Recent important article in Villager about use of the golf course

The article below was recently in the Villager.  It references an article from Arizona.  Please share with your HOA as it does a good job of explaining the reasons behind the new “golf only” rules for our course:

Dear Charbonneau Residents: The notice below appeared on May 27, 2015 in the Sun City West (Arizona) News. We want to share it with you to add to everyone‟s understanding regarding the recent decision to post signs throughout Charbonneau, which state there is to be no walking on the golf course.

Sun City, like Charbonneau, has homes surrounding their golf courses. They have decided to not only „ask‟ people not to walk their courses, but have also posted them “NO TRESPASSING.” Many golf courses have had to fence-in their property to control this safety issue. We do not want to take that step.

While most feedback we‟ve received has been positive, some residents have expressed strong frustration. Please read the article below.

We (Charbonneau Residents) are not alone with this issue.

Posted by Sun City West News, May 2015

Golf courses are for GOLF
The Rec Centers periodically receives requests from residents that the golf courses be opened for walking, bike riding, roller blading, and dog walking. Seems like those would be great uses for all that green space, right?

Well, not according to our insurance company. As it stands, those activities are considered trespassing, and we are asking our residents for help in stopping this problem.

Opening the golf courses to multiple uses is not covered under our insurance policy. The dangers of walkers or riders getting hit by stray balls is just too high. Most insurance companies wouldn‟t even cover us at higher fees for this use.

In October 2014, we had a very serious incident involving a golfer being struck by an errant golf ball. This is a person playing the game, knowing the etiquette and risks, knowing where to stand and how far back to be when another golfer is driving the ball. In this case, the golfer was waiting for the course to clear when he was struck on the head by a ball. It split his head open, and he had to be airlifted to Barrow Neurological Institute. The air transport bill alone was $6,000, plus there were high medical bills. Nobody claimed responsibility for hitting the ball.

If this can happen to a golfer who understands the game and the course conditions, imagine what can happen to a child or a non-golfer who doesn‟t know what is happening on the course.

What about night use, when the golfers are gone? We‟ve inquired about this as well, and the liability continues to exist because of the high possibility of someone getting hurt. The courses are not lit – nor will they be because we don‟t want to disturb the residents living along the courses – and bicyclists and walkers could easily get hurt out on the courses where there are no employees at those hours to offer help.

This is not a liability the Rec Centers can incur. As a result, all our courses are posted as “no trespassing.” This means the courses are open only to paying golfers.

And yet, we find we have trespassers breaking these rules. For the most part, these trespassers are our own residents – individuals who decide to have picnics on the courses, wade or fish in the lakes, take grandkids for joy rides in golf cars, or simply walk their dogs and leave their pet‟s waste in their wake. And of course there is the occasional golfer who decides to slip in on a later hole just to “hit a few” without paying fees. This is theft.

Please, help us keep our courses safe for everyone and don‟t be one of these people. We know the courses are tempting and your quick visit in violation of the rules may seem harmless. But all it takes is one accident and we have incurred a high cost.

Beardsley Park is great for picnics or walks. There is a pedestrian walkway north of the community, an indoor track at Palm Ridge and outdoor track at Kuentz behind the softball field. Plus we have the Par 4 course at R.H. Johnson. We have two dog parks. Fishing is available at Lake Pleasant. If you just want to hit some balls, check out the driving ranges where you can get a bucket of balls and play to your heart‟s content.

Please, save the golf courses for golfing. If you see someone trespassing, please call the Posse at 623-584-5808; we have given them permission to remove people from our property. If violators do not move along, the Posse may call MCSO, who can issue a ticket for trespassing.

Here is the full article and comments from residents:

We Are Not Alone

Thank you for your support, Charbonneau Golf Club

Oregon Wine Garden – June news and Golfer special

Key Personal:

Proud to introduce Executive Chef Steven Hazell. With over 25 years in the restaurant, catering and banquet industry combined with his passion for Oregon Wine makes Chef Steven the perfect fit for OWG. His culinary stops have included; Graduating with honors from the California Culinary Academy, Executive Chef at Justin Winery California, Charlie Trotters Chicago, Rubicon San Francisco and Sun Valley Resort Idaho. Awards include; Best Chef California Central Coast by Gourmet Magazine and Best Chef at Aspen Food and Wine Show Colorado to name a few.. OWG Welcomes Chef Steven.
Manager: Christine Jeffries has joined OWG as manager and guests are already raving about her being on the team. Christine brings not only solid restaurant and hospitality management skills but life skills which impact positively the operations of OWG. With over 12 years of being an RN plus serving 3 years in the Army as a Military Police Officer and her direct experience in hospitality recently with Delany Madison Grill; OWG is proud to have her as the manager. Welcome Christine.

