January 2015 Newsletter

For the PDF Version of this newsletter, download here: Community Newsletter Jan 15

To All of Our Neighbors, 

Happy New Year! The neighborhood has been looking bright and festive for the holiday season. David and I would like to say welcome to the newest Resident Board Member, Jason Lolley, to the Board. His appointment and April’s resignation leaves the majority vote of the Board in the hands of the residents of our neighborhood and no longer in KB’s control. What this means for our neighbors is that you have a louder voice in what happens in your neighborhood. Every odd numbered month we will have a core committee meeting to discuss issues in a more informal setting and every even numbered month we will have a formal board meeting. Everyone is encouraged to come and participate in these meetings. We are here for you and this community.

Also, it has been brought to our attention that people have been propping open the front gate to the pool pavilion. While we understand it can be a little inconvenient to have to bring your key card to the park just in case you, your family members or guests need to use the facilities, please remember that your assessment fees maintain the facility. Allowing neighbors who have had their pool pavilion privileges revoked for not staying current on assessments, or giving people who don’t live in the neighborhood access to the pavilion puts the message out that it is not important to pay your assessments, because you can still have the perks (so why pay).

With all of that said, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year.

Tracy and David



Community Calendar

4     ::     Welcome Committee Meeting 7:00 pm – Park Pavilion

5     ::     Trash & Recycle

6     ::     Hays CISD Returns to School 

7     ::     HOA Inspection

9     ::     Social Committee Meeting 7:00 pm – Park Pavilion

12   ::     Trash & Compost

15   ::     Core Committee Meeting 7:00 pm  – Park Pavilion

17   ::     Neighborhood Watch Meeting – 10:00 am – Park Pavilion

       ::     Social Committee Game Night & Pot Luck 7:00 pm – Park Pavilion

19   ::     Trash & Recycle

21   ::     HOA Inspection

26   ::     Trash & Compost  



Important Notice On Upcoming Annual Meeting

While March is still a few months away, this year’s annual meeting will be very important. We are still working out details regarding the date and time, but we ask that you please keep an eye on your newsletter and our community website for the announcement. Some important notes regarding this meeting:

ATTENDANCE – we will need at least 98 people to be there or have sent a proxy to have quorum and to allow the meeting to occur. With the growth in our neighborhood, your attendance is now more important than ever. Please make plans to attend or send in your proxy ballot.

ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS – 3 of the 5 Board Member positions will be elected, all of which will be residents of the neighborhood. We will be accepting applications for people who are interested in serving on the Board. If you are interested, please contact Jim Smitherman (see below).


Now Accepting Resident Board Member Nominations

If you are interested in serving your HOA Board of Directors, please contact our property manager, Jim Smitherman for a nomination form. Jim can be reached by phone at (512) 502 – 2114 or via e-mail at jim.smitherman@goodwintx.com

Please submit your nomination form as soon as possible. We would like to include a short bio for each candidate in the March newsletter and make sure proxy ballots are printed and mailed in a timely manner.

* Note * The deadline for the March newsletter is February 15th, so please plan to submit your information prior to that date, or you may not be included in the newsletter for resident consideration.



Important Reminder Regarding Leash Laws

Please observe leash laws.
City code states that all dogs must be restrained by fence, chain, or leash AT ALL TIMES. Make sure your dog is on a leash in ALL areas of our neighborhood. (This includes, but is not limited to, easement areas, sidewalks, parks, and new construction areas.)

Even if you are walking WITH your dog, it must be properly restrained. You can receive a citation and a fine for not following the city leash laws.

If you see a loose dog and cannot find the owner, you may contact our area Animal Control by phone at (512) 268-8800 – Please note the Animal Control Shelter is located in San Marcos. PAWS down the road is NOT animal control.


Getting Happier and Healthier in 2015

Setting a New Year’s Resolution for 2015

Have you already set your resolution for this new year? Or, are you still searching for the perfect one that you can actually stick with?! Here are a few great ideas from Forbes magazine about setting achievable goals for a happier and healthier 2015.

Get Physical
This is probably the number one resolution for many people and one of the most difficult to keep. According to Forbes, moving your body is one of the single best things you can do for yourself, both body and brain. Exercise also releases endorphins that can truly make you happier and feel better about yourself and your workout.

Get a Practice
Believe it or not getting in to a set routine can actually be very beneficial. You can choose to run, walk, practice yoga, write, pray, meditate, have a cup of tea as you relax by your window – whatever you decide, just make sure you do it everyday.

