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  • Summary (2021-2022) | sunshine

    Things To Do: Summary Summer (2021) & Winter Season (2021-2022) Recurring Acty/Mtg (2-Pager) Board/Res & Club/Comm Mtgs Women's Club (2021-2022) Daily-Weekly-Monthly Golf-Clubs-Commitees-Special List of Clubs & Committees Daily / Weekly / Monthly Activities & Meetings Overview Document: (Apr 2021 thru Mar 2022) Dated 06-21-2021 (often referred to as the 2-Pager) (Click on the "Fun Times" Sign to view/print this Two Page document) ******************************** Meetings (Apr 2021 thru Mar 2022) Click HERE for Details ​ SEPO Board & Residential Women's Club OTHER Clubs/Committees Back to Top ****************************** Women's Club Activities Schedule (Winter: 2021-2022) Click HERE for Details ​ The Women's Club Committee Activities Committee Signup Sheets are be posted in the SEPO Library. ​ Date Day Event (Chairpersons) 10-29-21 Fri Mexican Fiesta Chair (Nancy Luellen) ​ 11-11-21 Wed Veteran’s Day (Lenore Combs & Marian Young) ​ 11-21-21 Sun Goofy Golf Co-chairs (Derek & Janis McFee) ​ 11-25-21 Thu Thanksgiving Dinner (NEED CHAIRs) ​ 12-03-21 Fri Craft & Bake Sale (Terry Debackere & Debbie Robins) ​ 12-25-21 Fri Christmas Dinner (NEED CHAIRs) ​ 01-20-22 Thu New Homeowners' (Vickie Jones & Sherri Gardner) ​ 02-06-22 Sun SuperBowl Party (Eileen Anderson & Pam Lacy) ​ 02-25-22 Fri Casino Night (Roy & Debbie Robins) ​ 03-08-22 Tue Hillbilly Hog Roast (Carolyn Anderson) ​ If you would like to volunteer to be on one or more of the Committees, please contact Sue Swidryk ​ Sue Swidryk Women’s Club Activities Director 847-452-7804 sswidryk007@aol.com Back to Top ****************************** Daily/Weekly/Monthly Activities Overview (Apr 2021 thru Mar 2022) Click HERE for Details ​ SUNDAY: 4:00 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: Daily / Golf Course) ​ MONDAY: 8:00 am, Tennis (All Year: Mon, Wed, Fri / Tennis Court) 8:30 am, Water Aerobics: First Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 9:00 am to noon, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) 9:30 am, Water Aerobics: Second Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 9:30 am, Line Dancing: Beginner (All Year: Weekly / Retzlaff) 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) 1:00 pm, Cards: Bridge (Winter: Weekly / Card Room) 4:00 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: D aily / Golf Course) 6:00 pm, Bible Study/Movie Group (Winter: Jan thru Apr / Retzlaff) 6:30 pm, Cards: Euchre (Winter: Weekly / Card Room) ​ TUESDAY: 8:00 am, Pickleball (All Year: Tue & Thu / Tennis Court) 9:00 am to noon, Woodshop open (Summer & Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) 8:15 am, Men's Golf League: First Tee Time (Winter: W eekly / Golf Course) 8:30 am, Water Aerobics: First Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 9:00 am, Men's Golf League: Only Tee Time (Summer: Weekly / Golf Course) 9:30 am, Water Aerobics: Second Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 10:00 am, Men's Golf League: Second Tee Time (Winter: Weekly / Golf Course) 12:30 pm, Billiards: Texas 8 Ball (Winter: Tue, Thu, Sat / Pool Room) 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) 1:00 pm, Game: Mahjong (Winter: Weekly / Library) 4:00 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: D aily / Golf Course) 6:30 pm, Cards: Men's Poker (Winter: Tue & Thu / Card Room ) 7:00 pm, Garden Club (Monthly: Nov-Mar / Library) ​ WEDNESDAY: 8:00 am, Tennis (All Year: Mon, Wed, Fri / Tennis Court) 8:30 am, Water Aerobics: First Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 9:00 am, Ladies' Golf Tee time (Summer: Weekly / Golf Course) 9:00 am, Ladies' Golf League Tee time (Winter: Weekly / Golf Course) 9:00 am to noon, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) 9:30 am, Water Aerobics: Second Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 1 :00 pm to 4:00 p m, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) 1:00 pm, Cards & Board Games (Winter: Weekly / Card Room) 4:00 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: D aily / Golf Course) 7 :00 pm, Cards: Pinochle (Winter: Weekly / Card Room) ​ THURSDAY: 8:00 am, Pickleball (All Year: Tue & Thu / Tennis Court) 8:30 am, Water Aerobics: First Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 9:00 am to noon, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) 9:00 am, Quilting: Killer Bees (All Year: Weekly - via Z00M video call until Retzlaff available) 9 :30 am, Water Aerobics: Second Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 12:30 pm, Billiards: Texas 8 Ball (Winter: Tue, Thu, Sat / Pool Room) 1:00 p m to 4:00 pm, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) 1:00 pm, Cards: Hand & Foot (Winter: Weekly / Card Room) 1:00 pm, Game: Mahjong (Winter: Weekly / Library (unless ACC is meeting there) 4:00 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: D aily / Golf Course) 4:30 pm, Happy Hour (All Year: weekly / Pavilion) 4:30 pm, Happy Hour & Potluck (All year: weekly / Retzlaff Hall) 6:30 pm, Cards: Men's Poker (Winter: Tue & Thu / Card Room ) ​ FRIDAY: 8:00 am, Tennis (All Year: Mon, Wed, Fri / Tennis Court) 8:30 am, Water Aerobics: First Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 9:00 am to noon, Woodshop open (Summer & Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) 9 :30 am, Water Aerobics: Second Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 10:00 am, Women's Bible Study (Winter: Jan thru Apr / Card Room) 1:00 p m to 4:00 pm, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) 1:00 pm , Line Dancing: Beginners (Winter: Weekly) 4:00 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: D aily / Golf Course) 6:30 pm, Cards: Friday Night (Resumed 06-11-2021: Weekly / Card Room) ​ SATURDAY: 9:00 am, Saturday Golf Scramble (All Year: W eekly / Golf Course) 10:00 am, Cards: Duplicate Bridge (Winter: Weekly / Retzlaff Hall) 12:30 pm, Billiards: Texas 8 Ball (Winter: Tue, Thu, Sat / Pool Room) 4:00 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: D aily / Golf Course) 6:30 pm, Game: Mahjong (Winter: Weekly / Library) Back to Top Golf, Clubs & Committees and Special Events Overview below (Apr 2021 - Mar 2022) ​ View DETAILS by clicking on: Summer 2021: POTLUCKS or GOLF or CLUBs & COMMITTEEs or SPECIAL Winter 2021-2022: GOLF or CLUBs & COMMITTEEs or SPECIAL Summer 2021 Starts Here: ​ APR - SEP 2021 Various Summer Dates - Potluck (Special / Retzlaff Hall) Tuesdays - Apr 6 thru Oct 26: Men's Summer Golf (Golf / Golf Course) Wednesdays - Apr 14 thru Oct 27: Women's Summer Golf (Golf / Golf Course) ​ JUN 202 1: 8 - Calling All Dogs and Cats - Summer Addition (Special / Your Home) ​ JUL 202 1: 3 - Golf Scramble & Potluck (Golf / Golf Course) Followed By (Potluck / Retzlaff Hall) 4 - Karaoke (Special / Pavilion) ​ Winter 2021-2022 Starts Here: ​ O CT 202 1: 29 - Mexican Fiesta (Women's Club / Retzlaff Hall) NOV 2021: 11 - Veterans Day Tribute (Women's Club / Retzlaff Hall) 21 - Goofy Golf (Women's Club / Golf Course & Retzlaff Hall) 25 - Thanksgiving Dinner (Women's Club / Retzlaff Hall) ​ DEC 2021: 19 - Craft & Bake Sale (Women's Club / Retzlaff Hall) 25 - Christmas Dinner (Women's Club / Retzlaff Hall) ​ JAN 2022: 20 - New Homeowners (Women's Club / Retzlaff Hall) ​ FEB 2022: 6 - SuperBowl Party (Women's Club / Retzlaff Hall) 19-20 - Guys & Dolls Golf Tournament (Golf / Golf Course) (Need Chairpersons) 20 - Guys & Dolls Golf Tournament Rewards Banquet (Golf / Retzlaff Hall) (Need Chairpersons) 25 - Casino Night (Women's Club / Pavilion & Retzlaff Hall ) ​ MAR 2022: 3-5 - Good Neigh b or Golf Tournament (GNGT) (Golf / Golf Course) 3-4 - Good Neigh b or Golf Tournament (GNGT) Luncheon (Meal / Pavilion) 5 - Good Neigh b or Golf Tournament Rewards Banquet (GNGT) (Golf / Retzlaff Hall) 8 - Hillbilly Hog Roast (Women's Club / Gazebo & Retzlaff Hall) 10-12 - Good Neighbor Golf Tournament (GNGT) (Rain Dates) (Golf / Golf Course) 10-11 - Good Neighbor Golf Tournament (GNGT) (Rain Dates) Luncheon (Meal / Pavilion ) 12 - Good Neigh b or Golf Tournament Rewards Banquet (GNGT) (Rain Date) (Golf / Retzlaff Hall) 14-16 - Ladies' Golf Tournament (Golf / Golf Course) 21-23 - Ladies' Golf Tournament (Rain Dates) (Golf / Golf Course) 30 - Ladies' Awards Golf Banquet (Golf / Retzlaff Hall) Back to Top ****************************** CLUBs & COMMITTEEs (2021-2022) ​ BIBLE STUDY (Men) BIBLE STUDY (Women) GOLF: MEN'S LEAGUE GOLF: WOMEN'S LEAGUE QUILTING (KILLER BEES) LINE DANCING GIFT & MEMORIAL COMMITTEE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SEPO BOARD NOMINATING COMMITTEE SEPO BOARD ELECTION COMMITTEE SUNSHINE GARDEN CLUB SUNSHINE NATURE & BIRDING CLUB SUNSHINE VIDEO COMMITTEE VETERANS' HONOR WALL WOODWORKERS WOMEN'S CLUB Women's Club Standing Committees: Activities Bulletin Board Decorations Historian Ice Cream during Intermission at Sunday Night Music (if this event is scheduled) Librarian Newsletter New Homeowner’s Orientation (Currently being done by SEPO Office Mgr) New Homeowner’s Photos (Currently being done by SEPO Office Mgr) Purchasing Summer Potlucks Back to Top Add Your Title This is a great place to add a tagline. 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  • Special (Summer 2021) | sunshine

    Special (Summer 2021) Additional Details Karaoke Potlucks (Monthly & Special) Potlucks & Happy Hour (Thursdays) Cards (Various) Nail Trimming - Dogs & Cats Garage Sales Bottom of Page ************************* UPCOMING Karaoke (in the Pavilion) (July 4, 2021) ​ Details for this event will be published as soon as they are finalized. Jerry Rash Back to Top ************************* ONGOING Summer Monthly & Special Potlucks ​ Dates for ALL Summer 2021 Potlucks (Monthly & Special) chaired by Marian Young can be found HERE . Back to Top ************************* ONGOING Thursday Potlucks & Happy Hour in Retzlaff Hall (Summer 2021) Dates for This Event during the Summer 2021 are: June 3, 10, 17 July 1, 8, 15, 22 August 5, 12, 19 September 2, 9 16, 23 2021-06-09: Thursday Night Happy Hour - Our Thursday night Happy Hour starts at 4:00 pm in Retzlaff Hall. Bring your own beverage and if you wish an appetizer to share. Plates, silverware and napkins will be provided or you can bring your own. If your a golfer you can come and still have time to play with the O'Clockers. Everyone is Welcome. Ladonna Harvey Sent 2021-05-26: Thursday Retzlaff Hall Potlucks - Good Morning all. We won’t be having Happy Hour in Retzlaff Hall this Thurs the 27th. We have been approved to have Happy hour in Retzlaff Hall. We will start next Thursday the third of June at 4:00 pm. Bring your beverage of choice and a snack or whatever food you wish to share. You may bring your own table service or there will be plates etc available. Everyone is invited to attend. Please wear name tags as we have so many new residents. Looking forward to seeing everyone again and some new faces. Ladonna Harvey Back to Top ************************* ONGOING Friday Night Cards (All Year - Resumed June 11, 2021) ​ Sent 2021-05-25: Friday Night Cards - Friday Night Card Players - Cards will resume on June 11th at 6:45 pm. Play will begin at 7PM. To begin with I am limiting the players to the first 12 to show up. As time goes on I will increase the number of players. I look forward to seeing you guys then. Thanks Mecca Henry (469) 766-4245 meccahen@yahoo.com Back to Top ************************* COMPLETE Calling All Dogs and Cats - Summer Addition (June 8, 2021) ​ Sent 2021-06-04: Calling All Dogs and Cats - Summer Addition - Hey Everyone - Sandra Delaunay will be available once again to trim our pet's nails. Sandra will come to your home instead of everyone going to the dog park. Any size dog, or any cat, is welcome. Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Time: Starts at 1 pm until finished Place: Your home Cost: $10 Contact: Marian Young to set up an appointment, 719-468-4556 Thanks, Marian Back to Top ************************* COMPLETE Garage Sale (June 4 & 5, 2021) ​ Sent 2021-05-27: Garage Sale - We are having an “Everything must go” kitchen, garage & yard sale June 4 & 5. 4348 N. Kansas St. Randy & Linda Nicholas “Make our old used stuff become your old & used stuff😄” Back to Top

  • 55+ | Warm Winters in TX | Sunshine Country Club Estates

    We Welcome You Sunshine Country Club Estates (SCCE) Retirement Community We are a gated, 55+, debt free, private member-owned and operated community. The wide variety of activities offered provides both flexibility and independence for you to create the lifestyle of your choice. ​ Debt Free and Self Governing You own your own home and lot in our senior-oriented self-governing neighborhood. We have 305 lots on 57 acres with brick custom, stick built and mobile homes in the Rio Grand Valley in Harlingen, Texas. We enjoy life with minimal home upkeep. Activities offered include golfing, nature and birding, quilting, woodworking, cards, stained glass, crafting and many more. The large beautiful common areas include the par 3, 9-hole golf course, Retzlaff Hall for all types of activities, pool and hot tub, nicely equipped exercise room, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard, library, billiards room, card room and meeting rooms for resident gatherings. There is a storage area for RVs (some contain storage sheds on them) and a well-equipped woodworking building (free). ​ Common questions HOA Fees for 2021 are $1,320.00. These can be divided into periodic payments or are discounted if you pay annually by Jan 20 each year. The golf course is owned and maintained by the Estates. There may be additional modest fees for some activities. Most are free to Estates residents. There are no fees for residents to enjoy the golf course or the Woodshop. Homeowners may enjoy the company of up to two house pets. Golf Carts are the most common mode of transportation when going from place to place within the community. ​ Activities (HERE ) and Amenities (HERE ) The open air Pavilion next to the pool and hot tub plays host to many neighborhood gatherings and parties. Other amenities in the heart of the community include the multipurpose Retzlaff Hall which hosts potlucks, quilting, line dancing, parties and many other social opportunities. It also serves as a Meeting venue for meetings with large numbers of participants. Residents enjoy walking, biking and our nicely equipped fitness center. If you enjoy using a cue stick, we have tables for your use. Our Women’s Club plans many other special events throughout the year. ​ Our Community A variety of housing styles and prices are available that match the preferences and budgets of almost any buyer. Regardless of your passions, you are sure to find other like-minded residents who share your interests. There are many clubs and interest groups as mentioned above. Shopping and dining places abound within minutes of the community. And South Padre Island with its beautiful beach is only a 30-40 minute drive away. ​ Beautiful warm weather, low cost of living, plentiful fresh fruits and vegetables, and the lively social and cultural scene make the Harlingen area one of the top retirement destinations in the country. While the surrounding region offers many cultural and nature experiences, many residents remark that a world of endless fun can be found without ever leaving the community. The rich assortment of amenities, activities and groups suits almost any lifestyle. ​ Welcome To Sunshine (Where You Will Find Lots of Fun & Sunshine) EASTER SUNRISE APRIL 16, 2017 WOMENS CLUB APRIL 1, 2017 NEW HOMEOWNERS 2018 OUR CALENDAR HOME OF THE GOOD NEIGHBOR GOLF TOURNAMENT Annual 3 day tournament in March followed by an Awards Banquet. For seniors (55 and Over). Includes both Sunshine and Neighboring golfers. Tons of prizes and fun. Come join us. Women's Club (WC) Activities ​ Make sure you are aware of the exciting activities the Women's Club has planned for the 2021--2022 winter season. All activities were approved by the SEPO (Sunshine Estates Property Owners) Board and can be found HERE . ​ Please review the list carefully and plan what you want to have on hand to dress up in / decorate with. ​ The sign-up sheets for volunteers to work on the various activities committees are located in the Lounge on the Women's Club bulletin board. ​ For new residents, this is a great way to get involved and meet and get to know your fellow residents/neighbors. We are always looking for new ideas and we never turn down help. New Homeowners Party ​ Each year the Women's Club hosts the New Homeowner's Party. It is a fantastic way for new Residents to get to know their fellow neighbors. And it's also a great way for everyone to get to know more about the new homeowners. ​ And one of the best parts for the new homeowners is that they get in free. ​ During the 2021-2022 winter season this party will be held on Thursday, Jan 20, 2022. The party theme at this time is TBD. But it is a sure thing everyone will have a great time. ​ NOTE: Due to SEPO Covid-19 restrictions during the 2020-2021 winter season we were unable to have this party. So be prepared for a big shindig when we welcome two years of New Homeowners into the community this coming January. IN THE NEWS "Newsletter" published monthly - October thru April (Articles are due by the 24th of each month to s eponewsletter@gmail.com in order to b e published by the 1st of the following month.) "Monthly Newsletters" "SEPO E-News E-Mails" published within 24 hours of the information being received - Year Round (Articles can be sent to sepoenews@gmail.com at any time.) "SEPO E-Mails" FITNESS, RECREATION & LEISURE Golf, gatherings and fun are found here. Our professional team of employees keeps our golf course maintained to high standards throughout the year. Our exercise facilities include a swimming pool and hot tub, golf and many exercise groups to accommodate a wide variety of exercise levels. Many other interest groups offer even more opportunities; such as birding, quilting, woodworking, stained glass, walking, line dancing, cards and many more. RETZLAFF HALL PURELY WONDERFUL Retzlaff Hall offers a gathering place for many activities. Potlucks, club meetings and musical performances are just a few. The adjacent pavilion offers more space to groups and activities. GOLF COURSE HAVE A FIELD DAY Enjoy a relaxing day at our modern, world class Golf Course. You’ll appreciate a truly distinct experience on the course, reflecting the classic beauty and refinement of Harlingen, TX. The wonderfully kept surroundings of our course make for a truly wonderful golfing experience. POOL SIDE ENJOY THE BEAUTY Enjoy your community of friends and neighbors at poolside, social gatherings, water aerobics and more. Meet up with old friends and also make some new ones. DEDICATED STAFF Serving Sunshine Valerie Lupe Lalo Manny Joe Back to Top

