Monthly COVNA Meeting


7:00 p.m. Monday, January 16th
Southwest Church of Christ
8900 Manchaca Rd. (Rear Entrance)

The first meeting of this new year will focus on the direction our neighborhood association will take in the near future. We will converse about the present and future concerns for our area and how best to discover and meet the needs of those living in the neighborhood. The groundwork for a area-wide Neighborhood Watch has been laid. A close eye is being kept on potentially intrusive development. All of you who have been meaning to come but haven’t quite managed to do so yet, come meet the dedicated members of the association who have been instrumental in maintaining the integrity of our neighborhood and bring your ideas for making COVNA stronger and more effective in serving neighborhood needs now and in the future.

1/9 - Balloon Ascension
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1/13 - Stephen Foster
Memorial Day

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Floyd Clark
Greg Estes
Helen Lightfoot
Hal Ferguson
Doug Tabony
Doug DuBois
Doug DuBois
President (282-8245)
Vice President (282-2782)
Secretary (282-2256)
Treasurer (282-0601)
Newsletter (280-4080)
ANC Delegate (292-9323)
Past President (292-9323)

Monthly meetings are held on the third Monday
of the month.
January 16th
February 20th
March 20th
April 17th
May 15th
June Picnic TBA
September 18th
October 16th
November 20th
Dec Party 18th

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Our New President Speaks

Happy New Year - 2006!

This will be my first meeting as your newly elected President. I would like to welcome our other new officers, Vice President - Greg Estes, Treasurer - Hal Ferguson, Secretary - Helen Lightfoot. Welcome back to another term for our Newsletter Editor: Doug Tabony. Continuing his term of office as Austin Neighborhood Council Delegate - Doug DuBois. Doug DuBois, our past President has done an outstanding job guiding our organization and representing us to the City of Austin and real estate developers. He replaces Claudia Anderson as our emeritus board member.

Who am I? I have lived in the COVNA neighborhood, on Rustic Oak Lane, about 20 years, and a member of COVNA about that long. During this time, my involvement has included helping John Karabaic write our By-Laws, doing the paperwork to have us declared a non-profit organization with the IRS, and making punch at the annual Holiday Party/meeting.

January Agenda

At our January meeting I hope to have a discussion about the state of our association. For example: What is the purpose of COVNA? According to our by-laws, our purpose "is to seek to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood in matters such as land use, environmental protection, public services, and other matters of neighborhood concern." Are we fulfilling that purpose? Where are we and where do we want to go? The format for our first meeting this new year will be conversational. I would like to do some fact finding and explore some possible goals for this coming year.

I hope to see you there,
Floyd Clark


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In Memoriam

Dr. Karen Sue Johnson, COVNA President in 1989, who had moved to Wimberley, died on December 27, 2005, a few weeks after her husband of 34 years, Walter W. Brown, president in ’92 and ’93. Sue will be missed by her children, Benjamin and Austin Brown; parents, Fred and Daisy Johnson; sister, Kristen Johnson; and her grandchildren, Alexander, Sebastian, Audie, and Christian, as well as her daughter-in-law, Noorlaila Murad-Brown. Born in Wewoka, Oklahoma, in 1940, Sue received her BA in literature and philosophy from the University of New Mexico. She later concentrated her academic efforts in Sociology, earning both a Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Texas. Sue taught Sociology at institutions across the country, including Texas State University, Park College, University of Kentucky, University of Arkansas, Quinnipiac College, and St. Edward's University. Her publications focused on her passions - environmental and natural resource issues and sustainable development. In addition to teaching, Sue's professional life involved managing important non-profit institutions such as the Austin Rape Crisis Center and the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. In terms of her work in state government, Sue served as director of research for the Arkansas Department of Energy under then Governor Bill Clinton, and she was elected to the Edwards Aquifer Board, eventually rising to president of this body. Sue's last 25 years were spent in central Texas where her community service included membership on the City of Austin Board of Adjustment and the Travis County Task force on the Environment. More recently, Sue served as Chairman of the Board of Adjustment for the Village of Wimberley. Sue was also an active member of the South Austin Democrats, Wimberley Democrats, and the Hays County Democrats. During her 65 years, Sue was consistent in valuing experiences over possessions. Her concern about the abuse we wreak on our planet was instinctive, as was her insistence on equality amongst different sexes, races, religions, and orientations. She was not shy about challenging us on the worldly pursuits that consumed our lives, always asking us if they were meaningful. Sue recognized and appreciated the unique personalities of each and every one of her many cats. She had a green thumb, and her family grew up surrounded by many beautiful plants and gardens. Sue had a unique perspective on the world, just as she had her own way of interacting with it. Her personality and special life challenged us and greatly expanded our perception. We will remember and miss her for this. A reception celebrating Sue's life will be held at the Historic Wimberley Winters House in Wimberley from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., January 9, 2006. Directions to the Wimberley Winters House may be found at The family asks that contributions be made in lieu of flowers to the following local institutions: Wimberley Institute of Cultures, PO Box 167, Wimberley, TX 78676 or Friends of Blue Hole, C/O The Village of Wimberly, PO Box 2027, Wimberley, TX 78676.

Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 1/8/2006.


Put in Your 2¢

The City of Austin is planning to submit to the voters a bond election program of long-term capital investments that meet both municipal and regional goals for providing quality public services and responding to Central Texas' growth. The 2006 Bond Election Advisory Committee has adopted a $614.8 million draft recommendation of projects, proposed by both the city and its citizens, for consideration by the City Council. The Advisory Committee continues to seek input from citizens at upcoming meetings and through an online survey.

By the time you see this, the meetings will be over, as far as I can tell, but 11th hour input is still possible at:

Included in the proposal is funding for a new Central Library.

Holiday Party

The 2005 party attracted a crowd of about 50 people. The food was delicious, especially the home-made main dishes, desserts, punch, and wassail. A great time was had by all. Elections for President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Newsletter Editor were held with no surprise, last-minute, dark-horse candidates. The officers are listed in Floyd’s article. The members present voted to keep the number of meetings at 10 per year, 8 regular meetings and the 2 parties. Expect a mix of meetings with programs and ones with no speakers. Melanie Malewitz was granted a lifetime membership. Pictures will be available by the 14th or 15th by clicking here.

Crime Tracker

Incidents in COVNA 9/01/2005-12/31/2005

Abandoned Vehicle
Assault With Injury
Burglary of Vehicle
Criminal Mischief
Criminal Trespass
Custody Arrest Traffic Warrant
Family Disturbance
Found Prop
Junked/Nuisance Vehicle
Leaving Scene of the Crash/Accident
Possession of Alcohol - Age 17 - 20
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Suspicious Person
Tobacco Violation - Age 17


Editor's Corner

Report on Austin’s 1st First Night

Austin remains weird, proved by the city-sponsored New Year’s Eve festivities. My wife and I strolled and rolled Congress Ave from 3:00 to 6:30. We were entertained by a mime troupe accompanied by a musical trio, watched climbers scale and descend the Radisson on ropes, dressed in business and Santa suits. Jo made a “poofy hat” along with many other kids and “young” adults from a paper grocery sack, tissue paper, and various and sundry adornments. The 500 bags HEB donated had disappeared by the time we arrived, so Jo grabbed a bag from our van. The parade was worthy of a Caribbean country. People with poles numbering the contingents led diverse groups through the throngs on Congress. Large-headed, large-handed paraders were followed by groups representing diverse countries, careening, remote controlled robots, assorted bikes decorated as insects, jugglers on unicycles, and confetti strewers who threw so many punch holes that my wheelchair was shedding them a week later.


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