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UB1 Spring 2021 Newsletter

Hello UB1 friends and neighbours,

A big thank you to all of you who joined us virtually for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 10th – and those who sent along their proxies in advance. Your Board of Directors appreciates your support as we continue to plan for the summer at UB1. 

Please take a moment to read through the accompanying newsletter where you will find a road map to what is being planned to get UB1 ready for you, some highlights for the anticipated COVID-guided summer pool and tennis season, and a social activities schedule being organized for the whole community beginning in April!  Volunteer opportunities to help are sprinkled throughout and in the Volunteer section if you would like to get involved.

Weather and COVID restrictions permitting, UB1 is planning to open the weekend of June 5th; the guard team is already excited to see you!  Membership fees remain the same for 2021 and are due by April 30th to receive the early bird discount. Be sure to see the payment details below to not miss out. 

It is my pleasure to welcome Norma Scott and Cindy Desbiens to your volunteer Board of Directors. Norma has taken on the portfolio of property maintenance and is working already to beautify the grounds.  Cindy will be providing a community liaison role for the Board as a link between the UB1 community, the greater Waterloo Community, and the Board.  

On behalf of the UB1 team, I would like to again thank you in advance for your patience and for your support this summer.  We can not predict how COVID will affect the season so please keep watch for UB1 newsletters and the UB1 website for updates as guidelines from the Region continue to change.  

In health,

Monica

P.S. We look forward to seeing you on the socially distanced Easter walk, organized by the social committee.

Monica Heinrich
UB1 President upperbeechwood1president@gmail.com

Mark your calendars!

Membership News

Spring Celebration WalkApril 2 – 6:00pm
Egg Decorating Online ClassApril 3 – 10:00am
Spring Night Sky Talk with Dr. Michel FichApril 13 – 6:30pm
Associate Membership Fees DueApril 15
Membership Fees Due (early bird rate)April 30
Neighbourhood clean up day May 2
Perennial Sale May 24
Pool Opening Day* June 5 (tentative)
Pool Closing September 6
*tentative date based on Public Health directives

Please visit the UB1 website often as we are beginning to populate the calendar with new events.

2021 annual fees:

Covenant membership fees due April 30th: $590 per household, discounted to $490 (same fee as last year), if paid by April 30th. Payment after April 30th, the full rate of $590 applies.

Associate membership fees due April 15: $690 per household

Covenant members will be sent an invoice by email in the next few weeks. Associate members have been notified of the fees via email. Membership fees can be paid by e-transfer to ub1treasurer@gmail.comPlease use the password: 2021Poolfees.  Fees can also be paid by cheque payable to UBHA#1 or Upper Beechwood Homes Association #1 and dropped off in the mailbox on the porch at 490 Clair Creek.   

Selling your home?

If you are selling your home this year, you may be entitled to recoup a portion of the membership fee from the purchaser. Please have your lawyer contact the UB1 treasurer, so that he can review your account and make  any adjustments on closing. This will also allow UB1 to update our membership database to include the new owners.  

Guests

Members are welcome to bring guests to the tennis courts and basketball courts but social distancing rules apply. Because of the expected limited pool capacity again this summer, only members and their same household members will be allowed to use the pool. No guests will be permitted at the pool. If family or friends are interested in joining UB1, please direct them to our Membership Director to be added to the Associate Members waiting list. 

Member Communication

We will continue to communicate with our members via electronic means and through postings at the pool. Please help us reach all our members by keeping us informed if your preferred email changes. Please contact Beth McLay, UB1 secretary, to update your email address.   

The UB1 website has been updated with 2021 information and will be used for regular communication. Please check it regularly for updates.  

Also, please check out our UB1 facebook page

Pool News

At this point in time, we are predicting that this summer will likely have similar restrictions as those seen in 2020. We will be following Public Health guidelines and plan to have the same procedures in place including COVID-19 screening and both walk-in and advanced sign-up slots for free swim. Swimming lessons will also be offered should COVID-19 guideline permit. Swim lesson sizes will be directed by Public Health guidelines as well. Please visit the UB1 website pool page for a full listing of the pool procedures and rules.

We are pleased to welcome back Abby Saunders as pool manager. Please see below for a message from Abby.

As the weather begins to warm up, the guard team and I are looking forward to the pool season ahead! I am excited to be returning to UB1 for my sixth summer and my fourth as manager. Marly will be taking on the role of assistant manager this summer with Sophia working alongside as head guard. We are thrilled to have a team full of familiar faces with some new additions as well. The guard team and I are optimistic that we will enjoy another wonderful summer together at UB1, and we are eager to be back with you soon!  – Abby 

The pool staff will be updating the UB1 website calendar over the next several weeks with summer pool activities. Stay tuned!

Tennis and Pickleball News

Tennis nets are up! The tennis and pickleball courts were busier than ever last year. Please respect social distancing rules and one hour of play rules if others are waiting to use the courts. The court sign-up sheet will be up soon and bookings will take priority. Please note that only one sign up per day is allowed. Please see the UB1 website for tennis/pickleball COVID-19 guidelines and etiquette rules.

