President’s Letter – January 2019

Christine Moffett, Board President

2019 is upon us, and while it may seem Woodhaven is in hibernation during the winter months, staff and volunteers are already gearing up for this upcoming year’s fun. A key project underway with the Communications Committee is the Property Owner Survey. Why is this survey so important? Quite simply, it’s important for us to know who you are, demographically speaking, as Woodhaven Property Owners; how you use the property and what services and programs you value. This information is used to help us develop and fine-tune programs and services to better service the needs of you and your family and to help us better focus our marketing efforts to future Property Owners. Updated demographic information about our Property Owners is woefully overdue as we have not done a full survey in more than 10 years. We were scheduled to complete a Property Owner survey in 2015, unfortunately other priorities came to the forefront that year.

I would ask that you please take the time to fill out this survey, because having a strong response rate will provide a more accurate and statistically sound report on our demographics. Survey details will be further discussed and finalized at the January 2019 Board meeting. The goal is to distribute the survey during late winter or early spring and The Communications Committee plans on offering two options to complete the survey – a digital online option along with a traditional paper and mail-in method. Once the survey is completed and compiled, results will be posted on the password protected portion of the Association website.

Thank you in advance for participating in the Woodhaven Property Owner Survey.

Christine Moffett,
Board of Directors President

October 2018 – President’s Letter

Fellow Property Owners-

As my first “Message From the President” I think it is appropriate to give a lot of thanks. My thank you list is long. It is a list that has grown over the years because my journey in getting to the President position started over 12 years ago when I first started volunteering my time on the Communications Committee at Woodhaven. So my first “thank you” goes to Chuck Frazier (past WH President) and WH Management, because they approached me and asked if I would get involved by volunteering my time to be on the Communications Committee. You see, at the time I was a Property Owner I was being vocal about the potential of the electric deck boats not being able to be on the lakes. That moment in time when they asked me to get involved is my first big “thank you.” Thank you for allowing me to get involved and to become a part of the solution.

From then on I increased my involvement in volunteering my time with the Communications Committee as well as I started attending Section Representative meetings in my section while continually growing to know more Property Owners. Our Section Representative was Ivan Martinez who noticed my husband’s passion around maintaining and enjoying the lakes, ultimately leading to my husband becoming involved as the Section Representative for Section 21 and the Chair Person for the Section Representatives. I have been attending these meetings for over 10 years and I thoroughly enjoy working with this group of volunteers. They have been my sounding board for years.

My second “thanks” goes to Ivan, my husband Todd and the Section Representatives.
The most recent part of my journey was my past term as a Board of Director in 2014 till now and the experiences and support I received from Property Owners and fellow Board of Directors. They have had the faith in me and willingness to give me their ideas, concerns, and support. Over the last 4 years I have learned from my fellow Board of Directors the complexities of Woodhaven which gave me the direction and motivation to seek another term to serve the Woodhaven Property Owners. My third “thank you” goes to the past Board of Directors I served with and the new Board of Directors who gave me their vote of confidence to become their President.

I want to leave you with a final “thank you” in this new part of my journey as your President. Thank you for making Woodhaven your happy place, thank you to all the candidates who put their name and reputation out there for all to see and thank you for all who voted. Thank you for caring. The minute we can’t get people to run for the Board or we can’t get Property Owners to volunteer, give us feedback or engage with our community is the minute we need to worry that we haven’t met our community’s needs and they are going elsewhere.

Now that I have shared my thanks I would like to remind everyone that Fall Fest is around the corner the weekend of October 6th. We will probably be raking leaves by then, but put your rake down and enjoy the campfires, the music, the food and best of all, enjoy Woodhaven!

Christine Moffett,
Board of Directors President

Notice to Customers/Users of Woodhaven Association’s Water System

Re: Notice to Water System Customers/Users
July 30, 2018

 

NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS/USERS OF THE WOODHAVEN ASSOCIATION’S WATER SYSTEM
Levels of Total Radium, Above Drinking Water Standards

Our water system recently exceeded a drinking water standard on the water supplied from our Well #2 facility.  Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants.   Quarterly testing results from July 2017 (5.47), November 2017 (5.34), January 2018 (5.28), and April 2018 (6.22) show that our system exceeded the standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), for combined radium.  The standard for combined radium is 5 pico curies per liter (pCi/L).  The average level of combined radium over the last year is 6 pCi/L (5.57).