Eat Smarter and Simpler
Managing weight is another popular resolution that people often do not know how to start or how to maintain. If eating better is on your list, know that you don’t have to jump in to a crazy diet. Simply eating smarter by choosing better foods and smaller portions can do wonders. Consider adding a few “power foods” to your diet to improve your health. Forbes recommends:

  •  Blueberries, or any deeply-colored berry, because they are packed with antioxidants
  • Fatty fish, for the brain-healthy DHA and EPA varieties of Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Leafy greens are rich in folate, iron, and other essential vitamins and nutrients
  • Turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties and has long been linked to reduce Alzheimer’s risk

Make Real-life Connections
We’ve all read about the negative effects of social media, so make a concerted effort to reduce the amount of time you are “plugged- in” and replace that time with face-to-face interactions. With our Social Committee up and running, we will have many new activities and plenty of opportunities for you to get out and meet new people right here in your neighborhood!

Be of Service
Doing good for others is another great way of feeding your soul and making yourself feel better by paying-it-forward. Get involved with a local charity, the food bank, a homeless shelter, a church group, or just get a group of neighbors together to do good in our community.

For more ideas, check out “The 8 Best (and Kindest) New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make” on forbes.com



Upcoming Race Opportunities

Need some helping with getting physical for 2015? Check out some of the races coming up to help get you on the right track!

Kyle Chamber Kyle-O-Meter Resolution Run
January 1, 2015 – Race Starts at 9 am
Wallace Middle School
Info and Registration: kylechamber.org/pages/5K1

The Kyle-O-Meter Resolution is presented by the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau and is perfect motivation for those aiming toward a healthy lifestyle. Participants will be surrounded by local businesses that have a focus on healthy activities, including healthy tips, motivations, and a race guide to track their progress throughout the year. The entire family is encouraged to participate! The 5K race begins at 9 am followed by a Kids Dash. Strollers are welcome. Dogs are also allowed as long as they are well behaved and kept on a <6ft leash. Please pick up after your pet. Visit the site above for more information.

Color Fun Fest
January 11, 2015 – 2 Race Waves at 5 pm and 7 pm
Travis County Expo Center 7311 Decker Ln Austin, 78724
Info and Registration: colorfunfest5k.com/locations/austin

If you’re looking for a fun way to ease into your healthier lifestyle, consider the Color Fun Fest! As day transforms into night and the dust settles from our day color run, we power up the strongest blacklights in the world to transition our day color run into a nighttime 5k color run festival called Color Fun Fest. Join us at the finish line as we celebrate life with an after party of mass color and high voltage dance music. Come one, come all, come spend your new years weekend with your family, friends and loved ones to create an EPIC night you will never forget.

This is also an excellent way to give back! The Color Fun Fest is partnering with local charity, U.R. Our Hope, an organization that helps families on the journey to diagnosis and helps them navigate the system with a rare diagnosis. Currently, 30-40% of children with special needs do not have a clear diagnosis. U. R. Our Hope helps these families get a diagnosis to find effective treatments and services. Visit urourhope.org/events to learn more about the organization and volunteer with them during this event.



3M Half Marathon
January 25, 2015 – Race Starts at 7 am
Starts at Stonelake Blvd (South of Loop 360 in North Austin)
Info and Registration: 3mhalfmarathon.com

Join us on Sunday, January 25 as a parade of participants take to the scenic streets of Austin to run ‘the fast half’. One of Austin’s largest road races, the 3M Half Marathon showcases some of the greatest sites this city has to offer as well as captures the vibrant energy that invigorates runners and spectators alike. While 7,000 participants will hit the ground running that morning, thousands more will be spectating, cheering and encouraging those runners, giving off the ecstatic energy of a 13.1 mile parade.

Race participation cap for the 3M Half Marathon is 6,500 runners. The race organizers strongly discourage anyone under the age of 16 from participating in this event. The following are prohibited from the course: pets, baby joggers/strollers, in-line skates, bicycles, and any other non-official wheeled vehicles.







Polar Bear Splash
January 1, 2015 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Splash in the New Year on January 1st at Kyle Pool Take part in the Kyle tradition and make a “Splash” on January 1st at the Kyle Pool. There is no admission charge to join to take part in the Annual Polar Bear “Splash”. Light snacks and drinks available.

Schedule of Events, January 1st:

1:00pm – Pool Gates Open
1:25pm – Line up for Polar Bear Splash
1:30pm – Polar Bear Splash!
1:45pm – Polar Bear Club Door Prize Drawings
2:30pm – Pool gates close until Memorial Day Weekend

Polar Bear Club There is a Polar Bear Club that anyone can join. Registration at Kyle Parks Offices, 700 Lehman Rd (Lake Kyle), Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm You can also register online or at the event



Bridal Fair at Texas Old Town
January 18, 2015 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Texas Old Town 1205 Roland Lane Kyle, 78640

Join us for our bridal fair and meet some fabulous vendors! You will also have the chance to tour ALL FOUR halls! Find everything you need to make your special day memorable. For more info or to RSVP, please contact info@texasoldtown.com or call 512.396.1800 – Visit us http://www.texasoldtown.com


Second Chance Christmas (For 50+)
January 24, 2015 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
San Marcos Activity Center 501 E Hopkins, San Marcos 78666

We’re keeping the holidays going with Second Chance Christmas, including holiday dinner provided by CTMC, and holiday dessert provided by WellMed. Please bring a re-wrapped gift to participate in our White Elephant Gift Exchange.


