Special board meeting on Wed. Oct. 11th @ 7pm; residents welcome!

The SCF Board of Directors will hold a special meeting on Wed, Oct. 11th @ 7pm to go over the following in advance of the General Meeting to be held on Tuesday, Oct 17th. 

Topics of discussion will be:
-final YTD report for Sept 2017 & current Treasurer's report,
-propose the 2018 budget for SCF,
-review what major projects are planned for 2018,
-propose the 2018 maintenance fee.

4th of July at the Clubhouse

Come celebrate the 4th of July at the SCF Clubhouse.  Start your Fourth of July at SCF’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

We have our annual SCF bake off.  Entries can be dropped off from 9:30 to 10:00. (Details below)

Games for the kids will begin at 10:00am.  

We will have fun carnival type games, patriotic tattoos and of course the ever popular Little Debbie Cake Walk.

We will have a Bike Parade at 11:00 with our wonderful Klein Fire Department leading the way.  So have your bikes and wagons decorated and ready to leave at 11:00 a.m.  

After there will be a spray down and free hotdogs.  

The SCF Pool will open at 12:00pm for even more fun! See you there!

Baking Contest Information

There can be a total of 6 winners. You must make a dessert.  There will be prizes for the best presentation and for the best taste and of course bragging rights.  You must be a resident of SCF.  You should make enough to share with at least 6 people.  All dishes should be marked.  The deserts need to be brought to the clubhouse from 9:30-10:00am on July 4. All entries will be set out in our pool area at 12:00pm for people to share.  The categories are as follows:

  • Baby Cakes- bakers must be in 5th grade or younger
  • Cupcakes – bakers entering 6th through 10th grade
  • Fruit Cakes – bakers going into 11th grade through adult 

If you have any questions or you would like to help at this event, please email Anne Fischer at bidston73@gmail.com.

2017 Pool Wristband Information

The new 2017 pool wristbands will be distributed in April and May.  See schedule for dates and times.  New bands are distributed every year so be sure to pick up your new 2017 wristbands!  (Lifeguards do not distribute wristbands.)

2017 SCF Pool Wristband Distribution Schedule

Wristbands are only distributed on assigned dates.  Please make arrangements to pick up your bands on one of these dates.

The dates are:

Saturday, April 8th  12:00 – 2:00 (Clubhouse)

Tuesday, April 18th 6:00 – 7:00 (Clubhouse) before the HOA General Meeting

Tuesday, April 25th 5:00 – 7:00 (Clubhouse) before the HOA Monthly Meeting

Thursday, April 27th 5:00 – 7:00 (Clubhouse)

Saturday, April 29th 10:00 – 12:00 (Clubhouse)

Saturday, May 6th 12:00 – 2:00 (Pool)

All residents must wear their current pool wristband while at the pool at all times.  Guests are signed in with the lifeguards.  Guests do not wear wristbands.  All residents using the pool will need to review and agree to the pool policy.  Please see the link “SCF Pool Policy”.  

All pool parties of 10 or more must have approval from the pool committee, the pool management and placed on the pool schedule.  Contact Andi Stakes for more info. If you are new to the neighborhood and would like to use the pool, please contact Andi Stakes to make arrangements for wristbands.  

For any other issues or questions involving the pool, please contact the pool committee.

Pool Committee Chair: Andi Stakes at 281-374-8461 or 281-682-0170 (cell)

Pool Address – 17515 Fairway Oaks Dr. Spring, Texas 77379

 

Kindergarten Round Up At Ehrhardt

Elementary schools in the Klein ISD are preparing for the annual Kindergarten Roundup for the 2016-2017 school year.  The Roundup is a preregistration opportunity for students entering kindergarten and is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 at all elementary schools.  Parents must register their children at the school within their attendance zone.  The Ehrhardt Elementary campus will host its event from 8:30-10 a.m.  Parents may contact their child's campus for further information.  

Parents must present the student's proof of identity (birth certificate preferred) and a complete immunization health record from a licensed physician at the time of registration.  It is also required to show proof of residence in the Klein ISD, which can include a lease agreement, electric, water or gas bill with the parent's name and address (telephone bills cannot be accepted). 

Beneficial News on Security

The cost of a Contract Deputy is one of the largest expenses in the Spring Creek Forest Civic Association's budget.  In a perfect world, our Sheriff's Department would not be understaffed and/or we would have the budget to hire more than one Deputy; unfortunately, neither is the case. Your Board has determined what we expect to receive for our investment in a Contract Deputy: visibility, reduced response time for 911 calls and a familiarization with our community, including those individuals who might be prone to cause mischief.  

Visibility is more than the warm fuzzies a neighbor feels when he sees a patrol car driving pas his house.  The critical visibility we want is for those mischief-makers perviously mentioned to see a Deputy patrolling our neighborhood at almost any time.  The Board does not publish our Deputy's patrol hours for obvious reasons, but those who are intent on mischief do watch and know when our Deputy is supposed to be on patrol.  

