Important Lake Dalhousie Estates Home Owner's Association Announcement
From Our HOA President, Rob Sullivan
Greetings members and visitors,
The Association of Lake Dalhousie has had a good year and we
are looking forward to 2023. Hurricane Ian passed through our
area and most of us were spared major damage. Many tree limbs
were downed and a large oak fell across Timberlane Drive. Board
members rallied together to clear a path; we also made short
work of two downed trees in the common area near the dock.
We were all thankful for Steve Schochet’s backhoe with a bucket
on the front!
Less than two months later, Hurricane Nicole paid Florida a visit.
Once again, we avoided significant damage. Storm repairs
represent a big “unknown” in our budget every year. Fortunately,
we won’t have that expense this year. We also had some
unexpected savings in our 2022 budget: our waterfront spraying
contractor stopped service, and we skipped a half month of
landscaping expenses during the transition to a new contractor.
The bottom line: our annual HOA dues will remain at $400/year.
Note that they have been at this level since 2007, that is fifteen
years! We have been able to achieve this because neighbors
have pitched in to help. Landscaping projects (plants and holiday
decorations), minor repairs, and clerical duties associated with
the HOA are examples of community efforts to keep our HOA
dues low. Our biggest expenses are energy and insurance costs.
Year after year, following our mandatory reserve contributions,
left over funds have been tighter and tighter, yet for this coming
year the HOA board decided not to increase our annual dues.
We’ll be looking for help in the first quarter of 2023 since the
perimeter fence along 44A is in need of repair. Rodney Walbancke
and Steve Schochet are heading up an effort to replace crumbling
boards, power wash, and paint the fence. A section of fence in
the common area needs replacing too. Dates are to be
determined (likely January), so if you’d be able to help, please let
them know. This is another example of neighbors pitching to keep
our expenses in check.
Our association depends entirely on the enthusiasm, experience
and goodwill of our volunteer HOA board to keep things running
smoothly. Last July, Nancy Day, Mike Fleming and Mark Newton
ended their years of service to the HOA. The elections kept
Valerie Custer and myself on for the new term, and we added
George Blake, Travis Lane and Steve Shochet.
As you see these neighbors out and about, stop and say hello and
Rob Sullivan & LDE HOA board
Rob Sullivan, President
Behind the Scenes
Here at Lake Dalhousie Estates Home Owner's Association, we value the desire to be a good neighbor in every owner and the importance of maintaining and increasing the market price in every property without exception. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 1990, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress through our neighbors.
Meet the HOA Board and contact information:
2022/2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT: ROB SULLIVAN
VICE PRESIDENT: TRAVIS LANE
VICE PRESIDENT: STEVE SCHOCHET
TREASURER: GEORGE BLAKE
SECRETARY: VALERIE CUSTER
HOA CONTACT INFORMATION
PO BOX 2284
UMATILLA, FL 32784
Send estoppels or any inquiries to:
Locations of Governing Documents:
1. Articles of Incorporation (Hard Copy only)
2. Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Easements and Restrictions, By Laws
book 1050/page 183
book 3675/page 316
book 3965/page 116
book 3965/page 120
Thank You Brian
Your spirit of excellence and volunteerism is much appreciated by all your neighbors!
Our Mission and Our Covenants
"All will concede that in order to have good neighbors, we must also be good neighbors. That applies in every field of human endeavor."
Harry S. Truman
Here at Lake Dalhousie Estates Home Owner's Association, we know that sometimes all it takes to improve and maintain the quality of life and property value of our community here in Umatilla is a little neighborly care and advice. Since our founding in 1990, we have been determined to make an impact and guidance in Lake Dalhousie Estates through fair and consistent interpretation of our Covenants and Bylaws. The core of our efforts is to bring our HOA team’s fresh ideas and passion to the issues we’re involved in. Through all of our endeavors we hope to display the conviction behind our beliefs that good neighbors make a great community. We also believe that challenges in our subdivision can be handled best through friendly "neighbor to neighbor" policy.
Click on the Our Covenants button below to read our Covenants.
Who is this guy and what does he have to do with us?
Hint: You see my title everyday if you live here...Not easy to pronounce...
Your community gives you a sense of identity and helps you discover who you are and where you come from. So the next time someone asks you about this guy, you can tell them all about it!
