Secrets of Finding & Keeping Volunteers
Date: Monday, July 13, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location: Pflugerville Justice Center
1611 Pfennig Lane (at WalMart Light)
Why do people become volunteers for your HOA? Are your leaders ready when a new person asks, "What can I do to help?"
Join Drive a Senior's Executive Director, Serita Lacasse, and Volunteer Recruiter, Annessa Lewis, to discuss best practices on recruiting, training, & motivating volunteers.
Come learn the secrets to how Drive a Senior works hard to make volunteering easy!
Volunteer for PfCONA's leadership team!
PfCONA could use your volunteer help too. Nominations remain open for Vice Chairman and committee appointments for Safety and Communications. --- Contact Clay at pfcona [at] gmail.com to volunteer.
Don't Get Burned by BBQ
NEXT MEETING: August 10, 2015 at 7 pm. Topic TBD. Know a good speaker? Tell us - pfcona at gmail.com
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PfCONA 2015 Schedule
PfCONA meets every month (except December) on the 2nd Monday at 7 PM at the Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 Pfennig Lane. If you would like to present a topic to our members or announce your neighborhood events at future meetings, email PFCONA [at] gmail.com. PfCONA invites resource experts, city staff, and HOA professionals so Pflugerville residents can ask questions they care about!
You can ensure a strong PfCONA by paying your 2015 membership dues at any meeting or mailing dues to PfCONA, Box 679, Pflugerville, Texas 78691. General Member dues for HOA's, neighborhood resident groups, and individual Associate Members are $12 annually. Download an application on our Join Page.
Welcome New & Renewing Members!
Spring Trails HOA, Springbrook HOA, Springbrook Center HOA, Gatlinburg Neighborhood Association, Heatherwilde HOA, Highland Park North, Reserve at West Creek HOA, Doug Weiss (Falcon Pointe,) Well Branch Neighborhood Association, Creekside Neighborhood Association, Precinct 2 Constable, Saxony HOA, Highland Park, ESD#2, Royal Pointe,and Steeds Crossing HOA
2015 Meeting Summaries
June 8, 2015. New HOA Laws Legislative Update: Attorney Connie Heyer, Niemann & Heyer, LLP, reported on new Texas laws that will impact HOAs beginning September 1, 2015. For example, SB 1168 passed and creates many changes in how HOAs are required to hold meetings and elections such as new procedures for secret ballots, ballot recounts, types of ballots, and which board topics require 72-hour meeting notices to owners. Download her June Legislative Update (PDF) .
May 11, 2015. Effective HOA Board Meetings: Tips & Traps! The roundtable group believed it was important to have meeting time limits, action topics, and clearly record decisions and task assignments. In addition to business meetings, HOA boards need to include informal social time to discuss community values and futue goals with home owners. Download the "Keys to Success" Meeting Handout (PDF)
April 13, 2015 I see You: Choosing A Video Security System. The speakers panel included Brodie Owen, Design/Security Specialist, at Pflugerville business Dyezz Surveillance who explained the technical options and factors in choosing a system, and Anthony Nguyen from Greenridge HOA, and Chris Falco, Preseident of Reserve at West Creek HOA, who shared their HOA experiences installing and using video surveillance to monitor their park and clubhouse common areas.
March 9, 2015. Meeting on Policing. Our guest speaker, Pflugerville Police Chief Chuck Hooker presented the Department's professional standards and departmental policies officers must follow if they use force. Download (PDF 1.2MB) the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Interim Report, March 2015. Learn more at DOJ Community Oriented Policing Services web site.
February 9, 2015. Pflugerville Drop-by-Drop Landscape Rebate Program. Eddie Garcia explained how Pflugerville's Drop-by-Drop Landscape Rebate Program can help HOA play a positive role in letting residents conserve water with flexible water wise landscaping policies. See Clean Water Fund for their HOA study. Election of officers was tabled.
January 12, 2015. Annual Vision Meeting. Members suggested new 2015 meeting topics including: choosing video surveillance systems, Texas legislative session news, HOA board effectiveness, vendors for solar panels, and recruitment and retention of volunteers. Election of officers was tabled.
2014 Meeting Summaries
November 10, 2014. Hangout at Hanovers. We wanted to give a shout out to Joyce and Lee Melugin from The Park & Lakeside at Blackhawk and Sara Kramer from Creekside NA for joining Chairman Clay Leben at Hanovers. The Melugin's moved here in March after 35+ years as Austin residents. Sara is the newly elected Creekside NA Secretary. They were all visiting a PfCONA meeting for the first time so it was a great opportunity to be introduced over a pint. Lisa Charbonnet, Director of Pflugerville Library, also came by to promote their upcoming "road tour" December 2 and December 11 to three neighborhood locations. So many Pflugerville residents have yet to experience the newly expanded facilities the library staff are excited to do this outreach tour. Sara wants to see the 3D printer demonstrated. Sorry the rest of you guys couldn't make it. Have a Happy Holiday season and see you January 12, 2015.