  • Neighborhood Watch-CERT | sunshine

    Neighborhood Watch & CERT NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH DETAILS: Contact: Lenore Combs Meets: 3rd Monday of Month @ 3 PM in Retzlaff Hall ​ Location: Retzlaff.Hall Purpose: Security and safety are part of our daily lives albeit not necessarily convenient. The SCCE Neighborhood Watch is a volunteer program and you are cordially invited to support it. There are no fees or dues - just asking for your time and talent for our projects. There is a complete description of our mission and projects posted on the NW bulletin board in the Library. Patrols can always use volunteers. Goals & Objectives: To assist with development and support of our NW To promote public awareness and increase resident participation in crime prevention To contribute to crime prevention practice and build a stronger Sunshine community To promote community cohesion and increase confidence in local policing To act as a forum - coordinate resources and partner with local Law Enforcement Agencies The CERT Team - Community Emergency Response Team: Volunteers trained in accordance with the Harlingen Fire Department "to hold down the fort until professional help arrives". We formed after Hurricane Dolly in 2008. We hold our annual Disaster Preparedness meeting each April. Everyone invited. The volunteer Harlingen CERT Team meets monthly at Station 8. Many of us also are members in the Citizens Police Academy Alumni and meet with HPD monthly. Sgt. Michael Brooks and Officer Alicia Garcia are CPA liaisons and meet frequently with our NW.​ The NW - CERT Welcome Letter 2020-2021 edition is available HERE . ************************* Sent 2021-06-21: NW-CERT information for June 2021 - Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008) SCCE - Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team. Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for each other! Sunshine NW-CERT notice NO Meeting on Monday 21 June 2021 Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276 LJCombs44@gmail.com A few words: We will NOT have a June NW-CERT meeting this month but hope to resume in July. My plan is to have a brief meet ‘n greet open house in Retzlaff Hall for an introduction, fellowship and dessert. We can also plan some classes. I will invite the Harlingen PD, Combes PD, the local EMS and the Harlingen Fire Department. The McGruffmobile: The “driver side” door came in and Charlie Gardner will put it on. The “passenger” side will be taken off and a new vinyl window replaced. May need some addition help with reassemble. The McGruffmobile - The Black Case has current resident info. We will have two (2) new Fire Extinguishers. The First Aid Box is current. The JULY schedule should be out soon, and Linda will send it to me. Lesson for the day: This season is forecasted to be wetter and warmer so Hurricane preparation may become a familiar part of our vocabulary. A word about our pets – Make sure you have a plan for Fluffy and Fido and other critters. If sudden emergencies arise there will be less stress if you include a plan for your pets. If evacuation is quick, having some extra supplies on hand is a good idea. Also, talking to your Veterinarian for other advice; being aware some public shelters may not be equipped to handle pets; some hotels do not allow pets etc. Is your pet microchipped? Maybe consider planning with neighbors, friends or relatives for availability to care or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. You can contact your local animal shelter if you are unsure how to care for your pet during an emergency. How ‘bout an Emergency Kit for your pet? Think about the basics for survival – food, water, meds. Maybe have 2 kits – one if you are sheltering in place and a lightweight version if you are evacuating. Remember to ensure contents stay fresh. Here’s a suggested list – several days of food, water, bowls, meds, collar w ID – harness, leash, crate or carrier, grooming needs, sanitations stuff- litter box, litter, newspapers, paper towels, trash bags etc. Don’t forget a picture of you and your pet together for ID purposes. And don’t forget their favorite toys. One more thing….. John and I are up to specs with COVID-19 instruction guidelines and are offering several classes free in a COVID-safe environment for all NW-CERT volunteers. We can review Hands-Only CPR and review the AED. First Aid and STOP-THE-BLEED are an option If we have a chance and maybe we can cover Near-drowning. Can’t say THANKS loud or long enough for all your volunteer efforts to make Sunshine a safer place to live and play. Next NW-CERT meeting -- Monday 19 JULY (3rd Monday) 3pm Sent 2021-05-14: Reminder - Neighborhood Watch meeting/class Monday 17 May 3pm - Dear Friends - We shall hold a review of STOP THE BLEED and Hands-Only CPR and an AED review in Retzlaff Hall at 3pm this Monday . Please sign up or call me if you can attend. Thanks 2. The McGruffmobile should be getting a new door in the next week or so. Can somebody help us get it on? Also, I will have new "windows" made for the passenger side. 3. AEP sent me about a dozen short interesting CDs on Electrical Safety. They will be available for you to view. 4. The new climate normals are here - are you ready - a warmer normal, a wetter normal? 5. Cometupdates - This is a free course supplement (like a weather watcher program) to download graphics - great info. 6. National Night Out 2021 We are a partner both Nationally and with our local Police. Don't know yet if Hgn or even Combes will have anything, but stuff is opening up. This program promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood unity. We have a valued relationship with Harlingen and Combes. (and CERT with HFD) Hoping things get back to some normalcy - Sunshine is a great community because you make it that way. See ya Monday 😀 Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276 ​ Sent 2021-05-01: Neighborhood Watch - CERT class/meeting Monday 17 MAY 2021 3pm - Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008) Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team. ​ Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for one other! ​ Sunshine NW-CERT notice MAY 2021 ​ Lenore J. Combs, NW-CERT Coordinator 956 245 1276 LJCombs44@gmail.com A few words: We will NOT have the usual “Virtual” NW-CERT meeting this month, but will have a class. THANKS again to all who volunteered over the Fall months and thanks & welcome to those who will now cover the long, hot summer. We thank Cathy Wunderlich for her Utility Ride briefing last month – very interesting! There will be a (driver side) door coming soon to a golf cart like McGruff in a few weeks. Perhaps some of you can assist on getting it back on. New “window” curtains will be replaced on the passenger side. Should look like new! John and I will be gone for a week in the RV. Linda and Dick Jones will be your back-up. The MAY schedule will be out. If there needs to be any orientation, I will be available May 8th and after. If the AED needs to be used, there are after-action things to be done with it. Call me. Main message: Monday, 17 May 2021 3pm sharp Retzlaff Hall May is STOP THE BLEED month. We shall have a class on STOP THE BLEED and do a review of Hands-Only CPR and the AED. You are all cordially welcome. There will be a sign-up sheet in the library or you can call me. 956 245 1276 John and I are up to specs with COVID instruction guidelines and are offering this class free in a COVID-safe environment. For now, bring your mask and we shall decide best practice for class. There will be a sanitation station and tables & chairs will be a safe distance. May is STOP THE BLEED month. We want to connect, engage and learn. Traumatic injury is a leading cause of death and training takes less than one hour. The more we learn STOP THE BLEED measures, become trained and equipped, the more lives will be saved. STOP THE BLEED is one of the Nation’s largest public heath campaign designed to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Its goal is to train you on how to stop traumatic bleeding. This program is supported by the US Dept of Defense. The American College of Surgeons, the STOP THE BLEED Coalition. The American Red Cross, the American College of Emergency Physicians and many other public and private organizations. Uncontrollable bleeding (hemorrhage) is a major cause of preventable death. Approximately 40% of trauma-related deaths worldwide are due to bleeding and its consequences. 35% of pre-hospital deaths are due to blood loss. 80% of victims in a mass casualty event are transported to the hospital by a family member or a member of the public. Emergency response time varies averaging 7 minutes in the USA. Deaths due to traumatic bleeding can occur in less than 5 minutes. We will also cover Hands-Only CPR and review the AED. If we have a chance, maybe we can cover Near-drowning. Next NW-CERT meeting -- Monday 21 JUNE (3rd Monday) 3pm ??????????????????????????????????? ​ ************************* COMPLETE ​ Neighborhood Watch Utility Ride ​ Sent 2021-04-19: REMINDER: Neighborhood Watch Utility Ride this Tuesday 1pm - Dear Friends - Reminder - tomorrow 1pm at Retzlaff Hall door. Use your golf cart. We will travel around SCCE checking out power poles, transformers and other stuff. Looks like good weather too. Next month is STOP-THE-BLEED month. We can give a class if you like. - safely - very interesting. -- Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276 Coordinator NW-CERT Sent 2021-04-12: NW - CERT Utility Ride April 2021 - Dear Friends: We will NOT have the usual “Virtual” NW-CERT meeting this month of April. BUT - Instead of our meeting, we shall conduct our annual Utility Safety Ride on Tuesday 20 April at 1PM . Everyone is invited. Meet us by the Retzlaff Hall side door on Michigan Avenue. We will have an interesting Golf Cart ride viewing our Utility Pads, Transformers and etc. – most informative thanks to Kathy Wunderlich. Back to “instead of our usual meeting” We shall conduct our annual Utility Safety Ride on Tuesday the 20th of April at 1PM sharp. Everyone is invited. Meet us by the Retzlaff Hall side door on Michigan Avenue. We will have an interesting Golf Cart ride viewing our Utility Pads, Transformers and etc. – most informative thanks to Kathy Wunderlich. ​ If Sunshine has an “issue” this summer, such as a power or flooding condition – we are in it until professional help arrives. So, sharpen up your learning curve and join us. See how we can immediately respond safely at the scene. For instance, stay away from downed power lines or report a downed line. On the other hand, if water is running wildly down the street or a gas odor is detected – take appropriate action. Your safety is job one. (Best to notify the Board or the Office before any action is taken. But if it is a case of serious emergency and if action was taken – make sure they become aware). ​ Another example - Did you know if you are in your car, if a power line falls on it, the car will channel electricity around you, so you will not get hurt? You get help by honking the horn or yelling out the window – even use your phone. Warn passersby NOT to come near your vehicle. If you would have to exit your vehicle that is touching a power line, you would have to jump out of the car with both feet touching, and landing with both feet together, to avoid getting shocked – then shuffle away with both feet touching. ​ Take a look at some of the CERT materials available (for free). IS 317 - Introduction To Community Emergency Response Teams is a great start. ​ Also, take a peek at the AEP Web site – good info. We shall all have fun learning about the dangers of Utility Poles, the anatomy of a Utility Pole, why they are dangerous – stray voltage, dangling wires, transformers and chemical toxins etc. ​ COVID commandments: Wear your mask- Wash your hands- Social Distance- Act Responsibly ​ Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator, 956-245-1276, LJCombs44@gmail.com ************************* ​ Sent 2021-04-12: NW - CERT information April 2021 - Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008) Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team. Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for one other! ​ Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator, 956-245-1276, LJCombs44@gmail.com ​ Dear Friends: A quick NW informational word: The Summer Patrol schedule - it is fairly well set but there are still a few openings. If you wish to get on our volunteer list, please contact Linda Jones. You will be fully oriented. ​ Thanks to those who have recently contributed to the NW fund. Your kindness is appreciated. ​ The McGruffmobile will be getting new windows for the summer. ​ Tom Gossins replaced batteries in the IR (infrared) Sensaphone. Debbie Gossins is keeping our Maglites charged on the McGruffmobile. ​ And on another note – COVID-19 has underscored the importance of financial resistance. Generally speaking, people want to spend their money on things that bring them hope – not necessarily plan spending on matters to protect themselves from negative things. ​ April is National Financial Capability Month. Just as the flowers bloom in the Spring it is now a good time to renew efforts to become financially resilient. This exercise can make you bounce back from unexpected emergencies such as pandemic-related money challenges and/or how to be prepared for and recover from natural disasters. Here are some tips – Gather all your financial info at your fingertips. Organize and safeguard financial documents in a waterproof, airtight and fireproof container. See Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) for forms & checklists. Make sure you have the right insurance to protect your home so you can repair your home and other property. Review your policy to ensure the amount and types of coverage meet all types of coverage for all possible hazards. See National Flood Insurance Plan (NFIP). Be wary of identity scams, especially those around COVID-19 and tax filing. DO NOT click on links and emails from people you don’t know. Scammers create fake links to Web sites and take advantage of financial fears by calling with remote work opportunities, debt consolidation offers and student loan repayment plans. Contact the Federal Trade Commission. ​ And for a moment, let’s not forget the mundane things in life such as Identity Theft. A recent study form the National Crime Victimization Survey revealed about 9% of persons 16 or older had been victims in the past year. For 90%, the most involved was only the misuse or the attempted misuse of at least one type of existing account (credit card, bank account). In monetary losses across all incidents however, the identity theft totaled over $15 billion dollars. There were some victims who resolved the financial and credit problems associated with identity theft but more than half of them did not. Next NW-CERT meeting -- Monday 17 May 2021 3pm (3rd Monday) Open agenda ​ COVID commandments: Wear your mask- Wash your hands- Social Distance- Act Responsibly ​ Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator, 956-245-1276, LJCombs44@gmail.com ************************* (Newsletter Apr, 2021) Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008) Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team. ​ Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for one other! Lenore J. Combs, NW-CERT Coordinator 956 245 1276 LJCombs44@gmail.com NW-CERT April 2021 Newsletter and March NW Minutes 2021 Our Neighborhood Watch virtual meeting was held Monday 15 March at 3pm. Pat Harvey assisted me in gathering you all. Hopefully there will be some sense of normalcy in the Fall when you all return and we can meet in person. The NW and CERT mission survives on many interactive meetings with our partners (HPD, Combes PD and Harlingen FD etc.) and with hands-on opportunities throughout the year. You can view the March NW-CERT Minutes via the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ly3WWCB-Qa4Kn7JEFpPbX9_oqPec2ObS/view?usp=sharing Thanks to Rich for McGruff’s new orange electric cord, the front wheel bushings and the M-Cor part which has to do with the pedal. He had taken good care of McGruff. We will miss him when they leave. Recently spoke with Linda Jones. Patrols go to one a night starting in April for the Summertime schedule. We can always use volunteers – just contact her. To the volunteers heading “up north”, So long, farewell, alveterzane to you and you and you and you and you and you…..Via Con Dios, Happy Trails and hurry back. As a reminder - please tidy up your area both house and Storage Lot so flying flowerpots don’t do any harm. Is your Storage shed tied down for Hurricane strength winds and your lock secure? Annual Utility Ride - Monday 19 April at 1 o’clock. Meet by Retzlaff Hall side door on Michigan. Everyone is invited for this guided Golf Cart event. Safe distancing. Have your mask available (in case we get out of the golf cart to see and say something). The McGruffmobile had a boo-boo on the door. The metal brace was bent and the window was slit accidently. So, it is under repair at Mario’s Golf Carts. The finished product will be a new or repaired door complete with new clear windows. While I am at it, we will also have the other side (window) redone with new vinyl glass. The elements and the sun take a toll on our equipment, but the cover keeps the ability to Patrol in the elements. For CERT enthusiasts, there is an updated Basic CERT training course you can take on-line about elementary response skills - FEMA Independent Study IS-317 and it is a relaxed, informal introduction class - to the point, enjoyable and most informative. CERT prepares us about disaster prep conditions such as Fire Safety, Light Search and Rescue, Team Organization and Disaster Medical Operations etc. Here’s how you learn to hang in there ‘til professional help arrives. The Board is contemplating our NW research on the Cameras. We have a bid for a good surveillance set with coverage from the Front Gate to the Storage Lot. The bank of cameras would probably be set in the Office and that’s all I know at the moment. The Vendor program – let’s try to reinstate it. Tony and I discussed it. He did not say NO. Admittedly, it’s a safety & security thing. All it entails is if a resident wants work done on their home, from a Vendor for a roof or whatever, that vendor will have a form of ID in his vehicle from Sunshine NW while on your premises. This Orange Card on his dashboard indicates he is invited. And then we all know he is not there taking down Bad Guy notes. You can get this Orange NW Card from me or the Office. It’s a good thing to take back these cards when they leave. Call me for questions. Next NW-CERT meeting -- Monday 15 April 3pm -- Utility Ride reminder. COVID rules: Wear your mask Wash your hands Social Distancing Act Responsibly Sent 2021-03-14: Neighborhood Watch Meeting VIRTUAL Monday 3pm, March 15, 2021 - Dear Neighborhood Watch volunteers and Friends - Please join us tomorrow for our monthly meeting. Harlingen PD will be with us. Just click on the invitational code below about 2:45 pm. ​ Lenore Combs has invited you to join a video meeting for Neighborhood Watch on Google Meet starting at 2:45 Monday 3/15/21. The actual meeting will begin at 3:00. meet.google.com/nnr-nrai-oyz Or open Google Meet and enter this code: nnr-nrai-oyz Dial in (audio only): (US) +1 574-318-7442 PIN: 272 657 775# More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/nnr-nrai-oyz?pin=4463819848281 ​ Thanks-- Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276 😷❤󾓦 NW-CERT Coordinator ​ ******************************************************* ​ Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008) Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team. ​ Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for one other! ​ NW – CERT Virtual Meeting Agenda – Monday – 15 March 2021 3pm Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276 LJCombs44@gmail.com Welcome to our 3nd virtual meeting. Thanks for joining us. Just click on to get on. You will receive or should have received a Moderator’s email instruction notice. Opening & Welcome: By now, hopefully all your clocks are changed for DST and you have checked your Smoke Alarms & CO2 alarms. Virtual Coffee & Cookies Virtual Pledge of Allegiance Moment of Silence Thoughts for special intentions Wishing you all a happy St Patrick’s Day….. For every storm, a rainbow -- For very tear, a smile For every care, a promise -- Find a blessing for each trial For every problem life sends -- A faithful friend to share For every sigh, a sweet song -- And an answer for each prayer. Introduction of Guests, new members & volunteers Sgt. Charles Fechner, District Representative - Harlingen Police Department Game Plan for our meeting under COVID guidelines: This “virtual” meeting agenda will be used via a “google meet” meeting format. You can refer your additional longer version for specific details. When we are all on, I will briefly go over the topics. You can have already read the details outlined in the pre-meeting notes under separate cover. Have your questions ready or call me. Virtual meeting AGENDA: Trea$ury Report: The books are always open to scrutiny. March bank statement is available. Thanks to those who are still contributing to our NW. Your generosity has been over the top. Thanks again. NEW Business: McGruff has a new electric cord attached from the Golf Cart to extend to the electric plug, new front bearings and a new M-COR part. I looked up M COR – has to do with our acceleration pedal and your mph speed. Parts and repair are courtesy of our Pit Crew Rich & Terry Debackere. We appreciate Rich’s KSA – knowledge, skills and abilities because sending Mc Gruff out for repair would have created a charge. McGruff thanks you and we thank you. – Please also tell them thank you too. OLD Business: Vendor Program – now that the Easter exodus is upon us and after hearing repeated concerns expressed about “traffic” in here during the summer, I would like the Board to ok its reinstatement. I have not heard back on a decision yet but will press the issue since I am well acquainted with a Board member and just ask permission. Reports: PATROLS - Linda Summer schedules are in the works – contact Linda if you are interested to volunter. For those of you who are leaving, please turn in your keys. Thanks NW Dog Watch - NW Bike Patrol - Sunshine Street Strutters – hope this stays a summertime mission. Thanks to those of you who have called in your concerns. McGruffmobile Pit Crew - Rich Flashlight voluntee r Debbie and Tom Gossins have stepped up. Thanks Vendor Program Block Captains – Please consider this important mission. Very simple, you are especially needed during the summer. You are the extended “eyes and ears” of the community. Ideal number – small Street =1and longer streets = 3 or so. Surveillance Assets: Camera Task Force is waiting for a decision Operation ID: Hope you all will consider taking advantage. Be safe than sorry. SEPO Emergency Contact Form – please update as needed. The Office really needs this updated regularly and appreciates your action. RED envelopes with a Health HX for your convenience. Call me if you need them Safety and security is everyone’s responsibility. Once again, thanks again for your time. Over and Out. Next mtg Next NW-CERT meeting -- Monday 19 April (3rd Monday) – Virtual – we shall address Disaster Preparedness. However, if possible, we may have a Utility Ride excursion in your Golf Cart COVID rules: Wear your mask - Wash your hands - Social Distancing - Act Responsibly ​ Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276 Sent 2021-02-17: NW-CERT Minutes of 15 Feb 2021 Virtual meeting - Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008) Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team. Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for one other! NW- CERT 15 February 2021 Virtual mtg Minutes The NW-CERT virtual meeting was called to order at 3pm by Lenore who was technically assisted by Pat in getting us all on google meet. Officer George Moreno, Harlingen Police Department was our guest. (“Back in the old days”, HPD always had a presence at our meetings with up- to- date training and great tips for safety and security). Thanks go to Chief Miryam Anderson and the District Representatives as we soon became the premier NW in Harlingen with a presence at many City functions and meetings. (We will also be hearing from Patrick Quill, Chief of Police Town of Combes at one of our future meetings). In pre-COVID days, Sunshine was very active in programs such as National Night Out and Breast Cancer Awareness walks etc. They especially appreciated our Golf Cart brigade and gave us a Police escort up to their facility on Hand Road. Great fun while performing community service.) Chief Quill calls to see how we are doing especially if there is a disaster, flooding, bad weather etc….. Anyway, back on track…. So, we began our meeting and welcomed about 12 interested viewers. The virtual Finger Lickin’ Chicken fundraiser was a raging success. Over $1100.00 was raised. I was overwhelmed by the generosity and show of appreciation for our volunteer effort to “Take a Bite out of Crime”. Thank you. We will be good stewards for these funds. NEW BUSINESS: The other night we attempted a “Welfare Check” on a resident because he was not seen or heard from lately, lives alone, cold weather etc. – so after multiple phone calls and banging on windows and doors, there was still no answer. We notified HPD and they sent a Police Officer out – Jay Reese. But – as good luck would have it, before we might have gone thru the door, our friend evolved – safe and sound and sleepy. Now the moral or lesson of the story – there was no emergency key in the Office. Our Board assisted by entering the Office and checked in the special place for these keys – and – no key. So – is your key there????? B) This also brings up the “Be A Buddy” plan. Let’s say your friend or spouse develops a medical concern – call your “Buddy” to come over. This way, if you have to call 911 – you will be stuck on the phone but they are your extra hands. C) Unlocked doors to our buildings. Every night, NW does a Patrol. Most times there is a door or two left unsecure. Please, if you enter the Special Purpose Room for a package, lock it up securely when you leave. If you exercise, play cards or use the Pool-Billiards room, lock it up securely when you leave. Potential damage from wondering Bad Guys could be messy or dangerous. Please double check the door behind you. Thanks. REPORTS: Patrols – Linda is working on March and the Summer schedule. Linda and Dick purchased NW orange Doggie Vests for our K-9s. They look great and Thanks for your thoughtfulness. The McGruffmobile: Thanks to Rich for keeping an eye on our McGruffmobile NW Patrol Golf Cart. If a concern develops, Rich can evaluate it, perhaps fix it and sometimes SEPO can assist but if it is a major thing, it goes out for repair. Flashlights: (rechargeable) There are 2 in the McGruffmoble and they need a recharge about once a week. Jean has been doing it for several months. Can we have another volunteer for this please? Marian volunteered but does several patrols a week. So, Debbie and Tom Gossins have volunteered. Thanks to all for attention to this project. Sunshine Street Strutters & Bike Patrol & NW Dog Watch and good old fashioned nosey neighbors – just be extra eye n ears, if you see something, say something. Thanks. To “Report Suspicious Activity” call 956 216 5940 at HPD. This is a live call. Vendor Program: this program was shelved last year. But seems like lots of unmarked vehicles are in here. Stuff happens in plain sight. Perhaps we should reinstate the Vendor Program? Block Captains: a common practice for NW. -- just be eyes n ears, tie in local communication with neighbors etc. Would like one for every Street (9). The longer streets should have some Co-Captains. There is an office Block Captain’s handbook. Call me if you are interested. Surveillance assets: Cameras a) Bill Peterson – Last month there was a NW Camera Task Force call out. As a result, about 12 resident volunteers in golf carts simply checked out hot spots. The focus - was surveillance there or should it be? What is the status of our current system etc. Harlingen PD was here to lend suggestions. b) Tom Gossins and Debbie - InfaRed Sensaphone system (located in the Storage Lot area). Tom is evaluating it and will prepare an in-service for us. Another strong consensus – if each homeowner would evaluate solar lighting possibilities for around their homes as some areas are extremely dark. These solar lights are inexpensive and are a real deterrence. (plus Bad Guys are allergic to light). Operation ID – take photos then complete the Operation ID Inventory form then we can assist in getting your stuff engraved. SEPO Emergency Contact form – your Emergency house key RED envelopes w your brief health history Safety and security is everyone’s responsibility. Once again, thanks again for your time. Over and Out. Next NW-CERT meeting -- Monday 15 March (3rd Monday) – Virtual COVID rules: Wear your mask Wash your hands Social Distancing Act Responsibly Lenore Combs Sent 2021-01-17: CAMERA & Surveillance TASK FORCE 25 Jan 2021 1pm w HPD - Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008) SCCE - Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team. Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for each other! CAMERA & Surveillance TASK FORCE 25 Jan 2021 1pm w HPD Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276 LJCombs44@gmail.com Dear NW-CERT Volunteers, Residents and Friends, Yesterday, Monday, 25 January, we met with Harlingen Police, District Representatives led by Sgt. Charles Fechner and Officers Elizondo, Moreno and Bravo. Last week, on Friday, 22 January about 12 SCCE interested volunteers did a “walk-about” via golf carts around SCCE. The mission was to become familiar with Bad Guy hot spots and explore surveillance possibilities for Sunshine. We wanted to be prepared to have a conversation with Harlingen Police on their recommendations based on our findings and their experience. We had a suggested “cheat sheet” from the Bureau of Justice and other like organizations and took notes. We now shared our findings with the Police. They listened to our concerns, toured the Estates and made some recommendations. This is not meant to endorse any products but to be used as an example of what is out there. Many home-owners personally choose a “Ring” system which has many components designed for your needs – from simple to extravagant. There are several reputable vendors locally with other options. Bottom line – the responsibility is yours. A simple thing we can all do is place solar lighting around areas that are always dark. A specific report will be forthcoming from Bill Peterson and Tom Gossins on cameras etc. and on the Sensaphone System. Included in this walk-about was aging cameras in the Woodshop, the IR Sensaphone system in the Woodshop and Storage Lot, Valerie’s cameras in the Office and the bank of Cameras at the Front Gate. The cameras belong to SEPO but once upon a time we had many various volunteers who shared the responsibility to “keep track of and etc.” “It takes a Village” By and by, we lost our faithful volunteers and the task fell by the wayside. So recently it was brought back to life. This planning exercise surfaced in December 2020 over conversations regarding concern for our overall security in SCCE. It was further explored with the NW Camera Task Force volunteers who responded to a call-out. (some volunteers are not NW but were interested SCCE residents.) Even though we have had comparatively less criminal mischief disturbances than other similar communities we are not immune and should stay on top of security to keep us safe. Respectfully, Lenore J. Combs Sent 2021-10117: Code for the Neighborhood Watch Virtual Meeting (Jan 18. 