A Great Packing List for First-Time Snowbirds

What to pack, store or leave behind is a huge issue when deciding to head South for the winter. We advise creating a list of essentials beforehand.  However, many people often forget. So, we’ve provided one for you!

  1. Bring all of your important documents.

Packing all of your important documents is essential in the case of an emergency or simply to help clear up any of those little life problems that can happen anywhere. Documents to bring include insurance policies (health, car, home, rental, and any other insurance you have), tax documents for preparing your tax return, and any medical history and list of pharmaceuticals you may use (see #2 below). It also means anything relating to your home and your home away from home, including leases and utility information.

Also, make sure you have your bank cards, checkbook and contact information for important people (e.g. your landlord, handyman, neighbors, doctor and dentist, emergency contact, etc.) in your winter location as well as back home. By scanning or taking photos of key documents, you can save some space and avoid ruining some of the most valuable papers in your life. Save them on a secure software program so you can access them with your digital devices wherever you are.

2. Be proactive about your prescriptions

Prescriptions can get complicated when you travel. For example, if you have a prescription for Schedule II drugs — which generally include opioid painkillers, steroids or drugs that may cause dependence — it may be tough to get your prescription refilled out-of-state. Schedule III, IV and V drugs, on the other hand, can often be filled at any pharmacy if your doctor faxes a prescription. If possible, consider coordinating the transfer of your pharmacy provider from up north to down south before you leave.

Paying is where things vary. If you have insurance through a national provider network, the answer to whether or not your coverage carries over to a different state is usually “yes.” If you have insurance through the Affordable Care Act, the answer is “probably.” If you use Medicare, things get fuzzier and you may need supplemental insurance to be safe. AARP has a good checklist on out-of-state Medicare issues you should look over.

It’s easiest if you just discuss this with your pharmacist when packing and planning. If you can legally purchase a long-term supply of your prescription drugs before leaving, you can cross medicine off of your packing list and avoid living in fear that you may be without your meds.

3. Consider your hobbies

Whether you’ll be passing your time in the same ways you do at home or using your new location as an opportunity to try out different hobbies and entertainment options, figure out what supplies you’ll need to bring with you. It may be that equipment can be easily rented or bought where you’re heading. If not, you’ll have to pack your own. Think about whether you’ll want specific books, arts, craft supplies or kitchen gadgets as well.

This will also include items for the road like MP3 players, laptops, books, games, and puzzles. If you plan on reading a lot on the way or after arrival, you should consider adding a tablet or e-reader to your packing list. Amazon’s 8GB Kindle Fire, for example, can hold over 6,000 books, saving you a little room. Also, don’t forget any recreational items like fishing poles, hiking gear, golf clubs, sporting goods, exercise gear and tennis or Pickleball racquets.

 

4. Don’t forget your chargers

Phones, laptops, cameras, and the like are obviously important, but in the bustle of packing, don’t neglect the chargers, cords, and extra batteries that keep your electronics going. Yes, you can almost certainly buy replacements for these things, but it’s easier to avoid the inconvenience and costs by packing them in the first place.

How to be a snowbird: Tips and Tricks to retire in style

Seasonal migration offers the best of both worlds. It gives you the opportunity to keep ties to your family and friends while also enjoying a change in scenery during seasons you’d rather avoid. While being a snowbird is great, it can come with certain challenges that must be overcome. Here are some tips on what to consider helping ensure that you retire successfully as a snowbird.

Where should you go?

This is a very personal decision because you must consider what type of person you are. Think about what you like to do and where you like going. Do you prefer going to shows and eating out, or would you rather enjoy the outdoors and grill your food? It’s important to think about these things to ensure you’re comfortable where you’re staying and to find a place where the people living there enjoy the same things as well. With an abundance of locations to choose from across the nation, it becomes easier to find a place that you’ll thoroughly enjoy for part of the year.

How long should you stay?

This really goes hand in hand with the first question. Where you choose to go for your second home, and where you’re coming from, will determine how long you should, or could stay. If you’re coming from the North to avoid the winters, which is usually the case, around 6 months is about the average time snowbirds stay south. This provides ample time to enjoy the beautiful summer season in the north while avoiding the colder weather during winters. If the season of concern is a month early or late, it’s common to change to a 5/7 month schedule as well. Be flexible so you can enjoy the season how you want to spend it.

Should you fly or drive?

Sometimes driving is really just not worth the hassle. If it’s looking like you’d have to drive multiple days to reach your second home, you may want to consider flying. Many times, snowbirds find a good place to store their vehicles, disconnect the battery, and leave it behind for the season. It really depends on the costs of each. Calculate how much it’d cost to drive versus fly and choose the cheaper alternative. This is your first step in saving money throughout the year.

Take care of your mail

The post office will forward mail with a beginning and end date, making it easier to continuously receive your mail.

Turn off everything

This means water and everything electrical. Make absolutely sure that nothing is leaking, even the smallest leak will add up over several months. Also turn off the water heater if you have one as the tank will burn when the water has run out. Water damage can be expensive; this’ll create some piece of mind when you’re gone. When unplugging electrical appliances, unplug everything. Even if you don’t think it’d take much juice, just like water, it can definitely add up in cost over several months and no one wants to come back home to ridiculous expenses when they weren’t even there.

