12/22 1:00 p.m. Monday, Pictures with Santa
12/31 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, New Years Dance
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The construction of the SunBird Clubhouse began in September of 1987. SunAd Venture was the original developer who contracted with J.R. Porter-Ruscilli Construction Company to build the clubhouse. The original set of CC & R's were recorded March 13, 1987.
SunBird was originally designed to have just over 1,200 lots for manufactured homes with five laundry room facilities and five additional swimming pools. An oversized clubhouse was built with many facilities and amenities to attract new home buyers.
The telephone system for the community was set up much like a hotel system. In order to call outside SunBird, "9" had to be dialed first. Neighbors could be called by dialing the lot number only. Unfortunately, the telephone system installed was substandard.
HOA dues at that time were $600 per year or $50 per month which included water, sewer, and trash service. The first annual meeting was held on July 29, 1988.
Within one year, around March of 1989, SunAd Ventures went bankrupt and the Roosevelt Bank took possession of the SunBird development. Hospitality Management Corporation was contracted by the Roosevelt Bank to operate SunBird. On September 1, 1989 it was announced that Roosevelt Bank had entered into an agreement with Robson Communities, and that they would be purchasing SunBird within 90 days. Rumor has it that SunBird was purchased for pennies on the dollar. A meeting was scheduled by Mr. E.J. Robson for Monday, October 31, 1989 (Halloween Night) with all 21 lot owners, known today as the 21'ers. A second meeting was held on November 20 to discuss the proposed CC & R changes. Robson proposed to add the infamous clubhouse one-time payment of $2,200 for each lot sold after that time to offset his cost to purchase the clubhouse and all subsidies used to operate SunBird.
The Board of Directors was comprised of three employees appointed by Robson with no homeowner representation. In the fall of 1990, Al Reed was instrumental in organizing the SunBird Homeowners Council to serve as a body of owners to communicate with the developer. John Johnston chaired the council for four years. Betty Laub, Ellie Reese, Bob Campbell, Fred Gramann and Wes Hansen served on the council. On November 12, 1993 Robson announced the idea of allowing two homeowners to be elected who could serve with the three-member Robson employee Board. Fred Gramann and Marv Sulzdorf were the first homeowner directors. However, almost every matter voted on was three to two.
The original development plan of SunBird was changed from 1,200 manufactured homes when more property was acquired south of Kerby Farms Road. Only 350 manufactured homes were installed, and an additional 1,281 stick/stucco-built homes were constructed for a total of 1,631 homes.
On January 1, 1998 Robson Communities officially turned over control of the association to the homeowners. At that time, the association was $50,000 in the hole and faced many deferred maintenance projects, and the Unit 1A telephone system was failing rapidly. The first homeowner-controlled board included: Gerry Patterson as President, Darlene Fuller as VP, Otto Frank as Secretary, Tom Schandle as Treasurer and members Hugh White, Jim Fetterman and Bob Donaldson.
The Board of Directors agreed to hire an attorney to seek legal assistance to bring SunBird to a reasonable state. After almost two years of negotiations on December of 1999, SunBird settled out of court with Robson to keep the clubhouse payments owed for the last 335 lots equaling a present value at that time of $737,000, and actually amounts to over $900,000 today.
Since that time, many great improvements have been made to almost every facility, amenity and service in SunBird. Not only does SunBird have great facilities, the greatest factor in SunBird are the friendly people.
SunBird, a great place to live and getting better every year!
Road To The Vote
The Homeowners of SunBird Golf Resort will be asked to vote on amendments to the CC&Rs in January, 2015. Each amendment will be voted on separately.
In order to ensure everyone has an opportunity to understand the issues, a different amendment is being addressed each month in the SunBird News. This month we will discuss fees charged to first time home buyers in SunBird. More
2013 Revenue & Expenses
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Holiday Gift Ideas
If you are looking for Christmas gift ideas, consider giving a SunBird gift certificate for meals and/or drinks in the Horizon Room. Certificates may be purchased at the HOA office. For a limited time, buy $25 and get $5 free.
Pictures With Santa
Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Santa on December 22 in the Clubhouse Lobby.
Family Christmas with the SunBird Community Church featuring Jim Baugh & Family in the SunBird Ballroom.
Feel the Christmas spirit with special music by the SunBird Community Church choir. The Christmas Story will be presented by Hank Miller.
Fellowship with your community and guests during this Holy Eve. December 24, 6:30 P.M. Doors will open at 5:45 P.M.
New Years Eve 2014
Welcome the New Year by Celebrating at SunBird in the ballroom to music by "Mood Swings 2.0".
Ho r-D'Oeuvres, Divine Decorations, Champagne Toast and Party Favors.
