LAKE SAWYER SOUTH
January 2017 Newsletter
Happy New Year to all of the residents of Lake Sawyer South Community from the Board of Directors. We hope that you have had a enjoyable holiday season and are establishing your goals for the new year.  Here is some advice to being successful in 2017.  

1. Put it all on paper. Write your resolutions down, and keep them in an accessible place as reminders - tape them to your mirror, write them in a journal or put them on your refrigerator door.

2. Mark your calendar. Set deadlines for yourself to tackle each step toward reaching your goal, one at a time.

3. Start as soon as possible. Go out and purchase the necessary equipment or literature; call now and set up an appointment with your dentist, your doctor, your trainer, your accountant....

4. Find a role model. Is there anyone who has succeeded in fulfilling an ambition like yours? Look to this person as a reminder that it is possible to achieve your goal.

5. Check your progress regularly, and give yourself an occasional reward for your efforts. Make sure the reward isn’t contrary to your resolution; celebrate a cigarette-free month with a weekend trip or a new outfit, not with a cigarette!

6. Inform friends and family of your goals, and recruit them to regularly remind and support you in your endeavors.

7. Don’t sweat the setbacks, use them as fuel to drive you to your goal.  Persistence is the key. 

DUES:  ARE YOU CURRENT?

It's 2017 now and we are all receiving a lot of year-end correspondence.  It seems like every other piece of mail is stamped "Important Tax Information Enclosed".  As we all close out our 2016 financials, we'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to check their accounts with Leland and ensure you are current with your dues.  

DID YOU KNOW...that delinquency notices are not sent out for small amounts because the cost to do so in some instances exceeds the amount owed?  That does not mean that the debt does not accrue interest or penalties and can grow quickly if not paid.  Also, Leland will send late notices as a courtesy, but all owners are strongly encouraged to monitor their own accounts as it is the sole responsibility of the owner to pay the bill on time and in full.  

If you are unsure how to login to the Leland site to check your balance, contact Jill.

We got feedback last summer that the timing of our community garage sales was not so good.   Because of how Orange County issues permits for these types of events, we decided to forego the Fall garage sale and move the one in the Spring to March.  The Waltons have graciously decided to run this for us again this year and the final date will be determined soon.  We encourage everyone to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Angry Neighbors Make for an Angry Community

We all have expectations about everything in our life. We expect our family, friends and neighbors to behave in certain ways and when they don’t, we often fall into a state of anger. Our expectations are not just limited to those people who we know, but also to just about everyone we come in contact with or depend upon. We expect our leaders to make decisions that we believe to be right. We expect the cashier at the store to be quick and competent. We expect the driver of the other vehicle to obey the rules of the road. When they fail to meet those expectations we get angry. Often, what we expect of others is a reflection of what we ultimately expect of ourselves. When I am in a hurry I expect others to respect that and get going. When I am frustrated I expect others to understand that and make everything right. When I am overworked I expect others to sympathize with me and help out. When others don’t behave according to our expectations, we get angry. Learning to be gentler with our selves goes a long way towards being gentler towards others.

For most of us, anger is not an emotion that feels good at all. It disrupts our daily flow and brings out the worst parts of ourselves. I never want to say a bad word to my family. I love them dearly. However, when angry I have been known to say mean-spirited words directed at those same family members. Anger makes us more aggressive and limits the way we think about and treat others. Anger is usually one-pointed: outward towards someone else. In the act of being angry, instead of feeling closer to the object of our anger, we create even greater distance. We isolate them, but more importantly, we isolate ourselves. Anger is like a prison that binds us and keeps us from making choices that reflect compassion and caring and understanding: Attributes that contribute to the happiness of ourselves and of those around us.

One of the keys to avoiding anger is to transform our habit of expectations. This does not mean that we allow people to run all over us, or our community. It means I transform what I expect of others into an understanding that no one can read each other’s mind and their reasons for doing what they do usually have nothing to do with me. My son didn’t clean up his room because he wanted to make me angry, he was late getting ready for school this morning. The cashier at the store was slow and distracted not because she wanted to make me angry, but because her child is sick today and she is upset that she can’t be home to care for her. The neighbor doesn’t let his dog poop on my lawn to make me angry, he does so because he hasn’t read or understood our community’s rules. Transforming our expectations into a greater understanding of other people’s challenges and sufferings will do quite a bit to disarm our anger and increase our own happiness.

If your family member or neighbor behaves in a manner that fails to meet your expectations and makes you angry, the only way you are going to really resolve the situation is not by creating an even wider distance between yourself and them (anger), but by making a choice to get closer and put forth an honest effort to remedy the situation “together.” Effective communication can only occur when there is a process of two-way listening. Anger prevents us from honestly listening to anything but our anger. When we transform our expectations and reduce our opportunities to get angry, we put ourselves in a position to make better choices about how we relate to the people around us and, in turn, how they relate to us. When everyone works together, anything is possible! 


BOD Meeting
January 24, 2017
6:30pm at Windermere Prep School
Dining Room - C1

ARB Meeting
January 24, 2017
5:00pm at Windermere Prep School
Conference Room - D1

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Board of Directors
Tim Nyland - President
Joe Milazzo - VP
Patrick Spikes
John Tramell - Secretary
 

Do you have questions or concerns?  Contact our Association Manager.

Jill Rygh
Leland Management

6972 Lake Gloria Blvd
Orlando, FL  32809
Phone: 407-233-3520
Fax: 407-233-3521
jrygh@lelandmanagement.com
 


 

 

Here are our winners for the holiday decorations:

Griswold Award:
7278 Londale Blvd

Traditional Award:
13985 Darchance Rd

Townhouse Award:
12914 Venetta Way

Front Porch Award:
13628 Darchance Rd

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