Posted on August 19, 2017
From Kristin & Rick:
We want everyone to know that Riley Rose has relapsed neuroblastoma - We are
devastated and scared but we are prepared to fight!
This changes everything as Rick will be coming back to the desert with Matthew and
Riley and Kristin will be going to Sloan in New York!
We are in the fight of our lives, once again. We need you all, more then ever!
Oh God hear our prayers!

We are almost to $42,000. Our goal is $50,000
There have been no new donations for quite awhile.
Please donate

Click HERE to donate to the
Riley Rose Fund
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Board Members
Bermuda Dunes Security

Glen Smith-- President
(currently on leave of absence)
Jerry Lugo-- Acting President
Robert Nelson-- Treasurer
Phillip Bettencourt-- Secretary
Bill McMurtrey-- Director
John Thiele-- Director
Michael Tanner-- Director
Robert Nagles-- Director
Charles Bishop-- Director

John Walters-Clark-- Community
Manager with Associa

BDSA Meeting
4th Thurs. of every


Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
street/gate signage.

BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
John Walters-Clark
760 346 1161

The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Admin staff can also assist
with access to the
Resident Login System

Admin hours are as follows:

Monday 10-6
Wednesday Closed
Saturday Closed         
Sunday Closed

If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:

Telephone Numbers:

Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Glass Gate: 760-772-3137
Admin Building:

Bermuda Dunes
Home Owner's
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month

Adm Bldg
4:30 PM

Board Members
President            Patrick Bohner
V. P.                   Brett Coors
Treas.                Mike Soran

Secretary           Janet McMurtrey
Director             John Van Kuelan

Joint Committee Representatives
are Janet McMurtrey and Brett

Greg Gamboa-- Community
Manager with Management Trust
Bermuda Dunes Community

Here is what
responsible for:

Bermuda Dunes
Community Association
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
landscaping, pool
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.

The Architectural
Committee reports to the
Community Board

Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum

New Manager is
Greg Gamboa, Phone:
760-776-5100 ext 6309

The Management Co.
39755 Berkey Drive, Suite A •
Palm Desert, CA 92211

P: (760) 776-5100 x6343
F: (760) 776-5111

Email us:




TODAY is Thursday, October 19, 2017

Additional Information for
your  use
Click on the subject to view
We need volunteers:

Email to Ramina Arce in the Education Department at Thank you!

October 29, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Oct 29, 9am - 12pm • Oct 31, 6pm - 8:30pm


A Not-so-Spooky Zoo Adventure

Sunday, October 29 9am – 12pm
Free for members or with paid admission

Tuesday, Oct 31 6pm – 8:30pm
Free members night
$10 for guests

The Living Desert’s family-friendly Halloween event returns with
the wildly popular Howl-O-Ween, a not-so-spooky zoo adventure.
The 23nd annual Howl-O-Ween is set for Sunday, October 29,
from 9 am to 12 pm and Tuesday, October 31, from 6 pm to
8:30 pm.

Visitors are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes and
enjoy the exciting activities planned. Howl-O-Ween attendees
under 12 will receive a candy bag to hit the trick-or-treat trail with a
large variety of treat stations. New this year, Howl-O-Ween visitor
ghosts, goblins, and super-heroes can visit the park’s African
animals– trick or treat with the cheetahs and zebras, say boo to the
warthogs, and wander through Village WaTuTu.

Additional activities include pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating,
face painting, a monster maze, live entertainment and more.
Zookeepers will provide special animal encounters and The Living
Desert’s zoo mascots will also be making appearances throughout.
Dogs Are Invited to our Halloween Party!

We will have have water and goodies to keep them happpy

Come on Paw Patrol - Show us your Stuff!
Join experts at free annual Desert Garden Community Day

Sept. 6, 2017 – Join desert landscape and gardening enthusiasts
at UCR Palm Desert from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Saturday, Oct. 28
for a day of workshops, talks, demonstrations and exhibits.

Learn how to create and maintain a low-water garden at this free
event presented by the Desert Horticultural Society of the
Coachella Valley and co-sponsored by UCR Palm Desert, Master
Gardeners and the University of California Cooperative Extension.

Keynote speaker will be Peggy Mauk, Ph.D., director of agricultural
operations at UC Riverside. CV Water Counts will host a panel of
golf and agricultural experts discussing their industry’s sustainable
use of water.

Class and demonstration topics include vegetable gardening, citrus
trees, palm tree selection and care, native plants for newcomers,
vermiculture, butterflies, tree diseases, desert community
gardening, how to save water in your landscape, invasive weeds
and how to create and maintain a water-efficient desert landscape.

New this year will be children’s activities, a Master Gardener plant
sale and the screening of a free film, “Hometown Habitat” with a
discussion to follow with the film’s director.

UCR Palm Desert is at 75-80 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert.
Parking is free.

Class schedules, speakers and more information is available on
our website. Visit us at or on
Facebook at Society.


Contact: Tracy Merrigan

Phone: (310) 428-9500


Several people have contacted me to see how they can
contribute to our 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat event at
the Bermuda Dunes Country Club...

