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July, August and September 2004

New Board elected
Votes for RGHA Board of Directors counted July 12 showed Riccardo Cattaneo with 140 votes and Michel Stamoulis with 139, elected to fill the two vacancies left by the departure of Steve Wyatt and Martin McReynolds, who had completed the maximum two consecutive years on the Board. Riccardo and Michel join Linda Vargas and Mark Zaifman, the holdovers from the previous Board. The vote total was well over the 128 ballots necessary for a quorum.

The new Board elected David Coyle as the fifth member to fill the vacancy created by the resignation in May of Starr Gobel. David had volunteered at the annual meeting to pick up the mail from the Association P.O. box, a valuable function he has been performing since then.

Board members then chose the following officers:
President - Linda Vargas
Vice President - Riccardo Cattaneo
Secretary - Michel Stamoulis
Director At Large - David Coyle, who later agreed to be treasurer.

Annual Picnic at the Pool Sept. 10

The annual pool picnic has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10.

Please bring a dish to share. The Association will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments and soft drinks. All Association members are welcome. Bring the kids and enjoy getting together with your neighbors.

Speaking of the Pool - a Correction

An earlier Newsletter carried the wrong information about the number to call to report uncontrollable rowdy behavior at the pool. Don't call the police emergency number (911).

Call the Santa Rosa police dispatcher at 528-5222. (Thanks to the homeowner who pointed this out).

Also, PLEASE BE SURE THE POOL GATES ARE LOCKED WHEN YOU LEAVE. The gates are on spring hinges that will swing shut if given a bit of help. Please be sure they click shut. This is for the safety of neighborhood children as well as pool security. If you find the gates won't close properly, report it to the RGHA voice mail at 547-9848.

Two other points

  • No diapered kids in the pool, please. Be considerate of others.
  • The pool is not for use by children in day care.

Cleaning up the Creek

Arroyo Sierra Creek (also called Sierra Creek or Sierra Park Creek) runs through our neighborhood and provides a pleasant place for a stroll. Unfortunately, it's choked with non-native plants, including wildly invasive blackberries. Now there's a plan to clean up the creek.

Recently, Alistair Bleifuss of the city's Creek Stewardship Program met with an RGHA board member and two residents of adjoining areas - Dotty Geiger of the Sierra Creek neighborhood east of the creek and Bill Montgomery, who lives on Summerfield Road.

We agreed to join forces for a Creek Workday on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, assembling at 8:30 a.m. at the Sierra Creek swimming pool on Arroyo Sierra Circle (a narrow street off Hoen Avenue, between Mariposa and the London House.

Please dress for outdoor work. Bring leather gloves and clippers if you have them. The Creek Stewardship Program will provide refreshments, work gloves for those who don't have them and trash bags. City Recreation and Parks Department will provide hand tools and wood chips for spreading on the path, and will haul away plants that have been ripped out.

With cooperation from our neighboring homeowners group and support from the city, we hope to move on eventually to planting appropriate trees and other vegetation.

Talk to us
- the RGHA phone number is 547-9848. Leave a message on the voice mail and we'll get back to you.

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