A Neighborhood Is Much More Than Having a House Next Door!
Thanks, Social Committee!
When someone has a good idea and runs with it, wow, what can be accomplished.
That good idea, the creation of Arbor Grove Social Committee, stems from the team of Judy Oosterhoff and Judy Balthazor, our very first Social Committee Co-Chairs.
According to Judy O, the inaugural Social Committee “Was FABULOUS.” The initial group of members agreed that the top priority was to survey every Arbor Grove resident to find out what concerns they had and what activities they might enjoy. Remember, Arbor Grove is about the lifestyle!
The original surveys had somewhat surprising results. The first concern was Fire Safety, Medical Safety, and Personal Safety. Hearing those concerns, Judy O met with BFPD Fire Chief. Chief St. Louis came to Arbor grove and made an informational presentation to a standing-only crowded clubhouse. Chief presented information on fires, fire safety, smoke alarms, and the ‘Knox Box’ Program. That’s when they developed a schedule for the fire department to make rounds in the Fall to those folks wanting batteries changed in their smoke alarms and annual dryer vent cleaning. Folks started signing up for the Knox Box program as well as the File of Life program. Over 60 magnetic documentation files were distributed. More are still available in the Clubhouse! Thankfully, Linda Klette continues to organize these activities.
The next top category was a ‘Welcoming’ Sub-Committee to welcome new residents moving to Arbor Grove. New neighbors benefited not only from a friendly face but a great packet of information about Arbor Grove as well as our local government, educational, library, and park districts. This sub-committee is still in place today and, as many now know, an extremely important component in enhancing the quality of life in our neighborhood.
Now, to the more social aspects (The fun, yes, the fun!). Initially, the regular Social Committee activities involved the monthly Movie Night, Friday Night Happy Hours, Golf Outing, Garden/Patio Walking tour, and a Christmas Get-together (Now our Annual Tree-Trimming Party/Happy Hour and Secret Santa.
As we now know – Arbor Grove Social Committee, now led by Judy Balthazor and Karen Denoyer, took the reins and marched forward, creating an incredible array of fun activities. Judy, Karen, and the Committee Members are creative, full of fun ideas, and open to suggestions for new events for all to enjoy.
What many may not know is that this very important committee costs the homeowner’s association, not one penny! Neighbors who choose to attend events and take part make donations to support the committee in creating opportunities for events and enhancing the fun!
Just think, this committee has added a spectacular array of events in a few short years. We think you’ll be impressed and have fond memories of good times as you review the list below. Oh, and don’t forget, there are pictures of many of these events on the website. Look at the fun!
Large Events: Kentucky Derby
Summer Poolside Brunch
Mocktails and Cocktails (New!)
Ladies of Arbor Grove Craft Fair
Christmas Tree Decorating/Secret Santa
Pop-Ups Bingo with Bernie
Trivia with Jean Henley
Book Club (typically the last Thursday of the month)
Weekly Monday Mahjong
Wednesday Lunch (rotating at local restaurants)
Thursday Game Night
Thursday Men’s Breakfast (Summer months at local restaurants)
WHEW! There’s always something going on in Arbor Grove. Thanks to everyone involved in the Social Committee – You make our little world in the Grove a better place to live.
Social Committee Members
Judy Balthazor Co-Chair
Karen Denoyer Co-Chair
Rosemary Wieliczko, Board Liaison