- President’s Report – October 2019 (10/4/2019)
Hello everyone! With October comes my annual “now we turn to Fall with end of the year planning” column. For some of us, it’s our busier time on the Board. We have begun work on the 2020 budget and have an eye towards Board composition and succession planning.
The Board will review a first draft of the 2020 Budget at the October 14 meeting. As part of the process, the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) met this past month to review the Reserve Study and projects for 2020. Andrea Durbin, Treasurer and Chair of the committee welcomed new members, Jake Burns and Rowan Christmas. Two major reserve projects are earmarked for next year: replacement of the pool deck and the beach park playground equipment. At the October Board meeting, we will discuss the reserve contribution for next year as well as a number of discretionary items so that we can prepare a final budget for board approval at the November 11 th Board meeting. The approved Budget and Ratification Meeting (date still TBD) Notice will then be sent out soon after to the community.
Board Elections 2020
Every year there are three Board positions that are voted in. This is my last year on the Board. I will finish two 3-year terms with one year as Treasurer and five as Board President. Hard to believe! Next year Andrea Durbin and Jen Henninger will operate as co-presidents while we shift their current roles/responsibilities. Steve Brunette (Grounds & Facilities Chair) and Steve Reich (Legal Chair) will be rolling off the Board too. Bottom-line is that there are 3 open positions.
Conversations took place with individuals over the summer with an eye towards eventual succession in key positions such as Swim and Tennis Programs Chair. We’ve got some verbal commitments to run which is great! If you are interested in learning more about Board service please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . We have particular need for an attorney to serve as Legal Chair. It’s a great way to give back to your community!
- Membership Report – October 2019 (10/4/2019)
Hello Friends and Neighbors,
I hope this fall bulletin finds you well and adjusting to shorter days, warmer sweaters and a few rain showers along the way…. I know as I take long weekend dog-walks through the neighborhood, I have been enjoying fall flowers in people’s yards, leaves changing colors in the Carkeek ravine, and the amazing pumpkin patch in Woodbine Park!
Amazingly, we have no new neighbors to welcome since our last bulletin. Which means there are lots of familiar faces to say hello to as you are out an about in the ‘hood.
As always, please don’t ever hesitate to let me know if you have any resident questions I can help with.
- Association Manager Report – September 2019 (9/10/2019)
It’s Budget Season
Starting in August each year, a good deal of time is spent in QuickBooks and Excel to help develop the annual operating budget . To determine our expenses we annually analyze maintenance and use of grounds and facilities, solicit vendor estimates, and review utility rate changes to create a budget that incorporates audit and reserve study recommendations. Several versions and untold hours create the first draft for board review. Then, back to the drawing board to incorporate edits and 3 rd quarter financials for final review. Every line item is scrutinized and various scenarios are created until board members can approve a final version for November’s budget ratification.
It’s tedious work but a critical component for managing the community’s financial health and protecting home values.
Wile E Coyotes
Wildlife safety is outside my professional expertise, but from time to time we receive homeowner inquiries about coyotes and here’s what we’ve learned so far.
At first glance, the coyote resembles a small German shepherd dog, yet its color can vary from animal to animal. Adult coyotes weigh 20 to 35 pounds and prey on small mammals such as rats, mice, rabbits, and carrion. In Washington, you will find these intelligent and adaptable animals occupying almost every conceivable habitat type, including downtown waterfronts at any time, day or night. Coyotes create a variety of vocalizations. Woofs and growls are short-distance threat and alarm calls; barks and bark-howls are long-distance threat and alarm calls; whines are used in greetings; lone and group howls are given between separated group members when food has been found; and a yip-howl is often done after a group reunites. Juvenile coyotes are often heard in summer, trying out their voices.
Humans increase the likelihood of coyote conflicts by deliberately or inadvertently feeding the animals, whether by handouts or by providing access to food sources such as garbage, food debris, or pet food. When people provide food, coyotes quickly lose their natural fear of humans and become increasingly territorial and aggressive.
