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Country Club de Chapala
Chapala, Jalisco Mexico

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Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks graduated from Antioch College with a degree in Education in 1970. He met his future wife, Peggy Brooks, also an education major, at Antioch. They were married in 1971, and have two daughters, three granddaughters, and two grandsons.

Rodney and Peggy taught school for three years in Oregon. Returning to their native California, Rodney became a Farmers Insurance agent in 1980. Starting from scratch, he built an agency with Peggy’s help. When they sold the Farmers Agency to their daughter Molly in 2009, they were servicing the insurance needs of 1,200 families in Santa Cruz County.

Rodney has served on numerous boards including: Watsonville Chamber of Commerce, Freedom Rotary, Pajaro Valley School Board, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Cabrillo College Bond Oversight Committee, and Pajaro Valley Bond Oversight Committee.

"One of the things I have learned about serving on boards is it is important to disagree without being disagreeable."

Robbie Edwards
Vice President

Robbie Edwards

My name is Robert Edwards. My wife Marilyn and I have three children and four grandchildren. We purchased our home here in Vista del Lago in December 2006, and I retired to live here permanently in July, 2010. I hold a Master Construction and Maintenance Electrician License. I worked for Ontario Hydro and Atomic Energy of Canada building Nuclear Power Plants for 38 years. I worked recently in China, Romania and South Korea as the Construction Manager of Electrical and Control Instrumentation.

I am still an active member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union. I was a Union Stewart and Executive member of my Local Union, and I am very familiar with running meetings with Roberts Rules of Order. I am currently the Maintenance Director of the Vista del Lago Colonos.

Ernie Sowers

Ernie Sowers

My wife and I retired in mid- 2006 and immediately moved from Reading, PA to the Lake Chapala area; we have been full time residents ever since, and plan to spend many more years lakeside. I have been a member in good standing of CCC since January of 2007. I served on the BOD as House Chair in 2008, 2009, and 2011: generating a small profit in 2009 and 2011 on the food and beverage service and coming in under budget every year on the club house expenses. IF elected to the 2016 BOD I would like to serve as Treasurer. My goal would be to bring transparency, fairness and value to the club membership, while seeing that each department adheres to the budget approved by the club membership. I worked in information systems for over 25 years. Retiring from VFC (world’s largest apparel company; 248 on the Fortune 500) after over 22 years of service: I was the CIO of the retail division when I retired in May of 2006. As CIO I was directly responsible for a 5 million dollar budget and was indirectly responsible for another 15 million dollars. I designed, developed, and implemented a retail accounting system that supported a 425 million dollar business; which was ultimately implemented a 2 other VCF retail divisions. In 2002 I was part of the corporate management team charged with overseeing and implementing the Sarbanes/Oxley requirements for all of the VFC’s retail financial systems

Lynn Van Slogteren

Lynn Van Slogteren

My partner, Janis, and I arrived from California Oc tober 2015. After visiting my sister the previous Thanksgiving, we fell in love with the area and dec ided to retire here. We started out living in Bris as de Chapala and moved here to Vista Del Lago in August 2016, as I had started golfing and got “hooked.” I spent the first 25 years of my working career in some aspect of accounting, with the last 17 years i n the automotive industry as a business manager. At the age of 42 I realized I needed a career change and d ecided to start college. While working fulltime, I managed to complete a BA in education, Master’s in educati on, with an emphasis in classroom management, and a Doctoral course in Education and Organizational Leadership. After completing my BA I started working for the Sa n Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools as an alternative education teacher working with “at-risk ” kids. Once my Master’s was complete I took a seco nd job with the University of La Verne as an Adjunct Profe ssor, teaching future teachers. I have to say I was not really ready to retire at 6 2, and had some difficulty adjusting, until I took up golf. I’ve fallen nicely into the realm of retirement now and look forward to working with the BOD at CC Chapala in the future.

Doug Silk
Golf Chair

Doug Silk

- 59 years old, divorced
- Avid reader with a large, eclectic music collection. Fair volleyball player, acceptable tennis player, golf addict.

- Instrument/process analyzer technician/foreman in the oil and petrochemical industry in Alberta for 35 years

- Church vestry/management team - 8 years
- Mentor for several teenage boys - 10 years
- Chairman of workplace charities campaign - 5 years
- Local orphanage volunteer - 2 years

John Magers
Greens Chair

John Magers

I was born and raised on a farm in Ohio and went to college at Ohio State University. I moved to Colorado in 1971 and w as a property manager and oversaw 25 apartment complexes and condominium associations. O ne of my responsibilities was to run 8 separate boards of directors. I then started my own company of commercial property maintenance until my retirement in 2014. We moved t o Vista del Lago in 2015 and bought a house near the 12th tee box with my wife, Debra, of 34 years.