Please send your donations to Christy at the email on
the flyer below.

Let's make this the best EVER for all of our great
kids...REMEMBER, everyone is invited to decorate your
carts, bring goodies to give out and please bring your
dogs in costumes.

I will have the pleasure of being on the panel that
selects the 'best of show.'   Of course, water and treats
will be provided throughout the event.

Saturdays – November 4th & 11th, 2017

Class Time:  8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location:  City of Indio Emergency Operations Center (EOC)   45222 Towne Street, Indio

Costs/Fees:  $30.00 Covers cost of Study Booklet and Exam. Exam only is $5   (The Exam
will be administered on the afternoon of November 11

Students must self-study during the week.  At the end of the second class (on Nov. 11th)
you will have the knowledge to pass a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) exam
for the Amateur Radio Technician Class License.

The 35-question, multiple choice exam covers basic electricity, safety & rules and
regulations  to  operate  your  radio.    As  a  Technician  class  licensee,  you  will  have
privileges on many exclusive Amateur Radio frequencies.  These privileges include voice,  
digital  and  television  modes  or  communicating  through  various  satellites carrying
Amateur Radio.

Contact one of the following to register:  O  Harold Witten, K6TQM  

O  Steiner Johanson, W6WDA, 760.898.3340 O  Addison Hesslink, 760.766.5802

Classes offered & Sponsored by The City of Indio and Coachella Valley Radio Amateur
Civil Emergency Service
(C V RACES)   


We could sure use your help to make our
event this year better than last year.

Please call
Gail 909 322 2465


The Highway 62 Art Tour is the BEST event of the year. I
always plan to attend at least one weekend.

You get to visit so many interesting art studios, share fun
and conversations with all the artists...and the absolute best
part is FINDING these studios.

Advice: Make sure your car can access dirt, gravel and rough
terrain. You will be surprised where some live and thrive!

Take plenty of water, your cell phone and be prepared for
suprises - wildlife, birds and snakes.

You can pick up your copy of their brochure at
Miracle Springs Resort and Spa
Phone(760) 251-6000
10625 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Old Town Artisan Studio
78046 Calle Barcelona
La Quinta, CA 92253

Phone number (760) 777-1444

This year's tour was so wonderful. We will plan on going
this coming weekend to finish vsiting all of our artist friends.
Looking for a rental during Thanksgiving holidays.
November 22 -24 - inside the Country Club

Please contact Judy Baker 760 200 9136 for additional

Halloween is a great time for most children and can be the
spookiest night of the year, but don't make it spooky for your pets.  

Remember to:

Stash the Treats.  Chocolate in all forms especially dark or baker's
chocolate can be very dangerous.  And candies containing the
artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems.

Keep decorations and wires out of the way from chewing.

Keep costumes limited to their bodies only, don't obscure their
vision.  And, if your pet shys away from the costumes, don't force
them to wear them.

Keep your pets away from the opening and closing of the door to
trick or treaters.  Dogs can get scared by costumes, lunge at the
costume wearers or just bolt and get lost.  Keep everyone safe,
and keep your pets away from the door.

And remember that they should always have a collar on with
identification and be microchipped.  

October is also Anti-Bullying Month

We all need to teach the message of being kind, compassionate,
humane and showing self control to ALL living creates, humans
and animals.  

This national month of awareness started in 2006 and is now a
world-wide campaign.

Always Choose kindness!


Animal Samaritan's Humane Education Program
helps stomp out bullying.  

This is a program that is offered free-of-charge!

Animal Samaritans strives to reduce bullying in children by
stopping kids from first bullying animals. Our Humane Education is
a free-of-charge program offered to all schools in the Coachella
Valley, upon request, all year round.  

We teach children responsible pet ownership, as well as kindness
and respect for all animals. These topics are covered in our
classroom presentations no matter the grade level.

Every classroom presentation has its own age-appropriate lesson.  

In addition to the fun and educational lesson, we bring a live animal
into the classroom, often an adorable guinea pig or a therapy dog.  

This part of the presentation gives children the opportunity to
practice kindness towards animals, and how to be gentle with
them.  We do not hit animals, we do not scare them, we do not yell
at them, we don't pull their ears or tail, and we speak up and tell an
adult if we see someone hurting an animal.

We do not bully any living creature.   We are kind to animals!  The
Humane Education Program accepts donations to educate our
Mrs. B

I would like to recommend a new business in Bermuda
Dunes for your Vendor List.

Sandra Snyder

Hi Sandra:

Thanks so much. We will add Soothing Relax to our  
vendor list. Click on 'M' for Massage.

Mrs. B

Chair Massage - Foot Reflexology Massage - Table
626 372 6823
Washington Square
42100 Washington Street #1
Bermuda Dunes, CA
BDSA Board Meeting
Public · Hosted by John Thiele

Thursday, October 26 at 3 PM - 6 PM

Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Upstairs in the Dining Room

REMINDER: You must adhere to their dress code: No
shirts without collars for men, no short shorts or tank
tops for women.

See you there!

