Jimmy Smith and Julianne Crane Married Sept. 5th

Hearty congratulations are in order for Julianne Crane and Jimmy Smith who were officially married on September 5th. The big news was just announced at the Chapter 9 Coast Rally. The happy couple will continue to make Timber Valley their home as they also travel throughout North America whenever they can.

Jimmy Smith and Julianne Crane

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$2 Bills in Sutherlin

A memory from Helaine Hepworth…

As Timber Valley was just getting started, some of the citizens of Sutherlin were not so sure that we were important or an asset to the town. So the directors of the Park worked with a local bank and the park members converted their spending cash to $2 bills and then spent them in town. Local merchants, seeing piles of $2 bills in their tills, quickly learned that our members were indeed a valuable asset. That was 30 years ago. Sutherlin doesn’t need to see $2 bills anymore. They know we are a big part of Sutherlin.


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The park now has portable defibrillator. It is going to save someones life. But what about the DNR patient. DNR=Do Not Resuscitate. Please don’t think that I am in any way against having the defibrillator. I am 1000 percent in favor of it being in the clubhouse. But its arrival pushed me to research just what circumstances caused it to be used.

I spoke with RN guest of Timber Valley, an ER Doctor at Mercy hospital and attended the Demo session with the Sutherlin Fire Dept. All had extensive backgrounds with defibrillators. This is what I learned.

If a DNR member of TV were to collapse in the park, I would expect that their wishes be honored by the members of TV but that emergency services would be called.

With the emergency services it is almost universal that they use the defibrillator first and ask questions later. They will use it in the first few seconds of their arrival. Why? Because they have no way to tell a DNR patient from another. My ER doctor friend says it is true in the ER as well.

The first concern of emergency services is to save lives. Another is the fact that it is more economical to settle the few lawsuits that arise from use on a DNR than lawsuits that come from it not being used fast enough .

So what can we do to protect the wishes of a DNR patient?

Make your decision known. Tell your friend and neighbor you chose to be a DNR. Make sure you are on a list or picture array if there is one. Wear a DNR bracelet, necklace. Or even a tattoo. That does not guarantee anything, but it helps. We should fill out our medical directives and have copies filed with our doctors, hospital and those in charge of making decisions for us. Put a copy in a zip lock bag along with other pertinent information, mark the bag boldly DNR and leave on front of refrigerator. Here in TV we can say to emergency crews, “Your patient is Mildred McGillicutty, a DNR, and 90 yrs old” They may still proceed because they must guard against mistaken identities but one member of the crew will check and forward the information to the hospital. Non emergency staff will honor the medical directives on file and if necessary inform the emergency crew how to proceed.

I was pleased to learn that the defibrillator that TV has will not work on a heart with any pulse. I believe in this old song:

“I’m gonna live till I die,
I’m gonna laugh till I cry
Till my numbers up, I’m gonna fill my cup
And live, live, live until I die.”

That’s my plan.


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Congratulations to our New Members

On August 30th, the Membership Committee welcomed new members Gerry & Marilyn Vrooman – Lot 124 and Dick & Johnnie Adams – Lot 48.  All of us at Timber Valley are happy to have you join our little community and look forward to meeting you in person.

Welcome to Timber Valley!

Gerry & Marilyn Vrooman – Lot124

Dick & Johnnie Adams – Lot 48

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Special Thanks to last Friday’s Bark Mulch Crew

The Park continues to look beautiful thanks to approximately 20 volunteers, assisted by Bud Covington on our new tractor, who spread 18 yards of bark mulch last Friday. Many hands make light work and the task was completed in about 2 1/2 hours.

Also… please take note…

for this Friday, Sept.7
Due to so many people gone to the Chapter 9 Rally or elsewhere.
Next meeting/work session will be Friday Sept. 14 at 9:00am.

Dar Hoch
Landscape Committee Chair

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Flu Shots Offered on September 24th

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Chapter 9 Rally White Elephant Auction

Don and Betty Bush asked me to pass along the following request:

All of you (and there’s about 40 rigs involved) who are going to the Coast Rally next week (September 5 – 8) are asked to bring a “white elephant” gift for the auction table. We’re going to have some fun with this, so be creative. Thanks… and looking forward to seeing you all there.

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News From the Office…

Sunshine Committee Representative for September will be
Janice Edwards, Lot 34 209-217-6233

The Office, as well as our propane pumping station, will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd. Please make plans accordingly.

The Mail Committee has been inundated with packages on Saturdays, and is straining to accommodate member pickup of those packages. Therefore, in an effort to do the best for all, only those receiving medications on Saturday will be called for same day pickup. All others will be available for pickup on the next business day. If you have questions or comments about this, contact the Mail Committee.

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Annual Sew-A-Thon was a bang-up success

A success story!  Machines were “a-humming” and laughter was contagious and a good time had by 20 women and that included 3 visitors. They were  all busy sewing, cutting, pressing, and making gifs for our visitors. After a quick pizza break, they returned back to “work”. Several people came by and ooh’d and aah’d at the gifts. So, please checkout the curio in the clubhouse for some of the gifts our visitors receive.

We can all be proud of their efforts and dedication to our Welcome Committee. Thank you Linda and Sally for your leadership and all the ladies present…   Thank You!!

The first photo below is a portion of the group.  The second photo is collection of some of the gifts that were made.

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I’m Positive this is a Negative Situation

from Randy, the Park Manager.

This car 12 volt car battery was found dumped onto the Park’s burn pile this morning. If it had been covered with debris and the pile set on fire much larger problems may have occurred. Batteries produce hydrogen, which is explosive. This is not only hazardous waste, but would have endangered those park members and employees tending to the burning pile.

Remember, for future reference… batteries can be recycled at Les Schwab, in town, for free.

And only wood, brush, clippings, trimmings, and such should be put on the burn pile.

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