Paperless Communication Program



Let’s go green! Enroll in our electronic communication’s email opt-in program to receive official communications via email and drop the snail mail. Together, we’ll save money and trees and help the environment by producing less paper waste.

You may log on to tahoedonner.com/opt-in to enroll online, or complete and sign the attached document and submit to us via fax or email.

Questions? Send us an email or call us at 530-587-9400, ext. 0.

Note: Paperless communication does not include election materials and/or voting procedures, which must by California law be posted by U.S. Mail.

June 3, 2016

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Town of Truckee Gets New Logo, Branding and Website



The Town of Truckee has a new face with a new vibe. What started as a place-based marketing initiative in 2015 has evolved into a new identity for the town in 2016, consisting of two main parts: a Truckee brand identity and a redesigned website. The Truckee Chamber of Commerce recently debuted the new town branding and identity, complete with a new logo/tagline (pictured above), personality and voice. The new website is also expected to make its introduction sometime this summer.

The goal behind these developments was to find a way to create one comprehensive look and tagline that united the entire town with a new identity. After careful consideration and research, Truckee’s new tagline, “Base camp for a big life” was introduced and will be collectively used by Town of Truckee, Truckee Downtown Merchants Association (TDMA), the Truckee Chamber of Commerce and any other Truckee business who wishes to use the logo and branding, as individually approved by the Truckee Chamber.

The new logo and tagline creates a consistent, authentic message about Truckee that can now be communicated to the public across multiple channels. Businesses interested in using the town’s new branding can reference the Truckee Brand Style Guide and submit a request form, both available online at truckeechamber.com.

June 2, 2016

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Tennis Tips: Neutral, Offensive, Defensive



IF YOU’RE NOT HITTING, YOU’RE MOVING

By Ian Mindell

Tennis is a movement-based sport, yet many of us don’t move enough. What’s that you say? You move all over the place? Ok, let me clarify. We don’t move to the correct spot on the court enough. We don’t move enough after we hit or our partner hits so we end up doing all of the moving after our opponent hits. The question I often get is where a player is supposed to move after they hit. Often, they just stay where they are or go back to the same spot and wait to see what their opponents do.This is problematic in a number of ways.

First, you are creating a movement imbalance by having to do twice as much work after your opponents hit because very little happened after you or your partner hit. This leaves you little time to get your feet set and attempt to hit an effective shot. It tends to feel more like a game of fetch than a planned strategic shot placement. Second, the ability to consistently step into your shot to create easy power and to cut down on the angles is compromised. The lack of recovery movement often leaves you uncertain if you should run forwards, sideways or backwards to get the ball.

So how do we fix this? It is as easy as two simple ideas: V for victory, and the offense, neutral and defensive recovery positions. The V for victory is the movement pattern that you should try to create when you play tennis. Moving on the tennis court from the moment the opponent hits the ball in a V to where the ball is going to be will help get your bodyweight through the shot, cut down on the time your opponent has to recover and react and give you better angles into your opponent’s side of the court.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION

How do we make the V for Victory movement work? Simple. After you or your partner has hit a shot, make a quick judgment as to what the shot did or did not do to the opponent. For example, if you felt the shot was hit offensively from your side of the court, try to move forward a couple of steps in anticipation of a weak reply. If you felt the shot was hit defensively, look to move back a couple of steps in order to help defend a possible offensive reply from the opponent. This turns your normally reactive tennis game into a proactive one. If you still get caught out of position, try to adjust to a different position on the court the next time a similar situation arises. This way you are always looking to find the ideal spot to recover to each time the ball leaves your side of the court. You are not always going to be in the right spot, so try to move more after you hit, and this will hopefully help solve the puzzle of your opponent’s game and lead you to victory.

See you moving on the courts!

May 31, 2016

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Alder Creek Cafe Open Daily



Grab some delicious lunch today! Known for healthy and organic homemade food, the Alder Creek Cafe at Alder Creek Adventure Center is now open daily for lunch all summer long. From a strawberry and pistachio salad to shrimp tacos, we have lots of lunch options for you to try. Pictured above is our veggie panini. Preview the menu and stop by this week.