2021) - The January Neighborhood Watch meeting is Monday (1/18/21) at 3:00. Lenore sent a SEPOeNews that included the agenda to you a couple of days ago. As with most meeting you may want to check-in a little early, maybe between 2:45 and 3:00. To "Join" the meeting just click on the following link: https://meet.google.com/qwt-peic-dez and once your browser shows you a screen be sure to click on the "Join" button on the right side of the screen. As with most meetings, this meeting will be recorded to help the secretary with the meeting minutes. Any questions, please let me know. Pat Harvey patharvey4169@gmail.com ​ Sent 2021-01-14: NW agenda January 18 2021 3pm VIRTUAL Meeting - Dear Friends, Please take some time and review this info. Thanks Lenore J Combs 956 234 1276 NW - CERT Coordinator 😷❤ ************************************************************** Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008) SCCE - Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team. Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for each other! VIRTUAL Agenda – Monday – 16 November 2020 3pm ​ Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276 LJCombs44@gmail.com Dear NW-CERT Volunteers and Friends, Introduction: Good afternoon! Let’s treat this format as though we were really at our meeting. Coffee and cookies – your treat. We may have the advantage of Google MEET. As instructions and plan progress, I will keep you informed. Anyway, let’s begin. Thank you all for serving. In the summer it’s the ‘skitters, in the winter there is the cold but no matter what – your NW is out every night. Welcome our frozen friends from the North. Best Wishes for a healthy, Happy New Year. NW-CERT meetings are open meetings – we welcome you whether or not you volunteer, and we welcome your constructive ideas. There are many varied NW projects in which to get involved – so call me. 956 245 1276 (Pledge of Allegiance, Moment of Silence,) (Introduction of new residents, volunteers and guests) Treasurer’s Report: copy available Project Reports Fundrai$er: Our VIRTUAL Finger Lickin’ Chicken is still underway. Any donation you can make will be greatly appreciated. We have a fundraiser every so often and now that the treasury is on the low side, you can help us out. Funds are used most judiciously for NW operating expenses such as the McGruffmobile (NW Golf Cart) and other items. Our books are always open. There is a designated, well-marked lock box for this fundraiser – in the library – with envelopes for your convenience. OLD BUSINESS: Patrol Schedule: Linda Jones Contact Linda if you wish to help out. January is posted. There is always room for you and we can always use temporary help. Give it come consideration, please. McGruffmobile – please notify Lenore by phone if there are any concerns with the golf cart or its equipment rather than just leaving a note. Rich Debackere is our go to person (thanks). Flashlights: I could use a volunteer to do the Flashlight batteries (to keep them charged) – simple job and very appreciated. We are doing 2 Patrols a night now and in the dark. Jean has kept them charged all summer and could use a break. Thanks to her. NW Dog Watch - a new announcement to Sunshine’s assets. You are all deputized so make your own hours. You and your pup just keep an extra pair of eyes and ears out for suspicious or unusual behavior. If ya see somethin’ – say somethin’. To report SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, Harlingen Police - call 956 216 5940. You will get a human dispatcher so have your story straight – who what when where – any drugs, any colors, direction of travel etc. Tell them you are NW from Sunshine. Sunshine Street Strutters – you are back on duty. Your “strutting orders” are like Dog Watch. Stay alert, call in suspicious activity. How ‘bout a NW Bike Patrol? – any takers? Vendor Program: This program was removed by a SEPO Board decision last year at a SEPO Informational meeting. (under protest by me). The game plan was that VENDORS and CONTRACTORS – must report to the Office. NW Orange Cards were issued especially if their vehicle was not clearly and visibly identified by a Business Logo on the vehicle. It was each resident’s responsibility to make sure they reported in. The homeowner could also get a supply or Orange Cards from me for their project. These Orange NW cards were placed in the worker’s vehicle (dashboard) to show they were invited. (stuff happens in plain sight). Plan - Would like your feedback to resurrect this again. Also, we have a sign NO SOLICITING – big as life on our Front Gate. That means no trespassing, no door-to-door activity. All “Vendors” should report to the Office. Authenticity can be verified by them having been issued a City of Harlingen Vendor ID tag. Block Captains – who’s where? (I still don’t have a current list) Each of our 9 streets should have a Block Captain and sufficient Co-Captains depending on the numbers of homes there. You are simply an extra pair of “eyes and ears”. There is an official NW guide available – not a heavy task. Montana Nebraska Missouri Michigan Indiana Wisconsin Iowa Minnesota Kansas Surveillance assets: If anyone wants to volunteer to help with these duties, please call me. *IR Sensaphone – Storage Lot - there will be an in-service soon on this by Tom Gossman. *Cameras – Front gate – plans still under advisement – to keep or not, to get new or not. Buzzers and solar lights….. resident responsibility - still a good idea – some areas are still very dark on streets and behind or in between homes. Bad Guys are allergic to light. Operation ID – signup sheet Operation ID Inventory sheet Get your stuff ID’d, take pictures and build an inventory – serial numbers and all. Make a CD. Then we can engrave your stuff and then the PD and you have this on a file in case of. Your Insurance company will luv it. NEW BUSINESS: Free, for you: RED envelopes and a brief medical “health history” page are available in the Library, c/o Women’s Club. Upon going to the hospital, these concise, current medical forms are a handy tool with your medical history for MD or ER staff. There is one for Pets too. Operation ID - Harlingen PD - forms are by the NW bulletin Board. Complete your Inventory List, take a photo, we can assist in getting the ID engraving done and then you have a great asset for your insurance in case of. Valerie has “EMERGENCY CONTACT” forms in the Office. Please keep these all up to date. Lesson of the day: Sunshine Community engagement – We are not the general public and our community is designed for safety and security by virtue of our faithful Neighborhood Watch under the guidance of our Harlingen Police & Combes Police. Our CERT Team works with the Harlingen Fire Department. But we understand it is everyone’s responsibility to be prepared, be smart and mess up the plans of the Bad Guys. NW Block Captains are a great communication strategy – you are doorsteps away from the action or the concern. You can affect messaging and tactics. There are nine streets. The longer streets should have several Co-Captains and its covered. Encourage residents to express their experiences and offer a safe space to air concerns. And don’t forget in thinking of a project – remember it can be part of a social activity. (COVID-19 constrictions considered). Call me if you are interested. Everybody: Responsibilities: Be alert. Know your neighbors and look out for each other. Strange things happen in plain sight. Cars, vans, trucks moving slowly thru streets with no apparent destination or without lights, a stranger sitting in a vehicle…. should cause concern. Call 911 for emergencies or 956 216 5940 to report suspicious activity. You will talk with the Harlingen PD dispatcher -- explain what happened. Have your thoughts together. Describe the suspect – sex race age ht wt hair color clothing (gangs have tattoos, use colors to ID their gang), other distinctive characteristics – beard, mustache, scars, accent etc. Any guns or drugs – establishes a higher priority. Where were they headed? On foot, vehicle, bicycle etc. Do Not pick up their packages! Describe the vehicle – color make model year plate special features – bangs, dents, decals, stickers etc.) FYI: You are invited -- as a sidebar, not NW, John and I watch over the AED and the Stop the Bleed bags. They are not a NW-CERT project. If you want a COVID-19 compliant orientation or would like to know more, please notify us. The AED is in a RED cabinet hanging on the wall facing the Pool (rear outer wall of the Library – Office building. If you have to use it CALL 9 1 1 first. Next NW-CERT meeting -- Monday 15 February (3rd Monday) – Virtual Corvid commandments: Wear your mask Wash your hands Social Distancing Act Responsibly😷 Sent 2020-11-15: Neighborhood Watch VIRTUAL Meeting Monday 16 November 2020 - Dear Friends, Please take some time and review this info. Thanks Lenore J Combs 956 234 1276 NW - CERT Coordinator 😷❤ ************************************************************** Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008) SCCE - Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team. Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for each other! VIRTUAL Agenda – Monday – 16 November 2020 3pm ​ Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276 LJCombs44@gmail.com Dear NW-CERT Volunteers and Friends, Introduction: Good afternoon! Let’s treat this format as though we were really at our meeting. The Corvid Commandments have cramped our style but not our spirit. Let’s give our NW-CERT Volunteers a big round of applause for their time and talent regarding NW responsibilities. NW-CERT meetings are open meetings – we welcome you whether or not you volunteer and we welcome your constructive ideas. (Wow, I sure do miss having our meetings in person). There are many varied NW projects in which to get involved – so call me. (virtual) Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance, Moment of Silence – thoughts for special intentions, Introduction of guests or new residents. Anyway, the holidays are closing in and from our point of view, CORVID to Cybercrime, it can be a challenge to get past the obstacle course. Thoughts and prayers go out to one and all – stay strong and have a great Happy Thanksgiving. The last two meetings covered Disaster Preparedness and Fire Prevention topics but this month let’s plan to outsmart the Bad Guys for the Holidays. Keep a few lights on for the Porch Pirates. They’ll be checking driveways for their Christmas presents. Cybercrime is a serious concern. Pyramid schemes and Phishing scams are in fashion - keep a sharp eye out. Don’t be a statistic. (predicted over $189 billion dollars during the Holiday days will be secretly snatched). A few creative scams: - is for CORVID testing. The FDA does have some legit “Home Kits” but many are not approved nor are they accurate. Medicare beneficiaries are the perfect target. There are also fake “testing sites”. Fake phishing scams, phone calls, emails claiming to be from the CDC, stimulus scams, charity scams, miracle cure scams, shopping scams, app scams, coupon scams from ads from retailer websites, Pet Adoption scams and the beat goes on. If it sounds too good to be true – follow your instincts. Don’t click on suspect links. Keep your personal info close (SS numbers, credit cards, bank account info etc.) Check your devices. Are your passwords strong? Are you using the 2-factor authentication? Only shop thru trusted sources. Is the deal the deal? If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck – It is a duck! Use safe methods for your purchases. What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that Cyber criminals love! They extort money from you – very easy. When activated, ransomware encrypts information stored on your computer and the attached network drive. It demands a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key. Ransomware incidents can severely impact business processes and compromise the data they need to operate. (Very heavy subject but many good resources and training are available). And now for something lighter and fun…….. How ‘bout we schedule a VIRTUAL Finger Lickin’ Chicken fundraiser for the Neighborhood Watch. These funds will be graciously welcomed and scrupulously used. We could schedule it for January or just make a check out to Neighborhood Watch. I need your feedback. New Business: Sgt. Michael Fechner HPD is our NW Liaison. Assistant Chief Miryam Anderson assigns an Officer to be our contact for consultation since PD does not currently come to our meetings. (Corvid stuff). The other day we did receive a “TOYS FOR TOTS” box. This is a partnership with the Marine Corps. A SEPO notification will come out with details. “Shop With A Cop” and other Christmas wrapping parties are in the works but no details yet. OLD BUSINESS: Patrol Schedule: Linda Jones Contact Linda if you wish to help out. There is always room for you and we can always use temporary help. Give it come consideration, please McGruffmobile – please notify Lenore by phone if there are any concerns with the golf cart or its equipment rather than just leaving a note. I noticed a squeak in the rear driver side last night. Rich Debackere looks after the McGruffmobile for routine stuff – batteries, working condition etc. Thanks to him for a most appreciated job. SEPO has it insured as though it was SEPO equipment. Flashlights: I could use a volunteer to do the Flashlite batteries (keep then charged) – simple job and very appreciated. We are doing 2 Patrols a night now and in the dark (sort of). Jean has charged them all summer and could use a break. Thanks to her. NW Dog Watch - a new addition to Sunshine’s assets. You are all deputized. Make your own hours. You and your pup just keep an extra pair of eyes and ears out for suspicious or unusual behavior. If ya see somethin’ – say somethin’. To report SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, call 956 216 5940. You will get a human dispatcher so have your story straight – who what when where – any drugs, any colors, direction of travel etc. Tell them you are NW from Sunshine. Sunshine Street Strutters – you are back on duty. Your “strutting orders” are like Dog Watch. Stay alert, call in suspicious activity. How ‘bout a NW Bike Patrol? Vendor Program: This program was removed by a SEPO Board decision last year at a SEPO Informational meeting. (under protest by me). The game plan was that VENDORS and CONTRACTORS – must report to the Office. NW Orange Cards were issued especially if their vehicle was not clearly and visibly identified by a Business Logo on the vehicle. It was each resident’s responsibility to make sure they reported in. The home-owner could also get a supply or Orange Cards from me for their project. These Orange NW cards were placed in the worker’s vehicle (dashboard) to show they were invited. (stuff happens in plain sight). Would like your input to resurrect this again. The SEPO Informational Meetings were the forum back in the old days. As a word of caution, our Front Gate has not been on duty. More and more traffic is coming through by the nature of more folks here now. Emphasis – (beg your indulgence, but worth repeating) - If there is a vehicle in here without ID – consider it suspicious. Inquire nicely as to the nature of their business – if it smells fishy – get the PLATE! If you see something – say something! And – we have a sign NO SOLICITING – big as life on our Front Gate. That means no door-to-door bologna. If anything, “vendors” should report to the Office. Authenticity can be verified by them having been issued a City of Harlingen ID tag. (I’m sure you are aware but sometimes “official” shirts etc. that are carelessly left in a 2nd Hand Store and can be a Bad Guy’s dream. Once I even bought a Homeland Security shirt – official emblem and all). Block Captains – who’s where? (I still don’t have a current list) Each of our 9 streets should have a Block Captain and sufficient Co-Captains depending on the numbers of homes there. You are simply an extra pair of “eyes and ears”. There is an official NW guide available. Montana Nebraska Missouri Michigan Indiana Wisconsin Iowa Minnesota Kansas Surveillance assets: If anyone wants to volunteer to help with these duties, please call me. IR Sensaphone – Storage Lot Cameras – Front gate Buzzers and solar lights….. resident responsibility - still a good idea – some areas are still very dark on streets and behind or in between homes. Bad Guys are allergic to light. They belong to SEPO but a NW volunteer to assist would be very welcomed. Operation ID – signup sheet Operation ID Inventory sheet Get your stuff ID’d, take pictures and build an inventory – serial numbers and all. Make a CD. Then we can engrave your stuff and then the PD and you have this on a file in case of. Your Insurance company will luv it. Almost done- FYI (as a side bar, not NW) – John and I watch over the AED and the Stop the Bleed bags. They are not a NW-CERT project. If you want a CORVID compliant orientation or would like to know more, please notify us. The AED is in a RED cabinet hanging on the wall facing the Pool (rear outer wall of the Library – Office building). If you have to use it CALL 9 1 1 first. Next NW-CERT meeting -- Monday 21 December– Virtual Corvid commandments: Wear your mask Wash your hands Social Distancing Act Responsibly ​ ************************************************************** Sent 2020-10-18: NW - CERT virtual meeting for Monday 19 October 2020 - Dear Friends, Please enjoy this virtual meeting. Our mission for NW-CERT is a sincere effort by all to keep Sunshine a safe place to live. Covid-19 Commandments have cramped our style for getting the word out. The new normalcy has had a weird effect on folks. With our comradery we can overcome frustrations and still give back to our community. I included a Fire safety test - thought it would add a new dimension to your skill set 😀 Thanks -- Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276 Coordinator NW-CERT 😷❤󾓦🎃 ​ Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008) SCCE - Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team. Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for each other! VIRTUAL Agenda – Monday -- 19 October 2020 Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276 LJCombs44@gmail.com Dear NW-CERT Volunteers and Friends, Introduction: Good afternoon! Let’s treat this format as though we were really at our meeting. The Covid-19 Commandments have cramped our style but not our spirit. First let’s greet our NW-CERT Volunteers and give them a loud resounding round of applause for their time and talent concerning NW responsibilities. SEPO residents are special too. Whether or not you are aware, you all are working “under cover”. We expect you to keep an extra eye out – this is our community. And especially we invite our newer residents – “be part of something that matters”. We miss meeting you for the personal touch and we hope the spirit of Sunshine will grab you because this is a great place. NW-CERT meetings are open meetings – we welcome you whether or not you volunteer. However, here is a community opportunity to give back so that Sunshine can remain a safe place to live, play and retire. Safety and security are everyone’s responsibility. Your input is important to us. We have 304 homes here – if each family gave some support and/or time, it would make a dream come true. (virtual) Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance, Moment of Silence – thoughts for special intentions, Introduction of guests or new residents. We have patrols 365. Summer (April – September at 8:30pm) and two Winter patrols a night (October – March 8:30p and 10:30pm). You will be fully oriented and will not have a job for life. Linda Jones makes the schedules. Contact her for details and specifics (573-631-7849). We have almost every night covered but could always use a spare volunteer. We have several other associated projects too. Call me. Lenore (956-245-1276). OCTOBER is Fire Prevention Month. In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association named the second week of October in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Let’s raise awareness, educate our families and our community. Three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms. Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan. 60% of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms in their home. Our local Harlingen Fire Department (FD) cannot be here to teach us about fire safety. Last year, in Retz Hall, we practiced on a FD training tool for fire extinguishers. By the way – have you checked yours lately? What about your Smoke Alarms? Did you know hearing impaired types are also available? And how’s your CO2 alarms? Daylight Savings Time goes bye-bye on 1 November – great time to check out your fire safety stuff! And don’t forget to thank a firefighter – they are on the front line 24 x 7. Did you know many are also Paramedics? They have been pairing with EMS accompanying many calls as a safety issue. Treasurer’s Report: (available for asking) We have $1034.29 in Lone Star National Bank. Records are available upon request. I would like another volunteer signer, please. An annual audit would be appropriate now too. The generator once donated to us many years ago from a dear Sunshine family was removed from our responsibility. It needed work and care. A patron offered us a donation of $100.00. Food for Thought! Usually at this time of year we plan a Finger Lickin’ Chicken fundraiser for our Neighborhood Watch. -- The McGruffmobile - gets rode hard and put up wet! Funds acquired are for Golf Cart maintenance etc., items for the Golf cart (enclosed cover, flashlights, batteries, fire extinguishers, First Aid kit etc. and other NW needs.) These funds are overseen. In the pre-Covid-19 days, Harlingen Firefighter volunteers did a spectacular FLC grilling activity out by our Gazebo. ½ chubby chicken surrounded in Mesquite wood slow cooked and all! Yum. And the neighbors knew the deal was on because of the tempting aroma along Texas Avenue. The firefighters (on their day off) would begin at o’dark-thirty and finish up about 4pm. We had NW volunteers shuffle these yummy chickens back to Retz Hall. (HOT). The fixins’ were ready and furnished (Potato Salad, Slaw, authentic Mexican beans, bread, jalapenos, pickles and yummy desert, coffee, Iced Tea or water. Such a deal! Let’s think about a VIRTUAL FLC if the real deal can’t be possible. The funds were graciously welcomed and scrupulously used. The real deal was usually held in January. New Business Sgt. Michael Fechner HPD is our NW Liaison. Assistant Chief Miryam Anderson will assign him to us for consultation since PD does not currently come to our meetings (Covid-19 stuff). We are waiting to hear who will be our CERT contact from the Harlingen Fire Department as we have cancelled our CERT meetings at the Fire Station for now. Throughout the year, whether it was weather or Bad Guys, Chief Anderson checked on us and so did the HFD CERT. We are especially lucky to have such Guardian Angels take an interest in us. And don’t forget the Town of Combes – Chief Patrick Quill has also been in touch with me by phone and or email – just checking in. How ‘bout you drop them a note to say Thanks. NW and CERT literature is available from me if you would like more info. The 2020 – 2021 Sunshine NW-CERT Welcome Letter is out for residents. It is also available on the Web site HERE . I created a Neighborhood Watch tri-fold brochure and one for CERT for your consideration. If we move forward with the plan to print these, I would have to send them out and pay the fee. We would need discussion and a vote. In the old days, we were represented at Harlingen Market Days on Jackson, Viva Streets, National Night Out and Welcome Home Winter Texan Festival plus other HPD, HFD and Combes events. Handouts and other materials were part of it. NW Dog Watch is a new addition to Sunshine’s assets. You are all deputized. Wish we could get collars for this activity. – they are available for a fee. OLD BUSINESS: Patrol Schedule: Linda Jones October’s is out and November plus is in the works. Contact Linda if you wish to help out. Thanks to all who covered patrols with heat, ‘skiters and knats. McGruffmobile – please notify Lenore by phone if there are any concerns with the golf cart or its equipment rather than just leaving a note. Rich Debackere (Winter Texan) looks after the McGruffmobile for routine stuff – batteries, working condition etc. Thanks to him for a most appreciated job. SEPO has it insured as though it was SEPO equipment. Flashlights: I could use a volunteer to do the Flashlight batteries (keep then charged) – simple job and very appreciated. Jean has done it all summer and could use a break. Thanks to her. Vendor Program: This program was removed by a SEPO Board decision last year at a SEPO Informational meeting. (under protest by me). The game plan was that VENDORS and CONTRACTORS – must report to the Office. NW Orange Cards were issued especially if their vehicle was not clearly and visibly identified by a Business Logo on the vehicle. It was each resident’s responsibility to make sure they reported in. The home-owner could also get a supply of Orange Cards from me for their project. These Orange NW cards were placed in the worker’s vehicle (dashboard) to show they were invited. (stuff happens in plain sight). Would like your input to resurrect this again. Our motivation for the Vendor Program was that one of our Seniors was taken advantage of by a smooth-talking swindler, in broad daylight for $51,000, which her son later discovered. She drove him three times to the bank to remove the money. They were caught on tape but the scam could not be pursued because she was with him. Bank officials and Police looked into it. Emphasis – if there is a vehicle in here without ID – consider it suspicious. Inquire nicely as to the nature of their business – if it smells fishy – get the PLATE! Our Sunshine Street Strutters were most vigilant on this duty as well as those casually patrolling while on their morning walk. If you see something – say something! And – we have a sign - NO SOLICITING – big as life on our Front Gate. That means no door-to-door bologna. If anything, “vendors” should report to the Office. Authenticity can be verified by them having been issued a City of Harlingen ID tag. (I’m sure you are aware but sometimes “official” shirts etc. that are carelessly left in a 2nd Hand Store and can be a Bad Guy’s dream. Once even bought a Homeland Security shirt – official emblem and all). Block Captains – who’s where? Each of our 9 streets should have a Block captain and sufficient Co-Captains depending on the numbers of homes there. You are simply an extra pair of “eyes and ears”. There is an official NW guide available. Contact me if you are be interested: Montana Nebraska Missouri Michigan Indiana Wisconsin Iowa Minnesota Kansas Surveillance assets: IR Sensaphone – Storage Lot Cameras – Front gate Buzzers and solar lights….. resident responsibility - still a good idea – some areas are still very dark on streets and behind or in between homes. Bad Guys are allergic to light. They belong to SEPO but a NW volunteer to assist would be very welcomed. Operation ID – signup sheet Operation ID Inventory sheet Get your stuff ID’d, take pictures and build an inventory – serial numbers and all. Make a CD. Then we can engrave your stuff and then the PD and you have this on a file in case of. Your Insurance company will luv it. Almost done- FYI (as a side bar, not NW) – John and I watch over the AED and the Stop the Bleed bags. Sometimes funds for supplies for these items come from the Women’s Club or from SEPO as they are not a NW-CERT project. If you want an orientation, please notify us. The AED is in a RED cabinet hanging on the wall facing the Pool (rear outer wall of the Library – Office building). If you have to use it CALL 9 1 1 first . John and I teach these classes and Pete Moreno, Supervisor for local EMS has evaluated our program several times. One “Stop The Bleed” bag is in the Library, one is in the Woodshop and the third is at the Worker’s shop area. This “First Aid Kit on steroids” should not be used for simple cuts & bruises. Thank you. They contain special products for Stop – The – Bleed life threatening issues. Next meeting -- Monday 15 November – Virtual Should be much shorter because now you know the nuts ‘n bolts. Covid-19 commandments: Wear your mask Wash your hands Social Distancing Act Responsibly Have a Happy Spooktacular Quarantine -- O – Ween ******************************************************** NW – CERT Fire Prevention Quiz: 1. How many house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms? 40 60 75 80 2. How many times should you check your smoke alarms? Once a week Once every 2 weeks Once a month Once every 6 months 3. How often should you check the battery? Every year Every 2 months Every 6 months Every 10 years 4. How often should you replace Smoke Alarms? Never Every 5 years Every 10 years Every 20 years 5. How many escape routes should household members have? 2 3 5 1 6. When using a fire extinguisher what word should you remember? PULL PRESS PLAT PASS 7. Items should be how far away from places that produce heat (fireplaces, space heaters, etc.)? One foot Two feet Three feet Four feet 8. How many times should you practice an escape plan with your family? One time a year Two times a year Three times a year Four times a year 9. How many minutes do you have to escape a fire? 2 minutes 5 minutes 10 minutes 20 minutes 10. A Smoke Alarm should be replaced 10 years from the date of: Activation Installation Manufacture Purchase 11. Smoke alarm date of manufacture is found: On the back of the smoke alarm Inside the smoke alarm On the front of the smoke alarm On the test button 12. To check the date of manufacture you need to: Remove the smoke alarm Test it Turn it Feel it 13. A closed door will slow the spread of: Smoke Heat Fire All of the above 14. Interconnected smoke alarms are the best because: If 1 sounds, they all sound Only 1 will sound Sound travels They are installed in every room 15. A Smoke Alarm should be installed by: A child’s bedroom A Master bedroom A guest room Every sleeping room 16. If the Smoke Alarm sounds: Check for a fire Go outside and stay out Look for smoke Open windows and stay inside 17. Half of the home fires happen between: 7am – 11 am 11 am – 7pm 7pm – 11pm 11pm – 7am 18. About 60% of home fire deaths happen in home fires with: Working smoke alarms No working smoke alarms No smoke alarms No working or no smoking smoke alarms 19. When smoke alarms are present but do not operate, it is usually because they Are defective Have a dead battery Have missing or disconnected batteries Are improperly installed 20. The leading cause of home fires is: Cooking Electrical Heating Smoking 21. Every home needs: Working smoke alarms Smoke alarms on every level Inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area An escape plan All of the above NW-CERT (Prev to Oct 2020) Back to Top

