SEPO Community E-Mails: December 2021

Sent 2021-12-31: UPDATED: SEPO Activities 2-Pager - 

I have just now updated the Web site with the latest SEPO Activities 2-Pager dated Dec 31, 2021 HERE.

You can also view/print the document from HERE. Several great activities have been added since the last time this document was published. So put on your happy faces and get ready to join in the fun times in 2022.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Web site Admin   E-Mail:  sunshinecountryclubweb@gmail.com   314-960-6710
 

Sent 2021-12-31: Electric Motor knowledge needed - 

The woodshop has a large dust collector that has a 220volt single phase motor which is now blowing starter capacitors too often.  If anyone here in SEPO has experience diagnosing this kind of problem, we would be most happy for you to look at our problem.
Please contact either: Jack Berning  - 419-738-1299 or Pat Harvey  - 956-412-6132. Many Thanks
Pat Harvey

Sent 2021-12-31: MARKET: For Sale - Sofa & Love Seat - 

Please go to the Sunshine MARKET to view details and pictures of a Sofa & Love Seat I have for sale.
Terry DeBackere

Sent 2021-12-30: New Year's Day Event - 

Hey Everyone - We will be holding a community potluck brunch on Saturday, January 1, 2022 to step forward into the New Year!  Doors will be open at 10 am for a half-hour social, and we'll eat at 10:30 am. Traditional dishes for breakfast are welcome, but you can bring anything you'd like. We provide the plates, napkins, etc. and we'll have coffee and tea available. Bring a mimosa or other beverages if you'd like. Come and join us on Saturday!     Marian Young   719-468-4556

Sent 2021-12-30: SEPO SUGGESTION/COMPLAINT: Feeding of Ducks on the Golf Course - Outcome - 

As part of the SEPO Suggestion process the Board adopted on July 20, 2021, we want to ensure the community is aware of the resolution of the SEPO Suggestion/Complaint concerning "Feeding of Ducks on the Golf Course". This Suggestion/Complaint was an agenda item for the Dec 14, 2021 Board meeting. As stated in the minutes from that meeting (see below) the Board updated the SEPO "Policies & Procedures" to address this issue.

Excerpt from minutes for the Dec 14, 2021 Board meeting:

Feeding of Ducks on Golf Course:

​DISCUSSION: Lenore read the following: Per TX Parks & Wildlife it is an offense to feed or offer any wildlife or exotic wildlife unsecured in a manner that makes food available to wildlife or exotic wildlife unless specifically authorized. The Board agreed the community needs to be educated concerning this matter and there wasn’t a need to impose fees. We will put up signs – where TBD – and emphasize all of this in the next Sunshine Newsletter.

AMENDED MOTION: Lenore moved and Beth seconded to update the Policies & Procedures with the following:
GOLF COURSE
“Feeding ducks on the golf course is prohibited.” Per the TX Parks & Wildlife, it is an offense to feed or offer any wildlife or exotic wildlife unsecured in a manner that makes food available to wildlife or exotic wildlife unless specifically authorized. The feeding of birds can be permitted using feeders that contain food in a specific area.
DISCUSSION: We continue to have resident turnover and there needs to be ongoing education. Beth suggested it be included in the new homeowner ‘Orientation’ materials.

VOTE on Amended Motion: Beth, Lenore, Jean and Mark voted YES. Lyn voted NO. The motion passed.

The Board is considering this SEPO Suggestion COMPLETE and would like to thank the resident for their submission.

The results of SEPO Suggestions / Complaints / Ideas are also posted on the Sunshine Web site.     SEPO Board

Sent 2021-12-30: SEPO SUGGESTION: Vendor Program - Outcome - 

As part of the SEPO Suggestion process the Board adopted on July 20, 2021, we want to ensure the community aware of the resolution of the SEPO Suggestion concerning the reinstatement of the Vendor Program. This suggestion was an agenda item for the Dec 14, 2021 Board meeting. As stated in the minutes from that meeting (see below) the Board voted ‘not’ to reinstate this program.

Excerpt from minutes for the Dec 14, 2021 Board meeting:
Tony/Board – SEPO Suggestion from Resident: Reinstatement of Vendor Program
We have not had this program for the past two years. The Board has not been made aware of any problems without it. The administration of this process is not easy.


The Vendor Program was a process for identifying unmarked vehicles which were legitimate contractors hired by a resident to do work. This program had been in effect several years when a previous Board voted to dissolve it. Lenore has a protocol for the program. There was discussion on the inability to guarantee a vendor was displaying the proper credentials every time he entered the premises and how it is difficult for residents to ‘police’ it. It was proposed that everyone keep an eye on suspicious activity at their neighbors’ house and inform/question their neighbors of such.

MOTION: Lyn moved and Mark seconded to ‘not’ reinstate the Vendor Program.
VOTE: Beth, Mark, Lyn and Jean voted YES. Lenore voted NO. The motion passed. 

The Board is considering this SEPO Suggestion COMPLETE and would like to thank the resident for their submission.

The results of SEPO Suggestions / Complaints / Ideas are also posted on the Sunshine Web site.     SEPO Board

Sent 2021-12-30: SEPO SUGGESTION: Do Not put up SEPO Christmas Decorations until after Thanksgiving - Outcome - 

As part of the SEPO Suggestion process the Board adopted on July 20, 2021, we want to ensure the community is aware of the resolution of the SEPO Suggestion of "Do Not put up SEPO Christmas Decorations until after Thanksgiving". This Suggestion was an agenda item for the Dec 14, 2021 Board meeting. See the excerpt from that meeting's minutes:

Excerpt from minutes for the Dec 14, 2021 Board meeting:

Differing Resident opinions on when to put up and light them – before or after Thanksgiving.


