APS November Meeting 2018

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The outgoing President, Jeannie Ferrier on the left with the incoming President Barb Lenhardt

Another month, another meeting of the Austin Pond Society held at the usual place, the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, Texas. As usual, we were treated to a meal provided by our Hospitality person, Steven. He is one of those who is giving up his volunteer position at the end of the year and we thank him for his contributions to the cause. Tonight, his offerings were corn dogs with  deserts provided by the members. As I am not into corn dogs, I made do with several cookies to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Due to the bad weather, our numbers were down by quite a bit and I counted only 22 people in attendance. We started off with Barb introducing our speaker, Alex Rabadan, a local pond builder whose company is named Oasis Water Features and Landscaping. He held a question and answer session which kept everyone occupied for 30 minutes or so.

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Alex Rabadan, Oasis Water Features and Landscaping.

This was followed by Steven Monfrini, acting in the absence of the chairperson Nancy Reinert, to announce the new Board members for 2019. All the positions were filled and required a vote from the Membership to appoint them which passed without dissent. To review the new Board who will take office January 1st, 2019, use this link

This was the only major piece of business for this evening and with a little more discussion about other minor items, the meeting came to a close.

APS Speaker October Meeting 2018 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

October 2018 meeting Business from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

The next meeting to be held on November 19 at the same location, will be our Christmas End of the Year Party. Blue Santa will again be in attendance so we are asking all of our members to bring a small gift preferably in the 12-14 year age bracket for the kids in Austin who do not receive much on Christmas morning. The theme this year will be Mexican and the food will also reflect the theme. Members can still bring along desserts or their contribution to the Mexican main meal. We are hoping for a Mariachi Band from one of the local high schools but that is not yet confirmed. Keep looking for more on this and we hope to see you there.

This will be the last meeting for the year as we do not meet in December.

Written 10/18/2018

APS September Meeting 2018.

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True to form as September 17th rolled around so did the Austin Pond Society monthly meeting held at the usual place, Zilker Botanical Gardens Clubhouse. There were about 34 people in attendance plus several of the Sponsors as this meeting was dedicated to them to give everyone a chance to meet them in person.

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The evening started with a light meal in the form of Pizza with all of the fixins delivered by the owner John. Member’s brought deserts as they usually do which I for one am very grateful. About the only time I eat deserts is once every month at the Austin Pond Society Meetings.

Following the meal, the Business section of the meeting started with the President Jeannie, going around the room and taking comments and questions. The high spot of the evening apart from the opportunity of meeting the Sponsors, was the announcement and presentation of a list of names compiled by the Nomination Committee ably led by Nancy Reinert for the 2019 Board of Directors. Much to everyone’s surprise, this Committee had managed to find willing people to serve in all of the vacant positions which included, President, Treasurer and Pond Tour Chairman, the three most difficult positions to fill. There was some shuffling around as  people switched positions but in the end, all of the Officers and Directors positions had nominees. These need to be ratified which will happen by the Membership at the next meeting in November. None of these nominees are cast in stone and if there are any other candidates willing to run at that meeting, then the positions will be decided by a vote of the membership. There are still two other outstanding positions that are classified as Volunteers meaning that they do not have to attend Board Meetings and neither do they get a vote if they do choose to attend. Those positions are Hospitality and Librarian. The Hospitality position is the most popular person in the Club as that person is the one that feeds us every month. The other vacant position is the Librarian who brings the books and maintains the records of those that are loaned out. If any of you are interested in either of these positions, contact Nancy Reinert at parliamentarian@austinpondsociety.org

Time was given to mix with the Sponsors to see what they had to offer and ask questions about their products. My favorite was Barb Lenhardt who is a Realtor as she had the best chocolates. Actually, the Sponsors who were in attendance or had representation at a table were as follows, the aforementioned Barb Lenhardt, Realtor, Water Garden Gems from Marion who brought several goodies that they offered for sale, Taylormade who builds ponds and Kirk Perry with Perry Aerial Photography.  Both Jet’s Pizza and Bamboo Bistro had tables but were not in attendance due to the calls of business.

The meeting finally came to a close with the business out of the way as it was time to turn attention to the other important part of the evening namely the judging of the pictures that will go into the Calendar. As Calendar sales have been dropping off with the advent of the internet and cell phones, this item will eventually go the way of the DoDo even though the Photo Contest will remain as an integral part of the organization with the pictures getting posted on the website, the modern way of showing off prints. There were a lot of pictures on display split into four different categories, fish, ponds and pond features, wildlife and pond plants. The participants were each given four stickies with a number that they affixed to each of their pictures. The voters wrote down their selection by number and the votes were tallied up and the winners announced. These winning pictures will all go into the Calendar and will be posted on the website usually as the heading picture for the month. This is always a very popular occurrence every year and regardless of the Calendar survival, will continue as an integral part of the Austin Pond Society.

