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STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS The official publication of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association, Inc.
Curb Appeal Corner
2020 Cover Photo Contest
We’re on the hunt for photos which exemplify the ‘Spirit of Stonebridge’
Initiative at Winter Haven Pond
Feeding the Hungry
Association embarks on a large-scale pond-dredging project
Save the Date July 2020 Events
The Value of Landscaping
Oversight by the L & G Committee helps protect our property values
Residents Gay & Jim Hawke volunteer at one of the longest-running food pantries in McKinney
Cover Photo by Erica Lee Copyright © 2020. All rights reserved. Published by Community Matters, Inc., this magazine is produced at no cost to the Association and is mailed monthly to all Stonebridge Ranch residences free of charge.
Did you know we have our own official holiday? Our cover photo, taken in 2018 as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, shows Board President Jon Dell’Antonia (left) and Director of Operations Greg Herbst (right) accepting a city proclamation from McKinney Mayor George Fuller (center). That proclamation declared July 26 (the 30th anniversary of the incorporation of Stonebridge Ranch) to be Stonebridge Ranch Day. If you want a chance to see your own photo on the October cover of Stonebridge Ranch News, see p. 7 in this issue. The Communications Committee is happy to announce the 2020 ‘Spirit of Stonebridge’ photography contest! (Note: due to extreme summer 2018 temperatures, in 2019 we moved our Stonebridge Ranch Day celebrations to September.)
The Coronavirus has certainly changed our lives. I hope all of you are following the governmental recommendations and staying safe. Hopefully, this will be behind us soon. The Board is paying attention to all recommendations and taking those into consideration in making decisions for Stonebridge Ranch. Guidelines and orders change frequently. I will not be addressing any specific actions in this newsletter as I have to write it about a month before you see it in the magazine. We will remove any restrictions as soon as we can. We all want to return to some semblance of “normalcy” as soon as possible. Just watch for E-blasts and check the association’s website (www.stonebridgeranch.com) for regular updates and current information.
Board Meeting, April 16, 2020
The Board meeting of April 16, 2020 was called to order at 12:59 PM. This was our first Board meeting conducted using video conferencing (we used Zoom). The use of this technology is permitted and the meeting meets all legal requirements. All Board members were present along with our Director of Operations and CMA’s CFO and Onsite Vice President. The meeting began with a Homeowners Open Forum. One homeowner appeared to request Garage Sales. These are not permitted by our CC&R’s. Two other homeowners attended the meeting via Zoom. The next item of business was to ratify the minutes of the previous Board meeting and all decisions made since the last Board meeting.
We discussed the Covid-19 virus to decide what actions to take during the next several weeks. Check our web site regularly and watch for E-blasts for the latest information from the Association. These decisions will be updated as conditions change and new governmental orders are issued. We did change the date of our May Board meeting to May 21 (originally scheduled for May 28) to provide us with an earlier opportunity to review decisions about the Coronavirus. We reviewed the status of our irrigation system and our efforts to improve its operation. We will be doing this on a regular basis at our meetings. In our continuing review of operational guidelines, we reviewed and updated the guidelines for the
Compliance F ROM T HE P RESIDENT Enforcement Procedure, Leasing of Single Occupancy Dwellings, and the Covenant Enforcement and Fining Policy.
We clarified when we can use cyber votes versus holding a special meeting in response to a Board member question.
The Board reviewed and approved the Foreclosure Report and approved the Report of the Appeals Committee. We also reviewed and accepted the Collections Committee Report, the Violations Report, and the Project Expenditures Report. Treasurer Kaltenbaugh discussed a strategy to monitor and improve our long range projections of financial results. The Winter Haven pond dredging project is anticipated to begin on May 11 and is scheduled for completion in about 60 days. The Director of Operations updated us on pending legal issues.
