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July 4th Parade and SnoCones at the Pool

Come and join us for the annual 4th of July celebration on Wednesday at 10:00am starting at the clubhouse!

We will meet up with the local heroes from Fire Department No. 15 to celebrate Independence Day and parade around the neighborhood in red, white, and blue!!!

If you don’t feel like walking but want to participate — then feel free to shine up your car or truck, motorcycle, bicycle, or golf carts and cruise with us! If you are driving please come a few minutes early to line up.

The parade will end up at the pool to cool down and continue the fun!!! We’ll have SnoCones for everyone:) Yum! Hope you can make it!!!!

All the best,
Kristen Mitchell
Alyson Pond, Social Chair

P.S. I NEED a few volunteers to help run the SnoCone machine as I will not be available the whole tine.If you will help please email or call me (919)218-5145.  Thank-you for your help in advance!!!!

Easter Bonanza & Chili Cook Off

Just a quick reminder — Come join me and your awesome community for a day full of food & FUN next Saturday the 31st for the Easter Bonanza & Chili Cook Off!!!! The kids will be thrilled playing in the BOUNCE HOUSE CASTLE (10-2pm), finding treasures on their Easter egg hunt & enjoying the parent/child games!!!

Kids or no kids– Around 11:30ish come on out & we will kick off the first annual CHILI COOK OFF!!! So bring your meanest pot of chili for a chance to win $50!!!! And have a blast!!!! (It’s a blind taste test – so your friends can’t bail you out this time lol:)

Hope to see ya soon & have some FUN!!!!

Kristen Mitchell
Social Chair

‘Law Day’ for the HOA

Registering for the CAI at the UNC Friday Center

Brian Wessler Welcomes Attendees to the CAI


Yesterday promised to be a gorgeous day, and I dreaded the idea of spending it in a conference room listening to lawyers expound on the latest nuances of pending legislation regulating home owner association operation.  But I had been extended this invitation to attend by Matoka of Charleston Management, our property management company, and I had agreed to attend.  Afterall, the conference was being put on by the Community Associations Institute and Brian Wessler, President of Charleston Management,  is also the 2011 President of North Carolina chapter of the CAI.

I expected to be in a classroom of 20 or so with some tips on do’s and don’ts of operating within an HOA. What I encountered instead was roughly 300 attendees representing HOAs (60%), property management professionals (35%) and representatives from some of the states most prestigious law firms (5%). The whole event was larger in scope, attendance and level of professionalism than I had imagined.

And here is what I learned. The perception of most homeowners of their HOA boards is that “there must be something wrong with them” to want to serve (ouch). And because of bad practices of some HOA boards, there is a bill before the NC legislature that would require greater transparency in the meeting, rule-making and enforcement process.  Finally, as board members, we have to bend over backwards to “wear the white hat”, particularly in the areas of rule enforcement.

we have to bend over backwards to “wear the white hat”

I also learned (with relief) that the Alyson Pond HOA and Board is not one of the problem ones.  While we are not perfect, we’re doing a lot of things right.

  • Regularly scheduled (every two months) board meetings
  • Convenient board meeting location (at the clubhouse)
  • Access to policies and forms through the website
  • A forum for notifications and discussion through the online blog
  • ‘town hall’ type meetings to air and discuss future decisions

So, at the end of the day ( metaphorically), I concluded that the sacrifice of a pleasant Saturday was indeed worthwhile and of benefit to facilitating the work we have ahead.

Join us for the Holiday Breakfast – Dec 11, 10:30am

We hope everyone, young and old, can come to the clubhouse this Saturday, December 11th at 10:30am to celebrate the holiday season.

A light breakfast will be served and entertainment will be provided by Trish Miller.

Fall Celebration – Saturday, Nov 13

Just a quick reminder that this Saturday, November 13th is the Alyson Pond Fall Celebration.

The party will be held at the clubhouse from 4-6pm.  A BBQ dinner will be served and there will be a bounce castle and super slide to entertain the kids.

Please send Eve a quick email with a guest count if you plan to attend so she can plan how many meals to order, and we hope you can come out to join us as we celebrate the season!