Meet our new neighbors at Lake Dalhousie Estates
Steve and Melissa West
Steve and Melissa West
Colonel Steve West retired from the Army in 2007 and Melissa retired from Federal Service in 2017. Upon Melissa's retirement and the birth of their last grandchild (they have 5) they decided that they wanted to be a part of their everyday life growing up. After they sold their home in Alabama, they moved to Florida and started looking around Lake County for a place to build their dream home. It took over a year of looking before they found a new home on a beautiful lot for sale in Lake Dalhousie Estates. They fell in love with Lake Dalhousie Estates subdivision immediately. The rest is history!
Rodney and Karol Walbancke
Rodney is originally from Sydney Australia and Karol from Astatula Florida. They met in Lake Mary Florida in 2013 where they both lived at the time. Rodney retired from Club Assist in June 2018 after 16 years of service. Karol retired in 2010 from Arkansas Department of Emergency Management to care for her aging parents.
They married in May of 2015 and continued to live in Lake Mary until 2019, in late 2018 they decided to purchase a property in Lake Dalhousie Estates to build a new dream home.
They enjoy traveling, music, riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles seeing the sights of beautiful Florida, and also hiking/walking with their Red Tri Australian Sheppard Addy (Adeline).
Michael and Pamela Fleming
Michael and Pamela Fleming recently moved to Lake Dalhousie Estates from Seminole county, where they lived for the past 20 years. After having worked as an electrical engineer for many years, Michael is now a Program Manager at Lockheed Martin in South Orlando. Pamela is a self-employed artist who specializes in porcelain Christmas ornaments and figurines. Both originally from Schenectady, NY, Michael and Pamela re-located to Fort Worth, TX after graduating college. After 15 years in Texas, Michael and Pamela re-located to Seminole county to be closer to Pamela’s parents. Nearing retirement, in 2019 they began looking for a lakeside community to “upsize” to. Lake County seemed like a good fit, with a slower lifestyle-pace yet still close to Orlando. When they discovered their dream house on Lake Dalhousie, they believed they had found the perfect location and home. After talking to some of the Lake Dalhousie Estates residents, they knew! Michael and Pamela have been married for 36 years and have two married children and one granddaughter. Daughter Heather resides in Charleston, SC and son Christopher resides in Atlanta, GA.
Travis and Kathy Lane
Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways board members describe this invaluable member of our team. Travis Lane is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure every single day to see him on his golf cart with his pet , Charlie.
Travis is originally from Georgia, and is currently retired from the federal government after working 22 years with the Bureau of Prisons. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Travis currently enjoys substitute teaching at Lake County schools, and loves playing the drums and collecting albums.
Kathy is from Altha, Florida, and is currently a Warden at the Federal Correctional Complex at Coleman, Florida. She has been working with the Bureau of Prisons since 1988. Kathy is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Elementary Education.
Travis and Kathy have a son, Drew, who currently attends Umatilla High School, and will graduate in 2021.
Dr. Nancy Day and Mr. George Blake
Dr. Nancy Day and Mr. George Blake have recently moved to Lake Dalhousie Estates from the
Dr. Day is the former director of anesthesia services at Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia (now Aria
Health) and a former staff anesthesiologist at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania.
George is a consultant with the Advisory and Operational Risk practice at Deloitte and Touche,
specializing in medical coding, documentation, and reimbursement compliance. He has a background in
pharmacy and is a certified medical coder.
Nancy and George were frequent visitors to central Florida before relocating. They spent a couple of
months here last year in a seasonal rental with George’s sister Pat and husband Gary and they all
appreciated the unique character of our neighborhood and the friendliness of the folks who lived here.
It wasn’t long before they realized this would be a great place to settle in and start their “next
George and Nancy have been married for 38 years and they have three children who reside in the
Neighborhood Beautification Projects
We are so happy you’re interested in getting involved with our work here at Lake Dalhousie Estates Home Owner's Association. There are so many ways for you to help, and we truly appreciate each and every effort. By lending your support, you’ll become a valuable part of our Non-Profit Organization and help to strengthen our operations and value of our homes.
Here is our Community dock beach clean up by Steve West and Roney Walbancke.
Help Us Clean
This is one of the simplest ways to help out our community. We believe the best way for our HOA initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at Lake Dalhousie Estates Home Owner's Association. Get in touch with any board member concerning any questions you may have about how you can Volunteer Your Time today. Its fun and rewarding.
Show Your Support
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Make a call and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your time towards the community that you live in. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, meet your neighbors and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better and more beautiful community. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.
Have an Impact
We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your HOA, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions. Reach out to the HOA board. Get together with your neighbors.
