Category Archives: Beau Chêne

Beau Chene Country Club Hosting 2019 Business First Bank Golf Classic

The Business First Bank Golf Classic returns professional golf to Beau Chene Country Club, April 15th-20th.  This is an opportunity to see future PGA and LPGA Tour Members compete on both of our courses.  It is also a great opportunity to get into the action by volunteering.

This year, Beau Chene is hosting both the APT and WAPT (Women’s All Pro Tour).  Volunteers are needed as starters, spotters, scoring checkpoints, scoring tent and live scoring on Friday and Saturday.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Mary Capouch at (985) 789-0720.

Also, in the past, we have had many generous homeowners open their homes for private player housing.  We have had only positive feedback from members that have previously housed players. Mary Pitts will again serve as Private Housing Chairperson.  You can reach her at (985) 630-3978 if you would like to volunteer. Please consider opening your home to a young man or woman chasing his/her dream to play on the PGA Tour.

 

 

 

Mardi Gras Letter From Doug Tate

The Mardi Gras ladder is one thing in this world that I love and hate at the same time. Clearly, there are other things I hate and love at the same time….my treadmill, the TV show “Switched at Birth” that my 10-year-old daughter is making me watch on Netflix, and the Randazzo King Cake that my wife keeps showing up with at home. The Mardi Gras ladder is a huge pain to transport across the lake and add to that I need to carry chairs, tables, coolers, paper towels, cameras, etc. My 14-year old son Preston gladly carries the Popeye’s bag full of fried chicken, my daughter Lucy carries a few empty Mardi Gras bags that she hopes to fill with beads, and my wife, Alex will usually bring a 12 pack of LaCroix (I will carry it back to the car post parade because no one will drink it on the parade route).

When the kids were little I absolutely loved the ladder. I would put Lucy and Preston in it, they were safe, secure, and in 1 spot. They were a captive audience, and had no choice but to sit there and smile for the 100 pictures we made them take. They had an unobstructed view of the best free show on earth, New Orleans Mardi Gras. Now, they want to see their friends at Mardi Gras, and I will struggle to get 1 picture of them together.

Change is inevitable; it is the train that is always on time and things are no different here in Beau Chene. When I moved to Beau Chene back in 2005 when Preston was 6 months old he was the only child around. Alex and I were the young parents. Boom, fast forward 13 years, and I am the old parent, but Alex is still the young hip mom. There are kids all over the neighborhood. My next-door neighbors, Megan and Brandon, are younger than my little sister and have the cutest little kids we have ever seen.

Change is coming fast and furious to the Beau Chene Marina. The new owners have been working tirelessly for months to get ready for the boating season which is almost here. Their new office looks fantastic, and the residents that I have spoken to in the marina are thrilled with the change. The marina entrance is also up for a complete renovation. The Department of Transportation has signed off on the new entrance and exit lanes. Matt Voelkel of MV Designs is almost done with the design of the new guard house and we can expect the construction to begin sooner than later.

The Beau Chene Homeowners Association is not immune to change. As the residents have gotten younger and younger, we have been forced to change our communications habits. The HOA now has an Instagram account, a Facebook account, and an interactive website. The board has also welcomed the opportunity to work hand in hand with the Beau Chene Country Club on community wide projects like 4th of July Fireworks for All Residents of Beau Chene.

To all the young parents in Beau Chene who will be using Mardi Gras ladders this season I would like to give you 3 pieces of advice; 1. Strap the ladder down tight as it will be windy on the causeway. 2. Don’t leave the ladder out overnight as Mayor Cantrell has vowed to destroy them if you do. 3. Enjoy the ladder because kids at Mardi Gras are the best.

On behalf of the Beau Chene Homeowners Association, I would like to wish all residents a safe and happy Mardi Gras season.

Doug Tate
President Beau Chene Homeowners Association

 

Upcoming Election for Board of Directors

Please be on the lookout for our mailing to all homeowners soliciting candidates for the Beau Chene Homeowners Association Board of Directors. This year there will be three (3) Directors elected for a three (3) year term. The current Board of Directors consists of eleven (11) Directors. The terms of the Directors are staggered, so that the terms of approximately one-third of the Directors expire each year.

This is a great opportunity to get involved and serve our community. The mailing will have more detailed instructions and the forms to complete. A description of the duties and powers of the Directors can be found in our By-Laws in Article V – Directors. The By-Laws are on our website at http://www.bchoa.org/information/documents-forms/ . Also, copies can be obtained at the BCHOA Administrative Office.