MOTION: Lyn moved and Beth seconded that the Christmas lights on TX Ave be turned on no sooner than the Monday after Thanksgiving.
VOTE: Beth, Mark, Lyn and Jean voted YES. Lenore voted NO. The motion passed.

The Board is considering this SEPO Suggestion COMPLETE and would like to thank the resident for their submission.

The Board is considering this SEPO Suggestion COMPLETE and would like to thank the resident for their submission.

The results of SEPO Suggestions / Complaints / Ideas are also posted on the Sunshine Web site.     SEPO Board

Sent 2021-12-30: SEPO SUGGESTION: Clarify "When & Where" pets need to be on a Leash - Outcome - 

As part of the SEPO Suggestion process the Board adopted on July 20, 2021, we want to ensure the community is aware of the resolution of the SEPO Suggestion to "Clarify When & Where pets need to be on a leash". This Suggestion was an agenda item for the Dec 14, 2021 Board meeting. At this meeting the Board clarified the -

  • "Policies & Procedures" clearly state: All pets must be kept on leash when not on the owner’s property.

  • "Covenants" also state: All pets must be kept on a leash when not confined to OWNERS’ lot.

The Board will continue discussion on 'pets on leashes' as described in the excerpt from the Dec 14, 2021 Board meeting minutes below.

 
Excerpt from minutes for the Dec 14, 2021 Board meeting:

We received a SEPO ‘Question’ from a new resident asking where pets could be leash-free. Tony indicated it was defined in both the Covenants and the Policies & Procedures that, unless your pet is on your personal property, it must be on a leash. To not do so is a violation of our current governing rules. It would take a 66% vote to amend the Covenants.


MOTION: Lyn moved and Mark seconded we put it on the ballot to do away with the leash law. In its place we create some sort of language stating the owner is responsible for their own pets.
VOTE: The motion passed unanimously by all Board members present.

 

The Board is considering this SEPO Suggestion COMPLETE and would like to thank the resident for their submission.

The results of SEPO Suggestions / Complaints / Ideas are also posted on the Sunshine Web site.     SEPO Board

Sent 2021-12-29: Birding & Nature Club: Meeting Minutes from Nov & Dec 2021 - 

The minutes from the Nov & Dec 2021 Birding & Nature Club can be found on the Web site HERE.
Bill Peterson

Sent 2021-12-29: MARKET: House for Sale - 

Please go to the Sunshine MARKET to see details about our Home for Sale - 4153 N MO.
Fred & Sandy Lowe

Sent 2021-12-29: Documents to be reviewed during Special Board Meetings on Tuesday & Thursday, Jan 4 & Jan 6, 2022 @ 2:30 PM - 

Here are the links to the documents that will be discussed during the two special Board meetings on Jan 4 & Jan 6, 2022.

Please remember, the documents at the links below have been worked on with our lawyer at the Law Firm LADD & THIGPEN, P.C. These documents were given to all Board members and the initial Review Committee after the Dec 14, 2021 Board meeting.

At these special meetings the Board will need to accept the proposed amendments to the SEPO Governing documents in order to put them on the ballot for a Vote in February.

  • SEPO Covenants (in anticipation of SEPO vote in Feb 2022) are HERE.

  • SEPO Bylaws (in anticipation of SEPO vote in Feb 2022) are HERE.

  • SEPO Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Leasing and Occupancy of Units (in anticipation of implementation by the SEPO Board) are HERE.


Beth Parrish     SEPO Board Secretary   sepoboardbeth@gmail.com   314-960-6710

Sent 2021-12-29: SEPO Woman’s Club event - 

Breakfast Burritos

 

The Women’s Club will be sponsoring a Saturday Breakfast in Retzlaff Hall on January 22nd from 7am – 9am. It will be a little different than past breakfasts. Our breakfast will feature Breakfast Burritos (a tortilla, with either bacon and egg or sausage and egg). Toppings of cheese, salsa, and jalapenos will be available. The burritos will be $3.00 each (or 2 for $5.00, no limit). Coffee, orange juice, and water will be available with purchase.

 

Stay and eat with friends in the hall or out at the pavilion…or grab a few to go. Saturday Golf Scramblers, make sure and stop by before you tee off!

 

For questions or info, contact Pam Davis at 214-516-4844

Sent 2021-12-29: Broken Glass - 

There was broken glass all over the gazebo in the back dog park today! Could be very dangerous for the dogs. Please clean up after yourself if this happens.     Cathy Richmond

Sent 2021-12-29: AGENDAS for Special Board Meetings on Tuesday & Thursday, Jan 4 & Jan 6, 2022 @ 2:30 PM - 

The agendas for the Jan 4 and Jan 6, 2022 Special Board meetings at 2:30 PM each day are on the Sunshine Web site HERE and can also be viewed/printed from here - Jan 4, 2022 & Jan 6, 2022.

The purpose of these meetings is:

  1. Discussion and Directions to Finalize drafts of:

  • SEPO Covenants (in anticipation of SEPO vote in Feb 2022)

  • SEPO Bylaws (in anticipation of SEPO vote in Feb 2022)

  • SEPO Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Leasing and Occupancy of Units (in anticipation of implementation by the SEPO Board)

Please let me know if you have any issues with retrieving these documents.

Valerie will be posting these agendas outside her office, on the poolside door to Retzlaff Hall and by the Mailboxes.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Board Secretary   sepoboardbeth@gmail.com   314-960-6710
 

Sent 2021-12-29: AGENDA for "Residents & Directors" Meeting on Thursday, January 6, 2022 @ 1:00 PM - 

Everyone is encouraged to attend, either in person in Retzlaff Hall or on Google Meet.

