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    Rana Goodman

    By Steve Anderson

    August 2023 President’s Report

    Good evening and welcome to the August 2023 Board of Directors meeting.  This is another of our two required evening meetings that are scheduled during the year.  For years prior, these meetings began at 5:30.  Several years ago it was decided to set them back an hour to better accommodate people.  For 2024 we will change back and start the two evening meetings at 5:30 as we have gotten messages that people do not want to drive after dark and other reasons.

    This past week we held the Resident’s Budget Workshop.  The goal of this workshop was to explain the budget, the major revenue and expense categories and to gain input from residents on the budget.

    It was a meeting at which questions were fielded regarding the funding level of the reserves and the allocation method of providing reserve dollars for the repair of walls and fences.  The board is now ready to go to work on the budget before it is formalized and adopted at the September Board of Directors Meeting.

    In October, the Board will sit down and develop a 5-year plan for capital projects.  It is our desire to communicate this plan and the specific projects to be scheduled during this time period. This planning is of critical importance. As all of our amenities and facilities are now 25 years old, we are at a point of needing to focus on what we need to be replacing.  Without a plan we may well find ourselves waking up one day and finding yellow caution tape around our tennis courts, pools, or other favorite activity.

    This process also needs to consider the capacity of our existing staff to carry out these projects. It is the duty of the board to ensure the integrity of the whole in maintaining a flow of work that does not overwhelm staff, stays within budget guidelines, and at the same time provides owners with assets that are well maintained and are safe.

    The best news of the week was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of the Yorktown Grill on Monday.  Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft presented us with a Proclamation and assisted in the ribbon cutting.

    I realize how controversial the opening of the restaurant has been over the past seven years.  I know well how the decision to reopen the restaurant was met with disfavor by many as well as with favor by many residents also.  I hope that now it is open all of us can come together to make it a success.  It has opened to many positive reviews about the good food and service.  For the times that I have been, it has been fun to me to see such a nice place with so many people turning out to share a meal, socialize with one another, and to enjoy the stunning view of the valley.  Whether it is enjoying the informality of Happy Hour from 3 to 5 or sitting down and eating a meal, it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to eat and have fun close to home.

    In ending today, I would like to recognize the importance of self-care.  The Community Services Committee during the past month of July provided self-care support to 270 individuals through their Bereavement, Caregiver and Friends of Bill W. support groups.  Becoming older and adjusting to retirement can be hard for some people.  Life is not always easy and what we expected.  In this respect it is important that we realize we are not alone and that we are not superhuman, but simply human.  Taking time for yourself and engaging in self-care is critical for us in caring for others.

    I will end today with two quotes relating to the importance of self-care and in being positive. The first is from noted writer Anne Lamott and the second is a line from Winne the Pooh.

    “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”  Anne Lamott from

    Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh at

    Stephen C. Anderson, President

    Sun City Anthem HOA Board of Directors

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