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12/27/2011 1:37:00 PM
A look back at past year
Steve NelsonVOCA Board President
Steve Nelson

VOCA Board President

Wow, where did the year go? It seems like only yesterday it was 2010 and now it’s 2012. With that said, this month’s article will reflect back on the accomplishments of the past year.

The Activities Committee led by Carolyn Chivers and Fran Levengood put on a number of outstanding functions throughout the year.

With The New Year’s Eve Party, Valentine’s Party, Fourth of July Parade and Park Picnic, Concert in the Park and Halloween Party to name a few, the whole community had the opportunity to have fun and make new friends.

In addition, Nancy Shelley needs to be recognized for her efforts with the functions and the coordination of the various committees. At this time, we all need to thank the Activities Committee for their hard work.

In May, Mulligan’s Restaurant closed its doors after seven years at our Community Center. We said good-by to Kathy Chambers, thanking her for her dedication and service at Mulligan’s. Then, over a six month period of planning, construction and redecorating, the Redstone Patio opened in December.

This was accomplished after many hours by our dedicated staff and volunteers. As I take this time to recognize those who were involved, I also want to apologize for anyone I left out since this project involved many, many people.

Tony Rizzo (General Manager) led the way being involved in all facets of the project. Margie Johnson (Controller) was instrumental in the accounting and budgeting process.

The Finance Committee that includes John McDougald (Chairman), Phil Billiam, Jim Kautz and David Waldron spent countless hours developing and reviewing both project and operating budgets.

Two Board Members who spent many hours in the budgeting process working with the Finance Committee and staff were Jim Gibson (Treasurer) and Dave Benore (Vice President).

Greg Steves (General Contractor) did an outstanding job in building out the project. Lee Meiner acted as the Project Supervisor for the Board. Steve Kemp (Food & Beverage Manager) and Dillon D’Adamo (Chef) assembled a staff that is ready and able to serve us all.

To all our patrons who have given us feedback on our comment cards, thank you for your insightful comments.

As an update on the upper restaurant area, it is projected to open in the first quarter of 2012. Stay tuned as further detail and information on its opening is released.

A reminder to everyone that the Redstone is open to ALL area residents and visitors, not just VOCA Property Owners, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. An important reward for our VOCA Property Owners is a 10% discount on all food items (alcohol and specials excluded). For local non-VOCA property owners, a special punch card will be used to reward frequent diners. So come on down and enjoy the Redstone Patio.

This year, we welcomed Chris Schindler to our VOCA family as he assumed the position of Head Golf Professional at the Oakcreek Country Club. Leading his group of professionals and staff, he has upgraded the golf experience for our Members and guests. Prior to Chris’s arrival, Heather Risk filled in admirably and is now putting together a comprehensive lesson program that will be unveiled in 2012. We have all seen the articles about the golf industry and its problems. Numerous golf courses have encountered severe financial problems. But OCC has proven these articles were wrong. OCC operates using innovative marketing concepts, quality customer service, and top notch course condition while maintaining tight control on expenses. It should be noted that our expenses to operate the course today are less than they were five years ago. Obviously, our goal of not having any long term debt was the right choice in today’s economy. As is required by our By-laws, the golf course continues to be self-supporting by covering all of its payments and expenses from its own cash flow without any reliance on the association. Keep up the good work!

The House and Grounds Committee upgraded the playground equipment in the park for kid’s enjoyment. Next year you can expect the refurbishment of the parking lot.

A key element of VOCA has always been its volunteers on our various committees. Without their involvement, the Association could not have achieved what it did last year. To all committee chairpersons and members, the Board wishes to express our thanks for all of your fine efforts. If you want to have fun and meet more of your neighbors while being involved in your community, just call the VOCA Office at 284-1280 and ask to speak to Nancy to volunteer for the opportunity to be on a committee. HOPE TO SEE YOU AT OUR NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY!

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