  • D/W/M Details (2021-2022) | sunshine

    Activities: Day/Week/Month (2021-2022) Additional Details SUN 4:00 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: Daily / Golf Course) Contact: Donna Meyers (or just Show Up) Time/Location: 3:45 pm, Meet in front of Sunburst Building to pick teams. 4:00 pm, play starts on Sunshine Golf Course. Teams picked by drawing cards. It is Scramble play for Fun & Exercise - no money or prizes. All skill levels welcome. Final scores are compared at the end if anyone hangs around MON 8 - 11 am, Tennis (All Year: Mon, Wed, Fri / Tennis Court) Contact: Vic Hillman Location: Tennis Courts Details: Furnish your own equipment Rotate foursomes, no teams Lots of skill levels, no problem Lots of fun. Not to serious. Come watch us. ​ 8:30 - 9:30 am, Water Aerobics: First Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) Contact: Lenore Combs Location: Pool Details: Everyone Welcome. Play Music CDs that contain the Workout Instructions. 9:30 - 10:30 am, Water Aerobics: Second Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) Contact: Cathy Chajec Location: Pool Details: Everyone Welcome. Play Music CDs that contain the Workout Instructions. ​ 9 am - noon, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) Contact: Vic Hilman or Pat Harvey Location: Woodshop Details: Hours: Normal (Winter Seasons) - Woodshop is open for use (as long as a 'monitor' is available) Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to noon AND 1 to 4 pm. Summer 2021 - The woodshop will continue to operate on the days when a monitor is present. As we come nearer to the summer season, two woodworkers will make themselves available on specific days of the week. Vic Hillman will serve as monitor every Tuesday from 9 am until noon. Pat Harvey will serve as monitor every Friday from 9 am until noon. In fairness to the Monitors, if there is little activity, they may close early, so if you wait until 5 minutes before closing time you may be disappointed. If you have a crisis need, you can contact any Monitor to find a time other than the above. Enjoy the summer. No fee (most HOAs, RV resorts charge a fee). Shop is open to members year around. Shop is a 40' by 60' building. Woodworking building holds the latest and some of the best woodworking tools around. The lathes are used often. Members can work with power equipment after attending a Safety and Information class. ​ 9:30 - 12:30 pm, Line Dancing: Beginner (All Year: Weekly / Retzlaff) Contact/Instructor: Donna Myers Location: Retzlaff Hall Music: Dance to all kinds (Country, Rock 'N Roll, Tango, Mambo, Big Band etc.) Other Details: Most dances are beginner or intermediate. Class moves fast. Dancers are experienced. Would be too hard for ultra beginners. 1 - 4 pm, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) Refer to Monday (9 AM) info above for additional details. 1 - 4 pm, Cards: Bridge (Winter: Weekly / Card Room) Contact: Trudy Weitzel Location: Card Room Details: No partner or signup needed. You skill level doesn't matter. Just bring five nickels and have fun. ​ ​ 4 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: Daily / Golf Course) Refer to Sunday info above for additional details. 6:00 pm Bible Study/Movie Group (Winter: Jan thru Apr / Retzlaff) Contact: Warren Hertel Location: Retzlaff Hall Length of Time: 1.5 to 2 hrs Details: Faith-based movies will be shown generally lasting 1.5-2 hrs. In addition we will be showing movies of Sight and Sound theater Productions filmed at the live productions at one of their two locations. There will also be various discussions related to Old Testament marriage customs and the seven feasts as they relate to Christianity. 6:30 - 8:30 pm??, Cards: Euchre (Winter: Weekly / Card Room) Contact: John Chajec Location: Card room TUE 8 - 11 am, Pickleball (All Year: Tue & Thu / Tennis Court) Contact: Marlene Hall (or just Show Up) Location: Tennis Courts (Pickleball nets are put up in place of the Tennis nets.) Details: All skill levels of players are invited to come out and enjoy the Fun and get some Exercise. We do have two Pickleball Courts (set up on the Tennis Court) which accommodate four players on each court at a time. Whoever arrives first usually starts the process of setting up the net. As more people arrive we assess the need for another net to go up. Some like to play continuous and some like to take a rest between games. Wind: We have had some pretty windy days when we choose not to play. In the fall, we need volunteers to put up the “wind” screen that will help block a lot of that wind hazard. 8:30 am - 9:30 am, Water Aerobics: First Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Water Aerobics: Second Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) Refer to Monday info above for additional details. 8:15 & 10 am, Men's Golf League: Two Separate Tee Times (Winter: Weekly / Golf Course) 9 am, Men's Golf League: Only One T ee Time (Summer: Weekly / Golf Course) Contact: Rocky Lockwood or Matt Lyne Location: Sunshine Golf Course. Come to Retzlaff Hall prior to starting play. Cost: Dues - Yearly: $20 Weekly Play: $1 Hole-In-One Money Cache: $2 puts you in the running. Signup: If you plan to golf on Tuesday you need to have your name on the signup sheet by noon Monday. The sheet is located on the Men's Golf League bulletin board in the Library.​ Teams are formed according to who is playing at what time. 9 am to noon, Woodshop open (Summer & Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) Refer to Monday (9 AM) info above for additional details. ​ 12:30 - 2:30 pm, Billiards: Texas 8 Ball (Winter: Tue, Thu, Sat / Pool Room) Contact: Bob Auclair (or just Show Up) Location: Pool Room Everyone welcome to play. 1 - 3 pm, Game - Mahjong (Winter: Weekly / Card Room) Contact: Heidi Dill Location: Card Room Participants: Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Newbies welcome to come learn the game. 1 - 4 pm, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) Refer to Monday (9 AM) info above for additional details. 4:00 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: Daily / Golf Course) Refer to Sunday info above for additional details. ​ 6:30 - 9 pm, Cards: Men's Poker (Winter: Tue & Thu / Card Room ) Contact: Jack Baethke Location: Card Room WED 8 - 11 am, Tennis (All Year: Mon, Wed, Fri / Tennis Court) Refer to Monday info above for additional details. 8:30 am - 9:30 am, Water Aerobics: First Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Water Aerobics: Second Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) Refer to Monday info above for additional details. 9 am to noon, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) Refer to Monday (9 AM) info above for additional details. ​ 9:00 am, Ladies' Summer Golf Tee time (Summer (Apr - Oct): Weekly / Golf Course) NOTE: Summer Women's Golf starts first Wed in Apr and ends last Wed in Oct. Contact: Donna Myers Location: Sunshine Golf Course Be at the Library at 8:30 am for hole assignment and announcements. Play begins at 9 am. Cost: ??? More Details: Play is open to all property owners and renters, no matter what skill level. 9:00 am, Ladies' Winter Golf League Tee time (Winter (Nov - Mar): Weekly / Golf Course) NOTE: Winter Women's Golf League starts first Wed in Nov and ends last Wed in Mar. Contact: Terry DeBackere Location: Sunshine Golf Course Be at the Library at 8:30 am for hole assignment and announcements. Play begins at 9 am. Cost: $25 More Details: Membership is open to all property owners and renters, no matter what skill level. Fun special events are being planned. 1 - 4 pm, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) Refer to Monday (9 AM) info above for additional details. 1 - 4 ?? pm, Cards & Board Games (Winter: Weekly / Card Room) Contact: Bev McIntosh Location: Card Room Details: We play various types of Cards and Board Games - Whatever you are in the mood for.​ 4 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: Daily / Golf Course) Refer to Sunday info above for additional details. 7 - ?? pm, Cards: Pinochle (Winter: Weekly / Card Room) Contact: Bev Jamison Location: Card Room Details: ??? ​ THU 8 - 11 am, Pickleball ( All Year: Tue & Thu / Tennis Court) Refer to Tuesday info above for additional details. 8:30 am - 9:30 am, Water Aerobics: First Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Water Aerobics: Second Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) Refer to Monday info above for additional details. 9 am to noon, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) Refer to Monday (9 AM) info above for additional details. 9 am to noonish; sew to 3 pm, Quilters: Killer Bees (All Year: Weekly - via Z00M video call until quilters decide to return to Retzlaff Hall ) Contact: Jan Baethke Location: Retzlaff Hall eventually Details - Once Covid-19 restrictions were removed: Meetings/Schedule: Meetings consist of every week briefly going over what is on our schedule. The schedule changes every year depending on what projects the members want to do/learn. The schedule is usually created in April and covers the next Nov through Apr. ​The days that we have a class/project scheduled we do bring our machines to the hall and sew after the meeting and our "Show and Tell", until about 3 pm. Of the 80-90 ladies throughout the RGV that come each Thursday, Dec - April, usually 15-20 will stay and sew. Every other year/season we have a quilt show that is usually in February or March. Our yearly retreat is to The Retreat House in Rockport (Quilting/Scrapbooking/The Retreat House) . We were booked thru 2021 for our stay; usually in Nov or Dec. Details - When Covid-19 restrictions were in place: Continuing with the “new normal”, the Killer Bees (a quilting group that isn’t like your grandmother’s quilting group) are still meeting via ZOOM each Thursday morning at 9 AM. If you'd like to "ZOOM" with us at 9 AM most Thursdays, let Jan Baethke (janb5099@yahoo.com ) know and she'll email you the link. Our ZOOM meetings cover conversations about what's happening with the Covid-19 issue, and some “Show and Tell” of what we've sewn in the past week. Sometimes we'll have a quilt-related demo. I AM getting our new schedule together...with fingers crossed that we WILL be meeting in person at Retzlaff Hall next Fall, Thursday mornings at 9 AM. Here's a few of our activities for next winter: A No Sew Star Tree Ornament; Making fabric from your fabric scraps called Mile-A-Minute; a chopped fabric landscape; always a fun Mystery Quilt project; and maybe something with Jelly-Rolls!! You just have to come and see what that we do with Jelly-Rolls!! Hope to "see" you Thursday mornings. If you have any questions, call or text 956-357-2218 (Be sure to let me know in a text who you are). Our group...The Killer Bees...is very informal. 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Billiards: Texas 8 Ball (Winter: Tue, Thu, Sat / Pool Room) Refer to Tuesday info above for additional details 1 - 3 pm, Game - Mahjong (Winter: Weekly / Library: unless ACC is meeting there ) Contact: Sue Swidryk Location: Library (unless ACC is meeting there) Participants: Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Newbies welcome to come learn the game. 1 - 4 pm, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) Refer to Monday (9 AM) info above for additional details. ​ 1 - 3 pm, Cards: Hand and Foot (Winter: Weekly / Card Room) Contact: Karen Baase Location: Card Room Details: Open to all ladies who wish to play. Partner helpful but not required. If too many show up, some offer to go home. We also call ladies if we need more players. If you have never played, experienced players are always willing to teach you. You can bring a snack, but don't have to every time. Coffee is available. Hand and Foot is an easy game to learn and doesn't take much concentration, so it's easy to visit with each other. 4 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: Daily / Golf Course) Refer to Sunday info above for additional details. 4:30 pm - Whenever, Happy Hour (All Year: weekly / Pavilion) Contact: Just Show Up Location: Pavilion Details: Propane heaters (2 of them) are available if the weather gets on the chilly side. This event is NOT a potluck. Bring "finger food" to share if you plan to partake yourself. BYOB If you don't want to eat and/or drink, just come and join in the fun. We have a blast. ​ 6:30 - 9 pm, Cards: Men's Poker (Winter: Tue & Thu / Card Room ) Refer to Tuesday info above for additional details. FRI 8 - 11 am, Tennis (All Year: Mon, Wed, Fri / Tennis Court) Refer to Monday info above for additional details. 8:30 am - 9:30 am, Water Aerobics: First Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Water Aerobics: Second Session (All Year: Mon thru Fri / Pool) Refer to Monday info above for additional details. 9 am to noon, Woodshop open (Summer & Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) Refer to Monday (9 AM) info above for additional details. 1 - 3 pm, Line Dancing: Beginner (All Year: Weekly / Retzlaff) Contact/Instructor: Donna Myers Location: Retzlaff Hall Music: Dance to all kinds (Country, Rock 'N Roll, Tango, Mambo, Big Band etc.) Other Details: Dances are for beginners, but anyone can join in. 10 - 11:30 am, Women's Bible Study (Winter / Card Room) Contact: Val Hertel Dates: Jan 22, 2022 thru Mar 22, 2022) Location: Card Room Other Details: Everyone is welcome. We study Books of the Bible. 1 - 4 pm, Woodshop open (Winter: When Monitor is Onsite / Woodshop) Refer to Monday (9 AM) info above for additional details. 4 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: Daily / Golf Course) Refer to Sunday info above for additional details. 1 - 3 pm, Game - Mahjong (Winter: Weekly / Library: unless ACC is meeting there ) Contact: Sue Swidryk Location: Library (unless ACC is meeting there) Participants: Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Newbies welcome to come learn the game. 7 - 9 pm, Cards: Friday Night (Resume 06-11-2021: Weekly / Card Room) Contact: Mecca Henry Location: Card Room Details: Arrive by 6:45 pm . Play starts at 7 pm. No partner required. Join us for a fun and enjoyable night out with friends who love to play cards. We are open to playing multiple types of card games. SAT 9 am, Golf Scramble (Winter: Weekly / Golf Course) Contact: The Clarks. There is not an existing committee or formal leader. These scrambles are conducted by volunteers among the players. Details: All skill levels are welcome and teams are balanced by handicap, as well as possible. Early sign-up helps. Sign up in Library by noon Friday. The cost is $1 and should be deposited in the Saturday Box in the lounge. 10:00 am, Cards: Duplicate Bridge (Winter: Weekly / Retzlaff Hall ) ​ Contact: Jean Burgoine​​ 12:30 - 2:30 pm, Billiards: Texas 8 Ball (Winter: Tue, Thu, Sat / Pool Room) Refer to Tuesday info above for additional details 4 pm, Golf Scramble: O'Clockers (All Year: Daily / Golf Course) Refer to Sunday info above for additional details. 6:30 - 8:30 pm , Game - Mahjong (Winter: Weekly / Library ) Contact: Heidi Dill Location: Library Participants: Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Newbies welcome to come learn the game. Back to Top

  • Potlucks: Monthly/Special (Summer 2021) | sunshine

    Potluck Dinner Details (Summer 2021) Potluck Dinners are normally held monthly during the Summer Season. ​ Contact: Marian Young Location: Retzlaff Hall Time: 4:00 pm, Doors Open 4:30 pm, Happy Hour 5:00 pm, Eat 6:00 pm, Cleanup ​ Summer 2021 Dates: ​ Apr 29 - Monthly (Cancelled) May 27 - Monthly (Combined w/May 31) May 31 - Memorial Day (Complete) Jun 24 - Monthly Jul 3 - After Golf Scramble Jul 4 - Fourth of July (Cancelled) Jul 29 - Monthly Aug 26 - Monthly Sep 6 - Labor Day Sep 30 - Monthly ************************* UPCOMING Golfing & Potluck (July 3, 2021) Sent 2021-06-21: Golfing and Pot Luck -- Saturday JULY 3rd 2021 - Dear Friends, Mark your calendars - Everyone invited. There will be a Sunshine Saturday Golf scramble on Saturday 3 JULY 2021. Tee time 9am - to be followed by a community Potluck at 5pm (social 4:30pm). We hope to see many of you participate. Per Marian Young: The JUNE Community Potluck is still on for the 24th of June. The JULY Potlucks are now as follows: The July 4th Community Potluck is being moved to July 3rd. The second Community Potluck for JULY is still on for the 29th of July. Back to the 3rd of July......... You can do one or both events -- Golf Scramble and/or Potluck OR both. Sign-up: There is a sign-up sheet in the Library for the Golf and for the Potluck. Judy Parker and Lenore Combs will do Golf sign-up. Grace and Warren Clark will do the Golf Pairings. There is a $5.00 Golf Entry Fee for awards - and an envelope provided. Please put your name and $5.00 for each Golfer in the envelope. Drop your envelope in the designated locked box. Social 4:30pm & Potluck 5pm in Retzlaff Hall - Marian Young Business as usual, thanks to Marian. The reason for the sign-up sheet is for us to set out enough tables etc. There is no fee, but bring a dish to pass to serve 6 - 8 folks, please. One more thing: FYI The City of Harlingen is hosting Freedom Fest on July 3rd 4pm - 9pm. Lon C. Hill Park Fireworks begin at 9pm. So who says Harlingen is a sleepy little town with nothing to do ????? God Bless America 😊❤ Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276 (scribe) ************************* COMPLETE Summer Potluck (Memorial Day: May 31, 2021) Sent 2021-05-24: Save The Date: Upcoming Summer Potluck - Hey Everyone, Our first Summer Potluck will take place on Memorial Day! I have reserved Retzlaff Hall from 4 to 6 pm. Because May 27 and Memorial Day are so close together, I decided to start on the 31st. The Thursday night social hour in the pavilion will still take place. Date: Monday May 31, 2021 Social half-hour start time is 4:30 pm. So come and find a place to sit, and visit with your neighbors. Bring a dish, or two to share with everyone. Time to Eat: 5:00 pm At about ten minutes till five, we will introduce guests and new residents. The Women's Club provides coffee, iced tea, plates, napkins, plastic utensils, and serving utensils. Feel free to bring your own plates, drinks, and silverware if you wish. Call or text me with any questions. 719-468-4556. Hope to see everyone there! Marian Young Top of Page

  • Golf (Summer 2021) | sunshine

    Golf (Summer 2021) Additional Details Top of Page Upcoming Ongoing ************************* UPCOMING Golfing & Potluck (July 3, 2021) Sent 2021-06-21: Golfing and Pot Luck -- Saturday JULY 3rd 2021 - Dear Friends, Mark your calendars - Everyone invited. There will be a Sunshine Saturday Golf scramble on Saturday 3 JULY 2021. Tee time 9am - to be followed by a community Potluck at 5pm (social 4:30pm). We hope to see many of you participate. Per Marian Young: The JUNE Community Potluck is still on for the 24th of June. The JULY Potlucks are now as follows: The July 4th Community Potluck is being moved to July 3rd. The second Community Potluck for JULY is still on for the 29th of July. Back to the 3rd of July......... You can do one or both events -- Golf Scramble and/or Potluck OR both. Sign-up: There is a sign-up sheet in the Library for the Golf and for the Potluck. Judy Parker and Lenore Combs will do Golf sign-up. Grace and Warren Clark will do the Golf Pairings. There is a $5.00 Golf Entry Fee for awards - and an envelope provided. Please put your name and $5.00 for each Golfer in the envelope. Drop your envelope in the designated locked box. Social 4:30pm & Potluck 5pm in Retzlaff Hall - Marian Young Business as usual, thanks to Marian. The reason for the sign-up sheet is for us to set out enough tables etc. There is no fee, but bring a dish to pass to serve 6 - 8 folks, please. One more thing: FYI The City of Harlingen is hosting Freedom Fest on July 3rd 4pm - 9pm. Lon C. Hill Park Fireworks begin at 9pm. So who says Harlingen is a sleepy little town with nothing to do ????? God Bless America 😊❤ Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276 (scribe) ************************* ONGOING Saturday Golf Scramble ​ I will organize this event for next Saturday, May 22, if at least 12 participants will sign up by next Friday noon. This would provide friendly competition of three (3) teams. All normal rules apply. If you have questions, please call me at 956-792-2931. Grace Clark ************************* ONGOING Women's Summer Golf ​ Ladies’ Summer Golf starts the first Wednesday in April. Tee Time is 9 AM. Tee Time is 8:30 AM when it get warmer. Meet at the Pavilion 1/2 hour before play starts. Donna Myers ************************* ONGOING (w/Time Changes throughout the Year) Golf Scramble (O'Clockers) (Guidelines for this Event are HERE .) ​ We will be starting the afternoon Scramble at 6 PM starting Monday, May 3rd. Open to all golfers in the community. Every level of golfer welcome. No charge. Meet beside shuffleboard court at 5:45 for team assignments. Just out for a fun time. ​ Donna Myers Back to Top

