All posts by Debby Thompson


2024 WBNA Easter Egg Hunt Photos

Photos from the WBNA 2024 Easter Egg Hunt are up! Click HERE!

It’s always such a joy to see so many Wells Branch friends and families enjoying a day out in our community. For those wondering, we served roughly 750 children which translates to a crowd exceeding 1400. We are proud of a job well done. The park was clean when we left and several folks stopped and thanked us on the way out.

We would like to thank each and every community member personally for giving up their time to help make this event so special for so many neighbors. We even had 4 or 5 folks step out of the crowds and lend their support during and after the event. Thank you one and all; nothing can happen without volunteers. Those who helped will be listed in the May newsletter. If you’ve never volunteered for a WBNA event, we encourage you to do so. For as little as an hour of your time, you get to meet your neighbors and build community.

Janet Maxey always loved this Marjorie Moore quote:

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year but when you volunteer, you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live in.”

So, on behalf of Janet, we’re sharing it with all our residents once again. Community is what Wells Branch is about; it’s what the WBNA is about.

Every few years, there are a handful of folks who lose sight of this goal. Our volunteers can only do so much, and with a crowd exceeding 1400 folks, things will sometimes not go as smoothly as intended. All WBNA events are hosted by the community and for the community. No WBNA event is ever a “public” event, however, we do welcome invited guests of residents. Occasionally, it’s gotten out of hand from outside promotion.

We have always welcomed feedback and suggestions—it’s the only way to improve the events. Regarding previous posts, please keep in mind: All of the Wells Branch parks are an open space, free for all (general public included) to use. Many folks may have chosen to walk to the event rather than drive, while others may have come to the park and not realized this event was taking place. As we plan for next year, we will certainly consider all the constructive feedback we received.

If anyone would like to discuss a particular topic, I would encourage you to reach out to me personally. Margaret McGhee-Sufke, WBNA President, or text me directly at 208-869-5224.

WB Eco Fair
Recycle – Reuse – Repurpose

Saturday, April 6 | 1:00-4:00pm
WB Rec. Center | 3000 Shoreline

Get ready for a world of fun at Eco Fair! Come to the WB Rec Center on Shoreline, April 6 from 1:00-4:00pm, and discover the evolution of WB parks, uncover future park plans, and learn how to transform your turf into an urban oasis. Come see the electric bike display, dive into activities, snag giveaways, and chat with environmental experts for a celebration as lively as the planet we love.

The WBNA team is proud to participate with a whole host of topics and booths. Are you recycling correctly? Find out by playing the “Recycle Game”—you could win a door prize! Learn how to make a rain gauge from a recycled water bottle and m0onitor your water usage. The local Buy Nothing Group and a repurpose clothing group will be on hand. There’s even a craft activity for the entire family made from recycled materials.
Go green, recycle and have FUN!

WBNA Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza!

Saturday, March 30 • 10:30am • Come Early!
The Homestead at KF Park • 2106 Klattenoff Drive

Hop into Spring! Join your friends, neighbors and The Easter Bunny himself, at the annual Wells Branch Easter Egg Hunt. The “Hunts” will be by age group and begin at 10:30am SHARP! Plan to come early and visit with the Easter Bunny or have fun at our craft table. This is a community event and ALL Wells Branch residents and their invited guests are welcome.

The Easter Bunny will be available for photos beginning at 10:00am and will stay until everyone has had a chance to talk to him. Photos will be posted to an album on the WBNA Facebook page.

We need parents to set the example for behavior during this event. Please read and go over the rules with your hunters! ONE parent will be allowed in to help with the two youngest age groups (0-18mos & 18mos-3yrs.) We ask that you respect this restriction. Children in all other age groups must hunt on their own. There will be 7 minutes between each of the age groups hunts to allow parents with multiple children to navigate to the next area. Please, only allow your children to hunt with their respective age group. If for some reason, your child ends up with only a few eggs, please approach any of our WBNA volunteers in bunny ears, they will have extra goodies. Last, but not least, please remember that this event is put on by volunteers. We spend weeks getting ready and usually stuff 8,000-10,000 eggs (if you are wondering, yes we recycle those eggs.) It’s no small feat. So, if a volunteer asks something of you, please be respectful of their requests.

We love our neighbors and our community. We’re asking for everyone’s help in advance in creating an enjoyable experience for all involved. Please help us and remember to recycle your eggs before you leave. We need volunteers to help things run more smoothly. Anyone whose kids have aged out of the hunt, community service groups, or older teens who need service hours, we would be so appreciative of your time! Please contact us for more information: Margaret Sufke at or text 208-869-5224. To volunteer, sign-up here:

Easter Egg Hunt Rules:
Those of you who’ve attended our hunts in the past know we have very few rules, but we do ask parents to follow those rules and be courteous and respectful of your neighbors so that all of our children may enjoy the hunt.

BE ON TIME (early is better) AS THE “HUNTS” GO QUICKLY
• Wait until your age group is called
• Check all eggs for prizes
• Let a volunteer know if there’s an issue
• Recycle your eggs with the WBNA
MOST of ALL, Have FUN!


0-18mos & 18mos-3yrs
*Only 1 parent per child in egg hunting area
*Watch out for potential choking hazards
4-6yrs • 7-9yrs • 10-12yrs
* No parents or siblings allowed in egg
hunting area

WBNA Election Results & Event Updates

Please welcome our board members for 2024! We are excited to have a new member, Steve Cockrell, joining the team. Lara Bennett and Pam Wachholz have returned to the group
and their enthusiasm for the community is truly appreciated. On February 29, we had a quorum vote with 16 votes or proxies being recognized. Returning and new members were duly elected. Next year, positions 1, 3, 5 and 7 will be up for election in 2025.

Lara Bennett — (position 3) Nadia Bernard — (position 6)
Steve Cockrell — (position 2) Margaret Sufke — (position 7)
Juli Thatcher — (position 4) Pam Wachholz — (position 5)

There were no nominations from the floor for Position 1, so it remains open. We will continue to actively seek a volunteer for the remaining post. Following the general public meeting the new board will meet as a group and roles will be

The board approved the Shot in the Dark at the Park solar eclipse event. We are partnering with the WB Photo group to host this event. The 2024 Arts at the Library—Craft
Marketplace has been confirmed for September 28 — look for more information in the next issue. We will also host a Candidate Forum closer to the elections in November.

Just a friendly reminder. If you have not joined or renewed, use the membership form on page 12 or pay online at: If you have already paid your 2024 dues, thank you.

A sincere thank you to everyone who has volunteered and supported the WBNA. YOU make the Wells Branch Community better. We are all looking forward to another
fun-filled year!