Great Oregon Shakeout

Please Participate in This Year’s “Great Oregon Shakeout” Emergency Drill

Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Exactly 10:15 a.m.

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:15 a.m. on 10/15/20—just as they would if hit by a monster earthquake.

As extra incentive, you can win a 3.5 gallon stackable water storage container by taking part. Your neighborhood Emergency Preparedness captains have delivered household instructions, including a HELP/OK sign with a double raffle ticket attached. Fill out your name and phone number, keep the other side of the ticket and on SHAKE OUT DAY place the HELP/OK sign on your garage door with the ticket attached.
                                                            How do YOU participate?
Double check your own emergency supplies of water, food, and other essentials. Then on Thursday, October 15, set your alarm for 10:15AM and when it goes off:




                                                            WHAT TO DO NEXT

1. Check on everyone in your home, are they OK?
2. Protect your head, feet & hands from broken glass & fallen debris. Time to check on where your hard hat, work gloves and sturdy shoes are stored!
3. Make sure you know where your gas meter is and how to turn it off, if necessary.
4. Make sure you know where the main water shut off to your home is located and how to turn it off.
5. Place your HELP/OK sign outside with raffle ticket where it can be seen from the   street.
6. Put your fire extinguisher at the end of your driveway.
7. Then shelter in place.

Your Emergency Preparedness Team will come by to see if you participated in the drill by placing your HELP/OK sign. They will collect your raffle ticket from the sign and enter it in the raffle for the Waterbrick prizes.

10/15/20 at 10:15 a.m.

Guest Parking Signs

Please note that in our continued effort to keep our Neighborhood safe and organized, we will be installing Guest Parking signs in all the common area parking spaces.  As part of this effort, we will also be restriping the lines in the Guest Parking areas to make clear where the spaces are.  As homeowners know, we do have parking rules and encourage all neighbors to comply with these rules.  The Guest Parking is for our Guests.  Homeowners have their own designated parking areas.

Please contact Steve Chinn with questions.

Thank you

Pools to Open!!

The Governor has just given the approval to open the pools on Monday.  Please practice social distancing and wearing masks unless in the water.  If you are experiencing any of the Covid-19 symptoms, please stay home to keep everyone safe.  The water fountain will be closed and there can be only one person in the bathroom at any time.

Please contact Steve Chinn with specific questions.  He can be reached at his office:  503-682-0234 or his Cell: 503-312-0927.


Garron Grounds Owner and General Manager Passes Away


Your CHOA Board is sad to inform you that Ken Bartus, owner of Garron Grounds, passed away in his sleep at home on Monday night.  Ken was dedicated to serving our community as he has done for many years.  That dedication was further evidenced by Ken putting into place, through his will and management documents, instructions for the continuation of his business.

CHOA’s property manager, Steve Chinn, and Landscape Chair, Karen Siegel, have met with Garron Staff.  We have been assured that Garron’s general landscape and irrigation maintenance service to our Community will continue and that Garron will have staff available for any emergencies.  We ask that any special requests for landscape and/or irrigation issues be directed to Steve Chinn or Karen Siegel who will work directly with Garron staff.

Thank you


Our current Architectural Chair, Doug Parker, has recently purchased a new home that is not located in the CHOA association (but is still in Charbonneau so we aren’t losing him entirely to our larger community) so will be resigning his position effective October 1, 2020.  We will miss his expertise and leadership on the board.

We are seeking a new Board member, ideally someone with some legal background.  This is not a requirement. This is a great opportunity to have input on what happens in your neighborhood.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Barry Hendrix at 503-754-0322

New Statewide Rules on Get-togethers and Face Coverings


From OHA (Oregon Health Authority): New statewide rules on get-togethers and face coverings

The governor has announced these two new rules as a result of a frank assessment of COVID-19 in our state:

  • Oregon reported more cases in the past week than we did in the entire month of May.
  • The last time we had fewer than 100 cases in a single day was more than a month ago.

