May 2019 – President’s Letter

Christine Moffett, Board President
Having family with us at Woodhaven is important to us and that includes our “fur family.” I don’t know about you, but we cannot take our bags out to pack for a Woodhaven weekend early in the morning or my dogs anxiously follow us everywhere throughout the house, and I swear they are whining “when are we gonna go to Woodhaven” until we finally get the leashes out to put them into the car. That’s our routine with our dogs – we go to Woodhaven and so do they. Once we get to Woodhaven we quickly unpack our bags so our dogs can have the sacred walk along the lake. In the mornings, we can barely have a cup of coffee before 4 brown eyes stare at us to go for their walk. One of these days, I am going to design a coffee cup that can fit in my hand along with the leash so we can both enjoy the morning walk. I mentioned the word “leash” a few times already, and for all of us who take our “fur family” out to enjoy Woodhaven I would ask that you adhere to our Rule and Regulation Article IX B requiring they be controlled by a leash. Many a time, I see Property Owners take their dog for a walk on the trails with the leash in their hand and not connected to the dog’s collar. This doesn’t count 🙁 Maybe this Property Owner feels confident they can control their dog and they will adhere to their commands. Maybe their dog will, and maybe they won’t listen to the command when they suddenly see a rabbit or they see another dog along the trail. The leash rule is in place to protect everyone. In the past few years, we have seen an increase in dogs being lost in the campground, as well as dogs attacking each other or biting a Property Owner. Speaking from experience, I would not want to see someone get hurt because they thought they could chance it by not having a leash on their dog. My incident wasn’t at Woodhaven, but it still haunts me today how quickly an animal can turn and attack. I am grateful it happened to me and not my daughter and was fortunate to get excellent medical care. Please take all precautions and leash your dog because it not only jeopardizes someone’s safety, but you have also put your pet in a situation with Animal Control, if reported.

April 2019 – President’s Letter

Christine Moffett, Board President

When sliding across my icy driveway at my lot, I kept thinking to myself – “this, too, shall pass,” and I need to start planning for my 2019 fun at Woodhaven. I know my checklist to prepare for the season is growing, but nevertheless, I am creating my list. It goes something like this:

I know you probably have your own list, but I thought I would share mine. I use our Woodhaven Lakes mobile app to check out the event calendar and facility hours to get started. Staff has been busy finishing up some key projects like the replacement of Pool 1 Playground equipment, Woody’s True Value, and the Campfire Kitchen Restaurant renovation projects, to name a few that you will see on your return for the 2019 season. Let the Spring come in like a lamb so we can get our “Space Jam” on, which is our 2019 Main Event theme! Christine Moffett, Board of Directors President

March 2019 – President’s Letter

Christine Moffett, Board President

Mother Nature let us know that we still can have nasty cold, snowy and icy winters here at Woodhaven. But in true Woodhaven spirit, Cabin Fever brought out the sunshine and the Property Owners.

When visiting the Rec Plex I was able to connect with my Woodhaven friends to hear what they have been up to and how life has been treating them. While doing that I noticed so many families setting up their tables with treats and snacks for BINGO and viewing all the prizes. I love observing these moments where some family traditions start at Woodhaven. BINGO during Cabin Fever is almost a rite of passage.

Another popular activity during Cabin Fever was the Painting Party where several of us “want to be artists” listened carefully to the artist on the exact steps to paint a winter scene with a cardinal. You could hear a pin drop as the art instructor was sharing her technique. What was even more amazing was over 25 Woodhaven artists created their own beautiful version of the cardinal winter scene. More fantastic activities like this will be available this Spring and Summer.

Thank you to those families who came out on a cold winters weekend to share in the Cabin Fever tradition. Many of you were concerned that the roadways at Woodhaven would be poor. While we are not a municipality who plows the roads 24/7, our staff monitor it closely and worked throughout the week to remove the icy patches where possible prior to Cabin Fever. I appreciate those Property Owners who filled out speak up sheets concerning the road conditions because all of us want it to be as safe as possible on the roadways.
Mark April 27th & 28th on your calendar for Spring Fling weekend – hopefully Mother Nature cooperates with Woodhaven and provides us with a warm and sunny weekend.

