LAKE FAIRWAY’S HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2022- 2023
Karen Pratt-Beals, President
Kevin Walsh, 1st Vice President
John Grab , 2nd Vice President
Judy Ann Carson, Secretary,
Tom Charboneau, Treasurer,
John Donahue, Dir,
Pete Greco, Dir,
Diana Ferrucci, Dir.
\Margaret Panzer, Dir.
Greetings from the LFHOA Board of Directors,
April is here.
The clocks have been changed.
The golf tournament has been played. (With Lake Fairways maintaining the golf trophy – congratulations Lake Fairways golfers.)
Easter is here.
Lake Fairways has a new Board of Directors. Changes are being made as to how your Board of Directors can be more effective.
One of those changes: The Lake Fairways community has been divided into districts. Each district will have a director responsible for that area.
The purpose of this change is that the Directors want to have a more hands on approach with residents. Now when a new resident moves into a district, the Director covering that area and the Court Captain will be calling on them to welcome them and give them the information about our community. The Director will also make it a point to walk his/her area, get to know the residents in their district and be available to help, inform and answer questions.
As many of you have read, many ELS communities are having major issues with the management. Lack of services, rules and regulations ignored, unsafe areas in the community, rent increases, etc. Lake Fairways has joined with 8 other ELS communities in the area to see what we can collectively do to improve our situations. As we go forward with meetings, we will keep the residents informed as to what actions we will be taking. There is far more strength in numbers, and as we have met with representatives of other communities, we have learned how they have dealt with issues.
One of the major complaints we hear is that management has not responded to the comment forms we have been asked to write. Please be sure that one copy of the complaint form comes to the Board. The LFHOA has an office in the copy room. When you make a copy, just put the extra copy under the door of the office. That way the board can follow up and monitor if there is a response. (A new three-part concern/complaint form will be available soon. Then one copy to ELS, one to the Board, one for you. No copy work.)
Many of our residents will be leaving our community to return to their northern home. We wish them safe journey and the wonderful summer.
February Greetings from the Lake Fairways Homeowners Association Board of Directors,
New beginnings. You can almost feel it in the air. We are survivors. We are rebuilding. We are welcoming new residents into our community.
February is an exciting month. It is election time for the Homeowners Board of Directors. We have two board members that are retiring. Bill Fleckenstein and Jerry White. These two gentlemen have been on the Board, serving the community for years. Both Bill and Jerry have been members of our community for years and dedicated their time to our Board and residents. We thank them for their dedication and service. I know they will always be available as advisors for the new Board. Two members of the present Board are running for reelection.
If you have paid your HOA dues, you will be able to vote in the election. This voting will be on February 21st, at the clubhouse in Lake Fairways. There presently are 6 candidates for 5 positions. Please read the biographies of the candidates. Make yourself aware of the qualifications of each candidate. This is not a popularity contest. Every Board member contributes not only their work history but their awareness of the history of the community, and a knowledge of Roberts Rules of Order, the system which the Board should operate by. It takes time and dedication, patience, and tolerance to be a Board member. The Directors that are elected in this election will serve for three years.
It is exciting to see the rebuilding that is going on in the community. People are getting their lives in order.
For many, this is a new beginning, as we have new residents that are coming from other areas where they may have lost their home, and now are making Lake Fairways their new home.
We see many activities going on in the community. The Women’s Club just had the annual Trash and Treasure. The Entertainment Committee is starting their series of concerts. The Lake Fairways baseball team has started their season. Look at the monthly calendar. You have the opportunity of participating in events, clubs, and meetings throughout the week.
Saturday morning coffee is still the best place to learn what is going on in the community. All residents are invited to the Lake Fairways clubhouse. The doors open at 8:30 and the announcements begin at 9. Tickets for upcoming events are always on sale. Items for the less fortunate are also collected and delivered to either All Souls Church or the Mission. New residents are introduced.
Lake Fairways is a wonderful community of caring people.
The Board of Directors is continually working to improve our amenities as well as promote good will with ELS.
The HOALF Board of Directors wishes you health and happiness.
Karen Pratt Beals
HOALF Board of Directors President
Greetings from THE HOALF Board of Directors
This a very difficult message to write this month. It if filled with all the images of this past year and what this community has endured. We question why? Why us? For those of us that have our faith to fall back on, we still ask?
