the concrete restoration contractor to perform warranty services on the pool deck. During this period, the Fitness Center locker rooms will be available for use.

For questions, please contact the Facilities Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Montecito Bocce Courts Closure

Bocce Courts 1 through 5 will be close throughout the periods listed below for service and recondition of the courts playing surface.

  • Thursday, December 13: Close All Day
  • Friday, December 14: Close from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 15 – Monday, December 17: Closed All Day

For questions, please contact the Facilities Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Do You Want to Win $500?

Have You Voted Yet?

If you vote you will be entered into a raffle. There is a total of twelve prizes; two $500 checks and ten $100 checks.
You must submit a valid ballot to be entered into the raffle to win and we must receive 2,200 valid ballots for the raffle to occur. Winners do not need be present.


Remember, we need 51% of our voters to submit their ballots for the proposed changes to the CC&Rs and By-laws. If we fall short of this, a very costly re-vote will be needed.

Please note the meeting for the CC&R and Bylaw revisions has been postponed to January 11, 2019!

You may submit your ballot that day during the election meeting on January 11, 2019 at 9:00 AM. The polls for voting will close at 10:00 AM.

If you choose to mail, please make sure your ballot is received by January 10.

To learn more about proposed changes to the CC&R and By-laws we are voting on, click here.

If you have not received or have misplaced your ballot, please contact HOA Elections of California, Inc. by telephone at (951) 667-7191 or by email at

Self Sufficiency – What Does that Really Mean?

Submitted by Kris Downey, Information Advisory Committee member

All of us, as responsible adults, have earned the right to be considered self-sufficient. But in the context of an emergency - what does self-sufficiency really mean?

We live in a beautiful place with much to be grateful for. We also live in very close proximity to an active fault line, the San Andreas Fault. There is no way to predict exactly when the fault will “act up” but it’s best to be prepared.

Being prepared means being self-sufficient for a minimum of 14 days. Think about that for a minute. If you and yours needed to be self-sufficient for 14 days - what would you need?


  • VIAL OF LIFE – Medical Info and Emergency Contacts (free, available at the lifestyle desk).
  • FIRST AID SUPPLIES - (not just band aids!)
  • WATER – a two (2) week supply, two gallons/per person/per day and don’t forget water for pets, too!
  • NON-PERISHABLE FOOD - Rotate every 180 days.
  • CAN OPENER - Hand operated.
  • FLASHLIGHTS - Extra batteries, rotate annually.
  • RADIO - Portable, extra batteries, test monthly.
  • FIRE EXTINGUISHER – All-purpose A-B-C.
  • CELL PHONE – Charged, charger handy, extra batteries or charging method.
  • WHISTLE – Means to call for help.
  • STURDY SHOES - Extra socks and a change of clothes.
  • WORK GLOVES - Leather
  • TOOLS – Adjustable wrench, pliers, and crowbar.
  • IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS – Paper copies.
  • DUCT TAPE - Scissors and rope.
  • CASH – Small bills and change.
  • HYGIENE SUPPLIES - Cat litter and garbage bags.

These items can be stored in a 35-gallon rolling trash can kept in your garage or your backyard.

Get started today, in the event of an emergency you will be glad you did.

*This list is an excerpt from the Emergency Preparedness article in the December, 2018 issue of The View Magazine written by Jeff Kirkpatrick. EPSC Chair.

The HOA Board provides a budget to operate an Emergency Operations Center, and the recruitment, training, and equipment for a cadre of trained resident volunteers responding to the aid of their neighbors and SCSH community. The Emergency Preparedness Sub-Committee is always looking for new members to assist when an actual emergency occurs at Sun City Shadow Hills.

If you are interested in volunteering with this or any committee, please fill out the Advisory Committee Interest Form:

Important Notice Regarding HOA Payments

In summary, effective January 1, 2019 every homeowner will have to use their new account numbers. You will be receiving your new account numbers in a separate mailing in the next 7 - 10 days. In addition, there is a new mailing address for your HOA payments.

  • If you are making your monthly HOA assessment payments through your bank, you will need to advise your bank of your new account number and the new mailing address.
  • If you are mailing your payment monthly, you will need to reference your new account number and send it to the new mailing address.
  • If you are making your online payments through TownSquare/Associa DRM through automatic withdrawal (ACH), no action is required.

Please note Association monthly assessment will be increased to $265/monthly, beginning January 1, 2019.

