Welcome New Neighbors

Linda Harvey and Linda Shannon-Hills

Welcome to the new homeowners who closed on their properties in October. We are glad you have joined us to enjoy our beautiful community of SaddleBrooke Ranch (SBR).

Moving can be daunting, so SBR is fortunate to have a team of welcome volunteers who can offer a brief respite from those rigors. These volunteers have information designed specifically for you, now an SBR resident. It will, more than likely, be worth your time to talk with a volunteer who may be able to help direct you to the specific information you need. Better yet, this may be the first person you meet from your immediate neighborhood, aka “unit.” In order that you know who will be contacting you, a list of volunteers can be found on GroupWorks (groupworks.com), under SBR Newcomer Volunteers. GroupWorks is a media site used by many SBR organizations.

In addition, each newcomer is invited to attend a monthly informal gathering. This gathering provides an opportunity to share information and to socialize with new homeowners. Photos are also taken for the SaddleBrooke Ranch Roundup newspaper. While the photo is optional, it is a good way to be introduced to the community. If you would like more information about any of these newcomer welcome activities, please send an email to [email protected] or [email protected].

The first thing people want to do when they move in here is to meet new people. A fun way to meet new people is to get involved with activities. The weekly Ranch Reminder email sent from Alex from the Homeowners Association (HOA) has a few activities mentioned. But the best resource is the HOA website. Just log on to saddlebrookeranchhoa.org and click on “Things to Do,” “Clubs,” then “Club Information.” Then click on any activity and find out some information about the group. You may want to contact the person mentioned for additional information. There are nearly 100 activities listed. If you can’t find what you are looking for, consider starting a group. Please note, members of organizations are not likely to knock on your door just to ask you to join a group. It is up to the resident to show some initial interest and show up for an activity. You can be as busy as you want.

In the spring, the HOA hosts Club Expo at which clubs and organizations set up tables in the ballroom to discuss their specific activity in order to sign up new members. There will be more information about Club Expo as the date gets closer.

Finally, you might be surprised at how many people you meet by just going to the Bistro or Ranch House. Most of the people here have been in your shoes, eager to meet people. A smile and a friendly “hello” can work wonders.

Whether you are new to SBR, or moving internally from another home, including rental, please stop by to see Jamie Shipley at the Front Desk as she has some orientation material for you. There is more to moving-in than getting a set of keys and a gate pass. She works for the HOA and is the first person to contact with your questions and issues. Jamie can help ensure that your HOA credit authorization is in place, that you can access the HOA website, that you have a 4-digit code as a backup for entrance to the community, and much more. She is also the contact for getting a guest pass for your guests so they can use the fitness center facilities.

The Front Desk is located in the Ranch House near the main ballroom entrance.

Closings in October

Unit 6: Timothy and Wilhelmina Carlson, Rick and Teresa McClain

Unit 16C: Brenda Wright

Unit 17: Martin and Wendy Boyer, Kelly and Julie Smith

Unit 18A: Charles Hester and Elanie Cassara, Michael and Lynn Rabe, David and Connie Meire

Unit 18B: Bryan and Ann Cooper, Robert and Tod Mergner, Thomas and Patricia Sims

Unit 46B: Richard and Catherine Paine

Villas 14A: Robert and Deborah Bohacik, Gail Jacobson

Villas 21A: Annalisa and George Millard, Michael and Debra Flanagan, James and LuAnn Cooper

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* Steve and Charmaine Peterson moved from Liberty Lake, Wash., where he was mayor of the town. Now in Unit 7, they are enjoying meeting new friends in SBR.

* Howard Friedman and Rita Tillim are happy to move into their brand-new home in Unit 17. They are from New York and found SBR through an internet search. They plan to do lots of hiking.