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TROPICS RESIDENTS CLUB, INC.
33000 ALMADEN BLVD., UNION CITY, CA 94587
2008-2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Fred Barker 489-3947 *** Donal Spicer 489-1939 *** Peter Lowe 324-1985
Byron Corley 429-8803 *** John Vincak 475-5670
TROPICS OFFICE AT THE CLUBHOUSE
ONSITE MANAGERS: GILL AND DEE CALVILLO
OFFICE PHONE: 471-8550 _ Monday / Friday *** 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The answering service will respond to after hours problems.
TROPICS RESIDENTS CLUB, INC.
2008—2010 COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND COORDINATORS
Community Betterment Coordinator
Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
Disaster Teams Coordinator
Senior Citizens—City Hall
Residents Activities & Entertainment
Board of Directors
Ray Scott, 489-8006
Pete Lowe, 324-1985
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GREETINGS TO ALL
FROM PRESIDENT DAVE’S HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE
I was on vacation for the last week of January and had a great time. I live on Waikiki, so I
went to Waikiki Beach, Oahu to get warm. The weather was 73 – 80 degrees and the natives
complained about the cold weather! I did all of the tourist things and visited the sights, but is
nice to be back home in the rain!
Our February 13th breakfast had a great turnout with 71+ persons attending.
We hope to see all of you on our Tropics Travelers trip to Thunder Valley on the 16th.
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the St. Patrick’s Dinner on the 20th! We will be having
Corned Beef & Cabbage!!!!!
Also, we will be having our Easter Brunch from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on April 4th. We
should have a great time.
Here is wishing everyone a good month and look forward to seeing all of you at our events.
FEBRYARY 11, 2010 – SUMMARY OF GENERAL MEETING
TROPICS RESIDENTS’ CLUB
President Dave Hughes called meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. In attendance were 31 residents including Board
members. The minutes of January meeting were read and the Treasurer’s report was read.
Dave Hughes announced a meeting to help finalize the Bylaws will be held on March 1st at 10:00 a.m. in the
conference room. Naomi Aylesworth invited all residents to the Senior Fair on February 27th which will have
30 to 40 tables of groups and information for seniors. The event will be from 10:00 to 1:00 and is free. Carlos
Angeli invited all to the St. Patrick’s Day event on March 20 with corned beef and cabbage, etc. The event is
$5.00 for residents and $7.50 for guests.
Michael O’Quin moved that the Board of Directors discuss the conversion process, followed by a vote in the
General meeting on whether to continue the Conversion Committee. A hand vote of 12 to 4 carried over the
vote to April.
The clubs reporting in were: Bingo, Disaster, Community Betterment, Breakfast, and B-Bug, and Tropics
Travelers. Special thank you’s were given to Carol Lowe and Bill Pickens for their work at the monthly
breakfasts. Announcements were made on Union City Transit, Union City Fire Dept., and a safe drive workshop. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
Carol O’Quin, Secretary
"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - except at occasional intervals, when it was checked
by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the
housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness." From the
novel Paul Clifford by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
The foregoing is the first paragraph of what is often called the worst novel in the English language—but Sir Edward might have been describing the weather in The Tropics last month. It was
bad down here as well; we even had a tornado warning in our Morgan Hill community and an actual tornado in down here in Orange County—a sure sign that the Apocalypse may soon be upon
My only experience with tornadoes came from watching the Wizard of Oz; based on that, I’m guessing a manufactured home isn’t the ideal place to be during one. If the weather gets that bad again
you are welcome to ride out the storm in the clubhouse. Or, I suppose, you could just click your
heels together three times and say “There’s no place like The Tropics!”
Please express your appreciation to our maintenance crew for their efforts in cleaning up after the
storm. We spent a couple thousand dollars for fence repairs and tree clean-up; that number would
have been higher without their fine work.
In Other News…
• A huge thanks to Naomi Aylesworth and our own Nicki Ross for working together to put on
that big Senior Health Fair a few days ago. See—we can work together with your board members!