October 20, 2014. Fall Candidate Forum. Residents of the City of Pflugerville or Texas House District 50 or Travis County Precinct 2 heard candidates for November 4, 2014 elected positions and submitted their questions to be answered. The room was full with an estimated 50 persons from at least 15 different Pflugerville neighborhoods. A video recording was produced by PfCONA and aired on Suddenlink channel 10 and AT&T U-verse channel 99. Videos can be watched on-demand on our Video Page. Travis County 2014 Election Results
September 8, 2014. Pflugerville Bond Proposals. Pflugerville City Manager Brandon Wade presented how the two 2014 bond propositions up for a vote on November 4th benefit Pflugerville with streets and park improvements. A list of projects and new video describing the two bonds is on the City's website.
August 11, 2014. Engaging Residents with Social Media. A small, but enthusiastic, group discussed how HOA's can use two-way social media services like Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, as well as group email services from Yahoo! or Google. HOA/neighboerhoods represented included Greenridge, Parkcrest, Spring Trails, Creekside, Gatlinburg, and Wells Branch Neighborhood Association. Gilbert Bennett was introduced as the new Fire Department/ESD2 education specialist. A list of neighborhood communication and social media tool web links can be found here.
July 14, 2014: How is Pflugerville Planning for Growth? Emily Barron AICP, Pflugerville's Planning Department Director, discussed the city planning process from current to long-range planning, tools like GIS maps and email alerts available to neighborhoods to keep them informed about what development is going on around the neighborhood as well as city-wide. The Department authored the Community Development Block Grant, Master Transportation Plan, Unified Development Code Updates, and Central Business District Amendments.
June 9, 2014. Best Practices in HOA Fee Collections. Attorney Adam Pugh described the four steps he recommends for HOA fee collections and fielded audience questions. Andy Alegria, Greenridge HOA President explained how Mr. Pugh helped implement their new collections policy whiich resulted in a significant reduction in delinquent accounts and nearly $30,000 paid overdue fees. The Greenridge HOA policy has a strict fee collections timeline that authorizes their management company and attorneys to proceed automatically with each step. Download the Greenridge HOA recommendations for fee collections PDF handout. Mr. Pugh received his law degree from the University of Texas and was licensed to practice law in the State of Texas in 2005 and before the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas in 2005 as well. Visit his web site to learn more about his legal services. (Photo: L to R. Greenridge HOA President Andy Alegria and Attorney Adam Pugh)
May 12, 2014. Project Connect: Does it Connect Pflugerville? John-Michael Cortez explained Project Connect, North Corridor plans for better commuter transportatIon to Austin that propose a park-n-ride near Hendrickson High School with Express and Rapid bus service to downtown. How soon depends on if Pflugerville City Council agrees to give financial support.
April 14, 2014: New School Bonds: Yes or No? Superintendent Alex Torrez presented the case for why PISD needs approval of a $287 million school bond package, which will fund construction of a 4th high school, a new district-wide stadium, a new elementary school, new construction/repurposing of Timmerman Elementary, district technology funds, and maintenance upgrades for all existing elementary schools. Dr. Alex Torrez was named Pflugerville ISD’s Superintendent of Schools on Sept. 30, 2013. Visit the PISD official web site for what is included in the proposed bond package: http://www.pfisdbond.net/quick-facts.html. May 10th Election Results: Pflugerville ISD voters approved the bond package by nearly 69% (2,996 ballots) - reported to be the largest in district history.
March 10, 2014: Block Watch 101. Our presenter was Mary Rudig, from Gracywoods Neighborhood Association, who has been a Watch volunteer since 1998 and doing Watch training since 2008. Watch 101 presentation is based on the combined best practices of the Gracywoods and Allandale Watches. You can also check out all their resources for Watch in a Box page at lovenorthaustin.com. Meeting pictures are on PfCONA's Facebook page.
February 10, 2014: Water on the Home Front: Landscaping for Water Efficiency and Beauty. David Foster from Clean Water Fund,, a nonprofit organization focused on water conservation, spoke about how HOAs across Texas can improve outdoor residential water conservation. Texas law S.198 went into effect September 1, 2013 specifying that HOAs can no longer ban drought tolerant landscapes, but they can still set guidelines for xeriscape landscaping and can require prior approval for all changes to a property owner's yard. Other speakers included City of Pflugerville Water Dept. Patricia Rinehart, Darrell Winslett, Eddie Garcia; Avery Ranch HOA Robert Beyer, and CAI board member & Landscaper Debby Cole. Meeting pictures are on PfCONA's Facebook page.
January 13, 2014: Vision Meeting. We called our January meeting the Vision Meeting because together we discussed goals and activities for 2014. Twelve attendees brainstormed possible meeting topics including: proposed City bond projects, what does PCDC do to attract businesses, how HOAs can use social media for resident communication, HOA property manager relations, delinquent fee collections policy, home protection from wildfires, and City Planning Department growth projections. Only topics for June, July, and August are needed. New 2014 officers elected were Chairman Clay Leben, Vice-Chairman Ed Limbaugh, and Treasurer/Secretary Anthony Nguyen.
Find 2010 to 2013 Meeting Summaries Here