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2018 – Happy New Year!

Looking back at 2017

January

The Communication Committee held its first quarterly meeting of the year. This group supports the website, welcomes new residents and photographs community activities.

2017 Communication Committee: Terry Landers, Welcome Program; Susie Moffat, Chair and Webmaster; Ted Smith, Photographer; Kalyan Ghosh, Board Liaison. Not pictured: Jennifer Allen, new member. Photo: Jennifer Allen

The Governors Village POA Board of Directors met January 10, 2017.

2017 Governors Village Board of Directors. Left to right: Daniel Guy, Park Director; Alina Cochran, Association Manager; Kalyan Ghosh, Forest Director and President; Cliff Simpson, At-Large Director and Secretary; Wes Weaver, Village Director; Ted Smith, At-Large Director and Vice-President; John Eberhard, At-Large Director and Treasurer; Bill Hlavac, Lake Director.
Absent: Adele McLean, Townes Director; LaVerne Blankenship, Camden Governors Village Property Manager.
Photo: Sandra Bigas (Talis).

February

Grounds exploded into color as early spring blooms brightened neighborhoods and lifted spirits.

March

A major sidewalk repair project took place over several weeks throughout the community.

The POA Board of Directors met March 16, 2017.

April

Robin and Steve Heesacker hosted TGIS.

Communication Committee held its second quarterly meeting of the year April 17, 2017.

The annual Governors Village Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday, April 15, 2017, featuring story time, yoga and egg hunt and treats.

The annual Community Yard Sale was held Saturday, April 29, 2017.

May

A TGIS get-together was hosted by Shannon and Adam Novak. Attending TGIS is a great way to meet and get to know your neighbors in a fun and relaxed setting.

June

The Governors Village POA Board of Directors met May 2, 2017.

Governors Village community held its 12th Annual Firemen’s 5K Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast, Record contributions were collected on behalf of the North Chatham Fire Department.

 

July

Social Committee held an open meeting seeking new members and encouraging residents to become involved in the life of the community.

The Communication Committee held its third quarterly meeting of the year Monday, July 17, 2017.

The Governors Village POA Board of Directors met July 27, 2017 finalizing a resolution: Adopting Rules and Regulations With Respect To Dogs In GVPOA.

September

Residents turned out for the Annual Pool Party and Benefit for The Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC with catering by Nana Taco.

The North Carolina Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) acknowledged Governors Village with the 2017 Community of the Year award. The award recognizes the work of our property management company, Talis, the Board of Directors and the various community and neighborhood committees whose volunteers devote so much of their time to the success of the events and the upkeep of the community facilities we all enjoy.

The POA Board of Directors met September 26, 2017.

October

In October there were two opportunities for homeowners in Governors Village to talk with the Chatham County Sheriff’s office to learn about the current trends with crime reported in the area as well as general safety tips.

Communication Committee held its 2017 fourth quarterly meeting.

After a summer hiatus TGIS resumed. Linda and Dan Chegash kicked off the new season  at their home in the Park. Their Blue Popcorn Band provided live entertainment.

To highlight some key points about the structure of the Governors Village Property Owners Association (GVPOA), Communication Committee published A Governors Village In Depth article.

Governors Village BooFest was held on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The Halloween festivities featured face painting, games, pumpkin decorating and a costume parade, followed by an overnight Family Camp-out in Meadow Park.

Costume Parade

November

In November we held our annual property owners association (POA) meeting.

The social committee organized a new event, a Turkey Day 5K Gallup on Thanksgiving Day.

Governors Village Turkey Day 5K Gallup

December

December brought a new social event, sky watching with Morehead Planetarium guides–Cosmos & Cocoa.

Santa visited each of our neighborhoods riding high atop a Chatham County firetruck. Later that evening luminaries lit up the community to support Ronald McDonald House.

 

Wishing a peaceful and healthy New Year to the Governors Village community and to all residents of the world.

Contact
Susie Moffat, Communication Committee Chair and Webmaster, susie_moffat at unc.edu

2017 Governors Village Annual Pool Party Wrap-up

[Photographs courtesy Jennifer Allen, Communication Committee and Leda Werrell, Social Committee]

The Social Committee hosted a great party Saturday for the Governors Village community. An annual tradition the pool party gives residents an opportunity to mark the end of summer with friends and neighbors.

Residents gather under a magnificent sky

An extensive and delicious build-your-own buffet was catered by Nana Taco. Food leftover from this event was shared with the local fire department by Chris Gamber.

Tasty offerings from NanaTaco

Ice cream cones made a perfect dessert.

Oh yeah, chocolate!

Al fresco dining is fun!

Families and smiles

More smiles all around

After dinner conversation and relaxation

A big thank you goes to this year’s organizers, Allie Vivirito and Leda Werrell and to all the volunteers who helped.