Think of your services

Most services such as TV, internet, phone, and garbage can be turned to a “vacation/hibernation” setting. When done, the services will be stalled and unable to use but you won’t be disconnected entirely. All you have to do when returning is make a call to turn everything back on and you’re good to go. There may be small fees with using this setting but it’s often much more costly to leave the services on or to restart the service when returning. The vacation setting is definitely something to look into and can save you a good sum of money.

Make it look like you’re home

Alarm systems are good to have but are intended to go off when a thief arrives to your home. It’s a good idea to make it look like someone is living there so no one thinks it’d be easy to rob. Leave the blinds open a crack, decorate the front door before leaving, or tell your delivery person not to leave a pile at your door so it’s not obvious. Also try to get some neighbors or relatives to check on your house every now and again to ensure all is well there.

With all of these tips and things to consider, you should have a good idea on what you’ll need to know when deciding to become a snowbird and retire in style living the life that you want.

If you’d like to see how Travelers Country Club on the Mississippi could fit into your retirement plans, just give us a call at: 320-743-3133, email us at: tccomoffice@gmail.com, or check out our website at: www.travelerscconmiss.com.

Most affordable snowbird destinations for 2018

While many snowbirds plan their yearly trip around an exact location of preference, many others are less concerned with where and more concerned on how. At TCCOM, our summer residents  care about more than the lowest cost and cheapest rentals. For us and our residents, value is where it’s at. Here are some of the most affordable places to go to avoid the Minnesota winter weather.

Clearwater, FL

Clearwater offers a great value in vacation rentals in addition to thriving downtown nightlife and popular shopping district. Clearwater is perfect for snowbirds looking for a place to return to on a yearly basis, as the city’s rapid growth means that there will be something new to explore every time you visit.

 

 

 

 

San Antonio, TX

With a super low cost of living and an unusually high inventory of apartments and short-term leasing options available downtown, this major south-central Texan town is a natural pick for snowbirds looking to spend a little less. The area has even got plenty of attractions to entertain the kids and grandkid with, including its rich colonial heritage at the infamous Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk.

 

 

 

 

Green Valley, AZ

Green Valley is a huge community of developments in the southern part of Arizona with nearby hiking and even birding spots in the Santa Rita mountains. Of course, this is a hotspot for retirees looking for top conveniences and amenities such as golf courses, fitness centers, and swimming pools all at a great value.

 

 

 

 

Overland Park KS

This Midwestern suburb of Kansas City is very affordable with a very low average rent for a two-bedroom apartment. There are some cities with moderate climates worth considering for quality snowbird retirement living. It’s not all about golf and beaches; it can also be about shopping and cultural attractions, which Overland Park has in abundance.

 

 

 

 

Las Cruces, NM

Las Cruces lies 50 minutes north of El Paso, Texas, which is enough to get you out of the Lone Star State and into the quintessential New Mexico high desert landscape. It’s also a snowbird fave, as many have decided to settle down in this southern New Mexico area that happens to sit on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, at the foot of the Organ Mountains, and along the banks of the Rio Grande.

How to be a snowbird on a budget

Spending the colder months somewhere sunny and warm and staying in Minnesota during our beautiful summers makes for a fantastic retirement. Most people think it’s only for the wealthy, but think again. There are ways to live this life in retirement without emptying your savings. Here we’ll go over some ways to be a snowbird while being smart with your money.

Do the homework when making your budget. With such a large selection of locations to choose from, make a list of the areas you can afford to live in and create a rough budget to start with. Know exactly how much you have and how much you can afford to spend each week and month. This’ll help you focus on the options you can afford and eliminate those that are out of your price range.

After choosing your ideal location, first step to saving money as a snowbird is deciding how to get there. Do you drive your car or fly? This depends on how far you’re traveling, how many are traveling, and if you wish to drive your car when there. Do some cost-analysis and figure out how much each option would cost. If you want your car while there and it’s only a few days away, consider swapping drivers on the way. This way you can stay on the road to avoid costly hotel expenses. If you don’t wish to drive while there, look at plane costs. We advise you look at least 6 months in advance to get the best deals, greatly reducing costs right from the start. Take some time and do the research to figure out what’d be the best option for you.

Perform research on your healthcare. By knowing exactly what plan you have and what’s included with it, you’ll have a better understanding of what you can receive at each location and what’ll differ, if it does. This’ll help avoid any surprises in costs that could become obstacles to overcome. You’ll want to know about these and be ready for how much you’d need to spend out of pocket if need be.

With so many ways to live the snowbird life on a budget, it always comes down to the research. Research, know, and plan on what you’ll be expected to pay and how you’ll live your day to day life. Once you know where you want to live and how to afford it, everything will fall into place.

If you’d like to see how Travelers Country Club on the Mississippi could fit into your retirement plans, just give us a call at: 320-743-3133, email us at: tccomoffice@gmail.com, or check out our website at: www.travelerscconmiss.com.