You do not need to use an alternative (e.g. bottled) water supply.  However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.  This is not an immediate risk.  If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets drinking water standards and has determined that Radium 226 and Radium 228 are of health concern at certain levels of exposure.  Some people who drink water containing total radium in excess of the MCL over many years may have increased risk of getting cancer.

Woodhaven’s water system receives its supply from two wells.  Well #1 is located at the Water Plant in Section 15 and is treated to reduce radium levels.  In February 2018 the results from testing showed combined radium levels of 2.04 pCi/L.  Well #2 is located behind the Nature Center in Section 15 and is blended with water from Well #1 during time periods when demand exceeds the capacity level of Well #1.  We are currently working with the Illinois EPA to resolve the radium issue at Woodhaven and will keep you informed of our progress.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who might not have received this notice directly (for example, guests, contractors, and other visitors to Woodhaven).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

For more information, please contact:            

Rusty Lindenmeyer, Director of Utility Operations
Woodhaven Association
Water System ID# – 1035100                            Date Distributed – July 30, 2018

 

August 2018 – President’s Letter

Ivan Martinez - Board President
Ivan Martinez – Board President

  We have entered the midway point of our camping season. I always look forward to our Main Event Weekend in August. Having served on the board for eight years, I enjoy meeting many of our Owners at the wine and cheese social hosted by the Association at the Lakeview Building. We all have much to be thankful for because of the hard work by our staff completed before, during and after our camping seasons each year. Every year many of your Board Members assist at the Ice Cream Treat giveaway. I love to see the look of amazement on the children’s faces when they are handed a cup of ice cream. The biggest reason for being on the Board of Directors for me is our extended family, their children and doing right by our Owners. We make decisions that impact everyone and I’m always driven by my loyalty, respect, and volunteers on committees that keep our Woodhaven the wonderful place that it is.

We have our election going full swing and I would like to urge every Owner to read our candidates resumes and position statements in order to make an informed decision before you vote. It’s your Woodhaven and every vote does count. The vote tally will take place on Saturday, August 25th and the results will be revealed at the Annual meeting on Sunday, August 26th in the Rec Plex Multi Purpose Room.

Saturday of our Main Event Weekend will have a Venetian boat parade and fireworks at the Family Center/Beach area. The Venetian boat parade will showcase our Owners lighting and boat decorating skills. Last years boat parade was a sight to see, so get there early, set up a chair and enjoy. The fireworks will again be spectacular over Woodhaven Lake. The times for these events are posted on our website and in this issue (pages 20-23).
Sincerely,

Ivan Martinez,
Board of Directors President

July 2018 – President’s Letter

Ivan Martinez - Board President
Ivan Martinez – Board President

  Our camping season is now in full swing. Our Memorial Day holiday was one for the books. The attendance at the flag raising and dedication ceremony was beyond awesome. Whenever parents can bring their children to a service honoring our fallen military, the passing of our customs and traditions are learned by the next generation and it shows that WE are getting it right. My fellow Veteran Ad Hoc Committee members: I would like to express my gratitude for all the hard work you have put in to make our vision of a true Veterans Memorial area a reality.

Our 4th of July weekend is quickly approaching and I hope to see a great turnout for the 3K walk/5K run. The city of Dixon is hosting their annual Petunia Festival during this week and it’s a fun activity to attend. Many of our local communities are having their fireworks display going on. The places and times for fireworks will be posted on our Woodhaven Facebook page. I would remind our owners to advise their guests that fireworks are NOT allowed at Woodhaven. We have a sign at the front gate and Public Safety will enforce this rule.

I recently lost a dear friend and one of our committee members, Richard Kish, to the effects of Agent Orange that he contracted while serving in Vietnam and I’ve been asked by some Owners to research the possibility of doing a memorial brick drive in order to honor those owners that have passed and served in the military. Once we learn the cost for the bricks and establish the location for placement we’ll have information in our Association media sources for families who wish to participate in this honor drive.

Have a great summer and God Bless America,                                 

 

Ivan Martinez,

Board of Directors President

“Woodhaven Goes West” Tshirts

Unique Main Event logo wear will be available to purchase at the Association Office and Family Center beginning Memorial Day Weekend! These T-shirts are 100% cotton, so please keep potential shrinking issues in mind when you purchase your size!
 