Laurie Becker-Zibnack
House Chair

Laurie Becker-Zibnack

Jeff and I are now in our second year as retirees in Mexico and loving it. We relocated to Vista del Lago 10 months ago and have enjoyed being very active golfers and social members. My educational background is in nutrition and I earned by BS from San Jose State University in 1996. Initially I wanted to become a Registered Dietitian, however while doing my internship at the VA Hospital in San Francisco; I discovered that my true interest was working in Food Service and with the elderly. I was hired by an Assisted Living Company in 1998 as Food Service Director where I was responsible for budget control, ordering, scheduling staff and housekeeping. After one year in this position I was promoted to Executive Director and my responsibilities were to work with and direct the Food Service, Maintenance, Assisted Living and Activities Directors. My Executive Director positions lead me to transfer to a much larger community where we housed independent, assisted and dementia residents. I worked closely with all my Directors in achieving the highest level of satisfaction for our residents in all areas of everyday living. We planned many special events that included residents, staff and outside participants. I found it enjoyable and rewarding working with my staff to create new and exciting events for our residents and for my employees. I pride myself in being a good listener, quick learner, brainstorming and working well with others. I feel I am ready to be a more active member of CCC, and that our members will not be disappointed with the skills I would bring to the club. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Kathryn Vine
Membership Chair

Kathryn Georgia Vine

Kathryn has been a full time resident at Lakeside since 2000. She has served on the CCC Board for several terms since 2001 and on the membership committee continuously since that time.

Kathryn retired after 33 years in secondary education in Ontario.

Sally Gurll
Social Chair

Sally Gurll

Moved to Mexico in 2010 Retired from Nike Finance Dept after 10 years in 2010. Loved the Northwest but love the sun even more. I have belonged to various volunteer groups in each state I've lived in...California, Utah, Oregon and finally Mexico. I like to be involved with new people and offer new prospectives that keep organizations alive and pertinent. I have served as Secretary on the Board of Directors as a volunteer since January 2010.

Brad Clark
Communication Chair / Tee Talk Editor

Brad Clark

I was a member of the Canadian Forces for 23 years, working as an electronics and computer technician supporting the Canadian Forces Communications systems.

During my time in the military, I was stationed on bases across Canada, Germany and a short stint in Italy. In addition, I was stationed for one year as a United Nations Peacekeeper in Egypt.

After retiring from the military, I moved to Bermuda where I worked as an IT consultant. I was the President of an IT Support company which provided IT guidance and support to all business verticals. We specialized in all aspects of Microsoft, Citrix, Cisco networking and Firewalls. Upon leaving Bermuda, my wife, Johanna and I moved to Merida in the Yucatan, where we lived for 3 years. Finally we decided to move to Ajijic, where we have lived and taken up golf for the past 3 years.

Javier Alatorre Gonzalez
Long Term Planning Chair

Javier Alatorre Gonzalez

Lee Pinder

Lee Pinder

Born January 1951 at West Point, NY

BA in Business Administration from The University of Maryland 1990. Masters in Public Administration from Troy State University 1992

I joined the Navy in 1970 and married my high school sweetheart, Ellen, in 1971. In a few weeks we will celebrate our 46th anniversary. During my time in the Navy I was in the intelligence and training fields. We enjoyed 22 years in the military traveling and seeing different parts of the world before I retired in 1992.

Upon retirement from the Navy, I worked in the insurance industry in customer service, corporate training and claims adjusting.

Ellen and I retired in 2007 and moved to Lake Chapala just weeks later! We have been members of CCC since then and have enjoyed every minute of it. I look forward to many more years of putting on tricky greens. We reside in Chapala and frequently pinch ourselves, counting our blessings. We have two children and three beautiful grandchildren. We love our lives and plan on enjoying many more years here at Lakeside.

Sher Long
Alternate Comisario

Sher Long

Born into a Kansas ranching family in 1946, we moved to Colorado in 1958. While much of my career was spent traveling for business, Colorado remained my home base until my retirement and permanent move to Chapala in August 2014.

After 16 years working in the travel industry, I returned to college to complete my bachelors work and earn my masters in psychology in 1990. In 1995 I put my public relations, communication, and people skills to work as a community relations liaison for the energy industry and communities dealing with “not in my backyard” environmental and drilling projects. Here I was able to work with a variety of audiences, including opposition groups, to bring factual information and rational dialog to the decision-making process. I retired from Encana Oil & Gas USA in 2012, and became executive director for Community Counts Colorado, a non-profit organization I helped co-found in 2007 with several producers in western Colorado. This organization is a collaboration between citizens, businesses, producers, and government entities to address resident concerns in active drilling areas.

In 2014, after 12 years being “on call” 24/7, I retired to follow friends who “stumbled into Paradise” in a magical place with magical people, Lake Chapala. I immediately joined Chapala Country Club, and live in Vista Del Lago.

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