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The Deercreek Country Club Owner's Association strives to provide information and organization for the many residents of Deercreek. Feel free to look around and find out who we are and what we do.

Make sure to take a look at our calendar and come out to meet some of your fellow residents at our community events.



Welcome New Residents 

John Gordon and Susan Spottswood
7913 McLaurin Road North

Tony & Susan Abraham
8239 Persimmon Hill Lane

We Say Goodbye 

Guy and Deryl  Patterson


News and Updates

  • DCCOA Agenda for July 28, 2016

    Click to download the DCCOA Agenda for July 28, 2016

  • The View July 2016

    Anne and Robert Klueppel
    11214 Chester Lake Road West 

    A brick house surrounded by natural beds with beautiful flowering plants, shrubs and trees caught my eye. Then a quick stroll to the back of the house opened my eyes even wider. Situated off the wetlands is a beautifully manicured lush lawn. Plants of every variety abound and each section had clusters of unique showy plants as well as a bird feeder, bird bath and statuary. Some of the varieties include Mexican heather, trumpet plant, Penta, vinca, Cana and Easter lilies, sabal palms, croton, coleus, blue daze, azalea, cut leaf philodendron, elephant ear, and hydrangeas. Birds find this mini everglades a wonderful place to visit in this natural habitat.

    Thank you to Anne and Robert for the care, time and energy they have put into their yard.


  • Literary Circle - August 15

    For the month of August, we will be reading A Thousand Naked Strangers. The discussion will take place at the home of Pam Overby at 10:00 on August 15th.

    The author of this book, Kevin Hazzad, is a former paramedic. The book is a visceral,
    poignant, and funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta’s mean streets saving lives and connecting with drama and the occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe.

    In the aftermath of 9/11, Kevin felt something was missing from his life. His days were too safe, too routine. He wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became at age 26, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta.

    He was thoroughly intimidated at first, and frequently terrified as he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. Combining incredible scenes that remind us of life’s fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst. This is an absorbing read about one man’s journey of self-discovery.

    For more information about the Literary Circle, please contact Mary Louise Selzer at 
    MLSelzer@comcast.net or call 363-1618. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month.

  • DWA Sponsored BINGO Night for Charity

    Wednesday, September 28

    If you enjoy playing BINGO or you would like to have a fun night out, you’ll want to come to the DWA sponsored BINGO Night for Charity on Wednesday, September 28, at the DCC clubhouse.   Check in is at 6:30 PM and the BINGO games start at 7:00 PM. There will also be raffles for gifts, a 50/50 raffle and cash prizes!  Happy Hour drinks and a specialty cocktail will be available at the 19th Hole.  Dining will be available before and during play. So, make your reservation today by calling 904-363-1604 X 228.  You won’t want to miss the excitement of the evening and the joy of helping local charities!

  • Golden Acorn Award Luncheon

    Tuesday, August 23    11:30 am


    We begin another new year by honoring one of our neighbors with the Golden Acorn Award for exceptional work done in, and for, our neighborhood and the community of Jacksonville. Danny Becton is this year’s winner and besides our recognition, applause and a beautiful plaque painted by Nancy Jantz, he will have an Honor Tree planted in Deercreek. Did you know that we have 83 designated Honor Trees along our streets?

    Gerry Ceravolo was the Home and Garden Club president in 1999 when we began the Tree Project through a group purchase program open to all of Deercreek. This added more than 200 trees and has made our neighborhood look more established and inviting. Besides adding trees to our own yards, The Honor Tree program was established so we could donate a tree in memory of or to honor someone important to us. We have compiled a book with photos of each Honor Tree, with its location, the donors and the people being honored. What a visible outpouring of love and respect! 

    The Golden Acorn Award was established in 2000, with Nancy and Chuck Jantz becoming the first recipients. Their Live Oak Honor Tree was placed on Deercreek Club Rd by the pool. Every year after that, we named a tree for the Golden Acorn winner, with Danny Becton being our 83rd honoree. So besides thanking our Golden Acorn winners for their contributions to the community we also thank them for the shade their trees provide as we pass through our neighborhood.

    Please RSVP for the luncheon to Sharon Coleman to let her know you are attending - 314-7634 or sharoncoleman268@comcast.net. Our new schedule of programs for the year will be made available and you can meet the 35 amazing women who are working to make this Club open and inviting for everyone.


  • Recruiting Volunteers/Traits of Good Board Members

    Submitted by Associa /CMC 


    Do you have what it takes to be a good board member? Chances are you do.

    If you have a mix of some of the following traits and skills, consider running for a seat on the board. We’d love to have you.

