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2011 Q1 - Vista Lakes
january 2011
VistaLakesFL.com
Changes Are Happening at Vista Lakes!
While everyone is enjoying the holiday season, the Vista Lakes Board of Directors and management team
have been hard at work on several fronts to improve Vista Lakes. We are sprucing up the pool area, gave
a new look to VistaLakesFL.com, and have made some personnel adjustments to better serve Vista Lakes
residents. And we have two new Board members. Read on!
inside
New Personnel
The Board, in an attempt to better address the needs of residents, has temporarily established the position
of Administrative Assistant to the Community Director Sharon Eichorn, and has promoted Pool Supervisor
Kelly Allen into the position. Kelly’s primary responsibility is to assist residents with questions or issues they
may have including those related to ARC applications. Kelly, now graduated from the University of Central
Florida, joined the pool staff in 2008 while a student. To see Kelly, go to the back door of the Residents’
Club and knock loudly. Unfortunately because of pool access safety considerations, the door must be kept
locked. (See her note on page 3 and contact information on page 11.)
Another personnel change is that Gary van der Laan is leaving as our Association Manager because he has
been promoted to Executive Manager of Leland and assumed new responsibilities. Thank you for your
service Gary and congratulations on your promotion. We are pleased to announce that our new Association
Manager is Christy Borden, a highly qualified community association manager. Christy’s most recent
experience was as the General Manager of a large Homeowners Association with broad responsibilities.
Welcome to Vista Lakes Christy!
Message from
Your Board
From the President Assessments Announced 2
2
Message From
Your Manager
From the Desk of
Sharon Eichorn
3
From the Desk of
Kelly Allen
3
From the Desk of
Gary van der Laan
3
From the Desk of
Christy Borden
3
New VistaLakesFL.com
Have you seen our web site lately? If so, you will have already seen the new design. If you haven’t, check it
out! Our Webmaster, Jerry Harris, and fellow Communications Committee member Jim Shelton came up
with a design incorporating input from the Board. Jerry then converted the existing website content to the
new format.
“Besides making the web site design less cluttered and more visually appealing, I wanted to make better use
of the screen-width by using more columns thus reducing the need to scroll down to see additional content”
said Jerry. “I also wanted to improve the navigation by using a combination of icons from which the most
popular pages can be directly accessed; and drop-down menus, for easy access to additional content. This
provides direct access to content without having to ‘dig down’ through layers of pages.” Improvements in
content are also coming your way. As always, suggestions are welcomed.
Spruced Up Pools
Some of the Many New Flowers at the Pool
Changes are Happening
in Vista Lakes! Volume 9 Number 1
1
calendar
January
6
February
6
March
7
In Our
Neighborhoods
Two Block Parties Held As mentioned in the October newsletter, the Finance
Committee recently advised the Board that our cash position
is now strong enough that we can afford to do some long
overdue maintenance in the pool area. Accordingly, the Board
approved funds for make-up maintenance from the thirty-seven
item maintenance list submitted by the Amenities Committee.
Included are painting and fixing up the bathrooms, replacing
the door and floor in the Pool Office, painting, water sealing
and pressure washing fences, roofs, poles and sidewalks,
replacing worn out and rusting fans, fountains and gate
latches, cleaning (and replacing as needed) lounge chairs,
Continued on Page 12
In our community
10
Neighborhood Representatives
Announced 10
QUESTION OF
THE QUARTER
Did You Receive a Traffic Ticket? 9
Fun Time!
11
Contacts
11
Published by the Vista Lakes
Communications Committee
MessageS from your Board
From the President
There are a number of major changes here at Vista Lakes to
communicate to our residents! At the October Annual meeting
the Neighborhood Representatives elected three Board members.
Ron Cumello was reelected for a third time. Bill Gompel was
elected to fill the position vacated by Valerie MacAllaster and
Israel Collazo was elected to fill the position vacated by Renee
Hale. Bill is a resident of Carlisle since December 2004 and
has served on the Finance Committee for several years. Israel
is a resident of Newport since February 2005 and is also the
Newport Neighborhood Representative. The Board would like
to welcome the new Directors and express our thanks to both
Renee and Valerie for their services to the community over the
years. Renee, a resident of Pembroke, leaves the Board after four
years and was the chairperson of the Events Committee. Valerie
was a resident of Warwick and has relocated out of Vista Lakes.
The new Board conducted the Board Officer elections at the
November Workshop. Ron Cumello was elected President. Kent
Campbell was elected Vice President, Jim Shelton was reelected
as Treasurer and Gary Schuett was elected as Secretary. Special
thanks to Kent for his term as President the last year.
The Board also adopted a new schedule for 2011 (see the
attached table). Workshops will be held every other month
starting January 2011. There will be two quarterly meeting in
February and June, 2011 and the Annual meeting will be held in
October as usual.
