TROPICS RESIDENTS CLUB, INC.
33000 ALMADEN BLVD., UNION CITY, CA 94587
PRESIDENT Dave Hughes 825-9612 Dave.email@example.com
VICE PRESIDENT Barry Lependorf 431-3401 firstname.lastname@example.org
SECRETARY Stephanie Butler 475-8020 email@example.com
TREASURER Debbie Lependorf 431-3401 firstname.lastname@example.org
2010-2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sally Center 471-6812 *** Barbara Kowall 477-9872 *** Ray Scott 489-8006
Peg Pollock 475-1979 *** Keith Hall 750-9907
TROPICS OFFICE AT THE CLUBHOUSE
ONSITE MANAGERS: GILL AND DEE CALVILLO
OFFICE PHONE: 471-8550 _ Monday / Friday *** 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The answering service will respond to after hours problems.
PARKING PATROL POLICE, NON-EMERGENCY
650-967-7800 510-471-1365 - M—F 8am-6pm
TROPICS RESIDENTS CLUB, INC.
2010—2012 COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND COORDINATORS
Breakfast chair Barry Lependorf 431-3401
House Facilities Lorri Cameron 429-9155
Potluck Irene Wolfe 489-7529
Sunshine Irene Wolfe 429-7529
Library Bea Bartz 489-6388
Community Betterment Coordinator Belle Spring 303-8007
Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Peter Lowe 324-1985
Disaster Teams Coordinator Barbara Kowall/Stephanie Butler/Peg Pollock See above
Welcoming Committee Mary Wilson/Cathy Lighthill 692-8522/427-8182
Publicity Chair Daniel Camargo 475-8149
Bingo Chair Elizabeth Mayer 487-0235
Senior Citizens—City Hall
Entertainment Carol O’Quin 415-200-8752
Residents Activities & Entertainment Board of Directors
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Greetings to all
From President Dave’s House to your house
Sept. 8th General meeting was very good with 38 people in attendance. George
Turk was here to advise us on the upcoming improvements to our park. We can
look forward to updating the electrical in the new side of the park, the putting
green and the gazebo is a go, we also increased the number of subsidies from 110
to 180 for rental assistance program. We asked again for the electrification of the
sky lights in the rec. hall, for air circulation.
Sept. 10th Breakfast was very good, we served over 110 people. Let’s do it again
on Oct. 8th.
Oct. 29th is our Halloween Party. Be sure to get your tickets. NOW
Sat. Nov. 5th is the date for The Tropics Flea Market, be sure to reserve your
tables, as soon as you read this as they are going fast.
Mark your November calendar for the 19th, Thanksgiving Diner. Get your tickets
early as space is limited.
Do you have your baby covered in the carport?
Let us know what you have hidden away .
We are looking to do an article on any classic or unique
cars in the park. Contact the editor, thanks
Anyone out there that would like to assist the Editor in putting the Breeze to press?.
A good opportunity to utilize your computer skills as Assistant Editor
Do you find this magazine uninteresting and dull?
We are looking for people to liven it up. You could be the one.
Reporters and writers wanted to submit articles of interest to the Breeze.
Comments are welcome regarding articles you enjoy reading and what
other improvements can be made. Submission name is only required if it
is to be published. Contact Pete with any comments. thanks
Lots of news this month!
This will all be old news to the 38 of you who met with me at the Sept. 8 Residents Club Meeting or earlier that
day, at the Board meeting. The biggest news involved a new grant from the Union City Redevelopment
When we refinanced The Tropics' bonds five years ago, the RDA imposed several conditions, the most
annoying of which was that we could only use 1/2 of the annual surpluses for capital improvements; the
other half would be used to provide rental assistance to 20% of our residents. We weren't happy about losing
the flexibility on how to spend the surplus funds--we'd rather make those decisions in consultation with our
residents--but we had no choice but to agree.
Now, however, we are very excited to announce that the RDA has agreed to contribute $200,000/year for 10
years--that's $2,000,000!--to The Tropics' Rental Assistance Fund. Because we can use the RDA money for
rental assistance obligation, we are now allowed to use 100% of the next 5 years' surpluses for infrastructure
projects. That's about $1,000,000 in "new" money.
