We had a fine, well attended annual meeting on Saturday, August 8, 2020. If you were able to come, please know that your attendance was appreciated. It was a little different looking because everyone did a great job of socially distancing and wearing masks. We are all learning to recognize each other as masked people. Rather than a lunchtime meal, we provided a light brunch of snacks and drinks organized by Niki Griffin, Member At Large.
The meeting began with six members who spoke to the membership against the proposed camping rule changes, and disappointment with the requirement to wear a mask and socially distance at the meeting. It was noted that the proposed rules will not be voted on until the September 12, 2020 board meeting. Comments are still being collected by Secretary Mark Wefler prior to that meeting.
Next, we heard annual reports from our Water Committee, and the Architectural Committee. A special thanks was given to Harald Schmid, who is stepping down after more than three years on the Architectural Committee. His faithful service has enabled members to obtain necessary information about the proper building requirements on the ranch. Following these reports, each board member gave a brief report on their areas of responsibility. Also, Joshua Ezell was introduced as our new Ranch Manager, along with his wife, Hailey, mom, Lisa, and dad, Jackie.
Also, we heard from three most important community members, Commissioner Ray Douglas, Sheriff Tom McGraw, and Fire Chief Chris Tingle. They each reminded us of the good work going on in the county regarding safety and improvements even in the face of diminishing tax dollars. David Root then spoke, along with Niki Griffin, about our new Firewise program, and outlined many of the benefits to our community. We really appreciate that these four folks chose to travel, connect with us, and be a part of our meeting.
Finally, we wrapped up the morning with a fun “roast” of John Adams, Ranch Manager, emeritus. He really seemed to enjoy the comments and stories, but also expressed his relief as he anticipates a more relaxed life on the ranch. We are so grateful for John’s years of service, and agree that he has earned a good rest.
Just so you know, two members were elected to the board. Gary Woirhaye was re-elected to another three year term. Clay Bandy, who has previously served on the Water Committee, was also elected to a three year term. The board will elect officers for this year at the September meeting.
Finally, I am really sorry that we could not have the annual picnic associated with the annual meeting. It has always been a great event to restore old friendships and meet new neighbors. Let’s all hope that this time next year we have this virus under control, that we all safely return, and that we can share a meal with the community we enjoy so much.
Dennis Ann Strong, President