Jeannie thanked everyone for attending including the Sponsors and for making the evening a huge success and called the meeting to a close. The next meeting is October 15 at the same place and the Speaker will be Alex Rabadan, Owner of Oasis Water Features & Landscaping (512-630-6786). Alex offers services such as Pond Installations & Monthly or Yearly pond & water garden maintenance.
This will be the last real meeting of the year as the November Meeting is dedicated to having fun and partying.

APS September Meeting 2018 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

APS September 2018 Meeting Video from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

Sponsor Night from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

APS September Photo Contest 2018 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

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Hope to see everyone at the October Meeting.

Written 9/21/2018

Board Members for 2019


For a link to the ByLaws

With the rewriting of the ByLaws this year,the makeup of the Board has changed a little as positions have been moved around or removed.
Under the Revised ByLaws, the Board is made up of three Officers, President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Parliamentarian position has been eliminated and the President can appoint one as needed..
The revised ByLaws allow for up to six Directors with the Board having the ability to decide on an annual basis, which Directors to appoint for the upcoming year. The positions selected for 2019 are as follows: Membership, Programs and Special Events, Public Relations, Pond Tour Director, Historian/Photographer/AKCA Rep and a new position named Sponsors.
There are currently three Volunteer positions, Hospitality, Webmaster and Librarian. These are appointed positions and are non voting. Neither are they required to attend the Board Meetings. Note: Board Meetings are held the second Monday of the Month at Zilker Gardens Meeting Room. Any registered Member or non member can attend.

OFFICERS

Proposed Board for 2019

The Committee led by Nancy Reinert did a wonderful job of finding new and returning members for the Board for this upcoming year,2019.They are all listed below after having been ratified at the last meeting on October 15.

Secretary – Julienne Smith

Julienne Smith is the current Secretary and has been for the past eight years. .

President – Barb Lenhardt

Barbara Lenhardt is our President .

Treasurer – Mike Peppers.

Mike Peppers. Is our Treasurer

DIRECTORS

Programs/Special Events – BJ Jenkins

BJ Jenkins is returning as Programs/Special Events person after a couple of year hiatus.

Historian/Photos,AKCA Rep – Glen Hubenthal

Glen Hubenthal is continuing on in his role as the Official Photographer and Historian for the Association
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Director at Large – Cat Bilberry

Cat Bilberry. This is a new position and its prime purpose is to locate new Sponsors

Publicity – Nancy Hall

Nancy Hall has graciously chosen to run again as our Publicity person. She post articles on Facebook and other publications around town of important events.

Membership – Margaret Boeneke

Margaret Boeneke has switched from Librarian to Membership and is attempting to bring our Membership system into the 21st Century with the introduction of a new software system.

Pond Tour Chairman – Ted Paone

Ted Paone, veteran of the 2015 and 2016 Tours returns for another go.

VOLUNTEERS. These are appointed positions

 

Hospitality – Vacant

This person is the most popular person in the club as they provide us with the delicious food every month.

Webmaster – Francis Allcorn

Frank has consented to carry on at least for one more year…

Librarian – Holly Hargraves

Welcome to Holly Hargraves who will be in charge of the Library at the meetings

Sponsor Page- Barb Lenhardt, Realtor

Looking for a new home or want to sell your old one. Contact Barb Lenhardt and she will help you find the home of your dreams.You can reach her by phone at (512) 820-8210 or by email at barblenhardt@gmail.com.

You can reach her website here or click on the Business Card above..

8405 Siskin Cove – Click on the picture for a link to the slide-show

186 Trail Rider Way – This beautiful house is for lease. Click on the picture for a link to the slide show.

THESE HOUSES WERE RECENTLY SOLD.

Deborah Drive – Just Sold

503 Swanee – Just Sold

The map above represents all of the properties that Barb Lenhardt has recently sold. If you are looking to sell your property or are in the market for a new house, please contact her at (512) 820-8210 or barblenhardt@gmail.com

TESTIMONIALS

KRISTINA & HUEY

She did a great job !
• On a 1-10 scale ~ ” She was awesome! I would give her a 20 if I could. She 100% was above and beyond, patient, professional. She always made me feel like everything was under control. It was great working with her ! “
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KRISTINA & HUEY
She was awesome !

