By Frank Mizner
The July 20 Board of Directors meeting was canceled. Summer is typically a slow time for Association business and July or August meetings have often been canceled in past years.
Although the Board did not meet, many activities around Dobson Ranch continued. The Youth Summer Camp at La Casita (Camp Explore) was a great success with a full enrollment of kids ages 6-12 enjoying a different theme each week, along with the variety of field trips and guest speakers.
On July 14, dozens of Ranch residents (and seemingly hundreds of children!) enjoyed the annual ice cream social at La Casita. Recreation staff was kept busy scooping out ice cream, while residents huddled under the shade canopies. Swim lessons for all age groups have been conducted at the Saratoga Recreation Center. The Retirees Club is pretty quiet during the summer but pickleball continues on various days at the Los Altos courts.
Various Board Committees have been busy, along with Association staff, in planning or implementing several major projects, including the new electronic fob access system, updating our governing documents, and planning various capital projects (new or expanded boat facilities on Lakes 1 and 7, new patio area at La Casita, and possibly permanent restrooms at Laguna Park). Further details on these projects are forthcoming.
On a personal note, I am honored to have been appointed by the Mesa City Council to serve on the Imagine Mesa Advisory Committee along with fifteen other community representatives. Imagine Mesa is a new city-wide effort to solicit resident input regarding Mesa’s future. With an emphasis on social media and community meetings, all residents are encouraged to visit the website ImagineMesa.com to provide ideas, suggestions or thoughts in five general areas: Mesa at Play; Mesa at Home; Mesa at Work; Mesa Leading Innovation; and Mesa’s Green Future.
We will have a presentation on this exiting program at the August 17 Board meeting with a summary in the September Roundup. All residents are encouraged to attend the Board meeting and to participate in the grass roots effort to plan Mesa’s future.
Remember, during the monsoon season, keep your pets safe, stay hydrated, and watch out for those haboobs!