Residents who pay by check, will then receive coupon books in another separate mailing with their account numbers printed on them.

Readers Ink Party

The Readers Ink Club had their annual dinner with husbands at the Shadows Restaurant last evening. Approximately 40 residents attended and enjoyed a wonderful turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  Hats off to the Shadows staff for a delicious meal and their great service!

President Nancy Angus welcomed the gathering and introduced her committee who made it all possible. The Book Club meets year-round on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Montecito clubhouse. Book selections, mostly fiction, are chosen by the members. Discussion and ratings of the books are offered by the members at the meetings.

After dinner, Dan Regeimbal and Leroy provided musical entertainment for our listening and dancing pleasure. Another great night out at Sun City Shadow Hills!

Flag Notification: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

United States Flags Should Remain at Half- Staff Until Sunset on December 30, 2018 in Honor of George H.W. Bush

There Has Been an additional Proclamation for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

United States Flags at Half-Staff Friday, December 7, 2018 in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Presidential Proclamation on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2018

Today, we honor those who perished 77 years ago at Pearl Harbor, and we salute every veteran who served in World War II over the 4 years that followed that horrific attack.

On December 7, 1941, America was attacked without warning at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by the air and naval forces of Imperial Japan. Just before 8:00 a.m., Japanese aircraft ripped through the sky, dropping bombs on ships of the United States Pacific Fleet and on nearby airfields and bases. The attack took the lives of more than 2,400 American service members and wounded another 1,100 American citizens. The brutal surprise attack halted only after nearly two hours of chaos, death, and destruction.

Despite the shock and confusion of the moment, American service members and first responders on the island of Oahu mounted an incredibly brave defense against insurmountable odds. American pilots took to the air to engage enemy aircraft, sailors took their battle stations, and medical personnel cared for the wounded. Many witnesses to the events of that day perished in the attacks, leaving countless acts of valor unrecorded. Nevertheless, 15 Medals of Honor were awarded - 10 of them posthumously - to United States Navy personnel for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.

Although the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor was badly impaired, America did not falter. One day after the attacks, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared to the Congress: "No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory." And, in the weeks, months, and years that followed the brutal attack at Pearl Harbor, Americans united with a steadfast resolve to defend the freedoms upon which our great Nation was founded. Millions of brave men and women answered their country's call to service with unquestionable courage. These incredible patriots fought, bled, sacrificed, and ultimately triumphed for the cause of freedom.

We are blessed as a Nation to have as examples the incredible heroes of World War II, who fought so valiantly to preserve all that we hold dear. Earlier this year, I had the tremendous honor of meeting Mr. Ray Chavez, who was the oldest living Pearl Harbor veteran. Ray passed away only a few weeks ago at the incredible age of 106. But his legacy is forever etched into our country's rich history, along with the legacies of all our brave veterans. They tell of the mettle of the American spirit under fire and of the will of our people to stand up to any threat. The selfless bravery and dedication of these extraordinary Americans will never be forgotten.

Today, we remember all those killed on the island of Oahu on that fateful Sunday morning in 1941, and we honor the American patriots of the Greatest Generation who laid down their lives in the battles of World War II. America is forever blessed to have strong men and women with exceptional courage who are willing and able to step forward to defend our homeland and our liberty.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2018, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.


City of Indio to Celebrate 12th Annual Arbor Day

  The City of Indio will celebrate its 12th Annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Miles Avenue Park located at 82540 Miles Avenue, Indio, California 92201. Indio is the only Tree City USA Community in the Coachella Valley as recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation. Trees not only provide shade, cut cooling/heating costs, and cleanse the air, but they also increase property values and help beautify neighborhoods. Indio Councilmember Glenn Miller will issue the Arbor Day Proclamation at 9 a.m. and kick off the tree planting event.

Arbor Day was founded nearly 150 years ago and is now observed across the nation and the world. The Arbor Day Foundation is the largest non-profit conservation and education organization dedicated to tree planting. Its Tree City USA program was founded in 1976 and cities can only achieve such status by meeting its core standards of sound urban forestry management.