Leda and Allie, Social Committee Chairs. These busy moms organized the Pool Party. Thanks Ladies!

Food Drive

Food and cash donations were accepted at the door to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina. There still is time to contribute to the food drive. Drop-offs of food or funds may be delivered to Amy and Chris Gamber (12044 Wicker Drive, Governors Lake) any time through this week.

Food Bank Collection

Food Bank collection boxes filled to the brim

Pool Season Extended

The POA Board has decided to extend the pool season for an extra week so residents can enjoy this beautiful weather.   There will not be an attendant on staff during this week.   The pool season will end on Sunday, September 24, 2017.  The pool will close each day at sunset at 7:15 pm.

Splash time

Contacts

Allison Vivirito, co-chair, allieviv at gmail.com
Leda Werrell, co-chair, lkwerrell at gmail.com
Food drive: Christopher Gamber, cgamber at hotmail.com

Sponsored by the Governors Village Social Committee

Photos: 2017 12th Annual Firemen’s 5K Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast

Story and photos by Ted Smith, Communication Committee Photographer

It was a beautiful day to be outdoors when the Governors Village community held its 12th Annual Firemen’s 5K Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Whether you walked or ran or you cheered on the runners, the event was great fun.

Sparky, the firemen’s mascot, was on hand to inspire the participants.

Everyone who took part was all smiles as they crossed the finish line and were greeted by cheers from the onlookers. Race results are attached below.

Each participant and volunteer was given a special edition T-Shirt.

 

After the run, everyone enjoyed a pancake breakfast, prepared by our Social Committee and served by the firefighters of the North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department.

Following the pancake breakfast, the Kids Triathlon was held. Participants ran, biked and finally dove into the pool for the swimming portion of the race. After everyone finished, prizes were awarded and each child who participated received a goody bag.

 

It is not too soon to consider volunteering to help next year with your favorite portion of the event.  Thanks to Shannon and Adam Novak for overseeing this function and organizing the 5K Race again this year.

Acknowledgements and thanks go to all the others who helped make this day an unquestionable success, including:

  • Leda Werrell and Lisa Marie Taylor, organizers for the kids triathlon
  • Mary Anne Hutton, coordinator for pancake breakfast
  • Terry Landers, designer for registration form
  • Allie Vivirito and Leda Werrell, social committee chairs
  • members of the Social Committee
  • and all other community volunteers.

Generous sponsorships helped make the event possible.

Finally thanks to the North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department and to everyone who made a donation to the fire department.

Please enjoy the pictures of this special day. Click on an image below to open the slideshow.

Attachment
12th Annual Governors Village 5K Results (PDF)

Sponsored by the Social Committee.

Photos: 2017 Annual Governors Village Community Yard Sale

Narrative and photographs courtesy Ted Smith, Communications Committee Photographer

The Governors Village Community Yard Sale was held Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Well before the announced start time people were gathered at the pool parking lot to browse the large inventory of items available at bargain prices.

 

Customers bought pieces large and small, analyzing items to imagine how they might fit into their home or garage decor.  They found toys and dolls for the children.

There was something for just about everyone. Neighbors took this opportunity to chat with friends and a dog even came over to survey the merchandise (on a leash of course).

Click on an image below for a slideshow of the people who visited and some of the items that were for sale and purchased.

At the end of the day, buyers seemed pleased with their purchases and sellers were happy not having to bring things back home while pocketing a few extra dollars.

Thanks to Debbi Nichols for once again organizing our annual sale.

 

 

Photos: BooFest And Family Campout October 29, 2016

Editor’s note: This article contains numerous sets of images from BooFest, roughly organized by category. For best viewing be aware for each category there is a set of small thumbnail images, easily scanned at a glance. To see more detail view each group at full size by clicking on one of the thumbnails to start a slide show.

BooFest 2016

2016 BooFest Governors Village

2016 BooFest Governors Village

With pumpkins, costumes, games and maze, food and shrieks of laughter, joy was in the air on Saturday afternoon as Governors Village celebrated 2016 BooFest, the community’s traditional Halloween festival.

Clear blue skies and unseasonably warm weather formed a gentle backdrop as families and friends arriving at Governors Park were swept up in an atmosphere of color and fun.

Games

Old-fashioned games sparked children’s imagination. Marching to clips of Monster Mash, kids eagerly joined a cakewalk circle for a chances to win goody bag prizes.

Cakewalk leader Marney Whitney kept the kids moving.

Cakewalk leader Marney Whitney kept the kids moving.

Face Painting

As in previous years a professional from Paint Savvy attracted lots of eager faces and onlookers.

Face painting was a highlight for many at 2016 BooFest

Face painting was a highlight for many at 2016 BooFest

Halloween Maze

Before taking their chances navigating the Halloween maze, neighborhood daredevils had to make it past sentry Adam Novak.