  • 2021-06 E-Mails | sunshine

    S EPO Community E-Mails: June 2021 Sent 2021-06-21: New 'Big Blue' Mailbox in Sunshine - Haven't most of you at one time or another needed to mail something from the USPS Big Blue mailbox located in front of the Tennis/Pickleball courts? Now when you need to do that, you will notice a much more appealing look to that box. In other words, a NEW box. It has taken a couple of months working with the Harlingen Postmaster to procure this new box. And it finally happened last week. See the 'before' and 'current' pictures below. SEPO Board BEFORE CURRENT Sent 2021-06-21: Golfing and Pot Luck -- Saturday JULY 3rd 2021 - Dear Friends, Mark your calendars - Everyone invited. There will be a Sunshine Saturday Golf scramble on Saturday 3 JULY 2021. Tee time 9am - to be followed by a community Potluck at 5pm (social 4:30pm). We hope to see many of you participate. Per Marian Young: The JUNE Community Potluck is still on for the 24th of June. The JULY Potlucks are now as follows: The July 4th Community Potluck is being moved to July 3rd. The second Community Potluck for JULY is still on for the 29th of July. Back to the 3rd of July......... You can do one or both events -- Golf Scramble and/or Potluck OR both. Sign-up: There is a sign-up sheet in the Library for the Golf and for the Potluck. Judy Parker and Lenore Combs will do Golf sign-up. Grace and Warren Clark will do the Golf Pairings. There is a $5.00 Golf Entry Fee for awards - and an envelope provided. Please put your name and $5.00 for each Golfer in the envelope. Drop your envelope in the designated locked box. Social 4:30pm & Potluck 5pm in Retzlaff Hall - Marian Young Business as usual, thanks to Marian. The reason for the sign-up sheet is for us to set out enough tables etc. There is no fee, but bring a dish to pass to serve 6 - 8 folks, please. One more thing: FYI The City of Harlingen is hosting Freedom Fest on July 3rd 4pm - 9pm. Lon C. Hill Park Fireworks begin at 9pm. So who says Harlingen is a sleepy little town with nothing to do ????? God Bless America 😊❤ Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276 (scribe) Sent 2021-06-21: NW-CERT information for June 2021 - Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008) SCCE - Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team. Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for each other! Sunshine NW-CERT notice NO Meeting on Monday 21 June 2021 Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276 LJCombs44@gmail.com A few words: We will NOT have a June NW-CERT meeting this month but hope to resume in July. My plan is to have a brief meet ‘n greet open house in Retzlaff Hall for an introduction, fellowship and dessert. We can also plan some classes. I will invite the Harlingen PD, Combes PD, the local EMS and the Harlingen Fire Department. The McGruffmobile: The “driver side” door came in and Charlie Gardner will put it on. The “passenger” side will be taken off and a new vinyl window replaced. May need some addition help with reassemble. The McGruffmobile - The Black Case has current resident info. We will have two (2) new Fire Extinguishers. The First Aid Box is current. The JULY schedule should be out soon, and Linda will send it to me. Lesson for the day: This season is forecasted to be wetter and warmer so Hurricane preparation may become a familiar part of our vocabulary. A word about our pets – Make sure you have a plan for Fluffy and Fido and other critters. If sudden emergencies arise there will be less stress if you include a plan for your pets. If evacuation is quick, having some extra supplies on hand is a good idea. Also, talking to your Veterinarian for other advice; being aware some public shelters may not be equipped to handle pets; some hotels do not allow pets etc. Is your pet microchipped? Maybe consider planning with neighbors, friends or relatives for availability to care or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. You can contact your local animal shelter if you are unsure how to care for your pet during an emergency. How ‘bout an Emergency Kit for your pet? Think about the basics for survival – food, water, meds. Maybe have 2 kits – one if you are sheltering in place and a lightweight version if you are evacuating. Remember to ensure contents stay fresh. Here’s a suggested list – several days of food, water, bowls, meds, collar w ID – harness, leash, crate or carrier, grooming needs, sanitations stuff- litter box, litter, newspapers, paper towels, trash bags etc. Don’t forget a picture of you and your pet together for ID purposes. And don’t forget their favorite toys. One more thing….. John and I are up to specs with COVID-19 instruction guidelines and are offering several classes free in a COVID-safe environment for all NW-CERT volunteers. We can review Hands-Only CPR and review the AED. First Aid and STOP-THE-BLEED are an option If we have a chance and maybe we can cover Near-drowning. Can’t say THANKS loud or long enough for all your volunteer efforts to make Sunshine a safer place to live and play. Next NW-CERT meeting -- Monday 19 JULY (3rd Monday) 3pm ​ Sent 2021-06-20: FOUND: Keys - (Update - the Keys have been claimed.) A large set of keys with a whistle was found somewhere along Minnesota Avenue. Jean Burgoine has them at her house and will turn them into the office by 8:30 in the morning. You may call Jean before 11 tonight if they are yours and you want them. Jean Burgoine ​ Sent 2021-06-20: AGENDA for Board Meeting on Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 1:00 PM CT - The Agenda for this meeting can be viewed/printed HERE . Valerie will be posting it outside of her office and on the poolside door to Retzlaff Hall on Monday morning. Beth Parrish SEPO Board Secretary sepoboardbeth@gmail.com 314-960-6710 ​ Sent 2021-06-15: UNAPPROVED: SEPO Board Meeting Minutes, June 10, 2021 - The UNNAPPROVED SEPO Board Meeting Minutes from June 10, 2021 are posted on the Sunshine Web site HERE . Or they can be viewed/printed HERE . Respectively Submitted, Beth Parrish SEPO Board Secretary 2021-06-15: Hot Tub - Yeah. Finally, the hot back is back in operation. Just give it a few hours to heat back up to 102 degrees. Thanks for your patience. Jean Burgoine ​ 2021-06-14: SEPO May 2021 Financials - Hello Fellow Homeowners, I am sending you the May Financials. They can be found HERE . Please let me know if you have any questions. Mecca Henry SEPO Board Treasurer (469) 766-4245 meccahen@yahoo.com ​ 2021-06-11: Video of Special SEPO Board Meeting held on June 10, 2021 - The Special SEPO Board meeting held on June 10, 2021 @ 1:30 PM was a Hybrid meeting. Retzlaff Hall was open to Board members and those who wished to attend in person. Some Board members and others attended this meeting “virtually”. This meeting was recorded and can be viewed from HERE . This same file can also be viewed from the Sunshine Web site HERE . The minutes from this meeting will be published next week. If you have any questions about this video or issues with viewing it, please let me know. Beth Parrish SEPO Board Secretary sepoboardbeth@gmail.com 314-960-6710 ​ 2021-06-09: Thursday Night Happy Hour - Our Thursday night Happy Hour starts at 4:00 pm in Retzlaff Hall. Bring your own beverage and if you wish an appetizer to share. Plates, silverware and napkins will be provided or you can bring your own. If your a golfer you can come and still have time to play with the O'Clockers. Everyone is Welcome. Ladonna Harvey ​ 2021-06-09: UPDATE: Palm Tree Trimming - We apologize for the setbacks on the trimming, the weather has been unpredictable. And now with the wind, trimming of the residential palms is still pending. They are going to try to get through them by the end of this week. Thank you for your patience... Valerie Basaldua SEPO Office ​ Sent 2020-06-08: VOLUNTEER NEEDED: Women's Club SEPO Newsletter Editor - Hi All. I hope everyone’s summer is going well. I’ve waited before sending this out to see what my time allocation between SEPO communications and being on the Board would turn out to be. What I anticipated was going to happen is happening. Between the Board and doing all SEPO communications I’m approaching overload. And knowing how much effort I will need to put forth to keep the Sunshine Web site up-to-date this coming winter season (now that the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted within Sunshine) I am resigning as Women's Club Primary Newsletter Editor . Both I and Janis McFee (Women's Club President) are hoping that one of you kind, friendly and willing female Sunshine residents will volunteer to take over this position starting with the next Newsletter. What I’m proposing ongoing is that the Primary Newsletter Editor : Prepare the SEPO E-News e-mails they want sent out for – * the initial e-mail notice that Newsletter articles are due by the 24th of the Month. * the final e-mail notice that Newsletter articles are due by the 24th of the Month. These e-mails generally don’t change much, if any, from month to month. Ensure the sender of the article is notified that it was received (This is a canned response). Review the article (content and accuracy of data) and work with the requestor to get the article finalized (if any revisions to the original are needed). I’ll be honest - Sometimes that’s a smooth process and sometimes it’s not. Take all of the finalized articles and format/create the Newsletter. Send the ‘final’ document to me (Beth Parrish). The Primary Editor will also be responsible for maintaining the Newsletter Guidelines on the Web site HERE . The next steps I’m proposing is that I (as the Secondary Newsletter Editor & SEPO Communications): Review the final Newsletter sent to me by the Primary Editor. Add any applicable Web site links or anything else that may be applicable (i.e. attachments). Send out the Newsletter to the community via SEPO E-News e-mail prior to the first of the following month. Post it on the Sunshine Web site HERE . The Women's Club ByLaws state the Newsletter is published for the months of September thru March. Since I have been Editor, I have been sending them the end of September thru the end of March. I don’t believe I have ever published anything 'for' September. I will be requesting this change be made to the Women's Club ByLaws this coming winter season. With all of that said, I will be willing to work with the new Primary Editor for as long as it takes for that person to feel comfortable doing it on her own. The first e-mail that needs to be sent soliciting articles doesn’t need to go out until September 17. I would love to start working with a volunteer by September 1, 2021 at the latest . Please feel free to call me at any time with questions. I look forward to working with one of you ladies on this. Beth Parrish SEPO Newsletter Editor E-Mail: seponewsletter@gmail.com 314-960-6710 Sent 2020-06-08: 4 O'Clockers NEW NAME & Play Guidelines - The board had previously questioned whether the "4 O'Clockers Golf Scramble" was a SEPO-sanctioned golf event. Tony found a document describing it – what, who, when etc - but wasn’t sure if it had been previously approved by a Board or if anyone, other than those who gave it to him, had ever seen it. Beth updated it and requested the Board approve it at the May 20 meeting. Due to the start time of this event varying depending on how long it stays light and how hot it is, the following occurred at the Board meeting. Jean moved we change the name to the “O’Clockers Golf Group”. Beth seconded it. It was approved unanimously by acclamation. Jean then moved to approve the document, with the name change. Larry seconded it. It was approved unanimously by acclamation. Since then: 1) Beth updated the document accordingly 2) Tony distributed it to - * Those residents who run/guide this event (George Moore & Donna Myers) * the SEPO Office 3) Beth - * put it on Web site HERE . * is distributing it to the community via this e-mail SEPO Board ​ Sent 2021-06-08: Name Tags Available in the SEPO Office - Sunshine Name Tags for those listed HERE have been received and are available for pickup in the SEPO Office. If you aren't physically at Sunshine right now, please contact the office so your nametag can be put away for a later pickup date. Sincerely, Valerie Basaldua Office Manager Sunshine Country Club Estates sepo.office@gmail.com ​ Sent 2021-06-08: CHECK THIS OUT: The Can Shed in the storage lot is no more - The Can Shed in the storage lot is no more, It's now the Can Cottage !! ​ The old can shed in the storage lot has been replaced by the Can Cottage. Under the direction of Lenore Combs (SEPO Board member in charge of the storage lot) a committee was appointed by the Woodworker's club to consider the condition of the can shed. The committee (Vic Hillman, Tony Tramel and Pat Harvey) checked the old building and it was solid, even if it had been badly mistreated over time. The committee, working with Lenore decided to make it a “Fun” project and it just sort of happened from there. Vic offered the pickets, a new door handle, stepping stones and trim boards along the front. Sam Davis offered the porch (steps), Pat supplied the paint and Heidi Dill did the signs / art work. It's amazing what we can accomplish as we work together. As nice as it may look, it is still the place to bring your empty aluminum beverage cans for recycling. Regards Pat Harvey *************************** WOW WOW WOW What a great thing for SCCE - makes me proud to live here. As Director of Storage Lot - can't say THANKS enough Lenore Combs SEPO Board **************************** The next time you start to throw your cans in the Trash, take a minute and remember what your fellow Sunshiners did to spruce up what was previously called the 'Can Shed'. It's now the 'Can Cottage'. See the pictures below. Also see the Sunshine Web site for information pertaining to the Storage Lot . Beth Parrish SEPO E-Mail E-News Admin Sent 2021-06-06: REVISED: AGENDA for Board Meeting on Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 1:30 PM CT - The REVISED Agenda for this meeting can be viewed/printed HERE . Valerie will be posting it outside of her office and on the poolside door to Retzlaff Hall on Monday morning (June 7). Beth Parrish SEPO Board Secretary sepoboardbeth@gmail.com 314-960-6710 Sent 2021-06-04: Hot Tub - Bad news. The hot tub will be out of commission till mid-June. Something broke in the heater. The new part has been ordered and is expected to arrive between June 9-14. As soon as the part arrives we will get it installed. Sorry for the inconvenience. The swimming pool will remain open. Jean Burgoine Sent 2021-06-04: Calling All Dogs and Cats - Summer Addition - Hey Everyone - Sandra Delaunay will be available once again to trim our pet's nails. Sandra will come to your home instead of everyone going to the dog park. Any size dog, or any cat, is welcome. Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Time: Starts at 1 pm until finished Place: Your home Cost: $10 Contact: Marian Young to set up an appointment, 719-468-4556 Thanks, Marian Back to Top