The 2022 SEPO Board Candidates will be proposed to the Board, followed by Nominations from the Floor.

The agenda for the Jan 6, 2022 "Residents & Directors" meeting at 1 PM is on the Sunshine Web site HERE and can also be viewed/printed from HERE. Please let me know if you have any issues with retrieving the document.

Valerie will also be posting this agenda outside her office, on the poolside door to Retzlaff Hall and by the Mailboxes.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Board Secretary   sepoboardbeth@gmail.com   314-960-6710

Sent 2021-12-29: AGENDA for Residents Meeting, Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022 @ 1 PM - 

The agenda for the Jan 4, 2022 SEPO Residents meeting at 1 PM CT is on the Sunshine Web site HERE and can also be viewed/printed from HERE.

Please let me know if you have any issues with retrieving the document.

If you are listed on the Agenda to provide an update concerning your SEPO Club, Committee or Event, and you WILL NOT be doing that in the meeting, please notify me (see contact info below) prior to the meeting.

Remember, if you wish to speak at this meeting, please fill out a 'Request Form to Speak' and provide it to the Board Secretary prior to the start of the meeting. See instructions and form HERE.

Valerie will be posting this agenda outside her office, on the poolside door to Retzlaff Hall and by the SEPO Mailboxes.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Board Secretary   sepoboardbeth@gmail.com   314-960-6710

Sent 2021-12-27: UNAPPROVED: Women's Club Minutes from 2021-12-17 - 

The minutes below (along with the attachments), can be found on the Sunshine Web site under the Women's Club Meetings tab HERE or you can read the minutes only directly from HERE. Respectfully submitted,

Glenda Wetherbee, Secretary

Sent 2021-12-27: SUNSHINE NEWSLETTER: Jan 2022 - 

I did not embed the Jan 2022 Newsletter into this e-mail due to the abundance of info in this one. Therefore, I encourage everyone to view the file from HERE (actual file) or HERE (Newsletter page). I will make sure there are printed copies in the office once Valerie returns from Holiday.
Beth Parrish     SEPO Newsletter Editor   E-Mail: (seponewsletter@gmail.com)   314-960-6710

Sent 2021-12-27: SEPO Board Nomination Committee Candidate Announcement - 

The SEPO Board Nomination Committee, consisting of Cathy Richmond (Chairperson), Jerry Drost, Share Nelson, Kathleen Sunders and Nancy Steele, are pleased to submit the following Candidate names in alphabetic order for the 2022 election of the SEPO Board of Directors. All of the Candidates have been interviewed by one or more Nominating Committee members and were considered by this Committee for nomination based upon their responses to the questions asked of them.

We are pleased to announce the SEPO Residents who met the requirements and are in good standing in the Sunshine Estates Community. We encourage the current Board of Directors to include their names in the 2022ballot. The Nominating Committee will make that motion during the January 2022 Board of Directors Nominations meeting.
 

Randy Davis
David Fleiner
Mark Owen
Tony Tramel
 

This list of candidates is currently posted outside the SEPO Office.
 
Please contact Cathy Richmond (Chairperson) with any questions.
(303)990-2730
 

Sent 2021-12-27: PLEASE VERIFY DIRECTORY: Sunshine Renters - 

I know there's generally Renter Turnover at the end of the year. In an effort to keep the Web site up-to-date, would everyone please help me verify the accuracy of the Renters' Directory. It is as of this morning (Dec 27). Thanks for your rapid replies to this inquiry.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Web site Admin   E-Mail:  sunshinecountryclubweb@gmail.com   314-960-6710
 

Sent 2021-12-27: Christmas Potluck - 

Dear Friends,   Just wanted to say Thanks to ALL who made this event happen - .  We had fun, fellowship and food - what else does a human need?     Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276

Sent 2021-12-24: CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Was Such Fun - 

Please take a little time out of your busy schedule and you go to this Web site page. Here you will see pictures and videos of what I'm talking about below.

I'm sure I'm saying this, not only for myself, but for all of those here in Sunshine, especially those who had the wonderful Christmas Carolers sing to them last night in front of their homes - Thank You to Pam Lacy, the Christmas Carolers, Ron Clark in his sleigh, the Elves, those who came out of their homes to listen and anyone else involved in this event.

From what I witnessed; a super fun time was had by all. Not only was everyone spreading cheer, but I was also told by a couple of residents that it was great being able to get out and see their friends and also meet some of the new residents they had not had a chance to mingle with to date.

Thanks again Pam - YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!

Beth Parrish     SEPO Communications

Sent 2021-12-24: VIDEOS: Karaoke Christmas Sing-A-Long - 

I wanted to give a personal shout-out of Thanks to Jerry Rash for hosting the Christmas Karaoke on Dec 22 in Retzlaff. It looked like everyone was enjoying themselves. You can view a couple very short clips HERE.


Beth Parrish     SEPO Communications

Sent 2021-12-24: Carolers - 

Thank you to Pam Lacy and all of the carolers that visited our house last evening. We enjoyed the Xmas music and the opportunity to see friends and newcomers that my physical problems have not permitted for almost two years.

     Merry Christmas to everyone!             Warren Clark (for Grace, too) 

Sent 2021-12-24: Tips for Safety during the Holidays - 

Here are some tips to help keep you safe throughout the holiday season (and also the rest of the year).

Lenore Combs     Neighborhood Watch

Holiday Safety Tips

Sent 2021-12-23: Annual Christmas Bird Count - 

The annual Christmas Bird Count for the Harlingen area will occur on Saturday, January 1st.  Anyone interested in participating in the count should meet at the Gazebo on Texas Ave. at 7:30 Saturday morning to be assigned to a count group.  Questions about the count can be addressed to Ralph Peterson at 607-590-0606.  People who have bird feeders may also contribute by counting species and numbers that show up at the feeders during the count day.