• You’re probably tired of hearing about it but have you tried the County’s 211 service yet? Nicki
Ross has spoken about it at a General Meeting and, I believe, we have referred a 211 spokesperson
to the Residents Club Board to schedule a presentation. Dialing “211” will connect you to a person
who can refer you to thousands of social service agencies that might fit a need you have. Supposedly, there are even dentists who will work pro bono—as in free!—if you qualify.
• Are home sales picking up? Three homes sold in December; two more in January; and as I type
this (on Feb. 3) two applicants have been approved for homes that have been on the market for a
long time—one since July 2006, the other since August 2008.
On that last item…one reason homes aren’t selling better is the lack of financing for older homes.
With that in mind, I’m surprised more people aren’t willing to provide Seller-financing. Seems like
a win-win to me—you get your home sold (and get out of having to keep paying space rent) and
you get some income, while your homebuyer saves time and money and, often, will pay a little
more for your home.
Just a thought. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS
Peng Sheng Yu & Chun Ming Tang, 261 Molokai Circle
RESIDENTS THAT ARE UNDER THE WEATHER
For the loss of residents or loved ones
Barbara Babroff– Her daughter passed away
Juno Cox-Her son passed away
WE ARE LOOKING FOR NICE FOLKS LIKE YOU TO VOLUNTEER
SOME TIME AND TALENTTO HELP MAKE OUR EVENTS MORE
FUN AND SUCCESSFUL!
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE TROPICS
Black Oak Casino—Tropics Travelers
Breakfast & Super Bowl Party
Senior Resource Fair
Thunder Valley Casino—Tropics Travelers
St. Patrick’s Day Party
Mother’s Day Brunch
Red Hawk Casino—Tropics Travelers
Father’s Day Brunch
Monday/ Tuesday, 12/13
July 4th BBQ
Reno Overnighter—Tropics Travelers
Black Oak Casino—Tropics Travelers
Red Hawk Casino—Tropics Travelers
New Year’s Party
NOTE: SOME EVENTS WILL INCLUDE 50-50 DRAWING & DOOR
PRIZE. TICKETS, 2/$1.00.
CERAMIC CLUB NEWS
Our club meeting for February was held in the club house conference room on February 2 at 3:00 pm.
Please note: There was a majority vote to move the monthly meetings back to the club house conference
room due to better wheel chair accessibility. Mark your calendars for our next meeting on March 2,
2010 at 3:00pm..Remember membership dues are due now for 2010.
Attention: Anyone in the tropics has any spare empty Alhambra bottles, our ceramic club needs these to put our slip in as we make our own slip here in the shop and we
would appreciate any donations.
Remember our new officers are:
President: Melody Peterson
Secretary: Sandy Parson
Vice President: Joyce Giovannoni
Treasurer: Kay Hall
Let us all support them in every way we can. Please volunteer when needed. Many hands make light
To all Ceramic Club Members: If you know of one of our members who is ill,
hospitalized or a death in the family, please contact our new Sunshine Card
Sender: Kay Hall at489-9923, as she has so graciously volunteered to send cards
from our club. Sometimes just a kind word or card makes a real difference in a
person’s life when they are going through a bad time!
If you are interested in joining our club or just want to see what we do, feel free to call Lorri Cameron at
429-9155, Joyce Giovannoni at 487-0542, or Melody Peterson at 487-7578. We will come greet you or ask
another training member to help you.
Submitted by Sandy Parson
“A Gathering of the Goddesses”
The Ladies Club had a good turnout for our February meeting. We’re still trying to adjust to
the time change for our meetings which now start at 12:30 p.m., so everyone was arriving at
different times. Our Sunshine Chairman, Jackie Hill, was back and for once everyone was in
good health. We even had Jeanne Larson there, who is still a member though lives in Fremont
now, and has been in bad health. We were so happy to see her. We all sang “Happy Birthday”
to Carol Orwig, Rose McGee and Bev Amsden.
