Monday, January 28, 2019

Cookies with Santa Pictures

Some pictures from Cookies with Santa.  Another smashing success and fun event all around.  Please join us next year.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Proposed Minutes HOA Board of Directors Meeting Thursday 18, 2018

Proposed Minutes
HOA Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, October 18, 2018

  1. Call to order
    1. 7:08 pm
    2. Introductions to new member, Sarah McCullough
  2. Previous HOA Minutes from June 07, 2018 approved
  3. Treasurer’s report
    1. Discussed outreach for getting more dues from non-paying members
    2. Voted to move HOA saved money to CoAmerica for 18 months for a better rate
      1. Approved
    3. Vote to approved the treasurer’s report
      1. Approved
  4. Welcome wagon
    1. Discussed efforts to contact new neighbors
  5. Trunk or Treat
    1. Preparations are on track
    2. Please bring candy and baked goods in your car to share
    3. HOA will provide bug spray for everyone
  6. Directory
    1. Area directors thanked for providing information
    2. Discussed the best time to print the neighborhood directory
    3. Discussed difficulties in contacting reluctant neighbors
  7. Cheyne thanked for maintaining the website
    1. Meet the neighbor feature is popular
  8. Dues
    1. Discussed methods of contacting neighbors to collect dues
  9. Red bows
    1. Decided to continue to make the bows instead of buying them
    2. Will have a bow making party Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Sarah McCullough’s house at 7:00pm
    3. Will put the bows out on December 5 or 6
  10. Cookie exchange
    1. Date
    2. Alice will need tables
    3. Chad might host a Chicken Wing exchange on the same day
  11. Yard of the Month
    1. David Corley will continue to award the honor at his discretion
  12. Possible future events
    1. Movie by the pond
      1. Will continue to investigate a future event
    2. Breakfast with Santa
      1. Will get with Natalia to schedule this year’s event
    3. Potluck
      1. Vote to fund, approved
    4. Vote to approve red bow supplies
      1. Approved
    5. Spring potluck at Harris house
  13. Vote to fund name tags for the McCulloughs
    1. Approved
    2. Board of directors reminded and encouraged to wear name tags
  14. New business
    1. Discussed oak wilt and different ways to address it
    2. Reminded the HOA that door-to-door solicitors need to wear a reflective vest and permit issued by the city
  15. Next meeting date
    1. Red bow party, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Sarah’s house
  16. Adjourn
    1. 8:44pm

Friday, November 2, 2018

Meet Your Neighbor Larry and Joanne Marshall

Penned by Francey Petty, Mont Del Neighbor

8 Crosslands , Mont Del

Larry and Joanne Marshall met after graduating college when Larry was working for Sinclair  and were married before medical school in 1968.   Their life journey did not bring them to Mont Del until 1987, when they moved from San Diego.   They have two adult children who live nearby, Ed and Carol, and one granddaughter. 

To relax from the very busy life always around them, they both enjoyed sailing on  Benbrook Lake and Eagle Mountain Lake over the years.  Coincidentally, Larry is a retired Navy man.  He has also enjoyed flying for a hobby, serving as an aviation medical examiner.   

Larry’s professional career is impressive and he still stays just as busy these days.   One interesting personal note was his relationship to a neighbor years ago, Wayne Palmer, who was active in City politics.   Wayne encouraged Larry to get involved and he did.   Some of you Mont Del old timers might remember Wayne driving around his classic Bentley in and out of the area every day.  

Dr. Marshall began serving his fourth term in 2017 as councilmember for the City of Benbrook.   He also served on the Benbrook Planning and Zoning Commission for fourteen years, as a member and as chairman.   He has served on two Capital Improvement Project Committees, as a member in 1997, and as chairman in 2002.  He is currently Chairman of the Benbrook Tax Increment Finance District.  He has served two terms on the Executive Board of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. 