  • Board Min: 2021 (Summer) | sunshine

    SEPO Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes (Apr 2021 thru Sep 2021 Summer Season) Go directly to the Minutes or Agenda you are looking for by clicking an item below. Board Mtg Agenda (2021-06-24) Board Mtg Minutes (2021-06-10) (UNAPPROVED) Board Mtg Video (2021-06-10) Board Mtg Agenda (2021-06-10) Board Mtg Minutes (2021-05-20) Board Mtg Video (2021-05-20) Board Mtg Agenda (2021-05-20) ********************************************************************************** ​ SEPO BOARD MEETING AGENDA (Amended on 06-06-2021) (print from HERE ) Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 1:00 PM CT ​ A ‘hybrid’ meeting will occur. Retzlaff Hall will be open to Board members and those who wish to attend in person. Some Board members and anyone else who wishes to attend this meeting “virtually” can do so by Clicking the following link beginning at 12:45 PM. To join the video meeting, click HERE . ​ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Call to Order. Roll Call Tony Tramel Jean Burgoine Beth Parrish Mecca Henry Larry Keller Lyn Swonger Lenore Combs Verify the Agenda for this meeting was made available to the community by the 72-hour pre-Board meeting requirement for posting. Consideration / Adoption of any Amendments to the Posted Agenda for this meeting by Board Members. Review and consideration of approving the June 10, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes (Attachment 1) Unfinished Business - Board – Discuss an action plan concerning recommendations of the SEPO Rules Review Committee (Attachment 2) regarding current SEPO Covenants, ByLaws and Policies & Procedures (Attachment 3) . Adjournment ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ATTACHMENTS – June 10, 2021, Unapproved Minutes of Board Meeting View / Print from HERE Recommendations of the SEPO Rules Review Committee View / Print from HERE Copies of Current SEPO Rules (Covenants, ByLaws & Policies & Procedures) Covenants: View / Print from HERE ByLaws: View / Print from HERE Policies & Procedures: View / Print from HERE ​ ********************************************************** ​ SEPO BOARD MEETING MINUTES (print from HERE ) Thursday, June 10, 2021 1:30 PM, 'Hybrid' Meeting (Retzlaff Hall & Google Meet) (UNAPPROVED) ​ CALL TO ORDER President Tony Tramel called the meeting to order at 1:30 PM CT on June 10, 2021. ROLL CALL was taken. Tony Tramel, Mecca Henry, Lenore Combs, Jean Burgoine and Lyn Swonger were all present in Retzlaff Hall and introduced themselves to the audience. Tony then acknowledged that Beth Parrish and Larry Keller were present via Google Meet. ​ Tony informed everyone that the meeting was being recorded. The recording can be viewed by clicking HERE . AGENDA To meet the 72-hour pre-Board meeting requirement for posting, the ‘amended’ Agenda was sent via e-mail to the community and put on the Sunshine Web site on Sunday, June 6, 2021 @ 4:15 PM CT. It was also posted outside the SEPO office and on the poolside door into Retzlaff Hall on Monday, June 7, 2021 @ 8:40 AM CT. President Tony Tramel asked if there were any amendments or additions to the posted Agenda. MOTION: Mecca Henry moved two items be added and she would like them to be considered individually. 1. The purchase of sod, which has already occurred. 2. The sale of a ‘SEPO owned’ trailer. Beth Parrish seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. ​ PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES President Tony Tramel asked the board if there were any items to discuss prior to approving the minutes from the May 20, 2021, Board meeting (Attachment 1 in Agenda) . MOTION: Mecca Henry motioned to approve the minutes as presented to the Board. Larry Keller seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. UNFINISHED BUSINESS Item #5 in the Agenda – Tony & Larry: Discussion & Board Approval/Rejection of contract with D&J Site Construction, in accordance with plans, specifications and contract documents noted as Ver11 and summarized in the Exhibit labeled “Sunshine Estate Country Club Summary of 2021 Road Project from D&J Site Construction dated 2021 05 27 (Attachment 2 in the Agenda) , which reflects a total estimated cost of $62,836. Tony reported there were extreme problems with trying to obtain competitive bids for the needed work on W Indiana Circle. Ten sets of plans were sent to various contractors with little to no response. Responses that were received stated the project was either too big or too small for them. Associated General Contractors (AGC) (who have access to 10s of contractors) were then contacted and sent the documents. Even with that exposure, we only received one bid (Rhyner Construction) and it was 50% more than we had allocated for the project. After doing a value engineering exercise to determine how we could reduce the cost of the project, we chose to reduce scope by only doing half of our original plan. We also reduced cost by indicating using ‘removed’ asphalt so it could be recycled into the finished pavement. After asking for bids on the reduced scope, the original bidder, Rhyner Construction, bid $58,312.32 and a new bidder, D&J Site Construction, bid $35.728.60. We then approached D&J and asked if they would consider doing the original scope of the project. They could do that for $49,536, and then also include needed miscellaneous spot repairs of approximately 250 square yards of pavement, primarily on W Michigan Ave, and asphalt crack sealing for a grand total of $62,836. At this point, rather than fielding questions from residents during the Board meeting, Tony indicated he would personally meet with any homeowner on W Indiana Circle and describe any details they wanted to know concerning what this project is about and how it will impact them during the construction timeframe. Larry Keller said there has been a LOT of time, work and consideration put into this effort to get us to this point. In meetings with both contractors, they felt this is being done right and professionally. Jean Burgoine noted the community was extremely fortunate to have Board members with the drive and the education/knowledge to get us here. There has been a great effort and a lot of time exerted and we have educated people working on this subject. We can rely on their guidance. MOTION: Based on what he has seen and in reviewing the contract Larry Keller motioned that the Board move to authorize President Tony Tramel to sign the contract with D&J Site Construction in accordance with the plans, specifications and contract documents. Jean seconded the motion. Board vote was unanimous to approve. Tony will work on getting all insurance and any other miscellaneous items addressed and get the contract signed, hopefully within the next week. ​ NEW BUSINESS A. Item #2 added to Agenda at start of meeting: Mecca Henry – The purchase of sod, which has already occurred. A check was written to an employee to pay for a service provided by that employee’s wife’s company. It was done this way because the wife is not a US citizen and has trouble cashing checks. This is in direct violation of IRS rules. An employee should not receive both a W2 form as an employee and a 1099 Misc form as a contractor for non-employee compensation. Mecca was given this information by our CPA last year and she had passed it on to the Board. If the TWC (TX Workforce Commission) finds out about this, we are going to have to pay taxes and fines on the money paid to the employee for the work done by his wife’s company because we paid it to an employee. The check has already been cashed. At this point we can’t stop it. Mecca’s point in bringing this up is that we can’t ever do this again . We may have to pay a little more upfront for work we need done, but we won’t want to have to pay at a later day for any inappropriate action. Larry didn’t think there was any intention of deception. We have now all been made aware and it should not be done again. Everyone agreed there was no need for any kind of motion. This item is appearing in the minutes as an acknowledgment that the Board has heard Mecca’s statements and that, as a Board, we will do the right thing ongoing. B. Item #3 added to Agenda at start of meeting: Mecca Henry – The sale of a ‘SEPO owned’ trailer. Mecca has been made aware that we have sold a trailer to an individual, Fabian Flores. As this is SEPO property the sale should have been discussed by the Board prior to the sale occurring. Because this has happened in the past does not make it right. MOTION: Mecca Henry motioned that all sales of SEPO assets, whatever their value, should be discussed by the board prior to the sale. Lenore seconded the motion. Discussion - Larry asked if we had an asset inventory. Mecca indicated we do but has no idea if it is accurate. This a project that needs to be undertaken – clean up the list. There was additional discussion on how asset depreciation was calculated and how Mecca goes through SEPO records and also talks with the CPA to determine an asset’s value. Vote - The motion was approved five (5) to one (1) with Lyn Swonger representing the ‘no’ vote. Beth Parrish asked if we needed to approve ‘after the fact’ the sale of this trailer. Lyn Swonger said a new trailer was purchased last year. The trailer being sold needs lots of repairs. However, Lyn thought it was worth more than $400, which is the most that has been offered for it in the past. We still have the trailer in our possession and have received $300 (of the $600 selling price) from Fabian. That money is in the SEPO office. MOTION: Larry Keller moved to approve the sale of the trailer for a sum of $600 and authorize Lyn Swonger to sell it. Jean seconded the motion. The motion was approved five (5) to one (1) with Lenore Combs representing the ‘no’ vote. ​ ADJOURNMENT Larry Keller made a motion to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 2:04 PM CT. Respectively Submitted, Beth Parrish SEPO Board Secretary ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ATTACHMENTS (from Agenda) : ​ May 20, 2021, Unapproved Minutes of Board Meeting ​ View / Print from HERE Summary of D&J Site Construction Bid Proposal dated 2021 05 27 View / Print from HERE ​ ******************** ​ ********************************************************************************** SEPO BOARD MEETING VIDEO Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 1:30 PM Link to Virtual 'Google Meet' Video ​ The Special SEPO Board meeting held on June 10, 2021 @ 1:30 PM was a Hybrid meeting. Retzlaff Hall was open to Board members and those who wished to attend in person. Some Board members and others attended this meeting “virtually”. This meeting was recorded and can be viewed from HERE . The minutes from this meeting will be published next week. If you have any questions about this video or issues with viewing it, please let me know. Beth Parrish SEPO Board Secretary sepoboardbeth@gmail.com 314-960-6710 ********************************************************************************** ​ SEPO BOARD MEETING AGENDA (Amended on 06-06-2021) (print from HERE ) Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 1:30 PM CT ​ A ‘hybrid’ meeting will occur. Retzlaff Hall will be open to Board members and those who wish to attend in person. Some Board members and anyone else who wishes to attend this meeting “virtually” can do so by Clicking the following link beginning at 1:15 PM. (This is the same link used for our last meeting.) To join the video meeting, click HERE . Please make your screen and microphone are available on your device by checking off the area shown on your screen to activate these features once connected. At the bottom of the screen, you will see a button noted as “Caption”, please turn this on so you might be able to see the text of words spoken by each person during the meeting. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ​ Call to Order. Roll Call Tony Tramel Jean Burgoine Beth Parrish Mecca Henry Larry Keller Lyn Swonger Lenore Combs Verify the Agenda for this meeting was sent to the community via e-mail, posted on the Sunshine Web site and physically posted in both the SEPO Office and on the door to Retzlaff Hall. ​ Consideration / Adoption of any Amendments to the Posted Agenda for this meeting by Board Members. Review and consideration of approving the May 20, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes (Attachment 1) Unfinished Business Larry & Tony – After seeking out competitive bids for W Indiana Circle and Miscellaneous Asphalt Repairs, we only received one bid from Rhyner Construction, which was approximately 50% over our budgeted amount of $65,000. A value engineering exercise caused us to reduce the scope of the project pertaining to curb replacement by 50% and also permitted the use of recycled material / asphalt to be incorporated into the specifications. A bid for this reduced scope was then solicited from both Rhyner Construction and D&J Site Construction. Rhyner Construction’s bid was $58,312.32 and D&J Site Construction’s was $35.728.60 for the reduced scope. With this knowledge it appeared SEPO could do the full project as originally designed for a cost of $49,536 for W Indiana Circle, provide needed miscellaneous spot repairs of approximately 250 square yards of pavement primarily on W Michigan Ave, and asphalt crack sealing for a grand total of $62,836. It is recommended SEPO enter a contract with D&J Site Construction, in accordance with plans, specifications and contract documents noted as Ver11, and summarized in the attached Exhibit (Attachment 2) labeled “Sunshine Estate Country Club Summary of 2021 Road Project from D&J Site Construction dated 2021 05 27, which reflects a total estimated cost of $62,836. This firm is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. They are qualified and competent contractors. A motion to Authorize the President to take this recommended action is requested. The project is estimated to take 60 days plus or minus. If the Board approves entering a contract for the 2021 Road Projects today and if everything goes well, one might expect construction to commence after the July 4th holiday and be completed within 90 calendar days, which would be the end of September. Adjournment ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ATTACHMENTS - May 20, 2021, Unapproved Minutes of Board Meeting View / Print from HERE Summary of D&J Site Construction Bid Proposal dated 2021 05 27 View / Print from HERE Copies of proposed construction plans / sketches, 20 pages View / Print from HERE ********************************************************** ​ SEPO BOARD MEETING MINUTES (print from HERE ) Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:30 PM, Virtual Google Meet Only (APPROVED at the June 10, 2021 Mtg) ​ CALL TO ORDER President Tony Tramel called the meeting to order at 1:30 PM CT. Tony then informed everyone who was on Google Meet that the meeting was being recorded. This recording can be viewed by clicking HERE . ROLL CALL was taken. Tony Tramel, Mecca Henry, Beth Parrish, Lenore Combs, Jean Burgoine, Larry Keller and Lyn Swonger were present. Note: Lyn Swonger joined just prior to discussing ‘New Business’. AGENDA To meet the 72-hour pre-Board meeting requirement for posting the Agenda, on May 17, 2021 between 11:45 & 11:55 AM CT the Agenda was 1) sent via e-mail to the community, 2) posted on the Sunshine Web site, 3) posted outside the SEPO office and 4) posted on the poolside door into Retzlaff Hall. President Tony Tramel asked if there were any amendments or additions to the posted Agenda. There were none. PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES President Tony Tramel asked the board if there were any items to discuss prior to approving the minutes from the March 22, 2021 Board meeting (Attachment 1 in Agenda) . Beth Parrish moved the minutes from the March 22, 2021 meeting be approved. Mecca Henry seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously by all present. REPORTS OF OFFICERS Lyn Swonger - Golf Course Tony reported that Lyn had been inspecting the golf course this morning assessing if there had been any damage as a result of the recent rain. Jean Burgoine (Common Grounds/Maint. Area 1) SEPO Buildings The hot tub heater is down due to a leak. We are getting a new motor for the AC unit in Retzlaff Hall that will cost approximately $2000. The Pavilion area is going to be repainted to help keep people from slipping. This project has been moved up before redoing the showers because of the safety issue. There was a crack in the ceiling in the Billiards Room – Lalo has put spackling over the crack and is waiting for it to dry. Then he will paint it. Larry thought we might be having some ‘settling’ issues in those buildings. Tony indicated we probably want to incorporate this into the discussion of the Capital Improvements program. Larry Keller (Common Grounds/Maint. Area 2) Streets, Drainage & Irrigation Ditches, Texas Ave We have been cleaning up Michigan Ave, particularly burying/removing some of the inappropriate pipes and other items. The front entrance has been re-landscaped. We are trying to adjust the sprinklers around Retzlaff Hall to cut down on the amount of water that is accumulating on Michigan Ave. The Siren Sensor Board at the front gate was causing the gate to hesitate and not close. This board cost $500-$600 to replace. Tony reported that while testing the new board with the technician, it didn’t work properly either. Another new board has been ordered and Tony will test this new one with the technician – hopefully, next week. See Indiana Circle update below. Lenore Combs (Common Grounds/Maint. Area 3) Storage & Woodshop, Tennis/Pickleball & Shuffleboard She thanked Pat Harvey and Vic Hilman for the new can shed shutters and picket fence. She is looking to put a Roadbed in the storage lot – from the gate to the tree debris area. It will be a designated area of “where to drive in and out of the storage lot”. It will protect the individual lot rental areas and keep the lines/ropes designating each lot from needing to be constantly restriped. She is going to look into a product suggested by Larry Keller and work up a spec sheet to present to the board for review and vote. She thanked the SEPO staff for weeding and all the other work they do in the Lot. She is concerned about residents not taking care of their rental lots. There is lots of debris and loose items that need to be cleaned up. Larry asked if residents signed anything when they rented a lot. Beth confirmed there is a one-page Lot Rental Agreement that the residents sign at the beginning of each year. Lenore will get a copy of this form, rework it as needed and present it to the board for review and vote. Harlingen and Combes were upset over the tree debris being dumped in the Storage Lot due to the cost of removing it. It used to be that when a vendor trimmed the palm trees, they would haul the trimmings away. Now they are put in the storage lot. Lenore investigated having them recycled, but it was too costly. She will continue to monitor this situation. John Chajec donated a practice tee net. Lenore is looking for assistance to get it put up. She is still looking into a new Surveillance system(s). The current plan is to do one area at a time – Front first, then woodshop, then antennas, cameras and other areas. Tony has some info that may assist with this effort. Mecca Henry - Treasurer - Financial Status / Reports Mecca need to get Board approval of the Feb, Mar & Apr 2021 financial statements. Larry moved to approve them. Beth seconded the motion. All present approved. Mecca volunteered to provide background material to the directors supporting areas they may not be all that familiar with. She can gather that information at the same time she is creating the budget sheets. Tony hopes to have a special meeting on Budget preparation. Beth Parrish - Secretary Beth has created a OneDrive area where board-related items are being placed. Only those on the board with the link to this area can access these documents. She will be placing the results of the Rules Review Committee there and send everyone the link. Tony Tramel - President Tony is concentrating on resolving issues with residents who are guilty of SEPO Covenant violations. He is of the belief they have all been resolved except one that the Board is currently