August 2019

Enjoy every last minute of summer!


President's Message- August 2019

The spring and summer have been quite memorable from weather perspectives. From excessive rain to sweltering heat, we have had a variety of weather which has stressed many of our lawns and landscapes. Overall, however, the neighborhood continues to be in excellent shape. It is a pleasure to be in a community with so many residents who take pride in their property.

From time-to-time, questions are asked about the covenants or the ARC process and whom to contact with questions. Generally, the answers are readily available in the Bulletin or on the website. At the bottom of this Bulletin, you will find a list of contact names and numbers. On our website, you will also find contact names and numbers along with information regarding our documents. Each homeowner should be informed of the governing documents. Most frequent questions arise about the Architectural Standards and Guidelines. These are on the website and there is a concise version titled New Members Package.

Safety, courtesy, and common sense should always be the code of conduct in a community such as Birkdale. Summer activities whether swimming, golf or simply kids playing present opportunities when each of these may need to be exercised. Drive carefully, watch for others, and act like the good neighbor which you want others to be.

The Birkdale calendar has been revised and is included in this Bulletin. All residents are encouraged to attend Board meetings and participate in the discussion. The Board meeting agenda is also included. The upcoming meeting will discuss several issues of general concern.

Birkdale Community Association Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting will be August 8th

6 pm at the Birkdale Clubhouse

Birkdale Golf Club, 8511 Royal Birkdale Drive, Chesterfield, VA 23832

All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

board agenda

Treasurer's Report

August 1, 2019


Reminder: Your 3rd quarterly Birkdale assessment of $101 was due on July 1, 2019.
Is your account current? Currently, there are 114 delinquent accounts. If your payment is late, additional fees and late charges apply. Once an account has been referred to our collection agency, Equity Experts, residents must deal with the collection agency, not individual Board Members nor ACS West, our Community Manager.

If you have questions regarding the status of your account, please contact ACS West, Inc.
1904 Byrd Avenue, Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23230
804-282-7451, or


Equity Experts, the collection agency for the Birkdale Community Association since November 2016, has worked on 78 different homeowners’ delinquent accounts. Currently, Equity Experts has 12 open delinquent accounts. To date, the agency has collected $33,138.81 for our homeowners’ association at NO CHARGE to our community. The delinquent homeowners pay all collection fees. These charges are substantial!


Your Board appreciates the 543 homeowners who paid their assessments on time. Thank you!


Contact Betsy Martello, Treasurer, 804-739-7487, or,


Birkdale's Most Recent Financial Statement

financials aug2019
BCA financials

ACS West is our Managing Agent

You may use your coupon book to send in your payment or set up quarterly payments through ACS West or your bank.
link to: ACS WEST


Thank you!


News from the Architectural Review Committee


July has been a extremely hot weather month. Even though the weather has been uncomfortable, the community home owners have been able to keep their property well maintained.

The next Board Meeting is on August 8th at the Clubhouse. It would be be great to see our homeowners come forward and volunteer their help on the ARC committee and the Covenant committee. This is the only way we can keep up our property values.

Applications submitted to ARC for approval:
8819 Torrey Pines Drive - Screen porch added to existing deck
14436 Old Bond Street - Door, sidelights and shutters painting
14403 Twickenham Place - Pergola
9006 Spyglass Hill Crescent - Fence
8308 Houghton Place - Front Door Painting

Lee Kemmet
ARC Committee

Mailbox Maintenance

When painting your mailbox, Lowe’s on Hull Street has the equivalent paint color as Benjamin Moore which is Lowe's - Valspar, Quart, 372, Birkdale Vanilla Cookie, Exterior Satin, Duramax, 105-1, 107-1, 214-2.5.

For your metal mailbox, Cottage Red Benjamin Moore is available at Virginia Paint and can also be mixed at Lowes.

The Birkdale logo and numbers may be purchased from Sign Crafters Inc., Attn: Barbara Isenberg, 804-379-2004 or email OR from Pat Faivre, our Birkdale resident, who has maintained mailboxes in Birkdale for several years, 804-608-0418 or


Landscape and Lighting

▪  NO DUMPING-Please do not drag brush and clippings or debris into the common areas to include the area surrounding the power lines behind Royal Birkdale. Those areas belong to you and to me as property owners.
▪ Do not park on the green spaces in Birkdale.
▪ NO FIRES whatsoever. Fires require a permit from Chesterfield County. It is not appropriate to burn any vegetation in common areas and cause alarm to nearby homeowners.
NO DUMPING-Please do not drag brush and clippings or debris into the common areas to include the area surrounding the power lines behind Royal Birkdale. Those areas belong to you and to me as property owners.
Do not park on the green spaces in Birkdale.
NO FIRES whatsoever. Fires require a permit from Chesterfield County. It is not appropriate to burn any vegetation in common areas and cause alarm to nearby homeowners.