Things you may not know about snowbirds

We’re all familiar with snowbirds; seniors who travel north for the warm months and south during the colder months. But what does that lifestyle look like?

The snowbirds who call Traveler’s Country Club on the Mississippi their summer home have a variety of interests that keep them busy throughout the months they live here. These include: golf, swimming, Pickleball, tennis, basketball, fishing, hiking, bocce ball, campfires, quilting, reading and much much more. Our residents very active and like to keep busy and be productive.

Becoming a snowbird is cheaper and more affordable than you may think. It’s not only for the wealthy and can be well managed on a smaller budget. The beauty of it is you have the freedom to easily adjust your travel and living expenditures to meet your budget.

The snowbirds we know love community, whether it’s their northern home or southern winter retreat.  There are entire newspapers and magazines dedicated to keeping seasonal travelers informed and connected. There are even associations and groups that host events and activities to introduce like-minded people in a fun and inviting environment. We do all of this as well at Traveler’s to ensure everyone knows everyone to have a fun time.

While most snowbirds are baby boomers, an increasing amount of the younger generation is following the same path as snowbirds. However, they prefer to be called “winter visitors” instead.

Did you know, studies have shown that snowbirds enjoy overall better health than those who stay in one place all year round?  According to the study, more than 63 percent of snowbirds assessed their health as “very good” or excellent,” while people of the same demographic who stayed put for the winter reported less desirable health.

If you’d like to see how Travelers Country Club on the Mississippi could fit into your retirement plans, just give us a call at: 320-743-3133, email us at: tccomoffice@gmail.com, or check out our website at: www.travelerscconmiss.com.

Wheels September, 2017

Park Manager’s Report – BOD Meeting, September 2017

As another season draws to a close, I thank all the volunteers who kept our park looking so good, the committee members who kept our park organized and enabled us to keep moving forward, and the Directors who, at times, were willing to throw “themselves in front of the bus”, in order to provide the professional leadership our park needs and enjoys.

I also thank the employees of TCCOM – administration and maintenance.  Without their support, teamwork, and input, managing this Park in a professional way would be impossible.

 

 

Office Assistant – 2018

As you may know, Shirley and Dave Hansen have sold their unit at TCCOM.   Shirley will complete this season as one of our part time Office Assistants, but we need a new Assistant for the 2018 season.  The position requires good people skills, multitasking, and schedule flexibility.  The Office Assistant generally works two days per week and every third weekend.  However, this can change as your or other administration staff schedules change.  If interested, please inquire at the Office or complete the Job Application on our website, Member Tab, Park Communications link.  A copy of the job description can also be found there.

 

Wheels

Marge Marschel, Lot 904, has done an excellent job this season leading the Communications committee to produce our Wheels publication.  As many may know, she and Wayne are selling their TCCOM property.  Marge has indicated she will continue to produce Wheels until they sell; however, a new publisher is needed.  If interested in learning more about this volunteer position, please let me know.  I’m sure Marge will help train you before she leaves this season.

 

Boat Landing Area

At the 9/1/17 Board Workshop and affirmed at today’s Board meeting, the BOD approved a Policy and Procedure for boat storage at the Boat Landing.  The boat lots will be set up during the off season so if you have a boat stored in the Boat Landing area, please notify the office, and ensure that you have a current boat license.  Copies of the Policy and Procedure are available at the office.

 

Beaudry Oil LP Gas

Beaudry Oil provided me with copy pertaining to issues some members encountered with the fall fill.  They are still honing their procedures with respect to servicing a park like ours versus their standard residential customer.

 

The smell of propane throughout the park:

  • On the days of delivery in the park there will be a smell of propane throughout the park.  Part of the delivery process requires opening the “fixed maximum liquid level” gauge as the tank is being filled. This process allows propane vapor to escape as liquid propane is filling the tank.  Once this gauge starts to “spit” liquid propane, the tank is full.  LP vapor that escapes the tank (such as in a pressure release due to rising outdoor temperatures) is not combustible like gasoline fumes.  It is not an emergency situation – it is normal.

 

Emergency service calls:

  • In the instance that there is a need for delivery or service after hours or on a weekend there may be extra fees incurred.

 

Delivery charge credit:

  • During our last delivery process the driver had added a $4.00 delivery charge on all of the deliveries the first day. These charges will be credited to your account for use on the next delivery. I do apologize for the error; it will not happen again.

 

Garden Plots

If you would like a garden plot in 2018 please notify the Office prior to leaving the Park – especially if you want the same garden plot as in 2017.  Plots are approximately 7’ x 16’ and located just east of the dumpsters in the Clear Lake Township Park.  There is no cost for these plots as long as they are cleaned up at the end of the season.

 

Erkens Water Softeners

We are taking reservations in the Office for the 2018 season.  I don’t have costs yet but this season they were $98 per tank.  We bulk order tanks in April for pick-up by members after April 15th.

