Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Election day and annual meeting coming to Pecan



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.

Pecan will soon elect three new members to its board of directors as well as make decisions about our community. Election and annual meeting day come Saturday, March 5 at 11 a.m. in the PAC gym.

Residents have received paper ballots in their mailboxes, and electronic voting is now open with instructions having been sent via email. Electronic voting must be complete by noon on Friday, March 4, and paper ballots returned/received by 9 a.m. on election day. All election materials included in the ballot are also available for review at Pecan’s website: www.ppoaweb.com.

Vying for a board seat are Jay Arrington, Nathan Carriker, Jamison Drake, Larry Johnson, Jennifer Lancaster, Venisa McLaughlin, Thomas Mead, Steve Perry and Bill Reilly.

Best wishes to all of these candidates, and gratitude goes to them for their willingness to serve our community.


Chapter 983 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) at the Pecan Plantation Airfield will be holding a Young Eagles Fly-in for youth ages eight to 17 years old. Since the pilots volunteer their time and expenses for the flights, there is no charge for participants. However, a parent or guardian must be present.

Flights will commence at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 5and are provided on a first come, first served basis. The time in the air will last about 15 to 20 minutes. Folks desiring to take part in the day should come to the airpark pavilion near the intersection of Wedgfield Road and Orchard Drive. Participants need not be Pecan Plantation residents; visitors may tell the gate attendant of their Young Eagle flight destination.

For more information on the event or about EAA Chapter 983’s presence in Pecan, call or text John Bowen at 817-559-5080.


A gathering of current and new members of Pecan’s Community Garden will happen on Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at the PAC. Topics on the agenda will include fundraisers, flowerbeds and future plans for the garden. Tommy Hosek and Gae Seal, members of the group, will discuss how to water effectively. For residents desiring to learn more about Pecan’s Community Garden and how it operates, this meeting provides a great opportunity.

Folks desiring more information on the event or our Community Garden in general may communicate with Steph Phalen via email at slphalen@sbcglobal.net.


Beginning yesterday, Friday, Feb. 25, “Pizza to Go” is available from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays at the Pecan clubhouse. Call the information desk to place an order, and food pick-up is in the same spot.

In addition, tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 27, will begin “Brunch in the Brazos Room” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with menu and omelet station selections available. Reservations for brunch are required: 817-573-2641.


Friday, March 4 will hold “Magic or Miracles” presented by professional magician Jim Chatham. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. in the PAC art room.

Tickets are necessary for attendance, and space is limited. Call or stop by the PAC front desk to secure a spot: 817-573-7952.


Many thanks to all Pecaners who donated blood at our neighborhood blood drive last week. The Red Cross’s goal of 59 units was surpassed with 80 units collected. Another blood drive date is on the calendar for Wednesday, May 4.


Pecan Plantation’s Volunteer Fire Department recently lauded several members of the group for outstanding service to our community. Congratulations go to Craig McAllister on receiving the Chief’s Award, to Dawson Perry who was named Firefighter of the Year, and Dave Paxton who is the Responder of the Year as well as being named the chief of Pecan’s VFD. Thank you to these gentlemen for their service to our community.


The Pecan Plantation Woman’s Club is in need of table hostesses for its monthly meetings held on the third Thursday of the month at the Pecan clubhouse. These ladies would help guests and new members find a table spot and get to know the PPWC members seated around them. Volunteers may contact Adalia Provance at 817-243-7632.

In addition to its next general meeting happening Thursday, March 17, the PPWC also has Saturday, March 26 on the calendar for the annual “Boot Scootin’ Ropin’ in the Fun” evening. More details to come as this fundraiser draws closer.


Our deepest sympathy goes to the family of former Pecan resident Pat Neeley who passed away Feb. 1.

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