LUNCH HOURS: daily, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Additionally, if you love happy hour, return to the Alder Creek Adventure Center every Friday and Saturday and visit Trailside, a bar that offers a special tasting plates menu, plus happy hour: $4 draft selections, $4 house Cabernet and Chardonnay, and a $6 chef’s choice food special.

BAR HOURS: Friday and Saturday, 4 – 8 p.m.

May 9, 2016


Planning for Capital Improvements at Tahoe Donner



How are Capital Improvements paid for?

Tahoe Donner was created over 40 years ago. Over time, infrastructure has aged and member preferences have changed, reflecting the demographics of a younger and more family-oriented membership. To counter the deterioration of aging infrastructure and reflect the values expressed in our Strategic Plan, Tahoe Donner created the Development Fund for capital improvements. Instead of funding capital improvements through special assessments, Tahoe Donner sets aside $250 of each member’s annual assessment in the Development Fund, which avoids financial surprises for members and provides sustainable financial support for capital improvements.

How is the Development Fund spent?

Ideas for improvement come from many sources.

  • Members who use Tahoe Donner amenities provide feedback about deficiencies they see, such as the deterioration of the older locker rooms at Trout Creek.
  • Staff documents “pinch-points,” such as the lack of sufficient parking during peak use periods.
  • Members experience attractions at other locations and express their desire to see them at Tahoe Donner.
  • Repair costs grow so large that a total replacement is more prudent. An example of this would be the Alder Creek Adventure Center replacing the Cross Country/Equestrian Center.
  • Regulatory or technology changes provide an opportunity for cost savings such as the addition of solar power.
  • All of these ideas are evaluated and balanced against the funds available in the Development Fund. Those ideas that provide the greatest benefit for members are prioritized in a list and presented to the board by staff and the member-volunteer General Plan Committee (GPC). Over the last 10 years, more than $16.4 million of major improvements have been made to Tahoe Donner assets by this process.

Why create a new Capital Projects Spending Process?

Over the last three months, the GPC and staff, assisted by members with specific expertise in capital planning, documented a new Capital Projects Spending Process (CPSP). The starting point of this documentation was the work plans that Tahoe Donner has used successfully for years. The end point is a structured, informed and transparent process for taking capital projects from idea to completion. This ensures comprehensive evaluation during project development, accountability for the investment of time and finances, and ongoing transparency for members and other stakeholders.

What is the new CPSP?

The CPSP is a “stage-gate” business process where the necessary tasks are grouped into stages that must be completed in order to trigger the next gate of funds needed to proceed. The GPC, staff and board of directors uses this method to provide clarity and accountability for all stakeholders.

The CPSP has six stages, which are shown in the infographic below this article or you may download it here:

  1. Idea generation
  2. Project selection
  3. Conceptual design
  4. Final design
  5. Construction
  6. Post-project review

To reduce confusion, the CPSP also contains clear definitions of terms. When a member sees the word “estimate” or “quote” they will realize that the finalized and defined costs and schedules have not yet been determined. Those of us who have done home improvements know that the scope and costs of our projects change as we learn about challenges and opportunities. Only when we have the final design and scope in hand with hard quotations from vendors can we have a dependable budget of time and money.

What does the new CPSP do for me?

Tahoe Donner is currently redesigning its website. Included in the new website will be a way to easily track the progress of capital improvement projects. At the same time, other communications such as email, the Tahoe Donner News magazine, town hall meetings, and more will be used to inform members and other stakeholders.

In the meantime, the current website contains the Strategic Plan, the detailed Capital Projects Spending Process flowchart (at right), and soon the Land Management Plan will be added. All new projects will be evaluated to be consistent with these overarching visions.

The GPC is beginning the work on master plans for each amenity which will involve input and feedback from members. These will also provide guidance for project selection. For example, the Downhill Ski Area’s focus as “The Best Place to Begin” helped direct the installation of snowmaking to its Learning Center. Once the new master plans are completed, they will be available on the website.

Your participation in the capital projects spending and planning processes is essential in keeping Tahoe Donner the vibrant mountain community that we all love. If you’d like to volunteer to be involved on a GPC Task Force, please contact either Dwight Walker or Michael Sullivan at GPC@tahoedonner.com.

Download a PDF here.

More information on Capital Projects can be found here.

May 7, 2016


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