After carefully weighing the pros and cons, the Spring Creek Forest Civic Association's Board voted to enter into a Contract Deputy Share Pact with the Harris County Sheriff's Department (HCSD) and the Oakwood Glen Civic Association.  By this agreement, both Associations will maintain their current contract with HCSD, but both Associations agree to share both Deputies on a schedule that effectively doubles the hours a Deputy will be on patrol and available for 911 calls in both of our subdivisions.  

We believe this agreement results in a more efficient use of our contract deputies and enhances the security of our residents - without increasing our costs!  We have been told by the Sheriff's Department that both communities combined have fewer residents and miles of street than the average contract serviced by a single Deputy.  By increasing the patrol hours in both subdivisions, we believe it will be more difficult for those intent on mischief to determine when it might be safe to misbehave.  In order to reach this decision, we held discussions and sought counsel from each patrol Deputy, their immediate supervisor and upper management at Precinct 4. 

Of course, the best security will always be a vigilant neighborhood, so please get to know your neighbors and their routines - then watch out for each other! Continue to report non-emergencies to the Sheriff's Department's non-emergency number (1-713-221-6000).  If you see anything that you consider suspicious, report it to the non-emergency number.  "Probable cause" rules have been tightened up for police officers, making it more difficult for them to make a stop to ask questions.  A suspicious person or vehicle report gives the Deputies clear authority to make a stop and ask questions.  

We continue to have an active security committee composed of a security director, Stuart Campbell, and several of our neighbors.  One of their duties is to collect data regarding your safety concerns that they then pass on to our patrol Deputies.  If they can identify a specific problem, location and time of day, we can get a Sheriff's Deputy to help with the problem even if it's occurring outside of normal patrol hours.  Security comes by being aware, knowing your neighbors, watching for suspicious activity, and reporting what you see.  Be a safe neighbor! 

- Dawn Newcomer

Spring Work Day

SCF Neighbors,

Our first work day of the year is set for Saturday, April 2nd 9:00AM-3:00PM. Please bring your hat, gloves, and sunscreen and we will provide the tools and materials.   Several projects around the clubhouse and grounds are in need of attention with projects ranging from mulch spreading to painting.   Come out and lend a hand to help keep our neighborhood amenities looking and working great, while continuing to keep our HOA fees low. 

This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and contribute your time and energy to your community.

Breakfast snacks will be provided in the morning, with pizza and sodas/water at lunch.  How can you beat that?

As always, thank you for your help, and we look forward to seeing you there!

-SCF Board of Directors

SCF Board In Need Of Treasurer

Spring Creek Forest Civic Association’s Board of Directors had a recent resignation by one of our officers. The office of Treasurer is now open to qualified resident applicants. According to our Association Bylaws, the duties of the office of Treasurer are as follows:

The treasurer shall receive and deposit in appropriate bank accounts all monies of the Association and shall disburse such funds as directed by the resolution of the Board; shall sign all checks and promissory notes of the Association; keep proper books of the account; cause an annual audit of the Association books to be made by a certified public accountant at the completion of each fiscal year; prepare and have available at any meetings of the Members a listing of all Members who have voting rights; and shall prepare an annual budget and a statement of income and expenditures to be represented to the Members at the October general meeting and as it may pertain to any special meeting and deliver a copy of each to the Members.

 

We have a bookkeeper on staff, Deb Betts, and she handles all of the day-to-day financial business. Where the help is needed is to review the books and the account reconciliations and present to the Board of Directors the Balance Sheets and report of actual versus budgeted expenditures at our monthly board meetings. The annual budget and General meeting duties are part of the treasurer’s duties. An accounting background will be helpful, but most important is paying close attention to detail and a passion for helping Spring Creek Forest Civic Association.

If you are interested in learning more about the position, please email Dawn Newcomer at president@scfneighbors.com or Jim Clancy at PastPresident@scfneighbors.com.

Want an American Flag in Front of Your House Too?

Klein Band provides our neighborhood with the flags you've seen put up just before, and taken down just after every patriotic holiday.   Now is your chance to get in on the enrollment for this year!   Click here for the sign up form.   Below are the details:

When they will be displayed:
Memorial Day - May 30, 2016
Independence Day - July 4, 2016
Labor Day - September 5, 2016
Patriot Day - September 11, 2016
Veteran’s Day - November 11, 2016
President’s Day - February 20, 2017

To sign up or renew your existing subscription print, complete, and return the form with a check for $36.00 per flag. Make checks payable to “KH Band”.

Klein High Band
16715 Stuebner‐Airline Rd
Spring, Texas  77379

Flag trouble shooting hot line: 832‐484‐4086

Get Bark Mulch Delivered To Your Home By Boy Scout Troop 78

Spring is coming and you can "be prepared" by having quality mulch delivered right to your home.  Sales benefit sending scouts to summer camp and youth leadership training.

Information:

  • Delivery on Saturday, March 5
  • Installation done the same day
  • 5th year servicing Spring Creek Forest and the surrounding community

Contact SCF resident Bridgett Lewis at blewis@t-78.org or mulch@t-78.org for more information.

