Darien Club Owners Association

Community Memo From Your BOD

Date: 9/16/2021

To: Darien Club Owner’s Association

Fr:  John Becker, DCOA President

Dear Community Members,

As you know, the reconstituted Board had its first meeting July 29.  With that meeting, we added two exceptional professionals.  Sara Vaince, an accomplished Corporate Attorney, serving as our Secretary and Daniel Carnet, a 25-year accounting professional, as Treasurer.  With these additions we have a diverse board representing a cross section of our community.  The Board has divided duties to better serve the owners.  Sara Vaince has volunteered her legal background to review legal, contract, and Oak Trace Phase III Zoning matters for the Association.  Daniel Carnet will apply his accounting expertise to develop a proper reserve study which is long overdue while assembling a plan to address the depleted reserves due to prior spending for large non-planned capital projects.  Alan McNea, Vice President with his construction expertise is overseeing the maintenance of common areas and owner lots while George Battaglia, Vice President has been focusing his energies on reviewing the future needs of the community to improve the Darien Club Subdivision, its vitality, visibility, and value.  The Board has asked Gary Wadhwani to manage and improve the Darien Club HOA Website (https://darienclub.com/). 

Our mission is the following:

The mission of the Board Members of the Darien Club Owners Association is to preserve and enhance the property values of our subdivision by maintaining/enhancing the common ground areas, upholding our Declarations and By-Laws, and ensuring that the Design Rules address the needs of community. The Board will serve the Homeowners by taking a fair, ethical, and objective approach in representing the interest of all homeowners.

The Board has been hard at work to address, for the benefit of all owners, the many issues facing our community.   It has immediately established various commissions with our dedicated community members to ameliorate many of the issues that have grown over the last 20 years. 

Commissions established:

  • Wetland/Pond Commission led by Scott Carson
  • Common Area Commission led by Marie Becker and Pat Coutre’
  • Oak Trace Development led by Cindi Lopez
  • Social Committee/Facebook page (Darien Club Community Social) led by Shawna Herbert

All Commissions have been given clear charters to make recommendations to the Board to be considered on balance with the overall needs of the community.

Management Company:

In addition to organizing our Community, the Board is moving swiftly to address Management Company concerns moving away from Oak & Dale Properties to Real Manage, effective November 1, 2021.  This move is driven by Real Manage’s broader range of capabilities including Board and Community Member web portals, text blast capability for urgent community issues, ability to ensure consistent enforcement of Association rules and a broad array of professional support.  At a meeting soon, a representative from Real Manage will demonstrate the web portfolio functionality and speak to their capabilities.  We are certain you will immediately see the improvement in professional service and administration for the community.

Financial Transparency:

The Board recently issued historical financial statements and the current year budget to all homeowners.  The Board is also in the process of reviewing all current contracts and vendors in place with the intention increasing overall value while controlling cost.  During the process, the Board will have an overdue reserve study prepared to evaluate current reserves which were significantly depleted with the replacements of the monuments.  Other elements in the common areas will be reviewed and included in the reserve study in addition to necessary replenishment of reserves to allow for capital improvements and maintenance that will be required over the next several years. 

The Board is focused on enhancing the value of the subdivision, re-establishing it as the premier community in Darien while focusing on the needs of the community which is now over 30 years old.  Today’s needs differ from those in 1990.  We look to invite the next generation of owners to our community.  In doing so, the Board will complete its review of the Design Manual Rules & Regulations for any necessary updates and improvements.  Community comments, requests and recommendations for any rule changes are welcome.  The Board’s objective is to allow owners broader enjoyment of their ownership, increase buyer interest in the subdivision, and as a result increase property value. A board meeting will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks for this purpose.  In the meantime, compile your comments and email any recommendations or comments to the Board Members at DCHOA2014@gmail.com

We look forward to your feedback as the Board works to the benefit of all Community members.


John Becker DCOA President

Zoom Link for DCOA BOD Meeting Scheduled for 8/30/21 6pm

Darien Club HOA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: DCOA BOD Meeting
Time: Aug 30, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Notice of DCOA BOD Meeting 8/30/21 6pm Via Zoom

Monday, August 30, 2021
6:00 pm

A notice is hereby given of a regular meeting of the Board of Directors on Monday, August 30, 2021, at 6:00 pm via Zoom.
A Zoom link will be sent to homeowners and posted on the Darien Club Owners Association Website.

