Congratulations new Board Members

On Thursday night, Jan 25, the Balcones Woods neighborhood held it’s annual general meeting and elections.

The overall budget was reviewed, updates were given regarding the status of the swimming pool and a few other items, a new method of paying your dues was explained, and three new board members were elected into office.

Joe Zygarlenski ended his term as Operating Committee President and was elected into a general position on the Board.

Tim Phillips was elected to be the new Operating Committee President.

Melanie Hall was elected to the board to fill the other open general position.

Congratulations to the new board members.

Notice of Annual Meeting

Balcones Woods Club, Inc. Annual Meeting

January 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Balcones Woods Clubroom

11204 Alhambra Dr. Austin, TX 78759

The Balcones Woods Club, Inc. Board of Directors invites you to attend the neighborhood annual meeting on Jan 25, 2018.  The meeting will be held at the Balcones Woods Clubroom, 11204 Alhambra Dr and will start at 7:00 PM with sign-in beginning at 6:30 pm.  Your attendance at the annual meeting will help shape what happens in your neighborhood in the coming year.  Please make plans to attend.

Balcones Woods Club, Inc. Meeting Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Annual Meeting Minutes from 2017
  3. Reports from Board of Directors, Operating Committee
  4. Managers Report
  5. Election of Board Members – 2 Directors for three (3) year terms, 1 Operating Committee President for one (1) year term
  6. Q & A
  7. Adjourn

Candidate Selection

We are always looking for more neighbors who want to get involved by donating their time and make our neighborhood a great place to live.  If you are interested in serving on the Operating Committee, please contact the operating Committee President at:  If you are interested in running for a position on the Board of Directors or for the Operating Committee President role, please contact: James. before 1/5/18 to ensure your name is on printed ballot which will be mailed out in January.

Santa at the Clubhouse

Santa will be on site at the clubhouse from 3:30-5:00 on Sunday, December 17th.

We’ll begin set up at 2:00, and clean up will commence at 5:00. (Of course we’ll be cleaning up as much as we can along the way!)

We are looking for volunteers to help with providing cookies/treats, set up, ‘during the event’ assistance (for craft assistance, and Santa help), and clean up. Please sign up below if you can help with anything!!! Helpful teenagers are welcome, and we would be glad to sign any forms needed for verification of volunteer hours!

Visit the link below to sign up to help!!!

Winter Pool Update

During our regular season last year, it was identified that there were some leaks in the plumbing and pipes for our Pool.  After much debate, the board, Pool Personnel, and Operating committee determined the best course was to repair the problem, during the off season, with minimal disruption to the swim team and Summer pool operations.

As the pool is now closed, here is our current plan for the repair:

They anticipate starting between 12/11 and 12/18.

Work can take up to two weeks for the leak repair. Then the deck will need to be repaired as well. They are taking off from 12/25 to 1/1.

We are looking at completion of the repair in mid January, building in some extra delays with the holidays. I expect by the annual meeting we will have the repairs completed on the leak, and only need to reference the resurfacing of the pool deck.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask us!

December 2017 Wine Club

Season’s Greetings Wine Clubbers!

Jane and Dan Burstain will be hosting our December Wine Club on Saturday, December 16th and the Theme is Sparkling Wine/Champagne, the Celebration Wine. As an added bonus for the holiday season, there will be a White Elephant Gift Exchange (Rules are attached). It is not mandatory to participate in the White Elephant Gift Exchange.

They will be providing Chicken and Scalloped Potatoes to go along with our tasting, so please bring an appetizer, side or dessert to compliment. A Chocolate Dipping Station will also be available for those with a sweet tooth.

There’s not a right or wrong time to serve Sparkling Wine/Champagne, and because of it’s festive nature, what better time than the holidaze. There are many domestic American Sparkling Wines to choose from these days, and then we have the Prosecco style from Italy, Cava style from Spain and your ultimate in taste and style, French Champagne. If the choices are too numerous, as always please ask your wine merchant for suggestions.

So break out your elf ears and Santa hats, the Burstains host a helluva White Elephant Gift exchange!

Remember to bring a Wine glass

HOST: Jane and Dan Burstain

DATE: Saturday, December 16

TIME: 7:00 PM

THEME: Sparkling Wine/Champagne, The Celebration Wine and White Elephant Gift Exchange

Jingle all the Way, Santa Baby…..Looking forward to seeing everyone there

2017 Holiday Hayride

This event is cancelled due to weather.

It’s time for the BW Holiday Hayride!

From the luminaries of Alamosa to the hanging balls on Galacia, take a hayride through our festive neighborhood!