    Respect: If you can give others respect and expect it in return, you can help keep board discussions civil, productive and on point. We’re looking for people who can lead by consensus, not by command.

    Good listening: People want to be heard. Can you listen to board members and residents with sincere interest? You may have a few ideas of your own, but everyone benefits by sharing and discussing.

    Thick skin: Sometimes, residents—even other board members—can be mean and insulting. Are you good at turning a conversation around and finding out what’s really bothering people?

    Egos aside: If you can give others credit, the board will operate better as a team.

    Agenda aside: Members who come to the board looking to help only themselves are a problem. A board is more productive when members don’t have a personal punch list. Are you able to look after the community, not just your own interests? Are you willing to compromise? 

    Skill: An association is a business. So having board members with accounting, organizational behavior and team-building backgrounds can help. Someone with a financial background, for example, might make for a good treasurer.

    The ideal board comprises a mix of management styles, professional skills and temperaments. If you know people with some of these traits or relevant skills, ask them if they’d be interested in joining the board. Some people don’t think about running for a seat unless asked.

    You don’t have to know everything when you join, but you should be familiar with the governing documents and the responsibilities of the job. Fellow board members and managers can help you with the transition and train you on board responsibilities, current work, projects and hot issues. 

    Leaders can come from different places and backgrounds. There’s no one mode that fits all. Share your knowledge and passion with the community.

    In October a request for volunteers with specific details and information will be provided; so give it some thought and consider running for the Board. Committee members are also always needed. For further information contact any serving Board Member. See page 2 for contact information.


  • Golden Acorn Award 2016 winner Danny Becton


    Congratulations Councilman and Neighbor, Danny Becton!

    People have asked, “Why do you volunteer? Why did you run? Are you crazy?”  Danny Becton’s answers were simple. “I care, I want the best for our Deercreek community, the Southside and the City of Jacksonville. I want the best now and for the future of my family and friends. And no I am not crazy!” Spending time in Councilman Becton’s office at City Hall as well at his Baymeadows office gives one some insight into how much energy he has for the day ahead. He’s learned to juggle a lot of balls in the air and knows how to balance his day among vendor appointments, council meetings, e-mails and constituents’ inquiries, not to mention his family life. His work and volunteer efforts abound! 

    Danny is the President and founder of Planogramming Solutions, Inc., an international outsourcing Retail Space Management Solutions Company founded in 1991 here in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to starting his company, he moved to Jacksonville in 1985 working for Winn-Dixie Corporate after graduating from Valdosta State University, with   degrees in Business Management & Management Information Systems. First living in Mandarin, Danny and Linda later settled in Deercreek in 1999; this past June, they celebrated their 17th year in our community. 

    He has served the City and the Southside community for many years through various community groups and appointments, beginning with the founding of Better Baymeadows Inc., a Public/Private Partnership with the FDOT. He has also served on School Advisory Committees (SAC) in the schools that his daughters attended at Mandarin Oaks Elementary, Twin Lakes Middle, Mandarin High and Atlantic Coast High Schools. Danny was nominated to the Citizens Planning Advisory Committee “CPAC” for District 3 and approved by the Mayor as the primary representative for our community. Since 2007 until 2015 Danny served District 3, chairing the Growth Management and Transportation committee. In 2012, Danny was appointed by the Jacksonville City Council to the TRUE Commission (Taxation, Revenue & Utilization of Expenditures), and in 2013 to the JIA Area Re-Development Agency Board. From 2008 Danny served on the Board of the Deercreek Homeowners Association as a two term President and six-term Treasurer up till 2015.

    Whatever project Danny tackles, he digs in, which includes research and a thorough evaluation in order to present a recommendation. Several years ago, Deercreek’s biggest project was road repaving throughout the community. Having poor road conditions, insufficient cash reserves and an economy in one of our country’s worse recessions, Danny took on this challenge which the community had been struggling with for years.  After analyzing the HOA’s problems and the need for new roads, Danny was responsible for researching an interim paving process that would extend the life of our current road infrastructure as an alternate solution until the ultimate solution could be implemented. This interim plan would be implemented without a special assessment and most importantly would build future reserves to provide for the normal repaving of our community beginning in 2017, again, without a special assessment. Danny led this five year project for the community, mapping out the roads, preparation of proposals and lastly always making the Board feel unanimously comfortable with their decisions. As a legacy, Danny was the fiscal disciplinarian on our Board who did not like wasting money, he fine-tuned many policies and procedures leaving us financially capable for years to come.

    In 2011, Danny was instrumental in leading the effort to “re-district” the Southside which led to the creation of our new District 11 and he’s now the first elected City Councilman for that area. What is so important about redistricting, you might ask?  