We reviewed and approved the Financial Reports including the Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Variance Report. Board Liaisons presented updates on committee activities reflected in Committee minutes, and updates to our Strategic plan. The meeting adjourned at 4:16 PM. Jon Dell’Antonia President, Board of Directors
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The Spirit of Stonebridge Photo Contest The Communications Committee is happy to announce our 2020 SRCA Photography Contest theme: “The Spirit of Stonebridge.” We love Stonebridge Ranch, and we want to see your best photos celebrating our premier master-planned community. Your photo can depict any aspect of daily life here, such as nature, social events, amenities, outdoor activities, or your own backyard oasis, family and pets. The main requirement is that your photo must be taken somewhere within our borders. Send us your best image showing what “The Spirit of Stonebridge” means to you and your household! Read ahead for full contest rules. We can’t wait to see your entries! Contest Rules 1. Eligibility. To enter, you must be a current
Stonebridge Ranch resident. Any resident member of a household may submit up to one image (minor children included). 2. Submission. Choose your single favorite “The Spirit of Stonebridge” image to email to us. It may be taken in any location within our community, which is situated approximately between the cross streets of US 380, Custer Road, El Dorado Parkway, and portions of Ridge Road and Lake Forest Drive. (Visit https://www. stonebridgeranch.com/community-map/ to see the village boundaries.) You do not need to take a new photo; you can use a photo you have taken in the past. Long-term residents are welcome to submit historical photos showing how much our community has changed over the years. However, if your photograph is in
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Pictured here in 1988, the Beach Club at 6201 Virginia was one of the first Stonebridge Ranch amenities built to attract homebuyers. It has remained a center of the community for three decades.
a printed format, you must transfer it to a digital format (.png, .jpg, .pdf ) in order to submit. You must be the original creator of the photograph, with one exception: you may submit a photograph captured by a resident member of your household who cannot submit on their own behalf (for example, a photo taken by your child). The photo may be taken on any camera device, including your smartphone. Keep in mind that higher quality/non-pixelated images are more likely to win.
How to Enter. Email Communications Specialist Erica Lee at email@example.com by Friday, August 14 with the subject line, “The Spirit of Stonebridge Photography Contest.” The entry should include the submitter’s name and contact info (email and/or phone number), the submitter’s home address to verify Stonebridge Ranch residency, and a short narrative description of the photo (such as date, location, names of people or animals, and any other details you’d like to share with your fellow Stonebridge Ranch News readers). If you are sending in a submission on behalf of someone in your household, be sure to identify that person as the creator of the image and include his/her name and age as well. If you have difficulty emailing your picture, please email Erica for assistance or call the association office at 214.733.5800 (M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Winner Selection. The entries will be judged by the Communications Committee in one category: we are looking for the cover image for our October issue of Stonebridge Ranch News. Each image will be judged on its composition, quality and how it captures the contest theme. We are very curious to see what “The Spirit of Stonebridge” means to you! Pro tip: note the horizontal sizing of our cover. Wide-angle or panoramic photos make for a difficult fit and
The association could not exist without the input, involvement and care of countless homeowners over the past thirty years. Residents such as these who attended the Annual Meeting in 2019 are an actively important part of the HOA.
might not be cover-worthy because of the spacing limitations. 5. Be a good sport. Do not use images sourced from anywhere or anyone except by your own creation on your own device. You may make minor lighting touch-ups/edits to your photo (brightness, contrast, etc.), but do not make major cut-and-paste/Photoshop edits (such as inserting an animal or person into a vista that wasn’t originally there). 6. Contact. We will notify the winner by Monday, Sept. 14 and announce the winner in the October 2020 issue of Stonebridge Ranch News. 7. Prize. The winner’s photo will be published in the October 2020 issue of the Stonebridge Ranch News and the winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card. As layout space in the October 2020 issue allows, other photos submitted by residents may also be included as honorable mentions. All entries will also be published in a digital photo gallery at www.stonebridgeranch.com. Entrants aside from the winner will not receive
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any monetary compensation nor any other prize award. 8. Agreement. By emailing an entry as part of this contest, you grant SRCA permission without restriction to use your submitted photo, name, and narrative details in the Stonebridge Ranch News magazine and/or in collateral communications such as SRCA email blasts or the website at www.stonebridgeranch.com. (Note: we will NOT share your Stonebridge Ranch contact information or address with others—those details are private and will be used only to confirm your residency and communicate with the winner.) By submitting a photo, you also affirm that any identifiable people depicted in your photo have granted their consent for its publication. ◀ One aspect of the ‘Spirit of Stonebridge’ is captured perfectly in the joy on a child’s face as she makes memories with her family at one of our shared amenities.