TIMOTHY
5 STARS!
Local knowledge: 5 stars; a great resource
Process expertise: 5 stars; helped us along every step of the way.
Responsiveness: 5 stars; always available.
Negotiation skills: 5 stars
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
TIMOTHY S.
5 Stars!

CHASITY & GAINES
“Barb was on top of everything quickly. Our house sold in 4 days”
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CHASITY & GAINES
Sold in 4 days!

EILEEN & JERRY
I would give her a 13
“I would give her a 13! She is the best realtor I have probably ever worked with. I even went on Facebook to tell the whole world how wonderful she is. She went above and beyond and way always positive. She met with us day and night. She just did everything she could to make it a positive experience. ” E & J
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EILEEN & JERRY
I would give her a 13.

Lou Cuneo
Barbara has been a close family friend for about 10 year now and has gone above and beyond the call of duty to patiently help my family with Real Estate needs. I have been considering selling or leasing my condo to buy a bigger home for my growing family. This has been a long process and Barbara has never rushed me or tried to move the process along faster. As a salesperson myself, there is nothing I dislike more than a pushy salesperson with their own agenda as priority. Barbara has been very patient and understanding throughout this long decision process. I would highly recommend Barbara to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, patient, and caring professional.

We had tried to sell our home before and she sold it in four days. She also helped with the purchase of our home and we basically only had 15 days to find a new place. We looked at the home the day it went on the market and we able to get it although there were others interested. She did a great job.” L & K
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
LYNDSEY & KEVIN
She did a great job!

Ordering 2019 Calendar

Austin Pond Society August 2018 Meeting

After being away from our home location for the past two meetings, the Austin Pond Society was very happy to return to what we consider to be our home base, Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, Texas. The first things I noticed upon our return was the Photographic Art that adorned the walls, showings from one our local Photographic Artists,

This was our monthly meeting for August. We had originally lined up a Speaker but he had to cancel at not quite the last minute as we had time to line up a different event. This time, we held our Swap, Buy and Sell meeting where the owners brought in their used equipment in the hope of moving it along to others who may have the need. There were also many plants both for sale and free and one Member brought in a bunch of baby Koi that he was giving away.

For the first time, there was quite a bit of duplicate pond equipment such as skimmer boxes, filter boxes and such with no less than three owners having similar items on their tables. Some of the equipment was brand new and still in the box as in the case of Member Mike Peppar who purchased the items with a view of DIY pond and then ended up contracting it out to one of the many reputable pond builders in the area.

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I counted thirty four members at the meeting all who appeared to enjoy themselves. The meal was the good old American standby, namely hot dogs with all of the fixins and there was plenty to go round including deserts brought in by the members.

The Business section of the meeting comprised of two major items. Ellen Filtness has come up with the idea that has been named Pondsitters. Basically what it is is a service provided by the current members to help one another out on a volunteer basis either in Emergencies or when the owner want or needs to go away for a few days and the volunteer would act as the Pond sitter in the time the owner is gone. She explained the idea to everyone and it is currently posted in a lot more detail on the APS Website. Great idea for those of us that do not have anyone to look after our ponds and need to take that trip. If you are interested either as a volunteer to Pondsitters or have the need for such a service down the road use this link for more information.

The second item was the presentation of the revised bylaws after a couple of months of hard work by Margaret, Jeannie, Julie and Frank working on the Revisions with Nancy Reinhardt as Chair of this project. Nancy presented it to the floor for it to be voted on as the new APS Bylaws. There was some discussion over one item to do with the number of Directors but Julie suggested a simple change of verbiage which was accepted by the Members who then proceeded to pass both measures. We should be good for at least 4-5 years without having to make further revisions. That was the last of the major business and the Swap and Sell opened to the floor. I would like to say it was a roaring success but I don’t believe it was. I sold some small items and made the grand total of $27 but there did not seem to be anyone with a pond building project in their futures so none of the major equipment that was offered by three of us, sold.

The plants and fish went well and their seemed to be a steady stream of buyers for the plants which were located outside because many of them are water plants and we did not want to mess up the floors.

The evening finally wound down and by 8:00 pm. nearly everybody had left. The next meeting is on September 17th and will be our Sponsors Night when we dedicate the entire evening to our wonderful Sponsors. Hope to see you there.

APS August Meeting 2018 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

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Written 8/20/2018