WESTWIND CLUB
NEWSLETTER

February 2017

WESTWIND CLUB
P.O. BOX  N10481
NASSAU, BAHAMAS

MANAGERS REPORT
Stephen Darville

 

 

 

A new year is upon us once again, and we do hope 2017 will be a very good one for all.  We  have  several projects planned for the year including the continuation of installing new kitchens. We will be purchasing our own commercial laundry  equipment which will be high quality    Whirlpool/Maytag models; two washers and four dryers will be installed in the
current laundry room as we have decided against moving the facility due to the noise factor. As you may recall, our intention was to move the laundry to the building between units 6 and 7, but after careful consideration, we are no longer going forward with this idea.

The carpet in the master bedrooms will be replaced will porcelain tiles, and throw rugs will be added as well; however, the carpeting will remain on the steps and in the loft area.  Some of the sofa-beds will be replaced and/or reupholstered as needed, as well as any other seating that looks worn, both inside or outside on the patios.

We have ordered two large capacity diesel containers for our generators so that we can rest
assured of continuous power even during extended blackout periods. This was a concern
during the last hurricane, but fortunately our generators served us well. No more toting fuel.

 

So here’s to another wonderful year in paradise – we look forward to sharing it with you!

 

 

 

Treasurer's Report
Jim Robinson

 

 

 

The Bahamian Government very generously lowered the Property Taxes for the years 2015 and 2016
allowing Westwind to pay off the generators, install four new kitchens and build four more for completion when vacancies permit.  The 2017 taxes will return to our former amounts and to make up for the
generous gift we will have to make certain we pay the bill before the end of March. 

In addition, the world-wide decrease in fuel costs has given Westwind an additional bonus.  However, the past two months have seen fuel costs beginning to creep back to the level they were a year ago.  There is still some benefits being realized because of the new windows each unit has had installed over the past two years.  So, while our costs may be raising, our usage is decreasing.  This is an area our owners and guests can contribute a lot of savings by being aware of wasted A/C, do not bar the door open when the
air conditioning is on.

 

*Important Notice about Using Your Credit and/or Debit Card*

 

When checking out or settling your tab at the Club, payment of any monies owed can be done on your credit and/or debit card (Visa, Master Card or American Express).  However, please note that the resort is charged a fee of 4.5% for each transaction which is passed on to you, the paying guest.  There is also a Value Added Tax charged on the 4.5%.  For example, if you are paying a $100.00 bar bill on your credit and/or debit card, there will be a charge for the use of the credit and/or debit card of $4.50 plus Value added tax of 34 cents for a total of $104.84.  All charges placed on your credit and/or debit card must be done through the office in person or by telephone at 1-242-327-7680.

 

 


 

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Donavan Meyer

 

 

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) meeting was held on January 3, 2017 at the clubhouse. 
We were very pleased that this was so well attended.  Owners presented many topics for
discussion.  One was how much those that have seen the new kitchens loved them.  They are beautiful!  We will be proceeding with the completion of additional units as opportunity
presents itself.  In an effort to minimize noise and disruption of your vacation due to
construction, we ask that you please be flexible if you are requested to change units while
you are there.  We have set a goal of completing all the units by the end of 2018.

 

The subject was raised about the club’s policy on smoking in the clubhouse area.  It was
explained that smoking at the bar was not allowed out of courtesy to the Westwind staff, none of whom smoke.  Smoke generally tends to drift into the confined working area behind the bar.  A very large number of the members present were requesting that the Board consider not permitting smoking in the clubhouse proper.  Discussion followed, most of which was in favor of making the clubhouse a NON-SMOKING area. 

 

In the Board meetings following the AGM, the Board debated the pros and cons of this change

in policy.  There are smokers on the Board who were concerned about where smoking would be allowed.  After much discussion, a motion was made and passed to adopt a NON-SMOKING
policy in the clubhouse.  Signs will be posted and smokers will be asked to confine smoking

outside the perimeter of the clubhouse (pool deck and the tiki hut area in front).  The trend

toward making all public areas non-smoking is becoming more prominent throughout the

United States and other countries.  We need to conform and abide by the opinion of most our owners.  Please cooperate. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM SALES/RESALES
Ray Weigel / Nancy Eagle

 

 

Please be aware that if you want the Club to list your unit for sale, your maintenance fees must be current and the unit may not be space banked or rented.  

Also, be very careful of trying to sell your unit through some organization you don't know.  If they tell you that you have no more responsibility for your fees, they're wrong.  According to Club bylaws we must accept
the transaction before the registry of owners is changed.  Can someone else sell the unit for you or can
you sell it yourself?  Yes, but please let us know who and when before you sell it so we can determine if
it is acceptable.  

I have warned about this in previous newsletters, but owners keep allowing these sometime "dubious"
organizations to talk them into the "deal".

 

 

 

 

Lauren’s Bargain Bin — SPRING up your ownership

See the Link on the Home Page

 

 

 

 

Donnie Burger Featured in Men’s Journal Magazine!!

 

 

 

Westwind Club

The Westwind Club is an inconspicuous timeshare enclave just west of downtown with a lovely sliver of beach and a huge patio offering panoramic views of land and sea. The ocean-side bar serves excellent conch fritters and a locally renowned "Donny burger" (after the longtime barman), as well as every rum-based cocktail in the book. The idyllic pool and hammock make the perfect milieu for recovering from last night's mistakes.

