What you do, support, and how you volunteer your time matters. YOU make a difference. WBNA is starting a series on individuals who’ve helped shape our community as we’ve grown over the years. Many are familiar faces, always present at events, but we’ve never taken the opportunity to get to know them. Watch for upcoming articles on Dianne Koehler (Fall Issue) & WBCC (Holiday Issue). If there’s someone you’d like to spotlight, please contact us at email@example.com.
We’d like to begin by recognizing Chuck Walters as a champion of our community. Chuck celebrated his 20th year serving on the MUD Board this past May. An original resident of Wells Branch, Chuck first ran for the board because of his interest in the trail system and strengthening Wells Branch as a community. He worked with Texas Parks and Wildlife on three matching grants to improve our park system. The first was for the initial trail system, the second for Willow Bend Pool and the pond, and the third was for the construction of the Recreation Center on Shoreline.
Chuck is Chairperson of the Facilities and IT Committees and serves on the Recreation Committee as well. During his tenure, he spearheaded the Meditation Grove at the Pavilion, helped facilitate the Leslie Lane Meditation Garden and led the committee responsible for fence replacement along our major thoroughfares which not only changed the face of Wells Branch, but continues to help maintain property values for all Wells Branch residents. Above all else, Chuck brings two decades of cumulative knowledge to the table when dealing with issues affecting our community.
As our park system has aged, we’ve lost a number of old growth trees. Together, Chuck Walters and Bob Bauhs (Facilities) have worked with the Trees for Trails focus group over the last year to identify the areas most in need and prioritize plans for adding trees to the trail system. The efforts of this group as a whole have encouraged an interest in preserving natural areas, stream maintenance and an increased effort to maintain Wells Branch’s natural amenities. Whether it’s Keep Wells Branch Beautiful or neighbors gathering to clear out the invasive species in what will one day be our Natural Play Park, Chuck is there, working side by side with the rest of the community.
Chuck was instrumental in the creation of the Homestead Board to perpetuate the care and maintenance of the Gault Homestead in the event of annexation. In addition, he has served on that board since its inception. The Homestead is the sponsor organization for both Cub Scout Pack 140 and Boy Scout Troop 1409. For the last twenty years, Chuck has volunteered as the Charter Organization Representative for both BSA Pack & Troop. He also served as Den Leader for his son, Dane and as a volunteer for the Armada swim team for a number of years. When there was a shortage of crossing guards at WBE, Chuck stepped up and was out there every morning to help children get to school safely.
Chuck has contributed financially as well with donations to the library, BSA Pack 140 and most recently Wells Branch Elementary to help pay for shade trees by the Merrilltown playground.
Always a strong supporter of the WBNA and community involvement, Chuck volunteers each year at our Easter Egg Hunt and you can always find him at our National Night Out celebration, either at the grill or with a microphone in his hand. Chuck has always been ready to volunteer his time where needed, whenever asked and has had the honor of being Santa Claus at Luminary Fest more than anyone else in Wells Branch history.
Chuck has wholeheartedly given of himself and his time, and through his leadership has made this community even stronger. We thank you Chuck, for all that you’ve contributed to Wells Branch. You’ve made a difference in all our lives.