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Association Dredges Winter Haven Pond to Improve Water Quality The Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) transferred from developer to homeowner control in 2008. Today in 2020, we are conducting one of our first silt dredging projects at one of our retention ponds, Winter Haven. Located in the village of LaCima Meadows, the pond is adjacent to Winter Haven Lane between the cross streets of Perry Meadow Lane and Barre Meadow Lane. The homeowner volunteers on the Amenities Committee, Lakes & Dams subcommittee, and the Board of Directors have learned many valuable lessons preparing for this large-scale project. Aided by management staff and vendor partners, the project is to be completed this summer. Stonebridge Ranch News sat down with Norm Counts, Board Vice President and liaison to the Amenities Committee, and Greg Herbst, SRCA
Director of Operations, to discuss the project history, complexities, and goals. How did you identify the need for this project? [NC]: We’ve been tracking the health of our lakes and ponds for years through our Reserve Study. We contract with a professional engineer to identify the lifecycle of all association-owned assets and project the potential costs of repair and replacement thirty years out. The point of this study is to avoid putting the cost of a special assessment on homeowners, which can be a burden. This type of oversight requires an engaged Board dedicated to preparing for the future. The Winter Haven project has been in development for several years. What factors
The first step of the Winter Haven dredging project was “re-homing” the pond’s fish. Members of the Magnolia Fisheries team gave the water a slight electric shock to briefly stun the fish. The fish floated up in a daze, were transferred to a retention vessel, and were then released into La Cima Lake.
contributed to this timeline? [NC]: We’ve been aware of the impending need to dredge several of our ponds. During the recent construction boom in McKinney, our biggest problem was that we couldn’t get any vendors to bid on this type of project. We tried for several years, but the contractors were making more money elsewhere and wouldn’t even consider it. Then we went through a period of research, where we learned that there are several techniques for this type of project, each with pros and cons. The first way is to pump the water downstream, allowing the pond bed to remain dry while excavating. This is the cheapest technique—and the one we can use at Winter Haven—because it requires a pond to be part of a larger watershed. The second method is to is retain the water in the pond and contract with professional divers. They wear scuba gear and use large sucking tubes to pull up the silt. This is the most expensive technique. The method you can use depends on the layout and location of each pond. Many of our retention ponds are not part of a larger watershed.
Another thing you have to consider is what to do with the silt once you’ve removed it from the pond. You can haul it off wet in a truck, but this is more expensive because the mud is so heavy to move. You can pull it up and place it in long sleeves to dry before hauling it away, but you have to think about the impact to adjacent homeowners. The sleeves can be unsightly, or the mud can smell. Further, we have to consider Texas weather and complete these projects during our dry season. Usually there is a window at the end of spring when we have less rain. This type of project takes much longer if rains continually fill the ponds you’ve pumped dry. The increased timeline to complete this unique project might frustrate some homeowners. But they may not realize all the work going on in the meantime behind the scenes. Why is Winter Haven the pond we are dredging first? [NC]: Our vendor partners identified that the silt has built up to the point of blocking the pond pumps, which help circulate the water and prevent
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mosquitoes. Further, the silt creates more shallows, which has encouraged the growth of algae on the pond. This in turn impacts the aquatic life and can harm the health of fish, tadpoles, turtles and so on. One complexity of the Winter Haven project is that the pond is located in a 404 Conservation Area. This means it is protected with oversight by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), and we are not allowed to touch it without permission. As part of our process, we had to submit an application to the ACE and show how we would protect the habitat of the pond and return it to a viable state. This is one reason we decided to contract a professional company to oversee the entire project. We hired Cardinal Strategies because we realized this was beyond our homeowner expertise—we needed someone with the knowledge to submit a federal permit request. Just to get that one permit took about six months. Since then, we’ve learned how important professional management is for such a complicated project. The managing company deals with multiple contractors, submits permits with government entities,