Marlene Jacobs, our lap-robe chairman, and Irene Wolfe will continue to contact various nursing homes and other sources in the area to find those in most need of our lovely crocheted
blankets. Again, we would also like to accommodate people in the Tropics Park. If you, or
someone you know, is wheel-chair disabled, bed-ridden or chronically ill, please contact
Carol Orwig @ 471-8744 and we will happily deliver a lap-robe to them.
We had a great lunch at Fudruckers last month for our event and three of us stayed to see a
movie. This month is our annual Baked Potato Lunch on March 10, where we consume the
biggest spuds you ever saw with all the toppings. We were trying to put together a bus trip to
the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park for a very special Garden Train exhibition,
but it turns out that it would be much to expensive for the bus, so those of us who are interested will carpool over sometime this month.
On Wednesday, April 14, at 12:00 p.m. we are planning to have a very special “Spring Fling”
luncheon that is open to the park residents. All the information is in the flyer included in this
issue of the Breeze. We are lining up some musical entertainment for the event… should be a
lot of fun.
Remember: The Tropics Ladies Club is open to all ladies living in the park. Our meetings
are still on the first Wednesday of each month, now starting at 12:30 p.m., in the Clubhouse.
We have lots of fun activities planned, so come check us out. For more information, contact
any of our officers:
Carol Orwig, President 471-8744
Irene Wolfe, Treasurer 489-7529
Peggy Pollock, V. President 475-1979
Louise Grohnke, Secretary 441-0801
TROPICS TRAVELERS ----TRIPS FOR
CASINO TRIP RESERVATION FORM
Please indicate which trips you are reserving for by circling the name of the trip.
Thunder Valley Casino
$31.00 per person
Reservation deadlne: March 6th
Red Hawk Casino
Reservation deadline: May 8th
Reno Overnight Trip
Mon & Tues
$31.00 per person
July 12 & 13 `
Black Oak Indian Casino
$31.00 per person
Reservation deadline: August 9th
Red Hawk Casino
Reservation Deadline: October 11th
Reservation Deadline: June 30
$31.00 per person
SEE INDIVIDUAL FLYERS FOR DETAILS OF EACH EVENT
!!!NO REFUNDS ULESS REPLACEMENT IS FOUND!!!
RELEASE OF LIABILITY:
I/we the undersigned agree to take full responsibility and hold harmless Tropics Travelers or Bus Company from any loss or liability,
which may result from my participation in this event. I/we understand the activity descriptionand comprehend all risks involved by
participating in this activity. I/we hereby absolve the Tropics Travelers and the Bus Company from any and all liability.
Signature(s):_________________________ _________________________ ______________________
Make checks payable to Tropics Travelers
Send completed and signed form and payment to:
Naomi Aylesworth, Group Coordinator
325 Waikiki Circle
Union City, CA 94587
PLAYERS CARD NUMBER
PLACE IN RESIDENTS’ MAIL BOX
IN THE LOBBY
From the Disaster Committee:
People, I am putting this article in the Breeze because over a period of time I have been told that a majority of
the people in this park don’t know who their Area and Back up Coordinators are for their street, so this may
help solve some problems you may have.