We know that in our aging community of residents we will always read the loss of loved ones. We pray for them, we grieve for them, we support them with our love.
Our community suffered 80% of damage to our homes. For many of us this is our only home. For years of storms and hurricanes we have had nothing more serious that a few car ports lost, many a little siding damage. This year, homes were lost. Lives changed. Residents put into financial situations they never thought they would face. Some of our residents had to walk away from their homes, find other shelter, move back to families or if they were lucky enough to have another home somewhere to move to. How do we help them? Again, we pray for them, help them with support if we can, and always be there with understanding and love.
The community is trying very hard to get some type of normalcy to life back. We have had Christmas tea, we have had the Holiday Home Tour, we have had the magnificent Cart Parade, Bingo on Fridays gives so much cheer to many from all over, clubs and organizations are having their Christmas parties and programs. These are just a few of the ways cheer is coming back. It is not forgetting the past, it is moving on with hope.
In February we will have an election of Directors for the HOA. I hope those of you that have the time and energy will consider running. This is not a position to be taken lightly. This is an honor to be a director. But know this: It is work, it is time, it is being there, it takes dedication. You can’t do a good job of being a director if your life is so fragmented that you belong to every organization. This Board, with all the corrections, improvements and changes that need to get our community to where it needs to be will take your making this commitment a priority. We have had an awesome Board these past two years and we will continue to work as hard as we can to be that liaison between you residents and ELS. We are losing two of our greatest this year to retirement: Bill Fleckenstein and Jerry White. Their dedication and support will be missed. They are just AWESOME!!!!!!!! We wish them well, but remember guys, I know where you live.
I do need to talk about one of the greatest sources of contention in our community. I know – but all I am hopping is that this next year we can stop, or at least eliminate some of the negativity and insaneness. Facebook can be a wonderful medium. The pictures of the wonderful families, the parties, the parades, the events – fantastic. But can we stop worrying more about what the community and our neighbors are doing wrong and focus on what is going right. Can we fill it with more praise and less negative? The Board of Directors has means of dealing with the lack attention to our needs in the community. We will deal with this. Your negative comments are not even read by ELS. The insaneness of someone gluing the feet of a kitten to the boulevard – we do need to know this, and we need to find the person and report accordingly.
We will rebuild. We will welcome new residents. We will cherish the memories of those we have lost. There will be a rebirth of hope. There can be a new attitude of kindness, compassion, charity, love, commitment to growth – can you dedicate yourself to that? That wave on passing each other means so much – it’s the little things what make our community our home, Lake Fairways.
Karen Pratt Beals
President of HOALF Board of Directors
IAN changed the course of history for Lake Fairways. Our community has survived many storms and several hurricanes, but nothing has ever caused the changes in Lake Fairways as IAN.
Leaving just prior to the storm, packing the car with what we considered to be the most valuable and necessary items, we thought of everything we had left behind. We saw neighbors packing their cars, making their last-minute preparations to protect their homes, exchanging hugs with neighbors, and looking back for that one last look. We left the gate and drove north. Not a word was said. I think we were each trying to deal with “what if?”
As we returned to Lake Fairways a few days later, you had that terrible feeling of what was left, was everyone okay, would our homes be there, “what if?”
80% of the homes in Lake Fairways suffered damage. Some homes down to just the frame of a home. Carports, lanais gone, walls torn apart, roofs caved in, aluminum everywhere, fences down, trees crushing homes, it was like something out of a Steven Spielberg movie. Yet these were our friends’ homes. This was our home. This was our community.
Immediately our community was in action. Neighbors checking neighbors, CERT checking neighborhoods, friends helping each other emotionally and physically. Within days ELS had equipment in here, picking up aluminum and clearing trees. Teams of people were brought in to help restore and make safe what they could. Our maintenance teams were here, working to help our community even though they had their own damage at home to deal with.
We had supplies being brought in to help with the physical damages, we had meals brought from a local church, we had good neighbors that we did not even know bringing in cleaning supplies, water, food. We had a local medical office bring in supplies, food, and offer to assist people that needed medical attention. Strangers helping strangers. People reaching from one community to another to see if they could help.