Christine Moffett,
Board of Directors President

December 2018 – President’s Letter

Celebrating our legacy at Woodhaven is important; and what makes a legacy are the footprints left behind. Over the past several years as a community, we have seen many couples or families that owned property for a very long time take their final journey out of the Woodhaven gate. They leave behind memories of their beautiful lot with personal touches and family sign with their section and lot number hung with pride by their drive.
 

We had such a family leave our Woodhaven community gate to seek their final destination in Arizona. Section 27 said farewell to this couple who had an impact on their “own slice of heaven”, as their fellow Property Owners stated. Their names are Ralph and Carol and they were Woodhaven campers for more than 38 years. They were a mainstay in this section—friendly and caring Property Owners who always took the time to chat with their neighbors. I admire all the Property Owners in Section 27 who took the time to say goodbye and thanked them for being a part of their section and lives for so many years. It’s these types of moments we need to hold on to in the world we live in today.
 

Another known fact about this couple is they were passionate about “speaking up” at Woodhaven and submitted many Speak Up Sheets over the years – lots and lots of them. The same care, pride and effort they had taken with their property was no different when they shared their concerns, recommendations and thanks in all those Speak Up Sheets they submitted. As a fellow Property Owner and Board Director, thank you Ralph and Carol for taking the time to do all these little things that add up to a big impact on Woodhaven.
 

Speaking your opinion at Woodhaven is an important part of being a member of our Association. I know there are skeptics out there who do not believe in submitting Speak Up Sheets, or do not have the time to attend meetings. I ask that you please make the time. Speak Up Sheets are available at the Association Office as well as on the website and in the Woodhaven mobile application. Speak Up Sheets are directed to the appropriate Association department heads and a response is provided directly to the Property Owner if requested. In addition, the Speak Up Sheets are made available online for the Board of Directors to review—and I do review them! Not only do I review Speak Up Sheets as a Director, I submit some myself as a Property Owner if I see something that needs to be addressed. Speak Up Sheets are also a way for you to share your opinion on projects or pending changes to our Rules and Regulations that are being considered. You have a voice in these matters.

 I will end this message by again saying “thank you” Ralph and Carol. Thank you for your legacy and the huge footprints you left at Woodhaven. We will try and do you justice by carrying it on in the humble, caring and thoughtful way in which you enjoyed Woodhaven for those 38 years!

Christine Moffett,
Board of Directors President

November 2018 – President’s Letter

Fellow Property Owners-

It seems like yesterday the pools were open and Woodhaven was buzzing with barbeques and bands.  What a fantastic fun filled summer.  I know for me it has been a whirlwind of gatherings, campfires, and some of the best pot lucks around.  A shout out to Section 14, you are the masters of potluck and I am a true fan and follower.  I also had the pleasure of going to the “Togetherness Gathering” at the Pavilion.  For those Property Owners who did the planning and donating time, food, beverage and entertainment, thank you for bringing the Woodhaven community spirit to life.

As I mentioned in my previous President’s Letter it is a wonderful thing to have Property Owners volunteer and be involved in our community.  Over the past couple of months, we have placed notices in our newspaper and on our website for applications for committees and the response has been overwhelming.  Thank you to all that applied.  We didn’t have enough available spots, but when other opportunities to volunteer come up, we will follow up with you. 

 As an Association we never close so that means during the late Fall and throughout the winter the Board of Directors and Woodhaven Staff will be planning and preparing for the Summer of 2019.  So continue to be involved and if you want to hear more about the proposed budget for the recommended assessment for 2019-2020, put Saturday, November 10th on your calendar for the Annual Budget Hearing, which will be held at the Family Center.

Lastly, I had the opportunity to meet new and current Property Owner friends at the “Meet and Greet” I held on September 15th at the Campstove Restaurant.  It was great to share a cup of coffee with all.  We will have to share a virtual cup of coffee in the late fall and winter months during my Facebook Live sessions so we can stay connected.

I will steal the words from the gathering at the Pavilion – Woodhaven Togetherness is the best!

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

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

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