Agenda to Follow
'Haunted Hacienda’ to be Open for Frightful Tours

Saturday night, October 21nd
It’s baa-aack – the La Quinta Historical Society’s ‘Haunted
Hacienda’ will again be inviting guests in – if they dare – for frightful
fun on Saturday, October 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This spook-tacular evening includes a guided tour through a
‘haunted’ La Quinta ranch estate and outdoor maze.
The event is a fundraiser for the La Quinta Historical Society, and
is only $10 per person and includes refreshments.
Tickets will be available after October 1, 2017 at the La Quinta
Museum on Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets
will be sold until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21.
Admission tickets and a map to the Haunted Hacienda will be
provided at the museum after tickets are purchased. The La Quinta
Museum is located at 77-885 Avenida Montezuma in La Quinta.
Lighting is adequate, but attendees may want to bring a flashlight.

Thursday November 9
Tuesday November 14

Bermuda Dunes Country Club Dining Room

Cocktails: 5:00 PM – 5:30
Lecture: 5:30 – 6:30

After his presentation, Dr. Mileti will entertain your
specific situational questions.

Following Dr. Mileti’s Q&A you will be encouraged
to get involved with the community’s Emergency
Preparation initiatives by completing a Volunteer
Questionnaire form that will assist the Emergency
Preparedness Committee to organize a community
disaster mitigation effort.

Mike Emerson and Robert Nagles will host these events
The 53rd Annual Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade set to step off at
12 noon on October 29, 2017

2017 Theme ~ DESERT SAFARI

The winner of the Theme Contest is ALEXA PALMER.

Alexa not only wins the bragging rights but wins

A front row seat riding in the parade in a chauffeured golf cart.
Commemorative 2017 Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade shirt.
Introduction by the Press announcing the theme winner during the

2017 Grand Marshal

Experience the spectacular color, pageantry, and fun as scores of
whimsically decorated golf carts and bands march down Palm
Desert’s famous shop-’til-you-drop El Paseo, in the first major
event of the season!

FLOAT Entry Form 2017

Click Here to see the photos from past years and see this year’s
Nordic Track treadmill free. Near new condition.

My phone # is 310-339-7249.
Thank you so much
Rose GarciaRose Garcia, Bermuda Golf Club Estates
Custom Photo Props
Party Photo Stand up Photo Booth Props! Custom made to your
specifications and your choice of backgrounds.

Sturdy and made with wood not cardboard.  Set up a photo booth
for your kids birthday or any other celebration and we can

Call Brandon Bullen at 760-449-6822.  Associates Degree in
Graphic Design, freehand artist and illustrator.

Hi Rose:

This would be just PERFECT for our Halloween Party. I will
be getting in touch to see if you would like to participate in
our event. We are expecting about 500 or 600 trick or

Mrs. B
Now some fun stuff. Thanks Stevie - we love these

Cynical Philosophy...

♦ I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year, not to cause
any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?

♦ I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for
freedom until they are flashing behind you.

♦ When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body... men
are so polite they only look at the covered parts

♦ America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the
ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote.

♦ Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks
of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the
pool and throw them fish?

♦ My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll
see about that.

♦ Money talks ...but all mine ever says is good-bye.

♦ You're not fat, you're just.. easier to see.

♦ If you think nobody cares whether you're alive, try missing a
couple of payments.

♦ I can’t understand why women are okay that JC Penny has an
older women’s clothing line named, “ Sag Harbor ”

♦ My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social
situations. I’m pretty sure she was hitting on me.

♦ The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your
house you can be in a robe before you start looking like a mental

♦ I think it's pretty cool how Chinese people made a language
entirely out of tattoos.

♦ Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!


We have lots of exciting information to share this week.

As your councilwoman, I have been getting signatures from
the community to keep out another storage facility here in our
neighborhood...Jacob Alvarez, Council Member, will be taking
this to Riverside today along with almost 50 signatures.

Jacob drove all the way to Riverside only to find that the
meeting has been continued until the November 15th  and it
will be out in the Desert at the CVWD on Hovley Lane in Palm
Desert at 9:30.

YEAH, now we can get more signatures.

If you would like to sign this petition, please call or email me.
I will be more than happy to bring it to your home for a

Email:, 760 772 9053

Mrs. B
October 15, 2017

Riverside County Planning Commission

County Administrative Center

4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, CA 92501

42- Project: CUP 3758, StorQuest Self Storage. NEC Washington and
Avenue 42

Avenue 42 has been a problematic and congested street for decades. The
community has been working with the County, local businesses, and
residents to improve the entire area between Washington Street and
Jefferson Street for years. Many improvements have been made to help
with the flow of traffic, including, across from the subject property to assist
with ingress/egress into the Ralphs Shopping Center. Avenue 42/Hovely
Lane is highly used arterial road that connects Coachella Valley Residents
from Palm Desert to Indio that is often used when drivers want to avoid
Country Club Drive and Fred Waring Drive traffic. In addition, this project is
less than 800ft. from James Monroe Elementary which further impacts
traffic during school drop off and pickup times Monday thru Friday.