It was a time of caring, sharing, helping, do what we could for each other. Many families have had to make decisions about their homes, whether they could rebuild, whether they should stay, where should they go. Financial decisions had to be made. Futures had to be decided. For a period there were not the negative comments on Facebook, the drama, the tearing down of the community and others. We had survived. We were alive, and we were grateful.
Our community is moving forward, we still have a long way to go. We have a new manager who is dedicated to our communities. Bryan Baskin is here to help restore, rebuild, and help correct many issues we have had for a long time. We will have days the hot tub is not hot, the trees need trimming, the gate isn’t down, someone is driving too fast on the perimeter road, and Facebook will still have comments that do nothing but find fault with ELS, with people. But WE SURVIVED, lets move forward with positive actions, with helpful suggestions, with kindness towards each other.
Alone we can do so little, yet together we can do so much.
Karen Pratt Beals
HOALF Board of Directors President
As our residents know, we lost our Manager, Jason Myers, this past month. In the interim the office is being managed by Crissy Betancourt, assistant manager. Unfortunately, she is also handling the positions of others that have left ELS as well.
In the interim, of having a manager on site at our community, I want to remind our residents that we have a very active Board of Directors, that are available to assist you with your questions and concerns.
Issues and concerns that are given to a director will then be addressed by the Board, communicated to Crissy, and should an answer or solution not be forthcoming, we will send those issues on to the Tampa Regional Director, and if necessary to Chicago.
The Directors and their areas are listed below: please do not hesitate to contact them with your concerns, issues, and questions.
Bill Fleckenstein – Golf Course, Tennis Courts
Kevin Walsh – Pool, Maintenance and CERT
Jerry White – ARC – architectural, agricultural issues
John Donahue – Clubhouse equipment and Men’s club
Dora Dissmeyer – Resident (friendship committee), Woman’s club
Pete Greco – All sport related activities, e.g., bocci, pool, etc.
Tom Charboneau – dues and membership issues
Judy Carson – Ad hoc committees, Food Truck
Karen Pratt-Beals – any Board related issues, Vendor numbers
We hope that we will have a new manager in our community as soon as possible, however, you do have a Board that is here to help call attention to issues and help resolve in any way we can.
Remember, the Board does not make the rules, we do not enforce the rules, we are here only to assist residents get the attention they may need to resolve issues.
Karen Pratt Beals
HOALF Board of Directors President
Greetings from the HOALF Board of Directors,
We have survived. Lake Fairways has just experienced the worst disaster in the history of our community. We are a strong and united family of friends and neighbors. It is tragic to see the devastation. Some homes may never be repaired. Some families may never return to their home.
For some of us, this is our only home. For others, this was where they hoped to retire, and yet for others it was their get away from seasons they no longer wanted to deal with.
We have learned many things in this disaster. We learned that everyone became a family. Everyone reaching out to others with tarps, food, water, an extra hand to help, and of course, many prayers.
We also learned that we want more from ELS. We thank them for having Joshua Tree in here helping with all the clean up work. We are grateful for the water and food that was supplied one day by ELS at the Sandtrap. But we also learned that ELS did not have a strong enough contingency plan to deal with devastation of this type.
We, as of this date, October 10, still have homes without power. We have had our gate people without phone service and electricity, making it that much more difficult for them to do their job. Our supposed security fence on the perimeter road is down. We don’t expect that to be restored for who knows how long, however, the gate being broken and down allows cars driving through directly from Cape Coral without having to go through any type of security. It was days before the community had water. The residents were prepared with bottled water and flushing water, but we waited too long for community water.
5 years ago, this community went through Irma. We had issues but not anything like what this community is going through now. You would think ELS would have learned; they need to be better prepared.
We do have a CERT team, and they did their job by checking every home in our community for residents. Making sure they were okay. Trying to help where they could. However, they had no equipment to really help with issues. Money that had been promised by previous managers had never been given to CERT so they could get the equipment to help, even though they were trained to do so.
We had an emergency where I tried to reach our local interim manager. I left a message with his property, yet no return phone call. We had no contact number to call anyone with a real emergency or question that needed to be handled.