Look up your street in which you live and you will be able to find out who the coordinators are on your street
There are no telephone numbers associated with the person, so if you wish to contact that person, the park directory can assist you. If you are still having trouble please call myself John Vincak 475-5670. Carol Lowe
324-1985, Michael O’quin 265-4091
Street Coordinators and Back-ups
159 Acapulco Way
138 Polynesia Way
133 Hana Way
134 Hana Way
482 Haya Way
483 Haya Way
485 Seema Circle
493 Seema Circle
462 Panama Circle
464 Panama Circle
500 Kawella Circle
495 Kawella Circle
457 Makaha Circle
453 Makaha Circle
Chuck and Diana Lilies
Larry and Darlene Cornell
Morris & Marilyn Carmichael
Beverly & Tom Chitwood
Hank Vu & Beclu Tran
Irene & Luis Carcamo
Ramon & Maria Gradiz
433 Samoa Circle
515 Lanai Circle
513 Lanai Circle
427 Honolulu Circle
434 Honolulu Circle
523 Trinidad Circle
528 Trinidad Circle
529 Trinidad Circle
410 Fiji Circle
412 Fiji Circle
542 Cumana Circle
541 Cumana Circle
Laura King & Myron Nevraumont
Larry and Kay Hill
371 Tropicana Way 1
371 Tropicana Wau 1
346 Tahitian Circle
357 Tahitian Circle
334 Waikiki Circle
335 Waikiki Circle
345 Waikiki Circle
J ay & Marline Jacobs
Daniel & Sorita Carmargo
Area Coordinator 368-386
307 Kauai Circle
319 Kauai Circle
72 Palm Dr. 4
74 Palm Dr. 4
93 Palm Dr. 5
91 Palm Dr 5
Area coordinator 67-87
Area Coordinator 88-109
226 Hula Circle
224 Hula Circle
234 Jamaica Circle
243 Jamaica Circle
255 Molokai Circle
283 Oahu Circle
285 Maui Circle
298 Maui Circle
57 Palm Dr. 3
51 Palm Dr. 3
65 Palm Dr.3
Ed & Mary Leon
Erv & Betty Mayer
389 Tropicana Way
390 Tropicana Way
169 Kona Dr.
168 Kona Dr.
188 Hawaii Circle 1
190 Hawaii Circle 1
201 Hawaii Circle 2
202 Hawaii Circle 2
11 Palm Dr. 1
9 Palm Dr. 1
28 Palm Dr. 2
25 Palm Dr. 2
Tina Maria Madsen
Fred & Ruby Barker
Area Coordinator 387-403
Area Coordinator 184-199
Area Coordinator 200-212
Area Coordinator 1-22
Area Coordinator 23-44
Our March walkie talkies radio check will be March the 30th at 7:00 PM
Submitted by John Vincak (Disaster Committee Chairman)
It is very important that we all know who to contact on our street, because in case there is an emergency they
will be the people you will need to contact if you have a problem, they will be the only contact you will have
to the out side world. By that I mean, if telephone and other means of communication are not available, the
area and/or back with the Walkie Talkie will be able to make contact with the HAM station which we have
available in the park for communication to the out side. This also means that we can make contact with family, people for emergency support and other areas of communication .
I wroth an article in one of the prior Breeze Publications that indicated:
NO ONE PLAN TO FAIL, THAY JUST FAIL TO PLAN.
I have something elce to add: NO SENIOR LEFT BEHIND.
I and my team will do our best to make sure no one is left without
Distributor #1 - Lorene Kilgore, 489-6427
134 Hana Way, Morris Carmicheal`
Acapulco, Polynesia, Palm 149/150
119 Madrone Way, Beverly Chitwood
Madrone & Hana
477 Hoya Way, Eleanor Wilson
485 Seema Circle, Jackie & Frank Hill
Seema & Kawella
515 Lania Circle, Laura King
528 Trinidad Circle, Virgil Lewis
Distributor #2 - Ray Scott, 489-8006
179 Kona Circle, John & Charlotte O’Donnell
193 Hawaii Circle, Rose McGee
26 Palm Drive, Diane Steele
Palm Drive 13/39
225 Hula Circle, Nancy Ainsworth
243 Jamaica Circle, Mary Leon
244 Jamaica Circle, Clare Sapienca
51 Palm Drive, Irv Meyer
Palm Drive 40/60
265 Molokai Circle, Steve Evans
70 Palm Drive, Michael O’Quin
Palm Drive 61/80
297 Maui Circle, Joyce York
297 Maui Circle, Joyce York
325 Waikiki Circle, Naomi Aylesworth
Palm Drive 81/90
Distributor #3 - Pete & Carol Lowe, 324-1985
12 Palm Drive, Carol Lowe
Palm Drive 1/12
Tropicana & 33001 Palm
321 Waikiki Circle, Ron Silva
Palm Drive 91/109
336 Waikiki Circle, Christina Van Remoortel
363 Tahitian Circle, Hazel Carr
416 Fiji, Ruth & Carl Scarson
436 Honolulu Circle, Janis Malala
169 Kona Circle, Ruby Barker
Panama & Makaha
443 Samoa Circle, Rick Henry
Samoa & Cumana
WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!