 

Sent 2021-12-23: FINAL REMINDER: JAN 2022 Newsletter Articles Due by End of Day on Dec 24, 2021 - 

FINAL REMINDER:
If you have an article you would like published in the Sunshine Jan 2022 Newsletter, the article needs to be submitted to seponewsletter@gmail.com by End of Day on the 24th of the current month. As always, Newsletter Guidelines are posted HERE. Please call with questions.
Beth Parrish     SEPO Newsletter Editor   E-Mail: seponewsletter@gmail.com   314-960-6710

Sent 2021-12-22: Holiday SEPO Office Hours - 

Please note - The SEPO Office will be closed on the following days: Dec 24, 27, 28 & 31 and Jan 3 in order for the office manager to enjoy the holidays. See whiteboard on front of Office building for details concerning the rest of the staff.     SEPO Board

Sent 2021-12-22: Happy Hour - 

Enjoy the Christmas Caroling on Thursday. Happy hour in the hall is canceled.     Cathy Richmond

Sent 2021-12-21: MAIL ROOM: Packages are piling up - 

Wow.  A record setting 37 packages were in the mail package room this morning. The postman must be making more than one package delivery run daily since it is so close to Christmas.

Please come claim your packages as soon as possible because we are fearful of running out of space in that room. I'm sure more will be delivered today.      Jean Burgoine

Sent 2021-12-21: GOLF: Annual Men’s Golf League Tournament - 

Please plan on the dates listed to play in the Men’s League annual tournament which is Feb 28 and Mar 1 2022. 
Any questions or concerns please call me at 360-481-0124. Thanks     Rocky Lockwood

Sent 2021-12-21: GOLF: Men's League - different day & time this week - 

As previously sent, the Men's Golf League was not able to play this morning due to the wet conditions of the course. Therefore, we will be playing this week on Thursday, Dec 23, same times as normal. Closure of the golf course to open play during this timeframe (8 AM to Noon) has been approved by the Board Secretary - Beth Parrish.     Rocky Lockwood

Sent 2021-12-21: GOLF: Men's League cancelled today - 

Men's Golf League is cancelled today due to wet course conditions.     Rocky Lockwood

Sent 2021-12-21: UNAPPROVED: SEPO Board Meeting (Regular) Minutes, December 14, 2021 - 

I tried for 30 minutes to put the SEPO Regular Board Meeting Minutes from Dec 14, 2021 directly into this e-mail. However, there was just way too many formatting issues with the sepoenews e-mail system to get it into a readable format. You can find them on the Web site HERE. Please let me know if you have any issues with viewing/printing the document from here. I hope you will take the time to read through them because there was a lot of discussion on a lot of topics and all of the updates made to the Policies & Procedures are explained with more detail. They are lengthy, but so was the meeting. Thank you.
Beth Parrish     SEPO Board Secretary & Governing Documents
E-Mail: sepoboardbeth@gmail.com   314-960-6710

Sent 2021-12-20: REMINDER: Karaoke Christmas Sing-A-Long - 

Retzlaff Hall, Wednesday, December 22, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. There will be songs for everyone to sing, as well as individual singers. Everyone is welcome to sing. We will also have Root Beer floats available for a limited time. So come and enjoy some good sing-a-long and a treat. Thanks     Jerry Rash

Sent 2021-12-20: Trailer in Storage Lot 109 does not belong there - 

Would the person(s) who parked their camper in Storage Lot 109 please remove it immediately. It is illegally parked in someone else's lot. Thank you.     Lenore Combs   SEPO Board Director

Sent 2021-12-20: CORRECTION: SEPO Policies & Procedures DOCUMENT Updated - 

This a follow-up to the e-mail I just sent about 'feeding the ducks on the golf course'.

I have made a CORRECTION to the UPDATED Policies & Procedures document on the Web site. Please go HERE to view/print this corrected document. Please refer to the Dec 14, 2021 Board meeting (Regular) minutes, which will be published HERE in a couple of days for additional information regarding this item.
Please discard the previous e-mail on this topic.     Beth Parrish   SEPO Board Secretary

Sent 2021-12-20: CORRECTION: SEPO Policies & Procedures - Feeding Ducks n Golf Course - 

I have been informed by a very observant resident (thank you) that I inadvertently put the non-approved verbiage concerning 'feeding ducks on the Golf Course' into the updated Policies & Procedures earlier this morning. I have corrected it below and also corrected the Policies & Procedures document on the Web site HERE.

Please refer to the meeting minutes from the Dec 14, 2021 Board Meeting (Regular), which will be published HERE in a couple of days for additional information regarding this item.
 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF
SUNSHINE COUNTRY CLUB ESTATES
APPROVED BY ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
December 14, 2021

(All previous Policies & Procedures are replaced by this Update of December 14, 2021.) 

 

GOLF COURSE
21. “Feeding ducks on the golf course is prohibited.” Per the TX Parks & Wildlife, it is an offense to feed or offer any wildlife or exotic wildlife unsecured in a manner that makes food available to wildlife or exotic wildlife unless specifically authorized. The feeding of birds can be permitted using feeders that contain food in a specific area.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Board Secretary

Sent 2021-12-20: UPDATE to SEPO Policies & Procedures: ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL - 

The following update to the SEPO Policies & Procedures pertaining to "ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL" was approved by the SEPO Board at the Regular Board Meeting on Dec 14, 2021. Please refer to the Meeting Minutes, which will be published HERE in a couple of days for additional information regarding this item.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF
SUNSHINE COUNTRY CLUB ESTATES
APPROVED BY ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
December 14, 2021

(All previous Policies & Procedures are replaced by this Update of December 14, 2021.) 

ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL

Owners wishing to make additions or any outside improvements/changes to their property must complete a proposal form obtained at the SEPO office to receive permission from the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) and may not commence work until the necessary ACC approval has been obtained.
Owners who proceed without ACC approval are subject to imposition of the “Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Non-compliance to Covenants Fee Schedule” and legal intervention as identified in these SEPO Rules, (adopted August 31, 2021). See document HERE.

 
In the event of noncompliance with the foregoing paragraphs the Architectural Control
Committee shall report such conduct to the SEPO Board who will in turn issue a STOP WORK ORDER until approval is obtained from the ACC. In the event work continues, then the SEPO Board may impose FEEs in the amounts defined in the Non-compliance to Covenants Fee Schedule (linked to above). If the fees are not collected, a lien may be placed upon the owner’s property. You may not expand upon or change that work which has been approved without submitting a new plan.
 
As to fences, Exhibit B of the Covenants states in paragraph 16, “no fence, wall or hedge shall be built or maintained nearer than ten (10) feet to the front curb line of any lot, or side curb line on corner lots. An exception shall be retaining walls of not over twelve inches above the ground.” Paragraph l7 states, “No fence, wall or hedge or shrub planting which obstructs sight lines shall be placed or permitted on corner lots.” Paragraph 18 states, “All fences shall be approved prior to construction.” Paragraph 19 states, in part, “No lot owner shall impair any easement. No fences, walls or structural improvements shall be built or constructed on any easement.” For clarification, our lots have a ten foot utility easement from the lot line across the front and a five foot utility easement from the lot line across the back. That in itself declares no fences will be allowed within the five foot rear lot easement adjacent to the golf course.

Owners are allowed to erect a barrier for golf ball protection. They must be approved by the ACC. Protective measures for golf balls can include a type of netting or other material but cannot be intrusive on neighbors. All Fences and Barriers must be approved by The ACC prior to installation.

SEPO BOARD

Sent 2021-12-20: UPDATE to SEPO Policies & Procedures: Closure of Golf Course during Men's & Women's League Play - 

The following addition to the SEPO Policies & Procedures pertaining to 'Closure of the Golf Course during Men's & Women's Golf League Play' was approved by the SEPO Board at the Regular Board Meeting on Dec 14, 2021. Please refer to the Meeting Minutes, which will be published HERE in a couple of days for additional information regarding this item.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF
SUNSHINE COUNTRY CLUB ESTATES
APPROVED BY ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
December 14, 2021

(All previous Policies & Procedures are replaced by this Update of December 14, 2021.) 
 

GOLF COURSE

20. The SEPO golf course is restricted during Men’s and Women’s Golf League play as follows:

  • During the months from April 1 thru September 30 the SEPO golf course is restricted for:

    • Tuesday Men’s League play from 8:30 to 10 AM.

    • Wednesday Women’s League play from 8:30 to 10 AM.

  • During the months from October 1 through March 31 the SEPO golf course is restricted for:

    • Tuesday Men’s League play from 8 AM to Noon.

    • Wednesday Women’s League play from 9 AM to Noon.

  • If you are not participating in the Men’s or Women’s scheduled Golf League play, you must wait until the entire League play is completed before gathering to play. Golfers who wish to play ‘after League play has completed’ are requested not to stage at Hole #1, as this has shown to prevent League players from using the cart paths to advance on the course.

  • Non-League golfers should gather on Michigan Avenue, away from the cart path, in anticipation of League play completion, in order to reduce congestion on Hole #1 tee box.
     

SEPO BOARD

Sent 2021-12-20: MARKET: House for Sale - 

Please go to the MARKET to see a home for Sale.     Lloyd Hopkins

Sent 2021-12-20: MARKET: Free Printer - 

Please go to the Sunshine MARKET. I have an HP printer to give away.     Bruce Lehman

Sent 2021-12-19: SUNDAY NIGHT MUSIC: Final Evening Cancelled - Dec 19, 2021 - 

Sorry for this late cancellation, but I am under the weather (so to speak) and should not be out in this nasty cold and rain today. Thank you for your understanding.     Roy Ridlon

Sent 2021-12-18: Sunday Night Music: Final Night - 

We have decided tomorrow (Dec 19) will be our last night of Sunday Night Music.     Roy Ridlon

Sent 2021-12-18: CANCELLED: MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY AND MOVIE GROUP - 

FYI - I was informed this past week the "Monday Night Bible Study and Movie Group" will not be taking place this winter season, Jan - Mar, as originally scheduled.
Beth Parrish     SEPO Enews Email Manager   E-Mail: sepoenews@gmail.com   314-960-6710

Sent 2021-12-18: GOLF Event: Guys & Dolls - 

You will see on the various mediums that list this winter season's Sunshine activities, there is a spot slotted for the Guys & Dolls Golf Tournament & Banquet on Feb 19 & 20, 2022. But it also says "Need Chairpersons".

These dates were requested last March by myself, only in order for this event to get on the calendar. We haven't had it for the last two seasons, due to Covid-19. So I know there are residents who really want to see it started up again.

Although that seems like a long time off, if this event is going to take place this season, now is the time for residents to step and volunteer to chair it. If you have never chaired such an event there are several residents who have chaired this and other similar golf events. I'm assuming they would be more than happy to get you going and answer any questions you may have. I believe a committee of about six to eight people can put this on.

If you are interested, please contact me and I will assist you with getting the paperwork going for this. I do not play golf myself but I know the people who have played in this tournament in the past have enjoyed it immensely. Thanks for your consideration.

