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.


Austin Pond Society – January 2017

dsc_4783This evening, we held the first Austin Pond Society meeting of the new year at the usual place, Zilker Botanical Gardens Clubhouse. The meeting was attended by around 40 or so of its members who were treated to a light meal of Tacos and all of the trimmings followed by a very large assortment of desserts brought in by the members. Our thanks to Steven Monfrini for preparing the delicious spread. To be the most popular person in the entire organization is no mean feat and all you have to do is to feed us to attain that rank as Steven does every month.

Prior to the start of the main meeting, Ted Paone, Chairman of this year’s Pond Tour, held the first introductory meeting of the Pond Tour Committee off to one side, finishing up in time to join the rest of the group for the meal.

dsc_4788At 7:00 pm, the Speaker for the evening,  Jody from Bloomers Garden Center along with her husband Marcus, talked to us about Building a Faerie Garden. She accompanied her talk with slides from the Faerie Garden that she and her family have built at her Garden Center which is located at 507 N. Highway 95, Elgin. See the video below of her presentation.

Faery Garden Meeting Jan 16, 2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

Following the Speaker, President Jeannie Ferrier presented the new 2017 Board and asked each to introduce themselves. As Webmaster, I was asked to make a presentation about the website and I put together a 15 minute video on it which unfortunately was unable to show due to technical difficulties with the sound. While fussing with this problem, I missed out on filming some of Jeannie introducing the Board Members including the four new ones. Consequently, the video is mostly all audio with a picture of the back wall as the video. Apologies all around.

APS Business Jan 16, 2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

Hopefully, I will show the video of the website at the next meeting. The meeting closed following the drawing for the door prizes.

The next meeting will be held at the same place on Monday, February 20 starting at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there.

APS February Meeting 2016

logo-144x144DSC_1335The  Austin Pond Society held their  second meeting of the year at the Zilker Botanical Gardens Meeting room this past Monday, February 15. As usual, we started with a light meal of ham and cheese sandwiches with fruit and cookies for desert. Very appetizing and a great way to start off the meeting. Many thanks to our new volunteer chef, Stephen Monfrini.DSC_1350

Following the usual format, the first 30 minutes was devoted to food and visiting with friends with the general meeting scheduled to start at 7:00 pm. Promptly on time, Barb Lenhardt introduced Shane Stefek from Water Garden Gems and his topic, a subject near and dear to all pond lovers everywhere was “Water Quality and Algae Control”. Shane’s presentation was probably one of if not the best on this particular subject that we have heard. I heartily recommend that you take the time to watch the video below.

APS February Speaker 2-15-2016 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

Following Shane, Jeannie, our President had some announcements which can be heard on the Business Video. There were also a few new members who had to stand up and introduce themselves. It’s tough to be new…

APS February 2016 Business from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

Our next meeting will be held at the Austin Aquarium. For more details and directions follow this link. or for more information, this link.

Austin Pond Society September 2015 Meeting.

Willie Birge Memorial PondThe Austin Pond Society held its September meeting at the usual location, Zilker Botanical Gardens Clubhouse. It was attended by about 35 members who first enjoyed a meal of Pizza followed by deserts brought by the members. Note that we still need a volunteer to fill the role of Hospitality. Seems that those people with the necessary skills are hard to find.

BlueGold SystemsFollowing the meal as is our usual custom, the Speaker for the evening was Sasha Earl, from BlueGold Collection Systems. His talk was mainly about rainwater harvesting and the different methods that are employed. As usual, with our knowledgeable and very curious  membership, he was bombarded with questions as he continued along with his presentation. You can watch the video below. He can be reached at this link. BlueGold Systems.

Below is the link to the BlueGold Presentation at the meeting. It is in two parts.

Following the presentation, Barbara Lenhardt who was filling in for President Jeannie, continued the meeting with the normal business discussion. Darren Bayhi spoke about the upcoming Photo contest and outlined the rules and procedures. The details for this can be found on the Pond Society website.

Glen Hubenthal spoke of the upcoming Koi Show at Water Garden Gems in Marion, Texas. He urged everyone that is interested in Koi, to pay them a visit so that they could get an idea of what Champion Koi look like. You can find out more on their website at Water Garden Gems.

David Slimp mentioned that he had some goldfish that he had helped rescue that needed a home. Contact me if you are interested at .

With no more business, the final act of the evening was the drawing for the door prizes and then the meeting was adjourned.