 

Extra Food at the End of Season

We have put out the large blue barrel in the lower level of the Clubhouse by the puzzles for sealed dry foods, canned goods, and liquids.  There is a separate box for unsealed dry food containers.  However, the inner containers must be sealed.  (i.e. an opened box of saltines with the inner individual packages is still sealed.)

  • Water Softeners — Prior to leaving the Park for the season, please return your water softener to the Clubhouse and ensure the fittings are attached (and not on your hose).
  • Blow-Out Compressors — We have two compressors to blow out your trailers. The sign-up sheet is on the sign-up table in the upper level of the Clubhouse.  Please plan ahead.
  • Garden Plots – Please clean off your garden plot prior to leaving for the season and return lot # stakes and flags to the Office. Do not put organics in household trash.  They go in the temporary leaf pile.
  • Shareholder Packets – Please pick up your packet with Bylaws and Rules updates at the Office prior to leaving for the season. Please return the completed Shareholder Information Sheet to the Office prior leaving.
  • Golf Cart Driving Age — A person 15 to 18 with a driver’s license may drive on their own. Drivers over 18, even without a license, may continue to drive on their own.  A person age 15 to 18 with a driver’s learner permit may drive a golf cart in the Park with an adult over 18 or a person with a driver’s license in the passenger’s seat.
  • Park Water Blow-Out is October 13th. Shareholders may stay in the Park overnight until the morning of October 16, 2017.  You may visit the Park anytime during the off-season (don’t forget your gate key).  However, you cannot stay overnight between October 16, 2017 and April 14, 2018.
  • Trailer Winterization – If you do not have someone doing the blow-out for you, we have ideas for winterizing your trailer on our website, Member Tab, Park Communications link.
  • Boats & Trailers – may be stored on your driveway during the off season (October 16 to April 14). They cannot be put on your residential lot prior to October 13th and must be removed no later than April 17th.  During the season they must be kept on your outside storage lot or off site.

Soft Water

Over the past few years the Office has coordinated the bulk purchase of seasonal water softeners for the members – first Culligan, then Erkens.  We’ve had mixed reviews with both softeners.  For most the softeners last all season, for others they run out early — in some cases within two months.  Therefore, I’ve been doing additional research on possible solutions to the problem of inconsistent performance.  With help, I’ve come up with two possible solutions for those dissatisfied with the current program.

A whole house Electronic Water Descaler

The first half of this season I went without a water softener.  And, as you might expect, I had rust build-up on the shower head and around the faucet handles and the water was hard.

About mid-July, I installed an Eddy Water Descaler Electronic Water Softener purchased from Amazon for under $200.00.  The following is a link to the website.  I already had a GFI protected outlet by the trailer water intake so I didn’t need an electrician to install the descaler.

https://www.amazon.com/Eddy-Water-Descaler-Electronic-Softener/dp/B003Z96GR4/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1505679729&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=eddy+electronic+water+descaler&psc=1

As of this writing, I haven’t seen any of the rust re-appear and, though the water won’t test as soft, it feels softer and suds more than the hard water.

 

A Mobile Water Softener (designed for RVs)

Greg purchased a 16kgr H2O Mobile Soft Water TM Softener from HydroTec Systems Company, Inc. for about $240.00.  It is quite unique in that is uses only a small amount of regular table salt to interact with the resin and soften the water.  This treats water that will actually test as soft water like any softener.   This unit can also be winterized using the compressors at the Clubhouse.  Greg has been pleased with the results.  A link to this unit follows.

http://www.purehts.com/Purehts2013/Sports-Softeners.html

 

Both of these suppliers have videos you can watch and sales literature to read to give you more information.  However, they are not the only manufacturers of descalers or RV water softeners.  These are the two Greg and I tested based on our own research of the marketplace.

 

For those not 100% satisfied with the Office water softener program, I thought I’d include this information now instead of waiting until next season.  That way you have the entire off-season to do your own research and evaluate what you want to do next year.

 

 

Caddy Shack News

 Wow! What a great season!  As of September 8th, the caddy shack had collected $8,123 in golf tickets. That is more than a thousand dollars over last year. This would not have been possible without the help of all the great volunteers who helped man the caddy shack and were rangers on the course. Thank you all so much. You are much appreciated. Although you are all indispensible, I want to say a special thank you to Jan Mino who was always there to help, or to take over when I could not be there. I hope you will be here next year to help out again.  Let’s recruit more people to join our ranks. It is a really fun two hours (yep, only two) and you get to meet and greet the wonderful people who live here in TCCOM and their guests.

Thank you!

Activity Report

Thanks to everyone for participating in the chili cook-off over Labor Day weekend.  We had 11 chefs bring a pot of chili for the contest. 105 people tasted and voted on their favorite chili.  We gave trophies to the chefs with the most votes.

 

Save the date: August 4 and 5, 2018, 40th anniversary party for TCCOM.

August 4 street dance in the evening; on August 5, program and dinner.

 

We are looking for someone from the 400 row to chair the taco dinner and someone

from the 300 row to chair Sundaes on Saturday in 2018.