Beth Parrish     314-960-6710

Sent 2021-12-16: CORRECTION - Christmas Caroling sites within Sunshine - 

This is Beth - I hadn't realized the original list Pam had sent me was in the exact order of the locations the Carolers were going to visit. And Pam has also corrected a name from the original list. So here is the list with the correct names and in the correct order.
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The following are the Christmas Caroling sites, in the order we will be stopping at, on December 23, 2021 starting at 5 PM to roughly 7 PM. We will be caroling in the streets in front of these residents' homes.

 

  1. Dahlstrom: 4113 N Minnesota

  2. Tamayo: 2032 W Montana

  3. Delsardo: 1945 W Montana

  4. Montgomery: 4113 N Nebraska

  5. Clark: 1916 W Michigan

  6. Whitley: 1924 W Michigan

  7. Hecker: 4329 N Minnesota

  8. Pech: 1960 W Iowa (added after this e-mail was sent out)

  9. Elliot: 4333 N Minnesota

  10. Penrod: 1912 W Wisconsin

  11. Nelson: 4317 N Missouri
     

​We invite you to come outside to listen when we are near your home.     Pam Lacy
 

Sent 2021-12-17: Taped Recording of Board Mtg (Regular) on Dec 14, 2021 - 

I have been questioned by several residents today concerning the non-availability of a Google Meet Video from the Dec 13 Residents mtg.

I definitely want to ensure everyone - it was a 'technical' error. The Google Meet session said it was recording and I verified to Tony just prior to the meeting that I thought it was as well. You will hear that on the recording I'm linking to below. However, the meeting did not get recorded. Normally Tony gets an e-mail from Google within 2-5 hrs after the meeting stating the video is available for downloading. This time - no e-mail - no video.

In order for me to be accurate and thorough (or as some may interpret as lengthy - LOL) I also start my tape recorder at the beginning of all of our meetings. In order to be totally transparent with the community, which I guess you could call this Board's motto, I have uploaded my tape recording to the Web site for anyone who wishes to listen to the meeting. Please remember, this recorder is lying beside my laptop, and I also shuffle through lots of paper during a meeting, so you will hear those noises as well. I have listened to the entire tape, and you will definitely be able to hear what transpired during the meeting.

 

It is a ".mp3" file and is available:

  • or directly from this link
     

As I have stated previously, a recap of all Speaker Requests (which there were five of them during the Residents meeting on Dec 13) will also be recorded into the Board meeting minutes from Dec 14, which I will be sending to the community next week.

Please call me with any issue/questions.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Board Secretary & Governing Documents

E-Mail: sepoboardbeth@gmail.com   314-960-6710

Sent 2021-12-17: REMINDER: JAN 2022 Newsletter Articles Due by End of Day on Dec 24, 2021 - 

If you have an article you would like published in the Sunshine Jan 2022 Newsletter (yes - it's almost 2022 - Yikes), the article needs to be submitted to seponewsletter@gmail.com by End of Day on the 24th of the current month. The sooner you get your articles to me the better. As always, Newsletter Guidelines are posted HERE. Please call with questions.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Newsletter Editor   E-Mail: seponewsletter@gmail.com   314-960-6710

 

Sent 2021-12-17: Video from Board Mtg (Regular) on Dec 14, 2021 - 

The video from the Dec 14, 2021 Regular Board meeting is now available for viewing on the Sunshine Web site here: https://video.wixstatic.com/video/2851bf_25c4d91b793d4953ae5f0b519717c99d/720p/mp4/file.mp4. I am currently working on the written minutes from this meeting and hope to have them to everyone by Tuesday at the latest.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Board Secretary

 

Sent 2021-12-16: Women's Club - 

Hello Ladies - Our next meeting will be held this Friday, December 17, 2021, at Retzlaff Hall. The meeting will begin at 9:00 am. Doors will be open at 8:30 am. Wear your name tag for the drawing. You might win a prize!
Marian Young, President

Sent 2021-12-16: Next Residents & Board Meetings: Change of Dates - 

The Board (with some help from a Resident or two) has realized they do not have to conduct the January 2022 Board meeting on the first 'Monday' of the new year. However, it does need to be held during the first 'week' of the new year.

Therefore, the Board has agreed to the following new Residents & Board meetings dates for January 2022 as proposed by Board President Tony Tramel.

The new dates are as follows:

  • Residents Meeting: Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022 @ 1 PM (Hybrid meeting - Retzlaff Hall & Google Meet).

  • Board Meeting: Thursday, Jan 6, 2022 @ 1 PM (Hybrid meeting - Retzlaff Hall & Google Meet).

The Sunshine Web site has been updated to reflect these changes.

Questions? Please contact either Tony Tramel or Beth Parrish.

Beth Parrish (for Tony Tramel & the rest of the Board)
SEPO Board Secretary 

 

Sent 2021-12-16: Lost - 

The Post Office says that they delivered a package to my mailbox on Dec. 6. I have filed the appropriate complaint. Still, I have not received the package, nor has it turned up anywhere.

We all make mistakes, so I'm hoping that they gave it to the wrong boxholder and the receiver didn't know what to do with it. Because it is a Christmas present for one of my grandkids, I would really like to have it back.

If you received it by mistake, please either place it in the mailroom with my name on it or leave it on my porch at 4117 N. Minnesota. NO Questions Asked!

Many thanks!

Debi Warner

It looked like this:

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Sent 2021-12-15: Resident Passing - 

Bette Thompson, 1921 W. Montana, passed away November 26, 2021. Condolence Letters can be mailed to Grandson who may pass letters on to Arnie.
 