Springtime At Lake Dalhousie Estates
Come join us in Lake Dalhousie Estates and say goodbye to winter...forever
Lines Written in Early Spring
By William Wordworth
I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.
To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.
Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.
The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.
If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Song by Tim Hart And Friends
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row!
Flower Planting Before... and After...WOW
Steve & Melissa West went and purchased plants and mulch. Steve removed old plants and roots, Melissa and Karol planted the new plants, Rodney brought his blower down and cleaned up the debris around the curb and flower bed area. Rodney also turned the irrigation on for the first watering.
From so sad to so glad...wonderful work!!!
Neighbor 2 Neighbor
Cake and Coffee Blog
Dr. Clifford Shooker
Dr. Clifford Shooker has joined us today for a little virtual cake and coffee. Hey Doc, thanks for stopping by. I hear you are quite busy in your second career as a musician. Would you mind telling the Lake Dalhousie Estates audience a little bit about it and your experience in Lake Dalhousie Estates?
What made you want to become a musician?
I don’t believe that I ever wanted to become a musician. I was given opportunity by the public school system. There were things that I enjoyed, and things that I didn’t. I chose to do the things that I enjoyed and one of those was playing music. Ultimately, I'm just a guy who plays with toys.
Which instruments did you play in high school?
I started on the cello, but in the 9th grade we were doing a jazzy version of Scarborough Fair. The cello part was painfully simple, but the bass part swung. So, I asked my friend George Gee (today an accomplished bandleader) to teach me the part. I played it on the upright bass. That’s when I started having passion for playing. I played both instruments in the school concert and that started a trend where I play multiple instruments in shows.
What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next five to 10 years?
I don’t think that way; I don't plan for my future. It makes me a bit problematic for Amway marketers (chuckle), I see my job as staying open for opportunity and taking advantage of it when it comes. Opportunity knocking is how I started teaching and doing medico-legal work in my prior life. So far, I’ve been lucky with great opportunity. In music you take the good with the bad sometimes (oh do I have stories). The pandemic made some opportunity evaporate, but I suspect that we’ll adapt and move forward. Certainly, I plan to.
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?
Reading, sports (playing, not so much watching), movies, working out, when I feel like it. Mechanical work on cars, motorcycle, etc. And for the last year, (sigh), pulling vines out of the ground (ha,). I'll add debate, although only with some people, not all. Ha, ha.
What strengths do you have that you believe make you a great musician?
I don’t see myself as a great musician nor do I strive for greatness. What I bring to the table is unbridled fun. I’m happy playing music that I like. I move with the music, body English with the instruments and going out on the dance floor with people. Those are excellent qualities for a performer, not necessarily a musician. However, some great musicians appreciate those abilities and I get to work with some! Don't get me wrong, I've got chops...but great? No.
Do you have any weaknesses that you're actively working to improve on?
As far as music, playing by ear as opposed to reading, and singing. I’ve vowed to sing a couple of songs live, and once started build on those skills. Relative to interpersonal communication I strive for a balance. My educational background is in science. Communication was open and based on observable facts, measures, reproducible experiments and logic. In some situations that is problematic. I’ve learned other approaches, and have more to learn. Hence why although I enjoy debate, I am cautious about whom I'll engage with.
Which instrument is your favorite to play and why?
I love both the bass guitar and saxophone, probably tenor sax mainly. I can't say that either is my favorite. More to point is the piece that I’m playing and on which instrument the part moves me. For Pick Up the Pieces I’ll take either part.
What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
I just did my Valentine’s Day show and interjected some discussion between songs. Not surprisingly the show is made up of love songs; they are different without the lyrics. As an instrumentalist I try to play with feeling, emote through musical expression and playing in a way that conveys the feeling behind the lyrics. A line from a song that I wrote is “let the music decide what I feel.” That means feeling what is expressed by the music. Some say that it is emotion that differentiates art from craft, perhaps the greatness lies in the composers whose composition evokes the emotion. Hitting a blues note in Let’s Get It On, it’s difficult not to feel, well, what do you feel?
Describe your favorite and least favorite part about being a musician.
I don’t know if it’s a true interpretation, but the Indian (Hindu?) word Namaste was defined to me as "celebrating that place within you that when you are in that place within you, and I’m in that place within me, we’re in the same place." There are times when you lock in with another musician where you don’t think about what you're doing, you just play, and you’re locked in together. Often you look at each other and laugh because you both know it. That's my favorite part.