Blue Ridge ravines, greenbelts and nearby parks, Carkeek and Golden Gardens, provide habitat and prey for many wildlife, including coyotes. Human encroachment and easy access to food waste has made coyotes considered part of urban living. Wildlife professionals explain they aren’t necessarily aggressive, will usually ignore or avoid humans, but for the safety of small pets we should follow leash laws.
The coyote’s tenacity tries some people’s patience and inspires others’ admiration. To learn how to prevent conflicts and fencing ideas, please click on the below links:
I hope everyone enjoyed summer and looking forward to the colors of fall.
- Events Report – September 2019 (9/10/2019)
I can’t believe summer is ending, but I am so thankful we have had such a great one in our community. So many good times have been had including the 4 th of July and the summer party down at the beach park! Thank you so much to Amanda and Ryan O’Rourke for taking on the Fourth of July again this year. It was an amazing day and it was such a great time to see all the neighbors out celebrating together. The summer beach soiree looked amazing and beautiful in white! Many thanks to the Summer Party team including Barbara Sinn, Kristi Dwight, Anna Brunette, Margaret Giesa and others for organizing this amazing event!
It has been my pleasure to lead Blue Ridge Events for the past year, but I am leaving my position at the end of September. This has been such a fun experience and I am grateful for the opportunity. Thank you so much to all the volunteers in the community who have graciously given their time to make sure that our events have been a success. If anyone is interested in taking on the events role please let me know or contact the board. It is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors!
- Oktoberfest- September 27th
- Family Halloween Party- October 31st
- Holiday Open House-December 5 th
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer I can be reached at email@example.com
Summer Highlights:Congratulations to all of our winners on the 4 th of July! Below is a summary of the winners with some highlight photos from the day.
- Pool & Tennis Report – September 2019 (9/10/2019)
Pool & Tennis Report – Brooke Walker
Once again, I’m shocked that it’s September and am feeling like summer flew by too quickly.
I’m delighted about this year’s swim and tennis season and I hope you are too. I know many memories were made in the pool and on the courts and I’m reminded how grateful I am to have these assets in this community.
TENNIS: We had a full summer on the courts. Many weeks in the junior program were full. I received lots of positive feedback about the classes and the coaching staff. Our JV and Varsity teams grew and we even beat our rival, Klahaya for . . . . perhaps the first time? The adult classes remain very popular and are continuing into the fall.
POOL: Swim Lessons have come to close and were a huge success. While I don’t have final numbers, I believe we had a record year for revenue earned from lessons and many happy kids and parents.
We had an amazing staff of Lifeguards this summer and I hope to see many of them back next year. I’d like to take a moment to thank LUKE ILGENFRITZ for his 7 years of service to the pool. His “Blue Ridge Pool Career” is coming to a close as he enters his senior year of college. Luke has set up the pool up for success and will be truly missed! Please make sure to read Luke’s bulletin section for additional pool details.
Swim Team was a lot of fun this year. We had 159 swimmers and nearly a third of them were in the 8 & under group. I truly believe that in just a few years, we will be winning all our meets! We upped our home meet concessions game this summer and I think everyone enjoyed the Burns’ pulled pork sandwiches. If not, here’s hoping they do it again next year for you to try!
Rachel Douglas and Esther Kim teamed up to make exceptional swim team coordinators. Jane Caron and Kristi Dwight were back again volunteering as Clerk of Course at all home meets.We had an emotional send off for our graduating seniors, some of whom have 14 years on our swim team!
As you have probably heard, this was COACH CARLOS’ last year with us. He has dedicated 14 summers to helping our children learn to compete and gain confidence in the pool. His departure, due to his move to Burien, will leave a huge hole in our hearts. On behalf of Carlos, I’d like to thank everyone who donated to a special goodbye gift for Carlos. Many families who have not had swimmers in many years donated, and Carlos was blown away by our generosity. Once again, our community coming together for a purpose is an amazing place to experience.
Coach Glen has agreed to take over as head coach next year and I have hired a new assistant coach from Cascade, name Becky Woodruff, to add to our amazing coaching team.
