Valencia Shores

Message from the President

A Message From the President
By Larry Schleyer
January is always a hopeful time, as we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another.  Ringing in the New Year has always been a cause for celebration, for spending time with friends and family, and for looking back with fondness. This past year we have been cautiously stepping out with family and friends while still trying to stay safe and responsible, and we have come out better because of those sacrifices. 
This month we are keeping an eye on Federal interest rates as they have been going in an upward trajectory and now appear to be stabilizing.  We will be monitoring over the next few weeks and will continue to work with FirstService and FirstService Financial to discuss additional opportunities to capitalize on the investment of our reserve funds. The investments made in the last quarter of 2022 are expected to yield us an estimated $60-$75,000 in 2023, and we will continue to monitor and evaluate if additional funds should be invested.
We ordered windscreens back in October and there has been a significant delay with the supply chain.  We are on track to have the logoed screens installed this month which will add a touch of class to the courts.  We are also working to get quotes for correcting the Bocce courts and are in the process of evaluating both the tennis and pickleball courts to identify needs and wants.
Over the last six weeks, we have screened and interviewed various candidates for the Social Director position. On behalf of the whole Board, I would like to extend my gratitude to Karen Karila for stepping in and not only holding down the fort while the search for a Social Director was on, but for her commitment, dedication and talent to making sure our events went on smoothly and in some cases (like the recent COCO fair) were better than ever!
Speaking of clubs and organizations, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated members of our AV team for the countless hours they put in to make this community a huge success. From board meetings to lecture series and entertainment shows, to poolside events and club/organization functions and everything else in between, we are grateful to our stellar AV led by Stan Bliss and Richie Devinoff.  If you would like to be a part of our multi-talented community of volunteers, there will be ample opportunities in the coming weeks.  Don’t forget that all committee members serve on their respective committee’s for a one year term.  Please review the 2023 application form for important dates and deadlines.