The community is invited to serve as volunteers as well as donate and plant trees during the celebration to help improve the environment and beautify the community. To donate trees or participate at the event, please contact Paul Stalma at (760) 625- 1806 or, or Isaac Garza at (442) 391-6437 or

WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Miles Avenue Park, 82540 Miles Avenue, Indio, CA 92201
CONTACT: Paul Stalma, Park and Landscape Supervisor

(760) 625-1806 or

Worst Crime Month in SCSH History

November 2018 was the WORST month in SCSH’s history due to a specific crime of opportunity! Twenty-two (22!) residents parked their vehicles overnight on their driveways and became victims of vehicle theft or theft from their vehicles. A single common denominator was present for each of these crimes – EVERY PARKED, UNATTENDED, VEHICLE WAS LEFT UNLOCKED! Unlocked!

We can prevent these crimes of opportunity from happening by simply following these simple steps:

* Lock your parked vehicles. Better yet, park and lock them inside your locked garage and take the keys into your locked home.

* Completely close your garage doors.

* If you must park in your driveway, remove valuables, garage door openers, ignition keys/fobs and LOCK the vehicle.

* Make sure your driveway lighting is functioning properly and brightly.

* Home security video systems have become very inexpensive and easy to install.

* If your garage door opener is missing, lost, or stolen, change the opener codes immediately.

See the Security Advisory Committee (SAC) Committee Report in the upcoming January 2019 issue of the VIEW for the complete report!

CERT Classes

What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

CERT training incorporates a practical approach to handling emergency and disaster situations.  CERT promotes readiness, self-sufficiency, teamwork, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people.  Students learn how to organize themselves during a disaster, manage utilities, extinguish small fires, search for and rescue survivors and provide basic disaster medical care.

CERT training consists of 20 hours delivered over the course of three days.  Those who complete all training hours, including practical skills practice, will receive a certificate of completion and a CERT kit.

Coming Classes 

  • February 1-3, 2019 – Palm Springs:   Sold out, but they are keeping a waiting list.

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony


Over 250 Sun City Shadow Hills (SCSH) residents gathered in the Montecito ballroom Sunday night, December 2, for the traditional lighting of the menorah to inaugurate the 8-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. For Jews and non-Jews alike, it was a stimulating and inspiring ceremony and program.

The menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum. On each night of Hanukkah an additional branch is lit to commemorate the miracle of the small jar of oil that lasted for 8 days until more could be obtained to keep the holy temple’s menorah lit in Jerusalem. During one of the darkest times of the year, the menorah represents light and hope to the Jewish people in reverential ceremony.

The Shamash, the special candle that kindles the others, represents each person’s ability to light up the world with hope and possibilities. By refraining from harmful speech, donating food and time to the less fortunate, and respecting others, we all have the power to contribute bright light, dignity, and justice to the world.

Ken Hailpern

Spiritual Leader, Ken Hailpern led the assemblage in prayers for the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy in Pittsburgh, where 11 were killed and 7 were injured.

We were honored by the presence of the Shadow Aires, a performing ensemble of our own community singers, directed by Karen Adamik. They sang several songs (including two in Hebrew), closing with God Bless America dedicated to our California firefighters and first responders and honoring the memory of President George H.W. Bush.

Then we were blessed with the Ukulele Ensemble, led by Darlene Kretchmer and George De Graffenreid. They performed several Hanukkah songs, including the ever-popular Hanukkah in Santa Monica. To close, we all sang and clapped in unison to Hava Nagila!

All in all, it was a great night and a great way to begin our special holiday season!

VOTING: Measure #4

The Information Advisory Committee (IAC) is trying to get the word out for residents to vote on the CC&R’s and By-law changes. As part of this commitment, we will be taking the measures and breaking them out one measure per day for the week!

Measure #4 is a vote to decrease the minimum rental term from 90 days to 45 days and will also remove present language which allows homeowners to rent for any period less than 90 days, if they use a management company to rent their home.

History – Currently the governing documents allow homeowners to rent their homes out for 90 days, with the exception of allowing a rental of less than 90 days when they use a professional management company. The current language could, in effect, allow homes to be rented out for one 4-day weekend, such as Coachella or Stagecoach, if they use a management company. This measure would eliminate that exception to the minimum rental period and decrease the minimum rental period to 45 days.

If Measure #4 passes, (YES Vote) decreases the minimum rental term to 45 days and there will be no more exceptions.

If Measure #4 fails, (NO Vote) means that the present rental terms will be a minimum of (90 days) and the exception (allowed to rent for less time where a management company handles the rentals) will continue.

