October President’s Report

Time to reflect on a year of challenge and achievement

by Robin Cravey

As the summer season fades, and we look forward to the fall and winter, it’s a good time to look back and take stock.  From Spring Cleaning in February through our Flash Flood Rapid Response, the year has been busy and exciting for FBSP.

Spring Cleaning 2006 was the first organized event for us, back when we called ourselves the Barton Springs Swimmers Club.  It still kicks off the year for us, and was led this year by Jonathan Beall.

The Barton Springs Treeathlon in April, organized by Mike Cannatti, was a new event on our calendar this year.  It was our first real fundraiser, and brought in $7,500 for tree planting and maintenance at the pool.

Our Picnic by the Pool in June was another new event for us, led by Gary Beyer and Emma Cravey.  This event was a fun replacement for our former Annual Meeting.

Council Cleans the Pool Day again blazed in August, led by Tom Weber.   In addition to Mayor Lee Leffingwell, the city council, and other elected officials, we were honored to have Senator Kirk Watson present, and grateful to have him present FBSP with a check for $300,000 to help fund repairs to the bypass tunnel.

The flash flood in September gave us a chance to mobilize scores of volunteers, helped by the publicity generated by Chasity Keen Larios.

Our first-ever Fall Social is scheduled for November, with much organizing effort by Jesse Malone.  There we’ll recall the year with members and friends.

Through it all we rely on the steady accounting of Maria Weber and the versatile and enthusiastic work of Mary Yarrington.

Quick Dips

Fall social. The fall social will give everyone a chance to trade stories about the year past, and catch up with friends you last saw during the summer.  If you’ve earned a tee shirt, you can pick it up.  We’ll present more rewards for our star volunteers  We’ll have a slide show with lots of photos, and a surprise musical guest.

Fall board retreat. Every spring we hold a day-long board retreat to map out our goals for the year.  This year, we’ll also hold a half-day fall retreat to look back and see how we did.

Looking ahead. In December and January we’ll be planning ahead for the Spring Cleaning and starting the whole cycle again.  Our calendar this year was well-paced and effective, but we’ll no doubt have a few new surprises in the coming year.  And it’s all done by a hard-working all-volunteer board and members.  Not a single paid staff member.  Darn good!

Get to know board member Tom Weber, Advocacy

Tom Weber, Advocacy

How long have you been in Austin?
We got to Austin in two steps, my wife Ines and I moving to Tyler TX in 1984 from the Chicago area, then we  moved on to South Austin in 1991.

Why did you join the Friends of Barton Springs Pool?
I have been coming to Barton Springs and Barton Creek for decades. Our whole family includes regular swimmers. I decided to do my part to help get the Master Plan projects designed and implemented. I hope we make a difference in improving the experience at this incredible natural resource.

What do you do during the day?
I have spent over 30 years in water quality protection and the control of environmental pollution. Currently, I am employed by Travis County and work downtown.

What does Barton Springs Pool mean to you?
It is a place of so many memories with family and friends. I love swimming laps in my own awkward but persistent way, not worrying about how much time it takes.

Favorite local band or artist?
I’d say long term favorites must include Alejandro Escovedo and James McMurtry and Townes Van Zandt. I also follow other local artists too numerous to list.


Ines and I live have been married forever and live in 78745. Luke spent all his childhood in Austin schools, graduated from Davy Crockett HS, distinguished himself in the US Marine Corps, and now attends college at ACC. We have family all over the country.

Favorite moment volunteering for FBSP?
I really enjoyed our fledgling 1st Annual Treeathalon. We raised a bunch of money for the trees and had great sponsors. I look forward to doing it again.

Any hidden talents?
I have quite the green thumb but I should give a lot of credit to the rich alluvial soil and moist subtropical climate at home here next to Williamson Creek.

Describe your first experience at Barton Springs Pool…

A warm April evening in 1985, on a business trip from out-of-town, I rode over on a bike along Town Lake and took a nice dip in the soothing waters.

How long have you been a member of FBSP?

Besides BSP, where is your favorite hangout in Austin?
When there is water, I like to spend  time swimming with the dog at Gus Fruh. I hike and bike regularly in Sunset Valley on their trails. I frequent many pub and grub joints. Continue reading “Get to know board member Tom Weber, Advocacy”

Treasurer’s Report October 2010

Friends of Barton Springs Pool Treasurer’s Report

(October 2010)

FBSP Beginning Balance: $2,245.41
TCEQ/SEP Grant $300,000.00
Membership Donations: $50.00
ACL Ticket Sale Donation (Karen Ingram) $400.00
Sub-total new income: $300,450.00
Total Income: $302,695.41
Hospitality for Sept. Cleaning: (E.Cravey) $43.99
Total Expenses: ($43.99)
FBSP Balance: $302,651.42

You’re invited to…The FBSP 2010 Fall Social

Friday, November 5, 2010, 6 – 9 pm.
at Art’s Rib House
2330 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

Come celebrate the year’s accomplishments with your fellow FBSP members, volunteers and board!

Mark your calendar for the 2010 Fall Social! You’re invited to eat, drink and be merry with other Friends of Barton Springs pool at Artz Rib House on the evening of Friday, November 5.

Enjoy delicious refreshments provided by Artz Rib House as you catch up with friends, meet other volunteers and just plain have a good time. We’ll recognize our star volunteers, and remember our fabulous 2010 achievements, such as:

  • our spring Treeathlon which raised $7,000 to maintain trees at the Pool
  • a wildly successful Council Cleans the Pool day, with all council members attending and Senator Kirk Watson presenting FBSP with a $300,000 check which will go towards repairing the bypass tunnel
  • the amazing volunteer response for our emergency pool cleaning after the Hermine flood
  • and much more!

We couldn’t have done it without your help and support, so we hope you will come down and raise a glass with us at Artz Rib House on Nov. 5!

We’ll email with more details as they are available. You can RSVP to the event on Facebook here!


Superstar Musicians ACL Fall Cleaning Party on Thursday, October 7th!

Get down to the pool this Thursday, October 7, kickoff your shoes and join The Eagles, Black Keys, Ryan Bingham, Phish, Muse, Vampire Weekend… the list goes on and on for all our invitees to this Thursday’s fall cleaning.  And you, yes, you too have made this exalted A-list of invitees.  Don’t miss this opportunity to scrub away the nuisance paparazzi algae crowding the scene at our favorite watering hole.  Everybody’s gonna be there!   

Please contact Jonathan Beall, service chair to sign up for your shift today! service@friendsofbartonspringspool.org

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