Least favorite? Carrying gear in and out, setting it up and taking it down. That's work.
When did you move into the neighborhood?
A couple of months after purchasing my home in January of 2015. Whenever the work was done enough to be reasonably livable as the rest was completed.
How was it different than it is today?
There are a few more homes, and a more vibrant HOA. New people are in the neighborhood, and now between my working in the yard, seeing the walkers, and the community parties that you’ve hosted, I both know and am known a bit more. I appreciate that. Ironically in spite of being a showman I am not very socially outgoing, so those efforts benefited me.
Where else have you lived?
Mount Dora and Eustis, Fort Lauderdale, both Portland and Bend, Oregon, Ithaca, New York, and New York City.
What sounds do you hear from your house on a daily basis?
Birds calling, bouncing squirrels (ha,).
What do you like to look at out of your window?
The trees and sky over the pond. I'll cheat on this one and add that our night sky is wonderful! I walk out of the garage to look when I come home late.
What is your favorite neighborhood walk?
I’m not really a walker, so I guess it’s just around my lake property and getting to see the neighborhood walkers. It’s a joy seeing happy friendly people and I’m lucky enough to have many around me. That makes me think that perhaps I should walk more…
Too funny, Dr. Cliff. Thank you for sharing. See you around the neighborhood.
To hear Dr. Cliff's music at no cost:
Neighbor 2 Neighbor
Cake and Coffee Blog
Michelle and Rick Palmer
We had a chance to catch up today with two of our good long-time neighbors, Michelle and Rick Palmer. Michelle and Rick have been happy homeowners in Lake Dalhousie Estates since 2006.
Michelle just recently finished writing her books, "My Tomorrow Became Today" and “Select Your Path and Keep Right on Walking.” We had an interesting conversation about her experience:
Hi Michelle and Rick. Thanks for spending some time with your Lake Dalhousie neighbors over some delicious virtual cake and coffee…
Sure, thank you for inviting us.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing when I was a youth. I wrote poetry for family members, was active high school journalist and aspired to major journalism in college. But my compassionate side led me to change college major to sociology. However, this did not stop my love of writing. After college, I continued writing essays and even worked on technical writing while in the telecom industry.
Tell us a little bit about yourselves and your Lake Dalhousie Estates experience.
Rick and I are native Floridians from beach towns, St. Augustine and Fort Lauderdale. We met at UF and moved to Central Florida for job opportunities.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It only took a few months to compile essays from my journals that I have written over a few decades.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I am a part time writer. I’m in control of my writing time. I usually wake up early with thoughts to write in my journal. I keep notepads near me in case a thought comes to mind that I need to revisit later. The book writing is a new venture for me.
What would you say is your interesting writing method?
Whether it’s during a stressful time or a happy time, writing is good therapy for me.
How did you get your books published?
I researched publishing and created my own company to make it happen.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
The book is a collection of essays about my life experience. I didn’t realize the uniqueness of my talent until I re-read my journals.
When did you write your first book?
"My Tomorrow Became Today", a collection of essays, in November 2021. I just published a second book in January 2022. It’s a hands-on journal for people to self-reflect and hopefully find their purpose. It’s entitled “Select Your Path and Keep Right on Walking.”
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Spending time with family and friends. I also love going to college sporting events, the beach and concerts.
What does your family think of your writing?
They inspired me to publish my books and have given me great feedback on the books.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Publishing and marketing a book take a lot of work. The easy part was writing the book.
Do you have any suggestions to help fellow neighbors to be better writers? If so, what are they?
I believe that everyone has a story to tell. Writers write stories. Don't be critical of how the story will go. Just be true to yourself. Hire the professionals to put it together for you or self-publish it.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Most of my readers are on social media. They've purchased books and encouraged me to develop products based on various quotes in my book. The Encouragement Gifts are greeting cards, book marks, posters and t-shirts that can be purchased for gifts, retreats, etc.
What do you think makes a good book or story?
A good theme and story line makes a good book. There a plenty of classes on creative writing and there also are plenty of ghost writers out there.
How many books have you written? What is it about? Where can I buy them?