With this money in hand, we plan on spending about $1,300,000 to replace/upgrade the electrical system for
the 40% of the Park that is our responsibility (PG & E owns the system for the other 60% of spaces). We will
phase this work over 4-5 years, at which time we'll have a modern state-of-the-art electrical system.
Other news from the Sept. 8 meeting:
We've given the go-ahead to spend $50,000 to enhance the former Arbor area behind the
clubhouse. The Board has come up with a plan on what to put there; as soon as we review their
thoughts, we'll get moving on this project.
As part of our new deal with the City, we will increase the amount of Park funds spent on resident
services to $3/space/month, or about $20,000/yr. While we can spend this on anything that benefits
residents, for now we've decided to give that money to the Residents Club for their use.
The Residents Club Board is using some of that new money to install security cameras in the
Clubhouse. There have been a few incidents of petty thefts lately; the Board hopes the cameras will
deter such behavior.
Doesn't the pool area look great! We weren't wild about the County Inspector ordering us to revamp
the entire pool area but now that it's done, I'm pretty pleased with the result. Aren't you?
There were many other highlights from the meeting; I'll try to get to them in next month's Memo. In the
meantime, enjoy the new pool, have a Happy Halloween and, if you haven't already, make sure you turn in
your Income Certification. George Turk
Welcome New Residents
489 Seema Circle - Raymond Miller - Julee Custer
15 Palm Drive - Dao Sheng Chen and Feng Xu
273 Oahu Circle - Robert Hisle
IN SYMPATHY for the loss of a resident
David Apodoco on September 2, 2011
Janis Malala’s mother, August 8, 2011
Tips on Keeping Your Home Safe!
Be Neighborly — Share with your neighbors your concern about burglary.
Tell them what you are doing to protect your home. Ask them to
report any suspicious persons or activities around your home to your
law enforcement agency. Good neighbors make safe neighborhoods
Porch and Patio Doors — Treat all exterior doors on the rear and
sides of your home as possible targets for entry. Since they may be
less observable from the street and by neighbors than a front entrance,
extra precautions may need to be taken.
Vacation- have neighbors pick up paper/mail cars park in driveway
Ground Floor Windows — All ground floor windows should have
key-operated sash locks or other locks as described in this booklet.
Keep your windows closed and locked when you are away. Screens
and storm windows should be securely fastened to the structure.
FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF THE TROPICS
WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOME NICE FOLKS LIKE
YOU TO VOLUNTEER SOME TIME AND TALENT
TO HELP US MAKE OUR EVENTS MORE FUN AND
Call event chairperson listed on event flyer.
NOTE: SOME EVENTS WILL INCLUDE 50-50 DRAWING & DOOR
PRIZE. TICKETS, 2/$1.00.
The Tropics Coffee Club meets
M/F, 9 am-10 am in the conference
room. Come and join us.
Don’t Forget Saturday, Nov. 5
Tropics Flea Market
Let's Get Connected!
Spectrum Hot Lunches: Hot meals are served on Tuesdays and Thursday at the Clubhouse at
noon. Menus are available at the Clubhouse and published in the Sunday Argus newspaper.
Menus are now online at the-tropics.net See flyer below to register. If you are
unable to join the lunch bunch at the Clubhouse and still wish to have a hot meal, Meals On
Wheels will provide hot, home-delivered daily meals. Call 510-574-2092 for information.
The Gadget Lady: One gadget I learned about is a lever that can be
adapted to a round doorknob. These are ideal for anyone who has arthritis or
weak hands, or for someone who simply wants the convenience of a lever
door handle (i.e. easier opening with your arms full of grocery bags etc.).
You can converts almost every existing door knob to lever action. Thanks to
Reiko Jimenez for arranging for the Gadget Lady to pay us a visit to display
and demo a slew of devices that can aid us in our everyday activities. She
had a table at our last Health Fair. If you didn't get to see her she will be at the next Health Fair.
We expect to utilize e-mail as an additional means to disseminate information in a timely manner to
residents. If you would like to “Get Connected”, e-mail your name and address to
Pete @ 510.324.1985 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot Lunch Program
Served at 12 noon Tuesday and Thursday.