 

February 2016 Letter From the President

Hello to all residents of Spring Creek Forest!

I was elected Board President of Spring Creek Forest Civic Association, and was inducted on December 15, 2015.  I would like to introduce myself to those who are to familiar with me.  I am Dawn Newcomer, and I moved my family to SCF a little over a year ago.  I am a native Houstonian and have lived in Spring for almost 30 years; my daughters attend Klein Oak High School and Kleb Middle School.  

I enjoy the mature trees, the large lot sizes, the diversity of architectural styles and the friendliness of the residents of Spring Creek Forest.  I appreciate the beauty of our neighborhood, and I want SCF to become well known for its many amenities.  While this is my first tenure as the president of an HOA Board, I have run my own business for over 35 years, have an MA in advertising from the University of Texas and have served as president of the local chapter of the American Business Womens' Association. 

I am also a long-term member of the Houston Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) of which Spring Creek Forest is a member.  CAI provides information, education and resources to the homeowner volunteers who govern communities and the professionals who support them.  CAI's missions is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship -- ideals reflected in the associations that are preferred places to call home.  

With that in mind, the new Board will be attending a workshop on board leadership development in February, and we have purchased five books published by CAI about different aspects of HOA self-management.  Education is imperative for good leadership, and having the tools provided by CAI will surely help us to make sound decisions regarding the safety, security and market value of Spring Creek Forest.  

I want to personally thank Jim Clancy, outgoing Board president, for his tireless efforts to improve operations and maintenance and to get SCF on a sound financial footing.  I appreciate that he will remain on the Board as past president, to provide the Board with his exceptional insight and historical references for decisions made in the last few years. 

In addition to Jim, I want to thank Tom Kreiner, James Nairn, and Allen McClain for their service on the Board of Directors; Debbie Oliver, Gail Canyon, Marty Thomen and Marc Freeman for their continued service as returning Board members; and Jackie Nielsen, Linda McCree, Elisa Kaplan and Beau Gjerdingen for being elected to the incoming Board. 

I look forward to serving Spring Creek Forest along with our other Board members, to continue to improve our neighborhood and keep it the wonderful place we call home.  

Most sincerely, 

Dawn Newcomer

New Spring Creek Forest Website

As I am sure you have noticed, we have moved to a new design here at SCFNeighbors.com.  We hope this new site is easier to navigate and will provide more updated information than the previous version.   Keep in mind, this is a work in progress, and more updates will be added in the very near future.  

We will soon be linking updates on this website with our social media outlets to keep information current in all the places you search.

To keep updated in the meantime, enter your email address in the space on the right side of this page to be emailed updates as soon as they are posted.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new design, please contact Beau Gjerdingen (Section II Rep) at bgjerdingen@gmail.com.

Thanks!

President and Section Representatives

Our Fall General Meeting of the SCF Homeowners Association including election of new officers will take place Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm, our Clubhouse.

Several Section Representative positions will be vacant because of term limitations. Please volunteer to become a Section Representative and join your SCF Board. The Board consists of SCF residents who care about our neighborhood's safety, beauty, and preservation, are neighbors just like you and me, are friendly, likable, and are fun to be around!!

Section Representatives should be dedicated individuals, care about SCF, attend monthly meetings, possibly have leadership skills, effective communication and organizational skills, work cooperatively with other Board, Committee members, residents, and sometimes outside vendors, solving problems, planning for current and future budgets, sometimes property installations (example playground equipment). Section Reps should also be able to work with strong personalities to an effective outcome and be willing to acquire a working knowledge of SCF by-laws and deeds.

Section Reps often take on areas of interest voluntarily, such as helping with problems or issues pertaining to technology, maintenance, acquiring equipment for our community, helping with installations, planning landscaping, writing articles. Your involvement depends on your personal interests and time ability.

Elections take place October 21 at the Clubhouse General meeting, required by SCF by-laws. If you are interested, please email or call: (see directory or SCF Times Newsletter for telephone numbers)

Jim Clancy President@scfneighbors.com or

Debbie Oliver Secretary@scfneighbors.com

Because today is October 6th, please e-mail or call as soon as possible if interested, so we may discuss the position and election with you.

June 2015 Yard of the Month

Since Kenneth and Millie Balderston bought their SCF home 19 years ago, they’ve transformed their entire yard to feel like a tropical escape of continual beauty from their front lamp to the back of their garage. Every turn reveals another plant, shrub, tree, vine, herb, or vegetable with unique color, texture, or seasonal blooming time giving them new blooms throughout the year. Both enjoy beauty their garden brings, choosing plants together.

Their front yard has total sun, and their side and courtyard, partial to denser shade making plant choice and thriving more challenging. Several oaks, crepe myrtles, and pines are volunteers, and cardinals, hummingbirds, and many other birds, lizards, toads, all live in this lush paradise of berries, nectar, natural perches, and water sources.