President’s Message and Special Thank You

Hello Raintree Owners and Residents,

First I would like to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to serve a three year term on the Raintree Board of Directors, this year as the President.

I plan to send an update each month to keep everyone a bit more informed of what’s happening in your Raintree Community. The new Board is in place, and I would like you to know who they are, photo to follow in the near future:

Thomas Rawson, President
Linda Holmes, Vice President
Mary McDonough, Treasurer
Randy Moreland Director, Liaison with maintenance crew
Joe Hadacek, Director and Historian

Existing committees are off and running, and new committees are being formed. Be sure to let the Board know if you would like to volunteer your help. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome. It is our intention to have Raintree the best it can be, and THE place people want to live, whether they are  “Full timers” or “Snowbirds”.

At this time I would like to thank all of the volunteers who took down, packed up, and stored all of the holiday decorations around the community, and enjoyed the coffee and donuts:

Linda Holmes
Randy Moreland
Joe Hadacek
Mary McDonough
Gerry & Donna Milbauer
Tom & Barb Nixon
Don & Mary-Jo Cottrell
Lee & Bev Sterner
Jim Verity
Mike & Carol Strazza
Al & Fran Rand
Kermit & Carol Bartholomew
and I cannot forget my grandson Caleb Sheldon!

If I did not list you here you know who you are and I apologize. I would also like to thank The Wanta’s for putting the Christmas light recycling box poolside for everyone to use. We collected 8lbs. of lights.

Also to let you know that February 8th’s meeting will be held at the Clubhouse “Ballroom” so more people can attend and still be within guidelines for social distancing.

Thomas Rawson
President Raintree Board of Directors

Next Available Dates to Pickup Your 2021 Pool Pass

If you did not already pick up your 2021 pool pass and gate access card, the next dates to pickup your pool pass/access card are as follows: Thursday, January 7th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the pool and Monday, January 11th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Board Meeting at the Clubhouse (Maple Room).

Please note that the pass and gate access card will not be mailed out this year. If you will not be around, you can give someone else permission to pickup the pass/access card for you by filing out a permission form.

If you need the permission form:

  1. Download the form below. Complete the form to give permission to your tenant or representative to pickup your pool pass and gate access key card.
  2. Your designated person will need to bring this form and an I.D. to one of the specified pick up dates above (dates on the form refer to the original pickup dates, please refer to the dates and times above) to obtain the pass/access card.

By signing the form, you authorize the tenant/representative listed on the form to pickup the pass/access card on your behalf and that it is your responsibility to pay the replacement cost of $25 per pass/card if they are lost.

Do You Have Old and Broken Christmas or Holiday Lights?

Do you have old and broken Christmas or holiday lights? Keep them out the landfill. This year Raintree is collecting lights for recycling through January 15, 2021. There is a bin at the pool under the cabana. Place your old lights in there and we’ll take care of the rest.

The lights are collected and sent to Christmas Light Source where they break them down. All recycling proceeds that they collect throughout the year go towards a Toys for Tots donation in early December, which is used to purchase educational book and toys.

You can feel good knowing that your lights didn’t end up and a landfill and were appropriately recycled in the U.S.

If you have questions about this recycling project, please email Alison Wanta. She will be mailing the collected lights to Christmas Light Source on Raintree’s behalf. No cost to Raintree or residents who participate.

Palm Trees Trimmed and Mulch Placed Around the Community

The palm trees have been trimmed and mulch was placed around the community this month. Everything looks great! The landscaping looks very nice right now especially with all the festive holiday lights at night. Lots of landscaping photos below, but also be sure to check out Raintree’s holiday lights if you have not seen them already.

Photos courtesy of Tim Cole and Christine Wanta

Holiday Lights Around Raintree

It’s the season! The holiday lights are back around the pool area, front entrance, gazebo and park. All the lights look spectacular this year. Be sure to check out the photos. A special thank you to all the volunteers who helped with installing the lights, wreaths and lawn decor: Jeanie Childress and Nevin Jackson, John Gardner, Donna and Jerry Milbauer, Linda and Tom Holmes, Charlie Hessler, Barry Litka, Bev and Lee Sterner, Tom and Barbara Nixon, Tim Cole, Randy Moreland and Tom Rawson. Everything looks wonderful, thank you for your hard work!

Photos courtesy of Tim Cole and Alison Wanta

Homeowners: Cover Unprotected A/C Unit Lines

Landscaping and maintenance crews could cause damage to A/C lines if they are not protected. Be sure to see the photos. The Raintree Board is requesting that all homeowners check their A/C unit and cover the copper lines with foam pipe. This can easily be done by yourself, or ask your A/C company.

Here you can see exposed lines:

And now the exposed lines are covered with foam pipe:

Foam pipe covering can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowes or Ace Hardware. It takes about 15 minutes to cover lines and about $2.50 in materials.

Landscaping Updates Around the Community

The weather is getting cooler (if you think 75F is cooler), and it’s a perfect time to replace and update some of the landscaping around the community. Everything looks great. Check out the photos to see new plantings around the pool and gazebo!

Pool Gate Access Card Readers Installed

The conduits and wires for the new electronic pool gate card readers were installed last week. Starting in December, Raintree residents will receive their pool pass and an electronic card to open the gate. You’ll need both of these to use and enter the pool. Check out the photos to see what the boxes look like at the gates.

Proposed 2021 Budget and 1st Annual Meeting Notice Packet

Vista Management mailed out the 2021 Proposed Budget and 1st Annual Meeting notices on October 9th. If you did not receive the mailing, the notices are available for download below.

2021 Proposed Budget Notice
Contains a copy of the 2021 proposed budget which will be approved by the Raintree Board of Directors on Monday, November 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse.

1st Annual Meeting Notice
This is the meeting where the votes are counted for the election to the Board of Directors. Meeting will take place on Monday, December 14, 2020, 7:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse. There are three open positions on the Board of Directors. One of three positions is a one year term to fill the vacancy until December 2021. If you are interested in becoming a candidate for the Board, fill out the form found in this notice by November 4, 2020.