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gets a Traffic Plan and Storm Water Protection Plan approved by the city, establishes a project timeline, and more—there are so many steps to check off before you can even begin. We even had to do soil tests to prove there are no major contaminates in the silt, so the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gets involved as well. If there are contaminates, you have to follow special steps to dispose of the silt. Luckily for us, there were no such contaminates identified in the Winter Haven silt. What about the fish in the pond? [NC]: The first step of the dredging project is to “rehome” the fish. We’ve contracted Magnolia Fisheries to monitor the health of our aquatic life throughout the year, especially in our designated sporting ponds. On May 1st, they moved the fish from Winter Haven to nearby LaCima Lake, which is also the end point along the watershed where the water will be pumped. When will the project be complete? [GH]: We hope it will be complete by the end of July, if not before. Project mobilization was scheduled to begin May 11. Pumping the pond water out could take up to a week. Removing and hauling the silt away is estimated to take up to 60 days. This timeframe could be impacted by rain or other weather. We are trying to minimize the impact to adjacent homeowners as much as possible, and we thank everyone in the village for their patience. Along Winter Haven Drive, traffic will flow from South to North only during the construction period. The silt removal will restore the pond to a healthier state and should improve the water quality and appearance. [NC]: It really does take a whole village to maintain the health of these complex systems. We are so fortunate to have so many volunteers and vendor partners working together on the dredging project. We’ve learned so much that we can apply to other dredging projects in the future. We are currently looking at which pond to dredge next, which may take place in 2021. ◀
Landscape & Grounds: Stonebridge Ranch Calling Card With more than three decades of development, Stonebridge Ranch is nearing full build-out. We are home to more than 70 distinct villages covering 5,000+ acres in McKinney, Texas. More than 500 acres of our community is preserved as open space and common areas. The seven members of the Board of Directors are not the only homeowners who volunteer to protect the premier status of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA). They are assisted by almost 50 other residents who serve on various committees, such as the Landscape & Grounds (L & G) Committee. These dedicated homeowners meet monthly to advise the SRCA Board regarding landscape and grounds priorities. The mission statement of the L & G Committee seems simple. The members â€œserve to advise and assist
the Board of Directors in developing and carrying out projects for the beautification and maintenance of the community properties and common areas.â€? However, completing this mission is no small task, in part because our association in one of the largest and oldest in the state of Texas. In terms of landscaping, if the common areas were a single open field with no trees, SRCA landscaping maintenance would be rather straightforward. But of course, the land we maintain incorporates a network of main thoroughfares, medians, arterial village streets, and trail passageways; includes multiple parks and playgrounds, other amenities, and lakes and ponds; and features more than 100 entrances with 127 installations of hardscaping (monuments, retaining walls, etc.). The L & G Committee is responsible for the minute details within a large landscape. At every turn, continued page 18
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For many home improvement projects, homeowners must receive Modification Committee approval prior to starting their project. Why? Because the committee’s volunteers are well-versed in our governing documents. They serve to protect homeowners from accruing costly compliance fines. Further, the volunteers protect property values for everyone, not just a select few, by upholding the unique guidelines for each village within the context of the entire community. This vital task honors the investment we all put into our houses. A home is often the largest investment made by a household. Below are seven basic steps of the Modification Application process. See www.stonebridgeranch.com/modifications-application-process/ for details and staff contact info.
1. Exterior vs. interior? Projects within your home interior do not require Modification Committee oversight or approval.
2. Review all published guidelines governing your type of project. Check both the SRCA Modification Design Guidelines AND the village guidelines for your neighborhood. Follow the most restrictive guideline. If your neighborhood is governed by a sub-association as well as the master SRCA, you may need to submit an application to both.
3. Application, yes or no? Some modifications require submission and approval. Others do not SO LONG AS YOU COMPLY with all guidelines. The SRCA Modification Design Guidelines, which are publicly available at all times at www.stonebridgeranch.com, note which project types require application.
4. Gather your documentation. You may need to submit a materials list (paint samples, stain color, etc.), a drawing of the modification, and a site plan, etc. Incomplete applications are denied and must be resubmitted. Prior to submitting, you can check with staff to make sure your application checklist is complete.
5. Communicate with your neighbor. As a courtesy, alert your adjacent neighbors to construction times and activity. Some projects require a signed Neighbor Acknowledgment Form as part of your application.
6. Submit your application. For the sake of efficiency and conserving resources, we prefer you submit online via your private online account. (See www.stonebridgeranch.com/your-private-online-account/ for details.) We also accept emailed PDF applications or paper forms. 7. Take responsibility. The homeowner is responsible — not the project contractor or any other party — for reading and understanding the guidelines, submitting the application, and ensuring the project is completed to approved specifications.