By volunteers from the Tropics Residents Club
Age 60+...Donation…$3.25 per meal
Age 55-59…$4.75 per meal
(No one over 60 will be turned away)
For more information or to register
Contact Joyce at 487-0542
Need Car Insurance?
California offers low-cost auto
insurance to qualifying
residents who own cars valued
at $20,000 or less! To find out
if you qualify, call:
1-866-602-8861 or visit
Brought to you by the California Department of Insurance
“A Gathering of the Goddesses”
Now that the Boutique is behind us, the Ladies Club is concentrating on our Bingo
Fundraiser for Wednesday, November 9 (which, thankfully, was approved). A flyer giving all
the information is in this Breeze. Tickets are available from any of our members. We will also
be having a table at the upcoming flea market to sell our remaining craft creations and other
“Happy Birthday” goes out to Jeanne Larson whose birthday is 10/4 and Belle Spring
celebrating on 10/16. At our September meeting we celebrated all the birthdays for this last
quarter with a delicious ice cream cake. Our event this month is a Halloween potluck
(costumes optional) on Wednesday, October 12, at noon. If any residents would like to join us,
please contact any of the officers below. - Carol Orwig
Remember: Our meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month, starting at
12:30 p.m., in the Clubhouse. All ladies in the park are welcome to come to a meeting – with
no obligation to join. For more information, contact any of our officers:
Carol Orwig, President 471-8744 Peggy Pollock, V. President 475-1979
Irene Wolfe, Treasurer 489-7529 Louise Grohnke, Secretary 441-0801
CERAMIC CLUB NEWS
Our club meetings are always held on the first Tuesday of every month at 3:00 pm in the
club house conference room. Anyone can attend and sit in on our meetings and also meet
some active members of the club before or after the meeting. If you are thinking about
joining or want to ask some questions or just get a tour of the ceramic room, this is
another opportune time.
Below is one of our ceramic club molds of a finished heart jewelry dish and a hand
sculpted calla lily has been attached to lid. This technique is done while the piece is still
wet and the sculpture is attached with slip (liquid clay) like a glue. You can sculpt any item
in clay and attach to wet greenware for this effect.
A demonstration & instruction for this will be at a forthcoming date.
You can call below senior members for an
appointment to view the ceramic shop and or just to
ask questions. Feel free to call Lorri Cameron at
429-9155, Irene Wolfe at 489-7529, or Melody
Peterson at 487-7578. We will come greet you or
ask another training member to help you.
Our boutique fundraiser will be on October 1
10 to 4 pm, and will have a broad spectrum
of arts & crafts; all hand made by our members and
will of course include our handmade ceramics. Please come and shop early for Christmas,
believe it or not its only 3 months away! -14 - Submitted by Sandy Parson
Barbara Kowall @ 4779872
3:00 - 4 PM
(Clubhouse Conference Room)
Irene Wolfe @ 489-7529
10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Sally Center @ 471-6812
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE BBUG
By Ben Salsedo
October 7, 2011 - The Resident
A young doctor moves into a Brooklyn loft and realizes she isn't alone in her
new abode. Now she's struggling to survive as she attempts to disentangle
herself from her landlord, who has a key to her home and a growing
obsession for his tenant. Starring: Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
This movie is: Suspenseful, Scary. Rated: R.
October 14, 2011 - Arthur
Recasting the 1981 comedy classic starring Dudley Moore, this romantic
chuckler chronicles the dilemma faced by philanderer Arthur Bach (Russell
Brand) -- whether to give up a respectable life and an inheritance of millions
for the sake of romance. Jennifer Garner co-stars as Susan Johnson, the
gorgeous socialite that Arthur's family has chosen for him. Greta Gerwig
plays Naomi, the girl who steals Arthur's heart in the meantime.
This movie is: Comedy, Goofy, Heartfelt, Romantic and Witty. Rated: PG13
October 21, 2011 - The Adjustment Bureau
A congressman (Matt Damon) who's a rising star on the political scene finds
himself entranced by a beautiful ballerina (Emily Blunt), but mysterious
circumstances ensure that their love affair is predestined to be a non-starter.