 

Thanks to everyone who chaired, helped and participated in events that were held in 2017. Looking forward to another great year in 2018.

 

Wheels August, 2017

Buildings and Grounds Report – August 2017

We have had a few instances where there has been confusion about how lot lines are defined. Some installations are allowed within the two foot area between the water standpipe and the trailer; these would include heat pumps, tank less water heaters, and propane tanks. Some trailers placed years back are not a full 2′ from the standpipe. These trailers are not compliant to our current rules, but are grandfathered in until they are moved or replaced; at that time they must be brought into compliance. Any installations allowed in this space cannot cross the lot line. The line is defined by the water standpipe not the electrical box post. There are a fair amount of existing propane tanks that violate lot lines; most of these tanks have been where they were for years and will not be required to be moved until they are replaced. All new installations in the area between the standpipe and the trailer require a park work permit and need to be compliant with current TCCOM Rules. A policy has been written that will make lot line definitions clearer.

 

Safety and Security Report – August 2017

Hello to all owners at TCCOM!

Our Safety and Security Committee met this past August 9th and the following were a few of the discussion points:

A reminder that the age limit for driving carts in the park, effective

August 11th, is 15 years of age with a driving permit and a licensed adult (if 18 or under) in the cart. Children under the age of 5 may ride on the lap of a driver authorized to drive the cart.

Intersection obstructions (such as overgrown brush, tree limbs, or any other obstructions of view) were reported by a committee volunteer to the Park Manager. The committee has identified that at both ends of Cedar Street, it is difficult to observe oncoming traffic. We are looking into the possibility of installing convex mirrors that, when stopped, a driver can observe traffic in the mirror coming from both directions.

A report was made to the committee by the Park Manager on dumping and speeding violations since our last meeting. (There have been violations that the manager has taken up with the BOD and action has been taken on those violations). Speeding vehicles are being timed as they go into and out of the park while crossing over the white lines in front of the welcome building near the dumping area and down the maintenance road. Owners coming and going into the garbage area to drop off materials need to be protected…..Our maintenance volunteers also need to be protected while coming and going with their equipment each day. Please drive slowly and safely throughout the park, as well as, while coming into and leaving our park.

Next spring when dues are paid, the office will be handing out TCCOM Identification stickers for your cars. (If you would like to get a jump on picking up your sticker; please stop into the office to pick one up).

Our local fire department will be contacted by a committee volunteer to see if they would mind giving a fire extinguisher demonstration after our Annual Shareholder and Information meeting held each year on the 2nd Saturday in June. Please plan to stay for the demonstration after this meeting. Our fire department’s time is very important, and their willingness to perform a demonstration will be greatly appreciated. (The proper use of putting out various types of fires with different types of fire extinguishers will be demonstrated). 

Finally, please advise your children, grandchildren, and guests, not to go near the edge of the river bank erosion areas! These areas are very, very dangerous and not to be used as a look out to the river. The river bank has eroded to the point that various ledges have been created. If one steps on one of these ledges and it gives way…….very serious harm or even death may occur. Please do not even attempt to mow near these erosion areas as they are very DANGEROUS!  Stay safe.

 

 

Halloween in August Party

Another great program is planned for “Halloween in August” at TCCOM. A Halloween parade, craft time, and play time (slime, chase the golf ball, kids bingo with prizes, and candy) are planned. The parade will be around the common grounds by the Activity Building, followed by craft and play time. Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 26th, 1:30 – 3:00 PM. Costumes may be worn for the parade; decorated bicycles, wagons, etc are also welcome.

 

Volunteer Luncheon

Whether you volunteer for an hour or dozens of hours, TCCOM wants to thank you for your contribution to our Park. Volunteerism is what keeps our Park running and the Annual Dues down. So, please join us for a free lunch on Sunday, August 27th, at 12 noon in the Activity Building. A sign-up sheet is on the upper level of the Club House. Please sign up so we have an idea as to how many will attend.

 

Chili Cookout

Cook and compete, or just come to eat, Sunday, September 3rd at the Activity Building. Contestants, bring your favorite chili in a large crock pot to the Activity Building by 3:00 PM (no cost to compete).

The chili meal (chili, cornbread, cookies, and beverage) runs from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Meal tickets are now on sale at the Clubhouse office — $6.00 each for adults, children 5 and under are free. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.

Each ticket is good for one vote for your favorite chili. Votes will be counted at

5:30 PM.

 

Quilters Coffee

The TCCOM Quilters invite all ladies in the Park for coffee and rolls at the Activity Building on Monday, September 11, at 10:00 AM.

 

TCCOM Church Services

Everyone is invited to TCCOM Church Services at 10:00 AM Sunday mornings at the Activity Building.

  • August 27 – Pastor Bruce Talso
  • September 3 – Myra Green Gospel Concert with traditional and gospel songs
  • September 10 – Pastor Jack Renberg
  • This will be the last service of the season. Potluck Brunch to follow service. 

