Quote of the Month

“I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.”

-"—Steve Carrell—"-

As part of the official Annual Resident's Meeting and the meeting following, these officers were elected.

President - Dave Borchardt

Vice-President -
Sandy Baumstark (60)

Treasurer -
Denise Haws

Secretary -
Barb Nienkark

Member at Large (1 year) -
Mike Kereluk (82)

Member at Large (2 year) -
Pat Hillard(182)

Member at Large (3 year) -
Rhonda Smaldino (155)

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.

Ron White

This website is being maintained
in memory of Tom Hennessy who
made the site possible



Do we have anyone in our park that knows how to work a computer? Anybody willing to learn a new operating system? Do you have ideas of a new look for the web site? If you want to take a look, just go to www.desertharboraz.net and take a look at what we have now. I have a deal for you. I do the web site for the activities association. Due to having some medical things going on, I decided that it would be important to have a "backup person" to help me out. I could sure use some new ideas, some imagination on how it might or should look.
If you are interested at all, why don't you give me a call and we can chat about it. You don't need to live here year round. We can stay in contact via email and/or text. I just need to be able to put a program or two on your computer. Preferably a laptop so you can take it with you if you leave for home or whatever. My name is Dick Smith. I live in Lot #74. My phone numbers are home-480-983-5819 and my cell is 480-296-5324. My email is RLCKSMITH@MSN.COM Please think about it and give me a call. Thanks for being here in the park


A look at what is going on in the park

Some thoughts on the 4th of July
by Connie Riter

Some thoughts on the 4th of July Independence Day has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of independence day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists wanted complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered “radicals.” Thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments expressed by Thomas Paine in his pamphlet “Common Sense” the feeling in the country changed and more wanted independence. On June 7th when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House, the Virginia delegate, Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for independence. A heated debate arose and Congress postponed a vote on Lee’s resolution, appointing a five-man committee including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, and Robert Livingston to draft a statement justifying the break with Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution in a near unanimous vote. On that day, John Adams wrote his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated by future generations as the great festival, and will be accompanied by pomp and parades, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” (In the pre-revolutionary years, colonists had held annual celebrations of the king’s birthday, which included the ringing of bells, bonfires, processions, and speech making. By contrast, during the summer of 1776, some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding mock funerals for King George III) Philadelphia held the first commemoration of independence on July 4, 1777 while Congress was still fighting the war. George Washington issued double rations of rum to all his soldiers to mark the anniversary of independence in 1778—three years before the end of the war. Massachusetts was the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday. John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date to celebrate American independence and he refused to celebrate it on the 4th in protest. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson BOTH died on July 4th, 1826 on the 50th anniversary of American independence.. A coincidence or something else? Today the 4th of July marks the beginning of summer, barbecues, and family outings. Enjoy!