Reminder: Board Meeting – Wed, 9/15, 7pm

The next Alyson Pond Homeowner’s Association board meeting will be tomorrow, Wed. 9/15 at 7pm in the clubhouse.

If you haven’t been to a board meeting lately, please stop on by and  join us (and of course, if you have been to one lately, we’d welcome you to join us, too.)

And, as always, if you have any questions or feedback for the board but can’t make the meeting, you can leave a comment here or e-mail us at

See you tomorrow!

Journalist Joins Duke Garden Tour

Cheryl Doyle Kearns, the managing editor of CIRCA (formerly Heritage) magazine, will be joining the Alyson Pond Garden Club as it makes its Duke Garden Tour on Friday, September 24, 2010. Cheryl is not only an editor, she is a regular contributor to the publication, writing about gardening and outdoor living in the North Raleigh and Wake Forest areas. She is a Master Gardener and active member of the Martindale Garden Club.

“We’re thrilled to have Cheryl join our tour” says Paul Martin, coordinator of the Alyson Pond Garden Club. “I met Cheryl when I was a guest lecturer for the Martindale Club and was impressed by her horticulture knowledge. Her experience and expertise will be a welcome addition to the tour.”

The tour participants will depart the Alyson Pond Clubhouse at 2 PM and gather at the Duke Gardens where at 3 PM they will be met by a senior Duke Gardens staff member who will give a personal guided tour through the Gardens. At 4 PM the group will be invited to a private preview of the Fall Crafts and Plant Sale.

 “I met Cheryl when I was a guest lecturer for the Martindale Club and was impressed by her horticulture knowledge. Her experience and expertise will be a welcome addition to the tour.”

There are still a handful of spaces available for the tour. Admission is $10 which will go towards the tour guide and a contribution to ‘The Friends of Duke Gardens’ . For more information or to make your reservation, please contact Paul Martin at 847-1733. The deadline for admission is Friday, September 17, 2010.

Reminder: Friday after Five Pool Party tomorrow (8/13)

Hi everyone,

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the Alyson Pond “Friday after Five Pool Party.”  We hope you can join us at the pool from 5-9pm.

Entertainment will be provided by Joe Bunn DJ service and there will be plenty of FREE PIZZA!   The weather forecast looks promising for the party so come on out and celebrate summertime with your neighbors.

—  Eve Pender
Social Chairman, Alyson Pond

Garden Club: Duke Garden Tour and Festival

Join the Alyson Pond Garden Club Friday, September 24, 2010 as it makes its field trip to Duke Gardens.  Through special arrangement, the club will receive a private tour by one of the garden’s docents.  Then, immediately afterward we will be joining the Friends of Duke Gardens preview of the 2010 Plant and Craft Festival.

The Gardens and other vendors will offer for sale an array of plants appropriate for this region, including plants featured in Duke Gardens and rare and native species. Local artisans will sell garden-related gift items. And you can also get free horticultural advice from our staff and Durham County Master Gardeners.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens provides a place where people of all backgrounds and ages come for beauty, education, horticulture, solitude, discovery, study, renewal and inspiration.

Often spoken of as “the crown jewel of Duke University,” Duke Gardens occupies 55 acres in the heart of west campus, adjacent to Duke University Medical Center.

It is recognized as one of the premier public gardens in the United States, renowned both for landscape design and the quality of horticulture, each year attracting more than 300,000 visitors from all over the world.
So save the date: Friday, September 24, 2010. We will leave Alyson Pond at 2PM. The Tour begins at 3:00 and the Fair preview at 4:00pm.  Admission to the Tour and Fair is $10. Due to group size limitations, we can only take the first 25 registrants.  Adults only. To reserve your spot, call Paul Martin at 919.847.1733 or email  For more information, click on the link:
Sponsored by Leisure Landscapes.

Pool Party Postponed to Aug. 13th

After watching the weather all week, it appears that thunderstorms are in our forecast for tomorrow afternoon. With the DJ set up and pizza delivery to think about, we are going to try for another day where the weather looks more promising.

The Pool Party is being postponed until the following Friday, August 13th. The party will still be from 5-9pm. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope that you can join us on the 13th.

— Eve Pender