dealing with. Prior to this meeting the Board was polled (via Google Form) to determine where everyone stood on lifting SEPO Covid-19 restrictions. There were varied opinions. After investigating if the results from such a poll could constitute an official Board vote, it is now Tony’s belief that it does not. The use of this type of inquiry into Board matters will be discontinued. All items requiring a Board vote will be placed on a Board agenda and discussed/voted on at a Board meeting. NEW BUSINESS Board - SEPO & Covid-19 Restrictions (Attachment 2 in Agenda) Lyn Swonger joined the meeting at this point. Everyone who wanted to voiced their opinion on lifting SEPO Covid-19 restrictions. Beth Parrish & Larry Keller – Seeing how things have started opening up around the country they wanted to drop all restrictions. Lenore – People are going to get vaccinated or not. The responsibility is on each individual to take care of themselves. She wants to open everything. Lyn Swonger – Stated there were 11 new Covid-19 cases in Cameron Co today and a total of 128 in May. Although people need to be responsible for themselves, what about non-vaccinated people who may start coming into Sunshine? Jean – Wants to drop all restrictions. Larry made a motion to drop all current Covid-19 restrictions in SEPO previously initiated by SEPO boards. Lenore seconded the motion. Voice Vote was: Lyn Swonger and Mecca Henry – no, Jean Burgoine, Larry Keller, Lenore Combs and Beth Parrish – yes. The motion passed – four to two - effective immediately. Beth will compose an e-mail for Tony’s review that will be sent to the community documenting this decision. Mecca Henry – Reserve Fund Tony indicated we need to have an account designated for the Reserve Fund. Mecca stated the Frost Money Market has $104,000 in it that would accessible as soon as/if needed. Mecca Henry motioned that we designate the Frost MM as our Reserve Fund. Lenore seconded it. The vote was a unanimous yes by acclamation. Lenore Combs – Storage Lot Most of the items in the agenda has already been discussed in Lenore’s status report above. Storage Lot 504 - Women’s Club property: This lot contains two sheds. Lenore needs to get with Marian Young (Women's Club) and Lassey Dahlstrom (who is familiar with many items in the sheds on this lot) to discuss next steps for repairing these sheds to avoid damage and/or theft of items stored inside them. Can Shed (added during meeting): This is not a ‘garbage’ can shed. Residents need to be more diligent about cleaning out their cans (remove food etc) before putting them in this shed. Beth – 4 O’clock Golf Scramble (Attachment 3 in Agenda) The board had previously questioned whether this was a SEPO-sanctioned golf event. Tony found a document describing it – what, who, when etc - but wasn’t sure if it had been previously approved by a Board or if anyone, other than those who gave it to him, had ever seen it. Beth updated it and requested the Board approve it. Due to the start time of this event varying depending on how long it stays light and how hot it is, the following occurred. Jean moved we change the name to the “O’Clockers Golf Group”. Beth seconded it. It was approved unanimously by acclamation. Jean then moved to approve the document, with the name change. Larry seconded it. It was approved unanimously by acclamation. Beth will update the document accordingly and get it distributed to 1) those residents who run/guide this event, 2) the SEPO Office 3) to the community and 4) on the Web site. (See Attachment 1 - Updated document) Tony – Fair Housing Exemption and selection of an HOA knowledgeable attorney. The Rules Review Committee uncovered items related to Fair Housing Act that we currently aren’t conforming to. It appears we need a documented survey method occurring “every two years” or process for gathering certain information. Tony would like to move forward with developing something and getting the rest of the board more involved. We need to find a new attorney in the next month or two as our current one is retiring. He/She needs to at least be knowledgeable (even if not an expert) of HOA laws. How do people know this is a 55+ community? Tony and Larry are proposing we place the following text/numbers at the front entrance, so it reads “A Senior Community (55+)”. Tony and Valerie have come up with a procedure for new residents that are selling or reselling property in order to issue them a resale certificate (which is what occurs and is required by TX RE Law) to document and agree to our Covenants, By-Laws and Policy and Procedures, before they purchase a home in Sunshine Estates. UNFINISHED BUSINESS Lenore – All items had already been discussed. Beth – Employee Handbook Update Clarification (Attachment 4 in Agenda) Only the proposed updates were included in the Agenda. Lenore made a motion to approve the changes. Jean seconded it. Open discussion – Lyn had a problem with two 15-minute breaks, which was an item that had been approved previously during a meeting on March 8, which he had not been able to attend. He said for the past three years, the Golf Course employees had taken a break from 10-10:30 for breakfast and then from 12:30 to 1 for lunch. The discussion ended with Lenore rescinding her motion until this was resolved. The next step is to ensure, if we leave the current handbook as it is (stating two 15-minute breaks) but continue to let the Golf Course employees take them in a 30-minute bundle, as they currently do, that we are in compliance with Federal and State work requirements. Tony suggested 2-3 board members pursue this; put a draft together and send it to the entire board. All handbook updates will then be on the next Board meeting agenda for a vote. Tony – Committee review of Policies, Bylaws, and Covenants The Board will have a special meeting on June 24 (if that day works for everyone) to review the committee’s recommendations and develop an action plan on how/when changes, if there are any, ‘can’ be implemented. Larry & Tony – Current Status of W Indiana Circle bid process We have reached out to several general contractors. One attended a meeting to discuss our proposal. His estimate was much too costly. We then revised what we would like to have done and are still waiting on a new cost estimate. Larry has since found another general contractor that we hope can work with us. When we find someone to do this work, we will report to the board with the details and ask for approval. If not approved, it’s back to the drawing board. At some point during this process the proposal for work to be performed will be presented to those residents who live on W Indiana Circle for review/input. Tony - SEPO complaints and resolution of same Each Thursday, Tony reviews any Suggestion/Complaint forms submitted in the box in the Office and has addressed most of them himself. He agrees with Beth that a formal process for submitting Suggestion/Complaint forms needs to be developed and the community informed of said process. Tony - Committee to develop a 3–5-year capital improvement program. Tony hopes to put together a draft to use to start taking action on this item. Tony – Reinstatement of Golf Trail Fees and date of reinstatement, if approved. There has been some discussion about whether we should re-instate these fees and the corresponding language that would go with them. Jean and Lyn questioned what the fees would be used for. Tony indicated they would be used for trail maintenance and other amenities that would be directly associated with the golf course itself, i.e., landscaping, water pumps, fountains, major irrigation changes. Tony will prepare a report for Board review/vote at the next meeting. Tony & Mecca – Reserve Fund: Was previously discussed. Tony – What is status of ACC updating their process and revising the request form? Tony attended the last ACC mtg as a Board rep. They are in discussions about creating a new submission form that would include why a permit was denied. They are also looking into what the Board can legally do if a resident who has been denied a request continues with the work in spite of it being denied by the ACC. ADJOURNMENT Beth Parrish made a motion to adjourn. Mecca Henry seconded it. The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 PM CT. Respectively Submitted, Beth Parrish SEPO Board Secretary ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Attachments: O’Clockers Golf documentation ​ ******************** (Attachment 1) ​ (print from HERE ) ********************************************************************************** SEPO BOARD MEETING Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 1:30 PM Link to Virtual Google Meet Video ​ The Special SEPO Board meeting held on May 20, 2021 was Virtual, using Google Meet, and was recorded. HERE is the link to the recording, which everyone is welcome to view. The minutes from this meeting will be published within the next 3-4 days. If you have any questions about or issues with viewing this video, let me know. Beth Parrish SEPO Board Secretary sepoboardbeth@gmail.com 314-960-6710 ​ ********************************************************************************** ​ SEPO BOARD MEETING AGENDA (print from HERE ) (Called by the SEPO Board President) Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:30 PM, Virtual Google Meet Only ​ Because of Covid-19, only a Virtual Meeting will occur. Persons who wish to attend this meeting can do so by Clicking the following link beginning at 1:15 PM. Board members and SEPO residents will be connecting virtually, there will not be any physical meeting in Retzlaff Hall. This is the same link used for our last meeting. To join the video meeting, click HERE . Please make your screen and microphone are available on your device by checking off the area shown on your screen to activate these features once connected. At the bottom of the screen, you will see a button noted as “Caption”, please turn this on so you might be able to see the text of words spoken by each person during the meeting. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ​ Call to Order. Roll Call Tony Tramel Jean Burgoine Beth Parrish Mecca Henry Larry Keller Lyn Swonger Lenore Combs Verify the Agenda for this meeting was sent to the community via e-mail, posted on the Sunshine Web site and physically posted in both the SEPO Office and on the door to Retzlaff Hall. ​ Consideration / Adoption of any Amendments to the Posted Agenda for this meeting by Board Members. Review and consideration of approving the March 22, 2021 Board Meeting (Attachment 1) Reports of Officers: Lyn Swonger - Golf Course Jean Burgoine (Common Grounds/Maintenance Area 1) SEPO Buildings Larry Keller (Common Grounds/Maintenance Area 2) Streets, Drainage & Irrigation Ditches, Texas Ave Lenore Combs (Common Grounds/Maintenance Area 3) Storage & Shop Area, Tennis/Shuffleboard Mecca Henry - Treasurer - Financial Status / Reports Beth Parrish - Secretary Tony Tramel - President New Business: Board – Determine next steps (Review/Change or Not/Approve) SEPO Covid-19 Restrictions with discussion and potential Action. (Attachment 2) Mecca – Formally: Approve and Designate a specific account and Budget line item as “Reserve Fund.” Lenore – “Roadbed” Lot 504 - Women’s Club property? Orientation on weeds and other products Debris and loose objects stowed under sheds = potential problem in a hurricane Lots of debris generally spread out in Storage Lot Hgn & Combes – issue with tree limbs etc Practice Tee netting replacement Ref: By-Laws 16-01……… Covenants – SECTION 2-3 COMMON AREA Policy & Procedures: Tennis Court, Pickleball, Shuffleboard, Storage Area, Storage Area Buildings, Woodworker’s Shop FORMS: Not aware of any. Beth – ​ 4 O’clock Golf Scramble (Attachment 3) Document consideration. Activity Name Change consideration. Tony – Discussion regarding Fair Housing Exemption and development of a survey instrument / formal process. Recent review of other HOA documents and need to move on selecting a HOA specialty attorney to assist in needed changes. Unfinished Business: Lenore - Forms, Documents and Process for the Storage Area Surveillance Cameras Can Shed Beth – Employee Handbook Update Clarification. (Attachment 4) Tony – Update on committee status concerning review of Policies, Bylaws, and Covenants and potential modifications, need for action plan. Larry & Tony – Current Status of W Indiana Circle bid process Tony - Discussion on the need to establish a formal means of addressing SEPO complaints and resolution of same. Tony - Committee to develop a 3–5-year capital improvement program. Tony, Larry & Lyn Document deliverable is a 2-3 page Excel Spreadsheet listing equipment, and other capital-intensive projects, like pavement repairs, golf course improvements, rehabilitation of Retzlaff exterior, pool shower tiles replacement, hot tub rehabilitation, motors and pumps for golf course and the pool, additional lighting around office, etc., and a timeframe for such expenditures. Need to identify a method to fund / replace expenditures within our reserve fund. Document past to next Board for Consideration. Tony – Reinstatement of Golf Trail Fees and date of reinstatement, if approved. Tony & Mecca – Formal designation of Reserve Fund / Account, Budget 2022, and Capital Improvements Program Follow Up Tony – What is status of ACC updating their process and revising the request form? Beth put together a proposed process document for the Web site and sent to the board for review. There were questions from some. Tony indicated the ACC was working on a Revised Form. What are next steps to get this finalized - Form & Process? On April 17, the new form was still in process. It may list items you 'do not' need to have a permit. (Attachment 5) Adjournment ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Attachments: March 22, 2021 Unapproved Minutes of Board Meeting SEPO & Covid-19 Restrictions Review 4 O’Clock Golf Scramble documentation Employee Handbook Update Clarification Proposed ACC Request Form ​ ******************** (Attachment 1) NOTE: Items in the minutes in blue were added after the ‘unapproved’ minutes from the March 22, 2021 Board meeting were published to the community on March 26, 2021. SEPO Board Minutes (March 22, 2021) To be considered for Approval at Next Board meeting on May 20, 2021 SEPO Board Meeting Minutes Monday, March 22, 2021 1:30 PM, Virtual Google Meet Only ​ The 'Revised' Minutes from March 22, 2021 submitted for approval during this meeting can be viewed/printed from HERE . ​ ******************** (Attachment 2) SEPO & Covid-19 Restrictions Review ​ ​ The below is from the Sunshine Web site . MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING: Wearing a Mask is a requirement as stated in the DIAGRAM ABOVE . Please maintain Social Distance EVERYWHERE . WHAT IS OPEN: (other than what is shown in diagram above)​ Woodshop - As long as a Monitor is present. Front gate (Continues to be locked at night as normal.) Access to Encore. SOCIAL GATHERINGS: Residents/Renters who have get-togethers : In their Homes are no longer limited to ten participants. Social Distance is recommended. In the Common Areas are no longer limited to ten participants, but must maintain Social Distance. KEYPADS: Keypads are active: Into the Sunburst Building (on Fitness Room door) Into the Library/Lounge Upon entering and exiting any buildings that have an active Keypad, please shut the door behind you to eliminate entry by anyone not permitted in that building. The Keypad codes can be found on this Web site in the "Residents Only " section. ​ USPS OVERSIZE PACKAGE DELIVERY:​​ Mail packages that are too big to fit in your mailbox are being placed in the General Purpose Room, which is located between the Pool and the Fitness Room. A slip will be placed in your mailbox by the postman to inform you of delivery. This room has a Keypad to allow residents/renters 24 hr access. It also has a video camera with monitoring capacity. The Keypad Code can be found in the "Residents Only " section of this Web site. ​ ******************** (Attachment 3) 4 O’Clock Golf Scramble documentation In the 2021 SEPO Board’s continuing effort to document SEPO Activities, Clubs & Processes, this document is being proposed for consideration and adoption by the Board. If approved, it will be distributed to those resident’s who are currently overseeing this scramble. They should have it available at all times in their golf carts during scramble play in order to answer any questions that may arise from the event participants. Sunshine Country Club Estates Four O'clock Golf Scramble The Four O'clock Golf scramble is a golf event approved by the SEPO Board. Therefore, it shall adhere to all the same rules as other SEPO approved golf events. Play shall commence at 4:00 pm each day and may be delayed, postponed or canceled when conflicting with special events (IE: Good Neighbor Golf Tournament), or prior established events (IE: 3:00 pm Thursday Golf Scramble). (NOTE: During warmer months the start time often gets pushed back to avoid the worst heat of the day.) The Four O'clock Golf Scramble is open to all Sunshine Country Club Estate residents and renters and their immediate family and guests. This is a shotgun start best ball scramble. Teams and start hole will be determined by a random draw. The number of start holes and team size will be determined by the number of players present. At no time shall any team exceed five players. No advance signup is necessary. Player's meet at 4:00 pm (or a later designated time) in the parking lot outside the SEPO office. Team one will commence play on hole one and other teams will start on consecutive holes two, three, four, etc. There is no cost to play. Therefore, no prize monies are paid. In an effort to accommodate all golfers not participating in the 4 O’clock Scramble, individual players may tee off following the scramble team on hole one. Participants shall adhere to normal golf etiquette by allowing players already on the course to complete their hole before proceeding. Example: The scramble consists of four teams starting on holes one through four. There is already a group on hole two preparing to tee off. Scramble Teams on hole one, three and four may proceed to tee off. But the Scramble team on hole two must wait until the group already there completes that hole and moves on. The course is not closed for this scramble. Therefore, all players need to be courteous and respectful toward all golfers. ******************** (Attachment 4) Employee Handbook Update Clarification The verbiage highlighted in YELLOW indicate changes proposed by various members of the SEPO Board. SEPO Sunshine Estates Property Owners Employee Handbook ABSENTEEISM / TARDINESS When one of our employees is absent, the other employees possessing the necessary skills required, should strive to cover the workload of that employee during his/her absence. Hours of Work A normal work week for hourly Maintenance employees (Golf Course and Groundskeeper) is 40 hours from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Each Maintenance employee is entitled to a 30-minute unpaid and uninterrupted period of time for their lunch break and two paid 15-minute breaks each workday. Bookkeeper Perform new resident orientations all year . Custodian Must perform other duties as assigned. Golf Course Lead Required to exercise independent judgment. He must maintain open communication with the Bookkeeper and Board Members. The relationship between the Golf Course Lead and the Bookkeeper is critical in maintaining Sunshine Estates as a pleasant place to live for all our residents. Must perform other duties as assigned. Golf Course Employee Have knowledge of operation of golf course and other common areas. Is responsible for maintaining 9 -hole golf course and to know about chemical and fertilizer application. Is responsible for all of SEPO's equipment. It must be kept clean and in good working condition. Support other areas of responsibility (Central Facilities or Grounds) within Sunshine Estates as requested, consistent with meeting the primary requirements of this position. Must perform other duties as assigned. Grounds Keeper Have knowledge of the operation of the common areas. Is responsible for: Other duties as assigned. ******************** (Attachment 5) Proposed ACC Request Form Back to Top