All City: I’d like to thank the entire community for dealing with, and helping out at, the big All City swim meet. I believe it went off without a hitch and there are about 1200 people who were incredibly impressed with our neighborhood and hospitality. We really put on a good show! While I don’t have the full financial picture yet, I do believe we actually managed to make a little money too. I was, once again, amazed by how this community comes together. The committee who put on this event felt supported and was pleased with the full neighborhood volunteer effort.
I need to take a moment to thank the All City committee who collectively spent thousands of hours planning this event. We began our adventure nearly 2 years ago, put our heart and soul into it and knocked it out of the park. Committee is pictured below, after a 14 hour work day, celebrating our success. Luckily, we are not on the hook for another one of these for many years and my shift will be over. HA!!
In conclusion, it’s been a perfect summer. I have just a few more changes in store that I will share in my final season report next month. As always, I’m available for feedback.
Off to complete some school supply shopping . . . .
“Hi everyone! The summer is winding down, but there is still time to enjoy some summer sun! The last day we are open this summer is Sunday, September 15th, so make the most of it. Starting Wednesday, September 4th, weekday open swim will be from 4-7pm, but the weekend schedule will stay the same!
Please note that on Monday, September 2nd we have a Saturday schedule for Labor Day. This means lap swim is from 7-12pm and open swim from 12-7pm.
This has been an amazing final summer working at Blue Ridge and I’m excited to announce our management staff for next year. The Pool Manager will be Drew Brennan and the Swim Lessons Coordinator is Emily Cary! Congratulations to both, they’ve worked very hard to earn these positions and I can’t wait to see them in action!
Thank you again to everyone for making Blue Ridge home these past 7 years.”
- Architecture Report – September 2019 (9/10/2019)
Hi Neighbors, As you look to make plans to make exterior improvements to your home or property then please make sure you are reviewing our Blue Ridge Architecture Documents and Procedures. These can be found on our Blue Ridge site at: http://www.blueridgeseattle.com/?page_id=200
Architecture Report July 2019 (no meeting in August)
In July, the Board:
- Did not hear any initial presentations or approve any actions.
In September , the Board will hear:
- Initial presentation for 10530 Valmay Ave. NW – Osaki remodel
If you have any questions then please let me know as we are here to help. Thank you,
- Membership Report – September 2019 (9/10/2019)
Raise your Bier Stein and Toast Blue Ridge in this seventh annual Oktoberfest Celebration! Our 8th Annual Blue Ridge Oktoberfest is just a month away… It’s an event not to be missed! In years past, this has been a fantastic way to catch up with friends, meet your neighbors, and generally just have a fun evening as fall is upon us.
Once again, we will be hosting an adults-only beer festival in true Oktoberfest tradition. This all-inclusive evening will include a fantastic and diverse selection of beer tastings carefully chosen by local favorite Chuck’s, as well as kegs provided by a neighborhood brewery (stay tuned!). To round the evening out, we will couple these seasonal beverages with Dante’s Dogs and Tom Douglas pretzels.
Event is Friday, September 27, 6:30 pm.
All-inclusive tickets are $40/person
RSVP as soon as possible to hold your space: email firstname.lastname@example.org (no, that’s not a typo) with your name(s) and how you prefer to pay. You can either drop a check in the mailbox at the clubhouse or pay by credit card at the door.
- President’s Report – August 2019 (9/10/2019)
Although the Board doesn’t have a Board meeting in August, that doesn’t mean that things are still aren’t happening in the neighborhood!
Dues Structure Update
First, however, I want to report on what happened at the July 8 Board meeting regarding the change to the Blue Ridge dues structure. The motion to approve the Long Range Planning Committee’s recommendation to adopt a single dues in 2021 where all residents will have access to the pool/tennis facilities passed with a vote of 8 yes and 1 no.
While it was not a unanimous decision, most on the Board agreed with the primary rationale that was outlined in the recommendation:
Equity. All residents own every asset in the community including the pool and tennis facilities. Everyone should share equally in all of maintenance and operational costs AND the benefits (property values, use). Simplicity & Stability. One set of dues and membership category reduces administrative complexity and costs and provides for more predictability in budgeting.