Community Comments
Call to Order
Roll Call
Approval of Minutes
Treasurer Report
Commission/Project Updates:
• Wetland
• Median Trees
• Oak Trace
• Surveillance Cameras
Review/approval contracts
Adjourn Meeting

Revised Zoom Link for Board Of Directors Meeting 7/29/21 at 7pm

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Time: Jul 29, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Agenda – BOD Meeting 7/29/21

2021 Summer Newsletter

Fourth of July Fireworks

The Darien Club Home Owner’s Association is asking those in the community to observe State and Local laws in regards to fireworks this weekend. Please remember our neighbors, their pets, and even wild animals are disrupted by fireworks displays, especially those of banned variety. We encourage you to attend local fireworks displays and enjoy the holiday.

Illinois law bans all types of consumer fireworks. However, according to the Pyrotechnic Use Act (“PUA”), certain fireworks are not identified consumer fireworks and therefore are legal.

These “unregulated novelty fireworks” include:
snake or glow worm pellets
smoke devices
trick noisemakers known as “party poppers”, “booby traps”, “snappers”, “trick matches”, “cigarette loads”, and “auto burglar alarms”
sparklers toy pistols, toy canes , toy guns, or other devices in which paper or plastic caps containing twenty-five hundredths grains or less of explosive compound are used, provided they are so constructed that the hand cannot come in contact with the cap when in place for the explosion and
toy pistol paper or plastic caps that contain less than twenty hundredths grains of explosive mixture.

While many Illinoisans cross borders to nearby states such as Indiana or Wisconsin to purchase fireworks legally, once you enter Illinois with these products you are in violation of the Pyrotechnic Use Act. Violations can lead to a $2500 fine and up to one year in prison.

Additionally, unlawful possession, use, or purchase of display fireworks is a violation of the Illinois Explosives Act, punishable as a Class 3 felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The following are some of the consumer fireworks prohibited in Illinois:

Hand held fireworks
Bottle rockets
Firecrackers of any size or type
Sky rockets
Roman candles
Buzz bombs
Ground items other than those identified as Approved Consumer Fireworks
Pin wheels or any other twirling device whether on the ground or mounted above the ground
Sky Lanterns, the type of balloon which requires fire underneath to propel same

Garage Sale

Hi Darien Club Neighbors,

Just wanted to send out a reminder for the upcoming Darien Club Subdivision Sale on Thursday, June 24th, Friday, June 25th & Saturday, June 26th, 9:00AM-2:00PM.

Don’t forget to put $5 in an envelope with your name and address on it and leave it in the wood box on my front porch. That will help cover the cost of the ad.

As of today I have 2 houses on Sweetbriar, 1 on Dicosola Ct, 1 on Irish Ct, 2 houses on Kelly Ct, 1 on Bantry Ct and 5 houses on Darien Club Dr.

Please talk to your neighbors and remind them about the sale.  The more homes that participate, the bigger crowd we will draw.

I will pick up Permits for your home and deliver them to you the Monday or Tuesday of the sale. 

If you have any questions, please e-mail at leeruns@aol.com.

I will also place the ads sometime this week. If you know some items that you will be selling, please let me know.  So far I have homes selling Boy & Girls Clothing, Men & Womens Clothing,  Men & Womens Shoes, Baby Crib, Stroller, Dresser, Home Decor, Vases, Snow Blower, Ladder. 

Hope you will join us!

Lee Liston

1624 Darien Club Dr

Oak Trace – Notice of Public Hearing Today

The Downers Grove Plan Commission will be discussing the next stage in the Oak Trace development. The meeting is at 7:00 at Village Hall Council Chambers. It is at 801 Burlington Avenue, Downers Grove.

It is important that members of the community attend and voice their concerns. The community is currently trying to have Oak Trace improve the privacy and light pollution for our residents.

Darien Club Garage Sale

Darien Club will be having a garage sale on:

  • Thursday, June 24th from 9:00 to 2:00
  • Friday, June 25th from 9:00 to 2:00
  • Saturday, June 26th from 9:00 to 2:00

If you have any further questions contact Ellen at Oak & Dale.