This Week in Westcreek 

Current Announcements

Quote of the Week  
"Volunteering is an excellent way to provide meaning in your life and help give back to your local community." ~ Peter Muggeridge
 
Dear Homeowners!
 
I want to start off by saying that I hope you all are doing well and having a great start to your summer. There have been a lot of changes within the VWOA so far this year. We have purchased new picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles, and water fountains for the Sports Park. We have also upgraded the workout equipment around the walking track, and repaired the softball field, just in time for summer use. The Tot Lot basketball court construction is under way, and the tennis court resurfacing has been completed. A few action items on our upcoming agenda are the construction of a dog park, the expansion of restroom facilities at the Sports Park,  repaving the Sports Park parking lot, repairing/replacing community fences, upgrading the village monuments, and clearing some of the brush behind the Community Center for future expansion. I encourage everyone to come to the Board meetings, or to join one of the many committees. There is a lot still to be done and the more input we get, the better it is for the whole community. We want your opinions, so even if you can't join a committee or come to the Board meetings, please let us know your thoughts and ideas.

I would like to discuss one of the largest, and most important, changes that we have made at the VWOA in a long time. As most have heard, the Board of Directors voted to move forward with Spectrum Management Company. This was not a decision that was taken lightly, and the Board put a lot of time and effort into researching all of the options available. One of the biggest things affecting the VWOA is the outdated technology in the office. By partnering with Spectrum, we not only will be upgrading our systems, but also increasing our ability to serve the community.

The on-site staff will remain employees of the VWOA, but we will now be able to add a Human Resources element to help with recruitment and employment. The staff will also be receiving monthly, quarterly, and yearly training, which will not only help them to do their jobs efficiently, but should also allow our residents to see an increase in customer service satisfaction. No employee will lose their job based on this decision. We will look to reorganize and restructure the office for efficiency.  Employees will be  properly trained for any new position that they may be assigned to do. Change is not always easy, but it does require effort, and that is the main thing that we have stressed to the staff. As long as everyone remains a team player with a positive attitude and maintains a great level of customer service, they will continue to be employed at the VWOA.

The final thing that this will improve on is accountability. It will emphasize accountability of the employees to the Board of Directors, as well as accountability of the Board of Directors to our fellow homeowners who elected us to these positions. It is important to note that all four Board members who voted on this issue felt that this was in the best interest of the VWOA. We pay assessments just like all of you, and, just like you, we want to make sure that our investments in our homes and community are protected and increase in value over time. Please be patient over the next couple of months while this transition is taking place. The Board of Directors feel that you will see a significant change for the positive once we are fully integrated and up and running. Please feel free to let us know of any questions or concerns that you may have. We are all in this together to better improve and advance our community....
 
Richard Gentry
VWOA Board President

NOTE:  A presentation by Spectrum Representatives will be made to the homeowners in the near future ... Details to follow! 
 


Our Community is Changing - Would you like to help? 
 
Our residents have many things in common, and many share the same expectations. We may have different reasons for choosing to live in a Deed Restricted Community, but we ALL made the decision to live here. I think most have the expectation that a restricted community would help to preserve the appearance of the community and maintain or increase our home values.

What else do we expect? If the residents do not effectively convey their expectations, then how can the HOA meet the expectations of the residents, when they do not know what they are? There is only one answer; we must tell them! There are many ways to tell them, but two of the best ways are to send them an email or attend a Board of Directors meeting and tell them in person. Another very good option is to visit or join a committee and share your expectations, ideas, and suggestions.

Would you like to help
guide the direction of our community and see your expectations met? Would you like to see the parking lot at the sports park paved, a new dog run area for our furry friends, more restrooms in the sports park, a fitness course, a splash pad area, new fences along the major roads, new benches in the tot-lot, RFID (Radio-frequency identification) for pool access, a basketball court for young children, or a handicapped lift for the pool. ALL of these improvements and more, are in progress or under consideration!

Please join us by sharing your expectations as we work to improve our community. We need the involvement of the whole community to make this the community we want!