I've published two books. "My Tomorrow Became Today" is a collection of essays that I’ve written over the years. These writings have a similar theme that deals with worrying and how we get through the situation. The title “My Tomorrow Became Today” came to me during one of my prayer moments. I have always been a heavy worrier about things that usually work themselves out. My maternal grandmother used to always assure me that I needed to focus on the todays but also prepare for the tomorrows. She instilled this in my mind a long time ago. And today, I get to reflect on those powerful, pure words. I just published a second book in January. It’s a hands-on journal for people to self-reflect and hopefully find their purpose. It’s entitled “Select Your Path And Keep Right On Walking.” It can be purchased on Amazon. For a signed copy, please subscribe at my website or email me at:
Thank you for your insights, Michelle and Rick. See you next time on your blue golf cart. Go Gators!
Yes, ha, bye.
Chef George's Culinary Tips
George's gorgeous strawberry jam
Chef George's tip today is making jam from fresh picked fruit from our neighborhood Atwood Family Farms!
If you are looking for a fun Umatilla outing, Atwood Family Farm is less than 2.5 miles from LDE on route 44A headed toward Eustis. You can pick your own or pick up some already picked fresh from the farm. It’s a wonderful outing on a nice day and you can choose the best ones to take home to Lake Dalhousie Estates.
Strawberries were available January and February. Blueberries are coming in April.
See their website at atwoodfamilyfarm.com for hours and directions.
The basics needed for making strawberry jam:
Mason Jars (pint size) - usually sold in a pack of 12 with lids (8 ounce).
You’ll need lots of sugar (I try to have 10 pounds on hand for a batch).
7 cups of sugar per batch
1 box fruit pectin- I use Sure Jell (powder) but there are other brands including liquid pectin.
5 cups crushed strawberries (stems and leaves removed). It’s about 4 pounds.
Lemon juice -1 tablespoon per batch (it helps the pectin “set”).
Some people are uncomfortable with the amount of sugar that is used but you should know that it’s the pectin and the sugar that causes jams and jellies to congeal. If you don’t add enough sugar, the jam won’t “set”.
If you need to use less sugar, buy the special “reduced sugar” pectin.
You can make freezer jam or “cooked jam”. I prefer cooked recipes which needs some equipment:
Canner (large bucket with rack for mason jars)
Canning tools (commonly sold as a “kit”)-
Wide mouth funnel
Magnetic wand or forceps (to pick up canning lid from boiling water)
Jar forceps (for mason jars)
The recipe and instructions are on the Sure Jell box. They also have recipes for many other fruits, including blueberry and plum!
Yummy! Happy jam making from Umatilla Florida!! It's an Umatilla thing, you will get it once you are here. Welcome home to Lake Dalhousie Estates. We love this place.
Until we eat again, Ciao!
News & Views
A powerful prayer for all our neighbors at Lake Dalhousie Estates
God our Protector
1Whoever goes to the LORD for safety,
whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,
2can say to him,
“You are my defender and protector.
You are my God; in you I trust.”
3He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers
and from all deadly diseases.
4He will cover you with his wings;
you will be safe in his care;
his faithfulness will protect and defend you.
5You need not fear any dangers at night
or sudden attacks during the day
6or the plagues that strike in the dark
or the evils that kill in daylight.
7A thousand may fall dead beside you,
10,000 all round you,
but you will not be harmed.
8You will look and see
how the wicked are punished.
9You have made the LORD your defender,
the Most High your protector,
10and so no disaster will strike you,
no violence will come near your home.
11 God will put his angels in charge of you
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones.
13 You will trample down lions and snakes,
fierce lions and poisonous snakes.
14God says, “I will save those who love me
and will protect those who acknowledge me as LORD.
15When they call to me, I will answer them;
when they are in trouble, I will be with them.
I will rescue them and honour them.
16I will reward them with long life;
I will save them.”
Good News Bible. Scripture taken from the Good News Bible
Christmas at Lake Dalhousie Estates
Home is where the heart is
Christmas Lights at LDE
What do the Christmas lights represent?
Symbol of the light, hope and good in the world: The Christmas lights also served to remind good Christians to provide light to others. Symbol of following the enlightened path: Some suggest that the Christmas lights are a reminder to follow the way of Christ.
Home for the Holidays
Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays
'Cause no matter how far away you roam
When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze
For the holidays you can't beat home sweet home!
Christmas Lights at Lake Dalhousie Estates
Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
The First Noel
The first Noel the Angel did say
Was to three poor Shepherds in fields as they lay.
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
In a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, noel, noel, noel,
Born is the King of Israel.
Christmas Lights at Lake Dalhousie Estates
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
God rest you merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay.
For Jesus Christ our Savior,
Was born on Christmas Day;
To save us all from Satan's power,
When we were gone astray.
Joy to the World
Joy to the world, the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.