Thank you to all 300 Row members and Special Individuals who worked and donated their time to the Sundaes on Saturday event held on July 22.  Special thanks to Bobbie Hall for donating the floral arrangements.  A double special thanks to Ren and Julie Rice for donating an additional half bucket of ice cream at the end of our event.  We had a perfect Ice Cream & Root Beer Float day.  The Bean Bag tournament was a huge success and we thank everyone who participated and donated their time to this portion of our Sundaes on Saturday.  We need co-chairs for the 2018 July Sundaes on Saturday event.  We have notes and will gladly assist anyone willing to volunteer for this event.

 

Corn Feed

On behalf of the lower 100 and 200 rows, I would like to thank everyone who came to the corn feed.  274 tickets were sold.

To cook and serve 864 ears of corn, 300 hamburgers, and 40 pounds of onions requires a lot of hard work and requires volunteers for the following tasks:

Create tickets, posters and notices.

Ticket Sellers

Buying groceries and supplies

Pick up corn from farmer

Huskers

Set up tables and chairs

Prepare Onions

Corn Cookers

Burger Grillers

Carriers from outside in

Ticket Takers

Line Servers

Lemonade and Coffee Servers

Corn Runners

Cob Pick up

Table Tenders

Ice Cream Runners

50/50 Sales

Announcer

Clean Up

It’s incredible the amount of work they put in and amazing how efficient and dependable they are.  I want them to know that I have received many compliments about how good the food was and what a wonderful job they have done.  I’m so proud of our group and so grateful to them for making it such a great success.

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

 

Ladies Luncheon

The ladies luncheon was a huge success with 90 attendees and an abundance of delicious salads and desserts.  Thanks go out to all the ladies that prepared the food. A special thank you to our models that enhanced their attire and gave us many laughs throughout the style show.

Wheels July 17, 2017

Park Manager’s Report

What a great 4th of July Weekend!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people enjoying our pool at the same time.  In fact, the entire Park was busy with member parties, Taco-in-a-bag, Hole-in-one, Funkhana, 4th of July Parade and Carnival.  It is greatly appreciated that everyone can have a great time with only a few rules infractions.

 

Shareholder Information Sheet

As many of you know, we’ve had several occasions so far this season when EMTs and ambulances were needed in the Park.  To ensure the Office has a contact in case of emergency and that all other member information is up to date, we’ve created the Shareholder Information Sheet.  This includes vehicle license plate and golf cart information for faster and less expensive administration of the Park.  Please stop by the office to review your sheet prior to leaving for the season.

 

Updated TCCOM Directory on-line

The alphabetical, lot # and emergency sections of directory have been updated as of July 1st.  That is where you’ll find the most current directory information.  It is located on the Member Tab, Park Communications drop down link.

 

“30 Day Rule”

From time to time, some members get an email from me pertaining to the “30 Day Rule” and some confusion arises from those emails.  So, I thought I’d clarify the procedure I use.

Per your Rules, I check the park almost every week to ensure properties are kept up so the Park looks its best for members, guests and prospective buyers.  I usually inspect at the beginning of the week to allow time for the office to contact those members who need to take action.  We allow thru the following weekend (especially for weekenders) so members have time to act on the emails.

Since we give a week or more after the inspection before action needs to be taken, I have to visualize that lot one week into the future.  If I was to wait until the lawn or weeds are really long, and then add another week to that, the lots (and Park in general) would look very unkempt.

 

Reminders:

  • Most rules violations over the 4th of July weekend – especially speeding and driving golf carts — were by guests. We also noted some kids with bicycles and scooters riding on the golf course cart paths by 6th and 9th hole the evening of July 2nd.  It is your responsibility to know and educate family and guests of your rules.  We don’t want to put your guests into an embarrassing situation because either you or your guests violated your Rules.
  • No ATV’s are allowed in the Park
  • Please do not use laundry pods or powder in the washing machines. They gum up our high efficiency machines and are bad for the septic system.

Special Lost Item

  • We’ve had a complete set of golf clubs and bag for about a month that no one has claimed. Please come to the office to identify or it will be donated.

 

Winter Golf Cart Storage

You may sign up to store your golf cart over the winter in the Activity Building beginning August 1st. We can store about 35 golf carts.

 

Single Seat – $65.00

Two Seats – $90.00

 

Maintenance Update

  • The windows in the Clubhouse need repair or replacing. Bids will be brought to the BOD when they come in.

 

  • Tree injections are done for the year and it came in $4068 under budget.

 

  • The Clubhouse has some water issues on the North side of the building foundation. I am working on ideas on how to resolve the issues. Those issues and some other areas may need mud or sand jacking. Also alterations to the downspouts are needed to correct the source of the problem.

 

  • Design of the new septic system replacement is awaiting approval from the county. As soon as the approval comes back, I will update Jim Beaudette and Chuck McColgan, but it may be a couple of weeks before approval comes in. It may cost between $15,000 and $25,000 to put in the new septic system.

 

Upcoming Events

Calling all bridge players

We meet Monday nights at 7:00pm at the Clubhouse and play party bridge. We would love to get more players. Please join us! It’s a “Grand Slam” of fun!!

