Coyote Lakes Recreation Club

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About us

Who we are and what we do

Coyote Lakes Recreation Club

Who we are

We are a private resident-owned recreation club that is not affiliated with the Coyote Lakes Community Association, although our members are residents of the Coyote Lakes Neighborhood. We are located in Surprise, Arizona at the cross-streets of Bell Road and Coyote Lakes Parkway. Membership to our club requires a one-time membership fee and bi-annual dues. We encourage our members to participate in and volunteer for activities that are a part of our club. We are a friendly and active community who loves to get together. Full use of club facilities are a part of membership.

What we do

What a great way to meet people that live in your neighborhood. Activities inlcude happy hours, swim aerobics, pickleball, exercise classes, bridge, mahjong, shuffleboard pool table, poker games, art classes, montly socials and more. Members can use the facility for parties and get discounts on private rentals. Participate in activities as much or as little as you like. As a member, you can enjoy the pool, tennis courts, pickleball courts, shuffle-board area, horse-shoe area, exercise room, barbeque area, lounge, kitchen, and meeting areas on your own.

Why choose us

If you are visiting our page, not a current member, and are a resident of the Coyote Lakes neighborhood, you can become a member of this thriving club. Choose to become a member so that you can get to know your neighbors better. Our club is financially sound and own the facilities outright. Our club enjoys an active Board of Directors with committee members who are dedicated and constantly looking for great activities to add to our schedule, keep up with building maintenance, and other important tasks that make a great club work for its members. You won't be disappointed! Join us today.

Our History

We have an amazing history

Founding of the Coyote Lakes Recreation Club

HOA Turns Down Offer to Purchase Club and Interested Community Members Purchase the Club for Private Use

Originally the recreational facilities for Coyote Lakes were owned and operated by National Golf Properties who also operated the golf course. In 2001 the owner of the golf course decided they no longer wanted the adjoining recreational facilities. They offered it to the Coyote Lakes HOA for $215,000. The HOA Board of Directors put the purchase on the agenda to be voted on by the residents at the annual meeting in January 2001. The residents turned down the offer at that time.

After that, resident Jim Cain began to talk with the neighborhood ‘Cain Gang’ golf group about buying the facilities. They decided to have a meeting to discuss the possibilities. Dwight Patton was asked to join them even though he was not part of the golf group. The first meeting was held at the facility in what is now commonly called the Serving Room. Jim Cain, Dan Widner, Rod Smarr, Dave Line, Dave Wahl, Kerry Armstrong, Jack Cumming and Dwight Patton attended that initial meeting. They were all in agreement to give it a try. Dave Wahl and Dave Line were to look into financing. Dwight Patton was to draw up the bylaws and Jim Cain was to check out potential attorneys. It was decided to send National Golf a letter of intent to purchase the facilities for the Club. For the second meeting Harold Jones was asked to join the group. It was decided to meet with one of the interviewed attorneys and they decided to hire him. He was to apply for the required governmental requirements.

After several additional meetings the fledgling Coyote Lakes Recreation Club decided to meet with interested members of the entire community. At the meeting held on 21 May 2001 they formed a temporary CLRC Board of Directors. The Board was composed of Jim Cain, Dwight Patton, Jim Cherry, John Mueller, Priscilla Steinhauer, Rod Alt, Lucille Tidwell, Dave Wahl and Jean Norton. This Board was to serve until a formal election was held to choose a permanent Board. An offer of $200,000 to purchase the property was made to National Golf in September of 2001. National Golf accepted our offer and the Board proceeded with the necessary planning. The CLRC decided to offer memberships at $1000 per household and place them in escrow until enough were gathered to call it a ‘Go’. The Club attempted to take out a loan for the difference, but was refused for lack of collateral. An anonymous member donor provided an interest free loan to be paid back within five years.

On 17 January 2002 the Coyote Lakes Recreation Club signed an agreement with National Golf Properties to purchase the community center. The agreement along with the escrow funds were filed with the title company. Action was underway for the surveyor to ensure the Club property was split from the golf course property. The Board then set a one-time assessment of $100 from each of the initial 130 members to cover the interim period expenses. During this period our Board lost two members (Priscilla Steinhauer and Jean Norton) who were replaced by Richard Johnson and Ted Smits.

The sale was completed on 23 August 2002 and the keys to the property were turned over. Afterwards all new members were required to pay $1200 for a membership.





