The reaction to the new playground equipment has been very positive for the most part. There were some concerns from parents of younger children. The board contacted the manufacturer and he came out to see the concerns.
We were informed this equipment is geared towards children ages 5 through 12. With that in mind, the board is in the process of purchasing three additions to the playground geared at children 3 through 5 years of age.
Grounds committee chairman Paul Hoppes has let us know the fencing along the round- about has been power washed by our handyman, Mr. Young. He did a great job and has saved the community thousands of dollars.
Paul and some of his committee installed a handicapped-equipped swing in the playground area.
The June grounds meeting has been changed to the first Tuesday of the month, June 4 at 4 p.m.
The activity committee will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. The committee will discuss plans for the summer months.
Saturday, June 8 is a pool party starting at 6 p.m.
Many residents are not aware there are three HOAs in The Farm. The Farm HOA takes care of all the amenities and single-family homes, while the other two HOAs take care of their respective areas, Planters Point and The Orchards.
On Wednesday, May 22, The Orchards held its annual meeting in the clubhouse. The main purpose of the meeting was to elect two new members to their HOA board. The new members elected were Bob Canestra and Theresa Sutton.
Bob Canestra has many years of service to the community. He was a past member of The Orchards board as well as serving on The Farm board for years.
Theresa is new to the board, but has been active in the community.
The third member of their board is Jerry O'Dell.
At their reorganization meeting, Bob Canestra was elected president; Theresa Sutton vice president; and Jerry O'Dell at-large member. Good luck to them all.
Longtime Orchards board member Gina Gallovich had decided not to run for re-election. She said the board may want to go in a different direction financially, and she was stepping aside. Gina served on the board for six years, four of which she served as president.
While talking with Gina, I asked her for some background on her life. Years ago, I would interview new residents and ask for a brief bio in a feature I called Meeting Your Neighbors.
Gina sent me the following:
“I spent most of my career working for corporations in public affairs and communication areas. I worked on press filings for presidential and vice-presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000.” She attended the second presidential inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Later she had the opportunity to visit the White House and attend a reception hosted by First Lady Barbara Bush. Gina has met many celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Smitts, Cheech Marin and more. She also met many civil rights leaders. After leaving the corporate world, she worked on the public relations agency side of the business for numerous clients in the financial, pharmaceutical, non-profit and restaurant worlds. In between, she gave back by serving on marketing committees and boards of nonprofit organizations such as The Food Bank of New York City and the League of United Latin American Citizens National Educational Service Centers. Lately she has been working as an independent contractor on projects that she finds interesting and challenging such as writing financial articles for a newspaper in the Detroit market, copy-editing newspapers in Detroit and Chicago, copy-editing a book on entrepreneurship, and starting the process of ghost writing a book on a topic which she will be revealing later. It amazes me the amazing people we have here in The Farm. You never know until you ask. With all the new residents of The Farm, I am thinking about resurrecting my old Meet Your Neighbor again. The main purpose of the column was to introduce yourself to your new neighbors and state where you are from and jobs you have had. This was a way of meeting people from your home state or sometimes even your hometown. If you would like to submit a 100 word or less bio, I would be glad to print it. As I meet new people, I will be asking them for their bios. I am always looking for items of interest. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Till next time.