November Newsletter

The Restorter

We all know Rhonda keeps an eagle-eye on The Resort, but she recently got a bird’s-eye view as the flagpole was being serviced.

Flag pole raising 1
Flag pole raising 1
Flag pole raising 1


By Dale Dauten

I was sitting in the office of a high-ranking executive of a Fortune 100 company, a charming and charismatic man in his forties, when in bounced one of his assistants, a young woman with a stack of papers and a smile. The exec looked up and said, “Wow, that’s a beautiful dress.” Her smile widened and she started to respond but the executive added quickly, almost frantically, “Oh, no, no… I’m so sorry. I keep forgetting. Please ignore that. Sorry. Sorry.” She shrugged and thanked him anyway, then left, looking slightly deflated.

He explained to me that he’d been to a Human Resources seminar where all employees were taught to never… with stress on never… mention anything about the appearance of a coworker of the opposite sex.

Yet, despite the work of HR execs everywhere, office romances still blossom and always will. And today I get to pass along a nice love story about a couple here at The Resort.

jeff and ann christensen

First, the office part, then the romance part…

Jeff Christensen works for one of those companies that just about nobody knows exists. In his case, it’s a company that takes building materials from the corporations that produce them, and prepares each item to go to the big retailers. Say you walk into a Home Depot in Texas to shop for a storage shed or a portable building, odds are what you’re looking at has been handled by Jeff and his colleagues.

That company is in Texas, where Jeff spent most of his life. After graduating from Texas A&M, he started out following his dad’s footsteps and went to work for an auto dealership, selling Chevrolets. (Asked if he was good at it, he shrugged and said, “I wasn’t the best.” But he smiled and added, “But I won a sales contest and got a week in the Bahamas.”) He then went to work for the old Southwestern Bell, left to open his own swimming pool business, then ended up in the distribution business.

And that brings us to the office romance, or more accurately, the cross-country inter-office romance…

lumber photo

Ann Foley was at work at a lumber company near Vancouver in British Columbia. Her job was to get the company’s products to distributors in the U.S. and Canada. One of those distributors was in Texas… and yes, the one where Jeff worked. So Ann was his customer and they’d gotten to know each other on the phone over the course of a couple of years before Jeff went to Vancouver on a business trip and they met in person for the first time.

Jeff says, “My wife had passed… leukemia… and Ann was divorced.” By then,
“We had so many phone calls that we got to the point where we weren’t just talking business anymore, we got to the point where we were comfortable talking about life.”

Eventually, Jeff invited Ann to visit him in Texas. She accepted and they discovered a shared passion for country-western music and dancing.

jeff and ann dancing

“Jeff & Ann at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas”

Jeff fell for Ann, and Ann fell for Jeff and for Texas, and the couple married in 2011 in Vegas. A few years later, they bought a vacation home at The Resort. (Ann’s brother and sister had been coming to The Resort for years.) Jeff decided to retire in 2016, and they agreed to sell their house in Texas and move in fulltime at The Resort.

But Jeff’s retirement didn’t take. His replacement didn’t work out and the company asked him to keep working on any terms he chose. So Jeff still spends several hours a day on the phone, keeping those storage sheds and other products going into the retailers.

That still leaves him time to enjoy time with Ann and to join in with activities of The Resort. Look for Jeff and Ann out on the dance floor.


By Dale Dauten

Last week I asked Doug how October had been going. He replied, “Twenty-five days in a row—that’s all you need to know.” In other words, he’s been busy hooking up residents and making sure everything is first-rate, and doing it all month. And no rest for Doug—the next couple of months his calendar looks even fuller.

If you haven’t already been hooked up, please make sure you’re on Doug’s schedule: just let the Front Desk know when you’re arriving and they’ll get you on his calendar.

If you haven’t been in the park, here’s why Doug is keeping busy…

The HD TV has been working for a while now and getting boffo reviews. As for the new internet system, Doug has completed the infrastructure, which means that the new internet service is being tested and finalized.

Doug reports that he’s initiated beta testing in both parks and that he will soon begin connecting more units. In order to make the process as efficient as possible…

Connections to the new high-speed internet will be staggered. Look for notices in your mailbox. That notice will tell you when you can get your modem registered to work with the new system and you can begin to enjoy the new internet service.


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Here’s the club information from last season that we’ll be updating– club leaders, please give any changes to the Activities Office. And before attending a meeting, confirm time and place.

The Resort Happening

Clubs/Organization Information and Contact

Arts and Crafts

Crafty Ladies

Oct. thru May
Mon & Fri 1 to 3pm
Party Room
Contact: Marilyn Christensen


Ceramics Room
Wed. 10am to 4pm

Card Making – $10/session

Nov. thru Mar – Mon. 8 to 10am
Tues. 9 to 11am
Ceramics Room
Contact: Emily Bloom #614
Sign up in Activities Office
Supplies supplied

Quilting Club

Nov – Dec – 7 to 9pm – Ceramics Room
Jan – Mar – 7 to 9pm – Studio 55
Wednesday: 8am to 3pm
Saturdays: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ceramics Room
Contact: Grace Coudron 519

Paper Art

Nov. thru Mar
Fri. 9 to 12noon
Contact: Eileen Ponsford #720

Wood Burning – Carving

Wood Shop – Wed & Fri. 8 to 11am
Mon. 7 to 10pm
Contact: Wendell Corbett 480-380-5539

Stained Glass

Mid Nov. thru Mar
Lapidary Room
Wed. & Thurs. 1pm -3:30 pm
Fri. – 9am – 12pm
1 to 3:30pm
Evenings and weekends for kiln use
Contact: Anita Serrano

Wood Workers (Members Only)

Nov thru Mar
Mon, Tues, Thur. 9 to 12 & 1 to 3p
Wed & Fri – 1 to 4pm
Contact: Doug Culver #82


Nov thru Mar
Mon thru Thurs – 8:30 to 11:30am
Mon and Tues – 1pm – 3:30pm
Lapidary Room
Contact: Paul Klotz #737

Cards & Games


Jan thru Mar
Sundays, 7p
Party Room
Wed., 7pm
Contact: Lyle Broer #150
Eloyce McGillvary #705

Hand and Foot

Nov to April 15
Wednesdays, 1 to 4pm
Contact: Ann Carter #623
Mondays, 1 to 4pm
Contact: Levina Hauser #458


Year Round
Mondays, 7pm
Party Room
Contact: Bill Dawson #750


Oct thru Mar
Tuesdays, 7 to 9:30pm
Party Room
Contact: Carol Bellavance #362

Cribbage 2

Nov thru Mar
Saturdays, 1- 3pm
Contact: Denis Buschman #4
Sharon Fischer #589

Learn to play Pinochle

Jan thru Mar
Wednesdays, 2 to 4pm
Post Office
Contact: Adam Baumstarck #465


Nov thru Mar
Sat. – 7pm
Party Room
Contact: Jill Buschman #4


Oct to April
Tues, Thurs & Sundays, 12:30 to 4pm
Party Room
Contacts: Betty Stover #466
Karen Flier #644


Nov thru Mar
Thursdays, 7pm
Party Room
Contact: John Thon #686


Nov thru Apr
Fridays, 1 to 4pm
Post Office
Contact: Jill Buschman #4


Nov thru Mar
Wednesdays, 7pm
Party Room
Dee Spire #655

Mah Jongg

Oct thru April
Sun. Mon, & Wed.- 6-9pm
Tues & Thurs – 9-11:30am
L Room
Contact : Peggy Hill



Oct thru Mar
Mon thru Fri – 9am
Contact: Sharon Cochran #412

Water Aerobics

Nov thru Mar
Mon thru Fri – 7am
Instructor: Sherry Ovitt #182

Tai Chi

Oct thru Mar
Fridays – 10:30 to 11:30am
Party Room
Instructor: Jan Voellinger


Nov thru Dec
Tue & Thurs 8:45 to 9:45am
Instructor: Barb Buck

General Exercise

Nov thru Mar
Thursdays, 10 to 10:45am
Party Room
Contact: Jan Voellinger

Line Dancing

Mondays, 9:30-10:30am
Contact: Susan Tuttle

Mindfulness Mediation

11 to 12pm
Jan. 17, 24 & 31, Feb. 7,14,21
Party Room
Contact: Barbara Bofenkamp #409

Music & Dance

Square Dance

C1 Workshop
Nov 13 to Apr. 2
Thurs – 10am to noon

A2 & C1 Dances
Nov 13 to Mar. 26
2nd & 4th Thurs. 6:45 to 9:45pm
Instructor: Mike Sikorsky

Swinging Resorters

Tuesdays – 12:30 to 2:30pm


Nov to Mar
Mondays – 2:30 to 4pm
Contact: Marilyn Christensen #641 (Winter)
Rick McGraw #10 (Spring)

Kitchen Band

Nov thru Mar
Wed – 9 to 10am
Contact: Kit Robertson #56


Nov thru March
Wednesdays, 12:30 – 3pm
Contact: Monty – 480-354-8621


Bicycle Club

Mon & Wed – 9am
Meet at the East Gate
All riders must wear helmets
This is co-ed club

Hiking Club

Thurs. – 8am
Meet in the parking lot west of the office.
Wear comfortable clothing & hiking boots. Bring water!
See the back bulletin board for instructions, sign up sheets & schedule.


Round Robin play for all levels daily
9:30 to 11:30am
Racquets available at Activities
or Tennis Club House
Contact: Kathy & Alan Smith 480-277-7302
Hugh Fisher & Deb Hamilton 480-251-4526

The Resort Keglers (Bowling)

Tues – 12:30pm – be there earlier
Mesa Bowl East (Ellsworth & E. Broadway)
New bowlers welcome! More information on the bulletin board.


Mon, Tues, Fri – 9 to 11am (partners pool)
Women’s Open Play:
8 Ball Mondays at 1pm
Contact: Teresa Natopolski – 515-665-2101
1st Monday of the Month – 9 Ball
Contact: Steve Gilbertson 715-671-3499

Men’s Softball

Men’s softball begins Nov.
League play begins in January
Contact: Mel Mueller 480-986-2592


Mondays – 9am at Apache Sun
Mixed League
Contact: John Arbogast – 218-780-3645

Mondays at Las Colinas
Contact: Marv Knudson #343
Ben Peiffer – 480-380-7292

Thursdays at Western Skies

Thursdays Ladies 9 hole at
Sunland Springs Village Golf Course
Contact: Karen Christian 605-351-5888
Eloyce Mc Gillivary 480-984-5666
More information on Billiards Bulletin Board

Women’s Softball

Contact: Shirley Boder – 288-0385


Mon thru Fri – 9am – Open play
Saturdays – 9:30am
Mon -8:30am free lessons
You are welcome to shuffle anytime from
9am until 10pm unless
tournaments are scheduled.
Contact: Bob Zignego – 651-388-5193


Round Robin play 7am every day
Beginner classes: Floyd Massey #180
Mixed Doubles: Saturday mornings
League Matches: Contact: John Kelley #261
Contact: John Statzen #39

Ping Pong

Tuesdays & Thursdays – 2 to 4 pm
Studio 55
Contact: Lyle Broer

Additional Clubs

Computer Club

Thursdays, 1:30 to 2:30pm
Donation: $1/family
Open to all residents interested in
using or learning to operate a computer.
Discussions & presentations are informal.
Club officers available after
meetings to assist members.
Contact: Dan Tuchenhagen #451

Book Club

Nov thru Mar
Last Friday of each month
9:30 to 10:30am
Party Room
Contact: Dave & Sharon Wood #757


Nov thru Mar
Tuesdays, 7p
Cards on sale at 6pm
Contact: Jim Haahr #594

Morning Coffee

Post Office Parlor
6:30 am every day except Mondays
Coffee: 50 cents, donuts 75 cents
Contact: Activities Director


Every other Tuesday beginning in Febr.
Meet in the parking lot by the Clubhouse
at 7:45am. Return around noon.
Wear walking shoes, bring water & binoculars.
See sign up sheet on the billiards bulletin board
Contact: Cathy Dewar #211
Neil Buchard #262


Nov thru Mar
Saturday – 7pm
Wednesday & Friday – 3pm
No charge. Bring your own popcorn & drink with a lid on it.

Blood Pressure

Nov thru Mar
1st and 3rd Wed – 8 to 10am
Contact: Pam Deml #3

Church Groups

Bible Study

Nov thru Mar
Tuesdays, 1:30 to 2:30pm
Contact: Joanne Ellison #24


Nov thru Mar
Tuesdays, 9 to 10am
Contact: Karen Christian #666

Sunday Service

Nov thru Mar
Sunday, 9am


Nov thru Mar
Tuesdays, 3 to 4pm
Contact: Karen Christian #666


Nov thru Mar
Fridays, 8:15 to 9am
Contact: Carol Kramer #572


Nov thru Mar
Tuesdays, 4 to 5pm
Karen Christian #666

Facility Hours

Activities Office:  Mon. – Fri.  9am to 4pm
Business Office:  Mon. – Fri.  9am to 4pm
Post Office:  Mon. – Fri.  10am to 2pm
Saturdays:  10am to Noon
Pool Hours:  Every day  7am to 10pm
Gates:  Every day  7am to 10pm