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 Post subject: March 2012
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:40 pm 
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March 31st, 2012

Dear Members,
Occupancy throughout March continued in the 90% range with arriving Members and Guests greeted under our new Saturday “Welcome” Program. Fruit punch is being served in the lobby offering a moment for your GM to say hello and get acquainted. It is our intention to let you know -- You have arrived, “Home Away from Home”.

Aruba rises to No 2 on TripAdvisor's best beaches in the world!
8th March 2012 – Aruba's most famous strip, the idyllic Eagle Beach and Palm Beach, has just climbed to No2 in the annual 'Top Beach Destinations In The World' as voted by TripAdvisor's users, the world's largest travel review site.

CONVOCATION NOTICE OF 2012 ABCCA ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERS MEETING was mailed early March. Cast your votes using the Proxy Card enclosed in the Convocation. Following are total Vote values per Share designation to guide you in calculating the number of votes under your membership:
Share “A” = 45 Votes Royal Superb weeks 51-52 + 1-14
Share “B” = 39 Votes Deluxe weeks 51-52 + 1-14
Share “C” = 35 Votes Superior weeks 51-52 + 1-14
Share “D” = 32 Votes Royal Super weeks 15-50
Share “E” = 29 Votes Deluxe weeks 15-50
Share “F” = 22 Votes Superior weeks 15-50
Remember to mail your proxy cards in time so your votes will be counted.

OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS:
Please note the following official holidays during the month of April/May 2012:
April 5th and 7th – Easter Holidays, Good Friday and Easter Monday
April 30th – Queens’s Birthday
May lst – Labor Day
May 17th – Ascension Thursday

YOU ASKED – TORTUGA DELIVERS: Tortuga Bar & Grill just recently invested in a Satellite system with two new TV’s for viewing of All the Major Games for your enjoyment. We wish you many “Happy Hours”.

ACTIVITIES: Aruba Beach Club’s 35th Anniversary T-Shirts are available with Susan in the Activities. Check Susan’s Activities Schedule at the same time, get acquainted, be creative, have fun. Want to stay in shape while on vacation? Join ABC’s Imbert with acquacizes, stretching, dance, and more...

RESERVATIONS REMINDERS: #1 – In connection with the leap year, we again remind our Members to make sure that they are booked for the right week (s) before traveling to Aruba and the ABC. We still had some Members arriving in the wrong week. Please kindly recheck your calendar for the right dates of your interval week at our Resort to avoid disappointment and additional costs.
#2 – Please adhere to the Members Notification & Confirmation Procedure for Private Rental/Guests of Room published on Club’s website.
#3 – The Club still has rental units available in the May/June weeks. Please contact Reservations, via email reservations@arubabeachclub.net to reserve.

SPACEBANK DEPOSITS WITH EXCHANGE COMPANIES: Please be reminded, Members are required to PRE-PAY the Club Dues/Maintenance Fees on the corresponding wk/unit/year prior to contacting the Exchange Company with a spacebank deposit. Your deposit will be returned if prepayment has not been received/recorded on your account by ABC. Check your Club Dues Statement “begins” date that indicates the wk/unit/yr billed.

RESALES: Selling season for the summer weeks is fast approaching – Resales Coordinator Lucille Voss has 73 Superior units from May through September weeks at Club’s Special Sales price of $3,500.00. These are Red time carrying high season trading rights throughout the world via the exchange companies RCI and Interval International. Tell your friends, or relatives that also may want to take advantage of this offer. Check the listings on the Resales Page and contact Lucille via email resales@arubabeachclub.net, or via phone (297)582-3000 for further information and purchase.

MAINTENANCE: The retiling of 2nd floor Balconies Project is on-going, however due to high occupancy, is currently pending availability of rooms. On the Air-Conditioning Renovation Project, two new cooling towers and two new chillers have been ordered and are expected to be delivered and installed in approximately twelve weeks.

BEACH & CHICKEES: “Share the Shade” – Testing of Proposed New Rule has been favorable: In the event of a member addressing security to remove towels before 6AM, if chickees are open, then towels will not be removed. Ramon and his Security/Pool staff express their sincere thanks to all our guests for your cooperation and understanding.

Aruba's national bird, the 'Shoco' faces many threats
Why the Shoco?
Well, as many would say: Why not? However, on Friday, February 17, after much lobbying by the Aruba Bird Conservation Foundation, Aruba’s indigenous owl, a variation of Athene cunicularia, the burrowing owl, was named Aruba’s national bird by Minister of Social & Economic Affairs and Culture, Michelle Hooyboer Winklaar.

Aruba has some very interesting native birds: the Chuchubi, Trupial and Prikichi, but why such great affection for the less colorful owl? There is a very practical side to making the Shoco a national bird, as this should put our Shoco under government protection; among the many birds threatened by encroachment on their habitats by Aruba’s building boom and the foothold gained by non-native predators like the boa constrictor, the Shoco is perhaps one of the most vulnerable. Nesting in underground burrows makes it very easy for a voracious boa to devour their eggs or newborn owls, along with the protecting parents, depending on the size of the snake. The greater significance should mean that legislation will now be put in place to inspect potential construction sites and place strictures that will protect any nest found there, with steps taken by experts to move the birds before they are harmed.

Always a pleasure updating you with some of the latest developments at the ABC and on the Island. I look forward to meeting you at the regular Tuesday Manager’s Meeting where most recent info will be shared and questions from the floor addressed.

Farida Mansur
General Manager


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