  • 2021-05 E-Mails | sunshine

    S EPO Community E-Mails: May 2021 Sent 2021-05-28: Missing Amazon Package - It appears an Amazon package was delivered to the doorstep of Raylene Kelley while she was out. She is currently renting our house at 4305 N Kansas. Is it possible that someone may have taken it to the office or to the mailroom knowing that we were not there right now? If so, please call me. Sue Clifton ​ Sent 2021-05-28: MARKETPLACE: All of 33 Records are SOLD - The Sunshine MARKETPLACE definitely worked. All of my '33 records' have sold. So please, no more calls. Kathy Owen ​ Sent 2021-05-28: REFRESHER: SEPO Communication Guidelines - Hi all - I hope everyone is having a nice summer. As a volunteer doing the SEPO Community e-mails and maintaining the Sunshine Web site, I definitely don't mind helping out the community this way. However, I think it's time for me to 1) send a refresher to some and 2) send what is possibly new info to others. Please review the guidelines on this Web site page to ensure you are getting your information to the right place for me to take action. I maintain three (3) separate gmail accounts - one for e-mails, one for the Web site and one for the Newsletter. Please do not send any communications related items to my Board gmail. Although I have been responding to texts and phone calls since I came up north from TX, I prefer not to operate that way. I may not interpret something correctly or I may totally forget to follow-up on a request. So please keep this Web site page handy. It's the easiest way for me to address your requests. Thx Let me know if you have any questions. Beth Parrish SEPO Communications ​ Sent 2021-05-27: UNAPPROVED: SEPO Board Meeting Minutes, May 20, 2021 - The UNNAPPROVED SEPO Board Meeting Minutes from May 20, 2021 are posted on the Sunshine Web site HERE . Or they can be viewed/printed HERE . Respectively Submitted, Beth Parrish SEPO Board Secretary Sent 2021-05-27: ADVANCE NOTIFICATION: SEPO Communications (e-mails, Web etc) - Just so everyone is aware, I will be taking a short vacation trip next week - June 1 thru June 4 . During that timeframe, although I should be able to address emergencies, I don't plan to monitor SEPO communications constantly as I do now. If you have an emergency , send me the info and also call me at the number below . Beth Parrish SEPO Communications 314-960-6710 ​ Sent 2021-05-27: MARKETPLACE: For Sale - 33 Records - See the items below and others For Sale/Free on the Sunshine Web site HERE . "FOR SALE" - 33 Records - (Added 05-27-2021) ​ Contact: Kathy Owen 972-742-4982 4137 N NE St. Description:​ About 50 old 33 Records Pricing: Cheap Sent 2021-05-27: Yard Sale - We are having an “Everything must go” kitchen, garage & yard sale June 4 & 5. 4348 N. Kansas St. Randy & Linda Nicholas “Make our old used stuff become your old & used stuff😄” ​ Sent 2021-05-26: Thursday Retzlaff Hall Potlucks - Good Morning all. We won’t be having Happy Hour in Retzlaff Hall this Thurs the 27th. We have been approved to have Happy hour in Retzlaff Hall. We will start next Thursday the third of June at 4:00 pm. Bring your beverage of choice and a snack or whatever food you wish to share. You may bring your own table service or there will be plates etc available. Everyone is invited to attend. Please wear name tags as we have so many new residents. Looking forward to seeing everyone again and some new faces. Ladonna Harvey ​ Sent 2021-05-26: Palm Trimming Postponed - Due to complications, the Palm Tree Trimming will not take place until this Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30. You still have time until the end of the week to come by and drop off your payments for personal palms. I will stop taking payments Friday at Noon. $20 per palm. Sincerely, Valerie Basaldua Office Manager Sent 2021-05-25: Friday Night Cards - Friday Night Card Players - Cards will resume on June 11th at 6:45 pm. Play will begin at 7PM. To begin with I am limiting the players to the first 12 to show up. As time goes on I will increase the number of players. I look forward to seeing you guys then. Thanks Mecca Henry (469) 766-4245 meccahen@yahoo.com ​ Sent 2021-05-24: UPDATED: 2-Pager Activity Sheet - Since the Board lifted the SEPO Covid-19 restrictions last week, summer activities will again be happening at SEPO. I have done another review of the 2-pager SEPO Recurring Activities & Meetings document and also put appropriate updates on the Web site. The document below can be viewed/printed from HERE . Valerie will post this update (dated 05-24-2021) in the Library soon. Beth Parrish SEPO Communications ​ Sent 2021-05-24: Save The Date: Upcoming Summer Potluck - Hey Everyone, Our first Summer Potluck will take place on Memorial Day! I have reserved Retzlaff Hall from 4 to 6 pm. Because May 27 and Memorial Day are so close together, I decided to start on the 31st. The Thursday night social hour in the pavilion will still take place. Date: Monday May 31, 2021 Social half-hour start time is 4:30 pm. So come and find a place to sit, and visit with your neighbors. Bring a dish, or two to share with everyone. Time to Eat: 5:00 pm At about ten minutes till five, we will introduce guests and new residents. The Women's Club provides coffee, iced tea, plates, napkins, plastic utensils, and serving utensils. Feel free to bring your own plates, drinks, and silverware if you wish. Call or text me with any questions. 719-468-4556. Hope to see everyone there! Marian Young Sent 2021-05-24: MARKETPLACE: For Sale - Paintings - "FOR SALE" - Original acrylic paintings by Ellen Johanson - (Added 05-24-2021) ​ Contact: Pat Skye 956-202-3778 1925 W Michigan Dr Details:​ Ocean Storm 44” w x 31 1/2” h Gold tone framing Price: $100 White Swan 27 1/2” w x 23” h White framing Price: $60 See Pictures on the Web site HERE . Pat Skye Sent 2021-05-24: MARKETPLACE: For Sale - Motorcycle - "FOR SALE" - Suzuki V-STrom 2012 (Until 05-29-2021) - ​ Contact: Pat Skye 956-202-3778 1925 W Michigan Dr Details:​ 1000 cc Only 4300 miles Excellent condition Clear Title $4,800 See Pictures on the Web site HERE . Pat Skye ​ Sent 2021-05-23: Videos of Board Mtgs have been relocated - The SEPO Board meetings starting on Feb 16, 2021 through May 20, 2021 have been held Virtual, using Google Meet, and were each recorded. The location of these videos has changed over the weekend due to technical difficulties with their prior location. Here are the links to the Board meeting recordings, starting Feb 16, 2021 through May 30, 2021. 02-16-2021: https://video.wixstatic.com/video/2851bf_cbb88dc9cb0c42d7aab0946fa9fc869d/720p/mp4/file.mp4 02-25-2021: https://video.wixstatic.com/video/2851bf_8c4bb9fb9cbc491fbce4b32e460732f2/720p/mp4/file.mp4 03-08-2021: https://video.wixstatic.com/video/2851bf_f63d2d2bc8ed4a99b541fa089d1214f2/720p/mp4/file.mp4 03-22-2021: https://video.wixstatic.com/video/2851bf_f2b0355f9d1c4f68aaf621f756f57d7a/720p/mp4/file.mp4 05-20-2021: https://video.wixstatic.com/video/2851bf_ddea237cad0f4d68bfdbc76f543493f7/720p/mp4/file.mp4 The links to the videos on the Sunshine Web site have also been updated to reflect this new location. If you have any questions about or issues with viewing any of these videos, please let me know. Beth Parrish, SEPO Board Secretary sepoboardbeth@gmail.com 314-960-6710 Sent 2021-05-22: Link to view Special SEPO Board Meeting held on May 20, 2021 - The Special SEPO Board meeting held on May 20, 2021 @ 1:30 PM was Virtual, using Google Meet, and was recorded. Here is the link to the recording, which everyone is welcome to view: https://video.wixstatic.com/video/2851bf_ddea237cad0f4d68bfdbc76f543493f7/720p/mp4/file.mp4 The minutes from this meeting will be published within the next 2-3 days. If you have any questions about this video or issues with viewing it, please let me know. Beth Parrish, SEPO Board Secretary sepoboardbeth@gmail.com 314-960-6710 ​ Sent 2021-05-22: CORRECTION TO (UPDATE: SEPO & Covid-19 restrictions) - The following contains a correction to the date of the first activity scheduled after SEPO Covid-19 restrictions were removed this past week. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused. Beth Parrish, SEPO E-Mail E-News Admin E-Mail: sepoenews@gmail.com 314-960-6710 ************************************ The SEPO Board met earlier today (May 20, 2021 @ 1:30 PM via Google Meet). One of the agenda items was as follows: Determine next steps (Review/Change or Not/Approve) SEPO Covid-19 Restrictions with discussion and potential Action. During the discussion of this item, each board member voiced his/her opinion on what the next step should be pertaining to the current SEPO Covid-19 restrictions. At the end of this discussion, a motion was made and seconded to ‘remove’ all current SEPO Covid-19 restrictions. A formal vote was taken with the following results – YES from Beth Parrish, Larry Keller, Lenore Combs and Jean Burgoine & NO from Mecca Henry and Lyn Swonger. Since the vote was not a tie, President Tony Tramel did not vote. The Board would like to thank everyone for being diligent over the past 16 or so months in helping keep our Sunshine Estates residents safe. Although, Sunshine is now starting our normal activities, we encourage you using your personal decision regarding mask use / attendance at meetings and other activities. We believe each person has to be responsible for themselves. Please do what YOU feel comfortable doing. It is my feeling that SEPO owners are highly vaccinated and have been so for more than a couple of months, which I believe, was a primary reason for the positive vote to remove our restrictions. Prior posted Covid-19 restrictions which have been posted on SEPO buildings and the Sunshine Web site will be removed. The May 27th Summer Potluck , chaired by Marian Young, will be the first activity that will not have SEPO Covid-19 restrictions. Refer to the Sunshine Web site Activity Summary page for additional scheduled Activities. It appears this is the beginning of the end for Covid-19 for SEPO, and hopefully the State and the Nation. Tony Tramel SEPO Board President ​ Sent 2021-05-18: Library - I will be gone from Sunshine from May 22 – early September. There will be nobody to process gift books. Please hold all gift books until mid-September or take them somewhere else. You are welcome to take all the books you want to read. I could use a volunteer to put books away on the shelves for the summer. Marsha Santow 269-267-1308 ​ Sent 2021-05-17: - AMENDEMENT: AGENDA for Board Meeting on Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 1:30 PM I goofed in the Subject Line earlier. The meeting is this coming Thu, May 20, 2021 at 1:30 PM via Google Meet . Due to the number of pages in the Agenda and the fact that it contains several graphics, I am unable to copy and paste it into this e-mail. Therefore, you will need view it (and print it you wish) by clicking HERE . The agenda can also be viewed/printed on the Web site now by clicking HERE . Valerie has also be posted it outside of the SEPO office and on the poolside door to Retzlaff Hall today. Please contact me with any questions or issues you may have. Thx Beth Parrish SEPO Board Secretary sepoboardbeth@gmail.com 314-960-6710 ​ Sent 2021-05-16: Resident Passing - Current resident, Lori Hunt, has passed away. Catherine Richmond ​ Sent 2021---05-15: Saturday Golf Scramble - I will organize this event for next Saturday, May22nd, if at least 12 participants will sign up by next Friday noon. This would provide friendly competition of 3 teams. All normal rules apply. If you have questions, please call me at 956-792-2931. Grace Clark ​ Sent 2021-05-14: Reminder - Neighborhood Watch meeting/class Monday 17 May 3pm - Dear Friends - We shall hold a review of STOP THE BLEED and Hands-Only CPR and an AED review in Retzlaff Hall at 3pm this Monday . Please sign up or call me if you can attend. Thanks 2. The McGruffmobile should be getting a new door in the next week or so. Can somebody help us get it on? Also, I will have new "windows" made for the passenger side. 3. AEP sent me about a dozen short interesting CDs on Electrical Safety. They will be available for you to view. 4. The new climate normals are here - are you ready - a warmer normal, a wetter normal? 5. Cometupdates - This is a free course supplement (like a weather watcher program) to download graphics - great info. 6. National Night Out 2021 We are a partner both Nationally and with our local Police. Don't know yet if Hgn or even Combes will have anything, but stuff is opening up. This program promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood unity. We have a valued relationship with Harlingen and Combes. (and CERT with HFD) Hoping things get back to some normalcy - Sunshine is a great community because you make it that way. See ya Monday 😀 Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276 ​ Sent 2021-05-12: SEPO April 2021 Financials - Hello Homeowners, HERE you can find the April 2021 Financials. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks. Mecca Henry SEPO Board Treasurer (469) 766-4245 meccahen@yahoo.com ​ Sent 2021-05-06: Dog Found Trapped in Encore: Is She Yours? - Lynnette (from Encore) has found the dog in the picture below and no one has claimed her over there. She can't get close to her to see her tag. And she is stuck by the leash under the tire. If she is yours you can claim her @ Encore 832-890-8779, Lot #226. Lynnette Sent 2021-05-01: Golf Scramble (commonly known as the "4 O'Clockers") - Time Change as of 05-03-21 We will be starting the afternoon Scramble at 6 PM starting Monday, May 3rd. Open to all golfers in the community. Every level of golfer welcome. No charge. Meet beside shuffleboard court at 5:45 for team assignments. Just out for a fun time. Donna Myers ​ Sent 2021-05-01: Palm Tree Trimming - Palm Tree Trimmings are being scheduled for May 26, 2021 (Wednesday). $20 per palm for Residents. Please stop by the SEPO office to sign up and drop off your payment or mail your check to: 1957 W. Michigan Drive Checks should be made out to Yuridia Oloarte. You will have until May 24 to make arraignments to have your Palms trimmed. Valerie Basaldua Office Manager Sunshine Country Club Estates 1957 W. Michigan Dr. Harlingen, TX 78550-3100 956-425-1420 sepo.office@gmail.com Sent 2021-05-01: eye glasses and hearing aids - The Lions Clubs across the U.S. collect old glasses and hearing aids to redistribute in poorer nations. We have have a collection box in our library. On May 17 the items in the box will be collected. If you have old glasses and hearing aids you no longer need, please, place them in the box. Place hearing aids in a small baggies so all the parts stay together. Thank you. The box will remain in the library so all you Winter Residents can donate your items when you return in the Fall. Stay safe. We look forward to your return. Jean Burgoine Sent 2021-05-01: Neighborhood Watch - CERT class/meeting Monday 17 MAY 2021 3pm - Back to Top