"Change your thoughts and you change your world." ~
Norman Vincent Peale

 
 
 
Village Ambassadors Needed
 
There are 19 villages in the Villages of Westcreek. We have new residents moving in all the time and our association would like to give them a personal 'Welcome to the Neighborhood!' We want our new residents to understand that we value and encourage their participation in the community. It is the neighborly thing to do, and it provides an opportunity for developing new friendships or just getting to know your neighbors!
 
We are looking for volunteers to take on the role as an Ambassador for each of the 19 villages. As new residents move into our villages, the association would notify the Ambassador for that village. The Ambassador would work with other members of their village who would like to help in welcoming their new residents. By greeting our new residents face to face, it gives us an opportunity to provide information and answer any questions that they may have. Many residents have questions about local gyms, doctors, veterinary services for pets, lawn care...the list is endless.
 
The first step is find Ambassadors that are willing to help build a team in their village to welcome new residents! You don't have to do all the work, you just have to be willing to help build a team! Please consider helping in welcoming our new residents! If you would like to be an Ambassador or even just a member of the team, please send an email to infoaction@villagesofwestcreek.com .



Did you know that on Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire?  Please take the time to review the suggestions below on things you can do to protect your home this Independence Day.   

Protecting your home
  • According to the National Fire Protection Association, the best way to protect your home is to not use fireworks at home.
  • Remember, fireworks can cause grass fires and other types of blazes as well. Make sure you light fireworks in a safe area, away from homes and buildings, and other combustible material. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.
  • Look out for tree limbs or bushes that could catch fire. Trimming vegetation to keep it away from your home is a good idea anyway, but it could save you from a catastrophic fire on the Fourth of July.
  • If your gutters have accumulated leaves, pine needles or other flammable material, clean them before using fireworks near your home.
  • Wet down your grass and shrubs while fireworks are being fired off.
  • Finally, if you won't be home on the holiday, ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your house if others in your neighborhood will be using fireworks.
With some common sense and planning, the Fourth of July can be both safe and enjoyable for everyone. Whether you're staying at home or heading away, we hope you have a wonderful time celebrating our independence!

    
The Villages of Westcreek  is pleased to announce that our Fall Soccer Program is gearing up.  This program is co-ed for children between the ages of 3 thru 15.
 

Registration 
  • For Residents - will begin July 5, 2016
  • For Non-residents - will begin July 9, 2016,  from 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., on our "Super Soccer Saturday."
  • Registration for all will run through July 22, 2016. 
Fees
  • Resident - $60.00 per child & $45.00 for additional children
  • Resident Coach - $45.00 per child
  • Non-resident - $75.00 per child & $60.00 for additional children
  • Non-resident Coach - $60.00 per child
Please stop by the office to register. If you have questions, please give us a call at 210-679-8761.

Volunteer Soccer Coaches are needed for all age groups.  If you are interested in coaching, please give us a call.  We will have a Coach Meeting sometime in late July or early August.  Details to be announced!

Image of man swimning under water.  2016 Pool Schedules   
Beat the heat and enjoy your community pools this summer!

Remember to bring your updated VWOA ID Badge!

Please note, both the Community Center and Sports Park pools will be open on Monday, the 4th of July! 
 
COMMUNITY CENTER POOL HOURS
  • June 6 - August 21
    • Lap Swim Adult Accompanied Swim 5:30 A.M. to 7:30 A.M. (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
    • Family Swim 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
  • Pool Open Labor Day
NOTE: Closed for Cleaning - Tuesdays 
 

SPORTS PARK POOL HOURS
  • June 4 - October 2
    • Adult Accompanied Swim 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
  • August 23 - October 2
    • Lap Swim Adult Accompanied Swim 5:30 A.M. to 7:30 A.M. (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
  • Pool open on Labor Day
NOTE:   Closed for Cleaning - Mondays

  Click Here to view our Pool Rules! 

Summertime Fun and Fitness
 


Come out and get fit by joining our Aqua Fit and Water Zumba Classes!
  