Chad Schoenfelder
154 Interlachen Lane NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Valerie Basaldua, SEPO Office Mgr

Sent 2021-12-14: REMINDER: Christmas Carolers' Practice - 

Practice this Sunday, December 19th - 1:00 Retzlaff Hall. Any questions please call Pam Lacy at 218-443-3416.

Sent 2021-12-13:  SEPO - November 2021 Financials - 

I am sending out the November 2021 Financials. A motion will be made in the Board Mtg on Dec 14, 2021 to approve these documents. They were included in the email below and also posted to the Web site HERE. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks     Mark Owen

Sent 2021-12-13: UPDATE: Web site Home Page - 

FOR THIS E-MAIL - REPLIES ARE WELCOME


I've been thinking about giving the Web site Home Page a facelift for a while. So, when I was out walking the other day, I snapped some pics of our front entrance on TX Ave. Hope you like it. You are always welcome to suggest changes and, in particular, fixes to the Web site. Simply said - It is the way YOUR COMMUNITY is advertised to the world. Thx in advance for taking the time to check this out.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Web site Admin   E-Mail: sunshinecountryclubweb@gmail.com   314-960-6710

Sent 2021-12-13: REMINDER: Sunshine Garden Club Get Together - 

Sunshine Garden Club will be getting together this Tuesday, December 14th at 7pm in the library.  All residents/renters welcome. Topics will be Poinsettia care, Christmas Cactus, planting Amaryllis bulbs, and ages/stages of the Monarch Butterfly. Hope to see you Tuesday, no garden skills required.
Susanne Ulrich     Sunshine Garden Club

Sent 2021-12-13: Date change for wood lathe class - 

The next wood lathe discussion concerning mounting projects to the lathe scheduled for Tuesday has been rescheduled for Wednesday morning, 11 AM in the wood shop. This will be our last class as we discover new ways to attach projects to the lathe. Sorry for any inconvenience.     Vern Luellen

Sent 2021-12-11: Lori Hunt Memorial - 

Lori Hunt long time resident here at the estates, Memorial service will be Saturday December 18, 2:00pm, at the First Church of the Nazarene 2001 N. 7th Street Harlingen Tx.  Jerry Rash

Sent 2021-12-11: Women's Club: CHRISTMAS DAY POT LUCK - 

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Sent 2021-12-10: MARKET: To Loan (two Car Seats) - 

Please go to the Sunshine Market to view details about two Car Seats that we have to Loan out.
Paula Tramel

Sent 2021-12-10: CORRECTION: RESIDENT NEEDS ASSISTANCE - 

Good morning dear friends correction and changes on yesterday email sent by my friend Wanda Kortleever to take my dog for 15 minutes to the park one or twice a day ANY time willing to pay for services due to health reasons not able to do it myself (multiple surgeries) your time will be appreciated and compensated thanks
Sincerely     Mary Tamayo     956 459 4210 

Sent 2021-12-09: Resident needs assistance - 

Can someone be a good neighbor please. Mary Tamayo (2032 W Montana) needs help to take her dog to the dog park for 15 minutes in the morning between 10:00-11:00 am, for 3 weeks, starting December 13th. She has had some surgeries and could use some help with her fur baby. Her phone number is 956-459-4210.
Wanda Kortleever

Sent 2021-12-09: Wood Shop Orientation Class Thursday Dec 16th 6pm - 

Wood Shop Orientation Class Thursday Dec 16th 6 pm in the wood shop.
 
This class is a requirement for using the wood shop.
A one-time attendance is required.
The shop will be closed during the class.


Everyone attending this event “in person”, by their presence, acknowledges potential exposure to Covid-19. Each person is responsible for his/her own choice as it relates to attending events.
 
Call John Chajec 708-280-8940 with any questions.

 

Sent 2021-12-09: LOST: cordless dewalt flashlight - 

I have lost a dewalt 20 volt cordless work light (flashlight). It is a standup up flashlight with a 20volt rechargeable battery attached. As far as I can tell, it fell off my golf cart between my house and the dog park in the storage area. Just by chance, if you happen to find, this old man can sure use it back. Thanks, Sam

Sent 2021-12-09: SEPO Communications Guidelines - 

This is for anyone not familiar with, or who may need a refresher, of where the Communication Guidelines can be found. They are on the Web site HERE. If in doubt, you can always just send your e-mail to sepoenews@gmail.com and I will address it. Please call w/questions.
Beth Parrish     SEPO Communications

Sent 2021-12-08: GARAGE SALE in Sunshine: Saturday, Dec 11, 2021 - 

This coming Saturday, Dec 11 from 8 AM to 4 PM five homeowners are having a Garage Sale at 4124 N MO St.     Lloyd Hopkins

Sent 2021-12-08: MARKET: Several Household Items for Sale - 

Please go to the Sunshine Market to see details of the following Household Items For Sale.

A TV - An Elliptical - Wire Shelves

Sent 2021-12-08: NOTICE for Executive Board Meeting, Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021 - 

SEPO EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING NOTICE to Community
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Board Members Only
(Retzlaff Hall - Immediately after ‘Regular’ Board meeting)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
This is a formal notice to the SEPO community that Board President Tony Tramel has called an Executive Board Meeting for all Board members, to be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, immediately following the SEPO Regular Board meeting scheduled for 1 PM.

This is a closed session as permitted by Texas law since the meeting pertains to a potential litigation issue.
 
The Regular Board meeting will adjourn. Anyone attending the Regular Board meeting in person will be asked to exit Retzlaff Hall. The Google Meet session will be stopped.
 
This meeting will consist of discussion, resolution and identification of an action plan regarding the item noted above, followed by a Board vote.
 