 

Sundaes on Saturday

This event will be on Saturday, July 22, from 1:30pm – 3:00pm in the Activity Building. Ice cream sundaes and root beer floats will be available for $2.50. In addition there will be a 50/50 raffle and a Bean Bag tournament. Come and enjoy a cool ice cream treat and have fun playing Bean Bag!

 

TCCOM Church Services

Everyone is invited to Sunday Worship Services at 10:00 am Sunday mornings at the Activity Building.

July 23rd – Benson Family Gospel Singers

July 30th – Lindley Creek Family Singers (Bluegrass)

August 6th – Pastor Evenson with Holy Communion

 

Potluck and Karaoke

Saturday – August 5th – 5:30-7:30 pm at the Activity Building.

Bring a dish, beverage, plus plates/utensils, and your great voice.

We have several discs, but if you have a disc you like, bring that too.

 

Ladies Luncheon and Style Show

This event will take place on Tuesday, August 15th at the Activity Building at 11:30 am with lunch served at 11:45.

If your last name begins with A – L, bring a salad to share.

If your last name begins with M –Z, bring a dessert to share.

Wheels June, 2017

Burn Pile Notes

Who doesn’t enjoy watching a controlled burn?  Dale and Ted put on a great show on June 1st when they burned the Burn Pile, located just north of Lot #442.

However, the operative word is controlled.  We’ve noticed some members dumping ashes in the burn pile (versus a minimum of 3 feet from the burn pile) and in the woods.  Both of which can ignite unexpectedly no matter how much you believe the ashes are out.

Also, some members are dumping contaminated dirt (dirt with gravel or sod) by (or in) the Burn Pile.  Clean fill dirt can be deposited on the west side of the road to the Burn Pile.  Contaminated dirt must be removed from the Park.

And finally, the Burn Pile is for branches only per the sign.  The DNR does not allow us (or anyone at their residence) to burn treated, painted, glued, etc. lumber (that goes in the construction dumpster and is paid for at the office), trash (goes in respective dumpster) or leaves (goes in temporary leaf pile).

 

Activity Committee Report

The upcoming 4th of July Holiday and the weekend before promises many fun activities for all park members and guests.

Hole-in-One-Contest

The annual Hole-in-One contest will be held on Saturday, July 1st, from 11AM until 4PM at the #8 tee box.  Prizes are awarded in three categories: Men’s, Women’s and Junior’s 12 and under for closest to the pin or holes in one.  To qualify, men need to be inside a 15’ circle, women and juniors need to be inside a 30’ circle.  Golf balls are 3 for $1 or 6 for $2.  Bring your own clubs of choice.  Come join the fun.

 

While waiting to tee off, or just being a spectator, pick up a Taco-in-a-Bag at the taco stand located by the lattice work near the 8th hole. Tacos will be available for sale from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

  • 1 taco and bottle of water – $3.00
  • 2 tacos and bottle of water – $5.00
  • Cookies or Chips – .50
  • Soda – $1.00
  • Beer – $2.00

 

The annual 4th of July golf cart parade will be at 11:00am on the Fourth.

Following the parade, the Annual Carnival kicks off at 12:00 noon, running until 2:30pm. Children’s games will be twenty-five cents. Also available for sale will be brats, hot dogs, chips, cookies, and beverages.

Scavenger Hunt

Over the Memorial Day weekend, 35 kids participated in a scavenger hunt and obstacle course activity.

Personnel/Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is at this time looking for qualified candidates who may be interested in serving on the TCCOM Board of Directors. The Directors are elected for a 3 year term and must submit their names prior to the July BOD meeting.

Other News Around the Park

Summer Church

Everyone is invited to Summer Church at 10:00am Sunday mornings at the Activity Building.

  • June 25 – Gordy Allex will preach with special music by Tom Malchow
  • July2 – Pastor Jack Renberg with Holy Communion, and special music by

Darlene Chapman

  • July 9 – Kim Norlien, local artist, will share his testimony and display artwork

 

Singles and Solos

The Singles and Solos group meets every Monday afternoon at 4:00 pm on the Clubhouse deck. Please bring a finger food to share and your own beverage. For more information, stop by Lot #267.

Ladies: Save the Date

Tuesday, August 15th, Ladies Luncheon and Style Show. Details to follow.

 

Stitch and Weave

Just a reminder that the Stitch and Weave group meets at the Activity Building on Tuesday afternoons at 1:00pm. Join them to do your knitting, cross stitch, Swedish weaving, any other handwork, or just come to visit.

50’s – 60’s Dance

Ok gals, drag out those poodle skirts, and guys, roll up your jeans, and get ready to

“Rock N’ Roll” at the 50’s-60’s dance on Saturday, July 8th at the Activity Building. This is a MONEY RAISER for Give N’ Take so even if you don’t dance the jitterbug come and watch while enjoying the music. Tickets are $5 per couple or $7 per family. The dance will be from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and it is BYOB. There will be soda, assorted chip snacks, ice cream, and water for sale at the dance. No presale tickets –pay at the door when you come. All ages welcome. Let’s make this a great MONEY MAKER for Give N’ Take and have fun at the same time.