2016 BooFest Governors Village

2016 BooFest Governors Village

Pumpkins

Creative entries for the pumpkin decorating contest were on display.

2016 BooFest Governors Village

2016 BooFest Governors Village

2016 BooFest Governors Village

2016 BooFest Governors Village

Food

A winning combination of food truck offerings and resident-contributed desserts ensured plenty of delicious eats were available.

2016 BooFest Governors Village

2016 BooFest Governors Village

Family Campout

Several campers staked out their spots early in Meadow Park for the annual Family Campout that followed BooFest.

Social Committee and Volunteers

Thanks to the many Social Committee members and community volunteers who helped plan and stage this year’s BooFest. Efforts such as this contribute to making Governors Village a special community.

2016 BooFest Movers and Shakers
Adam and Shannon Novak
Bill and Linda Kreiter
Janie Bailey
Laura Garland
Marney Whitney
Chris and Rebecca Draper
Sally Draper
Andrew, Madeline, Caroline Conti
Scott and Shannon Leslie
Debbie Donohue
Mary Roederer
Mary Anne Hutton
Diane Talley
Tim Watkins
John Eberhard
Susie Moffat
Tim Wojoski – Campout night leader

Linda Kreiter found a beautiful gourd that perfect for the ring toss.

Linda Kreiter found a beautiful gourd that was perfect for the ring toss.

Portraits

View some of the many faces of BooFest 2016.

Happy Halloween!

Sponsored by the Social Committee for residents of the Governors Village community (Governors Forest, Village, Park, Townes and Lake).

Photos From 2015 Governors Village BooFest

Under clear blue skies Governors Village families gathered at the Park playground on Saturday, October 24, 2015 for the annual autumn BooFest.

Crowds formed early as the Kid’s Games and Crafts got underway.

Decorating bags at the kids' crafts table

Decorating bags at the kids’ crafts table

Tatoos were a popular BooFest attraction.

Tatoos were a popular BooFest attraction.

Children eagerly queued up to have their faces painted by Valerie.

Face painting

Face painting

Stephen Moll, a.k.a. Pum-King, confidently shepherded villains, superheroes, princesses, ghosts and more in the traditional costume parade.

Costume Parade

Costume Parade

Posing after the Costume Parade

Posing after the Costume Parade

Only Burger Food Truck supplied delicious burgers and fries. Residents contributed desserts to share, filling several tables with irresistible treats.

Only Burger food truck getting set up

Only Burger food truck getting set up

There were two categories in the Pumpkin Decorating Contest, one for kid-decorated pumpkins and one for parent-assisted designs.

Kid-decorated pumpkins

Kid-decorated pumpkins

Nearby the playground was abuzz with energy and happy voices.

The Goathouse Refuge table featured an assortment of animal mugs and other handcrafted pieces by Italian artist Siglinda Scarpa. Proceeds from purchases of these items go to the care of animals.

Siglinda Scarpa of Goathouse Refuge

Siglinda Scarpa of Goathouse Refuge

Thanks to key organizer Linda Kreiter for overseeing this event. Led by Linda, many Social Committee members and other volunteers staged a fun-filled afternoon of activities that brought smiles and shrieks of joy to the neighborhood.

Linda Kreiter greets Pum-King (Stephen Moll) and resident David Moffat under a clear blue sky.

Smiles

Family Campout

By afternoon colorful tents started appearing in Meadow Park in preparation for the traditional, post-BooFest family campout. This year the Governors Village YMCA Princesses Waco Tribe hosted the overnight event.

Non-camping neighbors joined the camping families around a fire to enjoy hot chocolate, marshmallows, smores and music. Fresh coffee and hot chocolate were served around the fire pit in the morning as the sun colored the rosy sky. Thanks to Scott Leslie for coordinating the campout.

Tents set up for the family campout

Tents set up for the family campout

 

 

View more photos from BooFest 2015.

Contacts
BooFest event – Linda Kreiter, fastdogs2 at nc.rr.com
Family campout – Scott Leslie, scottpleslie at gmail.com

Sponsored by Governors Village Social Committee

Monarch Butterflies Visit Governors Park

A handful of Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) have been seen nectaring in our community this week. An easily recognizable pollinator species, monarchs are characterized by their orange, black and white stained glass pattern.

These monarchs were photographed this morning near Butterfly bushes (Buddleia spp.)* planted along the pool fence near the playground in Governors Park.

*Although the butterfly bushes provide nectar for the adult stage monarch, they do not support the entire life-cycle of this butterfly. Monarch caterpillars eat only the leaves of milkweed. Alternative native plants for attracting butterflies include Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepius tuberosa), Eastern aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), Coneflowers (Echinacea spp), and Joe Pye (Eupatorium spp).