In 2011, the Board will be focused on continuing to schedule
repairs and upgrade of Association’s property. In order to ensure
community standards remain high, we will also take more
aggressive actions against residents with violations. The 2011
approved budget includes additional funds to pursue legal actions
against these non-compliant residents. We will also pursue
collections of past due fees from delinquent accounts. Remember
if your dues are not paid, your rights to use Association property
will be suspended.
Ron Cumello
President, Board of Directors
Date of Type of
Board Meeting
Board Meeting
Location
of Meeting
January 13, 2011
Workshop
Residents’ Club
February 15, 2011
Quarterly
Odyssey Middle School
March 10, 2011
Workshop
Residents’ Club
May 12, 2011
Workshop
Residents’ Club
June 21, 2011
Quarterly
Odyssey Middle School
July 14, 2011
Workshop
Residents’ Club
September 8, 2011
Workshop
Residents’ Club
October 18, 2011
Annual
Odyssey Middle School
November 10, 2011
Workshop
Residents’ Club
Assessments Announced
Below are the assessments for each neighborhood for 2011.
Jim Shelton
Treasurer, Board of Directors
2011 Assessments
2
Base Assessment
Road
GateAnnual
Quarterly
ReservesMaint. FeesAssessmentAssessment
Amhurst
Avon
Carlisle
Central Park
Champlain
Colonie
Gentry Park
Horizons
Melrose
Newport
Pembroke
Warwick
Waverly
Windsor
$0.00
$0.00
$390.98
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$349.38
$0.00
$0.00
$355.05
$390.98
$400.00
$466.00
$466.00
$466.00
$210.64
$466.00
$466.00
$466.00
$210.64
$466.00
$466.00
$466.00
$466.00
$466.00
$466.00
$0.00
$0.00
$12.80
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$19.75
$0.00
$0.00
$14.68
$13.45
$10.96
$466.00
$466.00
$869.78
$210.64
$466.00
$466.00
$466.00
$210.64
$835.14
$466.00
$466.00
$835.72
$870.43
$876.96
$116.50
$116.50
$217.45
$52.66
$116.50
$116.50
$116.50
$52.66
$208.78
$116.50
$116.50
$208.93
$217.61
$219.24
October 2010
Message from your managerS
From the Desk of
Sharon Eichorn, CAM,
Community Director
The word in the Vista Lakes neighborhoods is “party on”! Neighborhood funds
have been tagged for each neighborhood
so they can get to know each other with no out of pocket expense.
Seven dollars per door has been budgeted which can go a long
way towards getting the party started. To see how much money
your neighborhood has available go to www.VistaLakesFl.com,
on the home page click on Neighborhoods and find yours.
There you will find the number of homes in your neighborhood;
multiply by seven dollars per house, and that is your good time,
get-to-know your neighbors, piggy bank.
Knowing your neighbors creates a sense of community and
provides a safer place for all. In today’s world of doing your social
networking online, neighbors have gotten away from discussing
the day’s events over the backyard fence. It is good for the kids
to know each other and have face-to-face interaction at home.
Parents are setting a good example when the kids see them
greeting the neighbors and knowing their names. Children need
to know their neighbors and who they can go to in an emergency.
You should be confident in knowing that your neighbor feels
comfortable calling you while you’re on vacation if they see
someone in your driveway loading a moving truck with your
family heirlooms. Neighbors can be good for anything from a
cup of sugar to being part of a phone/email alert system. Just
remember knowing and respecting how friendly your neighbor
wants to be will make you the best of neighbors.
If your Neighborhood Representative seems too busy to
organize a block party, ask if they mind if you (and anyone you
can talk into helping) organize one. I am sure they will support
you and say thank you for doing so.
It is fairly simple; food, music and some games are the basics
for a neighborhood block party. You can obtain a permit from
the city to block off the street for safety (gated neighborhoods
do not need a permit). You can also use the HOA Parks to hold
your neighborhood event. Know someone who is creative and
likes to use the computer? They would probably be thrilled to
create the flyer. Send it to us two weeks prior to the event and
we will post it in your neighborhood kiosks.
A three-page package is available upon request for your
neighborhood funds, permit application and block party
guidelines. Contact Kelly Allen at [email protected]
or myself if you have any questions or need ideas. Kelly and I
will be glad to help you get started!
Also at this time I am pleased to share with you the Board of
Directors promoted Kelly to Administrative Assistant to the
Community Director to assist you in your residential matters
as I give more attention to day-to-day maintenance, staff
October 2010
supervision, and ongoing Board business. I have asked Kelly to
include a brief introduction.
From the Desk of Kelly Allen,
Administrative Assistant
Many of you have seen me in the pool
office, moving from desk to computer
and back again, but we have not been
formally introduced.