Dr. Marshall is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he received a B.S. in Physiology, and of the University of Tennessee where he received a Doctorate of Medicine.   He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.  In 2010, he retired as Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, where he worked for three years.  Prior to that, he was in private practice in Fort Worth for 20 years.  He is retired from the Naval Medical Corps as a Captain, where he practiced medicine and held various administrative positions.  He is currently working part-time at JPS Rheumatology Clinic.  He provides a free Rheumatology Clinic at Cornerstone Assistance Network of Tarrant County.

Dr. Marshall has served as a board member of the Arthritis Foundation, Easter Seals and the Mont Del Homeowners Association.  He is Past President of the Tarrant County Medical Society and now serves on the TCMS Board of Trustees, Board of  Directors and Publications Committee.  He is also a Delegate to the Texas Medical Association, where he was a past chairman of the Council of Health Services Organization and currently Chairman of the Patient-Physician Advocacy Committee.  
Joanne has been a loving wife and assistant to her husband  during all his professional endeavors.   She was his Office Manager, Medical Assistant and Receptionist for 18 years and they have traveled into all but three states during their years together.  Joanne has also served as Area Director in Mont Del, is our current Treasurer (since 2013) and served for a time as both Secretary AND Treasurer of the HOA-at the same time!

We are so proud to have the Marshalls in Mont Del for so many years, as an example to all of us of the kind of dedicated, family-oriented people who have offered so much to our society in general and to those around them.  

Monday, October 8, 2018

Meet your Neighbor Jeffrey Hunter

Penned by Francey Petty, Mont Del Neighbor

Jeffrey Hunter
16 Crosslands Road, Mont Del

Jeffrey and his wife, Debbie, moved to Mont Del in 1998, from the southwest part of Fort Worth.  They have two adult children who both live in Houston along with three grandchildren.

Jeffrey is at the wonderful crossroads of life where he recently retired from Lockheed, having worked as an engineer for 34 years.   While he is modest about his accomplishments in Backpacking Expeditions, it is amazing to those of us who are not privy to that sport.   He started these adventures when his kids were young and he and his wife would take them on day hikes to the national parks.    After his son joined the Boy Scouts, Jeffrey started backpacking with Troop 50 on multi-day treks.    

But as time went on, Jeffrey began doing longer hikes by himself.  He has backpacked in New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, California, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado.    Recently, he finished an incredible 480 mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango! It took 26 days.  The plan for food he needs along the way is diversified.  In addition to carrying the initial week supply of food, he buys food in nearby towns, or ships a package to a Post Office.  Normally his pack weighs up to 35 pounds with food and water.  All the luxuries of backpacking are carried in the pack including a tent, a sleeping bag, rain gear and a filter to process water that he derives from streams and lakes.  I asked him about the solitude and safety on such a long trip and he said those subjects did not bother him…that he does not worry about it although he prepares well and is safety minded.  He loves the solitude and beauty of nature…being alone is something he treasures.  Jeffrey commented, “If hikers are inexperienced and think they are smarter than nature, then accidents and problems can happen.” 

His adventures are continuing with another hike of 180 miles this fall when he walks the Ozark Highlands Trail.   Jeffrey will drive to Lake Fort Smith Trailhead and his wife will pick him up at journey’s end near the highway 65 bridge over the Buffalo River.   It will take about 12 days. His daily diet while on the trail which is carried in his backpack include dehydrated food, granola bars, power bars, peanut butter, jerky, peanuts, dried fruit and most importantly:  CHOCOLATE!     He admits that sometimes the trek is difficult but is a wonderful metaphor for the struggles of life.  You just have to keep going, taking one step after another.  This indeed is a very private kind of adventure and challenge. 

You may wonder what else Jeffrey does for a hobby while he is not participating in hiking all these years.   He is a Furniture Builder!    Through the years, he has built furniture for his home and for his adult childrens’ homes, which includes beds for the grandchildren.  He enjoys sleeping in a bed he built whenever he goes to visit his children. 

I’m sure everyone reading this report wishes Jeffrey well on his next journey.