Our Board had an emergency meeting at which a letter was drafted to corporate requesting that there be a contingency plan for situations like this and the residents are given a copy of this plan. This is our home. We are entitled to know just what actions will be taken, what services will be provided, and who to contact in an emergency where we need to know how to handle a situation. The residents are grateful for what has been done to help clean up the property, but we need to have ELS be better prepared to help our residents at times like this
Karen Pratt Beals
HOALF Board of Directors President
Happy October from the Lake Fairways Homeowners Association Board of Directors
Karen Pratt Beals, President
We are grateful that so far this year we have had no hurricanes or major storms. Our community has been very fortunate that over the past years, even with major storms and hurricanes, we have had little damage. Hopefully our luck will continue with no concerns. However, remember that we must be prepared as no one really controls Mother Nature.
This past month we have had an interim manager, Jayson St. Pierre. Many changes have been made in the way things were done with past managers. Each manager has brought new policies and procedures. One thing that has never changed is the way the Lake Fairways Board of Directors continues to work for the residents.
Comment forms are now only available at the office and must be picked up by the resident. However, please know that the Directors are still here to answer questions and listen to issues. We still have a voice with ELS.
We are happy to report that the PHOTO BOOK will be done this year. The last book was 2015. The committee will begin scheduling appointments soon. There is no cost to the community or the resident for the PHOTO BOOK. Each resident that has a picture taken will get an 8 X 10 picture and a copy of the book. Additional pictures will be available for purchase. Please watch as more information will be forthcoming.
The copy machine has been moved into the HOA office. That office is behind the exercise room. If you need to make a copy you will need to do it during the hours that the concierge is in the clubhouse. (Monday to Friday 9 – 2) The cost for copies is 25 cents. This change in procedure was necessary as it seems many residents thought this was a free service.
Saturday coffee will continue supporting ALL SOULS CHURCH with donations of food and clothing. Please bring items to coffee on Saturday. Remember, for your donation you do have an entry in the once a month drawing for a $25 gift card.
Coffee will remain at 9 AM, however the doors open at 8:30. As of October 1st the cost for a cup of coffee and a donut will be $1.00. This increase was necessary as the cost of a dozen donuts has gone from $3.99 to $9.90.
The Lake Fairways Board of Directors will have an election this year. Three directors will be retiring. We need residents that are dedicated to the community, and that are willing to give the time needed to be effective as a director. More information will be available at our community meetings. Remember, those meetings are always the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the clubhouse. That is one night no other activities are scheduled in the clubhouse as we hope our residents attend the community meeting.
Remember: Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
Jason Myers will be leaving our communities. He has made such a difference and he will be sorely missed. We want to send hm off with our very best wishes and our thanks. His family will certainly be in our prayers, and they deal with their future.
Jason has been gracious enough to offer to meet with the Board of Directors. The goal is to discuss where things stand right now, what things are left to be done, what he projects being done in the future and just what insight he can share with us to what happen with our communities in the future.
As always, the Board of Directors is here to help our residents, work as a liaison between the residents and the management, and keep you informed.
Anyone wishing to send a card to Jason, please give it to any member of the Board of Directors and we will see that he receives it.
LFHOA Board of Directors President
Hello from the Board of Directors
This past month we got the news from Jason Myers that he was leaving our community. This is news that none of us ever wanted to hear. In the short time Jason has been here we have seen a dedication and commitment to Lake fairways many of us have never seen before. He truly left a legacy. He also left a very big shoes to fill.
Unfortunately, Jason’s seven-year-old daughter has a health condition that requires a different climate than Florida can offer. They are relocating to the West Coast.
The Board of Directors had a meeting with Jason this past week. In that meeting we discussed the past projects, present and the future. He also shared with us whatever insight he could regarding the changes in ELS.
You will be able to find the minutes from that meeting on the website and in the informer.
Jason was a manager that encouraged our board to be that liaison between the residents and management. We encourage residents to continue coming to the directors with questions, ideas and challenges. We will be working with Crissy, the assistant manager during this interim.
Our first community meeting will be September 27 at 7 PM in the clubhouse. We encourage all residents to attend.
Many residents have indicated the desire to send greetings on to the Myers family. If you have anything you’d like to have forwarded to the Myers family, please give it to any Director, and the Board of Directors will be forwarding that mail to them.
