A busy craft day. Newsletter being proofread.

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Marvelyn Spangler, Joanie Filyaw, Nina Page, Elaine Violette, and Chris Nugent at table. Peg Glidden, Nellie Celaya, and Mary McDougale standing. Also John Koch.

Elaine and a group of ladies meet late every Tuesday morning and do their crafts and share ideas for 2-3 hours. I dropped by for a visit today to see what was happening and found more than just the ladies. There were a couple of men as well, but I did not see them doing anything crafty! Each woman works on her own project, though they sometimes share ideas and sometimes even have projects they do together. Whichever, it’s a great time. Continue reading A busy craft day. Newsletter being proofread.

Newsletter delay. Great party. Record temps again.

Two days ago (on Saturday) I reported that the April newsletter was almost done. I only had, I thought, one or two pages to complete with info and photos from the Friday and Saturday events. Well, little did I know! Since then I have received FOUR pages of additions plus several ads to prepare and insert. What was to be a 22-page newsletter will now be a 24-page newsletter with several inserts. This requires reformatting about one-third of the newsletter layout as well as working in the new content. And there are still three ads that are “maybe” coming. Continue reading Newsletter delay. Great party. Record temps again.

96 degree record. Spotlight interview.

Our 7-day forecast here in Phoenix. Tomorrow is the first day of Spring.

Normal temperature for this date is 78°, yet our high temp hit 96°! This was the last day of Winter – Spring starts tomorrow and it looks like we will cool down some at the start. Such is life in the Sonoran Desert! We have enjoyed the recent hot spell, since we like the heat. It is very comfortable to be outside on these days and even better in the pool. One drawback is that we can’t take the boys on shopping trips because it is too hot to leave them in the car.

I did some more work on the newsletter layout and content today and also delivered some ad payments to Jo Elmore, our Treasurer.

This afternoon I interviewed the Royal Palm Spotlight subject for this coming issue. I have been selecting a person of interest each month and devoting a page or so to them in the newsletter. It has been a well-received feature and people look forward to see who the spotlight will shine on each month. Except for two months when I interviewed the outgoing and then the incoming managers the interviewee has been a person who has lived in Royal Palm for some time, and the same is true for this month. I plan to follow that pattern for the foreseeable future.

Another thing I worked on today was research on Park history. I have two conflicting sources of information: one says the first residents moved into Royal Palm in April 1968, the other says April 1969. Since that will be the 50th anniversary for Royal Palm I thought it would be good to lead up to it with a series of articles starting a year out. But that means I have to resolve the date question. I started some research at the Maricopa County web system today, looking for historical maps and aerial photos. The only photos I found there were from 1969-70, so they represented either date. Now I have to continue with this search to tie down the start year.

St Patrick’s Day Dinner. Newsletter.

The crowd at the Dinner

We attended (and enjoyed) tonight’s St Patrick’s Day Dinner at the Clubhouse. Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Carrots with Yeast Rolls and Dessert for $5 per person. It was a great value, as a tasty meal. And lots of neighbors and friends to visit with and enjoy the meal – at least 90 of them, in fact. Continue reading St Patrick’s Day Dinner. Newsletter.

Paramedics Raffle and Party. Pei Wei.

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Cheryl Ringer and Betty Stroh with the check for the Paramedics. Capt Jeff in the background.

$1,753 – that is the amount of the check for funds raised by the Royal Palm Women’s Club and donated to the Phoenix Fire Department Paramedics this afternoon. The funds were raised by selling raffle tickets for items donated by residents. There were well over 100 items raffled off this afternoon, one at a time. The tickets were sold door-to-door by a group of volunteers over the last couple of weeks. This event has been going on for over 40 years and Royal Palm Community has donated around $50,000 to the Fire Department in that time. Continue reading Paramedics Raffle and Party. Pei Wei.

Bingo Cushion. Allergies lessened. O’Reilly Auto Parts. Web work.

