Email Contact List for APS Officers

Sponsors for 2020

Listed below are the Sponsors for the Austin Pond Society. We encourage you to give them your business and support. You can reach them by clicking on the link to their email. If they have a website, you can reach that by clicking on their business card.

YOU COULD BE ADVERTISING YOUR BUSINESS HERE. Contact webmaster@austinpondsociety.org for more details

Barb Lenhardt, Realtor


Barb Lenhardt, Realtor
Cell: (512) 820-8210
Office: (972) 836-9295 ext 1418
Email: barblenhardt@gmail.com
Website: https://www.barblenhardt.com
Use this link to see some of my recents listings and sales.https://www.austinpondsociety.org/?p=21764

Matt Boring


Located in Austin and Houston
Website: https://www.texasponds.com/
Austin – (512) 782-8316
Houston – (281) 668-4077
Watch a short video of some of Matt’s Ponds at this link. https://vimeo.com/406913115/

Hill Country Water Gardens

Hill Country Water Gardens
Located in Cedar Park
Email: steve@hillcountrygardens.com
1407 N Bell Blvd, Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Phone: (512) 260-5050

Water Garden Gems

Water-garden-Gems
Located in Marion, Texas
3230 Bolton Road, Marion, TX 78124
Phone:(210) 659-5841
Hours:9:00 am – 5:00 pm
10% discount by showing your APS Membership Card
You can contact them using this link.

TaylorMade

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Website: https://www.tmwaterscapes.com
Email: taylor@taylormadewaterscapes.com
We’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Stonebridge Pond and Waterfall Company

Austin Aquadome

Website: https://www.austinaquadome.com
Located in Austin
1604 Fortview Road,Austin, TX 7870
Phone: (512) 442-1400
Tues-Sat: 11am-7pm, Sunday:12pm-5pm
Closed Mondays
10 – 20% discount by showing your APS Membership Card

Austin Waterscapes

Website: https://www.austinwaterscapes.com
Email: austinwaterscapes@gmail.com
For a video of some of Tad’s work, use this link https://vimeo.com/406597635
Located in Austin
Tad Breeden
512.567.4790

APS February Meeting – 2020

A pano view of some of the Members.

The Austin Pond Society held their Monthly Meeting this past Monday, February 17th at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin where most of their meetings are held. The only exceptions is when they go on location to other sites such as Mayfield Park or Austin Aqua-Dome and such.

This meeting was attended by around 35 people, some of whom were there on an exploratory basis to see if they wanted to become members which of course we always encourage visitors to do. All were invited to share in the fabulous pizzas along with salads and deserts brought in by the Members.

Bill Biggadike, Kim Reynolds. Steve Garza

At 7:00 pm, Barb, our President, introduced the Speaker for the evening, Bill Biggadike of Bill Biggadike and Associates whose topic for the evening was going to be on Pond and Garden Lighting. Several of the members had expressed an interest in this topic. After a short video, Bill opened up the floor for questions of which there were many and he and his two associates, Kim Reynolds and Steve Garza spent the next hour answering them. Bill apologised for the quality of the video which presented the age old problem of taking pictures at night in the dark and not being able to use artificial light.

Pond and Garden Lighting

Following the presentation, Barb took over and conducted the small bit of business that she had. Julie, as the AAGC Representative was the first person up and gave a brief outline of the meeting that she had attended. Some time was spent in discussing the upcoming Pond Tour to be held on June 6-7. BJ talked about the number of ponds that she currently has on her list and the need for at least a half dozen more. There was also some discussion on the vacancy for a Pond Tour Chairman, a position which is so important and has yet to be filled. We really need someone to pull the Pond Tour all together combining the work by the various individual members and committees that each have separate rolls in getting this great event ready for the Public.

Business Section of the meeting.

The meeting closed with the raffle drawing and the members drifted away after a rapid clean up of the room. The next meeting is scheduled for March 16 and the speaker will be Adam Coffin from The Great Outdoors. His topic will be “Insects and diseases that are new or lesser known” and should be interesting to learn about the creepy crawlies that inhabit our yards and gardens. Hope to see you there.

Written 02/19/2020

APS January Meeting 2020 – The start of a New Year

Reeve Hobbie, Master Gardener.

Austin Pond Society held its first meeting of the year and as is always the case, it was held on the third Monday of the month at Zilker Botanical Gardens. There were around forty attendees all were ready to welcome the new season. As usual, we were treated to a meal which consisted of two different kinds of chile with all of the fixin’s. Deserts were provided by the members. This was Ted’s first attempt at feeding the membership and he did an outstanding job. Thank you Ted. If this was a taste (excuse the pun) of what we have to come in the future, then we are in for some very good meals. Another reason to join the Pond Society.

Desserts brought in by the Members.

The Speaker for the evening was one of our long time favorites, Reeve Hobbie who is a Master Gardener with Travis County Agrilife Extension Services. His topic for the evening was “Native and adapted perennials”. His presentation with the visual aid of slides was very interesting and picturesque and he had a very attentive audience.