This movie is: Exciting, Romantic, Feel-good, Sci-Fi Thrillers. Rated: PG-13
October 28, 2011 - The Beaver
Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black
(Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his
family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton
Yelchin) pushes for his parents to get a divorce. Jodie Foster directs and co-
stars as Walter's wife in this dark comedy. This movie is: Comedy,
Heartfelt, Quirky, and Sentimental. Rated: PG-13
Special Showing for Halloween night.
Serving Hobo Chili Dogs & Scary Rum Cake.
Dinner at 6pm - Movie starts at 7pm.
Limited seating please RSVP by October 14, 2011.
Call Larry at (510) 324 2325.
Wear a costume you might win a prize.
October 31, 2011 - Scream
Perennial survivor Sidney Prescott, now a successful self-help author, returns
to her home town of Woodsboro in the fourth act of director Wes Craven's
Scream franchise. Sidney's homecoming, however, coincides with a slew of
unsettling new murders. Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David
Arquette, Emma Roberts. This movie is: Horror Movies, Slasher and Serial
Killer Movies, Teen Screams.
DISTRIBUTION OF THE TROPICS BREEZE
Distributor #1 --- If any problem, please call Roger Taylor 489-6747
RTE MAGS DELIVERY VOLUNTEER PH No. STREET
01 24 134 Hana, Morris Carmichael 471-7770 Acapulco, Polynesia, Palm Dr 149-150
02 14 119 Madrone Way, Beverly Chitwood 489-2103 Madrone
12 131 Hana Way, Roger Taylor 489-6747 Hana Way
3 15 477 Hoya, Eleanor Wilson 489-5254 Hoya Way
04 21 Carl & Allison Hughesl 471-5020 Seema & Kawella
05 13 515 Lanai, Laura King 471-7571 Lanai
06 14 528 Trinidad Circle, Virgil Lewis 324-1773 Trinidad
Distributor #2 --- If any problem, please call Michael O'Quin at 265-4091
RTE MAGS DELIVERY VOLUNTEER PH No. STREET
07 20 179 Kona, John & Charlotte O’Donnell 324-0833 Kona
08 31 193 Hawaii, Rose McGee 475-6963 Hawaii
09 20 26 Palm, Diane Steele 471-1750 Palm Drive 20-39
26 21 169 Kona, Ruby Barker 489-3947 Panama, Makaha
12 18 224 Hula, Ernest Nilsen 475-8812 Hula
13 18 243 Jamaica, Mary Leon 487-4481 Jamaica
14 18 244 Jamaica, Clare Sapienca 489-0779 Oahu
15 21 51 Palm, Irv Meyer 487-0235 Palm Drive 40-60
16 18 265 Molokai, Steve Evans 471-3024 Molokai
10 20 70 Palm Drive, Michael O'Quin 265-4091 Palm Drive 61-80
17 18 297 Maui, Joyce York 487-6234 Maui
18 18 297 Maui, Joyce York 487-6234 Kauai
Distributor #3 --- If any problem, please call Pete or Carol Lowe at 324-1985
RTE MAGS DELIVERY VOLUNTEER PH No. STREET
19 19 12 Palm, Carol Lowe 324-1985 Palm 1-19
19 378 Tropicana Way, Ivy LaSalle 489-4328 368-386 Tropicana
20 18 390 Tropicana Way, Joyce Giovannoni 487-0542 387-403 Tropicana & 33001 Almaden
21 16 321 Waikiki, Ron Silva 487-2193 Palm Drive 91-109
22 25 336 Waikiki, Christina Van Remoortel 675-9021 Waikiki
23 22 363 Tahitian, Hazel Carr 489-9416 Tahitian
24 16 12 Fiji, Loris Portera 489-7027 Fiji
25 16 429 Honolulu, Rocky Sampson 471-7332 Honolulu
11 10 66 Palm, Abraham Cruz Palm Drive 81-90
27 30 443 Samoa, Rick Henry 487-7817 Samoa, Cumana
THANKS TO ALL THE ABOVE PEOPLE FOR VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME AND FEET!
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