    Our community was part of the Beaches district, having a beaches representative, whose emphasis was on the Beaches. Danny observed the old district was not beneficial to the Southside community and realized the need to get our district separated from the beaches. This means the Southside would be represented independently, which is best since major growth is expected in the Southside area in the years to come. As the new District became a reality in 2015 with him serving as it’s first City Council member, we have a home run for the Southside! Danny’s first year committee appointments included serving on the Finance and Land Use & Zoning Committees, the Value Adjustment Board, Chairing the Tower Review Committee, and the Council liaison to the City’s 'Self-Insured' Health Insurance Committee. 

    For 2016-2017, Danny was selected for a leadership role on the Council with his recent appointment as Chair of the Land Use & Zoning Committee (LUZ); he will also serve on the Rules Committee. In addition to these standing committee assignments, Danny’s appointments include the City’s Group Health Insurance Committee, and the Northeast Florida Regional Council for the coming year.
    Danny and his wife Linda have been married for 23 years and have two daughters, - Ashlyn who is now a TV Multimedia Journalist Bureau Reporter in Thomasville, GA for WALB NBC/ABC and Lauren who attends Stanton in the IB program as an upcoming sophomore.
    We thank Danny for his years of work in our community as well as his countless years of involvement with the civic side of Jacksonville. We have seen many fruits of his labor and no doubt will continue to share the benefits for years to come. The Home and Garden club is proud to select Danny Becton as the Golden Acorn Award winner for 2016.

  • Board Of Directors’ Meeting Highlights - June 2016

    The DCCOA Board of Directors assembled at Deercreek Country Club on Thursday June 30, 2016 at 7:00PM for a regularly scheduled meeting. A quorum was established with Margie Blake, Robert Kichler, John Joyce, Peter Gentry, Jim Giancola, Sadia Sindhu and Paige K. Frakes. Kristen Wiley and Nick Simonic were not present. Representing CMC Management was President Jennifer Presson. Assistant, Kishwa Milliner. 

    Property Managers’ Report: Jennifer Presson provided a summary of the Property Managers’ Report. She confirmed that violation letters are being sent out with pictures included. Also that an iPad was received from corporate for use in documenting violations.

    Some properties were recommended to go to the Covenant Enforcement Hearing. A motion to approve was made, seconded and approved.

    Finance - John Joyce (Treasurer) 
    There is $430,000 of income against a budget of $431,000. We are $5,000 behind with the fine citations and covenant. John also reported that the Guard Service was paid for 6 months of service $140,000. Accrued expense are $433 verses $431 in actual accrued expenses. Aged Account Receivables was $48,000 in May and is now down to $23,000 in June. Accrued deficit for the year is $4,000. Budget packages will be distributed at the end of August. John requests Marilyn’s assistance with preparing those packages to both the board and the committees. 

    Legal - Jim Giancola                  
    Reservation Letter - The law firm stresses that they need a reservation letter on file stating that they can represent Deercreek. 

    Access Control - Bob Kichler (Liaison)
    A motion to approve the purchase of 400 barcode decals for inventory in the least expensive manner. ($1808.00 is the sourcing price to match). 
    A motion was moved for Southeast Business Systems to install two remotes and hardware for the gates to open electronically $292.95. Motions to approve were seconded and approved.

    Covenant Enforcement - Sadia Sindhu (Liaison)  
    Sadia reported that there were no appeals from covenant enforcement. 

    Common Property - Jim Giancola (Liaison) 
    -Civil Engineer will be providing three different proposals for managing the process of putting in roads. 
    - An Arborist is still needed to assess trimming trees at the entrance portion of the common property. 
    - Skip called the head of his Civil Engineering group in Tallahassee to inquire about RFP’s assistance for Civil Engineering services and they provided three from the DOT. He will request that they write a simple condensed RFP for Deercreek for review at the next board meeting. Then this can be distributed to those Civil Engineers so they can provide proposals.
    - A motion was moved to initiate a contract with a tree company for maintaining the trees as needed, rather than calling multiple contractors to submit several bids each time a tree needs attention.
     
    Old Business:  
    Guardhouse Design - 
    Skip Yauger presented some guardhouse design options: 
    Option 1-$, Option 2 (11ft) $$, and Option 3 (14ft) $$$.  Each increasing number with more advancing design options and roof extensions. Ball park quotes for each option will be available July 11th by (Braxton), the division manager of a local contracting firm. When an option is chosen, more in-depth design details and specifics will be provided for further pricing. Skip informed that a brand new guard house would cost more than updating the current one.

    The next meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for July 28, 2016, from 7:00 P.M. at Deercreek Country Club.