Our Board of Director meeting dates for 2019 are: January 25th, March 22nd, May 10th, June 14th, September 13th and November 15th. The date of the Annual Meeting is Wednesday, May 15th.

2019 Mandeville Mardi Gras Parades

The Eve parade rolls at 7:00 pm tonight and Orpheus rolls at 7:00 pm next Friday night.   We will close the right lane (member lane) at the Marina entrance at 5:30 pm today, February 22th and next Friday, March 1st, due to Mardi Gras parades on both evenings in Mandeville. This is an added security measure to prevent unauthorized vehicles entry into our subdivision.

Mandeville, LA – The 2019 Krewe of Eve will roll through the streets of Mandeville on Friday, February 22.

Winter Weather Alert 2019

Dear Homeowners and Residents,

The National Weather Service in Slidell is forecasting a Hazardous Weather Outlook over the next few days, with possible extremely cold temperatures, and the possibility of frozen precipitation.  Conditions could deteriorate and should be taken seriously.

 

  • BCHOA Public Works advises that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent them from freezing and potentially bursting.  This includes the above ground irrigation supply lines.

 

  • The Department of Animal Services asks pet owners to take precautions to safeguard the well-being of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors.

 

For any water or sewer emergencies please call our main number at 985- 231-6285 and press #3 for Lindsey.  

Please heed these warnings and stay warm!

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

BCHOA on Instagram

We are happy to announce our new Instagram account for Beau Chene Homeowners Association.   Instagram is a social networking app made for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone.  Similar to Facebook or Twitter, everyone who creates an Instagram account has a profile and a news feed.  We will be sharing some memories and historical events from our past and present about Beau Chene.  Join us in sharing photos and videos of our Beau Chene community. 

Here is the link to access our Instagram account:  https://www.instagram.com/beauchenehoa

 

BCHOA New Year’s Schedule

Dear Homeowners and Residents:

Our offices will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31st and all day Tuesday, January 1st in observance of the New Year. We will be open regular hours 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. (closed one hour for lunch) the rest of the week.

Our regularly scheduled garbage pickup for Monday will still occur, but please place your garbage out by 7 a.m. Christmas trees will be picked up with the yard trash on Wednesdays. If your tree is 9 feet or taller, please cut the tree in half.

For any water or sewer emergencies please call our main number at 985-231-6285 and press #3 for Lindsey.

For all other emergencies call the Security Guards at:

Main Guard Gate             985-845-7560

East Guard Gate                985-845-8495

Marina Guard Gate          985-845-7022

Happy New Year!

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Beau Chene Holiday Schedule December 2018

 

Dear Homeowners and Residents:

Our offices will be closed Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th for the Christmas holiday. There will be NO changes in trash pick up schedule.

For any water or sewer emergencies please call our main number at 985- 231-6285 and press #3 for Lindsey.

For all other emergencies call the Security Guards at:

Main Guard Gate       985-845-7560
East Guard Gate        985-845-8495
Marina Guard Gate   985-845-7022

I hope everyone of our residents get to spend time with family and friends during this special time of year.

Have a very Blessed Holiday Season!

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Letter From Michael Riggs December 2018

Greetings Neighbors,

Earlier this year, I was honored to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Beau Chêne Homeowners Association. I have enjoyed attending every meeting and serving on several committees, two of which are the Infrastructure and Community Enhancement Committees. The Beau Chêne residents make this a special place to live, work and play. As you know, it is self-managed and even operates its own private water and sewerage treatment facility.

I’m sure that you also know that Beau Chêne was originally developed in the 1970s as a retirement destination for New Orleanians and others looking to escape city life. Fast-forward 40 years and you now have households of retirees, families and kids of all ages. Every day you can find neighbors strolling, biking, exercising, or fishing near the marina, while enjoying the stunning setting on the Tchefuncte River. Beau Chêne or “Beautiful Oak” was named for some of the oldest and grandest oak trees in Louisiana which grace our neighborhood. I will make every effort to ensure that Beau Chêne continues to be a beautiful and safe place in the most prominent parish in the state.

Thank you for the trust you’ve placed in me. On behalf of my wife, Fran, and our family, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And Geaux Saints!!

 

Sincerely,

Michael Riggs
Beau Chene Homeowners Board

 

Thanksgiving Greeting from Doug Tate

Thanksgiving morning in Beau Chene will be marked with crisp temperatures in the mid-40s. The sun will rise in the eastern sky and dads will scramble to clean their fryers for the impending turkey. Parents will be so busy preparing lunch they will not notice their kids playing fortnite, making slime, watching Andi Mack, or snapchatting. Moms will make their husbands drive to Rouse’s at the last minute to get marshmallows, rolls, a can of cranberry sauce, and extra ice. Those same kids will try and sneak some leftover Halloween candy before lunch because the turkey is taking so long. “When are we eating?????,” they will clamor.