Unity. The historic root of pool and tennis “membership” comes from the days when Blue Ridge had a Social Club. We support the idea that we are all members of one HOA with equal standing and that this change will foster community. The feedback that the Board received over the past year and during the meeting included both broad support for the initiative and issues around costs and use. A number of folks expressed the desire for increased hours for the pool (Adult lap swim, open swim) and for tennis court time. One of the reasons for delaying the implementation until 2021 is to work through scheduling options. Others also expressed concern over the possible cost burden for seniors that are unable to use the pool. Arguably, the dollar impact should not be huge (a $350 increase if it had been done in 2019) and payment plans will be designed as part of this. This will be a change in mindset. Payment of dues will be based on ownership of community assets rather than use.
All Cities on August 6
Later in the Bulletin, you’ll get details surrounding Blue Ridge hosting the summer swim league All City Meet. Like last year with Northerns, there will be swarming activity up at the pool and surrounding area. If your family has every participated in swim team, please consider volunteering to help.
On a related note, this meet will be the last day for Carlos Palacian to serve as Blue Ridge swim coach after 14 years of working with our kids. He has been instrumental in building up the program and providing swim families with great memories over those years. He deserves our heartfelt thanks and we wish him well as his family settles in to life down in Burien. If you’d like to give your own personal thank you, stop by the pool over the next few days or come to the swim banquet on August 7! I know August is prime vacation time for many. We are off for a couple of weeks ourselves. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
- Events Report – August 2019 (9/10/2019)
Below is an excerpt that supported our Annual 4th of July Celebration!
Happy 4th of July Blue Ridge!
The 2019 Blue Ridge 4th of July parade grand Marshalls have been fixtures in our community since 1973.
Let us present to you Michael Williams, Sr & Jr.
With his wife Jan and three children, Mike Sr. moved to our neighborhood 47 years ago. A graduate of UW business school Mike owned a Real Estate Management company for 45 years. He also served as a staff sergeant in the US Army Reserve. He served as Blue Ridge Club President and his efforts lead to many important changes that reverberate to this day.
As President, Mike was influential in eliminating the language in our covenants that prevented minorities and people of color from owning a home in Blue Ridge. He also spearheaded the movement of developing the beach park as we know it. Long ago it was little more than an unlocked blackberry patch with a small trail to the beach. Thanks in part to his efforts and leadership we all have a beautifully landscaped area which all families in Blue Ridge enjoy. Another feather in his cap was the “bold” decision to paint the tennis courts blue!
Mike Jr. settled down in Blue Ridge with his wife Jana back in 2007. When asked why he liked the neighborhood the strong sense of community is what drew them here. “The pool is such a great social hub and it’s so unique compared to most Seattle neighborhoods”. Both their sons Matthew and Andrew can be found almost daily at the pool these days.
Mike’s contributions started early – from age 11 through graduating from Seattle Pacific he mowed the grass at both Woodbine Park and the newly developed beach park with a walk behind mower! (when your kids think they have it hard today ask them if they’d mow either of those fields!)
When asked of his favorite memories growing up in Blue Ridge the swim team holds a special place in his heart. His relay won All City and they held 2 BR records for over 35 years until last season. “The mentoring the older kids provide through the swim lessons, swim team and lifeguarding have been very special to witness. The way the older kids interact with younger ones is very special and unique for our BR kids”.
Mikes many contributions to the swim team are his way of staying involved. He designed and implemented the new swim caps, the Records Board at the pool and our awesome new starting blocks, all of which the kids love. He announced last year’s Northern Finals and will be behind the mic again this year for ALL CITIES. If you get a chance to see either Marshall in the near future please feel free to thank them for their hard work, dedication and commitment to our fine neighborhood.
2019 Blue Ridge Soirée en Blanc.
What a beautiful evening for a fun and festive neighborhood party. We all had such a great time!