  • The View June 2016

    George and Judy Bennett
    7811 Mc Laurin Road North

    The Bennetts have tenderly cared for their plants over the winter months only to produce a beautifully landscaped showcase with a lush green lawn and hardy beds. Included in their yard are robellini, queen  and coontie palms surrounded by foxtail ferns, ti, asiatic jasmine and flax lily. There are huge beds with colorful crape myrtles surrounded by purple queen plants. Juniper, podacarpus, oyster plants and brown river rock mulch round out the landscape design.  A paver driveway and walk   leads you to this manicured home. Thank you to the Bennetts for their care and detail that shows and adds to the Deercreek community. 

  • Literary Circle - July 18th

    The book selection for the month of July is The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins. This is an exciting fictional novel about a college student, Joe Talbert, who has a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same.

    Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prision for crimes of rape and murder.

    As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of a soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe throws himself into uncovering the truth.

     We will meet at the home of Elizabeth Curtin at 10:00 on  Monday, July 18th.

    For more information about the Literary circle, please contact Mary Louise Selzer at MLSelzer@comcast.net or call 904-613-6147.

    We meet the 3rd Monday of each month to discuss a book and then enjoy lunch served by the hostess.

  • Save the Dates for Upcoming DWA Events

    • August 1-10  Books-A-Go Go New and Used Book Drive for Children
    • September 28  DWA Sponsored Bingo Night for Charity
    • November 10  DWA  Annual Fashion Show
  • New Management Staff

    Jennifer Presson, Branch President of Community Management Concepts, Inc. of Jacksonville, joined Associa in 2009 with 17 years’ experience in real estate and property management, specializing in condominium and homeowner associations, apartments and commercial properties. 

    Presson oversees 56 associations and is responsible for the management, direction and leadership of property managers, portfolio managers, accounting, and administrative and maintenance staff. She serves as an adviser to property managers, conducting on-site visits, assisting with budgetary management and operational procedures. 

    Presson is a licensed Community Association Manager (LCAM), CMCA, and Licensed Real Estates Sales Person in the state of Florida. 

    Jennifer Presson, LCAM, CMCA
    President
    Office 904.448.3630
    jpresson@cmcjaxfla.com


    Marilyn Clayton received B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from Florida International University, Miami Dade, Florida. Her professional interests focus on managerial skills and accounting. Marilyn’s new title in Associa is Director of Management Services. She will be managing Deercreek along with supervising the management team at Associa.

    Property Manager
    mclayton@cmcjaxfla.com
     904-448-3636  (direct line)
     904-367-8554  (fax)


                                                       Kishwa Milliner                                                
                                                       Assistant Community Manager
                                                       kmilliner@cmcjaxfla.com
                                                       904-448-3631



  • BOD HIGHLIGHTS - MAY 2016

    The DCCOA Board of Directors assembled at the Deercreek Country Club on May 26, for a regularly scheduled meeting. All board members where present, as well as Marilyn Clayton, Property Manager and Jennifer Presson, President of Associa CMC Jacksonville.

    In addition to hearing residents’ concerns and committee reports, the board took the following actions:

    •         Approved the expenditure of the plans for the guardhouse upgrade and repairs.

    •         Discussed the progress of the repairs of the guardhouse damages caused by the trucks. Reviewed insurance approval of repairs and selected a contractor.

    •         Management will also be looking into concerns about lake maintenance.

    Treasurer’s Report:

    Income through April was $345,169 based on Budget of $344,823. Negative income Budget variance notably occurred in the following accounts: Compliance Fines / Citations / Covenant ($3,508).  

    Expenses through February were $326,906 versus Budget of $344,826. Notable positive expense variances were recognized in the following accounts: Legal Services - Collections $1,417; Other Professional Services $1,667. Notable negative expense - Budget variances; Irrigation Repair & Maintenance ($3,189).

    Aged Receivables for the first month of second quarter 2016 were $48,645. Up from $14,683 as reported for the previous month and up from $44,750 as reported for the same period last year. The first month of second quarter also saw 20 member accounts exceed the $600 delinquent account threshold figure. This results in the issuance of a Lien Letter and Suspension of Gate Pass Privilege Notice should the entire account be not brought current within 30 days of notice date.

    Current Surplus/ (Deficit) for the year: $17,920



  • New Guidelines for Bulky Waste Items

    Effective June 6, 2016 bulky waste will be picked up on the same day as your scheduled recycling day. You no longer need to call the City for bulky waste pick-ups. Simply place your bulky waste next to your recycle can for pick up on your scheduled recycle collection day.