Did You Know?

TCCOM was originally incorporated in 1977 by John Olson, Harry Osvold, and Dan Person; 299 lot sites were laid out the following year, and were completely sold out by October 1979. The annual fee was $190 a year and included electricity and taxes. At the general membership meeting on May 3, 1980, the first board of directors was installed and ownership was transferred to the members. Notes from the history of the park indicate 273 bottles of champagne were consumed at the celebratory luncheon following the meeting! More information about the beginnings

of our park can be found at the website, www.travelerscconmiss.com.

 

Wheels May, 2017

Park Manager’s Report

Welcome back to TCCOM for another great season. For those who arrived early on April 15th, Marty had the course ready for golf, the Park looked great and the Office was ready to welcome you back! (Well, we did have a lot of rain and below normal temps for the next two weeks but other than that it was great.)

 

Palmer Wireless – Clubhouse and Residential (for Palmer Wireless TCCOM Members)

  • Free Wifi is available at the Clubhouse and Secure Wifi at your units. Just stop in the office for more information.
  • I still don’t have any more information pertaining to TV over Palmer fiber optic cable or the roll out of cable to the balance of the park.
  • 911 Wi-Fi calling: Now that we have reliable Wi-Fi via Palmer Wireless, I have switched my phone to Wi-Fi calling. However, Palmer does not auto update the settings in your phone. If members are already using Wi-Fi calling (versus minutes and data plans) then they will be familiar with updating the 911 address to reflect TCCOM. IPhone users can select a preferred network. Android users must click on Palmer and type in the address for TCCOM.

 

 

Garden Plots are ready. If you reserved a plot and haven’t been assigned your plot number, please stop at the Office.

 

Beaudry Oil will be in the Park on May 25th and 26th, and possibly the 27th to fill propane tanks.

 

Erkens water softeners are in and ready for pick up at the Clubhouse for those who reserved one.

 

TCCOM Logo apparel is available two ways:

At the Office or Board Meetings by ordering through JaniRae, or at our website (member tab, park communications dropdown link) through Queensboro Logo Apparel.

 

Do you play bocce ball? I need some pictures of members playing bocce ball on our courts for our web page. If you have some digital pictures to share, please email them to me. Also, if you’d like to write some copy for our web page that would be great. Thanks.

 

 “30 day rule”

Please don’t forget that all lots (to include outside storage if you rented a space) were to be cleaned up by May 15th. In order to ensure that the great image of our Park for members, guests and other visitors continues throughout the season, I am touring the Park on a weekly basis to enforce this rule.

Reminders:

  • Don’t forget the 2017 annual membership meeting scheduled for Saturday, June 10th, at the Activity building. Breakfast will be available at 8:00am, followed at 9:00am by the Annual Membership meeting.
  • The most current TCCOM Directory is online, at the Member tab on our website, Park Communications drop down link.
  • Empty spaces in the outside storage lots are not for guest parking. No cars, trucks or motorcycles are to be parked in outside storage. Guest parking on common grounds is OK.
  • Most everyone enjoys a nice campfire. Please remember that some members and guests can’t tolerate smoke (for health reasons). Please, do not burn wet wood; and per park rules, there is no burning of leaves, trash, etc.
  • There is new signage at the construction dumpster and scrap metal and electronics trailers with prices for disposal of typical items.
  • Off season bulk emails are posted on the Office bulletin board. If you haven’t been receiving these emails, please check you spam folder. Email providers often change their security protocols and, as a result, emails you used to get may now be sent to the Spam folder.
  • Let the Office know if you aren’t getting the bulk emails and if you didn’t find them in your Spam folder and the office has your correct email address.
  • Are you missing a golf cart or grill cover? If so, check with the office, as the covers that blew around the park during a storm several months ago were collected and are now in the Clubhouse garage.
  • Ticks are out in full force this season, especially in the Clear Lake Township Park and in TCCOM woods. Protect yourselves and your pets. Stay on the paths and cut grass, and out of the brush and high grass.

 

Upcoming Park Activities

There will be a Scavenger Hunt/Obstacle Course for the kids on May 28th (Memorial Day weekend) at 1:00pm at the Activity Building, age groups 2 to 7, and 8 to 12. This will be a 30 to 40 minute activity, and a parent must attend with the younger children. There will be a signup sheet upstairs in the Clubhouse on the table by the couches. Please let us know how many will be attending from your family, and the age group they are in. If it is raining, the event will be cancelled.

Also on May 28th, there will be a Movie Night at 7:00pm in the Activity Building. Bring your own treats and a blanket if the kids would like to lay on the floor to watch the movie. Movie title to be announced.

On Saturday, June 10th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm there will be Karaoke and Potluck. Bring a dish to pass, and your own utensils.

Also mark on your calendar these new events:

  • On Saturday, July 8th, a 50’s/60’s Dance Party. Keep an eye out for costume items for this event.
  • Start perfecting your chili recipe for a Chili Cook-off on September 3rd.
  • Look for more information on these events in future editions of Wheels.