Wednesday, December 31, from 8:30 pm to 12:30 pm. Doors open @ 7:30 pm. $40 per SunBird Resident, $50 per Guest
and Informational Meeting
Our Third Wednesday Morning Coffee and Informational Meetings are starting up again.
The first meeting of the new year will be on January 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to the Ballroom for donuts and coffee provided by Dino Goegan@Edward Jones.
Visit the Horizon Room Restaurant
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Need Help Picking Fruit?
SunBird residents have volunteered to help pick fruit from your trees as a complimentary service to you.
If you have extra fruit and would like to give it away, we can make sure it gets used and does not go to waste. Contact the SunBird office at 802-4901.
Free Lock Box
Are you concerned about how police and fire would get into your home if you were alone, unconscious or unable to get to the door?
The Chandler Police Department is offering you a FREE lock box to be placed on your home. The lockbox will only be used by the Police and Fire Departments should you need emergency help.
If you would like to have this service, please contact a Senior Lock Box Coordinator at (480) 782-4962.
We Need Your Help!
This summer has produced an abundance of weeds on properties within SunBird due to amount of recent rainfall. The ACC makes attempts to notify homeowners when the weeds become unsightly, however, with the number of homes where weeds are present, it is difficult for the ACC to address every one. Therefore, we rely on the homeowners, HOA maintenance and the golf course to inspect their areas and not only spray the weeds but remove them.
Weeds that have been sprayed and are still visible can have similar negative appearance as live weeds. We try to keep our community as neat as possible and we need the help of all concerned to accomplish this. It is recognized that there are homes that are for sale, and homes that are in foreclosure where it is difficult to have any contact with the owners. More
Sunday breakfast buffet is now available each Sunday for $8.50. For lighter diners we will now be offering a small list for order off the menu.
Horizon Room is open for Sunday breakfast at 8:00 am until 12:00 noon. We look forward to seeing you.
4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Go to the Restaurant page to view the menus for November Thursday Dinners. Click this link for the menu.
Thursday Dinner Early Bird Special
1$ OFF EACH MEAL
Beginning this Thursday November 20th, all regular Thursday night dinners ordered before 4:30 pm will be discounted $1.
SunBird Food and Beverage
Visions & Goals
Earlier this year, a Food and Beverage committee was appointed consisting three of the Board of Directors, Gordon Lee, Leo Buries, Jean Pritchard and General Manager Layne Varney. The objective was to study and analyze the operation for improvements. The committee has met several times over the past four months to accomplish these objectives.
Board Meeting Notices
Board of Director Meetings
No Meetings In December
2014 Board of Directors
President - Gordon Lee
Vice President - Leo Buries
Treasurer - Delores Brown-
Member at Large - Jean Pritchard
Member at Large - Marlene Scartozzi
Member at Large - Chuck Warren
December Board Meeting Change
The Board of Directors will not be meeting as scheduled December 22 at 6:00 pm due to a number of conflicts.
Board of Director Elections
The seven member Board of Directors will have three Directors who’s three year terms will be expiring the end of this year leaving three vacancies on the Board.
Five SunBird homeowners have expressed interest to serve on the Board and have will be candidates for these vacant positions. This issue of the SunBird news has their names, pictures and a statement about each candidate. You can click on the candidate pictures below to read their statements. The candidates also will be present at SunBird Community Day Wednesday, November 5 at the clubhouse from 11 am – 2 pm if you would like to meet them personally.
2015 Board of Director
The three candidates receiving the most votes, Nancy Eckstein, Pat McGongle and Chuck Warren were elected to the Board of Directors to serve three year terms.
Thank you to all of the Board Candidates for thier interest and effort toward serving SunBird.
2015 SunBird Budget Approved
The 2015 SunBird operational budget was approved with $2,153,860 revenue, $1,845,360 expense, transfers into the Reserve Fund of $194,500, Capital Improvement Fund $89,775 and the Special Projects Fund $24,225.
The annual assessments will increase 3.6% ($30) from $820 to $850. $10 of this increase from each home will be added to the funding of the Reserve Fund savings account.
Clubhouse Pool Reconfiguration
At the September 22, 2014 SunBird HOA board meeting the Board of Directors approved a Reconfiguration Pool Project designed to increase the size of our existing swimming pool at the clubhouse. There will be a section of the new pool dedicated for swimming use at all times, along with an adjoining activities pool section that will be used for volleyball, aerobics, lap swimming, and more.
Additionally, a new restroom, 2nd shower, enlarged spa, ADA chair lifts in the pool and spa, 3-15’ shade umbrellas, new deck tile, and more will be added. More
Cooper Road Construction Update
Please click here to view article from the Cty of Chandler in regard to Cooper Road Construction.
SunBird U.S. Post Office
12/25/14 (Thursday) Christmas Day Closed
12/26/14 (Friday) Closed
01/01/15 (Thursday) New Year’s Day Closed