May 2018 Newsletter

Memorial Day…A Day to Remember
Dating back to 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic established Decoration Day.  This was to be a day when the nation decorated the graves, of those who had died in war, with flowers.  Soon, this date began to be observed on May 30th each year, perhaps because flowers would be in bloom and available all over the country by then. Decoration Day gradually came to be known as Memorial Day and in 1968 an act of Congress established our observance of Memorial Day as the last Monday in May.  That’s the history of the origin of the holiday.  Here are some facts “to remember” about the holiday:
-Civil War – Approximately 620,000 Americans died, with more than half dying from disease.
-World War 1—116, 516 Americans died, again, more than half from disease.
-World War 11—405,399 Americans died.
-Korean War- 36,574 Americans died.
-Vietnam—58,220 Americans died.
-Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm—293 Americans died.
-Operation Iraqi Freedom—4,422 Americans died.
-Operation New Dawn—66 Americans died.

While war is never desirable, there are times when it is unavoidable.  And the freedoms and liberties we all cherish were won for us on the battlefield.  This Memorial Day take a moment “to remember” those who gave their all.  

Summertime, Summertime!
Well, we might finally have turned the seasonal corner from winter to spring.  And in Oklahoma that often means a quick jump into summer.  As you plan your summer activities we hope you will take advantage of our new pavilion area.  If you are planning a family gathering and would like to have it in an outdoor setting, Johanna Woods has just the place for you!  Privacy, tables and chairs, shade, a gas grill, restrooms, plenty of parking, lots of room to spread out and a play area for the littles.  This is the first full year that the pavilion will be available and we hope it will be enjoyed by our residents for many  pleasant family events and gatherings.  If you did not have a chance to see it during our grand opening last year, please stop by the office for a tour.  We would love to show it to you and assist you in scheduling it for your special occasion.  It is here just for you…just because you live in Johanna Woods!

New Neighbor News
A warm welcome to Emerson Xiong, our newest neighbor, born on 3/1/18.  Congratulations to mom, dad and his grandparents!  We love it when several generations call Johanna Woods home!

Neighbor News
Congratulations to Jeff Gorman!  He won the Lowe’s gift card in our April Drawing just by paying his rent on time!

Our American Heritage
“We the People are the rightful masters of both the Congress and the Courts—not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.

Out Door Cook’s Corner

Easy Chicken Marinade
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar or lite soy sauce
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4-6 chicken breasts
Thaw and trim chicken breasts as needed and place in a large zip top bag.  Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper to the bag and work the bag by hand until all of the ingredients are combined well.  Place the bag and ingredients in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to several hours.  Preheat the grill to medium high heat and place the chicken on the grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until a meat thermometer reads 160º to 165º F.  Enjoy!

Dog Walking Etiquette
If you walk your dog in Johanna Woods, we have a couple of reminders for you.  First of all, please be prepared to pick up after your dog.  No one that we know likes walking into their yard and finding a “gift” left by one of our 4-legged residents.  Secondly, please restrict your pets access to neighbors yards.  Your dog should not be allowed to “decorate” the neighbor’s lawn at will.  Please keep them on a short leash—between the sidewalk and the street– when walking.  This not only keeps them out of yards, but it will keep YOU out of yards if you need to pick up after your pet.  We have always attempted to keep children from walking through yards that are not theirs, so as adults we need to follow the same guidelines.  It can be a bit startling to step outside your door and find someone in your yard—with their dog!  Not everyone in Johanna Woods is a pet owner.  Those who are not don’t mind those of you who are…until we find those aforementioned “gifts” in our yards.  Or when the prize flowers get the wrong kind of “watering”.  Let’s be sure we are being polite and courteous with our neighbors while walking those dogs!

Community Calendar
May 1st—Rent is Due.
May 6th– Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
May 13th—Mother’s Day!
May 26th—Memorial Day Weekend.  The office will be closed Saturday.
May 28th—Memorial Day.  The office will be closed today and will re-open on Tuesday.

Johanna Woods Privacy Policy
A copy of the Johanna Woods Privacy Policy 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 daily commitment to you is that we will make every attempt to protect the personal and confidential  information you have entrusted us with.  Please take a moment to read this policy statement.  It’s purpose is to explain how we manage your personal information.  If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to call us at 918-355-1681.  Identity theft is an enormous issue in our high tech world and we work hard to keep your information secure.

Resident Update Forms
Along with this newsletter, is a copy of our Resident Information Sheet.  Each year we ask our residents to make sure that we have 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  be sure our records are accurate.  Please take a moment to complete this form and turn it back into the office as soon as possible.  Thank you!

Spring Inspections…
After a cold and busy spring, inspections are finally underway in Johanna Woods.  Sometimes it might be difficult to fully understand the value of these annual inspections to each of us.  If it is, a visit to any other mobile home community within 50 miles of ours would be an eye opening experience!  A lack of comprehensive rules, consistent oversight and living standards that are clearly spelled out will result in a decent mobile home community becoming a “trailer park” quicker than you can imagine.  Let’s get our home maintenance chores knocked out early this year.  If we have a really hot summer you will be glad you didn’t procrastinate!

Being Safe in a Wi-Fi World!
Free Wi-Fi hotspots are a treasure in our connected world.  But be aware of the risks associated with their use.  Specifically the challenge of keeping personal information secure.  Here are some tips to keep your personal information safe in those settings:  1) Don’t make online purchases or access bank accounts when connected to public Wi-Fi.  If you have to make a sensitive transaction, turn Wi-Fi off.  You will be safer going through your cellular provider.  2) Turn auto-connect off so you control when and where you are logged in.  Then, pay attention to network names when you do log in.  3) Thirdly, keep your antivirus apps and software up to date.  The bad guys are vigilant, sophisticated and relentless so don’t give them an opening.  4) Finally, realize that not all Wi-Fi connections are equal.  A large, open network in an airport is going to be less secure than one in a coffee shop where only paying customers can access a more limited network.  Choose wisely and carefully!