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Shirl Mendonca: Lake Wildwood getting social before the election

Shirl Mendonca

Mark your calendars for the annual Ice Cream Social at the Community Center on July 11 over by the pool/patio, a wonderful shady spot to meet up with friends and neighbors on a beautiful summer evening.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., the Lake Wildwood Recreation Committee will be serving generous $1 ice cream sundaes with all the toppings. At around 6:30 p.m., there will be a Lake Wildwood Talent Show; in the past, we have had singers, comedians, musicians and dramatic artists. There is almost always an overflow crowd for this fun event, so carpool if you can and bring a lawn chair. And be sure to thank Holiday Market for generously donating all of the ice cream for this event.

It is time to vote for two new board members. By now, Lake Wildwood residents have received ballots in the mail which are due back to the association office by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 28; results will be announced at the annual meeting on Saturday, July 29.

We have a very beautiful, active and vibrant community with a newish community center/swim complex and a brand new clubhouse. But we also have very diverse demographics and lots of opposing views and interests. With millions of dollars on the line to repair aging culverts, make improvements to the golf course greens, and increase reserves, we need strong and effective leadership to move everyone forward in a cohesive manner. Please get involved and get informed.

At a recent "Meet the Candidates" night, over 140 members got to hear from each of the seven board candidates. If you missed the meeting, candidates' statements are on the website under Hot Topics, and Channel 95 will be posting the video shortly. We are fortunate to have so many members with talent and passion vying for these two positions. There seems to be something for everyone.

If you like what has been done in the past, there are two past board members on the ballot. If you really think we need a strategic plan, there is a candidate with experience and passion in this area. If you want someone who thinks CC&R rules should be enforced, there is a candidate and past LWW restaurant manager who mentioned that as a priority. Several candidates spoke of having children or grandchildren and the need to focus on families. Yet another candidate has the background and experience to make budget control a No. 1 priority and feels that special assessments are indicative of poor management practices. Check out Channel 95 to learn more and be sure to vote.

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The 47th Lake Wildwood Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, July 29, at Commodore Park with festivities beginning at 10 a.m. The day kicks off with the annual Lake Wildwood Art and Photography Club show, a club activities fair, and a free barbecue lunch prior to the start of the formal meeting at 1:30 p.m. During the formal meeting, the two new board members will be announced and introduced along with the winner of the People's Choice art fair award.

We will also learn who is 2017 Citizen of the Year. All in all, it will be a great day to enjoy the park, old and new friendships, some good food, and learn more about the workings of our community.

Citizen of the Year is an important achievement in our community especially since so many members volunteer countless hours and many are deserving of the recognition. But the bar is high.

Fred Hubberty, 2016 Citizen of the Year, is a great example. Fred worked tirelessly on the new clubhouse in many different capacities starting with the 2013-2014 Planning Committee. Then he was chair of the Clubhouse Design and Construction Committee for two and a half years, also serving as a Lake Wildwood Ambassador educating the community about the clubhouse.

He attended 3-4 hours of weekly clubhouse meetings and also wrote regular reports in E-Bits and made Town Hall presentations to keep the community up to date on decisions and progress. Outside Lake Wildwood, he served as a Veteran's Honor Guard at various public functions, volunteered at the South Yuba River State Park, and belonged to a car club in Sacramento that raises funds for nonprofits.

Thanks again, Fred, and hats off to you!

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