Hard Work and Organization Gets the Club Up and Running

The initial event to be held at the newly christened Coyote Lakes Recreation Club was the September 2002 Labor Day Party. Painting the inside of our club facility by Jerry Lemke and Barry Fijal was the first big job tackled.

Our initial Committee Chairpersons were Maintenance – Barry Fijal, Entertainment – Sally Alt and Fran Fijal, House – Sam Johnson, and Budget & Finance – Terry Mullane.

December of 2002 saw the first annual membership meeting where the following members were elected to our Board of Directors: Jim Cherry, Ted Smits, Priscilla Turvold, Kathie Lindgren, Justine Manning, Sam Johnson, Jim Cain, Dwight Patton, and Rod Alt. Sadly Jim Cain passed away prior to the annual meeting and Frank Cooper was appointed to his position until the next annual meeting. Before the next annual meeting Priscilla Turvold resigned and Chuck Kuchar replaced her. Elected Committee Chairpersons were Maintenance – Ken Petersen, Entertainment – Sally Alt and Fran Fijal, House - Norma Sorensen and Barb Lemke, Budget & Finance – Terry Mullane, and Bylaws – Dwight Patton. During this period the Club managed to paint the exterior, install new sunscreens, redo the pool deck, repair poolside chairs, ordered new poolside tables and umbrellas, purchased new nets for the courts, and enhanced the landscaping.

At the second annual meeting of the membership in December 2003 Sam Johnson, Justine Manning and Chuck Kuchar were reelected and Ken Curtis was elected to the Board. This was a good year as we were able to pay down $60,000 of the Club’s loan. Fran Fijal left the Entertainment Committee and was ably replaced by Sandy Volin. Gordon Pett replaced Jerry Ritter of Landscaping and Gary Lindgren took over Budget & Finance for Terry Mullane.

Mortgage Paid in Full

The third annual meeting was held in December 2004 as Kathy Lindgren and Jim Cherry were reelected and Gordon Pett was elected to the Board. Norma Sorensen and Ken Petersen resigned their committee positions. This year was a banner year. Jim Cherry spent many hours successfully getting our property taxes lowered to $3250 and the Club insurance lowered from $7200 to $5299. Membership increased over the past three years to 180 members with a goal of 200 by the end of 2005. We paid down another $30,000 of the Club’s loan. We bought sixty new chairs, a new grill, and had a new roof put on the Club facility. Dennis Ranaldi, Paul Dostie and Bob Mackley installed a dance floor near the fireplace. An anonymous member donated the sound system installed by Jim Roesler and his brother.

29 August 2005 was a big day as we paid off the last $30,000 owed by the Club. Most of the community did not think that was going to be possible, but through the vision and leadership of several key members like Jim Cain, Rod Alt, Dwight Patton, Jim Cherry, Gary Lindgren of the Budget Committee and several others we succeeded. Our Coyote Lakes Recreation Club facility’s mortgage was ceremonially burned on 21 January 2005 at a Club party and the event was documented in a photo in the Surprise Independent newspaper.

From the beginning

Our founding timeline

Nearly twenty years ago, our recreation club was born.

  • 2001

    National Golf Wants to Sell to Coyote Lakes HOA

    National Golf Properties decides they no longer want their recreational facilities adjoining the golf course and offer it to the Coyote Lakes HOA for $215,000.

  • January 2001

    Coyote Lakes HOA Turned Down Offer

    Coyote Lakes HOA Board of Directors puts the purchase on the agenda to be voted on by the residents and the members vote to turn down the offer.

  • Early 2001

    Coyote Lakes Residents "Cain-Gang" Golf Group Intends to Purchase

    Resident Jim Cain talks with the neighborhood ‘Cain Gang’ golf group about buying the facilities. Dwight Patton is asked to join them even though he was not part of the golf group. 1st meeting is held with Jim Cain, Dan Widner, Rod Smarr, Dave Line, Dave Wahl, Kerry Armstrong, Jack Cumming and Dwight Patton attending. They are all in agreement to give it a try. Dave Wahl and Dave Line are to look into financing. Dwight Patton is to draw up the bylaws and Jim Cain is to check out potential attorneys. It is decided to send National Golf a letter of intent to purchase the facilities for the Club. For the 2nd meeting Harold Jones is asked to join the group.

  • 21 May 2001

    First Board of Directors is Established

    Fledgling Coyote Lakes Recreation Club decides to meet with interested members of the entire community and forms a temporary CLRC Board of Directors. The Board is composed of Jim Cain, Dwight Patton, Jim Cherry, John Mueller, Priscilla Steinhauer, Rod Alt, Lucille Tidwell, Dave Wahl and Jean Norton. This Board is to serve until a formal election is held to choose a permanent Board.