We object to this project for the following:

· Project is requesting a CUP for a zone change from C-P-S (scenic
commercial) which does not allow for Mini Warehouses to C-1/C-P which
does. However, Warehousing and distribution, including Mini-warehouses
are allowed in I-P Zone which is identified as Industrial Park, mini-
warehouses in M-SC Zone M which is identified as Manufacturing-Service
Commercial, M-M Manufacturing-Medium and M-H Manufacture Heavy
zones with an approved plot plan.

o mini-warehouse is defined by Ordinance No. 348 as Individual storage
spaces within a mini-warehouse shall have a maximum gross floor area of
500 square feet.

o Mini-warehouse is considered an Industrial Use according to Riverside
County and we recommend it be located in an industrial type zone.

· A storage facility is inconsistent with our basic goals of making Bermuda
Dunes a ‘Walkable Community’ providing safer pedestrian access for our
children and our senior population.

o Therefore creating an environment (walkability) which encourages
residents to enjoy their community, improve their health and support their
local businesses, and;

o Reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) which help reduce carbon
emissions and assist the County’s state mandated Sustainable
Community Strategy (SB 375).

· Bad Economic Development- Given Riverside County’s budget concerns,
this is not the best use of this land. This project may provide 1-2 jobs,
minimal property tax, virtually zero sales tax and provide only one time
development funds. This property can provide much needed retail,
healthcare or restaurants that would far serve the community better and
provide tax revenues that the County so desperately needs.

o We desire strong continuity along the north side of Avenue 42 linking Rite
Aid and their adjacent retailers with single family and apartment homes to
the east.

· The proposed project will have 13 ft. walls with minimal landscaping in the
gateway of our community which can attract graffiti. County graffiti removal
lags and the County’s website doesn’t mention removal within 24 hours.

· Our community already has a large Storage facility called Extra Space
Storage located at 78265 Country Club Drive, Bermuda Dunes on the
corner of Yucca Lane. This meets our Community’s (A population 8,219
per American Fact Finder) needs for storage and its zoning classification
is I-P Industrial Park.

· The proposed project does not meet our criteria for development of our
"Town Square". ( We have some very nice land uses nearby that deserve
support, including the Pathfinder Community of the Risen Christ Church,
the Palm Desert Church of Christ, James Monroe Elementary School, the
many retailers at Washington Square, and the Bermuda Dunes Day Care. )

· The proposed project will impact traffic by those accessing their storage
units from entrance/exit located on Avenue 42. Those who will be east
bound will find themselves making U-turns in a location that has two retail
areas, a daycare center and an elementary school. Utilizing the site’s
currently zoning would allow for another entrance/exit to the proposed
project off of Sparky Lane.

· The required easement on the property which, without any mitigation, will
create a nice spot where a homeless encampment due to the proximity of
fast food and our grocery stores.

We would like to see a land use on the subject property that reinforces our
community’s evolving personality and our pedestrian goals for this area,
and which also supports the neighborhood friendly uses mentioned above.
Our concerns with this project have been well thought out and we as a
community have been very pro-development and pro-business. But given
the proposed project and the issues it will create for our community and
Riverside County, the Bermuda Dunes Community Council recommended
against the development of this project and we ask that the Planning
Commission do the same. A storage facility in the middle of our "Down
Town" is an insult to the people of our community.

Donna Nelson – Chairwoman, Bermuda Dunes Community Council

Jacob Alvarez – Community Council

Attachment w/signatures

Thursday, November 9th

Bermuda Dunes Community Center

Avenue 42 and Yucca Lane

Meeting starts promptly at 6 PM

Agenda to Follow

I am sure by now you have received information from
Associa regarding the Cable/TV Contract and your 'Opt Out'

You should have also received the new Proposed Vehicle
Restriction Code information.

Mucho thanks to BDSA for always making our Community a
better place to live.

ALSO a 'shout out' to the new BDCA Board for doing a
fabulous job of getting right down to business and trying to
hold those who would not support our efforts for having a
beautiful place to live accountable.

I have seen so many improvements since you were appointed.


Janet McMurtrey, Brett Coor, Patrick Bohner, Mike Soran,
John Van Kuelan and Greg Gamboa!

PS - You will be receiving a letter in the next handful of days
from our HOA explaining in full detail about what happens to
individuals who do NOT abide by our CC&Rs.
Mrs. B

I use the Adams Gate that comes directly into Starlight.

What is going on at the corner? They have taken out several trees?


Hi Liz:

That particular property is presently being prepped to use as
a retention basin for nuisance water runoff.

It will  be landscaped and look lovely...while serving our

Thanks BDSA Board, you have done it again.

Mrs. B
Mrs. B

With the holidays approaching do you know if BDSA ever has extra
security to protect us from thieves?

We live on the golf course and hear that a lot of our issues come
from indivduals living inside our gates.

Barbara Cheatley

Hi Barbara:

I do know that BDSA does have patrols at night on the golf

That would be a great question for Paul Stotsbury, Director of
Security. I will contact him and let you know.

Mrs. B

Addedum: Just talked with Paul and there WILL BE EXTRA
security during the holidays.
Mrs. B

When is the information going to be out about who is running for
the BDSA Board?