When lunch is finally served, the menu in this great neighborhood will be epic; fried turkey from Aquistapace’s, shrimp mirliton cooked by grandma who made the trip from Algiers, gumbo made by your brother in law, fresh pecan pie cooked from a recipe on Pinterest, duck poppers drizzled with liquified pepper jelly, oyster dressing, chocolate meringue pie from Lea’s in Lecompte, green bean casserole, Bubba’s mashed potatoes driven in from SMU, roasted sweet potatoes, and the list goes on and on. Keto devotees will even take the day off and devour some buttered crescent rolls.

When the sun sets later in the day, the weather changes. The chance of ice cold beer and prosecco reaches 100% as the clock hits 7:20pm, kickoff for the Saints/Falcons game. An educated guess would be that almost 99% of the 1500 homes in the neighborhood will watch this game. Even though we will all be watching the Saints game, each resident has a different plan for Thanksgiving. I asked 3 residents for their Thanksgiving plans, and this is what they had to say.

The Griggs family (Garrett, Tammy, Harrison and Harper) plans to enjoy Thanksgiving with their family and friends at their Beau Chene home this year. Garrett Griggs will fry a turkey for the first time this year. The Griggs plan to take a sightseeing boat ride on the Tchefuncte River after their Thanksgiving lunch. This year is also a particularly exciting Thanksgiving because all of the Griggs’ family and friends will gather at their home Thanksgiving night to watch the New Orleans Saints also fry the Atlanta Falcons!

Keith Normand, John Guzzardo, and their son Tyler have been enjoying being back in Beau Chene since May of this year. As a family they decided to move back to Mandeville from New Orleans when John accepted the CEO position for Special Olympics Louisiana which is based on the Northshore. It was an easy compromise since Tyler was missing living in Mandeville, and Keith a Realtor with Gardner Realtors was already selling homes in St. Tammany Parish as well as New Orleans. They had a very busy summer overseeing the renovation of their new home while Tyler was busy making new and old acquaintances, as well as spending plenty of time in the pool and having brunch at the Country Club on Sundays. During the Thanksgiving holidays, they are looking forward to spending time with their families in their new home and neighborhood! Lunch reservations at the club on Thanksgiving Day are in store, then hopefully spending time enjoying the beautiful outdoors scenery in the neighborhood.

Cristina Donovan had this to say. This season has always been my favorite time of the year. I love the cooler weather, fall colors, family gatherings, turkey dinners with all the trimmings and football games. But most of all, I love pausing from my busyness to reflect on all the blessings in my life. This year my family is gathering together for dinner on Thanksgiving Day at a niece’s home. It seems the baton has passed to the next generation. My husband, Marty, and my son, Sean, and I also love to play a family fun round of golf here at Beau Chene. I am grateful for this place that we call home, Beau Chene! I wish everyone a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

As for myself and my family (Alexandra, Preston and Lucy) we have family coming in from Chicago and Dallas. We are having the traditional Thanksgiving lunch at my newly painted home in Beau Chene. After looking at 950 different shades of white and years of feet dragging by yours truly, we painted the brick on the outside of our home, and all the credit goes to my wife because it looks great. We are then having dinner in Kenner with my mother in law who is from Cuba and my father in law who is from Spain. That means no turkey, but we will be dining on paella complete with real saffron, aged chorizo, albarino wine, manchego cheese, and a questionable yuca dish. We are going to sit my little sister from Chicago, who will be sporting some form of “Beto 2020” paraphernalia, with my Trump-fundraising cousin and let them work out the immigration situation.

As residents of Beau Chene we have much to be thankful for. Every home in this neighborhood is unique with its own style, the yards are manicured, the 2 golf courses are open and looking great, the Beau Chene Marina is undergoing a major revitalization, the tennis program is among the best in the deep south (the men qualified for state in USTA, a feat not accomplished since 2003), younger residents are buying homes and completely renovating them, the HOA balance sheet is solid, the walking paths are striped and being used all the time, and the new marina gate complete with new exit and entrance lanes is currently being designed by Matt Voelkel.

The Beau Chene Homeowner’s Association is thankful for many things, but most importantly we are thankful for the great residents of Beau Chene.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Doug Tate
President Beau Chene Homeowner’s Association