  • September 2001

    First Memberships for Sale

    Offer of $200,000 to purchase the property is made to National Golf. They accept our offer and the Board proceeds with the necessary planning. CLRC decides to offer memberships at $1000 per household and places them in escrow until enough are gathered to call it a ‘Go’. Club attempts to take out a loan for the difference, but is refused for lack of collateral. Anonymous member donor provides an interest free loan to be paid back within five years.

  • 17 January 2002

    Agreement is Signed to Purchase from National Golf

    Coyote Lakes Recreation Club signs agreement with National Golf Properties to purchase the community center. Surveyor ensures the Club property is split from the golf course property. Board sets a one-time assessment of $100 from each of the initial 130 members to cover the interim period expenses.

  • 23 August 2002

    We Received the Keys

    Keys to the property are turned over. Price increases to $1200 for a membership.

  • September 2002

    First Event Held: Labor Day Party

    Initial event held at the newly christened Coyote Lakes Recreation Club is the Labor Day Party. Painting the inside of our club facility is the first big job tackled.

  • December 2002

    First Annual Membership Meeting Held and Building Updates Made

    First annual membership meeting held. Elected Board of Directors: Jim Cherry, Ted Smits, Priscilla Turvold, Kathie Lindgren, Justine Manning, Sam Johnson, Jim Cain, Dwight Patton, and Rod Alt. Sadly Jim Cain passes away prior to the annual meeting and Frank Cooper is appointed to his position. Priscilla Turvold resigns and Chuck Kuchar replaces her. Club paints the exterior, installs new sunscreens, redoes the pool deck, repairs poolside chairs, orders new poolside tables and umbrellas, purchases new nets for the courts, and enhances the landscaping.

  • December 2003

    The Club's Loan is Paid Down

    Second annual meeting of the membership. Coyote Lakes Recreation Club pays down $60,000 of the Club’s loan.

  • December 2004

    Membership Increases to 180 Members

    Third annual meeting after a banner year. Jim Cherry ensures property taxes drop to $3250 and Club insurance drop from $7200 to $5299. Membership increases to 180 members with a goal of 200 by the end of 2005. Club pays down another $30,000 of the Club’s loan. Purchase sixty new chairs and a new grill, have a new roof put on, install a dance floor, and install a sound system donated by an anonymous member.

  • 29 August 2005

    The Club is Paid For Due to Perseverance, Vision, and Leadership

    Coyote Lakes Recreation Club pays off the last $30,000 owed by the Club. Perseverance, vision and leadership of several key members like Jim Cain, Rod Alt, Dwight Patton, Jim Cherry, Gary Lindgren of the Budget Committee and others overcome obstacles many in the community thought insurmountable.

  • 21 January 2005

    We Make News: Mortgage is Ceremoniously Burned

    Coyote Lakes Recreation Club facility’s mortgage is ceremoniously burned at a Club party and the event is documented in a photo in the Surprise Independent newspaper.

Meet our Superheros

Our board of directors

Dedicated to Coyote Lakes Recreation Club and Its Members

Bill Ross

Bill Ross

PRESIDENT

Second Term ends Dec 2022.

Anne and I love Coyote Lakes. We bought our first home here in 2003 and have been rec club members since day one. It's my privilege to serve as your president. I like meeting new residents and club members and we really enjoy the recreation facilities and parties. Please let me know if you have any concerns or ideas that will make this rec club more valuable to you!

Robert Fakkema
Robert Fakkema
Vice-President

Finishing out Richard Hoffman’s term ending Dec 2021.

Linda White
Linda White
Treasurer

First Term ends Dec 2022.

Betty Peterson
Betty Peterson
Secretary

First term ends Dec 2023.

Monica Hall
Monica Hall
Entertainment Committee Chairman

Second Term ends Dec 2023.

Joe Bohr
Joe Bohr
Maintenance Committee Chairman

First Term ends Dec 2022.

Jeff McCown
Jeff McCown
Member at Large

First term ends Dec 2023. Duties include Keys, Rentals and Badges.

Jim Sherbert
Jim Sherbert
Member at Large

First term ends Dec 2021.

Brad Franz
Brad Franz
Member at Large

Finishing out Mary Bolender’s 1st Term ends Dec 2021.

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