Save Your Cardboard Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 18. Depending on government regulations regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re hopeful we’ll be able to host our 2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Races at the Beach Club! The races are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (with check-in at 10:30 a.m.). Teams may consist of 1, 2, or 4 people (adults and/or kids). There will be prizes for speed and creativity. Stay tuned to the July magazine and E-News blasts for details, including instructions to register. We are alerting you now regarding this event so you are aware of the materials you need to start collecting—and those you must avoid—if you want to participate. Themed, decorated and otherwise creatively festooned boats (with matching costumes for boaters) are encouraged. Permitted materials: corrugated cardboard and cardboard boxes (i.e. from grocery stores or delivery packages), cardboard “blocks” (i.e. from furniture store packaging), cardboard tubes (i.e. from carpet/linoleum stores), duct or masking tape, liquid nails construction adhesive, latex paint, varnish or polyurethane.
Materials NOT permitted: pre-coated or pretreated cardboard, plastic or plastic sheathing, wood, styrofoam, metal, sonotubes (used in construction/ concrete forms), silicone, wax, tar, caulking compounds or two-part mixed adhesives, staples, clamps, fiberglass, glass, nails, screws, or sharp objects.
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clients because I think it’s one of the best places to live in our area. This is partly because houses do retain their resell value here. Our well-maintained hiking and biking trails and common areas are part of the equation. And I tell prospective residents: besides all the social events, the miles of trails, the Aquatic Center and beach lagoon, and everything else—besides all that, the fees are very affordable. This past year, the annual dues were just $800. Today, that is just unheard of—to be able to access so many amenities for that? Stonebridge Ranch looks like it would cost a lot more for what you get.” New residents Bill and Sharon Duncan were equally impressed by the landscaping when they began searching for a home in Stonebridge Ranch last year. Says Sharon, “We immediately knew we were in a premiere community! The rolling hills with beautiful shrubs, ground cover, and trees, trees, trees spoke to us. We could just see taking our grandsons to the lake for fishing and to the playgrounds for picnics. Having looked in other areas during our home search, nothing else was as beautiful as Stonebridge Ranch.” Identifying which areas need landscaping intervention requires many sets of eyes. Annually the members of the L & G Committee conduct site tours throughout Stonebridge Ranch, devoting entire days to drive through the community. They are on the hunt for landscaping that is not thriving, monuments that need refurbishing, trees that are adversely impacting hardscaping, and the like. Among his many other duties, the Landscape & Grounds Manager, Brock Whetstone, also conducts monthly tree canopy inspections with a contracted tree expert. They work to identify individual trees in need of pruning or removal due to age or disease. Our landscaping vendors provide day-to-day oversight as well. As of 2020, we have three new landscaping partners who maintain our medians and common area. Each vendor oversees a single contiguous The L & G Committee oversees both landscaping and hardscaping in Stonebridge Ranch. area of the community. Says In 2018, members of the committee were instrumental in the installation of a proud new Jay, “We got off to a great start monument located at the northwest corner of Virginia Parkway and Stonebridge Drive.
they must review the health of an aging tree canopy featuring multiple species; ground-level landscaping including annual flower plantings, perennial plants, and shrubs; and evergreen ground cover, mulched areas, and swaths of grass. They must account for the unique features which impact each area, such as the shade cast throughout the day by the tree canopy, water conservation goals through our updated irrigation system, and more. The volunteers do not take this complex responsibility lightly. Says Jay Miller, Co-Chair of the committee, “For every maintenance project we take on, we’re looking at the quality of materials, the need for refurbishment, and the investment of homeowner funds. We take it very seriously—we do not deal in frivolity. We have to justify the ‘why’ because we are not just trying to spend the annual budget. We are trying to better our community and identify the projects that will help make Stonebridge Ranch the premier HOA in north Texas, if not the entire state.” Ultimately, notes Jay, “When people come into our community, whether they are residents, guests, or prospective homeowners, we want them to be impressed.” As a Stonebridge Ranch homeowner and Realtor for Caldwell Banker, Anna Mangieri is well-acquainted with the result of the committee’s hard work. “As a resident, I always introduce Stonebridge Ranch to my