Photos: Susie Moffat
Creative Commons License
Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) by Patricia Moffat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Contact: Susie Moffat, Communication Committee and Webmaster, susie_moffat at unc.edu

2015 Governors Village Annual Pool Party Wrap-up

2015 Pool Party DSC_0676

Governors Village Annual Pool Party Saturday, August 22, 2015

[Photographs by Ted Smith, Governors Village Communication Committee Photographer]

Led by Diane Talley and Dominique Gignac, the Social Committee put on a great party Saturday for the Governors Village community. Residents streamed in for this end-of-the-summer tradition and were greeted upon arrival by Mary Shaver and Linda Krieter.

Mary and Linda greeted residents

Mary and Linda greeted residents

2015 Pool Party Check-in

2015 Pool Party Check-in

Food and cash donations were accepted at the door and raffle tickets were sold to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina. Prizes for the raffle were an assortment of fabulous donated items that had been collected and assembled into luxury gift baskets. The baskets were on display near the entry and residents lined up to dream a little before placing their tickets.

Raffle Baskets

Raffle Baskets

Checking Out Raffle Baskets

Checking Out Raffle Baskets

Spending the Raffle Tickets

Spending the Raffle Tickets

Next it was time to grab a table and get some swim time in before dinner.

2015 Pool Party

2015 Pool Party

2015 Pool Party

2015 Pool Party

2015 Pool Party

2015 Pool Party

DJ Jeff Taylor entertained during the event with a variety of fun music, inspiring some to get up and dance and others to imagine themselves at the controls in a few years.

Event DJ Jeff Taylor with Andrew Dummer

Event DJ Jeff Taylor with Andrew Dummer

Future DJs

Future DJs

When it was time to eat the Nana Taco “make your own taco” buffet drew large crowds and garnered many rave reviews.

Shannon and Helpers setting up the Beverage Station

Shannon Leslie and helpers setting up the Beverage Station

Dinner time

Dinner time

Our young volunteers worked hard helping with setup and serving dinner. Thanks to Andrew and Caroline Conte, Isabel Dummer, Noah Talley, and Emma Taylor. Additional thanks to Ethan Taylor for sharing his talents in designing our pool party flyer.

Young neighborhood residents volunteers

Young neighborhood residents volunteers get a first taste

Neighbors filled the desserts table with yummy temptations.

Tempting sweets

Tempting sweets

After dinner it was time for the raffle. First there were several announcements. Arnie “Tokyo” Rosenthal reminded residents of the upcoming Music Festival September 20, 2015 in Meadow Park.

Arnie Rosenthal announces Music Fest.

Arnie Rosenthal announces Music Fest.

Dressed in chain mail Andrew Dummer gave a glimpse of Boo Fest, scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2015.

Andrew Dummer previews Boo Fest.

Andrew Dummer previews Boo Fest.

Before moving on to the raffle, Amy Gamber reported excellent news for Governors Village’s support of the Food Bank. Residents donated an estimated 1,000 pounds of food and contributed $1163. A match by an anonymous donor of an additional $1163 raised the donation total to $2326. This is double our previous best year!

Amy Gamber announces 2015 is best year ever for our community's support of Food Bank.

Amy Gamber announces 2015 is best year ever for our community’s support of Food Bank.

Many of our residents donated items to the raffle, which helped us generate money for the food bank. Thanks Scott Leslie, Stephan Mole, Amy Gamber, Joanie Hicks, and Debbi Nichols.

Diane Talley and Amy Gamber conduct raffle.

Diane Talley and Amy Gamber conduct raffle.

And the winners are…

Lucky winner

Lucky winner

Lucky winner

Lucky winner

Lucky winner

Lucky winner

Lucky winner

Lucky winner

Sam Shaver, Andrew Dummer, Chris Gamber, and Trent Leonard provided much help with set up and cleanup.

Social Committee member Diane Talley was tireless in organizing this event and these members made valuable contributions: Dominique Gignac coordinated the dinner and helped collect items for the raffle; Linda Kreiter enthusiastically ran errands to make sure we had everything we needed for the event; Shannon Leslie helped collect items for the raffle; Mary Roederer, Mary Shaver, Lisa Marie Taylor and Angela Romatzick were also involved in planning and execution.

Diane stressed it is not just hard work that made this event a success, it is the love of community that each volunteer shares in giving time to this committee.

More pictures… [Click on one to begin a full-size slideshow.]

Contacts
Questions: Dominique Gignac, dgignac at earthlink.net
Raffle Ideas or Donations: Diane Talley, di at netalley.net
Food Bank or the food drive: Amy Gamber, momenttospare at yahoo.com

Sponsored by the Governors Village Social Committee