Stay Healthy During Flu Season


Flu season officially runs from October through May, and the peak of the season is typically December through February. The State Health Department is reporting that current flu activity is high.

Flu symptoms include fever/chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache, and runny or stuffy nose. People who catch the flu may pass it to others from 1 day before feeling ill to 5-7 days after getting sick.

In addition to the flu vaccine, you can protect yourself from the flu by washing your hands often, covering your cough, and avoiding touching eyes, mouth and nose too frequently. If you do become sick, stay home to avoid spreading the virus.



A Note from KPD Officer James Plant About National Night Out

“All, The City of Kyle was ranked 27th nationally this year for National Night Out Category 4- 15,000 to 49,999. This is up from 41st in 2013. This is a huge jump in ranking over the past year. It is contributed to more involvement by the community and police department. Kyle had over 20 parties throughout the city with more than 2000 members of the community who participated. We had 5 more parties this year then what we had last year and an increase of almost 1000 more participating this year than last year.

Each year it is the goal of the Kyle Police Department and myself to provide the best service possible to our residents. One way of providing a good service is educating the citizens on crime prevention and National Night Out is one of the best places to educate our residents and gives our residents the opportunity to meet each other and build a bond in the community.

2015 will be bigger and better than last year and the goal I have set will to have Kyle ranked in the top 10 nationally. ”

The Waterleaf Neighborhood Watch will be planning this coming year’s event at upcoming meetings, anyone wanting to volunteer please let us know. The more volunteers, the bigger the celebration we can have! Please keep an eye on your newsletter and our community website for meeting notices and come get involved in making this year’s celebration better than ever!


Committee Updates



Core Committee
Thursday, January 15, 2015
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

The board will rotate the Monthly Core and Board meetings beginning this month. In odd numbered months, an informal meeting will be held with the Core Committee. In even numbered months, a formal board meeting will be held. All residents are encouraged to attend all meetings to voice their concerns and remain apprised of events in our neighborhood.

HOA Inspection Dates

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Welcome Committee
Sunday, January 4, 2015
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

Our next quarterly meeting will be January 4, 2015. Attendance for this meeting is required of ALL Welcome Committee members (both new and old members).

We are always looking for volunteers to help stuff envelopes, deliver packets to new neighbors, and we are always accepting donations from local business owners to include in these packets.

If you are interested in joining, attend our meeting or contact us at waterleafwelcomecommittee@gmail.com

Thank you,
Jana Wybo, Tricia Swietek, and Natalie Freeman


Neighborhood Watch
Saturday, January 17, 2015
10:00 AM – Park Pavilion

We will be hosting a coffee with Kyle Police Department. Chief Barnett and Officer James Plant will attend. Please come out to meet them and your neighbors. They will be informing us of neighborhood and local incidents, safety tips and answer any questions you may have. If you would like, please email questions in to us and we will forward ahead of time to waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com Remember every neighbor is part of Neighborhood Watch. We are the eyes and ears and need to report anything you feel is suspicious. Call the non-emergency number (512) 268-3232 or in case of emergency 911.

Neighborhood Watch had money left in the budget to use by year end. We purchased two folding tables and one propane heater to be shared and used by all committees, we will also purchasing a sound system with microphone. These items along with other committee purchases will help make future meetings more successful. A special thank you to resident Dean Blackmor and Home Depot. Dean received a donation of 28 aprons for event volunteers to wear identifying them as such. Thank you!

We look forward to the new year and hope to see you attend our meetings! Please send any ideas you have for meetings, watch tips, concerns to us at waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com

Happy safe New Year to all!

Michele Hinojosa, Jason Lolley, Jeff Swietek
Neighborhood Watch Committee


Social Committee
Friday, January 9, 2015
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

Our event last month, the Community Christmas Party & Caroling Trail, was a huge success! We had Santa, Elves, roasted marshmallows and hot dogs over an open fire, as well as decorated cookies and tree ornaments just to mention a few things. Then of course, the hay ride around the neighborhood caroling was a blast. Make plans to attend our next meeting and get involved with the planning of our community events all while having fun! Do as little or as much as you want to help. We want to make this a fun filled neighborhood that everyone wants to live in. If you have an idea and can’t come to our meeting, please e-mail it to us at waterleafsocial@gmail.com.

Event: Game Night w/ Pot Luck & BYOB
Saturday, January 17, 2015
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion


Come join us for Game Night. Bring your favorite game (board game, cards, dominos, etc.) and get ready to have some fun! Also, bring a munchie to share with the group and your favorite beverage for you to enjoy. Alcohol beverage allowed, if you’re 21 years or older.

Don’t worry if it’s cold, we will have heaters. So, come see if Lady Luck shines down on you!


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