Austin Pond Society March Meeting 2017

DSC_5001The Austin Pond Society held their monthly meeting on March 20th which was attended by about 45 members. They were treated to a meal of Chicken Spaghetti with the salads  and fixin’s provided by the members. We were a little short on deserts this time around much to my disappointment as this meeting is the only time I allow myself the luxury of desert.. Many Thanks to Steven Monfrini, our Hospitality person shown below in his kitchen.

Following the meal and just a little different from our normal procedure, John O’Sullivan announced that he was now involved in helping people to get their Voter Registration up to date and that he was now able to give assistance to any and all that might need help in this area. He mentioned that Texas is now the most stringent State in the Union regarding Voter Registration and he felt that it was very important that everyone that can vote is eligible to do so.

Following John’s discussion, Jeannie Ferrier, President, started the advertised part of meeting with the introduction of a couple of new members followed by a brief report of the members activities this past month with cleaning Mayfield Ponds and the fish rescues that we have done. With that out of the way, we moved into the presentation for the evening with this particular one offered by Jeannie and Steven. They spoke about the construction of their 10,000 gallon pond and all that was involved in it from digging the hole to installing the pond plants. Steven spoke about the lights he has installed both in and around the pond. They fielded a lot of questions during and after the presentation which was warmly received by all of the members. Below is a video of their presentation.

Jeannie and Steven, March 20, 2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

After their presentation, there were reports from the various Board Members and a lengthy discussion from Ted Paone about the upcoming Pond Tour. He also discussed Zilkerfest which is being held  the weekend of March 25-26 for which he needed Volunteers to man the Austin Pond Societies booth which is used to promote both the Society and the upcoming Pond Tour on June 3-4. The new stream renovation in Zilker Gardens is also having their official opening dedication ceremony which the Pond Society had donated $5000 to help towards the cost of that project.

The Tour arrangements are moving along very nicely, according to Ted. So far, there are 11 ponds on the North side and 9 on the South with the possibility of at least one more.

The meeting came to a close with the drawing for the door prizes and this time around, all of the food had been consumed so there was no need to ask people t0 take some home. The next meeting will be held on April 17 and this meeting will be our Annual Plant Swap. Bring along your surplus plants or fish that are both pond and garden related and swap them for something useful to you. Hope to see you there.

Below is the Business Video of the meeting.

APS Business Mar 2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.


The Austin Pond Society SPLASH! Party 2015.

DSC_4525As in previous years, the Austin Pond Society held it’s Annual SPLASH! Party on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the home of Jeannie Ferrier and Steven Monfrini. The SPLASH! Party is held the week before the pond tour and it’s purpose is to bring as many of the tour participants and volunteers together to pick up their signs and packages containing their instructions and money boxes. At the same time, many owners are introduced to the volunteers that will be working their ponds.

The volunteer system is an integral part of the pond tour as without the many people that give up their time to man the different ponds and relieve the owners of the responsibility of checking in the guests as they arrive to view each pond, the tour would not be as successful as it is. A big thanks goes out to all of the willing bodies that performed this service over this weekend. I chatted to as many as I could when I arrived at each pond and without exception, they all were enjoying themselves as they greeted the many people that viewed the tour.

This particular SPLASH! Party started at 9:00 am and the Austin Pond Society provided a hearty breakfast prepared by our very own Laura Creaser and her husband Stefan, of breakfast tacos with all of the fixin’s along with juice and fruit. The many people who attended enjoyed this free meal and the food disappeared very quickly.

For this years beneficiaries of the tour, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Austin Police Operation “Blue Santa” in Austin, Texas. Austin Police Operation Blue Santa is a non-profit outreach program run by the Austin Police Department, the Austin Fire Department, Austin Energy, Austin Water Utilities, and the Texas National Guard. Mr and Mrs Klaus showed up to remind everyone that they are all participating in a very good cause as they circulated among the many owners, guests and volunteers.

Mr and Mrs Blue Santa

Mr and Mrs Blue Santa

BJ Jenkins, the Pond Tour Director addressed the gathered assembly to go over last minute details and answer any questions and by 11:00 am, the guests were leaving to enjoy the rest of the day.

Below is a slide show of the many visitors and Jeannie’s and Stevens beautiful property that we were able to enjoy.

APS SPLASH Party 2015 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.