    Bulky waste includes furniture, mattresses, carpet and any other household items too large to fit in your recycle can. Bulky waste does not include excess trash or recycle items that don’t fit in your container. Additional containers may be purchased for $65.

    Bulky waste does not include tires or appliances or hazardous waste which require a special request for pick up by calling 630 –CITY (2489). Household hazardous waste is not collected curbside, call 630-CITY (2489) for facility locations that accept household hazardous waste.

  • From the Access Control Committee

    Please be sure to enter guest names for July 4 parties in the gate system or call the gate with the names. That will get your guests to the parties much faster.    

    Just a reminder to always lock cars, garage doors and residence doors. Cars are especially attractive if they are unlocked and valuables such as purses, wallets or computers and other electronic gear are clearly visible. Leaving a car unlocked is asking for it to be robbed. It will not be broken into; all the thief has to do is open the door.

    Our security guards are not trained police officers. If a resident observes or is involved in a threatening situation or sees a crime being committed, the best thing to do is call JSO immediately, then alert the security guards at the gate.

  • Deercreek Choices of Activities are Amazing!

    When we landed in Jax last week, the flight attendant said, “We know you have a choice of airlines and we appreciate your decision to fly with us.”  The can also be said about all of the Clubs and Activities available in Deercreek. We have many choices to suit every personality and we hope you will choose a few that interest you and can make your Deercreek Living more fun. Our Deercreek Country Club is doing a fabulous job of providing dining options, childrens activities and special events throughout the year. They know us by name and make us feel like family. This is a great place to meet your neighbors and make new friends.

    But there are also many opportunities outside the Club. If you like to make things happen in your community, there are positions on the Deercreek Homeowners Board and Committees that keep Deercreek running smoothly. 

    The Womens Alliance is supporting ten different charities around Jacksonville and one of those might interest you. They work year round, not only providing financial support but giving their time and talents to serve others in need.  

    The Home and Garden Club hosts monthly programs for its members, with topics ranging from food allergies to ‘Scams on Seniors’ to Candy Making Classes to Antiques. And sometimes we focus on plants! But many of us have brown thumbs so everyone is welcome. Our fundraisers help beautify Deercreek – while having fun doing it!  

    The Literary Circle meets monthly to discuss a current book and have lunch together.  

    The Quilting Group makes and donates beautiful quilts to local hospitals. 

    Mah Jongg groups, Bunco Ladies, Bingo Buddies and Games Girls get together to play, chat and win!  

    We have Bridge for Ladies or Couples.  There are many levels of Tennis and Golf teams for anyone interested – men, women or children. 

    So, where would you choose to invest your time and energy? The Womens Alliance and The Home and Garden Club both have many, many positions to fill to make things happen, but also welcome anyone coming just to sit in and join us. The Games Groups are good fun and good for your stress level so that you could almost consider them therapeutic! And the Sports groups are definitely the way to stay in shape and competitive, while meeting interesting people. Its all good. Look at the Deercreek Living magazine and see if there is something else you might like to try. Then step outside your own little world and join the Deercreek way of life. Cmon, itll be fun!

  • Notes from the Property Manager

    Dogs

    We ask that you be courteous to your neighbors and keep your dogs on a leash. We know that your dog may be harmless, but we need to make sure all homeowners feel safe. Also, please pick up after your pets. No one would like to have the luck of stepping into something unpleasant.

     Satellite Dishes

    Please verify that your satellite dishes are being installed in the correct locations. Your satellite dish must be located on the rear fascia board of your home with NO exposed wires.

    Architectural Control – All Improvements subject to Approval.

    No buildings, structures, walls, fences, pools, pool screens, patios, paving, driveways, satellite dishes, sidewalks, signs, basketball goals, landscaping, planting, irrigation, landscape device or object, or other improvements of any kinds, nature or description, whether purely decorative, functional or otherwise, shall be commenced, constructed, erected, made, placed, installed or maintained upon any of the Properties or Common Area, nor shall any change or addition to or alteration or remodeling of the exterior of any previously approved building, structures, or other improvements of any kind, including, without limitation, the painting of the same (other than painting, with the same color and type of paint which previously existed) shall be made or undertaken upon any properties or Common area except in compliance and conformance with and pursuant to plans and specifications therefor which shall first have been submitted to and reviewed and approved in writing by the ARB.  For ARB Applications please contact Kimberly Tourville at ktourville@cmcjaxfla.com or her direct line at 904-448-3637.

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    LIKE NEW Washer & Dryer. Only used for a few months! I absolutely loved them and their ease of use. Retail price $600 each. Asking $750 for both OBO. A 2 year warranty was purchased with it and not yet expired.

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