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The Bingo Cushion Raffle flyer I made this afternoon

Gail Brazell called this afternoon and after apologizing for the short notice asked if I could make a flyer for her. She and others who run the Bingo operation here at Royal Palm had done some shopping this afternoon and they found seat cushions for sale. The one that caught their attention had Bingo sheets imprinted on it. These cushions would be good for stadium seats but also for typical folding chairs such as are found in Bingo parlors. While the folding chairs in our Royal Palm clubhouse are much more comfortable than others, I am sure they can get tiring after a time. So the Bingo team will raffle off the first one they bought today and, if successful, may purchase more for raffling in the future. Ticket prices are shown in the flyer. The proceeds will go to the Social Club, which sponsors the Bingo operation here. Bingo runs every Thursday evening and Elaine is a regular. Continue reading Bingo Cushion. Allergies lessened. O’Reilly Auto Parts. Web work.

More allergies. Women’s Club elections. Working on new web features.

Still suffering from seasonal allergies today, but not as bad as yesterday. I took one loratadin early this morning, another in early afternoon, and another after supper. That has kept things in check, though I am still having trouble breathing and I tire very easily. This too shall pass!

Elaine went to the Women’s Club meeting this morning; it was the annual elections meeting. Chris Nugent is the new President, Valerie Grotefend the new Secretary. Elaine, Vice President, and Mary Espinoza, Treasurer, were not up for election. The terms of office are two years and they elect half the officers each year. Elayne Stettmeier is the outgoing President, Cheryl Ringer the outgoing Secretary. The women are busy getting ready for the Paramedics Raffle and Party coming this Friday.

After she came home from the meeting we headed out right away for grocery shopping at Fry’s. Then after lunch we headed to Walgreen’s to pick up some prescriptions and a couple of other items and then headed over to Jared’s in Paradise Valley Mall area to pick up some earrings Elaine had left for repairs. That got us back home around 2:45 and Elaine went to the pool. I was so tired by that time that I laid back in my recliner and slept for about an hour.

I have been working over the last three days studying how to incorporate member management into my web sites. The RoyalPalmSocialClub.com site as well as the VioletteFamily.org site both need some aspects of member management, though the need for the Violette Family Association is much  greater and more complex.

The previous Violette Family site had a Member Profile page where members could log in and update aspects of their member info and had a similar function in the admin area. This was a robust system that I had written over the years and had used in several different sites. But when I moved from my SitePower system to WordPress this feature did not come right away. As evidenced by a woman who commented on one of my recent stories, there is a need for Violettes to join online as well as to maintain their info.

I have researched several plugins that provide member management functions for WordPress sites and found aspects of a couple that might do some of the job we need. But the needs of the Violette Family Association go beyond what all of them offer, so I will need to do some additional custom programming. My decision at this point is which will provide me the best base from which to start. I will also be able to use whichever system as a learning opportunity to see how various operations are carried out in WordPress systems.

For the Social Club, I just need a function to store info about members who have signed up to receive alert messages by email and/or text message and to then send the alerts when needed.

Elaine and signs. Irrigation system. Bad allergies.

Paramedics Party sign Elaine made
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St Patrick’s Day Dinner sign Elaine made

Elaine has been busy for the last week or so making signs for two upcoming events here in Royal Palm Community. The first is the Paramedics Raffle and Benefit coming up this Friday, the second the St Patrick’s Day Dinner on Saturday. Continue reading Elaine and signs. Irrigation system. Bad allergies.

Remote capture. Clearing my desk.

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My new tableside basket helps to corral all the items I keep on the table beside my recliner

After months of cursing when I brush items off the table beside my recliner, and having to get up to retrieve them, I finally made what I hope will be a solution. I bought a 3″x12″ wire basket, painted it black, and attached it to the far side of my tabletop. In addition to my tablet and my drink glasses, I also have the Dish remote, the TV remote, the Roku remote, the remote for volume adjustment of our wireless speakers, the mouse for my tablet, and several eye medicines for Gizmo. The tabletop was very busy, and though I tried to keep things organized some were always dropping off the far side. The basket not only extends the area of my table space but will also capture anything that gets brushed to the back. Continue reading Remote capture. Clearing my desk.

Great day at pool. Progress on sending email.

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Bill, Agnes, Pete, Elaine, Jackie, and Peggy in the pool
Some family groups enjoying poolside

What a great day at the pool! With sunny skies and temps in the high 80s, the time was good and several family groups came out to spend some time at poolside. And, of course, the usual group plus a couple others were in the pool itself. I did my usual swimming routine, adding another five minutes to the duration; 40 minutes now. Continue reading Great day at pool. Progress on sending email.