We ask every homeowner to send in your ballot today or better yet, drop it off in the ballot boxes located at either clubhouse! The deadline to vote is December 12 at 10:00 am!

A majority of homeowners each having one vote per household on each Measure presented (approximately 1760 votes one way or another is necessary to determine the outcome of each individual measure). This is YOUR community and an opportunity to make YOUR desires known at least on the Measures presented. Please vote.

If you have questions, please contact President Fuller at or contact the Board or HOA staff or seek counsel from your fellow homeowners.

Podcast Episode 143: Suzy Voss, Creative Arts Club

This week Bob interviews Suzy Voss. Suzy is selecting the instructors who will teach the creative arts classes this season. The Creative Arts Club is designed to reignite that inner child that you lost somewhere between eighth grade and college. Listen in to see if this might open doors for you. An interest in developing your hidden talent is all you need.

Do you have an idea for a podcast episode? Contact Bob Firring at


Flag Notification

Fly the United States Flag at Half-Staff Immediately Until Sunset, Sunday, December 30, 2018

Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush

It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018.

President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation's greatest virtues: an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to public service. Our country will greatly miss his inspiring example.

On the day he turned 18, 6 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, George H.W. Bush volunteered for combat duty in the Second World War. The youngest aviator in United States naval history at the time, he flew 58 combat missions, including one in which, after taking enemy fire, he parachuted from his burning plane into the Pacific Ocean. After the war, he returned home and started a business. In his words, "the big thing" he learned from this endeavor was "the satisfaction of creating jobs."

The same unselfish spirit that motivated his business pursuits later inspired him to resume the public service he began as a young man. First, as a member of Congress, then as Ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the United States Liaison Office in China, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President, and finally President of the United States, George H.W. Bush guided our Nation through the Cold War, to its peaceful and victorious end, and into the decades of prosperity that have followed. Through sound judgment, practical wisdom, and steady leadership, President Bush made safer the second half of a tumultuous and dangerous century.

Even with all he accomplished in service to our Nation, President Bush remained humble. He never believed that government - even when under his own leadership - could be the source of our Nation's strength or its greatness. America, he rightly told us, is illuminated by "a thousand points of light," "ethnic, religious, social, business, labor union, neighborhood, regional and other organizations, all of them varied, voluntary and unique" in which Americans serve Americans to build and maintain the greatest Nation on the face of the Earth. President Bush recognized that these communities of people are the true source of America's strength and vitality.

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of one of America's greatest points of light, the death of President George H.W. Bush.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, in honor and tribute to the memory of President George H.W. Bush, and as an expression of public sorrow, do hereby direct that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions for a period of 30 days from the day of his death. I also direct that, for the same length of time, the representatives of the United States in foreign countries shall make similar arrangements for the display of the flag at half staff over their embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

I hereby order that suitable honors be rendered by units of the Armed Forces under orders of the Secretary of Defense.

I do further appoint December 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States. I call on the American people to assemble on that day in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush. I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.


Fire Ant Treatment on North & South Golf Course

Coachella Valley Vector Control will be on property to treat for Red Imported Fire Ants, Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Both golf courses will be treated.

Please see schedule of information below:

**Confirmation of Scheduled Red Imported Fire Ant Treatment**

Treatment Schedule:

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – North Golf Course & South Golf Course
(Only the Areas on the Golf Courses Inside the Pony Walls Will Be Treated)

Technician(s) should arrive between: 6:30 AM – 3:00 PM

If you have any pets (animals) please keep them indoors or in a secure enclosed area outdoors while the technicians are on property for safety precautions.

Note: the irrigation is turned off in accordance with the schedule to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment.

Product Information:

Coachella Valley Vector Control has provided the following information regarding the treatment product: Control products are water soluble and will render ineffective when in contact with water. Control Products are made at a very low dosage, enough to kill an ant and should not harm pets.


Rolland Vaughn
General Manager, Shadow Hills Golf Club

VOTING: Measure #3

The Information Advisory Committee (IAC) is trying to get the word out for residents to vote on the CC&R’s and By-law changes.  As part of this commitment, we will be taking the measures and breaking them out one measure per day for the week!

Measure #3 is a vote to Prohibit Cumulative Voting for Board Member Elections.