And, will you give us some guidance on who to vote for? We are
new to the area and wouldn't know anyone.

Barbara and John

Hopefully everyone has received their ballot material for the
BDSA Board.

After reviewing all the candidates (with the exception of
Jack), we are really in a win, win situation.

So many wonderful candidates. All with excellent
qualifications and who seem to have a desire to improve our

We would vote for any of them.

Here is how we eliminated several.

First of all, this is a FULL TIME Board. Snowbirds cannot
expect to do the job required of them. Just too many issues
and projects that require the attention of every Board
member, all year 'round.

If you knew how many thousands of hours, my husband,
Bob Nelson, Jerry Lugo and Charlie Bishop and others have
spent on the projects they are involved with, you would  
understand our position regarding Snowbirds.

There are many ways Snowbirds can assist this community,
but serving on this particular Board is not one of them.

Charlie Bishop* __YES, YES, YES

Donald G. Clarke ______We like Don

Joseph R. (Jack) Fox ______We like Jack, but he is a Snowbird.

Martin C. (Duke) Frey ______Was on the BDSA board, but
resigned when the going got tough. A NO for us.

Chris Hogan ______We know Chris very well. Belived me she
would do a great job, but unfortunately she is a Snowbird.

Donald C. Keprta ______He has our support. We like Don

Wade Logan ______We like Wade and would support him.


Jack Podsedly ______An absolute NO

*denotes incumbent

Now having said that:

Here are our selections:

Jerry Lugo and Charlie Bishop.

REMEMBER: You get three or more votes depending on how
many properties you own.

This is
cumulative voting...So don't dilute your votes by
giving one vote to each person. This is throwing away your

Example: 10 people giving 3 votes equals 30 votes
               30 people giving 1 vote equals 30 votes

Pick someone you really want on the Board and give them all
three of your votes. If you own more than one residence, you
should give, at least, 3 votes to one person and distribute  the
other votes accordingly in order to elect your candidate!

Believe me we have been at this a very long time. And we
want to help you get your candidate elected.

Mrs. B
Habitat for Humanity CV - A Brush with Kindness -

I am on the Habitat board.

One of Habitat’s missions is to do one day exterior work (like clean
up and/or painting) on a low income family’s home.
Please send me the contact info for our Bermuda Dunes code
enforcement person, so we can talk about potential work.
Thanks Jeff

Jeff Wattenbarger cell #760-578-7375
web site
Award as the Desert Construction Industry Leader
Habitat for Humanity board of directors
Desert Valleys Builders Association board of directors

Hi Jeff:

I am so proud to serve with you on our Council. What a
quality individual you are.

I would contact Brenda Hannah. Here is her information:
Code Enforcement
Brenda Hannah
760 393 3344

Jack PodsedlyJack Podsedly, Bermuda Golf Club Estates
BDSA board of directors election time

It is BDSA election time. Here are candidates that I do know know
of. Since there will not be a candidates forum I would like to have
the candidates respond and other people stating their opinion of
certain candidates, dark side? I thought that nobody was running
that is why I ran, if there are other good people that care about the
community I will drop out. I would not vote for any incumbent, they
were for the RCM that split apart the community.

Charlie Bishop* ______
Donald G. Clarke ______
Joseph R. (Jack) Fox ______
Martin C. (Duke) Frey ______
Chris Hogan ______
Donald C. Keprta ______
Wade Logan ______
Jerry Lugo* ______
Jack Podsedly ______
*denotes incumbent

Hi Jack:

We can always depend on you for your NEGATIVE
COMMENTS about our present BDSA board. Nothing ever
changes with you!

In reading over the other candidates' information  -  NO ONE,
with the exception of Jack talked badly about one another.
This is just common decency and respect for one another.

Jack, the community has moved on...we would hope you can
ALMOST HERE - We are getting so exxcited for this
event. It should put Bermuda Dunes on the map!

With Halloween just around the corner I tend to get excited for
the Holiday Season.

This year the Nelson's will celebrate Christmas at Big
Bear...and we will be wishing for snow.

With the season comes cooking, baking and all the wonderful
things that remind us of our childhood.

I distinctly remember watching Grandma Mae and my
Mother, Bernice chopping onions with tears running down
their cheeks.

A lesson in onion chopping...guaranteed tear proof. Enjoy!
How to Chop Onions

Start With a Firm, Smooth Onion

Onion Ready to Chop
Whole Yellow Onion.

There are times when evenly chopped onions are key to a
recipe's success: stir fries and sautées, tarts and quiches, and
other dishes where the pieces of onion will be visible in the
final dish or where even cooking is key. The following method
is the classic chef technique for evenly chopping onions. It may
take a tiny bit of practice, but it's worth mastering—it will make
future cooking endeavors all that much easier.

Onions are great storage vegetables, when they're stored in a
cool, dark place. When exposed to heat or light, they spoil
quicker. Look for onions with smooth skins, that feel heavy for
their size, and that are very firm.

Trimming an Onion
Onion, Trimmed.

Use a very sharp knife to cut off and discard the root and stem
ends of the onion. The onion doesn't have a flat side to set it
on yet, so exercise extra caution and hold it steady.