Following the Speaker, Barb, our President had a few words to say concerning the relevant business of the day. Among other things, she mentioned that Jeannie Ferrier who along with husband Steve, do all of the fish rescues, is looking for anyone who may be interested in learning how these rescues are accomplished by giving a helping hand. You can contact Jeannie at fishrescue@austinpondsociety.org. The meeting ended with the drawing for the raffle.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, February 17 at the usual place, Zilker Botanical Gardens. The next Speaker will be Bill Biggadike and the topic will be Landscape Lighting. Hope to see you there.

Video of Reeve Hobbie with his presentation of Native Wildflowers
Video of the Business section of the meeting.

Written 01/22/2019

APS November Meeting and Christmas Party 2019

Some of the Members and Guests

The Austin Pond Society held its final meeting of the year on November 18 in the form of a Christmas Party which was attended by around 45 members and guests. The entire evening was devoted to eating, mixing and mingling, Blue Santa and a presentation of checks to four different organizations. This was a marked change from previous parties when we have had some other entertainment in the form of contests, music, dancing and other such fun and games. As far as the food, what better way to celebrate Christmas in Texas than Rudy’s Barbecue with all of the fixin’s including pumpkin and apple pies. This was all delicious and very much enjoyed by the members.

The Austin Pond Society made four donations to charitable causes this year. They included Austin Pets Alive, KLRU for Central Texas Gardener, McBee Elementary School and Overton Elementary School for their programs of Hands on Gardening.

Amanda Williams from Austin Pets Alive attended to receive the check.

Formal and proper
How they really feel about the party

This year, as they have done for the past couple of years, Santa and Mrs Klaus attended in full costume along with a couple of helpers. They mixed and mingled and enjoyed the food and the company and made a presentation outlining what it is that Blue Santa brings to 4500 families in Austin that otherwise would be lacking gifts and food at Christmas. As per previous years, the APS members had brought in a whole tables worth of presents for the kids. One of the high points of the evening was when one of our Sponsors, Matt Boring of Texas Ponds and Water Features and two of his people, one dressed as a giant frog, brought in two large sacks of toys to add to the collection. A very nice gesture from Matt and thank you.

The evening closed with a small bit of business and discussion. We are still lacking a nominee for the position of Pond Tour Director which is a bit of a worry. We still have a some time but if any of you are interested, please contact our President, Barb Lenhardt at president@austinpondsociety.org

Hope to see you all next year at out first meeting which will be held at the usual place, Zilker Botanical Gardens on Monday, January 20, 2020. The Speaker will be from Travis County Master Gardeners and the subject will be Drip Irrigation. By the way, I can’t believe that we are looking at 2020 already. It seems like something out of a science fiction movie…

Thank you to everyone that makes Austin Pond Society such a great group to work with and for being such a fun bunch of crazy fish and pond enthusiasts.
Welcome to the start of a brand new year…

Written 11/26/2019

Board Members for 2020


For a link to the ByLaws

Under the Revised ByLaws, the Board is made up of three Officers, President, Secretary and Treasurer.
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 2020 are as follows: Membership, Programs and Special Events, Public Relations, Pond Tour Director, Historian/Photographer/AKCA Rep and Director at Large.
There are currently five Volunteer positions, Hospitality, Webmaster, Librarian, AAGC and AKCA. These are all appointed positions and are non voting. Neither are they required to attend the Board Meetings although they and any registered Member may do so. 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

President – Barb Lenhardt

Barbara Lenhardt is our President for the second year in a row

president@austinpondsociety.org

Secretary – Gwen Goulet

Julienne Smith is retiring as Secretary, a position she has held for the past 9 years. Welcome to our new Secretary, Gwen Goulet

secretary@austinpondsociety.org

Treasurer – Mike Peppers.

Mike Peppers. Is our Treasurer

treasurer@austinpondsociety.org

DIRECTORS

Publicity – Nancy Hall

Nancy Hall is our Publicity person. She post articles on Facebook and other publications of important events.

publicity@austinpondsociety.org

Programs/Special Events – BJ Jenkins

BJ Jenkins is returning as Programs/Special Events.

programs@austinpondsociety.org

Membership – Margaret Boeneke

Margaret Boeneke is in charge of Membership and has brought our Membership system into the 21st Century.

membership@austinpondsociety.org

Director at Large – Cat Bilberry

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

directoratlarge@austinpondsociety.org

Historian/Photos,AKCA Rep – Glen Hubenthal

Glen Hubenthal is the Official Photographer and Historian for the Association

historian@austinpondsociety.org


Pond Tour Chairman

This position is still open. Without it, we don’t have a Pond Tour.

pondtour@austinpondsociety.org


VOLUNTEERS. These are appointed positions and do not have a vote or need to attend Board Meetings

Hospitality – Ted Paone

Ted is switching roles to become the Hospitality person who is the most popular person in the club as they provide us with the delicious food every month.

hospitality@austinpondsociety.org

Librarian – Max Rice

Welcome to Max Rice who will be in charge of the Library at the meetings

librarian@austinpondsociety.org

Webmaster- Francis Allcorn

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

webmaster@austinpondsociety.org

AAGC Representative – Julienne Smith

Welcome to Julienne Smith switching from the Secretary position

AAGC@austinpondsociety.org

AKCA Representative – Glen Hubenthal

Glen Hubenthal is our long time representative for this position

AKCA@austinpondsociety.org