Doug Tate’s Beau Chene Farewell
1,095 days, three new Beau Chene Entrances, 15,188 complaints, 11 quasi threats, zero caladiums planted, new and widely used jogging paths, two dues increases, two CAOs (Day and Donovan), five HOA presidents (Weaver, Simeon, Reardon, Angelle, and myself), new HOA ownership of our office space at the main entrance, full separation of HOA and TEC (The Earnest Corporation/Beau Chene Country Club), an emergency notification system, RFID tags, 10-15 Facebook pages, among scores of other major events have all occurred while I had the pleasure of serving on the Beau Chene Homeowner’s Board.
Since continually serving since May 16, 2012, what do I remember most? My daughter Lucy learning to ride her bike in the country club parking lot on a Monday afternoon and my son, Skillet, learning to catch fly balls in our front yard.
“Congratulations Doug as you wrap up your term as HOA President. As your business partner and longtime friend, I have really enjoyed watching how you dedicated yourself to your position and to serving your neighborhood. I have always enjoyed your videos, letters and Facebook messages promoting Beau Chene. The work of an HOA Board is often difficult, tiring, and thankless. From what I have seen, you handled yourself with class, humility, humor, and a genuine caring for the people you served. And as a Mandeville City Councilman, although Beau Chene is not in the city limits, it is still a very important part of Mandeville and a very active community. I know that you and your board members have left the neighborhood in even better shape than when you started, and that Lance and his team will be ready to keep the ball rolling. From one public servant to another – thank you for caring and thank you for serving.” Rick Danielson, Chairman of the Mandeville City Council.
“What kind of nerd serves on a HOA board for 9 years? Just kidding, congrats Dad, I love you,” said Preston “Skillet” Tate.
“Running an HOA the size of Beau Chene is like running a small municipality…yet you don’t get paid for volunteering your time, efforts and energy. As a St. Tammany native and a past resident of Beau Chene, I know the community has been truly blessed to enjoy Doug’s dedication, smarts, and varied talents over the past three years. Job well done Doug!” Mike Rase, Past President of Tchefuncta Club Estates.
“As a former Board Director and now the current CAO, I have had the pleasure and honor to work with Doug Tate for over 7 years. Doug has provided very strong leadership, a high level of collaboration and always a keen sense of humor to the board and to the entire membership. I congratulate Doug for a job (many jobs over his years of service to the BCHOA) well done! You will be tough for anyone to follow.” Cristina Donovan CAO Beau Chene Homeowner’s Association
“Congrats Doug, we are on the road again and we look forward to seeing you with your camera on the front row August 5 in Bethlehem, PA,” said Willie Nelson.
“If you know Doug Tate, you probably know that he is funny. You probably know that he loves Texas and Willie Nelson. He is a fantastic dad to Lucy and Preston. Here are some things you probably don’t know. He never missed one of Preston’s baseball games, and there were hundreds of them. He coaches Lucy in softball, and he is one of the coaches who makes sure every girl has fun and gets to pitch. This amazing man has juggled so much over the years and is exceptional at everything he does. I am so proud of Doug and all that he has accomplished over the years here in Beau Chene. It has been inspiring to watch him grow and successfully serve on so many boards throughout our community,” said Alex Tate.
“At Doug’s second birthday he surprised all of us by standing up and giving a speech. He told all the kids gathered that he dreamed of one day leading a homeowner’s association through various health, safety, and beautification projects, but seriously I wish our HOA in Chicago was as cohesive and forward thinking as Beau Chene,” said New York Times Bestselling Author, Christie Tate.
“Thank you to Doug Tate for bringing energy, dedication, and sweater vests back to life in Beau Chene. Congratulations on a term well served.” Patrick McMath, Louisiana State Senator.
“Doug, Thank you for your 9 years of service on the Beau Chene HOA Board. Under your leadership as board president and during your tenure our community has thrived, and the board has remained true to its purpose and mission to preserve and improve our neighborhood. The slate of improvements around campus has truly enhanced our experience as homeowners. I know you love Beau Chene as much as the rest of us and you proved it with your dedication and effort. Thank you.” Gareth Reardon, former Beau Chene HOA President.
“I am not sure what a HOA does, but my dad is always talking to people about Beau Chene. If there was a Beau Chene cheerleading team he would be the varsity captain. Dad, I love you,” said Lucy Tate.
Beau Chene has everything a resident needs inside its gates: exceptional trash service with the Keys, an awesome newly renovated Marina with Tchefuncte River access, 2 great golf courses, a sprawling country club with multiple pools, tennis courts (both indoor and outdoor), workout facilities, paved walking and jogging trails, great bass fishing, fish feeding stations, 3 new entrances, 24 hour manned security gates, kids playing baseball in the front yard, moms and daughters riding bikes, youngsters catching their first fish in the Beau Chene ponds, dads playing their sons in Ping Pong, great soil, private security force, and delicious fried chicken on Wednesdays at the Beau Chene Country Club.
It has been a supreme pleasure to serve on the Beau Chene HOA, and I can absolutely attest that the neighborhood is in better shape now than it was 9 years ago. The current HOA board is ready to continue the forward progress of Beau Chene. Cheers to the best neighborhood in Louisiana!
Beau Chene HOA Director, 2012 – 2021 (9 years)
Chair of CEC, 2013 – 2018 (5 years)
Beau Chene HOA Vice President, 2014 – 2018 (4 years)
Beau Chene HOA President, 2018 -2021 (3 years)