with our new vendors. They began the year learning the features of their areas, our daily operations and processes, our irrigation system, and such.” In the spring of 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic required the L & G volunteers to put some projects on hold. But says Jay, “The Board allowed us to complete any projects in the immediate queue for which we had already purchased materials. And it’s rather fun to manage it. We’ve never gone over budget as a committee because we are paying lots of attention and we care about the homeowner investment.” In September 2019, the committee and SRCA Maintenance Supervisor inspected hardscape and lighting at 22 villages, 32 village entrances, and 3 main Stonebridge entrances. They identified areas requiring maintenance, repair, or renovation, and the related masonry, signage and lighting work was completed during the first quarter of 2020. In March of 2020, the team inspected hardscape and lighting throughout another section of neighborhoods—34 villages, 63 village entrances, and 5 main Stonebridge entrances. The work they identified in these areas will be considered for later this year or in 2021. The committee’s other recent projects include the following: > Continuation of the 2019 Community Landscape Revitalization Project, with a focus on updating areas of landscaping that need extra care. > Identifying and recommending landscape projects for 2020 and 2021. > Approving seasonal flower plantings for applicable entrances in 2020. > Assisting the Landscape & Grounds Manager to identify which tree lines require pruning, shaping, and lifting. This 2020 project involves about 1,200 trees throughout Stonebridge Ranch of various species. > Designing, approving, and completing refurbishment of the Beach & Tennis Club entrance (monument and landscaping) at 6201 Virginia Parkway. > Refurbishing a monument in the village of Parkview Estates. > Identifying and approving stone wall and column maintenance along Virginia Parkway. Naturally, resident interaction with the environment is more intimate than that of third-party vendors or committee members conducting high-
level tours. Because of this, individual homeowners may be the first to spot items needing attention, such as branches hanging low over a sidewalk or a tree encroaching from common area over an adjacent roofline. The association welcomes resident participation in keeping our community beautiful and well-maintained. To submit a landscaping issue, you can email email@example.com, call 214.733.5800, or fill out the “Report an Issue” form at the website (https://www.stonebridgeranch.com/ report-an-issue/). Homeowners who are interested in our L & G maintenance and want to play an oversight role are welcome to submit an application to the L & G Committee. The team may include up to seven members. They currently have five volunteers, so two seats are open. If you are interested in joining, see the committee’s webpage at https://www.stonebridgeranch. com/landscape-committee/. ◀
Aerial views of Stonebridge Ranch show the vast change in the landscape over the course of thirty years. Once open ranch land in 1988, today our community is known for the beauty of its wide medians, landscaped common areas, and impressive tree canopy.
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Residents Volunteer So No One Goes to Bed Hungry Native Texans Jim and Gay Hawke have lived in Stonebridge Ranch for 12 years. They returned to Texas from Indiana in 2008 when Jim was hired by Globe Life. Says Gay, “We moved to Stonebridge because Jim was working only two miles down the road. We found a house that we really loved here, and it was the perfect fit for his commute.” They also felt fortunate to return closer to Gay’s family, located in the Arlington area. Since their move, two of their three adult sons have followed them to Texas as well, so they aren’t alone here. Of the many things they enjoy about living in McKinney, one of the most fulfilling aspects of their life has been volunteering for the Community Food Pantry (http://www.community-foodpantry.org/). Gay has served the nonprofit for a decade, and Jim joined her as volunteer in 2014 after he retired. Recalls Gay, “About two years after we moved here, I was looking for some way to give back. I’ve always done volunteer work.” She began researching opportunities online and learned about the pantry via
Homeowners Gay and Jim Hawke love serving together at McKinney’s Community Food Pantry.