History – Currently the governing documents direct the HOA allow Cumulative voting every other year in the election process when 3 Board Member positions are up for election.  Cumulative voting allows homeowners to place one, two or three votes for any one candidate, or two for one candidate and one for another candidate or one vote for three different candidates selected from the total number of candidates running.  When only two positions are up for election, individual voting is required.  In individual voting, you have up to two votes, per household and may not place more than one vote to any one candidate.  In Cumulative voting, you may place more than one vote to any one candidate.  This is the difference between the two voting methods.

If Measure #3 passes, (YES Vote) means that we would end Cumulative voting.

If Measure #3 fails, (NO Vote) means that the present Cumulative voting imposed by the governing documents would continue in effect. 

We ask every homeowner to send in your ballot today or better yet, drop it off in the ballot boxes located at either clubhouse!  The deadline to vote is December 12 at 10:00 am!

Meet Your Neighbor: Dick & Sharon Ewers

By George Stephens
Information Advisory Committe (IAC) Member

Dick Ewers

Dick Ewers grew up admiring his father, who had earned two Silver stars flying Marine Corps helicopters during the Korean and Vietnam wars, and two Distinguished Flying crosses for combat flying in World War II and the Korean war. Dick decided early in life to follow in his dad's footsteps and become a pilot. This led him to the US Air Force Academy in 1964, from which he graduated in 1968.

In the fall of 1967 he met his future wife, Sharon, during her blind date with another Air Force Academy cadet. She was attending the University of Denver at the time. After courting Sharon, Dick asked Sharon to marry him. They married on January 4, 1969. Dick claims this was the best decision of his life. Yes, they are having their 50th Anniversary very soon.

After graduating from the Air Force Academy, Dick took a commission in the Marine Corps and was sent to Quantico, Virginia, for officer basic training. He then went to Pensacola, Florida, with Sharon, for Naval Jet Flight Training. He earned his wings in May 1970. The following 21 years he served in the Marine Corps as a fighter pilot, flying F-4s (Phantoms), A-4s (Skyhawks), and finally the F/A-18 (Hornet).

Sharon was a complete neophyte to the military way of life, having grown up in Buffalo, New York. She soon found out she couldn’t park in front of the commissary where a star was located in the parking stall! (Those were reserved for admirals and generals). Military protocol was not taught at Cazenovia College in Upper New York, where she attended before transferring to the University of Denver. The family then accompanied Dick to his first squadron duty station at Kaneohe, Hawaii. In March 1972 during a squadron party, the commanding officer ordered all the pilots back to the base to begin immediate deployment preparations. The squadron was going to fly out in 3 days. Dick could not tell Sharon where he was going or when he would return. It turned out to be an unplanned combat deployment to Vietnam.

Along with the crews of 11 other F-4 Phantoms, Dick took off heading west from Hawaii—first to Wake Island, then to Guam, and then to the Philippines. The final destination was Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam. Dick flew combat missions in both North and South Vietnam for about 3 months before returning stateside. He went on to serve in several other Marine Corps squadrons, one Navy Phantom squadron, and one Air Force Phantom squadron before eventually commanding a Marine Corps F-4 fighter squadron. The F-4s Dick flew from aircraft carriers took off and landed in about 150 yards of deck space (or about the same length of one of our par threes) at 150 miles per hour. Dick said it was fun during daytime, but the most demanding thing a pilot had to do in the night. (Talk about pressure to perform. Dick claims this is what made his hair turn grey.) Dick made over 200 carrier landings and currently has more than 14,000 flight hours in all types of aircraft—from the B-52 to blimps. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1989 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After retirement he worked for Westinghouse Electronics Systems Group as an engineering test pilot out of the Baltimore Washington International Airport. He and his family then moved to Edwards, California, where he was a test pilot for NASA. He flew his last professional flight, a NASA science mission over South Korea, in June 2016. Along the way Dick earned a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Systems.

Sharon & Dick Ewers

Dick and Sharon moved to Sun City Shadow Hills (SCSH) in December 2017 after exploring dozens of possibilities in all four corners of the United States. Sharon did her homework and came to realize they had enjoyed their time in the Coachella Valley. The low homeowner’s dues, the amenities, the clubs, and clubhouses in SCSH offered the best value.

They have two grown children and three granddaughters. Their daughter lives in Telluride, Colorado. Their son lives in Western New York where he is an emergency medical helicopter pilot. Dick owns his own Cessna 210, which he keeps at the Thermal Airport. He uses it like a station wagon to pick up and fly family all over the country. They fly back to Western New York every summer to a cottage they own on a small lake. This is a good way to avoid the 120 degrees in Indio in July.