Hello! My name is Kelly. I’m a UCF graduate and I’ve worked
here at Vista Lakes for three years. I started as a seasonal
lifeguard and moved my way up to Supervisor and now
Administrative Assistant. While my office may have moved to
the administrative side of the pool, I’m still here to aid you with
any questions or concerns you might have. I’m your one stop
shop! So if you have a reservation to make, questions about
your ARC application, or you need to make an ID, come and
see me in the Residents’ Club every Monday through Friday!
From the Desk of
Gary van der Laan, LCAM,
Association Manager
A new year, a new chapter;
As many of you know I have been
involved with managing the community
for the past 3 years. I will be stepping aside as the Association
Manager for Vista Lakes at the end of this year. You will see me
around the community as I will remain involved as Manager
for the Community Development District, but the day to day
Association Manager duties will be taken over by Christy Borden.
Christy comes to us with many years of experience working
with large Homeowner Associations, we are certain that she will
continue moving Vista Lakes in a positive direction.
I hope everyone has a healthy and safe Holiday Season and a
great 2011.
From the Desk of Christy
Borden, CMCA, AMS,
PCAM, Association Manager
Greetings Vista Lakes Community
Association Members,
I appreciate Leland Management for giving me the opportunity
to serve as your community association manager. Leland
Executive Manager, Gary van der Laan, will continue to
Continued on Page 8.
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4
October 2010
Metro PCS
Florida Sports Karate
Little Caesars
Eye Associates
Jackson Hewitt Tax
PNC Bank
Pasquale’s Restaurant
Wachovia
Primrose School
Vista Lakes
Family Dentistry
HairMasters
Nils Hair Design
Fifth Third Bank
KinderCare
Liquor Six, Inc.
Animal Hospital
of Vista Lakes
Mi Pequeno Angelito
Children’s Store
Tokyo Café
Happy Dog Wash
Nails and Spa
Subway
Vista Cleaners
Brandon Nail Salon
Exit Realty
Championship
Martial Arts
La China
PUBLIX
October 2010
5
Sunday Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday Thursday
Friday
Saturday
1
Janary 2011
NEW YEAR’S DAY
POOL CLOSED
2
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
3
5
10
11
12
6:30pm Amenities Meeting
(Residents’ Club)
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
16
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
6
7
7:00pm ARC
Meeting
(Residents’ Club)
8:30am BuzzNet
(Residents’ Club)
9
4
MARTIN 17
LUTHER KING DAY
18
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
13
14
6:30pm Board
Workshop
(Residents’ Club)
19
20
21
22
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
6:30pm Gentry Park
HOA (Residents’ Club)
25
26
27
28
Pool Open
1
2
3
4
7:00pm ARC
Meeting
(Residents’ Club)
6
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
13
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
20
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
27
29
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
10:00am–
4:00pm
Pool Open
Febr ua ry 2 0 1 1
15
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
8:30am BuzzNet
(Residents’ Club)
10:00am–
23
24 4:00pm
30
31
6
8
7
8:30am BuzzNet
(Residents’ Club)
14
VALENTINE’S DAY
21
PRESIDENTS’ DAY
8:30am BuzzNet
(Residents’ Club)
6:30pm Gentry Park
HOA (Residents’ Club)
8
9
15
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
10
11
10:00am CDD
Meeting
(Residents’ Club)
6:30pm Amenities
Meeting
(Residents’ Club)
16
17
12
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
18
6:30pm Quarterly
Board Meeting
(Odyssey Middle)
22
5
19
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
23
24
25
26
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
28
10:00am–4:00pm
Pool Open
October 2010
Sunday Monday
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
1
March 2011
6
13
20
7
8:30am BuzzNet
(Residents’ Club)
Saturday
3
4
10
11
5
7:00pm ARC
Meeting
(Residents’ Club)
10:00am–6:00pm
Pool Open Daily
2
Friday
8
9
6:30pm Board
Workshop
(Residents’ Club)
6:30pm Amenities Meeting
(Residents’ Club)
14
15
16
17
18
21
22
23
24
25
29
30
8:30am BuzzNet
(Residents’ Club)
12
19
11:00am – 2:30pm
Commissioner Phil Diamond’s Spring Picnic
Amhurst Park
26
6:30pm
Gentry Park HOA
(Residents’ Club)
27
28
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From the Desk of Christy Borden…
Continued from Page 3.
be in an advisory role and lend some
continuity to the operation as I get to
know your community. I bring to this
position fourteen years of operations
management experience with nine years
specific to the association management
field. Past positions related to association
administration include manager of a large
resort, gated, golf course/lakes community,
Assistant Accounting Controller, Assistant
Vice President, and contributing author
for Georgia Commons magazine. I have
earned the CMCA (Certified Manager
of Community Associations), AMS
(Association Management Specialist),
and PCAM (Professional Community
Association Manager) and I hold a CAM
license in two states, Florida and Georgia.