And yes, you want a very sharp knife. The cuts are cleaner
and it's safer. Yes, safer. The sharp blade will cut right through
the onion, whereas a dull blade is likely to slip and cut you.

Onion Cut In Half.

Set the trimmed onion on one of the flat cut ends and then cut
it in half lengthwise through the root end, which will hold the
halves together.

Onions, Halved and Peeled

Peel the onion, removing any and all of the papery skin and
the external layer of onion if need be to get all of the skin off.
(Doing this under running water can make getting all the
papery bits off easier and reduce tears in the process if you're
sensitive to onions.)

Onion, Horizontal Cuts.

Hold the onion steady by pressing down with the palm of your
hand or carefully by the root end. Using that same very sharp
knife, carefully make horizontal cuts into the onion, leaving the
root end intact.

The horizontal cuts you make will partially determine how small
the final chop is, so make as many horizontal cuts as far apart
as the size chop you want in the end. When you get to the
final, top cut, hold the onion by the still-intact root end.

Make Vertical Cuts Into the Onion

Keeping your finger tips at the root end to hold the onion
steady and to keep your fingers out of the way, use a very
sharp knife to make cuts into the onion lengthwise, again being
careful to keep the root end intact (and thus holding the onion
half together).

Like the horizontal cuts, the number and spacing of the
lengthwise cuts help determine the size of the final chop, so
make them accordingly.

Chopping an Onion.

Hold the onion by the root end and cut the onion crosswise—
resulting in a perfectly evenly chopped onion!

Chopped Onions

Unity and evenness of your chopped onions! Then use them in
the recipe of your choice, knowing they will cook evenly and
look fabulous.

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tabulation of Ballots / 3:00 p.m. Business

Location: Bermuda Dunes Country Club, 42360 Adams St,
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203

October 12, 2017

Dear Members,

The Annual Meeting of the Bermuda Dunes Security Association
Members will be held at Bermuda Dunes Country Club on
Thursday, November 16, 2017. The meeting will be called to order
at 1:00 p.m. to begin the tabulation of ballots and the business
meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. The main purpose of the annual
meeting is to elect three (3) new members to the Board of
Directors. Each lot is entitled to cast three (3) votes. The
candidates for the open Board positions are identified on the ballot
and the candidatestatements are enclosed.

The enclosed Annual Election materials consist of the following:
1. Voting Instructions;
2. Official Ballot;
3. Candidate Statements;
4. Minutes of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Members;
5. Agenda of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Members;
6. Official Ballot Envelope; and
7. Return Envelope

In order to comply with state law, a double-envelope system must
be utilized. The double-envelope system will allow the Association
to verify that the proper individuals are voting while ensuring that
the ballots remain secret. IF YOU ARE NOT PLANNING TO

The Association’s quorum requirement for the Annual Meeting is
25% of the membership. Without aquorum, the annual meeting will
need to be rescheduled, which will result in additional costs to the

Your participation in the annual meeting is essential to maintaining
this wonderful community.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this notice. We look
forward to seeing you at the meeting or if unable to attend, make
sure we receive your ballot.

By the Order of the Board of Directors

The enclosed ballot allows you to vote for the election of one
member to the Board of Directors. The ballot also allows you to
vote on last year’s annual meeting minutes, and the motion
regarding IRS Revenue Ruling 70-604.

If you are planning to attend the meeting, please bring your ballot
with you at 1PM on November 16, 2017, if it was not already
submitted by mail.

If you are not planning to attend, please follow these instructions to
vote by mail:

1. Cast your votes on the Official Ballot (do not sign or put any
identifying information on the ballot).

2. Place the completed Official Mailed Ballot in the envelope
labeled BALLOT, and seal. Please note once submitted, the Official
Ballot cannot be revoked.

3. Place the envelope labeled BALLOT in the return envelope (the
larger envelope with return label and postage).

4. On the left hand corner of the larger return envelope, please sign
and print your name print the address of the residence that you
own within Bermuda Dunes Security Association.
If you own
more than one residence, please submit a separate ballot for each

5. Our office must receive your ballot in the enclosed larger,
stamped return envelope no later than 4:00 p.m. on November 15,
2017 in order to be considered. Additionally, your signed
return envelope with the ballot envelope enclosed constitutes your
attendance at the meeting if you are unable to attend, and will help
the Association achieve the necessary quorum, which is the
minimum number of members that must be in attendance in order to
hold the meeting.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact
management either by phone at (760) 346-1161 or email at
Thanks to our friend, Ted Kleen for sending this to us. It is one of
the best, ever!

The room was full of pregnant women with their husbands. The
instructor said, "Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you.
Walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens the pelvic muscles
and will make delivery that much easier. Just pace yourself, make
plenty of stops and try to stay on a soft surface like grass or a

Gentlemen, remember -- you're in this together. It wouldn't hurt you
to go walking with her. In fact, that shared experience would be
good for you both."  

The room suddenly became very quiet as the men absorbed this
information. After a few moments a man, name unknown, at the
back of the room, slowly raised his hand.

"Yes?" said the Instructor.  