Special thanks to party co-chairs: Barbara Sinn, Anna Palumbo Brunette, Margaret Giesa & Kristi Dwight.
- Pool & Tennis Report August 2019 (9/10/2019)
ALL CITY SWIM MEET – August 6th, 2019
It’s almost here! We have been planning for this event for over 2 years and we are so excited the date is approaching. BACKGROUND:
Within the SSSL there are 8 clubs in the Northern region and 16 clubs in the City. Since 1960, the post season meets have rotated every 15 years. We were honored to host Northerns last year and are hosting ALL CITY this year.
For a regular season dual swim meet, we usually have 400-500 people attend. We expect more than twice that for this event.
We recognize these events will affect our pool neighbors and Blue Ridge community, and will be complex in scope. We have spent over 2 years planning to help insure we are safe, successful and mitigate the impact to the community.
I am privileged to be able to work together with a committee of very talented people who will manage key aspects of the events as listed below. This post season event will be funded solely by the Blue Ridge Swim Team, sponsors, and the GSSSL. All profits will go back into the Swim Team and Blue Ridge Pool.
- The pool parking lot will close at 2pm for pressure washing. Pool remains open.
- The pool will be closed all day and setup with begin at 8am.
- 15th Ave NW from Blue Ridge Dr. to just past NW Greenbrier Way will be closed to all traffic from 9AM – 8pm.
- Blue Ridge Dr. will be ONE WAY heading WEST from 15th Ave NW to Bayard. This is in the interest of the safety of the children. If you are coming up the hill, please use 100th.
- We are requesting NO vehicle PARKING on Valmay between 100th and NW Greenbrier Way. Including homeowner, guest, or service vehicles.
- We are requesting NO vehicle, homeowner or other, PARKING on 15th Ave NW – our plan is to use this street for coach and ADA parking ONLY.
- Whitman Middle School & Soundview will be utilized for parking and we have a very comprehensive plan for traffic and crowd control to insure safety. We have also retained a police officer to be stationed at 15th Ave NW and 100th. We have secured permits from the City and School District.
- Attendees will begin arriving around 1pm and finish departing by 8:30pm.
Jae Kim has put together an amazing 3D computer rendering of the Pool, athlete and spectator flow, and surrounding area. Jae’s rendering includes recommendations for parking and traffic considerations from Mike Williams, Rhea Wallace and the committee. These diagrams are currently posted in the clubhouse.
I would like to give a huge thank you in advance to the talented volunteer committee members listed below.
- Jenny Fredericks – Committee Chair & Project Manager Extraordinare
- Jae Kim – Inside Pool Logistics
- Mike Williams – Traffic and Crowd Planning
- Rhea Wallace & Adam Bradly – Traffic Planning
- Karen Bombino & Jamie Smith – Concessions
- Kristin Ballinger – Officials Coordinator
- Kevin Green – Logo and Theme
- Jean McCarthy and Darby Carlise – Sponsors
- Ryan and Rob Carlisle – Construction Consultants
- Cat Burns – Volunteer Coordinator
- Brooke Walker – Pool and Tennis Chair
WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS!!
This is an opportunity for our community to come together and be a part of a big moment for many athletes in our city. (Not all athletes wear shoes 😉 Btw!)Please consider making a donation for concession sales to support our grand event AND volunteer your time to help run this huge undertaking for our neighborhood. Sign up to Volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044EABAE23AAFE3-allcity1
Make a donation or loan an item: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20F044EABAE23AAFE3-allcity
Please feel free to reach out to me email@example.com with any questions or comments.
Please consider coming out to support! Come cheer on our swimmers and grab dinner in the pool parking lot. We will be cooking up hot dogs, pulled pork sliders, marinated chicken, salad, donuts and all the other concessions we have at normal swim meets including pizza, fruit, beverages and desserts. We are planning for a festival-like atmosphere outside the pool. Even if you never enter the pool area, you can still share in the fun and our help express our Blue Ridge PRIDE! We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and the All City planning committee appreciates your patience and support as we execute this special event for our swimmers!