Below is the link to the business section of the meeting:

Austin Pond Society, October Meeting 10-21-2013

Austin Pond Society

Austin Pond Society

Talking Business

Talking Business

As is customary, the Austin Pond Society held their monthly meeting on the third Monday of the month at Zilker Gardens Clubhouse.  Altogether, about 40 people showed up and started off the evening by enjoying a delicious stew that Sonja, our official hospitality person had prepared followed by a cake that was absolutely covered in a thick creamy topping. I think Sonja called it her Goblin Stew in honor of Halloween. Whatever it was named, it was very good and was served along with a green salad.I should mention that our format regarding start times has changed a little. The meetings now start at 6:30 pm with 30 minutes allowed for meal enjoyment and conversation with the meeting itself starting at 7:00 pm. This gives the full two hours for the speakers and for the Society to get their business out-of-the-way as we have to clear the room by 9:00 pm. I took a video of the meeting while the meal session was ongoing but in the end, only include a couple of minutes as the noise from all of the conversation was quite unbelievable.

The Speaker for this meeting is one of our own members, Steve Blackson, who is also our representative on the Austin Area Garden Center (AAGC) of which is made up of 31 different gardening associations who between them assist with the management of the Zilker Botanical Gardens. This is a link to their website  His subject was an outline of what the different groups are working on especially in the area of fund-raising and the future design of the Botanical Gardens. Below is a video of his presentation.

AAGC Steve 10-21-2013 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

Following Steve’s presentation, the business part of the meeting got underway. Members on the Board had long realized that our bye-laws were woefully out of date and needed to be brought into the 21st Century and spent considerable time in drafting a new set to be brought before the membership for general discussion and adoption. Copies had been made available on the website and via one of the missing items in the original set, e-mail, for members to review prior to the meeting.

John O’Sullivan acting in his official capacity as Parliamentarian chaired the meeting and I have to say, was extremely knowledgeable in Roberts Rules of Order and conducted the meeting in a very professional manner. The current Board had previously discussed the new bye laws prior to their publication and the current posting was the end result of their work. The membership quickly got into the swing of

Waiting to start the meeting

Waiting to start the meeting

things and began offering items for discussion and eventual adoption (or not). The item that had the most discussion referred to members of the Board serving a 2 year term instead of the current 1 year. This particular discussion went on for some time and eventually ended up with current 1 year of service remaining in place. No other item garnered as much interest as this one. The new bye laws were finally approved and written into the minutes. Below is a video of this part of the meeting.

APS Bye Laws Revisions Meeting 10-21-2013 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

Following the bye laws came a nomination session for membership to the Board for the upcoming year starting January 1. John again took charge of the proceedings and moved things smoothly along. The rules that applied were pretty clear for the evening. If there was a single nomination, then the vote to approve could happen there and then. If there was more than a single nomination OR if there were no nominations, then the vote to elect would happen at the next meeting in November.

John kept things moving along and we soon had a vote in place for all of the officers with the lone exception, the post of Librarian. As with most organizations like the Pond Society, some members remained in place, others changed places and a couple are no longer involved. We did have at least one new board member Nancy Reinhart who took over the position of Programs and yours truly is now the Editor. Many thanks to the retiring members for the work they have done this past year for the Pond Society. Without such volunteers, it would be very difficult to accomplish all of the things that we set out to do. Below is a video of the actual nomination and voting that went on.

APS Elections 10-21-2013 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

The final act of a very busy evening was the fun drawing for the gifts provided and as usual was met with moans and groans, or cheers depending on who won.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, November 17, 2013 and will be the last of the year as we do not hold one in December. Same time and same place. Hope to see you there…

Below is a list of next years, 2014 Board Members and their positions.

President: Jeannie Ferrier —
Treasurer: Rollie Sidla —
Secretary: Julienne Smith —
Membership: Darren Bayhi —
Special Events: Linda Tinsley —
Pond Tour/Webmaster: Karl Tinsley —
Parliamentarian: John O’Sullivan —
Programs: Nancy Reinhart —
Newsletter Editor: Francis Allcorn —
Publicity: BJ Jenkins —
Hospitality: Sonja O’Sullivan—
Photographer: Glen Hubenthal —
Historian: Glen Hubenthal—
Austin Area Garden Center Rep.:  SteveBlackson
Librarian:  OPEN            

Current board members may perform the duties of any positions with no elected member.



Notice the last position as Librarian is OPEN just waiting for one of you to step up and fill it. Contact the current President, Linda Tinsley at if you are interested.

Please Note: In order to see the video controls after the video has been started, RIGHT click on the picture and then on “video controls”.