Date: Tuesday, December 19th

Location: Clubhouse Parking Lot

Time: 6:30-8:30

This year we’ll have two trailers going simultaneously to shorten the wait time between rides.

Gather with your neighbors at the clubhouse parking lot. Rides will be given on a first come first-served basis, and will go through the neighborhood. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Please note: The pool restrooms will be available for use, but the clubhouse will not be open. This is not an HOA-sanctioned event. In case of inclement weather, the hayride will be cancelled.

If you have questions, email Michelle Nguyen at

Happy Holidays! Hope to see many of you on the 19th!

3rd Annual Balcones Woods Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving is almost here. 2 years ago, we started an “unofficial” tradition here in our wonderful neighborhood. BW Turkey Trot was organized as a 100% non-profit “just for fun” pre- Thanksgiving family lunch/dinner fun run, and continued to foster friendship and togetherness among our neighbors and their visiting friends and relatives.
This year we have chosen to donate 100% of your donations to treatments of breast cancer. We have identified specific beneficiaries. Details about them will be included in the next email updates. We would like to thank BW Blue Wave Team for choosing to forego the opportunity to be among one of the recipients of your donations, and in lieu of, Blue Wave Team decided that we should donate all proceeds to cancer treatments.
–  Race starts at 8:30 am on Thanksgiving Day.
–  Registration is onsite on the day of the event at 7:30- 8:15.
–  Our run/walk is also open to non-BW residents.
–  $10 per adult runner fee, $5/ kids under 12.
–  Kids K, 5k, 10k
– 1st/2nd/3rd place winners for each category ( kids k 10 and under, Kids K 12 and under, 5k, 10k)
New This Year:
Thanksgiving Yard Decorations Competition- For those who reside along the Turkey Trot route, 5 of our chosen walkers will determine (according to their own criteria) Top 3 Best Decorations.

Route for 5k:
All runners will start at the end of the Clubhouse driveway.
-Run southbound on Alhambra Drive
-Left of Calle Verde Drive
-Left on Balcones Woods Drive
-Right on Alhambra Drive
-Right on Santa Cruz Drive
-Left on Wind River Road
-Left on Toledo Drive
-Right on Murcia Drive
-Left on Wind River Road
-Left on Catalonia Drive
-Right on Santa Cruz Drive
-Crossing Balcones Woods Drive
-Left on Bilboa Drive
-Right on Balcones Woods Drive
-Right on Alhambra Drive
-Finish line at the Clubhouse parking lot.
Route for 10k:
-same as 5k route, do 2 laps
For more information and to RSVP, pls email or text ” Yes” to 650-307-0405
Thank you all and see you there!
Henry Eliperia- Organizer
Tara Whitmore- Adviser

November Wine Club

Ruth and Gary Pelphrey will be hosting our November Wine Club on Friday, November 17th  and the Theme is Thanksgiving is time for American Wine. They will be preparing a Roasted Turkey  to go along with our tasting, so please bring a side to compliment, or an appetizer.

There’s not a right or wrong wine to drink with your Thanksgiving meal, but there are some that will elevate the senses. If your leaning toward the Reds, a light in body Pinot Noir from Washington or Oregon is always a good bet. A nice spicy Zinfandel will definitely kick things up a notch.  For Whites a fuller bodied Chardonnay ( California, support those vineyards in Sonoma and Napa so disrupted by the recent fires), they are just begging for the rich dishes accompanying that Turkey. Or a Washington state Dry Riesling will nicely cut threw some of those rich dishes with its high acidity. Gewürztraminer is a highly aromatic wine with just a touch of warm spice, begging for some Turkey fixin’s.  Some good varieties are coming out of the Finger Lakes region of New York.  As always, when in doubt ask your wine merchant for suggestions.

HOST: Ruth and Gary Pelphrey

DATE: FRIDAY, November 17

TIME: 7:30 PM

For more information, please contact Jeannie Pinkman –

Learn about the 2017 AISD Bond Election

Do you have questions about the upcoming election with the AISD bond for $1.05 Billion?  I know I do.  That’s why I’ll be at the BW Clubhouse Monday night at 6:30 to hear  Kristin Ashy speak about it.  She is a member of FABPAC, and an expert on the subject.

  • Will it raise our taxes?
  • Which schools are getting the money?
  • How is it getting paid for – where is the money coming from?
  • What will happen if it does (or doesn’t pass)?

Come to hear answers to these questions, or ask your own.  Remember early voting starts Oct. 23–Nov. 3 and Election Day is Nov. 7.