Welcome Back Snowbirds!

Whew! 2020 delivered one heck of a summer! Record-breaking heat in Green Valley, a pandemic, social strife, and a difficult election season have made for quite a stew. It will be tempting for all of us to forget those troubles and commence the winter season as usual. However, the pandemic is still with us. As we saw when college classes resumed, dropping precautions has dire results. Green Valley has enjoyed low COVID numbers thus far, and GVR will continue to do our part to sustain that trend.

If you are heading south this winter, please expect everything to be different. Everyone is wearing masks, which are required on GVR property now. Movies, concerts, lectures, and classes will happen, but you’ll be seated at least six feet from others. Occupancy limits are quite low for some high-demand activities (pools, fitness centers, studios) and members may need to make online reservations to use those spaces. For now, activities that are incompatible with social distancing will not be offered at all. Your patience and acceptance in the face of these new and sometimes disappointing conditions will be deeply appreciated. The staff have watched each other fall ill with COVID, and some have not fared well. Our understanding of “need” vs. “want” has shifted. Expectations have also shifted: disagreements are certain, but courtesy is required, no matter how grumpy we may feel.

Of course some things will be just as you always knew. The weather will be much better here than in Michigan. The mountains still turn pink and people still turn out on patios for a drink—we’re just keeping the party walls between us these days.

This will be a winter of relaxation, not bustle. A winter of conversations with close friends, instead of potlucks with the whole neighborhood. Consider trying a new activity! Shuffleboard, bocce, horseshoes, water aerobics, tennis, pickleball, corn hole and more are great ways to stay active, and be social—in a distanced way.

PS. Be sure to review the home page at GVREC.ORG for essential information before visiting centers. If you have not subscribed to the weekly e-newsletter, you will find a link to do so on that home page. Reading the weekly GVR “e-blast” will keep you up to date.

GVR Buys Building for Club Spaces

Monday, October 19, 2020

Last Friday, the GVR Board of Directors approved the purchase of the former Canoa Hills Golf Course Clubhouse.

An exhaustive study of the building and grounds was completed prior to making an offer, including professional inspections, expert consultations on all aspects of the structure, the air quality, and possible renovation ideas.

After a lengthy and comprehensive remodel of the building, dedicated space will be built for GVR Glass Artists, GVR Ceramics and GVR Poker Clubs. Additionally, the move will free up space at the Desert Hills Center to allow GVR Lapidary Club to expand; facilitate expansion of the fitness room and provide availability for much needed meeting space for member groups and classes.

Opportunities for development of recreation centers in Green Valley are seriously limited, and the location of the former clubhouse is an excellent location and value for GVR Members. The purchase of this property will not be responsible for any increase in member dues.

Progress Toward a New Normal

Six months into the pandemic it is beginning to feel like the life we enjoyed last year will resume—in a modified fashion, of course—but nevertheless, we are heading back into familiar territory. As of this week, GVR has reopened all available pools and spas (12), all outdoor ball courts, shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce, and table tennis. Water aerobics and water volleyball are starting up again and fitness classes are being offered in outdoor spaces, free to members. The fitness centers are gradually reopening under the strict guidelines of the Arizona Department of Health Services. The GVR Live! 2020-2021 performing arts season is scheduled to begin on October 29 with outdoor concerts, and a test-run on reopening an indoor studio is planned for the coming weeks. Arizona is learning how to carry on living with masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer at the ready.

Certified by Pima County as in-compliance with all pandemic guidelines, GVR facilities are as safe and sanitary as possible. GVR staff thanks the membership for doing their part in reducing the infection rate in southern Arizona, and especially in our vulnerable community. Thank you for wearing your masks. Thank you for standing back. Thank you for washing your hands well and often. It has made a difference and we are all beginning to reap the rewards. Continuing with these new practices will allows us to once again enjoy each other’s company.

Coronavirus Update

March 14, 2020, the GVR Board of Directors held an emergency meeting via teleconference to discuss the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Green Valley community, specifically GVR members.

The Board endorsed GVR Management’s decision to close all GVR facilities this evening at 9pm, tentatively reopening on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

The health, safety and well-being of GVR members, staff and the greater Green Valley Community is of utmost importance. GVR continues to monitor the latest information from the CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services as information about COVID-19 continues to evolve.  GVR leadership met over the course of several days pouring over the abundant, ever-changing information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it would affect our high-risk member population. GVR Management has taken a proactive stance in protecting our members and staff from the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. At the close of business March 14, 2020 all GVR facilities and offices closed, tentatively reopening on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

As additional information becomes available, updates will be published on www.gvrec.org and in upcoming e-Blasts. Staff will focus on cleaning, maintenance and critical administrative functions including the work associated with the closures and cancellations.

We respectfully request GVR Members work cooperatively with staff and refrain from visiting GVR facilities during this closure.

At this time, the presidential preference election on Tuesday, March 17, has not been cancelled. Polling places at Casa Paloma 1, Desert Hills and East Center will be open for election activities only.

GVR will promptly distribute communication should this event be cancelled.