CERT Class Graduates at ORO
The Polk County Fire and Rescue services completed the training of several members of the Outdoor Resorts at Orlando new CERT team. The team underwent several weeks of extensive training in emergency procedures and rescue techniques. Members of the team are now better prepared to assist in responding to emergencies at ORO as well as assisting with emergencies throughout Polk County.
Graduates of the CERT team in the front row are Gary Westfall and Larry Lewis. Standing are Fred Theil, Jim Boturla, Sam Stalnaker, and Dennis Donovan. John Bailey is not in the picture.
ORO is fortunate to have these dedicated volunteers who were willing to take the training and make themselves available in the event of an emergency. The group will have monthly meetings when in the park to update their training and emergency procedures.
In the summer a class was conducted for ORO staff and volunteers and included Roger Grider, Beverly Hamilton, Janna Laine, Peter Laine, Fred Tarbox, and Randy Watson.
Artists Decorate Bath House 8
|Artist in residence at Outdoor Resorts Orlando, Don Thomas, and his art class completed decorating the last of the bath houses. Bathhouse 8 is the last in a series of projects started several years ago by Thomas. The first project was decorating the pump wall at the large pool. Each following year the art class and Thomas spend many hours in prepping and painting the bathhouses. A theme for the bathhouse is chosen and then Don develops a small image on paper. Members of the class create a grid on the bathhouse and Thomas transfers the outline of the image to the side of the bathhouse. The art class then works to fill in the large painted areas while Thomas deals with the details. Each bathhouse is clear coated when finished to protect the art work for years to come. Thanks to Thomas and the art classes throughout the years we have a history or art to make ORO a more beautiful park.||
Club House Survey
At the Outdoor Resorts at Orlando Board of Director’s Meeting in October of 2013 the Board gave Jerry Bonalle and Bill Miller permission to conduct an opinion survey of the unit owners regarding the future of the club house. The BOD agreed not to publish the survey results until after the election so the survey itself would not affect the election results. Click here for report.
ORO Unit Owners Take CERT Training
Pictures by M. Boturlo
|Several ORO Unit Owners have begun training with the Polk County Fire Department as CERT Members so ORO can have its own response team. The training course was arranged by the ORO Safety Committee. There are several aspects to the training program, in this session the CERT trainees learn how to use fire extinguishers. If you would like to know more about CERT training or become involved in a future class please contact a member of the Safety Committee.|
2014 ORO New Board Members
Left to right: Beverly Hamilton (returning board member), Gary Hoeft,
Larry Lewis, and Lynn Piette (returning board member).
Free Computer Classes Underway
|Once again this year volunteers from ORO are teaching free computer classes. The iPad/iPhone class just completed and the beginner laptop class for Windows 7 and Windows 8 will start on February 6, 2014. You must sign-up for the class in the clubhouse as their is a limit to the size of the class. An Advanced Class will be held in March and will have information about managing photos, social media, real time talk programs like Skype, and how to deal with malware and viruses.|
ORO Residents on Race Circuit
||ORO unit owners Gary and Kathy Hoeft have interesting work. They travel the United States 250 days a year with a world class race car. They have a home in Michigan and at ORO but spend little time at either. Kathy says they are retiring after this season. Gary has done it for 11 years and Kathy has helped the last 9 years. They parked the car in front of the Club House for everyone to enjoy. The Ford 386 engine produces 900 horsepower and has a top speed of 225.|
Miniature Golf Course Renovated
||Both young and old golfers will appreciate the newly renovated miniature golf course at Outdoor Resorts of Orlando. Park Manger Dave Shannon shared these pictures of the updated course which residents in the park report is looking very nice. The miniature golf course is a favorite for both young and old visitors and residents of ORO and a great place for grandparents to take the grandchildren for some lively competition.|
Engineering Report Received on Club House
|The report from Universal Engineering Sciences on the forensic geotechnical exploration of the club house has been received and is available for owners to read. The Board of Directors encourages owners to review the document so they can make a educated opinion regarding the future of the club house. If you are limited on time jump to section 9.0 Conculsions and 10.0 Recommendations. The ORO Clubhouse was built on soil with organic content "greater than about 5 percent" which is not considered suitable to support structures like our club house. However, over the years the club house has settled and the report states that "Minor movement may still occur due to secondary consolidation also know as creep as the soil particles rearrange over time." The report also says that "Due to the age of the structure (40+years old), it would be reasonable to assume that a majority of primary consolidation settlement of the highly organic soils has already occurred."|