The first rule is a statewide ban on indoor social get-togethers of more than 10 people. This includes gatherings such as dinner parties, birthday parties, potlucks and book clubs taking place indoors. It does not affect restaurants, churches, event venues and other organizations at this time. Businesses and other organizations that have been following the guidance about face coverings, distancing and sanitation have not currently been identified as sources of significant transmission. Effective July 15

The second new rule is that face coverings are mandated in outdoor spaces where distance of 6 feet or more from people outside your household cannot be maintained. This might come up at a crowded trailhead, on sidewalks while awaiting entry to a business or at an outdoor event. Effective July 15

This virus is extremely contagious, and many people don’t show symptoms for days. In that time, you can interact with dozens or, if you’re not careful, hundreds of other people in your social circle and community.
That’s why the three W’s continue to be so important:

  • Wear a face covering.
  • Watch your distance.
  • Wash your hands.

In addition to the new measures announced today, these are other actions we can all take to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • If you can move activities outside, do so. The disease spreads less easily outdoors, and you can enjoy more of the Oregon summer.
  • If you run a business and can serve customers outside – do it.
  • Avoid groups of more than 10. And if you’re unexpectedly in a group of 10 or more, think hard about whether that’s a good choice, stay outside, keep 6 feet apart, and cover your face.
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Contact Tracing and Safe Walking Tips


What is contact tracing and why does it matter?
Contact tracing means calling people who may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to provide guidance and support. It’s a key tool for preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In Oregon, local public health authorities use contact tracing to prevent the spread of many types of diseases, like measles.
OHA has developed a webpage with fact sheets and other downloadable resources about contact tracing that will help you know what to expect if you or someone in your household gets a call, click on this link to access the website:
What happens on a contact tracing call?
With COVID-19 cases increasing in Oregon over the past several weeks, answering the call from a contact tracer is an important way we can work together to help stop the spread of the virus. Contact tracers reach out to anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to provide information and support. If you don’t answer calls from phone numbers you don’t recognize, don’t worry, contact tracers will leave a message asking you to call them back.
If you have been exposed to the virus, you will be asked to quarantine for 14 days after you were near someone with COVID-19, even if you don’t feel sick. This is because you can spread the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.
When walking, wear BRIGHT clothes, be BRIGHT mentally!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds us “because walking is such a routine part of everyday life, many people do not consider the safety aspects of walking. For instance, most injuries to walkers happen when a vehicle hits them because the driver could not see the walker or the walker and driver were not paying close enough attention.”
See and Be Seen!! It is a good idea when walking, especially at dawn, dusk, and other low-light conditions, (such as our shaded Charbonneau streets) to wear light colors or bright clothing so that you can be easily seen. Fluorescent colors such as blaze orange, hot pink, and day-glow green are ideal in daytime. When walking at night, use a flashlight to make yourself more visible to drivers and to help light your path. It’s also a good idea to wear reflective or retroreflective materials, which give off light when headlights shine on them and can be seen by drivers three times farther than white.
The NHTSA has an excellent website with information geared to senior walkers, click on the link for more important safety tips:

Lady Bugs – Lady Bugs

You may be noticing small yellow mesh bags that were recently placed in the Oak, Linden, and some Maple trees in the area. The bags contain Lady Bugs who love to dine on aphids and once they leave the bags, they help to organically control any aphid problems we might have. The Lady Bugs are capable of eating about 50 times their own weight and will stay in the area for 3-4 months.
Please do not remove the bags from the trees – Garron’s crews will do that when we are sure all the Lady Bugs are dispersed.

Landscape Committee

CHOA Spring Pruning

CHOA spring pruning has begun.

Garron Grounds crews will be working throughout June on the annual maintenance pruning. Shrubs and plants will be trimmed unless you are on the “no prune list”. Those that are obstructing windows will be pruned to below-window height. If there are specific items you do not want pruned, please tag those with a blue ribbon that can be seen by the crews.

We will do selective pruning of rhododendrons based on pruning standards and bloom time. “Deadheading” rhododendrons is not included in the maintenance schedule.


If you have any questions, please call Steve Chinn or Karen Siegel. We ask that you do not approach the crews as they are assigned specific duties and any change should come from their supervisor.

We’re looking forward to a beautiful spring and summer.

Please Return Your Ballots If You Haven’t Done So!

Remember!  The May 19 primary election is a very important one.  Among other issues to be decided is a measure that would, if approved, limit the number of terms that Wilsonville’s mayor and city councilors could serve.  Make your vote count.  Mail your ballot right away!