His father is still living at 95. Dick flies over to visit him regularly. Dick’s favorite possession is an F-4 Phantom Arresting Tail Hook, a reminder of his carrier landing days. Dick, we thank you for your years of service to our nation! We are grateful you’ve chosen SCSH for your retirement!

For more about Dick, come to the Discussion Forum Group and hear his stories first-hand:

  • When: Thursday, December 13
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Where: Montecito Ballroom (Front Half)

Refreshments will be served and a small fee is charged at the door. Members can pay $10.00 for a Season Pass to all events.

Residents are encouraged to suggest candidates for the Sun City Shadow Hills website’s Human Interest stories. The Information Advisory Committee is inclusive for all residents in Shadow Hills. You may make your suggestions directly to

Common Area Over-Seeding Updates

Phase 1 Large Dog Park will be closed on Friday, November 30 and reopen on Tuesday, December 4.

The reopening of the North Channel Park will be delayed from November 30 to Tuesday, December 4.

The closures will allow for improvements of the grass lawn areas.

Thank you,

Sun City Shadow Hills

VOTING: Measure #2

The Information Advisory Committee (IAC) is trying to get the word out for residents to vote on the CC&R’s and By-law changes. As part of this commitment, we will be taking the measures and breaking them out one measure per day for the week!

Measure #2 is a vote to remove term limits on committee members from our governing documents.

History - Currently, there is a two-term limit on committee members, therefore, experienced committee members, who are interested and willing to serve, must be replaced after their second term. Some committees have a real difficulty finding enough residents who are willing and qualified to serve on their committees. This would allow for committee members to continue serving as long as they are willing and at the discretion of the Board. On the other hand, some might feel that providing more homeowner’s an opportunity to serve on Advisory Committees should be encouraged. The problem is we don’t have resident’s breaking down the walls to get onto committees, as a matter of fact, it’s quite the opposite.

If Measure #2 passes, (YES Vote) means that we would remove term limits from our governing documents. The effect would be that good, experienced and willing committee members will be able to continue serving at the discretion of the Board.

If Measure #2 fails, (NO Vote) means that the present term limits imposed by the governing documents would continue in effect. The effect would be that good, experienced and willing committee members would NOT be able to continue serving at the discretion of the Board and would be replaced after their second term.

We ask every homeowner to send in your ballot today or better yet, drop it off in the ballot boxes located at either clubhouse! The deadline to vote is December 12 at 10:00 am!


HOA Election Ballot Mailing Preference

We are preparing for the HOA Election for the 2019 Board of Directors in April. The 2019 ballots will be mailed to your Primary Mailing address, which you submitted to the HOA office.

If your Primary Mailing address is not your home address in Sun City Shadow Hills and you plan on residing in the community during the election and would like your ballots mailed to your Sun City Shadow Hills address (alternate or secondary address), please complete the questionnaire below and submit to the HOA Office requesting the change and allow us to mail your 2019 ballots to your Alternate or Secondary Mailing address at Sun City Shadow Hills.

We must receive your request no later than 5:00 PM PST on Friday, January 7, 2019 to be able to properly mail your ballots.

VOTING: Measure #1

The Information Advisory Committee (IAC) is trying to get the word out for residents to vote on the CC&R’s and By-law changes. As part of this commitment, we will be taking the measures and breaking them out one measure per day for the week!

Measure #1 includes all the proposed changes to remove PULTE from the Governing Documents wherever possible and applicable and all changes required because of new California state laws.

If Measure #1 passes, then the CC&R’s and By-laws, as set forth in the materials provided, would become the current governing documents. Since Pulte is no longer here, it seemed responsible for us to remove them from the documents, wherever possible. The other changes are required because of changes in the law. If Measure #1 passes, the documents will become clearer without Pulte being listed where applicable, and since we must implement new laws anyway, the documents would reflect that which is required by law.

If Measure #1 fails, PULTE will remain (Declarant) in our Governing Documents, even though they are no longer an interested party. If measure #1 fails, we will HAVE to implement new State laws, regardless of a NO vote.

We ask every homeowner to send in your ballot today or better yet, drop it off in the ballot boxes located at either clubhouse! The deadline to vote is December 12 at 10:00 am!

