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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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


Tahoe Donner Purchases 640-Acre Crabtree Canyon



Tahoe Donner to Purchase and Preserve 640-Acre Crabtree Canyon

With approval from its board of directors, Tahoe Donner Association is working with the Truckee Donner Land Trust and their partners, The Nature Conservancy and The Northern Sierra Partnership, to move forward with the acquisition of a 640-acre parcel of land located in Carpenter Valley and adjacent to Tahoe Donner’s existing 6,700-plus acres and Euer Valley.

The southern-most portion of the property, which includes Crabtree Canyon, is a gateway between Euer Valley and Carpenter Valley and will be owned and managed by Tahoe Donner. This is phase one of a much larger open space effort by Truckee Donner Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and The Northern Sierra Partnership. Further protection will be ensured by a permanent conservation easement held by the Truckee Donner Land Trust. The larger surrounding Carpenter Valley property, which has remained in private hands since the mid-19th century, is expected to be part of a Truckee Donner Land Trust purchase in 2017.

Our association’s vision as a desirable mountain community includes providing attractive and well-maintained facilities and amenities while maintaining accessible and healthy natural surroundings. The acquisition of the Crabtree parcel will also protect Tahoe Donner’s borders from future development.

In addition to preserving, protecting and maintaining Crabtree Canyon, this land parcel will also create new recreational opportunities for Tahoe Donner residents.

“This purchase also expands services to our membership,” Miller said. “It will allow Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area to reopen 16 percent of our Nordic ski terrain that had previously closed due to land use concerns,” Miller explained. Tahoe Donner will also be exploring future opportunities over this property for hiking, biking, and equestrian usage in accordance with its comprehensive trails master plan and land use master plan.

Working with the Truckee Donner Land Trust, Tahoe Donner’s General Plan Committee, management and staff were able to negotiate the Crabtree Canyon purchase for less than $800 per acre. The Land Trust originally purchased this parcel for $2.4 million; our purchase price was $500,000, which equates to under $80 per Tahoe Donner member. Also, the funding for this purchase will require no special assessment to existing Tahoe Donner homeowners. It is covered by the development fund portion of the association’s existing budget, which is comprised of a percentage of each homeowner’s annual assessment.

Non-motorized summer and winter activities will be encouraged on the new parcel of land and officials from the Truckee Donner Land Trust envision a loop trail around the valley, with plans to link Tahoe Donner Independence Lake Preserve via a new trail system. Additionally, with our own forestry department actively working to minimize the threat of wildfire, and with motorized recreational vehicles prohibited throughout the year, this purchase successfully protects additional resources and valuable open space, allowing us to further achieve our vision and guiding principles, which include environmental stewardship.

“This land acquisition helps us move forward in keeping with our guiding principles, which includes environmental stewardship,” said Robb Etnyre, Tahoe Donner’s general manager. “The majority of our members surveyed last summer identified protecting and investing in open space and trails as a top priority for the association.”

“Carpenter Valley is one of the most spectacular — and little known — valleys in the entire Northern Sierra. Preserving the pristine natural beauty of our surroundings and ensuring continued recreational access is of utmost importance to us,” said Perry Norris, executive director of the Truckee Donner Land Trust. “This is a critical open space that is of great value to our community, and we are pleased to work with Tahoe Donner Association to help us protect it.”

Norris added that this land deal will help the Truckee Donner Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and The Northern Sierra Partnership with a future land acquisition of the larger Carpenter Valley area in 2017. Once acquired, that property will be open to the public for the first time in over a century. An announcement will be made once this larger purchase is officially completed.

Future article on this open space acquisition will be published in the May issue of Tahoe Donner News.

See a larger version of this map.

More information:

About the Truckee Donner Land Trust

The Truckee Donner Land Trust preserves and protects scenic, historic and recreational lands with high natural resource values in the greater Truckee Donner region and manage recreational activities on these lands in a sustainable manner. Learn more at: www.tdlandtrust.org.

Media Contact:
Perry Norris
Truckee Donner Land Trust
Ph: 530-386-7605
perry@tdlandtrust.org

April 7, 2016


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