Banquet Rooms:

Designed to showcase a true “rustic Oregon winery experience” OWG opened its long awaited banquets to a sold out Murder Mystery Dinner Show on Friday June 12th. With over 100 people enjoying the comedy and mystery and delicious meal. Followed the very next day with a successful wedding reception with over 120 people the banquet rooms are a hit.


Clackamas County Tourism AKA: Mt Hood Territory awarded Oregon Wine Garden the coveted ” 2015 Product Development Award” at their May Tourism Conference. My Hood Territory has long been known throughout the State and Nationally as a leader in bringing tourist to Clackamas County. OWG is proud to be the recipient and part of Clackamas County promoting Oregon Wine Experience.

Whats New at OWG: Something just for You!

Mon-Thur 12pm-3pm Golfers Only Special. Show your score card and get a burger or pizza and a beverage for only 7.00. (to go or sit down. no splits)

Hours: Sun-Thur 12pm-8pm. Fri-Sat 12pm-9pm. (Both levels open Fri-Sun.)

Mondays: 5pm-7pm. All you can eat Pizza and Pasta Night. $10.00 per person. No Splits or To Go. All Ages.
Tuesday Nights: Ladies Night. 5pm-7pm. Enjoy 50% off all food from Dinner Menu. (beverages not included, no splits or to go)
Wed Nights: All you can EAT dinner Buffet. Enjoy grilled chicken, salmon, salads, deserts, and so much more..12.95. All Ages. (no splits or to go or beverages included)
Friday Nights: All you can eat FISH and CHIPS!. all ages 5pm-7pm. 12.95. (not included beverages, no splits or to go)
Saturday Nights: Prime Rib with our famous in house mashed potatoes and vegetables.
Sunday Open to Close: Bottomless Mimosa. $10.00 per person. (no splits or to go and 21 and over for adult beverages)
Outdoor seating available lower level.

Disaster Prepardedness Meetings





Your Disaster Preparedness Team has two information meetings planned for those CHOA residents who have not had the opportunity to attend prior meetings.

The Team’s objective is to have each adult resident informed of the procedures to follow when a disaster happens and to provide information about the steps you need to take to protect yourself and your family.

Each adult in your household should attend a meeting RSVP if you plan to attend so we can provide adequate seating and handouts.  A film and discussions are planned along with Q & A.  (2 hour timeframe).

RSVP to:   JANET MOORE  503 694-6461


Homeowner Insurance

Your Homeowner insurance policy has been renewed, effective June 1, 2015.  The annual premium has increased 38.87%, primarily as the result of earthquake coverage.  All  industry wide rate increases are  controlled by the State of Oregon, and has authorized this rate increase for 2015.

Next year, our insurance premium should decrease as a result of adjustment to our “loss experience” claim, which took effect in our fire loss in late July 0f 2012.

Your Board of Directors made an extensive review of our insurance coverage a short time ago.  At that time, we were unable to get a premium quote from any qualified company because they will not provide insurance for earthquake and glass coverage as we have with State Farm.  (If we drop this coverage from State Farm, we could not get the earthquake and  glass breakage coverage again).  We also require an insurance agent to be local to provide personal service to members, and to have experience with providing insurance to homeowner associations, such as CHOA.

The Board will again address the matter of the insurance coverage and begin a search and review of qualified insurance companies.

This topic will be discussed at the next board meeting on June 10th.




