Ponderosa Community Club - About Us
The Ponderosa Estates Community Club was incorporated in 1968
to assume responsibility for The Ponderosa Estates,
a recreational development just outside Plain Washington. The
Ponderosa is comprised of 585 individually owned recreational
lots, separated by approximately 243 acres of commonly owned greenbelts
and clubhouse grounds. There is also a commonly owned clubhouse
and community swimming pool.
Membership is obtained by purchasing a lot within Ponderosa
Estates, and with it comes the obligation for dues and assessments
to pay the expenses of the community club. Membership rights include
use of the clubhouse (which can be reserved for private functions),
swimming pool and other commonly-owned facilities.
From 1968 to the present, the club has been governed by a board of five volunteer
Trustees elected by the membership. The Board of Trustees
elects the President, Vice-President, Director of Operations, Treasurer and
Secretary. Governing documents are the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws,
the Operating Procedures, and Rules and Regulations.
Much of the work of the club is implemented through volunteer committees, although
it is the Club's practice to contract for an Association Manager to handle
the normal maintenance of Club facilities.
Annual dues and assessments are collected for each lot in the Ponderosa to pay for all expenses and capital improvements.
The Board of Trustees meet in the Clubhouse on the second Saturday
of every month, except January, in order to conduct the business
of the Club, which ranges from determining the speed limits and
maintenance on roads (which are private roads, not county roads)
to the replacement of the swimming pool (done in 1997) and maintenance
of the privately owned water system.
At least once annually (Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend), and at other times
as necessary, the Member's Annual Meeting is held in the Clubhouse in order
to provide information on subjects ranging from the Club's operation and financial
condition to voting on assessments and election of Trustees.
A newsletter - "The Pine Needler" - is mailed to each
member no less than quarterly, and notices are posted on or near
the Clubhouse or on our web site (www.ponderosacommunityclub.org) in order to keep the membership informed on important