T-SHIRT PRICES:
Youth – $10
Adult S – XL – $12
Adult 2X-4X – $14

May 2018 – President’s Letter

Ivan Martinez - Board President
Ivan Martinez – Board President

Welcome back everyone. I recently took a drive around Woodhaven to look at the new trails by Woodhaven Lake and Woody’s General Store. One of the extensions allows you to get to and from the old trail to the store, and the other fingers into Section 21 near the dam at Woodhaven Lake. Hopefully during a hike this year you will see these improvements. Screens are now on the screen room of the Nature Center. The old Nature Center has been demolished and site work on the new facility continues.

If you’ve had a chance to look at our events calendar, you will see the many activities scheduled for Spring Fling weekend, April 28th & 29th. A silent boat auction, fishing tournament, tree sale, and contractor fair are a few of our activities for Saturday. On Sunday we will also have the open air market, petting zoo, pony and wagon rides, centered in the area of the pavilion playground.

The Section Representatives have started their monthly meetings and soon the individual section meetings will begin. I urge everyone to attend their section meetings as these are the first step in passing information to our Membership from staff and the Board; then concerns come back to us. The first meeting had a presentation by ESAC and I would like to let everyone know that if you receive a letter from them please call in. ESAC is there to enforce our rules, but they will work with everyone and assist you in rectifying the situation if prompt communication is made.

Memorial Day is around the corner and I hope that many of our veterans, their families and our members attend our ceremony. We remember and honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. This year the Veterans Memorial Circle will have many improvements made to the flag circle and path leading up to the flags, so please come out and join us.

Sincerely,
Ivan Martinez,
Board of Directors President

April 2018 – President’s Letter

Ivan Martinez - Board President
Ivan Martinez – Board President

Springtime is a busy time for staff and the Board of Directors as we finalize our 2018 budget. This is when the Board approves the 2018 projects and purchases. I am awestruck at the amount of work put in by our staff to make this possible. One of our new projects undertaken by staff is the creation of a carry-out window service for Woody’s store/restaurant. This window will be accessible through the Laundromat Wi-Fi seating area. The initial emphasis for this carry-out window will focus on pizza and chicken. More information on the hours of operation and the menu for this service will be provided in the Woodhaven News, at the General Store, and through other media sources. If you are looking for some food in the evening, please consider contacting the General Store. Their phone number (815-849-5189), and several others are located on the back of your Property Owner Pass.

My sincere appreciation goes out to those owners who volunteer to sit on our committees and guide us forward. At our February Board meeting we voted to have Frank Lowery continue as chairperson for the Public Safety Board of Review and Dan Rossi as chairperson for the ESAC Board of Review. Congratulations gentlemen and thank you for your dedication to Woodhaven.

It is a very exciting spring with the upcoming opening of our new Nature Center/Bait Shop. We have demolition scheduled to happen soon on the old Nature Center along with all the site work. The Veterans Memorial Ad Hoc Committee is grateful to Woodhaven for their commitment to all our veterans. The Veterans Memorial Circle Drive area project will begin with a makeover on the walkway and the flag circle, along with addressing drainage and landscaping. Our goal is to have these projects completed for a Memorial Day dedication.
I hope to see many of you at Woodhaven on Spring Fling weekend. Safe travels and God bless you all,

Ivan Martinez,
Board of Directors President

March 2018 – President’s Letter

Ivan Martinez - Board President
Ivan Martinez – Board President

Welcome back, my Woodhaven family. It seems like winter just started and here we are getting ready for family and friends to meet us for the 2018 season. I have spent the better part of this winter visiting with some of our Owners that winter from Texas to Florida. I am a firm believer that, as a Board member, one of my responsibilities should be to check out other places and facilities that mirror our beloved Woodhaven in order to compare our operations. I have to admit that I’ve not found anything comparable to Woodhaven that even comes close to our amenities, value, and management.

Our staff has been hitting projects around Woodhaven like storm troopers and I hope to put the call out to many of you to help assist our staff as needed in the months to come. It’s my belief that as part of our large Woodhaven family the help given will translate into higher attendance and participation from parents and children. The cold weather coupled with harsh winds, and recently snow, is preventing the final phase of the Nature Center metal roof from being completed. With the outside work delayed, attention to the inside is bringing this project closer to completion.

I was not able to attend Cabin Fever this year, as Bea and I were making our way back home; however, I hope you all were overjoyed to make your way back to the peace and tranquility of Woodhaven.

Be safe and may God bless you all,
Ivan Martinez,
Board of Directors President