See the News & Events page
for descriptions and schedules of our Winter events.
Annual Election Results
The 2014 Royal Oaks Estates Annual Homeowners' Meeting minutes
have been posted on the "Key Info" page.
Pam Wilkinson has been chosen as
HOA President. Jerrell Anderson
is Vice President. David White
continues to serve as Treasurer, and Amanda
Kembel will serve as Secretary. The rest of the Board
consists of Phil Gardner,
Sue Jones, and
Thanks to everyone who sent in their ballots, and to the
volunteers who are serving as this year's Board of Directors. The
Board exists to serve all homeowners to maintain property values and
keep Royal Oaks Estates a great place to live. We have already
held our first meeting, and invite you to join us at our future
meetings, which will be held the first Tuesday of every other month:
April 1st, June 3rd, Aug 5th, Oct 7th, and Dec 2nd, at 7:00pm in the
Clubhouse. Meeting Minutes are located on
the Key Info page.
New Social Committee Chair
Sasha Ghetie assumes the
Chair of the Social Committee for Royal Oaks subdivision. Please
join us in sending warm thanks to Christie
White, who held the Social Committee Chair position for
several years, and who worked hard to schedule entertaining events
for adults and children alike. Good job, Christie, and we know Sasha
will have lots of fun in store for us this coming year!
Homeowners' Dues & Directory Updates
The Board has posted an updated HOA Dues
Late Payment Policy. If you are behind in your dues,
interest is now being added each month on the first of the month to
your overdue balance. If you do not pay in full by June 30, the Royal
Oaks Board will attach a lien to your property. Please be sure you
understand this policy - your good credit depends upon it. Contact
the Treasurer to obtain your balance, including interest, so that
your account is brought current. YOU MAY NOT USE ANY ROEHA
FACILITY, including the pool, playground, tennis courts or
clubhouse, until your dues, including interest, expenses and legal
fees, are paid in full.
The 2014 Royal Oaks Directory is now available. It will be
emailed to all residents who are current with their HOA dues. Take a
look at your family's listing. If your email or phone numbers have
changed, PLEASE update your information by sending us a
Your Neighbor's Business...
Cakes & Music Lessons!
Oaks neighbor, Sasha Ghetie,
announces her new business, Ganache Cakes & Bakes.
one-of-a-kind cakes and desserts. Visit her ad on the
page and contact her for your next event. Sasha also offers piano
and music theory lessons.
You may also visit her website:
www.ganachecakesnbakes.com and on Facebook:
Ganache Cakes & Bakes.
Please visit the Classifieds listings to
see services offered by other neighbors. Remember, neighbors can
post Classified Ads for FREE! If you have a business, you
can put a classified ad on the Royal Oaks website and link it back to your
If you are new to the neighborhood, be sure you fill out a
Infomation Form, so that we can include you in our Royal Oaks
Directory and welcome you on the website (and in person!) Your
information is kept confidential, and is only used for updates and
communication from the Royal Oaks Homeowners Association.
If you aren't getting periodic email updates from the Board
or the webmaster, it's because we don't have your current email
address! Update it using the form above, and we'll add you to our list.
- Here is the info on low income & free spay/neuter
programs in the state. (See
- The Pet Registry may help your neighbors identify and
return your beloved animal. Fill it out today! (More...)
— by Carmela Quinlan
Customer Service Shortcuts
Most of us have experienced the long wait times and the endless
menus trying to navigate corporate customer service phone lines. To
speak to a live person, you can try saying "customer service" or
pressing "0." But that doesn't always work.
The website Gethuman.com lists shortcuts to getting the help you
want… For example, if you want to get a person at Verizon Wireless –
one of the companies with a difficult-to-figure-out trick – enter
your mobile number and then press the pound key.
The site also allows you to request a call back from some customer
service lines… you don't have to wait on hold. Just enter your phone
number with Gethuman (which doesn't store it), and you'll receive a
call within minutes. No waiting.
Dr. David Eifrig Jr., MD, MBA, "Stansberry & Associates Newsletter,"
Dec 27, 2013
Party of 2014 Scheduled. RSVP Now!
St. Patrick's Day Party, March
Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your friends and neighbors at
the HOA's first 2014 Adult Party. Wear your green and bring your
adult beverage of choice. Dinner and partying galore!