By Ben Salsedo
Now that the rains are behind us and spring is around the corner we are
looking forward to a wonderful year. It is nice to see clean air, streets, and
green hillsides. This is always the time of season that promises happiness
for the rest of the year.
Each month I have been sharing with you the progression of our ever
evolving Bee Hive activity center. As time continues on we are identifying
and providing essential services for our residents. You have given us valuable input regarding
programs and services that have helped to enhance the lives of all members of our park. We
have been eager to listen and implement programs for a variety of interest and I am sure that
there is one you would enjoy participating in. Volunteer staff is here weekdays with the new
extended hours to introduce you to our many varied services.
It began with making computers available for all those who wanted to learn this modern
way of knowledge gathering and communication. We subsequently added a repair facility with
a highly qualified technician to assist with your own PC problems. We then showed recently
released movies. Because of popular demand we have a great participation with our monthly
sing-along's. When you want to see happy smiling faces this is the event to join in. We even
have a theater size popcorn machine to add to the nostalgia. The facility has been under a constant face lifting change; stop in to have a look.
The ladies have found scrap booking a fun event. We have a newly acquired Cricket Expression Machine. Come down and share ideas we will be meeting in March on the 1st, 15th and
29th at 4pm.
We are particularly proud of our HAM Radio Station which is capable of providing the only
outside communication in an event of a major Bay Area catastrophe. It is constantly on alert
24-7and can be activated immediately. There is a very special team in place that have been certified and trained by the Federal Communication Commission for this purpose. We are the only
park in the world that has such a facility in place for the safety of its residents and community.
We are capable of operating three powerful transmitters independently at the same time. This
includes a generator power plant. Please stop by for a tour and demonstration. Don’t forget to
check out our five antennas at the Bee Hive Activity Center. We are here for you!
Let's Get Connected!
What Does Medicare Fraud Look Like?
Fraud can be committed by medical equipment suppliers or employees, Medicare billing
employees, physicians or their employees, telemarketers, and even beneficiaries.
It comes in a variety of forms—taking kickbacks, billing either for services not rendered
or twice for the same service, charging for an excessive amount of equipment or supplies that
the recipient can’t possibly use, ordering unnecessary lab tests, using someone’s Medicare card
to obtain service.
Home health care fraud involves people coming to the home and offering products a person doesn’t need or services, such as housecleaning or laundry, that may not be covered by
Medicare. But a dishonest provider armed with the senior’s ID number may bill Medicare anyway, for something entirely different.
The same thing that happens with scooters happens with wheelchairs and diabetic shoes.
Someone comes to a senior center promising these goods, collects Medicare ID numbers, and
leaves the senior with the bill—and often no products.
Sharing of the Bountiful Fruits in our Park.
On a sunny Sunday morning last
month 6 students from Logan High helped
pick oranges at the Tropics. The school
has a Community Service Program were
students are encouraged to volunteer for
various community projects. I estimate
that they harvest about 500 pounds of oranges. The fruits were distributed to residents and to food banks in Fremont and
Hayward. Many thanks to the Logan students and the donated trees of Janice Kerbel, Laura Rabello, Richard Rego and
Mary Munt. Any other trees that need harvesting? Contact me.
Walking in the Park
Walking has been shown to be an excellent means of keeping fit. Many of our residents
have taken to walk in the safety of our Park. BUT, we need to walk safely in the DARK. Wear
white or light color clothing with light reflecting patches and carry flashlights or blinking devices.
If you have an idea that you think will draw people together, communicate it to me via E-mail or phone .
We expect to utilize e-mail as an additional means to have residents communicate with each other and to disseminate
information in a timely manner. If you would like to “Get Connected”, e-mail your name and address to
Pete @ 510.324.1985 or [email protected]