If you have any problems or complaints regarding common areas, please call Wayne Bass at 804-639-0795.


If you smell gas or think you smell gas around any of our lights, please call 911 then call the gas company at 1-800-543-8911.

If residents observe a problem with a gas light such as no light at night, please call Nick Martello at 804-739-7487.


Covenants Committee

The response to the annual inspection has been good but is now slowing somewhat. The Covenants Committee will be following up on the violations soon. If you received a Violation Letter and have not yet corrected the violation or advised the managing agent of your intent to do so, please follow through soon.

A volunteer is needed to head this important committee. If you would like more information or are interested in helping out, please contact Earl Bishop at 639-5915,


Birkdale's Celebrations & Shout Outs

Congratulations and best of luck to all the students who are heading off to college this fall!

Share your you want to congratulate a family member or neighbor on a BIG accomplishment? Let us send them a shout out in next month's newsletter.
email to:
Subject line- congratulations


Kate with proud parents Chris and Cheryl Lewis

Congratulations to Kate Lewis-USC Student Treasurer

Kate Lewis daughter of Chris and Cheryl Lewis is a rising senior at the University of South Carolina. She has been elected to serve as the Student Body Treasurer for the 2019-2020 school year. Kate served as an ambassador to Senator Lindsey Graham last summer in DC, and is currently working as a summer intern for Bank of America in Chicago. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!


Ryan Evans heads to Penn State

Congratulations to Ryan Evans, son on Bridget and Derek Evans who recently graduated from Trinity Episcopal School where he played baseball and soccer. Ryan works at the Birkdale Golf Club and has plans to become a Nittany Lion as he heads north to Penn State this fall. We wish him all the best!


Matthew returned from vacation to find this surprise from Manchester High School in his front yard.

Matthew Nolen- Scores a Perfect 5!

Way to go Matthew for scoring a PERFECT 5 on your AP exams! Matthew, son of Lori and Mike Nolen is a rising senior and member of the Varsity Lacrosse Team at Manchester High School. Keep up the great work! Congratulations!

July 19 recycle sign

Go Green with Recycling

Have you been thinking of recycling, but not sure of where to start or who to call?

Chesterfield County offers a biweekly curbside recycling program to more than 98,000 homes. This program allows residents to recycle paper, cardboard, glass and plastic in a single container, while deferring waste from local landfills.

If you currently do not participate in the recycling program and would like to, please contact CVWMA at 804-340-0900, to purchase a bin or request free recycling stickers for containers you own.

Every other Tuesday, just place your full recycling bin on the curb by 7:30 am, and Central Virginia Waste Management Authority will come by and pick it up. Birkdale is a Blue week on the schedule below.

Afraid you won't remember to put out your recycling? Sign up for a FREE email that alerts you the day before collection and reminds you to put out your recyclables. Just go to to sign up.

There is an annual fee of $25 (equals $0.96 per pickup) which is applied to each household to support this program. This fee will be included on the county's real estate tax bill, with $12.50 charged in December and the other $12.50 charged in June each year. The fee will be for all single-family through quad-plex homes and is to be paid by the homeowner.

This program offers an "opt-out" feature, which allows residents who do not want to participate in the program a way to stop receiving the curbside recycling service. Residents who opt out are not required to pay the $25 annual fee. To opt-out, call the Customer Service Center at 804-748-1297 or complete the Recycling Program opt-out form online.

Thanks for doing your part to help our environment!


Schools Out for Summer!

School is out for the summer! Please slow down when driving through the neighborhood as children will be out riding bikes and playing. Please avoid parking in the streets as it blocks the view and affects the safety of everyone.

Here is the 2019-2020 School Calendar. New this fall -students who are entering kindergarten, starting middle or high school will have a different start date than the general population. This change is to help with the transition to a new school. See the 2nd page of the calendar below for details.

school schedule

Neighborhood Watch


Any suspicious activity should always be reported to the local police to investigate.

Bear and fox sightings should be reported to the Animal Control number.

