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More pages. Resting.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

Some page content has been added to RoyalPalmSocialClub.com today. I added to the Newsletters page by providing an accordion menu to display the links to download newsletters, past and present. The menu is organized by year, and the newsletter links will be set in descending order by date. So far I have a handful of 2016 newsletters available and an accordion place for 2015, but I will be adding to that as time goes on. My goal is to have all newsletters from the very beginning available here, and that is a lot of them since the park was established more than 45 years ago!




Recycling. Breakfast at Village Inn.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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The second of two loads heading to the recycling bins


Up to our ears in trash would have been a good term to use. It had been WAY TOO LONG since I hauled to the recycle bins and today was the day to get it done. Royal Palm Social Club does recycling of aluminum, cardboard, paper, and #1 and #2 plastics. The recycle basket under the kitchen sink had been overflowing for a week or more, there was a collection of cardboard boxed on the deck, and the area around my recycle cans behind the deck was, to turn a phrase, trashy. I started with the cardboard boxes, knocking them down flat, and loading them in the golf cart. There was enough to make a whole load of that, so Elaine and the boys and I headed off to the bins.




Newsletter 1. Newsletter 2.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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The cover of the October issue of The Palm Press


Whew! Glad to get the newsletter out! The volunteers gathered at 9:30 this morning in the clubhouse and by 10:00 all 320 newsletters had three flyers inserted, had a rubber bank wrapped around them, and were distributed into bags for the delivery volunteers - there are seven "routes". They were augmented today with three ladies who will be involved with an upcoming health fair, which was the subject of one of the flyer inserts. This newsletter is larger than my previous two, at 20 pages. I think that is an optimum size since it seems to give me enough room to express what I want and to report on what is happening. We use the  UPS office near Central and Dunlap; the newsletter is printed with the covers, inside and out, in color and the rest in black-and-white. The 20-page version costs us less than 87¢ each.




Hectic day. Newsletter.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

It was a busy and hectic day today! I started off putting on the finishing touches to the Royal Palm newsletter, then took it to UPS for printing around 8:30 this morning. When they brought it up on the screen there we noted a problem with the front page; the masthead is supposed to have a faded-back photo of the entry sign with the words The Palm Press superimposed near the top. However, the photo was not faded, so the name did not show up well. I headed back home and worked on that, finding that I  had not used the correct PDF printing routine to produce the file I took to the printer. Once I used the correct driver the front page came out properly. Then back to UPS again. It was a busy morning for them with only one person on duty, so it took a while before the project was a go. I got home around 10:00.




Newsletter. Motorhome.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

Final edits are being done on the Royal Palm Social Club newsletter - The Palm Press - and it will go to the printer tomorrow morning. I printed out two draft copies yesterday and gave them to  George Immerso and Leslie Nielsen for review. George and Leslie both reviewed the content and Leslie also did an excellent job of proofreading and suggested some valuable changes. As of late this afternoon I have all the copy available and will wrap it up this evening and have Elaine do a fresh review before it goes out. Then on Friday our volunteer team will do two inserts and fold them, then they will be delivered.




Block Watch. Leftovers. Remote batteries.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Phoenix AZ

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Officer C J Young explaining the Block Watch program for us at Royal Palm


We are at the current end of the new Valley Metro light rail line, and that is bringing a lot of new people into our area. Many hang out at the new Quik Trip station/convenience store next door. And many transients are camping along the canal behind the property. As a result residents in Royal Palm have become concerned, though we haven't seen any rise in crime in our community yet. So President George Immerso set up contacts with the City of Phoenix Police Department's team that interacts with neighborhoods and Officer C J Young came to us tonight to help us get started with a Block Watch program. He also gave us a lot of information about other programs.