VCC Social Committee Presents: Beat the Heat Kids Pool Party

The Ventura Country Club Social Committee presents “Beat the Heat” Kids Pool Party on Saturday, June 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at Clubhouse pool. Tickets are $3 per person, and are available for purchase at the 19th Hole and the Admin Office. Deadline to purchase tickets is June 13th. Menu includes: hot dogs, chips, watermelon, ice freeze pops, cookies and juice boxes!

A Thank You for Your Donations & Video

Back in December, the Raintree community collected donations for Colin’s church in Jamaica that included canned and boxed foods, plus school supplies and games for the children. Colin went home for a three-week vacation with all of our donations and returned with some wonderful photos, a letter from the pastor and a video to share with us. Thank you all for your generosity!

Raintree Social Brings Community Together

A Raintree Poolside Social was held on March 14th for our community. It was a beautiful afternoon and approximately 55 people attended! There was plenty of food to go around. Thank you to Linda Holmes, Tom and Linda Rawson and to all who helped organize and setup this social afternoon. 

Raintree organizes these social gatherings from time to time. Gatherings are announced at Board Meetings, through Raintree emails, and posts at the mailboxes. See you next time!

Raintree Participates in This Year’s Holiday Golf Cart Parade

This year, Raintree decorated the work cart and participated in the Christmas golf cart parade! The work cart (with trailer attached) was decorated and lighted, and was honored to carry Santa and many gift packages throughout the route. Thank you to Colin for getting it cleaned up. Bev and Tom added a little magic to make the cart extra festive. Past resident Rick Cobb was Santa Claus, and Colin and Tom were his helpers. It was a big surprise and hit for all the adults and children on the route!

Volunteers Needed to Install Holiday Decorations

It’s that time of the year! We will be installing our holiday decorations around Raintree on Friday, November 26th at 9 a.m. Please meet at the pool to volunteer. If anyone has any unused lights or decorations to donate, feel free to bring them for possible use.

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.