6:00pm - until? $10 per person and BYOB (dinner & green grog
Please RSVP to Sasha Ghetie by March 15th
firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-936-9487
Please visit the
Blog to let us know what's on YOUR mind. Get news, share
contacts and find out what's going on with your neighbors. We will
continue to post news and updates on the website, but the Blog will
be the primary way that we notify you of news and events. Please
subscribe to the Blog so that you can be notified when updates are
In this week's Blog post, neighbor Mark Gupton reminds us to
the batteries in our smoke detectors, flashlights, weather
radios, and other emergency equipment, when we set our clocks
forward for Daylight Savings.
C.O.P.S News - Self-Defense Class
As we briefly discussed at the annual meeting, Officer Diffenbacher
and others from his precinct are available to teach a Women’s
Self-Defense Class and I would like to have one this summer. If you
are interested in this class,
send me an email so that I can gauge how many are interested. If
there is solid interest, I’ll work with Officer Diffenbacher to set
up a date and we can start planning for it.
Unpaid Dues Listings
The Board is in the process of calling residents who have not
paid their dues. Some have just forgotten. Others are setting up
payment plans. Interest will be applied at the rate of 1.5% per
month, beginning on March 1. Liens will be filed after June 30 on unpaid
We have four homeowners who are several years in arrears. We have
hired an attorney to collect the money or take them to court. In the
event that we are successful, the homeowners will be responsible for
legal fees as well as cumulative dues and interest.
Reminder: You may NOT use the common areas, such
as pool, clubhouse, playground, and tennis courts, if you are not current with
your dues. If you haven’t paid, then please make arrangements
with David White. We want everyone
to enjoy our amenities.
Home Maintenance Tips
We all know that we can pay our auto mechanics a little now for
routine service, or pay them a lot later for a major repair. The
same idea holds true for your home. Here are some tips to keep you
comfortable and safe year-round, while helping to prevent major
repairs to your property.
- Roof: Check roof and around vents, skylights and chimneys for leaks. Repair
- Attic: If there is no ridge vent, keep gable vents open year-round to ensure
- Gutters: Clean gutters and drain pipes so leaves won't clog them and be sure
they drain away from the house. (Fall: In cold-climate areas) Drain outside
- Fireplace: Clean fireplace of ashes. (Fall) Check chimney for loose or
missing mortar. Have chimney professionally cleaned. Make sure damper closes
tightly. (Spring) Leave damper open for improved ventilation if the home is not
- Filters: Remember to clean or replace filters once a month, or as needed.
Check and clean dryer vent, air conditioner, stove hood and room fans. Keep
heating and cooling vents clean and free from furniture and draperies.
- Safety Equipment: Ensure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors
and fire extinguishers are in good working order. Replace batteries in
appropriate devices as needed, or at least twice each year.
- Air Conditioner: (Fall: In cold-climate areas) Remove window
air-conditioners, or put weatherproof covers on them.
- Refrigerator: Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test them
by closing the door over a dollar bill. If you can pull the bill out easily, the
latch may need to be adjusted or the seal may need to be replaced. In addition,
if you have a coil-back refrigerator, vacuum the coils at least twice each year.
Your refrigerator will run more efficiently with clean coils. Also, stock up! A
full refrigerator uses less energy than an empty one.
- Faucets: Check for leaky faucets in kitchen and bathroom(s). Replace washers
- Windows and Doors: Seal drafty doors and windows. If you added up all of the
small cracks where heating and cooling escapes from a home, it would be the same
as having a window open. Replace seals as needed.
- Storm Windows and Screens: (Fall) Take down screens (if removable type) and
replace with storm windows. (Spring) Remove, clean, and store storm windows (if
removable). Check and patch all door and window screens. Put screens up (if
- Siding and Paint: Look for cracks and holes in house siding or paint.
Replace caulk if necessary. A carpet knife can work well for cutting away old
caulking from house siding. Slice down alongside it from both directions with
the hook-like blade, then use the knife to lift out the old caulk bead intact.
- Basement: Check basement walls and floor for dampness. Be sure to clean
dehumidifier regularly, if you have one.
- Heating System: (Fall) Have heating system serviced. Change filters.
- Hot Water Heater: (Fall) Drain hot water heater. Remove sediment from the
bottom of the tank.