Silent Auction Items Still Needed!

Each year, the WBNA hosts a Silent Auction during the FourthFest celebration on July 4th.

This is our BIG fundraiser for the year – how we pay for the Easter Egg Hunt, National Night Out, our participation at Halloween and  Luminary Fest as well as the meetings, candidate forums and safety demonstrations we host throughout the year.

In addition to giving back to our community, donating to the WBNA Silent Auction is a GREAT way to promote your business!  We are seeking donations of merchandise, gift cards/certificates, theme baskets, and services to auction.  In return, you receive exposure for your business at the auction, through flyers, a special “Thank You” section in the September issue of the WBNA Neighborhood News and on our website and Facebook page with links to your site.

If you have items or services to donate or if you would like to  volunteer to work the auction, please email us at

Thank you for making (and keeping) Wells Branch GREAT!

YOUR Membership COUNTS!

WBNA is literally a labor of love.  It was created by and is run by VOLUNTEERS.  All of our activities are funded through membership, advertising in the newsletter and the 4th Fest Silent Auction.  While you receive all the benefits of having an active neighborhood association for free, your $20 annual membership really does make a difference in what we can provide.  There’s a membership form on the back page of every newsletter, a PRINTABLE VERSION or click HERE to JOIN ONLINE.  Please join!  We depend on you!

Give a Kid a Summer & Water Safe are BACK!

Kids NEED a place to “be” in the summertime.  Staying at home by themselves is only good for so long before boredom sets in and they go in search of entertainment.  If you give a kid someplace to be, something to do, they’re far less likely to get into trouble on their own.  We have wonderful facilities available in Wells Branch: two pools and a recreation center – safe, clean environments with adult supervision.

In the past, the WBNA has asked for donations for a program we lovingly called “Give a Kid a Summer” to help fund Rec. Tags for neighbor kids who otherwise would not be able to afford it.  From there, we transitioned to “Water Safe” and funded swim lessons for children in need.  A few years ago, we saw a decline in interest and discontinued both programs.

We thank all of you who’ve contributed over the last several years.  Please KNOW that your efforts have made a  tremendous impact.

Unfortunately, we’ve seen the need to re-activate this program as many families are strapped for funds and a Wells Branch Rec. Pass or swimming lessons are the last thing in their budget.  That said, the WBNA would like to ask for your help.  It only costs $25-$35 for an individual quarterly rec. pass and just $40-$75 for an annual membership for a child in need.  Unfortunately, many families in Wells Branch are unable to afford formal swim lessons for their children.  Just $40 can help to make a child WATER SAFE. Continue reading “Give a Kid a Summer” & “Water Safe”are BACK!

NEW!  Pet Chip Scanner in Wells Branch

With the help of our wonderful neighbors, Wells Branch has a new Pet Chip Scanner!  We’d like to thank Daniel Barnekow and Mikella Maughan for being the driving forces behind acquiring the scanner and Sunbury Vet Clinic for ordering a top of the line scanner for us.

A special thank you to all the WB residents who contributed to its purchase.  You’re one of the many reasons Wells Branch is such an incredible place to live.

Austin Artist | Daniel Barnekow | Kate Barnekow | Jill Bekaert-Lubitz | Meaghan Bellande | Lora Bielfeldt | Linda Bilstein | Heather Cooke | Donna Dorsey | Delian Filip | Mitch Fincher | Randy & Jackie Gabbart | Michelle Gadush | Cynthia Hannon | Gus Kohn | Sherrie Lindig | Nancy Loomis | Mikella Maughan | Kathy McCaston | Gay McLaughlin | Abi P. | Shelley Palmer | Katherine Preble | Davika Reid | Ralph Simon | Mark & Tamara Talarico | Debby Thompson | Rudy Valenti | Allison Wren and those who contributed anonymously.

Mikella has graciously volunteered to be the resident possessor of the chip reader.  The number to call or text for scanning needs is (512) 270-1026.  This is a Google number which can be transferred to anyone who may be filling-in in order to keep things simple.  Please keep in mind that she is a regular person with a life – a business, some kids, and pets of her own –  so she can’t be available 24/7, however she does work from home and will be available from approximately 7am to 9pm most days.  Please call or text if you have an animal in Wells Branch who needs to be scanned.  She is happy to help!  

Tammy’s List Lives On

As many of you know, our  friend and neighbor, Tammy DeWitt Le, passed away in February.  She will be missed for her kindness, willingness to help, and the many ways she supported the Wells Branch community.  The WBNA has agreed to host Tammy’s Wells Branch Recommended Vendor List on the WBNA website.  Here, it will always remain “Tammy’s List”.  You may find it at:

Please continue to post reviews and recommendations to the Wells Branch Google Group as this has always been our resource for Tammy’s List.  If you’re not yet a member and would like to join, email the admin team at to request membership.  For questions regarding the administration of Tammy’s List, please contact us at

Wells Branch Neighborhood Association (WBNA), Wells Branch Google Group, Tammy DeWitt Le and Horizon Realty make no representation about the quality or performance of the vendors listed here.  All information is subject to change. We recommend you thoroughly research any home repair vendor before hiring.  The list was last updated on 5/22/19.

Informational Tax Protest Meeting

Thursday, May 30 • 7pm
WB Community Center • 2106 Klattenhoff

Tax Rate? Appraisal Amount?
What am I Supposed to Protest?

by Pam Wachholz – GRI Realtor® Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – Home City

Hi neighbors! We’ve all been affected by rising property values, whether we are homeowners or renters. As property owners, we do have the ability to try and reign in the year-over-year increases in appraised value and total property tax bill, and I hope this article helps you navigate, or at least gain a better understanding of the property tax appraisal process! Continue reading Informational Tax Protest Meeting