Disaster Preparedness Information

Here is the information (from 4/27/15 Board meeting as promised) that you need in case of disaster. When A Disaster Occurs – PLEASE REMAIN AT HOME – Place sign in window that can be observed from street or golf course (which ever is most observable walking by) that you “Need Help” or are “OK”

  • Team Leaders will report to  Pool house C on Lafayette (Operations Center) – where they will be given two way radios
  • Team Leaders will be given assignments of houses to check
    • To verify where help is needed
  • Team Leaders will make evaluations of general area and report back to Operation Center (Pool House C) where they observed problems with:
    • Power
    • Trees
    • Sewers
    • Gas

Please refer to the “Blue Book” for supplies you should have on hand.  If you did not pick up a “Blue Book” please call your coordinator to obtain one. Please contact your team coordinator if you have any questions


Name                                                                                                                Cell 

Janet Moore (Lead Coordinator) 503-314-0398
Betsy Knudsen (A&B neighborhood) 206-261-0285
Ty Kuhns (C&E neighborhood) 503-508-0596
Mike Tewell (F&G neighborhood) 503-789-6833

Save the date: Annual Meeting 4/27/15 at 7:00 pm

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Monday 4/27/15 at 7:00 pm at the Charobonneau Country Club



  • Introduction of Board Members
  • Minutes from 2014 Annual Meeting
  • Financial Report
  • Updates and Accomplishments
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Homeowners Open Forum



We need your help

Let me ask you a few questions:

Do you enjoy living in a resort like community?

Do you love the quality of life here in Charbonneau?

Would you like to make sure that you have some influence in maintaining the beauty and livability of your community?

Do you have one day each month (second Wednesday monthly meeting) that you could volunteer your time to meet with others (from 10 am to 12:30 pm)who have your same goals in mind?  The board position does require a significant time commitment for Committee Assignment, but if this sounds like something you would like……


We need new board members as some of our current board members’ terms are expiring.  If you would like to get involved or just want to learn more what the opportunity entails, reply to this post with your Name and how you would like to be contacted (we can look up your email and phone, you don’t need to post that), or call Bill Steele by March 26th.


Thanks – we look forward to getting to know you and working with you, as together we work to keep Charbonneau great



March Board Meeting Canceled



Due to the board members schedules the Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Board meeting is canceled.

The next monthly Board meeting will be Wednesday, April 8 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Special activities at the Oregon Wine Garden this weekend

Friday 1/30/15 and Saturday 1/31/15
White linen dinner service. Upper Level Wine Center.
Saturday Night Lower Level Grill 5 pm- 8pm
Sat Night: Lower Level Grill: 5pm-8pm.
Live Music by Rebecca Hardymann(Jazz) no cover.
Super Bowl Weekend Special: Fri-Sun: 
1 (78.00 Value) Complimentary 5 Hour Wine Tour Ticket with tastings fee included for each 25.00 spent for lunch or dinner.
Sunday 2/1/15: Super Bowl Game Day 
Happy Hour 1pm to 8pm.
Hourly drawings:
with cool prizes to included
a 2 hour limousine service for up to 10.


New Attraction in Charbonneau “The Oregon Wine Garden

I am so excited about the new “Oregon Wine Garden” here in Charbonneau. They have done an amazing job of making the old restaurant and bar look new and welcoming, downstairs with wood floors and a glass and metal bar.  Upstairs is new carpet, a wine tasting bar made from wine barrels with a glass top and tables dressed for dinner with beautiful white table clothes. I attended the complimentary Wine tasting both Wednesday and Thursday of this last week.  The wine is all local NW wines and Donnie our wine host had information and stories to educate us  about each wine that we tasted, five each day.  I am not much for white wines, but there was a sparkling Riesling from St Joseph Winery that changed my mind and was purchased for our household. We had reservations for dinner Saturday night where we ordered a bottle of the Pinot Noir we had tasted Wednesday.  I love appetizers so I had the roasted Brussel sprouts and the steak lettuce cups for my dinner and my husband had one of the specials that night Halibut Oscar.  The Brussel sprouts were wonderful with hazelnuts and the Steak lettuce cups had a surprising spicey taste.  Of course I had to try my husband’s dish and the Halibut with a light sauce and shrimp was fantastic.  Our friends shared Halibut fish n chips, which were huge and definitely enough for two. While we were eating dinner upstairs we were just able to hear music coming from downstairs, so later we ventured downstairs and heard the live music of Micheal Lucich and even some local Charbonneau residents.  Who knew that we had such talent for impromptu performances? I will be going back often and loved that I have this fun place to enjoy with friends and guests visiting Charbonneau.   You might have noticed their Trolley’s – They hold wine tasting trips too.  One that I am looking forward to is a Mystery Dinner on Friday the 13th (2/13/15). Check out all of their events at New Picture (2)Trolley If you have had an opportunity to visit the Oregon Wine Garden please leave a comment.  Would love to hear what you think.