Volunteer McKinney (https://volunteermckinney.org/). Notes Gay, “A lot of people don’t realize we’re here, or that people even go hungry in McKinney, but we’ve been located in a little building on the east side for a long time.” In fact, the pantry has been in service for 43 years. It originally operated out of a single room inside the Samaritan Inn building, followed by a “tiny trailer located where the Family Dollar now sits on Highway 5.” Eventually the volunteers raised enough money through donations to construct their own building at 307 Smith Street. Gay says proudly, “[The pantry] has never been in debt. We have financed all our projects from donors and grants. That says a lot about the original volunteers who worked so hard.” Over the past four decades, the pantry has provided food for an impressive total of more than 3,199,856 meals. During 2019 alone, the pantry supplied 67,407 meals, feeding a total of 2,336 children and 2,739 adults. “The primary goal of the volunteers is to ensure that no one in McKinney goes to bed hungry,” says Gay. “We provide the most basic need.” The nonprofit keeps their donation menu simple, following recommendations by a nutritionist with The American Heart Association. The inexpensive, nutritionally dense foods include milk and oatmeal, bread and peanut butter, rice and dried beans, mac and cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, and baby food and formula. Adds Gay, “It may not be ‘exciting food,’ but it will fill your belly and provide nutrients that people in crisis need to stay healthy.” Jim and Gay are proud that the organization has always been run entirely by volunteers—there have never been any paid staff. “All of the donations,” she says, “go back 100% into the community.” Adds Jim: “Most of our food donations come from churches and organizations that we’ve worked with for years. We have about 20 local church partners who conduct annual or semi-annual food drives for us.” Because the pantry has been here for so many years, other organizations have developed a long-standing relationship with the volunteers as well. “For example,” notes Jim, “the Collin County Travelers is a group of sweet retired people who own RVs. Once a month
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gifts at their parties. “A lot of kids ask for canned foods as presents and bring them in,” says Gay. She conducts tours of the facilities for churches, scouting troops and other interested donors. “Sometimes kids will come in here,” she says, “and they have no idea that people in McKinney are going hungry. Their little eyes are opened, and they go home and tell their friends and parents. It’s amazing to see their generosity.” In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the pantry made some adjustments to continue helping folks in the community. “Since most of our volunteers are seniors,” says Gay, “we completely halted personto-person contact.” During the month of April, the nonprofit moved their screening process online. They provided qualified recipients with e-cards so they could buy their own food supply at Walmart. Currently the pantry runs with assistance from about 25 volunteers. They are at volunteer capacity and have a waiting list of people who wish to join them in the future when a spot is available. Says Gay with a grin, “I’ve actually recruited a number of my Stonebridge Ranch neighbors—Jim and I aren’t the only ones who help out there. It really is just a wonderful place to volunteer. We get so many blessings back—just to see the joy we can give to people. They are in crisis, they are in tears, and we are there to provide them with food, job opportunities, diapers for babies… You can see the relief in their eyes.” Jim agrees. “For many people, the first time they come in—you can see it is very hard for them. They really don’t want to come through our door. But that changes when they sit down and tell us their story. When we can identify what they need and how we can help them, they relax and often leave as friends.” Ultimately, says Gay, “It’s so special when people can find what their passion is and connect with it. This just happens to be ours.” She adds with a laugh, “Our time as volunteers with the pantry is not going to end any time soon!” ◀ The pantry has supported vulnerable populations in McKinney for over four decades. they go on weekend campouts, and they always collect mac & cheese for us as part of their get-togethers. Our donor partners know we don’t ask for food donations or money unless we really need it, so we have that respect and trust.” The pantry volunteers help recipients with more than just food needs. “When someone comes in our door,” says Gay, “we have lots of resources to tell them about. We’re not just giving them meals; we support them to get back on their feet and out of crisis.” For many families, this means helping them find and apply for jobs and apply for the federal Food Stamp program. “One of the neatest things,” Gay says, “is that many of our clients--when they get back on their feet, they bring donations back to the pantry.” Recently, a pro football player who went to McKinney High came home to donate a $2,000 check to the pantry. Says Gay, “The help we gave his family all those years ago meant so much to him.” But, notes Gay with emotion in her voice, “it isn’t always some huge success story. Some people come back to give just a few jars of peanut butter. We have one anonymous donor who sends us a small mailed package of food from time to time. It means so much when it comes from someone we’ve helped in the past, and it all adds up.” The excitement is audible in Jim’s voice when he adds, “There’s even one person who makes a monthly PayPal donation of just $2 or $3! It’s really touching that people give what they can.” Similarly, the couple loves to meet local children who have requested food donations in lieu of birthday
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Jazz Under the Stars Friday, June 5 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Circle Drive 6201 Virginia Parkway
This is a new activity the Social Committee will be hosting in 2020. Come join us for a great evening of Jazz music under the stars with Toney Walsh.
This event will be held in the circle drive at the Beach Club. Bring your lawn blankets, lounge chairs, and favorite picnic foods, and BYOB in plastic or aluminum containers only. This is smoke-free family event, with music beginning at 7 p.m. (The beach will be open until 8 p.m., so consider taking a dip before joining us for the concert.) Guests of residents pay a $5 fee at the Beach Club gates. (We appreciate exact cash. We do not accept credit cards or bills higher than $20.)