"I was just wondering if it would be all right, if she carries a golf

Check this out, Ted.
I was so happy to meet the Bermuda Dunes Aiport Manager, Ann
Goodwin. She is a real powerhouse with lots and lots of great
ideas. She is in the process of helping us with the Antique Auto
and Air Show on December 9th.
Mrs. B

Subject: Real estate rankings

Nadine won't boast so I have to do it for her:

A couple of months ago she was surprised to find that she was the
#3 ranking real estate sales agent in all of Riverside County. Pretty
good, huh  - - -

Now that the numbers were released for September, she finds
herself in FIRST PLACE, and that's out of the hundreds of agents
in the entire Riverside County !

I feel very proud when I see that all of my hours of training is finally
starting to pay off.


Congratulations are in order for Nadine. Good going kiddo.

Mrs. B

Congratulations on your 29 years at
Bermuda Dunes Country Club
We must be doing something right!
Apple Butter Festival at Historic Los Rios Rancho November 24-25,

Riley's at Los Rios Rancho
39611 Oak Glen Rd. #13, Yucaipa, CA. 92399
Tel: (909) 797-1005

Oak Glen (Yucaipa), CA - The smell of apple butter is in the air
during this crisp, fall season out on the ranch. Rileys at Los Rios
Rancho pays tribute to a delicious spread made from fresh harvest
apples during California's apple season each November.

There's no better place or way to honor tradition than at this
historic California rancho, with its annual Apple Butter Festival held
Thanksgiving weekend. (The event will be held each year after
Thanksgiving Day, unless otherwise noted).

Making apple butter has been a long tradition spanning several
hundred years in America. Pioneer families made apple butter from
the last of the season's crop. When canned properly, it lasts longer
than applesauce and makes a fantastic gift or family treat. In
colonial times apple butter was a practical way to preserve the
apples throughout the year and a pleasurable way to preserve
community spirit.

Families are invited to share the tradition on Thanksgiving
weekend at Rileys at Los Rios Rancho. Hands-on demonstrations
of apple butter making in a big copper kettle outdoors, visitors can
"start the snitz" and "add the money". If you don't know what that
means, you will learn on a visit to the farm. There will be pioneer
crafts and games, music, carriage rides, and other fun activities
rekindling memories of a simpler time.

Pioneer families made a custom of gathering together in late fall to
cook up apple butter from the last apples of the season.  It was a
practical way to preserve the apples throughout the year and a
pleasurable way to preserve community spirit. Annual Thanksgiving
weekend Apple Butter Festival celebrates this fine old tradition, and
we invite families to come up and share in it. We'll have a hands-on
demonstration of apple butter making the old-time (and slow!) way -
outdoors in a big copper kettle. Come learn how to "start the snitz"ť
and "add the money"ť, plus enjoy pioneer crafts and games, music,
carriage rides, and lots more.

Admission to the Festival is free; there are small fees for some
activities. Apple Butter Hoedown admission includes the pumpkin
stew, served up in large Cinderella pumpkins.

An old-fashioned hoedown Saturday night will feature music by the
Riley's Mountaineer Band.

The Festival admission is free (small fees for some activities).
Tickets are required for the hoedown on Saturday night and
include a supper of Pumpkin Bread and Harvest Soup.

For information, or to purchase hoedown tickets, log on to or Call (909) 797-1005.

Oak Glen and Los Rios Rancho include: History, early settlers and
pioneer ranches. Pictures private collections, the Glen's journey
from agriculture to agritourism, and from a purely farming
community to Southern California destination events planning and
Take a visit to Oak Glen -
Five Mile Loop of 30+ Ranches, Farms & Businesses
Open Daily anytime of the year.
You will see one of the most scenic spots in Southern California

One of the most scenic spots in Southern California, Oak Glen is
nestled in the heart of Apple Country, where it is cooler in the
summer and winter offers enough snow to make snowmen. Folks
can come up and enjoy a simpler way of life, surrounded by the
fresh crisp air and partake of the beautiful change of seasons. We
invite you to come be a part of our family traditions.  An hour from
Los Angeles or Palm Springs, spend the day having some good
ole’ country fun.

The mile-high climate of Oak Glen provides a beautiful change of
season, unsurpassed in Southern California. It’s always 10-15
degrees cooler than it is in the valleys. Apple orchards cover the
slopes laden with apple blossoms in the spring and apples in the
fall. The scenery is like that of New England and only 90 minutes
from Los Angeles on the way to Palm Springs. Oak Glen offers
wholesome family fun in every season.

Visit orchards, mountain tree fresh apples and cider, enjoy hot
apple pie and other fresh baked apple treats at one of the family
restaurants. Feed the animals in the animal park or browse through
the many specialty shops in the Glen.  A Bed and Breakfast, RV
facilities as well as camping and group accommodations are

Fall Season - Come experience Apple Harvest, Labor Day
Weekend – Thanksgiving Weekend. You can pick your own
apples, raspberries or pumpkins, press your own cider, and enjoy
country music, dancing, dinner events and other old fashioned
activities. Explore and hike the vast and beautiful offerings of
nature at The Wildlands Conservancy. Visit the historical Oak Glen
School House Museum or take a horse drawn wagon ride through
the orchards. Marvel at fall colors as brilliant as those of New

OAK GLEN FESTIVITIES to see all of the fun activities for
your family during the Holiday Season.
Dear Mrs. B,

I am writing this to you in hopes that you will share on your blog
because you can reach a lot of people and I think it is very
important that folks hear our story. If after reading you don't want
to post, thanks for you time and reading this.

