The 2019 Bear Mountain Christmas/ Holiday Party will be held Saturday, December 14th at the Graham residence, 4796 Bear Mountain Drive, Evergreen Colorado, 80439. Starting time is 4pm for a great holiday get-together, catching up with old neighbors and meeting new ones. Due to limited parking and possible icy roads the BMHOA will provide a shuttle service from the intersection of Bear Mountain Drive and Grouse Court. Parking will be along Grouse Court.
This is a drinking-age adult-only gathering and will last until the last guests leave. The HOA will furnish turkey, ham, beer, wine, water and soft drinks, and asks that residents bring the rest. If your last name starts with:
- A-G: Appetizers
- H-R: Salads/Sides
- S-Z: Desserts
We need three volunteers to cook turkeys and two volunteers to warm hams that will be provided by the BMHOA. We also need assistance in preparing for the party, setting up before, and cleaning up after. You may contact any board member to volunteer, or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteering will allow you preferred parking and first choice at all the great food. Volunteers will need to arrive at 3:30 pm the day of the party.
Thanks! – The Bear Mountain HOA Board
A Message from John Graham:
Greetings! I am John Graham, Treasurer of the Bear Mountain Home Owners Association. I am personally extending my invitation to this year’s Christmas Party at my residence. Many of you may remember that my late wife Marilyn and I hosted last year’s Christmas Party. Marilyn and I have had the pleasure to host many Christmas and Summer parties over the last 37 years.
A topic that always seems to arise at the parties and BMHOA board meetings is declining attendance at the parties and membership in the BMHOA. Please remember our HOA is completely voluntary and was established to help residents get to know their neighbors through our two annual parties. What we are seeing is many new neighbors not taking the opportunity to join the BMHOA and enjoy the benefits including wonderful parties with great people, food and drink. Also, some of our previous members are not renewing.
Personally, I think this is a lost opportunity. When my family moved to Bear Mountain in 1982, we found a true sense of community through the many people that surrounded us. In 1983 and 1984, I had the honor of serving as President on the Homeowner Board. There have been many challenges through the years on such topics as well water protection, effective fire mitigation, bringing AED units to the mountain and training homeowners on their proper use. Please don’t forget our fight against pine beetle and noxious weeds and making sure that our roads are maintained.
I’m not sure many neighbors are aware that Jefferson County did not pay for the paving of the roads in Bear Mountain Vista from the intersection of Stanley Park and Bear Mountain Drive. One year before we moved up here, many active board members, especially Don and Laura Banghart, adopted a plan to float a bond to pave the roads, which was paid back through property taxes.
Another matter includes the Meadow. The original developer, Ron Lewis, was planning on using the meadow to build forty homes. Imagine that! Again, some of the concerned association members and the Board created a committee to fight the developer through the courts. The main issue was a lack of groundwater to support forty additional households. Jim Peterson, Dave Erickson and Maggie Cross were very instrumental in this fight. After many years the long fight was won with the Judge’s decision to allow only four buildable sites. We all benefit from decision with adequate water supplies.
This is not just an invitation to the Christmas Party – it is a true invitation to get involved and be a part of a much larger community. This is a volunteer Homeowner Association. The membership fee of $35 per calendar year is very little considering what you get in return, that being the fruitful efforts of those who have served on the board and committees, as well as the opportunity to enjoy some great parties and getting to know your community members. Hope to see you December 14!