In the past several years we have gone through a number of managers. We have just lost a manager that instilled in us the kind of hope that our community will once again be the home we can say we are proud of. Let’s move forward with a positive attitude and know that positive changes and growth are going to continue to happen for our community.
Remember: Alone we can do so little but together we can do so much.
Karen Pratt Beals
LFHOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT uch.
LAKE FAIRWAYS HOA 2021-2022 AD-HOC COMMITTEES
HOMEOWNERS LEGAL COMMITTEE: Karen Pratt Beal’s, Judy Carson, Bill Fleckenstein, Tom Charboneau, R. Burandt (Attorney)
Park Purchase: Bill Fleckenstein, Tom Charboneau, R. Burandt (Attorney)
Investments: Tom Charboneau, Peter Greco
HOA Insurance: Karen Pratt-Beal’s, Tom Charboneau, Judy Carson Park& Pool Maintenance: Kevin Walsh
FMO: Karen Pratt-Beal’s (Resource), Linda Lindquist
Election of Board Members: Judy Carson, Secretary HOA, Hugh Mitchell, Merlyn Willard (resource)
Easter Sunrise Service: Dora Dissmeyer, Karen Pratt-Beal’s (resource) Friendship: Sue Meissner
Christmas Cart Parade & Judging: John Donahue, Darrell & Janet Eaton Saturday Coffee: Karen Pratt-Beal’s, Darrell & Janet Eaton
Copy Machine: Tom Charboneau, Janet Eaton
Membership: Michael Ansaldi
Community Phone Directory (Update & Delivery): Michael Ansaldi Welcome Wagon: Judy Stewart, Joan Robertson, Colleen Pessa(summer)
Informer Committee: Michael Ansaldi Editor, Stinger Printing Community Web Page: Freda Bennett, Tad Lague, Jerry White
Laundry Room Bulletin Board: Carol Ahlert
CERT: Kevin Walsh
AED: Walter Bilodeau, Jerry White (Backup)
Library: Margie Kirkwood, Mary Jane Harris
Vegetable Vender: Roger Glasburn 239-560-3847
ARC form: Jerry White
Network For Progress Rep: Karen Pratt-Beal’s
Community Friendship Rep: Sue Meissner
Flags: Jerry White (Laundry Room)
Golf & Tennis Assoc: Bill Fleckenstein Pickle Ball, Softball, Bocci, Shuffleboard: Peter Greco
Veterans & Men’s Club: John Donahue
Women’s Club: Dora Dissmeyer
MARCH 1, 2022
1. A Monthly Newsletter to the HOA members (The Informer)
2. Delivery of the Monthly Calendar to the LF residents.
3. Monthly meeting with the ELS Park Manager.
4. Makes a Memorial Donation @ the time of a resident’s death.
5. Provides “Friendship representative” who sends sympathy or
get- well cards to residents @ time of illness or bereavement.
6. Runs Saturday Morning Coffee Hour.
7. Provides a “Welcome Wagon” representative to visit with each
8. Oversees the library.
9. Provides copy/xerox machine for resident’s use.
10. Provide AED Machine for resident emergencies.
11. Fabricates & delivers to each resident a community phonebook. 12. Provides Cul-de-Sac Captains as a link between residents & HOA. 13. Provides a “Home Improvement & Maintenance Guide
(Vender book) for reference when a HOA member is looking for
Service personnel in the community.
14. Supports Christmas decorations in the clubhouse & on Boulevard
during the holiday season.
15. Provides a holiday Golf Cart Parade & Caroling during the
16. Has monthly meetings with residents.
17. Provides Easter Sunrise Service.
18. Provides discounted membership to BJ’s Wholesale store.
19. Overseas Bulletin board in the laundry room.
20. Provides Sound System in the Main Hall/Ballroom.
21. Provides monthly Blood Pressure testing @ Saturday morning
22. Provides residents a Community Photo Album every 4-5 years
23. Responsible for preparation of Park purchase
24. An internet website - lakefairwayshoa.com
Happy July Residents,
It is a fact that we are in the beginning of Hurricane season, and we are going to have some very high air conditioning bills for these hot summer months. Word to the wise regarding both of those facts: Be prepared, have a plan for hurricanes, and be sure your air conditioning has had its yearly check.
