After a busy and enthusiastic December, residents settled into 2018 with the first monthly “Donuts with Doug.”  Delayed donuts, but plenty of good information:

  • After some carefully chosen comical jokes, Doug shared the words of Hymn #602 with the audience, with lots of appreciation for the great inspiration.
  • Landscaping has taken a high priority at this time.  A major effort to remove sycamore trees that are in danger of collapsing due to natural blight will take place over three days this coming week.  The motive is safety and protection of the property, since these trees are among many whose roots are lifting our sidewalks.  Additionally, some “liquid amber” trees are earmarked for removal to eliminate the safety issue caused by their falling seed balls, aka “spikey balls.”
  • The landscape and hardscape in front of the Community Center is also earmarked for significant change following the work and reporting from a surveyor that has resulted in architectural drawings for review by a civil engineer.  This project is part of overall evaluation of the Community Center area that is slated to be taking place through the coming months.
  • One additional landscape/maintenance process will be moving forward at a manageable pace — cleaning of Villa gutters will occur every Friday by working around the campus in an orderly fashion.  Please understand that gutters will be cleaned when your villa is next up, and that this timing should have no negative impact on the water flow if there is rain.
  • Everyone was reminded to mark their calendars for Sunday, January 21st as the date of The Willows Annual meeting.  This year’s presentation by The Foundation Board and Administration will take place the day following a quarterly meeting of the newly restructured Board of Directors on Saturday, January 20th.
  • As February begins, another project will also begin to clean and remodel the front office and board room area of the Community Center.  Existing furnishings will be transferred to Hodges hall for a period of about 3 weeks, and staff using these offices — Doug, Tom, Becky and Carl — will find temporary desk space in other rooms of the Community Center or by working from home.  The reception office will continue to operate as usual during this time.
  • Our remodel of the fitness area in Villa #129 and “Studio 125” — the new Arts/Crafts area in Villa #125 —  is progressing nicely.  There will be more to share regarding this project and how it will benefit the community, but if you want to use the treadmill in the meantime please feel free to do so in Villa #249.
  • As many are aware, the space in Building #14 (at the back end of the Community Center close to the pool) is being evaluated for a best use into the future.  Many discussions have occurred and there are many supportive ideas being considered.  A more detailed discussion of this project is expected soon.
  • Carol Dorr presented an overview of upcoming activities, including the Friday Evening session sponsored by Principia Lifelong Learning on January 26th, and a weekend workshop presented by Bibleandspiritualliving.com on February 2-3.  Both of these events require separate registration, so please see the detailed information that is being circulated and posted by the sponsors and on our bulletin board.
  • Inge Hardi shared an overview of the success of our 2017 calendar year fundraising.  Including a $50,000 grant, donations toward our 2017 capital campaign totaled $75,000 this past year.  To further present The Willows to the Christian Science community around the country for housing and development efforts, Inge will be traveling to Georgia and Florida in late February/early March.
  • One resident asked for further clarification regarding the negotiations with Laguna Woods Village about the rights to the sidewalk inside LWV Gate #8.  Doug explained that there has been no change in the discussion about compensation for this sidewalk originally part of The Willows property, and that consequently The Willows has withdrawn its offer to contribute to the cost of a new perimeter fence on land around the property that currently stands on LWV land.