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!
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!
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!
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).
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.
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.
Board of Directors 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,
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,
Board of Directors President
The holiday season is upon us, so my greeting to our Membership will be all encompassing. I received a Facebook posting from my good friend Mary McGrady and it included the following holiday wishes “Happy Hanukkah”, “Merry Christmas,” “Joyous Kwanzaa,” and “Happy Holidays.” The post stated “I will not be offended. I will be thankful that you took the time to say something nice.” These sayings I believe may be appropriate to many of you, as I’m sure there are many more which apply. My best wishes to all our Members. I also pray that you have safe travels and a Happy New Year.
Our Nature Center/Bait Shop construction is coming along great. The roof is on and soon we’ll have it buttoned up for interior work. It’s cold outside, but wonderful being out here in paradise. The roads have a lot of deer crossing, so keep an eye out for them and be safe. The mild weather we’ve had recently has allowed staff to complete some of our trail improvements. We have completed the initial phase of the 2018 budget process and the Board will be voting on the assessment levels at our December meeting. The recommended assessments are to remain at $1,230 for lots with sewer services, and $1,105 for lots without sewer services in 2018. Work on the budget will continue after the first of the year, with the final figures to be approved at our March Board Meeting. A lot of work was performed by our ESAC Department in order for the Board of Directors to enact our current year’s abatements. Needless to say, our staff has done a fantastic job in keeping our facility and resources operating optimally.
The Board will be making appointments at our December meeting for all our standing committees and review boards. These appointments will be for a four year term. I would like to preemptively congratulate the new appointees and thank all our Owners who were willing to make the commitment to Woodhaven’s operation.
I wish all our Woodhaven families a happy Thanksgiving. I was impressed by the amount of children at our trunk and treat this year. Our families and our children are what keep me on the Board. We strive to give you the best experience possible and the memories you make last for a lifetime. I truly enjoyed speaking to many of you about our activities and was able to meet many Owners that have been participating here since they were children. The entire Woodhaven staff deserves a round of applause for a job well done.
The snowflakes will fall, and if you’re on property and hear the roar of snowmobile engines, make sure you look both ways while driving. There are many activities going on in the winter, so stay bundled up and be safe while doing your outdoor activities. Frostbite and even dehydration occur in the winter, so come in frequently, warm up and drink lots of liquids. Pay special attention to weather advisories that emphasize extreme weather conditions.
Veterans’ Day has come and gone, so I would like to tell my fellow veterans “Thank You for Your Service”. You who have defended our freedoms, our flag and your country will always have my admiration and respect. The Woodhaven Ad Hoc Veterans Committee, staff and the Board are currently discussing a facelift around the area of our Veterans Memorial Circle Drive. Hopefully we will have this work completed by our next Memorial Day. The eagle woodcarving has been moved and stored by our Maintenance Department until next season when we will have a dedication ceremony to our veterans.
Lastly, I would like to touch on a situation that occurred recently in Section 21. The Association posted information about gunfire that happened one night where two trailers were damaged. This random but blatant disregard for the safety of others is a situation that will not be taken lightly by your Board of Directors or staff. To those impacted by this, my prayers are with you and we will be following up on the culmination of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
Board of Directors President