On a more personal note, my husband and
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8
October 2010
QUESTION OF THE QUARTER
Did you receive a traffic ticket
on Vista Lakes’ roads?
After a number of
complaints
from
residents, the Board
authorized the City
of Orlando under an
“Agreement for Traffic
Control on Private
Roads” to enforce the
25 mph speed limit and
traffic control signs.
Many residents have
received a ticket from the Orlando Police Department (OPD)
while traveling on private roads or in gated neighborhoods
in Vista Lakes for
speeding or running
stop signs.
The
revenue
including
all fines, costs and
penalties imposed by
the traffic citations is
retained by the City.
Please remember to
obey the speed limit
and traffic signs.
If residents fail to
comply, the Board will
consider
installing
speed bumps in
these neighborhoods.
Let’s
keep
our
neighborhoods safe!
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In Our Neighborhoods
Neighborhood Representatives
Announced
These are the Neighborhood Representatives that have been elected by each
neighborhood. If you live in Warwick or Waverly and are curious about what
is involved in being a Neighborhood Representative or have other questions,
please contact Sharon Eichorn, If you have ideas for your neighborhood,
please contact your Rep.
Neighborhood Representative
Amhurst
Avon
Carlisle
Email
Jeffrey Hohman
[email protected]
Joseph Swanson
[email protected]
Randy Young [email protected]
Central Park
Adam English
[email protected]
Champlain
Judy Smeltzer
[email protected]
Colonie
Luis Garcia
[email protected]
Gentry Park
Patty Kenny [email protected]
Horizons
Nicholas Montuori
[email protected]
Melrose
Jim Shelton [email protected]
Newport
Isreal Collazo
[email protected]
Pembroke
Flor Taveras [email protected]
Warwick
Vacant
Waverly
Vacant
Windsor
David Waife
[email protected]
Two Neighborhoods
Hold Block Parties
Both Pembroke and Amhurst held block parties recently.
Pembroke’s, November 14th, not only had music, dancing,
games and other fun, but they also collected canned food
donations for the needy. The party, organized by Neighborhood
Representative Flor Tavares and her helpers, featured music by
DJ John Steel, food by chef Frantz, and games hosted by Tavia.
Flor asks that if residents are not on her neighborhood email
list, please let her know so you can be notified when the next
block party will take place. For more on the party, including
pictures and Flor’s email address, see VistaLakesFL.com – click
on Neighborhoods on the home page.
House was a huge hit for the young ones who spent most of the
party in there. It was nice that the children and adults got to
spend time with those in their neighborhood that they regularly
may not have encountered.”
Want to have a block party in your neighborhood? Contact your
Neighborhood Representative and offer to help organize one!
Remember the Board funds block parties up to $7 per home
per year for each neighborhood. Questions? Contact Sharon
or Kelly.
Amhurst’s block party was December 4. Guests were greeted
with all-you-can-eat homemade Pulled Chicken, complements
of their talented Neighborhood Representative Jeff Hohman,
as well as hot dogs, snacks, drinks and a Bounce House. One
resident even took the initiative to bring dessert which everyone
really enjoyed. Entertainment was provided by White Rose
DJ services who kept the party upbeat. Jeff says, “The Bounce
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October 2010
Fun Time!
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7
5
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7
4
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Changes Are Happening at Vista Lakes!
Continued from Page 1.
umbrellas and tables, and
finally replacing the
beloved ping pong table
that, instead of being
flat, looked like a rolling
landscape.
But that’s not all! We
are also making some
improvements,
most
notably adding additional
Work in Progress in Front
shade areas over by the
of the Residents’ Club
bridge, and making many
landscaping improvements. In addition, we are also adding
more furniture which can be in short supply during peak times.
We’re doing even more! Using turnover funds from Newland
Communities, the slide, going on ten years old, is undergoing
a much-needed refurbishment including scraping, repainting
or replacement of slide supports, replacing the worn-out treads
in the stairs and deck, scraping and painting rusty areas in the
railings, patching joints and chips in the slide surface, and a
giving the slide a fresh coat of urethane to make it look like new.
Finally, the Board has directed the Contracts Committee to
start identifying alternative plans for fixing up the Residents’
Club. Because the building was designed as a sales center for
Vista Lakes, the layout is not optimal for use as our Residents’
Club and management offices. We will keep you informed as
planning progresses.
All work except the Residents’ Club renovation will be completed
by the time the pools open full-time in March.
Jim Shelton
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Vista Lakes
Community
Association
8841 Lee Vista Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32829
12
October 2010

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