We have a place inside Bermuda Dunes Country Club for about
20 years. We have had it rented and always wanted to update it
and save it for retirement. It recently became vacant so we
thought  it was the perfect time to update the kitchen and bar area.

We went to Lowe's PSI department (bath and kitchen remodel
design center) because they claimed that it is a one stop shop and
they would take care of everything, product, contractors, etc. Well,
not so much.

Our project began in February of this year. They hired a contractor
called Pro V, in Palm Desert. They started on February 17.

We had one telephone conversation with Leo at Pro V that put us
in a very uncomfortable mode. We had suspicions about his

March 7th our HOA inquired about us having a permit for the work
being done. We contacted Pro V and they told us that the permit
did not need to be at the construction site....??? Further
investigations by us revealed that he did not have a permit, did
not  have the county stamped plans at the job site which is
required (obviously because he did not have a permit).

We stopped the project on March 10. We contacted Lowe's and
asked for a reliable, law abiding contractor to replace Pro V. They
denied our request for 2 months until we contacted Lowe's
Corporate offices. Only then did they agree to fire Pro V from our
job and put in a new contractor.  

What we discovered after the new contractor came in is very
alarming. It was a mess and a fire hazard. Pro V moved gas lines
and did not do a gas pressure test. They put cabinets in the
kitchen without even closing up the walls. They hid open live
uncovered electrical boxes behind the cabinets with no access to
them. They hid open live uncovered electrical junction boxes
inside our walls and sheet rocked over them. They broke a cabinet
when they were installing it. They installed cabinets incorrectly.

Needless to say they had no inspections done by the county
because they were hiding their work. We called the county
inspector to come out and there were 4 corrections that had to be
done before the project could resume.

Opening up the walls to reveal the electrical work was one of
them. The project had to be torn out and redone. Although Lowe's
did put a new contractor in, it could have all been avoided had
Lowe's done what they claimed they do. Monitor the project. At the
very least they should have checked for a permit. Their "job site
inspections" turned out to be just making sure the product was
there and the contractor was there, period. Lowe's is a licensed
contractor in the state of California but what that amounts to is
Lowe's getting the customer and taking a cut of the money and
referring their contractors to the project with no monitoring.

Thankfully, we got involved. Worth noting is that they prefer to put
a key box on your home so they can access anytime when you are
away for months at a time. In a community where so many folks
are away that has proven for us to be very dangerous.

Also worth noting is that we have photos of everything that was
done so there is no denying our story. We will happily share if
anyone is interested in the validity of our story.

Seven months later we are still dealing with the last of the issues.


Jan and Shelley Jewett

Hi Jan and Shelley:

What an absolute nightmare for you. We are so sorry this

We will be more than happy to warn our readers about

Thanks for sharing.

Mrs. B
Thank you Betty Ekmanian for sharing your stories.

Once all villagers decided to pray for rain.  On the day of prayer, all
the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.
            That's FAITH.

When you throw babies into the air,
they laugh because they know you will catch them.
              That's TRUST.

Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the
next morning, but still we set the alarm to wake up.
                 That's HOPE.

We plan big things for tomorrow
In spite of zero knowledge of the future.
          That's CONFIDENCE.

We see the world suffering, but, still we get married and have
               That's LOVE.

On an old man's shirt was written a sentence, 'I am not 80 years
I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.'
             That's ATTITUDE.

Have a happy day and live your life like the six stories.

When I was a child, I thought nap time was punishment. Now it's
like a mini-vacation.
Thanks to Steve Elliott for sharing these stories. We love them!

If you miss Jay Leno as much as I do, here are a few Leno-isms
that might bring  a chuckle:

The main difference between men and women is that men think
that the "Three Stooges" are funny.

The Supreme court has ruled that they cannot have a Nativity
Scene in Washington DC. There were no religious overtones to the
ruling. The just couldn't find three wise men and a virgin up there.

I looked up the word 'political' the other day and it's actuallythe
combination of two words. The first, "poli" means many, and the
second, "tic" means a bloodsucker.

A new report by the government says that most raw eggs contain
'salmonella' and may be unsafe. If that theory is true, then
Humpty-Dumpty was probably dead before he hit the ground.

The 'National Atheist Society' has just produced a new play. It's
called 'The Co-incidence on 34th Street'.

Scientists believe that monkeys can be taught to think, lie, and
even be political within their communities. Now if we can just teach
them to cheat on their wives, we can save millions on
congressional salaries.

It was recently reported that sex is good for people who suffer from
arthritis. It may be good, but it's sure not that pleasing to look at.

The real reason that there are two senators from each of our states
is so one can be the 'designated driver'.