June 2017 Newsletter

Coming Soon…
The bid review period is now complete and Johanna Woods has finalized the plan to build an outdoor pavilion behind the office.  We hope this will be an amenity that will be utilized and enjoyed by a large number of our residents.  When it is complete, the area will include a covered pavilion, rock bench, round tables and chairs and a gas grill for outdoor cooking.  The tables and chairs will allow for greater flexibility in arrangement.  We also think they will look a little more modern than picnic tables.  In addition to these features, the existing chain link fencing will be replaced with decorative wooden and privacy fencing.  There will also be a green play space for small children—ones not old enough for smart phones!  This area will provide our residents with a large and private outdoor venue for family gatherings of all kinds.  In conjunction with the clubroom, groups of much larger sizes will be able to use Johanna Woods’ facilities for personal events.  The area will be secured and will require an advance reservation, just as the clubroom currently does.  Rain and seasonal priorities have delayed our removal of the pool, but rain has also delayed our contractor a little.  At this point, we hope to see construction started around the middle of June and we look forward to providing you with this new gathering place!  Stay tuned for further details!

Neighbor News
Congratulations to the Parrish family.  They will be keeping their rent for June!  We have a new neighbor because of them!  Thanks!
Congratulations to all our Johanna Woods graduates!  Well done!
Happy Father’s Day to all our dad’s.  Thank you for all you do for your families!

Our American Heritage….Our Flag
“Face the Flag Son” Written by Bill Ezell.  Recorded by John Wayne.  Can be found on YouTube…worth a listen!

Face the Flag of stars and bars
Of red and white and blue
A flag that guarantees the rights
For men like me and you

Face the Flag, son! Read what’s written there
The history, the progress and the heritage we share
Our flag reflects the past, son, but stands for so much more
And in this Age of Aquarius, it still flies in the fore

It leads the forward movement, shared by all mankind
To learn…to love…to live with peace of mind
To learn the mysteries of space, as well as those of earth
To love each man for what he is, regardless of his birth
To live without the fear of reprisal for belief
To ease the tensions of a world that cries out for relief

Face the Flag, son! Take a good long look
What you’re seeing now can’t be found in a history book
It’s the present and the future, son. It’s being written now
And you’re the one to write it, but the flag can show you how

Do you know what it stands for? What its makers meant?
To think…to speak…the privilege of dissent
To think our leaders might be wrong…to stand and tell them so
These are the things that other men under other flags will never know
But responsibility…that’s the cross that free men must bear
And if you don’t accept that, the freedom isn’t there

Face the Flag, son, and face reality
Our strengths and our freedoms are based in unity
The flag is but a symbol, son, of the world’s greatest nation
And as long as it keeps flying, there’s cause for celebration

So do what you’ve go to do, but always keep in mind
A lot of people believe in peace…but there are the other kind
If we want to keep these freedoms, we may have to fight again
God forbid, but if we do, let’s always fight to win
For the fate of a loser is futile and it’s bare
No love, no peace…just misery and despair

Face the Flag, son…and thank God it’s still there…

Cook’s Corner
Pico De Gallo
1 cup finely chopped red onion
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 limes, juiced
2  1/2 cups Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
Directions: Mix red onion, jalapeno pepper and lime juice in a bowl.  Allow this to stand for 5 minutes.  Mix in the tomatoes, cilantro and salt and allow the entire mixture to stand 15 more minutes for the flavors to blend.  Break out the chips and enjoy!  Note: Don’t short cut the marinating time, it’s the key to the flavor!

Community Calendar
June 1st—Rent is due.
June 6th—Rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
June 14th—Flag Day, commemorating the adoption of our national flag on June 14, 1777!  Let ‘em wave!
June 18th—Father’s Day

Privacy Notice
The Johanna Woods Privacy Notice is included with this copy of your newsletter.  We want you to know that we take seriously our responsibility to safeguard your personal information.  We are required to provide you with this information annually.  However, our commitment to you is that we have implemented procedures and policies to secure the personal and confidential information you have entrusted us with on a daily basis.  Please take a moment to read this policy statement.  Its purpose is to explain how we manage your private information.  If you have any questions about this please give us a call. 

Resident Updates
Along with this newsletter, is a copy of our Resident Information Sheet.  Every year we ask our residents to provide us with current phone numbers and residency information.  This is important in case we need to reach you in the event of an emergency.  Nowadays, people change phone numbers and even jobs with some regularity and we must make sure our records are current.  Please take a moment to complete this form and turn it back into the office right away.  This information is only for our use and we will take good care of it.  Thank you for your help with this!

Rule Changes in Johanna Woods
The owners of Johanna Woods have asked that we amend the rules to include the following: “Beekeeping is not permitted in Johanna Woods in any form”.  Publishing this rule in our newsletter and delivering a copy to every resident home officially informs everyone in our community of the change and incorporates the rule into our formal lease agreement.  It will also be posted on our community bulletin board.  This satisfies the legal requirement for making a change to the rules that govern Johanna Woods and this change is effective immediately.  If you have any questions with regard to this change or any of our rules please stop by the office so we can discuss them.  Our rules and their consistent enforcement are very important to our community and their purpose is to promote a safe, clean and quiet community for all our residents.  We live in a changing world and from time to time we must add to or amend our rules so our community goals are supported.

“…use, store out of sight, or discard.”
This is a phrase that has found its way into numerous inspections over the years.  It relates to the “stuff” that somehow accumulates in our yards, around our decks, sheds, fences, etc.  Most of the time it is noted on inspections in a way that requires action and decisiveness.  Stuff in your yard, should be seasonally appropriate and purposefully employed or it is just clutter.  So here is the test for your “stuff”..if it is in your yard and has value – but is not in use right now – it should be “stored out of sight” (so it is protected from the elements) until you need/want to “use” it.  If it is in the yard and has no value… ”discard” it!  Hopefully this will help explain our thought process and expectations.  We simply want yards and home-sites to look neat and orderly.  Applying this rule of thumb to the appearance of your yard will help!  Initial inspections are complete.  Re-inspections will begin shortly and most of us have a little work to do!