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Thu, June 27

Changing of the guard for VOCA

Earl Svenningsen<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->VOCA Board President

Earl Svenningsen<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->VOCA Board President

I want to thank the members of the Board of Directors of the Village of Oak Creek Association for their trust in me to lead our association this coming year. A special thanks to Gwen Hanna, the past president, for her outstanding leadership these past two and a half years. VOCA was blessed with an experienced group of business, corporate and legal minds that served on the board that helped guide the association to our present enviable position.

The newly-elected members of the VOCA Board, Ken Root, Jan Lisowski and Rick Comfort, bring valuable business and leadership skills that will continue to keep the association strong and headed in the right direction for the benefit of all the Village of Oak Creek community.

I have been a VOCA property owner since 1979 and a full time resident for the past 12 years. My college degree is in Finance/Business Administration, and I have owned and run my own business for over 35 years. I feel I know the community, its needs and desires. My intent is to follow the path that Gwen Hanna and the immediate past board directed. Financial prudence, management accountability, community involvement and striving to better the association will be the goals I would like to achieve.

At the May 25th monthly Board Meeting, the resurfacing of the tennis courts adjacent to the VOCA Community Center in the Kiwanis Park was discussed. Just as the Oakcreek Country Club Golf Course is open to the public, these tennis courts are open to the public, as well. Unfortunately, the tennis courts are in serious need of repair, and just patching will not suffice. Having a premier golf course and well-maintained first class tennis courts are positive amenities for the entire community.

The House and Grounds Committee has studied this situation for many months and submitted a comprehensive proposal to totally redo the foundation of the present two tennis courts and have them serve a dual purpose.

The proposed foundation of the courts would feature a "post tension concrete surface", designed to be trouble-free for at least 20 years, but should last much longer. One court would be dedicated for tennis only and the other striped for four Pickle Ball courts and a regular tennis court.

The Finance Committee has approved the $134,500 cost. Conservative estimates forecast the courts will pay for themselves within eight years. It will be the VOCA Board of Directors decision to go forward or not with the reconstruction. I will report on the Board's decision in next month's Villager.

The success of any organization is the involvement of its members. I strongly suggest that you regularly attend the monthly open Board Meetings that are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 3 pm. at the Community Center.

The Finance, Golf & Greens and House & Grounds committees meet once per month, and Architectural Review & Restrictions meets twice. All the schedules can be found on our website www.vocaonline.com, on the bulletin board outside the VOCA offices or call 928 284-1820 for more information.

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