Emergency 911 | Non-emergency 804-748-1251

Animal Control 748-1683

Traffic Hotline 804-318-8084 or


Lake Committee

lake Aug 2018

Birkdale Lake Report

If you would like to serve on this committee or have suggestions/comments, please contact Derek at the email below.

Derek Evans
C - 400-2295


August Landscaping and Environmental Tips

▪ Avoid fertilizing plants during a drought. That merely encourages the plants to develop more foliage. Needless to say, the more foliage, the more water is needed to support the plant. Another reason to avoid using fertilizer is because it needs to be watered in. If it is not watered in, it can build up in the soil and damage plant roots.
Avoid fertilizing plants during a drought. That merely encourages the plants to develop more foliage. Needless to say, the more foliage, the more water is needed to support the plant. Another reason to avoid using fertilizer is because it needs to be watered in. If it is not watered in, it can build up in the soil and damage plant roots.

If you wish to kill grass and weeds growing through cracks in hardscaped areas, be extremely cautious. Many weed killers will leach into surrounding areas and damage your ornamentals or lawn. Pulling the weeds is the safest action, but you may wish to use a contact herbicide, such as those containing glyphosate. Read the label carefully and do not use on windy days to avoid damaging other plants.

Start selecting your favorite bulb varieties and order them now. A good guideline to use is 'biggest is best' in regard to bulb size. Be careful about so- called "bargain" bulbs as they may be small or of inferior quality.

Water shrubs deeply once a week during August. Many plants, including camellias and rhododendrons, are starting buds for next season's bloom at this time.

See the complete list of tips, including for the months of
August & September, online



Aug 8th - Board Meeting

Oct 3rd - Annual Meeting

Oct 5th - Yard Sale (with Goodwill truck at SRES)

Oct 6th - Fall Festival (tentative)

Nov 14th - Board Meeting

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Little Libraries

Many thanks to everyone who has helped keep the Birkdale Little Libraries up and running. We’ve had a constant rotation of great reads for kids and adults alike! If you have some great books to share, please leave them at the gazebo on Royal Birkdale or at the new location on Killarney Court. As you finish a book this month- think Little Library! Please continue to let your neighbors know that the Little Libraries are located in the gazebo on Royal Birkdale Drive and Killarney Court, and are full of great books of all kinds.

Take one, read one, leave one…it’s free for everyone!


Please Serve on our Committees


Want to participate on a committee? This is a great way to meet and work with neighbors for a common goal: helping our community. We are currently looking for Neighborhood Watch, Covenants and Social Committee chairs.

Please send a message to this newsletter with your interests or contact any Board member, and the BCA will gladly and willingly find a place to use your talents! Many thanks!


We are alway looking for residents willing to lend their time and talents to help make Birkdale the community we are all proud to live in. We are grateful to the many kind folks in Birkdale willing to help with committees and social activities, and serving on the Board of Directors. It takes many hands to successfully execute the duties of our Birkdale Community Association for the benefit of all the residents of our 657 homes.



Community Contact List

The Birkdale Board Members
* Earl Bishop, President, 639-5915,
* Doug Craig, Vice President, 639-1439,
* Betsy Martello, Secretary/Treasurer, 739-7487,
* Wayne Bass, Member-at -Large, 639-0795
*ACS West, Community Manager, 804-282-7451, fax 804-282-9590, E-mail:

Association Contact Names and Numbers
* ARC—Lee Kemmet, 739-6405,
* Covenants Committee--- a volunteer is needed to head this committee
* Landscaping/Lighting—Wayne Bass, 639-0795; Nick Martello, 739-7487
* Newsletter—Cynthia Steiner, 804-852-3365,
* Social Committee—VACANT
* Neighborhood Watch--VACANT (Won't you please put your name here?)

Other Community Contact Names and Numbers
* Women’s Club—currently inactive
* Lake Committee---Derek Evans 804-400-2295,
* Swim Team—Joy Blocher, email:
* Birkdale Golf Course Clubhouse, 739-8800,
* Birkdale Golf/Swim Membership,


Support your Neighborhood and Local Businesses who Advertise in the Birkdale Classifieds

Summer is winding down and we are trying to squeeze in every last drop! Do you need help with your yard and home projects? Time to contact the advertisers in this month's Classifieds to help tackle those chores. The Classifieds are filled with local businesses that offer services to make our lives easier. To view the current issue of the Birkdale Classifieds click the link below. This publication is printed and delivered to paper boxes of all Birkdale residents the first week of each month. If you would like to run an ad in the Birkdale Classifieds, contact Cynthia Steiner at Resident rates start as low as $15/month.

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