Click here for additional information!


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San Antonio is a great city with so much to do ... if you know about it. Some of the big events are advertised on TV or radio, but many more go unnoticed.
 
If you'd like to learn about local happenings and fun activities, there is a simple way to get the information delivered right to your email inbox every week. You can subscribe to the FREE list I compile and send on Fridays. There will be a web site eventually, but in the meantime it is emailed.
 
To see this week's list, CLICK HERE to download and print!

To subscribe, send your email address to mmsdej@yahoo.com  


Shop with your neighbors at the Farmers Market! 

The VWOA is hosting a Farmers Market b
eginning at 9:00 A.M. every Thur sday May-September. The market will be located in the overflow parking lot adjacent to the Community Center.  They accept WIC, Senior FMNP Vouchers and Credit Cards. Drop by and support our local farmers! 
 


The Sports Park is for the enjoyment of all residents and their guests.  In the best interest of the residents and the Association, these rules may be amended by the Board of Directors, at any time.  Suggestions, complaints or compliments may be addressed to the Community Manager 210-679-8761.  Anyone witnessing any damage to our facilities are encouraged to identify those responsible and immediately notify the appropriate law enforcement officials.  For other violations, please call the Community Center's office at 210-679-8761 or the appropriate law enforcement officials.

In accordance with Article III of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions of the VWOA and Title 11, Chapters 209.006 and 209.007 of the Texas Property Code, the rules are established for the resident's use of the common areas within the Villages of Westcreek. Any resident or non-resident guest causing property damage or engaging in disorderly conduct (including but not limited to public intoxication, drug abuse, indecent exposure, public acts of a sexual nature, civil disobedience, use of profanity, physical or verbal threats to others, or inappropriate sexual conversations with children), the Board of Directors may suspend the use of all VWOA common areas to the resident's family up to 60 days and if applicable, charge the homeowner for property damage.  The term 'residents' applies only to homeowners, renters and lessees.  The term 'guests' applies only to non-residents.

Note:  Residents that sponsors children under age 12 and/or guests are fully responsible for their behavior and must remain with them until they all leave the park.

Click here to view Sports Park Rules
Click here to view Pool Rules

 
Over recent weeks we have seen an increase in the number of pets who are escaping from their backyards.  As responsible pet owners, please check your fencing for broken slats and areas where your dog may have dug under for their "Great Escape!"  Also, be sure to check that your gates are secure.

Remember, you can report any lost or found pet on the "Lost and Found" page of our website! 

Pets that are properly tagged and micro-chipped are more likely to be reunited with their owners!

Crime Report  
  • Vistas~weekend of 6/19/16- 2 cars broken into and items stolen. Police report was filed. 
  • Please remember to be observant in your neighborhood. Report any suspicious activities or persons to the Bexar County Sheriff's office at 210-335-6000.
  • If you see graffiti or vandalism in the Villages of Westcreek, please report it to the office at 210-679-8761.
Tot Lot and Sports Park Improvements
The VWOA is currently adding a basketball court for young children in the Tot Lot. The area is located behind the swing set and is cordoned off by construction safety fencing. Please stay away from the area, as this is an active construction site.

Additionally, new benches, tables and equipment are being installed throughout the Sports Park. Please stay away from the areas where the work is being done. We look forward to all of the new additions for the young children and residents of our community.
 
Community Tips
VWOA Standards Tips

Fireworks within the Villages of Westcreek

Unless a fire ban is in effect, fireworks are permitted outside the City Limits, but not on
  • utility easements;
  • grassy and weeded areas;
  • Military Drive West, Westcreek Oaks, Westcreek View and Grosenbacher Road; or
  • any common properties within the Villages of Westcreek.
Note:  All trash and debris, must be removed from the streets and lawns by 9:00 A.M. the following day.

Click Here to view the Standards !

Property Improvements Applications (PIA) 
  • Lessees/renters must obtain written permission from the owner and submit it with the PIA.  
     