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Tuesday, June 9 9 to 10 a.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway
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Tuesday Evening Bingo Tuesday, June 9 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway
Join us for a fun evening of Bingo and try your luck. We always have a good time, and this event is a great way to meet your neighbors and make new friends. We provide snacks, sodas and water, plus a prize for the winner of each round. RSVP online at https:// tues-eve-bingo-june-2020.eventbrite.com. Seating is limited to the first 40 who sign up. This adultsonly event is free for Stonebridge Ranch residents. Residents may bring up to one non-resident friend; guests pay a $5 fee at the door. (We appreciate exact cash. We do not accept credit cards or bills higher than $20.)
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Morning Session: Come meet a neighbor or bring a neighbor. Whether you have lived here one month, one year, five years or more, we would love to meet you! We provide sodas, water, a fruit tray, donuts, and hot coffee. Singles, couples, children, and grandchildren are welcome. Evening Session: We will have drinks and refreshments on hand at this come-and-go event. Itâ€™s a great way to get information about the community, upcoming Social events, volunteer opportunities etc. We will have coloring books on hand for the children.
Concert on the Circle Friday, June 12 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Circle Drive 6201 Virginia Parkway
Start the weekend off right! Bring the whole family for a neighborly evening of fun-filled games and live music. We will be joined by Country Band, Breckenridge. You can preview their sound at http://
www.carolmarksentertainment.com/breckenridge.html. This event will be held in the circle drive at the Beach Club, so be sure to bring your lawn blankets, lounge chairs, favorite picnic foods. BYOB in plastic or aluminum containers only. This is smoke-free family event, with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. (The beach will be open until 8 p.m., so consider taking a dip before joining us for the concert.) You will be required to check in and Stonebridge Ranch ID is required. Nonresident guests pay a $5 fee. (We appreciate exact cash. We do not accept credit cards or bills higher than $20.)
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Adult Pool Party Friday, June 19 8:30 to 11 p.m., Aquatic Center 7501 Coronado Parkway
Three evening pool parties are scheduled this summer for Adults 21 & over. You’ll have a great time socializing with your friends and neighbors and enjoy swimming in the lit junior Olympic-sized pool after dark. You may request your favorite song from our D.J. BOYB, but remember: glass containers of any type are strictly prohibited. The Aquatic Center is a smoke-free facility.
Coffee, Cars & Cycles and Book Exchange Saturday, June 20 8:30 to 10 a.m., Circle Drive 6201 Virginia Parkway
“A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent”. Join us for refreshments at our monthly get-together. Coffee, burritos, and donuts will be provided in the Community Room. Bring your classic or fancy car or motorcycle (not required) to park in the circle drive! A book exchange is also held at this event in the Community Room. We have a wide variety of books, movies, and puzzles to choose from. This event is for Stonebridge Ranch residents only.
Thursday, June 25 10 a.m. to Noon, Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway
Join us for Bingo and prizes! We will provide a fruit plate, soft drinks, water, and coffee, as well as $5 gift cards for the winner of each round. Seating is limited to the first 40 to register online at https://morn-bingojune-2020.eventbrite.com. Residents get in free to this adults-only event and may bring up to two non-resident guests. Guest fee is $5 per person at the door. (We appreciate exact cash. We do not accept credit cards or bills higher than $20.)
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10 & UNDER is an exciting format for learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by adapting the equipment, court dimensions and the scoring to the age and size of the children. This special class enables kids to have more enjoyable tennis experiences early in the learning process, which is the number one factor in keeping kids involved. We meet from 10 to 11 a.m. for ages 5 to 8 and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 9 and 10. FUTURE STAR CLASS is for players ages 11 and up. It is designed for beginner and intermediate levels. Players are grouped according to ability level, and we
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cover all aspects of the game. Future Star Class meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. TENNIS ACADEMY is for players competing in ZAT, Champ and Super Champ tournaments. We study stroke production, tactics and strategy, quickness drills, as well as mental toughness and match play. Players should be at a high level of fitness before attending this class. The Academy class meets from 8 to 11 a.m. for drills and fitness, followed by match play from noon to 2 p.m. TENNIS CLASS DATES For class dates and tuition fees, see www. selecttennisacademy.com. You can also register at that website, or mail payment to Stonebridge Ranch Community Association, Attn: Dave Wiest, 6201 Virginia Parkway, McKinney, TX 75071. At times of inclement weather, you can check the Select Tennis Academy Facebook page half an hour before class time for updates. Of, if you would like to be added to the Select Tennis Academy text list, send a text to 80110 with the message @796bk. The instructors will send you a text if classes are delayed or cancelled.
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