$50K Is Nothing to Sneeze At

Fellow Homeowners, we have an opportunity to save our HOA $50K. How you may ask? It’s simple. JUST VOTE on the CC&R and By-Law changes.

As you know the HOA and a group of volunteers have spent countless hours and over $50,000 on this process. In order to complete the process, we need approximately 2,500 ballots returned out of the 3,450 homes. To date we only have about 1,600.

If we are unable to complete this balloting process it will have to be started over. Starting over means an additional $50,000. Why spend another $50,000 when it’s not necessary?

If you have not already voted, PLEASE DO SO. A second round of packets with a ballot and election specifics have been mailed to households that have not yet voted. Ballot drop-off boxes are located at the Santa Rosa and Montecito Clubhouses.

If you have already voted, THANK YOU. Please remind your friends and neighbors to vote. We all know $50,000 is nothing to sneeze at.

Thank You Larry Helseth For Your Service

By Bill Wethe
Chair, Finance Advisory Committee (FAC)

Larry Helseth joined the FAC in December 2016 and served an additional two months earlier in 2016. Larry provided exceptional service to the Community while on the Committee and he was also the Chair of the FAC Subcommittee for the Major Repair and Replacement Fund and Reserve Study. Over the past two and one-half years, Larry and I implemented several enhancements to the financial reporting templates used by the Treasurer and Controller in reporting the financial position and results of operations for the Association.

Larry also led the review of the monthly bank statements and bank reconciliations for the Association which reviews are now performed by the Controller. Larry led the development of numerous analysis schedules to review the compilations of the Reserve Studies for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Larry and I were also requested to participate with the Board in connection with the investigation, forensic audit, reporting and settlement discussions related to the financial discrepancy.

Larry will complete his service to the Committee and Subcommittee on December 31, 2018. The members of the FAC sincerely want to thank Larry for all the contributions he made during his twenty-six months of service. The Committee members will sincerely miss you.

With Larry’s retirement, the FAC is looking for volunteers in the Community to join the Committee. I am not sure what shoe size Larry wears, but I know we have big shoes to fill. If you are a CPA, active or retired, the FAC would like to meet with you!! If you have an interest in joining the Committee, please obtain, complete and turn in an Advisory Committee Interest Form to the Management Office for the Association. I will then provide additional materials to you for your review and schedule a meeting with you.

Larry, we will miss you. Enjoy your retirement!!

FAC Members: Bill Wethe, Larry Anderson, John Deshaw, Steve Proia, Joe Lupica, and Carey Thompson.

Podcast Episode 142: Karen Adamik, Music Director

This week Bob interviews Karen Adamik, the director of this spring’s musical Once Upon a Mattress.  This is the musical that launched Carol Burnett’s career.  Tune in to learn about the musical, the SCSH Community Singers, and how you can get involved.

Do you have an idea for a podcast episode? Contact Bob Firring at


Indio Police Speak to SCSH Residents

One of the safest communities in all of Indio,” said the Assistant Chief of Police from the City of Indio at Monday’s Board Meeting! The Indio Police Department came to speak to SCSH residents regarding homeowner safety and personal property protection.

Listen in as Assistant Chief, Ben Guiton and Lt. Hamilton remind residents about CRIMES OF OPPORTUNITY, who these criminals are, and what they are looking for in and around our community. Hear what they say YOU can do today, to prevent yourself from being a victim to crime, so that we can remain one of the SAFEST communities in the City!

Ladies Tennis Team headed to Nationals

Our Sun City Shadow Hills USTA 65+ 7.0 Ladies Tennis Team won Southern California Sectionals on Sunday!!!  “It was two days of very tough, competitive tennis in Claremont, CA.”, said SCSH resident, Linda Aasen.  This team is a combination of SCSH and SCPD players who regularly compete in tennis tournaments throughout Southern California.


These athletes are headed to Nationals in Surprise, AZ. on February 1-3, 2019

Congratulations, goes out to all the ladies on the team!


Sun City Palm Desert Players
Patti Groves - Captain
Pat Cowan
Dagmar Hampton (previously of SCPD)
Lorie Weeks
Mona Klimmek

Sun City Shadow Hills Players
Donna Halpin - Co-Captain
Linda Aasen
Jill Crichton
Linda Gutierrez (previously of SCSH)
Laurie Kerr
Tony Halpin - Coach



Way to go ladies, and good luck at Nationals in February!!!