Credit: John O'Connor

 

Way to go Donnie! 

Editors Note:   our Donnie Burger and all other bar food is STILL the lowest price on the Island!!!  Have a few while you are here.   Burgers and Beer overlooking our piece of heaven  - can’t ask for anything better :)
                         

 

 

 

 

From the Editor

Nancy Eagle

As your RCI liason, I am providing an important price update (below) for our members who belong to RCI.

“For more than 40 years, RCI has been dedicated to serving you as a valued business partner as we work together to send millions of families on amazing vacations. 

To help ensure we can continue delivering the best service possible, there will be changes to some of the fees associated with the RCI Weeks® exchange program. Effective January 1, 2016, exchange fees will increase by 5% to $219 USD ($303 CAD) for RCI.com bookings and $229 USD ($317 CAD) for call center bookings. Membership and enrollment fees will remain unchanged.”

 

 

 

 


FROM THE FRONT DESK

  Lauren

 

 

Please be advised that, as a result of the Annual General Meeting held on January 3, 2017, smoking is no longer permitted anywhere within the (roofed) clubhouse.  It is permissible on the outside decks and around the thatched tiki hut area.  We hope everyone will give their full cooperation in this matter. 

Also, our book selection is not very inviting these days, so all donations are welcome if you have extra room (and poundage!) in your suitcases.

 

 

On another note, we are having serious issues with suntan oil stains (and makeup) on our bath
towels and face cloths.  Unfortunately these stains cannot be removed, so we are discarding an alarming quantity of towels each week.   We would like to ask everyone to please try to wipe or rinse off the oils before using the towels.  Thank you for your continued cooperation.

 

 

 

 

 

AIRPORT PICKUPS:
EDDIE NO LONGER WAITS AT THE AIRPORT FOR ARRIVALS BECAUSE OF FLIGHT DELAYS AND LONG IMMIGRATION LINES. PLEASE CALL HIM ON HIS CELL PHONE WHILE YOU WAIT FOR YOUR LUGGAGE. HIS CELL NUMBER IS:  (242)-557-5383.
HE WILL THEN LET YOU KNOW IF HE CAN PICK YOU UP.

 

BEACH TOWELS:
TO HELP REDUCE WEAR AND TEAR ON THE BEACH TOWELS, PLEASE EXCHANGE THEM ONLY IF THEY ARE WET AND/OR DIRTY, AS NECESSARY. THANK YOU!

 

LEFTOVER FOOD/GROCERIES:
WHEN DEPARTING ON SATURDAYS, PLEASE KNOW THAT ANY FOOD LEFT IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR IS GLADLY RECEIVED BY YOUR HOUSEKEEPER!  WE
ENCOURAGE YOU NOT TO BRING ITEMS UP TO THE BAR AS WE DON’T HAVE THE SPACE, AND THEY OFTEN GO TO WASTE, UNFORTUNATELY.

 

 

 

OWNERS PLEASE REMEMBER TO CALL THE CLUB FIRST BEFORE BANKING YOUR WEEK WITH RCI OR GIVING IT TO SOMEONE ELSE IF YOU HAVE ASKED US TO TRY AND RENT IT.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP IN TOUCH REGARDING THE STATUS OF YOUR RENTAL, AND WE HAVE HAD SOME CLOSE CALLS WITH DOUBLE-BOOKINGS BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO DO SO.  YOUR COOPERATION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

 

 

 

Please follow our rules which forbid defacing the building or hanging items on the building.   Screw hooks and nails used for festive Holiday decorations  could compromise our efforts to keep the buildings termite free.  Each hole in the fascia board presents an opportunity for an entrance to the wood being protected.   We all want to celebrate our Holidays but we need the support of all owners  in following this rule.  Also do not hang clothing items on the building.

Another housekeeping issue is the extreme soiling of our towels and face clothes.  Please use the Kleenex provided in each unit to remove make-up—–the biggest culprit!   With your help we will need to throw away less laundry

 

 We have mounted an Emergency Cabinet in the hallway closet door, beside the office. It is available for use 24/7. In addition to medical first aid supplies it contains our Defibrillator.

    AS A REMINDER FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY THE CLUBHOUSE AREA IN THE EVENINGS TO SWIM, SOCIALIZE OR WATCH TV, PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF GUESTS AND OWNERS STAYING IN UNITS 20, 21 AND 22. AND KEEP NOISE LEVELS AT A MINIMUM.  CLOSING THE SLIDING GLASS DOORS NEAREST THE POOL WILL HELP TO BUFFER VOICES AS WELL.   EVERYONE ENJOYS A GOOD TIME AND FOLKS ARE HERE FOR REST AND RELAXATION AS WELL, SO DO KEEP YOUR NEIGHBOR’S BEST INTERESTS IN MIND AND BE RESPECTFUL OF THEIR PEACE AND QUIET! 

 

 PASSPORT///PASSPORT///PASSPORT///

 AIRLINES MAY DENY BOARDING TO THE BAHAMAS IF YOUR PASSPORT EXPIRES WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF ENTRY.

 

CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
June 2010

Donavan Meyer, President

James Robinson, Treasurer

Nancy Eagle, Marketing,  Newsletter Editor

Carole Engle, Personnel, Unit interiors

Michael O’Connor, Secretary

Pete Seibert , Webmaster

Raymond Weigel III, Sales and Resales

 
Stephen Darville, CLUB MANAGER