Diane Long

Diane Long


A Mississippi native who has been a Texas transplant for 27 years, Diane Long is a wife, mother, and English teacher who has written Pecan Plantation Bits for 14 years cumulatively. She spends her time both gathering neighborhood news and teaching students how to avoid passive voice.

Before March 2020, the Wednesday morning Breakfast Club gathering in Pecan Plantation was a popular event. The pandemic halted these weekly meetings, but as of this fall, bimonthly gatherings have resumed, and attendees are happy.

The next gathering of Pecan’s Breakfast Club will come Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 8 a.m. at the Pecan clubhouse. Reservations are requested before Tuesday, Oct. 12 at noon and may be secured by calling the clubhouse front desk: 817-573-2641. Attendees will hear tips about navigating a hospital stay from B.K. Kizziar.

Want to receive up-to-date information about Breakfast Club and its programs? Send an email to breakfastclub@ppoaweb.com to be added to the group’s mailing list.


Tuesday, Oct. 12 brings a Ladies’ Golf Association play day, and Thursday, Oct. 14 will find the Men’s Golf Association on the course. Sign up for tee times in the golf pro shop: 817-573-2645.


Pecaners will want to mark their calendars for Friday, Oct. 15 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. (members only) and Saturday, Oct. 16 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (non-residents welcome) when garage sale weekend will arrive.

Listings from folks participating in sale day will be accepted through Wednesday, Oct. 13 before 3 p.m. Members may send addresses and items for sale to reception@ppoaweb.com or call the clubhouse front desk: 817-573-2641.

Several Pecan groups will be fundraising by offering food for sale in the area adjacent to the front circle.


The next session of new member orientation comes Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. in the clubhouse ballroom. New Pecaners who have not attended a meeting are invited to join.


The Pecan Plantation Woman’s Club (PPWC) has been a busy group lately.

First, the PPWC Membership Committee hosted a new member coffee at the home of Mary Scott. Many recent PPWC members were able to attend, as well as a representative of each of the PPWC’s committees to inform ladies of its purpose and role in the club. Much gratitude goes to Susan Crawford, Patty Farmer, Kathy Fitzwater, Sue Heitschmidt and Karen Merrill for making the day a fantastic success!

The next general meeting of the PPWC will be Thursday, Oct. 21 in the clubhouse ballroom. Reservations are due by Friday, Oct. 15 at noon and may be made by sending email to ppwcres@gmail.com or contacting Gerta Howell at 817-964-3139.

Furthermore, at the Oct. luncheon, PPWC members may collect their 2021-2022 directories. The publication has a calendar of events for the year, as well as contact information for club members as they proceed with this year’s theme of “United in Friendship.” Ladies should see Gerta Howell in the clubhouse lobby on meeting day for directory pick up.


The entertainment committee has two events on the calendar: Saturday, Oct. 23 brings a “MASH 4077 Camp” themed evening, and Friday, Oct. 29 will bring a “jam with Pecan” session at the golf pavilion. More details on both events are forthcoming.


The PAC will be hosting a Halloween party and Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. The day will include a haunted house, crafts, costume contest, games, and a balloon animal-making clown. Many hands are needed for this task, and willing workers are welcome.

Trunk or treat will happen in the PAC parking lot, and volunteers are requested to hand out candy. Folks who would like to participate may sign up at the PAC. Members are welcome to bring vehicles with candy-filled trunks or golf carts. Decorations and costumes for participants are encouraged.

Last year’s event was canceled, but in previous years’ Halloween gatherings, more than 300 little ones have participated in the fun.

Visit the PAC front desk to find a volunteer spot for this All Hallow’s Eve event: 817-573-7952.


Now that cooler temperatures have arrived, the outdoor pickleball courts at the PAC are open for Wednesday morning play from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Folks of all ages and skill levels are welcome, and no reservation is required.


Pecan’s Board of Directors happily announces Philip “Jake” Cormier as our association’s new general manager. Mr. Cormier has begun working remotely to learn our neighborhood and its culture and will arrive in Pecan soon, at which time a “meet and greet” will happen so that members may welcome our newest leader to the community.

Many thanks go to the folks who have worked diligently during this interim period and sought Pecan’s good in making decisions and moving forward.


The Pecan Plantation Volunteer Fire Department/Emergency Medical Service Auxiliary sponsored fall bazaar was well attended, supported, and enjoyed. Congratulations to co-chairs Vicki Paxton and Joy Rice and their team for organizing and facilitating the day. Even though the day’s weather was inclement, Pecaners patronized the event, and as a result supported our community’s emergency service groups.


Our deepest sympathy goes to the family of Berry Boatman, who passed away Sept. 28.

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