  •  If you have submitted a PIA for review and you need to speak with the ARC Committee, arrangements must be made with the Standards Department in order to place you on the Committee's agenda.  Please call the office at 210-679-8761 and ask to speak with the Standard's Department to make these arrangements.
  
Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths. How? By working with a national, state or local organization where you live to promote fireworks safety in your community.
 
Follow these safety tips when using fireworks: 
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Community Reminders

Help Us Get Connected!
We ne ed your help in connecting with all residents in the Villages of Westcreek.  Talk to your neighbors about signing up for "This Week in Westcreek," the "Westcreek Times" and alerts/notifications sent out to the community by the VWOA.  Encourage them to visit our website at www.villagesofwestcreek.com and register their email to receive these electronic communications.
 
2016 Assessments
Image of yellow Post It note with the Assessment and red check mark. The assessments for 2016 are $360.00 for the year or $90.00 quarterly. If you pay quarterly, please remember the due dates are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1, 2016. Finance charges are applied on past due assessments.

IMPORTANT:   All residents 12 and older must have a current VWOA ID card in order to access the pool and park and attend VWOA events.
 
Updating Your Villages of Westcreek ID Cards
Are you short on time and have trouble getting to us during our normal office hours?  Along with our regular scheduled hours during the week, our office remains open every Monday from 9:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. If, for whatever reason, you may not have the chance to update your ID cards, you may drop them off in an envelope at our drop box at the office.  We will gladly update your cards (assessments must be up to date) and mail them back to you.  Please remove any lanyards from them prior to drop off.  In addition to our normal business hours, the office is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
 
Payment Options
The VWOA office accepts homeowner's checks, credit cards, cash and money orders. If you cannot get to the office during office hours, or do not live in VWOA, you can now pay your assessments online at www.villagesofwestcreek.com via our PayPal link.  In addition, you may wish to set it up with your bank as a bill pay; the bank will mail a check directly to us. Please use your house number and street name as your VWOA account number. Homeowners can also mail their check personally to us. Please send payments to VWOA, 12395 Military Dr. W., San Antonio, TX 78253. VWOA does not accept checks from non-homeowners. At this time we cannot accept payments over the phone. Please note that the P.O. Box is closed.  

Facility Rental
T he Community Center, Pools and Sports Park Pavilion are available to rent for your next event. The facilities can be booked up to 6 months in advance. The office is now accepting reservations through November 2016.  For more information, please visit our website www.villagesofwestcreek.com, or contact the office at 210-679-8761.
 
We All Have to Do Our Part!

We all have to do our part to keep our community and Sports Park clean!

Please be sure to pick up after your pets while walking in our community.

A pet waste station is located in the Sports Park next to the park rules sign.


Please note that the office will be open the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 A.M. till 1:00 P.M. to receive payments and update I.D. card. 

 
The administrative office of the VWOA does have a lost and found box in the front office. If you are missing something, please come by to see if we have it!   

Residents can also post missing or found pets under the Lost and Found section of our website.



Yard and Garage Sales are allowed the second Saturday of each month starting at 7:00 A.M. All homeowners and residents in good standing are allowed to purchase a $15.00 sales permit by 4:00 P.M. Thursday prior to the sale. Residents are permitted to hold 2 yard sales per year. Each resident is allowed three commercially produced signs, one for their yard and two for nearby street corners.

Water Conservation
Year-Round watering restrictions (listed below) may be declared when the Edwards Aquifer level is above 660 feet meaning sea level at the monitored well. These rules continue until there is an announcement in the newspaper that Stage 1 is in effect and/or conditions warrant a more stringent restriction level.
  • Under Year-Round guidelines, all fountains - whether commercial or residential, or indoor or outdoor - are allowed.
  • Landscape watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is permitted any day of the week before 11:00 A.M. or after 7:00 P.M.  Please visit www.saws.org website for more information.
Association Report Card

Unpaid assessments:   
$71,393.61
     

Total number on Constant Contact:  1956
Week of
June 27, 2016 - July 3, 2016

Happening This Week
 
Monday, June 27th 
  • 5:00 P.M. - BOD Executive Session (closed meeting)
  • 8:00 P.M. -  Aqua Fit
Tuesday, June 28th
  • 4:30 P.M. - Architectural Review Committee Meeting
  •  7:30 P.M. - Cardio Mix
Wednesday, June 29th
  • 8:00 P.M. -  Aqua Fit
Thursday, June 30th 
  • 9:00 A.M. - Farmers Market
  • 7:30 P.M. - Body Boot Camp
  •  8:00 P.M. - Aqua Zumba
Friday, July 1st   
  • No Event
Saturday, July 2nd 
  • No Event
Sunday, July 3rd 
  • No Event

Monday, July 4th

  • Happy Independence Day!
  • Office Closed
  • 8:00 P.M. - Aqua Fit
Upcoming Meetings
 
This Committee holds their meetings every Tuesday at 4:30 P.M. in the Community Center Conference Room.  If a holiday falls on any given Tuesday, this meeting is automatically postponed to the following week.  All are welcome to attend.
This Committee holds their meetings every first Monday of the month at 10:00 A.M. (unless it falls on a holiday, otherwise it is postponed until the following Monday) in the Community Center Conference Room.  All are welcome to attend.

Note:  The following monthly meetings will be held at 6:00 P.M. in the Community Center Conference Room:
  • August 1, 2016
  • November 7, 2016
This Committee holds their meetings every second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 P.M. in the Community Center Conference Room.  All are welcome to attend!

Executive Session - The BOD will hold an Executive Session on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. and Thursday, July 21, 2016, at  6:00 P.M. in the Community Center Conference Room . The purpose of the Executive Session is to discuss personnel, pending or threatened litigation, contract negotiations, enforcement actions, confidential communications with the property owners' association's attorney, matters involving the invasion of privacy of individual owners, or matters that are to remain confidential by request of the affected parties and agreement of the board. This is a closed session.

Board of Directors Meeting
- The BOD will hold their monthly meeting, Thursday, July 21, 2016, at  7:00 P.M. in the Community Center.   All are welcome to attend.

Finance Committee - The Committee meeting scheduled for  Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. in the Community Center Conference Room was cancelled.    A new date and time will be announced shortly.  All are welcome to attend.

Strategic Planning Committee
- The Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. in the Community Center Conference Room was cancelled.  A new date and time will be announced shortly.  All are welcome to attend.
 
 Please visit our website for  meeting details.

  
Board of Directors 

President
Richard Gentry

Vice President
Reggie Harmon

Treasurer
Christopher Bell

Secretary
Guy Oliver

Assistant Secretary
  Rannie Bond

Click here to email the Board of Directors
VWOA Management  
 
 

Community Manager
Assistant Community Manager (Interim)
Superintendent of Standards
Superintendent of Parks and Recreation
Dawn Garza

Superintendent of Maintenance
Jamie Esquivel 

Click here to email the Management Staff

Phone: (210) 679-8761 
Committee Chairs
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Architectural Review Committee

Email: Eugene Hopkins

 

Communication Committee 

Email: Bill Fenstermacher

 

Election Committee

Designated Member of Board

 

Fence Committee

Email: Francis Lomax

 

Finance Committee

Email: Christopher Bell

 

Landscape Committee

Email: Angela Webb

 

Public Safety Committee

Email: Steve Zajchowski

 

Sports Park Committee

Email: Varnell Johnson 

 

Strategic Planning

Committee

Email: Billy Teeter

 

Please include the name of the Committee in the subject line of your email, when contacting a Committee Chair. 

 

 
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Villages of Westcreek Owners' Association

12395 Military Drive West
San Antonio, TX 78253
Phone: (210) 679-8761
Fax: (210) 679-0040
Office Hours:
Sunday - Closed
Monday - 9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Tues-Fri - 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Saturday - Closed **
  
**The office will be open the second Saturday of each month 
9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M