Grady Simpson has been hired as head instructor and Carla Perez as assistant instructor. We hope to offer Spring tennis lessons in May and June. More information about dates and sign up will be available on the website in May. Grady will be available to provide beginner-level private or semi-private lessons for adults (paid by members as an additional cost).

Basketball Court News

The Board is working on a new sign-in schedule for the basketball courts where, like the tennis courts, members can sign up to secure a time to play. New signage is also being planned. More information will follow.

Facilities Update

There is lots of work planned to keep UB1 facilities functioning and welcoming for members.

In 2020, the exterior and changerooms were painted and repairs were made to the gate and shower plumbing. New pool blankets were purchased. Upgrades to the UB1 facilities in 2021 include new rollers for the pool blanket and the basketball courts will be resurfaced. During the resurfacing, the basketball court will be closed and members will be asked to use the tennis court gate on Alexmuir to access the tennis and pickleball courts. This spring the property will be spruced up for the season and, in addition to the regular clean up, the dead and dying trees and shrubs will be removed. At the end of the season, we will be addressing the paint peeling in the pool.

Let’s Get Social (Distancing)

The social committee has been very active during the off season organizing the Hallowe’en and Holiday walks in 2020. Next up is the Spring Celebration walk this Friday, April 2nd from 6:00-7:30pm and the online egg decorating class on Saturday, April 3rd at 10:00am. The class will be held using Google Meets. Please sign up to let us know if you are planning to attend and go to https://meet.google.com/iwv-oqie-dyb to join the class. There are several more events planned. Check out the UB1 calendar

If you are interested in volunteering to assist the committee, please contact social committee chair, Amy Walbridge at upperbeechwood1social@gmail.com. Covenant and associate members welcome!

Community News

Have your say about backyard fires 

Waterloo City Council is looking into the feasibility of backyard recreational fires and they are looking for input from residents. Please take a few minutes to share your by completing this survey. https://www.engagewr.ca/backyard-fires-waterloo

Spot the Fox!

For the past several years, we have been sharing our neighbourhood ravines, green spaces and even our backyards with foxes (and the occasional coyote). It is not uncommon to see foxes in the spring. Please be aware when letting small pets outside to play unattended. According to the humane society website, healthy foxes tend to have a natural fear of people. They will usually run away from you as soon as they detect your presence. If not, the fox has probably learned to associate people with food (likely because someone has been feeding them – please don’t feed the foxes!) and may exhibit a boldness or even approach you. These foxes can easily be scared away by making loud noises such as yelling.

Lawn and yard work help

One of our members who lives on Clair Creek Blvd. is looking to hire someone in the neighbourhood to cut their lawn and do some yard work this Spring/Summer. They have a lawn mower that could be used. This would be a good job for a student living in the area. Please contact Rita at 519-886-0085 if you or a family member is interested.

Volunteers Wanted!

UB1 is run entirely by a group of volunteers and pool staff. Please consider helping out for a few hours. We are looking for interested covenant and associate members to volunteer for the following activities:

Community Clean up: Please consider allocating an hour on May 2nd to get the UB1 neighbourhood spiffed up for the new season. Grab a garbage bag, or two, and go on a beautifying walk around the neighborhood or wander over to the UB1 facility to prune and weed! Pick up as much trash as you can. Post pictures of your haul on our Facebook page and win a prize for the most garbage collected! Thank you for volunteering!

Property and Tennis Courts upkeep: Keeping the tennis courts clean and weeded is a large job. The board is looking for volunteers to help with the upkeep. Please consider picking up garbage or doing some weeding.  A sign-up sheet for members to volunteer to help with the tennis court weeding etc. on a weekly basis will be posted at the pool this summer. Please contact Tennis Director, Sue Winter, if you are able to help out.

Pool Helpers: COVID-19 guidelines permitting, members age 13 and over can request to volunteer with swimming lessons and events during the four sessions throughout the summer. This volunteer position requires a commitment to arrive on time and be available throughout the entire session. The pool staff love to get all the help the can. Contact Abby Saunders, pool manager, to learn more.

Contact Us

2021 Board Executive 

PresidentMonica Heinrichupperbeechwood1president@gmail.com 519-574-0363      
TreasurerSteve Bienkowskiub1treasurer@gmail.com519-886-8174
SecretaryBeth McLayupperbeechwood1secretary@gmail.com 519-888-0418
MembershipJenna Fergusonassociatesub1@gmail.com 519-501-0448 
TennisArt and Sue Winterupperbeechwood1tennis@gmail.com  226-338-9427 (Art) 226-808-1759 (Sue)
PoolJennifer Hamiltonupperbeechwood1pooldirector@gmail.com 519-498-9033
FacilitiesMatt Wellsupperbeechwood1maintenance@gmail.com 519-502-9555
PropertyNorma Scottupperbeechwood1property@gmail.com
CommunityCindy Desbiensupperbeechwood1community@gmail.com

Pool Staff

Abby Saunders- Manager

Marly Verhoeve- Assistant Manager

ub1guards@gmail.com