We just went through a tropical storm, which could have been much worse than it was. We had some winds and heavy rain. But please, do not become complacent regarding future warmings.
ELS has a hurricane guide in the lobby and available at every Saturday coffee. All the TV stations have programs regarding being prepared. Lake Fairways has survived hurricanes in the past, let's be prepared and safe so that we all survive whatever comes our way during this season.
The Board hopes that you are noticing the changes going on in the community. Trees are being taken care, comment forms are being responded to, mailbox repair/replacement has begun, our ceramic animals at the pool have been replaced, the kitchen has had some updating, there is a water fountain at the tennis courts, we have a new table top tennis table, all new equipment for the bocci court and pool table, the padlocks have been replaced and keys given out, the hot tub is working and the pool is clean, new furniture for the pool should be here in September, nighttime security should be starting soon, and Internet in the clubhouse is promised soon, new staffing hired for various locations, and we have a manager that is hands on – out in the field.
The Board is considering having a community meeting for the month of July. There are enough people that have been asking why we don’t have a meeting during the summer. The by-laws and 723 state that it is not a requirement, however we think keeping our community informed is also our responsibility. Watch for the date on your July calendar.
As always, you know your Board is always available. We are here to help you with any concerns and comments you may need help with. We are very happy to have established an open, and cooperative relationship with Jason Myers, our General Manager.
Be safe, be happy, Karen Pratt Beals
HOALF Board of Directors President
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
Residents of Lake Fairways Community,
Summer is approaching, and here we are wishing our friends that are leaving for their “other home,” safe travels. These are uncertain times, and we hope that all those leaving, for any period, will stay well, be happy, and look forward to returning to their home here in Lake Fairways.
Life continues here in Lake Fairways during the summer. The calendar for each month is filled with events, meetings, and activities.
We have wonderful groups like Summer Fun and Party Pals who have activities planned throughout the summer, beginning with May 1st.
The men’s club will continue to have their monthly cook out.
Groups of card players still meet. Just check your calendar.
And be a volunteer – I can’t think of any group that isn’t always looking for people to help.
Lately the Board of Directors has become the brunt of criticism for Rules and Regulations concerning events, parties or activities occurring in the clubhouse. The Board did not make any of the rules for the community, and we do not enforce them. Unfortunately, there have been things that have taken place in the past that ELS now feels those rules and regulations need to be enforced. Rules and regulations are made for a reason, for the protection of everyone, as well as for our community.
What happened to common sense, values, morals, trust, manners, respect? Most of us were raised with those and live with them daily. However, when we have people that litter our roads (59 beer cans last weekend) not picking up after their dogs, not respecting the noise ordinances, leaving litter behind at the pool for others to pick up, purposely damaging the hot tub, throwing statutes in the pool, having no regard to the speed limits on our roads, taking light bulbs from lamps in the clubhouse, it bears reminding everyone, this is our community, this is our home, all of us just want to live here and be happy. So, let those of us with those values, set an example!
The next general meeting of the community will be in September.
During the summer the Board of Directors will continue to meet with management and will keep you informed with minutes being posted on our website (lakefairwayshoa.com) and with the Informer.
Have a healthy, safe, and wonderful May!
Karen Pratt Beals HOALF Board of Directors President
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
Lake Fairways residents: If you are at the pool and using an umbrella, please close the umbrella before you leave the pool area. The winds are doing damage to the few umbrellas we have left when they are left open. If we can’t remember to close the umbrellas, the umbrellas are going to be removed from the pool area. Thank you.
We are having our fellow residents being attacked by a creature that is wild. That is why the “Do Not Feed The Wildlife “rule is in effect. Documented cases can receive a fine as much as $500. You may think feeding the birds is harmless. This is just one of the many problems it causes. Palm rats love those seeds and bread that is thrown out.
PLEASE stop feeding all wildlife
Residents: Please remember there is no parking allowed other than in the driveway of your own home.
Parking on the grass is not allowed.
Please remember: THE PARTITION WALLS IN THE CLUBHOUSE ARE NOT TO BE OPENED, CLOSED OR ADJUSTED BY RESIDENTS. MAINTENANCE WILL MOVE OR ADJUST IF REQUESTED.
HOA GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH