WESTWIND CLUB
NEWSLETTER

October 2016

WESTWIND CLUB
P.O. BOX  N10481
NASSAU, BAHAMAS

MANAGERS REPORT
Stephen Darville

 

 

 

We have now started our kitchen projects.  During our maintenance weeks we were able to complete four units, which were units: 9, 10, 11 and 12. (finished kitchen photo
below).  All new cabinets were installed with granite counter tops. The kitchens have new stoves, microwaves and a full-size dishwasher. There is now only one large kitchen sink (instead of two singles) which seems to be working out quite well. The renovations involved all new plumbing and electrical wiring which we were able to do ourselves. We will try to complete two more units before year’s end, providing they become
available. At present, the cabinets for units 7, 8, 14 and 15 are being made. Throughout next year, if more units become available, we will continue to renovate even before the maintenance week period.

During this time we were only able to retile the living room floor in one unit, #21. In general, all the units were touched-up and completely cleaned from top to bottom. The inventory has been checked and completed in all units. Please remember if you do take an item from one unit to another, to please return it. We have been having this problem for years with inventory, especially when there are potluck dinners in the evening!  As well, carpets were cleaned, floors were scrubbed and a few refrigerators were painted, as needed.

The Club is in tip-top shape to welcome you back, and we look forward to your
comments on the new kitchens! Here’s to another great year ahead.

 

Treasurer's Report
Jim Robinson

 

 

NOTICE REGARDING WESTWIND BILLING POLICY: IMPORTANT INFORATION, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Each year at the September meeting a budget is created for the following year.  On October 1st the first invoice is mailed for EACH week owned to the owner of that week.  Our purpose in mailing early is two-fold, it gives you, the owner, the opportunity to contact us if you have not received an invoice for EACH of the weeks you own by the third week in October.  We also offer a $20.00 per week discount to any owner whose payment is postmarked on or before the 31st of December.  The full amount of the invoice is due by the 31st of January and any payment postmarked on or before the 31st of January will not attract late fees.

Any payments postmarked after the 31st of January will attract a late fee.    To determine if a payment is made on time we look to the Postmark not the date on the check.  Until the Bahamian Government introduced the Value Added Tax we were able to send you an invoice that outlined the charge for each month.  However the new rules demand that we display other information leaving no room for a more comprehensive payment schedule.

 


 

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Donavan Meyer

 

ATTENTION ALL OWNERS

WE NEED YOUR HELP AND COOPERATION

 

Westwind Club is in the process of the most ambitious upgrade to our units in the history of our club, completely remodeling the kitchens.  During the weeks 35 and 36 maintenance period we virtually completed four units.   Simple mathematics tells us that it will take over four more years to complete this project if we can only do this during maintenance.  We have the funds and want to complete all the units as soon as we can so those of you that will be visiting the club in the near future can enjoy this fantastic upgrade.  As you know, there are weeks that units are not occupied for various reasons which can give us an opportunity to accelerate the schedule.  With proper planning, a unit and
possibly two can be completed in a week.  We just did four in two weeks.  The problem is each unit is custom measured for the cabinets and granite. We cannot make and store cabinets for the remaining 16 units to be prepared for whatever unit(s) are vacant.  The solution is to prepare cabinets for four specific units, the maximum number we can store. When any other unit(s) will be vacant, move the occupants from the units scheduled into the vacant units.  To make this work, the following requires everyone’s cooperation:

· Advise Lauren or Steve as soon as you know that you will NOT be using your unit for any given week, at least two weeks ahead of time. Understand that your unit may be occupied in order to
vacate a different unit for remodeling.

· If you have requested that your unit be rented and a renter has not been found two weeks prior to your unit week, you will allow us to schedule remodeling of the unit or to move occupants into your unit from a unit where cabinets have been made.  Bear in mind that efforts to rent units will not be compromised for kitchen remodeling.

· Be willing to stay in a different unit when you come to the club if there is a different unit for you to stay in and your unit has cabinets available.

· Be tolerant of construction work performed while you are at the club.  We will not schedule work in the same building with an occupied unit without prior permission of the owner occupying the unit.

 

Feel free to contact me or the club management if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM SALES/RESALES
Ray Weigel / Nancy Eagle

 

 

PROCEED CAREFULLY WHEN RESELLING YOU TIMESHARE

Although it has not happened a lot in the past with Westwind
Club, we have received complaints from owners who have contracted with disreputable resellers.

If you do choose to use someone other than Westwind
Club, please be careful and keep this information in mind.

* Be cautious when a timeshare reseller makes an unsolicited contact with the promise to sell your timeshare.
* Most resellers do not have willing buyers at the ready, even if they say they do.
* Never pay a substantial advance fee for resell assistance.  A reputable resell
er will charge a commission paid only on sale, just like a normal real estate transaction. 
* Deal only with licensed agents.

Please be careful, and remember we will try to help in selling your timeshare, but as always we will not make foolish promises.

 

 

Lauren’s Bargain Bin — SPRING up your ownership

See the Link on the Home Page

 

 

 

ATTENTION WESTWIND COOKS! 

From Carole Engle

 

 

Now that we are well on our way to new kitchens at Westwind Club - new hardwood cabinets, granite countertops and dishwashers - my thoughts have turned to cooking and the wonderful food we have experienced
during happy hour.  If there is enough interest, let's have a Westwind Cooks cookbook of recipes we all bring to Westwind.

Please send your favorite recipe(s) to me either through email or regular mail, and I will compile them.  My address and email are at the end of this newsletter.  The recipes can be for food or drink, snacks, salads or entrees - whatever reminds you of our home away from home.

Please include your name and week number.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

We look forward to everyone coming “HOME” after a long, hot, but enjoyable summer!!  Hopefully we will see some activity on the Bahamar premises, as a new group has taken over and will soon commence construction once again;   However, time will tell!

 

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.

 

 

  Smoking is not allowed while sitting at the bar.  We ask everyone to be respectful of others when smoking in the clubhouse proper.   There is a lovely sitting area by the Tiki hut preferable for smoking, as it is in open air.  We try to accommodate everyone and ask for your cooperation in this matter.

 

 

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
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