Lightning Strike Damages Large Canary Palm at Main Entrance

Lightning hit Raintree this week and it killed the large Canary Palm at the main entrance. Such a beautiful tree, it is truly a loss! The Board will discuss next steps on what to do for that space at a future Board meeting since the tree is not salvageable.

In addition to the tree, it took out many lights (some brand new) around the community.

Canary Palm at Front Entrance
Photo: Christine Wanta

Annual Community Yard Sale is April 17th

The Ventura Country Club Community Yard Sale is Saturday, April 17th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit the neighborhoods throughout Ventura to see what treasures are out there! Be sure to stop by the garage of Cheryl Powers at 2721 Autumn Green Drive – all proceeds go to support the Sunshine Club charities.

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

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.

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

You’re Invited: Don’t Miss the Upcoming Raintree Party

Allan Amer is organizing a community party for Raintree residents (all owners and renters welcome) that will be held in the Ventura clubhouse ballroom on Monday, March 2nd from 5:00pm until 10:15pm. There will be a buffet, music, cash bar (at Happy Hour prices!), and a silent and live auction. Cost per person is $25. Proceeds from the auctions will be used to pay for the music.

Causal Dress? Yes, but no birthday suits

Will there be music? Yes, from 7:15pm-10:00pm

Can I bring guests? Yes, only if they know how to party

Buffet is $25 per person from 6:00pm to 7:15pm:

Menu includes:

  • Lettuce, Cucumbers & Tomatoes
  • Chicken Piccata
  • London Broil
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Vegetable Medley
  • Spaghetti Marinara
  • Dinner Rolls & butter
  • Cobbler
  • Unlimited Iced Tea or Coffee

Cash Bar at Happy Hour prices from 5:30pm to 10:00pm.

Auctions (Silent & Live):

  • See or email Allan at if you have something to donate. Proceeds will be used to pay for the music.

How to get tickets:

  • To pay and get tickets, call or email Tom Nixon at or 203-247-2003. Tom will also be at the Raintree pool on Sundays between 4:00pm and 6:00pm.

Final headcount is needed by February 23rd.

Please make arrangements to pay by February 23rd. 

If you have any questions, email Allan at

Sign Up Now for the Raintree Golf Outing in February

Join Allan Amer for nine holes of golf on Thursday, February 27th right here at Ventura Country Club. All Raintree residents welcome (owner and renters)! Event starts at 3:00pm (please arrive by 2:30pm) at the golf cart barn. Cost per person is $17 and includes cart.

If you have any questions, and/or would like to setup your foursome or to be added to open foursomes, email Allan at

After golf, everyone is invited to the Clubhouse dining room to relax and talk about their game! There might even be prizes.

Plants Relocated to Make Room for New Shed

Last month Raintree’s Landscaping Committee transplanted shrubs and other plants from the new shed area at the end of Cottage Grove to the small park located next to Building #2. Be sure to check out the photos! This was a great way to use existing plants for other areas of the community. So far, it looks like all the plants are doing well in their new locations.