Board meeting. Newsletter. Gallery.

It was Royal Palm Social Club Board meeting time. Elaine, as an officer, attended it this morning and I went along as newsletter and web editor to watch and listen from the sidelines to be prepared for newsletter content. It was a fairly short meeting; there were only a few items to discuss and only one to take action on, and three of the Board members had something to do around 11:00. The newly-elected Board members attended the meeting as well; they will take office in January. Continue reading Board meeting. Newsletter. Gallery.

More deck cleaning. Golf cart. Christmas Dinner.

Rear seat up for riding
Rear seat down for hauling cargo

Yesterday the new golf cart deck was loaded with cardboard going to recycle so I couldn’t show it fully. So here’s a couple of photos to show you the features of that new seat/deck. The seat can be folded up as in the first photo to provide a seat for one or two people. By flipping the seat down, as in the second photo, it forms a deck for hauling cargo. In both photos you can see the lower step that makes a foot rest when riding; that same step provides room for more cargo when the seat is down. In addition, the original cargo space now under the seat is still there and can be used whether the seat is up or down. Continue reading More deck cleaning. Golf cart. Christmas Dinner.

Christmas labels, continued. Purple wheel cover. Christmas decorations.

Our new steering wheel cover for our golf cart

I found yet another purple item for our golf cart – a black-and-purple steering wheel cover – and installed it today. It was a little larger diameter to fit a regular steering wheel, so I had to cut a 3-inch chunk out of it. But I applied the steering wheel knob bracket to cover the split so it worked out okay. It looks pretty good, and fits with Elaine’s popular purple/violet motif. Continue reading Christmas labels, continued. Purple wheel cover. Christmas decorations.

Halloween in the Park. Moon Valley Cafe.

Halloween golf cart
Here’s the front view of our golf cart, with a huge spider on top

Today was Hallowe’en Parade day. Several of us decorated our golf carts and some others decorated their motorized scooters. We all gathered at noon and headed out driving slowly around the streets of the Park. Many of us made a lot of noise blowing our horns, and Marv had some seasonal music playing on his golf cart. Many residents were out front of their houses to watch the parade go by; Elaine and I as well as a couple of others had bags of candy which we handed out to the watchers. Some folks had young kids visiting, and they were excited to get the candy. Continue reading Halloween in the Park. Moon Valley Cafe.

Samsung TV remote. Golf car batteries. Elaine and Jan.

Samsung app
The Samsung remote app on my smartphone

We have a Samsung Smart TV in the office and from the very start we could ¬†not find the remote that came with it. Pete Petersen helped me select a universal remote and we have been using that all along. But recently we lost channel 51 and needed to reprogram the channel list and needed the Samsung remote to do it. So I went to the Google store and found an app for my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone which seems to provide all the functions the original remote¬†would have, so now we are back in business again. See photo at left. And we have channel 51 again. While I was playing around with that app I took the time to modify the channel list we see on-screen to eliminate all the Spanish-language ones as well as a couple of others we don’t watch. That makes the list much smaller. Continue reading Samsung TV remote. Golf car batteries. Elaine and Jan.

Newsletter delivered, autopost to Facebook. Golf cart stutters.

The volunteer group met at the Clubhouse at 9:30 this morning to fold and stuff the newsletters, and then the volunteers who deliver them took them out to the residents. Thus another newsletter cycle is over for me. Many thanks for those volunteers, for they make a tedious job almost easy. They gather around a table and stuff the two (in this case) inserts into each newsletter then fold the newsletter in half longwise and wrap a rubber band around it. I then take counted bundles of them and pack them into bags for each delivery area. That whole process takes about a half hour to work on over 350 newsletters! Continue reading Newsletter delivered, autopost to Facebook. Golf cart stutters.

Golf cart changes. Newsletter stuff.

steering knob
I added a steering spinner knob on the golf cart to make it easier for Elaine to steer.
clock
We now have a small LED clock on the golf cart dashboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finally added a steering spinner knob to the golf cart, to make it easier for Elaine to steer. There is no power steering on those machines! I had put one on our previous golf cart but left it there when we passed it on. The knob is not permanently attached, as I still need to shim under the strap so it will fit tightly. Today I just wanted to get it in position and fairly tight so that Elaine could test it out. We now have the correct position and tomorrow I will do the shimming for a tight fit. While I was at the parts store buying the knob, I also spotted an LED clock to add to the dashboard. I have been wanting to do that ever since we bought the cart. Continue reading Golf cart changes. Newsletter stuff.

Block Watch. Leftovers. Remote batteries.

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. Continue reading Block Watch. Leftovers. Remote batteries.