Tony Tramel
SEPO Board President

 

Sent 2021-12-07: AGENDA for BOARD (Regular) Meeting on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 

The agenda for the Dec 14, 2021 SEPO Board meeting at 1 PM CT is on the Sunshine Web site HERE and can also be viewed/printed from HERE. Please let me know if you have any issues with retrieving the document.

Valerie will also be posting this agenda outside her office, on the poolside door to Retzlaff Hall and by the Mailboxes this afternoon.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Board Secretary   sepoboardbeth@gmail.com   314-960-6710

 

Sent 2021-12-07: AGENDA for RESIDENTS Meeting on Monday, December 13, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 

The agenda for the Dec 13, 2021 SEPO Residents meeting at 1 PM CT is on the Sunshine Web site HERE and can also be viewed/printed from HERE. Please let me know if you have any issues with retrieving the document.

Remember, if you wish to speak at this meeting, please fill out a 'Request Form to Speak' and get it to the Board Secretary prior to the start of the meeting. See instructions and form HERE.

Valerie will also be posting this agenda outside her office, on the poolside door to Retzlaff Hall and by the SEPO Mailboxes this afternoon.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Board Secretary   sepoboardbeth@gmail.com   314-960-6710

Sent 2021-12-06: MARKET: Household Items For Sale - 

Please go to the Sunshine Market to view details about a Sofa, Dinette Set and Living room wing chair I have for sale.     Gail Foerste

Sent 2021-12-06: Karaoke Christmas sing-along - 

Mark Your Calendars - Karaoke Christmas sing-along

Retzlaff Hall, Wednesday, December 22, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.
Everyone welcome to sing. There will be songs for everyone to sing as well as individual singers.
Thanks     Jerry Rash

Sent 2021-12-06: Activity 2-Pager updated - 

Some of our scheduled upcoming activities have changed recently and new ones have been added. I have updated the Sunshine Web site just now to reflect these changes in the 2-Pager. Valerie has new sheets posted in the library or just click on the 'Fun Times' sign HERE
Beth Parrish     SEPO Web site Admin

Sent 2021-12- 04: MARKET: Looking For - Recliner - 

Please go to the Sunshine Market to view details about "Looking For" a recliner.     Mary Tamayo

Sent 2021-12-04: Calling All Christmas Carolers! - 

We will be meeting this Sunday, December 5th at 1:00 in Retzlaff hall.
Please come and bring your singing friends with you.
If you have any questions, please call Pam Lacy at 218-443-3416
Thank you and see you there.     Pam Lacy

Sent 2021-12-03: MARKET: For Sale - Golf Cart - 

Please go to the Sunshine Market to view details about a Golf Cart that is for sale.     Pat Harvey

Sent 2021-12-03: DIRECTORIES: Updated on Web site - 

Well - It's been a little over a month and there's been LOTS of updates to the directories. I have got my Web site files synced up with the office again and put them all on the web just now.

You can always find them on the


Call w/questions.

Beth Parrish     SEPO Web site Admin   E-Mail: sunshinecountryclubweb@gmail.com   314-960-6710

Sent 2021-12-03: SEPO Suggestion: Christmas Decorations on TX Ave - 

One of our residents had suggested that the Christmas decorations on TX Ave be put up prior to Thanksgiving this year and left up through New Year's day - and lighted.

Although the employees didn’t get this accomplished prior to them leaving for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, they did do it the Monday after Thanksgiving. The board is working with the SEPO office to get this accomplished prior to Thanksgiving ongoing, starting in 2022.

I’m hope you all enjoy these festive decorations.     SEPO Board

Sent 2021-12-02: Birding and Nature Club Meeting - 

Birding and Nature Club Meeting

It's time for the second Meeting of the season for the Sunshine Birding and Nature Club.  This meeting, our By-Laws will allow us to conduct business.

The forecast is for a nice warm day on Monday December 6th, so what better place for the “Nature “ club to meet than in the Gazebo next to Texas Ave.

So the meeting will be at 1:00 Monday the 6th in the Gazebo. Should Mother Nature surprise us with a nasty day, as a fallback, we will meet in the Library at 7:00.

The first real business to conduct will be the appointment of a new club President and a new club Secretary.

Mostly we need to talk about events. We need your input on what events to plan for the upcoming season.  One of our members has been researching the possibilities.

Since we will be outdoors, I'm not too sure how applicable the standard SEPO disclaimer is, but here it is anyway:
Everyone attending this event “in person”, by their presence, acknowledges potential exposure to Covid-19. Each person is responsible for his/her own choice as it relates to attending events.

Let's have a good “Out in Nature” meeting Monday at 1:00 in the Gazebo

Pat Harvey
Acting President

Sent 2021-12-01: Salvation Army Harlingen - 

This pertains to what we can do this year for Christmas and what we might want to do next holiday season.
 
Last week at the Women's Club, one resident was kind of insistent about other types of donation opportunities.
 
For Next Year:
Linda Heutten and Lorraine Lewis were always the go-to persons from Sunshine for the Salvation Army (SA). If you would care to consider working with them again next year (as we have done in the past), I have a contact - Yolanda Lozano is a volunteer there. She would help us for next year's plans.  This effort begins with Sunshine volunteers from the Women's Club to chair these events: (1) the "Angel Tree" program, and/or (2) Bell Ringing the day after Thanksgiving and/or (3) other possible programs(?) the Salvation Army is involved in.
 
For Now:
The SA is behind in funds for their Christmas program and any contribution would be a miracle.  So - can Sunshine get the word out for anyone who wishes to, to visit their Web site (https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/) and make a donation??  - It would go to Harlingen kids.  It is an easy web site to do this.
 
Food for thought.     Lenore J Combs